Autonomous Database: A DBA’s New Best Friend?


This is a time for DBAs to look up from patching, tuning, backing up, and other database maintenance tasks that can take most of a DBA’s time and take stock of just how much their expertise means to the increasingly data-driven organization they work for, says Andy Mendelsohn, Oracle’s executive vice president of database server technologies.


Artificial intelligence may soon cause unprecedented disruption

For 20 years, we have witnessed the loss of careers and professions to computers, the internet and ingenious programmers. In much of the world, travel agents no longer exist because we book flights and hotels online. Banks employ many fewer tellers because ATMs are so much more convenient. When you call a business for customer service, you often get a computer instead of a person to assist you. These were jobs for real people that have been automated.


Facial and emotional recognition; how one man is advancing artificial intelligence

Despite what you hear about artificial intelligence, machines still can’t think like a human, but in the last few years they have become capable of learning. And suddenly, our devices have opened their eyes and ears and cars have taken the wheel. Today, artificial intelligence is not as good as you hope and not as bad as you fear, but humanity is accelerating into a future that few can predict. That’s why so many people are desperate to meet Kai-Fu Lee, the oracle of AI.


Convergences have long been a staple of progress, from multitools to kitchen implements to every other As Seen on TV striver. Surely some medieval archer fashioned a backscratcher out of a bow. But over the last year or two, the combinations have come more quickly, and grown both increasingly outlandish and outrageously useful. For that you can thank—or curse, depending on your tolerance for novelty—a confluence of factors.


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