Biscuit maker Arnotts opens new 174m multipack centre

first_imgShare with your network: Tags: Arnott’s Biscuit maker Arnott’s opens new $17.4m multi-pack centrePosted By: News Deskon: August 09, 2017In: Business, FinancialPrintEmailAustralian Biscuit maker Arnott’s has invested AU $22 million ($17.4 million) in a new multi-pack centre in Sydney.Campbell Arnott’s President Asia Pacific Ümit Subasi said: “The new Multi-Pack Centre will support further innovation in the products we develop for Australian consumers.“As a result of the $22 million investment, we have moved our popular snack-pack products into cardboard outers. The new outers are better for the environment, protect the biscuits more effectively and sit more neatly in pantries.”The investment is part of a AU $40 million initiative by Arnotts to support capacity and manufacturing capabilities at its Sydney and Brisbane bakeries.The facility which features state of the art packaging lines employs more than 2,200 people, with 529 of them working at the facility located in Huntingwood.last_img read more

AB InBev names Michel Doukeris as head of its North America unit

first_imgAB InBev names Michel Doukeris as head of its North America unitPosted By: News Deskon: November 13, 2017In: Alcohol, Appointments, Beverage, Business, IndustriesPrintEmailAB InBev has announced that Michel Doukeris will be appointed president of its North America business and CEO of Anheuser-Busch.He will succeed João Castro Neves, who has decided to step down from the role as president to pursue other opportunities after a ‘long and distinguished career’ with AB InBev.Doukeris joined AB InBev in in 1996 and held sales positions of increasing responsibility before becoming vice president of soft drinks for its Latin America North Zone in 2008. He was appointed president of AB InBev China in January 2010 and zone president of Asia Pacific in January 2013.          The company said that during his time in China, he oversaw Budweiser’s rapid growth, helping to make China Budweiser’s largest growth market.Doukeris also championed the creation of The High End business unit, first launched in China and the US then expanded to 22 countries around the world during his tenure as chief sales officer.He is a Brazilian citizen and holds a degree in chemical engineering from Federal University of Santa Catarina and a master’s degree in marketing from Fundação Getulio Vargas, both in Brazil.He also completed post-graduate programmes in marketing and marketing strategy from the Kellogg School of Management and Wharton Business School in the US.AB InBev CEO Carlos Brito said: “The US is our most important market and we recognise the need to continue to focus on driving topline growth across our portfolio.“Michel has extensive experience delivering results for our business worldwide, including helping to grow Budweiser globally and launching The High End business strategy, which now represents $5 billion of sales.”He added: “We thank João for his 22 years of partnership and significant contributions to our company. He has been an outstanding leader, transforming our business in Latin America North and South. Most recently in the US, he spearheaded foundational changes including winning with our wholesaler partners, expanding our portfolio of craft partners, and accelerating the growth of Michelob Ultra.”Michel Doukeris said: “Anheuser-Busch’s culture and rich brewing history are admired around the world and it is humbling to have the opportunity to lead our North American business. Our success starts with putting the consumer first.“I will be focused on working in partnership with our wholesalers and building lasting relationships with our customers and business partners. We have a great team in the US and Canada. I know that together we can grow our business with our portfolio of iconic brands.”Share with your network: Tags: Anheuser-Busch InBevAppointmentsUnited Stateslast_img read more

Ocean Brands acquires Club Des Millionnaires seafood brand

first_imgOcean Brands acquires Club Des Millionnaires seafood brandPosted By: Martin Whiteon: September 19, 2018In: Business, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailCanned seafood supplier Ocean Brands has acquired the Club Des Millionnaires brand from Harold T. Griffin Inc for an undisclosed sum.Club Des Millionnaires sells premium canned sardines and anchovies in the Canadian market, and the acquisition will expand Ocean Brand’s portfolio of seafood products, which includes canned salmon and tuna products under the under the Gold Seal and Ocean’s brands.The company says that the acquisition will complement its existing range, and also allow it to meet the rising demand from consumers for products that are high in Omega-3.Ian Ricketts, president of Ocean Brands said: “We are very pleased with the acquisition of Club Des Millionaires.“Today’s consumers have an increased demand for natural sources of Omega-3, protein, and sustainably sourced seafood.“Club Des Millionaires is a perfect complement to the high quality, sustainable seafood products we offer consumers under our Gold Seal and Ocean’s brands.”Share with your network:last_img read more

Our top five FoodBev features from 2018

first_imgHow incubators and awards schemes can help your start-upMegan Kindelin, awards marketing executive for FoodBev Media, details how start-ups can benefit from the guidance of incubator schemes, and the publicity and brand recognition that award schemes can bring.This featured article gives a breakdown of the various stages start-ups must undertake before considering incubator and awards schemes for their food or beverage business. 2018 saw some in-depth insights from our team here at FoodBev, from interviews with CEOs from innovative start-ups, to thought-provoking opinion pieces spanning topics across the food and beverage industries.Take a look below at a top five selection of some of’s most timely and significant feature articles published in 2018.  ‘BrewDog’s Pink IPA shows how futile it is to advertise by gender’FoodBev’s Alex Clere explored how BrewDog’s Pink IPA, introduced to target female consumers, was received at the time of publication. This feature detailed the difficulties of brands targeting consumers by gender, and how the pitfalls can create a mixed reaction just as BrewDog’s Pink IPA did. Our top five FoodBev features from 2018Posted By: Harriet Jachecon: December 28, 2018In: Industries, Interesting Lists, Special & featuredPrintEmail Interview: The ‘sugar busting’ drink that regulates blood sugarThis is included in our yearly round-up due to the nature of the product highlighted and the story behind its creation.At FoodBev, we source innovative approaches to food and beverages, and Good Idea is a great example of how companies can use their expertise to seek out gaps in the market in response to current legislative and consumer behaviours.This feature also explores the experience of releasing a new beverage product into a competitive US space, and how to overcome challenges presented with novel approaches to marketing.center_img Interview: Start-ups can change the future of food, says Mr Lee’sKicking off our CEO series of features, Harriet Jachec interviewed Damien Lee, CEO of organic instant noodle startup, Mr Lees, about the challenges and delights of pursuing a start-up in the food and beverage industry.This particular feature explores the background to setting up Mr Lees and where Damien Lee plans to take this venture in the future. ‘More education needed around post-consumer plastic waste’Bill Bruce examined the need for education surrounding plastic use, and contended that it is not the fault of the plastics industry, beverage industry, or retailers, but the convenience-led, throwaway society that consumers have become accustomed to. This feature does on to discuss how legislation may not have as much as an impact on recycling rates as educational programmes do for consumer knowledge. We’ve placed it in the top five for 2018 as PET is still an ever-popular choice for beverage customers, but with that comes the need for education in order to uphold sustainability. Share with your network: Tags: featuredstartupsSummary 2018Top 5last_img read more

Haymans of London launches juniperforward gin liqueur

first_imgHayman’s of London launches juniper-forward gin liqueurPosted By: Contributoron: June 04, 2019In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailHayman’s of London has expanded its beverage portfolio with a new gin liqueur, launched ahead of summer in the UK.The 40% ABV beverage has been created by adding a touch of sugar to the classic Hayman’s gin blend, which features ten botanicals.James Hayman of Hayman’s of London said: “This is a liqueur for people who enjoy the taste of gin. By adding just the right amount of sugar to our blend of ten classic botanicals, we’ve been able to capture all that wonderful gin character but layer in the underlying sweetness traditionally associated with a liqueur.”He added: “In many ways, this is the perfect summer drink. Wonderfully smooth, the high bottling strength and classically balanced botanicals make it perfect for enjoying neat over the rocks with a simple orange wedge garnish.“Or for a long refreshing summer serve, simply top with tonic, soda water, ginger beer or even prosecco and garnish with fresh fruit. It’s a brilliantly versatile drink for the summer months – perfect for long evenings or lazy afternoons at home in the garden.”Just 6,000 individually numbered bottles of Hayman’s gin liqueur have been created. The 70cl bottles are available to buy in the UK with a recommended retail price of £39.Share with your network: Tags: ginHayman’s of LondonUKlast_img read more

Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts over alleged false police report

first_imgUS television This article is more than 4 months old Share on Pinterest From hate crime to hoax? How Jussie Smollett’s strange story unravelled Topics Share on Twitter Share via Email Jussie Smollett leaves Cook county jail last month following his release in Chicago.Photograph: Kamil Krzaczyński/AP Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Read more Support The Guardian Share via Email Chicago grand jury returns felony indictment after Empire actor said he was victim of hate crime Chicago This article is more than 4 months old … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Fri 8 Mar 2019 18.13 ESTcenter_img Last modified on Mon 11 Mar 2019 06.45 EDT Television news A grand jury in Chicago has returned a 16-count felony indictment against television actor Jussie Smollett, accusing him of filing a false police report when he claimed he was the victim of a hate-crime assault by supporters of Donald Trump, local media reported on Friday, citing court records.The Empire actor was previously charged in a criminal complaint with felony disorderly conduct, involving lying to police in relation to a supposed racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago on 29 January.“Jussie Smollett knew that at the time … there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed,” according to the indictment, CBS Chicago said in a report on Friday afternoon. Reuse this content Empire Guardian staff and agencies Empire Share on Facebook Shares5555 Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts over alleged false police report Share on WhatsApp The actor, who is openly gay and best known for his role as the gay character Jamal Lyon on the Fox TV show, prompted widespread shock and concern when it emerged he had reported being attacked while walking home in the early hours. He told police two masked men – one of them wearing a red Make America Great Again hat – shouted racist and homophobic slurs as they beat him, put a noose around his neck, and doused him with a chemical.Police said Smollett had paid those two men, Ola and Abel Osundairo, to stage the attack.Smollett’s attorney, Mark Geragos, criticised the indictment in a statement as “redundant and vindictive,” adding that his client “adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption.”Geragos also said that levelling charges in an indictment spares prosecutors the need to submit evidence and witnesses to defence cross-examination in a preliminary hearing, where a judge decides if sufficient cause exists for the case to proceed to trial. At the time he was initially charged two weeks ago, Chicago police officer Eddie Johnson said Smollett had paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an assault on him in a hoax orchestrated to somehow further his acting career.Questions about Smollett’s potential role in the alleged attack started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police, and word that detectives in a city full of surveillance cameras could not find video of the attack.Police looked through hours of video surveillance from the area but found no footage of any attack.The actor told Good Morning America he had been unable to give detectives a good description of his assailants as their faces were obscured. “You have to understand it’s Chicago in winter – people can wear ski masks and nobody’s going to question that,” he said.Police said after Smollett was arrested last month that they believed he staged the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary” on Empire and was trying to draw attention to his plight. Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Happy Thanksgiving

first_imgShare this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedThanksgiving is almost hereNovember 20, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads”HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVEDecember 31, 2012Similar postHAPPY HOLIDAYSDecember 24, 2012In “Easter Seals Crossroads” The INDATA Staff would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving!last_img

Monday Tech Tip Victor Reader Trek

first_imgPeter Tucic, Brand Ambassador of Blindness Products, at Humanware shows us the new Victor Reader Trek, which is an accessible reading device that is also equipped with GPS built into it for individuals who are blind.Check it out here:Click here for more information on the Victor Reader Trek.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedSpeech for Accessibility Solutions at ATIA Orlando 2011: HumanWare Selects Acapela Group as its Voice PartnerJanuary 26, 2011In “Conferences and Events”Lazarillo GPS on Google PlayDecember 19, 2017In “Apps”HIMS BrailleSense PolarisJune 19, 2019Similar postlast_img read more

Apollo 11 at 50 NASA Is Streaming the Landing

first_img Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. By Joel Hruska on July 20, 2019 at 6:27 am 12 Comments Buzz Aldrin descends onto the moon’s surface. Credit: Neil Armstrong/NASAUpdate (7/20/2019): Today’s the big day. NASA TV will live-stream the original moon landing and then, six hours later, the moon walk. Broadcast times on the YouTube channel linked below are 4 PM EST (for the Moon landing) and 10 PM EST (for the moon walk).Original story below:Fifty years ago yesterday, the Apollo 11 mission took off for the Moon. You can see CBS’s coverage now on YouTube, showcasing not just what happened, but how it happened. It’s the same way you, your parents, or your grandparents saw the event.I am admittedly not much for watching video. I use YouTube almost exclusively for listening to music when I use it at all. But there’s something fascinating about seeing the real-time broadcast, complete with commercials and with breaking news coverage of then-current events happening in… well, not “real-time” obviously, but what real-time looked like 50 years ago. The original launch occurred at 9:32 AM on July 16, 1969, with the later lunar touchdown on July 20. Armstrong actually stepped out on the lunar surface six hours later.Watching the full live stream is fascinating for another reason — it highlights the degree to which both the takeoff and landing were extended, live affairs, carried out over hours with extensive footage. The idea that the moon landing was some kind of hoax carried out by Stanley Kubrick or through some other form of visual effects wizardry has been debunked more times (and from more angles) than I can think of. But one of the better treatments of the topic is by S. G. Collins of Postwar Media.Collins details in the video above why the special effects technology of the 1960s literally wasn’t capable of this kind of feat. Both launches and landings were live broadcasts that went on for hours and were seen by millions of people worldwide. Today, those kinds of issues would be no object for special effects wizards to solve. Fifty years ago, it was an entirely different matter.I hadn’t planned on watching any of the moon landing details this weekend, but after watching some of the Apollo 11 launch broadcast I may change that plan. Seeing the moon landing lift-off sent chills up my spine, grainy video and bad color reproduction be damned. Seeing the Saturn V in action is a joy, blurry video and all.It is unfortunate that the triumph of Apollo 11 and the following Apollo missions remain the last time we have sent humans to another world beyond our own. I do not know if I’ll be around when the 100th anniversary of Apollo rolls around, but I hope that by the time we hit the 75th — and I do hope to be around for that one — we’ll be able to say that we eventually exceeded the achievements of my grandfather’s generation. “We came in peace for all mankind” is too good of a slogan to leave it isolated and alone on the lunar surface. There are further worlds, farther worlds, to explore. Hopefully, one day, we’ll reach them.Now Read:NASA’s Restored Mission Control Shows the Glory Days of the Apollo EraApollo Guidance Computer Restored, Used to Mine BitcoinHow Space Exploration Has Evolved Over the Years New Details Confirmed About Natalie Portman As Mighty Thor Apollo 11 at 50: NASA Is Streaming the Landing ‘Far From Home’ Brought Back An Old Character No One Noticed ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Truly Terrible Actors Who Desperately Need Acting Classes You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ Jeremy Renner Unveils ‘Hawkeye’s Epic Intro The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening The Real Reason Emma Watson Refuses to Do a Nude Scene Tagged In sciencespacenasaapollomercuryApollo 11CBSBuzz Aldrinmoon landingGeminiGene KranzNeil Armstrong50th Anniversaryspace programWalter Cronkite Post a Comment 12 Commentslast_img read more

How Deepfakes and Other RealityDistorting AI Can Actually Help Us

first_img By Adam Dachis on July 19, 2019 at 11:02 am Woody Harrelson’s Father Was an Actual Hitman We Finally Understand Why Hollywood Dumped Christina Ricci Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We’re not far from the day when artificial intelligence will provide us with a paintbrush for reality. As the foundations we’ve relied upon lose their integrity, many people find themselves afraid of what’s to come. But we’ve always lived in a world where our senses misrepresent reality. New technologies will help us get closer to the truth by showing us where we can’t find it.From a historical viewpoint, we’ve never successfully stopped the progression of any technology and owe the level of safety and security we enjoy to that ongoing progression. While normal accidents do occur and the downsides of progress likely won’t ever cease to exist, we make the problem worse when trying to fight the inevitable. Besides, reality has never been as clear and accurate as we want to believe. We fight against new technology because we believe it creates uncertainty when, more accurately, it only shines a light on the uncertainty that’s always existed and we’ve preferred to ignore.We Already Accept False Realities Every DayThe dissolution of our reality—a fear brought on by artificial intelligence—is a mirage.  For a good while, we’ve put our trust in what we see and hear throughout our lives, whether in the media or from people we know. But neither constitutes reality because reality has never been absolute.  Our reality is a relative construct.  It’s what we agree upon together based on the information we gain from our experience.  By observing and sharing our observations we can attempt to construct a picture of an objective reality.  Naturally, that goal becomes much harder to achieve when people lie or utilize technology that makes convincing lies more possible. It seems to threaten the very stability of reality as we know it.But our idea of reality is flawed.  It’s comprised of human observation and conjecture.  It’s limited by how our bodies sense the world around us and how our brains process that acquired information.  Although we may capture a lot, we can only sense a sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum and even that constitutes too much for our brains to process at once.  Like the healing brush in Photoshop, our brains fill in the gaps in our vision with its best guess at what belongs.  You can test your blind spots to get a better idea of how this works or just watch it in action by looking at an optical illusion like this:Image credit: BrainDen | Scroll or turn your head if you don’t see motionThis, among other cognitive processes, produces subject versions of reality. You already cannot experience every aspect of a moment, and you certainly won’t remember every detail. But on top of that, you don’t even see everything you see.  Your brain constructs the missing parts, hides visual information (especially when we’re moving), makes you hear the wrong sounds, and can mistake rubber limbs for your own. When you have a limited view of any given moment and the information you obtain isn’t fully accurate, to begin with, you’re left with a subjective version of reality than you’re able to gauge. Trusting collective human observations led us to believe geese grew on trees for about 700 years. Human observations, conclusions, and beliefs are not objective reality. Even in the best of circumstances we will, at times, get things extraordinarily wrong.Everything you know and understand passes through your brain and your brain doesn’t offer an accurate picture of reality.  To make matters worse, our memories often fail us in numerous ways.  The way we see the world is neither true or remotely complete. So, for a long time, we have relied on other people to help us understand what’s true.  That can work just fine in many situations, but sometimes people will lie or have vastly different versions of the same situation due to past experiences.  Either way, problems occur when subjective observations clash and people cannot agree upon what really happened.  Technology has helped us improve upon that problem—technology we widely feared during its initial introduction.We Either Trust or Distrust Technology Too MuchThroughout time we’ve created tools to help us survive as a species.  By developing new tools we’ve been able to spread information more easily and create a sense of trust. Video and audio recordings allowed us to bypass the brain’s processes and record an un-augmented record of an event—at least, from a singular point of view.  A video camera still fails to capture the full reality of a given moment.Security footage can look bad or even creepy but that doesn’t always indicate a real problem. | Image credit: Horror Freak NewsFor example, imagine someone pulls out a knife in a fight and fakes a swipe to try and frighten their attacker without any intention of doing actual harm. Video surveillance paints a different picture without this context. To an officer of the law, the security footage will show assault with a deadly weapon. With no other evidence to provide context, the officer has to err on the side of caution and make an arrest.Whether or not such assumptions lead to less crime or more questionable arrests doesn’t change the fact that an objective recording of reality misses information. We trust recordings as truth when they only offer a part of the truth. When we trust video, audio, or anything that cannot tell the full story, we put our faith in a medium that lies by omission by design—just like any observer of reality.Faults exist in technology but that doesn’t offer cause to discard it. Overall, we’ve benefited from advancements that allowed objective recordings of the world around us. Not all recordings require additional context. A video of a cute puppy might not be cute to everyone, but—for the most part—people will agree they’re seeing a puppy. Meanwhile, we used to call the sky green and can’t agree on the color of a dress in a bad photograph. As technology progresses and becomes accessible to more and more people, we all begin to learn when and how it can paint reality with a less accurate brush than we liked to believe.This realization causes fear because our system of understanding the world starts to break down. We can’t rely on the tools we once could to understand our world. We have to question the reliability of the things we seen recorded and that goes against much of what we’ve learned, experienced, and integrated into our identities. When new technologies emerge that further erode our ability to trust what’s familiar they incite this fear which we tend to attribute to the technology rather than ourselves. Phone calls are a normal part of life but they were, initially, seen as an instrument of the devil.Today, AI enjoys similar problems. Deepfakes stirred a panic when people began to see how easily a machine could swap faces in videos with startling accuracy—with numerous quality video and photos that met specific requirements. While these deepfakes rarely fooled anyone, we all got a glimpse of the near future where artificial intelligence would progress to a point where we’d fail to know the difference. That day came last month Stanford University, Princeton University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and Adobe released a paper that demonstrated an incredibly simple method of editing recorded video to change spoken dialogue both visually and aurally that fooled the majority of people who saw the results. Take a look:Visit the paper’s abstract and you’ll find most of the text dedicated to ethical considerations—a common practice nowadays. AI researchers can’t do their jobs well without considering the eventual applications of their work. That includes discussing malicious use cases so people can understand how to use it for good purposes and allow them to also prepare for the problems expected to arise as well.Ethics statements can feed public panic because they indirectly act as a sort of a vague science fiction in which our fearful imaginations must fill in the blanks. When experts present the problem it’s easy to think of only the worst-case scenarios. Even when you consider the benefits, faster video editing and error correction seem like a small advantage when the negatives include fake news people will struggle to identify.We Only Lose When We Resist ProgressNevertheless, this technology will emerge regardless of any efforts to stop it. Our own history repeatedly demonstrates that any efforts to stop the progression of science will, at most, result in a brief delay. We should not want to stop people who understand and care about the ethics of what they create because that leaves others to create the same technology in the shadows. What we can’t see might seem less frightening for a while, but we have no way of preparing, understanding, or guiding these efforts when they’re invisible.While technologies like the aforementioned text-based video editor will inevitably lead both to malicious uses and more capable AI in the future, we already fall victim to similar manipulations on a daily basis. Doctored photos are nothing new and manipulative editing showcases how context can determine meaning—a technique taught in film school. AI adds another tool to the box and increases mistrust in a medium that has always been easily manipulated. This is unpleasant to experience, but ultimately a good thing.Image credit: Will SigmonWe put too much trust in our senses and the recordings we view. Reminders of this help prevent us from doing that. When Apple adds attention correction to video chats and Google actually makes a voice assistant that can make phone calls for you we will need to remember that what we see and hear may not accurately represent reality. Life doesn’t require accuracy to progress and thrive. Pretending we can observe objective reality does more harm than accepting we can’t. We don’t know everything, our purpose remains a mystery to science, and we will always make mistakes.  Our problem is not with artificial intelligence, but rather that we believe we know the full story when we only know a few details.As we enter this new era we should not fight against the inevitable technology that continues to shine a spotlight on our misplaced trust. AI continues to demonstrate the fragility of the ways we conceive of reality as a species at a very rapid pace. That kind of change hurts. We lose our footing upon realizing we had only imagined the stable ground we’ve walked upon our entire lives. We seek a new place of stability as we tumble through uncertainty because we see the solution as the problem. We may not be ready for this change, but if we fight the inevitable we will never be.Artificial intelligence will continue to erode the false comforts we enjoy, and that can be frightening, but that fear is also an opportunity. It provides us with a choice: to oppose something that scares us or attempt to understand it and use it for the benefit of humanity.Now read:Soon, Alexa Will Know When You’re About to DieNew Research Warns of ‘Normal Accident’ From AI in Modern WarfareGoogle Duplex AI Still Needs a Lot of Help From HumansTop image credit: Getty Images 16 Comments You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Jon Favreau Has a Funny Idea for ‘Iron Man 4’ Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp Mahershala Ali Isn’t The First Actor To Play Multiple MCU Roles Helen From ‘Waterworld’ Is 56 Now and Incredibly Gorgeous The Real Reason Marvel Didn’t Bring Back Snipes For ‘Blade’ Jim Carrey’s Tragic Life Just Gets Sadder and Sadder How Deepfakes and Other Reality-Distorting AI Can Actually Help Us Tagged In scienceartificial intelligenceaineurosciencepsychologydeepfakeshuman brain Post a Comment 16 Commentslast_img read more

TIBCO Spotfire X Recognized by SIIA as Best Business Intelligence Reporting Analytics

first_imgComprehensive Analytics Platform Earns Prestigious Industry RecognitionTIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in integration, API management, and analytics, won the Best Business Intelligence Reporting & Analytics Solution of 2019 for TIBCO Spotfire®, by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The prestigious CODiE Awards recognize companies producing the most innovative business technology products across the country, and around the world. The win adds to the Spotfire® solution’s many industry accolades and further validates the application’s value to modern enterprises who are under increasing pressure to satisfy customer needs by providing flexible, agile analytics solutions that can operate at scale.“We are delighted to win the SIIA CODiE Award for delivering the most comprehensive intelligence and analytics solution,” said Brad Hopper, vice president, analytics product strategy, TIBCO. “Our customers understand the importance of having the right analytics platform to drive their business. This award further affirms the suitability of Spotfire for all analytics use cases, as well as underlining its value in helping our customers and partners turn data into innovation and drive optimized business results.”Marketing Technology News: Adobe Survey Says That Voice and Screen Combined Are the FutureTIBCO Spotfire is one of the industry’s most complete analytics platforms. The AI-powered, search-driven experience, with built-in data wrangling and advanced analytics, makes it fast and easy for everyone to visualize real-time discoveries from data at rest and in motion. Spotfire delivers numerous capabilities at-scale, including a wide range of visual analytics, predictive analytics, location analytics, and streaming analytics. By harnessing the power of innovative and open source technologies, TIBCO customers and partners can quickly and easily identify actionable insights from massive amounts of data.“The CODiE Awards have long recognized the most innovative, high-impact products in the market, and the 2019 winners continue this grand tradition,” said Jeff Joseph, president, SIIA. “We are thrilled to spotlight these exciting products and the power they have to revolutionize how we do business. Congratulations to all our honorees.”The SIIA, the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, announced the full slate of CODiE winners during a special award ceremony in San Francisco on June 12.Marketing Technology News: OpenText Automates Invoicing for Rosneft DeutschlandThe SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry’s only peer-reviewed awards program. The first-round review of all nominees is conducted by software and business technology experts with considerable industry expertise, including members of the industry, analysts, media, bloggers, bankers, and investors. The scores from the expert judges’ review determine the finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products, and the scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners. Forty-four awards were given this year for products and services deployed specifically for B2B software, information, and media companies, including the all-new Best Overall Business Technology Product, awarded to the product with the highest scores of both rounds of judging. Ten awards were given as part of the Company CODiE Awards, which recognize outstanding individuals, companies, and teams.Marketing Technology News: James Liu Appointed to Board of Directors of Opera Limited Business IntelligenceMarketing TechnologyNewsSIIATIBCOTIBCO Spotfire Previous ArticleWD-40 Brand Successfully Executes First Connected TV Campaign in Partnership with Telaria and BVAccelNext ArticleAppSwarm Appoints Vivek Sonchhatra as Their Digital Marketing Director TIBCO Spotfire X Recognized by SIIA as Best Business Intelligence Reporting & Analytics Solution PRNewswire4 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 last_img read more

Govt Does Not Indulge in Culture of Exchanging Suitcases Sitharaman on Carrying

first_img modi government 2.0Narendra ModiNirmala Sitharamanred cloth bag First Published: July 20, 2019, 9:08 PM IST Chennai: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said carrying a red-cloth bag instead of a leather suitcase on the budget day was an indication that the Narendra Modi government does not indulge in a culture of “exchanging suitcases”.On her maiden visit to Chennai after assuming office, she addressed members of the Nagarathar Chambers of Commerce as part of their International Business Conference, here. In her speech, she heaped praises on the Nagarathar community for their business practices and said it became news that she was not carrying a leather suitcase on budget day.Ahead of presenting the budget on July 5, Sitharaman carried a red-coloured cloth bag instead of a leather suitcase which went viral on various social media platforms.”It became news that a leather suitcase was not carried. There is nothing in that … It is an indication. It is a small message. Whenever I think of a suitcase, some other thoughts come up in my mind. Our government does not indulge in a culture of exchanging suitcases,” she said amid huge applause from the audience.”It was because of these reasons a suitcase was not carried. In this government, there is no necessity to carry a suitcase. In order to ensure transparency, this government floats tender system”, she said.”I took that bag just like carrying a file (before presenting the budget). It also became a controversy that I chose not to carry a suitcase because it was made of leather. No, I did not think that much Sir,” she said.Noting that a business is run successfully when entrepreneurs possess necessary skills, she said business practices that existed 15 years ago were not present today.”MBAs are adapting to the Indian context, which is good. But I still find there is a gap. A farmer can make good produce from his agricultural land, but he may not have the marketing skills to make good business of his produce,” she said.Observing that the budget had given much importance to startups, she said when the government was ready to support entrepreneurs, it was also looking at them for imparting their skills.”That is a valuable contribution. From the government of India point of view, India will grow only when youngsters and businesses are given the opportunity to grow. That is the main message,” she said.Referring to the proposed hike in the surcharge on income tax paid by super-rich individuals, Sitharaman said, “India is at a cusp where we want to eliminate poverty. We want to move towards a better India where everybody gets opportunities”.In her maiden budget speech, Sitharaman proposed to hike the surcharge on income tax paid by super-rich individuals.While the Finance Minister appreciated India Inc. for being wealth and job creators, she said more tax was levied on the super-rich to share the burden of the government.”One should not think that such a tax was introduced without giving a thought… We are not asking you not to do any business. We are just asking you to pay more,” she said. last_img read more

Genetically modified plants could help get to the root of climate change

first_imgThere’s not going to be one singular solution to solve the problem of climate change. In reality, it’s going to take a multi-pronged approach encapsulating everything from reducing our individual carbon footprints to potentially more drastic solutions such as geoengineering. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California have another approach to add to the pile — and it’s one that involves genetic modification.Salk researchers have been investigating ways to engineer plants so that they grow with more robust and deeper roots that are capable of storing increased amounts of carbon underground for longer; thereby reducing CO2 in the atmosphere. This is based on their discovery of a gene which dictates the depth to which plant roots grow in soil.“We are very excited about our recent finding, because we have found a gene — Exocyst70A3 — and its variants that can change a shallow root system architecture, [in which] the roots grow closer to the surface of the soil, to a deeper root system architecture, [where] the roots grow deeper into the soil,” Wolfgang Busch, an Associate Professor in Salk’s Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, told Digital Trends. “We also have understood to a great extent how this gene works. It changes the flow of the plant hormone auxin through the root tip. That way the roots are not as swift to sense if they don’t grow downwards. Importantly, this gene seems to only specifically change root system architecture and no other property of the plant — it is therefore a precision tool.”Making the work particularly promising is the fact that the Exocyst70A3 gene has very closely related genes in all plants. This means that this research could theoretically work with every crop plant in existence. To further develop the project, the Salk initiative will receive more than $35 million from a number of organizations and individuals.“The next stage for this project is to translate this to crop plants that we would like to enhance in terms of root depth,” Busch continued. “Other work that we are starting is to look for other genes and their variants that increase root depth in a similar way. Having multiple genes in hand to work with to tune root system architecture will increase our ability to get to custom-tailored root systems.”A paper describing the work, titled “Root System Depth in Arabidopsis Is Shaped by Exocyst70A3 via the Dynamic Modulation of Auxin Transport,” was recently published in the journal Cell. Editors’ Recommendations Researchers have built a robot whose sole mission in life is to pick lettuce A giant new solar farm in Texas will harness the sun’s rays to … brew beer? The best gardening apps help you watch your garden grow Motion-sensing shrubs and robo-Venus flytraps: Inside the world of Cyborg Botany Google’s Stadia is the future of gaming, and that’s bad news for our planetlast_img read more

Chrome declares war on noisy autoplay videos

first_imgGoogle is about to crack down on auto-playing video with audio, with the upcoming release of its Chrome browser taking a strict hand to noisy sites. Chrome 66 is currently in beta for those who want an early taste of what Google has been working on, though after that will graduate to the full release every user will be able to upgrade to. Back in September 2017, Google first took on the autoplay challenge. Recognizing that many people find it frustrating when a site they visit automatically begins playing video – and even more so when that video has unexpected sound – they started experimenting with the autoplay rules around video. That was first being discussed back in relation to Chrome 64, though was only offered as an option to be activated if the user so wished it.Now, it’s finally approaching regular users, and with a stricter policy. Chrome 66 will, among other changes, turn autoplay with audio off by default. Videos that play without music will be permitted, but anything that has noise will not, unless one of a small number of criteria are met. For example, if the user clicks – on the desktop – or taps – on mobile – the site, then audio will be permitted. If, on Chrome for the desktop, “the user has previously shown an interest in media on the site” that will also give autoplay the green light. If the user has added the site to their mobile home screen, that will be treated as another indication that they won’t mind autoplay with audio. While it might frustrate some sites (and their advertisers) this is unlikely to be an unpopular change among actual users. Tackling the mystery of where audio is coming from when you have multiple tabs open is a persistent frustration. Most current browsers have some sort of indicator that they’re responsible for music or other sounds, linked to the tab that’s making them. Usually, clicking the icon that’s displayed is enough to mute that tab altogether. Still, taking a more proactive approach to it and stopping video from playing automatically is even more welcome. Google says Chrome 66 will also more intelligently decide when to play media streams, taking into account the actual decoding capabilities of the client device. Currently, it chooses a resolution based on the screen size and bandwidth available, without giving consideration to whether the device in question actually has the processing and GPU power to smoothly display the video.last_img read more

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is 2018s new graphics star

first_imgIf you follow enthusiast gaming hardware, this probably won’t come as much of a shock to you. NVIDIA was widely expected to announce something in the way of next generation cards, but these new GPUs will probably exceed those expectations for most. The star of the show is unquestionably the new RTX 2080 Ti, a beast of a card that will take its place as NVIDIA’s fastest consumer GPU.The card features 4,352 CUDA cores along with 11GB of GDDR6 RAM. These RTX cards are built on NVIDIA’s new Turing architecture, which the company says offers a huge generational leap over its predecessor, Pascal. That’s due to the AI and neural networking capabilities of Turing, resulting in 6x more performance over cards built with Pascal architecture. The most exciting thing about the RTX 2080 Ti aside from raw specs is that it’ll use RT cores to achieve real-time ray tracing, something that the standard RTX 2080 and 2070 will be capable of as well.Essentially, these RTX 2080 cards are the ones to go for if you’re looking to game in 4K at 60 frames per second. While some current cards in the 10-series are capable of 4K gaming, they aren’t able to reach a stable 60 frames per second in all games. Ray tracing will also be an exciting feature, as it will allow for some impressive lighting when it comes to things like reflection and refraction.AdChoices广告The 2080 and 2080 Ti are up for pre-order today and launch on September 20, while the 2070 will be out sometime in October. Founder’s Editions for each of the three will be available, but be aware that the 2080 Ti Founders Edition will cost a whopping $1,200 (compared to the $999 the standard 2080 Ti demands). The 8GB RTX 2080, on the other hand, will start at $699, while the RTX 2070 will start at $499. Those are pretty expensive as far as graphics cards go, but it sounds like the capabilities of these new GPUs may well be worth it. Kicking off Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, NVIDIA is hosting a keynote address to talk gaming and new hardware. NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang took the stage just a short while ago to make a reveal something that we all knew was coming. He announced new RTX 20-series GPUs, kicking off the next generation of GeForce cards. Story TimelineNVIDIA earnings sign death knell for Bitcoin farmingGeForce RTX 2080 Ti specs confirm Nvidia’s next powerful video cardNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 leak: AI ray-tracing for the masseslast_img read more

Daimler EFuso Vision One allelectric heavy duty truck has 220 mile range

first_imgDaimler just unveiled the E-FUSO Vision One, a heavy-duty all-electric truck with a range of 350 kilometers and a futuristic design that won’t be confused with gasoline trucks on the road. The E-FUSO Vision One has made its public debut before Tesla’s own all-electric heavy duty truck, giving Daimler the upper hand at the moment. The E-FUSO Vision One is the brainchild of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), and it was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. This move makes MFTBC the first OEM to launch a brand solely dedicated to electric buses and trucks, according to the company. Chief among its efforts is the Vision One, a big electric truck with a bright blue (some might say electrified) design.MFTBC plans to offer all of its future “electrified” vehicles under the E-FUSO name, according to company CEO Marc Llistosella. The brand will focus just on electric buses and trucks, getting the emission-free EVs on the road to cover purposes includes shuttling people and goods. The E-FUSO Vision One is something of a concept to highlight the feasibility of heavy duty EV trucks.All-electric heavy duty trucks could help revolutionize the transportation of goods in countries around the world, drastically cutting fuel usage and the emissions that come with it. Battery technology is constantly improving, paving the way for even more capable heavy duty EVs and buses. In addition to being kinder to the environment, the promise of electric heavy duty trucks includes cutting costs for transportation companies.Talking about the Vision One, Llistosella said:Our E-FUSO Vision One is an outlook on a feasible all-electric heavy-duty truck. It underlines our commitment to electrify our complete product range. FUSO has been a pioneer in the electrification of trucks for many years.SOURCE: Daimlerlast_img read more

5G launches with teething problems

first_imgMobile users around the world are finally getting a taste of 5G. Telcos in several major cities have launched their 5G infrastructure, letting select users with 5G-enabled phones experience its blistering data speeds. Cities include London, Manchester, New York City, L.A. and Sydney – a list that is sure to expand over the years. Story TimelineSprint mobile 5G rolls out in first four cities todayNokia offers Europe a 5G solution as Huawei faces uncertain futureAT&T Galaxy S10 5G released, but not for youLG V50 ThinQ 5G gets a Verizon release dateT-Mobile Galaxy S10 5G releases this week with mmWave 5G in 6 cities In case you’re new to 5G, it’s the next generation of wireless network that builds on our ability to text, connect to the internet and stream videos on the go. But all that was 2G to 4G. The fifth generation is wireless’ most significant leap forward that will change the way we use and think about our devices. The most important advances are speed and low latency. 5G promises 20Gbps download speeds, over 300 times faster that what’s provided with today’s average 4G output. The real prize is low latency, which is hoped to be at 1ms. With virtually zero lag, 5G enables self-driving vehicles, automation, 8K multiplayer gaming and other data-intensive activity that requires absolute precision. It’s gonna change everything.But as with any new technology, 5G today is showing its teething problems. We’re not quite getting the blazing data speeds a hundred times faster than 4G yet and coverage internationally is still limited. And the increase in data consumption begs the question of how long before we burst our data cap. Here’s what 5G launches over the world are showing us.Fast, but we’re not there yet5G has been launched by several carriers over the world, including Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and UK’s EE. Across the board, data speeds have been much faster. In London, CNET’s testers clocked up a staggering 460Mbps, which is over 10 times faster than the average download speeds in the UK on 4G. Down in Australia, they were getting up to 500Mbps in Mosman and Randwick – 15 times their national average. In the U.S., speeds in Chicago went up to 1.3Gbps, and 1.8 Gbps in L.A. – you can download feature-length films and heavy games worth gigabytes in seconds instead of minutes. You get the idea. It’s fast, but not quite as fast as we were promised. There’s still a long way to go for network providers to set up the necessary infrastructure to support such speeds. 5G instead just a software update for existing antennas but requires high-frequency bands and a denser network of base stations. TDLR; it’s going to take a while for us to get there.Inconsistent coverageWhile 5G rolls out, perhaps the greatest obstacle for consumers to hop on board is its inconsistent coverage. Data speeds may peak in the high-hundreds, but testers have noted it dropping back to 4G speeds just further down the road. One reason is because 5G zones are still placed in specific areas around each city, with carriers controlling which areas receive more of their limited coverage.In Australia, 5G maps like these show the limited coverage that still exists in major cities, reminding us that these peak stats only paint half the picture. It’s hardly a compelling reason for everyday users to make the switch right now.What about our data plans?We may be enjoying cheap data for now with joyously low prices offered by the likes of Mint Mobile, but it’s unlikely these prices will stay as the world shifts on to 5G networks.Verizon’s 5G wireless plans begin at $85, subject with throttling where you’re thrown back to LTE. Other telcos like AT&T are considering performance-based pricing strategies, charging customers different rates for 500Mbps and 1Gbps of data connection, for example.Limited phonesHere’s hoping anyone eagerly awaiting 5G is a fan of Android, because Apple has yet to roll out a 5G-enabled phone.First in are the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G and LG V50 ThinQ 5G, which are leading the race thanks to its sleek design and pedigree. Early to the race too is Motorola with its 5G Moto Mod, a special add-on for their Z3 and Z4 models, enabling 5G. OnePlus have also hit the market with the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G. But unlike traditional phones from the “flagship killers”, it’s priced right there with the big boys.It’s by no means a poor list – it’s filled with the very best of flagship phones – but there just isn’t much variety right now.How does this compare with China?And of course, the elephant in the room: How is the rest of the world doing in the race to 5G against China?Much like the U.S., China has been testing its 5G and providing it to businesses for early testing. It’s preparing for a commercial rollout October 1, according to China Daily. Four local telcos have been licensed to operate with 5G, with network contracts offered to Huawei, ZTE, Nokia and Ericsson (promising new business for the two European manufacturers).But unlike the U.S., China’s coverage seems far more wide-spread with 5G offered to over 50 cities this year through 50,000 base stations. Experts also forecast 28% of China’s mobile connections will run on 5G by 2025 – amounting to one-third of the world’s 5G connections.While we don’t have information on network speeds in China, it certainly looks like an aggressive push to rollout the new technology. It delivers unprecedented connectivity to boost the economy, military and influence on a global scale.last_img read more

Contrary to limited reports consumer interest in smart home tech is soaring

first_img Alexa and Google Home smart speakers bring A.I. to nearly one in three U.S. homes CES 2020 will allow sex toys but crack down on inappropriate clothing Laptops are about to get more expensive, and we have tariffs to thank Change from within: How the CTA could bring diversity to the tech industry House antitrust investigation targets Facebook, Google, and other tech giants Interest in smart home tech isn’t waning. On the contrary, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 2019 is heading toward a record-breaking year in U.S. consumer technology sales. The CTA expects tech sales to $400 billion for the first time, and smart home safety, smart speakers, and home robots are leading segments in that drive. The CTA’s estimates are based on factory sales figures so far this year for more than 300 consumer tech products and related software and services.Earlier this month, a Thinknum opinion piece used a single data measure, Amazon sales rankings, to suggest consumers are over smart home tech and interest is dwindling. Implying that smart home gadgets, home automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT) all stemmed from The Clapper in 1996 (“Clap on, Clap off”), the Thinknum author suggests smart home devices may have appealed to an early few, but most people don’t care.In The Smart Audio Report this spring, NPR and Edison Research found that 21% of U.S. adults — 53 million people — owned smart speakers and of that number 69% used the devices daily. Among smart speaker owners, 48% reported owning one device, 22% said they had two, and 30% said they owned three or more smart speakers. To cap off the preceding figures, the number of smart speakers in U.S. households grew by 78% from December 2017 to December 2018, from 66.7 million in 2017 to 118.5 million in 2018.According to the Thinknum writer, consumer interest in smart home tech slowed and “even declined” after a 2017 upsurge. We’re sorry, but a 78% increase year-over-year hardly looks like a decline.According to the CTA, the previous years’ rapid growth in smart speaker ownership will begin to level off in 2019, but the association still expects moderate sales growth with an estimated 35.2 million smart speakers selling during the year.The most rapidly rising segment in smart home technology is home safety and monitoring devices, the CTA reports. Look for 19% annual unit sales growth compared to 2018, totaling 28.6 million units in 2019. The smart home safety and monitoring category, as defined by the technology association, includes Wi-Fi cameras, smart thermostats, smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, smart locks and doorbells, and smart switches, dimmers and outlets.Home robots are the third driving force in the continued upward-trending smart home tech market. Citing consumer enthusiasm for the household and backyard helpers that vacuum and mop floors and mow lawns, the CTA projects 3.6 million unit sales in 2019, a 12% annual increase from 2018.Consumer spending on smart home tech is based on real-world benefits, according to CTA president and CEO Gary Shapiro. “Enthusiasm for A.I.-powered technologies is skyrocketing,” Shapiro said, “more consumers are discovering for themselves how tech innovation can change their daily lives for the better.”No waning interest here, not according to NPR’s 2018 sales report and CTA’s 2019 projections. Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

Detroit Seeks Retiree Pension Health Care Cuts In Bankruptcy Filing

first_imgDetroit Seeks Retiree Pension, Health Care Cuts In Bankruptcy Filing Detroit and its retirees begin a court fight this week over how much the city can cut its pension and health care benefits as it seeks to discharge $19 billion in debt.The New York Times: Cries Of Betrayal As Detroit Plans To Cut PensionsGloria Killebrew, 73, worked for the City of Detroit for 22 years and now spends her days caring for her husband, J. D., who has had three heart attacks and multiple kidney operations, the last of which left him needing dialysis three times a week at the Henry Ford Medical Center in Dearborn, Mich. Now there is a new worry: Detroit wants to cut the pensions it pays retirees like Ms. Killebrew, who now receives about $1,900 a month (Yaccino and Cooper, 7/21).The Washington Post: After Detroit Bankruptcy Filing, City Retirees On Edge As They Face Pension CutsThe battle over the future of Detroit is set to begin this week in federal court, where government leaders will square off against retirees in a colossal debate over what the city owes to a prior generation of residents as it tries to rebuild for the next. … Orr has promised that retired city workers, police officers and firefighters will not see pensions or health benefits reduced for at least six months. But on Sunday, he said those retirement benefits will have to be cut down the road (Goldfarb, 7/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more