Blog Posts

  • Investigating Redditors' values with IBM Watson

    This week saw the annual AISB conference come to Bath. That’s the “Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour” for the uninitiated which I include myself in. In addition to researchers presenting their papers, there was a hackathon that was opening to the public. The theme was “building Artificially Intelligent systems to work within society” and it was a great opportunity for academics to engage with the local developer community.

  • Universal Basic Income, What Gives?

    Over the last couple of years, I’ve taken an interest in the rise in discussions on Universal Basic Income (UBI). It’s not often that I write about politics or economics but I wanted to compile the articles I’ve read and distill into one qualitative study on the topic to consider its attractiveness.

    In case you aren’t familiar, the idea of universal basic income is to remove the various welfare benefit programmes and provide all citizens...

  • Refocussing on Deep Work

    Checking for updates on my phone

    I grew up spending a lot of time reading. Entire days could disappear in a book, I found it engaging and inspiring. Having many hours of quiet and time to myself was an important factor in the quality of my study as well as my hobbies. Years on, after going through University and building an ecommerce agency, I think I’ve come to under appreciate that fact.

  • Tools for Managing A PHP Library

    I spend an awful lot of time with Magento, but over the past year I’ve been catching up with how PHP has been progressing since the days when Magento was architected.

    One of the small side-projects I took on to familiarise myself with modern PHP development was to create a library which served as an wrapper around the IBM Watson API for Visual Recognition.

    Composer Development Tools

    When getting set up, I...