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January 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beyond Customer Recognition for Retailers

Beyond Customer Recognition for Retailers

Not a new thing, casinos have been doing it for years.  The capability has been improving for some time.  Now with cheaper hardware?   What is more interesting is how the consumer might gesture back to truly interact with the


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Highlights from the New Class of TED Fellows

The new class of Fellows for TED2015 has recently been released, and among the 21 “game-changing thinkers” are Laura Boykin, a biologist and Jonathan Home, a physicist. We’ve chosen to highlight them here because even though

      


From Schneier on Security

David Cameron's Plan to Ban Encryption in the UK

David Cameron's Plan to Ban Encryption in the UK

In the wake of the Paris terrorist shootings, David Cameron has said that he wants to ban encryption in the UK. Here's the quote: "If I am prime minister I will make sure that it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that does


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Cognitive Future

Your Cognitive Future

A cross industry report from IBM.  Detailed look at what to expect and what to prepare for." ... Cognitive-based systems extend the capabilities of humans. They achieve this by learning and building knowledge, understanding natural


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beaconing at Marsh Supermarkets

Beaconing at Marsh Supermarkets

Continued indication that the interconnection of shoppers and physical spaces is progressing, this was reported on previously here in more detail, see tags below.  Note in particular the mention of a Watch.  Wearable solutions


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ACM Names Its 2014 Fellows

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is out with its 2014 Fellows, 47 of its members from universities, corporations, and research labs being recognized “for their contributions to computing that are driving innovations…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

How Gameplay Affects Stories in Games

How Gameplay Affects Stories in Games

I am very interested in the role of storytelling in videogames.  Although I do like games without stories as well, the story is often the part of a game that engages me the most.  For my thesis proposal, I spent some time thinking


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots for Retail

Robots for Retail

Discussion in Retailwire: Saw several demonstrations of this idea.   Now there are examples in the hospitality industry that are worth watching.  Consumers still need to be made comfortable with the idea. Levels of autonomy,


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defining Your Business

Defining Your Business

In Innovation Excellence:   by Ty Montague.  " ... Whitespace vs. Rightspace: How Quest-led Innovation Finds Right Space for Breakthrough Innovation   ... " .  Figuring out how to manage your innovation process.  Have seen this


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automated Hypothesis Generation

Automated Hypothesis Generation

Took a brief look at this at the request of a client, it is still in evolution.    The Watson Chef is an interesting example, but it is overwhelmed today by dozens of recipe search engines that are 'good enough'.   More generally


From Schneier on Security

The Risk of Unfounded Ebola Fears

The Risk of Unfounded Ebola Fears

Good essay. Worry about Ebola (or anything) manifests physically as what's known as a fight, flight, or freeze response. Biological systems ramp up or down to focus the body's resources on the threat at hand. Heart rate and blood


From Computational Complexity

Barrier's for Matrx Mult Lower bound

Matrix Mult: The usual algorithm is O(n^3). Strassen surprised people by showing an O(n^{2.81}) algorithm. (Now its so well known that its not surprising. I try to teach it to people who don't already know its true so they'll


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

But I Have The Same as Him

But I Have The Same as Him

One thing I hear a lot is “I have the exact same code and someone else and theirs work and mine doesn’t.” The obvious wise guy reply is “if yours doesn’t work then it is not the same.” Students are not huge fans of that reply


From Wild WebMink

How To Safeguard Surveillance Laws

How To Safeguard Surveillance Laws

This letter was published in the London Evening Standard on January 12th, 2015: I watch with alarm as, in the wake of the barbaric murders in France, politicians seek increased surveillance powers for the security services. Surveillance


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart on the Strength of Physical Retail

Wal-Mart on the Strength of Physical Retail

Bill Simon, former president and CEO, Walmart U.S, speaks at the NRF on e-commerce, technology and design that helps physical retail. " ... "It's pretty one dimensional," he said of the e-commerce shopping experience. "You get


From The Eponymous Pickle

Touch Interfaces in Communications

Touch Interfaces in Communications

This is not new, but continues to advance.  " .... The Communication Of The Future Is So Real You Can Touch It. Companies are starting to integrate Haptic Feedback into their technology.  Welcome to the future you can reach out


From Schneier on Security

Viking Runes as Encryption in the 1500s

Viking Runes as Encryption in the 1500s

This is an interesting historical use of viking runes as a secret code. Yes, the page is all in Finnish. But scroll to the middle. There's a picture of the Stockholm city police register from 1536, about a married woman who was


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

WATCH Talk-Differential Privacy: Theoretical and Practical Challenges

The next WATCH Talk is this Thursday, January 15, 12:00-1:00pm EDT. Salil Vadhan will discuss Differential Privacy: Theoretical and Practical Challenges. Dr. Salil Vadhan is the Vicky Joseph Professor of Computer Science and

      


From The Eponymous Pickle

DataFloq: Connecting Data and People

DataFloq: Connecting Data and People

Had heard of Datafloq before, now taking a closer look.  " ... Datafloq is the One-Stop Shop around Big Data. We are the number one Big Data platform connecting Data and People, connecting all stakeholders in the global Big Data


From The Eponymous Pickle

Debunking Data Myths

Debunking Data Myths

In ClickZ: A set of useful cautions about what are really mostly very human assumptions.   Which summarize well in the statement that   'More is not always better' .   You don't have have bigger data or more sophisticated methods


From Putting People First

First edition of UX STRAT Europe to take place in Amsterdam this June

First edition of UX STRAT Europe to take place in Amsterdam this June

And all keynote speakers are American… UX STRAT Europe will take place in Amsterdam on June 4 – 5, 2015 at the Tobacco Theater in the heart of Amsterdam. The conference – which is in addition to UX STRAT USA, which will take


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New NIH Data Science Blog!

Ever wondered what was going on in the data science community with relation to biomedical research? Ever wish to share your own knowledge about the field? No need to worry any longer! The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has…


From Schneier on Security

How Surveillance Causes Writers to Self-Censor

How Surveillance Causes Writers to Self-Censor

A worldwide survey of writers affiliated with PEN shows a significant level of self-censoring. From the press release: The report's revelations, based on a survey of nearly 800 writers worldwide, are alarming. Concern about surveillance


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 12 January 2015

Interesting Links 12 January 2015

It’s the end of the semester and I’ve been crazy busy. Outside projects, grading, exam writing, and more. Time for blogging seems to be in short supply these days. Plus I haven’t had much to say probably because of all the routine


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Visualization in Mining Industry

Big Data and Visualization in Mining Industry

Mining Global (@MiningGlobal) Jason Nitz of @Newmont Mining discusses the potential Big Data presents to the mining industry.   Good piece on an industry you usually do not see talked about in this context.   " ...  There has


From Putting People First

How Lego used ethnographic studies to become the Apple of toys

How Lego used ethnographic studies to become the Apple of toys

Or said differently: “If you want to understand how animals live, you don’t go to the zoo, you go to the jungle.” Jørgen Vig Knudstorp began turning the company around by making several key moves: improving processes, cutting


From Wild WebMink

Any Revolution Can Be Repurposed

Any Revolution Can Be Repurposed

In fact this memorial to one — three days of killing in Paris over free speech and blasphemy — has been: The July Column in the Place de la Bastille in Paris – itself dedicated to the celebration of liberty after the French Revolution


From The Eponymous Pickle

Home of the Future at CES

Home of the Future at CES

In Engadget: A connected home wrap up from last weeks CES.   Not very impressive.  Lots of pieces there, as we have seen over a number years, since we built our own in 2000.   But effectively and safely connecting them is still


From updated sporadically at best

My Week at Hacker School

My Week at Hacker School

I first heard about Hacker School last summer. I had run into my friend Lindsey Kuper at a conference in Edinburgh. She told me that she had been a resident and that I should do it too."You’ll like it," she said. "I can put you


From The Eponymous Pickle

Concept Maps Delivering Cognitive Systems

Concept Maps Delivering Cognitive Systems

I just posted a note in the Linkedin Group Cognitive Systems Institute: Using Concept Maps to Deliver Cognitive System Design: One of the methods we used to develop, understand, deliver and maintain high level knowledge representation

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