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IBM Watson Trend: Put a personal shopper in your pocket

“At IBM, we wanted to see if putting the cognitive power of Watson in the hands of consumers could make their holiday season easier. Use the app to go beyond best seller gift guides. Get daily feeds about what products are trending and why. See forecasts for where trends are headed. And share with us your feedback so we can make Watson the most valuable personal shopper to ever fit in your pocket.”

Coming to Grips with IT in 2016


When did you have a truly clarifying conversation around IT-related high-order concepts? I mean for instance Big Data or the Internet of Things? Since June 2011, the website is dedicated to this specific moving target. It’s a pet project of Mr. Gil Press, Forbes columnist and former Senior Director Thought Leadership Marketing at EMC Corporation. In October 2015, Dell bought EMC – famous for its Data Lake 2.0 approach – at a staggering 67 billion dollar, which qualifies as the largest deal in tech history ever. Image credit : google images [Read more…]

NeuralTalk and Walk

Andrej Karpathy’s “NeuralTalk” code slightly modified to run from a webcam feed. I recorded this live while walking near the bridge at Damstraat and Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam. All processing is done on my 2013 MacBook Pro with the NVIDIA 750M and only 2GB of GPU memory. I’m walking around with my laptop open pointing it at things, hence the shaky footage and people staring at themselves.

Scary or not?



One of the things that I find the most fun in my work is when I get to be creative and get to inspire. This often happens when solving problems or thinking out-of-the-box. The latter is exactly what this post is about. The insurance industry is the first in hopefully a long series of blogs, that looks at how exactly Salesforce can make a difference.

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The Zero Marginal Cost Society

Holiday Readiness – Tuning Your App Stack



In my previous post, I outlined why holiday readiness is important and how to get started. In this post, I will discuss some of the approaches to optimize the infrastructure that will handle the holiday traffic.


Tuning an App in isolation is like buying a million-dollar super car, and having no race track to drive it on. Sure you could drive it on the street, but you wouldn’t be taking full advantage of the car’s potential. This is why, it is important to optimize all layers of your site’s stack.

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“Post-Human is a scifi proof-of-concept short based on the bestselling series of novels by me, David Simpson. Amazingly, filmed over just three hours by a crew of three, the short depicts the opening of Post-Human, drawing back the curtain on the Post-Human world and letting viewers see the world and characters they’ve only been able to imagine previously. You’ll get a taste of a world where everyone is immortal, have onboard mental “mind’s eye” computers, nanotechnology can make your every dream a reality, and thanks to the magnetic targeted fusion implants every post-human has, everyone can fly (and yep, there’s flying in this short!) But there’s a dark side to this brave new world, including the fact that every post-human is monitored from the inside out, and the one artificial superintelligence running the show might be about to make its first big mistake. ;)”

Challenges of a CIO Part 3

CIO#3 wordleIn my last blog,  I described the first steps that Peter Sommer took to handle the challenges facing him as the new CIO at Olfama.

The small change in the service desk is already proving to be successful – response times during a systems failure has dropped significantly and though not pleased with system failures, some end users are acknowledging the improvements in service during such failures.

The changes to the configuration management process are implemented, but Peter knows that it will take a while before the improvements are measurable as better systems availability. The operations staff will have to work very hard for a significant period before the improvements make their job easier.

Application landscaping resulted in a list of systems that are candidates for decommissioning as they have very few users, do not support business processes very well and are based on outdated and unsupported technology that Olfama does not have the competencies to maintain anymore. Peter decides to form a small team of business analysts to find replacement systems matching the remaining application landscape as well as the architecture principles and the infrastructure roadmap. [Read more…]

Impressive Demonstration of Facebook’s AI

Datacenter Bites the Dust!

We usually approach IT matters as source of disruption in our lives but we don’t mention the effect caused by this revolution on the IT world itself. Infrastructure as we used to know is about to pass away.

It has become so cliché to talk about disruption nowadays. This past decade and this will go on for sure in the future, we heard about the irremediable impact of IT in our everyday life: internet, web 2.0, wearables, 3D print, bitcoins, IoT, blockchain… and many more. We talk about the way we now buy, pay, book, rent, sell, share… and I could go on and on.

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Battelle DroneDefender

“Drones are great, but not when someone is doing something bad with one, like dropping contraband into a prison or flying into restricted airspace. We’ve got an answer.”

Who Do You Want To Be In The Digital Era?

10thnov-1 My former blog was about the importance of Rocket projects to support the digital transformation of an organization. Rocket projects help to make customers and employees see and feel that an organization is heading for a new identity. But what if that identity is not clear? What if an organization doesn’t have a clear view on their role in the ever changing digital era? [Read more…]

Everything is a remix

The Strange Bedfellows of Marketing and Technology

Science Art WonderAs someone who studied Art Theory and Practice and subsequently spent many years in the world of technology, I’ve always been fascinated by relationships between seemingly disparate interests.  I’ve had countless discussions with clients on the relationship between Business and IT, and have seen these relationships [Read more…]

The Future of Storytelling: Step into the page

Glen Keane – Step into the Page from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.

“Over nearly four decades at Disney, Glen Keane animated some the most compelling characters of our time: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, the titular beast in Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s Tarzan, to name just a few. The son of cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus), Glen learned early on the importance of holding onto your childhood creativity—and how art can powerfully convey emotion. Keane has spent his career embracing new tools, from digital environments to 3D animation to today’s virtual reality, which finally enables him to step into his drawings and wander freely through his imagination.”

How to manage the World of Intelligence?


The discussion / debate about the use of software that allows modifying vehicle pollution characteristics cannot be ignored by anyone.

I came across a very interesting debate over the radio which addressed the entire vehicle manufacturing chain with the integration of “smart” external components. The question addressed in this debate was: “Can we call into question the equipment supplier that integrates software to control it or what is its use to engage customers?” [Read more…]

DeepStereo: Learning to Predict New Views from the World’s Imagery

Take a bunch of Google Street View photo’s and apply deep learning. The outcome is “a video” and something that’s called Deep Stereo. It’s and end-to-end trained system that fills in the gaps between the pictures and make you feel as if you can walk in the scene like 3D. Deep networks have recently enjoyed enormous success when applied to recognition and classification problems in computer vision, but their use in graphics problems has been limited.

Marketing Automation – Your Next Investment?

Marketing automation is one of the hottest buzz words for marketing (and sales) these days. Disregard all the tailored messages, all the fancy stuff and let’s focus on what it’s actually about. The reason marketing automation is so hot right now, is that it is the only solution that can tie all your marketing channels together. Yes, the only one.

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I Will Kill You

“Have you ever wanted to kill someone? Do you want to get rid of your partner, your boss or your arch nemesis? Perhaps you want to enjoy your life insurance payout whilst you’re still alive. Do you have rich elderly parents that just won’t die quick enough? Or do you want a “Do Over” new identity.

Then, this presentation is for you! I’ll provide you with the insight and techniques on how to “kill” someone and obtain a real death certificate and shutdown their lives. It focuses on the lack of security controls that allow any of us to virtually kill off anyone or any number of people. Forget the Dexter way of killing someone, I’ll show you how to avoid the messy clean up and focusing in on the digital aspects. You could be dead right now and not even know it.”

Apple Watch and APIs in Healthcare


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I was invited recently to talk about how the Apple Watch could be used in healthcare, and since I’ have already been involved in a number of watch app projects, I thought it would be fun to share the experience.  [Read more…]