Independent AI researcher, Consulting CTO Oculus VR, Founder Id Software and Armadillo Aerospace

Dallas, TX
Joined August 2010
I still feel pretty good about the commencement speech I gave a few years ago: invidio.us/YOZnqjHkULc?t=138
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I can imagine an alt history where 3dfx Voodoo2 had some tweaks for a higher precision signed math mode instead of bilinear filtering, along with a full ring SLI interconnect, and the deep learning / computer vision takeoff started in '98. 8x Voodoo2 in a PCI chassis!
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It has helped my notes a lot to put a year in front of the title when I save links to papers, providing context and a useful ordering. Occasionally seeing papers without a clear date on them is bothersome, but Google provides.
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This is a tiny graphics glitch that I see in SO MANY VR (and other) apps. There is a flickering fringe at the top of this image, as a result of the texture being sampled with the default "repeat" wrap mode instead of "clamp" mode.
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Putting it in video game terms, 520 Gb of total traffic / minute is only 18 MB of I/O traffic per frame, or less than one uncompressed 4k video frame.
How inefficient can your backend be to require 16000 vCPUs and 116TB of RAM for *just* 8 million users. That's 1 vCPU every 500 users and 14GBs per user
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In contrast to conv-nets, your brain learns to recognize things in specific parts of your visual field. Letters at the extreme left and right edges of your vision aren't practiced, so you often can't read even very large words.
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Turn your head so you can only see part of your monitor with an extreme side-eye and note how difficult it is to interpret familiar things even when they are scaled up quite large.
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It is @Wikipedia 's 20th anniversary today. It is hard to remember from today's perspective how viciously the idea of a publicly edited encyclopedia was mocked by many traditional gatekeepers of knowledge. It is hard to imagine a better refutation.
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John Carmack retweeted
gonna get in line for the vaccine because I've heard all these urban legends about tracking microchips and I think I might be able to root it and install Doom
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Company technical reports have more incentive to be useful than academic papers do; there should be a better indexing of the ones that have been made publicly available.
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Fringe fandoms can be wonderful — I think I enjoyed this movie twice as much because I saw people so hopeful and excited for it as a vehicle for their favorite side character, and I learned all the old lore ahead of time.
Well, that went a bit long, but in case you're curious, here's my non-spoilery review of #BatmanSoulOfTheDragon: Everyone involved in making this movie should be TREMENDOUSLY proud of themselves. And you should ABSOLUTELY watch it. If you want the long one, read on:
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Revisiting amazon.com/dp/0345409469/ref… 25 years later, “pics or it didn’t happen” has killed a lot of paranormal beliefs, but conspiracy theories have gotten much more virulent. Hard to gauge given the vast differences in visibility; not sure if we have slipped on net.
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D&D supplements written in the style of OpenGL extensions -- "Insert the following before section 3.7..."
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Apparently the brain's visual processing speed slows significantly in low light conditions. I wonder what the upper limits are the other way -- would the pro-player reaction time measurements be faster on a hyper-bright monitor versus a dim one?
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We are making it a priority in the new year to engage a lot more with the Quest User Voice. It still needs a bunch of updates at the moment, but this is the right place to voice your thoughts on Quest / Quest 2: oculus.uservoice.com/forums/…
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We are striving towards monthly software releases so there will be many opportunities for software features to roll in. The lead for hardware changes is measured in years, so don't expect too much movement there.
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I like "popular highlight" in Kindle. It would be interesting to be able to opt in to public margin notes. It would be a disaster on anything political, but in fringe books it might be really cool.
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The caustics cast by drops of melted snowflakes on my glasses got burned into the photochromic coating, and didn't go away for several minutes after wiping them dry.
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