Spotlight #6: Josh Miller

Relatively cool dude.

Meet Josh Miller, a rising junior at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Josh is a machine learning intern at Flux.LA, a search engine optimization and digital marketing agency in Los Angeles. As a self-taught machine learning engineer, he aims to earn his PhD in machine learning and artificial intelligence in the future. This is his first time on the west coast, so he hopes to have the classic LA experience, along with burritos, free stickers, and a chance to meet top professionals in the city’s upcoming tech scene.

What inspired you to explore startups and join a small company?

I guess it’s really statistics that brought me here. After learning a lot about machine learning in my spare time and developing some fun side projects using that technology (for example: https://twitter.com/cooperbotAI ), I decided that the next internship I wanted to do would be something that allowed me to work on such a project. Seeing how most larger companies only accept grad/phd students to work on machine learning projects (and this is done for good reasons), it was much more likely that I’d end up finding my opportunity with a smaller company / startup. Luckily for me, that’s exactly what happened!

What’s excites you most about working in LA?

A lot of things excite me about working here in LA. On the professional side, I’m very interested in the project I’m working on at Flux. The problem I’ve been tasked with solving is not very deeply explored or documented territory, so that gives me a lot of room for experimentation with different techniques and I enjoy that a lot. On a more personal side, this is my first time ever travelling to the west coast. That fact alone is very exciting to me.

What’s your favorite (non-work related) thing about LA?

This has actually become a bit of an inside joke at Flux, but my favorite thing is probably the lack of humidity. YEAH, THAT HUMIDITY! NICE!!!!!!

What do you hope to get from this fellowship?

The things I hope to get from this fellowship are:
- more stickers on my laptop (check)
- something that resembles the typical “LA experience™” (in progress)
- another really cool project to add to my resume (in progress)
- a chance to meet more people in the LA tech industry 
- JAMMIN BURRITOS (CHECK)

What are your goals for the next 5 years?

In the next five years, I’d like to keep digging deeper into the field of AI. I, personally, am strongly invested in AI and really enjoy following the progress that is being made daily by all of the incredible researchers in the field. I really would love to pursue a PhD in machine learning in the future, and hope to be working to advance the state of the art in AI in the future.

Describe a perfect day in your life.

Hmm, that’s a tough on. I think… If I were to get specific, and just list one perfect day, that wouldn’t be a good answer. One might try to expand upon that and consider the possibility that the perfect life would consist of repeating some variation of that perfect day. Such an idea doesn’t seem intuitively correct to me so….. I’m going to leave this with a cheesy answer instead.

-Today

Anything else you’d like people to know about you?

I probably don’t have to repeat the whole 
RELATIVELY COOL DUDE
thing, but it doesn’t hurt throwing it in here anyways.

What’s your spirit animal and why?

I’m not sure… But it’s definitely not the dancing hotdog on snapchat!

Favorite food?

Probably cheeseburgers.

Vans or Converse?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Shoes are shoes

Favorite TV show?

The Walking Dead

What’s one misconception people have about you?

Beats me! (was gonna put the ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ shrug dude here again, but wasn’t sure if I should)

What’s your fun fact?

I just googled “fun facts” and received a Wikipedia article about diplomatic immunity

What’s your secret talent?

Ask me about my glasses. My secret talent only has its full effect™ in person

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