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November 2019


From insideHPC

Video: Deep Learning for resource-constrained systems

Video: Deep Learning for resource-constrained systems

Amos Storkey from the University of Edinburgh gave this talk at HiPEAC CSW Edinburgh. "Storkey explores the demands of getting deep learning software to work on embedded devices, with challenges including real-time requirements…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New No Code Bots from Microsoft

New No Code Bots from Microsoft

Look forward to see more real-life examples to work from, and how to integrate them with current data and process.

Microsoft launches Power Virtual Agents, its no-code bot builder
Frederic Lardinois in TechCrunch

Microsoft  today…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Sales Organizations and AI

Sales Organizations and AI

Which AI and how is this measured?

Now Is the Time for Sales Organizations to Embrace AI

By Kayleigh Halko • CRM Buyer • ECT News Network

Artificial intelligence is arguably the most disruptive technology to emerge over the last…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Mobility Lab

New Mobility Lab

Brought again to my attention.   Innovation about mobility decisions and technology advances.

New Mobility Lab

NEW MOBILITY LAB INNOVATION
New Mobility World® is a registered Trademark of New Mobility World Inc.

In order for companies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeing Where Sounds are Coming From

Seeing Where Sounds are Coming From

We worked on sound location detection to support product placement and marketing.  Also syncing audio and video experience.

MIT PixelPlayer “Sees” Where Sounds Are Coming From
Synced

The “cocktail party effect” describes humans’…


From insideHPC

Deep Learning on Summit Supercomputer Powers Insights for Nuclear Waste Remediation

Deep Learning on Summit Supercomputer Powers Insights for Nuclear Waste Remediation

A research collaboration between LBNL, PNNL, Brown University, and NVIDIA has achieved exaflop (half-precision) performance on the Summit supercomputer with a deep learning application used to model subsurface flow in the study…


From insideHPC

Job of the Week: HPC Operations Manager at Ohio Supercomputing Center

Job of the Week: HPC Operations Manager at Ohio Supercomputing Center

The Ohio Supercomputer Center is seeking an HPC Operations Manager in our Job of the Week. "The operations manager will manage a team of three systems administrators and two student employees. The person who fills this role will…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Musical Octaves Are Learned

Musical Octaves Are Learned

A bit of knowledge about how the brain works in context.   Gives us a hint about how to use the broad biomimicry we like to use to build our own intelligence models.  But is there something in the architecture of the brain that…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bixby Ramps up Development and has a Contest

Bixby Ramps up Development and has a Contest

Here much more on how Bixby voice assistant works, its general architecture, and how they are promoting development.  Also notably some advice from an award-winning developer, who shows how it works.

What Makes a Great Bixby Capsule…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 80-Foot Steel Kraken Deliberately Sunk

Friday Squid Blogging: 80-Foot Steel Kraken Deliberately Sunk

The headline gives the story: "An 80-Foot Steel Kraken Will Create an Artificial Coral Reef Near the British Virgin Islands." As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voicea Acquired by Cisco for Webex

Voicea Acquired by Cisco for Webex

Just Received, we tested the Voicea system last year as a potential means for an 'in meeitng' participant-assistant'.    It seemed to have great potential.   Now it is part of Cisco and Webex as a 'core capability of the Webex…


From insideHPC

Intersect360 Research Examines Spending Trends in Machine Learning Market

Intersect360 Research Examines Spending Trends in Machine Learning Market

Intersect360 Research has released a pair of new reports examining major technology trends in AI and machine learning, including the worldwide market, spending trends, and impact on HPC. "Machine learning has been in a very high…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Enters RPA Market

Microsoft Enters RPA Market

Just saw a hint of this earlier this week, and now more detail.   They should play well here, given what I saw developed using bots with Azure.    Microsoft, make sure it works well with real process in context, and look for

Microsoft…


From insideHPC

SC19 to Host BoF Meeting on Americas HPC Collaboration

SC19 to Host BoF Meeting on Americas HPC Collaboration

SC19 will host a BoF Meeting on Americas HPC Collaboration. This third BoF Americas HPC Collaboration seeks to showcase collaboration opportunities and experiences between different HPC Networks and Laboratories from countries…


From insideHPC

Altair acquires DEM Solutions for Discrete Element Method Analysis

Altair acquires DEM Solutions for Discrete Element Method Analysis

Today Altair announced the acquisition of DEM Solutions, makers of EDEM, the market-leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) software for bulk material simulation. "With this acquisition, Altair customers now have the ability …


From insideHPC

How we built Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

How we built Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

In this video, Karan Batta from Oracle describes how the company built Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to deliver high performance for HPC applications. "Over the last 12 months, we have invested significantly, in both technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the State of AI Writing

On the State of AI Writing

Good considerable piece on efforts underway to allow AI's to write.   Its being done, but still not so well.   Should writers worry?  They can now relate based on data, but can they tell a good story?  Will automating writing…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Voicebot Market Data

Voicebot Market Data

I see that Voicebot.ai has a market data section that covers generally the use of Voice assistants and related topics, like the overall market and data about individual vendors are being used by consumers.  Worth a look.


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Define Better

Define Better

Someone posted an interesting question on Facebook.

Is using ++i(pre-increment) better than i++(post-increment) ?

My reply was to ask for a definition of “better.” The Facebook posts have a lot of answers from people who appear…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Considering Google's Teachable Machine

Considering Google's Teachable Machine

Was reminded of this as a means of demonstrating and playing with the idea.   Writing a short piece on its limitations now a few years later.  Thoughts?

Google created a fun way to learn about simple AI
"Teachable Machine" lives…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayesian Networks and Conditional Independence

Bayesian Networks and Conditional Independence

Came up in a conversation about representing knowledge.

Conditional Independence — The Backbone of Bayesian Networks
Conditional Independence Intuition, Derivation, and Examples   By Aerin Kim 

Sometimes the explanation in Wikipedia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Photoshop Selecting Objects with AI

Photoshop Selecting Objects with AI

I recall doing lots of this kind of work early on, the power of automating it is considerable.

Photoshop's latest AI-powered tool makes quick work of selections
Adobe previews the upcoming Object Selection feature.
By Marc DeAngelis…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computational vs Good Thinking

Computational  vs Good Thinking

Much agreed.  Its just one way to think.

Computational Thinking Should Just be Good Thinking
By Mark Guzdial, Alan Kay, Cathie Norris, Elliot Soloway
Communications of the ACM, November 2019, Vol. 62 No. 11, Pages 28-30
10.1145/3363181…


From Schneier on Security

xHelper Malware for Android

xHelper Malware for Android

xHelper is not interesting because of its infection mechanism; the user has to side-load an app onto his phone. It's not interesting because of its payload; it seems to do nothing more than show unwanted ads. it's interesting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft's Hybrid Strategies

Microsoft's Hybrid Strategies

Good piece which support Mary J Foley's recent appearance on Twit:

Microsoft's Hybrid 2.0 strategy: Azure Arc, Azure Stack Hub, Azure Stack Edge explained
At Ignite 2019, Microsoft is announcing new branding and a new strategy

By…


From The Eponymous Pickle

TensorBoard for Free Testing of Machine Learning

TensorBoard for Free Testing of Machine Learning

Google announces a means to test for free machine learning experiments.  Nite that the data used is pubklic and un-secured.  Includes visualizations and operation dashboards.

See:   https://tensorboard.dev/

Easily host, track,
A…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Turning Inventory into Profits

Turning Inventory into Profits

Via McKinsey.    Depending on the industry, demand for parts and costs involved.

Turn Slow-Moving Inventory into Fast Profits

For industrial-services organizations, slow-moving inventory can be a drag on financial performance.

By…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reducing Defects in Assistant Commands

Reducing Defects in Assistant Commands

We need much better interpretation of commands, in context.     Alexa has failed in this from the beginning.     Now word it will do much better?  But can we greatly improve the intelligence in context?  Else simple errors of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Seeking Digital Identity

Seeking Digital Identity

On capability long considered for blockchain was assuring identity.  Just published draft guidance below. 

FATF Releases Guidance on Global Digital IDs as Use Cases Grow  in Coindesk 

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) wants…


From The Eponymous Pickle

HoloLens2 Available and Shipping Now

HoloLens2 Available and Shipping Now

Considerable overview piece from Microsoft.  They are now hooking it to a number of capabilities such as Dynamics and Azure driven Edge Computing.    Impressive. If significant mixed reality applications are out there, they could…