NEXT Pittsburgh: Robotics Project traces the roots of today’s robots to CMU

NEXT Pittsburgh: Robotics Project traces the roots of today’s robots to CMU. “When the definitive history of the robotics revolution is written, researchers will have to contend with the massive amount of groundbreaking work done at Carnegie Mellon University. The Robotics Project at CMU will be ready for them. Launched this summer, the project is presenting its first online exhibit, Building the Robot Archive, which shows how a group of determined researchers started the world’s first academic robotics department in the 1970s, creating a legacy of cutting-edge robotics research that continues to this day and is transforming Pittsburgh into the robotics capital of the world.”

New York Times: A New Digital Life, Same Old Problems

New York Times: A New Digital Life, Same Old Problems . “That’s a link among the gripes about selling products on Amazon, distributing apps on smartphone app stores, trying to make a living on YouTube or renting homes on Airbnb. In all of those cases, people and businesses are complaining about the costs, rules and precariousness of activities that were even more burdensome in the olden days, if they were possible at all.”

The Verge: TikTok parent ByteDance has begun selling the video app’s AI to other clients

The Verge: TikTok parent ByteDance has begun selling the video app’s AI to other clients. “ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company of video sharing app TikTok has started selling TikTok’s AI to other companies, the Financial Times reports (may require subscription). The company has a new division called BytePlus, and according to its website, its client list already includes US fashion app Goat, Singapore travel site WeGo, Indonesian shopping app Chilibeli, and India-based social gaming platform GamesApp.”

Indiana University: New center for AI, machine-learning research dedicated at IU Bloomington

Indiana University: New center for AI, machine-learning research dedicated at IU Bloomington. “The initial focus of the Luddy Center for AI, which will open in August, will include robotics, complex networks, health and social media. The center will draw upon the strength of researchers at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, as well as collaborators from IU’s extensive range of health and life science schools, departments and programs.”

CNN: How Russian threats in the 2000s turned this country into the go-to expert on cyber defense

CNN: How Russian threats in the 2000s turned this country into the go-to expert on cyber defense. “When people like the German Chancellor Angela Merkel or the King of Belgium want to learn more about cybersecurity, they go to Estonia. The Baltic country runs on the internet. From filing taxes and voting, to registering the birth of a new baby, nearly everything a person might want or need from the government can be done online. It’s an approach that’s incredibly convenient for Estonia’s 1.3 million people — but it also requires high level of cybersecurity.”

BusinessWire: World’s Biggest Open Source Database Conference, Percona Live Sessions Now Available Online (PRESS RELEASE)

BusinessWire: World’s Biggest Open Source Database Conference, Percona Live Sessions Now Available Online (PRESS RELEASE). “Over two days, Percona Live ONLINE 2021 attracted thousands of attendees who wanted to discover more about the vast ecosystem of open source database technologies. These sessions are now available for replay on-demand. With 206 sessions and 196 speakers, the conference provided an opportunity for beginners and experts to learn from many of the largest organizations in the world, and hear from the people solving some of the biggest database challenges.”

Fair Planet: The Growing Role Of Smartphones And Social Media In Migration

Fair Planet: The Growing Role Of Smartphones And Social Media In Migration. “Researchers posit that mobile technologies are a driving factor for migrants and refugees, especially for those inspired by the experiences of others in their situation. While the number of global smartphone users is said to be over 3 billion, for the more than 68.5 million refugees escaping persecution, war and hunger at home, a phone is not just a means of communication but a mode of survival and hope.”

Gandhara: The Amazing Rise And Fall Of Century-Old Afghan Box Cameras

New-to-me, from Gandhara: The Amazing Rise And Fall Of Century-Old Afghan Box Cameras. “Irish ethnographer Sean Foley and Austrian photographer Lukas Birk also were fascinated by the kamra-e-faoree photographers they saw during their repeated visits to Afghanistan from 2002 to 2012. Birk and Foley co-authored a book in 2013 called Afghan Box Camera. They also launched an online archive about Afghanistan’s photographic history and culture called The Afghan Box Camera Project.”

CNN: The bizarre story of the inventor of ransomware

CNN: The bizarre story of the inventor of ransomware. “Eddy Willems was working for an insurance company in Belgium back in December 1989 when he popped the floppy disc into his computer. The disc was one of 20,000 sent in the mail to attendees of the World Health Organization’s AIDS conference in Stockholm, and Willems’ boss had asked him to check what was on it. Willems was expecting to see medical research when the disc’s contents loaded. Instead he became a victim of the first act of ransomware — more than 30 years before the ransomware attack on the US Colonial Pipeline ignited a gas shortage in parts of the US last week.”

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups

BBC: US blacklists seven Chinese supercomputer groups. “The US has blacklisted seven Chinese groups it accuses of building supercomputers to help its military. It is the first move by the Biden administration to make it harder for China to obtain US technology On Thursday, three companies and four branches of China’s National Supercomputing Center were added to the US blacklist.”

Arizona State University: Volunteers help SolarSPELL get back in action

Arizona State University: Volunteers help SolarSPELL get back in action. “Volunteers from the Phoenix Peace Corps Association and the Arizona State University community came together April 3 to build dozens of portable, digital SolarSPELL libraries. The small devices are powered by a solar panel connected to a rechargeable battery and a tiny computer built by Raspberry Pi. The small containers cast a Wi-Fi signal that allows any user to connect a smartphone, tablet or computer in areas with no telecommunciation infrastructure, and the libraries are loaded with relevant, localized educational information.”

Infosecurity Magazine: #WorldBackupDay: Pandemic Has Emphasized the Need for Backups

Infosecurity Magazine: #WorldBackupDay: Pandemic Has Emphasized the Need for Backups. “It is fair to say this year’s World Backup Day, held on March 31, takes on extra significance. This is not just because it is the 10th anniversary of this global campaign to educate people on the importance of backing up their digital documents as reliance on technology grows. It also comes around a year since countries throughout the world were plunged into lockdown restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19, leading to a shift to home working and a much greater reliance on the internet for everyday services.”

THIIS: Professional hub launches with searchable database of independent living tech

THIIS: Professional hub launches with searchable database of independent living tech. “ProAssist has been created by the charity Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) in partnership with the TEC Services Association (TSA), the national body for technology enabled care (TEC) services. With a searchable database of over 10,000 products from more than 900 retailers, this UK-wide resource helps identify the options across a wide range of technologies, from the latest digital devices to simple aids.”