I just released my book "Practical Artificial Intelligence Programming With Clojure" leanpub.com/clojureai (link to buy the book)

You can also get a free copy at my web site markwatson.com

Github repo for example code: github.com/mark-watson/Clojure

Pandemic special: all of my recent eBooks are available for free markwatson.com/books/ - Common Lisp, Haskell, Hy lang, Java. topics: NLP, AI, Knowledge Graphs, deep learning, etc.

I am disappointed that Google dropped the Swift for TensorFlow project. I started writing a Swift AI book that was to be about 1/3 on S4TF examples. Maybe I will just blog the remaining material.

Oh well! So it goes. I follow Stoic philosophy that teaches us to accept and deal with the world as it is. Have care and concern only for things that we have the personal power to change.

It might be a little late to the party for this, being February already, but I have New Years resolutions: to listen to more music and read even more. Two socially important books that I recommend are "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power" and "Privacy is Power". For fun: Chinese SciFi.

I really like the writing and publishing platform - makes it easy for authors to keep eBooks up to date. For a free eBook project I am doing now, I am considering just having the book and code on GitHub with a long README for each project. An experiment looks OK so far.

I have been feeling very "retro" recently, experimenting with command line scripts for using transformer models, knowledge graph, Wolfram Language and Script, etc. - Command line utils can also easily be piped from Lisp, Python, Smalltalk, etc. so that solves language interop

Osprey is a Sinatra inspired framework for writing web applications in Janet github.com/swlkr/osprey

While totally enjoying my job on the Knowledge Graph team at OliveAI.com, I have also been working evenings and weekends on a new book project: Artificial Intelligence Using Swift leanpub.com/SwiftAI

I have a New Years resolution: to listen to more music and read even more. Two socially important books that I recommend are "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power" and "privacy is Power". For fun, I have been getting into Chinese SciFi.

I set the minimum price to zero (free!) for my book "A Lisp Programmer Living in Python-Land: The Hy Programming Language". On the order page, just slide the price to zero. Love Lisp but need to sometimes use Python? My eBooks are licensed under a Creative Commons license. leanpub.com/hy-lisp-python

Last weekend I wrote a blog about a 1 hour experiment I did today: using hugging face transformer QA model and SPARQL queries to DBPedia for a simple natural language interface: markwatson.com/blog/2021-01-18

I made the Jupiter notebook with the code public in Colab colab.research.google.com/driv which is a free service. Enjoy!

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Jan 18
I just wrote a blog about a 1 hour experiment I did today: using hugging face transformer question-answering model and SPARQL queries to DBPedia for a simple natural language interface: markwatson.com/blog/2021-01-18

I hope everyone is doing OK, crazy times we live in. I am writing another book, working on an app (an AI assistant for generating SPARQL semantic web queries from natural language), and reading good books. Life is good!

I have had a Common Lisp repl with associated editors open now for three days while working on a commercial product I am developing. Reminds me of working on DARPA's NMRD project in 1980s, mostly in CL, when we would keep repls for live systems open for weeks.

I added a caching layer to my new app that uses WikiData and DBPedia. Really speeds up dev testing and code hacking since many SPARQL queries get repeated.

I used to offer 1 hour free mentoring time. While the new corona virus shutdown is in place, I decided to restart my mentoring activities: markwatson.com/mentoring/

I retired from managing an AI/deep learning team at Capital One a year ago. Since then I have returned to my roots: doing basic research, mostly using Common Lisp.

In the 1980s I used a hardware Lisp Machine, since then I have used excellent open source Common Lisp systems like CCL, SBCL, Armed Bear, and CLisp. Just today I gave myself a "retirement gift" of a professional license for LispWorks.

Interesting decentralized platform blockstack.org/about

Just heard interview with founder. They have $75M in funding

I have been enjoying two books on the subjects of decentralization, resisting the attention economy, and surveillance capitalism: Jenny Odell’s “How to Do Nothing. Resisting the Attention Economy” and Shoshana Zuboff’s “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power.”

Both are wonderful books that act as guides for living as a human and not simply as fuel for corporate profits.

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