Literally, that’s the question I asked myself when I heard about AlphaFold. 😒

Last year, Google DeepMind released an AI model named AlphaFold that can predict the structure of a protein given the protein sequence. And this year (July 22, 2021) they released a database of the structures of all human proteins. It generated a LOT of hype, journalists calling it “It will change everything”, “A scientific breakthrough”. I had no idea about what protein folding is before I started digging into it last night, and when I did, I was quite blown away. 😳👍👏

Basically, protein folding is a…


When I grew up in a village in Narail, Bangladesh, the mango season was a festival to us kids. Starting from the end of winter when the flower of mangoes bloom spreading smells and joy of anticipation everywhere. Next, there will be a rain or storm that will wipe out most of those flowers causing us collective mourning. But the storms would also come with an unexpected boon: tiny mangoes covering the tree bed for us to have the first taste.

A few days later when the mangoes grow a bit larger, we would pick unripe mangoes from trees (not…


I think most researchers, whether expert or rookie, would agree with me that writing scientific papers is hard. First, you have to come up with an original idea, materialize them with meticulous experiments, and then wrap it all up in a few pages of LaTeX that will decide its fate. At the time of writing this article, I am a full-time research assistant and an about-to-be PhD student. Most of my career is devoted to finding out useful new things and writing them down; but even after years of practice, the second part doesn’t get any less dreadful. I have…


Paper: https://arxiv.org/abs/2010.01544

If you ever wrote a computer program in your life and you are not Khal Drogo of coding (Khal Drogo never lost a fight), certainly you have made a bunch of coding mistakes. A missing semicolon, not null checking before using a variable, or a loop without a boundary condition — we’ve all been there. For class projects or assignments, these mistakes are innocent; but, in production-level software development, they can be a disaster. Your users will shower you with swear words in app store when their app crashes because of your sloppy code. …


Not long ago, I got admitted into the Computer Science undergraduate program of a reputed engineering school in my country with one of the top merit positions, with a dream to learn some amazing technology and make a difference in my field with creativity and passion. In a few weeks, after memorizing lectures for class tests, mandatory attendance for unproductive classes, and the university's disregard for creativity or out-of-the-box thinking, I realized my dream was not on the menu. I started ditching classes that I didn’t find interesting and refused to memorize anything for the final exams. Consequently, I graduated…


If you could take a pill, that instantly fills your life with joy and happiness, reduce all your stress, anxiety and depression, would you take it?

You shouldn’t, cause that pill is cocaine. 😜🤣

But there is another way you can get all that, and more, without taking cocaine, that is called “mindfulness”. I have been practicing mindfulness for about 10 months, read 4–5 books, taken a couple of online courses, and I can testify, anyone who wants to tame their blabbering judgmental bitch mind and live more peacefully, can significantly benefit from this practice.

Mindfulness originally started as a…


Okay, so you must have heard the buzzword around Machine Learning and Deep Learning and want to dive deep into it. Good. We need more people with Machine Learning skills. But the question is, how do you get started?

Worry not, here I will guide you through your journey from an absolute beginner to an actual beginner 😜. What! We are all learning. So, buckle up, the journey will be fun and thrilling.

Disclaimer: This guide is based on “my personal” favorite methods to learn Machine Learning. I have been trying-failing-succeeding in MLDL (Machine Learning and Deep Learning) stuff for…


(This is a stupid thing I wrote years ago and no longer stand by it. Relationship and breakup are complicated matters and should not be generalized to a single method. However, I do stand by the scientific part of the story.)

The following article is based on my personal experience in getting over a breakup. It may contain some mature language, so sensitive people are not advised to proceed. I wrote this from a male perspective from my years of self-motivated study in biology and psychology, so no misogyny intended. …


The philosophy of fast.ai is to get up and running with Deep Learning as soon as possible, and figure out the details on the way. And they provide some wonderful resources to do just that. Fast.ai has a promo code for Paperspace, that would allow you to get started fairly easily. But soon you would realize that the $15 promo in Paperspace barely lasts two lectures. So, at some point you would want to move to a more powerful GPU provider, such as Amazon AWS. But setting up an AWS machine could be a little troublesome for beginners. In this…

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