Week 5 – Architecture for micro services, Useless people and State-backed misinformation

Architecture for micro services

I’ve been away this week on an internal IBM event. Among the many sessions I’ve attended, I had a clear focus on best practice containerization and microservice architecture. How do one do transaction-safe computing with microservices, what is the bare minimum best practice for building your containers, event driven architectures and so on.
https://martinfowler.com/microservices/ – you cannot really talk software architecture without mentioning Martin Fowler
https://microservices.io/ – excellent site with lots of best practice guides and walk throughs

I attended a session with the smashing title “You are doing containers wrong” (!) which was a very interesting piece of best practice in building bare-minimum container images without a full fledged operating system as part of it. You obviously win on size, but also gain a significant security improvement as you have much less vulnerabilities to worry about.
Distroless images
2017 swampUP Sessions | Distroless Docker: Containerizing Apps, not VMs – Matthew Moore

Useless people

Danish media, Politiken.dk, ran a couple of articles on the World Economic Forum in Davos. Yuval Noah Harari was a speaker there and I’ve never read any of his work previously. He has some controversial thoughts on our use of technology within artificial intelligence and robot technology. He actually goes as far as claiming we are effectively building a generation of useless people by giving young people “unprotected” access to technology. In addition, comparing it to the power of religion! More frightening is this notion of the huge data collections that goes on with this unprotected use of technology; in essence Yuvai claims people are getting hack-able. I’m afraid he has a point…
The meaning of life in a world without work
How to Survive the 21st Century | DAVOS 2020

If you understand danish and you find the things above interesting, do spend two hours watching my colleague Kim Escherich hitting the stage for Lederne talking about data ethics and the impact on being a human.

State-backed misinformation

And talking about being hack-able: I found out that Twitter has released a number of data sets for all the major political / impact-full incidents they’ve had in the last years. On Medium, I stumbled across Alexa Pavliuc who did a very comprehensive data science deep-dive into the data sets. She made many interesting observations, but I found it interesting to see that there are so many “sleeping”-Twitter accounts that are only being activated when they need to kick off the propaganda machine.
Watch six decade-long disinformation operations unfold in six minutes

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