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January 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Campaign

Marketing Campaign

An intriguing example, with statistics,  that looks like a process model of how to do marketing campaigns.  Like to see this further built out with more detail, so it could be learned from in other domains.

In Think with Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Display Cards for Alexa

Display Cards for Alexa

One of the criticisms of voice-only assistants is there is no provision for visual display, and often visual is just better than reciting an answer over a speaker.  For example if its a recipe I want to see a picture of it.  …


From insideHPC

Video: A Look at the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center

Video: A Look at the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center

"Guided by the principles of interactive supercomputing, Lincoln Laboratory was responsible for a lot of the early work on machine learning and neural networks. We now have a world-class group investigating speech and video processing…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Application Performance Engineer at Mellanox

Job of the Week: HPC Application Performance Engineer at Mellanox

"Mellanox Technologies is looking for a talented engineer to lead datacenter application performance optimization and benchmarking over Mellanox networking products. This individual will primarily work with marketing and engineering…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Know Your Cephalopods

Friday Squid Blogging: Know Your Cephalopods

This graphic shows the important difference between arms and tentacles. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tips for VR Content

Tips for VR Content

In Think with Google: 
 " ... It's one thing to make your VR content accessible. But how can you ensure that your audience engages? Our recent research identified three key insights for "sticky" VR content that you can carry into…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

A Growth Mindset Workshop

A Growth Mindset Workshop

I recently gave a workshop on the growth mindset with first year computer science students working as part of this amazing program. It went well, so it seems worth sharing. What follows is the workshop plan.


Growth 

Take the following…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How quickly can you remove spaces from a string?

How quickly can you remove spaces from a string?

Sometimes programmers want to prune out characters from a string of characters. For example, maybe you want to remove all line-ending characters from a piece of text. Let me consider the problem where I want to remove all spaces…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Building AI

AI Building AI

It has been long suggested that this would occur.  This is still relatively hard, but we have seen apps like Watson Analytics show how it could be done.  Though that is about data science, and this further embodies the logicIn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Fingertip Feels

Artificial Fingertip Feels

Artificial fingertip that ‘feels’ wins Harvard's robotics competition

TacTip, a 3D-printed tactile sensor  (University of Bristol) 

An open-source 3D-printed fingertip that can ‘feel’ in a similar way to the human sense of touch…


From insideHPC

PASC17 Plenary to Focus on Supercomputing Cosmology

PASC17 Plenary to Focus on Supercomputing Cosmology

Today the PASC17 Conference announced that this year’s plenary presentation will be entitled “Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe with Supercomputers.” The plenary presentation will be given by Katrin Heitmann, Senior Member…


From Schneier on Security

New White House Privacy Report

New White House Privacy Report

Two days ago, the White House released a report on privacy: "Privacy in our Digital Lives: Protecting Individuals and Promoting Innovation." The report summarizes things the administration has done, and lists future challenges…


From insideHPC

Video: How Persistent Memory Will Bring an Entirely New Structure to Large Data Computing

Video: How Persistent Memory Will Bring an Entirely New Structure to Large Data Computing

"As data proliferation continues to explode, computing architectures are struggling to get the right data to the processor efficiently, both in terms of time and power. But what if the best solution to the problem is not faster…


From insideHPC

Atos Delivers Bull sequana Supercomputer to Hartree Centre

Atos Delivers Bull sequana Supercomputer to Hartree Centre

Today Atos announced the first installation of its Bull sequana X1000 new-generation supercomputer system, in the UK at the Hartree Centre. Founded by the UK government, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree…


From insideHPC

Video: Modern Code – Making the Impossible Possible

Video: Modern Code – Making the Impossible Possible

In this video, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC moderates a panel discussion on Code Modernization. "SC15 luminary panelists reflect on collaboration with Intel and how building on hardware and software standards facilitates performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Scan and Go Again

Scan and Go Again

Scan and Go Again  In Retailwire.

by Matthew Stern with expert comments.

Some ideas were ahead of their time and that’s how Walmart appears to see its Scan & Go mobile app. The retailer is bringing the discontinued mobile checkout…


From insideHPC

China Oceanwide to Acquire IDG & IDC

China Oceanwide to Acquire IDG & IDC

"We will be fully honoring all IDC HPC contracts and deliverables, and will continue our HPC operations as before," said Earl Joseph of IDC. "Because the HPC group conducts sensitive business with governments, the group is being…


From Putting People First

Anthropologist Sally Applin on the automation of qualitative methods

Anthropologist Sally Applin on the automation of qualitative methods

Anthropology and its methodologies cannot easily be automated. However, both design and engineering based organizations are attempting it. Anthropologist Sally A. Applin argues that this is based in part on historic legacy systems…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Data to Knowledge Updates

Big Data to Knowledge Updates

The Data Science and the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have a number of upcoming opportunities, events, and announcements. Active BD2K Opportunities MD2K Training Opportunity…


From insideHPC

Oracle Cloud to add PBS Works for Technical Computing

Oracle Cloud to add PBS Works for Technical Computing

Today Altair announced plans to build and offer HPC solutions on the Oracle Cloud Platform. This follows Oracle’s decision to name Altair PBS Works as its preferred workload management solution for Oracle Cloud customers. "This…


From insideHPC

Call for Proposals: SC17 Workshops

Call for Proposals: SC17 Workshops

The SC17 conference is now accepting proposals for independently planned full- or half-day workshops. SC17 will be held Nov. 12-17 in Denver.


The post Call for Proposals: SC17 Workshops appeared first on insideHPC.




From The Eponymous Pickle

Help Every Child Learn to Read

Help Every Child Learn to Read

Curious Learning.

Help Every Child Learn to Read
2 Years Of Early Literacy Education, Delivered By Smartphone Or Tablet.

Slides.

Created At MIT, Backed By Research. .... 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Revealing the Limits of AI

Revealing the Limits of AI

So what can AI really do today?  Here a list of questions which aim to indicate the current limitations. Includes inputs by Roger Schank,  AI researcher we have followed for some time. Worth understanding if you are interested…


From insideHPC

Managing Lots of Tasks for Intel Xeon Phi

Managing Lots of Tasks for Intel Xeon Phi

"OpenMP, Fortran 2008 and TBB are standards that can help to create parallel areas of an application. MKL could also be considered to be part of this family, because it uses OpenMP within the library. OpenMP is well known and…


From insideHPC

NERSC Selects Six Teams for Exascale Science Applications Program

NERSC Selects Six Teams for Exascale Science Applications Program

Following a call for proposals issued last October, NERSC has selected six science application teams to participate in the NERSC Exascale Science Applications Program for Data (NESAP for Data) program. "We're very excited to …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Mobile Platforms for Early Literacy Education

Using Mobile Platforms for Early Literacy Education

This was quite good,  included mention of the use of screen robots to provide learning companions to children.   Quite a good example of the use of smartphones to teach up to Pre-K and K levels.   Uses some AI avatar capabilities…


From insideHPC

Speeding Workloads at the Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab

Speeding Workloads at the Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab

This is the final entry in an insideHPC series of features covering high performance system interconnect technology, HPC networking and computing. This entry is focused on the Dell EMC HPC Innovation Lab. The Dell EMC HPC Innovation…


From Computational Complexity

Infinite Series and Markov Chains

There's a wonderful new series of math videos PBS Infinite Series hosted by Cornell Math Phd student Kelsey Houston-Edwards. Check out this latest video on Markov Chains.











She gives an amazingly clear description of why…


From Putting People First

Social science must return to qualitative research to understand social and political shifts

Social science must return to qualitative research to understand social and political shifts

trump-supportersSocial science has become increasingly beholden to analysis derived from big data: large numerical sets analysed computationally, write Pamela Prickett and Elaine Howard Ecklund of Rice University. This, they say, “has brought…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Resolving Customer Disputes

AI Resolving Customer Disputes

Note the use of personality profiles.  How accurately can this be done?

Can AI resolve customer service disputes?  by Matthew Stern  

A phone call with a customer service (CS) representative can devolve into a nightmare for any…

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