In 2016, CS 61A was named one of the five best computer science classes in the US by Bloomberg news. Prior to teaching at Cal, Professor Denero was part of the dark-side at Stanford University studying mathematics and philosophy. Fortunately, Professor Denero came to the light and worked as a senior researcher within the Google Translate team before teaching at Cal.
In this podcast, we delve into many interesting facets of John Denero’s life ranging from his viewpoints on philosophy, the ethics of computer science, artificial intelligence’s impact on society, Google translate’s progress, CS61A and how great students prepare for the class, and much more. Enjoy!
Ken Goldberg is a professor and chair at UC Berkeley's Industrial Engineering and Operations Research department. His research specializes in robotics and automation. He and his team have published over 170 papers on robotics and automation to date.
Alexander Coward holds a bachelor's and a PHD in Mathematics from Oxford University and an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Thai Nguyen University in Vietnam. Before starting his current education startup, EdeeU, he was a lecturer of Mathematics at UC Berkeley. He was dismissed from his position after a controversial spat with the administration for his highly acclaimed, passionate style of teaching. You can read about this in the excerpt below.
In this episode, Jeff speaks with Yalda Mousavinia, cofounder of Space Cooperative, about the potential for blockchain to lower the barrier to entry into involvement in funding missions to space. Yalda graduated from Cal with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008, and was working as a Senior Product Manager at Oracle before leaving her job to start Space Cooperative.
Erik Thursson was born to a single mother living in a rural town in New York. He never knew his father, but he did know that each one of his siblings had a different father. By the time he could walk, he had moved more times than most of us have moved in our entire lives. He doesn’t remember much, but he does remember eating rotten food. And he does remember trying to kill himself by jumping in front of a car. When he was 7. Erik's passion for literature has been with him at his darkest times, and continues to be present in his daily life. He can be seen in Berkeley selling poems, and spreading love to the Berkeley community.
Professor Muller has had an incredibly illustrious career, and to cover all of his accomplishments in a single podcast would be impractical. To name just one, he led the project which eventually led to the Nobel Prize winning discovery of dark energy.
This podcast is focused on his current and ongoing ventures, as well as some of his yet to be confirmed theories, and some general life lessons.
Professor Filippenko has an almost unparalleled academic career in the field of astronomy. Having been a professor at UC Berkeley for over 30 years, Alex has won a flurry of awards including the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2015, the Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2007, and “Best Professor” on the Berkeley campus a record 9 times!
In this podcast, Professor Filippenko speaks to some of the milestones of his incredible academic career, in addition to the current projects and initiatives he’s working on.
Luz Gonzalez is a UC Berkeley alumnus, who graduated from Cal with a B.A. in International Political Economy and then again with a J.D in International Law and Legal Studies from the Boalt School of Law.
Chris Catterton is a Cofounder and Relationship Director at Dirsupt DC, a coalition striving to create better government by realigning political incentive structures in cooperation with business leaders. Learn more about their coalition by listening to this very candid interview with a cofounder of Disrupt DC, and also by visiting https://disruptdc.org/.
In this episode, Patrick Lu talks about burning through $700k of a $1 million round, the process of going through YC Fellowship, how to take advantage of resources in the UC Berkeley startup ecosystem such as AMPLab or The House Fund, and why to join Google or a startup straight out of university. We also hear about his current venture, Quantfive, which he has bootstrapped to become six figure revenue generating business in the span of just a few months.
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