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June 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

How To Build a CX Dashboard that Drives Performance

How To Build a CX Dashboard that Drives Performance

Some useful thoughts. 

How To Build a CX Dashboard that Drives Performance  By Sue Duris  in CustomerThink

Organizations are always looking for that magic pill that proves a particular initiative delivers value, and, more importantly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

JP Morgan on Smart Shopping Carts

JP Morgan on Smart Shopping Carts

Was struck by the shopping cart mention, which we spent lots of time on.   See the tag.  Have not seen a real move yet, but the direction here is more of of the rolling robotics type.  Note the apparent strong interest of JP

AI…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rolling Convenience Stores

Rolling Convenience Stores

Sounds a bit cheesy, but probably inevitable and happening.  Would you have such a device installed in your car?

The Dawn of Mobile Convenience Stores and (Maybe) Free Rides By Alex Davies in Wired.

Having Cargo drivers peddle

Ride…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Expands Alexa PC Designs

Amazon Expands Alexa PC Designs

Amazon’s new all-in-one and laptop designs could get Alexa into even more PCs  By Shannon Liao @Shannon_Liao in TheVerge

‘Amazon has just announced four new designs for PC manufacturers to work off of, which could make it easier…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Meal Kit Vending Machines

Meal Kit Vending Machines

Nice idea, wonder how the freshness will be maintained.

Convenience is king as new-gen vending units add meal kits  by Matthew Stern in Retailwire

hew SternMeal kits, once available only by subscription online, have begun appearing…


From Schneier on Security

The Habituation of Security Warnings

The Habituation of Security Warnings

We all know that it happens: when we see a security warning too often -- and without effect -- we start tuning it out. A new paper uses fMRI, eye tracking, and field studies to prove it....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Were is Siri Going in being an Assistant?

Were is Siri Going in being an Assistant?

Where is Apple's assistant Siri going?   Has been hard to figure that out lately.  Watched for that in the recentWWDC meeting.   I like the fact that they are implying Siri will follow some kind of process goal in context, like…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bonding with Your Algorithm

Bonding with Your Algorithm

I have implemented many pieces of code, algorithms to improve this or that.  Ans some took lots of coding time, and I felt proud of them afterwards when they worked to goals and spec.  But admittedly never thought of bonding

Bonding…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Programming Projects–The good, the bad, and the ugly

Programming Projects–The good, the bad, and the ugly

End of the semester project time for me. All of my programming students have been finishing up[ their self-selected projects and I have been grading. It’s always an interesting ex3ercise. None of the students have much experience…


From insideHPC

University of Pisa Extends Server Memory with Intel Optane and Dell EMC

University of Pisa Extends Server Memory with Intel Optane and Dell EMC

In this video from the Dell HPC Community meeting, Maurizio Davini and Antonio Cisternino from the University of Pisa describe the work they are doing to extend server memory with Intel Optane technology. "Intel Optane technology…


From insideHPC

Case Study: Supercomputing Natural Gas Turbine Generators for Huge Boosts in Efficiency

Case Study: Supercomputing Natural Gas Turbine Generators for Huge Boosts in Efficiency

Hyperion Research has published a new case study on how General Electric engineers were able to nearly double the efficiency of gas turbines with the help of supercomputing simulation. "With these advanced modeling and simulation…


From insideHPC

Cray Partners with UK’s Digital Catapult for AI Innovation

Cray Partners with UK’s Digital Catapult for AI Innovation

Today Cray announced that it has partnered with Digital Catapult and its Machine Intelligence Garage to help organizations of all sizes speed the development of machine intelligence systems. This partnership enables the Machine…


From insideHPC

Nimbix Launches JARVICE 3.0 HPC Hybrid Cloud Platform with Kubernetes

Nimbix Launches JARVICE 3.0 HPC Hybrid Cloud Platform with Kubernetes

Today cloud provider Nimbix announced the Technology Preview of JARVICE 3.0, a robust HPC hybrid cloud software platform fully integrated with Kubernetes. The new container platform is designed to provide the enterprise with …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Monsanto Becomes Bayer

Monsanto Becomes Bayer

Historical move away from a well known name.

Post merger, the name will simply be Bayer as 'Monsanto' becomes history .... 

Bayer plans to complete the acquisition of Monsanto on June 7, following the receipt of all required approvals…


From insideHPC

Opportunities Abound: HPC and Machine Learning for Energy Exploration

Opportunities Abound: HPC and Machine Learning for Energy Exploration

The is the first entry in a five-part insideHPC series that takes an in-depth look at how machine learning, deep learning and AI are being used in the energy industry. Read on to find out how machine learning is driving energy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disney's Stickman Robot

Disney's Stickman Robot

Quite impressive capabilities.  Videos and technical discussion,  where will we see this in use?

Stickman Explores the Physics of Flying Through the Air    Disney Research is teaching this skinny robot how to perform a variety…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

USDA/NIFA Request for Applications on Food and Agriculture Cyber-infrastructure and Tools

USDA/NIFA Request for Applications on Food and Agriculture Cyber-infrastructure and Tools

Former CCC Council member and current CRA Board member Shashi Shekhar from the University of Minnesota provided contributions to this post. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GigaOm Interview with Ira Cohen

GigaOm Interview with Ira Cohen

Another good interview and Podcast. 

Voices in AI – Episode 47: A Conversation with Ira Cohen
Byron Reese Jun 5, 2018 - 7:00 AM CDT

In this episode, Byron and Ira discuss transfer learning and AI ethics.
Byron Reese: This is Voices…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Wal-Mart's Jetblack

More on Wal-Mart's Jetblack

Cost seems high based on their typical clientele and benefits.  Certainly a  novel approach worthy of a test.  Customization of possible recommendations via demographic and shopping behavior is of interest.

Walmart launches members…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Southeby's Suggesting Taste with AI

Southeby's Suggesting Taste with AI

Again, the use of detected pattern to customize, personalize.   With a replacement of some kinds of expertise.  Have worked with auction companies and the idea is a useful one.  Could also see this setting the table with monetizing…


From Schneier on Security

Regulating Bitcoin

Regulating Bitcoin

Ross Anderson has a new paper on cryptocurrency exchanges. From his blog: Bitcoin Redux explains what's going wrong in the world of cryptocurrencies. The bitcoin exchanges are developing into a shadow banking system, which do…


From insideHPC

Cray Deploys 3 Petaflop ATERUI Ⅱ supercomputer at CFCA in Japan

Cray Deploys 3 Petaflop ATERUI Ⅱ supercomputer at CFCA in Japan

The Center for Computational Astrophysics has deployed a new Cray XC50 supercomputer. With a peak performance of 3 Petaflops, the 3 Petaflop ATERUI Ⅱ system is the world’s fastest supercomputer for astrophysical simulations. …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Acquires GitHub

Microsoft Acquires GitHub

In several projects I discovered that otherwise technical executives did not know what Github was. Might imply they would be nervous that MSFT was getting the ability to control code in new ways?  How might this be leveraged

Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Call for Disaster Relief AI Code

Call for Disaster Relief AI Code

Good effort, start with useful models of process.  Patterns that achieve results.

IBM Leads 'Call for Code' to Use Cloud, AI for Natural Disaster Relief     in eWeek   By Chris Preimesberger

IBM, the United Nations, the Red Cross…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A History of AI

A History of AI

William Vorhies of DSC posted a note on the history of AI, some long ago looks at where it started.   Having been involved, but not that far back, the examples are interesting and instructive regarding what could be done.   And…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF WATCH TALK- Why the Census Bureau Adopted Differential Privacy for the 2020 Census of Population

NSF WATCH TALK- Why the Census Bureau Adopted Differential Privacy for the 2020 Census of Population

The next WATCH talk, called Why the Census Bureau Adopted Differential Privacy for the 2020 Census of Population, from John M. Abowd, Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Research and Methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI and Video Marketing

AI and Video Marketing

Fascinating Ways AI is Intersecting with Video Marketing

Artificial intelligence and big data have played a major role in video marketing over the past few years. They will continue to disrupt the profession in the years to come…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing in China: Progress on a Superconducting Multi-Qubits System

Quantum Computing in China: Progress on a Superconducting Multi-Qubits System

Dr. Xiaobo Zhu from China’s University of Science and Technology gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. "CAS-Alibaba Quantum Computing Laboratory introduces quantum technology into computing sciences, aiming to manufacture…


From insideHPC

Coming to ISC 2018: Post 2020 Vision for HPC Workshop

Coming to ISC 2018: Post 2020 Vision for HPC Workshop

ETP4HPC is organizing a workshop at ISC 2018 to prepare the post Horizon 2020 HPC vision and technology roadmap. The event takes place Sunday, June 24 in Frankfurt, Germany. "What will be next? What will be the role of High-Performance…


From insideHPC

Radio Free Looks at the HGX-2 Reference Platform for HPC & AI

Radio Free Looks at the HGX-2 Reference Platform for HPC & AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new NVIDIA HGX-2 Reference Platform for HPC & AI. "The HGX-2 cloud server platform supports multi-precision computing, supporting high-precision calculations using FP64 and…