Supercomputer Goes Synapse-to-Circuit with Jeopardy Champs

first_imgTags:#Real World#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Hey, remember when the IBM computer Deep Blue went up against a chess grandmaster? That was cute. Well now a “DeepQA” supercomputer will go up against someone with a brain in his head: a Jeopardy champion. Actually, the computer, named “Watson,” will go up against two of the winningest players in the show’s history, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.Natural Language MachineWatson is a “natural language processing question answer machine.” If that makes you think of the erstwhile search engine Ask Jeeves, it should. Though no doubt the engineers behind Watson are praying to their clanking robot gods that it won’t answer a question like “Where is CIA headquarters?” with a photo gallery featuring grown men in diapers. At any rate, Watson (named after the company’s founder, not the pistol-packing pimp from the Sherlock Holmes stories), will take on Jennings and Rutter in two matches over three days, February 14, 15 and 16. It has already done a number of test matches against former contestant and passed the Jeopardy knowledge test all contestants must take to qualify for the show. The company’s announcement outlines the goals behind creating the computer. “IBM scientists . . . set out to accomplish a grand challenge – build a computing system that rivals a human’s ability to answer questions posed in natural language with speed, accuracy and confidence. The Jeopardy! format provides the ultimate challenge because the game’s clues involve analyzing subtle meaning, irony, riddles, and other complexities in which humans excel and computers traditionally do not.”Lord. Good luck. Unfortunately, the company did not release the kind of technical information that might allow us to determine how likely it is that the computer is really “understanding” the questions in any substantive way, vs. just employing a fancy keyword algorithm. But we’ve contacted them for a comment. Dr. RobotIBM says the real-world applications of the technology that powers Watson “could be applied in areas such as healthcare, to help accurately diagnose patients, to improve online self-service help desks, to provide tourists and citizens with specific information regarding cities, prompt customer support via phone” and more. (Let’s hope Dr. Robot comes with a complete set of Asimov’s three laws of robotics. Insert your own Borg or remade joke here.)The challenge pays. The winner will take $1 million, second place $300,000 and third $200,000. IBM has committed to donating all of its prize money to charity and the humanoids have committed to donating 50% of theirs. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… curt hopkins Other sources: Smarter Planet 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Take judge by air to Rohtak jail to pronounce quantum of sentence against Dera chief: HC

first_img The Dera chief is lodged in the Rohtak jail and the quantum of sentence will be announced on Monday.Large-scale violence and arson followed his conviction, which was pronounced by the CBI court of Additional District and Sessions judge in Panchkula. The violence left 32 dead.An order issued by the Registrar of the Punjab and High Court said, “suitable accommodation for court room etc in the District jail, Rohtak at Sunaria shall be provided and arrangements also be made for the lawyers and parties to have an easy access in court room in the district jail. Further, necessary arrangements for security and safe transport by air of the judicial officer, who has to try the case in the district jail and two of staff members shall also be made.” The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Saturday ordered the Haryana administration to make arrangements to take CBI judge Jagdeep Singh and two of his staff members to the Rohtak district jail by air for pronouncing the quantum of sentence against Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who was convicted for rape on Friday.The court notified the jail as a “place of sitting of the CBI court for the purpose of hearing of quantum of sentence”.last_img read more

Floridas leading travel agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama

Floridas leading travel agents pleased with visit to Grand Bahama

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, November 1, 2017 – Plantation, FL – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation (MOTA) Plantation’s office recently hosted several travel agents from West Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties, to Grand Bahama Island, October 27-28, 2017 via Balearia Caribbean.   The visit, which was part of the MOTA ongoing campaign, “The Bahamas is Open For Business, Come See For Yourself,” gave the agents an opportunity to experience first hand, the island’s major hotels, marinas and tourist attractions.“Feedback from the agents have been very positive and encouraging; the agents left the destination confident, knowledgeable and ready to sell our second city, Grand Bahama Island,” said Donna Mackey, Sr. Sales Manager, MOTA.According to Jennifer Gardiner-Bannister, Area Manager at the MOTA, “we have worked assiduously with our travel agents and tour operators communities over the past few years.    As we continue to strengthen our partnership alliance, we want to also build on our ‘on-line, off-line, on-island’ strategy with them.    This three step strategy, ‘on-line’, which through our website and other social media marketing platforms, provides awareness to these agents of our destination programs, new development, etc.; ‘off-line’ gives us an opportunity to engage and connect with them one-on-one, during sales missions product launches, training seminars and; on-island, where we invite agents to The Bahamas to better understand, promote and personally experience our diverse and unique multiple destination chain.   We want to ensure that we have and are providing them with the resources and all the information necessary, for them to do business with us and their clients to visit our shores, again and again,” she said.“Many persons seem to think that The Bahamas was devastated by the recent hurricanes. While two of our Southern islands, in particular, Ragged Island and Acklins, did sustain some property and infrastructural damages from Hurricane Irma, the rest of The Bahamas did not, including the hotels and marinas in our major islands: Nassau, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Exuma, Abaco, Bimini, Andros and Eleuthera.   Tourism is our number one industry and the economic engine for the country, so it is imperative that we let the world know, through these agents, that The Bahamas feared well and is “open for business, come see for yourself,” she said.The trip is one of several on-going trips planned for the islands of Grand Bahama, Nassau and Bimini.    In addition to the familiarization trips, the MOTA sales departments have since the summer season, conducted a series of lunch and learn seminars on land and at sea to top producing travel agents in Tampa, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.Press Release: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

SourceMedia Consolidates Publishing Functions into Two Units

first_imgPreviously, the four groups were managed individually by group publishers, or “community heads” as they were called internally. Also as part of the reorganization, SourceMedia appointed a pair of editorial directors to manage the edit operations of the two new groups, reporting to Morris and Elken.  The company also decentralized its marketing operation. As a result, the executive vice president of marketing and strategic planning role was eliminated, with Manoni absorbing the strategic planning responsibilities.  Two marketing directors will report to Morris and Elken. Four junior-level positions were eliminated from central service and operations.“We’ve restructured the organization in a modest way that reflects the vision for the business moving forward,” Manoni, who replaced Jim Malkin as CEO earlier this year, tells FOLIO:. “That vision is built around the expansion of new lines of business.”Manoni says the company is launching a training education business for which it has hired a team of three, with expectations to expand that team in the coming weeks depending on performance. He also says the company in July will reinstate 50 percent of salary reductions that were instituted last year. “The good news for SourceMedia is that we’re seeing stability in revenue across the portfolio and growth in some sectors for the first time in more than two years. We’re beginning to change the culture of our organization and become more innovative as we unlock investment for the development of the company, says Manoni. “When I look at SourceMedia today, and I think about the direction I want to take with the business, the  game changer for us will be introducing new competencies and new information services.” As part of what CEO Doug Manoni calls a “modest” reorganization, SourceMedia has consolidated its publishing operation from four units to two. One unit will consist of banking and capital markets while the second will be made up of the professional services and technology groups. Leading the banking and capital markets unit is newly-appointed executive vice president and managing director Karl Elken, former senior vice president of sales at The Taunton Press. Elken will oversee SourceMedia’s commercial banking, payments, mortgage and capital markets portfolios, including American Banker, The Bond Buyer, National Mortgage News and Investment Dealers’ Digest. Elken also will serve as a member of SourceMedia’s executive committee.Bruce Morris, who rejoined SourceMedia last August as executive vice president and managing director (Morris previously served as president of the company’s banking and corporate groups), will oversee the company’s professional services and technology groups.last_img read more

Texas Monthly Pledges Subscription Proceeds to Harvey Relief

Texas Monthly Pledges Subscription Proceeds to Harvey Relief

first_img“This isn’t abstract for us—we have had members of our family affected,” says Taliaferro. “These people aren’t just our readers, they are our neighbors and friends.”He also notes that because the team considers itself the national magazine of Texas, in addition to Harvey being a national emergency, they felt it was imperative to help raise money for relief efforts. Thus, they looked to their main product, which is their magazine subscription, as the place to get started.In addition to helping raise money for relief efforts through subscription proceeds, the Texas Monthly team has been actively reporting on Harvey and how it’s affecting Texans.“We have the whole team deployed. We sent reporters to the coast, to Beaumont, to shelters in Dallas and Austin,” he says. “They’ve been on boats and in jacked up trucks. We have reporters and editors in Houston filing stories while trying to keep their homes dry.”Taliaferro says the team is committed to telling people’s stories, going across the state at “a moment when the world needs to see and understand the scale of the devastation.”“It’s also perhaps worth noting that what has been the most read work has been our guide to helping people,” he adds. “It’s been one of the most read stories we’ve ever done.”The Texas Monthly team plans to donate money to organizations working in Texas that will have the greatest impact. Taliaferro says that the decision on where to donate the money will also arise after they calculate how much money they’ve raised.“We are in discussions with several groups right now working in Houston and around the gulf coast region,” says Taliaferro. “Our priority is that the dollars go to real people to help with real problems, and there will almost surely be issues that pop up where dollars are urgently needed. We are watching that closely and hope to have a decision made once we have a firmer idea of how much money we are talking about.”As a result of Harvey’s massive impact, the Texas Monthly team has decided to forgo its ideas for its former October issue, which goes to press next week. They plan to focus the issue primarily on Harvey and its effects.In addition, Texas Monthly is going to match up to $20,000 in donations, and the proceeds will go to @FeedingTexas.— Texas Monthly (@TexasMonthly) August 31, 2017 In the face of the catastrophic devastation that faces Texas and Louisiana after Hurricane Harvey, Texas Monthly announced last night that it plans to donate 100 percent of its new subscription proceeds (for the 24-hour period following the announcement) to relief efforts, closing at midnight Thursday night.But now, after raising $7,500 (about 370 subscriptions), Taliaferro, editor-in-chief, tells Folio: they’re opening the time window for another week, and matching up to $20,000 in donations.The monthly magazine, headquartered in downtown Austin, initially made the announcement on its website and social media accounts.Taliaferro, who began his role late last year, says that the Texas Monthly team wanted to do something beyond covering the storm and its effects, so they made the decision to donate subscription proceeds to relief efforts.last_img read more

Trump revives US Space Command for military operations

first_imgThe administration hasn’t forgotten about Space Force, first proposed by Trump in a March speech. Pence also announced Trump will soon sign a new space policy directive that will lay out plans and a timeline for the creation of the Space Force as a sixth branch of the armed forces.  Pence addressed members of the Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. He was attending a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch scheduled for Tuesday, but the launch was postponed due to a flight computer error. The rocket is set to carry an Air Force GPS satellite into orbit. Space Command will be headed up by a four-star officer. Trump’s memorandum for the Secretary of Defense asks James Mattis to recommend officers for nomination as commander and deputy commander.”A new era of American national security in space begins today,” Pence said. Sci-Tech 23 Photos CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Military Space 1 Share your voice Tags Space Force awakens Comment Vice President Mike Pence announces the revival of the US Space Command in Florida.  Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET It’s not just NASA that has interests in orbit. The US military has long been involved in space activities ranging from satellite communications to intelligence gathering. That work will be unified under one umbrella with the revival of the US Space Command. Vice President Mike Pence announced the return of Space Command during a speech at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday. “President Trump will direct the Department of Defense to establish a combatant command that will oversee all our military activities in space,” he said.Space Command will become the military’s 11th combatant command, each of which oversees a geographic or functional mission. It joins existing entities including Cyber Command and Transportation Command.  Space Command was originally created in 1985, but later merged into Strategic Command in 2002. Donald Trump’s directive will once again make Space Command its own entity. “It will develop the space doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures that will enable our warfighters to defend our nation in this new era,” Pence said. Trump’s Space Force is moving forward. Here’s what you need to know Trump announces Space Force, America’s military presence in space NASA’s wildest rides: Extreme vehicles for Earth and beyondlast_img read more

Romeo the worlds loneliest frog finally gets a crack at love

first_img Sci-Tech Share your voice 35 remarkable new animal and insect species that will freak you out (pictures) Venomous toads hitch ride on a massive snake to escape storm Cussing parrot, dolphins that love TV: The wildest animal news of 2018 Apple squid emoji error has Monterey aquarium up in tentacles More animal news Post a comment Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Technically Literate: Original works of short fiction with unique perspectives on tech, exclusively on CNET. Enlarge ImageRomeo might finally have a new mate thanks to discoveries from a successful expedition.  Global Wildlife Conservation When looking for the perfect mate, one has to kiss a lot of frogs. But what happens when an actual frog needs to find its soulmate?A rare Sehuencas water frog nicknamed Romeo has being living alone inside an aquarium at Cochabamba Natural History Museum in Bolivia for 10 years. It was thought Romeo might be the last Sehuencas water frog in existence, so last year Global Wildlife Conservation created an amusing dating profile for the frog hoping to raise awareness about his plight.Luckily, Romeo’s Juliet may have been found. During an expedition in a Bolivian cloud forest, scientists located and captured five Sehuencas water frogs, a mix of male and female, in a stream hoping to breed them and reintroduce the frogs back into their natural habitat.  Tags 35 Photos Teresa Camacho Badani — chief of herpetology at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Cochabamba City — headed up the expedition and seems optimistic for an opposites-attract kind of match between Romeo and one of the newly discovered water frogs. Her nickname? Juliet, naturally.   juliet3Enlarge ImageThe lovely Juliet awaits her Romeo.  Robin Moore/Global Wildlife Conservation “While Romeo is very shy, Juliet is not at all,” Badani said in a Q&A on the Global Wildlife Conservation site. “So we think she will make an excellent match for Romeo. She’s “very strong, and swims very fast. She looks great and is healthy.” Luckily, there’s a backup plan if the pair doesn’t make a love connection. “If the two don’t click, we have some additional pairs who can breed and help save their species from extinction,” Badani said.  0 But before any matchmaking can begin, the recently captured frogs are in quarantine at the museum’s conservation center to be treated preventatively against a deadly infectious disease called chytridiomycosis that’s threatening the lives of amphibians around the world.Then finally, Romeo and Juliet will meet in hopes they will bond and produce offspring that can be placed in the wild. last_img read more

Captain Marvel zooms past 900 million but Us scares up boxoffice crown

first_img 7 32 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Rotten Tomatoes president: We didn’t change site to protect Captain Marvel Captain Marvel merchandise isn’t kitten around with Goose and Carol Captain Marvel zooming toward $1 billion at the global box office Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Captain Marvel Marvel The Avengers How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Related stories Originally published March 23.Update March 24: Notes that Captain Marvel has now passed $900 million in earnings.center_img Share your voice Captain Marvel now stands as the No. 10  superhero release of all time internationally, and No. 21 in the US. Internationally, the movie’s earnings have jetted it past 2007’s Spider-Man 3, which earned $891 million internationally; 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, which earned $880 million internationally; and 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which earned $874 million internationally. As of Friday, the earnings had already sent Captain Marvel soaring past another superhero film starring a female hero, 2017’s Wonder Woman, which earned $822 million globally. The film topped the box office for its first two weeks in theaters, but shed that title this week to Jordan Peele’s new horror movie, Us. Us scared up the third-largest box office opening for a horror film ever, earning $70.3 million at the domestic box office, The Hollywood Reporter notes. The only two horror films to top Us are 2017’s It, with $123.4 million, and 2018’s Halloween, which earned $76.2 million. Captain Marvel hasn’t even been open a month and is on its way to earning one billion dollars globally. Marvel Captain Marvel continues to soar at the box office, and just crossed the $900 million mark in global earnings. The superhero film, starring Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, has earned more than $910 million globally in 19 days in theaters, Disney reported Sunday. That breaks down to more than $322 million domestically and $589 million outside the US. Comments TV and Movies Tags 3:41last_img read more

Huawei phones can no longer preinstall Facebook Instagram or WhatsApp

first_img What is going on between Huawei and the US? 23 Photos Facebook is apparently taking action against Huawei. / Getty Images Facebook has slapped Huawei with yet another ban by no longer letting the embattled Chinese phone marker preinstall its apps.Huawei phone owners will still be able to download and update Facebook’s apps, but fresh Huawei devices can’t come with Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps preinstalled, as previously reported by Reuters.”We are reviewing the Commerce Department’s final rule and the more recently issued temporary general license and taking steps to ensure compliance,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement confirming the move. 1 iPhone XS Max vs. Huawei P30 Pro sample photos Now playing: Watch this: In May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks, because of national security concerns about Huawei’s close relationship with the Chinese government. Soon afterward, Google cut Huawei off from future Android updates, before temporarily resuming work.The US is also urging its allies not to do business with Huawei. The company has consistently denied that its products are used for spying, and its chairman said this week that Huawei is willing to sign a “no-spy agreement” with the US.Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 1:44 a.m. PT.Updated at 3:10 a.m. PT: Adds Facebook statement. Phones Internet Services Comment Share your voice 4:59 Tags Facebook Huaweilast_img read more

JK Bank scam Srinagar Deputy Mayors office raided exPDP ministers under scanner

first_imgIn picture: People walk past a branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank. [Representational image]TwitterThe investigation into the money laundering and fake appointment scam at J&K Bank is not over yet. The Income Tax Department on Tuesday raided the offices of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation’s Deputy Mayor Sheikh Imran, who is also a businessman and owns many commercial properties in Srinagar. The IT department officials raided Shiekh Imran’s office at a shopping complex, Sangarmall, and another one in downtown Srinagar.The officials have also seized some documents from the Deputy Mayor’s office. Sheikh Imran, who recently joined Sajad Lone’s People Conference Party, is also believed to be one of the biggest defaulters of J&K Bank.Incidentally, he lauded the J&K government’s decision to remove J&K Bank chairman Parvez Ahmad from his post and took a dig at the functioning of the financial institution. The Reserve Bank of India and Home Ministry had permitted the J&K Governor to immediately sack Parvez after allegations of nepotism and corruption against him surfaced.The case of fake appointments of relationship executives in the bank is particularly being probed which may lead to a crackdown on several ex-ministers who served in former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s cabinet.Mehbooba had criticised the manner in which Parvez Ahmad was removed from his post and had demanded a bias-free investigation into the matter.Meanwhile, the central government may rope in Enforcement Directorate as well Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the J&K Bank fraud case reportedly not only for money laundering but also for terror funding.”The scale of fraud and corruption in the present case is of high volume and will require a forensic audit by a specialised agency like CBI. The state’s ACB has unearthed names of some politicians who enjoyed the patronage of the bank. Properties were bought using bank money within and outside J&K and will require probe by central agencies,” sources told the Economic Times. J&K Bank Chairman, Pervez Ahmad has been removed by the government with immediate effectTwitterThe National Investigation agency has already been entrusted with the role to trace avenues for funding of various militant organisations in the valley and bringing in ED as well as CBI may help overhaul the system, the senior official stated.Besides, the home ministry is also looking at dividing the control of the bank among its board members and not just restricting it to the chairman. The Centre is planning to separately appoint Chairman and Managing director of the bank that will ensure safety standards in terms of financial control and risk management.last_img read more