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July 2017


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squids Have Small Brains

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squids Have Small Brains

New research: In this study, the optic lobe of a giant squid (Architeuthis dux, male, mantle length 89 cm), which was caught by local fishermen off the northeastern coast of Taiwan, was scanned using high-resolution magnetic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Road ahead for Connected Vehicles

Road ahead for Connected Vehicles

The Road Ahead for Connected Vehicles  In Knowledge@Wharton

Mass-market driverless cars are farther off in the future than media hype would suggest, and big automakers will maintain major strategic advantages. ... "


From Schneier on Security

Me on Restaurant Surveillance Technology

Me on Restaurant Surveillance Technology

I attended the National Restaurant Association exposition in Chicago earlier this year, and looked at all the ways modern restaurant IT is spying on people. But there's also a fundamentally creepy aspect to much of this. One…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Prescriptive Business Models

Prescriptive Business Models

Another great piece from O'Reilly.  Have seen many business models done with simple spread sheets, and even complex analytics built on top of these spreadsheets.   And these are thus,  prescriptive models.   Nice to see some

A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Glass Based Augmedix

Google Glass Based Augmedix

 Google Glass based, brought to my attention.  Good example of Glass usage.

Augmedix

Rehumanizing Healthcare  .... 

Augmedix gives providers more time to focus on patient care
Regardless of which electronic healthcare record (EHR)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Healthcare Tech

Amazon Healthcare Tech

Amazon has skunkworks underway to look at healthcare technologies.   In SiliconAngle:

" ... The lab is said to be working on projects including pushing and pulling data from legacy electronic medical record systems. Presumably…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel has its Ginger Assistant

Intel has its Ginger Assistant

Somewhat belatedly brought up, but Intel reported buying Ginger in 2014.   No reports of what has been done with it, but it was mentioned in a Intel sponsored Columbia meeting today.   Following up.

Intel Pays Up To $30M For A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Overview of State of Virtual Assistants

An Overview of State of Virtual Assistants

In PC Mag looking at what you can do with virtual assistants.   A reasonable overview, for those who have not taken a deeper dive.


From insideHPC

18 Petaflop Stampede2 Supercomputer Dedicated Today at TACC

18 Petaflop Stampede2 Supercomputer Dedicated Today at TACC

Stampede2 is the newest strategic supercomputing resource for the nation's research and education community, enabling scientists and engineers across the U.S., from multiple disciplines, to answer questions at the forefront of…


From insideHPC

Video: Technical Challenges in Complex Bioinformatics Environments

Video: Technical Challenges in Complex Bioinformatics Environments

In this video from the 2017 DDN User Group meeting at ISC, Dean Flanders, Head of Informatics/CIO at Friedrich Miescher Institute presents: Technical Challenges in Complex Bioinformatics Environments. "Dean Flanders has been …


From insideHPC

RCE Podcast Looks at NetCDF Network Common Data Format

RCE Podcast Looks at NetCDF Network Common Data Format

In this RCE Podcast, Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres speak with the authors of NetCDF. NetCDF is a set of software libraries and self-describing, machine-independent data formats that support the creation, access, and sharing of…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Maryam Mirzakhani, 1977–2017

Including debt to Marina Ratner, 1938-2017 Still from Harvard Math video Maryam Mirzakhani won the Fields Medal in 2014. We and the whole community are grieving after losing her to breast cancer two weeks ago. She made several…


From insideHPC

Velocity Micro Accelerates HPC Desktops

Velocity Micro Accelerates HPC Desktops

Today Velocity Micro rolled out a suite of new workstation offerings designed for CAD design, 3D rendering, multimedia creation, and scientific calculation. Headlining the refreshed category are an AMD Epyc workstation with up…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (July 27th, 2017)

Science and Technology links (July 27th, 2017)

Currently, damage to the retina is largely viewed as irreversible. However, some researchers were able to generate retinal cells in mice. Toyota is reportedly ready to commercialize, within 5 years, a new type of batteries called…


From Computational Complexity

Peter Wegner (1932-2017)

Peter Wegner passed away yesterday morning at the age of 84. As a child he escaped Stalinist Russia and Nazi-occupied Austria the latter via the Kindertransport to England. Wegner would go on to be an important computer scientist…


From Wild WebMink

Public Domain Is Not Open Source

Public Domain Is Not Open Source



Open Source and Public Domain are frequently confused. Here’s why it’s a mistake to treat the two terms as synonyms.

Plenty of people assume that public domain software must be open source. While it may be free software within…


From Schneier on Security

Zero-Day Vulnerabilities against Windows in the NSA Tools Released by the Shadow Brokers

Zero-Day Vulnerabilities against Windows in the NSA Tools Released by the Shadow Brokers

In April, the Shadow Brokers -- presumably Russia -- released a batch of Windows exploits from what is presumably the NSA. Included in that release were eight different Windows vulnerabilities. Given a presumed theft date of…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Where Will We Get The Teachers/

Where Will We Get The Teachers/

Computer Science Teachers Needed. But Who Will Pay to Train Them? It's always someone else's job. Or someone else's money. Who will step up and say "I'll do it!." A few companies have stood up. Google, Microsoft, and InfosysCS…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Much Training Data is Required?

How Much Training Data is Required?

In Machine Learning Mastery.  Good place to start, but there is rarely a precise answer.  More is usually good.  A look at one of the most common questions to be asked of the analyst.  Or worse, not asked at all.  In today's…


From The Noisy Channel

Here are a couple of relevant papers:

Here are a couple of relevant papers:

Here are a couple of relevant papers:

Doing this generally is hard. I suspect that most of my readers…


From The Noisy Channel

Taxonomies and Ontologies

Taxonomies and Ontologies

In order to understand queries, it’s important to ground that understanding in a knowledge base. Two common ways to represent a knowledge base are taxonomies and ontologies.

Taxonomies

Taxonomies date back to Aristotle as a way…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Do We Want Computer Science to be Required?

Do We Want Computer Science to be Required?

Is making computer science a required course for everyone really a good idea? Doug Bergman made some interesting comments on Facebook today:

"A required course means people HAVE to take it, which on the surface is what we sayWe're…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Defies and Defines the Moment of Truth

Alexa Defies and Defines the Moment of Truth

From Wayfind, thought provoking.  No longer a moment of truth, but a moment of speech?  But isn't the cylinder now in control of the conversation?   Sure Brands will still influence the conversation by their value equity, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Cuts Digital Spending, Sales Rise

P&G Cuts Digital Spending, Sales Rise

So digital advertising not directly tied to sales here.   Stock is up.   Requires sign-in/subscription:

In Adage:    P&G Slashes Digital Ads by $140M Over Brand Safety. Sales Rise Anyway   Net earnings rose 15%, with nearly half…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOT vs IIOT

IOT vs IIOT

Overview that is useful ...

IOT vs IIOT   Do you know the difference?
Not all Devices are IoT or IIoT

Posted by Daniel Ehrenreich  in IOT Central

Business opportunities created by Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial IoT (IIoT)…


From insideHPC

Nick Nystrom Named Interim Director of PSC

Nick Nystrom Named Interim Director of PSC

Nick Nystrom has been appointed Interim Director of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. Nystrom succeeds Michael Levine and Ralph Roskies, who have been co-directors of PSC since its founding in 1985. "During the interim period…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Development Workflows for Data Science

Development Workflows for Data Science

Nicely done free Book/PDF on the topic.  My experience is most people don't consider workflow at all, so even an overview of a resource like this is worthwhile.  Consider setting up a standard for methods in your company.  I

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From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

City-Scale Intelligent Systems and Platforms

City-Scale Intelligent Systems and Platforms

Roughly 12% of the global population today lives in 28 megacities, and at least 40 megacities are projected by 2030. Cost-effective management and sustainability of these growing urban areas will be one of the most critical challenges…


From insideHPC

Interview: Hot Interconnects Conference to Focus on Next-Generation Networks

Interview: Hot Interconnects Conference to Focus on Next-Generation Networks

The Hot Interconnects Conference is coming up Aug. 28-30 in Santa Clara. To learn more, we caught up with Program Chairs Ryan Grant and Jitu (Jitendra) Padhye. "Hot Interconnects brings together members of the industrial, academic…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Andrew Ng on why AI is the New Electricity

Podcast: Andrew Ng on why AI is the New Electricity

In this AI Podcast, Andrew NG from Deeplearning.AI describes why he thinks Artificial Intelligence is the new electricity. "Just as today I see a lot of S&P 500 CEOs that wish they had started thinking about their Internet strategy…