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June 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

California Signs Data Privacy act for 2020

California Signs Data Privacy act for 2020

Yet another regulatory insertion to be interpreted and inserted:

Companies Confront Calififornia's Version of GDPR
By George Slefo in AdAge

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Consumer Privacy Act on Thursday, giving residents…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Agenda for Talent First CEO

An Agenda for Talent First CEO

An agenda for the talent-first CEO   A Book Excerpt via McKinsey Quarterly
By Dominic Barton, Dennis Carey, and Ram Charan

In tumultuous times, a company’s talent is its most valuable and reliable asset. What does it take to lead…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Flowcasting

Flowcasting

Been a long time since we looked at JDA's Flowcasting system.  We examined it even before its acquisition by JDA.  Still don't know too may people who have been exposed to it.  So when I happened on this piece in JDA's blog was…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Andromeda

Microsoft Andromeda

Foldable, pocketable, multiscreen.  Is that disruptive?   Look forward to seeing the format and how it can be used.   Seems new hardware capabilities have been slipping of late, so lets try something new.

Microsoft calls its foldable…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Math of Causation

Math of Causation

Not to say we humans do this well either,  but if we hope to have machines do it we have to consider how.

Solution: ‘The Slippery Math of Causation’

The all-too-intuitive picture of a straight arrow going from cause to effect is…


From insideHPC

Time-Lapse Video: Building the New JUWELS Supercomputer in Germany

Time-Lapse Video: Building the New JUWELS Supercomputer in Germany

In this time-lapse video, engineers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre begin building the new JUWELS supercomputer. "When it comes to developing innovative supercomputer architectures, Europe is about to take the lead. A striking…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Fellowships for the “Master in HPC” Program in Italy

Job of the Week: Fellowships for the “Master in HPC” Program in Italy

The SISSA and ICTP academic centers in Italy are offering an amazing opportunity for Fellowships for the Master in High Performance Computing. SISSA and ICTP host one of the largest HPC facilities in Italy, and this is your chance…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Fried Squid with Turmeric

Friday Squid Blogging: Fried Squid with Turmeric

Good-looking recipe. 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

Definition and Use of Transfer Learning

Definition and Use of Transfer Learning

Was pointed out to me that transfer learning was important to leveraging intelligence.    I had heard of it, but sought out a closer look at definition and areas of useful research, here is a start.  Not mentioned in any of the…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (June 29th, 2018)

Science and Technology links (June 29th, 2018)

Hogarth imagines that artificial intelligence (AI) could progress much faster than we might anticipate due to what he calls “AI nationalism”: I believe that the current government spending on AI is tiny compared to the investment…


From Schneier on Security

Conservation of Threat

Conservation of Threat

Here's some interesting research about how we perceive threats. Basically, as the environment becomes safer we basically manufacture new threats. From an essay about the research: To study how concepts change when they become…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Superforecasting Update

Superforecasting Update

Just received their latest newsletter, of interest:

Goodjudgment:  How Can Superforecasting     Improve your Decisions?

Good Judgment’s co-founder Philip Tetlock literally wrote the book on state-of-the-art crowd-sourced forecasting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Hospitality Experiment by Marriott and Alexa

Hospitality Experiment by Marriott and Alexa

I know of several other hospitality experiments going on, its a natural direction.  Distinguishing, but will it save a hotel labor and resources?   What skills could do that?  Examining Alexa for Hospitality.

Amazon and Marriott…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Understanding Scenes Using Neural Nets

Understanding Scenes Using Neural Nets

A powerful kind of visual intelligence, with many applications wen integrated with cameras and video.   Ultimately this kind of 'common sense' style reasoning can make conversational systems appear more intelligent.

Google researchers…


From insideHPC

Aurora Early Science Program Selects Scientific Computing Projects for Exascale

Aurora Early Science Program Selects Scientific Computing Projects for Exascale

Argonne has selected 10 data science and machine learning projects for its Aurora Early Science Program (ESP). Set to be the nation’s first exascale system upon its expected 2021 arrival, Aurora will be capable of performing …


From insideHPC

AMD Takes the gloves off at ISC 2018

AMD Takes the gloves off at ISC 2018

This week at ISC 2018, AMD demonstrated its next generation of CPU and GPU technologies, including a first look at: 7nm AMD Radeon Vega GPU products, 12nm 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors with up to 32 cores, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

BlockChain Strategic Business Value

BlockChain Strategic Business Value

Good, considerable piece in McKinsey.  A number of useful but general industry postionings and examples.  Just a bare mention of definition of contracts and their current limitations. 

Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the …


From The Eponymous Pickle

And Language Pros on Google Duplex

And Language Pros on Google Duplex

Inevitable that we will be doing lots more talking to machines in the future, get ready for it.  Good read:

What natural language pros are saying about Google’s Duplex

We may now be having the first of many public conversations…


From Computational Complexity

STOC 50 Part II

On Wednesday, STOC had a great complexity session and the best complexity paper of the conference, Cody Murray and Ryan Williams extending Ryan’s celebrated result separating NEXP from ACC0. Cody and Ryan show there are problems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger to Launch Driverless Delivery!

Kroger to Launch Driverless Delivery!

Quite a remarkable thing for a major retailer!

America’s largest supermarket chain is launching a fully driverless delivery service

Kroger is teaming up with Nuro, a startup founded by two veterans of Google’s self-driving team…


From insideHPC

Managed Implementation of Liquid Cooling

Managed Implementation of Liquid Cooling

liquid coolingThe need for high reliability cooling without reducing the rack density to handle high wattage nodes is no easy task. "Asetek’s direct-to-chip liquid cooling provides a distributed cooling architecture to address the full range…


From insideHPC

Bing Uses NVIDIA GPUs, Tech to Enhance Object Detection and Image Search

Bing Uses NVIDIA GPUs, Tech to Enhance Object Detection and Image Search

image searchObject detection and image search is seen as the next big thing when it comes to the search sector. And it’s easy to see why. A new white paper from NVIDIA explores how Bing deployed NVIDIA GPUs and technology to speed up object…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Integrating Voice into Device Apps

Integrating Voice into Device Apps

Amazon continues to push voice driven apps.  Now for their Fire TV.   Have previously looked at their voice decision approach for the Alexa assistant.  Well done, but they still do not address the broader element of even simple…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ready to be Managed by an AI?

Ready to be Managed by an AI?

Course it does depend upon what managed means here.   Tracked, reminded, directed?    Some level of this will be inevitable.  Note mention of assistants, what is the effective difference between  assistance, augmentation and

People…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deepdive with Deeplens

Deepdive with Deeplens

A good idea for testing out image driven machine learning.

A Deep Dive on AWS DeepLens
 by Janakiram MSV    in theNewStack

Technically speaking, you don’t need a $249 device to run an offline convolutional neural network model.https…


From Schneier on Security

Manipulative Social Media Practices

Manipulative Social Media Practices

The Norwegian Consumer Council just published an excellent report on the deceptive practices tech companies use to trick people into giving up their privacy. From the executive summary: Facebook and Google have privacy intrusive…


From insideHPC

Panel Discussion: The Convergence of AI and HPC

Panel Discussion: The Convergence of AI and HPC

In this video from ISC 2018, Binay Ackalloor moderates a panel that explores the convergence of AI and HPC.


The post Panel Discussion: The Convergence of AI and HPC appeared first on insideHPC.




From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Re-demos its Duplex Chat, with Warnings.

Google Re-demos its Duplex Chat, with Warnings.

Clever look at a chatbot that has a goal of delivering a phone goal.    But when it was first shown it was clear it could fool and ultimately very much annoy the human in the loop.   Is it do no evil, or fool no human?  So now…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Grand Challenge on the Future of Food

Grand Challenge on the Future of Food

 On the Future of Food:

Converge on one grand challenge (FUTURE of FOOD).
Two key words (SCIENCE and ENGINEERING).

Three short URLs (SEP 8-9 in Minneapolis).
http://bit.ly/confoma
http://bit.ly/CoNFoMa
http://bit.ly/CONFOMA

********…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

National Science Foundation (NSF) and US-Israeli Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Collaborative Research Opportunities

National Science Foundation (NSF) and US-Israeli Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Collaborative Research Opportunities

Contributions to the post were provided by Yair Rotstein, head of the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The US National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) signed a Memorandum…

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