Interview Names EditorinChief

first_imgA little more than a month after longtime Interview editor-in-chief Ingrid Sischy left the magazine, parent company Brant Publications has named former V magazine and V Man editor Christopher Bollen as her replacement. Bollen will report to co-editorial directors Fabien Baron and Glenn O’Brien, who were appointed shortly after Sischy’s departure.Brant also announced Alan Katz as group publisher. Most recently, Katz served as president of sales and marketing of MyTime.com, a start-up company formed with tech private equity group Shelter Capital Partners. Previously, he served as a president and publisher at Condé Nast, and spent 14 years at New York magazine where he served as publisher.Also as part of the announcement, senior editor Stephen Mooallem was promoted to executive editor. Sischy, who served as Interview editor-in-chief since 1990, left the magazine in late January after former Brant Publications co-owner Sandra Brant decided to sell her stake in the company.last_img read more

Inside the farm of the future

first_img Tags Tech Industry Mobile 3:02 0 Microsoft’s FarmBeats program uses the company’s Azure cloud to connect agricultural devices and generate data intended to help farms operate more efficiently. Sensors embedded in the soil use the cloud to communicate with drones that circle farms to direct irrigation patterns and herbicide distribution and to optimize the harvesting of crops. CNET visited Microsoft’s Cloud Collaboration Center in Redmond, Washington, to learn more about how the cloud, AI and the internet of things (IoT) are transforming business.”We use machine learning and image recognition to understand how our crops are growing,” said Jason Zander, executive vice president of Microsoft Azure. “Today a lot of irrigation systems … just kind of throw water everywhere. Being able to leverage drones and some of these sensors means we save water and get better production out of [farms].”The cloud is evolving rapidly, said Zander. “A decade ago the cloud helped mobile phones become ubiquitous. Today, the cloud becomes really powerful when it helps other emerging technologies like AI and IoT. It’s exciting because we can help entire [business] sectors quickly become more efficient.” Now playing: Watch this: Artificial intelligence (AI) Drones Cloud computing Microsoft Share your voice Post a comment The farm of the future is in the cloud Your next salad might be grown in the cloud and served with a side of artificial intelligence.Cloud computing, a technology that relies on clustered servers positioned across the globe, supports everything from drones to machine learning and the smart home. Using cloud tech, farms are about to become a lot smarter as well.last_img read more

Hasina Modi Mamata open power station

first_imgBangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. UNB File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina, her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday jointly inaugurated the HVDC (2nd Block) station at Bheramara in Kushtia.The power station has been set up for the import of additional 500MW of power from India by Bangladesh.The Bangladesh and Indian prime ministers also jointly inaugurated the rehabilitation of Kulaura- Shahbazpur section of Bangladesh Railway.Besides, the Bangladesh and Indian PMs and Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Dey jointly inaugurated the construction work on Akhaura-Agartala dual gauge railway link (Bangladesh portion).last_img read more

Sohel Taj wants nephew picked up by RAB to return unharmed

first_imgSyed Iftekhar Alam SouravFormer state minister for home affairs Sohel Taj has called for the safe return of his nephew, Syed Iftekhar Alam Sourav, who was allegedly picked up on 9 June by plainclothes men over his relationship with a woman.He made the call at a press conference in the capital’s Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Monday.Sohel Taj, son of Bangladesh’s first prime minister Tajuddin Ahmed, said that abduction is not expected in a country which was liberated for establishing democracy and justice.”Family background is not a big matter. The state will run as per rule of law and it will, hopefully, be applied equally for all. I want my nephew Sourav to come back alive and unharmed soon. That’s what I expect from the state and law enforcement,” he said to the press conference.Sourav went missing on 9 June on his way to Chattogram city’s Mimi Super Market.His mother, Syeda Yasmin Arjuman, in her written statement said, “Members of Rapid Action Battalion contacted my son in the afternoon and told him to go to the shopping centre at 7:00pm. Sourav did not come back from there. Since then, his phone has been found switched off.”When contacted, officials of RAB’s media branchs asked to send them the general diary filed for Sourav’s disappearance.Asked about Sourav’s connection with RAB, Syeda Yasmin Arjuman said that her son was in a relationship with a woman, Sauda, in 2017.”Her father forcefully married her off in 2018 but the marriage did not last long. Sauda’s father blamed Sourav for the break up and threatened my son,” she said. “On 7 February 2019 when Sourav was staying in Banani, was called to Uttara RAB office and asked to cut ties with Sauda. Banani police station officer-in-charge also threatened him with life on the same grounds on 12 February,” she added.last_img read more

Texas Firefighters Highlight Increasing PTSD Rates At A Houston Conference

first_img 00:00 /01:13 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Ed Mayberry Houston Public MediaFire department vehicles parked in front of a home in Conroe that collapsed during a fire, killing three children and critically injuring three others.Firefighters in Houston and across the state are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and other health issues similar to that of military veterans.That’s according to Marty Lancton of the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association. Lancton says with the sheer volumes of calls area departments receive, a firefighter’s daily job can be just as traumatic as a soldier in the line of duty.He says firefighters are expected to respond immediately to a call at a moment’s notice – and be 100% right, 100% of the time.“We have a large majority of our firefighters that are ex-military,” says Lancton. “So when they’ve gotten out of the military, they’re now coming in and — they serve their country and they’re serving the citizens of Houston. And that’s admirable. And what we’ve said is we cannot leave firefighters behind and we cannot not address these issues.”Members from the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association along with national experts and more than 30 firefighters from across the state held a ‘peer-support’ training conference in Houston last week designed to help add resources for firefighters in need.The conference covered topics like job-related post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, family problems, treatment options as well as establishing measures of trust and confidentiality.According to the latest report by the International Association of Fire Fighters, almost 20 percent of firefighters and paramedics had PTSD, compared with the general population’s rate of 3.5 percent. Listen Sharelast_img read more

Intel acquires Vertexai to join it under their artificial intelligence unit

first_imgAfter acquiring Nervana, Mobileye, and Movidius, Intel has now bought Vertex. ai and is merging it with their artificial intelligence group. Vertex. ai is a Seattle based startup unicorn with the vision to develop deep learning for every platform with their PlaidML deep learning engine. The terms of the deal are undisclosed but the 7-person Vertex.ai team including founders Choong Ng, Jeremy Bruestle, and Brian Retford will become a part of Movidius in Intel’s Artificial Intelligence Products Group. Vertex.ai was founded in 2015 and initially funded by Curious Capital and Creative Destruction Lab, among others. Intel said in a statement “With this acquisition, Intel gained an experienced team and IP (intellectual property) to further enable flexible deep learning at the edge.” The chipmaker does intend to continue developing PlaidML as an open source project. They will shortly transition it to the Apache 2.0 license from the existing AGPLv3 license. The priority for PlaidML will continue to be an engine that supports a variety of hardware with an Intel nGraph backend. “There’s a large gap between the capabilities neural networks show in research and the practical challenges in actually getting them to run on the platforms where most applications run,” Ng stated on Vertex.ai’s launch in 2016. “Making these algorithms work in your app requires fast enough hardware paired with precisely tuned software compatible with your platform and language. Efficient plus compatible plus portable is a huge challenge—we can help.” Intel is among many other giants in the tech industry making heavy investments in AI. Their AI chip business is currently at $1B a year. Their PC/chip business makes $8.8B while their data-centric business makes $7.2 billion. “After 50 years, this is the biggest opportunity for the company,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president said at Intel’s 2018 Data Centric Innovation Summit this year. “We have 20 percent of this market today…Our strategy is to drive a new era of data center technology.” The official announcement is stated in the Vertex.ai website. Read next Intel acquires eASIC, a custom chip (FPGA) maker for IoT, cloud and 5G environments Intel’s Spectre variant 4 patch impacts CPU performance SingularityNET and Mindfire unite talents to explore artificial intelligencelast_img read more