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August 2015


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA Knowledge Discovery with Graph Analytics

NASA Knowledge Discovery with Graph Analytics

We looked at problems similar to this a number of times.  How do you construct a semantic net based on internal knowledge, then use it to find new, innovative connections?  Turns out this is hard to do.    Similarity toDiscovery…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Risk in Modeling Check List

Risk in Modeling Check List

Good short piece on bias and Simpson's Paradox in DSC, by William Vorhies  In particular dealing with real time data.  Relatively non technical, beginners should be able to check off each of these risks before proceeding to process…


From Schneier on Security

Using Samsung's Internet-Enabled Refrigerator for Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

Using Samsung's Internet-Enabled Refrigerator for Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

This is interesting research:: Whilst the fridge implements SSL, it FAILS to validate SSL certificates, thereby enabling man-in-the-middle attacks against most connections. This includes those made to Google's servers to download…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pixar and Inspirational Mathematics

Pixar and Inspirational Mathematics

Hard to convince kids that mathematics is relevant?  Or anyone of any age?  Here Kahn Academy shows how math is used at at Pixar to create effective and beautiful media.  Share it with your kids.  Inspire someone!" ... To help…


From insideHPC

Cray XC Series Networking

Cray XC Series Networking

Creating a large server farm with fast CPUs doesn’t map well to applications that require storage connectivity, as most do, or socket to socket communication within the overall system. Thus, a flexible and high speed networking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advanced Pedestrian Detection/Analysis

Advanced Pedestrian Detection/Analysis

Detecting and counting pedestrians is not new, has been done since the 90s, but advanced analysis of real time video is rapidly changing.   Called VCS, or Video content analysis.  Interesting that Google is involved.  Likelywhich…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How Joe Traub Beat the Street

An insight into the computation of financial information Columbia memorial source Joseph Traub passed away just a week ago, on August 24th. He is best known for his computer science leadership positions at CMU, Columbia, CSTB…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

How Joe Traub Beat the Street

An insight into the computation of financial information Columbia memorial source Joseph Traub passed away just a week ago, on August 24th. He is best known for his computer science leadership positions at CMU, Columbia, CSTB…


From insideHPC

DECI in Europe Issues Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources

DECI in Europe Issues Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources

The Distributed European Computing Initiative (DECI) in Europe has issued its 13th Call for Proposals for HPC Compute Resources. "Administered by PRACE, DECI enables European researchers to obtain access to the most powerful …


From insideHPC

Time-lapse Video: Installation of Cray Supercomputer at UK Met Office

Time-lapse Video: Installation of Cray Supercomputer at UK Met Office

In this video, technicians install the first phase of a new Cray XC supercomputer at the U.K. Met Office. "Consisting of three phases spanning multiple years, the $128 million contract expands Cray's significant presence in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analytics Use Case: Marketing Campaign Effectiveness

Watson Analytics Use Case: Marketing Campaign Effectiveness

A well done video example of Watson Analytics use.   Since this is a place where this kind of analytics is already commonly done, good place to compare with current methods.   Plan to follow with that. Watson Analytics Use Case…


From insideHPC

Video: Why is HPC so Important to AI?

Video: Why is HPC so Important to AI?

In this video from the SF Big Analytics Meetup, Bryan Catanzaro from Baidu presents: Why is HPC so important to AI? "We built Deep Speech because we saw the opportunity to re-conceive speech recognition in light of the new capabilities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Persuasive Robots

Designing Persuasive Robots

In the ACM, in abstract form.  With emphasis on persuasive.   How persuasive?   The interactions between us and our machines has progressed for some time now.  But should be considerably different for interactions with devices…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NIST Global City Teams Challenge Save the Date

NIST Global City Teams Challenge Save the Date

Save the date for the next of round of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) on November 12-13, 2015. Municipal leaders and innovators will gather at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Campus in Gaithersburg…


From insideHPC

Call for Student Cluster Teams at ISC 2016

Call for Student Cluster Teams at ISC 2016

Today the HPC Advisory Council announced the return of the widely successful HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition in next year’s ISC program of events. In a real-time competition, 11 teams of undergraduate students from around…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

What a technology geek sees when traveling abroad

What a technology geek sees when traveling abroad

Every time I travel, I try to pay attention to how the experience has evolved thanks to technology. Here are my notes about a recent trip: Only fifteen years ago, I would travel with a dedicated camera. It was relatively bulky…


From insideHPC

Edison Supercomputer Creates 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Edison Supercomputer Creates 3D Map of Adolescent Universe

Scientists from the NERSC and Berkeley National Laboratory are using a supercomputer to create one of the most complete, three-dimensional maps of the adolescent universe — using extremely faint light from galaxies 10.8 billion…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 31 September 2015

Interesting Links 31 September 2015

Well school is back for real now. I had students in class most of last week so we’re completely live. I have great students. My Honors Programming class has a bunch of self-starters who have learned a lot before they got to …


From Computational Complexity

Two candidates that I want to see run for Democratic Nomination

It has been noted that while there are 17 Republican candidates for the nomination, of which 10 have been declared serious by FOX News via the first debate, there are far less democratic candidates for the nomination and only…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bias and Innovation Solutions in Context

Bias and Innovation Solutions in Context

Colleague and master innovator from the enterprise Pete Foley, is now writing in Innovation Excellence.  See his most recent contribution: Why I Moved to Las Vegas and What it can tell us about innovation.   Also relates to bias…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gaming and Coaching Discussed

Gaming and Coaching Discussed

From conversation:https://www.linkedin.com/grp/post/6729452-6036912494289698817?trk=groups-post-b-titleJim Spohrer:Franz, and from some earlier threads let's not forget about "crowd sourcing" and "gamification" as a trajectory…


From Geeking with Greg

Working at Google

Working at Google

I joined Google a few months ago. I've wanted to work at Google for a long time. I first interviewed there back in 2003! I've had this blog since 2004, during Findory and beyond, but, like many blogs, posts have slowed in recent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humanizing Self-Checkout

Humanizing Self-Checkout

On humanizing the checkout,   " ..... What if supermarket checkout tills could talk? ... Technology has become so advanced that it's a wonder self-service checkouts don't have minds of their own, writes Oliver Pritchett   ...…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Omni Channel Customers

Omni Channel Customers

Interesting new classification of customers. In CustomerThink," .... If you found yourself checking a new piece of clothing at a store, while looking it up on the mobile app on your iPhone, only to purchase it later on the website…


From insideHPC

Interactive Design Powers Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

Interactive Design Powers Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

Machine learning is the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed. The new R2D3 Blog offers an instructive Visual Introduction to Machine Learning.

The post Interactive Design Powers Visual Introduction…


From insideHPC

Video: A Rare Look Inside Cray Manufacturing in Chippewa Falls

Video: A Rare Look Inside Cray Manufacturing in Chippewa Falls

How are supercomputers made? In this video, Cray provides a rare look inside its manufacturing facilities in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. "For the past 40 years, Cray has been manufacturing supercomputers in Chippewa Falls, starting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sharing Cokes as Advertising

Sharing Cokes as Advertising

Sharing Coke and user generated ads." ... Ogilvy's #shareacoke campaign for Coca-Cola has generated 250,000 tweets and almost 1 billion Twitter impressions, but that buzz may not have much long-term impact on consumers who aren't…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification Study

Gamification Study

An empirical study, they say.   Worth a look." ... A research paper produced for the 2014 Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences carefully reviews twenty-four scholarly empirical research studies which all focused…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Our Brain's Biases, as seen by Watson

Our Brain's Biases, as seen by Watson

Have long been involved with R&D, Laboratory and Product development data and tests.  So always interested in how bias can creep into data.   Often 75% of it is confirmation bias!    Early work in astrophysics, where much early…


From BLOG@CACM

A Lovelace, Babbage, and Analytical Engine LEGO Set?

A Lovelace, Babbage, and Analytical Engine LEGO Set?

On LEGO's ideas site, a new set has been proposed that would let children build the Analytical Engine, and learn about the roles Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage played in computing history.

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