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November 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Team Innovation and the Art of Problem Solving

Team Innovation and the Art of Problem Solving

A High school oriented piece that is quite useful.    Would have loved to have seen this kind of thing when I was in school, or when I had bright kids in school." .. Talk of innovation is everywhere in the business world. To


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uber of Food Delivery

Uber of Food Delivery

In Smartblogs: The expansion of food delivery based on new supply chain services and big data.  " .... A new and growing generation of food delivery services is winning investors and customers, and using Big Data to drive sales


From Computational Complexity

A November to Remember

The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing opens in the US on November 28. If you read this blog you should see that movie. If one challenged British scientist biograph is not enough for you, The Theory of


From Putting People First

The Banks of the Future: An Experience Design Perspective

The Banks of the Future: An Experience Design Perspective

Banks should shift their role from payment processors to trusted consumer advisors by focusing on the customer experience, argues Rob Girling in an Op-Ed piece for PSFL. “My advice to banks is to start by looking from the outside


From Putting People First

[Book] Design for Policy

[Book] Design for Policy

Design for Policy Edited by Christian Bason, Chief Executive, Danish Design Centre Series: Design for Social Responsibility Hardcover: 250 pages Publisher: Gower Pub Co; December 28, 2014 Design for Policy is the first publication


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Two Versus Three

The role of 2 and 3 in mathematics Electrika source Margaret Farrar was the first crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times. Ken fondly recalls seeing her name while watching his father do the daily and weekly NYT puzzles—they


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Value

Big Data Value

A favorite topic of mine, the current and forecast value of data, Big or otherwise.  I gave a talk on it today to the ISSIP.  International Society of Service Innovation Professionals .... with a mission to promote Service Innovation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re-Designing the Business Model

Re-Designing the Business Model

In Knowledge@Wharton:" ... Innovation has become a buzzword in business today, as new-product sales advantages so often flow from new designs or features. Think mobile phones, tablets, or even autos. But apart from product or


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design as Business Competency

Design as Business Competency

In Marketing Mag: " ... Design as a business competency has never been more important, writes Designworks’ Tim Riches, and the winners of this year’s Good Design Awards prove the point and offer great insight into the convergence


From BLOG@CACM

The Toy Aisle Matters More Than Ever: Girls and Computing

The Toy Aisle Matters More Than Ever: Girls and Computing

A look at the toy aisle and the message it sends girls (and boys), from the 1970s to today. 


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Research Highlight: ExCAPE

Periodically, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will highlight research projects that are nominated by the public. Research highlights are meant to inform the computing community about interesting research going on in

      


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

TouchDevelop on Student Devices

TouchDevelop on Student Devices

I have this sort of love/hate relationship with web based applications. I had reason for a bit of both today. I like to introduce students to programming using TouchDevelop which is a web app for most people although there is


From BLOG@CACM

Animal-Human Computer Interaction: The First International Congress Report

Animal-Human Computer Interaction: The First International Congress Report

Was the Internet communication really invented exclusively for humans, or do you think your cat should join your weekend teleconference?


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Perfectionism is not the same as having high standards

Perfectionism is not the same as having high standards

A lot of what I do is… quite frankly… not very good. To put it differently, almost everything I do fails to meet my quality standards. So I am constantly fighting to do better. It is not perfectionism. Perfectionism is the refusal


From Putting People First

Fundamental principles of great UX design

Fundamental principles of great UX design

In this edition of Ask UXmatters (a series curated by Janet M. Six), an eight-person expert panel looks at the importance of considering the fundamental principles of great design — not just UX design principles, but design principles


From Putting People First

A profile of Elizabeth F. Churchill, Director of User Experience at Google

A profile of Elizabeth F. Churchill, Director of User Experience at Google

As part of an on-going series profiling people, institutions and programs in the EPIC People community, Katharina Rochjadi of Swinburne University of Technology has now profiled Elizabeth F. Churchill, Director of User Experience


From Putting People First

Why wearables should be free

Why wearables should be free

Companies shouldn’t just give out wearables for free; they should pay users for data, argues Hans Neubert, frog’s chief creative officer. “Owners of wearable technology, like the upcoming Apple Watch or Microsoft Band, are the


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Performance Computing in CPG

High Performance Computing in CPG

Video by a former colleague,  Tom Lange, about how High Performance Computing (HPC) is used in consumer packaged goods at Procter & Gamble.   " ... From toothpaste to diapers to dish soap, companies like Procter & Gamble useAnd


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparing the Social Landscape in 2014

Comparing the Social Landscape in 2014

A one page landscape infographic view of the eight most common types of social media in 2014. Nicely done, but specifics in this space do change quickly.  Includes useful statistics about usage trends as well.  I find that people


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mail Re-Imagined in Verse

Mail Re-Imagined in Verse

Today from IBM.   Mail that understands you ... Imagine email that works for you instead of email that makes you work. .... Guided by analytics, IBM Verse learns your behaviors to adapt to the way you work, wherever you work.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decision Making is Unconscious

Decision Making is Unconscious

Len Stein writes:" ... Marketers are realizing that decision making is largely an unconscious process. While neuro-scientists continue to expand our knowledge of how the brain functions, psychology will determine how specific


From Schneier on Security

A New Free CA

A New Free CA

Announcing Let's Encrypt, a new free certificate authority. This is a joint project of EFF, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, and the University of Michigan. This is an absolutely fantastic idea. The anchor for any TLS-protected communication


From Schneier on Security

Whatsapp Is Now End-to-End Encrypted

Whatsapp Is Now End-to-End Encrypted

Whatapp is now offering end-to-end message encryption: Whatsapp will integrate the open-source software Textsecure, created by privacy-focused non-profit Open Whisper Systems, which scrambles messages with a cryptographic key


From The Eponymous Pickle

MICA Intel Wearable is Fashionable

MICA Intel Wearable is Fashionable

Fashion changes.  Pricey at $495.  Will all jewelry soon have an option for computer augmentation?   Intel is an unexpected participant.  I do like the fact that, unlike options like Glass, it's functionality can be completely


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understanding the Face of Emotion

Understanding the Face of Emotion

Determining emotion from facial images. A long term research and innovation interest.  Here news of a September talk in Edge HeadCon.  The introductory piece also has some interesting details.  Is this breaching the last outpost


From Schneier on Security

Snarky 1992 NSA Report on Academic Cryptography

Snarky 1992 NSA Report on Academic Cryptography

The NSA recently declassified a report on the Eurocrypt '92 conference. Honestly, I share some of the writer's opinions on the more theoretical stuff. I know it's important, but it's not something I care all that much about..


From BLOG@CACM

Why Does HPC Matter?

Why Does HPC Matter?

SC14 launched this year’s gala with a new plenary session to highlight the advancements that HPC enables in everything from soap to safer cars to the discovery of the origins of our universe.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Top Secret Rosies

Top Secret Rosies

This week I have been showing the movie "Top Secret Rosies" to my freshmen students. It’s a wonderful story about some long unsung heroes of both World War II and computing. As introduced on the related web page:

In 1942, when


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Glass not Taking Off

Google Glass not Taking Off

It was only early this year I was looking at a way to use Glass to aid in some compliance applications. We approached Google, but got no interest. Now Glass appears to be fading.  They still have immediate value for hands-free


From The Eponymous Pickle

Next 50 Years of Management

Next 50 Years of Management

McKinsey's always interesting contributions, a look forward at the next 50 years:McKinsey Quarterly’s 50th anniversary editionIn this unique anniversary edition of the Quarterly, leading management thinkers tackle the management