Training AI

How do you “train” an AI to do something? If you haven’t read the previous post, you might want to do so now. So, once you have a neural net configured, how do you decide what weights to assign to all of those connections? This is the process known as “training” the model. Why do they… Continue reading Training AI

How Does AI Work?

How does AI work, anyway? If you haven’t read the previous post, you might want to do so now. Okay, we’re going to get into a little bit of math here, but I promise I’ll try to keep it light. Systems of equations You may remember from Junior High School Math, being presented with sets… Continue reading How Does AI Work?

An Intro To AI And Art

What is “AI”, anyway? There seems to be a lot of discussion swirling around the Internet recently about AI art-generation tools, the ChatGPT chatbot, and the related ethical issues around using them. In the interest of splashing more fuel on the fire, I’m going to write a series of posts on the background of how… Continue reading An Intro To AI And Art

Good takes and bad takes on Apple Silicon

Good takes and bad takes on Apple Silicon There are a lot of people out there that seem to be clinging to some weird ideas about what the Apple Silicon transition is going to look like, and what the Apple Silicon team “can do”, in terms of what they can deliver. Good Takes First, someone… Continue reading Good takes and bad takes on Apple Silicon

ARM Macs are coming, and faster than you think

ARM Macs and transition timeframes (note: This is a lightly-edited version of a post originally published on June 13th, 2020) We all knew this was coming. In fact, some of us have been expecting it for years. Various rumor outlets are saying that Apple will announce at WWDC that they’re transitioning the Macintosh line from… Continue reading ARM Macs are coming, and faster than you think

What your Internet Of Things startup can learn from LockState

The company LockState has been in the news recently for sending an over-the-air update to one of their smart lock products which “bricked” over 500 of these locks. This is a pretty spectacular failure on their part, and it’s the kind of thing that ought to be impossible in any kind of well-run software development… Continue reading What your Internet Of Things startup can learn from LockState

JavaScript by example: functions and function objects

I’ve been working in JavaScript a lot these last couple of months, and I feel like I’ve learned a lot. I wanted to show some of the more interesting aspects of JavaScript that I’ve had the opportunity to bump into. I’ll use some simple examples along the way to illustrate my points. Note: If you… Continue reading JavaScript by example: functions and function objects