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September 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open AI Framework by Microsoft and Facebook

Open AI Framework by Microsoft and Facebook

From the Facebook research blog.  A further indication of the progress in standardizing how such systems should be built and maintained.   Would be useful to now compare this to work by Google in TensorFlow.   Is it comparable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quartz Guide to AI

Quartz Guide to AI

 Appears to be a guide useful for the non technical executive.   Good definition of terms at the end.  Intriguing view of the recent progress of AI and why companies care.  Reviewing.

Quartz Guide to AI    Don't Fear the AI .…


From insideHPC

Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion

Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion

Today Northrop Grumman Corporation announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. "Through our combination…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Another Giant Squid Caught off the Coast of Kerry

Friday Squid Blogging: Another Giant Squid Caught off the Coast of Kerry

The Flannery family have caught four giant squid, two this year. 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 Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea – Towards a Unified Spatial Crowdsourcing Platform

Great Innovative Idea – Towards a Unified Spatial Crowdsourcing Platform

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Christopher Jonathan, a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. His paper Toward a Unified Spatial Crowdsourcing Platform, co-authored by Mohamed F. Mokbel, was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Design Tips from the Brain

Getting Design Tips from the Brain

Always interested in the choices made in bio mimicry of any kind.   The architecture will be key.

Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains 
The New York Times   By Cade Metz

Researchers are taking biological cues to remodel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interiew with Mobileye for Driverless

Interiew with Mobileye for Driverless

Getting the data right is the most important part.

Vision Sensors by Mobileye.     An interview.

" ... Though Google has become the US face of the driverless car movement, other companies have been developing similar technology…


From insideHPC

Development Trends of Next-Generation Supercomputers

Development Trends of Next-Generation Supercomputers

Bob Sorensen from Hyperion Research describes an ongoing study on the Development Trends of Next-Generation Supercomputers. The project will gather information on pre-exascale and exascale systems today and through 2028 and build…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Congressional App Challenge Launches Today

Congressional App Challenge Launches Today

Something that looks interesting at least in Congressional Districts where there is a sponsor. Visit the web site to check it out.


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Congressional App Challenge Launches Today!

It begins today! The third annual Congressional App…


From insideHPC

HPC Reveals Glacial Flow

HPC Reveals Glacial Flow

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe looks at research from the University of Alaska that is using HPC to change the way we look at the movement of ice sheets. "The computational muscle behind…


From insideHPC

Pursuit of Sustainable Healthcare through Personalized Medicine with HPC

Pursuit of Sustainable Healthcare through Personalized Medicine with HPC

Graham Anthony from BioVista gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "We apply our systematic discovery platform to develop our pipeline of repositioned drug candidates in neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, oncology and orphan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Expands Listening Research

Google Expands Listening Research

A movement towards more voice driven assistance?  As a Google Home user I have not seen very much in changes there.   Still fairly narrowly applied.

How Google wants to build a world where every device is listening in TechRepublic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Designs in Delivery Drones

New Designs in Delivery Drones

How will these influence changes in the supply chain.
Designing Delivery Drones,   with video.

Odd Delivery Drone Design Carries Cargo While Keeping it Safe
By Dyllan Furnes in DigitalTrends


As delivery drones become more commonplace…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI System Behavior

AI System Behavior

Teaching AI Systems to Behave Themselves
The New York Times  by Cade Metz

A small but growing community of artificial intelligence (AI) researchers is beginning to explore mathematical techniques that aim to prevent machines from…


From insideHPC

The AI Revolution: Unleashing Broad and Deep Innovation

The AI Revolution: Unleashing Broad and Deep Innovation

AIFor the AI revolution to move into the mainstream, cost and complexity must be reduced, so smaller organizations can afford to develop, train and deploy powerful deep learning applications. It's a tough challenge. The following…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Podcast on Lego

Podcast on Lego

Have followed Lego for years.  Both as a creative toy, and as a means to model more generally.

How Lego Can Rebuild Its Business

Wharton's David Robertson discusses what went wrong at Lego.

Danish toymaker Lego recently surprised…


From Schneier on Security

Bluetooth Vulnerabilities

Bluetooth Vulnerabilities

A bunch of Bluetooth vulnerabilities are being reported, some pretty nasty. BlueBorne concerns us because of the medium by which it operates. Unlike the majority of attacks today, which rely on the internet, a BlueBorne attack…


From Computational Complexity

A problem I thought was interesting- now...

On Nate Silver's page he sometimes (might be once a week) has a column edited by Oliver Roeder of problems. Pretty much math problems though sometimes not quite.






Some are math problems that I have seen before (e.g., hat problems)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards a loss of Anonymity

Towards a loss of Anonymity

Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity ... FindFace compares photos to profile pictures on social network Vkontakte and works out identities with 70% reliability ...  " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Managing Cyber Risk

On Managing Cyber Risk

Of interest:

Security Researcher at UpGuard, Roane Holman 

The Executive's Guide to Managing Cyber Risk  (Requires registration) 
Regardless of what stage of digital transformation an enterprise finds itself at, the same risks and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Just How Smart are Smart Machines?

Just How Smart are Smart Machines?

Very good piece from some of our communications with MT Sloan.  Read the whole thing.  May require some registration.   Again, very non technical, management  approach to the question.

Just How Smart Are Smart Machines? 
Thomas…


From insideHPC

SC17 Invited Talk to Look at Computing with Physics

SC17 Invited Talk to Look at Computing with Physics

SC17 continues their series of Session Previews with discussion with Dr. Catherine Graves from HP Labs about her upcoming Invited Talk on “Computing with Physics: Analog Computation and Neural Network Classification with a Dot…


From insideHPC

Video: The Future of High Performance Interconnects

Video: The Future of High Performance Interconnects

Ashrut Ambastha from Mellanox gave this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Australia conference. "Ashrut will review Co-Design collaborations with leaders in industry, academia, and manufacturing – and how they’re taking a holistic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Output Visualization for Analytics

Output Visualization for Analytics

Good practical piece out of the latest  Informs Analytics Magazine.   They still prefer to call it analytics rather than data science.    And its always been 'Machine Learning', though not called that. You have always learned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

This Blog on Twitter

This Blog on Twitter

From nearly the beginning, this blog has been connected to Twitter.   You can follow it there from my handle @FranzD.  I  selectively mention many posts here.   Some people find that simpler to follow.  See: https://twitter.com…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wineries of the Future

Wineries of the Future

Here a big proponent of digital makeovers, though I do wonder when basic physical process should be replaced by automation.   Impressive attempt here I had not heard of.  A control room that looks like a nuclear plant.    Good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Pickle Index

The Pickle Index

Always liked the idea of a non-sequential novel.  It has been tried many times, never successfully for my taste.  Is it here now?

No relation.  InWired: 

The Pickle Index is a delightfully Weird, App-Driven Novel like no other.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithmically Determining Justice

Algorithmically Determining Justice

In the Alumni Mag, a considerable, but non technical piece that addresses the use of analytical methods to automate crime detection and apply penalties.   Moving closer to the world of the minority report?

The Pennsylvania Gazette…


From insideHPC

Panel Looks at ARM’s Advance towards HPC

Panel Looks at ARM’s Advance towards HPC

In this video from the ARM Research Summit, industry thought leaders discuss the challenges, opportunities, and technical hurdles for the ARM architecture to thrive in the HPC market. "The panel will focus on Arm in HPC, Software…


From updated sporadically at best

The Genius Fallacy

The Genius Fallacy

During our department's PhD Open House this past spring, a student asked what I thought made a PhD student successful. Upon reflection, I realized that my answer now is different than it would have been a few years ago.

My friend…