Year in review 2018

Another year is over. Life moves fast, so it’s very important to stop for a moment and look at the past. For my wife and me, it’s already the tradition to sit together ☕, during one of the last days of the year, to sum it up.

Here, I’m sharing some of the key things that appeared on my list.

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Jak zacząć karierę w IT (programowaniu)[🇵🇱 PL content]

This post is exceptionally written in Polish, to all those who are willing to start their professional career as a software engineer. If you think that the English version would be useful, I am more than happy to translate it. Just let me know!

Przez lata mojej kariery związanej z IT (dokładniej, programowaniem), wiele razy zostałem poproszony o poradę, jak rozpocząć pracę w tej branży. Pytania pochodziły od przeróżnych grup — uczniów, studentów, znajomych, którzy postanowili się przebranżowić dla zajawki i tych, których obecna praca zaczęła wypalać. Jako, że moje odpowiedzi były bardzo zbliżone niezależnie od grupy pytających, postanowiłem zebrać je w artykuł o tym jak zacząć karierę w branży programistycznej (IT to zdecydowanie zbyt szerokie pojęcie).

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Google I/O 18 AI everywhere

Spring geekfest goes on. Around one week ago we could see Facebook F8, taking place at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center. Now, we are right after Google I/O 2018, probably the biggest developer and product conference (7000+ people attending), happening near to Googleplex, Mountain View. Here’s my short summary of what we could see in Shoreline Amphitheatre this year.

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Facebook F8 2018 Data protection, AI ethics, people-first

F8, the annual Facebook’s event intended for software engineers and entrepreneurs is over. If you couldn’t attend McEnery Convention Center in San Jose at May 1st to 2nd to get your 200$ Oculus Go for free, here are some takeaways from Zuck himself and the Facebook team.

If you quickly compare 2017 and 2018 you will realize that main theme is a bit different this time. “Keep building services for connecting people” now have the second part — “keep people safe”. And this was the starting point of Mark Zuckerberg’s show.

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(Book) Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe is the third book written by Walter Isaacson which I’ve just finished (previously: Steve Jobs and The Innovators). For the 3rd time, I was impressed by the wealth of information about Einstein’s life, relationships, struggles, philosophies and of course the field of science which he dedicated his life to – theoretical physics.

Book tells very detailed story about unnoticed and underestimated genius who proposed the most famous equation: E=mc², Theory of Relativity and many other breakthrough theories. Even if they were just theoretical considerations, based on them we could build GPS system, nuclear energy (and atomic bomb), lasers, modern scientific cosmology and many others.

Einstein doesn’t have to be physics professor (actually he wasn’t even a teacher) to perform the most sophisticated thought experiments in the history. It is undoubtedly that his nonconformist personality, curiosity and passions unlocked limitless creativity which accompanied his whole life.

Einstein: His Life and Universe is really good read about how to achieve the mastery. Einstein did it for sure, changing our lives.

I highly recommend this book as a source of inspiration!

(Video) Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

It’s Saturday. Your todo list is full of tasks, you have plenty of plans and dreams about the future. But, yeah, it’s Saturday, so everything can wait until Monday, correct?

If you decided to stay at home and procrastinate a bit, you definitely have to see this TED talk by Tim Urban:

And if you don’t know who Tim Urban is, there is nothing better than reading about hard things (form procrastination to AI) on his blog: Wait But Why.

Fast reading

Today I visited a bookstore and, like many times in the past, the same thing happened again. There were so many great books waiting to be read (The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly, Death’s Acre by William Bass, Jon Jefferson, Console Wars by Blake Harris, The Universe in Your Hand by Christophe Galfard) but I couldn’t get them. Not until I finish at least the most important ones which I’ve been reading (Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson).

At the end, I went out with The Inevitable, but there was something else. Finally, I decided to buy a guide for fast reading. Hopefully, when I come back here after a month or a year, I’ll be grateful for this decision.

If not? Well, currently I can’t afford to not try. There are so many amazing written things waiting to be read.

Augmenting the reality

Two days ago Apple released iOS 11 (I wrote about it more in my summary of WWDC 2017). One of the big new features was ARKit – a new framework for augmented reality experiences. If you haven’t had a chance to get familiar with this, either as a developer or end-user, here is an amazing demo showed during WWDC:

Unreal Engine demo by Wingnut AR – Augmented Reality studio led by Sir Peter Jackson

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(Video) Culture of creativity "You cannot force creativity, but you can encourage and facilitate it."

Ben Chestnut, co-founder and CEO of MailChimp – marketing automation tool, talks about the history of the company. But also about management and cultivating creative culture. Video is full of smiles and inspiration, I highly encourage to watch it!