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January 2019


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Lecture As Performance Art

Lecture As Performance Art

Mark Guzdial posted a link to an article about him (The social justice case for computing: transforming tools for some into a language for all  – you should read it) that had a picture of him teaching. His comment on TwitterShuchi…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. Established in 2006 through a cooperative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will Digital Assistants Live up to Hype?

Will Digital Assistants Live up to Hype?

Some good questions posed.  Most interesting, will there ultimately be a single 'language' for their use?    A set of reasonable standards of what we expect of them?   Like in an automobile?   Or will they ultimately all be using…


From insideHPC

Video: Research Computing Storage at the Francis Crick Institute

Video: Research Computing Storage at the Francis Crick Institute

In this video from DDN User Group at SC18, Steve Hindmarsh from the Crick Institute presents: Research Computing Storage at the Francis Crick Institute. "The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming in C/C++ Event in Boston

Call for Papers: Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming in C/C++ Event in Boston

The DHPCC++19 conference has issued its Call for Papers. Held in conjunction with the IWOCL event, the Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming in C/C++ event takes place May 13, 2019 in Boston. "This will be the 3rd DHPCC++ event…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Improving Parallel Applications with the TAU tool

Podcast: Improving Parallel Applications with the TAU tool

In the podcast, Mike Bernhardt from ECP catches up with Sameer Shende to learn how the Performance Research Lab at the University of Oregon is helping to pave the way to Exascale. "Developers of parallel computing applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Theory and Human/Robot Goals

Game Theory and Human/Robot Goals

Good way to systematically think about the problem, but we never found it to be a way to solve the problem.  I like the approach outlined here:

How Game Theory Can Bring Humans, Robots Closer Together 
University of Sussex (U.K…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Virtual Cities from DashCam Images

Creating Virtual Cities from DashCam Images

Thinking further applications of this.  Why not use other aggregated imagery, like Street View?

Nvidia’s new A.I. creates entire virtual cities by watching dash cam videos

From the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the plethora of

An…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Commercial Quantum Computing

First Commercial Quantum Computing

Lots of claims in this space.   With large companies, Governments indicating their development    We dabbled very early on, providing problem areas of our interest.  IBM's involvement and investment does make a claim to seriousness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Conversations

AI Conversations

I selectively read or listen to these.   Often interesting.   Since I have been involved in the history of AI, its always intriguing to hear the opinion of its continued evolution,  especially hints at another possible down turn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Limiting the Right to be Forgotten

Limiting the Right to be Forgotten

Been intrigued by the EU  'right to be forgotten'  laws a means to say you can have information about you scrubbed from the web.    Increasing your privacy at least in theory.    Seems only to be relevant only to big players

EU…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interpreting and Securely Using Machine Learning

Interpreting and Securely Using Machine Learning

 Good piece here, which discusses the nature of Trust, Causality, Transferability, Informativeness,

....Yes to that, but ultimately is how you can link, and use the results as part of a current or proposed business process.   Try…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerabilities in Cell Phone Systems

Security Vulnerabilities in Cell Phone Systems

Good essay on the inherent vulnerabilities in the cell phone standards and the market barriers to fixing them. So far, industry and policymakers have largely dragged their feet when it comes to blocking cell-site simulators and…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance: Spreading the Word in China

Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance: Spreading the Word in China

This article originally appeared on ICANN.org Last month, I participated in the first of a planned series of roadshows in China that are focused on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) including Email Address Internationalization…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exoskeleton Enhancement Robotics

Exoskeleton Enhancement Robotics

Some useful solutions, with images at the link:

GEMS (Gait Enhancing and Motivating System)  in CNet

Helping you walk

 " .... While the Samsung Bot Air looks like a cutesy version of Wall-E, the Samsung GEMS looks more like an exoskeleton…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Feedback and Blacker Boxes

Feedback and Blacker Boxes

Thoughts on the topic of complexity and understanding the operational specifics of what we have done.

The Blacker the Box  By Michael Kaminsky

There has been a lot of discussion in the data science community about the use of black…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Everything Old Is New Again

Everything Old Is New Again

I try not to throw code away. I have punch cards in my attic that are over 40 years old. I also have a bunch of code from my university days on a magnetic tape (a DECtape) that I will probably never be able to recover. But ablog…


From My Biased Coin

ANALCO, SOSA, SODA post

ANALCO, SOSA, SODA post

I spent the last few days at SODA-ANALCO-ALENEX-SOSA in San Diego.  (Nice location choice, I'd say!)  Here's some news.

This will be the last ANALCO (Analytic Algorithms and Combinatorics).  Apparently submissions have been decreasing…


From insideHPC

IBM Weather System to Improve Forecasting Around the World

IBM Weather System to Improve Forecasting Around the World

Earlier this week, IBM unveiled a powerful new global weather forecasting system that will provide the most accurate local weather forecasts ever seen worldwide. The new IBM Global High-Resolution Atmospheric Forecasting System…


From insideHPC

Video: An Update on the European Processing Initiative

Video: An Update on the European Processing Initiative

In this talk from the 2018 HiPEAC event, Philippe Notton from Atos describes how the European Processor Initiative will help Europe achieve sovereignty in chips for advanced computing. "We expect to achieve unprecedented levels…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Dark Energy Survey Data through 2021

Supercomputing Dark Energy Survey Data through 2021

Scientists’ effort to map a portion of the sky in unprecedented detail is coming to an end, but their work to learn more about the expansion of the universe has just begun. "Using the Dark Energy Camera, a 520-megapixel digital…


From The Eponymous Pickle

About Pypestream

About Pypestream

Took another look, follows some of my own ideas about linking process models to solution methods, like RPA and Deep Learning ....

About Pypestream:

Pypestream, the market’s most advanced conversational AI solution, elevates customer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Books from Wikipedia with Wiki-Book Bot

Creating Books from Wikipedia with Wiki-Book Bot

We tested a similar approach in-house, meant to combine public and internal knowledge.   There were of course gripes about both the reliability, completeness of the Wikipedia, and how well the internal sources had been maintained…


From insideHPC

R Systems brings HPC Cloud to SUPERNAP in Las Vegas

R Systems brings HPC Cloud to SUPERNAP in Las Vegas

Today R Systems announced the expansion of its data center and infrastructure capabilities HPC managed services into Switch’s Core Campus in Las Vegas. "Including Switch data centers as part of the offering for R Systems enables…


From Computational Complexity

Search versus Decision

Shockingly I've never done a post on search versus decision, one of the more interesting dualities in complexity. In short: Decision: Is there a needle in the haystack? Search: Find the needle.



In Satisfiability, or any other…


From Schneier on Security

EU Offering Bug Bounties on Critical Open-Source Software

EU Offering Bug Bounties on Critical Open-Source Software

The EU is offering "bug bounties on Free Software projects that the EU institutions rely on." Slashdot thread....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Echo Auto Ships to High Demand

Echo Auto Ships to High Demand

Apparently there is considerable interest and even demand to get the Echo Auto into cars.   Even though later model cars today can already be fitted with Alexa, Google or Siri capability at low additional cost.  There seems to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Long Term Vision for European Automotive Industry

Long Term Vision for European Automotive Industry

In McKinsey.  Not too much unexpected.  Useful view.

A long-term vision for the European automotive industry

Technological disruption is redefining mobility globally. How can Europe capitalize on its past successes to shape the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Telepresence for the Home with Assistant

Telepresence for the Home with Assistant

We examined a number of telepresence solutions for office environments,  trying to allow people to casually inhabit new environments,  office or business, or industrial, without going there.   With the user given the option of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fingernail Sensor to Monitor Disease Progression

Fingernail Sensor to Monitor Disease Progression

New kinds of sensors, measurement and then prediction.

IBM Research Develops Fingernail Sensor to Monitor Disease Progression   in TechCrunch  By Frederic Lardinois

IBM Research has developed a small sensor that can help monitor…