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February 2017


From The Eponymous Pickle

CMap Tools Updated

CMap Tools Updated

CMap Tools have been significantly updated to version 6.02.  See the site and updates here with lits of use demonstrations.  " .... Cmap software is a result of research conducted at the Florida Institute for Human & MachineSite…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Conversation on Smart Shelves

A Conversation on Smart Shelves

This work by Hitachi covers many of the experiments we did with the smartshelf.  Is it smart enough to make a real difference?  Finding new patterns of use may find better ways to use this data.

Will Smart shelves ever be smart…


From Putting People First

Organizational culture as lazy sensemaking

Organizational culture as lazy sensemaking

Laura A. McNamara describes what ethnographers can do about the cultural equivalent of the fundamental attribution error, also known as correspondence bias. “It’s a common category error (at least among the Western psych undergrads…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

How many floating-point numbers are in the interval [0,1]?

How many floating-point numbers are in the interval [0,1]?

Most commodity processors support single-precision IEEE 754 floating-point numbers. Though they are ubiquitous, they are often misunderstood. One of my readers left a comment suggesting that picking an integer in [0,232) at random…


From Putting People First

How technology gets us hooked

How technology gets us hooked

From a young age, humans love to press buttons that light up and make a noise. The thrill of positive feedback lies at the heart of addiction to gambling, games, and social media, reports Adam Alter for The New York Times Magazine…


From insideHPC

OFA Workshop Posts Session Abstracts for Austin Meeting in March

OFA Workshop Posts Session Abstracts for Austin Meeting in March

Today the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) published the session abstracts for its 13th Annual OFA Workshop. Sponsored by Intel, the workshop takes place March 27-31 in Austin, Texas. "The workshop will include more than 50 sessions…


From insideHPC

Interview: Dr. Thomas Sterling New Approaches to Efficient Supercomputing

Interview: Dr. Thomas Sterling New Approaches to Efficient Supercomputing

In this video from KAUST, Professor Thomas Sterling, Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at Indiana University, shares his thoughts on new approaches to energy efficient supercomputing. "Our technical strategy focuses…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

GECAT Project Announces Two New Funding Opportunities

GECAT Project Announces Two New Funding Opportunities

The Global Initiative to Enhance @scale and Distributed Computing and Analysis Technologies (GECAT) project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has two exciting new funding opportunities. The GECAT project…


From The Eponymous Pickle

China AI Boom

China AI Boom

Fairly weak view,  Chinese students are still flocking to US Universities.  Startups still booming in the US.  Baidu is a good example,  but fairly singular.

China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom
The country’s universities and tech…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Cisco: How Digital is Disrupting Transportation

Cisco: How Digital is Disrupting Transportation


How Digital is Disrupting Transportation  (13 page PDF)

Context for report

Cisco developed this paper to create a starting point for discussions about the digitisation of transportation, and its downstream impact on cities, regions…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS)

Call for Papers: Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS)

The Second Workshop On Performance and Scalability of Storage Systems (WOPSSS) has issued its Call for Papers. The one-day workshop will be held jointly with ISC 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany. "The Workshop On Performance and Scalability…


From insideHPC

Mellanox ConnectX-5 Sets DPDK Performance Record with 100Gb/s Ethernet

Mellanox ConnectX-5 Sets DPDK Performance Record with 100Gb/s Ethernet

"The I/O intensive nature of the Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) including virtual Firewall, virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), virtual Session Border Controller (vSBC), Anti-DDoS and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) applications…


From insideHPC

Exhibit Sales are Booming for SC17

Exhibit Sales are Booming for SC17

SC17 is still more than eight months away, but the conference has already outsold SC16 in terms of the number of exhibits spaces sold and number of exhibitors. "As HPC’s importance only continues to grow, the most important HPC…


From insideHPC

Podcast: How Humans Bias AI

Podcast: How Humans Bias AI

In this AI Podcast, Kris Hammond from Narrative Science explains that while it’s easy to think of AI as cold, unbiased, and objective, it is also very good at repeating our own bias against us. "I am not saying that we should…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Discovering and Modeling the Correct Networks

Discovering and Modeling the Correct Networks

I much like the 'correct' aspect, often not considered carefully enough.

 " ... This a reminder about our Cognitive Systems Institute Speaker Series on Thursday, March 2, 2016 at 10:30 am ET US (7:30 am PT).  Our speaker is Nitesh…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Press Release on Olay Skin Care Advisor

Press Release on Olay Skin Care Advisor

More on Olay Skin Advisor:

Olay Unveils Global Skin Analysis Platform Olay Skin Advisor – The First-Of-Its-Kind Application of Deep Learning in the Beauty Industry

Olay’s New Mobile Platform Utilizes AI to Help Women Better Understand…


From Schneier on Security

EU Still Concerned about Windows 10 Privacy Settings

EU Still Concerned about Windows 10 Privacy Settings

We all should be concerned about the privacy settings in Windows 10. And we should be glad that the EU has the regulatory authority to do something about it....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Selfie Skin Analysis by Olay

Selfie Skin Analysis by Olay

An interesting advisor approach done by my former employer using advanced deep learning machine learning techniques.

" ... Procter & Gamble Co. today revealed the launch of a global web platform called the Olay Skin Advisor,

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Links to Yamaha Multiroom Audio Ecosystem

Alexa Links to Yamaha Multiroom Audio Ecosystem

Continued integration with voice control.    The number speed of such integrations is remarkable.  Getting difficult to keep track of.  Now lets see more examples beyond audio and entertainment.

Yamaha Adding Amazon Alexa Voice…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Working Backward

With a little more from Smullyan YouTube source Maurice Ashley is an American chess grandmaster. He played for the US Championship in 2003. He coached two youth teams from Harlem to national championships and played himself in…


From Schneier on Security

Adm. Rogers Talks about Buying Cyberweapons

Adm. Rogers Talks about Buying Cyberweapons

At a talk last week, the head of US Cyber Command and the NSA Mike Rogers talked about the US buying cyberweapons from arms manufacturers. "In the application of kinetic functionality -- weapons -- we go to the private sector…


From insideHPC

PRACE Publishes Best Practices for GPU Computing

PRACE Publishes Best Practices for GPU Computing

The European PRACE initiative has published a Best Practices Guide for GPU Computing. "This Best Practice Guide describes GPUs: it includes information on how to get started with programming GPUs, which cannot be used in isolation…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC @ AAAS 2017- What Happens When Everyday Objects Become Internet Devices: A Science Policy Agenda

CCC @ AAAS 2017- What Happens When Everyday Objects Become Internet Devices: A Science Policy Agenda

CCC Director Ann Drobnis contributed to this blog post.  Last week we posted a blog about Health in Your Pocket: Diagnosing and Treating Disease with Smartphones, a press briefing that CCC members, Elizabeth (Beth) Mynatt, Shwetak…


From The Eponymous Pickle

HPC and Deep Learning by Baidu

HPC and Deep Learning by Baidu

That Baidu opening up here is interesting and read the full article at the link.

HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale   By HPC Wire 

Baidu's Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Lab (SVAIL) has released a modified implementation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Leadership Playing Games

Leadership Playing Games

Interesting take in Chief Learning Officer.  But I would caution that it should be a gamified simulation of some key aspects of their own organization.  Probably with some competition interaction with other managers.   As we

At…


From insideHPC

Katrin Amunts to Present on Decoding the Human Brain at PASC17

Katrin Amunts to Present on Decoding the Human Brain at PASC17

Today the PASC17 Conference announced Professor Katrin Amunts plenary presentation will be entitled, “Towards the Decoding of the Human Brain.” Regarded as one of the world’s foremost neuroscientists in the field of brain mapping…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Assistant Comes to Android Phones

Google Assistant Comes to Android Phones

The battle of the assistants extends.  Google Assistant to come to Android phones and then beyond.  In Computerworld: 

Rebecca Linke: OK Google, when will my phone get Google Assistant?
Google is bringing Assistant to more Android…


From insideHPC

Application Profiling at the HPCAC High Performance Center

Application Profiling at the HPCAC High Performance Center

“To achieve good scalability performance on the HPC scientific applications typically involves good understanding of the workload though performing profile analysis, and comparing behaviors of using different hardware which pinpoint…


From insideHPC

Call for Papers: International Conference on Parallel Processing in Bristol

Call for Papers: International Conference on Parallel Processing in Bristol

The International Conference on Parallel Processing (ICPP 2017) has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place August 14-17 in Bristol, UK. "Parallel and distributed computing is a central topic in science, engineering…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Selecting Forecasting Methods

Selecting Forecasting Methods

Good, not too technical piece in DSC, on the basic elements of forecasting ....

Selecting Forecasting Methods in Data Science
Posted by Kamala Kanta Mishra  

We are dealing with plethora of data and information in the world today…

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