Posts Tagged ‘Forbes’

How to Make Machine Learning Work for Your Business

Dan Woods of Forbes reports, “It’s easy to get caught up in the mystique of machine learning. After all, what’s not to like about the idea of algorithms sucking up and sorting through the data detritus of our companies’ back alleys like a Roomba Sweeper Vac? The reality is a bit more complex. Like any ‘breakthrough’ technology, machine learning involves some forethought and discipline before being let loose in the enterprise. I recently spoke with Bob Tennant, CEO of Recommind, a San Francisco-based unstructured information management and analysis company, seeking a few points of advice about where to use machine learning most effectively.” Read more

Semantic Technology’s Role in Big Data Solutions?

Forbes has published an article that points out an opportunity for Semantic Technology companies. The article discusses the lack of understanding in companies around big data. Author Gil Press writes, “Listening to Gartner analysts Sheila Childs and Merv Adrian talking yesterday about big data infrastructure challenges, I was reminded of a story Mike Ruettgers, former EMC CEO, liked to tell about similar challenges in the early 1990s. At the time, the reigning buzzword was ‘client/server computing,’ signaling a shift to relatively inexpensive servers based on the UNIX operating system. The early adopters were not the people in the glass houses, the data center managers. Rather, they were marketing managers and other business executives.” Read more

United Nations Trying to Control the Internet?

Larry Downes of Forbes reports that the UN is trying to claim some authority over the internet. He writes, “Yet another anachronistic regulator is trying to flex its muscles over the Internet.  But this time the U.S. government is actually the one trying to stop them. That’s right.  It’s the United Nations.  Specifically, the International Telecommunications Union, a 150 year-old bureaucracy that started life establishing telegraph standards.  The ITU has since mutated into coordinating international telephone interconnection and radio spectrum, and became part of the U.N. in 1947.  But it has never had a meaningful role in dealing with the Internet. At least until now.” Read more

Curiosity & the Future of Robotics

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom has written an article for Forbes regarding the recent successful landing of the Mars rover Curiosity and what this step will mean for the future of robotics and AI. She writes, “Even though spacecraft travel at high speeds through the solar system, the travel times are long enough that software advances can be significant. The software has already been updated once during its 8 month flight. Beaming software is one way robots throughout the solar system can take advantage of exponential advances on Earth. In a few more years, the computing systems on interplanetary robots will be able to run extremely complex AI programs due to further advances in exponential technology. Perhaps advanced chips will be sent out to be fitted to older spacecraft, and extend the life of rovers like Curiosity.” Read more

The Convergence of Marketing and IT

Chris Perry of Forbes recently posed the question, are CMOs the new CIOs? He writes, “Oracle announced yesterday that they’re buying social conversation platform Vitrue, according to TechCrunch to the tune of $300 million.  Following Salesforce’s acquisition of Radian6 and Adobe’s purchase of Context Optional parent Efficient Frontier, the demand for people-driven marketing enabled by technology shows no signs of slowing down. While hot, this market will continue to see its fair share of hot air too. Analysts, consultants and agencies all have a vital role to help leaders make sense of platform options as well as implementation required to make social an embedded element of business.” Read more

Big Data and the Future of Tech

Shomit Ghose recently wrote an article for Forbes regarding the inextricably linked future of tech and Big Data. Ghose writes, “In physics, the second law of thermodynamics states that all systems seek to evolve so as to either minimize their energy or maximize their disorder (AKA entropy). From a state of zero entropy at the Big Bang, our universe has been expanding toward a state of maximum entropy for roughly the past 14 billion years. And today, in my day-to-day life as a venture capitalist investing in software companies, every start-up I see is directly related to the second law of thermodynamics.” Read more