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January 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Security Products at CES

AI Security Products at CES

Worth a look at what is being offered. 

AI News

MicroAI showcasing host of AI security products at CES Las Vegas

By Fin Strathern | January 6, 2022

MicroAI, a Texas-based edge AI product developer, is demonstrating its LaunchpadThe…


From insideHPC

@HPCpodcast: Taiwan under Threat from China – TSMC and the ‘Techno-politics’ of Advanced Chips

@HPCpodcast: Taiwan under Threat from China – TSMC and the ‘Techno-politics’ of Advanced Chips

In this week's episode of the @HPCpodcast, Doug Black and Shahin Khan discuss how global competition around advanced technologies has turned geopolitics into "techno-politics" and techno-nationalism. In HPC, this means chips …


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Debates its Own ethical Existence

AI Debates its Own ethical Existence

 Too early to do this, but setting the stage is useful.

AI News

Oxford Union invites an AI to debate the ethics of its own existence

By Fin Strathern | December 16, 2021

Categories: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics & Society, Google…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Twins, Simulation,Design

Digital Twins, Simulation,Design

 Like drawing the relationship to general simulation, which has been around for a long time.

Digital twins improve real-life manufacturing

Using simulations can ease the complex development process and provide insights into how…


From insideHPC

AIOps Hybrid Cloud Management Company Virtana Raises $73M

AIOps Hybrid Cloud Management  Company Virtana Raises $73M

SAN JOSE — January 13, 2022 — Virtana, a provider of AI-driven monitoring for hybrid cloud management, has raised $73 million from Atalaya Capital Management, Elm Park Capital Management, HighBar Partners, and Benhamou Global…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Planning Before Coding

Planning Before Coding

After all these years one would think I would know better. But it turns out that when coding for fun I don’t always do the planning that I should. It always comes back to hurt me. If you have been reading this blog lately you…


From insideHPC

Let’s Talk Exascale: Container Technologies for Exascale Computing

Let’s Talk Exascale: Container Technologies for Exascale Computing

In this episode of the Exascale Computing Project’s (ECP) Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series, Andrew Younge of Sandia National Laboratories discusses container technology and how it fits into the wider scheme of exascale and …


From insideHPC

Q-CTRL Appoints Aravind Ratnam to Chief Strategy Officer

Q-CTRL Appoints Aravind Ratnam to Chief Strategy Officer

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12, 2022 – Q-CTRL, a quantum control engineering solutions company, today announced the addition of Aravind Ratnam as Chief Strategy Officer. Most recently, Ratnam served as Head of Products for Sense Photonics…


From insideHPC

GRC in Data Center Sustainability Collaboration with Intel

GRC in Data Center Sustainability Collaboration with Intel

AUSTIN, TX – January 12, 2022 —  GRC (Green Revolution Cooling), today announced a multi-year collaboration with Intel focused on helping the global data center industry reduce the environmental impact of digital infrastructure…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Baidu Makes Some AI Meta Humans

Baidu Makes Some AI Meta Humans

 Indeed. 

Baidu Unveils Its Metaverse of Custom Virtual Humans

ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ in Voicebot.ai

Chinese tech giant Baidu introduced a metaverse of virtual humans this week at Baidu Create 2021, in deliberate contrast to the presentation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Measurement of the Digital Economy

Measurement of the Digital Economy

Good piece by correspondent Dr Wladawsky-Burger:

A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects.  By Irving Wladawsky-Berger 

A New MeasurementSeveral…


From insideHPC

Qumulo Launches AWS Quick Start for Qumulo Cloud Q

Qumulo Launches AWS Quick Start for Qumulo Cloud Q

SEATTLE – Jan. 12, 2022 – Qumulo, maker of file data storage and management for hybrid cloud environments, today announced the availability of AWS Quick Start for Qumulo Cloud Q. This new offering, running on Amazon Web Services…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Process Analysis: When to Use

Business Process Analysis: When to Use

Yes, absolutely,  of anything significant, also for anything new or advanced like AI, or things that interact with people or have risky aspects.

Why a Business Process Analysis is critical before applying Automation

Simon Carter…


From Computational Complexity

On the California Math Framework

Guest post by Boaz Barak and Jelani Nelson

In a recent post, Lance Fortnow critiqued our open letter on the proposed revisions for the California Mathematics Framework (CMF). We disagree with Lance’s critique, and he has kindly…


From insideHPC

AMD Announces GA of New AWS EC2 Hpc6a Instances

AMD Announces GA of New AWS EC2 Hpc6a Instances

HPC ClustersAMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today GA of Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 Hpc6a instances based on the AMD EPYC CPU, built for high performance computing (HPC) workloads in the cloud. AWS pre-announced Hpc6a last November. The instances deliver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Guns available in US

Smart Guns available in US

Safer firearms

Smart Guns Reportedly Coming to U.S. Stores This Year

By Gizmodo, January 11, 2022

"Smart guns," the personalized firearms once heralded as tech's solution to rampant U.S. gun deaths before quietly pittering out of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LIDAR on its Way Out?

LIDAR on its Way Out?

Have been looking at smartphone loaded uses of LiDAR, So the question is useful.

Is LiDAR on its way out? The business case for saying goodbye

As automation proliferates, sensing is increasingly moving away from LiDAR.

Written by…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mind and Machine

Mind and Machine

Considering controls in context.  

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

By Wired, January 11, 2022

The last time I saw my friend James was at the townie bar near our old high school. He had been working in roofing for…


From insideHPC

Cogniteam’s Nimbus Supports Cloud-Enabled Robot Deployment Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Edge AI Platform

Cogniteam’s Nimbus Supports Cloud-Enabled Robot Deployment Powered by NVIDIA Jetson Edge AI Platform

Jan. 11, 2022 — Robotics company Cogniteam today announced it is supporting the NVIDIA Jetson edge AI platform into its cloud-based robotics development and deployment platform, allowing cloud-enabled deployments to use NVIDIA…


From insideHPC

PCI-SIG Releases PCIe 6.0 Specification

PCI-SIG Releases PCIe 6.0 Specification

BEAVERTON, OR. – January 11, 2022 – PCI-SIG, developer of the PCI Express (PCIe) standard, today announced the official release of the PCIe 6.0 specification, reaching 64 GT/s. PCIe 6.0 specification features: 64 GT/s raw data…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

How Do You Define a Computer Scientist

How Do You Define a Computer Scientist

The last few days have seem some social media discussion about requirements for a computer scientist. Is Calculus a requirement? Is Assembly/machine language a requirement? Among the “yes” and “no” answers there are requestsIn…


From insideHPC

HPC Cluster Management Software Company Bright Computing Acquired by NVIDIA

HPC Cluster Management Software Company Bright Computing Acquired by NVIDIA

HPC cluster management software company Bright Computing has been acquired by GPU powerhouse NVIDIA. Used by more than 700 companies, Bright Cluster Manager is now part of NVIDIA’s software stack for accelerated computing. The…


From The Eponymous Pickle

On New Open Language Models

On New Open Language Models

Bigscience and open Language Models

Inside BigScience, the quest to build a powerful open language model

Kyle Wiggers  @Kyle_L_Wiggers  in VentureBeat.  

January 10, 2022 9:30 AM

Roughly a year ago, Hugging Face, a Brooklyn, NewTaking…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The End of Car Keys, Payments and More

The End of Car Keys, Payments and More

 Have recently been involved in some significant and phishing attempts on me, so am taking a deeper look at how funds are used with in consumer payment systems. Continuing talks on how this occurs in online banking.  With additional…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Algorithm Improves Hand Gesture Complexity

Algorithm Improves  Hand Gesture Complexity

Hoe much have generalized gestures use?  Considerations? 

Algorithm Improves Hand Gestures   By SPIE, December 30, 2021

A team led by Zhiyi Yu of Sun Yat-sen University recently developed a new hand gesture recognition algorithm…


From insideHPC

LLNL Scientists Use Sierra Supercomputer to Develop Cancer Model

LLNL Scientists Use Sierra Supercomputer to Develop Cancer Model

Jan. 10, 2022 — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers and a multi-institutional team of scientists have developed a highly detailed, machine learning-backed multiscale model revealing the importance of lipids to …


From insideHPC

LG Electronics Joins IBM Quantum Network

LG Electronics Joins IBM Quantum Network

SEOUL, January 10, 2022 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that LG Electronics has joined the IBM Quantum Network to advance the industry applications of quantum computing. By joining the IBM Quantum Network, IBM will provide …


From The Eponymous Pickle

Solving Problems with 2D Materials

Solving Problems with 2D Materials

Note the mention of 'simulated annealing' methods.   

Solving the 'Big Problems' via Algorithms Enhanced by 2D Materials

Penn State News. Jamie Oberdick, January 5, 2022

Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) researchers have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Autonomous Trucking Test by TuSimple

Autonomous Trucking Test by TuSimple

ACM TECHNEWS

Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

By Associated Press, January 5, 2022

Autonomous technology developer TuSimple said its self-driving unmanned semitruck completed an 80-mile trip in Arizona on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Print a Home from Your Phone

Print a Home from Your Phone

 Interesting financial analysis, quality? 

A License to Print Houses

Financial Times, Louis Wustemann, December 30, 2021

As three-dimensionally (3D)-printed homes start to catch on, Logan Architecture founder Andrew Logan predicts…