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July 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better Neuromorphic Computing Leading to Intelligence?

Better Neuromorphic Computing Leading to Intelligence?

A look at the history of neuromorphic computing.  Or the use of some  'forms' of the biological brain to provide 'intelligence'.    Artificial Neural Network methods already do this, but relatively weakly.  Mentioned is Terry…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever and Alibaba

Unilever and Alibaba

Followed Unilever for years,  an interesting direction for them in technology.

Latest Unilever Partnership to Focus on Next-Gen Digital Marketing
By Alarice Rajagopal - 07/07/2020 in ConsumerGoods

Unilever is partnering with the…


From Computational Complexity

Ronald Graham: A summary of blog Posts We had about his work

To Honor Ronald Graham I summarize the blog posts we had about his work.



1) Blog post New Ramsey Result that will be hard to verify but Ronald Graham thinks its right which is good enough for me.



Wikipedia (see here) says that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Voice Coming Back to Life?

Google Voice Coming Back to Life?

Used to be an avid user, then it seemed to start to fail, with fewer updates.   Now its coming up with some unique ideas.   And perhaps the flurry of interest in remote multi agent work has made it look like a new portal for

Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reinventing for Speed

Reinventing for Speed

McKinsey always does an interesting job looking at these problems.Increase the speed while minimizing the risk of error.  reviewing.

Ready, set, go: Reinventing the organization for speed in the post-COVID-19 era
June 26, 2020 …


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts said Richard Feynman. Feynman had a Nobel prize in physics. He was a remarquable educator: his lecture notes are still popular. He foresaw nanotechnology and quantum computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Most Valuable AI Companies

Most Valuable AI Companies

Fascinating look from the Singularity Hub.  Who are the 32 AI Unicorn Hubs?   Useful to see the kinds of  things that are being worked on.

The World’s Most Valuable AI Companies, and What They’re Working On
By Peter Rejcek In the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon: Sellers must Identify Themselves

Amazon: Sellers must Identify Themselves

Will this create a major change?  As is said, creates half of Amazon's sales.

Amazon Is Making a Simple Change that Will Change the Relationship Between Sellers and Customers Forever.    Starting September 1, sellers will have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Agency Curriculum

Alexa Agency Curriculum

Still have not seen what I call voice-first strategies in many places.  Like businesses.   They are still matters of convenience, accessibility or cases where hands-free can be important. 

Introducing the Alexa Agency Curriculum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining iPhone Videos for 4D Viz

Combining iPhone Videos for 4D Viz

Another example of gathering more data that you would normally with a sensor, then combining the data in order to make it useful for more than normal, purely typical human-visual needs.   Also to  create manipulative and illusional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Problem with Google's Open Usage Commons

A Problem with Google's Open Usage Commons

IBM Suggests there is a Problem:

IBM has a problem with Google’s Open Usage Commons
The ties between the Open Usage Commons and Google may be too strong and clear.  By Jim Salterin in ArsTechnia

This Wednesday, Google announced

From…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS And Microsoft Azure

SAS And Microsoft Azure

Intriguing to see the linking of Azure and SAS.  Some particularly novel sample problems.

3 world-changing examples of SAS® on Azure   by  Oliver SchabenBerger

Last week we announced a new strategic partnership with Microsoft to…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (July 11th 2020)

Science and Technology links (July 11th 2020)

Some upcoming Mercedes cars will have augmented reality head-up displays. Intel’s new standard for high-speed cables (thunderbolt) supports 3 GB/s bandwidth. (This is very fast: internal disks usually cannot sustain such speeds…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bio-Ink for 3D Printing Inside the Body

Bio-Ink for 3D Printing Inside the Body

Quite a remarkable possibility when linked to medical robotics.

Bio-Ink for 3D Printing Inside the Body
IEEE Spectrum
Charles Q. Choi
July 1, 2020

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) have developed a bio-ink that can be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tesla Close to Level 5

Tesla Close to Level 5

The legendary level 5 means completely autonomous, no driver input.   Once we get that level there is likely to be an explosion of data to gather, and answering questions like how safe is it versus car with driver?

Elon Musk says…


From Schneier on Security

China Closing Its Squid Spawning Grounds

China Closing Its Squid Spawning Grounds

China is prohibiting squid fishing in two areas -- both in international waters -- for two seasons, to give squid time to recover and reproduce. This is the first time China has voluntarily imposed a closed season on the high…


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

Greetings from the ACMW Communications Co-Chairs: Bettina Bair and Sarah McRoberts

Greetings from the ACMW Communications Co-Chairs: Bettina Bair and Sarah McRoberts

The goal of the Communications Committee is to empower the communications of all chapters and levels of leadership with tools, frameworks, and our global platforms. We are growing our organizational communication to bring in…


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

Interview about ACM-W Scholarships

Interview about ACM-W Scholarships

In this column we have conversations with the members of our panels about the Scholarship program and it's history.


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

ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences

The ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A New Kind of Open Source: Open Commons

A New Kind of Open Source:  Open Commons

Google Open Usage Commons.   Considering this, there will be more to follow.  Thoughts?

Announcing a new kind of open source organization
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Google has deep roots in open source. We're proud of our 20 years

One…


From Schneier on Security

EFF's 30th Anniversary Livestream

EFF's 30th Anniversary Livestream

It's the EFF's 30th birthday, and the organization is having a celebratory livestream today from 3:00 to 10:00 pm PDT. There are a lot of interesting discussions and things. I am having a fireside chat at 4:10 pm PDT to talk…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Ron Graham, 1935–2020

Ron Graham passed away, but he lives on… Cropped from tribute by Tom Leighton Ron Graham just passed away Monday at the age of in La Jolla near UCSD. Today Ken and I wish to say a few words about Ron. Tributes are being written…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recorded Webinar: Opportunity Marketplaces

Recorded Webinar:  Opportunity Marketplaces

Brought to my attention by Michael Schrage, a correspondent at MIT:

Organizations constrained to offer workers financial incentives might consider a new approach: opportunity marketplaces.

The COVID-19 crisis has made organizations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing Robotic Lab Assistants

Testing Robotic Lab Assistants

Robotic Lab assistants are being tested broadly, here some initial results.

Robotic lab assistant is 1,000 times faster at conducting research
Working 22 hours a day, seven days a week, in the dark   By James Vincent

Researchers…


From Schneier on Security

Business Email Compromise (BEC) Criminal Ring

Business Email Compromise (BEC) Criminal Ring

A criminal group called Cosmic Lynx seems to be based in Russia: Dubbed Cosmic Lynx, the group has carried out more than 200 BEC campaigns since July 2019, according to researchers from the email security firm Agari, particularly…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers for In-Memory Computing Summit 2020

Call for Papers for In-Memory Computing Summit 2020

FOSTER CITY, Calif., July 09, 2020 — GridGain Systems, provider of enterprise-grade in-memory computing solutions based on Apache Ignite, today announced the call for papers for the In-Memory Computing Summit 2020 virtual worldwide…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Earth: 15 Years and Still Mapping

Google Earth:  15 Years and Still Mapping

Been a fan since the very beginning.  Used it at work.  It has replaced very messy geography.  The ability to answer geographic questions visually very quickly.      Here some good examples of use:

Here’s to you: 15 years of Google…


From Computational Complexity

Reflections on Ronald Graham by Steve Butler

Ronald Graham passed away on July 6 at the age of 84. We present reflections on Ronald Graham by Steve Butler.



Getting to work with Ron Graham

Ron Graham has helped transform the mathematics community and in particular…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teams Improving Capabilities with Cortana, Stadium Seating

Teams Improving Capabilities with Cortana, Stadium Seating



Teams adds group meeting features.   More competition putting together useful capabilities for group remote meetings.   Transcripts.    Like to see what kind of assistance Cortana might give,  could be just the thing to get people…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Standing Up Liquid-cooled Neptune System at Max Planck Society

Lenovo Standing Up Liquid-cooled Neptune System at Max Planck Society

Lenovo is installing a Neptune liquid cooled supercomputer at the Max Planck Society, a delivery that began two months ago and is scheduled to be completed early next year. The €20 million project includes a 100,000-core Neptune…

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