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January 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

Third Party Risk Models

Third Party Risk Models

Recorded Future has been a long time correspondent.   We tested their methods to understand competitive actions.    Always liked their highly visual approaches, easy to use with executives.  "  ... Third-Party Risk helps you.…


From CERIAS Blog

Cybersecurity Hall of Fame Nominations Open Again!

Cybersecurity Hall of Fame Nominations Open Again!

The Cyber Security Hall of Fame was on hiatus while stable funding was secured. That has happened, and nominations are open for the class of 2019. Nominations are only open until February 15.

Current honorees are listed atCybersecurity…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics and Construction

Analytics and Construction

Interesting example, which relates to lots of complex operational decisions to finish a project.  Worth a look to see what is being done here.

In McKinsey: 

How analytics can drive smarter engineering and construction decisions


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technical Model Tuning

Technical Model Tuning

Nice technical piece which points at some of the 'art' of deep learning.  These are the kinds of near intuitive things that would have to be embedded in completely autonomous systems.   Sometimes we crowd-sourced these methods…


From Computational Complexity

Machine Learning and Wind Turbines


My daughter Molly spent six weeks on an environmental program in China last summer. When she got back she had to do a report on machine learning and wind turbines used for clean energy generation. What does machine learning…


From Schneier on Security

Military Carrier Pigeons in the Era of Electronic Warfare

Military Carrier Pigeons in the Era of Electronic Warfare

They have advantages: Pigeons are certainly no substitute for drones, but they provide a low-visibility option to relay information. Considering the storage capacity of microSD memory cards, a pigeon's organic characteristics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Donates to Wikipedia

Google Donates to Wikipedia

Makes sense for all the assistant players to do this, since keeping the information up to date, quickly accessible and maintained, is an important resource for assistants.     Also support for the future of Wikimedia, and how…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Prime Tests Rolling Delivery

Amazon Prime Tests Rolling Delivery

Sidewalk drones they are calling them in this test.   Will they survive suburbia?

Amazon begins testing deliveries with sidewalk drones
Robots are "the size of a small cooler and roll along at a walking pace."
By Timothy B. Lee …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering Generation Z

Considering Generation Z

Always somewhat suspicious of such simplistic classifications.   Simply defining them  (generation Z, born after 1995) can create a narrative with a bias.   Does the narrative march on?     At least this piece admits that. 

Make…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intel Camera with Deep Learning for Vision

Intel Camera with Deep Learning for Vision

Suggesting it can be used for providing vision for robots or drones, or providing an AR experience in retail.  $199, available by end of February.

Intel debuts AI-powered camera system for robots and AR applications   By Maria…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pattern Based Thinking

Pattern Based Thinking

Podcast and Transcript regarding a new book.   [email protected]:

Wharton's Eric K. Clemons explains why even the newest business models echo a pattern from successful companies in the past.

 Today’s technology giants, such asEric…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at the American University of Sharjah

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at the American University of Sharjah

The American University of Sharjah is seeking an HPC System Administrator position commencing in the Fall 2019 semester at the latest. "AUS is seeking a highly motivated individual with proven experience in managing software …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lenses for Dog Recognition

Lenses for Dog Recognition

Have also been seeing this for livestock applications like recognizing horses and pigs.  Imagine other applications.

Object recognition taken beyond humans.  Dogs, and some indication cats are next.

Snapchat lenses now officially…


From insideHPC

Call For Proposals: Worldwide GPU Hackathons in 2019

Call For Proposals: Worldwide GPU Hackathons in 2019

ORNL has issued its Call for Proposals for a set of global GPU Hackathons in 2019. "A GPU hackathon is a 5-day coding event in which teams of developers port their applications to run on GPUs, or optimize their applications that…


From insideHPC

Reflections on HPC Past, Present, and Future

Reflections on HPC Past, Present, and Future

In this special guest feature, Joe Landman from Scalability.org looks at technology trends that are driving High Performance Computing. "HPC has been moving relentlessly downmarket. Each wave of its motion has a destructive impact…


From Schneier on Security

The Evolution of Darknets

The Evolution of Darknets

This is interesting: To prevent the problems of customer binding, and losing business when darknet markets go down, merchants have begun to leave the specialized and centralized platforms and instead ventured to use widely accessible…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Beauty shown at CES

Future of Beauty shown at CES

The Future of Beauty Was on Display at CES
in CNN   By   Ahiza Garcia; Kaya Yurieff

Last week's CES 2019 showcased tech beauty products from Procter & Gamble (P&G), L'Oreal, and Neutrogena. P&G announced Olay Future You Simulation…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Cleaner Power Plants

Supercomputing Cleaner Power Plants

Researchers are looking to HPC to help engineer cost-effective carbon capture and storage technologies for tomorrow's power plants. "By combining new algorithmic approaches and a new software infrastructure, MFiX-Exa will leverage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Labeled Datasets for Use AND Value

Labeled Datasets for Use AND Value

Note how this links to other goals, like understanding the value of datasets as an asset.  Why not use labeling as a means to attach to value analyses as well?   Labels are usually assigned for business purposes that do not work…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Blockchain Network Seeks to Rival VisaNet

Blockchain Network Seeks to Rival VisaNet

Though there has been considerable hype and value slipping in Cryptocurrencies,   Blockchain architectures are still getting lots of serious minded attention.    Good to stay connected.   Note in particular the transaction speeds…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Sea Fog Development to Prevent Maritime Disasters

Supercomputing Sea Fog Development to Prevent Maritime Disasters

Over at the XSEDE blog, Kim Bruch from SDSC writes that an international team of researchers is using supercomputers to shed new light on how and why a particular type of sea fog forms. Through for simulation, they hope to provide…


From insideHPC

France to Double Supercomputing Capacity with Jean Zay Ai System from HPE

France to Double Supercomputing Capacity with Jean Zay Ai System from HPE

HPE is building a new Ai supercomputer for GENCI in France. Called Jean Zay, the 14 Petaflop system is part of an artificial intelligence initiative called for by President Macron to bolster the nation's scientific and economic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Retail and AI

Retail and AI

Thoughts from NRF.    How technologies of many kind will improve shopping.

Tech lets shoppers say ‘Optimize Me’ when ordering groceries   by Al McClain in Retailwire and further expert opinion.

The line between digital and physical…


From insideHPC

Accelerated Python for Data Science

Accelerated Python for Data Science

intel performance librariesThe Intel Distribution for Python takes advantage of the Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) and multiple cores in the latest Intel architectures. By utilizing the highly optimized Intel MKL BLAS and LAPACK routines…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting What you Will Say

Predicting What you Will Say

A kind of prediction classification assumption.      What exactly you will say, or rather how what you will say is readily classifiable as well?  Implications in marketing and advertising?    Speaking/writing is only part of

Social…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Survey of the Use of Face Recognition in Business

Survey of the Use of Face Recognition in Business

Despite the issues, its in use and expanding, it is inevitable globally, net it will protect everyone, expect more.  Here an outline of uses.

The most exciting facial recognition use cases in business
By Steven Van Belleghem  in…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Construction Cranes

Hacking Construction Cranes

Construction cranes are vulnerable to hacking: In our research and vulnerability discoveries, we found that weaknesses in the controllers can be (easily) taken advantage of to move full-sized machines such as cranes used in construction…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AWS Challenges the Blockchain

AWS Challenges the Blockchain

See Amazon's writeup on their QLDB (Quantum Ledger Database) .   Do note that their approach has nothing to do with Quantum computing.  A bad choice of name which can only confuse people, perhaps with riding another hype stream…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Electronic Pill

The Electronic Pill

Not a new idea,  was presented to us in the 80s.   Advanced monitoring takes this further.

Electronic Pill Slowly Delivers Drugs, Monitors Health    by Kenny Walter  in R&D Mag

The hassle of taking medication every day could someday…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Simple Fact

Can we find a simplest proof? Composite crop from src1, src2 Joseph Wedderburn and Leonard Dickson proved Wedderburn’s “Little” Theorem: that every finite ring with the zero-product property is a field. Which of them proved it…