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September 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Joins the Meeting

AI Joins the Meeting

Attentive systems for meeting enhancements.

When AI Joins Your Meeting
By Rowan Trollope  

One of the best things about working at a company with Cisco’s resources is you get to blend fundamental technology research with macroeconomic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coca Cola, AI and Big Data

Coca Cola, AI and Big Data

The Amazing Ways Coca Cola Uses Artificial Intelligence And Big Data To Drive Success    By Bernard Marr 

" ... In fact, Coca Cola was one of the first globally-recognized brands outside of the IT market to speak about Big Data…


From insideHPC

Freshly Funded Optalysys Optical Processing to Speed Genomics

Freshly Funded Optalysys Optical Processing to Speed Genomics

Optalysys, a start-up pioneering the development of light-speed optical coprocessors, today announced the company raised 3.95 million U.S. dollars from angel investors. Optalysys will use the funds to manufacture the first commercially…


From insideHPC

HPE to Bundle Altair PBS Pro Workload Manager

HPE to Bundle Altair PBS Pro Workload Manager

Today Altair announced a multi-year original equipment manufacturing (OEM) agreement with HPE. This agreement represents an expansion of the long-term partnership between HPE and SGI (whom HPE recently acquired). HPE will now…


From insideHPC

Preferred Networks in Japan Deploys 4.7 Petaflop Supercomputer for Deep Learning

Preferred Networks in Japan Deploys 4.7 Petaflop Supercomputer for Deep Learning

Today Preferred Networks announced the launch of a private supercomputer designed to facilitate research and development of deep learning, including autonomous driving and cancer diagnosis. The new 4.7 Petaflop machine is one…


From insideHPC

DeepL Deployes 5 Petaflop Supercomputer at Verne Global in Iceland

DeepL Deployes 5 Petaflop Supercomputer at Verne Global in Iceland

Today Verne Global announced that DeepL has deployed its 5.1 petaFLOPS supercomputer in its campus in Iceland. Designed to support DeepL’s artificial intelligence driven, neural network translation service, this supercomputer…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Names Doug Kothe as Director

Exascale Computing Project Names Doug Kothe as Director

The Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) has named Doug Kothe as its new director effective October 1. "Doug’s credentials in this area and familiarity with every aspect of the ECP make him the ideal person…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Foot Traffic Counting

Foot Traffic Counting

This company called Density was brought back to my attention for possible analysis.  we did this kind of analysis in the retail aisle.  (Their site at Density.io  no longer exists, leaving this here to state the problem)

" ...…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Looking at Smart Glasses

Amazon Looking at Smart Glasses

Ultimately there will be non obtrusive, wearable communications devices in common use.

Report: Amazon is working on smart glasses powered by Alexa   in FastCompany

Amazon’s first wearable would tether wirelessly to a smartphone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Factory Showing an Agile Way

Digital Factory Showing an Agile Way

Podcast on Digital Factory Model

Companies are beginning to use digital factories as incubators of more agile ways of working, often filtering the best attributes of the factory culture back to the larger organization.

A digital…


From Schneier on Security

What the NSA Collects via 702

What the NSA Collects via 702

New York Times reporter Charlie Savage writes about some bad statistics we're all using: Among surveillance legal policy specialists, it is common to cite a set of statistics from an October 2011 opinion by Judge John Bates,…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Drama Therapy: A Math Viewpoint

What is drama therapy? Kathryn Farley obtained her PhD from Northwestern University in performance studies in 2007. After almost a decade working in that area, she has just started a Master’s program at New York University in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Powered Lamp by GE

Alexa Powered Lamp by GE


Had heard of this late last year, it is here:

GE's Sol lamp is the world's first Alexa-powered desk lamp, and it's brilliant  ... "

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can no longer be contained to the company's Echo devices.

From smartwatches…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Computer Hardware’s Ongoing Metamorphosis, as reported in the New York Times

Computer Hardware’s Ongoing Metamorphosis, as reported in the New York Times

The following is a guest blog post from CCC Vice Chair and Post Moore’s Law Computing Task Force Chair Mark Hill from University of Wisconsin-Madison and former CCC Chair and Artificial Intelligence Task Force Chair Greg Hager…


From insideHPC

Intel offers up AI Developer Resources in the Cloud

Intel offers up AI Developer Resources in the Cloud

Today at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Francisco, Intel’s Lisa Spelman announced the Intel Nervana DevCloud, a cloud-hosted hardware and software platform for developers, data scientists, researchers,…


From insideHPC

China Upgrading Milky Way 2 Supercomputer to 95 Petaflops

China Upgrading Milky Way 2 Supercomputer to 95 Petaflops

Researchers in China are busy upgrading the MilkyWay 2 (Tianhe-2) system to nearly 95 Petaflops (peak). This should nearly double the performance of the system, which is currently ranked at #2 on TOP500 with 33.86 Petaflops on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI is Marketing Hype?

AI is Marketing Hype?

My team and I were involved in the last big hype cycle of AI.  We lost a large chunk of investment in the space.   So the question is a reasonable one.   What should we do?  How should we invest?

  There have been very big advances…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Emergence of Practical Augmented Reality (AR)

Emergence of Practical Augmented Reality (AR)

I am a long time experimenter with the concept of AR in Business.  We experimented with very early (1980s) applications with specialized hardware.  For things like manufacturing line maintenance. Packaging analysis.   Applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart and in Aisle Checkout

Wal-Mart and in Aisle Checkout

Continue to follow the idea of in-aisle checkout, see my tag below.

Walmart deploying tech that lets in-store shoppers check out — on their own    By Deena M. Amano-MCCoy

Walmart is expanding the deployment of its Scan & Go mobile…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Designing Projects for Programming Students

Designing Projects for Programming Students

Last night a teacher friend of mine gave me a USB stick with the projects he uses with his students. I have projects for C++, Python, Java, and Visual Basic from him. Oh and there are 60+ in each category. It’s going to takeKeeping…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Constructing an Amazon Echo Skill via Java

Constructing an Amazon Echo Skill via Java

How to construct an Amazon Echo Skill using Java    An introduction in Github.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nike Customizing Sneakers

Nike Customizing Sneakers

Customization or perhaps late stage differentiation.  But note only for a limited time and place.  Plays to the current craze for fast delivery.  Adds a level of exclusiveness.  Discussion at the link too.

Nike customizes shoes…


From insideHPC

NASA Perspectives on Deep Learning

NASA Perspectives on Deep Learning

Nikunj Oza from NASA Ames gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. "This talk will give a broad overview of work at NASA in the space of data sciences, data mining, machine learning, and related areas at NASA. This will include …


From insideHPC

JAIST in Japan installs Cray XC40 Supercomputer

JAIST in Japan installs Cray XC40 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Japan Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (JAIST) has put a Cray XC40 supercomputer into production. The Cray XC40 supercomputers incorporate the Aries high performance network interconnect …


From insideHPC

GPUs Accelerate Population Distribution Mapping Around the Globe

GPUs Accelerate Population Distribution Mapping Around the Globe

population distributionWith the Earth’s population at 7 billion and growing, understanding population distribution is essential to meeting societal needs for infrastructure, resources and vital services. This article highlights how NVIDIA GPU-powered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon, Robotics and Jobs

Amazon, Robotics and Jobs

Amazon Just Showed Us What Really Happens When Robots Replace Jobs

They've already got 100,000 robots and are adding (a lot) more.
  
 By Lisa Calhoun   in Inc.  Video below. 

There are as many opinions about jobs and artificial

Amazon…


From Schneier on Security

Apple's FaceID

Apple's FaceID

This is a good interview with Apple's SVP of Software Engineering about FaceID. Honestly, I don't know what to think. I am confident that Apple is not collecting a photo database, but not optimistic that it can't be hacked with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open AI Framework by Microsoft and Facebook

Open AI Framework by Microsoft and Facebook

From the Facebook research blog.  A further indication of the progress in standardizing how such systems should be built and maintained.   Would be useful to now compare this to work by Google in TensorFlow.   Is it comparable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quartz Guide to AI

Quartz Guide to AI

 Appears to be a guide useful for the non technical executive.   Good definition of terms at the end.  Intriguing view of the recent progress of AI and why companies care.  Reviewing.

Quartz Guide to AI    Don't Fear the AI .…


From insideHPC

Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion

Northrop Grumman to Acquire Orbital ATK for $9.2 Billion

Today Northrop Grumman Corporation announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Orbital ATK for approximately $7.8 billion in cash, plus the assumption of $1.4 billion in net debt. "Through our combination…