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  • THE SAGE

    March 14/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Some say that he emerged from a primordial soup made up of the blood, sweat and tears of generations of entrepreneurs that preceded him. That his knowledge is an encoding of everything learned before him about what it takes to . . .
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  • SMOKING ROBOTS AND FRENCH MAIDS

    March 12/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Why is it that when we think of sentient machines we still imagine Elektro the Smoking Robot? Admit it, you do. For thousands of years, humans have created objects in their own image. We force fit things that we do not understand into our little . . .
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  • BLOODLESS BEIGE BOXES | THE STORY OF AN ARTIST AND A THINKING MACHINE

    March 12/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    When was the last time you walked into a data center and were stopped dead in your tracks by the beauty of a computer? Right, probably never. That is why you will most likely never see a computer in any art history books…but there is one that may well change . . .
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  • WHAT SCIENTIFIC IDEA IS READY FOR RETIREMENT?

    January 19/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Well, I was snubbed again this year and not asked to be a contributor to the Edge annual question. My mother always told me I was exceedingly bright but I am beginning to think she may have lied :-/ Even though I wasn’t asked, here is my answer . . .
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  • THE FUTURE OF COMPUTATION IN THE CLOUD AND BEYOND

    SEPTEMBER 12/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    When computers pass around Web pages, they don’t know what they’re talking about but I envision an intelligence emerging where creation and consumption will be dominated by computers not people. Eventually, the Cloud will . . .
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  • FAILURE MODE AND EFFECTS

    May 16/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    ailure, something that nobody likes to contemplate but it is inevitable, especially when it comes to technology. However, the mode in which something fails and its effects can be radically different. For example, a light bulb is designed to . . .
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  • PAUL BARAN 1926 - 2011

    April 4/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    There are many measures of success; wealth, power and fame are the most common. Paul Baran’s successes have been well documented, both prior to and since his recent. After reading many of the tributes and technical accomplishments . . .
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  • WHAT IS YOUR TIME WORTH?

    March 25/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Until yesterday, I had never met or even spoken with anybody that is widely considered a true genius. Someone whose body of work is so extraordinary that mere mortals could not begin to grasp the enormity, breadth and depth of his contributions . . .
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  • FIRST FOLLOWERS

    March 21/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    I recently saw Derek Sivers video of “How to Start a Movement” and it caused me to pause and consider what it must feel like to be a “first follower”. In the video, a “lone nut” is in the middle of crowd jumping and waving his arms about. My first . . .
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  • WHAT IS YOUR SOCIETAL IMPACT?

    September 23/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    I utilize a mercenary-style approach in order to rapidly assess the value of a project/business. Right or wrong, I have very successfully used variants of the approach over the last 20+ years. Admittedly, my orientation towards anthropology has had a . . .
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  • IT ONLY TAKES A VISION TO START A REVOLUTION

    July 5/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Just over forty years ago in the dusty little orchard community of Santa Clara valley, eight guys named Moore, Noyce, Kleiner, Roberts, Hoerni, Last, Blank and Grinich were branded as traitors. The . . .
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  • IS IT STILL HPC IF ANYONE CAN USE IT?

    June 19/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    High Performance Computing is supposed to be something special. Those magnificent, highly specialized screaming silicon eaters that can bitch-slap a Monte Carlo simulation into submission before breakfast and have a DNA sequencing . . .
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  • JUST SAY I DON'T KNOW

    May 25/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    There are 3 answers to a question; Yes, No and I don’t know. Societal pressure however, oftentimes prevents us from responding with the latter. Our fear of admitting that we do not know is instilled in us from a very early age. When we were kids . . .
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  • YOU DON'T GET A BMW BY BUYING FOUR HYUNDAI'S

    May 18/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    The rush to get to the Cloud is resulting in a widespread “ready, fire, aim” shotgun approach. The risk of Cloud computing failing to achieve its potential is equally proportionate to our unwillingness to stop for a minute and say “I don’t know.” . . .
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  • COMPUTATIONAL AMBIGUITY IN THE CLOUD

    May 2/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Thought provocation can come from many places. For example, I recently saw a television commercial where a non-descript young lady pronounced herself as “racially ambiguous” in a satire on competitors advertising. The ad is intended to . . .
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  • TWO STRONG OXEN OR 1024 CHICKENS

    April 23/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Is it Getting Hot in Here? Microsoft’s recent announcement that they are ending support for the Intel Itanium processor on the Windows HPC Server product got me thinking again about specialized processors versus low-cost commodity . . .
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  • PLATO: A LIVING TRIBUTE TO THE SOCIETAL IMPACT ON TECHNOLOGY

    April 12/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Background Built originally by the University of Illinois in 1960, PLATO (Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations) was the first computer assisted instruction system offering elementary . . .
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  • CONTEXT AND ITS INFLUENCE ON BUSINESS CULTURE

    April 7/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Context is the circumstances and events that shape many aspects of the organizational culture that influence technology adoption. A simple fluctuation in revenue to a global financial meltdown can be the impetus for a cultural shift . . .
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  • TECHNOLOGICAL EVOLUTION AND THE IMPACT ON BUSINESS CULTURE

    April 7/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    All technologies descend from earlier ones, and those that perform better and more efficiently than others are “selected” for future growth and development. Technology “creates itself” in an evolutionary process that has taken us from the abacus to . . .
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  • DR HENRY EDWARD ROBERTS | 1941 - 2010

    April 2/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    The technology world lost a pioneer this week. Dr. Henry Edward Roberts, developer of the Altair 8800 computer and rightfully credited with launching the modern computer era, died Thursday, April 1, 2010. We also have him to thank for inspiring . . .
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  • CLOUD COMPUTING | THE EVOLUTION OF COMPUTATIONAL DNA

    March 16/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    Let me begin with an acknowledgment that this discourse does not begin to scratch the surface of this subject in the level of detail that it deserves. It is a stream of consciousness exercise intended to aid me in fleshing out some ideas for a . . .
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  • ARCHITECTS DON'T HAMMER NAILS

    March 9/MICHAEL BAYLOR
    I admittedly have been out of Western culture for quite some time but when did the title “Architect” become so diluted that it refers to a jack of all trades? Let me first acknowledge that this subject has been broached by many others, much . . .
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