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November 2019


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Defense Innovation Board Final Report on AI Ethics Principles

Defense Innovation Board Final Report on AI Ethics Principles

Contributions to this post were provided by CCC Chair Mark D. Hill from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and CCC Executive Committee Member Nadya Bliss from Arizona State University. The leadership of the Department of Defense…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Listening for Indicators of Failure

Listening for Indicators of Failure

Not an uncommon thing that is done by human engineers responsible for maintenance.  Now proposed to be more autonomous.

'Listening' to Engine Blades to Stop Failures, Disasters   By Purdue University News

This new method can measure…


From Schneier on Security

Obfuscation as a Privacy Tool

Obfuscation as a Privacy Tool

This essay discusses the futility of opting out of surveillance, and suggests data obfuscation as an alternative. We can apply obfuscation in our own lives by using practices and technologies that make use of it, including: The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Whats a 5G World Look Like

Whats a 5G World Look Like

Useful examples of where the new technology will be relevant:

A First Look at What a 5G-Enabled World Looks Like, Courtesy of Samsung and IBM
 Written by: Steve Canepa

Built on the IBM Cloud, the new platform created in partnership…


From Putting People First

[Report] Shaping Choices in the Digital World

[Report] Shaping Choices in the Digital World

Shaping Choices in the Digital World From dark patterns to data protection: the influence of ux/ui design on user empowerment Jean Lessi (Publication Director); Gwendal Le Grand (Editor); Régis Chatellier, Geoffrey Delcroix, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Navigating via

Navigating via

More work on Robot navigation.   But where do the clues come from?  We already navigate from things like addresses.  But to get there precisely may need more than that.    And the hint that this will also require some common

MIT…


From insideHPC

Steve Tuecke from Globus passes away

Steve Tuecke from Globus passes away

It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Steve Tuecke on November 2, 2019. "Steve was also a consummate architect of organizations. Argonne’s Distributed Systems Lab, …


From insideHPC

Video: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

Video: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

In this video, Vinay Kumar from Oracle describes how the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers high performance for HPC applications. "Oracle offers on-demand HPC infrastructure, suitable for any HPC workload, based on the most…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

From what we know how the brain works to artificial neural nets (ANN), which we know are very simplistic neural models, then back to the actual operation of the brain?

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition Weizmann…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cognitive Automation

Cognitive Automation

Augmentation is the near term approach here, but I expect augmentation to become more automated over time.    Checking, validation and  Numbers presented here are interesting, dependent much on the specific kind of tasks that…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Thermodynamic Computing Workshop Report Released

Thermodynamic Computing Workshop Report Released

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently released the Thermodynamic Computing workshop report, the output of the CCC’s January 2019 visioning workshop of the same name. The workshop was organized by Tom Conte (Georgia…


From insideHPC

PSI Researchers Using Comet Supercomputer for Flu Forecasting Models

PSI Researchers Using Comet Supercomputer for Flu Forecasting Models

Researchers at Predictive Science, Inc. are using the the Comet Supercomputer at SDSC for Flu Forecasting Models. "These calculations fall under the category of ‘embarrassingly parallel’, which means we can run each model, for…


From insideHPC

Penguin Computing to Showcase HPC Solutions at SC19

Penguin Computing to Showcase HPC Solutions at SC19

Today Penguin Computing announced plans for showcasing its innovative HPC solutions at SC19 in Denver. After a year of growth, Penguin Computing is bringing innovative technology demos and presentations to the show to offer expertise…


From insideHPC

European Processor Initiative Reaches Important Milestones in First Year

European Processor Initiative Reaches Important Milestones in First Year

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has announced the completion of important milestones in its first year. "The first-generation chip family, named Rhea, will include Arm ZEUS architecture general purpose cores and prototypes…


From insideHPC

Arm HPC User Group Returns to Denver Nov. 18

Arm HPC User Group Returns to Denver Nov. 18

The Arm HPC team invites you to our 5th Annual Arm HPC User Group (AHUG) session at SC19. The all-day event takes place on Monday, Nov. 18 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver. "We have a full day agenda of strategic partners and end…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Heading off a Cliff?

AI Heading off a Cliff?

Thoughts from a well known AI and Computing expert.

Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff   By California Magazine via CACM

Asked if the race to achieve superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) was inevitable, Stuart Russell, University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering Unforseen Circumstances

Considering Unforseen Circumstances

Are always an issue, and not considered carefully enough.  Surely should be talked about in an analytical effort.  Nice space by Peter Bruce that is worth following.    Many more examples at the link. 

Unforeseen Consequences …


From [email protected]

Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion

Leonardo da Vinci's Robot Lion

We are celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death with a major exhibition of the Renaissance painter's works.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana will Read Emails

Cortana will Read Emails

Always liked the idea of Assistants reading emails.  Though it clearly has to be selectively, and the selection has to be very easy to do.   Also note I have not heard much about Cortana of late, is it still a viable capability…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CSTA at 15 #CSTAat15

CSTA at 15 #CSTAat15

The Computer Science Teachers Association is now 15 years old. I’ve been a member from the start and I have to say that in some ways it feels like it has always been there but in other ways it feels like it just started.  There…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wikipedia Adds Credibility with Digital Books

Wikipedia Adds Credibility with Digital Books

Fascinating additional link to readily accessible knowledge.     Of course, you can ask, how accurate is the book cited?  Still like the further effort, will look for examples now.   Also note the use of the Internet Archive,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Wins Pentagon Contract

Microsoft Wins Pentagon Contract

New directions of defense department for the Cloud.

Microsoft Is the Surprise Winner of a $10B Pentagon Contract

Amazon had long been considered the favorite for JEDI, a project to use cloud computing to modernize warfare.

The corporate…


From Schneier on Security

Homemade TEMPEST Receiver

Homemade TEMPEST Receiver

Tom's Guide writes about home brew TEMPEST receivers: Today, dirt-cheap technology and free software make it possible for ordinary citizens to run their own Tempest programs and listen to what their own -- and their neighbors'…


From Computational Complexity

Limits of using the web for info- self-reference

(I wrote this a while back so when I say `I Googled BLAH' I meant back then. It is prob different now.)



While the web is a wonderful to find things out there are times when it doesn't quite work.


An old blog of Scott Aaronson's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Real World Applications of Drones

Real World Applications of Drones

Overlook of current uses and future applications.

Real-World Applications for Drones    By Logan Kugler
Communications of the ACM, November 2019, Vol. 62 No. 11, Pages 19-21
10.1145/3360911

 In June, Amazon announced it was close…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Access to a Book: Math of Deep Learning

Free Access to a Book: Math of Deep Learning

From DSC, requires simple sign-up.  Math-Technical, with code examples.

Math of Deep Learning: Free Chapter from 832-page eBook
Posted by Capri Granville 
The title of the eBook is Dive in Deep Learning. Below I list the content…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Elementary Intro to Kalman Filtering

Elementary Intro to Kalman Filtering

A method we used actively, for sensor networks, here also an pointer to lots of introductions, including the ACM article.

An Elementary Introduction to Kalman Filtering
Demystifying the uses of a powerful tool for uncertain information…


From [email protected]

The Size of Computing Education Today, By The Numbers

The Size of Computing Education Today, By The Numbers

 How many students learn general-purpose programming today, compared to using other computing environments or learning other STEM subjects?


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Watson and Lufthansa

IBM Watson and Lufthansa

Customer service is an increasing space for AI technologies.

IBM Watson helps Lufthansa Group optimize its customer service in DSSRseources
Lufthansa and IBM collaborate in the field of artificial intelligence (AI); new AI Studio…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at CCPA

A Look at CCPA

Concise look at the California Consumer Privacy Act.

CCPA: Do the Penalties Fit the Crime?
By David Harding  / in ReadWrite

CCPA goes into effect on January 1, 2020 and aims to protect California’s 39 million inhabitants against…