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October 2021


From Putting People First

Digital for Care – Rapporto gratuito di Experientia

Digital for Care – Rapporto gratuito di Experientia

Rapporto gratuito su tendenze chiave e sfide di design nell'assistenza a domicilio e a distanza quando il paziente e i caregiver usano piattaforme online e dispositivi per la salute.


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey has some How To's on what They Call Cyber Resilience:

McKinsey has some How To's on what They Call Cyber Resilience:

McKinsey comes up with some good ideas about the process of being cyber smart.  Here are all the headings,  click through for much more.

How to be cyber smart

October 3, 2021  The pandemic amped up all things digital and accelerated…


From Computational Complexity

How have computers changed society? Harry Lewis (with co-authors) have a book out on that.

 (Disclosure - Harry Lewis was my PhD advisor.)


It seems like just a few weeks ago I I blogged about a book of Harry Lewis's that was recently available (see here).  And now I am blogging about another one. Writing two books in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Graph Aware Machine Learning

Graph Aware Machine Learning

New to me.  But makes sense to use to add the knowledge inherent in a graph used to represent its application as in a Semantic Ontology.  Looking forward to consider that. 

Cognitive Analytics: Graph Aware Machine Learning   by…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Working in virtual reality

Working in virtual reality

Inspired by a post by Paul Tomlinson, I wrote my last blog post entirely in virtual reality (VR). You put on goggles and see a virtual version of your computer screen wherever you would like. Otherwise, everything around youContinue…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (October 3rd 2021)

Science and Technology links (October 3rd 2021)

Most people were able to cure their diabetes by losing weight in a clinical trial. Video games improve intelligence over many years, while socializing has no effect. To go to Mars safely, time is of the essence because astronauts…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Self Healing Materials

Self Healing Materials

 Impressive direction introduced here, ultimately linked to healing,  'intelligent' materials.

Imperial College London researchers have created 3D building blocks that can heal themselves in response to damage.

The engineered living…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Active, Self-Healing Cybersecurity

Active, Self-Healing Cybersecurity

 Ideal, intelligent, but like AI, how generally practical today? 

On Active, Self-Healing Cybersecurity

ACM NEWS, Active Defenders

By David Geer, Commissioned by CACM Staff, September 30, 2021

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

OpenAI Codex Turns Written Language Into Computer Code

OpenAI Codex Turns Written Language Into Computer Code

 How different than LoCode?

OpenAI's Codex Turns Written Language Into Computer Code

By Axios, August 11, 2021

OpenAI is releasing an improved version of its Codex AI model that can read written instructions in conversational language…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Word-aligned Bloom filters

Word-aligned Bloom filters

Programmers often need to ‘filter out’ data. Suppose that you are given a database of users where only a small percentage are ‘paying customers’ (say 5% or less). You can write an SQL query to check whether a given user is indeed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Toilets, Again

Smart Toilets, Again

 During a visit to Japan in the 80s we saw related work being done.   Not sure where that went, but was a collaboration with a university.  And as a toilet tissue maker we also made a connection.  The word Smart Toilet was used…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Death Due to Ransomware?

Death Due to Ransomware?

Out of Schneier: 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on a baby’s death at an Alabama hospital in 2019, which they argue was a direct result of the ransomware attack the hospital was undergoing. ... '

Discussion of where the negligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China and US AI Startups

China and US AI Startups

AI Startups are Roaring,  led by China and US

VCs invested over $75B in AI startups in 2020 in Venturebeat

Investments in AI are growing at an accelerated pace, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Room Temperature Quantum Computing on a Desktop

Room Temperature Quantum Computing on a Desktop

Not seeing how this is done exactly, but it appears quite a jump forward, more at the link.   Claims to be able to achieve about 50 Qubits.  

Quantum computing hits the desktop, no cryo-cooling required,  By Loz Blain  in NewAtlas…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Value of Phone Location Dafa

The Value of Phone Location Dafa

 The Another example of how valuable personal data can be.

ACM NEWS

There's a Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone's Location Data

By The Markup, September 30, 2021

ompanies that you likely have never heard of are hawking access…


From The Eponymous Pickle

US First Class Mail to Slow

US First Class Mail to Slow

In an attempt to decease costs of infrastructure.   Has anyone looked at US Mail as a current infrastructure, and what impact it has?  

Mail delivery to slow down starting today,  CBS NEWS, 10/01/2021

The U.S. Postal Service will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conceptualization as a Basis for Cognition

Conceptualization as a Basis for Cognition

What do we mean by 'understanding'?  Can we check that off if it means we can perform some specified tasks?

Conceptualization as a Basis for Cognition — Human and Machine

A missing link to Machine understanding and Cognitive AI


From insideHPC

DOE: Up to $400M Open Call Funding for Basic Research to Advance Science

DOE: Up to $400M Open Call Funding for Basic Research to Advance Science

Oct. 1, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $400 million in funding for a range of research opportunities to support DOE’s clean energy, economic, and national security goals. The funding will advance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machines Unlearning

Machines Unlearning

Perhaps yet more important, unlearn in new contexts.  Say for maintenance. With new or changed metadata.  And help us understand the difference.

Now that machines can learn, can they unlearn?

Researchers see if they can removeBy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Removing Rubble with Robots

Removing Rubble with Robots

What robots can be taught to do.

 Faster Path Planning for Rubble-Roving Robots

University of Michigan News, August 13, 2021

A new algorithm designed by University of Michigan (U-M) scientists could enhance the performance of robots…


From BLOG@CACM

Software Quotes and Counter Quotes

Software Quotes and Counter Quotes

Certain phrases and motifs are repeated in software efforts.


From The Eponymous Pickle

On Retail Product Shortages

On Retail Product Shortages

Back to the supply chain.

How bad will product shortages get this time?  by Tom Ryan

Costco plans to bring back purchase limits on toilet paper and other basic merchandise, although it’s largely due to supply chain challenges and…

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