Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

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Elixir Metaprogramming Basics

Metaprogramming is a powerful, yet pretty complex technique, that means a program can analyze or even modify itself during runtime. Many modern languages support this feature, and Elixir is no exception.  With metaprogramming, you may create new complex macros, dynamically define and defer code execution, which allows you to write […]

Here’s how consumption will change over the next decade

The over-65s are spending more money than younger generations. Image: REUTERS/Darren Staples Elaine Coventry, Head, Commercial Leadership, Western Europe, The Coca Cola Company This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting The emerging technological advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are giving us a glimpse of what the world […]

These are the world’s most innovative cities

From Berlin to Boston, here are the cities where start-ups thrive. Image: Štefan Štefančík/Unsplash Jeremy Kelly, Research Director, JLL This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Innovation is seen as a key ingredient for successful cities in the 21st century economy, as new technologies constantly emerge to […]

Can apprenticeships save young people from the threat of AI?

More than 5 million jobs will disappear from manufacturing and customer service by 2020. Image: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel Alain Dehaze, Chief Executive Officer, Adecco Group AG Pierre Nanterme, CEO, Accenture Shea Gopaul, Founder and Executive Director , Global Apprenticeships Network Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Global Sales, Marketing and Operations; Executive Vice-President, Microsoft Corporation Sergio […]

18 “Geeky Predictions” — 2018 Edition

Hi there, we’re Point Nine Capital a VC firm focused on SaaS and marketplaces. If you want to be kept informed of our new posts you can subscribe to our content newsletter. This is the third year in a row that I have enjoyed writing and reviewing my annual “Geeky […]

Tell Me a Story: Thoughts on Model Interpretability

Recently, my thinking has circulated around what feel like some of Machine Learning’s biggest meta-conversations: the potential and limitations of learning a generally intelligent actor, the nuance and genuine normative challenge of algorithmic fairness, and, now, what it means for models to be interpretable and understandable for humans. As the market […]

3 ways big data is changing the humanitarian sector

The 2010 earthquake in Haiti ushered in a new era of digital data humanitarianism. Image: REUTERS/UN Photo Logan Abassi Luisa Meneghetti, Internal Displacement Monitoring Expert, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Data has long been a keystone of humanitarian and aid work with […]

What You Need To Create Great Customer Journeys (With Tech).

There are some core capabilities required for any company that wants to elevate customer journeys and ensure the highest level of customer service/support. According to researchers at Harvard, these interconnected capabilities are Automation: this is the digitization of steps that were previously done manually. It is the ability to turn […]

Supervised Machine Learning — Dimensional Reduction and Principal Component Analysis

Part 2 Supervised Machine Learning — Dimensional Reduction and Principal Component Analysis Special thanks to a dear friend of mine, Katharine, for inspiring this series. May the lessons learned in this series guide even the warmest of hearts. This article is part of a series. Check out Part 1 here. Introduction The motivation of […]

A Theory of Prediction

Review of The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver The Signal and the Noise is probably the most informative non-technical book about the art of predicting ever written. It outlines what is best described as Nate Silver’s “Theory of Prediction”. Silver, creator of the data journalism site fivethirtyeight, takes readers […]