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    October 2020


    From insideHPC

    Georgia Tech’s Vivek Sarkar Wins 2020 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

    Georgia Tech’s Vivek Sarkar Wins 2020 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

    The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS) have named Vivek Sarkar of Georgia Institute of Technology winner of the 2020 ACM/IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Sarkar is recognized for “foundational…

    staff | October 12, 2020 at 01:20 PM

    From insideHPC

    ISC 2021 Calls for HPC Research Papers by Dec. 10, 2020

    ISC 2021 Calls for HPC Research Papers by Dec. 10, 2020

    Submissions are now open for the ISC High Performance (ISC 2021) Research Paper Sessions. These sessions offer engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government the opportunity to share their latest research in the…

    staff | October 12, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Google Responds to Warrants for “About” Searches

    Google Responds to Warrants for “About” Searches

    One of the things we learned from the Snowden documents is that the NSA conducts “about” searches. That is, searches based on activities and not identifiers. A normal search would be on a name, or IP address, or phone number.…

    Bruce Schneier | October 12, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Army Testing AR Goggles for Commanding Dogs

    Army Testing AR Goggles for Commanding Dogs

    Had not seen the idea before.    For remotely sending commands to dogs.

    The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs

     A military dog wearing augmented reality goggles. 

    Seattle-based company Command Sight has developed augmented reality…

    Franz Dill | October 12, 2020 at 11:03 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Towards a Digital Euro

    Towards a Digital Euro

    More experiments in the space.  

    Why is the ECB eyeing a 'digital euro'?  by Florian Cazeresin Techxplore

    A digital euro would complement, not replace cash

    The European Central Bank will on Monday launch a public consultation and…

    Franz Dill | October 12, 2020 at 09:54 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    IBM Enables AI Debate

    IBM Enables AI Debate

    This could lead to AI being able to make 'arguments' as parts of business process.  Could be used broadly, for example in courts and as parts of smart contract testing.   Or to test advertising pitches in context.  Truly a newly…

    Franz Dill | October 12, 2020 at 09:48 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Classifying Quantum Sources

    Classifying Quantum Sources

    An interesting kind of classification.  Perhaps  determining it origins.   And as suggested, a faster way to do the classification.  This is another example at finding patterns.  Patterns are a form of information than can be…

    Franz Dill | October 12, 2020 at 09:18 AM

    From insideHPC

    Why HPC and AI Workloads are Moving to the Cloud

    Why HPC and AI Workloads are Moving to the Cloud

    This sponsored post from our friends over at Dell Technologies discusses a study by Hyperion Research finds that approximately 20 percent of HPC workloads are now running in the public cloud. There are many good reasons for this…

    staff | October 12, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

    Are Black Holes Necessary?

    Our congratulations on the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics Composite crop of src1, src2 Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel, and Andrea Ghez have won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. The prize is divided half to Penrose for theoretical…

    RJLipton+KWRegan | October 11, 2020 at 03:19 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Code Can Now be added in arXiv Manuscripts

    Code Can Now be added in arXiv Manuscripts

    Code is often very important in current research, so it makes sense to include it.   But code of any non trivial amount is difficult to prove correct. so it adds another level of complexity.  And if you add data to drive thearXiv…

    Franz Dill | October 11, 2020 at 01:25 PM

    From Putting People First

    How an AI tool for fighting hospital deaths actually worked in the real world

    How an AI tool for fighting hospital deaths actually worked in the real world

    It wasn’t just technical work but also significant social and emotional labor that turned Sepsis Watch, a Duke University deep-learning model, into a success story.

    Experientia | October 11, 2020 at 06:16 AM

    From Putting People First

    How constant tech is breaking our brains

    How constant tech is breaking our brains

    Fast Company spoke with tech pioneer Jaron Lanier, Microsoft CVP Emma Williams and Stanford professor Jeremy Bailenson.

    Experientia | October 11, 2020 at 05:48 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Sometimes Deep Learning Needs Help

    Sometimes Deep Learning Needs Help

    Have had a long time interest in language, and as to how and why AI/DeepLearning, can serve in practice  a means of (mostly) recognizing via an learned taxonomy, complex structures like birds, trees or mushrooms.   In Penn's …

    Franz Dill | October 10, 2020 at 04:31 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    An Internet of Plastic, Wireless Things?

    An Internet of Plastic, Wireless Things?

     Now here is something quite different.  Thinking packaging applications. Others? 

    Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required

    IEEE Spectrum, Dexter Johnson,  October 8, 2020

    Researchers at the…

    Franz Dill | October 10, 2020 at 10:17 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Fully Driverless Ride Hailing Begins in AZ with Waymo

    Fully Driverless Ride Hailing Begins in AZ with Waymo

    In Arizona.  Could be a lead in to broad use of fully driverless vehicles.  Consider the data being gathered an leveraged for use.

    Waymo Begins Fully Driverless Rides for All Arizona Customers   In Bloomberg  By Ira BoudwayOctober…

    Franz Dill | October 10, 2020 at 09:59 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI in Cybersecurity Attacks

    AI in  Cybersecurity Attacks

     We don't often think of this way, but tech like AI can be turned on us as well. Here a broad set of examples to consider as threats.

    3 ways criminals use artificial intelligence in cybersecurity attacks  In Techrepublic

    ThreeElham…

    Franz Dill | October 10, 2020 at 09:10 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Voice vs Touchscreen at McDonalds

    Voice vs Touchscreen at McDonalds

    I note below the role of touch in spreading COVID, driving touch technology, but still a matter of public perception.

    COVID-19 may push retailers to use voice assistants instead of touch screens By Matthew Stern in Retailwire

    While…

    Franz Dill | October 10, 2020 at 08:49 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Why is 0.1 + 0.2 not equal to 0.3?

    Why is 0.1 + 0.2 not equal to 0.3?

    In most programming languages, the value 0.1 + 0.2 differs from 0.3. Let us try it out in Node (JavaScript): > 0.1 + 0.2 == 0.3 false Yet 1 + 2 is equal to 3. Why is that? Let us look at it a bit more closely. In most instances…

    Daniel Lemire | October 9, 2020 at 08:35 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Hacking Apple for Profit

    Hacking Apple for Profit

    Five researchers hacked Apple Computer’s networks — not their products — and found fifty-five vulnerabilities. So far, they have received $289K.

    One of the worst of all the bugs they found would have allowed criminals to create…

    Bruce Schneier | October 9, 2020 at 05:01 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Views of Future Risks

    Views of Future Risks

    We rarely look at risks well.   Thoughts and directions.  

    A Holistic View of Future Risks  By Peter G. Neumann

    Communications of the ACM, October 2020, Vol. 63 No. 10, Pages 23-27   10.1145/3417095

    This column considers some challenges…

    Franz Dill | October 9, 2020 at 03:13 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Future of Grocery is Omnichannel

    Future of Grocery is Omnichannel

     Clearly, but the how the sculpted elements of the supply chain, from supplier to store to door will require much technology and behavioral experimentation.

    The Future of Grocery Is Omnichannel  in Supplychainbrain

    October 6, 2020…

    Franz Dill | October 9, 2020 at 01:51 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Rolling Newspaper Delivery Drones in Tokyo

    Rolling Newspaper Delivery Drones in Tokyo

     More advances in navigating street and sidewalks for automated delivery.  Lifting of restrictions on autonomous systems will also be key.

    Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo   The Japan Times,  October 7, 2020

    Japan Post…

    Franz Dill | October 9, 2020 at 01:41 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Getting Serious about Data Science

    Getting Serious about Data Science

    Fairly obvious, seen many of these situations occur over the years in analytics and data interactions.  And how they are linked to business results.   Good checklist.   Non technical.

    Getting Serious About Data and Data Science…

    Franz Dill | October 9, 2020 at 12:51 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Comparing Human vs Computer Viruses

    Comparing Human vs Computer Viruses

     Interesting view with potentially useful comparisons.

    Protecting Computers and People From Viruses   By Robin K. Hillin in ACM

    Communications of the ACM, October 2020, Vol. 63 No. 10, Page 8 10.1145/3415748

    The COVID-19 pandemic…

    Franz Dill | October 9, 2020 at 11:19 AM

    From insideHPC

    Report: AMD in Xilinx Acquisition Talks

    Report: AMD in Xilinx Acquisition Talks

    The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that AMD is in “advanced talks” to buy FPGA chip maker Xilinx, a deal valued at approximately $30 billion that would signify another step in the rise of Intel chip rivals. The news…

    Doug Black | October 9, 2020 at 09:41 AM

    From insideHPC

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dabbar’s Exascale Update: Frontier to Be First, Aurora to Be Monitored

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dabbar’s Exascale Update: Frontier to Be First, Aurora to Be Monitored

    As Exascale Day (October 18 [1018]) approaches, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar has commented on the hottest exascale question of the day: which of the country’s first three systems will be stood…

    Doug Black | October 8, 2020 at 08:44 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Squid-like Nebula

    Friday Squid Blogging: Squid-like Nebula

    Pretty astronomical photo.

    As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

    Read my blog posting guidelines here.

    Bruce Schneier | October 8, 2020 at 04:07 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Saving the Humboldt Squid

    Friday Squid Blogging: Saving the Humboldt Squid

    Genetic research finds the Humboldt squid is vulnerable to overfishing.

    As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

    Read my blog posting guidelines here.

    Bruce Schneier | October 8, 2020 at 04:05 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Chinese Squid Fishing Near the Galapagos

    Friday Squid Blogging: Chinese Squid Fishing Near the Galapagos

    The Chinese have been illegally squid fishing near the Galapagos Islands.

    As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered.

    Read my blog posting guidelines here.

    Bruce Schneier | October 8, 2020 at 04:04 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Automation Anywhere Digital Assistant lets humans and Bots Interact

    Automation Anywhere Digital Assistant lets humans and Bots Interact

    Seems quite an advance, allowing Bots and Humans to effectively Interact.  But we did a similar thing when we allowed our Mr. Clean bots to talk to human experts, designated as a 'concierge' for key and often narrow expertise…

    Franz Dill | October 8, 2020 at 03:29 PM
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