Go master quits because AI ‘cannot be defeated’

This is yesterday's BBC headline for the news that Lee Se-dol, the Go grandmaster who was the last person to defeat Google's Alpha Go is retiring from the professional Go Game. It's genuinely sad to see. On the one hand it is very understandable that someone at the height of their craft finds it a … Continue reading Go master quits because AI ‘cannot be defeated’

The End of the Beginning of (Your) APIs

I don’t typically I’ve too many API talks anymore since my current role keeps me busy on a range of other topics and technologies. It’s still a subject close to my heart though, so after the organizers of APIDays Barcelona managed to twist my arm to speak it was nice to talk about APIs again! … Continue reading The End of the Beginning of (Your) APIs

The Genius of Masterclass

I don't normally feel moved to make product suggestions to people but ... reflecting on the year so far there is one that I've gotten so much out of, I just feel it's worth a suggestion. That product is Masterclass...(*) you may have seen it pop up in Facebook ads and clicked them away. So … Continue reading The Genius of Masterclass

Unintended Consequences and Sparkling Water

A few months ago SFO's plastic water bottle ban went into force. Until this week, with two layovers at SFO, I didn't think about it too much. Moving from single-use bottles to refillable bottles is obviously a good thing but for me, it had an ironic outcome. I generally try to drink water instead of … Continue reading Unintended Consequences and Sparkling Water

The Conundrum of $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken

Costco’s impressively low price Rotisserie Chicken pulls in customers to its stores and provides a genuine treat for a low low price. Last week the company opened its new, extensive production facilities in Nebraska to further its ability to keep delivering the product at that low price point. As numerous articles point out, there is … Continue reading The Conundrum of $4.99 Rotisserie Chicken