Lex Fridman has discussed the concept of annotating in a few contexts:

  1. Annotating Scientific Papers: João Batalha explains that annotations can add context to specific parts of a paper, such as describing historical instruments or including additional research findings. This enriches the reader's understanding and fosters a collaborative space for discussing ideas. Lex emphasizes the value of participating in these discussions to gain deeper insights and contribute knowledge 1.

  2. Annotating Academic Papers: Fermat's Library, co-founded by João Batalha, is a platform designed to make dense academic papers more accessible by allowing users to add rich annotations. This helps clarify complex sections and provides additional context, enhancing overall comprehension. Lex praises the platform's interface and its execution, noting its importance in moving science forward 2.

  3. Self-Annotating in Machine Learning: During a conversation with George Hotz, Lex explores the potential of self-annotating components in machine learning for tasks like driver monitoring. This involves using patterns in data to automatically generate annotations, reducing the need for continuous human supervision 3.

    Annotating Scientific Papers

    João discusses the process of annotating scientific papers and the benefits of having a public conversation about ideas through annotations. He explains how he adds context and historical information to papers, and how others can add their own annotations and comments to continue the conversation. Lex expresses his excitement for the opportunity to participate in paper discussions through annotations.

    Lex Fridman Podcast

    Luís and João Batalha: Fermat's Library and the Art of Studying Papers | Lex Fridman Podcast #209

Through these discussions, annotations are seen as tools to democratize knowledge, improve understanding, and advance technical fields by leveraging both human and automated inputs.