West Ham blow as keeper Fabianski out for EIGHT weeksby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski has been ruled out for at least two months with a torn hip muscle.The 34 year old Polish stopper suffered the injury taking a goal-kick during West Ham’s 2-2 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday and was substituted in the 34th minute. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
American men’s tennis is at a nadir. No Grand Slam singles champion in 11 years. No Grand Slam singles semifinalist in over five years. The U.S. Open unfolding now in New York is the 12th straight Grand Slam without an American man in the quarterfinals, and the seventh of the last eight with none in the fourth round.1The only active American man to even reach a major semifinal is Robby Ginepri, who is 31 and ranked 204th in the world.American women’s tennis is led by the No. 1 player in the world, Serena Williams, who has won 17 Grand Slam titles and remains the favorite to win the U.S. Open for the third year in a row.I wondered, though: Are the American women a stronger force in world tennis than the American men are? Beyond Serena and Venus Williams — who are 32 and 34 years old, respectively — are the women any deeper and stronger than the men?To check, I downloaded the latest singles rankings from both the men’s ATP World Tour and the women’s WTA tour — every player in the world who has a professional ranking point, even just one.As of Aug. 25, the start of the U.S. Open, there are 2,232 ranked men and 1,323 ranked women. About one in 12 of the ranked women are from the U.S., more than from any other nation (Russia trails narrowly). U.S. men make up one in 16 of all ranked professional players, tied with France for most in the world.Counting ranked players is a pretty rough gauge of national tennis strength. A player outside the Top 500 will appear in few tour events, let alone Grand Slams. Getting a ranking can be a product of opportunity as much as merit. An American player who’s just as good as, say, an Algerian player lives much closer to events where he can earn points, and therefore doesn’t have to spend as much to play.So I went beyond merely counting ranked players and added up the ranking points for each nation. This is a decent proxy for how much money players have earned in the sport, because ranking points generally scale with earnings. The bigger the tournament, the more points and dollars are available; and the further a player advances, the bigger a piece of the pie she earns. By this math, Serena Williams’s 2,000 points for winning the U.S Open last year — which still counts in the latest 52-week ranking — is worth slightly more than No. 24 Sloane Stephens’s cumulative tennis accomplishments in the last year. And Serena’s annual achievements are worth about five Sloanes in national tennis strength.That feels about right. Having lots of Top 100 players is nice in the first couple of days of a Grand Slam tournament. Having one player who can consistently reach the last couple of days of a Grand Slam is much nicer.Here, the U.S. women dominate their peers, and their male counterparts. They hog 12 percent of the world’s female tennis talent — half again as much as runner-up Russia. The U.S. men have just 5 percent of global male talent. The U.S. trails four European nations — Spain, France, Serbia and Switzerland — that combined have less than one-half the population of the U.S.Just five years ago, American men and women were much closer in their global tennis standing. American men held 8 percent of tennis ranking points, compared to 10 percent for women. The women have rebounded slightly while the men have lost ground.American men’s tennis boosters can point to a few reasonable explanations. First, the men’s long-term slump is less precipitous than the women’s. I checked by downloading pre-U.S. Open rankings data from the ATP and WTA websites for prior years, with major help from my colleague, Paul Schreiber. At this stage of the season in 1999 — the first year for which WTA ranking data is available on the WTA website — American women commanded 21 percent of global tennis power. American men held 11 percent. The men have narrowed the gender gap even as they have fallen further behind the rest of the world.2Any comparison can look different depending on which dates we choose to start and end with. The U.S. men’s slow decline over the last 15 years followed a crash, from 26 percent heading into the 1990 U.S. Open and 18 percent in 1994.Globalization also has brought more competition to the men’s game. Over the last few decades, the sport’s footprint has expanded further beyond the traditional bases in the four Grand Slam-hosting nations (the U.S., U.K., France and Australia). This is particularly so in the men’s game. That’s partly because of unequal opportunities; many countries still haven’t given girls the same chance to play sports as boys, or have done so only recently. Economic incentives have also favored the men: The Grand Slams equalized pay only seven years ago, and many other tournaments still pay men more than women. There also are more men’s professional events, which helps explain why there are more ranked male players than female players.The result is that 104 countries have ranked men, compared to just 79 countries with ranked women. That represents an increase of 14 countries from this time in 1999 for the men, but a rise of just four countries for the women.American women also are competing with fewer talent bases around the world. Russia is the only other country with at least 5 percent of the world’s ranked women. Three other countries besides the U.S. have a share that big of all ranked men.Another way to understand the men’s relative struggles is that the Williams sisters might be outliers who skew the whole comparison. Their story often has been described as one of the most remarkable in sports history, and rightly so. Their parents, Richard Williams and Oracene Price, trained them at a very young age with the goal of making each the No. 1 player in the world. Their daughters each achieved that audacious goal, and did so outside the well funded national centers. They have remained so good, past the age that most other women’s greats retired, that they account today for more than one-third of all U.S. women’s ranking points.What if the Williams family had never picked up tennis rackets? Then U.S. women would account for less than 8 percent of global talent today, much closer to their male counterparts.3Comparable earlier figures are 5 percent before the 2009 U.S. Open, 13 percent in 2004 and 17 percent in 1999. American women other than the Williams sisters have rebounded slightly after a steep decline. That group includes a number of young players who could one day enter the Top 10 but so far have performed inconsistently, including Stephens, Christina McHale and Madison Keys. None of them — nor the other three American women who rank behind the two Williams sisters but inside the Top 50 — reached the third round of the U.S. Open.4Remove John Isner and Donald Young, the top two American men, from the sport and the U.S. men’s share of global pro tennis power drops just one percentage point, to 4 percent.Here’s an even more outrageous hypothetical: What if Richard and Oracene had trained two young sons instead of daughters, and Jupiter and Steve had the same success that Venus and Serena have had? American men would hog a greater portion of global tennis talent than American women would today.While that scenario is farfetched, it is rooted in the reality of a sport usually dominated by just a few superstars. Even when American tennis was much deeper than it is today, one or two singular talents carried most of the load for winning big tournaments and contending for No. 1. Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe gave way to Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi. Those men won 41 of American men’s 46 Grand Slams in the last 42 years. Maybe it’s just a fluke that another player with that kind of talent hasn’t come around since Sampras and Agassi retired — or hasn’t played tennis.As it happens, Richard Williams, who is 72, has a two-year-old son. But if Richard has his way, Dylan won’t help pick up the mantle for the American men. “He’ll never be a billionaire in tennis,” Richard Williams said earlier this year. He wants his son to buy a gold mine.
On Saturday, as thousands of protesters, dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election, were marching from Union Square to Trump Tower, just a few miles north, the two grandmasters sat down in the spaceship to play again. Game 2, with Karjakin handling the white pieces, began with the all-too-familiar Ruy Lopez opening, a staple of chess for 500 years. The rest of the game was an equally uncreative and plodding affair. One prominent grandmaster on Twitter called certain passages “flaccid.” After just under three hours, and not much else to speak of, they arrived at a second draw. (The computer chess engine Stockfish was in full agreement, seeing both games as nothing but deadlocked.) The last time the World Chess Championship was held in New York City, titleholder Garry Kasparov met challenger Viswanathan Anand on the 107th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. They played their first game on Sept. 11, 1995.That tower is now gone, a new one stands nearby, and the grandest board in chess is again set in lower Manhattan. This year, the venue is the new Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport, an area of the city that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. It was rebuilt and has been thriving in recent years.The players are different, too. Magnus Carlsen of Norway, ranked No. 1 in the world, is defending his title against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin, ranked No. 9. The first weekend of their best-of-12 match is in the books, and after two games — and two draws — the score is level at 1-1.This year’s chess venue is sparse and sleek, heavy on concrete and hypermodern black-and-white branding. Large flat-screen televisions dot the open floor, providing live views of the tense and slowly unfolding games. The sellout crowd mills around, stealing meaningful-looking glances at the game on TV, listening to live commentary on headphones, eating sandwiches and playing their own games of speed chess in the cafe’s Eames-style dining chairs.The two grandmasters play alone in a separate room, accompanied only by two stoic match arbiters. On the inside, the room resembles the bridge of a sci-fi spaceship. To the spectators on the outside, though, it evokes a reptile house in a zoo. You enter the dark, hot and humid viewing gallery through thick black curtains. You’re hushed as you enter and reminded to silence your phone. The lights inside are dimmed, and an eerie purple light glows from behind the thick glass of the one-way mirror. You can see Carlsen and Karjakin, leaning in close to each other over the board in deep thought. They can’t see you.In Game 1, Carlsen, playing with the white pieces, chose an unusual opening called the Trompowsky Attack. The joke around the Fulton Market Building on Friday was that he played it as a homophonic nod to the new president-elect. There was truth to the joke. Asked after the game whether his choice had anything to do with Donald Trump, Carlsen replied: “A little bit.”“I’m a big fan of Donald Trump,” Carlsen told Norway’s TV2 in March (in Norwegian). “Trump is incredibly good at finding opponents’ weaknesses. He speaks only about that the other candidates are stupid or smelly. There should be more of this in chess, too.” Carlsen then offered a Trumpism of his own: “Karjakin is incredibly boring!” Karjakin, for his political part, is an avowed supporter of Vladimir Putin.By the end of that first game, each side had pushed its wooden army as far as it’d go — two phalanxes scrumming at the center of the board. No further blood was drawn, however, and the players agreed to a draw after the 42nd move and just under four hours of play. (Draws are quite common in championship chess.) The actor and chess fan Woody Harrelson was on hand for Game 1. The star of “True Detective” brought to my mind that show’s oft-quoted line, bastardized from Nietzsche: “Time is a flat circle.” In chess, and at this championship, what’s old is new again, and moves and characters are strangely familiar. Donald Trump made the ceremonial first move at a qualifying event for that 1995 New York championship, at Trump Tower. And Rudy Giuliani, then the mayor and now rumored to be high on the list to be Trump’s attorney general, made the ceremonial first move in those finals. (Giuliani was late — and made the wrong move.)Carlsen remains the heavy favorite, although his chances according to my Elo-based simulations have dipped from 88 percent at the start to 84 percent now, as Karjakin has held serve.1I simulated 10,000 iterations of the remainder of the match using the players’ current Elo ratings and assumed that they draw half their games, as grandmasters historically tend to do. The players seemed to sense that the large crowds were getting a bit restless. “I ask you for your understanding that this is a long match,” Carlsen said at Saturday’s postgame press conference. “Not every game will be a firework.”Game 3 begins Monday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the match here and on Twitter.
When the American League takes the field in Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game, Derek Jeter will walk out of the dugout to what is sure to be thunderous applause and take his familiar place at shortstop.That’s nothing new. Jeter, who plans to retire at the end of this season, has been named an All-Star 14 times in his storied career, starting the game at shortstop nine times. This year, though, he’s playing at nothing near an All-Star level. According to wins above replacement (WAR), Jeter has been one of the AL’s worst shortstops this season.It’s tough to get too worked up, though, about Jeter getting the starting nod — however undeserved — in the final All-Star Game of his career. Although Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels almost certainly warranted the accolade instead, baseball has a long history of awarding statistically unjustified All-Star Game starts. Surprisingly, though, the worst All-Star starting bids (since 1974 — excluding 1981, due to the players’ strike — according to FanGraphs’ WAR through the end of June for the season in question) are not exclusively the realm of sentimental picks like Jeter:Forty-year-old Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2001 All-Star Game start was awarded purely out of legacy, and it’s been frequently compared to Jeter’s this week. Ripken, however, had the worst first half of any All-Star Game starter from the past four decades, having played much worse than Jeter has thus far in 2014. Ripken’s first-half triple-slash line in 2001 was .240/.270/.324 (good for a 56 Weighted Runs Created Plus); Jeter’s 2014 line is .272/.324/.322 (80 wRC+), despite playing in a more difficult offensive environment. Jeter may not be playing like a typical All-Star, but he hasn’t been as bad as Ripken was at the same age.Perhaps more interesting is the fact not all — or even most — ill-advised All-Star starting picks went to sentimental selections. Of the 50 worst starters listed above, there are more players under age 30 (18) than 35-or-older (16). For most of the prime-aged players who started the All-Star Game despite poor first halves, though, their presence can be explained by a good season the year prior. This phenomenon is fueled by baseball’s long-standing confusion over whether the All-Star Game is supposed to honor the players who played best in the first half of the season in question, those who played best since the previous All-Star Game, or simply the best players in general.Jeter falls into none of those three categories, but he will carry on the proud tradition of the legacy pick when he takes the field tonight.
For the past two seasons, the Ohio State men’s basketball team was, for the most part, all Evan Turner, all the time. But with Turner now in the NBA, the Buckeyes appear to be, after one game, much more balanced. In Friday’s 102-61 win over North Carolina A&T, five Buckeyes scored in double figures, including freshman forward Deshaun Thomas with a team-high 24 points. Thomas, who scored 15 points in the first half, shot 10 for 16 from the field including 2 for 3 from outside the arc. “I was feeling it,” Thomas said. “When you’re on the bench, you have to be ready to play and play hard, and that’s what I did.” Known for his prolific scoring in high school, Thomas admitted that it took him a while to get up to speed in other areas of the game, specifically his defense. Though Thomas might not be quite as good as he needs to be yet, coach Thad Matta said the freshman showed how much he’s improved with his performance. “Deshaun has been so focused on his defense in practice,” Matta said. “We always tell the guys, ‘When you focus on the defense the offense will come’ and I think he found it today.” Freshman Jared Sullinger, despite a less-than-stellar first half in which he played just eight minutes and scored only three points, finished with 19 points in his OSU debut. But it was his 14 rebounds that Sullinger said were most important. “What I focus my game on is how many rebounds I get,” Sullinger said. “That’s something that has been established by my brothers and my father. (My father) being my basketball coach in high school, he told me if I don’t get a lot of rebounds, I’m not trying hard.” Senior center Dallas Lauderdale recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds to go along with eight blocks, and guards William Buford and David Lighty both scored in double figures, with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Buckeyes play at No. 11 Florida on Tuesday.
Juventus have refused to go beyond 70million euros for the signing of Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a move that reports from Football Italia suggest it shows they are no longer interested in the midfielder.The Biancocelesti are said to be asking for in excess 120million euros and club president, Claudio Lotito has said that the club have no need to sell unless their valuation is met.The Serbian midfielder who appeared at the World Cup for his country has been drawing a lot of interest from Europe’s top club with Real Madrid and Manchester United also rumoured to be interested in his services.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Old lady has refused to raise their offer beyond 70million euros and are now believed to have switched their attention elsewhere.In October 2017, Serbia caretaker manager Mladen Krstajić included Milinković-Savić in the squad for friendlies against China and South Korea. In May 2018 he was named in Serbia’s preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
The Argentina Football Association finally made the decision to appoint legendary Cesar Luis Menotti, to be their National Team’s Director on Monday.As the new Argentina board of directors have managed to keep the National Team a float in the last few years, they needed to make a massive point by signing someone like Cesar Luis Menotti for an important position in the federation and they just announced him this Monday.The legendary former manager reportedly declined the position as the National Team coach, he doesn’t feel like he will deliver good results given his advanced age and he is not interested on having stress problems at this point in his life.But Menotti has always been very interested in what happens to his beloved National Team, which is the reason he agreed to sign a new contract as the new National Teams’ Director and will start his new job effective immediately.The Argentina Football Association (AFA), made the announcement on Monday and posted a picture of him and chairman Claudio Tapia shaking hands while closing the deal that binds Menotti to the squad in this new position.The input that Cesar Luis can give to the younger national teams is very valuable, he will make sure that the right decisions are made in Argentina from now on.El ex entrenador de @Argentina, César Luis Menotti, será Director de Selecciones Nacionales. Comenzará su función el próximo 1 de febrero. ¡Bienvenido a su Casa, César! pic.twitter.com/Ze2O7ksNY9— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) January 14, 2019This position has only been reserved in the past for World Cup champions with Argentina according to Diario Ole, only two other figures have taken on the job before Menotti and he has some major shoes to fill.The first one to take on the role was Carlos Bilardo, the manager who took Argentine to the 1986 World Cup championship and one of the most influential managers in the country’s history.During his tenure as the National Teams’ Director, Bilardo took Argentina when Diego Maradona took the job as the manager and he didn’t really have a lot of success in the position.The other person who took the position was Jose Nestor Pekerman, he was the Director between the mid-nineties and the start of the millennium.He was the one who appointed Marcelo Bielsa as the National Team manager, he also took the youth World Cup trophies of Qatar 1995, Malasia 1997, and Argentina in 2001.It’s Menotti’s turn to take a crack at the job, which is a huge responsibility because he will be the one calling the shots with only chairman Claudio Tapia above him in the organization.Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…¡La reconstrucción albiceleste!🇦🇷 AFA ha anunciado que a partir del próximo 1 de febrero, César Luis Menotti asumirá como Director de Selecciones Nacionales.👏 Argentina fue Campeón del Mundo con ‘El Flaco’ en 1978 de la mano de @ESPNMarioKempes pic.twitter.com/F5gREgM6cH— Fuera de Juego (@ESPN_FDJ) January 14, 2019Now that AFA has appointed Lionel Scaloni as the National Team manager, he will have to impress Menotti within the span of the next year or he will most likely be replaced if he comes out short.After the protocol is followed with all the necessary documents that Menotti will have to sign, the position will start officially on 1 February this year but Cesar Luis has already begun to form the working team that will help him build a better structure for all the National Teams in Argentina.As far as the National Team goes, it will be Cesar Luis Menotti’s job to convince Lionel Messi that he still has a lot to give to Argentina and to let him know that he has the full support from AFA for the upcoming tournaments in which he may compete.The new Director also has big plans for the manager’s job, but he will give Scaloni the benefit of the doubt and let him work without any pressure coming from his end.However, the options Menotti has for the job are Marcelo Gallardo, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and Diego Simeone.#Seleccion 🇦🇷 ¿Qué decía Menotti de los posibles candidatos a entrenador de Argentina? ¿A quiénes elogiaba y les veía pasta? ➡ https://t.co/KPfVYhu0Wm pic.twitter.com/z0tMZOIYAm— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) January 15, 2019How well do you think Cesar Luis Menotti will do as the new National Teams’ Director for Argentina? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
In 2018, the king salmon runs throughout Cook Inlet have consistently and significantly underperformed ADF&G preseason expectations resulting in restrictions and closures of inriver and marine sport fisheries. The restriction on the Kenai River late-run king salmon fishery is effective 12:01 a.m. July 1 through 11:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. Cook Inlet Management Coordinator Matt Miller: “Without restrictions to harvest, the escapement goal for the Kenai River late-run king salmon is not expected to be achieved. Consistent with the management plan, it is warranted to prohibit bait in the sport fishery to achieve the escapement goal and provide reasonable harvest opportunity. The management plan also indicates if bait is prohibited in this sport fishery than the personal use and commercial fishery also experience restrictions. The retention of king salmon is prohibited in the personal use fishery and commercial fishing periods of the Upper Subdistrict, excluding the East forelands, will be open for no more than 48 hours a week.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has implemented a sport fishing restriction on the Kenai River, no bait allowed on the Kenai River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G regulatory marker located approximately 300 yards downstream from the mouth of Slikok Creek. This sport fishing regulation restriction is in conjunction with the Kenai River early-run king salmon sport fishing closure issued on June 18. ADF&G will continue to monitor the Kenai River run as it develops and additional actions may be taken depending on the run strength.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Army officials this week will present to senior leaders a list of 30 candidate locations to host the headquarters for the new Futures Command, reports Defense News. Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy said he and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville would make a final recommendation to the Army secretary and chief of staff in late spring. The headquarters for the new modernization command likely will be in a major urban area and not at an Army installation. “This isn’t like a standard basing decision, where we’re moving a brigade combat team somewhere,” McCarthy said. “We needed access to academia and business, and those two kind of key characteristics. Where the systems engineers, software engineers are.” McCarthy said he envisions the command leasing two or three floors of an office building for the next decade.Army photo by Spec. Esmeralda Cervantes
More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Enlarge ImageThe Valkyrie’s absurdly powerful V12 engine undergoing testing. Aston Martin Aston Martin has been trickling out little bits of information about its superlative Valkyrie for quite some time, but on Friday the company shared perhaps the most important numbers yet. Aston confirmed that the Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain will be rated for 1,160 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. Remember, the Valkyrie is planned to be a road-legal car.The astonishing figures are based on combined output from the car’s gasoline engine and electric motor. The former, a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 built by Cosworth, is rated for 1,000 hp at 10,500 rpm, with a maximum engine speed of 11,100 rpm. Peak torque is rated at 546 pound-feet at 7,000 rpm. Aston said previously the engine weighs only a little over the company’s goal of 200 kilos, or about 441 pounds.Enlarge ImageThe car’s design is just as extreme as its horsepower and torque figures. Aston Martin The remainder of the Valkyrie’s output comes from its hybrid components, with an electric motor from Integral Powertrain Ltd and batteries from Rimac. The motor delivers 160 horsepower and 206 lb-ft alone, with supplements the V12 and delivering those headlining combined output figures.As a refresher, the Valkyrie is being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Though intended to be emissions-compliant and legal for road use, Aston is also going to offer a Valkyrie AMR Pro version for track use, which will weigh just 2,220 pounds and have a claimed 2,200 pounds of aerodynamic downforce. Just 25 will be built, whereas the standard road-ready Valkyrie will be limited to 150 units.With the powertrain details confirmed, Aston Martin says it is now beginning to build the first physical test prototypes of the Valkyrie. We can’t wait to see and hear the wild hypercar being put through its paces on the track — especially given how wild that V12 engine sounds on its own. Post a comment 0 Share your voice Aston Martin Tags 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aston Martin adds even more ways to tweak your Valkyrie 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Aston Martin Exotic Cars Performance Cars 23 Photos
High volatility witnessed in gold prices in the past few weeks is expected to continue until the announcement of the first rate hike by the US central bank but ease thereafter.”We assume that the gold price will remain under pressure until the first interest rate rise,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Investors are concerned about the timing of the interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve and once there is clarity over the timing, prices of the precious metal are expected to stabilize.”The price should climb again just as soon as the uncertainty over the timing diminishes,” said the note.Currently, gold prices are trading at their five-year lows, as improving economic data in the US strengthened expectations of a US Fed rate hike in September.On Tuesday, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the “US economy was ready for an interest rate hike.””Yesterday’s interview is a strong indication that a rate hike will be forthcoming in September. The market responded by pricing in a rate hike in September with a likelihood of 50% for the first time this year,” said Commerzbank.At its July meeting, the US Federal Reserve had indicated that it was moving closer to raising rates for the first time after keeping them at record low since the financial crisis of 2008.In the domestic bullion market, gold prices fell by Rs 110 to Rs 25,020 per 10 gm on Wednesday, as a strong dollar weighed heavily on the prices.
Rathis Chandra BhowmikMinority community groups on Monday announced demonstration programmes demanding that the government take measures to trace public prosecutor Rathis Chandra Bhowmik who went on missing since Friday last week.Under the banner Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikyo Parishad, minority leaders announced that they would block roads in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions and all major roads in divisional cities for an hour on 7 April if Rathis is not traced by then.The group made the demand from a press conference held at National Press Club on Monday, news agency UNB reports.They also demanded prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention in this regard.”We demand that prime minister Sheikh Hasina intervenes into this matter,” said the minority group’s general secretary Rana Dasgupta.Public prosecutor Rathis Chandra Bhowmik, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, has been ‘missing’ since Friday morning.Speaking at the press conference, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad president Jayanto Sen Dipu said Rathis had helped reclaim khas land (government owned land) worth around Tk 3 billion from illegal occupation this year and this may be one of the reasons of his missing.Earlier on Saturday, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikyo Parishad jointly organised a human chain on at the National Press Club to press home the same demands.
Armed Forces Division congratulates prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election at her official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday. Photo: PIDMentioning that her party wanted a strong opposition through the 11th general elections, Awami League president prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the possibility of such an opposition diminishes when a party indulges in nomination trade.”For democracy, a strong opposition is needed. That’s why we wanted that there would be a good opposition, but the possibility to become such an opposition lessens when a party indulges in nomination trade,” she said.The prime minister said this while delivering her speech when a cross-section of people, including Bankers Association of Bangladesh (BAB) and FBCCI, greeted her at her official residence Ganobhaban by presenting bouquets to her for her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.She said it was very much regrettable that the attitude of the opposition was peculiar. “The way they gave their nominations was not for participating in the election. They just did business in the name of giving nominations,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that a person came to the Bangladesh mission in Dubai to submit his nomination paper when the mission officials informed him that he had to submit it to the respective returning officer or through online which made him angry.”The person told the mission officials that he gave so much money in London that they told him he could be able to submit his nomination paper even from Dubai. This is just an incident. There’re more incidents like this,” she said.About the BNP’s nominations to more than one person in most of the seats, the prime minister posed a question, “For what did they give more than nomination in one seat? What type of election will they do who can do this type of incident?”She also said she saw people’s desires for casting their votes in favour of Boat, the electoral symbol of Awami League, in the 11th general election like 1970 and 1973.Talking about the plans of her government in the next five years, Hasina said the people of the country will get homes, education, food, nutrition and treatment. “Their lives will be beautiful and developed, this is my expectations for the coming days,” she said.Expressing her deep gratitude towards the people of the country for keeping their trust and belief in her, the AL chief sought cooperation from all so that she could honour the trust and belief.
Popular on Variety “My teen found a major security flaw in Apple’s new iOS,” she wrote. “He can listen in to your iPhone/iPad without your approval. I have video. Submitted bug report to @AppleSupport. Waiting to hear back to provide details. Scary stuff!” When all of that failed, the Thompsons reportedly created a YouTube video they planned to send to the press. But, the story broke on Monday before that could happen.Once it was finally alerted to the bug, Apple remotely disabled FaceTime’s group chat feature. It is now working on a fix that it plans to release later this week. An Arizona 14-year-old stumbled upon Apple’s FaceTime bug earlier this month and tried to warn the company, but contacting it proved difficult, according to NBC News.Grant Thompson was trying to set up a group chat with some fellow “Fortnite” players when he discovered the FaceTime app was forcing other iPhones to answer calls, potentially allowing users to access microphones and cameras without a person’s knowledge. Thompson told his mother, a lawyer, about the security flaw.“It was very frustrating getting [Apple] to respond,” she said. “I get it. I’m sure they get all sorts of kooks that try to report things to them.”Michele Thompson told NBC News she tried to notify Apple in a variety of ways. First, she tried to alert the company by email. A representative directed her to Apple’s bug bounty program, which offers cash payouts to people who discover security flaws. But, that required technical knowledge she didn’t have. She also sent a physical letter on her firm’s letterhead. When that didn’t work, she sent tweets. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.Following Itskov’s keynote on the first day of the Congress, the late Dr. James Martin, who tragically passed away on June 24, 2013, gave a sweeping, engaging talk on The Transformation of Humankind—Extreme Paradigm Shifts Are Ahead of Us. An incredibly prolific author of books on computing and related technology, Dr. Martin founded the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University – an interdisciplinary research community comprising over 30 institutes and projects addressing the most pressing global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Dr. Martin – in the highly engaging manner for which he was renowned – presented a remarkably accessible survey of the interdependent trends that will increasingly threaten humanity over the coming decades. Dr. Martin made it disturbingly clear that population growth, resource consumption, water depletion, desertification, deforestation, ocean pollution and fish depopulation, atmospheric carbon dioxide, what he termed gigafamine (the death of more than a billion people as a consequence of food shortage by mid-century), and other factors are ominously close to their tipping points – after which their effects will be irreversible. (For example, he points out that in 20 years we’ll be consuming an obviously unsustainable 200 percent of then-available resources.) Taken together, he cautioned, these developments will constitute a “perfect storm” that will cause a Darwinian survival of the fittest in which “the Earth could be like a lifeboat that’s too small to save everyone.” However, Dr. Martin also emphasized that there are solutions discussing the trends and technologies that – even as he acknowledged the resistance to implementing or even understanding them – could have a positive impact on our future:The Singularity and an emerging technocracyGenetic engineering and Transhumanism, in particular, a synthetic 24th human chromosome that would contain non-inheritable genetic modifications and synthetic DNA sequences Artificial Intelligence and nanoroboticsYottascale computers capable of executing 1024 operations per secondQuantum computingGraphene – a one-atom thick layer of graphite with an ever-expanding portfolio of electronic, optical, excitonic, thermal, mechanical, and quantum properties, and an even longer list of potential applicationsAutonomous automobilesNuclear batteries in the form of small, ultra-safe and maintenance-free underground Tokamak nuclear fusion reactorsPhotovoltaics that make electricity more cheaply than coal Capturing rainwater and floodwater to increase water supplyEco-influence – Dr. Martin’s term for a rich, enjoyable and sometimes complex way of life that does no ecological harm”We’re capable of creating a future which is enormously better than the present we live in today,” Dr. Martin said. “What I’m doing is trying to make that happen, as far as one person can.” His words, legacy and generosity of spirit are how we all must remember him. Process flow schematic for the nanofabrication of 64 channel silicon neural probes. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026204 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen As many Phys.org readers undoubtedly know, Einstein famously said that imagination is more important than knowledge – but there’s more to it. Dr. Peter H. Diamandis: We are evolving into meta-intelligence group-minds. Courtesy of GF2045 Avatars, androids and robotics were much-discussed topics at GF2045, and these intersected in the presentation given by Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro, Director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Osaka, Japan, The Future Life Supported by Robotic Avatars. Ishiguro creates human-like robots rich in features that support effective relationships with humans. In particular, his Geminoid Teleoperated Androids are based on his research into the experience of presence – the feeling of human existence on our physical proximity and interactions – and the capability to transfer or reproduce the human presence through technology. (In fact, in his talk Ishiguro described how he often sends his personal Geminoid HI-2 to remote locations, allowing him to teach classes, give lectures and attend meetings via telepresence.) In addition to the highly photorealistic, lifelike Geminoid, Ishiguro has developed many other humanoids and androids, including Robovie, Repliee, Telenoid, and Elfoid. Russian tycoon wants to move mind to machine Play Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and Geminoid HI-2. Copyright (C) ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory Journal information: PLoS ONE Dr. Natasha Vita-More: Body by Design. Courtesy of GF2045 “These three challenges offer a new perspective on how we consider concepts such as what is natural to be human and how far we can go in human enhancement in order to still be a person,” Vita-More continues. “Also, it objectifies the body as a sensory-adept transportation and communication system for the brain and mind. However, before my concept of a whole-body prosthetic system is less threatening to society, there needs to be more awareness of the need for prosthetics replacement parts for the body and the extreme need for organ transplants, and that in order to preserve human well-being, we need to provide sufficient knowledge to the public these requirements. In other words” she adds, “we have to be aware that if we want to be healthy and protect ourselves from the damages of disease, we need to protect our biological bodies and be as healthy as possible for as long as possible – and if we want to continue living, we might bet benefit from opting for technological advances in the development of my vision of a whole-body networked prosthetic.”Vita-More emphasizes that addressing these challenges will require significant scientific, technological, cultural, and other developments, including greater advances in neuroscience, cognitive science, information technology, and human-computer interaction. “In other words” she says, “the body is a necessary component of personal identity – as our transportation vehicle and our sensory system – that provides data to the brain in order to be a sentient and sapient being. However,” she cautions, “science and technology are only part of the puzzle. Design is essential because its function or purpose is to identify and solve problems – a process known as need-finding.”The second aspect of design, Vita-More continues, “is to resolve the need in an iterative process until a viable outcome is developed, followed by iteratively testing that outcome. In a sense,” she notes, “design is never fully completed or finished. Rather, it can be seen as a work in progress that continues to take advantage of new tools and methods.”That said, Vita-More notes that there are two immediate developments needed to address the challenges of designing and building platform-diverse bodies that benefit from semi- and non-biological devices implanted or wearable systems: how to backup the brain and transfer it into these bodies, and how to present this idea to society so that it is understood as a an alternative to a biological body. ‘The central issue is a cultural bias that the person would be a robot or cyborg, which is a misunderstanding of terms. Instead,” she concludes, “the person would be a transitional human – still a humane, empathic, passionate person – but not 100% biological.”Towards that end, Vita-More is creating a transdisciplinary Human Enhancement Design (HED) educational program, that explores biotechnology and genomics, nanotechnology and nanomedicine, information technology and Artificial General Intelligence, robotics and smart prosthetics, neuroscience and cognitive sciences, consciousness studies and ethics, and other areas that pertain to issues of backing up the brain and whole body prosthetics. Moreover, as an ecological system comprising humans and the environment, HED explores ways to improve our relationship with the environment, extend lifespan, and map the future of human-computer interface devices. Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro: Robot Science Made in Japan. Courtesy of Japan Society The development of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) to allow paralyzed individuals to control various external prosthetic devices, such as a remote robotic arm, was another key topic at GF2045. UC Berkeley researchers Dr. Jose Carmena (Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience, Co-Director of the recently-launched multidisciplinary Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses, and Principal Investigator at the Brain-Machine Interface Systems Laboratory) and Dr. Michel Maharbiz (Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, and member of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses) addressed this topic in their joint presentation, Brain Control of Prosthetic Devices: The Road Ahead. A very recent example of the BCI research Carmena and Maharbiz discussed is Neural Dust: An Ultrasonic, Low Power Solution for Chronic Brain-Machine Interfaces3, a theoretical pre-print paper by Maharbiz, Carmena, lead author Dongjin Seo, Jan M. Rabaey, and Elad Alon published in July 2013. The paper proposes neural dust – thousands of ultra-miniaturized, free-floating, independent sensor nodes that detect and report local extracellular electrophysiological data – with neural dust power and communication links established through a subcranial interrogator. With the purpose being to enable “massive scaling in the number of neural recordings from the brain while providing a path towards truly chronic BMI,” the researchers’ goal is “an implantable neural interface system that remains viable for a lifetime.” The paper explores “the fundamental system design trade-offs and ultimate size, power, and bandwidth scaling limits of neural recording systems built from low-power CMOS circuitry coupled with ultrasonic power delivery and backscatter communication.” Dr. Michel Maharbiz: Complete single interrogator, single neural dust power and communication through link models. Source: arXiv:1307.2196v1 To accelerate their work, GENI Lab is running a crowdfunding campaign to secure additional support using Indiegogo as their crowdfunding platform. “We chose Indiegogo,” Goertzel points out, “because it’s a big-time, recognizable brand, but provides more flexibility in how you structure and manage your campaign than other crowdfunding engines.” He adds that their Indiegogo project has already been mentioned on KurzweilAI, Next Big Future and other sites – and that Adam Z1 and an updated DeSTIN paper10 to be presented at the Sixth Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-13) at Peking University on July 31 – August 3, 2013.When considering the emergence of powerful human-like Artificial General Intelligence that may well evolve its own emotional responses and values, an important and hotly-debated question is whether or not it is possible – and if so, how – to create ethical machines. In Making Minds Morally: the Research Ethics of Brain Emulation, Dr. Anders Sandberg – a Computational Neuroscientist, and James Martin Research Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, and Research Associate at the Oxford Neuroethics Center – addressed the social and ethical impact of cognitive enhancement and whole brain emulation. “We want to get to the future,” Sandberg said in his talk, “but that implies that the future had better be a good place. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a point in getting there – but that would mean in turn that the methods we’re going to use to get to the future had better be good as well.” Sandberg went on to describe his approach of being ethically proactive as it applies to the 2045 Avatar Project and questions of death and identity. 64 channel silicon-based neural probes with nanoscale leads. (A–C) Three configurations of probes. Scale bars, 200 mm. (D) Gold recording sites and nanoscale leads, patterned with e-beam lithography. The lead width ranges from 1000 nm at the top left-hand corner, to 290 nm at the bottom right-hand corner of the image. Scale bar, 50 mm. (E) A section of interconnecting leads belonging to the ‘‘honeycomb’’ array configuration displayed in (A) and (D). The narrowest traces have width and spacing of 290 nm. Scale bar, 5 mm. (F) Characteristic chisel-shaped profile of the probes resulting from deep reactive ion etching of silicon. Scale bar, 25 mm. (G) Silicon device cross-section. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026204 Dr. Michel Maharbiz: Neural dust system diagram showing the placement of ultrasonic interrogator under the skull and the independent neural dust sensing nodes dispersed throughout the brain. Source: arXiv:1307.2196v1 Maharbiz also contributed to the implementation and engineering of an inspired BCI project at the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, A Modular System for High-Density, Multi-Scale Electrophysiology – the brainchild of Tim Blanche, Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and previously at Redwood Center for Neuroscience. Based on Multiplexed, High Density Electrophysiology with Nanofabricated Neural Probes4, the project is intended to advance both fundamental neuroscience research and development of next-generation neural prosthetic devices. Based on the elusive goal of large-scale electrophysiology simultaneous recording of thousands of individual neurons in multiple brain areas, the project will establish a complete system for multi-scale electrophysiology in awake, freely behaving mice, using state-of-the-art nano/neural interfaces comprising tiny silicon probes integrated with on-chip optical waveguides and compliant monolithic polymer cables connected a unique lightweight head-mounted recording system, based on a custom Application-Specific Integrated Circuit, that will perform electrophysiological recording, signal amplification, filtering, signal multiplexing, and digital sampling on a single chip. Moreover, this technology will allow optogenetic neuronal excitation/inhibition and the recording of large ensembles of individual neurons in many different brain regions to be simultaneously performed. Copyright © GENI Lab Walking the talk of prosthetic augmentation, Nigel Ackland, who lost his right arm in a metals smelting accident in 2006, described (in his first time speaking in public) his experience with the bebionic3 myoelectric prosthetic hand manufactured (and supplied to Ackland at no cost) by RSLSteeper in England. Ackland – whose moving and engaging talk received a well-deserved standing ovation – said that the loss of his arm left him feeling that it was “game over,” but added that having worn the bebionic3 for about a year, his life had now become “extraordinary.” Ackland then demonstrated some of the bebionic3’s features and functions, which were indeed remarkable. Citation: The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 1) (2013, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-world-itskov-futurists-convene-gf2045.html Nigel Ackland: ‘Terminator’ false arm ties shoelace and deals cards. Courtesy of RSLSteeper Although Dr. Ben Goertzel, leading Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) Researcher and Founder of the OpenCog AGI project5,6, and Robotics Designer & Researcher Dr. David Hanson were scheduled to introduce GENI Lab and the Adam Z1 Genius Machine intelligent robot project at GF2045, their talk unfortunately encountered a scheduling conflict. However, Goertzel and Hanson were in attendance at the conference and were able to informally discuss their work with many attendees, and briefly present Adam Z1 to some, after the conference. The GENI Lab team – Goertzel, Hanson, Robotics Physicist Mark Tilden, and Consciousness and Design Researcher Gino Yu – are focused on creating and broadly disseminating intelligent robots, and conducting R&D aimed ultimately at the production of robots with greater-than-human consciousness, creativity, and compassion. A non-profit organization, GENI Lab embraces open source, open standards, and open collaboration to integrate adaptive intelligence, social and emotional interaction, and life-like mechanical controls and bodies. GENI Lab’s central medium-term goal is the creation of a life-sized humanoid robot with a realistic, emotional face and personality a fluidly moving body, based on the integration of analog, digital and mechanical control the ability to communicate about its physical environment and its tasks and behaviors therein the capability of simple but socially and emotionally appropriate communication in natural language Their short-term work with Adam Z1 and other robots is being pursued in the interest of this goal. The core adaptive general intelligence technology underlying GENI Lab robots rests largely on. Goertzel’s OpenCog architecture, and integrates the Hanson Robotics APIs and the DeSTIN machine vision system (initially developed at University of Tennessee at Knoxville by Itamar Arel7). “For example,” Goertzel told Phys.org, “our pattern recognition software identifies patterns in DeSTIN’s interpretation of visual scenes observed by a robot’s camera, and feeds these patterns into OpenCog.”A key aspect of GENI Lab’s approach is overcoming the limitations of current robotics technology by creating robots that elicit rich social and emotional interactions from humans. “To this end,” Goertzel says, “we overhauled OpenCog’s motivational and emotional system, creating a new system called OpenPsi8,9 gives OpenCog a more human-like emotional makeup.” (OpenPsi is modeled on Joscha Bach’s MicroPsi AI system, which is based on German psychologist Dietrich Dörner’s Psi model of mind.)In essence, Goertzel notes, Adam Z1 will be unique on two ways. “Internally, he will be the first robot that integrates deep learning- based visual perception with symbolic logical reasoning. Behaviorally, our main goal is for him to engage in creative social play like a young child. A good example would be: If you ask him to “Build me something I haven’t seen before,” he would remember what he’d seen you see, and then build you something different, While a smart three year old could accomplish this seemingly simple task – which integrates visual perception, movement, theory of mind and social interaction, and planning – no robot today can. “Further down the road,” he adds, “we would like the robot to be the first one to pass the standard preschool IQ test without any special test-specific training.”Within this framework, Goertzel continues, there are many R&D challenges to address. “One of these challenges is to successfully get vision and audition received from the robot sensors to work effectively with OpenCog’s symbolic reasoning. Another is doing natural language comprehension effectively via speech input – and given the mediocre state of current speech-to-text software, the system will have to use its emerging cognitive understanding to compensate for the ambiguities and errors in the output of speech to text software. A third challenge is optimizing the OpenCog core system for real-time processing at the speed needed for intelligent robot control, given that the robotics context involves a lot more data than the virtual-agent context we’ve mostly been dealing with lately.”The robot Adam Z1, as designed by Hanson (a former Disney sculptor and Imagineer), is cute in a toy-like sense, rather than having a more human appearance. “We did this to remain on the right side of the so-called Uncanny Valley – that is, to appeal to human emotions without creeping anyone out,” Goertzel explains. “Also, its intelligence is going to be human-like rather than precisely human, so it seems appropriate that its appearance has the same quality.” © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Explore further The full quote reads: I believe in intuition and inspiration. … At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.1 Futurists, visionaries, scientists, technologists, philosophers, and others who take this view to heart convened on June 15-16, 2013 in New York City at Global Futures 2045 International Congress: Towards a New Strategy for Human Evolution. GF2045 was organized by the 2045 Strategic Social Initiative founded by Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov in February 2011 with the main goals of creating and realizing a new strategy for the development of humanity – one based upon our unique emerging capability to effect self-directed evolution. The initiative’s two main science projects are focused largely on Transhumanism – a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing the dynamic interplay between humanity and the acceleration of technology. Specifically, the 2045 Initiative’s projects seek to (1) enable an individual’s personality to be transferred to a more advanced non-biological substrate, and (2) extend life to the point of immortality – and those skeptical about the likelihood of achieving these goals should consider Arthur C. Clarke’s laws of prediction2: 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. Dr. Anders Sandberg: What kind of humanity should we want to make? Courtesy of TEDxTalks Dr. Natasha Vita-More, designer and author, professor at the University of Advancing Technology, and currently Chairman of Transhumanist organization Humanity+, presented her vision of building platform-diverse bodies that could be mind-driven avatars for parlaying our personas within computational systems and telepresence in Substrate Autonomous, Networked Avatar Bodies by Design. “The three biggest challenges to implementing my vision for Bodies by Design are located within the complex sphere of social awareness,” Vita-More tells Phys.org. Specifically, she explains, these are the beliefs that the human body should be strictly biological; the brain will not, at some point, be backed up and transferable to a non-biological bodily system; and if a brain were backed up and transferred to a non-biological bodily system, it would be the same identity or person as the biological system. “To this end,” she adds, “I think that within the next five years we will see academic courses focused on the Transhumanist worldview, on my work and research in whole-body prosthetics, and significant competition amongst engineers and designers building whole-body prosthetics. In addition, anyone who wants to contribute to Bodies by Design can contact me at Natasha Vita-More Projects.” More information: The world according to Itskov: Futurists convene at GF2045 (Part 2)1Cosmic Religion: With Other Opinions and Aphorisms (1931) by Albert Einstein; also in Einstein on Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms (2009) by Albert Einstein (Kindle version) 2Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination in the collection Profiles of the Future: An Enquiry into the Limits of the Possible (1962, rev. 1973, this edition published 2000) 3Neural Dust: An Ultrasonic, Low Power Solution for Chronic Brain-Machine Interfaces, arXiv:1307.2196v1 (PDF) 4Multiplexed, High Density Electrophysiology with Nanofabricated Neural Probes, PLoS ONE 6(10): e26204 (2011), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026204 (PDF) 5OpenCog: A Software Framework for Integrative Artificial General Intelligence, Proceedings, AGI-08, Memphis 6OpenCogBot: Achieving Generally Intelligent Virtual Agent Control and Humanoid Robotics via Cognitive Synergy, Proceedings, International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) 2010, Beijing (PDF) 7DeSTIN: A Scalable Deep Learning Architecture with Application to High-Dimensional Robust Pattern Recognition, Proc. AAAI 2009 Fall Symposium on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA), November, 2009 8OpenPsi: Realizing Dörner’s “Psi” Cognitive Model in the OpenCog Integrative AGI Architecture 9Dynamics of a computational affective model inspired by Dörner’s PSI theory, Cognitive Systems Research, v.17-18, 2012 July-August, p.63(18), doi:10.1016/j.cogsys.2011.11.002 10Integrating Deep Learning Based Perception with Probabilistic Logic via Frequent Pattern Mining Mark Tilden, Ben Goertzel, David Hanson, Adam Z1. Caption: Copyright © GENI Lab Dr. James Martin: A crunch is coming. Courtesy of GF2045 Perhaps the epitome of that act of creation is our emerging ability to direct our own evolution. Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation and author of Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, addressed the long-term implications of this game-changing transition in his talk on Intelligent Self-directed Evolution Guides Mankind’s Metamorphosis Into An Immortal Planetary Meta-intelligence. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Kolkata: State Consumer Affairs minister Sadhan Pande said that his department has initiated the process of seizure of properties of the persons who have been arrested by the police in connection with the carcass meat row.”I had written to the Kolkata Police Commissioner as well as the state Director General of Police, seeking details of the case in connection with the carcass meat issue. The Kolkata Police has forwarded details of 30 cases, while the Bidhannagar Police has sent details of eight such cases. A team of my lawyers are examining the nitty gritties and we will be initiating civil cases against them. The common people will be happy when they will see that we have been able to seize the properties belonging to the persons involved in this case,” Pande said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that some of the persons who have been arrested by the police in connection with the carcass meat row, own substantial properties including cars that they have managed to procure through the illegal business. “The criminal case will be looked after by the police and we will be starting civil cases,” Pande said.It may be mentioned that on April 20, three men were arrested in Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas, suspected of transporting carcasses from dump yards. Six days later, the police raided an ice factory in Kolkata’s Rajabazar area, recovering over 18,000 kg of rotten meat, packaged and ready to be sold. The police have arrested as many as 13 persons in connection with the case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAddressing a query from a Congress MLA on cheating of consumers over handing over apartments on the floor of the state Assembly, the minister said that people are moving to the High Court against consumer department’s order for compensation against such frauds. “I have written to Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister for Consumer Affairs, over this issue and we have moved the Supreme Court seeking a verdict on specifying the role of the High Courts in cases of consumer affairs. If there is interference of High Court in consumer matters then the consumer courts’ existence is being put under question,” the minister said.
Kolkata: Former CPI(M) MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar joined Trinamool Congress on Thursday. Sikdar, an athlete and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee in 1998-99, was elected from the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat in 2004. She was defeated by Trinamool Congress candidate Tapas Paul in 2009.Sikdar was a close aide of former Sports minister Subhas Chakraborty. She had taken part in CPI(M)’s campaign in the 2016 Assembly election. After joining Trinamool Congress along with 200 CPI(M) supporters, the former MP said she was attracted by the all-round development carried out in Bengal by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 1 min read Enroll Now for Free March 7, 2014 If you own a Pebble and have it connected to an Android-powered smartphone, you’ve probably felt left in the dark compared with your iPhone-touting friends. When Pebble unveiled the slimmer, more stylish Pebble Steel smartwatch at CES in January, the Pebble app store also went live — but only for iPhone users.It has taken two months but, today, Android users can rejoice. Pebble has unveiled its dedicated app store in the Google Play app marketplace.Additionally, Pebble announced new app partnerships with companies like eBay and Evernote, to name a couple. The Evernote app allows Pebble users access to “core” Evernote features like checklists, reminders and notebooks directly from the smartwatch. The eBay app, meanwhile, lets Pebble users to access eBay feeds, browse products and add items to a wish list for later purchase via your smartphone.Related: Pebble’s $10 Million Crowdfunding Secret: Keep It Simple This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
September 2, 2014 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 6 min read Co-written by Cindy ChongImagine this: You are gently roused from sleep by your smart wristband’s vibrating alarm, perfectly timed to ensure you feel the most alert and refreshed. And just before you open your eyes to greet the day, you see your entire schedule in a calendar illuminated on your contact lenses.As you get out of bed and walk to the bathroom, your lab-at-home already knows you weigh 0.2 pounds less this morning than you did 24 hours ago, that your blood analytes indicate you should have skipped last night’s hamburgers and had something healthier instead and that given your levels of serotonin today, you will probably be slightly irritated for the greater part of the a.m. (so try to avoid that annoying colleague today).This could be a scene out of an ordinary morning in the near future, all made possible by wearable technology. After decades of tinkering and being colorfully depicted in the media (think The Jetsons, Star Trek), wearable computers are finally starting to go mainstream. Related: Apple, Samsung and LG: Smartwatch Showdown Set for Early SeptemberWe are seeing an explosion of wearables for just about anything you can think of –wristbands for tracking biometrics and sleep patterns, wearable computers in the form of head-up display glasses, smart earbuds that match songs to your heart rate during exercise and so on. However, most devices are health and fitness related, and if you think about how many people you know who own and actually use these devices daily, that figure is probably on the small side. This is because fitness devices can be likened to an impulsive buy — they get lots of attention at first, but after a few uses the device usually ends up stashed away in a drawer. It’s no surprise that after a recent survey conducted by Endeavor Partners, more than half of users were reported to have lost interest after a few months of use. So the biggest problem with wearables is that they just aren’t all that useful. There’s a serious need for improvements in their utility.Who wants a wearable?Given this, what should take place to increase adoption levels? One thing for certain is they must be targeted to specific niches to provide high value. Wearables must be able to address and actively provide feedback for common ailments — not simply measure biometric data. For example, Google is partnering with Novartis to make smart contact lenses that monitor diabetics’ glucose levels in tears using a wireless chip and miniaturized sensor, allowing them to better manage their condition by mitigating the risks related to infrequent glucose testing. The lenses could also slowly release drugs over time, freeing the user from remembering to take a pill or shuddering at another injection.Targeting different age segments with unique characteristics is another possibility. An example could be wearables for the aged, where information, machines and man fuse together and create a unique synergy. This could be an exoskeleton suit that enables the immobile and aged to walk easily. For millennials who are fitness enthusiasts, clothes made of smart fibers such as OMSignal’s shirts — which can measure heart rate, ECG, skin temperature, and muscle activity — can be a likely successor to fitness wristbands by providing more accurate metrics and an added convenience factor.Related: Using Wearable Devices to Help Promote Employee WellnessEven younger generations can benefit from carefully tailored devices. For teens, wearables that not only integrate with their social lives but also are easily customizable (in the form of charms or in different colors) will be sure to grab their attention. We could see wearable pins or other pieces of fun jewelry that give status updates or social compatibility alerts based on common interests with others in close proximity. Furthermore, for babies, special baby garments made of e-textiles could monitor your baby’s sleeping position, temperature, or even when the diaper needs changing. Let’s not forget designEqually crucial as niche targeting is aesthetic appeal. We have lots of different types of wristbands, glasses, helmets and so on, but they tend to be generic and not easily compatible with existing, everyday accessories. Who wants to wear a thick, matte black wristband next to their sleek designer watch? An easy way to address this would be to integrate the wearable computer into accessories people already wear, and ensuring a large enough selection to reach a variety of styles and tastes. Google is already doing this for Glass by collaborating on designs with Ray-Ban, Oakley, and Diane Von Furstenberg. Similarly, Motorola and Withings are making elegant smartwatches disguised as designer timepieces stylish enough to compete with those people wear everyday. Related: 3 Unusual Ways Smart Tech Meets FashionWhen ‘smart’ really means smartWe need much advancement in science and technology for all this to happen. Within cognition science, machines will have to understand humans better. Specifically, they must understand our spoken commands and process data from wearables to make relevant and timely suggestions. We are seeing this with Lark, a health analytics platform pre-installed on every Samsung Galaxy S5 that provides real-time feedback based on algorithms that interpret activity data from your phone, essentially acting as a virtual wellness coach. Miniaturization of hardware and advancement in robotics is also a requirement. We will see wearables get ever smaller, or disappear from sight altogether as they become embedded in our clothing or under our skin. The ability to warn a user about an impending heart attack or stroke will soon win over the fear of implanting a microchip when one is feeling perfectly healthy. As such, daily charging of wearables will be either inconvenient or impossible if they are implanted in our bodies. Thus wireless charging will be a norm, and so will harnessing electric power from our body’s movement or blood glucose. This will allow wearables to seamlessly integrate into our lives and become an invisible but constant presence in the background.We are close to reaching these technological and scientific breakthroughs. Analogous to how smartphones didn’t really take off until dependable data transmission and aesthetically pleasing design intersected, wearable technology will require a similar story to gain mass acceptance. But the future is bright, because with these ideas in mind it’s only a matter of time until there will be wearables that people will actually want to wear.Related: Why Wearable Tech Isn’t the Next Big Thing — Yet Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.
08Sep Rep. Barrett welcomes commanding officer to Capitol for 9/11 ceremony Categories: Barrett News Maj. Randall Knowles (right) joins state Rep. Tom Barrett (left) in the Capitol rotunda as his guest during the annual House of Representatives 9-11 Memorial Ceremony.State Rep. Tom Barrett today welcomed Maj. Randall Knowles of the Michigan Army National Guard to the House floor for the annual House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Thursday.House members invited first responders and members of the military from their communities to be their guests for the service that also honors first responders and military members who lost their lives in the line of duty in Michigan during the past year. The ceremony included the ringing of a fire bell for those who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2015.“Maj. Knowles has been my commander for several years,” said Rep. Barrett, R-Potterville. “I’m proud to bring one of my colleagues here and have the opportunity to highlight the work of our military and the important role they play in our security. Maj. Knowles knows the stakes that our nation faces in the continued War on Terror and the responsibility of leading troops in a combat environment. I’m pleased to have him with me here today and for the opportunity to show our respect and appreciation for our fallen heroes.”After graduating Army flight school in 2007, Maj. Knowles was assigned to the Security and Support Unit flying the OH-58 Kiowa. In 2009 he was deployed to Iraq as a MEDEVAC platoon leader flying the UH-60 Blackhawk. After later serving in Afghanistan in 2013, he returned home to serve as the flight operations officer of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Grand Ledge.Rep. Barrett is a U.S. Army veteran, previously serving in Iraq. Today he serves as a helicopter pilot in the Michigan National Guard in addition to his role of state representative. He also holds the position of chairman of the House Committee on Military and Veteran Affairs.