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first_imgRelated Posts AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Follow the Puck Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Autonomous#empathy#infrastructure#mobility#ReadWrite Labs#Sensum#transportation#V2X#vehicle to everything Transportation will never be the same once our machines know how we feel.We are all entering a wholesale, global disruption of the way people move from one place to another.  More than any other change in this sector, the one that is likely to have the most significant impact on human society is the rise of autonomous (i.e., self-driving) vehicles.The transportation industry, historically dominated by a handful of large vehicle-manufacturing brands, is evolving into an ecosystem of ‘mobility services,’ underpinned by artificial intelligence (AI). A major step in the development of AI is to give it ‘empathy,’ allowing our physiological and emotional states to be observed and understood. This connection will mostly be achieved by connecting to wearable or remote sensors, the same way that fitness bands allow our physical state to be monitored.By feeding this sensor data into AI systems, we can train them to know how we feel and how to respond appropriately. This kind of empathy can also be enhanced by giving AI its own artificial emotions, imbuing it with simulations of feelings.Empathic technology will have no small effect on the mobility sector. How might an empathic vehicle look?Safe TravelsThere is already a growing body of research from top-tier auto companies into what kind of empathic interactions will protect drivers, passengers and everyone around them from harm. To investigate this, biometric sensors, cameras, and microphones are being used to detect:Fatigue & drowsiness: e.g., monitoring head or eye movements, posture or heart/breathing rate.Distraction: e.g., gaze detection to ensure the driver is watching the road.Intoxication: e.g., using infrared optics or analyzing voice or breath.Medical incidents: e.g., detecting a potential cardiac event from a wearable heart-rate sensor.A Comfortable JourneyAfter ensuring the safety of the humans in the system, empathic tech can be employed to optimize the ride experience. There is a universe of auto-suppliers you’ve probably never heard of, who build all the components and systems that end up in the well-known vehicle brands. They are leading the way to a more empathic ride, with innovations such as:Environmental controls: e.g., lighting, heating, AC, sound and olfactory output, customized to suit your current mood.Physical controls: seat position, engine configuration, etc.Humanising AI feedback: the virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri that are invading our homes and phones are also reaching into our vehicles. With empathic AI we can tailor their feedback to suit our preferred style of interaction.An Entertaining RideNow that our customer is safe and comfortable, they can benefit from AI that knows how to push the right emotional buttons at the moment. This is particularly likely to apply to the onboard music and infotainment systems. Other subtle ways in which a vehicle could be designed to optimize the thrill of the ride include offering to increase the engine’s power output when the driver is feeling confident and happy.The New Norms of Autonomous SocietyAn autonomous vehicle doesn’t exist in a bubble. Much of its intelligence is based on sensing its environment and making rapid judgments about how to act. Each vehicle will also be integrated with a global network of systems, able to share information ranging from weather forecasts to road obstructions. By connecting each vehicle to its neighbors and the wider world, we will see the emergence of a new type of ‘social’ structure with its own norms of behavior.This AI-driven ‘society’ will involve interactions not just between the vehicles and their drivers or passengers, but also with onboard devices, nearby pedestrians, other vehicles, and their occupants, as well as surrounding infrastructure. The etiquette and rules of what the market calls ‘vehicle-to-everything’ (V2X) communications will establish themselves as we gradually let go of the wheel and hand our mobility needs over to ‘the machines.’This mobility ecosystem is also likely to share data and processes with the rest of the AI in our lives, such as in our smartphones and home-automation systems. If coordinated correctly, this unified data architecture would allow empathic vehicles to know us much better, behaving ever more like a trusted friend.This is not just a technological problem; it’s a monumental user-experience challenge too. Gradually increasing the empathic capability of the system will support the evolution of the transport experience towards one that is not only safe and comfortable but also delightful.The future of mobility is emotional.Editor Note & Disclaimer: The author is a member of the Sensum team, which is an alumnus of our ReadWrite Labs accelerator program. center_img Ben Bland A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

first_imgWith a series of failures across various formats haunting him and calls for his head getting louder, India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is seeking divine intervention to restore his fortunes.Ever since India lifted the 2011 ICC World Cup, the team’s stock as well as that of Dhoni himself has fallen sharply, with India failing to make the final stages of any of the major competitions.Now, as he prepares to lead the Chennai Super Kings at the Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa, Dhoni has gone back to the Deori mata temple on the outskirts of hometown Ranchi, seeking blessings to turn around his fortunes.Dhoni is known to be an ardent devotee of the Goddess from his early days, much before he became famous.Luck, always considered an important part of Dhoni’s ascendance to the top, seems to have deserted the Indian skipper.Once known for his unorthodox and bold decisions, Dhoni has lately appeared to be stuck by rigidity and a fear of losing. Soon after the World Cup triumph, India were whitewashed in Test series in both England and Australia. Things were no better in the shorter format as well as the team faced a rough patch in the CB Series, the Asia Cup and the just concluded T20 World Cup.Apart from Chennai Super Kings, IPL 5 champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians are the other Indian teams in the 12-team event.last_img read more

first_imgA Calcutta league match: Grave chargeFootball in Calcutta during the monsoon is always a muddy affair. Last fortnight, however, the mud was both literal and figurative: the Indian Football Association (IFA), the game’s supervisory body, suspended four clubs and their players for five years because they had played two blatantly,A Calcutta league match: Grave chargeFootball in Calcutta during the monsoon is always a muddy affair. Last fortnight, however, the mud was both literal and figurative: the Indian Football Association (IFA), the game’s supervisory body, suspended four clubs and their players for five years because they had played two blatantly fixed matches where the scores were 114-0 and 80-0. The suspension threatens to blow the lid off the murky doings on and off the grounds of football-crazy Calcutta, fixed matches, bought players et al. Warned a spokesman for Victoria Sporting, one of the suspended four, after his club went to court against the decision : “As the case goes on well we will see to it that the whole murky truth about fixed matches comes out and people realise to what extent the IFA bosses and the bigger clubs are primarily responsible for this.”The situation came about because two Third Division teams at the bottom of the table, Indian Boys Athletic Club (IBAC) and International, were on the verge of relegation to the Fourth Division.International had its next match with Juga Shanti and Juga Shanti was reportedly “advised” – International is said to be patronised by some IFA top brass – to lose by a huge margin so that the victors would come above IBAC on the basis of the goal average. The result: International 80, Juga Shanti 0.Unfortunately, IBAC learned of the plot and persuaded rivals Victoria Sporting to let them win, which they did 114-0. As Ranjit Gupta, joint secretary of Victoria Sporting, said: “What happened was terrible for Calcutta football but there was hardly any other way in which we could tell the world about what has been going on here for quite some time now.”Arranged Matches: Only two days before the goal rush, in fact, Samar (Badru) Banerjee had resigned as coach of Barisha Sporting, a First Division team, protesting against its entering into arrangements for fixed matches.advertisement Banerjee, who had captained India in the 1956 Olympics, said: “By conceding so many goals, the two teams have at last effectively told everyone that in Calcutta today football is not played on the field but in the office rooms of clubs. The result of an encounter is settled long before the referee blows the whistle to begin a 70-minute match.” An IFA spokesman admits: “We have all contributed our mite to bring about the present situation. Now it is too late and fair football in Calcutta is surely a thing of the past.”Chuni Goswami, former Indian captain and member of the Mohun Bagan executive committee, gives a graphic picture of the rot: “When two of the three giants like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting are running neck to neck for the league championship, they fix games with the smaller clubs who concede games for money which can be anything between Rs 3,000 and Rs 4,000. In the case of smaller teams all fighting relegation, one team is made a target and the others form a syndicate playing drawn games and picking up single points while the target has nobody to turn to. And this happens with the knowledge and often connivance of the IFA which today is packed with people whose primary interest is politicking and have no business to be in the world of sports.”Frustration: The referees apparently know what is going on but do nothing. Says Santosh Sen, secretary of the Calcutta Referees’ Association: “There is no question of my boys taking bribes. Referees getting beaten up is nothing new in Calcutta and that day the two referees would have been beaten to pulp if they had tried to interfere with what was going on in the fields.”The most frustrated lot are, of course, the players. Said one from the smaller First Division clubs: “When I first donned my club’s colours, I had such high hopes. But I soon realised that we had little opportunity of displaying our talents as most of the time we were told by the club authorities not to bother as the match had been fixed to end as a goalless draw. All this is very demoralising for us.”last_img read more

first_imgSuzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL), a subsidiary of one of the world’s leading two-wheeler manufacturers Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan, has introduced two attractive new dual-tone colour schemes for its bestselling motorcycle – Gixxer.Gixxer carries the DNA and legacy of the GSX-R series, and is the flagship model for Suzuki in India. The motorcycle will now also be available in two dual tone colours – Metallic Triton Blue with Pearl Mirage White (BAQ) and Candy Antares Red with Glass Sparkle Black (APS). These have been inspired by Suzuki’s traditional racing colours.Gixxer also sports exciting new body graphics which gives it an edgy, dynamic look. In addition, the side frames of the bike will be colour-coordinated with its new dual tone schemes. Gixxer also comes with a new key mascot, sporting the iconic Suzuki ‘S’ of the flagship model and premium-looking new clear lens turn signals.According to Mr Atul Gupta, Executive Vice President, SMIPL said, “Gixxer is one of Suzuki’s most successful motorcycles. It has a loyal customer base because of its striking looks, power, ease of handling and the excellent mileage it delivers, thanks to the new SEP technology. We want to give more variety to our discerning young customers by offering Gixxer in two dynamic new colours.”Gixxer is now available in both, dual tone and monotone colour options – Metallic Triton Blue / Pear Mirage White, Candy Antares Red / Glass Sparkle Black, Metallic Oort Grey, Candy Antares Red, Glass Sparkle Black   and Metallic Triton Blue.  Gixxer comes at a price of Rs 77,166. (ex showroom, Delhi).advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe US, which has accused the Chinese military of lacking in transparency, deliberately distorted Chinas defence policies and unfairly depicted Chinas activities in the East China Sea and South China Sea, a statement issued by Chinese Defence Spokesman ColYang Yujun said.”China follows a national defence policy that is defensive in nature. Moves such as deepening military reforms and the military buildup are aimed at maintaining sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and guaranteeing Chinas peaceful development,” Yang said, adding that the US side has always been suspicious.Yang stressed Chinas construction on the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea serves mostly civilian purposes and helps fulfil its international responsibilities and obligations by providing more public goods.The South China Sea has become a major flash point for military tensions between China and the US in recent years as Beijing which claims sovereignty over all most all of the South China sea sought to assert its claim by building artificial islands with military facilities.The Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan contested Chinas claims.Backing the small states, the US has so far sent three warships through the waters around the artificial islands to asset the right for freedom navigation.In his statement, Yang said it is the United Stateswhich has been flexing military muscles by frequently sending military aircraft and warships to the region. PTI KJV NSAlast_img read more

first_imgChelsea long-serving captain John Terry has been ruled out for around 10 days with strained ligaments in his foot and will miss Friday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool, the London club said on Tuesday.The 35-year-old, who has played all four of Chelsea’s league games this season, left the Liberty Stadium on crutches in the closing minutes of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City on Sunday. (Also read: Premier League: Controversial Costa scores twice as Chelsea hold Swansea)”John Terry’s injury suffered in Sunday’s game at Swansea is strained ligaments in his foot. He will be out for approximately 10 days,” the club said in a statement on their website (

first_imgIncoming Premier League chief executive Susanna Dinnage has decided not to take up her role with the organisation, sparking a hasty search for a new successor to the post. The top division of English football made the announcement, just over a month after confirming Dinnage as the first female to hold the position, that the Animal Planet global president has elected to withdraw her candidacy. Originally scheduled to replace the outgoing Richard Scudamore, the league’s nominations committee has now been reconvened to find a new figure to fill the role.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Despite her commitment to the Premier League in early November, Susanna Dinnage has now advised the Nominations Committee that she will not be taking up the position of chief executive,” a Premier League statement read. “The Committee has reconvened its search and is talking to candidates. There will be no further comment until an appointment is made.” Dinnage, who has been with the Discovery network, the owners of Animal Planet, since 2009, had been set to assume her new role early in the new year. At the time, she said: “The Premier League means so much to so many people. It represents the pinnacle of professional sport and the opportunity to lead such a dynamic and inspirational organisation is a great privilege.” Upon her appointment, Nominations Committee chairman Bruce Buck had added: “We had a very strong field, but Susanna was the outstanding choice given her track record in managing complex businesses through transformation and digital disruption. “She is a leading figure in the broadcasting industry, a proven business executive and a great developer of people. She is ideally suited to the role and we are confident she will be able to take the Premier League on to new heights.” BBC and Sky Sports have both reported Dinnage will instead remain in her role at Discovery. A season-ticket holder at Fulham, Dinnage originally ran the company’s British operations, including heading up the Eurosport channel and overseeing their acquisition of coverage rights for the Olympic and Winter Olympic Games. She was also a leading contender in 2017 to assume the chief executive role at Channel 4. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_img Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola praised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s “incredible” start as caretaker manager at Manchester United.Solskjaer has won his opening five matches after replacing Jose Mourinho in December – equalling Matt Busby’s record in a 2-0 FA Cup victory against Reading last week.The 45-year-old Norwegian – appointed until the end of the season – could surpass Busby’s record with victory against Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Solskjaer seems to have already restored a feel-good factor at Old Trafford following the ill-fated reign of Jose Mourinho, and he is now a contender for the permanent managerial vacancy.When asked about Solskjaer following Manchester City’s 9-0 humiliation of Burton Albion in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals on Wednesday, Guardiola told reporters: “His start is much better than mine, I lost my first game and drew the second [after being appointed in 2016].”He won all the games. He is a young manager, getting incredible results. I saw a few minutes of games they played and they played good.”But it is not my business to talk about other opponents, we have a tough game around the corner against Wolves.”It will be a tough game. We have one day off and then prepare for the game.”Good job, fellas! 9-0  #cityvbafc #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 9, 2019Premier League champions City are second in the league, four points behind leaders Liverpool and 12 ahead of sixth-placed United.If United can beat Spurs this weekend they could close the gap on fourth placed Chelsea in the race for the final Champions League spot, while Guardiola’s men are back in action against Wolves at the Etihad.last_img read more

first_imgShot of the Texas Longhorns cheerleaders performing during game.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 21: The Texas Longhorns cheerleaders perform during the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)2020 cornerback Jahari Rogers has been picking up offers from across the country, but the Texas Longhorns have been recruiting him hard. Now that he’s narrowed down his list a little, he’s addressed how Texas has been recruiting him.Speaking to Horns247, Rogers revealed that Texas has been particularly honest with him, and values that in a coaching staff. He also stated that he feels the relationship with the Longhorns is strong.“They’re real with me,” he said. “That’s what I want in coaches with my recruitment. They show a lot of love, and they speak nothing but the truth to me. That really is eye-opening when other people don’t. With them, it’s different. I feel more of a trust with them, and it’s a strong relationship.”Rogers is a four-star prospect and is rated the No. 248 overall prospect by 247Sports. He is considered the No. 20 cornerback in the country, and the No. 41 prospect from the state of Texas.Per the report, Rogers has identified Texas, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Oklahoma has his standout schools.Rogers spoke especially glowingly about Texas assistant Ra’Shaad Sample. He stated that Sample would likely support him regardless of whether he chose the Longhorns.“He’s probably the biggest person over there that I really trust,” he said. “He saw me before everybody else did. He’s really just cool with me. Even if I didn’t go to Texas, he would still probably have my back, hand I feel that. Just having him over there makes me feel comfortable with Texas.”Horns247 reported that Rogers is eyeing June 22 as a visit date to the Texas campus.He has already completed visits with Arkansas and Florida.[Horns247]last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook TORONTO — Mirvish Productions says it’s cancelling plans to attempt the world’s largest screech-in at a Toronto performance of “Come From Away” due to complaints from people in Newfoundland.The theatre company said earlier this week that it wanted to celebrate the province’s unique culture by staging “a big group screech-in” at a performance of the Newfoundland-set musical, “Come From Away.”Since then, Mirvish says “many people in Newfoundland” took exception to the ceremony occurring outside of the province that created the tradition. A screech-in is a traditional Newfoundland welcoming ceremony that involves downing a type of rum, kissing a codfish and reciting a short speech full of local expressions.Mirvish says it has heard the concerns “loud and clear” and apologizes.Instead, Mirvish says it will send one couple from each of the four performances running July 5 to July 7 to Gander, N.L., to experience an official screech-in on Newfoundland soil.“In our enthusiasm we took a misstep and we apologize,” Mirvish said Friday in a statement.“Come From Away,” written and created by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, tells the true story of how the tiny town of Gander welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11.Mirvish had planned to enlist the entire audience following the evening performance July 6 at the 1,000-seat Elgin Theatre, saying every audience member would get a small fake plastic cod to kiss and a shot to drink at the end of the show. The shot options were to be real screech or ginger ale.Brian Mosher, a former Gander teacher/broadcaster who inspired the character of Janice Mosher in the musical, was set to officiate and have a bag of soil from the province during the ceremony to make it legitimate, said Mirvish.After the ceremony, participants were to receive certificates saying they’re honorary Newfoundlanders.The formal ceremony largely evolved in the 1970s as a form of entertainment for tourists.Some consider the screech-in a manufactured tradition, but folklorist Philip Hiscock argues its roots go farther back, to informal guest ceremonies in the 1940s and initiation rituals performed on sealing vessels and other ships.The Canadian Press LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more