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October 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

US Shoppers Open to Amazon Go

US Shoppers Open to Amazon Go

Not unsurprising, providing the interaction is error-free.

Amazon Go seen as welcome grocery option

But not all Americans would embrace cashier-free retail concept, survey says
By Russell Redman in SupermarketNews

Though Amazon.com…


From insideHPC

Call for Participation: ISC 2019 in Frankfurt

Call for Participation: ISC 2019 in Frankfurt

Today ISC 2019 announced that submissions are now open for Research Papers, Research Posters, Project Posters, BoFs, PhD Forum, Tutorials and Workshops. "We encourage engineers, scientists, young researchers, students and active…


From Schneier on Security

West Virginia Using Internet Voting

West Virginia Using Internet Voting

This is crazy (and dangerous). West Virginia is allowing people to vote via a smart-phone app. Even crazier, the app uses blockchain -- presumably because they have no idea what the security issues with voting actually are...…


From BLOG@CACM

What Children Want to Know About Computers

What Children Want to Know About Computers

Does a super computer have a really big chip in it? Would we be more or less clever if computers had never been invented? These are the sorts of questions which children want to know about computers, but which don't get answered…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

London Calling

For chess and science: a cautionary tale about decision models Clarke Chronicler blog source Marmaduke Wyvill was a British chess master and Member of Parliament in the 1800s. He was runner-up in what is considered the first…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automated Smart Homes

Automated Smart Homes

New directions in smart homes ...

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes
by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office

Developing automated systems that track occupants and self-adapt to their preferences is a major next step for

But…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

ACM SIGARCH Blog- What’s the future of technology scaling?

ACM SIGARCH Blog- What’s the future of technology scaling?

The following is a blog post from ACM SIGARCH Computer Architecture Today that discusses the dramatic slowing of technology scaling (Moore’s Law). It touches on implications across computer science including the need for optimizations…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Professional Development Is Expensive–Who Should Pay For It?

Professional Development Is Expensive–Who Should Pay For It?

I first started to appreciate the cost of professional development when I was working with and for Microsoft. Microsoft at the time was working hard to promote the use of Visual Studio as a programming teaching tool. Part ofMoving…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siemens and Artificial Intelligence

Siemens and Artificial Intelligence

Been taking a closer look at what German industrial conglomerate Siemens is doing and thinking in the space of AI.  Good section on their thoughts, approaches and direction.   Also about replacing jobs and people.

The Brain Behind…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning from B2B Buying Process

Learning from B2B Buying Process

From the Gartner Blog, a look at a B2B buying process, diagram at the link.  The process diagram   is very complex, very messy.  I have worked on many, many process models.    If we had found this in our interviews with decision…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examining Human Neurons

Examining  Human Neurons

Are we smarter than animals because our brain neurons are different? Could this explain why simplistic neural models are not successful?  Can we a new kind of Biomimicry help us create operational brains?

Electrical properties…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Informs

Informs

Join us at Informs:

INFORMS is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to and promoting best practices and advances in operations research, management science, and analytics to improve operational processes, decision…


From insideHPC

Video: Antarctic Ice Sheet Simulations

Video: Antarctic Ice Sheet Simulations

In this video, the DOE SciDAC-funded BISICLES experiment investigates the millennial-scale vulnerability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet (AIS) due solely to the loss of its ice shelves. Starting at the present-day, the AIS evolves…


From insideHPC

Video: Bill Dally Keynote on Accelerated Machine Learning from GTC Israel

Video: Bill Dally Keynote on Accelerated Machine Learning from GTC Israel

In this video from GTC Israel, Bill Dally from NVIDIA gives a keynote talk on accelerated computing for Machine Learning and HPC. "GTC is the largest and most important event of the year for GPU developers. GTC and the global…


From insideHPC

Making Storage Bigger on the Inside

Making Storage Bigger on the Inside

HPC storageThis sponsored post from HPE delves into how tools like HPE Data Management Framework are working to make HPC storage "bigger on the inside" and streamline data workflows. "DMF seamlessly moves data between tiers, whether they…


From Computational Complexity

A New Cold War?

Imagine the following not-so-unrealistic scenario: The US-China trade war deepens leading to a cold war. The US blocks all Chinese citizens from graduate school in the US. Visas between the two countries become hard to get. The…


From Schneier on Security

Government Perspective on Supply Chain Security

Government Perspective on Supply Chain Security

This is an interesting interview with a former NSA employee about supply chain security. I consider this to be an insurmountable problem right now....


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM to Host Twitter Chat on Ethics in Computing October 18

ACM to Host Twitter Chat on Ethics in Computing October 18

On Thursday, October 18, ACM will host a Twitter chat on ethics in computing beginning at 11:00 a.m. EDT (15:00 UTC). During the chat, ACM will post discussion questions from the Twitter handle, @TheOfficialACM. We are inviting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Amazon Scout for Product Discovery

On Amazon Scout for Product Discovery

Did lots of work with systems that would search for items in stores.    Here the next step.   Is this search in a virtual space?   And what other kinds of curation of the search is also at play?

Is Amazon on the right path to
by…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

NSF Upcoming Due Dates

NSF Upcoming Due Dates

Check out the upcoming due dates for the National Science Foundation (NSF)! Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E) Full Proposal Window: November 15, 2018 All proposals to the Division of Astronomical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder

Our group met with Allen early on to discuss the future of personal computing.   He gave an early example of buying and adapting versus building.  See also his Allen Institute for AI.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies, aged…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT Plans an AI Driven College

MIT Plans an AI Driven College

This is further than MIT took it the last time around. Has it be successfully redefined?   But the MIT News article doesn't say the same thing.  " ... A central idea behind the College is that a new, shared structure can help…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Will impact 100% of Jobs

AI Will impact 100% of Jobs

It will, not surprising.  Don't computers now impact all jobs?  But how and how do you limit your personal risk?

AI will impact 100% of jobs, professions, and industries, says IBM's Ginni Rometty
At the Gartner Symposium/ITExpo…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Selling Consumables within Alexa Skills

Selling Consumables within Alexa Skills

This opens some interesting applications to skills.   Perhaps in the area of services that are tailored to needs?   Business applications?   What else can work this way?  Good description below.

Now You Can Sell Consumables to…


From BLOG@CACM

Changing Who Pays for CS Professional Development in the ­U.S. and Who Controls It: It Has to be Local

Changing Who Pays for CS Professional Development in the ­U.S. and Who Controls It: It Has to be Local

In the U.S., a shift in who pays to prepare computer science (CS) teachers.


From insideHPC

IBM Unveils AI OpenScale to Accelerate Ai Adoption

IBM Unveils AI OpenScale to Accelerate Ai Adoption

Today IBM introduced AI OpenScale, a new technology platform that addresses key challenges of Artificial Intelligence adoption, such as concerns over how AI applications make decisions, the global shortage of AI skills, and the…


From insideHPC

Cray Powers Haas Formula 1 Team

Cray Powers Haas Formula 1 Team

For the third year in a row, the American Haas F1 Team will use the computational capacity of a Cray Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer powered by AMD EPYC 7000 processors to handle its large CFD simulations for the 2019 season…


From insideHPC

Video: Altair Acquires SIMSOLID for Faster Product Simulation

Video: Altair Acquires SIMSOLID for Faster Product Simulation

Today Altair announced the acquisition of SIMSOLID, a company focused on full-fidelity CAD assemblies to provide fast, accurate, and robust structural simulation without requiring geometry simplification, cleanup, or meshing.…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Join the #CSK8 Twitter Char 17 October 2018

Join the #CSK8 Twitter Char 17 October 2018

These are great chats with a lot of wonderful people sharing ideas about computer science in grades K through 8.

Join us for #csk8 chat on Wed, 10/17, at 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET for the 3rd in our series of chats about the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

And Facebook on your TV?

And Facebook on your TV?

Taking over a channel rather than creating a new one?  Note how Facebook moving away from the other 'intelligent' assistant voice services.   Originally it was said they were building human augmented systems.  But could this

Facebook…

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