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November 2014


From Schneier on Security

Sophisticated Targeted Attack Via Hotel Networks

Sophisticated Targeted Attack Via Hotel Networks

Kaspersky Labs is reporting (detailed report here, technical details here) on a sophisticated hacker group that is targeting specific individuals around the world. "Darkhotel" is the name the group and its techniques has been


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Echo and Shopping

Amazon Echo and Shopping

In Retailwire:  A look at how the Echo assistant and speaker and its implications for a new mode of shopping.  Think of the potential cognitive interactions with a device anywhere in the home.  A new Smart Home connection?  "


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Internet Voting from Wireless Routers

Hacking Internet Voting from Wireless Routers

Good paper, and layman's explanation. Internet voting scares me. It gives hackers the potential to seriously disrupt our democratic processes....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Robotics for Ebola Response

The following is a special contribution to this blog from Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Chair Gregory Hager (Johns Hopkins University). Imagine you have to change the IV on a writhing patient while wearing two layers of…


From Apophenia

me + National Museum of the American Indian

me + National Museum of the American Indian

I’m pleased to share that I’m joining the Board of Trustees of Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in 2015.  I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to help guide such an esteemed organization full


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japan's Robot Week

Japan's Robot Week

A report from Japan's 2014 Robot Week in October.  Which makes the case that software is becoming more important.   It has always been important, in particular as we expect more contextual autonomy than ever before in applications


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bringing Clarity to Cognitive Computing

Bringing Clarity to Cognitive Computing

An overview of the topic of cognitive computing, from the recent Dataversity webinar.  Via Steve Ardire." ... DATAVERSITY’s™ Cognitive Computing Forum is taking place this August in San Jose, and in advance of the event, the2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moving Data Fast in Disaster

Moving Data Fast in Disaster

Several recent communications have led us to thinking about how data can be moved quickly and reliably in complex times.  Which led to this piece:" ... Prototype technology developed by AT&T, IBM, and Applied Communications Sciences


From Schneier on Security

The Future of Incident Response

The Future of Incident Response

Security is a combination of protection, detection, and response. It's taken the industry a long time to get to this point, though. The 1990s was the era of protection. Our industry was full of products that would protect your


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links–10 November 2014

Interesting Links–10 November 2014

Parent teacher conferences last week made for a couple of long nights. I confess though that I enjoy meeting parents and talking about their children. Some interesting stuff came though my sources last week as well. Here are

A


From The Eponymous Pickle

Consciousness in Computing

Consciousness in Computing

The problems of computing consciousness.  An interesting question, but more often wonder what value consciousness will have.  Perhaps as a precursor to certain kinds of creativity?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Matrix Organization

Future of Matrix Organization

A 1970s McKinsey's article on beyond the Matrix Organization.  Where has the emergence of technology changed this?    Not changed this?   " .... Tom Peters examines the flaws of the matrix-organization design and explores several


From The Eponymous Pickle

Davidow's Complete Product

Davidow's Complete Product

Brought to my attention, a book review by Rob Thomas, on the Complete Product.  " ... William Davidow wrote Marketing High Technology in 1986. While we have seen many phases in technology since then, its a timeless piece of work


From Apophenia

What is Fairness?

What is Fairness?

What is “fairness”? And what happens when technology decides? Fairness is one of those values that Americans love to espouse. It’s just as beloved in technical circles, where it’s often introduced as one of the things that “neutral”


From The Eponymous Pickle

Taking Autocompletion Further

Taking Autocompletion Further

A simplistic metaphor for intelligence is autocompletion.  We are very used to it today. We have knowledge, now how do we use that knowledge to predict what should be next in a given context?    In Wired:" .... Now, a government


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why the IBM and Twitter Data Deal

Why the IBM and Twitter Data Deal

It has been presented as a means to understand the pulse of the planet.   A sensory coup previously impossible.  Connecting the firehose of information created in twitter with the analytics and cognitive capabilities of IBM.Good


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Conjecture Of Ulam

A pointed question about the plane Stanisław Ulam was one of the great mathematicians of the last century. We talked about him in a recent post on his prime spiral and other strange mathematical facts. He is associated with several


From Putting People First

Society’s sandbox

Society’s sandbox

Steve Daniels, director at Makeshift magazine, explains why informal economies are the world’s biggest — and most overlooked — design research opportunity. “Informal economies are society’s sandbox, where early experimentation


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Neural Turing Machine

Google's Neural Turing Machine

This still does not mean we can replace our conventional machines with such neural networks, but it can have profound implication for analytics.Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine"DeepMind has


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Asessents: Fun and Games

Innovation Asessents: Fun and Games

Had missed this previously. Worth a look.Innovation Assessment is one of the pillars of an innovation program. Evaluation should be done as an on-going activity and revised with the most valuable feedback gathered along the entire


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Optimization

Mobile Optimization

Beyond responsive design.  " ... Conversations on whether to build a responsive site or create dedicated landing pages are everywhere right now. Mobile traffic is rising and while marketers are trying to figure out which is the


From Computational Complexity

George Dantzig >= 100

We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of George Dantzig today. In his obituary post we talked about his work on optimization, particularly the simplex method for solving linear programs. For this centenary let's recall


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Process and the Executive

Cognitive Process and the Executive

On cognitive assistance for the executive. First a short history of cognitive assistants from Jim Spohrer.  Then a look at some of my previous writings on intelligent executive information systems.   Some of this accumulates"


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Dried Squid Sold in Korean Baseball Stadiums

Friday Squid Blogging: Dried Squid Sold in Korean Baseball Stadiums

I'm not sure why this is news, except that it makes for a startling headline. (Is the New York Times now into clickbait?) It's not as if people are throwing squid onto the field, as Detroit hockey fans do with octopus. As usual


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bluemix Cloud Platform Services

Bluemix Cloud Platform Services

For my current work with IBM Bluemix,  as it provides Watson services,  I have been assigned Jacob Krupski as my Cloud Platform Services representative.  Here is his excellent blog, which has lots of interesting hints and information


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Demonstration

Watson Analytics Demonstration

Just received, an excellent demonstration of Watson Analytics, which I am currently taking a close look at.  Full message here. " .... We’ve been working hard to prepare an engaging experience for you. We're bringing everyone


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey on the Future of Growth

McKinsey on the Future of Growth

In McKinsey:" ... Throughout history, economic growth has been fueled by two factors: the expanding pool of workers and their rising productivity. From the perspective of rising prosperity, however, it is productivity that makes


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connected Products are Next

Connected Products are Next

In Adage: " ... Products as their own media channel ...  " .... But why should anyone in digital media care? Last week at Ad Age's Data Conference, global brands from Loreál to Coca-Cola converged to discuss how IoT-based data


From The Eponymous Pickle

Complexity of IOT and Experience Design

Complexity of IOT and Experience Design

In Radar:  Some excellent points made here.  " ... The Internet of Things (IoT) is challenging designers to rethink their craft. I recently sat down with Claire Rowland, independent designer and author of the forthcoming book


From Schneier on Security

Co3 Systems Is Hiring

Co3 Systems Is Hiring

My company, Co3 Systems, is hiring both technical and nontechnical positions. If you live in the Boston area, click through and take a look....