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January 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Work Done During Sleep

Getting Work Done During Sleep

 Have mentioned here a number of times my involvement in related research.   Its covered in many posts.

MIT Just Discovered You Can Get Work Done Even While Asleep, And, of course, there's an app for that.

By Geoffrey James  in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Communications with Drones

Quantum Communications with Drones

 More on quantum secure communications.

Quantum communication demonstrated by two hovering drones  By Luke Dormehl, January 19, 2021  in DigitalTrends 

The groundwork is being laid for the quantum internet — up in the air. Recently…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google and Alexa Voices Skip CES

Google and Alexa Voices Skip CES

But they were there nevertheless. Some interesting thoughts on that. 

Google Assistant and Alexa Were Invisible and Everywhere at CES 2021   By Eric Hal Schwartz   in Voicebot.ai

Amazon and Google opted to skip joining the list…


From Schneier on Security

Sophisticated Watering Hole Attack

Sophisticated Watering Hole Attack

Google’s Project Zero has exposed a sophisticated watering-hole attack targeting both Windows and Android:

Some of the exploits were zero-days, meaning they targeted vulnerabilities that at the time were unknown to Google, Microsoft…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Book: Mastering Blockchain

Book: Mastering Blockchain

Just brought to my attention.     Inform me if you would like a review related mention.

New O'Reilly Book:

Mastering Blockchain:  Unlocking the Power of Cryptocurrencies, Smart Contracts, and Decentralized Applications 1st Edition…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Melanie Mitchell on if AI can Exist in Medicine Without Human Oversight

CCC Council Member Melanie Mitchell on if AI can Exist in Medicine Without Human Oversight

Melanie Mitchell, Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member and Professor at the  Santa Fe Institute and Portland State University was recently interviewed on the Medscape podcast, Medicine and the Machine in an episode…


From insideHPC

Xilinx Announces Winners of its First Adaptive Computing Challenge Developer Contest

Xilinx Announces Winners of its First Adaptive Computing Challenge Developer Contest

In summer 2020, Xilinx announced the first Xilinx Adaptive Computing Challenge, teaming with Hackster.io to challenge independent developers to create applications using the Vitis Unified Software Platform and Vitis AI on select…


From insideHPC

OVHcloud Teams with IBM and Atempo for Cloud Storage

OVHcloud Teams with IBM and Atempo for Cloud Storage

Roubaix, France – January 19, 2021 – To meet European enterprise and public institution security, sovereignty and resilience needs for the preservation of sensitive data, OVHcloud is collaborating with IBM and Atempo to develop…


From The Eponymous Pickle

How Do You Teach Robots to Dance?

How Do You Teach Robots to Dance?

 When I saw the Boston Dynamics robots dancing, it came to mind quickly ow it had been done.   Here Evan does a good job of describing the process.

How Boston Dynamics Taught Its Robots to Dance

Aaron Saunders, Boston Dynamics’…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey Ecosystem2 .0

McKinsey Ecosystem2 .0

 Good points from McKinsey.   Is this the ideal time for re-drawing the essential ecosystem?

Ecosystem 2.0: Climbing to the next level

September 11, 2020 | 

Ecosystem 2.0: Climbing to the next level   By Violet Chung, Miklós Dietz…


From insideHPC

Active Archive Alliance Names Rich Gadomski and Betsy Doughty Co-Chairpersons of the Board

Active Archive Alliance Names Rich Gadomski and Betsy Doughty Co-Chairpersons of the Board

Boulder, Colo.—January 19, 2021—The Active Archive Alliance today announced that Rich Gadomski, head of tape evangelism at FUJIFILM Recording Media U.S.A., Inc., and Betsy Doughty, vice president of corporate marketing at Spectra…


From BLOG@CACM

Superb Historical Robots

Superb Historical Robots

The world's most magnificent historical robots.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Scratching the Programming Itch

Scratching the Programming Itch

Programming is fun for me. It always has been.I’ve always written code to scratch a personal itch. That is to say that I like to write programs that interest me. If I can learn something new or try something different that is…


From insideHPC

10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI

10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI

In this insideHPC Guide, "10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI," our friends over at WEKA offer 10 important questions to ask when starting with AI, specifically planning for success beyond the initial stages of a project…


From insideHPC

Argonne’s Rick Stevens named ACM Fellow

Argonne’s Rick Stevens named ACM Fellow

Rick Stevens has been named a Fellow of the Association of Computer Machinery (ACM). Stevens is associate laboratory director of the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences directorate at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)…


From Computational Complexity

The Ethics Board

Back in 2014 I recommended a TCS ethics board mainly to deal with plagiarism and who should get credit for a result. It went the way of most suggestions I make in my blog, a quick road to nowhere. Bill asked "Does any other branch…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Edmund Clarke, 1945–2020

If only model checking could fight the virus Edmund Clarke passed away due to COVID-19 complications. Ed will be missed. He was a winner of the 2007 Turing award for his seminal work on model checking. This was joint with Allen…


From Schneier on Security

Injecting a Backdoor into SolarWinds Orion

Injecting a Backdoor into SolarWinds Orion

Crowdstrike is reporting on a sophisticated piece of malware that was able to inject malware into the SolarWinds build process:

Key Points

SUNSPOT is StellarParticle’s malware used to insert the SUNBURST backdoor into software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ensemble Methods for Combining Methods

Ensemble Methods for Combining Methods

Ensemble methods are not new, they have long been around to use combine multiple kinds of techniques.  But we have more methods now.   Here a good mostly non technical view of how to combine methods. With straight forward code…


From insideHPC

Women in HPC: Jan. 20 Online Panel Discussion on Data, AI, Bias and Ethics

Women in HPC: Jan. 20 Online Panel Discussion on Data, AI, Bias and Ethics

The Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) Women in HPC Chapter will host the second of a two-part program on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1-2 p.m. ET, on problematic datasets, AI, bias and ethics. The presentation and panel…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Three Ways Visual AI Can Optimize Supply Chain

Three Ways Visual AI Can Optimize Supply Chain

Visual interaction with data can strongly drive decisions, before and after.   Again had not heard it called that specifically,  But see the point  You can enhance intelligence by providing useful and efficient visualization.…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Efficiency via AI

Efficiency via AI

 Like all of analytics, AI can be an excellent means to provide leverage via efficiency.   Has to be done right and applied to real process.  Do something better, faster, cheaper.  

AI Efficiency Is How To Make Money In This New…


From insideHPC

Webinar: Transform Your Data Center with Our IPU-POD Scale-out Technology

Webinar: Transform Your Data Center with Our IPU-POD Scale-out Technology

Don't miss Graphcore's upcoming webinar "Transform Your Data Center with Our IPU-POD Scale-out Technology" on January 27, 2021 at 16:00 GMT, 8:00 PT, 11:00 ET. IPU-POD is Graphcore’s unique scale-out solution for high-performance…


From Putting People First

Berlin exhibition features Experientia work

Berlin exhibition features Experientia work

The exhibition, curated by ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, presents exemplary built projects and outstanding conceptual models by architects and planners from all over the world


From The Eponymous Pickle

How AI Will Change Marketing

How AI Will Change Marketing

The point is made that predictive, forecasting and other forward looking capabilities and alerting will be the key to improving marketing.   Those who know more about the future can leverage it.

How artificial intelligence will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Language AI

Improving Language AI

Improving, heating up, getting more useful.   But I still think there are considerable problems with not only interpreting/delivering language, but also managing multiple element conversations that refer to particular and changing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Power of Work Ecosystems

On the Power of Work Ecosystems

Much experience in this space.  Though many companies will say they have a well designed ecosystem and processes, it is often not the case,  especially as such systems interact with data, goals, resources, risks  and design.The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Siri and Wolfram Alpha

Siri and Wolfram Alpha

I had to use Siri recently, and was reminded that she is also connected to the Wolfram Alpha Knowledge base.  Here are some general examples of that.   Works well in particular for science constants and algorithms.    Need to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Skills Update

Alexa Skills Update

 From the Amazon Ops site, gives some indication of what they are heading towards regards skills development.  A many page list of examples follows at the link.   With extensive writeups of the skills

Alexa Skills Kit FeatureOn…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Discussing Differential Privacy

Discussing Differential Privacy

Thoughts on a topic I had not heard of until recently,  as usual is its in the implications of the measure.

"..As privacy violations have become rampant, and calls for better measures to protect sensitive, personally identifiable…