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Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan has recently upgraded its oil export pipeline, boosting its capacity to 1 million bpd from 700,000 bpd, to accommodate future production growth from the region, the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Kurdistan Regional Government said over the weekend. “This extra capacity will accommodate future production growth from KRG producing fields, and can also be used by the federal government to export the currently stranded oil in Kirkuk and surrounding areas,” KRG’s ministry said…
          Registered Practical Nurse (TAPMI) Regular Full-Time Competition #287.18      Cache   Translate Page      
Women's College Hospital

Women’s College Hospital is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. If you’re ready to be part of the future of healthcare, then you will want to join an institution in which the possibilities for creative innovation, breakthroughs in new thinking and groundbreaking work in academic ambulatory medicine are limitless. Women’s College Hospital is committed to patient safety as a key professional value and an essential component of daily practice.

 

An exciting Regular Full-Time (2 positions) opportunity as a Registered Practical Nurse (Competition 287.18) exists in TAPMI (Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute)  reporting to the Administrative Director of TAPMI.

 

Summary of Duties, but not limited to:

 

  • Responsible for providing direct nursing care, collaborating with other health professionals and participate in the organization of activities in the provision of patient care,
  • Provide health education, teaching and support to patients & their families, including group education for pain management.
  • Review TAPMI referrals and assign them to the most appropriate TAPMI clinic
  • Assesses patient phone calls, gives advice, and responds to patient problems in accordance to the standards established be the Ontario College of Nurses
  • Organized necessary follow-up arrangements/referrals to community-based services for patients
  • Assists patients with access appropriate health care
  • Records patient health care information in a precise, concise and organized manner
  • The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) will practice within his/her full scope of practice as outlined in the Standards of Practice by the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care

 

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.

 

Qualifications/Skills:

 

  • Registered Practical Nurse Diploma
  • Current Certificate of Competence (RPN) from the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • A minimum of 3-5 years’ of relevant experience in chronic disease management (chronic pain experience an asset)
  • Excellent computer skills and a minimum of 2 years’ experience with an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or equivalent experience required.
  • Demonstrated ability to make autonomous nursing decisions regarding patient care.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Excellent patient assessment skills through pattern recognition and the ability to coordinate next steps.
  • Demonstrated leadership and effective interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organize time and set priorities effectively.
  • Ability to work within a care team
  • Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital.
  • This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all

 

 

POSTING DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2018

Please forward resumes via email to HR@wchospital.ca with your name and the competition number                        in the subject line. (Example: Jane Smith, 1.16)

 

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.  

 

Women’s College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.

Women’s College Hospital is the first and only independent, academic, ambulatory care hospital in Ontario with a primary focus on the health of women. If you’re ready to be part of the future of healthcare, then you will want to join an institution in which the possibilities for creative innovation, breakthroughs in new thinking and groundbreaking work in academic ambulatory medicine are limitless. Women’s College Hospital is committed to patient safety as a key professional value and an essential component of daily practice.

An exciting Regular Full-Time (2 positions) opportunity as a Registered Practical Nurse (Competition 287.18) exists in TAPMI (Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute) reporting to the Administrative Director of TAPMI.

Summary of Duties, but not limited to:

• Responsible for providing direct nursing care, collaborating with other health professionals and participate in the organization of activities in the provision of patient care,
• Provide health education, teaching and support to patients & their families, including group education for pain management.
• Review TAPMI referrals and assign them to the most appropriate TAPMI clinic
• Assesses patient phone calls, gives advice, and responds to patient problems in accordance to the standards established be the Ontario College of Nurses
• Organized necessary follow-up arrangements/referrals to community-based services for patients
• Assists patients with access appropriate health care
• Records patient health care information in a precise, concise and organized manner
• The Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) will practice within his/her full scope of practice as outlined in the Standards of Practice by the College of Nurses of Ontario.
• As a role model and champion you will work to identify and integrate safe, best practices into daily activities to foster the delivery of safe and exemplary care

The responsibilities described above are representative and are not to be construed as all-inclusive.

Qualifications/Skills:

• Registered Practical Nurse Diploma
• Current Certificate of Competence (RPN) from the College of Nurses of Ontario
• A minimum of 3-5 years’ of relevant experience in chronic disease management (chronic pain experience an asset)
• Excellent computer skills and a minimum of 2 years’ experience with an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) or equivalent experience required.
• Demonstrated ability to make autonomous nursing decisions regarding patient care.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment.
• Excellent patient assessment skills through pattern recognition and the ability to coordinate next steps.
• Demonstrated leadership and effective interpersonal skills
• Ability to organize time and set priorities effectively.
• Ability to work within a care team
• Professional behavior and communication that meets the standards of the professional regulatory college or association, as applicable, and the standards of Women’s College Hospital.
• This position plays a critical role in acting as an advocate for safety and will demonstrate principles, practices and processes that will optimize a safe environment for all


POSTING DATE: Monday November 5, 2018

Please forward resumes via email to HR@wchospital.ca with your name and the competition number in the subject line. (Example: Jane Smith, 1.16)

We thank you for your interest, however, only qualified applicants who are selected to be interviewed will be contacted.

Women’s College Hospital is a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto and is committed to fairness and equity in employment and our recruitment and selection practices. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, members of racialized groups, women and any others who may contribute to the further diversification of our Hospital community. Accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process as required under our Access for People with Disabilities policy. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance.


          This is what happens when an e-bike company makes an electric car      Cache   Translate Page      
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Biomega is known for its electric bicycles, but this week the Danish company revealed a new product: SIN, a minimalist electric concept car. 

The car is the ultimate city-mobile with a minimal aesthetic (and we mean minimal). It features four stripped back seats and lightweight materials throughout. It barely has doors — where a traditional door would be is glass. The roof is a continuation of the front windshield. The inside of the car is pretty much bare with a flat floor. 

SEE ALSO: BMW's autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

With a lighter car, the battery range is supposed to improve since less power is consumed to move it. The concept car's battery weighs 440 pounds. For comparison, a Tesla Model 3 battery weighs more than 1,000 pounds. Read more...

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          This is what happens when an e-bike company makes an electric car      Cache   Translate Page      
TwitterFacebook

Biomega is known for its electric bicycles, but this week the Danish company revealed a new product: SIN, a minimalist electric concept car. 

The car is the ultimate city-mobile with a minimal aesthetic (and we mean minimal). It features four stripped back seats and lightweight materials throughout. It barely has doors — where a traditional door would be is glass. The roof is a continuation of the front windshield. The inside of the car is pretty much bare with a flat floor. 

SEE ALSO: BMW's autonomous concept car of the future was cool, I guess

With a lighter car, the battery range is supposed to improve since less power is consumed to move it. The concept car's battery weighs 440 pounds. For comparison, a Tesla Model 3 battery weighs more than 1,000 pounds. Read more...

More about Electric Vehicles, Concept Car, Tech, and Transportation
          Samsung sees strong growth at auto electronics unit      Cache   Translate Page      
Samsung Electronics expects strong growth at its audio and auto electronics unit Harman, which has put the company "firmly in the picture of the automotive industry" as it eyes the autonomous car market, its chief strategy officer said.
          Oracle SaaS – Business Applications in the Cloud – as of Oracle OpenWorld 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Oracle has two main pillars on which its (future) business rests – dixit Larry Ellison: Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (including the Autonomous Database) and SaaS. In this article, I will relate some of the key announcement from Oracle regarding the business applications. It is useful to realize that Oracle’s portfolio of business applications can be regarded [...]

The post Oracle SaaS – Business Applications in the Cloud – as of Oracle OpenWorld 2018 appeared first on AMIS Oracle and Java Blog.


          ADLIB: Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) Specialist      Cache   Translate Page      
£40000 - £50000 per annum: ADLIB: Start-up mentality with strong financial backing.  Space to be autonomous from day one.  In-house resources to work quickly and Leeds
           Development of controllers for a nonlinear quarter car active suspension system       Cache   Translate Page      
Rashid, Mohd Mahbubur and Hussain, Mohd Azalan and Rahim, Nasrudin Abel and Salit, Mohd Sapuan (2008) Development of controllers for a nonlinear quarter car active suspension system. International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, 6 (3/4). pp. 376-395. ISSN 1471-0226
          Vehicles, Autos, Autonomous Automobiles      Cache   Translate Page      

Car & AutomotiveWe didn’t just repair Maddie’s automotive. As automobiles on the highway continue to age, there will be an ever-growing demand for components and providers. Be sure you get your brand in front of those consumers with the most targeted and relevant offers. And subsequent time a driver is in need of an oil change, new tires, or new transmission, you can ensure your corporation is the one servicing the vehicle.

A motor uses vitality. An engine converts energy. As a first-rate example of the distinction, allow us to consider steam. A steam locomotive would be a steam engine. The locomotive burns coal or wooden, and thereby converts the chemical power of the gasoline into heat. The warmth turns water into steam, the stress of the steam turns the drive wheels. However, a steam turbine would be a steam motor. The steam stress is created in an exterior course of. High … Read More


           A global k-means approach for autonomous cluster initialization of probabilistic neural network       Cache   Translate Page      
Chang, R.K.Y. and Loo, C.K. and Rao, M.V.C. (2008) A global k-means approach for autonomous cluster initialization of probabilistic neural network. Informatica, 32. pp. 219-225. ISSN 0350-5596
          Front-end Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Chicago, OUR PROJECT Immediate opportunity to join our team with a worldwide leader in location-based services to build a location-data platform that will support cutting-edge mapping software and autonomous driving technology. This is a long-term contract position in downtown Chicago with competitive rates and opportunities for contract extensions OR conversion to direct-hire / permanent. You can expect v
          Senior Scala Developer - Cloud Computing      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Chicago, OUR PROJECT Immediate opportunity to join our team with a worldwide leader in location-based services to build a location-data platform that will support cutting-edge mapping software and autonomous driving technology. This is a long-term contract position in downtown Chicago with competitive rates and opportunities for contract extensions. You can expect very competitive pay as our median compens
          Watch As China’s First Electric, Fully Self-Driving Taxis Hit the Road      Cache   Translate Page      
Electric autonomous taxis are being tested in Guangzhou. Guangzhou Public Transportation Group and state-backed carmaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) launched trials of the first three autonomous all-electric taxis in Guangzhou in Guangdong province, China. The vehicles drive as shuttles between the university and the station, which to us means that there is fixed, programmed route and […]
          Software Developer Co-op - Canadian Tire Corporation - Kitchener, ON      Cache   Translate Page      
Design and implement a project that demonstrates the capability of autonomous. That requires the completion of a co-op work term....
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          Epiroc Drilling Solutions Invests in Autonomous Mining Solutions Business      Cache   Translate Page      
Epiroc has acquired 34% of ASI Mining, which is based in Mendon, Utah.
          Quectel Announces New C-V2X Module to Support Autonomous Driving Based on Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Chipset Solution      Cache   Translate Page      

SHANGHAI, Nov. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Quectel Wireless Solutions (Quectel), the leading global supplier of IoT modules today announced the global launch of the automotive grade C-V2X module AG15, which features the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution from Qualcomm Technologies, a...


          An international struggle for science and justice      Cache   Translate Page      

With a growing recognition of the urgent need to act to stop climate change — and the inherent ecological destruction that is built into capitalism, a system predicated on relentless growth and the drive for profit — activists with Science for the People, an organization dedicated to building a movement around radical perspectives on science and society, is expanding the fight for climate justice and ecosocialism.

Inari Sosa, Paulina Zedillo and Fercho Tekuatl, biologists of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and members of the promotional core of Ciencia para el Pueblo (Science for the People-Mexico), explain the launch of the group there, in a statement translated into English by Martín Ochoa and Brian M. Napoletano.

IN LIGHT of the serious social and environmental problems the world faces, we in the scientific community cannot afford to remain ensconced in academia’s ivory towers, as though we were not involved directly in these issues. Facing a corporatist techno-science in service to capital accumulation, we must take the opposing side of a critical science linked to struggles for justice. Construction of a science from, with, for and of the working people is a key task of those fighting for social liberation and respect for all life on Earth.

Those of us in the different areas of investigation and applied science must assume that in addition to intellectuals, we are also part of the working class that moves the world and its history. Thus, our opportunities for employment are governed by the constant changes in the labor market; even the orientation and development of our creative powers are strongly conditioned by the funding of powerful political and economic interests whose support is premised on their own profit. Thus, the results of scientific knowledge are constantly being appropriated by private interests in contradiction to the common good.

Meeting after the March for Science in Mexico City in 2018
Meeting after the March for Science in Mexico City in 2018 (Fernando Estañol Tecuatl)

We therefore have a duty to stand for and fight alongside the rest of our class: the working class, as well as the other groups oppressed by the capitalist system. For this, we require complete political independence from the bourgeoisie and its parties.


WITH THIS perspective we, scientists of different political allegiances, at the beginning of 2016 agreed that we need an anti-capitalist rallying point to facilitate efforts to politicize, organize and mobilize our profession. We, along with our comrades in different states around the country, come together in the promotional core of a broad new anti-capitalist group: Science for the People-Mexico.

In so doing, we support the historical project of Science for the People, a social movement that emerged in many universities in the United States at the end of the 1960s, and that, for more than two decades of intense political and intellectual activity, contributed to the struggle in defense of the environment, against racism and imperialism, and on many other fronts fought for a better world.

This political position was bolstered by two important factors: (1) the strong internationalist connection we have had with Science for the People, which is re-emerging and rebuilding itself; and (2) the anti-capitalist tendencies and approaches that we — those who make up the promotional core — have developed in our participation in various movements, such as the Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (the counterpart to the Union of Concern Scientists of the USA), the “#Yosoy132Ambiental,” the postgraduate assemblies against the CONACYT’s (the National Council for Science and Technology) funding cuts, the Nueva Central de Trabajadores (New Workers Center); work with several labor unions such as the AMINSHAE (an important union of researchers and other workers in the medical sector), the “Consciousness for Humanity” of the EZLN (the Zapatista Army for the National Liberation); several other initiatives aimed at popularizing knowledge and local ecological activism; involvement with other left organizations of different traditions; and other experiences we have had that enrich this project.

In January of the present year, we convened the first meeting as the promotional core of Science for the People-Mexico at the UNAM’s Institute of Ecology, with the international presence of Ivette Perfecto and John Vandermeer, activists in Science for the People at the University of Michigan.

Thereafter, we have undertaken several activities, such as: the participation of one of our delegations in the congress to relaunch Science for the People, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan; the elaboration of pronouncements and manifestos; the organization, in alliance with other groups, of the second march for Science in Mexico City and Morelia; solidarity and support to labor unions in the medical and research sector; meetings for programmatic discussions and debate about the current political situation; solidarity with diverse local struggles; contribution to debate in different scientific forums; and the realization of our own forums in Mexico City and Morelia, with the collaboration of some of our comrades such as Lala Peñaranda from Science for the People-New York.

“Ciencia para el Pueblo” is constituted as the Mexican branch of the international Science for the People organization, although we have programmatic and organizational autonomy. Within the Mexican context, we are an internationalist referent that does not adhere to borders and boundaries. We are a broad space of cooperation between different leftist political currents, as well as activists with no political affiliations.

At present, we are involved in a growing campaign for organization and programmatic discussion about the development of a science that fights for social liberation and the care of life on Earth. In the medium term, we intend to consolidate a network of committees and contacts in several parts of the country, with a view to holding a congress in which we could consolidate a national organization that coordinates active participation in multiple struggles and produces materials on diverse themes, including agroecology, gender studies, integrated watershed management, political ecology, political economy, sustainability, climate change, etc.


THE NEXT administration, headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), will be the result of a negotiated transition that guarantees the maintenance of the interests and privileges of the oligarchy in the face of the regime’s political crisis on the one side, yet attempts to diffuse the social unrest channeled into the polls on the other. It is already expressing ambiguities and contradictions in several areas, for example: the appointment of Elena Álvarez from the Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (the Union of Scientists Committed to Society) at Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (the National Council for Science and Technology) and the appointment of Víctor Villalobos — see the “Monsanto Law” — at the Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food); or the proposal that major issues such as the decriminalization of abortion or the construction of the new Mexico City International Airport.

AMLO will, obviously, retain intact the foundations of neoliberalism while at the same time seeking to form a political clientele through mostly symbolic concessions to social movements.

In this scenario, the possibility of changing the correlation of forces in favor of the working-class majority, the native people, and the care for biodiversity will lie with the independent mobilization of all the groups in resistance today. Science for the People supports national and international self-organization in peasant movements, student movements, urban workers, women, gender activists, people living with disabilities, those affected by environmental degradation, migrants, victims of structural violence, and other oppressed groups, with the aim of forming a social pole capable of challenging the national oligarchy and its international backers, and of initiating a process of radical transformation of the country and the world.

For a science for life, for a science for the people.

First published at the website of the Workers’ Revolutionary Party of Mexico. Translation by Martín Ochoa and Brian M. Napoletano.


          Deep Dive Into Tesla’s Autopilot & Self-Driving Architecture vs Lidar-Based Systems      Cache   Translate Page      
In this article, I'm going to try to take a very technical and complicated subject — namely, the technical details of Tesla's and others autonomous driving systems — and make it understandable for non-engineers
          Fugro in pact with L3 ASV to create autonomous vessels for survey market      Cache   Translate Page      
Fugro has signed a joint development agreement with L3 ASV to create the next generation of autonomous vessels for the commercial survey market.

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          Specialist Podiatrist MSK      Cache   Translate Page      
You will provide podiatric care in a variety of settings as an autonomous practitioner whilst remaining part of a wider team. You will also give a high level of care both palliative and corrective as part of an agreed care plan whilst liaising with or referring to other Health Care Professionals Councils (HCPCs) or Agencies as appropriate. You will be required to plan and organise your own workload to ensure effective caseload management of a diverse range of patients. It is essential you have a Degree or Diploma in Podiatry with current HCPC registration and hold a Local Analgesia Certificate and have post graduate experience in this specialist area. The hours of this post are worked Monday, Thursday and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. This post requires membership of Disclosure Scotland's PVG Scheme. PLEASE READ AND SAVE THE CANDIDATE APPLICATION PACK BEFORE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. This post closes on the 9th November 2018.
          Industrial Wireless Sensor Network Market Substantial Rise in Industrial Sectors to Offer Growth Prospects by 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 07, 2018 ) Wireless sensor networks are distributed autonomous sensors used to observe environmental or physical conditions. Sensors are an essential part of several industries and various applications of sensors has augmented economies of scale and their efficiency. This...
          Samsung sees strong growth at auto electronics unit      Cache   Translate Page      
Samsung Electronics expects strong growth at its audio and auto electronics unit Harman, which has put the company "firmly in the picture of the automotive industry" as it eyes the autonomous car market, its chief strategy officer said.

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          La cooperación transfronteriza e interterritorial: un clásico renovado      Cache   Translate Page      
Aquest article analitza la dimensió jurídica dels organismes de cooperació transfronterers, és a dir, constituïts per entitats territorials veïnes, i interterritorials, integrats per entitats no veïnes en què participen comunitats autònomes, tant respecte dels acords de constitució com de les activitats que desenvolupen una vegada creats, amb referència especial a Catalunya, denominadora comuna en tots ells. L’interès de l’autora és esbrinar quant s’ha avançat des que es van donar a conèixer les primeres experiències de cooperació fins ara, tenint en compte els darrers canvis produïts en la normativa interna i europea relacionats amb aquesta matèria. En suma, el nou Estatut de Catalunya o els darrers treballs del Consell d’Europa i l’entrada en vigor del Reglament de la Unió Europea sobre les agrupacions europees de cooperació territorial (AECT), suposaran un salt qualitatiu en les associacions de les quals és membre Catalunya, com ara els Quatre Motors per a Europa,l’Euroregió Pirineus-Mediterrània, l’Assemblea de les Regions d’Europa o la Comunitat de Treball dels Pirineus (CTP), o simplement reforçaran el que ja existeix? Al final de l’article s’assenyalen les tendències que es perfilen en la composició i actuació dels organismes de cooperació transfronterera i interterritorial amb participació autonòmica. ; This article analyses the legal dimension of organisations with cross-bordercooperation, i. e. those made up of neighbouring territorial entities. It alsolooks at inter-territorial entities, made up of non-neighbouring entities inwhich the autonomous communities participate, both with regard to consti-tutional agreements and to the activities carried out after they have beenestablished. Particular emphasis is placed on Catalonia, as it is the commondenominator among all of them. The author aims to find out what advanceshave been made since the first cooperation experiences, taking into consid-eration the recent amendments made to the European and domestic regu-lations related to this issue. In short, will Catalonia’s new statute of autono-my, known as Estatut de Catalunya, or the Council of Europe’s latest worksand the initiation of the European Union Regulation on the European Groupingof Cross-border Cooperation (EGCC) really have an effect on improving thequality of those associations to which Catalonia belongs, such as Four Motorsfor Europe, the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, the Assembly of EuropeanRegions and the Working Community of the Pyrenees (CTP)? Or will they on-ly reinforce that which already exists? At the end of the article, the authorpoints out trends in the composition and activities of cross-border coopera-tion and inter-territorial bodies with regional participation.
          [TobagoJack] Per imperatives => solutions Danger = opportunity The sort of equations some fi...      Cache   Translate Page      
Per imperatives => solutions
Danger = opportunity
The sort of equations some find challenging to take on board or even to understand, due to arms and legs mentality and beans counting

... let us see if brave-new-world protocol goes right, and if so, exports ala free-trades

Am wondering if Africans should say “no” to bot-doctors as part of turning head away from hospitals and railroads :0)

Am also wondering whether the bots would be practicing wholistic eastern medicine or specific-toxic western healing, and

What happens when bots prescribe in accordance w/ traditional Napalese healing but skip licensing fee.

Also, would such medicine improve UK healthcare system

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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.

This piece first appeared on the World Economic Forum Agenda.

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China upgrades nuclear reactors to wean itself off coalAdvanced designs use homegrown and foreign technology as West looks on warily
November 04, 2018 12:03 JST

BEIJING -- China's state-owned power plant operators are introducing safer, more efficient nuclear reactors as the government looks to raise its nuclear power capacity by 50% by 2020 to reduce its reliance on coal.

So-called generation III plus reactors have safety features that automatically shut down the unit if the power is cut off. At least three advanced reactors will be operating in China by the end of the year, and more are on the way.

In Zhejiang Province, China National Nuclear Power, a unit of China National Nuclear Corp., began commercial power generation of its Sanmen-1 reactor in September, becoming the first company in the world to operate an AP1000 pressurized water reactor designed by Westinghouse Electric of the U.S.

Construction began in 2009. In April, the reactor received regulatory approval and was loaded with fuel. The 1,250 megawatt reactor was hooked up to the grid in June and was test run for 168 consecutive hours.

State Power Investment Corp.'s Haiyang plant in Shandong Province also has a Westinghouse AP1000 reactor, which began trial runs in August. Last month the advanced 1,250 MW reactor was declared ready for commercial operation. Eventually the power station will have six AP1000 reactors.



China General Nuclear Power Group's Taishan-1 in Guangdong Province is a European-type pressurized water reactor, or EPR, designed by French company Areva. The reactor was successfully powered up in June and trial runs are underway. If they go as planned, 1,750 MW plant will begin commercial operation by the end of the year.

According to China's National Energy Administration, more than 40 nuclear reactors are operating in the country, with a total capacity of 38,000 MW as of the end of August. Although that represents a near tripling of China's nuclear capacity compared with just five years earlier, nuclear power still accounted for less than 4% of the country's total output in 2017, while coal-fired plants had a 70%-plus share.

China's President Xi Jinping aims to raise the country's nuclear power output to 58,000 MW by around 2020, and to 150,000 MW by 2030, which would make it the world's biggest generator of nuclear power, ahead of the U.S. If it reaches that goal, nuclear power will grow to 8% of China's forecast electricity output.

Beijing is keen to develop its own nuclear reactor technology. Its Hualong One is a domestic version of the pressurized water reactor design, which it developed through its experience building and operating plants in China. It also incorporates technologies from overseas.



Even as China applies itself to developing nuclear power, the German and U.S. governments are wary of cooperating too closely, despite the business opportunities, due to concerns over technology leaks and possible military applications.

Plans are underway to build a number of Hualong One reactors, including at the Fuqing power plant in Fujian Province in China's southeast, and at the Fangchenggang nuclear project in the Guangxi-Zhuang Autonomous Region. China is also promoting exports of its homegrown advanced reactor in the U.K., Pakistan and elsewhere.

The U.S. Department of Energy in October announced new restrictions on exports of civilian nuclear technology to China. The German government in August blocked an attempt by Yantai Taihai Group, a metalworking and chemical company based in China's Shandong Province, to buy German precision equipment maker Leifeld Metal Spinning, whose machines can be used to fabricate nuclear plant components.

Although the new U.S. rules will not affect Westinghouse's AP1000 projects in China, Chinese companies hoping to use new American technology will have to offer more transparency about how it will be used.

Striking a balance between security and commercial interests will also be challenging for Washington. According to Chinese news outlets, U.S. exports to China of nuclear equipment totaled $170 million in 2017, making it the second-largest buyer of U.S. products after the U.K.

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There’s a lot of data tied up in medical device manufacturing processes—but it’s been challenging to capture and process this information from historically independent and disjointed machines and processes, say experts. In addition, skilled operators with a deep understanding of such processes have often served as the keepers of the knowledge.

Connecting those processes and machines so that they can communicate with each other and then collecting and analyzing the data from those processes could yield several benefits. Such connected, highly automated environments—often called smart factories, smart or advanced manufacturing, or Industry 4.0—offer opportunities for process improvements, improved quality, reduced costs, faster fulfillment, and more, said experts at The Medtech Conference by AdvaMed. Speakers explored how medical device manufacturing could be transformed through smart manufacturing in the panel discussion, “International Perspectives on Industry 4.0 and the Medtech Factory of the Future.” Moderated by Seamus Carroll, vice president, medical technologies division, IDA Ireland, the panel included Vivian Farrell, CEO of Modular Automation; Dan Grant, CEO of MTP Connect, based in Australia; Colm Hynes, director of engineering, science, and technology, joint reconstruction, DePuy Synthes, Johnson & Johnson; and Toby Sainsbury, technologist, industrial technologies group, IDA Ireland.

“Once you begin to connect devices, you gain the ability to predict what will happen,” Hynes told the audience. “You can continuously learn as time goes on. You can find patterns and see how the process behaves. You can reduce the cost of quality, and asset utilization goes up.”

It is possible to “connect all the different elements from order entry to component delivery,” added Hynes.

Smart factories “leverage the latest automation technologies to optimize the manufacturing process," Farrell later told MD+DI. "This often results in industrial robots interacting with people to get the task done."

Modular Automation has worked closely with J&J to implement such an approach. “It is very much a partnership—our team working hand in hand with Colin’s team. We’ve shared information and learned from each other, all raising the bar to identify better solutions,” said Farrell. “We allow the flow of data from machines to a central location to be analyzed and identify trends. The goal is to make medical devices faster and safer and more aligned with patient needs, and we all manage risks as we go forward.”

“There’s more productivity in how you produce products and get to patients,” added Hynes. “We build in batches, and [Industry 4.0] allows us to be a single-batch production and reduce inventory.” Such an approach allows manufacturers to produce personalized, patient-specific products, he added. “Speed, agility, etc. are achieved by adoption of information to create improved landscape in manufacturing.”

There’s a “need to arrive at solutions quickly,” added Farrell. She offered the example of high-speed contact lens manufacturing. “To double the output with half the footprint, you can’t achieve that with old thinking. You need to identify new ways to work. [It involves] machines and people working together to deliver products quicker and safer, while reducing waste and improving overall quality.”

 

Above: A mechanical design department manager leads a team meeting to discuss a concept for a bespoke automation solution. Image courtesy of Modular Automation.

 

Sainsbury told the audience that companies can “derisk in research and development innovation centers in a collaborative environment.” IDA Ireland works to support such exploration while remaining technology agnostic, he said.

Grant said that Australia recognized the importance of Industry 4.0 in 2016 and set up a task force. “We recognized the need to ensure appropriate standards,” he said. “We developed test labs at universities and research labs with links to industry.”

Companies need to evolve, too. “We as an organization have been fortunate enough to create an operations technology group to develop and test and learn. It is important to have the processes and structure to be able to do so,” said Hynes. “Otherwise, it is difficult in a regulated environment. You need the appropriate control system and software that can be validated and managed.”

Companies are also facing the challenge of adding new technologies in a regulated environment, such as augmented or virtual reality, said Farrell. She advises adopting technologies in “bite-sized chunks in a way that is proven safe and mitigates the risk.”

Another key challenge of this evolving manufacturing environment is “developing the workforce of the future,” said Farrell, namely the “makeup of teams and skills needed for the future.”

Sainsbury said the educational system in Ireland is responding. “Universities are offering programs in AI, cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, and cloud computing,” he said. “As a state we have created funding, fellowships, feasibility studies, and full R&D programs.”

He added that he’s seeing “convergence of biopharma and medical with software, IT, and cybersecurity. Skills around data analytics, but data is one thing. We need security to protect the flow in and out of the data.” Cybersecurity is important for the industry as medtech becomes more mobile and consumerized, he added.

When asked what skills are being sought, Hynes said that “requirements have moved from data scientists” and more toward skills that center around getting the data and “transforming it for decision making.” He said that companies are looking for “curious, determined, adventurous people. . . . We need to allow people to test and learn and fail fast. The industry needs to be conservative from a production and manufacturing perspective but also be adventurous in a separate entity to be able to source an idea, develop a proof of concept, test it, and dump it or keep it. Such a ‘safe environment’ generates huge value. Creating that structure is the biggest step forward.”

Grant added that “STEM is shifting to STEAM so we have the arts in there, for commercialization skills and entrepreneurial skills.”

Seamus asked the panel whether robotics would have an effect on jobs.

“There is a big concern about job loss, but there will be job creation,” Grant said. He offered the example of autonomous dump trucks moving ore in mines. “Dump truck drivers lost jobs, but jobs were created in a call center.”

Grant acknowledged that “less skilled workers will struggle to retrain and redeploy themselves. But the jobs of the future don’t even exist today. Universities need to be more thoughtful in creating programs that support the jobs of the future.”

Carroll summed up the discussion this way: “Industry 4.0 is happening rapidly and is not just a fad—it is a real event. There are tremendous implications for companies and for the skills that people will need to have. In countries like Ireland, for example, there is a lot of practical and financial support, and they’re not alone—there are world-class companies to help them execute."


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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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          Conspiracy theory has gone mainstream in Russia. But how does it work?      Cache   Translate Page      

Inside Russia’s conspiracy machine, things are more complicated than they seem. A new book demonstrates the pitfalls of conspiracy thinking.

April 2016: journalists at a Moscow newspaper watch "Direct Line with Vladimir Putin". Photo: Aleksandr Vilf / VisualRIAN. All rights reserved.

A review of Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World by Ilya Yablokov.

Ilya Yablokov’s Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World is a solid and illuminating piece of scholarship. Based on the author’s PhD dissertation, this book investigates the role, scope, uses and implications of conspiracy theories in post-Soviet Russia. Tracing the origins of Russian conspiracy theories back to the Crimean War in 1853-1856, Yablokov investigates the evolution of conspiratorial thinking in Russia’s Imperial and Soviet periods and, finally, turns to his ultimate goal: the uses of conspiracy theories in post-Soviet Russia.

Yablokov shows convincingly that instead of being primarily a grassroots phenomena as in case of the US, the capital of conspiratorial culture, in post-Soviet Russia, conspiracy theories exist in a complex political environment with many participants: grassroots activists, public intellectuals, as well as journalists, politicians, members of legislative and executive branches of the government. After Boris Yeltsin came to power in the 1990s, conspiracy theories were widely employed by the opposition to Yeltsin’s regime. The adversaries of Russia’s first independent president interpreted the collapse of the Soviet Union as a planned action envisioned by the West – and executed by the corrupt Soviet elite and predatory opposition.

However, after Putin’s rise to power, these theories migrated to another layer of political life. Putin’s government turned them into a vital instrument for mobilising supporters and discrediting opponents. This shift was closely associated with a number of Russian political technologists and politicians, such as Gleb Pavlovsky, chief of the pro-Kremlin Foundation for Effective Politics, and Vladislav Surkov, First Deputy Chief of Presidential Administration, who crafted conceptual framework underlying the new regime and developed a network of pro-Kremlin public intellectuals, educational programmes and publishing houses. Having moved from the bottom-up to the top-down level, conspiratorial thinking also migrated from the margins of Russia’s public sphere to the very core of the country’s political discourse – especially after the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2013-2014.

Conspiratorial thinking migrated from the margins of Russia’s public sphere to the very core of the country’s political discourse – especially after the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2013-2014

Yablokov exceeds in detailing the particular exchanges of conspiracy arguments between elites and the technology of their dissemination. It is common knowledge that conspiracy theories have become an important tool for the Putin regime, but the technology behind their dissemination isn’t.

Here is an example of a specific case Yablokov describes. In December 2006, state-owned newspaper Rossiiskaia Gazeta published an interview with Boris Ratnikov, a former general of Russia’s Federal Guard Service, in which he claimed that former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright thought that mankind should distribute Russia’s rich natural resources under the control of the US. In 2007, this particular idea was further developed during a presidential press conference, when a worker from Novosibirsk Alexander Sibert asked Putin a question on this topic. Since all questions are planned in advance during these events, it is logical to assume that this reiteration of Ratnikov’s theory was a part of the government’s anti-Western propaganda campaign during Russia’s 2007 parliamentary elections. In 2014, the “Ratnikov-Sibert theory” was reiterated by Putin, though both Ratnikov and Sibert denied that Albright made this statement.

Boris Ratnikov. Source: YouTube. This exchange demonstrates the way the system works: first, pro-regime politicians or intellectuals launch conspiracy theory in the public sphere. Second, it is mobilised by the regime as a resource to convince supporters and discredit opponents. At the same time, the regime denies its authorship of the theory to avoid responsibility. Rather than referring to anecdotal evidence, Yablokov uses the Ratnikov-Sibert case and many others to build a robust and comprehensive picture of the way the Kremlin’s intellectual and propaganda machinery functions.

Yablokov’s research also shows good ideological analysis. It clearly and vividly depicts how the Kremlin’s intellectual framework has undergone major ideological shifts since the 1990s. From its inability to establish intellectual hegemony in the 1990s to the “Putin majority” of the 2000s; from the clear ideological divide between pro-Soviet and anti-Soviet forces to reconciliation with the Stalinist past; from the Soviet vision of the West as an enemy to Surkov’s vision of the West as a competitor – all these tectonic changes in the regime’s intellectual foundations are carefully analysed and theorised. Moreover, the elite and pro-Kremlin networks producing and conveying these ideas are not depicted as a monolithic whole. Instead, Yablokov builds a complex picture, identifying tensions, disagreements and conflicts. Sometimes, the Kremlin authorises the use of conspiracy theories, but distances itself from them – as in the case of Ratnikov. Sometimes, particular elites and intellectuals, such as Alexander Dugin and Sergey Glazyev, become silenced or ousted because they are “too excessively devoted to conspiracies to be part of the rational and cynical Russian politics.”

The arguments mentioned above demonstrate the strong side of the book – given this analysis, it is a worthy read. However, there are some points that lack empirical confirmation and theoretical clarity which I want to point out. Some of them are shortcomings of the book. In this case, they indicate common theoretical and methodological problems associated with the analysis of post-Soviet reality rather than personal or intellectual flaws of the author. Some are, rather, possible avenues for further research absent in contemporary public and academic debate but still essential.

Methodological remarks

Despite the book’s informative and illuminating argument, there are still some shortcomings that should be addressed. First of all, Yablokov’s analysis of the uses of conspiracy theories is often based on hypotheses and can hardly be fully confirmed empirically. This problem is related to the limits of the method selected for the analysis and cannot be resolved in the conceptual analysis based on the publicly available sources presented in the book. My comments are therefore a suggestion for further research rather than criticism.

It is not sufficiently clear what the nature of the links between different agents involved in Russia’s conspiracy machine is. For instance, in 2007, the Russian publishing house Evropa, which is associated with political technologist Gleb Pavlovsky, published the book Vragi Putina (Putin’s Enemies) as part of an effort to provide Putin with intellectual support and discredit his opponents. Later that year, Putin addressed his supporters during a mass rally held at the Luzhniki stadium. Here, he repeated arguments from the book “almost word for word” in Yablokov’s view. The author concludes that “since the book had been published before the rally, these parallels demonstrate a close relationship between Putin’s speechwriters and the ideas elaborated by the pro-Kremlin spin doctors” (p. 148). Similarly, in 2005, Vladislav Surkov gave a speech at a closed association of Russian businessmen in which he prioritised the creation of a “sovereign democracy” in Russia. A few weeks before that, Putin mentioned that the collapse of the Soviet Union is a “major geopolitical disaster.”

Vladislav Surkov, 2010. Photo CC BY 4.0: Kremlin.ru / Wikipedia. Some rights reserved. On this, Yablokov concludes: “the articulation of these two ideas in such a short space of time demonstrates growing concern among political elites at this time about social cohesion” (p. 7). These conclusions based on indirect evidence, such as proximity in time, are common in the book and are, in nature, educated guesses: they do not guarantee that the link exists. To build a more convincing empirical foundation for the argument, the author would need to triangulate data and draw on a more wide variety of sources, including expert interviews and, in the best case scenario, interviews with people who were or are close to the Russian presidential administration.

This purely external view of the conspiratorial machine narrows the picture and prevents us from analysing essential and yet unseen mechanisms. Who has the agency in this complicated alliance – the executive branch or Kremlin-affiliated intellectuals? Did people like Pavlovsky or Surkov come up with their ideas because they were asked to, or were the concepts introduced based on their initiative and then taken up by the executive? To what extent did the executive constrain them?

Consider the following example. In 2014, Russian independent magazine Colta published a number of anonymous interviews with employees of Russian TV channels, detailing the way the propaganda machinery works. What was clear from these interview is that in the beginning of the Ukraine conflict in 2014, Russian TV channels were being managed manually by members of the Presidential Administration. As one of the interviewees notes, even the use of particular phrases (such as “junta”, “Banderites”, “ukropi”) was coordinated personally by press secretary Dmitry Peskov at weekly meetings. In contrast, anonymous interviews with employees of Russian TV channels published by independent magazine The Insider in 2017 tells an entirely different story.

In 2017, there was no manual control anymore. There were “curators” who were supposed to control journalists, TV anchors and managers of TV channels, but employees managed themselves according to implicit, but clear and intuitive “internal rules”. These rules dictated the understanding of what the Presidential Administration expects them to do – they became a part of the journalistic routine. If this assumption is correct, then we witnessed a tremendous change in the way the Russian propaganda machine, including conspiracy theories and theorists, operates. Instead of being piloted manually, this machine became autonomous. It is clear that the analysis of such issues requires different methods, such as personal interviews, and it is tough and potentially dangerous to find insiders in the administration and TV channels who could and would willing to provide such details. However, given the topic of Yablokov’s analysis, it would greatly complement the purely external analysis of the way Russia’s conspiratorial/propagandist apparatus functions and would allow building more stereoscopic multidimensional picture.

Do we actually study conspiracy theories?

An excellent analysis of the uses of conspiracy theories, Yablokov’s research also lacks the depth of theoretical, empirical and comparative study of conspiracy theories themselves. Conspiracy theories in the book are rather considered as frames used to mobilise supporters and discredit opponents at particular moments.

In terms of data, the in-depth analysis of conspiracy theories themselves is somewhat limited compared to the circumstances surrounding them. Being stripped of specific conspiracy theories used as examples, the text would still have a coherent argument. It considers the main events in post-Soviet Russian history, the main actors involved and would be a legitimate example of political history/political science analysis of post-Soviet Russia. Collecting data for his book about conspiracy theories, Eliot Borenstein set up a website, Plots Against Russia. The analysis is yet to be done, but Borenstein’s archive represents a systematic effort to collect conspiracy theories in post-Soviet Russia. Yablokov’s research would also benefit from this kind of systematic basis.

Regarding theory, a few theoretical remarks about conspiracy theories are limited to brief mentions of scholars like Ernesto Laclau, Michael Foucault, and others, and theorise very general features not specific to conspiracy theories, such as the intersection of knowledge and power and Lacan-based linguistic rules of organising the political subject. The author gives an impression that the argument will not suffer much if it is stripped of the theoretical framework.

Conspiracy theories worldwide

Concerning comparative analysis, the author does not put Russia’s conspiracy machine into an international perspective. (In fact, the post-Soviet World mentioned in the title is not discussed in the book at all: the analysis is limited to Russia.) Although Yablokov frequently cites scholars of conspiracy theories in the West, his main conclusion is limited to the fact that conspiracy theories in Russia are initiated from above as compared to the grassroots nature of western conspiracy theories. This argument is illuminating. Yet the book and our understanding of the subject would benefit from a more fundamental comparison. According to the author, the way “the Russian political and intellectual elites have made use of conspiracy theories in the new millennium show how they can be imported from, and, later, exported to, other countries”. However, the analysis of how they are exported, adjusted and reinterpreted is limited to a few remarks about the particular conspiracy theory about “the New World Order.”

Perhaps, a more systematic comparison would yield interesting results. For instance, in his book on Russia’s post-colonial identity, Viatcheslav Morozov argues that Russia is a subaltern empire: Russia is a subaltern in relationships with the West, and yet has to borrow the western language of the rule of law and democracy because it does not have its own language of self-description. Other scholars show that Putin’s regime increasingly relies on Western far-right to build legitimacy in the eyes of both domestic population and international audiences. Being transported to Russia, do Western conspiracy theories dictate the shape and content of their Russian variations? Or they are instead entirely reshaped to fit local political narratives? The way imported conspiracy theories are reshaped to fit local narrative would give us a better understanding of the local political environment.

Putting Russia in the international perspective is essential for understanding the global political process, not only Russian specifics

Moreover, after the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine conflict in 2013 and the 2016 US presidential election, the use of conspiratorial thinking and arguments has become increasingly popular around the world. In the Baltic States, the topic of Russian influence is instrumentalised by domestic elites to achieve political goals. As Russian journalist Alexey Kovalev argues in a 2017 discussion about the effects of Russian propaganda outside Russia, in the Baltic States “more people are reading articles about the danger of Russian propaganda than are reading the propaganda itself”. Vytautas Bruveris, a Lithuanian journalist, continues: “(Russian propaganda) has become a convenient way for western political elites to discount their own failures, crises and impotence.” Finally, in this same discussion, journalist and analyst Vladimir Soloviev argues that “rebroadcasting this notorious ‘propaganda’” has become a means to keep audiences engaged and earn money in Moldova.

Similarly, after the 2016 US presidential elections, the alleged link to Russia has become an important trope used in political debate to deal with dissent in the US. “Russia” is a codename for “Donald Trump” for American liberals, as brilliantly noted by Ivan Krastev. These arguments do not belittle the authoritarian nature of Putin’s regime. They demonstrate that conspiracy theories in public discourse have become a common tactic. This pattern should be studied as a whole: putting Russia in the international perspective is essential for understanding the global political process, not only Russian specifics.

Political context

There are several inaccuracies and missing events that slightly weaken the book’s argument. First of all, Yablokov is interested in how conspiracy theories are employed and used to legitimise or induce conservative social change. For instance, quoting other scholars, the author argues that “Putin’s remark that the Internet was a ‘CIA project’ served to kick-start the Kremlin’s offensive against the Internet industry” (p. 184). Similarly, conspiracy theories were “the starting point for this new round of legislative amendments” intended to repress independent NGOs in 2015 (p. 184). These connections are hypothesised rather than proven: Yablokov did not conduct interviews with people involved in decision-making who would indicate that repressive legislation resulted from conspiracy theories; similarly, there are no publicly available documents indicating that conspiracy theories are the reason for this particular piece of legislation. However, there are other cases not mentioned in this book where this link is clear.

For instance, in 2012, Russian channel NTV released “The Anatomy of Protest”, a documentary film consisting of pro-government conspiracy theories about the 2011-2012 Russian protests. The film, produced by journalist Arkady Mamontov, provoked a wide controversy but did not lead to any actions by the government. However, a second “Anatomy of Protest” released later that year directly led to the actions taken by the Russian Prosecutor General. Based on conspiracy theories in this film, the Prosecutor General launched an investigation resulting in the criminal charges against three important left-wing opposition leaders – Sergey Udaltsov, Konstantin Lebedev and Leonid Razvozhaev. All three were found guilty. Unlike in the cases of NGO and the Internet, in the Udaltsov-Razvozhaev-Lebedev case, conspiracy theories were directly used as evidence for criminal charges.

Further, Yablokov’s analysis inaccurately depicts the context around the idea of the “Putin majority” in 2011-2012. In one of the chapters, Yablokov analyses the 2011-2012 post-election protests and the regime’s reaction to it. In particular, he argues that Kremlin attempted to construct the concept of a “Putin majority”, representing “the majority of the Russian people, who opposed the minority of ‘dissatisfied Muscovites’” (p. 162).

As it follows from Yablokov’s analysis, this conceptual figure of a majority was constructed and promoted by pro-Kremlin media, spin doctors and regime-affiliated intellectuals only. This is not accurate. As researcher Ilya Matveev shows in his analysis, many prominent intellectuals in the 2011-2012 protest movement, such as Dmitry Olshansky, Andrey Loshak and others, reproduced this discourse. Matveev concludes that liberal intellectuals “accept the rules of the polemics forced on them by the Kremlin and to treat the image of the ‘people’ created by the Kremlin as an accurate reflection of the ‘people’ they write about themselves. In this culture war, the two sides are fueling each other’s cause.”

This particular inaccuracy is indicative of a more general flaw. In Yablokov’s narrative, there are three distinct forces involved in the process of production, distribution and consumption of conspiracy theories: the elite, oppositional intellectuals and the general public. Yablokov gives a nuanced and stereoscopic view of the first group: the executive branch does not coincide with pro-Kremlin intellectuals; they do not always agree, sometimes have conflicts, and the relationships between them are structured in a complicated way. However, the public and the opposition seem to be depicted as monolithic wholes.

As Ilya Mateev demonstrates, the Russian opposition is unevenly structured too. Some of them tend to accept Kremlin narratives depending on their social position, some of them do not. Do they share conspiracy theories? What conspiracy theories do they share and why? This kind of multi-actor analysis of production and dissemination is necessary for building a more realistic argument, and yet it remains absent.

Persuasion, elite discourse and public opinion

The Russian public also remains the weak link of the book. Yablokov extensively relies on polling data as a self-evident source of evidence and positive conclusions that the conspiracy theories disseminated by Kremlin and Kremlin-sympathetic networks did or do work. According to the author, conspiracy theories are used by the regime to achieve national cohesion, gather support and discredit opponents; all these goals are achieved with varying degrees of success depending on particular periods and circumstances. Yet there is no way to establish whether conspiracy theories speak to Russian public given contemporary Russian circumstances.

The Levada Center data frequently cited by Yablokov as evidence is not credible due to certain methodological and theoretical problems. Indeed, there are problems associated with public opinion research in authoritarian regimes and post-Soviet society. For many Russian citizens, pollsters represent an opportunity to reach the government with their complaints and requests, which biases results. Also, given the dramatically low response rate to surveys in Russia, it is safe to assume that most people who refuse to answer interviewers’ questions are dissatisfied and have political reasons to be so. As a result, they are not detected by pollsters.This phenomenon is also known as “preference falsification” and is extensively studied in political science.

For many Russian citizens, pollsters represent an opportunity to reach the government with their complaints and requests, which biases results

Likewise, there is an authoritative and long-standing theoretical tradition in the field of political communication which questions the idea of asking questions and accepting responses at face value regardless of particular political context. Based on dual theories of cognition backed by solid experimental data, scholars in political communication have found that the opinion formation process is very much dependent on a wide number of factors, such as political knowledge, context, distance of events. For the majority of people not interested in politics, an individual’s opinion and perception of politics is a product of a complicated machinery of tricks used to ease one’s cognitive load and arrive at a conclusion without effort.

US sociologist John Mueller ironically summarises the difficulty of polling people in the context of fluctuating opinion:

“The respondent, on his doorstep or in his living room, is barraged with a set of questions on a wide variety of subjects (…) aware that their views are being preserved for the ages, they do not wish to appear unprepared at that moment. Under these circumstances, it is not surprising to find respondents pontificating in a seemingly authoritative, if basically ‘truthful’, manner on subjects about which they know nothing or to which they have never given any thought whatsoever”.

The analysis of public opinion in all its complexity using quantitative data would require theoretical and methodological resources that Russian pollsters do not possess. When qualitative data is used, the results are very different. For instance, Ellen Mickiewicz shows that instead of being convinced by the state agenda, Russian TV viewers in the 2000s were highly skilled at processing media messages critically and identifying persuasive intent. My research shows a similar picture in the context of the Russia-Ukraine conflict: when Russian TV viewers are involved in discussion, their opinions are far from being shaped by Kremlin discourse. Also, the intensity and duration of media campaigns are crucially important when trying to understand the effect elite discourse has on the public. After several years of aggressive political propaganda, Russian TV viewers are very tired of negative reporting which makes them even more critical. These findings go in line with quantitative data indicating the decrease of popularity of TV channels due to their focus on the Ukrainian conflict. Russian viewers’ reactions to TV propaganda today is not the same as their reaction to TV propaganda before the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

The Crimea Consensus has been generated largely through propaganda. Photo: Yaghobzadeh Rafael / ABACA / PA Images. All rights reserved.All these complexities mean that Yablokov should at least say that the Kremlin attempts to shape public opinion instead of claiming that “the Vesti nedeli reports became a powerful political instrument in shaping domestic public opinion” (p. 179) or “the call to rally round ‘Putin’s flag’ was strong enough to guarantee the success of the ruling party” (p. 180). At best, we need resources, expertise, theoretical and methodological innovation to build institutions capable of supplying the public and researches with reliable data about public opinion.

Theories of everyday life

Even if we assume that conspiracy theories have a profound effect on Russian audience (which, again, is a problematic statement at the very least), it probably won’t be the theories voiced by Vladislav Surkov or Arkady Mamontov. Yablokov’s research is focused on spokespersons of the regime, while he ignores the vast majority of conspiracy theories in culture and entertainment which are in more immediate proximity for most people in Russia. In his chronicle of the work in Russia as a TV producer, Peter Pomerantsev argues that in the early 2000s the Kremlin realised that the main mistake of Soviet TV was that it was “dull”. The task was, then, “to synthesise Soviet control with Western entertainment”.

Pomerantsev’s work itself is prone to generalisations about audiences and media which are not always grounded in evidence. However, this point is a reasonable one. Given the fact that entertainment is the primary type of media content consumed by most audiences and the fact that conspiracy theories are produced en masse by popular TV shows such as “Voennaya Taina” (Military Secret) and “Sovershenno Sekretno” (Top Secret) on NTV, it is logical to analyse these theories that are instead a part of entertainment/everyday life rather than official political discourse. If we assume that conspiracy theories have a substantial effect on audiences, these everyday life theories may work as a source of conspiracy theories for the general public or a background for amplifying the impact of official political conspiracy theories.

I want to reiterate here: in some cases, I refer to the shortcomings and flaws of the book; yet, in most cases, I instead suggest possible avenues for further research. As such, Yablokov’s book is an interesting, informative and illuminating read. It presents a complicated and convincing picture of an important phenomenon that is rarely analysed in public and academic discourse about Russia beyond anecdotal evidence.

 

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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
Important sports News (8-13 Oct 2018)
          Low power IoT processor enables embedded AI      Cache   Translate Page      

GREENWAVE TECHNOLOGIES GAP8 IoT application processor enables the cost-effective development, deployment and autonomous operation of intelligent sensing devices that capture, analyze, classify and act on the fusion of rich data sources such as images, sounds or vibrations. Device is optimized

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          Commission on Aging November speaker to focus on impacts emerging technologies will have on transportation and land use      Cache   Translate Page      

Vancouver, Wash. – Advances in emerging technologies – such as autonomous vehicles, AV’s, E-commerce, and the sharing economy – are having profound effects not only on how we live and move in cities, but also on urban form and development itself. Learn how these new technologies are changing the way people and goods move, and the implications they will have for the development of communities at the next meeting of the Commission on Aging, 4:30 pm Tuesday, Nov. 13.


          Of Movements and Midterms: Which Way to Actual Power?      Cache   Translate Page      

by Salvo Paper, via IT'S GOING DOWN

The Electoral Release Valve

There’s no doubt that midterm elections, especially those which occur in the intermittent years following a general election, offer the chance for a part of the electorate to reassert itself in the aftermath of having lost a presidential race. In this way, the midterms act as a release valve.

This is especially true in a moment where popular anger has spilled over into the streets in response to actions by the Trump administration. Inauguration day riots in D.C., airport occupations in protest of the Muslim travel ban, the massive women’s march, and the occupations of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in protest of the separation of children from their parents at the border — popular movements have sprung up at nearly every turn to frustrate the attempts by the Trump administration to carry out its agenda. In many cases, they have been successful.

There’s no doubt that the Democratic party has seized on the popular energy that has catalyzed these movements. However, it’s also clear that they didn’t do so in a good faith move toward providing resources or backing for these autonomous movements. At best, Democrats have offered passive support in the form of tweets and op-eds. At worst, they have made explicit their desire to redirect the popular momentum from the streets to the ballot box. In doing so, they disarm and demobilize an engaged and impassioned mass — one that they (correctly) fear could eventually turn on them.

The Narrative of Change

If our endeavor is to dramatically alter the political, economic, and social landscape that we find ourselves in, then it is organized mass movements, not the ballot, which must serve as our tool. This history of this country (and the world) dem onstrates that it has always been external pressure applied by mass movements that have forced the hands of intransigent and obstinate elected officials. This is in stark contrast to the existing narrative, which states that those in positions of political authority bestow upon us new rights and freedoms out of the enlightened goodness of their hearts.

This is a glaring falsehood. It was the Labor Movement, not congress who won workplace safety rules, minimum wage laws, and an end to child labor. It was the Civil Rights Movement, not the president, who ended legal segregation, brought Jim Crow to its knees, and won rights for Black Americans. It was the Women’s Movement, not the supreme court, which struggled and continues to struggle for equal protection under the law, equal pay, and dignity regardless of gender. It was the LGBT and Queer Liberation Movements, not the house of representatives, which made available funding for AIDS research and massively changed our cultural perceptions of sexuality.

To rely on a politician or an entrenched government institution to work on your behalf, is to expect something for nothing. It is only through bitter struggle, through fighting and winning, do we gain anything in our profoundly unequal society.

Those who control the levers of political power in this country, no matter their party affiliation, no matter their supposed convictions, are far more loyal to the institution in which they serve than they are to those of us who elected them. They are no more accountable to us than are our bosses at work. The politician, like the boss, is always performing a cost-benefit analysis. The moment that our interests diverge from theirs — that is to say, the moment that they step into the hallowed halls of government — they will renege on the convictions that they had so steadfastly proclaimed during a campaign.

This is not to say that all politicians, even those who come from movement backgrounds, are inherently corrupt. Rather, it is the institutions in which they serve that requires them to fundamentally abandon any conviction that clashes with the interest of the state or the capitalist class, even if their adherence to that conviction had been sincere.

What’s worse is that we, the constituency who put them in power, have next to no means toward redress when those elected officials inevitably drop us like a bag of rocks.

Moving From Subjects to Popular Power

Our movements, on the other hand, can be truly democratic and dynamic organisms. The positions that we put forth are those which we determine for ourselves — and they can change, not out of a desire to preserve our positions of power or to insincerely appeal to the demands of others, but whenever it is truly necessary. In our movements, we are accountable to one another, and none of us are out of reach if accountability becomes necessary. The precise inverse is true in the relationship between us as constituents and our elected officials.

This is why we contend that beyond just winning concessions from power, our movements can constitute a prefiguration of the sort society that we would like to live in. One that reflects values of direct democracy and egalitarianism. There’s no doubt that winning gains in the present is an important step, but we should also be looking to the horizon, to fundamentally changing our economy and politics, if we intend to provide substantial redress to the ills which plague our society.

This is not us telling you not to vote in the upcoming midterms. This is, however, us telling you to hedge your bets against the ballot box and against entrenched political power generally. This is us telling you that if your goal is substantial change, then you must use the proper tool to achieve that goal.

There are revolutionary organizations on the ground, doing work to build popular power aimed at making exactly those systemic and substantial changes. Our recommendation is that you join one of them. Groups like the Los Angeles Tenants’ Union (LATU) and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) are just two reputable organizations with active campaigns in the L.A. area. If you are a member of a labor union, find and join the radical caucus within the organization. If your job is dangerous, the pay is poor, or you’re mistreated, look into available resources for organizing your workplace. The possibilities abound for those who want to organize outside of the electoral sphere.

The difference between electoral campaigns and the organizations mentioned in the last paragraph, can be summed up simply. Electoral campaigns seek to organize us as constituents or subjects, social movement organizations seek to organize us on the basis of our class position, or as workers. The former reproduces our subjugation, the latter empowers us to make revolutionary change in our society.

Vote or don’t — but always organize and fight.

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          The Hotwire #43: October 31, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

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Interviews: Anarchist Jews on Tree of Life massacre—Brazil: Bolsonaro wins

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No news is good news. 60% of wildlife has been wiped off the planet since 1970. Mexican police kill a man in the migrant caravan on the border with Guatemala. Ever since Trump openly declared himself a nationalist last week, there has been an escalation of far-right violence. We interview an anarchist who works at the Tree of Life synagogue where an anti-Semite massacred 11 people on Saturday, as well as two people in the Outlive Them network about the upcoming International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism. We also draw connections between the election of Bolsonaro in Brazil and anarchist resistance to Trump and democracy itself in the United States. Send us news, events, or ideas on how our show can better serve anarchist activity in your town by emailing us at podcast@crimethinc.com.

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  • Table of Contents:
    • Introduction {0:00}
    • Headlines {1:12}
    • Tree of Life massacre {5:10}
    • Bolsonaro, democracy, elections {24:00}
    • Resistance roundup {33:50}
    • Repression roundup {37:50}
    • Next Week’s News {43:15}
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  • The latest episode of Sub.Media’s webseries Trouble deals with the J20 protests and ensuing legal battle. If anyone out there can help translate the subtitles to Brazilian Portuguese, we know that comrades there would appreciate it! E-mail us at podcast[at]crimethinc[dot]com.

  • Upcoming events/demos/etc:
    • November 2: A call for counter protests against Steve Bannon and David Frum in Toronto. Meet at 5pm outside Ray Thomson Hall located at 60 Simcoe St.
    • November 6: an anti-ICE march in Portland, Oregon at 6pm. Meet at City Hall and check out @OccupyICEPDX on twitter for more information.
    • November 8–11: International Days of Action against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, including this action in New York City on November 10.
    • November 10: A call for counter demos against PEGIDA’s anti-Muslim and anti-refugee demonstration, also in Toronto. Meet at 12pm in Mel Lastman Square.
    • November 16–18: School of the Americas Watch is hosting a border encuentro directly on the US/Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora.
    • November 17: A Stand Against Proud Boys action in Philadelpha, to counter Proud Boys who are planning to attend a rally called We the People. Meet at Washington Square Park at 6th and Walnut Streets.
  • Upcoming anarchist book fairs and gatherings:
  • More about the unpermitted crowd that forced Trump’s motorcade to turn around in Pittsburgh.

  • The Claws of Empire, the Rise of Fascism: Brazilian Anarchist Statement on Bolsonaro

  • Another anarchist perspective on the upcoming midterm elections.

  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief are still looking for accomplices in their autonomous relief work in North Carolina, as well as supplies. They need:
  • Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is on tour until late November! This week’s dates:
    • October 31: Olympia, WA. 3:00 pm PDT @ Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505
    • November 1: Seattle, WA. 7:00 pm PDT @ Pipsqueak Gallery, 173 16th Ave Seattle, WA 98122
    • November 6: Fort Collins, CO. 7:00 pm MST @ Poudre Valley Public Library, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • November 7: Fort Collins, CO. 4:00 pm MST @ Cafe Foco, 201 Peterson St, Fort Collins, CO 80524
    • A complete list of tour dates and locations can be found here.
  • Duluth, Minnesota: Anti-fascist and anti-white supremacy People’s General Assemblies will be taking place weekly, Tuesdays at 6 PM in People’s Power Plaza

  • Political Prisoner Malik Washington has announced a hunger strike, not only against his conditions, but also against police brutality on streets and inside prison walls, against prison slavery, and against patriarchy and imperialism. If you’d like to send him written messages of support, you can write him at:

    Keith H. Washington #1487958

    McConnell Unit

    3100 South Emily Drive

    Beeville, TX 78103

  • Write a letter to anarchist prisoner Eric King at:

    Eric King

    # 27090045

    USP LEAVENWORTH

    U.S. PENITENTIARY

    P.O. BOX 1000

    LEAVENWORTH, KS 66048

  • Rashid Johnson, a revolutionary prisoner who is a founding member, and Minister of Defense, of the Prison Chapter of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party, is asking for your help! As de facto retribution for his relentless activism and exposure of the prison system, Rashid is being held in awful repressive conditions. Especially importantly, he takes medication for his blood pressure and the prison is withholding his medicine. Supporters can call Warden Beth Cabell, any day other than Friday, at (804) 834–2678. The focus should be on his medical emergency, as Rashid needs to have his blood pressure checked in order for any adjustments to be made to his medications.

  • A trans woman of color and water protector was arrested on bogus charges in Louisiana on last week. She has since been released, but you can still donate to the ongoing fight at Gofundme.com/NoBBP.

  • In the Philippines, Food Not Bombs volunteer Marco is still in prison awaiting trial on drug charges. His supporters vehemently maintain that he had drugs planted on him and that he is being framed. You can donate to his legal fund here.

  • Friends of Tim Brown Jr are raising legal funds on his behalf for charges he incurred while in jail after being arrested in Charlottesville. The new charges are for allegedly beating up James Fields, the neo-Nazi who murdered Heather Heyer. If you have a few bucks, here’s the link to his gofundme.

  • Use this straightforward guide to writing prisoners from New York City Anarchist Black Cross to write a birthday message for Ed Poindexter, who celebrates a birthday next week:

    Ed Poindexter

    #27767

    Nebraska State Penitentiary

    Post Office Box 2500

    Lincoln, Nebraska 68542

    {Birthday: November 1}


  • Sales are OPEN for the 2019 Certain Days: Freedom for Political Prisoners calendar! The theme of next year’s calendar is Health/Care, and it features art and writing from current and former political prisoners like David Gilbert, Mike and Chuck Africa, and Laura Whitehorn. If you buy 10 or more, be sure to use the discount code “BULK” to get 10 or more calendars for $10 each—you can then sell the calendars to fundraise for your own organizing.

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          Tesla's 'Navigate on Autopilot' Is a Step in the Right Direction       Cache   Translate Page      

Tesla’s late night rollout of a new feature for its semi-autonomous driving system called “Navigate on Autopilot” puzzled me, if not just because of the time it was introduced to the world, but the feature itself: What’s the value in a car that tells you what lane you should be in, when it won’t drive there entirely…

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          Market Operations Manager - Carvana - Orlando, FL      Cache   Translate Page      
Company culture of internal promotions, diverse career paths and rapid advancement. It can be an autonomous job that requires good decision-making skills, but...
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          Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR) Engineer, Industry 4.0 - Stanley Black & Decker - Hartford, CT      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience with Material Flow Analysis and internal logistics. Existing relationships with system integrators, machine builders, and component manufacturers....
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          DoD Issues Special Notice for Commercial Short Range Reconnaissance Drone Launcher      Cache   Translate Page      
The Defense Department plans to procure an industry-built system that can launch the U.S. Army’s short range reconnaissance unmanned aircraft for situational awareness purposes. A FedBizOpps notice posted Monday states that DoD seeks an autonomous drone that can perform vertical take-offs and landings, fly for 30 minutes, operate in 15 knot winds or greater and […]
          Senior Manager Research - Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) - Karachi      Cache   Translate Page      
OPPORTUNITY TO EXCEL WITH A PRESTIGIOUS ORGANIZATION The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) is established as an autonomous body under...
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          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
          Otis Elevator Rides an Upwardly Mobile IoT Strategy      Cache   Translate Page      
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Otis Elevator is leading the way in IoT connectivity with the world's "original" autonomous vehicles.

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           Halo Project spawns an all-electric, self-driving Subaru 4x4 fit for the apocalypse       Cache   Translate Page      

The Mississippi State CAVS team showed the all-electric, autonomous Halo Project off-roader at the recent SEMA ...#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

There were plenty of automakers and aftermarket shops lining up to attract attention at last week's SEMA Show, but one of the show's most interesting vehicles came from the academic sector. The "Halo Project" Subaru from Mississippi State University looks at first glance like any other SEMA SUV – flared fenders, a powerful bumper, big tires and a loaded roof rack. But this R&D project is far from a basic show car, featuring an all-electric powertrain and autonomous hardware suite in exploration of the future of off-road navigation.

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          October 2018 Media Report      Cache   Translate Page      

Nov. 5, 2018

A monthly look at what the media is reporting on the MSU Engineering community 

The race is on to create cheap materials to store energy for the U.S power grid, said Mechanical Engineering Department Chair James Klausner. MSU is sharing a $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). “We think we can return electricity to the grid at less than 5 cents per kilowatt hour,” he said.
Midwest Energy News 

Peter Savolainen, a new MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, joined MSU to better understand road user behavior. He talks about his mobility goals in a column on MSUToday.
MSUToday Faculty VoiceMSU Foundation Professor Peter Savolainen said MSU is uniquely positioned to serve as a living laboratory for transportation research.

Bryan Smith, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and a former colleague at Stanford University have created a computer simulation, validated by experimental results, to help design drug-delivery nanoparticles that carry cancer-fighting medicines directly to tumors. Their research was published in Biophysical Journal.
dBusiness (Detroit)
MSUToday

MSU signed a dual PhD agreement with the National Technical University of Athens in Greece for the preparation and training of engineers at both academic institutions. Dean Leo Kempel and MSU Foundation Professor John Papapolymerou, who chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, signed on behalf of MSU.
Michigan Technology News
U.S. Embassy, Athens, Greece, Facebook 

More than 1.5 million Michigan residents and potentially many more nationwide have PFAS-tainted water. Michigan State University and Fraunhofer USA, Inc. Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies are developing a scalable treatment option for PFAS-contaminated wastewater.
Indiana Ag Connection
Futurity
MSUToday
Phys.org
Tech Century
Water Online

University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science & Engineering Anil Jain:
Facial recognition is being used in animal conservation. A Norwegian fish farm company hopes to use face identification technology in high-tech salmon farms to check the animals for a parasite called sea lice and other health problems. Michigan State University created a system that can recognize the faces of individual lemurs to track the health of endangered species.
Smithsonian
• Spain's most-read newspaper featured Anil Jain after he was presented an honorary degree by the Autonomous University of Madrid in recognition of 50 years of advancing the study of pattern recognition.
El Pais
MSUToday 

IACMI is closing the loop onautomotive carbon fiber prepreg manufacturing scrap for use in new automotive applications. Its partners include … Michigan State University in East Lansing.
Composites World

Aitor Aguirre, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and IQ, works on understanding how human tissues respond to injury and how they regenerate when they are injured.
WKAR 

MSU is improving the retention of women in computer science with a one-credit Computational Thinking Lab. See what Computer Science and Engineering Professor Laura Dillon had to say on this active learning option.
EdScoop

MSU's first-year engineering experience turns 10.The College of Engineering is celebrating the 10th anniversary of CoRe.
MarketScreener
MSUToday 

Students
Year 2 of the AutoDrive Challenge has kicked off. Spartan Engineers are again among the eight teams sponsored by General Motors and SAE International to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle by the end of Year 3. See video:
DE 24/7 - Digital Engineering 

Former faculty
Herman D. Hughes, professor emeritus of computer science and engineering and former assistant dean of the graduate school at MSU, was honored as a 2018 Outstanding Alumni at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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Alumni
Mark Van Port Fleet, a 1979 civil engineering graduate, has been named the new director of the Michigan Department of Transportation and will lead its 2,500 employees and $4.7 billion annual budget.
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Shannon Venable (BS ELEC EGR ’82) is the CEO and president of the Children’s Museum of Richmond, Virginia.
Richmond Times Dispatch 

What started as a computer science capstone project featuring dungeons and giants has launched as a video game for alumni Patrick Williams, Chris Ulrich, Zach Klegon, Matthew Bearup, and Elan Gleiber. They spent 12-hour days for nearly three years on “Rogues Like Us.”
City Pulse  

MSU Pride Points
• Oct. 2: A research team led James Klausner and Joerg Petrasch of mechanical engineering received a competitive $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop innovative designs for long-duration storage on the U.S power grid.
• Oct. 5: In recognition of 50 years of advancing the study of pattern recognition, University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain was presented an honorary doctorate by the Autonomous University of Madrid.
• Oct. 15: PhD student Muhamad Munum Masud of civil and environmental engineering will be recognized at the 2019 Transportation Research Board annual meeting in Washington, D.C., for winning first place honors for his data analysis on long-term pavement performance.


          Comment on Uber Aiming to Relaunch Autonomous Testing on Public Roads by Allen      Cache   Translate Page      
"...start using two human backup drivers, rather than one..." Won't change anything. They will both be doing something other than what they were hired to do. Not just cars either. "Safety drivers/engineers" or whatever they may be called, don't pay attention to the trains or boats or cars or whatever it is that they are supposed to be monitoring. For the Uber cars, maybe just put a large sign on the top similar to the pizza delivery car signs, so at least other cars and pedestrians can be made aware of the hazard of interfering with that vehicle's programming (or lack of such).
          Consumer adoption of 5G expected to be slow      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Hidden Costs of IoT Vulnerabilities      Cache   Translate Page      

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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          Quectel Announces New C-V2X Module to Support Autonomous Driving Based on Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Chipset Solution      Cache   Translate Page      
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Mock election at Ingraham High today.

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There's a story in today's Times about an audit from the State Auditor's office on principals throughout the state who do not always share necessary crime data with teachers about students.  From the Times:
The parties required to pass the message along, including courts,state agencies, county sheriffs and principals, fail to do so consistently, leaving teachers in the dark and breaking state law.
Part of the problem?
The audit found that at least 70 school districts did not have complete procedures or policies.
The Auditor thinks the Legislature should step up with a work group.

You may recall in the recent past that a high school student who had been at a private high school was exited from that school for inappropriate sexual behavior.  The student's transcript had a notation about this but in a less-than-clear spot and it appears that SPS Enrollment and/or Garfield High did not see it.  The student then went on an out-of-town trip with a choral group and allegedly molested two girls.

I'm hearing that the AP testing group - The College Board - may have changed the sign-up for the testing from winter/early spring to fall. Also to note:
If you paid for an AP Exam but then decided not to take it, you may ask your AP coordinator for a refund. Local school policy determines the amount of the refund. You will probably be required to pay the $15 fee the school is charged for each unused exam. However, once you begin an exam (i.e., write on an exam booklet or answer sheet or play an exam CD) you cannot receive a refund.

Qualifying low-income students can take advantage of reduced fees on AP exams.
Story from KNKX on the possible move of Licton Springs K-8 because of capacity problems at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School.

Interesting article from the BBC on how Canada - with no national public education system - is a powerhouse on international tests.
Canada does not even really have a national education system, it is based on autonomous provinces and it is hard to think of a bigger contrast between a city state such as Singapore and a sprawling land mass such as Canada.

But the children of newly-arrived, migrant families seem to integrate rapidly enough to perform at the same high level as their classmates.

Andreas Schleicher, the OECD's education director, says Canada's "big uniting theme is equity".
Despite the different policies in individual provinces, there is a common commitment to an equal chance in school.

Within three years of arriving, the Pisa tests show the children of new migrants have scores as high as the rest of their schoolmates.
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          Human rights advocates: UN must address Chinese internment camps      Cache   Translate Page      

Geneva, Switzerland, Nov 7, 2018 / 12:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human rights advocates are calling on the United Nations to address reports of Chinese internment camps holding 1 million Muslim minorities in Northwest China.

The call comes shortly before a review of China’s human rights record on November 6 by the U.N. Human Rights Council. The last review of China’s human rights was in 2013.

Ex-detainees have said these camps include abuse and political indoctrination, the Guardian has reported.

Researchers believe an estimated 1 million Muslim Uighurs have been detained at these camps. British diplomats, who visited Xinjiang in August, have confirmed those numbers, according to officials.

“The Human Rights Council must send an unequivocal message to the Chinese government that their campaign of systematic repression in the XUAR (Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region), including the arbitrary detention of up to 1 million people, must end,” said Patrick Poon, China researcher at Amnesty International.

Poon was among numerous human rights advocates at an activist forum on China held in Geneva Nov. 2.  

Sharon Hom, executive director Human Rights in China, also attended the forum.

“The detention of over a million ethnic Uighurs is a tipping point for the international community. They really can’t look the other way now,” Hom told Reuters.

Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uighur Congress, stressed the urgency of the situation.

“In the last five years, generally the human rights situation in China has been getting worse, particularly in east Turkestan (Xinjiang) and Tibet, there has been an unimaginable deterioration,” he told Reuters.

The Washington Post reported that the chairman of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Shohrat Zakir, stated earlier this month that the camps do exists but are a “vocational education and training program” aimed at curbing terrorism.

China has said that it is responding to threats in Xinjiang posed by Islamist militants and separatists. However, it has rejected accusations of mistreatment in Xinjiang or Tibet.

 


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Vatican City, Nov 6, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- The Russian Orthodox Church announced that it has withdrawn from a Vatican sponsored Commission for Catholic – Orthodox Theological Dialogue, in response to a dispute between Orthodox patriarchs in Moscow and Constantinople.

The decision was announced in a statement released after an Oct. 19 meeting between Pope Francis and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolansk, head of the Department for the External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The Moscow Patriarchate stressed that its bilateral relations with the Catholic Church remain in place. The decision to withdraw participation from the commission comes as a consequence of Moscow’s dispute with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople about the eventual establishment of an autocephalous, or independent, Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
 
Until October, Ukraine had been under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has a metropolitan see in Kiev.

There are also two other Orthodox Churches in Ukraine: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, established in 1992 and led by Filaret Denisenko; and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, led by Primate Makaryi, with a smaller number of members and parishes.
 
Those two were not recognized to be in communion with the Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Church is a kind of confederation of autocephalous (independent) and autonomous Churches that have reciprocal communion with one another, and recognize the ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as the “first among equals”.
 
A dispute began in April, when Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko forwarded a request to establish a national Ukranian Orthodox Church to Patriarch Bartholomew. If honored, the request would result in the unification of the two existent “schismatic” Orthodox Churches.
 
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople pondered the request, met Aug. 31 with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, and after the meeting started the process of granting the “tomos” (document) of autocephaly for a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
 
The Moscow Patriarchate opposed the decision, noting that the Patriarchate of Constantinople granted the Moscow Patriarch the right to ordain the Metropolitan of Kiev in 1686. Ever since, the Moscow Patriarchate remarked, Ukraine has been the Moscow Patriarchate’s “liturgical territory.”
 
In making the decision to grant the tomos of autocephaly, the Patriarchate of Constantinople also annulled the 1686 synodal letter.
 
Moscow considers the Constantinople decision “an invasion”. For this reason, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, gathered Oct. 15 in Minsk, made the decision to break communion with Constantinople.
 
The position was explained by Metropolitan Hilarion October 27 on Russian television program, ‘The Church and the World,’ aired by Russia-24.
 
Speaking about his Oct. 18 meeting with Pope Francis, Metropolitan Hilarion said that a big part of the discussion was dedicated to the situation in Ukraine, but that “the breakoff of the Russian Orthodox Church’s relations with Constantinople has also to do with the relationships with the Roman Catholic Church since, along with the bilateral relations between the Russian Church and the Roman Church, there is also a pan-Orthodox-Catholic theological dialogue. And we have withdrawn from this dialogue as well.”
 
This internal issues of the Orthodox Church might now have consequences on the Catholic Church, particularly because of the special relationships Pope Francis has with both  Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill.
 
Pope Francis and Bartholomew were together in Jerusalem in 2014, in the Vatican Gardens for the “Prayer for Peace in the Middle East” in 2014, in Lesbos in 2015 and in Egypt in 2017, and they have written joint messages for the World Day for the Care of Creation.
 
Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill had a historic meeting in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 12, 2016, and last year the relics of St. Nicholas were temporarily moved to Russia, for veneration by Russian faithful. The two developed a dialogue on cultural issues, with a common commitment to the education of youth, as expressed Oct. 18 by Metropolitan Hilarion in his speech at the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
 
The freeze in theological dialogue comes at what had been a particularly favorable moment for ecumenical dialogue.
 
The latest document of the Catholic-Orthodox Joint Theological Commission was released after the 2016 Chieti meeting.
 
The final document underscored that the Church of the first millennium recognized a primacy to the Church of Rome, whose prerogatives were cooperation in recognizing a council as ecumenical and the possibility to receive appeals.

Those prerogatives were exercised, the final document reads, in synodality; that is, in relation with bishops of the other major sees of the first millennium or together with the synod of the Roman Church.

After the meeting in Chieti, the coordinating committee of the commission met Sep. 5-9, 2017 in Leros, Greece. The meeting ended with the decision to draft a document on the theme “Toward unity in faith: theological and canonical issues.”
 
The drafting of this new document was entrusted to a subcommission composed of four Orthodox and four Catholic members.
 
The document will be divided in two parts. The first part will be about the fruits of the dialogue already in action, the second part will be about the theological and canonical issues that need to be resolved in order to get to full communion.
 
The next meeting of the coordinating committee is scheduled for the end of 2018.
 
The Moscow Patriarchate’s decision to withdraw from dialogue has been read by some observers as a sort of pressure on the pope to operate some persuasion on Bartholomew, without asking for it explicitly.
 
In the Russia-24 interview, Metropolitan Hilarion said: “We do not assume that the pope of Rome can be an arbiter in this dispute – it is absolutely impossible. It would be wrong to involve him in these problems and expect that he would take some actions or identify with a particular side. The Orthodox Church lives according to her own laws and rules. We will solve this problem on our own, without the participation of the pope of Rome.”
 
Moscow’s move shows that, though the primacy of Rome has been recognized more and more in theological dialogue, none of the Orthodox Churches will ever consider this primacy concretely.
 
So, while the Catholic Church already spoke about the possibility of establishing new forms of exercising Petrine ministry in order to reach full unity, the Orthodox Church seem stuck in an internal dispute that will likely further divide it.

Pope Francis will not be involved in this process, nor is the Catholic Church going to be welcomed as an effective mediator. Ecumenical dialogue, however, has been impoverished because of this dispute.

 


          The Possible and the Practical      Cache   Translate Page      
Rodney Brooks on why your promised flying cars (or hyperloops or autonomous vehicles) aren’t likely to happen any time soon: The difference between the possible and the practical can only be discovered by trying things out. Therefore, even though the physics suggests that a thing will work, if it has not even been demonstrated in […]
          Graduate Sales Executive - Delegate Sales      Cache   Translate Page      
Graduate Sales Executive - Delegate Sales 20-24k Base, 30-35k OTE plus Corporate Benefits London EC1 A leading specialist provider of exhibitions, conferences, research, data, analysis and international B2B publishing services for a growing range of global commodities markets. Through their ever-expanding portfolio of global exhibitions, conferences and publications, our client is well placed for further growth. They now have an exciting opening in Central London, for a Graduate Sales Executive to focus on international delegate sales. As a Graduate Delegate Sales Executive you will: * Work closely with colleagues to generate interest and promote our clients exhibitions, conferences and events packages. * Work across a number of industries * Sell primarily via the telephone, to senior decision-makers in companies across the globe * Proactively contact sales leads provided by marketing campaigns, as well as sourcing your own leads to then build and maintain relationships with prospective customers * Support program manager with conference speaker acquisition * Provide effective feedback and results from leads generated and obtain and record feedback from customers and prospects regarding pricing, customer attitudes and needs Applications are invited from: * Degree educated candidates (2018) * Those with prior commercial exposure * Driven individuals with excellent communication skills along with a structured approach, solid time management and the ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team * Those with high levels of self-motivation who are ultimately seeking to secure a career within an industry leader that offers excellent training and ongoing career prospects The successful candidate will be offered a base salary circa 20-24k with a realistic and highly achievable OTE of 30-35k uncapped, plus an additional and generous benefits package. Certus is an established and experienced specialist Recruitment Group, providing sales, digital, graduate and IT recruitment services to the business community throughout the UK. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook at Certus Recruitment Group and Certus Graduate Recruitment.
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Delegate Sales Executive - Graduate London 18-22k Base, 28-35k OTE + Excellent Benefits Our client produces hundreds of global events annually, providing business executives with tailored and practical conferences. With offices on five continents, our client has grown to become the industry leader in planning, delivering and managing conferences, tradeshows, workshops, seminars and study tours. They now have an exciting opening in Central London, for a Graduate Sales Executive to focus on Delegate Sales. As a Delegate Sales Executive you will: * Work closely with colleagues to generate interest and promote our clients largest exhibitions, conferences and events packages. * Sell via the telephone, to senior decision-makers in companies across the UK * Proactively contact sales leads provided by marketing campaigns, as well as sourcing your own leads * Build and maintain relationships with prospective customers * Obtain and record feedback from customers and prospects regarding pricing, customer attitudes and needs Applications are invited from: * Degree educated candidates with a passion for sales * Driven individuals with excellent communication skills * Intelligent candidates with a structured approach, solid time management and the ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team * Highly motivated graduates seeking to secure a career within an industry leader that offers excellent training and ongoing career prospects The successful candidate can expect a base salary of 18-22k, with an uncapped OTE of 28-38k plus an additional and generous benefits package. Excellent classroom-based training will also be provided. Certus is an established and experienced specialist Recruitment Group, providing sales, digital, graduate and IT recruitment services to the business community throughout the UK. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook at Certus Recruitment Group and Certus Graduate Recruitment.
           Halo Project spawns an all-electric, self-driving Subaru 4x4 fit for the apocalypse       Cache   Translate Page      

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There were plenty of automakers and aftermarket shops lining up to attract attention at last week's SEMA Show, but one of the show's most interesting vehicles came from the academic sector. The "Halo Project" Subaru from Mississippi State University looks at first glance like any other SEMA SUV – flared fenders, a powerful bumper, big tires and a loaded roof rack. But this R&D project is far from a basic show car, featuring an all-electric powertrain and autonomous hardware suite in exploration of the future of off-road navigation.

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          Chinese Company Tencent Enters The Self-Driving Car Race      Cache   Translate Page      

Visitors and exhibitors network at the Tencent booth during the 2016 Sportel Asia Conference in Singapore.

Chinese Technology company Tencent Holdings Ltd is reportedly entering into the self-driving car industry.

According to Reuters, Tencent is recruiting self-driving car engineers in Palo Alto, California, essentially joining companies that compete for talents in the heart of the Silicon Valley, which has become a hub for testing and research of autonomous vehicles.

Five dozen companies have permit to test these cars on the roads of California, but as of last month, state records did not show Tencent as having an autonomous vehicle testing permit.

Based on a job posting on Linkedin, however, Tencent is throwing its hat into the self-driving vehicle industry as it hunts for talents to work on the technology.

The company has at least nine postings for engineering positions in areas that include sensor fusion, vehicle intelligence, motion planning, and machine learning.

“We are building a research team for our Auto-drive Team based in Palo Alto, CA,” the company said in a job advertisement, which was posted a month ago.

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WASHINGTON, United States, Nov. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Einride, Ericsson and Telia are putting 5G into motion at a DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The goal is to power an all-electric, autonomous transport ecosystem that takes fleet management to the next level. Ericsson Radio ...


          Campaign Against Killer Robots Depicts Bleak Future as Nations Meet      Cache   Translate Page      
This video is the stuff of nightmares. It depicts A.I.-directed drones loaded with small amounts of explosive, seeking out and killing targets autonomously. A slick tech executive makes his (for now) fictional pitch of this “improvement” on the large, Predator-style military drones that are familiar today. He shows a bomber flying over a city, dropping […]
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Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2), still isn’t worried about nefarious A.I. taking over the world, but says there are real and growing concerns about its potential impacts on society and the economy. That said, he is an A.I. optimist and sees potentially lifesaving applications emerging in autonomous vehicles and […]
          The U.S. Government May Have Just Made It Much Easier to Hack Back Against Russia      Cache   Translate Page      

“U.S. military hackers have been given the go-ahead to gain access to Russian cyber systems as part of potential retaliation for any meddling in America’s elections,” according to a Center for Public Integrity report. The article continues that this authorized activity is in preparation for “an offensive cyber-attack that the United States would unleash if Russia electronically interferes with the 2018 midterm election on Nov. 6.”

This more aggressive action would be in line with the reported new approach under a classified presidential directive, National Security Presidential Memorandum 13, or NSPM-13, that accompanied the September National Cyber Strategy and its corresponding Department of Defense Cyber Strategy. The unclassified summary of the DOD strategy states that DOD will “defend forward to disrupt or halt malicious cyber activity at its source, including activity that falls below the level of armed conflict.” This statement is consistent with comments by U.S. Cyber Command’s commanding general about the need for “persistent presence” on the web to ensure the safety of U.S. interests. “Defending forward” and “persistent presence” are euphemisms for taking actions on computer systems that are not DOD, including systems outside the United States.

This policy triggers some interesting speculation as to how the United States views international law and cyber activities. It seems uncontested that international law prohibits one country from coercively intervening in the domestic affairs of another country. This prohibition of intervention has its roots in Article 2(7) of the United Nations Charter and has been well reflected in international courts and tribunals. In describing what actions might equate to a prohibited intervention, courts have talked in terms of coercive measures by one state in another state’s domaine réservé—those matters reserved in international law to the sole prerogative of states, matters such as the right to choose a political, economic, social, and cultural system, and to formulate and execute foreign policy. NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre of Excellence recently gathered a group of international experts who produced the Tallinn 2.0 Manual on the international law of cyberspace. In the manual, the experts argue that “the matter most clearly within a State’s domaine réservé appears to be the choice of both the political system and its organization.”

If Russia intervened in the midterm elections such that their actions violated the domaine réservé of the United States, the U.S. government would not be prohibited from engaging in “countermeasures,” as that term is understood in international law. These responses could include otherwise unlawful cyber measures designed to bring Russia back into compliance with international law. Non-cyber countermeasures would also be appropriate as there is no requirement for the countermeasure to use the same medium as the initial violation. In all circumstances, countermeasures must be proportionate to the injury suffered and must not involve destruction that amounts to the use of force. It is unclear if NSPM-13 addresses the lawfulness of countermeasures, though it may indicate an increasing willingness to use them.

With respect to actions that do not intervene in the domaine réservé, the Center for Public Integrity article highlights at least two very interesting points concerning the U.S. posture. First, the article quotes unnamed government officials who clarify that a foreign government’s influence campaigns don’t trigger a “broader response” such as countermeasures. It is only “efforts to tamper with voting registration and recording votes” that rise to that level. I take this to mean that the current administration believes that Russia can engage in influence operations, but until it actually hacks into voting machines, it has not violated international law because it has not coercively intervened in the domaine réservé.

An alternate view might be that the administration views Russia’s actions as a violation of international law but chooses, as a matter of policy, neither to describe them as such nor to respond to them as such. This would be a dangerous approach as it sends the wrong message not only to Russia, but also to all the other countries who are looking at Russia’s actions and forming their own interpretations of the law based on the United States’ reactions.

Neither of these views, of course, means that Russian individuals have not violated U.S. domestic law. In fact, this year’s Justice Department indictments against Russians for interfering in the 2016 presidential campaign make clear that much of their 2016 influence campaign violated U.S. domestic law. But the international law point is important.

Following from the first point, the article also makes clear that NSPM-13 allows DOD to take actions on foreign computers that would ensure “the right access” in case that was needed. Whether nonconsensual actions by one state on the computers in another state’s territory is prohibited by international law as a violation of sovereignty has been a hotly debated topic among academics and governments. That DOD is apparently allowed to establish “access” on other nations’ computers is significant: It appears that the Trump administration takes the view that persistent presence on foreign computers is not a violation of international law. Such actions would likely be considered unfriendly but not unlawful under international law, and would certainly be short of a prohibited use of force at least until harmful malware is activated.

In addition to the implicit assertions that can be drawn from the reported description of NSPM-13 concerning the current state of international law, the order also provides interesting insights on national security law and process. By revoking an Obama administration framework for cybersecurity known as PPD-20, NSPM-13 establishes a more streamlined and DOD-friendly method of approving cyber actions. According to the Center for Public Integrity article, instead of the prior process, where almost unanimous intra-governmental approval was necessary before a specific cyber action could be taken, the new process is less cumbersome, allowing DOD and other government agencies to get prior approval of broad parameters, including some “left-and-right bounds,” and then take specific cyber actions without seeking additional approval as long as they remain within the pre-considered operation.

There is no doubt that, if true, this signals a significant change to the U.S. cyber policy and is a clear indication that cyber actions have now entered the mainstream of national security tools. For years, the “newness” of cyber capabilities meant that the ability to authorize their use remained at very high levels and was subject to extensive interagency dialogue before even simple tasks could be taken. This undoubtedly had the practical effect of limiting the number of cyber activities undertaken. By allowing DOD and other government agencies to function more autonomously within preapproved guidelines reflects a normalization of cyber capabilities that has been too long in coming. Perhaps the decades of cyber actions both by and against U.S. interests have now provided a sufficient “comfort level” that cyber operations can now be viewed more like using tanks or aircraft to accomplish a military mission, rather than like using a nuclear weapon.

Many cyber-capable countries seem to be moving in a similar direction. Germany, for example, recently divulged that it has authorized “hack backs” in certain circumstances. The adoption and implementation of NSPM-13 and its application to the midterm elections seems to be a strong change in U.S. policy, one that sends a message to adversaries about what are acceptable and unacceptable cyber activities.

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          This is what happens when an e-bike company makes an electric car      Cache   Translate Page      
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Biomega is known for its electric bicycles, but this week the Danish company revealed a new product: SIN, a minimalist electric concept car. 

The car is the ultimate city-mobile with a minimal aesthetic (and we mean minimal). It features four stripped back seats and lightweight materials throughout. It barely has doors — where a traditional door would be is glass. The roof is a continuation of the front windshield. The inside of the car is pretty much bare with a flat floor. 

Here's a look at the vehicle.

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With a lighter car, the battery range is supposed to improve since less power is consumed to move it. The concept car's battery weighs 440 pounds. For comparison, a Tesla Model 3 battery weighs more than 1,000 pounds. Read more...

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Finnish autonomous vehicle developer Sensible 4 announced its partnership with Japanese retail brand MUJI to develop an autonomous shuttle bus which is able to work under any weather condition. Sensible 4 will provide its expertise in autonomous driving technology for functions of the bus such as positioning, navigation and obstacle detection, while MUJI will be in charge of user experience and the look of the vehicle. (Image: Sensible 4) The autonomous shuttle bus, named Gacha, will be showcased in Helsinki in March 2019 and start operating in three Finnish cities t...
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Safety drivers are supposed to take control of a self-driving car when a potentially dangerous situation occurs during road tests. But a recent takeover by a Waymo driver resulted in an accident with a motorcyclist.

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          ADLIB: Conversion Rate Optimisation (CRO) Specialist      Cache   Translate Page      
£40000 - £50000 per annum: ADLIB: Start-up mentality with strong financial backing.  Space to be autonomous from day one.  In-house resources to work quickly and retain control. A massively exciting one... Leeds
          Market Operations Manager - Carvana - Orlando, FL      Cache   Translate Page      
Company culture of internal promotions, diverse career paths and rapid advancement. It can be an autonomous job that requires good decision-making skills, but...
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          Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR) Engineer, Industry 4.0 - Stanley Black & Decker - Hartford, CT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senior Manager Research - Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) - Karachi      Cache   Translate Page      
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          RoP for government employees employees and pensioners      Cache   Translate Page      
The council of ministers in a meeting yesterday decided the Rule of Pay (RoP) for the government employees and pensioners based on revised pay structure like 7th central pay commission (CPC) and announced to disburse the salary at revised rate from next month with arrears from October this year.Talking on the cabinet decisions, education minister Ratan Lal Nath said that employees of all categories including fixed pay, part time and daily rated workers would get the benefit of pay hike. However, employees of autonomous district council, PSUs and autonomous bodies would be given the benefit after due recommendation from their respective management.Before Durga puja last month, the state government had hiked the pay basics of its employees and made it at par with the central government. The minimum entry level salary will be Rs 16000 for Group D and Rs 18000 for Group C employees in the state. And the government will shoulder the additional responsibility of Rs 912 Cr annual. The benefit of the pay hike would be enjoyed by 1.13 lakh government employees, about 69000 pensioners and 27000 fixed pay and other grade employees of the state.UNI BB KK
          Inspekto launches S70 Autonomous Machine Vision system      Cache   Translate Page      
The future of Quality Assurance starts today

On November 6, 2018, Inspekto launched the S70, the world’s first Autonomous Machine Vision system. The S70 offers powerful quality assurance capabilities in a small, versatile and practical package.
          CSEM announces the world's first fully autonomous camera integrated into a patch or a magnet      Cache   Translate Page      
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CSEM has developed the world's first fully autonomous camera that can be deployed like a sticker, opening up new possibilities for surveillance and IOT sensors. The patented Witness IOT camera is solar-powered and includes a specially designed CMOS image sensor consuming less than 700uW. The growing need for security and surveillance offers opportunities for low-cost autonomous IOT cameras
          (USA-NM-San Jose) Sr. Validation Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
Sr. Validation Engineer Sr. Validation Engineer - Skills Required - Validation / System Testing, Python, Shell, Perl, Automation Testing, I/o Testing, Windows / Linux, RTOS, Network Package Capture and Analysis Tools, Version Control If you are a Sr. Validation Engineer with system testing experience, please read on! Located in beautiful San Jose, CA, we are a global company that is developing revolutionary tech in the autonomous and electric vehicle space. We are incredibly well-funded and are seeing continued growth and investments, everyone wants a piece of this pie! We employ the newest technologies and methodologies when developing self-driving cars. due to our incredible growth, we are in need of a Sr. Validation Engineer to join our team of elite engineers. **What You Will Be Doing** - Develop automation stations, tools and techniques in order to improve test coverage - Hardware and Software subsystem testing - Find critical gaps, create solutions for continuous integration - Improve operating efficiency - Create and maintain test plans, test reports, and test dashboards - Interacting with internal development and product teams to influence testability of the product - Testing and debugg complex product configurations - Mentor and train others in validation **What You Need for this Position** - 5+ years in a Validation or System Test Engineer role - BSCS or BSEE or related - Quality Assurance - Strong Scripting skills (Python, Shell, Perl, etc.) - Automation Testing (designing frameworks) - I/O, Hardware, and Software testing - experience testing in Windows / Linux / Android / RTOS - Network Package Capture and Analysis Tools (Wireshark) - Version Control Nice to have: - QNX - CANoe - CAN - Experience with testing in Automotive industry - Vehicle Network **What's In It for You** - Competitive Salary - Great Benefits - Generous PTO - Much more! So, if you are a Sr. Validation Engineer - QA with 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. *Sr. Validation Engineer* *NM-San Jose* *TR3-1493038*
          Securing Connected Cars: How to Create a Cost-Effective, Secure In-Vehicle Network Backbone      Cache   Translate Page      

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced that the latest round of autonomous driving regulations will be released this summer. Dubbed AV 3.0, the new policy will set federal guidelines for how autonomous and assisted driving solutions need to work on public roads.

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          (USA-PA-Pittsburgh) Computer Vision / Deep Learning Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
Computer Vision / Deep Learning Engineer Computer Vision / Deep Learning Engineer - Skills Required - Computer Vision, C++, Caffe, Tensorflow, Lidar, Geometry-Based Vision, Deep Learning, Multi-view stereo I am currently working with several companies in the area who are actively hiring in the field of Computer Vision and Deep Learning. AI, and specifically Computer Vision and Deep Learning are my niche market specialty and I only work with companies in this space. I am actively recruiting for multiple levels of seniority and responsibility, from experienced Individual Contributor roles, to Team Lead positions, to Principal Level Scientists and Engineers. I offer my candidates the unique proposition of representing them to multiple companies, rather than having to work with multiple different recruiters at an agency, or applying directly to many different companies without someone to manage the process with each of those opportunities. In one example, I am working with a candidate who is currently interviewing with 10 different clients of mine for similar roles across the country with companies applying Computer Vision and Deep Learning to various different applications from Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, AR/VR/MR, Medical Imaging, Manufacturing Automation, Gaming, AI surveillance, AI Security, Facial ID, 3D Sensors and 3D Reconstruction software, Autonomous Drones, etc. I would love to work with you and introduce you to any of my clients you see as a great fit for your career! Please send me a resume and tell me a bit about yourself and I will reach out and offer some times to connect on the phone! **Top Reasons to Work with Us** Some of the current openings are for the following brief company overviews: Company 1 - company is founded by 3x Unicorn (multi-billion dollar companies) founders and are breaking into a new market with advanced technology, customers, and exciting applications including AI surveillance, robotics, AR/VR. Company 2 - Autonomous Drones! Actually, multiple different companies working on Autonomous Drones for different applications - including Air-to-Air Drone Security, Industrial Inspection, Consumer Drones, Wind Turbine and Structure Inspection. Company 3 - 3D Sensors and 3D Reconstruction Software - make 3D maps of interior spaces using our current products on the market. We work with builders, designers, Consumers and Business-to-Business solutions. Profitable company with strong leadership team currently in growth mode! Company 4 - Industrial/Manufacturing/Logistics automation using our 3D and Depth Sensors built in house and 3D Reconstruction software to automate processes for Fortune 500 clients. Solid funding and revenue approaching profitability in 2018! Company 5 - Hand Gesture Recognition technology for controlling AR/VR environments. We have a product on the market as of 2017 and are continuing to develop products for consumers and business applications that are used in the real and virtual world. We have recently brought on a renowned leader in Deep Learning and it's intersection with neuroscience and are doing groundbreaking R&D in this field! Company 6 - Full facial tracking and reconstruction for interactive AR/VR environments. Company 7 - massively scalable retail automation using Computer Vision and Deep Learning, currently partnered with one of the largest retailers in the world. Company 8 - Products in the market including 3D Sensors, and currently bringing 3D reconstruction capabilities to mobile devices everywhere. Recently closed on a $50M round of funding and expanding US operations. Company 9 - Mobile AI company using Computer Vision for sports tracking and real time analytics for players at all levels from beginner to professional athletes to track, practice and improve at their craft. Company 10 - Digitizing human actions to create a massive new dataset in manufacturing - augmenting the human/robot working relationship and giving manufacturers the necessary info to improve that relationship. We believe that AI and robotics will always need to work side by side with humans, and we are the only company providing a solution to this previously untapped dataset! Company 11 - 3D facial identification and authentication for security purposes. No more key-fobs and swipe cards, our clients use our sensors and software to identify and permit employees. **What You Will Be Doing** If you are interested in discussing any of these opportunities, I would love to speak with you! I am interested in learning about the work you are currently doing and what you would be interested in for your next step. If the above opportunities are not quite what you're looking for but would still like to discuss future opportunities and potential to work together, I would love to meet you! I provide a free service to my candidates and work diligently to help manage the stressful process of finding the right next step in your career. The companies that I work with are always evolving so I can keep you up to date on new opportunities I come across. Please apply to this job, or shoot me an email at richard.marion@cybercoders.com and let's arrange a time to talk on the phone. **What You Need for this Position** Generally, I am looking for Scientists/Engineers in the fields of Computer Vision, Deep Learning and Machine Learning. I find that a lot of my clients are looking for folks who have experience with 3D Reconstruction, SLAM / Visual Odometry, Object Detection/Recognition/Tracking, autonomy, Point Cloud Processing, Software and Algorithm development in C++ (and C++11 and C++14), GPU programming using CUDA or other GPGPU related stuff, Neural Network training, Sensor Fusion, Multi-view stereo, camera calibration or sensor calibration, Image Segmentation, Image Processing, Video Processing, and plenty more! - Computer Vision - C+- Python - Linux - UNIX **What's In It for You** A dedicated and experienced Computer Vision placement specialist! If you want to trust your job search in the hands of a professional who takes care and pride in their work, and will bring many relevant opportunities your way - I would love to work with you! So, if you are a Computer Vision Scientist or Engineer and are interested in having a conversation about the market and some of the companies I am working with, please apply or shoot me an email with resume 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. *Computer Vision / Deep Learning Engineer* *PA-Pittsburgh* *RM2-1492758*
          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 ...


          Quectel Announces New C-V2X Module to Support Autonomous Driving Based on Qualcomm 9150 C-V2X Chipset Solution      Cache   Translate Page      
...smart payment, telematics and transport, smart energy, smart city, security, wireless gateway, industry, healthcare, agriculture and environment monitoring. For more information, visit Quectel's website , LinkedIn , Facebook and Twitter pages. Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United ...

          (USA-PA-Kulpsville) Full-Stack Developer- Rapidly Growing Marketing Agency      Cache   Translate Page      
Full-Stack Developer- Rapidly Growing Marketing Agency Full-Stack Developer- Rapidly Growing Marketing Agency - Skills Required - PHP, MySQL, SSO integrations such as SAML2, APIs, Content Management Systems like WordPress and Magento, JavaScript Frameworks like React, JavaScript, XHTML, CSS, JQuery If you are a Full-Stack Developer with experience, please read on! **Top Reasons to Work with Us** 1. Based outside of Philadelphia, we are a rapidly growing marketing company. 2. Have been around for 10+ years and rapidly growing. 3. You will get the chance to work on exciting new development projects on a talented team. **What You Will Be Doing** -Assist Digital Project Manager in mapping development needs for proposed projects and projects in process -Assist Digital Project Manager in monitoring status of projects in process and reporting status updates to business development and account staff -Develop websites, website apps and native apps using: Content Management Systems: WordPress and Magento (Shopify, BigCommerce, Joomla and Drupal are a plus) Modern Javascript Frameworks such as React -MySQL database management -SSO integrations such as SAML2 -APIs **What You Need for this Position** -Minimum 2+ years of experience with web development - including responsive design, search engine optimization, and custom applications -Possess basic development programming skills to include, JavaScript, PHP, XHTML, CSS, jQuery and API's -Candidate must have a strong understanding of UI, cross-browser compatibility, general web functions and standards -A solid understanding of web application development processes, from the layout/user interface to relational database structures -Ability to communicate directly with peers, managers, and clients while leading development to a completed and successful solution -Strong organization skills to manage multiple timelines and complete tasks quickly within the constraints of clients' timelines and budgets -Experience programming common content management systems:Wordpress and Magento (Shopify, BigCommerce, Joomla and Drupal are a plus) -Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with solid decision-making skills -Intellectually curious and passionate about digital culture and technology **What's In It for You** -Competitive Base Salary ($60k-$70k) -401k -Vacation/PTO -Paid Holidays -Medical/Dental/Vision So, if you are a Full-Stack Developer with 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. *Full-Stack Developer- Rapidly Growing Marketing Agency* *PA-Kulpsville* *KC9-1492844*
          Industrial Wireless Sensor Network (IWSN) Market In-Depth Profiling With Key Players and Recent Developments, Forecast 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
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          (USA-ME-Saco) Project Manager - Mitigation, Emergency Disaster Restoration      Cache   Translate Page      
Project Manager - Mitigation, Emergency Disaster Restoration Project Manager - Mitigation, Emergency Disaster Restoration - Skills Required - Project Management, Disaster Restoration, Property Claims, Sales, Xactimate This leading disaster restoration services company is looking for a full-time Project Manager to autonomously manage projects in Maine and New Hampshire. Projects will involve scoping, estimating, billing and managing flood and fire restoration losses. The Project Manager will also develop and maintain strong relationships with local insurance adjusters and agents. **What You Will Be Doing** - Flood and Fire loss scoping and management - Estimate losses using Xactimate platform - Manage adjuster, customer, restoration partner, and other applicable job relationships - Develop adjuster relationships and other sales efforts as directed/needed **What You Need for this Position** - Disaster restoration project management experience - Property claim experience is a plus - Sales experience is a plus - Xactimate experience is a plus **What's In It for You** - Company vehicle - Immediate Health and Dental benefits - Company provided phone and laptop - Life Insurance - Paid Vacation - Commission and Bonus opportunities So, if you are a Project Manager with emergency disaster restoration 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. *Project Manager - Mitigation, Emergency Disaster Restoration* *ME-Saco* *JP5-1492816*
          (USA-IL-Crystal Lake) Vice President Business Development      Cache   Translate Page      
Vice President Business Development Vice President Business Development - Skills Required - Business Development, General Contractor, Commercial Construction, Sales, Forecasting, Construction If you are a Vice President Business Development with experience, please read on! **Top Reasons to Work with Us** Interested in working for one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies in CHICAGOLAND and in the NATION? We are looking for a Vice President of Business Development experienced in commercial construction sales management to lead our talented sales team. This is an opportunity to work for a stable, growth oriented and client focused construction and maintenance services provider with a best in class team and an awesome culture! **What You Will Be Doing** The Vice President of Business Development is an integral member of the Leadership Team and reports to our CEO & President. This individual will have a significant impact on the organization's success and growth. Our Vice President of Business Development is primarily responsible for: - Leading and managing a healthy team of sales professionals - Creating, maintaining and executing a successful sales plan - Strategic planning of business development initiatives including budgeting, forecasting and analysis of sales data - Projecting a positive presence in negotiations to maximize revenues and profits - Participating in weekly management team meetings, reporting on key identified metrics - Actively providing insight and counsel as a vital member of the Leadership Team, helping to shape and build the direction of the organization - Developing new and existing client relationships that result in quantifiable revenue **What You Need for this Position** The Ideal Person For The Position Will Be: - An experienced leader with a proven history of developing successful teams and meetings sales objectives - Skilled at making sound critical decisions - Well organized, able to appropriately assess priorities and manage time accordingly - Able to thrive and excel within a fast paced environment, meeting aggressive deadlines - A self-starter, successfully multi-tasking and managing workloads autonomously - Experienced with reporting and analyzing sales management system - Preferably experienced in commercial construction sales management - An absolute match to our core values: Can Do Attitude, Integrity, Respectful, Client Focused and Achieve the Possible **What's In It for You** Centered around our five core values and quarterly, one, three and ten year plans, we believe in working as a team to deliver exceptional results to both our internal and external clients. We're rock solid financially, provide our team members with an excellent compensation and benefits package, and have a passion for the work we do. We also like to have a little fun while doing it So, if you are a Vice President Business Development with 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. *Vice President Business Development* *IL-Crystal Lake* *JH9-1492754*
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The Jobson Optical Group products reach the ECPs, retailers and laboratories playing major roles in the global optical market today. From industry news, product launches, fashion trends and clinical information to research, educational programs, custom publishing and e-marketing, Jobson is the leading, single source for today's worldwide ophthalmic community. Brands include 20/20, Vision Monday, Review of Optometry, Review of Optometric Business, Women in Optometry, ECP Business Services, Jobson Research, Jobson Interactive and Frames Data.

General Description

The Meetings Manager is responsible for planning and executing high-quality, executive-level meetings and events for a division of the company. This individual will handle Requests for Proposals (RFPs), in addition to negotiating contracts with external vendors and hotels. This individual works closely with senior leadership to ensure all events meet their objectives, and serves as an ambassador for the company brand, working closely with attendees and sponsors to ensure an excellent experience. The position requires an individual with conference management and CRM experience who is detail-oriented, an excellent multi-tasker, possesses excellent communication skills and the ability to work well both autonomously and with a team.  The Meetings Manager is responsible for the operation of programs that exceed the clients' satisfaction and expectation, preparation and implementation of all aspects of the contracted program, supervision of the program from pre-operation to invoicing, management of program staff and growth of partner supplier relations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide program operation leadership by developing, organizing and supervising all the elements of the program so that it exceeds expectations
  • Successfully communicate with clients, staff, and supplier partners
  • Professionally represent the company at all times
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment and within deadlines for programs
  • Deliver high quality programs
  • Manage events, meetings, and seminars from site selection through post-event surveys and budget reconciliation
  • Manage online registration process and reporting in CVent
  • Negotiate contracts with numerous external vendors, hotels, A/V companies, etc.
  • Develop and implement schedules and methods that support the successful execution of all events
  • Oversee flawless on-site management that achieves brand goals
  • Ensure all elements of sponsorship are fulfilled
  • Collaborate with other Marketing staff to ensure appropriate materials are present at events to enhance the brand/image, including signage, handouts, premiums, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • 4 to 6 years of experience in meeting and event planning
  • Strong contract negotiation skills
  • CMP a plus, but not required
  • Highly skilled at CVent, Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)

Travel

  • Travel required – up to 25%

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          Tax Manager - Global Tech Company      Cache   Translate Page      
MA-Lawrence, A publicly traded global tech company north of Boston looking for a Tax Manager to join their team. This is an add to staff position due to growth. Reporting to the VP of Finance, this role will be heavily involved in both domestic and global tax. This is a very autonomous position and you'd have a dotted line to the CFO. The ideal candidate started their career in public accounting and has a CPA/
          Autonomous Production Unit Manager - IMS Logistics - Canton, MS      Cache   Translate Page      
3-5 years team management experience. Assure appropriate staffing, maintain working environment according to Group Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) standards... $80,000 a year
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          Project Manager - Mitigation, Emergency Disaster Restoration      Cache   Translate Page      
ME-Saco, This leading disaster restoration services company is looking for a full-time Project Manager to autonomously manage projects in Maine and New Hampshire. Projects will involve scoping, estimating, billing and managing flood and fire restoration losses. The Project Manager will also develop and maintain strong relationships with local insurance adjusters and agents. What You Will Be Doing - Flood a
          Project Manager - Mitigation, Emergency Disaster Restoration      Cache   Translate Page      
ME-Saco, This leading disaster restoration services company is looking for a full-time Project Manager to autonomously manage projects in Maine and New Hampshire. Projects will involve scoping, estimating, billing and managing flood and fire restoration losses. The Project Manager will also develop and maintain strong relationships with local insurance adjusters and agents. What You Will Be Doing - Flood a
          Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5M to autonomously delve the deep      Cache   Translate Page      
Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it's a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously.
          Industrial Wireless Sensor Network (IWSN) Market In-Depth Profiling With Key Players and Recent Developments, Forecast 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 07, 2018 ) Wireless sensor networks are distributed autonomous sensors used to observe environmental or physical conditions. Sensors are an essential part of several industries and various applications of sensors has augmented economies of scale and their efficiency. This...
          Autonomous Mobile Robots Consumption Market Size, Industry Status Growing with a CAGR of 16.2% During 2018-2023 With Key-Vendors As Accenture, Sentry Data Systems, IBM, MicroStrategy, Microsoft, Oracle, SAS , Tableu Software      Cache   Translate Page      
Autonomous Mobile Robots Consumption Market Size, Industry Status Growing with a CAGR of 16.2% During 2018-2023 With Key-Vendors As Accenture, Sentry Data Systems, IBM, MicroStrategy, Microsoft, Oracle, SAS , Tableu Software Autonomous Mobile Robots is expected to reach USD 450 million and will register a 16.2% CAGR by 2023. A report added to the rich database of Qurate Business Intelligence, titled “Global Autonomous Mobile Robots Consumption Market Size, Status and Forecast 2023”,

          Hotline linking India, China military headquarters on the cards      Cache   Translate Page      
New Delhi: India and China will consider linking up military headquarters and regional commands with hotlines during the Defence Secretary level dialogue next Tuesday in an attempt to prevent any adventurism along the 3,488 kilometre Line of Actual Control between the two countries, people familiar with the matter said.

The issue could be discussed in the two-day dialogue Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra is to hold with Lt General Shao Yuanming, the deputy chief of Joint Staff department, central military commission of Peoples Liberation Army on November 13 and 14.

Specifically, in addition to the hotline between the two countries military headquarters, diplomates based in New Delhi and Beijing added, there is the possibility of a hotline between PLA Commander of Western Theatre Command covering Tibet Autonomous Region and Xinjiang, and a designated Indian Army Commander.

The two hotlines will address the requirements of both countries: New Delhi wanted direct contact between the heads of military operations at the headquarters and Beijing, dedicated communication between heads of regional commands as there is no centralized military operations at the PLA headquarters.


           Urumqi Air will take delivery of five ARJ21-700 aircraft from COMAC by the end of 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Urumqi Air entered into an agreement with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) at the 12th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) on November 6, 2018 (local time), whereby the airline will take delivery of two ARJ21-700s from COMAC by the end of this year and plans to receive three additional ARJ21-700s in 2019.At the Farnborough International Airshow held in July 2018, HNA Group signed a letter of intent to buy 20 ARJ21 aircraft from COMAC. The 20 airplanes will be operated by HNA Group's subsidiary Urumqi Air. "The purchase of the new model is expected to inject new impetus into Urumqi Air and to help the airline expand its regional air network," said Urumqi Air chairman Han Luhai. With outstanding performance in extremely cold and high-elevation environments, the ARJ21 can accommodate the taking off and landing conditions at airports in the central and western regions of China and navigate the complicated air routes in these regions. The plane is better equipped to meet the air route operating needs of Urumqi Air in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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          Beethoven and Brusa take it slow      Cache   Translate Page      
For later Romantic composers like Richard Wagner, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony was “the apotheosis of the dance,” and certainly sitting still during the Symphony’s dizzying finale is not always easy… …But for those in the audience at its premiere in 1813, as part of a benefit concert for wounded Bavarian and Austrian soldiers, it was the somber slow movement that proved most attractive. Maybe audiences read more into it that Beethoven intended, given the occasion, but over time, the slow movements of many Romantic symphonies not only got longer, but also became the emotional “heart” of the composition. By the time of Bruckner and Mahler, some of these slow movements alone lasted as long as an entire symphony by earlier composers like Haydn and Mozart. And many composers since then have written slow symphonic movements, which stand alone as complete works in themselves. On today’s date in 1999, this “Adagio” by the Italian composer Elisabetta Brusa received its premiere performance by the Virtuosi of Toronto. Brusa was born in Milan in 1954, and studied music at the Milan Conservatory. “My Adagio,” she writes, “is a freely structured composition in a single movement inspired by well-known masterpieces, such as those by Albinoni, Mahler, and Barber. Independent of a pre-established form, sonata, or suite, it originated as an autonomous composition in the expressive style which have distinguished the numerous Adagios of the past.”
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     Following is a question by the Hon Ip Kin-yuen and a written reply by the Secretary for Education, Mr Kevin Yeung, in the Legislative Council today (November 7):
 
Question:
 
     Regarding the employment of academic staff by universities funded by the University Grants Committee, by departments of self-financing programmes of those universities and by self-financing post-secondary institutions, will the Government inform this Council:
 
(1) whether it knows if the various institutions have formulated retirement policies applicable to academic staff; if they have, of (i) the retirement ages, and (ii) the policy concerning applications for further appointment by staff members who have reached the retirement age (including the maximum number of years for which they may be further appointed);
 
(2) whether it knows the respective highest, lowest and median ages of those academic staff members in the various institutions who retired in each of the past five academic years (with a breakdown by gender, as well as the institution and faculty to which they belonged);
 
(3) whether it knows, among the academic staff members on tenure employment in the various institutions, the numbers and percentages of those who departed in each of the past five academic years (with a breakdown by gender, as well as the institution and faculty to which they belonged);
 
(4) whether it knows the numbers of academic staff members at the rank of Associate Professor or above newly employed by the various institutions in each of the past five academic years, and their percentages in the total numbers of academic staff (with a breakdown by gender, as well as the institution and faculty to which they belonged); and
 
(5) how the Government ensures that the various institutions, when dealing with matters on the promotion of academic staff members and further appointment of those who have reached the retirement age, treat persons of different age, gender, race and family status fairly and in a manner which is free from the influence of political factors?
 
Reply:
 
President,
 
     The eight University Grants Committee (UGC)-funded universities (including their self-financing arms) are independent autonomous bodies established pursuant to their respective ordinances and each has a council to serve as the supreme governing body. The respective ordinances and statutes of the universities set out their objectives, functions and governance structure, and provide the universities with the power to carry out their objectives and functions.
 
     The UGC's Notes on Procedures clearly state that UGC-funded universities enjoy autonomy in the development of curricula and academic standards, selection of staff and students, initiation and conduct of research, internal allocation of resources, etc., and they are accountable for their decisions in these matters. The UGC has all along supported and safeguarded academic freedom and institutional autonomy in accordance with the Notes on Procedures, in the context of appropriate financial and public accountability. Appointment, promotion and retirement of academic staff is a matter within the autonomy of the universities, and the Government and the UGC are not involved.
 
     Based on their individual circumstances, all UGC-funded universities have their personnel policies and mechanisms for handling the appointment, promotion and retirement of academic staff taking into account the merits of the cases and teaching needs, with an appeal mechanism to ensure fairness and impartiality in the conduct of such matter. We understand universities have put in place relevant mechanism and procedures which have been made known to the staff through suitable channels, e.g. publication of internal circulars or the universities' intranets, etc. Universities will, on a need basis, review and enhance the relevant arrangements in a timely manner. Academic staff may convey their views, if any, to the universities and relevant committees through different channels.
 
     As far as the self-financing post-secondary sector is concerned, the institutions are also highly autonomous in internal management. The Education Bureau (EDB) does not collect information requested in this question regularly, and does not issue guidelines to these institutions in relation to the appointment, promotion and retirement of their academic staff. The Committee on Self-financing Post-secondary Education published the "Code of Good Practices on Governance and Quality Assurance" in June 2015 for self-financing institutions' voluntary compliance. The Code contains the following two provisions, among others –
 
"3.1.1 Institutions should have a fair and transparent human resources system which includes policies such as, but not limited to, recruitment and appointment, appraisal, complaint/grievances, promotion and termination, as well as policies and measures to facilitate staff development and to encourage and recognise good performance.
 
3.2.2 Institutions should publish annually information on staffing (including academic staff profiles) and learning and teaching facilities available to support programme delivery and student admission targets."
 
     In view of the question raised by Hon Ip Kin-yuen, the EDB has invited UGC-funded universities and self-financing post-secondary institutions to respond. Information provided by the institutions which have provided responses is at Annex 1 to 21. It should be noted that the information originates from individual statistical systems of institutions. Since individual systems may adopt different basis for data collection, the figures reported by different institutions are not directly comparable.
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In Dubai is happening what we could call a “technological revolution”.


Airport authorities of the Emirate of Dubai announced the creation of the first police-bot. The debut has happened during the fourth Gulf Information and Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), near the Burj Khalifa. REEM, this the name of the prototype presented, is 170centimetres tall and weighs 100 Kg, has an emotion sensor inside, can recognise gestures and hand movements in a 1.5 metres range. According to what said PAL Robotics, the company settled in Barcelona which have built it with the aid of the police of Dubai, it will be possible to control the machine from the distance or to leave it working on its own: the battery allows it to work eight hours. Even robots, like their human colleagues (but it will be needed only to change their battery in order to charge them to 100%), will have shifts. “The United Arab Emirates and Dubai are preparing to organize some events, like EXPO in 2020, which forces us to recruit and train a great number of policemen” said the general director of the police force of Dubai, the general Khalid al-Razzouqi. But it is possible to appear in Dubai streets now. In a first moment, it will be used by tourists and citizens to ask for information ( it speaks six tongues) and to signal and pay fines.


REEM won’t be used to stalk potential criminals or so, thought: in fact despite having a device for the facial recognition projected by IBM, it will only tell his human colleagues if he finds someone suspicious or problems. T will be able to read machine plates from the distance and look after unguarded objects in highly populated zones. I twill also able to record vocal witnesses from people with whom he will be able to interact through a touch screen that will allow them to talk directly with the central station. Another application ( the term isn’t random because they seem to have a processor similar to that installed in the new smart phones) seems to be that he will signal fires thanks to the installation of a smoke sensor.


“Our objective consists in replacing 25% of the policemen with robots by 2030”, said Khalid al-Razzouqi. It will be introduced in human squads to help fighting the crime. By 2030, according to the Police Services Administration Intelligence director, it will be possible to have a police station completely managed by Cyber-policemen.


In Dubai, always talking about robotics, during the World Government Summit has been presented the first AAV (Autonomous aerial vehicle), a flying taxi drone born from the collaboration between the Route and Trabsport Authority (RRTA) and the Chinese company Ehang. The first tests of Ehang184 seem to have given positive results. “The actual vehicle consists in a version we have already experimented, RTA is putting all his efforts in order to launch it as soon as possible”, said Mattar al Tayer, general director and president of RTA. The vehicle has been provided of a touch screen with the map of all possible destinations. It has a number of default paths: the passenger must only select the destination and the vehicle will do everything automatically, will take off, will set the default flying speed and finally will land in the chosen point.


The vehicle is 3,9 metres long, 4 metres wide and 1,6 metres tall, it weights 250 kg empty and it can carry a passenger (just one) for one hour. The top cruise height is 3000 feet and the recharging time requires one to two hours. Up to now autonomy is still short: the taxi drone can fly for a max of 30 minutes at a top cruise speed of 160 km/hours, with a standard speed in Dubai of 100 km per hour. The ascending/ descending speed is about 6 metres/s.


All in a completely automatic way, even if in the first part of the project everything will be monitored from a centre on the ground to control every operation. The goal is to transform the 25% of the individual trips in automatic drones trips by 2030, according to Al Tayer. Always taking care of safety of passengers: “We have faced and tried the highest levels of security for the development and production of the Ehang184. The vehicle has eight main propellers, so that if one breaks down, there are still seven ready to complete the flight and make a nice landing. In case of eventual malfunction in one of these systems, the control unit will be able to control and orientate safely the drone to the chosen landing point”, said Al Tayer.


Safety is a discussion point every time we talk about robots: Steve Wright, the aeronautic professor at the West of England University, has called himself sceptical about the possibilities of success of the drone presented in Dubai. “The main point is succeeding in creating systems able to resist to possible faults, I would like to see the drone flying for at least a thousand hours before seeing a person in it.”


Another opinion comes from the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority which has participated to the tests which define the standards of safety required for authorizations and inspections of the vehicle. “The drone is projected for working with almost every atmospheric. The vehicle has high-precision sensors with a low chance of error and can resist to extreme vibrations and temperatures”, concluded Al Taver.


But this isn’t all: in order for it to work, this vehicle should be controlled from a control station through a 4G connection and some structures that haven’ t already been seen should be built. The real risk is that this will become more a tourist attraction than an answer to a real problem.


The sample run of the first drone is being done according to the desire of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arabian Emirates and governor of Dubai, of transforming Dubai in the smartest and most technological city in the world. A complete revolution.


Meanwhile, in Europe, the company Airbus Group has also thought about a flying taxi with the autopilot: Vahana, this is the name of the vehicle, should be ready by 2020, and in order to prevent the problems shown by Wright, the technicians of the Airbus have installed in the vehicle a ballistic parachute . Thinking about a airplane-taxi whose design is in the hands of an ex-engineer from the NASA.


Also, in Dubai, there’s already someone who talks about a hyper-fast train, Hyperloop One, which will consist in capsules moving at an extreme speed in a low-pressure tubes. Starting from Dubai, the new train should reach Abu Dhabi in a mere 12 minutes, Riyadh in 48 and Doha in 23. Everything travelling at almost 800 km/hours!


In Sicily, in the meanwhile, it’s being decided what to do to rebuild broken streets and repair interrupted and disconnected streets and what to do for the railway on which run, almost for a half, only trains with oil, because it’s not even electrified…


C.Alessandro Mauceri e Giorgio Mauceri


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10 Astonishing Feats Of Modern Technology
By Julia Crawford,
Listverse, 5 November 2018.

Technology has developed so fast in recent years that we can’t imagine our lives without it. Now, thanks to some innovative and creative minds, the tech industry has the potential to change the course of our future. Whether it’ll revolutionize how we do things or how we treat certain diseases, technology is set to change the world as we know it.

Researchers have recently made some groundbreaking advancements, from a tiny microchip designed for better biometric security to a machine that can make gallons of fresh water straight out of the air. These innovations are impressive and offer us a glimpse at how we can improve our lives and create a more sustainable Earth.

Here are ten of the most astonishing feats of modern technology in recent times.

10. Multipurpose Implants

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The people of Sweden have been lining up to get rice grain-sized microchips implanted into their hands. Biohax International is the company behind the chips and is one of the most prominent providers of the technology in Sweden. These microchips improve their users’ daily lives when it comes to accessing their homes, offices, and gyms, all with the simple swipe of a hand. The microchips are also designed to contain emergency contact details, social media profile information, and even e-tickets for events and train trips.

The microchips are inserted right above a user’s thumb using a syringe much like that which is used for vaccinations. The procedure is said to cost about US$180, and over 4,000 Swedes have already adopted the technology. Even Sweden’s largest train company has jumped aboard the new chipping trend by allowing its commuters to use their chips instead of tickets, and there’s even talk that this technology could soon be used to make payments in stores and restaurants.[1]

9. 3-D Metal Printing

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3-D printing is a relatively new method of manufacturing which uses various kinds of plastic to make things. Now, companies like HP and GE have taken the first steps toward a making a new kind of additive manufacturing go mainstream by introducing 3-D metal printing products. HP’s 3-D Printing Business has recently introduced the HP Metal Jet, which is specifically made for the high-volume manufacturing of production-grade metal parts, quickly and at reduced cost. Manufacturers such as Parmatech have already deployed the HP Metal Jet for factory production. Some major customers placing orders include Volkswagen and Wilo as well as vertical-market manufacturers like Primo Medical Group and OKAY Industries.

GE Additive has also announced their own large metal printer called the Arcam EBM Spectra H, which is a high-heat 3-D printer meant to print with metals that are prone to cracking. Working at temperatures exceeding 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,832 °F), it can print with metals such as titanium aluminide and Alloy 718. It will also be able to support the printing of nickel super alloys starting in 2019. These two printers are set to define a new generation of additive manufacturing and offer a glimpse of the possibilities that lie ahead in the future.[2]

8. Synthetic Embryos

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Dutch scientists have made a revolutionary breakthrough in embryonic science by creating synthetic mouse embryos without the need for sperm or eggs. This achievement may lead to some promising implications for human infertility. Researchers from the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine in the Netherlands used mouse cells that weren’t traditional sex cells to create “blastocyst-like structures.” By using two different types of mouse stem cells, the resulting mass of cells resembled that of a more traditional baby-forming process. When these structures were placed in the wombs of female mice, they grew for several days, which is a medical first.

This kind of biomedical technology can assist in infertility research when it comes to miscarriages that occur at the implantation stage of development. The lead researcher, Dr. Nicolas Rivron, said that his team will now be able to generate large numbers of these embryos to study them in detail. This could help them understand why some embryos fail to implant and possibly screen for drugs that help with fertility. On the other hand, efforts could be stymied, since anything relatable to genetic engineering tends to cause a bioethical controversy.[3]

7. AI Painting Sells For US$432,000

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An AI program developed by Paris-based art collective Obvious has produced a painting that sold for US$432,000 at an auction. Before the sale, Christie’s in New York estimated that the painting would fetch only around US$7,000 to US$10,000. The painting was called Portrait of Edmond Belamy, and it was produced using an algorithm as well as a data set of 15,000 portraits painted from the 14th to 20th centuries. The algorithm generated the image by comparing its own work to those in the data set until it couldn’t tell the two works apart.

The sale, which was organized by Christie’s specialist Richard Lloyd, attracted a significant amount of media attention. According to Lloyd, AI is one of several technologies that will have a big impact on the art market in the future, although it may be far too early to predict what that impact will be.[4]

6. Drones That Can Lift 40 Times Their Own Weight


Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and Stanford University were able to develop a new line of small flying robots that can move objects 40 times their own weight. These drones are called FlyCroTugs (which stands for “flying, micro tugging robots”) and are equipped with a system of winches, adhesives, and microspines that allow them to latch onto just about anything. Even though the drones have some unchangable parts such as the winch, they are highly customizable to suit any situation. For instance, the grippers can be moved around depending on the landing surface, and additional accessories such as wheels can also be attached when a task calls for it.

Once the drones need to lift something, the grippers are deployed to connect with the object. These are a non-sticky adhesive designed by researchers who took some inspiration from the toes of geckos. The drone grippers create intermolecular forces between their pads and the surface of an object. If that isn’t enough, the microspines (which are a series of metal spikes resembling the point of a fishing hook) can be used. These drones can be used during sensitive situations such as rescue operations. Researchers were able to open a door by lassoing its handle, turning it, and pulling it until the door opened. In another test run, researchers attached a camera to the drone and used it to explore a crumbling structure.[5]

5. The Robot Farm


In San Carlos, California, a start-up company called Iron Ox created a fully autonomous farm. It’s a hydroponic indoor farm that relies on two machines to plant, care for, and harvest the produce. The first machine is a robot about as big as a car and weighs around 450 kilograms (1,000 lb). Its responsibilities include picking up the trays of plants and transporting them around the greenhouse. The second machine is a robotic arm that is responsible for the more refined manipulation tasks such as seeding and transplanting.

Once a tray of plants has grown enough, the mobile robot carries it to the processing area. Once there, the robotic arm moves the baby plants from the densely packed tray to containers with more space. The co-founder and CEO of Iron Ox, Brandon Alexander, claims that the company is able to do the equivalent 30 acres of outdoor farming in just a single acre on its robotic farm. The company wants to expand by building more of these robotic farms near urban centers to make produce that is fresher upon arrival. Currently, Iron Ox is growing leafy greens and herbs, but they plan to start producing other crops such as tomatoes in the future.[6]

4. Road That Charges Electric Vehicles

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Sweden plans to have fossil fuel-free transportation in place by the year 2030, and the Swedish government has just implemented what could be a critical step toward making it a reality. A part of a road near Stockholm has been equipped to charge electric vehicles as they drive on it. The project, called eRoadArlanda, uses technology similar to overhead cables that charge electric trolleys and buses. Yet, the cables are built into the road. Once a retrofitted vehicle senses it’s on the electric road, an arm lowers onto the road and charges the car’s battery. The track works regardless of any kind of weather condition.

Although the system is designed to feed heavy truck loads, it will also be capable of charging cars and buses. The road will be paid for by billing the driver of each vehicle for the amount of electricity they’ve used while on the road. eRoadArlanda has completed 2.01 kilometers (1.25 mi) of the electrified road on a public highway as part of the test and plans to expand this technology to other parts of the country.[7]

3. Boston Dynamics’s First Commercial Robot


Boston Dynamics is well-known for its agile robots. Now, the company is set to release its very first commercial product to the market - a dog-like robot called the SpotMini. The commercial release was announced in May 2018, and plans are in place to start shipping out SpotMini robots in July 2019 at the rate of 1,000 units per year. The ultimate goal is to provide a flexible platform for a variety of applications, such as construction, delivery, security, and home assistance. The Mini’s closest “relative” robot, Spot, stands at 1.2 meters (4 ft) high and weighs about 73 kilograms (160 lb). Videos were uploaded to YouTube displaying its incredible capabilities, from navigating harsh terrain to staying on its feet when kicked.

The SpotMini has a sleek design, stands at about 0.9 meters (3 ft) high, and weighs 25 kilograms (55 lb). It can go wherever larger robots can’t, and with an optional snake-like arm, it can do things like open doors. Third parties will be able to design add-on tools thanks to a universal expansion port. Soon, it’ll become a regular occurrence to see a robot help people with daily tasks.[8]

2. App That Helps Accelerate Cancer Research

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The DreamLab app is an application that runs in the background of an idling phone which utilizes the wasted processing power to perform complex scientific calculations for research purposes. The Vodafone Foundation has recently announced that the users of the DreamLab app have helped cancer researchers to finish Project Genetic Profile, a project focused on calculating the genetic similarities between brain, lung, melanoma, and sarcoma cancers. The app will now be used to help with Project Demystify, which will ultimately help connect the dots between human physical traits and their genetic basis. The Chief of Informatics at the Garvan Institute, Dr. Warren Kaplan, said that the DreamLab app showed the power of “citizen science,” the collective effort of members of the community to make an impact on research progress.

Cancer is a disease of the DNA, and to understand it better, researchers have to analyze data from sequencing, or “decoding,” the DNA of cancer patients. This is where DreamLab steps in to help, with its users who have collectively contributed a whopping 20 million research calculations. New Zealanders have contributed over 220,000 “dreaming sessions,” which have helped to calculate the data three times faster than it would have originally taken.[9]

1. The Machine That Can Make Water Out Of Thin Air

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A California-based team managed to create machines that can produce hundreds of gallons of fresh drinking water a day straight out of the air, which earned them a handsome US$1.5 million prize. The machines are dubbed “Skywater” and were created by the Skysource/Skywater Alliance, a team of sustainability experts from Venice, California. The machines, which are housed in giant metal boxes, are atmospheric water generators that condense water vapor from the air and turn it into drinking water. These machines can be powered by solar energy or the burning of biofuels. They’re perfect for households, farming, or even emergency relief efforts.

The Skysource/Skywater Alliance team received the prestigious Water Abundance XPRIZE from XPRIZE, a nonprofit organization from California that sometimes runs multimillion-dollar competitions geared toward creating solutions for the world’s problems. It was a two-year contest that sought to find answers to the global water crises by facilitating the development of new technologies.[10]

David Hertz, one of the leaders of the Skysource/Skywater Alliance, said that he’s excited to see what their machines can do for people living in parts of the world where water is becoming scarce. According to him, there’s more than enough water vapor in the air for the machines to extract. In fact, he says that there’s about “37.5 million billion gallons of water” in the atmosphere at any given time, which is more fresh water than all of the rivers on Earth.

Top image: Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot. Credit: Boston Dynamics/YouTube.

[Source: Listverse.]


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Geneva, Switzerland, Nov 7, 2018 / 12:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Human rights advocates are calling on the United Nations to address reports of Chinese internment camps holding 1 million Muslim minorities in Northwest China.

The call comes shortly before a review of China’s human rights record on November 6 by the U.N. Human Rights Council. The last review of China’s human rights was in 2013.

Ex-detainees have said these camps include abuse and political indoctrination, the Guardian has reported.

Researchers believe an estimated 1 million Muslim Uighurs have been detained at these camps. British diplomats, who visited Xinjiang in August, have confirmed those numbers, according to officials.

“The Human Rights Council must send an unequivocal message to the Chinese government that their campaign of systematic repression in the XUAR (Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region), including the arbitrary detention of up to 1 million people, must end,” said Patrick Poon, China researcher at Amnesty International.

Poon was among numerous human rights advocates at an activist forum on China held in Geneva Nov. 2.  

Sharon Hom, executive director Human Rights in China, also attended the forum.

“The detention of over a million ethnic Uighurs is a tipping point for the international community. They really can’t look the other way now,” Hom told Reuters.

Dolkun Isa, president of the World Uighur Congress, stressed the urgency of the situation.

“In the last five years, generally the human rights situation in China has been getting worse, particularly in east Turkestan (Xinjiang) and Tibet, there has been an unimaginable deterioration,” he told Reuters.

The Washington Post reported that the chairman of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Shohrat Zakir, stated earlier this month that the camps do exists but are a “vocational education and training program” aimed at curbing terrorism.

China has said that it is responding to threats in Xinjiang posed by Islamist militants and separatists. However, it has rejected accusations of mistreatment in Xinjiang or Tibet.

 


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Vatican City, Nov 6, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- The Russian Orthodox Church announced that it has withdrawn from a Vatican sponsored Commission for Catholic – Orthodox Theological Dialogue, in response to a dispute between Orthodox patriarchs in Moscow and Constantinople.

The decision was announced in a statement released after an Oct. 19 meeting between Pope Francis and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolansk, head of the Department for the External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate.

The Moscow Patriarchate stressed that its bilateral relations with the Catholic Church remain in place. The decision to withdraw participation from the commission comes as a consequence of Moscow’s dispute with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople about the eventual establishment of an autocephalous, or independent, Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
 
Until October, Ukraine had been under the jurisdiction of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has a metropolitan see in Kiev.

There are also two other Orthodox Churches in Ukraine: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate, established in 1992 and led by Filaret Denisenko; and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, led by Primate Makaryi, with a smaller number of members and parishes.
 
Those two were not recognized to be in communion with the Orthodox Church.

The Orthodox Church is a kind of confederation of autocephalous (independent) and autonomous Churches that have reciprocal communion with one another, and recognize the ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as the “first among equals”.
 
A dispute began in April, when Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko forwarded a request to establish a national Ukranian Orthodox Church to Patriarch Bartholomew. If honored, the request would result in the unification of the two existent “schismatic” Orthodox Churches.
 
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople pondered the request, met Aug. 31 with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, and after the meeting started the process of granting the “tomos” (document) of autocephaly for a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
 
The Moscow Patriarchate opposed the decision, noting that the Patriarchate of Constantinople granted the Moscow Patriarch the right to ordain the Metropolitan of Kiev in 1686. Ever since, the Moscow Patriarchate remarked, Ukraine has been the Moscow Patriarchate’s “liturgical territory.”
 
In making the decision to grant the tomos of autocephaly, the Patriarchate of Constantinople also annulled the 1686 synodal letter.
 
Moscow considers the Constantinople decision “an invasion”. For this reason, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, gathered Oct. 15 in Minsk, made the decision to break communion with Constantinople.
 
The position was explained by Metropolitan Hilarion October 27 on Russian television program, ‘The Church and the World,’ aired by Russia-24.
 
Speaking about his Oct. 18 meeting with Pope Francis, Metropolitan Hilarion said that a big part of the discussion was dedicated to the situation in Ukraine, but that “the breakoff of the Russian Orthodox Church’s relations with Constantinople has also to do with the relationships with the Roman Catholic Church since, along with the bilateral relations between the Russian Church and the Roman Church, there is also a pan-Orthodox-Catholic theological dialogue. And we have withdrawn from this dialogue as well.”
 
This internal issues of the Orthodox Church might now have consequences on the Catholic Church, particularly because of the special relationships Pope Francis has with both  Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kirill.
 
Pope Francis and Bartholomew were together in Jerusalem in 2014, in the Vatican Gardens for the “Prayer for Peace in the Middle East” in 2014, in Lesbos in 2015 and in Egypt in 2017, and they have written joint messages for the World Day for the Care of Creation.
 
Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill had a historic meeting in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 12, 2016, and last year the relics of St. Nicholas were temporarily moved to Russia, for veneration by Russian faithful. The two developed a dialogue on cultural issues, with a common commitment to the education of youth, as expressed Oct. 18 by Metropolitan Hilarion in his speech at the Synod of Bishops in Rome.
 
The freeze in theological dialogue comes at what had been a particularly favorable moment for ecumenical dialogue.
 
The latest document of the Catholic-Orthodox Joint Theological Commission was released after the 2016 Chieti meeting.
 
The final document underscored that the Church of the first millennium recognized a primacy to the Church of Rome, whose prerogatives were cooperation in recognizing a council as ecumenical and the possibility to receive appeals.

Those prerogatives were exercised, the final document reads, in synodality; that is, in relation with bishops of the other major sees of the first millennium or together with the synod of the Roman Church.

After the meeting in Chieti, the coordinating committee of the commission met Sep. 5-9, 2017 in Leros, Greece. The meeting ended with the decision to draft a document on the theme “Toward unity in faith: theological and canonical issues.”
 
The drafting of this new document was entrusted to a subcommission composed of four Orthodox and four Catholic members.
 
The document will be divided in two parts. The first part will be about the fruits of the dialogue already in action, the second part will be about the theological and canonical issues that need to be resolved in order to get to full communion.
 
The next meeting of the coordinating committee is scheduled for the end of 2018.
 
The Moscow Patriarchate’s decision to withdraw from dialogue has been read by some observers as a sort of pressure on the pope to operate some persuasion on Bartholomew, without asking for it explicitly.
 
In the Russia-24 interview, Metropolitan Hilarion said: “We do not assume that the pope of Rome can be an arbiter in this dispute – it is absolutely impossible. It would be wrong to involve him in these problems and expect that he would take some actions or identify with a particular side. The Orthodox Church lives according to her own laws and rules. We will solve this problem on our own, without the participation of the pope of Rome.”
 
Moscow’s move shows that, though the primacy of Rome has been recognized more and more in theological dialogue, none of the Orthodox Churches will ever consider this primacy concretely.
 
So, while the Catholic Church already spoke about the possibility of establishing new forms of exercising Petrine ministry in order to reach full unity, the Orthodox Church seem stuck in an internal dispute that will likely further divide it.

Pope Francis will not be involved in this process, nor is the Catholic Church going to be welcomed as an effective mediator. Ecumenical dialogue, however, has been impoverished because of this dispute.

 


          Autonomous And Semi-autonomous Tractors Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, And Forecast 2018 - 2026      Cache   Translate Page      


          Channel Marketing Manager, Autonomous Machines - NVIDIA - Santa Clara, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Channel Marketing Manager, Autonomous Machines, NVIDIA. This role sits within the NVIDIA Autonomous Machines global marketing organization and will oversee...
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          If premortal life is like childhood...      Cache   Translate Page      
 Less like this...

 & more like this...

I have had a tendency to think of premortal life as being like me, now; but 'floating around' without a body. However, it seems likely that my mind was more like the mind of a young child.

So my agency was like that of a young child. Because I was a fully-physically-competent spirit living in a Heavenly realm I could do lots of stuff. And I was immersed-in divine love (something like a perfectly happy childhood in a perfect family) - God's will could flow-through me to do all sorts of things in obedience. I mostly operated by 'channeling' divine knowledge, motivation, competence...

But my capacity for autonomous thinking and choice was more like that of a child.

This is why (perhaps) I have few and vague memories of that time and state of being (and why many people claim to have none) - because it resembled the memories of early childhood, which are also diffuse and relatively-few (albeit extremely important to me).

And perhaps it also explains the nature of my positive desire and choice (and of almost all of our choices) to live a mortal and incarnate life - to accept the risks in pursuit of progression towards greater divinity (theosis)...

To incarnate in this body, this family, this time and place was the desire, the free and informed choice, of a spiritual-child - and necessarily so, because it was precisely in order to 'grow-up' that the choice had to be made.

But thinking of things like this may help explain not just why we don't remember much about pre-mortal life; but also why some people apparently 'regret' their choice to accept the specific mortal life they once regarded as 'a good prospect'. 

They regret, rebel, resent... because all choices are always made on the basis of incomplete information; but this choice was also made by a being of greater spiritual immaturity trying to predict his future response to a situation experienced by a transformed self...



          All Weather A.I Shuttle Bus      Cache   Translate Page      
Japanese retail company Muji has joined forces with Sensible 4, a Finnish autonomous vehicle maker, to create Gacha, a stylish new autonomous shuttle bus designed to handle a wide variety of different environmental conditions. Autonomous vehicle technology is booming at the moment, with trials underway around the globe covering everything from self-navigating shipsto robotic helicopter […]
          Fujitsu Laboratories' New AI Solver Platform Enables Next Generation of Real-Time AI Simulators      Cache   Translate Page      
Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe announces the development of a new AI-based technology and platform, designed to convert traditional physics-based simulators into fast, highly accurate AI simulators. Fujitsu's AI Solver represents an important breakthrough for industrial applications, revolutionizing fields such as CAE, product design and autonomous smart device performance. In the case of CAE, simulation plays a key role in reducing the number of costly prototype and product failures, supporting design decisions as well as for verification and validation. The AI Solver revolutionizes the speed of the simulation process, with commensurate business advantages. The platform is the result of a joint development program between Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd, Fujitsu Advanced Technologies Ltd and Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe.
          U.S. Likely to Accelerate Slowly to Using Autonomous Vehicles      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Senior Manager Research - Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) - Karachi      Cache   Translate Page      
OPPORTUNITY TO EXCEL WITH A PRESTIGIOUS ORGANIZATION The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) is established as an autonomous body under...
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CA-Sunnyvale, Autonomous Driving – Senior Planning Researcher 309 N Pastoria Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, USA Full-time Legal Entity: Robert Bosch LLC Company Description “Invented for Life” drives us at Bosch and our vision of future mobility. Autonomous vehicles will change the way we move. Bosch and Mercedes have partnered together to make this future a reality! We are a growing team disrupting the Autonomous D
          Entry Level Outside Sales - Area Manager - CCP Industries - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description: ENTRY LEVEL OUTSIDE SALES If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want the day-to-day freedom of working autonomously, outside sales may be... $36,000 a year
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          Go-Mentum Station: test track for high-tech autonomous vehicles      Cache   Translate Page      
video 1 | profile tour The state-of-the-art autonomous vehicle test track. about | Inside a secretive test track for self-driving cars. A former military weapons depot is now a track where companies can test their autonomous cars in private. The public has never set foot in the guarded Go-Mentum Station, until today. The track is not [...]
          Autonomous cars: Uber reveals ‘valuable lessons’ in safety report      Cache   Translate Page      

uber self-drivingUber Advanced Technologies Group has released a report that outlines the company’s commitment to it’s self-driving vehicle strategy and what it’s doing to insure the safe development of autonomous cars. Titled ‘A Principled Approach To Safety’, the voluntary safety self-assessment was developed in line with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s guidance. The 70-page document […]

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          Autonomous Shuttle Bus with Pioneer’s 3D LiDAR Sensor Tested in Singapore      Cache   Translate Page      

Pioneer and MooVita, an A*STAR spinoff company focusing on autonomous vehicle, are going to initiate a trial run of an autonomous shuttle bus equipped with Pioneer’s 3D-LiDAR sensor within the campus of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The two companies expect to commercialize the service of the level four autonomous driving with the testing.


          Watch As China’s First Electric, Fully Self-Driving Taxis Hit the Road      Cache   Translate Page      
Electric autonomous taxis are being tested in Guangzhou. Guangzhou Public Transportation Group and state-backed carmaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) launched trials of the first three autonomous all-electric taxis in Guangzhou in Guangdong province, China. The vehicles drive as shuttles between the university and the station, which to us means that there is fixed, programmed route and […]
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OPPORTUNITY TO EXCEL WITH A PRESTIGIOUS ORGANIZATION The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) is established as an autonomous body under...
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          벤츠, R&D센터 확장 개소…미래차 개발 허브로 육성       Cache   Translate Page      
[뉴스토마토 김재홍 기자] 메르세데스-벤츠코리아는 7일 서울스퀘어 빌딩에서 차량 연구개발을 위한 '메르세데스-벤츠 R&D 코리아 센터(이하 R&D 코리아 센터)'의 확장 개소식을 진행했다.
 
이날 행사에는 디미트리스 실라키스 벤츠코리아 사장을 비롯, 벤츠 본사의 마르쿠스 쉐퍼(Markus Schäfer) 승용부문 생산 및 공급망 관리 총괄 임원(차기 그룹 리서치 및 승용부문 개발 총괄 임원), 최수규 중소벤처기업부 차관, 진성준 서울특별시 정무부시장 등이 참석했다. 
 
R&D 코리아 센터는 지난 2013년 한국을 방문한 현 다임러 AG 이사회 의장이자 메르세데스-벤츠 최고경영자(CEO) 디터 제체(Dieter Zetche) 회장이 발표한 국내 투자 계획 중의 하나로 2014년 개소했다. 규모는 기존 대비 두 배 이상 확장되며, 연구 인력도 올 연말 기준 40여명으로 확대된다. 
 
왼쪽부터 크리스티안 디크만 벤츠 R&D 코리아 센터 상무, 진성준 서울특별시 정무부시장, 디미트리스 실라키스 벤츠코리아 사장, 최수규 중소벤처기업부 차관, 마르쿠스 쉐퍼 벤츠 본사 승용부문 생산 및 공급망 관리 총괄 임원. 사진/벤츠코리아
 
R&D 코리아 센터는 향후 자율주행 기술을 위한 첨단 운전자 보조시스템 및 인포테인먼트, 내비게이션 시스템 등 커넥티드 카 관련 기술 개발을 위한 연구 개발 허브로서 역할을 보다 확대해 갈 예정이다. 이를 통해 커넥티드(Connected), 자율주행(Autonomous), 공유 및 서비스(Shared & Services) 및 전기 구동화(Electric) 등 ‘케이스(CASE)’로 대변되는 벤츠의 미래 모빌리티 전략 실현을 위한 핵심적인 역할을 지속적으로 수행해 갈 것으로 기대된다.
 
또한 R&D 코리아의 연구진은 우수한 기술을 보유한 국내의 경쟁력 있는 부품 공급사 및 기술개발 파트너들과 긴밀히 협력하며, 아시아권의 모든 주요 시장을 위한 연구개발에 더욱 박차를 가할 예정이다.
 
실라키스 사장은 "R&D 코리아 센터는 그간 한국의 우수한 파트너들과 함께 다양한 연구 개발을 진행하며, 벤츠 차량 개발에 주요 역할을 해왔다"며 "이번 확장 개소를 통해 메르세데스-벤츠의 CASE 미래전략 실현을 위한 아시아의 연구개발 허브로 한국의 입지를 더욱 공고히 할 것으로 기대한다"고 말했다.
 
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          Wafcoin launches the Global Ecological Plan(GEP)      Cache   Translate Page      

Wafcoin launches the Global Ecological Plan(GEP)

 

Our vision

 

Wafcoin (WA) Token Trading Platform provides global users with secure, transparent, stable and efficient blockchain token trading services. In order to allow Wafcoin's trading platform to compete in the global trading market and gain more user consensus, the platform now launches the Global Ecological Plan.

 

There are variable fee collection rules for digital asset trading platforms while Wafcoin token trading platform is providing users with secure, transparent, stable and efficient blockchain token trading services. The platform is aiming to build the world's first blockchain token eco-transaction and co-governance platform, a user-owned platform for blockchain ecological value sharing! Wafcoin adopts the world's first mining model with funding, allowing users to enter into a new digital asset trading field with zero risk!

 

Our advantage

 

  • Financial-level distributed cluster architecture
  • More than 200 million-level matching algorithm
  • Bank-level security encryption and ODAT offline acceleration
  • Multi-signature hot and cold wallet isolation technology

All of the above is to ensure the high reliability, high performance and strong security of the token platform.

 

Problems solved

  • High cost of new projects
  • Long trading hours
  • Unfair distribution of benefits
  • Financial security

 

 

Our 7 core values

  • Value sharing
  • Autonomous
  • Co-governance
  • Empowerment
  • Safety
  • Decentralized management
  • Distributed management

Our 5 major contents

1. Registered mining with capital

2. Dividends of registration invitation

3. Dividends of holding WA

4. The platform ecology is only a gift and not for sale; people with platform ecology will enjoy a good return.

5. Outstanding rewards for the platform's outstanding contributors

 


          Product Development Radar Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
MI-Troy, Join our Innovative Team Want to do more than just imagine the ways our world will move tomorrow? Join the technology company that's transforming the future of mobility today. About this Position The industry is experiencing fast paced growth within Autonomous Vehicles. We are an exciting, motivated and diverse team, and we are seeking Product Development Radar Systems Engineers to be part of our
           Straight projection conflict detection and cooperative avoidance for autonomous unmanned aircraft systems       Cache   Translate Page      
Albaker, B.M. and Rahim, N.A. (2009) Straight projection conflict detection and cooperative avoidance for autonomous unmanned aircraft systems. In: 4th IEEE Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications, MAY 25-27, 2009 , China.
          Drone fleets could help find missing hikers      Cache   Translate Page      
Researchers at MIT say that a sophisticated fleet of drones could help find lost hikers by searching under dense forest canopies. The autonomous drones would bypass the problem of unreliable or nonexistent GPS signals in forest environments by using onboard computation and wireless communication, according to the experts. The team’s research is revealed in a...
          Which of These 3 Semiconductor Stocks Leads the Self-Driving Race?      Cache   Translate Page      

InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips

These three semiconductor stocks in particular are set to benefit from the autonomous vehicle craze. Here's what investors need to know about each.

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          Tencent builds self-driving car team in Silicon Valley      Cache   Translate Page      
Silicon Valley is a hub for testing and research of autonomous vehicles, with five dozen companies permitted to test such cars on California roads
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          Entry Level Outside Sales - Area Manager - CCP Industries - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description: ENTRY LEVEL OUTSIDE SALES If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want the day-to-day freedom of working autonomously, outside sales may be... $36,000 a year
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          Autonomous future: carVertical is bringing IoT benefits to everyday life      Cache   Translate Page      

How many times have you forgotten to switch off the parking payment app? Does it always happen in the most expensive zone? Do you get annoyed every time you have to download another app to pay for parking in a new city? Forget these inconveniences, as well as all the obstacles you’ve ever encountered when […]

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          Drones working together, not using GPS, for search and rescue      Cache   Translate Page      

Finding lost hikers in forests can be a difficult and lengthy process, as helicopters and drones can’t get a glimpse through the thick tree canopy. Recently, it’s been proposed that autonomous drones, which can bob and weave through trees, could aid these searches. But the GPS signals used to guide the aircraft can be unreliable

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          When GPS Won't Work for Drones      Cache   Translate Page      
We noted this in navigating interior spaces, but GPS also has limitations outdoors

Autonomous drones perform search and rescue without the need for GPS

A new drone developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) could be the key to finding hikers lost in the woods. A challenge with search and rescue operations for people lost in forests is that helicopters and drones which fly above the tree canopy cannot see down to the forest floor to locate them, so autonomous drones which can weave between trees are a proposed alternative. However, most autonomous drones rely on GPS signals which can be weak or non-existent in heavily forested areas. Now researchers at MIT have developed a flying drone which does not rely on GPS but uses onboard computation and wireless communication instead. ... "


          Operation Control Protocols in Power Distribution Grids. (arXiv:1811.01942v1 [cs.LO])      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Yehia Abd Alrahman, Hugo Torres Vieira

Future power distribution grids will comprise a large number of components, each potentially able to carry out operations autonomously. Clearly, in order to ensure safe operation of the grid, individual operations must be coordinated among the different components. Since operation safety is a global property, modelling component coordination typically involves reasoning about systems at a global level. In this paper, we propose a language for specifying grid operation control protocols from a global point of view. We show how such global specifications can be used to automatically generate local controllers of individual components, and that the distributed implementation yielded by such controllers operationally corresponds to the global specification. We showcase our development by modelling a fault management scenario in power grids.


          Samsung expects strong growth at Harman auto electronics unit      Cache   Translate Page      
Samsung says Harman has put the company "firmly in the picture of the automotive industry" as it eyes the autonomous car market.
          On the role of neurogenesis in overcoming catastrophic forgetting. (arXiv:1811.02113v1 [cs.NE])      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: German I. Parisi, Xu Ji, Stefan Wermter

Lifelong learning capabilities are crucial for artificial autonomous agents operating on real-world data, which is typically non-stationary and temporally correlated. In this work, we demonstrate that dynamically grown networks outperform static networks in incremental learning scenarios, even when bounded by the same amount of memory in both cases. Learning is unsupervised in our models, a condition that additionally makes training more challenging whilst increasing the realism of the study, since humans are able to learn without dense manual annotation. Our results on artificial neural networks reinforce that structural plasticity constitutes effective prevention against catastrophic forgetting in non-stationary environments, as well as empirically supporting the importance of neurogenesis in the mammalian brain.


          (USA-VA-Alexandria) Military Operations Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Surface Warfare Analysis Group (NSWAG) within SPA supports the Navy and other U.S. and international government organizations with timely and objective capability assessments, technology evaluations, and strategic planning. We integrate technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business aspects of surface warfare and broader mission areas to create mature products that help important decision makers such as Flag Officers/Senior Executives and others who require robustly integrated support. **NSWAG delivers:** * Quantitative and qualitative modeling and analysis using extensive maritime operational and technical experience to find integrated solutions to warfighting challenges. * Platform, mission, payload, and operating strategies to address capability gaps. * Policy, technology, and business case assessments, requirements development, technology transition management, operational mission analyses, survivability studies, and program support. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a technical field: Operations Research, Mathematics, Engineering, or Physics. * Surface warfare qualification with 3-7 years of operational surface warfare experience, experience using the AEGIS combat system and Anti-Air Defense (AAD). * Ability to contribute to analytic teams developing rigorous solutions to government and military issues. * Ability to exercise independent judgment, to multi-task, and to work autonomously with minimal supervision. * Ability to apply innovative concepts, quantitative tools and creative data visualization methods. * Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to address client questions. * Proficiency with the MS Office Suite of products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook). * Current DOD security clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Experience in military operations analysis, including requirements definition, conduct of analyses of alternatives, and the JCIDS process. * DoD Acquisition experience. * Experience using MATLAB, Java, or other analytical software to solve complex problems. * Modeling and Simulation (M&S;) experience, familiarity with Ship Air Defense Model (SADM). Job Description: Responsible for developing innovative concepts of operations and capability plans and translating them into detailed written and graphical descriptions used to develop and support mission and campaign-level surface and undersea warfare analysis. Responsible for conducting military effectiveness analysis of alternative capabilities to inform the development of formal requirements and program plans across the spectrum of science and technology (S&T;), research and development (R&D;), and program acquisition. Support and eventually take a leading role in the development and employment of modeling and simulation analysis tools and in briefing analysis results to top-level government decision makers. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* NSWD18-427 *Job Type:* Military Operations Analyst *Location:* Alexandria, VA *Clearance Level:* Secret
          TrafficPredict: Trajectory Prediction for Heterogeneous Traffic-Agents. (arXiv:1811.02146v1 [cs.CV])      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Yuexin Ma, Xinge Zhu, Sibo Zhang, Ruigang Yang, Wenping Wang, Dinesh Manocha

To safely and efficiently navigate in complex urban traffic, autonomous vehicles must make responsible predictions in relation to surrounding traffic-agents (vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, etc.). A challenging and critical task is to explore the movement patterns of different traffic-agents and predict their future trajectories accurately to help the autonomous vehicle make reasonable navigation decision. To solve this problem, we propose a long short-term memory-based (LSTM-based) realtime traffic prediction algorithm, TrafficPredict. Our approach uses an instance layer to learn instances' movements and interactions and has a category layer to learn the similarities of instances belonging to the same type to refine the prediction. In order to evaluate its performance, we collected trajectory datasets in a large city consisting of varying conditions and traffic densities. The dataset includes many challenging scenarios where vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians move among one another. We evaluate the performance of TrafficPredict on our new dataset and highlight its higher accuracy for trajectory prediction by comparing with prior prediction methods.


          (USA-VA-Alexandria) Senior Military Operations Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Surface Warfare Analysis Group (NSWAG) within SPA supports the Navy and other U.S. and international government organizations with timely and objective capability assessments, technology evaluations, and strategic planning. We integrate technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business aspects of surface warfare and broader mission areas to create mature products that help important decision makers such as Flag Officers/Senior Executives and others who require robustly integrated support. **NSWAG delivers:** * Quantitative and qualitative modeling and analysis using extensive maritime operational and technical experience to find integrated solutions to warfighting challenges. * Platform, mission, payload, and operating strategies to address capability gaps. * Policy, technology, and business case assessments, requirements development, technology transition management, operational mission analyses, survivability studies, and program support. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree. * 15-25 years in a Surface Warfare Command assignment with experience leading military organizations and high-level decision-making. * Leading teams in developing rigorous analytic solutions to top-level government and military issues and addressing client questions and issues. * Exercising independent judgment and ability to work autonomously without supervision. * Strong written and oral communication skills. * Proficiency with the MS Office Suite of products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook). * Current DOD security clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * Master’s degree. * Ability to develop business relationships and generate/maintain funding to support small to mid-size teams. * Ability to work collaboratively with company executive level management. * Experience in military operations analysis, including requirements definition, conduct of analyses of alternatives, and the JCIDS process. * DoD Acquisition experience. Job Description: Responsible for business unit development and generation of new business. Responsible for leading multiple teams in development of innovative concepts of operations and capability plans, translating them into detailed written and graphical descriptions used to develop and support mission and campaign-level surface and undersea warfare analysis, and briefing analysis results to top-level government decision makers. Responsible for conducting military effectiveness analysis of alternative capabilities to inform the development of formal requirements and program plans across the spectrum of science and technology (S&T;), research and development (R&D;), and program acquisition. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* NSWD18-425 *Job Type:* Financial Analyst *Location:* Alexandria, VA *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-DC-Washington) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Shipboard Sensors and Weapons Group (NSSWG) focus is to provide engineering, technical and programmatic support to the Program Executive Office integrated Warfare Systems, Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Directorate. Efforts include overarching program management, test and evaluation, systems engineering, operations analysis, systems integration, international, cyber security, IT network and programmatic support for over 25 PEO IWS 2.0 advanced radar, phased array radar, electronic warfare, electro-optic, advanced off-board electronic warfare/decoy programs and Directed Energy Programs. NSSWG staff support a variety of tasks including: support and completion of major technical reviews; producing required acquisition documentation; meeting critical program milestone deadlines; managing program needs and external requirements, and; ensuring the right resources are provided to the right priorities at the right time. Requirements * Bachelor's degree in a technical field. * 6-10 years' experience in a technical field or technical program office. * Demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and autonomously with minimal supervision. * Demonstrated ability to multi-task, provide high quality services and products, while meeting strict deadlines and time constraints. * Knowledgeable in contracts management, technical documentation and performance tracking as prescribed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), and all ancillary procurement policies and regulations. * Ability to operate in a highly dynamic environment with a wide variety of programmatic/technical challenges. * Excellent verbal/written communication skills; ability to hold a professional conversation and listen closely. * Proficiency with MS Office suite. * Strong organizational skills with attention to detail. * Energetic, thoughtful, product-oriented, dependable, flexible, open-minded individual with an eagerness to learn and demonstrated strong work ethic. * Demonstrated forward thinking and proactive problem solving skills with the ability to proactively capture tasking from clients. * Travel to Raytheon (MA) as needed. * Active DoD Secret clearance. Job Description: Provide Systems Engineering (SE), Program Management and Acquisition, Engineering Support Services to the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program. Efficiently and effectively manage program requirements and/or documentation as they coordinate all efforts related to establishing viable contract strategies for current and future contract activities. Daily interaction and coordination with Program Functional Leads and Contracting Officer Representative to prioritize efforts and ensure staff coverage at the right time. May serve as liaison officer to ensure fulfillment of obligations by contractors. Assist with Requests for Proposal (RFP); Source Selection; Technical Evaluation, etc. Support the programs' documentation and the planning and execution of a multitude of efforts. Assist the government in negotiating with the contractor to draw up procurement contracts. Write documents and provide advice, guidance, and support on a wide range of acquisition management and administrative issues that may include, but are not limited to, Risk Assessments, Integrated Master Schedules (IMS), Market Research, Program Management Reviews (PMR) charts, Memorandum of Agreements (MOA), Justification and Approval (J&A;), Acquisition Strategy Reports, Performance Work Statements (PWS), Request for Proposals (RFP) Source Selection preparations, and Technical Evaluations. Review Contract Data Requirements List and requests for deviations from contract specifications and delivery schedules. Assist other SF related meetings and tasking as needed. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* NSWD18-274 *Job Type:* Engineer *Location:* Washington, DC *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-VA-Alexandria) Senior Military Operations Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
The Surety Programs Group (SPG) supports government and private sector organizations ensuring the security, safety, and reliability of high consequence operations. SPG’s philosophy is to help our clients understand and mitigate mission risks spanning physical, cyber, and human domains. The Senior Military Operations Analyst will lead a team supporting SPG client projects while working closely with senior leaders in the Navy SSP/SWF programs. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree. * 15+ years of experience in DOD. * Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and project leadership. * Demonstrated program management experience in the following areas: working with internal and external clients to establish task objectives and goals, overseeing and tasking a team of analysts, output analysis, briefing material production, report writing, and presenting results to client. * Self-motivated with strong work ethic, time management, and interpersonal skills. * Ability to exercise independent judgment in technical analysis and to work autonomously with minimal supervision. * Exceptional oral and written communications. * Capable of demonstrating initiative and critical thinking. * Active DOD Top Secret Security Clearance. **Desired Qualifications:** * Advanced degree. * Demonstrated experience with the Navy’s Strategic Systems Program (SSP) and/or Strategic Weapons Facilities (SWF). * Experience providing analytical support to the Navy and/or the Marine Corps. Job Description: Provide hands-on strategic planning and day-to-day support to key leadership positions within the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs Nuclear Weapon Surety Division. Lead cross-functional teams responsible for systematically evaluating client threats, vulnerabilities, performance, and cost-risk trades. Manage several lines of effort in a fast-paced environment, while facing multiple deadlines and competing resources. Understand and meet current customer needs/constraints while also anticipating direction of future analytical support. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* SOSD18-366 *Job Type:* Military Operations Analyst *Location:* Alexandria, VA *Clearance Level:* Top Secret
          (USA-DC-Washington) Systems Engineer      Cache   Translate Page      
The Naval Shipboard Sensors and Weapons Group (NSSWG) focus is to provide engineering, technical and programmatic support to the Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems, Above Water Sensors (PEO IWS 2.0) Directorate. Efforts include overarching program management, test and evaluation, systems engineering, operations analysis, systems integration, international, cyber security, IT network and programmatic support for over 25 PEO IWS 2.0 advanced radar, phased array radar, electronic warfare, electro-optic, advanced off-board electronic warfare/decoy programs and Directed Energy Programs. NSSWG staff support a variety of tasks including: support and completion of major technical reviews; producing required acquisition documentation; meeting critical program milestone deadlines; managing program needs and external requirements, and; ensuring the right resources are provided to the right priorities at the right time. Requirements * Bachelor's degree in a Technical field. Engineering preferred. * 10+ years’ experience with DoD/Navy program management, Industry, or Government technical management, or Industry or Government business * Strong organizational skills with an attention to detail. * Demonstrated ability to work both in a team environment and autonomously with minimal supervision. * Demonstrated ability to multi-task, provide high quality services and products, while meeting strict deadlines and time constraints. * Ability to operate in a highly dynamic environment with a wide variety of programmatic/technical challenges. * Excellent verbal/written communication skills. * Demonstrated forward thinking and proactive problem solving skills with the ability to proactively capture tasking from clients. * Must be proficient. * Active Secret Clearance. **Preferred Qualifications** * 5+ years supervisory experience. * 5+ years’ experience with Navy Surface Ship Sensor programs (preferred) or Navy Surface Ship Programs. * Project Management Professional (PMP or equivalent in areas of contract management, program, or business management. * General knowledge of contract structure, language, and process with the ability to analyze and understand contract modifications and statements of work, including relevant staffing requirements. * Familiarity with the DOD Acquisition Process. * Exposure to/experience working in an acquisition program office environment, with documentation, protocols, formats, and deadlines. * Extensive working knowledge of DoD and Navy policy and guidance. * Experience Supporting U.S. Navy ACAT I major weapons systems and ACAT II - IV programs. Job Description: * Provide Engineering Support Services (ESS) to the U.S. Navy Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), Above Water Sensors (IWS2) Principal Assistant Program Manager (PAPM) and Assistant Program Managers (APMs). **Primary duties include:** * Coordinate day-to-day tasking of support team to ensure timely accomplishment of program office initiatives and objectives. * Contribute to technical briefings, issue papers, summaries, and other program documentation for POM submissions, overview/status briefs, and Milestone documents. * Facilitate and participate in contractor Quarterly Program Reviews and other event-driven meetings. * Develop correspondence, reports, issue papers, O-6/Flag Level/Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Program Overview and decision briefs, Budget Exhibits, impact statements in response to OPNAV/Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy data calls/inquiries. * Monitor high-level actions to track completion of required tasking. Ensure critical actions and tasks are coordinated across the team; meet program needs and external requirements, maintain visibility. * Work closely with the PAPM, Deputy PAPMs, Functional Leads to coordinate programmatic, systems engineering, test & evaluation (T&E;), product support, finance and cost estimating timely action item resolution. * Manage ESS program staffing, preparing task-planning sheets and responsible in updating the ESS monthly reports. * Coordinate, process, and approve travel requests prior to submission the ESS Contract PM. * Coordinate and consolidate weekly program reports and staff meeting charts. * Support and monitor program milestones, key events, special studies/research projects for program goals/issues * Perform work measurements, quality control, task analyses, productivity charting, including budgetary and fiscal constraints as required. * Assist in developing briefings, white papers, and other products to show program status, present future events of interest, and solicit feedback to build support (i.e. support IWS 2.0 in the preparation of annual program briefings to the four congressional committees, coordinate program support efforts with various NAVSEA offices, field activities, external Government organizations, and contractors. * Support development and coordination of technical and programmatic responses in response to inquiries from Congressional staff, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and other offices. * Facilitate meetings; provide logistics and administrative support, coordinating input from external stakeholders, drafting agendas, minutes, and dissemination, tracking, and follow-up on action items. * Act as Data Transfer Agents (DTAs), protecting classified information and executing these duties in a timely manner. * Regular visit to the Washington Navy Yard to support client demands. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* NSWD18-436 *Job Type:* Systems Engineer *Location:* Washington, DC *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-VA-Arlington) Research Scientist      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint and Air Force Analysis Group provides analytic support to the Air Force (AF), Joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) clients. Our work includes the recapitalization efforts within the nuclear enterprise and the modernization initiatives of the B-2 stealth bomber. Our expertise includes DoD policy, acquisition, systems engineering, financial management, Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Department of Defense Air Force (DoDAF) architecture development, and program protection. We provide quantitative wargaming analysis, deployment schedule optimization, and scenario analysis to support resource allocation decisions, military operations, and joint training assessments. Requirements * Bachelor’s Degree. * 5+ years of experience in DHS or DoD major systems or programs. * Experience should include operational concepts, technical, program management, integration, and/or fielding of weapon systems. * Experience in Modeling and Simulation. * Experience working across agencies, country partners, industry, and/or academia. * Capable of working independently. * Capable of leading teams to solve problems. * SECRET clearance, TS/SCI Eligible. **Desired** * TOP SECRET/SCI * Master’s Degree * 12+ years of experience in DHS or DoD major systems or programs Job Description: The Research Scientist II and III will provide expertise performing execution and planning oversight of exercises and demonstrations.The scope of this work includes supporting the Department of Homeland Security Borders and Maritime Security Division (BMD) in researching and analyzing technology concepts and techniques to develop and improve DHS mission effectiveness in agent survivability, system protection, and operational capabilities. BMD focus is on being responsive to current and emergent needs by countering emerging threats; enhancing interoperability/extending the life of existing systems; and affordably enabling new capability. The work includes demonstrating advanced technologies and facilitating the transition of emerging technologies for rapid and successful integration and fielding of validated operational needs. Technical/technology research and development knowledge areas include: System Survivability/Vulnerability; Advanced Materials; Autonomous Systems; Non-lethal Weapons; Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, and Interoperability (RMQSI); and operator/agent systems sensing. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-186 *Job Type:* Scientific Analyst *Location:* Arlington, VA *Clearance Level:* Secret
          (USA-DC-Washington) Research Scientist      Cache   Translate Page      
The Joint and Air Force Analysis Group provides analytic support to the Air Force (AF), Joint, and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) clients. Our work includes the recapitalization efforts within the nuclear enterprise and the modernization initiatives of the B-2 stealth bomber. Our expertise includes DoD policy, acquisition, systems engineering, financial management, Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS), Department of Defense Air Force (DoDAF) architecture development, and program protection. We provide quantitative wargaming analysis, deployment schedule optimization, and scenario analysis to support resource allocation decisions, military operations, and joint training assessments. Requirements Bachelor’s Degree. 0-5 years of precious experience. Must capable of working independently. Must capable of being part of a team to solve problems. SECRET clearance. Desired** TS/SCI Eligible Experience solving problems and/or in research and analysis Experience in DHS or DoD major systems or programs Experience in Modeling & Simulation Job Description: The Research Scientist I shall provide support performing execution and planning oversight of exercises and demonstrations. Follows established procedures and solves routine problems. The scope of this work includes supporting the Department of Homeland Security Borders and Maritime Security Division (BMD) in researching and analyzing technology concepts and techniques to develop and improve DHS mission effectiveness in agent survivability, system protection, and operational capabilities. BMD focus is on being responsive to current and emergent needs by countering emerging threats; enhancing interoperability/extending the life of existing systems; and affordably enabling new capability. The work includes demonstrating advanced technologies and facilitating the transition of emerging technologies for rapid and successful integration and fielding of validated operational needs.Technical/technology research and development knowledge areas include: System Survivability/Vulnerability; Advanced Materials; Autonomous Systems; Non-lethal Weapons; Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability, and Interoperability (RMQSI); and operator/agent systems sensing. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* JD18-185 *Job Type:* Program Analyst *Location:* Washington, DC *Clearance Level:* Secret
          Channel Marketing Manager, Autonomous Machines - NVIDIA - Santa Clara, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
Channel Marketing Manager, Autonomous Machines, NVIDIA. This role sits within the NVIDIA Autonomous Machines global marketing organization and will oversee...
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          (USA) SURTASS Requirements/Plans Analyst      Cache   Translate Page      
The Undersea Technology Assessment Group within SPA supports the Navy and other government organizations with timely and objective capability assessments, technology evaluations, and strategic planning that integrate the technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business aspects of undersea warfare (USW) and broader Navy issues. UTAG provides mature, turnkey products that reflect all of the factors important to decision makers. Our clients are Flag Officers/Senior Executives and others who require robustly integrated support. Requirements * Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or technical field such as Operations Research, Mathematics, Engineering, or Physics **OR** non-technical degree may be accepted alongside demonstrated technical acumen. * Must have experience with Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) process. * Must have experience with Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) capability based analysis and documentation. * Must have the ability to effectively contribute on teams tasked with developing rigorous analytic solutions to top-level Navy issues. * Must have the ability to exercise independent judgment and to work autonomously with minimal supervision. * Current DoD Top Secret security clearance with SCI eligibility. **Desired** * Experience with Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) requirements and operations is desired. * Master’s Degree is desired * Experience in Oceanography or Ocean Engineering is desired. Job Description: Provide support to N2N6F2 SURTASS Requirements Officer and the respective chain of command with respect to the overall N2N6F2 Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) effort. Assist N2N6F2 with SURTASS POM coordination supporting the PPBE processes, procedures, and information systems. Provide technical and administrative assistance in support of N2N6F2 execution of the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System (JCIDS) generation of capability-based requirements documents. Support liaison activities with Navy entities and associated program offices on the SURTASS program. Participate in N2N6F24 financial reviews. Support the N2N6F24 Branch during SURTASS financial reviews and coordinate with the appropriate program office during adjudication of issues. Provide backup support to the PPBE Coordinator for N2N6F. Candidates must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Successful candidates will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. citizenship required. Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. Attention: Human Resources 2001 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311-1739 FAX: 703-399-7350 *SPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans)* In addition to professionally rewarding challenges, SPA employees also enjoy an excellent benefits package that includes insurance, leave, parking, and more, plus a generous qualified 401(k) plan. *Req Code:* UWSD18-014 *Job Type:* Program Analyst *Location:* The Pentagon *Clearance Level:* Top Secret
          Will Chinese pressures in Hong Kong see Asia’s foreign media hub move?      Cache   Translate Page      

With Beijing exerting more influence over Hong Kong, the semi-autonomous region is losing its shine to foreign media owners as a suitable Asia hub. The next obvious choice, of course, is Taiwan.

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          From Perception to Decision: A Data-driven Approach to End-to-end Motion Planning for Autonomous Ground Robots. (arXiv:1609.07910v3 [cs.RO] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Mark Pfeiffer, Michael Schaeuble, Juan Nieto, Roland Siegwart, Cesar Cadena

Learning from demonstration for motion planning is an ongoing research topic. In this paper we present a model that is able to learn the complex mapping from raw 2D-laser range findings and a target position to the required steering commands for the robot. To our best knowledge, this work presents the first approach that learns a target-oriented end-to-end navigation model for a robotic platform. The supervised model training is based on expert demonstrations generated in simulation with an existing motion planner. We demonstrate that the learned navigation model is directly transferable to previously unseen virtual and, more interestingly, real-world environments. It can safely navigate the robot through obstacle-cluttered environments to reach the provided targets. We present an extensive qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the neural network-based motion planner, and compare it to a grid-based global approach, both in simulation and in real-world experiments.


          (USA-NY-Syracuse) Regional Sales Manager - Northeast Industrial      Cache   Translate Page      
**Danaher Company Description** Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development. OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world. OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most k nowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products. WATER QUALITY GROUP Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies. **Description** Position Summary: 70 years of dedication to quality and innovation has made Hach the #1 market leader in water analysis solutions. The Regional Sales Manager (RSM) is the primary front-line sales representative for strategic accounts and is vital to our organization’s ability to deliver customer value and drive accelerated growth. The RSM works within a strong network of talented professionals who provide industry leading customer service and support via; Senior Leadership, Sales, Inside Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Technical Support, Project Sales, Bids Team, and Technical Applications professionals. This role is responsible for strategic sales targeting large customer accounts with multiple influencers in their assigned geographic territory. This position will be responsible for promoting the company’s products, from instrumentation and reagents to fully integrated solutions and services. Working from a home office, this highly autonomous role requires strong business acumen, planning, and the ability to execute strategically. Essential Functions: * Develops monthly sales territory and account plans to achieve assigned targets. * Executes planned activities and documents in Hach CRM, Salesforce.com (SFDC). * Manages all opportunities utilizing SFDC and following standard sales process steps. * Prepares and presents a monthly funnel review utilizing SFDC to demonstrate the quality of the funnel, activity plans and command of the account base. * Prepares and presents monthly forecast by accurately managing opportunity dates, dollar value and probabilities in SFDC. * Establish and maintain relationships with engineering firms and other accounts that indirectly influence the buying decisions of the customer * Develops a network of customer and industry contacts in the territory to position Hach as a key member of the water management community * Collects and reports information on all competitive activity, business opportunities, sales trends and results within the assigned market providing input during monthly business review * Participates in sales activities including: customer site visits, telephone contacts, trade seminars and shows, product demonstrations/evaluations, customer seminars and channel management. * Acts as a mentor for the growth and development other RSMs. * Provides key field input in corporate programs including market research, Kaizen events and equipment beta testing. **Qualification** * 5-10 years of direct sales experience. * B2B experience selling complex industrial products and solutions. * BA, BS or MS degree required. A degree in a science related field such as Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering or equivalent is an asset. * Experience in 1 or more Hach vertical markets is an asset (Waste Water, Drinking Water, Power, Beverage or Industrial Water). * Formal sales training and/or experience in value selling. * Hands on experience using a CRM (i.e. Salesforce.com). * Ability to travel up to 50% within assigned territory. * Must have a valid driver license and a driving record which is acceptable Hach. * CRITICAL COMPETENCIES / LEADERSHIP ANCHORS: * Ability to develop and execute to a business plan and manage territory as it is one’s own business * Engages stakeholders and internal resources to best serve customers * Listens to voice of the customer and asks great questions which inspire breakthroughs for our customers * Willing to move to action quickly and not get derailed in details or fear of failure * Uses metrics, KPI, and forecasting to self-manage productivity * Develops, nurtures, and understands health of customer opportunity funnel and openly works with leadership and sales operations to ensure best results PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach. The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. The employee may occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment may consist of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting and low noise levels and/or subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions while working in the field. Employees may be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working in the field which may include: eye and hearing protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. /The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation./ PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING: External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review. Hach is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Danaher Corporation Overview** Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years. At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team. **Organization:** Hach **Job Function:** Sales **Primary Location:** North America-North America-United States-MA-Boston **Schedule:** Full-time **Req ID:** HAC006053
          (USA-NH-Concord) Regional Sales Manager - Northeast Industrial      Cache   Translate Page      
**Danaher Company Description** Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development. OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world. OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most k nowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products. WATER QUALITY GROUP Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies. **Description** Position Summary: 70 years of dedication to quality and innovation has made Hach the #1 market leader in water analysis solutions. The Regional Sales Manager (RSM) is the primary front-line sales representative for strategic accounts and is vital to our organization’s ability to deliver customer value and drive accelerated growth. The RSM works within a strong network of talented professionals who provide industry leading customer service and support via; Senior Leadership, Sales, Inside Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Technical Support, Project Sales, Bids Team, and Technical Applications professionals. This role is responsible for strategic sales targeting large customer accounts with multiple influencers in their assigned geographic territory. This position will be responsible for promoting the company’s products, from instrumentation and reagents to fully integrated solutions and services. Working from a home office, this highly autonomous role requires strong business acumen, planning, and the ability to execute strategically. Essential Functions: * Develops monthly sales territory and account plans to achieve assigned targets. * Executes planned activities and documents in Hach CRM, Salesforce.com (SFDC). * Manages all opportunities utilizing SFDC and following standard sales process steps. * Prepares and presents a monthly funnel review utilizing SFDC to demonstrate the quality of the funnel, activity plans and command of the account base. * Prepares and presents monthly forecast by accurately managing opportunity dates, dollar value and probabilities in SFDC. * Establish and maintain relationships with engineering firms and other accounts that indirectly influence the buying decisions of the customer * Develops a network of customer and industry contacts in the territory to position Hach as a key member of the water management community * Collects and reports information on all competitive activity, business opportunities, sales trends and results within the assigned market providing input during monthly business review * Participates in sales activities including: customer site visits, telephone contacts, trade seminars and shows, product demonstrations/evaluations, customer seminars and channel management. * Acts as a mentor for the growth and development other RSMs. * Provides key field input in corporate programs including market research, Kaizen events and equipment beta testing. **Qualification** * 5-10 years of direct sales experience. * B2B experience selling complex industrial products and solutions. * BA, BS or MS degree required. A degree in a science related field such as Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering or equivalent is an asset. * Experience in 1 or more Hach vertical markets is an asset (Waste Water, Drinking Water, Power, Beverage or Industrial Water). * Formal sales training and/or experience in value selling. * Hands on experience using a CRM (i.e. Salesforce.com). * Ability to travel up to 50% within assigned territory. * Must have a valid driver license and a driving record which is acceptable Hach. * CRITICAL COMPETENCIES / LEADERSHIP ANCHORS: * Ability to develop and execute to a business plan and manage territory as it is one’s own business * Engages stakeholders and internal resources to best serve customers * Listens to voice of the customer and asks great questions which inspire breakthroughs for our customers * Willing to move to action quickly and not get derailed in details or fear of failure * Uses metrics, KPI, and forecasting to self-manage productivity * Develops, nurtures, and understands health of customer opportunity funnel and openly works with leadership and sales operations to ensure best results PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach. The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. The employee may occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment may consist of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting and low noise levels and/or subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions while working in the field. Employees may be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working in the field which may include: eye and hearing protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. /The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation./ PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING: External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review. Hach is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Danaher Corporation Overview** Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years. At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team. **Organization:** Hach **Job Function:** Sales **Primary Location:** North America-North America-United States-MA-Boston **Schedule:** Full-time **Req ID:** HAC006053
          Can these 35-ton bricks solve renewable energy’s biggest problem?      Cache   Translate Page      

It’s already cheaper to build a new solar or wind farm than a coal plant. But when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing, renewable electricity can still be fairly expensive to store–even though the cost of batteries is dropping. If the world shifted to 100% renewable electricity right now, we might pay more on electric bills.

A new solution that uses basic physics could cut the cost of storage in half, or by as much as 80% over the total life of the system. It makes it possible for renewable power to be cheaper than fossil fuels all day, every day of the year, everywhere. “Our solution, for the first time, will enable the world to achieve this,” says Robert Piconi, CEO and cofounder of Energy Vault, the startup that developed the new system. Tata Power, the giant Indian electric utility, will be the first customer.

[Image: courtesy Energy Vault]

Energy Vault, based in California and Switzerland, took inspiration from the way that some dams store energy–hydro plants pump water uphill when energy demand is low, and then produce energy by turning turbines as the water flows back down. The system works, but only in places where dams can physically be built; dams also harm fish, force people to relocate, and can burst and flood villages.

Like dams, the new solution–a massive tower, roughly the height of a 35-story building–relies on gravity. But it doesn’t require water. When a wind or solar farm makes more energy than the grid needs, an automatic crane on the battery uses the extra electricity to lift a giant brick, weighing 35 metric tons, up to the top of the tower. “When that tower’s stacked, that’s all potential energy,” says Piconi. When the grid needs power, the crane automatically lowers a brick, using the kinetic energy to charge a generator.

[Image: courtesy Energy Vault]

All of this happens almost immediately. “We can have a millisecond response time,” he says. The system’s software takes signals from the grid to automatically control the cranes, which carefully raise and lower the giant bricks while taking into account wind and weather. The cranes lower the bricks at exactly the speed needed to provide electricity continuously.

It’s cheaper than building giant lithium-ion batteries, like the huge batteries that Tesla has installed in Australia and elsewhere. In part, that’s because the bricks can be made from cement that would normally be wasted. “These materials we’re using are actually materials that you’d have to landfill,” says Piconi. In California, for example, a construction site with concrete debris has to pay as much as $55 a cubic yard to get rid of it. Unlike lithium batteries, building the system doesn’t require a specialized multimillion-dollar factory; the autonomous crane comes from another manufacturer. Mining lithium also uses huge amounts of water and risks toxic leaks.

In a small town near its headquarters in Switzerland, Energy Vault built a small prototype of the device–72 feet tall, instead of the usual 393. (The system also works at a small scale, but the company is focused on the largest market, utility-scale customers; it’s also less efficient and less disruptive in terms of cost at a smaller scale.) The company is now beginning to build its first units for customers around the world. It’s also in talks with some customers who have been considering constructing huge new dams. “We can do that at a quarter of the cost, without the environmental problems, and have something that would deliver more on the performance side,” says Piconi.

The solution can scale up quickly. “We don’t need to rely on manufacturing or large investments,” he says. It’s a needed step as more states and countries move toward 100% renewable electricity.


          (USA-MA-Boston) Regional Sales Manager - Northeast Industrial      Cache   Translate Page      
**Danaher Company Description** Hach is a world leader in the manufacture and distribution of analytical instruments, test kits and reagents for testing the quality of water, aqueous solutions and air. Our products are designed specifically for quality, accuracy, and simplicity. Strengthened by our sister companies in the environmental industry worldwide, our goal for the future is to continue to provide customers with reliable instrumentation, accurately prepared reagents, proven methods, simplified procedures and outstanding technical support. We offer an environment that is team-centered, customer-driven, quality-focused, and growth-oriented. Working at Hach will provide you the opportunity for robust career development. OUR MISSION: Ensure water quality for people around the world. OUR VISION: We make water analysis better – faster, simpler, greener and more informative – via unsurpassed customer partnerships, the most k nowledgeable experts, and reliable, easy-to-use products. WATER QUALITY GROUP Danaher`s Water Quality Business is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality business provides products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, and Trojan Technologies. **Description** Position Summary: 70 years of dedication to quality and innovation has made Hach the #1 market leader in water analysis solutions. The Regional Sales Manager (RSM) is the primary front-line sales representative for strategic accounts and is vital to our organization’s ability to deliver customer value and drive accelerated growth. The RSM works within a strong network of talented professionals who provide industry leading customer service and support via; Senior Leadership, Sales, Inside Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Technical Support, Project Sales, Bids Team, and Technical Applications professionals. This role is responsible for strategic sales targeting large customer accounts with multiple influencers in their assigned geographic territory. This position will be responsible for promoting the company’s products, from instrumentation and reagents to fully integrated solutions and services. Working from a home office, this highly autonomous role requires strong business acumen, planning, and the ability to execute strategically. Essential Functions: * Develops monthly sales territory and account plans to achieve assigned targets. * Executes planned activities and documents in Hach CRM, Salesforce.com (SFDC). * Manages all opportunities utilizing SFDC and following standard sales process steps. * Prepares and presents a monthly funnel review utilizing SFDC to demonstrate the quality of the funnel, activity plans and command of the account base. * Prepares and presents monthly forecast by accurately managing opportunity dates, dollar value and probabilities in SFDC. * Establish and maintain relationships with engineering firms and other accounts that indirectly influence the buying decisions of the customer * Develops a network of customer and industry contacts in the territory to position Hach as a key member of the water management community * Collects and reports information on all competitive activity, business opportunities, sales trends and results within the assigned market providing input during monthly business review * Participates in sales activities including: customer site visits, telephone contacts, trade seminars and shows, product demonstrations/evaluations, customer seminars and channel management. * Acts as a mentor for the growth and development other RSMs. * Provides key field input in corporate programs including market research, Kaizen events and equipment beta testing. **Qualification** * 5-10 years of direct sales experience. * B2B experience selling complex industrial products and solutions. * BA, BS or MS degree required. A degree in a science related field such as Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Engineering or equivalent is an asset. * Experience in 1 or more Hach vertical markets is an asset (Waste Water, Drinking Water, Power, Beverage or Industrial Water). * Formal sales training and/or experience in value selling. * Hands on experience using a CRM (i.e. Salesforce.com). * Ability to travel up to 50% within assigned territory. * Must have a valid driver license and a driving record which is acceptable Hach. * CRITICAL COMPETENCIES / LEADERSHIP ANCHORS: * Ability to develop and execute to a business plan and manage territory as it is one’s own business * Engages stakeholders and internal resources to best serve customers * Listens to voice of the customer and asks great questions which inspire breakthroughs for our customers * Willing to move to action quickly and not get derailed in details or fear of failure * Uses metrics, KPI, and forecasting to self-manage productivity * Develops, nurtures, and understands health of customer opportunity funnel and openly works with leadership and sales operations to ensure best results PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is constantly required to sit. The employee may occasionally squat, turn/twist, or reach. The employee is constantly using hands to: finger, handle, feel or operate objects, and computer keyboards. The employee is occasionally required to walk, stand, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk, hear, and smell. The employee may occasionally lift, carry, push or pull up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment may consist of an indoor, work or home office environment with good ventilation, adequate lighting and low noise levels and/or subjected to moving mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibrations, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals, oils, extreme temperatures and work space restrictions while working in the field. Employees may be required to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working in the field which may include: eye and hearing protection, protective smock, steel toe shoes, gloves, hard hats, or face shields. /The duties listed in job descriptions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. The purpose of this description is to assist in ADA compliance and is not intended for other purposes such as collective bargaining, or compensation./ PRE-EMPLOYMENT TESTING: External hiring into this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen and background check and possible credit history review. Hach is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law. **Danaher Corporation Overview** Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years. At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team. **Organization:** Hach **Job Function:** Sales **Primary Location:** North America-North America-United States-MA-Boston **Schedule:** Full-time **Req ID:** HAC006053
          AMoDSim: An Efficient and Modular Simulation Framework for Autonomous Mobility on Demand. (arXiv:1808.04813v2 [cs.MA] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Andrea Di Maria, Andrea Araldo, Giovanni Morana, Antonella Di Stefano

Urban transportation of next decade is expected to be disrupted by Autonomous Mobility on Demand (AMoD): AMoD providers will collect ride requests from users and will dispatch a fleet of autonomous vehicles to satisfy requests in the most efficient way. Differently from current ride sharing systems, in which driver behavior has a clear impact on the system, AMoD systems will be exclusively determined by the dispatching logic. As a consequence, a recent interest in the Operations Research and Computer Science communities has focused on this control logic. The new propositions and methodologies are generally evaluated via simulation. Unfortunately, there is no simulation platform that has emerged as reference, with the consequence that each author uses her own custom-made simulator, applicable only in her specific study, with no aim of generalization and without public release. This slows down the progress in the area as researchers cannot build on each other's work and cannot share, reproduce and verify the results. The goal of this paper is to present AMoDSim, an open-source simulation platform aimed to fill this gap and accelerate research in future ride sharing systems.


          A Roadmap Towards Resilient Internet of Things for Cyber-Physical Systems. (arXiv:1810.06870v2 [cs.ET] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Denise Ratasich, Faiq Khalid, Florian Geissler, Radu Grosu, Muhammad Shafique, Ezio Bartocci

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a ubiquitous system connecting many different devices - the things - which can be accessed from the distance. The cyber-physical systems (CPS) monitor and control the things from the distance. As a result, the concepts of dependability and security get deeply intertwined. The increasing level of dynamicity, heterogeneity, and complexity adds to the system's vulnerability, and challenges its ability to react to faults. This paper summarizes state-of-the-art of existing work on anomaly detection, fault-tolerance and self-healing, and adds a number of other methods applicable to achieve resilience in an IoT. We particularly focus on non-intrusive methods ensuring data integrity in the network. Furthermore, this paper presents the main challenges in building a resilient IoT for CPS which is crucial in the era of smart CPS with enhanced connectivity (an excellent example of such a system is connected autonomous vehicles). It further summarizes our solutions, work-in-progress and future work to this topic to enable "Trustworthy IoT for CPS". Finally, this framework is illustrated on a selected use case: A smart sensor infrastructure in the transport domain.


          Learning Abstract Options. (arXiv:1810.11583v2 [cs.LG] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Matthew Riemer, Miao Liu, Gerald Tesauro

Building systems that autonomously create temporal abstractions from data is a key challenge in scaling learning and planning in reinforcement learning. One popular approach for addressing this challenge is the options framework (Sutton et al., 1999). However, only recently in (Bacon et al., 2017) was a policy gradient theorem derived for online learning of general purpose options in an end to end fashion. In this work, we extend previous work on this topic that only focuses on learning a two-level hierarchy including options and primitive actions to enable learning simultaneously at multiple resolutions in time. We achieve this by considering an arbitrarily deep hierarchy of options where high level temporally extended options are composed of lower level options with finer resolutions in time. We extend results from (Bacon et al., 2017) and derive policy gradient theorems for a deep hierarchy of options. Our proposed hierarchical option-critic architecture is capable of learning internal policies, termination conditions, and hierarchical compositions over options without the need for any intrinsic rewards or subgoals. Our empirical results in both discrete and continuous environments demonstrate the efficiency of our framework.


          A Cross-Modal Distillation Network for Person Re-identification in RGB-Depth. (arXiv:1810.11641v2 [cs.CV] UPDATED)      Cache   Translate Page      

Authors: Frank Hafner, Amran Bhuiyan, Julian F. P. Kooij, Eric Granger

Person re-identification involves the recognition over time of individuals captured using multiple distributed sensors. With the advent of powerful deep learning methods able to learn discriminant representations for visual recognition, cross-modal person re-identification based on different sensor modalities has become viable in many challenging applications in, e.g., autonomous driving, robotics and video surveillance. Although some methods have been proposed for re-identification between infrared and RGB images, few address depth and RGB images. In addition to the challenges for each modality associated with occlusion, clutter, misalignment, and variations in pose and illumination, there is a considerable shift across modalities since data from RGB and depth images are heterogeneous. In this paper, a new cross-modal distillation network is proposed for robust person re-identification between RGB and depth sensors. Using a two-step optimization process, the proposed method transfers supervision between modalities such that similar structural features are extracted from both RGB and depth modalities, yielding a discriminative mapping to a common feature space. Our experiments investigate the influence of the dimensionality of the embedding space, compares transfer learning from depth to RGB and vice versa, and compares against other state-of-the-art cross-modal re-identification methods. Results obtained with BIWI and RobotPKU datasets indicate that the proposed method can successfully transfer descriptive structural features from the depth modality to the RGB modality. It can significantly outperform state-of-the-art conventional methods and deep neural networks for cross-modal sensing between RGB and depth, with no impact on computational complexity.


          (IT) Front End Developer      Cache   Translate Page      

Location: Melbourne   

A prominent Australian household name is currently growing its digital team and are seeking a Front End Developer to take up an initial contract with long term potential. As the successful candidate, you will be responsible for the delivery of Front End functionality in a fast paced environment with rapidly changing priorities and a constant stream of new and exciting projects. To be successful in this role you will: Excel in an autonomous role with limited direction and shifting requirements Seek out opportunities to mentor junior team members and foster best practice development processes Demonstrate exceptional knowledge of HTML, CSS & JavaScript as well as sound knowledge of modern JS frameworks Possess experience developing intuitive Front End experiences across multiple devices As the successful candidate you will join a small team of technical experts and develop solutions for both internal staff and external customers. The business is a strong believer in leveraging cutting edge technologies and development methodologies and the successful candidate will demonstrate willingness and enthusiasm to embrace new technologies and development methodologies.
 
Type: Contract
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia
Contact: Bluefin Resources
Advertiser: Bluefin Resources
Reference: JSBBBH33613_153966939085970/567359994

          [ASAP] Rapid Mapping of Dissolved Methane and Carbon Dioxide in Coastal Ecosystems Using the ChemYak Autonomous Surface Vehicle      Cache   Translate Page      

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b04190

          Industry-UCB-UEC Workshop 2018 (IUUWS 2018), Nov 13      Cache   Translate Page      
Workshop Day 1: November 13 (Tues)

10:00 -10:30 Registration

10:30 -10:35 Opening Address:
Prof. Kazuo UCHIDA, Executive Committee Chairman of IUUWS
Department of Computer and Network Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

10:35 -10:45 Welcome Speech:
Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of College of Engineering UCB

10:45 -11:25 Plenary Talk:
Dr. Haruo TAKEDA
Corporate Officer, Corporate Chief Engineer, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
(Speech: 30min. /Q and A: 10min.)

11:25 -12:05 Keynote Talk 1
“Xilinx Adaptable Intelligence for Advanced Driver Assistance and Autonomous Systems”
Dr. Dan Isaacs
Director of Automotive Business Unit, Xilinx, US
(Speech: 30min. / Q and A: 10min.)

12:05 -13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 -14:30 Session 1 (Bio-Engineering)

13:30 -14:30 1.”Daylight-triggered, passive and sustained delivery of therapeutically-relevant doses of the glaucoma drug timolol from a contact lens” Prof. Gerard Marriott, Department of Bioengineering, UCB

13:30 -14:30 2.” Advantage of NIR bioluminescence for in vivo imaging” Dr. Nobuo. Kitada, Department of Engineering Science, UEC

14:30 -15:10 Keynote Talk 2
Mr. Goro Terumichi, CEO, ModuleX Inc. Japan
(Speech: 30min. / Q and A: 10min.)

15:10 -16:10 Session 2 (Future luminary for sustainable society)

15:10 -15:40 1. “Circadian Rhythms in Modern Society” Mr. Robert Soler, VP Human Biological Technologies and Research, BIOS lighting, US

15:40 -16:10 2. “Simulation in Daylighting Design” Prof. Susan Ubbelohde, Department of Architecture, UCB

16:10-16-20 Closing session remark:
Prof. Dana Buntrock, Dept of Architecture +Chair, Center for Japanese Studies, UCB

16:20 -16:40 Coffee Break (20min.)

16:40 -17:40 Session 3 (Semiconductor Materials and Systems) MEMS

16:40 -17:10 1.”Multi-Dimensional Gas Sensing Patterns of Graphene FETs” Ph.D candidate in Prof. L. Lin group, Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCB

17:10 -17:40 2.”Micro/Nano Fabrication Environment in UEC, Plasmonic and Metamaterial Devices for Optical Sensor Applications,” Associate Professor Tetsuo Kan, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems, UEC

Workshop Day 2: November 14 (Wed)

10:00 -10:40 Registration

10:40 -13:20 Session 4 (Introduction of UCB and UEC Research Activities)

10:40 -11:10 1. “UCB College of Engineering, Models of International Partnerships” Anthony St. George, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, International and Corporate Partnerships College of Engineering, UCB

11:10 -11:40 2. “UEC Strategy, “D, C and I” to a Super Smart Society” Prof. Sei-ichi SHIN, Dean, School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

11:40 -12:50 Lunch Break

12:50 -13:30 Keynote Talk 3
“Scene Application of Service Robot + AI”
Mr. Yugang Song, CEO, Suzhou Pangolin Robot Corp.,Ltd , China)
(Speech: 30min. / Q and A: 10min.)

13:30-15:00 Session 5 (Robotics and Engineering for High-Quality Life Services)

13:30-14:00 1. “Robotics Research at the University of California, Berkeley” Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCB

14:00-14:30 2. “Constructing Breakthrough Technology: Human Coexistence with General Artificial Intelligence" Prof. Satoshi Kurihara, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

14:30-15:00 3. “Developing a Mobile App for Cars" Mr. Justin Sinaguinan, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

15:00-15:20 Coffee Break

15:20-15:30 Closing Remarks:
Prof. Kazushi Nakano, Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors, UEC
          Industry-UCB-UEC Workshop 2018 (IUUWS 2018), Nov 14      Cache   Translate Page      
Workshop Day 1: November 13 (Tues)

10:00 -10:30 Registration

10:30 -10:35 Opening Address:
Prof. Kazuo UCHIDA, Executive Committee Chairman of IUUWS
Department of Computer and Network Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

10:35 -10:45 Welcome Speech:
Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Associate Dean of College of Engineering UCB

10:45 -11:25 Plenary Talk:
Dr. Haruo TAKEDA
Corporate Officer, Corporate Chief Engineer, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
(Speech: 30min. /Q and A: 10min.)

11:25 -12:05 Keynote Talk 1
“Xilinx Adaptable Intelligence for Advanced Driver Assistance and Autonomous Systems”
Dr. Dan Isaacs
Director of Automotive Business Unit, Xilinx, US
(Speech: 30min. / Q and A: 10min.)

12:05 -13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 -14:30 Session 1 (Bio-Engineering)

13:30 -14:30 1.”Daylight-triggered, passive and sustained delivery of therapeutically-relevant doses of the glaucoma drug timolol from a contact lens” Prof. Gerard Marriott, Department of Bioengineering, UCB

13:30 -14:30 2.” Advantage of NIR bioluminescence for in vivo imaging” Dr. Nobuo. Kitada, Department of Engineering Science, UEC

14:30 -15:10 Keynote Talk 2
Mr. Goro Terumichi, CEO, ModuleX Inc. Japan
(Speech: 30min. / Q and A: 10min.)

15:10 -16:10 Session 2 (Future luminary for sustainable society)

15:10 -15:40 1. “Circadian Rhythms in Modern Society” Mr. Robert Soler, VP Human Biological Technologies and Research, BIOS lighting, US

15:40 -16:10 2. “Simulation in Daylighting Design” Prof. Susan Ubbelohde, Department of Architecture, UCB

16:10-16-20 Closing session remark:
Prof. Dana Buntrock, Dept of Architecture +Chair, Center for Japanese Studies, UCB

16:20 -16:40 Coffee Break (20min.)

16:40 -17:40 Session 3 (Semiconductor Materials and Systems) MEMS

16:40 -17:10 1.”Multi-Dimensional Gas Sensing Patterns of Graphene FETs” Ph.D candidate in Prof. L. Lin group, Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) and Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCB

17:10 -17:40 2.”Micro/Nano Fabrication Environment in UEC, Plasmonic and Metamaterial Devices for Optical Sensor Applications,” Associate Professor Tetsuo Kan, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Intelligent Systems, UEC

Workshop Day 2: November 14 (Wed)

10:00 -10:40 Registration

10:40 -13:20 Session 4 (Introduction of UCB and UEC Research Activities)

10:40 -11:10 1. “UCB College of Engineering, Models of International Partnerships” Anthony St. George, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, International and Corporate Partnerships College of Engineering, UCB

11:10 -11:40 2. “UEC Strategy, “D, C and I” to a Super Smart Society” Prof. Sei-ichi SHIN, Dean, School of Informatics and Engineering, UEC

11:40 -12:50 Lunch Break

12:50 -13:30 Keynote Talk 3
“Scene Application of Service Robot + AI”
Mr. Yugang Song, CEO, Suzhou Pangolin Robot Corp.,Ltd , China)
(Speech: 30min. / Q and A: 10min.)

13:30-15:00 Session 5 (Robotics and Engineering for High-Quality Life Services)

13:30-14:00 1. “Robotics Research at the University of California, Berkeley” Prof. Masayoshi TOMIZUKA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UCB

14:00-14:30 2. “Constructing Breakthrough Technology: Human Coexistence with General Artificial Intelligence" Prof. Satoshi Kurihara, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

14:30-15:00 3. “Developing a Mobile App for Cars" Mr. Justin Sinaguinan, Honda R&D Americas, Inc.

15:00-15:20 Coffee Break

15:20-15:30 Closing Remarks:
Prof. Kazushi Nakano, Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors, UEC
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By Lisa Morgan, Program Director, Content and Community, IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (A/IS) The world has become a very polarized place in the last decade, as reflected in modern datasets. Since data is literally the foundation of AI/S, the kind of data used to train AI/S systems determines their

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A fleet of autonomous drones able to move through thick forests without GPS could offer a new way to search for lost hikers.
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Wilhelmsen Ship Management partners up with DNV GL, NMA and USN on developing autonomous shipping operation.

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          The Life-Giving Properties of One of the World's Oldest Cheeses      Cache   Translate Page      
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Beginning in 2002, the Xinjiang Cultural Relics and Archaeology Institute began to plumb graves in a tomb complex located in northwestern China's Taklamakan Desert. The site, which the Swedish archaeologist Folke Bergman started excavating in the 1930s, had been forgotten about for decades. Upon revisiting it, modern archaeologists found a woman buried in a boat-shaped coffin. Nicknamed the Beauty of Xiaohe, she had high cheekbones, a dense fringe of eyelashes, and a white felt hat topped with a feather—which suggests that she perhaps had a zippy fashion sense.

While not much is known about her, it's evident that she loved cheese, given that she was buried with chunks of it around her neck and chest around 2000 BC. Archaeologists now consider them some of the world's oldest extant pieces of cheese. What's even more remarkable is that this same cheese is still a way of life for the nomads residing in Xinjiang today.

Evidence of cheesemaking exists as far back as 8,000 years ago, in the form of strainers found in Poland. Archaeologists continue to find centuries-old traces of cheesemaking: Just this year, researchers from Cairo University and the University of Catania found a “solidified whitish mass” in Egypt that turned out to be cheese. But as a 3,200-year-old vintage, it’s relatively fresh compared to the variety found in the Xiaohe tomb, which could be up to 4,000 years old (Recently, the Xinjiang cheese was unseated as the world's oldest, thanks to remnants found on 7,000-year-old pottery fragments in Croatia). It's unclear why the buried curds were placed near a phallic-shaped wooden fertility symbol on the Beauty's chest, though it could perhaps mean that the life-giving cheese was comparable to the renewal of life itself.

Back in the day, Xinjiang residents used cow milk (mixed with a bit of sheep and goat milk) to make cheese too, says Yimin Yang. In 2014, Yang was among the scientists at Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics who analyzed the rough cubes of porous matter found around the Beauty’s neck, as well as similar samples from ten different tombs in Xiaohe. “The materials look like dairy products, so the archaeologists guessed it may be cheese before our analysis,” Yang says. They were right.

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This cheesemaking tradition continues unabated, particularly for the nomads residing in the Tian Shan Mountains near the autonomous region's capital, Urumqi. Here, cows dot the mountainside, seemingly defying gravity as they teeter on cliff faces. Maryagul Ondasin, 28, a nomad of Kazakh heritage, squats beside her yurt. In front of her, Ondasin holds a bowl filled with a lumpy-looking white substance. It resembles the early stages of an experiment in making bread, yet it's hardly a first-time venture: Ondasin is crafting cheese, known as kurt, practically the same way it was prepared for the Beauty of Xiaohe’s burial.

Part of what makes this cheese special is that the milk isn’t boiled, says Ondasin. Gesturing to the bowl of the yogurt-like mixture in front of her, she explains how she uses it to fill her sack, before allowing its whey to drip from the curds over three days in the summer heat.

Most cheese is coagulated using rennet, which is made from the enzymes found in ruminant animals' stomachs. But with acid-coagulated cheeses such as this one, it’s the milk’s own acid that works to bind the proteins together to make cheese, says University of Vermont food scientist and historian Paul Kindstedt. Combining the curds with sugar produces a taste that resembles a solidified, less-sweet version of yogurt one might find at the grocery store.

Each individual cheese is made with extraordinary care. It takes Ondasin just under a minute to pound out each large, salted round—she does this by using hard slaps that she transfers from palm to palm. This process also ensures that there aren't any air bubbles in these soft globules, similar in texture to chèvre. Everyone has a slightly different technique of doing this, though: Some of Ondasin's neighbors present their cheeses in squiggle shapes that are smaller and easier to carry.

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Maynor Slamkhan learned to make this particular cheese from her mother, who took up the skill from her own mother. Cloaked in smoke as she stands over the grill, she turns over skewers loaded up with lamb, and layered with cumin, chile, and sesame. Making kebabs provides part of her income, but a huge chunk of it also comes from the balls of cheese she sells at roadside tables. They're made from the milk of the hundreds of cattle that she owns. “I add sugar to the small ones,” says Slamkhan, through Uyghur translator Ablajan Jilil. “The big ones, I add salt.” This saltiness also results in a singularly sour flavor.

During the summertime, many Han Chinese tourists come to the Tian Shan mountains, often for the views. Visiting the nomads and sampling their homemade cheese, dried mushrooms, and local honey variations also provide the opportunity to take a bit of the mountains home. The cheese is visible from the highway, in hanging feed sacks where it's dried. As one group gentlemen tell me, they've already let their yogurt hang for five days and plan to leave it there for another two or three days (though most cheesemakers don’t leave it there as long). Leaving it hanging for more time results in a more pungent flavor, but also means a slurry that may be more dry and less malleable. The wait is shorter for suzme, a softer and more spreadable version of kurt.

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Besides selling the cheese to eager tourists, it's ingrained in nomads' lives. “We may carry one or two or three in our pockets,” Slamkhan says. As people get hungry throughout the day, a piece of cheese is an easy source of protein, a sort of ancient Power Bar. Yang says it's entirely possible that it bore the same use in the Beauty’s time. “In the paper, we deduced that cheese is daily food, and the dead could consume [it]," he says. "Of course, it may have some religious meaning."

Slamkhan also dissolves the cheese in hot water to make ayran, a popular drink throughout Central Asia and the Middle East—the same areas where acid-coagulated cheeses find favor. In winter, she and her family drink it warm, in summer, they wait for it to cool. “They're particularly common in nomadic and semi-nomadic cultures, particularly up on the Eurasian steppes,” says Kindstedt. What's more, they have longevity on their side: “They’re essentially indestructible,” he adds. Four thousand years of history can attest to that.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the Xinjiang cheese was the world's oldest. This article has been amended to reflect that traces of an older cheese, thought to be 7,000 years old, were recently found in Croatia.


          Pessoa e relação em João Duns Scotus      Cache   Translate Page      
Duns Scotus, a partir da teologia sobre a Trindade, prefere o conceito de pessoa de Ricardo de S. Vítor — "existência incomunicável" — ao de Boécio — "substância individual de natureza racional" —, para que sob tal conceito pudessem estar igualmente as pessoas divinas, os anjos e as pessoas humanas. Na obra primitiva Lectura, Scotus, seguindo sua doutrina sobre o princípio de individuação como sendo a differentia individualis, defende que as pessoas divinas existem independentemente das relações intratrinitárias, já que relatio é uma das categorias, existindo, portanto, apenas ao inerir à substância, que lhe é anterior. Porém, na amadurecida obra Ordinatio, Scotus prefere aderir à tradição agostiniana e tomista, segundo a qual as pessoas divinas consistem nas relações entre o Pai, o Filho e o Espírito Santo; porém, mantendo o conceito ricardiano de pessoa como existência incomunicável, Scotus afirma a pessoa como ultima solitudo, autônoma, mas em relações transcendentais. ; Duns Scotus, departing from the theology of Trinity, prefers Richard of Saint Victor’s concept of person — "incommunicable existence" — to Boethius’ — "individual substance of rational nature" —, because under such a concept could be considered divine persons, angels and human persons likewise. In his primitive work Lectura, Scotus, following his own doctrine on the principle of individuation as differentia individualis, asserts that the divine persons exist independently from the intratrinitarian relations, since relatio is one of the categories, and therefore only exists while inhering in the substance, which is prior to it. Yet in the mature work Ordinatio, Scotus prefers to adhere to the Augustinian and Thomist tradition, according to which the divine persons consist of relations between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; however, keeping the Richardian concept of person as incommunicable existence, Scotus states that person is ultima solitudo, autonomous but in transcendental relations.
          Ericsson, Einride and Telia power sustainable, self-driving trucks with 5G      Cache   Translate Page      
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Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery (MCC) is an autonomous institution under Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Kerala, started with an aim to establish a comprehensive cancer centre, providing the much-required oncology care to the population of Northern region of Kerala and neighbouring parts of Karnataka and Tamilnadu states. The main objective of the centre is not only to provide comprehensive cancer care but also to develop as a Research and Training Centre of international standards.


          Opportunity for M.Pharm, M.Sc to work in Cancer Therapy research at NIPER      Cache   Translate Page      

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) is the first national level institute in pharmaceutical sciences with a proclaimed objective of becoming a centre of excellence for advanced studies and research in pharmaceutical sciences. The Government of India has declared NIPER as an 'Institute of National Importance'. It is an autonomous body set up under the aegis of Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. The Institute is conceived to provide leadership in pharmaceutical sciences and related areas not only within the country, but also to the countries in South East Asia, South Asia and Africa. NIPER is a member of Association of Indian Universities and Association of Commonwealth Universities.

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          Superintendent, Autonomous Haulage Systems - Suncor Energy Services - Wood Buffalo, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
We are Canada's leading integrated energy company with a business portfolio that includes oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production,...
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          Supervisor, Autonomous Haulage System - Suncor Energy Services - Wood Buffalo, AB      Cache   Translate Page      
We are Canada's leading integrated energy company with a business portfolio that includes oil sands development and upgrading, offshore oil and gas production,...
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          Waymo self-driving car accident blamed on human error      Cache   Translate Page      
In a blog post on Monday, Waymo CEO John Krafcik revealed that one of the company’s self-driving vehicles has been involved in an accident with a motorcycle. The “manual collision” happened in Mountain View, California, on El Camino Real, and was the result of an attempt to avoid a different anticipated wreck, according to the company. The car was not … Continue reading
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Russian scientists intend to set up a network of space observation posts in the Nenets Autonomous Region to control the movement of space debris and other objects
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Chinese technology company Tencent is recruiting self-driving car engineers in Palo Alto, Calif., joining a crowded field of corporations vying for talent in the heart of Silicon Valley.
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This post was authored by Lisa S. Charbonneau. Under Article XI, Sections 4 and 5 of the California Constitution, charter cities and counties have exclusive authority to regulate and determine their own municipal affairs, free from intrusion by the state.  These provisions of the Constitution are collectively referred to as the municipal affairs clause and have given rise to what is known as the “home rule” or “municipal affairs” doctrine.  At its essence, the home rule doctrine embodies the principle that a municipality knows its wants and needs better than the state at large. The origins of the home rule doctrine lie in the creation of the state of California itself.  That is, when the original California Constitution was ratified in 1849, many municipalities within the state had operated autonomously for decades using their own laws, government structures, and tax systems.  In the face of the new power emanating from Sacramento,…
          YotaScale Raises $8m in Series A Financing      Cache   Translate Page      

YotaScale, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based Autonomous Cloud Operations platform provider, raised $8m in Series A financing. The round, which brought funding total to $11.6m, was led by Crosslink Capital with participation from existing investors – Pelion Venture Partners (Chad Packard) and Engineering Capital (Ashmeet Sidana). Led by Asim Razzaq, CEO and co-founder, YotaScale also announced […]

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          Comment on Waymo self-driving car accident blamed on human error by Daniel Waylonis      Cache   Translate Page      
Sounds like the car had it under control and the human driver freaked out. Definitely a good case study where autonomous vehicles will perform better than human drivers.
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Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw highlights the key debate topics from the Software Defined Operations & the Autonomous Network event in London, including the data analytics challenge in a 5G world and how service assurance appears to still be an afterthought in virtualization strategies.
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Academics from the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford say the advent of autonomous vehicles will affect a huge range of industries.
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DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Nov) – Except for Northern Mindanao and Caraga, inflation rates in four Mindanao regions had slowed down in October 2018, a data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday showed. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), which currently holds the highest inflation among the six Mindanao regions, […]
          NEXT GENERATION SKILLS Artificial Intelligence, IoT, BlockChain, Robotics: Human 4.0 alla guida del Futuro      Cache   Translate Page      
Internet of Things, BlockChain, Autonomous driving, Big Data e Robotica stanno cambiando i paradigmi e le priorità dell’Impresa. L’Intelligenza Artificiale è la protagonista assoluta della TECH Revolution: impatta e pervade l’industria in tutti gli ambiti, Engineering, Manufacturing ed IT, quasi fondendoli. Comprendere, gestire e sviluppare l’Intelligenza Artificiale è materia per i Talenti che ne guideranno l’applicazione […]
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          Autonomous vehicles could shape the future of urban tourism      Cache   Translate Page      
(University of Surrey) In the first study of its kind, published in the Annals of Tourism Research, academics from the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford have examined how Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) may have a substantial impact on the future of urban tourism.
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Anyone whose business is printing could make 'Democrats for Clodfelter' signs or 'Independents for Clodfelter' signs. But were there autonomous groups ordering and paying for those signs?
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          How a Deal to Bring Autonomous Vehicles to Walt Disney World Blew Up      Cache   Translate Page      
How a Deal to Bring Autonomous Vehicles to Walt Disney World Blew Up With billions of dollars at sta
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Oracle představil na konferenci OpenWorld 2018 rozšiřující funkce a nové možnosti nasazení databáze Oracle Autonomous Database. Technologický ředitel Oraclu zde zároveň uvedl cloud druhé generace Oracle Gen 2 Cloud.
          Collaborate to Innovate 2018 winners announced      Cache   Translate Page      

Collaborative engineering projects ranging from the development of robotic technology for performing surgery on jet engines to projects driving the development of autonomous and connected vehicles were among the winners announced at The Engineer’s 2018 Collaborate to Innovate awards event in London on the 6th November Judged by a panel of leading UK engineers – and […]

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          C2I 2018: Move_UK pursues validation of autonomous technologies      Cache   Translate Page      

Move_UK is a diverse consortium of partners developing a new method for validating autonomous vehicle technology in the Royal Borough of Greenwich Collaborate to Innovate 2018Category: Data & connectivity Winner: Move_UKPartners: Robert Bosch Limited, Jaguar Land Rover Limited, TRL Limited, The Floow Limited, Direct Line Insurance Services Limited, Royal Borough of Greenwich Running since August 2016, the […]

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 Adrian Bedford, Head of Software at StreetDrone, provides some tips on how to break into the fast-growing driverless car sector.  There has never been a better time to look for a job in the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry. It’s emerging as one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, creating a huge amount of […]

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          Autonomous drones show potential for forest search-and-rescue missions      Cache   Translate Page      

MIT researchers have developed a team of autonomous forest search-and-rescue drones that operate under dense forest canopies using onboard computation and wireless communication. In a paper being presented at the International Symposium on Experimental Robotics conference (Nov 5-8), MIT researchers describe their autonomous system, which overcomes limitations of using GPS in forest environments. Each autonomous […]

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          Australian drone startup Emesent goes below and beyond      Cache   Translate Page      

Queensland-based drone startup Emesent has secured $3.5m in funding to bring its Hovermap product to market. Hovermap is a LiDAR-based system deployed on drones to enable 3D simultaneous localisation and mapping (3D SLAM). Developed primarily for the mining industry, it allows for interior spaces to be autonomously navigated and mapped in the absence of GPS, […]

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          This Ontario university’s self-driving car is just as good as any automaker’s      Cache   Translate Page      
While other autonomous cars struggle to learn how to handle inclement weather, rain and other hazards just roll off the back of U of Waterloo's "Autonomoose"
          Will Washington Finally Accept Independent European Defense Initiatives?      Cache   Translate Page      

Ted Galen Carpenter

The United States has a long, depressing record of trying to discourage European efforts to create an independent security capability. Washington’s hectoring of its NATO allies for greater “burden-sharing” always emphasizes more substantial European contributions within the context of the Alliance, not outside that organization. It is not clear yet if the Trump administration will continue the stale approach that its predecessors pursued, or if American leaders are receptive at long last to changing the unbalanced nature of the transatlantic security relationship.

Professor Christopher Layne, author of the insightful book, The Peace of Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present, concludes that for all the talk of burden- sharing, the United States has never desired a truly equal, much less autonomous, democratic Europe when it comes to security matters. US policymakers’ consistently negative reaction to proposals for “Europeans only” defense measures, he contends, confirms “longstanding US fears that an equal and independent Europe would throw off Washington’s tutelage.”

The US response to plans for the European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) - and especially the related proposal for a Rapid Reaction Force (RRF) - in the late 1990s and early 2000s strongly supports Layne’s thesis. Even before those plans were fully developed, then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stressed the Clinton administration’s bottom-line demands in a December 1998 speech to the North Atlantic Council. Washington’s requirements were that any new defense program must not diminish NATO’s role, duplicate NATO’s capabilities, or discriminate against any NATO members that did not belong to the European Union - a list that became known as the “three Ds”. The administration soon concluded that the evolving ESDP violated all of those strictures.

There were even signs of panic within the administration and the wider US foreign policy community. Speaking to the NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels in December 2000, then-Secretary of Defense William Cohen warned that if the EU created a defense capability outside of NATO, the Alliance would become “a relic of the past.” Officials in the subsequent George W. Bush administration expressed a similar attitude. In October 2003, Nicholas Burns, the US Ambassador to NATO at the time, sharply criticized the EU’s plan to develop an independent military capacity. Burns branded that effort as “one of the greatest dangers to the transatlantic community.”

Washington’s countermove to the ESDP and the RRF was to propose creating a military response force within NATO. Washington lobbied intensely for that option, and eventually, France and other powers who favored a European-controlled rapid reaction capability capitulated. The NATO version went into operation in 2003, and it has taken on new relevance - especially as tensions grow between the Alliance and Russia.

Proposals for an EU military capability, though, have resurfaced - largely in reaction to President Trump’s expressed doubts about NATO. French President Emmanuel Macron advocated an independent European Union army in the fall of 2017. In a speech to French ambassadors in late August 2018, he expanded his case, arguing that Europe needed to take more responsibility for its own defense. In a subsequent speech to an EU gathering, Macron called for a “nearly automatic” mutual security guarantee within the EU. Macron contended that Europe had relied far too long on the United States for protection. “Our aim is clearly for Europe to achieve strategic autonomy and reinforce defense solidarity,” he stated.

In June 2018, nine EU nations endorsed the French plan to establish a “Defense Intervention Group” to facilitate an independent military response to threats or disorders either inside or outside EU territory. Crucially, Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed Germany’s support for Macron’s plan to establish such a European intervention force.

Thus far, the Trump administration’s response has been relatively low-key and noncommittal - in marked contrast to the Clinton administration’s nearly hysterical reaction to the ESDP. However, the presence of John Bolton as President Trump’s National Security Adviser is a worrisome factor. Bolton once termed the ESDP as “a dagger pointed at NATO’s heart.” He used virtually the same phrase in a September 17, 2016, op-ed in the Boston Globe in response to new talk about a European Union army. “We can count on enthusiastic support from Britain and much of ‘new Europe’ for reforming and strengthening the alliance,” Bolton wrote, “but when European governments place renewed emphasis on a purely European solution, we are seeing a dagger pointed at NATO’s heart.” He added: “If the EU, rather than its individual NATO member countries, really did develop a robust military capability, it would inevitably challenge the alliance’s foundational concept.” Since Bolton now sits just a few doors down from the Oval Office, he is likely making similar arguments to President Trump.

It would be most unfortunate if Bolton’s views prevail. Washington needs to abandon its traditional insistence on NATO primacy bordering on exclusivity. Democratic Europe is capable of taking the lead regarding its own defense. Moreover, not all security problems impact all portions of the West equally. It is irrational to assume that disorders in, for example, the Balkans should be deemed as important to the United States as to the Europeans. Conversely, no one should expect the EU countries to be as concerned as the United States about problems in Central America.

The interests of Europe and America overlap, but they are not congruent. Creating a capable European security organization to handle largely European contingencies is logical and sensible. The Trump administration should encourage that development, not blindly follow previous administrations and seek to sabotage it.

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is the author of ten books on international affairs. His latest book (co-authored with Malou Innocent) is Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes.
          Market Operations Manager - Carvana - Orlando, FL      Cache   Translate Page      
Company culture of internal promotions, diverse career paths and rapid advancement. It can be an autonomous job that requires good decision-making skills, but...
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          Autonomous Mobile Robotics (AMR) Engineer, Industry 4.0 - Stanley Black & Decker - Hartford, CT      Cache   Translate Page      
Experience with Material Flow Analysis and internal logistics. Existing relationships with system integrators, machine builders, and component manufacturers....
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          Market Operations Manager - Carvana - Newark, CA      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Kalray Strengthens Management Team with the Appointment of Olivier Lauvray as Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development      Cache   Translate Page      
...deployed extensively in fast-growing sectors, such as new-generation networks (intelligent data centers) and autonomous vehicles, as well as healthcare equipment, drones, and robots. Kalray's offering encompasses both processors and complete solutions (electronic boards and software). Created in 2008 ...

          Entry Level Outside Sales - Area Manager - CCP Industries - Cheyenne, WY      Cache   Translate Page      
Job Description: ENTRY LEVEL OUTSIDE SALES If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and want the day-to-day freedom of working autonomously, outside sales may be... $36,000 a year
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          ORACLE Newsletter: Embrace the future. Get the buy-in on IoT, blockchain and AI      Cache   Translate Page      
ORACLE veröffenlicht einen neuen aktuellen ORACLE Newsletter zum Thema "Embrace the future. Get the buy-in on IoT, blockchain and AI".

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          How a Deal to Bring Autonomous Vehicles to Walt Disney World Blew Up      Cache   Translate Page      

Walt Disney once mused that it’s “kind of fun to do the impossible,” so it’s likely the animation mogul would’ve been impressed by last year’s reports that fully-autonomous vehicles could soon be shuttling passengers around the amusement park in Florida that bears his name. Driverless cars are, after all, one of the…

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For decades, manufacturers have struggled with the integration of Traditional Machine Vision. Visual Quality Assurance (QA), gating and sorting has always been the necessary evil, helping manufacturers reduce the risk of defective products. The process begins with the manufacturer identifying a need for QA and assessing whether a certain point on the production line is worth the time, effort and cost of implementing a machine vision solution.


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A Cornell University-led team has developed modular robots that can perceive their surroundings, make decisions and autonomously assume different shapes in order to perform various tasks -- an accomplishment that brings the vision of adaptive, multipurpose robots a step closer to reality. 


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Japanese retail company Muji has joined forces with Sensible 4, a Finnish autonomous vehicle maker, to create Gacha, a stylish new autonomous shuttle bus designed to handle a wide variety of different environmental conditions. Autonomous vehicle technology is booming at the moment, with trials underway around the globe covering everything from self-navigating shipsto robotic helicopter […]
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The nascent driverless car market, the value of which is forecast by UBS analysts to reach a whopping $2.8 trillion by 2030, is becoming ever more crowded as Chinese tech giant Tencent enters the race. The company behind the WeChat messenger app, hugely popular on Chinese-speaking markets, has started advertising for Machine Learning and autonomous […]
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Academics from the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford say the advent of autonomous vehicles will affect a huge range of industries.
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In order to create truly autonomous robots, understand principles behind human cognition, or enable AI agents to successfully collaborate with humans, it is necessary to synthesize movement and social behaviors with the same wide variety, richness and complexity observed in humans and other animals. Moreover, these behaviors should emerge automatically from only a few core principles, and not be a result of extensive manual engineering or a mimicking of human patterns. In this talk, I will discuss how principles of optimal control, learning, and model-based reasoning can be used to generate and explain a broad range of human movement behaviors, from locomotion to dexterous manipulation, applicable both in simulation and on physical robot platforms. I will also discuss importance of multi-agent environments in development of social behaviors, from verbal and non-verbal communication, to cooperation and teaching.
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          Plan Your 2025 Smart Mobility Digital Roadmap      Cache   Translate Page      

Self-driving cars may have seemed far-fetched 10 years ago, but they are steadily gaining attention in the technology landscape, alongside other smart mobility services. In the years leading up to 2025, companies that provide smart mobility technologies will face change and uncertainty brought on by connectivity, automation, services and electrification. Collectively, these forces, known as “CASE,” will push the entire automotive industry, as well as many smart mobility companies, to redefine themselves in the next few years. Adjacent industries — such as transit, finance and insurance, as well as all levels of government — will also feel the effects and influence of mobility market changes.

Public perception of advances in smart mobility will play a major role in this adoption 

“Regulations will be one of the key driving forces that will have a deep impact on how the technology will get adopted,” says Carsten Isert, senior director analyst at Gartner. “Additionally, public perception of advances in smart mobility will play a major role in this adoption and will also have an impact on regulators, as they are more likely to allow deployment of autonomous driving and mobility services if the public demands it.”

Scenarios for the smart future of mobility

While researching smart mobility strategies, Isert developed four possible scenarios that could impact organizations through 2025. “These scenarios should serve as a thought-provoking set of possible futures for CIOs and leaders in the smart mobility space,” says Isert.

  1. The smart mobility field eventually stalls: In the near future, technical difficulties, consumer hesitation, reduced funding and, most importantly, lack of consistent regulations, will plague the smart mobility industry before its technology is accepted. CIOs will need to assess and monitor how long it will take to overcome these challenges before leading to one of the other scenarios.
  2. Extended period of stalled regulations and slow consumer adoption lead to modest change. If there aren’t any major breakthroughs in the regulatory environment by 2025, this scenario favors the local players in each market. Although several countries worldwide have passed legislations that allow the operation of autonomous mobility services, the regulations are different in each market and lead to localized solutions, but limit the potential scaling of business cases.
  3. Early success stories lead to a virtuous circle and a widespread use of Level 4 autonomous mobility services: Autonomous driving Level 4 describes vehicles that can operate without human interaction in a wide range of conditions and locations and will likely operate in geofenced areas. This level of autonomous car will likely appear on the market in the next decade. In conjunction with safe operation and well-engineered customer experiences, Level 4 can lead to the most disruptive case of IT mobility in society, where larger IT companies can obtain a significant part of the market share.
  4. The transportation and delivery industry as the main driver of new mobility until 2025: In this scenario, a combination of fine-grained commercial goods transportation services with automation of large parts of the delivery chain could lead to reduced cost and higher utilization. Funding from passenger vehicles is increasingly moved toward the logistics industry.

The 4 driving forces for smart mobility in 2025

Technology is the main influence sphere for CIOs, but the driving forces influencing the future of mobility will also depend to a large degree on a complex interaction of:

  • Regulations
  • Societal/customer acceptance
  • Economic structures
  • Organizational structures

“These forces will likely differ among different countries and cities, but these areas will be the primary forces driving the industry toward one of the four noted scenarios,” says Isert.

For example, strong societal resistance to self-driving cars could delay or prevent the passage of vital legislation that makes them able to take to the road. However, once legislation has been approved, it is reasonable to assume more people will experience the benefits of autonomous mobility services — and their opinions will change, thus allowing autonomous vehicles to become increasingly commonplace.

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CIO action plan for the smart mobility future

CIOs must generate technology visions for their organizations, to include influencing customers, and drive innovation as part of the wider industry trend toward accelerating digitalization. They can do this by driving and aligning their IT strategy with one of the four scenarios. This also means redefining that strategy further by regularly monitoring and understanding the most relevant scenario drivers — changes in regulations, customer experience, economic structures, and so forth.

Smart mobility can ultimately take many different paths toward adoption, or the lack thereof. Regardless, CIOs need to be prepared for the transformation the field might endure as a litmus test for the acceleration of digitalization.

Of course, scenarios can’t predict the future. They provide a framework to assess the potential impact different technologies will have on organizations. By tracking the various drivers and their effect on the market, CIOs can help guide their organizations as they test strategic assumptions against different conditions.

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Компании Volvo и Baidu подписали договор о совместной работе по созданию беспилотных автомобилей. У партнеров есть четко ограниченный круг обязанностей: Volvo отвечает, собственно, за автомобили и установку оборудования, а Baidu разрабатывает программное обеспечение робомобиля.

В большинстве случаев беспилотные системы создают технологические компании, которые устанавливают свои «автопилоты» на стандартные автомобили. Такая практика не является оптимальной, поскольку стандартный автомобиль не адаптирован под самостоятельную езду. По этой причине Volvo и подписала сообщение с Baidu — компании будут стремиться достичь «золотой середины» в объединении автомобильного «железа» и программных решений.
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          Tesla Tidbits: Elon Interviewed, ZEV Tales and Fleet Sales, FBI Investigation ‘Utterly False’      Cache   Translate Page      

An eccentric and brilliant company founder, profitably shipping 80,000 electric luxury cars per quarter while launching rockets, drilling tunnels and deploying billions in capital at a breakneck speed is going to generate a flood of news, data, rumors and misinformation. 

We sort through the waves of Tesla signal in a distillation of the latest Tesla numbers, quotes, lawsuits and tweets.

Tesla's 10-Q filing arrives

Tesla filed its 10-Q on Nov. 1 and provided some details not found in its Oct. 24 earnings report. Here's what stands out. 

On page 17 in the 10-Q, Tesla reveals that a single entity represents "10 percent or more" of its accounts receivable (AR) balance. Ten percent of Tesla's $1.15 billion in AR at the end of Q3 2018 would be $115 million. That's the value of more than 1,000 vehicles. What else could this be but a fleet purchase?

One Twitter user claims a manager at rental car company Enterprise confirmed the purchase of 1,000 Tesla vehicles. Enterprise already offers Tesla cars, so that's not too much of a stretch. GTM has contacted Enterprise for comment. It's notable, though, that fleet sales are not typically high-margin events. 

It's also notable that Tesla is profitable, irrespective of credit accounting. On page 41 in the 10-Q, Tesla reveals, "ZEV credits sales were $52.3 million and non-ZEV regulatory credits sales were $137.2 million" in the third quarter. In its earnings report, Tesla only disclosed the $52 million in ZEV credits. That total of $189 million in regulatory credits accounts for about half of Tesla’s $312 million profit in the most recent quarter. So the company was profitable, but that appears to have been driven more by credit sales than product revenues than was initially thought. 

Recode interviews Elon Musk 

The usually confrontational Kara Swisher of Recode interviewed Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Halloween at Tesla's Palo Alto headquarters. 

New products are "heart-stopping." Musk rattled off the company's upcoming automotive products: the Model Y — its midsize SUV, the Semi truck, the next-generation Roadster with the "fastest acceleration, fastest top speed, best handling" of any car, EV or internal combustion engine. But Musk reserved some special enthusiasm for the pickup truck, which he described as "a really futuristic-like, cyberpunk, Blade Runner pickup truck. It’s gonna be awesome; it’s gonna be amazing. This will be heart-stopping. It stops my heart." 

"Full self-driving next year." Musk continues to make bold predictions on autonomous driving. He spoke of "Drive on Navigation" as "one of the first major steps toward full self-driving." And he said: "I think we’ll get to full self-driving next year." As for the competition in the self-driving arena, Musk said Waymo, formerly Google's self-driving division, presented a threat. But, he added, "I don’t think anyone is close to Tesla in terms of achieving a general solution." 

"The worst year of my entire career." Ramping up the Model 3 line made this year feel "like five years of aging," said the CEO, characterizing it as "the worst year of my entire career." Musk said, "Making a car company successful is monumentally difficult." GM and Chrysler went bankrupt, while Ford and Tesla "barely" made it through the last recession, said the CEO. "There’s a good chance Ford doesn’t make it in the next recession,"he added. "It is absurd that Tesla is alive. Absurd!" 

"Tesla cannot die." Things got a bit messianic as Musk intoned, "Tesla cannot die. Tesla is incredibly important for the future of sustainable transport and energy generation. The fundamental purpose, the fundamental good that Tesla provides is accelerating the advent of sustainable transport and energy production. I think it’s fair to say that Tesla has advanced sustainable energy by at least five years, conservatively, and maybe closer to 10, and then if we continue to make progress, we might advance it by 20 years."

Tunnel opening party is on Dec 10: When Musk isn't rearranging the world's transportation system or disrupting space launch economics, he's digging tunnels with the Boring Company. Musk envisions a relief from urban traffic via "massive improvements" in tunneling technology that gets the job done for $10 million per mile instead of current U.S. subway costs of $1 billion per mile. Musk notes, "We’re about to finish the first [Hawthorne] test tunnel." The opening party is Dec. 10th if you can snag an invite.

The press has to "do better." Musk reserves some animus for the press. "Take that Wall Street Journal front-page article about, 'The FBI is closing in.' That is utterly false. That’s absurd. To print such a falsehood on the front page of a major newspaper is outrageous. The answer is for the press to be honest and truthful, and research their articles and correct things properly when they are false." In response to the WSJ claim, Tesla noted that it had not received a subpoena, a request for testimony, or any other formal process from the FBI. The Verge reports that Tesla did receive a subpoena on Friday from the SEC concerning Model 3 production forecasts in 2017.

Here's a full transcript of the interview.

“Shareholders need new stewards on the board” 

An important set of investors sent Tesla’s three independent directors a list of demands in a letter last week, according to reports. The signers of the letter are in charge of some of the nation's larger state and city pension funds, including California State Teachers’ Retirement System. Combined, the signers help manage about $774 billion in assets and hold an estimated $322 million in Tesla stock.  

They called for timelines on the departures of board directors Antonio Gracias, Kimbal Musk and Steve Jurvetson. The investors also asked for Tesla to find directors with experience that “specifically match[es] the company’s strategy and current skill sets.” Robyn Denholm, COO of telecommunications firm Telstra, is unique among board members, having actually worked in the automotive business — at Toyota Motor Corporation Australia — earlier in her career. 

Shareholders have recently voted down board governance-related requests from this and other groups.   

Musk tweets of note 

Panasonic is not Tesla's only source for cells at the China Gigafactory. Musk recently tweeted:

In other news, Musk was, apparently, a sponge at one point.

Elon calendar reminder

Musk has to be replaced as Tesla's board chair by November 13 as part of an SEC settlement for Musk's "funding secured" tweet.


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OpenWorld is an exciting conference full of sessions and events for Oracle customers. With over 2000 sessions and events, OpenWorld has a lot to offer. We know that not everyone can make it to the conference in person. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, here are the top 5 exciting things that happened at OpenWorld.

1. Exadata Customers Uncover Their Keys To Success

One of the most insightful moments at Oracle OpenWorld 2018 was listening to Exadata customers uncover amazing performance improvements and better business results that have helped them develop a competitive edge in the market. Wells Fargo and Halliburton both shared their significant cost savings as well as operational benefits from consolidating their hardware and software onto Oracle Exadata in this session.

David Sivick, technology initiatives manager at Wells Fargo, shared how they leveraged 70 racks of Exadata to replace several thousand Dell servers. Sivick said that the company has “realized a multi-million dollar a year saving…There’s a 78% improvement in wait times, 30% improvement on batch, 36% reduction in space from compression and an overall application speed improvement of 33%.” (Source diginomica).

Shane Miller, senior director of IT at Halliburton, also explained that he experienced significant cost savings and business results. For instance, Shane mentioned that with Exadata, “we saw a 25% reduction in the time it takes to close at the end of the month… We saw load times from 6 hours to like 15 minutes.” (Source diginomica).

2. Constellation Research and Key Cloud at Customer Customers Share Stories About innovation

In the 2 years since the Cloud at Customer portfolio has been announced, customers have seen significant innovation with their Cloud deployments.  As an example, Sentry Data Systems’ Tim Lantz shared how Exadata Cloud at Customer allows them to have their cake and eat it too.  Kingold Group’s Steven Chang shared how important data sovereignty is with their digital transformation with Exadata Cloud at Customer.  And other customers in other sessions, including Dialog Semiconductor, Galeries Lafayette, Quest Diagnostics, and more shared their stories at OpenWorld. 

 

To learn more, read Jessica Twentyman’s article in Diginomica.

3. Oracle Database Appliance Customers Shared How They Maximize Availability 

During the Oracle OpenWorld customer panel, we heard how Oracle Database customers are driving better outcomes with Oracle Database Appliance versus traditional methods of building and deploying IT infrastructure. We covered the business value, and customer perspectives on how Oracle Database Appliance has delivered real value for their Oracle software investments while simplifying the life of IT without additional costs. Our special guests operate in education, mining, finance and real estate development. One of the main topics was using a multi-vendor approach vs. an engineered system. As a DBA managing day to day operations, many faced performance and diagnostic issues and a multi-vendor solution was not helping. With ODA they can manage the entire box which provides easy patching with one single patch that does it all. David Bloyd, Nova Southeastern University stated:In the past, we would take our old production SUN SPARC server that was out of warranty to be our dev/test/stage environment when purchasing a new production server to save money.  Now we can test our ODA patches on the same software and hardware as our production environment by having the same ODAs for both environments. Furthermore, our panelists expressed the need to have 24x7 availability with no downtime. Konstantin Kerekovski, Ramymond James stated:

 

“The ODA HA model is key because being in financial services you cannot go down, high availability is key. We have two set ups in Dev we are using RAC ONE Node. And also for DR, we can consolidate many databases on one ODA. In production, we have two instances of RAC running on ODA compute nodes, so no downtime.”

Oracle Database Appliance at OpenWorld

As we approach the latest generation of Oracle Database Appliance we are seeing more performance, security and reliability increase. “Rui Saraiva, KGHM International stated: “With the latest implementation of the ODA X7 we were able to significantly increase application performance and thus improve business efficiencies by saving time to the business users when they run reports or execute their business processes.”

Are you considering Oracle Database Appliance to run your Oracle Database and Applications? Check out this blog By Jérôme Dubar, dbi services on “5 mistakes you should avoid with Oracle Database Appliance.”

4. Oracle Products Demo Floor

The OpenWorld demo-grounds featured 100+ Oracle Product Managers explaining the technical details of each  product. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to get the most out of your Oracle investments by the person who designed the product! 

5. Oracle CloudFest Concert

Oracle hosted a private party exclusively for customers! This intimate concert featured Beck, Portugal the Man, and the Bleachers. Guests enjoyed a night out at the ball park with free food, drinks, entertainment and networking.

Cloudfest Oracle Concert

Overall, the Exadata experience at Oracle OpenWorld was amazing and to learn more, do check out the new Exadata System Software 19.1 release which serves as the foundation for the Autonomous Database.

 

 

 


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Last month, a motorcyclist was injured by one of Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacificas. According to the accident report, a car in the left lane attempted to merge into the same middle lane as the Pacifica test platform, which was operating in autonomous mode. The safety driver then “took manual control of the Pacifica out of an […]

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          Tieto and HERE Technologies team up to bring digitalization to the next level in automotive, logistics and asset management      Cache   Translate Page      

Digitalization has opened and continues to open completely new ways for monitoring and getting efficiencies from mobile objects and assets. Autonomous vehicles, location based services, asset and fleet tracking and management – all offer opportunities on a global scale. For example, according to Market Research Future, the global fleet management market is expected to grow at a CAGR rate of 22% in the period 2018-2023. Transparency Market Research predicts that asset tracking and manageme...

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Einride, Ericsson and Telia are putting 5G into motion at a DB Schenker facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The goal is to power an all-electric, autonomous transport ecosystem  that takes fleet management to the next level. Ericsson Radio System  and  Ericsson Cloud Core  for 5G are providing high performance connectivity to Einride's T-pod – a driverless vehicle operating continuously at DB Schenker's logistics facilities in Jönköping, Sweden. - - Robert Falck, CEO and Founder of Einride, sa...

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Eight university teams will be battling it out in the Audi Autonomous Driving Cup 2018 from November 12 to 14 to present the best autonomous driving car. For the first time, the participants have access to digital HD map material of the entire course. The museum mobile in Audi Forum Ingolstadt will now be hosting the competition for young talents for the fourth time. Small, but with the technology of their big counterparts: This description applies to every single blue Audi Q2 negotiating...

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