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May 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Clearer Communications in Unclear times

On Clearer Communications in Unclear times

Well done piece in HBR on implied rules of communications.  Have they changed?  Been made more important in hybrid times?  Now that we have a dozen more ways to communicate.   Below link to the broader article in Quester. 

Did…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using AI for Contract Negotiations

Using AI for Contract Negotiations

Nothing mentioned about 'smart contracts', but surely you can see the possibilities linking from this. ?   They say that Walmart has been a user of the idea. 

How Companies Use AI for Contract Negotiations

For foodies traveling…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining 3D Customer Experiences

Examining 3D Customer Experiences

 Nicely put short piece in Customer Think about how customers will be attracted and engagedwith 3D experiences.  And some notable examples like IKEA Place,  which I have worked with.    My current look at LiDAR also edges onReimagining…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Pushes 2-Factor Authentication

Google Pushes 2-Factor Authentication

 Am a long time proponent of the idea. Its not perfect security, but is a big step forward.

Google Gets Serious About Two-Factor Authentication. Good!  in Wired

The tech giant wants to push its billions of users—and the rest of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nokia and Claro Chile deploy Private Wireless Network for Minera Gold Fields

Nokia and Claro Chile deploy Private Wireless Network for Minera Gold Fields

Ultimately how to get security, build private networks.  makes sense for gold mining, and most every other business. 

Nokia and Claro Chile deploy private wireless network for Minera Gold Fields

Press Release  GlobeNewswire

Nokia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Drone Delivery Experiment

Kroger Drone Delivery Experiment

 Had not heard much of this, but Kroger is apparently testing at a Centerville Ohio Kroger not far from us. Can someone from there provide some observations?  Some interesting details in the article below. Given the limitations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey: How to Get Re-Skilling Right

McKinsey:   How to Get Re-Skilling Right

 Might be just the thing we need post pandemic.

Monthly Highlights, May 2021

Dear Franz,

We know that demands on your time are intense and information overload is a real challenge as all of us inch our way out of this pandemic.We…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram Physics: On Year Update: How’s It Going?

Wolfram Physics:  On Year Update:  How’s It Going?

With a physics background, always found this somewhat ungraspable, but on it goes.  And now an update.   I have yet to hear that traditional physics is applauding this, so I guess that is still my main objection.   And I don't…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Accenture: Get a Secure, Trustworthy Internet

Accenture:  Get a Secure, Trustworthy Internet

Good, considerable piece by Accenture, pointed to below.   Who we worked with in the past.  Have been of late become involved in related efforts and find some their points key.   As has been reported here.   How do we secureSecuring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Hair Untangling

Robot Hair Untangling

This got some rare general press, since it deals with a real concern/chore in the home.  And I do have a general 'hair care' link below from my Consumer package company goods days.    Perhaps they want to pick this up, but IUntangle…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Nets Used to Rethink Material Design

Neural Nets Used to Rethink Material Design

Somewhat different approach, training from equations.  Closer to the efforts we used during the early uses of neural nets.  Combining learning methods and existing algorithms.

Neural Nets Used to Rethink Material Design

Rice University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart All-in on Telehealth

Wal-Mart All-in on Telehealth

Wal-Mart wants to do Telemedicine.

Walmart is going all in on 24/7/365 telehealth

By George Anderson n Retailwire

Walmart announced yesterday that it has acquired MeMD, a telehealth company offering nationwide virtual medical and…


From insideHPC

Winter Classic Student Cluster Invitational – Winners of Rich Brueckner Scholarships to Be Named Today

Winter Classic Student Cluster Invitational – Winners of Rich Brueckner Scholarships to Be Named Today

By Dan Olds Today, Friday May 7, is the 2021 Winter Classic gala awards ceremony, from 4 – 5 pm Pacific Time on a Zoom webinar. Here’s the link. We reveal the winning teams and bestow six $1,000 Rich Brueckner Award Scholarships…


From insideHPC

SoftIron Announces HyperDrive Performance+ NVMe-based Software-Defined Storage for the Edge

SoftIron Announces HyperDrive Performance+ NVMe-based Software-Defined Storage for the Edge

London – SoftIron Ltd., a data center solutions company, has announced their newest Ceph-optimized, software-defined storage appliance family, HyperDrive Performance+. Leveraging the AMD EPYC 3000 processor, the new Performance…


From insideHPC

VAST Data: $83M in Series D Funding

VAST Data: $83M in Series D Funding

New York – May 4, 2021 – VAST Data, the storage software company, today announced $83 million in Series D funding, led by Tiger Global Management, at a post-money valuation of $3.7 billion – a tripling of the company’s valuation…


From BLOG@CACM

Charles Babbage and the Loom

Charles Babbage and the Loom

Babbage wanted to control his analytical engine, regarded as the ancestor of the modern-day computer, with punched cards.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serverless Computing as the Next Phase of Cloud

Serverless Computing as the Next Phase of Cloud

What's next? 

 What Serverless Computing Is and Should Become: The Next Phase of Cloud Computing

By Johann Schleier-Smith, Vikram Sreekanti, Anurag Khandelwal, Joao Carreira, Neeraja J. Yadwadkar, Raluca Ada Popa, Joseph E. Gonzalez…


From Schneier on Security

Teaching Cybersecurity to Children

Teaching Cybersecurity to Children

A new draft of an Australian educational curriculum proposes teaching children as young as five cybersecurity:

The proposed curriculum aims to teach five-year-old children — an age at which Australian kids first attend school…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speeding New COVID Treatments

Speeding New COVID Treatments

Speeding/Improving COVID Treatment with machine learning

Speeding New COVID Treatments with Computational Tool

University of New Mexico, Michael Haederle, May 3, 2021 in CACM

Scientists at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Assistant Now Broadcasts to Phones

Google Assistant Now Broadcasts to Phones

 I have been using the similar broadcast by Alexa for some time. Our family is now small, so not needed as much, but still good to have to get to every corner of the house.  Adding to this to phones anywhere is a good idea. 

The…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Launches AI.gov

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Launches AI.gov

Yesterday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative Office launched the new AI.gov website.  This website is the home of the National AI Initiative Act of 2020…


From insideHPC

DOE: $10M for Quantum Information Science and Nuclear Physics Research

DOE: $10M for Quantum Information Science and Nuclear Physics Research

May 6, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $10 million for interdisciplinary research in Quantum Information Science (QIS) and nuclear physics. The aim of this funding is to draw on the expertise and capabilities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comments on Ransomware Task Force

Comments on Ransomware Task Force

Some useful comments on the recent announcements about the Ransomware Task force.  Essentially saying good idea, but criticizing its lack of serious global participation.  

Comments  by  Steve Gibson  in   Security Now!    #817…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Provides Show Mode for Lenovo

Alexa Provides Show Mode for Lenovo

 Nice idea to provide echo 'show' mode on a laptop.   Work well in a kitchen say for displaying recipes and pix.  Or show people at the front door or on camera.  With voice greeting and interaction.     But only for people that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

O'Reilly Looks at Trends

O'Reilly Looks at Trends

Short excerpt below from the O'Reilly  Trends Feature

O'Reilly home Trends.    Do subscribe below at the link, nice overview of what going on. 

By Mike Loukide,  May 3, 2021

Learn faster. Dig deeper. See farther.

Join the O'Reilly…


From insideHPC

2 Seconds of Hair Growth: IBM Claims World’s First 2 Nanometer Chip Technology

2 Seconds of Hair Growth: IBM Claims World’s First 2 Nanometer Chip Technology

IBM today unveiled what it said is with the development of the first chip announced with 2 nanometer (nm) nanosheet technology. Though still more than two years from commercial availability, the company said the 2nm chip will…


From Computational Complexity

Negotiations

So you got an offer to be an assistant professor in the computer science department at Prestigious U. Congratulations! 

Time to negotiate your offer with the chair. Don't be nervous. This shouldn't be adversarial. Both of youLet's…


From insideHPC

Brytlyt’s Accelerated Analytics – powered by GPU

Brytlyt’s Accelerated Analytics – powered by GPU

This featured whitepaper, "Brytlyt's Accelerated Analytics - powered by GPU - Why today’s data-driven businesses need GPU acceleration," discusses the analytics challenges businesses are facing today, and how the Brytlyt platform…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bioactive Paper for Food Packaging

Bioactive Paper for Food Packaging

for Reducing plastic waste

Bioactive paper coatings to replace plastic for packaging foods

Press Release:  Research News / May 03, 2021

The amount of plastic waste increases every year. Some of this waste is due to plastic packaging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Launches iLab 2021

P&G Launches iLab 2021

Procter continues to work innovation:

PR NEWSWIRE: P&G launches iLab 2021 in partnership with the Singapore EDB to strengthen Singapore's innovation ecosystem

P&G launches iLab 2021 in partnership with the Singapore EDB to strengthen…

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