AI & Games at Grade 8 Career Fair

I am showcasing today AI gadgets to Grade 8 midddle schoolers at Lamar Middle School (Lewisville ISD) next to my house. The students have a career fair event, and I hope to encourage future programmers to the field of technology. I am taking with me Amazon DeepLens and built-it-yourself Google AIY Voice. I plan to show them real time object classification with DeepLens/pretrained MXNet neural network followed by audio response to facial expression (smiling or frowning) with Google AIY/Raspberry Pi Zero/PiCamera. Hopefully it would do the trick and get students excited with AI just like us adults.

Chess and Coding

Even software professionals can be rated like chess players. Whether it is successfully delivering a complex project or getting rewarded based on an innovative solution, the pressures of keeping up with one’s own rating even if was something virtual can lead to self-imposed stress and fear. When a chess player is facing tough competition in a rated game, the fear of loosing that leads to a decline in rating can be overwhelming. But if the game is treated as unrated then ones’ rate would not be impacted by the win or loss. Stakes will be lower and the pressure would be less. This can apply to software developers as well. Occasionally pick up an unrated project, such as something of your own choosing or a new type of code you always want to try but were afraid to get measured by. Do it under your own pace. Once you feel more comfortable with it take a similar project as a rated challenge at your job or in your community. You will then feel more confident and more comfortable with what you do. That’s what I do when I either code or play chess. #technology

Game-playing in the enterprise

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert and computer game software pioneer, once said “man is a game-playing animal, and a computer is another way to play games”. The breakthrough in personal computer also started with games thanks to the homebrew nerds that collaborated together in the late 70s. I think if we maintain a philosophy of what we do for our customers in the enterprise is with a game playing mindset where the winner must always be the customer and the goal is to ensure customers are first then it would be a win win for everyone – the customer, the business, and us.