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October 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Unattended Delivery by Latch for Wal-Mart

More Unattended Delivery by Latch for Wal-Mart

So its not only Amazon doing unattended delivery with specialized door locks.   Jet (Now part of Wal-Mart)  has also started to do it with smart access startup Latch.  At least in some areas this looks to be spreading quickly…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Select Practical Articles on Clustering

Select Practical Articles on Clustering

A Group of 14 articles on clustering tutorials, applications and methods.  One of the most common used analytic methods.  All levels of technical coverage From Data Science Central.  Worth signing up for their newsletters, useful…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Popular Mechanic's Take on AI

Popular Mechanic's Take on AI

 Popular Mechanics (founded 1902), read this magazine years ago, it is where I heard of predictions of completely automatic butler robots.  Available very soon.  Well that has yet to happen.   My Echo and Home do play music,Here…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Does Conferencing, Needs Assistant

Google Does Conferencing, Needs Assistant

Below described an announced  business extension of Hangouts. It would seem that a natural next step would combine this with Google Assistant.   A simple example might have the attentive assistant construct a 'to do' list from…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Theory of Origami

A Theory of Origami

A continued follow of the idea, we examined it for possible packaging applications.

The Atomic Theory of Origami  In Quantum Magazine
By Marcus Woo    Contributing Writer

By re imagining the kinks and folds of origami as atoms in…


From insideHPC

RAID Inc. Unveils Xanadu 500 Storage Appliances

RAID Inc. Unveils Xanadu 500 Storage Appliances

Today RAID Incorporated announced “its most advanced storage series yet.” The Xanadu 500 series is designed to simplify and deliver high performance computing storage at an optimized price/performance ratio. With companies and…


From insideHPC

Designing HPC, Big Data, & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale

Designing HPC, Big Data, & Deep Learning Middleware for Exascale

DK Panda from Ohio State University presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. "This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Big Data, and Deep Learning middleware for Exascale systems with millions…


From insideHPC

Asetek Announces NEC as New Datacenter OEM Partner

Asetek Announces NEC as New Datacenter OEM Partner

Today Asetek announced NEC Corporation as a new data center OEM partner. NEC Corporation, through its subsidiary NEC Fielding, Ltd., will deploy Asetek RackCDU Direct-to-Chip liquid cooling at a new HPC installation in Japan.…


From Schneier on Security

Attack on Old ANSI Random Number Generator

Attack on Old ANSI Random Number Generator

Almost 20 years ago, I wrote a paper that pointed to a potential flaw in the ANSI X9.17 RNG standard. Now, new research has found that the flaw exists in some implementations of the RNG standard. Here's the research paper, the…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA GPUs Power Fujitsu AI Supercomputer at RIKEN in Japan

NVIDIA GPUs Power Fujitsu AI Supercomputer at RIKEN in Japan

Today Fujutsu announced the deployment of a new AI supercomputer at RIKEN in Japan. Called RAIDEN (Riken AIp Deep learning ENvironment), the GPU-accelerated Fujitsu system will power research at RIKEN's AIP center. "The 4 Petaflop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Global Trade Powered by AI

Global Trade Powered by AI

Another example of Analytics, AI and the supply chain.   We were winning awards for applications in this area back in the 90s,  always glad to see new examples.

Global Trade Is Powered by Artificial Intelligence

By Steve Banker


From The Eponymous Pickle

Customer Experience Value Creation

Customer Experience Value Creation

Some basic questions ...

What is Customer Experience Value Creation? Featured Column by CustomerThink Advisor
By Lynn Hunsaker  

  Customer experience value is seldom quantified from the customer’s viewpoint. We explore it through…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

AAAI Fall Symposium Series- Cognitive Assistance in Government and Public Sector Applications

AAAI Fall Symposium Series- Cognitive Assistance in Government and Public Sector Applications

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) is pleased to present the 2017 Fall Symposium Series, to be held Thursday through Saturday, November 9-11, at the Westin Arlington Gateway in Arlington, Virginia…


From insideHPC

The Inflection Point of Wattage in HPC, Deep Learning and AI

The Inflection Point of Wattage in HPC, Deep Learning and AI

deep learningMagnified in 2017 by machine learning and AI, there is a heightened concern in the HPC community over wattage trends in CPUs, GPUs and emerging neural chips required to meet accelerating computational demands in HPC clusters.…


From Computational Complexity

The k=1 case is FUN, the k=2 case is fun, the k\ge 3 case is... you decide.

 (All of the math in this post is in here.)





The following problem can be given as a FUN recreational problem to HS students or even younger: (I am sure that many of you already know it but my point is how to present it to HS…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

CS Educator Interview: Raji Gupta

CS Educator Interview: Raji Gupta

Professional Development days are often a great opportunity to meet other teachers and share idea. Even though I pass his school twice a day on my way to my school I just met Raji Gupta recently at a CS4NH event. I was very interested…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the State of Healthcare Robotics

On the State of Healthcare Robotics

Very good overview,  with recent advances and challenges.

Healthcare Robotics   by Laurel D. Riek 

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 60 No. 11, Pages 68-78
10.1145/3127874

The use of robots in healthcare represents an exciting opportunity…


From The Noisy Channel

Thanks Andrei. Indeed, there’s a lot more to seasonality than I covered in this post.

Thanks Andrei. Indeed, there’s a lot more to seasonality than I covered in this post.

Thanks Andrei. Indeed, there’s a lot more to seasonality than I covered in this post.


From Putting People First

Waymo focuses on user experience

Waymo focuses on user experience

Waymo —formerly the Google self-driving car project— is investing a lot of time and effort on building out the user experience of its self-driving vehicles, which includes both the external and internal user-facing features of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Evolving Technologies for Social: Hootsuite

Evolving Technologies for Social: Hootsuite

Certainly the case in the typical information ecology most of exist within.   Thus a challenge for many organizations.  Though I rarely hear it expressed.    A lengthy and technical conversation.
    
In ACM Queue   Volume 15,
Hootsuite…


From The Noisy Channel

Seasonality

Seasonality

Whether it’s the time of year or the time of day, the time when someone performs a search sometimes help us determine the searcher’s intent. As with location, it’s important to determine which queries are time-sensitive and then…


From XRDS

ACM UIST 2017 highlights

ACM UIST 2017 highlights

UIST 2017 highlights Here’s some personal highlights of this year’s ACM UIST (User Interface Software & Technology) conference, which took place in Quebec, Canada — just a few days ago. WhichFingers / characterizing end-to-end…


From Schneier on Security

Google Login Security for High-Risk Users

Google Login Security for High-Risk Users

Google has a new login service for high-risk users. it's good, but unforgiving. Logging in from a desktop will require a special USB key, while accessing your data from a mobile device will similarly require a Bluetooth dongle…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Maximizing Pregnancy

Maximizing Pregnancy

We worked on earlier forms of this solution.

P&G touts smartphone app that helps women become pregnant
By Barrett J. Brunsman  –  Staff reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier

Procter & Gamble Co. is promoting a smartphone app that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart and Bossa Nova Robotics

Wal-Mart and Bossa Nova Robotics

Much more on Wal-Mart's testing of robotics for in store tasks in 50 stores, such as scanning, auditing and stocking decision support.   The shelf can become smart through external scanning.  Also mention of a company Bossa Nova…


From insideHPC

Hyperion Research Breakfast Briefing Returns to Denver at SC17

Hyperion Research Breakfast Briefing Returns to Denver at SC17

Hyperion Research will host their annual Breakfast Briefing at SC17 in Denver. Co-hosted by Spectra Logic, the event takes place at the University of Colorado downtown at 7:30am - 9:30am on Wednesday, Nov. 15. "When does moving…


From insideHPC

Video: HPC Connects with Smart Cities

Video: HPC Connects with Smart Cities

In this video from the SC17 HPC Connects series, Pete Beckman and Charlie Catlett from Argonne describe how the Smart Cities initiative to improve the quality of life for residents using HPC, urban informatics, and other technologies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cortana Home Assistant Review

Cortana Home Assistant Review

Extensive look at the just released Invoke Cortana home system to compete with the Alexa and Google Home examples,  I have tested Cortana in a business environment since its release.  Still waiting for some useful examples.,

Harman…


From insideHPC

Pawsey Centre in Australia Upgrades Zeus Cluster

Pawsey Centre in Australia Upgrades Zeus Cluster

Today the Pawsey Supercomputing Center in Australia announced plans to expand its Zeus cluster from a pre/post processing cluster to a mid-range compute cluster in December 2017. This expansion will provide more than 20 million…


From insideHPC

Radio Free HPC Previews SC17 in Denver

Radio Free HPC Previews SC17 in Denver

http://radiofreehpc.com/audio/RF-HPC_Episodes/Episode164/RFHPC164SC17preview.mp3   In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team previews the ancillary events leading up to SC17, which takes place Nov. 12-17 in Denver. Here is the…

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