To my readers in the United States, welcome back after a long President’s Day weekend. Like many of you, I spent it trying not to work, which in this case means I did not write my usual essay to kick off the newsletter. So straight to the links it is!
This seems more like an issue of financial mismanagement by the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston than an issue with Watson. However, I do wonder if they suffered, capability-wise, by starting down this path in 2013.
The imagery in this story is really stunning; even better if it’s real. We’re making good progress on chips optimized for machine learning, and one that can help make some sense of what’s happening under the covers could be really useful.
To be honest, I haven’t listened to this podcast yet, but I’ll assume it’s worthwhile if you’re thinking about using any of the AWS AI tools. And Matt Wood is always a good interview, in my experience.
This post zeroes in on, for me, the most interesting part of Y Combinator boss Sam Altman’s annual letter: He essentially claims that the big web companies have such advantages in terms of tech, hiring, money and M&A that it might take an antitrust cast to reopen the door for a lot of startups to actually thrive in their collective shadow.
There’s a little bit of vendor bias in pushing Kubernetes as the default platform here, but the graphic in this post gives you something to think about. How does it compare with any apps’ needs, though?
Speaking of Microsoft and database security. You always know this type of thing is going to happen (companies courting users of some recently tarnished competitor), but it feels somehow more seedy from the new OSS-friendly Microsoft.
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