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Google Buys a D-Wave Quantum Computer


Earlier this week, I was advised by a VC friend in Vancouver to expect another blockbuster announcement from D-Wave. And so it has happened. As if to stem any further skepticism and debate about D-Wave’s quantum computing technology, Google today announced that it has bought a D-Wave quantum computing system, in a partnership with NASA and Lockheed Martin Aerospace. This is the second major sale of a D-Wave system, and further evidence that this is not simple tire kicking by a group of ivory tower scientists.

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Can Big Data Raise Graduation Rates?


Can big data raise graduation rates? BY RICHARD NIEVA ON APRIL 9, 2013 Collecting data and statistics is nothing new in education. Educators have been using Blackboard’s analytics software for years. But what is new is the sheer amount of predictive analytics that is available. President Obama recently announced that he wants America’s college graduate ranking […]

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Online Privacy Policy? What Online Privacy…?


A number of my students have asked me about online privacy. Many of us, not only students, have not spent the necessary time to read and research the privacy policies of the major online social media and e-commerce websites, much less to understand the implications they face with the current state of online privacy.  It […]

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Hans Rosling Makes Visual Sense of Big Data Analytics


I started this post to make a relative mundane point for UBC Management students about the importance of making their presentations easily understandable, particularly when they involve lots of numbers or spreadsheet data. But after mulling over the post for a few days, I realized that this is a much bigger story.

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5 Ways Big Data Is Going To Blow Your Mind


Call it whatever you want — big data, data science, data intelligence — but be prepared to have your mind blown. Imagination and technology are on a collision course that will change the world in profound ways. Some people say big data is wallowing in the trough of disillusionment, but that’s a limited worldview. If you only look at it like an IT issue it might be easy to see big data as little more than business intelligence on steroids. If you only see data science as a means to serving better ads, it might be easy to ask yourself what all the fuss is about. If you’re like me, though, all you see are the bright lights ahead. They might be some sort of data nirvana, or they might be a privacy-destroying 18-wheeler bearing down on us. They might be both. But we’re going to find out, and we’re we’re going to find out sooner rather than later. This is because there are small pockets of technologists who are letting their imaginations lead the way. In a suddenly cliché w

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Big Data Is Still Hard, But It Gets Better


Originally posted on Gigaom:
What’s standing between your staff and big data analysis? That was the existential question posed of DJ Patil and Jeff Hammerbacher at the GigaOM Structure:Data event today in New York. The two had different takes on how easy it was to give people the power to use data, with Hammerbacher, who…

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Why Knowing How To Code Is So Important: One Million More Jobs Than Students


As many of my colleagues and students know, student cyber skills are one of my big passions.  Having been incredibly fortunate to be thrown into the whirlwind of Intel and Silicon Valley, I watched as the local secondary schools and universities responded to this.  By the 1980’s the University of California system was requiring UNIX skills […]

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Big Data, The Cloud And Smart Mobile Are Actually One Big Thing


ToDaClo is a current buzz word of sorts for “touch-data-cloud,” (or Big Data, The Cloud and Smart Mobile)  which appears to have been coined by a writer for Forbes magazine during a talk in Paris in May 2012.  The speaker declared the death of the previous buzz word, SoLoMo (social-local-mobile). ToDaClo does not seem to […]

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IEEE Seminar, February 6th, 5PM, EME 1151


    IEEE Okanagan Subsection Presents Mr. David Mayes Faculty of Management, Global Internet Group, LLP Big Data, the Cloud, and Smart Mobile: Big Deal or Not? Time & Date: 5pm-6pm, February 6, 2013 Location: EME 1151, UBC Okanagan campus Talk Abstract: We are hearing regularly in the media about so-called “Big Data.” Is Big […]

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Big Data: Big Deal Or Not?


I have been having a spirited marathon debate with a couple of my friends.  Is this alleged new “Big Data thingy” so transformational that it will change our every day lives, or is it just an evolutionary advance that may improve productivity but not much else?  The same arguments may apply to the concept of […]

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