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A typical day for researchers on Google's Brain Team

A typical day for researchers on Google's Brain Team
From TechCrunch - September 15, 2017

What do you and researchers on Googles Brain Team have most in common? You both probably spend a lot of time triaging email. In a Reddit AMA, 11 Google AI researchers took time to share the activities that consume the greatest chunks of their days. Email was a frequent topic of conversation, in addition to less banal activities like skimming academic papers and brainstorming with colleagues.

Googles Brain Team is one of the companys research groups tasked with performing research into artificial intelligence. The group is led byJeff Dean, a Senior Fellow at Google and one of the key people behindMapReduce, among many other things.

Dean noted that he splits his day between sending emails, commenting on technical documents, meeting with researchers, reviewing code, writing code, planning and giving talks. As leader of the team, this is just about what we would expecthigher-level leadership and some Brain Team evangelization.

Everyone universally spends a lot of time reading papers on arXiv that are relevant to their research and collaborating with colleagues.Sara Hooker, a resident on the team, likes to chat with colleagues over breakfastand lunch and dinnerto keep up to date on what other researchers are doing to solve similar problems.

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