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December 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cheap Hack-able Roomba

Cheap Hack-able Roomba

In Mashable: " ... iRobot builds a vacuum-free Roomba for students to hack ... "     This is a successor to the iRobot Create, which we used to experiment with simple robotic demonstration ideas. This version has no vacuum, so


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Advisory System

An Advisory System

An interesting example."ALEX the virtual benefits counselor is America’s best-selling and most-trusted standalone benefits decision support tool. Used by hundreds of companies (including 50 in the Fortune 500), ALEX helps millions


From My Biased Coin

Stress: Competition and Ranking

Stress:  Competition and Ranking

One issue I keep seeing in comments here and elsewhere on this issue is that academia is very competitive, with everyone worried about their rank.  In my last post, I admitted that it would be hard to completely deny that there


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Announces New Partnerships for Computer Science Education

The following is a letter to the community from National Science Foundation (NSF) Acting Assistant Director for the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), Suzi Iacono.  Dear CISE Colleagues, As we…


From Schneier on Security

Understanding Zero-Knowledge Proofs

Understanding Zero-Knowledge Proofs

Matthew Green has a good primer....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Reminder LiSPI Nominations Close in One Week!

In November, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) announced the third offering of the CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI), intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Source Projects for Machine Intelligence

Open Source Projects for Machine Intelligence

In InfoWorld: Four groups have been developing IBM Watson-like systems based on open source work.  ... Watson wannabes: 4 open source projects for machine intelligence.  These projects aren't as fleshed-out as Watson, but they're


From Computational Complexity

Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science

(Guest post by Andrew Childs who is now at the Univ of MD at College Park) We have recently launched a new Joint Center for Quantum Information and ComputerScience (QuICS) at the University of Maryland. This center isHartree


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Advances in Mobile Eye Tracking

More Advances in Mobile Eye Tracking

An area where we did much work, both on the physical implementation aspects, and on the gathering and analytical methods used with the data.  New developments on completely mobile capabilities we did not have just a few years


From The Eponymous Pickle

Find Critical Business Data Fast

Find Critical Business Data Fast

In CWorld:  This was part of our mantra in the enterprise with Business Sphere applications.  " ... These CIOs are jumping on a fast-moving trend — mining small data sets to deliver valuable insights quickly to the right people


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF US Ignite Deadline Fast Approaching

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) announced in October a new solicitation, entitled US Ignite, that is a big step forward in the US Ignite Administration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smarter Algorithms

Smarter Algorithms

In CWorld:  " ... Researchers are working on a new version of an algorithm that will power better search, autonomous cars, smarter smartphones and the Internet of Things.  Deep-learning algorithms, which are based on loose simulations


From Schneier on Security

Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance

Over 700 Million People Taking Steps to Avoid NSA Surveillance

There's a new international survey on Internet security and trust, of "23,376 Internet users in 24 countries," including "Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 15 December 2014

Interesting Links 15 December 2014

This week is the last week of school for my school this calendar year. We start our Christmas break with Saturday the 20th and will be off until January. I’m looking forward to the break. Though of course like many teachers I


From The Eponymous Pickle

Service Science from Informs

Service Science from Informs

I have been reminded by Jim Spohrer about the importance of services, tasks and the allied sciences to provide what we call intelligence, artificial or otherwise.  Now often being called Cognitive Science.  I had never before


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning in Python

Machine Learning in Python

SciKit-Learn: Was given an arrangement of algorithms in Python awhile back for examination and could have used this.   Tutorials, examples and more. " ... Open source, commercially usable - BSD license " . Below their often quoted


From The Eponymous Pickle

Don't Forget Point of Sale

Don't Forget Point of Sale

It is still a very important, vibrant place.  Even understood after I spent all of today shopping online.  In Marketing Mag.    " .... Everyone might going crazy for digital these days but that shouldn’t mean we neglect bricks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simplification of NoSQL Databases

Simplification of NoSQL Databases

Nice simple introduction with examples.  The WP defines " ... A NoSQL (often interpreted as Not Only SQL  database provides a mechanism for storage and retrieval of data that is modeled in means other than the tabular relations


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Virtual Agent Who Thinks Like Me

A Virtual Agent Who Thinks Like Me

Recently have seen the emergence of mirror style systems, where a system can look like me and I can use that idea to market and advertise.  But suppose I had a system that could think like me?  Logically (or not) , but also include


From The Eponymous Pickle

Morphology and Emergence

Morphology and Emergence

An area we examined. Has potential application to non quantified but constraint specified problems. problems. For those who are interested in the principle of “emergence” and/or general morphological analysis (GMA), the following


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Chats

Error correction for chatting Bernhard Haeupler is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at CMU. He previously spent a year as a postdoc at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, and a year visiting Bob Tarjan at Princeton.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grocery Delivery Options

Grocery Delivery Options

Have recently been asked to look at grocery delivery capabilities.   We saw these as common components of the future home, but they have not developed as quickly as expected. Now here a practical recent comparison. In GigaOM.


From The Eponymous Pickle

What CIO's Need to know about Prediction

What CIO's Need to know about Prediction

Good thoughts about the topic.  Not much difference between classic forecasting, analytics, or the use of Big Data. Caution and careful testing in comparison to current approaches in a given business model is always needed.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linking Multiple Services to Advice

Linking Multiple Services to Advice

via Jim Spohrer" ... Probably the most interesting related business idea is Adam Cheyer's (co-creator of SIRI)  (http://viv.ai) which is trying to what you are describing below - sort of, first for "apps" in a way they get combined


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Gamification Blog

New Gamification Blog

In IEEE Computing Now, a new effort of very broad application.  Look forward to following this.Gamification:  Inspired by Games Blogby Joann Hoffman and Wanda MeloniTechnology is born of inspiration, of dreaming the impossible


From The Eponymous Pickle

Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Storyboard Approach to Big Data Insights

Plan to take a further look at the idea.  " ... Big data by itself is just a worthless collection of numbers and characters. To make big data work, you need to show how the information is meaningful. Taking a storytelling approach


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drone Code Project

Drone Code Project

aaIn CWorldThe Dronecode Project will unite thousands of coders to build an aerial operating system for drones ... Drones have just found their new best friends: coders. On Oct. 13, the Linux Foundation unveiled a nonprofit organization


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Recreational Squid Fishing in Washington State

Friday Squid Blogging: Recreational Squid Fishing in Washington State

There is year-round recreational squid fishing from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to south Puget Sound. A nighttime sport that requires simple, inexpensive fishing tackle, squid fishing-or jigging-typically takes place on the many


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF/Intel Partnership on Visual and Experiential Computing (VEC) Program Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computer Science and Engineering (CISE) in partnership with Intel announced a joint funding opportunity called Visual and Experiential Computing (VEC), aimed at fostering

      


From Schneier on Security

Incident Response Webinar on Thursday

Incident Response Webinar on Thursday

On 12/18 I'll be part of a Co3 webinar where we examine incident-response trends of 2014 and look ahead to 2015. I tend not to do these, but this is an exception. Please sign up if you're interested....