What is Modbus and How Can You Benefit From it

If you’re looking for an easy to use, open serial communication protocol to implement with your electronic industrial devices, then you must have stumbled upon Modbus, at least once or twice.

Curious about what it is and how you can benefit from it? Many companies and developers have grown to love this open communication communication protocol, and use it extensively in programming the electronic industrial devices they work on.

Let’s take a look at what Modbus is, and how you can benefit from it.

What exactly is Modbus?
Modbus was developed in 1979 by Modicon, the company behind the first programmable logic controller. In tech terms, it is a serial communication protocol.

In other words, Modbus is a way for electronic industrial devices communicate with each other. It allows information to be transmitted over serial lines between electronic devices. Devices can request information, as well as supply it.

Devices that request information using Modbus are called Modbus Slaves. Modbus Masters can even write information to Modbus Slaves.

It should be noted that there can be one Master per Modbus network, but there can be up to 247 Slaves. Each Slave has their own unique address.

How much does Modbus cost and how is it used?
When Modbus was created, it was released to the public, making it an open protocol. This means that companies and developers are built into their networks and build into their equipment without paying royalties.

This fact has made Modbus the most commonly used electronic industrial devices are connected. Regardless of the industry, your organization is in, Modbus can be used to help automate network communication.

There are also various versions available from Modbus that are used to address specific needs an organization. For example, Modbus TCP is used for Ethernet, and Modbus RTU and Modbus ASCII for serial lines.

How can Modbus help my company?
Modbus is great for any company within the manufacturing industry – regardless of what you manufacture. Your organization can benefit from Modbus, because it allows quick and efficient communication between devices in a network.

A scenario in which Modbus could be used in transmitting control devices and sending them back to a main control device.

A practical application of this would be an electronic industrial system that measures air pressure and transmits them back to a computer for analysis. Another way that it can be used is connecting a supervisory system to the remote terminal units in a supervisory control and data acquisition system.

If your company has a real need for data collection and transmission to a main computer, or if it actively uses a supervisory control and data acquisition system then Modbus is definitely a serial transmission protocol worth exploring.

Those two scenarios are just a fraction of the possibility that Modbus is used in your company’s network. With Modbus, the possibilities for innovation and simplification are endless.

Beginner Guide to Using Reddit

Beginner Guide to Using Reddit

This is called the ‘front page of the internet’, so wanting to get involved with the Reddit community is completely understandable.

But when you land on the homepage for the first time, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Reddit is a site with its own rules, structure, and language.

If you want to get into Reddit action, read this quick guide and learn the ropes before you jump.

So what is Reddit?

Reddit is a content democracy based on a voting system. This is the place to learn the latest news and find a sense of community.

Once you start using it, you’ll find that Reddit is more culture than a site, which means it will be difficult to understand on the first day. Like turning on the first day of school and hoping to get into the direct click of the bat.

There are lots of community jokes and referrals, and although this may be a bit surprising at first, it’s the same thing that will make you feel part of an increasingly close family.

How does Reddit work?

Subreddits
This is the channel in Reddit. If you’re new, you’ll automatically subscribe to top subreddits, like Technology, Music, and Games. As you continue to use Reddit, you will find more subreddit to subscribe.

Multireddits Beginner Guide to Using Reddit
This is a customizable group so you can enter your subdocument. They will sit neatly in your side bar so you can easily get to the destination you want.

Upvoting
Help improve items with upvoting. If they get enough upvotes, they will appear on the Reddit homepage.

Downvoting
If something is not helpful or interesting, you can give it a downvote.

Score
The number of upvotes and downvotes on the item will affect the overall score. The score is between the up and down arrows. The number of upvotes minus the number of downvotes gives you the item’s score.

Karma
Karma is obtained when you continue to use Reddit. This is based on the amount of upvotes and downvotes that have been collected and your comments since you opened your account.

Learn Reddit Lingo Beginner Guide to Using Reddit

We are not joking when we say that Redditor has their own language. Here’s how to crack the code:

TL; DR – Too long, unreadable
If someone has installed a wall of text, it is not uncommon to see this in response.

HIFW – How do I feel when …
Use this along with a GIF that expresses your extreme emotional reaction to a given subject.

FTFY – Stay that for you
Usually used when a person defeats or exceeds a claim made by another Redditor.

OP – original poster
This is used when referring to the person who originally started the thread or the post in question.

ITT – In this thread
Use this when you want to generalize the community within a certain thread.

Before you post …

Do not forget to polish your Reddiquette. Do not spam and never ask others to upvote your content. Each subreddit has its own rules to follow, so do not forget to check out this before you post.

Lose Yourself in Delft’s World Famous Pottery and Painting

Lose Yourself in Delft’s World Famous Pottery and Painting

One thing is for certain: there is nothing in the world quite like Dutch art and craftsmanship. It’s no wonder, then, that Delft, a 750-year-old town, is so famous for its painting and pottery, which is why it makes the perfect final stop on the tour aboard Panache when you’re barging in Holland.
When you lay your eyes on Delft’s historic streets and picturesque canals, you’ll understand why so many great painters and crafters were inspired to recreate them in their masterpieces. The town gave its name to the Delft School, which saw artists such as Pieter de Hoogh, Carel Fabritius and Nicolaes Maes pass through its doors. But perhaps the town’s most famous son was Johannes Vermeer, whose paintings can be found all over the world.

 

Johannes Vermeer

Vermeer’s paintings offer an extraordinary glimpse into what life was like for the people of Delft in the seventeenth century. While Vermeer’s greatest creation is widely considered to be the Girl with a Pearl Earring, it is also awe-inspiring to see the scenery that inspired his portrayals of everyday life firsthand.

Potter About Delft’s History

The Netherlands’ history is rich with arts and culture, and Delft’s is no different. The local pottery industry reaches back more than three centuries to the country’s prosperous trade relationship with China. The activities of the Dutch East India Trading Company brought valuable Chinese porcelain back to Dutch shores, which sparked a love affair with the craft.

However, trading fell off with the death of the Wanli Emperor in 1620. Dutch potters began to experiment with techniques that would imitate the highly desirable porcelain. They developed thin earthenware that they first covered with a white glaze, followed by a clear one. The beautiful blue surfaces that were produced looked similar to Chinese porcelain, and the brilliant colour came to be known as ‘Delft blue’.

A huge disaster in the town resulted in the decline of the brewing industry, but strengthened that of local pottery. In 1654, The Thunderclap, a gunpowder explosion that destroyed large parts of the town and killed and wounded many people, meant that potters were able to take advantage of the breweries that had been left empty to expand their factories and output.

Over the next 100 years, the Delft pottery grew and grew to the legacy it still holds today. On your visit, be sure to stop by the Royal Delft Pottery, which is the town’s last remaining earthenware factory. Here potters lovingly handcraft everything you see. Why not take home the perfect memento of your time barging in Holland?

Final Stop

For all of these reasons and many more, Delft is the ideal final destination on board Panache. There is arguably no better way to experience the local heritage and culture than by barging in Holland.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of luxury all-inclusive barge holidays. If you’re looking for a unique holiday experience, European Waterways can take you barging in Holland, France, Italy and other wonderful destinations in Europe. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

7 Plants that Improve the Air Quality of Your Home

 

Dark gray smoke clouds emitted from tall buildings, surrounded by a never-ending stream of cars and trucks.

That’s the image that the average person will be cyclical about when asked to describe air pollution.

Although this air pollution picture is true and threatening, many people do not realize that it does not accurately describe the worst air quality you may experience every day.

So where is the worst air quality?

Maybe in your own living room.

Right. Your own simple living quarters can be contaminated with stagnant and poorly ventilated air. Trapped without a place to go, this air creates havoc on your home and your health with invisible clouds of toxicity.

In fact, according to the EPA, indoor air pollution levels are generally 2 to 5 times greater than outdoor pollution levels. Unsuspecting perpetrators such as furniture, candles, air fresheners, household cleaners containing chemicals, and even all printers combine to make your home a pollution playground.

The sad news: is there any way to fix it?

Yes! This is Mother Nature to save her.

Apparently, there are several types of plants that can act as natural air filters for your home!

How?

When plants absorb carbon dioxide, they also give us the main solid by taking some other nasty particles out of the air at the same time. Small microbes present in certain plant soils also work to clear the air, according to NASA.

Not to mention the plants also make some nice home decor.

Let’s look at the top seven plants that produce the best natural air filter.

1. Boston Fern
Boston ferns reign supreme when dealing with formaldehyde, a by-product of cleaners and chemical paints, among others.

And it’s also a beautiful killer job in handling benzene and xylene, the pollutants that are in the car’s crawling exhaust inside the house from the attached garage.

The plants are a little high maintenance, but caring for them can certainly be done.

They like moisture and prefer watering on ordinary food. This can be daily, depending on the moisture and moisture levels in your home.

Boston fern grows with high humidity, indirect light, and a good soak a month.

2. Spider Plants
If you are just beginning to test your green thumbs, spider plants are a great place to start. Honestly, you should try to kill this plant.

Spider plants do a great job in combating some of the most common domestic air pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene, solvents used in the printing, rubber and leather industries.

These plants are also pet friendly and almost easy to grow back because they stay alive. All you need to do is cut one of the “spiders” and put it in a new pot.

Spider plants like cool to warm temperatures, indirect sunlight, and dry soil.

3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is one plant that has so many superpowers that practically deserves its own post.

This easy-to-grow relief helps your home say goodbye to formaldehyde and benzene.

It can do more than just clean the air.

Aloe vera can also help heal wounds and burns, soothes skin irritation, reduces constipation, moisturizes hair and scalp, aids digestion, and boosts the immune system. All you have to do is open one of the leaves and utilize the gel inside.

In fact, people have used the magical power of aloe vera for thousands of years. The Egyptians even refer to it as “the plant of immortality.”

This hardworking factory loves the sun and makes perfect pieces of decoration on the coffee table or kitchen window.

4. Peace Lily
Do not be confused with his name. This plant is something that is not peaceful when it comes to eliminating harmful air pollutants.

Peaceful daffodils are able to eliminate the three most volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, and also do considerable work against the toluene and xylene, compounds found in many household products.

Another relatively low-maintenance plant, peaceful lilies just need a little shade and weekly watering to flourish. Moreover, this plant gives you a friendly warning when it needs watering by sagging its lids.

Realize, however, that leaves can be toxic to pets and children.

5. Chrysanthemum
Want to give your home a splash of color?

Enter the chrysanthemum. Plant

The Role of the Charles Darwin Foundation

 

The Role of the Charles Darwin Foundation

The Galapagos Islands have become a highly aspirational destination for wildlife lovers and those interested in the history and geology of our planet. Thousands of visitors arrive every year to embark on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos, for the opportunity to encounter the unique species of flora and fauna for which it has become famous.
There are few places more important than this remote archipelago in terms of evolutionary biology. It is here that British naturalist Charles Darwin arrived in 1835 (as part of his five-year voyage of discovery) to collect and study the specimens that would lead to the formulation of his theory of natural selection. In fact, it’s possible that the rest of the world would never even have heard of the region had it not been for the monumental discoveries of Darwin, which revolutionised our understanding of the natural world.

 

The Charles Darwin Foundation

In 1959, a team of conservationists established the Charles Darwin Foundation to “provide unique scientific solutions” to protect and preserve the islands. The foundation is a not-for-profit organisation working closely with the Ecuadorian government to promote and secure the conservation of the habitat and wildlife of the islands.

With the support of UNESCO, almost 60 years later the dedicated team at the foundation continues to work to raise awareness on a local and global level of the need to conserve this unique and fascinating area.

The Research Station

At some point in their itinerary, every visitor on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. Established in 1964, the station is administered by the CDF and operates as an active breeding centre for the Giant Tortoises, one of the highest-profile animals in the archipelago. Visitors can see the tortoises at every stage of their growth – from hatchlings to the massive full-grown adults.

The valuable research undertaken by scientists, naturalists and conservationists at the CDRS includes specimen collection and archival work, monitoring wild populations, breeding programmes, and developing innovations into the sustainability of the region.

The National Park Directorate

The Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) began operating in 1968, working with the foundation to establish the 14 rules of sustainability and responsibility, which all visitors are expected to respect. Working together, the GNPD and the CDF discovered the last remaining Giant Tortoise on Pinta Island, who came to be known as Lonesome George.

Other Work

Some of the other important conservation projects the CDF has helped to facilitate over the past 60 years include:

? The recognition by UNESCO of the GNP as a Natural Heritage Site for Humanity and a Biosphere Reserve ? Establishment of a scholarship for Ecuadorian students, many of whom have gone on to work on local conservation projects in the archipelago ? Repatriation and breeding programme for the Land Iguana ? Launch of Project Isabela (which covered the restoration of Isabela and Pinta ? Establishment of the Environmental Education Centres on Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobel ? Successful extension of the World Heritage designation to encompass the Marine Reserve

Recognition of Service

The valuable work of the CDF has been recognised by a slew of international conservation awards, including the prestigious BBVA award from Spain and the Cosmos International Award from Japan. In addition it has been bestowed with the highest honour of Distinguished Achievement in Biology from the Society of Conservation.

Support for Conservation

Those who explore the region on a wildlife cruise in Galapagos can be confident that supporting sustainable ecotourism to the region helps to raise awareness of the valuable work undertaken by the CDF and the other agencies that administer the islands. If visitors commit to travelling mindfully and respecting the rules of the GNPD throughout their stay, this “living laboratory” will survive for future generations to enjoy.

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

Cruising the Waterways: Spontaneous Moments and Cultural Experiences

For the uninitiated, the idea of a barge holiday may seem like an odd way to see a country. However, ask anyone who has travelled the waterways of Europe and they will explain with gusto the beauty of cruising through foreign landscapes, tasting gourmet food and wine and learning about local culture and customs.
A barge holiday offers an intimate and immersive way to explore a new place. Not only will you get a novel perspective of the landscape from your position on the water, you will gain inimitable insights from experiences catered to your own tastes and interests.

 

Spontaneous Moments

Though a barge holiday with European Waterways is always meticulously planned, the gentle rhythm of travel allows plenty of time to become acquainted with some of the more unusual aspects of a country or region. Of course, we enjoy showing guests iconic architecture and famous landmarks, we know that they equally appreciate unplanned, authentic moments where they can truly connect to people and places.

This is what we call an ‘insider experience’: an experience possibly unique to the small group of people travelling on your hotel barge creating a memory you will cherish forever.

We love spontaneous moments in which our guests can form relationships with people they meet along the journey. For example, one memorable afternoon our guests were treated to a private tour of a Burgundian lock-keeper’s immaculate garden and cottage before being asked to share a glass of Pastis. They bravely joined him in a game of boules and though our guests played valiantly they were thoroughly beaten by the locals! In the past, our holiday-makers have received a tour of the beautifully tended grounds of a Scottish castle and given a knowledgeable talk by the head gardener.

As many of our guests are wine connoisseurs, we often seek out interesting wine-related adventures. One fortunate group were shown round a beautiful Renaissance castle by the owner himself. The count then took his fascinated visitors down into his excellent wine cellar – we were all very envious! There is also a certain wooden boat on the River Loire well-known to our guests. The hospitable owner is very happy to share a carafe of crisp white wine with his passengers.

Cultural Experiences

We try and lead our guests away from the typical tourist haunts and introduce them to locals whenever possible. From master clockmakers in Holland to builders in a Thames-side boatyard, these craftsmen always have stories to tell and are a fantastic way to tap into the rich history of the waterways. We encourage an appreciation of traditional values and skills – whether the job is the manoeuvring of delicate cogwheels or the creation of an entire vessel, you’ll be impressed! Meeting and learning from locals is one of the best ways to gain a comprehensive cultural knowledge of a region that a guide book just couldn’t deliver.

If you crave a real understanding of the places you visit then maybe a barge holiday is just what you’re looking for.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holiday itineraries. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Canadian Trademark 101: What You Need To Know

Every new business owner has a million things to think about.

While it’s easy to ignore, one of the most important things to consider when getting started is the trademark for your service.

Just as the legal process of registering a trademark may seem confusing and complicated.

This article will simplify the process for you and guide you through how to register a trademark in Canada.

Why Getting Trademarks?
You are not required to legally register a trademark in Canada.

So why bother?

Registering a trademark is a proactive move that can avoid many headaches for your business in the future.

Benefits of registering trademarks include:

Exclusive national use
Prevent competitors
Benefits with customs
You can trade a variety of things, including logos, images, holograms, sounds, scents, tastes, and more.

How to Register a Trademark in Canada
Below is a general overview of important steps to register a trademark in Canada. When registering your own trademark, you should always consult a professional trademark service to make sure everything is working properly.

Make sure your trademark is different from others in the market
Complete the trademark application
The online form can be found on the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) website
You must include an official image if your trademark includes anything other than words or words.
Pay the archiving fee
Fees may vary, but the current costs for the entire process can be found here
Patiently waiting
After You Submit Your Application
The Government of Canada takes the trademark process very seriously and measures are taken to ensure that your trademark does not conflict with pre-registered trademarks.

First, the thorough search and examination of CIPO records of existing trademarks has been completed.

If no conflicting trademarks are found then your application will be published in the Trade-mark Journal.

If no opposition is voiced within two months of issue, CIPO will approve your request and you will have to pay additional registration fee.

Upon payment, you will receive a registered registration certificate and a registered trademark will be yours.

Retain Your Trademark
At the time of writing of this article, trademarks in Canada may be registered for 15 years.

Over the 15 year period, you must pay an extension fee to save your trademark rights.

Trademark Policy
In addition to updating your trademark, you are also fully responsible for policing your trademark after registration is complete.

If you know of any other individuals or businesses that use your trademark without your permission, you must take legal action to stop it.

It’s important to protect your trademark.

If your business or copycat manages to arrive at the point where your trademark is considered a generic term, you may risk losing your trademark.

This process is known as genericization and is not uncommon.

It happens with brands like Zipper, Kleenex, and Xerox.

It’s up to you to make sure it does not happen to your brand.

Start
Now that you have a better understanding of how to register a trademark in Canada, it’s time to move.

Develop your trademark and start today!

5 Times You Want To Assess Your Life Insurance

There are times in your life that you need to review your life insurance to make sure you are adequately covered and you have the right policies for your circumstances.

Failing to reevaluate your needs can mean that you will earn money under insurance – something that many American families face, with an average insurance gap of almost $ 320,000.

This is the main event that should trigger reevaluation:

1. Marriage and Divorce
If your spouse will rely on your income for their current standard of living, you may need to increase insurance coverage to meet their expenses and pay off all major debts like your mortgage.

You and your spouse need to take the time to evaluate your life insurance expectations based on your current finances. If one of you already has children, you may need to discuss whether you should be added as a beneficiary of their life insurance policy.

While many people get married in their 20s, the average age for the second marriage is 32.6 for women and 35.2 for men. Life insurance will be different for people in the second marriage, especially if there are children steps to consider. Former spouses should normally be issued as beneficiaries, and you also need to consider child payments and any benefit payments.

If you are divorced, you may want to review your beneficiaries and ensure that any child you have with you will still have adequate support.

2. Expect or Adopt Children
Adding a child to a family is usually one of the biggest triggers for uninsured people to buy life insurance. If you already have a policy, you should update your insurance.

Typically, you need to add to your cover, protecting your children’s financial future. This will ensure that their living and educational costs can be covered if you continue while they are still dependent on you.

3. New House or Job
When you change jobs, you may find that your new employer may offer more or less insurance from your last employer. This means you need to buy additional coverage or reduce your life insurance right now.

If your new job includes a raise, you may also want to increase your life insurance coverage. And if you buy a new home, you usually want to reevaluate your life insurance to cover the mortgage.

This will prevent your spouse or child from selling the house if they no longer have your income.

4. Pension
If your boss gives you life insurance, you’ll need to update coverage when you’re ready to retire. If you already have all life insurance, this can often help you cover pension costs.

If you are worried about the possibility of getting the insured, you can also see life insurance without medical examination. This policy will often be more expensive, because insurance companies are more risky.

5. Every year
Reviewing your life insurance does not take long. Mark one day on your calendar once a year to see your situation and make the necessary adjustments.

You may find that events you have not considered (such as adult children becoming independent or going to college) can mean that you no longer need that much insurance.

Why You Should Get a Vape Stater Kit and Start Vaping!

Vaping has become this generation’s biggest catch phrase. Vapers have become an entirely new genre of people sharing a similar interest.

No longer are kids smoking under the bleachers. No longer are adults needing to walk 500 feet away from their place of occupation to get a ‘smoke break’.

Vaping has become the safe middle ground that allows once-nicotine addicted individuals to appreciate the calming effects provided by the e-cigarette.

For many people, the act of smoking has always been about 2 actions: getting a nicotine fix and appreciating the calming effects associated with the act of smoking

Vaping has taken these two driving factors of smoking and created an alternate opportunity – just with a whole lot less nicotine.

Instead of waltzing into a niche and tar-filled cigarettes, vapers merely need a vape starter kit and a few e-juices to fit their fancy.

Get a Vape Starter Kit and Give Vaping a Try
Save some cash

Any avid smoker knows that buying a pack or a carton of cigarettes can become wildly expensive.

Depending on how much someone smokes, those little packs of cigarettes can make a huge dent in a budget!

Not so much with vaping!

Sure. There is a startup fee, but with only needing one vape starter kit – the savings begin immediately.

Become an expert

Vaping is not just a hobby or a way to unwind. Vaping has become a lifestyle choice.

Vape shops are popping up all over the world, and with those shops brings a type of vape aficionado status to those that appreciate all that vaping offers.

Knowing about vaping is one thing. Being an expert is a totally different approach to the growing vape phenomenon.

Plus, the world needs people to help clarify the differences between all the different vape starter kit options.

With names such as Smok Alien, Joyetech ATOPACK Penguin, Innokin Oceanus – understanding the differences between each vape starter kit takes an expert, for sure.

Hang with other vapers

Vaping has created a new type of community for people that smoke or just appreciate all that vaping has to offer.

Avid smokers can always strike up a conversation while on ‘smoke break’ or while standing outside of a non-smoking establishment.

The same is happening with vapers across the planet.

Stop smelling like smoke

For anyone who wanted to smoke but hated the lingering smell – vaping has eliminated that issue altogether.

Once the vape starter kit has been purchased, a world of flavor awaits.

There are hundreds of thousands of different e-juices available with varying levels of nicotine as well as zero nicotine.

That’s quite a bit more variety than the typical menthol and regular flavors of a regular cigarette.

The best part – NO lasting cigarette smell that sticks to clothing or skin.

Relax and enjoy life

One of the many highlights of the growing vaping population is the sheer relaxation of appreciating the e-cigarette lifestyle.

Vaping allows people to relax and enjoy life by continuing their smoke-like actions, just without the condemnation and judgment from nonsmokers.

For anyone choosing to lead a nicotine-inclusive lifestyle, and even for those that are not interested in nicotine at all – grab a vape starter kit and join a revolution of relaxers.

How Does Machine Learning Work?

How does machine learning work?

This may not be one of life’s big questions. But these days the artificial intelligence (AI) community is days.

The idea that you can actually learn. And you might wonder how do this without a brain.

Yes, machines do not have brains. Not like human brains, at least. But they are learning.

So Then How Does Machine Learning Work?
The notion of works might be a little unnerving. Especially if you were raised on sci-fi books and movies.

But machine learning is about as scary as a bobble head.

It’s much more similar to data mining than it is to evil robots taking over the world. In both systems, data is searched in an attempt to find patterns.

The difference is that with data mining, the data is extracted for the sake of human comprehension. Machine learning uses the data to find patterns and then adjusts programs according to actions patterns.

They’re algorithms.

And these machine learning algorithms can be used to either apply what has been learned in the past to new data, or to draw inferences from datasets.

Okay, so let’s put it in simpler terms.

Let’s say that you want to buy the best cotton candy machine on the market. You find what looks like the perfect model.

Then you search a little deeper and eventually land on the reviews for that perfect model. If words like “excellent,” “great” or “awesome fluffability” show up, you can feel confident about your move toward making a purchase.

On the other hand, if words like “bad,” “poor quality” or “caught on fire” keep appearing, you know it’s probably best to move on to a different machine. Or even scrap the idea and buy something less liable to rot out your teeth.

In either case, the reviews help you take action based on the pattern of words that appear in them. The buyers who wrote product reviews will influence other buyers.

And their reviews will have an influence on future purchases. From this, buy buyers of the product.

Machine learning attempts to encode this human decision-making process into usable algorithms.

That’s the simplest answer to how does machine learning work.

It’s important to understand that three conditions must be met before one can apply.

1. There must be a pattern in the input data to arrive at a conclusion.
For example, if we believed that the reviews did not offer any meaning, then they would not help us to make a decision.

For machine learning to solve a problem, the algorithm must have a pattern to infer from.

2. There has to be enough data to apply machine learning to a problem.
If there are no product reviews at all, it will be difficult to arrive at a decision as to whether to buy the product. Right?

3. We, humans, are unable to formulate a mathematical expression that describes the behavior of the problem.
This is the stuff that causes most human brains to implode.

So now machine learning is used to find meaning in the data and perform “learning” to come up with a mathematical approximation that describes the behavior of the problem.

That’s it in a nutshell.

In conclusion, machines are not taking over the world. Not yet.