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March 2014


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Senator Gillibrand Proposes New Legislation for CS

Senator Gillibrand Proposes New Legislation for CS

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced today her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to encourage the development of computer…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Data Visualization Resources

Data Visualization  Resources

A library site describing and linking to books, papers and white papers of data visualization expert Stephen Few.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Research: Hand Written Notes Improve Recall

Research: Hand Written Notes Improve Recall

Interesting take in the Chronical for Higher Education.   " ... Distractions posed by laptops in the classroom have been a common concern, but new research suggests that even if laptops are used strictly to take notes, typing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Retail Shopping vs Shelf Research

Virtual Retail Shopping vs Shelf Research

Will we eventually be using virtual reality to shop?  Another area of examination in the innovation center.  The recent emergence of Oculus and Google Glass brings the idea to the surface again. Virtual shelves are being used…


From Schneier on Security

The Continuing Public/Private Surveillance Partnership

The Continuing Public/Private Surveillance Partnership

If you've been reading the news recently, you might think that corporate America is doing its best to thwart NSA surveillance. Google just announced that it is encrypting Gmail when you access it from your computer or phone,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Designing and Visualization Connected

Designing and Visualization Connected

Stephen Few on Design in the Real World.  Have discussed our experiments in this space recently.  He states " ... designer/teacher Victor Papanek, whose work I only recently discovered. You can read them yourself in Papanek’s…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pepsi in Augmented Reality Digest

Pepsi in Augmented Reality Digest

An interesting digest of augmented reality applications, most in marketing and entertainment driven, a good view of what is going on commercially in the space.  From Augmented Pixels.  Featured, Pepsi's effort:" ...  Pepsi Max…


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Interesting Links 31 March 2014

Interesting Links 31 March 2014

I’ve been writing more code then usual lately. Mostly just for the fun of it. That means less time on the Internet collecting good links. But it’s been great getting back in touch with my coding side. I expect some (more) blogs…


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

USACM Describes The Systems Engineering Analysis It Recommends For Surveillance Programs

USACM Describes The Systems Engineering Analysis It Recommends For Surveillance Programs

In comments to both the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, USACM recommended the use of an independent systems engineering analysis to review the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Birds and Gamified Education

Birds and Gamified Education

Having been involved in a number of gamification projects, I have always thought it is the gaming companies that could ultimately do the best in applying game dynamics to serious learning problems.  So I like this effort of trying…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Meaning of R for Science and Industry

The Meaning of R for Science and Industry

In FastcoLabs:   Thoughtful piece about open source and science.  I am in the midst of looking at packages for the application of data modeling and mining capabilities.   This project will not need to be inserted into an enterprise…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wearables as a Sixth Health Sense

Wearables as a Sixth Health Sense

In CWorld:  How do you think of wearable computing?  We have become very used to having a device next to us that acts as sensor, library and communicator.  So is it another sense that we need to treat the same way as our others…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Democratizing Data Visualization

Democratizing Data Visualization

An upcoming look at the 'Exhibit' experiment, which I remember hearing about, but have not followed.  In a couple of corporate connections the concept of 'democratizing data' has been emphasized.  Here is a good example of its…


From Putting People First

Behavioral approaches to product innovation at the Base of the Pyramid

Behavioral approaches to product innovation at the Base of the Pyramid

Alexandra Fiorillo, Principal of GRID Impact, writes that if we want to achieve full financial inclusion, we cannot simply offer more financial products and services to more people and hope they need, want, like, and use them…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Taking Jobs

Robots Taking Jobs

To what extent are robots starting to take substantial jobs?  As an example, we examined ways to use robots in repetitive motion supply chain jobs, and in some limited lab work applications.   The work of knowledge workers has…


From Putting People First

IBM invests $100M in interactive experience labs globally

IBM invests $100M in interactive experience labs globally

IBM this week announced plans to commit more than $100 million to globally expand its consulting services capability to help clients with experience design and engagement. As part of the investment, the company will open 10 new…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Email Triggers and Analytics

Email Triggers and Analytics

Obvious, most interesting are the details of how this can extend these capabilities with new data and analytics.  Then, where does the analytics invade?   In ClickZ: When a marketer sets up email triggers to send messages toTechnology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Persuading and Looking Smart

Persuading and Looking Smart

I like the notion of a "Re-engineered Engineer', and try to look smart.  And that I can persuade.  While being friendly.  But we all wonder, are we succeeding?   Here is where I got the idea: Dave Hill - The Re-Engineered Engineer…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Encounter Between a Submersible Robot and a Giant Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: Encounter Between a Submersible Robot and a Giant Squid

Wow....


From Computer Science Teachers Association

A Year Later: the Centrality of Teachers in Code.org

A Year Later: the Centrality of Teachers in Code.org

It has been a little over a year since Code.org released its viral video in the midst of a larger push for computer science education. The video used well-known celebrities to speak to the importance of computer science, but…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Teen uses CS skills to discover way for government to save millions

Teen uses CS skills to discover way for government to save millions

A middle school student who used computer science to develop a hundred million dollar cost savings plan for the government was featured in an article on CNN.com, “Teen to government: Change your typeface, save millions.” Suvir…


From Schneier on Security

Creating Forensic Sketches from DNA

Creating Forensic Sketches from DNA

This seems really science fictional: It's already possible to make some inferences about the appearance of crime suspects from their DNA alone, including their racial ancestry and some shades of hair colour. And in 2012, a team…


From The Eponymous Pickle

SIRI and Watson and Natural Language Processing

SIRI and Watson and Natural Language Processing

Interesting thoughts comparing SIRI and Watson.   SIRI's natural language processing (NLP) capabilities and interface are her most obvious characteristics .... how does this compare to how Watson is being positioned?  We will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Products and Manufacturing

Products and Manufacturing

Newly discovered blog:  Product Lifestyle Stories: Insights on Products, manufacturing and service.


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Why So Many Programming Languages

Why So Many Programming Languages

A post I wrote some time ago bemoaning the lack of new operating systems has been the most frequently viewed post of all time on this blog. Today I’m posting some thoughts about the opposite issue. We have an abundance, perhaps…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Matchless Result

A famous algorithm, a new paper, a full correctness proof Vijay Vazirani is one of the world experts on algorithmic theory, and is especially known for his masterful book on approximation algorithms. Among many results in computational…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

A Matchless Result

A famous algorithm, a new paper, a full correctness proof Vijay Vazirani is one of the world experts on algorithmic theory, and is especially known for his masterful book on approximation algorithms. Among many results in computational…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Technology sets the bar higher

Technology sets the bar higher

I am old enough that, as a kid, I did not have access to a calculator. My mother, a teacher, had an electronic calculator that you had to plug in the wall. She would use it to crunch in the grades at the end of each term. It…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Industrial Internet Consortium Resources

Industrial Internet Consortium Resources

Correspondent Shoumen Datta reports that the Industrial Internet Consortium Site has been made public.   " ... Accelerating Innovation In Connected, Intelligent Machines and Processes ... "   He has also updated his tutorial.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kimberly Clark : More Specialists Needed

Kimberly Clark : More Specialists Needed

KC says more marketing specialists needed.  In particular technological skill that can determine what is possible with new data." .... As companies turn to digital marketing to build their brands, they will need marketing specialists…

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