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Seven Months Later – Wayfair Tech Blog

It’s been seven months since Dan Uhl reflected on our conversion to React and Redux at Wayfair. The article was written right after the Product Detail Page (or PDP – you might know it as the page you see when you’re ready to purchase a product here at Wayfair) was converted entirely to React and Redux. It took a process of shaping our data for our new data store and working down the tree of components on our page, converting…

Improving Driver Communication through One-Click Chat, Uber’s Smart Reply System

Imagine standing curbside, waiting for your Uber ride to arrive. On your app, you see that the car is barely moving. You send them a message to find out what’s going on. Unbeknownst to you, your driver-partner is stuck in traffic en route to your pick-up location. They receive your message and want to reply back. This scenario is something Uber driver-partners tell us is a pain point. So we began thinking, what if it were possible for people who…

Engineers search for cause in cracked beam at transit hub

Traffic backs up on Fremont Street and is diverted around the closed Salesforce Transit Center Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in San Francisco. A second beam in San Francisco’s celebrated new $2 billion transit terminal shows signs of cracking, an official said Wednesday, a day after a crack in a nearby support beam shut down the building that opened just last month. The first crack found by workers installing roof tiles Tuesday spans a beam holding up a park over the…

Enabling Product Innovation Through Technical Innovation

At Coursera, millions of learners use search to discover courses. For learners with a specific intent, we need relevant results. For learners with less concrete goals, we need to give a feeling of serendipity by injecting novelty and diversity into the results. In this blog post, we detail how our new search system, powered by Algolia, allows us to iterate toward this future. Previous Search System Search at Coursera has undergone two major revamps. Our initial approach was to return all…

Netflix’s Production Technology = Voltron – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

by Chris Goss Change management is hard. In everyday production, there are numerous factors working against embracing change. Limited preparation time, whole new show = whole new crew, innumerable planning variables, and the challenge of driving an operational plan based on creative instincts. These are problems that technology is not yet built to solve. Time, training, and education can and will make a dent in our efforts, but creative planning is nuanced, and by nature, human. So, where do we…

Mehta shines at Independence Power & Light

MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering senior Shivan Mehta spent the summer in an internship with Independence Power & Light (IP&L). Photo courtesy of Shivan Mehta. MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering senior Shivan Mehta maximized his engineering and leadership skills this summer, landing an internship with Independence Power & Light (IP&L),  a municipal electric utility established in 1901 to provide the residents and businesses of Independence, Mo., with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. Learn a little more about his internship…

Introducing Petastorm: Uber ATG’s Data Access Library for Deep Learning

In recent years, deep learning has taken a central role in solving a wide range of problems in pattern recognition. At Uber Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), we use deep learning to solve various problems in the autonomous driving space, since many of these are pattern recognition problems. Many of our models require tens of terabytes of training data acquired from numerous sensors, including cameras, lidars, and radars. Researchers and engineers at Uber ATG are actively pushing the state of the…

Scalable User Privacy | Labs

At Spotify, we have a complex and diverse data processing ecosystem. Our backend infrastructure handles millions of requests per second, which are processed by over a thousand (micro)services. Our batch pipeline environment is equally complex and diverse; we run thousands of jobs written in a variety of frameworks such as Scio, BigQuery, Apache Crunch and Spark. The data processed by these services and pipelines power critical parts of our organization. We use data to calculate royalties, run A/B tests, process…

Engineering Ethics Blog: The Massachusetts Gas Disaster

Being one of the longest-settled regions of the U. S., the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been home to gas utility companies for close to a century and a half.  Unfortunately, some of the pipes installed in the 19th century are still in use in older parts of the state, notably around Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover in the Merrimack Valley north of Boston.  So earlier this month, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, the gas utility serving the area, announced that it…

Waste plastic in concrete could support sustainable construction in India

The Bath-led research has shown how replacing 10 per cent of sand in concrete with waste plastic may help to reduce the vast amounts of plastic waste on India’s streets, and deal with a national sand shortage. Credit: University of Bath Research at the University of Bath has shown waste plastic to be a viable partial replacement for sand in structural concrete, providing one possible solution for future sustainable construction whilst addressing sand shortages in India. The Bath-led research—in partnership…