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September 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deepmind AI Learns to Play Soccer

Deepmind AI Learns to Play Soccer

Another useful game example, learned,  trained and automated 

DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations

By New Scientist, September 8, 2022

Researchers at artificial intelligence (AI) research companyThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Canada Wirking on Worlds largest Geothermal Lagoon

Canada Wirking on Worlds largest Geothermal Lagoon

Geothermal efforts

Canada Is Working On the World’s Largest Geothermal Solar Lagoon

By Adrianna Nine on September 8, 2022 at 9:31 am in  ExtremeTech

Petite-Rivière-Saint-François has never been considered much of a tourist destination…


From insideHPC

TSMC August 2022 Revenue Report

TSMC August 2022 Revenue Report

HSINCHU, Taiwan, R.O.C. – Sep. 8, 2022 – TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced its net revenue for August 2022: On a consolidated basis, revenue for August 2022 was approximately NT$218.13 billion, an increase of 16.8 …


From insideHPC

SC22: November 13-18, Dallas

SC22: November 13-18, Dallas

SC22, the annual International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, will be held Nov. 13-18 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The full program begins Sunday, Nov.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research

Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research

My earliest work did this kind of research

Pushing the Frontiers of Mathematical Research,   By Allyn Jackson

Commissioned by CACM Staff, September 8, 2022

For decades, mathematicians have turned to computers for help with tasks…


From insideHPC

MLCommoncs: Latest MLPerf AI Benchmark Results Show Machine Learning Inference Advances

MLCommoncs: Latest MLPerf AI Benchmark Results Show Machine Learning Inference Advances

SAN FRANCISCO – September 8, 2022 – Today, the open engineering consortium MLCommons announced results from MLPerf Inference v2.1, which analyzes the performance of inference — the application of a trained machine learning model…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pacemaker That Dissolves

Pacemaker That Dissolves

Interesting solution 

Pacemaker Diss0lves

No More Invasive Surgery—This Pacemaker Dissolves Instead Temporary pacemakers are often vital but dangerous to remove when their jobs are done  ..    By JOANNA GOODRICH,   Spectrum IEEE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rail Reopens Hump Yards

Rail Reopens Hump Yards

Followed rail supply chain methods for years for major shipper.   Need more effort here. 

Railroads Reverse Years of Streamlining to Improve Freight Service

Rail yards are starting to rumble with activity again as freight railroads…


From insideHPC

Ian Foster to Receive ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

Ian Foster to Receive ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

New York, Sept. 7, 2022 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE Computer Society have named Ian Foster, a Professor at the University of Chicago and Division Director at Argonne National Laboratory, as the recipient…


From insideHPC

The Three Variations of Supercomputing Cloud Technologies

The Three Variations of Supercomputing Cloud Technologies

“Cloud computing” is one of the most overloaded terms in the history of information technology.  Yes, there is the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing that many will point to, but the sheer number of adaptations of models for …


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Welcome to our new ACM-W Regional Activities Co-Chair!

Welcome to our new ACM-W Regional Activities Co-Chair!

Dr Nutan Limaye will be the next Regional Activities Co-Chair of ACM-W, effective September 2022. Dr Limaye is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Before this, she…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hacking Smartphones

Hacking Smartphones

Note this requires device proximity

 Hacking Device Can Secretly Swipe, Tap Smartphone Screen

New Scientist

Jeremy Hsu, August 31, 2022

Separate teams of researchers have developed devices for remotely hacking smartphone touchscreens…


From insideHPC

Dell Technologies Interview: At the Univ. of Bristol’s Advanced Computing Research Centre ‘Typical Doesn’t Exist’

Dell Technologies Interview: At the Univ. of Bristol’s Advanced Computing Research Centre ‘Typical Doesn’t Exist’

In this interview, part of our series done on behalf of Dell Technologies, we spoke with Simon Atack, HPC team leader of the Advanced Computing Research Centre at the UK’s University of Bristol, where he’s been for the past eight…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China Game Company Appoints Humanoid Robot as CEO

China Game Company Appoints Humanoid Robot as CEO

 Beyond a gimmick?  Like to see decision based examples.

Chinese Game Company Appoints Humanoid Robot as Its CEO  By Interesting Engineering

NetDragon Websoft, a China-based mobile game company, has appointed an artificial intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Huawei Watch Provides Sat Communications First

Huawei Watch Provides Sat Communications First

Huawei just beat the iPhone 14 to a key new feature   Security via China BeiDou?

By James Rogerson,  published about 6 hours ago

Just a week ago we were reporting on how the iPhone 14 might be the first smartphone to offer satellite…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lamboozling Attackers: A New Generation of Deception

Lamboozling Attackers: A New Generation of Deception

Previous piece I just got to, worthwhile.

Lamboozling Attackers: A New Generation of Deception

By Kelly Shortridge, Ryan Petrich

Communications of the ACM, June 2022, Vol. 65 No. 6, Pages 44-53  10.1145/3498578

Deception is a powerful…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Two atomic clocks have been connected using quantum entanglement

Two atomic clocks have been connected using quantum entanglement

 For the first time:  Implications?

Two atomic clocks have been connected using quantum entanglement – a property that intrinsically links them so that changes in one instantaneously affect the other. The connection makes it easier…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Machine Learning Outcomes

Improving Machine Learning Outcomes

Published in Towards Data Science   By John Hawkins, Chief Scientist at Playground XYZ. Computer scientist, open source developer and the author of getting-data-science-done.com

Improving Machine Learning Outcomes

Focusing on Framing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Chinese Anti-Stealth Radar

Chinese Anti-Stealth Radar

Odd piece I have not yet interpreted,  but intriguing.   Below is incomplete, looking for detail links. 

Chinese scientists develop anti-stealth radar so small it could be mistaken for rooftop clothes rack, research paper says


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quality of Supply Chain Data

Quality of Supply Chain Data

Brought to my attention for comment, good statement of issues:

It’s Time to Address the Poor Quality of Supply Chain Data  in SupplyChainBrain

The reality of global supply chains in recent years has been a sorry affair, but there…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Can Neural Networks Learn Better than Human Neurons

Can Neural Networks Learn Better than Human Neurons

In the Opinion section of CACM:  

Can Neural Networks Learn Better than Human Neurons?

By Mind Matters News,  August 16, 2022

The modern neural network is a better learning algorithm than the brain. The brain neuron is limited by…


From Putting People First

Perspectives on the value of ethnography in a future-focused world

Perspectives on the value of ethnography in a future-focused world

In an uncertain world, the safe bet to futures is to explore, identify and invest in what will most likely not change.


From Putting People First

User research & Engineering: better together during discovery

User research & Engineering: better together during discovery

Julia Tan and Carolina Aldas of Spotify provide some recommendations on how user research and Engineering can improve their collaboration during the Discovery Phase to come up with more feasible product solutions.


From insideHPC

NSF Center of Excellence in Cyberinfrastructure Awarded $7.5M

NSF Center of Excellence in Cyberinfrastructure Awarded $7.5M

Sept. 6, 2022 — Since 2016, the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) has brought together software developers to improve access to essential resources and services with a “community center” approach. By offering development…


From insideHPC

Cogniteam Integrates Robotics AI Capabilities with NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin Edge Platform

Cogniteam Integrates Robotics AI Capabilities with NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin Edge Platform

Sept. 6, 2022 — Cogniteam, a robotics company and creator of the Nimbus low-code robot development operating system, has integrated the  NVIDIA Jetson AGX Orin platform into its  robot software packets. A preferred member of …


From insideHPC

DOE: $35M for Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Partnership in Nuclear Physics

DOE: $35M for Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing Partnership in Nuclear Physics

Sept. 6, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $35 million for three joint projects in Nuclear Physics (NP) and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) via a partnership program of Scientific Discovery…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NFTs on Your TV

NFTs on Your TV

 Not understanding this fully either.

LG brings NFTs to its LED and OLED TVs

Okay, who asked for this?

By Igor Bonifacic  in Engadget

Over its long history, LG has never been shy about jumping on some unusual bandwagons. So it should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Progammable Materials sense Their Location

Progammable Materials sense Their Location

Quite interesting

Programmable Materials Can Sense Their Own Movements and Interactions

MIT News, Adam Zewe, August 10, 2022

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have created three-dimensionally (3D)-printed materials…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metaverse with Lifelike Chatbots

Metaverse with Lifelike Chatbots

 More indications of the drive to Metaverse?

Nvidia Sees a Metaverse Populated with Lifelike Chatbot Avatars

CNET

Stephen Shankland, August 9, 2022

Nvidia has launched the Avatar Cloud Engine, which combines three-dimensional (3D)…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ai Learning Patterns of Human Language

Ai Learning Patterns of Human Language

 Trained and tested from Linguistic textbooks in  languages.  Some surprises in learning cross languages. 

AI Can Learn the Patterns of Human Languages

In MIT News

Adam Zewe, August 30, 2022

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute…