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May 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Bartenders

Robot Bartenders

Classic problem: the robot bartender

Robot Bartender Won't Flirt with Your Date, but You Still Have to Tip

By Hastings Tribune, May 16, 2022

Customers order their drinks on a tablet, customizing numbers of shots, levels of mixers…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project’s Doug Kothe to Be Named Oak Ridge Associate Lab Director

Exascale Computing Project’s Doug Kothe to Be Named Oak Ridge Associate Lab Director

Last month, we reported on management changes at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP), including the upcoming retirement of Jeff Nichols, associate director of the lab …


From insideHPC

EV Company REE Announces Progress Toward Commercial Robotic Production Capabilities

EV Company REE Announces Progress Toward Commercial Robotic Production Capabilities

NUNEATON, UK, May 16, 2022 – REE Automotive Ltd. (NASDAQ: REE), an automotive technology company and provider of electric vehicle (EV) platforms, announced today progress towards commercial production, having proven its robotic…


From insideHPC

Classiq Announces Investment from HSBC, NTT Finance, Neva SGR (Intesa Sanpaolo Group)

Classiq Announces Investment from HSBC, NTT Finance, Neva SGR (Intesa Sanpaolo Group)

TEL AVIV – May 16, 2022 – Quantum software company Classiq today announced the participation of three companies – HSBC, NTT Finance, and Intesa Sanpaolo – in the second closing of its Series B funding. This comes on the heels…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flute: Scalable Federated Learning Simulation

Flute: Scalable Federated Learning Simulation

New to me, of interest.  Considering use. 

FLUTE: A scalable federated learning simulation platform   From Microsoft Labs

Published May 16, 2022

By Dimitrios Dimitriadis , Principal Researcher  Mirian Hipolito Garcia , ResearchFederated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Quantum Uncertainty Sharpens Measurements

How Quantum Uncertainty Sharpens Measurements

 Useful thought about science progress, relate it to measurements

Physicists Pin Down How Quantum Uncertainty Sharpens Measurements

By Ben Brubaker  Contributing Writer  in Quante magazine

Throwing out data seems to make measurements…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ransomware Goes Deeper into Government

Ransomware Goes Deeper into Government

Ransomware Rampant

Ransomware gang threatens to overthrow Costa Rica government

Ransomware gang threatens to overthrow Costa Rica governmentA ransomware gang that infiltrated some Costa Rican government computer systems has upped…


From insideHPC

DOE CSGF Names 33 Graduate Fellows

DOE CSGF Names 33 Graduate Fellows

Ames, Iowa — May 16, 2022 — The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) will receive 33 new graduate students for 2022-23 — the program’s largest class on record. The new fellows will attend …


From insideHPC

Argonne to Host ‘Future of Computing’ May 18

Argonne to Host ‘Future of Computing’ May 18

May 16, 2022 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will host a panel to discuss new paradigms in computing Wednesday, May 18, 10-11:30 a.m. Central Time. Argonne said the event is expected to draw…


From insideHPC

WEKA’s Zvibel on Streamlining the Data Pipeline that Fuels AI/ML

WEKA’s Zvibel on Streamlining the Data Pipeline that Fuels AI/ML

This exclusive Q&A interview was conducted by Nages Sieslack of the ISC 2022 conference organization, with Liran Zvibel, co-founder and CEO of WEKA, which offers a data platform built for I/O-intensive workloads and latency-sensitive…


From BLOG@CACM

Can You Please Explain More Obscurely?

Can You Please Explain More Obscurely?

On the appropriate style for technical writing.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting the Next Big Company in Tech

Predicting the Next Big Company in Tech

Loosely involved in such a move, what can best drive to succeed?  Here some thoughts

Predicting the next big company in tech  in Venturebeat

The past 40 years in tech have been more dynamic and innovative than any other 40 years…


From insideHPC

System Design Decisions to Achieve Faster Results in Drug Discovery

System Design Decisions to Achieve Faster Results in Drug Discovery

In this sponsored post, Silicon Mechanics discusses that when it comes to drug discovery, research is everything. The ability to accelerate research can make or break a business and, of course, save lives. However, key design…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Take Wing

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data—Sherlock Holmes Jeannette Wing is a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. She was recently appointed Executive VP for Research across all of Columbia’s campuses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Boutique Search Again

Boutique Search Again

Reminds me of the early days of search and things we set up for specialty use.   Especially healthcare based, but could be related to any domain.    Curated web and supporting search engines.    Recall setting up a search engine…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

BINGO Inspired Projects

BINGO Inspired Projects

My son’s school, he’s principal of an elementary school, had a Bingo themed fundraiser yesterday. I can’t help but think about how things are done with any event like this. My first thought was about the Bingo cards themselves…


From Computational Complexity

Is Kamala Harris our first female PREZ? No. Do I have a theorem named after me. No. But in both cases...

On Nov 19, 2021 Joe Biden got a colonoscopy and hence the 25th amendment was used to make Kamala Harris the president temporarily (this source: here says 85 minutes, though I thought I heard a few hours from other sources). 

Does…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Its Not Eureka

Its Not Eureka

Isaac Asimov once wrote; "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries,  is not 'Eureka'' (I found it!) but 'That's Funny' ... ' ".   ....    Understanding that quote is a real key to innovative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How AR and VR are Changing Customer Experience

How AR and VR are Changing Customer Experience

How AR and VR are transforming customer experiences  in Venturebeat

AR and VR technology was largely expedited by the past pandemic with at least 93.3 million and 58.9 million users respectively, according to a study conducted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pulsing Networks in Simulations

Pulsing Networks in Simulations

Long time ago I needed to set up a simulation that included a pulsing network to support a solar astro model.    Found this interesting solution today.  Just for my own reference and possible the needs of others.  I like Wolframs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Chemical Computer

A Chemical Computer

New design of computers, but how fast? 

ACM TECHNEWS

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

By New Scientist, May 11, 2022

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow have programmed a chemical computer to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

Russia Is Being Hacked at an Unprecedented Scale

 FROM ACM NEWS

Many cybercriminals and ransomware groups have links to Russia and don't target the nation. Now, it's being opened up.

in Wired  via ACM News | April 28, 2022 

The orders are issued like clockwork. Every day, often…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ScrapMetal Disposal Automation

ScrapMetal Disposal Automation

Useful capability at hand.

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCE

University of Colorado Boulder, Paul M.  Rady Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering students build machine to automate scrap metal disposal

Published:Matthew…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decision Trees

Decision Trees

Quick overview if decision trees. 

Decision Tree Algorithm, Explained

All you need to know about decision trees and how to build and optimize decision tree classifier.

By Nagesh Singh Chauhan, Data Science Enthusiast on February…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New form of Machine Learning Vision

New form of Machine Learning Vision

Machine Learning Vision

MIT Advances Unsupervised Computer Vision with ‘STEGO’

By Oliver Peckham

Training machine learning models often means working with labeled data. For computer vision tasks, this might look, for instance, like…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SmartMaterials Microscope

SmartMaterials Microscope

 FROM ACM TECHNEWS

Self-Driving Microscopes Discover Shortcuts to New Materials  

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are training microscopes to find new materials faster using an intuitive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automatic Defect Inspection

Automatic Defect  Inspection

Inspection for defects

 AutoInspect takes the quality of industrial inspection processes to a new level    Research News / May 02, 2022

In the AutoInspect demonstrator, the car body is transported to the inspection stations on©…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Rafail Is No Secret

Never say anything in an electronic message that you wouldn’t want appearing, and attributed to you, in tomorrow morning’s front-page headline in the New York Times—Colonel David Russell. Rafail Ostrovsky is a professor of computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The way that Crude Costs Influence Retail Prices

The way that Crude Costs Influence Retail Prices

Costs Interacting in many ways. 

Gas Prices Raise Costs In 8 Surprising Ways

Bryan Pearson in CustomerThink 

There’s a reason the price of chewing gum is up 7% from last year, and it’s not all related to supply and demand. It turns…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sites Gathering every Word you Type, Before You Hit Enter.

Sites Gathering every Word you Type, Before You Hit Enter.

Quite a simple surprise. 

Some top 100,000 websites collect everything you type—before you hit submit

A number of websites include keyloggers that covertly snag your keyboard inputs.

LILY HAY NEWMAN, WIRED.COM - 5/14/2022, 7:00When…

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