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November 2009


From The Eponymous Pickle

An AI Takeover

An AI Takeover

In Foresight: A view of the different levels of intelligence that would be required to take over from the intelligence of humans. Our own exploration of AI was largely on intelligence embedded in software, rather than interacting…


From Schneier on Security

How Smart are Islamic Terrorists?

How Smart are Islamic Terrorists?

Organizational Learning and Islamic Militancy (May 2009) was written by Michael Kenney for the U.S. Department of Justice. It's long: 146 pages. From the executive summary:

Organizational Learning and Islamic Militancy contains…


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

CS Unplugged: Image Representation and Searching Algorithms

CS Unplugged: Image Representation and Searching Algorithms

When I did some computer science outreach in the summer for the Girls @ Virtual Ventures camp, I promised them that if they came back for the weekend clubs in the fall, I'd make sure I came back to teach them something new.CS…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Coke Global Social Media Push

Coke Global Social Media Push

In AdAge: Behind Coca-Cola's Biggest Social-Media Push YetHow Expedition 206's Global Search for Happiness Came Together ... Coca-Cola is gearing up for its largest social-media project ever, one that will test its own internal…


From Computational Complexity

FOCS Videos

As I tweeted yesterday, the videos of talks from the 2009 FOCS conference are now online. Thanks to FOCS PC chair Daniel Spielman and Georgia Tech's ARC Center for making it happen.

Let me be a bit Billish (or is it Gasarchian)…


From My Biased Coin

Job Advice?

Job Advice?

Not for me, thank goodness. A very talented graduating senior (who may or may not be Harvard...) has obtained a number of job offers, and asked me if I had any advice on what job would make the best place to start a career --…


From Putting People First

Report on Service Design Network conference 2009

Report on Service Design Network conference 2009

Lucy Kimbell, who is a Clark Fellow in Design Leadership at Sa


From Putting People First

Book: Prototyping, a practitioner

Book: Prototyping, a practitioner

Prototyping A Practitioner’s Guide to Prototyping By Todd Zaki Warfel Rosenfeld Media, November 2009 Available in paperback and digital package (1-933820-21-7), digital (PDF) editions (ISBN 1-933820-22-5) Prototyping is a great…


From Schneier on Security

Quantum Ghost Imaging

Quantum Ghost Imaging

This is cool:

Ghost imaging is a technique that allows a high-resolution camera to produce an image of an object that the camera itself cannot see. It uses two sensors: one that looks at a light source and another that looks…


From Wild WebMink

links for 2009-11-18

links for 2009-11-18

While these proposed reforms of the US system are to be welcomed, they fail to address - or even acknowledge - the real issues, which are to do with the way patents are used to…


From The Noisy Channel

Exploring Explortatory Search

Exploring Explortatory Search

Google’s recently released Image Swirl is slick. But I’ve been struggling to figure out whether it’s useful or simply a showcase for cool technology.


From Apophenia

Call for Descriptions: Online Safety Programs

Call for Descriptions: Online Safety Programs

The Risky Behaviors and Online Safety track of the Youth and Media Policy Working Group Initiative at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University is creating a Compendium of youth-based Internet safety programs…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IPhone as Sensing Platform

IPhone as Sensing Platform

The IPhone positioned as a version of the Tricorder, a universal information gathering device that can connect the right data to the right analytical methods that lead to a mobile solution. A huge opportunity for analytics. '…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bing Takes Some Searchers from Yahoo

Bing Takes Some Searchers from Yahoo

Not unexpected. Like I have said I have found Bing to be a usefully different search method. No doubt that Google has huge inertia, but Bing has shown some useful distinction from Yahoo. And if you want to try something socially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAS Visual Data Discovery

SAS Visual Data Discovery

We did some very early work for executive suite discovery applications using SAS graph. More about what SAS has today in data discovery. Now this application reminded me of their capabilities. ' ... SAS a provider in business…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Connects with Twitter

Linkedin Connects with Twitter

Linkedin has now connected with Twitter, apparently to pick up to some of that high volume of Twitter traffic. By giving Linkedin your Twitter ID you can have your entire stream show up there, or just Tweets that are tagged by…


From Schneier on Security

Secret Knock Lock

Secret Knock Lock

Door lock that opens if you tap a particular rhythm.

 


From Apophenia

Web2.0 Expo Talk: Streams of Content, Limited Attention

Web2.0 Expo Talk: Streams of Content, Limited Attention

I prepared a new talk today for Web2.0 Expo that I wanted to share with you: "Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media" The talk is about the shifts in information flow thanks to new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Web 2.0 for E Commerce Success

Web 2.0 for E Commerce Success

In Ecommerce Times: Top Web 2.0 drivers for ecommerce success by retailers.


From Computational Complexity

A Prayer Book for the Internet Generation

As a young kid in the Reform Jewish community we used the Union Prayer Book, a traditional book with Hebrew on the right and English on the left with lots of instructions for page jumping, standing, when to sing and whether everyone…


From Schneier on Security

A Useful Side-Effect of Misplaced Fear

A Useful Side-Effect of Misplaced Fear

A study in the British Journal of Criminology makes the point that drink-spiking date-raping is basically an urban legend:

Abstract. There is a stark contrast between heightened perceptions of risk associated with drug-facilitated…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Science Behind Neuromarketing Webinar

Science Behind Neuromarketing Webinar

This Wednesday I am attending a Webinar by Sands Research ' ... presented by Dr. Steve Sands, Chairman and Chief Science Officer, on Wednesday, November 18th at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST ... "The Science Behind Neuromarketing…


From Schneier on Security

Anti-Malware Detection and the Original Trojan Horse

Anti-Malware Detection and the Original Trojan Horse

Funny.


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 16

Hill Tech Happenings, Week of November 16

November 17

Hearing:

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on cybersecurity, with an emphasis on fighting terrorism and protecting privacy. 10 a.m., 226 Dirksen Building

November 18

Markup:

The House Science…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Unilever: Major Innovations Underway

Unilever: Major Innovations Underway

Former P&G exec now Unilever CEO Paul Polman says very big innovations are underway: ' ... Unilever says its products soon will be available using results from its Genesis projects, which invested in scientific breakthroughs…


From Computational Complexity

Rules about Blogs becaues Blogs RULE!

There are now laws about blogging and twittering that Lance and I (and all the bloggers) will need to be aware of. Here is a short summary:

If a blogger posts about a product that she got for free then she must disclose that…


From Putting People First

Recipes for disaster

Recipes for disaster

Over the last months Experientia collaborator Irene Cassarino has been working intensively on the preparation of Experientia’s Low2No project in Helsinki, Finland (see project site and submission summary) — where our focus is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SAP's Corporate Social Network Analyzer

SAP's Corporate Social Network Analyzer

Interestingly enterprise transaction software giant SAP has developed a prototype system that analyzes network data to determine business relationships. You can even experiment with it directly here. We experimented with this…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile ChaCha at Marsh

Mobile ChaCha at Marsh

A very simple marketing idea where you text a mobile question to ChaCha, get an answer and a promotion to be used at Marsh, and go to a local store to pick it up. Gets people in their stores.


From My Biased Coin

Conference Reviewing Update

Conference Reviewing Update

A few weeks ago, I talked about the reviewing process for NSDI and LATIN. I suppose now is a reasonable time for an update.LATIN is nearing the end of the reviewing process. I think it went well -- my top ranked papers seem…

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