I’m worn out after yesterday’s treatise (by my current standards, at least) on why Docker hired a new CEO, so I’m keeping it brief up top today. Here are three news items from yesterday that could turn out to have lasting impacts:
Slack wants to help users ask questions to the right people (TechCrunch): This new Slack feature—where it responds to search queries with a list of other people who also talk about that topic—might not seem like too big a deal, but I think it could be. There have been numerous attempts to connect people and bridge information silos within companies, but the amount of time many users spend on Slack gives it a somewhat unique advantage in terms of training data. Also, anything to give users insight into the 9,000 Slack channels some organizations maintain would probably be useful.
IBM says it has proved a quantum computing advantage (IBM): IBM and Google are both promising we’ll have commercial quantum computers in several years, so any evidence that we’re moving toward that end is meaningful. Even quantum computers focused on a specific type of problem could have a big impact in the machine learning world (or, more specifically, on machine learning applications) and potentially on IBM’s bottom line, as well.
Intel’s data center boss is departing (Fortune): Diane Bryant is stepping down as president of Intel’s Data Center Group, reportedly to deal with an undisclosed personal matter. The leadership change in that unit, which is a major revenue source, comes at a time when Intel is trying to ride the waves, and thread the needles, of cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Both will continue to have significant impacts on what Intel builds for its data center customers, and to whom it’s selling that gear.
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