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November 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Being More Open Minded

Being More Open Minded

Good piece, one of those fundamental things, and I think fairly rarely done in the enterprise.  Ultimately its a human resource issue.   Will the integration of more machine automation make this harder yet to achieve?

A New Way…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Experience Tools and Trends

Customer Experience Tools and Trends

Good point about tool use.  As long as the few tools you use cover what you need.   Good to have a mix of generalists available that can help you choose,  and then focus in on common methods.  Document the results and repeat

Customer…


From Schneier on Security

Information Attacks against Democracies

Information Attacks against Democracies

Democracy is an information system. That's the starting place of our new paper: "Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy." In it, we look at democracy through the lens of information security, trying to understand the current waves…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Teaching Machines like Children

Teaching Machines like Children

A long known approach and goal.   Allow machines to have very basic learning capabilities, let them experience the world,  and result in general intelligence.   Seems we have taken a small step in this direction, but still in…


From insideHPC

Video: ECP Launches Extreme-Scale Scientific Software Stack 0.1 Beta

Video: ECP Launches Extreme-Scale Scientific Software Stack 0.1 Beta

Last week at SC18 in Dallas, the Exascale Computing Project released a portion of the next version of collaboratively developed products that compose the ECP software stack, including libraries and embedded software compilers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Food Safety Detection by Consumers

Food Safety Detection by Consumers

Clever use of RFID tags to detect and evaluate contaminants

Putting Food-Safety Detection in the Hands of Consumers 
MIT Media Lab
By Rob Matheson MIT Lab News

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory researchers have…


From insideHPC

TYAN Storage Server Steps up with 10 NVMe Bays of High Performance Flash

TYAN Storage Server Steps up with 10 NVMe Bays of High Performance Flash

Last week at SC18, Tyan showcased their Thunder SX GT62H-B7106 storage product line featuringIntel Xeon Scalable processors, large memory capacity and NVMe connectivity for high performance software defined storage applications…


From insideHPC

Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs Accelerate E8 Storage

Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs Accelerate E8 Storage

Last week at SC18, E8 Storage announced it is expanding its technology partnership with Mellanox with an integrated solution built on Mellanox BlueField SmartNICs. Customers will be able to maximize computing resources by pairing…


From insideHPC

Record SC18 Attendance a Bellwether for Growth in HPC Market

Record SC18 Attendance a Bellwether for Growth in HPC Market

The SC18 conference drew a record-breaking 13,071 attendees, making it the largest SC conference of all time. As the premier international conference showcasing high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, the…


From Schneier on Security

The PCLOB Needs a Director

The PCLOB Needs a Director

The US Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board is looking for a director. Among other things, this board has some oversight role over the NSA. More precisely, it can examine what any executive-branch agency is doing about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger to Build Robotic Warehouse for Home Delivery

Kroger to Build Robotic Warehouse for Home Delivery

Kroger continues to advance.   Now testing home delivery robotic warehouses.   Also direct robotic delivery testing in Arizona. The latter being a particularly tough challenge, given its need for autonomous decision making in…


From Computational Complexity

Is Secret sharing REALLY REALLY REALLY used?

Since I am teaching Cryptography this semester I am teaching things people REALLY REALLY REALLY (RRR) use. For some topics this is RRR true, like RSA (that it is used to transmit a private key that is then used is FINE.)



I was…


From Putting People First

Journal of Business Anthropology devoted to design anthropology

Journal of Business Anthropology devoted to design anthropology

The Journal of Business Anthropology is an Open Access journal which publishes the results of anthropological research in business organizations and business situations of all kinds. The theme of the latest issue – Vol 7, No …


From Putting People First

[Book] Who can you trust?

[Book] Who can you trust?

Who can you trust? How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart by Rachel Botsman Public Affairs November 2017, 336 pages If you can’t trust those in charge, who can you trust? From government to business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio

ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio

Nice to see continued development for skills.

New methods for easier Alexa Skill development  (Technical) 

Overview
ASK Toolkit for Visual Studio Code (Beta) is an extension that that makes it easier to develop and deploy Alexa


From The Eponymous Pickle

Easily Model your Knowledge: Jerry's Brain

Easily Model your Knowledge:  Jerry's Brain

Do you have a map of what all you have done, written, researched?   Jerry Michalski has one.  See:  https://www.jerrysbrain.com/  We looked at this as a possible means of capturing retiring expertise, in an earlier AI era.   We…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sliding Microbots at Microscale

Sliding Microbots at Microscale

Things happen differently at small scales.

Using electricity and water, a new kind of motor can slide microrobots into motion
Microhydraulic actuators, thinner than one-third the width of human hair, are proving to be the most

By…


From insideHPC

Overclocked NVIDIA DGX-2H Cluster Lands at #62 on the TOP500

Overclocked NVIDIA DGX-2H Cluster Lands at #62 on the TOP500

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Marc Hamilton from NVIDIA describe the all new overclocked DGX-2H supercomputer. Built by NVIDIA, a cluster of 36 DGX-2H devices with 3 Petaflops of LINPACK performance was just ranked #62 on…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Learner Gets A Vote

The Learner Gets A Vote

One of the cool things about Twitter is that some interesting discussions take place among really smart people and the rest of us get to watch and, if we’re smart, learn. One such conversation took place over the past weekend…


From insideHPC

Video: How Ai is helping Scientists with the Large Hadron Collider

Video: How Ai is helping Scientists with the Large Hadron Collider

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Dr. Sofia Vallecorsa from CERN OpenLab describes how Ai is being used in design of experiments for the Large Hadron Collider. "An award-winning effort at CERN has demonstrated potential to significantly…


From insideHPC

The Right Terminations for Reliable Liquid Cooling in HPC

The Right Terminations for Reliable Liquid Cooling in HPC

liquid coolingHigh performance computing manufacturers are increasingly deploying liquid cooling. To avoid damage to electronic equipment due to leaks, secure drip-free connections are essential. Quick disconnects for HPC applications simplify…


From insideHPC

The Green HPCG List and the Road to Exascale

The Green HPCG List and the Road to Exascale

In this special guest post, Axel Huebl looks at the TOP500 and HPCG with an eye on power efficiency trends to watch on the road to Exascale. "This post will focus one efficiency, in terms of performance per Watt, simply because…


From insideHPC

Atos to Build Finland’s Newest Supercomputer

Atos to Build Finland’s Newest Supercomputer

Earlier this week CSC in Finland announced that Atos will build it's next-generation supercomputer for academic research. "The initial delivery will consist of the first partition of the supercomputer and its tightly integrated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Implantable ID Cards

Implantable ID Cards

Not new, back again, surveys indicating we are very willing to have them done.

Would you swap your keycard for a microchip implant? For many, the answer is yes

Twenty years ago, in late 1998, a 44-year-old professor in the Cybernetics…


From Schneier on Security

What Happened to Cyber 9/11?

What Happened to Cyber 9/11?

A recent article in the Atlantic asks why we haven't seen a"cyber 9/11" in the past fifteen or so years. (I, too, remember the increasingly frantic and fearful warnings of a "cyber Peal Harbor," "cyber Katrina" -- when that was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Adds AI to PowerBI and Azure for Business

Microsoft Adds AI to PowerBI and Azure for Business

Interesting to see how, for the AI is often in the details.  Make the point of de emphasizing coding skills and thus automating some of the process.  'Containerized cognitive services'.    Language processing,  Sentiment, facial…


From Putting People First

What are Europe’s rules for democratic artificial intelligence?

What are Europe’s rules for democratic artificial intelligence?

Vincenzo Tiani has written an excellent summary in Wired Italia of the recently published “Ethical Framework for a Good AI Society: Opportunities, Risks, Principles, and Recommendations“, by AI4People, a task force of European…


From Schneier on Security

Worst-Case Thinking Breeds Fear and Irrationality

Worst-Case Thinking Breeds Fear and Irrationality

Here's a crazy story from the UK. Basically, someone sees a man and a little girl leaving a shopping center. Instead of thinking "it must be a father and daughter, which happens millions of times a day and is perfectly normal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft is Selling Alexas

Microsoft is Selling Alexas

Just started looking at updated Cortana and how it integrates with Echo. Still minimally.  Makes sense for Cortana to be the ecosystem wing to best support Office solutions. 

Microsoft is selling Amazon Echo speakers in its stores…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Mathematical Auction

A real auction that is happening soon. Crop from BestArts auction history source Samuel Baker and James Christie founded the two premier auction houses in the world. The latter is of course known as Christie’s and dates to 1766…