Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy

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Does the name "Autopilot" cause people to overestimate the abilities of Tesla's driver-assistance technology?Tesla's defenders counter by pointing out that autopilot capabilities in planes aren't fully autonomous.Pilots still have to monitor their operation and intervene if they have a problem, and Tesla's Autopilot system is no different.A new survey from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety brings some valuable hard data to this debate.The group asked drivers questions about the capabilities of five advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).They identified the products only by their brand name—"Autopilot," "Traffic Jam Assist," "Super Cruise," etc.
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Now MIT engineers have designed pliable, 3-D-printed mesh materials whose flexibility and toughness they can tune to emulate and support softer tissues such as muscles and tendons.They can tailor the intricate structures in each mesh, and they envision the tough yet stretchy fabric-like material being used as personalized, wearable supports, including ankle or knee braces, and even implantable devices, such as hernia meshes, that better match to a person's body.The researchers also fabricated a knee brace design that could conform to the knee even as it bends.And, they produced a glove with a 3-D-printed mesh sewn into its top surface, which conforms to a wearer's knuckles, providing resistance against involuntary clenching that can occur following a stroke.His MIT co-authors include Meghan Huber, Sanha Kim, Jongwoo Lee, Sarah Grunsfeld, Ricardo Roberts, Gregory Dreifus, Christoph Meier, and Lei Liu, as well as Sun Jae Professor in Mechanical Engineering Neville Hogan and associate professor of mechanical engineering A. John Hart.Inspired by collagen's molecular structure, Pattinson designed wavy patterns, which he 3-D-printed using thermoplastic polyurethane as the printing material.
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Charlottesville, VA (June 20, 2019) Fibrosis is often associated with many of the fatal diseases that pervade our globe, riddling organs with stiff tissue that diminishes their flexibility and leads to their failure.The University of Virginia School of Engineering, in conjunction with the UVA School of Medicine, launched a dedicated Fibrosis Initiative to address this increasingly prevalent threat, drawing from university-wide expertise in extracellular, computational, and quantitative biology."Through this initiative, we can leverage the collective expertise of UVA researchers that are conducting fibrosis related studies to establish those groundbreaking approaches."Sessions, led by moderators from across the country, will focus on a variety of topics relating to fibroblasts, including their origins and lineages; pathology; imaging; and role in shaping signaling networks.As the Fibrosis Initiative continues to promote national and international collaborations around fibroblasts, it will also focus on supporting related research at UVA, launching an initial cohort of multi-investigator "seed grants" in the interest of securing a National Institutes of Health "Center of Excellence" designation.Post-doctoral fellows will have the opportunity to shape the next wave of research on fibroblasts, and fibrosis more generally, with these funding supports.
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CANNES, France—This year’s Grand Prix for Brand Experience and Activation at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity went to McCann New York for its Microsoft campaign “Changing the Game.”“Changing the Game” saw the creation of a new, adaptive Xbox controller that made for easier play for people with physical disabilities.Children who would be using the controller were consulted in its creation and created unboxing videos to spread awareness about how it functions.The controllers were the centerpiece of Microsoft’s Super Bowl spot earlier this year in an ad called “We All Win.” The ad was a massive success: It was the most effective Super Bowl ad, according to stats from Unruly.Overall, the campaign garnered a whopping 1.1 billion impressions.“Our intent with our ads is to illustrate a product and a human truth, and [to] deliver on our mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more,” said Kathleen Hall, Microsoft’s corporate vp of brand, advertising and research, at the time of the ad’s release earlier this year.
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Traditionally, scientists have used light, x-rays, and electrons to peer inside tissues and cells.Today, scientists can trace thread-like fibers of nerves throughout the brain and even watch living mouse embryos conjure the beating cells of a rudimentary heart.Instead of relying on light (or any kind of optics at all), the team uses DNA "bar codes" to help pinpoint molecules' relative positions within a sample.With DNA microscopy, scientists can build a picture of cells and simultaneously amass enormous amounts of genomic information, Weinstein says.Weinstein, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Investigator Aviv Regev, and molecular biologist Feng Zhang, who was selected as an HHMI investigator in 2018, report the work June 20, 2019, in the journal Cell."It's not just a new technique, it's a way of doing things that we haven't ever considered doing before."
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Methods used to design F1 cars and spacecraft have played a crucial role in new research into the tags used to track animal movements.Ecologists joined forces with aerospace colleagues at Swansea University to find the best way to reduce the drag of biologging tags - the recording devices used to track animal movements and behaviour.The team also included undergraduate students, academic supervisors and technicians from the College of Science and College of Engineering, as well as external partners from Natural Resources Wales.Their paper Minimizing the impact of biologging devices: Using Computational Fluid Dynamics for optimizing tag design and positioning has just been published in the prestigious Methods in Ecology and Evolution, published by the British Ecological Society and Wiley, a world-leading biosciences journal.Will said: "For animals like seals that move in very fast flowing currents, drag is a key issue and streamlining tags is very important.Previous research has been carried out on how tag size, shape and position affect the drag on the animal, but we wanted to look how a combination of these factors work together to affect drag.
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Dr. Kee-hoon Kim's team at the Center for Intelligent & Interactive Robotics of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, President Byung-gwon Lee) developed a way of teaching "impedance-controlled robots" through human demonstrations using surface electromyograms (sEMG)* of muscles and succeeded in teaching a robot to trap a dropped ball like a soccer player.Surface electromyogram: an electric signal produced during muscle activation that can be picked up on the surface of the skin.Recently developed impedance-controlled robots have opened up a new era of robotics based on the natural elasticity of human muscles and joints, which conventional rigid robots lack.Robots with flexible joints are expected to be able to run, jump hurdles and play sports like humans.However, the technology required to teach such robots to move in this manner has been unavailable until recently.The KIST research team became the first in the world to develop a way of teaching new movements to impedance-controlled robots using human muscle signals.
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By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing“How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series.Every single week we highlight a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader in our own version of How I Work” questions.This week I’m excited to feature Nick Hart, senior enterprise customer success manager for Outreach.Nick is highly involved in the Seattle business community, including as co-organizer of TedX Seattle and on the leadership team of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) Seattle chapter.First thing you do when you come into work?
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The Mac App Store has received significant criticism, but Apple's efforts to improve it apparently have paid off, as Adobe started using the store to sell its Lightroom software for the first time on Thursday.The photo-editing and cataloging software, geared for photo enthusiasts and pros who want something richer than Google Photos or Apple Photos, costs the same as outside the Mac App Store: $10 per month, including the software and 1TB of online storage."With the redesign of the Mac App Store, it was the perfect time to set this in motion and make Lightroom the first Adobe app to be available on the MAS," Sharad Mangalick, Lightroom principal product manager, said in a statement."We've been working closely with Apple to bring Lightroom to leverage the new MAS."On iPhones and iPads, the App Store is the only way you can download software, and plenty of Adobe apps are available there.Plenty of software is available through the Mac App Store, though, which can be familiar to iPhone users, bring buyers some assurances that software can be trusted, and offer sellers benefits when it comes to software discovery, distribution and payments.
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Within the last couple of years, there have been cyberattacks in the United States against the electoral system, the financial industry, the power grid, and hospitals.Despite these events, the US government is simply not doing enough to combat the burgeoning threat of cybercrime.Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson removed the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, which had served as an important diplomatic arm for US cyber diplomatic efforts.All this leads me to conclude that for the president and his administration, cybersecurity is simply not a priority.As a result, Congress has been left to its own devices to enact a comprehensive strategy that aims to identify, stop, and punish malicious cyber actors.However, less than 14 percent of these 226 bills—and only two of the 10 bills signed into law—imposed consequences on malicious actors or built up efforts to counter cybercrime.
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“It’s time to prepare your mind and body for a peaceful, relaxing sleep.” The voice, speaking in a lilting British accent, barely registered above a whisper.Though the words came from my iPhone, out of a meditation app called Mindwell, it sounded like someone was beside me.For $10 a month, Mindwell offers this and other hypnotic sounds, designed to promote peace in both sleep and wakefulness.The app joins a suite of others that seek to reinvent meditation for the digital age: Calm offers relaxation techniques and mindfulness on demand; Headspace, with its guided breathing exercises, delivers zen-like serenity for the price of an Uber.On YouTube, these videos have grown to constitute an entire genre, ranging from the mundane (hair brushing) to the bizarre (people eating glue sticks).How, exactly, these videos produce the pleasing mind-tingling sensation remains unknown.
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There are concerns that the very high-frequency spectrum known as millimeter wavelengths used in early deployments to make 5G a reality could pose adverse health effects for the public.In April, the Belgian government halted a 5G test in Brussels over concerns that radiation from the base stations could be harmful.Consumers for years have been anxious about possible health effects of radiation in everything from microwaves to cellphones, prodded by claims that radio airwaves cause brain cancer, reduced fertility, headaches in children and other illnesses.The deployment of new 5G networks, which requires many more small cell towers to be deployed much closer to where people live, work and go to school, is reigniting those fears.It's also why exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer.Some experts suspect that the radiation from these devices could damage cells via another biological mechanism, such as oxidative stress in cells, which leads to inflammation and has been found to cause cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular, neurological and pulmonary diseases.
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In the home, energy savings from efficient lighting and appliances have been completely wiped out by increased use of computers and gadgets, and by 2025 a 'tsunami of data' is expected to consume a fifth of global electricity.But this new device would immediately reduce peak power consumption in data centres by a fifth.It would also allow, for example, computers which do not need to boot up and could instantaneously and imperceptibly go into an energy-saving sleep mode - even between key stokes.The device is the realisation of the search for a "Universal Memory" which has preoccupied scientists and engineers for decades.Physics Professor Manus Hayne of Lancaster University said: "Universal Memory, which has robustly stored data that is easily changed, is widely considered to be unfeasible, or even impossible, but this device demonstrates its contradictory properties."The inventors of the device used quantum mechanics to solve the dilemma of choosing between stable, long-term data storage and low-energy writing and erasing.
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Pokémon GO, a popular mobile game published by Niantic, is an example of augmented reality.Founder and chief strategist at Noble Digital, Allen presented 4 Principles of Using AR/VR for Successful Storytelling in Your Marketing at ContentTECH Summit.In this article, I detail the four principles from his presentation.You know the saying, “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”?You could use AR/VR (e.g., in an app on users’ phones) to encourage them to visit certain aisles or look at certain products.Allen gives the example of a self-guided tour of Europe, showing users all the code stops of the popular novel and movie The Da Vinci Code.
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Facebook users fed their appetites in May, as amaranth, chifa and foodie were among Facebook IQ’s Topics to Watch for the month.Amaranth and associated topics quinoa, chia seed, flax, corn tortilla, flour, seed, ginger, hemp, coconut and cereal saw conversation rise 4.8 times compared with May 2018 and 0.9 times versus April, primarily driven by women 35 and older.Demand for superfoods continues to grow in the U.S., and amaranth is an increasingly popular choice.”Both genders in the 35-through-49 age group propelled year-over-year conversation growth of 1.6 times and a month-over-month doubling for chifa and associated topics New York, Chinese Peruvians, arroz chaufa, Afro-Peruvian, Son Cubano, Peruvian cuisine, pisco, fusion cuisine, umami and Peru.Facebook IQ wrote, “As Chinese immigrants settled in Peru in the mid-19th century, their cooking techniques fused with local methods to create chifa, a new cuisine that gained a large following in the region.Some of chifa’s most notable dishes are arroz chaufa, a fried rice dish that incorporates soy sauce, scallions and meat; and lomo saltado, a steak-based stir fry that blends a Peruvian yellow chili paste with soy sauce.
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It raises uncomfortable questions given Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman was credibly linked to the brutal murder of dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018.Despite talk of a "reckoning" among tech startups about taking Saudi-linked money, startups have continued to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from the Vision Fund after the murder.Cesar Carvalho, the founder of Vision Fund-backed startup Gympass, said accepting cash from SoftBank meant the ability to do business with other companies such as Uber and WeWork.It has been eight months since the brutal murder of the Saudi Arabian dissident journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, in Turkey.A UN report released on Wednesday crystallizes what intelligence officers and Turkish authorities have believed for months — that Saudi Arabia's crown prince and ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, is directly connected to the killing.In November, SoftBank's CEO Masayoshi Son denounced the "horrific and deeply regrettable act," condemning the murder as an "act against humanity, journalism, and free speech."
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Apple weighs 15%-30% capacity shift out of China amid trade war – Nikkei Asian ReviewWhat happened: Apple has asked its major suppliers to evaluate the cost implications of moving 15% to 30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares to restructure its supply chain.People cited by Nikkei said that the decision was made by Apple as a result of the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, but things won’t change even if the disputes were settled.Apple has decided the risks of relying heavily on manufacturing in China are too great and even rising.Why it’s important: It’s claimed that 90% of Apple’s products, including popular iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, are assembled in China.Apple supplier Wistron has already been assembling cheaper iPhones in India since 2017 and key iPhone assemblers Foxconn said last week that 25% of the company’s production capacity is outside China.
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Stroke is ranked as the fifth leading cause of death, with Alzheimer's being ranked sixth.Implantable neurostimulation devices are a common way to treat some of these diseases.Purdue University researchers have come up with a solution to help - they are adding a graphene monolayer to the devices to protect the microelectrodes.We are the first ones that I know of to address the platinum corrosion issue in neurostimulation microelectrodes."Lee said he learned about the advantage of using graphene from his colleague at Birck Nanotechnology Center, Zhihong Chen, who is an expert in graphene technology.He also thinks that microscale electrodes are going to play a key role in the future with more demand for precise and targeted neurostimulation therapy.
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One of the worst things about YouTube (and quite a few websites in general) is arguably the comments section, owing to the sheer number of vitriolic comments on many videos.But the video-sharing website is reportedly testing a rather interesting design tweak.XDA-Developers reports that YouTube is testing hidden comments by default on the Android app.In other words, scrolling down won’t reveal comments at all.You’ll now need to tap a new “comments” button to manually load comments below the video.It’s also worth noting that the save/watch later button has been moved in order to make way for the new button.
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Republican Senator Marco Rubio is seeking to revoke the intellectual property (IP) rights of companies on government watch lists, just days after Chinese telecom giant Huawei asked for more than $1 billion from American telecoms operator Verizon over licensing fees.The Senator submitted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, a series of laws that guides American military expenditures.The amendment does not name Huawei or any other company, but proposes that foreign firms on certain priority lists be barred from pursuing legal action, filing complaints to the US Trade Commission, or receiving reparations for their US patents.One includes companies from countries that the US Trade Department sees as failing to provide adequate IP protection for American companies, such as China.The second includes the telecom and internet providers which “pose an unacceptable risk” to US national security under the executive order signed in May by American President Donald Trump, which banned Huawei from trading with US companies.In short, if a company poses a national security risk or is from a country that doesn’t respect property rights, according to the US government, it will not be granted patent rights in the US.
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