One weird tip to improve the success of Data Science projects

I was recently speaking to some data science friends on Slack, and we were discussing projects and war stories. Something that came across was that ‘data science’ projects aren’t always successful. Somewhere around this discussion a lightbulb went off in my head about some of the problems we have with embarking on data science projects.… Continue reading One weird tip to improve the success of Data Science projects

Avoiding being a ‘trophy’ data scientist

Recently I’ve been speaking to a number of data scientists about the challenges of adding value to companies. This isn’t an argument that data science doesn’t have positive ROI, but that there needs to be an understanding of the ‘team sport’ and organisational maturity to take advantage of these skills. The biggest anti-pattern I’ve experienced… Continue reading Avoiding being a ‘trophy’ data scientist

Interview with a Data Scientist – Ian Wong of OpenDoor

I interviewed the interesting and fascinating Ian Wong – he’s the technical co-founder of OpenDoor, which I personally think is amazing as a concept! 1. What project have you worked on do you wish you could go back to, and do better? Pretty much any project I’ve worked on in the past Two projects stick… Continue reading Interview with a Data Scientist – Ian Wong of OpenDoor

Working in a major trend – Machine Learning

I saw recently this from the recent Amazon shareholder letter. “These big trends are not that hard to spot…We’re in the middle of an obvious one right now: machine learning & artificial intelligence” — Jeff Bezos One of the hard parts about working professionally on these technologies. Is I take them for granted. So I… Continue reading Working in a major trend – Machine Learning

AI in the Enterprise (the problem)

I was recently chatting to a friend who works as a Data Science consultant in the London Area – and a topic dear to my heart came up. How to successfully do ‘AI’ (or Data Science) in the enterprise. Now I work for an Enterprise SaaS company in the recruitment space, so I’ve got a certain… Continue reading AI in the Enterprise (the problem)

Sexism in Tech conferences

Writing about sexism in tech conferences is hard. Especially as a young white male. I can only speak anecdotally – but most women in the Tech industry I speak to, talk a bit about moments of subtle sexism or sometimes out-and-out harassment. As a member of the tech community I’m completely behind any promotion of… Continue reading Sexism in Tech conferences

David MacKay interview on Climate Change

http://www.davidstrahan.com/blog/?p=1104 is a link to an interview with David MacKay one of the top civil servants on climate change, he is also the author of an excellent book. Mathematical analysis offers a lot in understanding the challenges we face, and its great to see an eminent physicist being involved in such things. What is very… Continue reading David MacKay interview on Climate Change

Observations on the connectedness of our world.

Scientifically focused geeks like myself,have a tendency to speak highly of the web. We see Skype, MSN, and Facebook as great technical marvels. Yet as someone like Tim Ferris or Cal Newport observe there is a price to this connectedness. Today for instance there was a family wedding in Ireland. I wasn’t able to attend… Continue reading Observations on the connectedness of our world.

On Technology without Borders

As a naively minded Scientific type, I often make the mistake of imagining that merely developing technology is enough to better the world. As the developing world especially faces huge humanitarian challenges: for instance Malaria, Climate Change, HIV, and diseases such as TB, there are problems with the market conditions of the First World. Peter… Continue reading On Technology without Borders