TWiT, January 14-20, 2018

Did you follow, retweet, or like a tweet in 2016? You may have been suckered by a Russian troll. Twitter says that about 700,000 of us were. And they’re going to notify you if you were one.

Ben Lorica, O’Reilly Media’s Chief Data Scientist, offered his predictions for 2018. Basically, data will get bigger. More and more we’ll see data being shared among businesses in ways that make the data itself more powerful while protecting IP and privacy. More tools and training in machine learning and deep learning will also facilitate sharing of knowledge. It’ll get easier to analyze graphical data, easier to integrate data from disparate sources. And machine learning is going to go meta: “As companies’ reliance on machine learning models grows and they begin deploying thousands of models, we’ll see them begin to use machine learning tools to augment their machine learning engineers.”

What were the worst ideas from CES this year? Well, one is from a vibrator company. Another is a computer for your kitchen. Another innovation lets you talk to your toilet. I’ll stop now. It only gets worse.

GoPro going, gone?

Coming Soon: Getting Clojure

Getting Clojure
Build Your Functional Skills One Idea at a Time
by Russ Olsen
Behind every programming language lies a vision of how programs should be built. The vision behind Clojure is of a radically simple language framework holding together a sophisticated collection of programming features. Learning Clojure involves much more than just learning the mechanics of the language. To really get Clojure you need to understand the the ideas underlying this structure of framework and features. You need this book: an accessible introduction to Clojure that focuses on the ideas behind the language as well as the practical details of writing code.

I am the proud editor of Russ’s excellent book.
Read about it here, where it will be available for purchase later this month.

No Bones?

With all the sly references to other TV series and books and movies, I can’t believe Stranger Things couldn’t have found a place to have a character say, “He’s dead, Jim.”