Laurence Lafarge

Laurence Lafarge

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Everything was fine for about half a second.But then the students heard a loud pop from the motor and watched a spark fly across the meeting room.In an instant, the group's mood had switched from confident to "Oh God, what just happened?"Faculty adviser Marcia O'Malley just sat at a table and laughed.The notion is that a horse's movement affects a rider's core posture, balance, coordination, flexibility and strength, while also stimulating the neurosensory systems we need to function, says Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, faculty coordinator at the American Hippotherapy Association.That helps explain why physical, occupational, speech and language therapists use hippotherapy to help patients with a wide range of issues -- from Down syndrome and cerebral palsy to coordination disorders and traumatic brain injuries.
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Skillful, a Colorado-based skills training program geared towards helping more people without a college degree secure jobs in-demand jobs, announced today that it is expanding to Indiana.Skillful was the recipient of a three-year, $25.8 million grant from Microsoft Philanthropies last year, and also received financial support from Walmart to launch an Indiana program.Launched in 2016, Skillfull is a program of the non-profit Markle Foundation.Its goal, according to a press release, is to “enable all Americans – particularly those without a four-year college degree – to secure good jobs in a changing economy.” It does that in a few ways: first, it puts small and mid-sized businesses through a workforce training program, where it educates them on what skills will increasingly be in-demand in a rapidly digitizing economy, as well as how to write better job descriptions that will attract a wider variety of candidates.Skillful also works with so-called “career coaches” in different neighborhoods — this could be a counselor at a community college, or a career advisor non-profits like Goodwill — to educate them on skills that are increasingly in-demand, like fluency with basic data analytics and enterprise software.LinkedIn, in its partnership with Skillful, has also provided training to career coaches in Colorado, centered around how the job seekers they work with should be credentialing themselves.
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The Razer Phone 2 is set to be announced later tonight at a keynote led by Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.Previous leaks have shown that it will share a very similar design to the company’s original smartphone.And now, as reported by GSMArena, Amazon has prematurely revealed more details, with a now-pulled listing from Amazon Italy spilling a few key specs ahead of tonight’s reveal.For one, the Razer Phone 2’s rear logo will now light up and be RGB customizable.What a wonderfully nerdy and so-very-Razer thing to do.Second, Razer is adding wireless charging to the device.
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The penalty is death, and in order to convince the judge who will decide your fate, you can utter just one word, any word you like from the dictionary, to prove that you’re flesh and blood.It sounds like the setup for a cheesy sci-fi short, but this is actually part of a curious paper from a pair of researchers at MIT on something they call the “Minimal Turing Test.”Instead of a machine trying to convince someone they’re human through conversation — which was the premise of the original Turing Test, outlined by British scientist Alan Turing in his seminal 1950 paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” — the Minimal Turing Test asks for just one word, either chosen completely freely or picked from a pair of words.The researchers responsible, John McCoy and Tomer Ullman, clarify that the Minimal Turing Test isn’t a benchmark for AI progress, but a way of probing how humans see themselves in relation to machines.This question is going to become increasingly relevant in a world filled with AI assistants, deepfaked humans, and Google auto reply handling your email.In a world of human-like AI, what do we think sets us apart?
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The car tech you touch the most is that inside the car, and innovations there are reinventing parts that haven't changed since your grandmother was driving.Those ugly, dirt-attracting lift struts on the rear hatch of your SUV or wagon are becoming integrated and nearly invisible.Stratec's Invis-A-Rise actuator arms are being used on some minivan tailgates as well as powering new drop-down tailgates on pickup trucks.The biggest challenge is deciding if you're still a "real" truck person if your tailgate doesn't drop open with a clattering crash!Mechanical door latches haven't changed much in decades, but electromechanical servo latches from Kiekert work with either a touch or signal from a phone, telling the latch to pop open.Once you get a car door open, what's to stop it from swinging too far and dinging something?
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Looking for a solid printer around $100 or less is like panning for gold: A real pain in the neck.That includes wireless connectivity so you can print from any device (or gadget) in your home.Features like Google Cloud Print, Apple AirPrint, and NFC-based connectivity are great benefits in a sub-$100 printer.What you won’t find here is a fax component, which is a dying technology anyway thanks to email and the internet.You get a side dish of built-in filters, too, for adding special effects to your prints such as Blur Background and Soft Focus.What’s unusual about this printer is that it doesn’t rely on one cartridge for black, and one cartridge for cyan, magenta, and yellow.
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Personal Capital, a personal finance and wealth management company, is hiring a "manager of SEC reporting."The job posting could be a hint at IPO aspirations for the California-based startup.Personal Capital, a financial site that allows users to connect all of their accounts to see their money in one cohesive dashboard, appears to be gearing up for an initial public offering.The company published a job listing on Wednesday afternoon seeking a "Manager of SEC Reporting & Technical Accounting" in its Redwood Shores, California headquarters.The representative could not provide details on a timeline for the IPO, and pointed to previous public statements by CEO Jay Shah noting it was a potential option.Personal Capital's product works under a simple premise: connect all of your financial accounts and see them all in one place.
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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machines’ ability to “learn” marks a new chapter in digital transformation; it breathes new life into the potential for unstructured data and software and marks a profound shift in interface and customer experience.From revelations of fake news and mass manipulation, to ever-more-pernicious cyberthreats, to unprecedented regulatory moves, tech is in the crosshairs.But true enterprise preparedness for AI must ready the broader organization, chiefly people, processes and principles.Microsoft, Facebook and law enforcement weapons manufacturer Axon have all assembled teams dedicated to addressing AI Ethics in the products they’re building.Analyze scenarios across emerging technologies, identify risks and legal issuesDevelop ethical guidelines for companies, even a code of ethics
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But there’s a problem, while the technology is cutting-edge, it’s using an outdated scientific concept stating that all humans, everywhere, experience six basic emotions, and that we each express those emotions in the same way.By building a world filled with gadgets and surveillance systems that take this model as gospel, this obsolete view of emotion could end up becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, as a vast range of human expressions around the world is forced into a narrow set of definable, machine-readable boxes.(At the time, students only needed two completed years of high school to apply to some colleges.)Before long, he realized that his patients represented a biased sample: he was studying the survivors of depression, not those who had succumbed to the worst of their illness.In 1955, Mead wrote the foreword to a reprint of Darwin’s essay, but she critiqued it as a historical curiosity.More than two millennia ago, Aristotle wrote about how “some men, who are in no sense alike, have the same facial expressions.” Nor was Aristotle the only ancient philosopher who thought this way.
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(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google said on Tuesday it would allow certain regulated cryptocurrency exchanges to advertise in the United States and Japan, easing an earlier ban on all cryptocurrency ads.The changes will take place in October and advertisers will need to be certified with Google for the country where the ads will appear, the search engine giant said in a blog here post.The company said in March it would ban advertisements for cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings, starting June.Google’s action follows a similar move by Facebook.The social media giant has allowed certain ads promoting cryptocurrency and related content from pre-approved advertisers, while banning those tied to binary options and initial coin offerings.Google’s move to ban such ads in March had sent the price of the best-known cryptocurrency, bitcoin BTC=BTSP, down more than 10 percent.
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Coral reefs have long faced problems like overfishing, global warming and pollution -- but they're also threatened by how slow they regenerate.To reproduce, coral release sperm and eggs and form larvae, which then swim around and attach to a surface, where they begin to develop into coral polyps and grow.If they do survive, it takes years for the coral to be able to reproduce, and even longer for entire reefs to form.Researchers at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) at the University of Illinois want to increase the rate of coral regeneration by creating a new home for coral larvae: artificial structures that encourage larvae settlement and discourage the growth of competitor species.The research will be led by IGB faculty member Amy Wagoner Johnson, a professor of mechanical science and engineering, along with four Co-PIs including IGB faculty Bruce Fouke, Professor of Geology and of Microbiology, Gabriel Juarez, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Forest Rohwer, Professor of Biology at San Diego State University, Kristen Marhaver, and collaborator Mark Vermeij.Last year, Wagoner Johnson had the idea to apply her research on bone regeneration to coral research.
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Why do the most lucrative industries quickly become the most saturated?Because that’s where people are making money.“A market is never saturated with a good product, but it is very quickly saturated with a bad one.”If you start with a remarkable product, it’s not the sub-par market saturation but the powerful, heavyweight winners that you need to worry most about.Sometimes we reach a human being, while other times we don’t.And more often than not, if we do reach someone, it’s uncomfortably clear that the person hates their job and doesn’t want to help us anyway.
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(Reuters) — Singapore slapped ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber with fines and finalized restrictions to open up the market to competitors after concluding that their merger in March has driven up prices.Uber sold its Southeast Asian business to bigger regional rival Grab in March in exchange for a 27.5 percent stake in the Singapore-based firm.While the combined S$13 million ($9.5 million) fine was small compared with the firms’ multi-billion dollar valuations, that and the other measures imposed by the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore on Monday represent the strongest censure by a regulator since the deal was unveiled.The anti-trust watchdog said it would require that Grab drivers not be tied to Grab exclusively and that Grab’s exclusivity arrangements with any taxi fleets be removed.Uber will also be required to sell its car rental business to any rival that makes a reasonable offer and will not be allowed to sell those vehicles to Grab without the watchdog’s permission.Fining Uber S$6.6 million and Grab S$6.4 million, the regulator said effective fares on Grab rose 10 to 15 percent after the deal, and that the firm now holds a Singapore market share of around 80 percent.
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A teardown of the Mate 20 camera app has revealed an underwater mode.Underwater mode will reportedly allow users to operate the camera via the phone’s hardware buttons.The teardown has also revealed an AI Zoom option, an AI Cinema feature, and a video bokeh mode.The Huawei Mate 20 is a few weeks away from release, and the leak train is steaming ahead at full speed.A teardown of the Mate 20 camera app by XDA-Developers has revealed a number of modes and features, starting with the underwater mode.This lets you take “clear shots in underwater environments,” using the volume up key to record video, the volume down key to snap a photo, and the power key to enable/disable the app.
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A research team from the NUST MISIS Department of Pressure Metal Treatment has developed a new technology which simplifies the process of hot rolling seamless pipes made of alloy and high-alloy steel.The consistent use of two simple male punches, tools that turn an unruly steel blank into a hollow "sleeve", is a distinctive feature of the technology.The research article on this development to accelerate the process and improve the wear resistance of tools has been published in The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology.Due to its high strength, the seamless pipes made of alloy and high alloy steel are actively used in gas, oil, chemical, and energy industries.The process of pipe rolling from these types of steel is extremely complicated and expensive, and this despite the fact that the workpiece itself is much more expensive that conventional carbon steel.The standard technology of hot rolling seamless pipes made of alloy steel can be divided into several stages: cutting long solid metal semi-finished "bar" products into short billets, deep drilling the workpiece to prepare it for firmware, and then heating the workpiece in the furnace.
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Perfect365, an augmented reality beauty app with more than 100 million users, has integrated the Kin cryptocurrency in a bid to bring more women into the crypto market.Through the integration, Perfect365 becomes a major AR beauty platform offering native ways to transact with cryptocurrency.Now, users will be able to earn Kin within the Perfect365 app and spend it across the growing Kin Ecosystem of apps.And now Waterloo, Canada-based Kik, through the Kin Ecosystem Foundation, has been signing deals with partners like Perfect365 to make its cryptocurrency broadly available.Perfect365 users can experiment and engage with new beauty looks, using AR within the app, from well-known beauty brands, including NYX Professional Makeup, NARS, Hot Tools, Ipsy, Sony Pictures, Anna Sui, and many others.Males are the majority of cryptocurrency users, and women’s lack of inclusion has been notable.
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H har inlett ett globalt samarbete med betalleverantören Adyen, kan Di Digital avslöja.Samarbetet ska föra samman handeln i fysiska butiker och på nätet.Det nederländska betalbolaget Adyen har gjort sig känt som leverantör av betallösningen till mängder av snabbväxande digitala företag som Uber, Spotify, Facebook och Netflix.Vi är live i butikerna i ett par länder i Europa samt e-handel på andra marknader”, säger Adyens vd och grundare Pieter van der Does när Di Digital träffar honom i Stockholm.Vi ser många möjligheter att förenkla för HSamarbetet mellan bolagen har pågått ett tag och Adyen sköter bland annat redan betalningarna på H:s marknadsplats Afound.Nu tar bolagen nästa steg och planerar att rulla ut Adyens betallösning globalt och i alla H:s vertikaler.
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As smart vacuums go, there’s a lot of space between the very best, and the very worst.The Ozmo 930 sits comfortably near the top of available options, while falling just short of the peak.Its struggles are similar to those of any other oversized hockey puck-shaped robo-vacuums I’ve tried to date.It’s going to get stuck sometimes, shoe laces are your worst enemy, and it’s never quite going to get those corners or under lower-hanging furniture.Typically, though, it only needs around half that to do an entire floor on our 1,000-ish square foot main level.There were a few times when Juany got sleepy on the way back home and took the opportunity to grab a nap in the middle of the floor.
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A Gboard bug is turning some people's typing into gibberish, and it's pretty funny -- for everyone except the person trying to type.Gboard is Google's smart keyboard baked into Android phones (and available on iOS devices too), and several people on Reddit have reported running into problems that make typing on it near impossible.The bug reportedly messes with slide-typing, turning texts into nonsense.You can see the bug in action below:Share JUST LET ME TYPE "DID" 148KReddit user Valnac says that their Gboard spat out "I. I I Will Don't Always Love WannaYou."
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Google Home speakers are 3 percent less likely to give accurate responses to people with Southern accents than those with Western accents, according to studies commissioned by the Washington Post.And voice validation datasets like Switchboard have been shown to favor speakers from particular regions of the country.In a series of three tests, Vocalize.ai, a lab that develops test suites for automated speech recognition systems, evaluated the performance of a Google Home speaker, an Amazon Echo device, and Apple’s HomePod across the accents of foreign-born residents living in the U.S.It used three English datasets — one in an Indian accent, one in a Chinese accent, and one in a U.S. accent — recorded by voiceover professionals.The first test measured the speakers’ responses to 36 spondaic words at a constant volume (50db) and distance (1 meter).The Google Home speaker recognized words spoken in the U.S. accent, Indian accent, and Chinese accent 100 percent of the time, while the HomePod and Alexa managed to catch about 94 percent of words in the U.S. and Indian datasets and 78 percent in Chinese dataset.
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