This is Your Machine Learning System?

Title: This is Your Machine Learning System?

General Information about Item:

  • Internet Folklore/Meme
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Informant: Archie Shahidullah
  • Date Collected: 03-27-2020

Informant Data:

  • Archie Shahidullah is a male California Institute of Technology (Caltech) student in the class of 2022.  He was born in Scotland and raised in the Tucson, AZ.  During his time in Caltech, he studies Computer Science with a focus in Machine Learning.

Contextual Data:

  • Cultural Context: Machine Learning is the foundation of Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning is built upon Linear Algebra and trial and error. To achieve an accurate model one must change constants to receive the desired results.
  • Social Context: This meme was collected in a dedicated Facebook Meme page “Nondeterministic Memes for NP Complete Teens”and has sent it to several of his peers that also study Machine Learning.


Source: “Nondeterministic Memes for NP Complete Teens” Facebook Page

Informant’s Comments:

  •  “there’s a lot of glamour going in with machine learning. They think it is some magical thing like an actual artificial brain but when you actually study the subject, it’s not nearly as glamorous. It’s sort of is… a pile of algebra.“

Collector’s Comments:

  • The name of “Artificial Intelligence” is really a misnomer for Machine Learning because in fact it’s not really intelligent but in reality a function that inputs/outputs information that is manipulated by humans.

Collector’s Name: Yunive Avendaño


  • Machine Learning
  • AI
  • Meme

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