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September 2020


From Schneier on Security

Ranking National Cyber Power

Ranking National Cyber Power

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center published the “National Cyber Power Index 2020: Methodology and Analytical Considerations.”

The rankings:

  1. US
  2. China
  3. UK
  4. Russia
  5. Netherlands
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Canada
  9. Japan
  10. Australia


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering the use of Falsification in Science

Considering the use of Falsification in Science

Here a link to an Opinion piece in the SciAM.   Worth a read along with responses.  Thinking this and its implications broadly for establishment and testing, and use of science.

The Idea That a Scientific Theory Can Be ‘Falsified…


From Schneier on Security

The Third Edition of Ross Anderson’s Security Engineering

The Third Edition of Ross Anderson’s Security Engineering

Ross Anderson’s fantastic textbook, Security Engineering, will have a third edition. The book won’t be published until December, but Ross has been making drafts of the chapters available online as he finishes them. Now that the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA Patents a Way to get to the Moon

NASA Patents a Way to get to the Moon

NASA patents a faster, cheaper way to get to the moon.   US10696423B1   Will this speed the move to colonizing the moon.  Details and patent at link below.

Method for transferring a spacecraft from geosynchronous transfer orbit…


From insideHPC

Video: GigaIO on Optimizing Compute Resources for ML, HPDA and other Advanced Workloads

Video: GigaIO on Optimizing Compute Resources for ML, HPDA and other Advanced Workloads

In this interview, GigaIO CEO Alan Benjamin talks about systems performance problems and wasted compute resources when implementing ML, HPDA and other high demand workloads that involve high data volumes. At issue, Benjamin explains…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Solar Tech Emergent

New Solar Tech Emergent

How good and how soon is still unclear. 

Solar Closing in on "Practical" Hydrogen Production
Researchers develop a solar tech that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen with record efficiency
By Mark Anderson  in IEEE

Israeli and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk: From a Physics Experiment to a Quantum Network System

Talk:  From a Physics Experiment to a Quantum Network System

Access to the below talk is now open:

Thank you for attending Quantum Networks: From a Physics Experiment to a Quantum Network System. This webcast is now on-demand, should you like to view it again.
Use the link below to enter…


From Schneier on Security

US Space Cybersecurity Directive

US Space Cybersecurity Directive

The Trump Administration just published “Space Policy Directive – 5“: “Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems.” It’s pretty general:

Principles. (a) Space systems and their supporting infrastructure, including software, should…


From insideHPC

Insilico Medicine AI-powered COVIDomic for COVID-19 Research

Insilico Medicine AI-powered COVIDomic for COVID-19 Research

Santa Clara, CA – Insilico Medicine, a leader in artificial intelligence for drug discovery and development, announced the launch of a system for COVID-19 basic and clinical research. COVIDomic is a foundational technology that…


From insideHPC

NSF awards $696K for Jetstream Project Year 6

NSF awards $696K for Jetstream Project Year 6

Bloomington, IN — The Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University has been awarded nearly $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund the Jetstream cloud computing system’s sixth project year. This brings the…


From insideHPC

Nutanix Partners with Microsoft Azure for a Seamless Hybrid Experience

Nutanix Partners with Microsoft Azure for a Seamless Hybrid Experience

SAN JOSE –– Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced a new partnership with Microsoft that will enable both companies to deliver a hybrid solution with seamless application, data, and license…


From Schneier on Security

More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

Back in July, NIST selected third-round algorithms for its post-quantum cryptography standard.

Recently, Daniel Apon of NIST gave a talk detailing the selection criteria. Interesting stuff.

NOTE: We’re in the process of moving…


From Schneier on Security

More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

Back in July, NIST selected third-round algorithms for its post-quantum cryptography standard.

Recently, Daniel Apon of NIST gave a talk detailing the selection criteria. Interesting stuff.

NOTE: We’re in the process of moving…


From insideHPC

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines Partner to Accelerate Quantum Computing Development

Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines Partner to Accelerate Quantum Computing Development

LOS ANGELES/Tel Aviv, Sept. 9, 2020 – Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, and Quantum Machines, creator of the first complete hardware and …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nanalyze on Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)

Nanalyze on Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)

Had forgotten about Nanalyze, worth a look: 

After I posted about it, they sent me this on Brain Computer interfaces:

Who we are We?     
We are a boutique media and research firm. Our research method involves sifting through large…


From insideHPC

NCSA’S Donna J. Cox Wins IPS Technology Innovation Award

NCSA’S Donna J. Cox Wins IPS Technology Innovation Award

Donna J. Cox, director of NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL), was recently awarded the International Planetarium Society’s 2020 Technology Innovation Award. This is just the eighth time since the society’s founding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Imaging System Creates 3D Pictures by Measuring Time

Imaging System Creates 3D Pictures by Measuring Time

Very interesting,  uses for creating 3D awareness of sensors.   Once again neural networks being used to gather information about changes in input.

Imaging System Creates Pictures by Measuring Time
University of Glasgow (UK)
July…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes Program Webinar

National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes Program Webinar

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding a program webinar about the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institutes on September 21, 2020, at 3:30-5:00PM ET. This webinar will cover the National Artificial Intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NASA's Plans for Near Earth Objects

NASA's Plans for Near Earth Objects

Recently, probably mostly because we are now looking for them more closely, we have seen a number of large Near Earth Objects (NEOs)  buzz by us in space.  Ultimately this is dangerous, existential stuff.  Most recently the NASA…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Creating Dinner from Your Pantry

AI Creating Dinner from Your Pantry

An area we looked at with AI solutions when we were still in the food business, talked to IBM when they were having Watson 'cook' and invent recipes.  The idea of assembling something from a recipe and script can also be generalized…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC: SiFive’s Big Score, Will Nvidia Buy Arm?

Radio Free HPC: SiFive’s Big Score, Will Nvidia Buy Arm?

We start out with our personal pledge that all of our content is new and not pre-recorded. That’s our gift to you – no recycled, reused or Amazon Renewed content.  Jumping into our first topic, Risc-V IP and silicon purveyor SiFive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Semantic ML: For More Real Assistants?

Seeking Semantic ML:  For More Real Assistants?

So should an assistant answering a question in context be as believable as possible?  Is this the same problem as seen in gaming? ...  Characters like Alexa do provide a hint of this,

Stadia’s ‘Semantic ML’ tool can help create…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Reveals More of Plus, but Delays

Wal-Mart Reveals More of Plus,  but Delays

The competition is high, and has many more channels of communications already to the consumer.

Walmart has again delayed the launch of its Amazon Prime competitor Walmart+

Walmart+ will cost $98 a year and include same-day delivery…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Accountability Continues to Rise

AI Accountability Continues to Rise

Good piece with link to detailed Forrester study:

AI Accountability: Proceed at Your Own Risk
A new report suggests that to improve AI accountability, enterprises should tackle third-party risk head-on.

A report issued by technology…


From insideHPC

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications

insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications

A popular application that simulates climate change is the Weather and Research Forecasting (WRF) model. This white paper discusses how QCT can work with leading research and commercial organizations to lower the Total Cost of…


From Schneier on Security

More on NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography

More on NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography

Back in July, NIST selected third-round algorithms for its post-quantum cryptography standard. Recently, Daniel Apon of NIST gave a talk detailing the selection criteria. Interesting stuff. NOTE: We're in the process of moving…


From Putting People First

Nicolas Nova: we have to learn how to domesticate our smartphones

Nicolas Nova: we have to learn how to domesticate our smartphones

Sur la base d‘une enquête de terrain menée à Genève, Los Angeles et Tokyo, cet ouvrage aborde la dimension proprement anthropologique du smartphone.


From The Eponymous Pickle

How six Companies are Using Tech and Data to Transform Themselves

How six Companies are Using Tech and Data to Transform Themselves

Quite a considerable piece and video, had not seen most of the examples.

How six companies are using technology and data to transform themselves

In the first of a five-part multimedia series airing on CNBC, we look at how the

Sent…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Entering the Era of Private Money?

Entering the Era of Private Money?

Short podcast that just starts to position the question, and many implications.

Sorry, Governments, We’re Entering the Era of Private Money

Whether the U.S. government likes it or not, the world is demanding crypto-dollars and

Podcast…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Could a Tree Signal if A Corpse is Decaying?

Could a Tree Signal if A Corpse is Decaying?

 We worked with satellite and other kinds of imaging to determine the growth and health of forests, as we planned their harvest and replanting for CPG products.   So in theory as mentioned below,  this is possible,  but alsoCould…