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August 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Looking for Sarcasm

Looking for Sarcasm

Have been looking at the general problem of how to detect demographic and personality indicators via twitter streams.  Here is an example described of detecting sarcasm .  " ... Researchers at the University of Lisbon have developed…


From insideHPC

Video: Quantum Computing – The World’s Most Incredible Machines

Video: Quantum Computing – The World’s Most Incredible Machines

"A quantum computer cannot just be created from just trapping ions, it is necessary to move the information (the ions) between different locations in a trap, for example between calculation and storage regions. Our group has …


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Trucks

Hacking Trucks

Another hijack attack against vehicles, this time trucks and buses....


From insideHPC

NSF Centers for Innovation Focus on Machine Learning, Genomics and More

NSF Centers for Innovation Focus on Machine Learning, Genomics and More

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is leading three new centers of innovation funded through the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) program.

The post NSF Centers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearable, IOT Memory

Wearable, IOT Memory

In CWorld: New kinds of very low power memory for Wearables and IoT by Samsung and IBM.  I am thinking that building simplicity will be particularly useful for the internet of things.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Skype to Translate Business Meetings

Skype to Translate Business Meetings

Imagine your conferencing systems translating all the interactions.   Trouble is, translation is still not perfect, so be cautious about this.  In CWorld, 


From insideHPC

Adept Project Explores HPC Energy Efficiency

Adept Project Explores HPC Energy Efficiency

"We have been working on developing a number of tools that enable users to quantify power and performance in both software and hardware, and then design a more efficient system. We can also utilize the tools to predict the performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering Elements of an AI Revolution

Considering Elements of an AI Revolution

Nicely done piece.  As a practitioner in the space, long ago and now, I like the thoughts.AI Revolution 101  by Pawel SysiakOur last invention, greatest nightmare, or pathway to utopia?AboutThis essay, originally published in…


From insideHPC

Seagate Rolls Out Energy-Efficient SATA SSD For Enterprise Cloud

Seagate Rolls Out Energy-Efficient SATA SSD For Enterprise Cloud

Today Seagate announced the Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD, an energy-efficient drive specifically designed to meet the performance and reliability requirements of today’s cloud data centers. "SSDs in enterprise data centers provide extremely…


From insideHPC

Argonne Discovers Self-healing Diamond-like Carbon

Argonne Discovers Self-healing Diamond-like Carbon

Scientists at Argonne have discovered a self-healing, diamond-like material that could revolutionize the design of future automotive engines. “This is a very unique discovery, and one that was a little unexpected,” said Ali Erdemir…


From Schneier on Security

Frequent Password Changes is a Bad Security Idea

Frequent Password Changes is a Bad Security Idea

I've been saying for years that it's bad security advice, that it encourages poor passwords. Lorrie Cranor, now the FTC's chief technologist, agrees: By studying the data, the researchers identified common techniques account…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing Powers Electronics Research Institute

Bright Computing Powers Electronics Research Institute

Today Bright Computing announced that the Electronics Research Institute (ERI) and Brightskies Technologies have chosen the full suite of Bright technology to manage its HPC, big data, and cloud infrastructure. "Using Bright …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

The National Strategic Computing Initiative Turns One

The National Strategic Computing Initiative Turns One

The White House recently released a blog celebrating the one year anniversary of the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), which was created to ensure continued U.S. leadership in high-performance computing (HPC). The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Foundational Course for Statistical Thinking

Foundational  Course for Statistical Thinking

My interaction with Columbia University led me to the following course.  This is meant as a preparatory foundation course for those taking graduate professional level Analytics classes. like the ones I will be teaching.  More…


From insideHPC

IBM Phase-Change Device Imitates Functionality of Neurons

IBM Phase-Change Device Imitates Functionality of Neurons

IBM scientists have created randomly spiking neurons using phase-change materials to store and process data. This demonstration marks a significant step forward in the development of energy-efficient, ultra-dense integrated neuromorphic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Connectivity Foundation

Open Connectivity Foundation

Just brought to my attention,  The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF). The breadth of corporate support does look to be good." ... Efforts led by ARRIS, CableLabs, Cisco, Electrolux, GE Digital, Intel, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and…


From insideHPC

Video: JupyterHub as an Interactive Supercomputing Gateway

Video: JupyterHub as an Interactive Supercomputing Gateway

"At the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute we are exploring ways to provide the immediacy and flexibility of interactive computing within the batch-scheduled, tightly controlled world of traditional cluster supercomputing. As…


From insideHPC

Using Libraries in Offload Mode

Using Libraries in Offload Mode

The ability to develop applications independent of the hardware availability at run time is a very important concept that enables developers to take advantage of the latest and greatest processing and coprocessing power. Without…


From insideHPC

Simulation and Data Sciences in the Exascale, Neuromorphic and Quantum Computing Era

Simulation and Data Sciences in the Exascale, Neuromorphic and Quantum Computing Era

Thomas Lippert presented this talk at The Digital Future conference. "The Human Brain Project brings together neuroscientists, physicians, computer scientists, physicists, mathematicians and computer specialists from internationally…


From [email protected]

Does Someone Have to Die First?

Does Someone Have to Die First?

Digital technology changes fast, and organizations change slowly: First using the technology as an automated, digitized version of the old way of doing things, then gradually understanding that in order to achieve productivity…


From Phys.org Technology News

2016 Chevrolet Cruze fresh, smartphone-friendly and fast

2016 Chevrolet Cruze fresh, smartphone-friendly and fast

The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is bigger yet lighter for 2016, with fresh styling, a new turbo-charged engine and more technology and safety features.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice and Next Generation Search

Voice and Next Generation Search

A now long term test of voice interaction with the Amazon Echo and increased use of Siri  has led me to rethink voice use in other environments.     Where can it work effectively as a background or even primary channel?  …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana for the Smart Home

Cortana for the Smart Home

Long ago we met with MS Research about their approaches to the smart home.  Seems they had dropped that approach since then. .  Are they back again pushing standards?The Thread Group and Open Connectivity Foundation join forces…


From Schneier on Security

More on the Vulnerabilities Equities Process

More on the Vulnerabilities Equities Process

The Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation has released a policy paper on the vulnerabilities equities process: "Bugs in the System: A Primer on the Software Vulnerability Ecosystem and its Policy Implications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Connects to Skype

IFTTT Connects to Skype

IFTTT, a means to create simplified bots based on channels of information, has now been attached to Skype. It is already attached to many other social streams.  No programming required.   Worthwhile experiment that will give…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain and Plans Behind Google's AI

Brain and Plans Behind Google's AI

Seems somewhat limited comparing this to general cognitive AI.   Also note that the proposal needs some semantic web of knowledge relating to the context of the example.    In CACM, an extract from Forbes: " ... Jeff Dean, senior…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

AI for Social Good (AISOC) Spring 2017 Symposium Call for Papers

AI for Social Good (AISOC) Spring 2017 Symposium Call for Papers

The AAAI 2017 Spring Symposium on AI for Social Good (AISOC) will be March 27-29, 2017 at Stanford University.  A rise in real-world applications of AI has stimulated significant interest from the public, media, and policy makers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shoe Recognition by Disney

Shoe Recognition by Disney

How much better is this than face recognition?    Positioned as less personal I assume.  Link to demographics and style.Disney may track park visitors using shoe recognition technologyWalt Disney was recently awarded a patent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu AI, Augmented Reality and The Du Series

Baidu AI, Augmented Reality and The Du Series

Note also Baidu's work on Virtual Assistants.   Its a natural connection to AR, since the augmentation can include required levels of assistance.  Don't see why other practitioners of the space do not combine the two.   The Pokemon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Work: Riding the Wave of Change

Future of Work: Riding the Wave of Change

Precisely this question came up during a recent look at how you should prepare for an AI and Data Analytics Driven future.   Well done, non technical piece.  Its not only about full blown AI taking over your job, its also about…