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September 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Future of AI in the Home, Office and City

The Future of AI in the Home, Office and City

An area we covered for years.  How AI will influence will our home, business and urban worlds by 2030?

Stanford-Hosted Study Examines How AI Might Affect Urban Life in 2030 Stanford News (09/01/16) Tom Abate 

A year-long, Stanford…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Alternative Energy in the Eastern Power Grid

Supercomputing Alternative Energy in the Eastern Power Grid

20160830_ergis-insightcenter-palchak"By modeling the power system in depth and detail, NREL has helped reset the conversation about how far we can go operationally with wind and solar in one of the largest power systems in the world," said the Energy Department's…


From insideHPC

Video: JuMP – A Modeling Language for Mathematical Optimization

Video: JuMP – A Modeling Language for Mathematical Optimization

Miles Lubin, MITMiles Lubin from presented this talk at the CSGF Annual Program Review. "JuMP is an open-source software package in Julia for modeling optimization problems. In less than three years since its release, JuMP has received more …


From insideHPC

NREL Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computing

NREL Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computing

NREL scientists Ye Yang and Matt Beard stand in front of a transient absorption spectrometer in their laser lab.Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) discovered a use for perovskites that could propel the development of quantum computing. "Considerable research at NREL and elsewhere has been …


From insideHPC

Supercomputing 3D Elevation Maps of Alaska on Blue Waters

Supercomputing 3D Elevation Maps of Alaska on Blue Waters

1-dUnQW91mb7oCxbrr3h20uQToday, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and NSF released 3-D topographic maps that show Alaska’s terrain in greater detail than ever before. Powered by the Blue Waters supercomputer, the maps are the result of a White…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Outcome Bias and Generating Value

Outcome Bias and Generating Value

Thhinking about outcome bias.   But sometimes its all we have.  Or can we always generate metadata to drive value?  In the HBR:

What We Miss When We Judge a Decision by the Outcome by Francesca Gino In the HBR

When people are judging…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Look at the Semantic Web

New Look at the Semantic Web

A new look at the Semantic web in the CACM.   Abstract.  I spent considerable time in this space in the 90s, now revisiting it to address issues like the efficient development and maintenance of cognitive systems.  Semantic webs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UX as a Process

UX as a Process

A big proponent of at least understanding your process.  And ideally, mapping it out in as much detail as is possible.  Interestingly put here in Linkedin:

Process Thinking in User Experience

The first step in user experience needs…


From Phys.org Technology News

London lab recreates horrors of war with 3D technology

London lab recreates horrors of war with 3D technology

Starvation, torture and rape: the grim daily realities of prisoners inside Syria's Saidnaya military prison have been recreated in harrowing 3D detail by a London-based agency, established to highlight claims of rights abuses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Practical Statistics E Books

Free Practical Statistics E Books

From DSC.  An interesting selection.  None that I have seen before:

" ... These books require different levels of existing knowledge, and while some are for early-stage data scientists others are for more hard-core physicists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Value of Quick Descriptive Statistics

Value of Quick Descriptive Statistics

Just received from Jason Brownlee:

" ... Hi, you can learn a lot about your dataset by reviewing some basic descriptive statistics. ... The R platform provides a seemingly unlimited array of functions for poking and prodding your…


From The Noisy Channel

Summarization and Refinement Tags in Folksonomies

Summarization and Refinement Tags in Folksonomies

This paper, which I co-authored with Joyce Wang and Vladimir Zelevinsky when we were all at Endeca, originally appeared in the proceedings…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Inferring Traffic Patterns for Graph Analytics

Inferring Traffic Patterns for Graph Analytics

I can see this kind of pattern recognition more broadly used, and linked not only to maps but also to network patterns for graph analytics.

Inferring urban travel patterns from cellphone data
Big-data analysis could give city planners…


From insideHPC

Saving Water with Sandia’s New Datacenter Cooling Technology

Saving Water with Sandia’s New Datacenter Cooling Technology

Sandia National Laboratories engineer David J. Martinez examines the cooling system at Sandia’s supercomputing center. (Photo by Randy Montoya) Click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution image.

Engineers at Sandia are developing new datacenter cooling technologies that could save millions of gallons of water nationwide.


The post Saving Water with Sandia’s New Datacenter Cooling Technology appeared first on insideHPC


From insideHPC

Video: SIMD, Vectorization, and Performance Tuning

Video: SIMD, Vectorization, and Performance Tuning

James Reinders, parallel programming enthusiastJames Reinders presented this talk at the 2016 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. Reinders is the author of multiple books on parallel programming. His most recent book, entitled Intel Xeon Phi Processor High…


From The Eponymous Pickle

D3 Javascript for Interactive Visualization

D3 Javascript for Interactive Visualization

D3 is particularly interesting for interactive data visualization.   Flowingdata points to recent explanation and examples.  Technically/programming oriented.

" ... D3 is the most commonly used JavaScript library for visualization…


From insideHPC

Cray to Add Intel Xeon Phi to Archer Supercomputing Service in the UK

Cray to Add Intel Xeon Phi to Archer Supercomputing Service in the UK

archerEPSRC and Cray have signed an agreement to add a Cray XC40 Development System with Intel Xeon Phi processors to ARCHER, the UK National Supercomputing Service. "The new Development system will have a very similar environment …


From insideHPC

New Bright for Deep Learning Solution Designed for Business

New Bright for Deep Learning Solution Designed for Business

bright"We have enhanced Bright Cluster Manager 7.3 so our customers can quickly and easily deploy new deep learning techniques to create predictive applications for fraud detection, demand forecasting, click prediction, and other data…


From Schneier on Security

Cybercrime as a Tax on the Internet Economy

Cybercrime as a Tax on the Internet Economy

I was reading this 2014 McAfee report on the economic impact of cybercrime, and came across this interesting quote on how security is a tax on the Internet economy: Another way to look at the opportunity cost of cybercrime is…


From insideHPC

Python and HPC

Python and HPC

pythonlogo"In the HPC domain, Python can be used to develop a wide range of applications. While tight loops may still need to be coded in C or FORTRAN, Python can still be used. As more systems become available with coprocessors or accelerators…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Scratch Resources from Ireland

Scratch Resources from Ireland

A friend recently sent me a link to this site that looks like it will be very helpful for teachers who are using Scratch from MIT. Check it out at scratch.ie

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Since 2007 Lero – the Irish Software Engineering Research CentreScratch…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

The following is a guest blog post by Greg Hager, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Past Chair and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University.  What do you think your field will look like in…


From Computational Complexity

The Letter

Guest post by Molly Fortnow, incoming member of the University of Chicago class of 2020.



On January 24, 2011, a miraculous thing happened. I was published on the internet for the very first time. Only twelve years old, a year…


From Phys.org Technology News

Audi, Lexus and Toyota rank highest for car-seat anchors

Audi, Lexus and Toyota rank highest for car-seat anchors

New rankings from the insurance industry show that the Audi Q7, Lexus RX and Toyota Prius have the easiest-to-use anchors for child seats.


From The Noisy Channel

Thanks, but I can’t take credit for that — and I don’t recall seeing it when I published the post.

Thanks, but I can’t take credit for that — and I don’t recall seeing it when I published the post.

Perhaps it was added by the Startup Grind publication.


From The Noisy Channel

It’s certainly not the way an advisory role should work, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a…

It’s certainly not the way an advisory role should work, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a…

So I agree that it’s a flag, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a red flag.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu and Open Source Deep Learning

Baidu and Open Source Deep Learning

In SiliconAngle:   The Open source idea coming from China seems remarkable.  Have covered Baidu for some time, see the tag on the topic below.

China’s Baidu to open-source its deep learning AI platform by Robert Hof

The Chinese…


From The Noisy Channel

No. I believed that they brought me on as an advisor so I could help them solve their problem.

No. I believed that they brought me on as an advisor so I could help them solve their problem.

And I spent a bunch of time with their team. It was only later that they started dropping my name to VCs — in fact, after May when I’d…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re-Inventing Ivy

Re-Inventing Ivy

The current education model is broken, we have all the tools in place to change it.

Can Startup College Minerva Reinvent The Ivy League Model For The Digital Age?
The new institution's flexible, work-from-anywhere policy is attracting…

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