John Pientka

V2V? Platoons? Your First Taste of Robocar is a Truck

By John Pientka | November 16, 2017

Robo Trucking You are driving down the interstate. Ahead is an 18-wheeler struggling up the grade. You swing out to pull around him and give it the gas. What the $#!%? On your right is a wall of trucks –

The Digital Upheaval Has Transformed Even Money, Creating Cryptocurrencies

By John Pientka | November 3, 2017

Why Has China Banned Them? Is This a Signal? All money is fiat currency. Its value depends upon your faith in the state that backs it. Bitcoin’s value is skyrocketing because it does not depend on faith in a government.

The FANGs Dominate the S&P 500. The Average Membership Tenure is Shrinking

By John Pientka | October 20, 2017

What is Going to Knock Them Off the List? The FANGs (acronym for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google) ride high today. But, creative destruction is relentless. They are no less impervious to disruption than earlier companies. What do you think

Cloud Computing, AI and The Future of Language Translation

By John Pientka | October 17, 2017

The Tower of Babel Is Over Imagine: you are in a conference room with colleagues from China, Japan, Germany and Egypt. You each speak in your native tongue and the other participants hear it in their native tongue. Humans have

Academia is on the Ropes but is Reluctant to Change. Why are Most of Them Digital Dinosaurs?

By John Pientka | October 5, 2017

“Moving a university is like moving a cemetery—you can’t expect any help from the inhabitants,” says Barb Oakley, Ph.D. Higher Educations’ product is too expensive, takes too long and doesn’t produce enough of the graduates needed. New technology could be

Tesla is Worth More Than Ford or GM. Is this the Automakers iPhone Moment?

By John Pientka | October 3, 2017

The Automakers iPhone Moment Remember Blackberry? How about Nokia or Motorola? Vaguely you say. Will we one day state the same about Ford, GM, and the others? Seems hard to believe but the parallels have got to keep their execs

How Are You Going to Keep Them Down on the Farm? Cloud, Self-driving Tractors, AI and Satellites!

By John Pientka | September 26, 2017

Cloud, Self-driving Tractors, AI and Satellites! It’s harvest time. Sure is different. The rechargeable self-driving harvesters started out this morning. Looks like the crop will come in just as predicted by the AI. The satellite images confirm it but the

A Ray of Digital Sunshine During a Hurricane Portends Big Changes in One of the World’s Largest Industries

By John Pientka | September 18, 2017

A Ray of Digital Sunshine Here’s something that will bring a smile: As hurricane Irma was about to slam into Florida, Elon Musk boosted the maximum range for evacuating Tesla owners for free and remotely. A very neat trick but

Have you Heard? The Chinese Cloud Is Coming!

By John Pientka | September 11, 2017

Alibaba challenges Amazon “Alibaba challenges Amazon in the Cloud marketplace!” Analysts are almost breathless in their commentary. What’s the real story? Think there are no implications for you? Would you put your data in a Chinese Cloud? On almost every

Are You Thinking of Going to the Cloud Because of FOMO? Don’t!

By John Pientka | August 25, 2017

The Fear of Missing Out A new study says FOMO – “Fear of Missing Out” is the reason cited by 8 out of 10 IT pros for moving to the cloud. Guess you better do something! Or, maybe not –

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