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Way back in 1969, as a kid, I watched a very interesting movie - "2001: A Space Odyssey." It was a science fiction where a super intelligent computer program HAL is in charge of a mission to Jupiter which also carries several astronauts. The program becomes rogue and tries to kill all the astronauts. The hero survives and manages to disable the program. There is a lot more to the plot, but the fight between human and computer is still vivid in my memory. In 1969, such a scenario looked possible. After all 32 years is a lot of time given the rate of our progress. We are now in 2016, and it appears that something similar may happen in the next 32 years. Even the experts have been predicting that Artificial Intelligence or AI will happen in next 20 years. The irony is that this prediction is being made for more than 60 years now! So, earlier it was "unbelievable but v... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Secure?

Obviously, the answer is it depends … on your security needs … on what you are comparing it with … on which cloud offering you are looking at. Therefore, instead of providing a one word “Yes” or “No” answer let me ask you a set of questions that will help you answer the question for yourself. These questions will help you in identifying, for your given context, if the cloud application that you are evaluating is more or less secure compared to status quo or the alternatives that you are considering. The important point is to decide what threats are more significant than others a... (more)

What Makes Steve Jobs Special?

If James Watt had also invented the Deisel Engine … If Rudolf Diesel had also invented Electric Engine … If Guglielmo Marconi had also invented Telephony … If Alexander Graham Bell had also invented Mobile Phones … If Thomas Alva Edison had also invented the Fluorescent Lamp … If Edgar F. Codd had also invented the rules of post RDBMS technologies … Then they would be like Steve Jobs – the inventor of the next generation technology which supersedes his own invention. It was the MAC which had started the WlMP (Windows Icon Mouse Pointer) era. It was the iPhone and then the iPad that ... (more)

Google Introduces "Best Guess"

Try searching for “The capital of Oman”. What do you expect to see? Couple of sponsored link followed by ten resultant pages – right? Wrong. You will see the following. When did Google introduce this feature? It was done quietly. There is a news item on 23rd March, 2011 in Realwebseo talking about this feature. When did IBM Watson win Jeopardy! – 16 February, 2011. Do you see the connection? In the post How intelligent are the Computers of 2011 I had asked the question “Why has Google not attempted something like this?” Now we know that the option (2) to be right answer. This fe... (more)

Apple Spends Only 1/7 on R&D Compared to Google, Microsoft

  [Update September, 2012 - R&D spend data from Dan Lyons's post (figures are R&D spend as a % of revenue Google - 14%, Microsoft - 14%, Samsung - 6%, Apple - 2%]   This is true not only in absolute dollar term but also true as a percentage of revenue. In fact, Microsoft spends more on R&D among all the IT and software companies – in both absolute dollar terms as well as percentage of revenue. Have a look at the data below. I have picked it up from a post in Infoworld by Ted Samson. Revenue in billion US$ R&D Budget in billion US$ R&D Budget  as % of Revenue Microsoft 62.5 ... (more)