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January 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Performance Management

Performance Management

McKinsey on Performance Manangement.

Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management
By Boris Ewenstein, Bryan Hancock, and Asmus Komm

Most corporate performance-management systems don’t work today, because they are rooted…


From Schneier on Security

Attributing the DNC Hacks to Russia

Attributing the DNC Hacks to Russia

President Barack Obama's public accusation of Russia as the source of the hacks in the US presidential election and the leaking of sensitive e-mails through WikiLeaks and other sources has opened up a debate on what constitutes…


From Writing

Yevgeniy Brikman on the devRant Podcast

Yevgeniy Brikman on the devRant Podcast

devRant is a place you can talk (or rant) about your life as a programmer with other programmers. The devRant folks are also putting together a series of podcast interviews. The first episode was with Andy Hunt, author of The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Corp and AI

Intel Corp and AI

An overview of Intel Corp's work in AI. 

The Artificial Intelligence Era Is Here.
AI is the next big wave in computing. Like major transformations before it, AI is poised to usher in a better world. Intel technology and programs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Case Based Reasoning Driving Chatbots

Case Based Reasoning Driving Chatbots

I was reminded about the possibility of using, even powering chatbots using case based reasoning (CBR) methods and intelligence architecture.  We had looked at this for some simple cases by constructing decision trees and building…


From insideHPC

Barry Bolding from Cray Shares Four Predictions for HPC in 2017

Barry Bolding from Cray Shares Four Predictions for HPC in 2017

Barry Bolding, Chief Strategy Officer, CrayIn this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Cray's Barry Bolding gives some predictions for the supercomputing industry in 2017. "2016 saw the introduction or announcement of a number of new and innovative …


From insideHPC

Podcast: Engineering Practical Machine Learning Systems

Podcast: Engineering Practical Machine Learning Systems

xavierIn This Week in Machine Learning podcast, Xavier Amatriain from Quora discusses the process of engineering practical machine learning systems. Amatriainis a former machine learning researcher who went on to lead the recommender…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Idea Networking

Idea Networking

Simple thought.  Via Columbia B School.

Get Ahead with "Idea Networking"

When opportunity takes too long to arrive, it's time to go out and find it. ...  by William Duggan

Excerpted from The Seventh Sense by William Duggan. Copyright…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Achieving a Flow State

Achieving a Flow State

Examined the ideas of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's  'Flow' way back. And now read a piece in medium by John Boitnott that points to work saying that multitasking is killing our brains.   Gives some ideas about achieving…


From Putting People First

Two perspectives on the role of ethnography in innovation

Two perspectives on the role of ethnography in innovation

Why Venture Capital Needs Ethnographers: Making Meaningful Innovation in the Startup Sphere by Julia Katherine Haines, Google- December 20, 2016 The power of ethnographic methods and ethnographic thinking is not about finding…


From Putting People First

The complexity of plastic bags

The complexity of plastic bags

As societies face increasingly complex problems, design is emerging as the tool to solve some of Asia’s biggest issues. Through field trips with designers skilled in human-centered design, the team behind Ethnographers’ Field…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson goes Mobile

Watson goes Mobile

In ADTMag:

IBM Goes Mobile with Watson   By David Ramel 

For two years, IBM has provided the cognitive computing capabilities of its Watson Analytics service via a Web interface, and now it's gone mobile. ...

It can analyze and

It…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cleverbot Converses

Cleverbot Converses

Cleverbot was again brought to my attention.  We had examined some of its predecessors in the 90s as a means for trialing conversational bot applications.   And then I just saw a whimsical demonstration of this shown here:  "…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Sheds Light on Leaf Study

Supercomputing Sheds Light on Leaf Study

A LIDAR-generated 3-D model of forest canopy structures. (Credit: Journal of Applied Ecology Blog)A new study led by a research scientist at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) highlights a literally shady practice in plant science that has in some cases underestimated plants’ rate…


From insideHPC

Video: Diversity and Inclusion in Supercomputing

Video: Diversity and Inclusion in Supercomputing

klaweDr. Maria Klawe gave this Invited Talk at SC16. "Like many other computing research areas, women and other minority groups are significantly under-represented in supercomputing. This talk discusses successful strategies for …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Chatbot Called Zo

Microsoft Chatbot Called Zo

More emergent chatbots.     Another excursion into AI like capabilities.  Still needs help.

Microsoft takes another shot at an AI chatbot with Zo
Microsoft has fielded a preview of another AI chatbot, Zo.ai, but so far is limiting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Smart Refrigerators

More Smart Refrigerators

More (expensive) smart refrigerators are out there, and looking inwardly.  Cool looking and a conversation piece.

LG put Alexa in a refrigerator and it seems like a great idea
The company's Smart InstaView fridge puts Amazon's


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Non Elegance of the Refrigerator Cam

The Non Elegance of the Refrigerator Cam

Had seen the idea proposed many times, never successfully.  Really a specific kind of sensor.  Now add image recognition to it to get inventory.    It was pointed out to me that there are many practical problems with such a sensor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bots Growing Up

Bots Growing Up

Thoughtful piece.  I agree, what I saw in integrated bots last year was not impressive.  Far to easy to get the results to be poor or even highjacked.   Context integration and management will be necessary.  Our own experiments…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Snow And Theory

The 25th Anniversary of the ACO Program Cropped from src1 & src2 in gardens for karma Prasad Tetali and Robin Thomas are mathematicians at Georgia Tech who are organizing the Conference Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Simple Grilled Squid Recipe

Friday Squid Blogging: Simple Grilled Squid Recipe

Easy recipe from America's Test Kitchen. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Roads Smarter

Making Roads Smarter

Roads need to get smarter too.  Infrastucture needs to act as part of an Internet of Things.  An article from CACM:

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter   by The Wall Street Journal  ...   To prepare for the day when self-driving…


From insideHPC

Video: How an Exoplanet Makes Waves

Video: How an Exoplanet Makes Waves

nasaIn this video, a new NASA supercomputer simulation depicts the planet and debris disk around the nearby star Beta Pictoris reveals that the planet's motion drives spiral waves throughout the disk, a phenomenon that greatly increases…


From insideHPC

New Site Compares Docker, Singularity, Shifter, and Univa Grid Engine Container Edition

New Site Compares Docker, Singularity, Shifter, and Univa Grid Engine Container Edition

screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-7-47-09-amA new site developed by Tin H compares the HPC virtualization capabilities of Docker, Singularity, Shifter, and Univa Grid Engine Container Edition. "They bring the benefits of container to the HPC world and some provide very…


From Schneier on Security

The Effect of Real Names on Online Behavior

The Effect of Real Names on Online Behavior

Good article debunking the myth that requiring people to use their real names on the Internet makes them behave better....


From insideHPC

Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline for Exascale Computing

Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline for Exascale Computing

Thomas Schulthess, Director of the Swiss National Supercomputing CentreThomas Schulthess from CSCS gave this Invited Talk at SC16. "Experience with today’s platforms show that there can be an order of magnitude difference in performance within a given class of numerical methods – depending only …


From insideHPC

Experts Weigh in on 2017 Artificial Intelligence Predictions

Experts Weigh in on 2017 Artificial Intelligence Predictions

Jim McCugh, VP & GM at NvidiaIn this presentation from Nvidia, top AI experts from the world's most influential companies weigh in on predicted advances for AI in 2017. “In 2017, intelligence will trump speed. Over the last several decades, nations have …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Assistant: More Assistant Embedding

Google Assistant: More Assistant Embedding

In this week's CES we saw lots of examples of the embedding Alexa in platforms and devices.  But its not only about Alexa,  Google Assistant, the brains behind the Google Home, is stepping out as well.  CWorld provides some early…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lego Extends into Games

Lego Extends into Games

Been a longer follower of Lego, its toys and its use as a thinking tool, for adults and children.    This new piece  In Knowledge@Wharton looks at the move forward in its business model.   Good detailed piece.  Lets continue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting a Video Future

Predicting a Video Future

See this as a kind of proto advertising.   Predicting purchase in the customer journey   AI can create videos of the future  An MIT lab algorithm can predict how a scene will play out.  Is this further applicable? In Engadget…

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