吴恩达提的人生建议——兴趣并非成功之母

整理自Interview with Andrew Ng https://zhuanlan.zhihu.com/p/25718297

Career Advice

  • “Follow your passion” is not good career advice. Often, you first become good at something, and then you become passionate about it.  To find opportunities that had a lot of potential for impact and also gave you fantastic opportunities to learn.
  • The world has an infinite supply of interesting problems. The world also has an infinite supply of important problems. I would love for people to focus on the latter.
  •  To de-risk projects early. Or else, you may do step one,  do step two, do step three, and then you realize that step four has been impossible all along.
  • Creating habits instead of counting on willpower, because willpower peters out.


Innovation Strategy

  • Two of the most efficient ways to learn, to get information, are reading and talking to experts. When you read enough or talk to enough experts, when you have enough inputs, new ideas start appearing.  
  • When you become sufficiently expert in the state of the art, you stop picking ideas at random. You are thoughtful in how to select ideas, and how to combine ideas. You are thoughtful about when you should be generating many ideas versus pruning down ideas.
  • Meet some of the top people and see a huge diversity of points of view.

 

Book Recommendations

  • "Zero to one": gives an overview of entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • "The Lean Startup": gives one specific tactic for innovating quickly.
  • "Talking to Humans": teaches you how to develop empathy for users you want to serve by talking to them. 
  • "Rocket Surgery Made easy": teaches you different tactics for learning about users, either through user studies or by interviews.
  • "The Hard Thing about Hard Things":  covers a lot of useful territory on what building an organization is like.
  • "So Good They Can't Ignore You":  gives a valuable perspective on how to select a path for one’s career.

 

The Trend

  • Automated driving might happen in the next decade or so.
  • AI is many decades away (if not longer) from achieving something akin to consciousness.
  • A rocket ship is a giant engine together with a ton of fuel. Both need to be really big. If you have a lot of fuel and a tiny engine, you won’t get off the ground. If you have a huge engine and a tiny amount of fuel, you can lift up, but you probably won’t make it to orbit. So you need a big engine and a lot of fuel. The reason that machine learning is really taking off now is that we finally have the tools to build the big rocket engine — that is giant computers, that's our rocket engine. And the fuel is the data. We finally are getting the data that we need. We need even bigger rocket engines and we still need even more rocket fuel. Both are still constrained and the two have to grow together. 

The Nature of Machine Learning

  • So as far as I can tell, the only was we know way to teach strategic skills is by example, by seeing tons of examples.  Instead of having everyone spend five years before you see enough examples, to deliver many examples in a much more compressed time frame.


User Experience

  • One thing about speech recognition: most people don’t understand the difference between 95 and 99 percent accurate. Ninety-five percent means you get one-in-20 words wrong. That’s just annoying, it’s painful to go back and correct it on your cell phone. Ninety-nine percent is game changing. If there’s 99 percent, it becomes reliable. It just works and you use it all the time. So this is not just a four percent incremental improvement, this is the difference between people rarely using it and people using it all the time.


Baidu

  • Decision making is pushed very far down in the organization at Baidu. (which brings the infightings)
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