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    March 2020


    From Putting People First

    Immaginare il mondo dopo il coronavirus

    Immaginare il mondo dopo il coronavirus

    L'idea di un "ritorno alla normalità" non sembra più sostenibile. Ci sarà una nuova normalità che per tanti versi è molto diversa dalla vecchia normalità. E le scelte che facciamo ora - in fretta e senza pensarci troppo - avranno…

    Experientia | March 20, 2020 at 09:54 AM

    From Putting People First

    Imagining the world after coronavirus

    Imagining the world after coronavirus

    The idea of a "return to normal" seems no longer tenable. There will be a new normal that is in many ways very different from the old normal. And choices we make now - in a rush and without much thought - will impact that different…

    Experientia | March 20, 2020 at 07:59 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Emergency Surveillance During COVID-19 Crisis

    Emergency Surveillance During COVID-19 Crisis

    Israel is using emergency surveillance powers to track people who may have COVID-19, joining China and Iran in using mass surveillance in this way. I believe pressure will increase to leverage existing corporate surveillance…

    Bruce Schneier | March 20, 2020 at 07:25 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Robotic Light Finger Feels

    Robotic Light Finger Feels

    An idea that creates haptics for robots.

    This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light
    By Wired  in ACM

    Robot finger meets actual finger.
    A robotic skeleton developed at Columbia University is equipped with 32 photodiodes and 30 adjacent…

    Franz Dill | March 20, 2020 at 05:30 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    [email protected] Supports Coronavirus Research

    Folding@home Supports Coronavirus Research

    Related  to the SETI work this is a distributed protein folding approach to look for pharma solutions.

    [email protected] UPDATE ON SARS-COV-2 (10 MAR 2020)
    March 10, 2020
    by John Chodera

    Healthcare-Technical article.

    This is an update

    After…

    Franz Dill | March 19, 2020 at 04:50 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Teaching From Home–Day 4

    Teaching From Home–Day 4

    I have no idea how long or how consistently I will be writing these posts. I guess when I have something to say. In some ways I think of this as a sort of record of what I am doing for myself and maybe for people who will beMy…

    Alfred Thompson | March 19, 2020 at 04:48 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Amazon Develops AI to Improve Knowledge Graph Performance

    Amazon Develops AI to Improve Knowledge Graph Performance

    Ultimately a very important capability in storing and utilizing knowledge to deliver intelligence.

    Amazon researchers develop AI that improves knowledge graph performance   By Kyle Wiggers in VentureBeat 

    In a new study  researchers…

    Franz Dill | March 19, 2020 at 04:29 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    From MIT: 34 Coronavirus Pieces in TechnologyReview

    From MIT: 34 Coronavirus Pieces in TechnologyReview

    34 pieces from MIT resources.  Have read a number of these.  Nicely done, largely nontechnical.   Free.  And  you can register free for daily updates. 

    Franz Dill | March 19, 2020 at 01:31 PM

    From insideHPC

    PSSC Labs Speeds HPC with AMD EPYC Processors

    PSSC Labs Speeds HPC with AMD EPYC Processors

    Today PSSC Labs touted impressive performance on their server lineup powered by AMD EPYC processors. Recently named an AMD Elite Partner, PSSC Labs is developing a unique set of platforms leveraging EPYC processors for AI, Big…

    staff | March 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    From Putting People First

    Doing fieldwork in a pandemic

    Doing fieldwork in a pandemic

    Initiated by Deborah Lupton, this crowdsourced document provides necessary information and key resources for researchers struggling to conduct traditional face-to-face research under new circumstances.

    Experientia | March 19, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    From insideHPC

    Alibaba Cloud Offers AI Cloud Services to Help Battle COVID-19 Globally

    Alibaba Cloud Offers AI Cloud Services to Help Battle COVID-19 Globally

    Today the Alibaba Cloud announced it has offered medical personnel around the world a set of advanced cloud-based technology applications in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Included are artificial intelligence-enhanced…

    Rich Brueckner | March 19, 2020 at 11:41 AM

    From insideHPC

    Intel Scales Neuromorphic System to 100 Million Neurons

    Intel Scales Neuromorphic System to 100 Million Neurons

    Today Intel unveiled Pohoiki Springs, its latest and most powerful neuromorphic research system providing the computational capacity of 100 million neurons. "Pohoiki Springs scales up our Loihi neuromorphic research chip by more…

    staff | March 19, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Remote Detection of Virus

    Remote Detection of Virus

    Makes sense by remotely sensing heat.  Of course temperature does not mean virus, but a first test for at a distance scanning.    Here an existing system.   Unsure of availability.

    This AI camera detects people who may have COVID…

    Franz Dill | March 19, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    From insideHPC

    Atipa Technologies Joins Bright Reseller Program

    Atipa Technologies Joins Bright Reseller Program

    Today Bright Computing announced that Atipa Technologies has become the latest company to join the Bright Computing Partner Program, as an Advanced Reseller. “Through our partnership with Bright Computing, we will incorporate…

    staff | March 19, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Detecting Odors

    Detecting Odors

    I often mention research in this area because we spent considerable time looking at the idea of an 'artificial nose' to effectively  test quality in products, especially coffee, but in other areas as well.    Here more in the…

    Franz Dill | March 19, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    From insideHPC

    XSEDE Supercomputers Complete Simulations Pertinent to coronavirus, DNA Replication

    XSEDE Supercomputers Complete Simulations Pertinent to coronavirus, DNA Replication

    Fundamental research supported by XSEDE supercomputers could help lead to new strategies and better technology that combats infectious and genetic diseases. "Chemical reactions, life, doesn't happen that quickly," Roston said…

    Rich Brueckner | March 19, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    From Putting People First

    Mass panic unlikely during pandemics

    Mass panic unlikely during pandemics

    Two articles, one by Matt Simon in Wired and another by Benedict Carey in the New York Times, summarize scientific research that illustrates why mass panic is unlikely in this pandemic situation.

    Experientia | March 19, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    What to do while stuck at home Part I

    First of all both the Turing award and Abel Prize announced yesterday.



    As we start moving from the panic phase of the coronavirus to the boring phase, what kinds of things should you do or not do while stuck at home for the

    Lance Fortnow | March 19, 2020 at 09:45 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Work-from-Home Security Advice

    Work-from-Home Security Advice

    SANS has made freely available its "Work-from-Home Awareness Kit." When I think about how COVID-19's security measures are affecting organizational networks, I see several interrelated problems: One, employees are working from…

    Bruce Schneier | March 19, 2020 at 07:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Update on RFID Tags

    Update on RFID Tags

    Related updates for specific RFID applications.    See also continuous updates on this technology.

    Vizenex RFID, manufacturing RFID Tags:

    Vizinex RFID, which manufactures RFID tags for specific applications, has launched its Sentry…

    Franz Dill | March 19, 2020 at 02:08 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    ACM Announces 2019 Turing Award Recipients

    ACM Announces 2019 Turing Award Recipients

    The following blog is from the ACM Bulletin on March 18, 2020.  ACM has named Patrick M. (Pat) Hanrahan and Edwin E. (Ed) Catmull recipients of the 2019 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to 3-D computer graphics…

    Helen Wright | March 18, 2020 at 01:40 PM

    From Putting People First

    Torino, how are you?

    Torino, how are you?

    How are we doing in this emergency?
    Collecting the answers we will not only know how we are, what has changed in our habits, and what our needs are, but we will also observe how the people close to us are doing in the various…

    Experientia | March 18, 2020 at 01:14 PM

    From Putting People First

    Torino, come stai?

    Torino, come stai?

    Come stiamo in questa emergenza?
    Raccogliendo le risposte potremo sapere non solo come stiamo noi, cos’è cambiato
    nelle nostre abitudini e quali sono le nostre necessità, ma osserveremo anche come
    stanno le persone a noi vicine…

    Experientia | March 18, 2020 at 01:05 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Teaching From Home–Day 3

    Teaching From Home–Day 3

    I miss my students. It’s hard talking and not seeing or hearing any reactions. Are they getting my jokes? Even polite laughter and pretending I am funny would be a help. My schedule is weird as well. A lot of extra time. I’mOf…

    Alfred Thompson | March 18, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    From insideHPC

    OnScale Offering Free Cloud Core-Hours to Engineers Working from Home

    OnScale Offering Free Cloud Core-Hours to Engineers Working from Home

    Today OnScale announced that it will provide free cloud core-hours to customers to promote customer safety and mitigate any productivity loss due to office shutdowns. "OnScale will offer free cloud core-hours to our customers…

    Rich Brueckner | March 18, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    From insideHPC

    Hyperion Research Looks at COVID-19’s Impact on the Global HPC Market

    Hyperion Research Looks at COVID-19’s Impact on the Global HPC Market

    Today Hyperion Research released a statement on the impact of the coronavirus on the HPC Market. "Because the trajectory and current extent of COVID-19 are unclear and hard to predict, Hyperion Research believes it is too soon…

    Rich Brueckner | March 18, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    From insideHPC

    AMD Powers Azure NVv4 Virtual Machines for HPC Workloads

    AMD Powers Azure NVv4 Virtual Machines for HPC Workloads

    The AMD and Microsoft partnership continues to expand this week with the launch of Microsoft Azure NVv4 Virtual Machines. Powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC  Processors and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs, the powerful new VMs are now generally…

    Rich Brueckner | March 18, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    From insideHPC

    Software-defined Microarchitecture: An Arguably Terrible Idea, But Certainly Not The Worst Idea

    Software-defined Microarchitecture: An Arguably Terrible Idea, But Certainly Not The Worst Idea

    James Mickens from Harvard University gave this talk at HiPEAC 2020. ". In this presentation, I will describe some of the benefits that would emerge from a new kind of processor that aggressively exposes microarchitectural state…

    Rich Brueckner | March 18, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Bring Best Digital Means to Physical Stores

    Bring Best Digital Means to Physical Stores

    More changes in stores, but these will also be adapted to address future emergency situations like those we are experiencing now.

    How can retailers bring the best of digital commerce to physical stores?  Plus expert comment

    How…

    Franz Dill | March 18, 2020 at 09:08 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    The Insecurity of WordPress and Apache Struts

    The Insecurity of WordPress and Apache Struts

    Interesting data: A study that analyzed all the vulnerability disclosures between 2010 and 2019 found that around 55% of all the security bugs that have been weaponized and exploited in the wild were for two major application…

    Bruce Schneier | March 18, 2020 at 08:45 AM
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