What is a distributed system? Why is it important to know how distributed systems work? You may be using a distributed system without knowing it. Natallia Dzenisenka, independent Software Solutions Architect answers this questions. We talked about distributed system tools, Data modeling, and the core components of distributed systems. There are many tools that have abstracted how distributed systems work, Natallia explained the benefits of knowing how these systems work. These tools give us the power to build distributed systems easily but when working on this, knowing what happens under the hood is extremely beneficial.
Wearables are everywhere. In the medical field they are transforming lives. Haiyan Zhang, Innovation Director at Microsoft Research, created a wearable for a young graphic designer that developed Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is a condition that inhibits movement, and this wearable allows the Parkinson’s patient to write and draw again. Haiyan explained the research process and the technical aspects of how it works.
We also talked about the Internet of Things, the components of these systems and the technical challenges. Haiyan also explained her path from Software Engineering to Design and the process of commercializing products that come from research.
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Sukrutha Bhadouria is Software Engineering Manager at Salesforce. Sukrutha explained the challenges of working on a product that has 14 million unique users. We also talked about building products that integrate with third-party components and how to effectively work with other companies in these integrations. Outside of work Sukrutha manages Girl Geek Dinners in the Bay area, an organization where women in technology can network and learn from each other.
What is DevOps? How does it relate to Operations and Software Development? Bridget Kromhout, Principal Technologist for Cloud Foundry at Pivotal answers these questions. Bridget explained what Operations Engineering is and what she used to work on when she was focused in this area. We then talked about how DevOps emerged and how it differs from Operations. At the end we talked about VoiceOps and ChatOps and the future of DevOps.
devopsdays – Devopsdays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture.
monitorama – An Open Source Monitoring Conference and Hackathon
Machine learning is everywhere, it’s used on email, Netflix, social media and for driverless cars. In this episode, Katie Malone gives an introduction to machine learning. Katie is a data scientist in the research and development department at Civis Analytics. She is also an instructor of the intro to machine learning online course from Udacity along with Sebastian Thrun.
On March 27th I attended the EmTech Digital conference in San Francisco. This conference is organized by the MIT Technology review who provide excellent insight into the technologies of the future. I have been reading their work since 2008 and it’s one of my favorite platforms to learn about technology and innovation.
At EmTech Digital I learned about the state of the art in Artificial Intelligence. One of the topics that I am interested in is Ethics in AI, and in today’s episode I talked with one of the presenters of the conference, Francesca Rossi. Francesca is Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM research and we talked about the ethical implications of AI and the challenges of embedding an ethics module into this systems. As AI becomes more popular, we are going to start seeing more debates about ethics in AI and who should be involved in defining it.
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AI and the Art of Social Responsibility – Francesca Rossi EmTech Talk
Charity Majors is Co-Founder of Honeycomb, a tool that allows engineers to inspect and debug complex systems. Charity explained what makes a system complex and how engineers can learn about their systems with a rich data-driven approach. We also talked about pricing strategies for software and company culture concepts, particularly policies for meetings. Charity also talked about selling a company that was not profitable yet to Facebook. At the end we talked about when to sell a company or keep it and grow it.
Parse and Operations with Charity Majors – Interview with Software Engineering Daily