August 22, 2021
Projects can come from the weirdest places at times. In this case it was a friend’s random offhand comment, “it would be cool to have an AR app that would help customers visualize having our products in their homes." There must be something like that floating around the internet, right? An opensource augmented reality (AR) project that could be modified to use different, custom, 3D models. A quick google search later, and lo and behold such projects do exist .
This Is How the World Will End
July 25, 2021
It is no secret that I am a big fan of technology. I recently had a conversation with a friend where she was recounting to me an incident where she left her phone at the gym, walking away for a good 20-minutes before she realized what she had left behind. My immediate response to that was “I am amazed that people can leave places without their phones." Asked to explain that sentiment, I elaborated that I do almost everything on my phone.
What Does It Mean to Be a ‘Digital’ Business?
July 4, 2021
Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft. These are the names that most come to mind when people think about “digital businesses”. They are companies that produce digital tools, but they do not have a monopoly on the concept of being digital businesses. Every company can be a digital business. And in fact, if COVID-19 has taught us anything, in the 21st century every company must become a digital business to survive and thrive.
Employment in the Age of AI
June 13, 2021
Pandora’s box has opened. We are past the point of no return. The world turned upside down. Whichever way you want to describe it, our world broke in 2020. Individuals, companies, and countries scrambled to deal with a constantly shifting and uncertain environment. Thankfully, with vaccines now being rolled out, a return to some form of normalcy is on the horizon. But a return to normalcy does not mean a return to business as usual.
April 3, 2021
Inferring the correlation between X and Y, or writing an article in a magazine. Between these two tasks, which one can only be done by a human, and which can be done by a machine? It would seem like the answer is fairly straightforward isn’t it? Inferring a correlation between two variables is math. Of course a human could do it. But that would be tedious and time consuming. It would be easier to just let the machine do that, because it can.
March 7, 2021
This website has been up for a while now, and I can genuinely say that I have been very happy with it. Hugo has shown to be a wonderful static-site generator. And at this point, if I had to choose between it or what I use to run The Glowing Fool website , WordPress, I think I would go with Hugo nine times out of ten. When you are running your own website though it can be very easy to get hung-up on the stats.
February 21, 2021
Social media censorship has been a hot topic as of late. Politicians have been banned by social media platforms and whole websites being de-platformed by their hosting providers . The power that a select few internet companies possess has taken center stage in our social discourse. Do these companies have too much unfettered power? Should they have the unilateral authority to de-platform individuals from their communities? Should they be more heavily regulated?
February 7, 2021
Lately I have been trying to stay on top of the news more. Despite 2020 being “the year everyone stayed put” a lot still happened. And I have been frankly embarrassed at myself for not being able to keep up more with what’s going on in the world. I would read the occasional headline on the South China Morning Post or browse through Reddit’s top page. But that has only produced an opinion that is wide but not deep, and a far call from being fully informed.
Use a Password Manager
January 24, 2021
If you are anything like me you have a lot of accounts to keep track of. Email. Social Media. Finance. Work. The list is endless. Each of these accounts all do different things. But despite those differences they all share one thing, you want to keep them secure. You want to make sure that only you have access to these accounts. Typically the best way to secure your account is to make sure that you have a good password.
The Age of 5G
January 6, 2021
A friend of mine recently called asking for my help with something. Their long time roommate was moving out and they needed advice choosing a new home internet plan (their current contract was under their roommate’s name). My friend was unsure on what different options they had and knowing me to be a huge nerd for this type of thing, decided to seek my opinion on the matter. I knew that my friend was less than happy with their current internet plan’s performance, so I suggested that this was the perfect opportunity for an upgrade.
Picking up Something New
September 11, 2020
A friend of mine recently shared this article . Google has started offering multiple online “Career Certificate” programs on Coursera, and has stated that they will “consider [the] new career certificates as the equivalent of a four-year degree." This wasn’t all too surprising. Having done several technical online courses myself (learning AWS, Machine Learning, ElasticSearch), I personally saw that online courses can be very effective in helping people acquire additional technical and software skills.