As a founder of Rigr AI, I’m quite literally betting on Artificial Intelligence to feed my kids. So, you might think I’m expecting AI to be everywhere in about, oh, 5 minutes. My actual view is much more nuanced and heavily influenced by the adoption cycle of earlier general-purpose technologies.


Sending a two-line email to my accountant — actually not even my accountant, at this point in the story the extent of our relationship is that we’ve chatted on the phone for half an hour and exchanged a couple of brief emails — I feel like a bit of a…


Leaving a stellar company like Intel — amazing colleagues, an incredibly broad range of opportunities, six-digit salary and great benefits (#GreatPlaceToWork, more on that here) to start a tiny company is an odd move — so why do it?

I can give you a logical-sounding rationale for that — and…


“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I joined my first INTC-owned Legal Entity in September 2011, when I went to work for McAfee, a wholly-owned subsidiary; during a machine vision project at my previous firm that turned out to require “statistical modelling”. I had gotten hooked on…


It has been generally known for some time that quantum computers can in principle solve problems that are intractable on classical computers — like factoring large numbers to break public-key encryption (companies like Google have already increased the key lengths they use, as a precaution against early breakthroughs). With multiple…


Oloid and anti-oloid, it created them both!

I’ve wanted a 3D printer more or less ever since I heard that they existed outside sci-fi. …


“Iterations” (Seema Gaur, Emil “GAN” Barbuta)

“Materials science” doesn’t have quite the pulse-raising associations as, say, “aerospace” or “robotics”. This is a shame! Stone tools — with wooden shafts — were key to the elevation of an ape with rather underdeveloped teeth and claws to the top of the food chain. …


Google is the prototypical machine learning company. As a young and hungry startup, they first used “statistical modelling” to correct the spelling of search terms, and they’ve never looked back. These days, they even use machine learning to invent the new the machine learning, mechanising the invention of new deep…


If you’ve read much about the history of Tesla, you’ll know they’ve got a history of making in-house what other car companies buy from OEMs — not because they are driven by some corporate self-sufficiency dogma, but because for many key components, they fail to find a supplier who can…


The computer on your desk is very nearly useless. You can use it the way I, as a hilariously over-engineered typewriter-with-integrated-postal-service, or as a television set, or to store all the photographs you took so carefully and never remember to look at again.

Photo of an ironing board by Filip Mroz on Unsplash

Your computer and its more powerful siblings…

Edward Dixon

#AI guy, Principal/Founder @ Rigr AI, co-author of ‘Demystifying AI for the Enterprise’.

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