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September 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kellogg Consumer Centric Data Case Study

Kellogg Consumer Centric Data Case Study

An Ad from Aimia." ... Transforming CPG Loyalty With Consumer Centric Data    It is an exciting time for the CPG industry. Building loyalty with consumers is no longer limited to retailers, airlines and hotels. CPG's also have


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and C Level Value

Big Data and C Level Value

In CIO.  Lots of stories to tell here.   Not too much different than it has always been when translating any kinds of analytics to executives.  But now the promise of value and its scale may be greater.  Also, many execs are


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NYC ASCENT Postdoc Best Practices Program Launched

Below is a Press Release from the Columbia University School of Engineering, published September 11, 2014 about the NYC ASCENT Kick Off. Many of New York City’s most promising engineering postdocs joined leading representatives…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A View of the Future of Analytics

A View of the Future of Analytics

Short post from IBM's AnalyticsZone Blog on The current state of analytics and visualization.  There you can sign up for the Watson Analytics beta.  But it just asks for an email address to get back to you later, which is what


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIST Global City Challenge Kick-Off

As a follow-on to the Smart America Challenge, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in partnership with US Ignite, is launching the Global City Teams Challenge to advance the deployment of Internet of Things…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Improves its Visualization, Analytics

SAP Improves its Visualization, Analytics

Good to finally see this.  It seems they had fallen behind for some time. " ...  SAP has made a series of updates to its InfiniteInsight predictive modeling software and Lumira data-visualization tool in a bid to shore up its


From Schneier on Security

The Concerted Effort to Remove Data Collection Restrictions

The Concerted Effort to Remove Data Collection Restrictions

Since the beginning, data privacy regulation focused on collection, storage, and use. You can see it in the OECD Privacy Framework from 1980 (see also this proposed update). Recently, there has been concerted effort to focus


From Putting People First

[Video] Digital Amnesia (VPRO, 2014)

[Video] Digital Amnesia (VPRO, 2014)

Our memory is dissipating. Hard drives only last five years, a webpage is forever changing and there’s no machine left that can read 15-year old floppy disks. Digital data is vulnerable. Yet entire libraries are shredded and


From The Eponymous Pickle

InfraRed FUSION

InfraRed FUSION

I see that colleagues Elena and Ed Fullman are featured in the local paper.  Best of luck to them." ... Each week Cintrifuse and Cincinnati.com turn the spotlight on a hometown startup - highlighting the activity and stories.


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Debugging the Gender Gap Documentary

An upcoming documentary by CODE explores the dearth of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. A “teaser” of the film is available here: http://www.codedoc.co/about. Take a look…you


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Inspire kids to create our future: Apply for a 2015 RISE Award

Technology has the power to change the world for the better, but today far too few have access to the education or encouragement they need to become creators, not just consumers. Google knows that pre-university exposure to Computer


From Computational Complexity

Beyond the Commodity

Back in 2005 I lamented the fact that students viewed computers as a commodity, a tool they use, like an automobile, but have no reason to understand how or why it works. In 2007 I noticed a change, that computers like IBM's


From My Biased Coin

Biggering

Biggering

Preliminary course enrollment numbers are in.  Our new theory course, CS 125 (rapid introduction to theory), has 32 undergrads and 5 others, for an enrollment of 37.  Salil and I had predicted and desired in the 20-40 range for


From The Eponymous Pickle

MCX Mobile Wallet

MCX Mobile Wallet

In GigaOM:  More mobile wallets emerging.  Are we finally seeing the major move? Ten years plus since we saw the first presentations from vendors.  " ... MCX launches CurrentC, a mobile wallet for Walmart, Best Buy and other


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understanding Ageing with Calico

Understanding Ageing with Calico

Calico Labs:" ... We’re tackling aging, one of life’s greatest mysteries. ... Calico is a research and development company whose mission is to harness advanced technologies to increase our understanding of the biology that controls


From The Eponymous Pickle

DebateGraph Visualizing Networks of Thought

DebateGraph Visualizing Networks of Thought

Brought to my attention again via a connect with co-founder David Price.  DebateGraph: " ... DebateGraph is an award-winning, web-platform for visualizing and sharing networks of thought – and opening reasoning and action to


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligence as a Utility

Intelligence as a Utility

New and will follow." ... Siri’s Inventors Are Building a Radical New AI That Does Anything You Ask .... " ... Viv is a global platform that enables developers to plug into and create an intelligent, conversational interfaceLearn


From The Eponymous Pickle

Math Makes the Internet Faster

Math Makes the Internet Faster

From this summer, just taking a closer look:" ... Researchers at Aalborg University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the California Institute of Technology say they have developed software that can make Internet


From Schneier on Security

Tabnapping: A New Phishing Attack

Tabnapping: A New Phishing Attack

Aza Raskin describes a new phishing attack: taking over a background tab on a browser to trick people into entering in their login credentials. Clever....


From My Biased Coin

You Can Rename My Family for.....

You Can Rename My Family for.....

An interesting article in today's Crimson about the background to the announcement that Harvard's School of Public Health will be re-named the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, for a $350 million donation.  Feel free


From Schneier on Security

WikiLeaks Spy Files

WikiLeaks Spy Files

WikiLeaks has organized the trove of documents about corporations aiding government surveillance around the world. It's worth wandering around through all this material....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Proposals: Creating Visions for Computing Research

The mission of Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community and enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research.  CCC conducts activities that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On a Robot as Your Boss

On a Robot as Your Boss

Nice article in K@W:  The scenario of how robots could be used in close collaboration and real autonomy have been researched.  Closing the loop on measures that have been captured for a long time. And just recently the topic'your


From The Eponymous Pickle

Soft Starfish Robots

Soft Starfish Robots

More practical that models that use stiff bodies?  Unclear, but an interesting play ... " ... The bots undulate and walk using compressed air that is forced in and out of many tiny pneumatic channels running through their limbs—essentially


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whole Foods Accepts Apple Pay

Whole Foods Accepts Apple Pay

Continuing to follow efficient and secure digital wallet ideas.  Here a new development with major players. " ... Whole Foods Market Inc. will be among the first merchants to participate with Apple Pay, Apple Inc.’s new mobile


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Referendums and sovereignty

Referendums and sovereignty

In a few weeks, the Scots will get to vote to determine whether Scotland becomes its own country. As a middle aged Quebecker, I spent much of my youth hearing about the separation of Quebec from Canada. We had two referendums


From The Eponymous Pickle

Classic AI Resources Online

Classic AI Resources Online

I see that Georgia Tech is offering a new course on AI and Cognitive systems.  And one of the books of readings is available free online.  This is the same book we used in the 90s.  Excellent resource. Artificial Intelligence


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disruptive Innovation and Market Leaders

Disruptive Innovation and Market Leaders

In Knowledge@Wharton:  How does disruptive innovation effect market leaders?  Not unexpected results, will be interesting to see some numbers." ... a study soon to be published in Management Science discovered that disruptive


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advanced Analytics in Insurance

Advanced Analytics in Insurance

Article from  McKinsey:  " ... Advanced analytics can transform how insurers do business, but realizing its potential requires complex, large-scale organizational changes. ... Actuaries using advanced math and financial theory


From Schneier on Security

Safeplug Security Analysis

Safeplug Security Analysis

Good security analysis of Safeplug, which is basically Tor in a box. Short answer: not yet....