Monday, March 18, 2019

Aweekstweets December 21 2018 to March 18 2019: the weeks in which I lost Egidia

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: “As Next ’19 approaches, Google confronts strategic challenges in the cloud” ( …)

Figuring what single means for me as a mature man with a long life already under my belt.

"Driver Behaviours In A World of Autonomous Mobility" ( ) JK--Very interesting--e.g., "car baiting: an action by a human to trigger a response from an autonomous vehicle."

"Recap of the 2019 TensorFlow Dev Summit" ( ) JK--TensorFlow 2.0. Add-ons: TensorFlow Federated. TensorFlow Privacy. TensorFlow Probability. TensorFlow Agents. Mesh TensorFlow. Sonnet from DeepMind.

"“5 New Generative Adversarial Network Architectures For Image Synthesis” ( ) JK--Wouldn't it be cool to have prosthetic/cosmetic face implants that use embedded GANs to make us incrementally  attractive? Ooh. Now I'm creeping myself out.

"Edge Computing Is Ready for Its Starring Role" ( ) JK--If only we had Mr. DeMille to tell us whether it's ready for its close-up.

"AI regulation is critical, says 54% of tech executives" ( ) JK--I'm leery of calls for "regulation" as some abstract concept. How about proposing specific regulations? Then we can poll execs and everybody else regarding their opinions on those.

"How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science" ( ) JK-- experiments--including many that are not feasible with physical instrumentation--are computationally simulated on data-driven machine learning models.

"AWS CloudFormation complaints spark roadmap pledge" ( ) JK--They should evolve this infrastructure-as-code solution into a full-blown DevOps environment for provisioning resources, apps, and security code into hybrid/multiclouds.

"Acquisition talk mounts as Kurian plots Google's cloud plans" ( ) JK--My prediction is that he'll evolve G Suite through acquisitions into a full business cloud SaaS app portfolio, taking a page out of Oracle's AI-driven app strategy.

"Unintended inferences: The biggest threat to data privacy and cybersecurity" ( ) JK--You can control access to personally identifiable information, but you can't prevent people from making astute inferences from incomplete, sparse, and public data.

"Zuckerberg says going all in on private messaging. Facebook’s declining user numbers tell us why" ( ) JK--"People in US been spending a lot less time on FB & Mssngr since 2016, about 10% less time/person in any month than in same month the previous year."

"Close to half of startups jump on the AI bandwagon without the tech" ( ) JK--I make a point of asking vendors during briefings to bring me up to speed on how they define/use "AI." Sometimes, they go no further than to cite vague "data" and "algorithms."

"IBM has come up with a new way of measuring the progress of quantum computers" ( ) JK--"Quantum volume." OK, but I'll suggest the old-fashioned metric of sales volume.

"Red Hat eyes cloud-native Java future w/Quarkus" ( ) JK--Universal virtual machine for spinning up Java binaries  rapidly on edge devices. Competes with writing code to run in Linux containers, which are core of cloud-native computing at edge/everywhere

"‘We Know Them. We Trust Them.’ Uber and Airbnb Alumni Fuel Tech’s Next Wave" ( ) JK--Don't underestimate the funding advantage that comes from having been part of a recent-past Bay Area startup. There's a definite peninsular bias to these capital flows.

Another day, another crop of tech vendors declared "leaders," "visionaries," and "cool." What's cool is when leaders' visions involve doing something innovative, delighting customers, and making tidy profits in the process. Empty bragging about themselves in press releases isn't.

"How to Prepare Your Digital Life for Your Death" ( ) JK--In my will, I'm requesting that all my passwords be cremated and placed in my urn. I plan to take all my virtual assets with me to the hereafter.

Viggo is a good tough manly name. But nothing beats Sluggo.

Facebook's outage yesterday. I thought I was going to go nuts. The one thing that brightens my day is a steady feed of other people's highly curated personal lives.

Pi Day. Have you memorized all the digits? I've got the first 6 down cold, and now I'm working on the remaining infinity.

Bought/downloaded the Shins' 2017 LP "Heartworms," after I'd mistakenly bought/downloaded James Mercer's thoroughly rethought 2018 rework of it "The Worm's Heart." I'll listen to the latter after I've absorbed the former. Hey Mercer: this is too confusing. Be happy I'm a fan.

"Google open-sources GPipe, a library for efficiently training large deep neural networks" ( ) JK--Highly parallelized on Google tensor processing units. That raises the issue of how useful this can be until TPUs are adopted  widely.

"For a better cloud strategy, look to data" ( ) JK--"James Kobielus...noted that successful multicloud strategy depends on ability to automate multiple tasks, incl log analysis, anomaly detection, root-cause diagnostics & closed-loop issue remediation."

"The web turns 30: from proposal to pervasion" ( ) JK--Here's Tim Berners-Lee's original 1989 proposal: . Is "pervasion" even a word? On initial glance, it registered as "perversion." That's also a bit true.

"The 'super worm equinox moon' will be the last supermoon for a while" ( ) JK--Is this a practical joke by the astronomy community?

"The U.S. May Lose the AI Race Because of An Unchecked Techno-Panic" ( ) JK--Let's not reduce this to a nationalistic agenda. But culture is becoming unhinged on the topic. People seriously need to ground themselves in reality to discuss this stuff soberly.

"NeuroCuts replaces packet classification systems with learned behaviors" ( ) JK--Project uses AI (deep RL) to automate how systems learn to communicate with each other to max a cumulative reward. See also my 2017 Datanami column: 

"Put the kibosh on..." Apparently, the word "kibosh" has quite a lineage in English: even Dickens used it ( ). Not Yiddish, not Celtic. I think of "big kibosh." The Pole in me thinks of kielbasa dripping with grease. Yuck.

"How Emerging Tech Will Change Our Online Identities" ( ) JK--Change it FROM what? Our identities have been changing since the dawn of online culture. I don't recall having to login with a userID and password back when I was a wee one growing up in the 1960s

"Should We Worry About the IoT Being Used as a Weapon of Mass Control?" ( ) JK--I'll add it to the stack of stuff--including, but not limited to social media--that I'm worried about being used as a weapon of mass control. Thanks for the heads-up.

"How V2V Comm Could Replace Traffic Lights & Shorten Commutes" ( ) JK--Cars approaching intersection elect one vehicle to serve as leader for a certain period, during which it decides which direction is to be yielded right-of-way and which the virtual red.

"Red Hat eyes cloud-native Java future with Quarkus" ( ) JK--"based on two Oracle-led projects, GraalVM and Substrate VM, to build cloud-native Java applications that are much faster and smaller, in a Linux container as part of a Kubernetes deployment."

"Transposit raises $12.2 million to manage your cluttered APIs" ( ) JK--Curious whether they're using the Kondo method for this.

"Will Your Customer Relationships Survive Infidelity?" ( ) JK--This is an extraordinarily pinheaded concept/expectation. I don't recall at any point pledging my troth to any impersonal multinational brand. It's none of their damn business who I'm seeing.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Talk Talk "Ascension Day" from Laughing Stock JK--1991. Prime example of one of their deep, extended mood-groove vibes.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Shuggie Otis "Strawberry Letter 23" from Inspiration Information JK--1971. Great original. I also loved the Brothers Johnson's discofied cover in 1977.

"The Golden Age of PDAs" ( ) JK--Yep. Golden age of primitive UIs, apps, connectivity, etc. I remember the grownups during my 1960s/1970s childhood waxing nostalgic for the golden age of black-and-white tiny-screen staticky early-1950s TVs. They loved Lucy.

Venezuela's ongoing blackout. Exactly how many of circles of Hell are centered on Caracas? When will they hit bottom?

Early-morning flight home yesterday from Birmingham was interesting. Apparently, there was some sort of collegiate track meet in town. Almost every other passenger was a young athlete in varsity warm-up suit. Tall stringbean next to me must have been a pole vaulter.

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls to break up Amazon, Google, Facebook" ( ) JK--Amazingly boneheaded idea that plays into Trump's agenda. Also, each of Amazon's business units (retail, cloud) has huge market power in its segment. Ditto Google's. Facebook as well

Figuring out how I'm going to work this cooking-for-myself stuff. I'm going to cook/eat the contents of my refrigerator down to emptiness before replenishing from the supermarket. Equivalent to my "inbox zero" philosophy.

Set a wake up alarm for 2:30 this morning. But that time didn't exist. So technically I'm still asleep.

"TF-Replicator: Distributed Machine Learning for Researchers" ( ) JK--A software library that helps researchers deploy their TensorFlow models on GPUs and Cloud TPUs with minimal effort and no previous experience with distributed systems.

"Google is making it easier for AI developers to keep users’ data private" ( ) JK--New TensorFlow Privacy module in open-source AI framework lets devs safeguard data with differential privacy.

"Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will shift to emphasize encrypted ephemeral messages" ( ) JK--Yeah, sure. They'll pursue this strategy until it's clear that it won't boost ad revenues. Meanwhile, they'll milk the revenue potential of public posts as always

"Are the cloud wars over or just getting started?" ( ) JK--I think they're just getting started. One of the IaaS/PaaS/serverless public cloud vendors is going to become paramount in business-app SaaS. Which will it be? When?

"The reason why 'ji32k7au4a83' is a common and terrible password" ( ) JK--For sure. It's the most popular safe word in the bondage community. What idiot doesn't know that?

I'd  to call out celebrity keynoters at tech events who haven't a clue about the industry, technology, or even culture of the confabs before which they're speaking. You don't need to be experts in this stuff. But at least do a little homework before showing up. It pays off.

"VMware aims for security market, launches service defined firewall" ( ) JK--Application verification based on microservice variations over time. VMware will use machine learning from its deployed virtual machines to build a map of how an app should run.

"RSAC 2019.." ( ) JK--Keynoter Helen Mirren laid it on thick, calling attendees "steadfast constellation of guiding stars that never waver...Perhaps you do not have to be such very solitary heroes. So, seize this moment to become better & stronger together."

"Can the World’s Wealthiest Absorb the High-End Home Glut?" ( ) JK--Wording of this headline makes it sound  Bezos and his ilk have some civic duty to acquire every last square foot of underutilized mansion floorspace on the global real-estate market.

Dear : Thanks for offering, but I have absolutely no intention of pitching woo to the number 60. I will consider dating letters and punctuation marks, but I don't swing numerologically.

"Are you blockchain ready?" ( ) JK--Am I ever! Lay that hyperledger love on your daddy-o, babycakes!

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Security built in: At RSA Conference, cybersecurity intersects with DevOps" ( )

"Amazon to close all of its 87 pop-up stores in the US beginning in April" ( ) JK--Will that transform them into "pop-down stores"?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Fiona Apple "Criminal" from Tidal JK--1996. One of my favorite sexy pop hits from the 1990s. "What I need is a good defense, cuz I'm feeling  a criminal." That's a perfect lyric.

"Missing component to digital transformation: Citizen developers" ( ) JK--Can we stop this "citizen" nonsense? Reminds me too much of Adam West's Batman addressing every resident of Gotham City as "citizen." I've got half a mind to call Commissioner Gordon

Justin Trudeau. I watch him with bemusement. He still looks too young for the job of running a country. And he's now the same age as when his father became PM. I'm not Canadian, but nothing about him inspires confidence that he knows what he's doing.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp PINS "Serve the Rich" from LUVU4LYF / Serve the Rich JK--2017. This one's got a truly righteous rock and roll swagger to it.

"The AI cameras that can spot shoplifters even before they steal" ( ) JK--Shades of "1984." Actually, this is predictive behavioral profiling. There's no such thing as spotting shoplifters "before they steal." They're just customers until/unless they steal.

"Distributed Systems and the Sidecar Pattern" ( ) JK--I'd  to see the clowncar pattern where an endless stream of bots step out with big bulbous noses, floppy shoes, and naughty-ass bottles of seltzer.

Another article about how AI is "unlocking business value." I'm surprised that somebody hasn't already invented an AI that picks that lock without having to do all the hard work of building and training fancypants statistical models. Dirty data science done dirt cheap.

"With Luke Perry gone, our idols are getting old (and so are we)" ( ) JK--Gimme a damn break. I was already in my 30s in the '90s. You ain't old yet Mr/Ms GenX-Y-Z-Millennial. Get over it.

"New York, Beijing Chip Away at Silicon Valley" ( ) JK--“The debate around which city has better technical chops than the others is no longer relevant. They’re all rich with talent.”

PR people who are unfamiliar with my work. Thanks for recommending your client as a source of "expert commentary." If you're paying attention to my published output, I'm always putting forth myself as the expert commentator. I don't cotton to crowding in my own space.

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "At RSA Conference, look for ‘post-perimeter’ security to dominate" ( )

"New chemistry-based data storage would blow Moore’s Law out of the water" ( ) JK--No need. Whatever genius dropped Moore's Law in the water in the first place short-circuited its wiring. Now it's useless. Thanks a lot, idiot.

"Ambitious Data Science Can Be Painless" ( ) JK--Discusses new software stacks for simplifying massive cloud-based scientific experiments.

RIP Luke Perry. I wasn't very familiar with his acting work, but I remember his appearance on the Simpsons as Krusty's assistant Sideshow Luke Perry. If you have to be remembered for anything as an actor, that should be sufficient.

"Artificial Intelligence Regulation May Be Impossible" ( ) JK--And you will be annihilated. Prepare for the day of doom.

"Design Thinking: Future-proof Yourself from AI" ( ) JK--Yeah, that's the ticket. Storyboard your future so that you have an escape route no matter what enslavement plans our eventual robot overlords cook up.

Enough about disruption already. Just call it wrack and ruin. Roll up our sleeves for some serious demolition.

Enough about Moore's Law already. I'm trying to remember if it's about Dinty Moore or Mary Tyler Moore. Regardless, stew is all around no need to fake it.

"Center for Security and Emerging Technology" ( ) JK--New Washington DC-based (Georgetown Univ) policy think tank focused on "how developments in AI will affect national and international security"

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Led Zeppelin "Ten Years Gone" from Physical Graffiti JK--1975. One of the best Zeppelin songs in their soft-loud slow-fast misty-bombastic bipolar musical forte. I always hold my breath waiting for Robert Plant's excited vocal midway through this.

"Management Plane-as-a-Service: Moving Functions to the Cloud" ( ) JK--I'm trying to understand what value the word "plane" adds in this context. Should I assume trinity of Management Bird, Management Plane, and Management Superman? Are those cloud services?

"The Future of AI in America: What All Leaders Should Consider" ( ) JK--I'm sorry, WTF?, "citizen users"??!! Is that to be contrasted with a special, elite corps of people who are professionally trained and certified to use this stuff?

"An NYU professor explains why it's so dangerous that Silicon Valley is building AI to make decisions without human values" ( ) JK--I think it's dangerous to imagine some nebulous monolithic forces--"Silicon Valley" "optimization"--behind all AI.

"America’s Cities Are Running on Software From the ’80s" ( ) JK--I often make a mental note of ancient tech in schools, government offices, etc. I also scan surroundings for signs of whatever cockroaches may be using this tech. Survivability is everything.

Thank you, Medium, for your weekly emails advising me on how to optimize the reach of some stupid post I put up there two years ago. I'll also try to boost readership of my journalism master's thesis from 1984, as soon as I get around to digitizing it.

Now that every single Democrat is running for president, I assume that they'll time-share the office. That would be the democratic thing to do. Otherwise, it would get a bit awkward if all of them were to jump into the White House jacuzzi at the same time.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Placebo "Life's What You Make It" JK--2016. Excellent Talk Talk cover. Life is definitely what you make it.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Elvis Costello "Radio Radio" from This Year's Model JK--1978. "Radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools." I wonder if Elvis ever considered a radio edit that inserts the phrase "present company excluded" into the lyrics.

It snowed overnight. Lightly. A thin frosting coats the outdoors  a yummy donut.

Guy at the club trying to sell me on some disgusting yellow liquid that's supposed to "clear out my arteries." No thanks. If the cure smells  liquid death, it's no sale.

Wrote a good research note today. Getting back to my work cadence is so important. I'm a man who moves in a rhythm of my own making. That makes me a terrible dance partner, however.

"We have stumbled into the era of machine psychology" ( ) JK--It's about time. I know several servers that are severely bipolar.

"A Guide to Analyzing (American) Political Data in R" ( ) JK--Photo shows Walter Cronkite covering use of Univac computer to predict 1952 presidential election results.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Tame Impala "’Cause I’m a Man" from Currents JK--2015. I'm surprised I'd never heard this particular Tame Impala track before. Great one. Title sounds Bo Diddley, but the song suggests Marvin Gaye gone indie rock.

"Artificial Intelligence Beats The Hype With Stunning Growth" ( ) JK--I chuckle at this notion of "beating the hype." The hype itself beats the truth down to bloody pulp. How incredibly stunning must the growth be in order to stun all naysayers senseless?

"Rancher K3s shrinks Kubernetes for IoT devices" ( ) JK--Interesting miniaturization open-source project for the age of cloud-native computing in resource-constrained edge devices.

"Why You Should Source Foreign Talent for AI, IoT and ML" ( ) JK--There is no "foreign talent." There is simply talent, some of which is originated and based in other nations.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Sufjan Stevens "All of Me Wants All of You" from Carrie & Lowell JK--2015. Lyric wherein the Detroit-born Petoskey-bred Michiganian musical artist admits to self-pleasuring. Exceptionally beautiful melody. Tears your freakin' heart out,  his best.

New jk #Wikibon note: "Google Enters the Hybrid Cloud Arena With A Promising, Albeit Still-Beta, Offering" ( )

Please Join me & my #Wikibon colleagues and other experts today at 12noon (EST)/9am (PST) for live CrowdChat "Hybrid Cloud Taxonomy"  #actionitem

"How 5G Will Change So Much  Than Your Phone" ( ) JK--Internet of Things. Everything. Latency will diminish to the point of inconsequentiality. Everything will be connected with instantaneous response and thoroughly untethered flexibility.

"ParallelM Solves Real-World Machine-Learning Deployment Challenge with Kubernetes Autoscaling REST Endpoint" ( ) JK--Stripped of tech jargon, this means that their solution enables  developers to automate building & deployment of AI across the cloud.

"Risks of regulating AI algorithms" ( ) JK--Debiasing AI algorithms runs up against Catch-22: the world itself is massively biased, hence distilling useful statistical intelligence from descriptive data must acknowledge. Can't regulate the world not to exist

"10 hot quantum-computing startups to watch" ( ) JK--The fact that you can point to 10 startups means this space is beginning to evolve into a non-negligible market segment, albeit an extremely immature, unproven one.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp girl in red "we fell in love in october" from we fell in love in october / forget her JK--2019. Video makes it clear that this is a lesbian love song:  . But it's simply a great love song. Just a simple sentiment.

"Introducing Azure’s augmented reality: spatial anchors" ( ) JK--The latter term refers to "maps that lock virtual objects to the physical space that hosts the environment."

"Evolutionary Neural AutoML for Deep Learning" ( ) JK--The future of AI depends on innovations in "compute for architecture search," such as this.

"IBM Announced Managed Istio and Managed Knative" ( ) JK--Paving the way for hybrid mesh serverless cloud deployments of considerable complexity and scalabilty, without sacrificing that all-important single pane of control.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Fly Moon Royalty "Grown Man" from Delicious Trouble JK--2016. A really great slice of old-school soul.

"Microsoft CEO Nadella: HoloLens for war is fine if it's used by a democracy" ( ) JK--You R kidding, right? How about when it's used by a democracy to wage an unjust war? You opened up a massive can of worms on this, dude. Does MSFT certify democracies now?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Joy Division "Disorder" from Unknown Pleasures JK--1979. I've been misinterpreting this as Ian Curtis coming out as gay. But 1st 2 lines actually say "guide" (not "guy") taking him by the hand & "feel the pleasures of a normal man" (not "another man").

"AI researchers debate the ethics of sharing potentially harmful program" ( ) JK--Honestly, it feels absurd to withhold an AI program that writes convincingly nuanced text with human- fluency.

"Intel’s neuro guru slams deep learning: ‘it’s not actually learning’" ( ) JK--Duh. It's intelligence that's artificial. Statistical algorithms aren't encoded in our DNA. So what if backpropagation isn't a technique native to organic central nervous systems?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Talk Talk "It’s My Life" from It's My Life JK--1984. RIP Mark Hollis. I'll bet I'm not the only person who embraced this classic song as my own personal testament and declaration. Far better than Anka's "My Way."

"Containers may be leading to cloud cost overruns" ( ) JK--Huh? "The survey from Densify rhymes with a similar survey by Kentik"? It "rhymes"? Does it also have the same metric structure? Are both pieces of research written in iambic pentameter? Do tell

"Meet the social scientist ushering in an era of ethical responsibility in AI" ( ) JK--I don't think it's an "era" so much as a heightened awareness among developers of the errors they might make in deploying AI that inadvertently oversteps privacy bounds.

"Responsible AI Licenses" ( ) JK--This new licensing concept "empower[s] developers to restrict the use of their AI technology in order to prevent irresponsible and harmful applications." How enforceable can this be?

"What are the benefits of white-box models in machine learning?" ( ) JK--"White-box" means that it's not too hard to understand how they work. A "black-box" AI/ML model, by contrast, is damn near inscrutable, but may be wickedly smart & predictively bang-on.

"Knowledge Graphs, AI, and Interoperability: What the Experts Say" ( ) JK--I too agree that knowledge graphs are the next plateau in AI, not obsoleting deep learning but contextualizing it in semantic, intentional, and behavioral nets that adapt in real time

"The Rise of the Robot Reporter" ( ) JK--Algorithmic newsgathering/writing is fundamental to journalism's advance. Much actual reporting done by humans is of necessity robotic. Having to hit the 5Ws/1H on deadline repeatedly does that to you.

"Cloud Services Platform—bringing hybrid cloud to you" ( ) JK--With "build once, manage and deploy anywhere," Google seems to be doing "distributed “true” hybrid clouds," per taxonomy in @dfloyer recent #Wikibon report:

"Cloudera CEO Talks Hortonworks Merger, IBM Acquiring Red Hat, and A.I. Hype" ( ) JK--From Reilly's interview, I'm not sensing any clear differentiators or directions for the merged company. I hope they clarify that soon. It's a brutally competitive space.

"Post-Quantum Crypto Standards Aren’t All About the Math" ( ) JK--I don't understand this stuff, apart from the fact that it seems to be a matter of trying to resist the proverbial irresistible force. Where's the immovable object of secrecy in all this?

"How To Work with People Who Aren't Self-Aware" ( ) JK--What does this even mean? Do they walk in front of a mirror and shout "hey, who the hell is that?" I'm sure even the most selfless people have memorized their own names by now.

"Microsoft workers call for canceling military contract for technology that could turn warfare into a ‘video game" ( ) JK--I hope those workers prevail. But Trump will probably respond by sole-sourcing the contract to his buddies in the Kremlin.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Stevie Wonder "Boogie on Reggae Woman" from Fulfillingness' First Finale JK--1974. Great song. Interesting that lyric hinges on "I'd  to see you..." It's Stevie's lyric. I'm sure he sees with his fingertips. You can't make music this great otherwise.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Bobby Womack "Across 110th Street" from Can You Dig It? The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968-75 JK--1972. I saw the film first-run at a drive-in movie theatre in Dearborn MI. I was not impressed. Just some violent blaxploitation crap.

COMPARTMENTAL Unbound, I'm gracing benches, dreaming of her and living in color. I rearrange her flowers, changing how she used to tend our garden. Still she stops my heart, keeps me benched, stays my hand from overwatering. --James Kobielus

"Facebook’s chief AI scientist: Deep learning may need a new programming language" ( ) JK--If Yann LeCun feels this strongly about it, why doesn't he develop such a language?

"Beware the siren song of no-ops" ( ) JK--Right. You will at least need IT ops personnel to supervise the outcomes and handle the exception conditions. Automated systems can't be entirely trusted to their own care and feeding.

Did something I haven't done in 50 million years,  or less. Purchased a concert ticket for myself. Going to see Jenny Lewis live at Anthem DC on September 5. Can't wait (though I'll have to).

"In-car AI assistants are coming whether you  it or not" ( ) JK--I need them now. I want my entire driving experience to adapt to me, so I can keep my attentions on the road.

"Unpacking Trump's 'American AI Initiative'" ( ) JK--Article notes the lack of specifics, and rightly excoriates Trump's anti-immigrant policy for driving away the AI talent needed to fuel ongoing AI innovation in the USA.

"Perspectives on Issues in AI Governance" ( ) JK--Google positions on explainability, fairness, safety, liability, & human-AI collaboration.

"Technology Trends 2019: Artificial Intelligence" ( ) JK--Report from World Intellectual Property Organization shows that ratio of AI scientific papers to patents has fallen from 8:1 to 3:1 between 2010-2016, indicating accelerating commercialization.

"FaceForensics++: Learning to Detect Manipulated Facial Images" ( ) JK--Improved accuracy from supervised training of data-driven deep learning forgery detection algorithms, using half a million manipulated images.

It was heartening when the fitness instructor offered her condolences in front of the class yesterday. So many people were looking for me last week, to share their grief. I told them, I've been going back there regularly to notify people. Egidia was massively loved.

Grabbing my middle of the night 7-Eleven coffee. The quality is comparable to Starbucks, but it's a much better value.

"How Blockchain's Decentralization Narrative Can Redefine Data Privacy" ( ) JK--Discusses "IPFS," a blockchain-based "peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol to make the web faster, safer, and  open."

"The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks An AI Record" ( ) JK--Summit at Oak Ridge National Lab. Climate research. Speed record on deep-learning experiment achieved exaflop (10 to the 18th ops per second) using  than 27,000 GPUs.

RIP Peter Tork. This non-actor musician, who got the Monkees gig thanks to his bud Stephen Stills, was just naturally funny. In their series, he just walked around uttering one disarmingly lighthearted and goofy thing after another. And he was an excellent multi-instrumentalist.

"We dismantle Facebook’s memo defending its ‘Research’" ( ) JK--Hardhitting analysis of the privacy implications of what Facebook was doing vs. what they claimed to be doing regarding "paying people to suck in all their phone data."

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Monkees "(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone" from  of the Monkees JK--1967. One of the first LPs that 8-year-old Jimmy Kobielus ever bought with his allowance. That "ahhhhh" background chorus is also very very Paul Revere & The Raiders.

"Introducing Snorkel" ( ) JK--Automates the probabilistic labeling of training-data sets for weak supervision. Very important if AI pipeline is to be scaled to the nth while ensuring sufficient model accuracy.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Human League "(Keep Feeling) Fascination" from Fascination! JK--1983. Easily one of my favorite synth-pop hits from the early 80s. The woozy romance of the undulating electronic wash on this made the groove unforgettable. During my courtship of Egidia

"Avoid turbulence when shifting to data analytics in the cloud" ( ) JK--George Lawton interviews James Kobielus and other tech boffins, mavens, gurus, brainiacs, and know-it-alls.

Having #KEXP DJ @loserboy play and read my dedication to my late wife Egidia yesterday was incredibly fulfilling for me as a person. But also, his in-passing reference to my (albeit slight) impact on the station as a long-term listener wasn't something I had realized.

New jk #SiliconANGLE #Think2019 article: "At Think 2019, IBM brings AI to the multicloud but confronts formidable challenges" ( )

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Green Pajamas "Kim the Waitress" from Indian Winter JK--1997. Guy writes poems, afraid to show them to the hot server. Dude: women don't give a damn about your poems--but the fact that you write them might turn some on. Just saying.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Clodhopper "Cafe Joli" from Red's Recovery Room JK--1998. I always wait for the line "JJ's got his hands down his pants." Makes me laugh every time.

Ah yes, deepfakes. That explains the glut of devastatingly beautiful available women within walking distance of me on online dating sites.

Marie Kondo. I assume she'll start recommending that we purge worldly possessions so they can fit into a condo. I wonder if she will recommend a special origami for folding all my crappy-ass old dress shirts before I chuck them into a dumpster.

For @jameskobielus and "Honey." "John, (s)adly, the love of my life passed away ...we had 37 years as a couple...with two awesome grown-up children and a young grandson who'll have no personal memory of his beautiful, vivacious, awesomely smart and sensible grandma." RIP Egidia.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp The Police "The Bed's Too Big Without You" from Reggata De Blanc JK--1979. @loserboy got the pronunciation of Egidia's name exactly right. Thanks for the dedication. She was one awesome lady/wife/mom/grandma. Jason, Sonya, and Declan also send their best

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Andrew Bird "Sisyphus" from My Finest Work Yet JK--2019. Wonderfully cheeky LP title. If this song is any indication, it may be accurate.

Presidents Day. I don't consider the current person in the White House a president.  of a resident. In the sense of occupant. As in occupier.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Sevana "Easy to Breathe" from Sevana EP JK--2016. Nice. Sounds a bit  Beyonce doing romantic reggae.

Bucket list? I own far too many buckets. I may need to rid myself of some. And making a list of them would be pointless. I'll just kick them when I see them.

New jk #Datanami column: "Let’s Accept That AI Leadership Is Everywhere" ( ) (author's note: written in January)

New jk #TechBeacon article "How to manage full-spectrum DevOps that spans multiple clouds" ( ) (author note: written in December; publisher told me it would appear in February; I'm on bereavement leave from my entire career for the next few weeks)

"How Long Will We Live in 2069?" ( ) JK--Those of us on the scene then will almost certainly live anywhere between 1 and 365 days in that year. But all bets are off for 2070.

"Looking Back at Google’s Research Efforts in 2018" ( ) JK--They have a staggering range of cutting-edge projects. Where to start?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Talking Heads "Life During Wartime" from Fear Of Music JK--1979. In its heyday, no artist performed country, bluegrass, or blues at CBGBs OMFUG. But there was indeed other music for uplifting gormandizers in ripped jeans & leather jackets.

"How an ordinary camera can see around corners" ( ) JK--Embedded AI infers unseen-object attributes from its shadows, reflections, and scattering of light on visible surfaces. See also my "Doing Computer Vision Without Cameras" ( )

"Three ways to react to the rise of the machines" ( ) JK--What is this "rise of the machines" crapola? Quit framing this in a hysterical apocalyptic science-fiction narrative.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Avalanches "Frontier Psychiatrist" from Since I Left You JK--2001. "It's the opinion of the entire staff that Dexter is criminally insane." Samples Disney "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969). Joe Flynn about Kurt Russell ( )

"AI Competition Is the New Space Race" ( ) JK--No, it isn't. The new "space race" is literally that. It's the race by commercial enterprises to ferry cargos & passengers to and from earth orbit, the Moon, and elsewhere in space. AI is part of that, obviously

My wife didn't remember the name of the star football player married to Gisele Bundchen, but stated that she doesn't  him. I'm not crazy about Tom Brady either, but he did attend the University of Michigan, so he can't be all bad.

"ASF Announces Apache Hadoop v3.2.0 ( ) JK--Includes Hadoop Submarine, which "enables data engineers to easily develop, train & deploy deep learning models (in TensorFlow) on very same Hadoop YARN cluster." How does this stack up to Spark, performance-wise?

"Artificial Intelligence Isn’t as Autonomous Nor Intelligent as You Might Think" ( ) JK--Discuss amongst yourselves. Oh, I'm so verklempt!

"Is ITIL still relevant in a DevOps world?" ( ) JK--Honestly, I never fully understood what ITIL is or what value it adds to IT operations. I know it's not an IEEE standard, ISO9000, ISDN, or a type of iPhone. I'm pretty sure of that.

"Open Source & Machine Learning: A Dynamic Duo" ( ) JK--Really? Which one's Batman and which one's the Boy Wonder?

Another emailed request by PR for some vendor who wants me to retroactively mention their client in some article I published a while back. Even if possible, where would it end? Should I retroactively edit my Network World columns from the late 90s to state that Netscape is toast?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp The Dandy Warhols "Be Alright" from Why You So Crazy JK--2019. Good new one from the Portland-based indie-rock stalwarts. I just checked online. Their first record came out almost a quarter-century ago. I play their best-of LP a lot. Dandys rule. OK?

New jk #SiliconANGLE #Think2019 article: "Recapping the Think 2019 “Journey to Cloud” Community CrowdChat" ( )

New jk #SiliconANGLE #CLEUR article: "At Cisco Live, executives discuss strategic directions in multicloud networking" ( …)

"The Pentagon Spent $22M Studying UFOs, Dark Energy, Invisibility Cloaks" ( ) JK--Sounds  their top geeks spent a weekend reviewing every episode of Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

"I Cut Google Out Of My Life. It Screwed Up Everything" ( ) JK--Is the author trying to wean herself off ubiquitous digital companies' offerings in reverse FAANG order? What's next? Disentangle your life from Netflix, then Amazon, then Apple, then Facebook?

"Serverless computing’s dark side: less portability for your apps" ( ) JK--Good piece by Linthicum. But just say "disadvantage." Saying serverless has a "dark side" smacks of Pee-wee Herman telling Dottie not to get involved with him:

"10 Worthwhile Books Written by Self-Made Billionaires" ( ) JK--Please recommend 10 worthwhile self-written books by self-made billionaires. A billion bucks can buy a lot of premo ghost-writing talent. Which of them actually keystroked their memoir verbiage?

"Marketing Mindfulness: A New Age of Digital Consciousness" ( ) JK--Um, ok, I'm as Zen as the next geek, but I prefer to mindlessly automate this digital stuff to the ommmmmth degree.

The deep freeze in the Midwest has reached crisis proportions. It's too cold to deliver the beer in Chippewa Falls. Wisconsinites will resort to cannibalism sooner than sacrifice their brewski.

New jk #SiliconANGLE #CLEUR article: "At Cisco Live, agile programmability builds and governs multicloud applications" ( )

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Courtney Marie Andrews "Irene" from Honest Life JK--2016. That's a really nice country song. A warm shoulder to cry on kind of solidarity song

Ah yes I remember all those polar vortices from my childhood in Michigan. I remember being sucked down into their frigid guts every January and spit back up in mid-Lent. I routinely survived.

New jk #SiliconANGLE #CLEUR article: "At Cisco Live, AI optimizes networking across the multicloud" ( )

"Cisco aims to turn the corner on its multicloud journey: Watch live from Cisco Live Barcelona" ( ) JK--Quotes me #CLEUR

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Billy Bragg & Wilco "California Stars" from Mermaid Avenue JK--1998. Lyric written by Woody Guthrie while living at 827 Cedar Ave, Long Beach CA (see photo). Sometime between 1937-40. Wandering minstrel also resided in Skid Row, Glendale, and Echo Park.

"Cisco brings its data center infrastructure to wherever data lives" ( ) JK--Includes a quote from me. #CLEUR

New jk #InfoWorld column: "Knative may be the serverless computing standard you need" ( )

Join me et al this Tues Jan 29 at 9-10am PST/12noon-1pm EST for live #DataProtection CrowdChat Multicloud Data Protection Ops:

Join me et al this Wed Jan 30 at 9-10am PST/12noon-1pm EST for live #Think2019 CrowdChat Journey to Cloud:  . Here’s recent #Wikibon blog with my

"Twitter is the crystal meth of newsrooms" ( ) JK--As can be seen in the idiotic kneejerk reporting of any nonsense tweeted that supports whatever story angle they're rushing to deadline with.

"How one university changed overnight when it let 25 semiautonomous robots roam its campus" ( ) JK--They started their own frat and began to semiautonomously throw the wildest party you've ever seen.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Robert Wyatt "'Round Midnight" from Mid-Eighties JK--1993. Love his plaintive forlorn sounding wisp of a voice.

"The Hidden Automation Agenda of the Davos Elite" ( ) JK--I'm wondering when the leaders of the "many consulting and technology firms whose pop-up storefronts line the Davos Promenade" will rollout the automated machinery that makes them literally pop up.

"We analyzed 16,625 papers to figure out where AI is headed next" ( ) JK--All that trouble just to learn that neural networks and reinforcement learning are where it's going? Why kill yrself? Just read my stuff. I take you above, below, & beyond the obvious.

Already the onslaught of fund-requesting emails from presidential hopefuls begins. At least my spam filters are hip this time around.

Workout buffs who regale you with stories of all the fractures, sprains, bruises, and dislocations they've suffered as a result of their hobby. Seem to believe the nonsense about what hasn't yet killed you making you stronger. Gradual enfeeblement isn't fitness.

Caught a few reruns of the 1970s Bob Newhart sitcom on one of those basic cable channels. Reminded me what a fascinating actor he is. Absolute stillness of face, voice, limbs, and physical presence, while always riveting, witty, and devastatingly funny. Very engaging deadpan.

Caught "Bad Times At The El Royale" on DVD. Jeff Bridges was his usual brilliance. Jon Hamm nailed his role's tonality modulations with expert precision. Cynthia Erivo was a revelation, and, damn, can she sing!

What's with professional people who can't keep phone appointments and don't circle back to deliver an insincere apology or even a lame excuse? Life's too short to cavort with flakes.

"What’s coming in TensorFlow 2.0" ( ) JK--In preview soon. Simplicity and ease of use. Easy model building with Keras and eager execution. Robust model deployment in production on any platform. etc.

"White Paper on AI Chip Technologies" ( ) JK--Really good research study on the state of this tech and market right now.

"Every Gadget and App Should Have a Dark Mode" ( ) JK--Yes, I agree. Every digital thing should default to spreading lies and slander about you while you're sleeping. You disarm by slapping its "uncle" button.

"Can Microsoft Save Seattle and Society—or Should They Even Try?" ( ) JK--Certainly. They should at least try to save Seattle from the mega tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanos, and Godzilla-scale sasquatches predicted by Nostradamus. It's just a matter of time.

"Amazon's Robotic Tech Vest Protects Humans From Robots" ( ) JK--"When the robots do finally turn on us, Amazon's remaining human workforce may be the only ones left standing due to the protective vests they'll soon all wear."

"Why We Are in Danger of Overestimating AI" ( ) JK--We're in danger because there's too much money chasing too many world-shattering opportunities in AI and all things it could potentially transform.

"Reframing Superintelligence: Comprehensive AI Services as General Intelligence" ( ) JK--Eric Drexler's very probing & provocative book-eg p. 89 "Learning can be accelerated and amortized."

"Quantum-embedded chips could secure IoT" ( ) JK--Someone please wake me when statements about quantum computing's applications are phrased in the present indicative, not the futuristic subjunctive. Quantum could also render all crypto security impotent.

"IoT Benchmarks Need Support" ( ) JK--EEMBC. I discussed their machine learning benchmark suite in this SiliconANGLE article last May:

"What happens when driverless car meets delivery robot at an intersection?" ( ) JK--Before we get to that, tell me the one about what happens when a driverless rabbi and a robot priest walk into a bar.

"Artificial intelligence will become the next new human right" ( ) JK--Oh, gimme a break. Let's start with real human intelligence. Ever heard of a universal human right called "education"? No? Let me educate you on the topic. Make it free, by the way.

Spam's getting vaguely threatening this morning. Subject line: "Read for your own good." What's next? "You better read if you know what's good for you"? "We have ways of making you read"? "I know a guy who didn't read, and it wasn't pretty"?

New jk #InformationWeek column: "Training AI to Save Lives" ( )

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Jessica Pratt "Aeroplane" from Quiet Signs JK--2019. If this quiet gossamer breath of a melody doesn't float inside your waking dreams, nothing will.

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Harnessing AI to power automated management of containerized multiclouds" ( )

"Congress is finally embracing bug bounties. Will it backfire?" ( ) JK--Whaddya mean "will it?"? Practically engineered to backfire. Insiders will collude with "ethical hackers" in a never-ending cycle of planting & squashing bugs & then divvying bounties.

"Introducing Nauta: A Distributed Deep Learning Platform for Kubernetes" ( ) JK--Intel's multi-user, multinode distributed computing environment for running containerized DL training/inferencing on Xeon Scalable processor-based systems over K8s/Kubeflow.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Adrianne Lenker "Symbol" from abysskiss JK--2018. Based in Brooklyn, but has a nice wistful mystical acoustic British folk feel.

Just received an email newsletter with the subject line "subject line goes here." I'm assuming this is a prompt asking readers to fill in whatever subject line fits the content therein. At a glance, I'll suggest "another daily dose of humdrum industry news."

Just read a blog with a headline "How to build an API for a machine learning model in 5 minutes." Aren't tools supposed to automate this? How about building an API that helps me recover those lost 5 minutes of my life?

RIP Russell Baker. One of the greatest newspaper columnists in US history. I found his stuff consistently well-written, perceptive, wry, and flat-out funny. One of many examples: this "generalissimo" New York Times column from 1975:

"Paying Users for Their Data Would Exacerbate Digital Inequality" ( ) JK--Marketers would pay  to affluent people, because they're  lucrative to target, hence their personal identifiable info is worth  than low-income people's.

New jk #SiliconANGLE #CLEUR article: "Powering a multicloud world: a recap of Wikibon’s Cisco Live Community CrowdChat" ( )

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Jenny Lewis "Red Bull & Hennessy" from On The Line JK--2019. Good one from her upcoming. Crunchy guitar on this one.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Sir Babygirl "Haunted House" from Crush on Me JK--2019. "The overall concept is that we’re trapped inside my diary, so we wanted the set to reflect the idea of being trapped in your own trauma with no perception of the outside world."

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Pinback "Blue Harvest" from Autumn of the Seraphs JK--2007. That's great running rhythm. Something you can work out to.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Ella Jenkins "Wade in the Water" from African-American Folk Rhythms JK--1960. 1st lady of kids' folk. Still alive, Jenkins was born same day as my late father. She was top-selling recording artist in '75-'77 at Teacher's Store, Livonia MI (my first job).

"5G and autonomous vehicles might not go hand-in-hand" ( ) JK--Not so fast. I could've sworn somebody at CES 2019 demoed an autonomous vehicle that has hands. Unless the whole event was just somebody's idea of a practical joke.

Today is exactly halfway through the horror of Trump's term.

Saw the Martin Sheen narrated documentary on Mark Twain's 1867 voyage to Europe and the Holy Land to write about it for a San Francisco newspaper.Blows my mind that SF publishers funded his expensive junket less than 2 decades after the gold rush.

Caught Rick Steves' hourlong PBS documentary last night on 1920s-1940s European fascism. I half-expecting a facile travelogue. I was wrong. He went into considerable historical depth.

Caught the 1985 made-for-TV version of "Death of a Salesman" last night. I'd only glanced at the text during my college years. Had never seen it performed. I found my self glued to the screen. Hoffman, Malkovich, et al were sensational.

Female fitness instructor asked today if I'd been athletic in my younger days. In a lifetime of people complimenting me on my intelligence, that's unprecedented. Banking that ego boost someplace special.

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Virtualization is just getting warmed up" ( …)

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Step by step, how enterprises should embark on the journey to the cloud" ( …)

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Using Kubernetes to monitor and control the multicloud networking fabric" ( )

Noticing the incoming email subject line: "Reminder : You has been disabled two-factor authentication for this time, it will make your account unsafe. [FWD]." Reminder? Forwarded? Grammatical number mismatch? What two-factor authentication? A knot of pure nonsense.

New jk #SiliconANGLE #Think2019 article: "Recapping the Think 2019 “Journey to AI” community CrowdChat: AI everywhere" ( )

It's not clear to me how you can argue that DWs are a good fit with edge computing. DW is the heart of data governance, which tends to require centralized data storage/control. Please clarify. #think2019

"The Attention Economy Is Malthusian Trap" ( ) JK--What this op/ed headline means is that overpopulation of digital media in our lives has caused FAANG stock price-to-earning ratios to collapse. No, we're not going to starve, a la Thomas Malthus prediction

"Cisco touts 5 techs that will change networking in 2019" ( ) JK--Wi-Fi 6/802.11ax, 5G, geolocation, software-defined WAN, AI/ML for net mgt. Please tune into theCUBE live during Cisco Live Europe, Barcelona, Jan 28-Feb 1:  #CLEUR

"19 tools to tame Kubernetes deployments" ( ) JK--Excellent roundup by Serdar Yegulalp on solutions for monitoring and controlling sprawling cloud-native computing applications across orchestrated fabrics.

"10 Wearable Devices That Stole The Show At CES 2019" ( ) JK--"Wearable bra fit technology that takes accurate breast measurements in a matter of seconds"? Why would a woman use this device  than once? Un blood pressure, this metric rarely changes.

"How NIST is preparing to defend against quantum attacks" ( ) JK--I'm confused. Puts NIST in headline and mentions once in body of article. But the discussion is almost entirely NSA. Not same agency. Former is in Montgomery County, latter in Anne Arundel.

"Recent Breakthrough Papers In AI Ethics" ( ) JK--The "Fairness and Abstraction in Sociotechnical Systems" paper ( ) strikes me as interesting. You can't build "fair ML" apps in isolation from larger social/econ/political/legal system.

"WANdisco Breaks Down the Barrier to Multi-Cloud Data Deployments with General Availability of LiveData for MultiCloud" ( ) JK--Interesting use of blockchain to keep data available and consistent across multiple cloud environments in different geographies.

"Can you make an AI that isn’t ableist?" ( ) JK--Refers to risks of building/training models on behavioral data sets that underrepresent disabled people (a stat minority) or, if disability undisclosed, don't adjust for difficulties collecting data from them

"Container Orchestration for IoT Devices & Distributed Systems" ( ) JK--Interesting discussion of Nebula Container Orchestrator, a latency-tolerant, self-healing orchestrator that scales out to 100s of 1000s of devices running multiple HW architectures.

RIP Carol Channing. One of the most iconic of post-WW2 star Broadway musical comedy performers. Her voice, features, and gangly style of moving were almost perfectly engineered to take command of the stage. Despite platinum blonde tresses, it was no surprise she was biracial.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Love "Everybody's Gotta Live" from Reel to Real JK--1974. Standout from this great LA band's final LP.

As I discussed in this Wikibon study ( …), building apps for hybrid clouds requires comprehensive hybrid data management, plus hybrid abstractions, runtimes, and workload management tooling. #think2019

Here's my Think 2018 wrap-up post, which includes detailed discussion of IBM Cloud Private for Data's support for the AI DevOps pipeline: … #think2019

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp LCD Soundsystem "Losing My Edge" from LCD Soundsystem JK--2005. I hear you have a clue about every single one of these too-hip-by-half indie-music references. I've heard you're insufferable about reminding people of that fact at parties.

"DARPA wants to build an AI to find the patterns hidden in global chaos" ( ) JK--Sounds a bit too grandiose. I suggest that DoD train its AI to search for meaningful patterns in its commander-in-chief's chaotic head.

"Top 10 Incubators in Artificial Intelligence" (  ) JK--Good list of places converging enterpreneurial energy, smart people, and venture funding.

"Smart speakers set to own the consumer ecosystem" ( ) JK--That's a bit of an overstatement. Digital voice assistants will become ubiquitous. Consumers want all devices, not just speakers, to work with their preferred voice assistant.

"CES 2019: Did IBM just reveal first commercial quantum computer?" ( ) JK--Not entirely. What's interesting in this announcement is how they're thinking ahead to how such systems might in the future be made field-upgradable.

"Amazon is getting  serious about Alexa in the car with Telenav deal" ( ) JK--Really? Won't it get kind of annoying having to say "Alexa" every time you want it to do something useful?

Favorite spam headline of the morning: "If true, this could be one of the greatest discoveries in human history." I've been saying that for years about Bigfoot.

"Making deep learning  secure: Google releases TensorFlow Privacy" ( ) JK--Train TF models with differential privacy: increase privacy by letting developers set various tradeoffs relating to the amount of noise applied to the user data being processed.

"10 Pragmatic Expectations for Machine Learning Technologies in 2019" ( ) JK--That's a really good roundup of emerging techs in this space, from the point of view of what's helping data scientists to push the envelope of established development practices.

Watched "60 Minutes" do a thoroughly shallow and sensationalistic story on AI. Whatever China does, Silicon Valley does in spades. Enough with the job-killing Big Brother smear job.

We live in the DC area. It's gotten to the point where I speculate silently on who among us at the mall, gym, Panera, etc is furloughed. The crowds at these hangouts seem larger than usual for January.

Everybody's at the gym in advance of the winter storm. Can't say they're working on their beach bodies. If they're  me, they're working on their snow-shoveling biceps.

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "How to run high-performance Kubernetes apps in the multicloud" ( …)

"Bees that wear tiny sensor-filled backpacks could monitor farms all day long" ( ) JK--I don't want to be the guy that has to strap those stupid little things on them. It's all yours.

"What Tech Will Look  in 2039" ( ) JK--Still no damn jetpacks?! What's the future coming to?

"This million-core supercomputer inspired by the human brain breaks all the rules" ( ) JK--Interactions among processing nodes are probabilistic, just  they are at the core of any neural net. Can't predict exactly how the end-to-end system will behave.

"This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task" ( ) JK--Actually, th AI didn't "hide" the data or "cheat" at its appointed tasks. It simply trained itself how to encode that data inconspicuously in an image. No intended concealment

Approaching the midway point of Trump's term. Can't believe we have to endure this kind of abuse for another two years. At least.

"Delivering first-class digital user experience a big CIO goal in 2019" ( ) JK--Includes an interview with me.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Cigarettes After Sex "Neon Moon" from Neon Moon JK--2018. That's a very nice languid one. You can easily imagine them speeding up the tempo, but somehow that would destroy its charm.

New jk #Wikibon blog: "Implementing the Enterprise Journey to AI" ( )

Notice how I began my CES 2019 coverage with a piece focused on "digital wellness" ( ). Gadget-craziness--a la CES 2019--can destabilize mental wellness, if not recognized. Hoarding digital goodies in your walled compound invites Collyer Brothers Syndrome.

All the home security gadgets at CES 2019, as well as smart home stuff generally. I don't know about you, but I'm a bit unnerved by people being encouraged to wall themselves off in digital towers of their own making. I don't think it's healthy for real (not digital) communities.

"Top 9 Blockchain Interviews of 2018 an Exec Should Read" ( ) JK--Rarely do I tweet an article twice. But this one not only includes the interview with me, but puts me before IBM's Arvind Krishna and the notorious Edward Snowden. Yes, I rank.

"Inside Facebook's 'cult-' workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time" ( ) JK--I've come across too many dysfunctional places whose party line is "our culture is our differentiator" to doubt this story's drift.

"The 10 Most Important CES 2019 Announcements And New Products" ( ) JK--And check out my 3 days coverage on #SiliconANGLE #Wikibon: 

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Marianne Faithfull "Witches Song" from Negative Capability JK--2018. Nice to hear an older Marianne return to a song that was a standout on her awesome 1979 LP "Broken English."

"Top 9 Blockchain Interviews of 2018 an Exec Should Read" JK--one of them is me.

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "Digital assistants rule the show at CES 2019" ( )

New jk #SiliconANGLE column: "At CES, robotics delivers AI into every corner of our lives" ( )

"Ready or not, a lot  AI-powered services are coming in 2019" ( ) JK--Rob Hof of #SiliconANGLE cites me et al.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter "Dewayne" from Dewayne JK--2018. Jesse sings with the grainiest beauty imaginable. Her rooted rootsy cooing definitely raises tingles up & down my scalp. Every time. Guaranteed.

Took briefing from John Bicknell of Portland OR-based process-mining startup  Cowbell Unlimited. As good an excuse as any to play a little Blue Oyster Cult or SNL. 

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Piroshka "Everlastingly Yours" from Brickbat JK--2019. Nice. Her voice reminds me of Kirsty MacColl.

"1000s of terrorists stopped at the [southern] border? Official figures show it's 6." ( ) JK--Not even that. It's 6 names in a database that are simply "suspected." During same period, 91 were stopped trying to enter from north. Where's the Canadian wall?

"Tech giants, stop gorging on AI professors" ( ) JK--Yeah, you have to wonder who's left to teach these courses: slacker first-years?

Flipping the channels last night past a lot of "Surviving R. Kelly" stuff. I must admit that I find his soft R&B exceptionally generic and boring. My attention span survives about 30 seconds into any one of his songs, then I flip away. I won't comment on his morals.

I don't know why my mind is blown by the fact that "School of Rock" was adapted for the stage by none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber. Is this an artistic challenge or does he simply generate cash now?

New jk #TechTarget column: "Predictions for Edge Computing in 2019" ( )

"Technology We Regret Buying" ( ) JK--I'm going to have to say WIndows Millennium Edition. The single worst, slowest, most malware-vulnerable OS I've ever had the misfortune to run on a home computer. I still feel remorse for inflicting that crap on my kids.

"Pentagon Seeks a List of Ethical Principles for Using AI in War" ( ) JK--Really? In the broader perspective, what are the "ethical principles" for war in general? Don't tell me. I don't want to know.

"The 10 Biggest Cybersecurity Predictions For 2019" ( ) JK--"Biggest" in what sense? Word count? Number of clicks and impressions you intend to elicit with this slide show? Which of these is biggest on the plausibility scale?

New jk #Dataversity article: "Predictions for Big Data Analytics in 2019" ( )

New jk #SiliconANGLE article: "At CES, look for an onslaught of AI-stoked digital wellness products" ( )

New jk #Datanami column: "Predictions for Application Development in 2019" ( )

"Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge" ( ) JK--Here is my perspective from several months ago on what that would be a dumb idea:

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Cocteau Twins "Bluebeard" from Four-Calendar Café JK--1993. This is a wickedly tingle-inducing track from a band that specialized in that effect. One of my favorite albums from the '90s.

"Samsung C-Lab to Reveal 8 New AI Projects at CES 2019" ( ) JK--In-video virtual ad svc, autonomous sensory meridian response sound recording solution, instant videomaking service, AI news analysis svc, custom perfume making svc, auto-adjusting monitor, etc

"5 Things To Know About The New Public Dell" ( ) JK--One of them is that they plan Dell EMC and VMware to have tighter technology integration: hyperconverged infrastructure, virtual storage area networks, virtual desktop management, etc.

"CES 2019 won't be a big leap forward for TVs. Here's why" ( ) JK--Article author waiting for TV-sized micro light-emitting diode (LED) displays direct-view quantum dot (QD), and organic LED/QD hybrid TVs. Bigger, sharper, higher-resolution moving images.

"Top 10 Data Predictions leading to zero-latency future in 2019" ( ) JK--He should have stopped after the 6th prediction. I don't see how multicloud, debiasing, and privacy protection reduce latency (aka delays) in data acquisition, movement, or processing.

"Why deep neural networks don’t actually think" ( ) JK--Thanks for clarifying that. I was concerned that I might need to hire a data scientist to retrain my aging brain.

"How to Develop Better Habits in 2019" ( ) JK--I  how you have to slog through lots of other advice before you arrive at "keep it simple." I notice they forgot "get your ass up out of that chair." That always applies.

"Transforming an Amsterdam brothel into a home" ( ) JK--Medium recommended this article for me "based on your reading history." I'm not sure what they're insinuating here.

"After 60 Years, IT’s Time for a Name Change" ( ) JK--Indeed. November 1958 was an auspicious month for naming new things. I propose a swap: I'll gladly rename myself "information technology" if everybody chooses to call IT "James Kobielus." IT--c'est moi!

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp School of Seven Bells "Half Asleep" from Alpinisms JK--2008. Prime example of the moody musical beauty of the late Ben Curtis and the beautiful Deheza sisters. Claudia left in 2010. Alejandra released her and Ben's final collaborations in 2016.

"Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019" ( ) JK--I think the self-driving delivery wagons will be everywhere before long. I'll bet many jurisdictions start to create dedicated lanes for them, perhaps repurposing underutilized bike lanes on major roads.

"The Media’s Post-Advertising Future Is Also Its Past" ( ) JK--Subscription-based revenues. Patronage-oriented ownership. Pushy partisan propagandizing promoting itself as news.

"The Most Amazing Artificial Intelligence Milestones So Far" ( ) JK--Bernard Marr starts with Rene Descartes. Um, ok. Here's a video of me interviewing Bernard in Berlin last April.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Mercury Rev feat Hope Sandoval "Big Boss Man" from Bobbie Gentry's the Delta Sweete Revisited JK--2019. Nice and sultry. Here's Gentry at 19 on June 29, 1962 (on the left). Center is Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane, 4 years after stabbing Stompanato

"10 Hot AI-powered IoT startups" ( ) JK--Much of this is in industrial applications.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp U2 "New Year’s Day" from War JK--1983. This song's video is indelibly linked in my memory with early MTV. I channeled some UW-Madison fellowship $ into cable TV for my off-campus apartment. Greatly boosted my productivity working on that damn thesis.

"Biggest Tech Fails of 2018" ( ) JK--You could look at it that way or as learning exercises. We learned that airports need counterdrone defenses. We also learned that Elon Musk likes to brag about making rash high-stakes decisions while under the influence.

"Data as Incomplete History" ( ) JK--Discusses how historians have long adapted their research scopes, methods, and findings to (or been hoodwinked by) the sparsity and biases in the records. You can't go back in time to make our ancestors keep tidy notes.

"Telepathy, Telekinesis, Teleportation and your Brain" ( ) JK--Brain-state wavebands: delta (1–3 Hz; deepest meditation/sleep); theta (4–7 Hz, normal sleep; alpha (8–12 Hz, relax/reflect); beta (13–30 Hz, focus/alert); gamma (31–50 Hz): conscious perception

"Good Old-Fashioned Artificial Intelligence" ( ) JK--It's not true to claim that "neural networks aren’t really interpretable." Feature engineering is the heart of much neural network modeling. Feature sets enable interpretation of data-driven AI insights.

I'm going to leave my tree and lights up till Christmas. The Orthodox celebration. Sunday. That's my new year's epiphany.

Flying by Ultima Thule. Preferable to contemplating signals from Earth at this moment in time.

Another new year. Another spate of house parties. The older I get the  keenly I realize I'm allergic to dogs and to conversations about Trump. I maintain a cordial distance to keep my aggrieved cavities clear of dander & dudgeon.

Zuckerberg's year-end blog ( ) re what Facebook is doing to prevent election interference ( ), stop spread of harmful content ( ), improve people's well-being on social media ( ), etc.

Asimov's 1983 predictions for 2019 ( ) JK--Wrong-ity wrong: "By 2019, ...the nations will be getting along well enough to allow the planet to live under the faint semblance of a world government by co-operation." And "we will be back on the moon in force."

Dear Medium Re Your Message: "You read a lot. We  http://that.You ’ve reached the end of your free member preview for this month": You present the exact headlines that I can Google to circumvent your paywall and read the content for free at its source. I like that.

"Synthetic data generation — a must-have skill for new data scientists" ( ) JK--Per my #InfoWorld July 2017 column, this tech will break the advantage that owners of large training-data sets have over AI dev.

Sources of two #KEXP audio insert clips between songs & DJ on-mic: "dent in the universe" ("Steve Jobs," "Pirates of Silicon Valley," 1999), and "damn fine cup of coffee" ("Agent Dale Cooper", "Twin Peaks," 1990): 

"Amazon Patent Tips Doorbell Cams Linked to Photo Databases" ( ) JK--My sense is that this capability will come standard in all future homes. Whether Amazon or somebody else dominates that market is TBD.

"The 2019 forecast for cloud computing: Up the value chain they go" ( ) JK--Gillin's #SiliconANGLE roundup includes some of my predictions.

"Powering AI: The explosion of new AI hardware accelerators" ( ) JK--I wish to thank #InfoWorld for republishing another piece of mine from July of this year. Happy New Year everybody!

We end every year by paying our estimated tax, federal and state. Why? So April won't be the cruelest month.

Caught "A Simple Favor" on DVD. Good one. Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick make for an interesting on-screen dynamic. Both play emotionally damaged ladies with poise and wit.

Once in a while, I see someone doing an interesting new technique on equipment at the fitness club. Guy on treadmill alternating every few steps north to west to south to east. Great dynamic equilibrium builder. Risky, though.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Broken Bells "Shelter" from Shelter JK--2018. Good new one from the latest LP in James Mercer and Dangermouse's collaboration.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp The Hives "Hate to Say I Told You So" from Veni Vidi Vicious JK--2000. These Swedes did my favorite full-on punk song from the turn of the millennium.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp DNA "Not Moving" from No New York JK--1978. Even on this "no wave" record, this stood out. It sounds  a ghastly industrial accident waiting to happen.

"Why It's Hard to Escape Amazon's Long Reach" ( ) JK--A dizzying grand tour of their disparate investments, LOBs, brands, and publishing imprints.

"MLPerf benchmark results showcase Nvidia's top AI training times" ( ) JK--Check out my #Dataversity post on MLPerf et al earlier this year:

"How to make algorithms fair when you don't know what they're doing" ( ) JK--"Counterfactual explanations" technique give answers about why a decision was made without revealing guts of the algorithm. Identify lihood of outcomes from "unfair" predictors

"Who Do We Blame When an AI Finally Kills Somebody" ( ) JK--What is this? Robo death watch? Human inventions have been a mortality risk factor since prehistoric people sharpened stones & attached them to spears. Who was to be blamed for that?

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Neil Young "Harvest" from "Harvest" JK--1972. Young and Dylan are both amazing songwriters, but I still enjoy mocking Bob's voice  than Neil's. Sorry, Shakey!

"Pivotal introduces Pivotal Function Service for serverless" ( ) JK--Not exactly. Pivotal announced an alpha of this Knative/Kubernetes based function-as-a-service platform. Nowhere near ready for enterprise primetime at this point.

"AI Index 2018 Report" ( ) JK--Excellent quantitative research on trends in this market globally over the past year. Long detailed report on A.I. research activity, industry activity and technical performance for 2018.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Big Star "Thirteen" from #1 Record / Radio City JK--1972. Great song, but not clear why the girl's dad was on his back over "Paint It Black." Did her dad not  the song? Did he prefer it to "The Letter"? Back story please. Oh, wait, Chilton's gone.

"Nvidia AI research points to an evolution of the chip business" ( ) JK--AI accelerator chips that power generative adversarial networks adept at rendering realistic video without a priori knowledge of the laws of physics.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Rocky Votolato "White Daisy Passing" from Makers JK--2006. My new Echo Dot can read my mind. The moment I hooked it up last night & asked it to play me a song, it surprised me with one of my faves of all time. Few melodies are pretty & singable as this.

"IBM targets enterprise AI workloads with new Nvidia-powered converged system" ( ) JK--I think it can safely be said that Nvidia's partnering-intensive go-to-market strategy locked down their leadership in enterprise AI hardware accelerator tech in 2018.

"DeepMind ‘closes chapter’ in AI research with new self-learning AlphaZero system" ( ) JK--Has mastered three of the world’s most complex board games. Is anybody using AI to teach robots to master tiddlywinks? I'd wager serious money on that.

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Julie Byrne "Melting Grid from Not Even Happiness JK--2017. Very melancholy. Sounds a bit Cowboy Junkies. 28-year-old singer-songwriter from Buffalo has worked as a park ranger in NYC's Central Park. I think that's pretty awesome. 

"GigaSpaces Launches v14.0 of In-Memory Computing Platforms InsightEdge and XAP for Smarter, Faster Insights to Action" ( ) JK--I'm in awe of any tech product that last long enough in market to have a Version 14 dot 0. This one's for cloud-native deploys.

Hey email marketer, when you say some promotional offerings were "handpicked" for me, please also attach a video showing an index finger pointing to those specific items and thumb then gesturing in my direction. Also, I need proof it's a hand attached to a non-idiot.

RT @KEXPNowPlaying #kexp Ty Segall "I’m a Man" from Fudge Sandwich JK--2018. This consistently superb rocker does a great wailing Spencer Davis Group cover. Of course.

"Mission Moon 3-D" ( ) JK--David J. Eicher & Brian May discuss astronauts seeing little silhouetto of a man doing the fandango, thunderbolt & lightning, very very frightening, though (Galileo) Galileo, (Galileo) Galileo, Galileo Figaro declared magnifico.

"Literally Just A Big List Of Facebook’s 2018 Scandals" ( ) JK--Trump still has  scandals to his name, though. In case you're counting (I stopped).

"How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually" ( ) JK--Yeah. I might as well stop the pretense and fess up: I'm a robot.

"Data is eating the software that is eating the world" ( ) JK--For no apparent reason, #Infoworld replayed my July column in their December 25 e-newsletter. July in Christmas, and I was present!

RT @kexpnowplaying #kexp Wye Oak "Lifer" from The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs JK--2018. Easily my favorite LP of the year. This is my favorite song from it. Thanks to DJ Evie Cooke for playing my request. "Do you think that life could be better?"

"The big problem with big data? Without theory, it's just garbage" ( ) JK--I read into this article to figure out if that provocative headline was itself attached to garbage. It's a ho-hum statement of the need for data-driven predictive hypothesis testing.

It was a nice (essentially 5-day) weekend. Back to work digging through emails at a reasonably leisurely pace. The act of watching them pile up over the Christmas holiday was kind of pleasant.  a watching a yule log slowly incinerate.

It always seems to me that "quick question" should be given a quick consideration/response. It seems to be begging for a kneejerk "no." The very act of introducing your query in that manner seems to assume that. Just ask the question. But be quick about it.

Found my personal killer app for my new Amazon Echo Dot. Hooked it up to the Pandora account I've never used. Set it on Fleet Foxes Radio. Now I have a perfect wine-drinking soundtrack.

Donald Trump, answering phone call from federal worker's 7-year-old child on Christmas Eve: "Are you still a believer in mommy or daddy being able to pay for your Christmas presents? Think again, kid"

Trump uses his bully pulpit to shake a 7-year-old's faith in Santa Claus.

I remember 50 years ago tonight walking to midnight mass, worrying about the Apollo 8 astronauts orbiting the Moon. I was an altar boy, one among a couple dozen that night at St Edith.

Watching Hallmark Channel with my wife. Got it today in a free 3-month promo package from our cable company. Nothing says Christmas like pretty people falling in love on snowy evenings in the big city.

Nice Christmas vigil mass with Tom and Donna at their parish in Arlington. The sky is clear and blue as the sun sets in preparation for the Nativity. Cue the stars.

Finished the bio of Leonard Cohen. Starting the memoirs of Tim Conway. Another deeply moody entertainer. The mood being cheerful and the deeply being funny.

Sitting at home quietly mesmerized by our hearth strung with lights of many colors. Five colors, actually. Haven't counted the lights. Won't try.

Listening to that late 70s album that Phil Spector produced for Leonard Cohen. Sounds  that travesty he inflicted on the Ramones around that same time. A wall of fascistly overproduced schlock.

What's so funny about peace, love, and understanding? Getting all defensive over it is even funnier. It's a hoot! I hope you understand, love. Peace be with you.

Sitting alone at Wegman's listening to Judy Collins sing Leonard Cohen. A young lady walks by hand in hand with her man. She stops and pats down my cowlick. Then moves on. A charge ripples through me.

"Gatwick Airport: Drones ground flights" ( ) JK--Hmm. See my Datanami column from a few months ago on AI & IoT in comprehensive counterdrone defenses: .