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January 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comment Requirements Changed

Comment Requirements Changed

Due to increasing Spam in comments,  you now need to register to post a comment.  In addition, as before, all comments are moderated.  Historically this blog has few comments. I still welcome your thoughts, my address can be


From The Eponymous Pickle

The In-Store Internet of Things

The In-Store Internet of Things

In Retailwire:  From research by Cisco.  We talked to Cisco when the only connective technology was for this was phone and RFID tags.  Everything can and will be connected.  Good overview, shows again the need for better standards


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Buys Lift

Google Buys Lift

Late, but of interest.   A move in life sciences.  " ... Google has acquired Lift Labs, which makes a mechanical spoon for people suffering from tremors, in a move giving Google new technology for combating neurodegenerative


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Tech Trends for 2015: In the Know

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal posted the article, “The Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2015: Gadgets and Ideas With the Best Chance of Making an Impact … and What You Can Do to Prepare for Them.” It offered predictions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Shopping Myths from Data Insight

Mobile Shopping Myths from Data Insight

In McKinsey:   An instructive look at UK mobile data:" ... Understanding what matters in mobile is increasingly critical as people become ever more wedded to digital devices. In the United Kingdom, for instance, two out of three


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leadership Development in a Changing World

Leadership Development in a Changing World

My former enterprise is in the news with speculation about who the next CEO will be.   It is still mostly promotion from within there. Candidates mentioned for CEO are still all long time employees. How is this changing in aHBR


From Computational Complexity

There Should be an Algorithm

My high school daughter Molly was reading her Kindle and said "You know how you can choose a word and the Kindle will give you a definition. There should be an algorithm that chooses the right definition to display dependingword


From Putting People First

Ethnographic research of Davos delegates leads to some striking results

Ethnographic research of Davos delegates leads to some striking results

Every January, hundreds of politicians, CEOs, scientific experts, and celebrities gather for their annual meeting in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos to “improve the state of the world.” Yet, the World Economic Forum’s


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft HoloLens Demonstration

Microsoft HoloLens Demonstration

Saw a demonstration of Microsoft HoloLens today.  An impressive see-through visor that sits on your head and can give you 3-D holographic experiences.   Wirelessly.   Spatial Audio.  Gaze tracking. Gesture and Voice driven.  I


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Discovery with Unsupervised Learning

Knowledge Discovery with Unsupervised Learning

Fascinating example using Bayesia's graphical methods.   I like how the visualization leads to useful  implications of the discovery.  Easy to follow example with stock market data.  Links to a complete tutorial.   Why Stocks


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Computing Book

Cognitive Computing Book

Cognitive Computing, A Brief Guide for Game Changers  by Peter Fingar,  just received.  I commented on early versions.   They write:" ... This book is a concise report on the most noteworthy developments in artificial intelligence


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Robots For Teaching Programming

Robots For Teaching Programming

One of my most popular posts has been a collection of links to block programming (drag and drop programming) tools and languages. The other day it occurred to me that a similar list for programming with robots might be useful


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Product Development and Big Data

New Product Development and Big Data

Below is an  collaborative webinar featuring two groups I have done work with.  And includes Tom Davenport, who included our analytics efforts at Procter & Gamble in his books.   I am looking forward to attend." ....WHAT: How


From The Eponymous Pickle

When to Analyze Big Data

When to Analyze Big Data

In Smart Data Collective, by Richard Boire  I like the mentions of real time data,and also that we need to look at longitudinal (historical) views to understand its implications.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Xerox Licenses Thinfilm Labels

Xerox Licenses Thinfilm Labels

Interesting characteristics of this labeling system, with likely applications to Internet of things applications." ... Each label, costing a few pennies, is a plastic tag that’s based on ferroelectric capacitors and allows for


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon pulls Diaper Brand

Amazon pulls Diaper Brand

This very notable private label introduction has been pulled after six weeks on the market.  In GigaOM.  They say for redesign.   Do expect more examples of private label CPG from Amazon, leveraging their delivery and consumer


From Schneier on Security

Defending Against Liar Buyer Fraud

Defending Against Liar Buyer Fraud

It's a common fraud on sites like eBay: buyers falsely claim that they never received a purchased item in the mail. Here's a paper on defending against this fraud through basic psychological security measures. It's preliminary


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. Copyright Office Invites Public Input for 2015 DMCA Rulemaking

The U.S. Copyright Office is accepting public input on proposed exemptions to the prohibitions against circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This process takes place every three years. The deadline


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hyper Relevance in Retail

Hyper Relevance in Retail

So what is hyper relevance?  And all about dark assets that you are not using. Read about it in the Cisco blog.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personality Judgements by Computer

Personality Judgements by Computer

Supporting information for a proposed project:" ... This study compares the accuracy of personality judgment—a ubiquitous and important social-cognitive activity—between computer models and humans. Using several criteria, we


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Big Data, Data Science, and other Buzzwords that Really Matter

The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized a new seminar series on Data Science, Big Data, and Internet of Things. The series is a monthly one-hour informational presentation…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of January 20

January 20 President Obama will give his State of the Union address. 9 p.m., Capitol Building January 21 Hearing: The Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Mobile Business in the Enterprise

New Mobile Business in the Enterprise

We looked at this topic a dozen years ago in the enterprise.  It is not only just about phone calls, but also about how two way, interactive, data rich interactions can be supported.  Its about creating foundational businessMore


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pizza Business Insights

Pizza Business Insights

In GigaOM:  Case study of the use of Splunk for mining business insight by Dominos.  Intrigued by the use of this new capability, especially for time domain, real time examples in marketing.  " ....  Domino’s can make more precise


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearable Data in the Medical Record

Wearable Data in the Medical Record

In Forbes: Wearables and analytical value.  Should they be in the medical record?" ... The great promise of wearables for medicine includes the opportunity for health measurement to participate more naturally in the flow of our


From Schneier on Security

Accountability as a Security System

Accountability as a Security System

At a CATO surveillance event last month, Ben Wittes talked about inherent presidential powers of surveillance with this hypothetical: "What should Congress have to say about the rules when Barack Obama wants to know what Vladimir


From Putting People First

Pfizer uses ethnography and medical anthropology in drug development process

Pfizer uses ethnography and medical anthropology in drug development process

In 2013 Pfizer leadership realized that to better enable patient engagement throughout the entirety of the drug discovery, development, and delivery process, the company needed to be more systematic. Pfizer CMO Freda Lewis-Hall


From Wild WebMink

Legislating For Unicorns

Legislating For Unicorns

When Julian Huppert MP (Lib-Dem) asked the Home Secretary Theresa May MP (Con) if banning encryption – as the Prime Minister had been interpreted as saying – is “genuinely what the Home Secretary wants to do?”, she evaded him


From Putting People First

Microsoft survey in 12 countries highlights people’s concerns about privacy

Microsoft survey in 12 countries highlights people’s concerns about privacy

Microsoft’s second annual survey (pdf) of Internet users around the world has many obvious insights on the benefits of technology for how people shop, work, learn, and generally get stuff done, but only one real news item: people’s


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turning a Boring Task into a Game

Turning a Boring Task into a Game

A classic reason for gamifying a task.  In the news today:  The Airport Scanner game shows how you can get millions of people to perform the luggage scanning task as a simple game.   In a former role I worked on a related gamification