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    September 2020


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    New Solar Tech Emergent

    New Solar Tech Emergent

    How good and how soon is still unclear. 

    Solar Closing in on "Practical" Hydrogen Production
    Researchers develop a solar tech that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen with record efficiency
    By Mark Anderson  in IEEE

    Israeli and…

    Franz Dill | September 9, 2020 at 10:20 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Talk: From a Physics Experiment to a Quantum Network System

    Talk:  From a Physics Experiment to a Quantum Network System

    Access to the below talk is now open:

    Thank you for attending Quantum Networks: From a Physics Experiment to a Quantum Network System. This webcast is now on-demand, should you like to view it again.
    Use the link below to enter…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 07:18 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    US Space Cybersecurity Directive

    US Space Cybersecurity Directive

    The Trump Administration just published “Space Policy Directive – 5“: “Cybersecurity Principles for Space Systems.” It’s pretty general:

    Principles. (a) Space systems and their supporting infrastructure, including software, should…

    Bruce Schneier | September 8, 2020 at 05:38 PM

    From insideHPC

    Insilico Medicine AI-powered COVIDomic for COVID-19 Research

    Insilico Medicine AI-powered COVIDomic for COVID-19 Research

    Santa Clara, CA – Insilico Medicine, a leader in artificial intelligence for drug discovery and development, announced the launch of a system for COVID-19 basic and clinical research. COVIDomic is a foundational technology that…

    staff | September 8, 2020 at 05:14 PM

    From insideHPC

    NSF awards $696K for Jetstream Project Year 6

    NSF awards $696K for Jetstream Project Year 6

    Bloomington, IN — The Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University has been awarded nearly $700,000 from the National Science Foundation to fund the Jetstream cloud computing system’s sixth project year. This brings the…

    staff | September 8, 2020 at 04:59 PM

    From insideHPC

    Nutanix Partners with Microsoft Azure for a Seamless Hybrid Experience

    Nutanix Partners with Microsoft Azure for a Seamless Hybrid Experience

    SAN JOSE –– Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced a new partnership with Microsoft that will enable both companies to deliver a hybrid solution with seamless application, data, and license…

    staff | September 8, 2020 at 04:33 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

    More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

    Back in July, NIST selected third-round algorithms for its post-quantum cryptography standard.

    Recently, Daniel Apon of NIST gave a talk detailing the selection criteria. Interesting stuff.

    NOTE: We’re in the process of moving…

    Bruce Schneier | September 8, 2020 at 03:47 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

    More on NIST’s Post-Quantum Cryptography

    Back in July, NIST selected third-round algorithms for its post-quantum cryptography standard.

    Recently, Daniel Apon of NIST gave a talk detailing the selection criteria. Interesting stuff.

    NOTE: We’re in the process of moving…

    Bruce Schneier | September 8, 2020 at 03:47 PM

    From insideHPC

    Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines Partner to Accelerate Quantum Computing Development

    Q-CTRL and Quantum Machines Partner to Accelerate Quantum Computing Development

    LOS ANGELES/Tel Aviv, Sept. 9, 2020 – Q-CTRL, a startup that applies the principles of control engineering to accelerate the development of quantum technology, and Quantum Machines, creator of the first complete hardware and …

    staff | September 8, 2020 at 03:17 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Nanalyze on Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)

    Nanalyze on Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI)

    Had forgotten about Nanalyze, worth a look: 

    After I posted about it, they sent me this on Brain Computer interfaces:

    Who we are We?     
    We are a boutique media and research firm. Our research method involves sifting through large…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 03:14 PM

    From insideHPC

    NCSA’S Donna J. Cox Wins IPS Technology Innovation Award

    NCSA’S Donna J. Cox Wins IPS Technology Innovation Award

    Donna J. Cox, director of NCSA’s Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL), was recently awarded the International Planetarium Society’s 2020 Technology Innovation Award. This is just the eighth time since the society’s founding…

    Doug Black | September 8, 2020 at 02:55 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Imaging System Creates 3D Pictures by Measuring Time

    Imaging System Creates 3D Pictures by Measuring Time

    Very interesting,  uses for creating 3D awareness of sensors.   Once again neural networks being used to gather information about changes in input.

    Imaging System Creates Pictures by Measuring Time
    University of Glasgow (UK)
    July…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 02:51 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes Program Webinar

    National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes Program Webinar

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding a program webinar about the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) Institutes on September 21, 2020, at 3:30-5:00PM ET. This webinar will cover the National Artificial Intelligence…

    Helen Wright | September 8, 2020 at 02:32 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    NASA's Plans for Near Earth Objects

    NASA's Plans for Near Earth Objects

    Recently, probably mostly because we are now looking for them more closely, we have seen a number of large Near Earth Objects (NEOs)  buzz by us in space.  Ultimately this is dangerous, existential stuff.  Most recently the NASA…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Creating Dinner from Your Pantry

    AI Creating Dinner from Your Pantry

    An area we looked at with AI solutions when we were still in the food business, talked to IBM when they were having Watson 'cook' and invent recipes.  The idea of assembling something from a recipe and script can also be generalized…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    From insideHPC

    Radio Free HPC: SiFive’s Big Score, Will Nvidia Buy Arm?

    Radio Free HPC: SiFive’s Big Score, Will Nvidia Buy Arm?

    We start out with our personal pledge that all of our content is new and not pre-recorded. That’s our gift to you – no recycled, reused or Amazon Renewed content.  Jumping into our first topic, Risc-V IP and silicon purveyor SiFive…

    staff | September 8, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Seeking Semantic ML: For More Real Assistants?

    Seeking Semantic ML:  For More Real Assistants?

    So should an assistant answering a question in context be as believable as possible?  Is this the same problem as seen in gaming? ...  Characters like Alexa do provide a hint of this,

    Stadia’s ‘Semantic ML’ tool can help create…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Wal-Mart Reveals More of Plus, but Delays

    Wal-Mart Reveals More of Plus,  but Delays

    The competition is high, and has many more channels of communications already to the consumer.

    Walmart has again delayed the launch of its Amazon Prime competitor Walmart+

    Walmart+ will cost $98 a year and include same-day delivery…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 09:50 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI Accountability Continues to Rise

    AI Accountability Continues to Rise

    Good piece with link to detailed Forrester study:

    AI Accountability: Proceed at Your Own Risk
    A new report suggests that to improve AI accountability, enterprises should tackle third-party risk head-on.

    A report issued by technology…

    Franz Dill | September 8, 2020 at 09:30 AM

    From insideHPC

    insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications

    insideHPC Special Report Optimize Your WRF Applications

    A popular application that simulates climate change is the Weather and Research Forecasting (WRF) model. This white paper discusses how QCT can work with leading research and commercial organizations to lower the Total Cost of…

    staff | September 8, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    More on NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography

    More on NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography

    Back in July, NIST selected third-round algorithms for its post-quantum cryptography standard. Recently, Daniel Apon of NIST gave a talk detailing the selection criteria. Interesting stuff. NOTE: We're in the process of moving…

    Bruce Schneier | September 8, 2020 at 07:12 AM

    From Putting People First

    Nicolas Nova: we have to learn how to domesticate our smartphones

    Nicolas Nova: we have to learn how to domesticate our smartphones

    Sur la base d‘une enquête de terrain menée à Genève, Los Angeles et Tokyo, cet ouvrage aborde la dimension proprement anthropologique du smartphone.

    Experientia | September 8, 2020 at 06:06 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    How six Companies are Using Tech and Data to Transform Themselves

    How six Companies are Using Tech and Data to Transform Themselves

    Quite a considerable piece and video, had not seen most of the examples.

    How six companies are using technology and data to transform themselves

    In the first of a five-part multimedia series airing on CNBC, we look at how the

    Sent…

    Franz Dill | September 7, 2020 at 02:00 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Entering the Era of Private Money?

    Entering the Era of Private Money?

    Short podcast that just starts to position the question, and many implications.

    Sorry, Governments, We’re Entering the Era of Private Money

    Whether the U.S. government likes it or not, the world is demanding crypto-dollars and

    Podcast…

    Franz Dill | September 7, 2020 at 01:57 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Could a Tree Signal if A Corpse is Decaying?

    Could a Tree Signal if A Corpse is Decaying?

     We worked with satellite and other kinds of imaging to determine the growth and health of forests, as we planned their harvest and replanting for CPG products.   So in theory as mentioned below,  this is possible,  but alsoCould…

    Franz Dill | September 7, 2020 at 01:38 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Using Sound to Classify

    Using Sound to Classify

    Have always promoted the idea of using sound sensors, and sound delivery to activate contextual spaces. Here Carnegie Mellon explores this, calibrating it for sounds. We were more interested in how human behavior could change…

    Franz Dill | September 7, 2020 at 01:19 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Good students find questions, not answers

    Good students find questions, not answers

    It is often believed that learning is a simple matter of collecting answers and replies.  I suspect that “learn mechanistically how to answer the questions” is a great way for weak students to pass courses, and for smart students…

    Daniel Lemire | September 7, 2020 at 12:08 PM

    From Putting People First

    [Book] Engaged: Designing for Behavioral Change

    [Book] Engaged: Designing for Behavioral Change

    Behavior change design creates entrancing—and effective—products and experiences. Whether you’ve studied psychology or are new to the field, you can incorporate behavior change principles into your designs to help people achieve…

    Experientia | September 7, 2020 at 09:15 AM

    From insideHPC

    The Future of HPC for Manufacturing

    The Future of HPC for Manufacturing

    In this sponsored post, our friends over at Lenovo and Intel explain how High-Performance Computing (HPC) has gone mainstream and forever changed the world of engineering and design. The adoption of HPC systems with Computer-Aided…

    staff | September 7, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    P&G's Expanded EY Partnership

    P&G's Expanded EY Partnership

    Good overview of the current work.  Reported in ConsumerGoodsTechnology (CGT) 

    P&G Boosting Supply Chain Potential with Expanded EY Partnership | Consumer Goods Technology

    "... Procter & Gamble is growing its partnership with EY…

    Franz Dill | September 6, 2020 at 09:28 PM
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