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May 2019


From The Eponymous Pickle

New IOT Security Features

New IOT Security Features

As more susceptible devices are out there, they need to be better protected.

Rice U. Researchers Unveil IoT Security Feature
Rice University  By Jade Boyd

Researchers at Rice University have developed physically unclonable function…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Reports Your Blood Sugar Level

Alexa Reports Your Blood Sugar Level

An example of smart home data reporting, though not sure how they have gotten beyond regulations in the space.

Alexa, Whats my Blood Sugar Level?  in Wired
Amazon may be known as the “everything store,” but the company’s tendrils…


From Computational Complexity

Logic Then and Now

This week I attended the Association of Symbolic Logic North American Annual Meeting in New York City, giving a talk on P v NP.



First I must share the announcement that ASL member Tuna Antinel of Lyon 1 University has been arrested…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bosch is Thinking IOT Smart Contracts

Bosch is Thinking IOT Smart Contracts

An example of SC use by big players, here with IOT transactions.  No what happens when the code goes beyond counting coins?

Why Bosch is jumping on the Ethereum blockchain  From deCryptmedia

German engineering giant Bosch wants…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Duo Group Video

Google Duo Group Video

Notable this is available for bot IOS and and Android.    Will take a look.   Ability to share docs and screens for sharing work?   Integration with Google Drive?   Support for other business augmentation and functions?

Google…


From Schneier on Security

German SG-41 Encryption Machine Up for Auction

German SG-41 Encryption Machine Up for Auction

A German auction house is selling an SG-41. It looks beautiful. Starting price is 75,000 euros. My guess is that it will sell for around 100K euros....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Signage

Digital Signage

An area we spent lots of time on in innovation labs, check out the 'digital signage' tag below for more.



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The latest interactive, future-proof tech puts digital signage at the forefront of in-store customer…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

CS for Social Good White Paper Competition

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC), in conjunction with Schmidt Futures, will sponsor and administer a white paper competition on the future of “CS for Social Good,” in order to harness CS to address societal challenges…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Use of AI in Retail

Use of AI in Retail

Useful to see how big retail is thinking this.

BBQ Guys and Lowe’s discuss best practices for implementing AI tech by Guest contributor   Bryan Wassel, Associate Editor, Retail TouchPoints

 ... Through a special arrangement, presented…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lifelong Learning with Nets?

Lifelong Learning with Nets?

Considerable challenge.  True we can get more data over time to improve our learning.  But my guess is that the architecture nets will also change as well.  How will that change how we use data to produce solutions?  Yes, animals…


From insideHPC

TACC Powers Climate Studies with GRACE Project

TACC Powers Climate Studies with GRACE Project

Researchers are using powerful supercomputers at TACC to process data from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). "Intended to last just five years in orbit for a limited, experimental mission to measure small changes…


From Schneier on Security

Thangrycat: A Serious Cisco Vulnerability

Thangrycat: A Serious Cisco Vulnerability

Summary: Thangrycat is caused by a series of hardware design flaws within Cisco's Trust Anchor module. First commercially introduced in 2013, Cisco Trust Anchor module (TAm) is a proprietary hardware security module used in a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing Robots with Personality

Designing Robots with Personality

We always attribute a bit of personality into our devices,  but what amount and kind is useful for the best results, and minimal unintended consequences??

Character Engineer: Designing robots with a touch of personality.

So, Mark…


From insideHPC

Call for Workshops: HiPEAC 2020 in Bologna

Call for Workshops: HiPEAC 2020 in Bologna

The HiPEAC 2020 conference has issued its Call for Workshops. The event takes place January 20-22, 2020 in Bologna, Italy. "The HiPEAC conference is the meeting place for computing systems researchers in Europe. Put your research…


From insideHPC

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Charles Babbage Award

Ian Foster to receive IEEE Charles Babbage Award

Ian Foster has been selected to receive the 2019 IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) Charles Babbage Award for his outstanding contributions in the areas of parallel computing languages, algorithms, and technologies for scalable …


From insideHPC

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NCAR

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NCAR

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at NCAR in Boulder. "Their ability to increase model precision/resolution and to increase throughput at the same time is …


From insideHPC

Are Memory Bottlenecks Limiting Your Application’s Performance?

Are Memory Bottlenecks Limiting Your Application’s Performance?

memory bottlenecksOften, it’s not enough to parallelize and vectorize an application to get the best performance. You also need to take a deep dive into how the application is accessing memory to find and eliminate bottlenecks in the code that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evaluating the Use-ability of VR

Evaluating the Use-ability of VR

Useful to see the proposal of a measure here, regarding usability. 

How Usable Is VR? 
University of Gottingen

Patrick Harms at the University of Gottingen in Germany has designed an automated process for evaluating the usability…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Following Locations on Google Maps

Following Locations on Google Maps

Clever idea.   Let places advertise to you by alerts.  Monetizes the map with change alerts for a place.  Events etc.  Now I just want Google to work on repair and maintaining other clever services, like their location sharing…


From Schneier on Security

Visiting the NSA

Visiting the NSA

Yesterday, I visited the NSA. It was Cyber Command's birthday, but that's not why I was there. I visited as part of the Berklett Cybersecurity Project, run out of the Berkman Klein Center and funded by the Hewlett Foundation.…


From insideHPC

TACC Upgrades Ranch Storage System for Wrangling Big Data

TACC Upgrades Ranch Storage System for Wrangling Big Data

TACC has completed a major upgrade of their Ranch long-term mass data storage system. With thousands of users, Ranch archives are valuable to scientists who want to use the data to help reproduce the measurements and results …


From insideHPC

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

Over at the Intel AI blog, Casimir Wierzynski writes that Optical Neural Networks have exciting potential for power-efficiency in AI computation. "At last week’s CLEO conference, we and our collaborators at UC Berkeley presented…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NAS Report on Reproducibility and Repeatability in Science

NAS Report on Reproducibility and Repeatability in Science

Significant contributions to this post were provided by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member Juliana Freire from NYU. When a new exciting discovery is announced in our field, can we trust it? How was it produced…


From insideHPC

Spectra Logic Report: Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019

Spectra Logic Report: Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019

Today Spectra Logic announced the publication of “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019,” the company’s fourth annual report on the data storage industry. "This report provides a high-level snapshot of the trends that will influence…


From insideHPC

New Dell EMC AI Experience Zones Launch in Asia

New Dell EMC AI Experience Zones Launch in Asia

Today Dell EMC launched a set of new Dell EMC AI Experience Zones in Bangalore, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. “The Dell EMC AI Experience Zones provide a unique space where customers and our partners can explore, test …


From insideHPC

Video: Perlmutter – A 2020 Pre-Exascale GPU-accelerated System for NERSC

Video: Perlmutter – A 2020 Pre-Exascale GPU-accelerated System for NERSC

Nick Wright from Lawrence Berkeley Lab gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. "We'll present an overview of the upcoming NERSC9 system architecture, throughput model, and application readiness efforts. Perlmutter, a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk on Project Debater (Tomorrow)

Talk on Project Debater (Tomorrow)

Invitation to the ISSIP Cognitive Systems Institute Group Webinar

Please join us for the next ISSIP CSIG Speaker Series    "IBM Project Debater"

Noam Slonim, IBM, When:  Thursday, May 23, 10:30am - US Eastern

Zoom Detail Below

Background…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Salutes Don Hollander for His Contributions

UASG Salutes Don Hollander for His Contributions

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) announced today that Don Hollander is retiring from his position as Secretary General at the end of May. Don is a long-time advocate of Universal Acceptance and has served in this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crafting Intelligible Intelligence

Crafting Intelligible Intelligence

Good overview of the challenge.    We can now solve small parts, but then it is a craft making those solutions work together in context and practice.   It is a challenge.  Include your decision makers,  people with knowledge

Introductory…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Design Thinking

Design Thinking

Overview of the techniques involved at the link.

5 Innovative Ways To Design Thinking in CustomerThink   By Swarnendu De  

Businesses are now embracing the concept of design thinking, as its practitioners have experienced proven…