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April 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI's Will Start to Hack

AI's Will Start to Hack

 Very good pieces below.  Something we talked about early in the days of AI, and when hacking did start to adapt to its environments.    Started with simplistic worms, that aimed to change their locations to find the most vulnerable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering Composite AI:

Considering Composite AI:

Could not agree more, but I am seeing practitioners wanting to stay with pure 'AI/Machine Learning'. It stays with the 'magic' of AI.  When hybrid methods should be used.  Why?  Because the other methods are seen as dated?  And…


From insideHPC

Lawrence Livermore Computational Scientist Jeffrey A.F. Hittinger Wins 2021 Corones Award

Lawrence Livermore Computational Scientist Jeffrey A.F. Hittinger Wins 2021 Corones Award

Ames, Iowa — April 26, 2021 — Jeffrey A.F. Hittinger, a computational scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is the 2021 recipient of the James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Catalyzing Computing Podcast, Episode 34 – Health Informatics with Katie Siek (Part 2)

Catalyzing Computing Podcast, Episode 34 – Health Informatics with Katie Siek (Part 2)

A new episode of Catalyzing Computing, the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) official podcast, is now available. This episode is part two of Khari Douglas‘ (CCC Senior Program Associate) interview with Dr. Katie Siek, a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Incomplete Contracts

Incomplete Contracts

Followup on previous piece: 

Incomplete Contracts  by Jesse Walden  in Andreessen Horowitz

cryptocurrencies & blockchains

One way to think about various kinds of crypto projects is through the lens of contract theory. An axiom of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA and NVIDIA Collaborate

NASA and NVIDIA Collaborate

Example of data science uses: NASA and NVIDIA addressing pollution data. ,   Including some instructive code snippets. 

NASA and NVIDIA Collaborate to Accelerate Scientific Data Science Use Cases, Part 2

By Christoph Keller and…


From BLOG@CACM

An Open Call to Establish an Interdisciplinary Data Science Education Journal

An Open Call to Establish an  Interdisciplinary Data Science Education Journal

In this blog, we describe our vision for a journal that would focus on data science education from the interdisciplinarity perceptive.


From BLOG@CACM

From U-boats to 'U-bots'

From U-boats to 'U-bots'

Considering the outlook for undersea cyberwar.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comments on Solar Winds Security Event

Comments on Solar Winds Security Event

 Well done piece on the implications and future considerations for  the recent Solar Winds cybercriminal Data compromise.   Some good thoughts.  Below the introduction ....  and linkon for the detail.  Full coverage at the link…


From Computational Complexity

Ferrer's Diagrams can be used to prove X theorems about partitions. What is X?

1978: I took an excellent  ugrad course in combinatorics from James C Frauenthal (he sometimes wrote his name as the biniomial cofficient (J choose F))  and he covered Ferrer's diagrams. They are a nice way to prove equalities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Some No Code Platforms

Some No Code Platforms

A general exploration of current N-Code platforms.    Have been asked. 

12 No-Code Platforms for Some DIY Machine Learning   In NAnalyze

Only 25% of organizations are using artificial intelligence (AI) in their businesses today…


From The Eponymous Pickle

From Blockchain to Contracts

From Blockchain to Contracts

Have been looking at the use of 'smart contracts' in a broader way.  Is this one direction?   Incorporating trust.

Investing in Aleo  by Katie Haun and Ali Yahya  in Andreessen Horowitz

From the beginning, our core thesis has been…


From insideHPC

New Hypre Library Approach Brings GPU-Based Algebraic Multigrid to Exascale and HPC Community

New Hypre Library Approach Brings GPU-Based Algebraic Multigrid to Exascale and HPC Community

First developed in 1998, the hypre team has adapted their cross-platform high performance library to support a variety of machine architectures over the years. Hypre supports scalable solvers and preconditioners that can be applied…


From The Eponymous Pickle

FlavorGraph: Food Pairings with AI and Molecular Science

FlavorGraph: Food Pairings with AI and Molecular Science

Combines a number of interests of mine.  Food science and AI, Chemistry and Graph Analytics.   At the link see some impressive graphs that look at the connections  Nicely done approach to loooking at a complex problem.  In our…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Labor Intensive Work and Analytics

Labor Intensive Work and Analytics

There will continue to be labor intensive jobs, with key skills required. 

Labor-intensive factories—analytics-intensive productivity

April 21, 2021 | Article in McKinsey

By Manuel Gómez, Jorge Riveros, and Kevin Sachs

New analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training for Brain on a Chip Using SNN

Training for Brain on a Chip Using SNN

First I had heard of this detailed. Probably worth a look.

Brain-on-a-Chip Would Need Little Training  in CNN

KAUST Discovery (Saudi Arabia), April 20, 2021

Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Back in the Classroom Again

Back in the Classroom Again

“What would motivate you to come out of retirement to teach during a pandemic?” That was the question I was asked during an interview for a long term substitution position.  My retirement last June had been planned for a year…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pandemic Eviction Modeling

Pandemic Eviction Modeling

 More models accurately done, with the right data, address the results of specific decisions.

Modeling Shows Pandemic Eviction Bans Protect Entire Communities From Covid-19 Spread

Johns Hopkins Medicine Newsroom

April 19, 2021

Researchers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Plane Paradox: More Creativity for Complex Automation

Plane Paradox:  More Creativity for Complex Automation

 Operating complex automated systems needs more training to be creative, rather than more training about very the details complex systems.  Or do we just need more training to deal with surprises in automated systems?   Wordering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT to Reconcile Data Sharing with EU AI Regulations

MIT to Reconcile Data Sharing with EU AI Regulations

Proposed regulations constraining AI proposed by the EU are over 100 pages long.  What is MIT's view?   Note some other  things also include  'subliminal behavior manipulation', I assume specifying exactly how this differs from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Many Simple Small Robots,

Many Simple Small Robots,

Robot work at Ga Tech, which we visited a number times.   Always liked the idea of small,  multiple and cooperative problem solving doing tasks.  Bur even without collaboration can have value.  Gathering data, especially canSimple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How and Why to Share Scientific Code

How and Why to Share Scientific Code

Rarely done this consistently, but it is a useful approach to follow.   Add it to a review and follow up of results.   Plans for maintaining models.  

How and why to share scientific code

A simple guide to reproducible research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Overview of Graph Databases

Overview of Graph Databases

Overview of Graph DBs and their uses.  From the CACM.  Below the intro, more at the link. 

Understanding NoSQL Database Types: Graph Databases     By Alex Williams  in CACM

While originating as a subset of NoSQL or "Not Only SQL…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Perspective Brain Hack

Perspective Brain Hack

Good thought, but not always.

Perspective Taking: A Brain Hack That Can Help You Make Better Decisions

Mar 22, 2021 Opinion North America

Supports K@W's Innovation Content

In business and in life, many of our interactions benefit…


From insideHPC

Rice Univ. Researchers Claim 15x AI Model Training Speed-up Using CPUs

Rice Univ. Researchers Claim 15x AI Model Training Speed-up Using CPUs

Reports are circulating in AI circles that researchers from Rice University claim a breakthrough in AI model training acceleration – without using accelerators. Running AI software on commodity x86 CPUs, the Rice computer science…


From The Noisy Channel

Query Understanding

Query Understanding

This publication is a series of posts devoted to query understanding. Each post is self-contained, but there is a natural progression. If you’d like to read them all, start with the first one.


Query Understanding was originally…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Small Drone Rules in US

New Small Drone Rules in US

How full will the skies ultimately become,  with more drone-like and autonomous devices?  Expect it. Note remote ID requirements.

New Rules Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People in U.S. Take Effect

Reuters, David Shepardson,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Amazon's Palm Scanning System

More on Amazon's Palm Scanning System

Amazon Bringing Palm-Scanning Payment System to Whole Foods Stores

CNBC, Annie Palmer, April 21, 2021

Amazon's palm-scanning payment system will be rolled out to a Whole Foods store in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood before…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Apple Supplier Targeted with Ransomware

Apple Supplier Targeted with Ransomware

Even Apple suppliers are vulnerable.  Note in particular theft of corporate data and plans.

 Apple Targeted in $50-Million Ransomware Hack of Supplier Quanta

Bloomberg, Kartikay Mehrotra, April 21, 2021

Taiwan-based Apple contract…


From Putting People First

[Book] Anthro-Vision

[Book] Anthro-Vision

In an age when the business world is dominated by technology and data analysis, award-winning financial journalist and anthropology PhD Gillian Tett presents a radically different strategy for success: businesses can revolutionize…