Radical Open Innovation News week 45-2018

Welcome to our weekly selection of digital innovation news. Created using our opinionated automated selection algorithm with a twisted text rank summary creator. We present some top innovation news to get you thinking, debating and collaboration on making our world better.

1 Geotargeting: The Political Value of Your Location

Our location reveals a wealth of information about us, not only about where we happen to be but also about what we are interested in, how we spend our time and what we value. It reveals our commutes to work, trips to the supermarket and outings with our friends and family.  Today, location information is the single most valuable piece of data for political campaigns.


2 Knowledge-based AI:KBpedia is Now Open Source

The editors of KBpedia, a computable knowledge structure that combines seven major public knowledge bases, announced they were releasing the entire structure as open source. The complete structure includes KBpedia’s upper ontology (KKO), full knowledge graph, mappings to major leading knowledge bases, and 70 logical concept groupings called typologies. KBpedia is a comprehensive knowledge structure for promoting data interoperability and knowledge-based artificial intelligence, or KBAI.


3 Storm a tool for the analysis of systems involving random or probabilistic phenomena

Storm is a tool for the analysis of systems involving random or probabilistic phenomena.  Such models arise, for example, in distributed algorithms (where randomization breaks symmetry between processes), security (randomized key generation), systems biology (species/molecules interact randomly depending on their concentration) or embedded systems (involving hardware failures).  Formal methods — and in particular model checking — has proved to discover intricate system errors. Probabilistic model checking has matured immensely in the past decade and has been identified as a key challenge by experts.


4 Looking back at Project Athena

The project was largely paid for with funding from the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and IBM. The leaders of the project named it “Project Athena” after the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, war, and the crafts. As MIT moves forward with the new college, Vice Chancellor Ian Waitz sees a parallel between the college and Project Athena. Project Athena formally ended in 1991. In 1983, the year Project Athena began, it was still possible for students to receive a science or engineering degree from MIT without ever having touched a computer. A new project that featured computer workstations and educational programming, Athena was a milestone in the history of distributed systems and inspired programs like Kerberos.

(MIT Reseach CS)

5 Running new software in production

If you’re running a service with a low SLO like 99% I don’t think it matters that much to understand the software you run in production. You can be down for like 2 hours a month! If something goes wrong, just fix it and it’s fine.

At 99.99%, it’s different. That’s 45 minutes / year of downtime, and if you find out about a serious issue for the first time in production it could easily take you 20 minutes or to revert the change. That’s half your uptime budget for the year!

(Julia Evans)

6 Reproducible Builds Joins Conservancy

We are very excited to announce the Reproducible Builds project as our newest member project. Reproducible builds is a set of software development practices that create an independently-verifiable path from the source code to the binary code used by computers. This ensures that the builds you are installing are exactly the ones you were expecting, which is critical for freedom, security and compatibility and exposes injections of backdoors introduced by compromising build servers or coercing developers to do so via political or violent means.

(Software Freedom)

7 Forecasting: Principles and Practice

Online textbook on forecasting. This textbook is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction to forecasting methods and to present enough information about each method for readers to be able to use them sensibly. The book is different from other forecasting textbooks in several ways.


8 Gauging the resilience of smart critical infrastructures

Today, both public and private operators are integrating digital technologies into Europe’s critical infrastructures, including the electrical grid and utility and financial networks. An EU-funded project is developing new tools and methods for assessing the resilience of smart critical infrastructures (SCIs). This will help protect against attacks or other catastrophic failure that could ultimately harm citizens.

(EUROPA – Research Information Centre)

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