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November 2022


From The Eponymous Pickle

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wants Us to 'Ignore' Web3

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wants Us to 'Ignore' Web3

Too vague?  Also a hit on Blockchain as "too slow, too expensive, and too public.".

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wants Us to 'Ignore' Web3

CNBC News, Ryan Browne, November 4, 2022

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Tim Berners-Lee,…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Smart Face Masks?

Smart Face Masks?

 Nice idea if usefully effective and accurate.

Smart Mask Tracks Respiratory Sounds for Disease Identification

City University of Hong Kong

November 2, 2022

A smart face mask developed by researchers at the City University of Hong…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Regulating Bossware

Regulating Bossware

 Had not seen this term for some time, but it is real. Can be more powerful now. Gvt regulation? 

ACM NEWS

U.S. Government to Crack Down on "Bossware" That Spies On Employees' Computers

By Futurism, November 7, 2022

The use and abuse…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robot Dog and AI Research

Robot Dog and AI Research

Robotics of this types create excitement about the possibilities. 

Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research

By Government Technology, November 3, 2022

The University of Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recently acquired…


From Schneier on Security

The Conviction of Uber’s Chief Security Officer

The Conviction of Uber’s Chief Security Officer

I have been meaning to write about Joe Sullivan, Uber’s former Chief Security Officer. He was convicted of crimes related to covering up a cyberattack against Uber. It’s a complicated case, and I’m not convinced that he deserved…


From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Watching whales well – the travelling salesman problem ^JB

Watching whales well – the travelling salesman problem ^JB

Island-hopping your way around the Travelling Salesman Problem (and back again).


From The Eponymous Pickle

Reproducibility

Reproducibility

For further discussion of the issue see here.

Researchers Have a Fix for Reproducibility Crisis in Science

USC Viterbi School of Engineering,    By Julian Cohen, Nov 3, 2022

University of Southern California (USC) researchers have…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Robots Killing Cockroaches

Robots Killing Cockroaches

Robotic Insecticide

Robotic Laser Can Target, Kill Cockroaches

By New Scientist, October 27, 2022

The device is equipped with a laser, two cameras, and a small computer running an AI model that can be trained to target certain types…


From The Eponymous Pickle

McKinsey Explainers

McKinsey Explainers

 McKinsey & Company

A tablet and phone displaying the Mckinsey explainers

You have questions. We have the answers.

What is the future of work? How does inflation affect pricing? What is the metaverse?

With McKinsey Explainers,For…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Freight Rail as a Key Supply Chain Component

Freight Rail as a Key Supply Chain Component

Brought to my attention.   Am currently working a related project.  By the Association of American Railroads (AAR)   An industry group,  not representing Rail Unions.

Freight Railroads: A 24/7 Link in the U.S. Supply Chain  By…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Securement

Supply Chain Securement

Short Excerpt of exec summary.  Key issues

Securing the Software Supply Chain: Recommended Practices for Developers ii

Executive Summary   From CISA.GOV

Cyberattacks are conducted via cyberspace and target an enterprise’s use of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Lack of Oubreak Data

Lack of Oubreak Data

 Key here is how do we predatively know what data to gather.

ACM NEWS

'Very Harmful' Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks

By The New York Times

September 21, 2022

After a middle-aged woman tested positive for Covid-19 in…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Right to Repair?

Right to Repair?

Expected perhaps, but quite complex in planning. 

An Emergent Legal Right to Repair Electronic Devices

By Pamela Samuelson

Communications of the ACM, November 2022, Vol. 65 No. 11, Pages 22-25 10.1145/3563966

In the not too distant…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Billions Spent in a Metaverse Land Grab

Billions Spent in a Metaverse Land Grab

Too soon and easily as strange as Second Life, where we examined participating in retail.   Still very speculative, but the 'prices' for participation are cheap.  Yet that participation will cost you much in experimentation.

Billions…


From The Eponymous Pickle

IBM Watson AI Patent Assistant

IBM Watson AI Patent Assistant

Mentioned earlier, examining. 

IBM Watson Demos AI Patent Assistant

ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ on October 31, 2022 at 4:00 pm in Voicebot.ai

IBM and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are testing a new AI tool for exploring and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

OpenAI Releases DALL-E 2 API for Developers

OpenAI Releases DALL-E 2 API for Developers

More from OpenAI

OpenAI Releases DALL-E 2 API for Developers

ERIC HAL SCHWARTZ on November 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm   in Voicebot.ai

OpenAI has released an API of its text-to-image engine DALL-E 2 as a public beta. Developers can nowDALL…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Linkedin Leverages Data for Success Prediction

Linkedin Leverages Data for Success Prediction

The Linkedin data begs for such studies to be done, should they be? 

LinkedIn ran undisclosed social experiments on 20 million users for years to study job success

By USA Today, September 28, 2022

A new study analyzing the dataResearchers…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Metaverse and Brands

Metaverse and Brands

Something we examined in 'Second Life' 

 Shaping your brand identity in the metaverse  in VentureBeat

How does a brand have identity in a “metaverse” that doesn’t yet exist?

As we forge ahead with shaping a collective concept of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Home/News/Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars/Full Text

ACM TECHNEWS

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

By Interesting Engineering

November 2, 2022

Researchers at the University of Florida, the UniversityThe…


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Newfoundland Giant Squid Sculpture

Friday Squid Blogging: Newfoundland Giant Squid Sculpture

In 1878, a 55-foot-long giant squid washed up on the shores of Glover’s Harbour, Newfoundland. It’s the largest giant squid ever recorded—although scientists now think that the size was an exaggeration or the result of postmortem…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Network Pruning Can Skew Deep Learning Models

Network Pruning Can Skew Deep Learning Models

Making Better Models

Network Pruning Can Skew Deep Learning Models

North Carolina State University News

Matt Shipman, November 2, 2022

Computer science researchers at North Carolina State (NC State), Syracuse, and Carnegie Mellon…


From The Eponymous Pickle

More Challenges in Detecting Dangerous Hidden Asteroids

More Challenges in Detecting Dangerous Hidden Asteroids

 Been long watching some of the 'Planetary Defense' work being done by NASA, most recently the DART flight and impact.  Its been discovered that there are some asteroids hidden behind the glare of our sun.    Can we effectively…


From Schneier on Security

NSA on Supply Chain Security

NSA on Supply Chain Security

The NSA (together with CISA) has published a long report on supply-chain security: “Securing the Software Supply Chain: Recommended Practices Guide for Suppliers.“:

Prevention is often seen as the responsibility of the software…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Public Access Quantum Computer

Public Access Quantum Computer

 A means to do early testing?

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access  By Reuters, November 2, 2022

QuEra Computing's 256-qubit quantum computer and Florian Huber, one of the team of scientists that builtBoston…


From insideHPC

Recent Results Show HBM Can Make CPUs the Desired Platform for AI and HPC

Recent Results Show HBM Can Make CPUs the Desired Platform for AI and HPC

Third-party performance benchmarks show CPUs with HBM2e memory now have sufficient memory bandwidth and computational capabilities to match GPU performance on many HPC and AI workloads. By Rob Farber Recent Intel and third-party…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Truck Stop Operator Explores Accommodating Self-Driving Trucks

Truck Stop Operator Explores Accommodating Self-Driving Trucks

 Move towards supporting new Technology

Truck Stop Operator Explores Accommodating Self-Driving Trucks

U.S. truck stops are starting to get ready for self-driving trucks. The Wall Street Journal reports that truck stop operator…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Quantum Watch

Quantum Watch

New to me: 

Quantum watch is a 'completely new way of measuring time'

A quantum stopwatch made of lasers and helium atoms can measure the time that has passed with complete accuracy, without counting seconds like other  

PHYSICS…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Study; Neural Networks and the Brain

Study;  Neural Networks and the Brain

During the early days of neural nets in the 1980s, we brought in a neuroscientist to talk to our group.  He emphasized the great difference between the neurons of the brain and the statistical neural nets we were experimenting…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Samsung Breach

Samsung Breach

More insecurity emerges.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers  By David Geer, Commissioned by CACM Staff

November 3, 2022

Samsung waited a month to disclose the breach, which one industry observer said "shows that they also believe the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Closer to a Molecular Computer?

Closer to a Molecular Computer?

 And thus very, very small?

The Sci-Fi Dream of a ‘Molecular Computer’ Is Getting More Real

By Wired, November 3, 2022

David Leigh dreams of building a small machine. Really small. Something minuscule. Or more like … molecule. "Chemists…