Writing with the machine
Finally got this running: snappy in-editor “autocomplete” powered by a neural net trained on old sci-fi stories.
I’d been reading about #deep_learning for a couple of years, but it wasn’t until a long conversation earlier this year with an old friend (who is eye-poppingly excited about these techniques) that I felt motivated to dig in myself. And, I have to report: it really is a remarkable community at a remarkable moment. Tracking papers on Arxiv, projects on Github, and threads on Twitter, you get the sense of a group of people nearly tripping over themselves to do the next thing — to push the state of the art forward.
That’s all buoyed by a strong (recent?) culture of clear #explanation.