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August 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tech Changing the Job of the CEO

Tech Changing the Job of the CEO

Remarking on the quote below, we consulted  directly with the C-Suite before execs had become used to using social communications, or even email with their employees.     So that is an opportunity today. Creative reward systems…


From insideHPC

Researchers in Machine Learning Awarded George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Researchers in Machine Learning Awarded George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Today ACM and IEEE announced that Shaden Smith of the University of Minnesota and Yang You of the University of California, Berkeley are the recipients of the 2017 ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Smith is…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for LAD’17 in Paris

Agenda Posted for LAD’17 in Paris

The LAD'17 conference has posted their meeting agenda. Also known as the Lustre Administrator and Developer Workshop, the event takes place Oct. 4-5 in Paris. "EOFS and OpenSFS are organizing the seventh european lustre workshop…


From insideHPC

Illinois Supercomputers Tag Team for Big Bang Simulation

Illinois Supercomputers Tag Team for Big Bang Simulation

Researchers are tapping Argonne and NCSA supercomputers to tackle the unprecedented amounts of data involved with simulating the Big Bang. "Researchers performed cosmological simulations on the ALCF’s Mira supercomputer, and …


From insideHPC

ScaleMP Completes $10M Funding Round

ScaleMP Completes $10M Funding Round

Today ScaleMP a leading provider of virtualization solutions for high-end computing, delivering technology for software-defined computing and software-defined memory products, today announced it has completed a $10 million funding…


From insideHPC

A Simpler Path to Reliable, Productive HPC

A Simpler Path to Reliable, Productive HPC

HPCHPC is becoming a competitive requirement as high performance data analysis (HPDA) joins multi-physics simulation as table stakes for successful innovation across a growing range of industries and research disciplines. Yet complexity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots and Eldercare

Robots and Eldercare

An area we looked at closely, in particular following what Japan was doing in this area. Robotics still do not cover this demand well enough.   A look at the topic.

How robots could bridge the elder-care gap
August 28, 2017 by …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Backdoors in Deep Learning Neural Nets

Backdoors in Deep Learning Neural Nets

Even Artificial Neural Networks can have Exploitable Backdoors.  In Wired

EARLY IN AUGUST, NYU professor Siddharth Garg checked for traffic, and then put a yellow Post-it onto a stop sign outside the Brooklyn building in which…


From Schneier on Security

Ross Anderson on the History of the Crypto Wars in the UK

Ross Anderson on the History of the Crypto Wars in the UK

Ross Anderson gave a talk on the history of the Crypto Wars in the UK. I am intimately familiar with the US story, but didn't know as much about Britain's verson. Hour-long video. Summary....


From Putting People First

Self-driving cars need human intuition

Self-driving cars need human intuition

“If self-driving cars are going to achieve their promise as a revolution in urban transportation—delivering reduced emissions, better mobility, and safer streets—they will have to exist on a level playing field with the humans…


From The Noisy Channel

You’re absolutely right about the number of suggestions, of course.

You’re absolutely right about the number of suggestions, of course.

You’re absolutely right about the number of suggestions, of course. And it’s a good reminder that autocomplete user experience deserves its own post, which I promise to write.

As for autocomplete suggesting what’s possible vsBut…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Conversational AI

Seeking Conversational AI

Quite an interesting post.  Back to a favorite issue: what does dialog look like, both with current capabilities of 'intelligence',  and proposed future approaches.  Both a architecture and a process point of view.  This has

6…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ACM US Public Policy Council to Host Panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

ACM US Public Policy Council to Host Panel on Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability

The US Public Policy Council of the Association for Computing Machinery (USACM) will host a panel discussion, “Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability.” The event will provide a forum for a discussion between stakeholders…


From insideHPC

Intel Discontinues Xeon Phi 7200-Series Knights Landing Coprocessors

Intel Discontinues Xeon Phi 7200-Series Knights Landing Coprocessors

AnandTech reports that Intel is discontinuing it's line of Knights Landing PCIe based Co-processors. The move is not a surprise given that the company has been producing bootable Xeon Phi processors since early in 2016. "At least…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emerging Micro Moments

Emerging Micro Moments

In Think with Google:

Micro-Moments Are Multiplying—Are You Ready for the Future of Marketing?  Sridhar Ramaswamy May 2017 Emerging Technology, Micro-Moments

Mobile has changed everything, but it's only Act One. Machine learning…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin and Kafka

Linkedin and Kafka

Been interested in how Linkdin could produce value for companies, this post is an interesting hint. And beyond this, how about integrating Linkedin People into Process?  What is process but the integration of people, decisions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Focusing Digital Investments

Focusing Digital Investments

New research indicates where to focus digital investments so that they will reap rewards in online and face-to-face channels.  In McKinsey Insights.


From insideHPC

VMware Rolls Out vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads

VMware Rolls Out vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads

Today VMware introduced vSphere Scale-Out Edition for Big Data and HPC Workloads, a new solution in the vSphere product line aimed at Big Data and HPC workloads. VMware vSphere Scale-Out edition includes the features and functions…


From The Noisy Channel

Autocomplete

Autocomplete

In the past decade, autocomplete has become a required feature for search engines. Today, searchers who type into a search box expect to see autocomplete suggestions; otherwise, they’ll conclude that search is broken.

Autocomplete…


From insideHPC

Interview: How HPE is Democratizing High Performance Computing

Interview: How HPE is Democratizing High Performance Computing

In this video, Tuomas Sandholm from Strategic Machine, Inc. and Eng Lim Goh from HPE discuss how High Performance Computing is fast-becoming an integral part of our lives. "Our HPC solutions empower innovation at any scale, building…


From insideHPC

Radio Free Catches up with Quantum Computing News

Radio Free Catches up with Quantum Computing News

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some new developments in the Quantum Computing ecosystem. Last week, IEEE approved a new Standards Project for Quantum Computing Definitions. Meanwhile, Silicon Valley Startup…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation Spaces by Google to Test Cars

Innovation Spaces by Google to Test Cars

I helped design and manage innovation spaces and their technology for years,  so am always interested in how they can be best designed for purpose.  And also how that purpose can change over time.  See the below, for an example…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Embedding AI into Tiny Devices

Embedding AI into Tiny Devices

We should ask what AI means here.  I am assuming training and applying machine learning architecture. Then the power of the systems involved may be key.

Microsoft Researchers in India, US Embedding AI Into Tiny Devices 
A team

The…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking a Phone Through a Replacement Touchscreen

Hacking a Phone Through a Replacement Touchscreen

Researchers demonstrated a really clever hack: they hid malware in a replacement smart phone screen. The idea is that you would naively bring your smart phone in for repair, and the repair shop would install this malicious screen…


From BLOG@CACM

SIGIR 2017: Closing Blog

SIGIR 2017: Closing Blog

This blog describes some activities at SIGIR following the keynote talks.


From Computational Complexity

either pi is algebraic or some journals let in an incorrect paper!/the 15 most famous transcendental numbers



Someone has published three papers claiming that



π is 17 -sqrt(3) which is really =3.1435935394...



Someone else has published eight papers claiming



π is (14 - sqrt(2))/4 which is really 3.1464466094...



The first result is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tailoring Voice Command Marketing

Tailoring Voice Command Marketing

Somewhat general but useful thoughts,  how should it be different, and I add:  how should the architecture and capabilities of the delivering systems be changed to make this work well?

Tips for Tailoring Inbound Marketing to Voice…


From BLOG@CACM

Measuring Student Self-Efficacy and Learning Trajectories For K-5 CS: ICER 2017 Trip Report

Measuring Student Self-Efficacy and Learning Trajectories For K-5 CS: ICER 2017 Trip Report

ICER 2017 features a new test of student belief and new theory about K-5 CS learning.


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Senior Linux System Administrator at Yale

Job of the Week: Senior Linux System Administrator at Yale

Yale University is seeking a Sr. Linux System Administrator in our Job of the Week. "In this role, you will work as a Linux senior administrator in ITS Systems Administration. Provide leadership in Linux server administration…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Seeking Sharks

AI Seeking Sharks

Been working recently on detection type algorithms with video feeds.  None are perfectly accurate,  so always consider a risk analysis as well.     Here the liability would seem to be high.

Drones will watch Australian beaches…