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December 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thoughts on the Network Effect of Voice

Thoughts on the Network Effect of Voice

Fascinating point regarding how voice is really different.    What are the implications for this as voice interaction grows?    Is it expected in the network?  Towards a computational voice value chain.  In Medium: 

The Network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Generating Games, and Gamification?

AI Generating Games, and Gamification?

And can this be taken beyond to generate the gamification of business skills and tasks?

AI Is Dreaming Up New Kinds of Video Games 
in Technology Review
By Simon Parkin

Michael Cook at Falmouth University in the U.K. has developed…


From Putting People First

Five ways to fix statistics

Five ways to fix statistics

As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians – Jeff Leek, Blakeley B. McShane, Andrew Gelman, David Colquhoun, Michèle B. Nuijten & Steven…


From Putting People First

Five ways to fix statistics

Five ways to fix statistics

As debate rumbles on about how and how much poor statistics is to blame for poor reproducibility, Nature asked influential statisticians – Jeff Leek, Blakeley B. McShane, Andrew Gelman, David Colquhoun, Michèle B. Nuijten & Steven…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (December 1st, 2017)

Science and Technology links (December 1st, 2017)

Chollet has a piece on the impossibility of intelligence explosion. He is responding to the theory that smart machines will build even smarter machines, and that soon, human beings will become obsolete. He convincingly tearsContinue…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Research into Squid-Eating Beaked Whales

Friday Squid Blogging: Research into Squid-Eating Beaked Whales

Beaked whales, living off the coasts of Ireland, feed on squid. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gartner: Retail Assortment Planning Analytics

Gartner: Retail Assortment Planning Analytics

In the Gartner Blog.   Insightful piece.  An area we worked on for years.  If anything this article over complicates the problem, but it is good to see a more modern approach, with new approaches and data sources.   Following…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive Analytics Today

Predictive Analytics Today

Nothing new here, but nicely presented, with visuals.  We did predictive analytics many years before AI or Machine learning.  Many millions in value.  True we sometimes did not have the data required, especially outside the enterprise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Releases Ideas for Alexa in Business

Amazon Releases Ideas for Alexa in Business

Nicely done overview as part of the announcement.  Thought provoking.  Though could also be done with other assistants.   I would further like to see 'business skills' classified, and the ability to construct them easily from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The New Physics of Lenses

The New Physics of Lenses

My early interests were lenses in telescopes and microscopes.  Even made a few telescope lenses I can still use today.   These new approaches are interesting.  Article includes a descriptive image of the idea and their uses.

Physicists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Sells part of AWS in China

Amazon Sells part of AWS in China

In TechCrunch. 

Amazon is selling a big part of its business in China

The company is selling “certain physical infrastructure assets” of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud computing unit in China to Beijing’s Sinnet Technology…


From insideHPC

Video: OpenACC Eases GPU Programming for HPC at SC17

Video: OpenACC Eases GPU Programming for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Sunita Chandrasekaran from OpenACC.org and Stan Posey from NVIDIA describe how OpenACC eases GPU programming for HPC. "At SC17, OpenACC.org announced milestones highlighting OpenACC’s broad adoption in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Theory and Cybersecurity

Game Theory and Cybersecurity

A Purdue connection informed me of this. A rare practical pointer to Nash equilibrium in game theory.   And 'Prospect theory' which I had not heard of.  But  I see it is what Kahneman's work is called.  Taking a closer look.

Game…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Announces HPC Innovation Excellence Award Winners

Hyperion Research Announces HPC Innovation Excellence Award Winners

Hyperion Research recently announced the newest recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Awards. "High performance computing contributes enormously to scientific progress, economic competitiveness, national security and the…


From insideHPC

Supermicro Booth Tour Showcases HPC Innovation at SC17

Supermicro Booth Tour Showcases HPC Innovation at SC17

In this video, Akira Sano provides a tour of the Supermicro booth at SC17 in Denver. "Supermicro offers the best selection of leading HPC optimized servers in the industry as evidenced by the recent selection of our twin architecture…


From Schneier on Security

Needless Panic Over a Wi-FI Network Name

Needless Panic Over a Wi-FI Network Name

A Turkish Airlines flight made an emergency landing because someone named his wireless network (presumably from his smartphone) "bomb on board." In 2006, I wrote an essay titled "Refuse to be Terrorized." (I am also reminded…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Specialist at New York University

Job of the Week: HPC Specialist at New York University

New York University is seeking an HPC Specialist in our Job of the Week. "The HPC Specialist will provide technical leadership in design, development, installation and maintenance of hardware and software for the central High…


From BLOG@CACM

The Real Costs of a Computer Science Teacher Are Opportunity Costs, and Those Are Enormous

The Real Costs of a Computer Science Teacher Are Opportunity Costs, and Those Are Enormous

It is hard to convince people to become CS teachers (K–12 or University) when the opportunities elsewhere are so lucrative.


From insideHPC

Intel Steps up to HPC & the Enterprise with FPGAs

Intel Steps up to HPC & the Enterprise with FPGAs

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference in Denver, Michael Strickland describes how Intel FPGAs are  powering new levels of performance and datacenter efficiency with FPGAs. "Altera and Intel offers a broad range…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

2018 IEEE Fellows

2018 IEEE Fellows

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has released its 2018 list of newly elevated fellows. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is given to a IEEE member with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF DCL: Request for Information on Mid-scale Research Infrastructure

NSF DCL: Request for Information on Mid-scale Research Infrastructure

National Science Foundation (NSF) Assistant Director for the Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) James Kurose has issued the following letter to the community to request information on Mid-scale…


From Mostafa Dehghani

Learning to Learn from Weak Supervision by Full Supervision

Learning to Learn from Weak Supervision by Full Supervision

Our paper "Learning to Learn from Weak Supervision by Full Supervision", with Sascha Rothe, and Jaap Kamps, has been accepted at NIPS2017 Workshop on Meta-Learning (MetaLearn 2017). \o/ Using weak or noisy supervision is a straightforward…

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