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September 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Honda as a World Class Innovator

Honda as a World Class Innovator

Bob Herbold uses a recent book to show how Honda is a world class innovator.  Well and simply put.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Partnerships Between Unlikely Brands

Partnerships Between Unlikely Brands

In ClickZ.  Becoming more common.  Makes the case that the future is creating opportunities for new connections.  " ... So what's fueling these partnerships? Empowered consumers with the knowledge of the world in their pockets


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Process Management

Business Process Management

Looking at Business process modeling.  It seems this technique is less mentioned these days, although it can be a key way to connect business decision process and analytics.  Consider its use.  Even simple applications can lead


From Computational Complexity

Favorite Theorems: Quantum Interactive Proofs

Practical quantum computing still has many hurdles to jump through, but the quantum computing model does generate great complexity questions and often surprising answers.

QIP = PSPACE by Rahul Jain, Zhengfeng Ji, Sarvagya Upadhyay


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reciprocity Advantage: Innovation and Organization

Reciprocity Advantage: Innovation and Organization

New book by my two former colleagues: The Reciprocity Advantage." ... Bob Johansen, best-selling author and Distinguished Fellow at IFTF, has partnered with innovation expert Karl Ronn to uncover what they believe will be the


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

FCC Roundtables on Open Internet

The FCC will hold a series of Open Internet Roundtables in September and October, including a roundtable on the technological aspects on September 19. These staff-led roundtables aim to discuss policy issues related to the 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing through walls with Wifi.   With concern, " .... Wi-Fi makes all kinds of things possible. We can send and receive messages, make phone calls, browse the Internet, even play games with people who are miles away, all without


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ASCENT Program’s Kickoff Event is September 4, 2014!

Participate in the launch of NYC ASCENT, a professional development and career services consortium for Computer Science and Engineering postdocs at Columbia, Cornell, CUNY, and NYU. The launch event will feature a panel of individuals…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram Cloud Changes

Wolfram Cloud Changes

I see there have been a number of changes to the Wolfram Cloud, in particular the 'free' beta release.  Worth a close look, link below:" ...  Wolfram Programming Cloud user! Since the beta release, we now have more than 13,000


From The Eponymous Pickle

Maps as Science Fiction Delivered

Maps as Science Fiction Delivered

Google reports on a most impressive legacy, the provision of maps online and mobile, over the last ten years.  We now take it for granted that we have constant, interactive, nearly instant access to complex and accurate maps


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Vortex of Liking

A Vortex of Liking

In Wired: How Facebook alters its interaction based on your Likes.  I don't like any interface that does not provide a predictable result.  I guess you could argue that all advertisement methods do this, but this takes it a step


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Transemployment: creating jobs out of thin air

Transemployment: creating jobs out of thin air

Back in the eighties, half of the 16-year-old teenagers were licensed drivers in the US. Evidently, things have changed. Driving is still important, but other activities have become even more important. I am guessing that it


From Schneier on Security

JackPair Encrypted Phone Add-On

JackPair Encrypted Phone Add-On

JackPair is a clever device encrypts your voice between your headset and the audio jack. The crypto looks competent, and the design looks well-thought-out. I'd use it....


From Putting People First

[Book] Ethnographic Fieldwork and Digital Culture – A Beginner’s Guide

[Book] Ethnographic Fieldwork and Digital Culture – A Beginner’s Guide

Ethnographic Fieldwork and Digital Culture – A Beginner’s Guide By Piia Varis Routledge February 2015 Abstract Ethnography, as a holistic approach to societies and cultures, can make a substantial contribution to the study of


From Putting People First

[Book] Digitized Lives

[Book] Digitized Lives

Digitized Lives: Culture, Power, and Social Change in the Internet Era By T.V. Reed Routledge June 2014 Abstract In a remarkably short period of time the Internet and associated digital communication technologies have deeply


From Putting People First

How do consumers use and respond to energy monitors?

How do consumers use and respond to energy monitors?

Feeding back about eco-feedback: How do consumers use and respond to energy monitors? Kathryn Buchanan (a), Riccardo Russo (a) and Ben Anderson (b) a Department of Psychology, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4


From Putting People First

[Book] An Ethnography of Wikipedia

[Book] An Ethnography of Wikipedia

Common Knowledge? An Ethnography of Wikipedia By Dariusz Jemielniak Stanford University Press 2014, 312 pages Abstract With an emphasis on peer–produced content and collaboration, Wikipedia exemplifies a departure from traditional


From The Eponymous Pickle

Strategy for Strategies

Strategy for Strategies

So what do we do next?     Although I can see the danger of being too strategic here, the thoughts are good.  In CWorld.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tips for a Short Speech

Tips for a Short Speech

In the HBR:  Nicely done (short) piece on how to prepare for a short talk.  Even a way to prepare just before a longer talk." ... Whether you are pitching to investors or networking at a conference, there are many times when


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Vital Edge of Technology: AI

On the Vital Edge of Technology: AI

On artificial intelligence, past and present.  I do get the impression that too little attention is being paid to what we discovered before.  Especially with regard to knowledge gathering and management.   " ... What do we want


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Be a GHC Community Volunteer and Change Your Life

Be a GHC Community Volunteer and Change Your Life

You should sign up to be a volunteer community note-taker or blogger by our new deadline of September 8.  It could change your life! Seriously!

Blue Jelly Social Media Icons / WebTreatsETC
I started attending the Grace Hopper Celebration


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Paper books are the new vinyl records

Paper books are the new vinyl records

I have always loved reading. But it is a love that has been constantly frustrated. As a young teenager, I would spend days in the library, but I quickly exhausted my interests. If you wanted to know about Einstein, you were lucky


From The Eponymous Pickle

We are Innumerate

We are Innumerate

John Batelle on why we love visualization.  My own experiences make me agree.  But truly useful, well designed, interactive visualizations gives us capabilities that plain number stories cannot.  Visualization allows us interact


From Computational Complexity

How hard is changing fields? Ask Sheldon!

In the last season of  The Big Band Theory Sheldon wants to change field from String theory to something else (I don't recall if he settled on what it would be, though Standard Model Physics, Quantum Loop Gravity, Calculation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Who is Afraid of Data Driven Management?

Who is Afraid of Data Driven Management?

Late to this but brought to my attention by colleague Andy Boyd.  In the HBR.   Very nice,  simple model, but is it too simple?  I have dealt with many people that were afraid of data, but would rarely admit it. I think this"


From Schneier on Security

Electromagnetic Weapons

Electromagnetic Weapons

Long article in IEEE Spectrum....


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Enriching the Frankl Conjecture

See a number, make a set Henning Bruhn and Oliver Schaudt are mathematicians or computer scientists, or both. They are currently working in Germany, but wrote their survey on the Frankl Conjecture (FC) while working together


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Back to School – Exploring Computer Science: from the classrooms of L.A. schools to a nationwide effort

The following is a guest blog post from Gera Jochum, Communications Specialist for the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF). A new video produced by the

      


From The Eponymous Pickle

Standardizing and Optimizing Containers

Standardizing and Optimizing  Containers

More work on standardizing shipping containers. A natural progression.  We examined RFID use in many kinds of shipping infrastructure.   Now companies looking at the problem from an IOT perspective, combined with deeper analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toddler Intelligence Learning

Toddler Intelligence Learning

The Baby-X Toddler simulation at the Creators Project.    Getting smarter every day, they say.  But I do wonder about what the real measure is.  True deep AI is teaching something to learn from available knowledge and in context