Last Saturday the Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson passed away, possibly due to a heart attack. He was best known for his inventions that created the modern e-mail system.
Raymond Samuel Tomlinson was born on April 23, 1941 in Amsterdam, New York, USA. He earned a Bachelor of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a master’s degree in electrical engineering at MIT in 1965. For his contributions to the development of the Internet, over the years, Ray Tomlinson received a number of honors such as the George R. Stibitz Computer Pioneer Award, the Webby Award, the IEEE Internet Award and the Prince of Asturias Award. When the Internet Hall of Fame was opened in 2012 he was one of the first that were inducted in it.
At the TED2016 conference, the XPRIZE founder, president and CEO Peter Diamandis and the head of IBM Watson David Kenny announced a new initiative called IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. There’s a $5 million prize money for those who will be able to give a speech at the TED2020 conference after the participating teams will challenge each other at the IBM’s annual conference called World of Watson. The peculiarity is that the speeches won’t be held by humans but by artificial intelligences.
Cisco announced it has reached an agreement to buy Jasper Technologies, Inc., a leader especially for its Saas (software as a service) cloud platform for the Internet of Things. The price is $1.4 billion to be paid part in cash and part in equity awards, and additional retention incentives for Jasper employees who join Cisco. Jasper should keep on being almost independent as part of the new Cisco’s Internet of Things business unit.
This Monday, Intel announced the acquisition of Ascending Technologies, also known simply as AscTec, a German company based in Krailing that produces autopiloted drones. The terms of the agreement not disclosed but in August 2015 Intel invested 60 million dollars in the Chinese aircraft company Yuneec International, which also produces drones. The acquisition of AscTec represents the culmination of a partnership between the two companies that began in 2015.
Last Monday, December 28, Ian Murdock, best known as the father of the Debian project, passed away. Born on April 28, 1973 in Konstanz, in the then West Germany, he launched the Debian project in the spirit of GNU project in 1993. The name is a combination of that of his then-girlfriend, Debra, and his. Debian is mainly a GNU/Linux distribution and over time has become one of the most important with the support of several architectures and a huge bouquet of software.