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January 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimizing Traffic Wait

Optimizing Traffic Wait

 Not a new thing but does it do it better with novel situations?  Would be a good thing to experiment with to see how new patterns are adapted to.

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times  By Texas A&M Today…


From Putting People First

Online exhibition: Design in an Age of Crisis

Online exhibition: Design in an Age of Crisis

The Design In An Age Of Crisis Gallery features submissions to a global open call issued in 2020 by Chatham House and London Design Biennale, inviting radical design thinking from the world’s design community, the public and…


From Putting People First

The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD)

The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD)

The vision for the Scottish Approach to Service Design is that the people of Scotland are supported and empowered to actively participate in the definition, design and delivery of their public services (from policy making to…


From Putting People First

[Book] How design makes the world

[Book] How design makes the world

From the airplane armrest to the Facebook “like” button, and everything in between, Berkun shows how design helps or hinders everyone, and offers a new way to think about the world around you.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (January 24th 2021)

Science and Technology links (January 24th 2021)

Year 2020 was great for PC makers. We are selling more and more PCs. Reportedly, Sony sold 3.4 million PlayStation 5 in only four weeks, a record. The demand for the Facebook Quest 2 VR headset is reportedly several times the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Some Key Uses for BlockChain

Some Key Uses for BlockChain

Nicely done use cases, not much detail, but a start.

Blockchain, Unchained: 5 Key Use Cases   By Joe McKendrick | November 11, 2020 in RtInsights

To achieve success with blockchain, PwC advises proponents to focus on collaboration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Partners With Rhinostics for Swabs

P&G Partners With Rhinostics for Swabs

 My former employer innovates in COVID Testing

P&G Partners With Rhinostics to Take Innovative Nasal Swab to Market to Improve Speed of COVID-19 Testing  Press Release in Business Wire,  January 22, 2021

iMFLUX, a subsidiary of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at What Makes us Run: Batteries

A Look at What Makes us Run: Batteries

Battery Day.  What they are and where they are going.    In some ways such a primitive thing, but still very essential to make things work and be portable.  .  

A closer look at the technology that makes portable electronics possible…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Around Smartphone Encryption

Getting Around Smartphone Encryption

Being discussed, security and how it is being circumvented.

How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

in Wired, Lily Hay Newman,  January 15, 2021

Analysis by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) cryptographers revealed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spotting Risky Behavior

Spotting Risky Behavior

 I was struck by this.   What is high risk behavior?  How is it defined, tested, updated?   OK, depression, anxiety or suicide. But at any one time it might be one or another set of beliefs.  Where (obviously) the other is wrong…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Translating Lost Languages Using ML

Translating Lost Languages Using ML

 Most interesting, lots more at the link.  Via patterns of association in other languages.   Might this be used in ways to link with associations between other language style 'patterns'?  What are the assumptions regarding the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Researchers Propose Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

Researchers Propose Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

 Still with some technical barriers.  See below for some details.  Links to more.

Researchers propose Porcupine, a compiler for homomorphic encryption

Kyle Wiggers  @Kyle_L_Wiggers  January 22, 2021 

Homomorphic encryption (HE)Realizing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

L'Oreal and Social Selling Platform

L'Oreal and Social Selling Platform

 A Social Selling Platform: Replika

L’Oreal Invests in Social Selling Platform as Part of E-Com Strategy    By CGT Staff 

As part of its acceleration strategy in e-commerce, L’Oreal announced a minority investment in US-American…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft and SAP Extend Partnership

Microsoft and SAP Extend Partnership

Had worked in the enterprise extensively with SAP and MS, so this is interesting.  Note in particular this opens SAP to consumer facing products like Teams, a first.

Microsoft and SAP have announced an extension of their existing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines Understanding Language

Machines Understanding Language

Skeptical here, but taking a look.  In particular how this is measured. If generally true, this would be a very big thing.    But why can I now quickly confuse alexa, google home, or Siri.   Is it because understanding bare language…


From Computational Complexity

Alan Selman (1941-2021)

From a 1994 Dagstuhl Workshop. Selman is the one wearing a cap.
Alan Selman, one of the early leaders in structural complexity and the co-founder and first chair of what is now the Computational Complexity Conference, passed…


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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This month it is my pleasure to introduce Sarah McRoberts, ACM-W Communications Committee Chair to bring her personal greeting.  Sarah has been driving our social media efforts since joining the leadership team.  She defended…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CERN Making 3D Parts for the Collider

CERN Making 3D Parts for the Collider

Do consider the differences in scale. Just this week started to wear a small part made for my face mask.

How 3D Printing Is Helping CERN Scientists Upgrade the World's Largest Machine  By ZDNet in ACM

The accelerator is a 27-kilometer…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Unveils Nvidia GPU Server Test Drive Program with Channel Partners

Supermicro Unveils Nvidia GPU Server Test Drive Program with Channel Partners

San Jose — Supermicro, an enterprise computing, storage, networking and green computing technology company, released details on a new GPU test-drive program. Called STEP (Supermicro Test drive Engagement with Partners), the program…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

Project, reexamining.   An idea long put aside.

MIT   Dormio: Interfacing with Dreams

By Oscar Rosello   Project Contact:  Adam Haar Horowitz  Project Website  http://www.adamjhh.com/  

Inspiration:

Sleep is a forgotten country of…


From Computational Complexity

Presidential Quiz: Three ways to take it

 Every four years around the time of the inaugural I post a presidential Quiz! I do that today, and I will post the answers on Monday.  I am tempted to joke that I am posting it AFTER Joltin Joe gets sworn in just in case something…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Science Advisor

Resources for a new term from our vantage point Crop from Broad Institute src Eric Lander has been appointed director of the US Office of Science and Technology Policy, a post newly elevated to Cabinet status. He is thus the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Increase of Vishing Corporations

Increase of Vishing Corporations

Corporations and security. 

FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accounts,  By Sergiu Gatlan 

FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accounts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a notification…


From insideHPC

Reading the Intel Tea Leaves: Pat Gelsinger’s HPC Paradox

Reading the Intel Tea Leaves: Pat Gelsinger’s HPC Paradox

As he takes charge of Intel, CEO Pat Gelsinger faces a paradox: his new company is both troubled and a revenue geyser; if Intel is to continue its historical growth rates, he’ll need the skills of a corporate turnaround artist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intangible Assets

Intangible Assets

 Intro below on a collection of thoughts and links on intangible assets.  Recall we also struggled with the definition of 'intangible'. when we defined data assets. Much more a the link.

The Intangible Asset Revolution  by Irving…


From insideHPC

$1.5 M in State HPC Funding for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Collaborators

$1.5 M in State HPC Funding for Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Collaborators

Jan. 21, 2021 – The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has funded the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and collaborators with $1.5 million in two separate awards. The state’s 2020-21 budget includes a line item for $500,000 to fund…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA Tests Robotics

NASA Tests Robotics

Space is a god place to try out assistive robotics

NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science

UPI, Paul Brinkmann, in CACM

New Astrobee flying robots are being prepared by U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration…


From insideHPC

University of Glasgow Partners with Oxford Instruments NanoScience on Quantum Computing 

University of Glasgow Partners with Oxford Instruments NanoScience on Quantum Computing 

Jan. 21, 2021 — Today, the University of Glasgow, active in quantum technology development and home of the Quantum Circuits Group, announced it’s using Oxford Instruments’ next generation Cryofree refrigerator, Proteox, as part…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teeth for Interfaces

Teeth for Interfaces

 A different kind of interaction.

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

By Paul Marks, Commissioned by CACM Staff,  January 12, 2021

Engineers exploring human-computer interaction have found yet another part of the body for ourThere…


From insideHPC

Modern HPC and Big Data Design Strategies for Data Centers – Part 4

Modern HPC and Big Data Design Strategies for Data Centers – Part 4

This insideHPC Special Research Report, “Modern HPC and Big Data Design Strategies for Data Centers,” provides an overview of what to consider when selecting an infrastructure capable of meeting the new workload processing needs…

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