In 2021, it was theorized that human thought could be objectively represented in data form. The idea was that our brains generated electromagnetic pulses that could be recorded by neural interfaces and normalized into a universal data format that accounted for biological variation. Given the vast troves of data that brain-computer interface startups open-sourced in 2020, Silicon Valley’s army of software engineers and research scientists were able to rapidly prototype specialized machine learning models and push the cutting edge of neural interpretation.

By 2024, we had fully mapped out the human brain and were able to systematically isolate the neural…

Warning. Prepare to take control in 3, 2, 1…

Isaac awakened with a start. The car was precariously hurtling towards an unmarked construction zone. Recalling his training, he engaged the brakes and swerved sharply to the right, throwing the car into a spin and slamming it into a street lamp. The in-vehicle camera revealed that the passengers, a woman and her newborn, did not survive the impact. Isaac had failed.

After self-driving technology reached Level 4 autonomy in 2020, self-driving cars have become ubiquitous. Why would anyone drive manually like their parents did, when an autonomous vehicle could take you…

As winter break ends and the spring semester rolls around, get ready for DevFest, ADI’s annual week-long tech event, filled with technical workshops, free food, free swag, fun activities, and of course, an overnight hackathon. Whether you have no programming experience, have taken a few computer science classes, or are a seasoned developer, DevFest is the perfect place for you to hone your technical knowledge and learn something new. This year, DevFest will take place this year from January 30 — February 4.

Here’s a preview of what we have in store for you at DevFest 2017.

DevNights

Monday — Thursday

It’s Friday. You wake up to your alarm app that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the optimal time with a soothing medley of light and ambient noise. 83% sleep quality and 4 REM cycles. Not bad. You shrug on your second softest hoodie and grab a bottle of Soylent. Sadly it’s the last one, so you tell your watch to order a new shipment as you leave your 220 square foot apartment to commute to work. …

How we completely transformed Columbia’s biggest tech event

Every January, ADI does a pretty crazy thing. Our entire board gives up homework, social lives, and beauty sleep to organize DevFest, a week-long event focused on providing Columbia students with opportunities to learn how to program and develop applications. We make DevFest happen each year because we know that learning something new can be transformational.

Throughout the week, we invest a lot of effort into teaching students of all experience levels new skills that they can utilize to build interesting technical projects. DevFest revolves around creating the best possible environment for learning and exploration, and our curriculum is an…

Raymond Xu

software @lyft. previously @columbia, @adicu, @google. http://raymondxu.io [views mine]

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