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July 2019


From Computational Complexity

Guest post by Samir Khuller on attending The TCS Women 2019 meeting



(I will post the solution to the problem in the last blog later in the week---probably Thursday. Meanwhile, enjoy these thoughts from Samir Khuller on the TCS Women 2019 meeting.)



Guest Post by Samir Khuller:



Am I even allowed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power and Limits of Deep Learning By Yann LeCun

Power and Limits of Deep Learning  By Yann LeCun

I mentioned this talk just recently.  Here are the links to slides and talk.

The Power and Limits Of Deep Learning
ACM TechTalk
2019-07-11

Yann LeCun
New York University
Facebook AI Research
http://yann.lecun.com

Talk:   https://event…


From Schneier on Security

Zoom Vulnerability

Zoom Vulnerability

The Zoom conferencing app has a vulnerability that allows someone to remotely take over the computer's camera. It's a bad vulnerability, made worse by the fact that it remains even if you uninstall the Zoom app: This vulnerability…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Evolving Academia/Industry Relations in Computing Research

Evolving Academia/Industry Relations in Computing Research

CCC Council member Ben Zorn provided contributions to this post. Recently, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) released a new industry report called the Evolving Academia/Industry Relations in Computing Research, which was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combinatoric Design

Combinatoric Design

What to do when there are too many, but precisely specified choices.  And a way to evaluate them.    This has some interesting possibilities.

Automated system generates robotic parts for novel tasks
When designing actuators involves…


From insideHPC

Data Vortex hosts Texas Women in HPC Summer Mixer

Data Vortex hosts Texas Women in HPC Summer Mixer

Last week, Data Vortex Technologies hosted the Texas Women in HPC (TXWHPC) PechaKucha Summer Mixer at their Austin headquarters. A wide selection of topics was presented, ranging from quantum entanglement to the analysis of novels…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel's Neuromorphic Chips

Intel's Neuromorphic Chips

Meaning chips that are closer in structure to neural networks, which themselves are just considerable simplifications of networks of biological neurons.   The result is being able to do such neural computation, key to deep learning…


From insideHPC

Intel Labs Unveils Pohoiki Beach 64-Chip Neuromorphic System

Intel Labs Unveils Pohoiki Beach 64-Chip Neuromorphic System

At the DARPA ERI summit this week, Intel Labs director Rich Uhlig unveiled “Pohoiki Beach” – a 64-Loihi Chip Neuromorphic system capable of simulating eight million neurons. Now available to the broader research community, the…


From insideHPC

DDN: Innovating to Create a Brighter Future for AI, HPC, and Big Data

DDN: Innovating to Create a Brighter Future for AI, HPC, and Big Data

Alex Bouzari gave this talk at the DDN User Group meeting at ISC 2019. "In this rapidly changing landscape of HPC, DDN brings fresh innovation with the stability and support experience you need. Stay in front of your challenges…


From insideHPC

Evolve Project in the EU to Tackle Big Data Processing

Evolve Project in the EU to Tackle Big Data Processing

The European Commission is planning to tackle the challenges of big data processing with the Evolve Project as part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program. Evolve aims to take concrete steps in bringing the big data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Creativity

Marketing Creativity

Creativity via AI always an interest.  Certainly creativity can be augmented by AI.   But any augmentation has the ability to replace.

Agencies’ creative perspective, the very currency of the business, is at risk and can onlyForrester…


From insideHPC

Exploring Bright Cluster Manager on NVIDIA DGX Systems

Exploring Bright Cluster Manager on NVIDIA DGX Systems

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming an essential business and research tool, providing valuable new insights into corporate data and delivering those insights with high velocity and accuracy. While these AI capabilities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Much Knowledge Has been Created?

How Much Knowledge Has been Created?

We explored this early on with image tagging in the enterprise.   And while we have developed lots of specific usage cases, nothing as broadly usable as we wanted.

The data that trains AI increasingly calls into question AI
After…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Privacy in the Hands of the Users

Data Privacy in the Hands of the Users

Another privacy play of interest, have been exploring the intricacies and implications of several recently.   Here adding metadata tags that indicate allowed uses and compliance rules.

Putting Data Privacy in the Hands of Users…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zappos Uses Genetic Algorithms

Zappos Uses Genetic Algorithms

Surprising application in place and an indication of multiple algorithms in parallel.

At Zappos, Algorithms Teach Themselves 
The Wall Street Journal  (with paywall)
Jared Council

Online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos sees promise…


From [email protected]

Lazy Developers Are the Best Developers

Lazy Developers Are the Best Developers

Lazy developers stick to the project scope while forcing the project team to understand and fix their own code and issues.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serious Games

Serious Games

Have long looked for games that were serious enough, and fun enough.   Here at least the data is serious enough.  But how do we connect very different goals?  Perhaps in the creative space.

Google Maps adds a city-themed 'Snake'…


From insideHPC

Brent Gorda from Arm looks back at ISC 2019

Brent Gorda from Arm looks back at ISC 2019

In this special guest feature, Brent Gorda from Arm shares his impressions of ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. "From the perspective of Arm in HPC, it was an excellent event with several high-profile announcements that caught everyone’s…


From insideHPC

Video: Tyan Computing Steps Up with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors for HPC at ISC 2019

Video: Tyan Computing Steps Up with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors for HPC at ISC 2019

In this video, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC tours the Tyan booth at ISC 2019. The company exhibited a full line of HPC, storage and cloud computing server platforms. “TYAN’s leading portfolio of HPC, storage and cloud server…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 13 – Interview with Dan Lopresti Part 1

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 13 – Interview with Dan Lopresti Part 1

In this episode, Khari Douglas interviews Dr. Daniel Lopresti who serves as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Director of the Data X strategic initiative at Lehigh University. In this episode…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Expectation Influences Perception

Expectation Influences Perception

Known for some time.   Now how do we best  make use of this in AI interactions?   Can our brains be primed with signals to make them ready for interaction?  Can we measure what is needed using Bayesian methods?

How expectation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Independence

Data Independence

A look at the value of the data that depends on how it can be used.   Came up in a conversation about data valuation versus risk just the other day.   Sometimes we are forced to make a choice based on connected industries that…


From insideHPC

Faster Path to HPC Enabled with Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Modeling

Faster Path to HPC Enabled with Intel Select Solutions for Simulation & Modeling

simulationHPC clusters used for simulation and modeling today in government, academic, and corporate institutions drive scientific discovery and engineering innovation. This sponsored post from Bill Magro, chief technologist for HPC, and…


From insideHPC

ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition: Day-by-Day Drama, Winners Revealed!

ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition: Day-by-Day Drama, Winners Revealed!

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his first-hand coverage of the Student Cluster Competition at the recent ISC 2019 conference. "The ISC19 Student Cluster Competition in Frankfurt, Germany had one …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Graphs and Machine Learning

Graphs and Machine Learning

The following talk looks interesting, from Neo4j.  I like that this deals with an important aspect of risk in machine learning  I plan to attend.   I note they also have several excellent free introductory ebooks at their link…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Password Inventor Dies

Password Inventor Dies

Had not known of this particular invention claim. But when we first used using time sharing computers they were not password protected.   I remember using a form of non-digital key which acted as a password.

Computer password

Share…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Language and Conversation

Language and Conversation

Straight forward statements about language and conversation.  We are making more conversations with machines these days, but still not complex ones. 

Using Language 1st Edition   by Herbert H. Clark via Amazon

Herbert Clark argues…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Question Technology

Question Technology

One of the interesting t-shirts I saw at CSTA 2019 last week said “Question Technology.” That might seem to be a strange slogan at a computer science education conference but it really shouldn’t be.

Security of information, privacy…


From Schneier on Security

Palantir's Surveillance Service for Law Enforcement

Palantir's Surveillance Service for Law Enforcement

Motherboard got its hands on Palantir's Gotham user's manual, which is used by the police to get information on people: The Palantir user guide shows that police can start with almost no information about a person of interest…


From Computational Complexity

Two infinite hat problem and a question about what is ``well known''



This is a joint post with David Marcus. You will see how he is involved in my next post.



Two infinite hat problems based on one scenario. I am also curious if they are well known.



1) There are an infinite number of people,…

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