It’s iconic and feels like it’s been around forever, but the UPC is a fairly new invention. The inventor, George Laurer, worked for IBM and invented it in the 1970s. There’s a good write up on him and his invention, here: Universal Product Code Designer George Laurer Dies At 94 : NPR.
While IBM has been associated with many IT innovations, this one particular one likely touches more people’s lives than any other.
For more on how to read UPCs, and to appreciate just how much information is packed into one, go here.
I am glad to see more articles highlighting the difference between ML and AI. For example, this one: How machine learning is different from artificial intelligence – IBM Developer.
There is still lots to be done in the field of machine learning, but I think technologists and scientists need to break out of that tight circle and explore AI in general.
(Image: from the article)
If you are an infrastructure person and you are trying to ramp up really quickly on Docker and Kubernetes, here are some good links to get you started:
I also have this repo on github that can help.
Is this the last word? Good lord, no. But it can help you stay in the conversation and helps you map all this stuff to networks and processes and files and VMs and services and other tech you are used to.
is written up, here: ATB Financial, IBM partnership focuses on digital transformation in banking | IT Business.
It was a great project, with a great team, a great client, and a great working environment. All around great. I am glad I had the opportunity to do it.
IBM (my employer) has a great page that will get you up to speed on Blockchain. If you are interested in Bitcoin, crytocurrency, or just hot areas in IT, then you want to visit: What is blockchain? – IBM Blockchain
I’ve recently added two repos to my github account:
The first one is some proof of concept code I wrote to demonstrate how to work with IBM Watson’s Tradeoff Analytics service using node.js
The second one is some sample code I have had for some time that does simple server monitoring of a Linux server.
There is no intellectual property involved in these repos: it is simple code based on documented code samples found in many places on the web.
For more details, see my Github landing page, here: blm849 (Bernie Michalik)