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July 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reimplementing Software Interfaces is Fair Use

Reimplementing Software Interfaces is Fair Use

 Somewhat surprising,  and Beyond the US?   Good overview of the technical implications.

Reimplementing Software Interfaces Is Fair Use

By Pamela Samuelson  Communications of the ACM, July 2021, Vol. 64 No. 7, Pages 24-26

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From The Eponymous Pickle

A Battery Free Internet of Things

A Battery Free Internet of Things

 A look at current state and technology advances and likely futures.   We looked at these for RFID identification applications.  Implications for applications, especially for local AI applications.

A Battery-Free Internet of Things…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Opportunities and Dangers of Decentralizing Finance

Opportunities and Dangers of Decentralizing Finance

Useful definitions and opinions on the state and future of what is being called DeFi.  Much on the Podcast and text below at the link.

The Opportunities and Dangers of Decentralizing Finance

MIC LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Wharton’sAudio…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Autodesk Tandem

On Autodesk Tandem

My continued look at Autodesk's Tandem Digital Twin Solution.  Look for more posts here on digital twins.

DIGITAL TWIN FOR SMARTER OPERATIONS

Autodesk Tandem

Autodesk Tandem™ digital twin solution is here to free the data, to organize…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Magnetic Memory System for AI

Magnetic Memory System for AI

Seems a memory device meant for learning from data  in AI system.  Faster it implies.

A More Robust Memory Device for AI Systems

By Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering

A research team from Northwestern Engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Home Networking by Radar

Home Networking by Radar

Interesting.   Security?  Might this kind location could be combined with other kind of location and movement information?  

Home networking by radar

OmniConnect project: Radar beams for networking and localizing everyday objects…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Next Wave of Computing Innovation will be Driven by Crypto

Next Wave of Computing Innovation will be Driven by Crypto

 Andreessen Says it will all be about Crypto

Andreessen Horowitz  A16z

Crypto Fund III  by Chris Dixon, Katie Haun, and Ali Yahya

cryptocurrencies & blockchains  a16z crypto  announcements

We believe that the next wave of computing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turing Lecture on Deep Learning

Turing Lecture on Deep Learning

 Quite good, relatively non technical.   Worth a look.

Turing Lecture

Deep Learning for AI

By Yoshua Bengio, Yann Lecun, Geoffrey Hinton    from ACM

Communications of the ACM, July 2021, Vol. 64 No. 7, Pages 58-65   10.1145/3448250…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Matterport for Creating 3D Virtual Tours

Matterport for Creating 3D Virtual Tours

Had mentioned I was looking at simplified Lidar Solutions.  Here just mentioner to me:  Matterport. Below shows some of the technology supported.  Examining this further.

3D virtual tours can take your business to a new dimension…


From insideHPC

DDN Selected by Bytesnet to Provide Differentiated and Customizable ‘Pay-Per-Use’ Storage Services for Data-Intensive Organizations

DDN Selected by Bytesnet to Provide Differentiated and Customizable ‘Pay-Per-Use’ Storage Services for Data-Intensive Organizations

 CHATSWORTH, Calif. – June 30, 2021 – DDN, an artificial intelligence (AI) and multi-cloud data management company, today announced Bytesnet, a Dutch service provider, has selected DDN to address the diverse storage needs of …


From insideHPC

ALCF Computing Time Awarded to 16 projects

ALCF Computing Time Awarded to 16 projects

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) has awarded 16 projects totaling 6.75 million node-hours at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF)…


From insideHPC

PRACE Summer of HPC 2020 Award Ceremony at ISC

PRACE Summer of HPC 2020 Award Ceremony at ISC

June 30, 2021 — Serge Bogaerts, PRACE Managing Director, announced the PRACE Summer of HPC Awards 2020 to Antonios-Kyrillos Chatzimichail, Igor Abramov, and Josip Bobinac during an online award ceremony held on Wednesday 30 June…


From Putting People First

AI still sucks at moderating hate speech

AI still sucks at moderating hate speech

But scientists are getting better at measuring where each system fails.


From Putting People First

Human behaviour: what scientists have learned about it from the pandemic

Human behaviour: what scientists have learned about it from the pandemic

Several Covid-19 policies have shown "just how deeply some governments distrust their citizens. As if the virus was not enough, the public was portrayed as an additional part of the problem". But, asks Prof. Stephen Reicher of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inhalio: Digital Scent as a Service

Inhalio: Digital Scent as a Service

Recently received an update of this.  Previously had examined for retail scent oriented applications as part of our innovation spaces.  Impressive new directions, like use in automobiles.   Note use for things like mood mapping…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones for Space Rocks

Drones for Space Rocks

 Many rocks fall, but relatively few are found.   A solution? 

Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks By New Scientist

A team of scientists used drones and machine learning (ML) to try to find just-landed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Safe Trust for Vehicles

Quantum Safe Trust for Vehicles

 Threats of Quantum Powered Cyberattacks, safety of vehicles and their data. 

A 2019 claim by Google AI on groundbreaking quantum computations, while welcomed by many, was met with an intensified sense of urgency by security professionals…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linking Machine Learning and Quantum Computing

Linking Machine Learning and Quantum Computing

Experimenting with Quantum computers using Machine Learning

 IBM Releases Qiskit Modules That Use Quantum Computers to Improve ML

VentureBeat, Chris O'Brien, April 9, 2021

IBM has released the Qiskit Machine Learning suite of application…


From Schneier on Security

More Russian Hacking

More Russian Hacking

Two reports this week. The first is from Microsoft, which wrote:

As part of our investigation into this ongoing activity, we also detected information-stealing malware on a machine belonging to one of our customer support agents…


From The Noisy Channel

Using AI to Understand Search Intent

Using AI to Understand Search Intent

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post advocating the use of AI for query understanding. I argued that holistic query understanding with embeddings and deep learning is a great way to look beyond keywords and not only classify queries…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fast food too Slow in Opening Dine-in?

Fast food too Slow in Opening Dine-in?

 An example of semi-permanent change from COVID?   We certainly are doing far more drive through than before the pandemic.  Been discussing dynamic for some time. 

Is fast food going too slow in reopening for dine-in business?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Copilot Assistant Coding

Copilot Assistant Coding

 Actually did this in the early days, with human co-pilots, but it never took off.  Now with secure code more of a necessity, could be useful.  This could drive closer to Lo-Code too.   Hw well can this work today?  Even flagging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA Talent Mapping

NASA Talent Mapping

 Took a number of looks at advanced 'talent mapping' in the enterprise.  Now is the time this could be very useful especially if we can measure talent well, predict needs and deliver.

NASA Is Using Data Science to Fill Its Data…


From Schneier on Security

Insurance and Ransomware

Insurance and Ransomware

As ransomware becomes more common, I’m seeing more discussions about the ethics of paying the ransom. Here’s one more contribution to that issue: a research paper that the insurance industry is hurting more than it’s helping.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Welcomes New Council Members and Leadership!

CCC Welcomes New Council Members and Leadership!

Today, July 1st, is the start of a new term at CCC! The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is happy to announce that Sujata Banerjee (VMware) and William D. Gropp (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) are joining the CCC…


From Computational Complexity

Intersecting Classes

If you have two complexity classes that have complete sets, the intersection might not, for example NP ∩ co-NP. The world of total-function classes acts differently.

Christos Papadimitriou and others defined a number of classes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flying Cars Here Yet?

Flying  Cars Here Yet?

Depends how you define them.   Right now the definition means they can be driven around like a car and then take to the air as needed.   Such things have existed for some time, but not yet even close to mass-produced and generally…


From BLOG@CACM

A Chance for Rebirth

A Chance for Rebirth

Application of DECT technology in the concept of the Internet of Things.


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project and Exagraph: Applying Graph Algorithms

Exascale Computing Project and Exagraph: Applying Graph Algorithms

This podcast from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) examines the ExaGraph Project, an ECP co-design center, tasked with developing efficient implementation of graph algorithms. Along with technical aspects…

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