I live in Maryland, near DC, and, from time to time, you will hear me talk about “spending quality time” on the beltway to get to Northern Virginia. The most irritating part is not the bumper to bumper traffic, it’s the fact that I actually live quite close to NoVA as the crow flies. It’s just that there are not enough bridges. However, due to many factors, a new bridge will never be built where it’s needed most. See artistic rendering below.

Going 9 miles takes 30.

I would often dream of being able to fly over the Potomac with ease. However, with recent innovations in technology, aerospace, and electric vehicles, this could actually happen (sooner than a new bridge, at least).

I know I’m not alone: images of the future have always included flying cars. But it turns out, air-commuting had a heyday in the 60s and just might make a comeback in the 2020s according to this video from Bloomberg.

In 2016, I started the Microsoft Professional Program in Data Science when it was released to the public. At the time, I was changing my career vector from an ace Windows app developer to the Data Science and AI world. The program, the first of its kind for Microsoft, provided me with the means and the tools to achieve ninja status quickly and reboot my career. They are also, when compared to university programs, much more affordable.

In the years since, Microsoft has added more professional programs, from Cybersecurity to DevOps. Naturally, I took and completed the tracks for AI and Big Data. You can hear Andy Leonard and I talk about our experiences with the program and how they differ from traditional MCP programs in this episode of Data Driven. Or click on the play button below.

Now, the team has added an IoT track to the list, which can help accelerate anyone’s career in this fast-growing and world changing field: IoT.

This new program will teach you the device programming, data analytics, machine learning, and solution design skills you need for a successful career in IoT. Learn the skills necessary to start or progress a career working on a team that implements IoT solutions.

And, in case you’re wondering, I signed up and so should you: https://aka.ms/mppiot