What happens when success is part of everything you do?

   ” You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys. But one thing you can’t take away? I am Iron Man ~ Tony Stark in Ironman 3.

Doesn’t it sound badass? There are real life people who are like Tony Stark in their own ways. Perhaps the top three CEOs are Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos.
Same way, in the sporting world we can count Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps.
If we were to touch upon all the characteristics of people with enormous mental strength, we would note what must be true with respect to all of them. Some of those characteristics are given below:
Belief: Mentally strong people believe in themselves. They believe that they can make a change. They believe that their changes would impact the world in a positive way. They believe that they can make others believe. A strong belief makes something go from zero to one. As soon as one believes it can be done, it can be done. Perhaps a plan would be needed. Perhaps it would be too hard. Perhaps, it would be not worth the effort. But belief makes impossible – POSSIBLE. The biggest difference between mentally strong people and average people is that mentally strong people ‘believe’, and they are able to make others ‘believe’. The famous Steve Jobs reality distortion field was nothing but belief system, and a system that made others believe. Watch in this video how Steve Jobs tells to ‘believe’.
Self confidence: Mentally strong people have a lot of self confidence that they can pull things off. What do I mean by pull things off? They make claims. Sometimes their claims are too tall for others. But they figure out a way to make things happen. Basically, they get things done.
Relevant knowledge: This is a key characteristic of mentally strong people. They know the hacks and tricks of the game. There was once I took a marathon training course. The instructor was a mentally tough person. He gave me his mental toughness. Here are his words.
When you would run the real marathon race – at about 20th mile mark you would be completely tired. Every bit of your body will tell you to stop. If you actually stop, your body will shut down, and your feet will lock. You would then not be able to begin running again and you would not be able to complete the race. Your body will be starving of energy, and it would be consuming all the blood. Your brain would be fighting for the blood and the energy. At that point in time, it is your mental toughness that would continue to sail you through. This mental toughness will come from the multiple practice sessions we will go through. At 20th mile mark, start telling yourself every three minutes – you are going to finish the race, and keep running. Sitting here today in front of me in the classroom you might feel like – woah! 20th mile means, only six more miles are left. But you are only half way through. Really, the only thing that would make you finish the race is mental toughness. What is the relevant knowledge here – it is to keep reminding in the practice sessions – that running 20 miles is only half way in the 26 miles marathon. Now here is a joke – you know all about the mental toughness, so don’t tie your shoe laces so badly, that they open up at 21st mile mark. Make sure you do not have to stop to tie your shoe laces. Keep going, and I guarantee, you would finish the race.
The reason for repeating his words here is that life is just like a marathon race. It is very long. It is very tiring. The only thing that can sail you through all the odds is the knowledge you acquire. Whether it is acquired from the college, or from your own hard work is irrelevant. What is relevant is how relevant the knowledge is to what you want to achieve. If you want to be an amazing engineer, probably getting really good knowledge of programming, machine learning, deep learning, algorithms, and so on is important. Same way, if you are in a factory, knowing enough basics about mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electronics would be important.
Mentally strong people learn as they go, and they learn everything really really well.
Ability of building knowledge: Here is yet another characteristic of mentally strong people. They also believe that they can acquire knowledge. If you do not know something, it is not a problem. It can always be learned, and they are capable of putting their efforts in learning those things. Elon Musk is a good example of this. He knows that he can always begin from fundamental principles, and make his way upward. That is what lets him go and make investments in more companies. This is all actually true and works in just about all the industries. It is only that some people would get to the results sooner than others. Those who use fundamental thinking would not only tend to get to the results faster, but also figure out things on the way to make those results look better. In addition, they would also hack the best path forward. This is how knowledge builds, and mentally strong people know that they can repeat this whole engine over and over.
Practical application: Mentally strong people believe in practical application of their knowledge. What is the use of knowledge if it cannot be applied. Mentally strong people go after building things that make real impacts.
Patience: Mentally tough people understand that not everything will pass in the first attempt. In fact at the onset a lot of attempts fail, but they are prepared to take the failures and learn from them. This is what sets aside mentally strong people from average people. Average people simply give up after a few failures.
Positive behavior: Mentally strong people are generally very optimistic about everything including the future. They take everything in positive spirit. Take an example of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. They are highly optimistic people who have shown positive behavior over and over and have been extremely optimistic about everything. Listen to just about any interview of Mark Zuckerberg, you would also be inspired about the future.
Ability to work hard: What do we mean by working hard? Working hard is really when you look at a dream result, and you go after it. You come up with many paths to reach to that dream and you keep going without counting the hours you work in a day. In the words of Elon Musk, if someone is working 50 hours a week, and you are working a 100 hours a week, even if you do the same thing, it would take you six months to achieve what would take them an year to achieve.
A question is often asked on Quora (I intend to write an answer to it). Should you work hard or smart? The answer is – both. If you work as hard as someone else, if you also worked smarter, you would beat them. If you only worked hard, someone working as hard as you and smarter would beat you. If you worked smart, but not hard, someone working harder and equally smart would certainly beat you. The worst however is that someone working harder, but not even as smart as you also will also have a chance over you. My answer is – work so smart, that working smart is really compelling. Then work super hard. People with laser like focus, and strong mentality do not say – I will only work smart, but not hard. That does not work in the real work.
Perseverance and persistence: This is one really good trait of hard working people with strong mentality. Some of the best people I know persevere very much over all the details, and all projects they do. There was once a programmer I had known had about 100 different codes he was maintaining. A futuristic database server architecture was changed drastically because of future requirements. Everyone had a mammoth task of re-writing the codes. He looked at both the databases, meticulously understood all the differences. Picked his first code and started making the changes. As soon as he was done with that, he said – One down. And started counting as…Two down. Three down. Four down…All this while everyone else I know was only panicking, and scratching their head on what to do. Many people were only frustrated. Some people just gave up and were complaining. This guy gave no damns to anything else in the world. He was simply counting…26 down….27 down. In about five days, he was counting…47 down. He didn’t say Oh – its Saturday now. He continued counting…48 down…49 down…soon enough he reversed the counting order and started counting as 49 more to go… 48 more to go….47 more to go…By Monday he was already at 25. He kept counting like …10 more go to go….9 more to go…8 more to go…until he said –
DONE! Next?
That is a mark of strong mental personality. They don’t focus on anything else when it comes to projects like these.
Nerves of steel: People with strong mentality project that sense of mentality in everything they do. I have seen them project and manifest that behavior from one project to another. Let us imagine someone who has ran a marathon, would project the same behavior when it may come to a project that takes long hours. Usually people who finish marathons have nerves of steel, and they manifest it in every aspect of their lives.
If people with strong mentality are to be compared to animals, in simple terms – they have the – Agility of a Python, persistence of ants, tenacity of a tiger, bird eyes like eagle, strength like an elephant, loyalty like a dog, survival fitness like a camel, adaptability like a chameleon, focus like a snake and hunting capability of a shark.
Here is more inspiration on how they see the world.
Every zero is not the same: When they look at a chart, and every point seems to be a zero, they say – not every zero is the same. With each zero, there is a learning, and there has been put some systematic work. One day, the curve will shoot up. Their learning curve shoots up one day, and they start getting results. Then they repeat that performance over and over.
Take an example of someone trying to reduce weight. In this case, let us be specific. I was training them on some exercises, and diet control. Without both, the weight loss wasn’t looking like a possibility. I told them, work consistently everyday, and control diet everyday as well. About 15 days had passed, and they were not seeing drop in weight at all. I told them – every zero is not the same. Keep going, and leave it up to me what your weight will look like. Do exactly what I tell you. Soon in about 21–30 day time period, the weight started dropping, and then it kept dropping until they dropped about about 10 pounds. The conclusion is, that people with strong mentality do not get discouraged when they do not see immediate results. Often results take time, and they wait for them patiently. They keep up their work, and results eventually follow.
Repetition: People with strong mentality do not get tired of repetitions. They know that the beast is in the execution, and that the execution needs repetition. They repeat hundreds of tasks in their lives sometimes millions of times.
Trust: Repetitions bring trust. People with strong mentality care about the trust, and they systematically build it.
Knowledge sharing: People with strong mentality do not hide their knowledge. Instead, they share it. Knowledge only increases by sharing.
Ability to question their superiors: People with strong mentality do not take anything for granted. They do not hesitate in questioning their superiors. In fact, if you follow some of the articles written by Jeff Bezos, he inspires everyone to do the same. There is even a value in Amazon – be vocally self critical. People with strong mentality have this characteristic from the beginning.
Commitment to quality: People with strong mentality focus on the quality. They know that the quality of their work will go long ways and will manifest itself in the quality of products they would build, and the services they would create.
Risk taking: This is perhaps very important in the lives of entrepreneurs. Without risk, there is no gain. People with strong mentality do not fear risk. They calculate everything and go after the best paths.
Infinite mentality: I wrote a few days back on what infinite mentality means. Check out this answer here: Rohit Malshe’s answer to Who wins at life?
Physical strength: People with strong mentality are not just people with strong mentality. They are usually people with fit bodies. They exercise regularly and keep themselves as fit as possible.
I hope some of the readers certainly got to know about some of the traits. In the repetition lies the merit of strong mentality. Just like you work your arm muscles, and you get stronger arms, in the same way, you practice strong mental behaviors, and you repeat them enough, and that is the way you get strong mentality. All the best!”

Higher levels on thinking

   ” The level at which you are comparing super humans, there are a few characteristics that become even more important and start playing a larger role than some of the other characteristics. Let us list them and then identify what the gap can be between someone really amazing, and someone like Elon Musk. Perhaps, there are a few other people who are/were like him and I think they are/were Nicola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos.

The characteristics that we can possibly measure are listed in the below. We can keep expanding them, but let us stick to 20 for now.
  1. Asking the right questions
  2. Identifying the right delta
  3. Intelligence
  4. Natural talent
  5. Learning method
  6. Skills
  7. Acquired learning
  8. Mentors
  9. People network
  10. Leadership
  11. Work ethics
  12. Industriousness
  13. Consistency
  14. Understanding of Money
  15. Concept of failure
  16. Mindset
  17. Concept of start
  18. Risk taking
  19. Belief
  20. How much time are you spending at work?
People who make it to the positions of the CEOs make it there because they have many of these characteristics. A topnotch CEO would usually have all the traits listed above. Each and every single one of them, but as we go down the list, the delta begins appearing and becomes more apparent and larger.
Most amazing CEOs have these traits: [Asking the right questions, Identifying the right delta, Intelligence, Talent, Skills, Acquired learning, Mentors, People network, Leadership, Work ethics, Industriousness, Consistency] better than all other people, but they stick to one core thing and keep doing it for a long time.
Someone like Elon Musk begins shining at point number 15 [Concept of failure] because he does not conceive the failure at all. While all others around him may give up, he is just not ready to take a failure and give up. This lets him start on one after the other many projects, overcome fears, take large risks, put a large sum of money on his bets, and truly whole wholeheartedly believe in something that changes the world. This inspires others to work for him and put their best. Work from a lot of people brings results and that increases the capability to take even larger bets.
There are many examples of this:

after When a rocket launch had failed, Elon Musk came out and said words that carried the essence (comes straight from Dolly Singh who worked for him): What is it like to work with Elon Musk?:

  • We knew this was going to be hard, all rocket science; then listed the half dozen or so countries who had failed to even successfully execute a first stage flight and get to outer space, a feat we had accomplished successfully that day.
  • Elon has (in his infinite wisdom) prepared for the possibility of an issue with the flight by taking on a significant investment (from Draper Fisher Jurvetson if I recall correctly) providing SpaceX with ample financial resources to attempt 2 more launches; giving us security until at least flight 5 if needed.
  • And that we need to pick ourselves up, and dust ourselves off because we have a lot of work to do. Then he said, with as much fortitude and ferocity as he could muster after having been awake for like 20+ hours by this point that, “”For my part, I will never give up and I mean never,” and that if we stick with him, we will win.
This excerpt comes straight from Jim Cantrell who worked with him in this answer: How did Elon Musk learn enough about rockets to run SpaceX?
  • So I am going to suggest that he is successful not because his visions are grand, not because he is extraordinarily smart and not because he works incredibly hard. All of those things are true. The one major important distinction that sets him apart is his inability to consider failure. It simply is not even in his thought process. He cannot conceive of failure and that is truly remarkable. It doesn’t matter if its going up against the banking system (Paypal), going up against the entire aerospace industry (SpaceX) or going up against the US auto industry (Tesla). He can’t imagine NOT succeeding and that is a very critical trait that leads him ultimately to success.
Last but not the least, take a look at what happened with Neutral ink. He mentioned in front of everyone, that there should be a company trying to build brain-machine-interfaces, and if no one works on it, he would work on it himself.
After that event, six months passed by, and eventually, he started Neutral ink.
Here are my conclusions: [Asking the right questions, Identifying the right delta, Intelligence, Talent, Skills, Acquired learning, Mentors, People network, Leadership, Work ethics, Industriousness, Consistency] are amazing traits that can make someone really successful.
Money can make things easier for someone to make decisions, and take actions.
But, traits like: [Concept of failure, Mindset, Concept of start, Risk taking, Belief, and how much time you are spending] is what differentiates people like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Nicola Tesla, and Thomas Edison from others.
Now, if you actually went to Elon Musk, and asked him what he does, he would usually say – Focus on fundamental principles – which is all about learning methods, and the last point which is – how much time you are spending at work, and he would say work a 100 hours a week. The thing is, if it was easy, anyone could do it. It is hard. It is super hard, but that is what brings him all the things, and makes him better at everything else.
Working by fundamental principles improves the impact per unit effort, and putting a lot of time at work improves the odds of success at every step. It is just that most people are not capable of doing it even if they tried and may not actually achieve success and achievements like him even if they actually did those things. It would be same as trying to follow Usain Bolt’s formula to be a better runner. You can become a far better runner than yourself, but you cannot beat Usain Bolt.
Nevertheless, we all can learn from him, and become better, but if I really want to make a suggestion, don’t try to be Elon Musk. Try to be a better version of you!

Cake taste in your mouth

   ” I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this on any other answers, so forgive me if I’m repeating myself, but… my mom rocks.

Here’s the first cake (sorry for low quality pictures):
I believe it’s the first fondant cake she ever made- my boyfriend had just turned 25 (E2A- I got the age wrong!) and he LOVED her deviled eggs… so she made him a deviled egg cake! 😀
Then, her mandolin teacher had a birthday, so naturally:
She made a music cake!
Next it was my birthday- and she had a few cakes under her sleeve. I was 19 and had just gotten my first iPhone, courtesy of the company I work for. Needless to say, I was obsessed:
So she nailed that one!
Then she was commissioned by a friend to a make a birthday cake for her friend’s husband. My mom asked what he liked and she said “IDK golfing…the ocean…”
Well, no problem! Notice the cute little golf ball on the ridge 🙂
Then it was my stepdaughters 11th birthday. She wanted “zebra, but like, artsy. And stars!”
Ta-freaking-Da kiddo! She LOVED her cake, needless to say. (And the bottom is lined with mini jawbreakers, which was one of her favorites at the time!)
Then it was my cousins birthday. She’s such a little princess….
All fondant except the two figures. She even found chocolate rocks for around the moat!
Then my birthday again! This time I was 21 and VERY excited about it:
She handwrote that. And found little waterproof lights and stuck them to the sides.
Then my boyfriends birthday again. We are AVID campers….
She put a birthday candle in the fire pit that he had to blow out. SO CUTE. She even put little beers in our red cooler out back!
I don’t remember what this was for, but it’s awesome too:
Oh, and lest you think the apple fell far from the tree… I made the brain!
Now it was my step-daughters birthday again, and we were obsessed (OBSESSED) with the game Plants vs Zombies! It’s this game:
So what did my talented mother make?! A Plants vs Zombies cake! Complete with one of the little ‘zombie notes’ that pops up when you beat a level:
Did I mentioned she just did these for a couple years on the side?
Just for fun.
She’d never made them before, but it just sounded like a neat thing to try her hand at since she was on a ‘Cake Boss’ kick at the time.
My. Mom. Is. So. Talented. And. Cool.”

German ideas as seen by one or many?

   ” I have been living in both cultures for 45 years and feel comfortable in both, but there are some differences:

  • Casualness. Americans are casual; Germans just aren’t. It may relate to schooling or a thousand years of cultural accretion, but Germans take everything seriously. Americans, on the other hand, don’t care if you drink Moselwein out of a normal wine glass or love Wienerschnitzel with something other than fries.
  • Perfection. Germans value perfection; Americans thrive on a high level of imperfection. The perfect German car is a Mercedes that will last 250,000 miles. Americans value a Cadillac or Corvette that is old once the odometer passes 100k. Germans are never late; Americans don’t get upset if you show up five minutes late with a flimsy excuse.
  • Directness. Germans value directness; Americans have continued to live under the standard of indirectness. While the typical American is struggling to maintain “political correctness,” the typical German is almost never constrained by the limits of what passes as polite in conversation.
We seem very similar, but we actually live in a world of difference.”

European Vacations!

   ” If you don’t mind climbing a bit, visit the “Solvay Hut” on the Matterhorn in Switzerland. Yes, there’s a little hut with 10 beds up there.

A little bungalow in the mountains..
Nice views!
Can you see it?
A little closer:
Here’s the entrance:
Enjoy your stay!”

What of Russia?

   ” The size of Russia is bigger than that of Pluto. If Siberia were a country, it would be the third largest in the world. Russia stretches about 10000 km east to west, which is almost three times the diameter of the moon, one-and-a-half times the diameter of mars and just 2000 kms short of earth’s diameter.

Russia’s total natural resources are valued at USD 75 trillion.
Russia has the largest reserves and is the largest exporter of natural gas. It has the second largest coal reserves, the eighth largest oil reserves and is the largest exporter of oil in the world.
Russia is a leading producer of copper, fluorspar, iron ore, lime, gold, magnesium compound and metals, mica, cobalt, aluminum, asbestos, arsenic, cadmium, coal, cement, boron, bauxite, vanadium, titanium sponge, tin, tungsten, potash, sulfur, silicon, rhenium, steel, pig iron, nickel, palladium, phosphate, petroleum, nitrogen, peat and oil shale.
Russia has 40% of world’s gold reserves.
20% of the global production of industrial grade diamonds and 25% of global gemstone production come from Russia.
11% of the global aluminum market is controlled by just one Russian company, Rusal.
Russia has more than a fifth of the world’s forests. About one-fifth of the timber in the entire world is present in the forests of Siberia.
If you laid the oil and gas pipelines of Russia around the equator, it would encircle earth 6 times.
Only one lake of Russia, Lake Baikal has 20 percent of entire fresh water in the world.
Russia has 4 of the 10 largest rivers in the world.
Russia’s top 20 billionaires have a combined wealth of about USD 250 billion, which is more than the GDP of 150 individual countries in the world.
Russian inventions include transformer, helicopter, video-tape recorder, synthetic rubber, grain harvester, electrical telegraph, arc welding, radiator, powdered milk and thousands of other things without which life would be very different today.
Russia has the largest number of nuclear weapons in the world. Russia’s RS-24 Yars Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) has ten independently targetable nuclear warheads, which can reenter earth’s atmosphere at hypersonic speeds at around 5 miles a second.
Russia has the largest atomic bomb – Tsar Bomb, which was detonated way back in 1961.
In 2013, Russia was the largest arms exporter in the world. It occupies second place now.
And Russia has:
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And This
Russia is Not dangerous. It is FORMIDABLE.”

Online improvements for programming

   ” Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals by learning from an extensive library of over 40,000 courses taught by expert best selling instructors.

With affordable prices and classes on virtually every topic, the e-learning platform is a great place to pick up a new skill from the comfort of your couch.
Whether you want to learn how to
  • build financial models in Excel,
  • spruce up your resume,
  • apply to business school, or
  • negotiate your salary,
there’s no doubt a course for you.
Undecided on what class to take first?
Here is a list of the best selling development courses on Udemy.
Get any of these courses today for just $10.

1. iOS 10 & Swift 3: From Beginner to Paid Professional by Mark Price

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Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do after taking this course:
  • Submit apps to the app store
  • Understand programming & basic algorithms
  • Work fluently with Swift 3 & iOS 10
  • Apply to jr iOS development jobs
  • Work as an iOS contractor
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Mark is an avid game developer and is tired of all the junk out there – teaching students how to make 3D cubes without real world game development.
This Unity course is for absolute beginners & for seasoned programmers!
This course will take you down a guided learning path. You’ll learn to code in C# and then go on to build 2D & 3D games.
Not only will you build games, but you will learn how to do it the way the pros do. You’ll even cover advanced topics like lighting, cinematics, and multiplayer.
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If the new Apple TV and the Apple TV App Store Excite you then this is the place to be to learn everything you need to know about Apple TV development.
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  • You will also be learning how to build Client-Server apps which use Apple’s new markup language TVML. TVML apps use Javascript.
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4. Android N: From Beginner to Paid Professional by Mark Price

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Devslopes first flagship course iOS 9 & Swift:  From Beginner to Paid Professional took the world by storm and is the most effective course on iOS development on the Internet with thousands of 5 star reviews and tons of success stories.
Using that same formula for success they have brought you the even better Android course.
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  • Live Help – You have access to Teacher’s Aides who are always available to help in the online chatroom
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5. Angular 2 & TypeScript Beginner Web Development by Mark Price

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This course is going to teach you all of the fundamentals of Angular2. We use Angular 2 every day in our own projects and we wanted to share that powerful knowledge with the world!
This course is for absolute beginners & for seasoned programmers!
This course will take you down a guided learning path. You’ll learn the basics of TypeScript, and move on to creating both simple and complex web apps.
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This is the tutorial you’ve been looking for to master modern web development with React.
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We’ll start by mastering the fundamentals of React, including JSX, “props”, “state”, and eventing. Source code is provided for each lecture, so you will always stay up-to-date with the course pacing. After an introduction to React, we’ll dive right in to Redux, covering topics like reducers, actions, and the state tree.
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If you’re tired of spinning your wheels learning Swift or Android, this is the course for you.
This course will get you up and running with React Native quickly, and teach you the core knowledge you need to deeply understand and build React components for mobile devices.
Both OSX and Windows supported – develop iOS or Android!
React Native is an excellent solution for developing apps on mobile in a fraction of the time it takes to make an equivalent iOS or Swift app.  You’ll love seeing your changes instantly appear on your own device, rather than waiting for Swift/Java code to recompile!  This quick feedback loop, along with excellent cross platform support, is what has catapulted React Native to the top must-have skill for Javascript engineers.
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8. Advanced React and Redux by Stephen Grider

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NOTE: Knowledge of React + Redux is 100% required! If you are familiar with reducers and action creators you will be fine.
This is the tutorial you’ve been looking for to take your React and Redux skills to the next level.
This course wastes no time diving right into interesting topics, and teaches you the core knowledge you need to deeply understand and build React components and structure applications with Redux.
There are dozens of great tutorials online for React and Redux, but none of them teach the challenging, core features of these two fantastic libraries. I created this course to push you beyond “just getting started.”
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9. The Complete Developers Guide to MongoDB by Stephen Grider

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MongoDB is the hottest database solution in the tech world right now, able to power anything from your growing personal project to an enterprise infrastructure.
This course will get you up and running with MongoDB quickly, and teach you the core knowledge you need to deeply understand and build apps centered around Mongo.
We’ll start by mastering the fundamentals of Mongo, including collections, validations, and common record manipulation techniques. Source code is provided for each lecture, so you will always stay up-to-date with the course pacing.  Special attention has been paid to creating reusable code that you’ll be able to make use of on your own fantastic projects.
If you are new to MongoDB, or if you’ve been working to learn it but sometimes feel like you still don’t quite ‘get it’, this is the MongoDB course for you!

10. Meteor and React for Realtime Apps by Stephen Grider

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This is the tutorial you’ve been looking for to master building dynamic web apps with Meteor JS, with all the important topics covered in great depth!
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Meteor is the ultimate framework for developer productivity; it is bar-none the fastest technology you can use to make fast and interactive web apps in just a few hours.
This course will get you up and running quickly, and teach you the core knowledge you need to deeply understand and build interesting apps with Meteor and React.
If you are new to Meteor or React, or if you’ve been working to learn it but sometimes feel like you still don’t quite ‘get it’, this is the course for you! To learn Meteor you have to understand it.”

Learning is still a process

   “

A program that can learn to perform various tasks from conversations held in a natural language.
This is the definition that most of the researchers would agree with.
Since there are no restrictions on the tasks or architecture, I refer to it as an “agent” and assume that it’s confined in some kind of environment (aren’t we all?). Oracle from Matrix is a good example, although it has one primary task.
The backpropagation[1] is strong with this One…
Boy meets the world
The first really hard problem that requires a “breakthrough” is defining the training procedure. When you are born, you have a basic “instruction set” that plays the key role in developing your brain. The unique characteristic of humans is their innate ability to learn and build new knowledge upon prior knowledge. Computers still cannot do it, for example, they have to trace all recorded relevant facts back to the start when they try to infer an answer to a simple task: “John brought a ball to the kitchen. Where is the ball?”.
All babies have a grabbing reflex. Nobody taught them to grab – they just know how to do it. Later they learn how to manipulate things with their hands using their prior ability to grab stuff. To pick up some trash from the ground and try to eat it, a child needs to combine a few skills: seeing, identifying, grabbing, pulling, eating. The training procedure we need here is a special (currently unknown) combination of algorithms that can:
  1. Store the elementary actions and be able to call them
  2. Recognize new actions
  3. Combine them in different ways
Conversational part in this setup is just a formal description of interface. If your agent can learn in such way, learning the words and their meaning is just a matter of time, so, I wouldn’t concentrate on this too much. You can safely assume that any AI as a conversational AI, or at least with a capacity for learning to talk.
Sum of its parts…and metadata
Let’s say, your agent has learned how to pronounce several single words, but it has never said a whole sentence. It doesn’t have a concept of a sentence. How do you get there?
This is the first part of the second problem. Bottom-top approach, inferring a solution for a complex task when all solutions for its parts are known. The difficulty here is that we can’t interfere and give the concept of a sentence in any way, because otherwise the hierarchical learning process[2] will be broken.
The second part is even worse. In fact, it’s so soul-crushingly hard, that even many Quorans suffer from it. Here’s an example: “I want a job at Google, I don’t know any math or programming, but I have time and all possible resources. How do I break up my task into smaller ones until all of them become manageable so that the big one would be solved?” Top-bottom approach, organizing search and inferring a hierarchy of tasks.
Bottom-top problem (on the left) and Top-bottom problem (on the right)
As of now, there’s no scalable algorithm for either of these problems.
Where did I go wrong?
Our brain learns by creating and strengthening the connections between neurons. Their network is incredibly complex in combinatorial sense, which allows us to store a great amount of memories in a form of strengthened/weakened connections (this is a gross simplification, but hey, if I was a neurosurgeon, I wouldn’t find the time to write this). To store a new memory, our brain needs information and stimulation: without stimulation the brain doesn’t bother, otherwise we’d go insane.
Introducing this stimulation, even in form of text, is another problem. Essentially, it’s the difference between right and wrong, that’s instilled in us by emotions — by our parents first, then by the whole world that reacts to our actions. This is a real-world analogy for one of the central ideas of reinforcement learning[3] (explains why it’s so popular now).
A conversational AI needs its value to be communicated to it by text without explicitly telling it how good/bad the action was (e.g. through a loss function). Essentially, a teacher (I assume it’s a human) has to manipulate computer’s surrogate of morale to reinforce certain patterns.
… Only morale.” — Hannibal, S03E01
I know what I don’t know
The last thing I see as a very important part is our ability to recognize new experience, which is essential in a conversation between a computer and a human. Same idea can be expressed in many different ways and every time the machine must either recognize the correct concept or learn it as a new one. In humans this is done in hippocampus, how — nobody knows.
A dialog between two computers would have a minimalistic, though very efficient vocabulary, but it wouldn’t look like natural language. We have many technical tasks like coreference resolution, but a large sophisticated NLP system is not intelligent, because if you ask it to do something new, it just doesn’t understand the query. Whereas I’d expect something like…
“I don’t understand you fully, but based on what I’ve just read in Urban Dictionary…”
That would be at least a start.”

Alien space race with China!

   ” The name “China” is three hundred years older than Christianity. The name “Middle Kingdom” existed before David became the King of Israel. When will China collapse?

Well~ The China model (Mandate of Heaven) is incapable of self-collapse, the Chinese found a way to recycle the power of authority, prevented China from collapsing. The last two hundred years was probably the most dangerous period of time in the entire history of China. Fortunately, China survived and have caught up with the world. So the next possible force that could collapse China that I can think of is….. Alien invasion.
I’m serious.
This gigantic telescope, that China has just finished construction is larger than a dozen soccer fields. So, if there ever is an alien invasion, we can count on China to warn us.”

Great programmers list again.

   ” Are you a great programmer just because you used the first mainframes?

Do you think so?
Well look at these big 8 who killed it…stone dead.
  • He is a nerd of computer architecture design.
  • He created first Apple computers and coded most of the first Apple software.
  • He developed many operating systems including Windows NT kernel (still partly used by Windows).
  • He programmed first versions of GCC and Emacs.
  • Besides literally writing the book of programming, he created TeX (a typesetting system) which is still being used and he originally created this for writing better-looking TAOCP books.
  • He wrote the game engine for Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein games only by himself.
  • He also used a square root algorithm faster than respective machine instruction
  • He created Turbo Pascal, Delphi and C# languages.
  • He implemented first version of C++,
  • Still Computer Science Chairman at Texas A&M University
  • Creator of the Linux kernel, used by hundreds of millions of devices worldwide.