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June 2016


From Computational Complexity

Math Movies

In 1997 Good Will Hunting, a fictional movie about the hidden mathematical talents of a MIT janitor grossed $225 million and won a best screenplay Oscar for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. At the time the chair of the Chicago math


From Schneier on Security

Wayz Data Poisoning

Wayz Data Poisoning

People who don't want Wayz routing cars through their neighborhoods are feeding it false data. It was here that Connor learned that some Waze warriors had launched concerted campaigns to fool the app. Neighbors filed false reports


From insideHPC

Chris Johnson Presents: Big Data Visual Analysis

Chris Johnson Presents: Big Data Visual Analysis

"We live in an era in which the creation of new data is growing exponentially such that every two days we create as much new data as we did from the beginning of mankind until the year 2003. One of the greatest scientific challenges


From insideHPC

ISC 2016 Attendee Guide is a Great Resource for Frankfurt

ISC 2016 Attendee Guide is a Great Resource for Frankfurt

Are you coming to ISC 2016? There's a new helpful Attendee Guide available that includes information on getting there, agenda planning tools, an attendee list, and most everything else you might need to get the most out of your


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Lab for Future Cities

Deep Learning Lab for Future Cities

Announcing - AI / Deep Learning Lab for Future Cities - at University of Madrid" .... I am pleased to announce the AI / Deep Learning Lab for Future Cities - at University of Madrid  .... We welcome call for Papers - please email


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Buildings Generate Data

Smart Buildings Generate Data

In Siliconangle:  Every smart building should generate data.   From its processes, systems and devices.   That data should then be converted by analytic methods.  Then communicate with the people and 'things' we need to work


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Advanced Beginners Guide to R

An Advanced Beginners Guide to R

Nicely done.    So you’ve gone through the Computerworld Beginner’s Guide to R and want to take some next steps in your R journey? In this advanced beginner’s guide, you’ll learn data wrangling, best packages to use for different


From The Eponymous Pickle

Accenture AI Consulting by Amelia

Accenture AI Consulting by Amelia

Interesting that Accenture openly uses the term AI.Amelia Practice to Help Organizations Accelerate Adoption of Artificial IntelligenceAccenture and IPsoft Launch Accenture Amelia Practice to Help Organizations Accelerate Adoption


From Phys.org Technology News

Math. Science. Recess. Minecraft? Twitch club brings gaming to school

Math. Science. Recess. Minecraft? Twitch club brings gaming to school

Seventh-grader Brayden Foxhoven hurries to finish his chicken fingers. He has bases to capture. Gems to collect. Viewers to entertain.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Artificial Intelligence for Social Good

Yesterday’s Computing Community Consortium (CCC), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) co-sponsored public workshop on Artificial Intelligence


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Papers and Participation at Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2016)

Call for Papers and Participation at Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2016)

We would like to bring your attention to a special session on Intelligent Cooperative Driving, and Autonomous Connected Vehicles (ICD & ACV 2016), as part of the 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and


From Schneier on Security

Inherent Bias in Recidivism Algorithm

Inherent Bias in Recidivism Algorithm

Really good investigative reporting on the automatic algorithms used to predict recidivism rates....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cloud Based AI Skills

Cloud Based AI Skills

A look at some additional cloud based AI skills beyond Echo, Siri and Cortana   Not all are available today, notably long expected Samsung's Otto home control and camera system.    I was offered an early beta of that example,


From Phys.org Technology News

Few insurers cut rates for new electronic safety devices

Few insurers cut rates for new electronic safety devices

After hearing good things about the latest in crash-prevention technologies, you decided to add automatic emergency braking to your new car.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conversational Advertising

Conversational Advertising

More on conversational Advertising, today in AdAge. This could be the first time that ads truly become a 'conversation'. See my other posts on previous experience and findings in this space.   How does this relate to BotsWhat


From insideHPC

Marc Snir Presents: Exascale Computing and Beyond

Marc Snir Presents: Exascale Computing and Beyond

"The US, like the EU and other countries, is engaged in a national initiative that aims to deploy exascale computing platforms early in the next decade. The outlines of such platforms are starting to emerge. We shall survey,


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Inception Program Offers Tools for Deep Learning

NVIDIA Inception Program Offers Tools for Deep Learning

Today NVIDIA unveiled a comprehensive global program to support the innovation and growth of startups that are driving new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and data science. "The NVIDIA Inception Program provides unique


From Phys.org Technology News

Dissertation finds more ways to use footprints found at crime scenes

Dissertation finds more ways to use footprints found at crime scenes

A final-year student at the University of Dundee has used his dissertation to find more ways to use footprints found at crime scenes.


From insideHPC

Gartner Positions SGI in “Visionaries” Quadrant for Modular Servers

Gartner Positions SGI in “Visionaries” Quadrant for Modular Servers

SGI has been positioned by Gartner in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the May 2016 Magic Quadrant for Modular Servers. "Visionaries have an ambitious vision of the future and are making significant investments in the development


From Schneier on Security

Long Article on Snowden's Attempts to Raise His Concerns Inside the NSA

Long Article on Snowden's Attempts to Raise His Concerns Inside the NSA

Lots of details that demonstrate that Snowden did try to raise his concerns internally before going public, and that the NSA lied about this....


From insideHPC

Call for Participation: Women in IT Networking at SC16

Call for Participation: Women in IT Networking at SC16

"The Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program was developed as a means for addressing the prevalent gender gap that exists in Information Technology particularly in the fields of network engineering and high performance computing


From insideHPC

Building Bridges to the Future

Building Bridges to the Future

"The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center recently added Bridges to its lineup of world-class supercomputers. Bridges is designed for uniquely flexible, interoperating capabilities to empower research communities that previously


From The Eponymous Pickle

Helping Drones Fly Indoors

Helping Drones Fly Indoors

From Augmented Pixels, a ompany I have had some conversations with, with a touch of space modeling?  Another Tango?


From Schneier on Security

Another Side-Channel Attack on PC Encryption

Another Side-Channel Attack on PC Encryption

New paper: "Physical Key Extraction Attacks on PCs," by Daniel Genkin, Lev Pachmanov, Itamar Pipman, Adi Shamir, and Eran Tromer. They recover keys acoustically, from the high-frequency "coil whine" from the circuits, from a


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Ads and the Retail Consumer

Watson Ads and the Retail Consumer

Some early comments in RetailWire  with discussion about Watson Ads by retail oriented tech practitioners.   See  my previous link on this, will be closely watching progress.Will shoppers want to interact with AI ads?The Weather


From insideHPC

SGI Sets New SPEC OMP World Record with Intel Xeon E7 V4

SGI Sets New SPEC OMP World Record with Intel Xeon E7 V4

Over at SGI, Gabriel Broner writes that the company's big memory SGI UV 300 and SGI UV 30EX servers are now available with the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800 v4 and E7-4800 v4 product families. Using the new processors enabled


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Trusting Robots

On Trusting  Robots

IEEE Special report on the topic of trusting robotics, or really any form of semi autonomous systems ..." .... In the not-so-distant future, we will begin entrusting to robotic systems such vital tasks as driving a car, performing


From insideHPC

IDC to Host a Pair of Special Events at ISC 2016

IDC to Host a Pair of Special Events at ISC 2016

IDC will hold a pair of simultaneous events on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30am - 10:00am at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt. "IDC cordially invites you and other HPC community members to attend our annual HPC market update breakfast briefing


From insideHPC

Bright Cluster Manager Comes to GPUltima from One Stop Systems

Bright Cluster Manager Comes to GPUltima from One Stop Systems

Today One Stop Systems announced that its the GPUltima product line now employs Bright Computing's HPC Cluster Manager software. Bright Computing is a provider of comprehensive software solutions for provisioning and managing


From insideHPC

See What’s New from Intel at ISC 2016

See What’s New from Intel at ISC 2016

New HPC products and technologies. Compelling demos. Insights from top Intel HPC architects. More than 60 presentations from Intel and industry experts. Additional details about Intel® Scalable System Framework. Intel will have

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