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July 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nest Camera with AI

Nest Camera with AI

In CWorld:  Nest camera detects people in its images.  Continue to see more examples of the use of AI pattern matching methods in consumer systems, like face recognition for system access.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Dynamics

Microsoft Dynamics

Brought to my attention for examination and review.   Microsoft Dynamics is an  amalgam of Microsoft's CRM and ERP offerings.  How will this ultimately be integrated to systems like Linkedin after acquisition? As a skill andVia


From BLOG@CACM

Meeting the Need for CSP at Georgia Tech

Meeting the Need for CSP at Georgia Tech

In November, I encouraged CS departments to create AP CS equivalent classes. I tried to make one at my institution, but realized that we were already there.


From Schneier on Security

Stealing Money from ISPs Through Premium Rate Calls

Stealing Money from ISPs Through Premium Rate Calls

I think the best hacks are the ones that are obvious once they're explained, but no one has thought of them before. Here's an example: Instagram ($2000), Google ($0) and Microsoft ($500) were vulnerable to direct money theft


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Useful Intelligence Augmentation

On Useful Intelligence Augmentation

A talk with Pattie Maes about Intelligence augmentation, a favorite topic,  We had been members of the Media lab years ago, and had been intrigued by her practical consumer applications of AI.   She continues to address useful


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another in Aisle Scanning Test

Another in Aisle Scanning Test

RetailWire contains a good piece on in aisle checkout, covering many of the impediments to its implementation. A long time retail tech subject here.   Tested it in many contexts:  by Tom Ryan:A new Sam’s Club opening on JulyThe


From insideHPC

Best In Class HPC Cloud Solutions

Best In Class HPC Cloud Solutions

Cloud computing is growing and replacing many data centers for High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. However, the movement towards using a cloud infrastructure is not without challenges. This whitepaper discusses many


From Phys.org Technology News

New training videos leverage ESnet's expertise to improve network performance around the world

New training videos leverage ESnet's expertise to improve network performance around the world

The Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network, or ESnet, and the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) at the University of Oregon are teaming up to create an extensive video training library to help organizations improve


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at What Chip Architectures Need to Succeed

Radio Free HPC Looks at What Chip Architectures Need to Succeed

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team welcomes Shahin Khan from OrionX to a discussion on chip architectures for HPC. "More and more new alternative architectures were in evidence at ISC in Germany this year, but what does


From BLOG@CACM

Does Nature Use Data?

Does Nature Use Data?

Does nature use databases? Does nature use data structures?

 


From insideHPC

With China Kicking the FLOP Out of Us, the Gold Medal Prize is Future Prosperity

With China Kicking the FLOP Out of Us, the Gold Medal Prize is Future Prosperity

"Achieving the No. 1 ranking is significant for China’s economic and energy security, not to mention national security. With 125 petaFLOP/s (peak), China’s supercomputer is firmly on the path toward applying incredible modeling


From insideHPC

SC16 Best Paper Finalist Looks at Mont-Blanc Project

SC16 Best Paper Finalist Looks at Mont-Blanc Project

Now that ARM has been acquired, the big question is how much the Softbank investment firm will invest in bolstering their chips for HPC. Meanwhile, ARM continues to gain traction as evidenced by today's announcement that a paper


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose has issued the following letter to the community to announce NSF’s  and CISE ‘s role


From insideHPC

Softbank to Acquire ARM

Softbank to Acquire ARM

The UK semiconductor company, ARM, may soon be acquired by Japan’s Softbank for £24.3 billion. The Cambridge-based firm is best known for designing microchips used in most smartphones, including Apple's and Samsung's. However


From insideHPC

One Stop Systems Merges with Magma

One Stop Systems Merges with Magma

Today One Stop Systems (OSS) announced that it has completed a merger with Magma, with OSS as the surviving entity. Both companies are market leaders in PCIe expansion technology used to create high-end compute accelerators and


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Augmented reality becomes mainstream

Augmented reality becomes mainstream

My go-to reference lately about the near future has been the 2006 novel Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge. The novel is set in 2025 and the author depicts a world where augmented reality is ubiquitous. Kids still go to school, but


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics and Performance Management

Analytics and Performance Management

Good piece by John O'Rourke  because it addresses how analytics can be directly connected to business process.  Part of every business  process is to understand how and why things are operating now, and are likely to operate


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Virtual Humanity

More Virtual Humanity

In CNet: Justine Cassell has taken her virtual assistant Sara on a road trip.They're in Tianjin, China, where Carnegie Mellon University's associate dean of technology strategy and impact traveled to offer a glimpse of tomorrow


From Computational Complexity

Solution to the Alice-Bob-Box problem.

In my last blog I solved one problem and asked another (when will it end!).  Damien Roberts provided an answer in the comments to the last blog, so kudos to Damien! I summarize the question asked and answer it (same answer as


From Schneier on Security

Futuristic Cyberattack Scenario

Futuristic Cyberattack Scenario

This is a piece of near-future fiction about a cyberattack on New York, including hacking of cars, the water system, hospitals, elevators, and the power grid. Although it is definitely a movie-plot attack, all the individual


From Putting People First

Ethnographic research to improve the City of New York’s digital services

Ethnographic research to improve the City of New York’s digital services

A team including the Public Policy Lab (a New York City non-profit) worked with New York City’s Chief Digital Officer and her staff to use ethnographic research to develop the New York City Digital Playbook (available in 14 languages


From Putting People First

Design research at the New York Times

Design research at the New York Times

The pressure to anticipate an audience’s needs and desires is intense—no longer only of concern to business sides of media organizations but a part of the editorial mission, writes Heather Chaplin in the Columbia Journalism Review


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pokemon Go and Retail

Pokemon Go and Retail

Is Pokemon Go the new phenomenon, and will it bring augmented reality mainstream?   I do remember when this was expected of 4 Square too.   Interesting emerging stats in Adweek article below: " .... Nintendo's surprise hit Pokémon


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Driven Business Strategies

Data Driven Business Strategies

 I like the closer to business process premise ....  Following up.TealiumGartner Report: Mastering Data and Analytics: ‘Table Stakes’ for Digital BusinessExecutive Summary: “The transformation to digital business is not incremental


From The Eponymous Pickle

New: Digital Industry Insider

New: Digital Industry Insider

Digital Industry Insider:  "The future of industry is digital. GE and BI Studios have co-created Digital Industry Insider, dedicated to bringing you what you need to know about digital industrial news and events. .... Produced


From insideHPC

Allinea to Share Top Tips for Code Modernization at XSEDE16

Allinea to Share Top Tips for Code Modernization at XSEDE16

Today, Allinea announced that the company will be exhibiting at XSEDE16 July 17-21 in Miami. The conference will attract an audience across industry and academia to discuss the key themes of diversity, big data and science at


From insideHPC

Video: Dr. Zoe Cournia on the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Video: Dr. Zoe Cournia on the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

As the first recipient of the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC, Dr Zoe Cournia was selected for her outstanding contributions and impact on HPC in Europe on a global level. "Using the PRACE HPC resources and recent advances in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nielsen on CPG Innovation

Nielsen on CPG Innovation

In FoodNavigator:Nielsen unveils 2016 breakthrough innovation winners: There will be more change in CPG in the next five years than there was in the last 50In 2015, the top 25 food and beverage companies generated 45% of category


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Building a Matrix?

Google Building a Matrix?

In Adage:What could the Alphatrix look like?If Alphabet has its way, in a few years, we'll be living in connected homes intelligently powered by Google Home wearing Google VR headsets on our faces. We'll swap those out for Google


From The Eponymous Pickle

Semantic Ecosystems

Semantic Ecosystems

Continuing a look at modern ontology capabilities,  We did work with Stanford's KSL to build ontologies of corporate data.Semantic EcosystemsCreate a semantic ecosystem—evolve from disparate data to actionable knowledge.TopQuadrant’s

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