Monthly Archives: June 2016

Facebook Tacked On Suicide Prevention

This week, Facebook announced that it would be putting forth new tools for its users to use for suicide prevention. While those tools are already available in the United States, the resources are now going to be made readily accessible to users on a global scale.

The tools in Facebook’s suicide prevention arsenal are designed to help both members who are considering committing suicide or otherwise hurting themselves and the friends and families of people who are concerned about the health of their loved ones.

fb2If a Facebook user falls under any of these categories, he or she can contact the vulnerable person directly or use Facebook as an intermediary, as Facebook has recently hired entire teams of workers trained to help members in distress. According to the Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis and researcher Jennifer Guadagno, the teams are trained to help the member find help “before pain or sadness turns into something far more serious.”

Facebook’s original suicide prevention program was launched in partnership with other mental healthcare providers like Forefront, Lifeline and Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. These entities supply tools on their websites such as links to suicide prevention hotlines, links to guide users to friends, family or other professionals who might be able to comfort them and talk them through whatever situation, and links to toll-free numbers to mental health groups.

Facebook has also started to provide links to eating disorder organizations, websites offering self-care tips, and websites made for reporting cyber bullying and other unacceptable and abusive behavior. Links for parents or teachers who believe a child may be at risk are also listed.

Now that Facebook will be listing resources globally, they have organized all of these resources into local languages where members are based. For people in difficult situations where it’s a real challenge to communicate through traditional challenges, these resources can be the difference between a problem being managed and it spiraling our of control.

“The idea is that Facebook provides assistance vis a vis their network to people who are concerned about somebody,” explained Jennifer Stuber, faculty director at Forefront. “They see a post about a potential suicide or people who are suicidal, [and] they provide access to information about resources.”

fb3“Facebook has been incredibly responsive and interested in hearing from experts and users of their tools to improve them,” observed Save’s executive director Dan Reidenberg. “They have continually worked to try and help people who are in anything from a minor crisis to a major life-threatening situation, and they have developed some of the best technology and tools to save lives.”

While suicide may be an unfamiliar thought to some, almost 43,000 Americans killed themselves in 2014 alone. Tragically, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in America overall and the second leading cause of death among those ages 15-24.

Facebook’s status as having over 1.65 billion active users makes it the world’s most powerful social network and gives it a unique and enormous opportunity to reach out to those struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Tech Giants Betting on NVIDIA’s

Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft are all making their move to use NVIDIA’s processor’s to help power the future. NVIDIA is revered for its leading the way in the graphics processing units, or GPU’s in their business applications. Considering all the of the money and attention this is getting from this is a fair indication that this is going to take off, at the very least it is going to be a sound investment. Considering that in terms of the diversification of your portfolio and market diversification this could be a good play in 2017 and will have lasting implications for a few years after that. It seems like anywhere you turn tech companies are preparing for their next big move. 

The way Microsoft is making their move in this arena is that the Windows-maker has tapped NVIDIA’s GPU prowess for a few of their existing devices. What this means is that they are rethinking their Surface Book as well as their Tegra processor to account for this mounting trend.

The deal is likely to bring NVIDIA’s GPUs, Grid 2.0 visualized graphics platform that is present on the Azure. This is going to enable Microsoft’s cloud based services to bring professional grade graphics processing and super-computing performance to computers that currently run on the Azure cloud based services.

Essentially Microsoft is planing on expanding its role in the growing competition that exists in the cloud based computing services. If we look across the board we can see that the future is in the cloud, and that anyone who is going to make their play to remain at the top of the totem pole, you need to make cloud computing a huge part of your of business model going forward.

This being said there is also going to be a sound investment opportunity for compression based software farms. The reason being, is that we are storing everything, and at a certain point, we cannot keep to put these up with the speed that we are today. Something has got to give. At the very least if someone delivers a compelling file compression platform and can take it to market first they will position themselves to be a huge player that everyone is going to see savings in if they take advantage of them. 

When we look at Amazon in this regard they have tried to power their cloud services since at least 2013 and its pretty similar to how Microsoft is using NVIDIA’s GPU’s for Azure.

In addition Amazon AWS website said that their GPUs are ” ideally suited for graphic high performance computing applications.”

Amazon is also using the NVIDIA’s GPUs is notable in so far as it is in position to more so than anyone to rise up to the top in this emerging market. They are also investing big time in this regard to the tune of $2.5 billion from AWS in the first quarter of 2016 alone. To put this in perspective 63% year over year.

Facebook’s is unique in their investment opportunity, because they are looking for investment opportunities that are done in conjunction with other giants. This is being done as a means to buffer their liability to profit loses.