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May 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flu Prediction Cognitive System

Flu Prediction Cognitive System

Using Watson, Twitter and CDC Data for predicting flu epidemics. Modeling under specific contexts. By Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa, University of Osnabrueck  Embedded in the slide presentation.....    Audio recording.   Reminiscent…


From insideHPC

Teratec Forum to Spotlight HPC and IoT

Teratec Forum to Spotlight HPC and IoT

The TERATEC Forum 2016 will host a June 29 workshop on HPC, Connected Objects, and IoT Infrastructures. The full event takes place June 28-29 in Palaiseau, France. "Many innovations and new generation systems are based on connected…


From insideHPC

Weather Prediction and the Scalability Challenge

Weather Prediction and the Scalability Challenge

"Weather prediction using high performance computing relies on having physically based models of the atmosphere that can deliver forecasts well in advance of the weather actually happening. ECMWF has embarked on a scalability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Food Supply in the Hands of AI

Future of Food Supply in the Hands of AI

Any complex system that requires the direction and interaction of many people and machines. And whose output also depends on many uncontrollable external variables and influences, continuous changes in context, market dependencies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Bias in Algorithms

Detecting Bias in Algorithms

In Engadget:   Pointers to a paper from Carnegie.  Though a quick read would say that this would address only certain kinds of algorithmic bias.  Technical.  Worth a read.


From insideHPC

Vectorization Steps

Vectorization Steps

The process to vectorize application code is very important and can result in major performance improvements when coupled with vector hardware. In many cases, incremental work can mean a large payoff in terms of performance. …


From Computational Complexity

Theory Jobs 2016

In the fall we point to theory jobs, in the spring we see who got them. How is the CS enrollment explosion affecting the theory job market? We've seen some big name moves but that's only part of the picture. Like last year and…


From Schneier on Security

Suckfly

Suckfly

Suckfly seems to be another Chinese nation-state espionage tool, first stealing South Korean certificates and now attacking Indian networks. Symantec has done a good job of explaining how Suckfly works, and there's a lot of good…


From Writing

Why the Best Companies and Developers Give Away Almost Everything They Do

Why the Best Companies and Developers Give Away Almost Everything They Do

Why do so many software companies and developers give away so much of their work in the form of open source, writing, and speaking? Why would they invest thousands of hours and millions of dollars into a project and then release…


From Schneier on Security

Companies Not Saving Your Data

Companies Not Saving Your Data

There's a new trend in Silicon Valley startups; companies are not collecting and saving data on their customers: In Silicon Valley, there's a new emphasis on putting up barriers to government requests for data. The Apple-FBI…


From insideHPC

Ansys SeaHawk Brings Big Data Analytics to EDA

Ansys SeaHawk Brings Big Data Analytics to EDA

Ansys, a provider of engineering simulation technology, has announced the release of its SeaScape architecture to help engineers accelerate the optimization of designs using a combination of elastic computation, machine learning…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

New Data Sets from the Next Generation Simulation (NGSIM) Program are Now Available in the Research Data Exchange

New Data Sets from the Next Generation Simulation (NGSIM) Program are Now Available in the Research Data Exchange

The Research Data Exchange (RDE) is a web-based data resource provided by the USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program. It collects, manages, and provides access to archived and real-time multi-source and multi-modal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk On Cognitive Computing

Talk On Cognitive Computing

" ... Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series on Thursday May 26, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT US and 4:30 pm in Germany).  Our presenter this week is Prof. Dr. Gordon Pipa, University of Osnabrueck, who will present…


From Phys.org Technology News

Humans less likely to return to an automated advisor once given bad advice

Humans less likely to return to an automated advisor once given bad advice

The ubiquitous Chat Bot popping up on websites asking if you need help has become standard on many sites. We dismiss, we engage, but do we trust the algorithm that is aiding our experience? Giving us answers and advice? A recent…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

You’re Having Fun Wrong #CSforAll

You’re Having Fun Wrong #CSforAll

In several episodes of the comedy TV show “The Big Bang Theory”, Sheldon, the main character, complains that people are “having fun wrong.” What he means of course is that they are not doing what he thinks of as fun. We see that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Games that Teach Coding

Games that Teach Coding

In the CACM:   Games that teach coding. ' ... "Research with computer programming interventions in early childhood settings has shown that children as young as five years old can master fundamental programming concepts of sequencing…


From My Biased Coin

SODA Information

SODA Information

Phil Klein passed on that there's a delay at SIAM in getting the SODA 2017 CFP up, and of course we want to get out the relevant information out to the community.  So he asked me to post the following:    SODA 2017: The official…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting from Labs to Reality in Innovation

Getting from Labs to Reality in Innovation

Was part of a retail innovation lab for years. So this is very interesting.  We tried, but did not make the transition from lab to reality very well.  Were more interested in having fully formed ideas to arrive, whether in startup…


From insideHPC

Video: Why Quantum Computing Matters

Video: Why Quantum Computing Matters

In this video, Moshe Rappoport of the IBM Research THINK Lab - Zurich, takes into the world of quantum computing. He explains why the recent steps that scientists made this field are very likely just the beginning of yet another…


From insideHPC

AMD FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU Comes to HPE Blade Servers

AMD FirePro S7100X Hardware-Virtualized GPU Comes to HPE Blade Servers

Today AMD announced the Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, a new graphics virtualization solution that provides workstation-class experience. Now available HPE ProLiant WS460c Gen9 blade servers, the AMD FirePro S7100X …


From insideHPC

Sri Sathya Sai Institute in India Chooses Bright Technology

Sri Sathya Sai Institute in India Chooses Bright Technology

Today Bright Computing announced that Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning (SSSIHL) in India has chosen Bright infrastructure management technology to manage its HPC environment. This heterogeneous and hybrid cluster at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales and High Growth Companies

Sales and High Growth Companies

From McKinsey: The Sales Secrets of High-Growth Companies ... The authors of Sales Growth reveal five actions that distinguish sales organizations at fast-growing companies. .... " 


From The Eponymous Pickle

European Commision on Digital Platforms

European Commision on Digital Platforms

In the Economist (registration required) on pricing and Google in the online world.   Are Google (and other large digital platform holders) preventing competition by buying up potential competitors early with their cash?  Also…


From insideHPC

Disruptive Opportunities and a Path to Exascale: A Conversation with HPC Visionary Alan Gara of Intel

Disruptive Opportunities and a Path to Exascale: A Conversation with HPC Visionary Alan Gara of Intel

"We want to encourage and support that collaborative behavior in whatever way we can, because there are a multitude of problems in government agencies and commercial entities that seem to have high performance computing solutions…


From Phys.org Technology News

Award-winning academic research search engine metaBUS launches in June

Award-winning academic research search engine metaBUS launches in June

A trailblazing online search engine that will save researchers years of time while conducting meta-analysis will be unveiled next week at the University of Calgary.


From Putting People First

[Book] Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life

[Book]  Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life

Quantified: Biosensing Technologies in Everyday Life Edited by Dawn Nafus MIT Press, April 2016 280 pp. Today anyone can purchase technology that can track, quantify, and measure the body and its environment. Wearable or portable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reshaping Open Science

Reshaping Open Science

Opening science and the data always involved.A Reboot of the Legendary Physics Site ArXiv Could Shape Open ScienceTo get a sense of just how important arXiv is, consider these stats. In 2014, the site passed its million-paper…


From [email protected]

The Emerging Technology Landscape in China

The Emerging Technology Landscape in China

Observations about the emerging technology landscape in China, looking at mobile social networking, mobile payments, taxi hailing, and same or next day delivery.


From Phys.org Technology News

Tests show drivers can't accurately judge speed of approaching train

Tests show drivers can't accurately judge speed of approaching train

Drivers can see trains approaching but cannot accurately judge their speed when proceeding through a passive level crossing, a QUT and Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation collaborative study has found.


From Putting People First

[Book] The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality

[Book]  The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality

The Fourth Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality by Luciano Floridi Oxford University Press, 272 pages Reprint edition (May 17, 2016) Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of…