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August 2014


From BLOG@CACM

Contributing to Humanity

Contributing to Humanity

Even as computer graphics professionals meet to learn from each other and celebrate their own, they acknowledge their shared understanding of the importance of giving back.


From Computational Complexity

Quetions that arose teaching HS students crypto

I taught a 3-week, 3-hours-a-day course to HS student titled Computer Science: A Hands Off Approach. Given that time constraints and the fact that some already know (say) Java and some don't know any language, this seemed like


From The Eponymous Pickle

About the End of Work

About the End of Work

In Kurzweil:   Podcast and text.  Kurzweil and company discuss the dilemma of no labor force." ... The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need you, or me either. Anything we can do, machines


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wikibrains Semantic Visualization Tool

Wikibrains Semantic Visualization Tool

Former colleague writes  Leon Markovitz writes:" ... Currently, I'm in TLV helping develop wikibrains.com, a cool tool to quickly create data visuals. We try to keep the UI as simple and minimalist as possible. ... Every connection


From Don't Panic

The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads - and that's ok.

The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads - and that's ok.

"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks." - Jeff Hammerbacher
There is a meme going around that too many programmers are wasting their careers working on meaningless software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lowes Innovation Labs

Lowes Innovation Labs

Formed in 2013.  Lowes Innovation Labs.  I like the strong innovation focus:" ... Lowe's Innovation Labs brings together uncommon partners to identify and tackle problems consumers face every day. SciFutures, a technology, research


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lowes Labs and Neuroscience Innovation

Lowes Labs and Neuroscience Innovation

Unaware of this work, taking a closer look. Has been a while since hearing of information from Lowes Innovation Labs." ... One company that Lowe's Innovation Labs has partnered with is Neurons Inc., a neuromarketing firm that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Auto Predictive Coding Systems

Auto Predictive Coding Systems

Received the following recently, have not examined it as yet, but passing it along. Abhirup Ghosh, IT Developer at AutoPredictiveCoding LLCWe develop predictive analytic platform/products over Hadoop.We have various product1


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Assembling Robots

Self Assembling Robots

Reported in CWorld:  " ... Scientists create self-assembling, working robots ... These origami robots can fold up and walk away ...  Then add to the mix that it's a laser-cut origami robot and you have the new robotic technology


From The Eponymous Pickle

Subscribing for Attention by P&G

Subscribing for Attention by P&G

In AdAge: P&G connecting to two very different subscription services. I like the innovative spirit.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drone Security

Drone Security

In CNN Money: Since this piece was written in March it seems the presence of drones is expected.    " ... The next threat to your privacy could be hovering over head while you walk down the street. Hackers have developed a drone


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation and Problem Solving

Innovation and Problem Solving

This is from the Knowledge@Wharton High School edition.   Following it now.  Nicely done podcasts and text. Wish I had access to this kind of information back then.   Covers real people doing real things today.  Not just educational


From The Eponymous Pickle

Balance of Rules in Business Process Models

Balance of Rules in Business Process Models

In the APQC Blog:  A space we looked at to try to balance process models using analytics.  Or analytics can also be embedded into the rules.   Fewer, simpler rules are better.  If only to manage them effectively.   Good piece


From The Eponymous Pickle

BBC Overviews Augmented Reality

BBC Overviews Augmented Reality

A good view in the BBC of the current state of augmented reality and mention of a number of real commercial applications in place.  For example, the IKEA catalog, previously covered in this space. See also AugmentedPixels, aMetaio


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Proteins and the Brain-Computer Interface

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Proteins and the Brain-Computer Interface

There's a protein in squid that might be useful in getting biological circuits to talk to computer circuits. 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

Technical State of the Internet of Things

Technical State of the Internet of Things

In the Cisco Blog:  A lengthy look at some of the technical underpinning of the Internet of Things from Cisco's perspective.    Links to a number of video snippets and further information as well.  Worth looking at.


From Schneier on Security

Eavesdropping by Visual Vibrations

Eavesdropping by Visual Vibrations

Researchers are able to recover sound through soundproof glass by recording the vibrations of a plastic bag. Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Laplace’s Demon

Demons and other curiosities Pierre-Simon Laplace was a French scientist, perhaps one of the greatest ever, French or otherwise. His work affected the way we look at both mathematics and physics, among other areas of science.


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Google's Report on Women in Computer Science, and What it Means for Me

Google's Report on Women in Computer Science, and What it Means for Me

A couple of months ago, Google came out with a report called Women Who Choose  Computer Science — What Really Matters.  It details a study Google conducted "to identify and understand the factors that influence young women’s

Creating


From The Eponymous Pickle

Art of Being Discontinuous

Art of Being Discontinuous

Set of slides that talks about the process of being discontinuous.  Some good thoughts.  With recommendations about how to include this in strategic thinking.  By Ian McCarthy, Professor of Technology and Operations Management


From Schneier on Security

Social Engineering a Telemarketer

Social Engineering a Telemarketer

Okay, this is funny....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Evaluation Report Comparing Industry vs. Academic Postdocs in Computing is Available

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Jane Stout, Director of CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP).   The CRA’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) has published a report on


From The Eponymous Pickle

Proposing a Metadata of Expertise

Proposing a Metadata of Expertise

A conversation brought up a topic which we called the 'Metadata of Expertise'.  Data that relates directly to the description of expertise.   A simplistic example might be a trend  line extracted from sales data, which would


From Putting People First

Dropbox’s Head of Design on the dawn of personalized products

Dropbox’s Head of Design on the dawn of personalized products

Soleio Cuervo, design lead at Dropbox, spends his time thinking of new ways for products to understand our needs and wants in real time. After years of firsthand work and observation, Cuervo has seen four ingredients emerge that


From Putting People First

Can technology really change your habits?

Can technology really change your habits?

Downloading an app won’t get you to change your habits. Vivian Giang writes on the science of what will. “There are three kinds of behavioral changes, according to Arun Sundararajan, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business


From Putting People First

No time to think

No time to think

Nowadays, people can keep negative thoughts at bay with a frenzy of activity. Kate Murphy writes on the consequences in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times. “You can’t solve or let go of problems if you don’t allow


From Computational Complexity

The n^{1/3} barrier for 2-server PIR's broken! A lesson for us all!

Recall: PIR stands for Private Information Retrieval. Here is the model: A database is an n-bit string (my wife tells me this is not true). The user wants to find the ith bit without the database knowing what bit the user  wants


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Why You Need Parentheses

Why You Need Parentheses

A friend posted the following image on Facebook. You’ve probably seen like it. Actually I have posted similar myself.The result, as you might expect, was people arguing over the answer. Is it 9 or is it 1? Obviously it is. I

double


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neurosynaptic Chips

Neurosynaptic Chips

Just announced in IBM Research:  " ... What is a cognitive chip? The latest SyNAPSE chip, introduced on August 7, 2014, has the potential to transform mobility by spurring innovation around an entirely new class of applications


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

Their latest newsletter.  Subscribe.  I follow them and write about their work from time to time, always something interesting to see.    Most recently results from symposia.  (not online here, but you can likely ask for thePurchase