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November 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Efficiency

AI and Efficiency

Fairly obvious,  you can that most analytical and computing system have the same effect.  Consistency, speed, some level of autonomy,

How AI is Helping Efficiency Improve  By Kevin Gardner

AI is a wonder of modern science that



From insideHPC

Epic HPC Road Trip stops at NERSC for a look at Big Network and Storage Challenges

Epic HPC Road Trip stops at NERSC for a look at Big Network and Storage Challenges

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at NERSC. "NERSC is unusual in that they receive more data than they send out. Client agencies process their raw data on …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Accesses Health Data

Google Accesses Health Data

Been looking at personal data uses and abuses.  Google has been and is now again in the mix:

Google is to get access to millions of Americans’ personal health data'

The news: Google has signed a deal with Ascension, the second-largest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM and MIT on the Future of Work

IBM and MIT on the Future of Work

Posted this previously, now just taking a dive,  worthwhile read

The Future of Work: How New Technologies Are Transforming Tasks- Artificial intelligence - IBM Research and MIT  .... Work is changing ... '


From insideHPC

Keys to Success for AI in Modeling and Simulation

Keys to Success for AI in Modeling and Simulation

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe interviews Loren Dean from Mathworks on the use of AI in modeling and simulation. "If you just focus on AI algorithms, you generally don’t succeed. It …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Gloves to Control Drones Wirelessly

Gloves to Control Drones Wirelessly

Another example of wearable interfaces.     Gloves are usual special purpose clothing, so this probably links to special use cases.

Astronaut smart glove controls drones wirelessly, could be used to explore Mars   By Georgina…


From Schneier on Security

Identifying and Arresting Ransomware Criminals

Identifying and Arresting Ransomware Criminals

The Wall Street Journal has a story about how two people were identified as the perpetrators of a ransomware scheme. They were found because -- as generally happens -- they made mistakes covering their tracks. They were investigated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

Brought to my attention.  Intriguing comment on what is right, ethical and fair in war,  now that we will soon have AI participating.  But I note that these are broad principles rather than specifics.  We have yet to well define…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self-Consciousness

Self-Consciousness

From the Edge.  What does consciousness mean, when is it necessary for useful intelligence?

News from Edge
To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A New LIDAR Claims Better all Weather Vision

A New LIDAR Claims Better all Weather Vision

LiDAR Sensing was often criticized for not working in rain or snow.  Now I see that Draper Apollo has announced that they have a Lidar that solves this.  Progress continues.

New LiDAR Detector Enables Self-Driving Cars to See

CAMBRIDGE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Trucking Startup iSee

Autonomous Trucking Startup iSee

Interesting effort which could change supply chain logistics.  Worried a bit about huge trucks flying around the road before we get it all right.   For more about the cautions side of this I just watched a most recent Nova Program…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Conference Track at The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2019

Blue Sky Conference Track at The International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2019

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 18th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2019), October 26-30, 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand. The purpose of this conference…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toothbrushes with Apps

Toothbrushes with Apps

Although this has been done before, here some new ideas in the space, especially about automated imaging.  Other applications?

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
The New York Times
By Janet Morrissey

New technologies are being…


From insideHPC

Production Trial Shows Global Science Possible with CAE-1 100Gbps link

Production Trial Shows Global Science Possible with CAE-1 100Gbps link

In early October, A*CRC, ICM, and Zettar conducted a production trial over the newly built Collaboration Asia Europe-1 (CAE-1) 100Gbps link connecting Europe and Singapore. "The project has established a historical first," said…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Counting Crowds

Counting Crowds

Interesting application, note the technique of training in various contexts of measurement.   We don't do that enough with other problems.

A bird’s-eye view of a huge crowd of people. AI Could Help Count How Many People are in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon to Open New Physical Retail

Amazon to Open New Physical Retail

Of interest, more Amazon competition to current retail, and note the cashierless tech not being included.  Why not?   Too expensive?  We saw that as an issue with large scale stores, the physical inclusion of cameras and their…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Goldbach: A Curious Conjecture

Models of the primes [ Montreal ] Andrew Granville writes brilliant papers that explain hard results in number theory. He also proves hard results in number theory. Today, Ken and I use the famous Goldbach conjecture to discuss…


From insideHPC

Accelerate Big Data and HPC applications with FPGAs using JupyterHub

Accelerate Big Data and HPC applications with FPGAs using JupyterHub

Today InAccel annnounced that it has integrated JupyterHub into the company's adaptive acceleration platform for FPGAs. InAccel provides an FPGA resource manager that allows the instant deployment, scaling and virtualization …


From insideHPC

New LOCA Facility to Develop Open Computer Architectures at BSC in Barcelona

New LOCA Facility to Develop Open Computer Architectures at BSC in Barcelona

Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) announced the European Laboratory for Open Computer Architecture (LOCA). LOCA’s mission is to design and develop energy efficient and high performance chips, based on open architectures…


From insideHPC

Enabling Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Scale

Enabling Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with IBM Spectrum Scale

In this video, Doug O'Flaherty from IBM describes how Spectrum Scale Storage (GPFS) helps Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers high performance for HPC applications. "To deliver insights, an organization’s underlying storage …


From Computational Complexity

A non-moral dilemma about cheating, but it brings up some points

I often give two versions of an exam and TELL THE STUDENTS I am doing this so that they don't even try to cheat. I've even had two different classes take the midterm at the same time, same room, every other seat, so the person…


From insideHPC

Optimizing in a Heterogeneous World is (Algorithms x Devices)

Optimizing in a Heterogeneous World is (Algorithms x Devices)

In this guest article, our friends at Intel discuss how CPUs prove better for some important Deep Learning. Here’s why, and keep your GPUs handy! Heterogeneous computing ushers in a world where we must consider permutations of…


From Schneier on Security

Fooling Voice Assistants with Lasers

Fooling Voice Assistants with Lasers

Interesting: Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant are vulnerable to attacks that use lasers to inject inaudible­ -- and sometimes invisible­ -- commands into the devices and surreptitiously cause them to unlock doors, visit websites…


From insideHPC

Coding Dojo Launches Immersive Data Science Bootcamp

Coding Dojo Launches Immersive Data Science Bootcamp

Today education company Coding Dojo launched the Data Science Immersive bootcamp, a new program designed to teach and apply Data Science methodologies and tools so participants can solve real-world problems in business and academia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Engadget Podcast

Engadget Podcast

Been doing more selective listening to technical podcasts of late, just discovered the Engadget Podcast.  Nicely done.   Will be following and mentioning from time to time.

The Engadget Podcast: The streaming wars have begun Who…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Collaboration of Human and Machine

Collaboration of Human and Machine

A considerable 'practice'  article in Communications of the ACM.   Where are we and where are we going?   Not too far off from further mixing computing and human judgement.  ....  But the human side is judging the advice and

The…


From insideHPC

Video: Deep Learning for resource-constrained systems

Video: Deep Learning for resource-constrained systems

Amos Storkey from the University of Edinburgh gave this talk at HiPEAC CSW Edinburgh. "Storkey explores the demands of getting deep learning software to work on embedded devices, with challenges including real-time requirements…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New No Code Bots from Microsoft

New No Code Bots from Microsoft

Look forward to see more real-life examples to work from, and how to integrate them with current data and process.

Microsoft launches Power Virtual Agents, its no-code bot builder
Frederic Lardinois in TechCrunch

Microsoft  today…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales Organizations and AI

Sales Organizations and AI

Which AI and how is this measured?

Now Is the Time for Sales Organizations to Embrace AI

By Kayleigh Halko • CRM Buyer • ECT News Network

Artificial intelligence is arguably the most disruptive technology to emerge over the last…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Mobility Lab

New Mobility Lab

Brought again to my attention.   Innovation about mobility decisions and technology advances.

New Mobility Lab

NEW MOBILITY LAB INNOVATION
New Mobility World® is a registered Trademark of New Mobility World Inc.

In order for companies…