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May 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Original Google Home on Sale

Original Google Home on Sale

I have one of these in my smart home lab, have tested it since its beginning in 2015.  No screen and only a primitive quality speaker, it gives you voice access to a broad range of knowledge.   In many languages and forms.   Still…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Discovery

Watson Discovery

We took an early look at Watson Discovery, but it did not meet our needs.   It has been updated in how it can be used.  The below article shows how it can be used with data scraping to ingest online knowledge.   The below article…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ready to go beyond Zoom to Virtual Worlds?

Ready to go beyond Zoom to Virtual Worlds?

Something we explored, but it was overall not very successful.  Even allowed us to construct part of the real-world operational process world to interact with.    If you are talking to a group of  plant managers, why not include…


From insideHPC

Podcast: David Barkai book to chronicle the History of HPC

Podcast: David Barkai book to chronicle the History of HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with special guest today, David Barkai, a 50-year veteran of HPC. David has worked in a wide variety of positions at NASA, Intel, Cray, SGI and others. His current project is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sustainable Industrial Chemistry

Sustainable Industrial Chemistry

A means of testing and formulating, using neural methods.

Researchers Design Intelligent Microsystem for Faster, More Sustainable Industrial Chemistry
NYU Tandon School of Engineering
April 13, 2020

New York University (NYU) Tandon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Algorithms Recognized a Masked Face?

Can Algorithms Recognized a Masked Face?

Now having worn a mask at times now in public.  I would guess, not well at all.  The makers of such recognition systems seem to scrambling.    In the recent past we might have thought it is a suspicious thing to do at at all.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Study Says Consumer Behavior Altered

IBM Study Says Consumer Behavior Altered

Insightful look at changes we will need to adapt to

IBM Study: COVID-19 Is Significantly Altering U.S. Consumer Behavior and Plans Post-Crisis
ARMONK, N.Y., May 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Findings from an IBM (NYSE: IBM) Institute…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Encoding binary in ASCII very fast

Encoding binary in ASCII very fast

In software, we typically work with binary values. That is, we have arbitrary streams of bytes. To encode these arbitrary stream of bytes in standard formats like email, HTML, XML, JSON, we often need to convert them to a standard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can AI Understand Cause and Effect?

Can AI Understand Cause and Effect?

Key point is made,  in human conversations we continually make cause-effect assumptions and consideration.

What AI still can’t do in TechnologyReview
Artificial intelligence won’t be very smart if computers don’t grasp cause and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Messaging

Google Messaging

TheVerge looks at Google messaging.  Agreed is a mess.  Been using Hangouts of late because some clients do.  Worth a look.

Exclusive: Inside Hangouts, Google's big fix for its messaging mess
How Google built its new messaging

By…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 2nd 2020)

Science and Technology links (May 2nd 2020)

As we age, we tend to produce less of NAD+, an essential chemical compound for our bodies. We can restore youthful levels of NAD+ by using freely available supplements such as NMN. It is believed that such supplements have an…


From insideHPC

How to Achieve High-Performance, Scalable and Distributed DNN Training on Modern HPC Systems

How to Achieve High-Performance, Scalable and Distributed DNN Training on Modern HPC Systems

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "This talk will focus on a range of solutions being carried out in my group to address these challenges. The solutions will include: 1) MPI-driven…


From BLOG@CACM

Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020

Students Get the Idea They're Unwanted When There Are Enrollment Barriers: Touring the Best of SIGCSE 2020

Best paper awardee at SIGCSE 2020 on the impacts on first-year students of competitive enrollment.


From Putting People First

[Book] We Are Not Users

[Book] We Are Not Users

A call to reclaim and rethink the field of designing as a liberal art where diverse voices come together to shape the material world.


From insideHPC

Video: Ayar Labs pushes Moore’s Law through Optical I/O technology

Video: Ayar Labs pushes Moore’s Law through Optical I/O technology

In this video, Mark Wade from Ayar Labs explains how the company's optical I/O solution will address the critical computing challenges of efficiency, density, and distance for next-gen system architectures. "Our patented approach…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: System Administrator at DE Shaw Research

Job of the Week: System Administrator at DE Shaw Research

DE Shaw Research is seeking System Administrators for Servers, Clusters and Supercomputers in our Job of the Week. "Exceptional sysadmins sought to manage systems, storage, and network infrastructure for a New York–based interdisciplinary…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Mathematics of COVID-19

Its not just [ Sir Francis Galton by Charles Wellington Furse ] Francis Galton is a perfect example of a Victorian era scientist. Sir Galton, he was knighted in 1909, had many roles: a statistician, a sociologist, a psychologist…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Cocaine Smuggled in Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Cocaine Smuggled in Squid

Makes sense; there's room inside a squid's body cavity: Latin American drug lords have sent bumper shipments of cocaine to Europe in recent weeks, including one in a cargo of squid, even though the coronavirus epidemic has stifled…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drone Flying Medications to Villages

Drone Flying Medications to Villages

Its been done before, but now we are having a significant part of a supply chain serviced.

UPS to Fly Medications by Drone to Florida Retirement Area
Bloomberg
By Thomas Black

UPS will use drones to make prescription deliveries to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Security and AI

Security and AI

We saw this dichotomy early,  plusses and minuses simply stated here.

AI and Cybersecurity

AI is changing everything about cybersecurity, for better and for worse. Here's what you need to know

Artificial intelligence and machine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better Public Speaking via Speaker Assistants

Better Public Speaking via Speaker Assistants

Clever idea for assistant speaker devices

Anxious About Public Speaking? Your Smart Speaker Could Help
Penn State News
By Jessica Hallman

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) have developed a public-speaking


From The Eponymous Pickle

Breathable Electronics

Breathable Electronics

Advances in functional wearable tech from NC State

'Breathable' Electronics Pave the Way for More Functional Wearable Tech
NC State News
April 30, 2020

Engineering researchers at North Carolina State University (NC State) have invented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Extends Jupyter for Data Science

IBM Extends Jupyter for Data Science

Seems to indicate a seriousness for AI and data science enabled process.

IBM Extends Jupyter Notebooks for AI Development
By George Leopold

IBM has released a new open source toolkit with AI extensions to the popular Jupyter Notebooks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Telehealth Here to Stay

Telehealth Here to Stay

Just scheduled by first telehealth doctor meeting.

Telehealth booms amid COVID-19 crisis; virtual care is here to stay
The coronavirus pandemic that has erupted worldwide has pushed telehealth to the forefront. It's unlikely remote…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Home Productivity

Amazon and Home Productivity

Interesting non-typical thoughts on this.  via Walter Riker

Boosting Work from Home Productivity with Amazon Alexa  in AWS Amazon
by Sandeep Rao

How I set-up my home for remote work and used Alexa for Business work-based features…


From insideHPC

Bethany Goldblum from UC Berkeley to Receive James Corones Award

Bethany Goldblum from UC Berkeley to Receive James Corones Award

Bethany L. Goldblum, a nuclear scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, is the 2020 recipient of the Krell Institute’s James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication. "Goldblum is a Department…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA Survey on NSF CISE Departmental BPC Plans

CRA Survey on NSF CISE Departmental BPC Plans

The following is a guest post from Heather Wright, Associate Director of the Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) at the Computing Research Association. The Computing Research Association (CRA) invites the academic…


From insideHPC

Registration Opens for SC20 Housing

Registration Opens for SC20 Housing

Registration is now open for the SC20 conference. The event is scheduled to take place Nov. 15-20 in Atlanta. "SC20 has room blocks reserved at hotels in the vicinity of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. A range of…


From Computational Complexity

Predicting the Virus

As a complexity theorist I often find myself far more intrigued in what we cannot compute than what we can. 


In 2009 I posted on some predictions of the spread of the H1N1 virus which turned out to be off by two orders of magnitude…


From insideHPC

Appentra raises €1.8M for its Parallelware Analyzer software

Appentra raises €1.8M for its Parallelware Analyzer software

Today Appentra announced that the company has raised €1.8M in new funding in a round led by Armilar Venture Partners and K Fund. Appentra is a Deep Tech global company that delivers products based on the Parallelware technology…