There’s not a lot up top today (the combination of a slow news day and a sick child), but I do want to point to these three stories that piqued my interest:
The myth of a superhuman AI
(Backchannel): This post by WIRED
co-founder Kevin Kelly could’ve used an editor in places, but it does a nice job explaining why a lot of people don’t believe we’re in imminent danger from AI. In a nutshell: There’s no evidence of exponential growth in machine intelligence, and the idea of AI superintelligence makes some big misconceptions about about intelligence itself.
Oracle plans ‘startup organization’ focused on cloud computing, AI, and VR
(InfoWorld): Oracle absolutely should be investing in these areas, and it’s probably smart to expect the results of these innovation centers to drive revenue, at least in certain areas (Oracle is interested in cloud computing, big data analytics, mobile computing, internet of things and cybersecurity, as well as the AI stuff). But … Denver and Reston, Virginia, are far from a lot of the talent.
Engine Yard acquired by Crossover
(Engine Yard): If you’re not familiar with Engine Yard, it was one of the original PaaS offerings back in the day, focused on Ruby on Rails. It also was the home of Deis, the PaaS-layer-for-Kubernetes that Microsoft acquired earlier this month
. The timing of that acquisition makes a lot more sense now, as Engine Yard itself was probably getting ready to join the Ruby-focused folks at Crossover.