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October 2020


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Vast and Tiny Breakthrough

Christofides bound beaten by an epsilon’s idea of epsilon src1, src2, src3 Anna Karlin, Nathan Klein, and Shayan Oveis Gharan have made a big splash with the number           No that is not the amount of the US debt, or the new…


From Schneier on Security

Reverse-Engineering the Redactions in the Ghislaine Maxwell Deposition

Reverse-Engineering the Redactions in the Ghislaine Maxwell Deposition

Slate magazine was able to cleverly read the Ghislaine Maxwell deposition and reverse-engineer many of the redacted names.

We’ve long known that redacting is hard in the modern age, but most of the failures to date have been…


From insideHPC

RISC-V International Announces Agenda for the 3rd Annual RISC-V Summit

RISC-V International Announces Agenda for the 3rd Annual RISC-V Summit

The RISC-V International Association has announced the online program for the RISC-V Summit 2020 to be held Tuesday, Dec. 8 to Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. Here’s a link for conference registration. The RISC-V Summit brings together…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Peru Defends Its Waters against Chinese Squid Fishing Boats

Friday Squid Blogging: Peru Defends Its Waters against Chinese Squid Fishing Boats

Squid geopolitics.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines here.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Zoom Adding End-to-end Encryption

Zoom Adding End-to-end Encryption

Been following this for some time.   I like Zoom, my favorite to date of the half dozen commonly in use methods I know of.     Now even free users can turn on advanced end to end encryption.   Very powerful encryption, though…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics Impacting the Bottom Line

Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics Impacting the Bottom Line

Yes, well done, it always has.   And further methods like AI, a kind of analytics, does the same.  Been doing it for a lifetime.  Interesting numbers below.

How predictive and prescriptive analytics impact the bottom line  by …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upcoming ACM Talk: Deep Learning and Software Engineering

Upcoming ACM Talk: Deep Learning and Software Engineering

Plan to attend this ACM talk:

VIP Reminder: Nov 2 Talk with fast.ai http://fast.ai/  Co-Founder Jeremy Howard on Applying Software Engineering Practices to Deep Learning... 

If you haven't done so already, Register now  for the…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 29 – Digital Learning with Peter Mirski

Catalyzing Computing Podcast Episode 29 – Digital Learning with Peter Mirski

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. This episode of the podcast is taken from a video interview with Peter Mirski, the chair in Management and IT at the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adding a Brain to a Robot

Adding a Brain to a Robot

Sounds obvious, but what are the form and function and challenges of such a brain? To be more human, more creative, more engaging?   Made me think.

How Giving Robots a Hybrid, Human-Like ‘Brain’ Can Make Them Smarter By Edd Gent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Assistants and Health Care

Voice Assistants and Health Care

Thoughtful and considerable piece with statistics.    Below an intro, much more at the link.

How AI Voice Assistants Can Revolutionize Health in TowardsAi  by Alan Jiang

Siri, Alexa, Google and the future of voice and health technology…


From insideHPC

Practical Hardware Design Strategies for Modern HPC Workloads – Part 3

Practical Hardware Design Strategies for Modern HPC Workloads – Part 3

This special research report sponsored by Tyan discusses practical hardware design strategies for modern HPC workloads. As hardware continued to develop, technologies like multi-core, GPU, NVMe, and others have allowed new application…


From Schneier on Security

IMSI-Catchers from Canada

IMSI-Catchers from Canada

Gizmodo is reporting that Harris Corp. is no longer selling Stingray IMSI-catchers (and, presumably, its follow-on models Hailstorm and Crossbow) to local governments:

L3Harris Technologies, formerly known as the Harris Corporation…


From Computational Complexity

Do not become obsessed with the Polls unless...

I know someone who checks the polls 3 times a day to see who looks like they will be elected prez. She cares A LOT about the election. It is irrelevant to this post who she supports. 


I've asked her `if you find out that, say,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fooling Self Driving Autopilots

Fooling Self Driving Autopilots

 Had seen this mentioned before, good overview in Schneier.   As usual the discussion in the comments there is the most interesting, with experts in the field chiming in, discussing implications for self driving vehicles andSplit…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning Common Sense from Animals

Learning Common Sense from Animals

The common sense problem.   Intriguing view.  Not enough details, but has links to related academic papers.

Researchers suggest AI can learn common sense from animals  By Khari Johnson   @kharijohnson   October 25, 2020   in VentureBeat…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Benchmarking Voice Understanding

Benchmarking Voice Understanding

 Good points made.   I have been using Google voice assistant versus Amazon Alexa for a few years now.  Only now and then using Siri.   I see more 'balking' by Alexa (that is she does not answer coherently at all)  than Google…


From The Noisy Channel

Wolf, thank you for these additional points.

Wolf, thank you for these additional points.

Wolf, thank you for these additional points. I agree that Peter Norvig’s post, while very educational, is a starting point to learn about spelling correction but hardly an end point — either in terms of performance or applicability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GM Can Manage an EV's Batteries Wirelessly and Remotely

GM Can Manage an EV's Batteries Wirelessly and Remotely

Seems quite a considerable improvement of automotive battery use and management for electric vehicles.

Exclusive: GM Can Manage an EV's Batteries Wirelessly—and Remotely

The new system eliminates the rat's nest of wiring and collects…


From The Eponymous Pickle

European Quantum Computing Facility Goes Online

European Quantum Computing Facility Goes Online

 With some useful statistics about usage and capabilities.  Note integration with simulator.  Good description of use and testing processes in place.

Home/News/First European Quantum Computing Facility Goes Online/Full Text

First…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data

Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data

 Learning more accurately, efficiently, is always useful.

A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data

MIT Technology Review,  By Karen Hao, October 16, 2020

Scientists at Canada's University of Waterloo suggest artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

U.S. Government Agencies to Use AI to Cut Outdated Regulations

U.S. Government Agencies to Use AI to Cut Outdated Regulations

 Makes sense, we examined related methods for regualations.

U.S. Government Agencies to Use AI to Cull, Cut Outdated Regulations

Reuters,  David Shepardson

October 16, 202    The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB)…


From insideHPC

IBM Announces New AI Hardware Research, Red Hat Collaborations

IBM Announces New AI Hardware Research, Red Hat Collaborations

At the IEEE CAS/EDS AI Compute Symposium, IBM Research introduced new technology and partnerships designed to dynamically run massive AI workloads in hybrid clouds: The company said it is developing analog AI, combining compute…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Can We Solve It?

It is a Friday James Maynard is a number theorist. He attended Cambridge as an undergrad and then moved to do his grad work at Oxford at Balliol College. He is now a professor at Oxford. He is one of the world experts on prime…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Call for Submissions: Departmental BPC Plans

Call for Submissions: Departmental BPC Plans

The following is a guest blog from BPCnet.org Resource Portal. The Computing Research Association (CRA) and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) are calling…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leveraging NVidia GPUs to Power Analytics and AI

Leveraging NVidia GPUs to Power Analytics and AI

Below is an Ad from Nvidia,  Book worth looking at.   I like the fact that they say 'AI and Analytics', a rare clarification.  Its not all AI

  .... Free BOOK

ACCELERATING APACHE SPARK 3

Leveraging NVIDA GPUs to Power the Next Era…


From BLOG@CACM

Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian

Tracking Down a Seminal Work on Computer Construction – in Russian

A Russian edition of Rutishauser's standard work on computer construction.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Tailoring in Education

Technology Tailoring in Education

Always an interesting question.  The nature of instruction.   In theory it could be precisely tailored to every student and by testing it could be altered in real time to get better results.  Personalized to get the best possible…


From Schneier on Security

New Report on Police Decryption Capabilities

New Report on Police Decryption Capabilities

There is a new report on police decryption capabilities: specifically, mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs). Short summary: it’s not just the FBI that can do it.

This report documents the widespread adoption of MDFTs by law enforcement…


From insideHPC

Gen-Z Consortium’s Activity Lineup at Upcoming Flash Memory Summit, SC20

Gen-Z Consortium’s Activity Lineup at Upcoming Flash Memory Summit, SC20

The Gen-Z Consortium has announced it will participate in the upcoming Flash Memory Summit and SC20 conferences. Along with speaking engagements and panel participation, the interconnect consortium will showcase Gen-Z technology…


From insideHPC

Transform Your Business with the Next Generation of Accelerated Computing

Transform Your Business with the Next Generation of Accelerated Computing

In this white paper, you'll find a compelling discussion regarding how Supermicro servers optimized for NVIDIA A100 GPUs are solving the world's greatest HPC and AI challenges. As the expansion of HPC and AI poses mounting challenges…