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This is Ian Ozsvald's blog, I'm an entrepreneurial geek, a Data Science/ML/NLP/AI consultant, founder of the Annotate.io social media mining API, author of O'Reilly's High Performance Python book, co-organiser of PyDataLondon, co-founder of the SocialTies App, author of the A.I.Cookbook, author of The Screencasting Handbook, a Pythonista, co-founder of ShowMeDo and FivePoundApps and also a Londoner. Here's a little more about me.

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2 May 2011 - 16:18£5 App #24 write-up

We had our 24th £5 App event a few weeks back (follow @fivepoundapp for announces). The event was titled “Spring” so we could see what people had been building recently.

First up was Jayanth (@jaykannan) from Sussex University with DorkSynth – a Kinect powered theramin-like synth tool. The video (sorry for the 90 degree twist!) shows it in action:

Jay also has a video for his second Kinect project (for Microsoft) – a Kinect-powered quiz tool:

Next up was Erik Erskine who spoke about the Brighton Marathon iPhone app. They were commissioned to write the app to help well-wishers keep up to date with news (powered by RFID tags) on the progress of the runners:

After this Prem (@premasagar) of Dharmafly spoke on a webapp that helps organisations visualise the change that takes place in skill levels and connectedness during educational programmes:

Finally Chriss Ross (@darkrock) spoke on Tap to Chat, an iPhone Facebook chat app that has become something of a financial success from humble week-long-hack beginnings:

Thanks as always to Jon at The Skiff for hosting us (go sign-up if you need a lovely co-working space).


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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7 November 2010 - 23:28£5 App #23 – “Things we built this summer”

Last Tuesday we had our 23rd £5 App event, given that it is only our second event this year we chose to let people “show and tell” about the things they built this summer. We had 9 speakers, I bought the beer, John baked the cakes.

Shardcore and the Englightenment Machine

Shardcore‘s Enlightenment Machine was installed at the WhiteNight festival a week back, here he explains what’s going on:

£5 App #23 – Shardcore and the Enlightenment Machine from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Jon and Digestly

Jon‘s Digestly lets you summarise tweets which can then be sent by email to e.g. your mum who wants to hear more about you:

£5 App #23 – Jon and Digestly from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Ian (me!) and the Social Microprinter

My Social Microprinter is a CBM 231 receipt printer + Arduino + WiShield + remote server, it prints tweets and useful info using a regular shop’s receipt printer via serial:

£5 App #23 – Ian and the Social Microprinter from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

John and the Arduino Doorbell

John’s Arduino-powered door-bell couples a regular remote-control doorbell with lego, wood and a big bell:

£5 App #23 – John and the Arduino Doorbell from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Seb and Geek Family Fortunes

Seb built a Family Fortunes clone recently (we played it at BarCamp Brighton) using Flash, Nun-chucks and an iPad:

£5 App #23 – Seb and Geek Family Fortunes from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Emily and SocialTies on the iPhone

Emily is working on an iPhone app with me that we’ve named SocialTies, it helps you find your friends and ‘similar people’ when you’re at an event or conference. It was inspired by the fruitless hours I’ve spent at events wondering if I’ll ever find anyone I know…

£5 App #23 – Emily and SocialTies from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Kyran and JavaScript Social Graph Visualisations

Kyran and I have been working on some social graph visualisations, Kyran’s interface lets you see where you sit in an event’s social network whilst reading real-time updates from attendees:

£5 App #23 – Kyran and JavaScript Social Graph Visualisations from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Mike and the Tardis Money Bank

Mike’s Tardis Money Bank was designed to help him and son keep tabs on pocket money. It has gone on to be used by many families since its launch:

£5 App #23 – Mike and the Tardis Bank from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Jay and Twitter Election Predictions

Jay’s real-time election results predictor read Twitter during the UK elections, the results were interestingly accurate:

£5 App #23 – Jay and using Twitter to Predict Elections from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

If you’re interested in keeping tabs on future events or would like to speak please join our £5 App Google Group.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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26 October 2010 - 19:22£5 App #23 on 2nd Nov, 8pm at The Skiff

Next Tuesday at 8pm at The Skiff we’re holding our 23rd £5 App event. This is our second this year, we’ve been a bit slow. To make up for being slow we’ve given it the title “Things we built this summer“, here’s our fine speaker list:

The evening will run for about 2 1/2 hours, we’ll provide free beer and cake as usual. My Mor Consulting is sponsoring the beer, John‘s fine cooking skills are providing the cake.

Because we’re buying beer and baking cake we need to know if you’re attending! Please sign-up on Lanyrd or Upcoming (and unAttend if you subsequently can’t attend).

I’d be especially happy if you use Lanyrd (you just need to tweet ‘@lanyrd attending #fivepoundapp’ for that to happen automatically) as I’ll be collecting that data for Emily‘s Social Ties talk.

As usual we’ll drift to the pub after the event. If you want to meet a bright selection of get-off-of-bottom-and-do-interesting-things people then you should attend next Tuesday.

Whitenight Festival

If you’re attending the Whitenight festival this Saturday (you really should if you’re in town) then do check out Shardcore’s Enlightenment Machine and Cats and BuildBrighton’s Light Brigade build-flashing-social-lights hack event.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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10 May 2010 - 18:59“Artificial Intelligence in the Real World” lecture at Sussex University 2010

I’m chuffed to have delivered the second version of my “A.I. in the real world” lecture (I gave it last May too) to 2nd year undergraduates at Sussex University this afternoon.

The slides are below, I cover:

  • A.I. that I’ve seen and have been involved with in the last 10 years
  • Some project ideas for undergraduates
  • How to start a new tech business/project in A.I.

In the talk I also showed or talked about:

Artificial Intelligence in the Real World May 2010 Sussex University Guest Lecture

Here’s the YouTube video showing the Grand Challenge entries:

Update – the blog for the A.I. Cookbook is now active, more A.I. and robot updates will occur there.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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31 March 2010 - 21:3722nd £5 App Write-up for WildLife, Plaques, Robots, Go and Golf Gadgets

Last night we ran our 22nd £5 App event, videos for each speaker are listed below. The lovely Thayer Prime of Data.Gov.Uk provided us with 3 copies of Programming the Semantic Web to give away, this was particularly well timed given the semantic nature of our two main talks. Thanks Thayer!

WildLife Near You by Simon Willison and Natalie Downe (wildlifenearyou.com)

£5 App #22 WildLifeNearYou by Simon Willison and Natalie Downe from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

OpenPlaques by Simon Harriyott and Jez Nicholson (openplaques.org)

£5 App #22 OpenPlaques.org from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

BotBuilder’s Robots by Steve Carpenter (botbuilder.co.uk)

£5 App #22 Robots from BotBuilder (Steve Carpenter) from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

Google Go by Jamie Campbell (golang.org)

£5 App #22 Google’s Go by Jamie from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

SureScore Golf Pro by Chris Holden (scoresure.co.uk)

£5 App #22 Chris on ScoreSure Golf Pro from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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25 March 2010 - 18:27£5 App Tues 30th March – Wildlife, Robots and Plaques

On Tuesday 30th March we’ll have our 22nd £5 App night running from 8pm at The Skiff. We’ll have:

I was hoping to do a short demo of speech and facial recognition technologies I’m working with but due to feeling a bit under the weather I might leave that until a future £5 App.

As usual please sign-up on Upcoming so we know how much beer to buy and cake to bake.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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12 December 2009 - 23:13ConceptNetDaily Twitter Bot

I’ve just launched my second Twitter bot – @ConceptNetDaily takes a random concept from the A.I. site ConceptNet and posts it to Twitter with a link back to the site. A tweet looks like:

“When humans own horses, humans groom and ride horses.” http://tinyurl.com/ydvf7vg

The TinyURL expands out to an address like: http://openmind.media.mit.edu/en/assertion/143313/

The aim of the site is to build a large repository of common-sense knowledge, exactly the kind of knowledge that humans take for granted and never write down as statements for a computer to understand.  Currently it tracks over 1,026,553 statements.

Using the link you can vote on the concept.  Vote up if the concept is solid (i.e. something a human would say is ‘right’) or down if it is wrong, silly or erroneous.  The site supports OpenID which makes starting a touch easier.

My goal with this bot is to remind people every day to vote on the concepts and to add new knowledge.  If a concept has many votes then we can have faith that it is ‘common-sense knowledge’.  If a concept is voted down enough then we can have faith that it is ‘unhelpful or wrong’.

You’ll find a searchable list of Concepts and some random examples on the English homepage.  For good examples see all the information that ConceptNet knows about humans, chess and girls.

Details:

I’ve written the bot in Python using PyYAML, Python-tinyurl and Python-twitter.  It runs every day via a cron job.  It works by guessing a random id for a raw_assertion and checking to see if a concept lives at the URL.  See this XML example for id 143313, I extract the .yaml version via PyYAML but the .xml version renders nicely in your browser if you want a peek.

ConceptNet’s web API is well documented.  ConceptNet itself is written in Python using Django but I’m not using the downloaded version here, just the web API.

My first Twitter bot – @BrightonJobDoom:

Just in case you live here in Brighton you might want to track @BrightonJobDoom to see how healthy (or…not) the job market is in the UK during this rather wobbly recession :-)  I wrote this bot for our £5 App’s 5k coding competition.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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4 December 2009 - 13:29£5 App Music-Themed Xmas Special

On Wednesday night we ran our music-themed £5 App Xmas Special (fivepoundapp.com).

It was fab!  John and I had a fab time organising things and watching the night run so down-to-earthly – it seems that many others did too.  I particularly like:

“I bloomin’ love £5 app! The event that’s happy to be itself, and is more rewarding for all as a result. Here with @ribot & @lastminute teams” – ribotminimus

“Home from #fivepoundapp, letting the awesomeness sink in.” – j4mie

Get to the end of the very last video and you’ll hear a special £5 App rendition of Jingle Bells.

Note: I want photos!  Email me links to flickr’d images please.  I also want your blog write-ups, mail them to me or comment down below.

Particular thanks for our sponsors Alan Newman (Sensible Development) and Paul Silver (PaulSilver.co.uk) along with John (psychicorigami) and my ProCasts for putting up cash to fund a few hours of free beer.  Also super-huge thanks to the Ribots for supplying piles of mince pies (yummy!) and John for baking a batch of crunchy cookies.

The event was organised through Philip and Declan of PlayGroup, they use Hector’s House for arts and science gigs (thanks BuildBrighton for the connection!).  Cheers chaps, it was exactly the space we needed!

“Seb’s Slightly Failed Music Career”

Seb spoke on the highs and lows of forming a band, showed previously-unseen footage and generally gave the lowdown on how it all works. Rick-rolling was included.  Seb has his own write-up.

Sadly Seb’s hard-drive died after the talk taking all his transcoded footage but on the flip-side Seb inspired Simon to share footage from his old cover band.

Here’s the 60 minute video of Seb’s talk:

£5 App #20 “Seb’s Slightly Failed Music Career” for the 2009 Xmas Special from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

We were absolutely honoured that Seb and Jenny unveiled their new Xmas song tonight, see it here and share it around:

“Toby Cole – Zero to Theremin in 20 days” (with demo)

Toby Cole shows the ThereThing constructed through BuildBrighton and unveiled at a live gig the previous month.

Paul Silver took a video of the ThereThing in action:

Sadly the ThereThing is slightly out of shot during the video of the talk but you can hear Toby and see the screen just fine (and the ThereThing link shows it in detail).

£5 App #20 “Toby Cole – Zero to Theremin in 20 days” for the 2009 Xmas Special from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

“Jim – Mrmr/LiveAPI guitar-mounted iPhone ableton live interface”

Jim Purbrick showed Mrmr, the LiveAPI guitar mounted iPhone Ableton live interface.  Jim’s also the head of Second Life (UK) and is known for building robots.

£5 App #20 “Jim Purbrick – Mrmr/LiveAPI guitar mounted ableton live interface” for the 2009 Xmas Special from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

“Lastminute.com Lab’s with Bottle-Rock-It” (with an additional proper demo video)

Richard, Sam and Mathias (LastMinute.com Labs) came down from London (thanks guys!) to demo Bottle-Rock-It, a group iPhone musical instrument.

The background talk gives loads of detail, sadly the demo went a bit sideways so we sang Jingle Bells as a loud (and slightly tipsy) group instead.

Check this BBC News story to see Bottle Rock It in action.

£5 App #20 “Lastminute.com’s Bottle-Rock-It” for the 2009 Xmas Special from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.

100 Robots (band)

After the talks finished Jim Purbrick and Max went on to play live n’loud as 100 Robots.

2010 and beyond…

If you want to keep in touch with future £5 App events then join the £5 App Google Group – it is very low volume and is mostly there just for the announces.

We’ll probably run some more competitions next year, the 5k competition went very well and John wants to do more around that idea and I want to play with some open-source A.I. kits.  Details to follow.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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11 November 2009 - 12:12£5 App Christmas Special – Weds 2nd December

John and I are very pleased to announce our upcoming music-themed £5 App Christmas Special on Wednesday 2nd December, 8-11pm at Hector’s House in collaboration with the lovely Playgroup guys.  Please do the usual – sign-up on Upcoming so we know how much beer to brew for you all.  If you don’t know what this is then see last year’s Xmas Special write-up and details of all the previous events (with videos).

We want 40-60 of you along this year so please spread the word – Tweets and blog posts would be hugely appreciated!

Outline:

  • Seb Lee-Delisle – “My life as a wannabe rock star at the birth of the internet music boom” – full description below
  • Toby Cole – “Zero to Theremin in 20 days” – How BuildBrighton built a feature rich, ultrasonic, laser etched MIDI controller in under three weeks”
  • Tom Hume – “You’re all an orchestra, get over it” – Bluetooth devices will interact with the audience to create changing ambient music, created by Future Platforms for a Music Hack Day
  • Jim Purbrick – “A short talk on the Mrmr/LiveAPI guitar mounted iPhone ableton live interface by the head of Second Life Europe and later a demo with 100Robots”
  • lastminute.com labs – Bottle-Rock-It, a music game for n iPhones where (with any luck) n > 3 (Richard, Russ, Sam, Mathias)
  • 100Robots – Jim and Max Williams play live and loud for us

Seb has the main talk, his full blurb is:

“Before Seb Lee-Delisle was peddling his digital creations, he had an entirely different life. He spent most of his 20s setting up Solar Records and promoting his band Stargirl (later Laine). Investing over £50,000 of their own money, they released their own CDs, made it onto the radio and TV, played in front of 30,000 people, recorded at George Martin’s Air Studios and had full page spreads in the nationals.

They were at the forefront internet music boom of the late 90s. The future was looking rosy for this group of dynamic 20-somethings. So come and find out what it was like, how the hell they got the £50K, and why their plans didn’t quite reach fruition…”

Beer – several of us who are doing well this year will put up some bar-money (Alan of SensibleDevelopment, Paul Silver of Brighton Farm and my ProCasts so far, several more to come, get in contact if you want to share the love).

Food – maybe nibbles.

Next, please sign-up on Upcoming so we know how much beer to provide and tweet/post about the event to help us spread the word.  Cheers!


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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12 August 2009 - 23:3019th £5 App Write-up

Last night’s £5 App went very well, below are the videos for Tony the electronics inventor, Seb the guaranteed-to-lose-money website creator for IWillPayYourParkingTicket and Rosie the flash-mob-tester via SoftwareTestingClub.

£5 App #19 Tony Ellis as Electronics Inventor from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

£5 App #19 Seb and Jamie with I Will Pay Your Parking Ticket from IanProCastsCoUk on Vimeo.

£5 App #19 Rosie on FlashMobTesting from Ian Ozsvald on Vimeo.


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and Mor Consulting, founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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