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August 2016


From The Noisy Channel

Melinda, youre right: it should not have taken an experience like this to teach me to be more

Melinda, youre right: it should not have taken an experience like this to teach me to be more

careful. That said, I met the company through someone I trust, and I did spend some time with the team before becoming an advisor.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Selling AI to Business Now

Selling AI to Business Now

Have been involved in several era's that pushed the idea of AI.  So am interested in how it is being positioned today.  I also get inquiries from past and current executives and decision makers seeking to understand how it works…


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Just released: Video interviews on computational thinking

Just released: Video interviews on computational thinking

What is computational thinking? How is computational thinking distinctive from other thinking skills? How can teachers assess computational thinking skills? Have you ever wanted to ask an expert these questions? The CSTA Computational…


From The Noisy Channel

Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

This morning, I woke up to find out that a job-matching company I’d been advising, WrkRiot (formerly known as 1for.one and apparently also…


From Schneier on Security

iPhone Zero-Day Used by UAE Government

iPhone Zero-Day Used by UAE Government

Last week, Apple issued a critical security patch for the iPhone: iOS 9.3.5. The incredible story is that this patch is the result of investigative work by Citizen Lab, which uncovered a zero-day exploit being used by the UAE…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The Open Source Application Development Portal (OSADP) Adds More Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Applications for Download!

The Open Source Application Development Portal (OSADP) Adds More Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Applications for Download!

The US Department of Transportation Intelligent Transportation Systems (USDOT ITS) Joint Program Office has announced that new intelligent transportation system applications are now available on the Open Source Application Development…


From insideHPC

Simulating the Earliest Generations of Galaxies with Enzo and Blue Waters

Simulating the Earliest Generations of Galaxies with Enzo and Blue Waters

"Galaxies are complexmany physical processes operate simultaneously, and over a huge range of scales in space and time. As a result, accurately modeling the formation and evolution of galaxies over the lifetime of the universe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emotion vs Satisfaction

Emotion vs Satisfaction

In the HBR, looking at elements of emotion vs customer satisfaction.An Emotional Connection Matters More than Customer Satisfactionby Alan Zorfas, Daniel Leemon" ... Our research across hundreds of brands in dozens of categories…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Disruption of Bots.

The Disruption of Bots.

Been continuing a look at the practical use  of bots.  Here the history of chatbots, types of bots, and why they can be so disruptive.


From insideHPC

OpenHPC Community Building Blocks for HPC Systems

OpenHPC  Community Building Blocks for HPC Systems

"Today, many supercomputing sites spend considerable effort aggregating a large suite of open-source projects on top of their chosen base Linux distribution in order to provide a capable HPC environment for their users. They …


From insideHPC

HPE Solutions for Deep Learning

HPE Solutions for Deep Learning

Coming in the second half of 2016: The HPE Apollo 6500 System provides the tools and the confidence to deliver high performance computing (HPC) innovation. The system consists of three key elements: The HPE ProLiant XL270 Gen9…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Alternative Processors for High Performance Computing

Radio Free HPC Looks at Alternative Processors for High Performance Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why its so difficult for new processor architectures to gain traction in HPC and the datacenter. Plus, we introduce a new regular feature for our show: The Catch of the Week.


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 29 August 2016

Interesting Links 29 August 2016

Classes started at my school last week. Whoa! Getting back in the groove is hard. But I have great students and fun classes so it will be ok. I spent the weekend in New Hampshires White Mountains which is why todays post is…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Innovation as a Fringe Activity

Innovation as a Fringe Activity

What do these people have in common: Marconi, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Steves Wozniak and Jobs? At least one commonality is that approximately nobody listened to them or cared about what they were doing until there wasContinue…


From Putting People First

Experientia discussing ethnography and patient-centricity at EPIC 2016

Experientia discussing ethnography and patient-centricity at EPIC 2016

This week Experientia joins our colleagues and peers in Minneapolis at EPIC 2016, the premier international gathering on ethnography and design in industry. The theme for the conference this year is Pathmaking, emphasizing the…


From Schneier on Security

Apple Patents Collecting Biometric Information Based on Unauthorized Device Use

Apple Patents Collecting Biometric Information Based on Unauthorized Device Use

Apple received a patent earlier this year on collecting biometric information of an unauthorized device user. The obvious application is taking a copy of the fingerprint and photo of someone using as stolen smartphone. Note that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Started with Blockchain

Getting Started with Blockchain

A number of introductory articles on Bitcoin and Blockchain.  Important concepts to understand in a number of domains.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Unveils a Drone

Intel Unveils a Drone

 Unexpected for a company like Intel, but they are certainly a provider of relevant tech.   Can expect some interesting and practical technology development.Intel unveils a ready-to-fly drone, the Aero, to win over developers


From Gdel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Descending Proofs Into Algorithms

A way to make indirect reasoning more palpable Wikimedia Commons source Nicholas Saunderson was the fourth Lucasian Professor at Cambridge, two after Isaac Newton. He promoted Newton’s Principia Mathematica in the Cambridge curriculum…


From Phys.org Technology News

Autism a Silicon Valley asset with social quirks

Autism a Silicon Valley asset with social quirks

Corey Weiss may not be adept at body language or social cues, but he knows software.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Delta's Digital Black Swan

Delta's Digital Black Swan

In MIT Sloan:  A reminder of the problems of building centralized systems.  And a good definition of the Black Swan:   " ...   Taleb wrote that black-swan events have three characteristics: rarity, extreme impact, and retrospective…


From insideHPC

Students Learn Supercomputing at the Summer of HPC in Barcelona

Students Learn Supercomputing at the Summer of HPC in Barcelona

In this video, students describe their learning experience at the 2016 PRACE Summer of HPC program in Barcelona. "The PRACE Summer of HPC is a PRACE outreach and training program that offers summer placements at top HPC centers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring the Uncanny Valley of Bots

Exploring the Uncanny Valley of Bots

Have long been a student and practitioner of engineering how people react to intelligent machines. And here we mean by a depth beyond just posing and answering questions, but how people actually engage, trust and build some relationship…


From Geeking with Greg

More quick links

More quick links

A tightly curated list of what has caught my attention lately: New Yorker on AI: "A lot of what people are calling 'artificial intelligence' is really data analytics -- in other words, business as usual. If the hype leaves[1]…


From insideHPC

Theres Still Time to Show Why HPC Matters in the SC16 Impact Showcase

Theres Still Time to Show Why HPC Matters in the SC16 Impact Showcase

SC16 has extended the application deadline for its Impact Showcase, a forum designed to show attendees why HPC Matters in the real world. Submissions are now due Sept. 15.

The post There’s Still Time to Show Why HPC Matters in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most Practical Big Data Uses

Most Practical Big Data Uses

Bernard Marr pushes his book 'Big Data in Practice: How 45 Successful Companies Used Big Data Analytics to Deliver Extraordinary Results'  in Forbes.   With real world examples. Non technical outline of big data analytics uses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improved Analytics through Crowdsourcing

Improved Analytics through Crowdsourcing

In Sloan Review.      Requires registration.

" ... Syngenta developed an award-winning suite of analytics tools by tapping into expertise outside the organization including talent available through open-innovation platforms.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Practical Predictive Analytics

Practical Predictive Analytics

Good non technical piece that takes you on a journey of useful thoughts.    Interesting infographics and statistics as well.


From The Eponymous Pickle

You Always Need more Data

You Always Need more Data

All the Data and Still Not Enough!Claudia Perlich discusses tricks to the art of predictive modeling in situations where the right data is scarce.  Video by Claudia Perlich August 2, 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Every Windows 10 PC can have Hololens

Every Windows 10 PC can have Hololens

Now calling it 'mixed reality', makes some sense, distinguishing the terms augmented versus virtual reality has sometimes been difficult, but trying to push another term is confusing too.  Mixed means what?  Recently saw a Hololens…

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