Cloud Computing


The best practice game changer that is GitHub Actions

“GitHub? That’s a code repository, right?” said a friend, when I mentioned I was in San Francisco. GitHub Universe, the company’s annual conference, is small but perfectly formed — 1,500 delegates fills a hall but doesn’t overwhelm. And yes, developers, engineers and managers are here because they are pulling files from, and pushing to, one of the largest stores of programming code on the planet.

GitHub representatives would likely dispute the “just a code repo” handle, nonetheless. I would imagine they would point at the collaboration mechanisms and team management features on the one hand, and the 30-plus million developers on the other. “It’s an ecosystem,” they might say. I haven’t asked, because the past two days’ announcements may have made the question somewhat moot. Or one announcement in particular: GitHub Actions.

In a nutshell, GitHub Actions allow you to do something … Read More »


This Much I Know: Byron Reese on Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity

Recently GigaOm publisher and CEO, Byron Reese, sat down for a chat with Seedcamp’s Carlos Espinal on their podcast ‘This Much I Know.’ It’s an illuminating 80-minute conversation about the future of technology, the future of humanity, Star Trek, and much, much more.

You can listen to the podcast at Seedcamp or Soundcloud, or read the full transcript here.

Carlos Espinal: Hi everyone, welcome to ‘This Much I Know,’ the Seedcamp podcast with me, your host Carlos Espinal bringing you the inside story from founders, investors, and leading tech voices. Tune in to hear from the people who built businesses and products scaled globally, failed fantastically, and learned massively. Welcome everyone! On today’s podcast we have Byron Reese, the author of a new book called The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers and the Future of Humanity. Not only is Byron … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 70: A Conversation with Jakob Uszkoreit

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

About this Episode

Episode 70 of Voices in AI features host Byron Reese and Jakob Uszkoreit discuss machine learning, deep learning, AGI, and what this could mean for the future of humanity. Jakob has a masters degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Technische Universität Berlin. Jakob has also worked at Google for the past 10 years currently in deep learning research with Google Brain.

Visit www.VoicesinAI.com to listen to this one-hour podcast or read the full transcript.

Transcript Excerpt

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by GigaOm. I’m Byron Reese. Today our guest is Jakob Uszkoreit, he is a researcher at Google Brain, and that’s kind of all you have to say at this point. Welcome to the show, Jakob.

Let’s start with my standard question which is: What is artificial … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 69: A Conversation with Raj Minhas

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

About this Episode

Episode 69 of Voices in AI features host Byron Reese and Dr. Raj Minhas talk about AI, AGI, and machine learning. They also delve into explainability and other quandaries AI is presenting. Raj Minhas has a PhD and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, with his BE from Delhi University. Raj is also the Vice President and Director of Interactive and Analytics Laboratory at PARC.

Visit www.VoicesinAI.com to listen to this one-hour podcast or read the full transcript.

Transcript Excerpt

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by GigaOm, I’m Byron Reese. Today I’m excited that our guest is Raj Minhas, who is Vice President and the Director of Interactive and Analytics Laboratory at PARC, which we used to call Xerox PARC. Raj earned his … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 68: A Conversation with Suju Rajan

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

About this Episode

Episode 68 of Voices in AI features host Byron Reese and Suju Rajan discuss differences in machine and human learning as well as where machines could take us in advertising, privacy and medicine. Suju has a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Texas. Dr. Rajan is also currently the head of research at Criteo.

Visit www.VoicesinAI.com to listen to this one-hour podcast or read the full transcript.

Transcript Excerpt

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by GigaOm and I’m Byron Reese. Today I’m so excited our guest is Suju Rajan. She is the head of research over at Criteo, and she holds a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Texas. Welcome to the show.

Suju Rajan: Great to be here, Byron.

You know, we’re based in Austin, … Read More »


Could DevOps exist without cloud models?

The GigaOm DevOps market landscape report is nearing completion, distilling conversations and briefings into a mere 8,500 word narrative. Yes, it’s big, but it could have been bigger, for the simple reason that DevOps touches, and is therefore helped and hindered by, every aspect of IT and indeed, the broader business. Security and governance, service level delivery, customer experience, API and data management, deployment and orchestration, legacy migration and integration, they all impact DevOps success, or cause what we have termed DevOps Friction.

While the report is about DevOps, and not all these other things (the line had to be drawn somewhere), one aspect rings out like a bell. I go back to an early conversation I had with ex-analyst Michael Coté, who brings a hard-earned, yet homespun wisdom to technology conversations. I paraphrase but Coté’s point, pretty much, was, “The … Read More »