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January 2016


From Schneier on Security

Integrity and Availability Threats

Integrity and Availability Threats

Cyberthreats are changing. We're worried about hackers crashing airplanes by hacking into computer networks. We're worried about hackers remotely disabling cars. We're worried about manipulated counts from electronic voting booths…


From Putting People First

[Report] Consumers more frustrated by smart home apps than devices

[Report] Consumers more frustrated by smart home apps than devices

New report by Argus Insights suggests disappointing apps break user experience, may cause decline in consumer delight over time. The Smart Home ecosystem comprises both hardware devices and software apps and together they are…


From Putting People First

Replacing Personas with Characters

Replacing Personas with Characters

Because personas focus on creating a story made up of a customer’s attributes, instead of a story that explains a purchase, personas leave the brain in a unsatisfied state, argues Alan Klement. To fix this, in just a split second…


From Putting People First

Solving health care problems through design methodology

Solving health care problems through design methodology

Stephen Klasko (an MD with an MBA, CEO of Jefferson Health System and Thomas Jefferson University) and Bon Ku (MD, a professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital) joined the [email protected] show on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kate, a Platform for Machine Intelligence

Kate, a Platform for Machine Intelligence

 ... Wayne Imaino from IBM Almaden Research Center, presented: “Kate, a Platform for Machine Intelligence."   Slides here.  .... Please find the schedule of presenters herefor the next several calls and please sign up for making…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Multiple Streams of Biometric Analysis

Automating Multiple Streams of Biometric Analysis

I see that iMotions is out with a method that can analytically combine eye tracking, facial expression, ECG and more.   Have not used their devices and methods, but combining streams of data would be interesting.  This is analogous…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Attend the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Attend the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the seventh International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Centricity

Customer Centricity

Our long time Wharton Correspondent Peter Fader in Forbes.  Podcast: " .... Customer centricity is something we all intend to do–it sounds like it means being “into” your customers. You are interested and focused on them right…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Top HPC Tech Stories from 2015

Radio Free HPC Looks at the Top HPC Tech Stories from 2015

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the Top Technology Stories for High Performance Computing in 2015. "From 3D XPoint memory to Co-Design Architecture and NVM Express, these new approaches are poised to have a…


From insideHPC

Alan Alda to Receive Public Welfare Medal from National Academy of Sciences

Alan Alda to Receive Public Welfare Medal from National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2016 Public Welfare Medal to actor, director, writer, and science communicator Alan Alda in recognition of his "extraordinary application of the skills honed as an actor to communicating…


From insideHPC

Hartree Centre Collaborates to Transform UK Pharmaceutical Development

Hartree Centre Collaborates to Transform UK Pharmaceutical Development

A new major collaborative project is set to transform the UK pharmaceutical industry by enabling the manufacturing processes of the innovative medicines of the future to be designed digitally. The STFC Hartree Centre is a partner…


From insideHPC

Shared Memory and MPI 3.0

Shared Memory and MPI 3.0

As multi-socket, then multi-core systems have become the standard, the Message Passing Interface (MPI) has become one of the most popular programming models for applications that can run in parallel using many sockets and cores…


From insideHPC

Compute Canada Collaborates on National Research Data Platform

Compute Canada Collaborates on National Research Data Platform

Today Compute Canada and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) announced a collaboration to build a scalable national platform for research data management and discovery. The partnership joins information management…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Are You Teaching Cloud Computing to HS Students?

Are You Teaching Cloud Computing to HS Students?

Looking to learn from CS teacI hate reinventing the wheel.  One of the things I would like to learn more about is teaching the use of cloud services like Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure to high school students.  I’d probably…


From Computational Complexity

We Still Can't Beat Relativization

As we celebrate our successes in computational complexity here's a sobering fact: We have had no new non-relativizing techniques in the last 25 years. A little background: In 1975, a few years after Cook established the P vBaker…


From Schneier on Security

Psychological Model of Selfishness

Psychological Model of Selfishness

This is interesting: Game theory decision-making is based entirely on reason, but humans don't always behave rationally. David Rand, assistant professor of psychology, economics, cognitive science, and management at Yale University…


From Putting People First

The Power of Privacy – documentary film

The Power of Privacy – documentary film

In this half-hour film (commissioned by The Guardian and Silent Circle), Aleks Krotoski travels the world to undergo challenges that explore our digital life in the 21st century. Watch her be stalked and hacked, fight to get …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Art and Science of Customer Data at Kroger

Art and Science of Customer Data at Kroger

More peeks into the value of analytics in retail.  All analytics is art and science.  Design and algorithms."  ... Supermarket retailers walk a fine line as they work to connect with shoppers on mobile devices without alienating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Personalizing Product Offerings

Personalizing Product Offerings

Design to allow such personalization is key. In Inc: Why Business Personalization is the Key to Long-Term Success ... We're leaving the old business model of offering standard product selections behind and embarking on a new.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More from Cognitive Assistance Symposium

More from Cognitive Assistance Symposium

More from:   AAAI FSS-15 Cognitive Assistance Symposium - Part 2by Frank Stein, Director of Analytics Solution Center at IBM.  At the link, more from other parts of the report." ... This is a continuation from my earlier post…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deepmind can Beat a Top Go Player

Deepmind can Beat a Top Go Player

First it was checkers, then chess, and now finally the Japanese game Go.  AI continues to evolve. From Google.  AlphaGo by Deepmind." .... This paper published in Nature on 28th January 2016, describes a new approach to computer…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Try It You’ll Like It

Try It You’ll Like It

There are lots of cool gadgets out there these days. A lot of them are being promoted as ways to get students excited about developing software. For young students we have all sorts of drag and drop programming languages. And…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Minsky The Theorist

Marvin Minsky’s contributions to complexity theory Cropped from BBC feature on AI Marvin Minsky, sad to relate, passed away last Sunday. He was one of the great leaders of artificial intelligence (AI), and his early work helped…


From insideHPC

Call for Submissions: GPU Hackathon at the University of Delaware

Call for Submissions: GPU Hackathon at the University of Delaware

The Call for Submissions is open for the upcoming GPU Programming Hackathon at University of Delaware (UDEL). The event takes place from May 2-6, 2016 at UDEL in Newark, Delaware.

The post Call for Submissions: GPU HackathoninsideHPC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Complex Storytelling in a Digital, Analytical Age

Complex Storytelling in a Digital, Analytical Age

Storytelling is a requirement in any business.  It describes the business process.  And if you are changing a business process, you need to accurately describe the change you propose.  However complex.  But analytics gives additional…


From insideHPC

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Wins 80 Million Processor Hours on Titan Supercomputer

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Wins 80 Million Processor Hours on Titan Supercomputer

The U.S Department of Energy has awarded a total of 80 million processor hours on Titan supercomputer to an astrophysical project based at the DOE's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The grants will enable researchers…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Data Science Seminar- Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science

NSF Data Science Seminar- Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and Data Science

The AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows at the National Science Foundation (NSF) have organized another talk in their Data Science Seminar Series from Michael I. Jordan on Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking and…


From insideHPC

ANSYS Release 17.0 Provides 10X Performance Improvement

ANSYS Release 17.0 Provides 10X Performance Improvement

Today ANSYS announced that engineers across disciplines – from structures to fluids to electromagnetics to systems – will realize step-change improvements in the way they develop products using the newly released ANSYS 17.0. …


From insideHPC

Long Live the King – The Complicated Business of Upgrading Legacy HPC Systems

Long Live the King – The Complicated Business of Upgrading Legacy HPC Systems

"Upgrading legacy HPC systems relies as much on the requirements of the user base as it does on the budget of the institution buying the system. There is a gamut of technology and deployment methods to choose from, and the picture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Assisting Online Buyers

Assisting Online Buyers

The idea of assisting buyers online with cognitive AI is a very old idea.  Very natural too, because it is a resource and data intensive interaction.  Insert the virtual assistant in the stream between buyer and company.  …