The Internet’s preference for cats runs so deep that when Google’s secretive X Lab showed a string of 10 million YouTube images to a neural network of 16,000 computer processors for machine learning, the first thing the network did was invent the concept of a cat.
It’s very sweet, it’s very nice. I still don’t get it. When people say I’ve affected their lives, I still don’t quite get it. I went to work–most weeks–seven days a week. I put my heart and soul into that dumb thing, with the dream that some of you would pursue careers in science and engineering, or at least have an appreciation for it. The ultimate would be if one of you–or a group of you–solve some astonishing world problem.
Bill Nye, on his legacy as a science hero to a generation.
So, any takers? Who was inspired by Bill to solve an astonishing world problem? (raises hand)