Monday, September 27, 2021

Episode 120 - Machine Learning Embeddings with Edo Liberty


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How can you tell if two images are similar? What about two videos, or two podcast episodes? Finding similar items in a data set is the foundation of Search, Recommendations, Spam Fighting, and many other areas of machine learning. To do this, we need some examples of images that are similar & not similar (called labels), and a method that can learn patterns from these examples (called a model). Today we have Edo Liberty, CEO of Pinecone, on the show to dive into how embeddings are trained and how to quickly find the similar groups of items from millions (even billions!) of examples.


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00:00:24 Introduction
00:02:19 Edo's Background
00:08:20 What are Embeddings?
00:14:00 Self-Organizing Maps & how humans store data
00:22:27 The lifecycle of a machine learning system
00:34:40 The weirdness of high-dimensional spaces
00:42:20 How to manage a vector database
00:47:01 Pinecone the company



Pinecone's website: https://www.pinecone.io/
Edo's Twitter: https://twitter.com/edoliberty


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Episode 119 - The Art of Vacations

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The Art of Vacations

Taking a good vacation is as important as getting a good night's sleep (*very important*). It may sound silly on its face, but planning a vacation and planning around your vacation is extremely important to ensure that you are in the right headspace the rest of the year. This is especially true in the COVID era where many of us are working from home. In this episode, we dive into why vacations are so important, how to plan a relaxing vacation, and how to make sure that your team is supported while you are out.



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Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit and Blue Origin


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  • Jason: 7 Billion Humans
  • Patrick: Moss (Oculus VR, PC VR, PS VR)


Topic: Vacations

  • Why
    • 7 types of rest https://ideas.ted.com/the-7-types-of-rest-that-every-person-needs/
    • Gives you energy for the next crunch
    • Stepping back provides perspective
    • Preparing the team for unexpected absences
  • Why not
    • Can lose context
    • Missed opportunities
    • Slipped deadlines
  • How to set up the perfect vacation
    • Handing off responsibility
    • Documenting code
    • Decide how much to work on vacation
  • How to be on vacation
    • Pre-cation
    • Handling crises / unexpected events
    • Post-cation
  • How to come back from vacation
    • Create email filters / smart folders
    • Skim new pull requests / scrum documents
    • Review chat logs 
  • Types of vacations
    • 1-3 days: delay results
    • 1-2 weeks: Deputize
    • 3+ weeks: Replace




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