Thursday, December 22, 2016

Go Read, Go See

Things to read over the holidays if you have some spare time!


The Great A.I. Awakening-The New York Times:  How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services-and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself.  

"Now that we’re a month past the election and most of the cabinet posts have been filled, it is increasingly obvious that we are about to experience a profound, president-led ideological shift that will have a big impact on both the US and the world. This will not just be a shift in government policy, but also a shift in how government policy is pursued. Trump is a deal maker who negotiates hard, and doesn’t mind getting banged around or banging others around. Similarly, the people he chose are bold and hell-bent on playing hardball to make big changes happen in economics and in foreign policy (as well as other areas such as education, environmental policies, etc.). They also have different temperaments and different views that will have to be resolved.

Regarding economics, if you haven’t read Ayn Rand lately, I suggest that you do as her books pretty well capture the mindset. "

If you want to capture a bit of the world view and mindset of the military officers being nominated to join the new Trump Administration then go read "No True Glory:  A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah" by Bing West.  

Finally if you have time to go to a movie this holiday season that's not "Rogue One" then go see "La La Land":  If you want escapism and want to see a feel good movie in the old school Hollywood tradition then go see this.

Finally we're going to take some time off now between Christmas and New Year.  We'll be back at the start of 2017.  Hard to believe we're back at the beginning of a new year!  Good luck to each and every one of you in the coming months!