Cloud has been a buzzword for some years. But with Covid-19 and the lockdowns, it looks like suddenly almost everyone is talking cloud. And the reason is, cloud can handle disruptions and distributed work better than inhouse data centres. This was the subject of our discussion on Times Techies Webinars last week, a discussion we organised in association with data management and hybrid cloud services company NetApp. Ravi Chhabria, MD of NetApp India, and VP of hybrid cloud engineering at NetApp, said speed and agility are the hallmarks of cloud. When the Covid lockdowns were suddenly announced and entire supply chains were disrupted, companies couldn’t possibly beef up their inhouse data centres to cater to the requirements of all employees working from home. “You don’t have the time to say I’m going to build it out,” said Chhabria. But with cloud, you can almost instantly scale up your compute and network requirements. If your software applications are … [Read more...] about Why post-Covid cloud has become the talk of the tech world
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Google prudently opted out of including a video camera on the Hub itself, getting ahead of some privacy concerns, and likely prompting Amazon to include a manual video shutter on its new, smaller Echo Show 5 display. If you really want a Google-based smart display that allows for video chatting, a few third-party options can make that happen. Even without it, the Nest Hub is the best, most affordable marriage of a voice assistant and a display interface on the market. Read our Google Nest Hub review. … [Read more...] about The best smart home devices for 2020: Amazon, Google and Apple race to control your home
Sudeshna Sarkar of IIT Kharagpur says that while artificial intelligence has been around for the last seven decades, it has taken off only in the last two thanks to machine learning. That has been possible due to the enormous amounts of digital data being captured both in structured and unstructured form. “What an AI system can achieve can only be limited by imagination. It’s one of the most disruptive technologies. It can be transformational in social areas, in scientific discovery,” Sarkar, who heads the computer science & engineering department and the centre for artificial intelligence, says. That is the reason courses on AI at the IITs draw tremendous response from students, both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. IIT Kharagpur is now planning a course titled Artificial Intelligence for Economics, which will deal with machine learning, game theory and their application in the subject. “AI can play an important role in the science of … [Read more...] about IIT Kharagpur, AWS jointly developing AI learning, devt portal