"ACM named Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun recipients of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made deep neural networks a critical component of computing. Bengio is Professor at the University of Montreal and Scientific Director at Mila, Quebec’s Artificial Intelligence Institute; Hinton is VP and Engineering Fellow of Google, Chief Scientific Adviser of The Vector Institute, and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto; and LeCun is Professor at New York University and VP and Chief AI Scientist at Facebook." - via the Association for Computing Machinery
In a not-too-astounding announcement, it seems MIT Academicians have found a new use for super-computational resources: The utilization of super comuting resources targeting so-called 'compressed bundles' with the ostensible outcome of attack detection. I'll wager there are foreword thinking data scientists bent over the same workwheel using so-called 'Cloud Computing' for the same task (at tenth of a percent of the cost per flop). Just sayin...
'"If you're trying to detect anomalous behavior, by definition that behavior is rare and unlikely," says Vijay Gadepally, a senior staff member at the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center (LLSC). "If you're sampling, it makes an already rare thing nearly impossible to find."' - via The Lincoln Laboratory at the Masachusetts Institute of Technology
Notwithstanding the FCC's vote in the affirmative (to strike the Net Neutrality rules), the Commission is still reportedly working on the final document, and has not released the official decision (at the time of this writing)(which may surprise some readers). Consequently, we are publishing this superlative opinion piece by Professor Harsha Madhyastha of the University of Michigan's Enjoy!
Professor Harsha Madhyastha (Associate Professor at the University of Michigan's Computer Science and Engineering Division) , writes eloquently at the IEEE's Spectrum Magazine, and enthralls us with a nicely logical case against Net Neutrality. Today's Must Read.
2017/01/06 - Update: The FCC has released the Commission's here: Order.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Girls and Boys Behold: The Nordsieck Synchro Operated Differential Analyzer.
"As with other analog computers, each calculation required its own setup. You plugged in the tangle of patch cords to the left in a particular pattern. The cords served as the computer’s control program, with other parts of the program embodied and executed by the spinning disks, gears, rotating shafts, cranks, and the like. (You can read Nordsieck’s early description of the computer here [PDF] and his written instructions here [PDF]." - via IEEE Spectrum Magazine
"The first IBM Q systems available online to clients will have a 20 qubit processor, featuring improvements in superconducting qubit design, connectivity and packaging. Coherence times (the amount of time available to perform quantum computations) lead the field with an average value of 90 microseconds, and allow high-fidelity quantum operations. IBM has also successfully built and measured an operational prototype 50 qubit processor with similar performance metrics. This new processor expands upon the 20 qubit architecture and will be made available in the next generation IBM Q systems." - via
Constructed by Dr. Piers Plummer and Team (Dr. Doron Swade, Professor Adrian Johnstone and Professor Elizabeth Scott), direct from the Department of Computer Science at Royal Holloway University of London comes this superlative steam driven compute device... Eagle-eyed readers may note the brass bits dropping onto the floor plate of the device (due to the gear-teeth grinding against the opposing gear's cog-teeth). H/T
Meanwhile, in troubling IoT news, a paper (published by the IACR) entitled "IoT Goes Nuclear: Creating a ZigBee Chain Reaction" & authored by Eyal Ronen, Colin O’Flynn, Adi Shamir and Achi-Or Weingarten (a Weizmann MSc student); we find - perhaps - the ultimate ZigBee nightmare... Today's Must Read (and while your're at it, check out the video to round out your day). Thanks and Tip O' The Hat
via Vice's Motherboard writer Jason Koebler, comes this bad-news-for-advertisers screed detailing the work of Princeton and Stanford researchers to corral said ad-miscreants... The research team has crafted a computer-vision-based ad-blocker, that is reportedly 100% efficient in it's intended purpose. Phenomenal.
* Mother of All Ad Blockers
Meanwhile, in security project news, comes word of a new Alphabet, Inc. Google Security (NasdaqGS: GOOG) project, monikered appropriately - Project Wycheproof. Purportedly apellated for the smallest mountain in the world, it is now clear that security engineers at Google possess a sense of the absurd, whilst taking care of business, as it were...