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November 2020


From BLOG@CACM

Deadlines of the Digital Turn

Deadlines of the Digital Turn

Sometimes the digital turn forces us to designate things that aren't there.


From The Eponymous Pickle

State of AI Report

State of AI Report

An investors eye view:

State of AI Report 2020 

The State of AI Report analyses the most interesting developments in AI. We aim to trigger an informed conversation about the state of AI and its implication for the future. The Report…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Source Intrusion Detection

Open Source Intrusion Detection

First I have seen such a capability offered.   Worth a look to see about following: 

 World's Fastest Open-Source Intrusion Detection Is Here

Carnegie Mellon University CyLab Security and Privacy Institute by Daniel Tkacik

Researchers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free CERN Quantum Lectures and Course

Free CERN Quantum Lectures and Course

Looks to be of interest, in particular includes D-Wave (who we connected with early on) and IBM implementations.  Been asked to drop in on this and comment on its executive relevance.  Would anyone else like to comment? 

What's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dubber in the IBM Voice Cloud for Conversation Value

Dubber in the IBM Voice Cloud for Conversation Value

 Ultimately voice is data, and that data needs to be converted into intelligence to create useful conversations of value.   With logic, learning and AI.  To create application solutions like sales, assistance, reporting, control…


From insideHPC

Curating, Discovering and Disseminating HPC Research Elements Using iRODS

Curating, Discovering and Disseminating HPC Research Elements Using iRODS

Data librarians currently manage far bigger data libraries and policy decisions regarding retention, quotas, file system performance, etc. require the consensus of those tasked with this challenge of curation. Decisions also …


From insideHPC

ColdQuanta Raises $32M in Series A Funding

ColdQuanta Raises $32M in Series A Funding

Boulder, Colorado – November 5, 2020 – ColdQuanta, the quantum atomics company, today announced it has raised $32M in Series A funding, with additional funding expected to close soon. The round was co-led by Global Frontier Investments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Twins for Heavy Machinery

Digital Twins for Heavy Machinery

 Again, a means of creating a 'digital twin', or simulation, to prototype, operate in context or design some 'thing'.  Here the object is heavy machinery.   But could also be a combination of machinery and process and usage context…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Quadrennial Papers: Broad Computer Science

CCC Quadrennial Papers: Broad Computer Science

As part of the rollout of the 2020 Computing Research Association’s (CRA) Quadrennial Papers, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is pleased to publish the second group of papers around “Broad Computer Science,” including…


From The Eponymous Pickle

White Castle Fast Food Using Flippy Robot

White Castle Fast Food Using Flippy Robot

Inevitable to see more of these robotic solutions for food preparation, here the most common example. 

White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations

Forbes, By Lana Bandoim

The White Castle restaurant chain said it is expanding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Things that Quantum Computing will be Useful For

Things that Quantum Computing will be Useful For

Thoughtful, but non-technical look at the question.

6 Things Quantum Computers Will Be Incredibly Useful For  By Mark Jackson in SIngularity Hub

Computers don’t exist in a vacuum. They serve to solve problems, and the type of problems…


From insideHPC

Optical I/O Specialist Ayar Labs Secures $35 Million in Series B Funding

Optical I/O Specialist Ayar Labs Secures $35 Million in Series B Funding

Santa Clara, Calif.– Nov. 5, 2020 –Ayar Labs has announced the completion of a $35M Series B financing co-led by Downing Ventures and BlueSky Capital. New investors include Applied Ventures, LLC, Castor Ventures, Downing Ventures…


From The Eponymous Pickle

App Analyzes Coronavirus Genome on Smartphone

App Analyzes Coronavirus Genome on Smartphone

Amazing how we can get advanced bioinformatics on a handheld. Open source too.

App Analyzes Coronavirus Genome on Smartphone

Garvan Institute of Medical Research (Australia)

Researchers at Australia's Garvan Institute of Medical…


From BLOG@CACM

Here's Why Resentment is the Key to Happiness

Here's Why Resentment is the Key to Happiness

Do you find happiness to be fleeting? That shiny new car or big job promotion makes you happy for a few weeks but quickly turns into the same old same old? Maybe resentment is the key to happiness... Let me explain why.


From insideHPC

UberCloud Releases Multi-Cloud, Hybrid Cloud HPC Application Platform

UberCloud Releases Multi-Cloud, Hybrid Cloud HPC Application Platform

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — UberCloud has announced its next-generation HPC Application Platform, designed to support the way enterprises run HPC applications today. With cloud providers offering improved security, better cost/performance…


From insideHPC

DHI Group Picks Bright Cluster Manager for Supercomputer Capacity Planning 

DHI Group Picks Bright Cluster Manager for Supercomputer Capacity Planning 

Amsterdam, Netherlands – Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – Today, Bright Computing, maker of Linux cluster automation and management software for HPC and machine learning, announced that DHI Group has upgraded its supercomputer, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

UK Contact Tracing Apps Talk to Each Other

UK Contact Tracing Apps Talk to Each Other

Interesting look at these and comparison to other Tracing Apps in europe. Clear contribution to decrease in spread?

UK contact-tracing apps start to talk to each other in the BBC

The United Kingdom's various contact-tracing apps…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Battery Free Ocean Exploration?

Battery Free Ocean Exploration?

Towards automation and empowering sensors in varying environments.  Piezoelectronics always an interest too.

An Underwater Navigation System Powered by Sound,  MIT News, Daniel Ackerman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Blue Sky at AAAI HCOMP 2020

Blue Sky at AAAI HCOMP 2020

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) recently sponsored a Blue Sky Ideas Conference Track at the AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP 2020), October 25-29th, 2020, online.  The emphasis of this track…


From The Eponymous Pickle

End-to-End Encrypted Messaging

End-to-End Encrypted Messaging

 Just started to read, excellent overview. Will follow with more comments as it applies to my work.

End-to-End Encrypted Messaging Hardcover – April 30, 2020   by Rolf Oppliger  (Author)

This exciting resource introduces the core…


From insideHPC

Child’s Play: Kid’s Book Author Named Q-CTLR Quantum Education Advisor

Child’s Play: Kid’s Book Author Named Q-CTLR Quantum Education Advisor

Call it counterintuitive reverse psychology. Q-CTRL, a startup that applies control engineering to development of quantum technology, today announced that its quantum education advisor will be Chris Ferrie, a writer of children…


From Schneier on Security

Detecting Phishing Emails

Detecting Phishing Emails

Research paper: Rick Wash, “How Experts Detect Phishing Scam Emails“:

Abstract: Phishing scam emails are emails that pretend to be something they are not in order to get the recipient of the email to undertake some action they…


From Schneier on Security

California Proposition 24 Passes

California Proposition 24 Passes

California’s Proposition 24, aimed at improving the California Consumer Privacy Act, passed this week. Analyses are very mixed. I was very mixed on the proposition, but on the whole I supported it. The proposition has some serious…


From insideHPC

Gigabyte Launches Embedded mini-ITX Motherboard for the AMD EPYC Embedded 3151

Gigabyte Launches Embedded mini-ITX Motherboard for the AMD EPYC Embedded 3151

Taipei, Taiwan, November 5th 2020 – Gigabyte Technology, (TWSE: 2376), maker of high-performance servers and workstations, today announced the Gigabyte MJ11-EC0 for the power-efficient embedded market. Real-time computing in …


From insideHPC

Wrapping Up a Big Year for HPC at SC20

Wrapping Up a Big Year for HPC at SC20

In this Sponsored Post, our friends over at Altair discuss how for those of us in high-performance computing, fall means gearing up for the annual SC conference — the biggest supercomputing event of the year. SC has gone virtual…


From insideHPC

ISC 2021 Will Be Virtual

ISC 2021 Will Be Virtual

In the run-up to SC2020, the HPC industry’s other major conference coming up next year, ISC 2021, announced today that the confab will be a virtual event. “The Covid19 pandemic continues to pose great uncertainty to conference…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Disney Research's Lifelike Robotic Gaze

Disney Research's Lifelike Robotic Gaze

Will Disney push forward Lifelike Robotics and Vision.  A very uncanny valley?

Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike

IEEE Spectrum Evan Ackerman

 A team of researchers from Disney Research, the California…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Novel Inventory Tagging System using Molecular Bits

Novel Inventory Tagging System using Molecular Bits

 Interesting use of molecular tagging.   Could this be used beyond retail inventory? What is the speed and accuracy of reading the tags?  Note use of machine learning integration.

Porcupine Molecular Tagging Scheme Offers Sharp…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examples of Machine Learning for Law and Compliance

Examples of Machine Learning for Law and Compliance

Good general overview of a space we have worked for a while,  yes good opportunities. But beyond ML methods.

AI/ML Applications in Law and Compliance    Posted by William Vorhies in DSC

Summary:  Some industries are a clear slam…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Choosing Antibiotics

Choosing Antibiotics

Narrow example of applicaation of recommendation in healthcare

MIT CSAIL researchers claim their algorithm helps doctors pick the right antibiotics

Kyle Wiggers@Kyle_L_Wiggers in Venturebeat

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science…