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September 2020


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Operating Systems Trial

Quantum Operating Systems Trial

Considering the implications of this for development, testing and delivery.

Quantum Operating System Trial Successful

Financial Times   Siddarth Venkataramakrishnan

August 31, 2020  

A spin-off of the U.K.'s University of Cambridge…


From Putting People First

Anthropology and technology conference

Anthropology and technology conference

The Anthropology + Technology conference brings together pioneering technologists and social scientists from across the globe. Its aim is to facilitate dialogue on emerging technology projects in order to help businesses benefit…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Machine Generated Art

Machine Generated Art

Automated art has been around for a long time, but it has never clicked in a substantial way.  Will some of these advances change that?  Is the case where such attempts should really be more direct collaboration with humans? …


From Putting People First

[Book] Possibilities and challenges of AI for work and society

[Book] Possibilities and challenges of AI for work and society

Artificial Intelligence is permeating a wide range of areas and it is bound to transform work and society. This dossier asks what needs to be done politically in order to shape this transformation for the sake of the common good…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Indiegogo Translation, with Accents

Indiegogo Translation, with Accents

With 93 accents, which sounds exciting.  How much wil this improve translation?  Are we much closer to the fabled and fictional 'Babel fish'?!  Here presented with the usual caveats regarding investment in innovation systems

Timekettle…


From insideHPC

Altair Extends Strategic HPC OEM Agreement with HPE

Altair Extends Strategic HPC OEM Agreement with HPE

Troy, Mich., Sept. 3, 2020 – Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR), a global technology company providing solutions in product development, high performance computing (HPC), and data analytics, extended its multi-year OEM agreement with Hewlett…


From Schneier on Security

Hacking AI-Graded Tests

Hacking AI-Graded Tests

The company Edgenuity sells AI systems for grading tests. Turns out that they just search for keywords without doing any actual semantic analysis....


From Schneier on Security

Hacking AI-Graded Tests

Hacking AI-Graded Tests

The company Edgenuity sells AI systems for grading tests. Turns out that they just search for keywords without doing any actual semantic analysis.


From Schneier on Security

Hacking AI-Graded Tests

Hacking AI-Graded Tests

The company Edgenuity sells AI systems for grading tests. Turns out that they just search for keywords without doing any actual semantic analysis.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Will Voice Pay for Gas

Alexa Will Voice Pay for Gas

Been looking for how services like Amazon Alexa can add to automotive experiences.  Well here is the newest, just announced:

Safe. Simple. Swift.

Now, you can use your Echo Auto or other automotive device with Alexa Built-in to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Comparing Kinds of AI based Learning

Comparing Kinds of AI based Learning

Nicely done piece that compares different forms of artificial intelligence based learning methods.   And what they are typically meant to do.   Not overly technical.

Clear The Confusion-Artificial Intelligence vs Machine Learning…


From insideHPC

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Argonne’s David Martin Talks Industrial HPC and Accessible Exascale

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Argonne’s David Martin Talks Industrial HPC and Accessible Exascale

David Martin manages the Industry Partnerships and Outreach program at Argonne National Laboratory, and in this interview he talks about the never ending, always expanding demand for more power from HPC users – and the potential…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Upcoming Talk: How Will the AI Genie Behave?

Upcoming Talk:  How Will the AI Genie Behave?

You are all cordially invited to the following 29th Arnoff-Schloss lecture, which will be on Zoom on Friday, September 18th, 2020, from 3:30PM to 4:30PM. Please register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Dmhl-hxnTqyf9tkh01uwZQ…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Improving Performance Engineering with Machine Learning

Improving Performance Engineering with Machine Learning

Had never heard this specifically positioned this way, nice idea.   Needs some more detail to explain, how it has been done, but a great start.   We did a form of this with business process modelling, and the integration with…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better VR Hearing

Better VR Hearing

Adding additional sensors in AR cold lead to specific new application areas.  Spatial Audio could add to maintenance capabilities when linked to machine learning.  Also that Facebook continues to be interested in 'smart glasses'…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

CCC Council Member Elisa Bertino Receives the 2021 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

CCC Council Member Elisa Bertino Receives the 2021 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award

The 2021 IEEE Innovation in Societal Infrastructure Award has been awarded to Computing Community Consortium (CCC) council member Elisa Bertino (Purdue University), “For advancing the security and privacy of new-generation cellular…


From insideHPC

Class of 26 joins DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Class of 26 joins DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

A class of 26 future high-performance computing (HPC) leaders is enrolled at U.S. universities this fall with support from the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Including the new fellows…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

A group we followed during the last AI surge.   I was reminded of their excellent innovation work.  Following again.  Publications in English.  If anyone has pointers to particular areas of interest do pass them along.   Especially…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Maps and DeepMind AI

Google Maps and DeepMind AI

Another interesting example of AI pattern matching applications.   Use in location and mapping is intriguing.

Google Maps is improving travel ETAs with DeepMind AI
The partnership allows Google Maps to predict traffic jams before…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Launches Services for Property Managment

Alexa Launches Services for Property Managment

Can expect push back on this regarding privacy.   

Amazon  wants to bring Alexa to property managers. by Sarah Perez in Tech Crunch

The company this morning launched a new service, Alexa for Residential, that aims to make it easier…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Data Center Group Releases Cloud-Based Business Agility Solutions for the New, Smarter Normal

Lenovo Data Center Group Releases Cloud-Based Business Agility Solutions for the New, Smarter Normal

Sept. 3, 2020 – Research Triangle Park, NC – Today, Lenovo Data Center Group (DCG) announces a range of new and updated hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) solutions and Lenovo Cloud Services to enable customers to keep pace …


From insideHPC

The Joint Network Center Archives Scientific Data for Max Planck Society with Quantum

The Joint Network Center Archives Scientific Data for Max Planck Society with Quantum

SAN JOSE — Sept. 2, 2020 — Quantum Corp. (NASDAQ: QMCO), a global leader in unstructured data and video solutions, today announced that the Joint Network Center (GNZ) at the Fritz Haber Institute (FHI) reduced its backup window…


From insideHPC

Altair CTO Interview: PBS Professional Gets a Major Upgrade

Altair CTO Interview: PBS Professional Gets a Major Upgrade

Altair® PBS Professional® is the industry-leading workload manager that’s been an HPC workhorse for decades, enabling efficient job scheduling, management, monitoring, and reporting with reliable scaling from small clusters to…


From Schneier on Security

2017 Tesla Hack

2017 Tesla Hack

Interesting story of a class break against the entire Tesla fleet....


From Schneier on Security

2017 Tesla Hack

2017 Tesla Hack

Interesting story of a class break against the entire Tesla fleet.


From Schneier on Security

2017 Tesla Hack

2017 Tesla Hack

Interesting story of a class break against the entire Tesla fleet.


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Sentinels can be faster

Sentinels can be faster

A standard trick in programming is to use “sentinel values”. These are special values that represent metadata efficiently. The C language represents strings as a sequences of characters terminated with the null character. The…


From My Biased Coin

Broad Testing Thank You

Broad Testing Thank You

 I have a loose association with the Broad Institute, an institute created so that "complementary expertise of the genomic scientists and the chemical biologists across MIT and Harvard be brought together in one place to drive…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey on Risk and Resilience

McKinsey on Risk and Resilience

Good thoughts, I like he term 'value chains', but also like means to use the concept  analytically use it such that it gives us genuine measures.  Not done enough .

Risk, resilience, and rebalancing in global value chains by McKinsey…


From insideHPC

New Competence Centre to Fast-Track Academic and SME Participation in EU Supercomputing Initiative

New Competence Centre to Fast-Track Academic and SME Participation in EU Supercomputing Initiative

The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), Ireland’s high-performance computing authority, today, Wednesday 2nd September launched Ireland’s Euro-HPC Competence Centre, which is hosted at ICHEC. ICHEC analyzes complex data…