When I found out I had been accepted into USC Viterbi, I was full of joy. But along with that joy came fear – I had no idea what to expect!
There are no precedents or playbooks or standard protocol when it comes to a PhD. There’s no existing method of doing something. There’s no training new recruits in the way things are “generally” done. You do things your way.
We sometimes feel that everything we do should be engineering-related and career focused. It’s easy to forget to look around and help others, when in fact this is the most important responsibility an engineer has to society.
There is a reason professors with PhD students are called “advisors”. We have a responsibility beyond just making sure our students gain technical knowledge. We must also help them navigate the emotional and professional challenges of life as a PhD student.
Neural networks and AI shouldn’t be seen as a technology that will replace humanity. Instead, it can lead to an era of greatly improved human understanding and communication.