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June 2020


From My Biased Coin

CATCS Visioning Workshop

CATCS Visioning Workshop

Reposting an important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Individualizing Mass Production

Individualizing Mass Production

Seems a powerful idea,   The data is all there, so to what degree and for what products can this be applied and scaled for manufacturing production?   Proposed details at the link.

Mass production of individualized products
Fraunhofer…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 6th 2020)

Science and Technology links (June 6th 2020)

A small number of people are responsible for a disproportionate number of inventions and innovations. Why are these people different? Using neuroimaging techniques, scientists find that superior individuals may not have distinct…


From Putting People First

[Book] Slowdown

[Book] Slowdown

Drawing from an incredibly rich trove of global data, this groundbreaking book reveals that human progress has been slowing down since the early 1970s. Danny Dorling uses compelling visualizations to illustrate how fertility…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Its about Common Sense

Its about Common Sense

Have repeated this many times, it was clear in the late 80s when we built systems that could solve a problem, but not implement it among decision makers.   For general AI, as well as installation of any system that interactsAllen…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinforcement Learning for Skill Discovery

Reinforcement Learning for Skill Discovery

Can skills be dsicovered.  That is, a means to find better behavior that leads to prescribed real-world goals?   Here in the Google Research blog,  addressing the use of unsupervised reinforcement learning (RL). Note the determination…


From insideHPC

San Diego Supercomputer Center Leverages Bright Cluster Manager in New Expanse Supercomputer

San Diego Supercomputer Center Leverages Bright Cluster Manager in New Expanse Supercomputer

Bright Computing, a global leader in Linux Cluster automation and management software for HPC and machine learning, announced that the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego will be using…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building A More Resilient Data-Driven Economy

Building A More Resilient Data-Driven Economy

Building a better economy:

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

Building a More Resilient, Data-Driven…


From Putting People First

[Book] How to Future

[Book] How to Future

How to Future is a guidebook to futuring and arms you with tools, strategies and practices that illuminate new strategic pathways.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pandemic Status Checker App Asks for Physical Symptoms?

Pandemic Status Checker App Asks for Physical Symptoms?

Trial implies actually blocking campus access based on stored information.  Predictive?  Seems some of the information us based on simple query.    Implications of false positives and negatives?

U.S. University to Trial Covid-19…


From The Eponymous Pickle

South Korea Testing an Elderly Assistant

South Korea Testing an Elderly Assistant

Hard to follow the depth and breadth of this precisely, but seems to be an assistant oriented  to interact with lonely elderly.  Prompted by recent pandemic pressure.   With some aim to sense memory and cognitive functions and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UF Acquires NVidia DGX System

UF Acquires NVidia DGX System

Notable former connection working with new Nvidia System. 

UF becomes first U.S. university to acquire cutting-edge NVIDIA DGX A100 system, advancing its artificial intelligence initiative - News - University of Florida

Moving…


From insideHPC

TACC’s Frontera Supports Investigation of Subatomic Protons – ‘the Origin of the Mass of Objects’

TACC’s Frontera Supports Investigation of Subatomic Protons – ‘the Origin of the Mass of Objects’

A team of researchers are using the Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to crack open the proton, a fundamental building block of the atomic nucleus that is used, among other ways, as a medical…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Shark vs. Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Shark vs. Squid

National Geographic has a photo of a 7-foot long shark that fought a giant squid and lived to tell the tale. Or, at least, lived to show off the suction marks on his skin. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Privacy Threats in Intimate and Personal Relationships

Privacy Threats in Intimate and Personal Relationships

Fascinating thoughts on the topic, true is too little discussed.   Though I would think divorce lawyers have seen it all.

Privacy threats in intimate relationships
Karen Levy and Bruce Schneier 
Department of Information Science…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How Innovation Works (book review)

How Innovation Works (book review)

I read How Innovation Works by Matt Ridley in a few hours. It is a delicious book. Ridley distinguishes invention from innovation. The inventor creates something new, the innovator applies the novelty to change the world. Jeff…


From insideHPC

KIOXIA Adds Thin Provisioning to KumoScale Software Suite, Increases Cloud Storage Efficiency

KIOXIA Adds Thin Provisioning to KumoScale Software Suite, Increases Cloud Storage Efficiency

KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.), the U.S.-based subsidiary of KIOXIA Corporation, has added thin provisioning to its KumoScale™ storage software based on NVM Express™ over Fabrics (NVMe-oF™) technology…


From BLOG@CACM

CS Teachers, It's (Past) Time To Learn About Race

CS Teachers, It's (Past) Time To Learn About Race

We need to send the message that we are willing to change CS education in order to address historic and systemic inequities.


From Schneier on Security

New Research: "Privacy Threats in Intimate Relationships"

New Research: "Privacy Threats in Intimate Relationships"

I just published a new paper with Karen Levy of Cornell: "Privacy Threats in Intimate Relationships." Abstract: This article provides an overview of intimate threats: a class of privacy threats that can arise within our families…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ACM Bytecast: Donald Knuth on Computing

ACM Bytecast: Donald Knuth on Computing

From my earliest days doing coding, I was reading Donald Knuth's legendary texts.  Now here is a free and open podcast interview with him.  Will be following.

" ... In the latest episode of ACM ByteCast, a new podcast series at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UN: Global Computer Simulation Tool

UN: Global Computer Simulation Tool

Quite a considerable simulation is proposed.    Would be difficult to do, depending on the breadth and context involved.   Perhaps a realm where agent based modeling might be applied to simplify some aspects., which we aimed

UN…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Anaconda and IBM Watson Team to Simplify Enterprise AI

Anaconda and IBM Watson Team to Simplify Enterprise AI

This was needed to provide easier to use capabilities in the enterprise.

Anaconda and IBM Watson Team to Simplify Enterprise Adoption of AI Open-Source Technologies
Anaconda, Inc.​, provider of the leading Python data science platform…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Thermal Imaging as Security

Customer Thermal Imaging as Security

I was asked last week to explore the efficacy of using thermal imagery to determine if someone had increased body temperature and could that be used as indicative of possible flu infection.  Now being installed widely.  Even

Here…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Europe June 2020 Report

ACM-W Europe June 2020 Report

On behalf of all of the ACM-W Europe, I would like to thank you for continuing to be you. Covid-19 has caused stress for many of us. We worry about our health, our jobs and our general state of mind. We may not always feel ok…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Truth

What is the truth? Alfred Whitehead was a logician and philosopher, who had a student of some note. The student was Bertrand Russell and together they wrote the famous three-volume Principia Mathematica. It took several hundred…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The Go compiler needs to be smarter

The Go compiler needs to be smarter

One of my favorite languages is the Go language. I love its simplicity. It is popular and useful in a cloud setting. Many popular tools are written in Go, and for good reasons. I gave a talk on Go last year and I was asked for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Very Small Robots

Very Small Robots

Small task specific robotics are a long time interest.  With clear application for pharma delivery and other healthcare sensor and related work.

Introducing the World’s smallest Microelectronic robot
This breakthrough invention…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Claim to considerable advances in sensor interfaces through a 'glasses style' interface.   Consder how combining brain and vision sensor data  would provide adaptive data about attention.  More at the link.

Multifunction E-Glasses…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CI Fellows 2020 – Application Deadline Extended to June 17

CI Fellows 2020 – Application Deadline Extended to June 17

***June 4, 2020 – Important notice to all applicants: the application deadline has been extended by 5 days to Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT in recognition of the unrest and protests across the nation. If possible,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Tech

Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Tech

Ultimately measurement of value.

Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology
By Duke University Pratt School of Engineering
May 28, 2020

Duke University assistant professor Jessilyn Dunn (right) watches as…

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