ArchiTECHt Daily: The AI debate is about to get really real

Not a lot to say up top today, other than to highlight the relatively large selection of artificial i
ArchiTECHt Daily: The AI debate is about to get really real
By ARCHITECHT • Issue #44
Not a lot to say up top today, other than to highlight the relatively large selection of artificial intelligence stories and papers I’ve linked to below. While certain types of research and applications get a lot of attention in tech circles, the applications that directly touch the other 95 percent of the world—today or in the near future—are what will really move the needle in terms of public policy and perception. I think we’re about to reach that point with applications beyond Alexa and Siri, which means it’s on the companies pushing these technologies to market to do a really good job explaining the whats, whys and hows of their products.
Also an FYI: Although it’s not up on yet, the latest podcast with Microsoft’s Brendan Burns (one of the creators of Kubernetes) is available to download or listen to on SoundCloud. Links for subscribing to the podcast are here.

Around the web: Artificial intelligence
From the No Kidding department. However, it’s worth considering that fear and misunderstanding of tech like AI could be a big factor in how it’s regulated. AI could use a better PR firm.
Soul Machines’ tech seems remarkable and kind of creepy. In the big rush to automate customer service, let me just suggest that most people actually prefer speaking with a person. Especially when they need customer service.
If there’s a vulnerability worth taking seriously in deep learning, this might be it. Computer vision is the biggest application right now—including in policing and the military—and hackers will figure out a way to exploit this type of issue.  •  Share
I think I linked to these guys a couple months ago, but here’s a profile on their cloud service now that they’re doing YC Demo Day. Good idea, tough market.
Does anyone else think IBM has been uncharacteristically quiet about this partnership? Maybe it’s best not to over-promise and under-deliver on a really tough problem.
But would a computer have come up with “By Mennen!”? I’m sure there are good applications of AI and machine learning in advertising, but these are not them.
There is something refreshing, yet disturbing, about seeing the Army release a paper on deep learning, replete with images of protests and mob scenes.  •  Share
This seems mundane on the surface, but the greater goal of automating programming—even for relatively simple tasks—would be a very big deal.  •  Share
The applications for this are pretty easy to identify, even if it still doesn’t mean machines understand context. But how far must they be able to predict to be truly useful in real-world settings?  •  Share
Sponsor: Datos IO
Sponsor: Datos IO
Around the web: Cloud and infrastructure
It’s called Open19, it’s much smaller (in focus and size) than OCP, and it’s gaining members—including, yesterday, Cumulus Networks. But it’s kind of hard to believe this is still happening under the Microsoft banner.
WIRED takes a look at Intel’s big bet to replace SSDs and DRAM with a business model straight out of the Apple playbook. Per the story above, this could be a tough sell for the webscale crowd—especially with so much chip and memory innovation happening right now.
Customer-data specialist explains how it slashed its AWS bill by troubleshooting some nasty database issues and using containers to maximize utilization.  •  Share
In cloud computing, in particular, it will be interesting to see if Amazon Web Services can outdo Alibaba/Aliyun, which I’m sure the government prefers. IBM could do well in China, too.
Good luck. Things have been remarkably smooth so far, but the more companies that start trying to monetize Kubernetes, the greater the chance for some ugliness as competitive pressures mount.
Around the web: All things data
I love any story where people take a smart approach to gathering data, like this one where Google Street View cars are equipped with special sensors to detect methane as they scour the city.
This seems like overkill at the moment, but MapR has never been a company to shy away from pushing the envelope. And given how hot AI is right now, it’s probably worth the integration work to give this a try.  •  Share
But there are more jobs for data scientists, at least according to This seems like a prime example of splitting hairs; good thing the pay is similar or we might have a revolt.
Also other stuff. This is a good survey of what developers use, want, hate, earn, etc.
Did you enjoy this issue?
The most interesting news, analysis, blog posts and research in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and software engineering. Delivered daily to your inbox. Curated by Derrick Harris. Check out the Architecht site at
Carefully curated by ARCHITECHT with Revue. If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here. If you don't want these updates anymore, please unsubscribe here.