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Understanding Convolutional Neural Networks (O'Reilly Media)

Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) enable very powerful deep learning based techniques for processing, generating, and sensemaking of visual information.  This course offers an in-depth examination of CNNs, their fundamental processes, their applications, and their role in visualization and image enhancement. 

  • Discover the connections between CNNs and the biological principles of vision

  • Understand the advantages and trade-offs of various CNN architectures

  • Survey the history and evolution of CNN's on-going development

  • Learn to apply the latest GAN, style transfer, and semantic segmentation techniques

  • Explore CNN applications, visualization, and image enhancement


Technologies for Society and the Soul. A smarter, kinder, and trustworthy way to build a better world. This book explores the latest developments in Machine Intelligence, Blockchain, and the emerging discipline of Machine Ethics. The confluence of these three domains is creating revolutionary new ways of organising society, and building trust between individuals and institutions. This new 'Soul Tech' can enable a massive increase in global human wellbeing in the coming decade – if we get it right.

Aiming to publish in spring of 2020.

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The Founder Virtue

The Founder Virtue examines the internal and external forces that lead a certain percentage of the population to choose entrepreneurial activities, whereas others are content to live in comfort, but without taking personal command of their industry.

The target audience is mostly young entrepreneurs, or people who might consider choosing to take an entrepreneurial lifestyle as a vehicle for personal and societal improvement.

The book is in two sections, the first provides an analysis of the special role of a founder/entrepreneur in our society, whereas the second discusses particular drives and attitudes that influence entrepreneurs as they work their vocational craft to fight for – and achieve – what seems impossible.


First draft complete. Under ongoing review, editing, and polishing in preparation for release.

Profound thanks to Angela Panayotopoulos for her skills in editing this into ever-better forms.


Chapters Include:

book Contributions

The Transhumanism Handbook – Chapter: Humanising Machines – Published in English by Springer.

Dear Entrepreneur: Letters from Those That Have Made it And Are Making It Happen by Danny Bailey & Andrew Blackman – Published in English by Harriman House.

Essay Contributor “Aftershock”, edited by Jon Schroeter ‘Externality Governance – 2019, Published by Technica Curiosa.

Humankind 2.0 by Jinxia Niu, edited by James Yan – Published in Mandarin by Citic Press.

Exponential Transformation by Salim Ismail et al – Published in English by Diversion Books.

50:50 - Scenarios for The Next 50 Years by Rohit Talwar et al – Published in English by Fast Future Publishing.

Artificial Intelligence and Inclusive Education, Chapter. Towards Inclusive Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Perspectives, Challenges, and Opportunities – With Phaedra Mohammed, Published in English by Springer