A Union of Brains

How do we compare human intelligence and computer intelligence, and what do we mean by ‘superior’ intelligence? The following is an excerpt from a “Choice of Catastrophes” by Isaac Asimov. I find that it offers some much needed perspective around AI and offers that instead of trying to determine superior intelligence, thought should be spent looking to find ways to create symbiosis.

Right now, the computer can perform mental tricks a human being could...

Renewing an Australian E3 Visa in Mexico City

The E3 visa (and any dependent visas such as the E3-D) will need to be renewed every two years. If you are currently living/working in the US, you will need to leave the country to complete this process. To my knowledge it is not possible to renew the E3 without leaving the US. There are already some great blogs posts out there that thoroughly cover off how this process works namely this one so instead...

A circular reference was detected while serializing an object

Recently I came across this exception while working on a making a script PowerShell v2 compatible:

Exception calling "Serialize" with "1" argument(s): "A circular reference was detected while serializing an object of type 'System.Management.Automation.PSParameterizedProperty'."

It turns out that this isn’t a “data” issue as most of the stackoverflow answers seem indicate. Well, it probably is under the hood, but all that was required to fix...

Buying a Car from a Private Seller

Fortunately, I happen to live very close to my work resulting in a daily bike commute that takes roughly 10 minutes. Hence purchasing a car was never really that high up on the priorities list. And Uber being as prolific as it is around Silicon Valley meant that I could always catch a ride in a pinch if I happened to need it. But with my wife’s arrive and new job, combined with an increasing desire to adventure and hike on the weekends, we soon realized that we needed to purchase a...

Moving to Silicon Valley

In a short while, I will have been living and working in Silicon Valley, California for one year. An Australian expat, I thought that writing up my impressions and experiences of the US would hopefully help others in making a similar career decision. As a brief background I grew up in Bowral, Australia where I attended middle school before relocating to Wollongong to attend the University of Wollongong and to work. After finishing my degree in Computer Science, I started to slowly realize...

Obtaining an Australian E3 Visa

Just a quick post outlining the interesting parts of obtaining an E3 visa for an Australian citizen in Sydney.

  • I recommend reading Geoff’s post first
  • Leave yourself some time to find 1) the MCL building and 2) the level 10 elevator
  • This building is octagonal shaped and has just about as many entrances and elevators most of which went to level 8, not...