Generate a return on data capital with autonomous database capabilities

Non-autonomous databases are forcing large enterprises to hold back their ability to generate a return on data capital, an Oracle big data strategist said. “One of the things we are seeing with the large enterprises is that they are getting the idea that data is, in fact, a kind of capital. If you don’t have the data asset that the algorithm needs, the algorithm cannot run,” Paul Sonderegger, Oracle’s big data strategist, said. However, he said that data is a strange kind of asset and one of the things that are strange about it is that some data is bought and sold but security and privacy is a concern around… Read More

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Computer scientist Richard Stallman, who defended Jeffrey Epstein, resigns from MIT CSAIL and the Free Software Foundation

Computer scientist and open software advocate Richard Stallman said he has resigned from his position as a visiting scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) after describing a victim of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein as “entirely willing” in emails sent to a department list. Stallman has also stepped down from his roles as president and board director at the Free Software Foundation, the nonprofit he founded in 1985. Last week, the Daily Beast reported that Stallman had also called for the legalization of child pornography and abolishment of age of consent laws on his personal blog in multiple posts published over the course of 15 years. In… Read More

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Gates Foundation identifies a tech ‘trinity’ to bolster digital inclusion around the world

Modern technology helped the government of India revamp a program that subsidizes cooking gas. (Gates Archive/Prashant Panjiar Photo) Bank accounts, cell phones and biometric identification could help spread resources more efficiently and equitably in developing nations, according to a new report from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Those technologies helped the Indian government improve an initiative to distribute cooking gas in the country after legacy programs resulted in widespread waste, fraud and abuse. The Gates Foundation’s annual Goalkeepers Data Report takes stock of progress toward the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, a set of objectives to curb poverty, climate change, inequality and injustice by 2030. The latest report, just released,… Read More

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Oracle extends its autonomous capabilities to Linux operating system

Oracle has extended its autonomous capabilities to the Linux operating system and it is offered free of cost to its paying cloud customers in a bid to make it more appealing and win more customers and developers. According to Larry Ellison, co-founder and CTO of Oracle, it is the first and only autonomous operating environment in the world that eliminates complexity and human error to deliver cost savings, security and availability for customers and added that the company has been working on it for 20 years. In his keynote speech at Oracle OpenWorld, he said that autonomy is the defining technology of a second-generation cloud and the company’s ultimate goal… Read More

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