I am planning to sign up for Jeremy Howard’s Fast.AI Deep Learning courses. They are rumored to be excellent and, after finishing my Deep Learning class for Georgia Tech, I could use some additional practice with real projects.
Simply put, Jeremy chose to disagree with another presenter, Joel Grus, over whether or not Jupyter Notebooks are a good idea. Someone (Joel?) complained his disagreement wasn’t ‘kind’ and so he suddenly found himself on the receiving end of a code of conduct inquiry.
Howard’s is an outspoken critic of lack of inclusion in the tech industry (follow him on Twitter and like 3/4th of his tweets are on this subject), so he’s been a strong proponent of codes of conduct because he sees this as a path towards greater inclusion. Reading his argument, you can see how frustrated he is that he’s wound up in a code of conduct inquiry like this:
I have no idea what happened here – why some people decided to use a code that was, apparently, written to protect people from sexism, violence, racism, and intimidation, in this way. I know that I’ve made many enemies this year with my advocacy of universal masking, and have had to deal with constant harassment and even death threats as a result. I’ve also received a lot of abuse over recent years from some due to my attempts to democratize AI, from those who have felt their privileged positions threatened.
This is a situation that says so much that I feel no need to say anything more about it. But I’d love to hear what others think. I’m particularly itching to hear from my libertarian comrades.