Slideshow5 Cloud Technologies We're Thankful for This Year
Scott Ferguson
11/23/2017

Thanksgiving is always a good time to look back and reflect on the past year.

In addition to the food and family, the holiday gives everyone time to pause and think about what they are thankful for over the last months. At Enterprise Cloud News, we are thankful, of course, for the cloud. It's the reason why we're here. (See A CIO 'Renaissance' Needs the Cloud.)

However, the cloud means different things to different people. There's public and private cloud, not to mention multicloud and hybrid cloud. There are also a number of different services that are delivered through cloud: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS to name a few.

Since we're talking about cloud, what about the technologies that are being developed to take advantage of these new platforms: artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, application monitoring, Internet of Things, big data analytics and many more. (See AI Likely to Outperform Humans in Less Than 50 Years.)

Should we be thankful for some of these, too?

So, as we sit back with our drumsticks, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and beverage of choice today, let's think about what there is to be thankful for in the new world of cloud computing and how the technology is changing the way we do business, and how business is done.

 

Cloud Technologies to Be Thankful For

(All images courtesy of Pixabay.)

— Scott Ferguson, Editor, Enterprise Cloud News. Follow him on Twitter @sferguson_LR.

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mhhfive
mhhfive
12/1/2017 | 6:04:22 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
> "Fundamentally, though, the vehicle has to be manned by a human who is prepared to take over in an emergency or other aberrational situation. "

The problem with that line of thinking is that it completely doesn't work in practice. Google already tried it in early tests. Without highly trained drivers as backup, normal humans can't take over. And as the AI gets better, it gets even harder for humans to "take over" at a moments notice. It's one thing to have a backup driver to a teenager, but it's another situation entirely when the driver literally has more experience driving (in terms of miles driven) and more sensors than any human does.
mhhfive
mhhfive
12/1/2017 | 6:00:21 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
I think autonomous cars will be like public buses at some point. However, everyone will be able to hail a ride to almost anywhere they want to go -- making it far superior to a bus ride or a train.
maryam@impact
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11/29/2017 | 11:33:44 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
For those unable to drive it's still an issue preference is one thing inability is another. Some people also take medications that make them unable to drive like those suffering from epilepsy so autonomous cars would offer them great independence.
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
11/29/2017 | 9:03:46 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
@Phil: For me, I don't mind the night driving inherently so much as I mind the dang way-too-bright LED and halogen headlights from other cars!

I think the key in life is to find a place you like and stay put as much as you can. ;)
Phil_Britt
Phil_Britt
11/29/2017 | 7:28:51 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
Fully agree about the elderly -- and one doesn't even need to be that old. I know people who severely cut night driving after 40. My Mom spent the last 15 years of her life without being able to drive. I'm hoping that autonomous cars will be a full-blown reality when I should no longer be on the road.
maryam@impact
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11/29/2017 | 1:28:03 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
Joe an interesting perspective on self-driving cars but what about those that will have mobility that they don't have it today. What about the elderly and the disabled that are homebound, the self-driving car can open up a world of independence to them and impact them financially and socially.
Ariella
Ariella
11/29/2017 | 8:43:49 AM
Re: Autonomous cars
LOL @Joe I wonder if we will be seeing varition among states in this. It seems that each one will get to decide its own standards for autonmous cars, which can create some confusion as cars cross state lines. 
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
11/28/2017 | 10:20:46 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
@Ariella: It saddens, depresses, astounds, and outrages me all at once that government officials think that a computer whose primary training seems to come from freakin' ReCAPTCHAs is already a better and more thoughtful driver on busy streets than a careful 16-year-old driving drunk uncle Dave home in the boondocks.
Ariella
Ariella
11/27/2017 | 8:06:04 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
@Joe I understand but it seems there are plans to have autonomous vehicles operate with no human backup. See http://bgr.com/2017/10/11/self-driving-car-tests-california-rules/

"The California Department of Motor Vehicles has updated its rules governing self-driving vehicle testing, removing the requirement that a human backup driver be present in the car and ready to take over. The regulations will be sent to the state government after a 15-day comment period, and should be in force by the middle of next year."
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
11/27/2017 | 7:43:29 PM
Re: Autonomous cars
@Ariella: Fundamentally, though, the vehicle has to be manned by a human who is prepared to take over in an emergency or other aberrational situation. This is the reason we don't allow teens on their learners' permit to drive when the only licensed adult in the car is intoxicated.
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