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Tech-based investment manager Upside AI raises $1.2 mn led by Endiya Partners

By Livemint
  • New Delhi: Tech-based investment management firm, Upside AI, has raised a seed round of $1.2 million led by venture capital fund Endiya Partners.
  • The firm will use the investment to scale up distribution, product, and tech teams that will focus on growing assets under management (AUM) from high net-worth individuals (HNIs), family offices, and institutional investors.
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Leaked memo confirms OnePlus will become an Oppo sub-brand

By Sam Byford
  • Reading between the lines, it sounds like OnePlus will essentially be treated like a label of Oppo’s, maintaining a separate consumer-facing operation but with business activities merging in areas beyond product development.
  • OnePlus and Oppo had already merged their R&D departments around the turn of the year, so the further integration is more to do with streamlining day-to-day business operations.
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Saudi Aramco Completes Sale Of Stake In Pipeline Unit For $12.4 Billion To EIG-Led Consortium

By Jonathan Burgos, Contributor
  • Saudi Aramco said it has completed the sale of its 49% stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines Co. for $12.4 billion to a consortium led by Washington-based EIG Global Energy Partners as the world’s top oil producer steps up fund raising initiatives.
  • The divestment comes as Aramco accelerates fund raising to finance new investments and the hefty dividend payout to the Saudi government, its biggest shareholder.
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An Ode To Digital Health: The U.S. Government Is Investing $80 Million To Create A New Public Health Informatics & Technology Program

By Sai Balasubramanian, M.D., J.D.
  • Indeed, the aggressive pursuit of training individuals to better work with and innovate in health informatics and data science is an appropriately timed one, as more and more countries around the world are recognizing the value of investing in healthcare infrastructure and digital transformation.
  • Last week, the government once again indicated its commitment to digital and technological excellence in healthcare with its announcement to start a new public health informatics and technology development program.
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Jim Cramer Advises Bed Bath & Beyond Shorts To Cover Their Positions On Dip Because ‘Apes Will Be Back’

By Shivdeep Dhaliwal

CNBC host Jim Cramer dished out advice for those shorting shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY) on social media.

What Happened: “Bed Bath shorts, why not use this decline over the coming days to cover your shorts. The Apes will be back,” Cramer said in a tweet —referring to retail investors, particularly those onReddit forum r/WallStreetBets.

Bed, Bath & Beyond shares closed 6.71% lower at

Full story available on Benzinga.com

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AI-focused IT Companies, Pharma, Chemical & Semiconductor Firms To Create New Multibaggers: Amit Jain Of Ashika Wealth

By Kshitij Anand
  • In an interview to Moneycontrol’s Kshitij Anand, Jain says any correction in the market may be an excellent opportunity to invest in mid-sized companies in these sectors, as most of them will create new multi-baggers in the ongoing 2030 decade.
  • After selling in April and May, FIIs have again started buying Indian equity in June, which apparently looks good news for retail Investors.
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Michael Burry Issues Grim Warning On Cryptocurrency, Stonks: Losses Will ‘Approach The Size Of Countries’

By Rachit Vats
  • What Happened: Burry, who deleted his tweets soon after, warned individual investors about losses “the size of countries” in the event of crypto and stonk declines.
  • Burry, who has a stonk fan following, had a bullish stand on online video-game retailer GameStop Corp (NYSE: GME ) last year but has changed his stance this year after the frenetic retail investor-led short squeeze earlier this year.
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China, India drive Asia to defy COVID-19-induced investment slump

  • Foreign direct investment inflows to Asia rose 4% to $535 billion (€449 billion), defying the COVID-19 pandemic as foreign investors continued to bet on the region's biggest markets, China and India, the World Investment Report 2021 by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development showed.
  • The rise contrasted with a steep fall in global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI), which fell by 35% to $1 trillion, hurt by a pandemic-induced recession — the worst since World War II.
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Supermarkets cheap?

Sean weighs up the supermarket landscape after a £5.5bn offer for Morrisons from the US. He also looks at TV production with the boss of Red, which made It's A Sin, and speaks to a wedding singer about the lifting of restrictions on guest numbers. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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AMC, GameStop, Wish, Tesla See Highest WallStreetBets Interest Heading Into New Week

By Shivdeep Dhaliwal

Heading into a new TRADING week, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc (NYSE: AMC), GameStop Corporation (NYSE: GME), and Tesla Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA) were among the most discussed names on r/WallStreetBets or WSB, a retail investment forum best known for short squeezes.

What Happened: AMC, with 141 mentions, was the second most discussed on WSB over 24 hours, following exchange-traded fund SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (ARCA: SPY)

Full story available on Benzinga.com

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With data, AI/ML, and expert recruiters, this B2B HR tech startup helps organisations hire the right techies

  • In 2017, he launched HR tech startup InterviewDesk to help companies conduct technical interviews remotely.
  • Companies share their list of candidates, requirements, and the official job description with InterviewDesk and the team takes care of scheduling the interviews, mapping their internal panels based on the requirements with the help of their AI / ML platform.
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Microsoft Linux Repos Suffered 22-Hour Outage

By EditorDavid
"Everything from Visual Studio Code to Microsoft Edge and Teams package links were affected," reports Windows Central. They note Azure’s status page (which now shows the issue lasting for more than 22 hours), though however long it lasted, "it’s a virtual eternity for those whose entire ecosystem is crippled by such an outage." According to Ars Technica, starting on Wednesday, "packages.microsoft.com — the repository from which Microsoft serves software installers for Linux distributions including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and more — went down hard…" The outage impacted users trying to […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How China suppressed Covid-19 using artificial intelligence.

By Sajith dilshan
  • This is because it is the first time that health organizations and government agencies around the world have used big data and the emerging technologies of artificial intelligence to fight disease.
  • China not only collected human tracking data, but also used this information to educate potential Covid-19 vulnerable people with the help of mobile app connections created with the help of companies such as Alibaba and Tencent.
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Artisan robots with AI smarts will juggle tasks, choose tools, mix and match recipes and even order materials – all without human help

By clarisezoleta
  • Known as hybrid autonomous manufacturing, this process involves automated systems that seamlessly use multiple tools and techniques to build high-quality components where and when they are needed.
  • Rather than finding a mass production recipe and never deviating, these autonomous manufacturing systems will choose from a very large set of possible recipes to create parts, and will have the intelligence to assure that the chosen path produces components with the appropriate material properties.
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World’s first flying race car makes historic maiden flight

By Trevor Mogg
  • Billed as “the world’s first racing series for electric flying cars,” the event, called EXA, will pit the flying skills of up to four teams at three different sky-based racetracks around the world.
  • That’s the lofty ambition of Australia-based Airspeeder, which is planning to launch a three-race series using eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) vehicles before the end of this year.
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A Rural County’s New Universal Basic Income Experiment – and the Case Against It

By EditorDavid
  • Amid worries that technological advances may someday eliminate jobs, the Associated Press reports on a new experimental universal basic income program in upstate New York: During the pilot program, funded by private donations, 100 county residents making less than $46,900 annually will get $500 a month for a year.
  • Center for Guaranteed Income Research co-founder Stacia West, who is evaluating more than 20 such pilot programs, is interested in seeing how spending compares to cities like Stockton, California, where more that a third went for food.
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Rise of the Sexbots

By Scott Dewing
  • As a technologist, it’s my obligation to inform you that sexbots are a rapidly emerging technology that will have a profound impact upon the future of human sexual relations with the integration of increasingly life-like robots into the fabric of everyday human life.
  • Sexbots are increasingly complex technologies that combine advances in robotics and artificial intelligence.
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A Real Estate Mogul Will Spend $100 Million to Fix Social Media Using Blockchain

By EditorDavid
  • "Frank McCourt, the billionaire real estate mogul and former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is pouring $100 million into an attempt to rebuild the foundations of social media," reports Bloomberg: The effort, which he has loftily named Project Liberty, centers on the construction of a publicly accessible database of people's social connections, allowing users to move records of their relationships between social media services instead of being locked into a few dominant apps.
  • Project Liberty would use blockchain to construct a new internet infrastructure called the Decentralized Social Networking Protocol.
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China wants to build up its wine country into one that could rival France’s Bordeaux

  • By 2035, Ningxia's Helan Mountains area aims to produce 600 million bottles worth 20 billion yuan ($3.12 billion), according to a plan the central government approved in late May. The region along the Yellow River is about a two hours' flight west from Beijing and lies in a latitude similar to that of France's famed wine country.
  • "If this goal can be achieved, Helan Mountains' eastern foothills will become an internationally important and influential production area, with a scale matching that of Bordeaux," Sui Pengfei, director of international cooperation at China's agriculture ministry told reporters last week in Mandarin, according to a CNBC translation.
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Sunday Night Futures

By Calculated Risk
  • A year ago, WTI was at $40, and Brent was at $42 - so WTI oil prices are UP about 75% year-over-year (oil prices collapsed at the beginning of the pandemic).
  • A year ago prices were at $2.14 per gallon, so gasoline prices are up $0.91 per gallon year-over-year.
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U.S. Warns China on Covid Origin; Cruise Sets Sail: Virus Update

  • China will risk international isolation if it fails to allow a “real” investigation on its territory into the origins of the virus that caused the pandemic, U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said.
  • The U.S. border is unlikely to be completely reopened until 75% of Canadians are fully vaccinated, Canada’s border chief said on Sunday in comments likely to fuel mounting impatience in both countries at the restrictions.
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Evolution, rewards, and artificial intelligence

By Ben Dickson
  • The researchers go as far as suggesting that with well-defined reward, a complex environment, and the right reinforcement learning algorithm, we will be able to reach artificial general intelligence, the kind of problem-solving and cognitive abilities found in humans and, to a lesser degree, in animals.
  • In their paper, DeepMind’s scientists make the claim that the reward hypothesis can be implemented with reinforcement learning algorithms, a branch of AI in which an agent gradually develops its behavior by interacting with its environment.
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PS5 Disc surprise from Walmart: PS5 Digital buyers get upgraded – for free

By matt.swider@futurenet.com
  • A Walmart executive sent an apology email to customers, according to followers who contacted our PS5 restock Twitter tracker Matt Swider with the news, explaining that the store oversold PS5 Digital consoles on Thursday.
  • The theory from fellow restock tracker Cameron Ritz is that Walmart only sold the PS5 Digital console, saving the more appealing Disc version for club-store bundles (and we all know bundles make more money).
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Report: Hackers Breached More US Water Treatment Plants

By EditorDavid
  • The hacker had the username and password for a former employee's TeamViewer account, a popular program that lets users remotely control their computers, according to a private report compiled by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center in February and seen by NBC News.
  • "On January 15, a hacker tried to poison a water treatment plant that served parts of the San Francisco Bay Area," reports NBC News: It didn't seem hard.
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These Are The Startups Applying AI To Tackle Climate Change

By Rob Toews
  • Time will tell whether one or more startups in this space succeed in getting enough leverage out of software and machine learning to build a scalable, category-defining technology company in climate intelligence.
  • A group of new entrants is leveraging alternative data sources, real-time analytics and AI to price risk more accurately and create novel insurance products for the era of climate change.
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As Lockdowns End, Some Want to Continue Working From Inside Their Vans

By EditorDavid
  • These remote workers drive from location to location in their homes, working from internet hotspots in their vans and spending their free time in nature and exploring new places.
  • When Erica Horn received a work email in May 2020 saying her company would be fully remote for the next year, she knew right away it was time to live out her long-held dream of living out of a van...
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Williams F1 drives digital transformation in racing with AI, quantum

By Mark Samuels
  • Hackland explains to VentureBeat how Williams F1 is looking to exploit data to make further advances up the grid and how emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing, might help in that process.
  • “The thing that really attracted me to Formula 1 is that it’s always been about data and technology,” says Graeme Hackland, Williams Group IT director and chief information officer of Williams Racing.
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The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is the raunchy action/comedy we need right now

By Jennifer Ouellette
  • In the first film, Reynolds' ambitious, tightly controlled, triple-A rated "executive protection agent," Michael Bryce, finds his professional life in shambles after one of this clients is assassinated on his watch.
  • Jackson and Salma Hayek, his co-stars in The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard, Yes, it's an awkward title for this sequel to 2017's action/comedy, The Hitman's Bodyguard .
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Hell in a Cell 2021 live stream: how to watch WWE online free and from anywhere

  • You'll be able to watch Hell in a Cell from a wide range of countries with WWE Network, but if you don't want to grab a new membership there are plenty more live streams available.
  • Peacock TV is now the exclusive place to watch all of WWE's biggest events stateside, and you can tune into Hell in a Cell from 7pm ET / 4pm PT on Sunday, June 20, with the action getting underway at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
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Ms. Marvel Comic Miniseries to Hit Shelves This September

By Valerie Complex
  • It’s exciting to see her a part of the MCU with the new Disney+ show, but don’t forget the comics because a new series of books is upon us.
  • Samira Ahmed, who is the first South Asian writer for Marvel Comics on the Ms. Marvel comic series, tells EW has made Ms. Marvel a family affair where her cousins now always ask her: What would Ms. Marvel do?
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These 2 Airlines Look Good For A Bounce

By Melanie Schaffer
  • Bears want to see American Airlines continue to reject the upper trendline of the channel and for the stock to continue to trade down until it loses support at $21.83.
  • Like American Airlines’ stock, Delta fell into a bullish falling channel pattern and on Friday rejected the upper sloping trendline of the pattern.
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California Launches Website to Help Residents Get Digital Vaccine Record, Insists It’s Not a Passport

By Jody Serrano
  • “While [the California Department of Public Health] recommends that vaccinated Californians keep their paper CDC card in a safe and secure place, we recognize that some people might prefer an electronic version,” Dr. Erica Pan, an epidemiologist for the state, said in a news release on Friday.
  • A new website in California will give the public a way to access their digital covid-19 vaccine record and share their proof of vaccination.
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Ring Once Gave Free Cameras to 100 Los Angeles Police Officers

By EditorDavid
"In a bid to bolster its claims as a crime-fighting tool, Ring deployed a tactic popular in the business world: influencer marketing," reports the Los Angeles Times. "It selected a cadre of brand ambassadors, rewarded them with free gadgets and discount codes, and urged them to use their connections to promote the Santa Monica security camera startup via word of mouth. "In this case, the brand ambassadors were Los Angeles Police Department officers." "You are killing it, by the way. Your code has 14 uses, eleven more and I will be sending you every device that we sell," a Ring employee wrote to one officer […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Over 65% of UK households have now signed up to green energy suppliers

  • By using an online energy comparison service, and with only a few personal details, you can quickly see what the best energy deals are in terms of green tariffs from different providers.
  • Oliver Archer, Senior Analyst at Cornwall Insight, offered his thoughts on the situation and expanded on these points: "This boom in green tariffs is in part being driven by consumers doing their bit to reach net zero with renewable credentials increasingly being factored into decision making when switching energy providers.
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New Trailers: LFG, Summer of Soul, Titans, The Morning Show, and more

By Kim Lyons
  • We have a lot of strong women in this week’s trailer roundup, along with a music documentary produced and directed by Questlove, a new Titans trailer, and a flick with Nicolas Cage and his pet truffle pig (yet another sentence I never anticipated I would write one day).
  • Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson went through 45 hours of never-before-seen footage (that had apparently been left in a basement for 50 years), to tell the story of this musical event in Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not be Televised), which premieres on Hulu July 2nd.
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What Happened When an Entire Town Went Full Crypto

By EditorDavid
  • When El Salvador's tourism industry and El Zonte's economy collapsed, Michael Peterson started making monthly transfers of about $35 in Bitcoin to 500 families around town [on behalf of an anonymous donor].
  • Workers now receive their salaries and pay bills in Bitcoin, tourists can buy pupusas with a special Bitcoin payment app, and community projects are financed with Bitcoin donations.
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Ministers eye technology to save thousands of NHS staffing hours

By Sam Blewett
  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said this would save the NHS more than half a million hours a year in staff time by 2025, but would not affect staffing levels.
  • We need to learn from the pandemic to improve the way our health and care system processes data, giving power to patients and enabling clinicians to use data in new ways to improve patient care and support research for innovative treatments.
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Some Links

By memyselfandi007
Useful vocabulary if you want to follow r/wsb A super helpful list for “sniff tests” on company management Great profile on Australian Private Equity investor William Dingby Podcast with great insights on Moderna and mRNA technology Winners and Losers of a “Work from Home” world The delivery model is a big differentiator for E-Commerce business models Good write-up on how Nintendo seems to better monetize their IP […]Read more >Similar articles >
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The Shortlist: Update your AI state of mind, from the C-suite to the front line

  • Kevin Scott, the chief technology officer and vice president of AI and research at Microsoft, sat down with James Manyika of the McKinsey Global Institute to discuss how far we’ve come from the Sinclair and TRS-80 computers of their youth, how AI can help create jobs in rural areas of the US, and how it may be the key to democratizing technology to work better for all of us.
  • More and more organizations are aligning AI with core areas of their business—embracing important cultural and organizational shifts, and investing in new kinds of technology, training, and processes .
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AI fighter pilots dogfighting with humans in the skies over China | Boing Boing

By Jason Weisberger
  • Chinese media didn't offer specifics on the simulator, which they said was developed by the military in cooperation with research institutes, so there are still questions about whether the AI adversary provides sufficiently realistic training to prepare pilots to dogfight manned aircraft.
  • Fang Guoyu, a People's Liberation Army Air Force brigade flight team leader and pilot recognized for his skills, was recently "shot down" by an AI adversary in an air-to-air combat simulation, according to People's Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of the Chinese military.
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US Business Cycle Risk Report: 20 June 2021

By James Picerno
Inflation is the main macro focus these days, namely: Is the recent runup in pricing pressure transitory or enduring? The crowd is consumed with the question, but last week’s Federal Reserve meeting reminds that the central bank’s policy decisions still have the power to bring disinflation risk back to the fore. To continue reading, please subscribe here […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Google’s health care data-sharing partnership is a problem

By Tom Kelly, IDX
  • On May 26, Google and HCA Healthcare, a national hospital chain, announced a data sharing partnership that will provide the internet giant with access to a host of patient records and real-time medical information.
  • Similar research finds that consumers feel powerless in the age of big data: Three-quarters of Americans say they have little control over the personal information collected on them, and almost nine in 10 are very concerned about their privacy when using free online tools like Facebook and Google.
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mRNA Companies are Now Testing Cancer-Fighting Vaccines

By EditorDavid
  • USA Today reports: Companies like Moderna and Pfizer's partner BioNTech, whose names are familiar from COVID-19 vaccines, are using mRNA to spur cancer patients' bodies to make vaccines that will — hopefully — prevent recurrences and treatments designed to fight off advanced tumors.
  • Trials of mRNA cancer vaccines aim to boost that number even higher by adding soldiers to the fight...
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FCC updates how some emergency alerts will look on phones

By Kim Lyons
Image: FEMA The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it has combined two categories of text message alerts into one: the “Presidential Alerts” and alerts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The two will now be in a new “National Alerts” category, active on all devices that receive Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA). The goal of the alerts is to warn the public of natural disasters and other crisis situations, “and are of ever-increasing importance given the emergencies and disasters Americans have faced in recent years,” the FCC said in a news release (pdf). The false alert in Hawaii in 2018, where residents were […]Read more >Similar articles >
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DeepMind’s Reinforcement Learning Framework “Acme”

By Andreas Stöffelbauer
  • Once you understand what actors and agents are and how they are designed in Acme, I have no doubt that you will quickly get the idea of how to implement (probably) any reinforcement learning algorithm you can think of.
  • For a recent university project, I decided to learn about Acme and use it to implement different RL algorithms.
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Tinkler in stock market comeback with nmcn rescue deal

  • Andrew Tinkler, the former Stobart Group chief, is preparing to mount a public company comeback with a deal to rescue nmcn, the London-listed infrastructure services provider.
  • Nmcn said in a stock exchange announcement last week that it was "very pleased to report that it is now in bilateral discussions, which are well advanced, with a party to conclude a refinancing to provide the appropriate capital structure to support the group as it trades through the current uncertainty".
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Life in 2050: A Glimpse at Transportation in the Future

By Matthew S. Williams
  • This consists of urban centers with automated traffic control systems, mass-transit networks existing alongside road networks, highway and rail systems connecting major urban centers, and airports providing flights between nations and continents.
  • While one in eight people (12.5%) live in the 33 megacities today, the majority of the world's 4.4 billion urban residents still live in smaller cities with populations of less than 500,000.
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Distributed Training on AWS SageMaker

By Manpreet Singh Minhas
  • The model parallel library can achieve true parallelization by implementing pipelined execution by building an efficient computation schedule where different devices can work on forward and backward passes for different data samples at the same time.
  • Learn about data parallelism and model parallelism options available for distributed training on AWS SageMaker.
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Intern’s Email Goof at HBO Max Inspires Hundreds to Show Support on Twitter

By EditorDavid
  • Just hours later, the company said that the message was intended to be an empty test email, and "yes, it was the intern." The unnamed intern quickly became the new star of HBO Max on social media, as hundreds of encouraging messages poured in to reassure the intern that mistakes happen, in all phases of careers...
  • CBS News reports: A mysterious and puzzling email with the subject line of "Integration Test Email #1" landed in the boxes of some HBO Max subscribers on Thursday.
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Airspeeder says it had the first successful test flight for its electric flying racecar

By Kim Lyons
Airspeeder Airspeeder says its electric “flying” race car, the Alauda Mk3, has had its first unpiloted test flights in southern Australia. The craft, an electric vertical takeoff multicopter (abbreviated eVTOL for electric vertical take off and landing) was remotely controlled and the test flights took place under the supervision of Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The ultimate goal for Airspeeder and Alauda Aeronautics (the former is the racing series, the latter is the manufacturer), both founded by entrepreneur Matthew Pearson, has been to build flying vehicles for the purpose of racing them, which the companies say is the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Netflix’s Sweet Tooth cast reflects on pandemic parallels and season 2 hopes

By Rick Marshall
  • According to filmmaker Jim Mickle ( Stake Land, Hap & Leonard ), who developed Sweet Tooth from Jeff Lemire’s comic book series of the same name, the traditional expectations for postapocalyptic stories and the realities of our current, pandemic-shaped lives both inspired and reaffirmed, respectively, the decision to give the Netflix series a more hopeful, lighter tone than its genre peers and its source material.
  • “The fairy tale aspect of Sweet Tooth offered a new way to look at what the world might look like in a postapocalyptic America, so it started organically from those early ideas, and from Gus in the comic book, who provides the point of view on everything.”
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Bipartisan Senate bill seek to establish US-Israel AI research center

By OMRI NAHMIAS
  • “The US-Israel Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research and Development Center re-affirms our relationship with our strongest ally in the Middle East and ensures our bilateral capacity to research, develop, and innovate AI technologies," she added.
  • “The purpose of the Center shall be to leverage the experience, knowledge, and expertise of institutions of higher education and private sector entities in the United States and Israel to develop more robust research and development cooperation in the areas of machine learning; image classification; object detection; speech recognition; natural language processing,” and other fields, the bill reads.
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North Face Owner Pulled Xinjiang Criticism, Then Reinstated It

  • Three other big apparel companies also pulled or altered statements critical of Xinjiang from their websites in the days that followed the boycott of H&M, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
  • Many big apparel companies, meanwhile, have made environmental and human-rights concerns central to their image in recent years, responding to demands by activists, governments and consumers in their home markets.
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Vivo might be about to launch an affordable Android tablet

  • This isn't actually a brand new rumor, because we've been hearing whispers about a Vivo tablet for a while, but it is perhaps the most solid bit of evidence about the device so far.
  • Vivo is best known for its affordable Android phones, but it looks as though the Chinese tech company is planning to launch a larger device in the not-too-distant future: a trademark for the name Vivo Pad has just been logged with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
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NASA Struggles to Fix Failure of Hubble Space Telescope’s 1980s Computer

By EditorDavid
  • But now in 2021, "NASA continues to work on resolving an issue with the payload computer on the Hubble Space Telescope," reports SciTechDaily — though "The telescope itself and science instruments remain in good health." The operations team will be running tests and collecting more information on the system to further isolate the problem.
  • When the operations team attempted to switch to a back-up memory module, however, the command to initiate the backup module failed to complete.
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17 principles for a successful hybrid workplace

By Lila MacLellan
Table of contentsMove fast to keep peopleLet employees and teams co-plan their new hybrid work schedules—to a degreeDon’t be too attached to “random collisions”Use employee clusters for cross-team collaborationEmbrace the complexitySee through the eyes of the employeeTest it outTrain managers to recognize proximity biasEvery job should be evaluated according to objective output metricsGet used to writing things downLower your expectations for productivityBan productivity tracking softwareBe super specific about how quickly you think people should be able to get into the officeBe careful if you segregate employees based on vaccination […]Read more >Similar articles >
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AI to detect viruses in wastewater at smart lab being set up in Abu Dhabi

By Ayub Dawood
  • The wastewater monitoring unit will analyse samples from Emirati cities, to detect pathogen, fungus, pharmaceuticals and toxic waste, in addition to infectious diseases.
  • Sticking to the same approach to steer clear of diseases in the future, the country is setting up an AI-powered lab in Abu Dhabi to look for bacteria and hazardous substances in the drainage system.
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The US Navy’s Plans for a Railgun Are Finally Dead

By EditorDavid
  • The U.S. Navy spent $500 million trying to build a real one, according to Popular Mechanics, "using electricity and magnetism instead of gunpowder and chemical energy to accelerate a projectile down a pair of rails." But now they've apparently given up: The service is ending funding for the railgun without having sent a single weapon to sea, while pushing technology derived from the program into existing weapons.
  • The weapon is a victim of a change in the Navy's direction toward faster, longer-range weapons that are capable of striking ships and land targets in a major war.
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The Handmaid’s Tale season 5: release date, cast, story and what we know

  • So here, we're going to break down everything you need to know about the next season of The Handmaid’s Tale, which we're hoping to see land on the streaming service next year.
  • One character that we won’t see return is Fred Waterford, played by Joseph Fiennes, since at the end of season 4 he got particicuted by June and many of her fellow fugitive handmaids in punishment for his crimes.
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The Week Ahead In Biotech: Incyte, Ascendis FDA Decisions, Liver Congress Presentations And 4 IPOs

By Shanthi Rexaline
  • (NASDAQ: VIR ): Preliminary on-treatment data from a phase 2 study evaluating VIR-2218 in combination with pegylated interferon alfa-2a in participants with chronic hepatitis B infection (Wednesday).
  • Regulus Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ: RGLS ): Data from the first cohort of Phase 1b study of RGLS4326 in patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (Friday)
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How to create an inclusive hybrid working environment

By Lila MacLellan
There are competing theories about how hybrid and remote work will impact workforce diversity.Some people of color have said that they prefer to work from home because it allows them to focus fully on their job without thinking about how other people perceive their behaviors and or having to worry about racist micro-aggressions. Hybrid structures can also free up a company’s recruiting staff to hire diverse talents from rural regions, and other countries, or to reach populations like military spouses, who move around often. However, many experts also worry that if more people from underrepresented groups—including workers from the LGBTQ+ […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How to hold better meetings in a hybrid workplace

By Lila MacLellan
All-virtual meetings are like in-person meetings in one important sense: Everyone attends the same way, so people are in the same place. In the hybrid workplace, though, holding a productive, even enjoyable meeting is going to require more forethought and mindfulness to avoid massive frustration.Here are some top tips for doing it right: Read the rest of this story on qz.com. Become a member to get unlimited access to Quartz’s journalism. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How to keep people feeling socially connected across distances and time zones

By Lila MacLellan
Work isn’t the only place we find connection, of course. But it’s certainlyaplace, as many employees have felt during the pandemic.In theory, hybrid work should give employees the best of both remote and in-person work: the ability to come to the office and socialize when they want, and digital tools to do so on their own terms when they are remote.But keeping people in the loop and bonded is not the responsibility of managers and leaders alone. Below are some ideas for how everyone can help keep hybrid work human.Read the rest of this story on qz.com. Become a member to get unlimited access to Quartz’s journalism. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Dress shoes are back, sort of

By Marc Bain
  • After suffering a dismal 2020 due to the pandemic, dress shoes had nowhere to go but up, and they’re still pressured by the long-term trend toward more comfortable, more casual clothing and footwear, in the office and pretty much everywhere else.
  • In April, sales of dress footwear were 200% higher than the same month last year, according to NPD’s data, but that was still 40% below their level in April 2019.
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This massive 130-hour training collection can turn you into a skilled ethical hacker

By TNW Deals
  • TLDR: The All-In-One 2021 Super-Sized Ethical Hacking Bundle includes 18 courses packed with techniques for spotting hackers and protecting vulnerable systems.
  • In The All-in-One 2021 Super-Sized Ethical Hacking Bundle ($42.99, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals), learners get a full introduction to the art of finding and stopping hackers as well as crafting systems immune from crippling cyberattacks.
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At last, a way to build artificial intelligence with business results in mind: ModelOps | ZDNet

By Joe McKendrick
  • The authors of a recent report from MIT Sloan Management Review and SAS advocates a relatively new methodology to successfully accomplish the delivery AI and ML to enterprises called " ModelOps ." While there a lot of "xOps" now entering our lexicon, such as MLOps or AIOps, ModelOps is more "mindset than a specific set of tools or processes, focusing on effective operationalization of all types of AI and decision models."
  • ModelOps is a way to help IT leaders bridge that gap between analytics and production teams, making AI and ML-driven lifecycle "repeatable and sustainable," the MIT-SAS report states.
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Sunday links: everything is sales

By abnormalreturns
MarketsThe performance of the FAANG stocks has diverged YTD. (wsj.com)Howard Lindzon, "Like crypto, meme investing begins at retail." (howardlindzon.com)StrategyAs inflation hedges go, stocks are alright. (pragcap.com)How indexing makes your investment life easier. (humbledollar.com)CompaniesHow Roku ($ROKU) carved out its own niche in the streaming space. (cnbc.com)How Nintendo is transitioning. (mindsetvalue.substack.com)SemiconductorsThe world is overly dependent on the Taiwan Semiconductor ($TSM). (wsj.com)It’s not just car manufacturers that are dealing with semiconductor shortages. (wsj.com)FundsBuffer ETFs are […]Read more >Similar articles >
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We collected 84 million tweets about the pandemic, here’s what we learned

By The Conversation
  • In other work, researchers have examined how world leaders turned to Twitter during the pandemic, and others have created datasets to expose how the public perceived their COVID-19 policies.
  • One particularly interesting study revealed how early warning signs of COVID-19 spreading in Europe, signalled by an uptick in the use of words like “pneumonia”, were on Twitter as early as January 2020.
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LG rollable TV, the Signature OLED TV R is now available in the UAE

By Nick.Pino@Futurenet.com
  • But LG’s new rollable TV, the Signature Series OLED TV R isn’t magic – it’s engineering and display technology risen to the nth degree.
  • In addition to the Full View and Zero View modes (LG’s name for when the TV is fully unfurled and fully stored modes, respectively) there’s also a Line View mode that allows for just a portion of the screen to be unveiled.
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Amazon comes for Netflix’s throne with $8.45 billion MGM purchase

By The Conversation
  • The ruthless war between the world’s leading video-on-demand companies reached a climax when the Amazon acquired the legendary Hollywood studio MGM (Metro Goldwyn Mayer) in a deal worth US$8.45 billion.
  • Although the MGM studio had a low market value (estimated at only US$5.5 billion a few months ago), several giants of the digital industry, including Apple, were interested in buying it.
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HuBERT: Facebook’s Latest Approach To Self-Supervised Speech Representation Learning

By Mita Chaturvedi
  • Facebook AI Research (FAIR) has published a research paper introducing Hidden Unit BERT (HuBERT), their latest approach for learning self-supervised speech representations.
  • To tackle this problem, HuBERT utilises an offline k-means clustering algorithm and learns the structure of its (spoken) input by predicting the right cluster for masked audio segments.
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The Black Box Body: Cultural Context and Machine Learning in Medical Diagnostics

By Miranda Marcus
  • I look to understand how the use of AI techniques in medical technology intervenes in the traditional anthropological discourses surrounding the relationship between information structures, algorithms, and data.
  • Medicine is a highly informational discipline based on standards, codes, and categorisations that allow doctors to understand biology as ordered systems such as the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the diagnostic manual updated every ten years by the World Health Organisation.
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Did The Fed Policy Shift Destroy The Reflation Trade?

By Garth Friesen, Contributor
  • “As reopening continues, shifts in demand can be large and rapid, and bottlenecks, hiring difficulties and other constraints could continue to limit how quickly supply can adjust raising the possibility that inflation could turn out to be higher and more persistent than we expect,” Chair Powell said in the press conference following the meeting.
  • 4 in March), it appears that many Fed officials believe the recent 5% CPI print qualified as material and post-pandemic changes to the labor market suggest higher prices will persist.
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Your Favorite Mobile Apps That Can Also Run in a Web Browser

By David Nield
  • More apps than you might have realized are available on the web as well as on your phone, syncing with your handset to give you access to all the same data, files and conversations through any web browser you like.
  • There's no need to hunch over your phone to power through your WhatsApp messages and group chats, because you can get them up in your web browser too—as long as you have your phone to hand to set this up.
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Why UX should guide AI

By Leif-Nissen Lundbæk, Xayn
  • This is the modus operandi of AIX: It serves the experience of the algorithm by pushing content your way and learning about what you like or dislike.
  • However, AI’s effectiveness at specialized jobs comes at the price of severe context blindness and a general inability to develop meaningful feedback loops: The typical algorithm does not and cannot consider the wider implications of the decisions it makes and hardly affords us users any control over its inner workings.
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INVEST Pitch Perfect winner spotlight: Systems Oncology’s AI tech yields trove of cancer drugs

By Frank Vinluan
  • Spryo Mousses, CEO and co-founder of Systems Oncology, said his startup grew out of the desire to develop therapies that overcome this resistance and offer patients long-lasting treatment.
  • “Once you understand cancer biology and where resistance comes from, then you can design drugs that have a more durable response,” Mousses said.
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Clair Labs raises $9 million to monitor patients remotely by ‘reading skin’

By Shoshanna Solomon
  • Clair Labs, a startup that is developing contact-free patient monitoring technology, said it has raised $9 million in seed funding to further develop its sensors and enlarge the scope of its clinical trials.
  • Tel Aviv-based Clair Labs uses sensors for the round-the-clock monitoring of such physiological markers as heartrate, respiration, airflow, body temperature and oxygen saturation, without touching the patient.
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Travel restrictions are a ‘trade-off’ and holidays as normal ‘was never going to be the case’

  • BALPA members will join colleagues from across the aviation and travel industry as part of a nationwide Travel Day of Action on Wednesday, which is designed to put pressure on the UK government to support a "safe return to international travel in time for the peak summer period".
  • Mr Buckland said "significant trade-offs" have had to be made to ensure COVID cases are kept down, with international travel restricted to "prevent inadvertent spread of new variants of concern".
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AI-powered Mayflower, beset with glitch, returns to England

By WGNO
  • Piloted by artificial intelligence technology, the 50-foot (15-meter) Mayflower Autonomous Ship began its trip early Tuesday, departing from Plymouth, England, and spending some time off the Isles of Scilly before it headed for deeper waters.
  • Nonprofit marine research organization ProMare, which worked with IBM to build the autonomous ship, said it made the decision to return to base “to investigate and fix a minor mechanical issue” but hopes to be back on the trans-Atlantic journey as soon as possible.
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macOS Monterey: Here’s everything new with AirPlay to Mac

By José Adorno
  • Finally, with macOS Monterey, it’s now possible to stream content directly to the Mac, which means users can make their iPhones play a song on the MacBook, a video, or share their screens.
  • The new Mac operating system will bring a refined experience from its predecessor macOS Big Sur. One of the top features of Monterey is the ability to AirPlay to Mac. Here’s how it’s going to work.
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Tech Companies Want to Tackle Harassment in Gaming

By Oliver-James Campbell
  • Bahriz says that eventually the toxic teammates kicked him from the game, and although “most of the time people are toxic, it is rare to actually be kicked from the game.
  • For Bahriz, he no longer receives as much abuse as he used to, but when he does, he usually just mutes them and tries his best “to not let the toxicity distract mentally from the game,” he says.
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Major upside could be in store for these stocks, according to Wall Street’s best-performing analysts

  • Since Deutsche Bank's Bryan Keane upgraded Square to Buy at the end of 2016, he argues the company "has morphed into a two-sided financial ecosystem that continues to expand TAM and beat expectations and we see continued momentum on the horizon." Add in the "sustainable faster growth post pandemic," and the analyst is surprised that the stock is trading at a discount to several other growth tech plays.
  • Explaining his bullish stance, Keane commented, "We believe SQ remains well positioned to benefit from the accelerated adoption of digital financial services, software-based business solutions, and omni-channel capabilities spurred by the COVID pandemic.
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Top clicks this week on Abnormal Returns

By abnormalreturns
Top clicks this weekThis combination of factors is good for value stocks. (sentimentrader.com)A look at some alternative asset allocation models including the Permanent Portfolio. (blog.validea.com)Renting is cheaper than buying pretty much everywhere. (nytimes.com)Some advice from Dave Ramsey you can safely ignore. (asuccessfullife.medium.com)Lumber prices are down bigly from their peak. (thereformedbroker.com)The FAANMG premium is gone. (snippet.finance)Have you taken this financial well-being quiz? (evidenceinvestor.com)Jonathan Clements, "Even as we manage our money as though we’ll one day be age 95 or 100, we should also behave as […]Read more >Similar articles >

Chinese Startup Unitree Begins Selling a Headless Robot Dog for $2,700

By EditorDavid
Long-time Slashdot reader cusco shares an interesting report from IEEE Spectrum: In 2017, we first wrote about the Chinese startup Unitree Robotics, which had the goal of "making legged robots as popular and affordable as smartphones and drones." Relative to the cost of other quadrupedal robots (like Boston Dynamics’ $74,000 Spot), Unitree’s quadrupeds are very affordable, with their A1 costing under $10,000 when it became available in 2020. This hasn’t quite reached the point of consumer electronics that Unitree is aiming for, but they’ve just gotten a lot closer: now available is the Unitree Go1, a […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Protecting your business from email compromise attacks

  • In another type of BEC attack, the attackers use fake and compromised email accounts to convince an employee that they’re dealing with a legitimate vendor.
  • For example, one type of BEC attack we’ve seen involves an employee getting an urgent message from the CEO or other high-level executive saying that they need the employee to pay a past due invoice or get gift cards for an urgent company event right away.
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10 Sunday AM Reads

By Barry Ritholtz
  • • Interview with Barry Meier, author of “Spooked” The longtime New York Times reporter asks of his colleagues, “When will we learn?”
  • • Temp checks, digital menus and ‘touchless’ mustard: The maddening persistence of ‘hygiene theater’ Atlantic writer Derek Thompson catalogued ineffective but showy anti-covid tactics last summer.
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Test out next-gen space tech in Kerbal Space Program

By WIRED
  • One of the most prolific Kerbal modders is Chris Adderley, Nertea in the game, who is an engineer at the Canadian space company MDA by day, designing ground-based systems that retrieve data from spacecraft.
  • He started playing Kerbal Space Program soon after its release, and in 2013 started building his first mod for the game—a pack of spare parts, including a xenon fuel tank and a magnetoplasmadynamic thruster (just try saying that three times fast).
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Google searches for new measure of skin tones to curb bias in products

By Reuters
  • ( Reuters ) — Alphabet’s Google told Reuters this week it is developing an alternative to the industry standard method for classifying skin tones, which a growing chorus of technology researchers and dermatologists says is inadequate for assessing whether products are biased against people of color.
  • Tech companies now rely on it to categorize people and measure whether products such as facial recognition systems or smartwatch heart-rate sensors perform equally well across skin tones.
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Qatar’s first 3D printed sculpture moulded out of concrete within minutes

By Ayub Dawood
  • To mark Qatar's foray into construction assisted by digital innovation, the country's first 3D printed structure has been created from concrete, in less than 30 minutes.
  • The sculpture showing different hands carrying the Qatari flag to highlight diversity among its people, was created as part of a collaboration at the country's only 3D printing facility.
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Young Couples in China to Receive Baby AI Humanoid

By Sharon Gal Or
  • Married Chinese couples who register to Project AiLive may have a 3-year-old Baby Sophia or Baby Einstein AI Humanoid, shifting from the existing three-child policy after recent data showed a dramatic birth rate decline in the world’s most populous country.
  • Xian Xu, a young mother to a 3-year-old Baby Sophia, said in an interview that major considerations for raising a human child are the costs for food, clothing, and education, and she added that she can now more easily continue developing her career while simultaneously practicing to be a young mother.
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5 Ways AI Scales the Effectiveness of Literature Reviews, From Clinical Evaluations to Precision…

By Gaugarin Oliver
  • But when powered by AI, pharma companies can use pre-trained models to integrate data from multiple sources and quickly identify relevant adverse events, saving research teams substantial time and effort on large analysis projects.
  • We’ve also discussed in other posts how AI techniques such as natural language processing (NLP) help identify and extract PICOTS (population, intervention, comparison, outcomes, time, and study design) elements.
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Guide To XBNet: An Extremely Boosted Neural Network

By Vijaysinh Lendave
  • XBNet takes raw tabular data as input, and the model is being trained using an optimization technique called Boosted Gradient Descent which is initialized with the help of feature importance of a gradient boosted trees further it updates the weights of each layer in the neural network in two steps as below:
  • Then, before moving towards the next epoch of training, it goes through all the layers and updates its weight again according to the feature importance of the gradient boosted tree.
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Crypto regulation in South Africa, John Kerry in Egypt, stereotypes in emojis

By Jackie Bischof
Hi Quartz Africa readers!This past week, South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, attended the G7 meeting in the UK, and urged member nations to do more to support lower income countries in the fight against Covid-19.As Covid-19 vaccination efforts ramp up in the world, the figures on the continent are appalling. Africa has only vaccinated 3.1% of the continent’s population, compared to 67% in North America and 31% in Asia. Meanwhile, the EU is holding enough stock to provide almost seven vaccines per person, the UK eight and the US five. The situation on the continent is not for lack of trying. When African governments tried to procure […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Health, AI, and the Black Box

By Ravi Komatireddy
  • If you would have opened up one of these boxes you’d see an antiquated machine that looked like an old reel-to-reel film recorder with all of the incumbent parts that make it work.
  • So, it’s not exactly crazy to take an alarmist position that demands a high level of traceability and discoverability so that when deep learning systems spit out wrong answers that are factually or morally incorrect so that we can employ needed detective work to correct the underlying machinery.
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Twitter Accused of ‘Deliberately’ Defying Indian Government’s New Social Media Rules

By EditorDavid
Twitter has "deliberately" defied and failed to comply with India’s new social media rules, according to the country’s technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. Reuters reports that the rules, which became effective in late May, make social media companies "more accountable to legal requests for swift removal of posts and sharing details on the originators of messages. The rules also require big social media companies to set up grievance redressal mechanisms and appoint new executives to coordinate with law enforcement." A senior government official told Reuters that Twitter may no longer be eligible to seek […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How to spot fake Amazon reviews during Prime Day 2021

  • That's not to say all customer reviews out there are fake - plenty of users take the time to legitimately express their thoughts, but when the time comes to finally splash your savings on a Prime Day deal, it’s important to consider that not all is always as it seems.
  • He says the issue comes from the volume of sellers using the site as a "valet service", claiming it is "impossible for Amazon to check if every product and review is legitimate or not."
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Me, Myself, and AI

By Persephone Rose
  • It was only after years of research and talking with other autistic people that I realized autism could be the reason for those feelings — but even now, there are still times when I feel like nothing is real.
  • And while some people might think this would be great since they don’t want to do those jobs anyway, it scares me because if robots can do everything better than humans, then what is the point of being human?
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Facebook smartwatch release date, price, leaks and what we know so far

By tom.bedford@futurenet.com
  • The company has stayed silent on its future hardware and wearable plans, and all we know comes from a few reports based on leaked and rumored information.
  • If you like big tech companies hoarding all your personal data, and you already own the Amazon Halo or a Google Wear OS watch, then you're going to absolutely love what Facebook has up its sleeves – apparently, the brand is working on its own smartwatch.
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