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October 2021


From insideHPC

Los Alamos Names 3 Athena Engineering Scholars

Los Alamos Names 3 Athena Engineering Scholars

The Athena Engineering Scholars Program is designed to inspire women to achieve their full potential as future leaders in engineering. The Athena Program is open to all LANL women, students and staff who are interested in pursuing…


From insideHPC

AMD to Showcase New EPYC and Instinct Data Center Chips at Nov. 8 Virtual Event

AMD to Showcase New EPYC and Instinct Data Center Chips at Nov. 8 Virtual Event

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) will host its Accelerated Data Center premiere on Monday, Nov. 8 at 11 am ET, showcasing the company’s upcoming EPYC CPU processors and Instinct GPU accelerators. While AMD declined comment, it’s assumed the…


From My Biased Coin

How to send a real number using a single bit (and some shared randomness)

How to send a real number using a single bit (and some shared randomness)

In this post, we'll look at the natural problem of how to communicate an estimate of a real value in [0,1], using just 1 bit.  The post is based on this paper (by Ran Ben-Basat of UCL and Shay Vargaftik of VMware Research and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Partners with Wolfram for Data

Microsoft Partners with Wolfram for Data

Just noted this, a good direction.  Can see this as useful, especially in filling analyses with meta or test data.  Which we often integrated.    I just also started to use Wolfram Alpha data as part of the Siri assistant.

Wolfram…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Robotics for Eldercare

AI and Robotics for Eldercare

We worked with researchers in Japan on related efforts.

Collaborators Launch AI-Robotics Initiative to Aid Older Adults in Daily Care  By University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Massachusetts Lowell researchers are among…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Pseudo Coffee

Making Pseudo Coffee

 I did technical analysis work for one of the world's largest coffee companies.  So this was interesting.  But I disagree that the environmental issues here are paramount.   They are minor.  Coffee can be grown with considerable…


From The Noisy Channel

Thoughts on Search Result Diversity

Thoughts on Search Result Diversity

Regular readers know that search is about much more than ranking. If you’re new here, you might want to read this post about ranking vs. relevance.

But a topic I’ve neglected is search result diversity. I’ll remedy that in this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

From CIS: Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law

From CIS: Center for Internet and Society, Stanford Law

Very good piece from Stanford Law on technology. Below intro and beyond.

From:  The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MFA is Phishable

MFA is Phishable

Multi factor authentication (MFA) is seen as a strong means of security, but can be less so, here some reasons why.

Why Is the Majority of Our MFA So Phishable?

Published on October 20, 2021

By Roger Grimes in Linkedin,   Data-Driven…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watch Who You Talk to

Watch Who You Talk to

More details about the approach at the link

Twitter accounts linked to cyberattacks against security researchers suspended

North Korean hackers are luring professionals with "zero-day vulnerability hype."   By Charlie Osborne for…


From Computational Complexity

Squaring the circle is mentioned in a Gilbert and Sullivan comic Opera.

The problem of squaring the circle: Given a circle, construct (with ruler and compass) a square with the same area. While browsing the web for more information on this problem (for the blog entry on problems that might be similar…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is AI Re-Inventing Computers?

Is AI Re-Inventing Computers?

Very interesting piece.  Anything can become a computer?

Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.

By Will Douglas Heaven,  October 22, 2021  in TechnologyReview

Fall 2021: the season of pumpkins…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft: Orbit Database of Objects

Microsoft:  Orbit Database of Objects

Microsoft Announces a teachable database of objects.

Announcing the ORBIT dataset: Advancing real-world few-shot learning using teachable object recognition

Published October 19, 2021

By Daniela Massiceti , Senior Researcher  Cecily…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Moscow Implements Metro Facial Recognition

Moscow Implements  Metro Facial Recognition

Expect parts of the world without these 'fears' to quickly implement many kinds of such  recognition systems, for greater efficiency. 

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System   By The Guardian (U.K…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (October 23rd 2021)

Science and Technology links (October 23rd 2021)

Apple announced new processors for its computers. Here is a table with the transistor count of some recent Apple processors: processor release year transistors Apple A7 2013 1 billions Apple A8 2014 2 billions Apple A9 2015 2…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Putting Living Cells on Chips

Putting Living  Cells on Chips

Linking biological responses to Computer Chips

Putting Living Cells on Chips

By University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 21, 2021

University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Abhijeet Prasad, Distinguished Professor Ravi Saraf, and Aashish Subedi…


From Putting People First

UX Theatre, or the rise of UX design without users

UX Theatre, or the rise of UX design without users

UX Theatre is "the application of any sort of design methodology without including a single user in the process, or including users but merely for show."


From Putting People First

An anthropologist on Facebook’s new “Ray-Ban Stories” glasses

An anthropologist on Facebook’s new “Ray-Ban Stories” glasses

With this product, writes anthropologist Sally Applin in MIT's Technology Review, "Facebook is claiming the face as real estate for its own technology."


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Training Proof for Quantum AI

A Training Proof for Quantum AI

Technical finding regarding CNN and the ability to train.     Applicability to discovering new materials. 

Breakthrough Proof Clears Path for Quantum AI

Los Alamos National Laboratory News, October 15, 2021

Scientists at the U.S…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

An Annoying Problem

It’s the stupid questions that have some of the most surprising and interesting answers — Cory Doctorow ACM Turing Award source Robert Tarjan is well known to most—a Turing award winner in 1986 with John Hopcroft. Bob is a professor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recent AI books are Described in CACM

Recent AI books are Described in CACM

Some good recent books brought to my attention, intro below.

AI Futures: Fact and Fantasy

Three books offer varied perspectives on the ascendancy of artificial intelligence.

Devdatt Dubhashi , Pages 30-31

"AlphaZero crushes chess…


From insideHPC

LLNL Joins Human Vaccines Project

LLNL Joins Human Vaccines Project

Oct. 21, 2021 — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has joined the international Human Vaccines Project (HVP), bringing lab research and computing resources to the consortium to aid development of a universal coronavirus…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT Media Lab RFusion Finds Hidden, Missing Things

MIT Media Lab RFusion Finds Hidden, Missing Things

A classic problem for mapping, decluttering the Smart Home

MIT Media Lab: RFusion

52.9K subscribers

This video presents a new robot from MIT called RFusion, which can find and retrieve hidden objects. The robot fuses RF (Radio Frequency)…


From insideHPC

Overcoming Bandwidth and Capacity Bottlenecks in the Exascale Era

Overcoming Bandwidth and Capacity Bottlenecks in the Exascale Era

[SPONSORED POST] Join us for the Advanced Memory Architectures to Overcome Bandwidth Bottlenecks for the Exascale Era of Computing webinar on November 10 at 9:00 am PT. During this webinar, leading industry experts will discuss…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Regulators Want more Details of Payment Systems

Regulators Want more Details of Payment Systems

To be expected, how can the details of this be used to improve security?

Regulators demand more info about tech payment systems  in TheVerge

Query orders sent out to Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Paypal, and Square

By Russell…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Did IBM Lose the Cloud?

Did IBM Lose the Cloud?

Did IBM Lose the Cloud and was Emphasis on Watson to Blame?   Interacted with them during the early Watson days and there was quite an investment in that.  

How IBM lost the cloud  in Protocol

Insiders say that marketing missteps…


From insideHPC

Argonne Names 5 New Distinguished Fellows

Argonne Names 5 New Distinguished Fellows

Argonne National Laboratory has named for 2021 five new Argonne Distinguished Fellows, the lab’s highest title: Pete Beckman, Lois Curfman McInnes and Rick Stevens from the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) directorate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail Hyperautomation?

Retail Hyperautomation?

My friend Gib Basset authors this piece in Retailwire, including further discussion: 

Will ‘hyperautomation’ determine retailing success from this point forward?  by Gib Bassett in Retailwire

There is no doubt 2021 is shaping up…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Converting binary floating-point numbers to integers

Converting binary floating-point numbers to integers

You are given a floating-point number, e.g. a double type in Java or C++. You would like to convert it to an integer type… but only if the conversion is exact. In other words, you want to convert the floating-point number toContinue…


From My Biased Coin

Networking+Theory Postdoc at Harvard

Networking+Theory Postdoc at Harvard

The last couple of years one aspect of research I've greatly enjoyed is getting back into networking, which is really due to my excellent (and patient) collaborators Ran Ben Basat (now at UCL, was a postdoc at Harvard) and Minlan…

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