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    January 2021


    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Making Smart Plugs Smarter

    Making Smart Plugs Smarter

    Considering a broader view of 'smart', more like cooperative towards goals.

    Engineers make smart plugs smarter  by National University of Singapore

    Singapore is in the midst of its Smart Nation transformation, and researchers from…

    Franz Dill | January 26, 2021 at 12:22 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    More Digital Humans Emerging

    More Digital Humans Emerging

    Recall Microsoft's patent of a particular person, just mentioned here.   Recall too the 'uncanny valley', and other disturbing side-effects.   And the magic can collapse quickly of the conversation is not convincing.   But IHome…

    Franz Dill | January 26, 2021 at 11:41 AM

    From insideHPC

    Kao Data to Host InstaDeep’s HPC and AI Supercomputer, Expanding R&D Capabilities

    Kao Data to Host InstaDeep’s HPC and AI Supercomputer, Expanding R&D Capabilities

    London, January 26, 2021 – Kao Data, developer and operator of advanced, carrier-neutral data centres for high performance colocation, has today announced a new customer contract with InstaDeep, a global leader in artificial …

    staff | January 26, 2021 at 11:38 AM

    From insideHPC

    10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI – Part 2

    10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI – Part 2

    In this insideHPC Guide, “10 Questions to Ask When Starting With AI,” our friends over at WEKA offer 10 important questions to ask when starting with AI, specifically planning for success beyond the initial stages of a project…

    staff | January 26, 2021 at 11:16 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Computing Turbulence with Competitive AI

    Computing Turbulence with Competitive AI

     We used turbulence analysis in roasting applications. Could have used this as a means to do better predictions in simulations.

    Intriguing application I had not seen yet.  

    ETH Researchers Compute Turbulence With AI

    ETH Zurich (Switzerland)…

    Franz Dill | January 26, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    From insideHPC

    Micron Delivers 1α DRAM Technology

    Micron Delivers 1α DRAM Technology

    Boise, Idaho, Jan. 26, 2021 – Micron Technology today announced volume shipment of 1α (1-alpha) node DRAM products that the company said is built using advanced DRAM process technology and offering improvements in bit density…

    Doug Black | January 26, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    From insideHPC

    OEMs Join Nvidia-Certified Program – Systems Pre-tested for AI Workloads

    OEMs Join Nvidia-Certified Program – Systems Pre-tested for AI Workloads

    Dell Technologies, GIGABYTE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Inspur and Supermicro are among 11 systems makers engaged in an Nvidia certification program, announced this morning, designed to test hardware across a range of AI…

    staff | January 26, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    Happy New Year from CISE!

    Happy New Year from CISE!

    A Message from CISE Leadership Dear Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community,  Happy New Year!  2020 certainly brought its share of challenges, and our sympathies are with all of you most directly affected…

    Helen Wright | January 26, 2021 at 10:17 AM

    From Computational Complexity

    Answers to the Prez Quiz, and some interesting history


    I posted a presidential quiz (that is, a quiz about presidents, not a quiz that is so majestic it can be called presidential) on Thursday Jan 21.

    Here is the link to the post: The Post

    Here is the link to the quiz:The Prez Quiz…

    gasarch | January 26, 2021 at 01:33 AM

    From insideHPC

    12th JLESC Workshop to Be Held Feb. 24-26

    12th JLESC Workshop to Be Held Feb. 24-26

    The 12th annual Joint Laboratory for Extreme Scale Computing (JLESC) will be held virtually from Wednesday, Feb. 24 to Friday, Feb. 26. It will bring together researchers in high performance computing from the JLESC partners …

    staff | January 25, 2021 at 04:57 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Patenting a Chat Bot of a Particular Person

    Patenting a Chat Bot of a Particular Person

    The idea has been suggested before, here with slightly different capabilities.  Interesting depending hw well it could be implemented.   With image and realistic voice.   Consider too, who owns the particular replica of a person…

    Franz Dill | January 25, 2021 at 03:44 PM

    From Schneier on Security

    Massive Brazilian Data Breach

    Massive Brazilian Data Breach

    I think this is the largest data breach of all time: 220 million people. (Lots more stories are in Portuguese.)

    Bruce Schneier | January 25, 2021 at 02:58 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Camera Based Automated Drone Landing

    Camera Based Automated Drone Landing

    Seems a simple action, but can be complex in different contexts. 

    Novel Camera-Based System for Automated Landing of Drone on Fixed Spot

    Shibaura Institute of Technology (Japan), January 21, 2021

    Scientists at Japan's Shibaura Institute…

    Franz Dill | January 25, 2021 at 01:27 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    LiDAR Space Scanning, Modeling and Enabling

    LiDAR Space Scanning, Modeling and Enabling

    Some time ago attended a brainstorming session on the use of 'space scanning' to support advertisements and other future AR functionality.   Well the time is now closer, but how close are we to actual functionality?   I am testing…

    Franz Dill | January 25, 2021 at 12:44 PM

    From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

    NSF CISE Upcoming Due Dates

    NSF CISE Upcoming Due Dates

    Expeditions in Computing (Expeditions) Full Proposal Deadline Date: February 16, 2021 The far-reaching impact and rate of innovation in the computer and information science and engineering fields has been remarkable, generating…

    Helen Wright | January 25, 2021 at 12:27 PM

    From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

    Does Bad Code Lead to Good Learning?

    Does Bad Code Lead to Good Learning?

    Last week a teacher posted an interesting problem. They were looking for an explanation of why to code produced the answer that it did. The code is this:

        static void Main(string[] args)
         {
             int x = 2;
             while…

    Alfred Thompson | January 25, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Intellectual Property Analysis

    Intellectual Property Analysis

     Connects to some of my recent work.   Categorizing and usefully measuring what we have. 

    Google proposes applying AI to patent application generation and categorization

    By Kyle Wiggers   in Venturebeat

    Google asserts that the patent…

    Franz Dill | January 25, 2021 at 11:47 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Anomaly Detection with Lacework

    Anomaly Detection with Lacework

    Brought to my attention: 

    Lacework covers topics and issues around threat defense, intrusion detection, cloud containers, workloads, accounts, devops, and more.

    Anomaly Detection and Behavioral Analytics Focus on user and Application…

    Franz Dill | January 25, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    From Schneier on Security

    Insider Attack on Home Surveillance Systems

    Insider Attack on Home Surveillance Systems

    No one who reads this blog regularly will be surprised:

    A former employee of prominent home security company ADT has admitted that he hacked into the surveillance feeds of dozens of customer homes, doing so primarily to spy …

    Bruce Schneier | January 25, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    From insideHPC

    Yash Technologies Partners with ScienceLogic AIOps, Digital Transformation

    Yash Technologies Partners with ScienceLogic AIOps, Digital Transformation

    Chicago, Jan. 25, 2021 — YASH Technologies, a global technology services and outsourcing provider, announced a partnership with ScienceLogic, an AIOps platform provider. This partnership enables YASH to deliver business service…

    Doug Black | January 25, 2021 at 08:51 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Optimizing Traffic Wait

    Optimizing Traffic Wait

     Not a new thing but does it do it better with novel situations?  Would be a good thing to experiment with to see how new patterns are adapted to.

    Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times  By Texas A&M Today…

    Franz Dill | January 24, 2021 at 03:32 PM

    From Putting People First

    Online exhibition: Design in an Age of Crisis

    Online exhibition: Design in an Age of Crisis

    The Design In An Age Of Crisis Gallery features submissions to a global open call issued in 2020 by Chatham House and London Design Biennale, inviting radical design thinking from the world’s design community, the public and…

    Experientia | January 24, 2021 at 01:32 PM

    From Putting People First

    The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD)

    The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD)

    The vision for the Scottish Approach to Service Design is that the people of Scotland are supported and empowered to actively participate in the definition, design and delivery of their public services (from policy making to…

    Experientia | January 24, 2021 at 01:22 PM

    From Putting People First

    [Book] How design makes the world

    [Book] How design makes the world

    From the airplane armrest to the Facebook “like” button, and everything in between, Berkun shows how design helps or hinders everyone, and offers a new way to think about the world around you.

    Experientia | January 24, 2021 at 01:17 PM

    From Daniel Lemire's Blog

    Science and Technology links (January 24th 2021)

    Science and Technology links (January 24th 2021)

    Year 2020 was great for PC makers. We are selling more and more PCs. Reportedly, Sony sold 3.4 million PlayStation 5 in only four weeks, a record. The demand for the Facebook Quest 2 VR headset is reportedly several times the…

    Daniel Lemire | January 24, 2021 at 12:30 PM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Some Key Uses for BlockChain

    Some Key Uses for BlockChain

    Nicely done use cases, not much detail, but a start.

    Blockchain, Unchained: 5 Key Use Cases   By Joe McKendrick | November 11, 2020 in RtInsights

    To achieve success with blockchain, PwC advises proponents to focus on collaboration…

    Franz Dill | January 24, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    P&G Partners With Rhinostics for Swabs

    P&G Partners With Rhinostics for Swabs

     My former employer innovates in COVID Testing

    P&G Partners With Rhinostics to Take Innovative Nasal Swab to Market to Improve Speed of COVID-19 Testing  Press Release in Business Wire,  January 22, 2021

    iMFLUX, a subsidiary of…

    Franz Dill | January 24, 2021 at 09:58 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    A Look at What Makes us Run: Batteries

    A Look at What Makes us Run: Batteries

    Battery Day.  What they are and where they are going.    In some ways such a primitive thing, but still very essential to make things work and be portable.  .  

    A closer look at the technology that makes portable electronics possible…

    Franz Dill | January 24, 2021 at 09:24 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Getting Around Smartphone Encryption

    Getting Around Smartphone Encryption

    Being discussed, security and how it is being circumvented.

    How Law Enforcement Gets Around Your Smartphone's Encryption

    in Wired, Lily Hay Newman,  January 15, 2021

    Analysis by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) cryptographers revealed…

    Franz Dill | January 24, 2021 at 09:09 AM

    From The Eponymous Pickle

    Spotting Risky Behavior

    Spotting Risky Behavior

     I was struck by this.   What is high risk behavior?  How is it defined, tested, updated?   OK, depression, anxiety or suicide. But at any one time it might be one or another set of beliefs.  Where (obviously) the other is wrong…

    Franz Dill | January 23, 2021 at 03:50 PM
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