Big Data, beyond the buzz

The term "Big Data" nowadays is one of the top buzzwords in the technology world. It is used by people mainly for marketing reasons and personally, when I come across it, I take it with a pinch of salt. Let me explain why. Big Data comes with the promise that…

The news diet

For the last 10 years of my life, one activity has taken up considerably more time than any other: reading the news. It all started subconsciously when at school we were forced to read the newspaper (back then we connected to the internet through a 56K modem) and develop commercial…

We're still in the beta phase of digital currencies

At the point of writing this post, Mt.Gox, the Bitcoin's oldest exchange, has suspended transactions and the central bank of Russia -following that of China- has banned it, Bitcoin is once again tumbling and I believe it's the right time to add my views on the matter. I won't…

Why I decided to watch the Super Bowl for the very first time

I never succeeded in watching any other sports rather than basketball, football or formula 1. Even when I had the chance to go to an NFL game while in the US, I chose a ride for a burger and a milkshake instead. Maybe it had to do with my previous…

Her, a movie about A.I., reality and emotions

It’s not just an OS. It’s a consciousness Recently I watched Spike Jonze's movie "Her", one of the many very good movies that (paradoxically) were published in 2013. In the movie, a self-aware operating system called "Samantha" grows emotions over time and Theodore, a young man coming from…

Η αρχή του συμμαζέματος της Αμερικανικής οικονομίας

Στην τελευταία του συνέντευξη τύπου ως πρόεδρος της αμερικάνικης κεντρικής τράπεζας ο Ben Bernanke έκανε αυτό που αρκετοί περιμέναμε. Ανακοίνωσε την αρχή του τέλους του πειράματος που λέγεται "quantitative easing" (QE) παράλληλα με την συνέχιση του λεγόμενου "forward guidance". Τι ειναι QE και forward guidance ομως; Μετά την κρίση του…