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Math3ma Blogger & Recent Alum Lands a Postdoc at Google’s X - The Moonshot FactoryMath3ma Blogger & Recent Alum Lands a Postdoc at Google’s X - The Moonshot Factory
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As the creator of Math3ma, Tai-Danae Bradley (Ph.D. ’trăng tròn, Mathematics) entertained và educated graduate-cấp độ students and math enthusiasts with her explanations of such concepts as singular value decomposition và language modeling with reduced densities. Now she’s continuing her work, which draws on quantum physics, machine intelligence, & category theory, as a postdoc at X - The Moonshot Factory, formerly known as Google X.

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The goal of X is to lớn “create radical new technologies lớn solve sầu some of the world’s hardest problems,” such as protecting ocean ecosystems while reducing the global food crisis. Bradley, who works alongside inventors & entrepreneurs, recently spoke to lớn The Graduate Center about her new role:

The Graduate Center:What kinds of projects are you working on as a postdoc at X?

Bradley: Throughout the past year or so, a team at X has released a series of papers that use established tools from quantum physics lớn tackle problems in machine learning. This series is part of a larger effort to explore the frontiers of physics và artificial intelligence, while working hand-in-hvà with other teams across X and Alphabet. Incidentally, my Ph.D. work involved a lot of the same ideas from a mathematical perspective, và so part of my role as a postdoc at X is khổng lồ explore the same line of retìm kiếm I worked on while at thangvi.com.

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thangvi.com: Did The Graduate Center help prepare you for this role in other ways?

Bradley: I really enjoyed my time at The Graduate Center. The math department has a very welcoming environment, và the students and faculty were all extremely friendly. My thesis adviser, Professor John Terilla (thangvi.com/Queens, Mathematics), played an especially important role in both why I enjoyed the grad school experience và why I’m at X. He introduced me lớn the area of retìm kiếm I work in, encouraged me every step of the way, and deserves a lot of the credit for where I am today.

thangvi.com: What advice vì you have for math Ph.D. students who might want to follow a similar path?

Bradley: My career path so far has been a bit interdisciplinary — both at the thangvi.com & now at X, where my team has a number of experts from various fields: physics, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, mathematics, and more. In such cross-disciplinary environments, I think communicating well is very important. That is, in addition to lớn being knowledgeable about one’s own work, it’s also helpful to lớn be aware of others’ backgrounds & interests. Learning how lớn identify possible connections in a way that makes others say “aha!” is a skill that, I think, goes a long way in building bridges across disciplines that may otherwise go unnoticed.