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October 2021


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Sewing

Robots Sewing

Useful to see examples where robotics have problems with manufacturing steps.

Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

By Wired, September 28, 2021

SoftWear Automation https://softwearautomation.com/ is a robotics company that wants to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM's Journey to AI Blog

IBM's Journey to AI Blog

IBM taking a fresh look at AI

IBM's Journey to AI Blog

Data: It’s becoming richer, cheaper, and increasingly open in the post-pandemic world of broad digitalization. And for financial services organizations, this windfall is opening…


From The Eponymous Pickle

The Security of Pin Codes

The Security of Pin Codes

 Disconcerting suggestion. 

Via Schneier, see where there are comments of interest .... 

Credit card PINs can be guessed even when covering the ATM pad  in Bleepingcomputer

By Bill Toulas

Researchers have proven it’s possible toThe…


From insideHPC

Exxact Partners with SoftIron on Ceph-based Software Defined Storage

Exxact Partners with SoftIron on Ceph-based Software Defined Storage

FREMONT, CA, October 19, 2021 — Exxact Corporation, provider of high-performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and data center solutions, and SoftIron, provider of task-specific data infrastructure solutions, …


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

Some Statistical Gamma Fun

Nothing takes place in the world whose meaning is not that of some maximum or minimum. — Leonhard Euler Cantor’s Paradise page Kasper Müller is a mathematics and data science writer for Medium, where he contributes primarily…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lucy as a Robot Archaeologist

Lucy as a Robot Archaeologist

Archaeologists adapt to the context to make the best use of their time and resources.  Is this what is being done or are just doing remote control?  Following.

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy  By The New York…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Small Data Also Crucial, With Tested Transfer Assumption

Small Data Also Crucial, With Tested Transfer Assumption

We tried related ideas but found that the transfer assumption rarely held well enough to be useful.  Useful to keep in mind to potentially simplify models, with care..

'Small Data' Is Also Crucial for Machine Learning

By Scientific…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Data Link over Chinese Cities

Quantum Data Link over Chinese Cities

Repeated, was asked for new comment on this:   via ACM TECHNEWS

Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities

By New Scientist

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China have created a secure…


From insideHPC

PRACE Invites Participation in HPC for Industry Survey

PRACE Invites Participation in HPC for Industry Survey

Oct. 19, 2021 — PRACE, the  Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has issued a survey aimed at assessing difficulties and issues SMEs face when attempting to apply high performance computing (HPC) and big data analysis…


From The Eponymous Pickle

AI Forecasting

AI Forecasting

 All of AI is a kind of forecasting  and I  like see the comparison of statistical and AI style methods.   Some related examples below.

New Post: Updates and Lessons from AI Forecasting

Updates and Lessons from AI Forecasting

by…


From insideHPC

ColdQuanta’s Research-as-a-Service Begins 1st Project with Oak Ridge

ColdQuanta’s Research-as-a-Service Begins 1st Project with Oak Ridge

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 18, 2021 — Cold atom quantum technology company ColdQuanta has announced the company has embarked on its first project under its new Quantum Research as a Service (QRaaS) Division to build a custom ion trap…


From insideHPC

Frontier: OLCF’S Justin Whitt on Deploying the First Exascale Supercomputer

Frontier: OLCF’S Justin Whitt on Deploying the First Exascale Supercomputer

In this installment of the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series produced by the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, Justin Whitt, program director of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, discusses deployment…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Trains for Clogged Infrastructure

Robot Trains for Clogged Infrastructure

 Intriguing solution.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

The Wall Street Journal, Christopher Mims, October 9, 2021

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook's Tools can Target a Single User

Facebook's Tools can Target a Single User

Well I would think the title above is clearly true, but the question is how effective is it in a useful context? And is that ethically more powerful than a typical ad?  

Researchers Show Facebook's Ad Tools Can Target Single Users…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pentagon Predicting Events

Pentagon Predicting Events

Long after I worked for NCSS at the Pentagon,  but you could start to hear the same questions at the time, when we were predicting events using large scale visualization of plans and events in eastern Europe.  Ultimately thePentagon…


From insideHPC

Join insideHPC at Today’s HPE Exascale Day Broadcast

Join insideHPC at Today’s HPE Exascale Day Broadcast

Exascale Day, today, is a special occasion for HPE, which isn’t surprising considering that the company is the prime contractor for two of the first three exascale systems (Frontier, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and El Capitan…


From Computational Complexity

Is MATH Ready for P=NP? Is Alexandra Fahrenthold Ready for P=NP?

(This post was inspired by Harry Lewis emailing me about his granddaughter.)




Harry Lewis's grand daughter Alexandra Fahrenthold (see both pictures) wants information
on how to claim the Millennial prize, so she will be ready…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Adaptive Queueing Systems

Adaptive Queueing Systems

Did quite a bit of work in queueing systsems.  Even recently saw a presentation by McDonald's on how they address drive-through and the resulting queues/

Mathematicians Create a Model for Queue Organizing with Self-Sustained Servers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Smart Glasses

More Smart Glasses

Additional experiments with the idea.  Will this become common, replacing phones and watches?

TCL unveils Thunderbird Smart Glasses with a full-color transparent micro-LED display

PETER, 15 OCTOBER 2021

There is a renewed push to…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Better Detection of Earthquakes with Machine Learniing

Better Detection of Earthquakes with Machine Learniing

New work in the space using Machine Learning, we had proposed related methods when studying neural models.  Here a convolutional neural network.

Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities  in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Learning to Walk with an Obstacle Course

Robots Learning to Walk with an Obstacle Course

 Establishing a means for training that matches the elements of the real word. 

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Wired, Will Knight, October 8, 2021

Researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich and chipmaker Nvidia…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A VR exploration of the Universe

A VR exploration of the Universe

With my background in astronomy I relish the thought.    An ideal application given all the data we have gathered. General availability? Will be looking for this.

Explore the Universe with VR

EPFL News (Switzerland)

Hillary Sanctuary…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Science and Technology links (October 16th 2021)

Science and Technology links (October 16th 2021)

The thymus is an important component of our immune system. As we age, the thymus degenerates and our immune system becomes less fit: emotional and physical distress, malnutrition, and opportunistic bacterial and viral infections…


From The Eponymous Pickle

MIT and QCRI Deep Learning Predicts Traffic Accidents

MIT and QCRI Deep Learning Predicts Traffic Accidents

And forecasting generalizes to multiple cities. 

Deep Learning Helps Predict Traffic Crashes Before They Happen

MIT News, Rachel Gordon, October 12, 2021

A deep learning model trained on historical traffic crash data, road maps,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Trustworthy AI Blog

Trustworthy AI Blog

IBM Writes on Trustworthy AI in a new Blog:

Financial services: Trustworthy AI’s promise and payoff

IBM, Forrester, UBS, Regions Bank, and State Bank of India show how to build AI responsibly

By Jennifer Clemente 

Data: It’s becoming…


From insideHPC

Damkroger Said to Be Out as Head of Intel HPC

Damkroger Said to Be Out as Head of Intel HPC

Word is circulating that Trish Damkroger, vice president and general manager of Intel’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Group, will leave her position and be replaced by Raja Koduri, Intel’s head of Accelerated Computing Systems…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Deepfake Voices Fool Human, Smart Assistants

Deepfake Voices Fool Human, Smart Assistants

A Concern.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

By New Scientist, October 14, 2021

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nissan Intelligent Auto Plant

Nissan Intelligent Auto Plant

A more intelligent robotic automobile plant at Nissan. 

 Smart Robots Do All the Work at Nissan's 'Intelligent' Plant

Associated Press, Yuri Kageyama  October 8, 2021

Nissan Motor Co. plans to have its "intelligent factory" in Tochigi…


From The Eponymous Pickle

LED Display of incoming Data Through Clothing

LED Display of incoming Data Through Clothing

All the Information You Need Could Be in Your Pocket

University of Waterloo Cheriton School of Computer Science (Canada)

October 12, 2021

Researchers at the University of Waterloo's Cheriton School of Computer Science in CanadaFull…


From insideHPC

Appentra and Fujitsu in HPC Collaboration

Appentra and Fujitsu in HPC Collaboration

A Coruña, Spain – Oct. 14, 2021 — Fujitsu and Appentra, maker of Parallelware Analyzer to boost the performance of C/C++ code, and Fujitsu have announced a framework collaboration agreement in which both companies will allow …

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