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September 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Writing its own Code: Codex

AI Writing its own Code:   Codex

 More on the Codex approach. How long until such methods take over most coding?   Sooner than we think I believe    Most useful to make sure coding approaches are as safe as possible.   Is that better than human coding?   Ultimately…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UK Regulator says Yes to Drones

UK Regulator says Yes to Drones

 Broadening use of drones for delivery. 

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

Financial Times, Philip Georgiadis, April 19, 2021

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has authorized a trial in which drone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recorded Future Quote on Russian State Connections

Recorded Future Quote on Russian State Connections

Recorded Future Writes

Insikt Group

Editor’s Note: The following post is an excerpt of a full report. To read the entire analysis, click here to download the report as a PDF.

This report examines the unspoken connections between…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud

Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud

Quite interesting.  

 Mining Financial Data Without Actually Seeing It Can Detect Fraud  By Arnout Jaspers, Commissioned by CACM Staff, September 9, 2021

Large-scale data sharing is a potential goldmine for research, health, and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Triple Qubit Entanglement

Triple Qubit Entanglement

Enticing piece ... implications?   Had only heard of two bit entanglements.   examining. 

 Quantum Computing: Triple Qubit Entanglement Achieved in Research Breakthrough

By Francisco Pires 3 days ago

Another step on the road towards…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Container Shipping as an IOT

Container Shipping as an IOT

 A look at container shipping.   Not too different than we did a decade ago, except in the specific use of the data generated and logged. 

Container shipping goes digital—4 ways port authorities and terminal operators boost throughput…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LIDAR and Digital Twins

LIDAR and Digital Twins

Good thoughts on this aspect of constructing a model.

Using Drone LiDAR and Photogrammetry to Create a Digital Twin 

Thompson Engineering used the mdLiDAR1000HR and mdMapper1000DG to survey the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Random identifiers are poorly compressible

Random identifiers are poorly compressible

It is common in data engineering to find that we have too much data. Thus engineers commonly seek compression routines. At the same time, random identifiers are handy. Maybe you have many users or transactions and you want to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and Watson, on Again

IBM and Watson, on Again

It would seem that IBM has been talking less about Watson/AI of late, especially in the business space. But here indications of new features and emphasis.  Had not heard of Intelepeer.  Which sounds like some sort of chat and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Takes Stance in Patents by an Computer Using AI

US Takes Stance in Patents by an Computer Using AI

In a previous effort I took a look at intellectual property law as used by the USAF.  What is noted here are initial rulings by US courts.  These, as it mentions, are being appealed.  Note that an oath has to be taken by a human…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Immersive Drug Design with VR

Immersive Drug Design with VR

In the much earlier days of VR we did something similar.  Key is what insight you get from the VR and how do you put it to real value in a design effort?   What is the value of the immersion?   Like what I see, but not very much…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Molecular Device Reconfigured for Computational Tasks

Molecular Device Reconfigured for Computational Tasks

Intriguing direction.  How many such computational tasks? 

Molecular Device Can Be Reconfigured for Different Computational Tasks, By Texas A&M University, September 9, 2021  in CACM.

An international team of researchers has described…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Non Line of Sight Technology

Non Line of Sight Technology

Have written about related approaches here a number of times.   NLOS it is called, Non-line-of-Sight technology.   Obvious military applications.   Autonomy data  for complex environments.  And privacy data implications.  With…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmented Reality for the Ears: Sharing Music

Augmented Reality for the Ears: Sharing Music

Don't do this, but idea is interesting.  Might also be used to share presentations and comments on them.

Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

By Wired, August 20, 2021

Sharing your earbuds with somebody is, in every important…


From insideHPC

NCSA Participating in $25M Programmable Plant Systems Initiative

NCSA Participating in $25M Programmable Plant Systems Initiative

Researchers from the Center for Digital Agriculture (CDA) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) will be part of the newly-announced Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS). The new Center…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Working Towards a Multilingual and Digitally Inclusive Internet: FY21 Progress and Looking Ahead

Working Towards a Multilingual and Digitally Inclusive Internet: FY21 Progress and Looking Ahead

By Ajay Data, UASG Chair Since 2015, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has been working to make the Internet more inclusive for users around the world through the Universal Acceptance (UA) of all valid domain names…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Possible Evidence of Squid Paternal Care

Friday Squid Blogging: Possible Evidence of Squid Paternal Care

Researchers have found possible evidence of paternal care among bigfin reef squid.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines…


From Schneier on Security

ProtonMail Now Keeps IP Logs

ProtonMail Now Keeps IP Logs

After being compelled by a Swiss court to monitor IP logs for a particular user, ProtonMail no longer claims that “we do not keep any IP logs.”


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook Roy-Ban Smart Glasses

Facebook Roy-Ban Smart Glasses

 Happened on this, more on a Facebook Smart Glasses.  Facebook Voice Assistant?  Hmmm ..  Too much in your face all the time digital world?  

Facebook and Ray-Ban Debut ‘Stories’ Smart Glasses With Facebook Voice Assistant

ERIC…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Decision Making in AI

Decision Making in AI

Good thoughts here ... its not all about decisions, but decisions in real contexts. 

The Future of Decision-Making in AI

How not to end up in a Skynet, The Architect, Ultron or HAL9000 situation

By Alex Elkjær Vasegaard

 Generally…


From insideHPC

DOE Funds $16M for Scientific ML Research

DOE Funds $16M for Scientific ML Research

Sept. 9, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $16 million for five collaborative research projects to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) algorithms for enabling scientific insights…


From insideHPC

On the Front Lines of AI Automation: Life Sciences and Chip Design

On the Front Lines of AI Automation: Life Sciences and Chip Design

Given the right task, AI-driven machines can be empowered with supercharged IQs that make the smartest humans look dumb, or at least inefficient.  As we watch advances made in task automation, we see it burgeoning into fields…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thwarting Ransomware

Thwarting Ransomware

Would have thought this is where you could unusual activity?   is it enough?    There will be challenges from both sides.

Your SSD may soon be able to detect ransomware attacks  By Mayank Sharma  in TechRadar

Best of all, the additional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Talks Decisions and their Completeness.

AI Talks Decisions and their Completeness.

Good approach.   There is I recall a way to rate how good an explanation of a decision is in healthcare.  How well was this done? Also, since should be a complete conversation, a give and take set of statements and questions,…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Retires After Nearly Two Decades of Leadership

CRA Executive Director Andrew Bernat Retires After Nearly Two Decades of Leadership

The following blog was first posted on the CRA Bulletin.  After nearly 20 years at the helm of the Computing Research Association, Executive Director Andrew Bernat has retired from his position, marking the close of his incredible…


From insideHPC

OCP Global Summit Will Have In-person and Remote Attendees

OCP Global Summit Will Have In-person and Remote Attendees

The OCP Global Summit conference, scheduled for November 9-10 in San Jose, has received permission from local authorities to allow in-person attendance at the event. The Open Compute Project, now in its 10 year, said in an announcement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Web Archives Lost

Web Archives Lost

 Have seen a number of such cases , you cant depend on data you don't actively manage.

Digital Archives Meant to Be Permanent Seem to Be Lost on the Web

New Scientist, Chris Stokel-Walker, August 30, 2021

Old Dominion University…


From Computational Complexity

The Death of Expertise

Four years ago I tried to catch up with deep learning and this summer I aimed to try to catch up again. Who would've thought 2017 is ancient history.

I watched the lectures in the latest MIT course, played with GPT-3 and Codex…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How I debate

How I debate

Many of us feel that the current intellectual climate is difficult to bear. When I first noticed the phenomenon, people told me that it was because of Donald Trump. He just made it impossible to debate calmly. But now that Trump…


From BLOG@CACM

How Does One Divide with Napier's Rods?

How Does One Divide with Napier's Rods?

Napier's multiplication and division rods, deriving from the basic multiplication table, simplify calculations considerably.