Daily Archive: March 20, 2017

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FarmBot: Fully Automate Your Garden

If you thought the previous post on adding an Arduino and sensors to your garden was overkill, then you haven’t yet met FarmBot.  FarmBot is an open source hardware and software solution to fully automate your garden. The data scientist in me wants to get my hands on all that...

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Arduino Garden Controller

Technically speaking, today marks the first day of Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least).  And with Spring comes time to start gardening. As a geek, I want to try sprinkling some IoT magic to help me grow out a garden.  Here’s an interesting video from someone who’s done just...

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Deadly Truth of General AI

General AI refers to the kind of artificial intelligence that can learn, reason, and perform tasks very much in the same way that humans do. AI will most certainly take your job away, but will they turn deadly as sci-fi moves have led us to believe.  ComputerPhile takes a closer...

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Why Can’t My Town Be the Next Silicon Valley?

What makes Silicon Valley a hub for startups and innovation?  What created it? And what can other cities and locations do to foster more innovation? When I was working as an evangelist for Microsoft, these questions came up a lot. There was always a civic leader, politician, policy maker, etc who...

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Inside Intel’s IoT Ignition Lab

Here’s a great video about the Intel Ignition Lab Launch in London and some of the great projects they are incubating, including a “Shazzam for Bats.” Yes, that’s a thing.