Oil drops to near 93 a barrel as number seeking unemployment aid

Oil drops to near $93 a barrel as number seeking unemployment aid hits high by The Associated Press Posted Apr 4, 2013 9:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil dropped again Thursday as an increase in the number of people seeking unemployment aid in the U.S. raised concerns about energy demand.Benchmark oil for May delivery dropped $1.19 to finish at $93.26 a barrel. That makes a two-day drop of $3.93, or four per cent. At one point crude dropped to $92.12 a barrel in Thursday trading.The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week by 28,000, the third straight increase, according to the U.S. Labour Department. Weekly applications increased to a seasonally adjusted 385,000. That’s the highest level since late November.Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so any indication that fewer people are making the daily commute can be interpreted as a sign of lower demand for gasoline as well.Worries about slowing demand come on top of concerns about the burgeoning supply of oil in the U.S. On Wednesday, the U.S. Energy Department said crude oil inventories rose last week to the highest level since July 1990.Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a daily newsletter that oil could get a short-term boost if Friday’s unemployment report is better than expected. But he thinks that could give way to a new round of selling, with oil dropping to $89-$90, as the supply issue overhangs the market.Wholesale gasoline futures fell two cents to end at $2.90 a gallon and have dropped about seven per cent so far this week. Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Price Futures Group, wrote in a daily report that he believes the lower futures prices will put American drivers “in much better shape as we head into this summer driving season.”The average price for a gallon of gas is $3.64, according to AAA. That’s 29 cents below a year ago, when gas peaked at $3.94 on April 6. AAA said this week that it expects the average price of gas this year to be below last year’s $3.63 a gallon because of increased domestic production and continued low demand. Gas rose 34 cents in the first quarter of this year, compared with a jump of 65 cents in the first quarter of 2012.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, fell 77 cents to finish at $106.34 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:— Heating oil fell four cents to end at $2.96 a gallon.— Natural gas rose five cents to finish at $3.95 per 1,000 cubic feet.___Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Pablo Gorondi in Budapest contributed to this report.(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more


Delphi Mobileye join forces on autonomous car platform

by The Associated Press Posted Aug 23, 2016 5:32 am MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2016 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Delphi, Mobileye join forces on autonomous car platform DETROIT – Auto parts and electronics company Delphi Automotive is joining with Israeli software maker Mobileye to develop the building blocks for a fully autonomous car in about two years.The companies announced their partnership early Tuesday. It’s another in a flurry of auto industry and tech tie-ups as companies race for self-driving supremacy.Delphi and Mobileye plan to build a complete autonomous driving platform that they will sell to automakers worldwide. They promise to demonstrate the technology at January’s Consumer Electronics Show and have it ready for production in 2019.Delphi already has taken an autonomous Audi on a cross-country drive, while Mobileye makes software that processes data from cameras and other sensors.The companies didn’t give many financial details but said they would share development costs for a total combined investment of a few hundred million dollars.Mobileye will provide its next generation chip that processes signals from multiple sensors, as well as software used for real-time mapping. Delphi will contribute automated driving software algorithms and controls for camera, radar and laser sensors.The partnership is the latest as old-line auto companies combine their strengths with technology companies as they try to stay competitive on autonomous cars.Last week ride-hailing company Uber announced a partnership with Volvo and acquired a San Francisco startup called Otto to work on autonomous vehicles. Uber said it plans to test autonomous cars by carrying passengers in a few weeks in Pittsburgh, with human backup drivers. In January General Motors invested $500 million in Lyft, Uber’s prime competitor, and it bought Cruise Automation, a West Coast autonomous software company.In addition, Google has partnered with Fiat Chrysler to work on autonomous minivans, and Volkswagen has invested $300 million in Uber competitor Gett. BMW, Intel and Mobileye also have a partnership, and Ford recently invested $150 million in laser sensor maker Velodyne. It also acquired Israel-based SAIPS for its expertise in artificial intelligence and computer vision, and invested in Berkeley, California-based Civil Maps. read more


Enmore North Coop feud…More homes being invaded with documents issued by

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEnmore North residents accuses Co-op of land grabbing campaignJuly 13, 2018In “latest news”Enmore Co-op feud continues …villager “locked” into homeSeptember 17, 2018In “latest news”Gov’t to liquidate assets of defunct Cooperatives/Friendly SocietiesJuly 30, 2014In “Business” A section of the land where a foundation was laid to commence constructionSome 20 homes in the community of Enmore North on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) are on the verge of being taken away with the continued issuance of documents by the secretary of the North Haslington Cooperative Society. These lands were already occupied by persons who have been living there for more than 30 years in some cases.The issue is now at its peak, with many affected persons contemplating their next move, as the fear of losing their lands deepens. Many are also unaware of what their next decisions should be as they’ve done everything within their control.<<<>> was informed by Marcia Gordon that the Secretary of the North Haslington Cooperative Society, Mary Luke, was prohibited from distributing such documents since 2013. However, these actions have continued and the current problems stem from this.“Right now, we have about 20 lands that having the same issue. What we understand is that the co-op secretary wasn’t banned by the Georgetown co-op from giving out any transport but she still giving transport for other people land,” said Gordon.One of the persons affected in the past is Nadia Rambarran, told this publication that public awareness of the situation is her last resort, since several other efforts have gone in vain.“I go all over trying to get help and it’s the same thing we ending back to. When we go to the co-op, they say that the land is not transported land, its back lease.  They had stop Mary Luke from giving out transport to other people land and causing all the stress cause she giving people the authority to take over we land,” Rambarran explained.Meanwhile, Champawattie Samuel, who had a similar problem claimed that the persons who were issued transport for her Lot 158 Enmore North property have commenced preparations to construct a house on her land. She fears that if the structure is completed, she will have to surrender the land. The Police had to be involved on numerous occasions to resolve some of the complications with residents and their land.“We had a meeting and when I show Mary Luke the paper that she give me for $35,000, she grab it way. I had to go back to the station so that she could give me back my paper but she was saying that somebody get transport for me land. So after that, we couldn’t get access to the land. Now we see like a day after, somebody start to dig the foundation on the land. Then they come to my house asking if I can get my material out of the land. I didn’t,” Samuel related.She further relayed what happened afterwards, noting, “When I go to the Police, the officer says I should take pictures of what they doing every day. If they continue to build on the land and I just take pictures, what can I do? We going everywhere and doing everything and there is no solution out there. No help.”A few weeks ago, Rambarran’s house was invaded by some unknown persons with transport documents in their possession for the land which she has owned for years. Her belonging was tossed out of the house and left in the rain.With other persons being faced with the same dilemma, an intervention was sought by seeking assistance from former Attorney General Anil Nandalall who stated that it was unlawful for such actions to be taken by the Co-op Society.Ranks of the Cove and John Police Station were also advised to take immediate actions so as to ensure that Rambarran and her family could returned to their home. It was also promised that he would represent the residents in the High Court if the matter is not resolved. read more


AG Kobenhavn wins Danish Cup

The Danish reigning champion AG Kobenhavn won the Danish Cup, after beating Aalborg with 32:26 in the Gigantium arena. Kobenhavn took an early lead with 4-2, and then slightly the balance was made again, Aalborg made it 5-5, but then Hansen, Stefansson, Boldsen, Toft and Jorgensen made it 15-11 at halftime. Aalborg could only get as close as 16-15 and from then the AGK machine started to work, 22-18, and in the end, what seemed an easy victory, 32:26. ← Previous Story Saudi Arabia qualifies for the WCh 2013 in Spain! Next Story → Atletico Madrid beat Valladolid, keep pressure on Barcelona!


Elton John criticises Russias antigay laws on Moscow stage

POP ICON ELTON John escaped serious criticism in Russia today after using a sold-out Moscow concert to challenge a highly contentious law banning the “propaganda of homosexuality” to minors.The 66-year-old singer is the first Western star known for fighting gay prejudice to tour Russia since it adopted a measure in June making it illegal to explain same-sex relationships to children.The law has already been condemned on Russian stages by superstars such as Lady Gaga and Madonna. Both now face calls from conservative lawmakers and some Orthodox Church leaders to be barred from ever entering the country again.John — openly gay and in a civil partnership with filmmaker David Furnish since 2005 — performed in Moscow on Friday and is due to play in the heart of the Muslim region of Tatarstan on Saturday night.He had been urged by some gay rights advocates to cancel the concerts as a form of protest against President Vladimir Putin’s 13-year rule.But John explained ahead of his appearances that he felt that Russia’s gay and lesbian couples would feel abandoned if big-name performers did not come for visits and offer them support.(Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) Friday’s concert in Moscow began with John — settled behind a black grand piano in a theatre popular with Russia’s super-rich — reading a monologue in which he called for harmony and inclusion for all.“You’ve always embraced me and you have never judged me,” John said in reference to a long line of visits to Moscow that began with a groundbreaking concert in 1979.That Soviet-era performance transformed John into a household name — an impact still felt in Russia to this day.John was careful not to criticise either Putin or his supporters directly for fast-tracking the measure in the span of a few short weeks.But neither did he hide his disappointment with the law as a video of the concert showed.“I am deeply saddened and shocked over the current legislation that is now in place against the (homosexual) community here in Russia,” he said to a scattering of applause.In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating. Harmony is what makes a happy family and a strong society.John concluded the speech by dedicating his concert to Vladislav Tornovoi — a 23-year-old Russian whose naked body was dumped in the city of Volgograd after he had been raped with beer bottles and had his skull smashed.A witness told the police at the time of the May attack that Tornovoi was targeted for being gay.Reaction to new lawsRussia’s gay propaganda ban has turned into a lightning rod of criticism of Putin and what many see as his increasingly authoritarian streak.Such prominent rights campaigners as the openly gay British actor Stephen Fry have called for a boycott of February’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi while others are urging tourists to avoid Russia until the law is revoked.Such calls have usually met with tough responses from prominent pro-Kremlin lawmakers and been ridiculed on widely watched state television shows.But John’s speech made barely a ripple in the Russian media and escaped condemnation from the West’s usual critics in parliament.The only visible outrage came from a radical Islamist organisation that urged the authorities of Tatarstan to forbid John from performing tonight in the region’s capital of Kazan.John was expected to repeat his call to end gay prejudice during Saturday’s performance.- © AFP, 2013Read: Putin on Syria action, Snowden and Russia’s anti-gay policies > Column: If you care about other people, don’t ignore Russia’s targeting of LGBT rights > read more


Linterdiction des subventions à la pêche préconisée par le PNUE

first_imgL’interdiction des subventions à la pêche préconisée par le PNUEUn rapport du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement (PNUE) souhaite mettre fin aux subventions accordées au secteur de la pêche.Le PNUE souhaite qu’un accord international soit mis en place dans le cadre de l’OMC de façon à interdire aux Etats de subventionner le secteur de la pêche. Le site du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement souligne que “le temps passe et les océans ne peuvent plus attendre”.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Les subventions accordées par les gouvernements à la pêche favoriseraient l’exploitation démesurée et inconséquente des ressources. On estime qu’à l’heure actuelle, 80% des stocks mondiaux de poisson sont soit exploités en totalité soit surexploités, entrainant des pertes de 50 milliards de dollars par an, rapporte GoodPlanet.C’est dans ce contexte international que le PNUE propose différentes solutions de façon à assurer la viabilité et la durabilité des océans. Le rapport indique clairement que “ces subventions [des Etats] sont dommageables et contraires à toute la philosophie d’une économie verte”.Le 28 décembre 2010 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Pilot Car Operations Removed From The Sterling Highway

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On the Sterling Highway, traffic will resume normal operations without pilot cars as of Tuesday. However, drivers may continue to see them in road construction zones. Skilak Lake Road remains closed to any and all residents. Swan Lake Fire information and safety topics will be available on the KPB blog at www.kppoem.com and on Facebook @ KPBalerts. Residents can sign-up for the KPBalerts phone notification system by texting KPB to 99411, and following the prompts to register using your Borough physical address. Motorists are encouraged to use caution as fire-weakened trees, which can fall over, remain a hazard. Motorists should drive with headlights on at all times and be aware of fire personnel and vehicles still in the fire area. The Office of Emergency Management continues to operate the Information Call Center from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 907-262-4636 (262-INFO).last_img read more


Overseas jobs for Bangladeshis decline

first_imgGrowth in overseas jobs secured by Bangladeshis has decreased by almost 30 per cent this year, according to a Xinhua report published by Borneo Bulletin.It said over half a million Bangladeshis found overseas jobs during eight months of 2018.This shows a decline of about 27 per cent over the same period last year.This overseas employment situation contrasts the prediction made by overseas employment minister Nurul Islam earlier this year that 1.2 million overseas jobs would be secured by the country’s skilled and semi-skilled workforce in 2018.The report said more than two-thirds of Bangladeshi workers found jobs in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Singapore.Saudi Arabia alone recruited 172,379 workers to engage in infrastructure development and the service sector in January-August period, the agency reported quoting the BMET.Malaysia reportedly emerged as the second largest destination for Bangladeshi workers in January-August period after the country received 125,819 workers, he said.last_img read more


Transport workers issue 21day ultimatum

first_imgThough people awfully suffered for the second straight day for the 48-hour transport strike, Bangladesh Road Transport Workers’ Federation on Monday threatened to go on a 96-hour work abstention if the government does not take any effective step to meet their eight-point demand by 21 days, reports UNB.”We give the government 21 days to resolve the problem and if it doesn’t take any effective step by the time, we’ll go on a 96-hour work abstention,” Usman Ali, general secretary of the federation, told UNB over phone.He, however, expressed the hope that the government will resolve the problem through talks within the deadline.People endured awful sufferings on the second consecutive day on Monday due to the 48-hour transport strike enforced by transport workers. The strike which was enforced at 6am on Sunday will end at 6am on Tuesday.In the capital, there was no public transport on the roads like the previous day. However, no untoward incident occurred on second day.In the morning, transport workers took position at several points in the capital obstructing movement of vehicles.CNG-run auto-rickshaws, private vehicles and rickshaws were seen plying roads with a large number of commuters waiting on roads for transport to reach their destinations.The number of government-run Bangladesh Road Transport Commission (BRTC) buses was also very negligible.No inter-district buses left Gabtoli, Mohakhali or Sayedabad terminal throughout the day like Sunday.UNB correspondents from different districts reported that no long-route buses left their respective bus stands following the strike.In Habiganj, a group of transport workers swooped on Nazrul Islam Talukdar, a local journalist of Dainik Protidiner Bani, while picketing at Kalarduba on Habiganj-Baniachang road in Baniachang upazila in the morning.They also threw his motorbike and a newspaper into a roadside water body while he was going to his office by the bike.The demands of the transport workers include amending the Road Transport Act, making all the offences by road accident ‘bailable’, cancellation of the provision of fining Tk 500,000 for involvement in a road accident, keeping a representative from their federation in any probe body formed for road accident, fixing minimum educational qualification for getting driving licence to class-V, and stopping police harassment on roads.Earlier on 12 October, the workers’ association decided to stage demonstrations by going on a two-day work abstention from 28 October to press home their eight-point demand that included amendments to the Road Transport Act, if their demands are not met by 27 October.last_img read more


Apple Music Launches Shazam Discovery Chart Focused on New Artists

first_imgThe chart ranks songs that are trending in the U.S. and “over 10 countries”; artists from more countries will be featured soon. Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Apple Music today launched the “Shazam Discovery Top 50,” a weekly, global ranking of 50 artists that it describes as “on the move and trending” — in other words, new and emerging artists.While the company wouldn’t say much specifically about how the chart is tabulated, it uses “Shazam’s proprietary algorithms [to offer] a unique predictive view on rising artists and reacting tracks to Apple Music subscribers.” With 20 million Shazams each day and over 1 billion downloads of its app, that’s a fairly significant test audience.The chart will be updated every Tuesday and is exclusively available to stream on Apple Music. Artists at the top of the first list include Ohana Bam, A$ton Wyld, Tones and I and Regard.“The ranked songs are all at different points in their individual lifecycle and the majority of artists represented are emerging and up-and-coming,” the announcement continues. “All are experiencing a level of momentum indicative of future potential of hitting the top of Shazam’s Charts, and show any or all of the following patterns: moving quickly through Shazam’s charts, growing rapidly, steadily and/or geographically.”last_img read more


Make Your Nintendo Switch Accessible With the Xbox Adaptive Controller

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target We like the Nintendo Switch a lot, from its games to its console/handheld hybrid nature to its success pissing off Nintendo doomsayers. But an area Nintendo has historically fallen behind in is making its games accessible. That may sound strange since Nintendo games are typically meant to be enjoyed by players of all ages. But the company’s desire to finely sculpt the play experience, while great for some, can leave those with different accessibility needs wanting. It’s tough to throw a Poke Ball in Pokemon Let’s Go if you have a physical disability.However, rival gaming company Microsoft has made great recent strides in accessibility. And its recent crowning achievement is the Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device that’s easy to mod with whatever custom interfaces players needs to enjoy the games. Fortunately, Microsoft sees gaming accessibility as a public good, not an exclusive feature for its own hardware. So it’s pretty easy to get the Xbox Adaptive Controller working with other consoles, including now the Nintendo Switch.This is an unofficial mod, detailed by YouTube user My Mate Vince. But with some know-how and just a couple of off-the shelf components like a Mayflash Magic-NS wireless controller adapter and Xbox Accessories PC app, you can get the Xbox One Adaptive Controller working with Switch. It’s the best Nintendo/Microsoft team-up since Mario in Minecraft. You’ll have to remap some buttons, since Xbox and Nintendo feature different default button layouts. But the whole point of the Adaptive Controller is easily remapping inputs.With this mod, you should be able to use the Xbox Adaptive Controller with any Switch games that use buttons. That includes a lot of great games including the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Motion controls however, from tossing Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey to steering your independent arms in ARMS, might cause some problems. That’s been a tricky issue for Nintendo and accessibility in general. Hopefully you’ll at least be able to remap gyro aiming in Zelda or Splatoon to analog stick.Using an Xbox Adaptive Controller on Switch is a great temporary user-made solution. But Nintendo shouldn’t let this stop them its teams from improving its own accessibility features, even if it means taking up Microsoft’s offer to share the tech. Nintendo games should truly be for everyone. For more on accessibility in games check out the shameful lack of subtitles in the Spyro remake, our interview with AbleGamers’ Steve Spohn, and why VR presents difficulties if you’re in a wheelchair.last_img read more


Students confront the unethical side of tech in Designing for Evil

first_imgWhether it’s surveilling or deceiving users, mishandling or selling their data, or engendering unhealthy habits or thoughts, tech these days is not short on unethical behavior. But it isn’t enough to just say “that’s creepy.” Fortunately, a course at the University of Washington is equipping its students with the philosophical insights to better identify — and fix — tech’s pernicious lack of ethics.“Designing for Evil” just concluded its first quarter at UW’s Information School, where prospective creators of apps and services like those we all rely on daily learn the tools of the trade. But thanks to Alexis Hiniker, who teaches the class, they are also learning the critical skill of inquiring into the moral and ethical implications of those apps and services.What, for example, is a good way of going about making a dating app that is inclusive and promotes healthy relationships? How can an AI imitating a human avoid unnecessary deception? How can something as invasive as China’s proposed citizen scoring system be made as user-friendly as it is possible to be?I talked to all the student teams at a poster session held on UW’s campus, and also chatted with Hiniker, who designed the course and seemed pleased at how it turned out.The premise is that the students are given a crash course in ethical philosophy that acquaints them with influential ideas, such as utilitarianism and deontology.“It’s designed to be as accessible to lay people as possible,” Hiniker told me. “These aren’t philosophy students — this is a design class. But I wanted to see what I could get away with.”The primary text is Harvard philosophy professor Michael Sandel’s popular book Justice, which Hiniker felt combined the various philosophies into a readable, integrated format. After ingesting this, the students grouped up and picked an app or technology that they would evaluate using the principles described, and then prescribe ethical remedies.As it turned out, finding ethical problems in tech was the easy part — and fixes for them ranged from the trivial to the impossible. Their insights were interesting, but I got the feeling from many of them that there was a sort of disappointment at the fact that so much of what tech offers, or how it offers it, is inescapably and fundamentally unethical.I found the students fell into one of three categories.Not fundamentally unethical (but could use an ethical tune-up)WebMD is of course a very useful site, but it was plain to the students that it lacked inclusivity: its symptom checker is stacked against non-English-speakers and those who might not know the names of symptoms. The team suggested a more visual symptom reporter, with a basic body map and non-written symptom and pain indicators.Hello Barbie, the doll that chats back to kids, is certainly a minefield of potential legal and ethical violations, but there’s no reason it can’t be done right. With parental consent and careful engineering it will be in line with privacy laws, but the team said that it still failed some tests of keeping the dialogue with kids healthy and parents informed. The scripts for interaction, they said, should be public — which is obvious in retrospect — and audio should be analyzed on device rather than in the cloud. Lastly, a set of warning words or phrases indicating unhealthy behaviors could warn parents of things like self-harm while keeping the rest of the conversation secret.WeChat Discover allows users to find others around them and see recent photos they’ve taken — it’s opt-in, which is good, but it can be filtered by gender, promoting a hookup culture that the team said is frowned on in China. It also obscures many user controls behind multiple layers of menus, which may cause people to share location when they don’t intend to. Some basic UI fixes were proposed by the students, and a few ideas on how to combat the possibility of unwanted advances from strangers.Netflix isn’t evil, but its tendency to promote binge-watching has robbed its users of many an hour. This team felt that some basic user-set limits like two episodes per day, or delaying the next episode by a certain amount of time, could interrupt the habit and encourage people to take back control of their time.Fundamentally unethical (fixes are still worth making)FakeApp is a way to face-swap in video, producing convincing fakes in which a politician or friend appears to be saying something they didn’t. It’s fundamentally deceptive, of course, in a broad sense, but really only if the clips are passed on as genuine. Watermarks visible and invisible, as well as controlled cropping of source videos, were this team’s suggestion, though ultimately the technology won’t yield to these voluntary mitigations. So really, an informed populace is the only answer. Good luck with that!China’s “social credit” system is not actually, the students argued, absolutely unethical — that judgment involves a certain amount of cultural bias. But I’m comfortable putting it here because of the massive ethical questions it has sidestepped and dismissed on the road to deployment. Their highly practical suggestions, however, were focused on making the system more accountable and transparent. Contest reports of behavior, see what types of things have contributed to your own score, see how it has changed over time, and so on.Tinder’s unethical nature, according to the team, was based on the fact that it was ostensibly about forming human connections but is very plainly designed to be a meat market. Forcing people to think of themselves as physical objects first and foremost in pursuit of romance is not healthy, they argued, and causes people to devalue themselves. As a countermeasure, they suggested having responses to questions or prompts be the first thing you see about a person. You’d have to swipe based on that before seeing any pictures. I suggested having some deal-breaker questions you’d have to agree on, as well. It’s not a bad idea, though open to gaming (like the rest of online dating).Fundamentally unethical (fixes are essentially impossible)The League, on the other hand, was a dating app that proved intractable to ethical guidelines. Not only was it a meat market, but it was a meat market where people paid to be among the self-selected “elite” and could filter by ethnicity and other troubling categories. Their suggestions of removing the fee and these filters, among other things, essentially destroyed the product. Unfortunately, The League is an unethical product for unethical people. No amount of tweaking will change that.Duplex was taken on by a smart team that nevertheless clearly only started their project after Google I/O. Unfortunately, they found that the fundamental deception intrinsic in an AI posing as a human is ethically impermissible. It could, of course, identify itself — but that would spoil the entire value proposition. But they also asked a question I didn’t think to ask myself in my own coverage: why isn’t this AI exhausting all other options before calling a human? It could visit the site, send a text, use other apps and so on. AIs in general should default to interacting with websites and apps first, then to other AIs, then and only then to people — at which time it should say it’s an AI.To me the most valuable part of all these inquiries was learning what hopefully becomes a habit: to look at the fundamental ethical soundness of a business or technology and be able to articulate it.That may be the difference in a meeting between being able to say something vague and easily blown off, like “I don’t think that’s a good idea,” and describing a specific harm and reason why that harm is important — and perhaps how it can be avoided.As for Hiniker, she has some ideas for improving the course should it be approved for a repeat next year. A broader set of texts, for one: “More diverse writers, more diverse voices,” she said. And ideally it could even be expanded to a multi-quarter course so that the students get more than a light dusting of ethics.With any luck the kids in this course (and any in the future) will be able to help make those choices, leading to fewer Leagues and Duplexes and more COPPA-compliant smart toys and dating apps that don’t sabotage self-esteem.last_img read more


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first_img Image courtesy of Agfa HealthcareNovember 21, 2014 — Agfa HealthCare will showcase its updated Enterprise Imaging Xero Viewer at RSNA 2014. With its new functionalities, the Enterprise Imaging XERO Viewer will offer a patient-centric view accessible on a single application-based viewer, supporting greater collaboration, clinical depth, a more informed diagnosis and a true longitudinal patient image record.The new functionalities and features to be shown at RSNA 2014 include:Full Fidelity View will enable physicians and care teams to retrieve original quality renditions of stored DX, CT, MRI and US images from any connected browser-based viewer.  Users will be able to easily switch between the Web fidelity view offering reference-quality images and full fidelity view offering diagnosis-quality images. (Full fidelity diagnostic capabilities are pending FDA clearance).Patient-centric timeline view will give clinicians access to a chronologic, single unified view of the patient imaging record. ECG viewing will allow ECGs to be viewed in various layouts, such as 2×6+1. Users will be able to change the waveform size and amplitude, and take waveform measurements on all ECGs. Low and high pass filter functionality will be available and current image data will be able to be compared with prior ECGs.Chat and share will support communication and collaboration along the patient care continuum. Login via a wide range of instant messaging services will offer immediate online communication chat via text, voice or video. Users will be able to send notifications, ask for a second opinion, share additional information and more while advanced visualization tools and measurements will be available for both contacts.  Multi-media upload for mobile and web capture will extend the import functionality to include not only DICOM images, but also non-DICOM objects from any source directly into the patient file (EHR).  Built in safety features will help reduce misidentification of patients or images.Calibrated measurements for images that do not contain any pre-existing DICOM-based measurement calibration. The user will be able to create a reference measurement for the image. All subsequent measurements using markup tools will then be calibrated against this reference measurement.Federated Network: will bring together patient images from multiple sources across the entire healthcare system in one consolidated view.  Radiologists will be able to retrieve images from other PACS systems directly into their own PACS with a single mouse click.Try out Google Glass and wearables. How will wearable computing devices become part of patient image viewing? What are the future possibilities? Visit RSNA booth 4708 to try them out and see how they might support positive patient identification or allow ‘hands-free’ control of the Web Viewer. (Google Glass and wearables shown for trade show entertainment and illustration purposes only and are not validated for use with Agfa HealthCare products.For more information: www.agfahealthcare.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 08, 2019 Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Selects Novarad for Enterprise Imaging Management Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital (CCUH) recently selected Novarad to provide its facility with the Ncompass Enterprise… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 05, 2019 Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform Highlighted at 2019 SBI/ACR Breast Imaging Symposium Visage Imaging will be exhibiting the latest version of the Visage 7 Enterprise Imaging Platform at the 2019 Society of… read more News | November 21, 2014 Agfa to Show Latest Enterprise Imaging Xero Viewer at RSNA 2014 Updated system enables viewing of images across multiple platforms on a single browsercenter_img News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more last_img read more


Believe it or not Man sues airline for sitting next to obese

first_img SYDNEY — An Australian man has found himself in the middle of controversy after claiming he suffered injuries from being squished in between two obese passengers on an American Airlines flight.According to NBC News, Michael Anthony Taylor, 67, was onboard a 14-hour flight from Sydney to Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2015, during which he sat next to two overweight seatmates. He told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph that he spent much of the flight “crouching, kneeling, bracing or standing” and that the airline forbid him from changing seats. As a result, Taylor claims his discomfort caused his scoliosis to worsen and caused back injuries and neck bruising.A bit farfetched? Maybe. But Taylor assures that he doesn’t hold any malice towards his seatmates. “They’d paid for a ticket too,” he told the Telegraph. “The airline could have put me in a crew seat or moved people around, but they did nothing.”However, U.S. federal regulations state that passengers are not allowed to sit in seats reserved for crew members. Plus, the flight was full – all seats were occupied.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksThe suit, which was filed in Australian court, comes on the heels of several PR blunders for U.S. airlines. Earlier this month, an American Airlines employee was suspended after arguing with a passenger over a stroller, shortly before the airline announced it will be reducing legroom on its new 737 jets. And last month, United Airlines found itself in hot water after the now infamous dragging incident of a passenger, which prompted the airline to completely revise its customer service policy. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group Believe it or not: Man sues airline for sitting next to obese passengerslast_img read more


Lenders Sentiments on Profit Margins Hit a Low Note

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination Lenders’ Sentiments on Profit Margins Hit a Low Note Share Lender sentiment is at an all-time low according to the latest Mortgage Lender Sentiment Survey by Fannie Mae that was released on Thursday. The profit margin outlook, as well as expectations on mortgage demand, have sunk to an all-time low matching the reading from the Q42016 survey for lenders.Competition from other lenders continued to be the primary reason for expecting lower profit margins during the quarter and set a new survey high for the fifth consecutive quarter across all profit margin drivers as the key reason cited by lenders for a lower profit margin outlook.Apart from profit margin concerns, consumer demand for purchase and refinance mortgage is weighing heavily on the minds of lenders, the survey found, with the net share of lenders who reported growth in purchase demand over the prior three months hitting negative territory for the first time in four years. Lender sentiment on mortgage demand fell to the lowest reading since Q12014. Lenders also reported declining demand in refinance mortgage over the last quarter, with the net share of lenders expecting increased demand over the next three months continuing to drop and continuing a trend that began in Q1 2017.“Lenders have faced an increasingly difficult market environment as they report the most sluggish refinance demand expectations in more than a year, the most anemic purchase demand outlook on record for any first quarter, and the worst profit margin outlook in the survey’s history,” said Doug Duncan, SVP and Chief Economist at Fannie Mae.Easing of credit standards was another area where lender sentiment dipped during the quarter. The survey found that after rising for four consecutive quarters and reaching a survey high in Q4 2017, the net share of lenders reporting an easing of credit standards over the last three months has fallen across all loan types and has approached levels similar to the same period last year.“Despite the pressures to remain competitive and profitable, signs of lender caution appear to be emerging,” Duncan said. “While more lenders eased lending standards than tightened them, continuing the trend that started more than three years ago, the net share of lenders reporting easing credit standards declined for the first time in five quarters to the lowest level in a year.”center_img March 15, 2018 807 Views Credit Standards Fannie Mae Lenders mortgage Profit Margin Profits Purchase Mortgage Refinance Mortgage sentiment 2018-03-15 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more


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