Hurricane Irma is developing into a serious threat to the US East Coast. We should all be vigilant. After the recent tragedy in Houston, I don’t think any of us can be in doubt about the severity of named storms. Be prepared.
Is Google doing enough to curb the spread of terrorist propaganda?
In the wake of multiple recent attacks, Google announced today new measures to combat the distribution of terrorist propaganda on its platforms.
Google plans to use a combination of AI and its trusted army of human ‘flaggers’ to weed out the content.
Google has in recent months lost million of dollars in ad revenue as some of the worlds largest marketing companies have abandoned Google’s YouTube platform. Read more here
ITPalooza announces date and venue
The ITPalooza organizing committee today announced its official launch of ITP17. The 6th annual edition will take place at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center on Thursday December 7. To keep up to date on all things ITP, visit www.itpalooza.org
There are a lot of headlines today about tech getting a slap in the face on Wall Street – particularly Apple which is down more than 3%. These guys are actually down only a few percentage points but for the largest companies in the world, that translates to billions of dollars.
But while we wring our hands around a bit of a sell-off today in some of the largest companies in the world, here’s a not-so-subtle reminder that there’s at least another company that’s decided to go on a rapid rise in the past two years – NVDA.
That’s Nvidia, a stock that might as well be in the FANG acronym at this point as a major growth stock (that’s Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google). Nvidia’s been on a complete tear in the past couple months (and the past few years) thanks to its major presence of the market for GPU technology, which stumbled into a critical component of machine learning technology. Instead of normal CPUs, Nvidia’s windfall has been the wild demand for technology that can support emerging products like self-driving cars, image recognition and natural language processing.
An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking
An IBM-led group of researchers have detailed a breakthrough transistor design, one that will enable processors to continue their Moore’s Law march toward smaller, more affordable iterations. Better still? They achieved it not with carbon nanotubes or some other theoretical solution, but with an inventive new process that actually works, and should scale up to the demands of mass manufacturing within several years.
Due to IT issues at British Airways, flights in to and out of Heathrow and Gatwick Airports were seriously delayed. These delays echoed around the world as flights were back-logged and even cancelled. According to BA’s CEO Alex Cruz, the problem was caused by a power surge / power-supply and no cyber attack is thought to have been carried out. It’s pretty clear there will be in-depth investigations both by BA and likely a government inquiry as to why the national carrier was brought to a standstill.
During the worst of the outage, stranded customers were encouraged to seek updates on BA’s Twitter account.
The outage affected many systems including bookings, re-bookings, call-center, check-in, website and more. In short all of BA’s customer facing technologies seem to have been affected.
Just in time for tonight’s CIO Council Round Table on AI, Machine Learning RPA, comes this interesting article.
The world’s biggest tech fund backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group has raised $93bn which it intends to plough into AI and robotics. The SoftBank Vision Fund was first announced last year and its backers now include the Mubadala Investment Company of the United Arab Emirates, Apple, Foxconn, Qualcomm and Sharp.
Note: CIO Council Round Table on AI, Machine Learning & RPA – There are only a few seats left, so if you are the CIO, or senior most IT manger of your company, and would like an invitation to tonight’s event, please email [email protected].
Telecommunications and tech investment group SoftBank, which acquired UK chip designer ARM for £24bn last year, holds a maximum of $28bn in the fund. It said the fund was established because SoftBank believes the next stage of the Information Revolution is under way, “building the businesses that will make this possible will require unprecedented large scale long-term investment”.