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January 2017


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Chemist at Bennett Aerospace

Job of the Week: Computational Chemist at Bennett Aerospace

Bennett Aerospace has an opening for a highly motivated Research Scientist and Computational Chemist for the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), Environmental Laboratory (EL), Environmental…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey on Automation

McKinsey on Automation

The broader issues of how we automate is important.  As methods like AI start to be inserted into the business process, clear choices will have to be explored, made and continually monitored and improved.  A good article in McKinsey…


From Putting People First

Nissan turns to ethnographic research to inform the design of new models

Nissan turns to ethnographic research to inform the design of new models

During the futurist panel at the 2017 Automotive News World Congress, Rachel Nguyen, executive director of Nissan’s Future Lab, said understanding what the consumer wants will help brands define their experience. One method Nissan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forty Techniques for Data Science Analytics

Forty Techniques for Data Science Analytics

An excellent list and pointers to introductory articles on over forty data science techniques.  Have mentioned these before, worth the repeat.  By Vincent Granville.  The practitioner should know the basics of many of these.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

New Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability by ACM U.S. Public Policy Council

New Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability by ACM U.S. Public Policy Council

Recognizing the ubiquity of algorithms in our daily lives, as well as their far-reaching impact, the ACM US Public Policy Council issued a “Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability,” containing a list of seven…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 1874 Giant Squid Attack

Friday Squid Blogging: 1874 Giant Squid Attack

This article discusses a giant squid attack on a schooner off the coast of Sri Lanka in 1874. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

A Comment on the Trump Dossier

A Comment on the Trump Dossier

Imagine that you are someone in the CIA, concerned about the future of America. You have this Russian dossier on Donald Trump, which you have some evidence might be true. The smartest thing you can do is to leak it to the public…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Becoming the Voice of the IOT?

Alexa Becoming the Voice of the IOT?

 Maybe it won't be the 'brain', but will it be the voice of the IOT,  and through the IOT to many kinds of goods and services?   I would still bet on Google or others sculpting the brain,  but Amazon is leading the pack on voice…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Drone Aerodynamics

Supercomputing Drone Aerodynamics

In this video, researchers at NASA Ames explore the aerodynamics of a popular example of a small, battery-powered drone, a modified DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter. "The Phantom relies on four whirring rotors to generate enough thrust…


From insideHPC

Podcast: How Deep Learning Will Reshape Our Cities

Podcast: How Deep Learning Will Reshape Our Cities

In this AI Podcast, Lynn Richards, president and CEO of the Congress for New Urbanism and Charles Marohn, president and co-founder of Strong Towns, describe how AI will reshape our cities. "AI will do much more than automate …


From insideHPC

Video: Lenovo Powers Manufacturing Innovation at Hartree Centre

Video: Lenovo Powers Manufacturing Innovation at Hartree Centre

"STFC Hartree Centre needed a powerful, flexible server system that could drive research in energy efficiency as well as economic impact for its clients. By extending its System x platform with NeXtScale System, Hartree Centre…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Organizing Robotics

Self Organizing Robotics

Had not realized that Harvard was working on this.  Potential medical applications at least.   In the CACM:   " ... Harvard University's Self-Organizing Systems Research group has developed a "large-scale robot collective" that…


From insideHPC

IA Optimized Python Rocks in Production

IA Optimized Python Rocks in Production

"Intel recently announced the first product release of its High Performance Python distribution powered by Anaconda. The product provides a prebuilt easy-to-install Intel Architecture (IA) optimized Python for numerical and scientific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electric Cars Going Mainstream

Electric Cars Going Mainstream

A question many of us have been thinking about.    In Knowledge@Wharton, a good economic oriented view of the direction.    Innovation: When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream?


From Phys.org Technology News

What can history tell us about today's infrastructure crisis?

What can history tell us about today's infrastructure crisis?

On Tuesday, the University of Virginia's Miller Center released the eighth volume in its far-reaching First Year Project, an ongoing initiative to provide nonpartisan, history-based insight into major issues facing the next president…


From The Eponymous Pickle

January-February 2017 Analytics Magazine

January-February 2017 Analytics Magazine



Informs January-February 2017 Analytics Magazine
An issue with emphasis on the IoT and its evolution.  Such as on related business opportunities.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensors in the Internet of Things

Sensors in the Internet of Things

Good early introductory and pictorial piece on the interaction of sensors and sensing for the Internet of things.  Pointers to more resources.


From Schneier on Security

Internet Filtering in Authoritarian Regimes

Internet Filtering in Authoritarian Regimes

Interesting research: Sebastian Hellmeier, "The Dictator's Digital Toolkit: Explaining Variation in Internet Filtering in Authoritarian Regimes," Politics & Policy, 2016 (full paper is behind a paywall): Abstract: Following its…


From XRDS

Build your own Natural Language Processing based Intelligent Assistant using Python, It’s easy!

Build your own Natural Language Processing based Intelligent Assistant using Python, It’s easy!

Before we begin, let us talk about how Mike (a fictional character) spends a typical morning. Mike begins his day by searching for breakfast recipes on Google Now (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Now). After a filling breakfast…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pinterist uses Deep Learning

Pinterist uses Deep Learning

Nice example of a use of deep learning.

 Pinterest uses deep learning AI for better pin recommendations By Eric David

Pinterest Inc. revealed today that its Related Pins feature will now be powered by deep learning neural networks…


From insideHPC

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing Returns to Chicago in July

Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing Returns to Chicago in July

untitled-13-600x394"As a bridge to that future, this two-week program fills many gaps that exist in the training computational scientists typically receive through formal education or shorter courses. The 2017 ATPESC program will be held at a new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Collaborating Micro-Drone Swarms

Autonomous Collaborating Micro-Drone Swarms

The autonomy of such drones and drone swarms indicates an unprecedented depth of decision making driven by AI.  Implications are very broad.

Pentagon successfully tests micro-drone swarm  In mPhys: 
The Pentagon may soon be unleashing…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Given More Ability to Share Raw Intelligence Data

NSA Given More Ability to Share Raw Intelligence Data

President Obama has changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, allowing the NSA to share raw data with the US's other 16 intelligence agencies. The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Jill Watson at Ga Tech

Jill Watson at Ga Tech

Have worked with many TA's myself, so this is interesting.  It also relates to chatbots too, lessons to are to be learned here.   As in all tests of this type I wonder about the difference between providing value to someone versus…


From Computational Complexity

Guest Post about the first Women in Computational Topology (WinCompTop) Workshop

The first Women in Computational Topology WinCompTop workshop was held in August at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in Minneapolis, MN.  In total, 27 women participated, ranging from undergraduates to…


From insideHPC

Upgraded Bridges Supercomputer Now in Production

Upgraded Bridges Supercomputer Now in Production

Bridges’ topology, illustrated with the Bridges Virtual Tour"Bridges’ new nodes add large-memory and GPU resources that enable researchers who have never used high-performance computing to easily scale their applications to tackle much larger analyses,” says Nick Nystrom, principal investigator…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ACM Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

ACM Statement on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

The well known ACM professional society issued a statement about algorithmic transparency and accountability today.  I have been a member and participant for many years.   Algorithms have been part of computing forever, but only…


From insideHPC

IBM Rolls Out All-flash Storage for Cognitive Workloads

IBM Rolls Out All-flash Storage for Cognitive Workloads

ds8880"The DS8880 All-Flash family is targeted at users that have experienced poor storage performance due to latency, low server utilization, high energy consumption, low system availability and high operating costs. These same users…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Releases Open Quantum Software Environment

D-Wave Releases Open Quantum Software Environment

dwaveContinuum"Just as a software ecosystem helped to create the immense computing industry that exists today, building a quantum computing industry will require software accessible to the developer community,” said Bo Ewald, president, D-Wave…


From insideHPC

A Decade of Multicore Parallelism with Intel TBB

A Decade of Multicore Parallelism with Intel TBB

Gears Working TogetherWhile HPC developers worry about squeezing out the ultimate performance while running an application on dedicated cores, Intel TBB tackles a problem that HPC users never worry about: How can you make parallelism work well when…

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