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    May 2020


    From insideHPC

    insideHPC Special Report: HPC and AI for the Era of Genomics

    insideHPC Special Report: HPC and AI for the Era of Genomics

    This special report sponsored by Dell Technologies, takes a deep dive into HPC and AI for life sciences in the era of genomics. The report also highlights a lineup of Ready Solutions created by Dell Technologies which are highly…

    Daniel | May 27, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    ACM SIGARCH BLOG: A Vision of Computer Architecture Visioning

    ACM SIGARCH BLOG: A Vision of Computer Architecture Visioning

    The following blog was originally posted in ACM SIGARCH on May 26th, 2020. It is written by Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Chair Mark D. Hill from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Hill is the recipient of the 2019 Eckert…

    Helen Wright | May 27, 2020 at 08:59 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Touch Sensors

    Touch Sensors

    Touch sensors are advancing.     We sought for understanding and adjusting how how products felt via a sensor.

    OmniTact: A Multi-Directional High-Resolution Touch Sensor
    Akhil Padmanabha and Frederik Ebert    May 14, 2020

    Touch…

    Franz Dill | May 27, 2020 at 08:48 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Websites Conducting Port Scans

    Websites Conducting Port Scans

    Security researcher Charlie Belmer is reporting that commercial websites such as eBay are conducting port scans of their visitors. Looking at the list of ports they are scanning, they are looking for VNC services being run on…

    Bruce Schneier | May 27, 2020 at 07:45 AM

    From Putting People First

    Behavioural science and the response to COVID-19: a missed opportunity?

    Behavioural science and the response to COVID-19: a missed opportunity?

    While the role of behavioural science in the UK’s handling of the pandemic has been criticised, Peter John and Gerry Stoker argue that it is important for governments to try and influence citizens’ behaviour rather than rely…

    Experientia | May 27, 2020 at 04:52 AM

    From Putting People First

    Why consumers are willing to share personal information on smartphones

    Why consumers are willing to share personal information on smartphones

    New research from Wharton marketing professors Shiri Melumad and Robert Meyer finds that people are more willing to share deeper and more personal information when communicating on a smartphone compared with a personal computer…

    Experientia | May 27, 2020 at 03:36 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Vizient and IBM Watson Health

    Vizient and IBM Watson Health

    Been following for some time how Watson is being embedded in real world business process and problem solving.   Here another example in healthcare. Note the replacement of some of IBM's performance improvent offerings.

    Vizient…

    Franz Dill | May 27, 2020 at 01:09 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Computing Researchers Respond to COVID-19: Contact Tracing for All? Bridging the Accessibility Gap for Contact Tracing

    Computing Researchers Respond to COVID-19: Contact Tracing for All? Bridging the Accessibility Gap for Contact Tracing

    The following is a guest blog post from Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council member Katie Siek, Indiana University.  Automated, proximity-based contact tracing apps use Bluetooth to identify who is near them. In theory…

    Helen Wright | May 26, 2020 at 01:39 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Refraction AI Contactless Food Delivery

    Refraction AI Contactless Food Delivery

    Here is an excerpt from Spectrum IEEE on robotic solutions.   Featuring Refraction AI, a  contactless food delivery system.   Plus a number of videos of related solutions, go to the link below to see them.


    Video Friday: Robot …

    Franz Dill | May 26, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Ideo Designer Designing Smarts to Compete with Apple

    Ideo Designer Designing Smarts to Compete with Apple

    We worked with Ideo in some of our shopping labs and problem solving spaces.   So the emergence of the emergence of a new smart speaker from an Ideo designer was of interest.   Look forward to seeing what this looks like.  Audio…

    Franz Dill | May 26, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Basic, Non-technical look at Quantum Computing

    Basic, Non-technical look at Quantum Computing

    Looks to be a good, basic, non technical introduction, and also links to further free courses.

    Quantum Computing for the Newb
    Introductory Concepts
    By Amelie Schreiber

    In this article, we will give a basic introduction to our free…

    Franz Dill | May 26, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Wal-Mart Grounding Jet.com

    Wal-Mart Grounding Jet.com

    No new news, but some of the motivations provided of interest,    Would they have thought differently if they knew of the virus coming?  Will it fundamentally change how people buy?

    Walmart to ground Jet.com
    By Dan Berthiaume -…

    Franz Dill | May 26, 2020 at 10:16 AM

    From Putting People First

    Covid-19, changing social practices and the transition to sustainable production and consumption

    Covid-19, changing social practices and the transition to sustainable production and consumption

    Covid-19, changing social practices and the transition to sustainable production and consumptionSustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchesterby Boons, F., Browne, A., Burgess, M., Ehgartner, U., Hirth, S.,…

    Experientia | May 26, 2020 at 09:43 AM

    From insideHPC

    Hats Over Hearts

    Hats Over Hearts

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Rich Brueckner. His passing is an unexpected and enormous blow to both his family and the HPC Community.


    The post Hats Over Hearts appeared first on insideHPC.



    Stephanie Ellars | May 26, 2020 at 08:30 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Google Letting You Buy with Voice

    Google Letting You Buy with Voice

    This has been  possible directly with Amazon Alexa for a long time, I use it fairly often, but the claim here is that Google Assistant  is much more secure, using a 'voiceprint'.     Security like that might also enable secure…

    Franz Dill | May 26, 2020 at 08:08 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Bluetooth Vulnerability: BIAS

    Bluetooth Vulnerability: BIAS

    This is new research on a Bluetooth vulnerability (called BIAS) that allows someone to impersonate a trusted device: Abstract: Bluetooth (BR/EDR) is a pervasive technology for wireless communication used by billions of devices…

    Bruce Schneier | May 26, 2020 at 07:54 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Plasma Jets may Propel Aircraft

    Plasma Jets may Propel Aircraft

    Some of the interesting details in the link below.

    Plasma Jets May One Day Propel Aircraft
    Plasma thrusters could help jet planes fly without fossil fuels
    By Charles Q. Choi in Spectrum IEEE Energy

    Jet planes may one day fly without…

    Franz Dill | May 26, 2020 at 12:32 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Facebook's Blenderbot

    Facebook's Blenderbot

     Good indication of what Facebook has been doing in this space..  From O'Reilly: 

    Facebook open-sources BlenderBot
    Facebook AI has open-sourced BlenderBot, an open domain chatbot. It’s said to “feel more human,” because it blends…

    Franz Dill | May 26, 2020 at 12:09 AM

    From CERIAS Blog

    COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

    COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

    I received considerable feedback from people who read the last post on the history of the COAST Lab. Several people asked for more history, and a few former students volunteered some memories.

    I'll do a few posts with some …

    Prof. Spafford | May 25, 2020 at 03:42 PM

    From CERIAS Blog

    COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

    COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

    I received considerable feedback from people who read the last post on the history of the COAST Lab. Several people asked for more history, and a few former students volunteered some memories.

    I'll do a few posts with some …

    Prof. Spafford | May 25, 2020 at 03:42 PM

    From CERIAS Blog

    COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

    COAST, Machine names, Sun, and Microsoft

    I received considerable feedback from people who read the last post on the history of the COAST Lab. Several people asked for more history, and a few former students volunteered some memories.

    I'll do a few posts with some …

    Prof. Spafford | May 25, 2020 at 03:42 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Embedding Machine Learning into RPA Process

    Embedding Machine Learning into RPA Process

    Something we did, but with BPM models and process flow.   Makes sense because you can better understand the context involved.  Process models, even simple visualizations, can help sell the model, get useful data, and promote

    Small…

    Franz Dill | May 25, 2020 at 03:16 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    ACM Digital Library is Open for Free

    ACM Digital Library is Open for Free

    Like most K-12 teachers, a membership in a professional society like ACM or IEEE is not funded by my school. So I pay out of pocket for an ACM membership and have for years. The extra money for access to the ACM Digital Library…

    Alfred Thompson | May 25, 2020 at 02:07 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Could You Run your Business as a Sim Game?

    Could You Run your Business as a Sim Game?

    The overall idea here was pitched to us, especially the supply chain aspects of such a sim.  Since we were already doing related analytics, you could see how such a system could mimic, diagnose and propose solutions for the real…

    Franz Dill | May 25, 2020 at 01:59 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Evolution of Distributed Systems on Kubernetes

    Evolution of Distributed Systems on Kubernetes

    Ultimately in delivery,  workflow design is key, here a presentation on the topic.

    Kubernetes  is an open-source container-orchestration system for automating application deployment, scaling, and management ... 

    The Evolution of…

    Franz Dill | May 25, 2020 at 01:23 PM

    From Computational Complexity

    Oldest Living Baseball Players- can you estimate...

    (The Baseball season is delayed or cancelled, so I post about baseball instead.)



    This post is going to ask a question that you could look up on the web. But what fun with that be?



    The following statements are true



    1) Don Larsen…

    GASARCH | May 25, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Proof of the Diagonal Lemma in Logic

    Why is the proof so short yet so difficult? Saeed Salehi is a logician at the University of Tabriz in Iran. Three years ago he gave a presentation at a Moscow workshop on proofs of the diagonal lemma. Today I thought I would…

    rjlipton | May 25, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    From insideHPC

    Maintaining Business Continuity with the Spectra Logic Remote Installation Program

    Maintaining Business Continuity with the Spectra Logic Remote Installation Program

    Spectra Logic launched a new Remote Installation Program to support customers during the global coronavirus outbreak. Through this program, customers will realize the benefits of their purchased Spectra solutions much sooner …

    Rich Brueckner | May 25, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From Putting People First

    Where is remote research? Ethnographic positioning in shifting spaces

    Where is remote research? Ethnographic positioning in shifting spaces

    Last week EPIC people gathered for a panel discussion on remote research to share guidance and inspiration as many of us take on new, remote positions. Here are some of the approaches we discussed, grouped in four themes with…

    Experientia | May 25, 2020 at 05:32 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Useful Plans vs the Activity of Planning

    Useful Plans vs the Activity of Planning

    Below the intro to former IBMer  Irving Wladawsky-Berger article on planning vs plans ...  much more at the link.  I like especially the differences when you meet with different kinds of events and seek cures for them.  Resilience…

    Franz Dill | May 25, 2020 at 05:24 AM
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