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June 2022


From Computational Complexity

Counting the Number of 3-colorings of a graph is Sharp-P complete. This should be better known.

BILL: Lance, is #3COL #P complete? (#3COL is: Given a graph G, return the number of  different 3-colorings it has.) 

LANCE: Surely you know that for all natural A,  #A is #P complete. 

BILL: There is no rigorous way to define natural…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Dangers of Crytocurrencies and Uselessness of Blockchain

On the Dangers of Crytocurrencies and Uselessness of Blockchain

 Bruce Schneier writes a cautional opinion piece,  I don't agree entirely regarding blockchain.   But the caution is good ... . below the intro, click for the whole thing and further expert comments.

On the Dangers of Cryptocurrencies…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On the Physics of Thought

On the Physics of Thought

 Closer to understanding of the thinking process.

ACM TECHNEWS

How the Brain Prepares to Think

By Texas Advanced Computing Center,  June 23, 2022

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's Jose Rizo-Rey and colleaguesThe…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Petabit Data Speed

Petabit Data Speed

 New Speed of data transmission.

Researchers in Japan Set a Record for Petabit Data Transmission per Second 

From Interesting Engineering

Ameya Paleja, June 2, 2022

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Researchers Build An Unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithm

Researchers Build An Unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithm

 Not understanding it, considerable detail linked to.  

ACM CAREERS

Researchers Build An Unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithm

By Marktechpost, June 21, 2022

A group of Cornell physicists and computer scientists developed an unsupervised…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithms with Prediction

Algorithms with Prediction

Useful thoughts, technical.   Considering the worst case. 

Algorithms with Predictions  By Michael Mitzenmacher, Sergei Vassilvitskii

Communications of the ACM, July 2022, Vol. 65 No. 7, Pages 33-35   10.1145/3528087

The theoretical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Reuters, Travis Teo, May 31, 2022

Businesses in Singapore increasingly are resorting to robots to help address labor shortages and perform a range of jobs. Singaporean construction firm…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Virtual Worlds: AI Learning in New Ways

Virtual Worlds: AI Learning in New Ways

Interesting article in Quanta Mag,   Learning is the key,   How and how accurately.  

By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways

By Quanta Magazine, June 24, 2022

In 2009, a computer scientist then at Princeton University…


From insideHPC

Women in HPC to Host ISC 2022 Re-cap Webinar July 12

Women in HPC to Host ISC 2022 Re-cap Webinar July 12

June 24, 2022 — The Women in HPC organization issued the following announcement today regarding their Tuesday, July 12 (10 am Central Time) webinar (registration here): Following on from our successful return to in-person events…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous IBM Mayflower Lands

Autonomous IBM Mayflower Lands

AI News, Part stunt, part test of idea of autonomous ship. 

IBM’s AI-powered Mayflower ship crosses the Atlantic  By Ryan Daws | June 6, 2022 | TechForge Media

Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Companies, Robotics,A groundbreaking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Examination of Eye Biometrics

Examination of Eye Biometrics

More complex and less secure than I thought.

Cybercriminals Eye Biometrics

By David Geer

Commissioned by CACM Staff, June 23, 2022

Biometric markers such as fingerprints, the irises of one's eyes, and individual's entire faces are…


From insideHPC

TSMC Japan 3DIC R&D Center Completes Clean Room Construction in AIST Tsukuba Center

TSMC Japan 3DIC R&D Center Completes Clean Room Construction in AIST Tsukuba Center

IBARAKI, Japan, June 24, 2022 — TSMC (TWSE: 2330, NYSE: TSM) today announced that its subsidiary, the TSMC Japan 3DIC R&D Center, has completed construction of its clean room in the Tsukuba Center of the National Institute of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Future for AR

A Future for AR

 Like the proposed connection to optimization ...   visualizing the value always useful. 

Intensity Control of Projectors in Parallel—Doorway to an Augmented Reality Future

Tokyo Tech News, March 16, 2022

Scientists at Japan's Tokyo…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Computing for Risk Aggregation

Quantum Computing for Risk Aggregation

Looking at this further, in particular the aspect of supply chain risk use. 

Quantum Computing for Risk Aggregation    in BusinessWire

Early results lay the foundation for developing new solutions to manage risk exposure. Takeaways…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa Has a New Voice

Alexa Has a New Voice

I note this got lots of press.    Why?  as devices take over some normal, recognizable features,  are they starting to pose as us?   Good or bad?

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

By The Washington Post

Propped atop a…


From ACM-W supporting, celebrating and advocating for Women in Computing

Blockchain Technology: What’s the big deal?

Blockchain Technology: What’s the big deal?

When? July 20th, 2022 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register Now Blockchain technology is a mysterious topic for many. Is it a network? A database? A cryptography algorithm? Is it the same as cryptocurrency? In this…


From insideHPC

Argonne to Host DeepHyper Training Session July 15

Argonne to Host DeepHyper Training Session July 15

June 23, 2022 — The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility will host a virtual hands-on training session on DeepHyper (https://github.com/deephyper/deephyper), on Friday, July 15 from 9 am to 4 pm Central Time. Registration is…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Power and Pitfalls of AI for US Intelligence.

Power and Pitfalls of AI for US Intelligence.

Generalized but reasonable piece on the challenges involved.   More links in the original. 

The Power and Pitfalls of AI for U.S. Intelligence     By Wired

June 23, 2022

While artificial intelligence that can mimic humanlike sentience…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Filtering numbers quickly with SVE on Amazon Graviton 3 processors

Filtering numbers quickly with SVE on Amazon Graviton 3 processors

I have had access to Amazon’s latest ARM processors (graviton 3) for a few weeks. To my knowledge, these are the first widely available processors supporting Scalable Vector Extension (SVE). SVE is part of the Single Instruction…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Advances in Autonomous Robotic Systems

Amazon Advances in Autonomous Robotic Systems

Thought they had already advanced here,   autonomy apparently a strong element, which brings labor needs into play. 

Amazon announces its first fully autonomous mobile warehouse robot

It can pick things up, put them down, and move…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Verified AI

Towards Verified AI

 Considerable, complex piece. .... 

Toward Verified Artificial Intelligence   By Sanjit A. Seshia, Dorsa Sadigh, S. Shankar Sastry

Communications of the ACM, July 2022, Vol. 65 No. 7, Pages 46-55      10.1145/3503914

ArtificialCONTRIBUTED…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Robots Need to See

Why Robots Need to See

 Sensors are important.  

Why Robots Need to See    By Robotics Business Review,  June 10, 2022

Most autonomous-vehicle manufacturers use high-end 3D LiDARs and additional sensors to help their vehicles glean enough data to fully…


From insideHPC

Scalable Inferencing for Autonomous Trucking

Scalable Inferencing for Autonomous Trucking

In this sponsored post, Tim Miller, Vice President, Product Marketing, One Stop Systems, discusses autonomous trucking and to achieve AI Level 4 (no driver) in the vehicles, powerful AI inference hardware supporting many different…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Social Engineering Kill-Chain

Social Engineering Kill-Chain

Threat intelligence community by Feedly

Social Engineering Kill–Chain: Predicting, Minimizing & Disrupting Attack Verticals in Ahead

Christina Lekati  on Jun 02, 2022

It was a Friday afternoon when Bill was on his way back home"They…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Automating Semiconductor Research with Machine Learning

Automating Semiconductor Research with Machine Learning

Concept new to me, as is RHEED

 Automating Semiconductor Research with Machine Learning

Tokyo University of Science (Japan), June 16, 2022

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science and National Institute for Materials Science…


From insideHPC

AMD Appoints Mathew Hein Chief Strategy Officer

AMD Appoints Mathew Hein Chief Strategy Officer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — June, 22, 2022 — AMD today announced that Mathew Hein is joining the company as chief strategy officer and senior vice president of corporate development, effective June 27, 2022. Hein will be responsible…


From insideHPC

Rockport Networks Taps Phil Harris as CEO

Rockport Networks Taps Phil Harris as CEO

OTTAWA — June 22, 2022 — High performance networking company Rockport Networks today announced the appointment of data center industry executive Phil Harris as CEO of the switchless network innovator. With more than two decades…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Stacking the Deck for Computer Security

Stacking the Deck for Computer Security

 New idea: Safe Stack,  to analyze and classify security.  Useful at least to flag possible problems.

Stacking the Deck for Computer Security

Penn State News

WennersHerron Ashley J.,  June 17, 2022

An international team of researchers…


From insideHPC

Cerebras Claims Record for Largest AI Models Trained on a Single Device

Cerebras Claims Record for Largest AI Models Trained on a Single Device

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 22, 2022 — AI computing company Cerebras Systems today announced that  a single Cerebras CS-2 system is able to train models with up to 20 billion parameters on – something not possible on any other single…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: Google’s Lifelike LaMDA AI Chatbot and Questions of Being or Nothingness

@HPCpodcast: Google’s Lifelike LaMDA AI Chatbot and Questions of Being or Nothingness

When a tech news story gets talked about on sports radio, you know it’s gone very viral. That’s what happened last week with the story about a Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, who declared that the company’s AI chatbot, LaMDA,…

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