Data catalogs — hierarchical tools designed to organize tables, databases, and other critical bits of information — are a relatively new, but fast-growing, cottage industry within the $42 billion big data market. It’s not difficult to see why; enterprises forced to contend with thousands (or millions) of files across disparate systems stand to benefit from solutions capable of indexing said data autonomously. In fact, according to Gartner, companies that adopt a curated data catalog will realize roughly twice the business value from their analytics investments in the next year compared to those that don’t. That’s why firms like Alation aren’t wanting for attention these days. The Redwood City, California startup, which was cofounded by former Oracle executive Satyen Sangani three years ago, today announced that it has secured $50 million in series C financing led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from new investor Salesforce Ventures … [Read more...] about Alation raises $50 million to index enterprise data
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Edge computing is a topic on the mind of more executives these days as tech companies advertise their ability to offer "edge intelligence." What company wouldn't want to have more intelligence? Deciding if an edge computing strategy is truly beneficial, however, means understanding which applications benefit from edge computing, and how to architect the network to support edge services.Start first with the question "Why would I need to use edge compute?" Applications that are being negatively impacted by latency and other network-related issues might benefit from edge computing. This is because edge computing places high-performance compute, storage and network resources as close as possible to end users and devices. While improving application performance for end users is a key attribute of edge computing, there are other benefits as well:Regulatory compliance – keeping data within certain geographic boundaries.Security – to perform authentication and other security … [Read more...] about Building an edge computing strategy without leaving your network behind
This article was originally published as a TechRepublic cover story. The world's human population currently stands at around 7.6 billion and is projected to reach 11.2 billion by 2100. We will therefore need a food production and distribution system that can accommodate another 3.6 billion people--ideally while consuming as little additional land and leaving as small an environmental footprint as possible, in order to maintain vital ecosystem services and conserve Earth's remaining wildlife. That's clearly a challenge given that around half of the world's habitable land is under agriculture of some kind--with a high proportion of this used for livestock farming. In a widely reported recent study, Poore and Nemecek (2018) note that a shift away from meat and dairy consumption would go a long way towards relieving pressure on agricultural land and reducing environmental impact: "Meat, aquaculture, eggs, and dairy use ~83% of the world's farmland and contribute 56 to 58% of … [Read more...] about Smart farming: How IoT, robotics, and AI are tackling one of the biggest problems of the century
This article was originally published as a TechRepublic cover story. Marcus Hall was nine years old when he first drove a tractor on his family's sprawling Iowa farm, eschewing Tonka trucks and Matchbox cars for long rides on heavy machinery. Growing up on a multigenerational family farm is common in an agricultural state like Iowa, where nearly 27 million acres are devoted to cropland--out of the 35 million acres that make up the state. For many, the experience ties them to the earth. The sense of freedom in an open field entices each season. Hall grew up with all the trappings of a future farmer, but a penchant for technology led him down a more experimental path--to the test farm of ag equipment giant John Deere. As manager of the test farm, Hall gets to run field trials of John Deere's high-tech farm equipment before it goes to market. It's the proverbial dream job for a self-described farm boy. "I just enjoy being out on the tractor," says Hall. "Plus, it's fun … [Read more...] about How self-driving tractors, AI, and precision agriculture will save us from the impending food crisis
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Weapons ByAdam Satariano Oct. 19, 2018 LONDON — An autonomous missile under development by the Pentagon uses software to choose between targets. An artificially intelligent drone from the British military identifies firing points on its own. Russia showcases tanks that don’t need soldiers inside for combat. A.I. technology has for years led military leaders to ponder a future of warfare that needs little human involvement. But as capabilities have advanced, the idea of autonomous weapons reaching the battlefield is becoming less hypothetical. The possibility of software and algorithms making life-or-death decisions has added new urgency to efforts by a group called the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots that has pulled together arms control advocates, humans rights groups and … [Read more...] about Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?