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August 2018


From The Eponymous Pickle

Crowdsourcing Training Data for Corn Identification

Crowdsourcing Training Data for Corn Identification

A classic way to get training data.

Researchers use crowdsourcing to speed up data analysis in corn plants

Iowa State University News Service   By Fred Love

Iowa State University researchers used crowdsourcing to train a computer…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Washes up on Wellington Beach

Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Washes up on Wellington Beach

Another giant squid washed up on a beach, this time in Wellington, New Zealand. Is this a global trend? 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…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uses of AI in Marketing

Uses of AI in Marketing

Some obvious, and some examples not so.   Some are well known examples I would call analytics.

9 Applications Of Artificial Intelligence In Digital Marketing That Will Revolutionize Your Business

We’ve already posted articles on…


From Schneier on Security

I'm Doing a Reddit AMA

I'm Doing a Reddit AMA

On Thursday, September 6, starting at 10:00 am CDT, I'll be doing a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" in association with the Ford Foundation. It's about my new book, but -- of course -- you can ask me anything. No promises that I will…


From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I'm giving a book talk on Click Here to Kill Everybody at the Ford Foundation in New York City, on September 5, 2018. The Aspen Institute's Cybersecurity & Technology…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Lexicographical comparisons vs. equality checks: the long-string case

Lexicographical comparisons vs. equality checks: the long-string case

It is a common problem in software to check whether two pieces of data are byte-by-byte identical. Standard libraries provide function to compute a lexicographical comparisons, that is, they tell you whether the first stringContinue…


From insideHPC

Video: CSCS Update for 2018

Video: CSCS Update for 2018

In this video from PASC18, Thomas Schulthess provides an update on CSCS. "CSCS develops and operates cutting-edge high-performance computing systems as an essential service facility for Swiss researchers. These computing systems…


From insideHPC

The Strategic Foundation of Exascale Computing in the USA

The Strategic Foundation of Exascale Computing in the USA

Exascale computing continues to work its way into the consciousness of wider and more diverse audiences, creating demand for more explanation of what it is and what the U.S. initiatives are that have forged the strategic foundation…


From insideHPC

Vyasa Analytics Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

Vyasa Analytics Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

Today Vyasa Analytics, announced it has joined the NVIDIA Inception program, which is designed to nurture startups revolutionizing industries with advancements in AI and data sciences. "Vyasa is a deep learning company specializing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Insurance Companies Help Protect the Home

Insurance Companies Help Protect the Home

I was asked some time ago by a commercial insurance company if I though it would be useful to offer commonly available assistants that could be linked to home protection.   Have been testing that now for several years.  More

Notion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Shifting Decision Making

Shifting Decision Making

Quite a suggestion in the title of this piece,  Will it, can it?  Augment it in both areas enough to change the nature of decision?

Why AI Will Shift Decision Making from the C-Suite to the Front Line  by Alessandro Di Fiore in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Home Links with GE, Electrolux Appliances

Google Home Links with GE, Electrolux Appliances

Not unexpected,  assistants interacting with common appliances.  Rather than build your own smarts, make you appliances work with others.   Back to creating and adding to existing infrastructures in the smart home.

GE and Electrolux…


From Schneier on Security

Eavesdropping on Computer Screens through the Webcam Mic

Eavesdropping on Computer Screens through the Webcam Mic

Yet another way of eavesdropping on someone's computer activity: using the webcam microphone to "listen" to the computer's screen....


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Limits On Matrix Multiplication

Can 2.3728639 be best? Personal site; note puzzles Josh Alman is a graduate student at a technical school in the Boston area. He is working on matrix multiplication, among other problems in complexity theory, and is advised by…


From Putting People First

What is going on with the weather? Reflections on gaps between data and experience

What is going on with the weather? Reflections on gaps between data and experience

Moments when the experience of a blistering day turns public attention to the expertise of climate scientists brings Hannah Knox, associate professor of anthropology at University College London, to explore some of the thorniest…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Machines to Learn Like Children

Getting Machines to Learn Like Children

Our own experiments in the area of machine learning, or even recognizing trivial patterns and repeating them when needed, were far more simple.    Where does the challenge lie?

Growing a Mind in a Machine   By Bennie Mols  in

"We…


From insideHPC

Tutorial: “How to use Jupyter Notebooks”

Tutorial: “How to use Jupyter Notebooks”

In this video from the Blue Waters Symposium, Roland Haas from NCSA presents: Tutorial: How to use Jupyter Notebooks. "Jupyter notebooks provide a web-based interface to Python, R, Julia and other languages. They allow code, …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kroger Creates Partnership with UC for Innovation

Kroger Creates Partnership with UC for Innovation

Note other partnerships methioned in the last paragraph such as with Centrifuse.

Kroger creates partnership to boost innovation in Winsight Grocery Business

Kroger will work with the University of Cincinnati to launch an innovation…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

THE NSF 2026 Idea Machine!

THE NSF 2026 Idea Machine!

The National Science Foundation (NSF) needs YOU to help create the Big Ideas of the future! The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants…


From insideHPC

NVIDIA GPU Cloud comes to Microsoft Azure

NVIDIA GPU Cloud comes to Microsoft Azure

Over at the NVIDIA Blog, Chris Kawalek writes that Microsoft Azure is now a supported NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) platform. "This means that data scientists, researchers and developers that use NVIDIA GPU instances on Microsoft Azure…


From The Noisy Channel

Thoughts about Managing Search Teams

Thoughts about Managing Search Teams

There are lots of articles out there telling you how to be a good manager. This isn’t one of them. This post is specifically directed at people who manage search teams, as well as at the people who hire and manage them.

Managing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Process Modeling and Simulation

Business Process Modeling and Simulation

Been re-visiting a book I used long ago.   I only have the first edition, but its still useful as an overview of the methods.    Also a good intro to simulation.   Not enough about topics like RPA to actually use the modeling…


From Computational Complexity

What is Data Science?

The Simons Institute at Berkeley has two semester long programs this fall, Lower Bounds on Computational Complexity and Foundations of Data Science. The beginning of each program features a "boot camp" to get people up to speed…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Source Reinforcement Training

Open Source Reinforcement Training

More open source resources here useful for training.    The frameworks involved here are likely the most instructive part.  And for tests to determine comparisons of speed and accuracy.  Note also the criticism of reinforcement…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deep Learning for Time Series Forecasting

Deep Learning for Time Series Forecasting

Like Jason's style of clear motivations  and short tutorials.  You can get free samples of his writing below.

Jason Brownlee's New Book: 
Deep Learning for Time Series Forecasting
Predict the Future with MLPs, CNNs and LSTMs in
Deep…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Rehabilitation Robotics

Rehabilitation Robotics

Likely in combination with humans.  Close observation of progress will still be required.

These Friendly Helpful Robots Will Likely Be Your Future Rehabilitation Partners   By Interesting Engineering 

Physical therapy with a socially…


From Schneier on Security

Cheating in Bird Racing

Cheating in Bird Racing

I've previously written about people cheating in marathon racing by driving -- or otherwise getting near the end of the race by faster means than running. In China, two people were convicted of cheating in a pigeon race: The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combinatorial Testing Webinar

Combinatorial Testing Webinar

Combinatorial Testing

VIP Reminder: Register for September 6 ACM SIGSOFT Talk, "Combinatorial Testing: Progress in Automating Test Design"
Register now:  https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet  for the nextTestcover…


From The Eponymous Pickle

P&G to buy German Merck's consumer health unit for $4.2 billion

P&G to buy German Merck's consumer health unit for $4.2 billion

New directions for CPG healthcare.  More at Reuters.

P&G to buy German Merck's consumer health unit for $4.2 billion 

(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co (P&G) has agreed to acquire Merck KGaA’s consumer health unit for 3.4 billion…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Spec for Hearing Aids

Open Spec for Hearing Aids

An Open standard for hearing aid manufacturers, the article says.  Makes lots of sense.

Google working on native hearing aid support for an upcoming Android release    By Abner Li

Today’s hearing aids increasingly overlap and share…

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