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Ford 1936 versus Tesla 2013

An assembly line Ford Motors Co. in 1936

Now see below a Tesla Motors assembly factory in 2013

 If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That's where the battery-powered Model S is born. Videos supplied by Professor Steven Gillette, Mechatronics, Sierra College. Rocklin California

 Related Post: Tesla Motors. What I learned from Elon Musk

Notes about user experience in HPC.

These are my slides for the High Performance Computing meetup kickoff meeting today in San Francisco.

The video with the actual 12 minutes presentation of the slides below is here

Meetup San Francisco August 20, "Notes about user experience in HPC "
— Miha Ahronovitz (@myinnervoice) August 30, 2014

Big Data - undressed and with no makeup

There is no such thing as Big Data. It is the same data we had before which grew much less than we think. The so-called Big Data is the only data we have. There is no such thing as Small Data.

All graphs below are  extracted from a 2013 report by Rexer Analytics

What we think is not what we get But our perception (not reality) shows this data structure I say: Wow!
Where the data comes from?
Contrary to our beliefs, social media data, times series via sensors are not the bulk of data. Big Data is about crunching numbers to discover our habits as customers, maybe being supervised by institutions funded with public money, etc.
How Big Data "doctors" describes themselves That is a good one. There are probably more titles, than substance. All job descriptions below involve practically the same occupational skills. These are marketing names, in essence. I love the "Predictive Modeler" title. Sounds like a knighthood. How data analysis  people work? They use mainly an ope…

Madame Bovary and product creation. What I learned from Elon Musk part 2.

This a continuation of the previous blog  Tesla Motors. What I learned from Elon Musk
Why did I write about Tesla? Because I asked myself why we can count on one hand  how many -  Elon-Musk-like aspiring entrepreneurs exists? 
One explanation  is that such revolutionary Product Creators, must held the title and the power of a CEO in order to deliver unbelievable products. They can not breathe the air of the corporate world to start with. 
If Elon Musk would have had got a Product Manager job at, say, General Motors, he would have had issues right at the interview stage. Human Resources asks questions like what previous experience he had. When they hear he founded and sold PayPal - a financial company - they would eliminate him  as a candidate right away. What that experience  has to do with cars, or even more, with batteries? Assume he passes this step, because a connection inside GM, he would have had to learn the way they make cars in GM  - policies, and all that. He would have had …

Tesla Motors. What I learned from Elon Musk

In 1971, Mr. Tetsuro Mori, who was an engineer of Yaskawa Electric Corporation took  the word "Mechatronics" and registered it as Trademark by the company in Japan with the registration number of "46-32714". Later the word was adopted in the world.

I would not have known what mechatronics is, it it wasn't for my son who studies it in Sierra College, in Rocklin

The French, who are always noble and aloof in technology, defined mechatronics as
 “approach aiming at the synergistic integration of mechanics, electronics, control theory, and computer science within product design and manufacturing, in order to improve and/or optimize its functionality".  An electric vehicle was viewed in its maximum sophistication as a golf cart
It takes a genius, like Elon Musk to make a car with the following customer testimonial:
I sold my 430 Spyder in February because I wasn't driving it anymore. My Model S is more interesting to drive and it feels like the future. In the…