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July 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design for the Users, not a Mythical Generation

Design for the Users, not a Mythical Generation

The other day the question came up about how we should carefully design our user interface to match the generation of the current predicted user base.  Were they Gen X or Gen Y?   But have always felt this was a lame way to design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using Social Media to Find Top Customers

Using Social Media to Find Top Customers

In Knowedge@Wharton.  

Influencing the Influencers: Using Social Media to Find Top Customers


Wharton's Gad Allon discusses his research on using social media data to identify a company's top customers.

Podcast/Text

Social mediaDennis…


From My Biased Coin

Current Harvard Oddness

Current Harvard Oddness

It's summer.  And I'm now on sabbatical.  So perhaps I shouldn't care about strange Harvard politics goings-on, but I can't help it.

Here's the tl;dr version, which is already too long.  (What's the recursive form of tl;dr?)

Several…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disney Tests Facial Expression Analysis for Movies

Disney Tests Facial Expression Analysis for Movies

Back to using facial expression detection and coding.  Not new, Something we also experimented with, in lab settings, but here with new data science doing the analysis.  Some details in Phys.org.

Disney Uses Neural Net Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Origami Robots Moving Without Battery Power

Origami Robots Moving Without Battery Power

Following uses of origami folding methods for simplifying robotics.   See much written before on this space regarding practical Origami, at the tag below.

Harvard's Folding Origami Robot can move without Requiring Battery Power…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Aspen Ideas on Future of Intelligence

Aspen Ideas on Future of Intelligence

The Future of Intelligence   Aspen Ideas Festival

Bill Gates portends doomsday is coming. Stephen Hawking says we should prepare for our robot overlords to take their thrones. But is the future as glaring as Hal’s red eye? Or

Speakers…


From insideHPC

Altair Showcases PBScloud.IO at ISC 2017

Altair Showcases PBScloud.IO at ISC 2017

In this video, Jérémie Bourdoncle from Altair describes the company's new PBScloud.IO offering for private clouds. "Altair is excited to announce the availability of PBScloud.io, its latest appliance solution to enable and expand…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Software Engineer at NCAR

Job of the Week: Software Engineer at NCAR

NCAR in Boulder is seeking a Software Engineer in our Job of the Week. "This position focuses primarily on the development of tools to meet the needs for the NCAR/IT community, and the design, writing, implementation, and support…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Caught Off the Coast of Ireland

It's the second in two months. Video. 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 The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Physical Therapy

Robot Physical Therapy

This came to mind in a recent physical therapy session, with my PT describing how muscles could be trained back into health   Why not hook up  a sensory means to watch the muscles,  detect changes in pattern,  and adjust the

 In…


From insideHPC

OpenACC Brings Directives to Accelerated Computing at ISC 2017

OpenACC Brings Directives to Accelerated Computing at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Sunita Chandrasekaran and Michael Wolfe describe how OpenACC makes GPU-accelerated computing more accessible to scientists and engineers. "OpenACC is a user-driven directive-based performance-portable…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: August MVAPICH User Group Meeting in Ohio

Agenda Posted: August MVAPICH User Group Meeting in Ohio

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG) has posted its meeting agenda. The event takes place August 14-16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. "As the annual gathering of MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators, the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Lights-Out Fulfillment

Towards Lights-Out Fulfillment

'Lights-Out' used to be a favorite term when we worked in AI applications for the enterprise. Dramatically implying no humans, or lights needed to be involved.    Near total automation is still not here, but is approaching.  Consider…


From insideHPC

Red Hat Ceph Storage Powers Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Red Hat Ceph Storage Powers Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Today Red Hat announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is using Red Hat Ceph Storage to support the growing needs of its research community. UAB selected Red Hat Ceph Storage because it offers researchers …


From insideHPC

Video: Towards Quantum High Performance Computing

Video: Towards Quantum High Performance Computing

"Following an introduction to the exceptional computational power of quantum computers using analogies with classical high performance computing systems, I will discuss real-world application problems that can be tackled on medium…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (July 21st, 2017)

Science and Technology links (July 21st, 2017)

Want proof that you live in the future? Ok. There is this “cryptocurrency” called ethereum and it is causing a shortage of microprocessors: Demand from Ethereum miners has created temporary shortages of some of the graphics cards…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Exceeding Human Performance

AI Exceeding Human Performance

Predictions are cheap,  machines have been faster than humans for some time, but when inserted in a set of tasks that that need to be done can be very different.   Thoughtful ideas here:

Intelligent Machines
Experts Predict When…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking a Segway

Hacking a Segway

The Segway has a mobile app. It is hackable: While analyzing the communication between the app and the Segway scooter itself, Kilbride noticed that a user PIN number meant to protect the Bluetooth communication from unauthorized…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Five Must Read Blogs for Computer Science Teachers

Five Must Read Blogs for Computer Science Teachers

I maintain a computer science education blog roll with as many good blogs for computer science teachers as I can find. It's a good like for the most part. Some of the blogs listed are seldom updated though. And some are really…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sears Integrates Alexa in Appliances, Sells on Amazon

Sears Integrates Alexa in Appliances, Sells on Amazon

Have noted earlier that GE is also integrating voice control on appliances.  In Adage: 

Sears to Integrate Alexa Into Appliances and Start Selling on Amazon
Shares in Sears Holdings kicked off their biggest rally in almost two

Terms…


From Computational Complexity

I would call these Galois Games but I can't

Here is a game (Darling says I only blog about non-fun games. This post will NOT prove her wrong.)



Let D be a domain,  d ≥  1 and 0 ≠ a0  ∈ D. There are two players Wanda (for Wants root) and Nora (for No root). One of the players…


From XRDS

The Power of WordNet and How to Use It in Python

The Power of WordNet and How to Use It in Python

In this post, I am going to talk about the relations in WordNet (https://wordnet.princeton.edu) and how you can use these in a Python project. WordNet is a database of English words with different relations between the words.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Spark Crowdsources Advertising?

Amazon Spark Crowdsources Advertising?

Amazon takes another step forward.  I would imagine this will also emerge on the new Amazon Show screen as well.  A crowdsourcing of advertising to enthusiastic consumers?  Note their creation of an influencer program.  Seems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Magazine

Analytics Magazine

The latest analytics Magazine from Informs.    A practically oriented view of how analytics can be used in business today.   Industry News and Articles.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Limitations of Machine Learning

Limitations of Machine Learning

Just the introductory paragraphs to post in the Keras Blog.   Worth following.   Useful statement of limitations,  on both narrow aspects of deep learning, and more generally about AI.   Technical, but readable as well.   I agree…


From insideHPC

Intel Launches Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Intel Launches Movidius Neural Compute Stick

Today, Intel launched the Movidius Neural Compute Stick, the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities…


From insideHPC

Fernanda Foertter Elected SIG HPC Education Vice Chair

Fernanda Foertter Elected SIG HPC Education Vice Chair

Today the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing (SIGHPC) announced that Fernanda Foertter from ORNL is the new Vice Chair of the organization's Education Committee. In this…


From insideHPC

Interview: The Computational Challenges of Fusion Energy

Interview: The Computational Challenges of Fusion Energy

In this video from PASC17, Idamura Yasuhiro from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and Laurent Villard from EPFL discuss the computational challenges of developing Fusion reactors. "Numerical plasma physics models are used to improve…


From insideHPC

Interview: DDN’s Jessica Popp on the Importance of Diversity in HPC

Interview: DDN’s Jessica Popp on the Importance of Diversity in HPC

In this video, ISC Diversity Chair Kim McMahon interviews Jessica Popp from DDN about the importance of fostering diversity in High Performance Computing. “Through collaboration and networking, the Women in HPC community strives…


From Schneier on Security

Ethereum Hacks

Ethereum Hacks

The press is reporting a $32M theft of the cryptocurrency Ethereum. Like all such thefts, they're not a result of a cryptographic failure in the currencies, but instead a software vulnerability in the software surrounding the…

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