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September 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Chatbot

Microsoft Chatbot

I was late to learn about this, but here from Microsoft Research about an aborted chatbot called Tay, operating on Twitter, that apparently turned abusive. No mention here of MS's much better known bot Cortana. You do wonder…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Worlds of Co-Innovation

On Worlds of Co-Innovation

Actually have heard relatively little lately about cooperative innovation lately. Good to see this from the Cisco blog describing some of their efforts, with some interesting examples. And another post on defining co-innovation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Guidance on Robot Ethics

Towards Guidance on Robot Ethics

Scientists develop official guidance on robot ethics By Ryan Whitwam

It was decades ago when science fiction great Isaac Asimov imagined a world in which robots were commonplace. This was long before even the most rudimentary…


From insideHPC

Next Generation Sequencing

Next Generation Sequencing

genomicsWith a massive surge in genomics research, the ability to quickly process very large amounts of data is now required for any organization that is involved in genomics. While the cost has been reduced significantly, the amount…


From insideHPC

Avere Systems Unveils New Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) for the Enterprise

Avere Systems Unveils New Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) for the Enterprise

avere"The Avere C2N System transforms traditional storage environments into cloud infrastructure that scales from 120 Terabytes to more than five Petabytes to provide an easy and economical path to the cloud. Unlike other object storage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connected Consumers

Connected Consumers

Cisco blog on defining the connected Consumer

Defining the Connected Customer

Lets take a minute to define what we mean by the connected consumer.

First, lets not get too focused on the idea of Millennials or Generation Y users…


From Schneier on Security

More on the Equities Debate

More on the Equities Debate

This is an interesting back-and-forth: initial post by Dave Aitel and Matt Tait, a reply by Mailyn Filder, a short reply by Aitel, and a reply to the reply by Filder....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Generalized Dynamical Machine Learning

Generalized Dynamical Machine Learning

Fascinating short piece. Will this allow us to pay less attention to architecture of neural networks? Technical. Will take some time to digest. The term 'Generalized' warms your heart, but then you have to challenge: How

Generalized…


From Gdel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Proof Of The Halting Theorem

Toward teaching computability and complexity simultaneously Computing Large Numbers source Wilhelm Ackermann was a mathematician best known for work in constructive aspects of logic. The Ackermann function is named after him.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Social Interactions in a Teachable Agent

Designing Social Interactions in a Teachable Agent

This a reminder about our Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series this week, Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (9:30am CT, 7:30 am PT). Our presenter this week is Erin Walker from Arizona State University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdsourcing Science with Foldit

Crowdsourcing Science with Foldit

I recall reading about this some time ago, and wondering about the value of such methods. Our own R&D groups had looked at solving related problems. Here is an update I caught. Perhaps the best example of value from gamification…


From insideHPC

DDN Releases EXAScaler 3.0 Lustre Solution

DDN Releases EXAScaler 3.0 Lustre Solution

pm"EXAScaler 3.0 raises the bar for Lustre performance and management, said Laura Shepard, senior director of products and vertical markets, DDN. As the worlds most experienced Lustre provider, DDN leverages input from a broad …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The rise of dark circuits

The rise of dark circuits

The latest iPhone 7 from Apple has more computing peak power than most laptops. Apple pulled this off using a technology called ARM big.LITTLE where half of the processor is only used when high performance is needed, otherwise…


From insideHPC

Putting HPC into the Hands of Every Engineer and Scientist

Putting HPC into the Hands of Every Engineer and Scientist

Wolfgang Gentzsch, President, The UberCloudIn this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Wolfgang Gentzsch explains the role of HPC container technology in providing ubiquitous access to HPC. "The advent of lightweight pervasive, packageable, portable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

D-Wave Quantum Offers 1000X Speedup for Machine Learning

D-Wave Quantum Offers 1000X Speedup for Machine Learning

I Have been following D-Wave Quantum Computing for some time. And yes, if this plays out, it may well revolutionize aspects of machine learning. D-Wave has been used by NASA and Google. See my previous posts regarding D-Wave…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Defining the Shopping Experience

Digital Defining the Shopping Experience

Discussion of interest regarding a Deloitte study. In RetailWire:

Is digital defining the shopping experience? by Tom Ryan

According to a new Deloitte study, digital platforms such as Facebook and Google are operating at such…


From insideHPC

Adept Releases Open-Source Energy Measurement Tools for Parallel Hardware

Adept Releases Open-Source Energy Measurement Tools for Parallel Hardware

adeptToday, the European Adept Project wrapped up by releasing a set of open-source energy measurement tools. This is a significant step forward in understanding where exactly in a parallel computing system energy is consumed, says…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Call for White Papers

Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Call for White Papers

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will be sponsoring a visioning activityonSociotechnical Cybersecurity. As a part of this effort, the workshop organizing committee has released a call for white papers in order toboth…


From insideHPC

Quantum Names Molly Rector VP of Marketing

Quantum Names Molly Rector VP of Marketing

Molly Rector, VP of Marketing, Quantum Corp.Today Quantum announced that Molly Rector has joined the company as vice president, marketing. Rector brings more than 15 years of enterprise storage experience to the role, including 12 years as a chief marketing officer most…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Rolls Out Magna 1015 OpenPOWER Servers

Penguin Computing Rolls Out Magna 1015 OpenPOWER Servers

magna-1015Based on the Barreleye platform design pioneered by Rackspace and promoted by the OpenPOWER Foundation and the Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, Penguin Magna 1015 targets memory and I/O intensive workloads, including high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen and Programmatic Advertising

Nielsen and Programmatic Advertising

Interesting collaboration of players in advertising, retail, measurement and loyalty systems.

Nielsen Partners with I2C on Porgrammatic Venture
UK Nielsen is collaborating with Sainsbury's and Nectar card owner Aimia's partnership…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clark.AI for Taking Call Notes

Clark.AI for Taking Call Notes

An interesting, relatively focused example, of an AI assistant capability. Once a few of these take off, people will expect this kind of assistance. Have not examined this yet.

Meet Clark.AI, the AI that automatically
Everyone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Myths About an AI Future

Myths About an AI Future

Brought to my attention.

Its Going to Kill Us! and Other Myths About the Future
of Artificial Intelligence by Robert D Atkinson.

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, June 2016

The past decade has seen many important…


From insideHPC

Job Posting: Senior HPC Linux Systems Administrator

Job Posting: Senior HPC Linux Systems Administrator

Southern Methodist University is seeking a Senior Linux System Administrator for High Performance Computing (HPC) to build, maintain, operate and manage HPC systems. The individual in this position will have shared support responsibility…


From Schneier on Security

Periscope ATM Skimmers

Periscope ATM Skimmers

"Periscope skimmers" are the most sophisticated kind of ATM skimmers. They are entirely inside the ATM, meaning they're impossible to notice. They're been found in the US....


From Computer Science Teacher Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 19 September 2016

Interesting Links 19 September 2016

The big news last week was the launch of the CSforAll Consortium  with over 180 members committed to K12 CS Education. That was not all I picked up last week though. Im pleased to have a good bunch of links to share with you …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Debating the Rules of Brainstorming

Debating the Rules of Brainstorming

In Fastcompany: Still a debate. The key may be to just do it at all with as many participants as possible.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Assertiveness

Assertiveness

I like this series, which also links to related research. This Is How To Be More Assertive: 3 Powerful Secrets From Research. In particular in this edition: "How to Say No." Everyone needs that advice. I do.


From insideHPC

Video: Chapel Productive, Multiresolution Parallel Programming

Video: Chapel  Productive, Multiresolution Parallel Programming

chapel"Engineers at Cray noted that the HPC community was hungry for alternative parallel programming languages and developed Chapel as part of our response. The reaction from HPC users so far has been very encouragingmost would be…


From insideHPC

Dell Powers New HPC Cluster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dell Powers New HPC Cluster at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

21116887-mmmainToday the University of Alabama at Birmingham unveiled a new supercomputer powered by Dell. With a peak performance of 110 Teraflops, the system is 10 times faster than its predecessor. With their new Dell EMC HPC cluster, UAB…

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