In the year 2030, a powerful radio transmission originating from Earth will arrive at a potentially habitable exoplanet located approximately 12.4 light years away. Should any alien intelligence be there to receive it, they’re in for quite a treat: This binary stream of data contains short musical clips from some of the world’s best electronic musicians. It’s part art, part science—but considering we know virtually nothing about extraterrestrials, should we really be calling attention to ourselves? For three days in October, organizers of the Spanish Sónar electronic music festival pointed the 105-foot-wide European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) radio antenna towards the sky and sent bursts of radio signals towards GJ 273—a red dwarf star (sometimes called Luyten’s Star) that hosts two known planets, one of which, GJ 273b, may be capable of supporting life. With the help of astronomers from METI (Messages to … [Read more...] about Was It a Good Idea to Beam Our Best Techno to an Alien World?
A meal in the airlines is hardly a pleasant experience with cold, bland and unappetising dishes packed closely together on a plastic tray. However, Taj SATS with its newly-launched “table set-up” concept for Air India’s business class travellers, is looking to change this for the better. “We want to elevate the experience of in-flight dining. Our guests today are well-travelled and thus connoisseurs of food from across the globe,” says chef Satish Arora, director of food production at Taj SATS. With this initiative, the airline plans to move away from casserole-style presentation to a set up that emulates a restaurant experience where each course will be heated in the galleys and plated before being served. At the company’s Santacruz office, in Mumbai, Arora is prepping for a masterclass on setting up an airline table and other culinary etiquettes to be perfected by the airline’s cabin crew. “Do you know why large quantities of tomato … [Read more...] about Good news for air travellers – Your food just got a makeover!
San Francisco (CNN Business)The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad — he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin — goofing around and eating ice cream with their two toddler daughters. The picture, which was uploaded to photo-sharing site Flickr in 2013, isn't just adorable; with a bunch of different faces in various positions, it's also useful for training facial-recognition systems, which use artificial intelligence to identify people in photos and videos. It was among a million images that IBM harnessed for a new project that aims to help researchers study fairness and accuracy in facial recognition, called Diversity in Faces. The woman who shot the image, a librarian in rural Vermont named Jessamyn West, was surprised and angry when she found out the photo was being used by IBM. She had uploaded it to Flickr with a Creative Commons license that lets others use the photo. But something about not knowing that this image, … [Read more...] about If your image is online, it might be training facial-recognition AI
Who's worse? Kids or parents? Source: Source: pixabay "Kids today." That's what the old folks would say gathered on street corners and coffee shops as they watched the world go by. They always seemed shocked by the latest violent video game, hip hop song lyric, or the younger generation's sense of entitlement or work ethic. New technologies always seem to be the eye of the storm that threatens the good old days. Television, radio, and even books have been blamed for the planet's ruin. Most recently, it was the smart phone. Teens were texting each other from across the couch. To them, life was a bluish blur of thumbs tap dancing across a screen. Well, those teens have grown into adults. Those adults are now having children of their own. The tables are turning. I recently posted a poll on Facebook. A Facebook poll is far from a scientific study and the sample size is tiny, but the results were surprising to me. I wonder if it … [Read more...] about Who’s More Addicted to Their Phones? Kids or Parents?
“If we’ve had a pause in upgrades and updates, we’re sorry for that — what happened with the Mac Pro — and we’re going to come out with something great to replace it.” Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller is talking to a small group of reporters in a white stucco building near its headquarters in Cupertino. The purpose of the discussion, while somewhat unclear initially, reveals itself a few minutes in. The news, if you want it straight: Apple is acknowledging that the Mac Pro they introduced in 2013 has run aground on the cleverness of its own design, and they’re re-thinking the entire machine. In addition, they’ll be releasing a new external display — something it had previously opted out of. But none of that is coming this year. Today, we’ll see a performance bump on the old design of Mac Pro, which will remain on sale for now. And later this year we’ll see improved iMacs that Apple … [Read more...] about Apple pushes the reset button on the Mac Pro
Apple invited a handful of journalists to Cupertino to talk about the future of the Mac platform. The Mac Pro is receiving a minor update this week, but the most significant updates are coming later this year, or even later. You have already read the news. But we thought we would also use this opportunity to share a transcript of the interview with Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing; Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering; John Ternus, Vice President of Hardware Engineering. Bill Evans from Apple PR was also in attendance. It was lightly edited for length and clarity and does not include some small asides and comments made off the record. Transcription: Anthony Ha, Brian Heater, Greg Kumparak Phil Schiller: We’re here to talk about the Mac. The Mac is doing really well. We’re really proud of how things are going. We’ve been, in general over the last decade, growing faster than the PC industry. Last year we had … [Read more...] about Transcript: Phil Schiller, Craig Federighi and John Ternus on the state of Apple’s pro Macs