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April 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Earth is Updated

Google Earth is Updated

We were much impressed with Google Earth,  even used it for things like showing where our plants were worldwide, and providing 'tours' to their locations.  Seems not that much has been done to it in some time, but the Verge reports…


From Putting People First

An anthropologist in the boardroom

An anthropologist in the boardroom

“It is often tempting to think that the 21st-century world is so closely integrated and digitised that the issue of culture is becoming irrelevant,” writes Gillian Tett in the Financial Times. “But behind the scenes, a growing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology and Societal Change

Technology and Societal Change

How Technology Can Help Solve Societal Problems

The Network Revolution

In the next article of the series, “The Network Revolution: Creating Value through Platforms, People and Technology,” authors Barry Libert, Megan Beck, Brian…


From Putting People First

Boston’s human-centered research to design middle-income housing

Boston’s human-centered research to design middle-income housing

In Boston, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics is conducting ethnographic, human-centered research to design middle-income housing that reflects people’s lived experiences, reports the Stanford Social Innovation Review.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Selfie Drones

Selfie Drones

Drones that can follow you around to take pictures and perhaps provide security?    In Engadget:

" ... The term "selfie drones" may suggest an added level of convenience, but in reality, these machines still share one common pain…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Video of Squid Attacking Another Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Video of Squid Attacking Another Squid

Wow, is this cool. 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

How Retailers can Cope with Slowing Growth

How Retailers can Cope with Slowing Growth

In  Knowledge@Wharton,  Non -Technical, but quite strategic these days.  Recall talking to Marshall Fisher while in the enterprise.   (See his book)

How Retailers can Cope with Slowing Growth

Wharton's Marshall Fisher discusses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mercedes Connecting to Amazon Echo and Google Assistants

Mercedes Connecting to Amazon Echo and Google Assistants

The breadth of this is most interesting.  All their new cars can link to both of the most common  assistants.  Seems an indicator of popularity of the assistant idea as yet not seen.   A first true link between Smart Home and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Home Recognizes Distinct Voices

Google Home Recognizes Distinct Voices

A major issue with home assistants, that they cannot distinguish between members of a household, is being remedied this week.  The Google Home assistant, which I have had under test since its inception, can now distinguish up…


From insideHPC

Introduction to Parallel Programming with OpenACC

Introduction to Parallel Programming with OpenACC

"This is the first in a series of short videos to introduce you to parallel programming with OpenACC and the PGI compilers, using C++ or Fortran. You will learn by example how to build a simple example program, how to add OpenACC…


From insideHPC

Advanced Clustering Installs New Supercomputer at Clarkson University

Advanced Clustering Installs New Supercomputer at Clarkson University

This week Advanced Clustering installed a new supercomputer at Clarkson University in New York. "Our project is a small-scale super computer with a lot of horsepower for computation ability,” Liu said. “It has many servers, interconnected…


From Putting People First

ONE Design: a portal on Adaptive Path’s work with Capital One Bank

ONE Design: a portal on Adaptive Path’s work with Capital One Bank

ONE Design is a content portal where Capital One, the eighth-largest bank in the United States shares (many) inspiring stories of how their Adaptive Path designers “impact lives with humanity, simplicity, ingenuity – and empower…


From insideHPC

Cedar Supercomputer Comes to Canada

Cedar Supercomputer Comes to Canada

Simon Fraser University (SFU), Compute Canada and WestGrid were all part of the major new update to Canada's HPC resources with the recent announcement of the launch of the most powerful academic supercomputer in Canada, Cedar…


From insideHPC

HPC Workflows Using Containers

HPC Workflows Using Containers

"In this talk we will discuss a workflow for building and testing Docker containers and their deployment on an HPC system using Shifter. Docker is widely used by developers as a powerful tool for standardizing the packaging of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Kinds of Assistant Magic Mirrors

New Kinds of Assistant Magic Mirrors

We examined the Mirror idea under many conditions.  For cosmetics, eye-ware, clothing.  At home and in the store.  The somewhat new idea then is having trained associates guide its use.  A Virtual assistant.  Does not save the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Do Deep AI Methods Work?

Why Do Deep AI Methods Work?

Gets back to transparency, and can we actually explain how advanced AI methods work?  This issue was known years ago during early methods with neural network methods.   Our own work in the area was criticized for this.  Does

The…


From Schneier on Security

Tracing Spam from E-mail Headers

Tracing Spam from E-mail Headers

Interesting article from Brian Krebs....


From Putting People First

[Book] The Stuff of Bits – An Essay on the Materialities of Information

[Book] The Stuff of Bits – An Essay on the Materialities of Information

The Stuff of Bits: An Essay on the Materialities of Information by Paul Dourish MIT Press, May 2017 264 pages Virtual entities that populate our digital experience, like e-books, virtual worlds, and online stores, are backed …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Interesting in Your Data?

Whats Interesting in Your Data?

In MapR they pose the question: Cognitive Analytics Answers the question: What's Interesting in Your Data?

Good general thought.  But I would suggest it depends what your definition of interesting is. Measurably valuable in current…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Singapore Plans its Future City

Singapore Plans its Future City

BBC take an overview look.   Very impressive plans, but there needs to be much more detail.  For example how will security be handled? Privacy of data?  Lots of challenges here, but this is very likely the future.

Tomorrow's Cities…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Theory Fest—Should You Go?

Theory Fest—Should You Go? Boaz Barak and Michael Mitzenmacher are well known for many great results. They are currently working not on a theory paper, but on a joint “experiment” called Theory Fest. Today Ken and I want to discuss…


From Computational Complexity

Will talk about Harry Lewis 70th bday conference later but for now- that was then/this is now

On Wed April 19 I was at the Harry Lewis 70th birthday celebration!

I will blog on that later.



Harry Lewis was my thesis adviser. Odd to use the past tense- I DID finish my thesis with him

and so he IS my adviser? Anyway, I


From Schneier on Security

The DEA Is Buying Cyberweapons from Hacking Team

The DEA Is Buying Cyberweapons from Hacking Team

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has purchased zero-day exploits from the cyberweapons arms manufacturer Hacking Team. BoingBoing post....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Media Demographics

Social Media Demographics

A view of most major social media their demographics and buying habits in 2017.  Interesting, but overly infographic.  Could be done in a single visual page.   Useful information.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bain on the Firm of the Future

Bain on the Firm of the Future

Not so much technology oriented, but about the basic notion of the firm.  Good, broad view.   Especially for technologists, who often believe it is all about tech advances.  Its also about business process and how to deliver

The…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Community Updates

Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Community Updates

The registration of 2017 Global City Teams Challenge Expo (GCTC) is now open. The Expo will take place at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on August 28-29, 2017 in Washington, DC. It will bring together over 100 cities…


From insideHPC

MIT Professor Runs Record Google Compute Engine job with 220K Cores

MIT Professor Runs Record Google Compute Engine job with 220K Cores

Over at the Google Blog, Alex Barrett writes that an MIT math professor recently broke the record for the largest-ever Compute Engine cluster, with 220,000 cores on Preemptible VMs. According to Google, this is the largest known…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GE Digital Approach to Digital Transformation

GE Digital Approach to Digital Transformation

Doing work with GE Digital on an upcoming Analytics Summit.

They send along this Webinar, reviewing their approaches:

" ... Gain insights into the five pillars of digital industrial transformation based on GE’s own playbook. .…


From insideHPC

Michael Resch Named Chairman of GCS in Germany

Michael Resch Named Chairman of GCS in Germany

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany announced that Prof. Dr. Michael M. Resch is the new chairman of the GCS Board of Directors. “Over the coming years, GCS is devoted to keeping its leading European position…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Viruses Spread

How Viruses Spread

An impressive visual and description of of how viruses spread.  In Quartz   " ... A new genetic tool maps how deadly viruses spread around the world in real time ... ".   Recall a recent post on Kellogg work in using cell data…

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