Tags Share your voice Bill Gates Post a comment Bill Gates curated the MIT Technology Review’s 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list. Getty Images Cancer vaccines and smooth-talking AI assistants are all on Bill Gates’ list of technologies to watch for. The MIT Technology Review on Wednesday released its 2019 10 Breakthrough Technologies list, which was curated by Gates. It was the publication’s first time having a guest editor choose what would land on list. “Bill’s list reflects his belief that we’re approaching a tipping point in humanity’s technological development — from technologies that mostly make life longer to those that mostly make it better,” said Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of the Review, in a release. “His choices highlight some of what he considers the most important challenges and opportunities of our time.” Here are the 10 technologies, ranging from climate change to health care to artificial intelligence:Robot dexterity: robot hands that can manipulate unfamiliar objects on their own.New-wave nuclear power: both fission and fusion reactor designs that can bring down carbon emissions.Predicting preemies: a blood test that can warn of a preterm birth.Gut probe in a pill: a swallowable device that can show the digestive tract and perform biopsies.Custom cancer vaccines: a treatment that helps the body’s own immune system to target only tumor cells.The cow-free burger: plant-based and lab-grown meat alternatives that could cut emissions from the food industry.Carbon dioxide catcher: techniques for absorbing CO2 from the air and locking it away.An ECG on your wrist: smartwatch’s ability to monitor someone’s heart health and get early warnings of problems.Sanitation without sewers: a self-contained toilet that can tackle disease and unpleasant living conditions.Smooth-talking AI assistants: advances in natural language processing that make digital assistants capable of more natural conversations.You can read more about the technologies in the MIT Technology Review. Gates earlier this week answered questions from Redditors during his Ask Me Anything session, including his thoughts on taxes, climate change, terrorism and other lighter topics. Tech Industry Sci-Tech 0
Share David J. Phillip, APGaston Kirby, right, and Juan Minutella leave Kirby’s flooded home in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, in Houston.As Greater Houston continues to recover from Harvey, residents and developers are considering how to rebuild to avoid a potential repeat in the future.We talk with Sam Brody, director of the Center for Texas Beaches and Shores (CTBS) Department of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He lays out what rebuilding Houston could look like post-Harvey.
Multiscreen content delivery specialist Elemental Technologies has announced that French broadcast group TF1 Group is using Elemental Live to support delivery of live and catch-up content for the multiplatform MYTF1 service.MYTF1 is accessible through mobile applications, IPTV services and various websites.TF1 is using Elemental Live to create the content delivered through MYTF1 portals. Most recently, the broadcaster deployed Elemental Live for live event capture and delivery of Rugby World Cup matches to its online viewing audience in France. This involved the formatting of an incoming SDI feed into separate outputs for six different service providers across France. Elemental Live was used to prepare IPTV content to meet the streaming requirements of each ISP from a single platform.“Elemental is proud to partner with the TF1 Group in creating solutions for timely delivery of premium content to consumers in France,” said John Nemeth Elemental director, EMEA. “TF1 is committed to providing subscribers across a wide range of platforms with premium content and we are pleased to play a crucial role in achieving this goal.”
Scandinavian transmission services company and broadcaster Teracom reported an operating profit of SEK376 million (€43 million) for 2011, up from SEK293 million in 2010.The improvement came from better cost management throughout the group and increased sales, primarily for its Boxer pay TV platform in Denmark. The pay DTT platform has attrracted around 300,000 customers, an increase of 180,000.“We have been working methodically in the Danish market to establish Boxer TV as a leading pay TV company and we are going to succeed,” said Crister Fritzson, president and CEO of Teracom Group.During the course of the year, Teracom passed the one million pay TV subscriber mark across all of its pay DTT networks. It ended 2011 with a total of 1.035 million TV customers, an increases of 80,000 year-on-year.Full year revenues increased to SEK4.1 billion from SEK3.9 billion a year earlier.
US-based broadcaster Scripps Networks Interactive has appointed Jonathan Sichel as managing director of the company’s operations in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company’s UK-based operations includes Food Network UK, Food Network South Africa, Fine Living Network and Travel Channel International, which the company acquired earlier this year. Based in London, Sichel will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company’s wholly owned and controlled international operations in the EMEA territory with a focus on expanding channel distribution on television and digital platforms, developing the company’s lifestyle media brands throughout the region, and increasing viewership and revenues. Sichel will report to Bob Baskerville, chief international operating officer for Scripps Networks Interactive.Sichel joined the company in 2009 when it acquired Travel Channel in the US.“Jonathan Sichel is a talented, thoughtful and intelligent media executive who fully understands the value of building powerful and distinctive lifestyle brands in the global marketplace,” said Jim Samples, president of international operations for Scripps Networks Interactive. “As we work toward achieving our ambitious international growth objectives, it’s imperative that we have leaders of Jonathan’s caliber in place to provide the highest level of creative, disciplined and inspiring leadership.”
Stéphane RichardOrange will not compete in premium sports by launching a new sports channel and will not be a candidate in the forthcoming auction for French football rights, according to CEO Stéphane Richard.Speaking to analysts after Orange announced its Q2 results last week, Richard made it clear that Orange’s recent commitment to invest in content did not extend to premium sport, unlike rival service provider SFR, which is competing with Canal+ in the sports arena.Richard said Orange had no plans to “replay the game of 2006” or “follow the example of maybe BT in the UK” by investing in high-priced sports content.However, he said, Orange would “pay a lot of attention” to the forthcoming auction of football rights, the form and outcome of which he said was uncertain. He said Orange’s aim was to “to ensure that we have the best possible access at the best possible price to football content after 2020”, the first season covered by any new agreement.In the meantime, said Richard, Orange would be able to offer football to its customers through its agreement with Canal+ and BeIN Sport.Richard said that Orange did not intend to become a ‘vertically-integrated’ company with an extensive content play, despite its recent commitment to spend €100 million over the next five years through its new Orange Content division. He said that it would invest further in Orange Studio, highlighting Orange’s role as co-producer of big budget Luc Besson film Valerian.He said that pay TV service OCS had now reached breakeven, with 2.6 million subscribers, and remained a “very attractive product”. Orange recently signed a new, exclusive deal with HBO to provide series for its channels.Also on the analyst call, Fabienne Dulac, senior executive vice-president, Orange France, highlighted Orange’s recent deepening of its agreement with Canal+, which included renewal of a distribution deal until 2020 and, more significantly, the direct distribution by Orange of the new Canal+ Essentiel package to its subscribers, making Orange responsible for marketing, the customer relationship and billing.The Canal+ Essentiel package builds on the existing Famille by Canal offering that Orange launched last year. Dulac said that this was performing “in line with expectations”.
THE 50th anniversary of the birth of the campaign for civil rights in the North of Ireland is to be celebrated this week in Derry and Belfast.“An Evening of Civil Writes” is a collaboration between the Ulster Orchestra, Derry writer Tony Doherty and singer/songwriters, Declan McLaughlin and Reevah.This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of the civil rights campaign which led to the fall of Stormont and major changes in the way in which the North was governed. Derry singer, Reevah (Aoife Boyle) was among a number of female artists who wrote and performed new material dedicated to women at the centre of the civil rights’ movement in 1968. Her work focused on Bogside journalist, writer and political activist Nell McCafferty.The third contributor is Bogside singer/songwriter, Declan McLaughlin. The Derry man’s work has focused heavily on civil and human rights as well as politics.The idea for the “Civil Writes” came through discussions with the Ulster Orchestra, according to Mr Doherty.“I’m obviously delighted with the collaboration with the work so far and I’m looking forward to working with Reevah, Declan and the orchestra next week,” he told The Irish News.“An Evening of Civil Writes” takes place at the Cultúrlann in Derry tomorrow, Wednesday, August 1 at 7.30 pm followed by the Duncairn Arts Centre on Thursday and the Cultúrlann in Belfast’s Falls Road on Friday (admission free).An Evening of Civil Writes to commemorate events of 1968 was last modified: July 31st, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Writer Tony Doherty has written two memoirs of his life growing up in Derry. In the first, “This Man’s Wee Boy” he focused on life up to the killing of his father, Paddy Doherty on Bloody Sunday.In “The Dead Beside Us,” he detailed his life after Bloody Sunday, his decision to join the Provisional IRA and his subsequent arrest and sentencing on explosive charges.In “Sounds Like A Boy’s Life,” the Derry writer worked with the Ulster Orchestra to produce a series of extracts from the books which were last year set against a specially-composed musical arrangement by Philip Walton. An Evening of Civil Writes to commemorate events of 1968BelfastDeclan McLaughlinDerryReevahtony dohertyUlster Orchestra ShareTweet