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2019+: No more to-do listing, schedule allotted time. Smile more.

Happy new year! and first post in 2019! something I’d like to improve and implement tenaciously this year is to de-habit to-do listing and form a habit of scheduling what can be done in the near term (day, week, month max).

By living the to-do listing, I realized it’s similar to opening up interesting tabs to read later. Tasks gets buried and offers an excuse to move on without resolution.

I still believe in the fail fast mentality, if something doesn’t work abandon it quickly and iterate on, move on. I have many personal projects that I use as foundations to validate techniques or hypothesis for my grand project. When I successfully validate the possibility and achieve success I consider the personal project finished. The problem arises when I try to expand the original hypothesis by desire to monetize the project or expand it into something super cool.

By allotting time, things at least get a chance to progress, and if it’s not worth it because of a greater priority. I can chuck it with resolution, identifying time cost, that the endeavor is not worth it. This will ensure fairness between my tasks and a trial of finishing projects completely regardless of worth, away from my fail fast mentality I’ve burned in.

As a learning experience, these next couple months, I will finish out what I started no matter what even after identifying it as not good use of time, like accumulating full fledge small projects to build reward feeling and habit. But such way seems very stubborn and wasteful of our finite time. Regardless I can see the benefits and first order would be this limited months of finishing what I start no matter what.

To have both or knowing when to use either, will be beneficial to me as a leader.

Also! I want to return to more lightness by smiling more. Life had been very maturing these past few years. : )

2018 Year in Review

Currently sitting in the lobby of a Berlin Hotel on New Year Eve, waiting to see fireworks at Alexanderplatz. It’s gonna be wild! I’m going to pick up where I last left off. Much has happened in 6 months.

Glad I can say I grew a ton in the latter half of 2018 in almost all areas. I am still pretty low from starting over but I have a more refined idea of what my path.

I want to focus my studies and technical skills to be strong in AI / machine learning. Had my first R&D software internship at Yaskawa. I just want to see my idea happen. Been a lot more open and made a huge push to talk to experts so readily available at UT and mentors in Austin.

Career

  • Interviewed with Aptiv (delphi technology) for self driving car system cool!, Google for software engineer, but I don’t know if I want to be considered for data science? Data jobs? I just like machine learning and want to grow in that direction.

Summer Internship at Yaskawa

  • Learned alot about working with people
  • Notice alot more job interested in my previous experience
  • Worked with hardware and software did everything. Dabble with machine vision and AI applications
  • Chang works at google verily now building surgical robot! Crazy!!! Davinci purposely didn’t want AI capability, google does
  • Frank know alot about everything
  • Everyone cool

Smart toilet

  • Really got it moving and putting myself out there
    • Talked to mentors
    • Bob focus on finishing out CS, CS + molecular bio strong toolset what I need, think about grad school, make decision after graduation pursue it strong. Introducer. Ghosted by Tom, coincidentally same med student I met Aiden who was going to AI talk by Microsoft was his mentor ( small world )
    • Mickey friend with atlas start smaller more basic just start collecting data to prove idea
    • Chetan toilet consumer focus more basic start small then come up and patent
    • Jim just prove the idea
    • Pitched to Julia Cheek diagnostics

LongHorn startup

  • Really put myself out there try to connect, grow and learn and get accepted into longhorn startup but ultimately failed because I didn’t have a product ready by class

YALLA

  • Rather than focus on one buyer who comprise of 90% of our revenue and under her control. We want to diversify the market with global instacart
  • https://www.fastcompany.com/40504053/these-entrepreneurs-are-transforming-the-middle-easts-startup-scene

AI

  • Super exciting finished course formally CS188
  • Want to be an expert
  • Will do fast.AI, andrew ng, and learn tensorflow
  • AI is so powerful game changing
  • I cant be the best but I want to be knowledgeable and this leverage the power for application and form a startup out of it. Will ultimately be useful for smart toilet.
  • Reading bad blood, master algorithm, and augmented
  • Want to see what I can do with voice kit and vision kit.
    • Will try to value add voice kit and sell

Pintos

  • Successfully finished it! It was brutal and ate all of my time for fall semester. Was on edge of failure. I met the most brilliant partner building pintos. There are so super talented people. Very useful for a specific technical problem.

Medicine

  • This is something I don’t think I’ll ever bury completely. But my window is closing or closed. I never stopped wanting to be a doctor, but I just want too much. I was young and naive not knowing how to walk. But everyone has to learn and who knows what would happen.
  • I would have graduated and been resident physician this year if I had not had my life changing experience and desire to do more. I am often think of Icarus. But it’s exciting and what I want to ultimately achieve I want to do more
  • This summer I lost a big chance to come back but maybe at the same time not. I remember tearing up crying. Desperation and realization that my door has closed for sure. Deep down I knew.
  • I messed up my order. Couldn’t learn medicine on own but could CS. should have finished MD then pursue tech. Shouldn’t have started over at the bottom. Regret. But no one would know what would happen. I want too much, and impossible to know.
  • I can still appreciate the power of tech to truly innovate healthcare it was not something I could do from within but perhaps my goal could still be achieved with the MD.

Mom

  • This is my biggest regret I cant help her faster takes time, messed up my path.

Middle age approaching late twenties.

  • Younger people definitely could take more risk and have a bigger window of opportunities.

Frohes neues Jahr!

things are going

It’s been a while, friend! and I’m pleased to say, things are going. I finished a pretty challenge course, and the next semester will be an even critical point. (yet again! but that’s good)

I snagged an internship where I am working on cloud robotics with one of the biggest industrial robotics company in the world. Luckily it touch on topics that interest me such as AI and IoT, well granted these are IIoT! I’m learning alot in a startup like innovation branch as part of the larger mothership.

I’ve learned firsthand how bureaucratic and slow-moving large companies operate. Fortunately our branch is their innovation arm, so we stay pretty lean and get exciting work done, all the while have the backing of a large company.

I’m getting paid to learn AI and cloud infrastructure at work, and while not working, I’m trying to knock out Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning course. The course is taking a while to complete because Octave performs horribly for me. It crashes too often and leaves me too frustrated to finish. I have recently switched over to MatLab, but realistically I probably want to build my skillset in python + libraries such as NumPy.

On the side, I have a bunch of ideas in the pipeline that I hope to complete by end of summer: Allergy AI iOS app based on recommendation learning, train my Google Vision Kit Raspberry Pi to be able to count cars that pass by my patio, and more easily to use Google Voice Kit Raspberry Pi as a smart alarm clock where I can schedule it tasks without speaking to it.

The Google AIY Vision Kit is especially exciting because it serves to augment my internet camera streaming interest. Basically make my current and potentially all internet cameras capable of being “smart”, to be able to identify objects and understand its environment.

Another interesting and personally motivated project is the Allergy AI app to identify what I’m allergic too. Even though I know I am hella allergic to cedar! It would be helpful to differentiate out other allergen to make my life physically better. Spring time this year was NOT FUN; itchy dry crusty swollen eyes and months of coughing and sneezing. I do not like taking any kind of medication, but this year I’ve actively sought out and took claritin. So hopefully this app will be useful to me and others suffering from allergy.

Finally I want to update my progress my startup. I’ve meet a couple of mentors who have given very helpful advices on moving forward with a prototype from funding to technical help.

See ya! Expect another post around August!