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Engadget

Smart fabric can recognize the food you put on the table

The researchers initially wove the technology into a tablecloth, and envisioned it as particularly helpful for cooking. An app could suggest a meal based on what’s sitting on the table, while a diet app would know what you’ve had to drink. Scientists also imagine Capacitivo serving as a memory tool. It could remind you to take your earbuds before you head out the door, or remind you to clean up if you leave an empty food bowl. The initial project has limits. It doesn’t recognize metallic objects, and won’t work as well with books or other square-edged items. It likewise has problems with credit cards and other items that don’t have a clear capacitance footprint. Certain drinks don’t produce reliable results, so you shouldn’t expect your tablecloth to tell an IPA from a stout. Don’t expect a smart tablecloth in the near future, then, although the technology should get better over time. The team hopes to detect metal, deal with less-than-ideal placement and enable touch input, among other upgrades. If all goes well, it could lead to a truly seamless smart home where you don’t have to rely on smart scales, scanning or other clunky methods to detect what’s in your kitchen. Source linkContinue readingSmart fabric can recognize the food you put on the table

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Verizon wants to put private 5G networks inside businesses

5G could work better better than WiFi for large facilities spread out over wide areas, especially outdoors and inside vehicles. “WiFi 6, the latest iteration, struggles to provide connectivity outdoors,” the company wrote in its private 5G info sheet. “5G handles handoffs between user devices at the network level, unlike WiFi which uses device-based handoffs. This makes it better at keeping devices that are moving connected.” Verizon noted that 5G currently uses licensed spectrum, so while interference would be less of a problem, businesses would have to pay “nominal fees” to deploy it. However, the benefits could be huge when the next phase of 5G 3GPP rolls out, as the upcoming ultra-reliable low-latency communication (URLLC) and network slicing will be particularly beneficial for industries. Companies like Audi have already said that they want to completely replace WiFi networks with 5G, and it would be ideal for shipping ports, along with manufacturing, oil, gas and chemical companies. Verizon noted that international markets are already moving to set up private 5G networks, and it clearly wants to get in on the ground floor in the US. Source linkContinue readingVerizon wants to put private 5G networks inside businesses

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The Next Web

Knowing Lean Six Sigma can put your career into overdrive. This training can show you how

TLDR: The Lean Six Sigma Career Advancement Bundle unlocks all the steps for using Six Sigma methodology to lead important business projects and push your career forward. Knowing about what Lean Six Sigma is really isn’t all that hard. A methodology and managerial approach that centers around eliminating waste and variation in a development process is a fairly simple idea to wrap your head around. Of course, implementing and perfecting the Lean Six Sigma process for your own project or business endeavour…well, that’s a whole different story. Knowing what how to guide a project from ideation to completion using the process can be a big career jumpstart — and users can learn all the right moves for making that happen with The Lean Six Sigma Career Advancement Bundle ($39.99, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals). This in-depth look at the entire Lean Six Sigma journey is broken up into four courses, laying out the guidelines for a successful LSS practitioner to judge their resources, put together the right people, assemble a realistic timetable, then oversee the entire development pipeline to avoid cost or time overruns while making sure all the stakeholder stay happy. The basics are laid out in the Lean Management course, helping first-time users learn the concepts and principles of the Lean method while streamlining processes and directing toward the best possible value for the business.  Users then elevate from LSS Green Belt Certification Training up to Black Belt Certification Training, eventually learning to tackle complex projects…Continue readingKnowing Lean Six Sigma can put your career into overdrive. This training can show you how

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Mashable

Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon

Soon, astronauts on moon missions won’t have any excuse for not answering their texts. NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA’s “Tipping Point” selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration.  Nokia’s plan is to build a 4G/LTE network, and eventually transition to 5G (just like the rest of us). It will be “the first LTE/4G communications system in space,” according to NASA’s announcement. “The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards,” the announcement also reads. To the moon! 🌕 We are excited to have been named by @NASA as a key partner to advance “Tipping Point” technologies for the moon, to help pave the way towards sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. So, what technology can you expect to see? (1/6) pic.twitter.com/wDNwloyHdP — Bell Labs (@BellLabs) October 15, 2020 Nokia’s research arm, Bell Labs, provided more details in a Twitter thread. The company intends for the network to support wireless operation of lunar rovers and navigation, as well as streaming video.  The network is built to be compact and efficient, as well as “specially designed to withstand the extreme temperature, radiation and vacuum conditions of space.” According to UPI, NASA said in a live broadcast of the announcement that the network would extend to spacecraft, and help develop technology fit…Continue readingNokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon

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Wired

Put Trump’s Tweets on a Time Delay

Twitter announced today a sweeping set of changes designed to add “extra friction” to the platform to check the spread of political disinformation. This includes requiring users to add their own comments before retweeting others, labeling premature claims of election victories, removing calls for violence in response to the election, and restricting the reach of tweets containing misinformation from political figures with over 100,000 followers. We applaud these changes, and believe that if Twitter is serious about its stated goal of “protecting the integrity of the election conversation,” there’s another thing the platform should consider: putting a time delay on the tweets of Donald Trump and other political elites. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Mike Ananny is an associate professor of communication and journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Daniel Kreiss is a principal researcher of the UNC Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life and the Cato Distinguished Associate Professor in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Each new broadcast technology has had to find its relationship to liveness. In 1952, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prohibited broadcasting live telephone conversations—but allowed broadcasting taped conversations—radio station call-in shows used a short delay to get around the prohibition, recording conversations to tape and then, six or seven seconds later, playing the tape. The (not always perfect) solution also gave broadcasters a measure of control over live situations, letting them bleep or mute profanity and inappropriate content or anything else they wanted to keep…Continue readingPut Trump’s Tweets on a Time Delay

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Engadget

Steam’s profanity filters put you in control of chat content

“We know marginalized groups can reclaim language for themselves, and we don’t want to stand in the way of them from doing so when chatting with one another on Steam,” Valve says by way of reasoning for the latter decision.  Another handy option is that you can upload filter lists from third-party sources. Valve suggests this feature will allow groups and communities to work together to define and share their own set of guidelines. What Steam’s new chat filters won’t do is prevent people from sending you an offensive message in the first place. As usual, Valve is putting the onus on its users to protect themselves instead of taking it upon itself to moderate the Steam community.  Source linkContinue readingSteam’s profanity filters put you in control of chat content

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Wired

Tesla’s Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

In recent months, Tesla skeptics have argued that the company’s growth had stalled. After delivering a record-breaking 83,500 vehicles in the third quarter of 2018, the company’s deliveries grew only modestly in the next few quarters: 97,000 in the third quarter of 2019, for example, and 90,650 in the second quarter of 2020. ARS TECHNICA This story originally appeared on Ars Technica, a trusted source for technology news, tech policy analysis, reviews, and more. Ars is owned by WIRED’s parent company, Condé Nast. But Tesla’s Q3 2020 numbers, released Friday morning, put those concerns to rest. Tesla says it shipped 139,300 vehicles in the third quarter of 2020. That’s up 53 percent from last quarter and up 45 percent from a year earlier. It’s also up 24 percent from Tesla’s previous best quarter—the fourth quarter of 2019. The number slightly exceeded the consensus forecast of Wall Street analysts, but Tesla’s stock still fell about 3 percent in Friday morning trading. The jump in Tesla deliveries presumably reflects the opening of Tesla’s new factory in Shanghai around the start of the year. If not for the coronavirus, Tesla might have achieved record-breaking numbers in the first and second quarters. But Tesla had to briefly shutter the Shanghai factory in the first quarter, and the Fremont factory was closed from late March through mid May. So the third quarter was the first time both factories were operating throughout a quarter. Rapid growth is important for Tesla to justify its astronomical stock value.…Continue readingTesla’s Latest Numbers Put Growth Concerns to Rest

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The Next Web

Elon Musk put a computer interface in a pig’s brain. Could future AI turn animals against us?

It’s been a month since Elon Musk and Neuralink trotted out a cyborg pig to show off the company’s progress toward a brain computer interface (BCI). I still see Gertrude in my nightmares. The big idea behind Neuralink is the development of a brain implant that will allow everybody to control computers with their minds. But more than this, Musk claims it will eventually allow computers to control our minds. He says the device will be capable of “curing” depression, Alzheimer’s and myriad other brain-based conditions. This would be accomplished through targeted stimulation and interference in what would otherwise be unfettered brain activity. In other words: we’d be giving a computer administrator-style read/write privileges to our minds. This might sound like science fiction, but more than three years ago TNW wrote about a team of researchers who were literally using a computer to remotely control a living dragonfly. It isn’t far-fetched to imagine a computer gaining at least some control (the ability to make us lose consciousness, manipulate our adrenaline or dopamine, etc.) over us through the use of targeted stimulation via implant. If we assume AI could control us, we have to ask why it would want to. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where doing so would benefit AI in ways that simply murdering us wouldn’t – unless you assume sentient AI would “care” if we went extinct or you posit a Newtonian physics-breaking scenario where AI uses us for a power-source like The Matrix did. Contrary what…Continue readingElon Musk put a computer interface in a pig’s brain. Could future AI turn animals against us?

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Polestar will put its eco-friendly Precept car into production

The Precept’s cabin uses a slew of recycled and reclaimed material, including plastic bottles, cork vinyl and fishing nets. You’ll also find a flax composite in both the interior and exterior. However, it’s also a reflection of Polestar’s goals for semi-autonomous driving. LiDAR offers “increased driving assistance,” while the grille from the Polestar 2 has been replaced with a camera and radar sensors. The Precept also has a sleeker, more original look than the Polestar 2, which was based on the Volvo Concept 40.2. It’s not shocking that Polestar would manufacture the Precept. It’s still a young standalone brand with just two vehicles in its stable — this could be a more upscale option for those who want a pure EV. It also has obvious competition from rivals like Tesla. The Precept won’t necessarily offer a direct challenge to cars like the Model S, but it could provide a viable alternative. Source linkContinue readingPolestar will put its eco-friendly Precept car into production

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Wired

Federal Executions During Covid-19 Put Innocent Lives at Risk

Christopher Vialva grew up on death row. In 1999, at age 19, Vialva, along with a few other teenagers, carjacked and killed Stacie and Todd Bagley; he was later convicted of murder and sentenced to die. At the time, a doctor assessed his mental age to be 16. He was nearly illiterate, struggling to read a short paragraph and unable to remember the first sentence by the time he got to the last. In the two decades he spent in custody, he became an avid crocheter and a student of the Old Testament in the original Hebrew. When his lawyer, Susan Otto, asked why he wanted President Trump to grant him clemency he said, “I would like to preach and teach and learn. I think I can help. I remember what it was like being a 19-year-old kid with your thoughts all over the place and not having a clue what to do next. I think I could talk to kids and keep them from coming back [to prison] time after time.” Today, just before 7pm local time, the federal government executed him. Vialva is the first Black man to die in a wave of federal executions recently set off by US Attorney General William Barr, the first such use of capital punishment in 17 years. Vialva’s mother and legal team traveled to a federal facility in Terre Haute, Indiana for his execution despite the Covid-19 pandemic. “I may contract the virus,” Otto says. “It’s my duty to represent him.…Continue readingFederal Executions During Covid-19 Put Innocent Lives at Risk