At this month's meetup we welcome Melinda Seckington to speak about the importance of understanding how we learn, as well as a talk by Emily Stolfo on the new MongoDB driver.
Most developers are familiar with the basics of AI: how do you make a computer, an algorithm, a system learn something? What most don't realize though is that the same principles are applied to people. This talk looks at the theory behind how people learn, and maps it to real life examples of how specifically developers learn.
Melinda Seckington is a developer, blogger and event organizer. She is currently a developer at FutureLearn, a social learning platform offering free courses from top universities. Melinda is interested in interested in solving complex problems with artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms.
The Ruby team at MongoDB spent the last year building a new driver – the mongo gem – that was released a few weeks ago. Emily is going to talk about how they built the driver, its design, and why its availability is so exciting for the Rails and Ruby community.
MongoDB 3.0 was also released a few weeks ago and she'll talk a bit about what makes this version so monumental and why you should try it out.
For reference, here is an article announcing the release.
Emily Stolfo is a Ruby engineer on the drivers team. She also helps build the Ruby community by speaking at meetups, conferences and hacker schools. Emily also teaches Rails at Columbia University.