Day: September 3, 2020

The High Risk Heroics Behind Making Sure You Get New Gadgets This Fall

For as long as consumer electronics have been tied to the holiday season cycle, engineering heroism is what got those devices on shelves. There is incredible pressure to deliver high quality devices, in abundant quantity, on schedule in order to meet revenue targets. To make it happen, engineers become heroes: last-minute flights, all-nighters, hand carries, and strokes of genius are all baked into these epic deliveries. I was an engineer at Apple
for nearly six years, delivering four different products, and the stories of last minute heroics were lauded, told and retold. Heroism is a great way to motivate engineers, but is a terrible risk for companies relying on new gadget sales to make their annual revenue targets.

When I was a hardware leader, I never considered how much risk these heroics added to our programs.

In normal times, August is when engineering and manufacturing teams put the

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More Zegna Than Brooks Brothers

In 1914, brothers Alfieri, Ettore and Ernesto from Bologna, Italy founded a company that bore their family name: Maserati. In 1926, they produce their first original automobile, the Tipo 26. Over the next century, the company produces race cars, sports cars, luxury coupes, sedans and convertibles — some memorable, some forgettable. In 1966, Maserati unveils the Ghibli, a two-door sports car designed by Giugiaro and named for a hot desert wind. The original Ghibli goes out of production in 1973. The nameplate is revived for a two-door coupe in 1992, a car which is built until 1998. In 2013, Ghibli rises again to join the Maserati lineup, this time as a four-door luxury sedan.

Things have changed in the automotive landscape since the last time Ghibli rolled along. Maserati is now part of a large automotive group,

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AI device for nursing homes can monitor elderly residents using radio waves

AI device for nursing homes can monitor elderly residents’ precise movements using radio waves and call for help if needed

  • The device bounces radio waves around a room to look at objects and movement
  • When it detects movement it bounces the signal back to the mounted sensor 
  • Artificial Intelligence analyses the data to create a constant picture of activity
  • The team say this could be used in care home to alert staff to a resident falling
  • It could also be used to help people with dementia keep track of their activities 

A radar-like tool that can track movements throughout the day without using an invasive camera could be used in care homes to alert staff if a resident falls over.

A team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence lab say the

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Melania Trump’s Lime RNC Dress Provided the Internet With the Perfect Green Screen

Donald Trump, Melania Trump are posing for a picture: During Thursday's final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention, Melania Trump wore a lime green dress by Valentino that got the internet moving on making memes, and using her dress as a green screen. The results are what you would expect.

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During Thursday’s final night of the 2020 Republican National Convention, Melania Trump wore a lime green dress by Valentino that got the internet moving on making memes, and using her dress as a green screen. The results are what you would expect.

On August 10, 2012, Melania Trump tweeted out one of the internet’s finest gems—a photo of a smiling beluga whale with the caption, “What is she thinking?” On August 27, 2020, First Lady Melania Trump appeared on stage at the coda of a truly bizarre Republican National Convention wearing a lime green dress practically made to be green-screened by the internet. Under my breath, I whispered, “What is she thinking?” Suddenly, Melania was my beluga whale. I, Melania.

These moments, our American moments, are baffling. It is an understood rule that dresses of this particular hue are an invitation for

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NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

While approximately 20% of the seafloor has been mapped to modern standards, only about 5% of the ocean has actually been explored.

Sometimes menacing, sometimes serene, there’s still so much to be learned about our ocean and what lies beneath its surface. Image courtesy of Art Howard, Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2019 Southeastern U.S. Deep-sea Exploration. Download image (jpg, 9.9 MB).

The ocean covers approximately 70% of Earth’s surface. It’s the largest livable space on our planet, and there’s more life there than anywhere else on Earth. But, there’s still much we don’t know about the ocean, and there’s not a straight-forward answer to the question about how much has been explored. It’s usually answered in two ways: percentage of the ocean explored and percentage of the seafloor mapped. The answers aren’t the same.

First, consider the size of the ocean. Its

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