Meet Jeff Hykin, one of FrogSlayer’s custom software developers from Asheville, North Carolina. He started his journey with FrogSlayer back in January of this year after coming to College Station to study Artificial Intelligence at Texas A&M University. He says he brought three things with him that first day: 1. A grab bag of basic programming skills 2. A desire to learn and a lot of excitement 3. A computer.
What led you to software development?
I loved (and still love) artificial general intelligence – a technology that can learn faster than me. Naturally, I first started programming when I needed to make a neural network for an online machine learning class. However, general artificial intelligence doesn’t really have any immediate business applications. So, to fund myself I decided to dive into a related field that I really enjoyed, software development. Somewhere along the way I became totally immersed in software development.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I go to class and program, I go to work and program, then I go home and program for fun, and I listen to books when walking/biking/driving. I guess I also occasionally sleep, eat, do chores, and go to events with people.
What are your hobbies?
Programming (it’s true), casual volleyball, soccer and rock climbing whenever there’s an open A&M class for it.
What’s your favorite part of being a developer?
I find nothing more satisfying than creating tools that people find useful, and as a custom software developer I can do that at the literal press of a button! (Okay, maybe more than just one button but you get the idea.)
Where do you see the world of technology in 10 years?
I predict that most of my following predictions will be wrong, I’m just not sure which ones or how many:
- We will have a few genetically modified humans (trivial disease-preventing modifications)
- There will be at least some street legal fully autonomous vehicles
- Web development might actually have a standard framework (please)
- VR will be semi-mainstream, like the ps4, but not mainstream like smartphones
- I think there will be more machine learning in daily life, but there will still be a lack of any real general artificial intelligence (aka ironman’s JARVIS still won’t exist)
Jeff is an exciting addition to the FrogSlayer team – he brings so much desire to learn that it’s inspiring to those who work with him each day. “There are many things that I truly enjoy about working at FrogSlayer: financial transparency, a focus on reading books/learning, work-life balance, and more. I’m not just listing things. I believe these are just fantastic side effects of FrogSlayer having a strong culture.”