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October 2017


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Teacher Interview: Emmanuel Schanzer–The Update

CS Teacher Interview: Emmanuel Schanzer–The Update

I interviewed Emmanuel Schanzer in my last series. But like so many things, Bootstrap, the program he directs has grown and expanded. A number of teachers in this series teach using Bootstrap curriculum as well. So an updated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon and Digital Ad Plaforms

Amazon and Digital Ad Plaforms

As always with useful commentary at the link.

Will Amazon conquer digital advertising platforms next?   By Kiri Masters in Retailwire

Brands and retailers are shifting major advertising budgets to the Amazon platform at the expense…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Goggles as early Augmented Reality

Google Goggles as early Augmented Reality

We took an early look at using a camera interface to 'search',  say how much inventory there was on a shelf, or if an ad could be seen in a magazine, or order a product from an ad without any code.  Gooogle Googles was considered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Planning for AI

Planning for AI

Do you plan for direct value delivery, people augmentation, to replace people, or to provide outright magic ?

Planning for AI
What you need know before committing to AI.

By Mike Loukides 

Do you have your AI strategy? If you don't…


From insideHPC

European Commission to invest €30 billion in Research, Science, and Innovation

European Commission to invest €30 billion in Research, Science, and Innovation

Today the European Commission plans to spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding program Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. "The program marks …


From insideHPC

Industry Analysis: AI and Deep Learning – the Voice of the Market

Industry Analysis: AI and Deep Learning – the Voice of the Market

In this video, Dan Olds from OrionX presents insights from their Q2-Q3 2017 Survey on Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning - one of the industry's most comprehensive AI/ML/DL surveys to date with more than 144…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual VR-Like Makeover from Sephora

Virtual VR-Like Makeover from Sephora

Was involved with tests of this concept a number of times, it seemed the idea thing for the smart home, cosmetics aisle.  Several makers had this available, but it seems not to have stuck.   Good video at the link,  This uses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Robotics and Labor

Wal-Mart Robotics and Labor

 Since Wal-Mart is the largest private employer this is of considerable interest.   How will this use of robotics ultimately influence retail and other industries? Volume of labor versus quality?    Ultimately labor is a bigDigital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understanding Customers with Machine Learning and Insight

Understanding Customers with Machine Learning and Insight

Interesting piece in the HBR that combines human and AI methods.  Like the direction:

Understanding Customers by Blending Human Insight and Machine Learning   By Julie Wittes Schlack

How can companies use machine learning to efficiently…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Blog on the Internet of Things

SAS Blog on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is happening now    By Randy Guard 

If you’ve been waiting for the buzz to settle around the Internet of Things before deciding how to invest in this new technology space, now’s the time to stop waiting.…


From insideHPC

Video: The Era of Data Centric Data Centers

Video: The Era of Data Centric Data Centers

Gilad Shainer gave this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. "The latest revolution in HPC is the move to a co-design architecture, a collaborative effort among industry, academia, and manufacturers to reach Exascale…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple Games and Learning

Simple Games and Learning

On the Google Blog.   I recall we had talked about this game as un-solvable, but we were not thinking like a twelve year old.

TensorFlow lends a hand to build a rock-paper-scissors machine     Kaz Sato

Developer Advocate, Google…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Purdue

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at Purdue

Purdue University seeks a HPC Systems Administrator to design, deploy, administer, and update large-scale research systems, related infrastructure services, grid software stacks, and operating systems. Additionally, as HPC Systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats Behind the AI Hype?

Whats Behind the AI Hype?

Podcast and text from [email protected]

What’s Behind the Hype About Artificial Intelligence?

Apoorv Saxena, lead product manager at Google and co-founder of the AI Frontiers conference that will be held in Santa Clara, Calif.,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Testing Shelf Scanning Robots

Wal-Mart Testing Shelf Scanning Robots

 Now have seen several applications of store roving and shelf scanning robotics.   The need to get yet better data about the state of retail continues to expand.   Only way you can completely optimize your layout.  Make sure

Walmart…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hitachi Robotics

Hitachi Robotics

Another company to watch with robotics and analytics background.

Will Hitachi grow its ecosystem to include AI developer tools and robotics?

 By Mark Albertson  in SiliconAngle

Impressive customer testimonials and a strategy for…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Steel Mesh Giant Squid Used as Artificial Reef

Friday Squid Blogging: Steel Mesh Giant Squid Used as Artificial Reef

Researchers in the British Virgin Islands have sunk a giant squid made out of steel mesh to serve as an artificial reef. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't…


From Schneier on Security

FBI Increases Its Anti-Encryption Rhetoric

FBI Increases Its Anti-Encryption Rhetoric

Earlier this month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a speech warning that a world with encryption is a world without law -- or something like that. The EFF's Kurt Opsahl takes it apart pretty thoroughly. Last week…


From insideHPC

Now Shipping: Intel Optane SSDs with 4x Performance of NAND-Based Devices

Now Shipping: Intel Optane SSDs with 4x Performance of NAND-Based Devices

Today Intel announced the launch of the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series, the first SSD for desktop PC and workstation users built on Intel Optane technology. "Up to four times faster than competitive NAND-based SSDs, the Intel Optane…


From insideHPC

New Subsea Cable Lowers Network Costs from Iceland to North America by 90%

New Subsea Cable Lowers Network Costs from Iceland to North America by 90%

The cost of moving HPC workloads to Iceland is coming down in a big way. Today Verne Global and Tele Greenland announced that the 12.4-Tbps upgrade to the Greenland Connect subsea cable system with three new 100-Gpbs connections…


From insideHPC

SC17 Session Preview: “Taking the Nanoscale to the Exascale”

SC17 Session Preview: “Taking the Nanoscale to the Exascale”

Brian Ban continues his series of SC17 Session Previews with a look at an invited talk on nanotechnology. "This talk will focus on the challenges that computational chemistry faces in taking the equations that model the very …


From insideHPC

Agreement Ensures Ongoing HPC Funding for Climate Research at DKRZ in Germany

Agreement Ensures Ongoing HPC Funding for Climate Research at DKRZ in Germany

Today German officials signed a contract for the long-term financing of a new supercomputer for DKRZ. The new machine will be used for climate research. "We need to understand much better how climate changes influence our way…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Investing in Loyalty

Investing in Loyalty

Convincing the CFO to Invest in Loyalty
 by Len Llaguno

In my previous articles, we talked about the biggest struggles for loyalty finance professionals along with the challenges being faced by accountants when booking loyalty

Moving…


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Meets Machine Learning

Video: HPC Meets Machine Learning

 Andres Gómez Tato from CESGA gave this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. "With the explosion of Deep Learning thanks to the availability of large volume of data, computational resources are needed to train large…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Chapters on Facebook!

ACM-W Chapters on Facebook!

Did you know that we’re on Facebook too? As we get ready to highlight your stories of successes, we want to invite all of the ACM-W chapters to join us on Facebook. You can find our group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Quaiity of Life

AI and Quaiity of Life

Consumers believe Artificial Intelligence will enhance quality of life but simple use cases still required to build trust, finds Strategy Analytics


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Digital Identities

Seeking Digital Identities

Who are we?   In Quartz:

".... Microsoft thinks blockchain tech could solve one of the internet’s toughest problems: digital identities

Elitzer isn’t alone in his thinking. His firm is part of a group, including Microsoft, Accenture…


From insideHPC

Radio Free Looks at why the Tape Storage Market is falling on Hard Times

Radio Free Looks at why the Tape Storage Market is falling on Hard Times

http://radiofreehpc.com/audio/RF-HPC_Episodes/Episode163/RFHPC163TapeDecline.mp3   In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks the question: Is the Cloud Killing the Tape Market? The issue came up this week that Spectra Logic…


From Putting People First

Self-driving cars and humans must learn a common language

Self-driving cars and humans must learn a common language

For all the intricate technology required for autonomous cars — the sensors to replicate eyes and ears, the computers and algorithms to serve as the car’s brains, the high-definition 3-D maps to guide them — there’s another factor…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reviews.com Examines Roomba Vacuums

Reviews.com Examines Roomba Vacuums

If you have read this blog for any time you know I am a long time follower of Smart Homes.  I also managed the technical aspects of Procter & Gamble's Home and Store innovation centers.    We looked at many home technology applications…