ArchiTECHt Daily: The 'Well, that was one heckuva weekend' edition

I'll be honest: While I read a lot of news articles and blog posts this weekend in the name of puttin
ArchiTECHt Daily: The 'Well, that was one heckuva weekend' edition
By ARCHITECHT • Issue #6
I’ll be honest: While I read a lot of news articles and blog posts this weekend in the name of putting together this newsletter, my mind was mostly on immigration. That seemed to be the case for my entire Twitter feed, as well.
I’ll save the historical context and constitutional analysis to experts, and just note a couple of things:
  • During my career I have worked with, and worked for, immigrants to this country, including from countries in the Middle East. As most people in tech do, I have many acquaintances that call the United States a second home. On the whole, they are kind, compassionate and smart as hell—our country and our economy are better off for having them a part of it.
  • I spent a summer during law school as a legal extern in a U.S. senator’s office, working mostly on immigration issues. It is, by and large, a heartbreaking field, rife with stories of families torn apart, often through no real fault of their own. We could all do a lot better to remember that underneath the letter of the law, whatever it might be, are scores of mothers, fathers and children just trying to be together in a safe place.
OK. Onto the weekend’s news.

Around the web: Artificial intelligence
So there you have it: Apple is serious about AI. Color me a skeptic, but unless they’re dealing first and foremost with the issue of job automation, most of these efforts seem like PR exercises.  •  Share
That is the headline direct from TechCrunch. It accurately much sums up the gist of this thought-provoking post.
Another aptly titled, thought-provoking post from TechCrunch. The real question is who will be liable for faulty AI: the systems or the people who build them. For the foreseeable future, it must be the latter.
And the TechCrunch trifecta is complete. I’ve long-argued this general point: AI is the culmination of a lot of the big data promises that have been made for years. Now we just need to figure out how to use it effectively.
FPGAs have been making waves in the deep learning field for a couple years, including in this reportedly record-breaking computer vision benchmark from Intel. Maybe the chip giant has a second act in progress.
If, as CEO Blake Irving notes in this interview, GoDaddy can help small businesses compete by delivering them with AI-derived insights, it could be a very big deal for the economy. Whether it can pull this off is another question.  •  Share
There is understandably a lot of excitement around the ability for quantum computing to bring threat detection to the next level. On the other hand, when quantum computing becomes generally available via the cloud, we could be back to the same cat-and-mouse game we’re in today.
Around the web: Cloud and infrastructure
“We had Oracle, we had VMware, we had many other players that I grew up competing with, and we now have AWS.” In this context, Microsoft looks really good.
It’s cloud business is still a fraction of AWS, but Google has some serious weapons in its arsenal, including a solid understanding of how to use open source to build a community for its cloud.  •  Share
Yes, we’re hearing more about APIs in the mainstream now, thanks in part to some big acquisitions. But this is probably a good thing because it means more businesses are realizing what it means to become software companies.
Apple is adding another 200mW of solar power to its data center in Reno, Nevada. This is of course good news for the environment and Apple’s bottom line, as more workloads head to the cloud.
In case you were following that story, IBM says it only affected the user interface portal and that production workloads kept running normally.
From the who-didn’t-see-this-coming department.
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