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April 2017


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

The real lesson of the human genome project

The real lesson of the human genome project

When I was pursuing my PhD, the human genome project was often both regarded as overly ambitious (maybe even impossible) and full of possibilities. To many people’s surprise, the project was declared complete back in 2003, much…


From BLOG@CACM

Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased

Evaluating Computer Science Undergraduate Teaching: Why Student Evaluations Are Likely Biased

Unconscious bias is pervasive in computing, and training is our best remedy, how can untrained students evaluate their CS teachers without bias?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Editing Photos with Neural Networks

Editing Photos with Neural Networks

In NVidia Blog, quite interesting piece on generating new photos from collections of photos.  In other words editing them.   The article is quite technical, but outlines  how new problems are being solved this way.  Also offers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Broad View of Amazon

A Broad View of Amazon

Interesting view from CBInsights about Amazon.  Pointer to a further strategy document.  I agree, quite a breadth of directions by a former book seller.

Amazon Strategy Teardown: Building New Business Pillars In AI, Next-Gen

Seattle…


From The Eponymous Pickle

PC Magazine Reviews Watson Analytics

PC Magazine Reviews Watson Analytics

A review in PC Magazine that much likes Watson Analytics, describing it as a self-service analytics tool rather than cognitive.


From insideHPC

PBS Works will Power New Supercomputer at BASF

PBS Works will Power New Supercomputer at BASF

Over at the Altair Blog, Jochen Krebs writes that the new HPC cluster at BASF will run PBS Works workload management software. "What does it take to go from months to mere days in gaining results when conducting research? Supercomputing…


From insideHPC

OpenStack for Research Computing

OpenStack for Research Computing

"This talk will present the motivating factors for considering OpenStack for the management of research computing infrastructure. Stig Telfer will give an overview of the differences in design criteria between cloud, HPC and …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Building its Own Quantum Chip

Google Building its Own Quantum Chip

Have followed quantum computing from the beginning.  Even offered some industrial test problems for potential solution.  Followed  NASA and Google Tests of research and startup efforts. Good to see real solutions approaching.…


From insideHPC

The Computer That Could Be Smarter than Us – Cognitive Computing

The Computer That Could Be Smarter than Us – Cognitive Computing

Ingolf Wittmann from IBM presented this talk for the Switzerland HPC Conference. "This presentation will point out based on real examples how HPC environments can benefit from such solutions and technologies to drive cognitive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards an Era of Mass Collaboration

Towards an Era of Mass Collaboration

Good overview of the idea, and players that are helping to make it happen.  with similar challenges to any kind of group work measurement.

We're Entering A New Era of Mass Collaboration    By Greg Satell @Digitaltonto  In Inc:


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Linux Infrastructure Engineer at 10X Genomics

Job of the Week: Linux Infrastructure Engineer at 10X Genomics

Bay Area Startup 10x Genomics is seeking a Linux / Infrastructure Engineer in our Job of the Week. "We are looking for an exceptional engineer with a solid understanding of Linux, storage, and infrastructure to join our IT team…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (April 21st, 2017)

Science and Technology links (April 21st, 2017)

Can we trust software? Lance Fortnow, a famous computer scientist, answers… Sometimes I feel we put to much pressure on the machines. When we deal with humans, for example when we hire people, we have to trust them, assume they…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Rolls Out Lex Chatbot Tools

Amazon Rolls Out Lex Chatbot Tools

Amazon rolls out conversational Chatbot interface 'Lex'.  Am looking for better yet conversational and memory capabilities for Lex.   Good technical overview at the link.

Amazon Lex – Build Conversational Voice & Text Interfaces…


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....

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