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I got an offer to do ML on video data recently, but turned it down to do some non-ML software eng. instead, for double the money. The ML work would be way cooler, but it would at a startup (=stressful) and double the money means half the time to reach FIRE.

The caveat is that I've worked on ML in the past and I think that the work is maybe less intellectual than software engineering - with complex enough models they become impossible to understand and you start to just try out ideas based on random intuitions. The thing I mostly like about it is the ability to use math and more independent style of work - no scrum, less need for cooperation with other team members etc..

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