Obituary


Model in Britain's sex-and-spy Profumo scandal dies at 75

The Japan Times

LONDON – Christine Keeler, the central figure in the sex-and-espionage Profumo scandal that rocked Cold War Britain, has died at 75. Her son, Seymour Platt, posted on Facebook that Keeler died Monday at a hospital near Farnborough in southern England. Born in 1942, Keeler was a model and nightclub dancer in 1963 when she had an affair with British War Secretary John Profumo. When it emerged that Keeler had also slept with a Soviet naval attache, the collision of sex, wealth and national security issues caused a sensation and helped topple the Conservative government. A naked photo of Keeler straddling the back of a chair is among the most famous U.K. images of the 1960s.


Remembering and honoring the life of undergraduate Henoch Argaw

MIT News

In the 3rd grade, Henoch Argaw began tutoring his fellow students at Southeast Christian Academy Elementary School in Colorado. "He told me and Sehin [his mother] that he was writing a math instruction book," recalls Neway Argaw, his father. "By that time, he was already attending 5th grade [level] math and science courses." Their son continued tutoring all the way through high school and also took up a related pursuit, refereeing and coaching youth soccer for the Colorado Storm and other Colorado soccer clubs. He was also a competitive chess player and played the trumpet since 4th grade.


Zebra shifts business model to AI that saves lives at scale

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We hear a lot these days about how AI is changing the marketing technology landscape, helping us sell products and services in the 21st century. But during my two-week journey through Israel's startup scene, it was a medtech company that struck a nerve with me -- a deep learning imaging analytics startup called Zebra Medical Vision. Using AI to recommend related products, build a million split tests, or determine the optimal time to push a discount voucher may be effective from a marketing standpoint, but these applications are hardly life-changing. And they wouldn't have helped save my dad's life. He passed away from lung cancer in February this year, and there is a good chance that an early and accurate diagnosis could have given him a better chance at beating "the big C." Zebra's technology is making it possible to catch misdiagnosed diseases, early-stage cancers, and other life-threatening ailments, and the company today announced a significant change in its business model that makes its AI-powered medical scan recognition for hospitals more affordable.


'Siri, call mom': How one woman found a Las Vegas victim's family after he died in her arms

Mashable

To reach his loved ones, she turned to Siri and Facebook, she told CNN. Heather Gooze describes what it was like aiding a victim of the Las Vegas shooting pic.twitter.com/9bLwxtwCRV While Gooze was reaching out to McIldoon's Facebook friends, the 23-year-old's mom happened to call his phone.


Hugh Hefner's death sparked Twitter praise and criticism from celebrities

Mashable

The announcement of Hugh Hefner's death on Wednesday sparked a wide range of emotions from those who knew the controversial figure personally and those who just read the articles of Playboy magazine. SEE ALSO: 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner dies at 91 Folks like Kim Kardashian, Larry King, Gene Simmons, Diddy and more have shared throwback images of the man and their condolences. Rest in peace to my man Hugh Hefner!! But... *robot head explodes, humans escape from robot hot tub* The amount of people treating a porn mogul as some kind of civil rights leader who'empowered women' online rn is gonna make me barf Hugh Hefner is rightly remembered for rebelling against right wing moralism before most people, but please don't forget he treated women like garbage to do it.


Charles W. Bachman

Communications of the ACM

Charles William "Charlie" Bachman, the "father of databases" who received the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 1973 for creating the first database management system, died June 13 at the age of 92. Born in Manhattan, KS, in 1924, Bachman earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1948, as well as an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He went to work for Dow Chemical in 1950, using mechanical punched-card computing devices to solve networks of simultaneous equations representing data from Dow plants. In 1957, Bachman became head of Dow's Data Processing Department, through which he became a member of Share Inc., and a founding member of the Share Data Processing Committee. In 1960, Bachman joined the General Electric (GE) Production Control Services Group in New York City, using a factory in Philadelphia to test designs for a system to automate factory planning, scheduling, operational control, and inventory control. The resulting MIACS was based on the ...


British Science Fiction Writer Brian Aldiss Dies at 92

U.S. News

Born in 1925, Aldiss had a huge influence on sci-fi, as both a writer and an editor. His work includes "Greybeard," set in a world without young people, and the "Helliconia" trilogy, centered on a planet in which the seasons last for centuries.


Order of Canada marks 50 years of honouring Canadian contributions - The Globe and Mail

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The Order of Canada marks its 50th anniversary this year with 99 new appointments on its Canada Day honours list, including renowned figures from the fields of law, government, entertainment and sport, as well as Canadians whose contributions are less widely known. Dionne Brand is a former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist. A former Toronto poet laureate, Governor-General's award winner, novelist and political activist, Dionne Brand has built her life and career around thinking and writing about Canada's relationship with race and immigration. Joyce Churchill's son, Stephen, was 21 years old when the province of Newfoundland agreed to provide money for an early intervention program for children with autism.


In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

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Alain Colmerauer, a French computer scientist and a father of the logic programming language Prolog, passed away on May 15 at the age of 76. He earned a degree in computer science from the Institut polytechnique de Grenoble (Grenoble Institute of Technology) in 1963, and a doctorate in the discipline in 1967 from the École nationale supérieure d'informatique et de mathématiques appliquées de Grenoble, which is part of the Institut. He was promoted in 1979 to Professeur 1ère classe (Full Professor), and in 1988 to Professeur classe exceptionnelle (University Professor). From 1993 to 1995, he was Head of the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Marseille (LIM), a joint laboratory of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the University de Provence and the University de la Mediterranee.


Tesla employee bus crashes into car, killing off-duty officer in California

The Guardian

A bus carrying Tesla employees crashed into a vehicle on a California highway Friday morning, killing an off-duty law enforcement officer, police said. The bus, which was carrying more than 50 employees of the electric car company, was driving on a freeway east of the Tesla factory in Fremont when it rear-ended a Volkswagen Beetle around 7am, crushing the car and killing the driver, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The bus was contracted by Tesla and was driving to Stockton, a city 50 miles east of the company's main facility in Fremont. "We are aware of an accident this morning involving an independently-operated shuttle carrying Tesla employees and another vehicle," the company said in a statement.