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June 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Procter Captures Flying Insects

Procter Captures Flying Insects

Not a thing normally in their space.  No IOT dimension indicated.

Procter & Gamble Introduces Zevo™ Flying Insect Trap for 24/7 Flying Insect Protection in Your Home without Chemical Insecticides

Business Wire Business WireJune…


From insideHPC

AFRL Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputer

AFRL Taps IBM to Build Brain-Inspired AI Supercomputer

Today IBM announced they are collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SiriusXM Now Streams on Amazon Echo

SiriusXM Now Streams on Amazon Echo

Full subscriptions or streaming individual shows from SiriusXM are now accessible via voice on Echo.  Trial subscriptions available.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shopping with AR

Shopping with AR

What the best way to shop using Augmented Reality?   Apple and IKEA team up.  Planning for the advanced AR capabilities in future I-Phones.

Apple Team Up With IKEA To Create AR Shopping App

Apple users will soon be able to seeRebecca…


From Computational Complexity

Joan Clarke (1917-1996)

I'm in San Francisco for the ACM conference celebrating 50 years of the Turing Award. I'll post on STOC and the Turing award celebration next week. Today though we remember another member of Bletchley Park, Joan Clarke, born


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at the University of Oregon

Job of the Week: Computational Scientist at the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon High Performance Computing Research Core Facility (HPCRCF) is seeking a Computational Scientist in our Job of the Week. The HPCRCF is a new facility located on the campus of the UO in Eugene, Oregon. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google to Stop Reading Your Email for Targeting

Google to Stop Reading Your Email for Targeting

Somewhat surprised at this.  Probably the most obvious thing, after search,  that Google does that is the base of much of its considerable revenue.  It has been often criticized.  At the same time so much indicative data has

Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watching How the Giants Buy AI

Watching How the Giants Buy AI

Below reminds me of our own attempts to buy AI during the last explosion.  And we did, buying some considerable equity positions.  Of course the scale was far less than Google's acquisitions.   Ultimately these investments lost…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Secret Algorithms and Rule of Law

Secret Algorithms and Rule of Law

Challenges posed in Technology Review.  Slightly different from what was posed in the 80s.   But unsolved.

Very broadly, if we don't know what an algorithm does,  how do we know that it obeys laws?   And in what context of data…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Injured Giant Squid Video

Friday Squid Blogging: Injured Giant Squid Video

A paddleboarder had a run-in with an injured giant squid. Video. Here's the real story. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines…


From Schneier on Security

The Secret Code of Beatrix Potter

The Secret Code of Beatrix Potter

Interesting: As codes go, Potter's wasn't inordinately complicated. As Wiltshire explains, it was a "mono-alphabetic substitution cipher code," in which each letter of the alphabet was replaced by a symbol­ -- the kind of thing…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Microsoft Research and NSF Big Data Hubs Collaboration Passes the One-Year Mark

Microsoft Research and NSF Big Data Hubs Collaboration Passes the One-Year Mark

The cloud computing partnership between the Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) and Microsoft Research has just passed the one-year anniversary mark. In June 2016, Microsoft dedicated $3 million in cloud computing credits…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Imaginary People

Imaginary People

We are not far from generating very convincing faces of people.  And if you put these on humanoid robots?   Give them Generative AI?   In the Verge: 

" .... As we get better at making, faking, and manipulating human faces with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligent Edge Computing

Intelligent Edge Computing

HPE and GE Digital try to break IT/OT silos for intelligent edge computing   by R. Danes  

" ... Partain in an interview at HPE Discover in Las Vegas, Nevada, Anthony Rokis (pictured, right), vice president of software engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Home Furnishing

Home Furnishing

I examined some early attempts at using online methods for buying home furnishing, usually with online camera interaction.  The idea of selling furnishing online is reemerging.  How does the Browser-Buyer change occur?   Piece…


From insideHPC

One Stop Systems Showcases GPU and Flash Appliances at ISC

One Stop Systems Showcases GPU and Flash Appliances at ISC

This week in Frankfurt, One Stop Systems showcased all-new HPC Appliances at ISC 2017. "One Stop Systems offers a wide variety of GPU and Flash appliances to support a range of customer needs,” Said Steve Cooper, CEO of One Stop…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 23rd, 2017)

Science and Technology links (June 23rd, 2017)

Elon Musk, Making Humans a Multi-Planetary Species, New Space. June 2017, 5(2): 46-61. Reportedly, Ikea is working on augmented reality software that would allow you to see the furniture in your home before buying it. Current…


From Schneier on Security

Amazon Patents Measures to Prevent In-Store Comparison Shopping

Amazon Patents Measures to Prevent In-Store Comparison Shopping

Amazon has been issued a patent on security measures that prevents people from comparison shopping while in the store. It's not a particularly sophisticated patent -- it basically detects when you're using the in-store Wi-Fi…


From insideHPC

Podcast Brent Gorda on the State of Lustre at ISC 2017

Podcast Brent Gorda on the State of Lustre at ISC 2017

In this RichReport podcast from the German Autobahn, Brent Gorda gives us a Lustre update from ISC 2017 in Frankfurt. "On the latest Top500 list, Lustre leads the pack with 9 systems out of the Top 10."


The post Podcast Brent…


From insideHPC

Kim McMahon on her role as Diversity Chair at ISC 2018

Kim McMahon on her role as Diversity Chair at ISC 2018

In this video, Kim McMahon describes her new role as Diversity Chair for the ISC 2018 conference. "ISC has named me the Diversity Chair for ISC18. With this comes a position on the Steering Committee. While this is really cool…


From insideHPC

HPC Vendors showcase plans for ARM products

HPC Vendors showcase plans for ARM products

Are you ready? ARM-based HPC systems will be available by the end of 2017. At ISC 2017, Penguin Computing and Bull both announced that they will deliver products tailored for the HPC industry. Both companies systems will feature…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ACM Turing 50 Year Celebration Live Stream

ACM Turing 50 Year Celebration Live Stream

The Association for Computing Machinery‘s (ACM) celebration of 50 years of the A.M. Turing Award is tomorrow and Saturday (June 23-24th, 2017) in San Francisco, CA. You can watch the live stream of the celebration here starting…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Oded Wins The Knuth Prize

Just announced Oded Goldreich is one of the top researchers in cryptography, randomness, and complexity theory. Today Ken and I wish to thank the Knuth Prize Committee for selecting Oded as the winner of the 2017 Knuth Prize.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Value Delivery Modeling Language (VDML)

Value Delivery Modeling Language (VDML)

Brought to my attention again.   Should this be the place to start for any project that claims to generate value?  Even doing a simplified model can act as a prototype from which to build from.  To test prototypes with people…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Smart Wireless Communication is the Cornerstone of Smart Infrastructures

Smart Wireless Communication is the Cornerstone of Smart Infrastructures

Contributions to this post were made by CCC Council member Jennifer Rexford and Mary Ann Weitnauer.    Today’s wireless networks cannot meet the demands of emerging smart infrastructure, such as Smart Cities, Smart Grids, Smart…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IFTTT Public Access Data Project

IFTTT Public Access Data Project

Very nice idea from  IFTTT about giving access to public data across devices.  I am an active IFTTT user.  Plan to test with public data.

IFTTT's Data Access Project Seeks to make Public Data More Accessible  By Kyle Wiggers 
You…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Student Programmer Fix This Code

Student Programmer Fix This Code

Recently I came across this cartoon and shared it on Facebook.

robotskilling

Responses were interesting. The newer one was to programming the more likely people seemed to be to explain why the if statement wasn’t working correctly. The more…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN)

Generative Adversarial Networks  (GAN)

Similar in type to 'generate and test' methods.
GAN network   Generative adversarial network    Imitative.
      for creating new things that are like another.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generative_adversarial_networks

are a

This…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Combing Through Your Data

AI Combing Through Your Data

An approach we worked on.   A kind of dynamic data mining approach.  Find the best leverage, estimate value.   Look for new combinations of data and analytic value.   The computing power is here now.

AI Can Comb Through Your Data…


From Schneier on Security

NSA Insider Security Post-Snowden

NSA Insider Security Post-Snowden

According to a recently declassified report obtained under FOIA, the NSA's attempts to protect itself against insider attacks aren't going very well: The N.S.A. failed to consistently lock racks of servers storing highly classified…