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April 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wing Delivers from Drones in Australia

Wing Delivers from Drones in Australia

Have not seen it in the US except for specialty examples, but Alphabet is doing it in Australia.

Wing Officially Launches Australian Drone Delivery Service in IEEE Spectrum

After years of testing, Wing is now offering consumerBy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Impact on Demand Forecasting

AI Impact on Demand Forecasting

Good short piece,  makes good points about what is needed, and should be expected.  I have taught forecasting in the enterprise, and its more about how the forecast is used than what it is.   You would love to have it perfect…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overpromise of AI for Healthcare?

Overpromise of AI for Healthcare?

IBM has created lots of interesting pieces of the solution, but not the harder solution of the broader process involved.   Can these be connected into big value?  And Hype has an element as well.   Not too dissimilar from what…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Need Processes with RPA

Automating Need Processes with RPA

An outline of the use of RPA in Contact centers.   A natural place because the customer establishes themselves as needing help.    But its use goes far beyond, to most any process.  Also clearly useful in an attentive assistant…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Focusing Context of Need Curation with Assistants

Google Focusing Context of Need Curation with Assistants

Is everything in Google turning into an ad-oriented assistant?    Into product curation?   Yes,  see how their fundamental service, search, has already turned that way.  I ask for help,  it gives me good results and then sets…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Device Discovery in Smart Home Skills

Device Discovery in Smart Home Skills

Turned out this problem occurred recently in related applications.   Not fixing this kind of problem can lead to large scale problems.  Ultimately its all about seamless integration of knowledge and skills.  When you talk to

4…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is AI Saving SAP

Is AI Saving SAP

Had worked with them in the enterprise, and itt had come to mind that some of what SAP did could be done with clouds and automated efficient pattern analysis.    But the article does not really make the case that SAP is in trouble…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: New Squid Species off the New Zealand Coast

Friday Squid Blogging: New Squid Species off the New Zealand Coast

There's a new diversity of species. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qubic for Process Anyone?

Qubic for Process Anyone?

Am looking to do an application that will insert 'smart contract' type specifications to observed business process, focused by business process models. Anyone used IOTA's Qubic?   Qubic is still in development I know, but any…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grief Examination via Interactive VR

Grief Examination via Interactive VR

Might we use gaming, or interactive storytelling to interact with our history?

Afterlife Is A Hard Hitting VR


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clash of the Digital Platforms

Clash of the Digital Platforms

Not a bad look at what exists,perhaps not enough usage to contextual use details.

The Clash Of The Digital Platforms: The 5-year Update
By James L. McQuivey, Vice President, Principal Analyst  Forrester

On March 7, 2014 I wrote

Marketers…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Hot Interconnects Conference in Silicon Valley

Call for Papers: Hot Interconnects Conference in Silicon Valley

The Hot Interconnects conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place August 14-16 in Silicon Valley. "Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware…


From insideHPC

Dr. Lin Gan Reflects on the SC19 Theme: HPC is Now

Dr. Lin Gan Reflects on the SC19 Theme: HPC is Now

In this special guest feature from the SC19 Blog, Charity Plata from Brookhaven National Lab catches up with Dr. Lin Gan from Tsinghua University, who's outstanding work in HPC has been recognized with a number of awards including…


From insideHPC

Dr Debora Sijacki wins 2019 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Dr Debora Sijacki wins 2019 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that Dr Debora Sijacki from the University of Cambridge will receive the 2019 PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC for her outstanding contributions to and impact on high performance …


From insideHPC

Evolving NASA’s Data and Information Systems for Earth Science

Evolving NASA’s Data and Information Systems for Earth Science

Rahul Ramachandran from NASA gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) missions help us to understand our planet’s interconnected systems, from a global scale down to minute processes. ESD delivers…


From Schneier on Security

Iranian Cyber-Espionage Tools Leaked Online

Iranian Cyber-Espionage Tools Leaked Online

The source code of a set of Iranian cyber-espoinage tools was leaked online....


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Reason Why Circuit Lower Bounds Are Hard

And a possible approach to avoid this obstacle Valentine Kabanets is a famous complexity theorist from Simon Fraser University. He has been at the forefront of lower bounds for over two decades. Today we draw attention to this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Graph Algorithms Book

Free Graph Algorithms Book


My favorite analytics methods.


Hidden Data Patterns Only Relationships Can Find - Free O’Reilly Book

Graph analytics use relationships to reveal structural and predictive insights hiding in your data. Whether you are building dynamic…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What is in a name?

What is in a name?

It’s been said that the three hardest things in programming are naming things and off by one errors. For some reason, this semester, my students are having the most trouble with naming things. Specifically, they seem to haveFor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is it still about Paper Coupons?

Is it still about Paper Coupons?

Worked with paper coupon redemption analytics from the very beginning at very big CPG.   Is it about their physical nature?     Will there always be room for the  paper coupon?  Would not have guessed it, but the statistics still…


From The Eponymous Pickle

WiFi as Hospitality, Retail Value

WiFi as Hospitality, Retail  Value

Now having experienced Wifi in Hospitality since its inception, I recall having a conversation with a Hotel Chain innovation group.  At the time they were unconvinced that Wifi had value, and there too many dangers.    Things…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea- Recommender Systems: A Healthy Obsession

Great Innovative Idea- Recommender Systems: A Healthy Obsession

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Barry Smyth, the Digital Chair of Computer Science at University College Dublin and the Director of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics. Dr. Smyth was one of the Computing Community…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DJ's Spin Code

DJ's Spin Code

I changed the title,  they will likely not write code in the future, they will create algorithms by some interface other than 'writing code'.   Coding, as it has developed, is far too inefficient and error prone.

DJs of the Future…


From insideHPC

Video: Managing large-scale cosmology simulations with Parsl and Singularity

Video: Managing large-scale cosmology simulations with Parsl and Singularity

Rick Wagner from Globus gave this talk at the Singularity User Group "We package the imSim software inside a Singularity container so that it can be developed independently, packaged to include all dependencies, trivially scaled…


From insideHPC

Video: The Human Side of AI

Video: The Human Side of AI

 In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Dan Olds from OrionX discusses the human impact of AI with Greg Schmidt from HPE. The industry buzz about artificial intelligence and deep learning typically focuses on hardware…


From insideHPC

Sign up for ISC STEM Student Day

Sign up for ISC STEM Student Day

Young people looking to further their careers in HPC are encouraged to sign up for the ISC STEM Student Day program. As part of the ISC High Performance Conference coming to Frankfurt in June, this program offers undergraduate…


From insideHPC

Making Python Fly: Accelerate Performance Without Recoding

Making Python Fly: Accelerate Performance Without Recoding

Python without RecodingDevelopers are increasingly besieged by the big data deluge. Intel Distribution for Python uses tried-and-true libraries like the Intel Math Kernel Library (Intel MKL)and the Intel Data Analytics Acceleration Library to make …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spying on Your Smart Home

Spying on Your Smart Home

Have now had a smart home lab for a long time.  Could have used this for some time, in particular to understand how the home interacts with external contexts, like the car, the store, the Internet.  Like the idea.  So many things…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Employee Surveillance is Data

Employee Surveillance is Data

Not an unexpected thing.  Its another form of data and is naturally part of efficiency considerations.  Even its 'architecture',  like those mentioned in recent silo readings, can be important to the accuracy of decisions being…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Silo Syndrome

Silo Syndrome

Its really always about silos.  The silos are formed in part by the data that exists within them.  But also more fundamentally by the trust that exists within decision making.    I have trust within a silo that makes decisions…