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October 2014


From BLOG@CACM

Satya Nadella and Grace Hopper

Satya Nadella and Grace Hopper

Thoughts about Satya Nadella's comments at the Grace Hopper Conference.


From Schneier on Security

NSA Classification ECI = Exceptionally Controlled Information

NSA Classification ECI = Exceptionally Controlled Information

ECI is a classification above Top Secret. It's for things that are so sensitive they're basically not written down, like the names of companies whose cryptography has been deliberately weakened by the NSA, or the names of agents


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Focuses On Roadmap In Cybersecurity Framework Comments

As part of its work on the Cybersecurity Framework (Framework), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sought comments from stakeholders on their experiences with it.  USACM has followed the development of


From BLOG@CACM

I Have Seen the Future…

I Have Seen the Future…

…At the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and the future of computing is women.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thinking about SuperIntelligence

Thinking about SuperIntelligence

Brought to my attention, a new book: Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies  by Nick BostromWill be reading.  They write:" ... Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in generalThe


From The Eponymous Pickle

Demonstration of AI Using Quantum Computing

Demonstration of AI Using Quantum Computing

When we first visited quantum computing we suggested that some AI applications, like image analysis, would be good candidates for the technique.  Now this has come to pass.    In Slashdot:   " ... Machine learning algorithmsOriginal


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Towards Big Data Computing at Extreme-Scales

Periodically the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will highlight former CI Fellows to showcase their current research. The following was submitted by Dr. Ioan Raicu.  Former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Computing

      


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automatic Storytelling

Automatic Storytelling

Storytelling is a recent topic.  Normally a thing that people do.  To what degree can it be automated with a cognitive system?   The idea has been around for a long time, we thought of using it to outline advertisements.  ItSome


From Putting People First

With Electronic Medical Records, doctors read when they should talk

With Electronic Medical Records, doctors read when they should talk

And this can have tragic consequences. Like Ebola death tragic. Abigail Zuger, M.D., shares her own experience: “We do not really know whether dysfunctional software contributed to last month’s debacle in a Dallas emergency room


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Idea vs Implementation–Using What We Learn

Idea vs Implementation–Using What We Learn

You’re at a great conference and you are hearing all sorts of great ideas. It’s exciting! You hear about tools and techniques that are working wonders in the presenter’s school or in the schools the researcher or vendor repeats


From Schneier on Security

DEA Sets Up Fake Facebook Page in Woman's Name

DEA Sets Up Fake Facebook Page in Woman's Name

This is a creepy story. A woman has her phone seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency and gives them permission to look at her phone. Without her knowledge or consent, they steal photos off of the phone (the article says they were


From Schneier on Security

FOXACID Operations Manual

FOXACID Operations Manual

A few days ago, I saw this tweet: "Just a reminder that it is now *a full year* since Schneier cited it, and the FOXACID ops manual remains unpublished." It's true. The citation is this: According to a top-secret operational


From The Eponymous Pickle

Slideshare Apps Update

Slideshare Apps Update

New Slideshare apps are available for Android and IOS.   Impressed by the new interface.  Better display.  Slideshare provides a good way to access and utilize consistently and simply packaged knowledge.  Now has the ability


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cardboard VR

Cardboard VR

Google develops a cardboard VR viewer (Technical)." ... The Cardboard project aims at developing inexpensive virtual reality (VR) tools to allow everyone to enjoy VR in a simple, fun, and natural way. The VR Toolkit enables developers


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Mobile in E-Commerce

New Mobile in E-Commerce

In Marketing Mag:  New ways to interact and better personalization will emerge.  The future of better mobile. " ... Mobile is increasingly important for online retailers. Rohit Dadwal argues that as more and more customers are


From The Eponymous Pickle

Holiday Shopper Research

Holiday Shopper Research

Shopping never sleeps  More from Google retail. With statistics and visuals.  " ... This holiday shopping season will be our most connected ever, with devices at our fingertips helping us hunt for deals in stolen moments—whether


From BLOG@CACM

Anyone Can Learn Programming: Teaching > Genetics

Anyone Can Learn Programming: Teaching > Genetics

Way more important than the question "Is P==NP?" is the question, "Is teaching greater than genetics?"


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adapting with Speed

Adapting with Speed

Adapting with speed: How agile selling organizations win in a demanding environmentAdapting with speed in a rapidly changing CPG marketplace Winning CPG companies are adapting with speed in an evolving marketplace by anticipating


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation by Kraft

Innovation by Kraft

A fairly detailed piece on a focused and deliberate drive to innovation by Kraft.   " ... Kraft Foods is aiming for "white space" innovation, which looks for new opportunities in today's crowded marketplace, said Vice President


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Freestyle Gets Personal

Coke Freestyle Gets Personal

Saw some early ideas for delivering this.  Makes a lot of sense to personalize the sometimes complex interaction.  Plan to test. " ... Building on its legacy as a game-changing innovation, Coca-Cola Freestyle® is set to make


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIH invests $32 million for Biomedical Big Data

The National Institute of Health (NIH) has announced an initial investment of nearly $32 million for NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative which is projected to have a total investment of nearly $656 million through 2020…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Unleashed Meeting

Analytics Unleashed Meeting

Saw this late, but there will be an event at Wright State University this Thursday. Analytics Unleashed.  I plan to be there." ... Join the Raj Soin College of Business, and Teradata Chief Operations Officer Bruce A. Langos for


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toshiba Embedded Glasses Display

Toshiba Embedded Glasses Display

Another example of a head mounted display, competing with Google Glass.  More wearable tech. "  ... Called Toshiba Glass, they have a tiny, lightweight projector clipped onto one of the arms near the lens. That projector displays


From Schneier on Security

Surveillance in Schools

Surveillance in Schools

This essay, "Grooming students for a lifetime of surveillance," talks about the general trends in student surveillance. Related: essay on the need for student privacy in online learning....


From XRDS

Do no evil in research

Do no evil in research

Inbal Talgam-Cohen, Sean Follmer


From XRDS

Diverse responses to our diversty issue

Diverse responses to our diversty issue

XRDS Staff


From XRDS

New directions in language processing

New directions in language processing

Adrian Scoică, Daniel Bauer


From XRDS

Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Miriam Plieninger on language learning with Babbel

Daniel Bauer, Billy RathjeBabbel's Director of Didactics, Miriam Plieninger, weighs in on how mobile apps are rapidly changing the way we approach language learning.


From XRDS

Profile Geoffrey Hinton: unlocking the language of the brain

Profile Geoffrey Hinton: unlocking the language of the brain

Adrian Scoică


From XRDS

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM): Manchester, United Kingdom

Georgios Kontonatsios, Matt Shardlow