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Parsing Cal State's agenda, Betsy DeVos' school choice push, gun-free school zones: What's new in education today

Los Angeles Times

California State University's Board of Trustees are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss graduation rates, executive compensation and the budget shortfall. California State University's Board of Trustees are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss graduation rates, executive compensation and the budget shortfall. Parsing Cal State's agenda, Betsy DeVos' school choice push, gun-free school zones: What's new in education today California State University's Board of Trustees meets in downtown Long Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday. A private investigator is accused of using a recently shut down student financial aid Web tool to search for Trump's tax records.


Accenture Labs and Akshaya Patra Use Disruptive Technologies to Enhance Efficiency in Mid-Day Meal Program for School Children

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Accenture Labs and Akshaya Patra Use Disruptive Technologies to Enhance Efficiency in Mid-Day Meal Program for School Children "Million Meals" project applied artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and blockchain to drive efficiency and timeliness of lunch program in government schools across India BENGALURU, India; Apr. 20, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Akshaya Patra, the world's largest NGO-run Mid-Day Meal Program, collaborated on an innovative project that used disruptive technologies to exponentially increase the number of meals served to children in schools in India that are run and aided by the government. The "Million Meals" project revolutionized Akshaya Patra's supply chain and operations, resulting in improved food quality and expanded service reach. Rooted in a vision to eliminate child hunger, the "Million Meals" project demonstrated how disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and blockchain can help address significant challenges in mass meal production and delivery. Accenture Labs, the research and development arm of Accenture, executed the project over a period of six months in Akshaya Patra's Bengaluru kitchen. An analysis of the project indicated a potential to improve efficiency by 20 percent, which could boost the number of meals served by millions.


Meet BIG-i, the 'first personalised household robot'

Daily Mail

The concept of a robot assistant in the home is moving from sci-fi to reality thanks to a new product that claims to be the first personalised household robot. BIG-i is able to interpret voice commands and perform simple household tasks, such as controlling other smart devices and providing reminders. NXROBO, the company behind the robot, believes that in the future every family will have a robot which will act as the'hub for all smart home appliances.' BIG-i is a natural-interaction robot with mobility, 3D vision, voice programming, and active perception. The robot, which stands 2ft 6ins (80 centimetres) tall, is able to move freely around the home as necessary, avoiding obstacles and can be controlled via a smartphone app as well as voice commands. It also has facial recognition technology that allows it to recognise family and friends in order to carry out specific tasks, such as reminding the children to remember their school lunchbox before they leave the house.


Tuesday's TV highlights: 'Cosplay Melee' on Syfy

Los Angeles Times

The Flash Continuing a crossover storyline that started on "Supergirl," Barry (Grant Gustin) and his team are taken aback when Mon-El and Hank Henshaw (guest stars Chris Wood and David Harewood, respectively) appear on their Earth with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), who is comatose after the Music Meister's (guest star Darren Criss) attack in this new episode. New Girl Jess (Zooey Deschanel) uses her time taking care of her dad (guest star Rob Reiner) as an excuse to avoid thinking about her feelings for Nick (Jake Johnson), while Nick panics about his relationship with Reagan (Megan Fox). Bones Each of the principal characters gets a chance to shine as this long-running mystery series reaches its next-to-last episode. Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is in court, testifying on behalf of Dr. Zach Addy (guest star Eric Millegan), while Aubrey and Jessica (John Boyd, Laura Spencer) reach a decision about their future.


How to use Swarm AI instead of polls for market research - TechRepublic

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In May 2016, TechRepublic challenged a startup called Unanimous A.I. to predict what some thought would be impossible: The superfecta at the Kentucky Derby. Hardly anyone, including Louis Rosenberg, CEO of Unanimous A.I., thought this would actually work--but he accepted the challenge, creating an artificial "swarm" through an AI-based platform called UNU that picked the top four horses, in order, at the 2016 Derby. The swarm consisted of a group of 20 people with some knowledge of horse racing, chosen anonymously, who participated on the UNU platform. The model, based loosely on the concept of nature's swarms--How do honeybees decide where to migrate to?--incorporated a kind of group intelligence, a collective decision. The swarm correctly predicted the superfecta, beating 540-1 odds.


What would a computer cook for dinner? - BBC News

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Anybody who has been to British chef Heston Blumenthal's world-famous Fat Duck restaurant in the UK village of Bray will know that strange flavours do work together. There egg and bacon ice cream, snail porridge and tobacco-infused chocolate were born. Blumenthal has acquired something of a mad scientist reputation - half chef, half molecular physicist - but even he might raise an eyebrow at the possibility that a computer could create such daring and flavoursome recipes. But that is exactly what IBM is setting out to do as its increasingly intrepid supercomputer Watson takes on that most human of activities - cooking. Watson's flavourbots will be churning out recipes at the annual interactive, film and music festival SXSW, offering visitors to its base in Austin, Texas some hopefully algorithmically delicious dishes, served via a food van.


Six-year-old boy dies days after South Carolina school shooting

Los Angeles Times

Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that expands the legal definition of rape and imposes new mandatory minimum sentences on some sexual assault offenders -- measures inspired amid national outcry over the sexual assault case of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation that expands the legal definition of rape and imposes new mandatory minimum sentences on some sexual assault offenders -- measures inspired amid national outcry over the sexual assault case of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner. Staff at Donald Trump's California golf resort said they scheduled young, thin, pretty women to work when he came to town. Staff at Donald Trump's California golf resort said they scheduled young, thin, pretty women to work when he came to town.


Mass shootings could 'predicted by science' claim to US researchers

Daily Mail

The Orlando nightclub attack on June 12 was among the deadliest in American history, and it was the 133rd mass shooting to take place in the United States in 2016 alone. In the aftermath of the shooting, there has been much talk of the US Second Amendment – the right to bear arms – and of how to introduce new laws to make it harder for mad or bad people to get their hands on guns. But what else can we do to try to bring this under control? Working on ways to perhaps recognise people who might develop into mass killers – and the reasons they have for doing so – would obviously be an important step forward. The Orlando nightclub attack on June 12 was among the deadliest in American history, and it was the 133rd mass shooting to take place in the United States in 2016 alone.