COVID-19 demonstrates that AI/ML remains underhyped

When I wrote in October 2019, that AI/ML was underhyped, I was not even thinking of public sector applications. Luckily, Bluedot was. If you still believe AI/ML is overhyped, then I would encourage you to watch the 60 minutes piece from April 26th, 2019 on this very issue, and how really good data, and a…

Oh, pandemics, that’s why we need ubiquitous broadband!

I get it, COVID-19 is now going to become everyone’s pet excuse for funding. Everyone will be lining up at the government trough for their favorite cut of pork. However, I would argue ubiquitous 5G, that we can trust, is a critical national/global priority. Global shutdowns have pushed the conversation way past the historical debates…

SDN: Centralized AND Distributed

First published on Linkedin, the day before the NFC Championship When the current NFL season started, one of the expected dramas was whether the talented Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, would give himself freely to a new era of coaching, where all the calls would be made from the sideline. Highly analyzed, scripted and…

Disaggregated Internet Exposes Strategic Straddles

All markets force companies to make choices: value proposition, how will it be differentiated, does anyone care, how does each investment support the intended value chain/value proposition. A disaggregated Internet forces existing companies to make new choices and creates the opportunity for new ones to disrupt. The emergence of Broadcom, and companies like Arista that…

Transformation: From Spreadsheets to Services

No other application embodies the then newfound business power of the personal computer, than the spreadsheet. Spreadsheets empowered number crunchers like never before. Over the decades that followed, formulas, pivots, macros, linking, and add-ons amplified that power creating mini IT fiefdoms disconnected from a company’s central business systems. Today, in the age of digital transformation,…

Pattern Matching a River of Data

Every new technology inevitably faces a taxonomy problem — WTF are we talking about. Today, the most misunderstood and controversial term in technology is “Artificial Intelligence”. The full scope of human capabilities includes touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. Importantly, it also includes reason, personality, spirit, values-based actions, instinct-based reactions, memory-based consideration, and intuition. That…

How Safe is Your Embedded Software Environment?

The disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities in 2018 brought a new level of focus to embedded environments. The exclamation mark was the assertion that a major U.S. CPU manufacturer advised Chinese tech companies of the vulnerability before they notified the U.S. government, thus mixing geopolitics with tech. One of the vulnerabilities dealt…

AI is Under-Hyped

As the noise level around AI ramps up, as sure as the famous Gartner hype cycle predicts, the AI critics are also ramping up their messaging. Some of it is around the negative impacts AI could have on society, and some of it is good-natured attempts to debunk the reality of what AI can actually…

5G and Machine-Scale Networking

For many consumers, the promised increased throughput of 5G is the headline feature. For others, it might be latency or private networks. However, the ability to support a trillion or more devices may end up defining this generation of networking. A shift from people-scale networks to machine-scale networks. At ARM TechCon today, October 8th, 2019,…