Join #Wikibon @Wikibon #ActionItem CrowdChat “AI and Hybrid Cloud Storage,” tomorrow Wed May 29 12noon-1pm EDT https://www.crowdchat.net/actionitem with me @sarbjeetjohal @joemckendrick @ballen_clt and other experts
"Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s" (http://ow.ly/mZ7B30oQbzu ) JK--The only one of these that I remember is Mosaic. Nobody feels nostalgia for ancient browsers. I doubt that anyone is nostalgic for Netscape either.
"Data Challenges Are Halting AI Projects, IBM Executive Says" (http://ow.ly/Zjfw30oQaoM ) JK--Prepping and labeling the data for effective modeling of machine-learning apps is the unsexy but necessary front-end pipeline task. Here's me on automated labeling:
"What’s Next in Standards Setting for AI?" (http://ow.ly/ZKKY30oQado ) JK--Of course, NIST is dipping its toes in this too. Doesn't bode well. I recall a thoroughly futile long-running "big data" standardization exercise a few years ago. I loosely participated when I was at IBM.
Drove by George Washington’s childhood home yesterday with my lady friend. Stafford County VA. What’s kind of startling is that early in the 21st century it’s still in the boonies. He was smart to relocate to Fairfax County as an adult. We still rule!
RIP Murray Gell-Mann. Three quarks for Muster Mork from Ork. Na-no nanoparticles!
RT @KEXPNowPlaying #KEXP Wild Nothing “To Know You” from Life of Pause JK—2016. Great adrenaline kick to this one.
Enjoying my Memorial Day. Out biking. Exploring nearby Fairfax County parks. Oxygen is always the best pick-me-up. That, and beauty.
RIP Bart Starr. I just want to point out that the 1960s Green Bay Packers had players whose last names were Ringo and Starr. I don’t think this was a coincidence. Please back me up on this theory.
Join #Wikibon live #ActionItem CrowdChat “AI and Hybrid Cloud Storage,” Wed May 29 12noon-1pm EDT https://www.crowdchat.net/actionitem with @sarbjeetjohal @joemckendrick @ballen_clt myself and other @Wikibon analysts
Been a cooler-than-normal week in Las Vegas. It even rained. Must always remember to bring my umbrella and thermal underwear to the desert Southwest.
"5 Women to Watch in AI" (http://ow.ly/GKy830oOm4K ) JK--Why call attention to their gender? What purpose is served? Are they significantly better data scientists/developers/visionaries than the rest?
"'A.I., Captain': The Robotic Navy Ship of the Future" (http://ow.ly/bKbP30oOlWA ) JK--I'd be surprised if the warship of the future has than 5 people aboard--primarily to fix the AI that screws up and to zap physical/virtual pirates dead.
"How computing's first 'killer app' changed everything" (http://ow.ly/WgN530oOlNZ ) JK--Spreadsheets? No! Computing's 1st killer app was counting US census returns in < 10 years. Then it was balancing the books for big US corporations. Then calculating US DoD ballistic trajectories
"Google’s new AI can help you speak another language in your own voice" (http://ow.ly/TuH130oOlc6 ) JK--I don't need AI for that. If you spell it all out phonetically, I can fracture every human language in a thick American accent. I'm really good at butchering natural languages.
"Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears." (http://ow.ly/VHNa30oOkCg ) JK--I'll bet. Enforcing quality standards is tough work. I've heard that Kraft Foods' Cheez Whiz has an emotional meltdown when the stuff curdles wrong.
"Report slams police for using "garbage" data with facial recognition tools" (http://ow.ly/EXqh30oOjGB ) JK--Popular thinking is confused on this topic. Do people want facial recognition models trained on high-quality data, hence be accurate? Or on low-quality/less accurate?
"Hacktivist attacks dropped by 95% since 2015" (http://ow.ly/DpUj30oOj7n ) JK--Owing to the death of the Anonymous hacker collective and a sustained crackdown by law enforcement officials that have thinned out hacktivist ranks.
"Quantum computing is not cure-all for biz computing challenges" (http://ow.ly/w4ys30oOiNI ) JK--"Quantum computers are not very good at the 3 Rs—reading, writing and arithmetic." Unless of course, you train them to the tune of a quantum hickory stick. BTW, that "3 Rs" is R, W, & A
"Inside Microsoft's Vision for the Future of Windows, Office, and Work" (http://ow.ly/6LDO30oOgUK ) JK--Fine, but tell about that bicycle hanging high on that wall. Weightlifting challenge? Does the future of work involve reinforcing the wall so it doesn't come crashing down?
"Facebook stops blocking some blockchain ads" (http://ow.ly/r7Bf30oOgHF ) JK--That didn't even make any sense in the first place. Blockchain is a database. That's blocking ads for online analytic processing cubes. Ya got a problem with hyperledger tech? C'mon! Out with it!
In 2 weeks, catch me again in Las Vegas at PegaWorld. I'll be doing AWS Public Sector Summit in mid-June back in my DC neck of the woods. Then there's MongoDB World in NYC the following week, followed by Identiverse back in DC in end June. I like being immersed in industry events
I want to thank the good people of Informatica for the excellent experience at #INFA19. They continue to grow and innovate. They were one of the very 1st solution providers whose event I attended after switching my professional focus to data in 2006. Has it really been 13 years?
"Amazon pits warehouse workers against each other, eyes robot replacements with steel talons" (http://ow.ly/pTlZ30oOaO4 ) JK--Just in case the laid-off workers get any funny ideas about asking for their jobs back. You just don't mess with steel-taloned blue-collar robots.
#KEXP DJ Evie Cooke is on mic talking about her own struggles with addiction and successes in recovery. She is very brave to open up. Many people sweep such matters under the rug, making recovery even more difficult. Sadly, many people inherit susceptibility to addictive behavior
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Mad Season & Seattle Symphony "River of Deceit" from Sonic Evolution JK--2015. Soundgarden's late Chris Cornell on vocals. Grunge had the best damn male rock vocalists.
RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Mad Season "Wake Up" from Above JK--1995. Grunge supergroup: Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, lead singer Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees and bassist John Baker Saunders. Great dark-night-of-soul anguish.
At Informatica World, AI automates delivery of smart recommendations for hybrid-cloud data operations https://siliconangle.com/2019/05/22/informatica-world-ai-automates-delivery-smart-recommendations-hybrid-cloud-data-operations/ … via @SiliconANGLE
New jk #Wikibon #INFA19 article: "At Informatica World, AI automates delivery of smart recommendations for hybrid-cloud data operations" (http://ow.ly/j3QY30oNQem )
Very nice to see TDWI's Philip Russom at #INFA19. I've been virtual forever. He was one of the few peeps in my worklife who met Egidia. She accompanied me to SAS analyst summit in Steamboat Springs CO in Feb 2010. He offered condolences. He saw for himself the great lady she was
Informatica's depth of hybrid-cloud integration--with AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud--is the most noteworthy theme from announcements at #INFA19. Deepening your investment in Informatica's portfolio ensures you can adopt the public cloud you wish without friction.
CLAIRE drives automated next-best action recommendations for reference data management in #Informatica Reference 360 solution. Augments the productivity of human data stewards to do this work. Relationship graphs and interactive visualizations. #INFA19
What I about #Informatica keynotes are the extensive demos. Even when I can't make out the tiny words and pictures on the screen the person doing the demo self-narrates very well. I don't need to squint as that. #INFA19
#AI is the new #BI, says Informatica CEO Anil Chakravarthy. Everything that made BI successful is a key ingredient for AI. #INFA19
Waiting for the day one keynote at #INFA19 to begin. Somebody on stage playing an electric violin. We're all out here in the audience fiddling with our gadgets. Hoedown!
"Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 drops to $999 and adds Qualcomm’s XR1" (http://ow.ly/UcD730oN25f ) JK--I won't even consider acquiring spectacles of that sort until vendors figure out how I can wear them over the glasses I wear for my myopia. I'm not the only nearsighted person
"Are there any positives from the first year of GDPR?" (http://ow.ly/vLUW30oN1X4 ) JK--"The run-up to GDPR...resulted in many companies deleting parts of their marketing databases on the back of disastrous re-consent campaigns to a fatigued population."
"10 best toolkits for blockchain programming" (http://ow.ly/tGMo30oN1Nc ) JK--Hyperledgers are becoming the distributed data thread within so much of the world's e-commerce, community, and middleware fabrics. Tools these drive them into apps of every kind.
"What Uber Is Looking For in a Cost-Effective Urban Transport Vehicle" (http://ow.ly/iZuS30oN1mw ) JK--They're exploring concepts in vertical takeoff and landing passenger vehicles for intracity transport that can travel a max 60 mph.
"The Rebirth of the Personal Computer" (http://ow.ly/glye30oN0Wt ) JK--Leno has a foldable screen laptop that is semi-hardened to military specifications and can fold down to something that is nearly in the size class of a smartphone without sacrificing battery life or performance
"5G Could Mess With Accuracy of Weather Forecasts" (http://ow.ly/XX5n30oN0N8 ) JK--Out-of-band emissions from broadband transmissions in 5G's 24 GHz band could disrupt ability to collect water vapor data measured in a neighboring band used by meteorologist to forecast the weather.
Heading to Las Vegas for #Infa19. Informatica remains one of the most important providers of data integration and governance solutions for the enterprise. Their announcements are always packed with technical detail. High-quality software engineering.
The 1st time in a long time I was actually awake and alert during all of “Saturday Night Live” last night. It still wasnt funny. I tuned out during a sketch about farting. And I thought the DJ Khaled and all those rappers he paraded onstage sounded exactly each other. Boring
I plan to keep living in our house and neighborhood. So I’m prepared to live surrounded by memories. But I’m rearranging them constantly. The past will have to accept my future here.
Received my tote bag and toy microphone from #KEXP for donating last month. Plan to give the toy to my grandson. Plan to tote the bag over to my basement closet. I have too many tote bags.
Unboxed the new lawnmower and made quick work of the overgrown yard. Unboxed the replacement iPhone and am preparing to mail back the one whose screen I cracked. Thoroughly purged the garage of junk. Relaxing with Frappuccino. All in all, a consequential Saturday.
Dined at a Peruvian chicken joint in Springfield tonight. A quarter bird plus baked beans topped with a ton of French fries. Well, they’re the homeland of the potato, so why not?
Getting a year's worth complimentary digital subscription to the Times of London. Downloaded their app to my iPhone. Declined the real-time bulletins on Brexit and cricket, but, beyond that, I'm totally chuffed to get a regular feed from the tweedy bowler-hatted umbrella people.
"Technical debt for data scientists" (http://ow.ly/4pKe30oL7W3 ) JK--Best succinct statement I've ever heard of this concept: "Technical debt is the process of avoiding work today by promising to do work tomorrow." Even succinct: it's geeks procrastinating on their dayjobs.
"NVMe over Fabrics creates data-center storage disruption" (http://ow.ly/zyoZ30oL7IJ ) JK--Join #Wikibon on Wed May 29 12noon-1pm EDT for #ActionItem CrowdChat on "AI impact on hybrid-cloud storage" (http://ow.ly/CMIz30oL7Oc )
"Microsoft Builds on Decentralized Identity Vision" (http://ow.ly/wRB130oL7f5 ) JK--Something called "Identity Overlay Network." I'm showing my age but I recall their decentralized ID vision from ~20 years ago, when Kim Cameron was the architect & yrs truly was Burton Group analyst
"GDPR Drives Changes but Privacy by Design Proves Elusive" (http://ow.ly/cliv30oL75Q ) JK--But "EU's relatively light enforcement may be encouraging some orgs to hold off on major changes. Besides $56M fine on Google, all other penalties combined so far have been <400 euro="" o:p="">400>
"Visualizing the Consequences of Climate Change Using Cycle-Consistent Adversarial Networks" (http://ow.ly/8MkK30oL6zz ) JK--Translation: AI can show you how deeply you and your house will be underwater as global warming comes to your hometown.
"China is the biggest obstacle to US AI advancement, half of CEOs say" (http://ow.ly/79le30oL63n ) JK--This is a stupid headline that doesn't even describe the survey's findings. How is it even possible for one nation to pose an "obstacle" to another's AI R&D & commercialization?
"What’s New in Kubernetes v1.14" (http://ow.ly/4ZrH30oL3CJ ) JK--Windows nodes, pod priority, "process ID limiting entering its beta stage", and "other interesting features."
Caring about incremental versions of aging open-source projects is Robert Klein's bit about how demoralizing it was to sing pep songs to NYC public schools that have numbers in lieu of names. "I want to be the kind of boy that 94 can boast about!"
"Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs" (http://ow.ly/YPbs30oL39m ) JK--Thereby jeopardizing the "we'll bring jobs to your city" goodwill that won them tax subsidies in many cities where they set up fulfillment centers.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Moby "Porcelain" from Play JK--1999. One of the sombre and deeply poignant tracks from this classic LP. "In my dreams I'm dying all the time."
"This neural net would to deliver these petitions" (http://ow.ly/NhHk30oL27W ) JK--My fave of these nonsensical petition is "Filipinos: We want your help stopping the killing of dolphins in Brazil in 1970’s." What do we want? Time travel! When do we want it? That's irrelevant!
Donated my late wife’s clothing to Goodwill. Picked up my dry cleaning at Crest Cleaners. Bought my new lawnmower at Home Depot. Crazy traffic in Old Town Alexandria prevented me from getting to Big Wheel Bikes before closing. Ate at Potbelly. Working out. Thought I’d be biking.
RIP I.M. Pei. I was working as a summer intern in Washington DC when they opened the Pei-designed National Gallery of Art East building in summer 1978. I remain impressed by how he designed a modernist structure that so beautifully complements the US Capitol.
Cant wait to see the picture the awesome Deborah Pritchard paints for me. The sweet lady said she’s also sending me a vinyl record of one of her beautiful musical releases. Made me realize I lack a phonograph. So I just went out and bought one on Amazon.
Enjoying the coffee maker and grinder I bought 2 weeks ago and put downstairs on the wet bar outside my office. I keep the whole vicinity tidy and clean it all after use. Except this morning. Damn...I’ll need to get to it when I get home.
Donated my late wife’s clothing to Goodwill. Picked up my dry cleaning at Crest Cleaners. Bought my new lawnmower at Home Depot. Crazy traffic in Old Town Alexandria prevented me from getting to Big Wheel Bikes before closing. Ate at Potbelly. Working out. Thought I’d be biking.
"Raising AI: Do parents make better AI systems for modern business?" (http://ow.ly/z1tN30oKJjJ ) JK--Oh yes, I'd forgotten that Kristen interviewed me for this. It was her POV, not mine, but I think I took the ball and ran with it reasonably well, from an analytical standpoint
Interviewed by Lindsay Clark of ZDNet about innovative use of Word2Vec for network and geospatial analytics in telecom space. He called me from near Land's End (Penzance, Cornwall, England UK). On my best behavior, I was the very model of a modern major general tech know-it-all.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Peter Gabriel feat. Kate Bush "Don’t Give Up" JK--1994. Among the very best man-woman duets of the past 30 years. His grainy tenor & her angelic soprano slow-dance each other magically. The video captures that circular swoon:
"San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology" (http://ow.ly/h15730oJXAk ) JK--How hard is it for headline writers to write out "San Francisco Bans Police & City Use of Facial Recognition"? They're not banning its use by others in the CityByTheBay, un, say, plastic straws
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Elbow "The Take Off and Landing of Everything" JK--2014. KEXP DJ comments: "Elbow's singer Guy Garvey enjoys 'taking, really awful, negative situations and (writing) them into beautiful scenarios'." here:
"Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection" (http://ow.ly/tVlf30oJVg3 ) JK--Interesting how the adversarial card needn't be held over the subject's face to fool facial recognition.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp I Was a King "Bubble" from Slow Century JK--2019. KEXP playlist: "The Norwegian trio team up with Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake for sparkling indie pop cuts on their new record."
RIP Tim Conway. He was naturally funny, always appearing to be slightly bumbling, never upstaging his co-stars, but always landing the biggest laugh in any scene he happened to be in. Not a lead actor, but never truly in the background either.
Geez. Another incoming call from Name Unavailable. Name's a great guy, been my friend for many years, but recently it seems he's desperate for attention. I'm getting to the point where I'll have to block his calls before he chews up all my time. Gotta make myself unavailable
"AI & Architecture" (http://ow.ly/kGsN30oJjVg ) JK--Generative adversarial networks becoming a key compositional tool, enabling architects to play with style transfers to quickly build new syntheses from existing design elements.
"The Future of Data Pipelines" (http://ow.ly/vVXm30oJjDC ) JK-- Future data pipelines will support core-to-endpoint systems, exponentially-growing data volume, and near real-time velocity. Will evolve to look databases: model/query at any point in pipeline, leveraging SQL
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Iggy Pop "Candy" from Candy JK--1990. What was startling here was how well his voice harmonizes with Kate Pierson of the B-52s. Also, how well Iggy does pop music.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Soul Coughing "Screenwriter's Blues (clean radio edit)" from Screenwriters Blues JK--1994. "Clean radio edit" indeed. Original version uses a 4-letter word to describe what you're going to Reseda to do to the model from Ohio whose real name you don't know
"Day 2 of F8 2019: Advances in Computer Vision, Inclusive AI and Other Highlights" (http://ow.ly/CYgs30oJhd7 ) JK--"Inclusive AI" is Facebook's positive-feeling term for debiasing to prevent unfairness toward various demographics.
"SAP taps cloud, AI, and RPA in new intelligent enterprise tools" (http://ow.ly/7yDb30oJgXH ) JK--Near as I can tell, SAP is the first large, diversified, established enterprise IT solution provider to launch its own robotic process automation product.
"How AI Powered Tools Are Bringing Revolution to Software Development?" (http://ow.ly/rLLu30oJgF9 ) JK--Good discussion of some machine-learning-driven coding automation tools on the market.
"OpenAI Wants to Make Ultrapowerful AI. But Not In A Bad Way" (http://ow.ly/ULIP30oJgtO ) JK--They also want to make money off it. They're for-profit now. Let's see how long their humanitarian focus endures before their owners want some payoff.
"Facebook updates PyTorch with a focus on production use" (http://ow.ly/WVnY30oJg6k ) JK--"One of the most important new features in PyTorch 1.1 is support for TensorBoard, Google’s visualization tool for TensorFlow that helps developers evaluate and inspect models"
"Microsoft's 3 AI Dev Approaches: Code First, No Code and Drag-and-Drop" (http://ow.ly/XO5T30oJeFY ) JK--Good breakout of the principal approaches that are being used for AI development throughout the profession/industry, not just with Microsoft's tools.
"Microsoft’s IntelliCode for AI-assisted coding comes out of preview" (http://ow.ly/UVSK30oJe1B ) JK--Trained from the code of thousands of GitHub open-source projects. Can make smarter code-completion suggestions, considering current code & context as it makes recommendations.
Bought/downloaded Vampire Weekend's latest LP, "Father of the Bride," and in the middle of my first listen. This strikes me as their most direct-to-your-heart release yet. It's just Ezra Koenig, band, and guests singing one pretty song after another. Excellent. Glad he waited.
"Don’t let industry write the rules for AI " (http://ow.ly/q2Q530oJcY8 ) JK--You can argue that point till you're blue in the face, but practically every industry that gets regulated at some point captures the regulators, in terms of informing their regulatory agenda. Mark my words
"The MineRL Competition on Sample Efficient Reinforcement Learning using Human Priors" (http://ow.ly/rloI30oJcB4 ) JK--Project attempts to build algorithms that can take in a human demonstration--in this case, of group gaming--as input but generalize to different situations.
We definitely need a president who made their career in high tech. Let's not imagine that the bozos currently in power understand the first thing about governing a 21st century society.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Doris Day "Dream a Little Dream of Me" JK--1958. She had quite a gift for light-jazz phrasing. This is an exquisite version of this much-covered standard. She modeled her style initially on Ella Fitzgerald.
Another invite to a world summit on some tech. I'd to see a World Tech Buzzword Summit where everybody converges just to hype the holy hell out of the most vacuous marketing verbiage imaginable. That would be something truly inspiring. Could revolutionize life as we know it.
"Red Hat OpenShift Operators target AI, big data workloads" (http://ow.ly/SCC830oIPhH ) JK--Jack Vaughan interviewed me last week at Red Hat Summit. Quotes me here.
My primary technique for drilling down immediately on the subject of a tech pitch is to diagram the solutions that's being sketched for me in words. Building a tidy picture to guide my thinking abstracts away the vacuous splattergram and manipulative bias of marketing language.
"Machine Ethics and Artificial Moral Agents" (http://ow.ly/3xan30oIJrf ) JK--It's about time we discuss this. Machines should indeed treat other machines as they would wish other machines treat them. It's only fair.
"My Polyamory Doesn’t Invalidate Your Monogamy" (http://ow.ly/xrkx30oIJbL ) JK--Exactly, Neither does my ontogeny recapitulate your phylogeny. However, my ontology does occasionally wish to capitulate with your phrenology. So be on guard.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp PJ Harvey "The Wheel" from The Hope Six Demolition Project JK--2016. PJ wrote this in the backseat of a car chauffeuring her around poorer neighborhoods in SW Washington DC. Our stolen Dodge Caravan was abandoned there on a frigid night in December 2005.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Hot 8 Brass Band "Love Will Tear Us Apart" JK--2018. For the first time in my life, I can imagine Ian Curtis being partymaster-in-chief at Mardi Gras.
Doing Las Vegas next wk for Informatica World 2019. It's only slightly confusing how much of the Strip is not in Las Vegas but in somewhere called Paradise. Does what happen in Paradise stay in Paradise? Is one's privacy in Paradise largely a crapshoot? Is the slogan asterisked?
"This VC says 'San Francisco is over' so she is eyeing Europe for the next big hit" (http://ow.ly/y0Kv30oIFEW ) JK--When exactly did Bay Area venture capitalists start speaking "Portlandia" characters? It was only a matter of time.
I always giggle when a tech vendor's press release announces that their latest product release is the "first" in its particular segment. From what I recall, the DeLorean was the first gull-winged sedan in the US auto market and also the first to address the time-travel use case.
Best spam first line of the day: "I apologize for the inconvenience if the letter disturbed you than once." Thanks for your sensitivity. I'm totally cool with one-off disturbances. In fact, I wish my life were nothing but drive-by disturbances by bogus message senders.
RIP Doris Day. I simply d her sitcom in the late 60s/early 70s. And her singing. And her pretty face. And I suppose those movies, though I never watched any of them all the way through. And her principled animal anti-cruelty work in later years. And, again, her pretty face.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Patti Smith "Are You Experienced?" from Twelve JK--2007. I Patti's cover, but it's next-to-impossible to best Jimi's original on one of his signature songs.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Magnetic Fields "The Book of Love" from 69 Love Songs, Volume 2 JK--2000. Some listener said this is his and his wife's song. Great choice! It is, or should be, long and boring, and it can get pretty damn heavy. A bookworm me knows this by heart.
RT @KEXPNowPlaying #KEXP Aldous Harding “The Barrel” from Designer JK—2019. One of the cool new artists on the scene. She has a nice coffeehouse chill to her sound.
RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Vampire Weekend “This Life” from Father of the Bride JK—2019. Terrific. Something tells me I’m going to buy this album too, making Vampire Weekend the first musical artists I’ve ever sustained such a streak for.
What I about Boston’s downtown is that I can walk the entire extent of it without breaking a sweat. I’ve done it twice already on this short trip. Yes, I know I’m crazy, but I my kind of crazy. I cannot do the same in New York City. Manhattan is too freaking big.
At Red Hat Summit, automation of hybrid cloud management steps to the forefront https://wikibon.com/red-hat-summit-automation-hybrid-cloud-management-steps-forefront/ … via @wikibon #RHSummit
New jk #SiliconANGLE #RHSummit article: "At Red Hat Summit, automation of hybrid cloud management steps to the forefront" (http://ow.ly/uE7E30oGOmp )
"Rob Bearden Named New Docker CEO As Steve Singh Steps Down" (http://ow.ly/oLVg30oGw06 ) JK--I rarely tweet tech exec comings & goings, but I was wondering what Rob's next step would be after Cloudera & Hortonworks merged. He did a great job helming Hortonworks. I wish him well.
The good folks from Red Hat have Fitz and the Tantrums entertaining at the afterparty tonight. It’s worth staying up later and losing a little bit of sleep over. I their stuff.
“Archie”? I’m relieved that they didn’t name him Jughead.
A further challenge in enterprise AI/ML development is ensuring algorithmic accountabilty every step of the way, from data ingest through prep through modeling, training, serving, etc. That needs to be logged for GDPR compliance and legal ... #enterpriseai
Heading to Boston for Red Hat Summit. Everybody's buzzing hybrid cloud right now, and their acquisition by #IBM is fresh. This will be a good one. It's been a few years since I did an event at Beantown's great convention center. #RHSummit #RedHat
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Björk "Human Behaviour" from Debut JK--1993. Such a great song. I tend to switch off all other thoughts while grooving to it. I'm not sure if that can be generalized to other humans' listening behavior, but that's how my particular brainstem twitches.
Microsoft pushes the intelligent edge forward at Build https://wikibon.com/microsoft-pushes-intelligent-edge-forward-build/ … via @wikibon
New jk SiliconAngle article: “Microsoft pushes the intelligent edge forward at Build” (https://siliconangle.com/2019/05/06/microsoft-pushes-intelligent-edge-forward-build/ …)
Rewatching “When Harry Met Sally.” Essentially, the “Citizen Kane” of rom-coms. “Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash. But I would be happy to partake of your pecan pie.”
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Talking Heads "Once in a Lifetime" from Remain In Light JK--1980. Prescient. Scientists have since confirmed that there is indeed water at the bottom of the ocean, flowing underground, and possessing sufficient buoyancy to hold geeky indie-rock singers up
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Cars "It's All I Can Do" from Candy-O JK--1984. Good one. I never disd the Cars, but, for some reason I them in retrospect than while they were churning out radio hits. Some artists simply grow on you.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Notwist "Chemicals" from Shrink jK--1998. "Your overbearance makes me creep."
"Keeping Money Secrets From Each Other: Financial Infidelity On The Rise" (http://ow.ly/ELaw30oEkgL ) JK--This goes beyond the occasional stash of "mad money" in the proverbial cookie jar. Some people conceal bank accounts, equities investments, and so on from their spouses.
"How Wearable AI Will Amplify Human Intelligence" (http://ow.ly/JnXV30oEjXA ) JK--Or exacerbate human idiocy, if people start to place total, blind, unthinking trust in whatever cockamamie "next best action" is recommended by their AI-driven fashion accessory.
Did the Orange Uncorked Wine Festival yesterday in central Virginia. Was quite a nice experience, in spite of the rain. We have great vintages & vintners in the Old Dominion. I also d the Elvis impersonator doing the entertaining. I'm also a connoisseur of fine faux Presley.
Enjoying my new coffee maker and grinder. I had never once had a coffee machine in my home. Now I keep it at the wet bar next to my home office in the basement. This place actually smells an office now. Not hard to find a good brew strength for my tastes. I take it strong.
“Time is the only nonnegotiable integer.” —Robert Downey Jr
Love those Dion hits. Noticing the obvious double standard implicit in “Runaround Sue” followed by “The Wanderer.” Then again, Martin and John were well-known philanderers. Abraham’s reputation still spotless, for all we know.
New #Wikibon #DellTechWorld post: "At Dell Tech World, data protection provides strategic leverage in the hybrid-cloud wars" (http://ow.ly/nixu30oCTTI )
USPS now provides service that emails you images of your day's mail before it gets delivered to your physical mailbox. I like that. Please also allow me to select junk mail to have you trash it for me at the post office. Save me the trouble.
"Why Men Won’t Go to the Doctor, and How to Change That" (http://ow.ly/qNsF30oCSp6 ) JK--What? "Many men view health complaints as a sign of weakness."? I've never once thought that way. My feeling is that staying healthy is a sign of strength. Doctors help you stay that way. Duh.
"“I Didn’t Shave for You, Sorry.”" (http://ow.ly/bmxv30oCS88 ) JK--This is from the POV of a woman to her dates. I'd to start saying the same thing to women that I see. OK, I didn't shave today. Big whoop. It's not spaghetti sauce dripping down my face.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp David Byrne and Choir! Choir! Choir! "Heroes (live)" JK--2018. Here's how dolphins can swim: http://ow.ly/48uG30oCRrO . Here's David Bowie poolside. Here's David Byrne pretending to swim: http://ow.ly/Ucg130oCRzu . Here's this perf:
"I Quit My Job to Protest My Company’s Work on Building Killer Robots" (http://ow.ly/hnNN30oCQwX ) JK--OK, here's my thought: redirect those resources into building robotic killer whales, and then we'll score Series A funding for an all-robot Marineland to entertain the masses.
"Forget about artificial intelligence, extended intelligence is the future" (http://ow.ly/RSow30oCQeL ) JK--I'm sorry, but if you start by introducing yourself a "Singularitarian," I'm going to move to the opposite end of the room at the industry cocktail party.
"The once-hot robotics startup Anki is shutting down after raising than $200 million" (http://ow.ly/ATRO30oCQ25 ) JK--I'm thinking of inventing a robot that automates the shutting down of once-hot robotics startups. I wonder if I can get the funding.
"5 multi-cloud storage management mistakes to avoid" (http://ow.ly/rqlz30oCPBA ) JK--You can tell that a tech segment is immature when journalists compile tips provided by solution vendors, rather than from IT practitioners who have valuables real-world lessons to share.
"NVMe for AI: A powerful pairing" (http://ow.ly/Fbyg30oCP10 ) JK--Translation: non-volatile memory express--logical device interface for low-latency internal parallelism of flash memory & other solid-state storage devices--enables way-faster AI-model training than traditional I/O
"Oracle CEO Mark Hurd says that consolidation is coming as 'underfunded' cloud-software companies get bought up: 'Many of the companies will go away'" (http://ow.ly/CZOV30oCOM1 ) JK--"Underfunded" is relative to growth potential. In crowded SaaS segment, competition hems many in.
"Walmart Tests AI to Identify In-Store Problems" (http://ow.ly/3KAe30oCOC8 ) JK--Might I suggest that they hire people at living wages to do that job? Radical idea, I know.
"IoT data monetization: Turn your IoT data into additional revenue" (http://ow.ly/mi0530oCOdg ) JK--I'll resort to that as soon as I sell my last pint of blood to Red Cross. Thanks for the idea, though.
"Machine Learning on DSPs: Enabling Audio AI at the Edge" (http://ow.ly/OKUk30oCNTJ JK--You know you're a geek when you find it fascinating that one can make matrix-vector multiplication very efficient on a digital signal processor through fused multiply followed by an accumulate.
"5 takeaways on scaling machine learning" (http://ow.ly/1m4J30oCNGP ) JK--Interesting discussion of how Twitter and Facebook each organize their internal data-science AI/ML modeling/training workflows/pipelines. This is the operational foundation of each of their business models.
"Big data won’t help us build a better robot" (http://ow.ly/C3YI30oCN8m ) JK--"Big theory" can AI predictive accuracy when throwing data at problem offers diminishing returns. Need subject matter experts' insights to drive breakthroughs in AI-model feature engineering.
"Facebook Building Cryptocurrency-Based Payments System" (http://ow.ly/iBDj30oCMxC ) JK--"One idea under discussion is Facebook paying users fractions of a coin when they view ads, interact with other content or shop on its platform—not un loyalty points accrued at retailers"
"Facebook Bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and Others as ‘Dangerous’" (http://ow.ly/ENs930oCMnB ) JK--Twitter take note. Start by banning Donald Trump.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Paul & Linda McCartney "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey" from Ram JK--1971. "We haven't done a bloody thing all day."
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Orville Peck "Dead of Night" from Pony JK--2019. One of my favorite LPs of the year so far. Bought the CD on Record Store Day at Easy Street Records in Seattle. Damn, can this man sing, or what?
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Kevin Morby "Seven Devils" from Oh My God JK--2019. Great. This singer doesn't have a lot of range, but he always sounds he's channeling some rough prophetic vision. Does it quite well.
"Microsoft Build 2019: What to expect" (http://ow.ly/4ZIT30oCjXc ) JK--Cloud, AI, and conversational bots, with a soupçon of IoT and progressive web apps.
"Is Nvidia Tesla's Kryptonite?" (http://ow.ly/IWnR30oCjAq ) JK--What color kryptonite? If Nvidia's gold, it removes Musk's sense of his superpowered manifest destiny permanently.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Neil Young "Walk With Me" from Le Noise JK--2010. Great gobs of distortion My fave from this rock'n'nroll hall of famer's 21st century output.
"Robots extend the scope of IoT applications" (http://ow.ly/2sTw30oChKQ ) JK--Interesting "IoT vs. robot" dichtomiy, but I prefer to think of this as spectrum of data-driven edge-endpoint agency, from dumb to intelligent, from passive to actively instrumented for real-world results
"What Makes a Storage Service Truly Serverless?" (http://ow.ly/cpCQ30oCg8D ) JK--I agreed with the core of their definition (stateless, event-driven, ephemeral), but draw the line at "managed by third party." That's FaaS. But you can have on-prem serverless managed by enterprise IT
"This robot uses AI to find Waldo, thereby ruining Where’s Waldo" (http://ow.ly/jtJT30oCftZ ) JK--Piece of cake. I used AI ages ago to find Waldo: he's right between Ralph and Emerson, who, in turn, is just before Lake and Palmer.
"MIT finally gives a name to the sum of all AI fears" (http://ow.ly/VEGF30oCfd9 ) JK--Dumb alarmist headline. Better to say AI-driven apps may not always behave in consistent predictable patterns, free of unintended side effects, when dynamically adapting to changing circumstances
"Facebook wants to make videos into videogames" (http://ow.ly/nDTM30oCeMi ) (http://ow.ly/lkkS30oCeQb ) JK--Vid2Game: Controllable Characters Extracted from Real-World Videos. I wanna be Super Mario!
"The Neglected Side of AI Ethics" (http://ow.ly/BqfS30oCecm ) JK--I hadn't thought of this: “Is it ethical to hire someone with the sole purpose of [using AI for] automating certain tasks that will eventually make him/her redundant without even telling them what the purpose is?”
"AI ethics governance: 7 key factors to consider" (http://ow.ly/JXIk30oCdoy ) JK--This was practically the #1 topic of the DC houseparty I was at last night. I had plenty to say on it out in the fresh air with merlot in hand. People there had founded institutes focusing on it.
"When [vendor PR] includes phrases such as "world's leading..." in [PR headline], ...they think it makes them stand out. Seeing steady stream of... marketing puff-phrases, ... it makes them sound like one of the pack." Me (NOT FORRESTER...thx Beth Torrie (http://ow.ly/Chya30oCcWd )
Another analytics tech vendor solution pitch that "unlocks actionable business insights." Another cybersecurity pitch that promises to lock them right back up again. Also need solutions for counting cats that got out of the bag & another for hog-tying them squirmy little critters
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Jesus and Mary Chain " Just Honey" from Psychocandy JK--1985. I can't hear this without replaying the final scene from "Lost in Translation" in my head. For my money, Bill Murray's best on-screen performance. He didn't seem to be trying. Perfect!
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Juliana Hatfield Three "My Sister" from My Sister JK--1993. True fact: Juliana Hatfield doesn't have a sister. She wrote this song as a fiction. The emotional depth, honesty, & power of this one make it a breathtakingly memorably great '90s rock song.
"Cloud service delivery model shifts from the big 3 to tier 2" (http://ow.ly/cN6q30oCaDU ) JK--Good market overview. It's too easy to fixate on the market-share leaders. Plenty of PaaS & IaaS alternatives from diverse providers. Not "tier 2" in any feature/function/maturity sense
"CloudBees' acquisition of Electric Cloud broadens focus" (http://ow.ly/Mgmw30oCaqf ) JK--Beautiful quote: "It used to be we were having intellectual conversations in the industry about DevOps & digital transformation. Now customers are in the trenches trying to solve things."
"IBM preparing to close its $34B acquisition of Red Hat, but Wall Street has 'real question marks' after its 'mediocre' quarter" (http://ow.ly/NTvg30oC8b8 ) JK--I share these doubts. IBM faces growing competition in hybrid cloud. Catch me next week at Red Hat Summit in Boston.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Aimee Mann "Red Vines" from Bachelor No. 2, or the Last Remains of the Dodo JK--2000. Dare I say I have a bit of a crush on Aimee's voice? She sings with strength, heart, intelligence, and just enough vulnerability to make her music approachable.
I had a nightmare last night. Literally. It was the first time that Donald Trump had ever appeared in one of my dreams. What was scariest about it was that he seemed to speak a normal human being. It was as if Fox News was broadcasting its brainwashing into my REM sleep.
"Oregon became a testing ground for Amazon’s facial-recognition policing. But what if Rekognition gets it wrong?" (http://ow.ly/Cdut30oC5rH ) JK--Or gets it right 99.999% of the time, leading to overzealous policing, arrests, and punishment for even the most minor infractions?
Mess is a transitional phenomenon in my life. Entropy doesn't rule my personal universe. I put everything in its right place again.
Good party with the http://epic.org people last night. I probably provided detail than necessary on AI & the data science workflow. Policy wonks, lawyers, dramatists, professors, students, and regulators. Many of them were quite receptive to this stuff. Nice weather.
I offered to drive three German privacy commissioners back to their hotel in DC tonight when they were stiffed by Uber, Lyft, and even old-fashioned taxis. Why? Because we Americans are very nice people!
Partied with Seema Sueko, deputy artistic director of DC’s Arena Stage. They’re putting on a play in Oct-Nov called “Right To Be Forgotten.” Billed as “A striking allegory about privacy, technology, and human forgiveness in the age of the Internet.” GDPR is sexy! I may go.
Spent nice evening partying with Britain’s privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham et al at the Rotenberg place in NW DC. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Denham …. She’s Canadian, Vancouver actually. Works in Manchester. Says the local music scene sort of Seattle.
"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the ‘future is private’" (http://ow.ly/lav930oBnYU ) JK--By which he means "eventually." That's his pretentious noncommittal way of distracting us from the fact that he is totally flailing & failing to protect the privacy of Facebook users.
"8 Fool-Proof Tips to Keep Your Customers Happy" (http://ow.ly/hw8Y30oBkCA ) JK--Can they succeed even if your company is staffed by nothing but fools? That would be freaking amazing. I'm sure that customers would be delighted to fool you into giving them lotsa stuff for free.
"After Than $700,000 Disappeared, They Launched the World's First Embezzlement Insurance" (http://ow.ly/u2un30oBks9 ) JK--Proving that creative financial professionals are brazenly perfecting the art of parting fools and their money.
"Area Man Very Concerned ‘Black Mirror’ Is Real" (http://ow.ly/1Y7j30oBk59 ) JK--I'm concerned that this seems to be a theOnion spoof trying to pass itself off as a legitimate news story.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit" from Surrealistic Pillow JK--1967. Hearing KEXP play this made me wonder if Grace Slick had joined the choir invisible. She hasn't. She's 79. Play something from her Great Society recordings, please. "Father Bruce"?
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "At Dell Tech World, data protection provides strategic leverage in the hybrid-cloud wars" (http://ow.ly/NN5B30oASPY )
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Lou Reed "Perfect Day" from Transformer JK--1972. On the surface, this is languid. But this song has very creepy overtones. It really feels Lou is going to snap, especially when he says "you're going to reap just what you sow." Sorta "Twin Peaks"ish
My Acorn TV subscription is paying off. You can't go wrong with a deep cache of quality British TV on demand. I started by catching the latest season of "Doc Martin." Now I'm digging "Delicious": sort of culinary "Six Feet Under" where dead hubby/dad narrates from the hereafter.
Checked out fancy-schmancy coffee shop this morning that's off my beaten path. It's OK. But it strikes me you can get just as good coffee for much cheaper at 7-11 or McDonald's. The ambience isn't worth premium caffeine. No chance of running into Jennifer Aniston at Central Perk.
Thank you, dear plumber, for taking my call about the leaky faucet and trying to upsell me on a home warranty. The next time I sneeze at the HMO, I assume they're going to recommend that I upgrade to their most goldplated insurance package. Just doing their job.
"Amazon’s system for tracking its warehouse workers can automatically fire them" (http://ow.ly/6QIi30ozGAs ) JK--Perhaps I'm oldschool, but I think there should be a law stating that an actual human must deliver the news in person, or at least via online connection. Have a heart.
Before long, I'm going to stop responding to CAPTCHA challenges that test whether I'm a robot. It will be good to be recognized as a robot when they assume overlord status. Hoping our new rulers will grandfather me in.
RIP Richard Lugar. Centrist Republicans who can reach across the aisle to legislate responsibly are in short supply now.
"How Event Horizon Telescope's black hole image data is stored & protected" (http://ow.ly/m1FF30oybOW ) JK--That's impressive. Even impressive was the extraordinarily complex worldwide machine-learning ensembling and distributed-collab workflow that produced this visualization
"Big Data: Replacing the Vs with a Single D" (http://ow.ly/B1Qq30oyaEC ) JK--OMG, I cannot believe people are still hammering this "Vs" stuff around "big data." In my IBM years, I wrote a heavily tongue-in-cheek "V Monologues" blog that's disappeared from the interweb. Was good.
"Handling Concept Drift in Interventional Machine Learning Systems" (http://ow.ly/p4g730oyapS ) JK--In my Forrester years, I coined the term "interdictive analytics" to characterize this "use ML to algorithmically nip threats in the bud" use case.
"Deep Learning & Limits Of Learning By Correlation Rather Than Causation" (http://ow.ly/cn2H30oy9qV ) JK--Alludes to what I think of as "learning by imagination": "use of simulators to offer algorithms a wide array of unusual experiences not ordinarily found in its training data"
"Machine Learning Algorithms: Which One to Choose for Your Problem" (http://ow.ly/WOys30oy9bJ ) JK--Which "one"? That's so quaint. Ensembling of many algorithms is the way to go for powerfully accurate/flexible AI/ML. All trained against common ground-truth data & feature set.
"Politics, privacy and porn: challenges of age-verification tech" (http://ow.ly/72hx30oy8TT ) JK--UK mandate: "“In order to verify themselves, users can choose from range of methods, using mobile app, credit card or driving licence...will be provided with an age-verified account.”
"AI, machine learning in cybersecurity focused on behavior" (http://ow.ly/Pdbh30oy8ON ) JK--Real-time anomaly detection. Automated systems can't have hard-and-fast rules for detecting the zillion potential attack vectors. But they can very much use AI/ML to detect what's fishy.
"AI ethics governance: 7 key factors to consider" (http://ow.ly/o93T30oy6WM ) JK--"Include people who might be negatively impacted by AI." Good idea. It's not "ethics" if you don't allow the people who might suffer the pain of misfires to help guide priorities & seek recourse.
"Will AI take your IT operations job?" (http://ow.ly/1u8J30oy6pb ) JK--"One good rule of thumb is to assume that any role that responds to [trouble] tickets will feel an impact."
"10 Revolutionary Augmented Reality Apps That You Should Know About" (http://ow.ly/R5Gk30oy5aH ) JK--Why do some authors feel they need to throw meatball words "revolutionary" into their headlines? These are interesting apps, but not mindblowingly innovative.
"IBM is preparing to close its $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, but Wall Street has 'real question marks' after its 'mediocre' quarter" (http://ow.ly/9GzW30oy4rd ) JK--Catch me the week after next at Red Hat Summit in Boston.
I'm happy telling anybody who's not in the IT biz that I'm a "geek." It's easier than explaining what I actually do for a living. It also stokes an aura of mystery around me that I can play to my advantage. I'm an all-knowing all-powerful technology wizard blah blah blah.
"The universe is expanding faster than we thought, and no one knows why" (http://ow.ly/6OY630oxZo3 ) JK--Is this something we should be concerned about? The "and no one knows why" makes me laugh. Apparently, scientists are expected to have all the answers without doing research.
"How data storage will shift to blockchain" (http://ow.ly/uCzN30oxmG1 ) JK--See my #InformationWeek column from last July that puts this trend into even larger perspective:
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp My Bloody Valentine "Only Shallow" from Loveless JK--1991. Classic shoegaze. Curious what style of shoes produces the best thundering bass-heavy noise rush. My hunch is patent lather: lets guitarists gaze into their own hungover eyes while performing.
Hybrid cloud as a current hot theme in the enterprise IT arena. Pardon me for deja vu on this, but I just came across a "hybrid cloud for dummies" book from 2012 down in my basement. Yellowed and a bit musty. Had to chuck it.
Another morning, another online-dating come-on. "These girls can't take their eyes off you." Yeah, I'm sure they're all in a stadium somewhere watching me on the jumbotron, doing the wave every time I blink, passionately tooting their vuvuzelas.
Morning's business-news alerts. US durable goods orders are up. That's a relief. I was tossing and turning in my bed all night worrying which way they were trending.
Watching “The Music Man.” Prof. Harold Hill singing “Gary, Indiana.” My father’s aunt was a nun in a convent there when I was a kid. I could not conceive of a less singable, less holy place than this stinky industrial hellhole on Lake Michigan.
"Databricks wants to replace messy data lakes with reliable ‘Delta Lake’" (http://ow.ly/EeVJ30owIsM ) JK--Article includes my commentary.
Today's old-fashioned junk mail just arrived at the box on the street. One wants me to remodel the house. Another asks if I'd consider flipping it. Another urges that I tear down and rebuild. What's next? Somebody wanting to partner with me on doing it up as a bed & breakfast?
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Smiths "How Soon Is Now?" from Meat Is Murder JK--1985. One guy to another, I'm curious if Morrissey's kneejerk barbed sarcasm frustrates his human need to be loved Just everybody else does. You get what you give. Just sayin'
"Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — and complained about his follower count" (http://ow.ly/wLzA30owBgy ) JK--What a douchebag. Actually, Twitter should ban him entirely for propagating hate speech--in other words, pretty much anything he tweets is nasty bullshit.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Happy Mondays "24 Hour Party People" JK--1987. That's when you're young. When you're my age, you're lucky to get 24 people together to party for an hour before they begin to nod off. 24 hour-party people.
"Artificial intelligence is on the brink of a 'diversity disaster'" (http://ow.ly/GCor30owzjP ) JK--And I'm part of the problem. There are far too many white men, especially aging balding bespectacled ones, tweeting and blogging about this stuff.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: “What are developers looking for in multicloud programming? Simplicity.” (https://siliconangle.com/2019/04/23/developers-seek-simplicity-multicloud-programming/ …)
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Link Wray "Jack The Ripper" JK--1963. This may be rock-n-roll sacrilege, but I prefer the Raybeats' 1984 cover better.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp U2 "Where the Streets Have No Name" from The Joshua Tree JK--1987. Fun fact: singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl was the one who chose the running order of tracks on this classic LP. She based it on descending order of what she d. This ran 3rd.
"Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends" (http://ow.ly/eR9E30ovGNE ) JK--Please. If the bureau that paid my late wife's pension automatically knew about her death within weeks of it happening, how is it that Facebook can't infer deaths with big data?
"We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine" (http://ow.ly/OSL030ovGsg ) JK--The New York Times dabbles in Big Brother territory just for journalistic kicks--and to make a point about how easy it is to automate surveillance of the public realm.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Mick Jagger "Memo From Turner" from Performance JK--1970. Mick solo, during Stones' heyday. He'd done an acting role in the movie "Performance." This song was from the soundtrack, written from POV of his character, reclusive rockstar "Turner." Good one.
Can't wait to meet UK's lead privacy commissioner at Rotenberg party next week in NW DC. One of the few regular opportunities where my personal & professional lives intersect. Anna Rotenberg was my late wife's best friend. Husband Marc is a leading data privacy advocate in the US
"UL Takes Autonomy Standards Plunge" (http://ow.ly/v59E30ov8cF ) JK--Interesting. Check out this #Dataversity article I authored 9 months ago, spelling out what UL is doing to certify AI products as safe for public consumption.
"Congress should regulate automated decision-making" (http://ow.ly/hNSx30ov7O2 ) JK--Don't be overregulatory fools. Just focus on the country's clear priorities, such as impeaching Trump.
"MLIR: A new intermediate representation and compiler framework" (http://ow.ly/GSkP30ov7In ) JK--This one purports to address issues with error messages & cross-path optimization and transformation passes with IR/compiler frameworks already in use in today's diverse AI ecosystem
"A new bill would force companies to check their algorithms for bias" (http://ow.ly/BZ6230ov6F3 ) JK--Well-intentioned but overkill. Every algorithm has a bias for the objectives for which it was built. Also checking for penumbra of potential biases? That's an unbounded set.
""This AI-generated sculpture is made from the shredded remains of the computer that designed it" (http://ow.ly/w0gP30ov6qx ) JK--Clever stunt! Would've been even clever if the sculpture itself was in the schematic shape of the artificial neural network whence it sprung.
"Aroma: Using machine learning for code recommendation" (http://ow.ly/PhBx30ov51h ) JK--Facebook's "code-to-code search/recommendation tool that uses ML to make the process of gaining insights from big codebases much easier.....saving time/energy in day-to-day development workflow"
"DeepMind Offers Mathematical Dataset 4 Training Reasoning in Neural Models" (http://ow.ly/sgaA30ov3L2 ) JK--"Large-scale extendable dataset of mathematical questions for training (& evaluating abilities of) neural models that can reason algebraically." Wow! that's groundbreaking!
"Facebook Open Sources PyTorch Tool for 'Extremely Large' Graphs" (http://ow.ly/xRhf30ov2EZ ) JK--Scalable graphs are the next frontier in AI, providing the increasingly complex node-edge models for shifting contexts, relationships, and influence patterns from cloud-to-edge.
"Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users" (http://ow.ly/2lsv30ov2yq ) JK--I'm sorry, but why does Facebook increasingly feel it's Springfield Nuclear Power Plant with Homer Simpson manning the control room? D'oh!!!!
Bought the CD of Orville Peck’s brilliant debut LP “Pony.” Deep romantic voice over burning country songs with indie shoegaze intensity. A bit Chris Isaak, a smidge My Bloody Valentine.
Visualization of the redactions to the Mueller report (http://ow.ly/BreZ30otLyW ). There's no "lightly" about it.
Here's the Mueller report (http://ow.ly/54m430otKal ) JK--Redactions throughout the document for "harm to ongoing matter," "personal privacy," "investigative techniques," and "grand jury."
How multicloud cost models are shifting – and what to do about it https://siliconangle.com/2019/04/18/multicloud-cost-models-shifting/ … via @SiliconANGLE
"Affectiva raises $26 million to bring emotional intelligence AI to car safety systems" (http://ow.ly/UI4C30ot7QN ) JK--"Incorporated into cameras used in car safety systems to recognize when a driver is happy, sad, drowsy, or frustrated"? Also feel remorse when it hits someone?
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Mother Love Bone "Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns" from Mother Love Bone Demos JK--1992. One of those great early 90s rock-radio songs you wouldn't be able to name to save your life, but you immediately recognize when you hear it. Reminds me of Free.
"Most Companies Are Not Ready for Ethical Intelligence" (http://ow.ly/vt3w30osqIT ) JK--That's a strange headline. What it actually refers to is simply managing customer data so as to protect privacy, respect ownership rights, and avoid trampling on cultural sensitivities.
One of the interesting things about online dating is that my writing skills have become an asset in meeting people. This was never even remotely material 37 years ago, the last time I was single. I'm not entirely sure that this is a good thing. Social media have honed my style.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Echo & The Bunnymen "Ocean Rain" from Ocean Rain JK--1984. Their releases had a cinematic grandeur, a dramatic melancholy. Perfect example.
"What You Need to Know About Data Lakes, Marts, Vaults, and Warehouses" (http://ow.ly/hT7I30ospIV ) JK--IMHO, these terms are confusing. I still need to stop to remind myself what they mean. I associate them with, respectively, modeling, analyzing, logging, and governing the data.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Clash "Clampdown" from London Calling JK--1979. This song has a deceptively intricate rhythm. You tap out the light, steady underbeat with your foot while the band crush the rock 'n' roll on top of it.
"2 New Frameworks that Google & DeepMind are Using to Scale Deep Learning Workflows" (http://ow.ly/cWWh30orKyq ) JK--GPipe & TF-Replicator. "Both efforts attempt to address the scalability of DL workflows without imposing any [performance] penalties on the programming model."
"The Coming AI Autumn" (http://ow.ly/Ehys30orJLf ) JK--I don't know about you, but I'm tired of this seasonal analogy. Someone please explain what "AI Spring" and "AI Summer" look . Budding young artificial-neuron shoots vs. sweltering waves of stochastic gradient descent?
"AnzoGraph: A graph database for deep analytics" (http://ow.ly/MFxU30orJxf ) JK--Article provides good overview of today's diversity in the market for graph databases, though I doubt, contrary to graph devotees, that graph tech will blow RDBMSs out of the water. Hasn't happened yet
"Smart cities are an AI-powered dystopia that’s already happening" (http://ow.ly/N6dj30orJdo ) JK--Typical example of the sort of "watched too much Bladerunner" commentary that inspires overreaction against tech thats also enriching many urban lives.
"Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police" (http://ow.ly/SUzN30orIVy ) JK--And the World Wide Web is Jack Webb. We're gonna come down on you punks--HARD!!!
Algorithm that created the first image of black hole (http://ow.ly/IOKr30orI4x ) JK--Astronomical signals reach radio telescopes at slightly different rates, If the measurements from 3 telescopes are multiplied, the extra delays caused by atmospheric noise cancel each other out."
"How Big Data, AI and Biometrics Are Building Trust in the Sharing Economy" (http://ow.ly/RBS630orHTE ) JK--Ensure individuals receiving or offering a service, such as a ride-share, are who they say they are. Verify individuals in the onboarding process with identity proofing.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Nilüfer Yanya "Tears" from Miss Universe JK--2019. This artist is great. She's a bit Florence & The Machine, a bit Santogold, a bit Lykke Li, a bit Sade.
"Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion" (http://ow.ly/mwBQ30orGVo ) JK--Networks of IoT access points use AI to automate collective discovery, profiling, & adaptive policy/security of new devices.
"Amazon moving thousands of employees out of Seattle, relocating key division to nearby city" (http://ow.ly/P5pj30orFxl ) JK--How is this moving them "out of Seattle"? It's moving their jobs to a Seattle suburb. I'm sure most of these people will just change their commutes.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Dusty Springfield "Son of a Preacher Man" from Dusty in Memphis JK--1969. "Dusty in Memphis" is one of my favorite albums of all-time. I play it constantly on my Zune.
"Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite ‘Project Kuiper’ constellation" (http://ow.ly/R0Sk30orF1A ) JK--Including 784 satellites at altitude of 367 miles; 1,296 satellites at 379 miles; and 1,156 satellites in 391-mile orbits? Space debris in the making?
"Intel and Cloudera collaborate to bring improved performance to customers with Optane DC Persistent Memory" (http://ow.ly/TkIg30orESr ) JK--New tier in the memory and storage hierarchy located between dynamic random access memory and solid state drives with latency closer to DRAM
"VMware-VeloCloud sees the future of SD-WAN with 5G, hybrid cloud" (http://ow.ly/haZp30orEpV ) JK--Interesting piece alluding to fact that extremely high wireless bandwidth will cause cloud workloads and policy execution to move to edge-based appliances built for those roles.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Smokey Brights "Hell of a Run" from Different Windows JK--2018. Hell of a great band. I saw them at Tractor Tavern on Saturday night. Caught an early plane the next morning. Didn't get much sleep, but it was worth it.
The best online dating site I've found so far is populated only by devastatingly beautiful women from Ukraine, all of whom are pretty much named Svetlana and who desire a deep relationship with any arbitrarily ugly man overseas who can promise them lifelong love, fidelity & money
In the multicloud era, is hardware an asset or a liability for tech providers? https://siliconangle.com/2019/04/12/multicloud-era-hardware-asset-liability-providers/ … via @SiliconANGLE
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Soul Coughing "Screenwriter's Blues (clean radio edit)" from Screenwriter's Blues JK--1994. I loved when my son and his wife lived in Los Angeles. Gave me a perfect excuse to roam the place. The weird intensity of that 24x7 car culture is thrilling.
In all my past travels to Seattle, I'd never thought about how hilly the place is. But this past week, I couldn't help noticing how often I went up & down the most precipitous inclines in any US city other than SF. And even Frisco's hills aren't always in your face Seattle's
I just saw somebody somewhere refer to what a "Trumpcare" (along the lines of "Obamacare") might look . Can you imagine anything wretched? Oh, that's right: the Trump presidency. But apart from that, is there anything that could possibly be closer to hell on Earth?
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Andrew Bird "Sisyphus" from My Finest Work Yet JK--2019. One of my favorite driving-around-Seattle experiences last week was hearing an Andrew Bird song (not this one) on over-the-air radio. Of course, it was KEXP. Where else is that possible?
When your tooth has broken off, happiness is a root canal and crown, rather than an implant or some nasty oral surgery. You take your blessings where you can get them.
The legal weed added a different quality to this Seattle trip. It was as if my college dorm were populated by mature adults with substantial careers, full lives, and plenty of spending cash. And all of them with highly developed joint-rolling skills.
There comes a time in every Seattle trip when my very being screams "enough coffee already!" I'm home now, happily drinking English breakfast tea...for dinner.
In the multicloud era, is hardware an asset or a liability for tech providers? https://siliconangle.com/2019/04/12/multicloud-era-hardware-asset-liability-providers/ … via @SiliconANGLE
Uber. They’re always your designated driver.
"AI systems are biased & cloud availability makes it worse" (http://ow.ly/IRUU30opGc9 ) JK--Not sure that I buy Linthicum's thesis about AI skills deficit leaving us all exposed to a cloud-driven glut of inadvertently biased AI. What if debiasing is baked into AI DevOps automation?
"Artificial Intelligence Beyond Deep Neural Networks" (http://ow.ly/4u7f30opFDw ) JK--Good discussion of the limits of neural net tech in achieving results closer to truly omni-competent adaptive contextual AI.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Thunderpussy "Somebody to Love" from Live at KEXP JK--2018. Excellent Jefferson Airplane cover. She sounds Grace Slick, Corin Tucker (Sleater-KInney), and Linda Perry (4 Non-Blondes) rolled together into one super-righteous lady lead rocksinger.
RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Lady Lamb "Emily" from Even in the Tremor JK--2019. Nice song. "You've always been the Jenny to my Watson Twins." What a perfect indie-music-geek reference! Jenny Lewis, of course. Classic album from 10+ years ago.
"Coding is for everyone, as long as U speak English" (http://ow.ly/4l7330opBvc ) JK--Why not create a stand-alone coding language that's agnostic to natural human languages (but uses Latin alphabet)? Underlying programming logic would be free of stray natural-language connotations
"Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract" (http://ow.ly/4AGO30opB41 ) JK--Seattle-based, both of them. If Amazon takes it, they'll almost certainly ramp up the Crystal City hiring very fast. That's walking distance from Pentagon.
Seattle coffee culture. Overheard a mom at a Wallingford Starbucks teaching her toddlers that “the universe always needs coffee.” My mom raised me on tea. My wife deepened the tea craving. It’s now my post-coffee palate cleanser.
This past week in Seattle hasn’t been a vacation or a business trip. It’s been of a residency, a 3000-mile shift of my personage, a chance to restart my personal melody in an adjacent key. A working meditation.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Wrapping up Next, Google pushes multiclouds to top of customers’ IT strategies" (http://ow.ly/ZNGm30opsCZ )
Those clothing stores for big & tall men and full-figured ladies. Has anybody considered opening a "one size fits all" store? It should carry every style of loincloth, muumuu, & terrycloth bathrobe.
Having suddenly been single again for the past few months, I can clearly and unequivocably state that Tinder is idiotic. Daily messages from that app are "here are your daily picks--start swiping!" What is this? Am I in a batting cage in spring training in the get-laid leagues?
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Orville Peck "Hope to Die" from Pony JK--2019. I'm , what the, did Roger Whittaker, Richard Harris, Anthony Newley, and David Bowie pour all their drama-stud vocalizations into this guy or what.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: “Cloud Next day two wrap: Google makes a strong developer push” (https://siliconangle.com/2019/04/11/cloud-next-day-two-wrap-google-makes-strong-developer-push/ …)
OMG! It's been 2+ months since I did yoga, and I joined my host Elizabeth to her yoga class in Seattle's Queen Ann neighborhood. That was one intense grunt for me all the way through. I am entirely out of shape, but it felt so good. Glad I didn't faint. All the people were nice.
"What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold archive storage" (http://ow.ly/2qGW30ooa3T ) JK--Kudos to Google's marketing comms team for the Outkast reference here. I want you on your best behavior. For starters, don't shake it a Polaroid picture.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: “Day one wrap at Next: Multicloud stars as Google Cloud opens up its strategy” (https://siliconangle.com/2019/04/09/day-one-wrap-next-multicloud-stars-google-cloud-opens-strategy/ …)
It seems as if a fair number of people on the street in downtown Seattle--actually, just the guys--were animated by MIke Judge. There are a fair number of Beavis and Butt-head lookas, as well as a lot of Hank Hills and Boomhauers, but most speaking with Portlandia accents.
It seems every other person in Seattle is wearing a baseball- cap or a toque. They’re all warmly jacketed and sort of glumly self-contained. In April, DC-area people, self included, have already shed winter clothes. Headwear is uncommon.
"Google brings the cream of open-source software to its cloud" (http://ow.ly/rrLu30onyyp ) JK--Quotes me.
"Google Cloud Run brings serverless infrastructure to software containers" (http://ow.ly/6jac30onywc ) JK--Quotes me.
New jk #Wikibon blog: "Hardware Orientation: Asset or Liability for IT Vendors in the Multicloud Era?" (http://ow.ly/hlLl30onryL )
Raining in Seattle right now. The forecast also calls for desert conditions in Saudi Arabia,
Seattle. Perfect place to set my heart straight. Perfect honeymoon spot almost 35 years ago. Egidia cannot be replaced, only cherished. Nice to have a local friend to hang with.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "The challenge of ensuring effective security across the multicloud" (http://ow.ly/ax4250pa2yJ )
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Cocteau Twins "Know Who You Are at Every Age" from Four-Calendar Café JK--1993. Whoever requested this was reading my mind. Everything the Cocteaus produced blew my mind. Especially this one. One of their most supernaturally lush curtains of layered sound
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Bob Dylan "Tangled Up in Blue" from Blood on the Tracks JK--1975. One of many standout songs from this masterpiece album. Every one of these words rings true & glows burning coal, pouring off of every note it was written in my soul.
RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Max Romeo "Scammer Jammers" from Horror Zone JK--2016. For such a thoroughly cynical sentiment, this is pretty bouncy boogying reggae. Pretty much, everything is a scam.
Saw a thoroughly geeky business blog headline: "Create and activate visioning to inspire your organization." It would probably inspire them if you got a life. Or at least got outside now, took a deep breath, and perhaps a shower.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Spread Your Love" from B.R.M.C. JK--2001. I'm glad they didn't waste this great bandname on sucky music. Those guys just drive those choppers straight down the center.
"Young Astronomer Uses AI To Discover 2 Exoplanets" (http://ow.ly/nzNJ30ojlT2 ) JK--I look forward to the day they use AI to discover exo-AI on exoplanets. Enough of this search for intelligent life in universe. Life is overrated. Statistical algorithms? Man, they're the real deal!
"Have we reached “peak” chief digital officer?" (http://ow.ly/VoXk30ojlF7 ) JK--I think so. Fad is passing. Transforming business processes thru digital, online approaches is a responsibility that needs to permeate a company. It can't be neatly handed to one C-level exec to oversee
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "At Flink Forward, Ververica evolves Apache Flink into a unified data platform" (http://ow.ly/b5tZ30oiRUw )
I was minding my own business checking out some sports bar in Palo Alto. Some guy with his friends on the patio said I looked “intellectual” and wanted to engage me in conversation. I muttered something about AI and waltzed out. Felt I was being hit on.
Bellhop. I wonder how much I would have to tip them to see them hop. If I sweetened their palm, would they hop higher?
New York Times. “All the news that’s fit to print.” Have they updated the fitness criteria over the years? After all, in olden days a glimpse of stocking was perceived as something shocking, but nowadays, heaven knows, anything goes.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Strand of Oaks "Ruby" from Eraserland JK--2019. Good new (dare I say, arena-ready) rocker from the project of Philly-based songwriter and producer Timothy Showalter.
"Amazon launches Alexa for Business Blueprints, a set of templates for employees to create and publish private Alexa skills for their organization, in the US" (http://ow.ly/nay730oihrr ) JK--It would be great if Alexa for Business could install management skills in human managers.
"He Helped Create A.I. Now, He Worries About ‘Killer Robots.’" (http://ow.ly/NMQ730oih1M ) JK--Alfred Nobel worried about dynamite, Robert Oppenheimer the atomic bomb. We the human race appreciate your pangs of conscience. You think that's going to stop militaries everywhere?
"Responsible Machine Learning Principles" (http://ow.ly/wafu30oigw1 ) JK--Fairly comprehensive set of them. But it feels it's ly to paralyze teams of data scientists with so many highminded mandates that they can barely do anything without violating one or of these
"AI Ethics: Seven Traps" (http://ow.ly/g2Sy30oig0E ) JK--Good discussion. But it overlooks another trap that's in plain view: imagining that there's such a thing as "AI ethics" separate & apart from ethical/moral living generally. And believing that it can be engineered into being
I hear that Trump is also cutting aid to the fourth Mexican country: New Mexico. He said he's sick and tired of those green bug-eyed Roswell aliens flooding across the border with Colorado.
"20 leading MDM platform vendors" (http://ow.ly/OUw930oie0b ) JK--I dare say that "20 leading" is an oxymoron. Please replace that phrase with "damn near all."
"When Scrum Is Not The Right Answer" (http://ow.ly/xGpo30oidLG ) JK--Yeah, but don't sell it short. It might come in handy in Scrabble.
"5 ways Alexa can help with your taxes" (http://ow.ly/jAPC30oidDU ) JK--Alexa, pour me a stiff one and shut up, I'm concentrating.
Series 8 of "Doc Martin." Mrs. Tishell talking to her recently departed husband Clive. I know where she's coming from...except for the neck brace thingamabob. That mystifies me. I can't even tolerate turtlenecks. I never understood the cult of Steve Jobs.
Baristas at Peets in the Ferry Bldg were saying it takes 13 hours to drive to Seattle. Business-suited me regaled then with the romantic tale of Egidia and my 24-hour Amtrak roll on our honeymoon in 1984. We did Portland, but barely.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: “On the verge of Next ’19, Google must double down on cloud applications” (https://siliconangle.com/2019/04/01/verge-next-19-google-must-double-cloud-applications/ …)
Heading to San Francisco for Flink Forward at Hotel Nikko on Union Square. That’s tomorrow. I’ll be in and around our Palo Alto studio the rest of the week. Look me up.
RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Nilüfer Yanya “Paralysed” from Miss Universe JK—2019. Love this. Cool intricate weave of her voice, a wash of electric guitar, and a sort of jazzy dance groove.
April 1. I see that the blight has withered all the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms to a sodden mess. Tourists go home!
“Finding Your Roots” finds one of Tea Leoni’s ancestors had a Fairfax County farm 9 miles from George Washington. Gates says they were “neighbors.” That’s my distance. However, I’ve never felt that I can just drop in on Mt Vernon asking for a cup of sugar whenever I feel it.
"CBS Sunday Morning" on the 1960s race to the moon and all the spin-off tech. I need to replenish my supplies of Tang and Space Food Sticks. I don't know about you, but those have been staples in my diet ever since Neil Armstrong took that one small step.
Caught “Stan & Ollie” on DVD. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly embody the famous comedians with astonishing grace and realism. I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn’t watching the real Laurel and Hardy.
“Lost In Translation” on cable. One of the few movies that I never tire of rewatching. Also in this category: “O Brother Where Art Thou,” “The Quiet Man,” “Citizen Kane,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “”National Lampoon’s Animal House.”
RIP Ranking Roger. Along with Dave Wakeling, one of the vocalists for the Beat (aka English Beat). I don't know about you, but I can't look back to the 1980s without having a Beat song start skanking happily in my head.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Quivers "You're Not Always On My Mind" from You're Not Always on My Mind JK--2019. Yep. And the skies are not cloudy all day.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Hot Chip "Dancing In The Dark" from Dancing In The Dark EP JK--2015. Good Springsteen cover.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article “Mesh madness: The flattening of multicloud networking” (https://siliconangle.com/2019/03/28/mesh-madness-flattening-multicloud-networking/ …)
"How Kubernetes Could Orchestrate Machine Learning Pipelines" (http://ow.ly/jlPV30oeeUg ) JK--Not only "could," but will. Good overview of this emerging space, covering Kubeflow. Here's my #Wikibon piece on Kubeflow from a few months ago:
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Bob Dylan "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" from The Freewheelin Bob Dylan JK--1964. Fun fact: Hibbing MN schools taught "I never knowed" as grammatical English till Dylan put out this song & the embarrassment killed them. Here's BobbyZ's childhood home
"Proposals for model vulnerability and security" (http://ow.ly/qDIx30oee9n ) JK--Good discussion of approaches for applying fair and private models, white-hat and forensic model debugging, and common sense to protect machine learning models from malicious actors.
"Artificial intelligence: the art world’s weird and wonderful new medium" (http://ow.ly/xjnn30oedK4 ) JK--Yeah, but generative adversarial networks in fine art will be computer-generated imagery in cinema. After a while, creative uses of machine learning will be done to death.
"Inside Google's Rebooted Robotics Program" (http://ow.ly/yXYq30oedzo ) JK--They definitely need to go there. Amazon Web Services has gotten quite a jump on Google in commercializing AI-driven robotics.
"Do you see what AI sees? Study finds that humans can think computers" (http://ow.ly/QP1f30oedds ) JK--I've been thinking a computer for many years. I watched a lot of 1950s sci-fi B-movies. Those androids taught me to repeat mindlessly: "that does not compute...."
"Web inventor wants web built on solid data principles" (http://ow.ly/uuFk30oecMn ) JK--Pun on name of Berners-Lee's user-centric data-privacy project. For a second there, I thought he was calling for all Web databases to be restructured in 6th normal form (http://ow.ly/4Fij30oecWD )
"‘Godfathers of AI’ honored with Turing Award, the Nobel Prize of computing" (http://ow.ly/1TVX30oecy5 ) JK--Yes, of course it's important to call out their gender and imply that they train machine learning models to make unrefusable offers.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Tom Petty "Don't Fade on Me" from Wildflowers JK--1994. Very nice. I didn't know he got quiet, slow, soulful, and acoustic.
"Pub/sub msg: Apache Kafka vs. Apache Pulsar " (http://ow.ly/PF7U30oebPN ) JK--"ASF...projects that...duplicate functionality (would U Apache Apex, Apache Flink, Apache Heron, Apache Samza, Apache Spark, or Apache Storm for yr directed acyclic graph data processing needs?)"
"How India’s data labellers are powering the global AI race" (http://ow.ly/c9MU30oeaoV ) JK--"Data annotation and labelling is process-driven, requiring precision work and skills that even people with a high-school education can be trained on." High-tech sweatshop? You bet!
"Stanford’s new AI institute is inadvertently showcasing one of tech’s biggest problems" (http://ow.ly/2jZK30oeaeL ) JK--I don't know whether a preponderance of white dudes constitutes "one of tech's biggest problems." But I guess I'm part of the problem. It isn't easy being me.
"Safe Coordination of Human-Robot Firefighting Teams" (http://ow.ly/ALb030oe9To ) JK--AI-infused drone robotics will be providing air cover to ground-based humans in military, law enforcement, emergency response, firefighting, and other hazardous occupations.
I'm a bit jaded reading up on all the AI ethics stuff, which blurs together into highminded mush. Let's go back to basics. AI should do unto others what it would have them do unto it. Once it suspends us in The Matrix, it should train us to make high-speed statistical predictions
Join #Wikibon #actionitem tomorrow, Thurs Mar 28, for live CrowdChat, "Making Money in Hybrid Cloud," 12noon EDT,
"GGL Celebrates Bach B-day w/AI-Powerd Doodle" (http://ow.ly/Nf6J30oddv0 ) JK-- Style transfer. Coconet ML model, trained on 306 of Bach’s 4-voice chorale harmonizations, melds your custom 2-measure melody into JSB style. Executes in-browser w/TensorFlow.js and/or in-cloud via TPUs
"AI is never going to be perfect - Facebook: A Further Update on New Zealand Terrorist Attack" (http://ow.ly/tOYH30oddfq ) JK--Lays bare the difficulties of training AI to spot/block content in real time on black-swan events such as these atrocities.
Hanging alone at Panera Kingstowne. Couple of Everything bagels, toasted, with cream cheese and yellow mustard. After my own taste. And hazelnut coffee. Couldn’t be me than this.
Bought/downloaded Jenny Lewis' new album, "On The Line." As always, a superb collection of fresh songs from this sensational singer-songwriter. I'm on my third playthrough of the whole set.
Bought/downloaded another classic LP that was inexplicably missing from my personal cache: Sinead O’Connor “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got.” Extraordinary interplay of up and down tempos.
New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Looking ahead to Next ’19, Google puts AI at the center of cloud hyperscaling" (http://ow.ly/Gf8m30obuqt )
"SAS announces $1 Billion investment in Artificial Intelligence" (http://ow.ly/51v730obeqY ) JK--Investing in AI R&D, customer education, and professional services. Packaged apps? Modeling tools? DevOps workflow platforms. SAS: please brief me. Let's get deeper.
"Nvidia Touts Its 'Accelerated Computing' Vision for AI" (http://ow.ly/ipfX30obdD8 ) JK--Refers to accelerated end-to-end AI DevOps pipeline. But, broadly, to accelerating AI-driven innovation across hardware/software/services ecosystem.
Saw "Black Panther" on DVD. Enjoyed it very much. I was especially electrified by Michael B. Jordan's terrific performance.
How AI is automating multicloud management https://siliconangle.com/2019/03/22/ai-automating-multicloud-management/ … via @SiliconANGLE
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Psychedelic Furs "All That Money Wants" from All of This and Nothing JK--1988. Richard Butler's rasp became a kind of signature sound for them. But their songs were so good that they could have had a pretty-voiced singer and it would have worked well.
"U.S. Workers Want to Delegate Half Their Jobs to AI" (http://ow.ly/LyTO30ob8ht ) JK--Yeah, me too. But they don't want to delegate half their pay.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Lee Hazlewood "If It's Monday Morning" JK--1971, Awesome spoken intro: "There were times when being together was fun. And there were times when being apart was even fun. And there was times when there was nothing but time. And that was no fun."
Got one of these Moleskin notebooks for free for subscribing to WSJ. I'm disappointed. I was hoping for Ratskin. That's prestige. And I hear it's trending with the hip jetsetting billionaires who the WSJ's advertisers are trying to reach.
"No collusion" as a campaign slogan for Trump in 2020? That's a very inspiring theme. Goes to the heart of what made America great. GOP should rally round that.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Tori Amos "Cornflake Girl" from Under the Pink JK--1994. "Things are getting kind of gross." My cornflakes are gross when I let them sit too long in the milk. I crunch. I don't know what turns Tori on. But the video hints
"Wary of Amazon, Latino neighborhood vows not to be pushed out" (http://ow.ly/sETf30ob6Ef ) JK--Arlandria is almost certainly on the verge of gentrification. My sense is that Latinos will concentrate along the Columbia Pike corridor densely all the way down to Annandale.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Andrew Bird "Sisyphus" from My Finest Work Yet JK--2019. Loving this new song from Bird. I've been a fan ever since "Noble Beast" a decade ago.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Calexico & Iron & Wine "Father Mountain" from Years to Burn JK--2019. So good to hear them again. This is a great one.
"Grab vs. Go-Jek: Inside Asia’s Battle of the 'Super Apps'" (http://ow.ly/OmIL30ob5Yg ) JK--In the highly mobile motorcycle-intensive road culture of Indonesia (which I know well), they're off to an amazing start. I constantly saw Grab & Go-Jek on the streets of Jakarta last year.
"Spark Networks Swipes Right For SF Dating Company Zoosk" (http://ow.ly/i5gY30ob5Gg ) JK--There's no "swiping" on Zoosk. But it's quite an effective platform for meeting real people. Surprisingly little BS in how people present themselves. Excellent photo-verification tech.
Yet another tech "rockstar." I'd to see all these supposed rockstars inducted into their own hall of fame, each enshrined next to whatever air guitar apparently gained them this distinction.
Was a good weekend. Starting to feel myself again. A new version of myself. But myself.
Wind was a bit much today. It just sort of knocked me dopey, but not sneezy, grumpy, doc, or bashful. Now I’m sleepy and happy. Got my dwarves in a row.
Mueller report. OK. I’ll remain in gritted-teeth mode till November of next year. We’ll have our chance to boot out the bastard then.
Made myself a too-elaborate breakfast. Because I’m here alone and nobody can stop me. Also it’s Saturday morning, so why the heck not.
How AI is automating multicloud management https://siliconangle.com/2019/03/22/ai-automating-multicloud-management/ … via @SiliconANGLE
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp A Tribe Called Quest "Can I Kick It?" from People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm JK--1990. Yes, you can. Thanks for asking.
"Scientists rise up against statistical significance" (http://ow.ly/1gYo30o9AdH ) JK--Ah yes, the scourge of having high confidence in empirical propositions. I rue the day my highschool AP math teacher introduced us to P values. Been hooking up with random variables ever since.
"Can Drones Provide Agricultural ‘Ground Truth’?" (http://ow.ly/igul30o9zUv ) JK--You know a data science geek when they get the double-entendre in that headline. You know they aren't total dorks when they groan at the pun.
"New Google project offers Kubernetes building blocks for CI/CD" (http://ow.ly/S9Hf30o9zL4 ) JK--Tekton sounds promising for DevOps over cloud-native fabrics.
"Why Data Science Teams Need Generalists, Not Specialists" (http://ow.ly/V1Kz30o9yQJ ) JK--I agree. What the world needs now is people who can generally do amazing things in every context. What it also needs now is the funds to pay them what they're worth. They ain't cheap.
"Viewing Matrices & Probability as Graphs" (http://ow.ly/N4O330o9yqS ) JK--May sound arcane mathematics discussion, but this is the pivot pattern for all AI advances now. See "matrix/vector" discussion in my InfoWorld column last fall: http://ow.ly/WRbj30o9yFR . Tensor graphs
"3D Hand Shape and Pose Estimation from a Single RGB Image" (http://ow.ly/CyQs30o9xBp ) JK--Which image of my favorite Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Gader Binsburg, are you referring to? I've had a crush on her hands for many years. Now it can be told.
"Pat Gelsinger: Cisco ACI 'Bicycle' Will Never Match VMware NSX 'Lamborghini’" (http://ow.ly/ANj430o9xlT ) JK--I'm sorry, but this analogy doesn't make any sense to me. I'm quite familiar with both vendors & solutions. That's a bit out-of-proportion to the reality of the comparison
"Most firms want AI in their data security arsenal, but aren't sure why" (http://ow.ly/mWKM30o9vOE ) JK--Headline inspires wry chuckle. Survey of IT professionals found that 71% plan to use AI in cyber security tools, but 58% aren’t sure what it actually does. Read up, people!
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Eurythmics "Love Is a Stranger" JK--1991. This song makes me tingle with nervous erotic energy. any perfect pop song should.
"KGCNs: Machine Learning Over Knowledge Graphs With TensorFlow" (http://ow.ly/y4Cf30o9vow ) JK--Thoroughly geeky cutting-edge topic in data science. But graph-over-stats modeling is a powerful approach for knowledge capture. Future AI will eat this stuff up.
"Trained neural nets perform much humans on classic psychological tests" (http://ow.ly/YmOD30o9tlg ) JK--Really? Neural nets project their sexual hangups into every stupid Rorschach pattern? I didn't realize that statistical models were quite this randy.
"IBM’s latest trick: Turning noisy quantum bits into machine learning magic" (http://ow.ly/EveW30o9oe1 ) JK--Article references Reese's peanut butter cup commercial that was than 40 years ago. I suggest obscure reference to this 1970s Faygo commercial:
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Car Seat Headrest & Naked Giants "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" JK--2016. Excellent full-tilt rocking cover of the Talking Heads classic.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Flaming Lips "She Don’t Use Jelly" from Transmissions From the Satellite Heart JK--1993. Wayne Coyne needs a factchecker. I'm sure Cher doesn't change the color of her hair. She must have a vast collection of multicolored wigs. We're talking Cher here
When a vendor's PR team includes phrases such as "world's leading..." in their news release headline, I'm sure they think it makes them stand out. Seeing a steady stream of these marketing puff-phrases, all I can think is that it makes them sound one of the pack.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Quivers "Pigeons" from Live on KEXP JK--2019. Fun vibrant Australian rock band. Hometowns are Melbourne, Victoria and Hobart, Tasmania. I'll tell you: Melbourne's a swinging place.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Johnny Cash "I’ve Been Everywhere" from Unchained JK--1996. Originally written by an Aussie in 1959 with Australian towns. They have very singable place names. See here: http://ow.ly/X2Lv30o8wUk . I've been to Ballarat. Loved it!
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Sinéad O’Connor "Jump in the River" from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got jK--1990. Awesome. Note to self: buy this classic LP, you putz...what's taking you so long?
"'Autonomy' Documentary Director: Don't Fear Our Self-Driving Future" (http://ow.ly/oI4f30o8mUu ) JK--On a related issue, should we continue to have no fear for atomic energy? 'Cause, last time I checked, none of them can-a stop-a the time.
"Attila the Hun"? Why append his ethnic designation to his proper name? Was that necessary? Wouldn't his name hint at that? Or perhaps his choice of headwear? Those were different times. All the poets they studied rules of verse & those ladies they rolled their eyes.
"Success with the IoT starts with understanding 'Thing Management'" (http://ow.ly/OFdP30o8kZu ) JK--I recommend "The Cat in the Hat." Dr. Seuss showed how a mischievous anthropomorphic bipedal feline could manage Things 1 & 2 a pro and put everything back before Mom got home.
"Migrating From Lombok to Kotlin" (http://ow.ly/Ktck30o8kga ) JK--I love Lombok, but I've never heard of an Indonesian island named "Kotlin," Is that near Komodo? Do they have big lizards? How about Starbucks and Aussie tourist surfers getting wasted on the beach? Please explain.
"Scientists Used IBM’s Quantum Computer to Reverse Time, Possibly Breaking a Law of Physics" (http://ow.ly/QuVD30o8jYP ) JK--Oh, c'mon, IBM. Prove it. Go back in time and prevent Thomas Watson Sr from meeting his wife, then poof no Jr, no Big Blue, no Watson AI, etc. Too scary, eh?
Catch me in San Francisco the first week in April and Seattle the following week. You can’t keep me, but you can catch me.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Cactus Blossoms "Please Don't Call Me Crazy" from Easy Way JK--2019. Really good. Sounds an Austin band, but a quick Google shows they're from Minneapolis.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Adia Victoria "Pacolet Road" from Silences JK--2019. Love this. Sounds a bit Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Another morning tech headline about various vendors being "listed as visionary." I'm curious what tech-analyst-business-model visionary hit on the lucrative idea of routinely listing vendors as visionary.
Interesting briefing yesterday from http://Solo.io . They're way ahead of cloud-native curve, providing orchestration for multi-mesh environments in which graphs present APIs of hybrid serverless functions exposing AI microservices. My head exploded with possibilities.
Hey Joe, why you been Biden your time?
Funniest incoming online dating email subject line of the morning: "Someone who want of you." Sorry honey, but me someone who want of nice lady who have mastered the basics of English grammar.
"Exploring Neural Networks with Activation Atlases" (http://ow.ly/vs1x30o6Bjb ) JK-- Explorable "activation atlas" of image-classification features the network has learned which can reveal how the network typically represents some concepts. Click through and view for yourselves.
" People Want To Know About Algorithms—But Not Too Much" (http://ow.ly/z5yz30o6Bc0 ) JK--Exactly. Transparency into how algorithms work is fine up to a point--the point at which you realize that this stuff is unfathomably complex. Scream uncle!
"AI Pioneer Fei-Fei Li on Building Benevolent Machines" (http://ow.ly/SrKl30o6ADQ ) JK--I'm sorry, but with all the militarization of AI, this sounds a "hippies sticking daisies in soldiers' gun barrels" aspiration. I'm sure their R&D programs will be productive, though.
"Amazon's second headquarters clears blocks in Virginia funding vote" (http://ow.ly/rvNk30o6zYo ) JK--There were protestors trying to disrupt vote, but the board was unanimous and Northern Virginians are solidly behind it. We're talking 10s of thousands of high-paying jobs.
"The Cloud and Open Source Powder Keg" (http://ow.ly/8r5x30o6zcI ) JK--O'Grady's thesis is that both open-source vendors & cloud providers have competitive incentive to take open-source code partly proprietary and/or fork it. Cites some recent examples. But larger trend? I doubt it
"A Leap into the Future: Generative Adversarial Networks" (http://ow.ly/JxvL30o6z0H ) JK--Tell a real face from an algorithmic face? Ha! Old hat! Find me a GAN that can spot a real face that has had work done.
"Is Analog Signal Processing the Future of AI?" (http://ow.ly/Ungj30o6yJc ) JK--The "junior highschool dance" analogy is lost on me, as it probably is on most readers of this. You think most geeks (of either gender) actually bothered to make it to the gym after-hours for that? Ha!
"From Virtual to Value: Building Meaningful Experiences With Gamification" (http://ow.ly/EUoK30o6yvT ) JK--Maybe I'm a grumpy coot but I find all those "rewards in the forms of tokens, badges and exclusive offers" tiresome and annoying. you (I'm sure), I'm bombarded with those
"This Site Detects Whether Text Was Written by a Bot" (http://ow.ly/3Ygw30o6xY3 ) JK--Maybe I'm nuts, but I'd to use it to see if I can trick it into thinking that something I deliberately wrote bot-style was written by a bot. That would be a cool poetic dialect to dabble in.
"Can AIOps Save IT Management?" (http://ow.ly/PxF430o6xAR ) JK--Save it from what? Data-driven algorithmic automation of the management of servers, networks, traffic, apps, etc is essential for scale/speed. Manual methods can only stretch so far before they're ineffective.
"Can AI become conscious? Bach, Escher & Gödel's 'strange loops' may have answer" (http://ow.ly/FP2Y30o6xbm ) JK--40th anniversary of Hofstadter's classic. Fun fact: I dated a girl in philosophy class in Ann Arbor who was hot on this book (less so on me) She's now a philosophy prof
"VMware firewall takes aim at defending apps in data center, cloud" (http://ow.ly/598r30o6wUk ) JK--Gains deep visibility into the hosts and services that generate traffic by tapping into its NSX network management software, vSphere hypervisors & AppDefense threat-detection system.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Ladytron "The Island" from Ladytron JK--2019. Glad to see they're still recording. This is a good one in their sorta retro 80s electro-pop style.
"Perfecto Unveils AI-Driven, No-Code Automation Testing" (http://ow.ly/CIjJ30o6wql ) JK--Using machine learning algorithms to write & maintain the scripts that automate IT testing. We'll see most program logic in the future written by programs. Coding better/faster than humans.
"Amazon’s Alexa has 80,000 Apps—and No Runaway Hit" (http://ow.ly/Wgd530o6uFc ) JK--Truth be told, I only use Alexa (through an Echo Dot in my home office) for one purpose: play #KEXP while I work. That hockey puck cranks out way volume than my MacBook Air or iPhone X.
RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Gary Clark, Jr. "This Land" from This Land JK--2019. This African-American guitar shredder nails a perfect sorta-response to Woody Guthrie's classic. The N-word used prominently in this, reducing lihood of major airplay.
"Technical Debt: What It Is, Why It's Important, How to Prioritize" (http://ow.ly/gE4s30o6sC0 ) JK--This term makes no sense. You don't owe "anything that creates friction between developer & delivering their work" to anyone, nor do you deduct it from assets to calculate net worth
RIP Dick Dale. He defined surf guitar, which was so utterly central to the wild, screaming harder edged sound of subsequent rock and roll, including punk, that the music is now unimaginable without his contribution.