Book Summary: “How to DeFi: Beginner”

Book by: Darren Lau, Daryl Lau, Teh Sze Jin, Kristian Kho, Erina Azmi, Benjamin Hor, Lucius Fang, Khor Win Win

Chapter 1: The Traditional Financial Institutions

Let’s start with the regular banks. They’re the core of the financial industry — facilitating payments (deposits, withdrawals, transfers), giving out loans, and more! …

Book Summary: “How to DeFi: Beginner — Part 3 + 4”

Book by: Darren Lau, Daryl Lau, Teh Sze Jin, Kristian Kho, Erina Azmi, Benjamin Hor, Lucius Fang, Khor Win Win

If you haven’t read my article on part 1, you can read it over here!

Chapter 5: Decentralized Stablecoins

Since cryptocurrencies are volatile, stablecoins were created to hedge against price volatility, and allow for…

Paper Summary: “A Comparison of Deep Learning Models for Pallet Detection in Industrial Warehouses”

Paper by: Michela Zaccaria, Riccardo Monica, Jacopo Aleotti

Abstract:

This paper compares the task of recognizing pallets (fronts and pockets) in warehouses between 3 different object detection models: Faster R-CNN, SSD, and YOLOv4 (the first two did better than YOLOv4).

Introduction:

This paper discusses the problem of pallet detection — used for…

(Twitter) Paper Summary: “AGI Safety From First Principles”

Paper by: Richard Ngo

This is going to be a bit different than my regular articles. I originally wrote it in a Twitter thread, but decided to put it on Medium too! You can find the thread here!

The goal of this paper is to highlight the risk of AGI…

Paper Summary: “A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform”

Paper by: Vitalik Buterin

Introduction:

In 2009, Bitcoin was born. That day was the start of a radical revolution of currency! Why? It was the first asset that had no backing, no intrinsic value, and no centralized controller (and yet gained traction and has value). …

Book Summary: “How to DeFi: Beginner — Part 1 + 2”

Book by: Darren Lau, Daryl Lau, Teh Sze Jin, Kristian Kho, Erina Azmi, Benjamin Hor, Lucius Fang, Khor Win Win

Chapter 1: The Traditional Financial Institutions

Let’s start with the regular banks. They’re the core of the financial industry — facilitating payments (deposits, withdrawals, transfers), giving out loans, and more! …

Paper Summary: “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”

Paper by: Satoshi Nakamoto

Abstract:

Goal: To send money without any third parties, in a peer-to-peer fashion. We can use digital signatures, but we still need to solve the double-spending problem. Bitcoin is a solution to that problem.

We’re able to create a ledger of transactions by chaining blocks of hashes…

Paper Summary: “A Review of Algorithms and Hardware Implementations for Spiking Neural Networks”

Paper by: Duy-Anh Nguyen, Xuan-Tu Tran, Francesca Iacopi

Abstract:

Deep Learning (DL) has achieved a ton in recent years — from beating us at DOTA, to recognizing the speech of humans. Despite its awesome performance, DL costs a ton computationally — thus we cant put it into embedded applications.

One alternative…

Paper Summary: “Simple Model of Spiking Neurons”

The voltage of the Izhikevich Neuron Model. I created it myself and you can play around with it too!

Paper by: Eugene M. Izhikevich

Side Note — Paper Implementation:

I implemented the Izhikevich Neuron Model! You can check out my implementation of the network (with all the synaptic connections) here! I also implemented the neuron model itself with all the different neural dynamics! You can check it out here!

Abstract:

This paper presents a paper…

Dickson Wu

Hi I’m Dickson! I’m an 18-year-old innovator who’s excited to change the course of humanity for the better — using the power of ML!

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