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October 2018


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

The Imperative to Teach Ethics

The Imperative to Teach Ethics

Ethics has been on my mind a lot lately. Last week, the ACM had a Twitter chat around the ACM Code of Ethics using the hashtag #ACMCodeOfEthics.It took place during the school day but I was able to take part for a while during…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Countdown to SC18 with Radio Free HPC

Podcast: Countdown to SC18 with Radio Free HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks ahead to preview SC18 in Dallas. The conference takes place Nov. 11 – 16 in Dallas. "SC18 in Dallas is world’s largest gathering of HPC professionals, and the smart money is on the…


From Schneier on Security

Are the Police using Smart-Home IoT Devices to Spy on People?

Are the Police using Smart-Home IoT Devices to Spy on People?

IoT devices are surveillance devices, and manufacturers generally use them to collect data on their customers. Surveillance is still the business model of the Internet, and this data is used against the customers' interests:…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Houses

Amazon Houses

Thought it would be coming that assistants would be commonly built into houses. 

Alexa-powered Amazon houses may be closer than you think in Fastcompany.

Home design and prefabrication company Plant Prefab got a cash injection



From The Eponymous Pickle

Transparent Force Touch Sensors

Transparent Force Touch Sensors

Highly precise sensors means more data which can lead to better decisions.

High-Performance Flexible Transparent Force Touch Sensor for Wearable Devices 
KAIST

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology Stack and the IIOT

Technology Stack and the IIOT

Been exploring what works in equipment maintenance in industry applications.

IIoT platforms: The technology stack as value driver in industrial equipment and machinery

Equipment and machinery companies considering a transformation…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Inscribed Square Problem

A remark on an open problem with an application of the Lebesgue Density Theorem [ Toeplitz ] Otto Toeplitz was a mathematician who made key contributions to functional analysis. He is famous for many things, including a kind…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measuring Document and Chart Complexity

Measuring Document and Chart Complexity

Measuring Document Complexity, I assume to provide feedback to the authoring and generation of the same?   Can it also provide direct suggestions as to how they should be updated for differing goals?

New Data Science Method Makes…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Intelligent Assistants Help us with the Small Print?

Can Intelligent Assistants Help us with the Small Print?

We often need help with both the meaning and implications of the small print.

Artificial Intelligence, Ratings, and the Small Print
By Deborah Unger is a senior editor of strategy+business.

People have always balked at reading terms…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at SC18 in Dallas

Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at SC18 in Dallas

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has posted their Agenda for HP-CAST once again this year at SC18. The event takes place Nov. 9-10 in Dallas. " HP-CAST meetings typically include corporate briefings and presentations by HPE executives…


From insideHPC

Video: Supercomputing the Secrets of Giant Stars

Video: Supercomputing the Secrets of Giant Stars

In this video, supercomputing power and algorithms help astrophysicists untangle giant stars’ brightness, temperature, and chemical variations. “As a star becomes redder (and cooler), it becomes more variable. That’s a pretty…


From The Eponymous Pickle

ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

This was brought back to my attention, been reviewing its application to companies.  Have posted earler versions. Notably includes how it should be interpreted in educational and corporate settings.  And how different might it…


From BLOG@CACM

Ten Traits of Exceptional Innovators

Ten Traits of Exceptional Innovators

I have had the privilege of meeting, and in some cases closely interacting with, pioneer scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs, including Nobel, Fields, and Turing winners. It is only fair that I should share some of the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Industrial Predictive Maintenance

Industrial Predictive Maintenance

Part one of three I am following.  Good.  It was, long ago,  a specialty of mine.  Then, as now its all about the data.   Here Data, IOT and ML are brought together to address the  problem.  Parts I and II are available.

A strategy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real Problems with AI

Real Problems with AI

Nicely put.  Precisely its algorithms translated into decisions regarding important processes.   The right decisions.  Unbiased,  but also better, faster, cheaper. 

The Real Problem With AI       By Bertrand Meyer in ACM

Some

The…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (October 20th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (October 20th, 2018)

Should we stop eating meat to combat climate change? Maybe not. White and Hall worked out what happened if the US stopped using farm animals: The modeled system without animals (…) only reduced total US greenhouse gas emissions…


From insideHPC

GRC Receives Innovation in Liquid Cooling Award

GRC Receives Innovation in Liquid Cooling Award

Today GRC announced that the company has been awarded the Corporate LiveWire 2018/2019 Innovation in Liquid Cooling Award. The award recognizes GRC’s patented ICEraQ and ICEtank cooling solutions for its effectiveness solving…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Software Developer for the FATES Project at LBNL

Job of the Week: Software Developer for the FATES Project at LBNL

LBNL is seeking a Software Developer for the FATES Project in our Job of the Week. "The engineer will work with the FATES model, which is a size and age structured dynamic vegetation model that represents plant physiology and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Many Worlds

Many Worlds

I heard of the 'Many Worlds'  explanation for quantum physics in a college physics course.   And it was clearly explained this was not necessarily a description of reality, but a way to think about quantum mechanics.  Course

"…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stroke Treatment by AI and Blockchain

Stroke Treatment by AI and Blockchain

An example of the integration of two technologies in health care.

From HPE:

Creating better stroke treatment using AI and blockchain technology

Every year, 10,000 people die due to a stroke in the Netherlands alone. AI and blockchain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Universal Archive of Source Code?

Universal Archive of Source Code?

Makes sense,  to have this.  I recall the same idea was experimented with during the early days of object oriented systems.

Building the Universal Archive of Source Code
By Jean-François Abramatic, Roberto Di Cosmo, Stefano Zacchiroli…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Roasted Squid with Tomatillo Salsa

Friday Squid Blogging: Roasted Squid with Tomatillo Salsa

Recipe and commentary. 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 here....


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Validating UTF-8 bytes using only 0.45 cycles per byte (AVX edition)

Validating UTF-8 bytes using only 0.45 cycles per byte (AVX edition)

When receiving bytes from the network, we often assume that they are unicode strings, encoded using something called UTF-8. Sadly, not all streams of bytes are valid UTF-8. So we need to check the strings. It is probably a good…


From insideHPC

Video: Building SCinet for SC18

Video: Building SCinet for SC18

The SCinet team is already at work building the world’s fastest temporary network for SC18. The event takes place Nov. 11-16 in Dallas. "How often does an international conference leave its mark on a host city in the form of …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa on the Facebook Portal

Alexa on the Facebook Portal

I had initially missed this.  Don't like Facebook being involved, but according to below the information from Alexa transcripts are not shared with Facebook.  Short excerpt below,   read the rest for other aspects of the Facebook…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advertising on the Facebook Portal

Advertising on the Facebook Portal

A look at the ads and data involved with Facebook's new Portal.  Good overview as to what Facebook may want from this new channel.

Here's what Facebook's Portal Can and Cannot do with Data   By Garett Sloane  in Adage

When Facebook…


From The Noisy Channel

Activate 2018: Search in Practice

Activate 2018: Search in Practice

I don’t always attend conferences. But when I do, I prefer conferences full of search practitioners focused on solving real-world problems.

I just came back from the Lucidworks Activate conference on search and AI, where I had…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing Launches Ai Practice

Penguin Computing Launches Ai Practice

Today Penguin Computing announced the formation of the Penguin Computing Artificial Intelligence Practice, a full service consultancy dedicated to working with organizations to achieve their AI goals. "The new AI Practice will…


From insideHPC

Watch 5,000 Robots Merge to Map the Universe in 3-D

Watch 5,000 Robots Merge to Map the Universe in 3-D

In this video, scientists describe how the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) will measure the effect of dark energy on the expansion of the universe. It will obtain optical spectra for tens of millions of galaxies and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Making Systems Aware of Context

Making Systems Aware of Context

Awareness, also known as context, is often an important aspect of intelligence.

Two Systems Allow Smart Devices to Have Environmental Awareness
in Electronics360    By Siobhan Treacy

Two teams of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)…

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