Still not quite getting the time I’d like to do some serious reading. That being said, this is the first post I’ve done using ox-hugo.
Hopefully I can implement some automation with elisp to automatically generate some of my content. There’s still a lot of manual work and cutting/pasting involved.
SE Radio and the AI podcast were again listens this week. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
- Episode 377: Heidi Howard on Distributed Consensus : Software Engineering Radio - Heidi Howard is a researcher studying distributed systems and consensus. It’s an interesting discussion around distributed systems in general, and highlights how crucial the Paxos algorithim is.
- Oriol Vinyals: DeepMind AlphaStar, StarCraft, Language, and Sequences | MIT | Artificial Intelligence Podcast - I really enjoyed this discussion between Lex and Oriol, one of the key figures behind the AlphaStar project.
- Rehabilitating “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” - This is a really good, critical way to look at how you might go about quantifying what is worth observing in your stack. As a former operations/incident management guy, this really hits home.
- Math is your insurance policy | Bartosz Milewski’s Programming Cafe - Ringing the alarm bells of “AI will take our jobs.” The argument being that as long as we can provide precise specifications to an AI, it can write software for us, and we should all fall back on math as a differentiating skill. Firstly, computers are a lot better at math than me, but a lot worse at understading domain specifications for even basic things like “what is a bottle?". Secondly, it’s really expensive.
- Andreessen-Horowitz craps on “AI” startups from a great height | Locklin on science - Warning: some pretty blunt/harsh language here. Remember point two from above? Yea, AI is really expensive. And it still depends on humans.
- To Get Good, Go After The Metagame - I just found this blog, and I’m excited to read more. Anyone that has played a TCG like Magic: The Gathering, or similarly complex competitive engagement, will understand the idea of a “metagame”. This post talks about applying the idea to career and skill development.