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The Checklist Manifesto: A Guide to Better Software Engineering

A review of Atul Gawande’s seminal book ~ The Checklist Manifesto ~ and the lessons it holds for engineers and engineering leaders.

A blogger's plea (and a proposal) to Google: bring back Blogger!

This essay proposes a strategic revitalization of Blogger through a premium subscription model, enhanced features powered by Google’s AI capabilities, and a renewed focus on user needs. Blogger, once a dominant force in the blogosphere, has stagnated in recent years. While competitors like Medium and substack have thrived in the...

What's next for AI? My predictions for the next 10 years

Explainable AI, optical AI, analog AI, and meta-learning. I predict the culmination of optimizing massive generative models will result generative AI being turned into a commodity, and these four areas will be the next frontiers of innovation in machine learning.

The risk of production, customer-facing LLM's let lose

Remember the recent case where a Canadian passenger, Jake Moffatt, sued Air Canada after its online chatbot misinformed him about bereavement fares, costing him hundreds of dollars? Air Canada ended up losing the case, and now must stand by the commitment made by its AI agents. This incident, a real-world...

Book review of David Epstein’s Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Epstein’s central thesis in “Range” is bold and potentially disruptive to our ingrained beliefs about success. He argues that individuals who embrace diverse experiences and develop a broader range of skills outperform specialists in complex and unpredictable environments. This flies in the face of the conventional wisdom that champions early...

The tasks LLM's are good at, and the tasks they're sh**t at: a personal review

Here’s the story of how I became an LLM convert. LLM’s can be quite good at some tasks, and awful at others, and being able to create a clear distinction between the two modes is crucial. This essay discusses the aras of opportunities of LLM’s for personal use, and how...