Distributed Computing
ETH Zurich

Here are my favorite videos, a new one each month!

April 2024

3Blue1Brown is the gold standard of modern teaching. Alternatively, I recommend this hilariously nerdy video explaining GPT-2 in a spreadsheet.

March 2024

Malik Elassal. What a set. What a finish.

February 2024

Jon Stewart is back at The Daily Show. That alone would be worth the video of the month, but this is independent journalism at its best.

January 2024

Video from the CUSO Winter School in Computer Science in Champery. The video has two parts. In the first part I explain the basics of Graph Neural Networks. In the second part I explain how this is related to "Thinking Slow". The first part is based on the invited talk at PODC 2023, the second part is based on the invited talk at OPODIS 2023.

December 2023

Not quite a Christmas story.

November 2023

Stupidity and/or corruption.

October 2023

I always wondered about the computational aspects of the moon landing, and this video explains it beautifully.

September 2023

Impressive student project, should be all over the news. Is this actually the first vehicle (of any type, but with a driver) doing 0-100 km/h in less than a second?

August 2023

Not sure I am the target audience, but Yaeji is what I'm listening this summer. (Here is an older track with an actual video.)

July 2023

The Map Men are back!

June 2023

I participated in a panel (a "conversation") on the connection between generative artificial intelligence and modern art at Art Basel. That was a cool experience.

May 2023

Here are George Michael and Morrissey, two of the biggest pop stars at the time, discussing a book on Joy Division. This setup does not translate well into 2023.

April 2023

Here is the official interview of state-affiliated media BBC with Elon Musk. It's an enjoyable video, definitely recommended. But below is the bit the BBC conveniently did not include. Now that bit is hilarious.

March 2023

Just three days before Credit Suisse was handed over to UBS, the infamous "Inside Paradeplatz" reported that the Credit Suisse head of IT Joanna Hannaford was given 6 Million Swiss Francs as a welcome bonus for her introduction to the board of Credit Suisse. Probably Ms. Hannaford deserves that, because she knows IT like nobody else? Checking her linkedin reveals that she indeed studied computer science, not just at one but at two universities: Anglia Ruskin University and Staffordshire University. Both universites are not among the top UK universities, not even by a long shot. Anglia Ruskin is in Cambridge (one may say it's "the other university" in Cambridge). Apparently royalty goes there to prevent being challenged (by a tough academic curriculum or by annoying commoners?). With Credit Suisse going down, Swiss taxpayers now pay the bonuses of royalty? (The video is lots of fun by the way, especially if you're curious about Swiss German.)

February 2023

Just another episode in the fun and educational "Great Moments in Unintended Consequences" series.

January 2023

It's Davos time again!! By 2023, it seems pretty obvious that Davos is a textbook Orwellian organization. So why does the media talk about Davos? Why does nobody boycott the Davos sponsors? And why are so many scientists attending Davos? If Davos asks you to attend, just say no! (The video below is a classic exchange with the head Davos guy from the Netherlands.)

Earlier Videos

I started this one video each month tradition in January 2010. You will find the early years here.