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February 2023


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Artificial Intelligence Just Lost a Leader

Roger Schank just passed away. Roger was a top leader of AI. I overlapped with him for my time at Yale. In 1974, he became a professor of computer science and psychology at Yale University. In 1981, Schank became Chairman of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Yann LeCun: ChatGPT 'Not Particularly Innovative'

Yann LeCun: ChatGPT 'Not Particularly Innovative'

Surprising from LeCun, but do understand the point,   The pieces of ChatGPT are well understood, and they  have been made very broadly accessible, which makes it easy to test in many contexts.  But can it be sufficiently tuned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Need an Artistic Frig?

Need an Artistic Frig?

Too much ART complexity for what needs to be a simple as possible device, would not buy one. 

Samsung is announcing that its Bespoke line of custom appliance decorations will enable a form of generative AI art on its refrigerators…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

 Virtual property rights examined in NFT's examined.  Assets , virtual versus actual.  

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

By The Wall Street Journal, February 3, 2023,  in CACM

Image shown:  A Laura Merkin…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Lego Computer Science: Truth Tables

Lego Computer Science: Truth Tables

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London Truth tables are a simple way of reason about logic that were popularised by the 20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. They provide a very clear way to explain what logical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Ships First Quantum Computer

China Ships First Quantum Computer

China moves forward with Commercial Quantum Computing

China’s Origin Quantum Ships First Quantum Computer

By Matt Swayne  in QuantumInsider ... 

Origin Quantum, a Chinese quantum computer startup, sold its first device, making China…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Escape from Model Land

Escape from Model Land

 True, caution about modeling is always needed.  Worth a look, on order. 

The limitations of mathematical modeling

A new book demonstrates the danger of the perfect model., by Mike JakemanJanuary 3, 2023

Escape from Model Land:by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interpol Policing the Metaverse

Interpol Policing the Metaverse

Never seen this before,  Interpol involved in this kind of activity.  Has it been common?  Note mentions they are creating their own VR space. 

Interpol working out how to police the metaverse, In the BBC , By Marc Cieslak & Tom…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Programmable Materials

Programmable Materials


Notable methods and applications

Changing shapes at the push of a button  from Fraunhofer,  Research News / January 02, 2023

Programmable materials are true shapeshifters. They can change their characteristics in a controlled and…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Jacquie Lawson: the multi-million pound greeting

Jacquie Lawson: the multi-million pound greeting

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London (from the cs4fn women are here special issue) There is real money to be made out there in the virtual world – if you are willing to put in the effort to develop appropriate skills…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Studying the Colossal Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Studying the Colossal Squid

A survey of giant squid science.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines here.


From insideHPC

TSMC Offers Its FinFET Technology to Academia for IC Design Skills Development

TSMC Offers Its FinFET Technology to Academia for IC Design Skills Development

HSINCHU, Taiwan, R.O.C., Feb. 3, 2023 – TSMC today announced the launch of its “TSMC University FinFET Program,” aimed at developing future IC design talent for the industry and empowering academic innovation. The program will…


From insideHPC

EuroHPC JU Renews Support of EuroCC and CASTIEL

EuroHPC JU Renews Support of EuroCC and CASTIEL

Stuttgart, Germany — February 3, 2023 — With the start of a new three-year grant, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has renewed its support of EuroCC and CASTIEL. Together, this pair of projects has been supporting the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emerging AI Attached to Business Meetings and Process Management.

Emerging AI Attached to Business Meetings and Process Management.

Some of the work we did in the enterprise a dozen plus years ago was to improve executive decision making based on visualized data.   Especially useful when it needed to focus complex, expensive  and difficult to obtain expertise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Columbia Business School Digital Future Initiative

Columbia Business School Digital Future Initiative

 Columbia's  Digital Future Initiative

“Digital technology has and will continue to transform our lives and CBS has a role in both advancing research and educating the next generation of leaders to succeed in and shape the digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft taking Leaps Forward to GPT

Microsoft taking Leaps Forward to GPT

Doubling down, some say. 

Microsoft continues to double down on its embrace of ChatGPT  By Alan Truly in Digital

Microsoft’s race to integrate ChatGPT into its products took some big steps forward today.

As per an announcement…


From Schneier on Security

Manipulating Weights in Face-Recognition AI Systems

Manipulating Weights in Face-Recognition AI Systems

Interesting research: “Facial Misrecognition Systems: Simple Weight Manipulations Force DNNs to Err Only on Specific Persons“:

Abstract: In this paper we describe how to plant novel types of backdoors in any facial recognition…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What to buy for Responsible AI

What to buy for Responsible AI

Agreed, process still inclear.

Enterprises Don't Know What to Buy for Responsible AI   in Darkreading

Organizations are struggling to procure appropriate technical tools to address responsible AI, such as consistent bias detection…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zoom Tries Conversational AI

Zoom Tries Conversational AI

 A space we examined very early on to support group meetings and work.  Now finally emerging?

Zoom enters the conversational AI arena 

By Ryan Daws | January 27, 2023 | TechForge Media,  Ryan is a senior editor at TechForge Media…


From CERIAS Blog

Malicious Compliance: A story

Malicious Compliance: A story

I recently saw an account of malicious compliance recounted in r/eddit and quoted in a Mastodon thread Not allowed to work from home so I don't
My job recently told me that even during the snowstorm we got earlier this week,…


From insideHPC

NSF Announces Solicitation for Open-source Ecosystems

NSF Announces Solicitation for Open-source Ecosystems

Feb. 2, 2023 — The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) published a solicitation for the Pathways to Enable Open-Source Ecosystems, or POSE, program that aims to harness the power of open-source development as a platform of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Miro Managing Meetings and their Results?

Miro Managing Meetings and their Results?

For some time we talked about the desire for enterprises to manage meetings. Their planning, efficient operation and gathering of results.   Next steps.  The integration of needed expertise. Things like who needs to do what and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Challenges GPT!

Baidu Challenges GPT!

 AI thaws, and the Race is on.  Some details below, and at the link.   Had seen a demo of ERNIE and its use with Baidu before. 

Baidu to Launch Powerful ChatGPT Rival   By Ryan Daws | January 30, 2023 | TechForge Media

Categories…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: 'See, Solve, Scale' By Danny Warshay

Book:  'See, Solve,  Scale'    By Danny Warshay

Book:   Reading now.  Largely about building companies, getting customers and related marketing.   Nicely done, good ideas, breakthroughs and directions.  Lots of real  'Why' examples.    -  FAD


See, Solve, Scale: How Anyone Can…


From insideHPC

SAP Announces Partnership to Expand Use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

SAP Announces Partnership to Expand Use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux

WALLDORF, GERMANY AND RALEIGH, N.C. – February 1, 2023 — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and open source solutions provider Red Hat, Inc. today announced an expanded partnership to  increase SAP’s use of and support for Red Hat Enterprise…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Releases Final Report

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Releases Final Report

This week the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) Task Force released a roadmap to establish a national research infrastructure aimed to broaden access to resources for AI research and development. There…


From The Eponymous Pickle

You Might be Able to Write Your Own Apple AR/VR Headset Apps?

You Might be Able to Write Your Own Apple AR/VR Headset Apps?

Like the idea, But how easy will it be?   Lots of dated rumor out there, warning. 

You might be able to write your own Apple AR/VR headset apps

Includes link to a podcast  in TechRadar,  By David Nield 

The long-rumored Apple AR…


From insideHPC

OpenAI Launches ChatGPT Subscription Offering

OpenAI Launches ChatGPT Subscription Offering

OpenAI, maker of the generative AI application ChatGPT that has created an internet sensation, has announced a subscription plan, ChatGPT Plus, for $20/month that pays for access to the app during peak time. “ChatGPT Plus is …


From BLOG@CACM

The Need For Combined Data And Analytic Governance

The Need For Combined Data And Analytic Governance

Numbers don't mean anything if people don't understand, or trust, the computation behind them.


From Computational Complexity

Responsibility

Nature laid out their ground rules for large language models like ChatGPT including

No LLM tool will be accepted as a credited author on a research paper. That is because any attribution of authorship carries with it accountability…

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