Cheers to Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, Grace Hopper, who pioneered computer programming with COBOL, and all the women in tech who run code, projects, teams, and companies. But cheers is not enough. We need more diversity and inclusion in the computing workforce. According to ncwt.org only 26% of computing workforce in 2017 were women, less than 5% were Asian, 3% were African American, and 1% were Hispanic. Only 17% of the 3.5 million computer-related job openings in 2026 will be filled by US computing bachelor students. Those numbers are not great today but it is worrisome if they stay that way. I participated last year in a career fair at a nearby middle school next to my home in Dallas metroplex and noticed over 50% of the participants who attended my session about technology were girls. Many of them said they are curious into how computer works. Perfect answer! Curiosity for the techie is key! #GHC2018 is a great place for women in technology and for dads like me to encourage their daughters into the field. I will be helping our Thomson Reuters team at Grace Hoppe . Always happy to talk about technology and what we do #workingatTR. See you there.
I am addressing this to starters and professionals in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. It is part of a talk I plan to do at the University of Texas in Dallas next month, so I would appreciate any feedback.
The letters “A” and “I” are ubiquitous these days with the words “Artificial Intelligence.” But I want to change that for a minute and turn AI into “A person that is I.” “I” am the human with a biological brain, the intellect with emotions, the one who cares, the altruistic person, the one that errors, laughs, jumps, cries, fights, learns… the human being. If we take the word AI and describe it from a perspective of ourselves, A person that is I, then we may remember ourselves again instead of continuously looking outward towards artificial intelligence. If AI hype is about artificial intelligence, why cannot we think more of AI for things that matter to us, the human beings, the I?
When you, the human being, gets so excited about the latest technologies about machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, Auto ML, and lots more, think less about the technology and think more about how you can use the technology to benefit your Is – the humans. What is the human problem that you want to solve with AI? What can you do with your learning to help improve the society around you? Yes, learning a lot of “A” technologies is cool, but, at some point, you won’t be able to catch up with every article on ArXiv, latest code repos on GitHub, latest conference proceedings, and the latest computer that you need. The breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are happening fast and are overwhelming sometimes. You may reach a point of disturbance because you won’t be able to catch up. Don’t push hard to catch up.
Spend more time about the “I” (you and us the humans) instead of “A” the artificial machine. Look at many of the problems that surround you every day and then find the machine learning tool that helps you solve it. Be that “I” in “AI”
Technical professionals are under pressure to learn something new for fear of missing out on the latest technologies. Non-technical professionals fear that technology and automation will take their roles away, so they are also under pressure to learn something new too. All for the same reasons – fear of missing out or losing their value. Fear takes over their minds. They begin to panic. So they open books, take courses online, or maybe join colleges again. The panic is still there because they are possibly sensing that the time to learn new things is probably too late. They started to have feelings of guilt and hopelessness – saying “why didn’t I learn this before?” Or “why did I pick this topic when there is now something new that I should have learned already.” Panic. Panic. What happens then? Sadness. Hopelessness. Anxiety. Guilt. All such negative emotions would take over their mind when what you should be focusings on positive development and learning. Yes, people multitask constantly, but it is not easy to be sad and stay focused at the same time. So what to do? Give up, no! Rush to learn every new thing out there? There is no time! What to do?
My advice to the reader who feels with what I am writing here is simple. 1) keep doing what you are doing AND 2) think of ONE problem that you want to solve and focus only on the skills necessary to help solve that problem. Organize your time between (1) the current job that you are good at and (2) the goal towards solving the problem. You will either find a new opportunity that you decide to take or you will come up with new ideas that feed into the current job that you are doing. In both cases, you will be in control, and you will have something different and real. Knowing that it is imperative but can be hard to focus on the problem that you want to solve, many times problems do not get resolved quickly or even at all. If that happens, then you go back to the same formula 1) try again with a new solution and 2) pick a new problem. I admit that this sounds like it is an infinite loop. It is but that is what learning is all about! That’s the way that you focus on solving problems and learning new things instead of wasting time panicking. Voila! We solved the panic problem!!
The eighties are coming back, and I feel that I am that child nerd again. Commodore 64 returned as C64 Mini and Sinclair Spectrum is now ZX Spectrum Next. I personally still play old 8bit games using emulators. You can also watch or listen to a lot of new retro computing episodes via podcasts or Netflix. Just yesterday I started watching WarGames the movie a million and one times.
PRINT "Hello World!"
FOR i = 1 to 10
PRINT "Counting "; i
You can also import BASIC code as a Node.js module.
The world is round and the technology world is round again.
one of my favorite photo#WorkingatTR. ‘May look weird to you but let me explain. We once decided to mess up with technology. We circled ourselves with boards in a 360degrees and placed ourselves between the boards. Think of yourself standing in a center where big boards surround you anyway you turn. One of us then stood in the center, placed the mobile phone camera in panoramic mode, and began turning around himself while taking a panorama photo. What you see in the picture is a 2D+Time photo (Time from Back to the Future?) turning flat into a 2D image. While the photo is being taken, some of us would run and take different positions in order to get photographed twice in the same photo. Unfortunately, the speed of the camera is faster than our movements so we couldn’t make Einstein happy with the theory of relativity. Plus the camera was somewhat smart to recognize what is going in here – kidding, the panoramic photo shooting would stop right around the 360 degree shooting. The point with all this is I look like one of the interns and it makes me happy because it is all about energy, fun, collaboration, and love for technology and teamwork! Caleb FungSandilya MadirajuSamir NaqviShiqi (Katherine) LiAkhilesh Yeleswarapu
Took forever to get here but I finally got hold of “A Life in Reuters”, the 1951 autobiography by Roderick Jones, managing director of Reuters from 1916 to 1941. Reuters the company later became part of Thomson Reuters, my employer. What I hope to find are references to the technology of news and journalism that occurred at that time. History is always important for future thinking!
August 9, 1982 Commodore released the Commodore 64. It took me close to 5 years of wanting it, asking for it, dreaming of it and then eventually saving for it (you can ready me story at https://lnkd.in/de-XWks). It fueled my passion along every other 8-bit machine. At the end of the day, the c64 and its predecessor that I cherished, the Vic20, have wired my technology mind and helped me build my career which I am thankful for. If only I still have my machines again! Cheers, Commodore 64!
Welcome Walden University students and all students to a great new academic year. It is natural and even expected to feel the high adrenaline when starting the year. Whether picking up new pens and fresh new notebooks for your desk or begin learning with fresh new writings and readings in your digital study environment, every new academic new year is destined to advance your knowledge and take you forward in your goals. Here is my advice to you for a good new year start:
Organize up your digital folders before starting the new year but don’t go overboard. Make use of cloud storage, such as Microsoft One Drive, Dropbox, or Google Cloud, to keep everything stored and protected. Note that Microsoft One Drive is a great solution because it gives you a huge 2TB space and is provided for you by Walden University.
Put up a Kanban board with your “To Do,” “Doing,” and “Done” columns – a physical or a virtual one is just the same as long as you keep it up to date. More about Kanban boards
Write something each day. I know that you might say “but I need to do a lot of reading first before I write something.” It is true, and yes you should be reading a lot – not just what you are tasked to read but also everything relevant to your research that you can find online. Whether it is writing a sentence, paragraph, or a page each day, it helps reinforce the writing habits in you which would make it easier for you to write and publish your major academic papers. While you are at it, make Grammarly an integral part of your writing process – believe me it is a live savior during the dissertation writing process. Walden offers you a premium account of Grammarly for free
From a person who enjoyed every moment in his Ph.D. journey at Walden University and is an ambassador of better learning for everyone, I wish you the best of success this year and all upcoming years as well. Feel free to connect with me via Walden Ambassadors Network or on LinkedIn