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July 2017


From Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

An Online Forum for Computer Science Educators

An Online Forum for Computer Science Educators

Stack Exchange is one of  a number of online forums being used by the computer science community to ask and answer questions. While most of these are targeted at the professional or would be professional developer there is aforum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Compute Stick

Neural Compute Stick

Would like to understand what 'plug and play' means here.  Acceleration likely.  Intriguing thing at this level.  wrote about Movidius previously. They were acquired by Intel in 2016, a natural idea.   More details at the link…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Convergence of Data and Computing Task Force responded to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Needs for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure…


From Schneier on Security

Robot Safecracking

Robot Safecracking

Robots can crack safes faster than humans -- and differently: So Seidle started looking for shortcuts. First he found that, like many safes, his SentrySafe had some tolerance for error. If the combination includes a 12, for instance…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Tries Mobile Flash Sales

Amazon Tries Mobile Flash Sales

Amazon has no intention of trying innovative sales ideas. I am imagining the Echos, soon to be announcing sales on your very street.   Will this further link Amazon yet closer to the consumer? Called Treasure Trucks.  Reminds…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Learning by Thinking

Learning by Thinking

Can we make machines work this way?   In a sense we do. we train and re-train.  And test against reality.  But is the semantic language or architecture correct to make this work efficiently?  Not yet.

In the Edge: 

Learning By
A…


From insideHPC

WINS Program Sponsors Six Women to Help Build SCinet at SC17

WINS Program Sponsors Six Women to Help Build SCinet at SC17

SC17 has chosen six women from IT departments around the United States to participate in the Women in IT Networking at SC (WINS) program, helping to build and operate SCinet, the very high capacity SC conference network. "Now…


From insideHPC

Podcast: Introducing Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Select Solutions

Podcast: Introducing Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and Intel Select Solutions

In this Chip Chat podcast, Lisa Spelman, Manager of Intel Xeon Products and Data Center Marketing, discusses the launch of two pivotal advances for the data center. "Intel Select Solutions are workload-optimized data center solutions…


From insideHPC

AMD Showcases 1 Petaflop “Project 47” Rack at Siggraph

AMD Showcases 1 Petaflop “Project 47” Rack at Siggraph

"Project 47 boasts 1 PetaFLOPS of compute power at full 32-bit precision delivering a stunning 30 GigaFLOPS/W, demonstrating dramatic compute efficiency. It boasts more cores, threads, compute units, IO lanes and memory channels…


From insideHPC

Video: Building a GPU-enabled OpenStack Cloud for HPC

Video: Building a GPU-enabled OpenStack Cloud for HPC

Blair Bethwaite and Lance Wilson from Monash University gave this talk at OpenStack Australia. "M3 is the latest generation system of the MASSIVE project, an HPC facility specializing in characterization science (imaging and …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Is Web Scraping Illegal?

Is Web Scraping Illegal?

A common practice under fire again.   If something is clearly publicly delivered, is it open to turn into another form called data?  A challenge to data democratization?

LinkedIn: It’s illegal to scrape our website without permission…


From Computational Complexity

Harvard punishes some social organizations. Why?

Over at  the blog Bits and Pieces my adviser Harry Lewis (is he still my adviser 32 years after I got my PhD? Yes) has written many posts about Harvard's decision to ban people who belong to same-sex organizations from being


From Schneier on Security

Measuring Vulnerability Rediscovery

Measuring Vulnerability Rediscovery

New paper: "Taking Stock: Estimating Vulnerability Rediscovery," by Trey Herr, Bruce Schneier, and Christopher Morris: Abstract: How often do multiple, independent, parties discover the same vulnerability? There are ample models…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Conversational Commerce

Conversational Commerce

Another look at conversational commerce.   Though beyond what we think of as messaging.   Including memory of previous interactions and leveraging what is known about the correspondents. Positioned as a service with value.  Examples…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G Cuts $100 Million in Digital Ads

P&G Cuts $100 Million in Digital Ads

P&G Cuts More Than $100 Million in ‘Largely Ineffective’ Digital Ads
Consumer product giant steers clear of ‘bot’ traffic and objectionable content ...

Almost all of the consumer product giant’s advertising cuts in the period came…


From insideHPC

One Stop Systems Named One of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Companies

One Stop Systems Named One of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Companies

Not all HPC vendors are experiencing a slump. In fact, One Stop Systems was recently named one of San Diego’s 100 fastest growing privately-held companies by the San Diego Business Journal. "One Stop Systems continues to provide…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Needs to be Much Smarter

Alexa Needs to be Much Smarter

Have now been testing the Google Home, Amazon Echo, Cortana and Siri since their inception.  All of these devices and services do some clever things, but none are 'intelligent' in even a broad sense of the word. The intelligence…


From insideHPC

Video: Scalable Deep Learning with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

Video: Scalable Deep Learning with Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK)

"Microsoft AI researchers are striving to create intelligent machines that complement human reasoning and enrich human experiences and capabilities. At the core, is the ability to harness the explosion of digital data and computational…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Fewer Assistants in China

Fewer Assistants in China

Attended a meeting this week at Columbia featuring proposed uses of virtual assistants,  excellent ideas, many by Chinese students.  Impressive.   So I see some evidence to the contrary.

This Is Why China Hasn't Jumped on the …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowing the Data

Knowing the Data

I like the idea of 'thinking with data',  not just solving a particular problem but knowing important process data and manipulating it for ongoing value.  Knowing the data as well as you know the analytic methods.

thinking with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mobile Neural Networks

Mobile Neural Networks

This kind of work is going on elsewhere, like at Google, to try to put the intelligence and learning on the 'edge' of a network.

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable
By Ryan Whitwam  

Computers aren’t just getting faster…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: Research Scientist at LLNL

Job of the Week: Research Scientist at LLNL

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is seeking a Research Scientist in our Job of the Week. "For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI is not Smart Enough Yet

AI is not Smart Enough Yet

Gets back to the definition of AI.  Sets of algorithms,  machine learning,  rules are still not AI (Artificial Intelligence) , they are new kinds of data processing that will augment people, just like all computing does.   It…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards an Intelligent Automation Continuum

Towards an Intelligent Automation Continuum

I like the broad idea.  We seem to be doing very well these days in picking off specific narrow problem domains, but less so in constructing general solutions to things like conversations, which are ultimately the way our intelligence…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New in Analytics, AI and Automation

New in Analytics, AI and Automation

Via McKinsey:

What’s new and next in analytics, AI, and automation
Innovations in digitization, analytics, artificial intelligence, and automation are creating performance and productivity opportunities for business and the economy…


From Putting People First

“Where the social sciences and business come together” – Alexandra Mack on ethnography

“Where the social sciences and business come together” – Alexandra Mack on ethnography

In this episode of the Change Management Review Podcast, Theresa Moulton interviews Alexandra Mack. Alexandra is a senior fellow at Pitney Bowes, the e-commerce services provider, and a Board Member of Ethnographic Praxis in …


From Putting People First

Data ethnographer: the most crucial design job of the future

Data ethnographer: the most crucial design job of the future

Data inside of algorithms is incredibly symbiotic with the algorithm itself. In product design, the data fed to algorithms determines the characteristics of a product. This implies radical transparency and giving consumers access…


From Putting People First

Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency says no to surveys and focus groups

Australian Government Digital Transformation Agency says no to surveys and focus groups

Leisa Reichelt, the Agency’s Service Design Lead, gives the four reasons, here summarised but we recommend you to read the entire post: You can’t get authentic, actionable insights in a few clicks Surveys and other analytics …


From Putting People First

Nesta as an innovation move for Turin, Italy

Nesta as an innovation move for Turin, Italy

Marco Zappalorto will lead Nesta Italia in TurinA few months back we wrote about the ongoing negotiations between Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation, and the [Italian Foundation] Compagnia di San Paolo to set up a Nesta Italia in Turin. These negotiations have now finished…


From insideHPC

DDN Announces Trade-Up Program for Seagate Customers

DDN Announces Trade-Up Program for Seagate Customers

DataDirect Networks has announced a trade-up program designed to offer Seagate customers a smooth transition to industry-leading DDN solutions. “It is a sad day when an industry built on long-term commitments is left in disarray…

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