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July 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating Cardiovascular Drugs

Simulating Cardiovascular Drugs

The idea of this kind of in-silico drug testing has been around for a long time, we worked briefly with an effort at the University of California San Diego in a related effort.    Simulation is a powerful capability, if you can


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Buy Button Test

Facebook Buy Button Test

In Retailwire:  Will people buy directly on Facebook?  Possibly, but I have never see FB as a commercial context.   A test is underway.  " ... Users on desktop or mobile will be able to click the Buy call-to-action button on


From The Eponymous Pickle

High Resolution Flexible Display

High Resolution Flexible Display

Flexible screens continue to emerge.  We examined them for applications like advanced packaging and integrated shelf displays.  Its likely now that they will be used for wearable applications as well.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson and Academic Institutions

Watson and Academic Institutions

Have had some discussions on this concept.  There is considerable interest in academia, but the ideas have to be tied to course structure, AND be of real interest to hiring companies.  You have to work both sides of the knowledge


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 21 July 2014

Interesting Links 21 July 2014

What a week I had last week. The CSTA Annual Conference, the National CS Principles Summit and then the CSTA Board meeting. I need a rest. I tweeted a lot from the first two events. Not from the board meeting though because that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Project Adam AI for Visual Recognition

Project Adam AI for Visual Recognition

There is more going on in AI than just IBM's Watson, here more focused, addressing one of the most important tasks of sensory recognition.  In TechTimes:     See also comparisons to similar work by Google. " ... Microsoft isMicrosoft


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinkvine and Damon Ragusa

Thinkvine and Damon Ragusa

Have followed Thinkvine here for some time, out enterprise connected with them and have touched base  number of times since their creation in 2000 by Damon Ragusa.     They have done some very novel  work integrating agent based


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lost Links

Lost Links

Received another query about links that no longer point to the information that they should.  This is a common thing on the Web.   Unless what you are pointing to is a entity that has the resources to maintain their content,'Internet


From BLOG@CACM

Human Subjects Research for the Twenty-First Century, or, What Can We Learn from the Facebook Mood Study?

Human Subjects Research for the Twenty-First Century, or, What Can We Learn from the Facebook Mood Study?

There is tremendous value to society in doing large-scale A/B studies, and the current framework we have for human subjects research is a poor match for the 21st century. Furthermore, the Facebook mood study is just one of many


From Putting People First

Baking behavioral nudges into the products we own

Baking behavioral nudges into the products we own

Maria Bezaitis, PhD and Principal Engineer of Intel’s User Experience Ethnographic Research Lab, discusses the Real World Web and how internet-enabled sensors will create new kinds of intimacies and engagements. “Commitment and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearables in the Enterprise

Wearables in the Enterprise

Will wearables be widespread in the enterprise?  Well not too many years ago I could not have imagined hand held computer-phones there.    An interview with Bill Briggs of Deloitte.  " ... Deloitte Digital, a mix of ‘ creative


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning from Extreme Consumers

Learning from Extreme Consumers

In Experientia:  " ... Traditional market research methods focus on understanding the average experiences of average consumers. This focus leads to gaps in our knowledge of consumer behavior and often fails to uncover insights


From The Eponymous Pickle

Forbes Sells Majority Stake to International Investors

Forbes Sells Majority Stake to International Investors

This was of interest because I had a very small connection to Forbes.   'To accelerate growth they say ... '.  I liked their coverage of technical and management issues.  How this will change it is unclear.  ' ... Forbes Family


From Putting People First

[Book]: Nursing Research Using Ethnography

[Book]: Nursing Research Using Ethnography

Nursing Research Using Ethnography: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing Mary De Chesnay, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN (Editor) Pub. Date: 08/28/2014 372 pp., Softcover Springer [Amazon] Ethnography is a qualitative research


From Putting People First

Learning from extreme consumers

Learning from extreme consumers

Learning from Extreme Consumers by Jill Avery, Michael I. Norton Teaching Note, 9 pages, January 2014 Traditional market research methods focus on understanding the average experiences of average consumers. This focus leads to


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Neuroscience

On Neuroscience

Short BBC piece that barely covers the topic.  Less about mind reading than it is about behavior understanding in context.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Bundles

Amazon Bundles

Amazon is Bundling. It has been talked about and tested  for a while, and I received an offer yesterday.  To pay a fixed monthly price for full online access to any number of a group of 600K books.   It's called bundling, and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Social Intelligence and Linkedin

Oracle Social Intelligence and Linkedin

In CWorld:  It is interesting that Linkedin is leveraging these kids of analytical techniques against the data that we are openly opening providing here.  Should this require further disclosure about what they are doing? " ..


From Putting People First

Jibo the “family robot” might be oddly charming, or just plain odd

Jibo the “family robot” might be oddly charming, or just plain odd

The “world’s first family robot” is based on efforts to elicit emotional response in humans—a powerful idea, but one fraught with challenges, writes Will Knight in the MIT Technology Review. “Resembling a static but animated


From Putting People First

Book: Enchanted Objects

Book: Enchanted Objects

Enchanted Objects: Design, Human Desire, and the Internet of Things by David Rose Scribner (July 15, 2014) July 15, 2014 320 pages [Amazon] In the tradition of Who Owns the Future? and The Second Machine Age, David Rose, an MIT


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Dissection

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Dissection

A six-hour video of a giant squid dissection from Auckland University of Technology. 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 Eponymous Pickle

Migrating to the Cloud

Migrating to the Cloud

In EETimes: " ... IBM is limbering up its cloud storage. Already committing $1.2 billion to establish for-rent datacenters in every country that needs them, today IBM announced a complete hardware/software/storage capability"With


From Schneier on Security

NASDAQ Hack

NASDAQ Hack

Long article on a sophisticated hacking of the NASDAQ stock exchange....


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Reflections on 'Learn to Program With Python'

Reflections on 'Learn to Program With Python'

This past June, I designed and taught an introductory programming course through Girl Develop It! Ottawa called Learn to Program With Python.  It was a two-part course hosted at Shopify and geared toward complete beginners. You


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Value in Content Marketing

Business Value in Content Marketing

In Clickz:  Includes a step by step look at what this means:" ... A new study shows marketers can't tie business value back to their content marketing tactics. So how can marketers better measure the success of their contentDefinition


From The Eponymous Pickle

Judging Risk is Difficult

Judging Risk is Difficult

Why we underestimate risk." ... In hindsight, many risks seem obvious.  And when we do take the time to evaluate potential risks, there is often not much that is profound about them.  Yet so many of us fall prey to unforeseen


From Putting People First

Financial consumer protection: 5 lessons from behavioral research

Financial consumer protection: 5 lessons from behavioral research

In its new Focus Note, Applying Behavioral Insights in Consumer Protection Policy, CGAP (a unit affiliated with the Worldbank) presents a summary of the growing evidence from consumer and behavioral research for consumer protection


From Putting People First

Improve the travel experience at airports

Improve the travel experience at airports

Over the past years the Amsterdam agency edenspeakermann_ collaborated in a European cooperation that aims to create a seamless air travel experience for passengers to Europe. As a result of research on four European airports


From The Eponymous Pickle

Paths to Learning

Paths to Learning

Stephen Few reviews a recent book on the Science Learning.  A good topic, because we still have much to learn about learning.  Worth a look, I plan to read:  " ... Many of the strongly held and frequently espoused notions about


From Schneier on Security

US National Guard is Getting Into Cyberwar

US National Guard is Getting Into Cyberwar

The Maryland Air National Guard needs a new facility for its cyberwar operations: The purpose of this facility is to house a Network Warfare Group and ISR Squadron. The Cyber mission includes a set of capabilities, expertise