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January 2017


From insideHPC

Remote Visualization Accelerating Innovation Across Multiple Industries

Remote Visualization Accelerating Innovation Across Multiple Industries

Suresh Aswani, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Sr Solutions MarketingIn this highly data-driven world, innovation can happen anywhere. Thanks to advances in high-performance computing (HPC), it’s no longer necessary for scientists, engineers, and designers to be seated at their desks to execute…


From Schneier on Security

Photocopier Security

Photocopier Security

A modern photocopier is basically a computer with a scanner and printer attached. This computer has a hard drive, and scans of images are regularly stored on that drive. This means that when a photocopier is thrown away, that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Immune Systems as the Future of Cybersecurity

Immune Systems as the Future of Cybersecurity

Saw this idea proposed quite a long time ago,  May well be the way to introduce security.   In concept anyway.   What would the intelligence of such an immune system need to be? The IOT sensors? Could it be evolved over time

Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Hearing Houses

Smart Hearing Houses

Virtual Assistants in the smart home are attentive in their hearing.  Why not have the entire house create a hearing and sensing network?  This could be done my connecting existing sensory devices, or built into the house itself…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connecting Robotics, Future Trajectories

Connecting Robotics,  Future Trajectories

And more on the future of assistants.  And will the use of assistant/toys mean that children will be well primed for these capabilities?   And their acceptance of virtual worlds.    Its already well underway with their use of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Childrens Toys, Data and AI

Childrens Toys, Data and AI

Bernard Marr in Forbes on toy assistant capabilities aimed at children.  Like the very successful adult assistants, these are ever listening,  and can gather data to be used with Big Data, which may create regulatory issues.

Caution…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Snake Robotic Chains

Snake Robotic Chains

In the CACM:   From IEEE Spectrum.

A modular robotic chain can be what you want it to.  In particular interesting to see non humaoid robotic forms for tasks.   An alternate form of biomimicry.

" ... Massachusetts Institute of

Each…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science Education Things I’m Watching in 2017

Computer Science Education Things I’m Watching in 2017

What is going to be big in 2017? It’s always hard to tell but there are several things I think I need to keep an eye on this year. (Note: Last year’s things to watch is here.) Some of the things are repeats from last year. They…


From insideHPC

Video: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

Video: How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution

kevin"The AI is going to flow across the grid -- the cloud -- in the same way electricity did. So everything that we had electrified, we're now going to cognify. And I owe it to Jeff, then, that the formula for the next 10,000 start…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LG and Samsung Readying Smart Home Assistants

LG and Samsung Readying Smart Home Assistants

Echo and Google Home have opened up the 'Smart Home' assistant component to the average consumer.  So not unexpected to see competition by other home appliance companies.      Will be following here.   In Techcrunch:

LG’s Hub …


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at ORNL

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at ORNL

ornl-sign_884317551091Oak Ridge National Laboratory is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. The National Center for Computational Sciences in the Computing and Computational Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory…

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