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November 2020


From My Biased Coin

TCS Connections Questionnaire

TCS Connections Questionnaire

I wanted to link to a survey that is up entitled Committee on TCS Connections Questionnaire.  They are examining modifying approaches to publishing in the theoretical computer science community, and they are focusing on FOCS/STOC…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How fast does interpolation search converge?

How fast does interpolation search converge?

When searching in a sorted array, the standard approach is to rely on a binary search. If the input array contains N elements, after log(N) + 1 random queries in the sorted array, you will find the value you are looking for.Continue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Serious Gamification

On Serious Gamification

Podcast on the evolution of serious gamification.   We used it to some extent in the enterprise, but never to my satisfaction.  It requires a change in business user behavior.  There is much opportunity here.

Podcast:

‘For theThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Many Shoppers Want Zero in Store Human Interaction?

Many Shoppers Want Zero in Store Human Interaction?

Not sure I fully agree,  some shoppers, for some goods.  But now they have now been well trained in the prospect.  Having actual quality interaction may be a big plus.  What really occurs in practice remains to be seen.    Links…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building ROS Robotics Applications

Building ROS Robotics Applications

ROS Pointed out to me as instructive  .... 

Building Robotics Applications Using ROS and NVIDIA Isaac SDK

By Sameer Tangade and Cenk Oguz Saglam | November 11, 2020  Tags: Isaac SDK, Isaac Sim, Robotics, ROS, Simulation

The Robot…


From insideHPC

Virtual SC20 Retrospective: Thinkers’ Thoughts on HPC Today and Tomorrow

Virtual SC20 Retrospective: Thinkers’ Thoughts on HPC Today and Tomorrow

Check out this assemblages’ reflections on last week’s virtual SC20. Their thoughts range from big-picture insights on how the event reflects the state of HPC to the keynotes, sessions and announcements they think were particularly…


From Schneier on Security

Undermining Democracy

Undermining Democracy

Last Thursday, Rudy Giuliani, a Trump campaign lawyer, alleged a widespread voting conspiracy involving Venezuela, Cuba, and China. Another lawyer, Sidney Powell, argued that Mr. Trump won in a landslide, the entire election …


From The Eponymous Pickle

DISH and Qualcomm 5G RAN

DISH and Qualcomm 5G RAN

More development of robust network infrastructure planned.

DISH and Qualcomm to Collaborate on the Development of the Nation's First O-RAN Compliant 5G Network

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and SAN DIEGO, Nov. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- DISHvia…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy – Part 4

insideHPC Guide to HPC/AI for Energy – Part 4

In this technology guide sponsored by our friends over at Dell Technologies, we take a deep dive into how the team of Dell Technologies and AMD is working to provide solutions for a wide array of needs for more strategic cultivation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automation and Future of Work

Automation and Future of Work

 Classic issue, but underestimates how fast technology has been advancing.   Good thoughts though on the challenges. 

MIT Study: Effects of Automation on the Future of Work Challenges Policymakers   By John P. Desmond, AI Trends…


From insideHPC

OpenACC Names ORNL’s Jack Wells President, Updates OpenACC API

OpenACC Names ORNL’s Jack Wells President, Updates OpenACC API

Jack Wells, director of strategic planning and performance management at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been named president of OpenACC, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing scientists’ parallel computing skills. OpenACC also…


From BLOG@CACM

Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming

Why Great Programmers Pull Back the Curtain While Programming

Want to be a great programmer? If so, you have to pull back the curtain and learn how software really works. A deeper understanding helps programmers further their skills and knowledge. And that can pay off for years to come.


From Schneier on Security

Cyber Public Health

Cyber Public Health

In a lecture, Adam Shostack makes the case for a discipline of cyber public health. It would relate to cybersecurity in a similar way that public health relates to medicine.


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Running Your Meetings

AI Running Your Meetings

 Well not quite yet.   But in our current situation there are lots of opportunity to test out exactly this idea.  And startups are establishing the first part, the efficient and secure multi person communication.  Now can AIAI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Capturing Words from Silent Speech

Capturing Words from Silent Speech

An Indication of how AI can become very powerful, even replacing the need for actual speech with mouthed muscle activity.  A kind of pattern recognition.

UC Berkeley researchers detect ‘silent speech’ with electrodes and AI

Khari…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Using Human Cognitive Limitations to Enable New Systems

Using Human Cognitive Limitations to Enable New Systems

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Vincent Conitzer, Kimberly J. Jenkins University Distinguished Professor of New Technologies Professor of Computer Science, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Philosophy at Duke…


From BLOG@CACM

Time to Assess National AI Policies

Time to Assess National AI Policies

The Center for AI and Digital Policy has undertaken the first comparative review of national artificial intelligence policies.


From BLOG@CACM

Is Computer Science More or Less Suitable for Distance Learning?

Is Computer Science More or Less Suitable for Distance Learning?

How undergraduate computer science students perceive the discipline based on their distance learning experience during the 2020 Spring semester – the Corona Semester.


From insideHPC

Using AI to See What Eye Doctors Can’t

Using AI to See What Eye Doctors Can’t

This white paper, "Using AI to See What Eye Doctors Can’t," explains how Voxeleron, a leader in delivering advanced ophthalmic image analysis and machine learning solutions, is extending ophthalmology’s diagnostic horizons with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Full Truck Alliance: Uber Trucking

Full Truck Alliance:   Uber Trucking

Full Truck Alliance, a Chinese startup which provides an Uber-like service for the trucking industry, raises $1.7B, source says at a ~$12B valuation (Lulu Yilun Chen/Bloomberg)

Lulu Yilun Chen / in Bloomberg:

Full Truck Alliance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

StoryFit Analyzes Stories for Understanding

StoryFit Analyzes Stories for Understanding

Again links to work we did for large advertisers using language analysis for marketing goals. 

Brought to my attention in a recent podcast on Artificial Intelligence by Bradley Netrock/.   interview with Monica Lander:

AI Company…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Executive Council Member Nadya Bliss on How to Build Resiliency to Disinformation

CCC Executive Council Member Nadya Bliss on How to Build Resiliency to Disinformation

Nadya Bliss, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Executive Council member and Executive Director of the Global Security Initiative (GSI), was recently interviewed by her local CBS affiliate station on tracking how misinformation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adapting Kiosks for the Pandemic

Adapting Kiosks for the Pandemic

 Another are we addressed in the innovation centers, kiosks.  Here a good article about how the Pandemic is making us think more about their useful operation.

How the Pandemic Is Driving Kiosk Adaption

Peter Collier, SCB Contributor…


From Schneier on Security

On That Dusseldorf Hospital Ransomware Attack and the Resultant Death

On That Dusseldorf Hospital Ransomware Attack and the Resultant Death

Wired has a detailed story about the ransomware attack on a Dusseldorf hospital, the one that resulted in an ambulance being redirected to a more distant hospital and the patient dying. The police wanted to prosecute the ransomware…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Remote Work, Example in Film Production

Remote Work, Example in Film Production

New changes in remote work, an example:

The film crews being directed from a continent away  By Richard Baimbridge  Business reporter BBC 

In a production studio in Kiev, Ukraine, a film director sits in front of a computer screen…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robo Taxis are Coming

Robo Taxis are Coming

More autonomy to be seen on the roads.   How soon will we see applications in broad use?

Robotaxis get the green light for paid rides in California

The state’s public utility commission authorized two new programs to allow driverless…


From The Eponymous Pickle

USAF Tests Robotics Security, Surveillance

USAF Tests Robotics Security, Surveillance

Another inevitable move, for surveillance and implied force available.  As I have mentioned for other security examples of use, the robot-dogs look scary. 

US Air Force deploys robot security dogs to guard base but doesn't go …


From insideHPC

insideHPC Guide to QCT Platform-on-Demand Designed for Converged Workloads

insideHPC Guide to QCT Platform-on-Demand Designed for Converged Workloads

In this insideHPC technology guide, "insideHPC Guide to QCT Platform-on-Demand Designed for Converged Workloads,"as we’ll see, by relying on open source software and the latest high performance/low cost system architectures, …


From The Noisy Channel

Facets of Faceted Search

Facets of Faceted Search

Faceted search is a fascinating topic. It’s a standard feature of site search, and one could write an entire book on the subject. In this post, I’ll focus on some nuances of faceted search that I feel have been neglected in the…


From Computational Complexity

Fun with birthdays, inspired by Nov 20

 On Nov 20, 2020  the Google Doodle was of Benoit Mandelbrot for his 96th birthday. Why have a Doodle on his 96th bday? Anyway, the Doodle is here.  

On Nov 20, 2020 I read that Joe Biden turned 78. Why no Google Doodle of him…