Trump Gives Wife Beater Praise He Usually Reserves for Child Molesters and Nazis | The New Yorker


In comments to reporters at the White House on Friday, Donald J. Trump stirred controversy by lavishing an alleged wife beater with praise that he historically has reserved for child molesters and Nazis.

Source: Trump Gives Wife Beater Praise He Usually Reserves for Child Molesters and Nazis | The New Yorker

IBM Think 2018 | The first-of-its-kind business and technology event


Join visionaries, technical experts, your peers, and IBM senior leaders as they think about how to make the world of business work smarter.

Hear from and network with experts in cloud and data, AI, quantum and blockchain, security, infrastructure and more. Details (pdf)

When: March 19 – 22, 2018
Where: Las Vegas, NV

Source: IBM Think 2018 | The first-of-its-kind business and technology event

The Romance of Precision Measurement | NIST


The Olympics are a test of the world’s greatest athletes’ skills—skills they have spent their entire lives honing and perfecting. We all watch with rapt attention to see who can endure the most, move the fastest and most gracefully, and jump the farthest and highest.

But how do we know those things? Through measurement, of course. Measurements determine who wins gold or silver or bronze. Whether by a millimeter or millisecond, measurements are what tell us if we’ve just witnessed the breaking of a world record.

Because measurements are so important, we have specialists dedicated to making them, pushing the frontiers of science to advance measurements for emerging fields, improving measurement technologies, and determining their quality and reliability. Measurement science, or “metrology,” advances economies and assures fair trade.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and other institutes like it around the world are responsible for maintaining and improving that measurement infrastructure upon which so much of our modern world depends.

Source: The Romance of Precision Measurement | NIST

Sprint to refocus its efforts in federal and public markets

Sprint is to reinvest its market efforts with a portfolio of solutions for the federal and public market.

Included in the wireless, wireline and IoT solutions hat Sprint will offer to the federal and public sector are:

  1. Mobility
  2. Smart buildings
  3. Fleet and asset tracking
  4. Mobile forms
  5. Cloud
  6. OneWeb
  7. ARM Holding

Source: Sprint to refocus its efforts in federal and public markets

Imagination Announces Neural Network SDK | Machine Learning and AI

Imagination Technologies announces the first PowerVR CLDNN SDK for developing neural network applications on PowerVR GPUs. The neural network SDK makes it easy for developers to create Convolutional Neural Networks (CNNs) using PowerVR hardware. Both an API and SDK are included, as well as an image for flashing on to an Acer Chromebook R13 for hardware development.

Imagination launched its first neural network accelerator, PowerVR Series2NX in September 2017. Future versions of the API and SDK library will enable developers to develop neural network applications that will be able to target Imagination’s GPU and NNA hardware without having to rewrite code.

Source: Imagination Announces Neural Network SDK | Machine Learning and AI

Evolution From V2V to 3D V2I/I2V Demands Self-correcting Systems | EE Times


“Will vehicles in the future be mostly owned by individuals, or owned and leased by companies, or maybe the government?” And if one of the latter, “what new autonomous transportation business models will arise and which companies will become dominant?”

The concept of “the best overall system wins” is especially interesting to ponder in the context of the autonomous vehicle industry, where the competition is fierce and the stakes are high and deadly serious.

It’s an emerging market where the primary goal is to get people and goods from point A to B safely (dramatically reducing traffic accidents and deaths), as quickly as possible and with the least impact to the environment…and of course offer a cool looking product.

The race to be the company with the best overall system for autonomous driving is complicated by the fact that it will require government buy-in.

Source: Evolution From V2V to 3D V2I/I2V Demands Self-correcting Systems | EE Times

UAS flies dangerously close to passenger jet approaching airport in Las Vegas | Intelligent Aerospace


Video evidence has surfaced of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS), commonly referred to as a drone, flying exceeding close to a Frontier Airlines commercial passenger jet as it approaches McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Source: UAS flies dangerously close to passenger jet approaching airport in Las Vegas – Intelligent Aerospace

T-50 supersonic jet skids off runway, flips over, catches fire during Singapore Airshow aerial display | Intelligent Aerospace


A Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) T-50 “Golden Eagle” supersonic advanced trainer and light attack jet, built in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, crashed and caught fire during the aerial display at Singapore Airshow.

Source: T-50 supersonic jet skids off runway, flips over, catches fire during Singapore Airshow aerial display – Intelligent Aerospace

Boeing debuts 737 MAX 7 jet, begins flight tests ahead of first delivery in 2019 | Intelligent Aerospace


Technology improvements allow the MAX 7 to fly 1,000 nautical miles farther and carry more passengers than its predecessor, the 737-700, while having 18 percent lower fuel costs per seat. The jet is designed for up to 172 passengers and a maximum range of 3,850 nautical miles, which is the longest range of the MAX airplane family.

“For our airline customers serving airports at high altitudes or remote locations, the MAX 7 is the ideal complement to their fleet. We look forward to demonstrating the incredible flexibility and range of this airplane,” says Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of the 737 MAX program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Source: Boeing debuts 737 MAX 7 jet, begins flight tests ahead of first delivery in 2019 – Intelligent Aerospace

New Rapid Drug Test Could Someday Have Olympic Ramifications


A team from the University of Waterloo has developed a new way to test blood and urine for drugs that reduces the time required to analyze samples from 30 minutes to 55 seconds, with the future goal of reducing it an additional 10 seconds by using a fully automated workflow.

“That’s fast enough to screen every Olympic athlete every day,” Germán Augusto Gómez-Ríos, PhD., a postdoctoral fellow with Waterloo’s Pawliszyn Research Group, said in a statement.

“If you know you’re being continuously watched, you’re less likely to cheat in the first place.”

Source: New Rapid Drug Test Could Someday Have Olympic Ramifications