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January 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Meta Jumps into NFTs

Meta Jumps into NFTs

NFTs getting a further indication of reality.  A deepening of generalized asset fungification?

Meta reportedly plans to bring NFTs into Facebook and InstagramBY KYT DOTSON  in SliconAngle

Meta Platforms Inc., formerly Facebook…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Opening Genomics Data to All

Opening Genomics Data to All

Boon to future research by opening data. 

Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All

By Johns Hopkins University, January 19, 2022

A team co-led by a Johns Hopkins University computer scientist has created a cloud-based platform…


From insideHPC

ORNL: Updated Exascale Earth Simulation Model Delivers 2X Speed

ORNL: Updated Exascale Earth Simulation Model Delivers 2X Speed

  Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced today that a new version of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model, or E3SM, is two times faster than an earlier version released in 2018. Earth system models have weather-scale resolution…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fully Autonomous Tractors

Fully Autonomous Tractors

More examples of autonomy in use.

John Deere debuts fully autonomous tractor at CES

BY DUNCAN RILEY  in SiliconAngle

Agricultural hardware maker John Deere today debuted a fully autonomous tractor at the 2022 Consumer Electronics…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Dinner! Drinks! Denominators!

Mathematics is only a systematic effort of solving puzzles posed by nature—Shakuntala Devi. source—note MoMath cap Peter Winkler is featured in the current issue of the New Yorker magazine. Peter is a famous Dartmouth mathematics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the EU Digital Services Act

On the EU Digital Services Act

What will it cover and what are the implications?

EXPLAINER: How sweeping EU rules would curb tech companies  in TechExplore  by Kelvin Chan

Online companies would have to ramp up efforts to keep harmful content off their platforms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

Fundamental question.   Always thinking back to the complexity question being posed.  

How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

By The Jerusalem Post, December 29, 2021

Physicists at Germany's University of Bonn and the…


From insideHPC

Quantum in the News: IBM Touts ‘Entanglement Forging’ Simulation; Multiverse Launches Quantum-based Stock Valuations

Quantum in the News: IBM Touts ‘Entanglement Forging’ Simulation; Multiverse Launches Quantum-based Stock Valuations

Quantum is in the news this week, with IBM today announcing new research on its “entanglement forging” simulation method and Multiverse Computing launching  a quantum-based method for financial institutions to calculate the fair…


From BLOG@CACM

How to Teach Mathematical Disciplines for IT Specialties

How to Teach Mathematical Disciplines for IT Specialties

Revision of the foundations of teaching mathematics for IT specialties is needed.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Generating Good Random Numbers for Encryption

Generating Good Random Numbers for Encryption

 Ultimately having good unpredictable randomness is essential for encoding and thus security.

Overloaded Memory Chips Generate Truly Random Numbers for Encryption  By New Scientist, January 13, 2022

Generating truly random numbers…


From BLOG@CACM

Mental Self-Check

Mental Self-Check

Who is crazy: the rest of the world, or I?


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Turns Rembrandt into Data

AI Turns Rembrandt into Data

Interesting look into the information in a complex image.

AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

Popular Science, Purbita Saha, January 11, 2022

The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands has posted an ultra-high-resolution…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA Announces Release 1.1 of AI Enterprise Suite

NVIDIA Announces Release 1.1 of AI Enterprise Suite

NVIDIA has announced release 1.1 of its AI Enterprise software suite. It includes production support for containerized AI with the NVIDIA software on VMware vSphere with Tanzu, previously available only on a trial basis. NVIDIA…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Not Ready of Web 3.0 and Why

Not Ready of Web 3.0 and Why

Good piece by Tim O'Reilly, intro below, more at the link.

Why it’s too early to get excited about Web3   By Tim O’Reilly

There’s been a lot of talk about Web3 lately, and as the person who defined “Web 2.0” 17 years ago, I’m often…


From insideHPC

Quantum Brilliance in $22.5M Quantum Chips Project

Quantum Brilliance in $22.5M Quantum Chips Project

STUTTGART, Germany, January 19, 2022 — Quantum Brilliance, a German-Australian manufacturer of innovative quantum computing hardware, today announced a joint research project with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Russian Hypermarket Tour

Russian Hypermarket Tour

 As someone who has toured European and Asian grocery/hypermarkets in past years for a major US retailer, found this fascinating.   Prices in Russia, especially for staples seemed to be distinctly lower, and breadth of availability…


From BLOG@CACM

Log4j and the Thankless High-Risk Task of Managing Software Component Upgrades

Log4j and the Thankless High-Risk Task of Managing Software Component Upgrades

Managing included versions of third-party software components too often puts developers in no-win situations.


From The Eponymous Pickle

New NVIDIA Robot Brain

New NVIDIA Robot Brain

 Pushing forward robotic power. 

NVIDIA's new AI brain for robots is six times more powerful than its predecessor

And it can still fit in the palm of your hand.

By M. Moon  in Engadget

NVIDIA has launched a follow-up to the Jetson…


From insideHPC

Agnostiq Partners With Mila to Bridge Quantum-Machine Learning

Agnostiq Partners With Mila to Bridge Quantum-Machine Learning

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2022 — Agnostiq, Inc., a quantum computing SaaS startup, announced a partnership with Montreal-based Mila, a machine learning research institute, in an effort to bridge the gap between the quantum computing …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Levis using AI

Levis using AI

Note interesting links to marketing. 

Levi's AI Chief Says Algorithms Have Helped Boost Revenue

By The Wall Street Journal, December 28, 2021

Artificial intelligence and a data repository built on Google Cloud have helped Levi Strauss…


From BLOG@CACM

Essentials of BI Dashboards

Essentials of BI Dashboards

A well-designed dashboard is everyone's dream come true.


From insideHPC

Dell Technologies Interview: How Cambridge University Pushed the Wilkes3 Supercomputer to No. 4 on the Green500

Dell Technologies Interview: How Cambridge University Pushed the Wilkes3 Supercomputer to No. 4 on the Green500

[SPONSORED CONTENT]  In this interview conducted on behalf of Dell Technologies, insideHPC spoke with Dr. Paul Calleja, director of Research Computing Services at the University of Cambridge, about the Wilkes3 supercomputer, …


From BLOG@CACM

Anti-Racist Computing Education: No More Excuses

Anti-Racist Computing Education: No More Excuses

On this #MLKDay, a list of resources to help center racial equity and justice in CS classrooms and a reminder that the CS Education community must make good on individual and collective resolve to attend to racial justice in…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

What is the ‘range’ of a number type?

What is the ‘range’ of a number type?

In programming, we often represent numbers using types that have specific ranges. For example, 64-bit signed integer types can represent all integers between -9223372036854775808 and 9223372036854775807, inclusively. All integers…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Zoom Workshop E-Minder: 4pm ET Today

And a place to look for fallback info in case things go wrong This is a deviation from the “blog invariants” that were maintained for 1,000 posts. We’ll be happy to have suggestions for style changes and general ideas going forward…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Computer Science for the sake of ?

Computer Science for the sake of ?

My grandson in kindergarten has a class in reading. It makes sense as he is just learning how to read. Over time, school spends less time teaching how to read and a lot more time using using reading to support learning. For many…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining Bounties for Security

Examining Bounties for Security

Schneier writes   on the bug/security marketplace, incudes a place for the usual considerable expert comment.    Intriguing to see how and if this will continue to offer significate incentive for finding security holes in existing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots, Machine Learning for Distribution

Robots, Machine Learning for Distribution

Clever application here.

Robotic Arms Use Machine Leanring to Reach Deeper into Distribution

By The Wall Street Journal, January 12, 2022

Robots increasingly are being used in warehouses to sort, pack, and prepare orders for delivery…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cars Becoming Smartphones

Cars Becoming Smartphones

 As cars become smartphones, Big Auto turns to handset chipmaker to survive

Legacy automakers underestimated the importance of employing the latest technology in their dashboards, now they're playing catch up.

How will phones link…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metaverse Trials Useful in Retail

Metaverse Trials Useful in Retail

Lots of things we also examined, with different names and contexts.

Can the metaverse solve retail’s returns challenges?

by Nikki Baird in Retailwire

We’ve seen a lot of press about the volume of returns that are pouring in from…