FUTURE LABS AI SUMMIT

 
Yann LeCun on Star Craft AI

Yann LeCun on Star Craft AI

 

Yesterday, I attended the NYU's Future Labs AI Summit event.  Frankly, it wasn't what I expected.  Most of the "more technical" talks were very superficial on the state of the art: very little in depth details on any specific research.  The other talks were focused on the world of start ups focused on AI/Machine Learning based in NYC.  I think it was best suited for venture capitalists who wanted to take the afternoon off from work. 😉

The one slide I found interesting Yann LeCun's discussion on reinforcement learning used for Star Craft.  During his talk, he asserted the future of machine learning is in unsupervised learning. [Mic drop]

 

Vanderbilt's Android App Component MOOC

 
 

I just completed the Android App Components - Intents, Activities, and Broadcast Receivers MOOC taught by Vanderbilt University on Cousera.  Since I did pay $49 for the course, I'd like to share my thoughts.  

This is definitely a useful class.  I think if you plan to be an Android developer, its important to understand the intricacies of the architecture and structure of apps.  I was disappointed by the fact that there were no mandatory programming assignments.  Also, beyond the normal instructional videos, there were a lot of videos on code walk-throughs.  After a certain point my brain just shut down.

Will you learn how to program Android with this class alone? Absolutely not.  Will it explain how to app screens communicate with services and other screens? Yes.  Will you be able to implement real Android apps without other courses/education? No.

This class is part  of the Android App Development Specialization.  I think you need to take most of these classes before you can really start Android development.  Is this MOOC worth $49?  Yes, only if you plan to complete the whole specialization.

OBTW, I did find out that Udacity has an interesting single MOOC course on Android development. It would have probably made more sense to try that first before going down this more academic route.

 

Evernote Shit Show

 
 

Unless you've been living under a rock, Evernote is in a death spiral..  You don't need to be a VC to know that giving away free services competing directly with Microsoft's One Note  isn't such a great idea.

Today, I needed to pull some data off of one of my Evernote notes.  I know a few days ago, Evernote is forcing its free service users to a limit of only 2 clients.  Over the past several years, I must have installed Evernote client on 7 or more devices.  Today, I wasn't ready today to just pick two devices so I decided to log on to Evernote using my tablet's web browser.  Guess what?  Evernote is blocking web access!  They want everyone to use their mobile client on our mobile devices.  Without web access on your devices, you will be forced to upgrade to a paid plan if you own more than two devices. Their web error page even has a URL to the web app.  Fuck you Evernote.