Using Xcode for OpenCV projects

OpenCV is the most mature computer vision library in the world. Xcode is the best IDE on macOS. OpenCV is written in C++ and various bindings (first- and third-party) exist for most popular language. I prefer to work in C++. Although Xcode has excellent support for C++ projects, getting it to play nicely with OpenCV is rather tricky.

Kubernetes

Kubernetes is a software system that allows one to easily deploy and manage containerised application on top of it. Its aim is to provide best possible utilisation of your hardware (metal and virtual) resources while still maintaining complete isolation of hosted applications.

Containers

When an application comprises a handful of large components only, it's completely acceptable to give a dedicated virtual machine (VM) to each component and isolate their environments by giving each their own operating system instance.

Comparing algorithms

Algorithms are instructions on how to perform a task. Not all algorithms are created equal. Some are fast, some are excruciatingly slow. Most algorithms are affected by the size of the input (typically denoted by n). The first step to improve code performance is to measure it.

On Chinese state capitalism

One thing you learn from spending time studying China is that the Chinese state has an asymmetric advantage in much better understanding the US than the US understands China and being very good at deliberately structuring their systems and policies in a way that consistently exploits the weaknesses in how Western liberal democracies are organised.