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September 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Skills for the Amazon Show

Marketing Skills for the Amazon Show

Key will be how new skills integrate with the capabilities of the device, and innovations of marketing, looking forward to see the possibilities.    Lots of video content out there,  but how will this be different from

Marketers…


From Schneier on Security

Another iPhone Change to Frustrate the Police

Another iPhone Change to Frustrate the Police

I recently wrote about the new ability to disable the Touch ID login on iPhones. This is important because of a weirdness in current US law that protects people's passcodes from forced disclosure in ways it does not protect actions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Oracle's Adaptive Intelligence for CX

Oracle's Adaptive Intelligence for CX

Oracle is calling it adaptive intelligence, and is pushing it for better customer experience.

Oracle OpenWorld: Got Customers? Better Get AI For The Best Customer Experience    Linda Currey Post , Oracle in Forbes.

Better customer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Job Losses and Automation

Job Losses and Automation

Basically, we don't know the numbers, the complexity of the system involved is large.

Statistics on job losses due to automation are sensationalist: Anthony Schofield, Deloitte   By Prachi Verma



From The Eponymous Pickle

A Tensorflow Tutorial

A Tensorflow Tutorial


Have now seen several tutorials, this one starts simply   I will be following the other parts and give some commentary as I can.   For a definition of TensorFlow, see how Google does it at their site:

 .... TensorFlow™ is an open…


From insideHPC

Mapping the Brain with the Theta Supercomputer

Mapping the Brain with the Theta Supercomputer

Researchers are using the Theta supercomputer at Argonne to map the intricate layout of brain neurons. "The basic goal is simple — would like to be able to image all of the neurons in the brain — but the datasets from X-rays …


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF WATCH TALK- The Science of Deep Specification

NSF WATCH TALK- The Science of Deep Specification

The next WATCH talk, called The Science of Deep Specification is Thursday, September 21st, from 12 PM-1 PM EST. The presenter is Benjamin Pierce, a Henry Salvatori Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How China is doing Digital

How China is doing Digital

Quite a good piece, with statistics of interest. Updated details here.

China’s digital economy: A leading global force

By Jonathan Woetzel, Jeongmin Seong, Kevin Wei Wang, James Manyika, Michael Chui, and Wendy Wong

China is already…


From Computational Complexity

Random Storm Thoughts

It's Monday as I write this post from home. Atlanta, for the first time ever, is in a tropical storm warning. Georgia Tech is closed today and tomorrow. I'm just waiting for the power to go out. But whatever will happen here


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Tests Kitchen 1883 Restaurant Concept

Kroger Tests Kitchen 1883 Restaurant Concept

Had seen this done on the west coast, apparently with some success.  Gets more people to the physical site.   Comfort food makes sense, with regional and ethnic contributions. How can this be best linked to the store?

The Kroger…


From insideHPC

Kubernetes Meets HPC

Kubernetes Meets HPC

"While the notion of packaging a workload into a Docker container, publishing it to a registry, and submitting a YAML description of the workload is second nature to users of Kubernetes, this is foreign to most HPC users. An …


From insideHPC

AI Breakthroughs and Initiatives at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

AI Breakthroughs and Initiatives at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Nick Nystrom and Paola Buitrago from PSC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. "The Bridges supercomputer at PSC offers the possibility for experts in fields that never before used supercomputers to tackle problems…


From insideHPC

New PGI 17.7 Release Supports NVIDIA Volta GPUs

New PGI 17.7 Release Supports NVIDIA Volta GPUs

Today NVIDIA released Version 17.7 of PGI 2017 Compilers and Tools, delivering improved performance and programming simplicity to HPC developers who target multicore CPUs and heterogeneous GPU-accelerated systems.


The post New…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neato Maps Rooms

Neato Maps Rooms

More cleaning, mapping.  Other applications in the smart home?

Neato D7
Neato Adds Persistent, Actionable Maps to New D7 Robot Vacuum
By Evan Ackerman in IEEE Spectrum

The Neato D7 remembers the layout of your home, allowing it to recognize…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Robots

Hacking  Robots

Researchers have demonstrated hacks against robots, taking over and controlling their camera, speakers, and movements. News article....


From insideHPC

Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018 Released

Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018 Released

Intel has announced the release of Intel® Parallel Studio XE 2018, with updated compilers and developer tools. It is now available for downloading on a 30-day trial basis. " This week’s formal release of the fully supported product…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Be a Router and Share Messages

Be a Router and Share Messages

The curriculum I am using for Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles is the excellent Code.Org curriculum. I really like the Internet Simulator that is involved in many of the early lesson in the Internet unit. It really…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Age of Digital Assistants

Age of Digital Assistants

Not a bad view, but the longer term potential is greater than implied.

The Age of Digital Assistants – What and when to expect?       By Shishir Kathurwar  in CustomerThink

“ The better we get, the less time you spend talking,…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF/CISE Launches Search Committee for Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division Director

NSF/CISE Launches Search Committee for Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF) Division Director

The following is a letter to the community from James Kurose, Assistant Director, and Erwin Gianchandani, Deputy Assistant Director, of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science & Engineering…


From insideHPC

IBM Simulates Chemistry with Quantum Computing

IBM Simulates Chemistry with Quantum Computing

IBM scientists have developed a new approach to simulate molecules on a quantum computer that may one day help revolutionize chemistry and materials science. “Over the next few years, we anticipate IBM Q systems’ capabilities…


From Schneier on Security

On the Equifax Data Breach

On the Equifax Data Breach

Last Thursday, Equifax reported a data breach that affects 143 million US customers, about 44% of the population. It's an extremely serious breach; hackers got access to full names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses…


From insideHPC

CPC Enhances Non-spill Quick Disconnects for Liquid Cooled HPC

CPC Enhances Non-spill Quick Disconnects for Liquid Cooled HPC

As liquid cooling becomes more and more pervasive in HPC datacenters, the mitigation of leaks and spills is a growing concern. Enter CPC, a maker of quick disconnects (QDs) designed specifically for liquid cooling use. Today …


From insideHPC

Benefits of Multi-rail Cluster Architectures for GPU-based Nodes

Benefits of Multi-rail Cluster Architectures for GPU-based Nodes

Craig Tierney from NVIDIA gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group meeting. "As high performance computing moves toward GPU-accelerated architectures, single node application performance can be between 3x and 75x faster than …


From insideHPC

Entering the Era of Simulation Driven Design

Entering the Era of Simulation Driven Design

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World reports from the European Altair Technology Conference and finds that simulation-driven design is taking center stage for the CAE industry. "Jim Scapa …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transitioning to Industrial AI

Transitioning to Industrial AI

Some quite useful thoughts here, about work flow and production versus testing, retesting and retraining systems. Ultimately we learn this, but sometimes painfully.  Not different from implementing any kind of analytics or solution…


From insideHPC

Video: Best Practices between HPC centers and Industrial Users

Video: Best Practices between HPC centers and Industrial Users

Bill Kramer from NCSA gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. "NCSA and Hyperion Research released a new study that examines HPC and Industry partnerships. Aimed at identifying and understanding best practices in partnerships…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Waymo Training Cars

Waymo Training Cars

Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars

An exclusive look at how Alphabet understands its most ambitious artificial intelligence project
Alexis C. Madrigal .... 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Airbags for Robots (To protect the Humans they Work With)

Airbags for Robots  (To protect the Humans they Work With)

From Idea Connection.  Includes a video.  Via Ideaconnection. 

Airbags for Robots Protect Co-Workers 

Inflatable airbags for robots could help to protect their fragile, human co-workers.

As robots begin to work more closely with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Analyzing Social Tone

Watson Analyzing Social Tone

Instructive Watson Example, via O'Reilly

How can I use IBM Watson to analyze the tone of social media posts?
Learn how to use IBM Watson's APIs and natural language understanding to analyze the tone of social media posts like tweets…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing 2018

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing 2018

Several of my students have applied for this award and all found it quite worthwhile.There are many benefits for students in high school and college. It’s really helpful for girls and young women to be recognized for their interests…