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June 2021


From insideHPC

Los Alamos in R&D Pact with Quantum Computing Inc. for Exascale and Petascale Simulations

Los Alamos in R&D Pact with Quantum Computing Inc. for Exascale and Petascale Simulations

Quantum Computing Inc., a Leesburg, VA-based company focused on bridging classical and quantum computing, today announced a three-year cooperative research and development agreement with Los Alamos National Laboratory. QCI will…


From BLOG@CACM

The Evolution of Computing Power in Switzerland

The Evolution of Computing Power in Switzerland

Milestones in the history of computing from the Swiss National Supercomputing Center, Lugano.
 


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Heat

Quantum Heat

 Heat and quantum computing.  Quantum Computing requires physical machines which will need  heat management.  And that such machines may be quite 'delicate' when they erase information.  Shows we have much to do before we have…


From Schneier on Security

TikTok Can Now Collect Biometric Data

TikTok Can Now Collect Biometric Data

This is probably worth paying attention to:

A change to TikTok’s U.S. privacy policy on Wednesday introduced a new section that says the social video app “may collect biometric identifiers and biometric information” from its“faceprints…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Listen to the Catalyzing Computing Podcast, Episode 35 – Computer Architecture with Mark D. Hill (Part 1)

Listen to the Catalyzing Computing Podcast, Episode 35 – Computer Architecture with Mark D. Hill (Part 1)

A new episode of the Computing Community Consortium‘s (CCC) official podcast, Catalyzing Computing, is now available. In this episode, Khari Douglas (CCC Senior Program Associate) interviews Dr. Mark D. Hill, the Gene M. Amdahl…


From The Noisy Channel

The Eternal Quest for Meaning

The Eternal Quest for Meaning

In 1668, John Wilkins published An Essay Towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language. In it, he proposed a universal language that would represent every concept with its own symbol.

Here is an excerpt from his treatise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McDonald's Drive Through Bot may Violate Law

McDonald's Drive Through Bot may Violate Law

Been following work by retailers to improve efficiency.  This example seems a weak attempt at blocking new tech.

McDonald’s drive-thru AI bot may have broken privacy law   By Ryan Daws | June 11, 2021 | TechForge Media   in AI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UK Plans a Pandemic Radar

UK Plans a Pandemic Radar

 With plans for testing in a future pandemic.

via ACM NEWS

U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System   By Wired

About four years ago, seven infants and toddlers and a 37-year-old woman were admitted to a hospital in Sibu…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Top Supply Chain Tech Trends

Top Supply Chain Tech Trends

Some good thoughts on tech trends in supply chain.

Gartner Reveals Top 8 Supply Chain Technology Trends  in SDCExec

Gartner has identified the top eight supply chain technology themes for 2021, which were selected for their transformational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

3D Printing Human Liver Tissue

3D Printing Human Liver Tissue

 Continue to make  remarkable advances using 3D Prining.

Wake Forest teams win a NASA prize for 3D printing human liver tissue

Nobody was really expected to conquer the 'Vascular Tissue Challenge' when it launched....

In Engadget…


From Putting People First

Anthro-Vision: a new way to see in business and life

Anthro-Vision: a new way to see in business and life

If there’s one simple message for the general reader in her new book Anthro-Vision it is this: the promise and value of anthropology lies in making visible that which is close to hand but ignored. It offers a means to see the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Salesforce and Marketing AI

Salesforce and Marketing AI

 Overview of Salesforce and Marketing AI

Using AI to Automate Marketing Processes Using Salesforce Tools

Salesforce relies heavily on AI technology to help companies dramatically expand their market share. By Diana Hope

Artificial…


From Putting People First

Heidi Larson, vaccine anthropologist

Heidi Larson, vaccine anthropologist

Heidi Larson studies vaccine rumors—how they start, and why some flourish and others wither. Tackling misperceptions individually is like eliminating a single microbial strain: when one germ is gone, another will bloom. Instead…


From Putting People First

Humans are imperfect, inconsistent decision-makers

Humans are imperfect, inconsistent decision-makers

In their new book, Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony and Cass Sunstein offer strategies for improvement | An Economist book review


From Putting People First

The human error of Artificial Intelligence

The human error of Artificial Intelligence

Rather than trying to fix the biases of AI systems and their human error, we need to find ways to coexist with it. Anthropology can help us a lot here.


From Putting People First

The end of privacy? Central banks plan to launch digital coins

The end of privacy? Central banks plan to launch digital coins

The great irony is that the revolution that bitcoin set off could be the end of [financial] privacy with the launch of central bank-backed digital coins.


From The Eponymous Pickle

A World of Holograms and Avatars Next?

A World of Holograms and Avatars Next?

Would like to see Avatar Holograms again,  in fact have seen in many forms over the years. Even formally tested it in the large enterprise.   Its got some good specialized applications, but no, not for day to day work and communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Windows Update Coming Up: New and Improved?

Windows Update Coming Up:  New and Improved?

I was handed a test copy of the first windows OS by Bill Gates, when we represented our enterprises' test of the idea.   It was not fully installed at our company for over a year, ever since have worked with Windows at a number…


From The Eponymous Pickle

USAF Autonomous Drone Skyborg Completes First Flight

USAF Autonomous Drone Skyborg Completes First Flight

Will continue to see more of this effort. 

US Air Force autonomous Drone Skyborg completes first flight,  by Sarah Katz , Tech Xplore

Last month, the United States Air Force successfully test flew an unnamed aerial vehicle (UAV)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Decisions

AI and Decisions

Good, colorful piece on the who idea of designing decisions.  I like the point made especially that 'most decisions are not binary',  noting that it is rarely just finding the best decision, at minimum such an endeavor should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AWS Provides Advanced Location Services

AWS Provides Advanced Location Services

Considerable detail here on the services involved.   Makes sense, they are the practitioners now.

Amazon Location Service Generally Available With Routing and Satellite Imagery By Renato Losio    in Infoq

AWS has recently announced…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Automation

Towards Automation

 More on business automation. 

How Businesses Are Perfecting With Artificial Intelligence  by 7wData

Have you heard automation is the new black? And what better automation of a process than using a computer software to performSure…


From insideHPC

Tear Down These Walls: How CXL Could Reinvent the Data Center

Tear Down These Walls: How CXL Could Reinvent the Data Center

The move to heterogenous computing will require shifting some ... interconnects to a more performant industry standard interface enabling new capabilities like memory tiers, pooled memory, and even the convergence of memory and…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 12th 2021)

Science and Technology links (June 12th 2021)

We completed the sequencing of the human genome. AstraZeneca’s drug Lynparza cut combined risk of recurrence of breast cancer or death by 42% among women in study. Glycine and N-acetylcysteine supplementation improves muscleContinue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exploring Under the Sea with Google Earth

Exploring Under the Sea with Google Earth

 Always appreciated how Google maps has opened Geo exploration and analysis at a remarkable level of detail, to anyone . And below is a reminder that you can do this under the seas as well.    This will likely inspire a new generation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mining Digitization

Mining Digitization

Studied mining efforts for a potential application, and can see the direction, especially regards patterns of detection.

Where digitalization is a goldmine, for real  by Steinar Brandslet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Tardos Is Off With Good Behavior

A call for nominations for her successor In her original orange Éva Tardos’s sentence as Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of the Journal of the ACM (JACM) is coming to an end. She has served almost six years. She will be paroled soon for…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Darktrace Attacks Back with AI Methods.

Darktrace Attacks Back with AI Methods.

Recently sent to me DarkTrace.     Apparently a means to attack back with AI methods.   

AI-powered cyber-attacks: It’s not a fair game

AI and machine learning will soon be used by attackers to increase the speed, scale, and sophistication…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Reconstructs the Human Cortex

Google Reconstructs the Human Cortex

Quite remarkable.  Impressive  build. Images at the link.  A way to connect brain and computer.  Browsing is a way to learn about structure, now take it out to function.    See the Neuroglancer Browser Interface.

A Browsable Petascale…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Criticism of Blockchains and Trust

Criticism of Blockchains and Trust

Here's a 2019 paper/blog post by Bruce Schneier that I read then.    Now revisiting the idea of trust and blockchain.   Article is usefully critical of blockchain in general, but some good thoughts about elements of trust.   Very…