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March 2019


From Putting People First

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From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger, Pinterist Unite for Data

Kroger, Pinterist Unite for Data

What this looks like should be interesting.  What will the 'Engaging Moments' look like?  Better visual curation?

Kroger, Pinterest unite for data sharing
Kroger has joined with Pinterest to allow CPG brands to use first-party


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Don’t read your data from a straw

Don’t read your data from a straw

It is common for binary data to be serialized to bytes. Data structures like indexes can be saved to disk or transmitted over the network in such a form. Many serialized data structures can be viewed as sets of ‘integer’ values…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford HAI Symposium

Stanford HAI Symposium

This symposium is going on now (Resumes at 12:40 EDT), and the recording will be at the same location:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjSlatKnfqQ&feature=youtu.be

Artificial intelligence will be the most consequential technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stanford Launches Institute for Human Centered AI

Stanford Launches Institute for Human Centered AI

Before the last AI winter,we used Stanford and startups including their students and faculty, for consulting in AI based methods.   Much more at the link:

Stanford News Service

Stanford University launches the Institute for Human…


From insideHPC

Intel and Cray to Build First USA Exascale Supercomputer for DOE in 2021

Intel and Cray to Build First USA Exascale Supercomputer for DOE in 2021

Today Intel announced plans to deliver the first exaflop supercomputer in the United States. The Aurora supercomputer will be used to dramatically advance scientific research and discovery. The contract is valued at more than…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast – Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

Catalyzing Computing Podcast – Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

A new episode of the Catalyzing Computing podcast is out now. In this episode Khari Douglas interviews CCC Council Members Dan Lopresti (Lehigh University), Nadya Bliss (Arizona State), and James Cockayne (Centre for Policy Research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speeding up Biological Imaging

Speeding up Biological Imaging

An example of the sharing of methodology to create algorithms.  Note also the replacement and augmentation of human process.

Researchers Use Algorithm From Netflix Challenge to Speed Up Biological Imaging 
Optical Society of America…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Breakthrough for Quantum Computing

AI Breakthrough for Quantum Computing

More hints at links between Quantum and AI methods.

Intel Offers AI Breakthrough in Quantum Computing 
ZDNet  By Tiernan Ray

Researchers at Intel and Hebrew University in Israel have defined an important proof for deep learning,…


From insideHPC

PNNL Leads Quantum Nexus Summit in Seattle

PNNL Leads Quantum Nexus Summit in Seattle

Today a coalition led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Microsoft Quantum, and the University of Washington will convene in Seattle to launch the Northwest Quantum Nexus. The invite-only Summit will establish a center…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ambient Computing on Alexa

Ambient Computing on Alexa

Have not heard the term 'Ambient Computing' used too often, but is more general than voice.  Indicates a more conversational, but also notifying and two other way interaction.    I continue to like to add  the inclusion of the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New NSF Funding Opportunities for the Computer Science Research Community

New NSF Funding Opportunities for the Computer Science Research Community

The following is a letter to the community from James Kurose, Assistant Director, and Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director, of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From insideHPC

Video: Solving I/O Slowdown and the “Noisy Neighbor” Problem

Video: Solving I/O Slowdown and the “Noisy Neighbor” Problem

John Fragalla from Cray gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. "In Oil and Gas, when using shared storage, mixed workloads can have a big impact on I/O performance causing considerable slowdown when running small I/O…


From insideHPC

Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand Speeds Machine Learning with NVIDIA

Mellanox HDR 200G InfiniBand Speeds Machine Learning with NVIDIA

Today Mellanox announced that its HDR 200G InfiniBand with the “Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation and Reduction Protocol” (SHARP) technology has set new performance records, doubling deep learning operations performance. The …


From [email protected]

Calculating With Roman Numerals is Not So Difficult

Calculating With Roman Numerals is Not So Difficult

How to deal with Roman numerals and without a sign for zero in an additive number system, if no hand abacus is available?


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dilemma of Scraping Facial Data

Dilemma of Scraping Facial Data

Solving deep learning problems requires considerable and varied data.   I was recently involved in such a problem which aimed to do facial demographics, learning and then do real-time classification.  It was quickly determined…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain as a Service with Blockchain

Supply Chain as a Service with Blockchain

An interesting example of tracking, based on compliance using shared data, which seems to be the most common approach for Blockchain to date.

Blockchain Platform Leverages RFID Solution for Inventory Management in RFID Journal


From insideHPC

2019: The Year of PCI Express 4.0

2019: The Year of PCI Express 4.0

PCI ExpressComputer systems are about to get a whole lot faster. This year starting at the high end of the market a transition will begin toward systems based on PCI Express 4.0. The interconnect speed will double to 64GB/sec in a 16 lane…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning Curve for Quantum Computing

Learning Curve for Quantum Computing

Intriguing look at how and why to use quantum computing.  Somewhat technical view.    See the editors note that this did not solve the problem posed.  Also I observe that D-Wave is a specialized approach.  By my reading the reconceptualizing…


From Schneier on Security

CAs Reissue Over One Million Weak Certificates

CAs Reissue Over One Million Weak Certificates

Turns out that the software a bunch of CAs used to generate public-key certificates was flawed: they created random serial numbers with only 63 bits instead of the required 64. That may not seem like a big deal to the layman,…


From Computational Complexity

Third Poll on P vs NP and related Questions is out now! And the winner is Harambe!



I took a poll of the theory community (and others) about P vs NP and related issues in 2002, 2012, and 2019 (sorry its not an arithmetic  sequence --- read the third poll article to see why). The 2002 and 2012 polls are onhere…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet Archive Seeks to Save Google+

Internet Archive Seeks to Save Google+

In early projects we used the Internet Archive to document marketing efforts.  We used the archive as a source of data and metadata of historical marketing.  Now the archive has volunteered  to save other parts of the Internet…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Omnichannel Sales through Geospatial Analytics

Improving Omnichannel Sales through Geospatial Analytics

Have seen and developed geospatial analytics for single and groups of locations.  Typically for the case of adding stores.  But this is different and quite intriguing.   An examination of Omnichannel that includes the aspect

 Supercharging…


From insideHPC

GPU Technology Conference to put HPC and Ai front and center

GPU Technology Conference to put HPC and Ai front and center

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) kicks off today in Silicon Valley. In this video, Ned Finkle from NVIDIA previews some of the public sector sessions this week at GTC. "GTC is the premier AI and deep learning conference…


From insideHPC

Panel session: Meeting compute demand for the energy industry in the next decade

Panel session: Meeting compute demand for the energy industry in the next decade

In this video from the Rice Oil & Gas Conference, Andrew Jones from NAG moderates a panel session on the challenges for meeting computing-capacity demand in the energy industry for the next decade. "This panel gives an opportunity…


From [email protected]

Computer Science Was Invented to Teach Everyone About Everything

Computer Science Was Invented to Teach Everyone About Everything

Our goal should not be Computational Thinking, but Science, Mathematics, History, Engineering, and *Everything* Thinking.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice and Sound Identity

Voice and Sound Identity

As we introduce voice interaction, we are also introducing sound as brand equity.   This used to be common on TV and radio, will this work now?  Or is the jingle or intro chime passe?  And now as part of a conversation, is the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IKEA 3D Prints

IKEA 3D Prints

IKEA makes furniture more accessible with 3D printing
ThisAbles could help more people navigate their home.   By Jon Fingas in Engadget


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Leprechauns Go Universal

Facing nonexistential realities Neil L. is a Leprechaun. He has graced these pages before. Today, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, we ponder universal riddles of existence. Ken, who will visit me this coming week, insisted on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Books on Maching Learning and Data Science

Free Books on Maching Learning and Data Science

Looks to be another good selection from KDNuggets

Free Books By Matthew Mayo, KDnuggets.

Who likes free books?

Considering the popularity of the previous installments of the "Free Must-Read Books" series, a third edition of quality…