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January 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on HoloLens Research

More on HoloLens Research

Another view.   The first practical, general purpose augmented reality systems?  Interested in the design and virtual prototyping applications being suggested.  What is the timing and cost of the technology?  Also, to what degree…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Setting your CIO Free to Innovate

Setting your CIO Free to Innovate

In Innovation Excellence:“The CIO’s role is changing driven by cloud and an increasing number of ‘as a Service’ solutions that progressively reduce the organisations dependency on maintaining a high number of specially skilled…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT ConceptNet5 Stores Knowledge

MIT ConceptNet5 Stores Knowledge

Via Jim Spohrer, some Notes from the recent AAAI meetings:" .. I ran into Henry Lieberman (MIT) at AAAI15 conference on Artificial Intelligence/Robotics/CognitiveScience (AI/Robotics/CogSci). Henry suggested that I check out …


From Putting People First

Internet psychologists study how the Web affects us

Internet psychologists study how the Web affects us

​In a pretty short period of time, the internet has changed how we take care of our basic needs, stand up for ourselves, and talk to each other. But psychologists are still debating how much this rapid change has changed us in…


From Putting People First

The last-mile problem: How data science and behavioral science can work together

The last-mile problem: How data science and behavioral science can work together

Analytics is typically discussed in terms of computer technology, machine learning algorithms, and big data. Behavioral nudges, on the other hand, concern human psychology. What do they have in common? Quite a bit, says James…


From Putting People First

The anthropology of the Quantified Self

The anthropology of the Quantified Self

increasing penetration of data into the domain of the “personal” and to the management and care of the self suggest that something is afoot in how the self is understood, experienced, and practiced more broadly, argues cultural…


From Putting People First

The startup “that helps companies fix their user experience problems”

The startup “that helps companies fix their user experience problems”

Davey Alba explains in Wired how UserTesting runs an online panel of over 1 million testers—volunteers mostly—who can test products and other company materials on demand. : “The company has developed a way for businesses to “peek…


From Putting People First

The rise of the Chief Behavioral Officer

The rise of the Chief Behavioral Officer

After the Chief Experience Officer, the new trendy job title from corporate America is the Chief Behavioral Officer: “Dan Egan of the automated investing service Betterment estimates that between 10 and 20 Fortune 500 companies…


From Putting People First

Privacy and human behavior in the age of information

Privacy and human behavior in the age of information

Privacy and human behavior in the age of information Alessandro Acquisti, Laura Brandimarte and George Loewenstein (of Carnegie Mellon University) Science 30 January 2015: Vol. 347 no. 6221 pp. 509-514 This Review summarizes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Complex Event Processing

SAP Complex Event Processing

In Statupfocus: Brought to my attention by a colleague. who is working with SAP Hana.  This lays out the reasons for dealing with more and more complex events.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Large Squid Washes up on Greek Beach

Friday Squid Blogging: Large Squid Washes up on Greek Beach

No mention of the species, but the photo is a depressing one. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From Schneier on Security

Co3 Systems Is Expanding into Europe

Co3 Systems Is Expanding into Europe

This was supposed to be a secret until the middle of February, but we've been found out. We already have European customers; this is our European office. And, by the way, we're hiring, primarily in the Boston area....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sharing Data is Crucial

Sharing Data is Crucial

Something we knew for a long time.  This often also requires the expertise available to make the case that sharing data is valuable for both parties.  That alone is an interesting decision process.  Mapping it out is a greata…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayesian Networks as Expert Systems

Bayesian Networks as Expert Systems

Modeling causal reasoning is a favorite topic for me. Bayesia has posted another easy to understand demo of how a Bayesian network can be used to model a system of expertise.  Nicely done.  My former enterprise uses this methodology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bill Gates on Dangers of AI

Bill Gates on Dangers of AI

In the Wash Post.  He makes some good points about the need for concern. He points to work by MS on personal agents.  And warns: " ... I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Working Ontologist

Working Ontologist

Had reason to go back and look at ontologies and semantic web solutions, first I had since 2008.  See the Working Ontologist site.  Thought not recently updated.


From Schneier on Security

Operating a Fake Bank

Operating a Fake Bank

Here's a story of a fake bank in China -- a real bank, not an online bank -- that stole $32m from depositors over a year. Pro tip: real banks never offer 2%/week interest....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Driverless Cars and Traffic

Driverless Cars and Traffic

Design and Efficiency.  Some simulation work seems to show that driverless cars would make traffic worse.  Early thought assumed that cars could travel closer together and thus decrease traffic. But cars could also be used as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unified Decision Processes Drive with Data

Unified Decision Processes Drive with Data

At the Webinar today from Innovation Excellence by Julie Anixter on Big Data and New Product development,  Maor Gershoni and Tom Davenport highlighted the work done over the years by Procter & Gamble in driving analytics towards…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke to Open Innovation Center at GA Tech

Coke to Open Innovation Center at GA Tech

Coke and Ga Tech start Center in Atlanta. A favorite topic in these pages.  We established innovation centers starting in 2001.  As places to provide the infrastructure for innovation and link to our regional partners and the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdflower Crowdsourcing

Crowdflower Crowdsourcing

I was asked to take a look at Crowdflower  in order to construct a database of HR data.  Previously we had used Mechanical Turk for a related need.   To provide a crowdsourced way to construct a derived database.   Background…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at AAAI-15

Blue Sky Ideas Track Held at AAAI-15

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) sponsored another track in its Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track series at the 29th Association for the Advancement of Article Intelligence (AAAI) Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Older Style Prolog AI Still in Use

Older Style Prolog AI Still in Use

I just got a note from LPA. relating how their version of the declarative language Prolog is being used to power an Ebola trial in West Africa.  We used Prolog Style declarative languages to deliver successful expert systemsvalidations…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Queen of Code – Grace Hopper

The Queen of Code – Grace Hopper

There is a new movie about Grace Hopper out in the Internet. The movie is about 16 minutes look and I think it is pretty good. I’m looking for a place in my schedule to show it to my students. Grace Hopper is a long time inspiration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowd Governance Using the Wikipedia

Crowd Governance Using the Wikipedia

This upcoming talk is intriguing:OBAIS Seminar SeriesOBAIS Seminar SeriesCrowd Governance: The Monitoring Role of Wikipedia in the Financial Market.Ms Weifang Wu. Phd Candidate at Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyWednesday…


From Computational Complexity

Reusing Data from Privacy

Vitaly Feldman gave a talk at Georgia Tech earlier this week on his recent paper Preserving Statistical Validity in Adaptive Data Analysis with Cynthia Dwork, Moritz Hardt, Toniann Pitassi, Omer Reingold and Aaron Roth. Thisread…


From Schneier on Security

Canada Spies on Internet Downloads

Canada Spies on Internet Downloads

Another story from the Snowden documents: According to the documents, the LEVITATION program can monitor downloads in several countries across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. It is led by the Communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DashDB Announced as Sandbox Solution

DashDB Announced as Sandbox Solution

In particular,  presenting the sandbox idea for connecting analytics to data warehouses.  Analytics often requires the ability to test multiple methods and data sets.Bluemix Announces dashDB is Now Open for Business IBM dashDB…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computing Now Startup Channel

Computing Now Startup Channel

A Channel, ok a blog, that includes posts and links about computing startups. Have followed the parent Computing Now magazine for years, always very well done. " ... TV shows like Shark Tank, Project Startup, and Silicon Valley…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

NSF CISE CAREER Proposal Writing Workshop

The following is a guest blog post by Thyagarajan Nandagopal, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director for Computer and Network Systems (CNS).  The NSF Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE)…

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