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April 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Human Values

AI and Human Values

Just this week looked back again at the work by Cyc to understand human common sense.    But that is only part of the challenge.   We will need to address values as AI advances.  Can values be readily defined in something like…


From BLOG@CACM

US-BLS: Computing Employment Outlook Remains Bright

US-BLS: Computing Employment Outlook Remains Bright

According to the most recent US-BLS Employment Projections, most STEM career opportunities are in computing.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Advances

Quantum Advances

Some additional quantum computing advances.  Some worry that these methods will make encryption less secure.


From insideHPC

Driving Innovation at the Hartree Centre with the OpenPOWER Architecture

Driving Innovation at the Hartree Centre with the OpenPOWER Architecture

In this video from the OpenPOWER Summit, Dr. Mike Ashworth from the STFC Hartree Centre presents: Driving Innovation at the Hartree Centre with the OpenPOWER Architecture. "The STFC Hartree Centre has been established with a …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things Needs Design

Internet of Things Needs Design

Well, yes, have been saying this for decades, even when the 'thing' was only an attached RFID strip. Classic architecture and standards argument.  Make it 'Open' too, please.    In the HBR: 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Confidence vs Intelligence

Confidence  vs Intelligence

Generalized thought, but useful.   A little like 'A for effort'.  Acquired skill is still very useful.  Backing up your confidence also useful.Here Is Why Confidence Will Always Trump IQHaving a high IQ is great, but confidence…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Linux Engineer at Pfizer

Job of the Week: HPC Linux Engineer at Pfizer

Pfizer in Connecticut is seeking an HPC Linux Engineer in our Job of the Week. "We are seeking an accomplished Linux operations engineer with a comprehensive understanding of Linux including systems administration, application…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Relationships Beyond Advertising

Customer Relationships Beyond Advertising

Podcast and text.  The continued transferal of control to the customer." ... How many times do you block advertising in an app or online? Yet, many companies persist in this marketing technique. In a new book, Wharton marketing…


From Putting People First

The Internet of Things needs design, not just technology

The Internet of Things needs design, not just technology

Scott A. Nelson writes that, as B2C companies rush to exploit new IoT applications, pushing technology to potential end users no longer works. Increasingly, the pull of user experience will drive market demand, and product design…


From Putting People First

Security versus UX

Security versus UX

Gwendolyn Betts explores how to reconcile one of the biggest challenges in interface design: security versus user experience. Betts writes that it is not uncommon for security measures to be tacked on at the end as an afterthought…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Another IFTTT Tool for Automated Workflow

Another IFTTT Tool for Automated Workflow

This has always been a good idea, surprised there has not been more competition.  Still not ready, in development.  Implications for combining IOT activity.Microsoft has created its own IFTTT tool called Flow,  in the Verge,If…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Global Squid Shortage

Friday Squid Blogging: Global Squid Shortage

There's a squid shortage along the Pacific coast of the Americas. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre 2.9 and Beyond

Video: Lustre 2.9 and Beyond

In this video from LUG 2016, Andreas Dilger from Intel presents: Lustre 2.9 and Beyond. “I do this presentation every year and I think it is important to focus on features that are going to be available in the short term."

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open AI Gym is Now in Place

Open AI Gym is Now in Place

An Open AI Dojo, some are calling it.  To set up standards for AI.  It is an open Beta." ... We're releasing the public beta of OpenAI Gym, a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms. It consists…


From Schneier on Security

I'm Writing a Book on Security

I'm Writing a Book on Security

I'm writing a book on security in the highly connected Internet-of-Things World. Tentative title: Click Here to Kill Everything Peril and Promise in a Hyper-connected World There are two underlying metaphors in the book. The…


From insideHPC

Designing Interfaces in Materials with Supercomputers

Designing Interfaces in Materials with Supercomputers

Designing materials atom-by-atom has long been a science fiction dream. Georg Schusteritsch and Chris Pickard of the University of Cambridge are bringing science fiction one step closer to reality using the UK National Supercomputing…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Is software a neutral agent?

Is software a neutral agent?

We face an embarrassing amount of information but when we feel overwhelmed, as Clay Shirky said, “It’s not information overload. It’s filter failure.” Unavoidably, we rely heavily on recommender systems as filters. Email clients…


From insideHPC

Quad-Core Maker Board Uses BSC Programming Model OmpSs

Quad-Core Maker Board Uses BSC Programming Model OmpSs

Parallel programming software developed at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center is being used as part of a successful kickstarter campaign for a maker board with 10 times the power of the Rasberry PI 3. "Developed at BSC, the …


From insideHPC

EuroMPI Conference Partners with Women in HPC to Bolster Diversity

EuroMPI Conference Partners with Women in HPC to Bolster Diversity

Over at the Women in HPC Blog, Daniel Holmes from EPCC writes that the EuroMPI Conference is partnering with Women in HPC to increase diversity in high performance computing.

The post EuroMPI Conference Partners with Women in…


From Phys.org Technology News

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

Obama announces new steps to curb gun violence

President Barack Obama announced new steps Friday to help curb gun violence, including by identifying the requirements that "smart guns" would have to meet for law enforcement agencies to buy and use them as well as sharing mental…


From insideHPC

HPC and SMEs – The Fortissimo Initiative

HPC and SMEs – The Fortissimo Initiative

"Fortissimo will make advanced simulation more easily accessible, particularly to SMEs, through the realization of a “one-stop shop” where hardware, expertise, applications, visualization and tools will be easily available and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon as a Logistics Company

Amazon as a Logistics Company

In Fastcompany: They certainly need the best of efficiency in supply chains and logistics.    But it is still ultimately an innovative retailer.


From Schneier on Security

Documenting the Chilling Effects of NSA Surveillance

Documenting the Chilling Effects of NSA Surveillance

In Data and Golliath, I talk about the self-censorship that comes along with broad surveillance. This interesting research documents this phenomenon in Wikipedia: "Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use," by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Enterprise Ontology Frameworks

Enterprise Ontology Frameworks

An investigation brought this to my attention.  Ontologies can give organization to many kinds of analytics processes.The Enterprise Ontology Reference FrameworkThe Global University Alliance (GUA) is an open group of academics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NY Times Continues to Push Virtual Reality

NY Times Continues to Push Virtual Reality

Continued effort to change a basic form delivery of journalism. In Engadget: NY Times sends 300,000 Google Cardboard viewers to subscribersThe Gray Lady wants to virtually fly you to Pluto. .... " 


From The Noisy Channel

Where should you put your data scientists?

Where should you put your data scientists?

Today I had the honor of delivering the keynote address at Hilary Mason’s Fast Forward Labs Data Leadership Conference in New York. It was…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

'Take Your Kid to Work Day' Coding Workshop with ScratchJr

'Take Your Kid to Work Day' Coding Workshop with ScratchJr

A new professional development day was recently added to our local school board's calendar. One of my colleagues, John Duff, made the brilliant suggestion to have a 'take your kid to work day' instead of scrambling to find babysitting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung's Personal Assistant: Otto

Samsung's Personal Assistant: Otto

And yet another assistant example: Samsung's Otto.  Always attentive.  Seemingly more oriented to the internet of things. Mode video directed like a security camera.    In the Verge:" ... Samsung is pushing hard into the Internet…


From BLOG@CACM

Combining Arts and Technology, Creating STEAM Curricula

Combining Arts and Technology, Creating STEAM Curricula

A "STEAM teaching autobiography."


From Computational Complexity

Claude Shannon (1916-2001)

Claude Shannon was born hundred years ago Saturday. Shannon had an incredible career but we know him best for his 1948 paper A Mathematical Theory of Communication that introduced entropy and information theory to the world…

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