Podcast: Deep Learning

We’re joined this week by special guest Scott Gardner, who leads a small chip company which is trying to deliver a vision computing processor. Scott has some expertise in convolutional neural networks and deep learning, two areas which mesh with vision processing in automotive ADAS and other image recognition applications. Deep learning combines big data with new AI techniques based on neural networks. Deep learning uses convolutional neural networks, which applies convolution functions to the decision trees of neural networks […]

Podcast: PAX and its Meaning

Eric and David go to PAX, the gamer culture con hosted in Seattle the first weekend in September. They come back brimming with stories of cool games, cool gear, and cool experiences. While gaming remains the main focus, hardware vendors now show up in force, with the latest game-related gear. Both Eric and David offer tips for a fruitful and fun PAX experience. Tools Did you buy a 4GB GTX 970? Go get your refund! The GTX 970’s architecture resulted […]

A Gaming PC for Emily

My younger daughter surprised me when she asked for a desktop PC prior to heading off to graduate school. She had been using an HP Omen, which included reasonably decent graphics (mobile GeForce GTX 960) as well as a quad-core processor. I’d often see her online playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Fallout 4, and other PC games. Apparently, though, trying to play Rise of the Tomb Raider convinced her that her laptop no longer handled games well. So I built her […]

Podcast: The Future of Retail

Online shopping has forced us to rethink what retail shopping means. In particular, walking into a store to buy tech gear seems antiquated. Retail offers limited choice, higher prices, and often poor customer service. Do retail stores, particularly for hard goods, have a future? Maybe, but only if retail changes. Tools I somehow killed my Logitech G602 mouse, so replaced it with the shiny new G900. I call it a “semi-cordless” mouse, since it needs relatively frequent recharging. I just […]

Podcast: The Things that Shaped Us

I’ve often been asked how I became me. That is, how did I get into tech, how did I happen to write about it, and what were the nerd influences in my life. This happened particularly often when I wrote regularly about tech for mainstream magazines and web sites, but I still get asked this occasionally. So David Bryant, a nerdy geek in his own right, sat down with me and we had a geek love fest. We talked about […]