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Serverless Startup with Yan Cui

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ServerlessBurningMonk.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download After raising $18 million, social networking startup Yubl made a series of costly mistakes. Yubl hired an army of expensive contractors to build out its iOS and Android apps. Drama at the executive level hurt morale for the full-time employees. Most problematic, the company was bleeding cash due to a massive over-investment in cloud services. This was the environment in which Yan Cui

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Quantum Computing with Vijay Pande

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/VijayPandeQuantum.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Quantum computing is based on the system of quantum mechanics. In quantum computing, we perform operations over qubits instead of bits. A qubit is a vector, which can take on many more values than 0 or 1. The technology used to implement quantum computers is advancing such that it has its own Moore’s Law, but it can also leverage the classical advancements of

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Self-Driving Deep Learning with Lex Fridman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SelfDrivingDeepLearning.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Self-driving cars are here. Fully autonomous systems like Waymo are being piloted in less complex circumstances. Human-in-the-loop systems like Tesla Autopilot navigate drivers when it is safe to do so, and lets the human take control in ambiguous circumstances. Computers are great at memorization, but not yet great at reasoning. We cannot enumerate to a computer every single circumstance that a car might

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Culture Fit with Ammon Bartram

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/CultureFit.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download “Culture fit” is a term that is used to describe engineers that have the right personality for a given company. In the hiring process, “lack of culture fit” is used to turn away engineers who are good enough at coding but just don’t seem right for the company. As today’s guest Ammon Bartram says, “lack of culture fit” usually means “lack of enthusiasm

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Computer Logic with Chris Dixon

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ChrisDixon.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download The history of computing can be thought of as a series of ideas rather than objects. From Aristotle’s formalization of the syllogism, to Alan Turing’s model for an all-purpose computing machine, to Satoshi Nakamoto’s distributed transaction ledger–these breakthroughs did not come in the form of polished, tangible objects. In fact, the objects which end up changing computing fundamentally are often built from ideas

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Search Engine Land with Danny Sullivan

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/SearchEngineLand.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Search engines run our lives. The path we take to information is dictated by Google, Facebook, Amazon, and other forms of search. Search engines feel objective and truthful, but are built through ongoing experimentation and subjective decision making. That’s what has kept Danny Sullivan writing about search engines for twenty years. The content Google prioritizes, the ads that we see, the way that

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Google Early Days with John Looney

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/googleearlydays_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download John Looney spent more than 10 years at Google. He started with infrastructure, and was part of the team that migrated Google File System to Colossus, the successor to GFS. Imagine migrating every piece of data on Google from one distributed file system to another. In this episode, John sheds light on the engineering culture that has made Google so successful. He has

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Poker Artificial Intelligence with Noam Brown

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Libratus.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Humans have now been defeated by computers at heads up no-limit holdem poker. Some people thought this wouldn’t be possible. Sure, we can teach a computer to beat a human at Go or Chess. Those games have a smaller decision space. There is no hidden information. There is no bluffing. Poker must be different! It is too human to be automated. The game

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CRISPR with Geoff Ralston

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/crispr_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download CRISPR is a technique for altering the human genome. It might be the most powerful tool for biological modification that we have ever discovered. In this episode, we explore CRISPR: how it works, why it exists in the natural world, and the implications for being able to modify DNA so easily. Geoff Ralston is a partner at Y-Combinator. He wrote an article entitled

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Zencastr with Josh Nielsen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/ZencastrEngineering.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download There are certain experiences when a product solves a problem so thoroughly and elegantly that it lifts a weight off of your shoulders that you didn’t even know was there. Dropbox did this with file storage. Slack did this with group collaboration. Zencastr does this for recording podcasts. Before I used Zencastr to record my podcasts, like most podcasters, I used a Skype

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Robot Assistant with Abhishek Singh

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/RobotAssistant.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download We view our iPhones as inanimate objects. But when we see robots such as the Boston Dynamics machines that move with a motion that seems like an animal, the robot comes alive. We feel more sympathy and connection towards it. Today’s episode is about the distinction between inanimate machines and machines that seem alive. Peeqo is a robot assistant similar to Amazon Echo

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Complacency with Tyler Cowen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/complacency_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineers in Silicon Valley see a world of constant progress. Our work is creative and intellectually challenging. We are building the future and getting compensated quite well for it. But what if we are actually achieving far less than what is possible? What if, after so many years of high margins, gourmet lunch, and self-flattery, we have lowered our standards for innovation? And

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WebAssembly with Brendan Eich

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/brendan-eich_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Brendan Eich created the first version of JavaScript in 10 days. Since then JavaScript has evolved, and Brendan has watched the growth of the web give rise to new and unexpected use cases. Today Brendan Eich is still pushing the web forward across the technology stack with his involvement in the WebAssembly specification and the Brave browser. For all of its progress, JavaScript

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Amazon and Uber with Brad Stone

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/upstarts_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Big technology companies have so much going on at any given time that a journalist can tell any type of story they want to about it. Depending on what angle you observe the company from, you can write a story depicting that company as good, evil, growing, or about to crash. The truth only becomes apparent to outsiders with time. Amazon’s culture and

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Failure Injection with Kolton Andrus

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/gremlin_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Servers in a data center fail. Sometimes entire data centers have a power outage. Bugs in an application make it into production. Human operators make mistakes and cause data to be deleted. Failure is unavoidable. We make backups and replicate our servers so that when a failure occurs, we can quickly respond to it without making the user feel much pain. But how

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Where Machines Go to Learn with Auren Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/MLwithAuren.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you wanted to build a machine learning model to understand human health, where would you get the data? A hospital database would be useful, but privacy laws make it difficult to disclose that patient data to the public. In order to publicize the data safely, you would have to anonymize it, so that a patient’s identity could not be derived from data

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Service Proxying with Matt Klein

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Envoy.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most tech companies are moving toward a highly distributed microservices architecture. In this architecture, services are decoupled from each other and communicate with a common service language, often JSON over HTTP. This provides some standardization, but these companies are finding that more standardization would come in handy. At the ridesharing company Lyft, every internal service runs a tool called Envoy. Envoy is a

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The End of Cloud Computing with Peter Levine

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/endofcloud_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cloud computing has pushed computation away from our own private servers and into virtual machines running on a data center. In the world of cloud computing, processing is centralized in these data centers, and our smartphone and laptop application performance suffers from having high latency between the client and the cloud server. As machine learning proliferates, the current model of cloud computing will

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Reality with Donald Hoffman

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/realitywithdonaldhoffman_edited.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download What is the relationship between your brain and your conscious experiences? This is is the fundamental question of the work of Donald Hoffman, a professor of computer science and cognitive science at UC Irvine. When Hoffman was a child, he wondered whether there was a cognitive dividing line between humans and machines, and that curiosity has driven him to his current work–building a

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Making Money Online for Software Engineers with Courtland Allen

http://traffic.libsyn.com/sedaily/Courtland_Meetup_Talk_mixdown.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Engineers today have a variety of career options. You could go work for a large corporation, you could raise money and start a startup, you could freelance and move from job to job with freedom–or you could start a business with the goal of quickly becoming profitable. Courtland Allen was a guest on Software Engineering Daily a few months ago, when he discussed

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