Issue 205: Engineering thanks

Welcome to ISSUE #205 of The Overflow! This newsletter is by developers, for developers, written and curated by the Stack Overflow team and Cassidy Williams. This week: discussing inference-as-a-service on the edge, preventing your code form being used as training data, and writing clean code to reduce cognitive load on developers.

From the blog

Cloudflare Workers have a new skill: AI inference-as-a-service

Rita Kozlov, Senior Director of Product at Cloudflare, joins Ben, Ryan, and veteran cohost Cassidy Williams for a conversation about Cloudflare’s new AI service, what her day-to-day is like, and the mind-blowing “physicality” of the internet.

CEO update: Giving thanks and building upon our product & engineering foundation

We're looking across the calendar year and seeing how much our team has accomplished and where we need to double down on efforts in the months ahead.

The AI assistant trained on your company’s data

Today’s guest is Joel Hellermark, founder and CEO of Sana, an AI-powered end-to-end learning platform. He talks with Ben and Ryan about a polymath Renaissance, what regulation might look like in the AI space, the intersection of AI and neuroscience, and why AI assistants aren’t turning into Terminators anytime soon.

Jumpstart AI projects with access to 100+ foundation models

Browse, customize, and deploy foundation models like PaLM, pre-trained AI APIs, and open source ML models in Google Cloud’s Model Garden.

Interesting questions

Were postal pneumatic tubes in Berlin (Rohrpost) cleared with wine?

Good to know that inanimate objects sometimes need a drink, too.

How to make Scrum less stressful?

"Don't use it" is, in fact, a valid answer here.

Is it illegal to give false information about a person to a foreign-based telemarketer?

Americans have pretty wide latitude to lie under the law.

How to prevent using source code as data source for machine learning activities?

Can an algorithm be sued for violating a license?

Links from around the web

Why we need a green perf metric

Performance isn't just about getting more users. The carbon impact of the internet is huge. What would it take to measure the carbon emissions of an application?

4 web devs, 1 app idea (Salma Alam-Naylor, Scott Tolinski, Eve Porcello)

This is a fun new video series to see how developers get creative with a prompt!

Google Testing Blog: Write clean code to reduce cognitive load

As code gets more complex, you have to think about how to maintain it a whole lot more.

My journey to 3x faster builds: Trimming barrel file imports

A barrel is a way to rollup exports from several modules into a single convenient module. They make your code look much cleaner, but there are caveats!

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