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September 2020


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

IBM Conference on the Informational Lens

Some differences from the Computational Lens Chai Wah Wu, Jonathan Lenchner, Charles Bennett, and Yuhai Tu are the moderators for the four days of the First IBM Research Workshop on the Informational Lens. The virtual workshop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

One Star Reviews

One Star Reviews

Good discussion of the process of manipulating reviewing on Amazon.  Have seen it a few times when scrolling about reviews Amazon

Amazon's murky world of one-star reviews   By James Clayton in the BBC

Amazon's marketplace is being…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Airman and his Robot

Airman and his Robot

 The future of an augmented and networked military.


Tech. Sgt. ....  321st Contingency Response Squadron security team, patrols with a Ghost Robotics Vision 60 prototype at a simulated austere base during the Advanced Battle Management…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Soft 3D Printing via NIST

Soft 3D Printing via NIST

 All the examples I have seen up front are 'hard', seems a considerable update.

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing  By U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  in ACM

Standards and Technology researchers have developed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rand: Predicting the Future

Rand: Predicting the Future

How Accurate Are Predictions for the Future? In the Rand Review, with some interesting links and some of Rands own contributions to the topic, the Delphi technique.    Procter had early connections to this group for forward looking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Carebots vs Doctors

Carebots vs Doctors

Just about to have my second remote Dr visit of the Pandemic era.  So the question is home for me.  Now this is just a phone remote visit, really just a conference call with no video.    I like my Dr, very empathetic.  They did…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Erasing Chip

Self Erasing Chip

Some intriguing applications, could have used this for counterfeiting applications.  Expiring analysis applications.

A Self-Erasing Chip for Security, Anti-Counterfeit Tech

University of Michigan News

September 24, 2020

University…


From insideHPC

AFWERX Announces Speakers for EngageSpace – Space Industry Event, Sept. 29-30, 2020

AFWERX Announces Speakers for EngageSpace – Space Industry Event, Sept. 29-30, 2020

Las Vegas, Sept. 21, 2020 – AFWERX, the U.S. Air Force’s innovation catalyst, announced its line-up of keynote speakers and panels for EngageSpace, the interactive collaboration event for the space industry two-day virtual event…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ring Makes a Home Patrolling Drone

Ring Makes a Home Patrolling Drone

This could be a life and home changer.  Have seen some things that were similar.  Can this work in the messy environment of a home? 

Ring made a security drone that flies around inside your home

The Ring Always Home Cam can fly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training Machines to see 3D in the Dark

Training Machines to see 3D in the Dark

 A kind of enhanced sensory interaction.  Security an obvious application. Low light applications.

How to Train a Machine to See 3D in the Dark

Australian National University

Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU)…


From insideHPC

SC20 Announces Record Number of Teams for Annual Student Cluster Competition

SC20 Announces Record Number of Teams for Annual Student Cluster Competition

This year’s Student Cluster Competition at SC20 will include two firsts: it will involve the most number of teams (19) in the competition’s 14-year history, and it will for the first time be held completely virtually. “This year…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

Applying Mathematics and Computer Science to Everyday Life – Anecdotes from Donald Knuth and Robert Tarjan

On day two of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) 2020, Robert Endre Tarjan and Donald Ervin Knuth engaged in a freewheeling conversation about mathematics, computer science, and art. Donald Knuth was the 1974 ACM A.M…


From insideHPC

U.S. Announces AI R&D Agreement with UK

U.S. Announces AI R&D Agreement with UK

The Trump Administration announced today that the United States and the United Kingdom signed a Declaration on Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development intended “to drive technological breakthroughs, promote…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps now Providing Pandemic Warnings

Google Maps now Providing Pandemic Warnings

I do wonder about the liability for giving information that leads to transmission? 

COVID-19 Google Maps updates

If your area is affected by COVID-19, you can use Google Maps to obtain relevant information on impacted places. Tip…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

Measuring Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

 What seems a useful measurement scale for understanding this.  Its still very basic behavior.

The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

NIST

Researchers at the U.S. National…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring World of Smart Contracts with MadMax

Exploring World of Smart Contracts with MadMax

 A space we have now looked at for some time, a somewhat technical example well worth going through.   Note close attention to 'vulnerabilities' which remain at disturbing levels. 

MadMax: Analyzing the Out-of-Gas World of Smart…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Vulnerability Disclosure in Cryptocurrencies

Vulnerability Disclosure in Cryptocurrencies

Very good, piece.  Its  been difficult to accept the vulnerabilities that have been revealed to expose monetary systems to it.   A good review of recent examples

Responsible Vulnerability Disclosure in Cryptocurrencies

By Rainer…


From Putting People First

Lack of partnership with key community members causes ICT4D projects to fail

Lack of partnership with key community members causes ICT4D projects to fail

The main lesson is that even a nearly imperceptible deviation from the full inclusion of all relevant parties in every aspect of the project can result in large deviations from the expected outcomes


From insideHPC

Earth System Modeling: Exascale and Long-Range Forecasting of Storms, Droughts, Sea Level Rise

Earth System Modeling: Exascale and Long-Range Forecasting of Storms, Droughts, Sea Level Rise

In this interview, award winning scientist Mark Taylor at Sandia National Laboratories’ Center for Computing Research talks about the use of exascale-class supercomputers – to be delivered to three U.S. Department of Energy national…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Refreshes Echo Lineup

Amazon Refreshes Echo Lineup

Amazon Echo Moves forward, looks to be a considerable update.

Amazon refreshes Echo lineup with new custom chip 

By Stephanie Condon for Between the Lines | in ZDNet

The updated smart speaker lineup also features a sleek new design…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Decoding Emotions?

AI Decoding Emotions?

A problem we spent much time on, depends on what you expect from such a classification.    Much like: could you hire a human 'expert' to do this?   Training and background?  Implications and risk of error?    What sensors are…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

What Role Can Computing Play in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic?

What Role Can Computing Play in Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic?

How can computing technology impact global health, particularly with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic? Shwetak Patel, 2018 ACM Prize in Computing winner and Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member, addressed this…


From insideHPC

Get Your HPC Cluster Productive Faster

Get Your HPC Cluster Productive Faster

AI and hpcIn this sponsored post from our friends over at Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), we see that by simplifying the deployment process from weeks or longer to days and preparing pre-built software packages, organizations can become…


From Computational Complexity

Remembering 2000

FOCS 2000 took place in Redondo Beach, just south of Los Angeles, November 12-14. Certainly some great results such as the Reingold-Vadhan-Wigderson Zig-Zag Graph Product Expander construction that would lead to Omer Reingold's…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu to Ship 649 TFLOPS System with Fugaku Technology to Canon for ‘No-prototype’ Product Development

Fujitsu to Ship 649 TFLOPS System with Fugaku Technology to Canon for ‘No-prototype’ Product Development

Technology from the world’s No. 1 supercomputer, Fugaku, located at the Riken Center for Computational Science in Japan, is making its way into the commercial sphere. Fujitsu Ltd. today announced that Canon, Inc., has ordered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

Of interest: 

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing: A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous  to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

By Don Monroe  in Communications of the ACM, Oct 2020    p 10-12

Full article…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How expensive is integer-overflow trapping in C++?

How expensive is integer-overflow trapping in C++?

Integers in programming languages have a valid range but arithmetic operations can result in values that exceed such ranges. For example, adding two large integers can result in an integer that cannot be represented in the integer…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Architecture Innovation Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

Architecture Innovation Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

As part of the first day of the Virtual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) David A. Patterson, who won the 2017 ACM A.M Turing Award “for pioneering a systematic, quantitative approach to the design and evaluation of computer architectures…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Participation Washing?

Participation Washing?

Stated term was new to me,  but a important in any kind of data that is crowd sourced.  Should always be a consideration.  A fix?  Not that either.

Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning
ManyMona…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Double Episode, Including: IBM Power10 Chip

Radio Free HPC Double Episode, Including: IBM Power10 Chip

We’re finally starting to cut into our product backlog and, as a first, we’re presenting our special road trip double episode where Jessi and Dan traveled to the House of Henry, buried deeply in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We visit…

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