Mercurio D. Rivera is the author of dozens of science fiction tales, many of which are collected in his book Across the Event Horizon.His stories cover an array of topics, but it wasn’t until recently that he discovered—thanks to a comment from someone at a convention—one of his main preoccupations is weird and disturbing aliens.“I sat down and looked at my work and realized, ‘Holy cow, he’s right, probably 90 percent of the stories involve aliens of some sort or another,'” Rivera says in Episode 305 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.“So I think I do have a particular interest in that.”One of his creations is an alien race called the Wergen, which is one of the most interesting alien species to appear in science fiction in recent years.“They call it love,” Rivera says.
-- An algorithm tool developed by Purdue Polytechnic Institute faculty will help law enforcement filter out and focus on sex offenders most likely to set up face-to-face meetings with child victims.The Chat Analysis Triage Tool (CATT) was presented last week by principal investigator Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, assistant professor of computer and information technology, at the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts Conference in Anaheim, California.Seigfried-Spellar said law enforcement officers are inundated with cases involving the sexual solicitation of minors - some interested in sexual fantasy chats, with others intent on persuading an underage victim into a face-to-face meeting.CATT allows the officers to work through the volume of solicitations and use algorithms to examine the word usage and conversation patterns by a suspect."If we can identify language differences, then the tool can identify these differences in the chats in order to give a risk assessment and a probability that this person is going to attempt face-to-face contact with the victim," Seigfried-Spellar said."That way, officers can begin to prioritize which cases they want to put resources toward to investigate more quickly."
the Hero Gaming-founder Georg Westin, with a history at bettingbolag that Casumo and Betsafe, has a new project.It is a bolagsfabrik by the name of Maxify Startup Studio in Malmö, where his own investment company accounts for the capital.Maxify ”takes ideas both internally and externally on new digital products,” he says to the news service Rapidus.”the Goal is that the new successful companies to come out of it”, says Georg Westin, who previously founded the börsaktuella betting and gaming company Hero Gaming.Maxifys the first product is the app pin icon represents, a kind of dejtingapp for people who are interested in the same activities.Users can, for example, find company for a round of golf or a walk.
Sonos' entry-level "smart" speaker, the One, will be getting new Fall colors later this year in collaboration with Danish design brand Hay.Supplementing the black and white colors already available will be red, pink, dark green, light green and (naturally) hay yellow.The Hay Sonos One speakers will be available this September onsonos.com and at the Sonos flagship stores in New York and London.The price is reported to be $229 but we're still waiting for confirmation from Sonos.We don't yet know what it'll cost in the UK, but we expect it to be around £229.The Sonos One is a $199 Wi-Fi speaker which offers a built-in voice assistant which currently supports Amazon Alexa and has plans to add Google Assistant.
A team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has found the wreck of the USS Helena in the Pacific, almost 75 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes.The World War II wreck was recently located off the Solomon Islands by crew aboard the Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, according to a statement.The St. Louis-class cruiser was sunk by three Japanese torpedoes during the Battle of Kula Gulf in July 1943.In all, more than 730 of the Helena's crew of 900 survived the sinking.The wreckage of the Helena was found March 23, 2018, about a half mile (860 meters) below the surface of the New Georgia Sound.The team identified the light cruiser by the number 50 on its side and by comparing the wreck to the USS Helena's schematics.
Amazon will adapt William Gibson's novel The Peripheral, Variety reports.The show will be produced by a duo also responsible for Westworld on HBO.Specifically, that means Jonathan Nolan (also a writer on the films Interstellar and The Dark Knight) and Lisa Joy (also a writer for TV's Burn Notice and Pushing Daisies).Scott B. Smith will be a writer and executive producer for the series; he is best known for his Oscar-nominated screenplay for the Sam Raimi-directed film A Simple Plan, released in 1998.The series will also be directed and executive produced by Vincenzo Natali, an established sci-fi director whose past credits include the films Cube and Splice, as well as episodes of Westworld and Netflix's recent Lost in Space reboot.Published in 2014, The Peripheral takes place in two future timelines, both of them bleak.
Tesla has an Autopilot problem, and it goes far beyond the fallout from last month's deadly crash in Mountain View, California.Tesla charges $5,000 for Autopilot's lane-keeping and advanced cruise control features."All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go," Tesla's ordering page says.None of these "full self-driving" capabilities are available yet.The companies that have made the most progress toward fully self-driving cars—including Waymo, Uber, and GM's Cruise—all have lidar on their cars.But it took millions of years for evolution to develop our own, far from perfect, spatial navigation skills.
If they haven’t done so already, cyber attackers may soon be arming themselves with artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) strategies and algorithms.Before long, it may not be a fair fight if defenders remain naive to what AI and ML can do on both sides of the battle.So suggests a new report by IEEE and the Canadian tech consulting firm Syntegrity.The report—stemming from a three-day intensive last October of cybersecurity experts from government, the military, and industry—aggregates the group’s findings into what it calls the six “dimensions” at the intersection of AI, ML, and cybersecurity.The report says that laws and legal precedents should be altered to encourage, not burden or discourage, continued research toward anticipating and countermanding next-generation cyberattacks.Specifically, it notes, both copyright and export control standards need to be modified to allow security researchers to investigate cutting-edge cybersecurity questions without worrying about running afoul of outdated laws and regulations.
Tunnelgrävarbolaget The Boring the Company has raised 113 million u.s. dollars, less than a billion dollars in new capital.Serieentreprenören Elon Musk, the company's founder, has been responsible for over 90% of the investment with their private money.the Remaining part of the capital of the round have been added to from other staff of the company.Read more: Elon Musks flamethrower becomes a reality – go for 4 000 sekThe Boring Company is a hyperloop project, which was founded in 2016.It aims to build down the traffic under the ground.
ANN ARBOR--Most of the roughly 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. receive chemotherapy, and roughly 65 percent develop some degree of the chemotherapy-induced nerve damage known as peripheral neuropathy.Peripheral neuropathy simply means nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord are affected, and symptoms include numbness and tingling in extremities, and in about 30 percent of patients, pain.Neuropathy can drastically diminish quality of life--and in extreme cases, may necessitate chemotherapy dose reductions.Unfortunately, neuropathy often goes underreported and untreated, said Ellen Lavoie Smith, associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.This happens because clinicians and researchers don't have a valid, standardized way to measure symptoms or the effectiveness of neuropathy treatments.Right now, the drug Cymbalta (duloxetine) is the only drug FDA-approved to treat painful neuropathy symptoms.
As governments around the world plan for their AI-powered futures, the UK is preparing to take on a somewhat scholarly and moral mantle.In a report published today by the House of Lords, which will be used to guide future government policy, a committee recommended that the UK “forge a distinctive role for itself as a pioneer in ethical AI.”Doing so would allow the UK to to play to its “particular blend of national assets,” write the report’s authors, and guide global development in the field.These assets include leading universities; a thriving legal industry; and “world-respected institutions such as the BBC.” The report suggests that the government sponsor more basic research into AI to develop its role, and convene a global summit in London next year to create a “common framework for the ethical development and deployment of artificial intelligence systems.”The recommendations are ambitious but essentially pragmatic.The report’s authors are quick to point out that when it comes to funding research and generating international tech companies, the UK just can’t compete with larger nations.
DARIEN, IL - April 16, 2018 - A position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) concludes that fatigue and sleepiness are inherent safety risks in the ridesharing industry.The typical schedule for workers in the ridesharing industry may lead to driving after extended periods of wakefulness or during nights.These drivers also are often independent contractors who are not screened for medical problems that can reduce alertness, such as obstructive sleep apnea.They aren't even thinking about drowsy driving.This is a formula for disaster," said senior author Dr. Indira Gurubhagavatula, an associate professor of medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.Without accurate estimates of how common this is, or regulation, it's the wild west of transportation out there."
Quick question: If a Terminator traveled back in time and accidentally spilled hot coffee on your lap, who would you sue?Tricky question, and one that European lawmakers are currently wrestling with right now in the year 2018.The issue is with a report from the European Commission, released in early 2017, that suggests creating a "legal status for robots in the long run" so they could be "responsible for making good any damage they may cause".It's one single line in a lengthy report, but it's been deemed important enough for 156 artificial intelligence experts to write an open letter denouncing the suggestion.According to the letter, there's a number of reasons why assigning (what the report calls) "electronic personality" to robots is a bad idea.Secondly, we'd have to grant robots "the right to remuneration or the right to citizenship" according to the letter, something that could potentially be in contradiction with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Q1 record with 26 Medical Alley companies raising $112 million in capital and a pair of companies acquired for $1.6 billion.Investors are backing Medical Alley companies leading a shift to a consumer- and patient-centric healthcare system.Building on a record 2017, Medical Alley’s leadership continued in a record Q1 that saw $112 million raised by 26 companies.Better than half of those companies are using novel tools and technologies that put the consumer at the center of health.With the global push to a consumer-centric healthcare industry, it’s no surprise that Medical Alley companies are leading the change by developing novel solutions to tackle the biggest disease challenges, lowering costs, and improving quality.Digital Health continues to drive investment growth in Medical Alley and topped all sectors with $69 million from 8 companies, led by Bind’s $60 million.
It’s April, that means tax returns for people in the U.S. very soon.Given the breakout year that crypto had in 2017 — despite prices cooling down in recent months — and well-intended individuals might be thinking about whether to file taxes based on gains they enjoyed from bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.It’s good timing, then, for CoinTracker — a San Francisco-based startup currently tracking $200 million in crypto assets — to pop its head above the parapet and announce that it has raised a $1.5 million seed round.We wrote about the company earlier this year when it was part of Y Combinator’s winter cohort, and now it has spread its wings with a round led by Initialized Capital — a seed investor in billion-dollar crypto exchange Coinbase — with Y Combinator and a host of angel investors joining in for the ride.Some of those include Protocol Labs CEO Juan Benet and Paul Buchheit, the engineer who created Gmail.CoinTracker is (as the name suggests) a product that lets you track your crypto portfolio.
Add the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus to the list of devices you can get in bright red.Apple on Monday announced that the two 2017 iPhone models will be available in the color later this week.The phones are part of the Product Red program, meaning that a portion of the profits from the sale of the devices goes to the Global Fund, a charitable organization that funds programs that combat HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.According to Apple, the company has donated more than $160 million since partnering with the Fund in 2006, and is the Fund's largest corporate donor.The new models have a black front face and a red backside, harkening back to the U2 iPod released back in 2004.By contrast, last year's iPhone 7 Product Red edition had a white face.
Today, Facebook announced a new research initiative partnering with seven prominent nonprofit foundations to study the effect of social media on elections.Under the new initiative, social science researchers will propose research projects for peer review based on a set of general research goals.If a proposal is approved, the researchers will receive the anonymized data from Facebook and accompanying funding from the foundations.Crucially, Facebook “will not have any right to review or approve their research findings prior to publication,” although it may have influence over which projects are approved.In an accompanying Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the effort was intended as a response to the Russian influence campaigns that targeted the 2016 election.“Looking back, it’s clear we were too slow identifying election interference in 2016,” Zuckerberg wrote, “and we need to do better in future elections.”
Last month, we came across a new phone case, which combines the style of a classic Nintendo Game Boy with actual playability.It looks like a classic Game Boy: a D-pad, a pair of A/B buttons, and buttons to turn it on, reset the gameplay, make a selection, and turn the sound on and off.And, of course, it has a square monochrome LCD display that mimics the original Game Boy’s screen.The case is called the Wanle Gamers Console For iPhone, designed for everything between the iPhone 6 and X. I grew up playing a Game Boy, and I’ve been on a bit of a novelty-game-device kick lately (Chris Welch’s review for The Oregon Trail handheld game convinced me to pick one up), and I ended up buying one for my iPhone 8 Plus.While it’s marketed as a sort of Game Boy emulator, this reminded me a bit more of the games that you might have played on a TI-83 Graphing Calculator in school, or one of those LCD handheld games.While testing this out and playing through a bunch of the games, I kept wondering why I was doing this, rather than simply downloading one of the many variations of the games from the App Store.
The sell-off in stocks has cheapened the market.Ahead of the all-important earnings season, quant strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch say one sector on the S 500 outranks every other in their model.And according to quant strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, no sector looks better than technology.The S 500 Information Technology sector has declined by more than 5% since January 21, when the stock market peaked, although it's still green for the year.The drop has been due to concerns ranging from data privacy at Facebook to the safety of self-driving technology to America's trade disputes with China.The sell-off has reduced tech's forward price-to-earnings ratio, a valuation gauge that compares stock-price changes to estimated earnings; if prices fall by more than changes in earnings forecasts, the ratio decreases.
Just in time for 4/20, the largest marijuana retailer in Southern California is launching its most significant marketing push to date with a campaign aimed at busting 1970s-era, Cheech-and-Chong stereotypes of cannabis users.MedMen, with 18 locations in three states and a reputation as “the Apple Store of cannabis,” is using the spring date (and unofficial ganja holiday) to debut “Forget Stoner,” a continuation in theme of its January campaign that showcased a breadth of modern marijuana customers.It’s not just Snoop and Kumar, the marketer says again, but your neighbor, your boss and maybe even your grandma.“Forget Stoner,” in the vein of the previous “Faces” campaign, features a police officer, former NFL player, triathlete, physicist, nurse, entrepreneur and teacher, among others, in a series of clean and simple portraits against warm red backgrounds.There’s been a sea change since marijuana’s legalization in terms of who’s using it and more people have come into the fold because of increased awareness of the health benefits of cannabis and CBD products, said the brand’s CMO, B.J.“Our campaign is all about celebrating that diversity and broad level of interest,” Carretta said.