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October 2014


From Putting People First

Event: Why the world needs anthropologists

Event: Why the world needs anthropologists

An upcoming event is encouraging anthropologists to “come out of their ivory towers” and work more closely with their colleagues in the field, in order to bridge the gap between “pure” and “applied” anthropology. The international


From Putting People First

Update on EU research on energy efficient built environments

Update on EU research on energy efficient built environments

The European Commission funds research on a lot of important thematic areas, and in recent years the themes of sustainability and participatory approaches have received a lot of attention. This has made way for companies like


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stop Controlling Ex Employees Knowledge?

Stop Controlling Ex Employees Knowledge?

In the HBR:   This issue has come up a number of times recently.  Here a  good overview of the topic.  Not everyone agrees.   The coverage of the legal, compliance and regulatory knowledge by US state is particularly interesting


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing and the Internet of Things

Marketing and the Internet of Things

It is about data.  Its about reach.    Anna Russell writes:" .... Let’s take a step back and look at just what the Internet of Things contains that might excite marketers.  IoT, the result of a growing number of M2M and internet


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPad Friendly Kid Augmented Reality Game

IPad Friendly Kid Augmented Reality Game

Have seen a number of augmented reality games.   These use real world spaces as a playing field. Here Osmo has received considerable funding." ... Osmo, the iPad-powered gaming device built by former Googlers (and dads) as aThe


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A New Provable Factoring Algorithm

Factoring, factoring, the whole day through, keeps on my mind—apologizes to Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell Waterloo Mathematics source Michael Rubinstein is an expert on number theory, who is on the faculty of the University


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 1,057 Squid T-Shirts

Friday Squid Blogging: 1,057 Squid T-Shirts

That's a lot. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. And commenting was broken for a couple of days. It's fixed now, I hope....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Integrating Work and Life

Integrating Work and Life

The ultimate goal. Successfully integrating work and life.  From Knowledge@Wharton.  Book interview and text.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Sourcing the Internet of Things

Open Sourcing the Internet of Things

In ReadWriteWeb:  An overview piece about setting standards for the IoT, and how those standards should be open sourced.  Agree, have been through this with the same (and related)  RFID work.  The article makes a good case of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future Software Will be Cognitive

Future Software Will be Cognitive

Will the next generation of software be cognitive?  Good piece in Forrester.  I am a keen student of the reasons for the partial success and failures of AI as advisory systems in it's previous wave.  Plan to continue to watch


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE Funding Opportunities

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Computing & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) has a number of new funding opportunities. National Robotics Initiative (NSF  15-505)  Full Proposal Due: January 14,

      


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stream Data Processing

Stream Data Processing

In Infoq:The demand for stream processing is increasing a lot these days. The reason is that often processing big volumes of data is not enough. Data has to be processed fast, so that a firm can react to changing business conditions


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

DCL From NSF Director Dr. France Córdova

The following is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) by Director Dr. France A. Córdova.  October 16, 2014 Dear Colleague, In light of the recent emergence of the lethal Ebola virus in the US, the National…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking a Video Poker Machine

Hacking a Video Poker Machine

Kevin Poulsen has written an interesting story about two people who successfully exploited a bug in a popular video poker machine....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply and Demand of Data Scientists

Supply and Demand of Data Scientists

Bruce Langos, COO of Teradata gave a spirited talk today in the atrium of Wright State University today on the nature of the data scientist.   The talk was also transmitted to some area high schools.  The emphasis of the talk


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing Your Big Data for Understanding

3D Printing Your Big Data for Understanding

In Technology Review: Fascinating idea. As 3D printing becomes cheaper, you can quickly create a 3D physical data representation. (You can add more 'Ds' with indicators like color or shape). We did this for displaying real spaces


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Help Me Win Surface Pro 3s for My School

Help Me Win Surface Pro 3s for My School

OK so the good news is that I am one of 15 finalists to win 15 Surface Pro's for my favorite school. The winners are chosen by community voting, so please vote for my mix at https://mix.office.com/Gallery/Category/vote Mine is


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Heading Into Midterms, USACM Re-emphasizes Role Of Technology In Elections

With mid-term Congressional elections fast approaching, USACM released a statement to emphasize the importance of voting technology in elections.  It echoes past statements from USACM on voting, including its 2013 remarks to


From Putting People First

What human-centered design means for financial inclusion

What human-centered design means for financial inclusion

What Human-Centered Design Means for Financial Inclusion Yanina Seltzer, Claudia McKay 16 October 2014, 126 pages Interactive publication Download pdf CGAP has released today a 126 report entitled “Insights into Action – What


From Putting People First

Push, pull or nudge

Push, pull or nudge

“Push, pull or nudge” was the title of a 2.5 hour workshop (video here) at the 5th European Conference on Public Communication held today in Brussels. The workshop explored the potential of concepts such as design thinking, choice


From Computational Complexity

The Curious Case of NP and NEXP

NP (nondeterministic polynomial time) and NEXP (nondeterministic exponential time) are provably different classes by the nondeterministic time hierarchy. No surprise, given exponentially more time we expect to solve more problems


From Putting People First

Position Open – Experientia Communications Officer: writer, proofreader & editor

Position Open – Experientia Communications Officer: writer, proofreader & editor

Experientia, the Turin-based User Experience Consultancy, is looking for a native English speaking Communications Officer to work in their Turin, Italy office. The company is specialised in interaction design, ethnographic research


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobility Foundation of Digital Enterprise

Mobility Foundation of Digital Enterprise

In Baseline:  Becoming more true.  It is now an expectation that we have access anytime and anywhere. With the right data to support our decisions.   " ... Some industry experts view mobility as the foundation of the digitalIt's


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mashing up Docs and Spreadsheets

Mashing up Docs and Spreadsheets

In CWorld: I thought this was being done generally, but this is a better way it seems." ... Instead of building a suite of separate productivity apps, a la Microsoft Office, Quip plans to have a single "canvas" where it willThus


From BLOG@CACM

Satya Nadella and Grace Hopper

Satya Nadella and Grace Hopper

Thoughts about Satya Nadella's comments at the Grace Hopper Conference.


From Schneier on Security

NSA Classification ECI = Exceptionally Controlled Information

NSA Classification ECI = Exceptionally Controlled Information

ECI is a classification above Top Secret. It's for things that are so sensitive they're basically not written down, like the names of companies whose cryptography has been deliberately weakened by the NSA, or the names of agents


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Focuses On Roadmap In Cybersecurity Framework Comments

As part of its work on the Cybersecurity Framework (Framework), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sought comments from stakeholders on their experiences with it.  USACM has followed the development of


From BLOG@CACM

I Have Seen the Future…

I Have Seen the Future…

…At the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and the future of computing is women.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking about SuperIntelligence

Thinking about SuperIntelligence

Brought to my attention, a new book: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies  by Nick BostromWill be reading.  They write:" ... Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in generalThe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Demonstration of AI Using Quantum Computing

Demonstration of AI Using Quantum Computing

When we first visited quantum computing we suggested that some AI applications, like image analysis, would be good candidates for the technique.  Now this has come to pass.    In Slashdot:   " ... Machine learning algorithmsOriginal