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August 2020


From insideHPC

Taking a Virtual Turn, ModSim 2020 Focuses on the AI Era

Taking a Virtual Turn, ModSim 2020 Focuses on the AI Era

From the front lines of this year’s ModSim conference, Charity Plata, Computational Science Initiative, Communications, Brookhaven National Laboratory, send this report: Recently, the ninth annual Workshop on Modeling & Simulation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Platforms for Data Science

Platforms for Data Science

Good piece in O'Reilly about this question,  largely-non technical and useful thoughts. Passing it on ...

Why Best-of-Breed is a Better Choice than All-in-One Platforms for Data Science
All-in-one platforms built from open source…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Doorbell Cameras Used by Criminals too

Doorbell Cameras Used by Criminals too

I have recently been asked about security issues with doorbell and other smart home camera systems.  The following excerpt from The Verge shows a perhaps less than obvious use by criminals too, they could record/alert themselves…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Prime Air Approved for Trials

Amazon Prime Air Approved for Trials

Promised some time ago.  Now FAA approved.   In specifically what parts of the supply chain is this expected to be useful?   Some years away?

Amazon's Prime Air can officially begin drone delivery trials in the US
The FAA granted…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ikea Tries Virtual Influence, Happiness and More

Ikea Tries Virtual Influence, Happiness and More

So what is this?   An assistant?  An influencer in what sense?   Just to engage us?  An Android?  To do what for whom?  Assemble furniture or prepare meatballs?  Explores 'happiness at home'.   There is a video at the link, but…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Knowledge Graphs vs Property Graphs

Knowledge Graphs vs Property Graphs

Robert Coyne Writes and points to a number of their resources on this topic:

Thank you for attending our webinar: "Knowledge Graphs vs. Property Graphs --a brief overview and comparison". We hope you enjoyed the event. .... .

The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Accelerated Computation as Disruption

Quantum Accelerated Computation as Disruption

Some bits of thoughts on the topic.   And new form of high performance computing (HPC)?  Ultimately what are the limits of capabilities here, versus more standard supercomputing?

Is Quantum-Accelerated Computation the Next Big…


From BLOG@CACM

Preparation for Building the First Swiss Digital Computer (Ermeth)

Preparation for Building the First Swiss Digital Computer (Ermeth)

Eduard Stiefel's study trip to the U.S. in 1948/1949.


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Mea Culpa

Plus more on the separating word problem Mea Culpa is not someone we introduced on the blog before. She does not come from the same world as Lofa Polir or Neil L. As in the French movie poster at right, the meaning is “my fault…


From insideHPC

Managing Complexity in the New Era of HPC

Managing Complexity in the New Era of HPC

In this contributed article, Bill Wagner, CEO of Bright Computing, discusses how the HPC industry has entered an era of change in the past few years. New technologies, cloud, edge, and a broadening set of commercial use cases…


From Schneier on Security

Seny Kamara on "Crypto for the People"

Seny Kamara on "Crypto for the People"

Seny Kamara gave an excellent keynote talk this year at the (online) CRYPTO Conference. He talked about solving real-world crypto problems for marginalized communities around the world, instead of crypto problems for governments…


From Schneier on Security

Seny Kamara on "Crypto for the People"

Seny Kamara on "Crypto for the People"

Seny Kamara gave an excellent keynote talk this year at the (online) CRYPTO Conference. He talked about solving real-world crypto problems for marginalized communities around the world, instead of crypto problems for governments…


From Schneier on Security

Seny Kamara on "Crypto for the People"

Seny Kamara on "Crypto for the People"

Seny Kamara gave an excellent keynote talk this year at the (online) CRYPTO Conference. He talked about solving real-world crypto problems for marginalized communities around the world, instead of crypto problems for governments…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Seeing Around the Corner

More Seeing Around the Corner

More on the topic.  Mentioned a number of times here, a seemingly impossible idea. But very useful for driving applications to anticipate and avoid problems. Thought I have no application for this idea, the  metaphor of getting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Exoskeletons Advancing

Exoskeletons Advancing

The exoskeleton idea is fascinating ... already in use in automotive.  Anywhere that needs improved physical strength and manipulation.  Military another area very likely.

U.S. Marines to Get 'Alpha' Exoskeleton for Super Strength…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Surveillance Capitalism

Surveillance Capitalism

I was just pointed to Shoshanna Zuboff's latest Book: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:   

Our company had been interviewed for her 1988 book:  In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power. as we ramped up

A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Content Factories Emerge

Content Factories Emerge

We have many means of converting data and hypotheses to useful testable directions.

The Data-Driven Tech Engine at the Heart of Hollywood's Content Factories
The Wall Street Journal
Christopher Mims
July 11, 2020

A new breed of film…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

20,000 Comments and More

With more about the Separating Words Problem I.I.T. Madras page Anoop S K M is a PhD student in the theory group of I.I.T. Madras in Chennai, India. His comment two weeks ago Monday was the 20,000th reader comment (including…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Connecting Computers to the Brain: Update NeuralLink

Connecting Computers to the Brain: Update NeuralLink

Had heard of this some time ago.   Apparently this updates.   Still skeptical as to what the word 'connecting' means here.  We can read brain signals readily, but can we control things that way?   Look forward to see more.  No…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering the AI Factory

Considering the AI Factory

Nicely covered by Irving:

The AI Factory: A New Kind of Digital Operating Model

“Whether you’re leading a digital start-up or working to revamp a traditional enterprise, it’s essential to understand the revolutionary impact AICompeting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Honeywell Talks Future of Quantum Computing

Honeywell Talks Future of Quantum Computing

Honeywell gives a non technical (but necessarily incomplete) view of the state and future of quantum computing. And they are apparently bullish on its future.  Note mention of their work with Microsoft on the topic.

The Future…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (August 29th 2020)

Science and Technology links (August 29th 2020)

In children, higher video game time is positively associated with cognition (i.e., kids who play more video games are smarter). Note that it does not follow that playing video games makes you smarter; it could be that smarter…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Training Autonomous Drones

Training Autonomous Drones

More advances in the use of data to train autonomous drones in many contexts.   Likely to see many more autonomous drone applications.   Moving the sensors to the data.

CMU Researchers Train Autonomous Drones Using Cross-Modal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon's Smart Carts Launch in LA

Amazon's Smart Carts Launch in LA

Update on Amazon  work with the 'smart cart,' which I have mentioned many times in this space. Note also Alexas as assistants.   A new integration.  Could an Alexa assistant provide enough help?  Will this get other grocery players…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: How Squid Survive Freezing, Oxygen-Deprived Waters

Friday Squid Blogging: How Squid Survive Freezing, Oxygen-Deprived Waters

Lots of interesting genetic details. 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 insideHPC

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Simon Burbridge Gives ARM a Hand – ‘Maybe We Don’t Need to Have Accelerators’

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Simon Burbridge Gives ARM a Hand – ‘Maybe We Don’t Need to Have Accelerators’

At this point in the career of HPC luminary Simon Burbridge of the University of Bristol, he’s focused on HPC system design based on ARM-designed processors. Citing the world’s top ranked supercomputer, Japan’s Fugaku, Burbridge…


From insideHPC

Article Retraction

Article Retraction

Due to reporting error, insideHPC yesterday ran an article mistakenly reporting that supercomputers at the National Energy National Scientific Computing Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab had recently been the target of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Simulating Mask Effectiveness

Simulating Mask Effectiveness

Was alway surprised this was not better understood.  Had for years done simulation of complex systems using high performance computing methods.    Why not for mask applications?    Too many possible variants in initial conditions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Faster Testing

Faster Testing

Iproving the sensor to be better faster, or cheaper is a way we did quick classification of possibilities.  And thoughts to risk of application.

For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to Clever Algorithm

The New York Times


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: How Squid Survive Freezing, Oxygen-Deprived Waters

Friday Squid Blogging: How Squid Survive Freezing, Oxygen-Deprived Waters

Lots of interesting genetic details.

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.

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