Reading Intakes - 2019 January

Top Intakes:


The cold start problem: how to build your machine learning portfolio

“…In a real job, unless you’re doing state of the art AI research, you’ll be spending 80–90% of your time cleaning your data anyway. Why would your personal project be different? … What Ron and Alex did seems insane. And it was insane. Normal people don’t duct tape their phones to shopping carts. Normal people don’t spend their days cropping pilots out of YouTube videos. You know who does that? People who will do whatever it takes get their work done…

  • Phenomenal article on building up a portfolio and inspiring case studies on some very interesting projects.

Airbnb Rental Listings Dataset Mining

” … perform an exploratory analysis of the Airbnb dataset sourced from the Inside Airbnb website to understand the rental landscape in NYC through various static and interactive visualisations…”

  • Great post on mining AirBnB data and visualizing it and communicating insights.
  • I didn’t know that this dataset existed, hope to work with it in the short future.

Facebook’s Suicide Algorithms are Invasive

Facebook automatically scores all of us.

The algorithm touches nearly every post on Facebook, rating each piece of content on a scale from zero to one , with one expressing the highest likelihood of “imminent harm”.

Companies such as Facebook that are making inferences about a person’s health from non-medical data sources are not subject to the same privacy requirements. This is a dangerous and malignant use of AI, if I ever saw one.

  • Thought provoking article on the use of data and ethics, and on how data be used for “social good” without crossing unsaid boundaries.

Data Violence and How Bad Engineering Choices Can Damage Society

“It’s almost never possible to evaluate the utility of an algorithm by looking at the code or measuring it against a mathematical formula,” computational social scientist J. Nathan Matias points out. “To evaluate the risks or benefits of an algorithm, we need to study its impact in people’s lives, whether in controlled lab conditions or in the wider world.”

The New Pinebook Pro Will Challenge Google Chromebooks For $199

14” 1080p IPS, 64GB of eMMC storage, 4GB LPDD4 RAM, USB-C, Rockchip RK3399 Hexacore SOC … running linux.

  • Recently got a Asus C101PA Chromebook as a portable machine with Linux and Android apps and love it. Being able to SSH, browse the web and read, all without noticeable lag in a 10” format for under $185 is very nice.
  • This Pinebook Pro, if it ever ships, will be dope.

Scrape Reddit data using Python and Google BigQuery

What Algorithms Know About You Based on Your Grocery Cart

Is ‘Data Scientist’ the ‘Sexiest Job of the 21st Century’? And How Do You Get One of Your Own?

What I have learned after several AI projects

How I got into Google

Cracking the Data Scientist Interview


Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

“Starting Strength has been called the best and most useful of fitness books. The second edition, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training, sold over 80,000 copies in a competitive global market for fitness education.”

  • Finished this past week. Great read, very scientifically technical and reminded me of how much I’ve forgotten from the anatomy class from my Biology degree.
  • Recommend to anyone interested in proper form for barbells and want to do it right.


YouTube // MBKHD - Sony WH1000XM3 Review: A New ANC King!

  • I own a pair of Sony WH1000XM2 and can confirm, they are awesome.
  • Don’t think it’s worth the upgrade and highly recommend buying used the XM2’s on ebay for ~$140.

YouTube // I wish I had found this FREE PYTHON resource much EARLIER!

  • Will definitely check this out, will report back

YouTube //How Tesla’s AutoPilot Works - Is It Worth $5,000?

“Every new Tesla (including the Model 3) comes equipped with the hardware required for AutoPilot, … However, if you wish to use the features, you’ll need to pay $5,000 to activate when you buy the car new, or $7,000 if you decide to purchase it later on. What’s the hardware used to support autopilot? How do you use it? Is the feature worth $5,000? …”

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