19 Apr '17, 3pm

Behind The

Behind The

When the HBO show that became “Silicon Valley ” was still in development, and its creators decided its fictional startup would be in the compression business, they turned to Stanford professor Tsachy Weissman to come up with some novel and at least somewhat plausible compression technology. Weissman brought in electrical engineering graduate student Vinith Misra to help; Misra went on to field many technical questions for the show in its first two years, as a student and then as researcher working for IBM on the Watson team. IBM was just fine with that relationship. But last year Misra changed jobs—he is now a senior data scientist at Netflix—and with HBO a Netflix competitor, Netflix was not so fine with the consulting arrangement. It was time to pass the baton. And who else to give it to but another student in Weissman’s Stanford lab—the one now seated at Misra’s former ...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/computing/s...

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