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Friday, March 30, 2012

Automated Research

I never thought that I would be writing about this so soon. Apparently, the US Government announced an initiative  today/yesterday (depending on your location) that they would be pursuing an initiative into 'Big Data' and a form of automated research that I had been exploring in my 'Convergence' document (still working on it if you're wondering). While its certainly not a guarantee of success in this area I believe the implications may be far wider than any of us may ever imagine. Having algorithms which are capable of searching for masses of data, looking at it, extracting relationships and possibly other insights into it could result in an avalanche of human knowledge and discovery.


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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION UNVEILS BIG DATA INITIATIVE: ANNOUNCES $200 MILLION IN NEW R&D INVESTMENTS Aiming to make the most of the fast-growing volume of digital data, the Obama Administration today announced a Big Data Research and Development Initiative. By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation's most pressing challenges. To launch the initiative, six Federal departments and agencies today announced more than $200 million in new commitments that, together, promise to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize, and glean discoveries from huge volumes of digital data. In the same way that past Federal investments in information-technology R&D led to dramatic advances in supercomputing and the creation of the Internet, the initiative we are launching today promises to transform our ability to use Big Data for scientific discovery, environmental and biomedical research, education, and national security, said Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. To make the most of this opportunity, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in concert with several Federal departments and agencies created the Big Data Research and Development Initiative to: Advance state-of-the-art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data. Harness these technologies to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and transform teaching and learning; and Expand the workforce needed to develop and use Big Data technologies.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Convergence Effect

If you've been watching this blog you may have noticed that there hasn't been a lot of activity lately. Part of this has to do with me working on other projects. One of these includes a report that I call the "Convergence Effect" which is basically a  follow up of "Building a Cloud Computing Service". If you're curious, both documents were/have been submitted to various organisations where more good can be done with them. Moreover, I consider both both works to be "WORKS IN PROGRESS" and I may make extensive alterations without reader notice. The latest versions are likely to be available here:

Convergence Effect
A while back I wrote a document called "Building a Cloud Service". It was basically a document detailing my past experiences and details some of the issues that a cloud company may face as it is being built and run. Based on what had transpired since, a lot of the concepts mentioned in that particular document are becoming widely adopted and/or are trending towards them. This is a continuation of that particular document and will attempt to analyse the issues that are faced as we move towards the cloud especially with regards to to media and IT convergence. Once again, we will use past experience, research, as well as current events trends in order to write this particular report. I hope that this document will prove to be equally useful and will provide an insight not only to the current state of affairs but will provide a blueprint for those who may be entering the sector as well as those who may be using resources/services from this particular sector. Please note that this document has gone through many revisions and drafts may have gone out over time. As such, there will be concepts that may have been picked up and adopted by some organisations (as was the case with the "Cloud" document with several technologies) while others may have simply broken cover while this document was being drafted and sent out for comment. It also has a more strategic/business slant when compared to the original document which was more technically orientated.

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