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October 2017


From Putting People First

Experientia is hiring! Senior Service Designer

Experientia is hiring! Senior Service Designer

Senior Service Designer: Lausanne, Switzerland and Turin, Italy (*) We are looking for service designers with outstanding design skills, methodical thinking, and experience in designing complex service ecosystems using a human…


From Putting People First

Experientia is hiring! Lead Service Designer

Experientia is hiring! Lead Service Designer

Lead Service Designer: Lausanne, Switzerland and Turin, Italy (*) Experientia is seeking a Senior Service Designer to lead service design projects from the Turin, Italy office (*) or the Lausanne, Switzerland office. The Senior…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can we Teach Robots Ethics?

Can we Teach Robots Ethics?

Non technical look at the problem.   Or can we teach robots our ethics?  In the BBC:

Can we teach robots ethics?
We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this - by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics

Head of the Institute: Prof. Dr. Alin Albu-Schäffer

The Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics develops a wide array of robots to enable humans to interact more safely and efficiently with…


From The Noisy Channel

Thanks, glad you like it!

Thanks, glad you like it!

Thanks, glad you like it!


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metaphors and Algorithms as Sources of Knowledge

Metaphors and Algorithms as Sources of Knowledge

" ...  Cognitive Systems Institute Group Speaker Series on Thursday Oct 26, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT US and 4:30 pm in Spain).  Our presenter this week is Xavier Busquets Carretero, ESADE, Ramon Llull University in“Metaphors…


From insideHPC

HPC Network Stack on ARM

HPC Network Stack on ARM

Pavel Shamis from ARM gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. "With the emerging availability HPC solutions based on ARM CPU architecture, it is important to understand how ARM integrates with the RDMA hardware and HPC network…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Rekognition

Amazon Rekognition

Impressive tutorial embedded here and information about available face and image recognition services.   This is a place to understand a major piece of where AI has been moving.   And now its all available as a service.  Show…


From insideHPC

StartupHPC Meetup Coming to Denver at SC17

StartupHPC Meetup Coming to Denver at SC17

The StartupHPC Community will host their annual meetup at SC17 in Denver next month. StartupHPC is a grass roots community for STEM- and HPC-inspired entrepreneurs, corporations, venture capital firms, academia, government agencies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

About AI: Build a Face Recognizing Doorbell

About AI: Build a Face Recognizing Doorbell

I was reminded of how good the O'Reilly sites on AI were by my last post.    Especially about AI and advanced tech topics.      I had somehow missed the piece below, which is a good DIY piece for IOT, AI, voice interfaces and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evolution of Chaos

Evolution of Chaos

Excellent piece.   Have only rarely see this concept used in the enterprise, deserves more examination.    Here with an intro and then pointers to more.  My tag points to more resources I have gathered, including a free pdf book…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Security Eyeball Home Hub

Security Eyeball Home Hub

Security solutions seem to be in vogue, added to the architecture of the smart home.  Naturally an extention to home control hubs.   Here something unique:

The Moon is a floating eyeball that can control and monitor your house


From Putting People First

Nudges that fail

Nudges that fail

Nudges that fail Cass R. Sunstein Behavioural Public Policy, 2017, 1(1), 4-25. doi:10.1017/bpp.2016.3 Why are some nudges ineffective, or at least less effective than choice architects hope and expect? Focusing primarily on default…


From XRDS

Linux From Scratch (LFS) Version 8.1 Overview

Linux From Scratch (LFS) Version 8.1 Overview

Choosing to use Linux means approaching a door through which is a deeper understanding of how computers work. In my opinion, completing a LFS project, or at least understanding what happens in a LFS project, is like a capstone…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Top 10 Machine Learning Algorithms for Beginners

Top 10 Machine Learning Algorithms for Beginners

Nicely done intro from KDNuggets:  I have followed KDNuggets long before Machine learning and AI got sexy again, well worth a follow.

I. Introduction

The study of ML algorithms has gained immense traction post the Harvard Business…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Lotfi Zadeh 1921–2017

But fuzzy logic lives on forever New York Times obituary source Lotfi Zadeh had a long and amazing life in academics and the real world. He passed away last month, aged 96. Today Ken and I try to convey the engineering roots


From The Eponymous Pickle

Danger of a Botnet of Things

Danger of a Botnet of Things

Well known security expert suggests that the net is in danger.

Botnets of Things
The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to get even worse.

by Bruce Schneier  in Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Payment Systems

Global Payment Systems

How can you help your local online business go global?
By Caroline Bullock
Technology of Business reporter

But then he came across a Dutch payment company, Adyen, whose payment processing platform harnesses machine learning to customise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drones and Event Cameras

Drones and Event Cameras

Drone With Event Camera Takes First Autonomous Flight     By Evan Ackerman

Inspired by insect eyes, an event-based camera tracks changes rather than recording images to help drones move fast and reliably.

A few years ago, Davide…


From insideHPC

Video: Evolution of MATLAB

Video: Evolution of MATLAB

Cleve Moler from MathWorks gave this talk at the 2017 Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. "MATLAB is a high-performance language for technical computing. It integrates computation, visualization, and programming…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrators at D.E. Shaw Research in New York

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrators at D.E. Shaw Research in New York

D.E. Shaw Research in New York is seeking HPC System Administrators in our Job of the Week. "Our research effort is aimed at achieving major scientific advances in the field of biochemistry and fundamentally transforming the …


From XRDS

An Introduction to N-grams: What Are They and Why Do We Need Them?

An Introduction to N-grams: What Are They and Why Do We Need Them?

In this post I am going to talk about N-grams, a concept found in Natural Language Processing ( aka NLP). First of all, let’s see what the term ‘N-gram’ means. Turns out that is the simplest bit, an N-gram is simply … Continue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart on Voice Technology and AI

Wal-Mart on Voice Technology and AI

Wal-Mart commenting on voice tech an their work with Google on voice ordering.  Also notice the direct mention of AI as changing environment in the near future.  Appears Wal-Mart is involved here.   See also the expert comments…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: "How the Squid Lost Its Shell"

Friday Squid Blogging: "How the Squid Lost Its Shell"

Interesting essay by Danna Staaf, the author of Squid Empire. (I mentioned the book two weeks ago.) 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…


From Schneier on Security

Wondermark on Security

Wondermark on Security

Another comic....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Thinks the Future of Retail in VR

Wal-Mart Thinks the Future of Retail in VR

Walmart's Store No. 8 showcases the future of VR

The event, a first of its kind for Walmart, drew an exclusive group of high-tech brands, technologists and venture capitalists to debut the latest in VR. .... "   

Corinne Ruff in…


From insideHPC

Gordon Bell Prize Finalists to Present their work at SC17

Gordon Bell Prize Finalists to Present their work at SC17

SC17 has announced the finalists for the Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10,000 prize will be presented to the winner at the conference in Denver next month. "The Gordon Bell Prize recognizes the extraordinary…


From insideHPC

There is still time to participate in our HPC & AI Survey

There is still time to participate in our HPC & AI Survey

There is still time to participate in our insideHPC Survey on the intersection HPC & AI. In return, we'll send you a free report with the results and enter your name in a drawing to win one of two Echo Show devices with Alexa…


From insideHPC

HPC in Agriculture: NCSA and Syngenta’s Dynamic Partnership

HPC in Agriculture: NCSA and Syngenta’s Dynamic Partnership

In this video, Jim Mellon from Sygenta describes how the company's partnership with NCSA is helping the company answer the agricultural challenges of the future. "Together, we’re solving some of the toughest issues in agriculture…


From insideHPC

Supercomputing Human Brain Memory Molecules with the Piz Daint Supercomputer

Supercomputing Human Brain Memory Molecules with the Piz Daint Supercomputer

Scientists at the University of Basel are using the Piz Daint supercomputer at CSCS to discover interrelationships in the human genome that might simplify the search for “memory molecules” and eventually lead to more effective…

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