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    January 2020


    From Putting People First

    Are smart homes undermining our sense of ‘home’?

    Are smart homes undermining our sense of ‘home’?

    CES indicates we're still a far way off seeing technology for the home that genuinely fosters our sense of comfort, wellbeing and community.

    Experientia | January 18, 2020 at 02:28 PM

    From Putting People First

    The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states

    The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states

    We could decide to treat people as sensors, and not as things to be sensed – to observe Kant’s injunction that humans should be “treated as an end in themselves and not as a means to something else”.

    Experientia | January 18, 2020 at 02:11 PM

    From Putting People First

    Tricia Wang on why the big data mentality fails – and what to do about it

    Tricia Wang on why the big data mentality fails – and what to do about it

    Tricia Wang of Sudden Compass pokes holes in big data hype, arguing for the course-correcting power of thick data. I share podcast highlights, such as her dismantling of "data-driven" infatuations.

    Experientia | January 18, 2020 at 01:54 PM

    From Putting People First

    Human-centred policy? Blending ‘big data’ and ‘thick data’ in national policy

    Human-centred policy? Blending ‘big data’ and ‘thick data’ in national policy

    How might policymakers better understand citizens’ perspectives when designing policy? Put another way, how should we improve and innovate the way policy is made to ensure it becomes more human-centred?

    Experientia | January 18, 2020 at 01:34 PM

    From insideHPC

    HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand for HPC & AI

    HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand for HPC & AI

    In this video from the DDN booth at SC19, Scot Schultz from Mellanox presents: Connecting Visions: HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand. "HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the current TOP500…

    Rich Brueckner | January 18, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    From insideHPC

    Job of the Week: Head of Research Computing at the Norwich Biosciences Institute

    Job of the Week: Head of Research Computing at the Norwich Biosciences Institute

    The Norwich Biosciences Institute Partnership (NBIP) is seeking a new Head of Research Computing in our Job of the Week. "We have an exciting opportunity for a strategic High-Performance Computing (HPC) leader to take accountability…

    Rich Brueckner | January 18, 2020 at 11:21 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Retail Technology at NRF

    Retail Technology at NRF

    A look of how retailers are using new technology from  the recent NRF conference.  Human labor and its management still a very important topic.

    NRF 2020 Review: Human vs. Machine
    by Ron Margulis in Retailwire  with further expert…

    Franz Dill | January 18, 2020 at 09:17 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Quantum Machines Joins IBM Q Network

    Quantum Machines Joins IBM Q Network

    IBM continues to make alliances in Quantum computing.

    Quantum Machines Joins the IBM Q Network
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Quantum Machines (QM), creators of The Quantum Orchestration Platform, a complete hardware…

    Franz Dill | January 18, 2020 at 09:01 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Improving Neural Models

    Improving Neural Models

    So many groups working on how to make such models smaller and faster.  Not different from the very long hunt for faster models to solve optimization problems over the years.   Discussion is technical.

    A Tool to Simplify Complex…

    Franz Dill | January 18, 2020 at 08:51 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Stats on Alexa Skills

    Stats on Alexa Skills

    Decrease in skill increase.  Lots of other interesting skills, in particular by language. Now lets get the quality and intelligence up

    New Alexa Skill Data Show New U.S. Skills Launched in 2019 Fall to Lowest Level Since 2016
    Bret…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 07:18 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Genome Analyzed

    Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squid Genome Analyzed

    This is fantastic work: In total, the researchers identified approximately 2.7 billion DNA base pairs, which is around 90 percent the size of the human genome. There's nothing particularly special about that size, especially…

    Bruce Schneier | January 17, 2020 at 05:19 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AR Contact Lens: Prototype

    AR Contact Lens:  Prototype

    If the QR Contact lens finally here in prototype.   Has been talked about for some time.   Ultimate kind of wearable.

    Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses
    Financial Times
    Patrick McGee

    Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 04:58 PM

    From insideHPC

    Groq Hardware Now Available on Nimbix Cloud for AI Workloads

    Groq Hardware Now Available on Nimbix Cloud for AI Workloads

    Today Groq announced that the company's tensor processing hardware is now available on the Nimbix Cloud for select partners. The Groq processor is designed specifically for the performance requirements of computer vision, machine…

    Rich Brueckner | January 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    From insideHPC

    Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

    Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

    In this Sciencetown podcast, we follow experts from around the world to the epicenter of supercomputing - the annual, North American supercomputing conference or SC19. We ask them to weigh in on how the future of computers, artificial…

    staff | January 17, 2020 at 11:58 AM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Allocating large blocks of memory: bare-metal C++ speeds

    Allocating large blocks of memory: bare-metal C++ speeds

    In a previous post, I benchmarked the allocation of large blocks of memory using idiomatic C++. I got a depressing result: the speed could be lower than 2 GB/s. For comparison, the disk in my laptop has greater bandwidth. Methodologically…

    Daniel Lemire | January 17, 2020 at 11:52 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Be Hopeful about the Future

    Be Hopeful about the Future

    Good thoughts here, with the usual cautions coming from this source.

    Pessimism dematerialized: Four reasons to be hopeful about the future

    In More from Less, MIT Sloan School of Management’s Andrew McAfee argues that the “four

    by…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    From insideHPC

    Meet the Future at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 Conference

    Meet the Future at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 Conference

    Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 is a platform for the thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss the visionary ideas, the most important global trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing…

    Rich Brueckner | January 17, 2020 at 11:40 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    AI for Pizza?

    AI for Pizza?

    Not unexpected.... classic examples of looking for patterns, then creating efficiency based predictions.  Use that to provide the right profitable incentives.  Has always been a good place to star,  even before AI.

    AI… for Pizza…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 11:22 AM

    From insideHPC

    Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

    Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

    Researchers at the University of Florida are using XSEDE supercomputers to unlock the mysteries of boron carbide, one of the hardest materials on earth. The material is also very lightweight, which explains why it has been used…

    Rich Brueckner | January 17, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Theory of Computing

    A Theory of Computing

    Looks to be of interest, both technical and philosophical.  Undergrad view at least, but could inspire people to think about where all this emerging tech and hype is going once again.  The word 'Theory' scares many people,  but…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 09:34 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Virtual Agents

    Virtual Agents

    A broader take than chatbots, more addressed to solving specific customer service issues.    We used the term in loose combination with agent-models to deliver goal-specific assistants.     Was always important to have very specific…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 09:17 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Seeing in Higher Dimensions

    Seeing in Higher Dimensions

    'Seeing' is constructing useful models about spaces from sensors to understand and navigate them.   Predict current and future states. A good studey of the idea.

    An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions
    The laws of…

    Franz Dill | January 17, 2020 at 09:02 AM

    From insideHPC

    200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

    200G HDR InfiniBand to Accelerate Weather Forecasting at ECMWF

    Today Mellanox announced that 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand has been selected by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to accelerate their new world-leading supercomputer, based on Atos’ latest BullSequana…

    staff | January 17, 2020 at 04:29 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    US Treasury Tracking Federal Grants

    US Treasury Tracking Federal Grants

    Novel look to track and verify activity on grants.  Testing an innovation.

    US Treasury Department testing blockchain tech for tracking federal grants in TheBlockCrypto

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury, which manages government…

    Franz Dill | January 16, 2020 at 02:25 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    CCC Program Associate Position Open

    CCC Program Associate Position Open

    The Computing Research Association (CRA) seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as a Program Associate for the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) subcommittee. The program associate works closely with the CCC Director…

    Helen Wright | January 16, 2020 at 01:26 PM

    From insideHPC

    Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

    Exxact Teams with Panasas for Turnkey HPC Storage Clusters

    Today Exxact Corporation announced the company is joining the Panasas Accelerate Channel Partner Program. Exxact will become a key distributor and integrator for the Panasas ActiveStor Ultra product line, providing installation…

    staff | January 16, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    From insideHPC

    ScaleMP and AMD Benchmark Best-in-Class Large-System Performance on SPEC CPU 2017

    ScaleMP and AMD Benchmark Best-in-Class Large-System Performance on SPEC CPU 2017

    Today ScaleMP announced that it has accomplished best-ever recorded results for the SPEC CPU 2017 benchmark for any system size of four processors and higher. ScaleMP’s results for 32-, 24- and 16-processor systems are now holding…

    staff | January 16, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    From insideHPC

    2020 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

    2020 Predictions from Radio Free HPC

    In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team lays out their tech predictions for 2020. "Henry predicts that we’ll see a RISC-V based supercomputer on the TOP500 list by the end of 2020 – gutsy call on that. This is a double down …

    Rich Brueckner | January 16, 2020 at 11:06 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Securing Tiffany's Move

    Securing Tiffany's Move

    Story of how Tiffany & Company moved all of its inventory from one store to another. Short summary: careful auditing and a lot of police....

    Bruce Schneier | January 16, 2020 at 11:01 AM

    From insideHPC

    Video: FPGAs and Machine Learning

    Video: FPGAs and Machine Learning

    James Moawad and Greg Nash from Intel gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. "FPGAs are a natural choice for implementing neural networks as they can handle different algorithms in computing, logic, and memory resources in the same device…

    Rich Brueckner | January 16, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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