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March 2019


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at AAAI-19

Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at AAAI-19

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the 33rd Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI-19), January…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

High School CS Education: Where Do We Start and Where Do We Go?

High School CS Education: Where Do We Start and Where Do We Go?

There are a number of sets of standards with most based on the CSTA standards (https://www.csteachers.org/general/custom.asp?page=standards) and the K-12 CS Framework (https://k12cs.org/). A lot of really smart people (and me…


From insideHPC

ARCHER2 Supercomputer coming to University of Edinburgh

ARCHER2 Supercomputer coming to University of Edinburgh

Today the University of Edinburgh announced plans to deploy ARCHER2, a £79 million national supercomputer that will be five times faster than the UK’s current capabilities. "ARCHER2 will provide UK science with an unparalleled…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox

Radio Free HPC Looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at NVIDIA's acquisition of Mellanox. "This called for an emergency session of our crack panel. While it will be several months before the full impact of this merger is felt, the …


From Schneier on Security

On Surveillance in the Workplace

On Surveillance in the Workplace

Data & Society just published a report entitled "Workplace Monitoring & Surveillance": This explainer highlights four broad trends in employee monitoring and surveillance technologies: Prediction and flagging tools that aim to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Customer Experience

AI and Customer Experience

Largely agree its all about the relatively mundane, though these capabilities must be carefully linked into the right processes and values.

How Companies are Using AI to Revolutionize the Customer Service Experience
By Haris Saeed…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Don’t Cross The Data Types

Don’t Cross The Data Types

Remember in the first Ghostbusters movie where the ghostbusters are told not to cross the stream of their ghost busting guns? And then at the end they do cross the streams? Mixing data types is like that some times. You really…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Workshop Report on Side and Covert Channels in Computing Systems

NSF Workshop Report on Side and Covert Channels in Computing Systems

This is a blog post by CCC Chair Mark D. Hill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As readers on the CCC blog know, the Meltdown and Spectre microprocessor design flaws revealed in early 2018 made clear that many, if not…


From insideHPC

New Texascale Magazine from TACC looks at HPC for the Endless Frontier

New Texascale Magazine from TACC looks at HPC for the Endless Frontier

This feature story describes how the computational power of Frontera will be a game changer for research. Late last year, the Texas Advanced Computing Center announced plans to deploy Frontera, the world's fastest supercomputer…


From insideHPC

Quobyte to showcase software defined storage for Machine Learning at GTC

Quobyte to showcase software defined storage for Machine Learning at GTC

Today Quobyte announced announced plans to showcase distributed storage technology at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference in Silicon Valley next week. Quobyte software defined storage turns commodity servers into a reliable and…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA to Purchase Mellanox for $6.9 Billion

NVIDIA to Purchase Mellanox for $6.9 Billion

Today NVIDIA announced plans to acquire Mellanox for approximately $6.9 billion. The acquisition will unite two of the world’s leading companies in HPC. Together, NVIDIA’s computing platform and Mellanox’s interconnects power…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Morphing

Voice Morphing

 Work on our reactions to voice.   Real and constructed.  We looked at this as it related to neuromarketing reactions.

Are human brains vulnerable to voice morphing attacks?
by Yvonne Taunton, University of Alabama at Birmingham…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Limits of Deep Learning

On the Limits of Deep Learning

Very perceptive.   Deep learning is not AI, and many challenges still exist.

What are the limits of deep learning?    Original paper.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences  by M. Mitchell Waldrop

The much-ballyhooed artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of the Ad Agency

Future of the Ad Agency

Former associate Lou Killeffer talks about the future of the Ad Agency.  Worked closely with the concept of ad agencies and their use of data for years, and he makes some useful predictions.  An excerpt:

For Whom the Bell Tolls…


From insideHPC

Achieving the Best QoE: Performance Libraries Accelerate Code Execution

Achieving the Best QoE: Performance Libraries Accelerate Code Execution

performance librariesThe increasing consumerization of IT means that even staid business applications like accounting need to have the performance and ease of use of popular consumer apps. Fortunately, developers now have access to a powerful group…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Pharmacology

Virtual Pharmacology

New moves forward in drug creation.

‘Virtual Pharmacology’ Advance Tackles Universe of Unknown Drugs
University of California, San Francisco
By Nicholas Weiler

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the University…


From The Noisy Channel

Search Engines: A Human Perspective

Search Engines: A Human Perspective

At first glance, the design and development of search engines appear to be concerned mainly with computer science — particularly information retrieval, machine learning, and natural language processing.

But search isn’t just a…


From Schneier on Security

Russia Is Testing Online Voting

Russia Is Testing Online Voting

This is a bad idea: A second innovation will allow "electronic absentee voting" within voters' home precincts. In other words, Russia is set to introduce its first online voting system. The system will be tested in a Moscow neighborhood…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Difference Between BPM and RPA?

Difference Between BPM and RPA?

We did both, starting with years of BPM (Business Process Modeling)  ....  found the RPA (Robotic Process Automation)  ideas more focused to specific improvement while BPM is much more often connected to detailed semantic data…


From CERIAS Blog

March Sadness

March Sadness

March is a month of changes. We see winter beginning to recede (we hope!) and spring begins to show. The vernal equinox is around March 20 and heralds a return to more light than dark.

March is the month I was born (or hatched…


From Computational Complexity

Richard Karp: His influence and how to honor him

When I first saw the definition of NP-Complete I first thought if there are NP-complete problems I suspect they are contrived. When I saw the proof that  SAT is NP-complete I thought okay, so there is one natural problem  NP-complete…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Problems With a Point

Bill and Clyde’s new book Bill Gasarch and Clyde Kruskal are colleagues in Computer Science at the University of Maryland. They have just seen the publication of their book Problems With a Point. Today Dick and I congratulate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sams Pilots Makes Scanning more Efficient

Sams Pilots Makes Scanning more Efficient

The difference here is simple,  users don.t have to search for a barcode.   And we assume that this will work with sometimes non barcoded product like produce?  Have used Scan & Go at Kroger.    Will customers notice?  How different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Swarms of Drones Herding Sheep

Swarms of Drones Herding Sheep

Whats most interesting here is the use of swarms of multiple drones performing a group task.   Which is what we tested , but not sheepor dogs,  Or does it?  I quote from the full artcle:  " ... A single drone can do the job of…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted: OFA Workshop in Austin March 19-21

Agenda Posted: OFA Workshop in Austin March 19-21

Today the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) posted the OFA Workshop 2019 Agenda & Abstracts for their upcoming OFA Workshop. With sessions on ranging from interoperability and remote persistent memory to deployment of fabric technologies…


From insideHPC

Video: A Fast, Scaleable HPC Engine for Data Ingest

Video: A Fast, Scaleable HPC Engine for Data Ingest

David Wade from Integral Engineering gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. "In this talk, a design is sketched for an engine to ingest data from the IOT massively into a cluster for analysis, storage and transformation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interview on AI that People can Trust

Interview on AI that People can Trust

Especially as these methods continue to grow in augmenting human capabilities.

Building Trustable AI   in Kellogg

Artificial intelligence is here to stay. Machines are getting smarter, faster, and are poised to play ever greater…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stats on Voicebot Assistant Use from Voicebot.ai

Stats on Voicebot Assistant Use from Voicebot.ai

Continued rise here by 39%.   A continued opportunity to leverage the advance of a new retail and communication channel.

U.S. Smart Speaker Ownership Rises 40% in 2018 to 66.4 Million and Amazon Echo Maintains Market Share Lead…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Foresquare Introduces Hypertrending

Foresquare Introduces Hypertrending

Admit I have kind of lost track of Foursquare entirely since its launch ten years ago. , but the general kind of look at what groups are doing is still intriguing.   How might it have implications for retail behavior?  But do…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power BI Capacities for Scalabe Solutions

Power BI Capacities for Scalabe Solutions

Newly brought to my attention:

Deploying and Managing Power BI Premium Capacities
 By Owen Duncan  Michael Blythe

Summary: Power BI Premium provides more consistent performance, support for large data volumes, and the flexibility…

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