John Pientka

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Where are we storing our data? More importantly, is it safe?

Where are we storing our data? Human knowledge now doubles every twelve hours. That includes a ton of data about you. We live in a time of unforeseen disruptions. Where are we storing our data? More importantly, is it safe?

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Where’s My Flying Car?

A cottage industry has grown up around lamenting how we just aren’t making the progress we used to. Planes and cars go no faster than 60 years ago. We were told the cloud was supposed to bring us that innovation.

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The Cloud Wars

Cloud Wars Behold: An epic struggle between archrivals; a vengeful world leader; global military dominance; vast oceans of thinking machines; billions at stake and not least – Jedi’s! Is there another Star Wars episode coming out? Nope, it’s just the

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As Personal Tech Moves Into Medicine Will We Get Better Health or Precrime?

Better Health or Precrime? Smartphones, Fitbits, Apple watches, and much more are examples of personal technology that will measure all sorts of bodily functions. Instead of just improving you health what if they are used to assess your psychological state

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Artificial Intelligence’s Soylent Green Problem

Remember the movie Soylent Green? It’s a dystopian classic set in 2022. The government provides the masses rations of Soylent Green to eat. Today’s artificial Intelligence has the same dirty secret that the film’s hero, Robert Thorn, a detective with

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Is It Safe? Growing with the Cloud

Oh no! Not again! Another massive data breach: 106 million individuals have their data stolen. This time it is from Capital One. All the data was located on Amazon Web Services cloud computing platform. Is the cloud safe? We were

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Climate Change – Maybe There is a Way Out We Can All Accept

Thinking outside the box using the cloud The seas are rising. The forests are burning. The Midwest is underwater. The UN says we only have 12 years until it’s all over. We must stop using coal and oil, now! No,

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Drill Baby, Drill! It’s a Gusher Due to the Cloud

Cloud Gushing The U.S. leads the world in oil and gas production. Twenty years ago a barrel of oil was under $20. Ten years ago it was over $140. Today it is $45 to $60. How do you prosper with

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Back to the Moon with NASA’s Approach? Fahgettaboudit!

Back to the Moon with NASA’s Approach? OK, this is the week 50 years ago that men first walked on the moon. We did it five more times and then in December of 1972 we left and have never gone

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Big Pharma’s Dirty Little Secret: It’s Actually No Good at Developing New Drugs

For years big pharma has rationalized high drug prices in the US with the argument that they need the profits to invest in research to make more and better medicines to cure our ills and improve our health. Too bad

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Notre Dame – Saving the Past Provides a Glimpse of the Future

The tragedy of Notre Dame’s fire showed how we will really work in the future. Along side the brave hundreds of firemen were robots and drones credited with saving key structures. An 850-year old structure so engulfed in flames that

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EHR Means “Electronic Health Records” Right? Nope – How About “Errors Happen Regularly”

Bring medicine into the digital age. EHR’s promised better care, patient empowerment and lower cost. Instead we got preventable deaths, brain injuries, amputated limbs and doctors committing suicide at 2X the general population. What happened? Are you affected? Yes. What

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Algorithms Are Everywhere. How Do We Get Comfortable With Them? Go for a Goldilocks Answer

How do you come to terms with all those algorithms that increasingly pervade our lives? How do you know you can trust them? Turns out that the answer is in human psychology and our need for a Goldilocks explanation. Some

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Trust, But Verify. Not Today: Never Trust Always Verify

Reagan coined the phrase: “Trust, but verify” when dealing with the Soviets. In today’s world of Cyber it’s just not good enough. Welcome to the world of Zero Trust. What is it and what does it mean to you? As

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China Ascendant? Maybe, Maybe Not

China seems to be beating us at leadership in tech in just about every category. In a decade they are supposed to be the largest economy in the world. But is it all built on a foundation of sand? China