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January 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Efficiency via AI

Efficiency via AI

 Like all of analytics, AI can be an excellent means to provide leverage via efficiency.   Has to be done right and applied to real process.  Do something better, faster, cheaper.  

AI Efficiency Is How To Make Money In This New…


From insideHPC

Webinar: Transform Your Data Center with Our IPU-POD Scale-out Technology

Webinar: Transform Your Data Center with Our IPU-POD Scale-out Technology

Don't miss Graphcore's upcoming webinar "Transform Your Data Center with Our IPU-POD Scale-out Technology" on January 27, 2021 at 16:00 GMT, 8:00 PT, 11:00 ET. IPU-POD is Graphcore’s unique scale-out solution for high-performance…


From Putting People First

Berlin exhibition features Experientia work

Berlin exhibition features Experientia work

The exhibition, curated by ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, presents exemplary built projects and outstanding conceptual models by architects and planners from all over the world


From The Eponymous Pickle

How AI Will Change Marketing

How AI Will Change Marketing

The point is made that predictive, forecasting and other forward looking capabilities and alerting will be the key to improving marketing.   Those who know more about the future can leverage it.

How artificial intelligence will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Language AI

Improving Language AI

Improving, heating up, getting more useful.   But I still think there are considerable problems with not only interpreting/delivering language, but also managing multiple element conversations that refer to particular and changing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Power of Work Ecosystems

On the Power of Work Ecosystems

Much experience in this space.  Though many companies will say they have a well designed ecosystem and processes, it is often not the case,  especially as such systems interact with data, goals, resources, risks  and design.The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siri and Wolfram Alpha

Siri and Wolfram Alpha

I had to use Siri recently, and was reminded that she is also connected to the Wolfram Alpha Knowledge base.  Here are some general examples of that.   Works well in particular for science constants and algorithms.    Need to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Skills Update

Alexa Skills Update

 From the Amazon Ops site, gives some indication of what they are heading towards regards skills development.  A many page list of examples follows at the link.   With extensive writeups of the skills

Alexa Skills Kit FeatureOn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Discussing Differential Privacy

Discussing Differential Privacy

Thoughts on a topic I had not heard of until recently,  as usual is its in the implications of the measure.

"..As privacy violations have become rampant, and calls for better measures to protect sensitive, personally identifiable…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (January 16th 2021)

Science and Technology links (January 16th 2021)

You can tell people’s political affiliation by image recognition technology. There are far fewer stars and galaxies than we thought. The universe is relatively small. Dog ownership conferred a 31% risk reduction for cardiovascular…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Opens Car Assistant AI Tech

Amazon Opens Car Assistant AI Tech

 Have now run a car assistant for several years.  After a few bumps it works fine.       Have yet to see any true innovation in car use, just sharing some voice and music services.  What other customizations are useful?   Note…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Enabled Wearable COVID Screening

AI Enabled Wearable COVID Screening

 Wearable solution is interesting.

AI-Powered, Wearable-Enabled COVID-19 Screening Solution Begins Validation

By Oliver Peckham  in Datanami

Despite millions of tests per day, the United States remains mired in the darkest phase…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Relationship Management with IOT and AI

Customer Relationship Management with IOT and AI

The problem is constantly evolving and the context needs to be maintained.

How to Extend the Capability of a CRM system Through AI and IoT?

Tripti Rai -January 15, 2021 in CustomerThink

Customers’ needs and expectations are in a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Printing Hollow Structures

Printing Hollow Structures

 New to me, creates new options for manufacturing.

3D-printing hollow structures with "xolography"

New technique uses criss-crossing light beams in a vat of resin to create simple machines with moving parts

By Charles Q. Choi in…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Biden Names Science Team; Eric Lander as Science Advisor; Elevates Position to Cabinet-level

Biden Names Science Team; Eric Lander as Science Advisor; Elevates Position to Cabinet-level

The following is a guest blog post by the Computing Research Association (CRA) Government Affairs Director, Peter Harsha. It was originally posted on CRA’s Computing Research Policy Blog.  President-elect Joe Biden announced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Tracking Tourists Everywhere

Tracking Tourists Everywhere

 Inevitable idea direction.  I recall the broad expansion of CCTV cameras in europe, this just adds more sophisticated tracking.  

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

CNN,  Julia Buckley,  January 13, 2021

Officials in Venice…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Former CCC Council Member Maja Matarić Named A 2020 ACM Fellow

Former CCC Council Member Maja Matarić Named A 2020 ACM Fellow

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) recently named 95 of its members as the new ACM Fellows for 2020.    One of the newly named members is former Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member Maja Matarić, University…


From insideHPC

Exascale Computing Project Software Technology Issues Updated Capability Assessment Report

Exascale Computing Project Software Technology Issues Updated Capability Assessment Report

Jan. 15, 2021 — Tthe latest update (V2.5) of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Software Technology (ST) Capability Assessment Report (CAR) is now available here from the ECP website. It provides…


From Schneier on Security

Click Here to Kill Everybody Sale

Click Here to Kill Everybody Sale

For a limited time, I am selling signed copies of Click Here to Kill Everybody in hardcover for just $6, plus shipping.

Note that I have had occasional problems with international shipping. The book just disappears somewhere …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ford and IBM Lead in Edgey Tech

Ford and IBM Lead in Edgey Tech

Perhaps most surprised in Ford leading in autonomous vehicles, but having worked with them was impressed with their analytical system offerings.

IBM Leads in Quantum Computing, Ford in Driverless Car Patents

By Susan Decker  January…


From insideHPC

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: Jay Boisseau on the Convergence of AI and HPC – Or Is It?

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: Jay Boisseau on the Convergence of AI and HPC – Or Is It?

HPC industry veteran Jay Boisseau – former director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and now AI & HPC technology strategist at Dell, among other career stops – is an advanced tech enthusiast with an outsized personality…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Twelve Innovative Companies

Twelve Innovative Companies

 From KDNuggets:

We bring you industry predictions from 12 innovative companies - what key trends they expect in 2021 in AI, Analytics, Data Science, and Machine Learning?   By Gregory Piatetsky, KDnuggets.

Earlier we published…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Acquiring 3D Images from LED Room Lighting

Acquiring 3D Images from LED Room Lighting

 Researchers Acquire 3D Images with LED Room Lighting, Smartphone

Optical Society of America, January 11, 2021

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde used a smartphone and LEDs to perform three-dimensional (3D) optical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How We Can Be Manipulated Into Sharing Private Information Online

How We Can Be Manipulated Into Sharing Private Information Online

 Useful look at general manipulation methods in play.

How We Can Be Manipulated Into Sharing Private Information Online

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)    December 23, 2020

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Comments on Commenting Code

Comments on Commenting Code

Comments sometimes seem to be a hot button for software developers. Opinions range from the manager I had who actually did want a comment on every line of code to the people who think comments are completely unnecessary. I tend…


From insideHPC

Oqton Inc. Raises $40+M Series A for Industry 4.0 and AI Manufacturing Platform

Oqton Inc. Raises $40+M Series A for Industry 4.0 and AI Manufacturing Platform

Ghent, Belgium / San Francisco – January 15, 2021 – Oqton, Inc., the U.S.- and Belgium-based software company specialising in AI-based manufacturing, today announces it has raised over $40M in a Series A financing round, led …


From Schneier on Security

Cell Phone Location Privacy

Cell Phone Location Privacy

We all know that our cell phones constantly give our location away to our mobile network operators; that’s how they work. A group of researchers has figured out a way to fix that. “Pretty Good Phone Privacy” (PGPP) protects both…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Machine Learning for Disaster Cost Estimation

AI and Machine Learning for Disaster Cost Estimation

AI and Natural Disaster Cost Estimation.   The kind of problem that is greatly expanding. 

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Are Important Tools to Improve Cost Estimation for Natural Disasters in Electric Utilities…


From insideHPC

Rescale Named to Y Combinator’s Top Companies List

Rescale Named to Y Combinator’s Top Companies List

San Francisco – January 14, 2021 – Rescale, the hybrid HPC cloud platform for intelligent computing for digital R&D, was recently named to Y Combinator’s Top Companies list, reaffirming their position among startups. “We’re honored…


From The Eponymous Pickle

State Department Sets Up Bureau for Cybersecurity, Emerging Technologies

State Department Sets Up Bureau for Cybersecurity, Emerging Technologies

Need for new examination of emergent tech and its application. 

State Department Sets Up Bureau for Cybersecurity, Emerging Technologies

The Hill, Maggie Miller. January 7, 2021

The establishment of a new bureau at the U.S. State…