Summit Supercomputer, The Gig Economy, And Astra Labs Apps Are Saving Lives

On Episode 403 of The Waves of Tech, we are diving into another wide range of tech topics.  The United States is now owner to the most powerful supercomputer in the world – Summit. The computer has the ability to compute 20 quadrillion calculations in just one second and is optimized for artificial intelligence specific applications.  The gig economy is changing the way people lives their lives, travel, and earn an income. A couple is using Rover and Taskrabbit to earn a living while traveling around the in their RV. In 2015, a young teen struggling with depression and attempted suicides created an app to serve as a resource for others battling the same.  Three years later, Amanda Southworth is changing the app space with her purposefully built apps. Finally, the VPNFilter malware infection has moved across international borders and has infected 500,000 devices. The Waves of Tech is powered by – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

Meet Summit – The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

The United States now holds the bragging rights of owning and operating the most powerful computer in the world.  Summit, built by IBM and Nvidia for the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, boasts 4,608 servers, 9,216 central processing chips, and 27,648 graphics processors, weighs 340 tons.

  • The computer is housed in a 9,250 square foot room, the size of 9 US homes
  • Summit has the ability to process 20 quadrillion calculations per second
  • Optimized for AI-specific applications, such as machine learning and neural networks
  • Has the ability to compute billions of data points that humans cannot not

The Gig Economy is Changing Lives & Lifestyles

When we talk about side hustles and the gig economy, the names of Taskrabbit, Uber, Lyft, Rover, and others come to mind.  A woman and her boyfriend are having the times of their lives travelling in their RV capitalizing on the use of Rover and Taskrabbit.  Their lifestyle has taken them to Reno, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Austin, and soon to New Orleans.

  • Amy Woldrich is making close to $1,000 per week with Rover, the dog walking app
  • With low living expenses, the couple is soaking up the ability to travel
  • The gig economy allows people to enter a city and be working in less than a day
  • Gig work is great for lifestyle differences, retirement, and saving for big purchases

Amanda Southworth is Saving Lives with AnxietyHelper

In early 2015, a Los Angeles teen was struggling with anxiety and depression.  Her life was filled with painkiller addiction and repeated suicide attempts (7 to be direct).  In that moment, she realized she needed a lifeline and the app concept was born. Now, Amanda is full throttle in the application and tech startup space as the CEO of Astra Labs, a nonprofit software company.  Amanda says, “I was always very destructive toward myself. Coding is the opposite. It’s about creating. It’s about taking different characters on a keyboard and transforming them into something bigger than you.”

  • AnxietyHelper offers resources needed and helps with the journey of healing, recovery
  • Verena was launched in May 2017 for the LGBTQ community as a resource
  • She reflects back to a 6th grade robotics course that spawned her interest in tech
  • The building of apps relieves stress and helps her cope and problem solve

VPNFilter Malware Infects 500,000 Devices

In the latest cyber security scare, it’s been reports and founded that a malware attack tied to Russia is attacking connected computers and downgrading devices’ HTTPS settings.  Nearly 54 countries have noted the VPNFilter malware infecting devices. The show link below provides a laundry list of manufacturer devices that have been known to be infected.

  • Cyber security is a constant battle that few users and consumers take seriously
  • We questions how users being notified of hacks if they’re not following tech news
  • Registering devices is a start but companies are using that information to notify
  • Analysts know the malware is more powerful than originally thought

Resources & Links

Summit – The World’s Most Powerful SuperComputer

Dog Walking App Makes RV Go-er Good Money

AnixetyHelper – The App That Save Lives

Amanda Southworth’s TedX Talk

VPNFilter Malware

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