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August 2020


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Reversible Classical Computing Workshop – Position Papers Submission Deadline Extended to August 21st

CCC Reversible Classical Computing Workshop – Position Papers Submission Deadline Extended to August 21st

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will hold a virtual workshop the week of Oct. 5-9 (with a reception on Fri., Oct. 2) to address the physics & engineering challenges in adiabatic/ reversible classical computing. This…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger to Compete with Amazon Beyond Grocery

Kroger to Compete with Amazon Beyond Grocery

Quite a move, will see how they can compete with established online players

Kroger to launch digital marketplace this fall
Partnership with e-commerce specialist Mirakl to extend Kroger Ship D-T-C pla
Russell Redman  in SupermarketNews…


From insideHPC

Nissan Shifts to Oracle Cloud for CFD, 3D Visualization HPC Design Workloads

Nissan Shifts to Oracle Cloud for CFD, 3D Visualization HPC Design Workloads

Oracle announced today that Nissan Motor Co. is migrating its on-premises engineering simulation HPC workloads to run on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Nissan uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and structural simulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Graphs vs Property Graphs

Knowledge Graphs vs Property Graphs

Upcoming Webinar of interest, register at the link.

Knowledge Graphs vs. Property Graphs — A Brief Overview and Comparison
by Kristi Lee-John | Jul 29, 2020 | Webinars, Knowledge Graphs,  TopQuadrant

About This Webinar   Aug 13

We…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Phones Create Earthquake Monitor

Phones Create Earthquake Monitor

Saw similar applications suggested for some time.  I am still a member of a CA based system that in part combines sensors and crowd sourcing monitors.  I get alerts weekly.  And will be alerted if people need to take quick action…


From Schneier on Security

Collecting and Selling Mobile Phone Location Data

Collecting and Selling Mobile Phone Location Data

The Wall Street Journal has an article about a company called Anomaly Six LLC that has an SDK that's used by "more than 500 mobile applications." Through that SDK, the company collects location data from users, which it then…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NReal Korean Mixed Reality Glasses

NReal Korean Mixed Reality Glasses

Another attempt at more generalized smart glasses, here aimed at mixed reality in particular.  Casual everyday wearable, or context specific wearable for the job. linked closely to mobile.

Nreal Light mixed reality glasses launch…


From insideHPC

ORNL Offers Virtual Tour of Summit’s Supercomputer Center

ORNL Offers Virtual Tour of Summit’s Supercomputer Center

Oak Ridge National Lab has released a virtual tour of the facility that houses Summit, the world’s second most power supercomputer. The tour is offered by the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) and the Oak Ridge…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Net Model Finds Small Objects in Dense Images

Net Model Finds Small Objects in Dense Images

This sounds like a very interesting problem in general. Say looking for tiny errors in manufacturing.   And a number of others.

NIST Neural Network Model Finds Small Objects in Dense Images
NIST
August 4, 2020

Computer scientists…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New National Q-12 Education Partnership with Industry and Academic Leaders

New National Q-12 Education Partnership with Industry and Academic Leaders

The following is a press release from The White House Office of  Science and Technology Policy.  Recently, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and over a dozen…


From insideHPC

Prying an Integrated HPC Cluster from Vendors’ Hands: ‘We Had to Force Them to Get into the Same Room’

Prying an Integrated HPC Cluster from Vendors’ Hands: ‘We Had to Force Them to Get into the Same Room’

Sometimes, vendors just won’t take customers’ money for a cluster no matter how hard the customer pleads. Last month, HPC technology strategist Ryan Quick, co-founder and principal at Providentia Worldwide consulting firm, told…


From The Noisy Channel

I’ve written a few posts that at least touch on voice interfaces:

I’ve written a few posts that at least touch on voice interfaces:

I’ve written a few posts that at least touch on voice interfaces:

I don’t know how much those address your concerns, but I


From The Eponymous Pickle

Imperatives for Intelligent Organizations

Imperatives for Intelligent Organizations

Reading, not sure I completely agree with the premise.  What rules really?  OK,  Our better understanding of the patterns in business we can leverage.  Still a good piece.   And from SAS/SMR , relatively quite credible.  Our

How…


From BLOG@CACM

Closing the 'Trust Gap' in Contact Tracing/Exposure Notification Technology

Closing the 'Trust Gap' in Contact Tracing/Exposure Notification Technology

The digitization of contact tracing presents an array of challenges.


From The Noisy Channel

Search Queries and Search Intent

Search Queries and Search Intent

Mapping Search Queries To Search Intents

Evaluating and improving search experience starts with analyzing the queries searchers are making. But search queries are not the same as search intents.

I’m not talking about ambiguousI…


From Schneier on Security

Smart Lock Vulnerability

Smart Lock Vulnerability

Yet another Internet-connected door lock is insecure: Sold by retailers including Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot, U-Tec's $139.99 UltraLoq is marketed as a "secure and versatile smart deadbolt that offers keyless entry via your…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zagat Future of Dining

Zagat Future of Dining

How much will people be comfortable with this future,  and what will that imply?

Small Business Labs looks at Zagata Future of Dining Study.

Zagat's Future of Dining Study
Zagat, the restaurant review site favored by foodies, recently…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Your Brand can Have a Voice

Your Brand can Have a Voice

Way back experimented with the Mr Clean Brand using talk, voice and chat..   But the tech was not there to deliver voice and value.   Much closer now.   Will it work effectively to engage, sell?

Give Your Brand A Voice With Alexa…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimizing Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer

Optimizing Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer

Considerable challenge.   Will the biomimicry provide enough value to adjust our methods to what we now know about the brain?

How to Optimize Neural Networks on a Brain-Inspired Computer
HPCwire
July 28, 2020

A study by scientists…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reimagining Marketing

Reimagining Marketing

McKinsey does some of their innovative thinking.  Still I think that what we have seen has been so unexpected, we will be pressed to predict the future context.

Reimagining marketing in the next normal

COVID-19 is changing consumer…


From Computational Complexity

Random Thoughts on the Pandemic

 

1) Contrast the following two points and, if you have an intelligent way to fill-in-the-blank for the second one, please comment.

a) When Trump says `open the schools or I will cut of funding' I disagree, or at least he should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Limiting Location Data Exposure

Limiting Location Data Exposure

Basic cautions/mitigations on releasing location data.  From the NSA, a considerable recent update.  Instructive, but not meant to prevent data loss.   Via Schneier

Limiting Location Data Exposure
Mobile devices store and share…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at the Booming RPA Market

A Look at the Booming RPA Market

Very detailed piece, below the introduction.  Probably the most common question I get asked:  What is it, how is it different than AI?  People should also ask: How is it different from Business Process Modeling?  The analysis…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (August 9th 2020)

Science and Technology links (August 9th 2020)

The BBC reports that diversity and anti-bias training is of little use and may even be counterproductive if the goal is reduce biases: “The effect of bias training is very weak if you look at the long run,” says Kalev. “A company…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On NIST and Quantum Cryptography

On NIST and Quantum Cryptography

A continued interesting number of government looks at Quantum cryptography:

From Schneier on Security:

NIST has posted an update on their post-quantum cryptography program:
After spending more than three years  examining new approaches…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gathering Images and more for Data

Gathering Images and more for Data

Google is making changes about how to use their excellent image databases.  We used Google images to gather to input into analytic models.   The reported changes would have helped us considerably.    I note in particular 'related…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: Transforming Supply Chains in Disruption

Book: Transforming Supply Chains in Disruption

Brought to my attention, not clear that this specifically considers the rare condition of pandemics and other disruption.  Have not read as yet,  via Informs/Analytics.

New book addresses digital supply network challenges in the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Green Energy Pilot using Smart Contracts

Green Energy Pilot using Smart Contracts

Good piece on current use of smart contracts.

California Agency Backs Green-Energy Pilot Using RSK’s Bitcoin Smart Contracts  By Nathan DiCamillo in CoinDesk

The California Energy Commission, the state’s primary energy policy and…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Performance tip: constructing many non-trivial objects is slow

Performance tip: constructing many non-trivial objects is slow

I started programming professionally when Java came out and right about when C++ was the “hot new thing”. Following the then-current fashion, I looked down at C and Pascal programming. I fully embraced object-oriented programming…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Fran Allen: 1932-2020

We lost a great computer scientist. Frances Allen was one of the leaders who helped create the field of compilers research. Fran was an elite researcher at IBM, and won a Turing Award for this pioneering work. Allen also collected…