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February 2023


From The Eponymous Pickle

Start with the Basics for Machine Learning

Start with the Basics for Machine Learning

Pretraining and related topics. 

Machines Learn Better if We Teach Them the Basics

A wave of research improves reinforcement learning algorithms by pre-training them as if they were human.      By Max G Levy     In QuantaMagazine…


From Computational Complexity

After you are notified that an article is accepted...

 After just one round of referees reports

(they send me the reports, I made the corrections, they were happy) I got email saying my paper on proving the primes are infinite FROM Schur's theorem in Ramsey was ACCEPTED. Yeah! Now…


From insideHPC

HPC User Forum to Be Held at Princeton April 18-19, Spotlight on High- and Low-Growth HPC Segments

HPC User Forum to Be Held at Princeton April 18-19, Spotlight on High- and Low-Growth HPC Segments

Feb. 6, 2023 — HPC iindustry analyst firm Hyperion Research announced that the HPC User Forum will hold a conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18-19, at the Princeton, NJ, Marriott at Forrestal. The conference agenda can…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Attacking Machine Learning Systems

Attacking Machine Learning Systems

 Considerable piece in Schneier

Just now reading, suggested ...

Attacking Machine Learning Systems

The field of machine learning (ML) security—and corresponding adversarial ML—is rapidly advancing as researchers develop sophisticated…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC is Accepting Visioning Proposals from the Community

CCC is Accepting Visioning Proposals from the Community

The mission of Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to enable the pursuit of innovative, high-impact research that aligns with pressing national and global challenges. The CCC accepts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning, Forgetting and Reinforcement

Learning, Forgetting and Reinforcement

 Very interesting thing,  came to our level of interest as we tried to analyze how consumers could 'forget' brands, and how that forgetting might be turned around.   A kind of learning and forgetting cycle.  Domain context is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Arms Race to AI

An Arms Race to AI

An arms race.  Important point, Clouds bring the data, feed the results. 

Big Tech companies use cloud computing arms to pursue alliances with AI groups  in Arstechnca

Deals between Big Tech and "generative AI" startups raise competition…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI for Logistics

AI for Logistics

 Worked in logistics for years, good to see more applications emerging  

Tompkins Solutions Partners With Loko AI to Deliver Innovative Automation Technology to Logistics Operations Worldwide

Mon, January 30, 2023  

The strategic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI with a Modular Future

AI with a  Modular Future

Intro to Whisper and its architecture, transcribing speech  ... 

Whispers of A.I.'s Modular Future, By The New Yorker, February 1, 2023      in CACM

What’s so unusual about Whisper is that OpenAI open-sourced it, releasing notOne…


From insideHPC

Open Source or Enterprise-grade Containers? How SingularityPRO Adds Value for Mission-critical HPC Workloads

Open Source or Enterprise-grade Containers? How SingularityPRO Adds Value for Mission-critical HPC Workloads

Sylabs developed SingularityPRO and Singularity Enterprise to deliver an array of important features and capabilities, along with enterprise-grade support, for organizations that need more stability, security, and support. Organizations…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Back From A Vacation

I am just back from a multi-week vacation on the cruise ship the Voyager. My dear wife—Kathryn Farley—and I were on the trip together with her brother. It was wonderful. It was relaxing and terrific. Well Not Exactly When I first…


From Schneier on Security

Attacking Machine Learning Systems

Attacking Machine Learning Systems

The field of machine learning (ML) security—and corresponding adversarial ML—is rapidly advancing as researchers develop sophisticated techniques to perturb, disrupt, or steal the ML model or data. It’s a heady time; because…


From Putting People First

Design for AI: What should people who design AI know?

Design for AI: What should people who design AI know?

Hal Wuertz, Adam Cutler and Milena Pribic of IBM Design defined a unique set of five skills for “AI Design.”


From The Eponymous Pickle

Four Themes Shaping the Future of the Stormy European Power Market

Four Themes Shaping the Future of the Stormy European Power Market

Euro Energy details in play  ... 

Four themes shaping the Future of the Stormy European Power Market

January 27, 2023 | Article    in McKinsey

By Markus Schülde,  Xavier Veillard  and  Alexander Weiss 

Demand for electricity in Europe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lucy 4 and Generative AI

Lucy 4 and Generative AI

 Lucy 4 just brought to my attention in this realm. 

AI News

Lucy 4 is moving ahead with generative AI for knowledge management

By James Bourne | February 3, 2023 | TechForge Media https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/

Categories:…


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…

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