The Site of David Gustys


I had a hard week.

Interesting, but multi-step interviews throughout the week.
Programming tasks. Leadership and personality assessments.

Freelance consulting.

Two days of heavy lifting work around my parents' house.

Other social expectations I tried to meet (not all enjoyable).

Most important - being a good father and husband(which sucked this week a bit).

Now that I'm writing, the deductive conclusion seems obvious, say - "No" - more.

I'm typing this on my parents' computer. I left mine at home. Without it, I feel disconnected, even though I have my smartphone with me. A handheld still cannot replace a full keyboard experience and screen real estate. Since mother's day is coming up, we decide to head to my home town and help out my parents to tidy up around the house (they have a big one).

Due to COVID19, we could not travel, but now the rules are being relaxed. Also, it's always lovely for the children to see their grandparents (for us too).

Today, I was thinking a lot about agility, more in a broader sense. I Was rereading some articles that I bookmarked and some book notes I made. Here are a few quotes, tips that stuck with me today: (sorry forgot to note the authors)

"To move fast, Expect to make foot faults. I'm okay with an error rate of 10 to 20%—times when I would have made a different decision in a given situation—if it means you can move fast."

"Always demand a deadline. A deadline weeds out the extraneous and the ordinary. It prevents you from trying to make it perfect, so you have to make it different. Different is better."

"To make something good, just do it. To make something great, just re-do it, re-do it, re-do it. The secret to making fine things is in remaking them."

"Be prepared: When you are 90% done any large project (a house, a film, an event, an app), the rest of the myriad details will take a second 90% to complete."

"Art is in what you leave out."

Today I watched several conferences talks about big data, machine learning, and AI. From my experience and from the talks I watched today, there is no doubt that AI is now in a bubble. Even companies that are not doing AI sometimes mention it as being in their DNA. The bubble will burst at some point, and those companies that base their business model on poorly implemented AI will have to declare bankruptcy.

But!, but the "good" AIs will flourish. Think of the 90's dotcom bubble and i.e., Amazon - many companies went under, but the good ones came out stronger than ever.

Either way, the next most significant IPO's will be companies that have strong AI fundamental understanding and valuable implementations.

Soon, we will have AIs who handle other AIs (maybe we already do), and so the super-fast cycle will begin. AI's will be able to deem other AI as relevant or irrelevant for the task. They will "absorb" each other and so become more intelligent. Will this lead to conscious AI or singularity?; I don't know, but from my minimum understanding, it just might.

I'm confident that in my lifetime I will see multiple drastic changes in current Human daily lives, due to AI's, some we will see very soon:

  • Self-driving cars
  • Smart robots
  • Call Centre automation
  • Delivery drones
  • Supply change automation
  • ...

What happens when the agreed contract is broken? In a program, more often than not, it means an unexpected error. Such "Errors" then lead to a broken state or crash (errors, in general, are a handleable paradigm, but not a broken contract).

The first paragraph is me thinking about the fact that yesterday I skipped writing a daily entry. I don't like it. I broke the contract with myself.
Of course, human lives and contracts we make with ourselves or legally are much more complicated, but at the same time much more straightforward.

Some people I follow(in a broad sense) when they break their contracts, they then punish themselves with another contract or some loss.

Some examples:

  • Skipped daily entry - write a blog post in five days.
  • Did not add "agreed" money to a savings account - donate it.
  • Said something negative to a close person - send a physical letter saying how awesome they are.


The error was "caught" - happy writer me!

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