I presented on stage with my daughter Amy Kurzweil in a featured session at the popular event called South by Southwest. Amy and I share an enthusiasm for the future of storytelling and the arts, and what new digital media can accomplish.
Following our talk, Amy Kurzweil will do a book signing at the event’s book shop. South by Southwest is a huge festival & convention with its own curated book store.
Two of my books — The Singularity Is Near and How to Create a Mind — and Amy’s award winning graphic memoir Flying Couch are featured on their book shelf. If there is video of our on-stage talk after the event, we will post it here.
Facebook started a new collaboration with South by Southwest to conduct video coverage of the event & special profiles, broadcast live on the website Facebook Live for South by Southwest.
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We all are very aware of how emerging technology is transforming our lives in many ways.
Digitization & hyper-connectivity is entering a new phase and the transformation of books, music and retail has now morphed into healthcare, manufacturing, automotive and other industries.
Whether it is the products we purchase, or how we purchase them, retailing and manufacturing are all getting digitized, connected and smart. Retailing is moving from transactions to 1:1 relationship engagement, while manufacturing is moving from mass production to 3-Dimensional printing of custom products on-demand.
And it is just not products and services, but also how we ourselves are getting digitized. The digital transformation of healthcare is happening now, from generic treatment based on individual disease management to…
Apache Ignite supports a range of different Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). In this multi-part article series, we will take a more detailed look at how Apache Ignite manages transactions in its key-value API and some of the mechanisms and protocols it supports. In this first part, we will begin with a discussion of the two-phase commit (2PC) protocol and then look at how this works with various types of cluster nodes.
We talk plenty about legacy hardware, but right now the world of SSDs is grappling with legacy design. Within two years, however, a majority of data center SDDs on the market will look less like a box or plug and more like a ruler. The new Intel "ruler" form factor SSDs are literally about to become what storage looks like.
Historically, SSDs and HDDs shared a basic form. When people thought of storage, they thought of a flat rectangle about 2.5- to 3.5-inches wide, the right size and shape to accommodate a spinning disk. These HDDs were inside nearly every PC, and they were the basic building blocks of data centers for years. When SSDs came around, they had to fit into the same slots as their HDD predecessors. The new solid-state technology emulated the design of rotating media even though it didn’t need to.
So the form of early SSDs had nothing…
Intel Corporation explores how an enterprise can start thinking, and acting, like a data-driven startup
Why is it so hard for enterprise organizations to act like the startup companies they increasingly come up against? It’s a very good question. In every industry, across every vertical we see new businesses emerge from seemingly nowhere, impacting the market landscape. What is it that prevents our largest companies from adopting a similar path, rather than being victims of disruption? And, more importantly, what can they do about it?
An essential tool in enabling an established company to behave more like a startup is analytics. As we work with a diverse range of enterprises to deploy analytics solutions, we come across many situations that startup companies simply don’t have to face. We can summarize them in a single word: complexity. Technology-led startups really do benefit from that mythical ‘green-field environment’ denied incumbent organizations; they…
2017 was a busy year in enterprise information management at SAP. We released a lot of new and enhanced capabilities across the portfolio to help customers better manage and use their data for digital transformation, cloud, Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and data protection and privacy.
New features include data quality, master data management, content management and information lifecycle management capabilities with enhanced support specifically for SAP S/4HANA®. For example, SAP Master Data Governance on SAP S/4HANA offers consolidation, mass processing, central governance and master data quality analytics to help companies clean and maintain data in SAP S/4HANA.
Updates also include new and expanded support for Amazon Redshift and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Microsoft Azure Cloud and SQL Data Warehouse, and Google Cloud…
Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) is enjoying great traction across the ecosystem as more systems are fielded by major OEMs. Intel RSD based products are currently available from many of the leading data center equipment suppliers, including:
Every January people from across the retail industry attend Retail’s Big Show, the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual exhibition, where attendees can network, learn about important industry trends, and discover new retail technologies. This year’s event, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, will take place from Jan. 14-16. Intel is excited to be participating in the event, where we will showcase our newest technologies to help transform the retail industry.
Weathering Disruption With Technology
As the retail industry faces disruption, having the right technology solutions allows retailers to keep pace with evolving customer expectations and market forces. This is a time for retailers to rethink their businesses and imagine new possibilities. NRF 2018 attendees can see some of these new possibilities in action at…
Linden Lab’s Sansar, a new VR-enabled online community provides content creators with powerful tools to unleash immersive, dreamlike digital worlds. Create and enjoy your very own Sansar VR world on 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs, add HTC Vive headsets equipped with Intel’s Wigig technology, and the end result is a Fourth Dimension wireless experience that defies human imagination.
Together Intel and Sansar are delivering compute experiences where you and others from around the world may explore the inside of an 8th Gen Intel Core processor, transport to a set location from the upcoming movie Ready Player One and witness many of the same Intel demos being shared live in Las Vegas. Join the VR experience at CES now!
The idea of VR extends all the way back to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave which challenged the very nature of…
This will mark my too-many’th year in retail and retail technology.
And as I pack the bags (don’t forget the gloves!) to once again visit mid-town Manhattan for the National Retail Federation Show (NRF), it’s time to make a few New Year Retail Technology Resolutions.
Please hold me to them.
For 2018, in the name of trustworthy decision-making and advice, I resolve:
- Never to talk about “customer experience” without defining what it is, and more importantly, what it does.
I’d argue that “customer experience” is the most over-used and oft-abused cliché of the industry. And, without further definition, it’s meaningless from a P&L perspective.
What we’re really talking about is the ability to positively influence decision-making all along the decision journey. Influence which results in something tangible — traffic, conversion, basket size, and/or annual share of wallet.
Genomics holds real promise to improve healthcare for countless patients worldwide, and genomics analytics is the foundation for precision medicine. When the genomic roots of a disorder have been identified, pharmaceutical companies can develop treatments targeting the specific underlying disorder. Clinicians can then use these targeted therapies to develop treatment plans individualized to each patient, increasing the chances of successful outcomes. To reach individualized treatment plans, massive genomic datasets must be analyzed and compared to identify the variants that can spur these breakthroughs. Genomic data is doubling approximately every 7 months and will reach about one zettabase by 2025. (“Big Data: Astronomical or Genomical?” PLOS Biology July 7, 2015). The demand for technology in the genomics space is growing almost as quickly as the data.
Intel is a data company that…
Applications don’t stand still. They never have, and they never will… Change is the ONLY constant. Look at a simple and old yet life-sustaining “application” like farming. Tools were once a pair of arms and hands, evolving to a bucket, evolving to a wheelbarrow, evolving to a horse-drawn cart, evolving to however many iterations of human-driven modern tractors, evolving to automation. The process and methods of seeding, irrigating, fertilizing and harvesting have similarly evolved for centuries.
For software applications, the same school of thought applies. There are always new resources. New methodologies. New tools. New user demands and expectations. As enterprise development teams adapt their business-critical applications to today’s landscape, they face new challenges daily. The modern developer is on an eternal path to wade through all of the new variables to better understand application interdependencies, complexities, and quality across platforms, environments and…
The case for learned index structures Kraska et al., arXiv Dec. 2017
Yesterday we looked at the big idea of using learned models in place of hand-coded algorithms for select components of systems software, focusing on indexing within analytical databases. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at range, point, and existence indexes built using this approach. Even with a CPU-based implementation the results are impressive. For example, with integer datasets:
As can be seen, the learned index dominates the B-Tree index in almost all configurations by being up to 3x faster and being up to an order-of-magnitude smaller.
As we left things yesterday, the naive learned index was 2-3x slower! Let’s take a look at what changed to get these kinds of results.
Learned range indexes
Recall that a single learned CDF has difficulty accurately modelling the fine structure of a data…
If you work in retail, you know the industry is changing quickly and competition for the customer’s wallet share is getting tougher. The landscape is quickly being split between the retailers who are feeling like they are constantly trying to “catch up” versus the innovation pacesetters. During this time of transformation, it is more important than ever for Retailers to adopt an iterative innovation process that is founded on data-driven insights.
Keeping in mind that if your competition is testing, learning and refining their business model and offerings faster than you, not only will they gain market share but they will gain momentum faster. Once they overtake you, it will be that much harder for you to ever catch back up. This is why I believe there is an urgent need in the retail space to focus on a culture of innovation as a priority. A culture built around both data and the spirit…
With the recent security vulnerabilities discovered — Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754) and Spectre (CVE-2017-5753 and CVE-2017-5715) — Redis Labs’ engineering, devops and support teams have been working hard to make sure our cloud services, Redis Cloud (RC) and Redis Cloud Private (RCP), are protected.
As of now, all our RC and RCP clusters on AWS, Azure, GCP and IBM Cloud have been patched by our cloud partners against Meltdown. In addition, some cloud vendors have already managed to mitigate the Spectre’s branch target injection (CVE-2017-5715).
Redis Pack customers:
- Customers who use Redis Pack on the public clouds mentioned above (and deployed Redis Pack on dedicated…