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May 2018


From Schneier on Security

Kidnapping Fraud

Kidnapping Fraud

Fake kidnapping fraud: "Most commonly we have unsolicited calls to potential victims in Australia, purporting to represent the people in authority in China and suggesting to intending victims here they have been involved in some…


From The Noisy Channel

Query Understanding and Voice Interfaces

Query Understanding and Voice Interfaces

On the surface, using a voice interface for search doesn’t seem that different from typing text into a search box.

Converting speech to text and vice versa is a mostly solved problem.

Speech recognition, while still not perfect…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford and Smart Digital Mobility

Ford and Smart Digital Mobility

Last week heard Ford give an excellent talk on their advances.    Especially about data gathered in cars. Autonomous cars will gather up to 4 Terabytes per hour.

How Ford Is Thinking About the Future    By Mark W. Johnson in HBR…


From My Biased Coin

Sympoisum on Simplicity in Algorithms, 2019

Sympoisum on Simplicity in Algorithms, 2019

Jeremy Fineman and I are co-chairing the 2019 Symposium on Simplicity in Algorithms, the second year of this new endeavor.  It's nicely co-located with SODA, and the submission deadline is August 16.


This symposium arose of an…


From My Biased Coin

STOC 2018, Early Reg Deadline

STOC 2018, Early Reg Deadline

Just a reminder that the early registration for STOC 2018 is June 1.  Besides wanting that early registration discount price, you really want to also make your hotel reservation -- the conference hotel special rate is (only)

So…


From insideHPC

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmueller to showcase SuperMUC-NG Supercomputer at Event in Caserta

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmueller to showcase SuperMUC-NG Supercomputer at Event in Caserta

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmueller from LRZ will give a talk entitled "Smart Scaling for High Performance Computing: SuperMUC-NG at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre." The event takes place Monday, June 4 at the University of Campania…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why AI Will Create Jobs

Why AI Will Create Jobs

Continued look at jobs vs more autonomous technologies, including AI.

Why AI Will Create Jobs  by Peter Schwartz in Strategy-Business

Even in a world of robots, continuous education can keep people employed.  

A growing number of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ACM Examines Bias on the Web

ACM Examines Bias on the Web

An interesting and considerable look at many kinds of bias and how they are ultimately combined in algorithmic bias used in 'AI'  in subtle ways.   Good starting point.   Excerpt:

Bias on the Web  By Ricardo Baeza-Yates 
Communications…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Greater speed in memory-bound graph algorithms with just straight C code

Greater speed in memory-bound graph algorithms with just straight C code

Graph algorithms are often memory bound. When you visit a node, there is no reason to believe that its neighbours are located nearby in memory. In an earlier post, I showed how we could accelerate memory-bound graph algorithms…


From insideHPC

Call For Presentations: MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG 2018)

Call For Presentations: MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG 2018)

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG 2018) has issued its Call For Presentations. The event will take place from August 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio. "MUG aims to bring together MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators…


From The Eponymous Pickle

'Albert' Digital Autonomous Marketing

'Albert' Digital Autonomous Marketing

Brought to my attention, we did minor bits of this for years,  this takes it much further.  Especially with regard to being autonomous and value driven.  Formerly called Adgorithms and mentioned here.  See also the linked to

Albert…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Aiding Retail

AI Aiding Retail

Its all about finding and leveraging the patterns from the data.

How AI Helped One Retailer Reach New Customers  By Dave Sutton in HBR

When Naomi Simson founded RedBalloon, an online gift retailer that sells personal experiences…


From insideHPC

High-Performance Big Data Analytics with RDMA over NVM and NVMe-SSD

High-Performance Big Data Analytics with RDMA over NVM and NVMe-SSD

Xiaoyi Lu from OSU gave this talk at the 2018 OpenFabrics Workshop. "The convergence of Big Data and HPC has been pushing the innovation of accelerating Big Data analytics and management on modern HPC clusters. Recent studies…


From insideHPC

Inference systems: The 2nd Piece of the Deep Learning Puzzle

Inference systems: The 2nd Piece of the Deep Learning Puzzle

inference systemsFrameworks, applications, libraries and toolkits—journeying through the world of deep learning can be daunting. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to begin a machine or deep learning project, there are several points that…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Rationalizes GPDR Regulations

Radio Free HPC Rationalizes GPDR Regulations

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at ramifications for the European GPDR laws, which went into effect May 25, 2018. "The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Sleeve Communicates Emotions through Touch

The Sleeve Communicates Emotions through Touch

Sounds remarkable,  good article.  Had a long time look at how people reacted emotionally to product.

Gadget Communicates Human Emotions through Touch , by Elizabeth Stinson on Wired.

ASK ENGINEERS WHAT the future of communication…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Are Robots Better at Jobs?

Are Robots Better at Jobs?

BBC Looks at

 Are intelligent robots better at our jobs?
With advances in technology robots are increasingly being used to do human jobs.

But are they actually better at doing them?

Will Gompertz goes to the exhibition exploring


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Assumptions, Misunderstandings, and Programming Decisions

Assumptions, Misunderstandings, and Programming Decisions

My beginning students have big problems with writing decision statements. Boolean expressions are a real problem. Most of the time it is because they expect the syntax of a programming language to be close to how they express…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Can Agile Teams Work Together

How Can Agile Teams Work Together

How to Make Sure Agile Teams Can Work Together   By Alia Crocker, Rob Cross, Heidi K. Gardner in the HBR

Increasing volatility, uncertainty, growing complexity, and ambiguous information (VUCA) has created a business environment…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Agriculture Weed Management

AI Agriculture Weed Management

Been involved in agriculture and horticulture operations.  And if this works commercially,  it will be a huge breakthrough.   The AI part, distinguishing between planted crop and weeds, should be 'easy', the mechanical and navigational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Working on BlockChain Related Technology

Google Working on BlockChain Related Technology

With some cautions on its use.

Google Is Working on Its Own Blockchain-Related Technology
Bloomberg    By Olga Kharif; Mark Bergen; Joe Mayes In Bloomberg

Google researchers are developing blockchain-related technology to support…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Manager of HPC at New York University

Job of the Week: Manager of HPC at New York University

New York University is seeking an Manager of High Performance Computing in our Job of the Week. "You will manage the day-to-day operations of the High-Performance Computing (HPC) team and support the research computing needs …


From insideHPC

Pre-exascale Architectures: OpenPOWER Performance and Usability Assessment for French Scientific Community

Pre-exascale Architectures: OpenPOWER Performance and Usability Assessment for French Scientific Community

Gabriel Hautreux from GENCI gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. "The talk will present the OpenPOWER platform bought by GENCI and provided to the scientific community. Then, it will present the first results…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Further Deception Detection

Further Deception Detection

See other models, for example the U of MD, which also been working on this.  Of course lie detection using biometics has been around for a long time, but is still not generally accepted in US courts of law.  Will this be treated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Soft Robotics

Soft Robotics

Had looked at some examples for manufacturing line handling applications, has advanced considerably.

Soft Machines   By University of California, Santa Barbara 

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have combined

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Macy's and Storytelling

Macy's and Storytelling

Had previously mentioned how Jungle Jims did this.   Also saw at the recent UC Business Summit saw presentations about their approaches.  More to follow on that.

Macy’s latest acquisition is all about STORYtelling   by Georgein…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Human Touch for Future Auto Plants

Human Touch for Future Auto Plants

Will be looking forward to see how collaborative works in the near future and beyond. Is there any human initiative, or is it fully automated with human and machine assistance?

The auto plants of the future may have a surprisingly…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 26th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (May 26th, 2018)

Teicholz argues that Nutrition Science is Not Up to the Task: Despite methodological advances, nutritional epidemiology remains fundamentally limited by its observational nature. Guidelines relying on this circumstantial evidence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Serving the B2B Buyer

Serving the B2B Buyer

Have not seen too much advice about the details of selling B2B.  Here from ThinkwithGoogle

3 insights that will help you serve today’s B2B buyer    By Sarah Travis  

The way B2B buyers research and shop has changed dramatically…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Science Views for IOT

Data Science Views for IOT

Data Science for Internet of Things - The Big Picture in DSC  See the diagram at the link.   Posted by ajit jaokar  

This big picture view lays the foundation of our book Data Science for the Internet of Things. (Co-authored by…