Mike Loukides

Mike Loukides

Mike Loukides is Vice President of Content Strategy for O'Reilly Media, Inc. He's edited many highly regarded books on technical subjects that don't involve Windows programming. He's particularly interested in programming languages, Unix and what passes for Unix these days, and system and network administration. Mike is the author of System Performance Tuning and a coauthor of Unix Power Tools. Most recently, he's been fooling around with data and data analysis, languages like R, Mathematica, and Octave, and thinking about how to make books social.

Posts by Mike Loukides

Black and White

The evolution of DevOps

Understanding the impact and expanding influence of DevOps culture, and how to apply DevOps principles to make your digital operations more performant and productive.

Rhombus and hex weave.

What is Jupyter?

To succeed in digital transformation, businesses need to adopt tools that enable collaboration, sharing, and rapid deployment. Jupyter fits that bill.

"Impossible Triangle," sculpture by Brian MacKay and Ahmad Abas, Claisebrook roundabout, East Perth, Western Australia.

The machine learning paradox

Nothing says machine learning can't outperform humans, but it's important to realize perfect machine learning doesn't, and won't, exist.

Face recognition.

Defensive computing

The tools of defensive computing, whether they involve mascara and face paint or random autonomous web browsing, belong to the harsh reality we've built.

Shared learning

How do you learn?

Shared learning: It's what we do at O'Reilly, and it's what we’d like to share with you.

Mechanical eye illustration,

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Mike Loukides and Ben Lorica examine factors that have made AI a hot topic in recent years, today's successful AI systems, and where AI may be headed.

Demolition of Pruitt–Igoe, 1996.

Learning from Tay

Whether our prejudices are overt or hidden, our artificial intelligentsia will reflect them.

"The Encyclopedia Americana" color montage of a variety of unidentified butterflies and moths, 1920.

A poet does TensorFlow

Pete Warden’s instructions on building a deep learning classifier looked so simple, I had to try it myself.

Plateau du jeu Go.

Learning from AlphaGo

If there's anything humans should learn from AlphaGo, it's that our survival depends on constantly looking at the data.

Overgrown wall of Pudu Prison.

Do one thing…

I don't want barely distinguishable tools that are mediocre at everything; I want tools that do one thing and do it well.

Historic necktie

To suit or not to suit?

At Cultivate, we'll address the issues really facing management: how to deal with human problems.

Illustration of seed packets

Cultivating change

Cultivate is O'Reilly's conference committed to training the people who will lead successful teams, now and in the future.

Cover image from Biocoder Issue 6 (Winter 2015)

Announcing BioCoder issue 6

BioCoder 6: iGEM's first Giant Jamboree, an update from the #ScienceHack Hack-a-thon, the Open qPCR project, and more.


What is the Internet of Things?

How the IoT is revolutionizing not just consumer goods and gadgets, but manufacturing, design, engineering, medicine, government, business models, and the way we live our lives.

Al Capone in His Bullet Proof Car

Uber is breaking bad

Uber has built a great service. Why do they feel the need to use dirty tricks to succeed?