Aliens Are Not Bodybuilders

first_imgSeth Shostak of the SETI Institute is willing to bet “dollars to Devil Dogs that any extraterrestrials we detect won’t be muscular guys with deep voices and corrugated foreheads, or even big-eyed, hairless grays.”  It all has to do with the way evolution works.    In the weekly SETI column for Space.com, Shostak opined on what aliens will look like.  He quickly dismissed the Hollywood alien look as too anthropomorphic.  But then, he appealed to convergent evolution to suggest that optimal shape for a smart alien is the humanoid look: “it’s possible that a hominid shape is the best body plan for sentient beings on any world, and no doubt Tinseltown would be pleased to learn that its rubber-suit aliens are good approximations to the real thing.”  He did not explain how scientists can have a real thing without observations.     The point of his essay, though, was not whether aliens would look like bodybuilders on the beach, but what evolution would produce by the time we made contact with them.  We are on the verge ourselves of creating machine intelligence.  “So here’s the point: Since any aliens we detect are ahead of us, they’ve already done this; they’ve made the transition from biological to engineered intelligence, and left behind the quaint paradigm of spongy brains sloshing in salt water.”  Engineered intelligence: did they use intelligent design?Seth Shostak lives in a fantasy world of aliens and intelligent signals he has never seen.  He is a prophet of a kind of waiting-for-Godot type of religion, where his savior is bound to show up any minute.  To make this religion look scientific, he employs scientists and engineers to build scientific-looking divination tools that make the disciples think they are getting closer to the promised salvation.  Maybe he should just replace his spongy brain with a Mac and move evolution forward.    Shostak started by quoting Genesis 1:27, “God created man in His own image,” to make a point that Hollywood is making aliens in man’s image.  At least this shows he is aware of the Owner’s Manual.  Maybe he should study it.  He might learn how to use the antivirus tools, extract his spongy mass from the botnet, reboot successfully, and get rid of his blue screen of death.(Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Opening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Second South Africa Investment Conference

first_imgOpening Address by President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Second South Africa Investment Conference6 November 2019, Sandton Convention Centre, JohannesburgProgramme Director,Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,It is my great privilege to warmly welcome you all to the 2019 South Africa Investment Conference.It is a particular privilege to welcome all our international guests to South Africa, the home of the champions of world rugby.Last year, we announced our objective to raise $100 million – or R1.2 trillion – in new investments over five years with a view to addressing low economic growth and reducing unemployment.It is now exactly a year since the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference, where local and international investors responded to our call and stood on this platform to make investment announcements totalling nearly R300 billion.Of the 31 projects announced last year eight projects have been realised and completed.Seventeen are in construction or at implementation stage.In total, this represents R238 billion of the investments that were announced last year.This is a phenomenal achievement by those who stood hereto announce those investments.It is gratifying to see the commitments that were made at this Conference last year materialising in the form of new factories, new production lines, new products, new services and new jobs.I have had occasion to be present at some of these factory and facility openings and have seen the optimism and commitment of the business owners, management teams and workers at all these establishments.I am pleased to see so many of you here from our own country, as well as from as many as 22 other countries outside the shores of South Africa.It is pleasing to see that investors continue to consider South Africa as a country with much to offer and a viable and profitable investment destination.Indeed we have a lot to offer, in the form of our people, in natural and mineral resources, with a young and able workforce, world class infrastructure, sophisticated telecommunications systems, and a well-regulated financial and banking sector.There is the rule of law in this country, our judiciary is independent and our legal framework is strong, especially around commerce, taxation, maritime issues, competition law, intellectual property, property rights and other basic human rights.We have a vibrant civil society, a progressive labour regime and an independent and robust media.Our democracy is strong, robust and wonderfully noisy and our institutions are durable, confirming the political stability of our body politic over the past 25 years and into the future.Yet, we are also a country with many challenges.We are also a country which carries the scars of a sad and horrible past, where the colour of one’s skin determined one’s livelihood and future.Despite significant progress over the last 25 years, the legacy of our divided past has left many of our people without skills, without assets and without jobs.All these factors have combined to exacerbate poverty and inequality.In navigating our way from the horrible past of apartheid misrule into a democratic future, we have made mistakes along the way.Over the last decade, our economy has barely grown, investment has dwindled and the rate of unemployment has increased.Today, we are still feeling the effects of several years of state capture and corruption, the erosion of important public institutions and the resultant policy malaise.But, even in the face of such great challenges, hope continues to spring eternal in the hearts of South Africans who are determined that they will not yield to despair.As a nation, we have determined that we will not be defeated by challenges we face.We will not falter on our path to improve the condition of our people.It is for this reason that, as a government, we reached out to our social partners to forge a new compact for growth and development.And it was through this collaboration that we identified several major issues we must address to achieve to the economic recovery that we all seek.We have determined that we will move forward, effect far-reaching reforms and undertake the detailed work required to turn our economy around.Working together, we have made much progress in implementing the policy reforms that I spoke about at last year’s Conference, creating policy certainty, consistency and predictability for investors and for citizens.We have acted decisively to end state capture and are rebuilding the capacity of the state. We have fostered greater policy coherence and are improving alignment across the different spheres and entities of government.We have been steadily working to create a business environment that is competitive and conducive to investment.As a government, and as a country, we are clear about what we need to do, and we are marshalling our every resource and our every capability to do it.We are on a path of removing impediments and constraints to inclusive growth.We have embarked on a path that is illuminated by policy consistency and regulatory certainty, fiscal responsibility, and decisive interventions to stimulate economic activity.Central to our efforts to ignite growth and create jobs is an ambitious execution oriented industrial strategy founded on partnerships between government, labour and industry.It prioritises growth in important sectors such as automotive, clothing and textiles, gas, chemicals and plastics, tourism, renewable energy, oceans economy, agriculture, mining and beneficiation, the digital economy and the high-tech industries.Master plans for each of these sectors will ensure that infrastructure, skills, incentives and other resources are directed towards where they have the greatest impact.Today we will witness the signing of master plans for the poultry and the clothing, textile and footwear industries. This will lead to the giant retailers in our economy increasing local procurement, investment and job creation. Labour is committed to improve productivity levels.We have identified special economic zones as platforms that can attract investors and enhance economic growth.To this end, we have established 10 special economic zones in strategic locations around the country where investors are able to produce and export value-added products.Investors are offered a preferential corporate tax regime, building support, employee tax incentives, favourable customs regulations and support for capital investment and training.Yesterday, I was privileged to attend the launch of a new automotive special economic zone in Tshwane.A partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry, Gauteng Provincial Government, the City of Tshwane and the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, this automotive SEZ underlines the value of strategic collaboration in the revival of our economy.As a major boost to manufacturing, localisation and job creation, nine companies have already confirmed their intention to set up factories by January 2021, with some coming on-stream well before this date.This will entail an investment of around R3.6 billion and the creation of 6,700 direct jobs, consolidating South Africa’s position as the auto-hub of the African continent.It is a sign of the enthusiasm for this opportunity that the first phase of the automotive SEZ was oversubscribed.A few weeks ago we launched the Mara mobile phone factory in the Dube Port special economic zone in KwaZulu-Natal following the commitment that the Mara company made here at last year’s conference.Rapid industrialisation is critical if we are to reap the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which entered its implementation phase in July this year.This is a historic development that promises to fundamentally reshape African economies.The Continental Free Trade Area will improve access to existing markets and lead to the creation of new ones.This treaty will unleash the manufacturing and industrial capability of the continent as companies seek to make products for the burgeoning African market, and thereby address the absurd situation that African countries do not trade with each other.Trade among countries in Africa is currently at 15%, compared to 47% in the Americas, 61% in Asia and 67% in Europe.As one of our Ministers often observes: “We consume what we do not make and we make what we do not consume.”The African Continental Free Trade Area will change all that.Another critical driver of growth is investment in infrastructure, which is being ramped up after years of decline.To generate the funding needed for our infrastructure build programme, we have set up an Infrastructure Fund, which is being incubated by the Development Bank of Southern Africa.With an initial investment from government of R100 billion over 10 years, the fund will leverage investments from financial institutions, multilateral development banks, asset managers and commercial banks.Infrastructure will also be a driver of our industrialisation policies and component manufacturers across the world will find this a useful place to set up their operations.Building on the success of our independent power producers programme in the field of renewable energy, we will be expanding opportunities for private sector involvement in other areas of infrastructure development.Through a newly-established Investment and Infrastructure Office to be headed by Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the President will ensure effective coordination of all aspects of our investment and infrastructure drive, monitor progress and clear blockages.Steadily but surely, we are making South Africa a more competitive destination for investment by reducing the cost, and improving the ease, of doing business.We have set ourselves the ambition of being in the top 50 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index within the next three years. Through the expanding network of Invest SA’s One-Stop Shops we are working to remove bureaucratic and administrative hurdles to investment, providing new entrants with a single contact point for licensing and regulatory compliance.This week we launched an integrated online platform for the fast, efficient and inexpensive registration of company.Known as Biz Portal, this online portal promises to be a game-changer.Through collaboration among several government agencies and with the involvement of the four major banks, it is now possible for applicants to register their company at the same time as they register for tax, a domain name, a BEE certificate, the Compensation Fund and the Unemployment Insurance Fund, and open a business bank account.We are aiming for a registration process that can be completed in one day.Detailed work is underway between government and industry to improve the efficiency of various permitting process, including, for example, the issuing of water use licences.We have taken steps to provide greater policy certainty in areas such as mining, oil and gas and telecoms as part of efforts to create a stable environment for investment.We have initiated the release of the high-demand broadband spectrum, which will bring down data costs and encourage investment.A policy framework has been gazetted and the regulator has published its proposals.As part of attracting skilled professionals and growing tourism, we have prioritised immigration reform and changes to the visa regime.More countries have been added to the list of visa-free nations for inward tourism, the requirements on unabridged birth certificates for young tourists have been abolished, and we are piloting a new eVisa portal later this month.We are now working on a smart system for work permits, for scarce skills and to encourage companies to set up their African corporate headquarters in South Africa.As the Minister of Finance indicated in his medium-term budget policy statement last week, one of our central priorities is to return our country to a sustainable fiscal path.We are taking several measures to reduce public spending, eliminate wastage and direct resources to where they will have the greatest impact on long-term growth and poverty alleviation.We are committed to taking the necessary measures to stabilise the debt-to-GDP ratio over the coming decade.Our experience over the 25 years of democracy is that macroeconomic stability and fiscal prudence is essential for investment and growth.The security and sustainability of energy supply is critical for investment in our economy.We have embarked on urgent far-reaching measures to overhaul the energy sector to ensure that it meets the needs of our economy and our people into the future.These measures are set out In the Integrated Resource Plan released by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy and the paper on Eskom released by the Minister of Public Enterprises.We have set out a clear process, with timelines, for the restructuring of the power utility, Eskom, into three separate entities for transmission, generation and distribution.An immediate priority is appointing a CEO and strengthening governance through revamping the board, which we will do in the next few days.The other key priority is to deal with Eskom’s debt as part of the restructuring process and taking urgent measures to significantly improve operations, cut costs, and increase revenue.Distinguished Guests,Ladies and Gentlemen,The South African investment book that we will present at this Conference illustrates just how much potential investment opportunities exist in every part of our country.Investors do indeed have much to choose from.There is Gauteng, the country’s industrial powerhouse and financial capital, and Mpumalanga, the source of much of the country’s energy brimming with opportunities in tourism and agriculture.There is Limpopo, with its diverse mineral deposits and fertile soil, and the Northern Cape wellendowed with mineral resources and home to the largest solar farm in the Southern Hemisphere.The North West with the world’s largest platinum reserves has great potential for a mining special economic zone, the Free State with its abundant maize, wheat and livestock production, and the Western Cape, a tourist mecca whose wines are renowned around the world.There is the Eastern Cape, a leader in automotive exports and a growing renewable energy industry, and KwaZulu-Natal, with the largest container port in sub-Saharan Africa, a thriving tourism industry and a maritime sector undergoing rapid growth.The South Africa we are presenting to you here today is not just the South Africa of the here and now. It is the South Africa of the future.It is a South Africa that is interconnected, technologically advanced and sustainable.Already, South Africa is riding the wave of scientific progress to meet the needs of citizens and overcome its developmental challenges.To support sustainable and climate smart agriculture, farmers are using mobile applications to track their finances and to sell their produce on the open markets.Drones are being used in crop management and pest control.Africa’s first solar powered airport is in the city of George in the Southern Cape.Right here in Gauteng, a BMW plant is being powered in part by biogas generated through agricultural feedlot emissions and food waste.South Africa is a land of many contrasts.On one hand, we face substantial developmental challenges, but on the other, we are pushing the frontiers of excellence and innovation.And we are reaching out to build partnerships within the continent and beyond.Today will see the signing of agreements to set up business councils with Japan, following my discussions with Prime Minister Abe a few months ago, and with the United States business community.There can be no better time to invest in this dynamic, growing economy than now.I look forward to several companies making pledges today to invest in South Africa, by setting up greenfield operations or expanding their existing businesses.In doing so, you will not just realise great returns. You will also be claiming a stake in the collective fortunes of an entire nation.The progress that has been made since we announced our investment drive in April last year owes much to the hard work of the four Presidential investment envoys I appointed to spearhead our efforts – Mr Jacko Maree, Ms Phumzile Langeni, Mr Trevor Manuel and Mr Mcebisi Jonas.I wish to express my profound gratitude to them for the dedication and determination with which they have undertaken this task.To strengthen this work, I have this week appointed additional special envoys to focus on specific investment areas. These are Mr Jeff Radebe, who will focus on oil and gas, and Mr Derek Hanekom and Ms Elizabeth Thabethe, who will both focus on tourism.Distinguished Guests,The remarkable achievement of the Springboks in Yokohama on Saturday has inspired our nation to reach for greatness, to reach beyond the limits of the present towards the boundless opportunities of the future.It has demonstrated the power of a shared vision and a common purpose.As we undertake the vital task of building a thriving and inclusive economy, we draw strength from the determination of the people of this country to confront even the greatest of challenges and to prevail.We also draw strength and encouragement from the many business people, investors and entrepreneurs who – like us – see incredible potential in this country.I therefore invite you all to join us to make South Africa a land of stability, progress and prosperity for all.I thank you.Issued by: The Presidency of the Republic of South AfricaPretoriawww.thepresidency.gov.zalast_img read more

Innovation: Decline in Startups Threaten US Economy

first_imgStartups and small businesses in the US have a history of driving innovation. But they are in trouble. Economist Tyler Cowen said that “these days Americans are less likely to switch jobs, less likely to move around the country, and, on a given day, less likely to go outside the house at all the economy is more ossified, more controlled, and growing at lower rates.” Small businesses and startups in the US are struggling. Studies by the Kauffman Foundation and Brookings Institution have found that the number of new businesses declined in the US 44 percent since 1978. More businesses are shutting down rather than starting up. John Dearie, executive vice president for policy at the Financial Services Forum, said that “new businesses are disproportionately responsible for the innovation that drives productivity and economic growth, and they account for virtually all net new job creation. I would say, as a policy person, this is nothing short of a national emergency.”center_img Patrick Barnhill, President of Specialist ID, said that “small businesses are more innovative because of their company structure. The small structure allows for quick decision-making without the hassle of going through layers of approval, which can slow down company processes. Small businesses also have to be more creative than their larger counterparts due to a much smaller budget. This forces out-of-the-box thinking and innovation.” But starting a company is risky and takes some amount of funding which is often difficult to get. Americans are becoming more complacent.last_img read more

7 Useful Ctrl and Cmd Key Shortcuts in Adobe After Effects

first_imgPaired with the next shortcut, this is a great tip for cycling through a project. Instead of clicking and dragging layers everywhere, use this shortcut to move any layer through your composition.5. Switch Between LayersWindows: Ctrl + ↑ or ↓Mac: Cmd + ↑ or ↓ Constantly using the mouse in After Effects can become annoying. Use these handy shortcuts instead to speed through your next project.After Effects is a powerful creative tool that many people find intimidating. But, as you work more with the software, you’ll realize the value of keyboard shortcutsHere are 7 handy ctrl/cmd key shortcuts that will save you time and ease your workflow.1. Paste Layer at Current TimeWindows: Ctrl + Alt + VMac: Cmd + Option + V Looking for more After Effects tips and tricks? Check these out.Tutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After EffectsAdobe Releases New Content Aware Fill Tool for After Effects5 Ways to Animate with Trim Paths in Adobe After EffectsHow to Create a Mid-’90s DV Camcorder Look in After EffectsHow to Export with Transparency from Adobe After Effects When you normally copy and paste a layer, it’s positioned at the beginning of the composition. With this shortcut, the position of the time indicator will determine the paste location.2. Fit Layer to CompWindows Ctrl + Alt + FMac: Cmd + Option + F Finally, this is a quick way to lock or unlock any clip. If you have a large project with a number of layers you want left alone, highlight them all and use this shortcut to make sure they stay untouched.Learning all of these will take some getting used to, but not only will they improve your workflow, they’ll also free you up to think creatively.Need an easy way to reference these shortcuts? Here’s a roundup of all the shortcuts and their keys. When I’m working in After Effects, I always run into the problem of clicking a layer and accidentally moving it. This shortcut allows you to cycle through every layer and find what you’re looking for. Once you find it, use the previous shortcut to move it up or down among the other layers.6. Scrubbing Through the TimelineWindows: Ctrl + ← or →Mac: Cmd + ← or → This one is huge for me — I use it all the time. When I’m doing any frame-by-frame animation, I use this shortcut to make it more efficient (instead of scrubbing through with the mouse). Constantly going through the timeline and reaching for the mouse every other second gets old fast. This shortcut is, by far, my personal favorite.7. Lock and Unlock LayersTo LockWindows: Ctrl + L Mac: Cmd + LTo UnlockWindows: Ctrl + Shift + LMac: Cmd + Shift + L Staying organized is important when working in After Effects. Within some shape layers, you’ll have multiple groups that you can pair together. This shortcut is a great way to make sure you keep your project clean and efficient.4. Move a Specific Layer Backward/ForwardWindows: Ctrl + [ or ]Mac: Cmd + Option + ↑ or ↓ The old way to fit a layer to comp was to open up the layer, go to scale, and edit the parameters so it would fill the screen. However, with this shortcut, you can instantly fit any layer to the composition (within a few seconds) without any transform properties.3. Group and Ungroup ShapesGroupWindows: Ctrl + G Mac: Cmd + G |UngroupWindows: Ctrl + Shift + GMac: Cmd + Shift + Glast_img read more

Honor 20, Honor 20 Pro launched with Kirin 980 SoC, four cameras and punch-hole display

first_imgThe Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro flagship smartphones are now official. The Huawei sub-brand announced the Honor 20 series at an event in London following which the phones will come to India on June 11. Some of the key features of the new Honor 20 premium phones include punch-hole displays, Kirin 980 chips, quad cameras and Android Pie. Notably, these might be the last Honor phones to run on Android now that Google has pulled Huawei’s Android license.The Honor 20 is priced starting at EUR 499 (approx Rs 38,780) for the 6GB + 128GB model, while the Honor 20 Pro is priced at EUR 599 (approx Rs 46,500) for the 8GB + 256GB variant. The Honor 20 Lite, which has been official for a while, has also been launched at EUR 299 (approx Rs 23,000).Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro specificationsThe Honor 20 duo look similar to the Honor View 20 from earlier this year as they also get a similar hole-punch cutout on the display for the selfie camera. The punch-hole display allows the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro to offer notchless displays with maximum screen-to-body ratio. The Honor 20 flagship sports a 6.26-inch FHD+ display. Both the phones get LCD panels so instead of an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Honor 20 phones sport a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.The Honor 20 Pro comes with glass on the front and back. The rear panel comes with a dynamic holographic 3D Triple Mesh technology that includes three layers of glass, colour and depth. The panel reflects light in a way to create a splice effect. The 3D curved glass is curved on all four sides and the Honor 20 Pro will be offered in Phantom Blue and Phantom Black gradient colours. The Honor 20 will be available in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black and Icelandic White colours.advertisementAs one would expect from a 2019 flagship Honor phone, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset that’s based on a 7nm process and paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The Honor 20 phones run on Android Pie with Magic UI 2.1 on top, which is essentially Honor’s own take on EMUI 9.Another major upgrade from last year’s Honor 10 is the camera. The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro both come with quad cameras like the Huawei P30 Pro. However, the configuration is different here. The primary camera is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with a crazy f/1.4 aperture, which is now the world’s widest aperture on a phone. There is also a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera as well, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The regular Honor 20 gets most of the same cameras, but instead of an 8MP telephoto lens, it gets a 2MP depth sensor. Both the phones support AI Ultra Clarity mode, AIS Super Night mode and dual 4-axis OIS for the main and telephoto camera.The company is promising great things with the cameras on the Honor 20 Pro and this is backed by DxOMark that has declared a score of 111 for the flagship. This means the Honor 20 Pro ties with OnePlus 7 Pro for the third spot in the camera ranking. On the front, the Honor 20 Pro comes with a 32MP selfie camera.The Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery, while the Pro model houses a 4,000mAh capacity. Both the flagships support 22.5W fast charging over Type-C. The flagships also support Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound technology over headphones.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spirit

first_imgChelsea defender Luiz: Brighton win showed our spiritby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz says Sunday’s win over Brighton showed the club’s spirit.The Blues went up 2-0 before Solly March’s second-half goal made for a nervy finish.And Luiz thinks it was a display of courage to take all three points.”It was a big win and good for us to get another three points,’ said the Brazilian. “Normally when you don’t kill the game in the Premier League the other team believes until the end. Brighton were trying to play more long balls and get fouls to put the ball in the box. I think they only had one shot on goal so it wasn’t a difficult game mentally, it was more about the spirit.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Anton Gill Had To Turn Off His Cell Phone Because Of All The Texts He Received After Game vs. N.C. State

first_imgAnton Gill goes up for layup vs. NC State.Twitter/‏@CBSSportsCBB Earlier, we posted a photo of little-used sophomore guard Anton Gill getting mobbed by his Louisville teammate. Gill hadn’t scored since February 28 and had played just 23 total minutes in March before last night’s game, when he came in for 11 minutes and scored seven clutch points, hitting all three of his shots from the field. Gill’s surprise performance helped Louisville outlast N.C. State in the Sweet 16 match-up, and afterwards, he told Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel that he received so many texts that he had to turn his phone off.Anton Gill after his big night. “I had to turn my phone off.” Said he had 30-35 texts.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) March 28, 2015Louisville can use another big left from Gill tomorrow, when the Cardinals face Tom Izzo’s upstart Michigan State Spartans for a chance to make the Final Four.last_img read more

Shooting livestreams a new rage on social media

first_imgNew Delhi: The Facebook livestreaming of New Zealand mosque shooting has brought to the fore a critical issue for the law enforcement agencies to deal with, as tech giants struggle to find a solution to pro-actively stop such incidents. Strapped with a GoPro camera to his head, the gunman broadcast graphic footage of shooting people via Facebook Live for nearly 17 minutes that was later shared in millions on other social media platforms. The point here is not that the social media platforms removed the shooting footage from their platforms, the real problem is: Why couldn’t they automatically catch the upload and re-uploads of such footage? According to The Verge, exact re-uploads of the video will be banned by YouTube, but videos that contain clips of the footage have to be sent to human moderators for a review. “Part of that is to ensure that news videos that use a portion of the video for their segments aren’t removed in the process,” says the report. The YouTube tool searches re-uploaded versions of the original video for similar metadata and imagery. If it’s an unedited re-upload, it’s removed. If it’s edited, the tool flags it to a team of human moderators, who determine if the video violates the company’s policies, says The Verge. The real problem is that the YouTube’s system is not built to deal with breaking news events. YouTube’s tool takes “a couple of minutes, or sometimes even hours, to register the content” and catching live streams is nearly impossible for the algorithms to detect and act upon. This is not the first time livestreaming of a shooting incident has taken place on social media. In January 2018, the family of a slain Cleveland man sued Facebook, alleging the social media platform could have done more to prevent his murder. The killing of Robert Godwin, Sr., 74, was recorded and made viewable on Facebook in April 2017. Steve Stephens, the man who killed Godwin, announced his intent to kill someone on Facebook before killing him. Stephens later logged onto Facebook Live and described the attack. In July 2016, a Facebook livestreaming showed three men listening to music inside a car in Norfolk, Virginia, being suddenly shot by a gunman. The video posted on Facebook by TJ Williams was viewed 1,634,815 times and is still available on YouTube. In the same month, Antonio Perkins, 28, was shot in the head and neck in Chicago. The live video of Perkins showed him and a group of people talking before gunshots are heard. The video was posted on Facebook with a warning message about its graphic nature, according to media reports. In July 2016, A Minnesota police officer shot and killed Philando Castile of African origin during traffic stop. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, took out her cellphone and started livestreaming on Facebook after the shooting. The video gathered over 2.7 million views before the stream disappeared from Facebook.last_img read more

Mens swimming Buckeyes defeat Wright State on Senior Day

Ohio State concludes its dual meets with a victory over Wright State. Credit: Sydney McNulty | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s swimming team won its final dual meet of the season against Wright State, picking up a 153-103 victory at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.Some of the highlight swims for the Buckeyes included a win for sophomore Michael Salazar in 200-yard freestyle (1:39.79), along with senior Mark Belanger and junior Jack Barone both taking home first in their respective events, the 100-yard backstroke (48.62) and 100-yard breaststroke (55.96).Sophomore standout Mossimo Chavez glided to victory in the 50-yard freestyle by matching his time last week against Michigan, touching the wall in a time of 20.73 seconds.“I felt good today,” Chavez said. “Dual meets are just another opportunity for us to race and to prepare for the next couple of weeks.”The Buckeyes seized the opportunity by sweeping every single event, but for the seniors, the meet meant more than just another win.“It’s been a pretty emotional meet for me,” senior Matt Moen said. “ It’s definitely different because all these years we saw the older guys go through it, and you never think of you going through it yourselves. We were over there and talking, and we were like, ‘Wow this is pretty real that we are going to be in the real world soon,’ so that adds a little bit of energy too, which is always good.”Moen finished 3rd in the 200-yard breaststroke behind two fellow Buckeyes.Moving forward, however, the Buckeyes as a unit are focused on the rest of the season, using every meet as a chance to get ready for the Big Ten Championships in Columbus on Feb. 22-25.“It is a rehearsal for Big Tens,” Moen said. “The next couple of weeks are just trying to work on the details. We put in a lot of work the last couple of months, so at this point it’s just working on technique so we can perform as well as we need to.”Up next the Buckeyes will host the OSU Winter Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 11. read more

Captain Nash leads Jackets on West Coast road trip

Despite a 6-3 loss at Calgary Tuesday night, Columbus Blue Jackets fans have plenty to get excited about watching captain Rick Nash. The 25-year-old dazzled Calgary (6-2-1) goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff with his team-high fourth goal of the season. Down two men, Nash sped into the Flames’ zone, beating defenseman Dion Phaneuf to a loose puck. Sweeping past Kiprusoff, the Jackets’ star sent the puck to the back of the net as Calgary fans sat in a daze looking on.Calgary was outworked by the Blue Jackets (5-2-0) in the second period, but mustered three unanswered goals against second-year goaltender Steve Mason to complete the win. Nash commented on Mason’s play after the game.“Everyone will have bad nights,” said Nash, who has collected a point in each of his last six games. “[Mason’s] won us a lot of games by himself and we didn’t give him much support.”Columbus will need to forget about the loss quickly as the Blue Jackets return to the ice in Edmonton at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. The team will wrap up the four-game road swing in six days with night matchups at Anaheim Saturday and at Los Angeles Sunday.Special teams successSpecial teams have been a strong point this year for the Jackets.The team collected two power play goals against the Flames and have converted 7 of 28 opportunities (25 percent) this season, which is ninth in the league.“We’ve done a lot of work on the power plays,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “I think the players are comfortable with the transition we’ve had with it.”The Jackets continued their dominance shorthanded against Calgary and have now killed 28-of-29 (96.55 percent) opponent power plays this season, which is first in the NHL.“We made some significant changes in killing penalties,” Hitchcock said. “That’s been the most consistent, solid part of our game. We’ve tried to incorporate six forwards and be more comfortable doing that, rather than just using the four. We’re trying to have harder, more competitive reads in the penalty kill, and so far, it’s working.”Scouting the Oilers, Kings and DucksThe Jackets will have their hands full against the Edmonton Oilers (5-2-1), who have scored 29 goals in eight games. Oiler forward Dustin Penner has collected five goals with four assists to collect nine points early in the 2009-10 campaign.Columbus is 3-3-2 in the past eight games against Edmonton and will hope to take down the squad from the Northwest Division.Looking ahead to Anaheim (3-3-1), the Blue Jackets will need to take advantage of a struggling Ducks team at home. In the past three home games, Anaheim is 1-2-0 and has been outscored 11 to four. Right wing Corey Perry leads the Ducks with four goals and three assists in seven games.Rounding out the weekend in southern California, the Jackets will meet the Kings for the second time this season. Columbus defeated LA, 4-1, at home Oct. 17.During that game, forward Raffi Torres broke a tie on a power play goal late in the second period, while Nash contributed with a shorthanded goal.The Jackets won three consecutive meetings against the Kings and hope to return to Columbus Monday with a winning state of mind.“If we’re going to be a better team, we need better play from those top six guys if we’re going to get to the next level,” Hitchcock said. read more