Americans Optimistic about Technology’s Future


In the 20th century, science fiction writers imagined incredible futuristic technologies – inventions like lab-grown organs and driverless cars, teleportation and space colonization, robots that take care of our sick and DNA manipulation of unborn children. In our century, technological achievements increasingly resemble the science fictions novels we read in high school, and the good […]

Cloudant: Multi-petabyte data sets now analyzable in the cloud


Cloudant was acquired by IBM in March 2014. Cloudant was founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2008 by three MIT physicists who at the time were moving multi-petabyte data sets around from the Large Hadron Collider. Frustrated by the available tools for managing and analyzing big data in their research, the founders built a distributed, fault-tolerant, […]

Disney Does Data! With Magic Bands park visitors get a better experience (and Disney knows more about you than you would ever believe)

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When I first heard about the new MagicBands Disney started using about a month ago I was pretty skeptical. I did not understand what purpose these bands would serve other than proving that Disney is getting even more creepy. But when you think about it, Disney is very driven to achieve optimal performance with everything […]

Crucial Point LLC: Providing outsourced R&D, BD and IT Services

Crucial Point LLC is a technology research, consulting and services firm. We research and report on technology market trends, advanced technology concepts, and new business models enabled by advanced technologies. We provide market intelligence, business development and technology services. We primarily work in the national security/cyber security domain, and serve clients from government, high tech […]

Cloud Computing and Life Sciences: Two real world examples with real impact


Editor’s note: Kathy Grise is Future Directions Senior Program Director, IEEE Technical Activities, at IEEE. Her guest post here brings good context to some of the very virtuous impacts cloud computing can have on us all. -bg Introduction Cloud computing has become such a pervasive topic that it is literally all encompassing and has become […]

CTOlabs publishes White Paper on Empowering Analysts With Big Data, a subsidiary of the technology research, consulting and services firm Crucial Point LLC and a peer site of, has just announced a white paper titled “Empowering Analysts with Big Data.”  This paper, the results of four years of study and assessments and use case review focused on the use of Big Data in the federal government, […]