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August 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hack to Get Amazon Alexa to Respond to ASL

Hack to Get Amazon Alexa to Respond to ASL

Had heard of this before, here are more details.  Still very much an early  prototype.   How close can this get to being very useful?   Below the motivation...

Getting Alexa to Respond to Sign Language Using Your Webcam and TensorFlow…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Requirements for an Enterprise AI Benchmark

Requirements for an Enterprise AI Benchmark

Invitation to the ISSIP Cognitive Systems Institute Group Webinar

Please join us for this call and invite your contacts - e.g., at universities, partners & clients. The call is in a series - and you can see the series here http…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Does Your Brand Need a Specific Assistant Voice?

Does Your Brand Need a Specific Assistant Voice?

One more time, we looked at this very question in great detail a decade plus ago. With our  'Mr Clean' brand.  And decided yes, it needed a specific voice, a culture, attitude, a backstory ... and more.   Like a brand had then…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: A Villain’s Guide To Social Media And Web Science

Great Innovative Idea: A Villain’s Guide To Social Media And Web Science

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Mark Bernstein, the chief scientist at Eastgate Systems, Inc and Clare Hooper, an Independent Scholar in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Mark and Clare were winners at the recent Computing Community…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lenseless Camera Acting as a Sensor

Lenseless Camera Acting as a Sensor

 I recall this being discussed previously,  makes much sense.  A camera is already a sensor,  in Astronomy this has been used for some time with CCDs.

Lensless Camera Functions as Sensor  by University of Utah 

In the future, your…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Albertsons Testing Go Style No Checkout

Albertsons Testing Go Style No Checkout

The idea continues to spread.  Will we ultimately be keeping our chard cards in our pockets?

Albertsons to Pilot Amazon Go-Style Technology in Stores, at Gas Pumps

Albertsons Cos. could be the next U.S. food retailer to roll out…


From insideHPC

HPC Elder James Cuff Joins Witnix Startup

HPC Elder James Cuff Joins Witnix Startup

In today's Startup news, HPC elder James Cuff has joined a new company called Witnix. Most recently at The Next Platform, James spent most of his career at the HPC center at Harvard before he retired a couple of times. Just ask…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever Taps JD.com

Unilever Taps JD.com

Mor own agent models tried to understand the difference between rural and urban markets in China.  Here this is likely much closer to the problem.

Unilever taps JD.com network to reach rural Chinese markets
Unilever has created…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Lisa Spelman on Intel Data-Centric Solutions

Podcast: Lisa Spelman on Intel Data-Centric Solutions

In this Chip Chat podcast, Lisa Spelman from Intel summarizes the recent Intel Data Centric Innovation Summit. In this interview, Spelman discusses Intel's view of data-centric computing and how our broad portfolio of silicon…


From insideHPC

Interview: Dan Jacobson from ORNL on Why PASC19 will be The Show to Attend Next Year

Interview: Dan Jacobson from ORNL on Why PASC19 will be The Show to Attend Next Year

In this video from PASC18, Dan Jacobson from ORNL describes the highlights from the conference and why scientists and engineers should consider attending PASC19 in Zurich. "Next year, PASC19 happens the week before the ISC 2019…


From insideHPC

How Dell EMC Powers HPC for the Oil & Gas industry

How Dell EMC Powers HPC for the Oil & Gas industry

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Robert Dildy from Dell EMC describes how the company powers HPC for the Oil & Gas industry. "The Dell EMC Isilon OneFS operating system provides the intelligence behind all…


From Schneier on Security

"Two Stage" BMW Theft Attempt

"Two Stage" BMW Theft Attempt

Modern cars have alarm systems that automatically connect to a remote call center. This makes cars harder to steal, since tripping the alarm causes a quick response. This article describes a theft attempt that tried to neutralize…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Happy Anniversary, DARPA!

Happy Anniversary, DARPA!

The following is a letter from Dr. Valarie Browning, the Office Director in the Defense Science Office (DSO) at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). See the full summer 2018 newsletter here. Earlier this year, on February…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP Pilot Tracks the SupplyChain

SAP Pilot Tracks the SupplyChain

Note the use of open source Hyperledger.  Probably the simplest application idea in blockchain.   Mostly food companies participating, which indicates sourcing and quality assurance driven goals.

SAP pilots blockchain-based supply…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Dumb Things Smarter with LiveTags

Making Dumb Things Smarter with LiveTags


LiveTag tags with photographic paper at left
Have now seen several inexpensive IOT add-ons being suggested along this same direction. 

LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart       In New Atlas  By Ben Coxworth

University of California, San Diego researchers are developing…


From [email protected]

Irrational Exuberance and the 'FATE' of Technology

Irrational Exuberance and the 'FATE' of Technology

Questions of verification, safety, and trust must be central when we embody intelligence in physical systems.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Performance of ranged accesses into arrays: modulo, multiply-shift and masks

Performance of ranged accesses into arrays: modulo, multiply-shift and masks

Suppose that you wish to access values in an array of size n, but instead of having indexes in [0,n), you have arbitrary non-negative integers. This sort of problems happen when you build a hash table or other array-backed data…


From insideHPC

CoolIT Systems Teams with STULZ for Liquid Cooling Down Under

CoolIT Systems Teams with STULZ for Liquid Cooling Down Under

Today CoolIT Systems announced it has appointed STULZ ANZ as its master distributor for Rack DCLC products in the Australasian region. "As a business who prides itself on our innovations and future gazing approach, partnering…


From insideHPC

Slidecast: Technology Trends Driving HPC

Slidecast: Technology Trends Driving HPC

In this slidecast, Trish Damkroger from Intel presents: Technology Trends Driving HPC. "HPC is now critical for more use cases, complex workloads, and data-intensive computing than ever before. From AI and visualization to simulation…


From The Noisy Channel

Real Talk About Synonyms and Search

Real Talk About Synonyms and Search

When I talk to software engineers and product managers about improving their search engines, the conversation often leads to query expansion, and specifically synonyms. A lot of folks who work on search believe that their biggest…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at NREL’s new Eagle Supercomputer

Radio Free HPC Looks at NREL’s new Eagle Supercomputer

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Eagle supercomputing under construction at NREL. "The new machine from HPE will run more detailed models that simulate complex processes, systems, and phenomena to advance…


From insideHPC

Exploring the Convergence of AI, HPC & More

Exploring the Convergence of AI, HPC & More

AI and HPCThis fall, the Intel Extreme Performance Users Group (IXPUG) will host a free conference focused on key high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing topics.This guest post from Intel explores how AI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Avoiding Hyper Personalization

Avoiding Hyper Personalization

Mostly we don't notice this until its pointed out to us.

Brands are using AI to drive hyper-personalization, but can it also help them avoid being hyper creepy?   By Vince Jeffs in Customer Think

Apparently, I have 8 seconds to…


From Schneier on Security

James Mickens on the Current State of Computer Security

James Mickens on the Current State of Computer Security

James Mickens gave an excellent keynote at the USENIX Security Conference last week, talking about the social aspects of security -- racism, sexism, etc. -- and the problems with machine learning and the Internet. Worth watching…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Case for Competition

The Case for Competition

Providing results are fairly measured,  goals are clear.

The Case for Competition  in Strategy+Business

When team members face off, it’s the whole organization that wins.
by Charles Donkor, Gretchen Anderson, and Varun Bhatnagar


From Computational Complexity

Fractional Problems: 2.1-colorable, 2.8-SAT

Some graphs are 2-colorable, some graphs are 3-colorable, some graphs are...Does it make sense to say that a graph is 2.1-colorable? It does!(Source_ Factional Graph Theory by Schneinerman and Ullman-- I saw a talk on this by…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (August 19th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (August 19th, 2018)

Publishing your ideas is a central component of science and scholarship. To make it easier to publish, some companies and organizations have begun to offer pay-to-publish journals and conferences where pretty much anything can…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Co-Creativity

Seeking Co-Creativity

Well of course, a kind of creativity augmentation.  But as the article suggests, Co-creativity takes it yet beyond.  Who/What initiates, develops, delivers?   Fascinating view of this.   Part of the intelligence included has

Evaluating…


From insideHPC

Visual Genomes Foundation Looks to Exascale for Ai

Visual Genomes Foundation Looks to Exascale for Ai

A new effort from the Visual Genomes Foundation (VGF) looks to move visual artificial intelligence forward in big way. The first step: learn and record exabytes of visual DNA features from millions of images in a collaborative…


From insideHPC

Containers: Shifter and Singularity on Blue Waters

Containers: Shifter and Singularity on Blue Waters

In this video from the Blue Waters 2018 Symposium, Maxim Belkin presents a tutorial on Containers: Shifter and Singularity on Blue Waters. "Container solutions are a great way to seamlessly execute code on a variety of platforms…

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