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A homicidal Jew-hatred is going viral, again
The culture of suspicion against Jews circulates now in a country that had not participated in the Holocaust, , which did not have ghettos, but where today for a mixture of Thirdworldism, consistent Islamic electoral interests, anti-colonial madness out of maximum time and anti-Zionism practiced by the progressive elites, the English citizens of Jewish origin today no longer feel at ease.

The previous day there was the indictment of an imam of Copenhagen who in a sermon invited the faithful to kill the Jews. The day before there was the reconstruction of the history of the Imam of the Great Mosque in Toulouse, also guilty of having invited the faithful to get rid of the Jews.

Previously, there was a pan-European flotilla of solidarity to Hamas and Gaza which stopped in many Italian ports. Also a law in the Senate of Ireland which sanctions with prison those who import post-1967 Israeli goods.

And then the launch of hundreds of missiles on the Israeli houses in the south. And then the threats of elimination of the Jewish people coming from the spiritual father of Iran, Ali Khamenei.

And we do not stop here, since the last few weeks have seen nothing short of attacks on Jews in the cities of Germany and France.
Watchdog Group Sues US Government to Obtain Records of BDS Groups Under Obama Administration
A conservative watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense over Obama-era records pertaining to anti-Israel BDS groups.

Judicial Watch filed the FOIA lawsuit in order to obtain records from 2015 of groups affiliated with BDS movement, which lobbied “the Obama administration to adopt policies to harm companies doing business with Israel,” the group said in a statement.

The lawsuit occurred “after all three agencies failed to respond to nearly identical April 23, 2018, FOIA requests,” the organization explained.

“Americans deserve to know if the Obama-era agenda of supporting anti-Israel radicals in subverting US law is ongoing,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These entrenched bureaucrats of the Deep State clearly require lawsuits to compel observance of FOIA law.”

The lawsuit states, despite Obama signing the 2015 Trade Enforcement Act, “the Customs and Border Protection Bureau restated the West Bank Country of Origin Marking Requirement rules requiring labeling of goods as being from the ‘West Bank,’ despite the fact that it is not a sovereign country,” reported Judicial Watch.

The Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) applauded the move by Judicial Watch.
Israeli Air Force Gets First-Ever Female Squadron Commander
The Israeli Air Force has appointed the first female squadron commander in its 70-year history.

According to Israel’s Channel Two, the commander, who for security reasons is referred to only as “G.,” will be promoted to lieutenant colonel and put charge of the 122nd Squadron, known as “Nachshon.” The squadron is composed of planes specifically geared toward intelligence gathering.

The 34-year-old G. has been active in the Air Force since 2003, and has served in several command positions, including deputy commander of the “Nachshon” Squadron itself.

G. — currently a major — said that she was “happy with the appointment,” which she called “a great privilege alongside a great responsibility.”

“The real work is ahead of me,” she added. “I’m proud to serve in the Air Force.”



Son of Imam Linked to WTC Bombing Kept Children in 'Filthy' Compound, Allegedly Trained Them to Shoot Up Schools
Horrifying details emerged on Wednesday in the case of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the son of an imam linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, who was arrested in New Mexico on charges of keeping 11 starving children in a filthy compound. According to court documents filed by prosecutors, Wahhaj was training the children to carry out school shootings.

Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Wahhaj without bond for felony child abuse. He is also the subject of an extradition warrant from Georgia on charges of kidnapping his own son from the state in December. His son was not among the starving children rescued from the compound. There are fears the remains of an as-yet unidentified child found at the compound could be Wahhaj’s son.

Prosecutors said on Wednesday that Wahhaj and four accomplices possessed an AR-15 rifle and four pistols with ample ammunition and were training the children to commit school shootings.

Wahhaj’s father, who was born under the name Jeffrey Kearse but now also uses the name “Siraj Wahhaj,” is an imam in New York who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He served as a character witness in the trial of mastermind Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, also known as the “Blind Sheikh.”

The New York Post reported on Monday that the elder Wahhaj is currently the head of the Majid at-Taqwa mosque in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The other defendants in the compound case are the younger Siraj Wahhaj’s wife, his two sisters, and his brother-in-law.








Palestinians celebrate relative's victory in U.S. Congressional race
Sharing smiles and hugs, the extended family of Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman to join the US Congress, celebrated her election victory in the courtyard of their West Bank house on Wednesday.

The oldest of 14 children born to a family of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is a Detroit native. Her father worked at a Ford Motor Company plant in the city, home of the US car industry, and she became the first Muslim woman elected to the state legislature.

On Tuesday, she won her district's Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th Congressional district, encompassing parts of Detroit and surrounding suburbs and home to one of the largest Muslim and Arab-American populations in the United States.

Since no one ran in the Republican primary, Tlaib is poised to win the seat.
Nick Cohen: The old left and the new anti-Semitism
Only the handful of Jews who have stuck with the far left believe that now. There are abundent examples of Labour members endorsing racism. The supernatural Jew of Nazi Europe has been reinvented by the left. The Jew is now ‘the Zionist’: the sinister force behind 9/11, the Iraq War, the banking crisis and attacks on the beloved leader.

This sounds like fascism. The convergence between the extremes should not hide the fact that the disgrace of the British Labour party flows from distinctly left-wing sources that threaten the German and wider European left.

The first is failure to come to terms with the crimes of communism. Corbyn was a regular writer for Britain’s communist newspaper, the Morning Star. His chief adviser, the upper-class socialist Seumas Milne, defended the old GDR. The racism on the British left, in its content and tone, dates back to Stalin’s almost forgotten ‘anti-Zionist campaigns,’ at the time of the Slansky trial and ‘doctors’ plot’. I have no doubt that if Corbyn and his allies were Germans, they would be in Die Linke.

There is a second factor. After the fall of communism, the dominant section of the British far left preferred to make common cause with radical Islam or the secular Middle Eastern dictatorships of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad than to make their peace with liberal democracy. Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories did them no harm for decades. In Britain, as in Germany, Jews are a tiny minority. The far larger Muslim minority is a key part of Labour’s base now. Although it is a libel to say that all British Muslims are anti-Semitic, it is a statement of fact that the Islamist groups who back Corbyn are reactionary on all questions including Judaism. In any case, because Britain never experienced communism or fascism there is little understanding here about what anti-Semitism is and how dictatorial movements from the Tsarists to Islamic State have used it to attack liberal values.

Let me end with a warning. Labour under Corbyn has avoided the collapse in support that has afflicted social democratic parties across Europe. Corbyn’s acolytes are now telling German social democrats to follow his example. Let the shameful state of the once proudly anti-fascist Labour party stand as a warning to them. They may win more votes. But they will never produce a centre-left politics worth having.
Britain’s Labor Party Is Now the Party of Anti-Semitism
Since the hard-left parliamentarian Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015, the UK’s Labor party has seen near-continuous anti-Semitic outbursts by its members and revelations of Corbyn’s own association with vicious Israel-haters, coupled with several ostensible attempts to set things right which proved to be shams. Most recently, the party has disciplined two MPs for complaining about anti-Semitism. Tamara Berens concludes that this is far more than a passing problem:

Many focus on the question of whether Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite himself. He may or may not be. However, his deliberate actions to reject the Jewish community’s concerns, silence his moderate Labor detractors, and pedal anti-Zionism as central to his political image show that he is more than happy to utilize anti-Semitism for political purposes.

Anti-Zionism—and by extension, giving credence to anti-Semites—is fundamental to the worldview Corbyn has cultivated on his journey to political stardom. For most of his political career, Corbyn was a fringe socialist politician and supporter of the USSR, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian ayatollahs, and the Venezuela of Nicolas Maduro [and Hugo Chavez]. After becoming Labor leader, Jeremy Corbyn toned down some of this support for radical anti-Western groups. Nonetheless, he has consistently maintained his support for anti-Zionist causes. What’s undoubtable is that throughout his career, his ultimate goal has remained the same: rejecting Western values and embracing the alliance between radical socialists and Islamists in a strategic bid to normalize and implement socialism in the UK.

Politically, Corbyn’s strategy is working: according to a recent YouGov poll, 61 percent of the party believes Corbyn is handling accusations of anti-Semitism well. And 80 percent of the party deems him a good leader overall. The events of the past few weeks indicate that the Labor leadership has been able to build on their apparent success to . . . distance themselves from the overwhelmingly Zionist British-Jewish community. This perhaps became most apparent last Friday, when Jeremy Corbyn published another article in the Guardian disregarding his part in normalizing anti-Semitism in the party. The piece came out at 5:00pm, when the majority of Jews in the country were busy preparing for the Sabbath.


Jeremy Corbyn and the 9/11 Conspiracy Theories of a “Very Honoured Citizen”
In one of his bids to escape the antisemitism crisis engulfing the Labour party, last Friday Jeremy Corbyn offered this line in The Guardian:

Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one individual who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

Mr Corbyn should know all about 9/11 conspiracy bunkum. He has been an enthusiastic champion of Raed Salah, one of the notable peddlers.

Raed Salah is the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. It is close to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Salah visited the UK in 2011, planning to speak alongside MPs as part of his tour, including Mr Corbyn.
UK Labour MP under fire for accusing Israel of ‘genocide’ in Gaza in 2012
A senior lawmaker in the British Labour party has come under fire after a 2012 video surfaced that saw him claiming Israel was attempting to commit “genocide” against the Palestinians.

The opposition party, which has been mired in an ongoing anti-Semitism scandal, defended John McDonnell after the clip was published by the Daily Telegraph.

McDonnell is the UK’s shadow chancellor of the exchequer, having been appointed to the post in 2015 by Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has been repeatedly been accused of being soft on anti-Semitism among his party members.

In the video, taken in November 2012 during a round of violence between Israel and terror groups in the Gaza Strip known as Operation Pillar of Defense, McDonnell said: “Nobody can speak without expressing some form of solidarity with the people of Gaza … as the children are murdered and the bombs are flying from Israel.”

“I think it’s absolutely critical now that we use every platform we can to expose what’s going on, which is effectively an attempt at genocide against the Palestinians,” he charged at a far-left rally organized by the Unite the Resistance organization.
Extremist-Linked Assad Fan Lord Sheikh and His Zionist-Bashing Group
Sheikh is on the record publicly praising the controversial group the Al Muntada Trust. The group faced scrutiny after fears were raised that its funds had ended up with Boko Haram extremists. It has been linked to a series of anti-Semitic, homophobic and extremist preachers. In the video above, Lord Sheikh calls the group “marvellous”…

Then there is Lord Sheikh’s praise for the East London Mosque. Sheikh said:

“I would certainly commend the Mosque and Centre: not only do you provide a place of worship, but you provide a holistic service and more importantly the empowerment for women.”

Once again, the East London Mosque has well-known and established links to a series of misogynistic and homophobic speakers.

It gets worse. Lord Sheikh has links to the hugely controversial Interal charity, which was investigated by the Charity Commission over its links to Hamas.
Birthright co-founder: Don't criticize Israel on our nickel
Birthright Israel co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman said on Wednesday that young Jews are free to criticize Israel, but not while enjoying a free trip, JTA reported.

“If people want to call Israel names and say bad things about the country, they certainly have the right to free speech. But they don’t have the right to do it on our nickel,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz in an interview.

His comments came after at least two groups of American Jews visiting Israel on the 10-day trip left the tour to join leftists groups on visits to Palestinian Arabs. The walk-offs reportedly were encouraged by the leftist American-Jewish group IfNotNow.

The young Jews who walked off the trip and some others who remain on them are critical of what they say is Birthright’s failure to deal with Israel’s alleged “occupation” of Judea and Samaria. Some have complained that maps handed out to participants do not draw a proper distinction between Israel and Judea and Samaria.

Bronfman said in his interview with Haaretz that participants on Birthright can extend their trip and join any kind of group they want or travel on their own to areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.

“If they want to go to the West Bank or Gaza, they are certainly free to go,” he was quoted as having told Haaretz.

“What is not fair is making a big tzimmes while the trip is on. Frankly, I just don’t think that is fair to their fellow participants,” added Bronfman.
Another Jump the Shark Moment from JVP
The latest email from Jewish Voice for Peace's Deputy Directory Stefanie Fox may be a jump the shark moment for the anti-Israel group. The subject line reads "Why is the ADL training ICE in Israel?" Maybe Stefanie is secretly hoping you don't bother to read the rest of her offering. (Spoiler alert: they aren't)

Stephanie claims ICE has been learning techniques and tools from the Israeli military. She doesn't care if Peter Edge was in Israel studying cyber-security or attempting to learn from Israel's remarkable sucess at curtailing human trafficking. If it involves Israel, it must be made to be nefarious. Stefanie Fox spews typical JVP vitriole: "The real-world results of these trips have been Israeli & US officials sharing “worst practices” -- deportation and detention, shoot-to-kill policies, massive spying and surveillance -- that have become the go-to policies of agencies like ICE."

Why the hyperbole? Because 3 years ago, during the Obama administration the Deputy Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations, one man, Peter Edge joined a delegation to Israel sponsored by the ADL.
American Association of University Professors: Don’t boycott the anti-Israel academic boycotters
But if you uphold the right to boycott, you necessarily need to uphold the right to counter-boycott.

The problem with this is that AAUP upholds the right to boycott, but only on one side. Substantively it opposes both the boycott and counter-boycott, but procedurally it upholds only the right of the boycotters.

AAUP also sent a letter to Israel regarding Israel’s denial of entry to Columbia Law Professor Katherine Franke, an academic boycott supporter.

Additionally, AAUP’s Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure sent a letter to the Israeli government in regard to the interrogation, subsequent expulsion, and apparent banning from Israel of Columbia Law School Professor Katherine Franke over her supporter of the “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement in April. The letter urges the government of Israel to “reconsider your immigration officer’s decision and to revoke any further ban on Professor Franke’s entry for purposes of collaborative academic and scholarly work in Israel.”

Again, AAUP upholds Professor Franke’s right to boycott Israel and Israelis, but does not uphold the reverse. It does not matter that it is the Israeli government boycotting Professor Franke, since the BDS movement regularly seeks to impose government boycotts of Israel. So governmental power is used by both sides.

By turning academia into war by other means, the anti-Israel academic boycotters invited relatiatory boycotts. By affirming the rights of the boycotters to boycott Israel, but rejecting the right of Israel and supporters of Israel to counter-boycott, AAUP is not consistent or principled.
Legal action taken against first BDS motion by Latin American municipality
An organization of Chilean-Israelis has filed a legal action against the municipal council of the Chilean city of Valdivia and its mayor, which recently approved the first municipal BDS motion in Latin America. BDS refers to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement targeting Israel.

The Chilean Community of Israel (CCHIL) organization sent a letter on July 30 to the Chilean state comptroller arguing that the motion contravenes Chilean law, that a municipal council has no jurisdiction to take such actions and that the mayor has overstepped his legal authority by advancing and signing the motion.

In Spain, dozens of municipal authorities have adopted BDS motions against Israel prompted by the pro-Palestinian advocacy of the left-wing populist Podemos Party.

Anti-BDS activists are now concerned that this phenomenon could spread to Latin America, and the legal motion to the Chilean state comptroller is an effort to try and stop it in its tracks.

The ACOM organization in Spain has successfully sued 33 local municipal authorities out of at least 100 that approved BDS motions. It is hoped that the widespread adoption of such measures can be avoided in Chile and the broader region.

Indeed, the Valdivia municipal decree itself, passed in June, references the BDS motions in Spanish cities, saying that its own measure was following in those footsteps.
Anti-Semitism Soars on U.S. College Campuses
Anti-Semitic incidents on U.S. college campuses have continued to grow in 2018, with at least 384 recorded incidents in the first half of this year, according to a new report showing the number of genocidal expressions towards Jewish hit new highs on campuses across the United States.

A new report by released Wednesday by pro-Israel organization the AMCHA Initiative, a group that tracks anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on college campuses, shows that much of the anti-Semitism on U.S. campuses is the result of activity by anti-Israel activists who promote imagery such as swastikas and tropes calling for the destruction of the Jewish people, according to the report.

Genocidal expression, such as images and language promoting the killing of Jews and destruction of Israel, "rose dramatically" over the past years, with at least 75 percent of such incidents "involving classic anti-Semitism" and "genocidal expression," according to the report. The number of such incidents appear to have dropped slightly from 2017 to the first part of 2018, the report notes.

Most notably, according to the report, "Israel-related incidents were significantly more likely to contribute to a hostile campus," the report found.

The AMCHA report puts figures to a range of anecdotal and reported conflicts on college campuses across the United States, where anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity continues to flourish. Pro-Palestinian campus activists continue to aggressively silence those in the Jewish community and foster an unsafe environment for many Jewish students.
Christian Science Monitor Highlights Benefits of Jewish Sovereignty
One underlying message that modern mass media offers about Israel is that Jewish power and sovereignty in the land of Israel is a threat or obstacle to the welfare of people living in the Middle East. This dishonest narrative, which fits the agenda of authoritarian regimes and de-stabilizing political movements that use anti-Zionism as a unifying political agenda, infects much, if not most of the media coverage of the Jewish state. This “blame-Israel” narrative is so ubiquitous that it comes as a shock when a news outlet gets it right and portrays Israel as a force for good in the Middle East. But it does happen.

It happened in an article published on July 11, 2018 in the online edition of The Christian Science Monitor and reprised in the July 30, 2018 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly.

The article, titled “Syrian war comes to Israel’s doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes,” was written by Dina Kraft. In the article, Kraft recounts how 10,000 people fleeing from Syrian Civil War have come to rely on Israel for their welfare and safety. They have gathered near Syria’s border with Israel because of the protection the Jewish state affords them under “Operation Good Neighbor.” The program provides food, fuel, medical supplies and in some instances medical treatment to people living in villages near Israel. As a result of the program, “[s]ome 5,000 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals,” Kraft reported.

These acts of kindness have changed how many Syrians view the Jewish state, the article indicates.
BBC double standards in reporting social media incitement evident again
In April of this year the BBC News website’s domestic pages reported the sentencing of a Salford man previously found guilty of “encouragement of terrorism”.

“Muslim convert Adam Wyatt, 48, admitted disseminating a terrorist publication that said “Britain must atone for its sins in Palestine” and posting on social media that jihad was an obligation for all Muslims.”

The following month the website reported the sentencing of a man from Sunderland who had previously pleaded guilty to similar offences.

“A shopkeeper who tweeted support for Islamic State (IS) and called for “death to Shias” has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Mohammed Zahir Khan, of Nora Street, Sunderland, had admitted encouraging terrorism, dissemination of a terror publication and stirring up religious hatred.”


Unsurprisingly, the BBC did not send a reporter to interview either of those men before they were sentenced. Neither did it promote the notion that they were put on trial because of their identity to millions of audience members or portray either of their cases as being about “free speech”.

However, when an Israeli-Arab woman was sentenced to five months in prison after having been convicted of incitement to violence in her poems and social media posts, the BBC News website amplified her claims of political persecution in a July 31st report titled “Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab poet sentenced for incitement“.
Shocking documentary shows how Sweden’s ruling leftist party ‘helped’ Nazi Germany
A shocking documentary about Sweden’s ruling Social Democratic Party, shows how the leftist party ‘inspired and helped’ Nazi Germany.

The documentary, produced by the party’s right-wing opponent, the Sweden Democrats, was removed by YouTube yesterday in an act of censorship.

But after a backlash it is now visible again on the social media channel of broadcaster Samtiden Dokumentär.

Ironically the documentary starts with the leader of the leftist Social Democratic Party, Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven, telling how the right-wing Social Democrats historically have Nazi roots.

But now the Sweden Democrats are hitting back and have produced this documentary to tell the truth about their leftist opponents.

And it is revealing as it shows that the Swedish Social Democrats inspired Nazi Germany on the issue of Eugenics or “ethnic cleansing”.
Jewish couple in Belgium targeted with death threats
A Jewish woman living in Belgium said her family has been targeted with anti-Semitic abuse since one of their neighbors discovered they were Jews.

The woman, identified only as Nicole, 43, in an article published last month by the La Meuse regional daily about her ordeal, had been living for over two years in Marchienne-au-Pont, a suburb of Charleroi 30 miles south of Brussels, without incident, according to the report.

But this summer, the report said, she and her family have been targeted in a campaign of harassment that has featured written death threats stuffed into their mailbox and the scrawling of anti-Semitic graffiti on their front door.

“We are too afraid to leave our home since this started,” Nicole, a Chile native, was quoted as telling the newspaper. “Several people discovered we’re Jewish and ever since we’ve been getting death threats.” One letter addressed to Nicole called her a “dirty whore” and other insults.

The couple have filed several complaints with police but no suspects have been brought in.
Mayoral candidate: Questioning Holocaust isn't anti-Semitism
A self-proclaimed Holocaust revisionist is planning a run for mayor of Hilton Head, South Carolina, but says his beliefs will not impact his local anti-development platform.

Michael Santomauro, 59, filed papers to enter the race on Monday, according to the Island Packet.

Santomauro, who founded a roommate-matching service, made headlines in New York City in 2003 when subscribers to his service received a stream of emails spreading his beliefs denying historical accounts of the Holocaust.

In 2004, protesters surrounded his home and chanted “evict the Nazi.” He told the New York Post then that the Nazi label is “totally inaccurate.” He told the Island Packet this week that the protesters were “part of a domestic terrorism group.”

In 2011, Santomauro urged his child’s school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to acquire the book “Debating the Holocaust: A New Look at Both Sides.” The book collects essays denying key aspects of Holocaust history, including the death toll, the accounts of survivors, the physical evidence found at death camps and the feasibility of the methods the Nazis used to carry out mass murder. Santomauro runs American operations for a publisher of e-books dedicated to Holocaust denial.
Germany lifts ban on Nazi symbols in video games
Computer and video games can include swastikas and other Nazi symbols, a German industry body said Thursday, after a heated debate over the “Wolfenstein” franchise in which gamers battle Third Reich forces.

The game was previously deemed to have fallen foul of the German criminal code, which bars any depiction of so-called “anti-constitutional” symbols, including Nazi swastikas.

Accordingly in “Wolfenstein II,” images of Adolf Hitler were doctored to remove his mustache and the swastika in the Nazi flag was replaced with a triangular symbol.

This sparked an uproar in the gaming community, prompting calls for games to be treated like films.

Because movies are deemed works of art, they are exempt from the ban, similar to material used in research, historical or scientific purposes.

Films set in the World War II-era, for instance, are allowed to be screened in Germany with Nazi symbols.
Curator of Elie Wiesel Museum Welcomes Global Outpouring of Support, as Romanian Police Arrest Vandalism Suspect
In the wake of this past weekend’s vandalism incident at the childhood home of the late Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in Romania, there has been an outpouring of solidarity from across the globe, the curator of the museum at the site told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Alina Marincean said the incident — in which antisemitic graffiti was scrawled on the home — came as a surprise to both museum staff members and local residents in the city of Sighetu Marmatiei, located in northwestern Romania near the border with Ukraine.

“Nothing of this sort ever happened to us and we are organizing yearly public events with a great impact on the local and regional community,” she noted.

Following the discovery of the graffiti on Saturday, Marincean recalled, “I spent the whole next day responding to emails and answering calls from friends, visitors, people I know from around the world from Finland to South America, Israel and the US, people who expressed their concern and also support.”

“There were also visits at the museum from politicians and intellectuals from Romania who wanted to point out the importance of this place that keeps Elie Wiesel’s work and memory alive, as well as the memory of all those 38,000 Jews who never returned to their homes after May 1944,” she added.
Patented Israeli Laser Technology Could be Used to Fight Forest Fires Across the World
Texas, Oregon, Florida, New Jersey, as well as Canada, Greece, India, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK are among other areas battling massive forest fires, a phenomenon experts expect will only increase due to climate change.

It was the massive forest fires in Israel over the past several years that gave electro-optics physicist Daniel Leigh the idea of using algorithm-controlled laser beams from helicopters or trucks to zap leaves, thin branches and pine needles off treetops in the path of fire. The flames are forced downward, where they can be more easily controlled by conventional methods.

Leigh explains that leafy treetops provide a highly combustible smorgasbord for hungry forest fires. Fanned by extreme wind and weather conditions, a forest fire that rises to the treetops spreads out of control in the blink of an eye.

When Leigh shared his idea with ecologist Zvika Avni, former chief of the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) Forestry Department, Avni agreed to be the ecology and the wildfire fighting specialist for Leigh’s startup, Fighting Treetop Fire (FTF).
Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel
Following Swedish pro-Hamas operatives’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht.

Stefan Abrahamsson today announced on Facebook that his yacht, Elida, will set sail from Sweden on Aug. 25 to Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish State and Middle East Christians.

“We want to break the silence of the severe persecution and cleansing of the Christian population that is taking place in this region,” he wrote. “As the only democracy in the Middle East amid ​​dictatorships, Israel welcomes us on this show of solidarity with human rights, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and fundamental democratic values. In turn, we are taking a stand for the values ​​that Israel stands for.”

Abrahamsson wrote that on Aug. 24 he will organize a sendoff party at the Gothenburg marina from which his yacht, carrying about 40 activists, will set sail for Herzliya, Israel. The Elida is expected to reach Israel in October and dock there for several weeks. The sendoff will feature a discussion on “precisely these important issues,” he wrote. Lars Adaktusson, a lawmaker from Sweden in the European Parliament, is scheduled to speak at the event.
Israeli runner Lonah Chemtai Salpeter wins gold at European Championships
Israel’s Lonah Chemtai Salpeter won the women’s 10,000-meter run at the 2018 European Athletics Championships in Berlin Wednesday, completing the race in 31 minutes, 43.29 seconds.

Israeli-Kenyan Salpeter came 9 full seconds ahead of Susan Krumins of the Netherlands, winning the gold medal. Sweden’s Meraf Bahta came third.

The 29-year-old became the first Israeli to be crowned European champion.

“I still don’t believe it,” she said afterwards. “I’m really happy. I dreamed of this, but I didn’t believe it happened.”

Salpeter will receive a grant of NIS 40,000 (some $11,000) from Israeli sports authorities for her win.

Born in Kenya, she first came to Israel in 2008, working as a caretaker at Kenya’s embassy in Tel Aviv. While running at a Herzliya park, she was noticed by running coach Moti Mizrahi, who suggested she train professionally.
2.4 million tourists came to Israel so far in 2018, ministry says
Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has announced that 2.4 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2018, a 17% increase in tourists for the same period in 2017.

Citing findings from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the ministry said in a statement that the number of tourists is 46 percent more than in 2016, almost double the number of tourists that entered during the same period that year.

According to the ministry, 293,400 tourists entered Israel during July 2018 alone, which is around eight percent more tourists than in July 2017.

Over 250,000 tourists came by air, the release said, an 8.8% increase compared to July 2017. 26,200 of them came through land crossings into Israel, a 3.1% increase compared to that month the year before. (Israel only has land border crossings with Egypt and Jordan.)

“Month after month, we are witnessing new achievements and record highs in incoming tourism,” Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin (Likud) said in a statement. “I am pleased that, in the last month, we have also seen an impressive rise in incoming tourism... the tourism industry continues to be a significant factor in making exceptional impact and contributions to the Israeli economy and workforce.”

Levin also praised the ministry’s marketing initiatives and “innovative activities… Together with the incentives for airlines and investments in infrastructure,” for contributing to the rise in tourism.
2,200-Year-Old Earring Found in Jerusalem Excavation Sheds Light on Hellenistic Period in Judea
A 2,200-year-old golden earring was discovered at the City of David’s archaeological excavation just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, shedding light on life in the city after it was conquered by the Greeks.

The rare artifact depicts a finely-crafted head of a horned animal and delicate filigree work, and is believed to date back to the second or third century BCE, a period during which the Temple was the center of Jewish life, but the region was controlled by the Greeks and a significant percentage of the Jewish populace was influenced by Greek culture and beliefs.

During the time period the earring is believed to be connected to, Judea was a semi-autonomous Hellenistic vassal first under the rule of Ptolemaic Egypt from 301 to 198 BCE, and then under the Seleucid Empire, after Antiochus III conquered Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, Jews who were not Hellenized ultimately took part in the Maccabean Revolt of 167 BCE, which is commemorated in the Hanukkah story.

According to Professor Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University, co-director of the Givati Parking Lot excavation, the find is the first earring discovered in Jerusalem from the Hellenistic period, found in an early-Hellenistic period building deep inside the dig.



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          After going public in July, Navya nabs $34M from the European Investment Bank for its self-driving bus      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
While automakers and startups continue to hone the technology for self-driving cars for individuals, a second track of development in the area of autonomous buses is also taking shape. Today, Navya, a French company that has been a leader in developing autonomous shuttles, announced that it has raised an additional €30 million ($34 million) from […]
          E804: News Roundtable! Antonio Garcia Martinez (“Chaos Monkeys,” original Facebook Ads PM) & Austin Smith (Inside.com) dissect the deepening Facebook data scandal & Cambridge Analytica’s Trump ties & info; also autonomous Uber fatality, full Theranos implosion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          E803: Startup Tuneup “Solving Cities”: 6 co’s pitch to Jason innovating in autonomous tech sensors, city maps from space, ML for road monitoring, AI-improved city grids, safer construction sites, & alt. car ownership      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Co-founder of Otto reenters autonomous market      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A co-founder of Otto, an autonomous trucking tech company that was acquired by Uber in 2016 and subsequently closed down last week, is re-entering the self-driving truck segment with a new company. Mountain View, Calif.-based Kodiak Robotics is the three-month-old self-driving truck brainchild of Don Burnette, who before starting Otto was one of the early engineers on Google’s self-driving […]
          E701: PART 1: The best of future tech & stellar startups at CES with Dave Mathews (NewAer): Alexa everywhere, drones rising, autonomous everything, carsharing & the surging of electric vehicles, w/ChargePoint & VULOG      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          E678: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes on his book “Door to Door,” the world of transportation, the tech behind on-demand, & the future of alternative fuel, autonomous travel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          E661: George Hotz, founder of Comma.ai, on the vision & technology behind his Tesla rival, autonomous driving startup      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Victims speak out as China separates families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A girl begs Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev for assistance
in freeing her father, who is illegally
imprisoned in China.
(Photo: ChinaAid)
ChinaAid

(Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang—Aug. 9, 2018) More victims are speaking out as China rips ethnic minority families apart, illegally imprisoning thousands for their race and faith.

In China’s northwestern Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities compose the majority of the population, the Chinese Communist Party has been routinely rounding up, imprisoning, brainwashing, and torturing such people, claiming it helps curb extremist violence. However, those targeted in the crackdown are often singled out for actions as trivial as traveling to visit relatives in Kazakhstan. Police commonly confiscate their passports and place them in “re-education camps,” where they face inhumane conditions and cruel abuse.

One Muslim from the area said, “My older sister, brother-in-law, and brother have been in Xinjiang since they were arrested by the police a few months ago.” She added that the authorities had severely violated citizens’ fundamental rights and that she will be seeking recourse from the United Nations as well as the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Her brother-in-law, who was arrested in September 2017, was later sentenced, but the family was not notified as to how long he is expected to serve.

Her older sister’s father-in-law and brother-in-law have also been sent to anti-extremist camps, while “Two of my older sister’s children, ages 12 and 7, have been missing. We are very concerned about them and anxious to get an update. My older brother’s Chinese passport and Kazakhstan green card were confiscated when he went back to China for work last August. He was arrested in March.”

An unnamed Muslim woman said that her 56 year-old mother relocated to Kazakhstan from Xinjiang two years ago and went back to China in July 2017. She was arrested in March of this year and is currently in a re-education camp. Authorities asked her why she went to Kazakhstan for six months and whether or not she had contact with terrorists or visited mosques. The imprisoned woman has heart disease, leaving her health precarious.

Two of her sons, Uljarik Aman and Tileubek Aman, were taken away as well, even though neither had been to Kazakhstan. Tileubek Aman was arrested after a friend gifted him a cell phone with WhatsApp, an online messaging platform.

“ … I ask the president of Kazakhstan and the Foreign Minister to help rescue my mom, younger brother [Uljarik Aman], and older brother [Tileubek Aman],” the anonymous woman said.

Likewise, a young girl who had immigrated to Kazakhstan recently called on Nazarbayev and the country’s foreign affairs departments to intervene on behalf of her father, who is detained in Yining, Xinjiang for visiting a sick relative in Kazakhstan on Feb. 17, 2017.

“Please bring my father back so that our family can be reunited,” she begged. “Fathers play a critical role in children’s lives. My mom is raising three kids by herself, which is very tough. We all miss my dad. Other kids live with dads, which makes us more heartbroken.”

Another Muslim, Ularbek Zarhanuly petitioned Kazakhstan’s foreign affairs officials to negotiate with the Chinese government for the release of his brother, Haisar Zarhanuly, who has been in a “re-education camp” since Feb. 7 for staying in contact with Ularbek and his wife after they moved to Kazakhstan.

Recent statistics have shown that the authorities arrest people regardless of age, sex, or disability and have successfully split more than 90 percent of ethnic minority families in the region, often not allowing them to know the whereabouts of their relatives.

ChinaAid strongly condemns this gross violation of human rights and will continue to expose it in order to stand in solidarity with those wrongly imprisoned and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.

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          Gain-scheduling LPV control for autonomous vehicles including friction force estimation and compensation mechanism      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This study presents a solution for the integrated longitudinal and lateral control problem of urban autonomous vehicles. It is based on a gain-scheduling linear parameter-varying (LPV) control approach combined with the use of an Unknown Input Observer (UIO) for estimating the vehicle states and friction force. Two gain-scheduling LPV controllers are used in cascade configuration that use the kinematic and dynamic vehicle models and the friction and observed states provided by the Unknown Input Observer (UIO). The LPV-UIO is designed in an optimal manner by solving a set of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). On the other hand, the design of the kinematic and dynamic controllers lead to solve separately two LPV-Linear Quadratic Regulator problems formulated also in LMI form. The UIO allows to improve the control response in disturbance affected scenarios by estimating and compensating the friction force. The proposed scheme has been integrated with a trajectory generation module and tested in a simulated scenario. A comparative study is also presented considering the cases that the friction force estimation is used or not to show its usefulness.
          Computing’s Hippocratic oath is here      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Computing professionals are on the front lines of almost every aspect of the modern world. They’re involved in the response when hackers steal the personal information of hundreds of thousands of people from a large corporation. Their work can protect–or jeopardize–critical infrastructures, such as electrical grids and transportation lines. And the algorithms they write may determine who gets a job, who is approved for a bank loan, or who gets released on bail.

Technological professionals are the first, and last, lines of defense against the misuse of technology. Nobody else understands the systems as well, and nobody else is in a position to protect specific data elements or ensure that the connections between one component and another are appropriate, safe, and reliable. As the role of computing continues its decades-long expansion in society, computer scientists are central to what happens next.

That’s why the world’s largest organization of computer scientists and engineers, the Association for Computing Machinery, of which I am president, has issued a new code of ethics for computing professionals. And it’s why ACM is taking other steps to help technologists engage with ethical questions.

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Serving the public interest

A code of ethics is more than just a document on paper. There are hundreds of examples of the core values and standards to which every member of a field is held–including for organist guilds and outdoor-advertising associations. The world’s oldest code of ethics is also its most famous: The Hippocratic oath that medical doctors take, promising to care responsibly for their patients.

I suspect that one reason for the Hippocratic oath’s fame is how personal medical treatment can be, with people’s lives hanging in the balance. It’s important for patients to feel confident their medical caregivers have their interests firmly in mind.

Technology is, in many ways, similarly personal. In modern society, computers, software, and digital data are everywhere. They’re visible in laptops and smartphones, social media and video conferencing, but they’re also hidden inside the devices that help manage people’s daily lives, from thermostats to timers on coffeemakers. New developments in autonomous vehicles, sensor networks, and machine learning mean computing will play an even more central role in everyday life in coming years.

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A changing profession

As the creators of these technologies, computing professionals have helped usher in the new and richly vibrant rhythms of modern life. But as computers become increasingly interwoven into the fabric of life, we in the profession must personally recommit to serving society through ethical conduct.

ACM’s last code of ethics was adopted in 1992, when many people saw computing work as purely technical. The internet was in its infancy and people were just beginning to understand the value of being able to aggregate and distribute information widely. It would still be years before artificial intelligence and machine learning had applications outside research labs.

Today, technologists’ work can affect the lives and livelihoods of people in ways that may be unintended, even unpredictable. I’m not an ethicist by training, but it’s clear to me that anyone in today’s computing field can benefit from guidance on ethical thinking and behavior.

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Updates to the code

ACM’s new ethics code has several important differences from the 1992 version. One has to do with unintended consequences. In the 1970s and 1980s, technologists built software or systems whose effects were limited to specific locations or circumstances. But over the past two decades, it has become clear that as technologies evolve, they can be applied in contexts very different from the original intent.

For example, computer vision research has led to ways of creating 3D models of objects–and people–based on 2D images, but it was never intended to be used in conjunction with machine learning in surveillance or drone applications. The old ethics code asked software developers to be sure a program would actually do what they said it would. The new version also exhorts developers to explicitly evaluate their work to identify potentially harmful side effects or potential for misuse.

Another example has to do with human interaction. In 1992, most software was being developed by trained programmers to run operating systems, databases, and other basic computing functions. Today, many applications rely on user interfaces to interact directly with a potentially vast number of people. The updated code of ethics includes more detailed considerations about the needs and sensitivities of very diverse potential users–including discussing discrimination, exclusion, and harassment.

More and more software is being developed to run with little or no input or human understanding, producing analytical results to guide decision making, such as when to approve bank loans. The outputs can have completely unintended social effects, skewed against whole classes of people–as in recent cases where data-mining predictions of who would default on a loan showed biases against people who seek longer-term loans or live in particular areas. There are also the dangers of what are called “false positives,” when a computer links two things that shouldn’t be connected–as when facial-recognition software recently matched members of Congress to criminals’ mug shots. The revised code exhorts technologists to take special care to avoid creating systems with the potential to oppress or disenfranchise whole groups of people.

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Living ethics in technology

The code was revised over the course of more than two years, including ACM members and people outside the organization and even outside the computing and technological professions. All of these perspectives made the code better. For example, a government-employed weapons designer asked whether that job inherently required violating the code; the wording was changed to clarify that systems must be “consistent with the public good.”

Now that the code is out, there’s more to do. ACM has created a repository for case studies, showing how ethical thinking and the guidelines can be applied in a variety of real-world situations. The group’s “Ask An Ethicist” blog and video series invites the public to submit scenarios or quandaries as they arise in practice. Word is also underway to develop teaching modules so that concepts can be integrated into computing education from primary school through university.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. My personal favorite was the comment from a young programmer after reading the code: “Now I know what to tell my boss if he asks me to do something like that again.”

The ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct begins with the statement “Computing professionals’ actions change the world.” We don’t know if our code will last as long as the Hippocratic oath. But it highlights how important it is that the global computing community understands the impact our work has–and takes seriously our obligation to the public good.

Cherri M. Pancake is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Oregon State University. This post originally appeared on The Conversation.

          When Will NVIDIA’s Self-Driving Car Bet Pay Off?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NVIDIA has fallen behind in the race to develop autonomous cars, but a new strategy could help it turn around.
          Nonparametric Gaussian mixture models for the multi-armed contextual bandit. (arXiv:1808.02932v1 [stat.ML])      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Iñigo Urteaga, Chris H. Wiggins

The multi-armed bandit is a sequential allocation task where an agent must learn a policy that maximizes long term payoff, where only the reward of the played arm is observed at each iteration. In the stochastic setting, the reward for each action is generated from an unknown distribution, which depends on a given 'context', available at each interaction with the world. Thompson sampling is a generative, interpretable multi-armed bandit algorithm that has been shown both to perform well in practice, and to enjoy optimality properties for certain reward functions. Nevertheless, Thompson sampling requires sampling from parameter posteriors and calculation of expected rewards, which are possible for a very limited choice of distributions. We here extend Thompson sampling to more complex scenarios by adopting a very flexible set of reward distributions: nonparametric Gaussian mixture models. The generative process of Bayesian nonparametric mixtures naturally aligns with the Bayesian modeling of multi-armed bandits. This allows for the implementation of an efficient and flexible Thompson sampling algorithm: the nonparametric model autonomously determines its complexity in an online fashion, as it observes new rewards for the played arms. We show how the proposed method sequentially learns the nonparametric mixture model that best approximates the true underlying reward distribution. Our contribution is valuable for practical scenarios, as it avoids stringent model specifications, and yet attains reduced regret.


          Simulation of Mixed Critical In-vehicular Networks. (arXiv:1808.03081v1 [cs.NI])      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Philipp Meyer, Franz Korf, Till Steinbach, Thomas C. Schmidt

Future automotive applications ranging from advanced driver assistance to autonomous driving will largely increase demands on in-vehicular networks. Data flows of high bandwidth or low latency requirements, but in particular many additional communication relations will introduce a new level of complexity to the in-car communication system. It is expected that future communication backbones which interconnect sensors and actuators with ECU in cars will be built on Ethernet technologies. However, signalling from different application domains demands for network services of tailored attributes, including real-time transmission protocols as defined in the TSN Ethernet extensions. These QoS constraints will increase network complexity even further. Event-based simulation is a key technology to master the challenges of an in-car network design. This chapter introduces the domain-specific aspects and simulation models for in-vehicular networks and presents an overview of the car-centric network design process. Starting from a domain specific description language, we cover the corresponding simulation models with their workflows and apply our approach to a related case study for an in-car network of a premium car.


          An "Xcity" Optimization Approach to Designing Proving Grounds for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. (arXiv:1808.03089v1 [cs.RO])      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Rui Chen, Mansur Arief, Ding Zhao

Proving ground, or on-track testing has been an essential part of testing and validation process for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). Several world-class CAV proving grounds, such as Mcity at the University of Michigan and The Castle of Waymo, have already been built, and many more are currently under construction. In this paper, we propose the first optimization approach to CAV proving ground designing and refer to any such CAV-centric design problem as "Xcity" to emphasize the enormous investment, the multi-dimensional spatial consideration, and the immense construction effort emerging globally. Inspired by the recent progress on traffic encounter clustering, we further define "road assets" as fundamental building blocks and formulate the whole design process into nonlinear optimization problems. We have shown that such framework can be utilized to adaptively generate CAV proving ground designs with optimized capability and flexibility and can further be extended to evaluate an existing "Xcity" design.


          Bayesian bandits: balancing the exploration-exploitation tradeoff via double sampling. (arXiv:1709.03162v2 [stat.ML] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Iñigo Urteaga, Chris H. Wiggins

Reinforcement learning studies how to balance exploration and exploitation in real-world systems, optimizing interactions with the world while simultaneously learning how the world operates. One general class of algorithms for such learning is the multi-armed bandit setting. Randomized probability matching, based upon the Thompson sampling approach introduced in the 1930s, has recently been shown to perform well and to enjoy provable optimality properties. It permits generative, interpretable modeling in a Bayesian setting, where prior knowledge is incorporated, and the computed posteriors naturally capture the full state of knowledge. In this work, we harness the information contained in the Bayesian posterior and estimate its sufficient statistics via sampling. In several application domains, for example in health and medicine, each interaction with the world can be expensive and invasive, whereas drawing samples from the model is relatively inexpensive. Exploiting this viewpoint, we develop a double sampling technique driven by the uncertainty in the learning process: it favors exploitation when certain about the properties of each arm, exploring otherwise. The proposed algorithm does not make any distributional assumption and it is applicable to complex reward distributions, as long as Bayesian posterior updates are computable. Utilizing the estimated posterior sufficient statistics, double sampling autonomously balances the exploration-exploitation tradeoff to make better informed decisions. We empirically show its reduced cumulative regret when compared to state-of-the-art alternatives in representative bandit settings.


          Neural and Synaptic Array Transceiver: A Brain-Inspired Computing Framework for Embedded Learning. (arXiv:1709.10205v3 [cs.NE] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Authors: Georgios Detorakis, Sadique Sheik, Charles Augustine, Somnath Paul, Bruno U. Pedroni, Nikil Dutt, Jeffrey Krichmar, Gert Cauwenberghs, Emre Neftci

Embedded, continual learning for autonomous and adaptive behavior is a key application of neuromorphic hardware. However, neuromorphic implementations of embedded learning at large scales that are both flexible and efficient have been hindered by a lack of a suitable algorithmic framework. As a result, the most neuromorphic hardware is trained off-line on large clusters of dedicated processors or GPUs and transferred post hoc to the device. We address this by introducing the neural and synaptic array transceiver (NSAT), a neuromorphic computational framework facilitating flexible and efficient embedded learning by matching algorithmic requirements and neural and synaptic dynamics. NSAT supports event-driven supervised, unsupervised and reinforcement learning algorithms including deep learning. We demonstrate the NSAT in a wide range of tasks, including the simulation of Mihalas-Niebur neuron, dynamic neural fields, event-driven random back-propagation for event-based deep learning, event-based contrastive divergence for unsupervised learning, and voltage-based learning rules for sequence learning. We anticipate that this contribution will establish the foundation for a new generation of devices enabling adaptive mobile systems, wearable devices, and robots with data-driven autonomy.


          SUPERVISOR DE RECURSOS HUMANOS - Aptiv - Fresnillo, Zac.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Monitoring of staff services. The next generation of autonomous vehicles, smart cities and connectivity to life....
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          Manufacturing Manager - Aptiv - Fresnillo, Zac.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Management of large working teams. The next generation of autonomous vehicles, smart cities and connectivity to life....
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          Autonomous Tech Won’t Displace Truckers, Biased Studies Claim      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Last year, the Center for Automotive Research said robotic vehicles will eventually displace professional drivers in figures that will be “certainly in the millions.” Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs predicted trucking job losses of 25,000 per month as autonomous vehicles roll out in earnest. Truckers are going to end up like pinsetters and switchboard operators — saddled with a career that […]

The post Autonomous Tech Won’t Displace Truckers, Biased Studies Claim appeared first on The Truth About Cars.


          Jaipur to get water supply and sewerage board      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Now, an autonomous board will look after the management of water supply and sewerage management of Jaipur city. A state government ordinance for estab...
          ‘TRUTH IS TREASON IN EMPIRE OF LIES’ ... War With Unknown Alien Species      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Thursday yowls and roars, good Kittens All...the crucial war for our FREEDOM OF SPEECH goes into superdrive, and will continue to relentlessly firestorm across our beloved country, and yes, across the entire world... 1776 FREEDOM WORLDWIDE, baby...
Oh, and believe this Big Cat, the people of China want their FREEDOM too-- from commie tyranny... okay, as Drudge exposed, now the Red Chinese tyranny is threatening to close down their Apple factories because of tariffs... well, to be honest, the Kougar says PLEASE SHUT THOSE SLAVE FACTORIES DOWN!!! NOW!
Okay, this Big Cat has no apple device, relies on no apple device, thus in her case, big effing deal ... now those of you do use apple devices might care a lot ... yeah, who gives a damn about the horrors of working in a China slave factory ... you think the Kougar is lying? Just do the research for yourself ... why are WE THE PEOPLE?  from the land of FREEDOM? buying slave-produced products??? Not to mention every last iota of your personal info, your login info, etc. is on the apple cloud, which is now OWNED by the Chinese Despot government ... isn't that fun, kiddos? Or, as the late great George Carlin might say, THE COMMIES GOT YOU BY THE BALLS.
And who has been warning you about this Chinese Cyber takeover for the last five years, at least? This Big Cat, and those like her, who can actually foresee this obvious developing future. Really, who couldn't have foreseen something like this happening? Given what was has happened in our world?

Rogue message in Chinese broadcast over intercom at National Weather Service...

Phone lines overtaken...


DRUDGE REPORT on Twitter: "APPLE Set for China Data Handover ...

https://twitter.com/drudge_report/status/951050356112306177
Jan 10, 2018 - DRUDGE REPORT · @DRUDGE_REPORT. The DRUDGE REPORT is a U.S. based news aggregation website run by Matt ...

DRUDGE REPORT on Twitter: "CHINA USES APPLE AS BAIT! https://t ...

https://twitter.com/DRUDGE_REPORT/status/1026841403672817664
2 days ago - Good response would be tell China that Taiwan is willing to take over their role and by the way we are building capacity in the United States as ...

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From the July 25, 2018 11:16:27 GMT edition of the Drudge Report. Under pressure ... Drudge ReportAPPLE iCloud data in China now stored by state-run firm.

Okay, how many otherworld aliens is the Earth *Space Force* at war with... that is the real question... or how many otherworld aliens are deliberately attacking Earth? Check out the very fascinating article below: "Russian Fleet Rushes To Arctic Over Fears US May Have Started War With Unknown Alien Species" 

THIS IS JUST FUN... 

VIDEO: WATCH WHAT HAPPENED WHEN ALEX JONES FOUND OUT HE WAS CENSORED

No globalist is safe


Infowars has obtained exclusive footage of founder Alex Jones reacting to being banned off social media.




Yep... they are that stupidly arrogant... and dangerous as a rabid junkyard dog... 

COMMUNITY STANDARDS = TECH GIANT COMMIE CENSORSHIP 

THEY DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' REASON FOR MASS MURDERING INFOWARS ON THEIR TAXPAYER FUNDED SPY PLATFORMS 


OKAY, IT'S ON, EARTHERS, AND MORE SUCH ATTACKS WILL BE HAPPENING... GOOD LUCK ON KNOWING ABOUT IT, THOUGH ... 

http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2625.htm

August 8, 2018
Russian Fleet Rushes To Arctic Over Fears US May Have Started War With Unknown Alien Species
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
At the same time the highly influential Veteran Intelligent Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) organization is warning President Trump that the “Deep State” intelligence on Iran he is receiving could be catastrophic, a new Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today suggests that the United States, if not the entire world, may have even bigger things to worry about—and is due to a believed to be shootdown by the US Air Force of a known and accepted “interstellar-interdimensional device” (most commonly referred as a UFO) within the Arctic Circle on 25 July, whose explosive force was registered at 2.1 kilotons—and has now seen this “devices” suspected “pair-mate”, on 4 Augustenter our Earth’s atmosphere in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region-Yugra in West Siberia from where it began transversing the globe—until yesterday, 7 August,when it hovered in the skies over the Philippines, then raced towards the Arctic Circle where it plunged into the Greenland Sea with enough force to cause a 5.8 magnitude earthquake—and in response to President Putin, just hours ago, ordered the immediate deployment of the entire Russian Northern Fleet to Arctic waters.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

Massive “interstellar-interdimensinal” device (above) makes rare appearance over Philippines before racing to, and then plunging into, the Greenland Sea on 7 August 2018

According to this report, throughout the entirety of recorded human history, one of our planet’s most enduring mysteries has been the sudden and unexplained appearance of massive “interstellar-interdimensional” devices in our skies—and who, in the concealing of their presence, use unknown technology to envelope themselves in massive cloud formations—so gigantic, in fact, the late American physicist William Corliss Ph.D., in his 1983 scientific research paper titled “Tornadoes, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena”, documented them being able to cover entire regions, resulting in what he called “Dark Days”, as the Sunwould be completely obliterated from the sky.
One of the most written about “Dark Days” associated with these “interstellar-interdimensinal” devices in near historic times, this report details, occurred on 19 May 1780 throughout the entire region of the United Statesknown as New England—and where, shortly before Noon on that day, the sky turned yellowish, then went completely black.  


Shortly before Noon, on Friday, 20 July 2018, this report notes, another of these “Dark Days” occurred that covered the entire Eveno-Bytantaisky and Zhigansky districts of Russia’s coldest region Yakutia—and whose residents of refused to accept official explanations, with many of them stating it was, indeed, caused by what they called a massive UFO.
Though not having the technology to fully track these “interstellar-interdimensional” devices when they enter our Earth’s atmosphere, this report says, this particular “Dark Day” cause, five days later, on 25 July, was determined by the MoD to be operating within the Arctic Circle—with it then being observed that a missile had fired by the US Air Force from their Arctic Circle air base, and that was immediately followed with the registering of a 2.1 kiloton explosion—but that the Americans claimed was due to a crashed meteorite.   

US Air Force fighter pilots admit their being ordered to fire on UFO’s

Near simultaneously with this 2.1 kiloton explosion occurring in the Arctic, this report continues, and also on 25 July, the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) sent out an urgent astrogram (astronomer’s telegram) notifying the world that they had just detected a mysterious fast radio burst (FRB) they designated FRB 180725—and whose frequency of 580 MHz is nearly 200 megahertz lower than any other radio burst ever detected in history.
MoD analysts, this report concludes, have formed a hypothesis that this mysterious never seen before FRB was directed to the “interstellar-interdimensional” device fired on by the US Air Force—and that caused its “pair mate” device to come to its rescue as it may be lying disabled on the seafloor within the Arctic Circle—but whose full consequences of, should the worst have happened, and the Americans, indeed, fired upon an alien craft, are contained in the most highly classified section of this MoD report we’re not allowed to mention—other then to note its containing the full details of the most infamous “Dark Day” event occurring in recorded human history on 14 April 1561—and was when the inhabitants of the German city of Nuremberg witnessed a massive aerial battle involving hundreds of UFO’s in the skies above them—but whose cause of has never been known.  

UFO battle over the German city of Nuremberg on 14 April 1561 as printed in an illustrated news notice in the same month

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ANCIENT ET SPACESHIP, OR LOST TECHNOLOGY ON EARTH? 

WHEN RON PAUL GETS SERIOUSLY CENSORED, YOU KNOW THE FALSE FLAGS ARE ON THE DRAWING BOARD... BIGTIME... 

‘TRUTH IS TREASON IN EMPIRE OF LIES’: RON PAUL ON BIG TECH CENSORSHIP

“Challenging the status quo is what they can’t stand and it unnerves them, so they have to silence people.”

‘Truth is treason in empire of lies’: Ron Paul on Big Tech censorship


After the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute got suspended on Twitter, the former congressman from Texas told RT that social media crackdowns are part of a broader effort to silence dissent in the US.
While social media could be a “real delight” and very informative, the biggest role social networks are playing is “working with the government,” Ron Paul told RT on Tuesday. The government is indirectly regulating speech through companies like Twitter and Facebook, he added.
“You get accused of treasonous activity and treasonous speech because in an empire of lies the truth is treason,” Paul said. “Challenging the status quo is what they can’t stand and it unnerves them, so they have to silence people.”

Paul served in the House of Representatives for over 25 years before retiring in 2013 and setting up the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The institute’s executive director, Daniel McAdams, found himself suspended from Twitter on Monday, apparently for retweeting a comment by radio show host Scott Horton.
Horton, who is also the editorial director of Antiwar.com, was suspended for criticizing journalist Jonathan M. Katz, after Katz complained to Twitter and got former former State Department employee and author Peter Van Buren banned from the platform.
“I’m just hoping that technology can stay ahead of it all and that we can have real alternatives to the dependency on Twitter and other companies that have been working hand in glove with the government,”Paul told RT.
“And if we, some of us, tell the truth about our government, they call us treasonous and say we’re speaking out of line and they’d like to punish us, and I think that’s part of what’s happening with social media,” he added.

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INFOWARS IS FORBIDDEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD 

‘FORBIDDEN INFORMATION’: ALEX JONES LAUNCHES NATIONWIDE GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN

Red pill your town or neighborhood in this fight for free speech


‘Forbidden Information’: Alex Jones Launches Nationwide Grassroots Campaign
As the past days have made clear, Infowars is the forbidden information the globalists don’t want you to have.
Youtube, Facebook, Apple, Google and others have declared war on free thought, and they’re determined to use their algorithms to censor other conservative voices.
In light of the coordinated blacklisting by big tech monopolies, Infowars is going low-tech and grassroots to circumvent their digital censorship.
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BANNING THE FIRST AMENDMENT COULD LEAD TO A SHOOTING WAR... AND WHY NOT? FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A FOUNDATION FOR 1776  ... HOWEVER, THOSE EVIL GLOBALISTS ORCHESTRATING A VIOLENT UPRISING SHOULD BE THE FIRST TO EXPERIENCE REAL JUSTICE... 

August 8, 2018

As Globalists And Big Tech 'Identify, Vilify, Nullify And Destroy', Totalitarian Attempts To Ban The 1st Amendment Could Lead To Rivers Of Blood Flowing Through The Streets Of America

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By Stefan Stanford - All News Pipeline - Live Free Or Die

With 'big tech' and the globalists having launched an all-out war upon the 1st Amendment with Alex Jones and Infowars clearly the 'canary in the coal mine' of tyranny, Steve Quayle recently warned while linking to this story over at Intellihub about the fiasco: "when there is no 'alt news', murder and death will rule the day". 


With Senate Democrats now actually floating plans that would see the US government taking over the internet according to a leaked memo circulating among them that details a plethora of authoritarian proposals for regulating digital platforms such as Infowars and ANP, allegedly to "get tough on Russian bots and fake news", the fact that one Democratic senator recently said "the survival of our democracy depends on banning sites like InfoWars" tells us everything that we need to know going forward in 2018. (REMINDER TO CONGRESS: Your job approval rating SUCKS at 18%!)

As Quayle also mentioned while linking to this story over at Zero Hedge which reports that the censorship crackdown continues with twitter suspending several accounts of prominent libertarians, including the account of the Director of the Ron Paul Institute, "the first victim in any war is truth - 'propaganda is the execution squad' to all truth - the full-scale NWO pogrom begins!

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HOW MANY ASSASSINATION ATTEMPTS ON OUR PRESIDENT TRUMP? LIKELY, IT SURPASSES THIRTEEN IN NUMBER, IN THE KOUGAR'S OPINION 

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August 5, 2018
Trump Taunts “Deep State” Daring Them To Assassinate Him As Historic US-Russia Alliance To Save World Gains Speed
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
An astonishing historically centered new Security Council (SC) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that 48-hours after a suspected to be CIA assassination plot failed to kill their nations leader in Wilkes-BarrePennsylvania, an appearing to be fearless President Donald Trump appeared openly again before a cheering crowd of his supporters in Lewis CenterOhio where he actually taunted his “Deep State” demonic anti-Christ globalist enemies daring them to try to assassinate him again—and that he did so by his unmistakably declaring his allegiance to the 25th President of the United States William McKinley—and afterwards Trump’s allegiance to McKinley spreading like wildfire across the globe spurring comments like “Did you pick it up? CONFIRMED!  The Trump US government will begin to fund itself by everything else EXCEPT INCOME TAXES.  That's the future economic plan and I'm so jealous I'm not an American!!!”—with the true significant origins of what Trump is doing being able to be traced back to “The Two Liberators”, Tsar Alexander II and President Abraham Lincoln.  [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

President Donald Trump not so subtly taunts the “Deep State” to try to assassinate him again during rally in Lewis CenterOhio, on 4 August 2018

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Don't start planning for your self-driving commute anytime soon. Human drivers are still very necessary as a recent road test for five cars' driver-assistance features showed.

The vehicles, 2017 BMW 5-series with "Driving Assistant Plus," 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with "Drive Pilot," 2018 Tesla Model 3 and 2016 Model S with "Autopilot" (software versions 8.1 and 7.1, respectively) and 2018 Volvo S90 with "Pilot Assist," were put through their paces as part of a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, road test.

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The results weren't so grand. In tests for adaptive cruise control, or ACC, in four different scenarios and lane-keeping on three hills and three curves the cars did much better on tracks than out on the road. Only the Tesla Model 3 stayed within the lane on all 18 trials for lane keeping.  Read more...

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The Mexican has invested $200 Million Pesos to clean the Cancun´s beaches at all. 


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With an investment of 200 million pesos, this Wednesday begins work to install the first barrier in Punta Nizuc, in Cancun, which aims to divert the sargassum into the sea and redirect it with the help of wind and natural marine currents. The objective is to avoid massive coverage of the coastline, and generate greater environmental and economic impacts to the Mexican Caribbean. As before, the sargassum that remains on the shore of the beaches will be manually removed and deposited in places of final disposal. The sargasso will be removed with seven structures that the government of Quintana Roo hired from the Goimar Goimsa Group, and the collection will be carried out through amphibious bands or suction bands, explained to El Universal the titutal of the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo (Semaqroo), Alfredo Arellano Guillermo. The first fence will serve as a pilot, the other remaining will be placed later in Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Mahahual and Puerto Morelos. Yesterday, during the private meeting that members of the state cabinet held with hoteliers, and in a second open meeting with social sectors, academics and organized civil society, the project to contain sargassum was announced. They explained that the problem is not going to be solved, because it depends on the currents and the winds, but it can reduce the amount (of sargassum) that reaches the beach. They are plastic barriers, canvas, buoys to float, with a width to the bottom of 50 centimeters, to retain the sargasso & quot ;. Also, the owner of Ecology and Environment clarified that "the type of mesh does not threaten the fauna, which can go under it, without any problem. & Quot; For his part, the coordinator of advisers to the state government, Felipe Ornelas said that the work of collecting on land will be maintained along with the diversion of algae in the sea, to avoid burying sargassum on beaches, under the own sand, otherwise, there would be significant environmental impacts on the ecosystem, for example, it would change the color of the beach, its composition and quality.


We recently reported on the unusual amounts of seaweed or pelagic Sargassum that are washing ashore on beaches throughout the Mexican Caribbean. This is not confined to the state of Quintana Roo, the Caribbean islands and the Gulf coast of the United States, from Texas to Florida, are reporting similar experiences. While it is natural for seaweed to come ashore after storms and for warmer water temperatures in the summer to cause it to breed more quickly (a phenomenon known as a bloom), such large quantities of seaweed are rare.




What is pelagic Sargassum?
Two species of pelagic Sargassum are washing ashore, they are also known as Common Gulfweed (Sargassum natans) and Broad-toothed Gulfweed (Sargassum fluitans). Sargassum comes from the Portuguese word sargaço, which means “little grapes,” a reference to the air-filled bladders that enables it to float on the surface and move with the currents. Unlike other algae that are rooted in the seabed or attached to rocks or corals, it can grow and reproduce as it drifts through the water. And when fragments break off the main plant, they can also reproduce, contributing to the formation of carpets of seaweed.
Pelagic Sargassum is associated with the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean where vast beds of this free-floating seaweed are a habitat for many creatures such as microscopic plants, shells, shrimp, tiny crabs, sea horses and eels and are a nursery for four species of baby turtles and fish, including jacks, tuna and mahi-mahi. In fact, 120 species of fish and more than 120 invertebrates make their home among the plants. Migrating schools of fish also use the dense mats of weed as a refuge from predators such as sailfish and marlin, and seabirds and shore birds feed on the seaweed’s bounty.
Ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream, the North Atlantic Current and the North Equatorial Current transport Sargassum and it is found naturally in the northern Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Yet mats and lines of it are now being seen in areas where it has not been reported before or is very rare, and blooms have been reported in areas of the Atlantic not directly associated with the Sargasso Sea, such as the coast of South America. There may be multiple sources for the seaweed proliferation currently affecting the Caribbean and it may come ashore in different locations at different times during the year.




Where does the seaweed affecting the Mexican Caribbean come from?
To date, the origin of the Sargassum coming ashore on the coast of Quintana Roo and other parts of the Caribbean is unknown, however, marine biologist Rosa Rodriguez Martinez of the National Autonomous University of Mexico Marine Research Field Station in Puerto Morelos told us about one possible theory. It may come from as far afield as the coast of Brazil, thousands of kilometers to the south.
This was the source area for a massive island of seaweed spotted in April 2011 to the north of the Amazon estuary in Brazil where it had never been seen before. By July the same year it had dispersed into smaller patches and tons of it were washing up on beaches in the Eastern Caribbean from Trinidad to the Dominican Republic, where it became known as “the golden tide.” Ocean currents had even taken it across the Atlantic to West Africa, where it affected a stretch of coastline from Sierra Leone to Ghana.
Deforestation continues unchecked in the Amazon Basin and northern Brazil and without tree roots to anchor them tropical soils are easily eroded. It is thought that higher than average rainfall levels in 2010 and 2011 washed greater amounts of soil, organic waste, fertilizers and other chemicals into the sea. This influx of nutrients, which could also have been supplemented by nutrients from upwellings of colder water at sea and dust from the Sahara, may have provided optimum conditions for the alga to thrive.




Why is there so much seaweed at caribbean beaches
Theories abound on what is causing the seaweed to bloom in such huge quantities
Rising water temperatures due to climate change and excessive nutrients from nitrate fertilizers, pesticides and waste that find their way into the ocean are thought to be important factors. The water temperatures in the Caribbean are warmer this year and traces of chemicals can affect the balance of the marine ecosystem in many ways.
Other theories are that the appearance of drifting mats of Sargassum may be due to changes in wind patterns linked to El Niño that affect the ocean currents that circle the Sargasso Sea or that it is an environmental impact that can be traced to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico or to oil exploration. Other scientists attribute it to the use of certain types of pesticides in southern US, Colombia and Brazil that find their way into rivers and then into the sea.
Different factors may have come into play in different areas affected by Sargassum. Marine biologists do not know yet whether this is a rare event and or whether it will prove to be cyclical.




When seaweed comes ashore
Seaweed has always washed ashore on the Quintana Roo coast; it is a natural occurrence. The fact that this season it is doing so in much larger quantities does not mean that the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean are dirty or polluted. In fact, Cancun was recently awarded the prestigious Blue Flag for six of its beaches, an international standard of excellence for beach cleanliness and many other area beaches in in the process of applying for Blue Flag certification.
When Sargassum is beached, marine creatures that are trapped die and begin to decay; this is what causes the distinctive, short-lived fishy odor, not the seaweed itself.
Although seaweed is completely harmless and does not sting, it is a good idea to shower after swimming in the sea and wash your swimsuit. Sometimes microscopic creatures called hydrozoa, tiny jellyfish or sand flies are trapped in the weed and a few of them may occasionally cause a rash, by rinsing thoroughly you will be eradicating them.




What’s being done?
Beach cleaning is being carried out on a daily basis in Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel and other resort areas such as Akumal, Tulum and Mahahual. In the third week of July, the Federal Government authorized additional funds for Municipal governments to hire more people to clean the beaches and conservation groups, soldiers and people from all walks of life are also volunteering to help remove the seaweed that washes ashore.
As it is sea turtle season, most cleaning is done manually and there are restrictions on heavy machinery such as bulldozers that could damage nests and their precious eggs. In Cancun, the authorities have given permission for lightweight diggers to be used during the day and only on the sand that is closest to the waves. The methods used will be carefully controlled to prevent damage to the beaches.
Reconnaissance flights and boat patrols will keep track of patches of seaweed as they move north through the Yucatan Channel, identifying those that could make landfall.
All along the coast, turtle guardians are keeping an eye on adult turtles coming ashore to nest on beaches where there may be seaweed and will watch over the hatchlings as they are born later in the season to ensure that they do not become entangled in it.
The local authorities, hotel associations and Mexican environmental agencies SEMARNAT and CONANP are working with local biologists, and experts from the Universidad Autónoma de México on a statewide cleaning and disposal plan for the seaweed.
Once the salt has leached out of seaweed it can be composted and it makes an excellent fertilizer. In Puerto Morelos, some of the seaweed removed from the beaches is already being deposited in an old quarry and it could eventually be used in the parks and gardens.
In other areas of the Mexican Caribbean, although not in Cancun, the seaweed is being buried in the dunes and the soil formed will boost plant growth. Seaweed anchors the sand and helps protect the shoreline from erosion. When seaweed is left to decompose naturally on the sand, it actually contributes to the growth of the beach.
Sargassum is consumed in other parts of the world or given to farm animals as part of a dietary supplement and it is believed to have healing properties. These uses may also be studied as part of the disposal program.




Satellite tracking
Government and tourism officials and local institutions are now in contact with experts from Texas A & M University who are working with NASA to use satellite imagery to track the floating patches of seaweed as they are move through the Caribbean, the Yucatan Channel and the Gulf of Mexico. With more information they can forecast when larger patches of seaweed are approaching the coast and can plan accordingly. This project also monitors the Sargasso situation in the Caribbean islands, from Grenada and Barbados to Puerto Rico.
In another initiative, the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi is collecting reports from all over the Caribbean. Using the information they receive from different parts of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, satellite imagery and the movements of marine currents they can identify Sargassum source areas, track the floating seaweed and try to understand why it is reproducing so quickly.




Beach cleaning at Royal Resorts
At Royal Resorts beach cleaning brigades are out every morning. The fact that they work before the hottest part of the day means that you may not see them but they are doing their utmost to keep the sand looking beautiful.
We will give you further updates on the seaweed and the beach cleaning program as more information becomes available.

Sources and Further Information:
Maestra en Ciencias Rosa Rodriguez Martinez, Unidad de Sistemas Arrecifales del Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Puerto Morelos
Doyle, E and J Franks. 2015

Sargassum Fact Sheet. Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute
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 The History of the United States Part 5 (1865-1918)  The First Era

This time period of American history was an extraordinary transformative era. Everything changed in America after the U.S. Civil War. The North and the South (including the Midwest plus the West) became more industrialized. More Americans moved into the cities from rural locations. Many black people gained rights, but the racist backlash of Jim Crow apartheid harmed real black progress in the evils of lynching, violence, the burning of locations, rape (especially the rape of black women by white racist terrorists), and the denial of inherit voting rights. The era of Reconstruction saw historic first among many black politicians and many saw hope for the future, but it ended by 1877. Likewise African Americans formed numerous organizations and other institutions courageously to defend the human rights of black people. The end of the 19th century saw Native Americans continuously losing their lands, having their treaties broken, and many of them forced to live in harsh reservations, which was a total injustice. Immigrants came into America in the realm of 27.5 million people between 1865 and 1918). These new immigrants experienced both discrimination and hardships. Yet, they also made outstanding contributions to American society (from inventions to a myriad of cultural developments). The Gilded Age signified the growth of large corporations including robber barons. Also, it was a time where the labor movement increased in power in which they executed strikes in order for them to promote living wage,s better working conditions, and ending child labor. By the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the Progressive era developed. It did numerous goods things in helping the poor, creating legitimate regulations to promote safety, promoting conservation including environmental protections, and holding companies accountable for their actions. Their weaknesses were that many of them ignored racism that harmed the lives of black Americans and some of them advanced the evil of eugenics.

The women suffragists fought for women to have the right to vote in America (plus worldwide) and by 1920, they were victorious in their determined efforts. This was a time when American imperialism expanded globally from the Caribbean to Asia. The end of his period of time started with World War I. U.S. forces came later into the battlefield on the side of the Allied forces. WWI saw new military weapons, chemical warfare, and a more globalized world society. Domestically, the suppression of civil liberties were commonplace, which was wrong. Americans supplies of food, military supplies, and other items were crucial in the Allied victory.  After WWI, a more internationalized world would be formed with the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations. Self-determination among nations plus other places expanded in places like China, Turkey, Poland, the Soviet Union, etc. American culture boomed and the continued fight for equality and justice (led by African Americans and other human begins of diverse backgrounds like Native Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, women, the poor, immigrants, etc.) existed.

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Reconstruction

Reconstruction changed the world forever. It dealt with debates about governmental power. Also, it gave black Americans freedom that didn’t exist before the Civil War. Some historians and scholars believe that Reconstruction started as early as 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation was issued which freed slaves in the Confederacy. The end of the Civil War saw Southern cities like Charleston and Richmond completely demolished. The South’s total wealth declined. Southern factories, plantations, and railroads were gone. The South experienced desolations as a response to the Union’s efforts to end the Confederacy. The Confederacy is to be blamed for promoting oppression.  People talked about what to do with eleven states that rebelled against the Union. Reconstruction dealt with rebuilding the South, promoting the lives of newly black freed human beings, and the future of society. African Americans continued to fight for full citizenship and equal rights after the war. Three million African Americans in the South saw a new era and they mostly lived in rural communities. That is why tons of black people were farmers back then and many black Americans came into the cities of the South for economic opportunities. While some people like General William Tecumseh Sherman wanted millions of acres of lands to be given to former slaves by the federal slaves (like forty acres and a mule doctrine of Sherman), many southern landowners opposed this idea. African Americans from the South, during the Reconstruction period and beyond, fought fight for voting rights, access to education, and other benefits that most northern black people (and all black people in general) were fighting for too. Southern white racists would fight legitimate progress at every step of the way since they wanted their status and power in society along with racists being wicked.

As early as 1864, people increasingly knew that the Union was going to win the Civil War. So, people before 1865 talked about what do with newly freed black people once the war was over. There were three views back then. One view was the progressives who wanted land sent to black Americans and full equality. Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson were the moderates who wanted an immediate reconciliation of the Confederacy to the Union after the war was over. Both Lincoln and Johnson wanted a national healing and immediate admission of rebel states into the Union. Abraham Lincoln promoted the ten percent plan. This was the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction. It wanted ten percent of a state’s voters took a loyalty oath to the Union, and then the state would set up a new government. If the state’s constitution abolished slavery and provided education for African American, then that state would regain representation in Congress. In my personal, opinion, Lincoln was too generous and too accommodating to former Confederates. For example, Lincoln wanted to give pardons (not prison time) for Confederates. He considered compensating them for lost property. He recognized the pro-Union governments of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee even though they denied African Americans the right to vote immediately after the Civil War.

Then, you have the disgusting reactionaries who rejected political and social equality for black people. The progressives included black leaders and Radical Republicans who stood out to defend the Union and they wanted punishment (including making former Confederate states to have the stipulation of swearing allegiance to the Union) sent to the rebels for their actions of extremism during the Civil War too. One leader of the Radical Republicans was Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumer. They opposed Lincoln’s 10 percent plan since Confederates committed the crimes of enslaving black Americans and advancing the Civil War. Lincoln’s plan was rejected and replaced with the Wade-Davis bill in 1864. This policy required the state’s prewar voters to swear loyalty to the Union before the process of restoration started. It promoted guarantees of equality to African Americans. Lincoln ended this plan by a pocket veto or withholding his signature beyond the 10 day decline with the end of the congressional session. Lincoln was wrong to do this.

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On March 3, 1865, the Freedmen’s Bureau was established. This was supported by Lincoln. It was formed to give assistance to newly emancipated African Americans. It had huge successes and large economic burdens including racist terrorism harming many schools of the Freedmen’s Bureau. It ended by 1872. The Freedmen’s Bureau wanted to give newly freed black persons food, clothing, health care, and education including for white poor folks of the South. It also helped to reunite black families who were split apart as a result of slavery. It was used to aid 4 million newly freed black human beings. It spent about $5 million to set up schools for former slaves. Howard University, Hampton University, and Fisk University were founded and financed with the help from the Freedmen’s Bureau too. After April 15, 1865, Andrew Johnson was President. Johnson would go on to be one of the racist Presidents in American history. Also, he refused to support even middle of road Reconstruction measures in a vindictive way. The Union General Benjamin Butler in 1865 was elected to Congress as a Radical Republican.

After Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, Andrew Johnson became the next President. Like Lincoln, Johnson wanted to restore Southern states to the Union as quickly as possible. His plan was to allow any Confederate in the Union if they swore alleigance to the Union and the Constitution. He also anted each state to ratify the Thirteenth Amendment and draft a Constitution that abolished slavery. He wanted wealthy planters to write to him personally in order to get a pardon as he detested wealthy planters. Like many southerners, he was a stone cold racist who wanted America to be a “government for white men.” Andrew Johnson didn’t want to give black Americans the right to vote. He believed in states’ rights in allowing the states to deprive black people human freedoms. In December of 1865, most Confederate state had met Johnson’s plan for readmission when Congress reconvened. By December 6, 1865, the 13th Amendment was ratified.

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States of America. In the same year, Southern states increase the existence of Black Codes. Black Codes are Jim Crow laws that restrict the rights of African Americans involving voting, owning businesses, owning a gun, holding office, etc. Southern states started to allow even Confederates in Congress. The black odes forced African Americans to work in a few jobs like servants or farm laborers. Many states banned black people from owning land as owning land is a key prerequisite in real economic plus political power. Vagrancy laws existed that made any black person who didn’t have a job could be arrested and made to work as prison labor (which involved kidnapping and de facto slavery). During this time when with Union military occupation of the South, many white southerners openly used violence and intimidation to enforce the black codes. This was so evil that Radical Republicans and moderate Republican fought part against the South’s disrespect of the essence of Reconstruction. When southern representative came into Washington, D.C. Congress refused their seats. Congress used a committee to investigate the treatment of former slaves. The spring of 1866 saw more events. Radical Republicans wanted to defend the rights of black people while Johnson opposed this plan. Congress passed a bill to fund the Freedmen’s Bureau. It was given authority to punish state officials who failed to extend rights to African Americans. Johnson vetoed this bill.

April 9, 1866 was the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This gave citizenship to African Americans and guarantees equal rights. It created federal guarantees of civil rights and tried to stop states trying to do evil. Johnson vetoed the law and defied Congress. Later, Congress overturned the veto to make the Civil Rights Act of 1866 the law of the land. The Memphis race riot from May 1-3, 1866 was when white racists and the police killed 46 Africans and destroyed 90 homes, schools, and four churches in Memphis, Tennessee. By July 30, 1866, the New Orleans race riot had the police to murder more than 40 black Americans and white Republicans. More than 150 people were wounded. 1866 was the year when the Ku Klux Klan was formed. It was a secret organization that wanted to use murder, violence, and rape to terrorize African Americans and establish white rule n the South. It was founded in Pulaski, Tennessee. Radical and moderate Republicans blamed Johnson’s total lenient policies of compromise for the violence against black people in the South. Radical Reconstruction started when more Radical Republicans gained power in Congress.

The 1867 Reconstruction act divided the former Confederacy states (of 10 of them) into five military districts via the Military Reconstruction Act of 1867. Congress had overridden President Johnson’s veto again. The generals (who were Union generals from the Civil War) ruled those districts until the states had an oath of allegiance to the Union (and allow African Americans suffrage). These districts wanted African American men to vote as women wouldn’t be allowed to vote until the 1900’s. In 1867, the Republican convention in New Orleans has a party platform including promoting equality for African Americans.

In 1867, tension with Johnson and the Congress increased. Congress passed the Tenure Office Act to control the President’s power. It said that the President must have Senate approval before getting rid of some members of his office. Later, he tried to get rid of the last Radical Republican in his cabinet who was Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. He barricaded himself in his office for nearly 2 month. Then, the House of Representative voted to impeach Johnson for trying to fire Stanton. Johnson was so stubborn that he had an impeachment trial by the Spring of 1868. From March to May of 1868, by one vote, the U.S. Senate failed to remove President Johnson from office. The moderates didn’t want Johnson to leave office. Andrew Johnson promised to enforce the Reconstruction Acts. The Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in July 21, 1868. This Amendment guaranteed due process and equal protection under the law to African Americans. The 14th Amendment wanted to punish any state the refused to allow black people the right to vote with losing House seats. It banned leading Confederate officials from holding federal or state offices. On November 3, 1868, President Ulysses S. Grant was elected President. He was the 18th President and a former Union general. He beat Democratic candidate Horatio Seymour of New York State and he had a majority of the white vote. Congress passed the Fifteenth Amendment in 1869. It forbade any state from denying suffrage on the grounds of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Many southern racists used loopholes to deprive black people of voting rights by using literacy or property qualifications.

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This harmed African Americans and the poor. The Enforcement Act of 1870 made intimidation of people having voting rights a federal crime. The first redeemer government was in Tennessee. This was in 1869 when TN replaced a biracial Republican state government with an all-white Democratic government. This was followed by Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia in 1870. 1870 was the year when all of the former Confederate states had met the requirements under Radical Reconstruction and rejoined the Union. The Republicans dominated state governments. More African Americans used their political power to be part of government at every level. More black people were now school superintendents, sheriffs, mayor, coroners, and legislatures in the South. The Republican Party also had members who were Scalawags or poor white people who agreed with Reconstruction. Carpetbaggers came from the North and they wanted economic profit in the South via businesses. Many of them were accused of financial exploitation of people. By February 23, 1870 was when the first black senator was elected. His name was Hiram Revels of Mississippi and he was in the U.S. Senate as the first black senator.

The Fifteenth Amendment was ratified on March 30, 1870. It extended the vote to all male citizens regardless of race or previous condition of servitude. In 1871, the 43nd Congress had five black members in the House of Representatives: Benjamin S. Turner of Alabama; Josiah T. Walls of Florida; and Robert Brown Elliot, Joseph H. Rainey and Robert Carlos DeLarge of South Carolina. The first African American governor was P. B. S. Pinchback, acting governor of Louisiana from December 9, 1872 to January 13, 1873. Pinchback, a black politician, was the first black to serve as a state governor, although due to white resistance, his tenure is extremely short. In 1874, for the first time since before the Civil War, Democrats control both houses of Congress. Robert Smalls, black hero of the Civil War, elected to Congress as representative of South Carolina. Blanche K. Bruce elected to U. S. Senate. Blanche was born in Virginia as a slave. She learned to read. She left the plantation and went into Missouri during the Civil War. He ran a school for black children and came into Oberlin College in Ohio. He was a great landowner at age 25 by 1866. By his mid-thirties in 1874, he was elected to the United States Senate. Ironically, no black Congressman was elected in the North until the twentieth century. Some Republicans were wrong to not want women’s suffrage immediately since they felt that they couldn’t get enough support to get voting rights for women. Black people and women gained new opportunities during Reconstruction from working in medicine, schools, etc. Many women were leaders in orphanages and relief programs.

Schools grew in the schools. Most were segregated. A few of the Radical Republicans wanted integration. Land speculation, illiteracy, and poverty were fought against by progressive people in the South. African Americans saw a new world with Reconstruction. Most black people in the South were farmers and wanted land to cultivate their own lives and families. Many organized economic institutions and civil rights groups to fight for their rights. The reason is that freedom must be established by both using economic and political power merged into one. In other words, we have to fight for just laws and get our economic power increased in order to fight poverty plus set up our own institutions to benefit the black community as a whole. Black people worked as cooks, carpenters, blacksmiths, and other workers in southern cities. Many experienced low pay, poor food, and substandard housing. African Americans churches were places where black people worshiped, established job opportunities, organized political movements, and helped to educate black people. In rural communities, sharecropping existed. There were share tenancy and tenant farming. Sharecropping was when a landowner dictated the crop and provided the sharecropper with a place to live. In return, a share of the harvested was given to the sharecropper. The problem was that brought supplies on credit with high interest and the sharecropper were forced to pay for these expensive items. Sharecroppers would in term be in debt.

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These leaders during Reconstruction (from left to right) were Robert Brown Elliot, Robert Carlos DeLarge, and Octavius Catto.

Many landlords would lie about the costs of supplies and economic exploit sharecroppers who were both black people and poor whites. Tenant farming involved renting and money management problems existed too involving tenant farming. Sharecropping extended poverty in the black community. White racism and black scapegoating contributed to the violent backlash against Reconstruction. Republicans took over the governments of the South for a time. White racist southerners formed the Ku Klux Klan as a means to stop Reconstruction. The Klan burned homes, schools, and churches. They came out in night and killed, raped, and hanged African Americans and white progressives. Anyone (a minister, a teacher, politicians, etc.), who encouraged black people to vote, were readily assaulted and murdered by the Klan. The violence against black people was very large. The Congress acted by passing the Enforcement Acts in 1870 and in 1871. It made it federal offense to interfere with a citizen’s right to vote. Congress had hearing and invited black politicians and other people to talk about South. George Ruby of Texas told Congress that he dragged into the woods and beat him because he opened a school in Louisiana. Racism terrorism was in the North too. In Philadelphia, civil rights leader Octavius Otto was murdered by a racist mob. He was a teacher and Isaiah Wears and other black protested the racism found in the North as well. Hundreds of Klansmen were indicted in America via the Enforcement Acts. After 1872, violence against black people declined temporarily. With an ex-Confederate general Wade Hampton being elected in South Carolina, the white racist backlash grew. Ulysses S. Grant did many progressive things. His administration fought southern resistance to Reconstruction. His administration later had financial scandals. Grant defeated Horace Greeley in the 1872 election. Later, greed and economic corruption saw the start of the Gilded Age. The Panic of 1873 involved a recession with failed banks and overextended loans to the railroad industry. Job losses came about. 

On March 1, 1875, the Civil Rights Act of 1875 was enacted by Congress. It guaranteed equal rights to African Americans in public accommodations and jury service. It was ruled unconstitutional in 1883. In 1876, Republicans challenged the validity of the voting in South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana. Wade Hampton was inaugurated the governor of South Carolina, which shown that Southern reactionary extremists didn’t want Reconstruction but oppression. In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated as President. The Electoral Commission awarded disputed electoral votes to the republican candidate. In 1877, Reconstruction officially ends with the disgraceful Great Compromise of 1877. This allowed Rutherford Hayes to withdrawal federal troops from the South as a means for him to be President.  Reconstruction didn’t end because of one reason. They included: the Northern support evaporated (because of reforming politics and economic matters which is no excuse since you can handle all issues at the same time), Radical Republicans either passed away or retired, Southern racists gained power in Congress, racist terrorists harmed black people and black people lacked adequate protections, and the Supreme Court promoted decisions that attacked equality. The Supreme Court in the Slaughterhouse Cases of 1873 restricted the 14th Amendment in allowing states to regulate the scope of the Amendment.

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States in the South soon deprived black people rights further. The 1876 decision of United States v. Cruikshank overturned the conviction of the racist Cruikshank and wanted states to handle 14th Amendment affairs (while saying that the 14th Amendment didn’t apply to individuals). Redeemers or Southern whites who hated Reconstruction took control of legislatures throughout the South. In 1874, Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives. Reconstruction has been debated to this day. The truth is that Reconstruction was a heroic, progressive experiment. Its end should be blamed on bigots. Its goals were noble and it caused an increase of the education of African Americans, the expansion of the industrial economy, and the growth of a tax supported educational system. After 1876, bitterness between North and South continued and 100 years after Reconstruction, the second Reconstruction of the Civil Rights Movement would finally end Jim Crow apartheid once and for all. Reconstruction expanded rights and opportunities for African Americans. Also, the Reconstruction period inspired women to fight for suffrage. Women should have the right to vote ASAP just like black Americans and suffrage activists continued in their cause. Reconstruction expanded the role of the federal government and the Republican Party became known as the party of Lincoln. The Democratic Party included both reactionary southerners and industrial Northerners. The Radical Republicans ended after Reconstruction, but new activists would develop to defend the human rights of black people and humanity in general. Reconstruction truly changed the world forevermore.

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The West

One of the most important parts of American history deals with the Old West. For thousands of years, Native Americans were living in the Americas. After 1787, the Construction regulated trade among the federal government and the Native Americans. The history is clear that the federal government not only broke treaties with the indigenous peoples, but outraged kidnapped them and placed them into reservations. From the 1840’s to the 1880’s, more settlers desired more lands even on Native American’s lands. After the Civil War, only 200,000 Native Americans lived to the west of the Mississippi River. Native Americans lived in different cultures and lived in diverse areas. Plains tribes like the Sioux, Blackfeet, Crows, Comanches, and Cheyenne relied on the buffalo for survival literally. Native Americans viewed the land as sacred and it wasn’t to be owned for profit while many Europeans wanted to own the land for economic reasons. Clashes occurred among settlers and Native Americans. By the 1860’s, more laws forced Native Americans to live in reservations. Those areas heavily had poverty, dilapidated lands, and other problems. This was after the 1834 law that limited trade with Native Americans and limited white settlers in Indian Territory. Many white settlers brought diseases that harmed the Native American populations and hunters by the 1870’s almost made the buffalo extinct. Some people murdered buffalos for sport. Transpiration and technology rapidly expanded into the West. With that came more conflict among Native American lifestyles and the growing American nation. Horace Greeley of the New York Tribune encouraged people to travel into the West. In 1862, Sioux Native Americans fought settlers in eastern Minnesota over territories. The Sioux rebellion escalated in 1864 when Colorado militia murdered unarmed Cheyenne and Arapaho civilians. The Native Americans raised the American flag to promote peace, but the militia murdered men, women, and even children. This was the Sand Creek massacre. War grew. John Covington was the commanding officer of the incident.

During this time, the West was transformed by railroads, ranches, and mining. Mining communities desired gold, silver, and other resources. Some authorities hired vigilantes to enforce the law in mining towns. Some mining towns existed temporarily. Chinese Americans and others helped to create the Transcontinental Railroads that expanded the developments of cities and towns. Vaqueros and ranchers owned livestock. Cowboys helped to allow cattle to travel for months into various markets. Cowboys were white, Mexican, and African American men. To this day, cowboys perform nationwide and they include women too. The West was complex with discrimination and economic growth. It had Asians, black people, Mexicans, white people, Native Americans, etc. Homesteads expanded land. Exodusters included African American who wanted to escape the South in order to have self-sufficient, autonomous communities in places like Kansas and Oklahoma. By 1890, the Western frontier era ended. The new era of the West would be filled with challenges and fights for equality among Americans.

After the Civil War, both white and black Union soldiers joined forces to subdue the Native Americans. This was imperialism and it was wrong. Recruitment efforts existed to gain more U.S. soldiers for the job. The Plains Native Americans tried to hold onto to their territories, but the federal government wouldn’t let up. In 1866, Red Cloud and his allied lured Captain William Fetterman and his troops. They killed them. Some people wanted education for Native Americans while others wanted strict rule over them. The racist United States Indian Peace Commission wanted Native Americans to submit to white civilization in order for peace to come. The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 dealt with Sioux lands. Promises were broken with treaties and conflict continued. The Red River War existed in the late 1800’s as far as Texas. Comanche surrendered by 1875.

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The Battle of the Little Big Horn was about lands. Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull wanted to drive out prospectors in their lands. By June 1876, General George Custer was defeated by Crazy Horse with his 2,000 Native Americans. Custer and his men died. Sitting Bull escaped into Canada. Crazy Horse and his followers surrendered by starvation and bad weather. Many of the Nez Perces came into reservations, Also, Chief Joseph tried to go into Canada, but he surrendered. He came into Washington, D.C. to defend the interests of his Native American people. The Ghost Dance revival inspired a new resistance movement against U.S. imperialism. In 1890, the government wanted to arrest Sitting Bull. There was the massacre in Wounded Knee, South Dakota where over 100 men, women, and children Native Americans were murdered by U.S. forces.  Assimilation came and many Native Americans were stripped of their rights and culture. Some reformers opposed the brutal treatment of Native Americans like the author Helen Hunt Jackson. Congress passed the Dawes Act in 1887. It dealt with land allotment to Native Americans and other issues. Native Americans would continue to fight for their freedom after the 1890’s too.


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Industrialization and the Guided Age

The growth of industry after the U.S. Civil War transformed the total landscape of American society. This period also involved new inventions and the Gilded Age including the growth of unions (which were created to defend the rights of workers). The Industrial Revolution started in the late 1700’s. It grew in America by the 1800’s with railroads and other devices. Coal and iron was used as resources. By the 1850’s, a new era came about in America. This new era involved steel, oil, and the new power source of electricity. This was the time when goods were created for quicker and efficiently. Immigration grew in causing more labor resources to construct railroads, goods, and other services in America. The natural resources of wood from trees, oil, etc. were utilized in many machines. 1 million immigrants per year came into America by 1905. Horatio Alger wrote his novel that mentioned the story of a poor boy who worse to wealth and fame by working hard. This promoted capitalism and entrepreneurs. Capitalism believes that the free market enterprise should dictate the functions of the economy. Entrepreneurs invested in money in a product in order for them to make profit. They worked in favor of industrialization. The factories, the mines, and the railroads grew jobs and had foreign investment too. The government encourages the free enterprise system. The government gave millions of acres of lands to railroad builders, so they could link East and West. Congress passed protective tariffs or taxes that would make imported goods cost more than goods that were made locally. Back then, little regulation of businesses occurred, which was laissez faire capitalism.

The government promoted patents to protect inventors and their inventions. In 18976, Thomas Edison worked with wealthy industrialists like j. P. Morgan to promote a research laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey. Edison crated a patient for the electric light bulb by 1880. IN 2 years, he installed a street lighting system in New York City.  The telegraph was invented in 1844 by Samuel Morse. The telegraph sent communications among thousands of miles in America. In 1876, Alexander graham Bell invented the telephone and in 1896, Guglielmo Marconi created the wireless telegraph which influenced the development of radio. The sewing machine was created by Elias Howe in 1846. The safety elevator was formed by Elisha Otis. In 1884, the improved steam boiler furnace was created by African American Granville Woods. This helped to power trains. Steel would grow being lightweight, but powerful. Such steel was used in skyscrapers and suspension bridges. The Brooklyn Bridge is a suspension bridge being the first of its kind spanning the East River in New York City. It was completed in 1883. It was the largest bridge in the world back then. Modern time zones would form by the 18 80’s and growth would develop mass production. World markets would be linked more closely with the explosion of modern inventions. More Americans moved into the cities from rural farms. America became a more powerful global political, economic power. Industrial waste increased including dust storms and agricultural problems too, so the environmental movement inspired the creation of the National Park Service and Yellowstone Park in 1872.

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With the growth of business, corporations would dominate railroad systems, resources, and other goods plus services. One robber baron was Andrew Carnegie. Corporations were owned by a group of shareholders. Investors would have a dedication to fund the growth of corporations too. Corporations would be dictated by public shareholders, under them would be the Board of Directors, under them were the managers, and the managers control the employees. J. P. Morgan and Cornelius Vanderbilt had massive power. Some corporations dominated a product or service which would be a monopoly. John D. Rockefeller would make deals with railroads in growing his oil profits. Horizontal integration and vertical integration were tactics used by corporations in controlling profits and products. Trusts were used by John D. Rockefeller in order to escape state law preventing companies from owning stock of another company. The paradox is that many robber barons like Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt used cut throat tactics in their economic policies while investing in universities, museums, and libraries at the same time (which they felt would give the disadvantaged the chance to attain wealth). Social Darwinism is related to Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species book. Social Darwinism means that wealth was one measure of one inherit value and those most fit are entitled to that wealth. Social Darwinism is evil since it promotes classism and it is overtly bigoted against the poor. With these monopolies growing, the government took action. The U.S. Senate created the ICC or the interstate Commerce Commission to oversee railroad operation. The Sherman Antitrust Act in 1890 was passed by the Senate to regulate trusts. It would be rarely enforced until the Progressive Age years later.



With this massive era of the Gilded Age, the workers fought back for economic justice heroically.  Business owners and workers struggles in the midst of conflicts and disagreements on how to move forward. Workers experienced heavy hardships during the Gilded Age. Many workers faced long hours, bad conditions, injuries, and even death from working accidents. Men, women, and children worked in factories. Families struggled to get child care or education for children. Later, states passed laws to ban child labor. Company towns were about business renting areas where workers would live. Corruption inspired the growth of labor union. Labor union fought for workers’ rights like collective bargaining. This was about benefits helping workers. They came after a strike. The National Trades Union was the first national labor union being founded in 1834. Many groups wanted higher wages and the 10 hour work day. Socialism grew too. Socialism believed in public control of property and income. German philosophers Karl Marx and Freiderich Engels promoted the ideas of socialism with their book entitled, The Communist Manifesto. It predicted that capitalism would end when workers would rise up to overturn it. Most Americans rejected Communism, but socialism was popular in many smaller circles back then and today.

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The Knights of Labor was created by Uriah Smith Stephen to defend labor rights. They even recruited African Americans. Stephens wanted a workers’ cooperative to replace capitalism. By 1885, the Knights of Labor had women and people of every race or ethnicity. It disappeared largely by the 1890’s. Samuel Gompers created the American Federation or the AFL in 1886. The AFL wanted union to protect crafts making workers. They wanted higher wages, great working conditions, and low working hours. The AFL excluded women since they falsely believed that women depressed wages. Many AFL excluded black workers when they had no explicit policy banning black people form joining. Strikes occurred in 1877 involving railroad workers. The Haymarket Square strike in 1886 in Chicago wanted an eight hour work day. Many people left the Knights of Labor afterwards. The Homestead Strike wanted higher wages and the Pullman strikes wanted a better cost of living and higher wages. Eugene V. Debs was a leader in that strike. Debs was arrested for being involved in the strike. Debs would be a socialist and help for form the IWW or the Industrial Workers of the World. The Gilded Age ironically helped to spread socialism and labor rights activists worldwide, because the corruption of robber barons were so overt that radical change would be necessary for justice to exist for workers. The Gilded Age saw more skyscrapers, more mass transit like cable cars being electric, trolley cars, and the first subway system in Boston by 1897. New York City had its subway system by 1904.

New Social Realities

America is based on diverse peoples representing their cultures. During the era after the Civil War, massive urbanization (or the rapid growth of cities) developed along with industrialization (or the growth of factories and railroads). There was an expansion of farming as well. This was facilitated by increased high levels of immigration. From 1865 to 1918, there was a historic, unprecedented plus diverse amount of immigrants who came into the United States of America. They came into America in the number of 27.5 million people. 89% of these immigrants or 24.4 million people came from Europe, 2.9 million from Britain, 2.2 million from Ireland, 2.1 million from Scandinavia, 3.8 million from Germany, 4.1 million from Italy, 7.8 million from Russia and other parts of eastern and central Europe. Another 1.7 million came from Canada. Many came from Africa and the Caribbean too. Most of these human beings came through the port of New York City, and from 1892, through the immigration station on Ellis Island. Many ethnic groups settled in different locations. New York City and other large cities of the East Coast became home to large Jewish, Irish, and Italian populations. Many Germans and Central Europeans moved into the Midwest. Some of them had jobs in industry and mining. At the same time, about one million French Canadians migrated from Quebec into New England. Immigrants came into America because of poverty, religious threats. They saw America as the “Promised Land” of milk and honey. Many wanted jobs, farmland, and had kin connections to those in America too. Many of them worked at factories, mines, and construction sites. Some found farming opportunities in the Plains states. Many immigrants were welcomed (other European immigrants weren't for a time) while Asian people experienced massive racism and discrimination. Many Chinese Americans constructed railroads in the West Coast, but were treated in a dismissive fashion unlike Western European immigrants. After massively racist, intense anti-Chinese agitation in the West, Congress passed the evil Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It was signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur. It suspended Chinese immigration for 10 years and then it was renewed in 1892 and made banning Chinese immigration permanent in 1902. It was the first evil American law to prevent a specific ethnic group from immigrating into America. It was repealed by the Magnuson Act of December 17, 1943. Yet, even that law allowed for the continuation of the ban against ownership of property and businesses by the ethnic Chinese.  In many states, Chinese Americans (including US citizens) were denied property-ownership rights either by law or de facto until the Magnuson Act itself was fully repealed in 1965. Some immigrants stayed temporarily in the U.S. then returned home, often with savings that made them relatively prosperous. Most, however, permanently left their native lands and stayed in hope of finding a better life in the New World. This desire for freedom and prosperity led to the famous term, the American Dream.

In terms of the religion, the Third Great Awakening existed from the late 1850’s to the early 1900’s. It saw the growth of evangelical Protestantism from the late 1850’s to the early 1900’s. During this time, this movement promoted social activism and affected pietistic Protestant denominations. Many followers of this Awakening believed in the postmillennial theology that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ would come after humankind had reformed the whole earth. A major component was the Social Gospel Movement, which applied Christianity to social issues and gained its force from the Awakening, as did the worldwide missionary movement. New groupings emerged, such as the Holiness movement and Nazarene movements, and Christian Science. At the same time, the Catholic Church grew rapidly, with a base in the German, Irish, Polish, and Italian immigrant communities, and a leadership drawn from the Irish. The Catholics were largely working class and concentrated in the industrial cities and mining towns, where they built churches, parochial schools, and charitable institutions, as well as colleges. The Jewish community grew rapidly, especially from the new arrivals from Eastern Europe who settled chiefly in New York City. They avoided the Reform synagogues of the older German Jewish people and instead formed Orthodox and Conservative synagogues.

Race relations between 1877 and 1918 were horrible. Black Americans during this time lost many of their civil rights obtained via Reconstruction. Many African Americans suffered racial discrimination, racist lynching, violence, and anti-black racial riots. This led to many problems in the living conditions of many African Americans. The South expanded Jim Crow laws. These laws didn’t just deal with restricting voting (literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses were used to deprive black people in the South to vote). Grandfather clauses didn’t want people to vote if their grandfathers didn’t vote before 1866. Since, many black people in the South were slaves before 1866, many black people weren’t allowed to vote. It meant separate, unequal restaurants, trains, pools, cemeteries, schools, and other facets of society. Many white people formed all white primaries to only allow whites to have a voice in elections. In 1896, Homer Plessy, an African American, was denied of his rights via the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision. That decision upheld racial segregation via its sick “separate but equal” doctrine. The case came after Homer Plessy sat in a white section of a Louisiana train car. By the end of World War II, only 3 percent of African Americans had the right to vote. Black people in Louisiana went from 130,000 people voting in 1894 to only 1,300 people voting in 1904. Black Americans fought back too. Frederick Douglass lived during racial oppression, but told his allies to continue to agitate and fight for freedom by the late 1800’s. Black Americans created civil rights groups, women’s clubs, fraternal organizations, schools, colleges, and political organizations in fighting for our human rights back then. Many black people had diverse views on how to achieve equality (like Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois), but they agreed with the same goal (which is equality and justice for black people). Booker T. Washington was born a slave and became free. His legacy was part of educational opportunities for those of black African descent. He was right to advance education and vocational work for African Americans. He was right to promote land ownership. He was wrong to advance the principle that true equal rights must be based on previous preparation for it. Freedom is not based on a clock, but should be given immediate irrespectively of anything. He was also wrong to believe in a capitalist extremism and to promote the Atlanta Compromise since justice is not compromise, but liberation. You don’t compromise with your oppressor, but you defeat your oppression. Later in his life, Booker T. Washington would support efforts to end Jim Crow.

W.E. B. DuBois believed that political agitation and embracing a liberal arts education would cause equality for black people. DuBois is right that no accommodating of southern white racists is needed and he was right that black people should demand for immediate equality via political agitation. DuBois was wrong to advance the Talented Tenth principle or a select of bourgeois black people being made leaders of the black community. Leadership is egalitarian not possessed on a very few amount of people. We can all be leaders. DuBois is right to promote many progressive positions on housing, the economy, and on being anti-imperialist. Ida B. Wells also opposed lynching and racism. She was raised in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She knew both Frederick Douglass and WEB DuBois. She was one founde
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自動煞車在汽車界中並不新鮮,很多汽車在多年前就已配有此安全輔助系統。然而,摩拖車在此安全技術方面卻略有落後,不過摩拖車製造品牌與廠商們正在努力追趕。為了幫助騎士們擺脫困境,車廠已在長期安全系統技術列表中加入了自動煞車,而美國的百年摩拖車廠Harley Davidson正致力於此。

 

根據Motorcycle.com的報導,Harley Davidson已經申請了騎士緊急制動輔助系統(Rider-Assist Emergency Braking System)申請了專利。這意味著未來的Harleys機車將能夠在緊急情況下為騎士提供煞車幫助。

Harleys Davidson的這套系統想法很簡單。就是利用各種偵測器,攝像機,雷達或雷射等設備來掃描機車前方,以發現可能導致的碰撞危險。不過,Harleys Davidson的系統不只會自動煞車,而且還有更先進的功能。

因為自動煞車在四個輪子的汽車上能更輕易的保持平衡與煞車,但在摩拖車上則較難安全的執行,因為摩拖車只有前後兩個輪子,緊急煞車時容易差生滑動失去平衡,甚至導玫騎士飛離機車。

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因此,位於手把和座椅中間的偵測器會確保騎士將雙手放在把手上維持正確的騎乘姿勢。座椅上的感偵測器也會偵測騎士的腳是否踏在腳踏皮/架上,位於儀表板上的認知偵測器甚至能直接與安全帽連接,追蹤騎士的眼睛,這意味著系統能監控騎士是否準備好緊急煞車。

如果系統偵測到前方可能有危險存在,且偵測系統查覺到騎士的身體没有保持正確騎姿,系統會啓動警示來提醒騎士,若在200到500公尺範圍內騎士沒有反應,自動煞車系統將會介入,緩慢輕微的施加煞車,讓騎士感覺到重心的變化。如果騎士還是没反應,系統會再進行相同的煞車,同時放慢摩拖車的速度。

如果系統偵測到騎士的身體維持正確騎姿,能承受緊急煞車的重心變化,系統就會開始進行自動緊急煞車,同時關閉油門,啟動離合器,讓摩拖車在碰撞之前盡可能的減慢或停止;而如果騎士已先按下煞車,系統則會施加額外的煞車力道來縮短煞車距離。

Harley Davidson並不是唯一一家致力於自動煞車技術的公司,Honda(本田)和Bosch也都正在研發摩拖車自動煞車系統。

 

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          (USA-NC-Sanford/Precision Forming) Quality Support Applying - A Shift      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Quality Support Applying - A Shift Country: United States Work Location: Sanford/Precision Forming State: North Carolina Advertising End Date: 09 Sep 2018 Job Type: Regular About The Opportunity Great opportunity to perform and maintain magnetic particle inspection validation, visual inspection validation, and audit of company products and processes as required by company standards. This position is key to ensuring GKN maintains quality standards as required from the customer. Key Responsibilities * Ensure that all Safety systems designed to protect the Quality Inspector are functional and are being used. Ensure that Production Management are notified immediately if any system is not functional or is being violated. * Maintain proper housekeeping. * Lean Mfg principles and techniques: 5 S, Visual Management, Autonomous Maintenance, Kaizan, Kanban, Lost Time Analysis, Standard Work. * Stage drawings and control plans – understand how to read, locate and interpret. * Quality Policy/Procedures-Awareness (MRB procedure). * To contribute to the achievement of the company’s quality goals and objectives. * Accurately perform the inspection process (equipment, operation, calibration, performance and layouts). * Clearly Identify all parts and be familiar with common defects. * Demonstrate accurate gauging Techniques. * Follow all cell documentation and ensure it is accurate and up to date. * Analyze quality performance. * Apply statistical methods as required. * Contribute to design and implementation of Poka yoke. * Contribute to equipment design when applicable. * Operate under schedule and at capacity. * Perform autonomous maintenance of cell equipment as applicable. * Perform heat lot integrity and FIFO as applicable. * Perform process and product audits as applicable. * Prepare package parts for shipment as applicable. * Rework, scrap and non-conforming material process-as required. * Support inventory and location moves. * Follow all material handling techniques and packaging procedures. * Use barcode system to complete transactions as applicable. Qualifications / Experience / Skills * 1 - 3 years in a Quality or Inspection role preferred * High School diploma * Work Key assessment with a minimum of Bronze level achieved * Basic computer operation skills * Internal employees- discipline less than a level 2 About Us GKN Driveline is the market leader in the development and delivery of contemporary and electrified driveline systems and solutions. With a comprehensive global footprint, we design, develop, manufacture and integrate an extensive range of driveline technologies for over 90% of the world’s car manufacturers. Diversity and Inclusion As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success. A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world. GKN is an equal opportunity employer. We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
          It’s Good to Mix a Little Realism in With All the Optimism About Self-Driving Cars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Motley Fool

With the frequent news surrounding autonomous cars, it's easy to start believing that we're just a couple of years away from seeing them everywhere. But, that is just not the case. This tech is still very new in the public space, and adoption rates for new technology, no matter what it is, tend to be very slow.

There are a lot of new cars on the road right now that have semi-autonomous features, but they aren't driverless cars. For fully self-driving vehicles to become prevalent on U.S. roads, there will need to be much more input on the federal level. Without it, a future self-driving car would likely have to change how it operates, or whether it operates at all, when it crosses state lines.

Read the article at The Motley Fool.

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          Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Touts Department’s Approach to Autonomous Policy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
An update of federal guidelines on autonomous technology that would encompass trucks, transit systems, infrastructure, cars and other modes of transportation will emphasize safety, the country’s top transportation officer said Aug. 8.
          Ford Aims to Be Major Player in Autonomous Technology      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The autonomous technology gap between Ford Motor Co. and its rivals from Detroit and Silicon Valley can be measured in years. Yet even a company playing catch-up in the race to turn self-driving technology into high-margin businesses is drawing interest from outside investors, an indicator of just how much money is pouring in.
          The "Tesla Top"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Submitted by Nick Colas of DataTrek research

Would a Tesla go-private deal be a sign of a market top, like AOL-Time Warner or the RJR Nabisco LBO? It certainly checks a lot of the boxes, and also highlights several fundamental shortcomings to public equity markets. For investors that latter point is critical, since they end up long “the disrupted” with no/little chance to own “the disruptors”.

In April 1995, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian made a surprise bid to buy Chrysler Corporation for $21 billion. The offer came after a private conversation with then Chair/CEO Bob Eaton where Kerkorian had said “You ought to consider going private… I already own 10% of the company. It would be easy!” Eaton simply replied “Interesting idea”, not wanting to alienate a key investor. On the strength of that discussion – and nothing else – Kerkorian made his very high profile move.

I know that sounds hard to believe, but I heard it from Bob Eaton himself when working on Chrysler’s defense against the bid. Every other senior manager concurred; Kerkorian, the consummate dealmaker, had simply heard what he wanted to hear.

So when Elon Musk announced yesterday that he had “Funding secured” for a buyout of Tesla, I flashed back to Kerkorian’s ill-fated assumption. Did Musk raise the topic of going private with a few high profile venture capitalists and hear “Interesting idea” in reply? Or perhaps he has a few anchor investors and assumes they will work to find more capital. No matter which (or none of the above), we will hear soon enough.

The real question from a market perspective is different: “How is a go-private of a $64 billion unprofitable car company even possible or an attractive idea?” A few thoughts on this:

#1. Every investment cycle has a “high water mark transaction” that signals underlying market trends have reached their apex. For example:

  • RJR Nabisco went private in 1988 in a leveraged buyout led by KKR, using $1.5 billion of investor capital to underpin a $25 billion deal. The transaction ended up working well enough, but it became a hallmark of 1980s greed and excess nonetheless.
  • In 2000, AOL effectively purchased Time Warner with its dot-com bubble inflated stock for $164 billion. The combined company’s stock declined by 90% in the years after the transaction.
  • In May 2007 Goldman Sachs assembled and sold Abacus 2007-AC1, a collateralized debt obligation chock full of risky mortgages. That’s the one where hedge fund manager John Paulson helped pick the paper he wanted to short and these were packaged and sold to other investors, who eventually lost close to $1 billion.

For better or worse, Tesla’s move to tap venture capital (debt is not an option here) to exit public markets captures every dominant narrative of the current cycle to a “T”. Venture capital fundraising is booming as VC firms struggle to compete with SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund. And while public equity markets still award disruptive Tech giants outsized multiples, they usually cannot match private valuations or the convenience/flexibility of private ownership.

Bottom line: VCs are so flush with cash that they desperately need companies like Tesla – large, scalable, and levered to mega-trends like autonomous driving and clean energy – as much as Tesla needs them. Musk understands that dynamic better than most.

#2. Tesla has never been a “Typical” public company, and that highlights some of the structural shortcomings of equity markets. Forget the quirky CEO – the problem here is that disruptive technologies in capital-intensive industries take a long time to generate profits. In the interim, their stocks live and die on investor confidence alone. That makes for a volatile ride, which can hurt employee morale and motivation since they are often shareholders.

Equity investors face an even larger problem, however: consider that GM and Ford are in the S&P 500 but Tesla is not. And if TSLA is no longer a public company, there will be once less way for investors to hedge technological disruption in this industry. Blow that concept out to public equities as a whole and the issue becomes clear. Stock markets will consistently be long “The disrupted” and short “disruption”.

Not a comforting thought but that is exactly what is happening as VC-backed companies take longer to come public, and now one high profile example wants to go private again.

So what should investors make of all this? Two final thoughts:

#1. While we are not superstitious by nature, we do fear this transaction looks an awful lot like other deals done at the peak of prior cycles. If TSLA really can go private with VC capital (a $57 billion ticket), it may show that venture capital has gotten too large relative to its opportunity set. Or, perhaps, that investor enthusiasm over disruptive companies is simply too high in both public and private markets. Or both. Is all that a sign to sell everything? Obviously not, but it bears watching especially if this deal actually goes through.

#2. Venture capital investing is hugely risky and success depends heavily on access to the right deal flow, but for long-term investors there seems little choice but to play as best they can regardless of the prior point. For those who don’t check the “high net worth” category, the only choice is to own large public Tech companies that can at least buy assets from venture capitalists and fold them into their operations.

Put another way, public equity markets are packed with successful and highly profitable old-line companies. That used to be a feature. Now, with tech-based disruption, it is a very serious bug and the work-arounds are difficult and risky.


          China Poised to Demolish Mosque Despite Hui Protests      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Authorities in northwestern China were poised to begin demolition of a mosque Friday despite protests by hundreds of members of the country’s Muslim Hui ethnic minority determined to preserve the newly built structure.   A crowd gathered Thursday outside the towering Grand Mosque in the town of Weizhou in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region and was being watched closely by police, Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post said. No clashes were reported.    It wasn’t...
          Oceans of Drones      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Interesting piece from the Economist on expanding ocean surveillance in a variety of causes, including military Avast, me hearties: How aquatic, autonomous robots could reduce lawlessness at sea
As the cost of building and operating such vehicles drops, satellite communications systems provide cheaper and faster connectivity, and machine intelligence improves, drones could provide a powerful means of policing illegal activities that take place, unseen, at sea. Powered by wave action, wind power or solar panels, drones could operate for months or even years at a time, scanning large areas in swarms, monitoring environmental conditions and alerting human overseers when something looks amiss. If drones ruled the waves, fisheries would be more sustainable, pollution would be reduced and human trafficking would be harder to get away with. Even if drones can monitor only a small fraction of the ocean’s surface, their presence could be a powerful deterrent.
We touched on the use of AI and drone assets in our last Midrats - especially in the building of databases through which anomalous behavior can be detected and tracked, about 48 minutes in, though the discussion that preceded got to that point.









Hat tip to Lee.
          The "Tesla Top"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Submitted by Nick Colas of DataTrek research

Would a Tesla go-private deal be a sign of a market top, like AOL-Time Warner or the RJR Nabisco LBO? It certainly checks a lot of the boxes, and also highlights several fundamental shortcomings to public equity markets. For investors that latter point is critical, since they end up long “the disrupted” with no/little chance to own “the disruptors”.

In April 1995, billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian made a surprise bid to buy Chrysler Corporation for $21 billion. The offer came after a private conversation with then Chair/CEO Bob Eaton where Kerkorian had said “You ought to consider going private… I already own 10% of the company. It would be easy!” Eaton simply replied “Interesting idea”, not wanting to alienate a key investor. On the strength of that discussion – and nothing else – Kerkorian made his very high profile move.

I know that sounds hard to believe, but I heard it from Bob Eaton himself when working on Chrysler’s defense against the bid. Every other senior manager concurred; Kerkorian, the consummate dealmaker, had simply heard what he wanted to hear.

So when Elon Musk announced yesterday that he had “Funding secured” for a buyout of Tesla, I flashed back to Kerkorian’s ill-fated assumption. Did Musk raise the topic of going private with a few high profile venture capitalists and hear “Interesting idea” in reply? Or perhaps he has a few anchor investors and assumes they will work to find more capital. No matter which (or none of the above), we will hear soon enough.

The real question from a market perspective is different: “How is a go-private of a $64 billion unprofitable car company even possible or an attractive idea?” A few thoughts on this:

#1. Every investment cycle has a “high water mark transaction” that signals underlying market trends have reached their apex. For example:

  • RJR Nabisco went private in 1988 in a leveraged buyout led by KKR, using $1.5 billion of investor capital to underpin a $25 billion deal. The transaction ended up working well enough, but it became a hallmark of 1980s greed and excess nonetheless.
  • In 2000, AOL effectively purchased Time Warner with its dot-com bubble inflated stock for $164 billion. The combined company’s stock declined by 90% in the years after the transaction.
  • In May 2007 Goldman Sachs assembled and sold Abacus 2007-AC1, a collateralized debt obligation chock full of risky mortgages. That’s the one where hedge fund manager John Paulson helped pick the paper he wanted to short and these were packaged and sold to other investors, who eventually lost close to $1 billion.

For better or worse, Tesla’s move to tap venture capital (debt is not an option here) to exit public markets captures every dominant narrative of the current cycle to a “T”. Venture capital fundraising is booming as VC firms struggle to compete with SoftBank’s $100 billion Vision Fund. And while public equity markets still award disruptive Tech giants outsized multiples, they usually cannot match private valuations or the convenience/flexibility of private ownership.

Bottom line: VCs are so flush with cash that they desperately need companies like Tesla – large, scalable, and levered to mega-trends like autonomous driving and clean energy – as much as Tesla needs them. Musk understands that dynamic better than most.

#2. Tesla has never been a “Typical” public company, and that highlights some of the structural shortcomings of equity markets. Forget the quirky CEO – the problem here is that disruptive technologies in capital-intensive industries take a long time to generate profits. In the interim, their stocks live and die on investor confidence alone. That makes for a volatile ride, which can hurt employee morale and motivation since they are often shareholders.

Equity investors face an even larger problem, however: consider that GM and Ford are in the S&P 500 but Tesla is not. And if TSLA is no longer a public company, there will be once less way for investors to hedge technological disruption in this industry. Blow that concept out to public equities as a whole and the issue becomes clear. Stock markets will consistently be long “The disrupted” and short “disruption”.

Not a comforting thought but that is exactly what is happening as VC-backed companies take longer to come public, and now one high profile example wants to go private again.

So what should investors make of all this? Two final thoughts:

#1. While we are not superstitious by nature, we do fear this transaction looks an awful lot like other deals done at the peak of prior cycles. If TSLA really can go private with VC capital (a $57 billion ticket), it may show that venture capital has gotten too large relative to its opportunity set. Or, perhaps, that investor enthusiasm over disruptive companies is simply too high in both public and private markets. Or both. Is all that a sign to sell everything? Obviously not, but it bears watching especially if this deal actually goes through.

#2. Venture capital investing is hugely risky and success depends heavily on access to the right deal flow, but for long-term investors there seems little choice but to play as best they can regardless of the prior point. For those who don’t check the “high net worth” category, the only choice is to own large public Tech companies that can at least buy assets from venture capitalists and fold them into their operations.

Put another way, public equity markets are packed with successful and highly profitable old-line companies. That used to be a feature. Now, with tech-based disruption, it is a very serious bug and the work-arounds are difficult and risky.


          Market Operations Manager - Carvana - Dallas, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Company culture of internal promotions, diverse career paths and rapid advancement. It can be an autonomous job that requires good decision-making skills, but...
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          Autonomous-Vehicle Startup Kodiak Robotics Raised $40M in Series A      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Kodiak Robotics, a Mountain View, CA-based autonomous-vehicle startup, raised $40m in Series A financing. The round was led by Battery Ventures, with participation from CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Tusk Ventures. As part of the financing, Battery General Partner Itzik Parnafes will join Kodiak’s board. The company will use the financing to expand its team […]

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          Phalanx CIWS: The Last Defense, On Ship and Ashore      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Phalanx, firing (click to view full) The radar-guided, rapid-firing MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS, pron. “see-whiz”) can fire between 3,000-4,500 20mm cannon rounds per minute, either autonomously or under manual command, as a last-ditch defense against incoming missiles and other targets. Phalanx uses closed-loop spotting with advanced radar and computer technology to locate, […]
          Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking OK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Miller, Valasek reveal results of robo-ride probing attempts

Black Hat Car hacking wizards Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek have turned their attention to autonomous vehicles – and reckon the security is surprisingly good.…


          Physician Assistant Full Time Weekends (East Dallas)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Car Hackers Discuss What It Takes to Secure Autonomous Vehicles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BLACK HAT USA: Car hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek provide their views on what's needed in autonomous car security.
          Apple Became World's Most Valuable Company Seven Years Ago Today, Two Weeks Before Steve Jobs Resigned as CEO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Today marks the seventh anniversary of Apple passing U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil to become the world's most valuable company for the first time, with a market capitalization of around $341.5 billion at the time.


Apple achieved the milestone on August 9, 2011, just over two weeks before the late Steve Jobs resigned as CEO on August 24, 2011, the same day that he nominated then-COO Tim Cook to succeed him in the position. Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Apple dropped back below ExxonMobil a few times, and was briefly surpassed by Google parent company Alphabet in market cap at times in 2016, but the iPhone maker has been the world's most valuable company for the better part of the past seven years, and continues to hold that title today.

Apple becoming the world's most valuable company was a remarkable accomplishment given that it flirted with bankruptcy in the mid-to-late 1990s, until Jobs returned and streamlined its product lineup. Under his leadership, Apple introduced several hits, including the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

Apple has continued its success under Cook, becoming the first publicly traded U.S. company worth a trillion dollars last week, shortly after reporting record-breaking $53.3 billion revenue in the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. Apple's stock has appreciated over eight percent since the results came out.

Apple will look to build upon its success by expanding its focus on technologies such as augmented reality, autonomous driving, and artificial intelligence, in addition to services like Apple Music and its upcoming Netflix competitor.

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          Nurse Practitioner, BC Women's Hospital + Health Clinic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Provincial Health Services Authority

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns, and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre, BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.

BC Women’s is an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which plans, manages, and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose

Nurse Practitioner, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre

Reference # 73869

Temporary Full Time until August 2019

Vancouver, BC

This opportunity will work with the following primary clinics at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre:

  • Newcomer's Clinic @ BC Women's Health Centre 
  • New Beginnings Maternity Clinic @ BC Women's Hospital
  • Outreach Clnics in Vancouver's Downtown East Side (DTES) 

The Nurse Practitioner is responsible and accountable for:

  • Comprehensive assessment of patients and clients including diagnosing diseases, disorders, and conditions
  • Initiating treatment including health care management, therapeutic interventions, and prescribes medications in accordance with the statutory and regulatory standards, limits and conditions, and employer policies and procedures
  • Providing professional guidance to other health professionals and participate autonomously as members as the interdisciplinary health teams making referrals to specialist physicians as appropriate. 

Our Nurse Practitioners collaborate with clients and other health professionals to identify and assess trends and patterns that have implications for clients, families and communities; develop and implement population and evidence based strategies to improve health and participate in policy-making activities that influence health services and practices. As professionals, they participate in peer review and self-review to evaluate the outcome of their services at the client, community and population level.  They are responsible for their professional development and maintaining competence and registration as a nurse practitioner. 

Examples of Duties & Accountabilities

  • Diagnoses and treats previously undiagnosed clients for undifferentiated diseases, illnesses, and conditions within the Nurse Practitioner’s scope of practice; orders appropriate screening diagnostic investigations; interprets reports of investigations and analyzes information to monitor progress and plan treatment. As part of the multidisciplinary team, develops and implements treatment plans. Writes orders for treatment and medications; makes patient rounds as appropriate and monitors ongoing care; provides first line care in emergencies.
  • Establishes priorities for management of health conditions; provides follow-up treatment; communicates with clients and families about health findings, diagnoses and prognoses; supports and counsels clients in their personal responses to diseases, disorders and conditions.
  • Collaborates and/or consults with physicians or other health care and social service providers as appropriate to assess and diagnose client status. Accepts referrals from, or makes referrals to, physicians and other health professionals. 
  • Prescribes drugs within the statutory and regulatory standards, limits and conditions for Nurse Practitioners and within applicable employer policies and procedures. Applies knowledge of pharmacology and evidence based practice in selecting, prescribing, administering and monitoring the effects of drugs to treat diseases disorders, conditions or injuries.
  • Participates in research contributing to improved patient care and advances in nursing, health policy development and population health. Synthesizes qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources about determinants of health; maintains population health focus by participating in and implementing evidence based screening and health promotion for populations at risk and implements population based harm reduction strategies.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary staff, including NP & nursing, education and professional development through case presentations, mentoring, role modeling and facilitating the exchange of knowledge in the classroom, the clinical setting and the community; fosters effective health care partnerships.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates policies and procedures related to nursing and interdisciplinary practice, and identifies and responds appropriately to legal and ethical issues that may arise in patient care.
  • Assigns work to other nursing and health care personnel; hires staff, provides supervision and evaluates staff performance if required.
  • Performs other duties as required. 

Qualifications

  • Current registration as a Nurse Practitioner with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
  • Must be eligible to complete the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC).
  • Minimum of four (4) years of recent, relevant clinical nursing experience. 

Ability to perform the full scope of Nurse Practitioner duties and responsibilities. Able to define and articulate the specific areas of practice and client population for whom the NP is competent to provide health care services. Able to self-direct, interact, and adapt effectively with other professionals in complex, dynamic situations. Ability to communicate and collaborate with patients and families about health findings, diagnosis, treatment, self care and prognosis. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and build relationships with nurses and other health professionals and disciplines using a variety of communication strategies. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to lead a team and work within a team. Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge, teach coach and mentor others; ability to implement and evaluate planned change. Able to critically assess and evaluate health research literature to determine best practices; ability to introduce education and evidence based research into practice areas. Skill in assessing and recognizing population health trends; able to plan and implement strategies for population based prevention and health promotion. Able to supervise others and evaluate the care they deliver as required.

** Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

For more information about the Primary Care Clinics provided by BC Women's Hospital + Health Center, please visit :  http://www.bcwomens.ca/our-services/primary-health-care

We invite you to apply by clicking the "Apply Now" button where you can register for the first time or enter your Username and Password in order to re-access your profile on our system.

For more information on BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre please visit www.bcwomens.ca

For more information on all that the PHSA has to offer, please visit: http://jobs.phsa.ca

PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.


          When Will NVIDIA’s Self-Driving Car Bet Pay Off?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NVIDIA has fallen behind in the race to develop autonomous cars, but a new strategy could help it turn around.

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Don't start planning for your self-driving commute anytime soon. Human drivers are still very necessary as a recent road test for five cars' driver-assistance features showed.

The vehicles, 2017 BMW 5-series with "Driving Assistant Plus," 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with "Drive Pilot," 2018 Tesla Model 3 and 2016 Model S with "Autopilot" (software versions 8.1 and 7.1, respectively) and 2018 Volvo S90 with "Pilot Assist," were put through their paces as part of a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, road test.

SEE ALSO: Here’s the fundamental flaw with self-driving cars: Humans

The results weren't so grand. In tests for adaptive cruise control, or ACC, in four different scenarios and lane-keeping on three hills and three curves the cars did much better on tracks than out on the road. Only the Tesla Model 3 stayed within the lane on all 18 trials for lane keeping.  Read more...

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          (USA-CA-San Diego) Senior Project Management Professional      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're _making_ history. The Electronics and Payloads (E&P)organization is seeking a senior level Project Management Professional to join its organizationthat supports numerous programs at the Autonomous Design Center of Excellence in San Diego CA. E&P is responsible for design, integration, test, and support of numerous electronic subsystems such as radar, communications, IP networks, ground control systems,mission management, and other payloads. In this role youwill be a key part ofourengineering teamand will report directly to thesubsystem manager. You'll be responsible foroversight and management ofthe operational aspects of ongoing engineeringprojects and serve as a liaison between the Program Office, Program Planning, andElectronics and Payloads engineer team. Essential Functions: + Maintaining status of projects and budgets, managing schedule commitments and preparing status presentations and reports. + Project issues shall be assessed and resolutions developed to meet productivity, quality, and client-satisfaction goals and objectives. + Software tools shall be utilized for monitoring project progress and for intervention and problem solving in coordination with Program and Engineering. + working closely with Engineering in the preparation of Customer Presentations and Executive Level presentations. + Preparation and presenting of Estimate at Complete status, Variance Reporting, Return to Green Plans and status of Risk Mitigation steps is within the scope of this position. + Other responsibilities may be assigned such as maintaining the Engineering portion of the Program's Master Operating Plan, Program Definition Document, and Program Management Plan current. The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels. ELEPAY **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university + 10 yearsproject managementexperience or STEM related experience with Bachelors; 7 years with Masters. + Interim DOD Secret Clearance or higher required. + Ability to obtain Special Program Access **Preferred Qualifications:** + Master's Degree in a management field + Active DoD Top Secret Clearance + Special Program Access. + Proven success leading teams + Risk and Opportunity management experience + A working knowledge of Project Management principles and familiarity with concepts such as Integrated Management Systems + Understanding of Earned Value Management (EVM) + Advanced knowledge of tools such asSharePoint, JIRA, and Microsoft Office Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Senior Engineering Manager      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on groundbreaking systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join efforts to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable commitment to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You create trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You create and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results. If this is YOUkeep reading! Our Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence is seeking a senior engineering manager to lead our hardware subsystems Integrated Product Team (IPT). As the HW IPT Manager you will direct a team of approximately 70 engineers spread across three geographically separated sites. Your team will be working on numerous contracts through different lifecycle phase including design, manufacturing, delivery, and sustainment. You'll have a staff of managers and senior engineers and will be responsible for ensuring all deadlines met while ensuring first time quality and executing within cost. In addition to executing on current work, you'll work with senior leadership on long range planning and strategic initiatives in order to poise the organization for years of future success. **Essential Functions:** + Manage a team of 70 engineers across multiple sites + Managing and executing the cost, schedule, and technical baselines of multiple contracts + Perform Workforce Planning in collaboration with the functional homeroom + Leading strategies for future enhancements and improvements, with focus on affordability + Extensive interface and coordination with program management, customer counterparts, and contractor boundaries + Perform Risk & Opportunity Management + Coaching and mentoringemployees within the team + Leading strategies for Future Enhancements and Improvements with a focus on affordability + Leading & preparing proposals, and baseline planning for new activities The selected candidate should thrive in a fast-paced work environment with high expectations, significantly diverse assignments, collaborative/team settings across all levels. ELEPAY **Basic Qualifications** * Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university. * At least 7 years ofSTEM relatedexperience. * Demonstrated success leading a cross functional team * Active In Scope DOD Top Secret Clearance. * Ability to receive Special Program Access **Preferred Qualifications** * Experience with design and integration of COTS IT subsystems * Production experience * Functional Management experience * Proposal estimating experience * Significant experience with Earned Value Management * Special Program Access To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our _Selecting the Best Qualified Managers"_ video www.northropgrumman.com/HYPERLINK "http://www.northropgrumman.com/SQMVideo" SQMVideo Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Communications Engineer 3      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for aCommunications Engineer3 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in San Diego, CA. Under the direction and leadership of the Triton Mission Systems Comms Lead, the Mission Systems COMMS Engineer is a position to support Triton development, integration, and flight test operations focusing on the Communications Subsystem. Essential Functions: + Perform subsystem analysis, document system requirements and interfaces, with traceability to platform requirements + Perform/support review and analysis of supplier design data, definition of functional test requirements including acceptance, qualification, and system integration. + Perform/support design reviews, or reviews of design related documentation (ICDs, system and subsystem design documents, etc.) + Perform field integration, troubleshooting and repair of communications and data link systems in military flight test environment, including operations on a flightline, in a hangar, and in command and control centers. + Perform SIL and flight test planning and execution, both CONUS and OCONUS. + Perform change management and engineering change proposal (ECP) duties, including preparation, analysis, planning and execution. + Support development and management of integrated schedules, earned value, risk management, and status reports & briefings and other program communications. ELEPAY **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university + Must have at least5 years of Engineering experience or3 years with a Master's Degree in a STEM related field + Experience with communications technologies examples include: Internet Protocol (IP) networks, Voice over IP (VoIP), Information Assurance (IA), satellite and Line-of-Sight (LOS) RF communications, control interfaces, co-site interference + The ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret Clearance **Preferred Qualifications:** + Master's Degree + Active in scope DOD Secret Clearance + Working knowledge of RS-422, MIL-STD-1553, and internet protocol (IP) based networks, development and test methodologies. + Working knowledge of US DoD Communication systems such as INMARSAT, Wide Band SATCOM, UHF SATCOM, UHF LOS, and/or Common Data Link (CDL), for supporting autonomous aircraft C2 and voice systems + Working knowledge of Link-16 and other tactical data links. + Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work confidently in a high-pressure environment, while interacting with all levels of staff from flight-line and field technicians to executive management + Excellent leadership skills, be a self-starter, pay close attention to details, and have the ability to work effectively in a team-based environment. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Communications Engineer 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems has an opening for aCommunications Engineer 2 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in San Diego, CA. Under the direction and leadership of the Triton Mission Systems Comms Lead, the Mission Systems COMMS Engineer is a position to support Triton development, integration, and flight test operations focusing on the Communications Subsystem. Essential Functions: + Perform subsystem analysis, document system requirements and interfaces, with traceability to platform requirements + Perform/support review and analysis of supplier design data, definition of functional test requirements including acceptance, qualification, and system integration. + Perform/support design reviews, or reviews of design related documentation (ICDs, system and subsystem design documents, etc.) + Perform field integration, troubleshooting and repair of communications and data link systems in military flight test environment, including operations on a flightline, in a hangar, and in command and control centers. + Perform SIL and flight test planning and execution, both CONUS and OCONUS. + Perform change management and engineering change proposal (ECP) duties, including preparation, analysis, planning and execution. + Support development and management of integrated schedules, earned value, risk management, and status reports & briefings and other program communications. ELEPAY **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university + Minimum of2 years of Engineering experience or 0 years with a Master's Degree in a STEM related field + Experience with communications technologies examples include: Internet Protocol (IP) networks, Voice over IP (VoIP), Information Assurance (IA), satellite and Line-of-Sight (LOS) RF communications, control interfaces, co-site interference + The ability to obtain and maintain a DOD Secret Clearance **Preferred Qualifications:** + Master's Degree + Active in scope DOD Secret Clearance + Working knowledge of RS-422, MIL-STD-1553, and internet protocol (IP) based networks, development and test methodologies. + Working knowledge of US DoD Communication systems such as INMARSAT, Wide Band SATCOM, UHF SATCOM, UHF LOS, and/or Common Data Link (CDL), for supporting autonomous aircraft C2 and voice systems + Working knowledge of Link-16 and other tactical data links. + Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to work confidently in a high-pressure environment, while interacting with all levels of staff from flight-line and field technicians to executive management + Excellent leadership skills, be a self-starter, pay close attention to details, and have the ability to work effectively in a team-based environment. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Communications Deputy IPT Lead      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on groundbreaking systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join efforts to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable commitment to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You create trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You create and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results. If this is YOUkeep reading! Our Autonomous Systems Center of Excellence is seeking aSenior CommunicationsEngineering Managerto assist with the management of the Comms Integrated Product Team (IPT). As the CommsDeputyIPT Manager you will report directly to the Payloads Director and willdirect a team of approximately 30 engineers spread across three geographically separated sites. Your team will be working cutting edge technology for advanced systems. The work spans numerous contracts in all lifecycle phase including design, manufacturing, delivery, and sustainment. You'll have a staff of managers and senior engineers reporting to you and you'll be responsible for ensuring all deadlines met while meeting first time quality metrics and executing within cost. In addition to existing contracts you'll work with senior leadership on long range planning and strategic initiatives that will position the organization for years of future success. **Essential Functions:** + Manage a team of 30 engineers across multiple sites and numerous contracts + Assists the Comms IPT Lead in managing cost, schedule, technical performance, and product quality of all Comms functions/systems for contractual and non-contractual activities within the Advanced Programs Enterprise Portfolio. + Managing and executing the cost, schedule, and technical baselines of multiple contracts + Perform Workforce Planning in collaboration with the functional homeroom + Leading strategies for future enhancements and improvements, with focus on affordability + Extensive interface and coordination with program management, customer counterparts, and contractor boundaries + Perform Risk & Opportunity Management + Coaching and mentoringemployees within the team + Leading strategies for Future Enhancements and Improvements with a focus on affordability + Delegated Cost Account Manager (CAM) responsibility for all Advanced Programs Comms contractual activities + Assists the CS IPT Lead in managing the design, development, integration, testing, verification/validation, product manufacturing, and operational engineering support of all required airborne and ground based communication ELEPAY **Basic Qualifications** * Bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an accredited university. * At least 7 years ofSTEM relatedexperience. * Demonstrated success leading a cross functional team. * Active In Scope DOD Top Secret Clearance. * Ability to receive Special Program Access **Preferred Qualifications** * Experience with design and integration of Payload subsystems * Production experience * Functional Management experience * Proposal estimating experience * Significant experience with Earned Value Management * Special Program Access To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our _Selecting the Best Qualified Managers"_ video www.northropgrumman.com/HYPERLINK "http://www.northropgrumman.com/SQMVideo" SQMVideo Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Program Integration Manager 3_San Diego      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on groundbreaking systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join efforts to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable commitment to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You create trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You create and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results. If this is YOUkeep reading! Northrop Grumman Autonomous Systems is has an opening for aPrograms Manager level 3 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located in San Diego, CA. The Triton Program has 5 main program phases (Advanced Development, Development, Production, Sustainment, and International) that report to the Triton Vice President. Each of these phases/contracts require Program Integration support to perform all of the "5.0 Manage Program" tasks to include 5.01 Defining the Program, 5.02 Integrate and Manage Program Rqmts, 5.03 Integrate and Manage Suppliers, 5.04 Manage Risks and Opportunities, 5.05 Integrate Plans, Cost, and Schedule, 5.06 Manage Program Change, and 5.07 Manage Program Performance and Health. **Essential Functions** : The Program Integration Mgr will be responsible for direct support to the Development Program to maintain the program Integrated Digital Environment, interface to the internal/external customers for access to the IDE, manage/facilitating the Risk, Opportunity, and Issue Management process across all the IPTs, and generate and report program performance and health metrics to include the War Room, as well as the variety of division, sector, and corporate level reports/briefs (MMR, CSAT, PED, SBR, CPWL, MCOR, QCPR, and DFR). To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our Selecting the Best Qualified Managers video: www.northropgrumman.com/ at http://www.northropgrumman.com/SQMVideo SQMVideo at http://www.northropgrumman.com/SQMVideo . ASMGMT **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree in Business/Project Mgmt or another related degree and at least 7 years of applied experience + Interim DoD Secret Clearance or higher + Advanced use of Microsoft Office tools and ROMs + Knowledge of Program Executive Dashboard + Knowledge of Program Metrics/War Room type products. **Preferred Qualifications:** + Master's in Project Mgmt or equivalent + Active Secret DoD Clearance Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Administrative Assistant 2      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems located in San Diego, CA has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistantto work on an exciting new program. Administrative Assistant is needed for lab support within the Autonomous Design Center of Excellence in Aerospace Systems (AS). This individual will be a vital member of the team supporting a dynamic and challenging center. You will report directly to the Lab Manager and support the Triton Systems Center Lab Manager. **Essential Functions:** + Supporting internal and external briefings & presentations, managing calendars and meetings schedules + Making travel arrangements and preparing expense reports + Answering phones, monitoring emails, + Preparing for and coordinating customer interface and customer visits, as well as, generating and maintaining + Internal file systems and records. + Individual will be expected to handle sensitive personnel and technical information. The successful candidate must be proactive, well-organized, and dependable and have the ability to work with minimal supervision. He/she must be a team player, possess effective communication and excellent interpersonal skills and be able to demonstrate mature leadership capabilities. The position requires a high degree of professionalism, presence, flexibility, diplomacy, judgment, discretion and the ability to multitask and work independently. Must have the ability to filter high traffic correspondence and contacts. Must be effective at coordination/hosting meetings as required, and be able to interface with all levels of management and customers. Be proactive in managing schedules including conflicts and changing travel requirements. SITEAS . **Basic Qualifications:** + Associate's degree or 2+ years' experience in lieu of the degree + 2+ years administrative assistance experience + Experience with Microsoft Office + Must have an active DoD Secret clearance or higher **Preferred Qualifications:** + Bachelor Degree + Share Point + CONCUR Travel Database + An active DoD Top Secret ClearanceNorthrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-CA-San Diego) Manager of Programs 3      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on groundbreaking systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join efforts to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable commitment to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history. As a leader, you always act with integrity, and the highest ethical standards characterize everything you do. You enable your team to achieve predictable and balanced results, while satisfying the needs of internal and external partners. You treat all people with respect, and model personal growth and continuous development. You know how to build an inclusive environment that attracts, retains, and inspires a diverse and engaged team. You create trusted and valued customer relationships and communicate effectively, so that people throughout the organization feel engaged and connected to their work. You deliver excellence, strive for continuous improvement and respond vigorously to change. You ensure that your team has the information and tools needed to perform at their best. You demonstrate our committed pursuit of applying innovation to meet the requirements of our customer. You create and execute strategies that result in sustainable value creation that delivers measurable results. If this is YOUkeep reading! Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems is seeking a highly qualified, mission oriented individual to lead a team of cross-discipline specialists engineers and Integration personnel located in San Diego, CA with responsibilities including (but not limited to) the following: + Directs the activity of all Tactical Autonomous System (TAS) Program Integration personnel in support of TAS Program Manager for the implementation and execution of all TAS program and contracts. + Ensure integrated LRSP/AOPs, proposals, program baselines, baseline changes and efficient execution utilizing the Integrated Management Framework or alternative Operating Model processes. + Establishes the program strategic rhythm for contact activities, leads program review sessions with customers and executives to discuss cost, schedule, and technical performance. + Provides Customer, Executive and TAS Team status through narrative reports, dashboards and briefings on a periodic basis. + Coordinates with program functional homerooms to establish Service Level Agreements for robust support to TAS programs including people, processes, tools and facilities. + Serve as the Building lead for safety, emergency evacuation and facilities. Serve as the TAS representative at Autonomous Design Center of Excellence meetings. + Responsible for Employee Development and Engagement. **Basic Qualifications:** + Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university with minimum 7 years of experience in program management or project management and/or engineering management. + Leadership experience in a team environment such as program manager or IPT leader. + Microsoft software applications experience required. + A current DoD Secret clearance is required. **Preferred Qualifications:** + MBA, and /or PMP or similar certification + Knowledge of DoD Acquisition processes, USN acquisition & conops and/or UAS' + Excellent communication skills both verbal and written. + Proven experience in developing executive level reports and presentations. + High proficiency in project management, to include IMS development and monitoring in MS Project, EVMS, and Risk Management. To learn more about our hiring process for manager positions, please view our _Selecting the Best Qualified Managers"_ video www.northropgrumman.com/HYPERLINK "http://www.northropgrumman.com/SQMVideo" SQMVideo Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
          (USA-MN-Bloomington) Senior Engineer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Title: Senior Engineer Location: Bloomington, MN Other Locations: null If you have talent, initiative, and a desire to join a thriving global company with a wealth of career opportunities, you can make a world of a difference at Donaldson, a leading provider of filtration solutions. Our culture is based on the strong values of integrity, respect, and commitment. Click on this link to learn more about a career at Donaldson: https://youtu.be/9Ez8p0IWBS4?list=PL0EBCCEBBFB532527 How you will bring value to Donaldson: The Integrated Venting Solutions (IVS) business unit is an innovative and dynamic group that applies sound engineering practices, venting expertise, and global collaboration to develop venting products that serve the automotive, mobile electronics, medical, and sensor markets. The group’s focus is to develop differentiated product that provides customer solutions, leveraging its global footprint, filtration expertise, and product technology. IVS has an exciting position for a Product Development Engineer. With general guidance, this position develops, tests and analyzes prototype and pilot production runs of new and existing products. This role provides the technical validity behind design decisions and serves as a technical resource for various supporting functions. This position interfaces heavily with Corporate Technology to develop new product technologies and collaborates with manufacturing to develop tooling and manufacturing processes. Moreover, the position provides the opportunity to manage new and innovative products all the way from brainstorming to production release. Work will have a focus on technology development for automotive applications such as electric vehicle battery packs, automotive sensors, autonomous vehicle vision systems and powertrain systems; with some exposure to customer projects that utilize these emerging technologies. It is a great match for a collaborative individual who likes to take on technical challenges in support of a global growth strategy. Collaborate with global engineering team to deliver differentiated solutions to our Customers. Utilize product development and commercialization process tools such as Product Realization Process, PPAP and DVPR, including risk analysis (DFMEA). Serve as a technical resource to others in the department and partner with other areas, such as Technical Services, Design Engineering and Applications Engineering, to respond to existing performance concerns and proactively evaluate new and alternative methodologies, materials or designs. Conduct technical investigations and validate proposed venting product designs and improvements. Create test plans, objectives, equipment, methodology, instrumentation, specifications and perform basic statistical analysis. Design and build test devices used to create simulations of product operations and performance in the field. Author Record of Invention (ROI) documents, patent new technologies, and participate in the generation of IP protection around innovative product technologies. Oversee activities and tests by R&D technicians and resources to ensure test design, equipment and data collection methods meet test requirements. Guide and coordinate routine project timelines, research milestones and estimate required resources. Analyze data to uncover trends, confirm test assumptions and build descriptive models to aid design decisions. Prepare and present technical reports; provide input on appropriate design or next steps. Support problem solving, finding root cause and solutions, and training of others as needed. Bachelor’s degree in engineering and minimum of 5 years of experience in the design and development of technology or products. Demonstrated customer focus and strong communication skills across all levels of a global organization. Prefer experience and competency in injection molding relating to process implementation, tool design, automation, product design, and/or computer modeling. Prefer previous experience in material science, surface chemistry, web handling, and/or general R&D background. Prefer Master's degree in mechanical engineering or relevant engineering field. Available for domestic & International travel Follow Us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/donaldson/
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Software Engineer- Infrastructure Job Summary Apply Now + Job:18968-MKAI + Location:US-MA-Natick + Department:Product Development We are looking for a versatile, enthusiastic computer scientist or engineer capable of multi-tasking to join the Control & Identification team. You will help develop software tools to facilitate the application of reinforcement learning to practical industrial application in areas such as robotics and other autonomous systems. You will need skills that cross traditional domain boundaries in areas such as machine learning, optimization, object-oriented programming, and graphical user interface design. Responsibilities + Develop and implement new software tools to help our customers apply reinforcement learning to their applications. + Work on improving the integration and deployment of reinforcement learning tools with workflows utilizing GPUs, parallel computing and cloud computing. + Contribute to all aspects of the product development process from writing functional specifications to designing software architecture to implementing software features. + Work with quality engineering, documentation, and usability teams to develop state-of-the-art software tools. Minimum Qualifications + A bachelor's degree and 3 years of professional work experience (or a master's degree) is required. Additional Qualifications In addition, a combination of some of the follow skills is important: + Knowledge of numerical algorithms. + Experience with MATLAB or Simulink. + Experience with machine learning. + Experience with neural networks. + Experience with object-oriented design and programming. + Experience with GPUs and parallel computing. + Experience with IoT and cloud computing is a plus. + Experience with software development lifecycle is a plus. + Experience with other programming languages is a nice to have. Why MathWorks? It’s the chance to collaborate with bright, passionate people. It’s contributing to software products that make a difference in the world. And it’s being part of a company with an incredible commitment to doing the right thing – for each individual, our customers, and the local community. MathWorks develops MATLAB and Simulink, the leading technical computing software used by engineers and scientists. The company employs 4000 people in 16 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A. MathWorks is privately held and has been profitable every year since its founding in 1984. Apply Now Contact usif you need reasonable accommodation because of a disability in order to apply for a position. The MathWorks, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics. View TheEEO is the Law posterandits supplement. The pay transparency policy is availablehere. MathWorks participates in E-Verify. View the E-Verify postershere. Apply Now + Job:18968-MKAI + Location:US-MA-Natick + Department:Product Development
          Yann Neuhaus: ATP vs ADW – the Autonomous Database lockdown profiles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Oracle database has always distinguished two types of workloads: transactional (OLTP) and datawarehouse (VLDB, DWH, DSS, BI, analytics). There is the same idea in the managed Oracle Cloud with two autonomous database services.

To show how this is old, here is how they were defined in the Oracle7 Tuning Book:

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Software engineers on our team work closely with Machine Learning engineers to create a smarter, personalized learning journey for our users. You will be working on a cross-functional team with a Product Manager, UX Designer, DevOps Engineer, Machine Learning Engineers, and Software Engineers. You’ll be part of a team that is user focused, has a mentality for experimentation, and iterates quickly. *Ways we work:* * Autonomous & responsible teams - making their own product & dev choices (https://www.pluralsight.com/tech-blog/team-responsibilty) * Data first - we work with large volumes of data to build scalable solutions for our products * Software Craftsmanship - we want to be proud of our work o Pair programming - we value collaborative development o Test-driven development - we take responsibility for our code without QA engineers o Continuous delivery - teams independently ship code to production every day o Kanban & Lean - no more backlog grooming, no more T-shirt size estimating o Continual improvement - we hold weekly retrospectives in order to assess and improve system processes *What we create with:* * Backend - Node.js/Python * Testing - Mocha/Pytest * Declarative UI - React * Styling - CSS Modules <3 * Messaging - RabbitMQ * Database - PostgreSQL * Source Control - Github * Frameworks - Airflow/TensorFlow EOE Statement Be Yourself. Pluralsight is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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Purpose of this project: Create a sample data set from the perspective of an autonomous car in simulation. Usually autonomous cars have lidar and camera sensors. Gazebo can simulate both of them and there is a prebuilt city, vehicles and sensors available... (Budget: €30 - €250 EUR, Jobs: Python, Robotics)
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Purpose of this project: Create a sample data set from the perspective of an autonomous car in simulation. Usually autonomous cars have lidar and camera sensors. Gazebo can simulate both of them and there is a prebuilt city, vehicles and sensors available... (Budget: €30 - €250 EUR, Jobs: Python, Robotics)
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On August 10, Studio Drift will present Franchise Freedom for the first time in Europe, following a successful premiere at Art Basel in Miami Beach in 2017. The performative artwork will be on view for three days during sunset, from 10 – 12 August above the river IJ in Amsterdam. A representation of FRANCHISE FREEDOM is on display now at the Stedelijk Museum as part of Studio Drift’s retrospective. This large performance, now accessible for everyone, is the perfect example of how pure nature, the most innovative technology and society can blend. After the unprecedented number of visitors to the Stedelijk Museum for Studio Drift’s retrospective, the City of Amsterdam in collaboration with Intel, BMW, Rabobank, RAI, NDSM and Studio Drift will offer the public the unique opportunity to view this autonomous performative artwork, consisting of 300
          Entry Level Outside Sales - Area Manager - CCP Industries - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Description: ENTRY LEVEL OUTSIDE SALES If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want the day-to-day freedom of working autonomously, outside sales may be... $36,000 a year
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Proposed regulations further limiting where drones can legally operate in urban areas may quickly become dated, as the technology of remote autonomous vehicles improves. Adam Beck from the Smart Cities Council said the use of drones as “data...
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Anki announced a new robot leaping its Cozmo toy robot. The Anki Vector is an autonomous robot that lives in your house, notices when you're gone, and gets excited when you come home. Vector is...
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Introducing the T-log.


Powered by the Nvidia Drive self-driving platform, the T-log is capable of SEA level 4 self-driving. It has no driver’s cab but can be remote-controlled by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away using Phantom Auto teleoperation safety technology designed to provide robust, minimal latency telecommunications even with 4G. No driver’s cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-log to run solely on batteries, even in difficult environments.


Connected to an intelligent routing software, providing it with real-time traffic data, the T-log can adjust its route to avoid congestion miles ahead. A fleet of T-logs will be coordinated by an intelligent routing system, optimizing delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making the transport as efficient as possible.


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Introducing the T-log.


Powered by the Nvidia Drive self-driving platform, the T-log is capable of SEA level 4 self-driving. It has no driver’s cab but can be remote-controlled by a human operator, from hundreds of miles away using Phantom Auto teleoperation safety technology designed to provide robust, minimal latency telecommunications even with 4G. No driver’s cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-log to run solely on batteries, even in difficult environments.


Connected to an intelligent routing software, providing it with real-time traffic data, the T-log can adjust its route to avoid congestion miles ahead. A fleet of T-logs will be coordinated by an intelligent routing system, optimizing delivery time, battery life and energy consumption, making the transport as efficient as possible.


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A lot has been made of the dangers of drones mixing with other aircraft, but one team of engineers is exploring how they can help guard planes from threats rather than present new ones. The work centers on a new algorithm developed specifically to allow a drone to shepherd birds away from flight paths like robotic aerial sheepdogs, and the early results suggest that this could prove an effective way to cut costs and improve safety.

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A lot has been made of the dangers of drones mixing with other aircraft, but one team of engineers is exploring how they can help guard planes from threats rather than present new ones. The work centers on a new algorithm developed specifically to allow a drone to shepherd birds away from flight paths like robotic aerial sheepdogs, and the early results suggest that this could prove an effective way to cut costs and improve safety.

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          Entry Level Outside Sales - Area Manager - CCP Industries - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Description: ENTRY LEVEL OUTSIDE SALES If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want the day-to-day freedom of working autonomously, outside sales may be... $36,000 a year
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          Persiapkan 5G, Berapa Investasi yang Digelontorkan Telkomsel?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Seperti yang sudah diwartakan sebelumnya, Telkomsel bakal memamerkan teknologi 5G di gelaran Asian Games 2018. 

Dalam turnamen olahraga bergengsi se-Asia tersebut, operator yang identik dengan warna merah ini juga akan memamerkan sederet implementasi use case teknologi 5G dalam pameran Telkomsel 5G Experience Center.

Meski masih dalam tahap uji coba dan demo, Telkomsel secara tak langsung mengakui kalau pihaknya akan berfokus pada implementasi 5G di masa depan.

Meski begitu, 5G nantinya akan lebih dulu difokuskan untuk mesin dan industri.

Lantas, seperti apa langkah Telkomsel mempersiapkan 5G dari sisi infrastruktur? Dan, berapa banyak investasi yang akan dikeluarkan perusahaan untuk migrasi ini?

Disampaikan Direktur Network Telkomsel Bob Apriawan, langkah perusahaan untuk beralih dari 4G ke 5G justru berfokus ke virtualisasi jaringan.

“Kita sekarang sedang ongoing untuk virtualizing ke native cloud dan otomasisasi. Lagipula, migrasi dari 4G ke 5G tidak akan banyak makan effort karena semuanya sudah tervirtualisasi. Ini bisa dibilang bukan sebagai lompatan besar,” kata Bob kepada Tekno Liputan6.com di GBK, Jumat (10/8/2018). 

Terkait jumlah investasi, Bob tidak mengungkap jumlahnya secara spesifik. Ia hanya menekankan, total investasi yang dikeluarkan Telkomsel untuk 5G tergolong tinggi.

“Jadi investasinya ya tinggi pasti karena teknologinya berbeda. Jadi harus (langkahnya) hati-hati dan strateginya harus cepat,” tukasnya.

Ke depannya pun, Telkomsel secara perlahan akan meluaskan coverage 5G ke berbagai daerah, tetapi tetap mengikuti kebutuhan dari masing-masing wlayah.

"Polanya begini, (perluasan) 5G akan mengikuti deploy 3G dan 4G, selalu di titik kecil atau industrial area, serta kawasan dengan demand tinggi, nanti baru akan di-extend coverage-nya," lanjut Bob lagi.

Meski beralih ke 5G, Bob menjamin penggunaan teknologi 4G akan tetap coexist. Saat nanti 5G go live, perusahaan akan melakukan tahap reuse dan revamp kapasitas 2G dan 3G untuk 4G.

“Kenapa? Enggak mungkin dong 5G nanti bisa di mana-mana. Ibaratnya ini selimutnya yang gede 4G-nya, yang drive through-nya pakai 5G,” pungkasnya.

Upaya Telkomsel Perkuat Asian Games 2018

Dirut Telkomsel Ririek Adriansyah, bersama jajaran direksi Telkomsel lain saat memamerkan bus otonomos di Telkomsel 5G Experience Center, Jakarta. Liputan6.com/Jeko I.R.#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sekadar informasi, Telkomsel mengerahkan 4 Base Transceiver Station (BTS) khusus untuk 5G selama gelaran Asian Games 2018 berlangsung di Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), Jakarta.

Adapun untuk event secara keseluruhan yang berlokasi di Jakarta dan Palembang, perusahaan akan menyiagakan 1.000 BTS di kedua kota tersebut. 

"Telkomsel bukan hanya operator, tetapi ingin berperan lebih besar di Asian Games 2018. Selain sponsorship, Telkomsel juga akan menyiapkan jaringan di antaranya dengan memfungsikan 1.000 BTS," kata Dirut Telkomsel Ririek Adriansyah, saat ditemui dalam acara Torch Relay Asian Games 2018 di Bandar Lampung, Rabu (8/8/2018). 

Menurutnya, Telkomsel juga telah meng-upgrade ratusan BTS existing dan menghadirkan teknologi TDD MIMO (time division duplexing masive multiple input multiple output). 

Ririek juga menyebut, selain BTS, Telkomsel juga menyiapkan sebanyak 100 mobile Grapari dan 15 mobile BTS guna mengkover venue agar layanan Telkomsel lancar.

Total, ada 175 titik prioritas utama yang diamankan oleh Telkomsel selama berjalannya Asian Games 2018. 

Ririek menjelaskan, saat ini kesiapan Telkomsel dari aspek jaringan untuk mendukung Asian Games 2018 kini mencapai 100 persen.

"Kami menjamin kehadiran layanan data berkecepatan tinggi, termasuk untuk menggunakan media sosial, layanan pesan instan, layanan suara, maupun SMS di 175 titik prioritas utama yang terdiri dari arena pertandingan, lokasi di luar arena pertandingan, dan lokasi penyangga pertandingan,” ucapnya.

Ke-175 point of interest atau titik keramaian tersebut sebagian berupa venue dan non-venue. Mulai dari airport, hotel, hingga lokasi sekitar pertandingan.

Dengan teknologi terkini dan optimalisasi jaringan yang diimplementasikan Telkomsel, Ririek berharap, bisa mengakomodasi sekaligus mengantisipasi lonjakan trafik sehingga semua pihak yang menjadi bagian dari pesta olahraga tersebut dapat tetap berkomunikasi dengan nyaman.

Telkomsel 5G Experience

Bus otonomos di Telkomsel 5G Experience Center, Jakarta. Liputan6.com/Jeko I.R.#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Untuk itulah, Telkomsel akan membuka pusat Telkomsel 5G Experience di venue Asian Games 2018, tepatnya di Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan. Masyarakat pun bisa menyaksikan uji coba 5G di dalam pameran tersebut.

"Selama Asian Games 2018 pengujung bisa mengenal dan merasakan langsung implementasi dari teknologi revolusiner melalui berbagai perangkat yang dilengkapi dengan teknologi 5G," jelas Ririek.

Beberapa perangkat yang diimplementasikan dengan teknologi 5G antara lain adalah live streaming Football 2020, Future Driving dan Cycling Everywhere yakni kontrol terhadap kendaraan dari jarak jauh, serta dan uji coba autonomous bus alias bus tanpa sopir yang akan berjalan di area GBK.

Khusus untuk bus otonomos bisa memuat hingga 15 orang penumpang. Namun, mereka yang ingin menjajal uji coba 5G ini harus lebih dahulu mendaftar karena kapasitas area yang terbatas.

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          Persiapkan 5G, Berapa Investasi yang Digelontorkan Telkomsel?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Seperti yang sudah diwartakan sebelumnya, Telkomsel bakal memamerkan teknologi 5G di gelaran Asian Games 2018. 

Dalam turnamen olahraga bergengsi se-Asia tersebut, operator yang identik dengan warna merah ini juga akan memamerkan sederet implementasi use case teknologi 5G dalam pameran Telkomsel 5G Experience Center.

Meski masih dalam tahap uji coba dan demo, Telkomsel secara tak langsung mengakui kalau pihaknya akan berfokus pada implementasi 5G di masa depan.

Meski begitu, 5G nantinya akan lebih dulu difokuskan untuk mesin dan industri.

Lantas, seperti apa langkah Telkomsel mempersiapkan 5G dari sisi infrastruktur? Dan, berapa banyak investasi yang akan dikeluarkan perusahaan untuk langkah ini ini?

Disampaikan Direktur Network Telkomsel Bob Apriawan, langkah perusahaan untuk beralih dari 4G ke 5G justru berfokus ke virtualisasi jaringan.

“Kita sekarang sedang ongoing untuk virtualizing ke native cloud dan otomasisasi. Lagipula, migrasi dari 4G ke 5G tidak akan banyak makan effort karena semuanya sudah tervirtualisasi. Ini bisa dibilang bukan sebagai lompatan besar,” kata Bob kepada Tekno Liputan6.com di GBK, Jumat (10/8/2018). 

Terkait jumlah investasi, Bob tidak mengungkap jumlahnya secara spesifik. Ia hanya menekankan, total investasi yang dikeluarkan Telkomsel untuk 5G tergolong tinggi.

“Jadi investasinya ya tinggi pasti karena teknologinya berbeda. Jadi harus (langkahnya) hati-hati dan strateginya harus cepat,” tukasnya.

Pria ini juga mengilustrasikan kalau pihaknya menggelontorkan Rp 1 triliun untuk pita selebar 30 MHz, maka diperlukan minimal Rp 2,5 triliun untuk bisa memiliki pita selebar 100 MHz. Itu pun juga baru untuk spektrum.

Tak cuma itu, masih ada komponen lain seperti perangkat dan aplikasi yang butuh dana lebih banyak. Karenanya, jika dikembangkan secara komersial, tentu teknologi ini tak akan berdampak secara masif.

"5G butuh spektrum setidaknya 100 MHz. Di 2,3 GHz kami punya 30 MHz, katakanlah beli Rp 1 triliun. Kalau 100 MHz berapa?" ujar Bob.

Ke depannya pun, Telkomsel secara perlahan akan meluaskan coverage 5G ke berbagai daerah, tetapi tetap mengikuti kebutuhan dari masing-masing wilayah.

"Polanya begini, (perluasan) 5G akan mengikuti deploy 3G dan 4G, selalu di titik kecil atau industrial area, serta kawasan dengan demand tinggi, nanti baru akan di-extend coverage-nya," lanjut Bob lagi.

Meski beralih ke 5G, Bob menjamin penggunaan teknologi 4G akan tetap coexist. Saat nanti 5G go live, perusahaan akan melakukan tahap reuse dan revamp kapasitas 2G dan 3G untuk 4G.

“Kenapa? Enggak mungkin dong 5G nanti bisa di mana-mana. Ibaratnya ini selimutnya yang gede 4G-nya, yang drive through-nya pakai 5G,” pungkasnya.

Upaya Telkomsel Perkuat Asian Games 2018

Dirut Telkomsel Ririek Adriansyah, bersama jajaran direksi Telkomsel lain saat memamerkan bus otonomos di Telkomsel 5G Experience Center, Jakarta. Liputan6.com/Jeko I.R.#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sekadar informasi, Telkomsel mengerahkan 4 Base Transceiver Station (BTS) khusus untuk 5G selama gelaran Asian Games 2018 berlangsung di Gelora Bung Karno (GBK), Jakarta.

Adapun untuk event secara keseluruhan yang berlokasi di Jakarta dan Palembang, perusahaan akan menyiagakan 1.000 BTS di kedua kota tersebut. 

"Telkomsel bukan hanya operator, tetapi ingin berperan lebih besar di Asian Games 2018. Selain sponsorship, Telkomsel juga akan menyiapkan jaringan di antaranya dengan memfungsikan 1.000 BTS," kata Dirut Telkomsel Ririek Adriansyah, saat ditemui dalam acara Torch Relay Asian Games 2018 di Bandar Lampung, Rabu (8/8/2018). 

Menurutnya, Telkomsel juga telah meng-upgrade ratusan BTS existing dan menghadirkan teknologi TDD MIMO (time division duplexing masive multiple input multiple output). 

Ririek juga menyebut, selain BTS, Telkomsel juga menyiapkan sebanyak 100 mobile Grapari dan 15 mobile BTS guna mengkover venue agar layanan Telkomsel lancar.

Total, ada 175 titik prioritas utama yang diamankan oleh Telkomsel selama berjalannya Asian Games 2018. 

Ririek menjelaskan, saat ini kesiapan Telkomsel dari aspek jaringan untuk mendukung Asian Games 2018 kini mencapai 100 persen.

"Kami menjamin kehadiran layanan data berkecepatan tinggi, termasuk untuk menggunakan media sosial, layanan pesan instan, layanan suara, maupun SMS di 175 titik prioritas utama yang terdiri dari arena pertandingan, lokasi di luar arena pertandingan, dan lokasi penyangga pertandingan,” ucapnya.

Ke-175 point of interest atau titik keramaian tersebut sebagian berupa venue dan non-venue. Mulai dari airport, hotel, hingga lokasi sekitar pertandingan.

Dengan teknologi terkini dan optimalisasi jaringan yang diimplementasikan Telkomsel, Ririek berharap, bisa mengakomodasi sekaligus mengantisipasi lonjakan trafik sehingga semua pihak yang menjadi bagian dari pesta olahraga tersebut dapat tetap berkomunikasi dengan nyaman.

Telkomsel 5G Experience

Bus otonomos di Telkomsel 5G Experience Center, Jakarta. Liputan6.com/Jeko I.R.#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Untuk itulah, Telkomsel akan membuka pusat Telkomsel 5G Experience di venue Asian Games 2018, tepatnya di Gelora Bung Karno, Senayan. Masyarakat pun bisa menyaksikan uji coba 5G di dalam pameran tersebut.

"Selama Asian Games 2018 pengujung bisa mengenal dan merasakan langsung implementasi dari teknologi revolusiner melalui berbagai perangkat yang dilengkapi dengan teknologi 5G," jelas Ririek.

Beberapa perangkat yang diimplementasikan dengan teknologi 5G antara lain adalah live streaming Football 2020, Future Driving dan Cycling Everywhere yakni kontrol terhadap kendaraan dari jarak jauh, serta dan uji coba autonomous bus alias bus tanpa sopir yang akan berjalan di area GBK.

Khusus untuk bus otonomos bisa memuat hingga 15 orang penumpang. Namun, mereka yang ingin menjajal uji coba 5G ini harus lebih dahulu mendaftar karena kapasitas area yang terbatas.

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Twitch แพล็ตฟอร์มไลฟ์สตรีมมิ่งชื่อดังได้มีแผนเตรียมยกเลิกหมวด IRL หรือการไลฟ์สตรีมคอนเทนต์ที่ไม่เกี่ยวข้องกับการเล่นเกม โดยจะเปลี่ยนการจัดหมวดหมู่ใหม่ที่มีความเฉพาะเจาะจงมากยิ่งขึ้น เพื่อที่ผู้ชมสามารถเลือกติดตามชมได้ง่ายขึ้นกว่าเดิม

หมวดหมู่ใหม่ที่จะมาแทนที่ IRL นั้นจะประกอบด้วย

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  • Hobbies & Craft สำหรับการสตรีมการสร้างสรรค์งานประดิษฐ์ประดอย เช่น การตัดเย็บเสื้อผ้า งานปั้น งานแกะสลักไม้ งานเชื่อมเหล็ก เป็นต้น
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  • Music & Performing Arts สำหรับการสตรีมงานด้านดนตรีและการแสดง
  • Beauty & Body Art สำหรับการสตรีมการแต่งหน้า การดูแลบำรุงผิว การวาดภาพบอดี้เพนท์ หรือ การสัก
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  • Travel & Outdoors สำหรับการสตรีมการท่องเที่ยว หรือ การพาทัวร์นอกสถานที่
  • Sports & Fitness สำหรับการสตรีมการออกกำลังกาย
  • Tabletop RPGs สำหรับการสตรีมการเล่นเกมกระดานแบบ Tabletop RPG
  • Special Events สำหรับการสตรีมถ่ายทอดสดงานอีเวนท์ต่างๆ เช่น TwitchCon, E3 หรือ PAX
  • Talk Shows & Podcasts สำหรับการสตรีมการจัดรายการทอล์กโชว์หรือพอดแคสท์
  • ASMR สำหรับการสตรีมคอนเทนต์ ASMR หรือ Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response คอนเทนต์ที่กระตุ้นประสาทสัมผัสของผู้ฟังเมื่อได้ยินเสียงลักษณะประเภทต่างๆ

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ทั้งนี้ Twitch มีแผนจะเพิ่มหมวดใหม่นี้ในช่วงกลางเดือนกันยายน แต่อาจจะมีการเปลี่ยนแปลงได้ โดยเปิดรับฟังความเห็นจากผู้ชมและสตรีมเมอร์ต่อการเปลี่ยนแปลงนี้

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          Business Planning Manager      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job description RoleThis exciting and autonomous role puts you at the centre of the business designing resource models and creating business plans to ensure resource requirements are accurately forecasted and contractual service levels are achieved You will work directly with C-level executives and department heads of the business and play a cr
          Market Operations Manager - Carvana - Dallas, TX      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Company culture of internal promotions, diverse career paths and rapid advancement. It can be an autonomous job that requires good decision-making skills, but...
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          Hassia Technician - Conagra Brands - Menomonie, WI      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Participate in CPS (ConAgra Performance System), TPM and AMD (Autonomous Manufacturing Development). Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact...
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Participate in CPS (ConAgra Performance System), TPM and AMD (Autonomous Manufacturing Development). Conagra Brands has the most energized, highest-impact...
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Job Description: ENTRY LEVEL OUTSIDE SALES If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want the day-to-day freedom of working autonomously, outside sales may be... $36,000 a year
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          Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services - Pelican Narrows, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If you have ever wanted to explore the beauty of northern Saskatchewan, practice autonomously to your full scope, embark on a journey of nursing like no other,... $51.07 - $64.70 an hour
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          Primary Care Nurse (Registered Nurse – AAP) - Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services - Pelican Narrows, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If you have ever wanted to explore the beauty of northern Saskatchewan, practice autonomously to your full scope, embark on a journey of nursing like no other,... $44.77 - $57.75 an hour
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A lot has been made of the dangers of drones mixing with other aircraft, but one team of engineers is exploring how they can help guard planes from threats rather than present new ones. The work centers on a new algorithm developed specifically to allow a drone to shepherd birds away from flight paths like robotic aerial sheepdogs, and the early results suggest that this could prove an effective way to cut costs and improve safety.

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CA-Fremont, If you are a Software Controls Engineer with experience, please read on! Based in Fremont, CA we're an autonomous vehicle company utilizing the latest in AI technology to develop self-driving vehicles. What You Will Be Doing An experienced Controls Engineer will be developing algorithms for our self-driving vehicles. What You Need for this Position At Least 3 Years of experience and knowledge of:
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A calm, adaptable and confident support worker is required for this role As an important member of the support team, it is desirable for you to have experience in supporting adults with profound Learning Disabilities toprovide the highest quality of care You must be an effective communicator, have a caring and empathetic nature, be enthusiastic, along with having a good understanding of Learning disabilities and how you would deal with challenging behaviours. Your duties will include: - Safeguarding all service users -Providing practical support -Providing responsive care to those who require assistance with intimate personal needs such as dressing, bathing and toileting activities -Ensuring that all activities comply with procedures and the relevant healthcare legislation -Contributing to a team approach - Having the confidence to work autonomously. -Developing professional relationships with service users and colleagues In return you will benefit from: -Temporary hours to suit your schedule -Competitive rates of pay -Flexibility to work either days or nights Own transport is desirable as many of the services are located within rural settings
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NSW-Sydney, CBD based, 9-5 business hours A unique a fully autonomous role $90-$110K + Super Handle enqueries relating to superannuation and retirement products to increase business revenue. Start asap! Your new company This is a unique role at this industry Credit Union who are looking for an experienced Superannuation Sales Consultant to drive growth of their Retirement product This is a great role for some
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It is comprised of a network of approximately 190 autonomous retail co-operatives across Western Canada along with their branch operations, and Federated Co...
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Sensacional encontro com as feras @luizcarlini_oficial @regileme @felipenasr no stand da @autoavaliar. A única voz que destoou um pouco eu deixo pra vcs descobrirem 😮. Querido @felipenasr como guitarrista vc manda demais nas pistas (de corrida) 😂. Vamos tentar repetir mais vezes ainda neste século! ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #automotive #sales #cars #automotiveindustry #usedcars #trucks #motorcycles #vehicles #eletriccars #parts #accessories #autonomousvehicles #carros #carrosusados #veiculos #vendas #pecas #carroseletricos #caminhoes #motocicletas #carrosautonomos #autoavaliar #autoaction #megadealer #rocknroll #rollingstones #automobilismo #rock #rockstar
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Germany became the first country worldwide to legalize the use of a highly autonomous driving system last year, with a few stipulations.
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Wanting to make my Boat more and more individualistic by adding different things to it, unfortunately had some negative consequence, She became very top heavy....
I experimented with varying keel designs to try and make her more stable in the water, with mixed results. Not happy with the results, and worrying she was going to "Go Over" I decided on a drastic solution, Active stabilization!
Warning!! This is a work in progress, but my initial testing today had amazing results. This is not a mod for the faint of heart, and requires various parts, and a decent knowledge of rc systems and flight control systems. But for those with a passion for tinkering, this is a great mod. It also includes my battery relocation mod as part of the design, this drops your battery position aprox 20 mm from the standard position.

Some of the things you will need to complete this are:
Printing the included parts,
2 x Mini servos (must be decent quality digital servos),
A flight control board capable of running software like Inav or similar.
3mm Id (aprox 4mm Od) brass tubing,
3mm stainless rod
M 2.5 hex nuts,
2.5 mm grub screws,
500 size Heli flybar paddles
450 size Heli ball links and rods ( you may be able to make your own 'Z' bend rods instead)
Related cables to hook up the flight control board etc.

This mod is mainly used for roll stabilization. However it is also programmed to stabilize pitch as well. Basically the boat thinks its a plane, and with some custom mixes, works great to keep this girl in check. The rudder is mixed with the "Ailerons" (fins), so tries to bank itself into the turns when steering is applied. The rudder is also stabilized to make the boat track strait. Currently there is no navigation implemented in my boat, However, with the flight control board, and the addition of GPS, I see no real problems getting it to have autonomous control. But I don't see myself doing that, as I like controlling her myself.
Today's testing had very favorable results, activating the fins resulted in an instantaneous stabilization, no more scary roll movements, and the boat tracked quite strait. More fine tuning of the PIDs I think are required, but overall, just what I was after.

This is currently a work in progress, and still has my custom lead weighted keel in place. But my plan is too hopefully be able to re-install the ballast back internally in the hull, remove the keel, and get the Benchys clean lines back.

I have not made a video yet, but once I get round to It, and have some time for more testing, I will post the results.

If anyone is game enough to try this out, I would love to see your results! And If I can help anyone out with there own attempt, I will do my best to help.

Happy Boating!


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Autonomous UAV Coding Summer School - UWE Bristol Follow Up

We recently ran a 2-week UAV build and coding mechatronics Summer School at UWE Bristol for students from the Ecole des Mines d’Ales. Great students and a great venue made for a very successful course and much fun was had by all!Huge thanks to @UWEBristol and of course the students themselves.Drones were standard 450 frames, Pixhawk running Arducopter.  Companion computer was Raspberry Pi running Dronekit and a standard USB webcam.  All programming in Python.More details at on my blogsite here.See More

          Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation Health Services - Pelican Narrows, SK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If you have ever wanted to explore the beauty of northern Saskatchewan, practice autonomously to your full scope, embark on a journey of nursing like no other,... $51.07 - $64.70 an hour
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If you have ever wanted to explore the beauty of northern Saskatchewan, practice autonomously to your full scope, embark on a journey of nursing like no other,... $44.77 - $57.75 an hour
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          Autonomous Vehicle Global Market 2018: Key Players Google, General Motors, Volkswagen, BMW      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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[Deutsche Welle] Following ethnically motivated violence in the country's east, Ethiopia's new prime minister Abiy Ahmed wants to strengthen and stabilize the autonomous region -- although the government has offered little response.
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TMP WORLDWIDE - Waltham, MA - The Digital Media Planner works directly and autonomously with account management and clients to provide the strategic direction of client... media campaigns. This role will be responsible for leading a team of digital analysts (including ROI metrics and SEM) and associate media...
          Senior System Engineer, Autonomous Driving - Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Inc. - Seattle, WA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In Redford, Michigan, the focus is on Powertrain and eDrive as well as in Long Beach, CA where the F-CELL team brings hydrogen vehicles to the road....
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          Ample Raises $31M: A Better Place Clone, or a New Way to Charge Electric Cars?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

August is supposed to be the doldrums in VC land, a time when everyone goes on vacation and companies shouldn’t expect to see any new term sheets. So it was a welcome surprise to see a cleantech funding round announced  —  and a big one at that: Ample raised a $31 million Series A round. That’s a lot of money! Wait. Who are they? What do they do?

According to Fortune’s Term Sheet, they make “a platform that delivers a full charge to electric cars.” Neat! A full charge is way better than not-a-full-charge. Axios’s Pro Rata says they are “solving the energy delivery challenge for electric cars.” What are we talking about here: supercapacitors? ultracapacitors? ultra-fast charging? wireless charging? ultrasonic charging? The suspense is killing me!

Off to their website: a picture of a cold day in Chicago and a simple tag line: “Electric Cars for Everyone.”

To get some real answers, we need to head to the press release. The company offers an “alternative to traditional charging” using proprietary “autonomous robotics.”

If you’re using robots, delivering a full charge all at once, and calling it an alternative to traditional charging, in my mind there’s only one thing this could be: battery swapping. Drive your EV up to the station and a robot pops out the dead battery, switches it for a fresh one. In a few minutes you’re off to the races again.

Battery switching might sound familiar

Back in 2013, Tesla built a battery swapping station before shuttering the program in 2016. Tesla’s pilot implementation was a little kludgy  —  it was designed as a temporary fix where car owners were required to come back and get their original battery back later (and pay $80 for the privilege).

Well before that, Shai Agassi launched Better Place in 2005 to build a network of swapping stations in Israel before expanding world-wide. There’s little question that the technology works. Here it is in action:

Better Place has gotten plenty of ink through the years, both as it was growing, as it imploded, and in a recent book, Totaled: The Billion-Dollar Crash of the Startup that Took on Big Auto, by Brian Blum. Brian was recently a featured guest on Greentech Media’s Energy Gang Podcast where he recounted his own experience as the owner of a Better Place-compatible Renault. Regular listeners of the podcast know that Stephen, Katherine, and Jigar don’t pull punches, so it’s interesting to go back and listen to that episode with fresh ears.

Can this be a business? Can Ample succeed where Tesla and Better Place stumbled?

First, let’s take a look at the backers. This round was led by Shell Ventures and Moore Strategic Ventures, with Repsol Energy Ventures, Hemi Ventures, and TRIREC also participating.

Shell has a long history of making investments in cleantech and transportation deals and has lots of experience making early-stage venture investments. It’s easy to imagine Shell seeing battery swapping stations as the natural future of the filling station.

The other corporate strategic investor is Repsol, a major Spanish oil and gas company. Repsol has increased its VC activity over the last few years. This is its second electric mobility investment this summer, following Silence, an electric scooter company.

Moore Strategic Ventures is an arm of Moore Capital Management, a hedge fund that makes some direct early-stage investments, including several in energy, electricity, and agriculture.

Hemi Ventures, a relatively new firm, has been very active in early stage deals across robotics, artificial intelligence, and automation.

Trirec is a relatively new cleantech-focused firm based in Singapore that doesn’t shy away from infrastructure-heavy deals.

What about the founding team?

Ample founders John de Souza and Khaled Hassounah are experienced executives, and both have undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering. According to their LinkedIn profiles, they founded and led MedHelp, an online portal and community for medical advice. The details here aren’t exactly clear: MedHelp was founded in 1994, long before the duo joined, and sometime around 2006, de Souza became CEO and led the company to an acquisition by a unit of Merck in 2014.

Back to the business at hand:  the business

First, we can’t ignore the similarities. Better Place founder Shai Agassi made a fortune when he sold his previous company, and decided to enter the electric vehicles space. (And, for what it’s worth, that sounds a lot like Elon Musk too.)

The initial pitch for Better Place was “an inexpensive car that anyone could buy.” It would be so cheap, it might even be free. (Of course, not actually free, but at least zero-money-down and a monthly subscription after that.) When Better Place was conceived, the best technology in the market was a Nissan Leaf that could get roughly 70 miles before recharging, so you couldn’t take a long road trip.

Better Place had huge issues with its swapping stations  —  it couldn’t co-locate them with service stations in Israel, they ended up being way more expensive ($3 million each) than originally planned, and required huge cooling infrastructure to charge the batteries without degrading them. The company also grew much more quickly than any revenues could support  — it had around 1,000 customers but were burning $1 million per day on salaries.

At the very least, with Shell and Repsol on board, Ample should be able to secure locations at filling stations.

Better Place also had a hard time getting manufacturing partners on board. Renault joined because it didn’t have any plans for a hybrid vehicle and saw this as a path toward an EV.

This excerpt from the podcast says it all:

Brian Blum: “When he [Agassi] went to GM and tried to convince them to make a battery-swappable version of the Chevy Volt and they said ‘No, we’re not doing that, we’ve already got our version of the vehicle and we’re well along the way, but we would be interested if Better Place would be the infrastructure provider for the electricity [presumably referring to the traditional charging infrastructure] here in the United States and then we’ll see what happens...Maybe if there was more money, and the company hadn’t spent so much, and the company hadn’t gone out of business, maybe other manufacturers would have come on board.”

Jigar: “But they would have never come on board. This is what people don’t understand, even today, no one has used Tesla’s charging infrastructure and protocol. Car companies don’t work together, and the reason they don’t work together is because they believe they’re the smartest people in their industry. Every one of them believes they’re in the hardware industry. They don’t wanna all make the same thing. They don’t wanna follow a standard. They love being different from everyone else. Right, so the fact that everyone would have adopted the same battery swapping technology was ludicrous, so for him to think otherwise was equally ludicrous.”

Is Jigar right here? If he is, Ample must be doing something else — it must have a business model that doesn’t require signing up a bunch of manufacturers to conform to a new swapping standard.

What does the future for battery swapping hold?

Brian Blum has certainly made up his mind: “[Switching] big batteries, you know consumers switching them out in expensive infrastructure, that’s not going to happen, we’re not going to see that again.”

And my guess is Ample won’t be getting project finance from Jigar for a Better Place clone any time soon: “The thing that I always found so fascinating is how awful [Shai and team] were as entrepreneurs. The thing I want to make sure people understand is that these things are entirely avoidable through due diligence. Like, it’s not a foregone conclusion that people have to make these ridiculous mistakes. I want to make sure that its clear that like as we try to change the world and the infrastructure that powers us because we want to decarbonize the world, there are good ideas and bad ideas, and this was a really bad idea.”

Is this the next cleantech success story?

Of course, only time will tell. With limited information on a stealth-mode startup, it’s hard to predict what will happen.

We don’t know what the proprietary technology is, but Ample definitely isn’t building its own EV. Frankly it wouldn’t surprise me if it licensed the Better Place patent portfolio, which is now largely owned by Renault.

I hope I’m safe in saying that Shell and Repsol wouldn’t invest in a new Better Place. If they wanted to do that, they could have bought the assets back in 2014 at fire-sale prices.

So, maybe it’s the business model that’s different. Is Ample promising individually owned cars on a monthly payment plan? Or offering a battery-swapped electric taxi fleet? Busses? Or an on-demand, electric car network like Car2Go?

We don’t see $30 million Series A rounds in this space all that often, so there’s reason to be excited. Until it comes out of stealth, here’s hoping Ample has figured out a better way to make the Better Place dream of cheap electric cars for everyone come true.

Listen to the Energy Gang episode on Better Place:


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PRICE The cheapest ticket into the new auto is $27,000 drive-away — for the past 18 months, the starting price for a Corolla auto has been $22,990 drive-away. Toyota has dropped the base model. All grades come with autonomous emergency braking, radar...
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Alphabet s NASDAQ GOOG NASDAQ GOOGL Waymo is the undeniable leader in the driverless car space So far the company has logged 8 million miles of real world autonomous vehicle testing It s already getting the public involved in those tests most notably in the form of its
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HAFLONG, Aug 9 - A meeting on launching of measles rubella vaccination programme, a long-felt demand in Dima Hasao district, was held in the office of the Joint Director, Health and Medical Services, Haflong, chaired by Naresh Ghosh, Principal Secretary, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council, Haflong.
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Autonomous 3 cab variants 9 variants of the chassis (saddler and BDF tandem) Different variants of body kits, bumper, skirts, grilles, wings, steps, etc. (in two versions plastic, paint) There is a tuning Support...

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A lot has been made of the dangers of drones mixing with other aircraft, but one team of engineers is exploring how they can help guard planes from threats rather than present new ones. The work centers on a new algorithm developed specifically to allow a drone to shepherd birds away from flight paths like robotic aerial sheepdogs, and the early results suggest that this could prove an effective way to cut costs and improve safety.

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This stylish and modern desk by HomCom offers a sleek L-shaped design that fits seamlessly in any corner. It’s crafted with a thick MDF tabletop and a durable steel frame with a powder-coated finish. Also included are a universal autonomous CPU stand and a slide-out keyboard tray. This desk compliments any room and is a great addition and space saving solution to any home office.


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• Sleek modern, minimalist design
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• E1-grade MDF with PVC on tabletop and melamine underneath
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          One-Pot Transformation of Technical Lignins into Humic-Like Plant Stimulants through Fenton-Based Advanced Oxidation: Accelerating Natural Fungus-Driven Humification.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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One-Pot Transformation of Technical Lignins into Humic-Like Plant Stimulants through Fenton-Based Advanced Oxidation: Accelerating Natural Fungus-Driven Humification.

ACS Omega. 2018 Jul 31;3(7):7441-7453

Authors: Jeong HJ, Cha JY, Choi JH, Jang KS, Lim J, Kim WY, Seo DC, Jeon JR

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Commercial humic acids mainly obtained from leonardite are in increasing demand in agronomy, and their market size is growing rapidly because these materials act as soil conditioners and direct stimulators of plant growth and development. In nature, fungus-driven nonspecific oxidations are believed to be a key to catabolizing recalcitrant plant lignins, resulting in lignin humification. Here we demonstrated the effective transformation of technical lignins derived from the Kraft processing of woody biomass into humic-like plant fertilizers through one-pot Fenton oxidations (i.e., artificially accelerated fungus reactions). The lignin variants resulting from the Fenton reaction, and manufactured using a few different ratios of FeSO4 to H2O2, successfully accelerated the germination of Arabidopsis thaliana seeds and increased the tolerance of this plant to NaCl-induced abiotic stress; moreover, the extent of the stimulation of the growth of this plant by these manufactured lignin variants was comparable or superior to that induced by commercial humic acids. The results of high-resolution (15 T) Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, electrostatic force microscopy, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, and elemental analyses strongly indicated that oxygen-based functional groups were incorporated into the lignins. Moreover, analyses of the total phenolic contents of the lignins and their sedimentation kinetics in water media together with scanning electron microscopy- and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller-based surface characterizations further suggested that polymer fragmentation followed by modification of the phenolic groups on the lignin surfaces was crucial for the humic-like activity of the lignins. A high similarity between the lignin variants and commercial humic acids also resulted from autonomous deposition of iron species into lignin particles during the Fenton oxidation, although their short-term effects of plant stimulations were maintained whether the iron species were present or absent. Finally, we showed that lignins produced from an industrial-scale acid-induced hydrolysis of wood chips were transformed with the similar enhancements of the plant effects, indicating that our fungus-mimicking processes could be a universal way for achieving effective lignin humification.

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          Engineers: Give Us the Risk Realities for Autonomous Vehicles      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

As Google, Uber, Amazon and Tesla work to transform transportation, there’s an important task that should be taken up by civil engineers: better informing the public about the risks.


          From Tipitank (an Autonomous and Easy to Carry Hand Washing Unit) to Dry Toilets Washing Unit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This project was initially created with 2 other colleagues Pierre and Victoria for an innovation contest in partnership between our company foundation and Red Cross. the request was to find a low cost, with low water consumption, easy to transport, robust solution to allow to wash hands in countries...
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          Scientists: Robot Demonstrates Ability To Bend Human Will And Emotions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If Technocracy is the 'science of social engineering', then a great milestone has been reached with the discovery that AI robots themselves can manipulate and frame human emotion and will. Furthermore, autonomous social engineering is far more superior that requiring simple man-made propaganda.
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Apple's former VP of Mac hardware engineering Doug Field has returned to the tech giant's ranks after five years working at Tesla, where he oversaw production of the Model 3.

Daring Fireball writer John Gruber broke the news on Thursday after speaking to an Apple spokesperson who confirmed only that Field had returned to the company that he left in 2013.


However Gruber's contacts within Apple informed him that Field will link up with former colleague Bob Mansfield to work on Apple's self-driving car program, Project Titan.

Field began his career at Ford as a development engineer, before moving on to Segway and then to Apple, and his return is already fueling speculation that Apple's self-driving ambitions have been rejuvenated under the leadership of Mansfield.

Rather than solely developing autonomous systems for existing car manufacturers, Apple's rehiring of Field could indicate that the company still retains an interest in building its own vehicles.

When Apple began working on Project Titan in 2014, upwards of 1,000 employees were said to have been working on developing an electric vehicle at a secret location near its Cupertino headquarters.

However, internal strife and leadership issues reportedly caused Apple to transition its focus to an autonomous driving system and pursue partnerships with existing carmakers instead of building a full car. Hundreds of employees were said to have been laid off as a result.

Little is known about the inner workings of Apple's Project Titan group, but court documents filed in July indicate that as many as 5,000 people are authorized at Apple to access information about the project.

Apple has also been significantly ramping up its fleet of vehicles running self-driving sensor equipment. As of May 2018, the company has 62 vehicles out on the road using its autonomous driving software.

Apple is also working on a self-driving shuttle service called "PAIL" (an acronym for "Palo Alto to Infinite Loop"). The shuttle program will transport employees between Apple's office in Silicon Valley.

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          Time-lapse tells story of N.Y./N.J. bridge deconstruction      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Building a bridge is a complex process, and deconstructing one as intricate as the Goethals Bridge spanning the Arthur Kill between Elizabeth, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y., is equally as complicated. The deconstruction process required reversing the order of the original bridge’s construction. The bridge, one of the first structures completed by the newly formed Port Authority in 1928, stands 140 ft above the waterway, allowing passage of deep-sea vessels.

 

Capturing the deconstruction process proved to be a unique challenge, where camera-mounting locations carefully selected for optimal coverage were high above the Arthur Kill and difficult to access. Due to the restricted access, the cameras would need to be reliable, substantially self-maintaining and remain operational in a demanding environment. In order to obtain the highest-resolution imagery available to document each stage for historic preservation and to provide an educational time-lapse movie, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) reached out to the industry experts at EarthCam who provided the technology and services for the project.

 

Kiewit-Weeks-Massman, AJV, the design-build team selected by PANYNJ to oversee the bridge replacement project, selected a combination of EarthCam’s fixed-position 24 MegapixelCam cameras and robotic GigapixelCam camera technology to document the entire process. Mounting cameras high up on the new bridge superstructure offered the perfect vantage point for the deconstruction of the old bridge. For this application, EarthCam engineers designed and fabricated specialized vibration-isolating mounts to counteract the effect of heavy traffic and bridge motion with superb results. In total, EarthCam placed six construction cameras throughout the jobsite to monitor and time-lapse the four-year project. The cameras include a wiper system to keep the lens clean throughout the documentation process, yielding clear images for the project-end time-lapse movie. The project team also required a portable camera solution and selected the EarthCam TrailerCam, a system that is perfectly suited for road and bridge applications. The TrailerCam is completely portable, enabling the project team to relocate the system to a different area of the jobsite to capture a critical construction event or milestone taking place. The heavy-duty mobile trailers are outfitted with solar panels and a wireless 4G LTE mobile connection, making this a truly autonomous solution. The cameras mounted on the trailer include full pan, tilt and zoom controls, allowing the robotic cameras to stream jobsite activity in real-time, providing the project team with important updates.

 

The new Goethals Bridge is an outstanding example of the major infrastructure modernizations taking place throughout the country, and how project owners and teams are relying on high-quality construction cameras to document the entire process for historic preservation.  

 

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          A Call for a UN Investigation, and US Sanctions, on the Human Rights Disaster Unfolding in Xinjiang      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
August 10, 2018     It is now clear, from numerous reliable sources, that shocking human rights atrocities are being perpetrated in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China (XUAR). The Communist Party authorities have established a large number of political re-education centers in Xinjiang, detaining people without any judicial process, stripping them of their … Continue reading
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Embedded Computing Needs Hardware-Based Security

Embedded systems are in a profound transition: from physically isolated, autonomous devices to Internet-connected, accessible devices. Designers are learning—often to their dismay—that the mutation requires far more than just gluing a network interface onto the bus and adding an Internet Protocol stack. In many ways, these Internet-aware designs are coming to look less like traditional […]

Embedded systems are in a profound transition: from physically isolated, autonomous devices to Internet-connected, accessible devices. Designers are learning—often to their dismay—that the mutation requires far more than just gluing a network interface onto the bus and adding an Internet Protocol stack. In many ways, these Internet-aware designs are coming to look less like traditional embedded systems and more like miniaturized enterprise data centers.

Much data-center technology—multitasking, multiprocessing, and fast private networks, for example—is already familiar to designers of large embedded systems, albeit on a far smaller scale. But one data-center technology—system security—may prove novel. Yet the same needs that shape data-center security architectures magically appear in embedded systems–once you connect them to the Internet. Unlike compute, storage, or connectivity requirements though, the demands of security don’t diminish much when you scale the system down from a warehouse-sized data center to a connected embedded device.

Data Center Security

So what is it that data centers—and connected embedded systems–need in the way of security? First, they need to protect themselves from external attacks and internal subversion by their own applications. This means providing a protected envelope in which any attempt to read or write code or data will be authenticated before it is performed. It also means that all system code and data—for operating systems, hypervisors, management, or maintenance—must be strongly encrypted when it is in storage or in transit outside that trusted envelope.

Second, data centers must support the security needs of their applications. Apps may provide transport-layer security (TLS, once known as secure socket layer, or SSL) for their clients, or they may use public-key authentication and encryption. They may also require authenticated and encrypted inter-process communication and storage, often using symmetric-key cryptography. They will look to the data center for key management and, often, crypto algorithm acceleration.

There are three common elements to all of these needs. They all require a secure, accelerated environment (Figure 1) in which to execute cryptographic algorithms. They need a safe way to create, store, send, and receive cryptographic keys. And, in order to create strong keys, they need a true random number generator based on a physical source of entropy.

Figure 1. Extreme measures are necessary to protect encryption keys and codes.

Crypto algorithms need a special environment for two reasons. First, they must be kept secure from corruption and monitoring. They are the ideal point of attack in the data center. Second, they can place an unsupportable computing burden on application CPUs, driving up latency in just the places where apps are most latency-sensitive. Both of these arguments suggest a physically secure proprietary hardware accelerator.

The problem of cryptographic key management presents similar issues. Secret keys must of course be kept secret. Less obviously, public keys must be protected from tampering. If a hacker can substitute a key she created for a public key you obtained from a certificate authority, you will authenticate messages from the hacker instead of genuine messages. These concerns preclude allowing unencrypted keys to ever be in server memory or storage. In fact some experts argue that they preclude allowing even encrypted keys into shared memory.

The random number problem is more mathematical. In order to generate a new key, you start with a random number. If the number is not truly random, but follows a statistical pattern, you have just narrowed the space in which an attacker must search to discover the key. Software random-number generators, though, can only approximate a genuinely random distribution. The poorer the approximation, the easier it will be for an attacker to find the key through directed trial and error. So ideally, you would get your random number by sampling a truly random physical process, such as delay-line jitter, RF noise or semiconductor junction noise. There is strong motivation to have a hardware-based random-number generator.

The HSM

These considerations led vendors to develop, and most data centers to install, a specialized appliance called a hardware security module (HSM). In either board or box form factor, the HSM meets the requirements outlined above, with several distinctive features.

First, the HSM is physically tamper-resistant, in much the same manner as a smartcard. The package may be designed to resist penetration, voltage manipulation, thermal attacks, and even examination by x-rays or ion beams. Such events should trigger the module to delete internal memory. Ideally, the module should also block side-channel attacks such as differential power analysis.

Second, the HSM should provide proprietary hardware for crypto algorithm acceleration, key storage, and random-number generation.

Third, the HSM must have a highly restrictive, bullet-proof firewall. The device should only respond to authenticated requests for a small number of pre-defined actions, such as to encrypt or decrypt a string or to create, read, write, or apply a key. Private or secret keys should only be readable under rigorous conditions, and only in encrypted form. Two special functions, key back-and up and restore, usually to a smartcard, and firmware update, must be very carefully controlled, ideally by multi-party authentication involving at least one trusted human.

By providing multiple levels of security, from external tamper protection to strong encryption of internal data and code, the HSM becomes so hard to hack that for most attackers it just isn’t worth the bother (Figure 2). Sadly, in practice it usually isn’t worth the bother because some other part of the data center is much more vulnerable. In any case, the HSM establishes the foundation on which the rest of the data-center security architecture is constructed.

.Figure 2. Full security requires multiple layers of defenses.

Understandably, HSM vendors are uninterested in describing the architectures of their modules. But it is possible to make some generalizations about just what is in a typical box-level HSM (Figure 3).

Figure 3. A typical HSM has a relatively simple structure.

The tamper resistance functions require hardware support, including motion, capacitive, radiation, voltage, and temperature sensors. There will be a secure microcontroller, ideally with in-line encryption/decryption on the memory and I/O interfaces. It will be the job of this MCU to monitor the sensors and supervise the other functions of the HSM. It will also read some sort of analog device to get a seed for random number generation. The MCU should of course also be secure against side-channel attacks.

In addition, there should be secure memory for key storage. Ideally this should be a custom device resistant to scanning from outside and instantly erasable when intrusion is detected. But the very large amount of memory that may be necessary for key storage and for buffers for encryption and decryption tasks in a data center may make DRAM the only practical solution, and the security features will have to be incorporated into the DIMMs.

Since the firewall is so restrictive, it can probably be implemented in a hardware state machine, relieving the MCU of some overhead and reducing the risk of a successful attack on the MCU software. And last but not least, our HSM will include a crypto algorithm accelerator. This would usually be a hardware data path optimized for the necessary encryption and authentication algorithms.

But there is a problem in that last statement. There are dozens of key-exchange, authentication, and encryption algorithms in wide use. Murphy’s Law dictates that a data center will have to support a large subset of them, plus some proprietary algorithms dreamed up by apps developers. Covering all these needs with a fixed hardware accelerator might mean either accelerating only very primitive operations, as in a large bank of multiply-accumulators, and shifting a lot of the work back onto the MCU, or else building a very complex—and very hard to verify—reprogrammable state machine. If the latter approach is taken, there will immediately be pressure from data center managers to make the accelerator more general and more accessible to users for application acceleration. HSM vendors must balance these desires against the absolute need to keep the accelerator verifiable during the design process and secure during operation. Some security experts, though, argue that user programmability and security are fundamentally incompatible. If you want the accelerator to be incorruptible, you must define and verify its functions at design time.

The custom hardware—primarily the crypto datapath—could be done in an easy ASIC, but it would require special attention to ensure that differential power attacks could glean no information from the ASIC’s supply rails, and that the circuitry was protected against voltage and temperature exploits—not unsimilar to the precautions you would take designing a smartcard chip. With these provisions, a secure MCU core could be included in the ASIC as well, if the design team had the necessary expertise or access to appropriate intellectual property (IP). ARM, for example, is now offering a tamper-resistant line of processor IP cores based on the Cortex*-M architecture and called SecureCore. These might prove adequate if the heavy lifting of the crypto algorithms stays in the accelerator.

This custom design could also be done in an FPGA. But use of an FPGA raises some new issues. Most FPGAs are volatile and configured at power-up from an external memory. This boot process can be protected by encryption, and vendors provide for that. Also, most FPGAs have limited or no mixed-signal capabilities, so it might be impossible to integrate the range of sensor inputs required for tamper detection without external analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), which would themselves add to the attack surface and have to be protected. There are exceptions to both the need for external configuration ROM and lack of mixed-signal circuits, but the exceptions tend to be smaller devices, such as the Intel® MAX® 10 device family.

FPGAs also introduce some new opportunities. Because the accelerator datapath would be run-time reconfigurable, the crypto accelerator could be reconfigured for each algorithm family as needed, bypassing the dilemma of flexibility versus security. Additionally, there has been some work in creating entropy sources in FPGAs for use by true random number generators.

All of these implementation options raise another important question. With so many ways to implement the HSM, how can a user know how secure a particular device actually is? The answer is independent certification. The main standard used for HSMs, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2, was created by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FIPS 140-2 defines four levels of security, ranging from just an unprotected crypto engine on the weak end to an engine and storage subsystem fully enclosed by intrusion and tamper resistant or detecting hardware on the strong end. Each individual design must be certified by a third-party lab recognized under a certification program jointly operated by NIST and Canada’s Communications Security Establishment.

HSMs may also be evaluated at the product level under the international Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation (glibly known as CC), ISO 15408. This certification process is also done by recognized third-party labs. But unlike FIPS 140-2, which evaluates the overall actual security level of the HSM, CC evaluation in effect only checks that claims submitted by the vendor are supportable. This approach, which may or may not involve actual testing of the product, has been used to, for example, get various versions of Microsoft Windows certified under the CC. So it is pretty much up to the user to determine what was actually certified, at what level, and what the implications are for their own use case.

An Embedded HSM?

The challenges that brought HSMs to the data center are now present in edge computing, with a few important differences. Embedded systems are likely to use just a few crypto algorithms compared to the plethora a data center would face. And similarly, connected embedded systems probably would need to manage far fewer keys than a data center. Both of these differences could simplify the one big problem with bringing HSMs to embedded systems.

That problem is scale. Depending on capabilities and level of security, data-center HSMs cost from hundreds to thousands of dollars. The range in size from PCIe* cards to pizza-sized boxes. For an edge-computing rack full of servers that is not a serious problem. But for a more typical embedded system, supposed to fit into a small box or onto a circuit board inside a mechanical assembly, it is a non-starter. There is a clear need for HSM technology to scale down from the pizza box to chip level without compromising functionality or security.

But is this feasible? Technically, the answer appears to be yes. As we have seen, all the functions of an HSM could in principle be absorbed into an ASIC or FPGA, with the exception of some sensors and the more mechanical elements of physical intrusion detection. And MCU vendors have already offered pieces of a full solution, including secure software-execution modes, on-chip private memories, and limited crypto accelerators. As one report observed, even ordinary smartcard hardware could be used as a reasonably secure but very limited HSM. So an embedded design team with the requisite skills and motivation should be able to produce a chip-level HSM.

But such a project would face several serious challenges. The requisite skills include secure processor and memory design, a good grasp of cryptography, and experience with physical tamper protection. That’s not a common skill set in embedded design teams. The design should get FIPS 140-2 certification. But that can be an expensive and time-consuming process, as can ISO 15408, running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and months of delays. And all this work could only be amortized across the relatively tiny volumes of the embedded system under design.

Most serious, perhaps would be a less tangible challenge: convincing management to take system security seriously enough to ignore halfway measures and undertake an HSM chip design. Unfortunately, there is still in management a great deal of magical thinking about the threats facing connected embedded systems, even in applications like power generation and transportation where the potential for damage is vast.

But there is another way. Perhaps it is time for a semiconductor vendor, with its far broader market and great access to specialized expertises, to undertake a FIPS 140-2 certified HSM chip. At some point, after a few more high-profile attacks on too-important and too-vulnerable physical plants, further progress in edge computing may require it.


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Understanding Neuromorphic Computing

The phrase neuromorphic computing has a long history, dating back at least to the 1980s, when legendary Caltech researcher Carver Mead proposed designing ICs to mimic the organization of living neuron cells. But recently the term has taken on a much more specific meaning, to denote a branch of neural network research that has diverged […]

The phrase neuromorphic computing has a long history, dating back at least to the 1980s, when legendary Caltech researcher Carver Mead proposed designing ICs to mimic the organization of living neuron cells. But recently the term has taken on a much more specific meaning, to denote a branch of neural network research that has diverged significantly from the orthodoxy of convolutional deep-learning networks. So, what exactly is neuromorphic computing now? And does it have a future of important applications, or is it just another fertile ground for sowing thesis projects?

A Matter of Definition

As the name implies—if you rea Greek, anyway—neuromorphic networks model themselves closely on biological nerve cells, or neurons. This is quite unlike modern deep-learning networks, so it is worthwhile to take a quick look at biological neurons.

Living nerve cells have four major components (Figure 1). Electrochemical pulses enter the cell through tiny interface points called synapses. The synapses are scattered over the surfaces of tree-root-like fibers called dendrites, which reach out into the surrounding nerve tissue, gather pulses from their synapses, and conduct the pulses back to the heart of the neuron, the cell body.

Figure 1. A schematic diagram shows synapses, dendrites, the cell body, and an axon.

In the cell body are structures that transform the many pulse trains arriving over the dendrites into an output pulse train. At least 20 different transform types have been identified in nature, ranging from simple logic-like functions to some rather sophisticated transforms. One of the most interesting for researchers—and the most widely used in neuromorphic computing—is the leaky integrator: a function that adds up pulses as they arrive, while constantly decrementing the sum at a fixed rate. If the sum exceeds a threshold, the cell body outputs a pulse.

Synapses, dendrites, and cell bodies are three of the four components. The fourth one is the axon: the tree-like fiber that conducts output pulses from the cell body into the nervous tissue, ending at synapses on other cells’ dendrites or on muscle or organ synapses.

So neuromorphic computers use architectural structures modeled on neurons. But there are many different implementation approaches, ranging from pure software simulations to dedicated ICs. The best way to define the field as it exists today may be to contrast it against traditional neural networks. Both are networks in which relatively simple computations occur at the nodes. But beyond that generalization there are many important differences.

Perhaps the most fundamental difference is in signaling. The nodes in traditional neural networks communicate by sending numbers across the network, usually represented as either floating-point or integer digital quantities. Neuromorphic nodes send pulses, or sometimes strings of pulses, in which timing and frequency carry the information—in other words, forms of pulse code modulation. This is similar to what we observe in biological nervous systems.

A second important difference is in the function performed in each node. Conventional network nodes do arithmetic: they multiply the numbers arriving on each of their inputs by predetermined weights and add up the products. Mathematicians see this as a simple dot product of the input vector and the weight vector. The resulting sum may then be subjected to some non-linear function such as normalization, min or max setting, or whatever other creative impulse moves the network designer. The number is then sent on to the next layer in the network.

In contrast, neuromorphic nodes, like neuron cell bodies, can perform a large array of pulse-oriented functions. Most commonly used, as we have mentioned, is the leaky integrate and spike function, but various designers have implemented many others. Like real neurons, neuromorphic nodes usually have many input connections feeding in, but usually only one output. In reference to living cells, neuromorphic inputs are often called synapses or dendrites, the node may be called a neuron, and the output tree an axon.

The topologies of conventional and neuromorphic networks also differ significantly. Conventional deep-learning networks comprise strictly cascaded layers of computing nodes. The outputs from one layer of nodes go only into selected inputs of the next layer (Figure 2). In inference mode—when the network is already trained and is in use—signals flow only in one direction. (During training, signals flow in both directions, as we will discuss in a moment.)

.Figure 2. The conventional deep-learning network is a cascaded series of computing nodes.

There are no such restrictions on the topology of neuromorphic networks. As in real nervous tissue, a neuromorphic node may get inputs from any other node, and its axon may extend to anywhere (Figure 3). Thus, configurations such as feedback loops and delay-line memories, anathema in conventional neural networks, are in principle quite acceptable in the neuromorphic field. This allows the topologies of neuromorphic networks to extend well beyond what can be done in conventional networks, into areas of research such as long-short term memory networks and other recurrent networks.

Figure 3. Connections between living neurons can be complex and three-dimensional.

 

Implementation

Carver Mead may have dreamt of implementing the structure of a neuron in silicon, but developers of today’s deep-learning networks have abandoned that idea for a much simpler approach. Modern, conventional neural networks are in effect software simulations—computer programs that perform the matrix arithmetic defined by the neural network architecture. The network is just a graphic representation of a large linear algebra computation.

Given the inefficiencies of simulation, developers have been quick to adopt optimizations to reduce the computing load, and hardware accelerators to speed execution. Data compression, use of shorter number formats for the weights and outputs, and use of sparse-matrix algorithms have all been applied. GPUs, clever arrangements of multiply-accumulator arrays, and FPGAs have been used as accelerators. An interesting recent trend has been to explore FPGAs or ASICs organized as data-flow engines with embedded RAM, in an effort to reduce the massive memory traffic loads that can form around the accelerators—in effect, extracting a data-flow graph from the network and encoding it in silicon.

In contrast, silicon implementations of neuromorphic processors tend to resemble architecturally the biological neurons they consciously mimic, with identifiable hardware blocks corresponding to synapses, dendrites, cell bodies, and axons. The implementations are usually, but not always, digital, allowing them to run much faster than organic neurons or analog emulations, but they retain the pulsed operation of the biological cells and are often event-driven, offering the opportunity for huge energy savings compared to software or to synchronous arithmetic circuits.

Some Examples

The grandfather of neuromorphic chips is IBM’s TrueNorth, a 2014 spin-off from the US DARPA research program Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics. (Now that is really working for an acronym.) The heart of TrueNorth is a digital core that is replicated within a network-on-chip interconnect grid. The core contains five key blocks:

  1. The neuron: a time-multiplexed pulse-train engine that implements the cell-body functions for a group of 256 virtual neurons.
  2. A local 256 x 410-bit SRAM which serves as a crossbar connecting synapses to neurons and axons to synapses, and which stores neuron state and parameters.
  3. A scheduler that manages sequencing and processing of pulse packets.
  4. A router that manages transmission of pulse packets between cores.
  5. A controller that sequences operations within the core.

The TrueNorth chip includes 4,096 such cores.

The components in the core cooperate to perform a hardware emulation of neuron activity. Pulses move through the crossbar switch from axons to synapses to the neuron processor, and are transformed for each virtual neuron. Pulse trains pass through the routers to and from other cores as encoded packets. Since transforms like leaky integration depend on arrival time, the supervisory hardware in the cores must keep track of a time-stamping mechanism to understand the intended arrival time of packets.

Like many other neuromorphic implementations, TrueNorth’s main neuron function is a leaky pulse integrator, but designers have added a number of other functions, selectable via control bits in the local SRAM. As an exercise, IBM designers showed that their neuron was sufficiently flexible to mimic 20 different functions that have been observed in living neurons.

Learning

So far we have discussed mostly behavior of conventional and neuromorphic networks that have already been fully trained. But of course that is only part of the story. How the networks learn defines another important distinction between conventional and neuromorphic networks. And that subject will introduce another IC example.

Let’s start with networks of living neurons. Learning in these living organisms is not well understood, but a few of the things we do know are relevant here. First, there are two separate aspects to learning: real nerve cells are able to reach out and establish new connections, in effect rewiring the network as they learn. And they also have a wide variety of functions available in cell bodies. So, learning can involve both changing connections and changing functions. Second, real nervous systems learn very quickly. Humans can learn to recognize a new face or a new abstract symbol, with one or two instances. Conventional convolutional deep-learning networks might require tens of thousands of training examples to master the new item.

This observation suggests, correctly, that training of deep-learning networks is profoundly different from biological learning. To begin with, the two aspects of learning are separated. Designers specify a topology before training, and it does not change unless the network requires redesign. Only the weights applied to the inputs at each node are altered during training.

The process itself is also different. The implementation of the network that gets trained is generally a software simulation running on server CPUs, often with graphics processing unit (GPU) acceleration. Trainers must assemble huge numbers—often tens or hundreds of thousands—of input data sets, and label each one with the correct classification values. Then one by one, trainers feed an input data set into the simulation’s inputs, and simultaneously input the labels. The software compares the output of the network to the correct classification and adjusts the weights of the final stage to bring the output closer to the right answers, generally using a gradient descent algorithm. Then the software moves back to the next previous stage, and repeats the process, and so on, until all the weights in the network have been adjusted to be a bit closer to yielding the correct classification for this example. Then on to the next example. Obviously this is time- and compute-intensive.

Once the network has been trained and tested—there is no guarantee that training on a given network and set of examples will be successful—designers extract the weights from the trained network, optimize the computations, and port the topology and weights to an entirely different piece of software with a quite different sort of hardware acceleration, this time optimized for inference. This is how a convolutional network that required days of training in a GPU-accelerated cloud can end up running in a smart phone.

Neuromorphic Learning

Learning in TrueNorth is quite a different matter. The system includes its own programming language that allows users to set up the parameters in each core’s local SRAM, defining synapses within the core, selecting weights to apply to them, and choosing the functions for the virtual neurons, as well as setting up the routing table for connections with other cores. There is no learning mode per se, but apparently the programming environment can be set up so that TrueNorth cores can modify their own SRAMs, allowing for experiments with a wide variety of learning models.

That brings us to one more example, the Loihi chip described this year by Intel. Superficially, Loihi resembles TrueNorth rather closely. The chip is built as an orthogonal array cores that contain digital emulations of cell-body functions and SRAM-based synaptic connection tables. Both use digital pulses to carry information. But that is about the end of the similarity.

Instead of one time-multiplexed neuron processor in each core, each Loihi core contains 1,024 simple pulse processors, preconnected in what Intel describes as tree-like groups. Communications between these little pulse processors are said to be entirely asynchronous. The processors themselves perform leaky integration via a digital state machine. Synapse weights vary the influence of each synapse on the neuron body. Connectivity is hierarchical, with direct tree connections within a group, links between groups within a core, and a mesh packet network connecting the 128 cores on the die.

The largest difference between Loihi and TrueNorth is in learning. Each Loihi core includes a microcoded Learning Engine that captures trace data from each neuron’s synaptic inputs and axon outputs and can modify the synaptic weights during operation. The fact that the engine is programmable allows users to explore different kinds of learning, including unsupervised approaches, where the network learns without requiring tagged examples.

Where are the Apps?

We have only described two digital implementations of neuromorphic networks. There are many more examples, both digital and mixed-signal, as well as some rather speculative projects such as an MIT analog device using crystalline silicon-germanium to implement synapses. But are these devices only research aids and curiosities, or will they have practical applications? After all, conventional deep-learning networks, for all their training costs and—probably under-appreciated—limitations, are quite good at some kinds of pattern recognition.

It is just too early to say. Critics point out that in the four years TrueNorth has been available to researchers, the most impressive demo has been a pattern recognition implementation that was less effective than convolutional neural networks, and to make things even less impressive, was constructed by emulating a conventional neural network in the TrueNorth architecture. As for the other implementations, some were intended only for neurological research, some have been little-used, and some, like Loihi, are too recent to have been explored much.

But neuromorphic networks offer two tantalizing promises. First, because they are pulse-driven, potentially asynchronous, and highly parallel, they could be a gateway to an entirely new way of computing at high performance and very low energy. Second, they could be the best vehicle for developing unsupervised learning—a goal that may prove necessary for key applications like autonomous vehicles, security, and natural-language comprehension. Succeed or fail, they will create a lot more thesis projects.


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The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
by Philip Zimbardo
Random House Publishing Group, 1st Ed. Reprint (2008) (public library)
Summarized by Joshua Elle

Overview

In a compelling story of his own life's journey, Phil Zimbardo juxtaposes his famous Stanford Prison Experiment (SPE) and the equally famous Milgram experiment on obedience to authority with the scandalous events at the Abu Ghraib prison during the war in Iraq. The title, The Lucifer Effect, refers to the extreme transformative arc from good to evil that God’s favorite angel Lucifer underwent, and provides a context within which to examine lesser human transformations from good to evil. His main point is that while individuals should be held responsible for their own conduct, we must also examine the Situational and Systemic factors that shape individual conduct. We must accept that there aren't just bad apples, but bad barrels, and in turn bad barrel makers. Zimbardo's three tiered analysis categories are: Person, Situation, and System. The conclusion of the book proposes to continue to study the power of Situational and Systemic forces that can influence normal individuals to commit evil, inhumane acts, but also with the thought of turning that influence in the direction of heroic, humane behavior.

Application to Ethical Systems

It is rarely reasonable to attribute bad organizational outcomes solely to the few individuals who get caught. Zimbardo's approach to examining the Situational and Systemic factors, rather than merely the Personal factors, should help readers to inoculate their organizations against unethical behavior. Specifically, precautionary measures should include avoiding the belief that individuals are invulnerable to Situational forces, being wary of the increased power of Situational forces in novel situations, and knowing that seemingly benign details present in the Situation and System can have deleterious effects, which can quickly become uncontrollable. The Lucifer Effect can also be seen as a stern reminder to take greater care in designing the systems we use to keep organizations functioning, and to take great care in the day to day leadership of organizations.

Chapter Summaries

Chapter 1: The Psychology of Evil: Situated Character Transformations
The journey begins with the question, "am I capable of evil?" Zimbardo then highlights three psychological truths: the world is filled with both good and evil; the barrier between the two is permeable; and angels and devils can switch.

In Zimbardo's words, “evil consists in intentionally behaving in ways that harm, abuse, demean, dehumanize, or destroy innocent others -- or using one's authority and systemic power to encourage or permit others to do so on your behalf.”

The red thread of evil is traced through a number of nefarious systems of power that ended up committing atrocious crimes against humanity, from Homer’s account of the Trojan War where Agamemnon orders the slaughtering of Trojan women and children, to the Hutus slaughtering the Tutsis in Rwanda in the early 1990s, and to the Japanese slaughtering Chinese civilians during World War II. The abject dehumanization and moral disengagement that facilitated these atrocities is also observed in laboratories like Zimbardo’s SPE and in the Abu Ghraib prison.

Chapter 2: Sunday's Surprise Arrests
This chapter begins by highlighting the characteristics of Palo Alto, California, from where the SPE participants are drawn. Zimbardo compares the characteristics of the community of Palo Alto with that of the Bronx, New York by describing a field study he conducted that compared the treatment an abandoned automobile in each neighborhood. The situational factors present in the Bronx created anonymity and deindividuation; the automobile was plundered shortly after being abandoned. The same automobile in the setting of a Palo Alto community where there was a lack of anonymity and individuation went untouched. Within that setting, the remainder of the chapter describes the details of how the initial arrests of the SPE participants were carried out.

Chapter 3: Let Sunday's Degradation Rituals Begin
Once the prisoners and guards slip into their respective roles it is not long before degradation begins. The rules of the prison community were expressly intended to create a harmonious setting, but with the donning of the guards' and prisoners' titles and attire, the guards asserted their new authority with creative evil or inaction, whereas the prisoners became rather submissive.

Chapter 4: Monday's Prisoner Rebellion
This chapter recounts how each individual gets further into his role. Some of the prisoners do begin rebelling, even become so distraught that they have to be removed from the experiment.

Chapter 5: Tuesday's Double Trouble: Visitors and Rioters
Family members of the prisoners visiting the prison see the mental and physical toll that the SPE has taken upon their sons, boyfriends, or brothers. They leave convincing themselves that the mock-prisoners are tough and that they can endure, rather than thinking to question the sense in continuing to conduct such an experiment that would exact such a toll on their loved ones. In other words, dispositional factors are used to avoid confronting the Situational and Systemic flaws that have arisen. By now, Zimbardo himself felt that he was ever more enveloped in his role as a prison superintendent, and no longer an unbiased, objective researcher.

Chapter 6: Wednesday Is Spiraling Out of Control
A priest is called in to speak with the prisoners, and even he gets sucked into the role pressed upon him by the Stanford Prison. Two standby participants are inserted into the roles of prisoners, one as an agent provocateur working for Zimbardo who soon turns to aid his fellow prisoner, and a second who begins to wage a battle of wills against the prison guards and administration by starting a hunger strike.

Chapter 7: The Power of Parole
A parole board is convened that is made up of one man recently paroled from the California State prison system. Despite his having been turned down by many a parole board during his lengthy sentence, he fails to act compassionately toward these mock prisoners. He is overcome by the situation, and pulled down into his role on the other side of the table. When asked if the prisoners would be willing to forfeit their pay for the experiment in exchange for their freedom, they agree that they would, but still allow themselves to be handcuffed and escorted back to their cells.

Chapter 8: Thursday's Reality Confrontations
By now the roles have come to rule not only the participants' emotions, but their reasoning. Later in the evening Zimbardo is confronted by a recent doctoral graduate, who is also Zimbardo's romantic interest. She exclaims that what he was doing to those boys was terrible. Her message faced stern resistance by Zimbardo, and it wasn't until past midnight that he was won over, apologized to her, and resolved to terminate the experiment come morning. As this unfolded the guards were subjecting the prisoners to sexually humiliating treatment, prompting one of Zimbardo's assistants to also conclude that the experiment should be terminated.

Chapter 9: Friday's Fade to Black
Things come to an end and the debriefing takes place. In analyzing what had come to pass, Zimbardo explains that:

"the System includes the Situation, but it is more enduring, more widespread, involving extensive networks of people, their expectations, norms, policies, and, perhaps, laws. Over time, Systems come to have a historical foundation and sometimes also a political and economic power structure that governs and directs the behavior of many people within its sphere of influence. Systems are the engines that run situations that create behavioral contexts that influence the human action of those under their control. At some point, the System may become an autonomous entity, independent of those who initially started it or even those in apparent authority within its power structure. Each System comes to develop a culture of its own, as many Systems collectively come to contribute to the culture of a society." (179-80).

It was astounding to Zimbardo the kind of moral re-education that took place, where the pattern of getting into the act occurred with almost every outside visitor. Even the worst-behaving guard was left wondering, "why didn't people say something when I started to abuse people?" (194).

Chapter 10: The SPE's Meaning and Messages: The Alchemy of Character Transformations
Zimbardo notes that the prisoners exhibited a passivity, dependency, and depression resembling Martin Seligman's idea of Learned Helplessness. There were personal transformations resembling that of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. What brought about this drastic change was a Situation, both sanctioned and maintained by a background System that Zimbardo helped create. Some key observations applicable to mock prisoners in the SPE--as well as to Nazi doctors during the Holocaust--are stated in this chapter as follows: "…by creating this myth of our invulnerability to situational forces, we set ourselves up for a fall by not being sufficiently vigilant to situational forces." (211). "Situational power is most salient in novel settings, those in which people cannot call on previous guidelines for their new behavioral options." (212). "The System’s procedures are considered reasonable and appropriate as the ideology comes to be accepted as sacred." (226). Zimbardo stresses that the Situational and Systemic approach will prevent one from making the fundamental attribution error whereby all blame (and credit) is given to the individual. He also notes the human propensity for fallacious post hoc justification.

Chapter 11: The SPE: Ethics and Extensions
In this chapter Zimbardo discusses absolute and relative ethics, and how the obviously unethical outcome of the SPE was set up in a manner that received official sponsorship and approval. The experiment involved no deception, and was open to inspection by outsiders. The remainder of the chapter covers the follow-on stories of many of the people involved, as well as concepts that lead to further research.

Chapter 12: Investigating Social Dynamics: Power, Conformity, and Obedience
Zimbardo frames this chapter using C.S. Lewis' idea that people often desire to be inside some inner ring. He explains that the dramatic changes for the worse occur through the manipulation of mundane aspects of human nature. He highlights other experiments, such as Milgram's, that illustrate this phenomenon. Then he explores the historical applicability of the "Banality of Evil," from Nazis, to suicide bombers, to school shooters, and to Jim Jones cultists.

Chapter 13: Investigating Social Dynamics: Deindividuation, Dehumanizaiton, and the Evil of Inaction
Explaining the plasticity of human nature, Zimbardo postulates that, "what we are is shaped both by the broad systems that govern our lives -- wealth and poverty, geography and climate, historical epoch, cultural, political and religious dominance -- and by the specific situations we deal with daily. Those forces in turn interact with our basic biology and personality." (298). He discusses work by Albert Bandura on the effects of humanizing and dehumanizing labels (308). Zimbardo recommends that, "by making explicit the mental mechanisms people use to disengage their moral standards from their conduct, we are in a better position to reverse the process, reaffirming the need for moral engagement as crucial for promoting empathetic humaneness among people." (311). He also goes on to explore the Evil of Inaction, to include bystander effects and conditions.

Chapter 14: Abu Ghraib's Abuses and Tortures: Understanding and Personalizing Its Horrors
Zimbardo offers thorough examinations of the perpetrators convicted in connection with the atrocities that occurred at Abu Ghraib's prison. He constructs a compelling argument for his System design considerations. About Chip Frederick, whose sentence was the longest, Zimbardo concludes that "he could have been the best of apples in [the US military’s] good barrels." (344). This is not a plea from Zimbardo to wholly excuse the heinous acts of these individuals, but to suggest that the influential power of the System should be considered in mitigating their sentences, and should lead to looking up the chain of command for additional liable parties.

Chapter 15: Putting the System on Trial: Command Complicity
Here Zimbardo examines the systemic problems, the plausible deniability, the admitted failure of leadership, and even the acknowledgement that the SPE's finding had not been heeded, which have all been missing from the service of justice in this matter. He introduces, "a new kind of modern evil, 'administrative evil,' that constitutes the foundation of complicity of the chain of political and military command in these abuse tortures. Both public and private organizations, because they operate within a legal framework, not an ethical framework, can inflict suffering, even death, on people by following cold rationality for achieving the goals of their ideology, a master plan, a cost-benefit equation, or the bottom line of profit." (381).

Chapter 16: Resisting Situational Influences and Celebrating Heroism
Zimbardo envisions creating a "Reverse Milgram" experiment where people comply with intensifying demands to do good. Zimbardo further discusses what it means to be heroic: "For an act of personal defiance to be worthy of being considered 'heroic,' it must attempt to change the system, to correct an injustice, to right a wrong." (458); "Disobedience by the individual must get translated into systemic disobedience that forces change in the situation or agency itself and not just in some operating conditions." (459); "It is all to easy for evil situations to co-opt the intentions of good dissidents or even heroic rebels by giving them medals for their deeds and a gift certificate for keeping their opinions to themselves." (459); "Heroism can be defined as having four key features: (a) it must be engaged in voluntarily; (b) it must involve a risk or potential sacrifice, such as the threat of death, an immediate threat to physical integrity, a long-term threat to health, or the potential for serious degradation of one's quality of life; (c) it must be conducted in service to one or more other people or the community as a whole; and (d) it must be without secondary extrinsic gain anticipated at the time of the act." (466). Zimbardo further explores the "Banality of Heroism" (485), explicating situational action vectors, which he states are: "group pressures and group identity, the diffusion of responsibility for the action, a temporal focus on the immediate moment without concern for consequences stemming from the act in the future, presence of social models, and commitment to an ideology."

 

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Ekanem Okeke. I am 15 years old. I was born in Ottawa, Canada, but for the past three years I’ve been living in Michigan with my family. I have two sisters and one brother. Having lived in Canada for the majority of my life so far, I am fluent in French, but I would really love to learn Korean and Japanese. I also enjoy reading, drawing, playing soccer and basketball, and watching anime. Lastly, I am fascinated with astronomy, biology and science in general.

What was your experience with computer science and AI before camp?
Prior to attending AI4ALL, I hadn’t seriously coded. I’d heard of the development of autonomous cars using AI, but other than that, I didn’t know all that much of the applications of AI. Of course, I was curious about AI and programming before attending AI4ALL, but I hadn’t acted on that curiosity yet. Nevertheless, I am in a very CS-heavy family as both my parents are engineers and my sister is also on her way to becoming one.

What was your favorite part of camp and who were your fellow participants?
I don’t think that I could pick a favorite! I really enjoyed listening to guest speakers, like Professor Jeanette Bohg’s talk comparing computer vision to human vision. Prof. Dan Jurafsky's talk on Natural Language Processing (NLP) was also very fascinating as he discussed using NLP to evaluate police bias. Along with these talks, we watched technical demonstrations and even managed to fit in field trips to Google’s headquarters and the beach!

My fellow participants were really cool and helpful—bonding with them was a high point of the experience. We also had a pretty diverse class, with people from nine states and nine different countries. I even met a fellow Canadian!

What did you think about your field trip to Google?
I definitely think that the most enriching part of the whole experience was the panel we attended at Google. I found that all the panelists had something interesting that they were working on and something unique about their history with AI. It displayed the interdisciplinary nature of AI, as the panelists had very different jobs that all still related to AI, such as health research with machine learning.

What was the subject of your team project and what did you learn while working on it?
While at camp, I was in the robotics group that focused on autonomous vehicles. In our group, we attempted to model the navigation system that would be implemented in an autonomous vehicle. To accomplish this, we used proportional–integral–derivative controller (PIDs) and Dijkstra’s algorithm. The PID controllers worked to enable our robots to follow the lines on our map, while Dijkstra’s algorithm enabled the robots to plan efficient routes. By combining these two algorithms, the robots were able to navigate themselves from one destination to the next.

Leaving camp, has your perspective on AI changed? How?
I’ve learned how AI can solve problems. Before camp, I saw AI as somewhat of a super tool, a technology that could be used to change the world. However, I didn’t really understand what AI actually does. After the camp, I’ve come to understand AI in a more realistic sense. I now understand how to utilize AI as an actual concrete piece of technology.

What excites you the most about AI?
I think the most exciting thing about AI is that it is very much a blank canvas. The broad scope of how interdisciplinary AI is makes it such an interesting and curious field. Although AI is not some kind of all-powerful tool, it is a new technology that can improve one’s daily life. AI’s usefulness is really just limited to our own imagination, and there’s many more possibilities available beyond an autonomous car.

As you look to the future (no pressure!), do you have a sense for what you might be interested in pursuing?
Through this program, I was exposed to many things, which allowed me to picture my own future in any career. I’ve really come to understand that there are a lot of amazing specialized careers that I haven’t heard of before. Attending AI4ALL really encouraged me to follow my passions and turn my passions into a career. As a result, I feel like it would be a waste for me to decide what I want to do right now when there’s so much out there and so much to come.


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          Waymo could be worth $175 billion — here's the history of the Google Car project (GOOGL)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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  • Waymo, formerly the Google Car project, is almost ten years old.
  • After more than 8 million self-driving miles, Waymo is preparing to commercialize in 2018 and 2019.
  • Morgan Stanley has pegged Waymo's value at $175 billion.

Waymo is almost a decade old. What started as secretive Google X lab undertaking is now on the verge of being a commercial business, planning to launch in limited markets this year and expand in 2019.

Since 2009, Waymo has amassed over eight million self-driving miles, using a variety of platforms. Along the way, a who's who of autonomous pioneers has worked on the project: Sebastian Thrun, Chris Umson, Anthony Levandowski. Spunoff from Alphabet, Google's parent company, in 2016, Waymo is now run by John Krafcik, a seasoned auto-industry executive.

Morgan Stanley recently pegged Waymo's potential value at a stunning $175 billion (the $50 billion-$75 billion range was what many analysts had previously suggested). That was due largely to Krafcik's ambitious go-to-market objectives, which include not just an autonomous ride-hailing service of the type currently being piloted in Phoenix, AZ, but also a logistics/delivery arm and a technology licensing structure.

Having followed the Google Car project and later Waymo with a mix of enthusiasm and skepticism over the years, I've been captivated of late by how quickly Krafcik and his team have turned the grand experiment into a major business effort. A big question since around 2015 has been "What's Waymo really going to do with all those millions of miles driven?"

Now we know. 

At this point, it's worth it to take a look back on how Waymo evolved. It's the story of an absolute commitment to a future technology — Alphabet always wanted Waymo to get it right and was willing to patiently nurture and invest on a surprisingly long timeline.

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Thrun and his team at Stanford win the DARPA Grand Challenge.

Thrun and his colleagues from Stanford captured the victory in 2005, taking on a difficult offroad course. For many observers, this was the beginning the self-driving car era.



Google X lab undertakes the project.

The X lab focuses on Google's most out-there ideas, from Glass to Waymo. The projects are called "moon shots."



The Google Car project starts to put self-driving tech on Toyota Priuses ...

The 2012 period was the Google Car's early days. Toyota vehicles were used to support the hardware technology needed to explore the numerous challenges of self-driving vehicles.



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身為車壇先驅,Mercedes-Benz(賓士)不斷思考如何創造嶄新未來世界。2016年提出「C.A.S.E.」核心理念後,以Connected聯網科技、Autonomous智能駕馭、Services & Shared共享與服務、Electric電能驅動為四大支柱,輔以階段性的目標設立,以前瞻視野、穩健腳步,驅動著品牌往前邁進,由汽車製造商轉型為全面的移動服務提供者。「創造最佳的客戶體驗」更是相當重要的目標任務之一,因此將服務內容全面數位化定是必然,Mercedes-Benz要在嶄新科技的立基點上,因應多變的客戶需求及喜好,為每一位尊榮的車主們帶來最佳、與個人化的客戶體驗,而德國原廠所推出【Mercedes me】全新的數位服務品牌,就是最佳體現,代表著顧客與品牌的互動早已超越車輛本身,並向互動無遠弗屆的智能生態服務系統邁進。

 


▲台灣賓士財務長莫沛思向各位介紹Mercedes-Benz創新的數位服務品牌「Mercedes me」


▲台灣賓士行銷企劃部協理林家慶表示台灣賓士率先推出【Mercedes me】三大服務內容,提供車主更多元化與個人化的操作與功能

轉型為移動服務提供者  Mercedes-Benz以「人」為移動生活中心

由於科技與聯網技術日新月異,Mercedes-Benz持續針對未來需求與趨勢深入研究,關注社會與客戶個人需求的改變,在此同時也將自身車廠的定位轉換,朝向提供移動方案的頂尖品牌發展,讓創新領域不僅止於新車款的開發,更包含嶄新且極具彈性的服務內容提供。簡而言之,Mercedes-Benz要提供給每位車主的,已遠遠超越一輛車的範疇,而是一種嶄新的用車生活體驗。

研究過程中,Mercedes-Benz匯聚諸多行銷與客戶服務的經驗與大數據,結合嶄新科技與聯網技術,並將人擺放於所有與移動相關的資訊的中心,讓【Mercedes me】數位服務品牌就此應運而生,以顧客體驗為核心本位,Mercedes me將帶來全面智能化、個人化的人性服務,增加品牌與顧客間更為便捷且透明的互動模式,勢將提升顧客關係至前所未有的高度,也讓顧客的用車生活不僅因擁有Mercedes-Benz汽車而帶來駕乘品質提升,更讓整體移動生活更為便利,改變交通工具於生活中的意義與角色,早先一部接軌未來世界的生活型態。


▲「Mercedes me assist 守護」可全天候為車主提供個人化客製服務,透過大數據智慧化服務掌握愛車狀態

涵蓋五大服務內涵  【Mercedes me】數位服務打造移動生活生態系統

【Mercedes me】在德國原廠的擘劃下,共包含有Mercedes me move 移動、Mercedes me connect 互聯、Mercedes me assist 守護、Mercedes me finance 智融、Mercedes me inspire 靈感等五大服務,以「C.A.S.E.」核心理念的聯網與智能技術平台,將強大功能集結於指端之間,讓車主可以隨時隨地掌控車輛,帶來前所未有的全方位用車生活,更可創造出全新客戶生態系統。

Mercedes me move 移動 目前於許多海外市場是利用moovel app,提供智能移動多元解決方案,並與眾多移動服務供應商攜手推出如car2go的汽車共享、MyTaxi計程車、自行車租借甚至於FlixBus的大眾交通系統。客戶使用自身智能載具找到以分鐘計價的共享車輛、以手機呼叫計程車、以手機定位並租用自行車短程使用,也可用以查詢與使用公共交通系統等,完整結合各種移動工具,不僅提升於中、長距移動的及時性與多樣性,更提供大都會中「最後一哩路」的高度便利性。


▲「Mercedes me connect 互聯」可讓顧客隨時隨地與愛車聯結,透過智能載具就可操作車輛設定與創新功能

Mercedes me connect 互聯 可讓顧客隨時隨地與愛車聯結。透過遠端監控與追蹤,車主除可知道車輛停放位置,方便尋車,還能及時接獲通報車輛已被啟動或愛車已超過所設定的電子圍籬範圍,確實掌控車輛狀況。此外亦可隨時為遺忘上鎖的車門遠端上鎖,也可查看目前車輛燃油存量等的基本現況與資料,以避免一時疏忽造成風險或是不便。更能遠端進行車輛設定與引擎啟動。

同時、維修保養功能可提醒協助管理有待進行的車輛保養工作,提前告知有待進行的保養,並將車輛所需保養相關資料傳送給服務團隊,提供合適的協助,讓您無後顧之憂。


▲「Mercedes me finance 智融」能為客戶提供與車輛相關且量身訂製的財務方案,並輕鬆連結到各種賓士資融的個人化服務

而SOS緊急撥號系統事故與故障管理可在事故或故障發生時,自動或手動聯繫服務中心提供立即的協助,確保獲得立即的救援與協助。甚至還有遠端專人車輛診斷服務等。Mercedes-Benz更將持續擴增數位化服務項目,務求讓顧客透過智能載具就可操作車輛設定與創新功能,將愛車聯網及智慧生活發揮的淋漓盡致。

Mercedes me assist 守護 可全天候為車主提供個人化客製服務,透過大數據智慧化服務掌握愛車狀態,無論是愛車預約保養、數位維修記錄、經銷商/服務廠搜尋或是愛車使用功能影片等,不僅令客戶服務無遠弗屆,愛車維修保養歷史更可在彈指間一目了然,提供最全方位的車主保障及服務。


▲【Mercedes me】以顧客體驗為核心本位,帶來全面智能化、個人化的人性服務

Mercedes me finance 智融 能為客戶提供與車輛相關且量身訂製的財務方案,並輕鬆連結到各種賓士資融的個人化服務:從靈活而有吸引力的分期購車、企業租賃方案,到為所想入手的愛車選擇正確的保險保障,提供更為多元化的資金運用彈性。例如Agility星自選購車優惠方案,以「先摘星,後自選」的新穎購車模式,合約期滿時車主能夠自由選擇換購新車、結清尾款或進行再分期繼續坐擁愛車、又或是不支付尾款歸還原車的靈活方案,讓車主無後顧之憂!

Mercedes me inspire靈感 則透過車主專屬雜誌、網頁以及精采的論壇,讓顧客得以洞悉Mercedes-Benz的科技研發新知,更為了解三芒星未來科技趨勢與未來移動方案如共享經濟的擘劃,透過品牌專屬車主活動如安全駕駛學院等課程、熱門旅遊景點介紹、甚至於生活品味軼事,讓客戶與品牌的互動不在僅僅侷限與既有的產品與服務,甚至更為緊密的與客戶的生活風格結合,讓品牌與科技、時尚及世界潮流脈動接軌。


▲【Mercedes me】在德國原廠的擘劃下,共包含有Mercedes me move 移動、Mercedes me connect 互聯、Me...

因地制宜積極導入  台灣賓士率先推出三大服務內容

立基於德國原廠【Mercedes me】的五大架構,Mercedes-Benz將會依照各市場的現況的不同與需求,適時適地的積極導入。伴隨未來最新世代車款的發表上市,台灣賓士將陸續推出Mercedes me connect 互聯、Mercedes me assist 守護以及Mercedes me finance 智融 服務,並根據市場的評估與可行性,逐步提供更多元化與個人化的操作與功能。同時因應時代趨勢與生活習慣的快速變遷,未來也會持續精進並務求為每位使用者量身打造數位服務內容,請密切關注Mercedes me的官方網站,未來將會釋出更多相關服務訊息。

Mercedes me 網站連結:http://mb4.me/mercedesme_tw

台灣賓士股份有限公司相關資訊,請連結至台灣賓士官方網站www.Mercedes-Benz.com.tw,或歡迎洽詢台灣賓士客戶服務專線:


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          Apple rehires top Tesla engineer Doug Field for Titan car project      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

After five years of working at Tesla, Apple’s former VP of Mac hardware engineering, Doug Field, has returned to Cupertino — but apparently to work on Apple’s autonomous car initiative Project Titan. Apple has officially acknowledged rehiring Field, but his specific involvement with Titan was confirmed to Daring Fireball by unnamed sources within the company. According to […]




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