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March 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking at Amazon and Walmart Supply Chains

Looking at Amazon and Walmart Supply Chains

Some useful data and visuals on the topic, at the link below.

First Thoughts  by Dan Gilmore
    Editor  Supply Chain Digest

Supply Chain News: Walmart and Amazon by the Numbers 2017
Our Annual Review of the World's Two Most Important…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coding Their Own

Coding Their Own

Via CACM.  Implications about, but this still does not mean we have machines building their own yet.

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It  By NextGov.com 

Researchers at Microsoft and the University

The…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: When Squid Evolved

Friday Squid Blogging: When Squid Evolved

Squid evolved during an "evolutionary war" -- the Mesozoic Marine Revolution -- about 100 million years ago. Research paper. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't…


From Apophenia

Failing to See, Fueling Hatred.

Failing to See, Fueling Hatred.

I was 19 years old when a some configuration of anonymous people came after me. They got access to my email and shared some of the most sensitive messages on an anonymous forum. This was after some of my girl friends received…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's New AI Blog

Amazon's New AI Blog

Emphasizing AWS, of course.  But from real experts in the field.

Amazon's New AI Blog: 

" ... From computer vision systems for autonomous driving, to FDA-approved medical imaging, AWS has driven innovation in existing products

Our…


From Schneier on Security

Me at the RSA Conference

Me at the RSA Conference

This is my talk at the RSA Conference last month. It's on regulation and the Internet of Things, along the lines of this essay. I am slowly meandering around this as a book topic. It hasn't quite solidified yet....


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Marconi's Wireless in 1903

Hacking Marconi's Wireless in 1903

A delightful story....


From insideHPC

PEARC17 Extends Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13

PEARC17 Extends Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13

Today the PEARC17 conference extended their Technical Paper Submission Deadline to March 13, 2017. Formerly known as the XSEDE Conference, PEARC17 will take place July 9-13 in New Orleans. "PEARC17 is open to professionals and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

South Big Data Hub Roundtable- Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment

South Big Data Hub Roundtable- Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment

This month’s Data Science Roundtable called Anti-Social Computing: Bots, Lies, and the New Information Environment is co-hosted by the South Hub, West Hub, and Northeast Hub. It will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from…


From insideHPC

Horst Simon to Present “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at PASC17 in Lugano

Horst Simon to Present “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at PASC17 in Lugano

Today PASC17 announced that Horst Simon will present a public lecture entitled “Supercomputers and Superintelligence” at the conference. PASC17 takes place June 26-28 in Lugano Switzerland. "In recent years the idea of emerging…


From insideHPC

Nominations Open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Nominations Open for PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

The European PRACE initiative is now accepting nominations for the PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC. "PRACE is happy to receive your nomination for the Award. The winner of the Award will be invited to participate in the concluding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning and Campaign Response

Machine Learning and Campaign Response

Intriguing piece in GigaOm, reviewing.   We did this for decades. There are better methods now.  How well can this be done?  What are the risks involved?

Predicting Marketing Campaign Response Using Amazon Machine Learning by…


From insideHPC

Using HPC in a Cohort Study of the Health Effects of Handgun Ownership in California

Using HPC in a Cohort Study of the Health Effects of Handgun Ownership in California

In this video from the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference, Yifan Zhang from Stanford presents: Using HPC in a Cohort Study of the Health Effects of Handgun Ownership in California.


The post Using HPC in a Cohort Study…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Releases Open Source Prophet

Facebook Releases Open Source Prophet

Doing time series forecasting well is important to every business.  Good to see this open sourcing underway by the Facebook Incubator.    Though the history of Facebook and the nature of its data has always made me worried about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Transforming Technology

AI Transforming Technology

How Will AI Transform Technology?   A Conversation with Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka.   In Knowledge@Wharton.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Phone to Measure Blood Pressure

Phone to Measure Blood Pressure

I remember having a conversation with a person in the medical devices area some time saying that blood pressure still needs to be mechanically measured.     Here news of a sensor adaptation to a smart phone that claims to solve…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Selects Co-Design Center for Graph Analytics

Exascale Computing Project Selects Co-Design Center for Graph Analytics

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has selected its fifth Co-Design Center to focus on Graph Analytics — combinatorial (graph) kernels that play a crucial enabling role in many data analytic computing application areas as well…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The technology of Logan (2017 Wolverine movie set in 2029)

The technology of Logan (2017 Wolverine movie set in 2029)

Last night I went to see Logan, the latest and maybe the last Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman. The movie is set in 2029. The year 2029 is an interesting choice, as it is the year of the story “Ghost in the shell”, made into…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Practical Applications of Ontologies

Practical Applications of Ontologies

A DSC followup on a previous piece on the use of ontologies,  organized ways to look at knowledge and leverage it against solving real business problems.  These kinds of problems use real terminology that refers to real data.…


From Schneier on Security

Jumping Air Gaps with Blinking Lights and Drones

Jumping Air Gaps with Blinking Lights and Drones

Researchers have demonstrated how a malicious piece of software in an air-gapped computer can communicate with a nearby drone using a blinking LED on the computer. I have mixed feelings about research like this. On the one hand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automation and Productivity

Automation and Productivity

In the Gartner Blog.  Touches on the obvious. Automation should improve.  And I like the idea of measurement.

Automation Can Make Elusive “Productivity Improvements” A Reality?  by Craig Roth   

For years proponents of content



From The Eponymous Pickle

An IOT Newsletter

An IOT Newsletter

Brian Petro's IOT newsletter.  I won't always copy these in total,  but looks to be an interesting path of information to connect to.


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Response to NITRD “Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan: Exploring Innovation Together”

Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Response to NITRD “Smart Cities and Communities Federal Strategic Plan: Exploring Innovation Together”

CCC Chair Beth Mynatt contributed to this post.  The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program, an interagency Federal-coordinating group, recently posted a draft Smart Cities and Communities…


From insideHPC

Dr. Alfred Geiger to Keynote Industrial Day at ISC 2017

Dr. Alfred Geiger to Keynote Industrial Day at ISC 2017

Today ISC 2017 announced that the conference Industrial Day on June 20 will feature keynotes by Dr. Alfred Geiger of T-Systems. With a day-long program, Industrial Day will address challenges in the industrial manufacturing, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple Bots for Questions and Answers

Simple Bots for Questions and Answers

This was brought to my attention via Mary J Foley, who has a new site for innovation community.  Here is a current entry:   https://www.petri.com/community-champs/gary-pretty

QnA Maker Dialog for Bot Framework  By Gary Pretty

 Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Case for Digital Reinvention

Case for Digital Reinvention

Interesting statistics, at least, about what it takes to do such reinvention.

" ... As digitization continues its advance, the implications for revenues and profits will be dramatic. Bold, tightly integrated digital strategies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Modeling the Correct Network

Modeling the Correct Network

Had to miss this today, but looks good:

 ... iCeNSA is an interdisciplinary research center organized around network and data science problems in social, biological, physical, environmental, financial, business, and defense systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electronics Shopping

Electronics Shopping

Have been involved in some work that looked at why people choose technology, and below is related to this.   Here Google talks about the micro moments aspects of choice.   But how do we get the alternatives of choice into our…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Software Development Engineer at AWS

Job of the Week: HPC Software Development Engineer at AWS

"The Amazon Web Services High Performance Computing (HPC) team is looking for Software Development Engineers (SDEs) to help drive the development of new features, functionality, and capabilities for AWS Batch. AWS Batch is developed…


From insideHPC

Slidecast: ARM Steps Up to Machine Learning

Slidecast: ARM Steps Up to Machine Learning

In this slidecast, Jem Davies (VP Engineering and ARM Fellow) gives a brief introduction to Machine Learning and explains how it is used in devices such as smartphones, autos, and drones. "I do think that machine learning altogether…