GETTING TO KNOW VIHAN, RESEARCH SCIENTIST
Q: What drew you to ThirdAI?
A: Making large-scale machine learning available to all developers without the need for a massive hardware budget and large carbon footprint is one of the most critical problems we need to solve to increase both participation and the pace of innovation in the field. I believe democratizing artificial intelligence is crucial to realizing the full potential of this technology, and ThirdAI provides a compelling vision for tackling this challenge.
On the technical side, I love thinking about how to use randomness to solve computational problems more efficiently, and ThirdAI is at the forefront of developing breakthroughs in randomized algorithms and probabilistic data structures.
Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
A: I lived on a large ship for a year when I was 1 year old.
Q: When you aren’t coding, what do you like to do?
A: I love playing and watching sports and try to do at least one of those activities when I have free time.
Q: What projects are you most excited to be working on at ThirdAI?
A: I’m really excited about the potential that training neural networks on CPUs provides for experimenting with model architectures that would be prohibitively expensive or even infeasible to implement on specialized hardware. I’m hoping to push the limits of what we understand about deep learning and apply what we learn to solve important problems in NLP, vision, speech, and other fields at a fraction of the current cost.