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June 2021


From Putting People First

The end of privacy? Central banks plan to launch digital coins

The end of privacy? Central banks plan to launch digital coins

The great irony is that the revolution that bitcoin set off could be the end of [financial] privacy with the launch of central bank-backed digital coins.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A World of Holograms and Avatars Next?

A World of Holograms and Avatars Next?

Would like to see Avatar Holograms again,  in fact have seen in many forms over the years. Even formally tested it in the large enterprise.   Its got some good specialized applications, but no, not for day to day work and communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Windows Update Coming Up: New and Improved?

Windows Update Coming Up:  New and Improved?

I was handed a test copy of the first windows OS by Bill Gates, when we represented our enterprises' test of the idea.   It was not fully installed at our company for over a year, ever since have worked with Windows at a number…


From The Eponymous Pickle

USAF Autonomous Drone Skyborg Completes First Flight

USAF Autonomous Drone Skyborg Completes First Flight

Will continue to see more of this effort. 

US Air Force autonomous Drone Skyborg completes first flight,  by Sarah Katz , Tech Xplore

Last month, the United States Air Force successfully test flew an unnamed aerial vehicle (UAV)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Decisions

AI and Decisions

Good, colorful piece on the who idea of designing decisions.  I like the point made especially that 'most decisions are not binary',  noting that it is rarely just finding the best decision, at minimum such an endeavor should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AWS Provides Advanced Location Services

AWS Provides Advanced Location Services

Considerable detail here on the services involved.   Makes sense, they are the practitioners now.

Amazon Location Service Generally Available With Routing and Satellite Imagery By Renato Losio    in Infoq

AWS has recently announced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Automation

Towards Automation

 More on business automation. 

How Businesses Are Perfecting With Artificial Intelligence  by 7wData

Have you heard automation is the new black? And what better automation of a process than using a computer software to performSure…


From insideHPC

Tear Down These Walls: How CXL Could Reinvent the Data Center

Tear Down These Walls: How CXL Could Reinvent the Data Center

The move to heterogenous computing will require shifting some ... interconnects to a more performant industry standard interface enabling new capabilities like memory tiers, pooled memory, and even the convergence of memory and…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 12th 2021)

Science and Technology links (June 12th 2021)

We completed the sequencing of the human genome. AstraZeneca’s drug Lynparza cut combined risk of recurrence of breast cancer or death by 42% among women in study. Glycine and N-acetylcysteine supplementation improves muscleContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring Under the Sea with Google Earth

Exploring Under the Sea with Google Earth

 Always appreciated how Google maps has opened Geo exploration and analysis at a remarkable level of detail, to anyone . And below is a reminder that you can do this under the seas as well.    This will likely inspire a new generation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mining Digitization

Mining Digitization

Studied mining efforts for a potential application, and can see the direction, especially regards patterns of detection.

Where digitalization is a goldmine, for real  by Steinar Brandslet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Tardos Is Off With Good Behavior

A call for nominations for her successor In her original orange Éva Tardos’s sentence as Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the Journal of the ACM (JACM) is coming to an end. She has served almost six years. She will be paroled soon for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Darktrace Attacks Back with AI Methods.

Darktrace Attacks Back with AI Methods.

Recently sent to me DarkTrace.     Apparently a means to attack back with AI methods.   

AI-powered cyber-attacks: It’s not a fair game

AI and machine learning will soon be used by attackers to increase the speed, scale, and sophistication…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Reconstructs the Human Cortex

Google Reconstructs the Human Cortex

Quite remarkable.  Impressive  build. Images at the link.  A way to connect brain and computer.  Browsing is a way to learn about structure, now take it out to function.    See the Neuroglancer Browser Interface.

A Browsable Petascale…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Criticism of Blockchains and Trust

Criticism of Blockchains and Trust

Here's a 2019 paper/blog post by Bruce Schneier that I read then.    Now revisiting the idea of trust and blockchain.   Article is usefully critical of blockchain in general, but some good thoughts about elements of trust.   Very…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Material Science Continues an Expansion

Material Science Continues an Expansion

 Consider the value and complexity of multifunctional materials, and how much we are getting from understanding them in detail for design, manufacturing and delivery.  Ever new methods for delivering changes in chemistry,  physics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Secure Cloud Computing

Towards Secure Cloud Computing

Don't know this method, provably it says, reviewing later.  Much more technical at the link.

SeKVM Makes Cloud Computing Provably Secure

IEEE Spectrum,Charles Q. Choi, June 7, 2021

Columbia University researchers say they have designed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autodesk and Digital Twins

Autodesk and Digital Twins

 Have been connected with Autodesk when it primarily advanced drafting and visualization capabilities, via a number of tools we used.  See now that they are working with the concept of Digital Twins, launching the Tandem platform…


From insideHPC

How DOE Scientists Disrupted COVID-19

How DOE Scientists Disrupted COVID-19

In early 2020, when the novel coronavirus was gaining momentum but had not yet been named a pandemic, computational chemist Marti Head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory – along with scientists and researchers around the globe …


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Exploring the Ternary Operator

Exploring the Ternary Operator

I’ve never had a lot of use for the ternary operator. Until recently, I think I under appreciated it. I Don’t recall ever using it in professional development though that may be largely related to using languages that didn’tIn…


From insideHPC

XTREME-D Announces Technical Alliance with Fujitsu

XTREME-D Announces Technical Alliance with Fujitsu

Palo Alto, California, June 10, 2021 – Japanese HPC Cloud company XTREME-D today announced the formation of a technical alliance with Fujitsu Limited to conduct verification tests of Fujitsu’s PRIMEHPC FX700 on XTREME-D’s high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Seabirds with Drones

Tracking Seabirds with Drones

Interesting environmental capability with links to monitoring seabird colonies with drones.

Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones

Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, June 8, 2021

Using drones and artificial…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

ACM-W Scholarships Update

ACM-W Scholarships Update

Attending conferences in person allows young and upcoming researchers to make meaningful human connections leading to strong collaborations, sometimes life-long ones, and to aspire to be more than they might otherwise do.


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

How does remote work affect early-career women in computing?

How does remote work affect early-career women in computing?

A recent survey of early-career computing professionals found that although many people benefit from the flexibility of remote work, many groups, particularly women and minorities, face challenges while working remotely.


From insideHPC

Xilinx Acquires Programming Tools Vendor Silexica

Xilinx Acquires Programming Tools Vendor Silexica

SAN JOSE, June 10, 2021 – Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX), the adaptive computing company, today announced that it has acquired Silexica, a privately-held provider of C/C++ programming and analysis tools. Silexica’s SLX FPGA tool…


From Schneier on Security

FBI/AFP-Run Encrypted Phone

FBI/AFP-Run Encrypted Phone

For three years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Australian Federal Police owned and operated a commercial encrypted phone app, called AN0M, that was used by organized crime around the world. Of course, the police…


From insideHPC

GRC Designates August Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling

GRC Designates August Data Center Liquid Immersion Cooling

AUSTIN – June 10, 2021 – With the summer months quickly approaching and data center managers increasing efforts to keep their operations cool, GRC (Green Revolution Cooling), the leader in single-phase data center liquid immersion…


From insideHPC

US Launches National AI Research Resource Task Force

US Launches National AI Research Resource Task Force

June 10, 2021 — The U.S. National Science Foundation and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy today announced the formation of the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force. As directed …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Speakers and secure environments.

Smart Speakers and secure environments.

Have often had this objection to smart speakers brought. Here a possible solution.

 Less Nosy Smart Speakers

The Michigan Engineer News Center, Gabe Cherry, June 8, 2021

University of Michigan (U-M) researchers have designed a device…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force

National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the government, academic, and private sector representatives who will serve on the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource…