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September 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Overton Leading to Code Automation?

Apple Overton Leading to Code Automation?

Increasingly moving towards automating many aspects of coding.   In fact robot assistants that 'observe' the coding process could readily insure that secure, robust and repeatable methods were used when building AI systems. 

On…


From Schneier on Security

Crown Sterling Claims to Factor RSA Keylengths First Factored Twenty Years Ago

Crown Sterling Claims to Factor RSA Keylengths First Factored Twenty Years Ago

Earlier this month I made fun of a company called Crown-Sterling, for...for...for being a company that deserves being made fun of. This morning, the company announced that they "decrypted two 256-bit asymmetric public keys in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

India Planning Big Face Recognition Program

India Planning Big Face Recognition Program

Both China and India underway.  Will we regulate it away?

India Planning Huge China-style Facial Recognition Program
Bloomberg     By Archana Chaudhary

India plans to deploy a massive facial recognition system similar to China's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cubans using Cryptocurrency

Cubans using Cryptocurrency

An example of how cryptocurrency is getting around regulation.  Laundering money.

Skirting U.S. Sanctions, Cubans Flock to Cryptocurrency to Shop Online, Send Funds   By Sarah Marsh in Reuters.

HAVANA (Reuters) - Jason Sanchez,…


From insideHPC

Atos opens AI Lab in Germany

Atos opens AI Lab in Germany

Today Atos opened its German Artificial Intelligence (AI) Laboratory in Munich. In this innovative environment, Atos is developing for its clients business solutions using AI and other cutting-edge technologies. “Our AI Lab is…


From insideHPC

Intel Ships Stratix 10 DX FPGAs

Intel Ships Stratix 10 DX FPGAs

Intel today announced shipments of new Intel Stratix 10 DX field programmable gate arrays (FPGA). "Stratix 10 DX FPGAs with the new interfaces include the option to support select Intel Optane DC persistent memory dual in-line…


From insideHPC

DDN to acquire IntelliFlash Business Unit from Western Digital

DDN to acquire IntelliFlash Business Unit from Western Digital

Today DDN announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Western Digital Corp. that includes an agreement to acquire Western Digital’s IntelliFlash business. Additionally, the companies will expand their existing…


From insideHPC

A Simulation Booster for Nanoelectronics

A Simulation Booster for Nanoelectronics

Researchers from ETH Zurich have developed a method that can simulate nanoelectronics devices and their properties realistically, quickly and efficiently. This offers a ray of hope for the industry and data centre operators alike…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advancing AI in the Workplace: Ambient and Voice

Advancing AI in the Workplace: Ambient and Voice

Not un-expected, further intrigued about how much of it will be 'ambient', that is happening in the background and alerting the employee, and how much of it will be using voice control, after the very popular systems in the home…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pitfalls of Customer Participation

Pitfalls of Customer Participation

Tech will continue to make this more complicated ... and increasingly in real-time.   You can control employees in specific ways, but customers usually only statistically. 

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Customer Participation   in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technical Look at Electric Aircraft

Technical Look at Electric Aircraft

A somewhat technical outline view of the challenges involved:

Why don't we have electric aircraft?     by Dries Verstraete, The Conversation in TechXplore

Electric cars, trains, trams and boats already exist. That logically leads…


From Schneier on Security

New Biometrics

New Biometrics

This article discusses new types of biometrics under development, including gait, scent, heartbeat, microbiome, and butt shape (no, really)....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Approach to Data Compression

Deep Learning Approach to Data Compression

Worked in a related space.  Good high level description of what was done, but this is by its nature technical

In Berkeley AI Research  (BAIR) :

A Deep Learning Approach to Data Compression
By Friso Kingma,    Sep 19, 2019

The BAIR…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle Plans Voice Digital Assistant to Integrate with MS Teams

Oracle Plans Voice Digital Assistant to Integrate with MS Teams

Of interest because this implies that this assistant will integrate with office features, like Microsoft Teams.   Below the introduction, much more in the article.  Am a user of teams so will be interested to see how this works…


From insideHPC

Atos on the Road to Exascale with new Test Lab in Angers, France

Atos on the Road to Exascale with new Test Lab in Angers, France

Today Atos inaugurated its new global HPC Test Lab in Angers, France. The new 2,000 square meter test center, which has the capacity to host the equivalent of approximately 48 BullSequana supercomputers, provides Atos’ HPC customers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Amazon Go Failing and if so Why?

Is Amazon Go Failing and if so Why?

Pace of adoption may note indicate longer term use.   I think it will have the power of novelty if run well enough in the right context.    Will continue to follow.

Is Amazon Go heading for a hard stop?
by Matthew Stern  In Retailwire…


From insideHPC

Aliro to make Quantum Computing accessible to any Developer

Aliro to make Quantum Computing accessible to any Developer

Today Aliro Technologies emerged from stealth with the closing of its $2.7 million seed round, led by Flybridge Capital Partners. "Aliro’s vision is to commercialize new software technologies that make today’s quantum hardware…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Smart Things and Smart Home data

Samsung Smart Things and Smart Home data

Been following SmartThings for some time.  Here an interview about the management and securing of data on Smart Home Platforms.

Smart home data is flowing for the Samsung SmartThings platform   By Mark Albertson in SiliconAngle…


From insideHPC

Liqid Partners With ScaleMP to Introduce Liqid Memory

Liqid Partners With ScaleMP to Introduce Liqid Memory

Today ScaleMP announced that it has partnered with Liqid Inc. to enable users of in-memory workloads to break beyond the server memory limitations and expand total system memory by order of magnitude over the DRAM installed, …


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Update

Exascale Computing Project Update

Doug Kothe from the Exascale Computing Project gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is focused on accelerating the delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem that delivers 50 times…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Goes to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2019

CCC Goes to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum 2019

Last year Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Senior Program Associate, Helen Wright, attended the 6th Annual Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) in Heidelberg, Germany as part of their international blog team (read those blog posts…


From insideHPC

IBM Brings World’s Largest Fleet of Quantum Computing Systems Online

IBM Brings World’s Largest Fleet of Quantum Computing Systems Online

Today, IBM announced the opening of the IBM Quantum Computation Center in New York State. "To meet growing demand for access to real quantum hardware, ten quantum computing systems are now online through IBM's Quantum Computation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Conquest Advertising

Amazon and Conquest Advertising

A term I had not heard in a very long time.    Only Amazon and Google might be in place to do this.

Amazon Rewrites the Conquest Advertising Textbook  in ECOmmerce Times  By Alasdair McLean-Foreman

Amazon has powerful tools to

You've…


From Schneier on Security

Revisiting Software Vulnerabilities in the Boeing 787

Revisiting Software Vulnerabilities in the Boeing 787

I previously blogged about a Black Hat talk that disclosed security vulnerabilities in the Boeing 787 software. Ben Rothke concludes that the vulnerabilities are real, but not practical....


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Ethics Multi Country Partnership

AI Ethics Multi Country Partnership

Note the mention of human-centered AI, which reading on seems to be about bias/fairness.    But its really also about how humans use/interact/are influenced by AI systems.  I would suggest this later aspect will become much more…


From Schneier on Security

I'm Looking to Hire a Strategist to Help Figure Out Public-Interest Tech

I'm Looking to Hire a Strategist to Help Figure Out Public-Interest Tech

I am in search of a strategic thought partner: a person who can work closely with me over the next 9 to 12 months in assessing what's needed to advance the practice, integration, and adoption of public-interest technology. All…


From The Eponymous Pickle

DOE Unveils AI and Tech Office

DOE Unveils AI and Tech Office

Another vote of confidence for the current emergence of AI, depending upon how you define it.

DOE Unveils AI and Technology Office
NextGov.com
Brandi Vincent

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has established an Artificial Intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Suggests a Global Grid

China Suggests a Global Grid

Interesting idea, but I wonder if we can predict the future stability and/or trust of other countries to build and manage our power grid?  Would require some evolution beyond where we are today.

China’s Grid Architect Proposes…


From insideHPC

Aiden Lab Chooses WEKA to Accelerate Genomics Research

Aiden Lab Chooses WEKA to Accelerate Genomics Research

Today WekaIO announced that Aiden Lab at the Baylor College of Medicine, a leading genome research facility, has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS) to accelerate its genomics research. "WekaFS has delivered a 3x improvement…


From insideHPC

Exxact looks to BeeGFS Parallel Storage for HPC, AI, and Life Science Workloads

Exxact looks to BeeGFS Parallel Storage for HPC, AI, and Life Science Workloads

Today Exxact Corporation announced that it has become a North America Gold Partner of ThinkParQ, the company behind the BeeGFS parallel file system. "BeeGFS offers the usability, flexibility, and performance that our HPC and …