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, and is a coauthor of Unix Power Tools and several other books published by O'Reilly. He's particularly interested in programming languages, system and network administration, and the ethical use of data and artificial intelligence. He's also an amateur pianist; if you look hard, you may to be able to find some recordings online. Mike can be reached on Twitter (@mikeloukides) and on LinkedIn.

Radar trends to watch: January 2020

January 9, 2020

We note three big things that will shape technology in 2020, and we’re tracking notable developments in open standards and security.

Rethinking programming

January 6, 2020

In this edition of the Radar column, we look at how the tools and techniques of programming are poised to evolve.

A 5G future

December 2, 2019

In this edition of the Radar column, we explore the limitations and possibilities of high-speed 5G connectivity.

A world of deepfakes

November 7, 2019

We need to remember that creating fakes is an application, not a tool—and that malicious applications are not the whole story.

Radar trends to watch: September 2019

September 13, 2019

We’re tracking notable developments in the democratization of AI, open source supply chain attacks, brain-computer interfaces, and more.

Learning from adversaries

July 31, 2019

Adversarial images aren’t a problem—they’re an opportunity to explore new ways of interacting with AI.

The circle of fairness

July 9, 2019

We shouldn't ask our AI tools to be fair; instead, we should ask them to be less unfair and be willing to iterate until we see improvement.

Maximizing paper clips

June 10, 2019

We won’t get the chance to worry about artificial general intelligence if we don’t deal with the problems we have in the present.

Future of the firm

March 12, 2019

Mapping the complex forces that are reshaping organizations and changing the employee/employer relationship.

Data’s day of reckoning

July 31, 2018

We can build a future we want to live in, or we can build a nightmare. The choice is up to us.

The five Cs

July 24, 2018

Five framing guidelines to help you think about building data products.

Doing good data science

July 10, 2018

Data scientists, data engineers, AI and ML developers, and other data professionals need to live ethical values, not just talk about them.

AI’s desire

June 26, 2018

It’s easy to imagine an AI winning a game of Go, but can you imagine an AI wanting to play a game of Go?

It’s time to rebuild the web

April 3, 2018

The web was never supposed to be a few walled gardens of concentrated content owned by a few major publishers; it was supposed to be a cacophony of different sites and voices.

Do no harm

March 21, 2018

In the software world, we’re often ignorant of the harms we do because we don’t understand what we’re working with.

Ethics at scale

November 29, 2017

Scale changes the problems of privacy, security, and honesty in fundamental ways.

The evolution of DevOps

August 31, 2017

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

What is Jupyter?

June 20, 2017

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

The machine learning paradox

June 1, 2017

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

Defensive computing

May 31, 2017

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.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

June 29, 2016

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.

Learning from AlphaGo

March 15, 2016

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

Do one thing…

October 30, 2015

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

Building an automated future

October 22, 2015

Our fears of automation aren’t due to problems of artificial intelligence, but of human intelligence.

What is the Internet of Things?

January 15, 2015

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.

Uber is breaking bad

November 20, 2014

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