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May 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

May/June 2018 Issue of Analytics Magazine

May/June 2018 Issue of Analytics Magazine

The May/June 2018 issue of Analytics magazine features articles ranging from the direction of AI, turbocharging analytics adoption, analytics in marketing strategies, O.R. and advanced analytics at Chevron, and more ....

Lead

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

People and Data Analysis

People and Data Analysis

Yes, obviously.  And get those people involved early and often in the design, application and testing of the results.   And to ensure lasting and improving results, schedule followup reviews periodically.

People relationships

Roger…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Boosting Brains Memory

AI Boosting Brains Memory

Related to the recent piece regards a brain pacemaker?   Is this related? The enhancement seems to be small, can it be verified?

AI Just Learned How to Boost the Brain's Memory 
in Wired    By Robbie Gonzalez

Researchers at the



From insideHPC

Fast.ai Trains Neural Net in Record Time with Super Convergence

Fast.ai Trains Neural Net in Record Time with Super Convergence

Over at the Fast.AI Blog, Jeremy Howard writes that his Startup has achieved an amazing deep learning benchmark milestone – the ability to do an ImageNet training in 3 hours for just $25. "His recent discovery of an extraordinary…


From insideHPC

HLRS and Wuhan to Collaborate on Exascale Computing

HLRS and Wuhan to Collaborate on Exascale Computing

The High-Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS) and Supercomputing Center of Wuhan University have announced plans to cooperate on technology and training projects. "On April 3, HLRS took its next step in strengthening…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing – Timing is Everything

Quantum Computing – Timing is Everything

Steve Reinhardt from D-Wave Systems gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "Despite the incredible power of today’s supercomputers, there are many complex computing problems that can’t be addressed by conventional systems. While…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Printing Electronics on Skin

Printing Electronics on Skin

Researchers 3D-Print Electronics, Cells Directly on Skin
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Minnesota researchers have printed electronics on a real hand for the first time, using a customized, low-cost three-dimensional…


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale: Thom Dunning on Molecular Modeling with NWCHEMEX

Let’s Talk Exascale: Thom Dunning on Molecular Modeling with NWCHEMEX

In this edition of Let's Talk Exascale, Thom Dunning from the University of Washington describes the software effort underway to for molecular modeling at exascale with NWCHEMEX. "To date, our work is focused on the redesign …


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Laptop Tampering

Detecting Laptop Tampering

Micah Lee ran a two-year experiment designed to detect whether or not his laptop was ever tampered with. The results are inconclusive, but demonstrate how difficult it can be to detect laptop tampering....


From The Eponymous Pickle

AlchemAI Predicting Chemical Markets

AlchemAI Predicting Chemical Markets

Brought to my attention.  Intriguing play.   How close is the process involved in the prediction?  Reminds me of work we did in simulating the chemistry inside coffee beans as they roasted, and its use to predict its behavior…


From Putting People First

[Book] Automating Inequality

[Book] Automating Inequality

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor By Virginia Eubanks St. Martin’s Press, January 2018 272 pages The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and…


From Putting People First

[Book] Automating Inequality

[Book] Automating Inequality

Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor By Virginia Eubanks St. Martin’s Press, January 2018 272 pages The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF/CISE Appoints Dr. Henry Kautz as Division Director for the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems

NSF/CISE Appoints Dr. Henry Kautz as Division Director for the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems

The following is a letter to the community from James Kurose, Assistant Director, and Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director, of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Graph Databases for Dynamic Recommending, Outlier Detection

Graph Databases for Dynamic Recommending, Outlier Detection

Interesting idea.  Slides and later the recording will be posted at link below.

10 May 2018: 10:30 AM, ET  Access Instructions below.

Talk by: Denis Vrdoljak & Gunnar Kleemann  at Cisco & UC Berkeley

“Graph Databases for Dynamic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and IOT Together? Some thoughts.

AI and IOT Together?   Some thoughts.

Better perhaps, but still no clear binding between the particular aspects of the processes that the IOT resides in and AI.    As suggested this depends upon what AI  means, and what it means depends upon its context of use. 

Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alibaba Crowdsourcing

Alibaba Crowdsourcing

Further joint research in Asia:

NTU Singapore Partners With Alibaba to Set Up Joint Research Institute for AI Technologies

Priyankar Bhunia

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore and China's Alibaba Group…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Neural Networks Learn

How Neural Networks Learn

We wrote some of our own native neural network systems to analyze specific patterns in behavioral data.

How neural networks learn distributed representations

Deep learning’s effectiveness is often attributed to the ability of neural…


From The Eponymous Pickle

In Skill Echo Purchasing Enabled

In Skill Echo Purchasing Enabled

Will be interesting to see how this may enlarge the base with more and more complex assortments of skills.  Now the incentive has been extended.    Will this compete with general smartphone App capabilities?  Much detail at the…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Signs X-ISS as Reseller and Services Partner

Bright Computing Signs X-ISS as Reseller and Services Partner

Today Bright Computing announced a reseller and services partnership agreement with X-ISS. "

X-ISS is a privately-owned company that specializes in providing management services and analytics solutions for High Performance Computing…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

My Code is the Same as Yours But Mine Doesn’t Work

My Code is the Same as Yours But Mine Doesn’t Work

Image for Twins the movie

We're all heard it from students "My code is the same as yours but mine doesn't work." The implication is clear – it is the computer's fault that the program doesn't work. Of course something is always different.

Often…


From insideHPC

ACM Honors Amanda Randles from Duke University

ACM Honors Amanda Randles from Duke University

Amanda Randles from Duke University will receive the 2018 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, which recognizes young researchers for major technical or service contribution to computation. A Department of Energy Computational Science…


From insideHPC

Rescale Brings NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Electromagnetic Simulation To The Cloud

Rescale Brings NVIDIA GPU-Accelerated Electromagnetic Simulation To The Cloud

Today Rescale announced that XFdtd electromagnetic simulation software from Remcom is now available on Rescale’s ScaleX platform for HPC in the cloud. The combined solutions allows engineers to quickly and easily run complex,…


From insideHPC

Iridis 5 Supercomputer to Simplify Use of HPC

Iridis 5 Supercomputer to Simplify Use of HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe talks to Southampton University’s Oz Parchment about the decision-making behind installing the latest HPC system at the University. "Iridis 4 was based…


From insideHPC

Video: Scott McNealy on Why the Network is Still the Computer

Video: Scott McNealy on Why the Network is Still the Computer

In this video, Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems, joins the Masons Leadership Summit to back, learn, and inform the future. "Scott talked about some of the projects he’s currently involved with (curriki.org, wayin…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligent IOT Platform

Intelligent IOT Platform

It remains that sensors will be a key part of systems that exist on the Edge: 

IBM, CISCO Collaborate on Intelligent IOT Platform in RFID Journal
A year ago, IBM and Cisco announced a global collaboration to bring business insights…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI is not all Good

AI is not all Good

Cautious thoughts.

Google cofounder Sergey Brin warns the AI boom isn’t all good
Alphabet is going all in on AI. But in his company’s annual founders’ letter, Sergey Brin says there are also hazards that need to be addressed in…


From Schneier on Security

LC4: Another Pen-and-Paper Cipher

LC4: Another Pen-and-Paper Cipher

Interesting symmetric cipher: LC4: Abstract: ElsieFour (LC4) is a low-tech cipher that can be computed by hand; but unlike many historical ciphers, LC4 is designed to be hard to break. LC4 is intended for encrypted communication…


From Computational Complexity

Broader Impacts Redefined

The ACM Future of Computing Academy suggests that "peer reviewers should require that papers and proposals rigorously consider all reasonable broader impacts, both positive and negative." Here is the broader impacts section of…


From Putting People First

Invito: DesAlps innovation workshop per le PMI del territorio piemontese

Invito: DesAlps innovation workshop per le PMI del territorio piemontese

Experientia è lieta di invitare le piccole e medie imprese del territorio piemontese al: DesAlps Workshop #1: Il Design Thinking per le PMI Venerdì 18 maggio 2018 – dalle 10.00 alle 17.30 @ Rinascimenti Sociali | via Maria Vittoria…


From Putting People First

Invito: DesAlps innovation workshop per le PMI del territorio piemontese

Invito: DesAlps innovation workshop per le PMI del territorio piemontese

Experientia è lieta di invitare le piccole e medie imprese del territorio piemontese al: DesAlps Workshop #1: Il Design Thinking per le PMI Venerdì 18 maggio 2018 – dalle 9.00 alle 17.30 @ Rinascimenti Sociali | via Maria Vittoria…