Monthly Archives: April 2016

we still don’t know how to write code

Since it seems I’m in lecture mode lately, here goes a not so serious (or maybe yes?) message to Google and their AI / Deep Learning team:

You are showing machines to paint, compose music, talk or synthesize piano from current paintings, music and recordings. Fine.

However, tempting as it is, I hope you realize you should not, I repeat, you should NOT, feed the Deep Learning machines with contemporary source code in hoping they’ll learn to code.

Because, you surely must know that as species we haven’t figured out coding yet. We’ve been painting for 20 thousand years. We’ve been talking for way longer. But coding, we’ve done it for 50 years, we are still at the infancy, we basically haven’t figured it out yet. So, by showing the machines code NOW you are almost certainly teaching them bad coding, really really bad coding. You realize, right? RIGHT?

speaking of education

speaking of education, don’t tempt your luck as a country by giving democracy to the people but not giving them good, free, public education at the same time.

not only you should believe this is the right and fair thing to do, but also, pragmatically speaking, if you don’t then you are putting the whole country at risk of making poor choices based on fear and personal interests.

basically, democracy doesn’t work without a well educated population.

good public education IS free

Where I come from, about half the adults have university degrees, and half of those have a degree on sciences, technology or mathematics. All powered by public high quality education. That probably explains why people there are innovative and why there we are doing way better than most parts of Europe.

So, as far as I am concerned, quality public education not only does not cost money, it’s actually free and makes money for the region. And it can be as solid as the best university in the world. This is a believe I hold strongly, for I’ve seen it working on myself. Or, also, ask any of your scandinavian friends.

formula

“Formula 1”, triple English homonym, because why use different words if you can make things extra confusing.

the USA is big

according to many americans, the USA is bigger than Earth. in fact, the planet is made of 150% USA and 75% water

(to be fair, so are many other countries according to some of their citizens)

that’s what i do

i’m one of those few men who close the toilet lid every time after i pee. i know i’m in the minority, like with most other things i do

maturity

maturity is when you realize your opinions and positions are not necesarily the only right ones

14 emails

Today I got 14 emails in my inbox from myself. Must . Stop . Having . Ideas . At . Night

perks

i guess one good thing of having a baby that can’t talk yet but does already fart is that you can always blame her when you do (fart)

#pleasedie

people who use

#morningcoffee (heart shaped foam)
#dreambig (company door logo)
#soblessed (feet on the sand)
#neverstopexploring (machu picchu)
#justanotherdayatwork (celebrity visiting campus)
#viewfrommyoffice (palm-tree and laptop)
#beyourself (duckface)