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Facebook’s open source M2M-100 model can translate between 100 different languages

Facebook today open-sourced M2M-100, an algorithm it claims is the first capable of translating between any pair of 100 languages without relying on English data. The machine learning model, which was trained on 2,200 language pairs, ostensibly outperforms English-centric systems on a metric commonly used to evaluate machine translation performance. The goal of multilingual machine translation is to build a model that can translate between any pair of the world’s over 7,000 languages. Multilingual translation models share information between similar languages, which benefits low-resource language pairs and allows for zero-shot translation, or translation to languages the model hasn’t seen before. As models increase in size, they require larger datasets that can be laborious and difficult to create, which has led some researchers to focus on English datasets and modeling techniques. (For instance, supporting 100 languages would require 100 billion sentence pairs.) But this bias in the data and modeling is not reflective of how people use translation and leads to worse performance for non-English translations. By contrast, Facebook’s M2M-100 was trained on a dataset of over 7.5 billion sentences across 100 different languages. To build it, Facebook researchers decided upon three criteria to guide their language selection. They sought to include languages from different families with geographic diversity and which were widely spoken. They then narrowed the list down to those for which evaluation data exists so it’d be easier to quantify the model’s performance. Finally, of the remaining languages, they eliminated those for which monolingual data wasn’t available. M2M-100…Continue readingFacebook’s open source M2M-100 model can translate between 100 different languages

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Open source Intel manual helps turn your smartphone into a little robot on wheels

Openbot is an Intel Labs projects that can turn a smartphone into a small mobile robot, using only $50 worth of equipment. Intel has decided to open source the manual as a way of providing new opportunities for education and research. Read more… More about Smartphone, Intel, Robot, Open Source, and 3d Print Source linkContinue readingOpen source Intel manual helps turn your smartphone into a little robot on wheels

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This entry coding masterclass could open up some interesting new career avenues

TLDR: The Web Development Masterclass Certification Bundle is a one-stop collection of training toward earning full programmer status. Your resume of professional skill sets should look a lot like your financial portfolio: chock full of diversification. While each job requires a set of specialized abilities and talents to excel in each field, there’s no telling when you might need to know something completely different.  If you do want to give yourself a more well-rounded roster of skills, you can’t do much better than learning to code. Beyond its adaptability to so many types of digital projects, freelance programming is a booming market, with skilled coders bringing in an average of $50 an hour. Whether you just want to acquire a resourceful new skill or have an eye on eventually hanging your own shingle and working for yourself, the training in The Web Development Masterclass Certification Bundle ($34.98, over 90 percent off from TNW Deals) can get you started to understand how to build a website, app or other web experiences. The six-course collection starts first-timers off with some elementary schooling in the form of the  Web Development Masterclass: Complete Certification Course. With nearly 350 lessons and almost 20 hours of content, this training is the perfect first step for young learners ready to jump into programming. The course outlines basics for the full web development process, including local server configurations using Apache, MySQL and PHP all the way through deployment with tools like Linux, Bootstrap, JavaScript, and more. While a…Continue readingThis entry coding masterclass could open up some interesting new career avenues

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Density’s Open Area radar tracks people in a space, precisely but anonymously – TechCrunch

Everyone in the world is rethinking shared spaces right about now, and part of that rethink is understanding how they’re used, minute by minute and day by day. Density’s tiny ceiling-mounted radar finds and tracks people unobtrusively but with great precision, letting the powers that be monitor every table, chair, and office. Okay, in some ways that doesn’t sound great. But don’t worry, we’ll get to that. Density began looking into creating large-scale people-monitoring tech after seeing the possibilities latent in its entryway-monitoring Entry device, which tracks people coming and going using infrared imagery. They settled on radar as a technology that has the range and precision to cover hundreds of square feet from a single point, but also lacks any capability of easily identifying someone. That’s an important point, as many are wary of installing people-monitoring software on ordinary security cameras. The potential for abuse is high simply because the imagery is easy to match with identities. So while it may be cheaper to layer some computer vision on top of a regular camera, there are non-trivial risks and shortcomings. Image Credits: Density Not to mention few like the idea of security cameras watching over every desk and computer, able to read confidential documents and see every minute motion. The system Density has created is very much focused on presence — is someone in that chair? Is someone in that office? How many people are in this room? The radar produces point clouds, but not the detailed ones you…Continue readingDensity’s Open Area radar tracks people in a space, precisely but anonymously – TechCrunch

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CNCF’s Priyanka Sharma on building an open source movement during a pandemic

When Priyanka Sharma took the reins at the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) this summer, it was hard to say whether her timing was auspicious or ominous. As general manager of the organization that oversees the fast-growing open source movement, she is in an immensely influential position. But with a global pandemic upending everyone’s plans, she knew the foundation’s priorities would need to adapt. For four months now, she’s been trying to strike a balance between helping the foundation navigate its technical mission and tending to the well-being of its community. What she’s learned so far is that both aspects are essential for an open source movement to thrive. “Many people are like, ‘Oh, what a terrible time to walk into this job,’” Sharma said. “But I think it’s been really good because I’ve had a chance to step up and help the community go through a challenging period.” A new cloud infrastructure Founded in 2015, the CNCF is an open source organization that operates under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. The CNCF’s mandate is to oversee the ecosystem of tools being developed to drive the growth of “microservices,” or “cloud-native computing.” This approach to developing cloud infrastructure, which relies on containers, holds that breaking applications into smaller, self-contained units can significantly reduce the costs and time needed to write, deploy, and manage them. The result should be a web that is faster yet more stable. Just as compelling to proponents, it should deliver a more open web that…Continue readingCNCF’s Priyanka Sharma on building an open source movement during a pandemic

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IBM open sources projects working to predict path of space junk

IBM has announced that its Space Tech Hub team has open sourced two new projects in an effort to improve communication between satellites and help predict the path of space junk. Tens of thousands of man-made anthropocentric space objects (ASOs) currently orbit around the earth but as more commercial companies have begun to launch rockets into space, the rate at witch ASOs are put into orbit is set to dramatically increase. In order to track ASOs more accurately, the IBM Space Tech Team developed the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) project to determine where ASOs are (orbit determination) and where they will be in the future (orbit prediction). The SSA project uses machine learning models to improve orbit prediction by leveraging data provided by United States Strategic Command. IBM’s scientists have created a physics-based model to predict the orbits of ASOs in low-earth orbit as well as a machine learning model that is trained to predict errors in the physical model’s orbit prediction.  KubeSat project The second project that IBM’s Space Tech Hub has open sourced is called KubeSat and it is designed to make it easier for startups and research groups to use satellite swarms. Satellite swarms are groups of satellites that work together to accomplish specific tasks as a modular, low-cost alternative to a more traditional larger satellite. KubeSat is a cognitive autonomous framework designed for swarms of cube satellites that allows for simulation and optimization of multi-satellite communications. IBM explained why it decided to open source its KubeSat…Continue readingIBM open sources projects working to predict path of space junk

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Deploying Fortinet VPN with default settings can leave your organization open to attack

Over 200,000 businesses that have deployed Fortinet VPN with its default configuration could be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks according to new research from the network security company SAM Seamless Network. With more employees working from home than ever before, organizations around the world have turned to VPN services to provide their workers with an easy way to connect to their corporate networks. However, cybercriminals are well aware of this and have begun to look for weakness they can exploit in organization’s VPN configurations. After closely examining Fortinet’s Fortigate VPN solution, security researchers at SAM seamless network realized that under the default configuration the company’s SSL VPN is not as protected as it should be and is vulnerable to MitM attacks. This is because the Fortigate SSL-VPN client only verifies that the SSL certificate was issued by Fortigate or another trusted certificate authority (CA). An attacker could take advantage of this to launch MitM attacks by presenting a certificate issued to a different Fortigate router without raising any flags. In just a matter of minutes, the researchers conducted a search and found over 200k vulnerable businesses that were still using Fortinet VPN’s default configuration despite the fact that the company explicitly warns users about using a default built-in certificate. Default certificate All Fortigate routers ship with a default SSL certificate that is signed by Fortinet but this certificate can be spoofed by a third-party or even an attacker as long as it’s valid and issued by Fortinet or a trusted…Continue readingDeploying Fortinet VPN with default settings can leave your organization open to attack

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Amsterdam and Helsinki become first cities to launch open AI registers

Amsterdam and Helsinki today became the first cities in the world to launch open AI registers that track how algorithms are being used in the municipalities. In a press release, the cities said the registers would help ensure that the AI used in public services operates on the same principles of responsibility, transparency, and security as other local government activities. “Algorithms play an increasingly important role in our lives,” said Touria Meliani, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam. “Together with the city of Helsinki, we are on a mission to create as much understanding about algorithms as possible and be transparent about the way we — as cities — use them. Today we take another important step with the launch of these algorithm registers.” Nieuws! Amsterdam en Helsinki lanceren het eerste algoritmeregister ter wereld. Algoritmen worden steeds belangrijker voor onze stad en we vinden dat iedereen het recht heeft om te weten welke we gebruiken en hoe ze werken. Leer de algoritmen kennen: https://t.co/Yo8dcnCcL8 pic.twitter.com/nCF1bgh9Pi — touria (@touriameliani) September 28, 2020 [Read: Are EVs too expensive? Here are 5 common myths, debunked] Both registers were developed by Saidot, a Finnish company that develops tools that help public agencies make their AI initiatives more explainable. The two registers currently contain only a limited selection of applications. Helsinki’s is comprised of a quartet of chatbots, and an intelligent management system for the city libray’s collection, while Amsterdam’s includes an automated parking control system, a tool that analyzes reports on issues in public space, and an algorithm that calculates the probability…Continue readingAmsterdam and Helsinki become first cities to launch open AI registers

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Five years after creating Traefik application proxy, open source project hits 2B downloads – TechCrunch

Five years ago, Traefik Labs founder and CEO Emile Vauge was working on a project deploying thousands of microservices and he was lacking a cloud native application proxy that could handle this kind of scale. So like any good developer, he created one himself and Traefik was born. If you go back five years, the notion of cloud native was still in its infancy. Docker has been doing containers for just a couple of years, and Kubernetes would only be released that year. There wasn’t much cloud native tooling around, so Vauge decided to build a cloud native reverse proxy out of pure necessity. “At that time, five years ago, there was no reverse proxy that was good at managing the complexity of microservices at cloud scale. So that was really the origin of Traefik. And one of the big innovations was its automation and its simplicity,” he said. As he explained it, a reverse proxy needs to have several features like traffic management, load balancing, observability and security, but much of this had to be done manually with the tools available at the time. As it turns out Vauge had stumbled onto a major pain point. “Initially I created Traefik for myself. It was a side project but it turned out that there was a huge interest and very quickly a community gathered around the project,” he said. After a few months, he realized he could build a company around this and left his job to start a company…Continue readingFive years after creating Traefik application proxy, open source project hits 2B downloads – TechCrunch

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US Open live stream 2020 final round: how to watch PGA golf from anywhere now

Just as expected – and as the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and US Open champion Gary Woodland all found out – Winged Foot has been a very hard task master this week. But for the remaining golfers, only 18 holes remain. Read on as we explain how to watch PGA major golf online and get a 2020 US Open live stream wherever you are today. Taking place at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, the US Open is the hard-nosed big sibling of the more welcoming PGA Championship, with top players including Woods and Rory McIlroy both saying they rated it as one of the toughest courses in the world.  2020 US Open golf: cheat sheet The 2020 US Open takes place from Thursday, September 17 to Sunday, September 20 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. Coverage is via NBC’s extended network in the US, with some great FREE options available in America – while Sky Sports has the rights in the UK. Full details are below, or if you just need to know how to watch your home feed from abroad, then the answer is a VPN – save up to 50% today. Dustin Johnson entered as the firm favorite, having looked unstoppable at times during the FedExCup Playoffs, where he won two out of the three tournaments including the 2020 Tour Championship. DJ is a little way out of contention now, as it was homegrown heroes (or villains to some) Patrick…Continue readingUS Open live stream 2020 final round: how to watch PGA golf from anywhere now