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About GilPress

I launched the Big Data conversation; writing, research, marketing services; http://whatsthebigdata.com/ & https://infostory.com/

Deep Blue and Deep Learning: It’s all About Brute Force

There are interesting parallels between one of this week’s milestones in the history of technology and the current excitement and anxiety about artificial intelligence (AI). On February 10, 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue became the first machine to win a chess game … Continue reading

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From Social Security to Social Anxiety

Two of this week’s milestones in the history of technology highlight the evolution in the use of computing machines from supporting social security to boosting social cohesion and social anxiety. On January 31, 1940, Ida M. Fuller became the first … Continue reading

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How Steve Jobs and Thomas Watson Sr. Sold AI to the Public

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology showcase two prominent computer industry showmen, Steve Jobs and Thomas Watson Sr., their respective companies, Apple and IBM, and how they sold smart machines to the general public. On … Continue reading

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Inventing and Fumbling the Future

Thirty-five years ago this week, Apple introduced a computer that changed the way people communicated with their electronic devices, using graphical icons and visual indicators rather than punched cards or text-based commands. On January 19, 1983, Apple introduced Lisa, a … Continue reading

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From Tabulating Machines to Machine Learning to Deep Learning

This week’s milestone in the history of technology is the patent that launched the ongoing quest to get machines to help us and them know more about our world, from tabulating machines to machine learning to deep learning (or today’s … Continue reading

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Smart Machines Rising

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology highlight the role of mechanical devices in automating work, augmenting human activities, and allowing many people to participate in previously highly-specialized endeavors—a process technology vendors like to call “democratization” … Continue reading

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The Analog-to-Digital Journey of Film

Two of this week’s milestones in the history of technology reflect the analog-to-digital transformation of film making and distribution. On December 28, 1895, the first public screening of films at which admission was charged was held by the Lumière brothers … Continue reading

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