Master Microsoft Power BI with My New Book: Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI

Alexander Loth holding his books Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI, Decisively Digital and Visual Analytics with Tableau

A Comprehensive, Fully Visual Guide to Data Visualization and Analytics

I am thrilled to announce the release of my latest book, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI – a comprehensive and fully visual guide to mastering Microsoft Power BI. This book is designed to help both beginners and experienced users improve their skills in data visualization and analytics using Power BI, a powerful tool that has become an industry standard. In this blog post, I’ll give you a sneak peek into the contents of the book and how it can help you become a Power BI pro.

Why Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI?

Power BI is a robust data visualization software that enables users to transform raw data into meaningful insights through stunning visuals. However, learning Power BI can be challenging, especially for those who are new to the world of data visualization. That’s where Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI comes in. The book adopts a visual learning approach, combining step-by-step instructions with clear screenshots to walk readers through the basic and advanced functions of Power BI.

What’s Inside Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI?

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI offers a comprehensive learning experience, covering a wide range of topics, including:

  1. Working with, transforming, and processing data sources: Learn how to connect to various data sources, clean and transform data, and create relationships between tables.
  2. Customizing data visualizations: Discover how to create informative and presentation-ready charts and graphs by customizing their appearance, colors, and interactivity.
  3. Advanced Power BI features: Explore app integrations, data access with DAX, and other advanced features that will help you get the most out of Power BI.
  4. Real-world examples and guidance: Apply your learnings to real-world scenarios with practical examples and expert tips throughout the book.

Who Can Benefit from Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI?

This book is suitable for a wide range of readers, including:

  1. Beginners: If you’re new to Power BI or data visualization, Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI provides an accessible introduction to help you get started.
  2. Intermediate users: For those with some experience in Power BI, the book offers valuable tips and advanced techniques to enhance your skills further.
  3. Professionals: Data analysts, business intelligence professionals, and managers can use this book to improve their data visualization and reporting capabilities using Power BI.

Get your copy today!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Power BI is a must-have resource for anyone looking to master Microsoft Power BI. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced user, this book offers valuable insights and guidance to help you harness the full potential of this powerful data visualization tool. Don’t miss out – grab your copy today and embark on your journey towards becoming a Power BI pro!

Discover the Power of Honest Data Visualization: Elevate Your Data Storytelling Skills with The Truthful Art

Truthful Art, The: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication
Truthful Art, The: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication

Welcome to the #datamustread book club, where we dive into the world of data with compelling and informative reads. This month, I’ve chosen a book that will revolutionize the way you approach data visualization: The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo. In this blog post, I’ll provide you with an in-depth look at the book and its valuable lessons, as well as examples and anecdotes that demonstrate its relevance to data enthusiasts like you.

Unleashing the Storytelling Potential of Data

The Truthful Art delves into the principles and practices of data visualization, teaching you how to create graphical representations of information that are both effective and honest. By viewing data visualization as a tool for communication, the book emphasizes its potential to convey stories, arguments, and insights to a diverse audience.

A Comprehensive Guide to Data Visualization

This book provides readers with a deep understanding of data analysis, design, storytelling, and the ethical and practical challenges that accompany working with data. Throughout the book, Alberto draws from his experience as a journalist, professor, and consultant to offer practical advice and insights on creating and evaluating data visualizations.

Learn from Real-World Examples and Exercises

What sets The Truthful Art apart from other data visualization resources is its use of real-world examples and exercises. The book goes beyond theoretical concepts by demonstrating how to apply these ideas to your own projects. This hands-on approach ensures that you can readily implement the techniques you learn, making your data visualizations more effective and honest.

A Manifesto for the Truthful Art of Data Communication

The Truthful Art is more than just a guide to data visualization. It’s a call to action, urging readers to think critically and creatively about data and communicate their findings in a clear and compelling way. The book challenges you to reflect on your biases and assumptions and to consider the ethical implications of your work.

Don’t Miss This Essential Read for Data Enthusiasts

If you’re passionate about data visualization and want to take your skills to the next level, The Truthful Art is a must-read. By offering valuable insights, practical examples, and a focus on ethics, this book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to use data to inform, persuade, or inspire others.

Ready to dive into The Truthful Art and transform your approach to data visualization? Order your copy today and support both me and the author in our quest to spread the power of honest data visualization.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this LinkedIn post:

Mit fraenk ins Telekom-Netz: bis zu 55GB für nur 10€ inklusive EU-Roaming+Schweiz und WLAN-Call!

Screenshot von der fraenk-App auf einem iPhone zeigt: "Hallo Alexander, Dein Datenvolumen: 12 / 12 GB übrig"
Ich nutze fraenk selbst seit einigen Jahren. Ab sofort mit Extra-Datenvolumen verfügbar!

Werbung. Wollt ihr euren Smartphone-Tarif auf das nächste Level bringen? Dann ist der fraenk-Tarif genau das Richtige für euch! Profitiert jetzt von bis zu 55 GB Datenvolumen für nur 10 Euro pro Monat – inklusive EU-Roaming und Schweiz.

Mit der aktuellen fraenk for friends-Aktion könnt ihr ordentlich Datenvolumen abstauben: Werbt bis zu 15 Freunde und sichert euch pro geworbenem Freund satte 3 GB zusätzlich (dauerhaft!) – das macht bis zu 45 GB extra! Als geworbener Neukunde startet ihr sogar mit 10 GB statt 7 GB. Insgesamt könnt ihr also bis zu 55 GB im Monat ohne Aufpreis nutzen!

Jetzt den fraenk-Tarif buchen

fraenk ist aktuell besonders attraktiv: Mehr Datenvolumen und extra Bonus für geworbene Freunde!

Der fraenk-Tarif ist außerdem perfekt für Reisende: Dank EU-Roaming inklusive Schweiz könnt ihr auch im Ausland unbeschwert surfen und telefonieren. Und mit WLAN-Call bleibt ihr sogar weltweit mit Freunden und Familie in Kontakt!

Die wichtigsten Features des fraenk-Tarifs im Überblick:

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Ich selbst bin seit Jahren bei fraenk und mit dem Tarif sehr zufrieden, das Telekom-Netz funktioniert für mich seitdem überall in Deutschland sehr gut. Wenn ihr mir eine Freude machen wollt, nutzt ALEL19 als Code, um euer Datenvolumen zu erhöhen – davon profitieren beide Seiten!

Nutzt die Chance und sichert euch diesen unschlagbaren Tarif! Die fraenk for friends-Aktion läuft bis zum 6. Juni 2023. Zögert nicht länger und bucht jetzt euren fraenk-Tarif über die fraenk-App. Reist sorglos durch Europa, bleibt weltweit in Kontakt und genießt euer Datenvolumen, wo auch immer ihr seid!

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Celebrating 30,000 Followers on LinkedIn – Thank You!

My LinkedIn profile when reaching 30,000 followers. Thank you very much!
My LinkedIn profile when reaching 30,000 followers. Thank you very much!

I am thrilled to announce that my LinkedIn account has now reached a milestone of 30,000 followers! This incredible achievement comes after delivering my inspiring ACM talk on the fascinating world of Generative AI.

Also, I am truly grateful for the support on the 400-page 📘 Decisively Digital  (➡️ Amazon) and the encouragement of each and every one of you, and I want to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you.

As many of you know, my passions lie in the realms of data, AI, and digital technology. Sharing my insights, experiences, and expertise with this wonderful community has been an absolute pleasure. I am incredibly fortunate to have connected with such an extraordinary group of like-minded individuals who share the same zeal and drive for continuous learning and growth.

One of the most rewarding ways I have connected with our community is through the #datamustread book club. Witnessing the engagement and participation from so many of you in reading the selected books and engaging in insightful conversations on how data and analytics can make a significant impact in the world has been truly amazing.

I eagerly anticipate reading your thoughts and ideas, as well as continuing to engage and connect with this remarkable community. Thank you once more for your unwavering support, and cheers to reaching the next 30,000 followers and beyond!

The Rise of Generative AI: Revolutionizing Innovation and Enhancing Human Collaboration

Alexander Loth speaking at German Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) on March 24, 2023.
The Rise of Generative AI (photo by Bernd Vellguth)

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting a talk for the German Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). The session sparked lively discussions and elicited numerous thought-provoking questions from our engaged audience.

Following the talk, I was inspired by a conversation to leverage the power of GPT-4 and create an automatically generated summary of the Microsoft Teams transcript. This approach not only streamlines information sharing but also showcases the practical applications of advanced AI technology.

Below, I will share the key insights generated by GPT-4 and also include some captivating images from the event:

In my talk, I drew inspiration from my book Decisively Digital, which discusses the impact of AI on society. I shared about the innovative projects underway at Microsoft’s AI for Good Lab. In light of GPT-4’s recent launch, I also highlighted our mission to leverage technology to benefit humanity.

Alexander Loth presenting his book Decisively Digital
AI’s impact on society discussed in Decisively Digital: From Creating a Culture to Designing Strategy. John Wiley & Sons. (photo by Gerhard Müller)

By harnessing Generative AI, we can stimulate the creation of innovative ideas and accelerate the pace of advancement. This cutting-edge technology is already transforming industries by streamlining drug development, expediting material design, and inspiring novel hypotheses. AI’s ability to identify patterns in vast datasets empowers humans to uncover insights that might have gone unnoticed.

For instance, researchers have employed machine learning to predict chemical combinations with the potential to improve car batteries, ultimately identifying promising candidates for real-world testing. AI can efficiently sift through and analyze extensive information from diverse sources, filtering, grouping, and prioritizing relevant data. It can also generate knowledge graphs that reveal associations between seemingly unrelated data points, which can be invaluable for drug research, discovering novel therapies, and minimizing side effects.

“Now is the time to explore how Generative AI can augment our thinking and facilitate more meaningful interactions with others.”

At the AI for Good Lab, we are currently employing satellite imagery and generative AI models for damage assessment in Ukraine, with similar initiatives taking place in Turkey and Syria for earthquake relief. In the United States, our focus is on healthcare, specifically addressing discrepancies and imbalances through AI-driven analysis.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion centers on fostering digital equality by expanding broadband access, facilitating high-speed internet availability, and promoting digital skills development. Additionally, we are dedicated to reducing carbon footprints and preserving biodiversity. For example, we collaborate with the NOAH organization to identify whales using AI technology and have developed an election propaganda index to expose the influence of fake news. Promising initial experiments using GPT-4 showcase its potential for fake news detection.

Alexander Loth: "We live in a rapidly changing world, facing big challenges."
“We live in a rapidly changing world, facing big challenges.” (photo by Gerhard Müller)

While ChatGPT currently cannot crawl websites directly, it is built upon a training set of crawled data up to September 2021. In the near future, the integration of plugins will empower ChatGPT to perform real-time website crawling, enhancing its ability to deliver relevant, up-to-date information, and sophisticated mathematics. This same training set serves as the foundation for the GPT-4 model.

GPT-4 demonstrates remarkable reasoning capabilities, while Bing Chat offers valuable references for verifying news stories. AI encompasses various machine learning algorithms, including computer vision, statistical classifications, and even software that can generate source code. A notable example is the Codex model, a derivative of GPT-3, which excels at efficiently generating source code.

Microsoft has a long-standing interest in AI and is dedicated to making it accessible to a wider audience. The company’s partnership with OpenAI primarily focuses on the democratization of AI models, such as GPT and DALL-E. We have already integrated GPT-3 into Power BI and are actively developing integrations for Copilot across various products, such as Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Teams. Microsoft Graph is a versatile tool for accessing XML-based objects in documents and generating results using GPT algorithms.

Hardware, particularly GPUs, has played a pivotal role in the development of GPT-3. For those interested in experimenting with Generative AI on a very technical level, I recommend Stable Diffusion, which is developed by LMU Munich. GPT-3’s emergence created a buzz, quickly amassing a vast user base and surpassing the growth of services like Uber and TikTok. Sustainability remains a crucial concern, and Microsoft is striving to achieve a CO2-positive status.

Despite its potential, GPT-3 has also garnered criticism due to its dual-use nature and potential negative societal repercussions. Some concerns include the possibility of automated hacking, photo manipulation, and the spread of fake news. To ensure responsible AI development, numerous efforts are being undertaken to minimize reported biases in the GPT models. By actively working on refining algorithms and incorporating feedback from users and experts, developers can mitigate potential risks and promote a more ethical and inclusive AI ecosystem.

Moving forward, it is essential to maintain open dialogue and collaboration between AI developers, researchers, policymakers, and users. This collaborative approach will enable us to strike a balance between harnessing the immense potential of AI technologies like GPT and ensuring the protection of society from unintended negative consequences.

Alexander Loth is discussing Microsoft‘s responsible AI principles: fairness, reliability & safety, privacy & security, and inclusiveness, underpinned by transparency and accountability.
Microsoft‘s responsible AI principles: fairness, reliability & safety, privacy & security, and inclusiveness, underpinned by transparency and accountability. (photo by Gerhard Müller)

GPT-3.5 closely mimics human cognition. However, GPT-4 transcends its forerunner with its remarkable reasoning capabilities and contextual understanding. GPT models leverage tokens to establish and maintain the context of the text, ensuring coherent and relevant output. The GPT-4-32K model boasts an impressive capacity to handle 32,000 tokens, allowing it to process extensive amounts of text efficiently. To preserve the context and ensure the continuity of the generated text, GPT-4 employs various strategies that adapt to different tasks and content types.

One of GPT-4’s defining features is its robust foundation in common sense reasoning. This attribute significantly contributes to its heightened intelligence, enabling the AI model to generate output that is not only coherent but also demonstrates a deep understanding of the subject matter. As GPT-4 continues to evolve and refine its capabilities, it promises to revolutionize the field of artificial intelligence, expanding the horizons of what AI models can achieve and paving the way for future breakthroughs in the realm of generative AI.

Comparisons between GPT-4 and GPT-3 show the superior performance of the former in various tasks. Finally, I will present the results of my live Twitter poll asking the audience about the feasibility of achieving Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). Nearly half of the respondents are of the opinion that AGI is achievable within the next five years.

Alexander Loth discussing the results of the live Twitter survey: 47.8% predict the emergence of AGI is possible within the next 5 years
Results of the live Twitter survey: 47.8% predict the emergence of AGI is possible within the next 5 years (photo by Bernd Vellguth)

In the near future, advanced tools like ChatGPT will elucidate intricate relationships without requiring us to sift through countless websites and articles, further amplifying the transformative impact of Generative AI.

I appreciate the opportunity to share my insights at the German Chapter of the ACM.

The slides of my talk are available on ResearchGate.

Did you enjoy this GPT-generated summary of my talk?

Leveraging GPT-4 to generate a summary of my talk was an exciting experiment, and I have to admit, the results are impressive. GPT was able to provide a brief overview of the key takeaways from my talk.

Now, I would love to hear about your experiences with GPT. What are your experiences with GPT so far? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this LinkedIn post: