Beyond IoT: Building Decentralized, Intelligent Infrastructure
As I wrote recently, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been experiencing, at a minimum, some serious growing pains.  This is particularly true for consumer IoT where a lot of old issues (interoperability) remain, while others (security) are becoming more concerning.  With a few bright exceptions, many consumer IoT products solve... Read more
When the Bubble Bursts…
Consider the following facts: NIPS submission are up 50% this year to ~4800 papers. There is significant evidence that the process of reviewing papers in machine learning is creaking under several years of exponentiating growth. Public figures often overclaim the state of AI. Money rains from the sky on ambitious... Read more
Google Announces New AI Ethos Following Project Maven Debacle
Google will cease work on the US Defense Department’s Project Maven when its contract expires next year, ending a controversial partnership between the tech giant and the military. The ensuing controversy has captivated data scientists and the public, embroiling the company in the ongoing debate about the ethics of... Read more
Visualizing IoT
Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat. — Robert Heinlein Those of you who know me from my technical, nerdy life know that I love protocols. It’s true. I simply adore bits, bytes, request messages, responses, ACKs, and message bodies. I take great pleasure from looking... Read more
GDPR: What data scientists and CIOs need to know
Tomorrow, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect in the member states of the European Union, in what may be the most extensive piece of data privacy legislation thus far in the history of data legislation. Aimed at empowering EU citizens with greater control over their digital... Read more
How to Develop a Blockchain Strategy: a Roadmap
Knowing what blockchain is and how it can contribute to solving some of the world’s biggest challenges is one thing; knowing how to develop a blockchain strategy is another thing altogether. Meanwhile, understanding how to implement a blockchain strategy within your business is even more difficult. Blockchain, particularly when... Read more
Updated Value Assessments from McKinsey’s AI Frontier Studies
Day by day it seems like technological advancements widen the scope of what qualifies as “artificial intelligence.” McKinsey expresses this exact sentiment in a recent discussion paper from the McKinsey Global Institute that analyzes the potential value-add of different deep learning models across multiple industries. Over 400 use cases... Read more
Cyber-weapons as a form of magic, and why we can’t code our way to a safer internet
A “cyber-weapon” isn’t a thing, but a skill. It’s not an object you can blow up with a missile or send a UN team to inspect, but the technical knowledge of how to identify and exploit a set of systems, written clearly enough that a computer can do it. It’s a recipe... Read more
Smarthings’ Platform Downtime as an Example for IoT Education
In mid March, SmartThings, the Samsung-owned intelligent devices (IoT) platform, briefly experienced downtime that affected countless customer accounts and products. Households with SmartThings devices were not able to operate their locks, lights, garage doors, and more, turning these so-called “smart” devices into nothing more than “dumb” appliances. Quick and... Read more
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, testified before the United States Congress yesterday about Facebook’s response to the Cambridge Analytics data scandal.   In a nutshell: Zuck performed better than expected by calmly answering all questions and effectively advocating for Facebook; he repeated, “We do not sell data to advertisers,”... Read more
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