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December 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

Humans and Machines Are Better When They Team Up

Humans and Machines Are Better When They Team Up

I think we need to consider job displacement and augmentation, they will occur, just like they have always been doing. 

More Evidence that Humans and Machines Are Better When They Team Up
By worrying about job displacement, we…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Primer on Generative Adversarial Networks

Primer on Generative Adversarial Networks

GAN's (Generative Adversarial Networks)  always impressed me as some of the most innovative ways to use neural networks and deep learning.   GAN's were unknown when we first used neural networks to replace statistical methods…


From insideHPC

Harp-DAAL: A Next Generation Platform for High Performance Machine Learning on HPC-Cloud

Harp-DAAL: A Next Generation Platform for High Performance Machine Learning on HPC-Cloud

Judy Qiu from Indiana University gave this Invited Talk at SC17. "Our research has concentrated on runtime and data management to support HPC-ABDS. This is illustrated by our open source software Harp, a plug-in for native Apache…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Dolphins Speak

Dolphins Speak

Efforts like this could tell us if there are other ways to efficiently store knowledge and process.

Scientists use artificial intelligence to eavesdrop on dolphins
Algorithm enables research team to sift through millions of echolocation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Top Consumer Goods Companies

Top Consumer Goods Companies

Top 100 Consumer Goods Companies 2017
By CGT Staff - 12/27/2017

How tough is the consumer goods market these days? Almost one-third of the world’s largest public consumer goods companies experienced sales declines in 2016. Another…


From insideHPC

Pointwise Announces Geode Geometry Kernel

Pointwise Announces Geode Geometry Kernel

Today Pointwise announced Project Geode, the company's response to the NASA CFD Vision 2030 Study's identification of the lack of CFD software access to geometry. As part of the announcement, Pointwise has opened beta testing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Report card from the Verge

AI Report card from the Verge

Nicely done, non-technical view of the condition of AI circa 2017.   Covering many points I would also make.  AI is not only about machine learning,  a solution to difficult statistical pattern recognition problems, it is about…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Free Data Science eBooks

Free Data Science eBooks

Spring. Rejuvenation. Rebirth. Everything’s blooming. And, of course, people want free ebooks. With that in mind, here's a list of 10 free machine learning and data science titles to get your spring reading started right.  ..…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Keeping Your Face off the Internet

Keeping Your Face off the Internet

How can you keep your face off the net, if you are are already actively online?  This souds like a challenge.   Intriguing question.

The man who can't face the internet   By Jane Wakefield on the BBC

Earlier this month, Facebook…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Applying AI to Mobile Apps

Applying AI to Mobile Apps

How to find the best ways of Applying Artificial Intelligence in Mobile Applications    By Ritesh Mehta in CustomerThink

While mobile applications continue to be the main focus for an organization, there is a growing interest


From insideHPC

Video: Deep Learning at 15 Petaflops

Video: Deep Learning at 15 Petaflops

Narayanan Sundaram gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference. "We present the first 15-PetaFLOP Deep Learning system for solving supervised and semi-supervised scientific pattern classification problems, optimized …


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Senior Memory Systems Architect at NVIDIA

Job of the Week: Senior Memory Systems Architect at NVIDIA

NVIDIA in Silicon Valley is seeking a Senior Memory Systems Architect in our Job of the Week. "NVIDIA is building the world's fastest highly-parallel processing systems, period. Our high-bandwidth multi-client memory subsystems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Effect

Digital Effect

Interesting results from an executive survey regarding the value of digital.  I would assume this is quite obvious for readers here, but good relative statistics.

The digital effect
What does the digitization of industries mean…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at VR in 2017

A Look at VR in 2017

The Verge does a good job at reviewing VR in the past year.  I have covered this for decades for real applications.    Still examining many possibilities.  Good view:

The Verge 2017 tech report card: Virtual reality
By Adi Robertson…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (December 29th, 2017)

Science and Technology links (December 29th, 2017)

It is often believed that, in the developed world, more land is used for human beings (cities, agriculture) as time goes by. That is not true: Forests are spreading in almost all Western countries, with the fastest growth inContinue…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Populations Are Exploding

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Populations Are Exploding

New research: "Global proliferation of cephalopods" Summary: Human activities have substantially changed the world's oceans in recent decades, altering marine food webs, habitats and biogeochemical processes. Cephalopods (squid…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Harnessing Micro Moments for Learning

Harnessing Micro Moments for Learning

Always thought there was value to using all that wasted time.  But how to do it well?  A sort of crowd sourcing of our leftover time for value.  Can we assemble small time segments to produce value?   And assign the time to many…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Recalculating Patterns in Real Time

Recalculating Patterns in Real Time

Intriguing approach for constantly changing time series data.

Novel Algorithm Enables Statistical Analysis of Time Series Data 

MIT News  By Sara Cody

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed…


From insideHPC

Jack Dongarra Presents: Overview of HPC and Energy Saves on NVIDIA’s V100

Jack Dongarra Presents: Overview of HPC and Energy Saves on NVIDIA’s V100

Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee gave this talk at SC17. "In this talk we will look at the current state of high performance computing and look to the future toward exascale. In addition, we will examine some issues…


From insideHPC

Mont-Blanc to Sponsor UPC Team at ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

Mont-Blanc to Sponsor UPC Team at ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

The Mont-Blanc Project will once again sponsor a team at the upcoming ISC 2018 Student Cluster Competition. The sponsored team from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya / Barcelona Tech (UPC) will compete for the fourth time…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Creates Human Voices

Google Creates Human Voices

Have been hearing computer voices regularly for several years now with assistants, and note their ability to evoke a personality.   Previous to that had seen the testing of voice generation systems for warnings in a military

Google's…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Targeting Marketing at Overstock

Targeting Marketing at Overstock

Admit have not looked at or used Overstock for some time.  Nice example of business model with analytics in Datanami:

Inside Overstock’s One-to-One Marketing Machine  By Alex Woodie

Like many online retailers, Overstock closely…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nudging Robotics

Nudging Robotics

Training and adjusting their training is a key issue.

Researchers develop a way to train robots with just a gentle nudge

Their algorithms allow robots to permanently adjust their trajectories with a single push.

By Mallory Locklear…


From Schneier on Security

Profile of Reality Winner

Profile of Reality Winner

New York Magazine published an excellent profile of the single-document leaker Reality Winner....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Assistant Introduction

Watson Assistant Introduction

I was invited to be a beta developer in this space.  Here IBM competes with Amazon, Apple and Google for a place in adaptable, cognitive, skills based systems.    I like in particular that IBM is emphasizing how all these systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google, Amazon and Facebook have Changed B2B Marketing

Google, Amazon and Facebook have Changed B2B Marketing

Quite a good piece, read the whole thing for useful details about how different companies have addressed B2B marketing with new tools and contextual data. 

How Google, Amazon and Facebook have changed B2B Marketing
 by Glenn Gow…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Says it Won't Scrape

Google Says it Won't Scrape

Thinking of the full implications of this.

Google will continue to let sites opt out of showing in search results

They can legally scrape those sites now, but the tech titan promises that it won't.    By Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon…


From insideHPC

Michael Wolfe Presents: Why Iteration Space Tiling?

Michael Wolfe Presents: Why Iteration Space Tiling?

In this Invited Talk from SC17, Michael Wolfe from NVIDIA presents: Scalable Parallel Programming Using OpenACC for Multicore, GPUs, and Manycore. "You will learn how modern supercomputers are organized and how highly parallel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A look at AI Startups

A look at AI Startups

The list of startups is interesting because it show development directions.  But it is also dependent on the definition of 'AI', and context of applications.

Artificial Intelligence Startups Redefining Industries in CBInsights…


From insideHPC

Use Intel® Inspector to Diagnose Hidden Memory and Threading Errors in Parallel Code

Use Intel® Inspector to Diagnose Hidden Memory and Threading Errors in Parallel Code

Intel Inspector is an integrated debugger that can easily diagnose latent and intermittent errors and guide users to locate the root cause. It does this by instrumenting the binaries, including dynamically generated or linked…

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