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Pete Warden is the founder of the OpenHeatMap project, writer of the Data Source Handbook for O'Reilly, a regular contributor to ReadWriteWeb, and a consultant to the New York Times. With 14 years experience building large-scale data processing solutions, including five as a senior engineer at Apple, Pete has been on the frontlines of Big Data, using, writing about, and contributing code to tools like Redis, MongoDB and Hadoop. He believes these services radically change what's possible, and speaks to audiences around the country about how they can do amazing things with their own data.
June 11 2014I’m very proud and excited to be taking my oath of allegiance this morning, the final step to becoming a US citizen after thirteen years of calling this country my home. To mark the occasion, my girlfriend Joanne wanted to interview me to answer some pressing questions about exactly why… read more
June 10 2014Photo by Narisa Yesterday a friend emailed, asking “What’s going on with deep learning? I keep hearing about more and more companies offering it, is it something real or just a fad?“. A couple of years ago I was very skeptical of the hype that had emerged around the whole… read more
June 09 2014Photo by Clive Darra I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve managed to port the Deep Belief image recognition SDK to the Raspberry Pi! I’m excited about this because it shows that even tiny, cheap devices are capable of performing sophisticated computer vision tasks. I’ve talked a lot about how object detection is going… read more
June 06 2014Photo by Kit Yesterday I was suddenly struck by a thought – I used to be a coder, now I teach computers to write their own programs. With the deep belief systems I’m using for computer vision, I spend most of my time creating an environment that allows the machines to decide… read more
May 29 2014Picture by H. Michael Karshis The spread of American slavery – A compelling use of animated maps to get across the fact that slavery was spreading and dominating the places it existed, right up until the Civil War. A map that matters, because it punctures the idea that slavery would… read more
May 14 2014Photo by Paretz Partensky “Everything is a sensor for everything else“ I love this quote from David Weinberger because it captures an important change that’s happening right now. Information about the real world used to be scarce and hard to gather, and you were lucky if you had one way to measure… read more
May 09 2014Photo by Canales I just returned from a panel at UC Berkeley’s DataEdge conference on “How surveillants think“. I was the unofficial spokesman for corporate surveillance, since not many startup people are willing to talk about how we’re using the flood of new data that people are broadcasting about themselves.… read more
May 07 2014Photo by Faraz GrubHub’s Phasmid Websites – The latest evolution of websites that appear to be official, but are actually set up by a third-party to benefit from traffic. As the costs of hosting a site keeps dropping, there will be more and more of these competing for attention. Long-term this… read more
May 05 2014A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to head to New Zealand for KiwiFoo and a few other work meetings. I only knew I’d be going about a month ahead of time, but I wanted to fit in a few days backpacking after the conference. After some research, I settled… read more
May 04 2014Photo by Koeb Right-sizing precision – A proposal to add more flexibility to floats by allowing the exponent and mantissa to be variable-length. The precision can reflect the believed accuracy of the value, which is useful information to have around. I’ve been doing a lot of neural network optimization recently… read more
May 02 2014Photo by Richard Almond One of the most-requested features for the DeepBelief object recognition SDK has been integration with OpenCV. We’re actually heavy users of the framework ourselves at Jetpac, and so I’m pleased to say that it’s now easy to use it with DeepBelief! Another frequent request was desktop support, and… read more
April 25 2014Photo by Aidan When I first released the DeepBeliefSDK for iOS devices, one of the top requests was for an Android version. I’m pleased to say, after some serious technical wrestling, you can now use the image recognition library in your own Android apps! Just download the github repository and run the Android sample… read more
April 16 2014A classroom lion from KiwiFoo One of the joys of being involved in the O’Reilly world is the occasional chance to attend one of their Foo (Friend Of O‘Reilly) events. These tend to be invite-only unconferences, with the mothership FooCamp happening at the Sebastopol HQ, and other topic or region… read more
April 08 2014[Update - You can now download the app for your iPhone!] I am totally convinced that deep learning approaches to hard AI are going to change our world, especially when they’re running on cheap networked devices scattered everywhere. I’m a believer because I’ve seen how good the results can be on… read more
March 19 2014If you’re a programmer who reads the Internet, you’ll have heard of deep belief networks. Google loves them, Facebook just hired one of the pioneers to lead a new group, and they win Kaggle competitions. I’ve been using deep belief … read more
December 09 2013Jetpac is building a modern version of Yelp, using big data rather than user reviews. People are taking more than a billion photos every single day, and many of these are shared publicly on social networks. We analyze these pictures to … read more
February 13 2012Creating a visualization requires more than just data and imagery. Pete Warden outlines the process and actions that drove his new Facebook visualization project. read more
June 14 2011HubSpot's location (near Boston) and its target market (small businesses) may keep it under the radar of Silicon Valley, but the company's approach to data products and customer empowerment are worthy of attention. read more
May 23 2011Examples from the Victorian era show that if we're going to improve the world with data, it's absolutely essential we stay grounded in reality. read more
May 17 2011Because we now have so much data at our disposal, any dataset with a decent amount of information can be matched against identifiable public records. To keep datasets available, we must acknowledge that foolproof anonymization is an illusion. read more
May 09 2011While formal boundaries and professional criteria for "data science" remain undefined, here's why we should keep using the term. read more
April 27 2011Apple announces fixes and sheds more light on location data. Plus, a look at some of the reporting and potential applications that have popped up. read more
April 24 2011The iPhone tracking story led to a host of related investigations. Here's a look at some of the latest developments. read more
April 22 2011The iPhone tracking story published here a few days ago struck an unexpected nerve. Here's a selection of the most interesting immediate reactions. read more
February 08 2011The data acquisition process should be increasingly automatic, and so increasingly cheap. I'm hoping for a world where information producers are paid for extracting value from that data. read more
January 06 2011You no longer have to be a technical specialist to find exciting and surprising data. In this excerpt from Pete Warden's ebook, "Where are the bodies buried on the web? Big data for journalists," Pete looks at four services that reveal underlying information about web pages and domains. read more
Webcast: How to Get Started with Deep Learning in Computer Vision
"Data Source Handbook by Pete Warden is new, fresh, and covers many different interfaces that give you access to cool stuff...This book is very current, and if you get an electronic version that you can cut and paste from, you can, well, cut and paste from it and get up to speed even faster. And no Post-Its. You can interface with Google Books, various movie databases, and all sorts of other things. I highly recommend it."
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