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January 2022


From insideHPC

Harnessing Data In Motion

Harnessing Data In Motion

[SPONSORED POST] This whitepaper from Cloudera and sponsored by Carahsoft describes how Cloudera DataFlow supports government data movement and processing. A simple, flexible, open-ended solution is required to streamline access…


From Computational Complexity

Math problems involving Food

 A few people emailed me an Math article on arxiv about cutting a pizza, and since I wrote the book (literally) on cutting muffins, they thought it might interest me. It did, though perhaps not in the way they intended. I got…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predicting Future of Covid

Predicting Future of Covid

 Interesting predictive approach,  but don't understand its basis.

Predicting the Future of COVID

Boston College, January 6, 2022

A new analytical tool developed by a research team led by biologists at Boston College (BC) uses quantum…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Body Monitoring

Body Monitoring

Digital Selves deriving from monitoring

Body-Monitoring Tech Trend Comes with Concerns

France24, January 6, 2022

Body-monitoring technology promoted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show raises concerns about such wearables eroding…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Navigational Apps for the Blind

Navigational Apps for the Blind

New Sensory Applications

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have Broader Appeal

The New York Times, Amanda Morris, January 4, 2022

New apps designed specifically for blind and low-vision people could also have mainstream appeal…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Thoughtful Piece, Dangers of AI

Thoughtful Piece,  Dangers of AI

Useful caurions we need to think about and will soon become important contexts of these methods.

 AI’s 6 Worst-Case Scenarios Who needs Terminators when you have precision clickbait and ultra-deepfakes? By NATASHA BAJEMA  in IEEE…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Toyota Robotics

Toyota Robotics

Expect more from automotive.  

ACM TECHNEWS

Toyota Gives Robots a Soft Touch, Better Vision   By CNET

TRI's robots can understand clear or reflective surfaces, a sensing task that foiled earlier robots.

Researchers at the ToyotaBigger…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Getting Remote Workers Back to the Office

Getting Remote Workers Back to the Office

Brought to my attention.

How to Get Remote Workers to Want to Return to the Office

People want to work from home because offices have become miserable places to work.

BY GEOFFREY JAMES, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, INC.COM

@SALES_SOURCE


From The Eponymous Pickle

Time Crystal Quantum Computer

Time Crystal Quantum Computer

Time Crystal Quantum

Stanford physicists help create time crystals with quantum computers

A team of researchers including ones from Stanford and Google have created and observed a new phase of matter, popularly known as a timeBY…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Wordle Solving For Fun and Coding

Wordle Solving For Fun and Coding

After my post the other day (Is Wordle A Project To Assign Students to Program?) I got thinking about solver help for Wordle. I happen to have a huge word list I got some somewhere some time ago. For various reasons I had written…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Re-Imagining AI in Context

Re-Imagining AI in Context

Really just understanding the multiple contexts we are immersed in.  No different than how we use general human intelligence.  We adapt appropriately.  

Reimagining AI

By USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, January…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Phygital Shopping Realities?

Phygital Shopping Realities?

 Extended shopping Realities: Phygital.   Broad term new to me. Extentison

Is Retail Ready for a Phygital Future  by Carol Spieckerman in Retailwire

Through a special arrangement, presented here for discussion is a summary of a…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Alexa to Take AI to the Moon

Alexa to Take AI to the Moon

 Like to see this, will follow.  Will conversational AI be good enough by then?  I don't think it is yet. 

Amazon’s Alexa and Cisco’s Webex are heading to deep space on NASA’s upcoming Moon mission

Meet Callisto, the companionBy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Closer to Conversation

Closer to Conversation

 Better Conversation in Context

Model Moves Computers Closer to Understanding Human Conversation

Piotr Zelasko at the Johns Hopkins Center for Language and Speech Processing has developed a machine learning model that can differentiate…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Qubit Supercharged: Researchers Introduce the Qutrit

Qubit Supercharged: Researchers Introduce the Qutrit

New Quantum State proposed: The Qutrit.   Will this prevail?

The Qubit Supercharged: Researchers Introduce the Qutrit

By Tom's Hardware, January 6, 2022

Rigetti Computing has announced a new development in quantum computing, unlocking…


From insideHPC

Chip Geopolitics: If China Invades, Make Taiwan ‘Unwantable’ by Destroying TSMC, Suggest Military Paper

Chip Geopolitics: If China Invades, Make Taiwan ‘Unwantable’ by Destroying TSMC, Suggest Military Paper

US military planners are taking notice of a suggestion by two military scholars calling for the destruction of semiconductor foundry company Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), whose fabs produce advanced microprocessors…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Uselessness of Useful Knowledge

Uselessness of Useful Knowledge

Comments on AI vs Knowledge

The Uselessness of Useful Knowledge: 

https://www.quantamagazine.org/science-has-entered-a-new-era-of-alchemy-good-20211020/

Today’s powerful but little-understood artificial intelligence breakthroughs…


From insideHPC

Altair Signs Multi-Year Agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Altair Signs Multi-Year Agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

TROY, Mich., Jan. 6, 2022 — Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR) signed a multi-year agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to offer Altair’s HPC solution suite for job scheduling and management with HPE’s HPC systems. The solution…


From insideHPC

Lenovo Winterstock22: Festival of solutions

Lenovo Winterstock22: Festival of solutions

[SPONSORED POST] Lenovo is gearing up for Winterstock22, our premier virtual event for all things HPC & AI. On the heels of retaining our position as the #1 Supercomputer provider on the TOP500, we’re kicking off a new year of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Individual AI?

Individual AI?

 New to me, but like the idea.  Change our world? In what different ways?

Individual AI, a New Technology that Will Change Our World?

By TechTalks, January 5, 2022

Existing artificial intelligence systems, with all their features…


From insideHPC

inside HPC-Hyperion Research Interviews: Catalog’s Dave Turek on the Promise of DNA-based Data Storage and Compute

inside HPC-Hyperion Research Interviews: Catalog’s Dave Turek on the Promise of DNA-based Data Storage and Compute

Dave Turek is one of the venerable names in HPC. Having long served at IBM in senior strategic roles, he has spent decades at supercomputing’s leading edge. In 2020, Turek joined a Cambridge, MA company called Catalog, a venture…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Devices and Automation in Supply Chain

Smart Devices and Automation in Supply Chain

Smart Devices and the Supply Chain

Ivanti links smart devices to bring automation to supply chain operations

BY MIKE WHEATLEY  in SilicaonAngle

Ivanti Software Inc.’s supply chain business unit, Ivanti Wavelink, said today it’sWith…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Warehouses

Smart Warehouses

 Effective management and delivery.

Delivering Smart Warehouses

By Jake Widman, Commissioned by CACM Staff, January 4, 2022

Recent trends have presented major challenges to warehouses and distribution centers. According to dataAt…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The World Ahead in 2022

The World Ahead in 2022

A long time connect of mine does a good pointer to useful end of year tech needs, worth allok, great stuff. 

From: Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More on Log4j

More on Log4j

 More on this from Schneier, note in particular the comments to his site. 

More Log4j News   

Log4j is being exploited by all sorts of attackers, all over the Internet:

At that point it was reported that there were over 100 attempts…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Quantum Graph Theory

More ways quantum can invigorate “classical” research Composite crop of src1, src2, src3 Axel Dahlberg, Jonas Helsen, and Stephanie Wehner are researchers from QuTech associated to Delft Technological University. They have produced…


From Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information From Alfred Thompson

Is Wordle A Project To Assign Students to Program?

Is Wordle A Project To Assign Students to Program?

Seems like a lot of people are playing Wordle on social media these days. Have you tried it? It’s a word/letter version of old Mastermind game The idea is that you enter a five letter work and the game tells you if you have a…


From insideHPC

WEKA Announces New Venture Funding

WEKA Announces New Venture Funding

CAMPBELL, Calif., — January 4, 2022 — WEKA, maker of a data platform for AI, today announced that Hitachi Ventures led its recent round raising $73 million in funding, which brings the total amount raised to $140 million. Other…


From insideHPC

McGann Named COO/CTO for Quantum Computing Inc.

McGann Named COO/CTO for Quantum Computing Inc.

LEESBURG, Va., Jan. 04, 2022 — Quantum Computing Inc. (the “Company” or “QCI”) (Nasdaq: QUBT) has appointed renowned business and technology leader William J. McGann, Ph.D. as Chief Operating and Technology Officer (COO/CTO) …


From insideHPC

Into HPC History: NCSA’s Blue Waters Supercomputer Ceasing Operations

Into HPC History: NCSA’s Blue Waters Supercomputer Ceasing Operations

Catching up on a development possibly missed during the holidays, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) last month announced that one of the more famous HPC systems of the past decade, the leadership-class…