Before I was working at Monolithai. It was a fun rewarding company and they recently got £8 million in investment. Don’t worry, I walked away from the startup with stock in the company. However, I has just written my first programming textbook and I was working out a second book deal on fusing Rust with Python in order to give the Python programming language a speed up on 96 times if software engineers wrote their speed chokepoints in Rust. This book has now been written and will be available at Amazon from the 21st of January onwards.
Coding at the New office
With Rust, I was really getting the itch go code on a lower level. Processing even bigger datasets and getting closer to systems programming. I then got a phone call from a recruiter. This isn’t new. With the market today, different recruiters usually message me at least once a week asking if I am up for working for one of their clients. However, this one stuck out. It was an open source foundation for calculating risk of financial loss due to disasters.
Right now, as it stands, there are only two companies in the world that do this sort of disaster modelling. As a result, they can charge millions in licensing fees and can lock users into platforms using a range of methods. However, companies in third world cannot really use the services, and there is a lack of competition for model suppliers in this field because once a company is locked into one of these platforms it’s very unlikely that they will change. This is where OasisLMF comes in. Here we are building an open source platform that anyone can download and use free of charge. This enables model developers to download and run risk simulations of disasters over geographical locations. As a result, any university of model developer can build on this platform and any customer can download the software and use the model to simulate risk. We’re cutting out the middleman and the payment goes directly to the model provider from the customer. What’s even cooler is that we have been working with the world bank and other institutions to offer free/low cost models.
So what’s for the future? I’ll be working on the second edition of my first book as there has been a lot of progression in the fast spaced field of Rust. I’m hoping one day it will slow down as the Rust programming language matures but this is the price you have to pay for being at the cutting edge. I’m going to have to keep running on this hamster wheel until then. I’m still keeping my hand in building medical simulation software and I’m also looking into the software development side of surgical robotics. This field has a lot of promise with the recent developments. As for now, this blog is going to be sparsely updated just as everything is starting to speed up and the amount of time I have left is getting smaller and smaller. I’m looking into cutting out more dead time where I can. I’m logging a lot of my tasks on trello, using hootsuite to automate my social media posts. I’m also carving away time to code a program that keeps track of my food stores, recipes, and generate shopping lists for the recipes I’ve picked. Will also look into selenium so I can automate my food purchasing. Life admin seems to be increasing so I need to keep on top of automating it.