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December 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Shopping: No Checkouts

Autonomous Shopping: No Checkouts

So called autonomous, 'checkout-free' experience.     Like that being done with Amazon Go.  Note how other behavioral information can be derived from such interactions.  In Mashable.

 We experimented and provided support to IBM's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cashier-less in China

Cashier-less in China

Doing some research on the elements and consumer values of the cashier-less store.  Amazon Go getting considerable press this year.   But see also, in Mashable:   China's version of Amazon's cashier-less store is here  " ... The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Mega Trends

Technology Mega Trends

Well stated, and not just about the tech, but how it can be implemented for value.

Technology Perspective in Forbes: 

Some tech trends fizzle out and die a quiet death, while others are so significant that they transform our world…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lifelong CEO Learning

Lifelong CEO Learning

For a while was responsible for answering questions from execs on technology, and connecting them to broader resources, this blog was part of that, but it does make sense to schedule learning more formally.  Even making sure

Putting…


From insideHPC

The U.S. D.O.E. Exascale Computing Project – Goals and Challenges

The U.S. D.O.E. Exascale Computing Project – Goals and Challenges

Paul Messina from Argonne gave this Invited Talk at SC17. "Balancing evolution with innovation is challenging, especially since the ecosystem must be ready to support critical mission needs of DOE, other Federal agencies, and…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at Taos

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at Taos

Taos is immediately hiring a HPC Systems Engineer for a cutting-edge tech company in Sunnyvale, CA! We're changing the face of some of the most innovative companies with our diverse solution offerings, exceptional talent and …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft: from Excel, to BI, to Advanced Analytics?

Microsoft: from Excel, to BI, to Advanced Analytics?

Excel is a legitimate starting place, that is used by many if not most enterprises.  So can it be a reasonable path for industry, when linked to right resources?   Good thoughts in linked piece.

Microsoft BI: From Excel to Power…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (December 15th, 2017)

Science and Technology links (December 15th, 2017)

Scientists found a human gene which, when inserted into mice, makes their brain grow larger. David Brin has a series of classical sci-fi books where we “uplift” animals so that they become as smart as we are. Coincidence? I think…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Baby Sea Otters Prefer Shrimp to Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Baby Sea Otters Prefer Shrimp to Squid

At least, this one does. 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

Video: Introduction to PASC18 Paper Track

Video: Introduction to PASC18 Paper Track

PASC18 is soliciting high-quality original research papers related to scientific computing in any of the eight scientific domains represented at the conference (chemistry and materials, life sciences, physics, climate and weather…


From insideHPC

Blue Waters Supercomputer Crunches Data from NASA’s Terra Satellite

Blue Waters Supercomputer Crunches Data from NASA’s Terra Satellite

Researchers are using the Blue Waters supercomputer at NCSA to process new data from NASA’s Terra Satellite. Approximately the size of a small school bus, the Terra satellite explores the connections between Earth’s atmosphere…


From insideHPC

Atos Kicks off MontBlanc 2020 Project for Exascale

Atos Kicks off MontBlanc 2020 Project for Exascale

The MontBlanc 2020 project launched this week in Europe. As a sequel to a set of successful research projects into energy-efficient ARM-based computing, MontBlanc 2020 now begins an ambitious reach for Exascale. "The ambition…


From insideHPC

HPE Powers World’s Most Powerful Commercial Supercomputer at BP

HPE Powers World’s Most Powerful Commercial Supercomputer at BP

Today BP announced that it has more than doubled the total computing power of its Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) in Houston, making it the most powerful supercomputer in the world for commercial research. "Our investment…


From insideHPC

SC17 Invited Talk: Gordon Bell on the Rise of Scalable Systems

SC17 Invited Talk: Gordon Bell on the Rise of Scalable Systems

Gordon Bell gave this Invited Talk at SC17. "A globally recognized pioneer in the supercomputing world, Bell will be sharing his latest reflections and insights with his fellow scientists, engineers and researchers at SC17 in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Experience with AI at Verizon

Customer Experience with AI at Verizon

Good example of the use of delivering customer experience. 

Tapping AI: The Future of Customer Experience at Verizon Fios
Podcast and transcript:

Verizon Fios's Justin Reilly discusses the future of AI in enhancing the customer
 …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Embedding Software in Everything

Embedding Software in Everything

We are moving quickly in this area, with lots of changes regarding need for better security, and architectures to ensure that.   So many unexpected things will start to become connected.

Embedded Software Eating the World  in

Software…


From Schneier on Security

Tracking People Without GPS

Tracking People Without GPS

Interesting research: The trick in accurately tracking a person with this method is finding out what kind of activity they're performing. Whether they're walking, driving a car, or riding in a train or airplane, it's pretty easy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humans vs AI in Healthcare Vision

Humans vs AI in Healthcare Vision

Google Brain chief Jeff Dean: As AI beats humans in computer vision, healthcare will never be the same

SiliconANGLE by Gina Smith

Just five years ago, artificial intelligence-enabled computers could barely recognize images fed

“In…


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

ACM-W Connections – December 2017

ACM-W Connections – December 2017

Letter from ACM-W chair. News from Celebrations News from Chapters News from ACM-W Europe Welcome from the ACM-W Chair December, for many, brings the end of a semester and all of the busyness that goes with it.  As we look forward…


From Putting People First

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

It’s tempting to think of the mind as a layer that sits on top of more primitive cognitive structures. But Ben Medlock, co-founder of SwiftKey, argues that the layered model of cognition is wrong. The point is that long before…


From Putting People First

Learning from today’s car-centric cities for a human-centered future of mobility

Learning from today’s car-centric cities for a human-centered future of mobility

The introduction of autonomy into urban environments creates a unique opportunity to do things differently. This, writes Maya Pindeus (CEO and co-Founder of Humanising Autonomy) requires us to encourage a human-centered perspective…


From Putting People First

[Book] Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age

[Book] Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age

Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age by Matthew J. Salganik Princeton University Press 2017, 448 pages [Read online] An innovative and accessible guide to doing social research in the digital age In just the past several…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chatbots as Customer Service Reps

Chatbots as Customer Service Reps

Overview on the concept of retail chatbots.   This time of year you have probably encountered a few.  Key is doing it right. It is not easy to do them well. Participating in some design. 

Will chatbots replace customer service…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Bayesian Networks

More Bayesian Networks

Video, another example of using Bayesian networks.

Dr. Alta de Waal's presentation at the 5th Annual BayesiaLab Conference in Paris.

Spatially Discrete Probability Maps for Anti-Poaching Efforts

Via Stefan Conrady
Managing Partner…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

FDA Releases Digital Health Innovation Action Plan

FDA Releases Digital Health Innovation Action Plan

The following is a statement from U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on advancing new digital health policies to encourage innovation, bring efficiency, and modernization to regulation. It…


From insideHPC

Fortune 500 Firms Join IBM Q Network for Quantum Computing Research

Fortune 500 Firms Join IBM Q Network for Quantum Computing Research

Today IBM announced the first clients to tap into its IBM Q early-access commercial quantum computing systems to explore practical applications important to business and science. In all, twelve initial organizations joined to…


From insideHPC

Rescale Brings HPC Workloads to the Cloud at SC17

Rescale Brings HPC Workloads to the Cloud at SC17

In this video from SC17, Gabriel Broner from Rescale describes how the company brings HPC Workloads to the Cloud. "Rescale offers HPC in the cloud for engineers and scientists, delivering computational performance on-demand. …


From insideHPC

Slidecast: HPC and the Cloud – Announcing the Ellexus Container Checker

Slidecast: HPC and the Cloud – Announcing the Ellexus Container Checker

In this slidecast, Dr. Rosemary Francis describes the new Ellexus Container Checker, a pioneering cloud-based tool that provides visibility into the inner workings of Docker containers. "Container Checker will help people using…


From insideHPC

Lenovo to Build 26.7 Petaflop SuperMUC-NG Cluster for LRZ in Germany

Lenovo to Build 26.7 Petaflop SuperMUC-NG Cluster for LRZ in Germany

"Upon its completion in late 2018, the new Lenovo supercomputer (called SuperMUC-NG) will support LRZ in its groundbreaking research across a variety of complex scientific disciplines, such as astrophysics, fluid dynamics and…


From insideHPC

Intel Advisor’s TBB Flow Graph Analyzer: Making Complex Layers of Parallelism More Manageable

Intel Advisor’s TBB Flow Graph Analyzer: Making Complex Layers of Parallelism More Manageable

Some deep learning applications tend to have very complex graphs with thousands of nodes and edges. To make it easier to visualize, analyze, design, and tune such complex parallel applications employing Intel TBB flow graphs,…

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