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    May 2020


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI is Watching you Work

    AI is Watching you Work

    Expect much more of this in the future, starting with aggregated group data, but soon later individually.  Can then be readily matched to goal achievements and predicted over time.

    AI Is Watching You Work, With Mixed Results

    As…

    Franz Dill | May 25, 2020 at 05:09 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Free Fundamentals of Machine Learning Book

    Free Fundamentals of Machine Learning Book

    Free 185 page PDF:  Comprehensive Guide to  Machine learning   Technical, but parts are useful generally.

    Free Book: A Comprehensive Guide to Machine Learning     (Berkeley University)  via Capri Granville in DSC

    By Soroush Nasiriany…

    Franz Dill | May 25, 2020 at 01:13 AM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    What About the Students Who Thrive Learning Online

    What About the Students Who Thrive Learning Online

    In my end of course evaluations I asked my students if they learned better online or in the classroom. Not surprisingly, most of them said they learned better in the classroom. Maybe the experience will help motivate them toThe…

    Alfred Thompson | May 24, 2020 at 05:19 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    COVID-19 Resources from IEEE

    COVID-19 Resources from IEEE

    Some good free resources, news highlights and more from an electrical engineering perspective.

     YOUR IEEE RESOURCES
    As we weather the COVID-19 pandemic together, check here for updates about IEEE members developing technologies…

    Franz Dill | May 24, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Microsoft LearnTV: Python Coding

    Microsoft LearnTV:  Python Coding

    I was just asked about a simple intro to Python.   There are many out there, but I noticed that the just introduced Microsoft LearnTV has a video on it. see: 

    I good intro and also an example of LearnTV.

    Take your first steps with…

    Franz Dill | May 24, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Neuroimaging Data with Varying Results

    Neuroimaging Data with Varying Results

    We examined fMRI for possible uses in neuromarketing applications, and also found such variation in analysis results.   Standards in the analysis approach are important.

    Neuroimaging Results Altered by Varying Analysis Pipelines…

    Franz Dill | May 24, 2020 at 09:11 AM

    From insideHPC

    Inspur Launches 5 New AI Servers with NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs

    Inspur Launches 5 New AI Servers with NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs

    Inspur released five new AI servers that fully support the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture. The new servers support up to 8 or 16 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs, with remarkable AI computing performance of up to 40 PetaOPS, as well…

    staff | May 24, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robots and Humor

    Robots and Humor

    A long term thread, the value of humor to learn, instruct, collaborate.

    Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

    Oregon State University News
    Steve Lundeberg
    May 18, 2020

    Two studies by Oregon…

    Franz Dill | May 24, 2020 at 02:30 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Microsoft Learn TV Announced

    Microsoft Learn TV Announced

    Out of their remote Build conference last week, Microsoft has announced free TV programs on technical topics.  Including some content from Build.  The programs will continue to expand in the coming weeks.  Will mention some examples…

    Franz Dill | May 24, 2020 at 02:00 AM

    From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

    Profile Frames Are Here!

    Profile Frames Are Here!

    If you have always wanted a cool blue ACM-W frame to embrace your face online, you are in luck! You can now add an ACM-W frame directly to your Facebook profile pic.

    Bettina Bair | May 23, 2020 at 07:26 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Microsoft Project Cortex

    Microsoft Project Cortex

    Brought to my attention from this weeks Build meetings as about to be launched.   Form of knowledge management.  Had been show very early version of this.  Notion of a semantic Web has been around for a long time, though not

    Project…

    Franz Dill | May 23, 2020 at 09:56 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Cyborg Eye Powered by Sunlight

    Cyborg Eye Powered by Sunlight

    A plantable sensor?  Privacy considerations?

    Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight
    New Scientist
    Donna Lu
    May 20, 2020

    Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and the University…

    Franz Dill | May 23, 2020 at 09:38 AM

    From insideHPC

    NVIDIA EGX Platform Brings Real-Time AI to the Edge

    NVIDIA EGX Platform Brings Real-Time AI to the Edge

    Today NVIDIA announced two powerful products for its EGX Edge AI platform — the EGX A100 for larger commercial off-the-shelf servers and the tiny EGX Jetson Xavier NX for micro-edge servers — delivering high-performance, secure…

    staff | May 23, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Supply Chain Priorities with COVID

    Supply Chain Priorities with COVID

    A look at consumer brands and priorities in the pandemic.

    Supply Chain Storytelling: Freeman Previews CBA's New Priorities Moving Through COVID
    By Lisa Johnston - 05/19/2020  in Consumergoods

    Geoff Freeman, CEO, Consumer Brands
    Geoff…

    Franz Dill | May 23, 2020 at 08:56 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    IFTTT and Brands in the Smart Home

    IFTTT and Brands in the Smart Home

    Recording of yesterdays Webinar

     ... How smart home companies decide which integrations to prioritize and why successful smart home companies optimize their integration strategies for scalability,  The different integration strategies…

    Franz Dill | May 23, 2020 at 08:52 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    How to Learn without Supervision

    How to Learn without Supervision

    Ultimately technical, but note the similarity to the alternate ways we learn ... by rote memorization, and the continuous repetition in a contextual background.  Confirmed or not by the context.  Useful for different things. …

    Franz Dill | May 23, 2020 at 07:23 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes

    Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Can Edit Their Own Genomes

    This is new news: Revealing yet another super-power in the skillful squid, scientists have discovered that squid massively edit their own genetic instructions not only within the nucleus of their neurons, but also within the…

    Bruce Schneier | May 22, 2020 at 05:12 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Virtual Innovation Challenge

    A Virtual Innovation Challenge

    My former employer puts on a challenge:

    P&G Ventures Announces Procter & Gamble's First-Ever Virtual Innovation Challenge

    CINCINNATI, May 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- P&G Ventures, the early-stage startup studio within P&G (NYSE:PG)…

    Franz Dill | May 22, 2020 at 02:57 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Programming inside in a container

    Programming inside in a container

    I have a small collection of servers, laptops and desktops. My servers were purchased and configured at different times. By design, they have different hardware and software configurations. I have processors from AMD, Intel,Continue…

    Daniel Lemire | May 22, 2020 at 02:01 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Am I Retired Now?

    Am I Retired Now?

    My last class of the school year just ended. My grades and report card comments are in the system. I am not going back to school in the fall. Am I retired now? I guess so. It feels weird as if there is no real closure. It doesn…

    Alfred Thompson | May 22, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Math Tells

    How to tell what part of math you are from Gerolamo Cardano is often credited with introducing the notion of complex numbers. In 1545, he wrote a book titled Ars Magna. He introduced us to numbers like in his quest to understand…

    rjlipton | May 22, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Another Take on the Search for Quantum Supremacy

    Another Take on  the Search for Quantum Supremacy

    This has come up a few times since last year with claims from major Tech.    IEEE Spectrum looks at the supremacy claim again, intro below and more at the link.  How do we measure real results on real problems of value?

    How Many…

    Franz Dill | May 22, 2020 at 10:55 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    USAF Looks at Blockchain Database for Data Share

    USAF Looks at Blockchain Database for Data Share

    Novel approach with implications for supply chain applications as well as other sensor based input of data.

    U.S. Air Force to pilot blockchain-based database for data sharing

    The blockchain ledger will enable data ingest from legacy…

    Franz Dill | May 22, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Deloitte Resilience Podcast

    Deloitte Resilience Podcast

    Overall have liked the Deloitte writings on corporate strategic responses and risk analysis.

    Resilient podcast: How businesses can confront the COVID-19 crisis
    Actionable insights to help businesses respond and recover
    In this special…

    Franz Dill | May 22, 2020 at 09:56 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    NSF DCL: Announcing the CIFellows 2020 Postdocs Project

    NSF DCL: Announcing the CIFellows 2020 Postdocs Project

    The following is a letter to the community from Margaret Martonosi (Assistant Director) and Erwin Gianchandani (Deputy Assistant Director) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer & Information Science…

    Helen Wright | May 22, 2020 at 09:43 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Better Bionic Eye

    Better Bionic Eye

    New imaging capabilities to improve eyesight.

    New Bionic Eye Might See Better Than We Do
    By Joel Hruska in Extremetech

    The ability to restore sight to the blind is one of the most profound acts of healing medicine can achieve, in…

    Franz Dill | May 22, 2020 at 09:12 AM

    From insideHPC

    NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC Accelerates Cloud and Enterprise Workloads

    NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC Accelerates Cloud and Enterprise Workloads

    Today NVIDIA launched the NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC — a highly secure and efficient 25/50 gigabit per second (Gb/s) Ethernet smart network interface controller (SmartNIC) — to meet surging growth in enterprise and…

    staff | May 22, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    IBM Invests in Blockchain Network

    IBM Invests in Blockchain Network

    More indications of the seriousness of the technology

    IBM Takes 7% in Trade-Finance Blockchain Network We.Trade

    IBM has become a shareholder in we.trade, the blockchain-based trade-finance platform jointly owned by 12 European

    Ciaran…

    Franz Dill | May 21, 2020 at 02:58 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    How Significant is Climate on Coronavirus Transmission?

    How Significant is Climate on Coronavirus Transmission?

    Considerable depth in this piece about the topic.

    The Trillion-Dollar Question With COVID-19
    How significant is climate on coronavirus transmission?
    by Luke Shors and Michael Ferrari

    Right now, India is completing more than a month…

    Franz Dill | May 21, 2020 at 01:59 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Albertsons to Launch Virtual Assistant

    Albertsons to Launch Virtual Assistant

    Details of its use and depth will be of interest.

     So far, Albertsons has implemented the Nuance virtual assistant and live chat at its Vons supermarkets in Southern California.

    Russell Redman 

    With online grocery sales booming

    Albertsons…

    Franz Dill | May 21, 2020 at 01:56 PM
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