Technical Enablement

Machine learning molds the material world

December 18, 2014
Computational modeling has revolutionized all branches of the physical sciences, engineering and design. Leading-edge work in these fields is pushing new computational frontiers at nano scales. Computation-centric methods allow researchers to model, simulate and assess a much wider array of options far more rapidly than old-fashioned physical techniques. However, the incredible productivity of computational prototyping carries a downside: far more candidate molecules can be simulated than can reasonably be assessed by human researchers. The bottom line is that when you build bigger haystacks, you need more powerful tools for finding the golden needles that may be buried deep within.  Read More

The data behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

December 18, 2014
This past summer we witnessed an incredible phenomenon seemingly capturing the world by storm: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Facebook estimates 28 million people posted about ALS between June 1 and August 28, including comments and tags. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: David M. Lawson

December 16, 2014
“As you dig deeper into unstructured data where feelings, emotions and other often messy information reside, you have to embrace qualitative metrics which don’t fit neatly into traditional quantitative analysis,” says David M. Lawson, co-founder & CEO of NewSci, LLC and this week’s Big Data & Analytics Hero. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Jake Porway

December 9, 2014
Jake Porway, founder and executive director of DataKind and this week’s Big Data & Analytics Hero, shares that they’ve found that "cross-sector collaborations between data scientists, managers, designers, foundations, nonprofits and more are critical for really making lasting change.” When we all come together and lock elbows we can use data to really make a difference.  Read More

SQL-on-Hadoop: Who leads the herd?

December 1, 2014
SQL-on-Hadoop is a hot topic. As organizations increasingly leverage Hadoop to gain new capabilities and lower costs, it only makes sense that they would seek to leverage technologies compatible with what they have. Few technologies are as ubiquitous as the structured query language when it comes to data access and information management. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: Ben Snyman

November 25, 2014
“Roof stability and effective support is quite a challenge,” declares Ben Snyman, VP of Underground Mining and Smart Services at Joy Global and this week’s Big Data Hero. “If the roof has a problem, production halts. We cannot afford to wait around for a report telling us there is a problem. Read More

It's time to use Hadoop for social good—are you in?

November 24, 2014
Last month I introduced the Big Data for Social Good Challenge and since then it has opened for submissions with data sets from around the globe plus lots of prize winning opportunities. You might have seen that Chip and Jason are in—are you? Read More

Cognitive computing: Programming the artificial mind

November 20, 2014
When you want to take artificial intelligence out of the realm of imagination and poetry, and bring it squarely into practical reality, you need computational tools. The tools need to help your cognitive application developers write the leanest models possible. Developers need frameworks, languages and libraries for building and tuning neural networks and other cognitive constructs for most efficient parallel processing of individual data inputs and the outputs of the nodes within a vast artificial neural network. You can acquire these tools from various sources, such as IBM Watson Developer Cloud. And there are as many approaches for building computational applications that learn from data and automate cognitive processes as there are for building traditional application logic. Read More

Big Data & Analytics Heroes: David Vinson

November 18, 2014
David Vinson, business intelligence and analytics lead at Nike, believe that There’s a lot of new data out there—in fact, we now have access to data from the entire supply chain (from provisioning materials to build the shoe, to actually delivering the shoe on the dock, to selling the shoe). Read More

The most important webcast you’ll attend this year on big data infrastructure

November 14, 2014
IT infrastructure—it's at the core of everything we do and who we are. Imagine a world without infrastructure: humans would be amorphous blobs, buildings would crumble, cities would be chaos. But, luckily for us, infrastructure does exist and it is the cornerstone of business. Read More

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