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September 2017


From Putting People First

[Book] Think like an anthropologist

[Book] Think like an anthropologist

Think Like An Anthropologist by Matthew Engelke Pelican, August 2017, 339 pages [Start reading – Amazon link] How does anthropology help us understand who we are? What can it tell us about culture, from Melanesia to the City …


From insideHPC

What Lies Ahead for HPC Cooling?

What Lies Ahead for HPC Cooling?

"To meet the ambitious targets for exascale computing, many cooling companies are exploring optimizations and innovative methods that will redefine cooling architectures for the next generation of HPC systems. Here, some of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Digital Vending, Now with AI

Coke Digital Vending, Now with AI


Long time follower here of the Coke Freestyle experience, saw prototypes of it with suggestions of how it could be adapted to supply chain and user experiences, as far back as 2008.  Also have seen Pepsi Spire systems in the

How…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Scientific Visualization Developer at Kitware

Job of the Week: Scientific Visualization Developer at Kitware

Kitware is seeking a Scientific Visualization Developer in our Job of Week. "Kitware is seeking to hire highly skilled Research and Development Engineers (R&D Engineers) to join our Scientific Computing team and contribute to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones Accurately Reading RFID Tag Positions

Drones Accurately  Reading RFID Tag Positions

MIT figured out a better way for drones to use RFID technology
With a clever hack  by Dani Deahl  @danideahl  in TheVerge

" .... MIT’s new solution, called Rfly, allows a drone to read RFID tags without strapping a giant reader…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa, Be More Human

Alexa, Be More Human

Excellent piece on the big challenge, an extension of the long known Eliza Effect.   And its implications for computing use in new ways, today and tomorrow.  A company like Amazon wants to push this further, beyond assistance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Earthquakes with Machine Learning

Predicting Earthquakes with Machine Learning

Broad idea has been around for years.  Are we getting closer?  Gets heavily into accuracy and risk of different kinds of errors here.    We worked with them on machine failure analysis and prediction, which has some similar profiles…


From insideHPC

TensorFlow Copy

TensorFlow Copy

Sponsored Post Researchers at Google and Intel recently collaborated to extract the maximum performance from Intel® Xeon and Intel® Xeon Phi processors running TensorFlow*, a leading deep learning and machine learning framework…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Learning for Humans

Machine Learning for Humans

Nice piece ...

Machine Learning for Humans   By Vishal Maini  Writing about AI/ML, growing @YupTechnologies. Previously @Upstart, @Yale, @TrueVenturesTEC. 

Simple, plain-English explanations accompanied by math, code, and real-world…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Bioluminescent Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Bioluminescent Squid

There's a beautiful picture of a tiny squid in this New York Times article on bioluminescence -- and a dramatic one of a vampire squid. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news…


From The Noisy Channel

Autocomplete and User Experience

Autocomplete and User Experience

The previous post focused on how to determine the best autocomplete suggestions based on query probability and query performance. In this post, we’ll dive into some user experience concerns specific to autocomplete.

Less is More…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Alexa Does Multiroom Music

Amazon Alexa Does Multiroom Music

Was recently rumored and Walter Riker just pointed out that if  you went to the App and Smart Homes - >Groups you could set up a broadcast group of Echo devices.  Combine them in any way you want.   It was quick and easy to set…


From insideHPC

Enter Your Team in the ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

Enter Your Team in the ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

Applications are now being accepted for the ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition. Entering its 33rd year, ISC High Performance offers students a unique opportunity to learn how HPC influences our world and day-to-day learning…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Quantum Theory, Explained

On Quantum Theory, Explained

A descriptive/historical view of Quantum theory.  Not very technical, but you do have to care about the history of its exploration and explanation.  Nicely done in Quanta Magazine,

Quantum Theory Rebuilt From Simple Physical Principles…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retailwire Survey on AI and the Supply Chain

Retailwire Survey on AI and the Supply Chain

Of interest, requires registration:

Study Results:: A.I.’s advancing role in fueling the retail supply chain

See results of RetailWire’s study of nearly 200 retail industry execs and managers

In the last decade, tech developers

Read…


From insideHPC

Magnolia Supercomputer Powers Research at University of Southern Mississippi

Magnolia Supercomputer Powers Research at University of Southern Mississippi

Advanced Clustering Technologies has installed a new supercomputer at the University of Southern Mississippi. Called Magnolia, the system will support research and training in computational and data-enabled science and engineering…


From insideHPC

David Barkai Joins XTREME Design as the company Looks to Bring Cloud HPC to U.S.

David Barkai Joins XTREME Design as the company Looks to Bring Cloud HPC to U.S.

Today XTREME Design Inc. announced that Dr. David Barkai has joined the company as an adviser. As a Japanese startup offering cloud-based, virtual supercomputing-on-demand, XTREME Design hopes to tap Dr. Barkai's extensive HPC…


From insideHPC

USRA Upgrade D-Wave Quantum Computer to 2000 Qubits

USRA Upgrade D-Wave Quantum Computer to 2000 Qubits

Today the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced it has upgraded its current quantum annealing computer to a D-Wave 2000Q system. The computer offers the promise for solving challenging problems in a variety…


From insideHPC

Video: DDN Burst Buffer

Video: DDN Burst Buffer

Justin Glen and Daniel Richards from DDN presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Australia Conference. "Burst Buffer was originally created to checkpoint-restart applications and has evolved to help accelerate applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sony's Smart Speaker Powered by Google Assistant

Sony's Smart Speaker Powered by Google Assistant

Another example of a smart speaker.  Powered by Google Assistant, the same intelligence that is powering Google Home.   An example of voice activated virtual assistance. Sony's involvement is interesting.

Sony LF-S50G Wireless…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Introduction to Imitation Learning

An Introduction to Imitation Learning

Good piece on the topic.   Starts with an overview based on games, then does get technical.  Still basically shows that this is hard, except in narrow contexts.   But it may be the best way to get us to more general intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Nature of Mixed Reality

The Nature of Mixed Reality

Have noted Microsoft's use of the mixed reality term.   To me its just confusing, and unless Microsoft completely takes over the market, seems a waste of time and attention to think about.  Are newly available capabilities and…


From Schneier on Security

Russian Hacking Tools Codenamed WhiteBear Released

Russian Hacking Tools Codenamed WhiteBear Released

Kaspersky Labs released a highly sophisticated set of hacking tools from Russia called WhiteBear. From February to September 2016, WhiteBear activity was narrowly focused on embassies and consular operations around the world.…

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