11-03-06 - 1

I'm having a lot of fun learning about "machine learning" for Netflix. I'm working hard at it, and Dan asked a sage question : couldn't you get paid to do work like this? In my experience, no, you can't. You could maybe find a technical engineer job where you do this kind of learning for a few weeks, but then you have to implement it and deal with real world crap issues for the next year. Or you could be a professor where you do this kind of learning, but then you have to specialize and get into some arcane pointless detail; that wouldn't be so bad if you didnt have to spend half your time writing grant proposals or whatever. In theory there should be cool jobs at a place like MS Research, but I've heard tales that the reality of working there really sucks.

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