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October 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

See a Demonstration of Threat Intelligence

See a Demonstration of Threat Intelligence

See much more on Threat Intelligence.

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Join us for a 30-minute live demo of Recorded Future every week. The next one is Thursday, November 1 at 2:00 PM…


From Schneier on Security

Was the Triton Malware Attack Russian in Origin?

Was the Triton Malware Attack Russian in Origin?

The conventional story is that Iran targeted Saudi Arabia with Triton in 2017. New research from FireEye indicates that it might have been Russia. I don't know. FireEye likes to attribute all sorts of things to Russia, but the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Harvard Boosts Legal AI

Harvard Boosts Legal AI

Been following the potential for AI in Law,  applications like smart contracts, or intelligent legal research.  Or predicting legal outcomes based on context.  And it all starts with the data available.    Consider the implications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Compare and Comply for Contracts

Watson Compare and Comply for Contracts

Also brought to my attention while looking at 'agreements' and 'contracts' as they integrate with work process flow, value generation and risk.      IBM Watson's look at this kind of problem

Watson Compare and Comply
Contract governance…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: How Much is a Triple?

Great Innovative Idea: How Much is a Triple?

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Prof. Dr. Heiko Paulheim, Chair for Data Science and Program Director of Mannheim Master in Data Science at the University of Mannheim. Paulheim was one of the CCC Blue Sky winners…


From insideHPC

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of the ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

Sarita Adve Named Recipient of the ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

Today  IEEE named Sarita Adve of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the recipient of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Adve was cited for her research contributions and leadership in the development of memory…


From insideHPC

AMD EPYC Processors come to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

AMD EPYC Processors come to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

AMD has announced the availability of the first AMD EPYC processor-based instance on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "The AMD EPYC processor ‘E’ series will lead with the bare metal, Standard ‘E2’, available immediately as the first…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Market Research Falling Short?

Market Research Falling Short?

Good considerations when thinking abot market research.

Where are market research and analytics falling short?
by Joel Rubinson  in Retailwire:

Through a special arrangement, presented here for discussion is an excerpt…


From insideHPC

Seeking Nominations for the James Corones Award Honoring Longtime Advocates for Science

Seeking Nominations for the James Corones Award Honoring Longtime Advocates for Science

Nominations are open for a new prize honoring a longtime advocate for science, education and research. "The James Corones Award in Leadership, Community Building and Communication will recognize mid-career scientists and engineers…


From insideHPC

NVMesh 2 Provides Local NVMe Flash Performance Across the Network

NVMesh 2 Provides Local NVMe Flash Performance Across the Network

Today Excelero announced NVMesh 2, its software-only storage solution built for modern applications that have an insatiable need to scale flexibly and efficiently. "NVMesh 2 is the only software-defined storage that provides …


From Schneier on Security

ID Systems Throughout the 50 States

ID Systems Throughout the 50 States

Jim Harper at CATO has a good survey of state ID systems in the US....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rubber Duckies for Disaster

Rubber Duckies for Disaster

Clever idea, disposable drop-in sensors being used to creat networks, understand and communicate ad-hoc in disaster conditions:

IBM is funding a fleet of rubber ducky-inspired gadgets to help disaster response   In Fast Company…


From Putting People First

Nissan digging deep into human behavior for autonomy

Nissan digging deep into human behavior for autonomy

Just about every automaker in the world is enlisting experts from a variety of fields outside engineering and design to help them develop autonomous vehicles. One of the best known is Nissan’s Melissa Cefkin. Her official title…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Micro Barriers To Diversity

And perhaps how to remove them Cropped from Monash interview src Elizabeth Croft is Dean of Engineering at Monash University in Australia. She was previously at the University of British Columbia in Canada and was the BC and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bullwhips and Chasing Inventory for Value

Bullwhips and Chasing Inventory for Value

One again, the Bullwhip effect.  which we often brought up for its influence in inventory in CPG.  Here new work on studies with data from. Chinese Groceries.

A Counterintuitive Way to Keep Shelves Stocked and Prices Down

New research…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Talk: Helping Workers Help Themselves

Talk:  Helping Workers Help Themselves


CSIG (Cognitive Systems Institute Group) Talk — Nov 1, 2018 - 10:30-11am US Eastern

Talk Title: Helping Workers Help Themselves: Thinking in 4Tfor Al Applications

Speaker: Professor Terri Griffith , Santa Clara University

Abstract…


From insideHPC

GPU-Powered Perlmutter Supercomputer coming to NERSC in 2020

GPU-Powered Perlmutter Supercomputer coming to NERSC in 2020

Today NERSC announced plans for Perlmutter, a pre-exascale system to be installed in 2020. With thousands of NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, the system is expected to deliver three times the computational power currently available on the …


From The Eponymous Pickle

What's Creepy About AI

What's Creepy About AI

Our views and expectations about what to expect from machines, even in a very general sense, are constantly changing.  Experience from media, experiences in work and at home adjust our views.  Getting examples of the value provided…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voice Tools vs Chatbots

Voice Tools vs Chatbots

Still need more work in understanding and relating to changing context in human machine interaction.

In Chiefmarketer:  by Julia Stead

 A few years ago, industry experts predicted that text-based chatbots were the next big thing…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Content Generation for Workforce Training Workshop- Call for White Papers

CCC Content Generation for Workforce Training Workshop- Call for White Papers

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) will hold a visioning workshop in Atlanta, GA on March 14-15, 2019 to discuss and articulate research visions for authoring rich media content for new workforce training. The workshop…


From insideHPC

Video: Cray Rolls Out Shasta Platform for Exascale Computing

Video: Cray Rolls Out Shasta Platform for Exascale Computing

Today Cray unveiled its new Shasta supercomputing architecture for Exascale. "Shasta eliminates the distinction between clusters and supercomputers with a single new breakthrough supercomputing system architecture, enabling customers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wal-Mart Optimizes Pallets, Job Implication Unclear

Wal-Mart Optimizes Pallets, Job Implication  Unclear

I would point out that this is not a new thing,  we did exactly this long ago with algorithms to optimize pallets and other component aspects  of the supply chain.   Good idea then and now.   Hardly a AI idea.   The article mentions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Small Brands and CPG

Small Brands and CPG

Is this ultimately an innovation and delivery problem?

Why haven’t CPG giants figured out what makes small brands so popular?   by Matthew Stern in Retailwire  with further expert commentary.

Titans of the consumer packaged goods…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Company CoWorking Spaces

Company CoWorking Spaces

Sharing experiences, learning.

Why Companies Are Creating Their Own Coworking Spaces    Gabor Nagy   Greg Lindsay in HBR

Nestled in the Silicon Sentier district of Paris, the Villa Bonne Nouvelle (“House of Good News”), or VBN,…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Bill Daly on How NVIDIA is Accelerating Ai

Podcast: Bill Daly on How NVIDIA is Accelerating Ai

In this AI Podcast, Bill Dally from NVIDIA describes how the company is accelerating Ai with GPUs. "NVIDIA researchers are gearing up to present 19 accepted papers and posters, seven of them during speaking sessions, at the annual…


From insideHPC

Agenda Posted for Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at SC18 in Dallas

Agenda Posted for Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting at SC18 in Dallas

The Meeting Agenda has now been posted for the Dell EMC Community Meeting at SC18. The event takes place Nov. 12 in Dallas. "The Dell EMC HPC Community is a worldwide technical forum that fosters the exchange of ideas among researchers…


From Schneier on Security

Cell Phone Security and Heads of State

Cell Phone Security and Heads of State

Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that the Russians and the Chinese were eavesdropping on President Donald Trump's personal cell phone and using the information gleaned to better influence his behavior. This should…


From Schneier on Security

More on the Supermicro Spying Story

More on the Supermicro Spying Story

I've blogged twice about the Bloomberg story that China bugged Supermicro networking equipment destined to the US. We still don't know if the story is true, although I am increasingly skeptical because of the lack of corroborating…


From The Eponymous Pickle

CACM Special Region Edition on China

CACM Special Region Edition on China

Just reading this special section in the CACM on China. .  Very good, 50 page+ survey of advanced IT and related tech in many domains from and in China.  AI, Consumers, Tech, Retail, Fintech, Automotive, Games and more.  You

CHINA…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Response to NITRD “RFI on Update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan”

CCC Response to NITRD “RFI on Update to the National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan”

The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) National Coordination Office (NCO), on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council‘s (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, put…

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