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February 2020


From Schneier on Security

Russia Is Trying to Tap Transatlantic Cables

Russia Is Trying to Tap Transatlantic Cables

The Times of London is reporting that Russian agents are in Ireland probing transatlantic communications cables. Ireland is the landing point for undersea cables which carry internet traffic between America, Britain and Europe…


From BLOG@CACM

Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'

Developing Computational Solutions With Humility: Recommending Morgan Ames' 'The Charisma Machine'

Morgan Ames' book highlights the missing HCI design process for the XO Laptop 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design Thinking, Improv

Design Thinking, Improv

Upcoming short free talk.

You are invited to attend:

ISSIP Service Design Speaker Series

Radical cross-collaboration at Cisco with Design Thinking & Improv
on Wednesday, February 26th 2020, 11:00 AM - 11.45 AM US Eastern Standard…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Based Learning and the Power of the Human Element

Game Based Learning and the Power of the Human Element

Of interest to my readers,  following up:

Franz,

My new, co-authored book has been launched and may be of interest to members of your community.

Emotify!: The Power of the Human Element in Game-Based Learning, Serious Games and,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Power Generating Kites to be Axed

Google Power Generating Kites to be Axed

Remember reading the early reports on this, and seemed very interesting in possibility. but cost and risk was unclear.

Google parent pulls the plug on power-generating kite project
First moonshot project to be axed since Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training Autonomous AI Combatants

Training Autonomous AI Combatants

Expect this, at all sorts of levels of autonomy.  Offensive and Defensive.

How to Train Your AI Soldier Robots (and the Humans Who Command Them)  in The RAND Blog by Thomas Hamilton 

This article was submitted in response to a

Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Cars

Autonomous Cars

Comment, with more detail:

' ... My name is Jennifer Bowen, and I'm working with a site called PartCatalog.com.  We just published an article that answers a question that's getting asked a lot these days: When will we have fully…


From insideHPC

Video: RISC-V momentum around the world, from edge to HPC

Video: RISC-V momentum around the world, from edge to HPC

In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, RISC-V Foundation Chief Executive Calista Redmond explains how the RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture is gathering momentum around the world, finding applications…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Co-Design for Online Data Analysis and Reduction at Exascale

Podcast: Co-Design for Online Data Analysis and Reduction at Exascale

In this Let's Talk Exascale podcast, Ian Foster from Argonne National Lab describes how the CODAR project at ECP is addressing the needs for data reduction, analysis, and management in the exascale era. "When compressing data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Moving UK Data

Google Moving UK Data

Note that 'where' data is held may start to become an important issue.  Note also the specific considerations that Google is indicating here, as part of Brexit and other data uses. Also related to spatial web designs?

Google Moves…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Spatial Web

The Spatial Web

Brought back to my attention,  dated  (2018) ,  The Spatial Web,  still relevant?

The Spatial Web Will Map Our 3D World—And Change Everything In the Process  By Peter H. Diamandis, MD

The boundaries between digital and physical…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (February 22nd 2020)

Science and Technology links (February 22nd 2020)

In a large cohort study, the highest probability of reaching 90 years old was found for those drinking between 5g and 15 g of alcohol per day. This does not mean that if you are not drinking, you should start. The Earth is getting…


From insideHPC

Video: A Preview of SC20 in Atlanta

Video: A Preview of SC20 in Atlanta

In this video, SC20 General Chair Christine E. Cuicchi from the DoD Modernization Program previews the Supercomputing conference coming to Atlanta in November. "Christine Cuicchi is director of the Navy Department of Defense …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Books by Stephen Few

Books by Stephen Few

A look at all of  Stephen Few's books on the viz and use  of data, including his latest:

The Data Loom, Stephen Few, $15.95 (U.S.), Analytics Press, May 15, 2019

Data, in and of itself, isn't valuable. It only becomes valuable


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple innovations are the Most Used

Simple innovations are the Most Used

Anyone in this space for a while knows the drill.

Larry Tesler: Computer Scientist Behind Cut, Copy, and Paste Dies at Age 74     BBC News

Larry Tesler, inventor of the "cut," "copy," and "paste" commands, recipient of ACM SIGCHI's…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Architect at NVIDIA

Job of the Week: HPC Architect at NVIDIA

NVIDIA is seeking an HPC Architect in our Job of the Week. "NVIDIA is developing processor and system architectures for accelerated high performance computing, machine learning, AI, datacenter and automotive computing. We are…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Clinical Trials

AI and Clinical Trials

General overview of the state of the technical advances.

Artificial Intelligence Ushers in a New Era of Cost-Effective Clinical Trials 
Contributed Commentary by James Streeter, Global Vice President Life Sciences Product Strategy…


From BLOG@CACM

Getting a Program Right (1)

Getting a Program Right (1)

Why it is good to have a systematic approach to software verification.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tag of Everything to Protect Supply Chain

Tag of Everything to Protect Supply Chain

Tagging everything uniquely.  Authenticity.  Devil in the details.  " ... Tiny, battery-free ID chip can authenticate nearly any product to help combat losses to counterfeiting. .. "

Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 13-foot Giant Squid Caught off New Zealand Coast

Friday Squid Blogging: 13-foot Giant Squid Caught off New Zealand Coast

It's probably a juvenile: Researchers aboard the New Zealand-based National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) research vessel Tangaroa were on an expedition to survey hoki, New Zealand's most valuable commercial…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

My thoughts on how research funding is attributed in Canada to Computer Science

My thoughts on how research funding is attributed in Canada to Computer Science

In Canada, most computer science professors seek funding with NSERC, the main Canadian funding agency for science and engineering. It is more or less the equivalent of the American NSF. The core NSERC program is called “discovery…


From Schneier on Security

Inrupt, Tim Berners-Lee's Solid, and Me

Inrupt, Tim Berners-Lee's Solid, and Me

For decades, I have been talking about the importance of individual privacy. For almost as long, I have been using the metaphor of digital feudalism to describe how large companies have become central control points for our data…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Short History of Ethereum

A Short History of Ethereum

Ethereum provides an instuctive aspect of blockchains, including a more generalized aspect of smart contracts that is useful.

Blockchain: A Very Short History Of Ethereum Everyone Should Read
in Forbes   By Bernard Marr

Even those…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stephen Few on Logarithms

Stephen Few on Logarithms

Data viz expert Stephen Few on Logarithms.   I recall very early in my experience in the enterprise,  having to work with execs on this concept and how it could improve their understanding of visual measures, but also confuse…


From insideHPC

Bright Computing adds more than 100 new customers In 2019

Bright Computing adds more than 100 new customers In 2019

Commercial enterprises, research universities and government agencies are turning to Bright Cluster Manager to reduce complexity and increase flexibility of their high-performance clusters. Along these lines, the company just…


From insideHPC

Big Compute Fireside Chat with Sam Altman from OpenAI

Big Compute Fireside Chat with Sam Altman from OpenAI

In this video from the Big Compute 2020 event, Sam Altman from the OpenAI research laboratory discusses artificial intelligence  Shawn Hansen, COO of Rescale. "I think of the most exciting developments in the field in the last…


From insideHPC

NOAA to triple weather and climate supercomputing capacity

NOAA to triple weather and climate supercomputing capacity

The United States is reclaiming a global top spot in high performance computing to support weather and climate forecasts. NOAA, part of the Department of Commerce, today announced a significant upgrade to compute capacity, storage…


From insideHPC

Inspur Re-Elected as Member of SPEC OSSC and Chair of SPEC Machine Learning

Inspur Re-Elected as Member of SPEC OSSC and Chair of SPEC Machine Learning

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) has finalized the election of new Open System Steering Committee (OSSC) executive members, which include Inspur, Intel, AMD, IBM, Oracle and three other companies. "It is…


From insideHPC

oneAPI: Single Programming Model to Deliver Cross-Architecture Performance

oneAPI: Single Programming Model to Deliver Cross-Architecture Performance

Bill Savage from Intel gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference. "Learn about oneAPI, the new Intel-led industry initiative to deliver a high-performance unified programming model specification spanning CPU, GPU, …


From Schneier on Security

Policy vs Technology

Policy vs Technology

Sometime around 1993 or 1994, during the first Crypto Wars, I was part of a group of cryptography experts that went to Washington to advocate for strong encryption. Matt Blaze and Ron Rivest were with me; I don't remember who…