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February 2012


From The Eponymous Pickle

BBC Future

BBC Future

BBC Future a nicely designed site that features future tech. See also their Neuroscience topic sub section.


From Computational Complexity

Nash and the NSA

By now most of you have heard about Nash's recently released letters to the NSA (press release, letters). Not only did John Nash think about computation and cryptography, there are many ideas in these letters that were a bit …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gamification for the Small and Medium Size Business

Gamification for the Small and Medium Size Business

Some simple thoughts about why to use gamification for the small and medium sized business.  More of a why  than an exactly how, but a quick and useful read.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

One week left to enter the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge!

One week left to enter the Kinect Fun Labs Challenge!

I know that here and there you might have some really great Kinect game or app ideas at your schools. If they haven


From Schneier on Security

<i>Liars and Outliers</i>: Interview on The Browser

<i>Liars and Outliers</i>: Interview on The Browser

I was asked to talk about five books related to privacy.

You're best known as a security expert but our theme today is "trust". How would you describe the connection between the two? Security exists to facilitate trust. Trust…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

Celebrate HER

Celebrate HER

Serena and I were nominated for Celebrate HER.

Celebrate HER is an Ottawa-based gender inclusive non-profit organization. Our vision is to facilitate greater social responsibility within our community. Our goal is to raise funds…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 27

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of February 27

February 29 Hearing: The Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 2 p.m., 2318 Rayburn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Will Use More Analytics

P&G Will Use More Analytics

Did you know that CPG giant Procter & Gamble is planning to quadruple their business analytics resources, despite decreasing their spending in many other areas?  Much more about that here.  This is about data big and small, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Right Data

Right Data

I am a proponent of getting a handle on big data via transformation, be it   data management, analytical models or visualization means.  But more important is getting the right data, large or small,  inserted into the decision…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Smart Systems, Medicine the Focus of Recent Challenges

Smart Systems, Medicine the Focus of Recent Challenges

In recent weeks, open innovation company InnoCentive has launched a pair of competitions with significant R&D questions requiring advances in computing. One is focused on data-driven solutions for enabling “smart systems” in…


From Putting People First

And the Oscar goes to: Interaction

And the Oscar goes to: Interaction

[Guest post by Jan-Christoph Zoels, senior-partner of Experientia] Avoiding one of the shortcomings of Oscar ceremonies, the international jury of the first Interaction design awards, selected a diverse range of winners from…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 27 February 2012

Interesting Links 27 February 2012

The highlight of this past week for me was taking part in the CSTA CS & IT conference program committee meeting. The agenda should be available soon once some final details get nailed down and I’ll blog about that when it happens…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 27 February 2012

Interesting Links 27 February 2012

The highlight of this past week for me was taking part in the CSTA CS & IT conference program committee meeting. The agenda should be available soon once some final details get nailed down and I


From Schneier on Security

U.S. Federal Court Rules that it is Unconstitutional for the Police to Force Someone to Decrypt their Laptop

U.S. Federal Court Rules that it is Unconstitutional for the Police to Force Someone to Decrypt their Laptop

A U.S. Federal Court aaaThinking Fast and Slow

I have been making my way through Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow for the last few months.  This is very well worth reading.  I do wish there was more about how these  ideas could be applied more generally to areas like…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Science of Religion

Cognitive Science of Religion

A few years ago I had the chance to look at data that linked cognitive science, specifically brain scanning,  and spirituality.   Now there is a journal for this space, described in more detail in Cognition and Culture.  How"The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Roomba Maker Takes on Healthcare

Roomba Maker Takes on Healthcare

Good idea,  the Japanese have been looking such care systems for years.Health care and robotics: " ... iRobot partners with InTouch Health to develop new generation of 'telepresence' robots that could help people with chronic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Ethics in Branding

Future of Ethics in Branding

Ethics in branding.  Like ethics in advertising or merchandising, always debatable.  Everything we do has an element of influencing, so where is the limit?


From My Biased Coin

Technology Diffusion (Guest Post from Zhenming Liu)

Technology Diffusion (Guest Post from Zhenming Liu)

My student, Zhenming Liu, writes about some of his recent work:Sharon Goldberg and I recently submitted a paper about technology diffusion in the context of communication networks. There has been lots of work in this area in…


From Wild WebMink

IPEG-SA Announces Tapeworm Licensing

IPEG-SA Announces Tapeworm Licensing

Following news that MPEG-LA have generously offered to sell patent licenses to implementers of the latest 3D-capable video standard, MVC, the world’s tapeworms announced they have formed a new collective inspired by the same…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Quadrupling Analytics Needs

P&G Quadrupling Analytics Needs

Did you know that CPG giant Procter & Gamble is planning to quadruple their business analytics resources, despite decreasing their spending in many other areas?  Much more about that here.  I used to be in charge of P&G's analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Influence Group

Digital Influence Group

Recently encountered:Digital Influence Group. We are a diverse mix of digital marketing and media strategists, research and data analytics experts, creative interactive designers and programmers, savvy producers and inventive…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

AFOSR Spring Review Announced

AFOSR Spring Review Announced

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) has announced plans for its annual Spring Review, featuring work funded by AFOSR over the past year, as well as discussion of trends and plans for future basic research programs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sensory Signals

Sensory Signals

Brands getting Physical to build trust, by Martin Lindstrom.  In our own experiments we discovered that tactile signals were more engaging than digital screens.


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Fly to Save Energy

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Fly to Save Energy

There's a new study that shows that squid are faster in the air than in the water.

Squid of many species have been seen to 'fly' using the same jet-propulsion mechanisms that they use to swim: squirting water out of their mantles…


From Schneier on Security

<I>Liars and Outliers</i> News

<I>Liars and Outliers</i> News

The book is selling well. (Signed copies are still available on the website.) All the online stores have it, and most bookstores as well. It is available in Europe and elsewhere outside the U.S. And for those who wanted a…


From Schneier on Security

Press Mentions

Press Mentions

One article on me, and a podcast about my RSA talk next week.


From Schneier on Security

Mention of Cryptography in a Rap Song

Mention of Cryptography in a Rap Song

The new movie Safe House features the song "No Church in the Wild," by Kanye West, which includes this verse:

I live by you, desire I stand by you, walk through the fire Your love is my scripture Let me into your encryption


From Apophenia

Stop the Cycle of Bullying

Stop the Cycle of Bullying

[John Palfrey and I originally wrote this as an op-ed for the Huffington Post. See HuffPo for more comments.] On 22 September 2010, the wallet of Tyler Clementi – a gay freshman at Rutgers University – was found on the George…


From The Eponymous Pickle

International Neuromarketing Association Born

International Neuromarketing Association Born

I see that this new association includes a number of people that I have had interaction with in the future non conscious marketing space.   See in particular the article interview with Neurosense's Gemma Calvert for an insightful…