On this week's episode of the podcast, I interview Logan Kilpatric, a software engineer and ChatGPT creator Open AI's first-ever Developer Advocate hire. The week Logan started, ChatGPT hit 1 million users. (It now has 180 million monthly users.)

During our conversation, Logan shares his journey from Illinois to Harvard, NASA, and now the world's most-watched tech company, Open AI. Along the way, he joined the board of NumFOCUS, which oversees Data Science Python libraries like NumPy, Pandas, and Matplotlib.

This is my long, intimate conversation with an emerging star in the AI and Machine Learning world. Logan is also a prolific freeCodeCamp.org contributor. It was a blast talking with Logan for nearly two hours. I think you'll dig it.

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If you want to skip around in the podcast...

  • 00:00 My bass intro. See if you can guess this early 2000's classic bassline. I'll give you a hint: the song is in Spanish.
  • 00:30 Our discussion of Logan's childhood in Illinois and his dreams of moving to Silicon Valley to work in tech.
  • 15:34 I would not have gotten into Harvard if...
  • 17:16 What Logan learned from working at the Apple Store
  • 22:46 Interning at NASA
  • 28:18 Joining Apple as an intern
  • 33:03 "I applied 506 times"
  • 42:58 People who use Python
  • 53:15 I’m a big ChatGPT user
  • 1:02:36 General purpose models
  • 1:07:58 Infinite Canvas experience
  • 1:18:32 Open AI's ChatGPT hitting a million users
  • 1:24:48 The ChatGPT team
  • 1:30:00 Even with every iPhone in the world...
  • 1:35:34 GPT-4 has a bunch of fundamental limitations