Quantum Computing Topics for 03/06/2017

IBM’s new Q program to include a 50-qubit quantum computer | PCWorld “A new quantum computing program called Q at IBM will be remarkable in its own right. In a few years, IBM plans to create a quantum computer with more than 50 qubits, which should push conventional computers one step…

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General Reading for 11/07/2016

Next AI challenge: Computers take on StarCraft – CSMonitor.com “DeepMind announced its decision to partner with StarCraft’s creator, Blizzard, at a conference in California. The two groups say that they look forward to programming a computer to react to strategic problems in real time.” tags: v bs blizzard Posted from…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 03/13/2016

Google AI finally loses to Go world champion “At last, humanity is on the scoreboard. After three consecutive losses, Go world champion Lee Sedol has beaten Google‘s DeepMind artificial intelligence program, AlphaGo, in the fourth game of their five-game series. DeepMind founder Demis Hassabis notes that the AI lost thanks…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 03/10/2016

Data science roles will be among best paid in near future, conference hears – Independent.ie “Ireland must urgently invest in data science skills, an audience at a Big Data event in Dublin heard today.” tags: m data science ireland Pizza Hut National Pi Day math contest “Want to earn 3.14…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 02/03/2016

The 17 equations that changed the course of history – ScienceAlert “Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways. In 2013, mathematician and science author Ian Stewart published a book on 17 Equations That Changed The World. We recently came across this convenient…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 01/31/2016

Legacy of Marvin Minsky Carries On in Artificial Intelligence | MIT Technology Review “Minsky was a uniquely brilliant, creative, and charismatic person, and his intellect and imagination shone through in his work. His ideas helped shape the computer revolution that has transformed modern life over the past few decades, and…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 01/20/2016

New largest prime number found “A team at the University of Central Missouri, headed by Curtis Cooper has announced, via press release from the Messene organization, that they have found the largest prime number ever—it is 274,207,281 – 1, it has over 22 million digits. The new record has broken…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 01/04/2016

AI helpers aren’t just for Facebook’s Zuckerberg: Here’s how to build your own – TechRepublic “Today there are a growing number of online services that provide the tools such an AI would rely upon. To name a few: voice recognition is available through Amazon‘s Alexa Voice Service, facial and emotion…

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General Reading for 12/30/2015

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT MACHINES THAT THINK? | Edge.org “Is AI becoming increasingly real? Are we now in a new era of the “AIs”? To consider this issue, it’s time to grow up. Enough already with the science fiction and the movies, Star Maker, Blade Runner, 2001, Her, The Matrix, “The Borg”.  Also, 80…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 12/23/2015

Google Is Working On A New Chat App And AI Chat Companions: Report “And while Google already offers Google Now, with voice-powered search and organizer features similar to Apple‘s Siri, Microsoft‘s Cortana and Amazon‘s Echo, other competitors are also moving to integrate AI assistants into text-based messaging apps. Just as…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 12/16/2015

Netflix Updates Algorithm Policy, May Solve Streaming Issues “What it is doing now is looking at all its video presentations and assigning more appropriate encoding algorithms to each one. This type of broadcast granularity may be the answer to a more efficient delivery process—and to more consistent quality for viewers.…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 12/12/2015

AIML – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia “AIML, or Artificial Intelligence Markup Language, is an XML dialect for creating natural language software agents.” tags: m python ai aiml AI Chat Bot in Python with AIML | DevDungeon “Artificial intelligence chat bots are easy to write in Python with the AIML package.…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 12/02/2015

Or, why I still use Python for high performance scientific computing “Python is a great high level language for easily expressing ideas, but people don’t tend to think of it as a high performance language; for that you would want a compiled language — ideally C or C++ but Java…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/11/2015

Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) “The yearlong IMA program in Mathematics and Optics will bring together applied mathematicians, physical scientists and engineers to confront challenging problems arising in optics. It is anticipated that they will report on latest developments, interact and chart a future research agenda. Workshops will…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/10/2015

General Relativity at 100: Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton University Celebrate the Enduring Reach, Power and Mysteries of Einstein’s Theory | Institute for Advanced Study “Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a pillar of modern physics formulated 100 years ago, will be celebrated by the Institute for Advanced Study…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/06/2015

Machine Learning: What Counting Jelly Beans Can Teach Us “This phenomenon is an example of what’s known as “the wisdom of the crowd,” a modeling strategy frequently used in machine learning. Given that you have a diverse enough number of perspectives—each of which must have some measure of signal, but…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/05/2015

Baidu, the ‘Chinese Google,’ Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware | WIRED “But deep learning is quickly pushing into other areas as well. Ng also says that Baidu is now using deep neural nets to help drive the company’s security software (Baidu sells such Symantec-like anti-virus software in China).” tags:…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 11/02/2015

18 researchers predict the future of AI – Tech Insider “To get an a realistic handle on what that future might look like, Tech Insider spoke to 18 artificial intelligence researchers, roboticists, and computer scientists about the single most profound change artificial intelligence could bring.” tags: m ai Google DeepMind…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/27/2015

ISSAC 2016 – International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation “The International Symposium on Symbolic and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC) is the premier conference for research in symbolic computation and computer algebra. ISSAC 2016 will be the 41st meeting in the series, which started in 1966 and has been held annually…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/20/2015

Harrisburg University plans summit on big data analytics | CPBJ “Keynote speakers will include James Pennebaker, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin who developed the LIWC text analysis program; and Bob Sutor, vice president for mobile, solutions and mathematical sciences at IBM Research.” tags: m harrisburg big…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/16/2015

How pollsters are fighting for relevance in the age of big data “But Bricker cautions that voting-intention surveys and consumer research are so different that the transferability of conclusions from one to the other is low. Corporate clients rarely want information on the general population, unless it’s to figure out…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/09/2015

Math story time at home bolsters achievement in school | UChicago News “Adding math talk to story time at home is a winning equation for children’s math achievement, according to new research from the University of Chicago.” tags: m math story time Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/08/2015

IBM Watson CTO: Quantum computing could advance artificial intelligence by orders of magnitude “Speaking to IBTimes UK at the recent Hello Tomorrow conference in Paris, IBM Watson’s chief technology officer Rob High said there was a “very natural synergy” between cognitive computing and quantum computing, revealing he hoped to one…

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Math, Data Science, and Cognitive Reading for 10/07/2015

Bob Dylan’s new IBM ad: Some additional information, watch video here | Examiner.com “A new video advertisement featuring Bob Dylan and super computer IBM Watson premiered on IBM’s You Tube page early this afternoon. According to the description accompanying the ad, “IBM Watson analyzes Bob Dylan’s lyrics and shows that…

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Math and Data Science Reading for 10/06/2015

IBM’s New Unit Bets on Boom in Artificial Intelligence – WSJ “Introduced in 2011, Watson excels at analyzing vast quantities of information to uncover relationships that humans might miss. It has assisted oncologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, contributed to a recipe book, and bested champions of television’s “Jeopardy”…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 08/20/2015

The State of Artificial Intelligence in Six Visuals — Medium “We cover many emerging markets in the startup ecosystem. Previously, we published posts that summarized Financial Technology, Internet of Things, Bitcoin, and MarTech in six visuals. This week, we do the same with Artificial Intelligence (AI). At this time, we…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 08/19/2015

Beyond Just “Big” Data – IEEE Spectrum “Just how much information are we talking about here? Estimates vary widely, but big-data buffs sometimes speak of storage in units of brontobytes, a term that appears to be based on brontosaurus, one of the largest creatures ever to rattle the Earth.” tags:…

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Daily Math and Data Science Reading for 05/05/2015

NYU to Advance Deep Learning Research with Multi-GPU Cluster “That’s why New York University’s Center for Data Science and NVIDIA are teaming up to develop next-gen deep learning applications and algorithms for large-scale GPU-accelerated systems.” tags: m nyu deep learning research On the evolution of machine learning – O’Reilly Radar…

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What I’m Reading on 03/05/2015

To Bring Virtual Reality to Market, Furious Efforts to Solve Nausea – NYTimes.com “Few technologies have generated more attention than virtual reality, which promises to immerse people in 3-D games and video. Yet for the last couple of years, the companies building virtual reality headsets have begged for patience from…

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What I’m Reading on 01/20/2015

Open source Ubuntu Core connects robots, drones and smart homes – CNET “The smallest version of the Ubuntu operating system, Snappy Ubuntu Core, is now opening up to smart devices and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Builders of drones, robots and smart-home kit will be able to develop, simulate…

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What I’m Reading on 01/01/2015

Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence from 2014 | MIT Technology Review “The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine learning software that can gain abilities from experience. Companies in sectors from biotech to computing turned to…

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What I’m Reading on 12/29/2014

WordPress WordPress › P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) « WordPress Plugins “This plugin creates a profile of your WordPress site’s plugins’ performance by measuring their impact on your site’s load time.  Often times, WordPress sites load slowly because of poorly configured plugins or because there are so many of them. By using…

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What I’m Reading on 10/31/2014

Tencent teams up with IBM to offer business software over the cloud | Reuters “Tencent Holdings Ltd said on Friday it would collaborate with International Business Machines Corp (IBM) on a new cloud software business for corporate customers, a marked departure for one of the dominant forces in China’s consumer…

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What I’m Reading on 07/16/2014

PythonForArtificialIntelligence – Python Wiki “This page attempts to collect information and links pertaining to the practice of AI and Machine Learning in python.” tags: bs python AI Interactive: The Top Programming Languages – IEEE Spectrum “This app ranks the popularity of dozens of programming languages. You can filter them by…

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What I’m Reading on 04/25/2014

Cortana: everything you need to know about Microsoft’s Siri rival | News | TechRadar “We knew Cortana was coming, but we didn’t expect her to keep her codename: in the Halo games Cortana is an artificial intelligence that goes wrong.” tags: bs microsoft cortana Microsoft Launches .NET Foundation To Foster…

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What I’m Reading on 01/25/2014

How Real is Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’? Artificial Intelligence Experts Stephen Wolfram and Google’s Peter Norvig Weigh In – Digits – WSJ “In Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated, futuristic film “Her,” computers compose music, carry on seamless conversations with humans, organize emails instantaneously, and even fall in love. But what appears to be…

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What I’m Reading on 12/12/2013

When Machines Get Creative « A Smarter Planet Blog A Smarter Planet Blog “The system uses text mining, analytics, and statistical reasoning similar to that of the Watson system. Where the virtual chef differs with its cognitive cousin is not only in its understanding of food chemistry, but its ability…

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What I’m Reading on 12/11/2013

After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought – NYTimes.com “Two years after a Stanford professor drew 160,000 students from around the globe to a free online course on artificial intelligence, starting what was widely viewed as a revolution in higher education, early results for such large-scale courses are disappointing, forcing a…

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What I’m Reading on 12/05/2013

Mashery Gets Into The Hackathon Business – ReadWrite “Mashery, which Intel acquired back in April, specializes in managing application programming interfaces, or APIs—bits of code that allow apps to communicate with cloud services and one another. Hacker League founder Mike Swift (aka Swift) announced the transaction in a round of…

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What I’m Reading on 11/15/2013

Amazon WorkSpaces delivers Windows desktops on demand | Virtual desktop – InfoWorld “WorkSpaces provides cloud-hosted Windows 7 desktops in four virtual machine configurations, but current VDI solutions may still have an edge in terms of flexibility” tags: windows amazon desktops IBM News room – 2013-11-14 IBM Watson’s Next Venture: Fueling…

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My scale of cognitive computing

Last week I hosted a strategy session for my group at IBM Research and I used the following as a scale of how cognitive certain types of computing are: Bob’s Scale of Cognitive Computing Sentient “we can do without the humans” systems Learning, reasoning, inferencing systems Cognitive-enough systems Most analytics…

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What I’m Reading on 10/03/2013

IBM research stakes its future on cognitive computing | ZDNet “IBM began its colloquium on cognitive computing today with a jewel in the company’s crown. Senior Vice President John E. Kelly took the stage following a video from January 14th, 2011 – the day when IBM’s Watson machine handedly beat…

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What I’m Reading on 08/08/2013

IBM Develops Programming Language Inspired By The Human Brain – Forbes “Two years ago this month, IBM announced that it had developed a cognitive computer chip, inspired by human neural architecture. That chip was developed as part of the SyNAPSE project, which has a long term goal of building a…

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General Reading for 08/05/2013

Quantum Machine Learning for Big Data “In a nutshell, Lloyd’s q-app (pronounced “quapp”) encodes Google-like queries with q-bits that enable quantum computers to not only perform real-time searches through even the most gigantic databases, but which also insures their absolute privacy, since attempts to eavesdrop on the query by the…

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General Reading for 07/29/2013

Cognitive Computing and the Quest to Build a Silicon Brain | DiscoverMagazine.com “An engineer’s revolutionary new chip, inspired by how our own brains work, could turn computing on its head.” tags: ibm cognitive computing Systems That Perceive, Think, and Act “Technological advances are allowing scientists to begin building a cognitive…

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Math and Analytics at IBM Research: 50+ Years

Soon after I arrived back in IBM Research last July after 13 years away in the Software Group and Corporate, I was shown a 2003 edition of the IBM Journal of Research and Development that was dedicated to the Mathematical Sciences group at 40. From that, I and others assumed…

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Daily links for 11/25/2012

Scientists See Advances in Deep Learning, a Part of Artificial Intelligence – NYTimes.com “Using an artificial intelligence technique inspired by theories about how the brain recognizes patterns, technology companies are reporting startling gains in fields as diverse as computer vision, speech recognition and the identification of promising new molecules for…

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Daily links for 02/15/2011

Linux Linux PR: Linux Professional Institute develops Academic Program in Malaysia “The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world’s premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced a new initiative to promote Linux training within colleges and universities in Malaysia. This initiative by LPI affiliate, LPI-Asia Pacific (LPI-APAC: http://www.lpi-apac.org/), will enable post-secondary academic…

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Daily links for 01/13/2011

IBM’s Watson wins Jeopardy practice round: Can humans hang? | ZDNet “IBM’s Watson supercomputer won a practice round against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and raised a lot of questions about the capabilities of artificial intelligence.” tags: IBM watson Jeopardy NewsFactor Network | Red Hat Spurns Suitors To…

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Will video games make desktop Linux into a killer consumer platform?

I had an interesting email exchange over the weekend with a reader of this blog who was wondering if video game producers targeted desktop Linux as platform then would this significantly increase adoption of Linux over Windows? Alternatively, those same producers could help ensure that their games worked under Windows…

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