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Gilbane Advisor 9-28-22 — MLOps or no, Tabu search, practical NLP

This week we feature an article from Lak Lakshmanan.

Additional reading comes from Adam Langley, Fabio Chiusano, and Jing Huang, Mingang Fu, & Minghui Liu.

News comes from Apptek & expert.ai, Fivetran, Cloudflare, and Stardog & Databricks.

If you’ve missed any of the past 57 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

No, you don’t need MLOps

Well you might. But either way Lak Lakshmanan provides lots to think, or re-think, about. (14 min).

MLOps started from a straightforward problem statement — that the technical debt associated with ML models becomes intolerable if the models are not adjusted over time to account for changes in the environment. Since that 2015 observation, ML models and frameworks have been built that make it relatively easy to avoid the most glaring potholes in the way of the ML practitioner. However, in the past year or so, the MLOps buzzword has taken on a life of its own. At this point, most things sold as MLOps are overkill and unnecessary for most teams.

https://lakshmanok.medium.com/no-you-dont-need-mlops-5e1ce9fdaa4b

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Content technology news

Stardog joins Databricks Partner Connect

The integration means organizations can add a unified semantic layer atop Databricks to accelerate data analytics for more data-informed decisions.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/stardog-joins-databricks-partner-connect/

Fivetran introduces Metadata API

Customers can integrate with governance and observability tools to give data teams more control over who has access to what data.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/fivetran-introduces-metadata-api/

Apptek and expert.ai announce strategic partnership

To help companies augment intelligent automation by extending AI-based text analytics to audio content, even across multiple languages.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/apptek-and-expert-ai-announce-strategic-partnership/

Cloudflare launches Data Localization Suite in Asia

To help businesses comply with data localization obligations by using Cloudflare to set rules and controls on data storage ad access.
.https://gilbane.com/2022/09/cloudflare-launches-data-localization-suite-in-asia/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-21-22 — Emergence in LLMs, SVG

This week we feature articles from Ben Dickson and Kurt Cagle.

Additional reading comes from Jack FitzGerald, Ignacio de Gregorio, and the IAB.

News comes from Adobe & Figma, Progress, Acquia, and Santa Cruz Software.

If you’ve missed any of the past 56 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

AI scientists are studying the “emergent” abilities of large language models

I was fascinated with emergent properties in grad school, and argued for their relevance and value when “big data” became a thing. It’s good to see a disciplined look at emergence in large language models. Ben Dickson’s useful summary of a new study includes helpful background links. (6 min).

https://bdtechtalks.com/2022/08/22/llm-emergent-abilities/

Imaging the web with Scalable Vector Graphics

Being a good data visualization artist does not necessarily require strong artistic skills, but it does depend upon understanding the tools and technologies that are out there. Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is becoming an essential technology in the data space, useful for building maps and charts that can work well on the web, creating detailed diagrams with rich metadata, and even laying the foundation for effective data presentations to clients or customers. SVG really is the foundation for intelligent graphics.

SVG has been around for a long time, but as Kurt Cagle points out in this excellent piece, it is still unknown to many and under-utilized. (11 min).

https://www.datasciencecentral.com/imaging-the-web-with-scalable-vector-graphics/

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Adobe to acquire Figma

Figma’s web-based, multi-player capabilities to accelerate the delivery and collaboration of Adobe’s Creative Cloud technologies on the web.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/adobe-to-acquire-figma/

LinkrUI adds DAM syncing for Microsoft Office

LinkrUI for synchronizing digital assets stored in a DAM system now compatible for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Excel.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/linkrui-adds-dam-syncing-for-microsoft-office/

Acquia adds new Channel Portals capabilities to Acquia DAM

Channel Portals allow businesses to create and share branded, secure, and up-to-date digital product catalogs with individual partners.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/acquia-adds-new-channel-portals-capabilities-to-acquia-dam/

Progress updates developer tools

The new release of UI developer tools includes new components and enhancements for Blazor, .NET MAUI, Angular, React.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/progress-updates-developer-tools/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-14-22 — The Merge, Internet Archive, PyTorch

Hello Reader:

This week we feature articles from Nitish Pahwa & Emma Wallenbrock, and Fred Wilson.

Additional reading: Edin Kapić, Mike Wheatley, and Webb Wright

News: Ontotext, Algolia, Optimizely, and Brave.

If you’ve missed any of the past 55 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

Could the Internet Archive go out like Napster?

You may recall the lawsuit for “willful mass copyright infringement” filed against the Internet Archive for its National Emergency Library by a number of major publishers in early 2020 (Hachette v. Internet Archive). This was/is a case where it is difficult to find a true villain. A number of authors, who had the most to lose have dropped support for the suit, which is still active. Nitish Pahwa & Emma Wallenbrock provide a useful update, with enough background for anyone who needs it. Their title is to grab your attention, but they acknowledge such a fear may be overblown. (9 min).

https://slate.com/technology/2022/09/internet-archive-national-emergency-library-lawsuit.html

The Merge

The, apparently imminent, Ethereum merge that is. To the extent we cover crypto our focus is on the potential of blockchains for platform and enterprise applications rather than fintech or fads. The Ethereum merge is important for crypto in general. AVC’s Fred Wilson has a short explanation of why the merge is so important. As a VC whose family and company “have large holdings in ETH and other crypto assets”, he is both knowledgeable and an interested party. (In terms of disclosure, I have a truly minuscule amount of ETH.) (< 3 min).

https://avc.com/2022/08/the-merge/

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Ontotext announces Metadata Studio

To help enterprises orchestrate content tagging and evaluate text analysis services to get the best results and maintain metadata quality.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/ontotext-announces-metadata-studio/

Algolia acquires Search.io

Algolia will combine its keyword search and Search.io’s Neuralsearch into a single API-First Search and Discovery platform.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/algolia-acquires-search-io/

Brave integration deepens support for Unstoppable Domains

Creators can build decentralized content with a domain that they fully own and control, hosted on the InterPlanetary File System (IFPS).
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/brave-integration-deepens-support-for-unstoppable-domains/

Optimizely experimentation platform on Google Cloud Marketplace

Optimizely’s experimentation solutions ease creation of personalized, meaningful engagements through data to improve customer experience (CX).
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/optimizely-experimentation-platform-on-google-cloud-marketplace/

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Gilbane Advisor 9-7-22 — Knowledge portals, Stable Diffusion, AR glasses

Hello Reader:

This week we feature articles from Kurt Cagle, Simon Willison, and Jean-Louis Gassée.

Additional reading comes from Katariina Kari, and Daniel Tunkelang.

News comes from Apollo GraphQL & MongoDB, Umbraco, TransPerfect, and Joomla.

If you’ve missed any of the past 54 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all older issues can be found here.


Opinion / Analysis

From knowledge graphs to knowledge portals

Whether you’re contemplating, planning, implementing, or looking to better utilize either of these, you should read Kurt Cagle’s thought-provoking post. (7 min).

https://www.datasciencecentral.com/from-knowledge-graphs-to-knowledge-portals/

Stable Diffusion is a really big deal

Stable diffusion was released a couple of weeks ago and has generated a lot of excitement as an alternative to DALL·E and other image generation tools. The main reasons for the enthusiasm are that it is completely open source, you can run it on a PC, and you can run it on a cloud for just a few dollars a month without being technical. Simon Willison has more details. (5 min).

https://simonwillison.net/2022/Aug/29/stable-diffusion/

Apple AR glasses: a next big thing?

Apple Augmented Reality (AR) glasses are a good candidate to be Apple’s ‘next big thing’. But it doesn’t seem likely that we’ll learn much more about them at tomorrow’s Apple event. Jean-Louis Gassée is skeptical they’ll be coming anytime soon and explains why. (5 min).

https://mondaynote.com/apple-ar-glasses-a-next-big-thing-candidate-bfe2b3e9d32b

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Umbraco launches US data hosting option

The U.S. regional hosting option for improved performance and easier compliance with stringent data policies and privacy requirements.
https://gilbane.com/2022/09/umbraco-launches-us-data-hosting-option/

Apollo GraphQL & MongoDB create stack for app developers

MongoDB’s database paired with the GraphQL query language allows developers to work with the database in the language of their choice.
https://gilbane.com/2022/08/apollo-graphql-mongodb-create-stack-for-app-developers/

TransPerfect acquires Sterling Technology

Sterling’s VDR (virtual data room) solutions enable file sharing and content collaboration among all participants to increase productivity.
https://gilbane.com/2022/08/transperfect-acquires-sterling-technology/

Joomla 4.2 and 3.10.11 released

The new version of the CMS includes new and improved features for bloggers and authors, web designers, extension developers and web agencies.
https://gilbane.com/2022/08/joomla-4-2-and-3-10-11-released/

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Intrepids — summary & status

The latest post from Girish Altekar on Intrepid technology and applications*. The introductory post is here and all our re-published intrepid posts are here.


If you have read the previous posts on Intrepids (see below), you understand how Intrepids empower individuals to manage and reuse their data efficiently while enhancing data privacy, increasing data control, and facilitating genuine competitiveness in marketplaces they are interested in. Above all, using Intrepids is a liberating experience for data owners as, untethered from call centers, complex web sites, and repeated data entry, data owners are free to go about their lives feeling secure about their personal data and knowing that their Intrepid driven requests are being honored accurately.

Businesses benefit also. The authentication and accuracy that is built into Intrepid driven data transfer empowers business applications to rely on actual dependable user data, instead of screen scraping and heuristics. Dependable data reduces the need for data verification and cleansing and drives the creation of new innovative applications that reduce business costs and improve customer experience. We have used Intrepids in sales applications where sales reps need to provide the same quote to multiple customers repeatedly.

Status

Intrep-id.com and related websites belong to DeepCoolClear, LLC, a small business based in Austin, TX, with related interests in managed WIFI/Broadband services. 

We are a pre-revenue startup, but we hope you agree that we have accomplished much in building the base Intrepid platform, identifying, and building upon the initial applications and vocabularies. All our development to date has been funded internally.

We continue to work on making our platform robust. We are adding features that make Intrepids easy to use by individuals and for businesses to adopt. Our platform supports easy integration of Intrepids on business websites, super-fast design, and implementation of new vocabularies, and incorporates standard software engineering elements such as backward compatibility, Intrepid versioning, scalability, etc. Intrepids use a self-encrypting / decrypting mechanism that can be turned off and on a per vocabulary basis. Blockchain is under consideration for future development.

We also continue to work on a smartphone app that can receive Intrepids and create an Intrepid repository on a smartphone. From there, the app allows easy search of the repository to select and post an Intrepid to the receiver using NFC, Bluetooth, and other mechanisms.

These posts are intended to generate two kinds of interest.

  • We want to see if there is user interest in a privacy mechanism such as Intrepids. Please feel free to try out any application and give us your feedback if you think Intrepids, if/when widely adopted, may be useful to you.
  • We are also looking for strategic business partners who may be interested in exploring the use of Intrepids for their businesses and customers. Remember that any repetitive or burdensome data transfer can be eliminated by using Intrepids.

Work with intrep-id.com …

Strategic Partnerships

The circular problem that reduces incentives and limits Intrepid adoption is real and it will take time to get the flywheel rotating for the most general Intrepid use cases. Nevertheless, as demonstrated in these posts, there are many applications that businesses can deploy today, even if only to their customers, that deliver Intrepid benefits to their business and their customers. 

We welcome interest in such strategic partnerships and other forms of collaboration / investment / JV from businesses who share our vision of putting data owners in control of their own data. 

Intrepids for Entrepreneurs

We believe the Intrepid technology will find a natural home with entrepreneurs. Setting aside the few “horizontal” Intrepids, most Intrepids are “verticals” unto themselves. We have shown a few applications in these posts here, and entrepreneurs with domain knowledge in areas we haven’t explored will know of other Intrepid applications where Intrepid technology can be used to eliminate repetitive tasks with innovative applications. Individuals who share our passion and commitment about convenience, security, and privacy are invited to take these ideas forward.

By design, most Intrepids can be viewed as separate lines of business that entrepreneurs can grow with their domain knowledge and connections relevant to the specific market.

Intrepids for Investors

Intrepids are a new and innovative mechanism. The work we have produced is of value collectively, but we don’t believe the underlying ideas are protectable IP. And so, other than an idea that we believe in, we don’t have anything to offer to investors just yet. We welcome interest.

https://intrep-id.com

*Disclosure: I am an advisor to the Intrepid team.

Intrepid user illustration
Intrepid applications

State government / citizen Intrepids

The latest post from Girish Altekar on Intrepid technology and applications*. The introductory post is here and all our re-published intrepid posts are here.


Most State Government interactions with their citizens are repeating in nature. Application for licenses, registration, services, or reporting taxes, revenue, and production details, citizens and businesses do these things on monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. Much of the information provided is generally static with only a few fields whose values may change during each period. We believe there is an opportunity for State Governments (certainly Texas, our home state but we expect pretty much all of them) to reduce the wasted time and effort of their citizens when requiring them to comply with local reporting requirements.

The following Intrepids represent only a small fraction of applications of repetitive data exchange between Texans and the Texas State government. An Intrepid overlay application SaveTimeTx https://savetimetx.com/ reduces the effort required by citizens and businesses to file reports and transfer data to the State. 

Webfile https://lnkd.in/g4vH8zRQ – filing tax reports online. Only the revenue fields change in each report period.

Production Report https://lnkd.in/gxgFxmF6 – Oil and Gas production report in TX. Most fields are static.

Vehicle Registration https://lnkd.in/gxwTHDK8 – Annual registration at DMV. All fields are static.

In a loosely coupled State/Citizen ecosystem, Intrepid-based filings or applications will save citizens and businesses significant effort over a single year. An Intrepid mechanism such as SaveTimeTX https://savetimetx.com/ (or equivalent) can significantly reduce friction between State/Citizen interactions.

We are interested in your feedback. https://lnkd.in/gm3fAPhP

Previous Intrepid related posts available at intrep-id.com.
Introduction – https://lnkd.in/g7VyFyya
Travel Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gBSYj7h5
Resume Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/giNkzrPR
Other Intrepids – https://lnkd.in/gMg6UuTu
Personal Health Profile Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gmtu4x5t
Data Preferences Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gS–wF_8
Support / Receipt Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gXJadWuX
An Invoicing / Payment application – https://lnkd.in/gtzwqa3e

Future Topics

State Government Applications – this
Summing it up And Current Status

https://intrep-id.com

*Disclosure: I am an advisor to the Intrepid team.

Intrepid user illustration
An Intrepid User

The Invoice Intrepid

The next post from Girish Altekar on Intrepid technology and applications*. The introductory post is here and all our re-published intrepid posts are here.


The Invoice Intrepid https://lnkd.in/gnkmNMya enables end-to-end generation and payment of invoices, directly from payor’s checking accounts. The BaankPaay https://baankpaay.com/ prototype application demonstrates how Intrepids can facilitate such a transaction, safely and securely, without giving access to the payor or the payee to each other’s bank accounts. Payments are transactional, vendors and customers don’t need to expend efforts to create auxiliary Zelle accounts. There is also no need to do provide banking and other data to 3rd party fintech intermediaries or pay rents to them.

Here is how a hypothetical transaction would work

  1. Having delivered a product or a service, a vendor raises an invoice in their accounting system.
  2. At some future point in time, their accounting application would simultaneously produce an Invoice Intrepid, identifying the customer, the vendor, the products/services, the amount to be paid, AND the vendor’s bank account information. Currently, the vendor would need to go to BaankPaay https://baankpaay.com/ to do this.
  3. Vendor emails the encrypted Intrepid to customer. 
  4. Customer uploads the invoice Intrepid into to their bank. She is shown vendor’s name, amount, and purchase details but not the vendor bank account information.
  5. Customer approves the payment and uploads her bank account Intrepid from which to pay. Customer also specifies payment parameters such as a payment schedule, as negotiated.
  6. Customer’s bank executes a money transfer from customer account to vendor bank/account.
  7.  Customer’s bank sends her a transfer receipt.

For now, we overlook the regulatory or legal work banks may need to do before they deploy such an application but conceptually that is it.

We are interested in your feedback. https://lnkd.in/gm3fAPhP

Previous Intrepid related posts available at intrep-id.com.
Introduction – https://lnkd.in/g7VyFyya
Travel Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gBSYj7h5
Resume Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/giNkzrPR
Other Intrepids – https://lnkd.in/gMg6UuTu
Personal Health Profile Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gmtu4x5t
Data Preferences Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gS–wF_8
Support / Receipt Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gXJadWuX

Future Topics

An Invoicing / Payment application – this
State Government Applications 
Summing it up And Current Status

https://intrep-id.com

*Disclosure: I am an advisor to the Intrepid team.

The Support/Receipt Intrepid

The eighth post from Girish Altekar on Intrepid technology and applications*. The introductory post is here and all our re-published intrepid posts are here.


The Support/Receipt Intrepid enables a useful application for businesses. When businesses provide their customers a Support/Receipt Intrepid (https://lnkd.in/gvYwEZuz) for every transaction, they ensure that their customers, when seeking support/service, will always be able to authenticate themselves to automated systems. By presenting a precise and accurate record of all elements of the transaction, in all but the most complex support cases, software-based systems can respond to customer requests in an automated asynchronous fashion. Which reduces support costs tremendously.

Intrepids-based support enhances customer experience. No longer do they need to locate product / service identifiers (product/model numbers, paper/email receipts, warranty information), no longer do they need to be switched from call center to call center, no longer do they need to navigate complex websites to find support for their one need; they simply need to upload their Receipt Intrepid to NoCallSupport https://nocallsupport.com/ (or an equivalent site), create a support request from dropdown support menu options and submit it. They are no longer tethered to a business’ support call centers or websites to get their work done. They can go about their day with the assurance that their data/request has been received and when the request is completed, they will be notified by text or email.

Create a dummy Intrepid at Support/Receipt Intrepid page (https://lnkd.in/gvYwEZuz) and visit NoCallSupport https://nocallsupport.com/ to see this new support paradigm in action. The NoCallSupport application is customizable and business specific, so it is a demonstration, not a final product. Our Support/Receipt Intrepid should work for many businesses; a specific Support/Receipt Intrepid focused on your business alone is easily created. The Support/Receipt Intrepid can be viewed by customers but cannot be modified, and so retains its integrity through its life. For new businesses or startups, Intrepid-based support enables a new support paradigm that minimizes support costs and establishes a framework for “no call, no web, no touch” automated software-based support for your company.

We are interested in your feedback. https://lnkd.in/gm3fAPhP

Previous Intrepid related posts available at intrep-id.com.
Introduction – https://lnkd.in/g7VyFyya
Travel Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gBSYj7h5
Resume Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/giNkzrPR
Other Intrepids – https://lnkd.in/gMg6UuTu
Personal Health Profile Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gmtu4x5t
Data Preferences Intrepid – https://lnkd.in/gS–wF_8

Future Topics

Support / Receipt Intrepid – this
An Invoicing / Payment application
State Government Applications 
Summing it up And Current Status

https://intrep-id.com

*Disclosure: I am an advisor to the Intrepid team.

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