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Ep. 44: Google's Deepti Srivastava on multi-region Spanner and case for cloud databases

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Deepti Srivastava, lead product manager for Cloud Spanner at Google, discusses that service's new multi-region capabilities and Google's promise of 99.999% availability. She also shares some thoughts on the best use cases for Spanner and other cloud databases; the importance of database options in choosing a cloud provider; and the evolution of database technology that got us here -- "here" being geographically distributed, ACID-compliant SQL databases...

Duration: 00:39:22

Ep. 43: Pieter Abbeel on taking AI from the lab to the workplace, and training robots via VR

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Embodied Intelligence co-founder and chief scientist Pieter Abbeel talks about the newly launched company's mission to simplify the training of industrial robots using an artificial intelligence software layer and virtual reality headsets. Additionally, Abbeel, who's also a professor at UC-Berkeley and has worked at OpenAI, discusses the benefits of different research models and the economic effects of automation, and gives some guidance for...

Duration: 00:40:55

Ep. 42: IBM Fellow Bala Rajaraman on building hybrid clouds and finding the right abstraction

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, IBM Fellow Bala Rajaraman discusses the company's new IBM Cloud Private offering, which leverages Kubernetes in order to help customers containerize and manage their legacy applications. Rajaraman also discusses the value of cloud-native architectures in general, and walks listeners through the differences between platforms like Kubernetes, Cloud Foundry and serverless, and where each one shines.

Duration: 00:39:03

Ep. 41: HashiCorp CEO doing open source in the age of cloud computing and Kubernetes

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, Hashicorp CEO Dave McJannet discusses his company's recent $40 million funding round, a result he credits to a maniacal focus on building specific products and making users happy. McJannet, who previously led marketing efforts at companies including SpringSource and Hortonworks, also shares his thoughts on evolving open source business models over the last decade, and on what it's like to both compete with and capitalize on the growing excitement...

Duration: 00:39:35

Ep. 37: All things AWS (and serverless) with the Cloud Gurus

In this cross-continental discussion, brothers Ryan and Sam Kroonenberg speak with Derrick Harris about A Cloud Guru, the online AWS training platform they launched in 2015 that has now served more than 300,000 people. It's an interesting tale of job hunting, learning AWS from scratch, starting a business, and becoming so enamored with the idea of serverless computing that you launch the popular series of Serverlessconf events, as well. In the news segment, co-hosts Derrick Harris and...

Duration: 01:01:36

AI Show, Ep. 13: IBM Fellow Hillery Hunter on designing deep learning systems

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT AI Show, Hillery Hunter—IBM Fellow and director of the Accelerated Cognitive Infrastructure group at IBM Research—speaks about the state of the art in deep learning systems design. She discusses some record-breaking results that IBM recently achieved in distributed deep learning; ideal use cases for state-of-the-art image recognition; andthe pros, cons and advancements in everything from GPUs to cloud-specific hardware such as Google's TPUs. In the news...

Duration: 00:47:30

Ep. 36: Hilary Mason on the state of big data and AI in the enterprise

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, data scientist extraordinaire Hilary Mason covers a wide range of topics, including her path from Bitly to Cloudera—where she's now VP of research after the company acquired her applied research firm, Fast Forward Labs. Among other topics, Mason also discusses the state of AI readiness and adoption within large enterprises; the importance of getting "big data" pieces in place before jumping into AI; and who will actually do AI inside the companies...

Duration: 00:41:20

Sponsored episode: ScaleFT CTO on global networks and zero-trust security

In this special, sponsored episode of the ARCHITECHT Show, ScaleFT co-founder and CTO Paul Querna discusses his company's unique approach to improving cybersecurity using the "zero trust" approach. Modeled after Google's BeyondCorp initiative and built with today's cloud computing models in mind, ScaleFT's platform takes the friction out of identity and access management for both users and security teams. You can find out more about the company at

Duration: 00:35:01

AI Show, Ep. 11: SigOpt CEO on the art of model tuning and doing 'optimization as a service'

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT AI Show, SigOpt co-founder and CEO Scott talks about the how and why his company is delivering "optimization as a service" to machine learning models. While deep learning models are powerful, for example, achieving optimal performance can require tuning hundreds of hyperparameters—a time-consuming process when done manually. Clark also discusses the business of selling into the AI workflow; the very-necessary gap between academic research and production...

Duration: 00:56:05

AI Show, Ep 10: Marynel Vazquez on social integration for robots and people

In this episode of the ARCHITECHT AI Show, Signe Brewster interviews Marynel Vaszquez—a recent Carnegie Mellon Ph.D student and soon-to-be Yale professor—about building robots that understand humans' social cues, and that give their own in return. Among other things, Vazquez discusses the importance of body language, facial expressions, and the promise of deep learning to teach robots about new environments and interactions. In the news segment, co-hosts Brewster, Derrick Harris and Chris...

Duration: 00:40:34

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