Going West

first_img Beyond the cloud Harvard initiative seen as a national model Related Embedding ethics in computer science curriculum The science of the artificial Closing the event, Zittrain gave a sweeping talk that connected the wow-factor of innovation back to the greater societal context. The George Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of Computer Science at SEAS, Zittrain reminded the audience to be mindful not only of the immense benefits of transformative technologies like artificial intelligence, but also of the potential for unforeseen risks and exploitation. “As the markets are working their magic, who should be responsible?” he asked, later, noting that “even as we might be debating this, the technology is evolving under us.”center_img “Bear with me,” Jonathan Zittrain urged the audience as his talk — up to this point, a romp through the early history of the internet — lurched into Kantian philosophy: “I’m about to get all ‘East Coast’ on you.”Zittrain, faculty director of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, was in Palo Alto, Calif., delivering an energetic presentation on the ethical responsibilities of tech companies toward consumers in the era of artificial intelligence. About the shift of technology environments from unowned to owned and tightly controlled, he asked, “When is it that ‘can’ implies ‘ought’?”His provocative keynote was the culmination of a Harvard Tech Startup Night hosted by Harvard Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the law firm WilmerHale at its Palo Alto offices.The soirée on June 26 showcased six early-stage startups that are commercializing innovations developed in Harvard research labs. Though all are based in the Northeast, the event provided an opportunity for the company founders to expand their West Coast connections and for Harvard to raise the profile of its tech startup scene in the heart of Silicon Valley.“Who would have thought that two chip companies would have come out of Harvard?” remarked Sam Liss, OTD’s executive director for strategic partnerships, opening the event, which drew a standing-room-only crowd of about 100 Bay Area venture capitalists and tech industry leaders. He pointed to HyperLight Corp. and Boréas Technologies, which both launched out of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in the past three years.In fact, more than 120 startups in hardware, software, materials, and a whole host of biomedical fields sprang from the work of Harvard researchers over the past decade. Scientific innovators receive support on campus from OTD’s accelerator programs, entrepreneurs in residence, and a growing community of those who have already taken the leap to become founders.The companies that presented at the event included two emerging startups that are nearing launch and are “looking for that first chunk of seed funding,” as Liss put it, another two that have initial funding in hand, and a pair that have already raised $20–30 million in investment.,HyperLight co-founder and CEO Mian Zhang declared that the next generation of high-performance computing devices — with integrated electronic and optical circuits — will need to advance beyond silicon. With conventional materials, Zhang said, “you don’t have a smaller, better device.” While working in the lab of Marko Loncar, Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at SEAS, Zhang and his colleagues developed methods of fabricating chip-scale electro-optical modulators — which turn electronic data into optical signals — using lithium niobate, a high-performance material that is notoriously difficult to work with. “We took the best photonic material and made it smaller,” Zhang said. While in the lab, the team received support from Harvard’s Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator to perfect their methods and shore up their intellectual property position. Cambridge-based HyperLight now has seed funding from The Engine (an organization that serves as a home for tough-tech founders) to develop fast, low-power optical chips and devices.Quebec-based Boréas Technologies also gave the audience a peek at the future of mobile electronics. The company’s low-power actuator drivers are designed to enable more powerful applications for haptics — the vibrating components in smartphones, watches, and other mobile devices that provide tactile feedback to the user.Founder Simon Chaput, who earned his Ph.D. in 2019 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,  worked in the lab of Gu-Yeon Wei, Robert and Suzanne Case Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Based on innovations from Chaput’s time in the lab, the company aims to produce chips with very precise control over the size and frequency of haptic vibrations, offering device designers a greater toolbox of sensory cues and signals, with significantly lower power consumption.,Prineha Narang, assistant professor of computational materials science at SEAS, is looking ahead to a new computing paradigm that will tap into emerging quantum capabilities. Her newly forming startup, Aliro, aims to commercialize cross-platform quantum software. Quantum hardware platforms will take numerous forms, and “when you start writing software, you want it to be portable across all those pieces of hardware,” she said. Her research group has developed cloud-based software to assist with efficient compiling of quantum circuits, control flow optimization, and quantum debugging. “Quantum tools,” she pointed out, “fail in very quantum ways.”Amid throngs of attendees nibbling hors d’oeuvres and exchanging business cards, certainly the best dressed was SuitUp cofounder Ignacio Galiana, who wore a soft robotic exosuit throughout the evening. A staff robotics engineer at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Galiana was there to present his vision of “soft wearables to enable the future of augmented mobility.” The technology — a lightweight device that could reduce physical strain on workers performing repetitive movements — stems from innovations in wearable robotics developed by the lab of Conor Walsh, Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at SEAS and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute.Two other robotics companies made pitches, each one addressing various aspects of commercializing automated product-picking systems for applications including e-commerce order fulfillment. RightHand Robotics was launched by researchers from the lab of Robert Howe, Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering at SEAS, having received a boost of accelerator funding from OTD. The young company initially took up residence in the Harvard Innovation Labs and is now based in the former Post Office building in Union Square, Somerville, Mass. Soft Robotics, based in Bedford, Mass., is taking a different approach, based on research from the lab of George Whitesides, the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Both companies now have products in commercial use. Researchers propose a new field of study to explore how intelligent machines behave as independent agents With molecular data storage, cat videos could outlast us all The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Fireworks expected at National Stadium

first_imgLocal track and field fans are in for a treat today as several of the world’s top athletes will be on show at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet inside the National Stadium. The main events are set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. with the women’s 400 metres hurdles, one of 19 international events. However, action will start as early as 2 p.m. with one of two new events on the programme, the international hammer throw for women. The other new event, the men’s international javelin begins at 4:15 p.m. These will be followed by six Development events, starting at 5:05 p.m. with the women’s 100 metres. The final event of the night, the women’s 400 metres at 9:23, should be one of the most competitive. Jamaica’s trio of Stephenie Ann McPherson, who was third last year, along with Novlene Williams-Mills, fourth a year ago, and Christine Day, who was fifth, will be hoping for a local sweep of the top three places following the withdrawal of last year’s winner, American Sanya Richards-Ross. The Jamaicans will come up against another American, Francena McCorory, runner-up last year and winner of the event two years ago. This event is expected to be a cracker as, fresh in the minds of fans is last year’s World Championships 4×400 metres final in Beijing, when Williams-Mills outwitted McCorory on the anchor leg to give Jamaica a memorable win. With a good record here over the years, Williams-Mills will be hoping to get back to winning ways. The women’s 100m hurdles at 8:27 p.m. should also be hot. World champion Danielle Williams will be engaged in a very tough battle against some fierce rivals. Last year’s winner Jasmin Stowers is out, but her compatriots Sharika Nelvis, American record holder Brianna Rollins (12.26), and 2008 Olympic champion Dawn Harper-Nelson will be hoping for a top three sweep. Also in the event is Britain’s record holder Tiffany Porter (12.51). “I am under no pressure whatsoever as I am going into the race to have fun, and if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best,” Jamaica’s Williams said in a recent interview. Elaine Thompson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will be hoping to make it a great night for local fans when they compete in the 100 and 200 metres, respectively. American Tori Bowie ran a world-leading 10.80 seconds in winning the women’s 100 metres at the Doha Diamond League meet yesterday, and Thompson, who won a year ago with 10.97, will be hoping to go faster here. English Gardener of the United States is her main rival. Fraser-Pryce, who was third in this event a year ago, will face the outstanding Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas. Miller was impressive in clocking a Bahamian and meet-record 22.14 in the half-lap event last year and is this year’s world leader in the 400m with a 49.69 run on April 16 in Nassau. Fraser-Pryce will be joined by countrywoman Shericka Jackson, who was a bronze medallist in the 400m at last year’s World Championships. Also down to compete is rising American sprinter Candice McGrone. HOT HURDLES POWELL IN 200m Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell is down for the 200m where he will face local rival Rasheed Dwyer. In the men’s 100 m Julian Forte, Kemar Bailey Cole and Oshane Bailey will carry Jamaican hopes against the very fast Americans Tyson Gay and Mike Rodgers. SELECTED EVENTS 7 p.m. Shot put women – International 7.03 p.m. Triple jump men – International 7.06 p.m. 3000m steeplechase men – International 7:30 p.m. 400m hurdles women – International 7:37 p.m. 400m hurdles men – International 7:40 p.m. High jump men – International. 7:49 p.m. 800m men – International 8 p.m. 1500m women – International 8:07 p.m. Long jump women – International 8:11 p.m. 100m women – International 8:15 p.m. 100m men – International 8:27 p.m. 100m hurdles women – International 8:37 p.m. 110m men – International 8:53 p.m. 200m women – International 9:03 p.m. 200m men – International 9:14 p.m. 400m men – International 9:23 p.m. 400m women – Internationallast_img read more

Exclusive – Parlour: Chelsea emulating Arsenal’s Invincibles would ‘hurt’

first_imgArsenal ‘Invincible’ Ray Parlour admits it would hurt to see Chelsea go the season unbeaten.The former Gunners star was part of the squad that went the whole of the 2003/04 Premier League season without defeat.Jose Mourinho’s side have started this campaign in superb form and some believe they can emulate their London rivals.“Of course it would hurt me,” he told Adrian Durham on Matchday Live. “You want to go down as [one of the few players] who has done it.“If they do manage it, it will remarkable because it is harder and [the Premier League is] more competitive.“When I started winning trophies in 1998, it was only Manchester United and Arsenal, now you have Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool. Everyone has improved.”And Parlour claims the west London club will be concentrating on winning the Premier League title, rather than extending their defeat-less run.“Chelsea are looking very strong at the moment,” he added. “There might be a situation where they all have a poor game and they don’t get the result.“Mourinho’s main aim is to win the league. It won’t be mentioned until 10 games to go, if they’re still unbeaten that will be when it kicks in and the pressure begins to mount. At the moment they won’t be thinking about that.”last_img read more

Chelsea linked with former Man Utd star

first_imgChelsea are considering tabling a massive bid for Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín, according to the Daily Telegraph.It is suggested that the Blues will offer around £84m for the former Manchester United star and his Bernabéu team-mate as part of an overhaul of their attacking options.Today’s Sun picks up on Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes’ comments on Twitter immediately after Saturday’s defeat against Sunderland.Under the headline ‘Tony blasts Cisse’, it refers to Fernandes’ angry reaction to Djibril Cisse’s sending off – the striker’s second since his recent move to Loftus Road.Cisse is suspended again.Fernandes tweeted: “This is the first time I am genuinely p****d off. We have to bloody keep 11 players on the pitch.“Boy, do we make it difficult. We have eight games left, four at home, which are winnable.“It is up to the players now — we’ve done all we can. The manager can do nothing if players keep getting booked and sent off.”The Sun also include a story that Benfica winger Nico Gaitan believes Chelsea are feeling anxious ahead of their Champions League game against his side.Gaitan is quoted as saying: “I think there is an anxiety in Chelsea by the lack of goals from Torres and Drogba.“We can exploit that and even though it will be difficult to stop them, it is possible and I have confidence we will keep a clean sheet.”Several papers report Petr Cech’s comment that Chelsea failing to qualify for the Champions League would mean a “lost year” for the club.The Blues keeper added: “You always have years when you go through transition and the side needs to be rebuilt. Or you have changes in terms of managers.“For a big club, you can accept that the team does not win the league because it is in transition, but you cannot afford to slip out of the Champions League spot. The big teams are about the Champions League.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

3 Big Things: Sandoval is the Giants’ best hitter, bullpen makes stomachs turn in win

first_imgTORONTO — Pablo Sandoval may not be the Giants’ best hitter throughout the season, but he’s their best hitter right now.With a 424-foot opposite field home run in the top of the eighth on Tuesday, Sandoval became the first Giants player to record a three-hit game this year as he provided a critical insurance run in a 7-6 win over the Blue Jays.“He’s amazing,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He really is. He’s one of those guys who can sit on the bench for a week and go up there and give you a good …last_img

Active citizenship the focus of this week’s Play Your Part episode

first_imgThe 67 Blankets initiative captured the attention of thousands of South Africans as well as corporates and hundreds of people in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Cyprus, London, the US and IndiaThe fourth episode of Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part television series, which airs on SABC 2 on Sunday 6 July at 9pm, will feature a some inspiring South Africans who Play their Part in the areas of active citizenship and education.Featuring in this episode are Carolyn Steyn, Yusuf Abramjee, Shaka Sisulu, Jerome du Plooy, Bob Nameng and Sabine Bittle and Wonderboom.A patron of the arts who once could be seen on our television screens in Melrose Place, Carolyn Steyn is now playing her part for South Africa and encouraging others to do the same with her “67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day” initiative.It all began when Mandela’s former personal assistant, Zelda la Grange, issued a challenge to Steyn last year. “In December, she presented me with a challenge to knit 67 blankets by 18 July for Mandela Day. These blankets would then be distributed to those in need,” Steyn says.The man behind Lead SA and Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee started his career in journalism as a freelancer for Talk Radio 702 ahead of the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. Crime became his beat and soon after, in 1996, he was appointed the crime editor for 702 and its Cape counterpart, 567.After he was appointed Primedia Broadcasting’s group head of news and talk programming in 2005, Abramjee and a group of others founded the Crime Line campaign, which was officially launched in June 2007 with him at the helm. Abramjee is also a founding member of Lead SA, a Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Newspapers initiative aimed at highlighting the achievements of the nation and celebrating the efforts of ordinary South Africans.The man behind Lead SA and Crime Line, Yusuf Abramjee started his career in journalism as a freelancer for Talk Radio 702 ahead of the country’s first democratic elections in 1994         Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY) provides hope and services to some of the most neglected children in South Africa. SKY’s exemplary leaders and programs are the glue that connects people in need to support and opportunities. Name the need a child has and SKY will be there to meet it.Bob Nameng, SKY’s founder, was a neglected street child who was given a second chance. He says, “I won’t let any child suffer what I had to. They are our Kings ans Queens.”Basketball player Jerome “Slim” Du Plooy’s journey from the streets of Kliptown to appearing on television around the world is one that can and should inspire and motivate young South Africans to pursue their dreams regardless of where they are and the circumstances in which they live.He has represented South Africa on the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders programme, where he rubbed shoulder with some of the biggest names in basketball, such as Dwight Howard, Kyrie Irving and Carmelo Anthony.Sabine Bittle and WONDERboom are behind the Peace Starts Concert, which will take place on South Africa’s Peace Day – 21 September. Peace Starts is an independent organization that promotes the International Day of Peace (21 September) in South Africa. It is endorsed by Peace One Day, a UK-based organization that persuaded the United Nations to officially declare 21 September, an annual Peace Day.Peace Starts stemmed from a World Peace Day concert held at a live music venue in Johannesburg, on 21 September, 2008. Conceptualised by Sabine Bittle and shared with Peace Starts founder Cito, lead singer of WONDERboom, the World Peace Concert served to raise awareness of the International Day of Peace, while encouraging the audience to cross-culture-dress as a symbol of cultural tolerance.last_img read more

Two Ohio corn and soybean fields that are ahead of the pace | Seed Consultants agronomy update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood joins Bill McDonald, director of agronomic services for Seed Consultants, in Fayette County to see progress in a rarity — two fields of corn and soybeans that are already planted. This in-depth agronomy update looks at the lessons to learn for this year and the season ahead.last_img

Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam

first_img“There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC MOST READ LATEST STORIES “We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Change to Bundaberg Cup Conditions

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) and Queensland Touch Football (QTF) have relaxed the entry requirements for the upcoming Bundaberg Cup. Due to an overwhelming response in the social competition category the requirement for teams across both the opens and social divisions have been adjusted to cater for the demand.The requirement for all players to be allocated to a current affiliate has been removed to allow players who are not currently participating in regular competitions to participate in the event. This change also allows players different areas to join together and enter their team.Queensland Touch Football CEO Jamie O’Connor noted it was important to maintain flexibility in meeting the market.“There is an appetite from the casual player to enter this event which we are really pleased with. In order to cater for that market we have decided to make an alteration to the Conditions of Entry. It is vitally important to listen to what our participants are telling us and it is clear that we need to open the event to all,” O’Connor said.This change will also apply to the open divisions of the Bundaberg Cup which now allows any group of players to join together and enter a team in the richest Touch Football tournament in Australia.The event will be held in Bundaberg on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 November and is supported by Tourism Events Queensland, Bundaberg Regional Council and Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism.For more information or to nominate a team please click here. Related Fileschange_to_bundaberg_cup_conditions-pdfRelated LinksBundaberg Cuplast_img read more

10 months agoBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debut

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona defender Jeison Murillo: Bittersweet debutby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Jeison Murillo admits losing on debut was “bittersweet”.Barca lost the first-leg of their Copa del Rey round 16 tie 2-1 at Levante.”It’s a bittersweet night,” Murillo said after the match. “The result is not the best.”We have to take advantage of Coutinho’s goal at home.”Murillo is continuing to integrate into the team and is listening closely to what Ernesto Valverde wants from him.”I’ve tried to fit into the group,” he said. “I’m taking things positively.”The coach keeps asking me to work.” last_img