Alternating Analog/DigitalJanuary 23, 2018
I once heard it described that the universe seems to be viewable through both an "analog"/continuous lens as well as a "digital"/discrete lens. And furthermore, that as you zoom out from the minute, there can be a kind of back-and-forth between analog and digital models making the most sense.
It makes me wonder whether computation will evolve in a similar way. Maybe our deep neural nets will evolve into systems that mix and match continuous and discrete layers, giving rise to a synergy between the two that takes its abilities to the next level.
That's a pretty raw and not-thought-through idea, but it has a certain ring to it for me...Tech WatchDecember 29, 2017
As a technology person, I find it fun to watch things progress. Here's a list of various things that I'm looking forward to watching in the coming year(s):
|Falcon Heavy launch, especially the simultaneous landing of its two side cores back on land.|
|The Boring Company|
|Falcon 9 launch cadence|
|Crew Dragon's unmanned launch|
|Crew Dragon's crewed launch|
|Tesla Model 3's production ramp-up|
|Falcon 9 fairing recovery and reuse|
|Autonomous Vehicles (Including, hopefully, the "coast to coast" drive from LA to NYC using Autopilot as promised by Elon)|
|Machine Learning / Deep Learning / GPUs|
|DeepMind's efforts to win at Starcraft|
|Automated package delivery|
|Advanced automation, "lights out" factories|
|Gigafactory construction and production ramp|
|Blue Origin New Shepherd|
|Air taxis, autonomous aircraft, electric aircraft|
|Blue Origin New Glenn|
|Supercharger Network growth|
|Elon's goal of "reflight within 24 hours"|
|"Tesla Network" (autonomous ridesharing fleet)|
|Tesla Powerwall / Powerpack|
|Solar prices, Battery prices|
|SpaceX's Boca Chica launch site|
|CPU lithography: 10 nm, 7 nm, 5 nm, etc.|
|SSD sizes / speeds|
|SpaceX's Mars ambitions.|
|Elon's Neuralink efforts|
|Possibility of space tourists during a lunar flyby in 2019|
Draw Giraffe, See a MovieOctober 8, 2016
|Genetics / CRISPR / Genome Write project / cures for diseases|
It struck me today as I was drawing giraffes with 4 year old Hazel that within a few years it should be possible for a child to draw an animal, whether it be a giraffe or a dog, and have the computer use that as a style blueprint.
It should then be able to take the pre-rendered model for a short movie involving that animal and use the stylized version of the animal when rendering a new cut of that movie.
It might also be possible for the child to give some direction about what should happen in the movie, such as the giraffe running from a lion and then escaping by jumping over a river, and have the movie include those components.
How far away are we from that? Could a compelling prototype be built within 10 years perhaps?older >>