Pedro Domingos: "The Master Algorithm" | Talks at Google

Machine learning is the automation of discovery, and it is responsible for making our smartphones work, helping Netflix suggest movies for us to watch, and getting presidents elected. But there is a push to use machine learning to do even more—to cure cancer and AIDS and possibly solve every problem humanity has. Domingos is at the very forefront of the search for the Master Algorithm, a universal learner capable of deriving all knowledge—past, present, and future—from data. In this book, he lifts the veil on the usually secretive machine learning industry and details the quest for the Master Algorithm, along with the revolutionary implications such a discovery will have on our society. Pedro Domingos is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington, and he is the co-founder of the International Machine Learning Society.

Machine Learning Video

Jun 29 2018

 David Peterson: "The Art of Language Invention"

David Peterson, linguist and inventor of languages for many TV shows and movies (including "Game of Thrones", "Dominion" and "The 100") will talk about his new book: "The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building"


Apr 29 2016

 YOW! Nights March 2016 Martin Fowler - Event Sourcing

Martin Fowler shares his views on event sourcing. Martin is Chief Scientist at Thoughtworks, Opinion Leader and Author of many Development books. Martin concentrates on designing enterprise software - looking at what makes a good design and what practices are needed to come up with a good design. He's been a pioneer of various topics around object-oriented technology and agile methods, and written several books including "Refactoring", "UML Distilled", "Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture", and "NoSQL Distilled". Martins also writes at

Event Sourcing Martin Fowler Video

Apr 29 2016

 Robinson and Mitchell - Knocking my neighbors kids cruddy drone offline

My neighbor’s kid is constantly flying his quadcopter outside my windows. I see the copter has a camera and I know the little sexed crazed monster has been snooping around the neighborhood. With all of the hype around geofencing and drones, this got me to wondering: Would it be possible to force a commercial quadcopter to land by sending a low-level pulse directly to it along with the frequencies used by GPS? Of course, radio signal jamming is illegal in the U.S and, frankly, it would disrupt my electronics, too. In this presentation, we’ll look at some of the research and issues we encountered, when we attempted to force-land two commercial drones (the new DJI Phantom 3 and the Parrot Bepop Drone) by sending GPS signals directly at the drones (while staying under the threshold for jamming and not disrupting anyone else).

Drone Hacking Video

Apr 19 2016