Henry Hobhouse’s book Seeds of Change: Five Plants That Transformed Mankind (now six, with the addition of cacao) contains the remarkable fact that at the height of the slave trade a single teaspoon of sugar cost six minutes of a man’s life to produce. Reason enough to cheer the abolition of slavery, I suppose. But that doesn’t mean that everything is sweetness and light in the business of sugar. Or salt. A photo gallery in The Big Picture made that very clear, and inspired Rachel Laudan, a food historian, to write in praise of industrial salt and sugar.
Mark Myers, market segment manager for IBM Watson Explorer, says the usual "3 V’s" definition of big data is too narrow. "This way of looking at the issue limits big data to a technical challenge and misses what has become the real significance of big data: finding new ways to use data to create business value. To me, that is why I think big data is all data."
Listen to him explain the thinking behind this approach and give advice on how to begin getting more value out of your data. (Hint: it’s easier than you may think.)
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Our review of the Nintendo Switch, including a discussion of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (with no story spoilers).
In this episode of the O’Reilly Bots Podcast, I speak with Tom Coates, co-founder of Thington, a service layer for the Internet of Things. Thington provides a conversational, messaging-like interface for controlling devices like lights and thermostats, but it’s also conversational at a deeper level: its very architecture treats the interactions between different devices like a conversation, allowing devices to make announcements to any other device that cares to listen.
The longtime Apple CEO had to be convinced that tech support could connect with customers.