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May 2016


From Putting People First

The empty brain

The empty brain

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer, writes acclaimed psychologist Robert Epstein in a long essay on Aeon. “We don’t store words or the rules that


From Putting People First

Transition design as postindustrial interaction design

Transition design as postindustrial interaction design

The School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University has started talking about ‘Transition Design.’ In his long reflection about this new kind of design practice, Cameron Tonkinwise, CMU’s Director of Design and Doctoral Studies


From The Eponymous Pickle

Project Tango Announcement

Project Tango Announcement

Mentioned previously here for retail applications.Streaming and recorded at the link.Introducing Project Tango Area LearningMay 18, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM / Stage 1 | Hercules  (PST) Motion tracking on a mobile device has already


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Home to Compete with Amazon Echo

Google Home to Compete with Amazon Echo

Announced today, the Google Home.  Previously code named the Chirp. Similar in form to the original Echo, but with more design choices.  Google is know to have some of the best voice AI systems around.  See also the Viv, by the


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Science of Touch

On the Science of Touch

A little strangely, from the New Yorker.   A favorite topic, since we were always interested in how to create new kinds of touch in retail experiences.   Plus there was always interest in covering all the senses, and touch was


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Analytics to Build Extraordinary Apps

Using Analytics to Build Extraordinary Apps

Today at Google IO:Use analytics to build extraordinary apps  (Streaming)May 18, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM / Stage 2 | Hydra  (PDT)The average smartphone user taps and swipes their way through 1GB of data each month. But how can you


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Updated

Watson Analytics Updated

Have not seen yet, worth a look.  In EWeek: At its Vision 2016 conference, IBM announced a newly redesigned interface and new features for its Watson Analytics solution.IBM has upgraded its Watson Analytics cognitive computing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apprenticeships in the US

Apprenticeships in the US

In K@W:  Making a comeback?  Yes, I think so, for example a good place would be in data science and programming, which are at least 50% practiced - skill based to do well.  And do in a standardized way. Elsewhere are well.  These


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Seminar Coming to ISC 2016 in Frankfurt

Quantum Computing Seminar Coming to ISC 2016 in Frankfurt

D-Wave Systems will host a three-hour seminar on Quantum Computing at ISC 2016. Designed to teach HPC users more about quantum computing and how it might be applied to their most complex computing problems, the no-cost event


From insideHPC

Ryft: Bringing High Performance Analytics to Every Enterprise

Ryft: Bringing High Performance Analytics to Every Enterprise

Pat McGarry from Ryft presented this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. "Years in the making, the Ryft ONE combines two proven innovations in hardware and software to optimize compute, storage and I/O performance: the Ryft


From The Noisy Channel

Thinking about a Career in AI?

Thinking about a Career in AI?

A few years ago, hardly anyone in the computer science profession would admit to working on “artificial intelligence”. Not unless they had…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Academies Final Report on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure

National Academies Final Report on Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose and Irene Qualters, Division Director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, have issued


From Phys.org Technology News

Innovations are needed if Big Data is to boost jobs, says new research

Innovations are needed if Big Data is to boost jobs, says new research

Phenomenal quantities of valuable data are now being collected and created by UK businesses but much of its commercial potential remains untapped.


From Schneier on Security

Primitive Food Crops and Security

Primitive Food Crops and Security

Economists argue that the security needs of various crops are the cause of civilization size: The argument depends on the differences between how grains and tubers are grown. Crops like wheat are harvested once or twice a year


From insideHPC

PRACEdays16 Wraps Up in Prague

PRACEdays16 Wraps Up in Prague

PRACEdays16 was held May 10-12 in Prague, Czech Republic. More than 220 participants joined the plenary and parallel sessions for keynote presentations and discussions about and between science, industry and HPC. "PRACEdays16


From BLOG@CACM

Culture and Tech Unite at ICPC

Culture and Tech Unite at ICPC

Opening Ceremony and IBM TechTrek @ ACM ICPC 2016.


From insideHPC

Univa Manages Enterprise Container Workloads on Kubernetes Distros

Univa Manages Enterprise Container Workloads on Kubernetes Distros

Today Univa announced Navops Command, a ground breaking software suite that implements sophisticated workload placement and advanced policy management for enterprises to take full advantage of containers on any Kubernetes distribution


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Reality Changing Lives

Virtual Reality Changing Lives

A non technical piece by the BBC about how involved experts believe virtual reality is changing our world.  " ... Virtual Reality (VR) has been with us for many decades - at least as an idea - but the technology has now comeAnd


From XRDS

CHI 2016: Diverse, Global, Good

CHI 2016: Diverse, Global, Good

What can a 1000 scientists achieve when they invest one hour doing voluntary work? This year, and at the heart of Silicon Valley, the CHI conference raised the bar for what is expected from a scientific conference. CHI (pronounced


From The Eponymous Pickle

Komiko Focuses on Sales Relationships

Komiko Focuses on Sales Relationships

Former colleagues of mine brought this to my attention, embedded analytics.Focus on relationships, not management.Why are you spending your weekends updating a CRM system,when all of the data is already in your communicationKomiko


From The Eponymous Pickle

Barriers to Growth

Barriers to Growth

In the HBR:   Intriguing views by executives.  " ... It’s a common story in business today. Eighty-five percent of executives say that the greatest barriers to achieving their growth objectives lie inside their own four walls


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will We be Able to Talk to Machines?

Will We be Able to Talk to Machines?

Stephen Wolfram on talking to machines and AI.   All about talking to and at machines.  The classic case of Eliza, the first conversational system is brought up.  What will be the ultimate power of conversational machines.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Target Selling Connected Health

Target Selling Connected Health

Interesting piece in Retailwire, with discussion.  Consider if these could ultimately create a digital hub, connected to health practitioners at the store, live those we are starting to see at Pharmacies." ... Now Target is making


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Automated In-Patient Monitoring in the ICU with Application to Septic Shock Prediction

Great Innovative Idea- Automated In-Patient Monitoring in the ICU with Application to Septic Shock Prediction

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Katie Henry, a current PhD student in computer science at Johns Hopkins University. In addition to the department, Henry is also part of the Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre Update from Seagate Technologies

Video: Lustre Update from Seagate Technologies

Peter Bojanic presented this talk at LUG 2016 in Portland. "At LUG 2016, Seagate announced it will incorporate Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre (IEEL), a big data software platform, into its market-leading ClusterStor storage


From insideHPC

Internet2 Celebrates 20 Years by Recognizing Contributions to Research

Internet2 Celebrates 20 Years by Recognizing Contributions to Research

Internet2 celebrated their 20th anniversary this week at the 2016 Internet2 Global Summit in Chicago. As the operator of the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education infrastructure, Internet2 recognized


From insideHPC

Nvidia in the Driver’s Seat for Deep Learning

Nvidia in the Driver’s Seat for Deep Learning

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World describes why Nvidia is in the driver's seat for Deep Learning. "Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's theme for the opening keynote was based on "a new computing


From insideHPC

New DDN Flashscale Array Delivers NVMe Performance for HPC

New DDN Flashscale Array Delivers NVMe Performance for HPC

Today DataDirect Networks announced DDN Flashscale, a new family of all-flash scale-out and scale-up storage solutions, which delivers the highest performance and capacity in a cost-optimized and feature rich platform designed


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Dash Button for an Internet of Things

A Dash Button for an Internet of Things

I have been testing the Amazon Dash buttons for some time. Nice, simple idea.  That implemented some of our innovation center ideas.   Now Walter Riker reports that that they have been generalized to perform other tasks.   Now…


From Phys.org Technology News

France deploying anti-drone technology to protect Euro 2016

France deploying anti-drone technology to protect Euro 2016

France will deploy anti-drone technology to interfere with and take control of any flying machines that violate no-fly zones over stadiums at the European Championship, part of unprecedented measures to secure Europe's biggest

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