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May 2019


From BLOG@CACM

Variable Vagaries

Variable Vagaries

The variable, construed as an L-value, makes some offbeat appearances.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Text Generating AI

Text Generating AI

Still have not seen an example of text generation that is completely convincing.  But having one, especially if it was context adapting, could be a real concern.

Get ready to waste your day with this creepily accurate text-generating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Wing Drone Deliveries Approved

Google Wing Drone Deliveries Approved

Continued inclusion of advanced tech, like drone services, as needed.

Google Wing drones approved for US home deliveries

Alphabet's drone company will begin deliveries in the coming months
Drone home delivery company Wing has been…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Locating Microscopes

Locating Microscopes

Technical piece that lets devices learn about goal oriented use.  Likely broader applications as well.

Information-rich localization microscopy through machine learning
By aehwan Kim, Seonah Moon & Ke Xu
Nature Communications, volume…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simple, Scalable and Sustainable AI

Simple, Scalable and Sustainable AI

Simple, scalable, and sustainable: A methodical approach to AI adoption
Rajendra Prasad explains how leaders in large enterprises can make AI adoption successful.

By Rajendra Prasad  

This is a keynote from the O'Reilly Artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Low-Code No-Code Future

A Low-Code   No-Code Future

Wrote many thousands of lines of computer code, built systems large and small.  Coding is powerful,  but also time consuming, non-transparent to most of the people that need its help and prone to error.

Sometimes you have to code…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Astronomers Turn to AI as New Telescopes Come Online

Podcast: Astronomers Turn to AI as New Telescopes Come Online

In this AI Podcast, Brant Robertson from UC Santa Cruz describes how astronomers are turning to AI to turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of next-generation telescopes into world-changing scientific discoveries…


From insideHPC

Seeking Nominations for the XSEDE Advisory Board

Seeking Nominations for the XSEDE Advisory Board

XSEDE seeks nominations for individuals to serve on the XSEDE Advisory Board (XAB). "The XAB aims to ensure that XSEDE is designed to impact a broad range of disciplines, enable both research and education, have broader impacts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Future of Car Rental

Future of Car Rental

Largely agree.  But a decade out who knows?  Good overview.

Semi-autonomous and always available: A peek into the near future of car rental in DigitalTrends

The world is inexorably moving to an era where personal mobility is connected…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Measuring the system clock frequency using loops (Intel and ARM)

Measuring the system clock frequency using loops (Intel and ARM)

In my previous post, Bitset decoding on Apple’s A12, I showed that Apple’s latest ARM-based processor can decode set bits out of a stream of words using 3 cycles per set bit. This compares favourably to Intel processors since…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Augmenting Movie Making Using VR

Augmenting Movie Making Using VR

Makes sense to use a visual medium to show alternative views to be chosen or combined.   Using game techniques.   No mention of a potential AR capability when combining shots with physical sets, but would be similar. How this…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

An App Proof

That is “app” as in an on-line application [ Leo Stein ] Leo Stein is an assistant professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include general relativity from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram Alpha is 10!

Wolfram Alpha is 10!

I was an early tester, loved it.   An assistant that emphasized the computable!  Free and amazing.  How great to see things as computable.   But somehow I drifted off to others.   You know the other glitzy assistants, often mentioned…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparison of Wal-Mart and Amazon as Online Retailers

Comparison of Wal-Mart and Amazon as Online Retailers

Good review of the topic.  The details in the Why are interesting.

Walmart vs. Amazon: Which online retailer is better, and why  in Digitaltrends

Walmart vs. Amazon: Which has better prices, shipping, and customer service?
Back

These…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ethically Deploying AI

Ethically Deploying AI

Thoughtful piece, making the distinction between creating an AI and deploying it.   Deploying means how it operates in current and predicted future context.   Often with statistical outcomes.    But then any augmentation of humans…


From insideHPC

CosmoGAN Neural Network to Study Dark Matter

CosmoGAN Neural Network to Study Dark Matter

As cosmologists and astrophysicists delve deeper into the darkest recesses of the universe, their need for increasingly powerful observational and computational tools has expanded exponentially. From facilities such as the Dark…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: AI Technical Lead at New York University

Job of the Week: AI Technical Lead at New York University

"The NYU High Performance Computing team is seeking an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technical Lead to build state-of-the-art computing infrastructure in-house and in the cloud, and an ecosystem with AI and machine learning solutions…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (May 18th 2019)

Science and Technology links (May 18th 2019)

Though depression has genetic components, the previous studies that identified “depression genes” are probably all bogus. They are the results of poorly conducted research, using underpowered studies to reach untenable conclusions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Driverless Electric Trucks

Driverless Electric Trucks

More driverless examples emerging.   Note the remote operation of these as well, so limitation of autonomous and public interaction.

Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road 
Reuters
By Esha Vaish; Inze…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Egeria for Sharing Metadata

Egeria for Sharing Metadata

We spent much time on the application of relevant contextual metadata.  One big issue is making sure the quantity and quality of metadata is preserved in context for specific goals.  Maintenance again.

ODPi Announces Egeria for…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

ACM CompEd Conference

ACM CompEd Conference

Brett Becker has been blogging about the ACM CompEd conference now taking place in China. See his blog post at ACM CompEd daily update 1: Day 1 for example.  Looks to be a great conference. Not a lot of high school teachers have…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: On Squid Intelligence

Friday Squid Blogging: On Squid Intelligence

Two links. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Tracking What You Buy

Google Tracking What You Buy

Google tracks what you buy,   a purchase history shown it all.  Article in TheVerge reveals it all



https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/17/18629789/google-purchase-history-gmail-email-receipts

Google has been tracking nearly everything…


From insideHPC

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at ISC 2019

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at ISC 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has posted their Structural Agenda for HP-CAST at ISC 2019. The event takes place June 14-15 in Frankfurt, Germany. "HP-CAST provides guidance to Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the essential development…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nissan Claims Updated System is Highway Hands-Off

Nissan Claims Updated System is Highway Hands-Off

Quite a claim.   Not all the way to autonomous cars.  First of all the claim is for highway driving only.  And even there you wont be able to play cards with your passenger.   A driver facing camera will look for distractions…


From insideHPC

Big Compute Podcast: HPC and Genomics to Revolutionize Medicine

Big Compute Podcast: HPC and Genomics to Revolutionize Medicine

In this Big Compute Podcast episode, Gabriel Broner hosts Mark Borodkin, COO of Bionano Genomics, to discuss how genomics and HPC enable doctors and researchers to diagnose complex diseases and prescribe unique personalized treatments…


From insideHPC

DUG Opens the Doors for 250 PF Bubba Supercomputer in Houston

DUG Opens the Doors for 250 PF Bubba Supercomputer in Houston

Today DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) opened its giant new data center in Skybox Houston. Touted to be one of the most powerful supercomputers on earth, the facility is home to the company’s geophysical cloud service, DUG McCloud…


From insideHPC

HPE to Acquire Cray for $1.3 Billion

HPE to Acquire Cray for $1.3 Billion

Today HPE announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Cray for approximately $1.3 billion. "This pending deal will bring together HPE, the global HPC market leader, and Cray, whose Shasta architecture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Differential Programming

Differential Programming

Intriguing description and demonstration code.    I am always looking at ways to connect process models and AI pattern recognition. (or any analytics)    Is this an alternative way?

Reinforcement Learning vs. Differentiable Programming…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Helping Employees Improve

Helping Employees Improve

New book at about jobs, work and employee improvement. 

What Really Helps Employees to Improve (It’s not Criticism)  In Knowledge@Wharton

“The best employees are well-rounded individuals.”

“People can reliably rate others’ performance…

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