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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. In my previous blog, I talked about the “reality of virtuality” with artificial intelligence (AI). Today’s focus is the role of AI in automation and beyond.A great deal of the focus of artificial intelligence (AI) is on automating tasks so a person doesn’t have to do them. At its simplest level, AI enables users to program systems to perform tasks. For example, a coffee pot can be programmed to automatically start early in the morning so coffee is ready when the alarm goes off. The AI is performing limited thinking along the lines of, “Is it 5:45 a.m. yet?” The more connected the system is, the more capabilities it can perform. Consider a coffee pot that can communicate with the alarm on a user’s phone. Instead of always turning the pot on at 5:45 a.m., the AI can adjust to whatever time the user has set the alarm for (and subtract ten minutes so the coffee is ready when the alarm goes off). An even smarter system could turn on the pot when the phone is first picked up by the user, just in case they’ve woken before the alarm. Similarly, the more complex the data set the AI has to evaluate, the “smarter” the system can be. A smart sprinkler system, for example, could access the internet to check the local weather and conserve water if rain is predicted. A smart house could turn off lights as you leave a room so you don’t have to. Beyond AutomationAI gets really interesting when it goes beyond mere automation to the next level of capability: augmentation. Instead of doing things for us, AI helps us do things beyond our human limitations. “AI gets really interesting when it goes beyond mere automation to the next level of capability: augmentation. Instead of doing things for us, AI helps us do things beyond our human limitations.ShareAI helps us be more efficient: Many complex tasks cannot (yet) be performed by a computer. Consider a radiologist. It takes an experienced eye to read an X-ray. It also takes time to scan the image to locate potential areas that need in-depth analysis. AI-based systems aid radiologists by learning what these experts are looking for. AI may not be able to discern what a certain kind of mark is an indication of, but it can identify areas where a radiologist is going to need to take a closer look. The radiologist still makes the diagnosis, but AI helps reduce the scanning time required by human eyes. The result is shorter scanning times, leading to a single radiologist being able to evaluate more images. AI helps us be safer: There’s a lot for a person to track when driving a vehicle. Humans deal with all of this data by cycling through the data – view through the windshield, speedometer, rearview mirror, check instrument panel, repeat. With limited time and attention on the road, it can take drivers significant time to identify a potential problem, such as the car ahead putting on its brakes. Today’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) utilize AI to track all of the relevant data from multiple views and sensors simultaneously. AI can also extend a person’s senses by identifying cars in the blind spots or beeping an alert when a person is about to walk behind the car in a parking lot. Many ADAS systems are now able to highlight road signs and potential hazards on the windshield. With AI, drivers can be more informed, more alert, and, as a consequence, safer. AI helps us keep our autonomy longer: Getting old can be challenging. At some point, most of us can expect to lose our autonomy and require regular care and assistance just to perform everyday tasks. AI is at the core of modern senior care technology. These systems are tracking and learning the behaviors of seniors so that they can automatically verify their health and well-being. With AI’s tireless eyes and ears watching over our elders, they can extend the time where they can live on their own. Beyond AugmentationAnd then there are kinds of the tasks that people simply cannot do, either because we don’t have the patience, the attention to detail, or the million years it would take for us to complete them. Currently, this is the realm of science fiction, but only just for a short while longer. AI technology is advancing at a dizzying pace. And as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands our connectedness and increases the amount of data we have access to, things are only going to get more interesting. With more data, however, comes the need for accelerated compute and scale-out storage resources, all the way from the cloud out to the edge. The journey to AI can take many paths, and choosing the right one begins with a thorough understanding of the relevant use cases combined with a well-thought-out plan. For many companies, the best route to success is to begin with an affordable yet scalable AI prototype. For example, Dell Technologies can help you navigate the challenges ahead with its Dell Precision Data Science Workstation with Dell EMC PowerScale Starter Bundle. For organizations who have already begun their AI journey, Dell Technologies offer a range of production-ready AI solutions like Dell EMC Ready Solutions for AI. These solutions offer reference architectures complete with reproducible benchmark methodology, hardware and software configurations, sizing guidance, and performance measurement tools. AI promises to take us far beyond our human limits. With AI, you won’t have to think as much to do more and be more efficient. In turn, with Dell you won’t have to think about AI as much to build intelligent systems. Dell Technologies is at the forefront of AI innovation to help you make tomorrow possible. Learn more about how AI is changing the world here as well as from my NVIDIA GTC 2020 session on Platform considerations from Proof-of-Concepts to Large Scale Deployments.
Saint Mary’s College held a special ceremony Friday to dedicate a tree on campus in memory of Ziqi Zhang, the international student who was killed travelling between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame last year. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), said she knew the death had, and still continues to have, a big impact on members of the Saint Mary’s community. “For those of us who knew her, and even for some who didn’t, it was a very tragic event last fall.” Meyer-Lee said. Meyer-Lee said Zhang was active both at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame, as a participant in the dual-degree engineering program. “She jumped into things and got involved right away,” Meyer-Lee said. Although Saint Mary’s did not have a public memorial to mark the anniversary of Zhang’s death, Meyer-Lee said Notre Dame held a candlelight vigil in Zhang’s memory at the Grotto. She said that Saint Mary’s students and faculty were looking to honor Zhang’s memory as well. “As the weather changed and got closer to what it was that night, I think a lot of us … were thinking about her,” Meyer-Lee said. “As the anniversary approached, quite a few of us… started talking about an appropriate way to mark that as a community.” She said the idea for a lasting memorial to Zhang had been discussed more immediately after her death last year, but the anniversary caused the idea to resurface. The Saint Mary’s Student Government Association took the lead, Meyer-Lee said, in conjunction with some of Zhang’s closest friends, to make the memorial a reality. Saint Mary’s chose to dedicate a hawthorn tree near Regina Hall, where Zhang lived during her time on campus. “It’s strong like she was, and living as we want her memory to be,” Meyer-Lee said. “Somebody also pointed out that for an international student, the way a tree has its roots in land and its branches in the air was a nice symbol for the way [Zhang] crossed cultures.” A number of faculty and students from the Saint Mary’s community attended the blessing and dedication, which began at 4 p.m. The ceremony opened with a prayer and reading, then those in attendance were invited to share favorite memories of Zhang. Several of Zhang’s friends and members of faculty shared stories about their times with her. Alice Siquin Yang, assistant director of global education in CWIL, read the letter from Zhang’s father that was shared at her memorial service last October. Those in attendance were invited to extend their hand and join in the blessing of the tree as it was watered from the font of the Church of Our Lady of Loretto The ceremony concluded with a closing prayer and the sign of peace. Participants were invited to congregate in the lobby of Regina Hall to share refreshments and continue to trade memories of Zhang. “It was beautiful,” Saint Mary’s junior Claire Stewart said. “It was wonderful to see [everyone] coming together to cherish the life of a wonderful member of the Saint Mary’s community.” Despite not knowing Zhang very well on a personal level, Stewart said she really felt the loss, and thought attending the dedication was an important way to honor Zhang’s life. “I had one class with her freshman year. The accident happened while I was abroad in Rome … all of us were really shaken up, just knowing that there was a loss in the Saint Mary’s community,” Stewart said. “Even people that we don’t know well are so vital to what our life is here, and every member is integral to our happiness.” Contact Tabitha Ricketts at [email protected]
Mikel, who went on to play the full 90 minutes of the 2-1 defeat, refused to tell anyone at the Nigerian Football Federation in fear his father’s life was at risk, and partly because he did not want to be a distraction before the game“I played while my father was in the hands of bandits,” Mikel told The Guardian. “I had to suppress the trauma. I took a call four hours before kick-off to tell me what had happened.“I was emotionally distraught and I had to make the decision about whether I was mentally ready to play. I was confused. I did not know what to do but, in the end, I knew that I could not let 180m Nigerians down.“I had to shut it out of my head and go and represent my country first. I could not even inform the coaches or NFF staff and only a very tight circle of my friends knew.“I was told that they would shoot my dad instantly if I reported to the authorities or told anybody. I also did not want to discuss it with the coach [Gernot Rohr] because I did not want my issue to become a distraction to him or the rest of the team on the day of such an important game. As much as I wanted to discuss it with the coach, I could not.”Mikel’s father, Pa Michael Obi, had previously been abducted back in 2011 when he was held captive for 10 days.On this occasion, he was kidnapped in south-east Nigeria as he travelled to a funeral. The police in Nigeria were able to secure his release but Mikel said his father was tortured during a week-long ordeal.“Thankfully, my father was safely released on Monday afternoon,” he added. “I thank the police authorities for their rescue efforts and the support I’ve received from friends and family members.“Unfortunately, my dad is now in hospital receiving emergency treatment as a result of the torture he received during his capture.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Captain John Obi Mikel captained Nigeria at the 2018 Russia FIFA World CupLONDON, United Kingdom July 4 – John Obi Mikel has revealed that he learned his father had been kidnapped just hours before he played in Nigeria’s loss to Argentina which saw his country knocked out of the World Cup last week.The Nigeria captain was informed of the news by a family member while he travelled on the team bus to the stadium in St. Petersburg. Mikel was told that he must call the kidnappers and when he did so, he was ordered to pay a ransom.
DETROIT – Baseball is, by nature, a superstitious game. On a losing streak? Change everything. On a winning streak? Change nothing.With the way Oakland’s offense performed in its series-opening win over the Tigers on Thursday, hanging up 17 runs on 16 hits, it’s a surprise that the A’s would have even wanted to leave the ballpark.Even so, with three left-handed pitchers on the horizon to close out the series, manager Bob Melvin expects some shuffling with the A’s lineup over the next three …
OAKLAND — Josh Jacobs didn’t seem tired as the media crowded around him following his professional debut.A big smile split his face, and Jacobs was delighted to have contributed so much to a 24-16 win Monday night over the Denver Broncos.“It’s pretty simple. Jacobs said. “We had a great game plan, we believed in it. We believed in the schemes. We believed in each other. We came out and played hard.” Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. No one ran …
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Dogma is a belief so strongly held that it becomes the truth. It’s an ideology so stubbornly held that it doesn’t allow for any new evidence or ideas to change it. It especially resists conflicting ideas from the outside world.Your dogmatic beliefs might be around your sales process. Or maybe you have a dogmatic attachment to some sales methodology. Maybe you are dogmatic in your belief that you shouldn’t have to prospect in this age of inbound marketing and social media. Or perhaps your dogma is something else.What makes dogma so dangerous is that it doesn’t allow for new and conflicting information. And in a world that is changing ever faster, holding onto to old beliefs—beliefs that may no longer serve you—is a dangerous business.Here’s a quick example. I have a deeply held belief that cold calling is the most effective method for prospecting. But if that belief were so strong that I believed that no other method of prospecting could be effective, that would be unhealthy. It would eliminate other effective methods of prospecting, maybe even my dream client’s preferred method of being approached.Here’s how you avoid dogma.Allow Your Beliefs to Be QuestionedAnything that fails to grow dies. Anything that refuses to take in things from the outside world dies too. If you refuse to allow what you now believe to be questioned, you are refusing to take in information from the outside. Are your beliefs so strong that you bristle when you hear ideas that conflict with them? Does that ever happen to you?The first step in avoiding having your beliefs become dogma is not to judge all ideas by your existing beliefs. Instead, you remain open to new ideas, especially ideas that conflict with your existing beliefs. You hear people out without making any judgments about right or wrong, truth or lie.It’s not easy, but there is power to be found in taking in new ideas, especially ideas that conflict with your existing beliefs.Purposely Seek Conflicting IdeasAn even more powerful way to avoid having your beliefs become dogma is to purposely seek out conflicting ideas. Ideas that are in direct conflict with what you believe can be powerful in improving your results.Instead of reflexively rejecting ideas that conflict with your beliefs, try to find out why others value those ideas. Try to find the truth in the ideas that conflict with what you believe. Try to discover when those ideas could be valuable.Become AgnosticThe more tools you have in your toolkit, the more prepared you are to deal with different circumstances. Being agnostic means being open to using whatever works and whatever the circumstances demand. In a rapidly changing world, you need ideas.Being agnostic doesn’t mean you don’t believe anything. It means you don’t have a religious devotion to something that you adhere to even when something else might work better. You use what works when it’s useful, and you discard what doesn’t work when it isn’t useful.If you are agnostic, you can remain open to new ideas. You judge them by their useful under some set of circumstances.QuestionsWhat beliefs do you hold so deeply that they’ve become dogma?How long has it been since you questioned those beliefs? Have you ever?How do you ensure that you are continually taking in new ideas?How do you react to ideas that conflict with your dogmatic beliefs?How much better would your results be if you were willing to shed some of your dogmas and open up to some new beliefs?
PIB reveals that the UPA-led government suggested that Kalmadi be made the OC chief.As the debate rages as to who appointed Suresh Kalmadi as the chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Mail Today has accessed a document which shows that he was elevated to the post on January 30, 2005 by the Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the late Arjun Singh.The document also reveals that the GoM accepted a suggestion made on December 6, 2004 by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to appoint Kalmadi as OC chief.In the Press Information Bureau (PIB) release – which Mail Today is in possession of – dated January 30, 2005, Singh had also announced a slew of committees, including the one where the OC was to be headed by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Kalmadi.”The Organising Committee will deal with the Government of India through the ministry of youth affairs and sports and with the Delhi government,” the PIB release quoting Singh said.In that release, the apex committee headed by sports minister Sunil Dutt was given overriding power and responsibility to oversee and coordinate the Commonwealth Games. In fact, Dutt was a member of the GOM that appointed Kalmadi. While suggesting that Kalmadi be made the OC chairman, the PMO also wanted an empowered committee, under the minister of youth affairs and sports, to look after the construction of the stadia and other infrastructure facilities required for the Games.The PMO suggested that “this committee may be chaired by minister of youth affairs and sports and would comprise three vice-chairmen – Lt Governor, Delhi, chief minister, Delhi, and chairman of the OC”. It is clear that the GOM had envisioned the apex committee as the supreme body.”The minutes of all the other committees related to the conduct of the Commonwealth Games shall be submitted to the apex committee periodically for its information,” Singh had said.”The chairman of the apex committee can also call for such information which he deems fit and can give such guidance that may required.” Singh had also announced then that a threemember sub-committee, headed by the then finance minister P. Chidambaram, would supervise and deal with all the financial matters.Singh had also said the OC executive board would have 15 members, including the chairman and the vice-chairman, to be appointed in consultation with the GoM. effect, the GoM had put in place checks and balances over the OC.How many meetings of the apex committee under Dutt and subsequent sports ministers were held is, however, uncertain. But the fact remains that Kalmadi was appointed by the government and the OC was formed only a week or so after the January 30, 2005 announcement.advertisement