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AUTOMATING US

This general-audience magazine article is the culmination of a summer reading group on the societal implications of technology, with an emphasis on the role and responsibility of researchers in science and engineering. With this article we pose many questions and answer very few, with the goal of sparking and sustaining a conversation among researchers on our role moving forward.

HYDROPONICS

My teenage dreams of becoming a farmer one day led me to summer 2014, in which I started growing vegetables via hydroponics. These posts document my adventures: many baby plants, encounters with wildlife, water automation, and more to come.

My recent blog posts

Teaching algorithms: a one-step look-ahead 2016-01-29 What does a one-step look-ahead for teaching discussion/recitation look like? (And first off, what is a one-step look-ahead? It’s a technical term used in planning algorithms in artificial intelligence, used here to mean that although it’s hard to plan out exactly what to teach for the whole semester, what if we instead plan locally (in time) ...

Happy New Year! 2016-01-01 It was a pretty decent year, not without downs by any means, but certainly with many ups. It was a different year. It was a year of relatively little work (and motivation, alas), peace and solitary, and I finally managed to push health up from the dead bottom of the priority list. Wooo being an ...

Streamlining Anki with LaTeX 2015-11-07 I recently started using Anki (open source spaced repetition flashcard tool) for reviewing, learning, and remembering technical material that I’ve learned over the years. Given the nature of optimization, machine learning, control theory, etc., it’s usually the case that I want to easily include expressions/equations in my flashcards. By default, any LaTeX code in an ...

News I liked

Why One Silicon Valley City Said “No” to Google – Next City 2015-12-30 Beautiful article, nice graphics. Even when they do get the benefits they want, a small municipality has reason to fear becoming heavily reliant on one big player. After all, Mountain View once had Intel and Sun Microsystems; Hewlett-Packard packed up its Cupertino office in 2012. That’s a big loss to a tiny city, but the region ...

Budget bill heads to President Obama’s desk with CISA intact 2015-12-19 Privacy is killed once more. Update: As expected, President Obama has just signed the bill, enacting both the $1.1 trillion budget and CISA. In a nutshell, CISA was meant to allow companies to share information on cyber attacks — including data from private citizens — with other companies and the Department of Homeland Security. Once DHS had ...

SmartShare | Smart Society Project 2015-12-19 The SmartSociety Project’s got a slick concept video for real-time ridesharing! via SmartShare | Smart Society Project.