Written by Adriano Marques
Why we do Performance Review Meetings every 30 to 45 days at Exponential Ventures
11 May, 2021
> Performance Review Meetings: Dreaded by some, feared by others, loved by the greatest, and misunderstood by almost all. The scene seems to come straight out of a sitcom. A team member and his manager awkwardly enter into an empty conference room booked for an hour several months ago for the dreaded end of the year performance review. The manager dreads the conversation, but she is confident that the notes collected throughout the year in her notepad will help her get through the meeting. The f
Our team is the best
19 March, 2021
Last Friday as I was preparing to leave the office, I went down to our mailbox and found this awesome gift from our team. I'm so excited to have you guys onboard, and I'm looking forward to continue to build incredible things with you for years to come! Thanks for all the hard work and trust you guys put on Exponential Ventures and all our companies everyday.
The Art of Hiring Data Scientists
09 February, 2021
The amount of companies hiring out Data Scientists thinking that they're going to come in, wave a wand and solve all problems with AI is appalling. This is not good for the industry, the companies, or the Data Scientists. Disrupting an industry takes a lot more than hiring a couple of Data Scientists and handing them a wishlist. Solving real problems with Artificial Intelligence requires experience across several technical domains that start with the hardware and ends with the production model,
Adopting Quantum Computing in 2021
09 February, 2021
Interesting take on adopting Quantum Computing in 2021, but I still think that there is a lot to overcome before most companies can actually use Quantum Computing for problems that really matter. Most people don't know, but Quantum Computers are a thing already, the problem is that they're not as powerful right now as we need it to be, and it is very hard to program them and get good results out of it. More on this topic here: https://www.analyticsinsight.net/if-not-then-organizations-should
AI and Deep Learning to a Full-Size Camera
09 February, 2021
Photography is an industry hard to disrupt these days. With phones that are ever more powerful, carrying multiple lenses, and connected to our multitude of apps, it has become increasingly hard to find a reason to buy a DSLR camera. Alice might be an exception, though. It is small, portable, connects to your phone, and is incredibly powerful. And yes... it uses Artificial Intelligence to compensate for our lack of photography skills. Here is a video describing it: Here is an article about
06 February, 2021
Just read a very interesting article on an intelligent material that re-arranges itself in response to a learning stimulus. This is very exciting, and I think, the way to go when it comes to embedding Artificial Intelligence to all things around us. It also shows how the concept of Artificial Intelligence is a lot more encompassing than the usual definitions can accommodate. Here is a cool article explaining how it works: https://scitechdaily.com/the-first-steps-toward-a-quantum-brain-an-inte
Is it a good idea to run data centers underwater?
24 November, 2020
There are major infrastructural challenges in running large scale data centers. One is providing sufficient electric power to keep the facility running. A datacenter running tens of thousands of servers consumes roughly 10 Megawatts of power. Servers not only consume vast amounts of energy, they also generate a lot of heat. The air inside a data center will become sweltering unless you cool it down. Servers cannot function reliably in high temperatures. The cooling solution needs to be both hi
Deep Learning and the fear of frauds
09 November, 2020
Soon we might live in a world where one can never be sure that video and voice recording is real, no matter how realistic it looks and sounds. Deep learning methods are used with artificial neural networks to create what is known as deepfakes – visual and audio content that, to the naked eye, looks absolutely real. The potential uses of deepfakes are limited only by the imagination of people who have access to the technology required to manufacture them. As technology advances, the tools for cr
Overview on the current state of 3D Printing
05 November, 2020
3D printing used to be mostly the realm of hobbyists. As the technology evolved, it became an essential manufacturing method for many industries. Several cars today have 3D printed parts. 3D printing has enabled many startups to bring their products to market. For example, in one of his interviews, George Hotz who started a company to produce a gadget that makes virtually any car self-driving, mentioned that the casings for the gadgets are 3D printed in the company’s office. The most widely use
Are you ready for your Neuralink Brain Implant?
31 October, 2020
Human brain consumes incredibly low amounts of energy, has great longevity, and requires little maintenance. No man-made computing hardware comes even close to a human brain in these qualities. Right now, the brain is mostly a black box to us. We know verry little about how it works. As of yet, scientists have had a limited toolset to study the inner workings of a human brain. Devices that interface with the brain could help us better understand it, repair, and possibly improve it. The most pr
The Current State of Self-Driving Technology
30 October, 2020
The advances of technology in our world have continued to increase and self-driving cars are the next logical step for our society. This poses a fundamental question: do we know how safe autonomous vehicles can be? SAE International is an organization who describes a categorization for "levels of driving automation". It defines six levels of automation for cars, ranging from Level 0 (no driving automation) to Level 5 (full automation), transitioning gradually from "driver support features" to "
Mineral Mining and Blockchains - a good example of blockchain use outside of cryptocurrencies.
26 October, 2020
Blockchain became a buzz word by 2017, made famous by the single-use case that for many people seemed almost synonymous with Blockchain –Bitcoin. The question on people's minds was: "What is blockchain, and how can I make money with it?" What really drew attention was the valuation of a single Bitcoin hitting an astonishing $20,000 in December 2017, a peak that it has not been able to climb again after rolling back down to $3,000 within a year. But the blockchain rush was on. Investors were fr