One of the holy grails of machine learning is the creation of a system that can “read the web” and learn from it, as Isaac Newton read Euclid’s Elements and taught himself geometry. Imagine a mythical beast that could speed-read one-hundred million pages per second, consuming every Wikipedia entry, every scientific article on arxiv.org, everyContinue reading “what to feed the mythical machine learning beast?”
Author Archives: Michael Driscoll
Laslo Bock on meaning in work
We spend more time working than we do on almost any other activity in our lives. People want all that time to mean something. Laslo Bock, “Passion, Not Perks”
beyond hadoop: fast queries from big data
There’s an unspoken truth lurking behind the scourge of Big Data and the heralding of Hadoop as its savior: While Hadoop shines as a processing platform, it is awkward as a query tool. Hive was developed by the folks at Facebook in 2008, as a means of providing an easy-to-use, SQL-like query language that wouldContinue reading “beyond hadoop: fast queries from big data”
how Oracle, the Goliath of data, could stumble
This week’s Oracle World was bracketed by two events. First: the unveiling of Oracle Exalytics, a beefy in-memory appliance dedicated to large-scale analytics, during Larry Ellison’s opening keynote. Second: the undressing of Oracle’s cloud computing initiatives by Marc Benioff, SalesForce’s CEO, and the unceremonious cancellation of his keynote on Wednesday morning. Both events highlight thatContinue reading “how Oracle, the Goliath of data, could stumble”
the secret guild of silicon valley
A couple of weeks ago, I was drinking beer in San Francisco with friends when someone quipped: “You have too many hipsters, you won’t scale like that. Hire some fat guys who know C++.” It’s funny, but it got me thinking. Who are the “fat guys who know C++”, or as someone else put it, “theContinue reading “the secret guild of silicon valley”
The Emerging Big Data Stack
The Big Data Stack, from my piece, Building Data Startups at O’Reilly Radar.
Building Data Startups: Fast, Big, and Focused
Slides from my presentation from O’Reilly’s Strata Online Conference on May 25, 2010.
“information is the new oil.”
This past February, I moderated an event at Stanford about Predictive Analytics. I led with a brief introduction, followed by a discussion with Omar Tawakol, CEO of Bluekai, Scott Burke of Yahoo!, Matt Barkoff, VP at Badgeville, and Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, Partner at Accel Partners. See the YouTube video here.