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June 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kids Echo

Kids Echo

Now, with a 2+ old granddaughter, who has learned to interact vocally with an Echo, an interesting development.  Is it child abuse, as some have suggested?    How should privacy be differently addressed?

Amazon’s new Echo Dot …


From insideHPC

Video: Readying Quantum Chromodynamics for Exascale

Video: Readying Quantum Chromodynamics for Exascale

In this video, Fermilab scientist Andreas Kronfeld discusses the LatticeQCD project for Quantum Chromodynamics. As part of the Exascale Computing Project, LatticeQCD is increasing the precision of QCD calculations to understand…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Itunes Shutting Down, History and implications.

Itunes Shutting Down, History and implications.

A favorite prof at Wharton discusses ITunes.  Long been interested in how the music industry has been changed by tech.

Game-changer to Digital Dustbin: Why iTunes Is Shutting Down

Wharton's Peter Fader and UT-Arlington's David

[Podcast]…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Kroger - Ocado Fulfillment Center

First  Kroger - Ocado Fulfillment Center

Continued high tech improvements by Kroger.   Adds a number of jobs here.

Kroger breaking ground on $55M Butler County facility that will bring more than 400 jobs... 

Kroger and Ocado are set to break ground this morning in Butler…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Chips Surge on the Edge

AI Chips Surge on the Edge

Methods and needed software innovations still being hashed out.

New Artificial Intelligence Chips Lean Toward the Edge in NAnalyze

What a difference a year makes. Few companies had enjoyed the sort of bull run AI chipmaker Nvidia…


From insideHPC

Teams from Across the Globe to face off in the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

Teams from Across the Globe to face off in the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

SC19 has published the roster for their upcoming Student Cluster Competition. In this non-stop, 48-hour showdown, student teams race to complete real scientific application workloads on small clusters they have designed and built…


From insideHPC

IBM Celebrates Women Leaders In AI

IBM Celebrates Women Leaders In AI

Today IBM announced a global listing of Women Leaders in AI. The list recognizes and celebrates women across a variety of industries and geographies for pioneering the use of AI to advance their companies in areas such as innovation…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Different Kinds of Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers

Different Kinds of Professional Development for Computer Science Teachers

What to teach and how to teach are different questions. The first is all about content knowledge and the second is about pedagogy. For the most part it feels like professional development for CS educators is focused almost completely…


From Schneier on Security

Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot

Rock-Paper-Scissors Robot

How in the world did I not know about this for three years? Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a robot that always wins at rock-paper-scissors. It watches the human player's hand, figures out which finger position…


From insideHPC

New Paper: Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing

New Paper: Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing

Researchers at D-Wave Systems have published a new paper on Practical Annealing-Based Quantum Computing. "According to the paper, quantum annealing is the viable way forward to connect quantum hardware to real-world applications…


From insideHPC

Univa Powers Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters

Univa Powers Intel Select Solutions for HPC & AI Converged Clusters

Today Univa announced that the company is participating in the Intel Select Solution for HPC and AI Converged Clusters. "By giving our customers a path to take this next step, Intel has likewise put a lot of work into developing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Amazon Air Drone

More on Amazon Air Drone

 More technical details.   Not much yet about the underlying process.  That is which type orders, in which locations and what decisions will be made to decide which deliveries will be made this way.  As I  also mentioned, will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Predict Human Movement

Robots Predict Human Movement

Relatively simple but useful idea.   Imagine too its premise being used to predict the interaction of people and drones in a swarm performing tasks?  Or determining nearby resources?

Algorithm tells robots where nearby humans
A…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), in conjunction with Schmidt Futures, will sponsor and administer a white paper competition on the future of “CS for Social Good,” in order to harness CS to address societal challenges…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supercharging Innovation With Process

Supercharging Innovation With Process

Like the approach, and its use for products and processes.   We did it every day.   But I would add innovation should be used with a specific process to address these needs.  Sometime people think that innovation should be non…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Join the Online #CSed Conversations

Join the Online #CSed Conversations

At it’s best, social computing is a conversation that moves in a positive direction. The more people who participate the better the conversation and the more benefit for everyone involved. For computer science teachers, who are…


From insideHPC

High Performance Computing in the World of Artificial Intelligence

High Performance Computing in the World of Artificial Intelligence

In this special guest feature, Thierry Pellegrino from Dell EMC writes that data analytics powered by HPC & AI solutions are delivering new insights for research and the enterprise. "HPC is clearly no longer reserved for large…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at the coming wave of 40+ Different AI Chips

Radio Free HPC Looks at the coming wave of 40+ Different AI Chips

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC Team asks, “What are we going to do with 40+ AI chips?” One such chip, Graphcore, is touted as “the most complex processor” ever at some 20 billion transistors. The VC-backed company out of…


From insideHPC

Supermicro steps up with NVIDIA EGX for AI on the Edge

Supermicro steps up with NVIDIA EGX for AI on the Edge

Today Supermicro announced support for the NVIDIA EGX platform, allowing customers to rapidly develop AI applications in their Edge networks. "Enhancing our GPU servers and advanced platforms optimized for AI at the Edge technology…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Breaks STAC-M3 Performance Records with WekaIO

Penguin Computing Breaks STAC-M3 Performance Records with WekaIO

cloud computingToday Penguin Computing and WekaIO announced record performance on the STAC-M3 Benchmark. The STAC-M3 Antuco and Kanaga Benchmark Suites are the industry standard for testing solutions that enable high-speed analytics on time…


From Schneier on Security

Workshop on the Economics of Information Security

Workshop on the Economics of Information Security

Last week, I hosted the eighteenth Workshop on the Economics of Information Security at Harvard. Ross Anderson liveblogged the talks....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Glasses and Face Recognition

Smart Glasses and Face  Recognition

Could happen quickly.  Cloaking technology to follow?   Future implications?

Facial recognition smart glasses could make public surveillance discreet and ubiquitous  A new product from UAE firm NNTC shows where this tech is headed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Will Driverless Cars Change Airlines?

How Will Driverless Cars Change Airlines?

This will happen,  how long it will take to become significant remains a question.  But every kind of mobility will be effected. Good piece on the topic.  Effects on the airlines?  Some straightforward models of demand and behavior…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Net-Zero Graphs

A new class of undirected graphs with quantum relevance Cropped from source Gustav Kirchoff was a German physicist active in the mid-1800s. He is known for many things, especially for his “Laws” governing voltage and current…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dynamic Gmail to be Available July 2

Dynamic Gmail to be Available July 2

Dynamic Email announced:

Gmail’s ‘dynamic email’ will be available to everyone July 2nd.
RSVP to an event or fill out a survey without leaving your inbox.
 Amrita Khalid, @askhalid in Engadget  ... "


Take action and stay up-to-date…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Reads Emotions by Voice

Amazon Reads Emotions by Voice

We tested early models of 'emotion glasses' to detect emotion in interactions with consumer products.

Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice  Open the pod bay doors, Alexa.     By Michael…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

2018 Scholarship Winners

2018 Scholarship Winners

In 2018, ACM-W scholarship winners, including undergraduate students and Ph.D. students, attended conference such as WSDM in Los Angeles, ISWC in Singapore, and more. (more …)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Duplex Calls are often From Humans

Google Duplex Calls are often From Humans

Much akin to our own attempts at putting people and/or humans in a conversational path, and looking for signals in the interaction to determine when you should shift from one kind of agent to the other.

I assume almost always

I…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Open Source Intelligence

On Open Source Intelligence

Forms of intelligence addressing risk and threat.

What Is Open Source Intelligence and How Is it Used?
By The Recorded Future Team on February 19, 2019

Key Takeaways

Open source intelligence is derived from data and information that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IOTA Partners with Avery Dennison Manufacturing

IOTA Partners with Avery Dennison Manufacturing

Been intrigued by some of IOTa's unique method of consensus, using a Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG).  No Mining.  Looks to be another assured tracking play in the supply chain.

IOTA Now Partners With Luxury Giant, Surges By 20%
Directed…