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Viodi View – 03/31/20

Will video conferencing become part of the new normal after we emerge from our cocoons? Without the combination of easy-to-use devices, resilient broadband, and cloud services, it simply wouldn’t be possible to provide the kind of visual/aural/interactive experiences that are allowing groups of people of all ages, abilities, and locales to learn, work, play, worship and mingle together. So, from those of us at home, thank you to the people who are maintaining and expanding this critical infrastructure. And thank you to the brave and selfless first responders and health workers who are on the front lines and don’t have the luxury of physical distancing through broadband.


Ripple Effects of the Shutdown: From Broadband to Memory – Tune-In on 4/3

April 3rd ViodiTV Real-Time Conversation with Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates and Josh Barstow of OpenVault.
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A couple of weeks ago, memory guru, Tom Coughlin of Coughlin Associates, wrote an interesting article in Forbes on the sudden demand for broadband and how that could have a ripple effect on memory in the data center. Coughlin cited data from OpenVault’s March report showing a 41% increase in business hour data demand. Knowing both of these parties, it seemed like a good idea to connect them in conversation, which we will be having this Friday, 4/3/20 at 1:30 PST. Registration is not required, although we will have the chat going if you go directly to the YouTube channel.

Tune-In on 4/3 (set reminder here)


Lessons from Italian Schools on How to Go Online in a Time of Shutdown

Lessons from Italian schools; a real-time, ViodiTV conversation.
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COVID-19 is driving at least a temporary shift to online learning, as evidenced by the many college and K-12campuses across America that have closed their buildings and moved to virtual classes instead. Perhaps U.S. schools can take a lesson from their Italian counterparts who have been resourceful in finding ways to connect with their students during a time of shutdown. 8×8 Chairman and CTO, Bryan Martin, speaks to ViodiTV about the lessons they are learning from helping Italian schools migrate from self-hosted instances of the open-source Jitsi video conferencing to 8×8’s managed version.

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Dell’Oro: Cloud Services to benefit from COVID-19; CAPEX to increase by Alan Weissberger

Inside a typical data center.
Typical Data Center

According to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group, Cloud data center capex is forecasted to be higher this year despite challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tier 1 Cloud service providers are due to resume spending on servers following a pause in 2019. Dell’Oro calculated that the top ten cloud service providers, in aggregate, spent US$66 billion on data center infrastructure during 2019, which was a 3% annual increase.

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CORD-19 Initiative, AI, Data Science and Chatbots to Combat COVID-19 by Alan Weissberger

RightEye demonstrates their low-cost health diagnostic system using the eyes as the portal.
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On March 16th, researchers from the Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Microsoft, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health released the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) of scholarly literature about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and the Coronavirus group. With that objective in mind, the White House issued a call to action to artificial intelligence experts to develop new text and data mining techniques that can help the science community answer high-priority scientific questions related to COVID-19.

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Summary of IEEE Ethical Standards for Robotics and AI by Alan Weissberger

Training a Universal Robot with a wand - no computer programmer required.
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Should robots and artificial intelligence (AI) be used to improve the human condition and enhance productivity or are they only to be used to increase revenue and profits for the companies pursuing those technologies? Can they be trusted to make decisions without human intervention? What about robotic or AI accidents/mishaps? Alan Winfield, Professor of Robot Ethics at UWE Bristol, addressed those questions along with other issues in his keynote speech on IEEE Ethical Standards at the March 6th Santa Clara University Machine Learning Symposium.

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1st Step towards Autonomous Trucking & Platooning

A thumbnail of some of the images from the interview with two of the founders of Locomation.
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Two former Carnegie Melon faculty members, who happen to be brothers, discuss how they are taking a pragmatic approach of adding automation to long-haul trucking. Their company, Locomation, has come up with a package to upgrade an existing big rig that is simple as replacing a mirror with a new mirror assembly that includes of lidar, radar, camera sensors, and radios. A big difference between this and other approaches to automation is that it relies on the human driver to be the “cognitive filter”, while increasing truck utilization from 30 to around 90%.

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The Korner – Passing the Baton – From Rob to John #WEC20

Rob Shema and John Higginbotham interviewed at WEC20 about their career transition.
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The following video was supposed to be a preview of the transition of John Higginbotham into Rob Shema’s role at ACA Connects. In a normal world, you can bet that ACA Connects would have formally recognized the new and now former ACA Connects EVP Member Services & Finance/Chief of Staff, respectively, in some memorable way at the ACA Summit (which, unfortunately, had to be canceled).  It was a privilege to capture this special moment with these two industry leaders at NCTC’s Winter Education Conference in February.

Congratulations Rob on his new role as CEO at Com Net, Inc, the Ohio-based regional fiber network. And John, welcome to and congratulations on your new role at ACA Connects

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on independent telcos’ efforts to offer video to their customers. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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