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March 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Delivers Medical Advice via WebMD

Alexa Delivers Medical Advice via WebMD

An example where an advisory system is essentially just replacing a long existing web service.  With the convenience of voice interaction. With no additional conversational interaction as yet implied.    A deeper connection to…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerabilities in Mobile MAC Randomization

Security Vulnerabilities in Mobile MAC Randomization

Interesting research: "A Study of MAC Address Randomization in Mobile Devices When it Fails": Abstract: Media Access Control (MAC) address randomization is a privacy technique whereby mobile devices rotate through random hardware…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interpreting Machine Learning

Interpreting Machine Learning

By their nature the results from deep learning and neural methods can be non transparent. Via O'Reilly.

Ideas on interpreting machine learning
Mix-and-match approaches for visualizing data and interpreting machine learning models…


From Computational Complexity

If you want to help your bad students DO NOT give an easy exam



1) When I was a grad student TAing Formal Lang Theory we had a final ready to give out but noticed that one problem was too hard. So we changed it. But we made it too easy. Whoops. My thought at the time was this will help the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Tango Location is Testing at Lowes

Google Tango Location is Testing at Lowes

Been a long time tester of retail location intelligence solutions.  Now news that Lowes is starting to test Google Tango location intelligence using augmented reality on phones.    Have also mentioned the interior space model…


From The Noisy Channel

I recognize that my participation in the gig economy is hardly representative of most people’s…

I recognize that my participation in the gig economy is hardly representative of most people’s…

I recognize that my participation in the gig economy is hardly representative of most people’s experience. Indeed, I wrote a post about “The Hook-Up Economy” (https://medium.com/@dtunkelang/the-hook-up-economy-ba340c0fdf2c#.h2xk22wt8…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will we be Dinosaurs in Three Years?

Will we be Dinosaurs in Three Years?

Reminds me of things said at the end of the last AI up tick ... Wildly exaggerated.   Most of us will use it rather than develop it. Mark Cuban via  Via O'Reilly.


From insideHPC

Intel Rolls Out First Optane SSD with 3D XPoint Technology

Intel Rolls Out First Optane SSD with 3D XPoint Technology

"Delivering an industry-leading combination of low latency, ultra endurance, high QoS, and high throughput, the Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series is the most responsive data center SSD. Built with the revolutionary new 3D XPoint…


From insideHPC

Video Preview of the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

Video Preview of the SC17 Student Cluster Competition

"SC17 is excited to hold another nail-biting Student Cluster Competition, or SCC, now in its eleventh year, as an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. Held as part of SC17’s Students…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gadget Earth Video

Gadget Earth Video

A video view of the personalities and capabilities of drones and other semi autonomous gadgets out of the recent CES conference.   From the Verge.     Impressive.

" ... Wandering the halls of CES 2017 recently with video director…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smartphones Revolutionizing Medicine

Smartphones Revolutionizing Medicine

In the CACM:  New details on gow smrtphone devices are changing medicine and health data.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will AI Transform Retail Marketing

Will AI Transform Retail Marketing



Will AI transform retail marketing?   by Tom Ryan In Retailwire:

A survey from Sailthru finds more retailers using artificial intelligence (AI) to support marketing purposes.

The survey of more than 200 retail marketers showed

Still…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa and Roomba in the Smart Home

Alexa and Roomba in the Smart Home

We worked with the Roomba concept.  Though I liked the idea, never found it useful enough to add to our smart home .... Will it be more useful enough when voice controlled?

With Alexa integration and mapping, iRobot aims to make…


From insideHPC

Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

Intel MKL and Intel TBB Working Together for Performance

When used in a TBB environment, Intel has demonstrated a many-fold performance improvement over the same parallelized code using Intel MKL in an OpenMP environment. Intel TBB-enabled Intel MKL is ideal when there is heavy threading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cars Learning

Cars Learning

 More broadly, what kinds of things can cars learn to make them better and cheaper?   Gets to better understanding the consumer needs and related processes.   Have been there.

Machine Learning and Data Are Fueling a New Kind
Here…


From insideHPC

RWTH Aachen University Deploys NEC LX Supercomputer

RWTH Aachen University Deploys NEC LX Supercomputer

Today NEC Corporation announced the deployment of an LX supercomputer at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. Featuring offering high performance computing services for engineering and scientific research. "We selected the NEC …


From insideHPC

HPE Supercomputer to Power Chemical Research at BASF

HPE Supercomputer to Power Chemical Research at BASF

Today Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced plans to deploy one of the world’s largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Outfit Compare

Amazon Outfit Compare

We worked on a number of related virtual comparison ideas over the years.    Aimed at things like eyeware and cosmetics.  None were completely successful.   Can Amazon crack this by funneling their large customer base through…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Leprechauns are Multiplying

Littlewood’s Law and Big Data “Leprechaun-proofing” data source Neil L. is a leprechaun. He has visited Dick on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day many times. Up until this night I had never seen him. Today Neil’s message is more important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Singularity by 2045?

Singularity by 2045?

Says Kurzweil,  Google's Director of Engineering.  Will that mean Google Drive will be the approved recepticle?  Google Analytics the means of  understanding?  Deep Mind the means for running offline? Very ambitious I think.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Catches Down in Argentina

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Catches Down in Argentina

News from the South Atlantic: While the outlook is good at present, it is too early to predict what the final balance of this season will be. The sector is totally aware that the 2016 harvest started well, but then it registered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots Build their Own Language

Bots Build their Own Language

More on applications of reinforcement.    We did something similar using a genetic driver, but no mention of that here.  Would that improve learning?

It Begins: Bots are Learning to Chat in their own Language   by Cade Metz  In…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Hip Hip Array

Hip Hip Array

My programming courses are a semester long. That’s it. After that someone else gets to teach them more programming and computer science. A semester is not a lot of time  so we can only cover so much material. There are days when…


From insideHPC

Video: How Smart is a Supercomputer?

Video: How Smart is a Supercomputer?

In this video from The Good Stuff program, Katherine Riley and Argonne National Laboratory describes what a supercomputer really is and how Argonne uses high performance computing to solve the world's most challenging problems…


From insideHPC

OFA Workshop in Austin to Put Spotlight on InfiniBand and RoCE

OFA Workshop in Austin to Put Spotlight on InfiniBand and RoCE

"The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) workshop is an annual event devoted to advancing the state of the art in networking. The workshop is known for showcasing a broad range of topics all related to network technology and deployment…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (March 17, 2017)

Science and Technology links (March 17, 2017)

We live in a world where the most powerful companies in the world have super smart people working on trying to emulate human intelligence in machines. Yann LeCun, a Frenchman who directs Facebook’s artificial intelligence research…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: 2nd International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming Models for Accelerators

Call for Papers: 2nd International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming Models for Accelerators

The 2nd International Workshop on Performance Portable Programming Models for Accelerators (P^3MA) has issued its Call for Papers. He held in conjunction with ISC 2017, the event takes place June 22 in Frankfurt, Germany.


The…


From insideHPC

LANL Donates Supercomputer to University of New Mexico

LANL Donates Supercomputer to University of New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory has donated a decommissioned supercomputer to the University of New Mexico Center for Advanced Research Computing. The machine was acquired through the NSF-sponsored PR0bE project, which is run …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Mind Memory Trick

Deep Mind Memory Trick

A deeper yet biomimicry?

How DeepMind’s Memory Trick Helps AI Learn Faster
While AI systems can match many human capabilities, they take 10 times longer to learn. Now, by copying the way the brain works, Google DeepMind has built…


From insideHPC

Intersect360 Research Testimony on China’s Pursuit of HPC World Domination

Intersect360 Research Testimony on China’s Pursuit of HPC World Domination

On Thursday, the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission (USCC) held a hearing on the current and potential future state of supercomputing innovation worldwide, with an emphasis on China’s position on the global stage…

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