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Stop that or I’ll replace you with an AI

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 17th 2017 | Discuss
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Look at what you're doing not what the AIs are doing Everyone who has heard of AI (which as you know was just invented a few weeks ago) is sounding the warning bells about how AI thingies will take over our jobs. To which I say, come and get

New restrictions on PCs; New opportunities for smartphones

Posted by Jon Peddie on May 8th 2017 | Discuss
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In late March, the U.S. and U.K imposed a ban on bringing electronic devices larger than a smartphone in to the cabin on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Turkey. And in late April, the Trump administration said it is

Of game consoles, VR and all that jazz

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 18th 2017 | Discuss
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The difference between selling and promising The seemingly unbridled enthusiasm for gaming in VR continues even the face of the disappointing sales results, unresolved technical and physiological problems (that may never be solved), and turmoil in the biggest, most visible company in VR. In the face of all that, new

Is VR the new electricity?

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 11th 2017 | Discuss
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Is AI the new light bulb? Virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) remind me of stories I’ve read describing the late 1800s and early 1900s when people were finding novel uses for electricity, like electrocuting elephants and lighting up the streets at night. Personally, I saw such

Privacy vs. security

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 6th 2017 | Discuss
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They aren’t the same thing What do you think is the difference between privacy and security?  Privacy is about the things you want to hide, whereas security is about the things you want to protect. And, I think they are two totally different things.  I recently

Privacy vs. security

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 6th 2017 | Discuss
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They aren’t the same thing What do you think is the difference between privacy and security?  Privacy is about the things you want to hide, whereas security is about the things you want to protect. And, I think they are two totally different things.  I recently

The API path

Posted by Jon Peddie on March 28th 2017 | Discuss
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I was thinking about the evolution of graphics APIs, and how critical they have been to the industry and the participating companies. The API activity has always been contentious, dynamic, challenging, and many times frustrating. And as George Santayana famously said, “Those who do not learn from history are

The reality of disappointment - We need a new law

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 24th 2017 | Discuss
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 The use of the term “Law” applied to an observation or axiom is incorrect and has been over used, but in this world of fake news, and alternative facts, the practice seems totally acceptable. Moore’s law is not a “Law” like gravity, or

Fear of the unknown - the AI are coming

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 10th 2017 | Discuss
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We have all heard about the new developments in artificial intelligence (AI), where intelligent machines approach the mysterious singularity that represents either the end of mankind or the beginning of a new kind of mankind. And although almost everyone has an opinion, and most likely a fear of AI, not

Tiny tiny things

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 25th 2017 | Discuss
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Our lives depend on the itsy bitsy As the world of semiconductors has shrunk to nano and microscopic our lives have gotten better. Whereas the steam and gasoline engines gave us a better standard of living by scaling up in size, the third industrial revolution benefits us by getting smaller.