TIFF 18 Sales agents talk platforms the long tail of doc acquisitions

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The main focus of the panelists was on the diversity of platforms for non-fiction projects, and the availability of secondary markets to exploit intellectual property. Advertisement Twitter Facebook New distribution channels and ancillary markets were in the spotlight at the TIFF Doc Conference panel “What do sales agents and film representatives want?” on Tuesday (Sept. 11).The panel, hosted and moderated by TIFF’s international documentary programmer Thom Powers, explored the strategies used by buyers in identifying promising projects as part of the 2018 TIFF Industry Conference.Panelists were Amanda Lebow, media finance agent at entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA); Jessica Lacy, partner and head of the international and independent film department at ICM Partners; Kevin Iwashina, senior associate at Endeavor Content; and Rena Ronson, head of the Independent Film Group and partner at United Talent Agency (UTA). Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Internet resellers see 5G wireless as a new type of challenge from

first_imgTORONTO – A review of Canada’s broadband internet services by the country’s competition watchdog is overlooking a critical issue when it comes to wireless technology, according to veteran telecom entrepreneurs who have battled the big carriers for years.The Competition Bureau announced this month that it will study ways to improve competition in the broadband wireline market, given that 87 per cent of Canada’s internet subscriptions are with a few traditional phone or cable companies such as Bell, Rogers, Telus, Shaw or Quebecor’s Videotron.But even though most of them are integrating their fibre optics and fifth-generation wireless networks to serve households, businesses and whole cities, the Competition Bureau is only planning to look at the wireline side of the broadband business and leave wireless to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.Globalive Capital chairman Anthony Lacavera believes the Competition Bureau is on the right track but “they must do a similar analysis and report on wireless.”“Why would a consumer be concerned about fixed broadband when 5G is 24 months away from being widely available?” Lacavera asks rhetorically.“As consumers realize they can download a movie on a 5G network in, literally, a few seconds, that’s going to cause — I believe — a significant acceleration off of fixed broadband.”Graham Fletcher, founder and owner of the Internet Centre in Edmonton, also said in an interview that “it does not make sense to limit the scope of the exercise to landline broadband internet.”His company offers a variety of telecom services — including broadband internet and phone services — using a combination of land lines and fixed wireless transmission that beams signals to buildings where wiring doesn’t reach.Fletcher said the big carriers’ 5G networks will use wireless technology that must also carry some traffic over landline fibre optics. He argues smaller ISPs should be able to rent the same facilities at a reasonable price.“When 5G goes up and it goes up on a tower, or a building . . . they should rent us access to their infrastructure for our own customers.Distributel CEO Matt Stein, who is also vice-chairman of the industry group Canadian Network Operators Consortium Inc., said he thinks both the wireless and the wireline industries bear scrutiny but he sees them as still separate.“They traditionally are viewed as two different products and we’re not yet seeing the same buyer comparison-shopping one versus the other,” Stein said. “They really do play out in a different bit of a market.”Stein said he doesn’t see an immediate benefit for the Competition Bureau to look at wireless as well as wireline broadband services, but he wouldn’t object to such a move.But Lacavera — who sold Globalive’s Yak and OneConnect broadband businesses to Distributel last year — said he believes resellers will “really need to be making their case in Ottawa much more assertively, and much more successfully, than has happened in the last three to five years.”And Fletcher, who has been fighting the larger networks for more than two decades, said he thinks 5G networks will be significant competitors for the clients his company has in rural parts of Alberta.“It’s going to be a very powerful technology and that’s why we’re very concerned at CNOC, and my company, to make sure that we have access to it for all the right reasons.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:SJR.B)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version misspelled Distributel.last_img read more

EU chief UK voting in European election would be a joke

BERLIN — EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he can’t rule out that a delayed Brexit could mean the United Kingdom would participate in this spring’s European Parliament election.However, Juncker told German daily Stuttgarter Zeitung in an interview published Tuesday that such a scenario was “difficult to imagine,” saying it would be a “belated joke of history.”Britain is scheduled to withdraw from the European Union on March 29, but the U.K. government is trying to revisit a divorce deal agreed with the EU last year. Brussels is refusing to budge.Juncker told the Stuttgarter Zeitung it’s up to Britain to decide whether it wants to request a delay to the Brexit date, but that it should happen before the newly elected European Parliament gathers in early June.The election takes place on May 23.The Associated Press read more

SecretaryGeneral offers UN assistance to survivors of South Asia storms

Mr. Ban was “deeply concerned by the loss of life and serious damage caused by severe storms and flooding in parts of India and Pakistan,” his spokesperson said in a statement.The statement also commended the “prompt and effective” response to the disaster in both countries. According to UN relief agencies on the ground, the recent storms, combined with tropical cyclone Yemyn – which made landfall this morning in Pakistan’s Balochistan province – have caused significant damage in Pakistan and India, causing hundreds of deaths and bringing commercial activity in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, to a halt.Yemyn has caused damage in coastal and adjoining regions of Balochistan, severing the coastal highway and threatening the Mirani Dam, according to the UN Resident Coordinator for Pakistan. In addition, Pakistani authorities have launched rescue operations for four foreign vessels that remain missing off its coast.Meanwhile, UN officials in India report that heavy rains and flooding have occurred across parts of the country since last week, affecting the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Assam and Bihar. In addition to the loss of life, the rains and the resulting flooding and landslides have damaged over 5,000 homes. Camps have been set up in both countries for the affected populations. The UN says it remains in close contact with both Governments and is ready to provide relief if requested. 26 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to support national efforts to provide emergency assistance to survivors of recent storms across South Asia, which have resulted in several hundred deaths in India and Pakistan. read more

Beside The Points For Thursday Oct 26 2017

We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe See more NFL predictions NFL See more MLB predictions Things That Caught My EyeThe Most Improved Player has really improvedWith an average of 36.8 points in the first four games of the season, Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks sure as heck looks like an MVP contender this year. The kid is only 22 years old and is hot off last year’s Most Improved Player award. [FiveThirtyEight]They say there are Angelenos still sitting in post-game traffic to this very dayIt was an 11-inning absurdity Wednesday night in L.A., with a win probabilty chart that causes bona fide whiplash just looking at it. Houston notched their first-ever franchise World Series win in what will go down as an ultimate case study in both why the east coast hates extra innings and also how to perfectly mismanage a bullpen: The Dodgers used nine pitchers in Game 2 after pulling Rich Hill despite throwing just four excellent innings. [FiveThirtyEight]Irish not in control of own destiny, per usualNotre Dame is 6-1 this year, but despite that record and the strong chance that a one-loss team will make the College Football Playoff, they’re still only an 11 percent chance to make the postseason. Indeed, even if they win out — they have a 21 percent chance of doing so — their destiny is still in the hands of others since they won’t have a conference title to bring up in their bid to get in over other one-loss teams. [FiveThirtyEight]32nd time is the charmPenn State (No. 2) faces Ohio (No. 6) this weekend in what will be the biggest Big Ten game of the entire year. It’s a pretty solid rivalry: They’ve played 31 times in the AP ranking era, and 30 of those times one of the two teams was ranked. FiveThirtyEight has Ohio State as the favorite here, with a 61 percent chance to win in Columbus. An Ohio State win would decimate Penn State’s chances of winning the conference and more than halve their chances of making the playoff. A Penn State win, probabilistically speaking, basically ends Ohio State’s season and gives the Nittany Lions a 69 percent chance of making the playoffs. [ESPN, FiveThirtyEight]Golden Knights: pretty good!The Vegas Golden Knights are off to a terrific start, sitting atop the Western Conference at 6-1. By all appearances, Vegas has some of the best talent of any expansion team in NHL history back 1991. The average expansion team since then has put up 57 points in its first season, which is awful: Only four normal teams in the past four seasons did that. [FiveThirtyEight]The return of the kingRoberto Aguayo is a kicker who was drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Bucs. Read that sentence again. Kicker, second round, Bucs. Remember that insanity? Anyway, his NFL debut was not up to second-round drafted Bucs kicker standards apparently and he was cut on national television in a preseason game. Well he’s back, and with no more ridiculous expectations to live up to on the Panthers’ practice squad. I see a winner there. [NFL.com]Make sure to try your hand at our fun NFL can you beat the FiveThirtyEight predictions? game!Big Number8 home runsIn a new World Series record, there were eight home runs in Game 2. “Obviously, the balls are juiced,” said Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel, and most stats nerds everywhere and also anyone with eyes. [CBS Sports, FiveThirtyEight, FiveThirtyEight, The Ringer, FiveThirtyEight, Seriously there’s a lot of evidence for this on FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slack: emily:women’s hockey Canada v USA is in boston tonight at BU with a great crowd 🏒 🏒 🏒daniel.levitt:you should really help me write a hockey story as I know v. little. We could maybe do one about the #goleafsgoemily:also Canada won! both teams getting in their groove for the olympics, USA took the first game of what could be 8 games between the two (if you consider 2 possible Four Nations tournament games on top of 6 The Time Is Now tour friendlys), announcers were mentioning some stats of just how many times the two have met and how often they’ve been in Worlds/Olympics finals together. Wonder where they fall on the Big Rivalry list.daniel.levittSo Emily’s writing and editing? Sounds good.emily:(also small hockey update: I did make http://isadammcquaidhealthy.com/)[Check out IsAdamMcQuaidHealthy.com for all your “Is Adam McQuaid healthy?” questions!]Predictions MLB All newsletters Oh, and don’t forgetA UNC player lost a video game an broke his hand, as your Duke fan friend probably already texted to you. read more

County seeks lowcost way to recruit

first_imgClark County commissioners will meet with the county’s human resources department this week to discuss what it takes to replace County Administrator Bill Barron, 68, who announced this month he will retire Sept. 10.Barron is paid $174,252 per year, and his contract was set to expire in December 2014.Barron said commissioners agreed to let him out of his contract early and that there was no additional remuneration involved.Francine Reis, the county’s director of human resources, told commissioners at last week’s board time meeting that her department was not equipped for a search to replace the county’s top executive.Republican Commissioner Tom Mielke had earlier balked at the idea of spending $20,000 for an outside recruiting firm to conduct such a search.Many government agencies consider it common practice to use a consultant when hiring top-level executives, such as county administrators or city managers.Reis said consultants could meet with the board to determine the needs of the county, develop a plan for hiring, make use of recruitment pools and manage the interview process and background checks.Mielke said he wasn’t completely opposed to the idea, but would like to take an intermediate step before committing to a contract in the tens-of-thousands of dollars.“I still come back to the same thing, (that) I believe we have talented people within our reach,” he said.That prompted Reis to suggest she meet individually with each commissioner and ask them about what they are looking for in Barron’s replacement.last_img read more

Man injured in North Miami driveby shooting gunman at large

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was injured after a suspect fired shots at him from a moving car, outside his girlfriend’s North Miami apartment, Monday, police said.According to police, the victim’s girlfriend ran upstairs to her apartment to tell him that a man with dreadlocks pointed a gun at her. Police said the victim, who they described as a man in his late 50s or early 60s, went downstairs and upon finding no one, began walking back to the apartment. That’s when, investigators said, a car sped by and a suspect fired shots at him.The victim realized he was injured while fleeing, according to police.Police said a projectile may have grazed his neck. First responders transported him to Aventura Hospital.The suspect, a young man with dreadlocks, fled in a dark-colored Nissan Altima, police said. Police consider him to be armed and dangerous.Police are investigating why someone was pointing a gun at the victim’s girlfriend.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Walmarts rumored streaming service isnt going to happen says report

first_img 0 Vudu Walmart is walking away from plans to develop its own streaming service, according to a Friday report from CNBC. The retail giant reportedly decided not to pursue the service after talks with media expert Mark Greenberg fell apart last year. Despite the news, a person familiar with the situation said Walmart never had any plans to launch its own streaming service. That information comes amid other reports that the retailer was exploring its own video service. The Wall Street Journal in July said Walmart’s streaming service plan was in early stages and that the company talked to Greenberg about it. Speculation about Walmart’s streaming future comes as several big players, including Disney, AT&T, Apple, and NBC, are expected to launch their own streaming services to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos. In July, Variety reported that Walmart planned to launch its independent streaming service through Vudu, a video subscription service Walmart bought in 2010. Walmart will focus on further developing Vudu, a platform where customers can buy and rent digital movies and shows. “Vudu is an important platform for us, and we continue to invest in it,” Tara Raddohl-House, a Walmart spokesperson, said in an emailed statement. “We are always looking at new ways to serve customers, but have nothing to announce related to video streaming service.”First published Jan. 18, 10:25 a.m. PT.Update, 1:10 p.m.: Adds statement from Walmart spokesperson and more info on reported service. What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix.Netpicks: What’s on your favorite video streaming sites around the web. Post a comment Digital Media Tech Industry Share your voice Tags Walmartlast_img read more

Judge Temporarily Blocks Immigration Enforcement Law

first_imgRobin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneSan Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller speaks to protesters in front of the federal courthouse where U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia is hearing arguments against Senate Bill 4, the so-called sanctuary cities law, on June 26, 2017.A federal district judge on Wednesday ruled against the state of Texas and halted major provisions of a controversial state-based immigration enforcement law just days before it was scheduled to go into effect.U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia granted a preliminary injunction of Senate Bill 4, one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s key legislative priorities that seeks to outlaw “sanctuary” entities, the common term for governments that don’t enforce federal immigration laws. As passed, SB 4 allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and seeks to punish local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation. Punishment could come in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000.Garcia halted the part of the bill that required jail officials to honor all detainers, and another that prohibits “a pattern or practice that ‘materially limits’ the enforcement of immigration laws.”The detainer provision, he said, would violate the Fourth AmendmentGarcia did let stand one of the most controversial portions of the law — allowing police officers to question the immigration status of people they detain.Because the inquiry into status isn’t a prolonged detention, he said, it wasn’t enjoined. But he explained that officers who make the inquiry are limited in what they can do with the information.“If during a lawful detention or arrest an officer obtains information that a detained or arrested individual is undocumented he may not arrest the individual on this basis,” he said, adding that the officer is not required to ask the question. But he said if the officer feels like they should, they can only share the information.“In sum, SB 4 gives local officers discretion to inquire and share information, but it does not provide them with discretion to act upon the information that they may obtain,” he wrote in a footnote to his 94-page ruling.The bill was scheduled to go into effect Sept. 1, but opponents of the legislation, including the cities of Houston, Austin, San Antonio and El Cenizo, as well as Maverick and El Paso counties and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, argued the bill violates several provisions of the Constitution. Garcia’s decision means the bill is on hold until that issue is decided or until the preliminary injunction is appealed. His decision is a temporary but significant blow to Abbott and other Republican backers of the bill who said it would help keep Texans safe from undocumented immigrants that have been arrested on criminal charges but released from custody by sheriffs or other elected officials who refuse to hold the alleged criminals for possible deportation.Abbott on Wednesday night promised an immediate appeal.“Today’s decision makes Texas’ communities less safe,” he said in a statement. “Because of this ruling, gang members and dangerous criminals, like those who have been released by the Travis County Sheriff, will be set free to prey upon our communities. U.S. Supreme Court precedent for laws similar to Texas’ law are firmly on our side. This decision will be appealed immediately and I am confident Texas’ law will be found constitutional and ultimately be upheld.”Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton added: “Texas has the sovereign authority and responsibility to protect the safety and welfare of its citizens. We’re confident SB 4 will ultimately be upheld as constitutional and lawful.”In his ruling, Garcia also noted the injunction would serve the public and cited the overwhelming opposition to the bill during public testimony at the Capitol.“The public interest in protecting constitutional rights, maintaining trust in local law enforcement and avoiding the heavy burdens that SB4 imposes on local entities will be served by enjoining these portions of SB4,” he said.In another footnote, Garcia said that placing the law on hold would also benefit the state due to the sheer number of subsequent lawsuits that would likely follow if the legislation stood.“If SB4 is implemented the state will begin spending public funds to enforce SB4 against local entities that will also spend public funds to defend themselves,” he said. “Both state and local entities will also need to expend public funds to defend against spin off litigation.”Opponents of the law cheered the injunction.“The court was right to strike down virtually all of this patently unconstitutional law. Senate Bill 4 would have led to rampant discrimination and made communities less safe,” said Terri Burke, the executive director of the ACLU of Texas. “That’s why police chiefs and mayors themselves were among its harshest critics — they recognized it would harm, not help, their communities.” Sharelast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S10 Buyers Get Six Free Months of Spotify Premium

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Buyers of Samsung’s new Galaxy S10 phone can now get 6 months of Spotify Premium for free: The two companies announced the new joint promotion Friday morning, while also revealing that Spotify will be pre-installed on Samsung phones going forward. Separately, Samsung also announced a promotion with YouTube to give Galaxy S10 buyers access to 4 months of YouTube Premium.There is a bit of fine print to consider for the Spotify offer: As of now, it is only available to Galaxy S10 buyers, but Samsung may add other phone models to the promotion in the coming months. The offer is also only available to new subscribers, and not to existing or previous customers. And finally, it is restricted to the U.S., at least for now.Samsung and Spotify first started to work with each other in August of last year, when Spotify was announced as the primary music service for Samsung’s Galaxy Home speaker. Popular on Variety center_img As the two companies extend their partnership to mobile, Samsung is also tightly integrating Spotify’s service with its Bixby smart assistant. This includes music recommendations on the Bixby Home screen.“Our goal is to deliver the best possible mobile experience to our consumers, and Spotify is the ideal music partner to help us make that vision a reality,” said Samsung Electronics America vice president of marketing Patricio Paucar. “Whether they’re listening to the latest hit albums or checking out their favorite playlist, we’re giving eligible Galaxy S10 users access to an amazing six month Spotify Premium offer.”In addition to teaming up with Spotify, Samsung has also partnered with YouTube to give Galaxy S10 buyers access to 4 free months of YouTube Premium. The paid YouTube tier, which usually costs $11.99 per month, gives users access to an ad-free YouTube experience, offline playback and background play, as well as access to YouTube Music.YouTube’s 4-month free trial will also be available for buyers of the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Tab S5e, as well as customers in nearly 30 countries (full list here).Samsung announced the Galaxy S10 at a press event in San Francisco last month, and began selling it to consumers Friday. The phone features an edge-to-edge screen with a punch-hole cut-out for its front-facing camera, as well as a fingerprint reader integrated into the front screen.Update: This post was updated with a mention of the YouTube Premium promotion.last_img read more

Ekbalpore youths turn saviour for victims

first_imgKolkata: Youths from Ekbalpore stepped up as rescuers for the people who got trapped under the debris when the middle portion of Majerhat Bridge collapsed on Tuesday evening.Gulam Mustafa, Sheikh Sabbir, Md Aiyat and their friends were spending some leisure time in their locality close to the bridge. All of a sudden they heard a sound akin to an explosion. They got scared at first but soon realised that something heavy has collapsed. Initially they had thought that something had gone wrong at the project site of Metro railways adjacent to the bridge. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey ran to the spot and found that the middle portion of the structure had caved in. Without wasting any time, some of them initiated rescue work while a section of the youths went back to their locality to call more of their friends. The portion of the bridge had collapsed along with a packed mini-bus of Sakherbazar-Howrah route, three cars and a few motorbikes. The youths heard passengers in the bus crying for help. The motorcyclists were also trying desperately to come out of the wreckage. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe youths jumped into action and managed to bring the passengers out of the mini-bus. The police had also joined the rescue work and took necessary steps to save as many lives as they could. They also rescued the people who were trapped inside the cars. The injured persons were taken to nearby hospitals where they were provided with necessary treatment. Mustafa later recollected the entire incident. “The bus was packed and it was heading towards Howrah from Behala Sakherbazar when the portion of the bridge collapsed. We went to the spot and initiated the rescue work without wasting any time,” he said.last_img read more

Creating an App Know Your Competition First Infographic

first_img 1 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now August 6, 2016center_img Eager to launch your own app? Before you do, assess your competition. Having a solid understanding of the competitive landscape is vital to the success of your idea.A recent study by ROKO Labs revealed interesting findings on app competition, taking into account location, monetization methods and app type. Studying more than 8,500 app company profiles from CrunchBase, ROKO found that San Francisco and New York are the top two cities for apps.From subscriptions to ads to transaction fees, you need to figure out the best way for your app to make money. Check out the infographic below to discover the top 10 types of apps so you can differentiate yours and “build a competitive advantage.” Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

What This PingPong Robot Tells Us About the Next Phase of HumanRobot

first_img Register Now » January 16, 2018 There were dozens of robots at CES, and many of them were the kinds with human features — faces, arms, legs and even personalities. Some of them, such as a giant machine that can play table tennis against a person, didn’t feel so “artificially” intelligent, given how good it was at what its creators built it to do.This giant robot, Forpheus, created by Japanese technology company Omron, is not available for consumers to buy. It’s a table tennis tutor that plays against humans, though it doesn’t try to crush its competition. It senses movements and facial expressions, gauging skill level and emotions and adapting its game to the player at hand.“We try to use technology to improve people’s lives and make people the best they can be,” says Keith Kersten, a marketing manager with Omron. “Forpheus incorporates real technologies that we use, just with different applications.”Related: CES 2018 Photo Gallery: Our Favorite Things We’ve Seen (So Far)For instance, Omron’s facial recognition technology is already embedded in millions of mobile devices today. Down the road, the company foresees potential for use in semi-autonomous vehicles to detect whether a driver is getting tired or not paying attention and take over when necessary, or with medical patients to sense illness or health episodes and call upon assistance.These are some of the subtle types of interactions we’ll have with robots as technology develops further. They go deeper than the idea of humans and robots becoming companions, though CES included a range of social bots specializing in everything from retail to eldercare. Rather, the ability to process emotions (often powered by cloud servers, but nonetheless) shows promise to build empathy between people and machines. Whether it takes the form of a “face-to-face” interaction or an automatic task, when we see robots begin to sense our humans needs, it will broaden the scope of what robots can add to human lives.“All it takes is for a robot to do something really well, and it will flip the switch in our heads from novelty to practical,” says Alex Gaughan, who works in SaaS marketing at Montreal-based C2RO Cloud Robotics. “We’re seeing some momentum for actually figuring out the social benefit and how they add value to business.”Gaughan points out that in the Western hemisphere, people tend to intellectualize robots more so than people in Asia, who tend to use more natural human vocabulary to describe their interactions with them. People in the Americas think along the lines of, Oh, this is a robot. What are the implications of me interacting with this robot?“We don’t even realize that we’re already using the AI that’s in these things on our phones every day,” Gaughan says.Despite the traction of voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, we’re in the “Stone Age” of using voice to communicate with machines, explains Vijay Umapathy, senior product manager at Jibo. “Someday people will look back and say, ‘OK, the voice thing was there, but I had to talk to it?” Umapathy says. “Technology has been and is getting more and more capable of having its own agency.”The team at Jibo is working on upgrades to make its eponymous social robot initiate more interactions with the humans whose homes it (or, “he”) occupies. Leading up to Jibo’s launch in October 2017, Jibo developers worked to make him seem more aware of his surroundings, turning his “head” to look at people as they move about a room so it’s clear he perceives they’re there before he says anything.Related: This Pickle Company Bought a Robot — But Not for the Reasons You’d ThinkRight now, the biggest voice assistants on the market mainly field simple questions such as “What’s the weather today?” The Echo Show adds a screen — a second interface — to Alexa/Echo. Similarly, Jibo is not limited by one type of interface. One of Umapathy’s colleagues has a sign in his office that reads, “The Relationship Is the UI,” or user interface. This represents the belief that it takes a more ambient, all-encompassing presence to reveal what interactions with a piece of technology can accomplish.“It’s kind of the difference between the reality that we have today and honestly, Star Wars,” Umapathy explains, noting that the film franchise inspired Jibo founder Cynthia Breazeal’s interest in robotics. “If you look at a lot of droids in Star Wars movies, the scene starts with them actually walking in and saying, ‘Hey, something’s wrong,’ by beeping in whatever language or speaking, in the case of C-3PO. ‘Master Luke, Master Luke!’ We believe that we should live in a world where interactions start from the technology and don’t just wait on the user to actually do something.”Again, this doesn’t have to be interactive, such as a personified robot rolling up to you and predicting what you want next or a pingpong-playing robot helping you improve your volley. It’s about the technology inside those easy-to-conceptualize bots that can sense who you are and want you want. It could take the form of a smart home integrated system that senses you’ve arrived home from work and automatically adjusts the lights.“That would be pretty magical,” Umapathy says, “and it would also probably result in a very different set of usage of a lot of these different services.” 5 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Jairo Mora murder case Costa Rica prosecutor seeks new trial

first_imgA prosecutor requested a new trial in the 2013 killing of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora on Tuesday morning at an appeals court in Cartago, east of the capital, local media reported.The prosecutor, Julián Martinez, called for a new trial with new judges after the seven accused killers of Mora were found not guilty, the daily La Nación reported.Three of the suspects were acquitted of all charges on Jan. 26. The remaining four defendants were found guilty of raping and robbing a Costa Rican couple and their young nephews nearly two weeks before Mora’s murder.Mora was killed on May 31, 2013 while patrolling Moín Beach north of the Caribbean city of Limón to protect nesting turtles from poachers.The prosecutor argued that the trial in Limón illegally excluded important evidence, including telephone recordings that were ruled inadmissible. Rodrigo Araya, a lawyer for Mora’s family, told the news site CRHoy.com that the family requested the appeal in February, citing missing evidence and constant delays in the proceedings, among other technical errors in the trial.Araya was not alone in critiquing the state’s case. The criminal investigation and trial were so badly bungled by the state that the judges presiding over the case slammed the government for its poor showing, saying that they had no choice but to acquit the seven defendants for the murder charge. Facebook Comments Related posts:Suspects in slaying of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora will stand trial Court hears testimony from key witnesses in the Jairo Mora murder trial Murder of Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora headed for retrial Victim testifies in Jairo Mora murder retriallast_img read more

TzuChi Foundation helps local school

first_imgChairman Mr Shi (Jack) was present at the community development programme and said that, “I am delighted to see so many children here.” Pupils from Windsor Secondary School were present as volunteers. Interestingly, they are now permanent volunteers after being helped by the foundation from primary school level.The local foundation has been in operation in South Africa for more than 20 years.Volunteers from every walk of life were present to assist the young learners during the prayer ceremony. While the stationery and food was being handed out, Charlene Lin (volunteer) said how grateful she felt to be part of making a difference in the community. Schools present were Mthandi Primary School, Umdeni Primary School, Mhlanganyelwa Combined School, Makkhoyane Primary School, Themumzamo Primary School, Thembumzamo Primary School, Sidingulwazi Primary School, Vukuzakhe Crèche and Blue Bank Crèche.Mr Shi said he would like to thank all the volunteers from Ezakheni, St Chad’s, Peacetown, Hobsland, Bluebank, Roosboom, Ekuvukeni, Ladysmith and surrounding areas.The foundation believes that if everybody follows their value system, the world will become a better place. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Buddhist compassion relief organisation the Tzu-Chi Foundation held a prayer and distribution event at Amancamakazana Primary School in St Chad’s on Sunday. This school was built by the organisation.Stationery and lunch was distributed to young and old alike at the event.The Tzu-Chi Foundation is an internationally recognised organisation that was founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen, a Buddhist nun who is quoted worldwide as saying, “The hope of people comes from mutual help”. The foundation has taken on the responsibility of giving assistance to underprivileged communities by providing medical aid services, building schools and providing stationery, starting community gardens, and community volunteerism when required.last_img read more

Vintage bikes stop at Sondela Service Station

first_imgClose to 40 bikers riding vintage motorcycles made a pit-stop at Sondela Service Station in Poort Road on Friday afternoon.The bikers, all taking part in the DJ Run, stopped to fill up their tanks with ‘gas’ and their tummies with a bite to eat and something refreshing to drink.They were on their way to Newcastle to spend the night, and then head off to Johannesburg the next day.In the region of 36 motorcycles pulled into Sondela on Friday, much to the delight of passersby who spread the word to fellow biking enthusiasts.The oldest bike was a 1909 model, belonging to Samantha Anderson. Imagine riding a motorcycle that is 106 years old! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img read more