Michael Mondragon

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If you don't ever see poverty, you can convince yourself it doesn't exist

It’s a tale of two beaches. In 2014, I moved from Sydney’s Bondi to Melbourne’s St Kilda, and despite both suburbs having a boho, relaxed and party-going reputation, the differences were stark.<p>Bondi was on track to becoming the wealthiest suburb in Australia, and apart from the odd, unwashed …

Housing

Three process architecture principles | This view of service management...

<b>My experience with process architecture principles</b><p>Over the years, my advice to clients seeking to improve how they work has been underpinned by a set …

Project Management

The second era of cloud platforms will dwarf the first

How many people in your company built an app in the cloud in 2015? Get ready for that number to jump dramatically. We’re in the second era of cloud …

Want a well-rounded workout regimen? Add tai chi for flexibility -- and serenity

Walk through the shade-dappled woods of Mar Vista Recreation Center in the morning and you'll probably spot tai chi students going through their slow and graceful routines. And if you are thinking about starting tai chi, you definitely won't be alone. Around 2.3 million Americans practice this …

Records: SQL for Humans™

<b>Records is a very simple, but powerful, library for making raw SQL queries to most relational databases.</b><p>Just write SQL. No bells, no whistles. This …

Databases

Google Makes Learning Neural Networks Free

Holy puppy slugs, Batman...<p>Like many other tech companies and researchers—and a growing number of digital artists—Google is very interested in machine learning, a vital component in creating artificially intelligent neural networks that would allow future machines to "think." More than that, they …

That Time the Super Bowl Secretly Used Facial Recognition Software on Fans

In pre-9/11, pre-Snowden America it was still a far-fetched idea.<p>Fifteen years ago, 100,000 football fans streamed into the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for Super Bowl XXXV. They would witness the wild card Ravens handily defeat the Giants, take in a halftime show that featured N'Sync and …

Surveillance