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January 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qualcomm for Autonomous Cars

Qualcomm for Autonomous Cars

More moves in automating features in vehicles.

Qualcomm wants to make it easier to build semi-autonomous cars

Snapdragon Ride Vision is open and scales to more cars., By Jon Fingas in Engadget

Qualcomm believes it can widen theSnapdragon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chefs Using AI

Chefs Using AI

 We looked at some early work done by IBM using Watson in this area.  May have mentioned it here.

AI: Why chefs are turning to artificial intelligence  By Michael Dempsey  in the BBC

Technology of Business reporter

Nicolas Maire…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Writing The Wordle Clone

Writing The Wordle Clone

Kelly Powers posted a Wordle project document on the AP CS A Teachers Facebook page. It’s solid as one would expect from Kelly who is just awesome. It inspired me to write my own Wordle clone to better understand what is involved…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can AlphaZero Solving Problems and Rule Variations

Can AlphaZero Solving Problems and Rule Variations

 Sharing variations of a problem.   All problems have variations, which specify their context, can this give us a hint for other solutions?

Reimagining Chess with AlphaZero

By Nenad Tomašev, Ulrich Paquet, Demis Hassabis, Vladimir…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Map of Universe

3D Map of Universe

 Durham University Fiber-Optics Help Largest 3D Map of Universe

BBC News, January 13, 2022

Researchers at the U.K.'s Durham University built a component that helped an international team of scientists produce the largest-ever three…


From insideHPC

Report: Nvidia Walking away from Arm Deal

Report: Nvidia Walking away from Arm Deal

A published article by Bloomberg cites unnamed sources who say Nvidia may be about to throw in the towel on its attempted acquisition of Arm Ltd. In a story headlined “Nvidia Quietly Prepares to Abandon $40 Billion Arm Bid,” …


From insideHPC

Classiq and ColdQuanta Partner on 100-Qubit Quantum Circuits 

Classiq and ColdQuanta Partner on 100-Qubit Quantum Circuits 

BOULDER, Colo. & TEL-AVIV — ColdQuanta, maker of cold atom quantum technology, and Classiq, provider of a software platform for Quantum Algorithm Design, today announced a partnership to make 100-qubit quantum circuits a reality…


From Putting People First

A Balanced Place: IKEA’s Life at Home Report 2021

A Balanced Place: IKEA’s Life at Home Report 2021

Global research released by IKEA Retail (Ingka Group) reveals the vital role that home has played in meeting people’s mental wellbeing needs during the pandemic.


From insideHPC

Meta Announces AI Research SuperCluster: 16,000 GPUs, 1 Exabyte of Storage, 5 ExaFLOPS of Compute

Meta Announces AI Research SuperCluster: 16,000 GPUs, 1 Exabyte of Storage, 5 ExaFLOPS of Compute

Meta, formerly Facebook, announced it has designed and built what it calls the AI Research SuperCluster (RSC), “the fastest AI supercomputers running today and will be the fastest AI supercomputer in the world when it’s fully…


From BLOG@CACM

Reflection Pre-learning in Computer Science Courses

Reflection Pre-learning in Computer Science Courses

Our experience with reflection pre-learning in a MOOC on computational thinking that we developed and currently teach.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Cheating In Chess

Colonel Stok: Do you play chess? Harry Palmer: Yes, but I prefer a game with a better chance of cheating.—Funeral in Berlin Ken Regan is well known to us all, and is the co-author of this blog. He is in the Department of Computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Pen Helping People Learn to Write

Digital Pen Helping People Learn to Write

 AI and learning physical writing.  Like the interplay interplay of the old and new skills.

Artificial intelligence: Digital pen helps people learn to write

by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

A smart digital pen that helps people…


From BLOG@CACM

The Calculating Machine from the Concentration Camp

The Calculating Machine from the Concentration Camp

The story of Viennese engineer Curt Herzstark and the world's smallest mechanical calculating machine, the Curta.


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research: ‘Exceptional’ Global HPC Growth in 2021

Hyperion Research: ‘Exceptional’ Global HPC Growth in 2021

Although many vendor-reported figures for the fourth quarter aren’t available yet, high performance computing (HPC) market analyst firm Hyperion Research said “it’s clear 2021 will be an exceptionally strong growth year for the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blood Clot Screw

Blood Clot Screw

 Like the  implied visualization

The microrobot has a helical structure like a propeller. Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

New Scientist, Alex Wilkins, January 10, 2021

Researchers at the Chinese…


From BLOG@CACM

Superhero Secret Identities Aren't Possible with Today's Computing Technologies

Superhero Secret Identities Aren't Possible with Today's Computing Technologies

In comic books, most superheroes have a secret identity, usually to protect their friends and family from retribution. However, today’s computer technology would make it impossible for a superhero to maintain their secret identity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Eliminating some Quantum Computations

Eliminating some Quantum Computations

Fascinating piece, with it seems big implications, see the full thing in QuantaMag pointed to below.  Look forward to see the implications in such futuristic machines.

Computer Scientists Eliminate Pesky Quantum Computations

By…


From Computational Complexity

Personal Reflections on Dick Lipton in honor of his 1000th blog/75th bday.

 Is it an irony that Lipton's 1000th post and 75th bday are close together? No. Its a coincidence. People use irony/paradox/coincidence interchangeably. Hearing people make that mistake makes me literally want to strangle them…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Monitizing Personal Data

Monitizing Personal Data

 Repeated after reading, well done.   Did a big project on related questions and how they drove decisions.

Monetizing Your Personal DataBy Keith Kirkpatrick

Communications of the ACM, January 2022, Vol. 65 No. 1, Pages 17-19,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can or Will AI Destroy Education?

Can or Will AI Destroy Education?

Not till it can become very adaptive to many contexts.  Replacing if it does better than teachers perhaps.

Many contexts are at play. Selective humans are still the most adaptive teachers. Great Question.

Will AI Destroy Education…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lower Cost, complexity Recording Brain Activity

Lower Cost, complexity Recording Brain Activity

 Recording a test subject’s brain activity. Device Developed for Easier Link Between Brain, Computer, Body

Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia), January 19, 2022  in SkolTech

A customizable brain activity recording…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Palm Scans Clothing Checkouts

Amazon Palm Scans Clothing Checkouts

 ACM TECHNEWS

Amazon looks further in the complexity of checkout, aims to be seamless. 

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

By The Washington Post, January 21, 2022 in CACM

Amazon will open a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wharton on the Economy this Year

Wharton on the Economy this Year

Where are we going?  

What’s Ahead for the U.S. Economy in 2022

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST:

Wharton’s Jeremy Siegel speaks with Wharton Business Daily on SiriusXM about what’s ahead for the U.S. economy and the stock market in 2022.

Podcast…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

 Not too different from other kinds of knowledge loss, though accelerated.  Tried many efforts to address this, rarely effective ..... '

The Great Resignation: How to Combat the Knowledge Drain Effect

One of the greatest threats…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

SWAR explained: parsing eight digits

SWAR explained: parsing eight digits

It is common to want to parse long strings of digits into integer values. Because it is a common task, we want to optimize it as much as possible. In the blog post, Quickly parsing eight digits, I presented a very quick way to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reliability of Contract Tracing

Reliability of Contract Tracing

Related to above, considerable piece brief intro below.

How Reliable Is Smartphone-Based Electronic Contact Tracing for COVID-19?

By Philipp H. Kindt, Trinad Chakraborty, Samarjit Chakraborty

Communications of the ACM, January 2022…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clip Detects COVID

Clip Detects COVID

Intriguing concept, Complete  capabilities and how it is meant to integrate with consumer's behavior and status is unclear.

Yale researcher teams develops wearable clip to detect COVID

The clip is intended to complement at-home…


From BLOG@CACM

Common Mistakes When Building BI Dashboards

Common Mistakes When Building BI Dashboards

Business Intelligence is not only about reporting; you should be telling a story through data.


From insideHPC

Quantum: Atom Computing Raises $60M Series B Funding

Quantum: Atom Computing Raises $60M Series B Funding

January 20, 2022 — Berkeley, CA — Atom Computing, maker of a quantum computer made of nuclear-spin qubits from optically-trapped neutral atoms, today announced closure of a $60M Series B round. Third Point Ventures led the round…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: Zettascale Is Coming – But What About Exascale?

@HPCpodcast: Zettascale Is Coming – But What About Exascale?

After SC21, Patrick Kennedy at Serve the Home got a scoop when he met with Raja Koduri, SVP/GM of Intel’s Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group, to discuss Intel’s zettascale projections and plans, anticipating…