At some point, while diving into philosophy you’ll come across the question:
“How do I know, what I know is true?”
This was the idea that René Descartes explored. Through extreme skepticism, using a method of doubt, he breaks down ideas into chunks and validates those chunks, to be certain something is true.
Like sorting through a trunk of apples one by one, making sure no bad apples remain.
But if our only way of interacting with the world is through our senses, sight, touch, smell etc. …
This summer I got to work at one of Canada’s biggest banks, CIBC. Interning as a junior product analyst on the Digital Delivery and Product Team.
I am grateful, crazy grateful. It’s not normal for teenagers to work at banks. It’s extra not normal for teens to work remotely at a bank during a pandemic when millions are struggling to keep their jobs.
I was not entitled to this opportunity, my gratitude is through the ROOF!
This article is for myself to reflect on the experience, to show gratitude to those who made the experience special and for others to learn from. …
Before we get into it Zappos is an American shoe and clothing retailer.
But that’s not what Zappos is to me or many other zapponians...
For us, it’s a company that makes people happy.
They do it through culture. Their company values aren’t something they throw up in an employee hallway. These 10 values are the backbones of Zappos:
Deliver WOW Through Service
Embrace and Drive Change
Create Fun and A Little Weirdness
Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
Pursue Growth and Learning
Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
Do More With Less
Be Passionate and…
The sun powers all life on our planet. Just like all-stars, it produces unlimited energy through a process called fusion. By fusing light atoms like hydrogen together under HOT temperatures (we’re talking 15 million° hot 🥵) and high pressures like those found at the center of the sun. We get a million times more energy than we would from a regular combustion reaction.
But wait it gets better…
Replicating energy like the sun is getting people excited because Fusion is:
What do you get when you combine 13 men 30-year-old men in silicon valley? The biggest online payments company to IPO at 1billion Paypal now worth over 100billion and valued more than double it’s parent company. What do you get when these men leave Paypal? One of the most valuable networks in Silicon Valley and the world: the Paypal Mafia. Going on to lead some of the biggest companies today like Tesla, LinkedIn, Yelp and Youtube.
The chances of your company being a unicorn (+$billion evaluation) are 0.001%, but for the people in this circle, it’s almost 50%.
Let’s take a look at the Peter Thiel who was CEO of Paypal, made the most investments, started Palantir Technologies, and bought a 10% share in Facebook for 500k. Created Founded Founders Fund which made investments in Airbnb, Lyft, SpaceX. He might know a thing or two about startups, so here’s some key takeaways from his book Zero to and my observations. …
The human eye is state of the art the fastest muscle in the human body, perfected by hundreds of years of evolution. When paired with the processing power of the brain, we can analyze and classify objects in a fraction of a second.
But how do we recreate this process for computers? Sticking a camera onto a self-driving car and crossing your fingers that it doesn’t hit someone isn’t a safe bet. Self-driving cars don’t just need to see the image, they need to detect the types of objects and their locations in the image extremely quickly.
We’ve been able to detect objects using algorithms since the 60s. But we were only able to detect specific objects in a particular configuration by scanning parts of the image, networks like fast RCNN’s would have to make multiple predictions, which means more time. …
Guess which artist painted this?
None, my computer did!
Here’s how I taught it with the help of a deep learning algorithm called Neural Style Transfer (NST).
NST allows us to mash the content of an image and the style of another image to generate a baby image.
At a high level, we have two images and our generated image. We find the style differences between our style image and the generated image, while also the content differences of our content image and the generated image.
We then tweak our generated image until there’s as little difference between both the style and content images as possible. …
We love expressing our selves from what we wear, what we watch, how we talk and the people we surround our selves with.
But what if you couldn’t prove you existed?
That’s the reality for over 1.1 billion people who have no proof of their identity. They live with this burden facing social, financial and educational exclusion every day.
A single piece of paper ratifies our existence under the law, unlocking our human rights to a name, an age, a parentage, and a nationality,
but this is a piece of paper that every 4th child doesn’t receive.
A birth certificate.
A birth certificate is like a breeder document, it’s key for obtaining other documents, those documents allow you to get other documents. …
Imagine spending all your life savings on a home for your family, one night you hear pounding on the doors, people demanding you evacuate the house immediately.
You purchased your property but don’t have the legal papers to back up your claim. For dozens of possible reasons; you either bought your house from someone who didn’t have them or faked them, you lost these papers, the agencies didn’t have the proper information or maybe you couldn’t afford the process.
This is a situation for thousands of people fear every day, according to the world bank, 70% of people don’t have legally registered land! …