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August 2014


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


From Schneier on Security

The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker

The US Intelligence Community has a Third Leaker

Ever since The Intercept published this story about the US government's Terrorist Screening Database, the press has been writing about a "second leaker": The Intercept article focuses on the growth in U.S. government databases


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Testing Mobile App Tracking

Google Testing Mobile App Tracking

In Adage:  Testing a method for App tracking on mobile browsers. " ... Google has come up with a way to overcome the ad-targeting gap between mobile web visitors and mobile app users, according to people familiar with the matter


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Training at University of Cincinnati

Analytics Training at University of Cincinnati

The University of Cincinnati Center for Business Analytics is pleased to announce its fall continuing education offerings. These two-day courses will be offered at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vint Cerf on the Internet

Vint Cerf on the Internet

Always interesting Internet pioneer, Vint Cerf, who we used as a consultant in the enterprise, talks about the current state and future of the Intenet.  In the Washington Post.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text Analytics for Everyone

Text Analytics for Everyone

In UXMag: Our own early experience with text analytics was that it can be readily done with today's software, but coming to specific conclusions can be more difficult.  Using some of the visual methods shown can provide starting


From Schneier on Security

Over a Billion Passwords Stolen?

Over a Billion Passwords Stolen?

I've been doing way too many media interviews over this weird New York Times story that a Russian criminal gang has stolen over 1.2 billion passwords. As expected, the hype is pretty high over this. But from the beginning, the


From Wild WebMink

Is Microsoft To Blame For Malware?

Is Microsoft To Blame For Malware?

Originally posted on Meshed Insights & Knowledge:The action law enforcement services have taken against the GameOver-Zeus malware syndicate is great news for a change. In the UK, this was communicated with typical tabloid alarmism


From Apophenia

Why Jane Doe doesn’t get to be a sex trafficking victim

Why Jane Doe doesn’t get to be a sex trafficking victim

In detailing the story of “Jane Doe,” a 16-year-old transgender youth stuck in an adult prison in Connecticut for over six weeks without even being charged, Shane Bauer at Mother Jones steps back to describe the context in which