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March 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and the Supply Chain

Watson and the Supply Chain

Frtom the recent Watson conference on related topics.  Insightful.

Supply Chain Trends Report
Supply chain report highlighting top 2017 trends from the POV of IBMers and business partners such as blockchain, cognitive, and analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Progress of Marketing and AI

The Progress of Marketing and AI

 Below,  a reasonable journalistic look at AI and marketing.   Not doubt there will be pieces of the puzzle solved by pattern matching AI, (See Predicting Campaign Response) but the understanding of underlying process and context…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adobe Sees Hololens in Retail

Adobe Sees Hololens in Retail

Always looking for ways to augment experience, thus improve retail.   This experience can be that of the customer, the analyst or the designer of retail.  We used Adobe software for these kinds of experience understanding questions…


From insideHPC

New ARM Architecture Targets AI

New ARM Architecture Targets AI

ARM has taken a step into the artificial intelligence market with the announcement of a new micro-architecture - DynamIQ - specifically designed for artificial intelligence (AI). "DynamIQ technology is a monumental shift in multi…


From insideHPC

Huawei to Provide HPC Services to Tenerife in Canary Islands

Huawei to Provide HPC Services to Tenerife in Canary Islands

Today Huawei an agreement with the Institute of Technology and Renewable Energy (ITER) to provide HPC services on Tenerife, one of the Spanish-controlled Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa. "The agreement established…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSPdWeek: Free Professional Development for many K-12 Teachers

CSPdWeek: Free Professional Development for many K-12 Teachers

The people I talk to who went to last year;s event rave about it. If you are looking for some good professional development this is well worth looking into.


Thanks to funding from Infosys Foundation, NSF, NCWIT, and CSTA, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Google's AI Explosion

A Look at Google's AI Explosion

 Somewhat simplified, but based on measures like papers generated, and providing capabilities publicly, very impressive.   Note that this not only about publishing papers, but also writing fundamental code that can be reused.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Marketing Campaign Response

Predicting Marketing Campaign Response

The holy grail is accurately predicting response.  Here a step by step approach using Amazon methods.   But do we know all the context involved?  Amazon has the data to tailor this kind of model to alternative contexts.

Predicting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM on the Business of IOT Technology

IBM on the Business of IOT Technology

From the recent conference.   IBM on the business of the internet of things.  Its cognitive and complex.   I would add to the below, that its about analytics designed to better understand this new wealth of data, and the algorithms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain and Utilities

Blockchain and Utilities

Blockchain in Power industry.

How Utilities Are Using Blockchain to Modernize the Grid

James Basden, Michael Cottrell

" .... Blockchain has grabbed the attention of the heavily regulated power industry as it braces for an energy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Intelligence Built Up from Basic Skills?

Is Intelligence Built Up from Basic Skills?

Which virtual assistant will ultimately win the race?   Will it be a matter of having third party vendors building the best  'intelligent skills'  to make them most useful?  Amazon Alexa claims some 10K +skills, though most are…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid from Utensils

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid from Utensils

Available on eBay. 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 Female Perspective of Computer Science

Review / Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

Review / Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom

While visiting a branch of our city's library system we don't often find ourselves at, I browsed the tiny section on education. I found Invent to Learn by chance, and though the title's font left me a bit skeptical, I decided…


From Schneier on Security

Commenting Policy for This Blog

Commenting Policy for This Blog

Over the past few months, I have been watching my blog comments decline in civility. I blame it in part on the contentious US election and its aftermath. It's also a consequence of not requiring visitors to register in order…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

NSF CISE Distinguished Lecture- Improving the Reproducibility of Computational Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) is pleased to announce a distinguished lecture on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT by Russell Poldrack, from…


From Putting People First

The intimacy of autonomous vehicles

The intimacy of autonomous vehicles

Matt Yurdana of Intel’s IoT Experiences Group discusses Intel’s insight on passenger experience in the age of autonomous transportation. The intimate nature of autonomous vehicles will most likely lead to a significant rethinking…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (March 24, 2017)

Science and Technology links (March 24, 2017)

There are many claims that innovation is slowing down. In the XXth century, we went from horses to planes. What have we done lately? We have not cured cancer or old age. We did get the iPhone. There is that. But so what? There…


From insideHPC

SC17 Student Cluster Competition Continues Push for Reproducibility

SC17 Student Cluster Competition Continues Push for Reproducibility

"The SCC reproducibility program is part of a wider effort to encourage authors submitting papers to the conference to voluntarily complete an appendix to their paper that described the details of their software environment and…


From insideHPC

Huawei and Altair to Build Industrial Simulation Cloud Solutions

Huawei and Altair to Build Industrial Simulation Cloud Solutions

"The Huawei-Altair cooperation will be dedicated to building highly efficient, high-performance industrial simulation cloud solutions leveraging Altair’s PBS Works software suite," said Yu Dong, President of Industry Marketing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Issues and Analytics

Data Issues and Analytics

Seen it now many times, sometimes to where the results would be irrelevant if we waited for perfect data.    But to me this still does not mean we should ignore thinking about how the results will fit into, or would alter business…


From insideHPC

IEEE Looks Beyond Moore’s Law with IRDS Technology Roadmap

IEEE Looks Beyond Moore’s Law with IRDS Technology Roadmap

“As a team, we are laying the foundation to identify challenges and recommendations on possible solutions to the industry’s current limitations defined by Moore’s Law. With the launch of the nine white papers on our new website…


From insideHPC

Berkeley Lab Algorithm Boosts Resolution on Cryo–EM

Berkeley Lab Algorithm Boosts Resolution on Cryo–EM

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed the first 3-D atomic-scale model of P22 virus that identifies the protein interactions crucial for its stability. "This is a great example of how to exploit electron microscopy technology…


From insideHPC

Asperitas Unveils Liquid-cooled Modular Datacenter Solution

Asperitas Unveils Liquid-cooled Modular Datacenter Solution

According to Asperitas, Immersed Computing is a concept driven by sustainability, efficiency and flexibility and goes far beyond just technology. In many situations, Immersed Computing can save more than 50% of the total energy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Scale in City Advertising

New Scale in City Advertising

In the BBC:

How giant digital adverts could soon be in our cities   By Mark Smith
Technology of Business reporter

Passers-by on a London street were recently amazed to see a fleeting image of a pink tongue protruding from fruitily…


From Schneier on Security

Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

Second WikiLeaks Dump of CIA Documents

There are more CIA documents up on WikiLeaks. It seems to be mostly MacOS and iOS. News article....


From The Eponymous Pickle

More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

More WalMart and Amazon by the Numbers

Insightful numbers and visuals:

Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2017 Part 2
More Analysis from Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important Retailers    By Dan Gilmore ...  " 



From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach is seeking a High Performance Computing System Administrator in our Job of the Week. "The HPC Specialist is responsible for technical systems management, administration, and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Social Good

The organizing committee for the AI for Social Good Workshop has released their workshop report called Artificial Intelligence for Social Good. The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), along with the White House Office of Science…


From insideHPC

Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

Intel Aligns its AI Efforts into a Single Organization

"Intel sees the huge potential in AI and are moving mountains to take full advantage of it," said Patrick Moorhead from Moor Insights & Strategy. "They have acquired Altera, Nervana Systems and other IP, need to connect to their…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

CCC Council Member Cynthia Dwork is One of the Recipients of the 2017 Gödel Prize

The Gödel Prize for outstanding papers in the area of theoretical computer science is sponsored jointly by the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) and the Association for Computing Machinery, Special…

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