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July 2020


From Computational Complexity

Virtual Complexity

The Complexity Complexity Conference, the conference that shares its name and URL with this blog, originally scheduled for Saarbrücken will be held virtually next week. Registration is free for non-authors. Talks are already


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring Exploration

Exploring Exploration

A very old proposition has said that if only we could make a system as inquisitive as a child, and had it able to learn and extend its knowledge, we could get to intelligent machines.   An ultimate form of Machine learning. Exploring…


From Schneier on Security

Update on NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program

Update on NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program

NIST has posted an update on their post-quantum cryptography program: After spending more than three years examining new approaches to encryption and data protection that could defeat an assault from a quantum computer, the National…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Building Artificial Skin

Intel Building Artificial Skin

Modeling chips more closely to biological neurons.

Researchers use Intel’s neuromorphic chip to build artificial skin  By  Maria Deutscher in SiliconAngle

Intel Corp. today revealed that researchers are using its neuromorphic chips…


From insideHPC

DOE Unveils Blueprint for ‘Unhackable’ Quantum Internet: Central Roles for Argonne, Chicago University, Fermilab

DOE Unveils Blueprint for ‘Unhackable’ Quantum Internet: Central Roles for Argonne, Chicago University, Fermilab

At a press conference held today at the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) unveiled a strategy for the development of a national quantum internet intended to bring “the United States to the forefront of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Works with Consumers with Data via AI

P&G Works with Consumers with Data via AI

Some useful details here.  Note different forms of data being used as an asset.

P&G Gets Personal with Consumers through Data, AI Tech Collaboration
By Alarice Rajagopal - in Cnsumergoods

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has selected…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Israeli Military Launches Radical New Google Maps Alternative

Israeli Military Launches Radical New Google Maps Alternative

New approaches at detailed street maps.

Israeli Military Launches Radical New Google Maps Alternative
Forbes
Zak Doffman
June 30, 2020

The Israeli military has adopted artificial intelligence (AI), multi-source data fusion, and augmented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa-Live Sessions

Alexa-Live Sessions

Attended this, mostly either broadly general or deep technical.  Dev and Device oriented.  Like the direction, lots to do  The on-demand pieces are at the link below, go to the bottom of the page at the link to register and see…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lego Data Talk

Lego Data Talk

Lego is a favorite company for a number of reasons, met with their management in the 90s. Here an upcoming talk via Retailwire, plan to participate.

LEGO: Brick by Brick, Built on the Foundation of Data
 Expert Webinar on July

More…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Image GPT

Image GPT

Been looking at GPT from OpenAI, and at their site found Image GPT.   There a number of links to technical papers at the pieces below:

OpenAI first described GPT-3 in a research paper published in May. But last week it began drip…


From insideHPC

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Dr. Michael Resch Talks about the Leap from von Neumann: ‘I Tell My PhD Candidates: Go for Quantum’

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Dr. Michael Resch Talks about the Leap from von Neumann: ‘I Tell My PhD Candidates: Go for Quantum’

Dr. Michael M. Resch of the University of Stuttgart has professorships, degrees, doctorates and honorary doctorates from around the world, he has studied and taught in Europe and the U.S., but for all the work he has done in …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Responsible Innovation

Responsible Innovation

Google reports on what they believe is responsible.   Considerable piece.   Lots of words.

An update on our work on AI and responsible innovation
Kent Walker  SVP, Global Affairs
Jeff Dean   Google Senior Fellow and SVP, Google
Published…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Meshing and Simulation

Meshing and Simulation

Design meshes are  a means for determining the design of simulation, especially for design problems.  Good discussion.

Better simulation meshes well for design software (and more)
New work on 2D and 3D meshing aims to address challenges…


From Schneier on Security

Adversarial Machine Learning and the CFAA

Adversarial Machine Learning and the CFAA

I just co-authored a paper on the legal risks of doing machine learning research, given the current state of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: Abstract: Adversarial Machine Learning is booming with ML researchers increasingly…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Invitation to Participate in a Study to Investigate the Compounding Impacts of Racism & COVID-19 on Learning & Employment in Computing & Technology (CIRCLE-CT)

Invitation to Participate in a Study to Investigate the Compounding Impacts of Racism & COVID-19 on Learning & Employment in Computing & Technology (CIRCLE-CT)

AnitaB.org, The National Center for Women & Technology (NCWIT) and the STARS Computing Corps (STARS) are conducting a survey to understand the impact of the global pandemics on the conditions of work and educational environments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Good is Language Generator GPT-3?

How Good is Language Generator GPT-3?

Trying to understand the full range and usefulness of this, will schedule a test.   I did take a look at GPT-2 for a client.   Much more at the link ...

OpenAI’s new language generator GPT-3 is shockingly good—and completely mindless…


From insideHPC

University of Florida, Nvidia Plan to Build Fastest AI Supercomputer in Academia

University of Florida, Nvidia Plan to Build Fastest AI Supercomputer in Academia

The University of Florida and Nvidia have unveiled a plan to build what they say will be the world’s fastest AI supercomputer in academia, delivering 700 petaflops of AI performance and infusing AI throughout UF’s curriculum.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Plans to Lay off

Linkedin Plans to Lay off

Bell weather activity,especially when you would expect them to thrive in an era of increased job hunting and HR activity.

In A Scary Sign Of The Times, LinkedIn Plans To Lay Off 960 People    By Jack Kelly in Forbes

 In a sign

In…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Latex Printing

3D Latex Printing

Nteo the use use of an embedded 3D printing system,another example of added sensor applications.   Potential healthcare applications.

Innovations Lead to 3D-Printed Latex Rubber Breakthrough
Virginia Tech News
July 13, 2020

Researchers…


From insideHPC

RadioFreeHPC: ISC, Student Cluster Competition Recap

RadioFreeHPC: ISC, Student Cluster Competition Recap

By RadioFreeHPC Podcast In this episode, the RadioFreeHPC team looks back at the success that ISC20 was and discusses what attending an online-only conference was like. Big kudos and thanks to the ISC team who pulled off one …


From Schneier on Security

Fawkes: Digital Image Cloaking

Fawkes: Digital Image Cloaking

Fawkes is a system for manipulating digital images so that they aren't recognized by facial recognition systems. At a high level, Fawkes takes your personal images, and makes tiny, pixel-level changes to them that are invisible…


From insideHPC

Inspur Launches Server for Mobile Liquid Cooling Cluster

Inspur Launches Server for Mobile Liquid Cooling Cluster

Data center infrastructure provider Inspur Information has announced a plate liquid-cooling 2U 4-node server, the i24M5-LC, that the company said is optimized for large-scale water-cooling server data centers with PUE

The post…


From insideHPC

Paradigm Change: Reinventing HPC Architectures with In-Package Optical I/O

Paradigm Change: Reinventing HPC Architectures with In-Package Optical I/O

This white paper fromAyar Labs, "Paradigm Change: Reinventing HPC Architectures with In-Package Optical I/O," discusses an important paradigm change: reinventing HPC architectures with in-package optical I/O. The introduction…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NVIDIA and U of Florida

NVIDIA and U of Florida

An Alma of mine makes an interesting AI move with NVidia, loo

UF announces $70 million artificial intelligence partnership with NVIDIA  
Artist's rendering of University of Florida's new AI supercomputer based on NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Avoid character-by-character processing when performance matters

Avoid character-by-character processing when performance matters

When processing strings, it is tempting to view them as arrays of characters (or bytes) and to process them as such. Suppose that you would like to determine whether a string is ASCII. In ASCII, every character must be a byte…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Scout Delivery Robots Expand

Amazon Scout Delivery Robots Expand

Been awaiting for this, looking forward to see it operational in the suburbs, on the roads and sidewalks, among people.  My camera is ready.

Amazon is testing its Scout delivery robots in Georgia and Tennessee
It’s already testing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethereum is 5, and is Talking

Ethereum is 5, and is Talking

Been impressed by the direction of Blockchain player Ethereum, which has been ambitious and planning to publish a newsletter as part of their milestone.    I ask:   Where has it come from, where is it going?  Where will it take…


From insideHPC

U.S. Launches $75M Push to Advance Quantum Information Science – 3 University Centers

U.S. Launches $75M Push to Advance Quantum Information Science – 3 University Centers

The U.S. has launched a $75 million to accelerate quantum information science (QIS) research and development, funding that will establish three Quantum Leap Challenge Institutes. An announcement today from the White House Office…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Studies Remote Working

Microsoft Studies Remote Working

Good to see this being studied in the new context. 

Microsoft Analyzed Data on Its Newly Remote Workforce
By Harvard Business Review
July 20, 2020

Microsoft employees found new touchpoints ranging from group lunches to happy hours…


From The Eponymous Pickle

KFC Testing 3D BioPrinted Chicken

KFC Testing 3D BioPrinted Chicken

One of those things that didn't even possible not too long ago.  Now being tested by a major player.

KFC to 3D Print Chicken Using Lab-Grown 'Meat of the Future'
The fast food chain wants to develop the world's first laboratory…