Humanitarian Toolbox / allReady@GitHub "This repo contains the code for allReady, an open-source solution focused on increasing awareness, efficiency and impact of preparedness campaigns as they are delivered by humanitarian and disaster response organizations in local communities."
"The AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell lets developers and administrators manage their AWS services from the Windows PowerShell scripting environment. Now you can manage your AWS resources with the same Windows PowerShell tools you use to manage your Windows environment."
"When you build ASP.NET Core applications and plan on running them on IIS, you'll find that .NET Core applications in IIS work radically different than previous versions of ASP.NET....
The most important thing to understand about hosting ASP.NET Core (both based on .NET Core and .NET 4.x) is that it runs as a standalone, out of process Console application. It's not hosted inside of IIS and it doesn't need IIS to run. ASP.NET Core applications have their own self-hosted Web server and process requests internally using this self-hosted server instance."
"Georgia Tech spin-off SoftWear Automation is developing ultrafast sewing robots that could upend the clothing industry
At the Arkansas factory, owned by Tianyuan Garments Co., one of China’s largest apparel manufacturers, SoftWear’s robots, called Sewbots, will equip 21 production lines, designed to make 23 million T-shirts per year for Adidas.
sewing robots will ultimately allow factories to produce clothing not only faster and cheaper but with greater customization."
podcast interview with the book author: Jeff Fritz on ASP.NET Core | Jesse Liberty "Jeffrey T. Fritz is a senior program manager in Microsoft’s Developer Outreach Group that works with the community on open source projects and the new Microsoft .NET Core framework"
Cloud AutoML: Making AI accessible to every business (Google Blog) "Cloud AutoML is a suite of Machine Learning products that enables developers with limited machine learning expertise to train high quality models by leveraging Google’s state of the art transfer learning, and Neural Architecture Search technology. AutoML Vision is the first product to be released. It is a simple, secure and flexible ML service that lets you train custom vision models for your own use cases. Soon, Cloud AutoML will release other services for all other major fields of AI."
"Cloud AutoML is a suite of products enabling developers with limited ML expertise to build high quality models using transfer learning and Neural Architecture Search techniques. AutoML Vision is the first product out the gate with a focus on making it easy to train customized vision models."
Finally a simple solution for sustainable business model with "big data" and "AI"
It takes a great knowledge to explain things in a simple way.
AI expert Andrew Ng of Stanford/Google/Baidu/Coursera did just that in the video below.
Data => great AI powered products => more Users => more Data ...
Many inventions at the turn of 20th century completely changed the world.
Before crude and refined oil, industry was powered by coal and horses.
Before electricity generation and transmission, candles illuminated at night.
In only two decades, there ware automobiles and airplanes, electric light and appliances.
At the turn of 21st century, the industry was powered by Excel data and Email "intelligence".
With exponential improvements in computing and connectivity, big data and cloud, DL/AI
we are already in the next phase of great changes and opportunities.
"Andrew was a professor at Stanford University Department of Computer Science. He taught students and undertook research related to data mining and machine learning. From 2011 to 2012, he worked at Google, where he founded and led the Google Brain Deep Learning Project. In 2012, he co-foundedCoursera to offer free online courses for everyone. In 2014, he joinedBaidu as Chief Scientist, and carried out research related to big data and A.I."
Who should get credit for the quote 'data is the new oil'? - Quora "Clive Humby, UK Mathemetician and architect of Tesco’s Clubcard, 2006 (widely credited as the first to coin the phrase): “Data is the new oil. It’s valuable, but if unrefined it cannot really be used. It has to be changed into gas, plastic, chemicals, etc to create a valuable entity that drives profitable activity; so must data be broken down, analyzed for it to have value.”
Upspin Overview · Upspin "Upspin provides a global name space to name all your files. Given an Upspin name, a file can be shared securely, copied efficiently without “download” and “upload”, and accessed from anywhere that has a network connection. Its target audience is personal users, families or groups of friends. Although it might have application in corporate environments, that is not its motivation. Upspin provides a uniform naming mechanism for all data, along with easy-to-understand and easy-to-use secure sharing, as well as end-to-end encryption that guarantees privacy."
Every Upspin file name has the same basic structure. It begins with the user’s name—an email address—followed by a slash-separated Unix-like path name. For example,
"PowerShell Core is a new, cross-platform version of PowerShell that is built on .NET Core instead of the .NET Framework. So with this release, there are now two PowerShell editions: The classic Windows PowerShell, formerly codenamed Monad, that we’ve been using on Windows for the past decade and PowerShell Core." PowerShell Core – why and what? (Jeffrey Snover MSFT) - YouTube
OpenAPI.NET on GitHub "The OpenAPI.NET SDK contains a useful object model for OpenAPI documents in .NET along with common serializers to extract raw OpenAPI JSON and YAML documents from the model."
OpenAPI in Microsoft Docs "REST APIs are often described using an OpenAPI definition (formerly known as a Swagger file). This definition contains information about what operations are available in an API and how the request and response data for the API should be structured."
"Desired State Configuration now works boths ways! Richard talks to fellow Canadian Nik Charlebois, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, about his work building ReverseDSC. The open source tool is available in the PowerShell Gallery, that can create a copy of the configuration of a running system to be compared with desired state."
...they'll cost $600 and up, the same as many mainstream laptops in the US. Instead, they promise some very high-end features, including always-on LTE connectivity (like a phone) and 20-plus hours of battery life with weeks of standby time, which also sounds more like a phone than a PC."
(or like iPad Pro, just with better price, and running Windows apps :)
Dogecoin was created for learning about crypto-currency, and giving money to charity. It is now worth $1.4 B. And as other blockchain system, it enables almost instant and fee transfer of money. On the other side, US banks are still using ancient system from 1970's, written in COBOL and running on mainframe computers, that takes up to 5 days to transfer money, and the service is expensive for users. But it is very profitable for the banks, so it stays that way, for now at least, until some "Amazon of banking" takes off. It is not technical reasons that hold back, in UK similar money transfers take seconds! Episode 489: The Invisible Plumbing Of Our Economy : Planet Money : NPR
Peter Norvig clearly explains role of ML vs. general AI:
Machine Learning is based on statistical analysis of large amounts of data,
recently improving exponentially, based on with cloud computing and available data.
"In the paper, DeepMind describes how a descendant of the AI program that first conquered the board game Go has taught itself to play a number of other games at a superhuman level. After eight hours of self-play, the program bested the AI that first beat the human world Go champion; and after four hours of training, it beat the current world champion chess-playing program, Stockfish.
the new AI program, named AlphaZero, wasn’t specifically designed to play any of these games. ... it was given some basic rules ... with no other strategies or tactics. It simply got better by playing itself over and over again at an accelerated pace — a method of training AI known as “reinforcement learning.”
“Standard CDN capability includes the ability to cache files closer to end users to speed up delivery of static files. However, with dynamic web applications, caching that content in edge locations isn’t possible because the server generates the content in response to user behavior. Speeding up the delivery of such content is more complex than traditional edge caching and requires an end-to-end solution that finely tunes each element along the entire data path from inception to delivery. With Azure CDN Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA), the performance of web pages with dynamic content is measurably improved.”
Brendan Burns | LinkedIn "Lead engineer on Kubernetes, Google's open source cluster manager for Docker containers. Now: Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft: Azure Container Service PhD: Robotics research in machine learning"
Both vulnerabilities exploit performance features (caching and speculative execution) common to many modern processors to leak data via a so-called side-channel attack. Happily, the Raspberry Pi isn’t susceptible to these vulnerabilities, because of the particular ARM cores that it uses."link from: Programming Newsletter - O'Reilly Media
From being a main concern to overcome when considering "move to cloud" security is now becoming a prominent reason to do such move.
While there will always be computer security issues
cloud service providers are in the best position to respond quickly,
and handle such serious situations before such issues become a big problem.
Recently discovered CPU security issues are an excellent example.
Having learned details how CPUs work and are designed,
as well as OS, virtualization etc, I could appreciate complexity of this.
"CPU data cache timing can be abused to efficiently leak information out of mis-speculated execution, leading to (at worst) arbitrary virtual memory read vulnerabilities across local security boundaries in various contexts."
Algorithmia - Open Marketplace for Algorithms "Enabling AI in every Application Automating the use of AI/ML models at every scale with the Serverless AI Layer. Run any model, function, or algorithm as a microservice with a REST API."
"Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study application. It is currently used by 1-in-2 high school students and 1-in-3 college students in the United States. ... Quizlet trains students via flashcards and various games and tests. As of August 2017, Quizlet has over 140 million user-generated flashcard sets and more than 20 million active learners. It now ranks among the top 50 websites in the U.S. In 2016, Quizlet was recognized by SimilarWeb as the fastest growing US Education site in 2015"