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March 2017


From Schneier on Security

Uber Uses Ubiquitous Surveillance to Identify and Block Regulators

Uber Uses Ubiquitous Surveillance to Identify and Block Regulators

The New York Times reports that Uber developed apps that identified and blocked government regulators using the app to find evidence of illegal behavior: Yet using its app to identify and sidestep authorities in places where…


From insideHPC

Nvidia to Power Fujitsu’s New Deep Learning System at RIKEN

Nvidia to Power Fujitsu’s New Deep Learning System at RIKEN

Today Fujitsu announced that it has received RIKEN's order for the "Deep learning system," one of the largest supercomputers in Japan specializing in AI research. "NVIDIA DGX-1, the world’s first all-in-one AI supercomputer, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conflicting Demands and Creativity

Conflicting Demands and Creativity

In MIT/Sloan:

Conflicting demands within a business can be a source of creativity and opportunity — if they are handled well.
  
The writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once observed, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baby Faces

Baby Faces

We did experiments with packaging and advertising, using neuromarketing techniques.

Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers across Species
Jessika Golle, Stephanie Lisibach, Fred W. Mast,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UC Center for Business Analytics

UC Center for Business Analytics

 Had .a conversation with Glenn Wegryn of the UC Center for Business Analytics.  More to follow.

Inform and Improve Decisions with Analytics

The UC Center for Business Analytics brings together organizations and a world-class,

Through…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flipboard ReDesigns

Flipboard ReDesigns

Had looked at Flipboard as a means of doing market and store design testing.   With ‘Smart Magazines,’ Flipboard uses machine learning to reinvent its app ...      By Robert Hof 


From insideHPC

Video: Scientific Visualization with Python

Video: Scientific Visualization with Python

In this video, Dr. Marcelo Ponce from SciNet presents: Scientific Visualization with Python. "SciNet is Canada’s largest supercomputer centre, providing Canadian researchers with computational resources and expertise necessary…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: OpenMPCon & IWOMP at Stony Brook University in New York

Call for Submissions: OpenMPCon & IWOMP at Stony Brook University in New York

This year, the OpenMP Architecture Review Board is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first OpenMP API specification with a pair of events: OpenMPCon and the International Conference on OpenMP (IWOMP). Both events will take…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Frameworks

Deep Learning Frameworks

Well done, relatively non technical, pointing at existing software solutions.   In KDNuggets:  " ...  This post sketches out some common principles which would help you better understand deep learning frameworks, and provides…


From insideHPC

Re-Architecting Spark For Performance Understandability

Re-Architecting Spark For Performance Understandability

"This talk will describe Monotasks, a new architecture for the core of Spark that makes performance easier to reason about. In Spark today, pervasive parallelism and pipelining make it difficult to answer even simple performance…


From insideHPC

XTREME DESIGN Startup Raises $700K in Funding for HPC Cloud Enablement

XTREME DESIGN Startup Raises $700K in Funding for HPC Cloud Enablement

Today Tokyo-based Startup XTREME DESIGN announced it has raised $700K of funding in its pre-series A round. Launched in early 2015, the Startup's XTREME DNA software automates the process of configuring, deploying, and monitoring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Interactive Storytelling Medium

An Interactive Storytelling Medium

Brought to my attention, Earplay is now also using the Alexa interface.    Might also be useful for training?  With bot driven intelligence based on data?

https://ear-play.com/   Interactive Audio Storytelling. 

Earplay is a new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Earthquakes

Predicting Earthquakes

A long time idea.   Will it work in the real world?

Intelligent Machines

Machine-Learning Algorithm Predicts Laboratory Earthquakes
The breakthrough has astonished geologists and raises the possibility that real earthquake prediction…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking at Amazon and Walmart Supply Chains

Looking at Amazon and Walmart Supply Chains

Some useful data and visuals on the topic, at the link below.

First Thoughts  by Dan Gilmore
    Editor  Supply Chain Digest

Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2017
Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coding Their Own

Coding Their Own

Via CACM.  Implications about, but this still does not mean we have machines building their own yet.

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It  By NextGov.com 

Researchers at Microsoft and the University

The…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: When Squid Evolved

Friday Squid Blogging: When Squid Evolved

Squid evolved during an "evolutionary war" -- the Mesozoic Marine Revolution -- about 100 million years ago. Research paper. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't…


From Apophenia

Failing to See, Fueling Hatred.

Failing to See, Fueling Hatred.

I was 19 years old when a some configuration of anonymous people came after me. They got access to my email and shared some of the most sensitive messages on an anonymous forum. This was after some of my girl friends received…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's New AI Blog

Amazon's New AI Blog

Emphasizing AWS, of course.  But from real experts in the field.

Amazon's New AI Blog: 

" ... From computer vision systems for autonomous driving, to FDA-approved medical imaging, AWS has driven innovation in existing products

Our…


From Schneier on Security

Me at the RSA Conference

Me at the RSA Conference

This is my talk at the RSA Conference last month. It's on regulation and the Internet of Things, along the lines of this essay. I am slowly meandering around this as a book topic. It hasn't quite solidified yet....


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Marconi's Wireless in 1903

Hacking Marconi's Wireless in 1903

A delightful story....


From insideHPC

PEARC17 Extends Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13

PEARC17 Extends Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13

Today the PEARC17 conference extended their Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13, 2017. Formerly known as the XSEDE Conference, PEARC17 will take place July 9-13 in New Orleans. "PEARC17 is open to professionals and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

South Big Data Hub Roundtable- Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment

South Big Data Hub Roundtable- Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment

This month’s Data Science Roundtable called Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment is co-hosted by the South Hub, West Hub, and Northeast Hub. It will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from…


From insideHPC

Horst Simon to Present “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at PASC17 in Lugano

Horst Simon to Present “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at PASC17 in Lugano

Today PASC17 announced that Horst Simon will present a public lecture entitled “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at the conference. PASC17 takes place June 26-28 in Lugano Switzerland. "In recent years the idea of emerging…


From insideHPC

Nominations Open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Nominations Open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

The European PRACE initiative is now accepting nominations for the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. "PRACE is happy to receive your nomination for the Award. The winner of the Award will be invited to participate in the concluding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Campaign Response

Machine Learning and Campaign Response

Intriguing piece in GigaOm, reviewing.   We did this for decades. There are better methods now.  How well can this be done?  What are the risks involved?

Predicting Marketing Campaign Response Using Amazon Machine Learning by…


From insideHPC

Using HPC in a Cohort Study of the Health Effects of Handgun Ownership in California

Using HPC in a Cohort Study of the Health Effects of Handgun Ownership in California

In this video from the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference, Yifan Zhang from Stanford presents: Using HPC in a Cohort Study of the Health Effects of Handgun Ownership in California.


The post Using HPC in a Cohort Study…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Releases Open Source Prophet

Facebook Releases Open Source Prophet

Doing time series forecasting well is important to every business.  Good to see this open sourcing underway by the Facebook Incubator.    Though the history of Facebook and the nature of its data has always made me worried about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Transforming Technology

AI Transforming Technology

How Will AI Transform Technology?   A Conversation with Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka.   In Knowledge@Wharton.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Phone to Measure Blood Pressure

Phone to Measure Blood Pressure

I remember having a conversation with a person in the medical devices area some time saying that blood pressure still needs to be mechanically measured.     Here news of a sensor adaptation to a smart phone that claims to solve…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Selects Co-Design Center for Graph Analytics

Exascale Computing Project Selects Co-Design Center for Graph Analytics

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has selected its fifth Co-Design Center to focus on Graph Analytics — combinatorial (graph) kernels that play a crucial enabling role in many data analytic computing application areas as well…

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