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July 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zagat Looks at the Future of Dining

Zagat Looks at the Future of Dining

The Small Business Lab looks at Zagats future of dining study.  Some instructive thoughts about where this is all moving to.

"...Zagat, the restaurant review site favored by foodies, recently released a Future of Dining Study.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Do We Need a Theory of Everything?

Do We Need a Theory of Everything?

Nicely put.  The math does not to be easy, or visual or nice.   Just predict real things correctly.

Do We Need a Theory of Everything? in Nautilus
Posted By  Sabine Hossenfelder

I get constantly asked if I could please comment on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Testing more Delivery with Scout

Amazon Testing more Delivery with Scout

More testing underway.

Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South
USA Today
Dalvin Brown
July 22, 2020

Amazon has announced the deployment of its Scout autonomous delivery system to Atlanta, GA, and Franklin…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS: How AI Changes the Rules

SAS: How AI Changes the Rules

As usual, SAS does a good job when talking the impact of analytics of many kinds.  Good non technical depth.  Requires free sign up:

How AI Changes the Rules
New Imperatives for the Intelligent Organization

About this paper
Many

AI…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence

Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence

Are you a Postdoc in Artificial Intelligence? Then you might consider applying to the Postdoctoral Networking Tour in Artificial Intelligence (Postdoc-NeT-AI). The purpose of the Postdoc-NeT-AI, funded by the Federal Ministry…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toward Quantum Rainbows at Room Temperature

Toward Quantum Rainbows at Room Temperature

Starting to see some of these efforts link to my own work.  Here one of interest.

Quantum Rainbow'—Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing
Purdue University News
July 20, 2020

Engineers at Purdue University…


From Schneier on Security

Images in Eye Reflections

Images in Eye Reflections

In Japan, a cyberstalker located his victim by enhancing the reflections in her eye, and using that information to establish a location. Reminds me of the image enhancement scene in Blade Runner. That was science fiction, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots with Ultraviolet Light

Robots with Ultraviolet Light

Using ultraviolet light from Robots to destroy virus.

Heathrow Airport brings in robots to fight coronavirus in the BBC
Disinfection robots have been installed at Heathrow Airport as part of measures to help keep the passengers…


From insideHPC

Transform Raw Data to Real Time Actionable Intelligence Using High Performance Computing at the Edge

Transform Raw Data to Real Time Actionable Intelligence Using High Performance Computing at the Edge

In this special guest feature, Tim Miller, VP of Product Marketing at One Stop Systems (OSS), discusses the emerging challenge to transform raw data to real time actionable intelligence, and how it's imperative now to move this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Pushing Advanced Wearables

Google Pushing Advanced Wearables

Good to see Google pushing this research. Still consider the use of this kind of focused wearable to have narrow uses, until people decide it to be part of their normal clothing.

Google is quietly experimenting with holographic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and the Curious Consideration of Autonomous Intent

AI and the Curious Consideration of Autonomous Intent

Context, Autonomy Intent... for Autonomous AI.  Considerable piece on the difficult problem.  Has not come close to technical solution.

Home  AI Trends Insider on Autonomy  On Whether AI Can Form ‘Intent’ Including In The Case…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Identifying Birds from Behind

Identifying Birds from Behind

Not banned for bias yet.   So at least we can continue to fine tune accuracy as needed and apply it to studies to help the avian world.

Birdwatching AI can recognise individual birds from behind
in NewScientist   By Michael Le

Artificial…


From Putting People First

Experientia participating in Swiss Smart Government Day

Experientia participating in Swiss Smart Government Day

Experientia's partner Jan-Christoph Zoels and our Swiss collaborator Thomas Schertenleib will be leading the process workshop "Culture of participation: digital stakeholder engagement post COVID" at the upcoming Swiss Smart Government…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Brilliant Book on Combinatorics

And Razborov’s brilliant proof method Stasys Jukna is the author of the book Extremal Combinatorics With Applications in Computer Science. Today we talk about Jukna’s book on extremal combinatorics. The structure of his book…


From Computational Complexity

Do computers make us more safe or less safe?

Norbert Weiner wrote a paper Some Moral and Technical Consequences of Automation in 1960. It warns of the dangers of computers in two ways:



1) If a chess program is only trained against expert chess players then it might get…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Search for Scaling and Efficiency

Neural Search for Scaling and Efficiency

Useful look at a different kind of more precise search.  Neural search has the opportunity to learn over time, and be more semantically correct.   It also should be more scalable to very large databases.  Based on some research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Cryptography Explained

Quantum Cryptography Explained

A good non-technical, but still challenging explanation of how key-based and then  'quantum cryptography' works.  Also touches on some of the remaining challenges.  In Physics Girl.  Sent via Jeff Dyck.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Ship Use Expanding

Autonomous Ship Use Expanding

Continued look at autonomous maritime shipping to decrease costs of large scale supply chains.

Sea Machines raises $15 million for autonomous ship navigation
Kyle Wiggers
@Kyle_L_Wiggers in Venturebeat

Autonomous vessel software

Self…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Swarms of Drones

Swarms of Drones

We examined the idea of having swarms of drones performing subtasks in groups. its been much kicked about, and recently implemented, especially for military applications.

AI helps drone swarms navigate through crowded, unfamiliar…


From Putting People First

Security isn’t just a technology problem—it’s about design, too

Security isn’t just a technology problem—it’s about design, too

While it’s easy to blame the user, phishing schemes have become incredibly sophisticated and believable. So, instead of blaming the user, we want to instead bring an empathetic lens, and understand more about their needs.


From Putting People First

The public’s role in COVID-19 vaccination

The public’s role in COVID-19 vaccination

This report considers human factors in relation to future vaccines against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), drawing on insights from design thinking and the social, behavioral, and communication sciences. It provides recommendations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Should Workers Accept Pay Cuts for Working Remotely?

Should Workers Accept Pay Cuts for Working Remotely?

Excerpts and analysis of a survey, more details at the link,

Should workers accept pay cuts in exchange for working remotely?  by Tom Ryan in Retailwire

A recent survey of 600 U.S. adults found 66 percent willing to take a pay

To…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Webinar:Graphs for Cyber Security

Webinar:Graphs for Cyber Security

Brought to my attention.  Addresses my particular favorite advice:  Carefully define your intent, direction and process when planning to do something important and complex. Visual is good.   Upcoming Webinar:

Webinar:  Graphs
On…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (July 25th 2020)

Science and Technology links (July 25th 2020)

I was taught that human beings only arrived to America recently (15,000 years ago). It turns out that it is wrong. There were human beings in America 30,000 years ago. (Source: Nature) Quantum tuneling is not instantaneous contrary…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Article Summary Experiment: Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain

Article Summary Experiment: Some Simple Economics of the Blockchain

I had mentioned this article previously, found it interesting and well written.   Here an experiment with its content.   Below it is excerpted ...  with summary points, summary short video  and link to the full (10 page) text…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GPT-3 and Crypto Assets

GPT-3 and Crypto Assets

Just recently been talking digital Assets and how advances in crypto might influence them.  Here a piece from Coindesk that talks some of the issues, considering it.   I am thinking this, let me know if you have comments. Full…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blueprint for tools to Manage a Pandemic

Blueprint for tools to Manage a Pandemic

Like the process and requirements statement for a specific set of goals.  Often not done rigorously enough.

Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App
ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
Felix Wursten
July 20, 2020

Researchers at the Swiss Federal…


From insideHPC

Intel Delays 7nm Chip Again – What Does it Mean for Aurora Exascale?

Intel Delays 7nm Chip Again – What Does it Mean for Aurora Exascale?

Intel’s elusive quest for a 7nm process chip, and its incorporation in Intel’s Aurora exascale supercomputer, have both been delayed by at least six months, according to comments from Intel CEO Bob Swan during the company’s quarterly…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Introducing the Seattle Kraken

Friday Squid Blogging: Introducing the Seattle Kraken

The Kraken is the name of Seattle's new NFL franchise. I have always really liked collective nouns as sports team names (like the Utah Jazz or the Minnesota Wild), mostly because it's hard to describe individual players. As usual…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Wants to Build an Unhackable Quantum Internet

US Wants to Build an Unhackable Quantum Internet

What does unhackable mean here?   

U.S. Hatches Plan to Build Quantum Internet That Might Be Unhackable
The Washington Post
Jeanne Whalen
July 23, 2020

U.S. officials and scientists yesterday unveiled a plan to construct a potentially…