Friday, February 27, 2009

The case of Cloud computing

First when I read about the cloud computing buzz, i thought of it something related to the network intricacies. Then I read about it further, online and at various technical blogs, and realized it isn't the case.

People wrote about it from various viewpoints... risk transference, data integrity controls, handing over your confidential data to the big brother and so and so forth...

To get a grip of cloud computing you may want to visit Kai Axford's blog Kai is is a Senior Security Strategist in Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group. His is the blog I follow regularly along with Mark Russionovich's.

From a hypothetical point of view, my view towards the cloud is that, it could eventually lead to layers of the internet. I had read about this when web 2.0 was coined. There were articles which first talked about it. Vint Cerf, the father of the internet himself opposed the idea and had said that the net was there to be free and available.

Building upon what I read then, I think in long run something along these lines will be implemented. We have cloud computing coming up, we also have the "red dog" - the cloud utility platform from Microsoft coming out. And we have SaaS (Software as a Service) & PaaS (Platform as a Service) too. Am just wondering what the ecosystem will be of all these technologies coming and fitting into a system!

On a lighter note, this parallel thing reminds me of Deepak Chopra's statement in one of his lectures about how parallely things happen in the universe, all of which contribute in their own way and lead one to another.

Right now, I feel, this as an attempt to unify access to data; bring coherence to all the parts (data, controls, service and providers); and also feel that this has been going around for some time now!

Perhaps we are right now exactly in the beginning of the next big techical leap!
here's the visualization; I guess everyone has seen the movie "Terminator 2", remember the scene when the T1000 walks in liquid Nitrogen, freezes up, and shatters to small pieces when Arnold fires at him saying "Asta-lavista-baby!" ... and then when temperature rises, all the parts starts melting down and joining to one-another, until the whole thing comes together in liquid on the floor and forms the T1000 back!..... i feel maybe this is the parts uniting stage, technologically!

Disclaimer: i might be wrong too.... ;)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Singularity University !

Wow! now it has stopped... the churning of my mind! I came here to write about this University, but thoughts kept brimming, and to save them from over-flow, i placed them here. If they make u laugh, awesome. If they make u think, that you think likewise too... then ping me back !

Singularity University is (directly from their website
"Singularity University, based on the NASA Ames campus in Silicon Valley, is an interdisciplinary university whose mission is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies (bio, nano, info, AI, etc.), and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity’s grand challenges."

Since this is a new start-up, I expect this to evolve to a place where you can go, with your thoughts and ideas, and evolve them into grand solutions for grand challenges. And, expect it to not only invite leaders, but to anyone who has the interest and thinking potential for it!

Just like, you don't find a problem in your code and someone else does, likewise, a fresh new-mind can learn and see things differently and find problems and solutions, compared to a conditioned mind, which is sunk deep into the topic.

Singularity University:
Singularity on Picasa:



Alright, before I go ahead, sometimes I have pondered on why and how, I think so much and dream so much. I mean literally "dream". Well, most have laughed on my nap taking skills. When I am doing nothing, I hibernate, un-intentionally ! And, in my dreams I have seen most amazing things otherwise un-thinkable. I have seen a complete movie, a complete live and running story, of characters i haven't read or was told about! So, I had a thought, on when I will be able to attend a skool where I could go-in and enrich my thoughts, share them, challeneg them and bring out the best in me. A skool where, my physics or maths grade would not make me feel holding-on-tight!
What I am today, is what values more then what I was in my skool. For, those who were best in that time, have conditioned themselves into specifics of things. I on the other hand maybe still have an open-mind, and a mind which is sparking. Maybe its time to pull the cord, or turn the key... and start it run !

I know what most will say... ;p

Following is the link to a video worth watching about, changing education paradigm:


Singularity !

On one hand: it appears like the diversity of people in this world is coming to a halt! That's pretty alarming! It questions the survivability of human kind.

We have all the intellectuals, philosophers, students, strategists and what-nots all around. As if we are not reaching closer to the unknown but more farther from it! and therefore the word "singularity". Singualrity is defined as; "A point in space-time where its curvature becomes infinite. Big Bang is an example of a singularity."

My focus is on the word "infinite", for it tells me, again the closer we think, the farther we are from the unknown, and the input reason is, because our evolution has almost come to a halt.

As the modern science puts it; It all started with a single-cell organism, which was a female by deafult, and there were no other sex, yes, no "male" sex. They would after a process and period of time would reproduce. Survival was not a requirement, coz they all survived. Then with changing environment and time, it split into male and female celled organisms. Reasoning provided was, of survivalability! If the cells split to male and female, then they would be able to go "out" and reproduce with other cells, and the off-springs would be more diverse and adapt to the changing environment and also coz this would neutralizes an issue in the DNA structure of one organism with the others and vice-versa.

Now, after so many permutations and combinations, I am starting to feel that we have run out of numbers and therefore diversity!

By streamlining humans to one-kind-of-wisdom, we have in a way killed their unknown abilities or discoveries, which they would have done. Maybe we could taught them on how to learn, instead of making them learn by the book, and only learn 5 subjects in 1 year! I maybe be completely wrong, and maybe I might contradict myself in the coming times, but this reminds me of "Osho", who said in one of his lectures that "one who keeps learning has to contradict himself not once but many times...."

On a lighter note, mayebe we need to mutate and need to make aliens arrive ! who knows... (the long ears might be listening in) :)

I also liked: Osho