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November 2014


From The Eponymous Pickle

Viable Synergy

Viable Synergy

Brought to my attention via Founder and CEO: Sunnie Southern" .. Viable Synergy is a product and services innovation firm. We help individuals, organizations and communities turn ideas into viable products and services from concept…


From BLOG@CACM

Envisioning Your Ideal Live-In Robot at Miraikan

Envisioning Your Ideal Live-In Robot at Miraikan

Miraikan in Tokyo showcases Japanese technologies and challenges visitors to think how humans can improve their quality of life while mitigating risks.


From Schneier on Security

FBI Agents Pose as Repairmen to Bypass Warrant Process

FBI Agents Pose as Repairmen to Bypass Warrant Process

This is a creepy story. The FBI wanted access to a hotel guest's room without a warrant. So agents broke his Internet connection, and then posed as Internet technicians to gain access to his hotel room without a warrant. From…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unexpected Delight in Service Design

Unexpected Delight in Service Design

Upcoming TalkThe OBAIS Department at the Lindner College of Business, University of Cincinnati, invites you to attend the following research seminar.DATE & TIME: Friday, December 5, 2014, 1:30 PM  LOCATION: UC Carl H. Lindner…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Door Lock

Smart Door Lock

A capability always mentioned in our brainstorms for considering the Smart Home.  The Smart Door Lock.  The Verge looks at Smart Lock.  Which includes one time use smartphone 'keys' to give to friends and family.  Is this a place…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wired on the Future of AI

Wired on the Future of AI

The term Artificial Intelligence - AI is not used as much any more, probably to deal with controlling expectations.   The considerable activity today tends to be very focused, which based on our own experience, is the best direction…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT and Disruptive Innovation

IOT and Disruptive Innovation

In the Cisco Blog:   IOT in manufacturing innovation.  We used early forms of IOT as key aspects of retail applications.   Look forward to see the forthcoming survey mentioned below." .... Perhaps no other industry is being disrupted…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Analysis of Current and Future Computer Science Needs via Advertised Faculty Searches

Analysis of Current and Future Computer Science Needs via Advertised Faculty Searches

The following is a guest blog post from Craig E. Wills,  Professor and Department Head of the Computer Science Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  The wealth of faculty searches in Computer Science during this hiring…


From Schneier on Security

Regin: Another Military-Grade Malware

Regin: Another Military-Grade Malware

Regin is another military-grade surveillance malware (tech details from Symantec and Kaspersky). It seems to have been in operation between 2008 and 2011. The Intercept has linked it to NSA/GCHQ operations, although I am still…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA Leadership Gets Busy for CS Ed Week!

CSTA Leadership Gets Busy for CS Ed Week!

Did you see this on the CSTA mailing list? When the CSTA Board met recently we started talking about sharing what we were doing in our schools for Computer Science Education week. It’s not all about the Hour of Code – cool as…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google does Scene Analysis

Google does Scene Analysis

In DigitalStrategy: Don't know where the IP rests today, but here is Google also doing scene analysis on images.  Again I can see some interesting applications with Ad copy analysis, and real time interaction between displays…


From Schneier on Security

The Security Underpinnnings of Cryptography

The Security Underpinnnings of Cryptography

Nice article on some of the security assumptions we rely on in cryptographic algorithms....


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Robotics Initiative (NRI)

National Robotics Initiative (NRI)

Last week the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture and NASA announced $31.5 million in new awards to spur the development and use of robots…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Live-streamed CCC BRAIN Workshop

Live-streamed CCC BRAIN Workshop

Computer science and brain science share deep intellectual roots. Today, understanding the structure and function of the human brain is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our generation. Decades of study and continued…


From My Biased Coin

More Good News, Eddie Kohler Edition

More Good News, Eddie Kohler Edition

Continuing the good news at Harvard, word has been given that Eddie Kohler has officially been offered tenure.  So we hope/expect/are excited about keeping Eddie here for decades to come.  Eddie's contributions to computer science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CIO vs an IT Services Supermarket

CIO vs an IT Services Supermarket

Don Tapscott on the continued need for a CIO in industry. Interesting thoughts, but by the same reasoning why do we need any executive leaders?  A CIO should be a leader, both for current needs, and for forecasting future information…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Get Schooled on Science Policy: LiSPI Call for Nominations Now Open!

Get Schooled on Science Policy: LiSPI Call for Nominations Now Open!

The following is a Computing Research Policy Blog post by Peter Harsha, CRA Director of Government Affairs.  As part of its mission to develop a next generation of leaders in the computing research community, the Computing Research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Does Word of Mouth Drive Sales?

How Does Word of Mouth Drive Sales?

In Retailwire:  A favorite concept that we modeled in depth a number of times.  It also merits further direct lab and online testing. Still believe there are opportunities to understand the network interactions of WOM better.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Print Thyself

Print Thyself

In the New Yorker.  How 3D Printing is revolutionizing medicine.  Good non-technical article on the topic.   Possibilities and limitations.  Via Walter Riker." ... For her part, Lewis is passionate about the changes that 3-D…


From Schneier on Security

New Kryptos Clue

New Kryptos Clue

Jim Sanborn has given he world another clue to the fourth cyphertext in his Kryptos sculpture at the CIA headquarters. Older posts on Kryptos....


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 24 November 2014

Interesting Links 24 November 2014

This will be a short week in school. Thanksgiving is Thursday in the US and my school is off for a five day weekend. I’m looking forward to a bit of a break. I think my students are more ready though. Well let’s share some links…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fidelity Labs Develops StockCity

Fidelity Labs Develops StockCity

Have examined a number of methods that use realistic spaces to represent abstract data. Never found these methods that useful beyond attracting curiosity.  Here another example by Fidelity. With the latest technology:" ... Fidelity…


From Computational Complexity

Guest Post about Barbie `I can be an engineer' -- Sounds good but its not.

There is now a I can be an engineer Barbie. That sounds good! It's not. Imagine how this could be turned around and made sexist. What you are imagining might not be as bad as the reality. Depends on your imagination. GuestII…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Foresight Institute's Feynman Prize

Foresight Institute's Feynman Prize

Nobel Prize winning Physicist Richard Feynman is known for having issued the challenge that has inspired nanotechnology research for years.  See his talk: There is plenty of room at the bottom.   Also known as a very enthusiastic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text Mining using R

Text Mining using R

In BiCorner: An introduction to text mining using R.   Nicely done.   Motivation for using text mining and some simple examples.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford Building Stories from Pictures

Stanford Building Stories from Pictures

This was a sub problem solution we needed for an expert system that worked with archives of advertising copy.  Later I worked with a startup that aimed to classify photographs for their potential use in Ads.   Good progress in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Changes in Word Meanings as Context

Changes in Word Meanings as Context

A challenge for delivering intelligence as implemented in ontologies.  Which we discovered quickly when implementing knowledge provided by advertising equities.   Its all about the context, in time and space.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data Delusions and Assumption Fever

Big Data Delusions and Assumption Fever

  I like push backs, especially on very complex, big investments.  Be aware of the big assumptions that are included.  Does not mean the concepts are not useful.  The comments, some by practitioners, are worth reading.  In IEEE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Games are for Learning

Games are for Learning

On Games and learning.  The idea has been around for a long time, but have seen relatively few really good examples of success.  Our own successes stemmed from competitive solution exploration." ... When I entered the games for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On What the Eye is Prepared to See

On What the Eye is Prepared to See

Was taken by this Smithsonian article on unexpected events on dunes in Michigan.    " ... a quote from the French philosopher Henri Bergson: “The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” .. ".   The article makes…