Weekly Roundup - 10/31-11/6
Fast.ai, Cross Chain Tech, The Space Economy, and More
This week, I did a lot of AI learning, produced a new Devs Do Something episode on cross chain tech, and collected several good overview pieces on topics like the new space economy, building APIs, and nuclear energy. Let’s dig in.
The Space Economy
I tweeted about this the other day, but Ryan McEntush’s recent article on the new Space Age got me fired up. If you have any interest at all in space, you should go read it.
This piece from Julia DeWahl on nuclear energy highlights some of the insanity of anti-nuclear positions today. We’ve really shot ourselves in the foot as a society by not investing in nuclear energy, but there is still time to change course. Julia lays out a sound argument for why we should be making it easier (not harder) to build new nuclear plants.
Fast AI Deep Learning Course
Fast AI’s deep learning for coders class has been excellent so far. Their ‘do first, explain later’ approach is greatly increased my learning speed. I’m working on training a simple model to predict Ethereum gas prices now (:
Learning about Machine Learning
0xbinomial helps you to get better at machine learning by asking you a single ML question per day. Upgrading to pro allows you to see previous questions. They’ve helped me encode some valuable knowledge, and have given me ideas for anki questions. You can find it here.
Devs Do Something #12 with Yorke Rhodes of Hyperlane.
If you’re interested in cross chain technology and smart contract development in general, you should check out this episode!
I am impressed with the Fuel developer experience. Syntax feels clean, and there are a lot of nice, small things I like about Sway. For example, I think that this pattern of defining the ABI natively within the smart contract itself is nice.
Check out the Sway quickstart here if you’re interested in writing smart contracts which target the Fuel VM. And for those of you who aren’t crypto nerds, Fuel is a new blockchain execution layer has been taking the web3 developer world by storm.
Practical Advice for Crypto Builders
This week, I interviewed W1NT3R for a devs do something episode that will go out later this month. He’s a really excellent developer who is open sourcing his entire journey. If you’re interested in leveling up as an engineer in web3 or beyond, I highly recommend going through his threads:
In my day to day work at Superfluid, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to build good APIs as we try to solicit feedback on a new interface for interacting with our smart contract framework. I found this video on how Stripe builds APIs to be insightful as a guide:
Testing Superfluid Projects in Hardhat and Foundry
This tutorial video I created is an end to end guide in testing a Superfluid project in popular smart contract development environments. If you’re reading this and are building on Superfluid, it’s worth checking out because it answers a lot of questions that we get at hackathons & beyond.
Oh - and I hope you like my Hardhat (:
The Generalist’s AI Roundup
It’s tough to trust venture funds to give impartial advice, but Mario from the Generalist I think did a really excellent job of bringing together VC’s that have different perspectives on today’s AI boom. If you’re curious about all of the rumblings with AI, but want to know where to focus your learning, this is a good map:
That’s all for this week! Talk soon.
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