Radical Open Innovation News week 47-2019

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1 The Architect of Modern Algorithms

No one ever said, “Gee, you’re doing well, why don’t you work with me?” I didn’t know such things went on. In the 10 years before I was head of computer science at MIT, the department identified only one woman worth hiring. But I also thought, “Computer science is wide open.” My industry job at Mitre was a good research job. By the time Barbara Liskov earned her doctorate in computer science from Stanford University in 1968, she envied electrical engineers because they worked with hardware connected by wires. I could show them design, explain design, talk about data abstraction, and tell them what’s good and bad.

(Quanta Magazine)

2 Introducing the Next Generation of On-Device Vision Models: MobileNetV3 and MobileNetEdgeTPU

Although reducing the model’s power consumption was not a part of the search objective, the lower latency of the MobileNetEdgeTPU models also helps reduce the average Edge TPU power use. Similarly, algorithms, such as MobileNets, have been critical for the success of on-device ML by providing compact and efficient neural network models for mobile vision applications. On mobile CPUs, MobileNetV3 is twice as fast as MobileNetV2 with equivalent accuracy, and advances the state-of-the-art for mobile computer vision networks. MobileNetEdgeTPU when running on a mobile CPU delivers inferior performance compared with the models that have been tuned specifically for mobile CPUs (MobileNetV3). Today we are pleased to announce the release of source code and checkpoints for MobileNetV3 and the Pixel 4 Edge TPU- optimized counterpart MobileNetEdgeTPU model.

(Google AI Blog)

3 An Open Energy System Modeling Community

The Open Energy Modelling Initiative (shortened to openmod ) is an online and offline umbrella community devoted to promoting open energy system modeling and analysis. An online community for open energy analysis: improving trust, legitimacy, and participation — Release 02. Neither was it the first network for energy modeling — the Stanford‑based Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) was established soon after the 1973 oil crisis and continues to this day. Energy system modeling involves coding suitable tools, collecting numerical data, and running simulations of future energy systems to assess their feasibility and then explore their other attributes.

(Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science)

4 RecSim: A Configurable Simulation Platform for Recommender Systems

To address this, we have developed RecSim(available here), a configurable platform for authoring simulation environments to facilitate the study of RL algorithms in recommender systems (and CIRs in particular). Consequently, high-fidelity simulation of all elements of user behavior is not an explicit goal of RecSim. Our hope is that RecSim will serve as a valuable resource that bridges the gap between recommender systems and RL research — the use cases above are examples of how it can be used in this fashion. We note that RecSim provides the ability to easily author specific aspects of user behavior of interest to the researcher or practitioner, while ignoring others. One major impediment is the lack of general-purpose simulation platforms for sequential recommender settings, whereas simulation has been one of the primary means for developing and evaluating RL algorithms in real-world applications like robotics.

(Google AI Blog)

5 Open Source Community Connects Global 5G Cloud Native Network

LF Networking (LFN), which facilitates collaboration and operational excellence across open networking projects, today demonstrated an end-to-end, global, 5G, cloud native network live on- stage at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America. It’s through this collaborative work that the end-to-end 5G Cloud Native Network POC came about. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. A team made up of volunteers from several project communities, companies, and network operators have taken a cloud native approach to developing an end-to-end 5G network Proof-of-Concept (POC) built on open source infrastructure.

(Linux Foundation)

6 Blockchain Isn’t as Unbreakable as You Think

The database holding the account ledger is locked away in the bank’s central computer system. A cocky bitcoin owner actually printed his blockchain key as a QR code on his T-shirt just to see what would happen. In many cases, management assumes that because the cryptographic techniques used in conjunction with blockchain systems are unbreakable, there is no need for any concerns about security. It’s also important to realize that there are many types of blockchain systems available to managers. One result of that presumed anonymity is that blockchain systems, such as Bitcoin, are popular for illegal transactions, such as ransomware payments, making them effectively untraceable.

(MIT Sloan Management Review)

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