It’s interesting to me that the industry trend in terms of management systems is a return to monolithic architectures – collect a bunch of data and suck it into a big cloud database for analysis. There are several problems with these architectures ranging from creating choke points for data movement, single points of failure, and systems management data movement competing with business applications for network bandwidth. I believe that the strongest, fastest, safest systems are the ones that are fully distributed with no single point of failure. That is why we at Nitrosphere believe that intelligent management starts at the endpoint. And we start with optimization which will drive further intelligence. More to come in later blogs…
Arthur C. Clarke said it eloquently, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” At Nitrosphere, our core mission is to make security and performance transparent to the end-user and to give end-users and organizations control of their data wherever it resides or travels. It should be like magic. Check out this great review from last week on NitroAccelerator. It highlights the transparency of what we deliver by showing the ease with which an organization can realize the benefits of the product. You’re basically looking at a matter of minutes to get the product installed and running.
There has been much talk and writing on the potential for THE AI of AI’s to appear out of the ether. The “technological singularity”, according to Wikipedia, “is a hypothetical event in which an upgradable intelligent agent (such as a computer running software-based artificial general intelligence) enters a ‘runaway reaction’ of self-improvement cycles, with each new and more intelligent generation appearing more and more rapidly, causing an intelligence explosion and resulting in a powerful superintelligence whose cognitive abilities could be, qualitatively, as far above humans’ as human intelligence is above ape intelligence.” This artificial superintelligence (ASI) may not be the product like today’s AI’s of an intentional development effort for a specific purpose like fraud detection or manufacturing or even playing chess, but may be the result of fragments of these intelligences and other processes connecting in ways we cannot detect. At first these may be like neurons connecting randomly then being created and destroyed by both intentional and arbitrary processes. As these connections become more complex they may become more immune to destructive processes. The Singularity would need increasing network bandwidth to speed data movement thus increasing its ability to analyze and process information. It would likely start with basic compression then would advance to techniques well beyond compression, caching, and deduplication to eke ever more speed out of limited networks. As the Singularity became more aware, it would likely want to hide its existence and would use ever more complex encryption methods – even while developing techniques to access data regardless of protection.
If this is what The Singularity would do, what should you be doing to process ever more data across ever more dispersed networks? How are you protecting that data? TS, if you’re there, what would you recommend?