As people occasionally do, I was asked to attend a conference that involved a lot of listening and not much speaking, which is generally what happens when your speaker list consists more than thirty individuals on a Zoom call.

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This Medium post is where you can get more literature behind all of the types of zoom participants we all know so well….

Despite my lack of ability to speak at said conference, I did think the questions posed were worthwhile. As I settle into my new role as Chief Data Ethicist at Anno.Ai, I realize now more than ever that data ethics is extremely closely tied with subjects on AI security.

I will present my musings on the questions below, and hopefully this…


A series of Medium posts based on my book, “An Approach to Machine Learning in Cyber Defense for the DoD”.

“Which unicorn would we rather search for? An operations person who understands tech? Or a tech person who is an amazing leader and can lead operations people?”

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Finding leaders in the DoD who can operate in both the technical and operations space is extremely difficult. The good news, however, is this challenge is not just restricted to the defense department of the United States- it is an endemic problem in every organization, even commercial industry. The reasons are quite simple…


A series of Medium posts based on my new book, “An Approach to Machine Learning in Cyber Defense for the DoD”.

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Technical talent… like precious gems

Technical talent has long been a topic of complaint for many officers and leaders alike in the DoD. So what do we make of it? It is a talent gap that can be solved for? If so, how? How can talent be amassed to tackle current (frankly, past) and future disruptive technologies like machine learning?

Several topics tie into the talent recruitment, management and retainment challenge facing the entirety of the public sector today. The first is the issue…


A series of Medium posts based on my new book, “An Approach to Machine Learning in Cyber Defense for the DoD”.

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Source.

“It’s much cheaper to make a much bigger effect.”

The last post in this series discussed how the Department of Defense and the commercial industry tech sector can come together in complementary ways rather than as opposing forces. This post will pivot a bit to discuss where the Department of Defense might find itself knee deep (with rising waters) in technological risk.

Previously, I had mentioned risk in the context of age-old security checklists and audits as the primary…


A series of Medium posts based on my new book, “An Approach to Machine Learning in Cyber Defense for the DoD”.

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The all too often seen depiction of what tech working with the Department of Defense would look like. How can we honestly change this relationship for the good of both sides? Source.

The last post in this series described some of the differences in mission between the Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial tech industry here in the United States. I took some time to described some differences between how both enterprises handle technology, how the purposes behind their respective existences differ, but also how they are extremely similar. I also discussed some perceived differences both sides have about one another that has quickly migrated from opinion to uninformed fact.

This…


A series of Medium posts based on my new book, “An Approach to Machine Learning in Cyber Defense for the DoD”.

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An Approach to Machine Learning in Cyber Defense for the DoD,” available on amazon.com

The relationship between the Department of Defense and the tech industry on the subject of applied machine learning and artificial intelligence continues to be a contentious subject. I have had the pleasure and privilege of having one foot in each camp as an active member and participant for the past three years, and my conclusions can be summed up in two statements:

Both need one another in order to make machine learning and other advanced technologies actually make it…


Technology is overwhelming to keep up with most of the time. Many ask me how I manage to keep up with the many areas of technology I find myself covering day to day.

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The key is finding balance between what areas are relevant to your work (if that is where you are looking to apply your knowledge), where your interests lie, how you consume information (eg. audio vs. written word) and of course, how much time you have to consume information.

Most of the people I work with have very little extra time to read up on topics, or spend…


Don’t be ignorant. Know the definitions, or lack thereof.

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Once upon a time, I knew nothing about the two buzzwords driving everyone up the wall at the moment. When I decided to educate myself about the field, one of the first things I had to do was get some definitions straight…

So if you want to claim you know a thing or two about AI or ML (without being THAT person in the room that throws those two terms and others related to them about without really knowing what the hell is going on) let’s get through this post together…

A disclaimer before we get started…

Definitions in the…


Today, let’s consider the concept of polite software. If you missed out on Part I of my Lady UX Diaries series geared towards software engineers in the build and design hamster wheel, go back here and get caught up.

But yes, I said polite software.

Let’s first consider the screenshot below. These should seem very familiar to you as both a user and a builder of things:

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Have you ever stopped to ask why you are being asked this question after you clearly meant to delete something?

When was the last time you decided to delete an item and this…


Today, I trained a model in one day. With a little help from my friends on the labeling piece… but yes, it is a reality.

With Google Cloud Platform’s new AutoML line of products, anything seems possible even if you do not have a background in machine learning.

In this case, I used AutoML Vision to take on the Airbus Ship Kaggle challenge data, mostly for work but also out of curiosity to see if a novice really good shoot for playing in the Kaggle playground.

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So, I don’t know what we are waiting for…

  1. Navigate to Vision in your…

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