What Happens When The Cloud Goes Down?

This past Friday, lightning in Virginia took out part of Amazon’s cloud computing service. Hundreds of companies use the Amazon Web Services for data storage and computation. This includes Netflix, Pinterest and Instagram. Friday’s storm knocked these sites off the grid for several hours. According to the New York Times, there is still little information for customers about what had happened, or even whether user data was safe.

One thing is for sure, the recent outage has people second guessing the security of using the cloud for themselves and their customers. According to the NY Times:

The interruption underlined how …read more

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than A Reporter?

Narrative Science’s mantra: “We Transform Data into Stories and Insights.” It sounds simple enough. But many writers are questioning the ethics behind the intentions of a company that trains computers to write news stores. It comes down to this, can algorithms become better at telling stories than journalists and should we even let them try?

The Wired article had this perspective on the company:

Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company’s Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building. …read more