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August 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

What Your Voice Reveals

What Your Voice Reveals

And of course you may be revealing things you want to keep private.   As this kind of pattern recognition advances we will see more of that.

What Your Voice Reveals About You 
The Wall Street Journal
By Sarah Krouse

Technology can…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Twins Grow Up

Digital Twins Grow Up

"Digital Twins Grow Up," by Samuel @samthewriter Greengard, says that digital twins, or exact #virtual representations of physical objects and #systems, are revolutionizing #engineering, #manufacturing, and other fields.

Digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Magnetic Precise Drug Delivery

Magnetic Precise Drug Delivery

Seems a very good advance.  Do we know the exact implications of precise delivery of pharma?  Practical issues?

A new way to deliver drugs with pinpoint targeting
Magnetic particles allow drugs to be released at precise times and…


From insideHPC

Cerebras Systems Unveils the Industry’s First Trillion Transistor Chip for AI

Cerebras Systems Unveils the Industry’s First Trillion Transistor Chip for AI

Today AI startup Cerebras Systems unveiled the largest chip ever built. "The Cerebras Wafer-Scale Engine (WSE) is the largest chip ever built. 56x larger than any other chip, the WSE delivers more compute, more memory, and more…


From insideHPC

UPMEM Puts CPUs Inside Memory to Allow Apps to Run 20 Times Faster

UPMEM Puts CPUs Inside Memory to Allow Apps to Run 20 Times Faster

Today UPMEM announced a Processing-in-Memory (PIM) acceleration solution that allows big data and AI applications to run 20 times faster and with 10 times less energy. Instead of moving massive amounts of data to CPUs, the silicon…


From insideHPC

Video: Unboxing the NVIDIA DGX-1 Supercomputer at Georgia Tech

Video: Unboxing the NVIDIA DGX-1 Supercomputer at Georgia Tech

In this video, Oded Green from NVIDIA unboxes a DGX-1 supercomputer at the College of Computing Data Center at Georgia Tech. "And while the DGX-1 arriving at Georgia Tech for student-use is exciting enough, there is cause for…


From [email protected]

The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems

The Autocracy of Autonomous Systems

We, as developers of such systems, need to take some conscious decisions to make sure we do not usher in the age of autocracy of autonomous systems.


From insideHPC

Simulating Shock Turbulence Interactions on Stampede II

Simulating Shock Turbulence Interactions on Stampede II

In this special guest feature, Jorge Salazar from TACC writes that Researchers are using XSEDE supercomputers to better understand shock turbulence interactions. "We proposed that, instead of treating the shock as a discontinuity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stop and Shop has Robots in the Aisle

Stop and Shop has Robots in the Aisle



How they are being used is still unclear, but this could get customers used to the idea of robots in the aisle.   Pictures of the bots show an attempt to be humorous.   Perhaps until they got in the way.

Marty the robot may take…


From Schneier on Security

Influence Operations Kill Chain

Influence Operations Kill Chain

Influence operations are elusive to define. The Rand Corp.'s definition is as good as any: "the collection of tactical information about an adversary as well as the dissemination of propaganda in pursuit of a competitive advantage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Home Sensors for Alexa

Smart Home Sensors for Alexa

A good look, many from Samsung.    Not enough in the way of collaborative capabilities and skills for these.  I want to see more collaboration,  predictive AI and usage plans for homes and their operation.

The best smart home
Samsung…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Motivation and Goodwill

Motivation and Goodwill

Intriguing motivation augmentation via goodwill?  How universally and continuously does this work with other goals?

New Tool Shows Goodwill May Trump Profit as Work Motivator
University of Waterloo News
June 11, 2019

Researchers


From insideHPC

Micron Starts Volume Production of 1z Nanometer DRAM Process Node

Micron Starts Volume Production of 1z Nanometer DRAM Process Node

Today Micron Technology announced advancements in DRAM scaling, making Micron the first memory company to begin mass production of 16Gb DDR4 products using 1z nm process technology. "The optimized balance between power and performance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brief History of Blockchain

Brief History of Blockchain

Very nicely done,  mostly non-technical.  Good visuals of the concepts.  With some forward predictions.   This emphasizes Blockchain-Ledger rather than cryptocurrency applications,  which is good.   Unless you are into more speculative…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Galactic Winds with Cholla

Supercomputing Galactic Winds with Cholla

Using the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a team of astrophysicists created a set of galactic wind simulations of the highest resolution ever performed. The simulations will allow researchers to gather and…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

And So It Begins–School year 2019 2020

And So It Begins–School year 2019 2020

Tomorrow (Monday) I will meet the new freshmen in my study hall. And I’ll finish getting my room ready for the new school year. First day of real classes is Tuesday. And I am not as ready as I would like.

I have a day by day plan…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Patents a Blockchain Digital Currency

Wal-Mart Patents a Blockchain Digital Currency

Wal-mart has already experimented with the underlying tech for produce tracking.   Is this beyond that? Or an extension of distributed ledger?  Intriguing all around.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DIGITAL CURRENCY VIA BLOCKCHAIN   (Wal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots for Lonliness

Robots for Lonliness

Have followed the Japanese eldercare efforts, pushed by Japan's demographics, for some time.

Bringing robots home eases loneliness
By Ikuko Mitsuda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

The city of Saijo in Ehime Prefecture faces the Seto…


From The Noisy Channel

Martin, thanks for the kind words.

Martin, thanks for the kind words.

Martin, thanks for the kind words. The TunkRank that Jason Adams implemented has been down for a while. I’m not aware of any other implementation that is available as a service. It would be pretty easy to implement on top of


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine to Machine Interfaces

Machine to Machine Interfaces

Fascinating piece.  ultimately it is all about machines cooperating seamlessly.    We take it for granted they will be designed to do that, but its not entirely so ... failure is part of the process and has to be designed for…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (August 17th 2019)

Science and Technology links (August 17th 2019)

Google may soon release an augmented-reality version of Google Maps for mobile phones. I have always found it difficult to identify the streets I see in an unfamiliar setting, and it looks like Google may be solving this very…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IKEA Going Smart Home Tech

IKEA Going Smart Home Tech

Will be interesting to watch, have an IKEA down the street, will be dropping in to hear of their plans.

Ikea goes all in on smart home tech
‘We are just getting started’

By Thomas Ricker @Trixxy  in TheVerge

Ikea is formalizing what…


From insideHPC

HPC Innovation Excellence Award Showcases Physics-based Scientific Discovery

HPC Innovation Excellence Award Showcases Physics-based Scientific Discovery

A collaboration that includes researchers from NERSC was recently honored with an HPC Innovation Excellence Award for their work on “Physics-Based Unsupervised Discovery of Coherent Structures in Spatiotemporal Systems.” The …


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Specialist at New York University

Job of the Week: Senior HPC Specialist at New York University

New York University is seeking a Senior HPC Specialist in our Job of the Week. "In this role, you will provide technical leadership in design, development, installation and maintenance of hardware and software for the central…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearable Sweat Sensors

Wearable Sweat Sensors

Recall some research using sweat as a means of diagnosing.

Wearable sensors detect what's in your sweat
by Kara Manke, University of California - Berkeley

Needle pricks not your thing? A team of scientists at the University of California…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How AI and 5G will Interact

How AI and 5G will Interact

More data, faster responses, stronger engagement.    All likely to follow.

When AI and 5G Combine, Watch For a New Generation of Applications   By AI Trends Staff

AI and 5G enable each other. Machine learning thrives on massive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UPS Invests in Self-Driving Trucks

UPS Invests in Self-Driving Trucks

Could create a considerable change in supply chain operations and improvement.

UPS invests in autonomous truck startup in Bloomberg

UPS has invested an undisclosed sum of money to take a minority stake in the autonomous truck startup…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cashierless Stores Advance

Cashierless Stores Advance

Reducing friction in retail to give an edge and decrease costs.

Cashierless Stores Make Inroads in U.S. 
The Wall Street Journal
By John Murawski

U.S. retailers are moving forward with artificial intelligence (AI) systems to track…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Robot Squid Propulsion

Friday Squid Blogging: Robot Squid Propulsion

Interesting research: The squid robot is powered primarily by compressed air, which it stores in a cylinder in its nose (do squids have noses?). The fins and arms are controlled by pneumatic actuators. When the robot wants to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Echo Auto now in Operation

Echo Auto now in Operation

Just started using Amazon Echo Auto, after waiting nearly a year for a beta.  Works well.  Previous third part solution sallowed you limited access to your Alexa infrastructure, the newest version is much more complete.  From…