Follow Your Bliss: Eric Darnell On Udacity Talks—The Wrap!

Sebastian Thrun, Eric Darnell, Udacity Talks

Sebastian Thrun introduced him as, “A great artist, a great technologist, and a super creative person.” He then asked him, “Are you a creative, a technologist, a content person, a cook, or a comedian?” To which Eric Darnell responded, “I’ve basically been a content person.”

And that is how Episode 4 of Udacity Talks began!

Returning to the host’s chair was our own Sebastian Thrun, and sitting opposite from him was Eric Darnell, Chief Creative Officer for Baobab Studios. Sitting between them was … a bunny. But not just any bunny. This bunny happens to be the star of “Invasion!,” which is Baobab’s first Virtual Reality release!

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It’s All About The Content: Udacity Talks Welcomes Virtual Reality Innovator Eric Darnell

Eric Darnell, Udacity Talks

“It is all about the content.”

So says Eric Darnell, Chief Creative Officer of Baobab Studios. Coming from a film director—which Eric is—this may not be a surprising sentiment. But Eric is in fact one of the preeminent visionaries leading the still-very-new field of Virtual Reality filmmaking, and is unquestionably at the very forefront of technological advances the likes of which we can still hardly imagine. But despite all that innovation, it’s still about the content.

Eric Darnell is our guest for this week’s episode of Udacity Talks, taking place on Wed, June 20th, at 4pm PDT.

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How Companies Are Using Kaggle To Find The Best Machine Learning Talent

Udacity Kaggle Machine Learning Talent

The exponential rise of machine learning is as much a result of technological advancement as it is the active community growing around it. This includes researchers working on core algorithms, as well as practitioners who are pushing the boundaries of how machine learning can be applied. It also includes an increasing number of machine learning enthusiasts with atypical backgrounds who are joining the conversation, bringing in diverse experiences and points of view.

Discovering and Attracting Machine Learning Talent

The increasingly symbiotic relationship between companies that need machine learning expertise, and data science competition platforms like Kaggle, has greatly impacted how rapid advancement is being achieved. This relationship has also changed the hiring landscape. Companies today face ever-increasing pressure to innovate in order to remain competitive, and they are pursuing comparatively unconventional means for discovering and attracting new talent in order to maintain their edge. The need for machine learning talent is so great, that companies are looking far further afield than once they might have.

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The All-Consuming Appeal of Pokémon GO, and what it means for App Developers

Pokemon GO App Developer

We would probably have to write several thousand blog posts to fully detail all the remarkable stories that have emerged since Pokémon GO was unleashed upon the world. We won’t do that, but we will give you a telling item that pretty well sums up what’s transpired:

“We encourage all people playing Pokémon Go to be aware of their surroundings and to play with friends when going to new or unfamiliar places.”

That’s the safety warning Nintendo was compelled to issue in the wake of Pokémon GO’s release. The game has been THAT all-consuming!

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Olga Simpson: A Career Reviewer’s Tale

There is virtually no role at Udacity that doesn’t involve connecting directly with students in some fashion, and we are all united by a shared commitment to supporting our students as they pursue their life and career goals. That said, certain roles have particularly significant impacts on the lives of our students, and Career Project Reviewer is one such role. These individuals provide detailed, expert reviews of those assets that more often than not contribute directly to a student landing a job—cover letters, resumes, LinkedIn profiles and more. Needless to say, it’s a really important job!

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Questions about Android? Ask the Android Experts!

Ask the Android Experts

It’s been a little over two weeks since we launched the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google program, and what an incredible two weeks it’s been! We knew going in we had an incredible team in place, who together built the program from the ground up. Now, we can happily say we have an incredible student body in place as well. We have been literally staggered by the passion, dedication, and dynamism we’ve witnessed, and the quality of work being submitted is so impressive. Best of all, the community is growing and bonding together, as students connect in forums, on Slack, and more.

Ask the Android Experts!

On the subject of connections, we’ve got a great new event to tell you about! It’s a special opportunity to connect directly with the experts from Google and Udacity who built the Android Basics program, and it will be your chance to ask any questions you might have about the Android Basics Nanodegree by Google.

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