New notations, visualizations, and mental models can deepen our understanding. By nurturing the development of such new ways of thinking, Distill will enable new discoveries.
Machine learning will fundamentally change how humans and computers interact. It’s important to make those techniques transparent, so we can understand and safely control how they work. Distill will provide a platform for vividly illustrating these ideas.
Many researchers want to do work that is not easily contained within a PDF, but can’t get the support they need to pursue it. We, as the research community, are failing them by not treating these wonderful, non-traditional research artifacts as “real” academic contributions.
When we rush papers out the door to meet conference deadlines, something suffers — often it is the readability and clarity of our communication. This can add severe drag to the entire community as our readers struggle to understand our ideas. We think this ”research debt″ can be avoided.