next steps

During the last week, I have been mainly taking care of various practical things necessary when starting a business, and sketching in my mind a picture of my business practices. Now I thought about sitting down for a while to describe, what kinds of things I will discuss in this blog in the near future. My intention is, besides commenting on various current or otherwise important and interesting topics, also to showcase my own activities and skills in the form of various projects. In this article I will sketch out some kind of a map of the terrain I am planning to explore in the near future, and hopefully succeed in sparking the interest of my potential supporters and customers.

books and writings

Because the long term success of my business will be founded on special expertise, I have set aside some time for reading and thinking. The expertise must be maintained and further developed. Naturally also finishing my dissertation will require some time and energy, but this topic I will discuss later. During the following weeks, I am going to write some reviews and commentaries on some important books that I have read and that I can recommend to others as well. Some of these will be more suitable to the general audience, others more technical or mathematical.
To cite a few examples, I will present such authors as Pedro Domingos, David Vernon, David Mumford, Jeff Hawkins, Ray Kurzweil and Marcus Hutter. Central topics will be various ideas and techniques related to artificial intelligence and intelligent systems. I will also write about current topics, news and breakthroughs and comment on them.

projects and experiments

In my previous article I made a somewhat provocative and even boastful claim of being a person, who would in principle be able to implement alone a complete system from servers to several client applications. This kind of a person is often called a full-stack developer, though the typical meaning of this term is a bit more narrow and refers to a person with much more experience in such tasks. I do not market myself as a full-stack developer, but I do not wish for this claim to remain as light-hearted bragging, so I will prove it. My plan is to implement a system like the one I described, phase by phase, and document the process in this blog.
The goal of this series of article is, on the other hand, to make it clearer for someone who doesn’t know this field very well what kinds of things  are required to implement modern information systems. On the other hand, I want to describe the rapid development of technology during the last 20 years; after all, I have witnessed first hand the times when modern tools and frameworks were not available, and large parts of the systems had to be coded and configured manually with great effort. Nowadays we are in a situation, where it is actually possible for one person to carry out all steps on their own, in reasonable time no less.
In the articles I will discuss topics such as virtual machines, Docker, REST, JSON and Android. I will deviate from the mainstream in such a way, that I am going to use functional programmin, so I will write about such topics  as Haskell and Yesod. All this will, however, be just a framework for the main topic, which is of course learning and intelligent systems. This means, that I will write also about relational learning, in addition to neural networks and Bayes nets. Using technologies such as these in business requires a foundation and supporting framework, and I wish to demonstrate that I have sufficient understanding of the relevant techniques. Of course, I will require for my own purposes, such as technical demonstrations, some kind of basic system that is under my own control. I will describe the process of developing this framework in this blog.

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