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Five Research Ideas Instagram Could Have Used to Protect Comey's Secret Twitter

Five Research Ideas Instagram Could Have Used to Protect Comey's Secret Twitter

Even though cybersecurity is one of the hottest topics on the Internet, my specific area of research, information flow, has remained relatively obscure. Until now, that is.

You may have heard of "information flow" as a term that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Network Zoo

Neural Network Zoo

The Asimov Institute has put out a library/ontology of neural networks.   Interesting, showed many kinds of nodes I had never heard of, but also many I have.  Does not really specify how all the methods work, or what they are…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Compressed bitset libraries in C and C++

Compressed bitset libraries in C and C++

The bitset data structure is a clever way to represent efficiently sets of integers. It supports fast set operations such as union, difference, intersection. For better scalability, we compress bitsets. Bitsets are not always…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 1887 Animal-Combat Print with Giant Squid

Friday Squid Blogging: 1887 Animal-Combat Print with Giant Squid

Great Victorian animal-combat scene featuring a giant squid. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Read my blog posting guidelines here....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Health Screening with Hololens

Health Screening with Hololens

Health Screening with Microsoft Hololens Technologies .... First I have heard of this direction, interesting.



From The Eponymous Pickle

Democratization of Machine Learning

Democratization of Machine Learning

This topic came up in the talk I gave on advances in AI and analytics yesterday.   Via Data science Central a white paper by IBM:

The Democratization of Machine Learning
Machine learning automates the development of analytic models…


From Schneier on Security

Finding FBI Director James Comey's Twitter Account

Finding FBI Director James Comey's Twitter Account

An interesting story of uncovering an anonymous Internet social media account....


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI, Robotics and Jobs

AI, Robotics and Jobs

Short piece that puts it quite well.   Jobs will change, we will adapt.  GE's Jeff Immelt: Robots won't kill human jobs ...


From Schneier on Security

Congress Removes FCC Privacy Protections on Your Internet Usage

Congress Removes FCC Privacy Protections on Your Internet Usage

Think about all of the websites you visit every day. Now imagine if the likes of Time Warner, AT&T, and Verizon collected all of your browsing history and sold it on to the highest bidder. That's what will probably happen if…


From The Noisy Channel

Thanks for the kind words and for the heads up on the broken link, which I’ve now fixed.

Thanks for the kind words and for the heads up on the broken link, which I’ve now fixed.

Thanks for the kind words and for the heads up on the broken link, which I’ve now fixed. And good point about polo — a good reminder generally that all language is culturally-dependent. Perhaps “starbucks coffee” is a more universal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reminder of the Need for Data Quality

Reminder of the Need for Data Quality

Am often reminded in visits to the enterprise that data quality is not often enough considered carefully.  You don't have much if you don't have quality.  Consider also the quality and nature of meta data involved.  It is even…


From insideHPC

Register Now for the SDSC Summer Institute on HPC

Register Now for the SDSC Summer Institute on HPC

"This year’s workshop continues SDSC’s strategy of bringing high-performance computing to what is known as the ‘long tail’ of science, i.e. providing resources to a larger and more diverse number of modest-sized computational…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (March 30, 2017)

Science and Technology links (March 30, 2017)

A famous and highly-funded researcher from Cornel, Brian Wansink, has published many studies regarding how we eat. His work has guided public policy all over the word. According to his Wikipedia entry, Barak Obama named him “Executive…


From insideHPC

Video: State of the OpenFabrics Alliance

Video: State of the OpenFabrics Alliance

In this video from the OpenFabrics Workshop, Susan Coulter from LANL presents: State of the OpenFabrics Alliance. "The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is an open source-based organization that develops, tests, licenses, supports and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Group Editing Photos as Collaboration Example

Group Editing Photos as Collaboration Example

Nice idea ... Collaborative work is a kind of inteligence enhancement.  You could further see collaboration between multiple people and advisory machines.  Group collaboration of new kinds has power.  The most important thing…


From insideHPC

CloudLightning Conference Coming to Dublin April 11

CloudLightning Conference Coming to Dublin April 11

"The Cloud Lightning conference will feature academics and industry professionals from across Europe and the UK who will deliver presentations, talks, and research findings into High Performance Infrastructure for Public Sector…


From insideHPC

SHAPE Program offers HPC to Small Businesses in Europe

SHAPE Program offers HPC to Small Businesses in Europe

"The SHAPE Program will help European SMEs overcome barriers to using HPC, such as cost of operation, lack of knowledge and lack of resources. It will facilitate the process of defining a workable solution based on HPC and defining…


From insideHPC

Accelerating Hadoop, Spark, and Memcached with HPC Technologies

Accelerating Hadoop, Spark, and Memcached with HPC Technologies

"This talk will present RDMA-based designs using OpenFabrics Verbs and heterogeneous storage architectures to accelerate multiple components of Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce, RPC, and HBase), Spark and Memcached. An overview of the…


From Putting People First

PewResearch on the future of free speech, trolls, anonymity and fake news online

PewResearch on the future of free speech, trolls, anonymity and fake news online

To illuminate current attitudes about the potential impacts of online social interaction over the next decade, Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center conducted a large-scale canvassing of technology…


From Putting People First

Experientia guide to Milan Design Week 2017

Experientia guide to Milan Design Week 2017

It’s that time of year again – Milan’s don’t-miss event for the design community is here. If you’re looking to get inspired at Milan Design Week, then check out our top picks for the latest edition, from Experientia’s designers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Streamlined Text Mining

Streamlined Text Mining

A  time ago we used relatively simplistic methods of context analysis to understand the meaning of gathered text.  Now with focused methods and increasing amounts of text data,  new results are now possible.  In Datanami: 

Biomedical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

GigaOM AI Videos

GigaOM AI Videos

Just pointed out to me, a set of video interviews about AI and forward looking technologies.  Here an interview with Auren Hoffman.   \ by GigaOm.  This example looks at data and how it is used for AI.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Launches Open Source Site

Google Launches Open Source Site

Worth taking a look at.  Description in Techcrunch:

Google launches new site to showcase its open source projects and processes   by Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl) ... "

" ... 2,000 Projects and Counting

At Google, we’ve always…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft on Enterprise AI

Microsoft on Enterprise AI

Interesting question on the 'adaptability' of AI.    It can certainly be used today by focusing it to specific problems.  It is being done.  Can it be used to cognitively control large sections of industry that require by their…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Analytics Revolution?

Analytics Revolution?

This relates to the talk I gave yesterday.  Interview In SiliconAngle:

An analytics revolution: the shift to deep learning and cognitive computing   by Tim Hawkins

 With the position of Chief Data Officer being a relatively new…


From insideHPC

GW4 Unveils ARM-Powered Isambard Supercomputer from Cray

GW4 Unveils ARM-Powered Isambard Supercomputer from Cray

Today the GW4 Alliance in the UK unveiled Isambard, the world’s first ARM-based production supercomputer at today’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) launch at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham…


From insideHPC

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller Named Chairman of the Board at LRZ in Germany

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller Named Chairman of the Board at LRZ in Germany

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS) announced that Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller is the new Chairman of the Board of Directors at GCS member Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ).


The post Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller…


From insideHPC

Purdue Supercomputer Gets Second Life in Colombia

Purdue Supercomputer Gets Second Life in Colombia

"Besides trying to identify likely drug targets for new HIV treatments, EAFIT’s first supercomputer, named Apolo, is being used for everything from earthquake science in a country regularly shaken by tremors, to a groundbreaking…


From insideHPC

Dell Powers New Owens Cluster at Ohio State

Dell Powers New Owens Cluster at Ohio State

Today the Ohio Supercomputer Center dedicated its newest, most powerful supercomputer: the Owens Cluster. The Dell cluster, named for the iconic Olympic champion Jesse Owens, delivers 1.5 petaflops of total peak performance. …


From insideHPC

Register Now for PRACEdays17 in Barcelona

Register Now for PRACEdays17 in Barcelona

Registration is now open for PRACEdays17. The event May 16-18 in Barcelona, Spain. "The PRACEdays17 program will follow the tradition set by the first three editions and will include international keynote presentations from high…

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