So now that the semester has finally ended for me, I will finally have time to really dedicate to some more studies, and I will be working full time this summer at NineFx Inc in Columbia, SC as a Software Engineer. I wanted to talk about my time at Open Source 101 in Columbia. The main event for me was, the talk about Machine Learning, where an engineer Dan Zaratsian, had shown that a trained neural network was able to tell if patients had cancer, or other diseases solely through images. It was extremely eye opening, to actually see what I’ve been hearing, and the fear that computers will soon be able to do many if not all of our essential jobs. Other than that, I enjoyed many of the talks given at the conference.
In a similar vein, I’ve noticed through my undergraduate career, that there is a movement of the Computer Science degree to continue to devolve into a high volume, low skill degree. I believe that this degree needs to remain rigorous. It is unfortunate that we have been seeing this all across the country. It’s the main reason I picked up a Math major while I’m in University as well. Hopefully it will fill the void of rigor and difficulty that is absent in the Computer Science departments at many universities. Hopefully through continued pressure and lobbying at my university by many of the students and professionals that are either board members or lobby the IAB(Industrial Advisory Board) at the University of South Carolina.