At this weekrsquo;s Oracle OpenWorld conference, Oracle chairman Larry Ellison announced his companyrsquo;s new autonomous database product. However, Larry being Larry, he took several minutes to disparage Amazon Web Services, especially its Redshift database technology.AWS dominates the cloud market. Now that Oracle is fully committed to gunning for the exploding cloud marketplace, AWS stands in Ellisonrsquo;s crosshairs.
People think of autonomous vehicles as incredibly powerful, automatic machines, but the software that guides those machines is programmed by individual people in a manual effort. Wersquo;re spoiled with technology that seems borderline magical, but even the AI programs that manage to learn on their own started out in the hands of human beings.This manual effort is part of whatrsquo;s slowing down the progress of self-driving cars (along with slow regulatory progress and logistical hurdles), but a new approachmdash;microtaskingmdash;might offer a solution to the problem.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here