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May 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Behavior Generation Method

Behavior Generation Method

I see that BJ Fogg, who we worked with at Stanford, always full of good ideas,  is giving a free training session on his wanding behavioral method,  I plan to attend.

BJ Fogg, PhD  Adjunct Professor at Stanford | Research LabUse…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grabbing With Feeling

Grabbing With Feeling

 Deeper sensors for haptic interaction.

A Flexible Way to Grab Items with Feeling

MIT News, Rachel Gordon, April 15, 2022

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Edward Adelson and Sandra Liu have developed a robotic gripper…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Synthetic Biology

AI and Synthetic Biology

Excellent topic we explored.  Here a very good,  largely non technical intro paper in the current ACM.  I see this as a very direction in the years to come.  

Artificial Intelligence for Synthetic Biology

By Mohammed Eslami, Aaron…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trees in Wolfram

Trees in Wolfram

 I see that the Wolfram language has added new and improved features using Trees.  Below a good intro.  As usual, Their capabilities,  which we used in house, are nicely done and described, worth a look. 

New in 13: Trees

April…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Generating Product Reviews with AI

Generating Product Reviews with AI

Generating opinionated product reviews.  Nice general idea, but how well?  

 Everyone Has Opinions, Even AI

Dartmouth College, David Hirsch, April 25, 2022

Dartmouth College computer scientists trained an artificial intelligence…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Fast bitset decoding using Intel AVX-512

Fast bitset decoding using Intel AVX-512

In software, we often use ‘bitsets’: you work with arrays of bits to represent sets of small integers. It is a concise and fast data structure. Sometimes you want to go from the bitset (e.g., 0b110011) to the integers (e.g.,Continue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Introducing Quantum Sensing

Introducing Quantum Sensing

 Also new to me,  quite the revelation that quantum effects can greatly improve how we sense.  Sensing makes for more and more accurate data, here a short intro.  

A Quantum of Sensing—Atomic Scale Bolsters New Sensor Boom Once…


From insideHPC

General Dynamics IT Unit Wins $89.5M EPA HPC Contract

General Dynamics IT Unit Wins $89.5M EPA HPC Contract

May 6, 2022 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded an $89.5 million contract to General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT), a unit of aerospace and defense contractor General Dynamics (NYSE:GD). The money …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Meta Opens its OpenAI for Inspection

Meta Opens its OpenAI for Inspection

 Seeking to take a deeper view.  Examination can reveal key flaws. 

Home/News/Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Free   in ACM NEWS

Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Giving It Away for Free

By MITMeta's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A view of Industry 4.0

A view of Industry 4.0

 Manufacturing pulls together all the tech, data and process, a good read.

McKinsey Talks Industry 4.0 and More

Digital transformations are notoriously difficult to scale up across manufacturing networks, but when implemented successfully…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Stone Could hold the key to Quantum Computing?

A Stone Could hold the key to Quantum Computing?

Completely New to me. 

An Ancient Namibian Stone Could Hold The Key to Unlocking Quantum Computers?

DAVID NIELD 19 APRIL 2022  in ScienceAlert

One of the ways we can fully realize the potential of quantum computers is by basingScientists…


From Putting People First

Behavioral science driven public policy “led astray”

Behavioral science driven public policy “led astray”

Many behavioral scientists propose and test interventions that attack policy problems by seeking to change individual behavior (adopting an “i-frame”) rather than the system in which they operate (an “s-frame”). Such i-frame…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Security Now on Future Open Source

Security Now on Future Open Source

This week a  very good podcast session in TWIT:Security Now:  https://twit.tv/shows/security-now/episodes/869?autostart=false  Regarding the future of security, especially on Open source. 

For full text https://www.grc.com/sn/SN…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: Jack Dongarra Talks Turing Award, the TOP500 and the Past and Future of Supercomputing

@HPCpodcast: Jack Dongarra Talks Turing Award, the TOP500 and the Past and Future of Supercomputing

At @HPCpodcast we’ve been fortunate to host some highly distinguished computer scientists and HPC thinkers, people who have shaped supercomputing as the technology has advanced human knowledge and taken on the world’s most vexing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chip Scans Possible

Chip Scans Possible

Chips scans possible to reveal designs

X-Ray Tech Reveals Chip Design    in IEEE

No trade secret or hardware trojan can hide from ptychographic X-ray laminography

By  ANTHONY F.J. LEVI GABRIEL AEPPLI30 APR 2022  

HEN YOU’RE BAKING…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Optimized Face Recognition

Optimized Face Recognition

 Advances in recognition.

An Optimized Solution for Face Recognition

MIT News.Jennifer Michalowski, April 6, 2022

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that a deep neural network taught to identify…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Announces Special June HPC User Forum: Exascale at Oak Ridge

Hyperion Research Announces Special June HPC User Forum: Exascale at Oak Ridge

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 5, 2022 — HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research today announced a special HPC User Forum to be held June 21-22, 2022 hosted onsite by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kraft Heinz Tech Investment

Kraft Heinz Tech Investment

Useful examples here. 

Kraft Heinz’s Latest Tech Investments Tackle Control Tower and Digital Twins

Lisa Johnston Senior Editor

The Kraft Heinz Company is investing heavily in its supply chain resiliency as part of the next step…


From insideHPC

Nominations Open for SC 2025 General Chair and Steering Committee Openings

Nominations Open for SC 2025 General Chair and Steering Committee Openings

May 4, 2022 — The SC Steering Committee is seeking future leaders for the SC Conference Series. Nominations for the SC25 general chair are now open and will close on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. To enter a nomination, send an email…


From insideHPC

Post-Exascale Fabric: NNSA Awards Cornelis Networks $18M for High Performance Network R&D

Post-Exascale Fabric: NNSA Awards Cornelis Networks $18M for High Performance Network R&D

Those who gave up for dead Intel's Omni-Path fabric, which Intel began working on 2012 and stopped supporting seven years later, may want to re-think that. Cornelis Networks, the company breathing life into Omni-Path since 2020…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Platforms vs Users

Platforms vs Users

 Obviously, but worth a thought:

Platforms Need to Work with Their Users – Not Against Them

by Ethan Bueno de Mesquita and Andrew Hall, May 04, 2022  in HBR.org

As online platforms have become dominant, many have leveraged their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Etna Volcanology with Fiber Optic Cables

Etna Volcanology with Fiber Optic Cables

Fraunhofer work on Etna Sensors

 Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables

Wired, Matt Simon, April 8, 2022

Scientists at the German Research Center for Geosciences at the Technical University of Berlin, working with…


From Computational Complexity

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs


I don't mention it that often in this blog, but I fell in love with opera in the 90's and watch as much as I can, often fitting opera into my travels or vice-versa. Rarely do the tech world and operas collide but they did so(R)evolution…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robotic Library Inventory

Robotic Library Inventory

Inventory taking and misplaced items.

Robot Takes Stock of Books at Akita Public Library

The Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Tsutomu Yamatani, April 12, 2022

The loan and return procedures at the Omonogawa Library in Yokote, Akita Prefecture…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Sedgewick to Emeritus Status

Retire from your job, but never retire your mind. Bob Sedgewick is becoming an emeritus professor: When Faculty transfer to emeritus status and retain a professional connection with Princeton, they are expected to conduct their…


From Putting People First

Privacy is a collective concern

Privacy is a collective concern

It’s easy to assume that because some data is “personal”, protecting it is a private matter. But privacy is both a personal and a collective affair, because data is rarely used on an individual basis, writes Carissa Véliz in…


From Putting People First

Radical user-centricity, a key RegTech success factor

Radical user-centricity, a key RegTech success factor

One of the key success factors of Regulatory Technology ("RegTech") is a commitment to radical user-centricity, according to a new white paper by the World Economic Forum.


From insideHPC

Tachyum Prodigy FPGA Running Applications in Linux Interactive Mode

Tachyum Prodigy FPGA Running Applications in Linux Interactive Mode

LAS VEGAS — May 3, 2022 –Tachyum Inc. today announced  it is running applications in Linux interactive mode on Prodigy FPGA hardware with SMP (Symmetric Multi-Processing) Linux and the floating-point unit enabled on the FPGA …


From insideHPC

Composable Memory within CXL 2.0 Protocol Shown by Liqid, Samsung, Tanzanite

Composable Memory within CXL 2.0 Protocol Shown by Liqid, Samsung, Tanzanite

The Compute Express Link (CXL) Consortium is chasing the utopian tech dream, now being realized in an increasing number of high performance servers, of a high-speed, open-interface interconnect that enables the heterogenous Babel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metals Use and Availability: Nickel

Metals Use and Availability: Nickel

 Brought to my attention in another study.  Am a follower of materials use and supply chain of need and  availability.   Here as it related to electric vehicles (EVs).

The perfect storm increasing the cost of a crucial metal  …