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August 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon to Soon Shut off All Dash Buttons

Amazon to Soon Shut off All Dash Buttons

Amazon will shut down all its one-push dash ordering buttons by the end of August, lliked the idea, thought it was novel and interesting.   Used it for several years, for several products, we had discussed similar concepts. 

Amazon…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

A new release of simdjson: runtime dispatching, 64-bit ARM support and more

A new release of simdjson: runtime dispatching, 64-bit ARM support and more

JSON is a ubiquitous data exchange format. It is found everywhere on the Internet. To consume JSON, software uses tools called JSON parsers. Earlier this year, we released the first version of our JSON parsing library, simdjson…


From The Eponymous Pickle

BlueTalon Acquired

BlueTalon Acquired

Microsoft has acquired BlueTalon, lots of new work underway regarding how data is managed and valued and protected.   Following that trend here and elsewhere.

Microsoft Acquires BlueTalon: Building the Next Generation of Cloud…


From insideHPC

OSU Invests $2.6 million in AI Computing Resources

OSU Invests $2.6 million in AI Computing Resources

Oregon State University’s College of Engineering is accelerating its work in artificial intelligence, robotics, driverless vehicles and other areas by acquiring six advanced NVIDIA systems that give the college some of the most…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Value of Lineage Metadata

The Value of Lineage Metadata

Did lots of work with metadata, especially in the corporate laboratory space.   Had never heard the term 'Lineage Metadata', though again it was often considered in our work.   Now would think this is more important than ever…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recognizing AI as an Inventor

Recognizing AI as an Inventor

I don't think the US patent system, at least,  is ready for this kind of thing

AI system 'should be recognised as inventor'   By Leo Kelion in the BBC

An artificial intelligence system should be recognised as the inventor of two…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Tries an Educational Chatbot

Wal-Mart Tries an Educational Chatbot

An interesting example of an educational chatbot for a food. 

Avocados from Mexico Brings Educational Chatbot to Walmart
By Patrycja Malinowska - 07/31/2019 in ConsumerGoods

Avocados from Mexico partnered with Walmart for a springtime…


From insideHPC

XSEDE Campus Champions to Focus on Research Collaboration

XSEDE Campus Champions to Focus on Research Collaboration

XSEDE has selected five Campus Champions Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year. These exceptional researchers will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with staff of the XSEDE project to solve real-world science and engineering…


From insideHPC

Deep Learning for Higgs Boson Identification and Searches for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider

Deep Learning for Higgs Boson Identification and Searches for New Physics at the Large Hadron Collider

Mark Neubauer from the University of Illinois gave this talk at the Blue Waters Symposium. "In this talk, we present our work using deep learning techniques on the Blue Waters supercomputing to develop and optimize a novel method…


From insideHPC

Defense Department is testing a Shipping Container Supercomputer

Defense Department is testing a Shipping Container Supercomputer

The Defense Department is testing a Shipping Container Supercomputer. "The $12 million contract provides for a supercomputing system housed in a shipping container with on-board power conditioning and cooling, along with the …


From insideHPC

Singularity 3.3.0 Goes GA

Singularity 3.3.0 Goes GA

Today Sylabs announced the Generally Available Release of Singularity 3.3.0. As the premier Container platform for performance-sensitive workloads, this release of Singularity focused on quality and stability. "Given the frenetic…


From insideHPC

The Algorithms of Life – Scientific Computing for Systems Biology

The Algorithms of Life – Scientific Computing for Systems Biology

Ivo Sbalzarini from TU Dresden gave this keynote presentation at ISC 2019. In his talk, Sbalzarini mainly discussed the rapidly growing importance and influence in the life sciences for scientific high-performance computing. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

O'Reilly Data Show Podcast: Linking Decisions and Data Science

O'Reilly Data Show Podcast:  Linking Decisions and Data Science

Liked this very much,  in particular the statement of the topic ... that its all about how we link data science to real life decisions.   The need for  'Decision Science', and social and behavioral understanding in context. 

Make…


From BLOG@CACM

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?

Who Manufactured the Mysterious Chinese Android?

In the 18th century, there were several famous makers of automatons in Europe; who created the Chinese musical clock automaton figure?


From The Eponymous Pickle

'CrowdWorkers' Train the AI with Knowledge

'CrowdWorkers' Train the AI with Knowledge

The word is new to me, but understand the tasks involved.    And we used the idea, having people train AI type systems by allowing them to observe human behavior in context.    Usually just by observing, not by formally 'teaching'…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford Sees Around Corners

Stanford Sees Around Corners

Quite remarkable,  but not the same thing as the article previously pointed to about using shadows to infer what is around the corner.  See the tag below.  In this case the camera itself provides the shadows via laser bursts.…


From Schneier on Security

Facebook Plans on Backdooring WhatsApp

Facebook Plans on Backdooring WhatsApp

This article points out that Facebook's planned content moderation scheme will result in an encryption backdoor into WhatsApp: In Facebook's vision, the actual end-to-end encryption client itself such as WhatsApp will include…

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