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March 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Ships, Containers with Blockchain

Tracking Ships, Containers with Blockchain

Another example of the used of blockchain as a database, a secure open distributed ledger.

The blockchain heads out to sea as IBM and Maersk develop ship tracking platform By Duncan Riley   In SiliconAngle:

The blockchain is heading…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science Blog Posts from DSC

Data Science Blog Posts from DSC

A selection of very useful blog posts from DSC by Vincent Granville.   In particular about topics like deep learning.  From introductory tutorials to advanced.    You can also join their newsletters at the link,  great source…


From Schneier on Security

Howard Schmidt

Howard Schmidt

Longtime Internet security-policy pioneer Howard Schmidt died on Friday. He will be missed....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lisp, the Language

Lisp, the Language

For some of our earliest AI applications we used the 'intelligent' language Lisp.   It was key for us to implement learning modules.   But have not seen much about it since then.    Was then intrigued to see this article about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Banking Assistants

Voice Banking Assistants

Security will have to be very well done.

Voice banking arrives on home virtual assistants
by Jack Dougal, BANKING.COM

Amazon’s Echo device has been one of the biggest tech hits of the last year, with some estimates suggesting the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Changing the 80/20 Rule

AI Changing the 80/20 Rule

Interesting and perceptive thoughts about the implications of AI  In the HBR:

AI Is Going to Change the 80/20 Rule
by Michael Schrage

Many high-performance organizations remain passionate about Vilfredo Pareto, the incisive Italian…


From Computational Complexity

why are regular expressions defined the way they are



BILL: The best way to prove closure properties of regular languages is to first prove  the equiv of DFA's, NDFA's and Reg Expressions. Then, if you want to prove a closure property, choose the definition of regular that makes…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Tom Kalil Awarded the 2017 CRA Distinguished Service Award

Tom Kalil Awarded the 2017 CRA Distinguished Service Award

Greg Hager, former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) chair and Mandell Bellmore Professor of Computer Science at The Johns Hopkins University, contributed to this post. Last week, the CRA Board of Directors announced that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Quantum in the Cloud Goes Commercial

IBM Quantum in the Cloud Goes Commercial

IBM's Quantum Cloud Computer Goes Commercial

Company plans a bigger, better system aimed at creating a market for the still-immature technology.

by Davide Castelvecchi  in Nature.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Using the Perfect Office Surface

Using the Perfect Office Surface

As part of our innovation spaces we worked with office furniture manufacturers to scope out the needs of the future office.  The question was always if there would be substantial offices in the future at all.   And can such offices…


From insideHPC

Call for Applications: Women in IT Networking at SC17 (WINS)

Call for Applications: Women in IT Networking at SC17 (WINS)

SCinet at SC17 has issued its Call for Applications for the Women in IT Networking (WINS) program. The WINS program is currently seeking qualified women U.S. candidates in their early to mid-career to join the SCinet volunteer…


From insideHPC

IBM to Build Commercially Available Quantum Computing Systems

IBM to Build Commercially Available Quantum Computing Systems

"IBM has invested over decades to growing the field of quantum computing and we are committed to expanding access to quantum systems and their powerful capabilities for the science and business communities," said Arvind Krishna…


From insideHPC

Fox Chase Cancer Center Adopts Bright Cluster Manager

Fox Chase Cancer Center Adopts Bright Cluster Manager

Today Bright Computing announced that the Fox Chase Cancer Center is using Bright Cluster Manager for its new high-performance computing cluster. The 30-node cluster supports bioinformatics initiatives for Fox Chase's world class…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing at Ford

3D Printing at Ford

This is taking 3D printing further than we imagined in the short term.   Can it be done in volume?

Ford tests 3D printer that can manufacture car parts of any size and shape   Aircraft maker Boeing is also testing the new 3D printer…


From insideHPC

Andrew Ng on why Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity

Andrew Ng on why Artificial Intelligence is the New Electricity

“We’re making this analogy that AI is the new electricity,” Ng said. “Electricity transformed industries: agriculture, transportation, communication, manufacturing. I think we are now in that phase where AI technology has advanced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking US Innovation

Tracking US Innovation

In the HBR,  Fascinating piece.    I grew up in some of the regions tracked, and remember thinking about how industries worked together to produce value.  But now it can happen everywhere.

When America Was Most Innovative, and…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Bit Rot or How do I read this data?

Bit Rot or How do I read this data?

Last night I had a very weird dream. In it I was trying to recover the programs I wrote in college. I have saved most of them. Well in a manner of speaking. Some of them are on punch cards. Yes, I have 40+ year old punch cards…


From Schneier on Security

Uber Uses Ubiquitous Surveillance to Identify and Block Regulators

Uber Uses Ubiquitous Surveillance to Identify and Block Regulators

The New York Times reports that Uber developed apps that identified and blocked government regulators using the app to find evidence of illegal behavior: Yet using its app to identify and sidestep authorities in places where…


From insideHPC

Nvidia to Power Fujitsu’s New Deep Learning System at RIKEN

Nvidia to Power Fujitsu’s New Deep Learning System at RIKEN

Today Fujitsu announced that it has received RIKEN's order for the "Deep learning system," one of the largest supercomputers in Japan specializing in AI research. "NVIDIA DGX-1, the world’s first all-in-one AI supercomputer, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conflicting Demands and Creativity

Conflicting Demands and Creativity

In MIT/Sloan:

Conflicting demands within a business can be a source of creativity and opportunity — if they are handled well.
  
The writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once observed, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baby Faces

Baby Faces

We did experiments with packaging and advertising, using neuromarketing techniques.

Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers across Species
Jessika Golle, Stephanie Lisibach, Fred W. Mast,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UC Center for Business Analytics

UC Center for Business Analytics

 Had .a conversation with Glenn Wegryn of the UC Center for Business Analytics.  More to follow.

Inform and Improve Decisions with Analytics

The UC Center for Business Analytics brings together organizations and a world-class,

Through…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flipboard ReDesigns

Flipboard ReDesigns

Had looked at Flipboard as a means of doing market and store design testing.   With ‘Smart Magazines,’ Flipboard uses machine learning to reinvent its app ...      By Robert Hof 


From insideHPC

Video: Scientific Visualization with Python

Video: Scientific Visualization with Python

In this video, Dr. Marcelo Ponce from SciNet presents: Scientific Visualization with Python. "SciNet is Canada’s largest supercomputer centre, providing Canadian researchers with computational resources and expertise necessary…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: OpenMPCon & IWOMP at Stony Brook University in New York

Call for Submissions: OpenMPCon & IWOMP at Stony Brook University in New York

This year, the OpenMP Architecture Review Board is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first OpenMP API specification with a pair of events: OpenMPCon and the International Conference on OpenMP (IWOMP). Both events will take…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Frameworks

Deep Learning Frameworks

Well done, relatively non technical, pointing at existing software solutions.   In KDNuggets:  " ...  This post sketches out some common principles which would help you better understand deep learning frameworks, and provides…


From insideHPC

Re-Architecting Spark For Performance Understandability

Re-Architecting Spark For Performance Understandability

"This talk will describe Monotasks, a new architecture for the core of Spark that makes performance easier to reason about. In Spark today, pervasive parallelism and pipelining make it difficult to answer even simple performance…


From insideHPC

XTREME DESIGN Startup Raises $700K in Funding for HPC Cloud Enablement

XTREME DESIGN Startup Raises $700K in Funding for HPC Cloud Enablement

Today Tokyo-based Startup XTREME DESIGN announced it has raised $700K of funding in its pre-series A round. Launched in early 2015, the Startup's XTREME DNA software automates the process of configuring, deploying, and monitoring…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Interactive Storytelling Medium

An Interactive Storytelling Medium

Brought to my attention, Earplay is now also using the Alexa interface.    Might also be useful for training?  With bot driven intelligence based on data?

https://ear-play.com/   Interactive Audio Storytelling. 

Earplay is a new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Earthquakes

Predicting Earthquakes

A long time idea.   Will it work in the real world?

Intelligent Machines

Machine-Learning Algorithm Predicts Laboratory Earthquakes
The breakthrough has astonished geologists and raises the possibility that real earthquake prediction…