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Day: September 13, 2023

Gilbane Advisor 9-13-23 — Text-to-CAD, magic & zero knowledge proofs

This week we feature articles by Reggie Raye & K. Alexandria Bond, and Michael Blau.

Additional reading comes from Tom Krazit, Carl Franzen, Lukas Blecher, Guillem Cucurull, Thomas Scialom & Robert Stojnic, and Paul Baier, Jimmy Hexter, & John J. Sviokla.

News comes from Kobai & Databricks, Merkle, InfluxData, and Neo4j.

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Opinion / Analysis

Text-to-CAD: risks and opportunities

I haven’t seen much discussion of generative AI and 3D, where the output is a 3D CAD model rather than an image, but of course this is already a thing. Reggie Raye & K. Alexandria Bond provide a readable and useful overview of some tools to use, as well as advice on dealing with the unique design and engineering applicable. (12 min)

Secrets, and how to prove them: A magician’s guide to zero-knowledge proofs

If you’ve read multiple explanations of what a zero-knowledge proof is and you’re not convinced you’ve quite got the hang of it, or you are confident you have, but are looking for a non-technical explanation, you know, for a friend, you’ll appreciate this short demo and explanation by magician by Michael Blau — though he keeps his secret. He also works with crypto investors. (3 min)

More Reading

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Content technology news

Merkle launches global composable commerce accelerator for Salesforce Commerce

Developed to work with Contentful and Magnolia content management systems, the accelerator extends Salesforce Commerce Cloud and streamlines integration.

InfluxData Announces InfluxDB Clustered

The rebuilt database engine is optimized for real-time analytics with higher performance, unlimited cardinality, and SQL support.

Kobai announces partnership with Databricks

Kobai’s Saturn platform is embedded directly in the data layer, allowing organizations to query data without moving it from the lakehouse.

Neo4j adds vector search within its native graph database

Enables customers to achieve richer insights from semantic search and generative AI applications, and serve as long-term memory.

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Netlify announces Software Developer Kit (SDK)

Netlify, a platform for modern web development, announced the general availability of the Netlify Software Development Kit (SDK), a suite of tools designed to provide technology partners, web development agencies, and customers with custom integration development capabilities. With Netlify SDK, development teams can custom tailor their web projects, web properties, and web architectures for their business needs. Netlify SDK brings improved productivity, flexibility, and speed-to-market to level-up enterprise development team capabilities.

Netlify SDK includes several new features for Netlify Front-End Cloud, including Build Event Handlers, API Handlers, a new Integration UI, and more, to help organizations to accelerate the migration to and evolution of composable web architectures. Netlify SDK helps enterprise development teams gain:

  • Support for any content source – A standardized development process, for users to quickly spin up custom integrations that can sync to data sources.
  • Improved developer productivity – Enables teams to take advantage of off-the-shelf integrations.
  • Decreased time to delivery – Developers can reduce time required to get started building custom architectures and continue scaling bespoke web experiences.
  • An elevated visual editing experience – Integrations with Stackbit leverage a visual editing experience easing cross-department collaboration that allows non-developers to interact with the platform.

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