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Episode #124: Python for AI research

Published Mon, Aug 7, 2017, recorded Wed, May 31, 2017.


We all know that Python is a major player in the application of Machine Learning and AI. That often involves grabbing Keras or TensorFlow and applying it to a problem. But what about AI research? When you're actually trying to create something that has yet to be created? How do researchers use Python here?

Today you'll meet Alex Lavin, a Python developer and research scientist at Vicarious where they are trying to develop artificial general intelligence for robots.

Links from the show:

Alex on the web: lavin.io
Alex on Twitter: @theAlexLavin
Vicarious: vicarious.com
NOVA's Great Robot Race Documentary: youtube.com

Alex Lavin
Alex Lavin
Alex studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell, then pursued robotics in Carnegie Mellon's MS in Mechanical Engineering program, where he led a team to building a lunar rover. Previously, he was a Senior Software Engineer with Numenta, developing biologically-derived AI algorithms. In 2016, Alex was selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Science. In his free time, Alex enjoys running, yoga, live music, and reading sci-fi and theoretical physics books.


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