This Week In Digital – Week 07, 2019

We are back with another weekly update, here are some newsworthy developments that had happened in these seven days!

IBM Drives Watson AI Everywhere – Jim McGregor, February 12, 2019.

IBM kicked off its annual Think partner and developer conference with a focus on making Watson available everywhere. Watson has traditionally been a solution only available through IBM’s Cloud services. But today, IBM announced it is opening Watson to run on any private, public, hybrid or multi-cloud solution. In addition, IBM is offering an on-premises solution running Watson. IBM is essentially looking to make Watson the most accessible Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution that can execute where ever the data resides, even if it is split between platforms.


More Healthcare Organizations To Adopt Hybrid Cloud Computing – Fred Donovan, February 13, 2019.

The healthcare industry is increasingly adopting hybrid cloud models, according to a survey of more than 2,300 IT decision makers by VansonBourne on behalf of cloud provider Nutanix. Hybrid cloud deployment by healthcare providers is expected to jump from 19 percent penetration to 37 percent in two years, respondents forecast. While 88 percent of respondents said that they expect hybrid cloud to positively affect their organization, hybrid cloud skills are in scarce supply. These skills ranked second in scarcity only to those in artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Telia tests world’s first 5G movie theater with livestreaming films – Jeremy Horwitz,  February 14, 2019.

Smartphones have gained popularity as video players over the past decade, but movie theaters have been adapting to the times, and their next evolutionary step could see big and little screens sharing the same streaming technology: 5G. In a partnership with Norwegian cellular carrier Telia, Odeon is now operating the world’s first 5G movie theater, displaying films that have been transferred over a live 5G network. Though Telia originally announced the initiative last December with the launch of a 5G test network at the Odeon Cinema Center in Oslo, the companies took until this year to use 5G in displaying films — again, a test, but one that shows how the next-generation cellular technology will supplant both 4G and some wired broadband service. The theater has found that live streaming of theatrical films “works excellently” over 5G, though Odeon is largely using 5G to transfer the films to its own servers for repeated playback.


Big Data, IoT And AI, Part One: Three Sides Of The Same Coin – Charles Towers-Clark, February 15, 2019.

Big Data, AI, and IoT are three of the most widely misappropriated terms of recent times, and many do not know how these technologies are linked, or how they have paved the way for the technological progress we have come to expect. This article will shed some light on these concepts, and further articles will delve into their importance in industry, obstacles that they face, and what lies ahead.



ARCore 1.7 adds augmented faces, object animations, and UI Elements – Jeremy Horwitz, February 15, 2019.

While Google’s 2018 improvements to the augmented reality framework ARCore were rarely eye-catching, the company is kicking off 2019 with features Android users will appreciate: ARCore 1.7 is adding Augmented Faces, Sceneform object animations, and UI/UX-improving ARCore Elements that should make augmented reality apps livelier and easier to interact with. Augmented Faces will work with front-facing Android cameras, recognizing a face before applying a 468-point 3D mesh that can be used to add mask-like textures, objects, and even facial retouching, automatically tracking and changing with the person’s movement. A sample animation shows a golden metallic mask spreading across a face with smooth contours, suggesting that more Android apps will soon be able to offer Snapchat– and Instagram-style AR features.


The Big Data Revolution Will Be Sampled: How ‘Big Data’ Has Come To Mean ‘Small Sampled Data’ – Kalev Leetaru, February 17, 2019.

One of the great ironies of the “big data” revolution is the way in which so much of the insight we draw from these massive datasets actually comes from small samples not much larger than the datasets we have always used. A social media analysis might begin with a trillion tweets, use a keyword search to reduce that number to a hundred million tweets and then use a random sample of just 1,000 tweets to generate the final result presented to the user. As our datasets get ever larger, the algorithms and computing environments we use to analyze them have not grown accordingly, leaving our results to be less and less representative even as we have more and more data at our fingertips. What does this mean for the future of “big data?”


Cloud Computing Tips for Small Businesses – Lucy Wyndham, February 17, 2019.

After implementing a cloud computing solution, 40 percent of businesses stated that they experienced better agility, meaning that they could more easily adapt to market changes and adjust their strategies to enhance growth and profit. With various cloud-based platforms now offering integrative solutions specifically for small businesses, it makes sense for them to take advantage of the industry and size-specific storage and computing options offered to truly reap the benefits of cloud technology. In implementing this technology, however, small businesses will need to understand how to avoid pitfalls and maximize their investment.


Not Good As Gold: Today’s AI’s Are Dangerously Lacking In AU (Artificial Understanding) – Doug Lenat, February 18, 2019.

We would not be comfortable giving emotionally impaired people real-time decision-making authority over our family members’ health, our life savings, our cars or our missile defense systems.  Yet we are hurtling in that direction with today’s emotionally impaired AI’s. They – those people and those AI programs – have trouble doing multi-step abstract reasoning, and that limitation makes them brittle, especially when confronted by unfamiliar, unexpected and unusual situations. AI fear-mongering articles as we have been graced with by such uniquely qualified AI researchers as Henry Kissinger, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk.  Yes, we are moving toward a nightmarish AI crisis, but No, it is not unavoidable.


Why Everyone Is Wrong About Why Cloud Computing Is the Best Yet Reliable Solution for Your Projects – Jon, February 18, 2019.

The cloud is a helpful tool for jump-starting IoT initiatives and has an important part to play in non-real time analytics. It provides a lot of options to achieve better scalability and availability allowing you to become a trusted business partner. There are several ways to spell out the Cloud, but the simplest approach is by understanding the structure and limitations of standard infrastructure. It has the power to change the way you do business. It also offers the opportunity to start fresh instead of migrating old systems just because you’re used to them. If so the Public Cloud can also assist you.




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