The Hardware Lottery

The hardware lottery is Sara Hooker’s idea that a research project succeeds not because of its capabilities but because of its fit with contemporary software and hardware. She raises this concept to try to spawn increased collaboration between hardware, software and machine-learning teams; in what she describes as “siloed evolution”, Hooker puts forth that the “gains from progress in computing will be increasingly uneven” without a restructuring of the development lifecycle. Instead of “settling for the hardware and software we have,” we need to develop in unison. Read full article here


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