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January 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cars Becoming Smartphones

Cars Becoming Smartphones

 As cars become smartphones, Big Auto turns to handset chipmaker to survive

Legacy automakers underestimated the importance of employing the latest technology in their dashboards, now they're playing catch up.

How will phones link…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metaverse Trials Useful in Retail

Metaverse Trials Useful in Retail

Lots of things we also examined, with different names and contexts.

Can the metaverse solve retail’s returns challenges?

by Nikki Baird in Retailwire

We’ve seen a lot of press about the volume of returns that are pouring in from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

This Blog

This Blog

 Note:   The automated tagging function  in Google Blogger has been inactive for the last six months or so, which means that some tags I apply may not have been consistent.   It is now working again.  Does not effect content,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transform a face mask into a monitor?

Transform a face mask into a monitor?

 'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

Northwestern University Newscenter, Amanda Morris, January 12, 2022

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sensor that they say can transform…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Heart Cells with Electronic Warning Sensors

Heart Cells with Electronic Warning Sensors

ACM NEWS

'Pop-Up' Electronic Sensors Could Detect When Heart Cells Misbehave

By University of California San Diego, December 28, 2021

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a tool that monitors the electrical…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Happy 1,000th Post and 75th Birthday, Dick

Plus an open Zoom mini-workshop Monday 1/17, 4–5:30pm ET From Rich DeMillo Richard Lipton founded this blog 1,000 posts ago. He was not quite as young as in the photo. This blog is almost 13 years old but measures time by the…


From insideHPC

Atos to Install HPC system at Technische Universität Dresden

Atos to Install HPC system at Technische Universität Dresden

Munich, Paris – January 13 2022 – Atos today announces that it has been awarded a contract to install a new supercomputing cluster at Technische Universität Dresden (TU) in Germany. The supercomputer will be used for data intensive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Can’t be Trusted

Deep Learning Can’t be Trusted

Deep Learning Can’t be Trusted,  Brain Modelling Pioneer Says Stephen Grossberg explains why his ART model is better  in Spectrum  IEEE

By  KATHY PRETZ During the past 20 years, deep learning has come to dominate artificial intelligence…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Welcomes Leading Tech Entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma as UA Ambassador

UASG Welcomes Leading Tech Entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma as UA Ambassador

By Dr. Ajay Data, UASG Chair The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is proud to welcome Indian tech entrepreneur Vijay Shekhar Sharma as a Universal Acceptance (UA) Ambassador. Sharma is the founder and CEO of One97 Communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Age of AI-ism?

An Age of AI-ism?

Looks to be a very interesting book, plan to read it.   Authors are interesting, notably I was at a meeting with Kissinger long ago in DC.   Never thought of him as a technical futurist.

The age of AI-ism

By Contributor Rich Heimann…


From CERIAS Blog

Reflecting on 30 years

Reflecting on 30 years

One of my students sent me a weblink (in the story, below). It caused me to reflect a little on the past. Here is some text I shared on a few social media feeds.

30 years ago, when I started COAST (which became CERIAS) at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

JFrog Talks Log4j Vulnerabilies

JFrog Talks Log4j Vulnerabilies

I was pointed to this by the by TWIT site post by Steve Gibson, pass it along for some good info about the Log4j problems. 

LOG4J LOG4SHELL RESOURCE CENTER

JFrog Log4j vulnerabilites

Resources at your fingertips

The Log4j & Log4shell…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learn to Create Voice-Plus-App Experiences, with No Coding Required

Learn to Create Voice-Plus-App Experiences, with No Coding Required

Amazon-Alexa continues to push Voice-App experiences: 

Learn to Create Voice-Plus-App Experiences, with No Coding Required

Entice Alexa customers to go deeper with your brand by extending into your apps and websites. Don’t miss…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Network Models for VR Applications

Network Models for VR Applications

Interesting. thinking how this would be useful.  ....

CACMmag (@Communications of the ACM) Tweeted: #Mathematicians at @UniversityRudn have proposed a model for calculating the optimal parameters of a #5GNetwork for #VirtualReality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human-Robot Teams

Human-Robot Teams

Giving systems  levels of automation, like IT today. 

Human-Robot Teams: The Next IT Management Challenge

Productivity can skyrocket when people and robots work together, yet so can human frustration and fury.

John Edwards in InformationWeek…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Security Products at CES

AI Security Products at CES

Worth a look at what is being offered. 

AI News

MicroAI showcasing host of AI security products at CES Las Vegas

By Fin Strathern | January 6, 2022

MicroAI, a Texas-based edge AI product developer, is demonstrating its LaunchpadThe…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: Taiwan under Threat from China – TSMC and the ‘Techno-politics’ of Advanced Chips

@HPCpodcast: Taiwan under Threat from China – TSMC and the ‘Techno-politics’ of Advanced Chips

In this week's episode of the @HPCpodcast, Doug Black and Shahin Khan discuss how global competition around advanced technologies has turned geopolitics into "techno-politics" and techno-nationalism. In HPC, this means chips …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Debates its Own ethical Existence

AI Debates its Own ethical Existence

 Too early to do this, but setting the stage is useful.

AI News

Oxford Union invites an AI to debate the ethics of its own existence

By Fin Strathern | December 16, 2021

Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Society, Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Twins, Simulation,Design

Digital Twins, Simulation,Design

 Like drawing the relationship to general simulation, which has been around for a long time.

Digital twins improve real-life manufacturing

Using simulations can ease the complex development process and provide insights into how…


From insideHPC

AIOps Hybrid Cloud Management Company Virtana Raises $73M

AIOps Hybrid Cloud Management  Company Virtana Raises $73M

SAN JOSE — January 13, 2022 — Virtana, a provider of AI-driven monitoring for hybrid cloud management, has raised $73 million from Atalaya Capital Management, Elm Park Capital Management, HighBar Partners, and Benhamou Global…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Planning Before Coding

Planning Before Coding

After all these years one would think I would know better. But it turns out that when coding for fun I don’t always do the planning that I should. It always comes back to hurt me. If you have been reading this blog lately you…


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale: Container Technologies for Exascale Computing

Let’s Talk Exascale: Container Technologies for Exascale Computing

In this episode of the Exascale Computing Project’s (ECP) Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series, Andrew Younge of Sandia National Laboratories discusses container technology and how it fits into the wider scheme of exascale and …


From insideHPC

Q-CTRL Appoints Aravind Ratnam to Chief Strategy Officer

Q-CTRL Appoints Aravind Ratnam to Chief Strategy Officer

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2022 – Q-CTRL, a quantum control engineering solutions company, today announced the addition of Aravind Ratnam as Chief Strategy Officer. Most recently, Ratnam served as Head of Products for Sense Photonics…


From insideHPC

GRC in Data Center Sustainability Collaboration with Intel

GRC in Data Center Sustainability Collaboration with Intel

AUSTIN, TX – January 12, 2022 —  GRC (Green Revolution Cooling), today announced a multi-year collaboration with Intel focused on helping the global data center industry reduce the environmental impact of digital infrastructure…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Makes Some AI Meta Humans

Baidu Makes Some AI Meta Humans

 Indeed. 

Baidu Unveils Its Metaverse of Custom Virtual Humans

ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ in Voicebot.ai

Chinese tech giant Baidu introduced a metaverse of virtual humans this week at Baidu Create 2021, in deliberate contrast to the presentation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measurement of the Digital Economy

Measurement of the Digital Economy

Good piece by correspondent Dr Wladawsky-Burger:

A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects.  By Irving Wladawsky-Berger 

A New MeasurementSeveral…


From insideHPC

Qumulo Launches AWS Quick Start for Qumulo Cloud Q

Qumulo Launches AWS Quick Start for Qumulo Cloud Q

SEATTLE – Jan. 12, 2022 – Qumulo, maker of file data storage and management for hybrid cloud environments, today announced the availability of AWS Quick Start for Qumulo Cloud Q. This new offering, running on Amazon Web Services…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Process Analysis: When to Use

Business Process Analysis: When to Use

Yes, absolutely,  of anything significant, also for anything new or advanced like AI, or things that interact with people or have risky aspects.

Why a Business Process Analysis is critical before applying Automation

Simon Carter…


From Computational Complexity

On the California Math Framework

Guest post by Boaz Barak and Jelani Nelson

In a recent post, Lance Fortnow critiqued our open letter on the proposed revisions for the California Mathematics Framework (CMF). We disagree with Lance’s critique, and he has kindly…


From insideHPC

AMD Announces GA of New AWS EC2 Hpc6a Instances

AMD Announces GA of New AWS EC2 Hpc6a Instances

HPC ClustersAMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today GA of Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 Hpc6a instances based on the AMD EPYC CPU, built for high performance computing (HPC) workloads in the cloud. AWS pre-announced Hpc6a last November. The instances deliver…

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