In 1999, an English solicitor named Sally Clark went on trial for the murder of her two infant sons.An expert witness for the prosecution, Sir Roy Meadow, argued that the odds of SIDS claiming two children from such an affluent family were 1 in 73 million, likening it to the odds of backing an 80-1 horse in the Grand National four years in a row and winning every time.But the Royal Statistical Society issued a statement after the verdict insisting that Meadow had erred in his calculation and that there was "no statistical basis" for his stated figure.Clark's conviction was overturned on appeal in January 2003, and the case has become a canonical example of the consequences of flawed statistical reasoning.Chalk it up to our resistance to change.Yet being a well-informed citizen in the 21st century requires us to be able to engage competently with these kinds of tasks, even if we don't encounter them in a professional setting.
After being called out for failing to tell the world about a security bug, Google said it will finally lay to rest Google+, its well-designed but unpopular social network that valiantly tried to take on Facebook.Google said then it decided against disclosing the glitch because it didn't meet internal "thresholds" for alerting the public.It's the end of a long and difficult road for Google+ that started with a lot of fanfare when it launched in 2011.But while the network was consistently lauded for its clean interface and useful photo features, it never gained the traction to ever really threaten Facebook, now the world's largest social media network with more than 2 billion users.So now Google+, long described as a ghost town, is being bulldozed for not being up to code.The move was widely lamented, and most of its users migrated to Instagram and YouTube.
Two years ago, Boston Dynamics’ humanoid robot ATLAS needed a big ol’ safety tether to shuffle its way down a flat hiking trail.Five years ago it needed a big, bolted-down support structure to keep itself upright.Now it’s casually leaping up and over obstacles that would leave many humans huffing and puffing.The company demonstrated Atlas’ newly-found hops in a video published this morning:It starts with a lil’ leap over a log before Atlas bounds its way right up a set of 40 cm (1.3ft) steps.While just getting a massive, heavy robot to walk on two feet is a feat few companies have cracked, there’s a whole set of new challenges at play here.
Great photo, but not so great sky?On Thursday, October 11, Skylum Luminar unveiled A.I.Sky Enhancer, a tool designed to add detail and drama to the sky while leaving the rest of the image untouched.The tool will roll out in a free update to Luminar 2018 on November 1, followed by a new library tool in December.Sky Enhancer adds depth, detail, and definition to the sky without introducing artifacts.The company says the tool leaves the remainder of the image untouched, and adds that the tool even works to retouch the sky in gaps inside trees, bridges and other objects.
AT will supply Magic Leap with 5G connectivity for testing its mixed-reality tech.AT will build a 5G test zone at the Magic Leap campus in Plantation, Florida, next year, the companies revealed Wednesday during the LEAP (Learn, Engage, Accelerate, Program) developers conference in Los Angeles.Developers at the Magic Leap headquarters will be able to test applications and devices on the next-generation cellular network.5G technology promises much faster internet speed, expanded coverage and enhanced responsiveness of wireless networks.It's expected to supercharge areas like self-driving cars, streaming virtual and augmented reality, and telemedicine like remote surgery.All the major US carriers are racing to deploy 5G networks within this year or next.
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Amazon, Supermicro and Apple have released statements denying they have ever found any malicious microchips on their hardware calling into questions the validity of Chinese espionage claims.Yesterday Bloomberg pulled back the curtain on an apparent three year-old US government into one of the most intrusive and intricate espionage campaigns, fuelled by the Chinese government.Should the claims be proven true, it would certainly add weight to the political paranoia which has been whipping the anti-China rhetoric into a frenzy, though the major players have denied all knowledge of the malicious microchips and the resulting investigation.“As we shared with Bloomberg BusinessWeek multiple times over the last couple months, this is untrue,” said Steve Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer at Amazon.“At no time, past or present, have we ever found any issues relating to modified hardware or malicious chips in SuperMicro motherboards in any Elemental or Amazon systems.We have repeatedly and consistently offered factual responses, on the record, refuting virtually every aspect of Bloomberg’s story relating to Apple.”
Leading the round is Stride.VC, the new VC fund from Fred Destin, formerly a Partner at Accel, and Harry Stebbings, producer of the “The Twenty Minute VC” and most recently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at VC firm Atomico.Additional backing comes from Albion Capital, while Forward already boasts a decent array of angel investors.They include health tech founders Jay Desai from U.S. company Patient Ping, and Melissa Morris from U.K.-based Lantum.Founded in 2016 by U.K. doctors Barney Gilbert and Lydia Yarlott, with serial entrepreneur Philip Mundy (who previously founded Goodlord), Forward Health is a messaging app and broader communications platform designed for healthcare professionals, particularly those working in hospitals.However, the bigger vision is to “connect healthcare systems around the world” by improving clinician-to-clinician (and potentially clinician-to-patient) communication and information-sharing with a platform that is built from the get-go to be secure, flexible and compliant.“This has a direct impact on how well clinicians can do their jobs and the level of care patients receive.
Honda will commit $2.75 billion as part of an agreement with GM’s self-driving technology subsidiary Cruise to develop a new autonomous vehicle.The vehicle will be produced at high volume for global deployment, the companies said in announcement Wednesday.As part of the agreement, Honda will invest $2 billion over the next 12 years into the effort.Honda’s investment of $750 million values Cruise at $14.6 billion.The three companies plan to “explore global opportunities for commercial deployment of the Cruise network.”“This is the logical next step in General Motors and Honda’s relationship, given our joint work on electric vehicles, and our close integration with Cruise,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.
Marissa Mayer has laid out a proposal to turn a former funeral home into a facility that serves women and families in the community.Residents in the area were not happy when Mayer threw the parties, and some are not any happier with the tech executive's newest idea.If you're wondering what Marissa Mayer has been up to since she left her job as Yahoo's CEO last year, you may be surprised to learn that the answer involves a funeral home, a women's club and some contentious neighbors.The former Yahoo CEO appeared in front of Palo Alto's city council on Monday night to present her plan for something called the Corner House on Addison.According to Mayer's proposal, the "Corner House" is a center for women and families that would "provide a vibrant, welcoming space for traditional and non-traditional professionals to collaborate, work, learn, find support, build community, and spend time with their families, friends, and neighbors."The problem is the location.
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"Assassin's Creed Odyssey" will be the first game to support Google's Project Stream.UbisoftGoogle this week unveiled "Project Stream," a new service that lets you stream video games to your Google Chrome web browser.Almost exactly a year ago, I tried a free piece of software from Nvidia called GeForce Now, which lets you play high-end PC games on any kind of computer — including my 5-year-old MacBook Pro.Suddenly, I couldn't wait to try all of my favorite games on my MacBook laptop — my MacBook!According to Google, being able to stream movies, TV shows, and music has changed the way we've consumed multimedia."When streaming TV or movies, consumers are comfortable with a few seconds of buffering at the start, but streaming high-quality games requires latency measured in milliseconds, with no graphic degradation,” Catherine Hsiao, product manager at Google, said a blog post.
Currently, up to 70 percent of such reports are negative or inconclusive.But suppose at a later date a researcher discovers one of those changes causes a disease?You can't even be sure your doctor will find out about it.A scientist in the Division of Genomic Diagnostics (DGD) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) proposes a new model to generate ongoing automated updates to account for new evidence--and enable genetic counselors and physicians to better communicate clinically relevant information to patients and families, not just when the test results are initially reported, but for years to come as new knowledge accumulates."Since the Human Genome Project was completed, the flood of new genetic information and the accelerated pace of discovery represent a paradigm shift in the practice of clinical genetics," said Mahdi Sarmady, PhD, a genome informatics scientist and Director of Bioinformatics in the DGD.He points out, for instance, that clinical sequencing is increasingly being incorporated in pediatric clinics as a routine diagnostic tool.
A new University of Hawaii at Manoa study has produced a new technique involving heat that could help prevent nuclear power plant accidents.Boiling is usually associated with heating, however, in many industrial applications associated with extremely hot components, such as nuclear power plants and metal casting, boiling is used as an effective cooling mechanism.This is due to "latent heat," the heat absorbed to change water into vapor, which removes a huge amount of heat from a hot surface.Increasing this tolerable heat limit is important for many reasons, but especially for safety.Sangwoo Shin, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering at the UH Manoa College of Engineering, has demonstrated a novel concept that overcomes the tolerable heat limit or what's known as the critical heat flux (CHF).He leads a research team that has come up with a new method that increased the CHF by 10 percent compared to approaches used in the past.
But before you cross it off the list, note its many comparative advantages: A 6.1-inch screen that's than the standard iPhone XS (and last year's iPhone X), and a battery life that Apple says will outlive the XS and XS Max.That said, we know many of you JUST CAN'T WAIT, so we've answered some of the "which should I buy" questions below.If you feel tempted to save money on the now-discounted iPhone 8 Plus......and having a home button on your iPhone isn't important to you, resist!You'll get a much faster processor, better photography, longer battery life and fast Face ID.You could also get an iPhone SE, which is downright dainty compared to the iPhone XS and XS Max.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as a key tool in just about every industry, from marketing to recruitment and beyond.But one particularly powerful application for AI is in healthcare, where we’re already seeing early signs of its potential.Iowa-based startup Idx is one such startup that is using AI to detect early signs of specific medical conditions.Its first system, IDx-DR, is an AI diagnostic system that analyzes images of the retina for signs of diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetics caused by high sugar levels.This means that health care providers, including doctors who are not eyecare specialists, can use the IDx-DR system to detect diabetic retinopathy without requiring a specialist clinician to interpret the image scan or results.In April, Idx received FDA-clearance for its IDx-DR system, and in June it was put to work in in clinical practice at University of Iowa Health Care.
To collect and distribute these two fuels are at the heart of urban transformation.It may sound simple, but includes everything from the solar panels and charging stations for sensors and artificial intelligence.the Fact is that EQT Ventures are so interested in the area that they earlier this year made a substantial departure from its usual investment strategy and purchased shares in a listed company.But we really believe in what the BIM Object does.BIM stands for Building Information Model and is a kind of digitized method at the construction work.the Architects and planners who had previously worked in the CAD is now going more and more to working in BIM.
Network services pilot fish pays a visit to a client that has recently upgraded its gear -- and isn't happy."We had moved everything into a server rack in the previous few months," says fish."The one thing I never got around to actually hooking up was the very nice KVM switch they bought -- it was in the rack but not attached to anything."But the client's complaint is that the video cameras on its system are showing fuzzy images.Fish does some testing on the display PC without accomplishing much except to prove that the problem isn't the display PC or the monitor.Next, fish carefully goes over the camera software, but he's still not able to fix the problem.
As for your own course of action upon seeing such reckless behavior, you can either put your foot down and hightail it out of there before the whole place goes up, or yell at the smoker to put it the hell out.Tackling the very same issue, Shell has been working with Microsoft on a solution that aims to make all future visits to gas stations stress-free, at least in terms of potential explosive activity.The system uses Microsoft’s Azure IoT Edge cloud intelligence system to quickly identify and deal with smokers at a gas station, and it’s already being tested at two Shell stations in Thailand and Singapore.It works like this: High-tech cameras positioned around the gas station filter the footage on site to identify behavior that suggests someone is lighting up, or already smoking.Images that appear to show such behavior are then automatically uploaded to the Microsoft Azure cloud, which can power more sophisticated deep learning artificial intelligence (A.I.)models to confirm whether the person is actually smoking.
To hear the experts tell it, if your business is connected to healthcare, energy, financial services manufacturing or call centers, then there's a chance you'll soon be toast.Before a court ordered Napster shut down in 2001, the service had enabled maybe as many as 8o million people around the world to share countless numbers of songs, free of charge.A central server indexed the users and their libraries of MP3 song files so others could access them.Expect your entry barriers and moats to be breachedThe year before Fanning invented Napster, the big recording companies thought they had piracy-proofed their business thanks in large part to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which outlawed the cracking of anti-piracy protections on CDs and the distribution of pirated songs by Internet services.Certainly, no one else in the music sector.