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          Growth Opportunities in the Global Medical Imaging Artificial Intelligence Market, Forecast to 2022      Cache   Translate Page      

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Emerging Use Cases, Revenue, and Industry Savings Potential Artificial Intelligence (AI) for medical imaging is a reality now.While image analysis applications are the most advanced, adopted, and well-known, there are several other use cases which...


          UX Designer - Thales Group - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page      
Led by Thales, cortAIx, in collaboration with the MILA (Artificial Intelligence Institute of Quebec), the IVADO (Institute of Data Valorization) and the Vector...
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          Comment on Two discussion points inspired by Stephen Wolfram by Snorri Godhi      Cache   Translate Page      
PS: as i indicated, it is also possible that we humans do have better methods to prune the search tree; but that does not mean that such methods cannot be implemented in a general-purpose computer: it might be that these methods simply have not been formalized yet. Is the issue whether artificial intelligence has been achieved, or whether it is achievable? at this point in the thread, i am not sure anymore.
          Bitfury Secures $80M in Private Funding Round      Cache   Translate Page      
Bitfury funding round

Cryptocurrency mining firm Bitfury Group has closed a Series C, $80 million funding round led by EU-based Korelya Capital. The round also included crypto merchant bank Galaxy Digital, Lian and Jabre Group, Dentsu Inc., Armat Group and others.

Bitfury is a diversified blockchain company known for its expertise in developing high-performance computing technologies, processing capabilities and advanced blockchain-based solutions for companies and governments, including the development of a blockchain-based land registry in Ukraine.

The funding round will be used by the company to enrich its software and hardware development, as well as explore other technologies that are emerging alongside the blockchain.

“This private placement enables Bitfury to expand our existing areas of focus, including securing the Bitcoin Blockchain, as well as hardware and software development – and broaden our financial strategic options. It also enables us to concentrate on adjacents such as high-performance computing, including emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI),” CCO John Mercurio told Bitcoin Magazine.

Valery Vavilov, CEO and co-founder of Bitfury, said the success of the round was a reflection of the company's achievements and its ability to meet the needs of “adjacent market segments in high-performance computing.”

In correspondence with Bitcoin Magazine, Vavilov stated:

“We are very pleased with our successful private placement, which enables us to expand our work designing ground-breaking blockchain solutions to governments, businesses, and institutions around the world. Strong support from the investor community also allows us to concentrate on adjacent businesses such as high-performance computing, including emerging technologies like artificial intelligence.

Bitfury made headlines last week when word broke out that the company may be considering going public. When Bitcoin Magazine asked if this private funding changes the prospect of an IPO, Mercurio responded with the following:

“Bitfury is continuously evaluating financing options to support its development strategy, and the IPO is one alternative. But no decision has been made and ultimately it will depend on a number of factors, including the capital markets environment.”

At a time when cryptocurrency miners are being criticized for the energy consumption required to secure public blockchains with high security requirements, Bitfury has made a commitment to using renewable energy. It has also created standard processes for reducing the consumption of energy in its data centers by using immersion cooling technology.

In September 2018, Bitfury announced a bitcoin mining chip called the "Clarke" ASIC chip, which it claims offers the “strongest performance among bitcoin mining chips and is unparalleled in efficiency," via a Medium post. The company also has plans to integrate Clarke into its range of existing mining products and on its mining farms across the world.

In addition to the Clarke chips, the company also launched its latest computing servers dubbed the Bitfury Tardis. Both the chip and the server will be included in the company's product offering, the Bitfury BlockBox, per reports on its release.

Founded in 2011 and recognized as the largest, non-Chinese company that provides hardware for bitcoin mining, Bitfury is also known for pioneering the hybrid algorithm Flare on the Lightning Network, which ensures that payment routes can be found as quickly as possible.



This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.


          Samsung Galaxy S10 will also arrive with Exynos 7nm EUV chipset      Cache   Translate Page      
The Samsung Galaxy S10 series may be more intelligent than ever. This is because the South Korean tech giant has the Exynos 9820 which is the first 7nm EUV dual-core NPU chipset. This AI chip has been designed to work with the ISP and enhance the camera of the phone. Artificial Intelligence functions will include […]
          Research Universities and the Future of Work      Cache   Translate Page      
Growing national concern about the future of work has three main causes. The first is technological: astonishingly rapid advances in artificial intelligence and the accompanying likelihood that it will supplant human tasks… Read More
          How Businesses Can Get The Most From Artificial Intelligence With Purpose-Built “AI Infrastructure”      Cache   Translate Page      
In a new report, IDC states that the days of a single architecture dominating all compute in the datacenter are over. Artificial intelligence initiatives have become priorities for businesses, and most of the standard infrastructure being used in the datacenter is not suitable for the data-intensive nature of AI workloads. The performance and I/O of your […]
          An AI Lie Detector Is Going to Start Questioning Travelers in the EU      Cache   Translate Page      
Soon traveling to Europe will depend on a lie detector test taken by an artificial intelligence tool. EU is planning to launch a six-month trial of iBorderCtrl, an AI lie detector that looks for “biomarkers of deceit”, at its external borders in Hungary, Latvia, and Greece. In Hungary, Latvia, and Greece, travelers will be given an […]
          AI programme spots Alzheimer’s years before confirmed diagnosis      Cache   Translate Page      
Artificial intelligence could hold the key to identifying patients with hidden early signs of dementia.
          AI programme spots Alzheimer’s years before confirmed diagnosis      Cache   Translate Page      
Artificial intelligence could hold the key to identifying patients with hidden early signs of dementia.
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Artificial intelligence could hold the key to identifying patients with hidden early signs of dementia.
          Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Drug Discovery Market (2018-2025) – GMI Research      Cache   Translate Page      
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Abdul Wahab, A.K. and Hussain, M.A. and Omar, R. (2008) An artificial intelligence software-based controller for temperature control of a partially simulated chemical reactor system. Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 3 (1). ISSN 19342659
           An artificial intelligence software-based controller for temperature control of a partially simulated chemical reactor system       Cache   Translate Page      
Wahab, A. and Khairi, Ahmad and Hussain, Mohamed Azlan and Omar, Rosli (2008) An artificial intelligence software-based controller for temperature control of a partially simulated chemical reactor system. Chemical Product and Process Modeling, 3 (1).
          AI programme spots Alzheimer’s years before confirmed diagnosis      Cache   Translate Page      
Artificial intelligence could hold the key to identifying patients with hidden early signs of dementia.
          Sr. Associate, AI in Management Analytics Consultant - KPMG - McLean, VA      Cache   Translate Page      
Ability to apply statistical, machine learnings, and artificial intelligence techniques to achieve concrete business goals and work with the business to...
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          Can Smart Assistant Amelia Help Transform Indian Healthcare Sector?      Cache   Translate Page      
Touted as the world’s “most human” Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant that can “read between the lines” and “understand emotional expressions”, Amelia has the potential to turn India’s healthcare sector into an inclusive one, believes her creator Chetan Dube, CEO of New York-headquartered AI company IPsoft. Amelia got her name from Amelia Earhart, one of the pioneering […]
          China's application of AI should be a Sputnik moment for the U.S. But will it be?      Cache   Translate Page      
The coming revolution in artificial intelligence will refashion our economic and strategic foundations.
          Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do This Week      Cache   Translate Page      
Unusual, offbeat, quirky events you might not otherwise know about. by Stranger Things To Do Staff To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary events from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Goodwill's 35th Annual Glitter Sale to an Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration, and from Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief to Pray for Snow.

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

1. Civic Cocktail: Protecting Orcas + Election Review
For this installment of Civic Cocktail, Q13 News analyst C.R. Douglas and Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes will serve as guest panelists in a discussion on two important topics: Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery and a review of the midterm elections (during which time Pramila Jayapal, KTTH radio host Jason Rantz, and Seattle University political science professor Marco Lowe will join in).

FILM

2. Far Out
Saturate your eyeballs with sweeping views of a remote and largely unexplored mountain range, the Albanian Alps, as well as the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, the Crazy Mountains in Montana, the Slovenian Alps, Jackson Hole, and more, as explored by athletic adventurers. Proceeds from the screening will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.

3. The Reluctant Radical
Environmental activist Ken Ward commits crimes against the fossil fuel industry in order to fight against climate change. Join Ward himself, along with filmmaker Lindsey Grayzel, for a post-film Q&A.

4. Somm 3: Seattle Premiere
Three wine connoisseurs meet in Paris to drink the rarest bottles of vin, while blind tasters in New York settle an age-old argument about the drink. This screening of Somm 3 will also feature a Q&A with three newly minted Seattle sommeliers, as well as a Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon toast.

FOOD & DRINK

5. New Belgium and Theo's Beer and Chocolate Pairing
Sate your chocolate cravings with a side of suds, with four New Belgium Brewing beers paired with four chocolates from Theo Chocolate.

6. A Night of Coffee Beers feat. Caffe Vita
Seattle loves its coffee and its beer, so Redhook has combined the two for their two coffee beers: Kaffenator, a small-batch coffee dopplebock made in collaboration with Caffe Vita, and Continuous Revelation Coffee IPA, a new limited release. They'll have both available for happy hour, along with food pairings and Caffe Vita swag and coffee samples.

7. Plenty Pop-Up: Indoor Farmed Produce for a Sustainable Future
Try sustainably grown, "hyper-local" produce from Plenty's vertical indoor farm 20 miles away from the city.

8. Science of Coffee: Sustainability
At this workshop hosted by Onda Coffee and Ada's, listen to environment and agriculture experts discuss how climate change is affecting the future of coffee and how sustainable farming practices can help.

9. Scotch and Oysters
Indulge in the somewhat peculiar pairing of briny oysters and peaty Scotch.

GEEK

10. Harry Potter Trivia
Take advantage of an opportunity to briefly escape the muggle world at this Harry Potter trivia night.

PERFORMANCE

11. ElectroThrust
Watch sexy persons pay tribute to electronica with signature slinky moves. Admire Jonny Porkpie (your MC), Queen Inga, Dee Flowered (all the way from Georgia)!, Di Lovely (from San Diego!), Indy Fire (Denver), and many other beauties from across the US and even that most torrid of countries, Canada.

12. SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque
SuicideGirls Blackheart Burlesque promises a "geeky twist" on burlesque performance, with pop culture references including Star Wars, Sailor Moon, Stranger Things, and Rick & Morty.

READINGS & TALKS

13. ALT Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Head to a night of poetry readings with A Gallo-Brown, L Swartz, and T Clear, and read your own in an open mic if you're brave.

14. L.A. Kauffman: How to Read a Protest
At this Town Hall talk, author and activist L.A. Kauffman will outline the history of America's most important protest movements from the 1963 March on Washington on. If you're curious about whether protests achieve anything, how they've changed, and what messages they carry, this is for you.

15. Paul Dorpat and Jean Sherrard on Now and Then
Historian Paul Dorpat has been collecting photo columns in Seattle for years. Join him as he presents a retrospective of his work—you'll learn some interesting things about the historical trajectory of Seattle.

16. Suzanne M. Wolfe: A Murder by Any Name
If you love historical fiction set in Elizabethan England, join Suzanne M. Wolfe as she reads from her latest novel about the murder of Queen Elizabeth I's most beloved lady-in-waiting, A Murder by Any Name.

17. Suzanne Matson: Ultraviolet
In Suzanne Matson’s new novel, Ultraviolet, we meet three generations of women in 1930s India. Hear the author read.

WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

18. Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief
This series invites artists from Seattle and beyond to show work across mediums that addresses grief. Pieces include a panel from the NAMES Project's AIDS memorial quilt; a video game called "Loss Levels" by digital artist Dan Hett; a community art piece called "Arts & Casket," where visitors can decorate a cardboard cremation casket; zines by Christina Tran; a soft sculpture by Elise Bernal; jewelry about "parental fears" by Sara Eileen; and more.
Opening Wednesday

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

19. Eli Wolff
Eli Wolff takes off on cartoons, horror movies, video games, and other childhood influences to craft fun monster-y art.
Closing reception Saturday

20. Visions of Pasifika: Light from Another World
This exhibit focuses on Pacific Islander artists, incorporating tradition while looking to the future.
Closing Sunday

COMMUNITY

21. On the Battlefront and the Homefront: Rentonites in the Great War
Discover how Rentonites took part in World War I, whether by enlisting or by working on the home front as farmers, draft board workers, or nurses.

FILM

22. The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival
The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival will work with the theme “Inclusion, Independence, Discovery,” with 50 features and shorts created by a diverse range of filmmakers and artists.

PERFORMANCE

23. Roald Dahl's 'Matilda'
A psychokinetic genius girl faces down an evil, bullying school principal in the musical based on Roald Dahl's messed-up kids' novel.

THURSDAY

ART

24. Art for All Ball
Enjoy an evening of "Painting! Music! Poetry! Performance! Community! Bubbles! Dinner! Dancing!" with Path With Art students (all of whom are working to overcome homelessness, addiction, and other trauma) as they celebrate 10 years of creativity.

25. Intro to Calligraphy
Impress your holiday card recipients by learning to write out the alphabet in beautiful, swirly strokes.

COMMUNITY

26. From the CEO's Perspective
A panel of CEOs (Scott McFarlane of Avalara, Sharelle Klaus of Dry Soda Co., and Aaron Easterly of Rover.com) will talk about how their Northwest businesses are addressing the tough times brought on by our current administration.

27. Honoring the Wisdom of Our Elders
Local Native elders will share their stories and experiences.

FILM

28. Free Screening of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey”
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will screen the award-winning documentary Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, about one very courageous and pioneering mountain climber, as a "thank you" to the Fred Hutch-affiliated organization Climb to Fight.

29. Hecklevision: Dune
a If you haven't playfully jeered—if not aggressively ridiculed—the screen while watching David Lynch's film adaption of Dune, we respect your tolerance for cheesiness. If you have, here's your chance to send your heckling texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to enjoy.

FOOD & DRINK

30. American Purple Limited Edition Release
Be the first to try Elysian's new extremely limited American Purple beer, an American-Style Flanders Red aged in Chardonnay barrels with blackberry puree and a blend of yeasts, and tap into your painterly side with art supplies to customize your own growler.

PERFORMANCE

31. The Detention Lottery
In this educational and interactive theater project, you or your randomly selected fictional family member from the audience will be detained and have to stand before an immigration judge, who will determine your fate.

32. Pregnancy and Infant Loss: A Night of Storytelling
As part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief, Stephanie Dethlefs, Heather Paul, Sam IAm, Ella Jarman-Pinto, and Elena Martinez will perform stories about miscarriage and infant loss.

READINGS & TALKS

33. David Skover: Robotica
Local authors David Skover and Ronald Collins will explore the relationship bettween "machine speech" and artificial intelligence in relation to free speech. The authors ask: "Is robotic expression 'speech' within the meaning of the First Amendment?"

34. Dr. Tilman Ruff: Safeguarding Health and Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe
Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility will host Dr. Tilman Ruff for a talk titled "Safeguarding Health and Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe."

35. An Evening with Grace Bonney
Join Design*Sponge founder and In the Company of Women author Grace Bonney for a reception and live taping for the first season of her new podcast, discussing various challenges faced by entrepreneurs and creatives. The event will also celebrate the release of the second issue of her new magazine, Good Company (the "Fearless Issue").

36. Jill Lightner: Scraps, Peels, and Stems
According to the organizers, every person in the United States throws out nearly 20 pounds of food each month. Join Jill Lightner, author of Scraps, Peels, and Stems, for some tips on how to make use of all that good stuff.

37. NW Literary Survival Kit
Expand your knowledge of Northwest authors with the best teachers in town: Local librarians.

38. Renee Simms: Meet Behind Mars
Welcome Renee Simms, who teaches African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound, for a reading of her first book of stories, which covers a variety of genres (realist, satirical, and "fabulist" according to novelist Dr. Asali Solomon) with African American characters.

39. Sarah Cannon: The Shame of Losing
At the age of 32, Sarah Cannon's husband Matt was badly injured by a falling tree branch. In this memoir, which she'll read from tonight, the prominent Edmonds-based essayist uses diary entries, introspective letters, and other non-linear devices to flesh out themes of pain, loss, and difficult choices.

SPORTS & RECREATION

40. Pray for Snow
Summon a snowy winter on the mountain by busting out your '80s neon ski garb, dancing to live music by Nite Wave, seeing an "epic ski film" and a retro ski fashion show, and filling up on fried confections in a Twinkie Roast. Proceeds will benefit the Northwest Avalanche Center.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY

PERFORMANCE

41. American Horror Story: Drag Show
Admit it, American Horror Story has been screaming for a drag tribute ever since the ghost in the gimp suit showed up in Season One. Irene Dubois and SHE will host this post-Halloween fright fest, featuring special guest Bosco.

42. Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
A cast of touring ballet dancers from Moscow will take their 26th tour across the United States to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, which promises puppets and amazing costumes.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

ART

43. Michael Doyle: Pantry
Explore domestic spaces and more with Michael Doyle's paintings and works on paper.
Closing Saturday

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

44. Burlycon
Meet and learn from experienced burlesque performers at this four-day educational convention. Special guests include Brandy Wilde (the first burlesque dancer of Parisian cabaret Crazy Horse Paris), Angie Pontani, and Lisa Petrucci.

45. LIFT
The action of LIFT takes place over a mere minute among riders of a London tube passing through Covent Garden, but this time stretches through the mental existence of the characters. Gregory Award-winning actor/director Richard Gray will direct.

46. Much Ado About Nothing
Continuing their "Pursuit" series, indie company Fern Shakespeare will stage Much Ado About Nothing with an all-womxn cast. Everything ends well in this comedy of hearsay, but not before gossip and malice nearly ruin some innocent lives.

FRIDAY

ART

47. Washington Wild Photography Exhibition with Stretch and Staple
Washington Wild and Snapshot Collective will collaborate on an exhibition of wildlife photography, with proceeds benefitting the preservation of local lands and waters.

48. Homelessness: the Disgrace of a Wealthy Nation
Keith Artz's installation inside the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, which has hosted a tent city and hosts a shelter, addresses one of the most urgent problems in our city.
Closing Friday

COMEDY

49. Adultarama
Two Seattle comics will make jokes about growing up.

COMMUNITY

50. Adult Swim
If you have kids, leave 'em at home and experience the Seattle Aquarium after hours. KEXP DJ Troy Nelson will spin party jams, and you can enjoy you fill of drinks and hors d’oeuvres while you visit with a giant Pacific octopus, among other things.

51. Coastal Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Join the Raincoast Conservation Foundation for an evening dedicated to permanently protecting the coastal carnivores of the Great Bear Rainforest.

FESTIVALS

52. Wine Women & Shoes
For wine enthusiasts and shoe fetishists of Sex and the City proportions, this fundraiser raising money for foster kids in Washington will include wine and culinary tastings, auctions, shopping, a raffle, a "Best in Shoe" competition, a fashion show, and hunky "Shoe Guys."

FILM

53. Meaningful Movies: To Err Is Human
At this Meaningful Movies screening, see a documentary about "the silent epidemic" of patient harm and other flaws in the US healthcare system.

GEEK & GAMING

54. Essen Import Party
Open your game-loving mind to titles from all over the world, as showcased in Essen, Germany's SPIEL trade show.

MUSIC

55. Beyonce vs. Rihanna
Dance to the hits of two R&B/hiphop icons, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

56. Nearly Dan
Steely Dan were one of the smartest bands to consistently rack up platinum records. They got away with singing blisteringly acerbic lyrics and executing complex key changes and tricky time signatures while accruing crazy air time on commercial radio, back when that meant something. So a band dedicated to paying tribute to Steely Dan has to be sharper than your typical homage outfit. Nearly Dan’s 12 members (who’ve played with Ray Charles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, and, most importantly, Huey Lewis) are up to the task, interpreting the hits and deep cuts with a professionalism that would impress Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker’s accountants. DAVE SEGAL

PERFORMANCE

57. Abby London is "Miss-Chievous"
Idahoan musician Abby London will bring her one-woman variety show filled with "costumes, baton, piano, guitar, vocals, and then some" to Greenwood.

58. Epicuriositease: A Sampling of Earthly Delights
Kevin Incroyable will host a night of live music, burlesque, and circus arts, paired with an optional wine tasting. Your slinky purveyors of visual pleasure will be La Petite Mort, Nina Nightshade, Sage Viniconis, Holly Dai, and Anna Clara Buoyant.

59. The Lalas
The Lalas of LA, seen in Justin Timberlake videos and at the Emmys, promise a sexy, interactive, comedic show.

60. Watch What Crappens
A podcast for Bravo junkies and skeptics will visit Seattle fans. Hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam are guaranteed to go into exhaustive detail.

READINGS & TALKS

61. Blair Imani: Modern HerStory
Blair Imani will be ready to educate you with her book Modern HerStory, all about the women, people of color, queers, disabled people, and others who've been sidelined by traditional narratives of progress.

62. Coffee & Concepts
UW School of Drama hosts this series of talks by scholars and practitioners, aimed at students and the general public. The series will wrap up with drama scholar Stefka Mihaylova.

63. A Kink in the Cure
Tim Murray's multimedia show is a sex-positive story of healing through kink.

64. Reading with Ravenna Press
Join contributors of Ravenna Press, which "prides itself on bringing together the discerning reader and the stimulating book," for a reading.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

65. Mark Normand
Mark Normand can boast appearances on Comedy Central, Conan, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Inside Amy Schumer, and many other hit shows. He's also won first place at the Great American Comedy Festival. He'll share some of that Brooklynite humor.

MUSIC

66. Women in Song Series
Celebrate womxn musicians at this six-part live music series, this time with Annie Phalen Group, Five Letter Word, Del Rey, and Salt Luck.

PERFORMANCE

67. Bindlestiff Seattle
Amoy Barya, Godsilya and Chunky Chonkeez will help document the lives of 1930s Filipino farm workers with a performance of Carlos Bulosan’s America is in the Heart.

SHOPPING

68. The Great Junk Hunt
Scavenge for vintage and repurposed goods of all kinds at this traveling market.

69. Newport Ski and Snowboard Swap 2018
Winter sports season is fast approaching, so now's a good time to swap gear you don't want for gear you do want. Here you can find over 10,000 new and used snow sport items.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ART

70. Fortune House: Tarot & Palm Readings by Cindy Mochizuki
As part of the Group Therapy exhibition, Vancouver psychic Cindy Mochizuki will set up a trade: If you tell her about a personal monster of yours, she'll bestow upon you a tarot reading and translate your words into a work of art.

FESTIVALS

71. Seattle International Auto Show
This isn't your typical neighborhood car display—the Seattle International Auto Show provides rodders and gearheads with four days of luxury test drives, demos, family activities, and more from tons of exhibitors. Don't miss Women's Day on Friday.

GEEK

72. Discover Science Weekend
Engage in interactive experiments with aquatic researchers.

PERFORMANCE

73. Framed
Art criticism's stakes grow unnaturally high in Y York's play about love and rivalry amongst two artists and their husbands, one of whom is a mob boss, the other a wannabe made man. A production by Snowflake Avalanche.

74. Something Unspoken and Other One-Act Plays by Tennessee Williams
Best-known for longer contributions to the American canon like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams also wrote some incisive one-acts. Civic Rep will pay tribute to the Southern maven.

75. Too Much Information
These nine short plays by local writers Patty Carlson, Lyn Coffin, Josephine DeLellis, Karen DeMasters, Oneda Harris, Chris Mathews, Jorj Savage, and Donna Van Norman cover everything from "grammar nazis" to "lost drivers."

SHOPPING

76. 30th Annual Best of the Northwest Art and Fine Craft Show
See and shop work by over 100 local artists and artisans at this annual market.

SATURDAY

ART

77. George Jennings: Diverse Beauty
Jennings's solo exhibition celebrates racially diverse beauty in works inspired by Mucha, Parrish, and others.

78. The Universal Works Repaired Event
Universal Works debut a collaboration of repurposed garments with design company Atelier & Repairs for guests to peruse and purchase. The pieces in this trunk show widely feature the Japanese-style Sashiko repair stitch, hand painting, and second-hand trims and fabrics.

79. Yarn Revolution Indie Fiber Market
Fifteen local and regional indie dyers and makers will hawk their fiber wares. Stock up on scarves for winter and win door prizes.

COMEDY

80. Intentional Joy Noise Student Showcase
Budding comics who have spent eight weeks studying the craft of stand-up with delightful local comic Emmett Montgomery will showcase their newly refined talents.

COMMUNITY

81. Filipino Christmas Lantern Workshop
Make a star-shaped Parol (a Filipino Christmas lantern) at this holiday workshop.

82. Seattle Black Panther Party Youth Empowerment Summit
Young people continue to show up at the helm of social justice movements, from Black Lives Matter to #MeToo to March for our Lives. The Youth Empowerment Summit continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party's Seattle branch, where youth community organizers from around the city gather to share political education, organize around important causes, and build relationships.

83. Seattle Celebration for the Animals!
Snack on tasty vegan snacks, drinks, and desserts, bid on items in a silent auction, and join a dance party in support of the Humane League efforts "to reduce animal suffering."

84. Wreath Making Workshop
Make a festive holiday wreath using real pine cones and acorns, cool ribbon, and a fresh assortment of Evergreen trimmings.

FOOD & DRINK

85. 2 Year AnniFREEsary
To celebrate two years of business, Ounces will buy Delfino's Chicago-Style Pizza for 200 customers and release their anniversary beer brewed in collaboration with Matchless Brewing and Chainline Brewing Company, in addition to giving away more freebies and swag.

86. BBIS Release Party - Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout
Try Reuben's much-anticipated 2018 release of their award-winning Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

87. The Big Lebrewski Winter Beer Taste
Warm up with 10 tastes of winter ales and ciders from over 35 local breweries, plus pub snacks and homemade treats.

88. Eat Like Your ORIJEN Dog
This brunch hosted by the "biologically appropriate" ORIJEN dog food brand invites you to "eat like your dog" with a menu inspired by the fresh, local ingredients in their dog food, accompanied by beer, wine, and coffee. The first 50 guests will receive a "doggie bag" of party favors to take home.

89. Eleventh Anniversary Party
Turn it up to 11 with Two Beers's anniversary party, which will include a celebratory Birthday Cake IPA brewed with lactose sugar and vanilla bean, plus special beers on tap, actual cake, and gastropub grub from the Bread and Circuses food truck.

90. Populuxe Beer Can Derby
To celebrate the can release of Populuxe Brewing's IPA and CDA, test your engineering skills by crafting your own beer can car and racing it down a pinewood derby track.

91. Wink Doughnuts Pop-Up
Start off your Saturday with gluten-free, organic, and plant-based doughnuts from Wink, with an exclusive coffee and doughnut pairing from Broadcast Coffee Roasters.

GEEK

92. Harry Potter Films Trivia Night
Harry Potter fans who appreciate the movies just as much as the books can answer trivia questions based on the eight films.

MUSIC

93. From The Silver Screen
In a program directed by maestro Alan Futterman, the Bremerton Symphony will perform a triad of pieces from 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Blue Danube by J. Strauss, Zarathustra Opening by R. Strauss, Ligeti's Lux Aeterna, Bach's Passacaglia, Leopold Stokowski's Fugue in C Minor from The Godfather, and John Williams's E.T. theme.

94. Girls! Girls! Girls! with Fishlure & Mother Church
Join Fishlure & Mother Church in celebrating the great femmes of our time, from Debbie Harry to Stevie Nicks.

95. The High Council, The Jauntee
Ultimate Phish-head reggae-rock weed-centric jam band the High Council will take over Ballard for a THC-infused set with the Jauntee.

96. I Want It That Way: '90s/'00s Night with #All4Doras, DJ Pryma, DJ Lo Knows
Relive your millennial childhood with Seattle's only boy band #All4Doras as they perform hits from the '90s and '00s alongside DJ Pryme and DJ Lo Knows.

97. WAVES Presents: Biolumina
Immerse yourself in a bioluminescent space by pretending you're a glowing sea creature at this dreamy electronic dance party and installation.

READINGS & TALKS

98. CoCA and La Sala present: Literary Readings and Discussion
Artists J.A. Dela Cruz-Smith and Maiah A Merino will talk about their creative processes in a Q&A moderated by Catalina Cantu of La Sala. In addition, representatives of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project will talk about their organization.

99. Not Just for Kids: Inspiring Bold Conversations about Children's Books
Dr. Anu Taranath, a professor of children's lit at the University of Washington, will discuss the genre's value for both young and old.

100. Saturday University: South Indian Court Dance
Learn about South Indian courtly dance traditions in a lecture and demonstration with Hari Krishnan.

SHOPPING

101. HYEI Studio Launch Party
Shop apparel, sneakers, and accessories at this HYEI studio pop-up by Guillermo Bravo x SILVAE. Stay on for a dance party into the wee hours.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

102. Political Therapy Workshop with Liz Magic Laser and Valerie Bell
"Certified professional life coach" Valerie Bell will lead a "curative drama workshop" to help participants find connections between their political affiliations and feelings.

FILM

103. Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival
This festival used to only show films made by Bainbridge Island filmmakers, but it's since expanded to include work from Washington State, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. This year brings a 20th anniversary retrospective (on Sunday), which will revisit highlights from year's past, including Boomtown, Outsourced, The Gefilte Fish Chronicles, and Birth of a Salesman.

PERFORMANCE

104. 14/48:HS
Support talented local teens by watching 14 world-premiere plays written, directed, produced, and performed by high schoolers.

SHOPPING

105. 35th Annual Glitter Sale
Seattle's Goodwill flagship store will be filled with the absolute sparkliest clothes, shoes, and accessories for its glorious annual two-day Glitter Sale. Whether you're looking to find something flashy for a big event or you want the contents of your closet to better resemble a sea of gems, this is the place to go.

106. Latvian Christmas Bazaar
While you shop for handmade crafts and jewelry by local Latvian artists, try cakes, piragi (rolled bread), and Christmas cookies, and take in a traditional dance performance.

107. Oddmall Emporium of the Weird
Shop for goods from over 85 indie artisans to sate all your kitschy needs and desires.

SUNDAY

ART

108. Opening Reception: Kiliii Yuyan - On the Sea Ice, We Wear White
Discover the indigenous lands of the Arctic at the opening reception of this photography exhibit by Kiliii Yuyan.

COMMUNITY

109. Armistice Day Centennial Commemoration
Armistice Day turns 100 years old this year, and this celebration will mark the centennial with an opening ceremony, featuring the ringing of the historic Great Seattle Fire bell and a wreath-laying ceremony. Afterwards, there will be special events at the museum including historical presentations and viewing opportunities for their WW1 America archival exhibition, and a round-trip cruise on Lake Union to UW’s WWI Navy seaplane hangar. 

110. NW Marxism Conference 2018
This conference offers educational sessions that combat the far-right sensibilities of the current administration. Stop by "From #MeToo to Women's Liberation," "Revolutionary Socialism, Democratic Socialism, and Social Democracy," "Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It," and more.

FESTIVALS

111. Seattle Slack Key Festival
This all-day music festival is dedicated to Kanikapila-style Hawaiian music, which makes use of the open-tuned slack key guitar (as well as the steel guitar and the ukulele). A few of this year's musicians include Ledward Kaapana, George Kuo, Jeff Peterson, Kunia Galdeira, Sonny Lim, and Jeff Au Hoy.

FILM

112. Hecklevision: Starship Troopers
Rather than make fun of the '90s mystery/thriller Starship Troopers out loud, send your snarky texts straight to the big screen for the rest of the audience to see.

113. Moving History: Sticky Shed Syndrome - An Archival Screening
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound presents the latest installment of Moving History: an archival screening called Sticky Shed Syndrome, featuring footage collected from the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, the King County Archives, the Museum of History and Industry, Scarecrow Video, and elsewhere.

FOOD & DRINK

114. Bizzarro Bizarre Bazaar and Wine Tasting
While you taste wine for free (!), peruse paintings by Chris Crites, jewelry by LM-Inspired, knitwear by Ravel and Unravel, holiday gifts by Wabi and Sabi Co., and magnets by Denise Reed.

MUSIC

115. 1111: Raygun Orchestra, Pink Void, Glacial, NV
Local noise artists like Professor Raygun will perform their experimental sounds.

116. Childsplay: Fiddlers, Fiddles, and Fiddlemaker with Karan Casey
Folksy supergroup Childsplay is comprised of fiddlers from across the Celtic world and the U.S., featuring Irish singer Karan Casey. They'll celebrate their first show in Seattle since 1992 with their band of 14 fiddlers and nine instrumentalists, dancers, and singers.

117. Neil Young's Birthday Show with Rubies in the Dust
Rubies in the Dust will play all your Neil Young favorites.

118. Oleaje Flamenco
Oleaje Flamenco will welcome their new guitarist, Israel Heredia, and guest dancer Talia Ortega Vestal, for a special show.

PERFORMANCE

119. The BurlyCon Burlesque Benefit
Raise money for the BurlyCon burlesque conference.

120. The DA (Dumbledore's Army)
This all-ages fundraiser for the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle (who provide funds for local LGBTQ+ services) will take the form of a Harry Potter drag show with kings and queens alike.

121. Stormy Daniels DREAM GIRLS at Sodo
Stormy Daniels will perform in Sodo on her Support the Troops tour, where veterans and active military personnel will get free admission.  READINGS & TALKS

122. Asia Talks: Sari Stories
Local women will share personal stories about wearing saris as part of the Peacock in the Desert exhibit.

123. Grieving the Loss of Companion Animals: A Panel Discussion
How do you cope with the loss of a beloved pet? As part of Good Mourning: An Interactive Arts Festival About Grief, join panelists Heather Woodke (a veterinarian studying medical ethics) and Sonja Furney (who runs the dog-training company Get Your Sit Together) for a discussion. 

124. Madeline DeFrees: Subjective Geography: A Poet's Thoughts on Life and Craft
Poets Laura Jensen, Sharon Bryan, and Jennifer Maier (and editor Anne McDuffie) will celebrate the release of a new anthology, Subjective Geography: A Poet's Thoughts on Life and Craft, with a group reading.

125. Rita Wirkala
Seattle-based Argentinian writer Rita Wirkala is responsible for a wide range of novels, poetry, literary essays, and textbooks. Tonight, she'll read from her most recent English-language book of short stories, Tales for The Dreamer.


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China’s Doctor Shortage Can Be Solved by AI
Andy HoNovember 6, 2018

A surgeon performs an operation at a clinic in the southwest Chinese city of Chongqing. AI might be able to solve China's doctor shortage problem.

Photo: Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

If there is one country that has invested heavily in health care reform over the last few years, it is China. But as its population grows older, with already 300 million people suffering from chronic diseases, it seems almost impossible to keep up with the soaring demand for health care. According to the latest data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, China has 1.8 practicing doctors per 1,000 citizens, compared to 2.6 for the U.S. and 4.3 for Sweden. Can artificial intelligence relieve China’s overworked doctors of some of their burdens?

China’s Ailing Health Care SystemThe hard-working medical professionals who keep China’s ailing health care system running could certainly use a helping hand. Overcrowding is the order of the day in the country’s urban hospitals, with a typical outpatient department in Beijing seeing about 10,000 people every day. The problem is exacerbated by the scarcity of medical facilities in rural areas, which causes people to flock to hospitals in nearby cities.

As the Future Health Index 2018 by Philips shows, the relatively low number of skilled health care professionals in relation to the size of the population is one of the main reasons why access to care in China lags behind most of the other fifteen countries surveyed.

Demographic projections give further reason for concern. The demand for care will only continue to grow as China is aging more rapidly than almost any country in the world. The United Nations estimates that by 2040, the country’s population over 65 will reach about 303 million, which is almost equal to the current total population of the U.S.

However, there is also reason for optimism.

In its commitment to offer accessible and affordable care for all, the Chinese government is spearheading the development of health care technologies. And perhaps the most promising is AI.



The Rise of AIAI can help make sense of large amounts of data, fueled by computing power that has risen dramatically over the last few years. That’s why China offers particularly fertile ground for AI development: With its 1.4 billion population, the country sits on massive troves of data.

Recognizing the country’s AI potential, the government has set out an ambitious plan to turn China into the world’s leading AI innovation center. Health care is one of the industries that are set to benefit from multibillion-dollar investments in startups, academic research, and moonshot projects. This is not merely a vision, but a reality already in the making. According to Yiou Intelligence, a Beijing-based consultancy firm, some 131 Chinese companies are currently working on applying AI in health care.



A Smart Personal Assistant for PhysiciansSpeeding up the screening of medical images is just one of the ways in which AI could relieve China’s overburdened health care system.

As one Chinese radiologist said in an interview with The New York Times: “We have to deal with a vast amount of medical images every day. So we welcome technology if it can relieve the pressure while boosting efficiency and accuracy.”

We should take these needs to heart and focus on developing intelligent applications that ease the workload for physicians while improving outcomes for patients. Crucially, the goal should not be to replace physicians, but to augment their impact in their daily work, strengthening their role in the delivery of efficient and high-quality care.

For some, AI conjures up images of autonomous robots replacing human workers. But I believe that in health care, AI is best thought of as a smart personal assistant for physicians that adapts to their needs and ways of working—“adaptive intelligence,” as we call it at Philips. Viewed through that lens, AI will make health care more—not less—human.

Today, AI is already helping physicians with the analysis of medical images. As AI becomes increasingly sophisticated and is integrated with medical knowledge, it could support ever more precise diagnoses and personalized treatment plans. But in the short term, arguably the greatest gains are to be made in solving operational bottlenecks in hospitals—for example, by helping physicians get a quick overview of all clinically relevant information on a patient.

Patient data are usually stored in many disparate systems and formats. At Zhongshan Hospital in Shanghai, it can take a physician up to 20 days to manually extract all relevant information from 200 unstructured medical reports into one structured format.

By combining AI methods like natural language processing and machine learning with clinical knowledge, it is possible to collate all clinically relevant information in one dashboard. Physicians could spend less time capturing information from unstructured reports and less time sitting in front of a screen to get a complete picture of the patient.

Improving Care Close to People’s HomesAI could also enable patients with chronic conditions to become more informed about their health and to stay connected with professional caregivers.

According to the Future Health Index 2018, adoption of telehealth in China is currently much lower than the 16-country average, but the Chinese population is open to the use of technologies that can supplement the care they currently receive.

For example, home health monitoring technology powered by AI could help the frail and elderly stay connected with professional caregivers to ensure they receive timely care when needed. People with diabetes or hypertension could benefit from similar technology that allows them to track their condition via clinically validated sensors and devices.

Such initiatives would fit perfectly with the Chinese government’s ambition to improve care at the grassroots level to counter congestion in city hospitals. More widespread adoption of AI technologies should go hand in hand with investments in primary care facilities and Internet connectivity in rural areas—making health care more equally accessible and affordable and allowing people to enjoy a better quality of life close to their communities.

Looking further ahead, AI could also become pivotal in addressing lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity—a major health concern that affects about one in eight people in China. Imagine people with high risk of obesity getting bespoke lifestyle tips via their smartphone. On a population level, data analyses could inform public interventions targeted at specific age groups or geographic areas. As the Chinese government has outlined in its plans for a “Healthy China 2030,” the focus of the health care system will increasingly shift from treatment to prevention.

A Call for CollaborationHow to accelerate this journey toward more efficient, accessible and preventative care?

First, building a more robust data ecosystem should be top priority. The quality of AI is only as good as the quality of the data fed into it. China’s health care system would benefit from shared data standards, interoperability of systems, and improved data exchange protected by top-notch security measures. The establishment of three national digital databases with health information by 2020 is an important step in this direction.

Second, data-driven approaches such as AI will only have the desired impact when combined with proven medical expertise. AI is only part of any solution; it is never a solution by itself. A deep understanding of the clinical context is indispensable. Any form of AI-assisted care must be centered on the physician and the patient, taking their needs as a starting point and building on the wealth of human knowledge that is already available.

Third, AI-enabled tools must be rigorously tested against the highest regulatory standards. In health care, where lives are at stake, we need to deploy new technologies wisely and carefully. Only with proper clinical validation can we ensure responsible, safe and effective use of AI. Physicians as well as patients also require education on a tool’s strengths and limitations.

Fourth, collaboration between academia, startups, and established companies is of paramount importance. The challenges in China’s health care system are simply too big for any player to address it alone. In this light, it is encouraging that the Chinese government has recently founded a collaborative platform to promote the exchange of ideas and kick-start new projects in intelligent medicine.

Finally, to ensure we are creating a future-ready health care system in China, we must address the shortage of talent at the intersection of medicine and data science. We should nurture and invest in developing people who combine medical know-how with a firm understanding of AI and other technologies. Ultimately, the sustainability of China’s health care system may lie in their hands.

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The NvisionVLE Imaging System allows physicians to perform a Volumetric Laser Endomicroscopy (VLE) procedure that produces real-time, high-resolution cross-sectional images. This system enables gastroenterologists to thoroughly evaluate the esophageal tissue surface and sub-surface for potential disease that may not be visible with conventional medical imaging technologies such as endoscopy and ultrasound.

The new IRIS upgrade uses machine learning algorithms to segment and visualize esophageal image features in real-time, to assist clinicians as they identify and target regions of interest during an endoscopic procedure.

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This is the second post in our series on Protecting What Matters: Introducing Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics. Our first post, Introducing Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics: Understand the Mission, introduced the concepts and outlined the major categories of insider risk. This post defines the concepts.

Data security has long been the most challenging domain of information security, despite being the centerpiece of our entire practice. We only call it “data security” because “information security” was already taken. Data security must not impede use of the data itself. By contrast it’s easy to protect archival data (encrypt it and lock the keys up in a safe). But protecting unstructured data in active use by our organizations? Not so easy. That’s why we started this research by focusing on insider risks, including external attackers leveraging insider access. Recognizing someone performing an authorized action, but with malicious intent, is a nuance lost on most security tools.

How Data Guardrails and Data Behavioral Analytics are Different

Both data guardrails and data behavioral analytics strive to improve data security by combining content knowledge (classification) with context and usage. Data guardrails leverage this knowledge in deterministic models and processes to minimize the friction of security while still improving defenses. For example, if a user attempts to make a file in a sensitive repository public, a guardrail could require them to record a justification and then send a notification to Security to approve the request. Guardrails are rule sets that keep users “within the lines” of authorized activity, based on what they are doing.

Data behavioral analytics extends the analysis to include current and historical activity, and uses tools such as artificial intelligence/machine learning and social graphs to identify unusual patterns which bypass other data security controls. Analytics reduces these gaps by looking not only at content and simple context (as DLP might), but also adding in history of how that data, and data like it, has been used within the current context. A simple example is a user accessing an unusual volume of data in a short period, which could indicate malicious intent or a compromised account. A more complicated situation would identify sensitive intellectual property on an accounting team device, even though they do not need to collaborate with the engineering team. This higher order decision making requires an understanding of data usage and connections within your environment.

Central to these concepts is the reality of distributed data actively used widely by many employees. Security can’t effectively lock everything down with strict rules covering every use case without fundamentally breaking business processes. But with integrated views of data and its intersection with users, we can build data guardrails and informed data behavioral analytical models, to identify and reduce misuse without negatively impacting legitimate activity. Data guardrails enforce predictable rules aligned with authorized business processes, while data behavioral analytics look for edge cases and less predictable anomalies.

How Data Guardrails and Data Behavioral Analytics Work

The easiest way to understand the difference between data guardrails and data behavioral analytics is that guardrails rely on pre-built deterministic rules (which can be as simple as “if this then that”), while analytics rely on AI, machine learning, and other heuristic technologies which look at patterns and deviations.

To be effective both rely on the following foundational capabilities:

  • A centralized view of data. Both approaches assume a broad understanding of data and usage – without a central view you can’t build the rules or models.
  • Access to data context. Context includes multiple characteristics including location, size, data type (if available), tags, who has access, who created the data, and all available metadata.
  • Access to user context, including privileges (entitlements), groups, roles, business unit, etc.
  • The ability to monitor activity and enforce rules. Guardrails, by nature, are preventative controls which require enforcement capabilities. Data behavioral analytics can be used only for detection, but are far more effective at preventing data loss if they can block actions.

The two technologies then work differently while reinforcing each other:

  • Data guardrails are sets of rules which look for specific deviations from policy, then take action to restore compliance. To expand our earlier example:
    • A user shares a file located in cloud storage publicly. Let’s assume the user has the proper privileges to make files public. The file is in a cloud service so we also assume centralized monitoring/visibility, as well as the capability to enforce rules on that file.
    • The file is located in an engineering team’s repository (directory) for new plans and projects. Even without tagging, this location alone indicates a potentially sensitive file.
    • The system sees the request to make the file public, but because of the context (location or tag), it prompts the user to enter a justification to allow the action, which gets logged for the security team to review. Alternatively, the guardrail could require approval from a manager before allowing the action.

Guardrails are not blockers because the user can still share the file. Prompting for user justification both prevents mistakes and loops in security review for accountability, allowing the business to move fast while minimizing risk. You could also look for large file movements based on pre-determined thresholds. A guardrail would only kick in if the policy thresholds are violated, and then use enforcement actions aligned with business processes (such as approvals and notifications) rather than simply blocking activity and calling in the security goons.

  • Data behavioral analytics use historical information and activity (typically with training sets of known-good and known-bad activity), which produce artificial intelligence models to identify anomalies. We don’t want to be too narrow in our description, because there are a wide variety of approaches to building models.
    • Historical activity, ongoing monitoring, and ongoing modeling are all essential – no matter the mathematical details.
    • By definition we focus on the behavior of data as the core of these models, rather than user activity; this represents a subtle but critical distinction from User Behavioral Analytics (UBA). UBA tracks activity on a per-user basis. Data behavioral analytics (the acronym DBA is already taken, so we’ll skip making up a new TLA), instead looks at activity at the source of the data. How has that data been used? By which user populations? What types of activity happen using the data? When? We don’t ignore user activity, but we track usage of data.
      • For example we could ask, “Has a file of this type ever been made public by a user in this group?” UBA would ask “Has this particular user ever made a file public?” Focusing on the data offers a chance potential to catch a broader range of data usage anomalies.
    • At risk fo stating the obvious, the better the data, the better the model. As with most security-related data science, don’t assume more data inevitably produces better models. It’s about the quality of the data. For example social graphs of communication patterns among users could be a valuable feed to detect situations like files moving between teams who do not usually collaborate. That’s worth a look, even if you wouldn’t want to block the activity outright.

Data guardrails handle known risks, and are especially effective at reducing user error and identifying account abuse resulting from tricking authorized users into unauthorized actions. Guardrails may even help reduce account takeovers, because attackers cannot misuse data if their action violate a guardrail. Data behavioral analytics then supplements guardrails for unpredictable situations and those where a bad actor tries to circumvent guardrails, including malicious misuse and account takeovers.

Now you have a better understanding of the requirements and capabilities of data guardrails and data behavioral analytics. Our next post will focus on some quick wins to justify including these capabilities in your data security strategy.

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Dilihat dari spesifikasinya, Honor 8X memang terbilang tak biasa untuk smartphone dengan rentang harga di kelasnya. Honor 8X dibekali  layar berukuran 6,5 inci, screen-to-body ratio hingga 91%, kamera ganda di bagian belakang beresolusi 20MP dan 2MP ditunjang teknologi Artificial Intelligence (AI), serta prosesor berkinerja tinggi Kirin 710. Tentu saja Honor 8X menawarkan proposisi nilai dengan harga yang tak tersaingi oleh smartphone flagship sekalipun.

“Secara internal, kami menyebut Honor 8X ini sebagai flagship killer, karena produk ini memiliki banyak fitur unggulan layaknya smartphone kelas atas, namun harganya sangat terjangkau,” kata James Yang, Presiden Honor Indonesia.

James menambahkan, bahwa popularitas Honor 8X sudah dikenal hampir di seluruh dunia, sebut saja di Rusia, kawasan Timur Tengah, dan negara-negara Eropa Barat membuat smartphone ini laris manis. Tentu ini menjadi bukti bahwa para pengguna telah mengakui Honor 8X sebagai handphone dengan nilai terbaik saat ini.

Saat acara peluncuran, Honor berkolaborasi dengan pemimpin pasar drone dan sistem fotografi udara, DJI dengan meluncurkan kotak khusus co-branding. Kotak yang memuat logo Honor 8X dan DJI Spark tersebut bertujuan untuk menciptakan gaya hidup baru bagi anak muda Indonesia, terutama dengan bantuan teknologi yang kian canggih.  Selain itu, ada juga beberapa kerjasama offline antara Honor 8X dan DJI di toko ritel resmi DJI di Jakarta.

Untuk menyediakan lebih banyak hiburan bagi konsumen, Honor juga bermitra dengan Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, arena permainan online multiplayer yang populer di smartphone.

Menurut Adrian Alpin, Direktur Pemasaran Mobile Legend: Bang Bang, kerja sama ini bertujuan untuk menyediakan lebih banyak hiburan bagi konsumen dan memenuhi kebutuhan anak muda Indonesia yang ingin mengoptimalkan pengalaman gaming mereka.

Konsistensi memproduksi jajaran produk inovatif disertai strategi pemasaran yang tepat, Honor sebagai e-brand smartphone nomor satu di negeri tirai bambu juga berharap bisa menjadi pemimpin industri smartphone di tanah air.

Tak hanya itu Honor terus memperluas pasarnya ke negara-negara lain, dalam semester pertama tahun 2018, Honor telah berhasil mencatatkan pertumbuhan volume penjualan internasional hingga 150% year-on-year di luar pasar China.

Di Indonesia sendiri, Honor meraih pencapaian yang luar biasa, dengan pertumbuhan bulanan sebesar 100% di paruh pertama tahun ini. Pada bulan Mei 2018, Honor bahkan telah melampaui Apple sebagai merek smartphone nomor 2 di Rusia dalam hal volume penjualan, setelah berada di posisi ke 3 dalam waktu 13 bulan sebelumnya.

Honor juga merupakan vendor smartphone dengan pertumbuhan terpesat di India, yakni sebesar 300% dalam volume penjualan dan pendapatan di paruh pertama tahun 2018.

 

(Adv)


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Twilio reported total revenue of $168.9 million for the third quarter of 2018, up 68% from the third quarter of 2017 and 14% sequentially from the second quarter of 2018. GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.28 based on 98.0 million weighted average shares outstanding in the third quarter of 2018, compared with GAAP net loss per share attributable to common stockholders of $0.25 based on 92.2 million weighted average shares outstanding in the third quarter of 2017.

“We’re thrilled to report yet another strong quarter for revenue growth, product innovation, and customer success in Q3,” said Jeff Lawson, Twilio’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “There are several key issues on the minds of many companies today – creating seamless omni-channel experiences, ensuring enterprise compliance, and utilizing Artificial Intelligence and bots to create better customer experiences. At our SIGNAL conference in October, we were proud to announce products aimed at helping our customers solve these pressing challenges.”

Key Metrics and Recent Business Highlights

  • 61,153 Active Customer Accounts as of September 30, 2018, compared to 46,489 Active Customer Accounts as of September 30, 2017.
  • Dollar-Based Net Expansion Rate was 145% for the third quarter of 2018, compared to 122% for the third quarter of 2017.
  • Signed a definitive agreement to acquire SendGrid, the leading email API platform, to further our vision of creating the world’s leading cloud communications platform spanning voice, messaging, video - and coming soon - email.
  • Acquired long-time partner, Ytica, to accelerate the Twlio Flex roadmap by adding highly customizable contact center reporting, speech analytics, and workforce optimization (WFO) software.
  • Announced the general availability of Twilio Flex, the first fully programmable cloud contact center platform that allows enterprises to build a customized experience that supports their business needs.
  • Launched Twilio , a new API that enables developers to easily process payments securely over the phone via automated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) interactions or in contact center environments.
  • Received Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Level 1 certification for our Programmable Voice product, enabling our customers to use our platform to process payments securely without having to maintain PCI compliance themselves.
  • Announced Twilio Autopilot, a fully programmable, conversational AI platform for building customer bots, IVRs, and home assistant apps that can deliver omni-channel self-service capabilities to customers at scale.
  • Extended our partnership with T-Mobile by creating a new developer platform for the T-Mobile Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network, a new network technology for the Internet of Things (IoT) that has the potential to open up a substantial market for new categories of lower cost, battery efficient internet-connected devices that don’t exist today.
  • Launched the Twilio Super-SIM, expanding our efforts to provide global connectivity through a single API for our growing list of IoT customers by adding relationships with The Three Group, Singtel, and Telefonica.
  • Celebrated the five-year anniversary of Twilio.org by setting a new 10-year goal to have social impact organizations around the world using the Twilio platform to help 1 billion people every year.



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  • Samsung Electronics president Young Sohn told Business Insider that he worries about the ethics of artificial intelligence. "I think we should really worry about ethics. What is right? What is wrong?" he told us.
  • "We've got to be principle-driven" he says. "But research for purpose, not for using that data to take advantage of all human beings."
  • Nonetheless, Sohn envisions a world where vast amounts of personal health and DNA data are stored online for use by AI-driven software. 

LISBON — Samsung Electronics president Young Sohn today sketched an almost dystopian future in which every detail of your life — all the way down to your individual DNA — is tracked by vast "bio data banks" that store your genome, help diagnose diseases, offer prognoses, and assist with disease prevention.

The databases will be part of an explosion of data-based businesses that will know almost everything about you, in a world of "sensor pervasiveness." Data sensors will provide fantastically granular detail in tracking your blood, your car, your food, the temperature of your home, and use artificial intelligence to inform maps and public transportation, he said.

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This Tuesday America Takes an IQ Test: Roger L. Simon
Dear Suburban Mom: Julie Kelly
If You Want a Communist U.S.A., Vote Democrat on Tuesday: James Simpson

New polls show Democrats tightening gaps in key Senate races: Kelly Cohen
Polls ahead of midtermss shows tighter Democratic lead: William Cummings
Obama goes crazy on the campaign trail: Monica Showalter

Examining the Migrant Horde- Pt 2—The Power Behind the Horde: Bill Reader
Smell That? The Left’s Mad Grab for Power Reeks of Fascism: Martin Gottesfeld
12,000 Migrants Over 300 Miles Demand Entry to the USA as Refugees: S. Noble

The 14th Amendment Does Not Mandate Birthright Citizenship: Andrew C. McCarthy
Socialist Candidate Supports Gun Confiscation of Semi-Automatics: S. Noble
There is no better use for our military than guarding our own border: Daniel Horowitz

GOP's narrow path to deny Pelosi gavel could run through a few key districts: Fox
Former Democrats Flock to See Trump, And Hope to Oust Manchin: WFB
Montana Voters Appreciate Trump’s Mission to Take Down Tester: Brent Scher

Economy

The Fourth Turning and War of the Worlds: TBP
Sunday Talks: National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow Discusses Economy: CTH

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FBI seeks info on woman identified as Democratic volunteer after Georgia voter system attacked: Naomi Lim
Under Obama, the CIA Suffered a 'Catastrophic' Disaster: Michael Walsh
Maxine Waters promises payback if Dems win House: “I’m going to do to you what you did to us”: LI

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Mark Levin: “A Time To Stand”: CTH
Ex-Navy SEAL slams SNL's sickness: 'Vets don't deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines': Daniel Chaitin
ABC anchor: Why am I not 50 points ahead?: Don Surber

You’re Not Hearing Anything About “Abolish ICE” This Week, Are You?: Jazz Shaw
Wall Street Journal: “How Many Guns Do Americans Own?”: Bob Adelmann
Disabled Vet Can't Vote After NBC Parks In Handicapped Parking Space, Refuses To Move: Joseph Curl

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The New Iran Sanctions: WSJ
Sunday Talks: Secretary Mike Pompeo Discusses Iran Sanctions with John Dickerson: CTH
Sharia law has now been inserted into the laws of member states – Leading expert on Islam: VoE

Caravan not viewed nicely by people who actually know Honduras: Monica Showalter
Migrant caravans swell to 12,000, get some help along the way: William La Jeunesse
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The Future of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre
In America, Jews have always been able to fight back against anti-Semitism freely. Never having received their emancipation as an “award” (which was the case in Europe), Jews have had no fears of losing it. Instead, from the beginning, they made full use of their freedom, especially freedom of speech. As early as 1784, a “Jew Broker,” probably the famed Revolutionary-era Jewish bond dealer, Haym Salomon, responded publicly and forcefully to the anti-Semitic charges of a prominent Quaker lawyer, not hesitating to remind him that his “own religious sectary” could also form ”very proper subjects of criticism and animadversion.” A few years later, Christian missionaries and their supporters faced Jewish polemics no less strident in tone. Where European Jews often prided themselves on their ”forbearance” in the face of attack, Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, the great Reform Jewish leader, once boasted that he was a “malicious, biting, pugnacious, challenging, and mocking monster of the pen.” In more recent times, Jewish defense organizations have taken on anyone who maligned Jews, including national heroes like Henry Ford and General George S. Patton, as well as presidents of the United States.

American anti-Semitism has always had to compete with other forms of animus. Racism, nativism, anti-Quakerism, Anglophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Catholicism, anti-Masonry, anti-Mormonism, anti-Orientalism, , anti-Teutonism—these and other waves of hatred have periodically swept over the American landscape, scarring and battering citizens. Americans have long been extraordinarily pluralistic in their hatreds. Precisely because the objects of hatred have been so varied, hatred has generally been diffused. No one outgroup experiences the full brunt of national odium. Furthermore, most Americans retain bitter memories of days past when they or their ancestors were themselves the objects of malevolence. The American strain of anti-Semitism is thus less potent than its European counterpart, and it faces a larger number of natural competitors. To reach epidemic proportions, it must first crowd out a vast number of contending hatreds.

Anti-Semitism is more foreign to American ideals than to European ones. The central documents of the Republic assure Jews of liberty; its first president, in his famous letter to the Jews of Newport, conferred upon them his blessing. The fact that anti-Semitism can properly be branded “un-American,” although no protection in the formal sense—the nation has betrayed its ideals innumerable times including in our own day—still grants Jews a measure of protection. Elsewhere anti-Semites could always claim legitimacy stemming from times past when the Volk ruled and Jews knew their place. Americans could point to nothing even remotely similar to that in their own past.

America’s religious tradition—what has been called “the great tradition of the American churches”—is inhospitable to anti-Semitism. Religious freedom and diversity, church-state separation, denominationalism, and voluntarism, the key components of this tradition, militate against the kinds of us-them dichotomies (“Germans and Jews,” “Poles and Jews,” etc.) so common in Europe. In America, where religious pluralism rules supreme, there has never been a single national church from which Jews stand apart. People speak instead of American Protestants, American Catholics, American Jews, American Muslims, and American Buddhists—implying, at least as an ideal, that all faiths stand equal in the eyes of the law.

American politics resists anti-Semitism. In a two-party system where close elections are the rule, neither party can long afford to alienate any major bloc of voters—another reason why it is so critical that everyone take the time and trouble to actually vote. For the most part, the politics of hatred have been confined to nonvoters like African Americans, until they won the vote, or to nonvoting immigrants, or to noisy third parties like the anti-Catholic Know Nothings in the 19th century, or to single-issue fringe groups. America’s most successful politicians, now and in the past, have more commonly sought support from respectable elements across the political spectrum. Appeals to national unity, even in the era of Donald Trump, win more elections than appeals to narrow provincialism or to bigotry.

Of course, the fact that America has been “exceptional” in relation to Jews should not obscure the sad reality that there has always been anti-Semitism in America, as well as violence directed against other minority faiths. That history, as I read it, gives cause neither for undue celebration nor for undue alarm.

Alan Dershowitz on Trump, Israel, and Antisemitism
I recently spoke with Alan Dershowitz at the ZOA Gala at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan, where he was set to make a prominent speech.

Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.

Hannah Grossman: Mr. Dershowitz, can you give us a little preview of what you will be talking about tonight?

Alan Dershowitz: I’m talking about how important it is to have dialogue among people who may not agree. Mort Klein and I don’t agree about a great many things. He’s way to the right of me, but we talk to each other. We dialogue with each other. And I’m here to promote dialogue between the right, the left, [and] the center — not only within the Jewish community, but the more general political community. It’s a tragedy that we now shout at each other, demonize each other, [and] yell slogans instead of having reasoned discourse. We can learn from each other, and I think we ought to.

HG: Where do you think that changed, between the right and left, where the divide became so extreme that it seems that it is impossible to have some dialogue or commonality?

AD: Well, I think there a lot of contributing factors. I think the movement of the left to the hard left in the Democratic Party. I think the movement of the right to the hard right within the Republican Party. I don’t think President Trump has helped with his choice of language, and I don’t think that some of the Democrats have helped with their choice of language. I crave the old days when my friends Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch could sit together, and when Senator McCain could sit and work together with Joe Biden. Those days seem long gone, and I want to do everything in my power to bring them back.

HG: Bret Stephens said today at a panel that Donald Trump’s rhetoric has an effect on the culture. Can you describe that; what you think that is?

AD: I think that’s right. Look, I think President Trump has a mixed record. I think he’s done some very good things. Moving the embassy to Jerusalem was a terrific thing. I think his tough negotiating stance toward Iran has been very good. I don’t approve of his policies toward immigration. I certainly don’t approve of separating families the way he did early on, but you know, I’ve never agreed with anything any president did 100 percent.

I disagreed with a great deal of what President Obama did and if Hillary Clinton had been elected, I’m sure I would’ve disagreed with a lot of what she would do. But you don’t demonize, and he’s still the president, and you respect the office of the president. I was appalled at the so-called leaders in Pittsburgh who refused to welcome the president. I think everybody should welcome the president when there’s a tragedy and allow him to serve in his role as a mourner or bereaver-in-chief.
Qanta Ahmed: The ECHR’s ruling on defaming Mohammed is bad news for Muslims
In a monumental irony, the ECHR’s agreement with an Austrian court that offensive comments about the Prophet Mohammed were ‘beyond the permissible limits of an objective debate’ has handed a big victory to both Islamists and Islamophobes – while infantilising believing Muslims everywhere.

The case concerns an unnamed Austrian woman who held a number of seminars during which she portrayed the Prophet as a paedophile. After she was convicted by an Austrian court of ‘disparaging religion’ (and fined nearly €500), she appealed to the ECHR claiming the punishment breached her right to free expression. The court disagreed.

As a practising Muslim, I find this notion – that the Prophet was a paedophile – to be as abhorrent and nasty as they come; not to mention completely false. Yet I could not disagree more with the ECHR’s ruling.

For a start, it implies there is somehow a balance to be struck between people’s freedom of expression and the right of Muslims not to be offended. I just don’t understand this: how can the views of another individual possibly affect my faith or beliefs? Her ignorance – or anyone else’s for that matter – does not equate to my persecution.



Ben Shapiro: Voting for Democrats Isn’t Going to Curb Anti-Semitism
Trump is not the source of the true threats to Jews — anti-Semites are more prominent on the left than the right.

Over the weekend, Bari Weiss, a friend who writes for the New York Times, appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO show. Bari was bat mitzvahed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh; she knew many of those who were shot and killed by a white supremacist two weeks ago. Her writing on the subject has been beautiful; she’s obviously both raw and real about the situation.

On Maher’s show, she made a number of good points about anti-Semitism more broadly and its rising threat both in the United States and across the world. But then she concluded with this calculation:

One thing that I think was made stark this week is that there are many Jews, including Jews that I know, who have liked many of Trump’s policies regarding Israel and the Middle East . . . but I hope this week that American Jews have woken up to the price of that bargain. They have traded policies that they like for the values that have sustained the Jewish people and frankly, this country, for forever. Welcoming the stranger, dignity for all human beings, equality under the law, respect for dissent, love of truth, these are the things we are losing under this president, and no policy is worth that price.

I have a number of problems with this statement.

To start, the part with which I agree: There’s no justification for Trump’s callous disregard for the truth, which I’ve criticized routinely. Nor is there justification for Trump’s treatment of the alt-Right from 2015 to 2017.

But Bari is wrong in two areas: First, she suggests that Trump presents a unique threat to Jews and Jewish values that outweighs the threat to Jews from other arenas; second, she links Judaism with her preferred immigration policies.
On Bari Weiss, Franklin Foer and the Values that Sustain Our People
So, for Jews who are appalled by Trump’s incendiary rhetoric but who still appreciate his policies on Israel, what should they do? Tell the president not to bother trying to “woo” us with Israel? That he so violates Jewish values that his favorable actions on Israel just aren’t worth it? That after Pittsburgh, we’re no longer willing to pay the price of that bargain?

And how would that work exactly? Weiss didn’t specify, but Franklin Foer, writing in the Atlantic, did have a suggestion to enhance Jewish security after Pittsburgh:

“Any strategy for enhancing the security of American Jewry should involve shunning Trump’s Jewish enablers. Their money should be refused, their presence in synagogues not welcome. They have placed their community in danger.”

Never mind that after Pittsburgh, the President said: “Anti-Semitism represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. Anti-Semitism must be condemned anywhere and everywhere. There must be no tolerance for it.”

According to Foer, however, any Jew who still supports the president must be ostracized and shunned.

I wonder if Foer would be willing to stand outside a synagogue on Saturday morning with a sign repeating his message: “If you support Trump, your presence is not welcome. You have placed your community in danger.”
Amb. Alan Baker: After the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, It’s Time to Adopt an International Convention on the Crime of Anti-Semitism
This proposal comprises the following unique elements, tailored to deal with anti-Semitism:
  • detailed preambular paragraphs documenting the history of anti-Semitism and recalling references to it in international instruments, in statements by senior international figures, and in relevant resolutions of international bodies;
  • an all-embracing definition of the crime of anti-Semitism and its component elements, based upon the various definitions adopted over the past years by various groups and institutions;
  • criminalization of manifestations of anti-Semitism that result in or are intended to result in violence;
  • action by countries to criminalize anti-Semitism in their own domestic law and to prosecute or extradite perpetrators;
  • international cooperation and exchange information on perpetrators and actions taken;
  • establishment by states of appropriate national educational programs to combat anti-Semitism;
  • establishment of an International Anti-Semitism Monitoring Forum for monitoring and coordinating actions by states and international organizations.
With the evident support of the UN Secretary-General and the challenge he placed before the international community, this proposal should be brought before the appropriate UN legal bodies for consideration, with a view to its being studied, amended, and accepted as an international treaty, criminalizing and punishing anti-Semitism.
It’s the antisemitism, stupid
In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, two things are irrefutable: There are 11 dead innocent Jews and there is one hateful murderer. All else, as they say, is commentary.

The murderer is a classic antisemite of the most despicable sort. Regardless of the political contours of his warped mind, he believes one thing is certain: Jews have no right to live.

Sadly, this horror has brought forth a spate of finger pointing where people are looking to score political points by somehow attributing the deed to those they politically oppose.

This is harmful and wrong. If you want to look behind the curtain, beyond just the actions of the murderer, then you must conclude that the perpetrator here is antisemitism itself – a hatred that enables its adherents to blame anything and everything on Jews, attributing to them all the paranoid delusions that the irrationally hateful suffer from.

I have spent the last two years immersed in American college campuses helping to make the existential case for Israel. I have encountered not just rejection of Israel’s legitimacy, but the most vile Jew-hatred, over and over again, with little pushback from decent people.

There is a big distinction between free speech and moral conduct. I understand and support the right to voice your opinion, no matter how much I might disagree with it. But I also know that free speech cannot be the rationale for not calling out vile and hateful accusations.
An International View of the Pittsburgh Murders
The killing of 11 Jews at an American synagogue has now inserted itself into a sequence of other murders targeting Jews and their institutions in past decades.

Among the list of murders of Jews outside of Israel, the most lethal tragedy took place in South America in 1984. In the bombing of the AMIA building in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 85 people were killed. The largest terrorist murder aimed at Jews in Africa was the 2002 bombing of the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombassa, Kenya, where 13 people were killed. In Europe, two of the most deadly attacks against a Jewish target took place at the Goldenberg restaurant in Paris, where six people were murdered in 1982 — and in a 2012 terrorist attack on a bus transporting Israelis near the Burgas airport in Bulgaria, where another six people were killed.

There is one major difference between the murders of Jews in the US and the three other continents. In Pittsburgh, the murderer was a white supremacist. In the other attacks, the perpetrators were Muslims. Even a superficial look at mega-antisemitism in the world shows that antisemitism coming out of parts of the Muslim world is currently the greatest threat to the Jewish people. Only there does one find heads of state who promote extreme hatred not only against Israel, but also against Jews. Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, for instance, has a long record of verbally attacking all Jews. There is nothing similar among heads of state in much of the Western world.

Liberalism and democracy by necessity overlap to a substantial extent. But they are not identical. France and Germany have learned from their pasts. Both limit hate speech. In Germany, one can spend a number of years in jail for insulting a part of the population. Many Europeans understand that the principle of free speech doesn’t mean that hate speech should also be tolerated.
Israel Plays an Important Role in Fighting Antisemitism
Today, everybody agrees that combating “cyber-hate,” including antisemitism and anti-Zionism, is a top priority. Israel’s Justice Ministry even has a department dedicated to the fight against online incitement. And the Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism, now under the auspices of the Israeli foreign affairs and diaspora ministries, is tackling Christian theological antisemitism, Holocaust revisionism, Palestinian denial of Jewish history, campus antisemitism, legislative assaults on Jewish practices like ritual slaughter and circumcision, and even antisemitism in sports.

Some experts warn that, unless the rising tide of hate crimes in the US is turned back, American Jewry will have to undergo a process of adopting European-style security measures. Synagogues and Jewish community centers in the United States may need to be protected from neo-Nazis, just as synagogues and Jewish community centers in Europe are protected from radical Islamists.

This means the adding of multilayered defenses to Jewish sites, including security screening with armed guards, surveillance systems, panic rooms, and sterile zones. If this is the unfortunate fate of American Jewish institutional life (I hope not), Israeli security expertise undoubtedly will prove helpful.

In the meantime, Israeli and Diaspora Jews should band together to draw strength from solidarity, jointly combat hate, and raise the flag of unafraid and vibrant Jewish life everywhere. Keep partisan politics out of it.
Democrats’ Deputy Comms Director Laughs About Rising Anti-Semitism in America
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's deputy communications director laughed about charges of anti-Semitism and the growing racism in America that many observers have pinned on a Democratic Party that is increasingly lurching leftwards.

Patrick Burgwinkle‏, a deputy communications director at the DCCC, responded to a tweet decrying the rise of anti-Semitism in America—which has appeared back on the radar in recent days after controversial National Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan took a trip to Iran and led chants of "Death to America"—by responding, "lol," an acronym for "laughing out loud."

The initial tweet, sent by veteran Congressional staffer Matt Wolking, decried the rise of anti-Semitism and included a link to a Slate article claiming, "The story of the midterms is about how Americans will respond to racism, bigotry, and hate."

"So true," Wolking wrote. "The racism endorsed and tolerated by the Farrakhan Democrats, the bigotry the establishment media exhibits against half the country, and the hatred of Christians, conservatives, and men smeared by the radical left as rubes and rapists."

The DCCC's Burgwinkle, in response to that tweet, wrote, "lol," raising eyebrows among some observers.
Pope Francis: A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite
Pope Francis lamented anti-Semitic attacks and remarked that “a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite” during an audience with Jewish emissaries on Monday.

The pope received four first time delegates of the World Congress of Mountain Jews at the Vatican.

Two weeks after the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that killed 11 worshipers Francis said in a statement: “Sadly, anti-Semitic attitudes are also present in our own times,” during his meeting with the emissaries of the Mountain Jews, the descendants of Jews who left ancient Persia and settled in the Caucasus.

“A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite; we share the same roots. It would be a contradiction of faith and life. Rather, we are called to commit ourselves to ensure anti-Semitism is banned from the human community,” he said.

The day after the Pittsburgh attack, the head of the Catholic Church said in his weekly prayers that “all of us are wounded by this inhuman act of violence.”
Trump yet to appoint traditional envoys amid antisemitism crisis
In the wake of a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last weekend, White House officials debated who they should send to the grief-stricken town as a representative of the administration.

Their choice was not obvious. The administration has, for two years, declined to appoint traditional envoys to the fight against antisemitism here and around the globe, despite calls from Jewish organizations and a bipartisan group in Congress to do so.

US President Donald Trump has tapped neither a White House Jewish liaison, a post that has been responsible for communicating with the American Jewish community since the 1970s, nor a special envoy at the State Department to monitor and combat antisemitism, a congressionally-mandated position devoted to the fight against antisemitism overseas.

Administration officials instead chose to send Jason Greenblatt, the president's chief envoy for international negotiations, who– while an observant Orthodox Jew and an adviser on Jewish world issues to Trump during the campaign– has neither studied the issue nor spent his time at the White House engaging in outreach with the wider diaspora community.

White House officials tell The Jerusalem Post that in lieu of a formal liaison the president relies on decades-old relationships with Greenblatt and other close advisers, such as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, for guidance on Israel policy and Jewish world concerns.
Why Linda Sarsour’s Denunciation of Pittsburgh Shooter is Meaningless
On the last Saturday in October, Robert Bowers shot and killed eleven members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community, physically injured six other people, including law enforcement officers, and created distress and turmoil for the entire American Jewish community. He’s been indicted in federal court on 44 counts, and may face the death penalty.

Bowers killed eleven Jews solely due to his annihilationist anti-Semitism, which was of the neo-Nazi variety. He provided a political cover – he wrote that he didn’t like the political positions held by some other Jews (not the ones he killed), who support certain immigration policies in this country. But as Alana Newhouse noted in Tablet Magazine, the truth was simply that “he had reached the end point of a brain-eating disease called anti-Semitism.”

One day after these brutal murders, Linda Sarsour once again put herself in the spotlight. She did so while attempting to portray herself as a defender of Jews.

While Sarsour denounced Bowers, she has, in the past, embraced a different unrepentant killer of Jews, Rasmeah Odeh.

Many of us, by now, may have forgotten about Odeh. However, just over a year ago she was deported from the United States, after admitting that she lied on her citizenship application. Odeh also killed two Jews, Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, who were students at Israel’s Hebrew University in 1969. She was convicted in a trial that was observed and deemed fair by the International Committee of the Red Cross.


Shmuley Boteach: No Holds Barred: Will Clinton, Schumer, Booker finally condemn Farrakhan?
Throughout history, antisemites of all stripes have sought to cast the Jews as something utterly worthless yet massively destructive. It was a way of making the act of killing a Jew something that was not only necessary but meaningless. Hitler’s SS troops, therefore, were able to exterminate tens of thousands of Jews in a day. You see, they were killing an infestation, not people.

It may be extreme to compare Farrakhan to Hitler. But he did it himself. During a radio interview, Farrakhan acknowledged the fact. “[T]he Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler.” Instead of rebuffing the comparison, he embraced it. “That’s a good name,” he said, “Hitler was a very great man.” He then reinforced it. “[Hitler] raised Germany up from nothing,” he explained, adding, “In a sense, you could say there’s a similarity in that we are raising our people up from nothing.” He’s also used the Holocaust as a metaphor to describe what awaited the Jews in hell. My late friend Christopher Hitchens personally heard Farrakhan punctuate a tirade against Jews with this: “And don’t you forget, when it’s God who puts you in the ovens, it’s forever!”

The only question that remains is this: how could leading political figures like Bill Clinton have agreed to legitimize such genocidal hate by recently appearing on the same stage as Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin’s funeral? And given the unfortunate association, why didn’t Clinton immediately condemn Farrakhan’s genocidal Jewish reference?

Just days before his “termites” slur, Farrakhan announced the release of a new music album made in collaboration with some of the most powerful men in music, including Stevie Wonder, Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg and Common. At least seven members of Congress — including Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks, Al Green and most famously, DNC whip Keith Ellison, have all sat down for personal meetings with Farrakhan while representing the American people in Congress. Farrakhan even attended a 2005 meeting of the Black Congressional Caucus. At that meeting, former president Barack Obama even smiled for a photograph with Farrakhan just three years before becoming president.

American Jews need to draw a line.

It is not only neo-Nazis that need to be condemned by Republicans. It is Farrakhan and his ilk who should be repudiated utterly by Democrats. Never again must mean exactly that: Never Again.
‘Ocasio-Cortez in a Scarf’
He [Denver Riggleman] views this as a big advantage over Cockburn, a former journalist who has treated Virginia's 5th more like a research project, telling The Intercept she spent three months investigating the district before announcing her run.

"I'm Virginian to the core," he said. "She lives in Georgetown and doesn't have a clue what's happening in the 5th district."

He thinks the media have left a lot of ground uncovered on his opponent.

"Her books are used by Stormfront and white anarchist groups to explain why the Jewish people are trying to take over," he said, referencing the anti-Semitic book Cockburn wrote with her British-born husband Andrew Cockburn. "That got less attention than jokes about Big Foot."

Riggleman read her book and said it was shocking. "She really believes that Israel has orchestrated a cabal to control U.S. foreign policy."

He described Cockburn as "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a scarf," saying she's run a far-left campaign calling for "Medicare for all, open borders, forgiveness of student debt, and free college."
PreOccupiedTerritory: J Street Vows Investigation After Endorsed Candidate Makes Pro-Israel Statement (satire)
A progressive political advocacy group calling itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace” promised today to get to the bottom of an emerging scandal, in which a politician the group supports in this week’s elections was recorded agreeing that the Jewish State has an unequivocal right to exist, defend itself, and determine its own character, organization sources reported today.

J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami issued a statement to the organization’s donors and employees Tuesday acknowledging that Mike Rotch, a Democratic Congressional candidate running for office in California, had signed a petition circulating in the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue shootings two weekends ago, that called on American public officials to denounce antisemitism, including delegitimization of Israel.

“It has come to our attention that Mike Rotch may support Israel in ways that do not reflect the values of this organization,” the statement began. “We have made it clear on several occasions that our mission requires paying only lip-service to a secure Israel, while in reality pursuing an outcome that effectively destroys Israel as a Jewish State. If the reports of Mr. Rotch’s remarks are accurate, they call into question his suitability as a candidate for the sixty-ninth Congressional District. J Street will conduct a full investigation of Mike Rotch and then make its recommendations.”
Conspiracy theorist selected as Labour candidate in safe ward
It’s pretty shocking that cases like this no longer even seem surprising. But the views of Liam Moore are so outrageous I thought this latest example of Labour’s failure to deal with antisemitism warranted a post. Moore, who is an evangelical vicar (and part-time Phil Collins tribune act) has been selected as the Labour councillor candidate for Norris Green in Liverpool – close to Luciana Berger’s constituency. In 2014 he tweeted that “Rothschilds Zionist run Israel and world governments” and earlier this year compared Zionists – or simply those worried about antisemitism – to Judas:

‘We are seeing a very English right wing Zionist coup mate and sadly the Labour Party is infiltrated by sellouts who would sacrifice a labour government for their 30 pieces of silver.’

Sometimes, when challenged over antisemitism, Labour supporters point out that the number of cases identified reflects only a tiny proportion of the membership. But the real problem isn’t that a few members hold such vile views, but that they are able to spout them without being reported and dealt with by others, and are even, as in this case, thought suitable for elected office.


University investigates professor who claims Israel was behind 9/11 Twin Towers attacks 'with help from Zionists in US government'
Sussex University is investigating a professor after he claimed Israel were behind the September 11 attacks 'with help from Zionists in the US government'.

Professor Kees van der Pijl, the former head of its international relations department, used as his source an article entitled '9-11/Israel did it' by conspiracy theory site Wiki Spooks, which also claims Al-Qaeda is a front for Mossad, the Israeli spy service.

The retired academic, who was responding to an article criticising US sanctions on Iran, was immediately inundated with a storm of mocking tweets, including one that joked, 'Yes, and Bruce Lee was the first man on the moon, damn media!'

Sussex University said it is aware of the post and has not yet decided whether to take further action.

Van der Pijl tweet was posted on November 3 and read: 'Not Saudis, Israelis blew up Twin Towers with help from Zionists in US gov.'
Professor: BDS Panel at University of Michigan Was an ‘Unrelentingly Anti-Israel Propaganda Fete’
A professor at the University of Michigan said a recent panel hosted by the school on the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign was “a totally one-sided propaganda fete.”

Victor Lieberman, who teaches a popular history course on the Arab-Israeli conflict, said he was one of some 70 people who attended last week’s “Teach-In Town Hall,” which was organized by U-M’s Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies (CMENAS) after the university sanctioned a BDS-supporting professor who denied a letter of recommendation to a student who sought to study in Israel.

CMENAS director Samer Mahdy Ali said the event, which was backed financially by multiple U-M departments, would include a “decidedly pro-BDS” panel, followed by a discussion.

Lieberman estimated that less than two dozen undergraduates showed up on Monday morning, two days after a gunman killed 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh while shouting antisemitic epithets.
Regev demands Spanish minister intervene in water polo BDS fracas
Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev demanded from her Spanish counterpart to move a women’s water polo match between Israel and Spain back to its original venue, after Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists had forced its relocation.

“The BDS movements are clearly antisemitic in nature and operate to harm the State of Israel and its citizens,” Regev wrote. “It is my expectation that the government of Spain will take all the necessary steps in order to reverse the decision of the Municipality of Molins de Rei.”

Planned demonstrations by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists led the municipality, just outside Barcelona, where the match was scheduled to take place, to move the game to a different venue and bar supporters.

Regev said Israel expected the organizers to “operate in accordance with the International Olympic Charter, [to] enable all sportsmen to compete as equals in the games.”

As of Tuesday noon, it was still unclear where the game would take place, if at all. Some sources reported that the game was canceled, but a PR company working on behalf of the Culture and Sport Ministry said the game was still on, in a new venue, with supporters banned. The ministry was still working to reverse the decision, the company said.

NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based watchdog that analyzes and reports on international NGO activity in regards to Israel, said the decision by the Spanish municipality came as no surprise, as funding of anti-Israel groups by the Catalonian government are no rarity.
Sky News Arabia report on Druze elections in Golan is riddled with distortions and falsehoods
The six falsehoods in the report are as follows:
Falsehood #1: “Israeli elections were forced upon the residents.”

Sky reports without challenge the claim from the Syrian government’s official news service (SANA) that the Israeli government forced elections upon residents of the Druze towns. In fact, the impetus for the elections elections was the effort of group of Druze residents of the Golan who fought in Israeli courts for the change of policy. An article in the Israeli “Walla” website elaborates (CAMERA’s translation):

“During the past eighteen months, six Druze petitions were brought before the supreme court, opposing the way the town council members and heads were appointed [prior to 2018, Israel’s Interior Ministry appointed them], and demanding that open municipal elections be held in their communities as well,” lawyer Fahd Safdi from Mas’adeh tells Walla News. “At the same time we launched letters to the Interior Ministry and applied heavy pressure so it would enable us to exercise our right to vote.”

Falsehood #2: “The voter participation rate ranged from between 0% and 1.5%.”

According to official Israeli statistics (in Hebrew), the participation rate in Majdal Shams was 3.3 percent, and 1.3 percent in ‘Ein Qenya. In Mas’adeh and Buq’atha the participation rate was indeed 0 percent, but, as the report itself points out, this was because the election process was cancelled in advance.

Falsehood #3: Israel has been engaged in “Judaization” in the Golan.

“Judaization” (Tahweed in Arabic) is a vague term among Arabic speakers than can signify any increase of either the physical, metaphorical or imagined presence of Jews in a given place; it is often used in the context of Jerusalem. This includes but is not limited to: Scholars searching for archeological findings in the Old City and its surroundings, visitors walking peacefully around the Temple Mount compound, or even a Christian individual trying to set the Al-Aqsa mosque on fire. The question of what “Judaization attempts” the report is alluding to goes unanswered. In 51 years of Israeli control, the construction of Jewish villages in the Golan Heights has rarely faced Druze opposition of any kind. Moreover, how a democratic process initiated by Druze, in which both the voters and the candidates are Druze, can be labeled “Judaization” is a mystery.
French Police Investigating Violent Assaults on Two Young Jews in Paris in Single Week
Two separate assaults on Jewish teenagers in the Paris area during the last week are being investigated by police as hate crimes, French news outlets reported on Monday.

The first incident occurred last Tuesday in Sarcelles — about ten miles north of the capital. According to news magazine Le Point, a young schoolgirl wearing the uniform of the Jewish school that she attends was approached by an older man who spoke to her in Arabic before punching her hard in the back. The girl told police that her assailant had also mimed the action of shooting a gun at her with his fingers.

Traditionally the home of a large North African Jewish community, tensions have increased markedly in Sarcelles over the last decade between Jews and a growing Muslim population. The neighborhood was the site of a full scale antisemitic riot in July 2014, when 300 mainly Muslims youths looted Jewish-owned shops and attacked a synagogue during a solidarity protest with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

A separate incident the following day was reported in the 19th arrondissement in northeastern Paris. A young man wearing a yarmulke was assaulted by three youths at a bus stop after he noticed that one of them was trying to pickpocket a laptop computer from his bag. After they spotted the young man’s yarmulke, the youths shouted antisemitic insults and pushed him to the ground, punching and kicking him as he fell.

Meanwhile, doctors, nurses, patients and other visitors to the Rothschild Hospital in Paris — named for the illustrious French-Jewish family — were greeted on Sunday morning with a lengthy antisemitic screed scrawled on one of the entrance walls.
Former Nazi SS concentration camp guard, 94, goes on trial in Germany
A 94-year-old former enlisted SS man went on trial Tuesday in Germany, charged with being an accessory to murder for crimes committed during the years he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Stutthof concentration camp.

Johann Rehbogen is accused of working as a guard at the camp east of Danzig, which is today the Polish city of Gdansk, from June 1942 to about the beginning of September 1944.

There is no evidence linking him to a specific crime, but more than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof and prosecutors argue that as a guard, he was an accessory to at least hundreds of those deaths.

Stutthof prisoners were killed in a gas chamber, with deadly injections of gasoline or phenol directly to their hearts or shot, starved and even forced outside in winter without clothes until they died of exposure, prosecutor Andreas Brendel said.

The former SS Sturmmann, roughly equivalent to the US Army rank of specialist, does not deny serving in the camp during the war but has told investigators he was not aware of the killings and did not participate in them, Brendel said.
Doll that survived Holocaust goes on display at Yad Vashem
A doll called Inge that survived the looting during Kristallnacht in November 1938 was recently handed over to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem by its owner and is now on display there.

Lore Mayerfield Stern, a Holocaust survivor from Kassel, Germany, was just 2 years old when the anti-Jewish riots known as Kristallnacht, the "Night of Broken Glass," caused massive destruction to Jewish property in her city and across Nazi Germany and Austria. During the pogrom, which took place on Nov. 9-10, 1938, at least 90 Jews were killed, 30,000 Jewish men were rounded up and sent to concentration camps, almost 300 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of Jewish homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.

Inge, along with personal letters Stern had kept from that era, is now part of Yad Vashem's It Came From Within online exhibition, which marks the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

During Kristallnacht, Stern's father, Markus Stern, was one of the Jewish men arrested and was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. Young Lore and her mother, Kaetchen, were taken in and hidden by neighbors, who kept them safe during the riots.

"Lore, already in pajamas, hid with her mother at the neighbors' house until the pogrom was over. When they returned home, they found that the place had been torn apart and was not habitable," Yad Vashem states on its website.
Hyundai venture arm invests in Israeli computer vision startup allegro.ai
The corporate venture arm of Hyundai Motor Company has made a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount into Israeli startup allegro.ai., a developer of computer vision technologies based on deep learning, the companies said in a joint statement on Monday.

The partnership with allegro.ai will allow Hyundai to “speed up deployment of AI technology in many business areas,” improving the quality of its products and creating “a safer driving environment,” Hyundai CRADLE and allegro.ai said.

Founded in 2016, allegro.ai offers software that simplifies the process of developing and managing solutions and products, such as autonomous vehicles, drones, security and logistics systems, that are powered by artificial intelligence and deep learning. The software also allows customers to update their devices and their learning capabilities while in use, so every device can continue to improve its operations.

“Deep learning computer vision is one of the core technologies that can be applied to autonomous driving to navigate roads and make quick decisions in real-time – and allegro.ai is clearly an innovation leader in that field,” said Ruby Chen, head of Investment at Hyundai CRADLE Tel Aviv.

“Our investment in allego.ai is a further step in enhancing our presence in the Israeli market, a global leader of technological innovation in the fields of automation, artificial intelligence and deep learning,” he said. “This is our fifth investment in an Israeli company and our activities will continue to grow the coming year.”
IsraellyCool: Pharrell Williams at FIDF Gala: “You Guys Show An Incredible Resilience”
A few days ago I posted about the FIDF Gala that saw celebrities help raise $60 million for Israel’s IDF. The incredibly talented Pharrell Williams was the musical act, but what I did not know at the time were the touching words he said about the Jewish people, in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

Providing entertainment was musical guest Pharrell Williams, who took a moment to share a few words about last week’s deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

“Look, what happened in that synagogue was incredibly cruel, it was wrong, and it’s not supposed to be what our nation is,” Williams said. “This group of people have been tested over and over and over again … but you guys show an incredible resilience.”


This makes me happy.
4,000 college students from 60 nations sing as one in TLV
Four thousand college students from 60 countries gathered in Tel Aviv in October for the latest mass singalong sponsored by the social music project, Koolulam.

The event, at Ganei Yehoshua, was attended by GA 2018 participants, graduates of MASA programs, MASA CEO Liran Avisar Ben Horin, Jewish Agency Chairman Yitzchak Herzog, Government Secretary Tzahi Braverman, and Masa Chairman Ilan Cohen.

Koolulam was founded with the goal of strengthening society through mass singing events in which large groups of non-professionals come together to create a collaborative happening.

The organization gathers as many as 12,000 people at a time from a broad spectrum of Israeli life, and then films the joint singing productions to share on social media.

In June this year, Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together at the Jerusalem Tower of David Museum to sing Bob Marley’s “One Love” in three languages as a show of unity from Israel. The video of the event went viral.


After 56 years of searching, IDF finds remains of pilot in Sea of Galilee
The Israeli military recently discovered the remains of a pilot, Lt. Yakir Naveh, who has been missing since his plane crashed into the Sea of Galilee 56 years ago, the army said Tuesday.

The remains were discovered on October 25 on the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, along with pieces of the aircraft.

Once they were found, the remains were sent to a forensic laboratory for identification, the army said.

The military’s Manpower Directorate informed the pilot’s family that his remains had been found, the army said.

His funeral was scheduled for November 13 at 3 p.m. at Tel Aviv’s Kiryat Shaul military cemetery.

On May 6, 1962, Naveh was training a cadet on a Fouga Magister when their plane got too low over the water and the engine cut out. The nose of the plane hit the water, sending them into a fierce spin, wing over wing.

A year later, a search team found the body of the cadet who had been flying the plane, Oded Kouton, but no trace of Naveh.




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Important Current Affairs 21st October 2018
Important Miscellaneous News (15-20 Oct 2018)
The 6th edition of India International Silk Fair was inaugurated in New Delhi on October 16, 2018.Man-animal conflict will now be considered as ‘State Declared Disaster’ in Uttar Pradesh.Virtual currency exchange ‘Unocoin’ has installed India’s first cryptocurrency ATM in Bengaluru.The Government of India will organise the ‘First National Summit on Invest in AYUSH’ on 4 November 2018.
Important Science & Tech News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (CSIR-IITR) have developed ‘Oneer’ for disinfecting water
·       The European Space Agency launched a scientific mission named ‘BepiColombo’ to Mercury.
·       China successfully launched twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space on 15 October 2018 to strengthen its satellite navigation network.
Imp Govt Policies & Schemes (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The government of India has announced 100 crore rupee award scheme under Saubhagya scheme.
·       The government of India has launched the ‘Youth Road Safety Learners Licence’ programme on 15 October 2018.
·       Earth Sciences Minister Dr Harshvardhan unveiled an Air Quality early warning system for Delhi.
·       The government of India launched ‘Swasth Bharat Yatra’ campaign on 16 October 2018.
Important India & World News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       India and China have launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats.
·       The sixth meeting of the UAE – India High-Level Joint Task Force on Investments (‘the Joint Task Force’) was held in Mumbai on 15 October 2018.
·       Defence Minister NirmalaSitharaman attended 12th ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the 5th ADMM-Plus in Singapore on 19 and 20 October 2018.
Important Books & Authors (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       “Brief Answers to the Big Questions” written by Stephen Hawking was launched on 15 October 2018.
·       A new book was released on Maharana Pratap titled “Maharana Pratap: The Invincible Warrior” written by Rima Hooja.
·       “Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections” written by Vijayan Bala was released on 18 October 2018.
Important National Affairs (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       IRCTC launched a chatbot named ‘Ask Disha’ which will answer users’ queries.
·       The Shahi litchi of North Bihar has got the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
·       The North Central Railways (NCR) launched two apps – ‘NCR RASTA’ (Railway assets Summarised Tracking Application) and ‘Yatri RASTA’ (Railway Approach to Station Tracking Application) for its staff and passengers respectively.
Imp Business & Economy News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The RBI purchased government securities (g-secs) worth ₹120 billion under Open Market Operations.
·       Kreditech has got the license from RBI to operate as Non-Banking Financial Company for digital lending business and app-based financing.
·       RBI has released the guidelines for interoperability between Prepaid Payment Instruments (PPIs).RBI eased liquidity coverage ratio norms for banks.
Important Indexes & Reports (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       India has been ranked as the 58th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index for 2018.
·       According to the Rural Development Ministry survey, Kuligod in Karnataka is the India’s best-developed village.
·       According to Credit Suisse’s 2018 Global Wealth Report, wealth in India grew a modest 2.6% and wealth per adult stayed flat at US$ 7,020.
Important Days & Events (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       International Day of Rural Women is observed on 15 October every year.
·       RashtriyaMahilaKisanDiwas is observed on 15 October in India.
·       World Food Day is held annually on the 16th of October.
·       International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on 17 October.
·       World Osteoporosis Day 2018 is observed on October 20.
Important Defence News (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The Indian Air Force (IAF) has announced India’s first competition in the defence sector, the Mehar Baba Prize.
·       India and China will resume the annual joint Army exercise ‘Hand-in-Hand’ in December 2018 in China’s Chengdu region.
·       India and Japan will hold the joint military exercise ‘DHARMA GUARDIAN-2018’ at Vairengte, Mizoram from 1 November to 14 November 2018.
Imp International News-2 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Lieutenant General Laura J. Richardson has become the first woman Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM).
·       The world’s longest sea bridge ‘Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge’ will be opened on 24 October 2018.
·       China’s indigenously designed and built amphibious aircraft ‘AG600’ successfully carried out its first take-off and landing tests on 20 October 2018.
Imp International News-1 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       The 6th RCEP Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting (IMM) was held in Singapore.
·       Canada has become the second country to legalise possession and use of recreational marijuana.
·       Palestine will lead the ‘Group of 77 plus China’ at the United Nations.
·       China has successfully tested the world’s largest unmanned transport drone which can carry a payload of 1.5 tonnes.
Important Sport News-2 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Akash Malik became the first Indian to win a silver medal in archery at the 2018 Youth Olympics.
·       The 2019 Military World Games will be held in China.
·       The organisers of Wimbledon have introduced a final set tie-breaker in all the events from 2019. A tiebreaker match will be played when the score reaches 12-12 in the final set.
Important Sport News-1 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Tennis player Leander Paes won the Santo Domingo Open trophy.
·       Tennis player Novak Djokovic won the Shanghai Masters title.
·       In Hockey, Great Britain won the 2018 Sultan of Johor Cup.
·       SurajPanwar won the silver medal in men’s 5000m race walk event in Youth Olympic Games 2018.
·       Praveen Chitravel won the bronze medal in triple jump at the Youth Olympics Games 2018.
Important Awards & Honours-2 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Suheil Tandon has won the International Olympic Committee’s Sport and Active Society Commission’s Grant Award.
·       Minal Patel Davis has been honoured with a Presidential award for her contribution towards combatting human trafficking in Houston, USA.
·       Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania awarded ‘Carnot Prize’ to Union Minister Piyush Goyal.
Important Awards & Honours-1 (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       Sikkim has won 2018 UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Future Policy for Gold Award.
·       Author MaryseConde won an alternative award formed in protest to the Nobel Literature Prize which got cancelled in 2018.
·       Author Anna Burns won the Man Booker Prize for her novel “Milkman”.
·       Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi has been named for 2018 Hridaynath Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Important Appointments (15-20 Oct 2018)
·       ShekharMande has been appointed as Director-General of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
·       Nimesh Shah has been elected as Chairman of Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI).
·       RBI has approved Sandeep Bakshi’s appointment as MD and CEO of the ICICI bank for three years.
·       World Steel Association has elected JSW Steel CMD Sajjan Jindal as its treasurer.

Important Current Affairs 22nd October 2018
Indian Carpet Expo in Varanasi inaugurated
Prime Minister NarendraModi Inaugurated 36th Indian Carpet Expo in Varanasi on 21 Octber 2018.The expo is being organised under the aegis of the Deen Dayal Hastkala Sankul – a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts – at Varanasi..The expo has become a world-famous international fair amongst the buyers of Handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings.
200 ‘Nirmal’ Ganga projects to be completed
Union Minister NitinGadkari said that the government intends to complete 200 projects for ghats and crematoria.The government is taking various measures to ensure ecological flow or the minimum quantity of water at different stretches of the Ganga.The government had in May 2015 approved Rs 20,000 crore under its ambitious ‘Namami Gange’.
#MeToo: SC declined urgent hearing of PIL
The Supreme Court declined urgent hearing on a PIL seeking the registration of FIRs based on allegations of sexual misconduct and assault levelled by women across various sectors,It is a part of what is being referred to as India’s #MeToo movement.#MeToo spread virally in October 2017 on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment.
Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura passed away
Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died.Shimomura and two American scientists shared the 2008 Nobel prize for the discovery and development of a jellyfish protein that later contributed to cancer studies.In 1962, Shimomura isolated green fluorescent protein from jellyfish.
NASA names gamma-ray constellations
NASA scientists have devised a new set of 21 modern gamma-ray constellations and named them after fictional characters such as the Hulk and Godzilla.The constellations were devised to celebrate the completion of 10 years of operations of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.Fermi’s Large Area Telescope has been scanning the entire sky each day, mapping and measuring sources of gamma rays.
Paytm launched PayPay in Japan
Paytm has launched a payment service called ‘PayPay’ in Japan.PayPay is based on QR (quick-response) code technology.The payment service has been launched in association with SoftBank Corporation and Yahoo Japan Corporation.SoftBank Group is one of the largest investors in Paytm.PayPay Corporation was established in June 2018.
27th Fusion Energy Conference inaugurated
The 27th Fusion Energy Conference (FEC) was inaugurated in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on 22 October 2018.The six-day event is organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and hosted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Gandhinagar-based Institute of Plasma Research.FEC aims to provide a forum for the discussion of key physics and technology issues.
NITI Lecture Series on artificial intelligence
Prime Minister NarendraModi attended the fourth edition of the NITI Lecture Series focussed on ‘leveraging artificial intelligence for inclusive growth’ on 22 October 2018.The 2018 theme for the lecture series was ‘AI for All: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Growth’.The lecture series is part of the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence.
Hurricane Willa approaching towards Mexico
Hurricane Willa has grown rapidly into an ‘extremely dangerous’ near-Category 5 storm in the eastern Pacific and is moving towards Mexico’s western coast.The hurricane was recognised as ‘life-threatening’ by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).It has maximum sustained winds of about 130 miles per hour (209 km).
Sujatha Gidla won Shakti Bhatt Prize
SujathaGidla has won the 2018 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize.She won the award for her book, ‘Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India’.The Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize is funded by the Shakti Bhatt Foundation.It was set up in 2008 in memory of writer Shakti.It carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh.
Global meet on maternal, child health

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Important Current Affairs 11th October 2018
‘Olly’ made Hockey World Cup mascot
Turtle ‘Olly’ has been declared as the official mascot for the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup.Hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16, 2018.‘Olly’ represents the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.Olly was also the mascot for Asian Athletics Championships held in 2017.
INS & Aircraft reach for IND-INDO CORPAT
Indian Naval Ship (INS) Kulish and an Indian Dornier (naval maritime time patrol aircraft) from Andaman and Nicobar command entered Belawan harbour, IndonesiaINS Kulish and Indian Dornier will attend the 32nd edition of ‘India – Indonesia coordinated patrol’ (IND-INDO CORPAT).IND-INDO CORPAT began on 11 October 2018 and will end on 27 October 2018.
Pravin appointed as Chief Statistician
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Pravin Srivastava as Chief Statistician of India, and Secretary of the Statistics Ministry.Before this, he worked as additional director general in the national accounts division of the Statistics Ministry.Pravin Srivastava is the 1983-batch Indian Statistical Service officer.
‘Bioelectronic medicine’ which repair nerves        
Researchers at Washington University have developed the first bioelectronic medicine.The medicine is an implantable, biodegradable wireless device that speeds nerve regeneration and improves the healing of a damaged nerve.The device provides therapy and treatment over a clinically relevant period of time and directly at the site where it’s needed.
Nirmala on a 3-day visit to France
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began a three-day visit to France on 11 October 2018.Ms Sitharaman will hold wide-ranging talks with her French counterpart Florence Parly on ways to deepen strategic cooperation between the two countries.Ms Sitharaman will also take stock of progress in the supply of 36 Rafale jets by Dassault to the Indian Air Force under a Rs. 58,000 crore deal.
Sundar Singh won silver in javelin throw
Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.Gurjar won the silver medal with an effort of 61.33m in his fifth attempt.
32nd conference of WUWM inaugurated
Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Purushottam Rupala inaugurated the 32nd world conference of ‘World Union of Wholesale Markets’ (WUWM).The Conference was held at Gurugram, Haryana on 11 October 2018.The theme of the conference is  ‘The Wholesale Markets in the Digital Era: Challenges and Opportunities’.
Sunil Bhaskaran to head AirAsia India
Sunil Bhaskaran has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of low-cost carrier AirAsia India with effect from November 15, 2018.The AirAsia airline is jointly owned by Tata Sons and Air Asia Bhd.Mr Bhaskaran is currently vice-president, Corporate Services at Tata Steel.AirAsia India has a market share of less than 5% and a fleet of 19 aircraft.
RBI board gets two new directors
The government has appointed Sachin Chaturvedi to the central board of the Reserve Bank of India.Revathy Iyer, a former Indian Audit and Accounts Services officer, was also nominated to the RBI board.Both are appointed for a period of four years with effect from September 19, 2018.With these appointments, RBI will now have 18 members on its central board.
International Day of the Girl Child:11 October
International Day of the Girl is observed on 11 October 2018.The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.The theme for 2018 is ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’.October 11, 2012, was the first International Day of the Girl Child.
Sushma Swaraj to attend SCO meeting
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj participated in the 17th Council of Heads of Government (CHG) meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.The meeting was held in Tajikistan on 11 October 2018.This is the second CHG meeting since India became a full member of SCO in June 2017.In 2017, CHG meeting was held in Sochi, Russia.
Online Assurances Monitoring System inagurated
Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel inaugurated the Online Assurances Monitoring System (OAMS).OAMS has been developed by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry.This system has made the information regarding assurances given on the floor of the Houses of Parliament paperless and available in digital format.
Cabinet approved the merger of NCVT & NSDA
The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of the regulatory institutions in the skills space – National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) and the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA).The new merged will be named as National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET).NCVET will regulate the functioning of entities engaged in vocational education and training.
IWAI launched Ro-Ro service to Majuli Island
Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) started Roll on-Roll off (Ro-Ro) facility in collaboration with the Government of Assam for Majuli Island.IWAI has procured a new vessel ‘MV Bhupen Hazarika’ for the new Ro-Ro service.Majuli is one of the biggest riverine islands in the world located on river Brahmaputra in Assam.
Cabinet approves MoC between India and Finland
The government approved an agreement between India and Finland on cooperation in environment protection in both the countries.The agreement is expected to bring in the latest technologies and best practices suited for bringing about better environment protection.The areas of cooperation also includes air and water pollution prevention and purification, remediation of contaminated soils.
Goa Maritime Symposium – 2018
The Indian Navy will host the ‘Goa Maritime Symposium’ on 16 October 2018.The event is a follow-on to the maiden Goa Maritime Conclave held in 2017.The theme for the one day symposium is “Building Stronger Maritime Partnerships in Indian Ocean Region”.The focus of the symposium is on capacity building among Indian Ocean Region navies to tackle emerging maritime threats,
MoU between India and Lebanon approved
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Lebanon for cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors.The MoU will promote understanding of best Agricultural practices in the two countries.The MoU will also help in better productivity at farmer fields as well as improved global market.
Tushar Mehta is the new Solicitor General
The Government of India has appointed Tushar Mehta as the Solicitor General of India.At present, Tushar Mehta holds the charge of Additional Solicitor General.He will remain in office till 30th of June, 2020 or till further orders.Solicitor General of India is the second highest ranking law officer of the government.
Saurabh Chaudhary won gold in 10m air pistol      
Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the gold medal in the 10m air pistol event at the Youth Olympic Games on 10 October 2018.Saurabh also won gold medal in the Asian Games and Junior ISSF World Championship.This is India’s third gold medal in Buenos Aires and the fourth medal overall for the shooting contingent.
Govt sets ‘minimum river flows’ for the Ganga
The government of India had notified the minimum ‘environmental flows’ for Ganga river.Environmental flows are the acceptable flow regimes that are required to maintain a river in the desired environmental state or predetermined state.The upper stretches of the Ganga would have to maintain 20% of the monthly average flow between November and March.

Important Current Affairs 12th October 2018
Centre approved land pooling policy for Delhi
The government of India has approved a land pooling policy for Delhi.The policy was approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the chairmanship of Lt Governor Anil Baijal in September 2018.Under the policy, agencies will develop infrastructures like roads, schools, hospitals, community centres and stadia on part of the pooled land
Over 900 prisoners get special remission
As part of the commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, over 900 prisoners have been released in the first phase of the Government’s scheme for grant of special remission to specific categories of prisoners.The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet on July 18, 2018.The prisoners will be released in three phases- October 2, 2018, April 6, 2019, and October 2, 2019.
Silver Jubilee celebrations of NHRC began
Silver Jubilee celebrations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) began on 12 October 2018.The Commission will organize a ‘Human Rights Mela’ and ‘Human Rights Street Theatre Festival’.NHRC is an autonomous public body responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights.Retired Justice HL Dattu is the Chairperson of NHRC.
Govt hiked import duty on electronic items
The government has increased basic customs duty on electronic and telecom equipment to 20% from the current 10%.The items that will face customs duty hike include smartwatches, optical transport equipment and voice over internet protocol equipment.The hike will come into effect on 12 October 2018.Restricting imports is a part of the government’s strategy to arrest the rupee’s fall.
World Arthritis Day observed on October 12
World Arthritis Day is observed on the 12th of October every year.The theme of World Arthritis Day 2018 is “It’s in your hands, take action”.World Arthritis Day was launched by the Arthritis Foundation.The objective of the day is to spread awareness about arthritis, and how it affects the lives of those that suffer with it.
India suffered economic loss due to disasters
The report titled ‘Economic Losses, Poverty and Disasters 1998-2017’ was released by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.According to the report, India suffered a $79.5 billion economic loss due to climate-related disasters in the last 20 years.The greatest economic losses have been experienced by the US at $944.8 billion, followed by China, Japan, India and Puerto Rico.
WB to provide $195 million to Nepal
The World Bank (WB) has announced that it will provide around US$195 million concessional loans to Nepal.The loan amount will be used by Nepal to reform the country’s financial and energy sectors.An agreement to this effect was reached during the ongoing annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) at Bali in Indonesia.
Arun Kumar appointed as Bhilai Steel Plant CEO
Arun Kumar Rath took charge as the new CEO of Bhilai Steel plant on 11 October 2018.He succeeds M Ravi who was removed from the post on October 10 after the fire accident at Bhilai Steel Plant.Rath was earlier the CEO of Durgapur Steel Plant.Anirban Dasgupta, CEO of SAIL’s IISCO Steel Plant at Burnpur, takes additional charge of Durgapur Plant.
Centre for 4th Industrial Revolution launched
The World Economic Forum launched its new Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in India.The centre would be based in Maharashtra.It has selected drones, artificial intelligence and blockchain as the first three project areas.The WEF has also entered into partnerships with the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh governments for the new initiative
Amway hires Milind Pant as first global CEO
Direct selling company Amway has announced Milind Pant as its Chief Executive Officer.Mr. Pant will report directly to Amway’s Board of Directors effective January 2, 2019.Amway has been co-led by Van Andel who has served as Amway Chairman since 1995 and Doug DeVos who has served as Amway’s president since 2002.
BoB CEO P.S. Jayakumar gets one-year extension
The government extended the tenure of Bank of Baroda Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer P.S. Jayakumar by one year.Before joining Bank of Baroda, Jayakumar founded VBHC Value Homes Pvt. Ltd along with Jaithirth Rao and worked with Citigroup bank.Jayakumar is a chartered accountant by qualification.
21% Indian children are under-weight: GHI
According to the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2018, at least one in five Indian children under the age of five are wasted, which means they have extremely low weight for their height, reflecting acute under-nutrition.Overall, India has been ranked at 103 out of 119 countries in the Index.GHI is a peer-reviewed publication released annually by ‘Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide.
Punjab govt released 3 apps
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh launched three mobile apps aimed at checking crop residue burning.The apps also aim to create awareness about the effects of crop residue burning on the environment and human health.The three Android mobile applications have been developed by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC).The three apps are i-Khet Machine, e-PEHaL and e-Prevent.
Sushil Modi released book ‘Lalu Leela’
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi has come out with a nearly 200-page book titled “Lalu Leela”.The book documents “benami” land deals allegedly involving the RJD national president, Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family members.The preface has been penned by another Union minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad.
‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead
GD Agarwal who devoted his life to the cause of saving river Ganga, died on 11 October 2018.Agarwal was on a fast-unto-death for the last 111 days.He was a former professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur.In 2012, he formally renounced the world and adopted the name Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand.
Malaysia abolishes capital punishment
Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty and halt pending executions.Capital punishment in Malaysia is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes.In April 2017, human rights group Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of the death penalty.
Govt package for footwear and leather sector
The Central Government has approved a special package for employment generation in leather and footwear sector.The package involves implementation of Central Sector Scheme – Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) with an approved expenditure of Rs. 2600 Crore for 2017-20.The scheme aims at development of infrastructure for the leather sector.
Space centre to be set up at Jammu University
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University.The centre will take care of the emerging geospatial and space technology requirements for the development of the region.Apart from this, the disaster management centre will also be set up.
World Bank’s Human Capital Index released
The World Bank released a Human Capital Index (HCI) as part of the World Development Report 2019.The broader theme of the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 is “The Changing Nature of Work”.India is ranked at 115.The report almost reiterated that Indian children are not learning enough in schools.
AIM & IBM India design Internship Programme
NITI Aayog and IBM India announced a first-of-its-kind internship programme for students selected by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).The Atal Innovation Mission conducted the Atal Tinkering Marathon in 2017.The students will be equipped with the skills in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing and blockchain.

Important Current Affairs 13th October 2018
Hurricane Leslie heading to Portugal, Spain
Hurricane Leslie is heading toward Portugal and Spain.The Category 1 storm was about 910 km southwest of Lisbon, Portugal, and about 320 km northwest of Madeira, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said.Leslie is moving northeast at 36 mph and it has maximum sustained winds of 80 mph.The storm is expected to pass north of Madeira.
Archer Harvinder Singh clinched gold
Archer Harvinder Singh notched up the men’s individual recurve gold, while track-and-field athletes added a silver and a bronze to India’s tally in the Asian Para-Games in Jakarta.Harvinder defeated China’s Zhao Lixue 6-0 in the W2/ST category final to claim the top honours and take India’s gold tally to seven.Monu Ghangas claimed the silver in the men’s discus throw F11 category.
PM Modi to visit Japan for India-Japan Summit
Modi will visit Japan on 28-29 of this month for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit.This will be the fifth Annual Summit meeting between Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their twelfth meeting overall since 2014.Prime Minister’s visit will reaffirm the traditional bonds of friendship between the two countries and strengthen their multifaceted cooperation in diverse fields
Saurabh clinched gold in 10-m air pistol
Pistol shooter Saurabh Chaudhary bagged the Gold Medal in the 10-metre air pistol event in the ongoing Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.In Buenos Aires, the 16-year old blew the field away in the final as he finished a massive Seven and a half points ahead of his closest rival.It is India’s 3rd gold in the history of Youth Olympic Games and all 3 have come in this edition in Buenos Aires.
Deepa clinched bronze in Asian Para Games
At the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Rio Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik bagged her second medal as she clinched a bronze in the women’s F51/52/53 discus throw event.Deepa produced her best effort in her fourth attempt, a 9.67 metre to claim the third spot.Elnaz Darabian of Iran took home the gold and set a new Asian record with her best throw of 10.71 meters.
ICC launched women’s T20I ranking
In the newly launched ICC global Women’s T20I Team Rankings, India is placed fifth while three-time champions Australia topped the 46-team table.The ICC’s move to launch the women’s T20I rankings follows its decision earlier this year to award international status to all T20 matches.An ICC release in Dubai said all women’s T20 matches between members have international status.
5 gold for India on penultimate day
India grabbed 5 gold medals on the penultimate day of the Asian Para Games at Jakarta.K Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women’s individual rapid P1 chess event while Kishan Gangolli got the better of Majid Bagheri in the men’s individual event to claim the top spot.In para-badminton, Parul Parmar notched up a victory over Wandee Kamtam to win the gold medal in the women’s singles event.
Cyclone Luban in Oman
Oman has closed schools and ports in the southern part of the country while Yemen’s local authorities prepared health facilities ahead of cyclone Luban.Luban is currently a category one cyclone, which is likely to develop into a Category 2 cyclone within the next 48 hours.\ Luban is travelling northwest, and cloud bands of the cyclone are currently 327 kilometres away from the coast of Oman.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction.It is held every year on 13 October.The 2018 theme continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.
India-Azerbaijan signed protocol
The 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation (IA-IGC) was held on 11-12 October 2018 in New Delhi.Both sides agreed to take measures to enhance trade relations and expand business relations.Novruz Mammadov is the PM of Azerbaijan.
Online portal for grant of IEM and IL
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has developed a new online portal for facilitating the filing of online applications for IEM and Industrial Licence (IL) under Arms Act as well as Industries (Development & Regulation)[I(D&R)] Act, 1951 at https://services.dipp.gov.in.This portal will be available for public with effect from 16th October 2018 for filing application.
Word Egg day celebrated
The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries organized “World Egg Day” on 12 October.A booklet on poultry entrepreneurs’ success stories was released.International Egg Commission has declared the second Friday of October every year as World Egg Day.This is a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of eggs.
13th convention of CIC inaugurated
Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 13th Convention of the Central Information Commission in New Delhi.The Convention will deliberate on three specific subjects – Data privacy and Right to Information, Amendment in the RTI Act and Implementation of the RTI Act.The Central Information Commission set up under the Right to Information Act is the authorised body, established in 2005.
SBI signed MoU with Nepal’s NBI
State Bank of India has signed an MoU with Kathmandu-based National Banking Institute (NBI) for the development of human resources of the latter.Under the MoU, the strategic training unit of SBI will impart education, training and development to facilitate transformation of NBI’s HR department.SBI signed the three-year MoU with NBI to establish a mutually beneficial strategic alliance.
India remains polio-free: UNICEF, WHO
The UNICEF and the WHO reiterated India’s status as a polio-free country.This came after some oral polio vaccine vials were found contaminated with the type-2 polio virus last month.India has a high routine immunisation coverage and so the risk of children getting vaccine-derived polio virus was “minimal”, said the two global organisations in a joint statement.
India’s biggest Zika outbreak in Jaipur
Fifty cases of Zika have been confirmed in Jaipur in India’s biggest outbreak of the disease with 11 pregnant women among them.The mosquito-borne virus puts the unborn child at risk of microcephaly, a birth defect where the baby’s head is smaller than normal.The symptoms include high fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, headache and conjunctivitis.
First IIIC Opened in Bengaluru
The country’s first India-Israel Innovation Centre (IIIC), an entrepreneurial technology hub, was launched in Bengaluru.The IIIC is a significant step towards facilitating penetration of Israeli companies in India.It aims to forge local partnerships and joint ventures between companies from the two countries.It will provide an ecosystem to support entrepreneurship.
NSE signed a pact with Uttarakhand
Leading stock exchange NSE has signed a pact with the Uttarakhand government to provide access to capital to MSMEs.This which will fuel the growth of such entities in the state.The bourse will play an active role in nurturing the SMEs and start-ups by increasing awareness.NSE’s SME Platform has currently 182 companies listed, which together raised over Rs 2,850 crore.
India elected to UNHRC
India has been elected to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council with the highest vote among all candidates.It secured 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019.In the Asia Pacific category, India got 188 votes followed by Fiji with 187 and Bangladesh 178 votes.
Legendary musician Annapurna Devi passed away
Legendary musician Annapurna Devi has passed away in Mumbai. She was 91.Annapurna Devi was an Indian surbahar player of Hindustani classical music and she was the daughter and disciple of Allauddin Khan.She was married to sitar maestro Ravi Shankar.

Important Current Affairs 14th October 2018
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          Security Systems News welcomes the “20 under 40” Class of 2018 winners      Cache   Translate Page      
Integrator and End User categories have been combined into one group
11/06/2018
Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News is proud to recognize another class of promising young professionals with its “20 under 40” awards. Among this year’s honorees are professionals from large security companies—including ADT, Securitas Electronic Security and G4S—as well as stand-out end users such as KeyBank, Harley Davidson and the Cleveland Indians.

“We were really impressed by this year’s 20 under 40 award winners,” Paul Ragusa, editor of SSN, said. “Each of these professionals has shown innovation and dedication to advancing the industry—they have all earned this award.”

The Class of 2018 is the first time that Security Systems News has chosen to bring its formerly separate classes of “20 under 40” Integrators and End Users into one unified group, further emphasizing the value of this year’s winners.

One of the benefits in profiling young professionals is seeing the outlook from the current and future leaders of security. They have a unique vantage point to speak on topics like the key technological trends of the industry and what can be done to get more talented young people into the business.

Several of this year’s award winners highlighted the potential in artificial intelligence.

Others mentioned the ongoing trend of “doing more with less;” that the security technologies users put in are dependent on their budgets and as such, users try to get as much value as possible.“Technology is a big capital investment; but, technology also demonstrates a great return on investment in the end,” Jesse Johnson, corporate security lead, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, said.

“I know we’re in a large push now to supplement personnel with technology that makes sense, and I just don’t see that going away. As the technology continues to progress, we’re going to leverage it more and more, on all facets—access control, video, video analytics,” Johnson continued.

According to Brandi Wilson, Wells Fargo security manager, there will be more interplay between cyber and physical security to come. “The cyber and physical security crossover will continue as we move forward, as criminals continue to get better at hacking into systems,” she said. “The next five years these risks will grow, including on the physical side.”

When it comes to finding new talent, Cummings said VTI has an entry-training program for engineers with no security experience. “So we are looking at starting them off at the ground level and training them up in our industry as opposed to going out there and finding the most experienced people for the job, which can be a challenge.”

Shannon Beritzhoff, branch manager of First Alarm, said that attracting young and promising employees to the security industry isn’t the real problem. “It’s not a shortage of getting talented people through the door, it’s a shortage of keeping them,” she said.

This year’s honorees also show the multitude of different paths that key professionals take in joining the business. John Bekisz Jr., now the systems integration manager at Securitas Electronic Security, started as a first responder. Brandi Wilson was a bank teller before moving into security and eventually her current role at Wells Fargo. Jennifer Theobald was working as a restaurant server while going to school when she was recruited to the security industry.

Security Systems News will be honoring its “20 under 40” Class of 2018 award winners with a special reception at its TechSec Solutions conference, Feb. 25 and 26, 2019, at the Delray Beach Marriot in Delray Beach, Fla.

The complete list of winners, linked to their individual profile articles is included below:

 

John Bekisz Jr., Securitas Electronic Security

 

Shannon Beritzhoff, First Alarm

 

John Butrim, ADT Security

 

Joshua Cummings, VTI Security

 

Michael A. DeVita III, Securadyne Systems

 

Kevin Didden, MTA

 

Vince DiGennaro, Cleveland Indians

 

Greg Ghirardi, KeyBank

 

Jesse Johnson, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

 

Curtis Kindred, American Defense Systems

 

Colby Meshey, Pentagon Force Protection Agency

 

Brandon T. Niles, Acadian Monitoring Services

 

Michael Petrone, Briscoe Protective

 

Ashley Raisanen, WH International Response Center

 

Markus Scott, NVMC Solutions

 

Steve Sinclair, G4S

 

Kevin Sopha, University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department

 

Dave Sweeney, Advantech

 

Jennifer Theobald, Rapid Security Solutions

 

Brandi Wilson, Wells Fargo


          ‘20 under 40’ Class of 2018—Kevin Didden      Cache   Translate Page      
11/06/2018
Paul Ragusa

Kevin Didden, 37

Senior manager, security programs and administration, MTA

New York

Prior to joining the internal security department for MTA Bridges and Tunnels just over a year ago, Kevin Didden spent most of his security career as an integrator. “The MTA is the first time that I have worked for an end user, being the customer rather than the guy trying to sell services,” he said.

Coming from the integrator community has helped Didden in his current role where he handles all of MTA Bridges and Tunnel’s security programs and project management, including managing approximately 100 internal security-related projects on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, he oversees the MTA Bridges and Tunnels security sensitive information initiative, which includes things such as document control for all drawings and specs for the transportation agency and its vendors.

“I also oversee and manage the security department’s interests in capital projects,” he said. “A big one right now is a $73 million electronic security overhaul on two of our suspension bridges, the RFK bridge and the Bronx-Whitestone, so I am overseeing the internal security departments’ interests in those projects.”

As a program manager, Didden is intimately involved with threat vulnerability risk assessments for all of MTA Bridges and Tunnels facilities, which is “all-encompassing, touching a lot of areas within security,” he noted.

One area that Didden sees great promise in is artificial intelligence-powered analytics. “With the advent of AI and a better processing power that is being packed onto these cameras out on the edge, we are able to do a lot more real-time analytics in the field rather than just your traditional, object-left-behind analytic,” he explained. “We are starting to see more where it is behavioral-based, seeing trends over time, which is very useful, especially in my environment.”

The use of Lidar within security is another area where Didden said he sees promise. 


          Rumors of AI Wars: Where Google and the Bible Agree      Cache   Translate Page      

An understanding of human dignity and responsibility belongs in the development of artificial intelligence for military uses.

Recently, Google hit the pause button on a military artificial intelligence project amidst thorny ethical questions raised by its own employees. Increasingly in new drone and surveillance systems, human knowledge and actions are augmented and soon might be sidelined altogether. Should we shirk our responsibility and pass authority onto these machines? For Christians, the complex conversation about how AI should be developed as weapons centers on a biblical understanding of human dignity and responsibility.

For Google employees, protest began in April 2018 over involvement in a program to continue work on an AI-based image recognition program for the Department of Defense arguing that Google should not be in the business of war since the company’s historic slogan has been “Do no evil.”

The program, simply referred to as “Project Maven,” is designed to be used in identifying enemy targets on the battlefield. The research would improve an AI system, which processes a massive amount of video data captured every day by US military drones and reports back to military and civilian analysts with potential targets for future military engagement. The New York Timesreported that the Pentagon has spent billions of dollars in recent years to develop these systems and often partners with leading technology firms.

Yet, thousands of Google’s employees, including many senior engineers, signed a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai in protest of the firm’s involvement in Project Maven. In June, Google announced that it would not renew the government contract for Project Maven. Employees rejoiced at this decision, but Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos and others have criticized the move arguing that dropping the ...

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Harvard announced that “The Library Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School Library has completed its Caselaw Access Project, an endeavour to digitize every reported state and federal US legal case from the 1600s to last summer.” The announcement entitled “Harvard just put more than 6 million court cases online to give legal AI a boost” included these details “Between 2013 and 2018, the Library digitized over 40 million pages of U.S. court decisions” to help AI, and explained the following: Why is this needed? One of the biggest hurdles to developing artificial intelligence for legal applications is the lack of access to data. To train their software, legal AI companies have often had to build their own databases by scraping whatever websites have made information public and making deals with companies for access to their private legal files. What it means: Now that millions of cases are online for free, a good training source will be easily…
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What is a chatbot? A chatbot is a computer program or artificial intelligence, designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner, thereby passing the Turing test. Such programs are often designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner, thereby passing the Turing test. Chatbots are typically used in dialog systems for various practical purposes including customer service or information acquisition. Some chatterbots use sophisticated natural language processing systems, but many simpler systems scan for keywords within the input, then pull a reply with the most matching keywords, or the most similar wording pattern, from a database. Why are Chatbots Important? Chatbots are revolutionizing the way we interact. It has become an interesting junction for both human and machine learning. There had been a significant rise of adoption of chatbots in 2017 across all industries. The segment that has seen highest adoption is particularly the financial services and insurance industries.

          Alibaba rival JD.com plays the long-game on technology investment      Cache   Translate Page      
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          How digital artists are questioning artificial intelligence      Cache   Translate Page      

Steve Goodman is best known for his work DJing as Kode9 and running the Hyperdub record label, one of the pioneering forces of UK bass culture and dubstep since 2004. Through releases by Kode9 & The Spaceape, and Burial, Hyperdub captured a sound that embodied the high-pressure claustrophobia and hyper-surveillance of urban environments in the 21st Century.

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          Artificial Intelligence Hits the Barrier of Meaning      Cache   Translate Page      
The New York Times – Machine learning algorithms don’t yet understand things the way humans do — with sometimes disastrous consequences. “…As someone who has worked in A.I. for decades, I’ve witnessed the failure of similar predictions of imminent human-level A.I., and I’m certain these latest forecasts will fall short as well. The challenge of […]
          (PR) AMD announces Radeon Instinct MI60 and Instinct MI50      Cache   Translate Page      
AMD Unveils World’s First 7nm Datacenter GPUs -- Powering the Next Era of Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing and High Performance Computing (HPC) AMD Radeon Instinct™ MI60 and MI50 accelerators with supercharged compute performance, high-speed connectivity, fast memory bandwidth and updated ROCm open software platform power the most demanding deep learning, HPC, cloud and rendering applications SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AMD(NASDAQ: AMD) today announced the AMD Radeon Instinct™ MI60 and MI50 accelerators, the world’s first 7nm datacenter GPUs, designed to deliver the compute performance required for next-generation deep learning, HPC, cloud computing and rendering applications. Researchers, scientists and...

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          SoftBank CEO decries journalist's death, defends Saudi fund      Cache   Translate Page      

TOKYO — SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son denounced Monday the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but defended the Japanese technology giant's investment fund, which includes Saudi money, as work that needs to be finished.

Speaking at an earnings news conference, Son called the death an attack on "a precious life but also on journalism and the freedom of speech."

Son is partnering with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and about half of his $100 billion Vision Fund, established in 2016, comes from the kingdom. The fund has been investing in various companies, solar projects and artificial intelligence.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, although details are still unclear.

"It is a reality a horrible act has happened. But we cannot just turn our backs on our work," Son said. He said the investment in his fund came from the Saudi "people."

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needed to get married. His Turkish fiancee was waiting for him outside. A critic of the Saudi crown prince, Khashoggi had been living in exile in the United States.

Son said he met with the prince and other Saudi officials during a recent visit and urged a thorough investigation. He said he prince had expressed concern about the killing.

The Japanese tycoon said nothing has been decided about a planned second phase for the Vision Fund, pending the results of the investigation.

"It is too early to say and we need to approach this cautiously," he said.

SoftBank reported July-September profit of 542.6 billion yen ($4.8 billion), up almost five-fold from the previous year, helped by better results at U.S. wireless Sprint and British IoT company ARM.

Quarterly sales rose 7 percent to 2.38 trillion yen ($21.1 billion).

SoftBank's sprawling empire of technology investments encompasses telecommunications, financial-technology, solar energy, ride-booking services and the Pepper companion robot.

It also has stakes in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and in Uber.

Son had not commented earlier on Khashoggi's death. He started his news conference by addressing the killing, appearing more somber than usual.

But after the first few minutes, he switched the subject to the Japan Series win by the company's professional baseball team, the SoftBank Hawks.

"I want to express my gratitude, especially to the fans," he said.

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SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Son denounced the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but defended the Japanese technology giant’s investment fund, which includes Saudi money, as work that needs to be finished. (Daiki Katagiri/Kyodo News via AP)
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An Arizona startup has built a new artificial intelligence tool designed to sort through and rank calls from people looking to rent property.
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          یادگیری ماشین چیست؟ — به زبان ساده      Cache   Translate Page      
«یادگیری ماشین» (Machine Learning) یکی از کاربردهای «هوش مصنوعی» (Artificial Intelligence | AI) است که به سیستم‌ها توانایی آن را می‌دهد که به صورت خودکار بیاموزند و براساس تجربیات، بدون آنکه صراحتا برنامه‌ریزی شوند خود را بهبود ببخشند. یادگیری ماشین بر توسعه برنامه‌های کامپیوتری تمرکز دارد که می‌توانند به داده‌ها دسترسی داشته باشند و از […]
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Kai–Fu Lee who is a venture capitalist, technology executive, writer, and an artificial intelligence (AI) expert is speaking with Sebastian Thrun, founder of Udacity and Google’s self-driving cars program, about: ✅the realities of AI in business ✅which companies are leading AI development ✅how employees can adapt their skills for ever-changing technology. Kai-Fu Lee is speaking […]
          Event: World Youth Forum 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

The second edition of the World Youth Forum will provide a platform for youth from different countries to exchange views, present ideas and share experiences under three discussion tracks: peace, development and creativity. Discussions will address, inter alia: water security in the wake of climate change; Agenda 2063: The Africa we want; the narrowing gender gap in the labor market; and employment opportunities in the age of artificial intelligence (AI).

Held under the auspices of President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the Forum is organized with support from banks and financial and academic institutions.


          Robotics and Automation Market by Cloud Robotics, UAV/Drones, Robotics Equipment, Components, Solutions, Apps and Services      Cache   Translate Page      
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          iManage RAVN Extract Named New IT Product of the Year at the British Legal Technology Awards 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Second consecutive year iManage is honored for transforming how law firms and legal departments get work done CHICAGO, Nov. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- iManage was named a winner at the British Legal Technology Awards 2018 in the New IT Product of the Year category. The awards dinner took place in London, recognizing excellence in legal technology, IT security and innovation, as well as the individuals, teams and suppliers transforming the future of legal...

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          Are Robots the Future of Dementia Care?      Cache   Translate Page      
As artificial intelligence and robotics make significant leaps, work is underway to see how such fields could help in caring for the growing elderly population, particularly those with cognitive impairment. The Agenda welcomes Dr. Goldie Nejat, Canada research chair in Robots for Society, the founder and director of the University of Toronto's Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics, to discuss how technology might advance care.
          11-28-2018 CS Distinguished Lecture: Rodney Allen Brooks (MIT, iRobot, Rethink) - Steps Towards Super Intelligence       Cache   Translate Page      
Speaker: Rodney Allen Brooks, MIT, iRobot, Rethink Talk Title: Steps Towards Super Intelligence Series: CS Distinguished Lectures Abstract: In his 1950 paper "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" Alan Turing estimated that sixty people working for fifty years should be able to program a computer (running at 1950 speed) to have human level intelligence. AI researchers have spent orders of magnitude more effort than that and are still not close. Why has AI been so hard and what are the problems that we might work on in order to make real progress to human level intelligence, or even the super intelligence that many pundits believe is just around the corner? This talk will discuss those steps we can take, what aspects we really still do not have much of a clue about, what we might be currently getting completely wrong, and why it all could be centuries away. Importantly the talk will make distinctions between research questions and barriers to technology adoption from research results, with a little speculation on things that might go wrong (spoiler alert: it is the mundane that will have the big consequences, not the Hollywood scenarios that the press and some academics love to talk about). This lecture satisfies requirements for CSCI 591: Research Colloquium. Biography: Rodney Brooks earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in pure mathematics from Flinders University in South Australia. In 1977 he joined the Artificial Intelligence Lab at Stanford graduating with a PhD in computer science in 1981. After post-docs at Carnegie Mellow and MIT, and a faculty position back at Stanford he joined the MIT faculty at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory there in 1984. He worked in computer vision, robotics, and artificial life. He became director of the AI Lab in 1997 and in 2003 he founded the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, CSAIL, which is the largest lab at MIT with over 1,000 members. Along the way he started a software company in silicon valley, a boutique robotics venture capital fund, the company iRobot which has delivered tens of millions of home cleaning robots and many thousand ground robots to the US military, and more recently spent 10 years developing collaborative robots for manufacturing at Rethink Robotics. He retired from MIT In 2010, and currently advises companies large and small, including Toyota and their autonomous driving efforts. He is a member of the NAE and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the IEEE, ACM, AAAS, and AAAI. He writes at rodneybrooks.com/blog. Host: Maja Mataric
          Artificial Intelligence Solutions Architect Team Lead - Cray - San Jose, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Protecting What Matters: Defining Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics      Cache   Translate Page      

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This is the second post in our series on Protecting What Matters: Introducing Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics. Our first post, Introducing Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics: Understand the Mission, introduced the concepts and outlined the major categories of insider risk. This post defines the concepts.

Data security has long been the most challenging domain of information security, despite being the centerpiece of our entire practice. We only call it “data security” because “information security” was already taken. Data security must not impede use of the data itself. By contrast it’s easy to protect archival data (encrypt it and lock the keys up in a safe). But protecting unstructured data in active use by our organizations? Not so easy. That’s why we started this research by focusing on insider risks, including external attackers leveraging insider access. Recognizing someone performing an authorized action, but with malicious intent, is a nuance lost on most security tools.

How Data Guardrails and Data Behavioral Analytics are Different

Both data guardrails and data behavioral analytics strive to improve data security by combining content knowledge (classification) with context and usage. Data guardrails leverage this knowledge in deterministic models and processes to minimize the friction of security while still improving defenses. For example, if a user attempts to make a file in a sensitive repository public, a guardrail could require them to record a justification and then send a notification to Security to approve the request. Guardrails are rule sets that keep users “within the lines” of authorized activity, based on what they are doing.

Data behavioral analytics extends the analysis to include current and historical activity, and uses tools such as artificial intelligence/machine learning and social graphs to identify unusual patterns which bypass other data security controls. Analytics reduces these gaps by looking not only at content and simple context (as DLP might), but also adding in history of how that data, and data like it, has been used within the current context. A simple example is a user accessing an unusual volume of data in a short period, which could indicate malicious intent or a compromised account. A more complicated situation would identify sensitive intellectual property on an accounting team device, even though they do not need to collaborate with the engineering team. This higher order decision making requires an understanding of data usage and connections within your environment.

Central to these concepts is the reality of distributed data actively used widely by many employees. Security can’t effectively lock everything down with strict rules covering every use case without fundamentally breaking business processes. But with integrated views of data and its intersection with users, we can build data guardrails and informed data behavioral analytical models, to identify and reduce misuse without negatively impacting legitimate activity. Data guardrails enforce predictable rules aligned with authorized business processes, while data behavioral analytics look for edge cases and less predictable anomalies.

How Data Guardrails and Data Behavioral Analytics Work

The easiest way to understand the difference between data guardrails and data behavioral analytics is that guardrails rely on pre-built deterministic rules (which can be as simple as “if this then that”), while analytics rely on AI, machine learning, and other heuristic technologies which look at patterns and deviations.

To be effective both rely on the following foundational capabilities:

  • A centralized view of data. Both approaches assume a broad understanding of data and usage – without a central view you can’t build the rules or models.
  • Access to data context. Context includes multiple characteristics including location, size, data type (if available), tags, who has access, who created the data, and all available metadata.
  • Access to user context, including privileges (entitlements), groups, roles, business unit, etc.
  • The ability to monitor activity and enforce rules. Guardrails, by nature, are preventative controls which require enforcement capabilities. Data behavioral analytics can be used only for detection, but are far more effective at preventing data loss if they can block actions.

The two technologies then work differently while reinforcing each other:

  • Data guardrails are sets of rules which look for specific deviations from policy, then take action to restore compliance. To expand our earlier example:
    • A user shares a file located in cloud storage publicly. Let’s assume the user has the proper privileges to make files public. The file is in a cloud service so we also assume centralized monitoring/visibility, as well as the capability to enforce rules on that file.
    • The file is located in an engineering team’s repository (directory) for new plans and projects. Even without tagging, this location alone indicates a potentially sensitive file.
    • The system sees the request to make the file public, but because of the context (location or tag), it prompts the user to enter a justification to allow the action, which gets logged for the security team to review. Alternatively, the guardrail could require approval from a manager before allowing the action.

Guardrails are not blockers because the user can still share the file. Prompting for user justification both prevents mistakes and loops in security review for accountability, allowing the business to move fast while minimizing risk. You could also look for large file movements based on pre-determined thresholds. A guardrail would only kick in if the policy thresholds are violated, and then use enforcement actions aligned with business processes (such as approvals and notifications) rather than simply blocking activity and calling in the security goons.

  • Data behavioral analytics use historical information and activity (typically with training sets of known-good and known-bad activity), which produce artificial intelligence models to identify anomalies. We don’t want to be too narrow in our description, because there are a wide variety of approaches to building models.
    • Historical activity, ongoing monitoring, and ongoing modeling are all essential – no matter the mathematical details.
    • By definition we focus on the behavior of data as the core of these models, rather than user activity; this represents a subtle but critical distinction from User Behavioral Analytics (UBA). UBA tracks activity on a per-user basis. Data behavioral analytics (the acronym DBA is already taken, so we’ll skip making up a new TLA), instead looks at activity at the source of the data. How has that data been used? By which user populations? What types of activity happen using the data? When? We don’t ignore user activity, but we track usage of data.
      • For example we could ask, “Has a file of this type ever been made public by a user in this group?” UBA would ask “Has this particular user ever made a file public?” Focusing on the data offers a chance potential to catch a broader range of data usage anomalies.
    • At risk fo stating the obvious, the better the data, the better the model. As with most security-related data science, don’t assume more data inevitably produces better models. It’s about the quality of the data. For example social graphs of communication patterns among users could be a valuable feed to detect situations like files moving between teams who do not usually collaborate. That’s worth a look, even if you wouldn’t want to block the activity outright.

Data guardrails handle known risks, and are especially effective at reducing user error and identifying account abuse resulting from tricking authorized users into unauthorized actions. Guardrails may even help reduce account takeovers, because attackers cannot misuse data if their action violate a guardrail. Data behavioral analytics then supplements guardrails for unpredictable situations and those where a bad actor tries to circumvent guardrails, including malicious misuse and account takeovers.

Now you have a better understanding of the requirements and capabilities of data guardrails and data behavioral analytics. Our next post will focus on some quick wins to justify including these capabilities in your data security strategy.

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The faculty and leadership of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) recently presented 13 awards for outstanding student work on recent master’s and PhD theses. Awards and recipients included:

Jin-Au Kong Award for Best PhD Theses in Electrical Engineering

  • Yu-Hsin Chen, now Research Scientist, NVIDIA Research, for “Architecture Design for Highly Flexible and Energy-Efficient Deep Neural Network Accelerators. Professors Vivienne Sze and Joel Emer, supervisors.
  • Chiraag Juvekar, now Research Scientist, Analog Garage, Analog Devices, for “Hardware and Protocols for Authentication and Secure Computation.” Professor Anantha Chandrakasan, Supervisor.  

George M. Sprowls Awards for Best PhD Theses in Computer Science

  • Arturs Backurs, now Research Assistant Professor, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (TTIC), for “Below P vs NP: Fine-Grained Hardness for Big Data Problems.” Professor Piotr Indyk, supervisor.
  • Gregory Bodwin, now Postdoctoral Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology, for Sketching Distances in Graphs.” Professor Virginia Williams, supervisor.
  • Zoya Bylinskii, now Research Scientist, Adobe Research, for “Computational Perception for Multi-Modal Document Understanding.” Professor Fredo Durand and Dr. Aude Oliva, supervisors.
  • David Harwath, now Research Scientist, Spoken Languages Systems Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), for “Learning Spoken Language Through Vision.” Dr. James R. Glass, supervisor.
  • Jerry Li, now VM Research Fellow, Simons Institute, University of California Berkeley, for “Principled Approaches to Robust Machine Learning Beyond.” Professor Ankur Moitra, supervisor.
  • Ludwig Schmdit, now Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science, University of California Berkeley, for “Algorithms Above the Noise Floor.” Professor Piotr Indyk, supervisor. "Mechanism Design: From Optimal Transport Theory to Revenue Maximization." Professor Constantinos Daskalakis, supervisor.
  • Adriana Schulz, now Assistant Professor, University of Washington, for “Computational Design for the Next Manufacturing Revolution.” Professor Wojciech Matusik, supervisor.

Ernst A. Guillemin Award for Best SM Thesis in Electrical Engineering

  • Matthew Brennan, now a PhD student in EECS at MIT, for “Reducibility and Computational Lower Bounds for Problems with Planted Sparce Structure.” Professor Guy Bresler, supervisor.
  • Syed Muhammad Imaduddin, now a PhD student in EECS at MIT, for “A Pseudo-Bayesian Model-Based Approach for Noninvasive Intracranial Pressure Estimation.” Professor Thomas Heldt, supervisor.

William A. Martin Award for Best SM Thesis in Computer Science

  • Favyen Bastani, now a PhD student in EECS at MIT, for “Robust Road Topology Extraction from Aerial Imagery.” Professors Sam Madden, Hari Balakrishnan, and Mohammad Alizadeh.
  • Wengong Jin, now a PhD student in EECS at MIT, for “Neural Graph Representation Learning with Application to Chemistry.” Professor Regina Barzilay, supervisor.

EECS Professor Martin Rinard and Professor Asu Ozdaglar, EECS department head, presented the awards during a luncheon ceremony. The PhD award winners were selected by Professor Dirk Englund (for electrical engineering) and Professor Vinod Vaikuntanathan (for computer science). The Sprowls Awards Committee, consisting of Professors Mohammad Alizadeh, Michael Carbin, and Julian Shun, assisted with selection of the PhD awards in computer science.

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Watching a new team come together, gel and start delivering results feels excellent.

Throughout my career, I’ve been lucky to be a manager or mentor for younger staff multiple times, and I’ve always found it rewarding.

In previous posts, I’ve shared how unique our Wheaton Innovates (WiN) Team is. These seven students are majoring in a variety of topics from economics to creative writing. Before this summer, most of them might not have considered a career in any type of consulting and yet this summer that is the type of work they are doing.

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Each member of the team is the project manager for several different companies and member of multiple other projects. While each student has individual strengths, they are all learning new skills as they apprentice under and shadow more experienced students.

It is fun to watch someone set up their first shot on a video camera or to brainstorm a social media strategy. They’ve all learned that one of the hardest tasks in consulting is managing clients and their expectations.

This morning we had a status meeting, and it was fun to see how comfortable the team has grown with each other. Joking and challenging each other. Not being afraid to share an "out there" idea, when a few weeks ago they might have hesitated.

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IoT devices have become part of our work and personal lives. Unfortunately, building security into these devices was largely an afterthought.

Another day, another hack. Whether it's a baby monitor used to spy on mother and child, or anFBI warning to reset home wireless routers due to Russian intrusion, the question continues to be: What's next?

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are part of both our work and personal lives. Unfortunately, building security into these devices was largely an afterthought ― the ramifications of which we are now seeing on a near-daily basis. However, let's look beyond the headlines at the hidden costs of IoT security vulnerabilities. These fall into five categories: device security, intellectual property (IP) protection, brand protection, operational cost containment, and user experience.

Device Security

Once hacked, some devices can do a disproportionate amount of physical damage. It all depends on the degree of criticality to the nation-state, community, or individual.

The agriculture industry, for example, is as valuable to a country as any other strategic asset, such as utilities, finance, or communications. Many big farms today are automated via field sensors and autonomous vehicles. Let's imagine that someone hacks the sensors to erroneously indicate that the corn is ready to be cut, even though it's three months too early. Or that a hack signals an autonomous tractor to spread too much fertilizer, burning and causing the loss of an entire crop. This potentially catastrophic hack, as well as the corresponding financial losses or risk to the nation-state and its citizens, seem endless.

It is highly recommended that you closely examine the security of your IoT devices via the lens of worst-case scenarios. Ensuring the integrity of the data coming from your remote sensors is especially important because this data drives automated decisions with long-term implications.

IP Protection

It's astounding how many organizations will spend millions of dollars on R&D and then put that valuable intellectual property on an insecure IoT device. In this case, a hack could mean the end of your business.

Now, let's presume that you are investing heavily in building sophisticated algorithms to enable machine learning, artificial intelligence, or facial recognition. As you look to deploy these proprietary algorithms for use in an IoT device, you are ultimately left with two choices: 1) Protect the algorithm in the cloud, forcing the IoT device to run back-and-forth to run the process and adversely affecting the customer experience, or 2) install the algorithm into the OS stack on the IoT device and risk a hack that steals your algorithm ― essentially making you toss your entire R&D investment into the wastebasket.

Brand Protection

Apathy and inertia are creating a sense of "hack numbness," though the consequence of turning a blind eye depends on where you sit.

Let's say you make devices that help protect or enhance the life of children, with cameras or microphones that are always on and always watching. Consider a hack on these devices, and the misuse of the information they have access to, now being consumed by unsavory characters.

This is a brand killer. No matter how noble your IoT device and its application, if you cannot protect children, the market will make sure your future is cut short.

Consequently, security can't be ignored because you became numb to attacks. This is especially true if you're in a business that requires your IoT devices to gather sensitive information. Couple this with an emotionally invested customer base, such as users of child-monitoring devices, and a hack will mean the end of your business.

Operational Cost Containment

Satellite time is expensive. Within the broadest construct of the many new IoT devices, some will have a component that relies on satellites for data communication. It does not need to be said (but I'll say it anyway) that satellite time is a very expensive path for data backhaul.

Imagine a hack where a botnet starts a distributed denial-of-service attack on a music-streaming server, which then causes the IoT device to start rapidly and overwhelmingly pinging the music streaming service. As the IoT device is battery powered and using satellite for its backhaul, every ping now statistically shorts the life of the IoT device.

This scenario serves as a double whammy of cost containment. If you're leveraging satellites in your IoT strategy, you must examine where potential vulnerabilities are because they could affect your overall costs of operation and maintenance.

User Experience

As the saying goes, everyone has been hacked, but there are some who don't know it yet. While there may be no disruption of service at the time of a hack, what happens when there is some type of glitch?

Let's imagine that you get up one morning and ask Alexa to open the blinds, but they don't open. Now you have to check if there's Internet service into the house, and then confirm that the Wi-Fi network is broadcasting and that Alexa is enabled properly, and, finally, you have to ensure that the app for "my blinds" is connected and working. Considering how much time this could take, it would be quicker to get out of bed and just open the blinds manually.

Consequently, adding a path to ensure that the original code base is not corrupted through attestation, we can minimize the impact on the user with a highly secure device update, but the hidden cost is the impact on their time.

Conclusion

The world is catching on to the idea that IoT device security is of paramount importance. Frankly, if end users were affected in a meaningful way (say, something involving their TVs) through one significant hack, the demand for security would become "top of mind." The question is how many of these hidden costs will affect organizations while we work toward a more secure ecosystem.

In my opinion, embedding security in the IoT ecosystem can't come soon enough.

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Title: Protecting What Matters: Defining Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics

This is the second post in our series on Protecting What Matters: Introducing Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics. Our first post, Introducing Data Guardrails and Behavioral Analytics: Understand the Mission we introduced the concepts and outlined the major categories of insider risk. In this post we define the concepts.

Data security has long been the most challenging domain of information security despite it being the charter of our entire practice. We only call it “data security” because “information security” was already taken. Data security cannot impede the use of the data itself. By contrast, it’s easy to protect archival data (encrypt it and lock up the keys in a safe). But protecting unstructured data in active use by our organizations? Not so easy. That’s why we started this research by focusing on insider risks, including external attackers leveraging insider access. Determining someone doing an authorized action, but with malicious intent is a nuance lost on most security tools.

How Data Guardrails and Data Behavioral Analytics are Different

Both data guardrails and data behavioral analytics strive to improve data security by combining content knowledge (classification) with context and usage. Data guardrails leverage this knowledge in deterministic models and processes to minimize the friction of security without still improving defenses. For example, if a user attempts to make a file in a sensitive repository public, a guardrail could require them to record a justification and then send a notification to security to approve the request. Guardrails are rule sets that keep users “within the lines” of authorized activity, based on what they are doing.

Data behavioral analytics extends the analysis to include current and historical activity and uses tools like artificial intelligence/machine learning and social graphs to identify unusual patterns that bypass other data security controls. They reduce these gaps by not only looking at content and simple context (as DLP might), but by adding in the history of how that data, and data like it, has been used within the current context. A simple example is a user accessing an unusual volume of data in a short period, which could indicate malicious intent or a compromised account. A more complicated situation would identify sensitive intellectual property on an accounting team device, even though they do not need to collaborate with the engineering team. This higher order decision making requires an understanding of data usage and connections within your environment.

Central to these concepts is the reality of distributed data actively used widely by many employees. Security can’t effectively lock everything down with strict rules to cover every use cases without fundamentally breaking business process. But with integrated views of data and its intersection with users, we can build data guardrails and informed data behavioral analytical models to identify and reduce misuse without negatively impacting legitimate activities. Data guardrails enforce predictable rules aligned with authorized business processes, while data behavioral analytics look for edge cases and less predictable anomalies.

How Data Guardrails and Data Behavioral Analytics Work

The easiest way to understand the difference between data guardrails and data behavioral analytics is that guardrails rely on pre-built deterministic rules (which can be as simple as “if this then that”), while analytics relies on AI, machine learning, and other heuristic-based technologies that look at patterns and deviations.

To be effective, both rely on the following foundational capabilities:

* A centralized view of the data. Both approaches assume a broad understanding of data and usage; without a central view, you can’t build the rules or models.

* Access to data context. Context includes multiple characteristics, including location, size, data type (if available), tags, who has access, who created the data, and all available metadata.

* Access to user context, including privileges (entitlements), groups, roles, business unit, etc.

* The ability to monitor activity and enforce rules. Guardrails, by nature, are preventative controls and require enforcement capabilities. Data behavioral analytics can be technically only for detection but are far more effective in preventing loss if they can block actions.

The two technologies then work differently while reinforcing each other:

Data guardrails are sets of rules that look for specific deviations from policy, then take action to restore compliance with the policy. To expand our earlier example: A user shares a file located in cloud storage publicly. Let’s assume the user has the proper privileges to make files public. Since the file is in a cloud service, we also assume centralized monitoring/visibility, as well as the capability to enforce rules on that file. The file is located in an engineering team’s repository (directory) for new plans and projects. Even without tagging, this location alone indicates a potentially sensitive file. The system sees the request to make the file public, but because of the context (location or tag), it prompts the user to enter a justification to allow the action, which gets logged for the security team to review. Alternatively, the guardrail could require approval from a manager before allowing the file action.

Guardrails are not blockers because the user can still share the file. Prompting for user justification both prevents mistakes and loops in security review for accountability, allowing the business to move fast while still minimizing risk. You could also look for large file movements based on pre-determined thresholds. A guardrail would only kick in if the policy thresholds are violated, and then use enforcement actions aligned with the business process (like approvals and notifications) rather than just blocking activity and calling in the security goons.

Data behavioral analytics use historical information and activity (typically with training sets of known-good and known-bad activity) which build artificial intelligence models identifying anomalies. We don’t want to be too narrow here in our description since there are a wide variety of approaches to building models. Historical activity, ongoing monitoring, and ongoing modeling are essential no matter the mathematical details. By definition we focus on the behavior of the data as the core of the models, not user activity, representing a subtle, but critical distinction from User behavioral analytics (UBA) . UBA tracks activity on a per-user basis. Data behavioral analytics (since the acronym DBA is already taken we’ll skip making up a new TLA), instead looks at activity at the source of the data. How has that data been used? Which user populations? What types of activity happen using the data? When? Not that we ignore user activity, but we are tracking usage of the data . For example, we are answering the question “has a file of this type ever been made public by a user in this group?” UBA would ask “has this particular user ever made a file public?” We believe focusing on the data has the potential to catch a broader range of data usage anomalies. To state the obvious, the better the data, the better the model. As with most security-related data science, don’t assume more data results in better models. It’s about the quality of the data. For example, social graphs of communications patterns among users could be a valuable feed to detect situations like files moving between teams not usually collaborating. That’s worth a look, even if you don’t want to block the activity outright.

Data guardrails handle known risks and are especially effective in reducing user error and identifying account abuse resulting from tricking authorized users into unauthorized actions. Guardrails may even help reduce account takeovers since the attackers wouldn’t be able to misuse the data if the action violated a guardrail. Data behavioral analytics then supplements the guardrail for those unpredictable situations or where the bad actor will try to circumvent the guardrails, including malicious misuse and account takeovers.

Now you have a better understanding of the requirements and capabilities of data guardrails and data behavioral analytics. In our next post, we will focus on some quick wins to justify including these capabilities in your data security strategy.

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How a Windows Update Can Spark New IoT Services on Campuses eli.zimmerman_9856 Tue, 11/06/2018 - 13:29

Microsoft announced a new update to its Windows 10 OS in October that will open doors to a new level of connectedness on college campuses.

Integration of the Internet of Things has become a common goal for higher education institutions as universities strive for a connected campus model. 

While many colleges are focusing heavily on IoT as part of their digital transformation initiatives, administrators and IT leaders are facing certain hurdles, particularly concerning data quality and management, which has slowed down campus innovation.

"Data management is the biggest obstacle we have right now," Gerry Hamilton, director of facilities energy management at Stanford University tells Campus Technology. "It all comes down to scalability and sustainability. We have found there is an exponential growth of effort that happens every time you deploy one more system."

The new update promises to bring “edge intelligence with machine learning, industrial strength security” and “diverse silicon options” to users. 

MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how universities are preparing their networks for IoT integration!

Machine Learning Improves IoT Management

To help users get a firm grasp on their IoT data management, the new Windows 10 update will employ Microsoft Azure IoT Edge and Windows machine learning.

“Windows 10 IoT enables you to do more at the edge including machine learning, event processing, image recognition and other high-value artificial intelligence without developing it in-house,” according to Microsoft’s announcement. “Seamless integration with Azure IoT Edge brings cloud intelligence and analytics securely to Windows 10 IoT devices at scale.”

Azure’s IoT Edge service will allow campus IT teams to run AI workloads and Azure services on Windows 10 IoT devices locally and remotely, easing the burden on campuses to create a web of connected devices. 

At the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, campus staff members are looking into using Azure IoT Edge to help manage sensors that detect facility issues on campus, EdTech reports

“Cloud-based machine learning applications in Microsoft Azure and similar technologies may help systems learn how to reduce the time needed to identify HVAC faults,” says Lalit Agarwal, the university’s director of utility and energy management. “That is definitely an area for us to investigate for the future.”

In addition, the integration of Azure IoT Device Management and Microsoft Intune simplifies device monitoring, allowing campus IT teams to develop management solutions and consolidate device management across a single interface.

Integrate and Analyze Data from Campus Points of Sale

Digital kiosks have become key additions to campus stores, restaurants and stadiums in support of universities’ digital transformation agendas. 

At Clemson University, kiosks in campus mailrooms have helped cut wait times for packages down from 40 minutes to an average of one minute

Through the Windows 10 update, IT teams will find it easier to customize and manage kiosks on campus. Through assigned access, managers can “customize the functionality exposed by kiosks and other fixed-function devices, providing a streamlined, intuitive user experience that is focused on specific tasks,” according to Microsoft.

The update will also provide enhanced status reporting, automatically alerting IT teams when a kiosk is experiencing problems, as well as initiating corrective responses like restarting the device.

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Eli has been eagerly pursuing a journalistic career since he left the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Previously, Eli was a staff reporter for medical trade publication Frontline Medical News, where he experienced the impact of continuous education and evolving teaching methods through the medical lens. When not in the office, Eli is busy scanning the web for the latest podcasts or stepping into the boxing ring for a few rounds.


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by Bladerunner69

Hello,

Avalon Digital is please to announce the lunch of a Kickstarter for the game Carrier Battles 4 Desktop

The game is based on the iOS game, Carrier Battles 4 Guadalcanal, successfully released in May 2016

https://itunes.apple.com/app/carrier-battle-for-guadalcanal/...

Good points:
- one of the rare old school wargames on the iPad. Spirit of Flat top or Carrier VG
- good AI
- top notch user experience
- historical accuracy
- high rating, nice feedback

The KS will provide the following benefit:

- Play the Japanese vs US Artificial Intelligence
- Play with sounds and beautiful graphics
- Play on PC / Mac or Android
- Play more scenarios and why not a campaign or a scenario editor
- Play with extra features (ready planes on deck, submarines, more fog of war, advanced air missions, etc…)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/787937257/carrier-battl...



Come and support until the 7th of December !

Cyril


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          MRC Mad That 'Murphy Brown' Counted How Many Lies Trump Has Told      Cache   Translate Page      

Karen Townsend served up some of that good ol' Media Research Center hate-watching in an Oct. 26 post about an episode of the rebooted "Murphy Brown":

The reboot of Murphy Brown is getting old quick. It has become a boring, paint by numbers exercise in liberal vanity, with shots (both direct and veiled) at President Trump, Melania, the Trump Hotel, and, of course, Fox News.

In the CBS show’s episode titled “The Girl Who Cried Wolf” airing October 25, Murphy Brown went to a frequent gag. Murphy (Candice Bergen) is forever in need of a new assistant and the show’s social media/tech guru comes up with a solution – an artificial intelligence one. Murphy is skeptical and then the techie, Pat (Nik Dodani), demonstrates by hammering Donald Trump as a liar.

Townsend then added a transcript in which the AI assistant notes that "President Trump has made false or misleading statements 5,247 times." She was apparently so bothered by this that she made this the headline of her piece: "Lame ‘Murphy Brown’ Hits at Trump for Lying '5,247 Times' in Office." Townsend doesn't dispute the claim, just complains that it was made.

Of course, Townsend can't dispute the claim because not only is it true, the number is actually underestimated. A few days after Townsend's post, the Washington Post reported that Trump has made 6,420 false or misleading statements since he took office.

Instead, Townsend laments: "Sadly, this show is still little more than a vehicle used to bash President Trump and conservatives, even if it’s only lame remarks sprinkled into the dialogue and a silly parody of a Trump property. I’d like to think it will be better in future episodes but I'm finding it hard to believe."

It seems that hate-watching TV for the MRC is starting to take its toll on Townsend.


          Stage: Afstudeeropdracht richting AI, Machine Learning in Veenendaal      Cache   Translate Page      
<p align="LEFT"><strong>Tracken van gewassen met Artificial Intelligence</strong></p> <p align="LEFT">Heb jij een passie voor IoT en zie je het als een uitdaging om die passie in te zetten in een onderzoek voor de agrarische sector? Onderzoek dan tijdens jouw afstudeeropdracht de mogelijkheden om met behulp van kunstmatige intelligentie geautomatiseerde inspecties van gewassen uit te voeren en adviezen te geven over bewatering, bemesting en het oogsten van deze gewassen.</p> <p align="LEFT">Het inspecteren van gewassen op akkers of in kassen is een tijdrovende klus. Daarnaast is de inspectie niet objectief, maar afhankelijk van de kennis en ervaring van de inspecteur. Hierdoor kunnen verkeerde beslissingen worden genomen met betrekking tot bemesting, bewatering en oogsten van gewassen, hetgeen hoge kosten met zich mee kan brengen.</p> <p align="LEFT">Jij gaat aan de slag met het vraagstuk hoe inspecties van gewassen geautomatiseerd uit te voeren zijn.</p> <p align="LEFT"><u>Onderzoek</u></p> <p align="LEFT">Tijdens jouw afstudeeropdracht onderzoek je de mogelijkheden om met behulp van kunstmatige intelligentie geautomatiseerde inspecties van gewassen uit te voeren en adviezen te geven over bewatering, bemesting en het oogsten van deze gewassen. Je implementeert een Proof of Concept (PoC) waarin je aantoont dat de oplossing die je bedacht hebt, werkt. Je toont aan dat deze in staat is de status van planten te bepalen en een advies te geven over bewatering, bemesting en oogst.</p> <p align="LEFT">Je gaat deze opdracht samen met een van onze engineers verder uitwerken. Dit met als doel om tot een definitieve afstudeeropdracht, compleet met deliverables, te komen die bij jou past.</p> ...
          Beijing Cancer Hospital Utilizes Varian RapidPlan to Win IDC Digital Transformation Award      Cache   Translate Page      
...in 2017, with the application of cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence as the main features. The development of information technology has become a key driving force for the transformation of medical and health services. The application of artificial intelligence ...

          (USA-VA-Herndon) Senior Product Manager: SaaS | Software Products      Cache   Translate Page      
Senior Product Manager: SaaS | Software Products Senior Product Manager: SaaS | Software Products - Skills Required - Product Management, Designing Product Management Programs, SAAS Product Management, Software Product Management, Cybersecurity, Insurance, Platform Data, Methodology Design, Scoping, Designing and Implementing Product Features If you're a Senior Product Manager with SaaS and/or Software product experience, please read on! We apply artificial intelligence to solve complex, real-world problems at scale. Our Human+AI operating system, blends capabilities ranging from data handling, analytics, and reporting to advanced algorithms, simulations, and machine learning, enabling decisions that are just-in-time, just-in-place, and just-in-context. If this type of environment sounds exciting, please read on! **Top Reasons to Work with Us** - Benefits start on day 1 - Free onsite gym - Unlimited snacks and drinks - Located 1 mile from Wiehle-Reston East Station on the Silver line **What You Will Be Doing** RESPONSIBILITIES: The Senior Product Manager is responsible for the development of our portal which will be the primary interface for all our products. The Product Manager will be responsible for ensuring the products, features, and data used across our platform meet the needs of our business owners across the organization as well as our partners. The Product Manager must be passionate about user experience and be able to accommodate several different product use cases inside of one primary user interface. This will include not only utilizing our products and services, but creating an experience whereby a customer can build and distribute new products and services via our operating system. Specifically, our Senior Product Manager will lead all Product functions for our operating system. This will include managing product development for the development, integration of our products and services and the development of a third-party developer network to allow third parties to create and distribute applications. It will also require maintaining and augmenting each product over time. Our ideal candidate will be an expert in product management with a track record of success within the industry. The Senior Product Manager will be a process expert regarding the life-cycle of Product Management and the art and science of developing products that are demanded by customers and make meaningful improvements to the risks and challenges borne by our customers. The Senior Product Manager will also have a strong track record for methodology design, scoping, designing and implementing product features and managing a thoughtful product road-map. The Senior Product Manager will be very comfortable working in a fast-moving, dynamic environment with a tremendous amount of autonomy and keen focus on customer success. - Build vision, strategy, and road-map for product(s) with an end goal of creating a scalable and sustainable business line and meeting strategic objectives - Leading product design and product development road-map (e.g. gathering customer requirements, prioritizing the development of new features, sourcing partners, defining core capabilities needed to successfully roll-out the product/service internationally, etc.) - Develop a process to manage the product road-map for the portfolio of products and provide thoughtful guidance to their integration into a customer's environment - Develop a process and methodology for intake of internal and external feedback regarding requested features - Articulate a scoring model for feature development to maximize the company's growth while artfully planning the feature development cycle on a quarterly basis - Develop the business strategy and the marketing vision of products and services within the Platforms & Data team - Lead the business case for product feature development, ensuring sales department commitment and contemplating feature profitability - Own the customer experience with a strong focus on customer retention and expanding product adoption - Identify key market opportunities and capabilities where the data offering can deliver value to customers and gain traction - Develop programs and interactions with customers and advisory boards to maintain strong working relationships with enterprise customers to proactively identify opportunities for improvement and value creation - Understand customer needs, competitive landscape and the latest technology trends, and use this information to inform our product roadmap and development cycles - Drive cross-functional initiatives & alignment with key partner organizations (e.g., product marketing and sales) to ensure strong go-to-market cadence across all data offerings - Ensure there is a constant feedback mechanism in place regarding data and our internal infrastructure “practice what we preach” - Represent the customer for the development team - Creating materials for sales, marketing and clients (e.g. pricing, presentations, etc.) - Support the sales and strategy teams for business development and bids **What You Need for this Position** QUALIFICATIONS: - Bachelor's Degree - Capable of spending significant time with external and internal customers to gain both a deep understanding of customer needs and internal capability as required with product design and development teams - 5+ years of relevant professional experience directly related to Product Management and Data - Experience working with customers and development programs from small to large enterprises - Experience with designing a Product Management program from ground level to functional deployment at a company - A process-based approach to Product Management methodology deployment in all areas while being rigorous and passionate about process and methods - Effective organizational skills with strong attention to detail - Exceptional communication skills - both written and verbal **What's In It for You** - Competitive Salary - Incentive Stock Options - Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage - 401(K) Plan - Flexible “Personal Time Off (PTO) Plan - 10+ Paid Holiday Days Per Year So, if you're a Senior Product Manager with SaaS and/or Software product experience, please apply today! Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. **CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer** All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Your Right to Work** – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. *Senior Product Manager: SaaS | Software Products* *VA-Herndon* *WT1-1492954*
          (USA-VA-Herndon) Scrum Master: Startup | Small Business | $100K - $135K Salary      Cache   Translate Page      
Scrum Master: Startup | Small Business | $100K - $135K Salary Scrum Master: Startup | Small Business | $100K - $135K Salary - Skills Required - Scrum Master, Project Management, CSM | PMP-ACP | CSP Certification, Agile Principles | Practices | Theory, Online Products, Software as a Service (SaaS) Products, Agile Approaches (Scrum | Lean | XP | Kanban), Atlassian JIRA, PSM I | PSM II | SAFe, DevOps Tools and CI/CD Processes If you're a Certified Scrum Master with SMB and/or Startup experience, please read on! We apply artificial intelligence to solve complex, real-world problems at scale. Our Human+AI operating system, blends capabilities ranging from data handling, analytics, and reporting to advanced algorithms, simulations, and machine learning, enabling decisions that are just-in-time, just-in-place, and just-in-context. If this type of environment sounds exciting, please read on! **Top Reasons to Work with Us** - Benefits start on day 1 - Free onsite gym - Unlimited snacks and drinks - Located 1 mile from Wiehle-Reston East Station on the Silver line **What You Will Be Doing** RESPONSIBILITIES: As Scrum Master / Agile Lead, you will manage Agile-focused engineering development of our proprietary technology. You'll be working closely with the Product Manager and Engineer Lead, facilitating the Sprint process from beginning to end, ensuring the accurate and timely completion of product requirements. In addition, you'll drive the team's education in best practices of Agile development through a variety of methods meant to provide positive impact across the team. You should have a strong Project Management and/or Scrum Master background and want to be an active member of the team, not just someone who enforces Agile methodology. A background in working with online products and Software as a Service (SaaS) is strongly preferred, and the ability to handle the challenges faced by startups is key. Along with the Product and Engineering leads, you'll be part of the 3-person leadership team who will bring cutting edge and sometimes complex products to market, then identifying ways to evolve these products over time. You'll work closely with your leadership colleagues to ensure road-maps are built using reality as the driving force, not smoke and mirrors or unjustified optimism. - Lead diverse software development teams to on-time fulfillment of applications and services in a hybrid public-private cloud/computing environment - Facilitate the development and delivery of our proprietary products between Product and Engineering teams that drive market leading features into our customers hands - Act as a liaison for your team throughout the organization - Provide day-to-day oversight of the product road-map to ensure that timelines are met, tasks are prioritized appropriately, there is clear definition of scope and the team isn't over-committing - Ensure teams have appropriate direction and priority at all times to remain on track to reach internal and customer commitments and deadlines - Work with Product and Engineering to ensure the right level of understanding and the right culture/process exists to take high level concepts and feature ideas and help break them down into stories and sub-tasks - Track and report status of all projects you own during our weekly updates. In identifying areas where any risk may exist, proactively build, communicate and lead recovery actions - Participate in “scrum-of-scrum” meetings and assist in ongoing coordination of corporate wide road-maps to ensure alignment between teams across the organization - Manage the delivery of software enhancements and fixes per release schedules using Agile development methodologies - Help to shape and improve the product road-map by consolidating and communicating feedback captured during the execution and retrospective analysis of sprints and strategy meetings - Work with Product and Sales team to understand customer engagement needs and ensure product readiness is in alignment with road-map commitments and the teams ability to deliver - Work with Software Development leadership and teams to ensure technical requirements for engagement can be met on schedule; if necessary, identify and plan for any customer specific engineering requirements with Product - Follow customer integration needs, update implementation plans and report customer satisfaction outcomes internally to cross-functional teams - Ensure that all product milestones are tracking to schedule and communicate effectively to Product and or cross-functional teams whenever obstacles to meeting customer expectations surface **What You Need for this Position** QUALIFICATIONS: - Bachelor's Degree - 2+ years of experience as a full-time Scrum Master - Scrum Master certification (CSM) PMP-ACP or CSP certification - Expertise in diligently applying Agile principles, practices, and theory (User Stories, Story Pointing, Velocity, Burndown Metrics, Agile Games, Tasking, Retrospectives, Cycle Time, Throughput, Work in Progress levels, Product Demos) - Experience working with online products and Software as a Service (SaaS) - Experience working with different Agile approaches (Scrum, Lean, XP, Kanban, etc.) - Hands on experience with Agile ALM tools like Atlassian Jira with knowledge of other tools such as Aha!, Wrike, or ProductPlan - Knowledge of servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, influence and transparency - Agile or Project Management certification (PSM I, PSM II, SAFe) - Extensive experience with Atlassian products - Understanding of DevOps tools and CI/CD processes - Experience and interest in large-scale distributed systems - Interest in with Apache Spark, Apache Pig, AWS Pipelines, Google Dataflow, or MapReduce **What's In It for You** - Competitive Salary ($100,000 - $135,000) - Incentive Stock Options - Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage - 401(K) Plan - Flexible “Personal Time Off (PTO) Plan - 10+ Paid Holiday Days Per Year So, if you're a Certified Scrum Master with SMB and/or Startup experience, please apply today! Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. **CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer** All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Your Right to Work** – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. *Scrum Master: Startup | Small Business | $100K - $135K Salary* *VA-Herndon* *WT1-1492800*
          (USA-VA-Herndon) Full Stack Scala Engineer: JavaScript | Responsive Web Apps      Cache   Translate Page      
Full Stack Scala Engineer: JavaScript | Responsive Web Apps Full Stack Scala Engineer: JavaScript | Responsive Web Apps - Skills Required - JavaScript, Scala, Responsive Web Apps, Math, Modeling, JVM, Python, SPARK, Angular, Liftweb If you're an experienced Full Stack Scala Engineer, please read on! We apply artificial intelligence to solve complex, real-world problems at scale. Our Human+AI operating system, blends capabilities ranging from data handling, analytics, and reporting to advanced algorithms, simulations, and machine learning, enabling decisions that are just-in-time, just-in-place, and just-in-context. If this type of environment sounds exciting, please read on! **Top Reasons to Work with Us** - Benefits start on day 1 - Free onsite gym - Unlimited snacks and drinks - Located 1 mile from Wiehle-Reston East Station on the Silver line **What You Will Be Doing** RESPONSIBILITIES: - Design and develop code, predominantly in Scala, making extensive use of current tools such as Liftweb and Scala.js. - Developing state-of-the-art analytics tools supporting diverse tasks ranging from ad hoc analysis to production-grade pipelines and workflows for customer applications - Contributing to key user interactions and interfaces for tools across our modular SaaS platform - Developing tools to improve the ease of use of algorithms and data science tools - Working collaboratively to ensure consistent and performant approaches for the entire user experience and analytic code developed inside the system - Interacting directly with client project team members and operational staff to support live customer deployments **What You Need for this Position** QUALIFICATIONS: - Bachelor's Degree - Expert knowledge of Scala - Experience on full-stack software development teams - Expert knowledge of Javascript, HTML and CSS - Experience with responsive web applications - Experience with tools including Scala.js, Grunt, Bower, Liftweb - Advanced mathematical modeling skills - Experience with Akka, Akka HTTP, and Spark **What's In It for You** - Competitive Salary - Incentive Stock Options - Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage - 401(K) Plan - Flexible “Personal Time Off (PTO) Plan - 10+ Paid Holiday Days Per Year So, if you're an experienced Full Stack Scala Engineer, please apply today! Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. **CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer** All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Your Right to Work** – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. *Full Stack Scala Engineer: JavaScript | Responsive Web Apps* *VA-Herndon* *WT1-1492870*
          (USA-NY-New York) Machine Learning Engineer - NLP - New York      Cache   Translate Page      
Machine Learning Engineer - NLP - New York Machine Learning Engineer - NLP - New York - Skills Required - Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence If you are a Machine Learning Engineer with experience, please read on! We are recently closing a funding round and looking to hire for multiple position at our company! We are selling SaaS application to go on computers and enterprise accounts. We are about 100 person company with a bright future. Due to growth and demand for our services, we are in need of hiring for a Machine Learning Engineer that possesses strong experience with NLP and A.I. If you are interested in joining a small, growing company that pushes the envelope in the telecommunication industry and definitely cares about providing a great working environment for its employees, then apply immediately. **Top Reasons to Work with Us** 1. Work With Industry Leaders 2. joining a family of passionate, committed, success driven individuals 3. Opportunities for growth **What You Need for this Position** At Least 3 Years of experience and knowledge of: - Machine Learning - Natural Language Processing - Artificial Intelligence **What's In It for You** - Strong Annual Base Salary (D.O.E.) - Vacation/PTO - Comprehensive Benefit Plan So, if you are a Machine Learning Engineer with experience, please apply today! Please apply to job with most updated resume or send resume to: wendy.warner@cybercoders.com Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. **CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer** All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Your Right to Work** – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. *Machine Learning Engineer - NLP - New York* *NY-New York* *WW2-1493015*
          Overwolf Raises $16M in Series B Funding Led by Intel Capital, With Participation From Liberty Technology Venture Fund, and Marker      Cache   Translate Page      
...publishers. Overwolf's partners include Intel, OP.GG, NVIDIA, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Riot Games, Logitech and many others. For more information, visit Overwolf . About Intel Capital Intel Capital invests in innovative startups targeting artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, datacenter and cloud, 5G ...


          Artificial intelligence: Removing unconscious bias      Cache   Translate Page      
Improving productivity and supporting innovation in the manufacturing sector is a multi-variable challenge, but the appropriate use of technology certainly underpins much of the effort. IoT, big data, additive manufacturing, automation, 5G and virtual...
          Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Project Brainwave – Intel Chip Chat – Episode 610      Cache   Translate Page      
In this Intel Chip Chat audio podcast with Allyson Klein: In this interview from Microsoft Ignite, Dr. Ted Way, Senior Program Manager for Microsoft, stops by to talk about Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, an end-to-end, enterprise grade data science platform. Microsoft takes a holistic approach to machine learning and artificial intelligence, by developing and deploying [...]
          Highlighting Support for the PyTorch Ecosystem – Intel Chip Chat – Episode 609      Cache   Translate Page      
In this Intel Chip Chat audio podcast with Allyson Klein: Dr. Jason Knight joins Chip Chat to talk about Intel support for PyTorch. As Head of Software Product for the Artificial Intelligence Products Group at Intel, Dr. Knight guides the development of software to enable the best use of hardware in Intel’s heterogeneous product portfolio [...]
          China Can Now Identify a Citizen Based on Their Walk      Cache   Translate Page      

Big Brother

China’s latest weapon in its war against citizen privacy: gait recognition software.

According to a new story by the Associated Press, police in Beijing and Shanghai are using a gait recognition system developed by artificial intelligence company Watrix to identify Chinese citizens — even when their faces aren’t visible.

Walk This Way

Watrix claims its system can identify a person from up to 165 feet away even if their back is to a camera or their face turned away. It doesn’t require any special cameras, either — it can analyze existing surveillance footage to ID an individual with 94 percent accuracy.

“You don’t need people’s cooperation for us to be able to recognize their identity,” Watrix CEO Huang Yongzhen told the AP. “Gait analysis can’t be fooled by simply limping, walking with splayed feet, or hunching over, because we’re analyzing all the features of an entire body.”

However, the software doesn’t yet work in real time. It needs roughly 10 minutes to analyze about an hour’s worth of video, during which time it extracts a person’s silhouette and then creates a model of their individual gait.

Eyes Everywhere

It’s easy to see how this technology could be useful on a smaller scale. A company could produce a database of all its employees’ gaits and then use that database to ensure unauthorized individuals aren’t in restricted areas.

It’s harder to imagine how China could make use of the technology on a nationwide scale, though.

Facial recognition tech is easy to implement because the faces of most citizens are already in government databases. Would the nation need to produce a similar database of citizen gaits? Or would the tech work retroactively — arrest someone for a crime, have them walk for you, and then compare their gait to that of the criminal caught on camera?

Whatever the case may be, police in Beijing and Shanghai are making use of this tech somehow, which means it might just be a matter of time before anyone on the move in China will find themselves under the watchful eye of the nation’s government.

READ MORE: Chinese ‘Gait Recognition’ Tech IDs People by How They Walk [Associated Press]

More on Chinese surveillance: If You Jaywalk in China, Facial Recognition Means You’ll Walk Away With a Fine


          Computer Security: Preventing attacks made possible by Meltdown/Spectre - Science Daily      Cache   Translate Page      

Computer Security: Preventing attacks made possible by Meltdown/Spectre
Science Daily
"These attacks fundamentally changed our understanding of what's trustworthy in a system, and force us to re-examine where we devote security resources," says Ilia Lebedev, a PhD student at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory ...

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          (USA-MA-Billerica) Principal Database Administrator - MS SQL      Cache   Translate Page      
Principal Database Administrator - MS SQL Principal Database Administrator - MS SQL - Skills Required - SQL Server 2016, T-SQL, Business Continuity, AlwaysOn, Performance Tuning, Amazon Web Services, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Visual Studio Title: Principal Database Administrator Compensation: up to $145K + Bonus + excellent benefits Location: Billerica, MA Specialties: SQL Server 2016, AlwaysOn, Business Continuity, and Performance Testing, Oracle, T-SQL, AWS Located in the beautiful town of Billerica - just outside of Boston, MA - we are a leading security and identity solutions company that leverages artificial intelligence, biometrics, and cryptography to provide faster, more accurate, and more reliable identity solutions for our customers. With 60 years of experience working for the US National Security and Public Safety communities, we've learned to utilize our technologies and innovations to ensure that, at the end of the day, only you can be you. Currently we are looking for a Principal Database Engineer to join our team. The ideal candidate has at least 10 years of SQL Server Admin experience, with hands-on knowledge of SQL Server 2016. Experience with AlwaysOn, Business Continuity, and Performance Testing is required, as is experience with T-SQL and Amazon Web Services. Non-Microsoft database experience is helpful (Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySql), as is DevOps and Visual Studio experience. Advanced Microsoft certifications would also be a huge plus. If this sounds like a match for you, apply today or send your resume directly to ben.bosworth@cybercoders.com! We are actively interviewing this week and next week. **What You Will Be Doing** - Provide deep technical knowledge and leadership to a team responsible for the support of Microsoft SQL Server databases. - Update, backup, maintain & troubleshoot databases. Perform troubleshooting, resolution and root cause analysis for database and application specific incidents. - Creates processes and procedures to minimize any potential downtime scenarios. - Creates standards for SQL Server database administration that supports the use of optimal database server resources and performance. - Serve as primary escalation point for critical database issues related to core systems and applications. - Analyze large, complex systems to determine performance bottlenecks, application bugs, and opportunities to improve efficiency. **What You Need for this Position** 1.) 10+ years of SQL Server administration experience is required. 2.) Solid knowledge of AlwaysOn, Business Continuity, and Performance Testing. 3.) Experience working with Amazon Web Services. 4.) Strong knowledge of T-SQL. 5.) B.S./M.S. in CS, IS, CpE or EE Nice to have, but not required: 1.) Experience with Non Microsoft database technologies (Oracle, PostgreSQL, MySql) 2.) Advanced Microsoft certifications (MCSA, MCSE) **What's In It for You** - Competitive salary (up to $145K, DOE) + Bonus - Excellent benefits package - Vacation/PTO - Medical, Dental, Vision - 401K Matching - A fun, team-oriented working environment where hard work is recognized and rewarded. So, if you are an experienced Database Administrator in Billerica, please apply today! Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. **CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer** All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Your Right to Work** – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. *Principal Database Administrator - MS SQL* *MA-Billerica* *BB11-1493024*
          (USA-FL-Sarasota) Full Stack Developer - REMOTE!      Cache   Translate Page      
Full Stack Developer - REMOTE! Full Stack Developer - REMOTE! - Skills Required - AWS, SQL, Java, JavaScript, API Development, NoSQL If you are a Full Stack Developer with experience, please read on! We are a full service tracking platform for publishers seeking ROI optimization and digital marketing analytics. Founded by publishers who saw a need to understand the ROI for each piece of content marketed through various partners, we have proven ourselves a must-have for publishers looking for the most effective way to market their content to the most valuable audience. Recently, we've built one of the top 100 sites in the USA, partnered with the world's leading advertising companies, and have developed a propriety analytics and monetization platform for publishers. **Top Reasons to Work with Us** - OPTION TO WORK REMOTE! (Must live within 90 minutes of Sarasota & be able to visit office for meetings) - Great starting salary up to 120k (depending on experience) + benefits + PTO + other perks - We work with the latest technologies & are always implementing new tools **What You Will Be Doing** You will need to have an established background in developing client-facing experiences, a strong technical ability, great communication skills, a motivation to achieve results in a fast-paced environment, high creativity, great analytical reasoning skills, and, of course a passion for artificial intelligence. You'll work on highly scaled back-end services and cutting edge client-side software. You will develop services that run on Amazon's cloud computing infrastructure (AWS) and have opportunities to interact with teams across Amazon. **What You Need for this Position** Must Have- -2+ years of professional experience in software design and development. -Experience developing in Javascript (we use lots of JavaScript!) -Solid experience with Amazon Web Services (AWS) -Experience with relational databases and SQL -Focus on clean code and solid designs -Experience with full stack development (both front- and back-end) and operation of a customer-facing cloud-based, scalable, production software system Extra Credit- -Experience with critical, 24×7 systems -Experience developing web services, or other scalable distributed systems that have been successfully delivered to customers -Experience writing interactive applications for the web (browser and mobile), and with several of the following: Java, AJAX, JavaScript, MVC frameworks, RDBMS, NoSQL data persistence, API development **What's In It for You** - Competitive base salary and overall compensation package - Full benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision - 401 (K) with generous company match - Generous Paid time off (PTO) - Vacation, sick, and paid holidays - Life Insurance coverage So, if you are a Full Stack Web Developer... 1. Apply directly to this job opening here! Or 2. E-mail directly for more information: alec@cybercoders.com Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. **CyberCoders, Inc is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer** All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Your Right to Work** – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. *Full Stack Developer - REMOTE!* *FL-Sarasota* *AP3-1492968*
          (USA-WA-Seattle) Senior Software Engineer - Python/JavaScript      Cache   Translate Page      
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Artificial Intelligence Will Be the Greatest Jobs Engine the World Has Ever Seen

In the past few years, artificial intelligence has advanced so quickly that it now seems that hardly a month goes by without a newsworthy AI breakthrough. In areas as wide-ranging as speech translation, medical diagnosis and game play, we have seen computers outperform humans in startling ways. This has sparked a discussion about what impact AI will have on employment.

Some fear that as AI improves, it will supplant workers in the job force, creating an ever-growing pool of unemployable humans who cannot economically compete with machines in any meaningful way. This concern, while understandable, is unfounded.

AI will be the greatest job engine the world has ever seen.

Technology has progressed nonstop for 250 years, and in the U.S. unemployment has stayed within a narrow band of 5 to 10 percent for almost all that time, even when radical new technologies such as steam power and electricity came on the scene.

AI is the most empowering of all technologies because it effectively makes anyone who uses it smarter. It increases the productivity of anyone who can apply it to their job. Once again, you hear the same refrain: "It will destroy jobs." And sure, you can look around and find jobs that it might well eliminate, such as order taker at a fast-food restaurant. But, that is not in any way the entire story.

No, the whole story involves the other part of the equation. What will this technologyenable? ..

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  • JPMorgan Chase co-president Gordon Smith said the bank is having no trouble competing for top tech talent to fuel its $10.8 billion digital ambitions.
  • Smith said a number of software developers the bank has hired come from the video game world.
  • How does JPMorgan get programmers to ditch Fortnite for mobile banking? "It's actually been very easy," Smith said.
  • Part of the allure is working on projects that affect tens of millions of people, Smith said. 

Wall Street banks are increasingly competing with Silicon Valley start-ups and tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook for top talent. 

JPMorgan Chase, for one, says it's having no struggle at all when it comes to hiring engineers and developers to build out its vast digital ambitions. 

At a financial conference Tuesday, Gordon Smith, co-president and consumer banking chief at JPMorgan, said the bank has "honestly had no problems attracting that talent at all. It's actually been very exciting."

He noted that the bank had hardly any mobile or digital developers four years ago in Manhattan, but now has roughly 1,500 — mainly working out of the firm's glistening tech hub in Hudson Yards.

Anecdotally, Smith said that a number of the developers he's spoken with have left careers developing video games to join JPMorgan.

How is the bank luring away techies from sexy jobs working on hit games like Fortnite to work on mobile-banking products? 

"It's actually been very easy," Smith told Erika Najarian, an equity-research head at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, at the conference.

While state-of-the art tech offices — in addition to Hudson Yards, the firm in September announced a new fintech office in Palo Alto to house 1,000 employees — likely help, the scale of JPMorgan's opportunity is what Smith highlighted. Here's the exchange:

Smith: I was talking to some of our developers, and I asked them — I often do — 'Where'd you come from?' And they come from the gaming industry, not the gambling industry, the gaming industry.

Najarian: Fortnite, yes.  

Smith: Yes. And I said what attracted you to JP Morgan Chase from gaming? They said, "Well it's so exciting. When we do something with JPMorgan, we can hit thirty, forty, fifty million customers." And there's a little bit bragging rights when you're talking to your friends and you can say you know, "Well I've worked on this component of the mobile experience." So we've had great success at attracting talent and retaining them.

That's a similar pitch to what Bank of America uses in hiring tech talent for its consumer bank. 

Read more: 'If you get to 700, 750, we'll cut your mortgage costs a little bit': JPMorgan is working on ways to reward you for improving your credit score, and it may be the future of consumer finance

JPMorgan, which earlier this year told Business Insider it has a $10.8 billion tech budget and 50,000 technologists on its payroll, courts comparisons to Amazon and has gone all in on a bet that a "Digital Everywhere" strategy will help win the future of banking.

The talent needed to build that vision doesn't come cheap. Smith said the company is increasingly trimming the number of call-center jobs it has in the $30,000-a-year range and instead adding "digital designers, software programmers, software engineers, artificial intelligence PhDs" at the $100,000 to $150,000 range. 

In Smith's view, the former expense is simply providing maintenance of an existing customer service, while the latter is a bet on the future revenue growth — such as opening and maintaining an API store, building tools to gamify the process of improving customer credit scores, or launching a free stock-trading platform and an all-digital bank for millennials.

"When I'm moving expense into software developers, AI engineers and so on, they're all building for the future. They're all accelerating the medium to long-term growth of the company," Smith said. 

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I am usually a silent reader on this Blog, because I don't watch too many movies, but I do love the way BR writes. I was interested in this Off topic, because I love Science Fiction. Sanjay's key question is "How can a balance be achieved by making high concept sci fi and making it accessible and understandable to the masses" One of Science Fiction's greatest authors is Isaac Asimov. In one of his interview, when asked to define what is science fiction he said that "I think science fiction is the very relevant branch of literature that deals with human response to changes in the level of science and technology.......It's not important that the average citizen understand science so completely that he or she could actually become involved in research, but it is very important that people be able to "follow the game" well enough to have some intelligent opinions on policy." The Full Interview is on this link https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/science-technology-isaac-asimov-zmaz80sozraw?ViewAll=True#axzz2UBCCXdRA So broadly speaking, it is the "Job" of Science fiction to make science or the inevitability of change accessible to masses. In that space, I think Enthiran did a pretty good job. You are left with the inevitability of artificial intelligence and that Vaseegaran may have dismantled his robot, but it's not the end. Someone else with lesser scruples than Vaseegaran will make another AI another day and then what? Even a bit of science in a otherwise non sci-fi movie is great. Take Spyder for example. Mahesh babu sets up fancy equipment to direct housewives for a rescue operation. That was a small but good bit of sci-fi. A lot of Hollywood movies are pretty massy, with Avatar being the best example. Remove the CG and we have a pukka masala movie. It even has songs. So basically Money to back up Sci fi (I heard that the movie Martian cost more than our Mangalyaan) and a certain amount of belief in our audience seems to be missing. The first one will take time, but the second one can be squeezed in gradually. On a lighter note... I recently read this https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/RYCuTlBrcJTnHgwDM8q1ZM/Mr-India-and-his-forebears.html which in turn led me to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JhRqCpCRK4 Sci fi also gives us scope for a lot of fun, which we in tamil cinema seem to be missing out for some reason.
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          Upaya Grab dan Go-Jek Atasi Fraud, dari GPS Palsu hingga Order Fiktif      Cache   Translate Page      

Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Permasalahan order fiktif hingga fake GPS yang dilakukan sejumlah mitra pengemudi layanan transportasi online harus diakui masih terjadi.

Kendati demikian, penyedia layanan seperti Grab dan Go-Jek bukannya tanpa usaha untuk mengatasi masalah tersebut.

Baik Grab dan Go-Jek mengaku sudah menerapkan sejumlah fitur dan program agar aksi curang tersebut dapat diatasi.

Saat dihubungi Tekno Liputan6.com, Rabu (7/11/2018), Grab mengatakan pihaknya sudah memanfaatkan teknologi machine learning (pembelajaran mesin) dan artificial intelligence (kecerdasan buatan/AI) untuk mendeteksi aplikasi fake GPS dan order fiktif.

"Ketika order demikian terdeteksi, akun yang menggunakan aplikasi (fake GPS) tersebut akan terblokir," tutur Head of Public Affairs Grab Indonesia Tri Sukma Anreianno.

Tidak hanya itu, Grab juga membuat program 'Grab Lawan Opik!' yang bekerja sama dengan Kepolisian.

Dalam program ini, Grab telah berhasil menangkap sindikat dan mitra pengemudi yang telah terbukti melakukan kecurangan di beberapa kota, seperti Jakarta, Makassar, Semarang, Surabaya, dan Medan.

Menurut Tri, gabungan program dan fitur ini terbukti telah mengurangi tindak kecurangan hingga 80 persen.

"Riset kami juga menunjukkan bahwa platform Grab dua kali lebih tangguh dalam menghadapi tindak kecurangan dibandingkan kompetitor lain di Asia Tenggara," tuturnya menjelaskan.

Tidak hanya itu, Grab juga mengambil sikap tegas terhadap pemesanan fiktif atau yang dikenal sebagai opik dengan melakukan akun mitra pengemudi.

Program ini, menurut Tri, merupakan komitmen Grab untuk menyediakan platform transportasi teraman bagi mitra pengemudi dan penumpang.

"Manajemen Grab tidak akan melakukan peninjauan ulang terhadap keputusan hubungan kemitraan (suspend) pada mitra pengemudi yang terbukti melakukan tindak kecurangan (fraud)," tutur Tri menjelaskan.

Fitur Grab untuk Atasi Fraud

Pengemudi ojek online menunggu penumpang di tempat drop off yang disediakan di Balai Kota DKI Jakarta, Selasa (31/7). Pengemudi ojek online harus menempati area tersebut saat menunggu penumpang. (Liputan.com/Faizal Fanani)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Dalam penjelasannya, Tri juga menuturkan Grab sudah menerapkan fitur 'Anti-Tuyul'. Fitur yang diluncurkan pada Agustus 2018 ini memungkinkan Grab memblokir mitra pengemudi yang memiliki aplikasi fake GPS atau yang lebih dikenal 'Tuyul'.

Untuk mendapatkan kembali akses terhadap akunnya, mitra pengemudi harus menghapus seluruh apliksi fake GPS yang dimilikinya. Sementara untuk layanan GrabCar, ada pula fitur 'driver selfie authentication'.

Melalui fitur ini, mitra pengemudi diwajibkan mengambil dan mengunggah swafoto dirinya sebelum memulai atau meneruskan perjalanan. Cara ini dilakukan untuk memastikan hanya pengemudi terverifikasi yang memakai akun tersebut.

Perusahaan yang berbasis di Singapura itu juga mengklaim menjadi satu-satunya perusahaan ride-hailing yang secara ketat menerapkan prinsip 'Know Your Driver Partner' (KYP) untuk mitra pengemudi GrabCar.

Prinsip ini dijalankan dengan memeriksa seluruh dokumen fisik yang dimiliki mitra, seperti KTP, SIM, STNK, SKCK hingga bertemu langsung.

Serupa dengan Grab, Go-Jek sebagai salah satu penyedia layanan transportasi berbasis aplikasi menolak penggunaan aplikasi fake GPS atau order fiktif.

Namun, Go-Jek menerapkan sistem yang berbeda. Hal itu dituturkan oleh VP Corporate Affairs Go-Jek Michael Reza Say.

"Go-Jek pada dasarnya selalu menjunjung prinsip keadilan dan kejujuran. Penggunaan aplikasi GPS palsu merugikan mitra sendiri dan juga mitra lainnya yang bekerja dengan jujur," tuturnya.

Oleh sebab itu, Go-Jek telah menjalankan kebijakan Hapus Tuyul atau menghapus aplikasi GPS palsu di Jakarta, Bandung, Pontianak, Tegal, Surabaya, Medan, dan Balikpapan sejak Maret 2018.

"Hal ini merupakan langkah awal kami untuk memastikan ruang bekerja yang bersih, jujur dan adil bagi para mitra. Hingga saat ini kami telah berhasil menurunkan angka pengguna GPS palsu lebih dari setengahnya," ujar Michael.

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Dalam beberapa waktu ke depan, Go-Jek juga akan menerapkan sistem pengalokasian pengemudi yang diperbarui. Melalui cara ini, mitra pengemudi yang berlaku jujur akan mendapatkan lebih banyak pesanan.

Maksudnya, mitra pengemudi yang terdeteksi menggunakan aplikasi fake GPS atau aplikasi tambahan tidak resmi lainnya akan lebih sulit mendapatkan pesanan. Sementara mitra pengemudi yang tidak melakukannya akan lebih diuntungkan.

"Kami juga selalu mengimbau agar mitra driver menghentikan penggunaan GPS palsu karena dapat menganggu keamanan data dari akun mitra itu sendiri," tuturnya menjelaskan.

Dari sisi order fiktif, Michael menuturkan, sistem Go-Jek sudah lebih baik dalam mengidentifikasi dan menangani order fiktif. Menurut Michael, 90 persen pesanan fiktif telah berhasil dihentikan sebelum sampai ke aplikasi mitra pengemudi Go-Jek.

"Kami akan melihat pola anomali dari akun tersebut. Yang pasti, kami akan terus memperbarui sistem sehingga permasalahan ini dapat diselesaikan secara menyeluruh agar tidak mengganggu aktivitas para mitra," ucap Michael menutup pembicaraan.

Sekadar informasi, Grab dan Go-Jek harus diakui merupakan dua pemain utama di bisnis ride hailing di Indonesia. Grab sendiri kini sudah hadir di 137 kota di Indonesia, sedangkan Go-Jek telah berada di 70 lokasi.

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Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday.

  1. Amazon employees are gearing up to confront CEO Jeff Bezos at an all-staff meeting this week about selling facial recognition software to law enforcementEmployees are urging their colleagues to put pressure on the company at an all-staff meeting Thursday by inundating CEO Jeff Bezos with questions, Recode reports.
  2. Reddit's Alexis Ohanian says "hustle porn" is "one of the most toxic, dangerous things in tech right now" at Web Summit on Tuesday. "Hustle porn" is the fetishization of extremely long working hours, and Ohanian said he let his own mental health go when he built Reddit.
  3. Marc Benioff invited Elon Musk to dig tunnels in San Francisco for a new transportation system, and the Tesla founder accepted. The Salesforce CEO asked Musk on Twitter whether the Boring Company could come to San Francisco, and Musk replied: "Sure, we can do it."
  4. Facebook said that the 100 accounts it removed ahead of the midterm elections for "inauthentic behavior" may well be Russian. Facebook's head of cyber security policy told TechCrunch that the company blocked over 100 accounts after receiving a tip-off from law enforcement that they could be connected to the Russia-based Internet Research Agency.
  5. A federal judge ruled that chip seller Qualcomm must license some of its technology to competitors. The preliminary ruling came in an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm brought by the US Federal Trade Commission in early 2017.
  6. The FCC is calling for all phone carriers to implement effective caller ID by 2019. The FCC's Chairman Ajit Pai said this was important in combating "illegal robocalls."
  7. The president of Samsung says "we should really worry about ethics" as artificial intelligence moves into your DNA. Samsung Electronics president Young Sohn told Business Insider about his concerns around AI exploits health and DNA data.
  8. One of Microsoft's fastest-rising stars is leaving the company with the intention of "getting back to building new things." Javier Soltero, who came to Microsoft after his startup, Acompli, was acquired in 2014, is leaving after four years.
  9. Samsung is hinting that it will reveal its long-awaited foldable phone on November 7. Samsung's foldable phone has been nicknamed "Galaxy F" and "Galaxy X."
  10. Tinder's paying user base went up from 3.8 million last quarter to 4.1 million this quarter, and is projected to bring in $800 million in revenue this year. Tinder's parent company Match Group surpassed its forecasted revenue for Q3.

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هوش مصنوعی به سیستم‌هایی گفته می‌شود که می‌توانند واکنش‌هایی مشابه رفتارهای هوشمند انسانی از جمله درک شرایط پیچیده، شبیه‌سازی فرایندهای تفکری و شیوه‌های استدلالی انسانی و پاسخ موفق به آنها، یادگیری و توانایی کسب دانش و استدلال برای حل مسایل را داشته باشند. هوش مصنوعی را باید عرصهٔ پهناور تلاقی و ملاقات بسیاری از دانش‌ها، علوم، و فنون قدیم و جدید دانست. ریشه‌ها و ایده‌های اصلی آن را باید در فلسفه، زبان‌شناسی، ریاضیات، روان‌شناسی، عصب‌شناسی، فیزیولوژی، تئوری کنترل، احتمالات و بهینه‌سازی جستجو کرد و کاربردهای گوناگون و فراوانی در علوم رایانه، علوم مهندسی، علوم زیست‌شناسی و پزشکی، علوم اجتماعی و بسیاری از علوم دیگر دارد. سرفصل های دوره آموزشی Udemy Artificial Intelligence Music Creation & Remixing 2018: – ابزار هوش مصنوعی ایجاد موزیک: قسمت اول – ابزار هوش مصنوعی ایجاد موزیک: قسمت دوم – پاداش و ابزار باور نکردنی ۲۰۱۸: ایجاد موسیقی با هوش مصنوعی  

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Save Us From Freedom!

People want to create robots so they can be led by them

Global Research, November 05, 2018

Freedom once meant something significant for mankind. It meant ceasing to be suppressed and imprisoned  by forces that endeavour to control one. The word ‘freedom’ conjured a sense of what it means, at least to some degree, to be master of one’s destiny. 

No longer, For many, the new freedom has almost exactly the opposite meaning. Now freedom seems to be associated with having someone or something doing one’s thinking for one; making decisions that one ‘can’t be bothered ‘or doesn’t want to make – and ultimately completely relieving one from responsibility for taking any form of action other than that which enriches one’s pocket and/or one’s narcissist fantasies.

In fact this new ‘freedom’ offers – on a plate – to the oppressor of old the chance to continue his mastery of human control, but under a new guise: the tantalising deception of ‘convenience’. That which by-passes the need for mental creative effort (and often physical effort as well) and which makes one believe that there is really little or nothing to do, other than tap a keyboard and get tuned into a cyberspace virtual reality world which will do the rest for one. This is the great tempter of our age. The one that lays out the red carpet for a soft and sly take-over by nothing less than a non human artificial intelligence.

Yes, the superficial seductiveness of the pocket sized touch-button technology of passivity, the human masters of which sit in Silicon Valley and the Pentagon, monitoring every move that serves the further advancement of the totalitarian central control system.

Did slavery ever loose its grip on the great mass of humanity? Have the majority always preferred the safety of mindlessness to the dangers of consciousness? Was Shakespear on the button when he had Hamlet pose the infamous rhetorical question “To be or not to be, that is the question”. 

It’s a question that should never need to be posed, and indeed never would have been had some  betrayal of the divine nature of humanity not taken place, many thousands of years ago. After all, the spirit infused natural make-up of mankind provided all the fuel needed to guide us on our way to the full expression of our potentiality as universal beings. Yet a deviation from this path was  established, and has proved to be a strong opiate – a formidable obstacle to the spiritual evolution of our species.

This deviation has gone so far, that nothing less than the ability to retain the power of independent thought is now at stake.

I believe that the social psychologist and historian Erich Fromm was right when he said that ‘fear of freedom’ was symptomatic in allowing the rise of fascism before World War Two, and that the prevailing sense of insecurity in society generally leads people to abandon hard won civil liberties, for the seeming safety and protection of ‘strong leadership’, regardless of its motives.

But this type of capitulation plays directly into the hands of those who are best at manipulating peoples’ fears; bringing about an ever greater centralisation of power in the hands of the despotic few. A deft slight of hand, that while giving the impression of providing security and leadership, is actually a calculated step towards the totalitarian take-over.

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“Disinformation” is a common term at present, in the media, in academic and political discourse, along with related concepts like “fake news”. But what does it really mean? Is it different from misinformation, propaganda, deception, “fake news” or just plain lies? Is it always bad, or can it be a useful and necessary tool of statecraft? And how should we deal with it?

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Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Robot memang dilibatkan di banyak bidang pembuatan produk-produk manusia. Mulai parfum, minuman, hingga peralatan kecantikan, semua merupakan beberapa di antara produk yang pembuatannya dipengaruhi komputer.

Industri terakhir yang mungkin akan disentuh oleh teknologi robotik tersebut yaitu seni.

Pada pekan lalu, balai lelang asal Inggris, Christie, menjual lukisan bernama Portrait of Edmond Belamy yang dibuat oleh kecerdasan buatan.

Dikutip dari Vox, Rabu (7/11/2018), lukisan yang dibuat secara kolektif oleh komunitas seni asal Prancis bernama Obvius itu dijual dengan harga US$ 432.500, setara Rp 6,5 miliar.

Dengan terjualnya lukisan ini, banyak orang percaya kemampuan kecerdasan buatan akan menggeser kehidupan seni sesungguhnya.

Lantas bagaimana cara kecerdasan buatan membuat lukisan wajah itu? Kecerdasan buatan yang muncul tersebut, berasal dari algoritma yang menyisir koleksi potret bersejarah.

Kemudian, dia memadupadankan dan menghasilkan lukisan tersendiri yang tercetak di atas selembar kanvas.

Dalam laman blog-nya, balai lelang Christie menyebut kemampuan kecerdasan buatan ini mampu menjadi seni masa depan.

Kecerdasan buatan itu dapat memodelkan perjalanan sejarah seni dan membuktikan seluruh kisah budaya visual manusia merupakan keniscayaan matematis.

Ada tiga orang penting di balik terciptanya Potrait of Edmond Belamy, yaitu, Hugo Caselles-Dupre, Pierre Fautrel, dan Gauthier Vernier.

Kelompok Obvius ini menamai kecerdasan buatan mereka dengan GAN, kependekan dari Generatif Adversarial Network.

Meski dipuji karena penetrasi algoritma ke dunia seni, persoalan lain malah mengemuka. Banyak pihak yang bertanya mengenai hak cipta atas karya tersebut.

Seniman dengan basis kecerdasan buatan, Robbie Barrat, 19 tahun, membagikan model penyisiran data kecerdasan buatan miliknya.

Dia kemudian membandingkan hasil karya dari kecerdasan buatan miliknya dengan milik Obvius.

"Apakah orang-orang percaya tentang ini? Apakah aku gila ketika hanya menggunakan jaringan dan menjual karya itu?" tulis Barrat di Twitter.

Kecerdasan Buatan Kini Bisa Ciptakan Parfum

Ilustrasi Kecerdasan Buatan. Kredit: Geralts via Pixabay#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Kecerdasan buatan (Artificial Intelligence, AI) tak cuma merambah ke ranah aplikasi dan solusi teknologi.

Buktinya, industri fashion dan kecantikan pun mulai megadopsi kecerdasan buatan. IBM salah satunya.

Perusahaan teknologi asal Negeri Paman Sam tersebut menciptakan aroma parfum berbasis kecerdasan buatan

Seperti dilansir Geek, Rabu (31/10/2018), IBM bekerjasama dengan produsen parfum Symrise.

Kecerdasan buatan ini, dinamai Philyra. Ia merupakan sekumpulan algoritma yang bekerja untuk menciptakan formula wewangian baru.

“Menciptakan aroma parfum yang baik adalah seni dan sains yang membutuhkan ketelitian. Oleh karena itu, adanya perubahan kecil dalam jumlah material bisa menciptakan, atau menghancurkan parfum baru,” tutur Ilmuwan Pimpinan IBM Research Richard Goodwin.

Baginya, ia menciptakan Philyra untuk menghasilkan kombinasi baru dari formulasi aroma khusus.

Nantinya, Symrise akan mengujicoba dua parfum baru yang diperkirakan meluncur tahun depan, dengan perusahaan kecantikan global yaitu O Boticario.

 

Kecerdasan Buatan Kalahkan Dokter Saat Diagnosis Tumor Otak

Ternyata, selain pekerja seks komersial, robot dengan kecerdasan buatan juga mulai mengambil peran sebagai ahli hukum. (Sumber techinsider.io)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sistem kecerdasan buatan kembali menunjukkan tajinya di bidang kesehatan.

Kali ini, kecerdasan buatan asal Tiongkok yang dilaporkan berhasil mengungguli kemampuan diagnosis dokter.

Dilaporkan Xinhua, sebuah sistem kecerdasan buatan berhasil mengalahkan tim yang terdiri dari 15 doktor kenamaan Tiongkok dalam hal mendiagnosis tumor otak dan memprediksi hematoma.

Dari uji coba yang dilakukan, kecerdasan buatan ini berhasil mengunguli kemampuan dokter saat melakukan diagnosis dua penyakit tersebut. Dikutip dari The Next Web, Rabu (4/7/2018), kecerdasan buatan ini diberi nama BioMind.

Sistem ini dikembangkan oleh Artificial Intelligence Research Centre for Neurological Disorders dari Rumah Sakit Tiantan Beijing. Saat uji coba, kemampuan BioMind ternyata berada di atas rata-rata kemampuan para dokter.

Saat menelaah sejumlah kasus tumor otak, BioMind berhasil memprediksi benar sekitar 87 persen. Sementara para dokter hanya mampu menjawab benar 66 persen dari kasus yang diberikan.

Kecerdasan buatan ini juga mampu menganalisa kasus dengan lebih cepat. Dalam 15 menit, BioMind berhasil melakukan diagnosis 225 kasus, sedangkan para dokter hanya 30 kasus.

Ketika membahas soal hematoma di otak, BioMind juga berhasil menjawab dengan benar 83 persen kasus yang diajukan. Adapun para dokter hanya dapat melakukan diagonsa yang benar untuk 63 persen kasus.

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Author and Physicist Alan Lightman talks about his book Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. This is a wide-ranging conversation on religion, science, transcendence, consciousness, impermanence, and whether matter is all that matters.

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Intro. [Recording date: October 11, 2018.]

Russ Roberts: My guest is author and physicist Alan Lightman. I first encountered his writing years ago with his extraordinary novel, Einstein's Dreams, which I recommend highly. His latest book is Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, which is our topic for today.... This is a short book that bristles with ideas and some beautiful poetic writing. It's a book about being a thinking human being. It's about the relationship between religion and science. I enjoyed it very much. I want to start with our desire as human beings for absolutes that you write about, and how science has systematically dismantled many of those absolutes, if not all of them, and made them harder to believe in. What do you mean by that idea of an absolute and how science has affected it?

Alan Lightman: By 'absolute,' I mean belief in qualities that cannot be proven but seem to be anchors for our existence, like permanence, immortality, eternity, certainty, unity. These are some of the qualities that I mean. Indivisibility. And, although those qualities, those concepts, most of them, are abstract, they have sometimes been associated with physical objects. For example, the idea of unity and indivisibility, indestructibility--that idea--I should just go back and mention of course that the immortal soul and God are some of the absolutes. But the physical atom has been associated with the idea of unity and indestructibility and indivisibility. And stars have been associated with the idea of eternity, divinity, indestructibility, permanence, for example. And modern science has shown that most of the absolutes that are associated with physical ideas, physical objects, that is--at least the physical object has been shown not to embody the absolute. So, for example, stars have been shown to be finite, to eventually burn up their nuclear fuel and die. So, stars are not permanent; they are not indestructible. They are not divine, because we've shown that stars are made out of material stuff like we have on earth. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, atoms were split; and we continue to find smaller and smaller parts of the atom. The atom is not permanent, either; it is not indestructible; it is not indivisible. Probably the greatest absolute for unity is the universe as a whole. You can't get a bigger unity than the universe as a whole. Uni-verse, and in the last 20 years or so, there's been evidence--both theoretical and experimental--that there are, that there may be a large number of universes in addition to ours. So, even in our universe, we find that there's a multiplicity rather than a unity. And, these scientific discoveries don't disprove the absolutes; but they bring them into question, since their physical counterparts do not embody the qualities of the absolute.

Russ Roberts: One of the poignant and powerful parts of this book is that, as you write those things--in different ways and different examples--the book remains an incredible testament to awe, and the awesomeness, in the old sense of the word, of the physical world, and the world we live in that we have to confront as thinking human beings. So, as you describe, the loss of these absolutes from the scientific perspective, you concede at various places the natural yearnings that we have to hold onto them. So, talk about that. Because I think you describe in very powerful ways the tension that a thinking person has to have, I think religious or not, about this reality that--we understand more and more about the world; the more we understand, the less it seems to be permanent, reliable, and spiritual. It seems to be mainly physical. So, talk about that tension.

Alan Lightman: Well, I think that for thousands of years there has been a tension between the material and the immaterial. That is, on the one hand, the desire to understand the universe as made out of material--as a physical thing--and all of our science is based upon that: the reduction of phenomena to, by rationality, by method, by quantifying. And all of those deductions lead us to believe that nothing is permanent. That everything passes away. Nothing is unified. But, I think at the same time, for thousands of years, we have had a yearning for permanence. For something that outlasts our brief human life. And you can go all the way back to the Cro Magnon caves, where you can see burial sites near the caves where the Cro Magnon people prepared their dead for the next life. I think that our own impending death, our own mortality, is one of the greatest drivers of our longing for immortality. That longing for the soul, for God, for something, this permanence that outlives our fleeting lives. And so, that's where the tension comes about: Our observation and our experience with the physical world that seems to be material and impermanent, and yet, and our own impending deaths; and yet our desire to live forever--at least to have some part of us that lives forever. Or even if it's not part of us--if it's not our immortal souls--that there be something in the universe, or even maybe perhaps beyond the universe, that is eternal. And that thought brings us comfort in the face of our own impending death.

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Russ Roberts: Why do you think we care? Obviously, our impending death is a fact. Our awareness of our impending death is somewhat--maybe totally, almost unique. Maybe there are some animals that are aware of death. They watch their fellow creatures die. I don't know whether they can look forward, if they can expect their own deaths. But, we have that awareness. We also are, of course, a brain inside a physical body, a physical body that's very appetite-driven--like all animals. And yet we find some conflict between an urge to satisfy those appetites, in all kinds of different ways, and at the same time desire that there's more to life than just the satisfying of those appetites. Why would that be?

Alan Lightman: Well, I think there are two factors there. It's a wonderful question. And I imagine that some animals with higher levels of consciousness must be aware of their own deaths. But one factor, I think, is our fear of nothingness. And you can read this all the way back in the writings of Lucretius, and the Nature of Things. One of the reasons why Lucretius invoked atoms and materiality is because he wanted to assuage the fears of people about nothingness. The void--nothingness--is a very fearsome prospect. And the other, I think, is our search for meaning. And, I think that the desire to find meaning in the world, meaning for both yourself and meaning for the cosmos, require a very high level of intelligence and brain development and consciousness. I know that dolphins and chimpanzees are very smart animals; but I don't know whether they have a quest for meaning the way that human beings do; and it would be hard to document that. But, I know that homo sapiens, at least, want to find meaning in their lives. Whether you are consciously searching for meaning or whether you are unconsciously searching for meaning. And many of us do that by making friends, by devoting ourselves to our family; by trying to write books. And so on. But, I think--and I'm speaking now personally of me, but I think it's true of other people as well, that I think that in our search for meaning, that permanence is a quality that we associate with meaning. If something lasts a very long time, that has a possibility of more meaning than something that's very fleeting. If you have a good meal at a Shoney's Restaurant, you feel happy and satisfied and content for a few hours. And then it passes away. It's a fleeting experience. But if you think that your children and your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren are going to remember you and fondly look at photographs of you and be proud of you if you'd done good deeds in the world, that seems to have more meaning. And so, we associate meaning with permanence. Whether that's valid or not, we do that. And I think that's one of the reasons why we have a yearning for something that's permanent.

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Russ Roberts: So, I want to take a depressing but fascinating example from the book. You talk about an ant colony that somehow develops art and music under the ground, and somehow lasts for a hundred years--just an incredibly long time for an ant colony. It speculates--the ants speculate about their role in the cosmos. But then, a flood comes along and wipes them out. Even though it lasted a hundred years--does it have any?--there's nothing left. And you raise the specter--and I found this deeply haunting--and actually, I don't find it as depressing as I might, but, maybe that's because I have some religious faith--the specter that the universe's life is finite. As you said: All the stars with burn out. King Lear will be forgotten. Even Lady Gaga will be forgotten. Even if we go to a different--I know, it's hard to believe. But even if we go to a different galaxy, but if we develop the ability to get off this planet when our star burns out: They are all going to burn out. Slowly, inexorably. And then they'll be gone. And this thing, whatever it is--and I guess--in a way there's something deeply depressing about that, just like death is challenging to confront. But, at the same time, it forces you to realize that there's a deeper mystery at the heart of that, that can't be avoided or ignored. It can't be the whole thing. Something else is there. [?] what it is.

Alan Lightman: Well, yeah. Well, I mean, that's one view: that there must be something more than that. And there are other people who say, 'No. That's the whole ball of wax. That's all there is.' So, I think many of us would like to believe that there's something more than that. But, we don't know.

Russ Roberts: Well, I would say it differently, then, maybe. I would say--clearly; and I think you hint at this in the book, and maybe say it in a different way--our minds--well, I guess Einstein's. I'm going to read the quote from Einstein. Einstein clearly suggests that our brains can't wrap themselves around the idea, just like the ant--you don't say it this way, but the ant in that colony that's about to get swept away, you know, they are talking and someone hears thunder and thinks, 'Well, this could be the Big One'; or, 'Let's all huddle together and enjoy these last few seconds,'--there's something else going on, whether it's the storm or whatever it is. I'm not suggesting it's--you know, by definition, God, or a personal God. That's a huge leap, obviously. But, the idea that the universe comes into being and dies out, can't--I don't know. I'm having trouble thinking of that as "the whole thing." I know that you're right: I understand there are people much smarter than I am who feel that way. But I say that, not: 'Oh, it's therefore God.' I say that because it seems deeply, intellectually unsatisfying.

Alan Lightman: Oh, it's very unsatisfying. And it's unsatisfying for me, as well, that that would be the whole thing. I mean, even if you take the point of view that there are other universes out there--and many physicists now have this view--and that universes are constantly coming into being by fluctuations in the quantum foam which we--you know, we can't prove that, but that's what a lot of physicists believe. Even if you take that view, that there's been an infinite number of universes and ours is just one, that still doesn't answer the question: Why is there something rather than nothing?

Russ Roberts: That's a simpler way to ask my question.

Alan Lightman: And that's a--if you ponder that for a few minutes, it starts to get--it stretches your mind. You start going around in circles, and you start getting upset. At least, I do. And I think one of the deep reasons why people believe in God or a spiritual world is they want to answer the question: Why is there something rather than nothing?

Russ Roberts: Here's a quote from the book that I love. You write:

The most profound question seem to have this fascinating aspect: Either they have no answer at all, or all possible answers seem impossible.

And that kind of captures it beautifully.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah.

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Russ Roberts: Well, let's--I mentioned I was going to read an Einstein quote. I'm going to read it; and then we'll shift gears after this. But I'll let you respond to the Einstein quote. But, it's a quote you bring into the book. It goes like this:

I'm not an atheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books, but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God, to see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws.

And, you know, to some extent this is the Watchmaker argument. It's a more poetic version of it, that there is order in the universe. But I think the more interesting--that's not a very compelling argument to somebody today. But I think that the poetry of that insight is captured, I think, in what you call the Central Theorem of Science, which is that we can fundamentally understand the laws of nature, and that they happen to be written in mathematics--that also boggles my mind. Mathematics seems to be something we made up. And yet, it is how we understand the reality that we find ourselves in.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. Well, first of all, if I may, I call it the Central Doctrine of Science--

Russ Roberts: Sorry--

Alan Lightman: not the--but that's very close to what you called it. I don't think that mathematics is made up. Because, we find a lot of surprises in mathematics. I don't think that we make it up, that the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is the same number for all circles. That's a truth about the nature of geometry. And so I think there's--and I don't think that physicists make up the laws of nature, either. Because we sometimes discover things in physics that surprise us. In fact, that contradict previous beliefs--

Russ Roberts: Yeah. That's not what I mean by 'made up.' I meant they are--we perceive the world through our consciousness. And we see that as reality. And that's not obviously the case--

Alan Lightman: Yeah. Yeah. Right. Yeah. Of course, a lot of philosophers, like George Barkley have claimed that we have no evidence that there is an external reality outside of our minds. That everything that we believe is a human construction. But I think that all scientists have to believe in order to set pen to paper, or set the first ball swinging in motion for the experiment: that, all scientists have to believe that there is an external reality out there, that's independent of our minds, that exists whether or not we see it or hear it. It's certainly true that we are limited and stuck within the three pounds of gray matter in our skulls: that we see and think everything through our own consciousness and sensory apparatus. But I think that we have been able to probe a world that is external to our own consciousness.

Russ Roberts: Well, it certainly feels that way. We get empirical confirmation of that all the time. Of course, that may be deceptive. But, it feels that way. You write: "Is it not a testament to our minds that we little human beings with our limited sensory apparatus and brief life spans, stuck on our planet in space, have been able to uncover so much of the workings of nature?" Extraordinary.

Alan Lightman: Well, if I could just interject one thing: One of my favorite movies is The Matrix. I don't know whether you saw it.

Russ Roberts: Yep. Sure.

Alan Lightman: And what I found so profound about the movie, [?] the imagination that went into it, is the suggestion that everything that we see is an illusion. That we're sort of being manipulated by some giant computer somewhere. And it's very hard to disprove that hypothesis.

Russ Roberts: Yes, it is. And it's of course been the basis for mysticism as well, in religious life--that there is a reality that this is masking; that we are living in the dream of God. That we're--I find it fascinating, and this is not a very novel observation, but certainly the willingness of extremely smart people to suggest the possibility that we are actually living in a giant computer simulation, to me is an example of the--I would call it the dogmatic nature of human beings. We've replaced the belief in God--many of us have--with a view that's a lot like it. Just without the obligations or many of the things that are difficult to rationally accept. And yet, that vision--that techno-vision--is analogous to a divine vision.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. It is. And also, like a divine vision it's impossible to prove or disprove. It's just one of those sort of recreational musings that comes along with high intelligence.

Russ Roberts: Ah, it's a great line.

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Russ Roberts: Well, let's shift gears. I want to talk about consciousness more explicitly. You write:

For me, the human body is the most amazing and baffling phenomenon of the material world. How could it be that the exquisite and indescribable experience of consciousness, of thought and emotion, of the overpowering sense of an "I," is simply the result of so many electrical and chemical flows between neurons which are themselves nothing but atoms and molecules? I am constantly struck dumb by this mystery. Surely, the first single-celled creatures moving about in the primeval seas did not have consciousness or thoughts. Evidently, those qualities emerged with increasing complexity and natural selection.

I want to start with this question of whether you think advancing artificial intelligence will simulate, replicate a brain. Will we be able to build a brain in a box that will have--

Alan Lightman: Self-awareness.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. And the key I like is from Harry Frankfurt. He applied it to animals, but I mentioned it in a previous episode with Rodney Brooks; and I should have attributed it to a teacher of mine, James Jacobsen-Maisels, who says that the desire about our desires might be the real test of consciousness. Will a robot built as a smart vacuum cleaner yearn to be a driverless car in 50 years? I have trouble imagining that, but that just could be my challenge. What are your thoughts on that?

Alan Lightman: Well, I don't think that we know whether we can build a brain--a brain made out of silicon. We don't know. The experience of consciousness is so unusual, it is so unique--I mean, you really can't even talk about the world except through your consciousness. It seems impossible that you could build an artificial consciousness. But, if the brain is nothing but material, and consciousness is just the sensation of all of the electrical and chemical flows between material neurons, then it seems in principle that it would be possible to build a machine that has consciousness. Now, I don't know how we would, could prove for certain that a particular computer was conscious in the same way that I can't prove for certain that there are other minds besides mine. There's no way that I can prove--I can design certain benchmarks that I will say something and you will respond to it. Or you will do something that surprises me. But, I can't prove that there is any other thinking mind in the universe besides my own. And, in the same way, we could design certain benchmarks for a computer, analogous to the Turing Test or the various tests to say whether a machine is intelligent or not. But any such set of benchmarks that we design would be finite, would be limited. We could have 10,000 or a million different steps in it, but we couldn't do an infinite number of steps. And so, we're never going to know for sure whether we have created a computer that fully matches human consciousness. But on any limited task, like the ability to drive a car, or the ability to give interesting answers as a psychologist would on the other side of a curtain--any limited task, I am sure--

Russ Roberts: Write a song--

Alan Lightman: Write a song. Right. Write a novel. I am sure that any finite task, we will eventually be able to build a computer that can do that. And whether that computer has self-awareness and consciousness is something else.

Russ Roberts: I just mention to listeners, if you haven't seen the movie Ex Machina, it's a somewhat--it's the beginning of a thoughtful look at some of these issues, and I enjoyed it.

Alan Lightman: I liked it also.

Russ Roberts: You know, you mentioned something I've never thought about--which disturbs me a lot--but it's a beautiful and incredibly provocative--[?] you said that you can never be sure that there are other minds besides your own. And you also can't be sure that the world didn't come into existence a second ago, with all the memories that we have of the past. And that's sort of irrelevant except for justice and punishment: it would be a weird, horrible thing to punish somebody for something that was actually only a memory. So, that's one place where it matters. But in general, it doesn't matter. But I guess you'd also have to ask how you could know. You said, 'other than my own.' You also really don't know--I'll speak for myself. I don't really know that I'm thinking. I have the illusion, perhaps, of consciousness. I certainly have the feeling of free will, which we know could be and illusion. So, the fact that I feel as if I'm a thinking being may simply be a deception I'm perpetrating on myself or that has been perpetrated on me. Right?

Alan Lightman: Right. Well, people have been worrying about this problem since Descartes, cogito, ergo sum; before Descartes as well. It's one of those questions where you go round and round in a circle, and maybe in the end you come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter.

Russ Roberts: Well, yeah. It's always--that's one of my views on--I mean, there are a lot of things you can think about on these questions; you can't really articulate or, as you say, you are in the circle and you struggle to have a coherent description of it. But it's certainly--we act as if we have free will and that the people around us do. I treat you as if you have free will, and you treat me that way. That's a fascinating thing, also, in and of itself.

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Russ Roberts: But let me move on to--the philosophers David Chalmers and Thomas Nagel have been deeply troubled by, what they claim--and others take the other view--but they claim that our current scientific structure, particularly the biology and nature of evolution, natural selection, cannot explain what they call Qualia--the texture of daily life, the joy of a blue sky and the poignancy of the ending of a movie, the look in a loved one's eyes across a table. These don't seem to be related to fitness--would be one way to think about this. What are your thoughts on that?

Alan Lightman: Well, I think it's--I don't think that's a very good argument, or question, because I think that it's very plausible that some of our aesthetic sense, our moral sense, our creative imagination is a by-product of qualities that do have selective value. And, I mean, you can think of many other things that are by-products. I'll come up with an example in a minute. But, once you develop the brain to have a certain level of intelligence, which we do think has selective value--you might not be able to outrun a sabre tooth tiger, but you can outsmart it--once you have a brain of sufficient level of intelligence, then many of these other things, these Qualia, like the joy of looking at a sunset and so on, the pleasure in creating art--those are by-products of the high intelligence. So, I think that you don't need a direct selective mechanism in order to explain some of the pleasures of daily life. They are just by-products.

Russ Roberts: Gravy.

Alan Lightman: They are gravy. Yeah.

Russ Roberts: But Chalmers doesn't seem to think so. I don't know why--I've read a variety, a little of his work, some of his work; I've seen him lecture. He claims we are going to need a "different biology." He's not a religious person. He's an atheist. But he claims that we're going to need a biology that--here's the way I would say it that I think is the most provocative version of it. It's a little bizarre that the thing that we use to understand the cosmos is the only thing that we struggle to fully understand scientifically; and that's troubling--is the way I would say his challenge to the current level of understanding of consciousness. Do you think that's a good description, and if so, do you agree?

Alan Lightman: The thing that we use to understand the cosmos is he's speaking about the human brain?

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Well--yeah, that's the question. Consciousness, our minds.

Alan Lightman: Consciousness.

Russ Roberts: He says--I think his claim--I don't know if I'm being fair to him. I think his claim is that it seems to reside--it's hard for us to get outside ourselves. All this weird conversation we're having right now, or the last 5 minutes, is the fact that we're stuck with the 3 pounds of gray matter. And it's a little strange that that's the only thing we struggle to fully comprehend. That's the way I understand his criticism of the state of science about consciousness. And it raised the possibility that we won't ever--some people claim that, also. Which is--that's a disturbing aspect of the theory: We can understand everything about the evolution of the Big Bang except for the Planck--is that epoch? 'Ee-poch'--is extraordinary; but we can't understand why we have this urge to, all the things we've been talking about, the [?] of meaning, the connections we have across the dinner table, all the longings we have to survive. All this seemingly unnecessary stuff for survival, even if it's just a by-product, it's a little strange. It's kind of, for us it's the whole show. Or 90% of it, 80%.

Alan Lightman: Well, I understand it--I do understand it as the byproduct. That's the way that I understand it. And that does not seem to be mysterious to me. It seems perfectly logical that you design a tool to do one thing, and then you find out that it can do some other things as well. That--you might design a hammer to hammer a nail, but you find that you can also use it as a paperweight and other uses as well. And, of course, when we talk about design here, I'm speaking about natural selections--emergence--or you could say design by God, or you could--whatever your preference is. But, it doesn't seem unusual to me at all that an organ--in this case, the human brain--that evolved to solve immediate life-or-death problems by a certain strategy that in this case is very high intelligence, that that high intelligence would also lead that brain to ask questions about what is the meaning of the cosmos, and so on. That doesn't seem surprising to me, and I don't think that we need a new biology to explain that. So, I'm afraid that, although I'll respect Mr. Chalmers very much, I disagree with him on this. I don't think that we need a new biology. There's a lot that we don't understand about biology. We still don't understand exactly how memory is stored and the neurons; we don't understand completely how cells learn how to specialize in the embryo. But, there's no evidence, yet, that we need a new biology to understand those, or a non-material aspect of our biology. It's just that, you know, we have a--science is constantly progressing and revising its theories and learning more with new data. And that's the way science works. Even when physics was overthrown, the ideas of physics in the 20th century with quantum physics and relativity, those new conceptions still fit within a basic understanding of cause-and-effect relationships, forces, and so on.

Russ Roberts: I've invited both Chalmers and Nagel to be on EconTalk. I don't fully--I may not be representing Chalmers's view as eloquently or accurately--I know I'm not--as he would. So, maybe that's something that could change down the road. I don't know--I can't defend his argument against your challenge.

Alan Lightman: Well, it's interesting, and I think it's very important that people like Chalmers are constantly thinking and questioning what we know and how we know it. And I hope that we always have intellectuals and thinkers like that.

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Russ Roberts: One of the beautiful ideas in the book that this is related to, as you just described the scientific method, essentially, is the belief that scientists have in what I think you call a final theory, a full, unified everything. And yet you say that when we have it, we won't know for sure. Talk about that.

Alan Lightman: Well, it's a wonderful irony: Science is--everything that we believe in science is provisional, that we consider all of the equations that we write down and the laws for electricity, magnetism, and so on to be approximations to deeper laws. So, science is a process, a provision and ever-better approximations. There are some physicists who believe that there is an ultimate set of laws which are not approximations, which need no further revision. And Steve Weinberg, who is a Nobel Prize winning physicist, calls that 'the final theory,' and in fact wrote a whole book called Dreams of a Final Theory. And there are a number of physicists, but not all physicists, who believe that such a set of laws exists. The delicious irony of that, is that even if there is a final set of laws that require no further approximation, that are exact, we would never know for sure if we had found them, because you can never be certain that tomorrow you might not find, might have found some physical phenomena that disagrees with your theory. You can never be sure of that. And so, even if we were in possession of Weinberg's final theory, we would never be certain that we had it. So, we'd never be able to sort of break out the champagne and pop the cork.

Russ Roberts: I think I've mentioned this example before--mentioned it on EconTalk--but, Charles Peirce, the philosopher, built a house; and I think it was described as the--he left the second floor empty for a ball. It was a ballroom. And the ball was going to be held when he, the celebration would be held when he discovered the secret of the universe, the meaning of the universe. And in the description of this in the essay I was reading, the next sentence was very nice. It starts off, "While the ball was never held, [comma]"--so we won't always know when we get there. And yet, my impression, and I'd love your reaction to this, is that we might feel we were close or at least have a candidate for a final theory if we found it aesthetically pleasing, and not a wild agglomeration of add-ons and additions and caveats and footnotes.

Alan Lightman: Right.

Russ Roberts: And I find that really, both beautiful and strange.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. Well, one of the beauties of modern science, and especially modern physics, is that, because we are constantly searching for theories to explain gravity and electricity and magnetism and so on, is that aesthetics, our own human sense of aesthetics, has been a very good guide to finding the best--the most correct--theory. When I say 'most correct' I mean the one that agrees with experiment the best. That theories or laws, equations that appear to be a jumble of add-ons and ad hoc propositions don't agree with nature as well as theories that are built on a single unifying and simple idea, like Einstein's theory of gravity. Now, aesthetics has not always 100% guided us the right way. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, we thought we believed in something called 'parity conservation,' which basically says that for everything that you see in nature, the mirror image of that also exists in nature. So, nature is symmetrical under reflection in a mirror. And that seems like a very beautiful, simple idea.

Russ Roberts: And there are examples of it. So, it seems--

Alan Lightman: Yeah. There are plenty of examples. But, I think in the 1960s that we found certain experiments that showed that that's not true--that the mirror image of nature is not precisely like the first image. Then another example of that is the belief for centuries and centuries that the orbits of planets were perfect circles--

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Just thinking about it. So much more satisfying than an ellipse.

Alan Lightman: It is.

Russ Roberts: It's illusory[?].

Alan Lightman: So, sometimes our sense of aesthetics leads us astray. But, most of the time it's been a very accurate guide to the more correct laws.

Russ Roberts: We recently had John Gray on the program, the British philosopher; and he's a big opponent of this idea of progress that many of us hold as, he claims, and I think often correctly, as dogmatic. You have a thought on that? Do we make any progress? We certainly make scientific and technological progress: we know more about many things. We also know less about many things, because we know more about what we don't know. But I'm curious if you think in terms of human existence, whether it's made--maybe it's not even a meaningful question, given the impermanence issue you raised earlier.

Alan Lightman: And the question is whether we're making progress--

Russ Roberts: Yeah, as a species--

Alan Lightman: as a civilization--

Russ Roberts: as a species, as a civilization. He claims that this is a leftover from our religious heritage that we should reject. It's a fascinating point. And I think many of do, without thinking, dogmatically assume that life is getting better. And, of course, in many dimensions, it is. Of course, in some dimensions it's not. So, it's a little--

Alan Lightman: Well, it makes me think of Steve Pinker's book--

Russ Roberts: Yes, it does.

Alan Lightman: and I think that he and his assistants have compiled a fair amount of evidence that show that in some ways life has gotten better on the planet: That there are fewer wars, fewer deaths due to starvation; people live longer. So, clearly there's some measures which things have gotten better. But I imagine that there are other measures in which they have not. I'm not sure that our moral life is better than it was a thousand years ago--

Russ Roberts: That's Gray's point, mostly.

Alan Lightman: And I'm not sure that we are happier than we were a thousand years ago.

Russ Roberts: That's Gray's point.

Alan Lightman: So, it depends on how you define progress.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. There's been a critique of Pinker's work on death and war by Nassim Taleb. We'll put a link up to it for those who want to read it. It's quite provocative, as listeners will not be surprised to hear.

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Russ Roberts: Before we move on to some physics issues, I want us to [?] one more idea from the book, which is the idea of transcendence. And, I often think that people who--people's ability to experience transcendence is something akin to their musical ear. There may be people who are tone deaf, who can't find it; and there may be people who swim in it all day long. I think you give, in fact you mention it in an example of someone in the book who is just--his life is brimming with a feeling of transcendence. Talk about your own, if you can, your own personal encounters with that, and how it relates to the issues we've been talking about.

Alan Lightman: I've had many, what I call transcendent experiences, and I define that sort of loosely as feeling a connection to something much larger than yourself. It may or may not involve God. An experience that I mention in the book, although I've had many, is lying in a boat on the ocean at night, lying on my back looking up at the stars and feeling like I'm connected to the stars, and I'm falling into infinity, and I'm part of the stars and part of the cosmos. And I would imagine that many people have had experiences like that. That feeling of being connected to something larger than yourself is not a feeling that can be analyzed scientifically. Even though ultimately it might be reducible and rooted in the atoms and molecules in your neurons, you could hook a giant computer up to my brain and read out the electrical output of every one of my hundred billion neurons when I was lying in that boat looking up at the stars and it would not have conveyed the experience, or not have described[?] it. And, that kind of experience, which is very personal, it's very vital, it's immediate; it cannot be invalidated by anybody else--that, for me is part of my spiritual universe. And what I did in that book and what it sort of represents the tension I have in my entire life is reconciling my life as a scientist with my life as a human being who has these transcendent experiences and feels that there is a spiritual world in addition to the physical world.

Russ Roberts: Even though, of course, we have no evidence for it. Except--

Alan Lightman: We have no evidence for it--

Russ Roberts: Except for that personal--could just be the neurons firing, as you say. I've talked about it before on here, on the show. It's one of my favorite things in the world, which is when Andrew Wiles, having discovered that his proof of Fermat's Last Theorem had actually been flawed, spent a year trying to reconstruct it; and then one day it just came to him. The right answer, the correct proof. He didn't work on it intensely. He did; but that didn't work. It's just, one day, he saw it. It is--you know, I think the closest thing that a person--it doesn't make sense, but it's a transcendent experience, certainly. It is something akin to a spiritual/religious experience. It's certainly part--you know, I'm a mere economist, but my creative work as a writer and other areas, I experience that at times. And I think--nothing like that--but that extraordinary--it's a physical feeling. It's not just relief. It is an explosion of, an expansion of awareness of your place in the world, that your boat experience [?]. I have those, too, in the natural world. And the stars do a lot for me. But, certainly, intellectual activity has that character. And you mention that in the book, as well.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. I've had that, with intellectual activity. I've experienced similar to what Andrew Wiles described, although not as monumental as his discovery, of course. But it is a beautiful, beautiful experience. It's a majestic experience. And, the--I'm trying--Hinduism--I think that Hinduism has a concept called 'dakshan[?]'--an experience they call 'dak shan[?]'--which is sort of opening yourself up to the divine. Being open to the divine. And recognizing it and being open to it. And I think that these transcendent experiences that we're talking about, you've had, that Andrew Wiles had, that I've had, and many people have had, is really opening yourself up to the sublime. 'Sublime' might be a better word than 'divine.' But, being open to that.

Russ Roberts: In Judaism, the word, I think, would be duvakut[?], which is a cleaving. Strange and interesting word, because 'cleave' is to both separate from and attach to. Which is permanent for all the paradoxes, intentions that we're talking about.

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Russ Roberts: I want to turn toward just some general issues in physics that I've love to hear your thoughts on. We had Chuck Klosterman on, a long, a while back. He wrote a book called, But What If We're Wrong? where he speculates--you know, it's very hard for us to imagine that we are wrong about all the things we know are true. But we know that in the past, things that people thought were true weren't true any more. After a while. And one of the ones, the examples he gives in there, if I remember correctly, is gravity. What do you think of our current understanding of gravity? And, do you think it has any possibility of having to be revised?

Alan Lightman: Well, I'd like to slightly revise that word 'Wrong.'

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Sorry. That--well, he's selling books. Gotta--

Alan Lightman: Yeah. Right. No, that's--that's a good word for 'selling books.' And maybe my books haven't sold as well because I haven't come up with words like that. But, it's--what I like to--the way I like to think about our endeavor in science is that we are finding better and better approximations to the way that nature behaves. And getting back to gravity--that, Newton's theory was very accurate for its time. And very successfully predicted the orbits of planets and many other phenomena. And then, in the 19th century, with better telescopes, we were able to show that the orbit of Mercury did not quite fit Newton's theory. And then--

Russ Roberts: Describe the magnitude of that inaccuracy, because it blew me away.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. Well, it was--the displacement of the orbit of Mercury from where it was supposed to be, the displacement in the sky was about 1/100th of one degree every century.

Russ Roberts: It's amazing.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. It is amazing. But, and it is amazing that we had telescopes--

Russ Roberts: Exactly. Of that precision--

Alan Lightman: that were precise enough, precise enough to be able to find that minute discrepancy. But anyway, in 1950, Einstein proposed a new theory of gravity that was a better approximation to nature than Newton's theory. And, so, rather than saying that Newton's theory was wrong, I would say that Einstein's theory was a better approximation to whatever the underlying truth is in nature. And we do believe that there is any underlying truth. But we know that Einstein's theory also will be replaced by an even more accurate theory. We know that Einstein's theory of gravity, called general relativity, does not include quantum. And, we think that all--we think that nature is quantum and must be described by quantum theories; and so Einstein's theory will ultimately be replaced. There are a number of candidates for replacing it, but we don't know now which one is the best candidate. And that's sort of the way that science proceeds, with better and better approximations.

Russ Roberts: But do you think there are things about gravity in the non-quantum area that we don't understand or that we'll improve our understanding of?

Alan Lightman: Well, of course, you can have--you can't be sure. But, we think that Einstein's theory is a very, very accurate theory for all gravitational physics phenomena that doesn't involve quantum. It's made many predictions: black holes, gravitational waves, the very precise orbit of the planet Mercury and other planets. So, of course, we can never be sure that there might not be some phenomena that don't fit into Einstein's theory. But, I can just say that physicists are very, very happy with Einstein's theory--except for quantum phenomena.

59:13

Russ Roberts: So, I'm going to get the details wrong, but when--but the point is pretty clear--when there was the test of whether the gravitational force of the sun was bending the light coming from--I forget which planet or star--

Alan Lightman: It was a star. Yeah--

Russ Roberts: there is some question as to whether those data were accurate. And that, Einstein, when asked, 'What would you have done if the results had contradicted your theory?' he said, 'Well, I wouldn't have believed them, because I know my theory is right.' Which is not a very scientific attitude.

Alan Lightman: No, it wasn't. And I think that that was tongue in cheek. I mean, Einstein was known to have been very witty and display some things tongue in cheek. And I think that that was one of them. Einstein was, you know, ultimately, a scientist: Which means that he was ultimately swayded[sic], persuaded by experimental data. And so, if the experiment come out to disagree with his theory and the experiment was repeated many times and always disagreed with his theory, he would have given up his theory. But we know that Einstein was able to revise his theories when faced with persuasive experimental evidence contradicting the theory. Einstein's theory of cosmology was that we had a static universe that was not changing. And, when Edwin Hubbel, in 1929 discovered evidence that the universe is not static, but expanding--all the galaxies are moving away from each other--Einstein was willing to revise his cosmological model. So, I think that ultimately--although Einstein was an artist, he was a philosopher, he was a person of certain moral standards--he was most important a scientist. And I think most scientists are, eventually bow down to experimental evidence, no matter how fond they are of their theories.

Russ Roberts: Well, my favorite--you've said--one of your beautiful things in this conversation--but, one of my favorites as long-time listeners will not be surprised to hear, is, I think you've said the phrase, 'You can't be sure' more than once. And certainly that is part of the scientific mindset. In response to your book, by the way, I was googling around about Planck. Because I was just shocked by how many things are named after him. And, I saw--I don't know if this is true, but it was alleged to be a quote from Freeman Dyson, who has been a guest on this program, saying that Einstein, who was at the time a "mere patent clerk," a patent office clerk, sent 5 papers to Planck, who was the editor of a journal, and Planck published them all without getting referee reports. Which, if true, I love that, because it means they weren't peer reviewed. I mean, how would we know they're true? Do you have a favorite physicist or two, not living, who inspired you, who continue to inspire you?

Alan Lightman: Who are not living?

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I'm not talking about your thesis advisers--not a--I'm sure influential person in your [?].

Alan Lightman: Yeah. I would have to say Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. I think those are the two greatest physicists who have ever lived. And both of them completely overthrew contemporary thinking--at a young age, I should add. Which, I think took tremendous courage but is also one of the reasons why we celebrate youth. And we celebrate youth not only in science and mathematics: we celebrate it in sports, we celebrate it in Hollywood. And youth is capable of wonderful things. So, Einstein and Newton were my two greatest heroes.

Russ Roberts: Well, youth is ignorant. That's one of the great disadvantages and advantages, right?

Alan Lightman: Right.

Russ Roberts: Which is amazing.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. It is. One of my favorite books on Buddhism is called the Beginner's Mind. It's that notion of having a mind that is willing to be a beginner, to question authority, and to start from scratch.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Huge part of, I think, being a successful human being is to keep that naivete, that aliveness, that ecstasy at new experiences that after a while become less ecstatic, and we need to try to capture that.

Alan Lightman: Yeah.

Russ Roberts: Now, you've spent--you've dabbled in multiple worlds. You're a world-class physicist, on the faculty of Harvard and MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]; but you are also a great writer. Do you have fiction writers--authors who have inspired you, who you think particularly fondly of?

Alan Lightman: Well, Virginia Woolf would be one. I think that she introduced, sort of, stream of consciousness writing in which we feel like we are literally in the mind of a character. Dostoyevsky is another hero of mine of France. Kafka, is a hero of mine. These are writers who are no longer living--I'm assuming that you are talking about that.

Russ Roberts: Well, in this case you can say whoever you like. Do you like some living writers, particularly?

Alan Lightman: Oh, I love many. Many living writers. I would mention Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx. Those are just a couple of my favorite writers.

Russ Roberts: Are you a Faulkner fan?

Alan Lightman: Faulkner?

Russ Roberts: Yeah.

Alan Lightman: Yes. He's one of my favorite writers, too. And, of course, he's from the South, as you and I are--

Russ Roberts: A near neighbor.

Alan Lightman: A near neighbor. That's right, in Oxford, Mississippi.

Russ Roberts: But he also, I was thinking when you mentioned Virginia Woolf--because if you pick up The Sound and the Fury, you will not understand it at first, until you understand the project. That's true of a number of his books. And he was also young and taking a leap there that was brave.

1:06:33

Russ Roberts: So, I want to close with a quote from a play that I asked you, before we started recording, that you are familiar with, which is Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard. It's my favorite play, I'd say. Period. I've seen it three times. I encourage listeners to check it out. You can read it. It's not the same. But, try to see it if you can. And, this quote has--it's from a character, Bernard, who is the humanities defender at various times. He's not a very likeable character through much of the show. But, Stoppard puts in his mouth a defense of the humanities in the face of science. And, I want to read it and then get your reaction. Bernard, he's talking about science versus the humanities; he says,

BERNARD: Oh, you're going to zap me with penicillin and pesticides. Spare me that and I'll spare you the bomb and aerosols. But don't confuse progress with perfectibility. A great poet is always timely. A great philosopher is an urgent need. There's no rush for Isaac Newton. We were quite happy with Aristotle's cosmos. Personally, I preferred it. Fifty five crystal spheres geared towards God's crankshaft is my idea of a satisfying universe. I can't think of anything more trivial than the speed of light. Quarks, quasars--big bangs--black holes--who gives a shit? How did you people con us out of all that status? And why are you so pleased with yourselves?... If knowledge isn't self knowledge it isn't doing much, mate. Is the universe expanding? Is it contracting? Is it standing on one leg singing 'When father painted the parlour'? Leave me out. I can expand my universe without you. 'She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies, and all that's best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes'.

And that's a quote from Shelley [should be Byron, 'She walks in beauty...'--corrected per commenter alert.--Econlib Ed.] who has a role in the show, in the play. But, it's an attack on, to some extent, your worldview. But--not really, in my take on it. But I'm curious how you'd react to it.

Alan Lightman: Well, I think it's extremely hypocritical. Because I think Bernard probably profits a lot from science and technology. I mean, he--when was the time period of this?

Russ Roberts: This is in the modern era of the play. The play takes place in two time periods. I'm pretty sure this is, would be in like the 1970s.

Alan Lightman: Yeah. Well, but, well yeah, okay. I know that there are two times--[?]--I'd like to see--[?]

Russ Roberts: [?]

Alan Lightman: what Bernard would say if he got pneumonia or something and resisted medical treatment, what he would say about. So, I think it's an incredibly hypocritical quote. I agree with the general sentiment that the humanities are a vital part of human life. But I think that his dismissiveness of science and technology is completely off base and hypocritical. And I think that Stoppard wrote that just to be provocative. I can't believe that Stoppard really has that view, himself. He was trying to provoke the audience and the--the comment by Bernard is so blunt and direct that you wouldn't really hear those words come out of a real human being's mouth, I don't think.

Russ Roberts: I think the issue he's trying to get at there--which I take, a different take, on it. I think the issue he's trying to get at is the transformation of what is prestigious in our lives. Which used to be more the humanities. And as science advanced from bloodletting to penicillin, we, as you point out, are desperately eager to have it, and have more of it. And we've somehow lost--I think, two things. I think we've lost some of the value of the humanities. And, at the same time, we've failed to appreciate the poetry of science, and the aesthetics that are there. So, if I may pay you a compliment, I think your work unites both of those things in very elegant and life-enhancing ways.

Alan Lightman: Well, thank you.

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