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May 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Plasma Jets may Propel Aircraft

Plasma Jets may Propel Aircraft

Some of the interesting details in the link below.

Plasma Jets May One Day Propel Aircraft
Plasma thrusters could help jet planes fly without fossil fuels
By Charles Q. Choi in Spectrum IEEE Energy

Jet planes may one day fly without…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook's Blenderbot

Facebook's Blenderbot

 Good indication of what Facebook has been doing in this space..  From O'Reilly: 

Facebook open-sources BlenderBot
Facebook AI has open-sourced BlenderBot, an open domain chatbot. It’s said to “feel more human,” because it blends…


From CERIAS Blog

COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

I received considerable feedback from people who read the last post on the history of the COAST Lab. Several people asked for more history, and a few former students volunteered some memories.

I'll do a few posts with some …


From CERIAS Blog

COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

I received considerable feedback from people who read the last post on the history of the COAST Lab. Several people asked for more history, and a few former students volunteered some memories.

I'll do a few posts with some …


From CERIAS Blog

COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

I received considerable feedback from people who read the last post on the history of the COAST Lab. Several people asked for more history, and a few former students volunteered some memories.

I'll do a few posts with some …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Embedding Machine Learning into RPA Process

Embedding Machine Learning into RPA Process

Something we did, but with BPM models and process flow.   Makes sense because you can better understand the context involved.  Process models, even simple visualizations, can help sell the model, get useful data, and promote

Small…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM Digital Library is Open for Free

ACM Digital Library is Open for Free

Like most K-12 teachers, a membership in a professional society like ACM or IEEE is not funded by my school. So I pay out of pocket for an ACM membership and have for years. The extra money for access to the ACM Digital Library…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Could You Run your Business as a Sim Game?

Could You Run your Business as a Sim Game?

The overall idea here was pitched to us, especially the supply chain aspects of such a sim.  Since we were already doing related analytics, you could see how such a system could mimic, diagnose and propose solutions for the real…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evolution of Distributed Systems on Kubernetes

Evolution of Distributed Systems on Kubernetes

Ultimately in delivery,  workflow design is key, here a presentation on the topic.

Kubernetes  is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management ... 

The Evolution of…


From Computational Complexity

Oldest Living Baseball Players- can you estimate...

(The Baseball season is delayed or cancelled, so I post about baseball instead.)



This post is going to ask a question that you could look up on the web. But what fun with that be?



The following statements are true



1) Don Larsen…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Proof of the Diagonal Lemma in Logic

Why is the proof so short yet so difficult? Saeed Salehi is a logician at the University of Tabriz in Iran. Three years ago he gave a presentation at a Moscow workshop on proofs of the diagonal lemma. Today I thought I would…


From insideHPC

Maintaining Business Continuity with the Spectra Logic Remote Installation Program

Maintaining Business Continuity with the Spectra Logic Remote Installation Program

Spectra Logic launched a new Remote Installation Program to support customers during the global coronavirus outbreak. Through this program, customers will realize the benefits of their purchased Spectra solutions much sooner …


From Putting People First

Where is remote research? Ethnographic positioning in shifting spaces

Where is remote research? Ethnographic positioning in shifting spaces

Last week EPIC people gathered for a panel discussion on remote research to share guidance and inspiration as many of us take on new, remote positions. Here are some of the approaches we discussed, grouped in four themes with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Useful Plans vs the Activity of Planning

Useful Plans vs the Activity of Planning

Below the intro to former IBMer  Irving Wladawsky-Berger article on planning vs plans ...  much more at the link.  I like especially the differences when you meet with different kinds of events and seek cures for them.  Resilience…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI is Watching you Work

AI is Watching you Work

Expect much more of this in the future, starting with aggregated group data, but soon later individually.  Can then be readily matched to goal achievements and predicted over time.

AI Is Watching You Work, With Mixed Results

As…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Fundamentals of Machine Learning Book

Free Fundamentals of Machine Learning Book

Free 185 page PDF:  Comprehensive Guide to  Machine learning   Technical, but parts are useful generally.

Free Book: A Comprehensive Guide to Machine Learning     (Berkeley University)  via Capri Granville in DSC

By Soroush Nasiriany…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

What About the Students Who Thrive Learning Online

What About the Students Who Thrive Learning Online

In my end of course evaluations I asked my students if they learned better online or in the classroom. Not surprisingly, most of them said they learned better in the classroom. Maybe the experience will help motivate them toThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

COVID-19 Resources from IEEE

COVID-19 Resources from IEEE

Some good free resources, news highlights and more from an electrical engineering perspective.

 YOUR IEEE RESOURCES
As we weather the COVID-19 pandemic together, check here for updates about IEEE members developing technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft LearnTV: Python Coding

Microsoft LearnTV:  Python Coding

I was just asked about a simple intro to Python.   There are many out there, but I noticed that the just introduced Microsoft LearnTV has a video on it. see: 

I good intro and also an example of LearnTV.

Take your first steps with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neuroimaging Data with Varying Results

Neuroimaging Data with Varying Results

We examined fMRI for possible uses in neuromarketing applications, and also found such variation in analysis results.   Standards in the analysis approach are important.

Neuroimaging Results Altered by Varying Analysis Pipelines…


From insideHPC

Inspur Launches 5 New AI Servers with NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs

Inspur Launches 5 New AI Servers with NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs

Inspur released five new AI servers that fully support the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture. The new servers support up to 8 or 16 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs, with remarkable AI computing performance of up to 40 PetaOPS, as well…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots and Humor

Robots and Humor

A long term thread, the value of humor to learn, instruct, collaborate.

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Oregon State University News
Steve Lundeberg
May 18, 2020

Two studies by Oregon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Learn TV Announced

Microsoft Learn TV Announced

Out of their remote Build conference last week, Microsoft has announced free TV programs on technical topics.  Including some content from Build.  The programs will continue to expand in the coming weeks.  Will mention some examples…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Profile Frames Are Here!

Profile Frames Are Here!

If you have always wanted a cool blue ACM-W frame to embrace your face online, you are in luck! You can now add an ACM-W frame directly to your Facebook profile pic.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Project Cortex

Microsoft Project Cortex

Brought to my attention from this weeks Build meetings as about to be launched.   Form of knowledge management.  Had been show very early version of this.  Notion of a semantic Web has been around for a long time, though not

Project…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cyborg Eye Powered by Sunlight

Cyborg Eye Powered by Sunlight

A plantable sensor?  Privacy considerations?

Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight
New Scientist
Donna Lu
May 20, 2020

Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the University…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA EGX Platform Brings Real-Time AI to the Edge

NVIDIA EGX Platform Brings Real-Time AI to the Edge

Today NVIDIA announced two powerful products for its EGX Edge AI platform — the EGX A100 for larger commercial off-the-shelf servers and the tiny EGX Jetson Xavier NX for micro-edge servers — delivering high-performance, secure…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Priorities with COVID

Supply Chain Priorities with COVID

A look at consumer brands and priorities in the pandemic.

Supply Chain Storytelling: Freeman Previews CBA's New Priorities Moving Through COVID
By Lisa Johnston - 05/19/2020  in Consumergoods

Geoff Freeman, CEO, Consumer Brands
Geoff…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT and Brands in the Smart Home

IFTTT and Brands in the Smart Home

Recording of yesterdays Webinar

 ... How smart home companies decide which integrations to prioritize and why successful smart home companies optimize their integration strategies for scalability,  The different integration strategies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Learn without Supervision

How to Learn without Supervision

Ultimately technical, but note the similarity to the alternate ways we learn ... by rote memorization, and the continuous repetition in a contextual background.  Confirmed or not by the context.  Useful for different things. …