What is the most valuable programming skill at the moment?


What is the most valuable programming skill at the moment? by Ken Mazaika

Answer by Ken Mazaika:

The most valuable skill is the one you’re probably not thinking of.

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Just the other day, I was talking with a student of mine on a Google Hangout about this very same topic.

At the end of our conversation, here’s what he said to me:

“Ken, that’s the single most boring piece of programing advice I’ve ever received. But I’m so happy you gave it to me.”

Here’s the gist of what I said:

Just like in any other field, everyone in programming likes to talk about the latest stuff. Lots of the conversations that I have right now are about things like:

  • Is AI the future of programming?
  • Should I be learning about VR?
  • Will React/Elixir/Websockets be the biggest technology of the next 5 years?

All of this is fun to talk about. But if you’re only focusing on the cutting edge technologies, you’re completely missing the point.

Programming has always been about one main skill:

You need to be really good at figuring things out on the fly.

Technology will constantly evolve. There are always going to be new programming languages and frameworks coming out all the time. You shouldn’t spend your time chasing the cool trends.

Instead, you should spend your time on becoming a Self-Sufficient Developer, somebody who can learn new things as they arise.


Markets change. Nobody knows for sure what the next big thing in programming will actually be.

The one constant is that the market will always have a demand for people who can:

  • Effectively use Google searches
  • Solve the problems that they’re faced with
  • Figure stuff out quickly

Become exceptional at figuring things out. Then you’ll always be in-demand.

If you want to become an in-demand developer in 2017 but are unsure of what to focus on, check out this blog post: 100 Essential Lessons For Those Who Want To Learn To Code In 2017.

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What is the most valuable programming skill at the moment?


Who is leading in AI research among big players like IBM, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft?


Question on @Quora: Who is leading in AI research among big players like IBM, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft?

IBM Cognative Cloud is a front runner in the AI race to build AI solutions and should be recognized in this article.

Who is leading in AI research among big players like IBM, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft?

Le fake news di Michele Serra

Le fake news di Michele Serra


L’amaca di Michele Serra è finita in cima alla prima pagina di Repubblica, ma questo non ha evidentemente incentivato il giornalista a migliorare la qualità della sua striscia quotidiana, che oggi registra l’ennesimo scivolone figlio d’approssimazione e ignoranza dei temi con i quali il nostro si cimenta. Oggi Serra vuole dirci che il rozzo Trump messo accanto a Obama fa una pessima figura. Conclusione che non è certo una novità o una brillante intuizione originale, così per dare più forza e colore al pezzo s’è avventurato in un assurdo, quanto falso, paragone tra gli avi dei due:

«Si poteva intuire, risalendo per li rami, che il cow-boy trisavolo di Trump, quando entrava nel saloon con lo stuzzicadenti in bocca, non era molto più chic del bisavolo di Obama nei campi di cotone. E almeno gli avi di Obama cantavano il blues e non quel terribile country con la giacca…

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What are some missing features from today’s social networks?


What are some missing features from today's social networks? by Max Hilmer

Answer by Max Hilmer:

Each successful social network explores a certain element of social connection. They have a bouquet of well thought-out features, accompanied with a smart design, marketing strategy, and brand reputation. All this comes into play in order to make a unique user experience that convinces people to sign-up and keeps them coming back. In an interview with Neil Degrass Tyson, Biz Stone describes social networks more as an art form, and focuses on the feeling you get from using one. The Impact of Twitter on Society with Biz Stone – StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson"


When I was in High School, if you didn't have a Facebook, you were missing out on an important paradigm of social interaction.  Even still, the majority of young teenagers use Instagram now, even NASA posts exclusives to the app; NASA Teams Up with Instagram To Debut Pluto Surface Photo

These are the 2014 statistics from the Social Networking Fact Sheet of the Pew Research Center.

As of September 2014:

  • 71% of online adults use Facebook
  • 23% of online adults use Twitter
  • 26% use Instagram
  • 28% use Pinterest
  • 28% use LinkedIn

Facebook Features, What's Missing?
  A new feature I'm excited to try is the ability to send and receive money via private messages. There are no fees, and it's as easy as sending a text. In the future, I'd like to see Facebook work on making it easier for people to easily crowdsource projects, kickstarters, and charities.

Facebook's digital assistant, "M", is another new feature that looks promising. Dave Marcus unveiled it as follows;

"Today we're beginning to test a new service called M. M is a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on your behalf. It's powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people.
Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more."


Tagging on Twitter is pretty incredible. It's helped users raise the public voice, challenge corrupt businesses and officials, and even organize revolutions. Twitter Revolution: How the Arab Spring Was Helped By Social Media

Because of the way Twitter can raise the people's voice, public entities have less autonomy over their brand reputation. Advertising is said to be more democratic, even conversational between buyer and consumer. Twitter Marketing

Twitter, What's Missing?

Everything you need to know about Twitter's missing features, or what it could potentially be, you can find here; Twitter Live — STARTUPS + WANDERLUST + LIFE HACKING

And here – Introducing the Tweetstorm ™ — STARTUPS + WANDERLUST + LIFE HACKING

Or to see what Twitter's working on behind the curtains – Twitter's new 'Project Lightning' could dramatically change how people experience live events


Sometimes, it's not what you can do, but what you can't do that matters, and restricting a user's ability has been a continual source of success in social networks.

  • Snapchat makes everything disappear, mimicking the style of a real-life conversation.
  • Twitter's 140 character limit turns posts into individual thoughts. A Tweet is like a single cell, the collection of which forms a multicellular organism that acts as the people's voice.

What are some missing features from today's social networks?

Fat and Thin



Tobacco stained face

Yellowed teeth, stink of old neglect

Fat fat cheeks, like a little girl

That you are.

Fat and thin, short and oddly shaped

Little girl that you are

Ugly might as well be your middle name.

“No don’t look so hurt, disappointed”

: Those rights aren’t for you

“Cut her out they say”

It’s too harsh to bear

Your words hurt more than the blade.

Pictures are for pretty girls

Cameras are for good looks

And your white speckled additional eyes might not have let you see,

But you are neither

So stay stay little girl

Fat and thin.

Disorder, dismay and dismal stalked the photos of ‘mares

The lens saw too much, the mirror never cared

So I urged you

To hide, hide little girl

As long as you are the same.

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