After Google had their developer conference two weeks ago, it is Apple’s turn this week.  Most of Apple’s announcements this week are largely incremental as smartphone and computer hardware innovation is already hitting plateau.  Apple finally announced a much needed upgrade to the Mac line to keep the faithful from deflecting to the Microsoft Surface and other devices.  Many were puzzled why the company waited so long for the upgrade as many Apple frenetics are super loyal Mac users. The Verge put together a nice summary of the…Continue Reading “A.I. news roundup – week of 6/5/17”

Google dominated much of the news this week.  A few days ago, the company just finished its big developer lovefest, the annual I/O conference.  It is no big surprise that Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, declared the company will use an AI-first approach in all its products.  Google Assistant is now available on iOS.  The company is building its own AI chip, the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), to run neural network.  Since they do not want to rely 100% on outside vendors, it makes sense to integrate…Continue Reading “A.I. News – Week of May 22nd”

I am resuming my blog after a long hiatus. EdX had a great profile on Sonal, a 55-year-old PhD. physics graduate, who becomes a regular user of MOOC in the last few years.  She has taken many courses outside her field such as Mandarin and Science of Happiness and is an advocate for democratizing education to provide a level playing field for everyone.  Before the advance of online learning, it is rather uncommon for a 55-year-old Ph.D in physics to be an active learning participant.  Time has changed as…Continue Reading “Weekly News Round Up”

Today’s WSJ has a great recap of the WSJ CIO conference last week.  There was an interesting session by Andrew Ng at Baidu and Neil Jacobstein at Singularity University on AI’s opportunities. Ng and Jacobstein talked about the amazing progress of Artificial Intelligence in medicine, speech recognition, retail, etc. They also touched on darker themes such as job losses caused by automation. Jacobstein asked a thought provoking question: “What is the ratio of jobs destroyed to new jobs?” Jacobstein’s point of view is that the…Continue Reading “Will AI Change Everything?”

Innovation is a frequently used buzzword these days.  It is an important concept for fast changing industries such as technology.  It also finds its way into other industries, which are not thought to require much innovation.  Commercializing a new idea allows a company to provide a differentiated product and experience to customers.  Unique product positioning is a powerful strategy to capture value.  The million dollar question obviously is how organizations drive innovation.  The topic keeps a lot of pundits and professors busy.   In my experience,…Continue Reading “The Kayak Way”