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March 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics for Management

Analytics for Management

Good piece in the ACM, full text linked to below. And further it is not only about classical analytics but also about the emergence of cognitive aspects of AI in this space.    These approaches are more closely connected to the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Clippy and Teams

Clippy and Teams

Been using MS Teams, like it.    But with such systems the question ultimately arises, should we have a system that tracks our activity and offers to help,  assists, or even nag-nudges us to better results?
Used Clippy when it…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Huawei and Smart Glasses

Huawei and Smart Glasses

Will the consumer accept 'smart glasses', and what functions should they have. Interweaving these with fashion is a good idea.  This kind of wearable needs a opening signature effort.  Initial details are sketchy.   Pictures

Huawei…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Sound of Your Brand

The Sound of Your Brand

Former colleague Lou Killeffer continues to talk about the sound of your brand, essential in these days of in-home personalized  assistants.  Continuing to follow.  Thanks Lou.

Yes, it matters what your brand sounds like

By Lou…


From insideHPC

Ai comes to MATLAB and Simulink with new 2019a release

Ai comes to MATLAB and Simulink with new 2019a release

Today MathWorks introduced Release 2019a of MATLAB and Simulink. The release contains new products and important enhancements for artificial intelligence (AI), signal processing, and static analysis, along with new capabilities…


From insideHPC

E-CAS Project to Explore Clouds for Acceleration of Science

E-CAS Project to Explore Clouds for Acceleration of Science

Can the Cloud power ground-breaking research? A new NSF-funded research project aims to provide a deeper understanding of the use of cloud computing in accelerating scientific discoveries. "First announced in 2018, the Exploring…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Technological aging

Technological aging

We are all familiar with biological aging. Roughly speaking, it is the loss of fitness that most animals undergo with time. At the present time, there is simply not much you can do against biological aging. You are just not going…


From insideHPC

Faster Fabrics Running Against Limits of the Operating System, the Processor, and the I/O Bus

Faster Fabrics Running Against Limits of the Operating System, the Processor, and the I/O Bus

Christopher Lameter from Jump Trading gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. "In 2017 we got 100G fabrics, in 2018 200G fabrics and in 2019 it looks like 400G technology may be seeing a considerable amount of adoption…


From insideHPC

D-Wave Leap Quantum Cloud Service comes to Europe and Japan

D-Wave Leap Quantum Cloud Service comes to Europe and Japan

Today D-Wave Systems announced the geographic expansion of its Leap quantum cloud service to 33 countries in Europe and Asia. According to the company, Leap is the only cloud-based service to provide real-time access to a live…


From insideHPC

Exploring the ROI Potential of GPU Supercomputing

Exploring the ROI Potential of GPU Supercomputing

gpu supercomputingThe growing prevalence of artificial intelligence and machine learning is putting heightened focus on the quantities of data that organizations have recently accumulated — as well as the value potential in this data. Companies…


From Schneier on Security

Personal Data Left on Used Laptops

Personal Data Left on Used Laptops

A recent experiment found all sorts of personal data left on used laptops and smartphones. This should come as no surprise. Simson Garfinkel performed the same experiment in 2003, with similar results....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Economy of Supply Chains

Economy of Supply Chains

An economy of Supply Chains.  Thoughts and Statistics.

In HBS Working Knowledge

Business Research for Business Leaders

The Secret Life of Supply Chains
By Michael Blanding:  While US policymakers and politicians focus on reviving…


From CERIAS Blog

Cyber Security Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

Cyber Security Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

The 2019 inductees into the CSHOF were announced last week.

The Hall of Fame was created as a way to honor and memorialize individuals who have had a particularly notable impact on cyber security as a field.

There are five criteria…


From CERIAS Blog

Cyber Security Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

Cyber Security Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees

[Update May 1: The CSHOF pages have been updated with bios on the 2019 inductees.{

The 2019 inductees into the CSHOF were announced last week.

The Hall of Fame was created as a way to honor and memorialize individuals who have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dark Side of AI in Healthcare

Dark Side of AI in Healthcare

This example requires making deceptive prediction based on goals.  Expressing goals and being transparent about them is good,  but can be problematic in context for any kind of analytic method.

 Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in…


From insideHPC

Perth’s GPU Hackathon looks to speed research computing

Perth’s GPU Hackathon looks to speed research computing

The second annual GPU Hackathon kicked off in Perth this week, a collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NVIDIA and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Attended by five teams from across Australia, the five-day hack…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Multicore Scaling Slow Down, and Fooling AI

Podcast: Multicore Scaling Slow Down, and Fooling AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team has an animated discussion about multicore scaling, how easy it seems to be to mislead AI systems, and some good sized catches of the week. "As CPU performance improvements have slowed…


From insideHPC

Oracle Cloud Speeds HPC & Ai Workloads at GTC 2019

Oracle Cloud Speeds HPC & Ai Workloads at GTC 2019

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Karan Batta from Oracle describes how the company provides HPC and Machine Learning in the Cloud with Bare Metal speed. " Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers wide-ranging support…


From Schneier on Security

Mail Fishing

Mail Fishing

Not email, paper mail: Thieves, often at night, use string to lower glue-covered rodent traps or bottles coated with an adhesive down the chute of a sidewalk mailbox. This bait attaches to the envelopes inside, and the fish in…


From insideHPC

CPU, GPU, FGPA, or DSP: Heterogeneous Computing Multiplies the Processing Power

CPU, GPU, FGPA, or DSP: Heterogeneous Computing Multiplies the Processing Power

Heterogeneous ComputingWhether your code will run on industry-standard PCs or is embedded in devices for specific uses, chances are there’s more than one processor that you can utilize. Graphics processors, DSPs and other hardware accelerators often…


From The Noisy Channel

Search: The Whole Story

Search: The Whole Story

Query understanding and relevance are key aspects of search, but they don’t tell the whole story. A holistic framework for search calls for a broader perspective. Search is about computers helping humans help themselves, a framework…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Neural Nets Faster

Designing Neural Nets Faster

Automating the deign of nets has been a long term desire. 

MIT researchers have developed an efficient algorithm that could provide a “push-button” solution for automatically designing fast-running neural networks on specific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Video Analytics

Video Analytics

Or will other advanced techniques remove checkout lines entirely?

NRF: Is video analytics the solution to ending long checkout lines?  in Retailwire  by Matthew Stern  with expert commentary

Customer disdain for standing in long…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bootstrapping Techniques

Bootstrapping Techniques

Useful and good introduction.     Was used long before AI techniques.

The bootstrap. The Swiss army knife of any data scientist
Applications of the bootstrap techniques in R
By Gianluca Malato

Bootstrap in a nutshell
Bootstrap is

It…


From Computational Complexity

Random Thoughts on the admissions scandal

In light of the recent academic scandal I am going to list ways I've heard to help get your kid into college and thoughts on how ethical they are (hint: bribing a coach to claim your kid is on the rowing team is not ethical).…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Transfer Learning

On Transfer Learning

Short, non technical introduction,with cautions.

Transfer learning: the dos and don’ts      By Chris von Csefalvay from Starchema Blog

If you have recently started doing work in deep learning, especially image recognition, you

The…


From insideHPC

ExaLearn Project to bring Machine Learning to Exascale

ExaLearn Project to bring Machine Learning to Exascale

As supercomputers become ever more capable in their march toward exascale levels of performance, scientists can run increasingly detailed and accurate simulations to study problems ranging from cleaner combustion to the nature…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interaction Insights in Alexa Skills

Interaction Insights in Alexa Skills

This piece was published last year, but gave me some interesting insight recently about usage of skills.

Gain Interaction Insights Using New Analytics in the ASK Developer Console   By BJ Haberkorn

Today we added interaction path…


From insideHPC

IonQ posts benchmarks for quantum computer

IonQ posts benchmarks for quantum computer

Today quantum computing startup IonQ released the results of two rigorous real-world tests that show that its quantum computer can solve significantly more complex problems with greater accuracy than results published for any…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Efficient Mathematics of Cells

The Efficient Mathematics of Cells

Neural nets are great simplifications of how real neurons work,  but have now been used to solve very tough computational goals.  can other examples given by nature help us as well?  I see it every day in my gardens, plants know…