AGGARWAL | Small Fish, Even Bigger Pond

There are about 15,000 students at Cornell University each academic year. Walking on campus in between class periods, it isn’t too hard to visualize the immensity that is the Cornell student body. As a freshman, the sheer number of people joining the ranks at Cornell University — 3,325 in the Class of 2022 to be exact — at the same time as me felt overwhelming at times. Like many students who now attend Cornell or other similarly prestigious Ivy League colleges, I often felt distinct in high school. I had a specific identity that was shored up over the course of high school (for me, I attended the same school all four years), and starting anew at Cornell threw everything into flux.

Cornell Researchers Train Physical Systems, Revolutionize Machine Learning

A Cornell research group led by Prof. Peter McMahon, applied and engineering physics,has successfully trained various physical systems to perform machine learning computations in the same way as a computer. The researchers have achieved this by turning physical systems, such as an electrical circuit or a Bluetooth speaker, into a physical neural network — a series of algorithms similar to the human brain, allowing computers to recognize patterns in artificial intelligence. Machine learning is at the forefront of scientific endeavors today. It is used for a host of real-life applications, from Siri to search optimization to Google translate. However, chip energy consumption constitutes a major issue in this field, since the execution of neural networks, forming the basis of machine learning, uses an immense amount of energy.

CHEN | Stop Catfishing Computer Science Majors

While bugs in my code seemed impossible despite my line-by-line dissection, having a program finally run correctly would mitigate all the head-wracking hours that led up to the triumph. Every problem had its reason — if something wasn’t running correctly, you could pinpoint the exact line where values were being incorrectly set.