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December 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Delivers in one Hour in NYC

Amazon Delivers in one Hour in NYC

In the WSJ: Amazon Unveils One-Hour Delivery Service.  Program Is for Prime Customers in New York, Includes Over 25,000 Products.  ... " .  Additional charge.  Expanding areas.  Attempting to further own customer relationship


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Almost Lost

Watson Almost Lost

In today's Cognitive Systems Institute talk, Jim Hendler of RPI mentions how close Ken Jennings came to winning the fabled Jeopardy competition ... check out his TED talk about the event and his reflections.   (via Jim Spohrer)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reproducing Scent

Reproducing Scent

In Fastcoexist: A kind of biomimicry.   We worked on related ideas when in the food business.   " ... Scent Of A Rose, With Designer Microbes .... Stop and smell the genetically engineered yeast. .... ".  Now for dealing with


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and Academia

Watson and Academia

In today's Cognitive Systems Institute presentation, Jim Hendler from RPI presented "An Academic Perspective on Watson.".  Nicely done, in particular a comparison of the fundamentals of the expert systems we built in the 90s,


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

35 Innovators Under the Age of 35

Each year MIT Technology Review publishes a list of 35 innovators under the age of 35. Recently, they published the list for 2014. All 35 of these people are doing exciting work that could shape their fields for decades. But

      


From Schneier on Security

ISIS Cyberattacks

ISIS Cyberattacks

Citizen Lab has a new report on a probable ISIS-launched cyberattack: This report describes a malware attack with circumstantial links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In the interest of highlighting a developing threat


From The Eponymous Pickle

University Mobile App Strategy

University Mobile App Strategy

Not sure if this is rare.  Have been part of related work for enterprises.  In particular this could be best seen as a broader strategy about getting focused data to people that need it.  Wherever they are.  And once you have


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sony Competes with Google Glass

Sony Competes with Google Glass

In CWorld: Early this year was involved with a proposed project with Google Glass that regrettably did not happen, read more about that here.  Now Sony is competing with an hands free information model.Toshiba and others are "


From The Eponymous Pickle

Energy Saving Game

Energy Saving Game

In Fastcodesign: A way to turn household energy saving into what they call an addictive game.    Called Power House, on Facebook. Mentioned by collaborator Byron Reeves at Stanford:" ....  As it happens, Power House was developed


From Putting People First

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From Schneier on Security

The Limits of Police Subterfuge

The Limits of Police Subterfuge

"The next time you call for assistance because the Internet service in your home is not working, the 'technician' who comes to your door may actually be an undercover government agent. He will have secretly disconnected the service


From Computational Complexity

The NIPS Experiment

The NIPS (machine learning) conference ran an interesting experiment this year. They had two separate and disjoint program committees with the submissions split between them. 10% (166) of the submissions were given to both committees


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building a Simple Word Cloud

Building a Simple Word Cloud

A simple word cloud service, data can be retrieved from pasted text, URLs or files.  A number of useful features for quick generation.  Their blog provides some good usage examples.


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP IOT Garden

SAP IOT Garden

Work and thoughts by SAP on IoT Innovation, in a Garden:" ... Within SAP, IoT has begun taking shape in the form of grassroots projects and pilot implementations to fully validated solutions with external partners.SAP Palo Alto’s


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Too many Arrows in the Quiver?

Too many Arrows in the Quiver?

Last week I saw a tweet complaining to Wonder Workshop about them using Blockly to program their robots when (apparently) the Kickstarter proposal said the would be programmable using Scratch. A conversation ensued as it is likely


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for CCC Council Nominations

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) issued a call today for nominations for individuals to serve on the CCC Council for the next three years.  The deadline for nominations is February 6, 2015. See complete details — including…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Optimizing polymorphic code in Java

Optimizing polymorphic code in Java

Oracle’s Java is a fast language… sometimes just as fast as C++. In Java, we commonly use polymorphism through interfaces, inheritance or wrapper classes to make our software more flexible. Unfortunately, when polymorphism is


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Marketing

Brain Marketing

In the HBR:  Using the activity of the brain to understand purchasing and marketing decisions.   We called this neuromarketing, but that term is never used in the article.   " ... Brain Marketing: Is the Product Worth the Price


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Boosting Robotics

China Boosting Robotics

In CWorld: " ... Already a major manufacturer of electronics, China is preparing to bolster its presence in robotics with the help of government support and investments.China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New NIH Big Data to Knowledge Funding Opportunities

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program has announced two new funding opportunities for FY15 funding. NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative Research Education: Massive Open Online Course…


From Schneier on Security

How the FBI Unmasked Tor Users

How the FBI Unmasked Tor Users

Kevin Poulson has a good article up on Wired about how the FBI used a Metasploit variant to identity Tor users....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford High Rise Chip

Stanford High Rise Chip

In CWorld: New three dimensional design.  Potential for IoT and Big Data applications." ... Stanford University researchers have built a multi-layered "high-rise" chip that could significantly outperform traditional computerUsing


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Prover’s Block

What to do when afraid to see if what you want is true Cropped from Canadian Bergler Society source Edmund Bergler coined the term in 1947, the great writers Francis Fitzgerald—F. Scott to most—and Joseph Conrad among many others


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Fly a Horse

How to Fly a Horse

Colleague Kevin Ashton writes:Dear Franz, My new book, "How to Fly a Horse — The Secret History of Invention, Creation, and Discovery," comes out on January 20.It is already getting some good reviews: both Fortune and Business


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Content Metrics: All About the Data

Measuring Content Metrics:  All About the Data

In Adage:  On how to measure digital content.  Which relates to the more general aspect of Data Assets.  Which I have repeated here and given a talk about.   It's all about context in business process. It requires having some


From Schneier on Security

Fake Cell Towers Found in Norway

Fake Cell Towers Found in Norway

In yet another example of what happens when you build an insecure communications infrastructure, fake cell phone towers have been found in Oslo. No one knows who has been using them to eavesdrop. This is happening in the US,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Where do you Start With the Internet of Things?

Where do you Start With the Internet of Things?

Good piece on the topic. by James MacLennan.   There is lots of talk everywhere of course, but what do you do to fit his into a business?   We spent years thinking  about this when it was mostly implemented with RFID. Now the


From The Eponymous Pickle

Video Analytics and Privacy

Video Analytics and Privacy

An area we examined in laboratory conditions. One approach seen was the automated blurring of faces.  In RetailWire:  Discussion:  " ... While privacy remains a big concern around in-store video analytics, stores are too much


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology

A friend sent me a link to an interesting looking page that the White House set up to tell stories of the history of women in Science and Technology. It is a collection of stores about great women in science and technology. For


From Putting People First

World Development Report 2015 explores “Mind, Society, and Behavior”

World Development Report 2015 explores “Mind, Society, and Behavior”

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2014 — Development policies based on new insights into how people actually think and make decisions will help governments and civil society achieve development goals more effectively. A richer and more

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