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March 2017


From BLOG@CACM

Cybersecurity in the Trump Era

Cybersecurity in the Trump Era

Deterrence is simply the wrong way to think about cybersecurity.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Versus Closed Innovation

Open Versus Closed Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger  on closed versus open innovation.  Very nicely described.    He Writes:

Open Innovation 2.0

I recently read Twelve Principles for Open Innovation 2.0, an article published last year in Nature by Martin



From Schneier on Security

The TSA's Selective Laptop Ban

The TSA's Selective Laptop Ban

Last Monday, the TSA announced a peculiar new security measure to take effect within 96 hours. Passengers flying into the US on foreign airlines from eight Muslim countries would be prohibited from carrying aboard any electronics…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Europe’s Push for Leadership in Global HPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at Europe’s Push for Leadership in Global HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some the top High Performance Computing stories from this week. First up, we look at Europe's effort to lead HPC in the next decade. After that, we look at why small companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Led Growth

Marketing Led Growth

Article - McKinsey Quarterly - February 2017
The new battleground for marketing-led growth    By David Court, Dave Elzinga, Bo Finneman, and Jesko Perrey

" ... In the digital age, consumers are always shopping around. New research…


From insideHPC

Register now for the International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2017)

Register now for the International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2017)

Registration is open for the 33rd International Conference on Massive Storage Systems and Technology (MSST 2017.) The event takes place May 15-19 in Santa Clara, California. "Since the conference was founded by the leading national…


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at Deal.II Finite Element Library

RCE Podcast Looks at Deal.II Finite Element Library

"deal.II — a name that originally meant to indicate that it is the successor to the Differential Equations Analysis Library — is a C++ program library targeted at the computational solution of partial differential equations using…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shoe Recognition less Invasive?

Shoe Recognition less Invasive?

As opposed to facial recognition and analysis.  Taking images of shoes and deriving information from the images, without the same privacy implications.  In BBC Technology:

Tomorrow's cities: Are your shoes giving away data?  Jane…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Lighting for More Generalized Sensing

Using Lighting for More Generalized Sensing

Like the idea of re-purposing systems like lighting for sensing.

GE, AT&T ink smart city deal around Current's CityIQ sensors
GE plans to install Current's CityIQ sensor nodes on 3,200 street light poles across San Diego, with

AT&T…


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…

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