Founder Bobby Mukherjee on the pursuit of actionable, hopeful near futures

By Bobby Mukherjee

Hi readers. I just finished this article in the New Yorker on the famous science fiction author William Gibson. The article talks about how some of Gibson’s best sci-fi ideas actually come from the present time, as opposed to looking years into the future.

Instead of thinking about “beam me up, Scotty” and flying cars and other unrealized futures, he looks at the pragmatic. This is very much what you’ll find here.

There are a lot of forecasts for the future that (validly) bring us down. We too are futurists, but not the dystopian kind. Not Terminator…


A voyage — and invitation — into NVIDIA’s GPU-accelerated ecosystem

Art by Yunlu Shi, UX Designer at Loka

By Juan Medina, Team Lead in Data Science & ML at Loka.com

More and more disruptive companies are looking at data science to leverage large-scale datasets and generate precious insights. While data science is incredibly valuable to businesses, it can also be an arduous, costly process.

Building and training models can take months, and productionizing models can compound that time exponentially. This can drastically impact budget, speed to production, and time to market.

No matter the industry, startups and innovation arms of big brands want to train machine learning models


Spoiler alert: This is not the usual post about Flutter 😉

By: Alfredo Rinaudo, Senior Mobile Developer at Loka, Inc.

I'm realizing there are still only a few companies that really know about Flutter, and even fewer use it. Instead, the vast majority are sticking with native platforms or even Javascript-based frameworks for their mobile projects.

Well, it’s time to tell you (or at least I will try to) why, after 2 and a half years of developing with it, I chose Flutter as my main framework.

I first came across Flutter by way of an old coworker. One day…


A short and sweet trends forecast from a data lead who lives this stuff

By Fernando Escobar, Data Lead at Loka, Inc.

Hi, I’m Fer. And for the better part of the last decade, I’ve specialized in data analysis and data engineering for Fortune 500s and Series-A Startups. Here’s what I see coming our way in 2021.

When I think about how I’d define data, many things come to mind. It’s facts, it’s observations, it’s behaviors, all put together to be later referenced and analyzed.

When data is given a reason, a purpose, and starts answering questions, then it becomes information we can put to use.

Information can be descriptive (what happened?), and it…


There’s good reason for the Googles and Amazons of the world to share the wealth

By Melanie Ehrenkranz

We know that training powerful machine learning models takes a lot of time and massive computing power—and these things inherently cost a lot of money and take a toll on our planet. For computer science students interested in learning how to build off these models and progressing innovation in these spaces, the time and capital required are demoralizing roadblocks.

But if companies like Facebook and Google publish their pretrained models, the path toward developing their own deep learning models becomes pretty clear.

Daniel Larremore, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of…


Open-source tools designed to spotlight the carbon footprints of cloud storage

By Melanie Ehrenkranz

Much of our digital lives are in the cloud, a seemingly abstract digital space. But it’s not abstract—while the data is intangible, the storage centers where this data lives are very real in the physical world. They have a carbon footprint, a truth opening the door to new sustainability solutions.

“So far a huge amount of effort has gone toward trying to figure out how we design better algorithms to predict who should get a loan, or who should get bail, and is it ethical to have machines making these decisions,” Daniel Larremore, an assistant professor in…

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