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Shyam Sankar speaks at TEDGlobal 2012

TED invited Shyam Sankar, Director of Forward Deployed Engineering, to speak at TEDGlobal 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Shyam used the opportunity to discuss Human-Computer Symbiosis: the idea that technology should be designed in a way that amplifies human intelligence instead of attempting to replace it. He explained the concept, which is core to the development [...]

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Human-Computer Symbiosis: 9/11 Memorial Name Layout

We talk a lot about Human-Computer Symbiosis on this blog – it’s a systems design approach that guides us in our construction of our technology stacks. Given that, we’re always on the lookout for example of HCS systems built by other people. Here’s an unlikely example: the layout of names in the memorial was made [...]

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Tech Talk: the Hedgehog Programming Language

A few months back, Kevin introduced us to the Hedgehog Programming language – (here’s the post if you missed it). The Palantir Finance programming language — Hedgehog as we know it — is an interpreted, statically typed, object-oriented language. With a syntax that’s based loosely on Java, it mixes roughly Java-style semantics and a few [...]

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Inside Horizon: interactive analysis at cloud scale

Late last year, we were honored to be invited to talk at Reflections|Projections, ACM@UIUC’s annual student-run computing conference. We decided to bring a talk about Horizon, our system for doing aggregate analysis and filtering across very large amounts of data. The video of the talk was posted a few weeks back on the conference website. [...]

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The Hedgehog Programming Language

One thing about being a developer on the Palantir Finance product that doesn’t get nearly enough publicity is the fact that we have our own programming language. I’m pretty excited about it so let me repeat, with emphasis: we have our own programming language. Yeah, it’s awesome. All those late hours you spent in the [...]

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Help! Is there a doctor in the network???

Cyber security is a hot topic, especially in national security circles. The world has witnessed a number of high-profile incidents in the past two years that have been notable for sharing three very important aspects: they were targeted attacks, carried out against specific institutions they were politically motivated, and, inconclusively, appear to be state-sponsored they [...]

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A rigorous friction model for human-computer symbiosis

This is a response to Ari’s awesome post on human-computer symbiosis. Ari and I were chatting about the equation he developed and I was wondering if there were some further refinements that are possible… let’s take a look: We are attempting to understand the total analytic capability for a given task a of a human-computer [...]

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Haiti: effective recovery through analysis

Visualizing SMS hotspots in days following the earthquake in Palantir. Screenshot courtesy of Palantir Technologies [Editor's Note: an edited version of this post first appeared on O'Reilly's Radar blog.] The prologue was an earthquake of unexpected magnitude and location that left 250,000 dead. As computer scientists and technologists, we’re used to dealing with large numbers [...]

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Friction in Human-Computer Symbiosis: Kasparov on Chess

As we build our platforms and applications following a human-computer symbiosis approach, we keep an ear to the ground for interesting examples that illuminate new techniques or validate our approach in some empirical way. One of the areas that we’re interested is in the overall friction of analysis systems. The systems that we build are [...]

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Palantir: like an operating system for data analysis

If you’ve taken the time to peruse the Palantir Government analysis blog, you’ve seen numerous examples of Palantir Government as applied to interesting problems; they are recorded screen captures of our analysis desktop client. It’s a showcase of useful, meaningful, and compelling visual and semantic tools being used to do analysis on a wide range [...]

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