Friday, 19 May 2017

Babies first Computer (Quantum)

Totally blatant work focused sales pitch material alert.  But, c'mon, you've got to admit, this is pretty bl00dy awesome!!!  The one below, not the one above.

IBM Q is an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computers for business and science. While technologies like AI can find patterns buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be found and the number of possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous ever to be processed by classical computers. We invite you join us in exploring what might be possible with this new and vastly different approach to computing.

IBM Q has successfully built and tested two of its most powerful universal quantum computing processors. The first has 16 qubits and is for public use by developers, researchers, and programmers via the IBM Cloud at no cost. The second is the first prototype commercial processor. With 17 qubits, and incorporating materials, devices, and architecture innovations, this processor is the most powerful built by IBM to date. All of this sophisticated engineering makes it at least twice as powerful as the free version in the cloud. 

I know, the cynic in you is asking, "yeah, sounds great.  But, what can I actually DO with it?"

Good question.  Check out some ways of applying it here:

oh, and here is the MANUAL for writing code...yes, YOU can also write code and run it on this actual machine.  for free.  pause.   think about that for a minute.   now, go and read the manual and have some fun....

...and here's me "writing" my first app.  There's a visual front-end, but you can manually write the QASM code too:

Monday, 15 May 2017

Machine Learning

Stephen Wolfram has a great extract from his book about Machine Learning:

Whilst he says it's for Middle you get further and further into it, you realise those Middle Schoolers must be the top 1% next-gen geniuses we've been wondering about.

Anyway, I thought it was a great introduction to anyone who wants to get their head around the modern day "Machine Learning principles" and got lost reading about Scala, R, Python and Big Data Analytics instead of's all about APIs  :-)

I especially liked the Guardians of the Galaxy image matching section:'s all about the continual training.....

Monday, 1 May 2017

Subaru Sambar - fitting an Android Nexus 7 tablet....

We imported a Subaru Sambar from Japan a couple of years ago.  It was a replacement for a Bedford Rascal van that I purchased as a run around for hosting our 2 basset hound dogs.  They could get as muddy / grubby as they wanted and we could just stick them in the back of the van, wash them off and not get the interiors of our cars full of mud and dog fur.

After a year or so, I finally decided that I'd replace the Japanese radio (that didn't pick up anything anyway) with a cheapo head unit from ebay.  That wasn't that good either.  I then got to thinking, I wonder if I could "modernise" it a bit.
A few years back, I fitted an amp to my MG Midget, so that I could plug an iPod into it, instead of using a radio head unit.  I thought I'd do the same but update it a bit.
I was also going to fit a set of "wireless" parking sensors and give the engine a service, oh and underseal the bottom of the van....and whatever else I could think of doing whilst I was there.

Parts all ready to go...

Cognitive Applications

The Building Cognitive Applications with IBM® Watson Services series is a seven-volume collection that introduces IBM Watson® cognitive computing services. The series includes an overview of specific Watson services with their associated architectures and simple code examples. Each volume describes how you can use and implement these services in your applications through practical use cases.
The series includes the following volumes:

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced developer, this collection provides the information you need to start your research on Watson services. If your goal is to become more familiar with Watson in relation to your current environment, or if you are evaluating cognitive computing, this collection can serve as a powerful learning tool.

PDFs are currently in DRAFT - official release in JUNE.  Volume 7 - NLU doesn't appear to be online, yet, so keep checking back.....

It's not often that I give links to PDF training guides, but these PDFs are actually well done with some indepth examples that are done in "my style", ie. meaningful and lots of step-by-step screenshots!  If you want to have some un-official training, let's say on the "Conversation" service, get stuck into the PDF and walk through the samples, you'll be impressed just how quick you can get going......