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August 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Closing Malls?

Closing Malls?

 Been watching the closing of local malls, repurposing of space, seems contrary to the following: 

New stores are opening in malls, inflation or no  by Matthew Stern  in Retailwire   ....  

Some say a recession is on the way; others…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Redesigning Streets with AI

Redesigning Streets with AI

Worked with  civil engineers early in my career who worked with this kind of designing, fascinating approach

Think Your Street Needs a Redesign? Ask an AI

Bloomberg, Marie Patino, July 30, 2022

Brooklyn-based artist and former activist…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fan Robotics in Space

Fan Robotics in Space

 Fan Robotics in Space

NASA's Space Robots Hit Another Milestone

ZDNet,  Liam Tung, July 26, 2022

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Astrobee robots have concluded the first stage of a project to assess autonomous…


From insideHPC

HPC Analyst Firm Hyperion Research Expands Survey Team

HPC Analyst Firm Hyperion Research Expands Survey Team

ST PAUL, Minn., August 2, 2022— HPC and AI industry analyst firm Hyperion Research announced the addition of Cary Sudan as the organization’s new principal survey specialist. “Hyperion Research continutes to expand our support…


From insideHPC

Quantinuum Says It’s Near Quantum Error Correction Break-even Point

Quantinuum Says It’s Near Quantum Error Correction Break-even Point

Quantinuum, which joins Cambridge Quantum software with Honeywell Quantum trapped-ion hardware, today announced it is close to a "breakeven point in quantum error correction.


The post Quantinuum Says It’s Near Quantum Error Correction…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure

Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure

Considerable piece. Process-technical.  Instructive diagrams at link. 

Transforming Science through Cyberinfrastructure

By Manish Parashar, Amy Friedlander, Erwin Gianchandani, Margaret Martonosi

Communications of the ACM, August…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Monte Carlo Simulation

Monte Carlo Simulation

 Good intro piece to a method we used for many purposes in the enterprise.   Even creating usable models for key processes that were used for decades.  Consider its similarities to Digital Twins.  

 Monte Carlo Simulation

Darío…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is the Password Done? Safely?

Is the Password Done?  Safely?

 Is this finally the case?   See:  

Apple Just Killed the Password—for Real This Time

By Wired, June 8, 2022

Your passwords are terrible. Year after year, the most popular passwords leaked in data breaches are 123456, 123456789,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Six Ways Blockchain Is Bolstering Supply Chains

Six Ways Blockchain Is Bolstering Supply Chains

 Useful piece to consider.

Six Ways Blockchain Is Bolstering Supply Chains

June 13, 2022, Rob Viglione, SCB Contributor  in SupplyChain Brain 

In today's digital world, companies are under pressure to be more transparent with their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Encryption Contender Cracked by Simpler Methods

Encryption Contender Cracked by Simpler Methods

 Good to see this was detected early.  Without Quantum Methods.  Why was it so susceptible? Implications for future methods?

Post-Quantum Encryption Contender Taken Out by Single-Core PC in One Hour

By Ars Technica, August 3, 2022…


From BLOG@CACM

On the Ethics of Writing With AIs

On the Ethics of Writing With AIs

AI-generated text, even if accepted from an ethical standpoint, raises questions about the provenance of the generated text.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Surprising Way Crowd Size Affects Our Tendency to Cheat

Surprising Way Crowd Size Affects Our Tendency to Cheat

 Not unexpected, depending on further contexts, more implications here

The Surprising Way Crowd Size Affects Our Tendency to Cheat

Organizations would be wise to understand the psychology behind this phenomenon.

By Celia Chui, Maryam…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smell as Useful Sense

Smell as Useful Sense

We spent much time examining the power of smell in retail.    Worth a close look. 

Virtual Reality Stinks Because It Does Not Smell

By Wired, August 2, 2022

Illustration shows person wearing virtual reality goggles and uses smoke…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chips Act Explained

Chips Act Explained

 Seems a weak and expensive move. 

The CHIPS Act and Industrial Policy, Explained

By The Week,  August 2, 2022

The United States is going to start making more of its own electronics, and taxpayers are going to pick up a good chunk…


From insideHPC

Nokia Selected by Bharti Airtel for 5G Deployment

Nokia Selected by Bharti Airtel for 5G Deployment

Aug. 3, 2022 — New Delhi – Nokia today announced that it has secured a deal with telecom operator Bharti Airtel, for 5G radio access network (RAN) deployment. This multi-year deal follows the recently concluded 5G spectrum auctions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Schneier Writes on Ring Doorbell and Police

Schneier Writes on Ring Doorbell and Police

Needs more caution on use, but am all for automating home protection. 

Ring Gives Videos to Police without a Warrant or User Consent  in Bruce Schneier

Amazon has revealed that it gives police videos from its Ring doorbells without…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fixing Ad Bias

Fixing Ad Bias

 Example of AI being used to address bias.

An AI Fix to Advertising Bias? Industry Giants Commit to IBM's Tech

WPP, Delta Air Lines, the 4A's tap computing giant's anti-bias toolkit

CANNES, France — A coalition of industry giants…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Building a Practical Quantum Computer

Building a Practical  Quantum Computer

NEWS

Building a Practical Quantum Computer   By Don Monroe

Communications of the ACM, July 2022, Vol. 65 No. 7, Pages 15-17   10.1145/3535191

Researchers have speculated about quantum computation for decades, but recent years have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Dawn of Crowdfarms

The Dawn of Crowdfarms

 Considerable piece starts simple and becomes process-task technical, worth understanding.Note useby China,  considerable detail at the link.  Approach is new to me.    Looking for more detailed examples.

The Dawn of Crowdfarms…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASAs Low G Mapping and Maintenance Robotics

NASAs Low G Mapping and Maintenance Robotics

Fan Robotics in Space

NASA's Space Robots Hit Another Milestone

ZDNet

Liam Tung, July 26, 2022

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Astrobee robots have concluded the first stage of a project to assess autonomous…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shelf Stocking with Image Recognition

Shelf Stocking with Image Recognition

 Out of stock management is an important retail issue, here an example.

This Startup Is Using AI to Help Keep Store Shelves Stocked Wisy’s platform makes it easier for consumers to buy their favorite products

JOANNA GOODRICHS hoppers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Model Automatically Extracts Content From Web Apps

Model Automatically Extracts Content From Web Apps

 Interesting app idea.  

Model Automatically Extracts Content From Web Apps

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya News (Spain)

Juan F. Samaniego, June 17, 2022

Researchers at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain have developed…


From insideHPC

MemVerge Announces Memory Machine Cloud Edition and Memory Viewer for CXL

MemVerge Announces Memory Machine Cloud Edition and Memory Viewer for CXL

MILPITAS, Calif. – August 2, 2022 – Big memory software company MemVerge  today announced general availability of two new software products, Memory Machine Cloud Edition and Memory Viewer. Memory Machine Cloud Edition software…


From insideHPC

OME and Glenco Software Launch OMERO and OMERO Plus for OME-NGFF Support

OME and Glenco Software Launch OMERO and OMERO Plus for OME-NGFF Support

SEATTLE and DUNDEE, United Kingdom, Aug. 2, 2022 — Today the Open Microscopy Environment (OME) and Glencoe Software announced the latest versions of OMERO and OMERO Plus with support for OME-NGFF, a cloud-friendly data format…


From insideHPC

Avery Design Systems Announces 800G Ethernet VIP Virtual Network Co-simulation Platform

Avery Design Systems Announces 800G Ethernet VIP Virtual Network Co-simulation Platform

SANTA CLARA, CA — Aug. 2, 2022 — At the Flash Memory Summit today, Avery Design Systems announced its Verification IP (VIP) for 800Gbps Ethernet can now be used to perform virtual network co-simulation for the full layer Ethernet…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Euro Glasses

Euro Glasses

 Had not seen this as yet, note these are developed with Chinese manufacturer Nreal. 

AR Glasses Allow Deaf People to 'See' Conversations by Turning Audio into Subtitles

EuroNews

Aisling Ní Chúláin, July 29, 2022

U.K. startup XRAI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

From Game Playing to Protein Folding: Opening AI to Scientific Discovery

From Game Playing to Protein Folding: Opening AI to Scientific Discovery

Excellent inspirational talk by Demis Hassabis on the breakthroughs deriving from Google company  DeepMind.  Which I have covered in this blog.    And also the ethics involved.  Largely non Technical and worth reading.  NoteTalk…


From insideHPC

Cogniteam and AAEON Announce Robotics Partnership

Cogniteam and AAEON Announce Robotics Partnership

Tel Aviv, Aug. 1, 2022 — Cogniteam, the developers of a drag n’ drop robotics operating system, called Nimbus, is partnering with a designer and manufacturer of industrial IoT and Edge AI solutions, AAEON, to develop what the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thoughts on On the Value of 'Power Posing'.

Thoughts on On the Value of 'Power Posing'.

But Please Spare us all Posing. 

A pose by any other name

The initial findings that posture equaled power have been debunked, but body language can still play a part in your success.

by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie   in Strategy-Business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Scours Brain Data to Spot Mental Illness Patterns

AI Scours Brain Data to Spot Mental Illness Patterns

Predictive,  accuracy?  

AI Scours Brain Data to Spot Mental Illness Patterns

By Futurity, July 28, 2022  ....  

The research may lead to early diagnosis of mental health conditions.

Georgia State University researchers constructed…