Back in June, we were joined by Julieta Martinez (@yoknapathawa). Julieta PhD candidate in computer science at the University of British Colombia. Julieta applies computer science to the fascinating and relevant problem of object recognition, which can have wide ranging applications –
That's harder to do, in part because collecting labels is harder, but also because networks don't do as well when the output is structured
— realscientists (@realscientists) June 15, 2017
And also brought in some discussion of the practical difficulties encountered with this kind of research.
And because there are so many images out there, it's also research into "how do we compress vectors to keep them in fast-to-access memory"?
— realscientists (@realscientists) June 16, 2017
Julieta’s answers to our regular post-curation survey can be found below.
In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?
Overall a good and rewarding experience.
It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?
Yes. People in my mentions would try to bait me with outrageous political comments all the time. I figured ignoring them was the best thing to do, although I may have missed some good comments due to this decision.
What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?
It was surprising to me how interested people were into the “a day in the life of a computer scientist” thread. I find it super boring compared to other sciences (we don’t get field trips, we don’t wear lab coats…), but most people thought that was actually pretty cool.
Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?
I wanted to talk about the politics of machine learning. I wanted to make it clear that the end is not coming (at least not due to AI), but I never figured a way to put it without dumbing the subject down too much or fearing an enormous backlash, so I just talked about technology and let people draw their own conclusions.
Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?
I wanted to talk about 3 topics mainly and I covered 2 of them.
Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?
Plan ahead. Beware of trolls.
What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?
@NandoDF, @hmason, @shakir_za, @juliagalef, @TlkngMchns
Thanks once again Julieta from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.