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December 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

ReThinking the Global Supply Chain

ReThinking the Global Supply Chain

Yes, do a better job of risk analyses.

Is It Time to Rethink Globalized Supply Chains?

The COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for managers and prompt them to consider actions that will improve their resilience to future…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coders Flock Back to Crypto Projects

Coders Flock Back to Crypto Projects

 Intriguing direction.  Of the belief that developers will become replaced by automated methods

Coders Flock Back to Crypto Projects with Prices Surging Again

In Bloomberg  By Olga Kharif

Software developers are migrating back to…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (December 26th 2020)

Science and Technology links (December 26th 2020)

Researchers used a viral vector to manipulate eye cells genetically to improve the vision of human beings. Seemingly independently, researchers have reported significant progress regarding the solution of the Schrödinger equation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transmitting Holograms for Remote Experience

Transmitting Holograms for Remote Experience

Do we need a hologram machine in every home?  For telemedicine and work?   Replacing our zoom stadia?   So we might have crowds of realistic holograms in situ?  Is it necessary, and what is really necessary at all anymore?  Now…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Secure Multi Party Computation

Secure Multi Party Computation

 A considerable discussion of the problem in the most recent issue of the ACM.  In general the notion of Multi Party Computation (MPC) was something I had not thought about directly,  but since my background is about computation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Haptics (Touch) Update from ACM

Haptics (Touch)  Update from ACM

 A favorite topic, its part of how we understand reality, with good update here commissioned by ACM:

A Touch of Reality   By Samuel Greengard  Commissioned by CACM Staff

Haptics introduces ways to use virtual reality more effectively…


From The Eponymous Pickle

4 Chatbot Use Cases That Can Help Your Business Drive Revenue

4 Chatbot Use Cases That Can Help Your Business Drive Revenue

 Another good example of simple delivery of knowledge towards results.

4 Chatbot Use Cases That Can Help Your Business Drive Revenue  By Lydia Roth   in The Alexa Bog

Lydia is Digital Marketing Manager for Alexa. She has 4 years…


From Putting People First

VA creates US Government’s first-ever employee experience journey map

VA creates US Government’s first-ever employee experience journey map

The employee experience (EX) journey map of the US Government’s Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) identifies the moments that matter during a VA employee’s career using the same human-centered design process that VA’s Veterans…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

P < NP In Our Stockings?

Brute force wins—sometimes Santa Claus is on the way to visit those of us who have been good. Tonight is Christmas Eve, and we want to thank everyone who has been supporting Ken and me at GLL. Whether or not you believe in Santa…


From Schneier on Security

Russia&#8217;s SolarWinds Attack

Russia&#8217;s SolarWinds Attack

Recent news articles have all been talking about the massive Russian cyberattack against the United States, but that’s wrong on two accounts. It wasn’t a cyberattack in international relations terms, it was espionage. And the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Instruments as Invention Machines

Digital Instruments as Invention Machines

 Regarding 'Knowledge Spillovers', admit I hadn't heard of that, but the term makes quick sense.   Now can you optimize them for invention?   Good article. 

Digital Instruments as Invention Machines

By Pantelis Koutroumpis, Aija…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Social Clubhouse

The Social Clubhouse

Writeup on 'Clubhouse', mentioned to me in a conversation.    As a possible next big social media thing.   Note the Horowitz support.  As usual,  when I read these things I always end up thinking 'whats the use of that'?    But…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Best of the Year Charts

Best of the Year Charts

Nathan put out some best of the year charts, on an expected topic.

Best Data Visualization Projects of 2020

It’s been a year. We saw a lot of charts. These are the best ones.

By Nathan Yau

I’ll be honest. I thought about skipping…


From Computational Complexity

Slowest Sorting Algorithms

Radu Gigore tweeted "People are obsessed with finding the best algorithms. What about the worst?" So here's a Christmas gift that keeps giving, the slowest of sorting algorithms. 

Before you read on, try to think of the slowest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

California Approves Nuro for Delivery

California Approves Nuro for Delivery

Have been following Nuro for some time.  With showed
an interesting looking vehicle.  Especially by the examination by Kroger.  An autonomous delivery method. 

Nuro can now charge for robot deliveries in California  By Mitchell…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shoe Fitting Augmented Reaity

Shoe Fitting Augmented Reaity

Likely we will commonly see AR type methods for trying on clothes.

Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality

The New York Times   By Kate Conger

Retailers are increasingly reliant on augmented reality (AR) technology to…


From Schneier on Security

How China Uses Stolen US Personnel Data

How China Uses Stolen US Personnel Data

Interesting analysis of China’s efforts to identify US spies:

By about 2010, two former CIA officials recalled, the Chinese security services had instituted a sophisticated travel intelligence program, developing databases that…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Linguine allo Scoglio Recipe

Friday Squid Blogging: Linguine allo Scoglio Recipe

Delicious seafood pasta dish — includes squid — from America’s Test Kitchen.

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 Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Small Giant Squid Washes Ashore in Japan

Friday Squid Blogging: Small Giant Squid Washes Ashore in Japan

A ten-foot giant squid has washed ashore on the Western coast of Japan.

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

Worldwide Opinions on Impact of AI

Worldwide Opinions on Impact of AI

 Results of surveys by country.   Quite bit of detail.  Source is PEW Research. 

Here's how opinions on the impact of artificial intelligence differ around the world

This data on worldwide opinions of artificial intelligence and…


From insideHPC

The Good Hope Net Project and Russian Supercomputer Announce New COVID Milestone

The Good Hope Net Project and Russian Supercomputer Announce New COVID Milestone

Moscow, December 23, 2020 — International non-profit The Good Hope Net project aimed to develop treatment and diagnostic tools to fight against COVID-19 coronavirus infection, supported by RSC Group, has reported its 2020 results…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines to Understand Human Goals

Machines to Understand Human Goals

Human goals are an important kind of context, so the ability is broadly useful.

Building Machines That Better Understand Human Goals

MIT News

By Rachel Gordon

https://news.mit.edu/2020/building-machines-better-understand-human-goals…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ORCam Pen Reads Aloud Text

ORCam Pen Reads Aloud Text

 Seems quite a useful development: 

The OrCam Read is a pen-like AI-based device that reads aloud text to people with reading challenges. OrCam's AI-Based Reading Device Wins CES Innovation Award

The Times of Israel

By Shoshanna…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Predictions

AI Predictions

Some end of year predictions for next year.   I much like the title mentions, which I do think are important.  But don't necessarily fully agree with all of the futures mentioned.   Still includes the opinions of many practitioners…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google: Duo and Meet: Making Moments that Matter

Google: Duo and Meet: Making Moments that Matter

In the Google Blog, thoughts on making meetings more productive, and their package 'Meet'.   Seems I have used most other packages lately , but not their Meet.  Now connected with Gmail.  Now free and unlimited through the holidays…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chinese Quantum Computing

Chinese Quantum Computing

Quantum computing is expected to be able to be able to 'break' some forms of encryption,  thus the concerns mentioned.

China joins Google in claiming quantum supremacy with new technology, ratcheting up RSA decryption concerns…


From BLOG@CACM

Konrad Zuse's Guestbook: a Treasure Trove

Konrad Zuse's Guestbook: a Treasure Trove

Computer scientist Konrad Zuse created the world's first programmable computer, the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talking Microservices

Talking Microservices

 Had cause to talk the concept recently,  in InfoQ, here is a somewhat technical look at the concept and its uses and details. Most of the details and useful links at the clickthrough.

Reviewing the Microservices Architecture:


From insideHPC

Woolpert Acquires Data Cloud Solutions to Expand Data Visualization and Awareness to New, Existing Markets

Woolpert Acquires Data Cloud Solutions to Expand Data Visualization and Awareness to New, Existing Markets

Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 23, 2020 — Woolpert has acquired Data Cloud Solutions, LLC, a systems integrator, cloud solutions provider and consulting services firm based in Springfield, Ohio. DCS, maker of integrated CAMA solutions, provides…


From insideHPC

QPM Address Medical Life Sciences Challenges

QPM Address Medical Life Sciences Challenges

AI and hpcIn this sponsored post from our friends over at Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT), review how QCT brings out the concept called QCT Platform on Demand (QCT POD), which is a converged framework with a flexible infrastructure for customers…