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April 2016


From Putting People First

[Book] The Politics of Design

[Book] The Politics of Design

The Politics of Design: A (Not so) Global Manual for Visual Communication By Ruben Pater BIS Publishers May 2015 Many designs that appear in today’s society will circulate and encounter audiences of many different cultures and


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Numbers at Amazon and Wal-Mart

Supply Chain Numbers at Amazon and Wal-Mart

A look at retail heavyweights, their numbers and some key innovations:Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2016Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important RetailersI think it is rather safe to say that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Failing and Succeeding in the Digital World

Failing and Succeeding in the Digital World

Podcast in Knowledge@Wharton: It is counterintuitive to celebrate failures as well as successes. But that is precisely what needs to happen if companies wish to spark a culture of innovation, says Ganesh Ayyar, CEO of Mphasis


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at the Virtual Assistant Landscape

A Look at the Virtual Assistant Landscape

Nicely done view of what is going on, with considerable variance in the definition of assistant.  Useful to see the extensive examples here.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Browsing the Web in Virtual Reality

Browsing the Web in Virtual Reality

Has been proposed a number of times.   Is this useful?  Likely to be created and used?  In the relatively early days of the Web you could browse 2D representations of the organization of the web as a tree.  To my knowledge this


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procurement Undergoing Digital Revolution

Procurement Undergoing Digital Revolution

Thoughts on a Deloitte study in Supply Chain Digest.  " .... After a Period of People Expansion, Procurement Now Being Asked to Do More with Less; the Two Tracks for Digitization ... " .  An area I have followed for years, further


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Voice Service with Java on Raspberry Pi

Alexa Voice Service with Java on Raspberry Pi

I am very late to this, I see lots of people have it working.  All the steps are there, but its an advanced project that requires buying a number of additional parts, some programming understanding, and attention to detail, should


From The Eponymous Pickle

Soft Robotic Fingers

Soft Robotic Fingers

We addressed this issue for a robotics application.  Haptics is touch.In the CACM:Soft Robotic Fingers Recognize Objects by FeelDaniela Rus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial


From insideHPC

Video: Intel’s Machine Learning Strategy

Video: Intel’s Machine Learning Strategy

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Gary Paek from Intel presents: Intel's Machine Learning Strategy. "Earlier this week, Intel announced the inception of the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library (Intel DAAL)


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Application Performance Engineer at Mellanox

Job of the Week: HPC Application Performance Engineer at Mellanox

Mellanox is seeking an HPC Application Performance Engineer in our Job of the Week. "Mellanox Technologies is looking for a talented engineer to lead datacenter application performance optimization and benchmarking over Mellanox


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Quantum Supremacy and Complexity

An AMS article by Gil Kalai updates his skeptical position on quantum computers Cropped from Rothschild Prize source Gil Kalai is a popularizer of mathematics as well as a great researcher. His blog has some entries on Polymath


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: My Little Cephalopod

Friday Squid Blogging: My Little Cephalopod

I assume this is more amusing to people who know about My Little Pony. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From insideHPC

University of Iceland Unveils Lenovo Supercomputer

University of Iceland Unveils Lenovo Supercomputer

Today the University of Iceland unveiled a new supercomputer that will boost research in a range of scientific areas. Manufactured by Lenovo, the cluster was funded by the Research Infrastructure Fund Iceland with matching funds


From Schneier on Security

Encryption Backdoor Cartoons

Encryption Backdoor Cartoons

Dilbert has a series: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. SMBC. And three more that make it clear this is a security vs. surveillance debate. Also this....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing AI

Marketing AI

Examples of coming Marketing AI.  by Jeremy Wilson" ... With all the buzz about artificial intelligence and the launch of the Facebook bot marketplace, I thought it might be helpful to look at the potential implications for marketers


From insideHPC

HPC Benchmarking Results for Intel Broadwell Processors

HPC Benchmarking Results for Intel Broadwell Processors

Over at the Dell HPC Community Blog, Ashish Kumar Singh, Mayura Deshmukh and Neha Kashyap discuss the performance characterization of Intel Broadwell processors with High Performance LINPACK (HPL) and STREAM benchmarks.

The post


From The Eponymous Pickle

Magic Leap Virtual Reality

Magic Leap Virtual Reality

In Wired: A new kind of  virtual reality augmentation, with much less needed equipment in the way?   Making it a kind of augmented reality without some of the clumsiness?  Still under development, with lots of funding appearing


From insideHPC

Video: Cloud for the “Missing Middle”

Video: Cloud for the “Missing Middle”

Leo Reiter from Nimbix presented this deck at the HPC User Forum. “Nimbix is a pure high performance computing cloud built for volume, speed and simplicity. We give people the tools and the processing power to solve their biggest


From insideHPC

Michael Klemm Appointed CEO of OpenMP ARB

Michael Klemm Appointed CEO of OpenMP ARB

The Board of Directors of the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Klemm as the new CEO of the OpenMP organization, a group of vendors and research organizations creating


From insideHPC

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Packs 8 GPUs into Apollo 6500 Server

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Packs 8 GPUs into Apollo 6500 Server

In this video from the 2016 GPU Technology Conference, Greg Schmidt from Hewlett Packard Enterprise describes the new Apollo 6500 server. "With up to eight high performance NVIDIA GPU cards designed for maximum transfer bandwidth


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Congressional Briefing on Encryption on April 22

Congressional Briefing on Encryption on April 22

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will hold a lunch briefing today on “Encryption: Balancing Privacy, Security and Law Enforcement Needs.” The panelists will explore a range of legislative issues, judicialContinue


From Schneier on Security

Cheating in Bicycle Races with Tiny Hidden Motors

Cheating in Bicycle Races with Tiny Hidden Motors

If doping weren't enough, cyclists are cheating in races by hiding tiny motors in their bicycles. There are many detection techniques: For its report, Stade 2 positioned a thermal imaging camera along the route of the Strade


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Sees AI and Cloud as its Future

Google Sees AI and Cloud as its Future

Have heard this mantra from a number of directions this week.  " .... Google believes its superior AI will be the key to its future .... Sundar Pichai sets its sights on AI and the cloud  .. "   In the Verge.   Cognitive AI can


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Gathering, Displaying, Connected Contact Lens

Data Gathering, Displaying, Connected Contact Lens

Wearable, even bionic solutions to augmented reality:Samsung is developing a contact lens camera, triggered by blinking, that can also project images into the eye ... Samsung is exploring the development of a contact lens that


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conversational Voice Bots From Baidu

Conversational Voice Bots From Baidu

Considerable work done by Chinese company Baidu in voice interfaces, with indications of Bot like interaction to AI.  A good group to follow.  They have a huge test bed of possibilities.  Have yet to see a demo of their approaches


From insideHPC

Ohio Supercomputer Center Names New Cluster after Jesse Owens

Ohio Supercomputer Center Names New Cluster after Jesse Owens

The Ohio Supercomputer Center has named its newest HPC cluster after Olympic champion Jesse Owens. The new Owens Cluster will be powered by Dell PowerEdge servers featuring the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Analytics Edge

The Analytics Edge

Was pointed to this book:The Analytics Edge: by Dimitris Bertsimas,  Allison O'Hair, William PulleyblankThey write:This book covers the science of using data to build models, improve decisions, and ultimately add value to institutions


From insideHPC

e-IRG Roadmap to Help Shape European Open Science Cloud

e-IRG Roadmap to Help Shape European Open Science Cloud

This week, the European Commission presented a vision for the European Science Cloud that will bring together current and future data infrastructures. The European Open Science Cloud will be created for European researchers and


From The Noisy Channel

Human or Vulcan: Should Data Scientists Rely on Intuition?

Human or Vulcan: Should Data Scientists Rely on Intuition?

Intuition in data science is a funny thing.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIH National Cancer Institute Opens Online Platform to Submit Ideas About Research for Cancer Moonshot

NIH National Cancer Institute Opens Online Platform to Submit Ideas About Research for Cancer Moonshot

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health has launched an online platform to enable the research community and the public to submit ideas on the National Cancer Moonshot efforts. The goal

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