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May 2019


From insideHPC

New NVIDIA EGX Platform Brings Real-Time AI to the Edge

New NVIDIA EGX Platform Brings Real-Time AI to the Edge

Today NVIDIA announced NVIDIA EGX, an accelerated computing platform that enables companies to perform low-latency AI at the edge. “The combination of high-performance, low-latency and accelerated networking provides a new infrastructure…


From The Eponymous Pickle

BBC Reports on Shareholder Vote Amazon on Rekognition

BBC Reports on Shareholder Vote Amazon on Rekognition

Shareholders vs government regulation.   Intriguing details from the UK, where advanced camera surveillance is ubiquitous.  Advanced automation of these systems will quickly follow.

Amazon defeated Rekognition revolt by a large…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Key Look at the Meaning and Value of Blockchain

Key Look at the Meaning and Value of Blockchain

A favorite commenter of mine talks about the Blockchain.  Who we worked with at IBM.   With some great additional references.  Recommended read and reference.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A collection of observations, news and resources…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automation ROI

Automation ROI

Perspectives on value measurement, when and how.

Measuring Automation ROI  by Deloitte

Maximizing your mileage...

Taking a strategic, holistic approach to automation ROI during the planning phases helps to build a more robust business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Beware of Giant Underwater Volcanoes and Seismic Hums

Beware of Giant Underwater Volcanoes and Seismic Hums

The planet is alive.

Geologists Discover Largest Underwater Volcano, Explain Weird Hum Heard Around the World   By Laura Geggel in Livescience


A strange seismic event off the coast of Africa has led scientists to a mighty finding…


From insideHPC

Dell HPC Community Meeting returns to Frankfurt for ISC 2019

Dell HPC Community Meeting returns to Frankfurt for ISC 2019

Dell EMC will once again host the HPC Community Meeting at ISC 2019. "The Dell EMC HPC Community is a worldwide technical forum that fosters the exchange of ideas among researchers, computer scientists, technologists, and engineers…


From insideHPC

Cybersecurity and Risk Management for HPC

Cybersecurity and Risk Management for HPC

Henry Newman from Seagate Government Solutions gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe. "Cyber attacks and security breaches have become commonplace with explosion of data. More often than not, these breaches could have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

What do the Amazon Star Product Ratings Mean? Can we get Transparency?

What do the Amazon Star Product Ratings Mean?  Can we get Transparency?

Well they are just an average of all the individual ratings, no?   Well that approach would be very manipulable, and you see right away that they place more weight to people that have bought the product.  Turns out it's much

What…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Control for all Your Gadgets

Voice Control for all Your Gadgets

Hands free is good though perhaps not necessary.   Gesture, which we also  looked at, has emerged much less.

One Day your Voice will Control all your Gadgets, and they will Gontrol you  in Technology Review

Everything you own in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Memory Lane by Accenture

Memory Lane by Accenture

Nice idea, I have some colleagues that are working on related problems, will bring this up.

Accenture Interactive creates 'Memory Lane' AI project to tackle elderly loneliness  By Imogen Watson in theDrum

Accenture Interactive

Following…


From insideHPC

Video: Kubernetes for Biomedical Analysis

Video: Kubernetes for Biomedical Analysis

Kevin Sayers from the University of Basel gave this talk at the hpc-ch forum. "The SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics BioMedIT project is developing the computing infrastructure which will enable biomedical analyses on sensitive…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at the Milwaukee School of Engineering

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at the Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) invites applications for a full-time HPC Systems Administrator to join our Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department. "The MSOE community is guided by six values – collaboration…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Selected Papers at CCC 2019

Some papers from the accepted list of this year’s Computational Complexity Conference [ UB CSE ] Alan Selman is a long-time friend of Ken and I, and is a long-time researcher in complexity theory. Alan was the first president…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 25th 2019)

Science and Technology links (May 25th 2019)

Oculus released the Quest, its latest VR goggles. It requires no wiring, no PC. It supports six degrees of freedom, so it is “true VR”. They cost less than $600. The reviews are critical. The goggles still weight too much for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facial Recognition in Retail

Facial Recognition in Retail

An expert discussion of the use vs risks  of facial recognition in retail.

Do the benefits of using facial recognition in retail outweigh the risks?  by Mark Ryski inRetailwire

Facial recognition technology has many practical applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kinds and Channels of Chat for Customers

Kinds and Channels of Chat for Customers

Good thoughts about what customers need and the variety of chat channels.

Live chat and customer anxiety   By Niamh Reed in Customerthink

Customers come in all moods and mindsets. Some are confident, some are angry, some are calm…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Aims Assistant at Conversation

Google Aims Assistant at Conversation

Have been impressed recently by Google's advances in assistance.

Google's AI Assistant aims to transcend the smart speaker in Techexplore  by Rachel Lerman

... At the time, Amazon had been selling its Echo smart speaker, powered…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Finding Manufacturing Defects with AI

Finding Manufacturing Defects with AI

Descriptive largely non technical article that explains potential.

How to Detect Manufacturing Defects Using AI in Nanalyze

While most consumers don’t often see the process of manufacturing their products, they are most certainly…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: More Materials Science from Squid Skin

Friday Squid Blogging: More Materials Science from Squid Skin

Article: "How a Squid's Color-Changing Skin Inspired a New Material That Can Trap or Release Heat." 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…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Hawaii

NSA Hawaii

Recently I've heard Edward Snowden talk about his working at the NSA in Hawaii as being "under a pineapple field." CBS News recently ran a segment on that NSA listening post on Oahu. Not a whole lot of actual information. "We're…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Driverless up to the Doorstop

Getting Driverless up to the Doorstop

Most interesting is that the computing power for the 'robot' will be from the vehicle.   Good now, but I wonder if advances will make this unnecessary.   The wheel-less stork like Digit is different too..  First time I have seen…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI More Human by Adding Dilemma

AI More Human by Adding Dilemma

Wondering if the Prisoners Dilemma is the right thing to use here,  but agree that showing typical human emotions can bring sympathy to a machine as it can to humans.  Context dependent though, and the PD is an contrived context…


From insideHPC

HPC Powers Evolution of Defects for Superconductors

HPC Powers Evolution of Defects for Superconductors

Researchers are using supercomputers to introduce and assess the impact of different configurations of defects on the performance of a superconductor. "When people think of targeted evolution, they might think of people who breed…


From insideHPC

New Blueprint lays out Strategic Research Agenda for HPC in Europe

New Blueprint lays out Strategic Research Agenda for HPC in Europe

The European ETP4HPC initiative has published a blueprint for the new Strategic Research Agenda for High Performance Computing. "This blueprint sketches the big picture of the major trends in the deployment of HPC and HPDA methods…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Estate Investment Support via Blockchain

Real Estate Investment Support via Blockchain

Brought to my attention to support a potential project, examining motivation of block chains, their architecture and integrated smart contact use.

For Real Estate, Blockchain Could Unshackle Investment
A special interest groupBy…


From insideHPC

Colombian and Botswana Researchers Awarded ISC Travel Grant

Colombian and Botswana Researchers Awarded ISC Travel Grant

Today ISC 2019 announced the recipients of the ISC Travel Grant this year will be from Columbia and Botswana. The winners will each be awarded a grant of 2500 euros to cover travel expenses and boarding. ISC High Performance …


From insideHPC

Video: The First Catalan Quantum Computer

Video: The First Catalan Quantum Computer

Pol Forn from the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre gave this talk at the BSC Annual Meeting. "QUANTIC is a joint venture between the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the University of Barcelona. The research directions are …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deriving Scent from DNA?

Deriving Scent from DNA?

Way back when we were looking at scent  and flavor in consumer products, we talked to scientists about the possibility of extracting these measures from DNA of component natural plants and flowers.    Were told no it was not

Science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Puppets the Human Face

Samsung Puppets the Human Face

With lots of interesting video examples at the link.   From Samsung's AI group.   Fascinating and also a scary.  When will we not need actors at all?  First I had seem the term 'puppeting'.

Oh no, Samsung’s AI lab can create a…


From Schneier on Security

Germany Talking about Banning End-to-End Encryption

Germany Talking about Banning End-to-End Encryption

Der Spiegel is reporting that the German Ministry for Internal Affairs is planning to require all Internet message services to provide plaintext messages on demand, basically outlawing strong end-to-end encryption. Anyone not…