AI Has Become Sentient
Says a Google engineer and what does that really mean?
This is the twenty-first edition of CrunchX and here are the stories and resources we thought were worth spending the time.
1. Software Engineering — The Soft Parts
Soft parts of software engineering. I’d say the best advice is that software should solve customer problems. So you don’t retrofit the software in customers’ hands, but you listen to customers and create the software. Written and published by Addy Osmani and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:
2. How To Criticize Coworkers
Alex talks about how to give feedback to coworkers the correct way. What’s most valuable is the template for each situation that Alex talks about. Most developers need to brush up on skills in feedback giving, and this is a good guide to do so. Written and published by Alex Turek and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:
3. As data science goes mainstream, so does its language
Python has now increased its popularity in the field of data science. It now appears to dominate the previously often used language R. This article shows what advantages Python has over R and why it has become more popular recently among Data Scientists. Written by Matt Asay on InfoWorld and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:
4. A Google Engineer says AI has become sentient. What does that actually mean?
A Google engineer named Blake Lemoine claims that AI has now become “alive” and “conscious”. But what does that mean? This article describes what exactly the debate is about and how Lemoine has come to the previously stated conclusion. Written by Laura McQuillan on CBC News and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:
5. What is Digital Business Transformation? The Essential Guide to Digital Transformation
Digital transformation is the cultural and organizational change of a company, industry, or economy involving intelligent digital technology processes. It has become nowadays essential for bigger companies in order to be still compatible on the market. But how does one achieve this transformation process in the digital world? This article might give you a first overview of what to consider. Written by bigdata on BigData Analytics News and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:
6. Data is the strongest Currency in Marketing and there may be too much of it
Over the last 10 years, the amount and importance of data in marketing have become more and more important. It is used for making strategic marketing decisions by companies whether big or small. However, it seems that the amount of data is getting too big to handle since it is getting more and more difficult to extract the needed data from unnecessary information. Written by Mikael Thuneberg on VentureBeat and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:
7. Time Series Database (TSDB) explained
Time Series databases are something I use a lot myself. Influx Data, with one of the more well-known solutions in the area — InfluxDB — has some excellent documentation and tutorials around the subject, along with a great series of video shorts explaining many nuances of the subject. Editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. View the tutorial here:
8. What is a Document Database?
Document databases are now also extremely popular with MongoDB being one of the larger providers in that space. They also have an excellent introduction — this time to Document Databases. Written and published on MongoDB and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:
9. Internet Explorer shutdown to cause Japan problems ‘for months’
After 27 years of service, Internet Explorer is no more. But Microsoft dropping support for the age-old browser means that countless government agencies and businesses are rushing to find an alternative. Written and published in Financial Times and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:
10. Amazon shows off an Alexa feature that mimics the voices of your dead relatives
Amazon draws criticism by showcasing an Alexa feature that mimics the voice of one’s dead relatives. Written by James Vincent on The Verge and editorial selection by Antony Terence. Read the article here:
That’s our picks for this week. Hope you found something new, inspiring, astonishing, and crazy news going around the tech space. Thank you very much for taking your time to read this edition of CrunchX. Look out for the next edition the following week.