Before computers existed as we know them, data was processed by women, often black women. But they were much more than mere calculators. Indeed, the achievements of Katherine Johnson and many others were integral to NASA’s success. The film Hidden Figures, about their part in the race for space, is currently on release in the US and will be out in the UK on 17 February.
Users will still have to do some tasks, such as partially buttoning shirts, ensuring clothes aren’t inside out, and bunching socks before putting them inside the machine. That’s because even the best machine-learning applications can’t figure out how to fold a pair of socks.
Each item takes about 10 minutes to fold, which Sakane attributed to the time necessary to scan each part of the clothing and communicate via Wi-Fi with a central server. He is working to get it down to 3-to-5 minutes, but said the robot was designed to be used passively while users are doing something else or out of the house.
Every America’s Cup has its own design rules, influenced by the defending champion. The next one in Bermuda this summer will see a 50 footer (down from 72 in the 2013 Cup) and have a crew of 6, instead of 11.
“The new America’s Cup Class boats are foiling, wingsailed catamarans, 15 meters in length and capable of reaching highway speeds approaching 100 km/h. In addition they are extremely maneuverable, making them ideal match racing platforms.”
“We know there is still speed to be found between now and May 26 when racing begins”
“America’s Cup Class catamarans use lift generated over a hydrofoil suspended under the hull—like a wing under water—to boost the boat up out of the waves and make it fly. Instead of pushing its hull through the water, the yacht skims the surface, riding on what look like little feet. The result? Where the old boat could only “fly” when going downwind, Oracle has nearly perfected how to rest on its foils no matter the conditions.”
According to the Oracle USA team
“Over 15 designers and 50 boat-builders have contributed to the design and build of “17”, with more than 85,000 man-hours accumulated to date. Team partners like Airbus, BMW, Parker and Yanmar have provided technical expertise and support.”
One of the Airbus contributions is “the use of brand-new microelectromechanical sensors or MEMS. Typically used to monitor aircraft wings, the company developed a special version of the sensors to return information on the boat's wing. Eight strips containing a total of 400 sensors were applied to the wing during testing, which were able to reveal information about the conditions found at the top of the (75 foot) sail versus the bottom.”
The F-35 is one of the most complex machines ever built, a 1,200mph single-engine fighter/bomber. Lockheed won't confirm, but according to GlobalSecurity.org stealth technology reduces its radar profile to that of a golf ball. Assembled in a mile-long building, the plane is crammed with sensors that allow the pilot to "see" through the bottom of the cockpit via a helmet display. The outer skin is attached to the titanium-and-aluminum frame with a precision that Mercedes-Benz can only dream of. A variance of several ten-thousandths of an inch from spec is enough to produce radar reflections that degrade the plane's stealth capability. Onboard computers running 9 million lines of code allow multiple F-35s to share encrypted communications to triangulate enemy positions. With an internal bomb load of 4,700 pounds in stealth mode and 18,000 pounds when carried on noisier underwing pylons, the plane is designed to sneak in and destroy enemy air defenses and return for full-scale bombing.
In writing my recent book, Silicon Collar I saw several mismatches in the labor market. There have been nearly 5 million unfilled jobs for 4+ years. Yet, people have racked up over a trillion in student debt for education many cannot parlay into jobs. Higher education still thinks in terms of 4-6-8 years of formal school when the average job is lasting 5 years or less. We need to revisit our learning methods and fast.
So, I have been watching with interest as Nick Hortovanyi started describing on social media his experience in a new area using Udacity.
Nick had graced this blog a couple of years ago as he described how wearables and data were reshaping his passion for cycling
I asked him how and why he decided on Udacity
“I'm not an academic, have never been to University and the thought maybe of going to University for 3+ years was offputting. I have had a life long learning experience with technology via technology itself. The Udacity Silicon Valley approach seems to fit how I learn using the internet itself."
However, he is not using Udacity for learn a well-trodden subject. And he is doing it across the Pacific from his home on the Gold Coast of Australia.
"I was having trouble finding a large enough market for a startup vision, I had improving performance of cyclists from the data they collected. Thus as part of my what’s next thinking I applied for the new Udacity Self Driving Car Engineer Nano Degree. I thought if I got in, that'd be great, I could get recognition for some of my more recent data science learnings as well as learn more about AI (Deep Learning & Machine Learning), Computer Vision and Robotics.”
It is cutting edge stuff like the Advanced Lane Detection project where he applied “computer vision techniques to augment video output with a detected road lane, road radius curvature and road centre offset.”
(Ladies, even if you are not into supply chain innovations, check out the functional and attractive Dagne Dover handbags in the video.)
FedEx joins a space filled with other logistics providers and Amazon.com Inc.’s Fulfillment by Amazon service, in which merchants selling on Amazon’s marketplace pay Amazon to store and ship their goods.
Dagne Dover is one of what FedEx Fulfillment hopes will be many merchants—from startups to midsize retailers selling across multiple sites and online marketplaces—using its new service, Dan Coll, FedEx Supply Chain’s senior manager of e-commerce fulfillment, tells Internet Retailer. In 2015, FedEx bought logistics firm Genco as a part of a push into e-commerce and later renamed the unit FedEx Supply Chain. That unit has 130 warehouses and distribution centers in North America, totaling 35 million square feet, and FedEx says it processes 358 million returns annually and 580,000 direct-to-consumer shipments daily.
I love to see all the CEOs that President Trump has met with over the last few weeks. I am delighted he has elevated the head of the Small Business Administration to a Cabinet Level position. I think he is going to be good for business.
He is also helping, often unintentionally, the content world. As my wife commented, just like J.K. Rowling introduced a number of young kids to the joys of books in the midst of electronic toys, Trump’s “unique style” is bringing on a renewed interest in language and satire
As words like “bigly” and “snowflake” enter everyday lexicon, boring dictionaries are getting lots of attention
“In addition to Merriam-Webster being up for a web award, the work of the revamped editorial team — which now consists of a dozen editors, data analysts, and graphic designers — has caught the attention of its competitors.”
Late Night Comedy
People are sleeping later as they watch more TV, especially political satire. According to NBC , the ratings of Saturday Night Live are the highest in more than 20 years. Viewership is up 22 percent from this time last season to 10.6 million viewers.
“Since Election Day, the team’s strategy has become more complicated. “Fake news has dominated 90 percent of our conversations,” says Storyful Chief Executive Officer Rahul Chopra. While Facebook and Twitter denied, then grudgingly acknowledged, the role they played in spreading newsy-looking lies during the crucial final weeks of the presidential campaign, Chopra’s staff focused on ways to debunk false items.”
Below is the video which talks about their “fake news” filter via their add-on, Verify for the Chrome browser
“Ford, America’s truck leader, is celebrating a major milestone as F-Series now reigns as the top-selling truck in the country for 40 consecutive years and best-selling vehicle for 35 years.
Ford has now sold more than 26 million F-Series trucks since January 1977. Think of it like this: That many trucks could circle the globe more than three times, or, lined up bumper-to-bumper, would span 90,000-plus miles.
Ford truck leadership was established with the sixth-generation of F-Series for the 1977 model year, a time when 8-track tapes, disco and bell bottoms were the rage. The company was riding a sales wave – based on an all-new F-150 light-duty pickup featuring an improved 351-series V8 engine, standard front disc brakes, and an extended SuperCab offering.”
Melanfonie, out in January, was composed on a laptop "with really horrible cheap-sounding orchestra sample libraries programmed together with my mouse," she says. And after raising €25,000 (£22,250) from Kickstarter, Jolly could afford to hire a 50-piece orchestra and spend eight hours recording them in a former Communist Party studio in Prague. To give the music more of a dance feel, Jolly physically rearranged the orchestra. Usually the basses and violins sit on opposite sides of the pit to separate the high and low notes. But Jolly put all the basses in the middle, with a group of violins on both sides, to replicate the widespread high notes and central bassline of a Timbaland-produced track. "I tried to compose everything to be exactly how it would sound in the room so it can be performed live," she says.