Dylan’s Thoughts on AI

We live in the midst of the invisible revolution: artificial intelligence, simply defined as intelligence in machines, is all around us, embedded in our everyday apps and devices. AI technology is not only amplifying human ingenuity, but opening more and different kinds of opportunities in the tech industry, and according to a study by the job-matching service The Ladders, science, technology, engineering and math jobs are growing the fastest. To make AI available for all and encourage more Latinx to pursue a tech-related job, Microsoft is offering several training courses on AI designed for a variety of expertise levels. Here are three free training in AI courses that you can take advantage of.

Microsoft Professional Program for AI: This program provides job-ready skills and real-world experiences to aspiring AI engineers and those looking to improve their skills in AI. The series of online courses feature hands-on labs and expert instructors, and takes students from basic introduction of AI to mastery of the skills needed to build models for AI solutions that exhibit human-like behavior and intelligence. Each course runs for three months and starts at the beginning of each quarter. Microsoft AI Residency Program: This program offers students the opportunity to work alongside prominent Microsoft researchers and engineers to gain real-world, hands-on experience industry.

Participants can learn for a year about deploying machine learning solutions across a range of areas such as healthcare, entertainment and productivity. AI School: This training provides online videos and other assets to help developers build AI skills, including general educational tools to expand AI capabilities and specific guidance on the use of Microsoft's tools and services. With the available resources, you can learn more about Bot Framework, Azure Machine Learning, Cognitive Toolkit, and much more. Whether your solutions are existing or new, this is the intelligence platform to build on. The future is now, and at Microsoft we believe everyone should have the resources to learn more and become an expert in AI. Tags: Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, cloud, data, Education, Machine Learning, Microsoft Latinx, The Future is now.

There can be no two opinions as to what a highbrow is. He is the man or woman of thoroughbred intelligence who rides his mind at a gallop across country in pursuit of an idea.
author: Virginia Woolf


Why AI Is The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Imagine

In the world of business, science and technology, is much talk of these three concepts, but often do not have a clear idea of their meaning, their relationships and their limits. In this post we will define the concept of Machine Learning and its differences with respect to the concepts of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. For example, a chess machine detects the movements of the chips on the Board, and applying the rules of chess to the data they have collected, decide the best move.

The digital assistants like Siri and Cortana are also examples of this type of IA. You can give us the weather forecast, or recommend an alternative route to go to work, but not to read our messages and delete that are not important to us. One of his best-known areas of application is the robotic, but it has important applications in the fields of medicine, education, entertainment, information management, mathematics, military applications, urban design, architecture etc. Machine Learning or machine learning is a branch of Artificial intelligence that began to gain importance from the 80s. It is a form of AI that no longer depends on rules and a programmer, but that computer can establish their own rules and learning itself.

One of the algorithms of ML that most arouses expectation, are neural networks, a technique inspired by the functioning of neurons in our brain. There is no single definition of what is Deep Learning. In general, when we talk about Deep Learning we are talking about a class of Machine Learning algorithms based on neural networks which, as we have seen, characterized by cascading data processing. The input signal spreads by the different layers, and each of them is subject to a non-linear transformation that is extracting and transforming the variables according to certain parameters. There is a limit to the number of layers that must have a neural network to be considered Deep Learning.

Will Artificial Intelligence Eliminate My Job?

Team leaders were responsible for monitoring these tickets determining what was holding up completion of the ticket, and, if needed, bringing in additional resources to speed up the closure of the ticket. My team leader wasn't excited with this approach, believing that calling people on the phone was better, but the e-mails helped me clear a good percentage of tickets and cut down on the overall time I needed to do the job. As the task force continued its work, I wrote a program that accessed the ticket system database and automatically generated a report of all past-due tickets and emailed the report to the responsible parties. As AI is implemented over the coming years, it could potentially replace many existing jobs. In the past when jobs were replaced by automation or to new technology, other jobs always sprang up to take their place.

In the 1970s, for example, it was thought that the advent of ATMs would eliminate many bank teller jobs and increase back-office technology jobs. When many bank teller jobs were eliminated at individual bank locations, it became cheaper to run a single location, so the number of locations increased, which drove up the total number of bank tellers and created new technology jobs overall. As individual banks reduced traditional teller positions, new positions were created that required hybrid more marketing, customer relationship, problem-solving, and sales management skills than the jobs that they replaced. In accounting, the advent of AI and other technologies also threatens to reduce the number of jobs in the profession.

Like the bank teller jobs of the 1970s, accountants with advanced business, relationship management, and technology skills will experience an increased demand. The challenge is that advances in technology are evolving much faster now, so each of us needs to continually anticipate the automation of components of our jobs and evaluate our career paths to see where we're vulnerable. No, it isn't easy keeping a job in the 21st Century, but it can be rewarding if we're aware of the trends and continue learning to stay ahead of them.   

Why AI Is The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Imagine

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Startup Weekend Charleston – EXPOSED!!

Startup Weekend is the world largest program for entrepreneurs, where in 54 hours people from all areas of the technology industry come together to create a company.

But there are people behind the scenes that make it run successfully, and we can't thank them enough!

In Charleston, two wonderful individuals have been spearheading the event: Stacey Segal and Rich Conte

Stacey Segal is the founder of BrightVine Solutions, a team of technology consultants who work to update and deploy cutting edge solutions into the nonprofit industry.  Often, nonprofits don't have the capital to consistently update their technology needs and meet the demands of their volunteers, donors, and those they serve.  BrightVine focuses on the deployment of Blackbaud software, extensive training, and hands-on service to make sure that nonprofits have the tools they need at a price they can afford to fulfill their mission in the modern age

Visit https://www.brightvinesolutions.com to learn more about Stacey and her company.

Rich Conte is a veteran Technology leader with 20+ years of experience in Product Management, User Experience and Product Development.  He has played significant roles in the development and launch of Enterprise-class B2C CRM and Investment Performance solutions at Blackbaud and Thomson Financial.  Rich is also the Executive Producer and Host of the Tech Life Podcast and has built an audience of 25k listeners per month by sharing the stories of entrepreneurs and others in and around the Charleston SC Technology community.

Listen to the Tech Life Podcast here:  https://techlife.libsyn.com/

And when you see them this weekend, be sure to thank them for all they do to make Startup Weekend Charleston a success!



Bright Minds and Bright Ideas at Startup Weekend Charleston

Startup Weekend Charleston starts tonight with a kickoff party and idea pitch session that will set the tone for the weekend of business development, instruction, and teamwork.  One of the questions often posed prior to attending an event of this kind is if it is necessary to have an specific idea of a business on which to work?  Don’t sweat it if you aren’t the worlds best PHP coder, or don’t have a clue about products or marketing – there will be plenty of participants and mentors there to match skills with projects.  Are you new to the tech world, or have a specialized skill that may not fit all projects?  That’s ok too.

Sometimes, teams form up at weekends like SWC and other hackathons, and then decide to go forward together to build a business from that experience.  Take David, Gabriel and Carlos, who worked together on several projects, while traveling around the world participating in hackathons. After winning one hackathon, they ended up getting into the HACKcelerator, designed to jump-start hackathon winning projects.. Since the hackathon they were able to build a team including developers, strategy, sales, and also advisers and investors.

We strongly believe that a good team is the key for a successful startup. Our startup is called Goin’ With and aims to be a solution created for millennials in order to automate saving without changing the lifestyle you’re used to. Goin’ With you can invest your money and start making a profit off it without having any prior knowledge about investment. We’ve developed the project from zero to product ready to launch, we’ve closed collaborations with some of the best partners in the areas we’re working on and we have obtained very valuable feedback in order to iterate the project.

The goal of Startup Weekend is to get as many good minds as possible working out various technology and business issues all weekend, and the entire event is about having fun, learning new skills, and meeting industry insiders – and for them to get to know you.  Bring your most authentic self, and I’m sure you’ll find your tribe at Startup Weekend.


Why do most technology startups incorporate in Delaware?

There are two main reasons why most tech startups incorporate in Delaware: they are incorporating as a C-corp, and they expect high growth.

As others have correctly stated, many people incorrectly assume that Delaware is the best state in which to incorporate when that’s often not the case. In reality, about one-half of all states have adopted the Model Business Corporation Act, making corporate law governing both public and private pretty uniform throughout the county.

While Delaware remains a notable exception, the trend is leaning towards more states adopting the Act, leaving little variation between most states. However, in addition to their state law being highly developed and favorable toward corporations, there tends to be a fairly universal knowledge of Delaware corporate law among lawyers across the country. At the same time, this is often because state corporate law – particularly the further west you go – is often patterned after Delaware corporate law.  Many states enable you to incorporate online with the State Secretary of State’s Office in just a few minutes – and often for a lower fee than Delaware.

Filing as an LLC with subchapter S selection or some other type of entity that’s not a C-corp – especially when there’s no expectation of going public – is often best done in the state where the company is conducting business. Again, these are generalities and aren’t intended to provide specific legal advice or delve into the differences between the corporate laws of different states. I would again emphasize that very often the state in which the business is located is often the best state in which to incorporate.

From Charleston to Seville, Startup Weekend is a worldwide phenomenon

Brains will be percolating and fingers will be tapping away (hopefully a few mechanical keyboards….love that 80’s sound….) this weekend at Startup Weekend Charleston, held Friday Sept 28 – Sunday Sept 30, 2018 at tech friendly locations all around Charleston and Mt. Pleasant.  Competitors have 54 hours from inception to presentation, having to deal with the excitement and drama that pushes agile development, teamwork, and sleeplessness to their limits.

While it’s easy to get caught up in the moment, and focus on just what’s happening here at home, did you know that Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon?  Startup Weekend has reached over 135 countries, with over 210,000 eager entrepreneurs taking up the challenge – including in Seville, Spain, one of this author’s favorite cities to visit.

Promoted by Techstars and supported by Google for Entrepreneurs and SevillaUP, Seville Startup Weekend trains and encourages entrepreneurship that addresses the important issues in their city, and is a unique opportunity to learn how to develop a business idea and make it reality in record time. In addition to the professonals that partake in the passionate pursuit of problem solving, more than 45,000 students around the world take part in Startup Weekend.  Participants share business ideas and develop a startup in 54 hours, supported by the mentors and coaches from within their startup ecosystem. Seville Startup Weekend is the perfect opportunity to make your idea reality with online presence, learn in record time on the steps needed to form a company and key contacts with other professionals in the industry. People with different abilities: developers of software, programmers, graphic and web designers, business people, trade, marketing and communications, as well as entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs are beginners or experts, as well as to any someone with interest in starting a startup, you are more than welcome.  Sound familiar?

Startup Weekend is an event that takes place in over 1000 cities worldwide, and with the immediacy of technology, video conferencing, and the existing infrastructure for global software development, we anticipate that there will soon be fully international teams participating in the weekend, with active participants spread out over multiple cities and countries competing together and solving real world problems that face all of us – not just the issues we see here at home.

You can check out Startup Weekend Charleston at https://www.startupweekendcharleston.com, and peep the folks at Startup Weekend Seville here: