I’m thinking about Invisible Man’s description of time as a boomerang. It seems like actions and ideas keep coming back.
Things I learned at Northwestern keep resurfacing throughout this program. Today, Stacy described her research in Bayesian networks, and she gave a brief overview of a couple machine learning algorithms. I understood the academic jargon, and I recognized the directed, acyclic graph from my mathematics of computer science course. In a research paper I read today, they talked about using neural nets to make a predictive VR interface for drones. I’m realizing that my education is relevant, that my teachers are doing a good job teaching me, and that I’m retaining information- the combination of the three is the most shocking.
Progress is slow in the drone project; we all have Go on our computers, and Inshira got a video feed to play on our computers- now we need to find a more convenient way to grab the video to do some processing and put it in an interface (maybe- I think we need to confirm with Tom and Dr. Stone if our project will require a controllable interface). I’m currently thinking that we’ll have to use Python to program the drones. Not too bad, since I had to learn a bit last quarter. I’m trying to figure out how to get two drones to connect via wifi on just one machine- I know it’s possible, but I also know that I have never done this before, and some guidance would be helpful. Days are getting longer at the VRAC now that there’s more time on our own. It’s kind of pleasant, to be able to schedule yourself.
The weather this morning was wonderful. It was windy, heavily clouded, and 60 degrees, just after a lightning storm. I wish all morning walks to the VRAC were quite as nice. I took a picture because I was so pleased.
Kira and I talked about art for a solid hour or so. I also mentioned performance art to Ahmed today. Weird, but I could talk about art all day. I’m wondering what that says about me and what I value.