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January 2019


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (January 12th, 2019)

Science and Technology links (January 12th, 2019)

You can buy a 512GB memory card for $140 from Amazon. We have been told for decades to avoid saturated fats, the kind found in meat, cheese and butter. After an extensive review, Grasgruber et al. conclude: Our results do not…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Research Engineer at Spectral Sciences

Job of the Week: Research Engineer at Spectral Sciences

Spectral Sciences in Massachusetts is seeking a Research Engineer in our Job of the Week. "The successful candidate will work within a small team of SSI scientists and engineers on a variety of projects in physical modeling and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Speech to Dialog

Speech to Dialog

Been lately experimenting with the resolution of dialog with AI style analysis.  Still surprising that what can be done today is still primitive,  what are the key aspects of dialog understanding and resolution in context?   What…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Pushing Marketing Digital Assistant Design

Google Pushing Marketing Digital Assistant Design

In Think With Google:   A Marketing Revolution.

Digital assistants are the next marketing revolution. Here’s how to be ready
By Matt Mierzejewski December 2018 Emerging Technology, Data & Measurement, Experience & Design

Digital…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: New Giant Squid Video

Friday Squid Blogging: New Giant Squid Video

This is a fantastic video of a young giant squid named Heck swimming around Toyama Bay near Tokyo. 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…


From BLOG@CACM

More Replicas of Historical Calculating Machines Found

More Replicas of Historical Calculating Machines Found

Documenting the discovery of several previously unknown replicas of historical computing devices made by Roberto A. Guatelli.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cracking the Brand Growth Code

Cracking the Brand Growth Code

Subconscious brand preference, more than a millennial obsession with direct delivery.  Gillette take note.

Podcast and Transcript from Knowledge@Wharton

MARKETING

Cracking the Code on Brand Growth

The battle for business growth does…


From insideHPC

Video: Lustre Roadmap & Community Update

Video: Lustre Roadmap & Community Update

In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Peter Jones from DDN presents: Lustre Roadmap & Community Update. With their new Whamcloud Business Unit, DDN has already brought key Lustre developers on board to accelerate their high performance…


From insideHPC

Video: Ramping up for Exascale at the National Labs

Video: Ramping up for Exascale at the National Labs

In this video from the Exascale Computing Project, Dave Montoya from LANL describes the continuous software integration effort at DOE facilities where exascale computers will be located sometime in the next 3-4 years. "A key …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Results in Investigation of Crimes and Legal Cases

Predicting Results in Investigation of Crimes and Legal Cases

A risk analysis plugged into known processes that include outcome data and costs.   Might also be used for predicting outcome of legal cases in general.

U.K. Police Force Is Dropping Tricky Cases on Advice of an Algorithm 
NewBy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Carts Again

Smart Carts Again

We looked at many applications of Smart Carts.   Looks like a good design.  Installation and Cost, Maintenance were the big issues.

Caper's smart shopping cart uses AI to skip checkout lines
The smart cart is now available at two…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at AI Powered Law Firms

A Look at AI Powered Law Firms

Perhaps obvious, but an interesting example of how AI can enhance the business of law:

Artificial intelligence qualification helps law firm implement AI-powered business systems

International law firm Taylor Wessing wants to train…


From Schneier on Security

Using a Fake Hand to Defeat Hand-Vein Biometrics

Using a Fake Hand to Defeat Hand-Vein Biometrics

Nice work: One attraction of a vein based system over, say, a more traditional fingerprint system is that it may be typically harder for an attacker to learn how a user's veins are positioned under their skin, rather than lifting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Inspires Unilever

AI Inspires Unilever

Considerable article on the topic that takes it beyond food:

How AI helped Unilever discover 'breakfast for dessert'    by Omar Oakes in CampaignLive

The FCMG giant's global head of insight has co-written a book on AI in marketing…


From Putting People First

[Book] Left to Our Own Devices

[Book] Left to Our Own Devices

Left to Our Own Devices: Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim Our Relationships, Health, and Focus Margaret E. Morris MIT Press, 2018 192 pages Unexpected ways that individuals adapt technology to reclaim what matters to them…


From insideHPC

Video: AMD Steps up renewed focus on High Performance Computing

Video: AMD Steps up renewed focus on High Performance Computing

In this video from CES 2019, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su describes how the new AMD EPYC processors are changing the game for High Performance Computing. "This is an incredible time to be in technology as the industry pushes…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Lecture As Performance Art

Lecture As Performance Art

Mark Guzdial posted a link to an article about him (The social justice case for computing: transforming tools for some into a language for all  – you should read it) that had a picture of him teaching. His comment on TwitterShuchi…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. Established in 2006 through a cooperative…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Will Digital Assistants Live up to Hype?

Will Digital Assistants Live up to Hype?

Some good questions posed.  Most interesting, will there ultimately be a single 'language' for their use?    A set of reasonable standards of what we expect of them?   Like in an automobile?   Or will they ultimately all be using…


From insideHPC

Video: Research Computing Storage at the Francis Crick Institute

Video: Research Computing Storage at the Francis Crick Institute

In this video from DDN User Group at SC18, Steve Hindmarsh from the Crick Institute presents: Research Computing Storage at the Francis Crick Institute. "The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming in C/C++ Event in Boston

Call for Papers: Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming in C/C++ Event in Boston

The DHPCC++19 conference has issued its Call for Papers. Held in conjunction with the IWOCL event, the Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming in C/C++ event takes place May 13, 2019 in Boston. "This will be the 3rd DHPCC++ event…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Improving Parallel Applications with the TAU tool

Podcast: Improving Parallel Applications with the TAU tool

In the podcast, Mike Bernhardt from ECP catches up with Sameer Shende to learn how the Performance Research Lab at the University of Oregon is helping to pave the way to Exascale. "Developers of parallel computing applications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Theory and Human/Robot Goals

Game Theory and Human/Robot Goals

Good way to systematically think about the problem, but we never found it to be a way to solve the problem.  I like the approach outlined here:

How Game Theory Can Bring Humans, Robots Closer Together 
University of Sussex (U.K…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creating Virtual Cities from DashCam Images

Creating Virtual Cities from DashCam Images

Thinking further applications of this.  Why not use other aggregated imagery, like Street View?

Nvidia’s new A.I. creates entire virtual cities by watching dash cam videos

From the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the plethora of

An…


From The Eponymous Pickle

First Commercial Quantum Computing

First Commercial Quantum Computing

Lots of claims in this space.   With large companies, Governments indicating their development    We dabbled very early on, providing problem areas of our interest.  IBM's involvement and investment does make a claim to seriousness…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Conversations

AI Conversations

I selectively read or listen to these.   Often interesting.   Since I have been involved in the history of AI, its always intriguing to hear the opinion of its continued evolution,  especially hints at another possible down turn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Limiting the Right to be Forgotten

Limiting the Right to be Forgotten

Been intrigued by the EU  'right to be forgotten'  laws a means to say you can have information about you scrubbed from the web.    Increasing your privacy at least in theory.    Seems only to be relevant only to big players

EU…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Interpreting and Securely Using Machine Learning

Interpreting and Securely Using Machine Learning

 Good piece here, which discusses the nature of Trust, Causality, Transferability, Informativeness,

....Yes to that, but ultimately is how you can link, and use the results as part of a current or proposed business process.   Try…


From Schneier on Security

Security Vulnerabilities in Cell Phone Systems

Security Vulnerabilities in Cell Phone Systems

Good essay on the inherent vulnerabilities in the cell phone standards and the market barriers to fixing them. So far, industry and policymakers have largely dragged their feet when it comes to blocking cell-site simulators and…


From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance: Spreading the Word in China

Internationalized Domain Names and Universal Acceptance: Spreading the Word in China

This article originally appeared on ICANN.org Last month, I participated in the first of a planned series of roadshows in China that are focused on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) including Email Address Internationalization…