GUEST: Drones offer disruptive capabilities that have, up until now, not been available to industry. Soon, they will become a commodity, and as production ramps up, we will see them in all shapes and sizes, to suit any application.
hypnosec writes: An Australian invention that gained attention for being able to “unboil” an egg has now been put to use in the treatment of cancer. The device has boosted the potency of a common cancer treatment drug, carboplatino, as much as four-and…
DaveS7 writes: There’s been no shortage of high profile people weighing in on the subject of AI lately. We’ve heard warnings from Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking while Woz seems to have a more ambivalent opinion on the subject. The Epoch Times has compiled a list of academics in the field of AI research who are offering their own opinions. From the article: “A 2014 survey conducted by Vincent Müller and Nick Bostrom of 170 of the leading experts in the field found that a full 18 percent believe that if a machine super-intelligence did emerge, it would unleash an ‘existential catastrophe’ on humanity. A further 13 percent said that advanced AI would be a net negative for humans, and only a slight majority said it would be a net positive.”
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On the heels of its acquisition by Twitter, TellApart chief executive Josh McFarland tells Greylock Partners how he grew the company from $7M to $100M in revenue. Read More
Software Process and Measurement Cast 343 includes two features. The first is our essay, Commitment, Revisited: Is Commitment Anti-Agile? We think not! Commitment is a core behavior for delivering business value effectively.
Our second feature is a visit from the Software Sensei, Kim Pries. Kim reflects on hiring practices for software development. Among the nuggets from Kim is the reminder to keep in mind that the perfect employee does not exist, and you are unlikely to ever find someone who fulfills every item on your job description. How does that simple fact impact hiring?
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The Re-Read Saturday focus on Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox’s The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement began on February 21nd. The Goal has been hugely influential because it introduced the Theory of Constraints, which is central to lean thinking. The book is written as a business novel. Visit the Software Process and Measurement Blog and catch up on the re-read.
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The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our conversation with Susan Parente. We talked about Agile risk management. If you do not have a plan to address risk, you are asking for risk to transform into pain for you and everyone around you.
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Special guest Dan Frommer returns to the show. Topics include David Letterman, iPhone docks, the space black steel Apple Watch, whatever happened to the Edition collection, San Francisco as the new system font for iOS and Mac OS X, and more.
New submitter techtsp writes: Microsoft is just one one of many companies reportedly looking to get a bigger piece of the enterprise mobile market by buying BlackBerry. Reports claim that Chinese firms including Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi are also inter…
I know this sounds crazy, but what if authors and artists didn’t just pump their work into Facebook for free? Yeah, it built the pipes, but that doesn’t mean the water’s not worth money. The content keeps people coming back to Facebook’s News Feed, which is filled with expertly targeted ads. Right now, all creators get in return is referral traffic.
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An anonymous reader writes: The Russian space program has experienced numerous accidents and delays recently, leading Indian officials to call into question its long term viability. Now India has decided to pull out of a partnership with Russia for a m…
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) is seemingly everywhere – from home improvement to healthcare. The DIY Network is an entire television channel devoted to projects you can do yourself. When a simple search can find pages of Pinterest projects for every room in your house and day of the year, the allure and growth of DIY feels endless. As DIY-thinking has been injecting itself into industry after industry, we’ve also witnessed the rise of smart devices and the connected home. According to Parks Associates, 16 percent of U.S. broadband households currently own a connected home device, and nearly 40 percent plan to buy one…
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