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Deep learning for the kids with Lobe

Friday, 4 May, 2018 0 Comments

“Lobe is an easy-to-use visual tool that lets you build custom deep learning models, quickly train them, and ship them directly in your app without writing any code. Start by dragging in a folder of training examples from your desktop. Lobe automatically builds you a custom deep learning model and begins training. When you’re done, you can export a trained model and ship it directly in your app.”

Just a decade ago, the algorithmic complexity Lobe offers sounded like science fiction. Now, it is freely available for anyone with a computer and Lobe founder Mike Matas says the visual interface is so user-friendly that children can understand it. So, c’mon young and old, it’s time “to build custom deep learning models, quickly train them, and ship them directly in your app without writing code.”

Note: If you want to talk the deep learning talk and walk the deep learning walk, there’s no avoiding Python and cloud, calculus and linear algebra, however. “How to learn Deep Learning in 6 months” provides some useful pointers.


It’s not English as we know it, Jim

Thursday, 18 May, 2017 0 Comments

Sample sentence: “Bitcoin.com Pool Cloud Mining offers the highest profit contracts in the cloud mining industry, due to 110% block reward and competitive contract prices. Additionally, our cloud mining contracts provide 100% guaranteed uptime and stable hashrate.”

Eh?

If you’ve ever thought about where Bitcoin comes from, the answer is that it gets “mined”. Bitcoin mining adds transactions to the block chain and releases new Bitcoin into circulation. The mining involves compiling recent transactions into blocks and trying to solve a computationally challenging puzzle. The first person who solves the puzzle gets to place the next block on the block chain and claim the rewards. The rewards include the transaction fees paid to the miner as well as the newly released Bitcoin.

Clear?

“Our mining pool has been growing fast with a hashrate of 141.19 Ph/s and now captures 2.93% of the Bitcoin network.” That’s from the introduction to yesterday’s press release announcing that Bitcoin’s cloud mining industry has been opened to the public. “Now Anyone Can Mine Bitcoin” is how the initiative is being marketed. So, instead of having to invest in our own mining gear, we can simply leap into the pool.

Pool. Mine. Cloud. Odd that the cryptocurrency is located in such real-world places.


Cisco + Jasper = $1.4 billion IoT bet

Thursday, 4 February, 2016 0 Comments

Why has Cisco just spent $1.4 billion on acquiring Jasper Technologies, the developer of an Internet of Things cloud platform? $1.4 billion is an awful lot of money and an “Internet of Things cloud platform” sounds very nebulous, so what’s the big deal? Well, for its money Cisco is buying a company that really knows the booming Internet of Things (IoT) industry and that’s a big deal, indeed.

Terminology note: IoT means connected machines talking to one another via the internet. Example: a factory floor equipped with intelligent robots, a road filled with smart cars, a wind farm stocked with connected turbines or a home furnished with thinking thermostats.

Rob Salvagno, Cisco VP of Corporate Business Development, wrote a blog post yesterday stating that “Cisco’s Intent to Acquire Jasper is All About Making IoT Simple, Scalable and Interoperable.” Snippet:

“When I first met the CEO, Jahangir Mohammad, I was immediately impressed with his visionary approach to the opportunities available in IoT and his foresight in building a unique business to capture those opportunities. 10 years ago, when everyone was focused on flip phones and the early adoption of smartphones, Jahangir and team focused their energies on connecting everything else, including GPS units, cars, security systems and point of sale devices. This early insight has proved fruitful, and now many millions of ‘things’ are connected to the network and working on Jasper’s platform.”

IoT systems generate huge amounts of data and a platform is needed to process, manage and make sense of it all. The cloud is where the action is because companies can scale up as the IoT-generated data volume grows and grows and grows. Acquiring Jasper is a big bet, but a smart one from Cisco’s point of view because its core strength is networking and the IoT is all about the network.


IBM brings Watson to Munich

Tuesday, 15 December, 2015 0 Comments

It would be an exaggeration to say that Germany has bet the farm on the Industry 4.0 concept, but the country certainly is investing a huge amount of credibility along with significant sums of money in its variant of the Internet of Things (IoT). That willingness to take manufacturing into the cloud and beyond got a big vote of confidence today when IBM opened its Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich. The city will also host IBM’s first European Watson innovation centre.

The declared goal is to add the power of cognitive computing to the billions of connected devices, sensors and systems that make up the IoT. The campus environment at the Highlight Towers on Mies-van-der-Rohe-Straße will bring together a thousand IBM developers, consultants, researchers and designers and will also serve as an innovation lab for data scientists, engineers and programmers “building new connected solutions at the intersection of cognitive computing and the IoT,” according to the IBM press release.

Along with the facility in Munich, IBM announced today that it is opening Watson IoT Client Experience Centres across Asia and the Americas. Locations include Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Texas. These will provide clients and partners access to technology, tools and talent needed to develop and create new products and services using the cognitive intelligence delivered via the Watson IoT Cloud Platform.

As Thomas J. Watson Jr. once said: “Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.”

Watson


Reading Big Data

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013 0 Comments

Currently reading Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier. Definition: “Big Data refers to things one can do at a large scale that cannot be done at a smaller one, to extract new insights or create new forms of value, in ways that change markets, organizations, the relationship between citizens and government, and more.” In short, the two authors say, Big Data is about predictions. But Big Data is not new as Tim Smith explains in this depiction of CERN’s involvement with the concept over the past five decades.

And what, if anything, has that got to do with Google and its quest for life in the face of death that we posted about here on Monday? Well, a good place to start is Google Flu Trends. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier begin their book as follows: “In 2009 a new flu virus was discovered… As it happened, a few weeks before the H1NI virus made headlines, engineers at the Internet giant Google published a remarkable paper in the scientific journal Nature.”

Mining Big Data in the Alpine region of South Tyrol is our topic here on Friday.


An ever-connected generation is going asset-light

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 0 Comments

Who said it and when? “The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.” […]

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