Blog: Catching an entrepreneurial wave at IBM SmartCamp in Wilmington, NC

Just wrote this post on the developer.ibm.com blog about an IBM Smartcamp we held last week at tekMountain:

Just look at the list of cities that are hosting IBM’s SmartCamp this year: Austin, Dubai, Mexico City, Riyadh, Sydney. That’s an auspicious group. Global. Urban. Connected. Then, down at the very bottom of the list, weighing in at ninety-eight pounds, our own scrappy, Wilmington, NC for the Southeast US!

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Live Taping: Here We Are Podcast

Please come to the Dead Crow Comedy Room on September 3rd at 3PM (doors open at 2:30PM) to see me take part in comedian and seeker Shane Mauss’s latest experiment, a series of live podcasts “featuring UNCW scientists and specialists from different fields discussing how we are what we are”:

Live Taping: Here We Are Podcast

When:
September 3, 2016
3:00 PM
Location:
265 North Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

I am not a specialist of anything. Even less a scientist.

I guess Shane Mauss isn’t a specialist either, though: In addition to hosting these podcasts about life, he does stand-up about hallucinogens, stars in a Netflix special called “Mating Season”, guests on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, Comedy Central, and Showtime, and in every case is ranging over a whole weird untethered range of subjects…and specialists. Just listened to podcasts he did with botanists, security experts, and happiness researchers.

UNCW brain guy and buddy Julian Keith put Shane onto me, after taking part himself in a great (!) live session on psychology. Thinking we might get into artificial intelligence, which I know the tiniest bit about and play around with, various tech topics I’m now trying to reacquaint myself with.

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Tech talk on cognitive applications

I’m giving a tech talk on cognitive application development this coming Tuesday:

“Applied artificial intelligence”: Getting started with cognitive application development

It’s meant to be a part of a set of talks we started last year on artificial intelligence—how do you actually begin to use these cognitive services in web apps, mobile apps—and it’s aimed at beginners and near-beginners.

The pictures below are my effort to frame the demo: Just as we know now that the brain is not a single, thinking organ but a choreographed set of cognitive skills, Watson is not a single “artificial intelligence” but a set of computational services. Which means that now, the way that Watson is presented and interacted with and marketed is more accurate: The cognitive services available in the Watson Developer Cloud are what it always was!

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, August 16th, 12 to 1 at tekMountain.com. I’ll post slides here, notes, a video if it’s made.

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