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It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the novelty and demands of your first software role, whether that’s an internship or a full-time position.

This is a guide to the tools, skills, and rituals you’ll encounter in a real software shop. It assumes that you already know the mechanics of coding…


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In 2016 I finished a PhD in neuroscience and made the move to tech. Since then, I’ve worked as a data scientist and product manager in several companies. I’ve also spent a lot of time screening and interviewing candidates for data science roles.

I frequently receive questions about how to…


Disclaimer: this post concerns two things about which I don’t know very much: economics and climate policy. If you’d rather read something I’m supremely qualified to talk about, try this post on rookie errors I’ve made in my machine learning career.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, created the most…


A 2am snap of Frost Methane’s arctic installation in July, when the sun never sets

Olya is the CEO of Frost Methane, a startup which “flares” (burns) methane. Flaring reduces methane’s warming potential by 28x by turning it into methane’s more famous but less-warming cousin, CO2. …


GPT-3 is a very large machine learning model trained on large chunks of the internet. Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash

The biggest AI news of 2020 so far is the success of OpenAI’s monstrous new language model, GPT-3. In this post, I’m going to quickly summarize why GPT-3 has caused such a splash, before highlighting 3 consequences for individuals and companies building things with AI.

GPT-3: a very brief primer

Why are people excited about…


Image from Burst.

This time last year, my co-founder Pat and I had a full schedule, and most of it revolved around work. Between the corporate frisbee league, the employer-sponsored HIIT classes, and the weekly company pick-up soccer game, we were seeing a lot of our colleagues. …


During the pandemic, Statistics Canada has been compiling data on how peoples’ work habits have shifted. We’ve been digging into this data, and in this post we’re going to share some insights and discuss how we think these trends will develop throughout the rest of 2020.

How has the % of remote work changed?

Prior to February 1st…


Over the past three years, I’ve spent >50% of my time thinking about what the applied research teams I’ve been part of should be building, and how. This post is about some of the challenges I’ve faced helping to organize applied machine learning research in a hyper-growth setting.

These observations…


with Claudel Rheault

Credit: Claudel Rheault

At the end of March, Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault’s message to the people was clear: stay inside. But he didn’t stop there, offering a tongue-in-cheek remedy to the anxiety of lockdown: “a glass of wine may help”.

Since SAQ (Quebec’s central wine stores) remains open as an essential business, we…


with Salman Mohammed, Claudel Rheault, and Patrick Steeves

Update 19/03/20: thanks to lots of fantastic feedback, we’ve now released V2 of the tool, which brings historical case data per day for your country, better graphs, and a breakdown of forecast mortality by age! It’s still at https://corona-calculator.herokuapp.com ✌️

Many people…

Archy de Berker

Product manager & data scientist. Writing about AI, building things, and climate change.

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