Artificial Intelligence Humor

How generative AI might end up solving the world’s problems

Tap to view the neural network-driven “trolley solution” at full size.

You probably don’t want to know what’s in those hidden layers.

I wish I could take credit for it, but I didn’t come up with it; Eryk Salvaggio did, and he posted it on Mastodon.

Need context about those images of trolleys and tied-up people? You’ll want to look up the Trolley Problem thought experiment, followed by this collection of Trolley Problem memes.

Need context about the diagram? That’s a neural network, which is explained quite nicely in this article.

Artificial Intelligence Presentations Tampa Bay What I’m Up To

Slides from “Centaurs vs. Minotaurs,” my presentation at SocialCode x Tampa

Thanks to everyone who came to The SocialCode x Tampa: Embracing the AI Evolution event last Thursday (September 7, 2023) for an evening of presentations and discussion about AI! As promised, here’s a link to the slides for my presentation, Centaurs vs. Minotaurs:

Artificial Intelligence Deals Programming Reading Material

Get started with Python and AI with 3 books for only a dollar!

Covers of the books “Transformers for Natural Language Processing,” “Machine Learning with PyTorch and SciKit-Learn,” and “Artificial Intelligence with Python.”
Banner for “The SocialCode x Tampa — Embracing the AI Revolution.”
Are you in Tampa on Thursday, September 7th? Join me and other Tampa AI enthusiasts at The SocialCode x Tampa for an AI panel and networking event!

The current “best bang for your buck” deal on AI ebooks is the 3-book version of Humble Bundle’s Machine Learning and AI 2023 book bundle, which is available for a mere one US dollar for the next 16 days.

I already own one of the three (Artificial Intelligence with Python, Second Edition), but I’m not going to complain about getting two new-to-me books at 50 cents each!

The books are:

  1. Artificial Intelligence with Python, Second Edition, by Alberto Artasanchez and Prateek Joshi. This book is a great introduction to artificial intelligence via TensorfFow and Python, and great companion for the other two books in this one-dollar set.
  2. Machine Learning with PyTorch and Scikit-Learn, by Sebastian Raschka, Yuxi (Hayden) Liu, and Vahid Mirjalili. PyTorch offers both neural networks and tensors, Scikit-Learn provides a collection of machine learning algorithms, and this book walks you through both.
  3. Transformers for Natural Language Processing, Second Edition, by Denis Rothman. The “T” in ChatGPT is “transformer,” and this book covers them extensively. I’m looking forward to the exercise where you use Hugging Face to pretrain a RoBERTa model from scratch.

Are you looking for an economical way to become an AI development expert? Spend a buck on these three books, get any computer made in the past dozen years with plenty of RAM (SODIMMS for old computers are pretty cheap these days), and do the exercises in the books. We’re early enough into the new AI age that if you do all these, you’ll be ahead of most aspiring AI developers out there.

Find out more about these books and this deal!

Artificial Intelligence Current Events Meetups Programming Security Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay’s tech scene is having a September to Remember!

September starts this week, and each week in this new month has its own big Tampa Bay tech event, with new opportunities to learn, network, make friends, and take part in “The Other Bay Area’s” tech scene!

These events, which are covered in more detail below, are:

EventQuick summaryWhen and where
SocialCode x TampaAn evening of AI (3 short talks and a panel discussion) and networking in a swanky Hyde Park venue.Thursday, Sept. 7
Hyde House
BSides St. PeteDeep cybersecurity knowledge will abound, with a full Friday of training sessions and a full Saturday devoted to a Black Hat-style conference.Friday/Saturday Sept. 15 – 16
St. Petersburg College’s Seminole Campus
DevOpsDays Tampa BayA full-day conference dedicated to DevOps (“Dev” as in “software development,” “Ops” and in “IT operations”) in Tampa’s best conference venue.Thursday, September 21
Armature Works
Navigating Your Tech JourneyAn evening of tech career guidance (keynote and panel discussion) and networking at Tampa Bay’s premier tech gathering space.Tuesday, September 26
Embarc Collective

SocialCode x Tampa (Thursday, September 7)

The SocialCode is the name for events that tech recruiter Oscar Technology hold worldwide, and they’re holding one in Tampa on Thursday, September 7th!

The event:The SocialCode x Tampa
TL;DR:An evening of AI (3 short talks and a panel discussion) and networking in a swanky Hyde Park venue.
Recommended if you’re:• Interested in AI (that’s the speaker and panel topic)
• Looking for tech work (because it’s sponsored and run by a tech recruiting company)
• Looking for a fancier event (it’s in Hyde Park)
When:Thursday, September 7, 2023
5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where:Hyde House Public Studio
1646 W Snow Avenue, Tampa FL
How much:Free!
Where to register:The SocialCode x Tampa’s Eventbrite page

This event, The SocialCode x Tampa, will focus on AI and feature these speakers:

  • Craig Bosco, Data Scientist at Gale Healthcare, who’ll talk about how predictive analytics can play a part in healthcare staffing, the role of AI in automation and operational excellence, and how different types of AI can be used to augment the skills of a limited workforce.
  • James Gress, Generative AI Director at Accenture, who’ll talk about how various organizations are harnessing the power of generative AI to drive innovation in their products and enhance operational efficiency, and how we can use multiple technologies across the entire software delivery lifecycle.
  • Yours Truly, Joey deVilla, Senior Developer Advocate at Okta, who’ll talk about two different approaches to human/AI synergy — “centaur” (human head/non-human body) and “minotaur” (non-human head/human body) — and how to get on the right side of this equation.

This event is free to attend — register here!

BSides St. Pete 2023 (Friday/Saturday Sept 15 – 16)

BSides is the name of a series of cybersecurity conferences that grew from the “overflow presentation” at Black Hat and are now their own thing! The St. Pete edition happens on the weekend of September 15th and 16th, with the training sessions on the 15th and the conference proper on the 16th!

The event:BSides St. Pete
TL;DR:Deep cybersecurity knowledge will abound, with a full Friday of training sessions and a full Saturday devoted to a Black Hat-style conference.
Recommended if you’re:• Interested in cybersecurity and infosec (that’s what this conference is all about)
• Looking for cybersecurity and infosec work (there’ll be lots of people from security companies there, and some of them will be recruiting)
• “Homesick” for Black Hat and/or DEFCON or didn’t get to go this year
• On a budget and want to get the most hardcore conference bang for your buck
When:• Training sessions on Friday, September 15,
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
• Conference day on Saturday, September 16,
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where:St. Petersburg College – Seminole Campus
9200 113th Street N, Seminole FL
How much:• Friday training sessions: $1 (really!)
• Regular admission: $25
• College/university student admission: $15
• Middle/high school student admission: $10
• Elementary school student admission: $1
Where to register:BSides St. Pete’s registration page

If you want a taste of what BSides is like, check out my article, Scenes from BSides Tampa X 2023, which I attended this spring. BSides St. Pete will continue the tradition of sharing deep cybersecurity/infosec knowledge, but on the St. Pete side of the Bay this time!

The Friday training sessions will be:

  • Blue Team Workshop – Network Attacks, with Laura Mayeux from Vectra AI
  • Introduction to Hands-On Purple Teaming, with Bryson Bort & Chris Peacock from SCYTHE
  • Splunk Boss of the SOC, with Will Robus from Outpost Security

The Saturday conference sessions will be:

  • Between Two Palms: A Session on Burnout, with Elvira Reyes and Chris Machowski
  • Complexity is the Enemy: How to start doing Cyber Risk Management with Dan Holland
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Build a Modern Detection & Response Program, with Allyn Scott
  • Exploring Threat Actor Strategies on Exploitation of Emerging TLDs, with Pat Gelin
  • Integrating Cybersecurity into Organizational Culture and Portfolio Management, with Carlos Rodriguez
  • How to Build a Cybersecurity Journey, with Ivan Marchany
  • Getting into Cybersecurity, with Stacey Oneal
  • A Urinal Story: Human Behavior & Security, with Daniel Lopez
  • Navigating New Cybersecurity Regulations: Charting a Course for Success, with Terri Khalil
  • Everything I Needed to Know About Practical Cybersecurity, I Learned from my Mom, with Michael Magyar
  • Creating your Security & Compliance Audit Framework, with Michael Brown
  • Building a Comprehensive Framework for AI Systems Security: Methodology and Grading, with Wilson Bautista
  • IAM Security and So Can You: An Intro to Identity Access Management and How to Beat It to a Pulp, with “Uncle Raydar”
  • Adversarial Prompting: Exploiting Large Language Models, with Sam Decker
  • Enhancing Chrome Extension Security: Fortifying Your Browser Experience, with Aishwarya Ramesh & Nagarajan Samuel Ogunlade
  • Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management and Evolving Governance, with Joshua Weathers
  • How to Wage War and Bypass Congress: a Primer on Gray Zone Warfare, with Jon “Cochise” Buzin
  • Getting MAAD-AF to Attack Microsoft 365 & Azure AD, with Arpan Sarkar
  • The Boring Parts of AI: Risks and Governance of Large Language Models, with Dan Fernandez

This event charges admission, but it’s pretty cheap — register here!

DevOpsDays Tampa Bay 2023 (Thursday, September 21)

Devops is underrated, which is a terrible shame, because software and systems don’t happen without it! Luckily for us techies in Tampa Bay, we have a conference on devops, and it’s happening on Thursday, September 21!

The event:DevOpsDays Tampa Bay
TL;DR:A full-day conference dedicated to DevOps (“Dev” as in “software development,” “Ops” and in “IT operations”) in Tampa’s best conference venue.
Recommended if you’re:• Interested in devops, CI/CD, and setting up, operating, and maintaining all the things that make software development and delivery possible (that’s what this conference is all about)
• Looking for devops work (there’ll be lots of people working in devops there, and some of them will be recruiting)
• Curious as to how software and systems get built and deployed beyond the planning and coding phases
When:Thursday, September 21, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where:Armature Works
1910 N Ola Avenue, Tampa FL
How much:• Before September 1: $100
• After September 1: $150
Where to register:DevOpsDays Tampa Bay’s Eventbrite page

The conference sessions will be:

  • How do we talk to each other?, with Nora Jones
  • Realigning DevOps: Customers and Learning First, with Kishore Jalleda
  • The Startup DevOps Playbook – Making It A Success From Day One, with Aman Sharma
  • Building Resilience: A Journey of Crafting and Validating Our Disaster Recovery Plan, with Yedidya Schwartz
  • The Power of DevOps in the Real World, with Randy Pagels
  • Simplifying Cloud Native Chaos Engineering: A Deep Dive into Chaos Mesh, with Soumyadip Chowdhury
  • Best Practices for Securing CI/CD Pipelines, with Lizz Parody
  • The OpenTelemetry Hero’s Journey: Working with Open Source Observability, with Josh Lee
  • Open spaces

Admission is $150, but if you register before September 1, you can save $50 and pay only $100 — register here!

Hot on the heels of their successful “Breaking into Tech” panel back in late July, Tampa Bay Techies are holding a great follow-up meetup where the topic will be about bridging the opportunity gap in the Tampa Bay technology industry.

The event:Navigating Your Tech Journey
TL;DR:An evening of tech career guidance (keynote and panel discussion) and networking at Tampa Bay’s premier tech gathering space.
Recommended if you’re:• Wondering what the next move in your tech career should be (that’s the main topic of this meetup)
• Looking for tech work (there’ll be lots of people working in tech there, and some of them will be recruiting)
• New to the Tampa Bay tech scene or haven’t been to a Tampa Bay tech event in a while
When:Tuesday, September 26, 2023
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Where:Embarc Collective
802 E Whiting Street, Tampa FL
How much:Free!
Where to register:Navigating Your Tech Journey’s Meetup page

This event will feature Candace Williams, who will share her inspiring journey into the world of technology. From her early days to becoming Associate Director, Cybersecurity at Raytheon and starting Cyb(H)er Ally, Candace’s story is a testament to what’s possible in the tech industry.

Following Candace’s keynote address, there will be a panel of accomplished industry professionals ready to answer your burning questions. Guided by the audience’s inquiries, this discussion will focus on the invaluable lessons they learned when starting their tech careers and finding their own unique paths in the industry.

This event is free to attend — register here!

Artificial Intelligence Meetups Tampa Bay

Mark “The SocialCode x Tampa” on your calendar — Thursday, September 7th!

The SocialCode x Tampa is a few weeks away, but if you’re into AI and networking with Tampa’s top technology people in one of Tampa’s top venues, you’ll want to put this on your calendar right now.

Register here!

The venue

The first reason you should attend is venue: Hyde House Public Studio’s Black Box Auditorium. It’s a great space that rarely sees a Tampa Bay tech event, and it’s going to be amazing.

The speaker lineup

The second reason you should attend is the speaker lineup:

Craig Bosco, Data Scientist at Gale Healthcare: From Data to Decisions: harnessing predictive analytics for effective healthcare staffing.

Craig Bosco is a lifelong learner with a passion for math and technology, as well as finding innovative solutions. After working in multiple industries and starting his own business, he’s found a calling with Data Science and has spent the last five years developing his skills to apply programmatic solutions for hosted services and predictive modelling. Telling a story with data is his expertise, and he loves solving difficult problems.

Craig will discuss how predictive analytics can play a part in healthcare staffing, the role of AI in automation and operational excellence, and how different types of AI can be used to augment the skills of a limited workforce. In the healthcare world, where resources are always limited, AI can be a multiplying force, filling in gaps where human time may be limited and providing an extra set of eyes where getting the right answer is critical.

James Gress – Generative AI Director at Accenture: Exploring the groundbreaking realm of Generative AI

James is a Generative AI Director for Accenture, bringing over 30 years of software delivery experience, leading global teams to break new ground in Generative AI solutions. James has a strong foundation in AI, DevOps, Architecture, and Modern Engineering practices spanning various projects and across numerous industries, technologies, and software platforms.

James’ expertise doesn’t end with software architecture and creating custom automation tools, he also takes great pleasure in exploring the groundbreaking fields of the Metaverse and Generative AI during his personal time. This blend of professional accomplishment and personal fascination embodies an undying dedication to the ever-changing landscape of technology.

James’ talk, “Talk Track” will involve a captivating exploration into the groundbreaking realm of Generative AI. In this insightful session, James will elucidate how various organizations are harnessing the power of Generative AI to drive innovation in their products and enhance operational efficiency. This session will also explore and demonstrate how we can use multiple technologies across the entire software delivery lifecycle.

Witness firsthand how this revolutionary tool is reshaping the coding process by generating code lines and blocks, offering an up-close look at how Generative AI is transforming our workplaces and the potential it holds for the future of technology. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get a glimpse of the technological revolution that’s just around the corner!

Joey deVilla, Senior Developer Advocate at Okta: Centaurs vs. Minotaurs: the human-AI synergy

(Yup, I’m speaking at this event!)

If you hear an accordion at a programming presentation, chances are that Joey de Villa is the one playing, presenting, or both. He’s a Senior Developer Advocate at Okta, where he specializes in supporting mobile and Python developers.

He’s also the editor of Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy, home of the Tampa Bay Tech Events list, and organizes Tampa’s AI and Apple coding meetups. When he’s not programming or talking to programmers, he plays in a band called the Tropical Sons, does daily 10K bike rides around his neighborhood, plays tabletop and video games, and is always looking for interesting new places to hang out.

Joey’s talk, “Centaurs vs. Minotaurs,” is a metaphor used in AI circles for two different approaches to human-AI synergy. In the “centaur” relationship (human head/horse body), the human is in charge and the AI follows its orders. Conversely in the “minotaur” relationship (bull head/human body), the AI is making the decisions and the human follows its orders.

SocialCode events and Oscar Technology

The final reason you should attend: Oscar Technology have a great track record with tech events, having held great SocialCode mixers in the U.S. and the U.K. If you remember the evening party at Ulele after the first day of Civo Navigate North America back in February, you’re remembering an Oscar Technology event!

It’s happening on Thursday, September 7, and it’s free to attend!

Join us as we kick off September with a great event where you’ll learn more about AI and its applications, mix and mingle with Tampa Bay’s tech scene, get an opportunity to speak to the tech recruiters at Oscar, and have a grand old time in an great venue!

Register here!

Artificial Intelligence Meetups

Online event: “How to Leverage Generative AI for Your Work”

I know this is short notice, but I just found out via the Tampa Startup Founder 101 meetup that the Founder Institute is holding an online event today (Thursday, July 20, 2023) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern: How to Leverage Generative AI for Your Work.

Here’s the description of the event:

Join us for an immersive live webinar where we’ll explore the transformative potential of generative AI in today’s digital landscape. Throughout the event, attendees will delve into the dynamic world of generative AI, gaining insights into its wide-ranging applications across various industries. Our guest speaker Saroop Bharwani will introduce us to practical use cases and success stories that demonstrate how this groundbreaking technology is revolutionizing the way we work. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to catch up with the latest trends and applications!

What You’ll Learn:

• AI principles and basic concepts
• What are the elements of a prompt
• Common generative AI use cases

Featured speakers:

Saroop Bharwani – Founder at Senso.aiSaroop is a seasoned tech entrepreneur, AI thought leader, and educator. He has been actively sharing his knowledge and insights with executives, MBA students, and startups over the past 10 years. He’s the co-founder of and FirstPrinciplesAI. Both are platforms that leverage AI for business transformation. He has also given lectures on AI at prestigious universities, including the University of Toronto, Harvard, and Queens University.

Want to get the Zoom link for this event? Register here.

Artificial Intelligence Current Events Meetups Tampa Bay

CoreX Legal’s “lunch & learn” seminar: “Useful AI Tools and How to Use (or Tolerate) Them in Your Business”

CoreX Legal is a Tampa-based law firm whose lawyers operate in the intersection of law and technology, and they’re holding an online seminar with the intriguing title Useful AI Tools and How to Use (or Tolerate) Them in Your Business. It’s happening this Thursday, July 20th at 12:00 p.m., and you can register (it’s free) here.

Here’s their writeup of the event:

The advent of the widespread use of artificial intelligence tools has occasioned significant legal and ethical concerns on many fronts. Notably, it seems likely that many uses of artificial intelligence involve rampant copyright infringement. Further, use of these tools can give rise to confidentiality, privacy, and security concerns.

Should governments regulate AI? Should companies enact policies regarding employee use of AI? What are the risks for people just trying to keep up with the latest technology.

Who the f**k knows, but this webinar will try to figure it all out … and give you own tools to navigate the rocky AI landscape in your business.

Once again, you can register for free here.