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August 2015


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

What a technology geek sees when traveling abroad

What a technology geek sees when traveling abroad

Every time I travel, I try to pay attention to how the experience has evolved thanks to technology. Here are my notes about a recent trip: Only fifteen years ago, I would travel with a dedicated camera. It was relatively bulky


From insideHPC

Edison Supercomputer Creates 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Edison Supercomputer Creates 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Scientists from the NERSC and Berkeley National Laboratory are using a supercomputer to create one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of the adolescent universe — using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8 billion


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 31 September 2015

Interesting Links 31 September 2015

Well school is back for real now. I had students in class most of last week so we’re completely live. I have great students. My Honors Programming class has a bunch of self-starters who have learned a lot before they got to


From Computational Complexity

Two candidates that I want to see run for Democratic Nomination

It has been noted that while there are 17 Republican candidates for the nomination, of which 10 have been declared serious by FOX News via the first debate, there are far less democratic candidates for the nomination and only


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bias and Innovation Solutions in Context

Bias and Innovation Solutions in Context

Colleague and master innovator from the enterprise Pete Foley, is now writing in Innovation Excellence.  See his most recent contribution: Why I Moved to Las Vegas and What it can tell us about innovation.   Also relates to bias


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gaming and Coaching Discussed

Gaming and Coaching Discussed

From conversation:https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/6729452-6036912494289698817?trk=groups-post-b-titleJim Spohrer:Franz, and from some earlier threads let's not forget about "crowd sourcing" and "gamification" as a trajectory


From Geeking with Greg

Working at Google

Working at Google

I joined Google a few months ago. I've wanted to work at Google for a long time. I first interviewed there back in 2003! I've had this blog since 2004, during Findory and beyond, but, like many blogs, posts have slowed in recent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humanizing Self-Checkout

Humanizing Self-Checkout

On humanizing the checkout,   " ..... What if supermarket checkout tills could talk? ... Technology has become so advanced that it's a wonder self-service checkouts don't have minds of their own, writes Oliver Pritchett   ...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Omni Channel Customers

Omni Channel Customers

Interesting new classification of customers. In CustomerThink," .... If you found yourself checking a new piece of clothing at a store, while looking it up on the mobile app on your iPhone, only to purchase it later on the website


From insideHPC

Interactive Design Powers Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

Interactive Design Powers Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. The new R2D3 Blog offers an instructive Visual Introduction to Machine Learning.

The post Interactive Design Powers Visual Introduction


From insideHPC

Video: A Rare Look Inside Cray Manufacturing in Chippewa Falls

Video: A Rare Look Inside Cray Manufacturing in Chippewa Falls

How are supercomputers made? In this video, Cray provides a rare look inside its manufacturing facilities in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. "For the past 40 years, Cray has been manufacturing supercomputers in Chippewa Falls, starting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sharing Cokes as Advertising

Sharing Cokes as Advertising

Sharing Coke and user generated ads." ... Ogilvy's #shareacoke campaign for Coca-Cola has generated 250,000 tweets and almost 1 billion Twitter impressions, but that buzz may not have much long-term impact on consumers who aren't


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification Study

Gamification Study

An empirical study, they say.   Worth a look." ... A research paper produced for the 2014 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences carefully reviews twenty-four scholarly empirical research studies which all focused


From The Eponymous Pickle

Our Brain's Biases, as seen by Watson

Our Brain's Biases, as seen by Watson

Have long been involved with R&D, Laboratory and Product development data and tests.  So always interested in how bias can creep into data.   Often 75% of it is confirmation bias!    Early work in astrophysics, where much early


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Features for Polinode Graph Analytics

New Features for Polinode Graph Analytics

Been following the Polinode graph analytics capabilities for some time.  Their blog reports a number of new network metrics have been added.  Based on a freemium usage model, so it is easy to test.   Has a unique survey metholology


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evolution of Cognitive Computing Services

Evolution of Cognitive Computing Services

Rama Akkiraju of IBM writes:Looking at the evolution of service composition, from SOA to cognitive servicesToday, developers can create a wide variety of service compositions with a new breed of cognitive computing services.  


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thought Vectors for Common Sense

Thought Vectors for Common Sense

Note my recent post on solving the common sense problem,  and Hinton's work on deep learning.  quite an interesting direction, which if solved,  makes a big step towards intelligence.   Implicatons for capturing emotions andGoogle


From The Eponymous Pickle

Key Points about Big Data Assets

Key Points about Big Data Assets

Intel Corp talks about data.     Very obvious, hardly a secret, but still ignored point:   "This is the dirty little secret about big data: No one actually knows what to do with it," Jason Waxman, an Intel vice president andBut


From insideHPC

Lustre* Users Group in China Issues Call for Papers

Lustre* Users Group in China Issues Call for Papers

The 2015 PRC Lustre* Users Group conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place Oct. 20 in Beijing.

The post Lustre* Users Group in China Issues Call for Papers appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Copies of 3D Spaces

Digital Copies of 3D Spaces

In Wired:   Commercial methods like those of Google, have led the way.   Now new work in making highly accurate representations of cities.   Ways to implement structural links to the smart city.  An Internet of things container


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Systems Developer/Engineer at Ohio Supercomputer Center

Job of the Week: Systems Developer/Engineer at Ohio Supercomputer Center

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is seeking a Systems Developer/Engineer in our Job of the Week.

The post Job of the Week: Systems Developer/Engineer at Ohio Supercomputer Center appeared first on insideHPC.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reproduceability of Pscyh Results

Reproduceability of Pscyh Results

In Mind Hacks: Always suspected that a number of social science results were hard to confirm. Interesting results here.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Superforecasting with Tournaments

Superforecasting with Tournaments

I m a student of unusual markets and frecasts,  and this forecasting approach with  tournaments is described in some detail in a recent Edge article.  Quite an eminent science group of participants in the project are commenting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Telling a Brands Story with Graphics

Telling a Brands Story with Graphics

In MIT Sloan:  Experiments with graphic presentation of data are making it easier for sales people to see how they’re performing right in the field, according to Joseph D. Bruhin, chief information officer of Constellation Brands


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Anatomy Class

Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Anatomy Class

Beautiful diorama. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Mickens on Security

Mickens on Security

James Mickens, for your amusement. A somewhat random sample: My point is that security people need to get their priorities straight. The "threat model" section of a security paper resembles the script for a telenovela that was


From Schneier on Security

The Benefits of Endpoint Encryption

The Benefits of Endpoint Encryption

An unofficial blog post from FTC chief technologist Ashkan Soltani on the virtues of strong end-user device controls....


From insideHPC

Video: Big Data Powers Climate Research at BSC

Video: Big Data Powers Climate Research at BSC

In this video from the Barcelona Supercomputer Center, Big Data is presented as a key challenge for researchers studying global climate change. "Changes in the composition of the atmosphere can affect the habitability of the


From insideHPC

Video: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF

Video: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF

In this video from the 2015 OLCF User Meeting, Buddy Bland from Oak Ridge presents: Present and Future Leadership Computers at OLCF. "As the home of Titan, the fastest supercomputer in the USA, OLCF has a exciting future ahead


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines as Talent

Machines as Talent

(More comments to follow)Machines as Talent   via DeloitteCollaboration, not competitionThe impact of computing on work is not new, but it is accelerating. The increasing power of computers and software to perform cognitive tasks

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