Monday, May 07, 2018

Aweekstweets March 26 to May 7 2018: the weeks I’ve filed for future reference

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Wye Oak "It Was Not Natural" from The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs JK--2018. Another great one from their latest.

"Artificial general intelligence literature review" ( ) JK--Cool compendium from Australian researchers. Best to start at the figure (transcluded in this tweet).

"Everyone Into the AI Pool" ( ) JK--Not sure you should give blanket advice to make conversational UI always "speak plain English." It should engage the target user in the appropriate linguistic community, lexicon, and application domain.

When somebody advises to speak or write in "plain English," I'll try to drop some oldschool Anglo-Saxon into the conversation. Can't get much plainer than Beowulf: "Hwæt. Gardena in geardagum, þeodcyninga, þrym gefrunon, hu ða æþelingas ellen fremedon."
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"Why serverless computing is one of the biggest threats to containers" ( ) JK--Misleading headline. Not arguing that one microservices approach is a security threat to another, just that one is obsoleting the other. Who exactly is "threatened" by this trend?

"Personal Touch Coming To Inflight Experience Through Big Data" ( ) JK--Bah humbug. Not a high priority for passengers. Tell the airlines to hand out disposable earbuds that aren't pure crap. Also, give us better pretzels!

"Using Deep Learning to Understand Your Source Code" ( ) JK--Points to interesting Microsoft research ( ) on natural-language-understanding graphs to represent syntactic/semantic source-code structure & flag anomalous program logic

"GDPR Requirements Prompt New Approach to Protecting Data in Motion" ( ) JK--Detecting when on-the-fly correlation of newly acquired in-motion data with at-rest data may inadvertently give you personally identifiable customer info needing privacy protection.

"No Computing Device Too Small For Cryptojacking" ( ) JK--"Several crypto mining malware samples that Trend Micro observed appear dedicated to exploring whether any connected device, however underpowered, can still be exploited for [cryptocurrency mining]"

"The Threat of AI Weapons" ( ) JK--Accurate. But it's a bit historically oversimplistic to call invention of gunpowder the1st military tech revolution. Swords were revolutionary, especially when wielded by cavalry stabilized on charging steeds by stirrups

"South Korea: World's first giant manned robot takes its first steps" ( ) JK--The world’s first giant, manned robot “Method-2” took some of its first steps in the Gunpo studio of Hankook Mirae Technology company near Seoul, Thursday.

"Could space aliens on hefty super-Earths be trapped by their own gravity?" ( ) JK--That doesn't explain why they're not radiating signals into the vastness of space. Also, calling them "space aliens" is so 1950s. By the same token, we're space aliens.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Brian Eno "Burning Airlines Give You So Much " from Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) JK--1974. Eno's musical resemblance to Syd Barrett jumps out at you on this one. "Sweet Regina's gone to China."

New jk #Datanami column: "Ensuring Iron-Clad Algorithmic Accountability in the GDPR Era" ( )

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Bob Dylan "Hurricane" from Desire JK--1976. Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a middleweight boxer who was wrongfully convicted of murder and later released following a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Stevie Wonder "Higher Ground" from Funkafied Rainbow JK--1974. Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London.

"Rulers of the World: Read Karl Marx!" ( ) JK--Article makes strained argument about "gig economy" spawning a barely solvent "precariat": "reserve force of atomised labourers who wait to be summoned, via electronic foremen, to [be exploited by fatcats]."

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp La Luz "Cicada" from Floating Features JK--2018. Comes out this week. Great new one from them. Very expansive Morricone feel to this one.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp A.A.L. "Know You" from 2012–2017 JK--2018. Good electronic funk with oldschool-feeling processed beats.

Twitter just started sending notifications for stuff that doesn’t matter. Such as that so-and-so has just tweeted for the first time in a long time. And that so-and-so is now following somebody else who has lots of followers. Who cares? Deep-six these algorithms now!

They’re installing Tesla charging stations in the valet parking area of Springfield Mall. There is no Tesla dealer at the mall. And I’ve yet to spot a Tesla on the roads of Northern Virginia. Stupid move?

Washington Post expose on R. Kelly. Can’t say I’m familiar with his music. So I listened to his big hits on YouTube. Kind of slow boring R&B, actually. I don’t get into it.

New jk #InformationWeek column: "Giving the IoT the Power to Pay Attention on Our Behalf" ( )

Got a deep tissue massage today. Nothing clears the mind better. Not nature. Not meditation.

Trump’s personal physician admits that his then-patient dictated the preposterous 2015 letter about “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” A quack who quacks  that shows his true feathers.

Nobel committee skipping the award of a Literature prize this year. I’d also prefer that they skip the Peace prize rather than risk the insanity of Trump getting it. And Obama should give back his undeserved prize. He waged 2 wars that still smoulder.

Wife and I have switched from wine season to beer season, in terms of our preferred evening-lounging libations. Summer always suggests a mash of malt, barley, hops, and yeast to me. Winter is fermented grapes all the way.

Enjoyed recording today’s #Wikibon Action Item with fellow veteran analysts Peter Burris and Neil Raden. Got a chance to whack the blockchain mania down to size. It’s the new “Hadoop,” a nouveau hip data platform that is slowly revealing its limitations.

Loved what little I caught of today’s #KEXP YouTube livestream in-studio with the great Damien Jurado. The artist revealed himself as a vulnerable human being. And the new songs he previewed were achingly beautiful.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “How now, smart browser? AI takes up residence on the web browser” ( …)

"The Blockchain Will Tear Through The Ad Market  A Tornado" ( ) JK--Or tear through seed capital  a hellish vortex. Article counts 19 startups using blockchain for ad-market opportunities.

"Swift for TensorFlow Now Open Source on GitHub" ( ) JK--Should accelerate AI development for embedded in mobile, edge, and other client devices running all things Apple (iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, etc.)

"The US lags behind 8 other countries in AI and automation readiness" ( ) JK--Bah. It's somebody's headline-grab repackaging of the usual "US isn't tip-top in the world at investing in STEM education." Telling us "Putin said it best..." doesn't inspire.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Wye Oak "The Instrument" from The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs JK--2018. Another great new one from the Balti duo.

"Tesla shares fall after Elon Musk’s testy conference call" ( ) JK--In Musk's defense, evil AI bots had taken over those reporters' brains and forced them to ask inconvenient questions. It's not as if he hadn't warned us.

"This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the Acronym" ( ) JK--What's lesson #2? Bullshitting your way convincingly to a high-paying well-respected job as the world's foremost AI authority?

"Team of Top Scientists Prepare to Invade Antarctica’s Scariest Glacier" ( ) JK--Hint: it's the one the monster emerged from in the 1982 remake of "The Thing." They've enlisted an aging Kurt Russell to go right back in there and finish the job.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Future Islands "Calliope" from Calliope JK--2018. Good new one. Singer Samuel Herring has an unplaceable singing-accent. Wikipedia says Greenville NC by way of Baltimore. Huh? Just  you'd never guess Natalie Merchant is from upstate New York.

Spam scam best recited aloud in fake African accent: "I am personal secretary to Dr. Chombo, former Minister of Finance & Economic Development of Zimbabwe. On 14 Nov 2017, after military took control of our country, my boss was arrested. I hereby humbly ask your assistance ...."

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “Serverless computing takes a big step into the multicloud world” ( …)

“Scouts BSA”? It’s good that they took the gender out of their name, but do they really need to rebrand as Bullshit Artists?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Medicine "Time Baby 3" from Sounds of Medicine: Stripped and Reformed Sounds JK--1994. LA-based group. Coolest pairing ever of Elizabeth Fraser with another woman's voice. Beth Thompson. Bewitchingly atmospheric weave here.

"Redscan warns of GDPR phishing scams" ( ) JK--"Cyber criminals seek to capitalise on the fact businesses are actively re-consenting their contact databases ahead of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation compliance deadline of 25 May"

"Raspberry Pi meets AI: The projects that put machine learning on the $35 board" ( ) JK--Just the sort of low-end DIY phenomenon that will incubate the next AI revolution among the smartest kids working from their garages, bedrooms, etc.

"Blockchain and Robots Not Yet VC Blockbusters" ( ) JK--Perhaps that's because VCs are being circumvented by ICOs in funding blockchain startups. As regards robotics, it's still an industrial play without the mass-market potential that makes VCs drool.

"Digital Currency and Blockchain: How are Financial Institutions Responding?" ( ) JK--Interesting: "Initial Coin Offerings, the token-based funding mechanism for most blockchain startups, have raised  money than venture capital in Q1 of this year..."

"European Commission To Fight Fake News With Power Of Blockchain" ( ) JK--Blockchain + AI + trusted digital IDs to ensure news/source integrity, validity, reliability, & traceability, and flag fakes.

"AI Is Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives" ( ) JK--Need to build/train very sophisticated AI-drive OCR to decipher monk-inscribed medieval scripts such as the one whose image I've transcluded in this tweet.

"The Rise Of The Omnibots" ( ) JK--Geez. I don't want brands to become "beings." Next thing you know, they're pushing their beingness into stupid robots that follow you around and badger you into buying  of their branded crap.

"For  Than Just Friends? Facebook Will Soon Offer a Dating Service" ( ) JK--Quoth Zuck: "This is for building real long-term relationships, not just hookups." Rings hollow from a guy whose service started as hormone-driven hookup-accelerator FaceMash

"Self-driving cars’ shortcomings revealed in DMV reports" ( ) JK--Thank you, California. All these incident reports need to be in the public record and continuously updated. Compelling need for us all to be kept informed on the tech's operational immaturity.

"Publishers Protest Google's 'Troubling' GDPR Policy" ( ) JK--Troubling? Google has its back against the wall. It's no surprise that it's using its digital-ad-serving leverage to extract data-subject-consent compliance from publishers. Deadline approaching.

"How Accountable Should Algorithms Be?" ( ) JK--Not sure how feasible it is to implement referenced paper's recommendation that "use of unaudited 'black box' banned in public agencies." See my Datanami column from 2017:

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Beck "Pay No Mind (Snoozer)" from Mellow Gold JK--1994. Beck slips into and out of musical styles  the utmost chameleon. This early one feels  Country Beck settin' a spell down on the ranch lazily strumming his geetar.

"A Data Protection Officer's Guide to GDPR 'Privacy by Design'" ( ) JK--It's too early to judge what's overkill on this new compliance mandate. But this is starting to feel  an intricately woven red tape of bureaucratic strangulation for global business.

"Enterprises Begin To Toy With Deep Learning" ( ) JK--Good McKendrick summary of O'Reilly study on DL adoption and challenges facing implementers.

"ZimGo Polling Is...Emotion AI Election Analytics and Forecasting Service for US Campaigns" ( ) JK--Great. What American democracy needs is a dashboard of just how cynical and angry we are at it all.

Amazon's ubiquity in news stories has produced a glut of "Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post" mentions in that paper. Wife asks why they're constantly repeating that. I agree it gets annoying. My proposal: insert Jeff's picture into every story with caption: "what don't I own?"

“Giuliani: Trump repaid Cohen for hush money.” Thanks. With you on his defense, the government will need one less prosecuting attorney.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “AI is driving the evolution of hyperconverged cloud infrastructure” ( …)

RT @KEXPNowPlaying KEXP Bob Dylan “Visions of Johanna” from The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Live 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert JK--Geez, how could the jelly-faced women not find their knees? Perhaps they needed to wipe the jelly off their faces and just look.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Link Wray “Rumble” JK--1958. Wray improvised this landmark power chord in a live show one night in Fredericksburg VA. Said the kids kept coming back asking for him to replay “that weird song.”

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Janelle Monáe “I Got The Juice from Dirty Computer JK--2018. Great new one from the singer-actor.

New jk #TechTarget column: "Human jobs will remain in AI’s loop" ( 

"Your Fear Of Looking Stupid Is Making You Look Stupid" ( ) JK--Accept the fact that you're just plain stupid. OK? Deal with it!

"Laughing all the way to the bank"? If it's online banking, can we assume that you stop laughing the moment you enter your password, or are you still breaking out in hysterics when it asks you to enter the secret code they sent via text message? When will the hilarity cease?

Local news tonight spent way too long playing yet another idiotic and offensive rant by Kanye West. Please stop giving him a platform. He needs to simply shut his trap.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "Graphing the sensitive boundary between personally identifiable information and publicly inferable insights" ( )

"Inventing The Next Computer" ( ) JK--This discusses R&D into new embedded UI techs: touchscreen walls, water-based interfaces, augmented fidget spinners, etc.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Okkervil River "Famous Tracheotomies" from In the Rainbow Rain JK--2018. Wow. Subject matter I've never heard in song before. Also, a great song with lots of cool celebrity namedropping.

"Europe divided over robot ‘personhood’" ( ) JK--Argggh! Are we going to have to protect their privacy too under GDPR?

"How AI Anxiety Is Creating  Jobs For Humans" ( ) JK--Governance: "For every tech job developing AI, corporations will require at least 2 ancillary jobs to flag errors & bad decisions made by machines, manage AI performance in light of societal impacts."

"Blockchain Governance Issues" ( ) JK--Highlights serious issues with the technology that prevent it from becoming a trusted, security transactional database. 

"Europe wants a robot army to challenge the U.S. and China on AI" ( ) JK--Misleading headline implies military deployment. Replace "army" with "industry" and it's a  accurate characterization of what the article discusses.

"After Facebook's Data 'Blow-Up' Are DAOs Leveraging Blockchain's Future?" ( ) JK--"DAO" stands for "decentralized autonomous organization," which apparently means "run according to the rules established through blockchain smart contracts."

"Little Caesars just patented a pizza-making robot" ( ) JK--Please don't roll them out big time till you've trained them to flip the dough upward while taking your order in a faux Sicilian accent.

"GDPR rules can spur broader steps to protect sensitive data" ( ) JK--Asserts that "sexual orientation" is "covered under GDPR" privacy protections. But only if that's an attribute recorded in actual PII records. You can still infer it from other data.

"IoT, edge computing spawn new data security issues" ( ) JK--Here's something I authored 3 years ago on this topic that holds up well:

Mayday. Let's see: maidens with garlands dancing around a ribbon-draped pole, proles marching in class solidarity, sinking ships putting out international distress signals. Yeah. I see a common theme here. Nothing.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Aretha Franklin "Chain Of Fools" from Lady Soul JK--1967. Per Wikipedia: this song "is musically noteworthy in that it's composed completely in a minor mode (Aeolian), and is one of the few hit songs based on just one (minor) chord." And it smokes!

31 straight work days so far writing those meaty #SiliconANGLE daily posts. I don’t choose a topic till a few hours into each day. Something always comes. I consider it a column. I ride the industry news cycle. I cross-ref my/our research  crazy. Rob Hof edits me.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Confidence Man “Don’t You Know I’m in a Band” from Confident Music For Confident People JK-2018. Wild! Sounds  Beck producing Ween.

Wife’s watching episode 38 of some Mexican telenovela where everybody is uniformly gorgeous. Hope these particular people are in that caravan heading north.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “AI’s automation flywheel spins greater human productivity” ( …)

"Amazon is reportedly building a home robot. An expert explains how close we are to ‘The Jetsons.’" ( ) JK--Already there, if by "there" you're referring to the hair-trigger "Mr. Spacely" in Washington who's constantly yelling "you're fired."

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Unknown Mortal Orchestra "Ministry of Alienation" from Sex & Food JK--2018. Very good. Sounds a bit  the best Steely Dan.

New jk #InfoWorld column: "GDPR may well kill enterprise blockchain databases" ( )

Saw “Call Me By Your Name” on DVD. What they used to call an “art house film.” A beautiful slow-build that is designed to make the viewer uneasy. Presents bisexuality matter-of-factly.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Mike Ireland and Holler “House Of Secrets” from Learning How to Live JK--1998. Very cool downhome Appalachian feel with splashes of countrypolitan.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Kings of Convenience “Misread” from Riot on an Empty Street JK--2004. Very elegant shuffle to this arrangement. Hushed romanticism. A mid-tempo close-dancing gem.

The best parts of working out are the between-times when your being sinks into a lower-energy resting state. And your breathing deepens into a  expansive cleansing calm.

The controversy over “The Simpsons” Apu character. I should note that they also play other broad ethnic stereotypes for ironic good humor. Hotheaded Scotsman Groundskeeper Willie, most notably. Also, Krusty’s a Jewish comedian.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp The Moondoggies “Underground (A Love Sleeps Deep)” JK--2018. This Seattle group always struck me as sounding a bit country-rock. But this long song is a bit trance-psychedelic. Nice.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Unknown Mortal Orchestra - “Hunnybee” from Sex & Food JK--2018. Good new one. Their stuff always gives me a warm buzz.

For  the trillionth time, my wife points to the British actor and exclaims “that’s the gay guy Harry from ‘Mamma Mia.’” It escapes me why she can’t remember his name is Colin Firth. And he’s reputed to be straight.

Today on LinkedIn overnotifications: me being gang-work-anniversary-congrats’d by absolute strangers and being nagged to blast out work-anniversary-congrats’s to a different gang of strangers. Show each other we’re all thinking of each other

Chances that Kim Jong Eun is negotiating sincerely are negligible. This overture is  a good fake than good faith. It’s to gull the fool in Washington who desperately needs a foreign policy accomplishment to beat his chest about.

“Will GDPR Make Machine Learning Illegal?” ( …) JK--Of course not. Just applies to one category of ML-processed data. And simply requires data subject consent to ML-driven uses, and well as opportunity to have those uses explained.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “App development transformed: Exploring the impact of blockchain on augmented programming” ( …)

Prince Louis. OK.  French than I expected from the Duke and Duchess. I was assuming they'd name him something  traditionally Anglo-Saxon, such as Egbert, Hrothgar, or Beowulf.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “Bringing probabilistic programming into AI development” ( …)

"Jeopardy!" had a question last night that hinged on contestants knowing what Markov chains are. None of them knew that it's a core concept in probability. Occasionally, a professional data scientist competes there. That wasn't the case last night. One of them would've aced that.

Just heard tech startup refer to itself as "stealth," "early stage," & "leading" in its segment. I'm sorry: which is it? If we could all do that, I'd be a promising, young, unknown, highly-esteemed, & influential late-blooming industry veteran with a long list of accomplishments

"Jack Ma says nations need tech to sidestep U.S. chip grip" ( ) jK--"Chip grip"? Somehow, I doubt that US chipmakers, and even the idiot at the top of this US administration, are going to refuse to sell our most advanced chips to China etc. 

"Big Data, Make Room for Precision Data" ( ) JK--What's with the capitalization and unnecessary new phrase? You're just referring to small, accurate data sets for specific analytical challenges. Not sure why you throw AI/ML into this spreadsheet-oid context

"Analytics Translator vs. Citizen Data Scientist: What is the Difference?" ( ) JK--Oh, gimme a break! What's next? Geek whisperers?

Just heard a disturbing fact. Apparently, the term "shoegaze" was coined by a music journalist to refer to musicians pre-occupied with their wah-wah pedals, not brooding on existential dread. Including Steve Miller in the category kind of defeats the purpose.

"The sadism of white men: why America must atone for its lynchings" ( ) JK--It's high time that American gave remembrance to these genocide victims on the native soil where their blood was shed. Extraordinarily powerful memorial for tragic history.

"Government promises £300m extra funding as part of £1bn AI sector deal" ( ) JK--Heavy UK emphasis on training in the private sector.

"Google claims it is GDPR ready" ( ) JK--Not sure whether I'm ready to believe that. They should state their expected revenue and cost hits due to less precise customer targeting and  rigorous compliance to address GDPR ongoing ( )

"AWS IoT Analytics helps users quickly grok device and sensor data in the cloud" ( ) JK--Fascinated by Vuzix M300 augmented reality smart glasses: collect and transmit sensor data (industrial, medical, retail) for further analysis: 

"From USENET to Facebook: The second time as farce" ( ) JK--Good piece on need for automated moderation with damped-down engagement metrics. Constrain the voices that try to censor others through an algorithmic onslaught of sheer social noise.

"When algorithms surprise us" ( ) JK--The fine line between "d'oh!" and "eureka!" When spurious statistical results reveal serendipitous discoveries.

"Fighting Fake News and Forging Real Diplomacy" ( ) JK--Good discussion of people's current gullibility to dangerous fads (anti-vaxxers, "raw water" guzzlers, etc.) and egregious bullshit. I fully expect the next big thing to be cordless bungee jumping.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Ian Dury & The Blockheads "Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" from JK--1978. "Je t'adore, ich liebe dich....Das ist gut! C'est fantastique!....It's nice to be a lunatic."

"What Is 3D Touch Technology and how Will It Be Integrated Into Future Apps?" ( ) JK--Device interfaces that are sensitive to the pressure of your touch. "Soft touch" peeks into objects. "Hard touch" pops them open and activates them.

"Stealing Machine Learning Models via Prediction APIs" ( ) JK--Fascinating paper on "model extraction attacks": adversary with blackbox query access, but lacking prior knowledge of ML model parameters or training data, infers model with high fidelity

"Lessons from My First Two Years of AI Research" ( ) JK--Excellent advice on "drinking from research community firehose." Also, "write!" Personally, I default to writing about what I'm reading. Forcing myself helps me think. Hence, my tweeting/blogging style

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "The militarization of AI is coming. Can tech companies (and the rest of us) live with it?" ( )

If there’s anything that makes me sicker than Trump, it’s photos of Trump and Macron kissing, holding hands, and making googoo eyes. They should get a room.

RIP Bob Dorough. Three is indeed a magic number. The heart, the brain, and the body. Faith, hope, and charity.

"Synthetic Data: how your AI startup can compete with the tech titans" ( ) JK--Yup. See what I said here last summer in InfoWorld:

"Magic and AI are mixing to create tricks you won't believe" ( ) JK--“What people don’t realise is any sufficiently deceptive magic is indistinguishable from technology." Bingo! This guy obviously has a future in high-tech marketing.

"Amazon Has a Top-Secret Plan to Build Home Robots" ( ) JK--Not a top secret any, unless there's a top-secret plan inside the plan (e.g., home sexbots) that they're not revealing, though I doubt it (for the first release, at least).

"Scientists plan huge European AI hub to compete with US" ( ) JK--This sounds   a desperate move to stem brain drain than any desire to advance AI R&D. Prove me wrong.

"Berlin protesters have message for Amazon CEO Bezos" ( ) JK--Of course I looked it up. The protest was almost exactly where I took this selfie a week previous.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "Networked digital twins are coming to industrial blockchains" ( )

From one of my followers on LinkedIn, now I know that "祝您入职纪念日快!" is Mandarin Chinese for "Congrats on your work anniversary!" The anniversary was almost a month ago, but I know that bits take a long time to circumnavigate the globe. So I'll cut you some slack.

Register here and now for the upcoming @Syncsort #webcast! with me discussing how to make the most of your #LegacyData while protecting customer privacy and ensuring #RegulatoryCompliance: 

"Expect cloud providers to bypass GDPR where they can, just  Facebook did" ( ) JK--Transferred all non-European users from Facebook/Ireland to Facebook/US. So Facebook can data-mine all but EU citizens without GDPR around its neck.

"Workplace 'mindfulness' as coping mechanism for AI disruption" ( ) JK--Teaching ourselves not to mind that AI may soon deprive us of a workplace and a paycheck.

"Pentagon developing artificial intelligence center" ( ) JK--"Developing"? I'm surprised they didn't already have one, considering how extensively they're putting AI into everything they do to wage war, preserve peace, and/or manage uneasy truce.

New jk #Wikibon Premium research note (with Gilbert, Finos, & Burris): "Wikibon’s 2018 Big Data and Analytics Vendor Profiles" ( )

Enough with the online retailing, already! Let's go back to old-school brick-and-mortar retailing. I mean it. Avoid other construction materials. Train a new generation of bricklayers to slather on the gray goo with a new sense of mercantile purpose.

"8base targets blockchain for no-code app dev" ( ) JK--Developer social-reputation registry? Gimme a break. @PundITInc nails it on the head: "Some companies are turning [blockchain] into 2018 equivalent of 'internet pixie dust' so common during dot-com boom"

" #IBM continues to fine-tune DSX in concert with #Hortonworks " ( ) JK--My interview with Piotr Mierzejewski at #DWS18 Berlin. #theCUBE #SiliconANGLE

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "What will it take to bring blockchain to the masses?" ( )

New jk #Dataversity column: "AI Infuses the Next Generation of Web Application Development" ( )

"Hortonworks enlists Apache Atlas to follow the trail of data breadcrumbs for GDPR" ( ) JK--My interview with #Hortonworks CTO Scott Gnau last week at #DWS18 Berlin #theCUBE #SiliconANGLE

"AI-enhanced instrumentation: fusion of DL & medical sensors" ( ) JK--Discusses Nvidia's Project Clara: "cloud-based 'medical imaging supercomputer' develop enhancement algos for any medical instrument including CT, MRI, sonogram or conventional X-ray"

"EU Member States sign up to cooperate on AI" ( ) JK--"Cooperation will focus on reinforcing European AI research centres, creating synergies in R&D&I funding schemes across Europe, & exchanging views on the impact of AI on society and the economy"

"Hortonworks’ Data Steward Studio release is both timely and reassuring" ( ) JK--My day-2 keynote analysis on #theCUBE at #DWS18 Berlin. I'm reassured that my tie was on straight and balding pate was cowlick-free.

Check out the two days of #theCUBE video interviews I did last week at #DataWorks Summit Berlin:  . Excellent discussions with #Hortonworks #IBM #Accenture et al. #DWS18

"The Simulation Hypothesis — Why Quantum Physics, AI, and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are In A Video Game" ( ) JK--Sounds  the sort of late-night dorm-room sci-fi mind-blowing rambles you get out of your system in order to look for a real job.

"What’s New in Deep Learning Research: Jennifer Aniston and the Process of Understanding Learning by Deleting Neurons" ( ) JK--This is the only neuron the tabloid editors possess. Stop splashing her on your front pages & deleting mass neurons in the process!

"Imagine This! Scripts to Compositions to Videos" ( ) JK--Wow! Generative AI to build movies from textual storyboards. Results could be awesome or insanely ridiculous. Regardless, popcorn-munching shenanigans ly to ensue.

"AI in the UK" ( ) JK--UK House of Lords study by Baroness Bakewell, Lord Clement-Jones, Lord Giddens, Baroness Grender Lord Holmes of Richmond, Lord Levene of Portsoken, Lord Bishop of Oxford, Viscount Ridley, Lord St John of Bletso, & Kiwi popstar Lorde.

"Transfer Learning –Deep Learning for Everyone" ( ) JK--Cool thing here is Vorhies lists pre-trained models to use as the basis for transferring their learning to, hence accelerating modeling/training of, your next AI/DL model.

"Jordan Peele use AI to make Barack Obama deliver a PSA about fake news" ( ) JK--"For instance, they could have me say things ....President Trump is a total and complete dipshit. You see, I would never say these things."

"With this browser, ads can’t steal your attention — they have to pay you for it" ( ) JK--"'Decentralized, transparent digital ad exchange based on blockchain.” Early development stages. May go nowhere. Too much digital-ad incumbency money stacked against it

"The Top-10 French Artificial Intelligence Startups" ( ) JK--Top 10 "most funded." Doesn't indicate whether any of them are ly to amount to a hill of brie. None of them rings a bell, actually, and I've been covering this space for years.

"Privacy, Ethics & Regulation in Our New World of Artificial Intelligence" ( ) JK--I'm disturbed by the question: "How do we distribute the wealth created by machines?" Who is this "we" & why is it not assumed that market forces can/will distribute it?

"ARM Under Attack in AI" ( ) JK--Nearly a dozen processor cores for accelerating ML jobs on clients are racing for spots in systems-on-a-chip, with some already designed into smartphones. See my recent #SiliconANGLE column:

"Introducing TensorFlow Probability" ( ) JK--Edward2: A probabilistic programming language for specifying flexible probabilistic models as programs. If you need to quantify the uncertainty in your predictions, as opposed to predicting a single value.

"Nvidia Moves Into Top 10 in Chip Sales" ( ) JK--It's one of 2 fab-less suppliers in the top 10. The other is Qualcomm (#6).

"IBM lures developers with AI and machine learning projects" (  ) JK--What once was "Spark Technology Center" is now "Center for Open-Source Data & AI Technologies." Developers can customize AI in IBM's new Watson Studio AI application development platform.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Grace Jones "My Jamaican Guy (12" version)" JK--1982. Statuesque Jamaican-American dancefloor diva turns 70 next month.

"Study Finds Petabytes of Sensitive Data Open to the Internet" ( ) JK--I'm wary of studies sponsored by a vendor that blames a problem generally on "third-party contractors."

"How open source databases are sucking revenue out of legacy vendors' pockets" ( ) JK--But slowly. As @merv says: ""The greatest force in legacy databases is inertia." The reporter adds: "That inertia will keep Larry Ellison in yachts for many years to come"

Saw “All The Money In The World” on DVD. Great performances by Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer. They took liberties with the facts. The ear-cutting scene made me feel  puking.

Coincidence. Stranger next to me on connecting flight from London was an American who 1) knows several people I worked with at Forrester, 2) graduated the same highschool as my kids (he's a bit older), and 3) grew up around the corner from us. Listens to KEXP. Works at SAP.

Now that I've been to Berlin, I can tell people where Checkpoint Charlie is. It's next to McDonald's. Where's the Brandenburg Gate? Next to Starbucks. Hitler's bunker? Is it near Cracker Barrel?

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: Attackers can fool AI programs. Here’s how developers can fight back" ( )

Nice to sleep in my own bed again. Berlin was fine, but I’m no big fan of German food. It’s best to stick to their beer, which always hits the spot.

I’ll bet I lost weight on this business trip. I ate and drank, but mostly I worked and walked. On Tuesday, I covered much of central Berlin on foot, from Neukolln all the way to the Reichstag and back. Weather was favorable.

Awaiting completion of Metro Silver Line extension to Dulles. They’re building the station. Why does it have to be so far from the iconic terminal? Would the ghost of Eero Saarinen be offended if it moseyed a bit closer?

Berlin taxi took me past the abandoned Tempelhof on the way to Tegel. That single superwide arc of a terminal is spectacularly monolithic. The place was West Berlin’s superbusy lifeline for the duration of the airlift.

In transit at Heathrow. A much better airport than the first time I came through here in 1987. Perhaps too efficient. Processed so fast to my departure gate there’s no time to loiter.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti "Only in My Dreams" from Mature Themes JK--2012. Love this. Makes me happy. Bouncy and peppy as all get-out.

"Facebook is forming a team to design its own chips" ( ) JK--Actually, its own systems-on-a-chip for AI on edge devices (mobile, IoT, etc.). See my recent #SiliconANGLE article on SOCs:

"How GDPR Forces Marketers to Rethink Data & Security" ( ) JK--"Securing data may include what the GDPR refers to this as pseudonymization [eg, hashing and encryption], where the data is processed so that it cannot be attributed to a specific person."

"AI Comes to Edge Computing" ( ) JK--Doing  of the inferencing autonomously at mobile, IoT, and other edge devices, and keeping locally sensed/generated data on the device (not in cloud), will safeguard privacy.

"Making AI Interpretable with Generative Adversarial Networks" ( ) JK--Essentially, discriminators that detect the most explicably low-dimensional (but still high-performing) of alternative generatively-concocted models in a given feature space.

"Ex-Google CEO Schmidt's warfare warning: We need AI ground rules for Pentagon work" ( ) JK--Pointless. Any AI that might be developed for defensive purposes would only provide tactical cover and tech enablers for the inevitable AI apps on the offense.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "Big-data stewardship takes the main stage at DataWorks Summit in Berlin" ( )

Live demo of the new Data Steward Studio on the main stage! #DWS18

Day 2 keynote of #DWS18 Berlin is about to start. Later this morning, i'll be interviewing

"21 hot programming trends—and 21 going cold" ( ) JK--Really good list and discussion. Spot-on!

"6 Tricky Obstacles Security Teams Face in GDPR Compliance" ( ) JK--That "privacy by design/default" requirement for app dev is a tough one to break down to verifiable/provable concretes.

"The Cold Start Problem with AI" ( ) JK--It's about getting started modeling a problem when you don't have good data.

"4 Data Lake Solution Patterns for Big Data Use Cases" ( ) JK--Maybe I'm an incurable geek, but I love the crisp analysis behind these patterns & the information-packed but nevertheless elegant diagrams. A keeper.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Nine Inch Nails "The Lovers" from Add Violence JK--2017. Haven't heard them in a while. Great one.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Florence + the Machine "Sky Full of Song" from Sky Full of Song JK--2018. Love it. She holds that powerful voice in check. Quiet, mid-tempo, thrilling slice of soul.

"Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley" ( ) JK--"I won’t name names or give examples because I’m not an asshole." Then what's the point of blogging about this at all? Please give us hot steamy attitudinal turds extruded directly from the Valley's nether regions

"nGraph: A New Open Source Compiler for Deep Learning Systems" ( ) JK--What's new is that Intel has indeed open-sourced it. Check out my #SiliconANGLE discussion of nGraph and other neural-net compilers from the week before last:

"CIOs won't own enterprise machine learning -- they'll enable it" ( ) JK--Nicole Laskowski extensively interviewed/quotes me in this.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "Why  tech companies should put AI visionaries in the executive suite" ( )

"IBM launches open-source library for securing AI systems" ( ) JK--Adversarial Robustness Toolbox. Records threat data to assist developers in creating, benchmarking, and deploying practical defenses on deep learning algorithms.

Did you ever get to the end of an intense workday and been shocked how many apps, docs, & tabs you've opened and forgot to close? This has been one of those days.

Separately interviewed Messrs. Morrissey and Marr today on camera. Forgot to cross-check their stories of why the Smiths disbanded. Stop me if you think that you've heard this one before.

Had fascinating conversations on #theCUBE today so far with Hortonworks' Scott Gnau and Abhas Ricky, Munich Re's Andreas Kohlmaier, & big data uber-influencer Bernard Marr. I've cited prolific author Marr in my work numerous times over the past several years. #DWS18

Catch my tweets the next two days from DataWorks Summit 2018 in Berlin. #DSW18. I host #theCUBE interviews here. We will be speaking with execs from #Hortonworks, #IBM, #MunichRe, and others from the expo floor.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "New solutions help enterprise data managers cope with GDPR’s heavy hand" ( )

"Hortonworks Data Steward Studio Allows Enterprises to Find, Identify, Secure, Connect Data Across Cloud & On-Prem Data Lakes" ( ) JK--As-a-svc/tech preview, GA slated Q2. Also updating Data Lifecycle Mgr to encapsulate/copy data btwn private & public clouds

As someone who lives in th state that got Europe addicted to tobacco, I must say that Germans are serious smokers. I've not been a single place in Berlin in the past 24 hrs where there werent folks outside puffing their brains out. In America, U just dont see it that much any

I generally agree to websites' request to use cookies. But I wish they'd specify what type of cookie. And I'd  them to send me a cookie every time I consent. Preferably, peanut butter with those impressed fork criss-crosses to strongly authenticate that the webmaster baked it

Hip Berliner expatriates have ned my hometown to theirs. I think they're crazy. The principal wall cleaving the Detroit area is the psychological one separating the majority-black city from the majority-white suburbs. And that hasn't come down.

Nice chat with Quocirca's Bernt Ostergaard. He recognized me sitting in the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. We worked together at Current Analysis and then at Forrester. Exceptionally nice guy, very talented analyst, based in Copenhagen. He's writing fiction too (in Danish).

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Leonard Cohen "Suzanne" from Songs of Leonard Cohen JK--1967. I don't recall a "lonely wooden tower" in the New Testament. Did Leonard have some private stash of biblical apocrypha? I wouldn't put it past him. He had friends upstairs.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "AI powers the catalogs of next-generation big data" ( )

Read the Aer Lingus inflight magazine. Profiles of hip Irish 30-somethings who've moved to southern California and are making a go of it there. Somehow, they imagine that consistently sunny skies will brighten their career outlooks. Lotsa luck. It's no paradise.

"Elephant in the room: Hortonworks CEO thinks Hadoop software will keep driving big data" ( ) JK--I'll be interviewing #Hortonworks execs on #theCUBE this week at #DataWorks Berlin.

"The Top 10 Things We’re Doing...To Comply With The GDPR" ( ) JK--Europeans lowering the regulatory boom on May 25. Applies to any business in other country that wishes to do business here. Right to privacy.

Fell right to sleep in my hotel room in Berlin after the long flight. Caught a bit of the city in the rain through jetlagged eyes. Checked out my worksite at the Estrel. Ate some heavily breaded pork pancake or something. Drank a wheat beer. Falling back to sleep as I type this.

Catch me this week at #DataWorks Summit Berlin. I'll be hosting #theCUBE and have interviews planned with big data analytics vendors, enterprise customers, etc.

Caught “Phantom Thread” on DVD. Daniel Day-Lewis is the most inward actor. Here he plays an exceptionally tightly wound neurotic dressmaker with his usual burning intensity. Please don’t retire.

Raked several bags of fall leaves. My yard’s bushes love to hold fast to them all winter and disgorge them in spring when the weather warms.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “New AI systems on a chip will spark an explosion of even smarter devices” ( …)

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Joni Mitchell "Court and Spark" from Court and Spark JK--1974. Her 6th studio LP. Immediate commercial & critical success. Remains her most successful album. I remember it all over the radio that year, though you had to buy it (I did) to hear title track 

"What’s hot in AI: Deep reinforcement learning" ( ) JK--Good overview of frameworks and libraries in this emerging area. For  detail on this topic, check out my recent article:

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Grandaddy "A Lost Machine" from Last Place JK--2017. Nice one by these indie veterans from last year. They do forlorn without sounding morose. A bit  Flaming Lips but slightly less quirky.

"Airbus Unveils New Drone to Inspect Airplanes" ( ) JK--Cool. They should also invent a tiny one for in-cabin duty to inspect seatback pockets for nasty gunk the cleaning crew overlooked.

I provide all the tech support in my home. But I have to call in professional help when our family parallel TCP/IP socket server is on the fritz. Fortunately, there's a fix-it shop in the neighborhood that can deal with multithreading & multiprocessing in C. That always stumps me

The precious word du jour is "curated." When somebody says they're giving you a "curated" list of whatever, I'd  to ask what's the alternative: some random sequence of items that bear no relationship to each other? The alphabet, for example, is a curated list of letters.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “From Amazon to Umbo, big computer vision advances are coming to the edge” ( …

"AI will solve Facebook’s most vexing problems, Mark Zuckerberg says. Just don’t ask when or how" ( ) JK--Reminds me. You can't spell "Hail Mary pass" without "AI."

"Bank of America, Harvard form group to promote responsible AI" ( ) JK--That bank exec must have grown up in a different part of Michigan than me. We were never taught to "hit the deer." But we were taught to take another hit of that beer.

"Caffe2 Merges With PyTorch" ( ) JK--This is no surprise. PyTorch is  of a developer favorite than Caffe2. Facebook's move addresses that reality.

"Automated Deep Learning – So Simple Anyone Can Do It" ( ) JK--Mentions a startup I'd never heard of before: http://OneClick.AI 

"Graph databases and machine learning will revolutionize MDM strategies" ( ) JK--Interesting, but would be  convincing if Zornes explained what's been holding the MDM vendors back from integrating graph tech heretofore

"On Machine Learning and Programming Languages" ( ) JK--"Expect to see new or existing languages customized for the kind of numerical, differentiable, parallelizable, and probabilistic computations needed in ML."

"‘The Business of War’: Google Employees Protest Work for the Pentagon" ( ) JK--Is Google the new Dow Chemical? Is AI the new Napalm? Here's the Vietnam War protest I'm referencing:

"Deep Learning’s Uncertainty Principle" ( ) JK--"Networks with greater generalization are less interpretable. Networks that are interpretable don’t generalize well." 

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Death Cab for Cutie "Transatlanticism" from Transatlanticism JK--2003. A fairly stately moodiness here. When Ben repeats that "I need you so much closer," you feel him and/or the object of his longing making that wish come true. Across the oceanic gap.

"Industry 4.0" ( ) JK--I'm starting to hear this term . Not sure how useful it is. Seems to trace a sketchy history from William Blake's dark satanic mills to Elon Musk's dark satanic bots.

"New research shows successful founders are far older than the Valley stereotype" ( ) JK--I've noticed that. For example, I googled Cloudera founder Mike Olson's age during our discussions. He's just a few years younger than me. I'm not young.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp CCFX "The One to Wait" from CCFX EP JK--2017. Isn't that the coolest vibe running through this?

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Depeche Mode "The Things You Said" from Music for the Masses JK--1987. It took me about a decade after their debut to recognize that Depeche Mode was a classic 80s band. By which point they'd become a classic 90s band.

DC's Sinclair-owned TV station broadcast some obnoxiously defensive & garish multi-colored flashing don't-believe-what-they-say-about-us bit last night. Only things missing were all caps, exclamation points, misspellings, & gratuitous Hillary-bashing to make it even  Trumpian

"Are artists or scientists better at future predictions?" ( ) JK--Artists may have much larger, longer-lasting audiences for their speculations than most scientists. Hence, you're  ly to be aware of an HGWells, ACClarke, or AHuxley's speculations

Nice to reconnect with all the data industry analysts in Santa Monica. All the usual suspects, as suspicious as ever. Cloudera arranged it well, with lots of opportunities to chat with their executive team. They've added some great new talent recently to drive DW & data science

My favorite biz spam is of the "we would  to partner with your company to seek beneficial opportunities to our mutual advantage" variety. Absolutely no indication of what they do, awareness of what we do, or what partnering opportunities might make sense. All options are open

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “Via Sovrin, IBM supports user-centric global identity on blockchain” ( …)

I’m surprised that Zuckerberg doesn’t have a business suit with a hoodie.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "Can graph databases fulfill the hype? No one will know until AWS’ Neptune arrives at year-end" ( )

"18 Ways to Calm Down When You're Stressed" ( ) JK--All the usual/obvious tips (eg "take a deep breath"), but misses what I find most effective: break down your anxiety to something concrete you can take immediate action to incrementally alleviate.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Amen Dunes "Miki Dora" from Freedom JK--2018. Great one. Love that stalking cadence. Reminds me of the Cave Singers. Apparently, this NYC-based group has had several previous LPs, though they're new to me.

The new me is an old man. The old me was a young man. Same man, never knowing whether he's behaving his age or aging his behavior.

New jk #Datanami column: "Blockchain Starting To Feel Its Way into the Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem" ( )

New jk #SiliconANGLE column "How Hortonworks is weathering the big-data market’s shift away from Hadoop" ( )

"MobileNetV2: The Next Generation of On-Device Computer Vision Networks" ( ) JK--Google releases faster,  accurate embeddable mobile AI for visual recognition, classification, object detection, semantic segmentation

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Gwenno "Hi a Skoellyas Liv a Dhagrow" from Le Kov JK--2017. Cardiff-based singer-songwriter Gwenno Saunders. Her father is Cornish, mother Welsh. The song title is Cornish and translates to "She Shed A Flood Of Tears."

"Learning to navigate in cities without a map" ( ) JK--Reinforcement learning. Interactive navigation environment that uses 1st-person-POV photographs from Google Street View. Visually driven AI agent rewarded when reaches target destination

"DAWNBench" ( ) JK--Stanford releases benchmark suite for E2E training/inference, including common-DL-workload ref set 4 quantifying training time/cost, inference latency/cost across different optzn strategies, model architectures, SW frameworks, clouds, HW

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Lucy Dacus "Night Shift" from Historian JK--2018. Song quietly slips a fairly disturbing image into your head at the start.

"Retro Contest" ( ) JK--OpenAI's transfer-learning contest that measures a reinforcement learning algorithm’s ability to generalize from previous experience. So the next gaming app you develop can inherit and build on some savvy trained into previous games.

"Product–services bundles boost AI" ( ) JK--Equivalent to the "appliances" wave that rolled through the data management market 10 years or so ago. This current wave is primarily focused on intelligent storage infrastructure driving AI/DL/ML DevOps pipeline.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Benny Soebardja "Candle Light" from The Lizard Years JK--Early 1970s psychedelic rock from Indonesia. Artist hails from Tasikmalaya, West Java. His work has been re-released on Seattle's Light In The Attic records. Musiknya bagus!

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Carl Perkins "Boppin' the Blues" from Best of the Sun Sessions JK--1956. Sun Records release co-written with Curley Griffin. Flipside "All Mama's Children" co-written with hotshot young labelmate named Johnny Cash.

"Elon Musk’s nightmarish warning: AI could become ‘an immortal dictator from which we would never escape’" ( ) JK--What is this guy's issue?

Rewatched "Notting Hill" on the flight coming over. I'd forgotten how expertly it played the pathos. Almost  a rich beautiful chord. I replayed Julia Roberts' reading of "I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her" over and over. Nailed it perfectly.

Saw "I, Tonya" on DVD. Wife & I agreed that it made us pity her. Margot Robbie should have gotten the Oscar for this, not Alison Janney.

"Google Assistant now understands Indonesian" ( ) JK--Terima kasih!
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Sharing stories with other analysts at the hospitality event at the #Cloudera conference. Others have grandchildren the same age as mine. And photos to show. Damn, we’re old.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Ten Fé "Single, No Return" from Single, No Return JK--2017. One of my very favorite songs from last year. This one carries you  a fast train bound for glory.

Thank you Amex Global Business Travel for informing me that my flight 6 weeks from now will be leaving 3 minutes earlier than originally scheduled. That was a close call!

Heading out to LA for the #Cloudera analyst event. Here's my perspective on them from this past week:  #SiliconANGLE

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: " With recent announcements, Nvidia and Adobe put AI in the hands of creative professionals" ( )

Mueller...Mueller....Mueller. I keep hearing Ben Stein's voice in this constant repetition of that name in the news. Only a matter of time before he's the only Republican left who Trump hasn't already appointed and fired. It's always everybody's day off in this administration.

"'Killer robots': AI experts call for boycott over lab at South Korea university" ( ) JK--Mirrors the furor among Google employees over their R&D collaboration with US DoD on autonomous weapons:

"Artificial intelligence – the application of Turing coin in life" ( ) JK--Poorly worded. Near as I can tell, this is a cryptocurrency useful only to buy & sell "smart contract" access to AI training data (and enforce policies on its use) in a blockchain.

"Next Generation Automated ML" ( ) JK--Vorhies on European startup : one-click automated concurrent algorithm/model evaluation, champion-model promotion, hyperparameter tuning in streaming/continuous-learning architecture

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake "King's Dead" from Black Panther: The Album (music from and inspired by) JK--2018. Great one. Sounds  a pickup game of fast tag-team hiphop.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “Autonomous digital twins at the network’s edge: thoughts about http://SWIM.AI ’s announcement” ( …)

What the world needs are smart digital assistants that function  the smartest analog assistants: listening to your words, understanding what they mean, grasping your full intent, and then promptly informing you that you're totally full of s**t.

What cracks me up is all the articles updating we white people on how Neanderthal we truly are. My dumb caveman brain figured that out long ago. We have backward DNA. Unga bunga, me see "DNA" backwards in "NeANDerthal." Me not dumb!

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "The AI compilation wars: Intel, Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, IBM and others arm for deep learning acceleration" ( )

"UX design for AI products" ( ) JK--Article provides good guidance for chatbot UX, but proceeds from false premise. Not all "AI products" involve conversational UI.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Mary Margaret O'Hara "Body's in Trouble" from Miss America JK--1988. Toronto-based singer-songwriter. Younger sister of actress/SCTV alum Catherine O'Hara. Suggests a bit Rickie Lee Jones, a bit Patti Smith. 

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Jessica Risker "I See You Among the Stars" from I See You Among the Stars JK--2018. OMG! That is enchantingly fairy-tale pretty!

"Noodle on this: Machine learning that can identify ramen by shop" ( ) JK--Sounds frivolous, but I'll bet this approach can be adapted to trace the source of food-borne illnesses/poisoning.
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"The 5 Pillars of Fluid ML" ( ) JK--Excellent discussion by IBM's Dinesh Nirmal. "Being fluid means accepting from the outset that your models will fall out of synch....set accuracy thresholds and automatic alerts to let you know your models need attention."

"Emotion AI: Why your refrigerator could soon understand your moods" ( ) JK--Does the m*****f****r know I'm pissed off at it for failing to keep my lettuce crisp?

"What worries me about AI" ( ) JK--Speaking of "worries": "Disclaimer: These R my own personal views. I do not speak 4 my employer. If U quote this article, please have the honesty to present these ideas as what they are: personal, speculative opinions,...."

Public whitepaper, Alexander Kott, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD: "Challenges and Characteristics of Intelligent Autonomy for Internet of Battle Things in Highly Adversarial Environments" ( )

"Military documents reveal how the US Army plans to deploy AI in future wars" ( ) JK--Unattended sensors, fire-and-forget guided missiles, unmanned aerial systems, armed robots of every type, intelligence, & form of locomotion, manipulation, & coordination

"NASA embraces AI in hunt for evidence of distant habitable planets" ( ) JK--Until such time as they get that long-delayed space telescope out there, and even then, AI is our best deep-space probe. Webb still grounded in Redondo Beach

"Principles of computation in neural networks, real and artificial" ( ) JK--Very thought-provoking and meta. The Tristan chord & Arcimboldo image. Did he intend the self-referential poetry of "the brain should not be thought without its natural constraints"?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp David Byrne "Dog's Mind" from American Utopia JK--2018. Another nice new one from this guy who's never stopped making sense.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Yellow Magic Orchestra "Simoon" from Yellow Magic Orchestra JK--1978. Tokyo-based group. Deliciously intricate and buoyant electronica. Makes me want to dance in the pale moonlight.

"The Evolving Kin-Directed AI Nation" ( ) JK--Title makes no sense & article doesn't help. Here's a mystifying excerpt: "It is an era of AI nation that carry on a cooperative behaviour and inhibit dispersal of resources in an Internet of Things environment" 

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “Cloudera has trouble shifting toward a total focus on the cloud era” ( …)

Catch me at #DataWorks Summit 2018 the week after next in Berlin. I’ll be hosting #theCUBE, interviewing big-data analytics industry execs. #SiliconANGLE #Wikibon

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Roy Orbison "I Drove All Night" from The Essential Roy Orbison JK--1987. Released posthumously in 1992. Good one. His classic yearning voice always catches your attention.

"Genesis of AI: The First Hype Cycle" ( ) JK--Substance & the hype are older than me. BTW, don't John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, & Alan Turing look shockingly young in these photos? Easy to forget that geniuses often make their core discoveries in their 20s

"Blockchain use cases where IoT and distributed ledger technology meet" ( ) JK--Interesting study co-authored by Jeremiah Owyang and Jessica Groopman:

"Blockchain will make AI smarter by feeding it better data" ( ) JK--Article makes shaky assumptions about tech's future adoption, about privacy on blockchain data, & re whether withholding data would result in "better" data for "smarter" AI predictive apps

I don't suppose the Almighty will condition my entry into paradise on my knowledge of the particulars of the React 16.3 JavaScript UI library. But boning up just in case. You never know.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Simon & Garfunkel "Save the Life of My Child" from Bookends JK--1968. Fun trivia: one of the first commercially released songs ever recorded using Moog synthesizer. S&G took classes from Moog. Brought “enormous contraption” into studio & used it as bass.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Sera Cahoone "Couch Song" from The Flora Strings Sessions JK--2018. Re-recording re-release of one of her early gems.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Simon & Garfunkel "America" from Bookends JK--1968. Song sparked nationwide mania for NJ-based Mrs. Wagner's Pies, who went belly-up the following year. Mrs. W then began to wander aimlessly, looking for America. Last spotted near the Delaware Water Gap

"Kubernetes gains momentum in big data implementation process" ( ) JK--Exceptionally important platform for the increasingly decoupled, distributed, and orchestrated fabric of AI in the cloud.

"Machine learning projects" ( ) JK--Cool educational tool from Great Britain for teaching schoolchildren how to do simple/useful things with the technology.

"What Will Our Society Look  When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere?" ( ) JK--Smithsonian mag article projects future off-grid religious backlash communities "where people live in a time before AI." The Amish of AI?

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"How the AI cloud could produce the richest companies ever" ( ) JK--Depends on how you define "rich." They could compete in a race to the bottom: tooth-and-nail revenue growth, but suffer razor-thin margins in every AI-infused commoditized product niche.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Jim James "Lucky Man" from Tribute to 2 JK--2017. Excellent cover of the Emerson, Lake, & Palmer prog-rock classic.

"Algorithms Can’t Tell When They’re Broken–And Neither Can We" ( ) JK--Blackboxes are mysterious to themselves. Hence, need for strong "AI safety" guardrails along lines of what I discussed here:

"Putting Blockchain Models to Work within the Enterprise" ( ) JK--Per MapR's JScott: Bitcoin’s proof of work "would be massive waste of energy to apply to internal Blockchains.” Should write units of work "using whatever approach works best" for enterprise

"Hiding Images using AI — Deep Steganography" ( ) JK--Cuts both ways. You can smuggle secret images within images. But you can also hide a watermark certifying cover-image provenance, & use that as a secure digital signature to flag steganographic tampering

"GDPR & AI" ( ) JK--Will boost "algorithm transparency" in every organization's practices: "providing meaningful information about logic involved...explaining significance/consequences of choice/strategies/algo...right to human intervention if requested"

"GDPR and the Paradox of Interpretability" ( ) JK--Guaranteed "right to explanation" favors less accurate algorithms over the  explicable. Society suffers from greater risk of false positives/negatives in every area of algorithm-driven decision making

I publish so much stuff, that half the time when I'm looking for a good source for my next, I have half a mind to quote one of my own and state "as veteran analyst James Kobielus said...."

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp David Byrne "Gasoline and Dirty Sheets" from American Utopia JK--2018. Nice new one from the guy I can't help but always think of as Mr. Talking Heads Man.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Girl Ray "The Way We Came Back" from The Way We Came Back JK--2018. Nice sleepy feel to this. Feels  rolling out of bed after a good night's sleep.

"Silicon Valley Rivals Take Shots at Facebook" ( ) JK--Right now, in the late 2010s, it's pretty much everybody's social-media experience.

"The Golden Age of America Online" ( ) JK--For a few years in the early '90s, it was pretty everybody's online experience.

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: “With new Google investments, TensorFlow is now AI’s leading development framework” ( …)

"AI-powered ambient computing is just getting started" ( ) JK--In other words, sensor-infused dynamically contextual intelligence is embedded in everyday objects and automates amazing experiences 24x7.

"The ethics of AI in the shadow of GDPR" ( ) JK--Privacy is far  than an issue of storing/deleting data. It's also an issue of what intelligent statistical inferences you can make from even the scantiest personal data.

"Blockchain is on a collision course with EU privacy law" ( ) JK--An unchangeable distributed data record pretty much nullifies "right to be forgotten."

"Here's What the Media Should Really be Focusing on With Blockchain Technology" ( ) JK--Yeah, mesh networks have survivability advantages, but they're also malware magnets par excellence.

Drafted next #Datanami column: "Blockchain Starting To Feel Its Way into the Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem"

"Emmanuel Macron Q&A: France's President Discusses Artificial Intelligence Strategy" ( ) JK--"I want AI to be totally federalized." WTF? Is this a code word for the French tendency to nationalize key sectors & thereby strangle innovation?

"National Geographic’s Photography Erased People. It’s Too Late For An Apology" ( ) JK--It's not just people of color in other countries. NatGeo's back issues always showed a too-white countenance throughout the USA, including the deep South.

"What is GitHub?  than Git version control in the cloud" ( ) JK--"Something  a social networking site for programmers." BTW, has nothing to do with "gits" in the British sense. Also, no truth to rumor that Pope may rebrand the church as "GuiltHub."

"Give up coffee? Fuhgeddaboudit, say New Yorkers after California ruling" ( ) JK--Deprive them of their caffeine, a fair number of people will take up smoking.

"Investing In Marijuana Businesses: Are Hedge Funds Coming To The Cannabis Industry?" ( ) JK--Probably not. The plant grows best in open fields, not in the hedges.

"AngularJS, Basic to Expert: Day Two" ( ) JK--What about Day Three? Do we graduate to World's Foremost Authority?

Tech articles that their publishers, syndicators, and others republish for weeks or months into the future on various channels under various headlines. I need a "you've already read that, putz!" browser add-on for those.

Caught “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Netflix. Great, of course. Somehow, I’d managed to go my entire life without seeing the movie or reading the book. 

April Fools Day. Enough with the bit about it being Easter. I wasn’t born yesterday.

Easter brunch at brother’s. We talked of many things, including the usual topic of who most resembles which grandfather. We reached brotherly consensus on that issue long ago.

Easter morning at the fitness club. The guy on the treadmill seems to always be here. He probably thinks the same about the guy tweeting from the elliptical.

“‘Citizen AI’: Teaching artificial intelligence to act responsibly” ( …) JK--Article mostly just restates the thesis implicit in the title without providing much concrete guidance.

A supposedly new body organ has been discovered. Something called the “interstitium.” I’d  to suggest that it’s not really an organ unless you can do an -ectomy on it.

Walking one of the older neighborhoods near our house. This place dates back to the 1930s or so. I notice that many of the older homes are being ripped out and replaced by minimansions. The gentrification of Kathmoor.

Nice to get out. March was intense. Glad I got those taxes behind us. It’s blue sky. Still a bit chilly, but it’s OK. Easter eve.

“Roseanne” is back. That’s great. I can carry forward my streak of not watching or caring about her or her show into the 21st century. 

Good Friday. We had salmon today. I’ve been having salmon for Good Friday since I was little. The difference is that now I genuinely  salmon. It’s no obligation.

“’2001: A Space Odyssey’ Returning To Theaters w/Unrestored 50th Anniv Cut” ( ) JK--Twice the length, half the dialogue, and much slower than the original. Also, will restore Kubrick's "West Side Story" style musical subplot involving the apes' girlfriends

"Tesla Looked  the Future. Now Some Ask if It Has One" ( ) JK--Will the one going to deep space be regarded some day as a fossil from a long-extinct species that barely emerged from the egg? 

New #jk #InformationWeek column: "Neuroevolution Will Push AI Development to the Next Level" ( 

New jk #Wikibon blog: "Pure Storage, NVIDIA, and the AI Market’s Shift Toward Workload-Optimized Hardware Platforms" ( )

Thanks to everybody in my field who says they read my published output so they can keep up. Believe it or not, I write so I can keep up. None of this comes easy to me. I read all of your stuff too.

Brushing up on old proverbs, such as “mind thine own beeswax” and “to thine own beeswax be true.” Those remain relevant in these troubled times.

Had a good briefing with computer vision startup Umbo today. We went out for Thai and they showed me their camera and discussed with AWS partnership. Hope to hear  soon.

New jk #Wikibon blog: "Oracle Brings Artificial Intelligence Into Their Data Management Toolchain" ( )

My favorite spam headline of the morning is "USD donated to you." Yes, indeed, I'm setting myself up as a charitable foundation. I'm doing good deeds constantly. I'm walking little old ladies across streets and so on and so forth. Fund me please!

"How to Tell When a Product Is Truly Powered By AI" ( ) JK--Haha. Considering that no two AI professionals can seem to agree on a definition of "AI," that's a bit rich. Let's simply flag when a product is truly powered by GMO-powered AI.

"Is it Time to Panic about American Ignorance of Deep Learning?" ( ) JK--Yes, it's time to panic. It's time to gouge our eyes out because the average American doesn't know their variational encoder from a hole in the ground.

"DeepMind boffins brain-damage AI to find out what makes it tick" ( ) JK--Not exactly. Test which artificial neural network connections have the biggest contribution to results. Simplify the nets. Test again. Simplify. Repeat. Make them  efficient.

"The next generation of Initial Coin Offerings will actually have to follow the rules" ( ) JK--Yes. In the future, duped investors must be able to tokenize their misery & sell that in virtual exchanges.

"Walmart has patented autonomous robot bees" ( ) JK--A bit of a mystery. Not being groomed as greeters, I suppose.

"NVIDIA Transforms the Workstation for the Age of Deep Learning" ( ) JK--Workstation for high-performance generative AI apps for creative professionals.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Grizzly Bear "Cheerleader" from Veckatimest JK--2009. This one starts with a gallumphing beat. Listen how the band lightens and levitates it from one verse to the next. Listen for when the background choir enters it. Awesome musicianship.

New jk #InfoWorld column: "How AI can help solve the ‘fake news’ problem" ( )

New jk #Wikibon blog: "AI’s Absorption into the Mainstream Web App-Dev Ecosystem: How AT&T, Tech Mahindra, IBM, and Others are Pushing the Bar" ( )

"Linux Foundation pushes open-source AI forward with the Deep Learning Foundation" ( ) JK--Includes launch of Acumos AI Project: "platform and open-source framework to make it easy to build, share, and deploy AI apps."

"Algorithmic Impact Assessments: Toward Accountable Automation in Public Agencies" ( ) JK--Wow. Another layer of red tape in government processes. Just what we need to gum up the civic governance works even . Oh, goodie!

"Why humans learn faster than AI—for now" ( ) JK--In AI parlance, it's called "transfer learning." Yeah, AI researchers are working on that too.

"'Death to JavaScript!' Blazor, for .NET Web Apps Using WebAssembly, Goes Alpha" ( ) JK--It's not clear how adding yet another layer of complexity is supposed to reduce the insane complexity of the JavaScript ecosystem.

New jk #Wikibon blog: "Where to Next for Kinetica, MapD, Sqream, and other GPU Database Vendors?" ( )

"GPU databases are coming of age" ( ) JK--Article puts SQream, Blazegraph, BlazingDB, Brytlyt, Kinetica, MapD, and PG-Strom in this category. Arrays of GPU-server slaves with CPU-based master node delegating parallelized subqueries to each.

"IBM fiddles with Apple on new AI services" ( ) JK--You have to read deep into the piece to realize it's not just a dumb choice of verb, but obliquely puns some open-sourced IBM code called "Fabric for Deep Learning" (FfDL):

"New bill would prepare US for artificial intelligence threat" ( ) JK--Too much bureaucracy. Just recommend that Trump tweet a particularly nasty nickname for AI and the threat will go away.

"Emerging Problems In AI, and Blockchain As a Solution" ( ) JK--What value does this immutable "botchain" audit trail provide if AI-based systems are already keeping secure, detailed activity logs? Many already do. Solution looking for a problem.

"Learning AI if You Suck at Math" ( ) JK--Very empowering discussion. Reminds me of my favorite self-help book: "Lose 200 Pounds on a Jelly Doughnut Diet."

"Chinese AI isn't beating the U.S. yet — and may never catch up" ( ) JK--WTF? Stated reason doesn't make sense: some vagueness about US/Canada "starting over" on AI research and China not being able to, hence the former being leaders and the latter followers

"Human Data: What it is and why it is important?" ( ) JK--Be that as it may, I'm not buying into the "dehumanizer" stigma they're trying to attach to data brokers.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Bjork "Human Behavior" from Debut JK--1993. I love how it feels  her athletic voice is bouncing on the trampoline of those drums.

"Artificial Personhood is the Root Cause Why A.I. is Dangerous to Society" ( ) JK--Amazingly stilted & pretentious. Sample: "I have now come to the realization that human compatible AI is a problem that is inextricably intertwined with human civilization"

New jk #Wikibon blog: "Cryptocurrencies and Nvidia’s Hopes for a Robust GPU Market" ( )

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp "Split Enz" from True Colours JK--1980. I think this song is a masterpiece build-up and release of nervous tension.

"Commoditisation of AI, digital forgery and the end of trust: how we can fix it" ( ) JK--The tacked-on "how we can fix it" seems slightly ridiculous coming after the overbroad/vague scoping of the 3 issues that it seems to be referencing.

"Deepfakes" ( ) JK--Site seems dedicated to exaggerating and inflaming popular hysteria about AI-faked revenge-porn.

"How artificial intelligence is driving digital transformation" ( ) JK--"Missing middle": "humans work with smart machines to exploit what each party does best."

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The National "Lemonworld" from High Violet JK--2010. I love the weird repetitive flatness of Berninger's "da da da da" hook on this.

"The US military wants AI to dream up weird new helicopters" ( ) JK--Not really. As the article states, AI-driven programs generate alternatives to existing designs.