Monthly Archives: March 2011

Reuters gets Japan Nuclear Reactor situation right — headline: “Japan’s nuclear nightmare set to run and run”

This piece gives an analysis of the situation in a way that yields insight into the nature of the task facing us — I say “us” because I don’t think this will fall on the shoulders of Japan alone.  The … Continue reading

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“Epistemology of Modeling and Simulation” Conference ——- April 1 – 3 in Pittsburgh, PA

Registration for the conference in Pittsburgh this weekend called “Epistemology of Modeling and Simulation” filled up before the deadline!  I will be totally occupied preparing for and participating in it for the next few days, so will not post much. … Continue reading

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IBM’s Watson comes to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon Event on IBM Watson and DeepQA this week.  http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.com/2011/03/watson-goes-to-school.html Besides IBM’s David Ferrucci, the event features two CMU faculty from the Language Technologies Institute:  Eric Nyberg and Scott Fahlman;  and two faculty from the University of Pittsburgh’s Intelligent … Continue reading

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Reflections on Fukushima by one of Japan’s first nuclear scientists — “The younger generation appear to believe that nuclear accidents cannot occur”

Interesting reflections concerning what has been lost in the process of passing on nuclear technology from the first generation that worked with it to the next.  From the Japanese news service Asahi, here: http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201103250201.html (thanks to my colleague Alex London … Continue reading

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Update on Fukushima — Japan nuclear reactor in an information vacuum

There is an update on the situation at Fukushima’s nuclear reactors as of today by the Wall Street Journal here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704425804576221732000955352.html?mod=mktw Although the attention of the media has, understandably,  gone on to other topics as the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima … Continue reading

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IBM Watson’s Next Challenge

Yesterday I watched Intelligent Week’s webcast “Beyond Jeopardy!: The Business Implications of IBM Watson”, the webcast of a panel discussion with  Stephen Baker (author of “Final Jeopardy”, which he describes as “a sort of biography” of IBM’s Watson, the computer … Continue reading

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Damage to Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Reactors & Plants is severe and the situation is still very serious

It isn’t anywhere near over.  That’s how it looks to me. Much has been written about how the situation at Fukushima’s nuclear power plants is beyond anything that was designed for.  What is sobering is that it is not hype; … Continue reading

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