Some Winter Thoughts

Various thoughts I felt like posting on different occasions on LinkedIn.

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

Staying on top of your game

The big challenge to stay on top of your game is to stay focused, be organized, and keep learning. When you are young, supervised learning is the way to go but it gets harder with unsupervised learning as you age. Hence, to keep us humans fit just as machine with deep learning are these days, I believe that reinforcement learning is the way to go for humans and machines alike so as to continue advancing together. Learn from mistakes, think of alternative paths, and stay positive on every track. (last minute thoughts before heading to the gym in the morning and later to work 🙂

Are you a scuba or a skin diver

Both scuba divers, those with oxygen bottles under water, and skin drivers, those floating over the water looking down with snorkeling masks, can find treasure. Which one can be like you? A scuba diver would stay deep under water but can’t stay long because the oxygen in their bottle is limited and their equipment is heavy over the water. The skin diver carries light equipment and can cover more surface area because they breath unlimited air but they can’t search deep down underwater like scuba divers. When it comes to research and learning opportunity in the workplace, which one can be you? The answer is in nature. Watch how the cormorants birds that dive deep under water does it with speed and focus then think of its approach as an opportunity for you to do just that in your next project. Check the video of Cormorants: Birds That Swim

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.

Sum is not necessarily better than its parts

The sum of all parts does not always make it better than its parts. Take the words “block” and “chain” in blockchain. Blocks in toys were invented as early as the 1500s way before Minecraft made history with its digital blocks. Chains were used in 225BC to draw buckets of water and, in 16th century, Leonardo Da Vinci sketched the first steel chain. Such inventions took ages to popularize, but blockchain is not an invention. It is a valuable functionality that, if we just treat it as such and not as some grandeur product, we can really invent products that make use of it. Let’s take a simple pragmatic approach and not force ideas for the sake of ideas to deploy blockchain. Da Vinci or Minecraft players will probably second that idea.

2019

My Story with Pink Floyd

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Sometime between ‘91 and ‘92 I accidentally saw Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall part 2 video on MTV - the scene where school kids turn into .. Loved t...

Minecraft or Fortnite for your career?

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A common past/present/future dilemma in the professional space is what I learned from yesterday, which job is available today, and what to learn for tomorrow...

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2018

AI Index 2018 Report

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AI Index is an academic/business partnership research lead by Stanford University. The 2018 report was recently released and is made available under Creative...

Give or Take

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There are two types of people. Those who give more than they take, and those who take more than they give. The ratio between give and take can vary from zero...

Some Winter Thoughts

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Various thoughts I felt like posting on different occasions on LinkedIn.

Women in tech

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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, p...

I am I in AI

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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 Uni...

Don’t Panic. Focus and Learn New Skills

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Technical professionals are under pressure to learn something new for fear of missing out on the latest technologies. Non-technical professionals fear that t...

While cutting the lawn

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Been occasionally cutting my lawn for a long time and the lawnmower was always ready for the job until it decided to stop yesterday. It just won’t start even...

Be in the moment

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Be in the moment. Instead of an hour chess game, play a 2 minute game! Instead of an agile ceremony, put up a poc on the fly and showcase it! Instead of hey ...

Ant Intelligence

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“Ant Intelligence” podcast with Dr Deborah Gordon on DataSkeptic is my new favorite podcast episode that I highly recommend for computer and data scientists....

Arabic.Computer

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I started a new site http://arabic.computer to share and store any material that is related to the Arabic language and technology. For the time being, I will...

Felt Like Yesterday

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Earlier this year but it feels like yesterday when I presented on Do-It-Yourself AI. Great moments when you engage the audience with Google AIY tools, showin...

Tarek and Computers

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I believe that everyone should have a chance to build and grow in the computer world. Youth or old, computers are beautiful and can always open windows for f...

Arab-related Open Source Survey

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I am an Arab American software development professional who, besides his day to day job as Director of Technology at Thomson Reuters, is currently working on...

Awesome Interns at Thomson Reuters

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Awesome data science and AI projects with myself and youngest talented member of my team Shiqi (Katherine) Li as intern mentees at Thomson Reuters! - Akhiles...

Sunday notes - blogging on the go

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Busy times ahead for me at Thomson Reuters. Before I talk about that, I am just happy that I managed to find a very convenient way to blog post using Jekyll ...

Dallas ISD student event

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As part of Thomson Reuters community engagement, my team and I met with Dallas ISD high school students who visited the University of Texas in Dallas campus....

IDEAS 2018 deck

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click here for the deck that I used for the IDEAS - Int’l Data Engineering and Science Association conference in Dallas.

Commodore 64/128 FTP Sites

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I found this set of FTP sources for the Commodore 64 and 128 from one old mailing list Commodore FTP Sites Listing Last update 21 Aug 2009 by Cameron Kaiser ...

IDEAS 2018 Conference Speaker

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I will be presenting at IDEAS - Int’l Data Engineering and Science Association Dallas 2018 conference. My topic was just approved by the committee and it is...

Build with Watson

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Last night I played around with IBM Watson Internet of Things and Bluemix cloud services platform using their developer tools. IBM changed their developer p...

Dallas AI Second Meetup on Deep Learning

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In our second Dallas-AI.org meetup event, Viswanath Puttagunta, CTO of Divergence Academy, gave an overview of Convolution Neural Networks, and then Mandeep...

Google AIY

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Setting up Google Voice AIY was an easy challenge but getting Google Vision AIY took a deep toll on me to successful solder the smaller Raspberry PI Zero W g...

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2017

Dallas Meetup on Deep Learning

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My friends, Aamer Charania, Babar Bhatti, and I had a meetup on artificial intelligence and deep learning at Thomson Reuters office in Carrolton Texas. Aamer...

Friday web findings on machine learning

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An in-browser experimented from Google named Teachable Machine to show in two-minutes what modern artificial intelligence can and cannot do. https://teach...

Deep Learning

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There is a lot of great videos on deep learning on the internet. Just do a YouTube search for deep learning. The one that most inspired me are the following ...

Search and Other Notes

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Shared this is with my team about search engines ideas for custom development of our learning site:

Developing Skills

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College degree is becoming less relevant in the marketplace compared to learning and creativity outside college walls. For instance, both Ernest & You...

Friday Reads

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Machine Learning in General Lawyer Watch - Lawyers learning about prediction - 1-2017 Machine Learning Is The New Proving Ground For Competitive Advanta...

Tarek and Computers

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I believe that everyone should have a chance to build and grow in the computer world. Youth or old, computers are beautiful and can always open windows for f...

Machine Learning Datasets

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*** Popular Data Sets UC Irvine Machine Learning Repository Kaggle datasets Amazon’s AWS datasets

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2016

Recalling the PhD experience

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Woke up at 5am this Saturday morning for some research and work before the family wakes up. While doing some digital clean up on with my old Evernote notes,...

Stanford Core NLP Sentiment Analysis

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There is no shortage of natural language processing (NLP) algorithms on the Internet. Open source software is available for accessing NLP libraries are also ...

Financial Sentiment Analysis

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As part of my Phd dissertation at Walden University, I developed an application that would analyze the sentiments of tweets that include the stock symbols of...

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