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May 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Declares an AI Spring

Google Declares an AI Spring

Words from Google's AI chief.  Driven by machine learning and specific advances in language and image understanding at Google. Cognitive knowledge interaction by Watson.    Retail voice channels by Amazon.  And others. And also


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Making Public Information Secret

A way to recover and enforce privacy McNealy bio source Scott McNealy, when he was the CEO of Sun Microsystems, famously said nearly 15 years ago, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” Today I want to talk about how to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another Messaging App or Service Concierge

Another Messaging App or Service Concierge

In Verge:   Did remind me of Hangouts at first, but then with AI and better voice recognition included.   More assistant like.    Concierge like.    A replacement of Apps?   That gets you to the service that you need.   Built


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Explosives

Detecting Explosives

Really interesting article on the difficulties involved with explosive detection at airport security checkpoints. Abstract: The mid-air bombing of a Somali passenger jet in February was a wake-up call for security agencies and


From insideHPC

Podcast: TACC Powers Zika Hackathon to Fight Disease

Podcast: TACC Powers Zika Hackathon to Fight Disease

In this TACC podcast, Ari Kahn from the Texas Advanced Computing Center and Eddie Garcia from Cloudera describe a recent Hackathon in Austin designed to tackle data challenges in the fight against the Zika virus. The Texas Advanced


From XRDS

42 Tips to Increase Your Website’s Rank from UConn Students

42 Tips to Increase Your Website’s Rank from UConn Students

At the University of Connecticut, undergraduate students majoring in Computer Science studied Google’s PageRank algorithm as a practice on stochastic processes and their applications. After their research on the algorithm along


From insideHPC

Nvidia M60 GPU to Speed Virtual Desktops on IBM Cloud

Nvidia M60 GPU to Speed Virtual Desktops on IBM Cloud

"With NVIDIA GPU technology on IBM Cloud, we are one step closer to offering supercomputing performance on a pay-as-you-go basis, which makes this new approach to tackling big data problems accessible to customers of all sizes


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Store and Modern Retail

Apple Store and Modern Retail

We used the Apple store as a model for potential future retail.   In Retailwire, recent look and criticism of its redesign and implications for complex technical retail.  Its still a crowded place, but is it now just aesthetics


From insideHPC

Larry Smarr Presents: Using Supercomputers to Reveal your Inner Microbiome

Larry Smarr Presents: Using Supercomputers to Reveal your Inner Microbiome

"I have been collecting massive amounts of data from my own body over the last ten years, which reveals detailed examples of the episodic evolution of this coupled immune-microbial system. An elaborate software pipeline, running


From Phys.org Technology News

Is Kelly Slater's artificial wave the future of surfing?

Is Kelly Slater's artificial wave the future of surfing?

Surfers had never seen a spot like it: head-high waves unfurling like wrapping paper in pristine, tapering cylinders for more than a quarter-mile, with not a soul out to catch them.


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Hidden Lava Lakes

Supercomputing Hidden Lava Lakes

The Piz Daint supercomputer spotted a large reservoir of magma right below the tiny South Korean island of Ulleung. No harm to humans is expected, but the origin of the magma pool remains unclear.

The post Supercomputing Hidden


From insideHPC

IBM to Fight Zika with World Community Grid

IBM to Fight Zika with World Community Grid

"Enlisting the help of World Community Grid volunteers will enable us to computationally evaluate over 20 million compounds in just the initial phase and potentially up to 90 million compounds in future phases," said Carolina


From Phys.org Technology News

Could Hollywood technology help your health?

Could Hollywood technology help your health?

The same technology used by the entertainment industry to animate characters such as Gollum in The Lord of The Rings films, will be used to help train elite athletes, for medical diagnosis and even to help improve prosthetic


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amsterdam as a Smart City

Amsterdam as a Smart City

Via MIT Sloan, only available for a limited time.  What overlaps exist with supply chain issues?   How about cognitive data interaction?  May require registration.   Possibly also available from EY. See also the Amsterdam Smart


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blackchain for Data data Origin and Accuracy

Blackchain for Data data Origin and Accuracy

Have worked on several projects in the last few years that dealt directly with this broad concept.  Is your data correct?   Accurate?   A governance challengeIn Information Management: " .... Blockchain technologies—the technical


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Creates an Assistant

Google Creates an Assistant

Technology review reports on today's I/O presentations:I like the model of a 'Concierge',  it was the same method we used in our own bot experiment.  Break up information sources into key segments of data, knowledge, people,"


From Phys.org Technology News

Dynamic dazzle distorts speed

Dynamic dazzle distorts speed

Dazzle camouflage, as used on World War I battleships to fool U-boat commanders, has been modernised for the twenty-first century with moving patterns.


From Phys.org Technology News

Football fans to get smartphone vote to substitute player

Football fans to get smartphone vote to substitute player

An English Premier League club wants to allow supporters to vote via smartphone for the player they want substituted during a match, a data analyst has told a Doha football conference.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Store your (Big) Data in the Code of Life?

Store your (Big) Data in the Code of Life?

The following is a special contribution to this blog by CCC Executive Council Member Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Full disclosure: He is working with one of the authors—Luis Ceze—and Tom Wenisch on visioning


From insideHPC

Dr. Pam McCauley to Keynote XSEDE16

Dr. Pam McCauley to Keynote XSEDE16

Today XSEDE announced that Dr. Pamela McCauley has been named a plenary speaker for the XSEDE16 conference. In this dynamic keynote address, McCauley will discuss the impact of innovation on individuals, nations, and the global


From insideHPC

Video: Best Practices in HPC Software Development

Video: Best Practices in HPC Software Development

"Scientific code developers have increasingly been adopting software processes derived from the mainstream (non-scientific) community. Software practices are typically adopted when continuing without them becomes impractical.


From insideHPC

Nvidia CTO Steve Oberlin to Discuss Rise of GPUs at NCSA 30th Anniversary

Nvidia CTO Steve Oberlin to Discuss Rise of GPUs at NCSA 30th Anniversary

Steve Oberlin, chief technology officer for accelerated computing at NVIDIA, will give two NCSA 30th Anniversary Featured Lectures on May 26. The morning talk is tailored for NCSA staff, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Sensemaking in a Noisy World

Data Sensemaking in a Noisy World

CSIG invited talk today by K. Selcuk Candan Arizona State University : ...   “Data-Driven Sensemaking in an Evolving, Noisy World”.   which is almost always the challenge with real world data .  Slides here.


From insideHPC

Slimming Down Supercomputer Power Bills

Slimming Down Supercomputer Power Bills

Any performance improvements that could be wrung out of supercomputers by adding more power have long been exhausted. New supercomputers demand new options that will give scientists a sleek, efficient partner in making new discoveries


From The Eponymous Pickle

Let's Teach our Computers

Let's Teach our Computers

Wired brings up a very old idea in AI.  You should not have to write code that computers use to operate with.  That's messy, prone to error and expensive,  In particular it is hard to maintain as our world changes.   Computers


From insideHPC

Using Vectors on Intel Xeon Phi

Using Vectors on Intel Xeon Phi

The use of vector instructions can speed up applications tremendously when used correctly. The benefit is that much more work can be done in a clock cycle than by performing the operation one at a time. The Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor


From Phys.org Technology News

'Technical issue' briefly cripples Swedish air traffic

'Technical issue' briefly cripples Swedish air traffic

"A technical issue" temporarily affected air traffic control operations in large parts of Sweden on Thursday, barring planes from taking off for 90 minutes, authorities said.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Renewed Focus on AI

Google's Renewed Focus on AI

Out of the Google I/O conference this week.  Good overview. A continuation of their long time attention on the application of AI.  Have been covering a number of these items in this blog.  Continue to get queries from the enterprise


From Computational Complexity

Upfronts

The US television industry has long fascinated me, an entertainment outlet driven by technology. David Sarnoff introduced television at the World's Fair in 1939 and developed the NBC network to provide content so people would


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gazerecorder Eye Tracking

Gazerecorder Eye Tracking

Brought to my attention by a client connection.    In Sourceforge, a new version 1.9 of Gazerecorder  " ... WebCam Eye Tracking for usability testing ... " .  See also their web site.    A broad overview with images. 

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