• Disruption Disrupted : How Big Tech Keeps Innovative Startups at Bay

    Everyone who read Clayton Christensen *knows* that startups will eat incumbents for breakfast. That’s why they call it disruption!


  • The Better Deep Learning Gets, the More Vulnerable It Is to Adversarial Attacks

    These are not your ordinary run of the mill cyber security threats. Adversarial attacks don’t rely on exploiting bugs.


  • Now You See Me, Now You Don’t : Adversarial Patching Brings Serious Trust Issues to Machine Learning

    A brief seven years after Gibson’s far fetched futurism, the science fiction had become reality. Does that mean we’re screwed?


  • Excellent Engineering Won’t Keep You From Solving the Wrong Problem

    Teams like this can follow the tenants of XP and agile to the letter, and still end up building the wrong product. Teams like this need tools on a whole different level. Entire problem spaces need to be explored, before discrete problems are picked out to be solved.


  • Know Your Sh*t

    I was once taught a powerful know-what-you’re-doing lesson. I had spent three months all over the Balkans collecting material for a documentary. I returned home with almost thirty hours worth of video, all of which had to be edited down to fit a 27 minute broadcasting slot, which crept closer as my anxiety grew.


  • Gone in 60 Seconds

    What would you do if you had a house full of actors, all of them employed full time, none of them able to get in front of an audience for an indefinite period of time? That’s an interesting problem, both from a managerial and an artistic point of view.


  • The Power of Persistence

    I recently passed my 666th consecutive day of studying Japanese. It made me think of Satan. They say the devil is in the details. It means the chain is no stronger than its weakest link. Or otherwise put: do something well or don’t bother doing it.


  • The Trend Towards Open Core

    2018 was the watershed year for the open core model, where you build value around a code base that is guaranteed to remain open, and create revenue streams around consulting, hosted services and closed source add-ons.


  • The Patron Driven Value Proposition

    When I was I kid I was a great fan of the ace fighter pilot Biggles. I couldn’t get enough of his adventures, so when I’d been through the stack in my grandmother’s attic I went to the local library. I ought not have bothered.


  • The Best of Both Worlds : How to Build a Company While Sticking to Open Source

    The professor’s privilege and means that researchers can do what they want with whatever they create. Which if you’re in software usually just means that you publish your code on GitHub under MIT or BSD license and move on to the next research project.


  • Preparing For the Next War

    Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital by Carlota Perez studies the intersection of technology and innovation. Reading her feels like looking at one of those images optometrists use to diagnose colour blindness; where before there was just a jumble of dots, patterns emerge.


  • Distributed Cognition

    When you forget the details of some complicated concept and have to consult an external resource, or when you write down all your todo items, those are examples of distributed cognition. Simply put, it’s the notion of not having to keep everything in our heads all the time.


  • What Doing Looks Like

    It’s rather wonderful, I’d like to be a bit more like Mrs. Whiting myself. I think there are two things she does really well. She knows exactly what she wants, and she has the ability to turn that crystal clear vision of where she wants to go, into manageable chunks of action. In the words of productivity guru David Allen, she knows what doing looks like.


  • Ise Ise Baby

    The approach is one of the most promising candidates among “non-Von Neumann” computer architectures. So one hundred years after the idea was first broached, is the time now ready for Coherent Ising Machines to make a dent in the universe? There are three signs that so might be the case.


  • My Cup of Tea

    There’s nothing spectacular about it, but still I find myself spellbound. Every move the bar man man makes while preparing my tea is perfectly measured, it’s like watching a Tai-Chi master.