Bringing a new human into the world is a big deal. Appropriate nutrition prenatal, gestation and postnatal, is paramount for a healthy pregnancy.Read More
A brief review of the StarCraft II Learning Environment paper published by Blizzard and DeepMind.Read More
Today I posted two new videos.
The first of which briefly goes through my plans and goals with my self-created Artificial Intelligence Master's Degree.
I've started a weekly VLOG series documenting my learning journey if you'd like to see anything specific within the videos, be sure to leave a comment or send me an email.
The second of which is a few clips I recorded whilst working out with two of my close friends at Raw Training Australia.
Over the past few months, I've been experimenting with new styles of movements. I've diversified my daily exercise from being all about lifting weights to incorporating many different styles of movement. In the video above, we had some fun practising the L-sit, it's a surprisingly hard exercise!
I'll be posting more videos like these in the future on a weekly basis. If you think I can improve them in anyway, I'd love your advice!
Rather than going back to Unversity to learn about Artificial Intelligence, I'm taking advantage of the amazing online learning resources available and creating my own AI Master's Degree.Read More
I turned 24 today. Here are my life principles so far in boolean expressions.Read More
What I currently eat on a daily basis.Read More
Part 3 of my How I'm Learning Deep Learning series.Read More
Be very careful where you put your attention.
Attention is the most valuable commodity, because attention equals time. Time is all we will ever have.
Where we end up in life is dictated by where we spend out attention. If you hang around people who drink often, chances are, you’ll drink often too.
Where attention goes, energy flows.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
This rule applies to everything. The five foods you eat the most, the five TV shows you watch, the five websites you visit the most.
It especially applies to services now controlled by algorithms. Here’s an experiment, watch a YouTube video slightly left field of what you would usually watch. What happens to your suggested videos?
When you use one of these services, your preferences are continually saved to the database, the machine learns about you. Its one task is to provide you with suggestions about what you might interested in and it’s very good at doing its job.
I said jokingly to a friend recently, Facebook and Google probably know more about us than we do each other. I’m now realising it’s probably more truth than fiction.
None of this should be considered as negative. It’s the way things are.
If we were as careful with our attention as we are with money, how would things change?
How many more times will you…
get to pat your dog?
smile at yourself in the mirror?
say I love you to those who mean the most?
get to enjoy the first few rays of sun in the morning?
get to say good morning?
you write down what your goals are for the day?
be able to say Happy Birthday to someone close to you?
take a photo of something beautiful?
not take a photo of something beautiful and enjoy it for yourself?
solve a problem you’ve been working hard on?
get to high five your friend?
get to challenge yourself physically?
get to breathe in that first breath of cold morning air?
stare at the stars and wonder?
read the book you love most?
watch the movie you so adore?
get to share a meal with good people?
press snooze because you don’t have anything to jump out of bed for?
say thank you to the barista who made your morning coffee?
reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a while and tell them you’re thinking of them?
watch the sunset?
watch the sunrise?
get to work on something you love and enjoy?
help someone else?
explore somewhere new?
push yourself to the other side of fear?
get to be a student?
have the opportunity to be a teacher?
hesitate and miss an opportunity?
get to ask your significant other how their day was? Or anyone how their day was?
get angry for being stuck in traffic?
cry? Why are you afraid of crying?
taste your favourite food?
choose someone else’s path instead of your own?
ignore the voice in your head and listen to someone else?
create something of value for others?
think about the number 30,000?
If you’re reading this, it’s likely you will live for about 30,000 days (give or take a few thousand). Each time you go to sleep, the number goes down by one.
Putting this into perspective has helped me appreciate everything a little bit more.
I don’t think about it all the time but it helps to realise how valuable every opportunity is. It makes me think hard how I want to spend the next ~20,000 days of my life.
How many more times will you think about how to spend yours?
The scale of most things gets ignored.
In the case of writing. A recent post of mine was just over 2400 words. A 10 minute read at an average pace. A post which took me hours to craft can be consumed within 10 minutes.
This is not just related to reading and writing but many other things.
The apps we use on our phones. Something easily taken for granted. Many of them take 100’s of hours and the cooperation of dozens of engineers to build, maybe more. All of this work for a few seconds of interaction at a time.
On an even larger scale, the person we most recently disrespected. Millions of years of evolution, the precise division of cells and countless decisions all led up to that exact moment.
Of course, this scale could go on until the beginnings and ends of the universe.
Sometimes what may be considered small is really something big in disguise.
How would thinking at scale change your mind the next you consider yourself insignificant? Or the next time you feel someone hasn’t pulled their weight?