How deep is your learn?

Hype, hope, and modern science fiction cinema have captured our imaginations and created significant expectations around the deployment of machine learning and AI in commercially available products in our near future (e.g. self driving cars). However, don’t expect to be transported to Machine City in Matrix Revolutions (very cool, in its own way) any time soon. The rise of the machines will have to wait. Expect … Continue reading How deep is your learn?

Should I stay or should I Go …

AphaGo, a computer program developed by DeepMind, beat Lee Sedol, a leading exponent of Go, by four games to one in 2016. It has been improving rapidly. In May Alpha Go beat Ke Jie, the number one ranked player, by a score of 3 – 0. DeepMind has since unveiled a new program called AlphaGo Zero. It took just two days of training for AlphaGo Zero to beat the version of Alpha Go used against Lee Sedol. Continue reading Should I stay or should I Go …

Retail drives smart home innovation

A visit to CES 2018 showed the future of the smart home really is a battle between Google and Amazon. And made me revisit a blog post from December 2016 …

The popular focus on smart home technology is on home automation, such as smart lighting, environmental control, smart appliances and home security. These technologies make up a rapidly growing, multi-billion dollar market. However, that is small change compared to retail. The retail market accounts for a quarter of the U.S. economy, or, about 100 times that of home automation … Continue reading Retail drives smart home innovation

No taxation without (some decent) representation

The focus on Federal taxes as a Robin Hood-type redistribution tends to focus on economic classes – is the middle class a winner or a loser, etc. Except, Representatives don’t represent classes. They represent states. And, looking at the redistributive effects of taxes on a state by state basis, the Republican party comes across as just a machine in directing benefits their way. Continue reading No taxation without (some decent) representation