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Don't Forget the Human Factor in Autonomous Systems and AI Development

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It goes without saying that humans are the intended beneficiaries of the AI applications and autonomous systems that data scientists and developers are creating. But what's the best way to design these AI apps and autonomous systems to maximize human interaction and human benefit? That's a tougher question to answer. It's also the focus of human factors specialists, who are increasingly in demand. Datanami recently caught up with one of these in-demand human factors specialists.


Greta Thunberg and fellow activists press Merkel for climate action

The Japan Times

BERLIN – Young activists, including Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, held talks Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to press their demands for tougher action on curbing climate change and to get their cause back on the political agenda. Thunberg, 17, Luisa Neubauer, 24, of Germany and Belgians Anuna de Wever van der Heyden, 19, and Adelaide Charlier, 19, were accompanied by a handful of climate protesters as they arrived at the chancellery in Berlin, the first talks the youth activists have held with a head of government since the start of the pandemic. "We are here, we are loud, because our future's being stolen," the protesters chanted as photographers mobbed Thunberg. Students around the world soon began following her lead, staging regular large protests, and Thunberg was invited to speak to political and business leaders at U.N. conferences and the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. But the coronavirus outbreak has prevented the Fridays for Future movement that Thunberg inspired from holding its mass rallies in recent months, dampening its public profile.


The Climate Activist vs. the Economics Minister: 'My Generation Has Been Fooled'

Der Spiegel International

Geography student Luisa Neubauer, 22, of Göttingen is the German face of the "Fridays for Future" climate protection rallies inspired by Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg. In this interview, Neubauer, a member of the environmentalist Green Party, engages in a debate with German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier, 60, a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union. DER SPIEGEL: Mr. Altmaier, you've been involved in politics since your school days. If you were still 16-years-old today, would you also go on strike for the climate, like Ms. Neubauer? Altmaier: I would participate in the demonstrations, but preferably on Saturdays or Sundays. DER SPIEGEL: You never skipped school for the CDU's youth organization, the Young Union? Altmaier: Back when I was in school, in our free time we sawed up border posts and campaigned for a Europe without internal borders, with a common currency and a European environmental policy.


Triplets separated at birth in sinister social experiment

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Robert Shafran had no trouble making friends on his first day at college in 1980. Fellow students were falling over themselves to be friendly to the 19-year-old.


Watch 8 'Tetris' masters play the game better than you ever will

Mashable

A new Tetris champion was crowned on Sunday as eight of the world's most talented players came to compete in the 7th annual Classic Tetris World Championship. The winner was six-time champ Jonas Neubauer, who successfully defended his title in the final match against Jeff Moore. This was Moore's first time finishing in the CTWC top-three, with Harry Hong -- the only former competitor to defeat Neubauer, in 2014 -- finishing in third. SEE ALSO: True story of'Tetris' explains why the world became hooked on a game The eight finalists emerged from a group of 57 participants, all of whom faced off through two days of qualifiers before the 32-bracket seeded tournament determined a winner. Neubauer received a 1,000 award for his victory, while Moore claimed a 500 runner-up pot.