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November 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

3 Ways AI is scaling Helpful Technologies Worldwide

3 Ways AI is scaling Helpful Technologies Worldwide

Google Posts AI progress Benefits

In the Google AI Blog 

Decades of research have led to today’s rapid progress in AI. Today, we’re announcing three new ways people are poised to benefit.

By Jeff Dean, Google Senior Fellow and SVP…


From Computational Complexity

A Celebration of Juris


On November 4th I travelled to my undergraduate alma mater Cornell for a Celebration of the Life and Career of Juris Hartmanis who passed away in July. The workshop attracted many Cornell faculty and students, many of Hartmanis'…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards Supply Chains in Space

Towards Supply Chains in Space

 Approaching new needs, Supply Chains for Space

SpaceX to launch last new cargo Dragon Spacecraft

by Jeff Foust — November 19, 2022  in SpaceNews

Dragon for CRS-25 mission

A SpaceX cargo Dragon mission being prepared for launch on…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Low Cost, Omni Purpose Robotics

Low Cost, Omni Purpose Robotics

Robust Robotics Solutions 

Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle

Carnegie Mellon University News

Aaron Aupperle, November 16, 2022

Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the University of California, Berkeley, have enabled…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Written by a Robot?

Written by a Robot?

Automating text.

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

By The Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2022

Theres a good chance that some of what youve read on the Internet was written by robots.

Like other types of…


From Schneier on Security

Breaking the Zeppelin Ransomware Encryption Scheme

Breaking the Zeppelin Ransomware Encryption Scheme

Brian Krebs writes about how the Zeppelin ransomware encryption scheme was broken:

The researchers said their break came when they understood that while Zeppelin used three different types of encryption keys to encrypt files…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Making sense of squishiness – 3D modelling the natural world

Making sense of squishiness – 3D modelling the natural world

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London Look out the window at the human-made world. It’s full of hard, geometric shapes – our buildings, the roads, our cars. They are made of solid things like tarmac, brick and metal…


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

Latina Computing Professionals Panel at Tapia 2022!

Latina Computing Professionals Panel at Tapia 2022!

by Adriana Alvarado Garcia, Karla Badillo-Urquiola, Brianna Posadas, Wendy Roldan Latina women, historically underrepresented in computing [1], face additional challenges starting their careers. To bring awareness to this issue…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Quantum State of the Union

IBM Quantum State of the Union

Good status info:  

An update on the IBM Quantum mission to bring useful quantum computing to the world, and to make the world quantum safe. Covering remarkable performance breakthroughs driven by software and hardware innovations…


From The Eponymous Pickle

UF Planning Invention Awards

UF Planning Invention Awards

From the University of Florida, one of my schools:

Srinivasan and Nawari Awarded 2022 Invention of the Year Award by UF Innovate

More than 200 innovators and entrepreneurs gathered for UF Innovate | Tech Licensing’s fifth annual…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Open Sourcing Farm of the Future

Open Sourcing Farm of the Future

First I had seen open sourcing in this domain

Microsoft open sources its ‘farm of the future’ toolkit

Jake Siegel, Oct 6, 2022

FARMINGTON, Wash. – The gently rolling hills here in eastern Washington have long grown rich harvests…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Asteroid Hits Earth Shortly After Discovery

Asteroid Hits Earth Shortly After Discovery

With pictures at link.  This happens often, but here apparently with a specific prediction.

Asteroid hit Canada hours after discovery

Posted by, Kelly Kizer Whitt, November 19, 2022

Asteroid hit Canada hours after discovery

Astronomers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An Interplanetary File System

An Interplanetary File System

 Idea is new to me.

Why the Internet Needs the Interplanetary File System

Peer-to-peer file sharing would make the Internet far more efficient

Yiannis Psaris, Jorge Soars, Dav\vd Dia

WHEN THE COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020…


From The Eponymous Pickle

New Brain Models

New Brain Models

 Alternative, competitive models are always good.

A New Brain Model Could Pave the Way for Conscious AI

A new model of the human brain.

A new study presents a new neurocomputational model of the human brain, which might shed light…


From Geeking with Greg

Experimentation and metrics

Experimentation and metrics

Since the early days of the Web, I've been a fan of A/B testing for promoting innovation and ideas. But A/B testing is a tool. Like any tool, it can be used well or used poorly. A/B testing observes human behavior, which is messy…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Internet Law and Moderation Transparency

Internet Law and Moderation Transparency

 Happened on the Stanford Cyberlaw Center, and notably Transparency laws.  Here an excerpt, which leads to more  ...  Had not taken a look there for some time.   Note the mention and criticism of Facebook's rules.   Worth covering…


From Putting People First

Climate change and human behaviour

Climate change and human behaviour

This Focus of Nature Magazine, a collaboration between Nature Human Behaviour and Nature Climate Change, features a broad range of Review and Opinion content on the role of human behaviour in adaption to climate change and mitigation…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Low Cost Legged Robotics

Low Cost Legged Robotics

 Low cost,  especially useful for testing out proposed uses,  sounds good. 

Low-Cost Robot Ready for Any Obstacle   

By Carnegie Mellon University News, November 18, 2022

A robotic system designed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Experts Making Complex Decisions

Experts Making Complex Decisions

 Note also my mention of 'process mining' which can lead to and simplify useful decision making. 

How Experts Make Complex Decisions

By studying 200 million chess moves, researchers shed light on what gives players an advantage…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Mines Process

Microsoft Mines Process

 We worked with Microsoft to explore process mining:  Was a good idea, Now they are further investing in the idea.   See my links on the examination in this blog 

Microsoft bought process-mining vendor Minit earlier this year.…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Brains

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Brains

Researchers have new evidence of how squid brains develop:

Researchers from the FAS Center for Systems Biology describe how they used a new live-imaging technique to watch neurons being created in the embryo in almost real-time…


From insideHPC

Quantum Computing Users Work Alongside Classical Supercomputers: An Interview with Travis Humble at Oak Ridge Lab

Quantum Computing Users Work Alongside Classical Supercomputers: An Interview with Travis Humble at Oak Ridge Lab

By Katie Elyce Jones, Editor, PillarQ As the high-performance computing (HPC) community looks beyond the brink of Moore’s Law for solutions to accelerate future systems, one technology at the forefront is quantum computing, which…


From Schneier on Security

First Review of A Hacker’s Mind

First Review of A Hacker’s Mind

Kirkus reviews A Hacker’s Mind:

A cybersecurity expert examines how the powerful game whatever system is put before them, leaving it to others to cover the cost.

Schneier, a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and author ofData…


From The Eponymous Pickle

NSA Urges Shift to Memory Safe Programming Languages

NSA Urges Shift to Memory Safe Programming Languages

Useful thoughts also mentioned in detail in current 'Security Now'

In MalwareBytes:  NSA urges shift to Memory Safe Programming Languages

See here: statement from Defense.gov,     Technical

Below Posted: November 12, 2022 by Pieter…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Microsoft Teams Gets Improved Sign Language

Microsoft Teams Gets Improved Sign Language

 New accessibility

Microsoft Teams is getting a sign language view  in theVerge

The new accessibility feature creates a larger, high-quality view for interpreters and signers separate from other call participants or presentations…


From insideHPC

ACM Accepting Nominations for New Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling

ACM Accepting Nominations for New Gordon Bell Prize for Climate Modelling

New York, NY, November 17, 2022 – To highlight and encourage more research focused on modelling the devastating impact of climate change, ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has established the ACM Gordon Bell Prize…


From Schneier on Security

Successful Hack of Time-Triggered Ethernet

Successful Hack of Time-Triggered Ethernet

Time-triggered Ethernet (TTE) is used in spacecraft, basically to use the same hardware to process traffic with different timing and criticality. Researchers have defeated it:

On Tuesday, researchers published findings that,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Single Drop Blood Test on Smartphone

Single Drop Blood Test on Smartphone

 Blood Testing streamlined

Blood Test Only Needs a Drop and a Smartphone for Results 

The tech shows promise, although user-friendly “single drop of blood” platforms are still a few years away by GREG GOTH   in IEEE Spectrum

University…


From The Eponymous Pickle

An AI with Artificial Sleep

An AI with Artificial Sleep

Novel thought,  We worked with UCSD.

AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last

By New Scientist, November 16, 2022

The researchers simulated sleep in the neural network by activating the networks artificial…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reports on Computing, Big and Small

Reports on Computing, Big and Small

Training and More

New Records for the Biggest and Smallest AI Computers Nvidia H100 and Intel Sapphire Rapids Xeon debut on ML Perf training benchmarks   By SAMUEL K. MOORE  in Spectrum IEEE 

The machine-learning consortium MLCommons…