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June 2021


From Computational Complexity

Collusion Rings

Grigory Yaroslavtsev now maintains the Theory Jobs Spreadsheet, a crowd-sourced listing of where your favorite CS theorists have taken new positions. Read his blog post for more info.

Michael Littman wrote a CACM Viewpoint onthis…


From insideHPC

Ferrari Selects AWS for Graviton-based Instances for HPC, AI

Ferrari Selects AWS for Graviton-based Instances for HPC, AI

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has been selected by Ferrari S.p.A.’s for cloud-based machine learning, HPC and artificial intelligence. Ferrari said it will utilize AWS’s analytics, machine learning compute, storage and database…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Blocking Banks

China Blocking Banks

 Complete implications unclear.

China Says Banks Must Block Crypto Transactions; Market Falls

China's central bank says institutions must not provide trading, clearing, and settlement for crypto transactions ... 

By Omkar Godbole…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensing Buried Items

Sensing Buried Items

I remember an agricultural problem where we needed to sense buried cables in sandy soil.  Recall there were easy methods to sense them,  not sure how this differs, but might be used in conjunction with other methods. PerhapsSlender…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Global Internet Leaders Chart a Path Forward to Achieve Universal Acceptance – UA Insights from ICANN71 Prep Week

Global Internet Leaders Chart a Path Forward to Achieve Universal Acceptance – UA Insights from ICANN71 Prep Week

By the UASG Communications Working Group The Universal Acceptance (UA) Community Update during ICANN71 Prep Week (1-3 June 2021) – which preceded the ICANN Virtual Policy Forum on 14 June – featured renown panelists from across…


From Schneier on Security

The Future of Machine Learning and Cybersecurity

The Future of Machine Learning and Cybersecurity

The Center for Security and Emerging Technology has a new report: “Machine Learning and Cybersecurity: Hype and Reality.” Here’s the bottom line:

The report offers four conclusions:

Machine learning can help defenders more …


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Shape of This Summer

Looking farther than Father’s Day src Jordan Ellenberg is the author of the new book Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else. I just received it as a Father’s Day present.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Worlds Smallest Computer at Work

Worlds Smallest Computer at Work

An unusual example of embedding computing using sensors.

Snails Carrying World's Smallest Computer Help Solve Mass Extinction Survivor Mystery

University of Michigan News Service

By Katherine McAlpine; Catharine June  University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technical Artifacts as Non Fungible Tokens

Technical Artifacts as Non Fungible Tokens

 Still find  the notion of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT)  to be bizarre. Purely digital artifacts being placed up for non trivial sums.  But the concept continues to expand. 

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Reuters…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Python as Most Common AI Language?

Why Python as Most Common AI Language?

Still think Low and No-code are advancing, but for now Python reigns.

Three Reasons Python Is The AI Lingua Franca

By Calvin Hendryx-Parker   in Datanami

Earlier this year, Python celebrated its 30th anniversary as a programming…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's AI-Designed Chip

Google's AI-Designed Chip

Designing the next generation of Tensor processing units.  Sounds like a kind of layout game. 

What Google’s AI-designed chip tells us about the nature of intelligence

By Ben Dickson   @BenDee983  in Venturebeat

In a paper published…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimize Your Omnichannel Marketing Strategy

Optimize Your Omnichannel Marketing Strategy

Useful look at the space via Wharton. 

How to Optimize Your Omnichannel Marketing Strategy

 LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Wharton’s Raghuram Iyengar talks about his research on how firms can harness the full benefits of omnichannel marketing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fusions Plants Rolling

Fusions Plants Rolling

Like to see this getting started, and the experience requires to run the built.  What is the comparative cost for power?

Nuclear energy: Fusion plant backed by Jeff Bezos to be built in UK   By Matt McGrath

A company backed byCanada's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emotions to Drive Autonomous Vehicles?

Emotions to Drive Autonomous Vehicles?

Some interesting things have come out of FAU, we participated.   Here another.  But can human emotions be use to autonomously drive?  Even in part? Test it well.

Invention Uses Machine-Learned Human Emotions to 'Drive' Autonomous…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology

Touched on Synthetic Biology way back, though it never was used directly in the enterprise.  Apparently reemerging.  A revisit to something that is apparently reemerging.  Beyond Biomimicry.

Biodesign and Synthetic Biology

What…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Protecting Privacy

AI Protecting Privacy

 AI as a contra method for privacy loss.

AI Technology Protects Privacy

Technical University of Munich (Germany)

May 24, 2021

Technology developed by researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) ensures that the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Missing Packages with AI

Tracking Missing Packages with AI

Good to see USPS in on this.

USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster  By FedTech Magazine

If your package gets lost in the mail, artificial intelligence may soon be coming to the rescue to speed up its…


From insideHPC

Argonne and Oak Ridge Award Codeplay Software to Strengthen SYCL Support

Argonne and Oak Ridge Award Codeplay Software to Strengthen SYCL Support

Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), has awarded Codeplay a contract implementing the oneAPI DPC++ compiler, an implementation of the SYCL open standard software, to…


From BLOG@CACM

Why Did We Ever Think the First Programming Language Didn't Matter?

Why Did We Ever Think the First Programming Language Didn't Matter?

Maybe the first programming language didn't really matter, because students learning programming were different.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google's Method For Software Supply Chain Attacks

Google's Method For Software Supply Chain Attacks

 Quite interesting  ...  a  'Software Supply Chain Attack', is inserting some malware during its creation, transport or inclusion in some system. 

Google dishes out homemade SLSA, a recipe to thwart software supply-chain attacks…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Differences Between Simulation and Digital Twins

Differences Between Simulation and Digital Twins

Interesting.  Have done lots of Monte Carlo style simulation modeling, much less using digital twins.   Is this a good description?  For what contexts? .  We also did agent based modeling, which has similarities to DTs.  Anyone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Honeywell Quantum Spinoff

Honeywell Quantum Spinoff

More quantum spin offs and directions.   Here Honeywell is involved.

Honeywell to Spin Off Quantum Unit in Merger With Software Firm  By Thomas Black

June 8, 2021, 1:13 PM EDT

Honeywell to invest up to $300 million in new computer…


From Schneier on Security

Peloton Vulnerability Found and Fixed

Peloton Vulnerability Found and Fixed

Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Peloton stationary bicycles, one that would give the attacker complete control over the device.

The attack requires physical access to the Peloton, so it’s not really a practical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Supply Chains run by Smart Contracts?

Autonomous Supply Chains run by Smart Contracts?

Fascinating thought.  How would the 'contracts' be written to adapt to the autonomous aspects of the system?

The Age of Autonomous Supply Chains  by Paul Brody,  in CoinDesk

Companies can replace top-down planning with self-organizing…


From Schneier on Security

Intentional Flaw in GPRS Encryption Algorithm GEA-1

Intentional Flaw in GPRS Encryption Algorithm GEA-1

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a mobile data standard that was widely used in the early 2000s. The first encryption algorithm for that standard was GEA-1, a stream cipher built on three linear-feedback shift registers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Waymo Drives Autonomous Trucks

Waymo Drives Autonomous Trucks

Will include a trained driver and technician, at least at first.

Self-Driving Waymo Trucks to Haul Loads Between Houston, Fort Worth  By Ars Technica

Waymo and trucking company JB Hunt have partnered to haul cargo loads autonomously…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Expands HPC System at Leibniz Supercomputer Center

Lenovo Expands HPC System at Leibniz Supercomputer Center

Research Triangle Park, NC – Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group, Intel and the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, announce Phase Two of the LRZ’s SuperMUC-NG supercomputer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sleuthing Crypto Ransom Payments?

Sleuthing Crypto Ransom Payments?

Found this most interesting.   Very  technical look at the approach. Includes all the Wolfram code. reviewing now.  Could this be further developed?  Makes me think about the overall 

DarkSide Update: The FBI Hacks the Hackers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advances in 3D Implant Construction

Advances in 3D Implant Construction

Technique Breaks the Mold for 3D-Printing Medical Implants

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia)

By Gosia Kaszubska

The development of three-dimensionally (3D)-printed molds by researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne…


From insideHPC

Preparing for Exascale: Aurora Software Development – Packaging and Early Hardware

Preparing for Exascale: Aurora Software Development – Packaging and Early Hardware

By coordinating efforts to improve early exascale hardware stability at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), computer scientist Servesh Muralidharan is working to make it easier for application developers to use …