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October 2017


From Computational Complexity

Michael Cohen

When I first saw posts about Michael Cohen (see here, here, here) I wondered



is that the same Michael Cohen who I knew as a HS student?



It is.  I share one memory.



Michael Cohen's father is Tom Cohen, a physics professor at…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Spending on Intelligent Assistants

Spending  on Intelligent Assistants

Interesting piece,  note the list of companies sharing their experiences with an intelligence assistance strategy.

Intelligent Assistants Answer the Challenge of Omnichannel CX Editor's Pick!   by Dan Miller in CustomerThink

These…


From insideHPC

Future HPC Leaders Gather at Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Future HPC Leaders Gather at Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing

Over at ALCF, Andrea Manning writes that the recent Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing brought together HPC practitioners from around the world. "You can’t get this material out of a textbook,” said Eric Nielsen…


From The Noisy Channel

Session Context

Session Context

The most immediate context for a search query is a search session, a sequence of activities the searcher performs in order to pursue an information-seeking task. Relating a search query to the searcher’s previous session activities…


From insideHPC

PRACE Awards 1.7 Million Core Hours for Research Projects in Europe

PRACE Awards 1.7 Million Core Hours for Research Projects in Europe

Today the European PRACE initiative announced that 46 Awards from their recent 15th Call for Proposals total up to nearly 1.7 thousand million core hours. The 46 awarded projects are led by principal investigators from 12 different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Patient Centric Hospitals of the Future

Patient Centric Hospitals of the Future

Below was an article that came up in my survey of patient-centric hospital designs, and the use of Hospital Virtual assistants.    Where might virtual assistance be best inserted?

Building Patient-Centric Hospital Of Future 
By…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Smart Cities. As the featured topic this year at the SC17 Plenary, the Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using urban informatics and other…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nudge Behavioral Economist Gets Nobel

Nudge Behavioral Economist Gets Nobel

In the BBC, this has gotten criticism because it can be seen as manipulative.  Who has decided what nudges we need?   And to what extent?  This has always reminded me of work by BJ Fogg on Persuasive techniques, but Thaler chose…


From insideHPC

Fujitsu to Build 37 Petaflop AI Supercomputer for AIST in Japan

Fujitsu to Build 37 Petaflop AI Supercomputer for AIST in Japan

Nikkei in Japan reports that Fujitsu is building a 37 Petaflop supercomputer for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). "Targeted at Deep Learning workloads, the machine will power the AI…


From Schneier on Security

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's Cell Phone was Tapped

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's Cell Phone was Tapped

Politico reports that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly's cell phone was compromised back in December. I know this is news because of who he is, but I hope every major government official of any country assumes that their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pew Research: Automation in Everyday Life

Pew Research: Automation in Everyday Life

An extensive report based on surveys. Pointer is to an overview, and then links further to a full PDF report I am reading.  Addressing fear about the future of technology.  Nicely done so far.

Pew Research Center for Internet

Automation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Train Ants to be Helpers

Robots Train Ants to be Helpers

A novel application linking robots and insects.   Not really Biomimicy, but a sort of Biosynthesis. Not sure how practical this is for a real application, but impressed by the novelty of what EPFL in Lausanne is doing.

Two small…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Testing Voice Shopping at Walmart

Testing Voice Shopping at Walmart

This started a week ago.  I will be testing this in the coming weeks.  Will typical retail store searching and shopping work this way for the Wal-Mart shopper?

Walmart goes live  By  Marianne Wilson in ChainStoreAge

Walmart has…


From insideHPC

Video: Argonne’s Theta Supercomputer Architecture

Video: Argonne’s Theta Supercomputer Architecture

Scott Parker gave this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. "Designed in collaboration with Intel and Cray, Theta is a 9.65-petaflops system based on the second-generation Intel Xeon Phi processor …


From insideHPC

COMSOL Conference Showcases Next-Gen Multiphysics

COMSOL Conference Showcases Next-Gen Multiphysics

Attendees of the COMSOL Conference in Boston this week were treated to a sneak preview future developments of the popular multiphysics software from Svante Littmarck, President and CEO of COMSOL. The conference featured a robust…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Outlined New Capabilities for Google Home

Outlined New Capabilities for Google Home

Perhaps mundane, but since I have a multiple assistant smart home and office, I like that fact that it will include multiple voices.   So you can readily know who you are talking to.  One of the most basic elements of any conversation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Amazon Playbook

The Amazon Playbook

Good overview, in general this has been my external view as well.

The Amazon Playbook for Speed and Agility 
Jeff Toister   In CustomerThink

It’s no secret Amazon is a customer-obsessed organization.

What’s fascinating to me is how…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain and Insurance Industry

Blockchain and Insurance Industry

Blockchain Could Make the Insurance Industry Much More Transparent
10 Voices - HarvardBusiness.org by Dante Disparte  

While Edward Lloyd is largely credited with commercializing the insurance industry, with the creation of his…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Brain Built from Atomic Switches

Brain Built from Atomic Switches

A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn
Quanta Magazine
By Andreas von Bubnoff

A tiny self-organized mesh full of artificial synapses recalls its experiences and can solve simple problems. Its inventors hope it points the way…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Virtual Customer Service Agents

Microsoft Virtual Customer Service Agents

New means of virtual support by Microsoft.  Notably connected to their LinkededIn and their Knowledge Graph.  This could be a key means to useful enterprise AI.   Both are key sources of enterprise knowledge and organized data…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at PDT Partners in NYC

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at PDT Partners in NYC

The PDT team is seeking a highly-talented Linux HPC Systems Administrator to enhance and support our research computing clusters. As part of the HPC/Grid team, you will be responsible for improving, extending, and maintaining…


From insideHPC

Video: Scientel Runs Record Breaking Calculation on Owens Cluster at OSC

Video: Scientel Runs Record Breaking Calculation on Owens Cluster at OSC

In this video, Norman Kutemperor from Scientel describes how his company ran a record-setting big data problem on the Owens supcomputer at OSC.


"The Ohio Supercomputer Center recently displayed the power of its new Owens Cluster…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Revinventing the Design of Rx Labels

Revinventing the Design of Rx Labels

While we were in the RX business this is an area we tinkered with,  like the re-design approach.

CVS Taps A Design Legend To Reinvent The Prescription Label. Next Stop: The Pharmacy
Inspired by service-design overhauls at companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning Trends

Deep Learning Trends


Four deep learning trends from ACL 2017  by Abigail See

Part One: Linguistic Structure and Word Embeddings

Introduction

“NLP is booming”, declared Joakim Nivre at the presidential address of ACL 2017, which I attended in Vancouver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

KPI in User Experience

KPI in User Experience

Always good to think about useful measures.

What is the most important KPI in User Experience?
by Magnus Revang  in The Gartner Blog

I have many conversations about User Experience with many different organizations. A recurring



From The Eponymous Pickle

DNA Barcoding of Trees

DNA Barcoding of Trees

In our early work managing forest assets in Alberta,  for pulp in use in consumer products, we actively looked at ways of measuring tree growth and asset management in huge areas.   This has advanced considerably, and in this…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Baby Ichthyosaurus Fed on Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Baby Ichthyosaurus Fed on Squid

New discovery: paper and article. 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 posting guidelines here....


From insideHPC

Mapping of the Opportunities for Government, Academia, and Industry Engagement in HPC

Mapping of the Opportunities for Government, Academia, and Industry Engagement in HPC

Mark Sims (DoD) and Bob Sorensen from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Milwaukee. Here, they demonstrate an exciting new project that aims to map HPC centers across the USA.


The post Mapping of the Opportunities…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet of Things, People and Systems

Internet of Things, People and Systems


Brought to my attention:

Smart Cities: The Internet of Things, People and Systems 1st ed. 2017 Edition
by Schahram Dustdar (Author), Stefan Nastić (Author), Ognjen Šćekić (Author)

They write: 

This book presents a coherent, novel…


From insideHPC

Advanced Clustering Technologies Deploys Lawrence Supercomputer at University of South Dakota

Advanced Clustering Technologies Deploys Lawrence Supercomputer at University of South Dakota

Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced the deployment of a new supercomputer at the University of South Dakota. cluster. The machine is named "Lawrence" after Nobel Laureate and University of South Dakota alumnus E.…