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November 2014


From Schneier on Security

Testing for Explosives in the Chicago Subway

Testing for Explosives in the Chicago Subway

Chicago is doing random explosives screenings at random L stops in the Chicago area. Compliance is voluntary: Police made no arrests but one rider refused to submit to the screening and left the station without incident, Maloney…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Advanced Analytics in Consumer Goods: Podcast

Advanced Analytics in Consumer Goods: Podcast

Abstract: In Justin Honaman, managing partner for consumer goods for North American industry consulting at Teradata, is interviewed by Ron Powell, independent analyst and consultant focused big data, business intelligence and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Drone Ambulances

Drone Ambulances

The Drone ambulance idea does not deliver a patient to the hospital but rather a defibrillator to the patient.  Nice simplification idea.


From Putting People First

Technology-enabled navigation and mobility for people with sight loss

Technology-enabled navigation and mobility for people with sight loss

Getting around cities is a nerve-wracking experience for too many people, especially those living with sight loss. Too often it feels like public spaces and services – from parks to transport systems – are designed with insufficient…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

DC Post

Discussing lower bounds for this blog’s 600th post source Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are three of the best known superheroes in DC Comics books, which were a childhood staple for many of our age. They brought us action…


From Schneier on Security

Why Hyping Cyber Threats is Counterproductive

Why Hyping Cyber Threats is Counterproductive

Robert Lee and Thomas Rid have a new paper: "OMG Cyber! Thirteen Reasons Why Hype Makes for Bad Policy."...


From The Eponymous Pickle

Big Data and Analytics Fighting Fraud

Big Data and Analytics Fighting Fraud

The November December Analytics Magazine discusses FraudBig Data, Analytics, Fight Fraudby Drew Carter and Stephanie Anderson  Fraud doesn't play favorites; it's a multi-industry problem. How to employ analytics for effective…


From Putting People First

What do you learn when you observe 100 days of iPhone use?

What do you learn when you observe 100 days of iPhone use?

Barry Brown, Moira McGregor and Donald McMillan of the Mobile Life Centre at Stockholm University audio-video recorded over 100 days of device use from 15 users and just published their results, which they presented in September…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Office Applications and Computer Science

Office Applications and Computer Science

I love this meme image. When I tweeted it there was a lot of activity on it so I suspect it resonates with a lot of people. Most people who understand what computer science is will quickly agree that teaching office applications…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Cyber Physical Systems: A Perspective from Keith Marzullo

Cyber Physical Systems: A Perspective from Keith Marzullo

The following is a special contribution to this blog by Keith Marzullo, division director for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS).    Starting in 2008, the National Science Foundation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Demystifying Cognitive Systems

Demystifying Cognitive Systems

In Deloitte University Press:  Demystifying artificial intelligence ... What business leaders need to know about cognitive technologies... 


From The Eponymous Pickle

C-Level Execs and Big Data

C-Level Execs and Big Data

A natural next step.  The key will be how to make the translation from the analyst speak to the business strategy and process language.   " ... An overwhelming majority of executives from companies that have brought big data"One…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Powered Apps

Watson Powered Apps

A testament to the possibilities.  Though I believe all of these can be considered Beta.  In CIO Mag.   " ... IBM is investing $1 billion in its IBM Watson Group with the aim of creating an ecosystem of startups and businesses…


From The Eponymous Pickle

YouTube Brandlab

YouTube Brandlab

Though I have used it for years, never thought about YouTube as an advertising platform.  That is changing rapidly.  I like the concept of labs to test ideas and engage and problem solve with clients. In Adage:   A Video Tour…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Streaming Analytics

IBM Streaming Analytics

We did considerable work in using real time data to predict maintenance operations in high speed manufacturing.  Some of the methods we developed were ultimately licensed out. Recent press release:" ... Among the seven vendors…


From Schneier on Security

How the Internet Affects National Sovereignty

How the Internet Affects National Sovereignty

Interesting paper by Melissa Hathaway: "Connected Choices: How the Internet Is Challenging Sovereign Decisions." Abstract: Modern societies are in the middle of a strategic, multidimensional competition for money, power, and…


From Putting People First

Rethinking segmentation for the new digital consumer

Rethinking segmentation for the new digital consumer

Apple’s launch this week of Apple Pay, its m-commerce product, could help finally move millions of mainstream consumers toward the promise of mobile payments, according to media reports. Given that Apple Pay will expose user…


From Putting People First

Little Data, Big Data and UX design at LinkedIn

Little Data, Big Data and UX design at LinkedIn

Julie Marie Norvaisas and Jonathan “Yoni” Karpfen of LinkedIn’s User Experience Design (UED) Research Team share how their team discovers and uses “little data” to inform and inspire, in the context of a company driven by “big…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How We Got to Now

How We Got to Now

Recently encountered PBS series on the process of innovation.  Nicely done.  Covers the history of discovered technologies, the process of integrating ideas, and the marketing of their value.   Leading to changes in our lives…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Team Collaboration Tools

Team Collaboration Tools

Have experimented with many, but never liked any of them.  How much are collaboration styles changing, and do these address that?Working together: 3 new team collaboration tools ... Flow, Glip and Slingshot try to enhance the…


From Computational Complexity

Favorite Theorems: Circuit Lower Bounds

My long time blog readers should have no surprise on my final favorite theorem of 2005-2014.

Nonuniform ACC Circuit Lower Bounds by Ryan Williams (PDF)
We saw several exciting circuit lower bound results in the 80's, highlighted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Robots, More Moral Hazards

More Robots, More Moral Hazards

More robots, increasingly autonomous.   The challenge of  moral and legal hazards.Whether you find it exhilarating or terrifying (or both), progress in robotics and related fields like AI is raising new ethical quandaries and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Innovation and Regulation Working Together

Innovation and Regulation Working Together

From Knowledge@Wharton:  Less regulation is very important.  " ... The rapid growth of the sharing economy has spawned numerous skirmishes between local regulators and the companies that are disrupting established industries.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Barriers to Retail Store Analytics

Barriers to Retail Store Analytics

In RetailWire:   Good general overview, full report requires registration.  " ... Web style retail store analytics offer powerful benefits for in-store operations, yet retailers face obstacles to successfully implementing the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Finding Hidden Laws

Finding Hidden Laws

The Santa Fe Institute on  " ... Finding the hidden laws that pervade complex biological & social phenomena ... "


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Thoughts on Data Viz

Google Thoughts on Data Viz

In ClickZ:  Straightforward thoughts on data visualization.  " .... Google Analytics Advocate Adam Singer explores the use of data in order to communicate and tell your company story. ... " 


From Putting People First

Creating government tech systems with excellent UX and ‘good enough’ security

Creating government tech systems with excellent UX and ‘good enough’ security

Gov.uk, the website of the UK Government’s Digital Service that merges the websites of all UK Government Departments and many other agencies and public bodies, has posted a draft guidance document on risk management of cyber…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neurotechnology Careers

Neurotechnology Careers

Lots about brain modeling.  But nothing about Neuromarketing. Funding is increasing opportunities.  In Science.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hadoop Predictions

Hadoop Predictions

Interesting, but I don't find this particularly useful.  I understand why you want easier to use Big Data manipulation tools.  But I would really like  transparent and easier to use data manipulation, visualization and analytics…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Prototype Real Holodeck

Prototype Real Holodeck

How about if you built a virtual holodeck representing a retail store?  Possible, but will it test similarly to a real store?  The technology is here.