Passion. 7 letters that define the meaning of your life. We're always taught to work for the sake of living but there's no meaning in working if you're not passionate about it.
I was always passionate about AI. It was a "love at first sight" thing for me. But I really didn't know what I wanted to do with AI. I just focused on getting better at it hoping that it would take me in some sort of direction.
4 weeks ago, I watched one of Lex Fridman's and Alexander Amini's talks. They both blew my mind. They opened a whole new world for me that I didn't even think about in the first place, autonomous vehicles. I was never interested in cars. But the way Lex and Alexander explained those topics blew my freaking mind.
Having some sort of passion like this has really kept me going. Instead of having to rely on external motivation, the interest I get from AVs (autonomous vehicles) has kept me going.
Passion is like purpose. No passion towards anything = no purpose in life. Memento Mori, you're going to die one day. Atleast live a life where not following your passion isn't one of your regrets.
2020 has really been a crazy year. But the end of 2020 has just begun for me. The end of this year has resulted in the opening in a lot of opportunities for me and now it's time to carpe diem!
Welcome to the final newsletter of 2020! 2020 has really been quite the roller coaster, hasn't it! Pandemics, schools closing down, a lot has happened this year. But regardless of what's happened on the outside world, I hope 2020 was a great year for you! Hope you were able to learn a lot from the experience of the pandemic and really grow and push yourself.
COVID has taught me a lot of things. I'm sure it has taught you a lot of things. The experience of going through a pandemic is something that we rarely think about. We've all learned a lot from this and have probably pushed new boundaries we wouldn't have pushed without covid.
To close off the final newsletter of 2020, I'll be talking about:
Autonomous vehicles + AI Progress Update
Cold emailing + calling
Ok enough yapping, let's get started!!
Something that I'm gonna be working on for the next 6 months. I talked a bit about it above on how I'm gonna be following this rabbit hole and see where it takes me to. I haven't figured out the end goal as of right now but I'm thinking about making an end-to-end autonomous vehicle that can drive in the CARLA Simulator. I want to build smaller projects like what I'm doing with Lane Detection and combine them altogether resulting in the end to end model.
Speaking of that, I'm currently building the Lane Detection model right now! It's in the process of training and the current goal is to be able to attach a monocular camera to my car and have it detect lane lines when driving.
Sneak peak at some of the code!! 👀
If you have any ideas, know someone who's in the Computer Vision field, or know someone who's also into self-driving cars and works as an engineer, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! It would mean a lot for me to be able to get in contact with these people.
🤖 AI Focus and Progress 🤖
I did finish the 100 page ML book! It went really well, I was able to understand the majority of the math behind these algorithms and a lot of it made sense. If you're also into Machine Learning and AI, I cannot stress enough how useful this book will be to you. It'll help you understand the logic + intuition behind algorithms a lot better while being able to understand the math!
I've been listening to the Lex Fridman podcast (which is a podcast you gotta listen to) for a while now and it's also something that I'd recommend. Lex asks great questions, the people he brings on are insane, and I'm 110% sure you'll have a blast when listening to his podcast!!
I've read around 15 research papers this month. It was a goal that I had set for this month as I wanted to get better at reading research papers. I've read research papers on simulators, BRNNs, GANs, optimizers, etc. It's really helped me understand research papers a lot better and has really improved my "ML vocab".
📆2020 Year in Review📆
Rather than typing everything out on this newsletter, I decided to make a 2020 Year in Review webpage on my website blog. Feel free to take a look at it and don't hesitate to send me your thoughts!