When ever I travel on an airplane, my typical MO is to get to my seat, turn on my music connect my headphones and ignore the person next to me. I readily admit this. On my last flight over here to London, I couldn’t do it, because the person started to have a conversation right after I sat down. The downside to this, is I wasn’t able to listen to Death Cab for Cutie (a band), but on the upside, I learned that this person was one of the first 100 employees ever to work at Microsoft. He noted the things he created at the company, who was the guy behind Excel and that everyone was a genius back then.
But one thing he said to me, okay, two things, really stood out. First, when our discussion turned to machine learning, he said, “People forget that computers are really dumb,” and in the end of everything, its all binary – i.e. 1’s and 0s.