About

I thought it might be nice to give you some background into myself (background, experience, etc.) and the blog/website (technology, strategy, roadmap, etc.).

I am Steve, was born in Johannesburg South Africa, I am an Austrian citizen and live in London. I have lived and worked in many places around the world.

I studied aeronautical & mechanical engineering for 5 years and dropped out of university after studying applied computer sciences for 3 semesters (at the time I was working in the systems programming department of a large international banking software company - I just got too busy).

I have been nearly equally in permanent employ and self-employed/startup-founder throughout my career.

My passion for computers and programming started when I was 9 years old in 1979.

Around 1985/1986 I won a TV contest for an Addison-Wesley book voucher and one of the books I picked at their warehouse in Vienna was LISP ... I was instantly fascinated by the language, it's key concepts (classes for example - up until then I had mostly been exposed to BASIC and C). Meeting people at local computer clubs and my exploding passion for LISP and AI led me to get invited to a satellite symposium with Stanford University. This event was hosted by T.I. (Texas Instruments) who was producing a LISP based chip at the time. The use of this chip in systems supporting battleship logistics of the U.S. Navy made everything seem more real and imminent than it probably was at the time.

In the early 90s I was lucky enough to work in a team of extremely talented and experienced programmers (at the aforementioned banking software company). Wolfi, a buddy on that team, decided to develop a neural network system using C on OS/2 and again my passion for A.I. was renewed when I learnt a lot about learning systems, which was different to the LISP and Prolog approaches I had studied before.

Back then I was floating the idea of actually going to Stanford University to study artificial intelligence, but as life goes, I ended up doing an incredible amount of other cool projects and never really thought much about AI until about 2010 when I started getting involved in the development of BI (business intelligence) systems for e-commerce.

I do not aspire to be an AI researcher, I aspire to be an AI practitioner.

It is not easy to write about myself, so this page is a work-in-progress.

Steve

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