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AI on the high seas: Digital transformation is revolutionizing global shipping

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In the era of automation and digital transformation, the shipping industry is undergoing dramatic changes to increase efficiency and safety at the port and on the high seas. From small boats to massive container ships, these seafaring vessels are integral components of the global economy. Maritime companies are developing the next generation of autonomous ships and leveraging artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more to design 21st-century smart ports. That said, inherent within digital transformation is of course the transformative process itself. Historically, some ports have relied on rather low-tech, manual solutions.


Pixel 4a review: the best phone Google has made in years

The Guardian

The Pixel 4a is a return to form for Google's smartphone efforts: a lower-cost, mid-range phone that is high quality, long-lasting and fairly small, with a great camera. The £349 Pixel 4a is very much an attempt to boil down a smartphone to only the essentials and then make them all work really well. It slots under the higher-priced £669-and-up Pixel 4 series, replacing last year's Pixel 3a and 3a XL with only one size of phone, taking the design of the 3a and expanding the screen to fill the front of the device. A 5G version is coming later in the year but for now the Pixel 4a is 4G only. The body is high-quality, soft-touch polycarbonate and feels surprisingly nice.


How WWII Was Won, and Why CS Students Feel Unappreciated

Communications of the ACM

Observations of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe (May 8, 1945) included remembrances of such searing events as the struggle on Omaha Beach on D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, and at least some recognition of the enormous contribution made by the Russian people to the defeat of Fascism. Yet in all this, I suspect the role of the first "high-performance computing" capabilities of the Allies--known as Ultra in Britain, Magic in the U.S.--will receive too little attention. The truth of the matter is that the ability to hack into Axis communications made possible many Allied successes in the field, at sea, and in the air. Alan Turing and other "boffins" at Britain's Bletchley Park facility built the machine--a much-improved version of a prototype developed by the Poles in the interwar period--that had sufficient computing power to break the German Enigma encoding system developed by Arthur Scherbius. The Enigma machine was a typewriter-like device with three rotors, each with an alphabet of its own, so each keystroke could create 17,576 possible meanings (26 x 26 x 26).


Global Big Data Conference

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Autonomous vessel software and systems provider Sea Machines Robotics today closed a $15 million funding round to accelerate deployment of its technologies in the unmanned naval boat and ship market. Sea Machines boldly claims this is one of the largest rounds for a tech company tackling marine and maritime use cases. Self-steering vessels aren't a new idea -- but they are gaining steam. Earlier this year, IBM and Promare -- a U.K.-based marine research and exploration charity -- trialed a prototype of an AI-powered maritime navigation system ahead of a September 6th venture to send a ship across the Atlantic Ocean. In Norway, a crewless cargo ship called the Yara Birkeland is expected to go into commercial operation later in 2020.


The 20 best space movies you can launch right now

Mashable

Although Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson would like to tell you otherwise, the vast majority of humans will never go anywhere near space. As well as tapping into a healthy dose of existential dread, space movies offer us a fleeting glimpse of planets and galaxies far beyond our wildest dreams, all from the safety of our own living rooms. So, we've tracked down the best of them. To make the list, the characters have to have actually travelled through space -- although Arrival is a great space-related movie, for instance, it doesn't make the cut because it's based on Earth; Contact, meanwhile, although largely Earth-based, does squeak in due to a bit of wormhole-based travel. From quests to reignite the sun to extraterrestrial struggles, and in no particular order, these are some of the best space movies out there... Spoiler alert: some of these people don't make it. With the sun dying, a team of astronauts attempts to save the planet by journeying through space to reignite it. Why should you watch it? Despite its stunning visuals and strong cast, Sunshine didn't do all that well at the box office. It was a bit of a flop, in fact.


A Star Wars Story by Sentient Droid

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Imagine, droids came to the 21st century with the knowledge of the future but only had current technology to rewrite their Star Wars story. In this article, we will see how a droid (machine learning model) generates its Star Wars story using knowledge of the future (Star Wars books). The model takes the input sequence of words. We use LSTM to understand the context in a sentence. Since simple RNN would have vanishing gradient problem, so for the text generation I am using LSTM.


SpaceX's Falcon 9 returns to Florida port on the autonomous drone ship 'Of Course I Still Love You'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

After a nine minute trip into orbit and a few hundred mile journey to the coast of Florida, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has finally returned home. The rocket pulled into Port Canaveral aboard the firm's drone ship'Of Course I Still Love You' after launching NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley toward the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Crew Dragon capsule May 30. Falcon 9 pulled into the port as a hero, following the launch on Saturday that brought spaceflight back to US soil. NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX made history with their'Launch America' mission on May 30 that launched Behnken and Hurley from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida to the International Space Station - the first time in nine years an American crew has launched from US soil. Falcon 9 pulled into Port Canaveral aboard the firm's drone ship'Of Course I Still Love You' after launching NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley toward the International Space Station aboard a Crew Dragon capsule May 30 The launch was initially set to take place May 27 but was scrubbed with 16 minutes and 54 seconds left on the countdown clock due to poor weather.


The Future for Contactless Delivery

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The future for contactless product delivery is already here, and a pandemic seems to already be moving this trend forward. It just needs companies to implement and customers to accept the new delivery and tracking methods, along with other innovations, that will make this so. When this happens, we may one day look back and quietly thank the lowly coronavirus for catapulting us into a brighter future. One of the more iconic images from the early days of this disease comes from late March 2020, during San Francisco's citywide coronavirus lockdown, when "aspiring drone racing pilot" David Chen delivered a single roll of much-needed toilet paper to his friend Ian Chan in another part of the city. Chan captured the delivery on video and posted it to his Twitter feed, which ironically went viral.


British treasure finders accused of piracy

Daily Mail - Science & tech

British archaeologists who discovered hundreds of artefacts from a cluster of 17th century shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea have had their cargo seized and been accused of an'illicit excavation'. Enigma Recoveries, which led an expedition into the Levantine Basin off the coast of Cyprus, found 12 shipwrecks filled with Chinese porcelain, jugs, coffee pots, peppercorns and illicit tobacco pipes. The ships and their priceless cargo, hailed as the'archaeological equivalent of finding a new planet' were recovered in ancient'shipping lanes' that served spice and silk trades from 300 BC onwards. But in a strongly-worded statement, the Cypriot government accused the company of being well known to both Cyprus and UNESCO for its'illicit underwater excavations' and its'violent extraction of objects causing destruction to their context'. Cyprus's Department of Antiquities accused the company of intending to sell the objects, as allegedly evident in documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (NASDAQ).


HMS Beagle: Dock for Darwin's ship gets protected status

BBC News

The remains of a rare 19th Century dock built for Charles Darwin's ship HMS Beagle has been recognised as a site of national importance. The submerged mud berth on the River Roach in Rochford, Essex, will now be protected against unauthorised change. The ship, launched in 1820, allowed Darwin to make observations that led to his theory of natural selection. "We are glad to see this site in a quiet corner of Essex given national protection," said Historic England. "This is a fascinating example of a rare piece of maritime history."