Author Archives: Loknath Das

Towards a lip-reading computer

Scientists at Oxford say they’ve invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans. The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google’s DeepMind AI division. “Watch, Attend and Spell”, as the system has been called, can now watch silent speech and get about 50% of ... Read More »

Prison smuggler: ‘I brought mobile phones in for criminals’

Drones are seen as an increasingly popular method for smuggling drugs and mobile phones into prisons, but having prison staff bring in contraband is also an effective route for prisoners. A conversation with a prison inmate about football led James Almond to break the law himself. The then prison worker was chatting about his favourite team Manchester United, when the ... Read More »

Oxford Uni boffins say internet filters probably won’t protect teens

Researchers from the University of Oxford have suggested that, instead of rolling out internet filters, those who are concerned about what teenagers encounter online should spend some time helping their parents parent them. The research paper, “Internet Filtering Technology and Aversive Online Experiences in Adolescents”, was published today in The Journal of Pediatrics, and says the effectiveness of internet filters ... Read More »

Rockets try out high-tech gadgets in practice

The Rockets experimented with several pieces of technology at Tuesday’s practice, from barely dabbling in some to wearing tracking devices throughout the practice. Several players went through ball-handling, pass-catching and shooting drills while wearing strobe goggles that allow vision in brief flashes to promote hand-eye coordination and simulate a defender blocking a view of the ball or basket. “When shooting, ... Read More »

The week ahead in business and finance

Minerg Antofagasta will report its full-year results on Tuesday. Monday March 13 Full-year results:Grupo Clarin, Computacenter, Telecom Egypt, Telit Communications, Clarkson AGM: eServGlobal, SSP Group Economics: JOLTS job openings (US), Labor market conditions index m/m (US) Tuesday March 14 Expect investors to focus on Antofagasta’s investment decisions when it unveils its full-year results. Peter Malin, of Peel Hunt, said management ... Read More »

Businessman claims child abuse pictures were sent to computer after he ‘searched nudist websites’

A businessman claimed more than 200 indecent images of children were sent to his computer after he accessed nudist websites. David John Pearson told police the pictures appeared on his computer around 2007 when he searched for reviews of nudist locations. The 58-year-old claimed most of the images had been deleted but some had remained on his system. They were ... Read More »

China admits political education for students is poor

China is doing a poor job at political education for university students because the classes are outdated and unfashionable, the education minister said on Sunday in a rare admission of the difficulties faced enforcing a key government policy. Beijing has campaigned against the spread of “Western values” at universities, and the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog last year sent inspectors ... Read More »

T-Mobile Just Improved Its Unlimited Data Plan Again

T-Mobile US President and CEO John Legere announced the addition of 2.1 million net customers in the fourth quarter and 8.2 million net customers for 2016 during the Un-carrier Next event at CES on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Bizuayehu Tesfaye — AP Images for T-Mobile   T-Mobile said it would let customers on its unlimited data plans use ... Read More »

Obama Education Rules Are Swept Aside by Congress

President Barack Obama after signing the Every Student Succeeds Act at the White House in 2015. The bipartisan support for the measure later disappeared. CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times With all the attention paid to President Trump’s lightning-rod secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, and her advocacy for private school vouchers, little public notice has been paid to the action on ... Read More »

Green finance for dirty ships

SHIPPING may seem like a clean form of transport. Carrying more than 90% of the world’s trade, ocean-going vessels produce just 3% of its greenhouse-gas emissions. But the industry is dirtier than that makes it sound. By burning heavy fuel oil, just 15 of the biggest ships emit more oxides of nitrogen and sulphur—gases much worse for global warming than ... Read More »