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Buzz. Buzz. Buzz.

We’ve all had that feeling. Just one more second. Just one more second of checking my messages. Just one more second of looking at Instagram. Just one more second of watching a TikTok.

Before you know it, that one second turns into hours of mindless scrolling, unable to look up until someone tells you to stop. That time that you allotted to finish that project is gone. Gone for something that you’re simply going to forget the next day.


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It finally came! As I looked at my Instagram and Twitter feeds, all I saw were messages talking about 2020 being the worst year of people’s lives. It seemed like everyone just wanted to forget 2020 and move on to the next year. For me, 2020 sounded like an opportunity to expand my work ethic and growth mindsets. It sounded like a chance to rekindle friendships and build stronger relationships with my friends and family. It was a chance to rethink everything that I thought I knew and start fresh!

Many individuals talk about the decreasing social interaction and how they were unable to talk to many of their friends, but I feel as though my friendships have only grown stronger through the projects that we’ve started working on! Through quarantine, my relationship with my family has also strengthened since we’ve had more time to spend with each other. …


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Sleep. Study. Eat.

I must have followed the process above hundreds of times, trapped in this endless cycle of forcing myself to repeat the same actions over and over. Honestly, it felt like I could do nothing with my day except these three things because there simply wasn’t the time in the day.

Until I learned about time management. During quarantine, I wanted to break out of this loop and be more productive, exploring other extracurricular activities and hobbies that I was interested in. …


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When individuals are asked to describe 2020 in one word, COVID-19 often springs up in people’s minds. The COVID-19 quarantine has changed every aspect of our lives, from school to extracurricular activities. It has been over eight and a half months since the quarantine has started, so it makes sense that many individuals are restless, wanting to return back to their daily lives.

Media outlets and news sources are constantly discussing the possibility of exiting this quarantine through the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine; however, although this vaccine has been approved, there are still many questions left to be answered. Who will receive these vaccines first? What will be the general rollout? When can we see widespread vaccination? …


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Machine learning is a unique field that is rapidly evolving as the years progress; once optimal algorithms are often replaced within ten to twenty years to make way for more efficient methods. The Histogram of Oriented Gradients detection method (HOG for short) is one of these antique algorithms, being almost a decade old; however, one thing that differentiates it from others is that it is still heavily used today with fantastic results.

The Histogram of Oriented Gradients method is mainly utilized for face and image detection to classify images, like the one that you see above. This field has a numerous amount of applications ranging from autonomous vehicles to surveillance techniques to smarter advertising. This article will do a deep dive on the implementation behind the HOG detection method and understand why it is still so commonly used today. …


In a world filled with technology and artificial intelligence, it is becoming increasingly harder to distinguish between what is real and what is fake. Look at these two pictures below. Can you tell which one is a real-life photograph and which one is created by artificial intelligence?

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The crazy thing is that both of these images are actually fake, created by NVIDIA’s new hyperrealistic face generator, which uses an algorithmic architecture called a generative adversarial network (GANs).

Researching more into GANs and their applications in today’s society, I found that they can be used everywhere, from text to image generation to even predicting the next frame in a video! This article provides a brief overview into the inner workings of GANs and how they are currently being used in the workspace today. …


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How Google’s self-driving cars look. They’re literally everywhere!

You’ve probably seen these Google vehicles everywhere; it seems that whenever you go on the highway, one of these vehicles is always right next to you. It’s amazing how fast technological advancements in cars have progressed in the past years, and the crazy thing is that these advancements show no signs of stopping.

There’s a lot of confusion to how far self-driving cars have progressed and what they are planning to do next due to the limited marketing done by these different companies. …


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The human brain is a vast and capable tool that can easily distinguish between objects like cats and dogs or between plants and animals. However, when it comes to computers, they seem to fail at even the simplest of image classifications. This is because it is extremely difficult to replicate the human brain due to the numerous amount of interactions that these neurons have with one another. However, ML specialists have made tremendous breakthroughs that have allowed computers to classify images in a more productive and efficient way. The one most widely used today? Convolutional neural networks or CNNs.

In order to understand how CNNs work, a knowledge of the basics of neural networks is necessary. If you’re interested in exploring the fundamentals, I suggest watching this video. Or if you are more of a reader, I suggest reading this article. …


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The inner workings of blockchain from verifying transactions to mining for new cryptocurrency!

Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency that took the world by storm, surging to nearly $20,000 in 2017 with large increases and overwhelming drops. Economists and prospective blockchain stockholders were unsure what the next day would hold: whether all of their money would be lost or whether they would be a millionaire in the upcoming days. All this uncertainty and risk only added to the frenzy that Bitcoin was creating throughout the world.

When individuals imagine blockchain, they instantly think of Bitcoin and its tremendous popularity especially in the recent years; however, blockchain is so much more than simply a platform for exchanging cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. …

Karthik Mittal

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