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The worst-performing tech stocks this week suggest the U.S. is done with Covid lockdowns

Afternoon News with Tom Glasgow and Elisa Jaffe

00:34 sec | 1 hr ago

The worst-performing tech stocks this week suggest the U.S. is done with Covid lockdowns

"Of fairly sharp losses in four sessions for U.S. stocks as was the case on Wednesday It was tech shares leading the downturn The tech heavy NASDAQ tumbled 296 points or 1.9% while the S&P 500 lost 38 and the downed us you'll slip 60 All those indexes lost ground for the week too Tesla shares slid 6.4% Microsoft ease 2% Signs that Nvidia's planned $40 billion acquisition of chip designer arm is likely to not happen since shares of the graphics chip makers sliding four and a half percent the deal was set to close in

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‘Face with tears of joy’ is once again the most-used emoji - The Verge

WTOP 24 Hour News

00:31 sec | 10 hrs ago

‘Face with tears of joy’ is once again the most-used emoji - The Verge

"Employees in downtown D.C. Top emojis for 2021 or emoji since that's plural The Unicode consortium which officially approves them since number one this year is the tears of joy emoji Followed by red heart thumbs up and praying hands make the top ten the biggest jump in use this year has been the syringe emoji Jeff label WTP news Money news brought to you by Wendy's It's a better breakfast o'clock at

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We may be one step closer to storing data in DNA

Daily Tech Headlines

00:21 sec | 11 hrs ago

We may be one step closer to storing data in DNA

"DNA storage writer, which could help bring usable write speed to DNA storage. The DNA storage writer in the paper could write data 1000 times more tightly than previous writers. Microsoft said the next step will be to embed digital logic in the chips to allow individual control of millions of electrode spots to write kilobytes per second of data in DNA. Remember

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A highlight from Slate and Pushkin both add Spotify paid subscriptions

podnews

01:36 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from Slate and Pushkin both add Spotify paid subscriptions

"In the U.S. only. They've since advertised cast reports to the average cost per thousand for a podcast and dipped slightly in November to 23.25. It's still up 5.3% year on year though. The team behind the British podcast awards have expanded to Ireland. The Irish podcast awards have been launched and will be judged by over 50 audio practitioners and bars say that Apple podcasts is back in front, increasing its market share to 32.8% of identified downloads. And in people news, Veronica Taylor has just been confirmed as the new SVP of a cast's creator network she'll lead its podcast team globally. Samantha ski has been appointed to a cast board in the U.S.. And in podcast news, if you don't like that with grant's napper is celebrating 1 million downloads in the first year, the show is hosted by a former KT HK sports radio personality and before the bar opens is a podcast about people who make use and love music Emma Clark's latest episode interviews Chris Stevens you've heard his work even if you don't know his name because he composed this. Yes, he composed the music on pod news podcast and the music and pod land news as well, possibly slightly more famously, he also co owns TM studios, a jingle company in Dallas, responsible for stuff like this. 106.9

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A highlight from Using Digital Health Technology to Bring the Trial to the Patient

The Bio Report

05:35 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from Using Digital Health Technology to Bring the Trial to the Patient

"Center about how digital health technology is transforming biomedical research, how it's changing what is possible, and some of the ongoing research projects, the center is conducting. Ed, thanks for joining us. Great to be here. Thank you. We're going to talk about digital clinical trials, the work of the Scripps research digital trial center. And how this is not only changing the way studies are being conducted, but expanding what's possible. There's been a lot of interest in decentralized clinical trials, though this predates the pandemic, that seems to have accelerated the move toward these. What effected COVID-19 have on decentralized clinical trials? Yeah, so accelerated I think is a great word for it. This is something that we have been thinking about as a model for sometimes here at Scripps research. Eric topol and the team in our digital medicine group have had already several years under their belt exploring and conceptualizing and ultimately deploying some of the first digital research studies in digital clinical trials. So when COVID came around, we were absolutely prepared to put this model to the test because, well, we kind of had to. There was no path towards a traditional model in terms of bringing individuals into a bricking mortar sight. We absolutely wanted to have the ability to scale rapidly and absolutely wanted to have the ability to have our research studies be open and accessible to all. As you think about the obstacles that have been in place, would have been the constraints have they been regulatory technological or cultural with regards to biopharmaceutical companies and clinical trial investigators. Yeah, I think the answer is a big yes across the board there. And I can step through a couple of examples with respect to cultural we're now leveraging some really exciting digital health technologies. with that comes some unique aspects of risk that we may not necessarily have had to dealt with in the past, whether it's a type of data that's being collected, for example, GPS, so getting very specific location data or just even having things being done at the participant's home as a potential for some kind of exposure to their participation in a given research study just even by virtue of a box being melted them from Scripps research, potentially raising eyebrows. So a lot of things like that had to be considered as we shifted more to this model on the regulatory side, the FDA is increasing their dialog around how to use digital endpoints in review or as use as supporting material and review of new Therapeutics and new medicines, especially in the context of clinical trials. And so while it's exciting to be in this burgeoning field, the newness and novelty of it absolutely introduces some speed bumps along the way as folks adjust to what this new paradigm can bring to the table. In the real disease world in particular because of the geographic dispersity of patients in the difficulty they may have traveling to a clinical trial site there's been a great willingness to embrace decentralized clinical trials. In general, though, how does industry view these? I think the excitement, the kind of paint the positive aspect of the picture, it really gives them another tool in the toolbox in terms of being able to describe, for example, potential efficacy of a new therapeutic. And the excitement is really derived from the fact that a lot of these technologies now provide data in more of a continuous context compared to something that's episodic. So take, for example, if you're looking at a skin condition in which the itchiness of it as described by the participant may only be done in the two week cadence or one month cadence that they're visiting the brick and mortar clinic site to kind of describe what they've been feeling. We have a situation now of being able to use digital health technologies that can monitor hand movements and use the gyroscope within a risk worn wearable that could potentially tease out the actual physical movement of itching and give us more continuous data more real time data that can be extremely advantageous in terms of being able to describe the impact of a particular disease

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A highlight from Spotify Wrapped is here!

Talking Tech

04:57 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from Spotify Wrapped is here!

"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes. One brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Happy Thursday listeners, it's Bret Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. If you're a subscriber to Spotify, one of the coolest features that they have put out each year at the end of the year is Spotify rap. It is a quick look at top songs you streamed on the service in the top artists that you streamed through the platform. It's back again for 2021. On Wednesday, Spotify introduced Spotify wrapped. I wrote about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. If you've never used Spotify before or maybe you just signed up for it like a few months ago and you never knew what Spotify rap was, here's what it's like. You'll go to the app and when you go to the app, you'll see this big section for Spotify wrapped. And what it does is it takes a look back at the artists that you stream the most. The songs you stream the most, as well as the podcasts you enjoyed the most. It's a feature that's available on Spotify app for iOS and Android. And you can also see some of the stuff on the web. We'll talk about that in a minute. When you click on the rap feature, it actually has a story and it runs like SnapChat or Instagram story that you'll see on social media. And it'll show you information such as the minutes streaming songs and then it'll get into your top 5 artists this year and your top 5 songs of this year. Once the story wraps up, you'll get to the end of this story and you'll be able to share these lists. So if you want to share your top artists with other folks on social media or just through text, minutes listen to whatever you want to share, you can share that kind of stuff. There are a couple of new wrinkles this year, the sharing part they've added these new cards that basically make it easier for anyone to share. And also through the stories you can share any slide at any time. And they've done some different slides as well, which we'll talk about in a sec. So you can do all that. The other thing you can do too is they've tried to take the data that you have accumulated through your listening. And try to present it to you in some creative and fun ways. There is a feature called 2021 the movie, which what it does is it basically says if there was a movie about you being made in 2021, this would be the soundtrack. And so it might take a song from your playlist or a song that you stream the most and say, this is the title track for the movie. Here's the song that would play during a scene. There was one I think where it said something like, here's the song that would play if you're professing your love for someone in The Rain. So just taking these funny movie moments and matching them to a song that you really enjoyed on Spotify that year. There's also one called an audio aura and what it does is it displays this colorful visual and it's supposed to be based on your music moods. So it'll take everything you've listened to over the past year and it'll assemble it into these different moods just to give a sense for where your head was at. In terms of your music listening for the year and this story is available just on the app. You can access some of this stuff on the browser as well. But it's mostly the playlists. So the other thing that happens as well is Spotify puts together playlists of your top songs from 2021 and then the same thing with your artist. It'll take collections of music from various artists that you really loved that year. And it'll put it all together in one nice playlist. So it's a lot of fun. Again, I enjoy, I enjoy it a lot. It's funny too because I share my Spotify count with my oldest child. And so our musical tastes are obviously very different. And so it's just funny to see how skewed she makes my Spotify wrap list because you know it'll be a mix of there's this 90s alternative music in there and then we throw in Taylor Swift or we throw in Olivia Rodrigo. So someone seeing my Spotify might be like, wow, you have a very eclectic ear and when it comes to the music you like, but it's really just no, I just share it with one of my kids, so there we go. I wish I could take the credit for it, but unfortunately I can't. But again, if you have Spotify, it's a really fun feature. If you don't have Spotify, you're considering it. Again, it's a once a year thing, but it's still fun. It's part of it's one of the things that makes Spotify really fun and enjoyable as a subscription. So if you haven't checked it out yet, I highly advise you to do so now. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments? Questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address? You can find me on Twitter at Bret melina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us, or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech. We get support from ionic shoes.

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A highlight from Alexa Print in Canada

Voice in Canada

01:37 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from Alexa Print in Canada

"Hello hello, Terry here. Hope you're doing well. It's Thursday. And welcome back to the flash briefing. Today I want to tell you about something that was recently announced as well from the Amazon team. Very interesting. This is the ability to use your Lexi devices or your Lexi app for that matter to print out things. Now, this has been available in the United States for a while. But as of November 18th, Amazon announced the launch of a service called Lexi print in Canada and what this is is a way to print your lists, your recipes, games, educational content using voice commands. So this works with second generation echo devices or newer and a number of here's the technology terms. Gary, IPP enabled compatible printers. So that includes brands such as HP, brother, canon and epson. So here's how you figure it out. If your printer will work with this new Lexie print function, you simply say Lexi discover my printer. Make sure your printer is on. And if it has to be in any type of pairing mode, then make sure that it is on the pairing mode as well. You can also do the same thing through your Lexi app by going to adding devices. But essentially, the voice command is lexique discover my printer. And once you can do that, and if it pairs, successfully, then you can use it to print out those various things that I talked about. So as always, I'd love your feedback on this. If you've got this function and it's working for you, I'd love to hear how you are using it.

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A highlight from The Long Strange Journey of Facebook's Libra Project

The Breakdown with NLW

04:37 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from The Long Strange Journey of Facebook's Libra Project

"By nigg and produced and distributed by coin desk. What's going on guys? It is Wednesday, December 1st, welcome to what is undeniably the best month of the year. Today we are talking about the long strange journey of Facebook's Libra project. And of course, the context for this is the announcement that David Marcus would be leaving the project. Markets, of course, the most recognizable figure associated with the project. He was the one to be on the hot seat originally in the first hearings before Congress and the Senate, and it's just hard not to see this as something of a closing of a chapter in not only Facebook's history, but in the era of crypto that we've just lived through. Now, I've been following the Libra project since its very inception. I remember the day that it was announced and what a huge deal it was. It was in the midst of a deep bear market in 2019. It was 6 months before this podcast started but still, I was live streaming and doing a watch party of the original congressional hearings. So today, what I want to do is give a little bit of a retrospective on the project as well as talk about what it meant in the context of this industry and what it might mean for Facebook or meta going forward. So let's go back to the announcement. It was June 18th, 2019, and like I said, we were deep in a bear market. This announcement then hit like a bomb. Here was one of the biggest companies in the world announcing its entrance into something akin or at least related to this cryptocurrency space. Now, the first pitch from Facebook about Libra was all about banking the unbanked. They talked extensively about the 1.7 billion unbanked people and the as many again folks who are underbanked or underserved by the current system. Right from the beginning, David Marcus was at the helm. But even from the beginning, they were clearly trying to attempt to break away from their association with Facebook. Remember Libra wasn't a Facebook project, it was a project of the Libra association, an association that had members such as Visa, stripe, PayPal, ricotta pago, eBay, Lyft, Uber, Spotify, and others. Facebook for its part was going to operate the calibra wallet, not run the Libra association. And it was right from the beginning They were proposing a new currency and there were a couple problems that regulators were about to have with that. The first was that its approach was different than other stablecoin projects at the time. It wasn't going to be tied to anyone currency, the Libra was instead going to be backed by a basket of currencies that could free float against one another. That was an incredibly novel design but with pretty big geostrategic implications. The second problem, of course, that regulators had with this was that it was Facebook who was proposing to do it. A company that was already at that time massively untrusted by so many from multiple different political persuasions for multiple different reasons. Almost immediately a hearing was called. But before I get into that hearing, I do want to spend just a moment on this basket of currencies approach. More than one person noted that it was similar to John Maynard Keynes original proposal for a global reserve currencies, something that he called the Bancorp. At the bretton Woods conference, he said that the global reserve currency should not be tied to any one nation. It should instead be a basket of currency that was backed by the currencies of multiple nations, but was able to float on its own. The U.S., of course, on the verge of winning World War II, was having nothing of that and the U.S. dollar became the world's reserve currency. If you go back and listen to conversations after Libra was announced, I'm thinking, for example, of raul Paul on hidden forces with Dmitri kofinis, it was in fact this basket approach that so many thought was the most brilliant part of the whole thing. It had the potential to untether a global reserve currency from a single political power. That would shift the balance of power in the world in some pretty fundamental ways. Because of that, it was of course unlikely to be a thing accepted by the existing power players. And as we'll see was one of the first things to go. I mentioned it though because I don't believe that that idea of a basket of currencies based free floating global settlement currency has fully gone away. Remember, Mark Carney, the former Bank of England governor would go on to propose something similar that he called a synthetic hegemonic currency.

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A highlight from What Are PS5's Best Games So Far? - Beyond 727

Beyond!

04:52 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from What Are PS5's Best Games So Far? - Beyond 727

"Show where we cover all the latest and greatest in the world of PlayStation and maybe provide a couple laughs along the way, but that's not a guarantee because sometimes we're very serious. Very, very serious, but maybe not this week. We'll find out what happens because I'm joined this week by Jada Griffin. Hello. Hello. To be back. Yeah, happy to have you back. Thank you. Thank you for joining us after your week off last week for your birthday happy birthday to you. Thank you, thank you. And of course on the show. Good. And we're also joined this week by Mark Medina. Mark, serious Medina. They know jokes today. This is a serious episode. Mark, you've never, you've never tried to make a joke in your life I heard. I've never joked in my life. I've never smiled, I'm smiling right now. We all took I was gonna say we all yeah, you never laugh but you laughed immediately, so I couldn't even. I can't stick to anything. We all took the week off last week. It was Thanksgiving in America. Oh yeah, the week before that. So yeah, I'm 52 weeks back. I don't know what time is anymore. I feel like I feel like I haven't worked in forever. I've been on vacation since last Tuesday, which, like, is it the longest amount of time, but still, it feels weird, but I'm glad to be back. Yeah, we're the first thing I'm doing as I'm back. This is my first order of business. So it's perfect. Well, it's gonna be quite an episode to have you back first for. And of course, yeah, we'll be back this week. There will be some time off toward the end of the year that will let you know in the next week or two to confirm. But obviously, with the Christmas and new year's holidays coming up, we will be a little quiet around the end of this year. But we've got a few more episodes before we wrap up this year. And before we get into that, what's to come? There might be some announcements at The Game Awards and whatnot. That will dive into after that show happens. But for now, you know, we our last episode, we took a look forward to the future of what might be with PlayStation studios. And the potential 25 games on the horizon. So what better way to complement that than after looking to the future to look to the past? Because that's how time works. And so this week, we're going to be jumping into trying to decide what the best PlayStation 5 games are so far. I'm sure we will all agree very easily very quickly there will be no contention whatsoever. It will be just fine. No, we thought, you know, as sort of a continued look back at the first year of the PS5 and also a lot of cross gen games in there. We want to take a look back and celebrate all that stuff and sort of figure out what our combined sort of favorite games are at the PS5 so far. I think it's worth noting, of course, like we do do a feature like this on IGN, this is not a duplication of that. There will be that own sort of list probably early next year that will produce and everything because that will be my job to do. But we're going to all hash it out here and see what tops are combined podcast beyond best PS5 games list so far. Yeah, this isn't IGN's list. No. This is the beyond wacky cruise list. Yeah, this is podcast beyond yeehaw roundup of games. And I at least be the head lackeys when I said I'm sorry. Anyway, before we jump in, I think it's important that I establish a few ground rules because I had told both of you some ground rules before we recorded started recording. And I've decided those rules are silly. I also don't plan on following any rules. So please waste your breath by telling me the rules. Perfect. Well, all I was going to say was originally we had talked, I was struggling a lot to do with things like definitive additions or games that had PS5 versions come out afterward, things of that nature. Yeah, we established yesterday. That we don't know what a PlayStation 5 game is. I don't think anyone does right now. We just don't write, because it's like, there's so many versions, right? There's something like Returnal. That is a PS5 game. There's something like Assassin's Creed Odyssey that is a PS4 game that got a PS5 hatch, but is not a PS5 game. It does not say PS5 on the dashboard. But then there's also Assassin's Creed Valhalla, which got a PS4 and PS5 version. So yeah, I think something like this stranding that got a definitive PS5. So I think the ground rule that I do want to allow, I do want to allow those directors cuts the chance to be here. Damn it. But I knew this would cause havoc for Mark. So what I am going to say is that the director's cuts are allowed. I'm going to say it needs to have a dedicated PS5 version of the game. So if it's just has to say PS5 on the dashboard. Yes, essentially, if you looked on the dashboard of your PS5, it said PS5 there. Obviously, this will include a lot of games that are available on PS4. There are RPS four versions of those games, but we're not talking about games that have that our PS4 versions running better. So something like ratchet and clank from 2016 got a PS5 patch as well. That was days gone.

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A highlight from Valorant Champions Begins, NFL Safety Retires For Esports? Psyonix Listens To Fans

Esports Minute

02:05 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from Valorant Champions Begins, NFL Safety Retires For Esports? Psyonix Listens To Fans

"Let me do a brand new thing hey folks, I'm Kevin Correa and this is your E sports a minute. Today begins the group stage for Valorant champions in Berlin as group C and D will see its first two matches of the day take place with team Vikings taking their series versus crazy raccoon and gambit and team secret to face off tomorrow. In group D vision strikers sit atop the group currently as they swept full sense. Meanwhile, currently undergoing their third game, the first time we see the map fracture on day one, his cloud 9 versus fanatic might wanna check it out live or at least view the vod for that match is looking intensely good. Groups will wrap up by December 7th with their decider matches. A former NFL first round pick at 8 year veteran safety, Kenny vaccaro has announced his retirement. Now why is this eSports news you ask? Because Kenny is retiring to officially launch his own eSports organization called gamers first or better known as G one. In his retirement announcement vacarro notes that he has been a gamer way longer than he's been a football player, and this move will simply allow him to focus more on that passion. G one is already showing out specifically in halo E sports where they made a decent run at the recent HCS NA open defeating oxygen eSports and oddly enough defeating G two eSports before falling to KC pioneers in the lower bracket. Lastly, psionics is walking back and fixing a prior mistake on their end that resulted in only team streams for various games at the RCS fall major, with teams not able to catch the spotlight many in the community were quick to point out the difficulty in watching all the matches. But now psionics listened to their fans after only a day and changed their broadcast schedule along with adding a B stream on Twitch to catch the entirety of the games and removing those aforementioned team streams. Now games on both those streams will start at 11 a.m. on December 8th for the Swiss style format that will feature 16 teams at the major. I'm Kevin Correa.

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A highlight from The Focus IS the Work

Developer Tea

00:53 sec | 2 d ago

A highlight from The Focus IS the Work

"In your life, specifically, we very often allow focus to be dictated by your feelings. And my goal for this episode is to help you separate feelings and focus or at least give you the motivation to know why you should. Separating feelings and focus. First, you need to decide what you will focus on using all of your decision making tools. Since that second episode of this show, we've talked about decision making in one capacity or another for years. We've talked about many of these different decision making tools. We're not going to rehash all of that in one episode that would be impossible. But decision making happens before.

A highlight from Cyber Security Today, Dec. 1, 2021 - FBI seizes alleged ransomware gang member's funds, a cloud computing security report from Google and more malware found in the Android store

Cyber Security Today

01:01 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from Cyber Security Today, Dec. 1, 2021 - FBI seizes alleged ransomware gang member's funds, a cloud computing security report from Google and more malware found in the Android store

"However, organizations still have to make sure the systems aren't vulnerable to misconfigurations and other errors by employees. In its first cloud threat intelligence report, Google says many successful attacks on applications are caused by poor cyber hygiene and a lack of basic security controls. What kind of problems can happen? Well, looking at its own service, the report says 86% of compromise Google Cloud Platform instances were used for stealing compute cycles for crypto mining. Other abuses of Google Cloud included using resources to scan targets to launch cyberattacks and to host malware. 48% of compromises were blamed on customer accounts that either had no password or a week password. Another 26% of compromises were due to vulnerabilities

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A highlight from AI Today Podcast: Interview with Albert King, Chief Data Officer of the Scottish Government

AI Today Podcast: Artificial Intelligence Insights, Experts, and Opinion

08:34 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from AI Today Podcast: Interview with Albert King, Chief Data Officer of the Scottish Government

"The AI today podcast produced by cognac cuts through the hype and noise to identify what is really happening now in the world of artificial intelligence. Learn about emerging AI trends, technologies, and use cases from cognitive analysts and guest experts. Hello, and welcome to the AI today podcast. I'm your host, Kathleen mulch. And I'm your host Ronald mills are in. Thank you for joining us again on our AI today podcast. We are now in our 5th season. That is we've been recording for over four years. We celebrated our fourth anniversary earlier this month in September of 2021 if you're listening to us later on. And well over 200 plus episodes. And we've been focusing on the challenges and the issues of making AI work within enterprises and organizations of all types. And you've heard us interview organizations from large banks and financial service institutions, pharmaceutical companies, especially in the past year as they've been going through the pandemic and really reworking their organizations from top to bottom. And as well as, as well as government organizations in the United States federal state and local level internationally Protestant review, lord Tim Clement Jones, the UK House of lords and Australian folks in Hungarian folks and companies in countries from all around the world. It's very interesting that we're all kind of moving this shipped forward. It's actually kind of nice how international artificial intelligence truly is. And that there really isn't such a centricity of the technology as maybe there has been what social media and other things Silicon Valley centric or computing and that's where stuff. New AI is really properly very international. And it is on that sort of note that I am really thrilled to introduce our guest presenter a guest host sorry guest. Featured guest for our AI today podcast. And that is Albert King, who is the chief data officer of the Scottish government. We are sort of thrilled totally thrilled to have him here. So thank you so much Albert for joining us on AI today podcast. Well, I am delighted to be here on apparently in such exalted company as well, what a treat. So excited to be here. Yeah, we're excited to have you today and for this interview. So we'd like to start by having you introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about your background and also about your current role at as CDO of the Scottish government. Our listeners know that we have produced country level strategy reports on how different countries their AI adoption and their AI strategy. And so we're really excited to have you here to share what Scotland is doing as well. So yeah, so please introduce yourself to our listeners. Yeah, thanks very much. So I'm essentially my job is to make real Scottish government's vision for data that you systematically to save time money and lives and that's all about contributing to making Scotland wealthier fairer and greener. So no small job then. And so is the center of excellence with data in government, my teams are committed to helping us realize that vision. And that's really through, I guess, three things through the platforms that we've provide to support the sort of end to end data journey for analysts across government and public bodies in Scotland. Secondly, really about providing specialist expertise and analytical skills, particularly in areas where those difficult to acquire or particular kind of deep expertise. And thirdly, really around providing the policies and governance that we've put in place to deliver all of that. So I would look at peace. So yeah, as I say, we're making that vision real through the services we provide in the policy and strategies we create and deliver. Ultimately, then to help us to achieve the outcome set out in our national performance framework. So full disclosure on the date professional to trade. So I would tinker with all this technology just for fun if people like me, but it turns out it's really about the ultimately the social economic and environmental value that's creates. And the national performance framework. So our purpose as a government to create a more successful country in Scotland and interestingly actually picking up on some of what you were saying earlier. I definitely think this is an agenda where we can connect apart from the other things I said about wealthier fair and greener to that international agenda because this is really and one of the things that is really clear is that there are challenges around this technology that really do have that international dimension to that opportunity to demonstrate our international contribution and that we're not we're looking at nation language very important as well. So linking all of that back then to AI that is a big feature of our AI strategy that NPF at national performance framework woven through it connects those outcomes and it really is the AI strategy really is about putting people and society at its heart and achieving those outcomes through the adoption and use of that particular sort of data driven technology. So yeah, it's fantastic. And that's really very interesting. I think our listeners might be really very interested in the NPF the national performance framework because people are looking for frameworks in general to help guide whether they're multinational organizations and agencies or their country level agencies or organizations or even businesses of all types and sizes. We're all trying to figure out how to really make data really work in a way that's beneficial to the organization and to our customers and to our citizens and to everyone in the society. And I think that's an interesting place now. People are paying much more attention to data. I think nowadays, did the average person that we might have in the past. And as meant as Kathleen mentioned, we have covered AI strategies from Afghanistan Zimbabwe and every country in between, you know, Botswana and Cape Verde and Colombia and Hungary and it's interesting. Really, most nations are thinking about their countries positioning with regards to AI at the production or the consumption level. So in March of 2021, earlier this year, we know that Scotland published its own AI strategy and we talked a little bit about that just now. But maybe you could tell our listeners a little bit about sort of what led up to the creation. And a little bit about the strategy as well as to kind of how Scotland feels it's participating in playing within this global ecosystem of data forward organizations. Yeah, thanks. Yeah, so the background AI strategy, I guess. And the genesis of it, if you like, it was a recognition of first of all some strengths, maybe that Scotland has an AI, so we've got excellent research institutions here in Scotland. University in Scotland do some of the often recognized in top rankings for research. There was also a sort of piece around the innovative companies that we've got in Scotland. So really transforming, I guess the potential that that research creates into the economic value and also actually innovative public services that are looking to adopt this technology. And as you know, as you were saying, turn the technology into real, in this case, social value. But there was also a recognition of the risks and indeed fears that sometimes are associated with this technologies. And so that came together really, I guess, as the impetus that drove us to act and ministers are cabinet secretary for finance access to take forward the development of an AI strategy. I mean, really asking us to put citizens at the center of that to maximize the value for AI and really I suppose with the driving thinking that we would only see that value realized if it's adopted widely and underpinned by confidence and trust in the technology. So

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A highlight from In-call Video Effects for Alexa

Voice in Canada

01:08 min | 2 d ago

A highlight from In-call Video Effects for Alexa

"Hey there, Terry here. It is Wednesday and I've got a fun little bit of information for you today. On November 9th, Amazon actually introduced a new video calling feature for the echo show devices that uses in call video effects. So what does that mean? It means that when you are on a video call using your echo show or your Lexi app for that matter, you can turn on augmented reality effects and animated emoji reactions. So what you do is when you are on that call, you can tap on the on screen effects button and that will bring up the augmented reality effects and filters. Then you can use, or you can also tap the smiley face icon, and that will deliver short animated reactions, hearts, laugh, confetti, laughs, confetti, and so on. So there you go, if you haven't tried that, experiment a little bit with the echo Lexi video calling. And you might have a lot of fun with that. So there you go. Have fun. And

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A highlight from SN 847: Bogons Begone! - 0-Day Windows Exploit, Major MediaTek Flaw, Super Duper Secure Mode

Security Now

03:40 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from SN 847: Bogons Begone! - 0-Day Windows Exploit, Major MediaTek Flaw, Super Duper Secure Mode

"Yeah, you've been waiting all week. You're very patient, but here we are Tuesday again and here he is straight fresh and ready to go straight from the keyboard where he's been typing typing typing, mister Steven, Tiberius Gibbs and hello, Steve. I actually have been. Hello, Leo. And I know you are. I worked all through the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Wow. Until something happened that really almost never happens. I literally hit the wall on Sunday around two or three p.m. and I posted a note to the spin right group. And I said, okay, I can't work anymore. Wow. So, yeah. But I've been hurting. So interested in what's going on. I talk about it a little bit later in the podcast. So we have a really fun podcast, I think. 847 for this last day, the final day of November. Bogons be gone. Yes. And everyone will understand by the time we're done, what bogan's are to be gone. Oh, good. Maybe. But we got a lot to talk about. We're going to note that the new edge browsers unbelievably named super duper secure mode because Microsoft certainly wouldn't want its satellites with anything less than super duper security has been deployed kind of quietly. But we can all enable it. It's not on by default. So our listeners are going to want to know all about that. We also have more than one third, 37% of the world's smartphones all vulnerable to audio monitoring and recording flaws. Courtesy of their media tech firmware in their media tech audio processing DSP. We're going to talk about that. We've got an important reminder about clicking links in email and wonder how that can still be a problem. It's still is. The entirely predictable evolution of a Windows zero day vulnerability, which is latent no longer. Unfortunately, we have some interesting closing loop feedback from our terrific listeners. I've got a sci-fi book update. Then we're going to take another and much broader look at the recent efforts to clean up IPv4. But this time from the perspective of those who are working to do so and I understand their position. So, you know, we talked last week about this crazy idea, as a consequence of the IETF's proposal to claw back essentially, most of the local net one 27 network. It turns out that's just the tip of the iceberg. So I think a really fun podcast for our listeners. I can't wait. I'm excited, as always, I look forward to this all week long. Oh, and a picture. We got a picture picture. We got a picture. But before we do that, let's talk a little bit about our sponsor of the hour E set. And you know I've been talking about he said I think more than ten years now. They're the global leaders of cybersecurity. And in particular, one of the things I love about ESET, and you'll hear it all the time on this show is their commitment to research. We quote them from time to time about their security research.

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A highlight from LoL All-Stars Cancelled, Complexity Stars Announced, Halo Esports Adds Another Org

Esports Minute

02:19 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from LoL All-Stars Cancelled, Complexity Stars Announced, Halo Esports Adds Another Org

"Hey, folks, I'm Kevin Correa, and this is your E sports minute. The annual end of year all star event for League of Legends has officially been canceled as was announced by Riot Games as global eSports division. The main reasoning behind that cancellation is thanks to the increasing COVID-19 travel restrictions, surrounding the latest variants that we are still facing around the world. With 2020 seeing the all star event be a remote event. Riots shifted gears this year, saying they feel remote play fails to properly capture the spirit of the event, which they see as a global celebration of the game that brings together not just pro players, but influencers and fans as well. While fans have every right to be disappointed, but on the bright side, the 2022 campaign of pro League of Legends is about to kick up by mid January. A little over a month and a half away. Game square is already starting to make big waves with complexity gaming following their acquisition of the eSports organization earlier this year. The two entities announced today a brand new division titled complexity stars, which will feature many pro athletes who are attempting to forge a more personal brand through gaming. Complexity touts it as the nexus between sports entertainment and gaming that'll give everyone more opportunities for collaboration with brands. The initial founding roster of stars features players like two time NBA champion JR Smith, LA Dodger Edwin Rios and former WNBA rookie of the year, Alicia gray, as well as including various NFL and UFC athletes. The announcement adds even more overlap within the entertainment spaces between sports and gaming with fans winning out either way. Lastly, with halo E sports on the rise still, their first major is a little over two weeks away and another major eSports organization has joined in the scene. X set becomes the latest orc to hop on the halo train as they signed the roster formerly known as crowd pleasers who featured a four man squad of Kratos filthy G, suspect and porky J with the start of halo's competitive scene through the HCS qualifiers, the Raleigh kick-off major seems poised to be a landmark event for halo eSports to come. I'm Kevin Correa that's my time and that has been your eSports minute.

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A highlight from myDurham 311 Skill

Voice in Canada

01:44 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from myDurham 311 Skill

"Hello, Terry here. Hope you're doing well. It's Tuesday and I've got a really interesting skill that I want to tell you about today. If you are in the Ontario region or more specifically, if you are in the Durham region. And I hope I pronounced that right, because I'm not Ontario. This region launched the first of its kind smart home voice app in Canada. And I've always thought this is a really great use case for voice apps or for skills. Here is what the deal is all about. So there is a new skill called the my Durham three one one skill. And what it does is it allows people allows you to talk to Lexi and find out information about your region. So for example, elected officials, regional facilities, waste pickup, nearest bus stops, even when to expect the nearest transit bus. And so all you have to do is say Lexi open my Durham three one one and then you are set to go. So give it a try. If you're in that area for sure, give it a try. And like I said at the beginning, I think this is a fantastic use case. I would love to see lots of other government organizations and regions and whatever it is, just create these informational skills that then you can tap into to simply ask those questions that you're wondering about when it comes to getting services and goods in your particular area. I think it's a great great idea. So there you go, give it a shot, and if you've got any feedback for me about it, please feel free to let me know. Just go to Twitter and hit me up, doctor Terry Fisher, DR TRI FIS agar, and I'd love to hear more about your experience with it. All right, talk to you again tomorrow.

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A highlight from #343: Do Excel things, get notebook Python code with Mito

Talk Python To Me

01:26 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from #343: Do Excel things, get notebook Python code with Mito

"Here's a question. What's the most common way to explore data? Would you say pandas and matplotlib? Maybe you went a little broader and more general and said Jupyter notebooks. How about excel or Google sheets or numbers or some other spreadsheet app? Yeah, my bet is on excel. And while it has many drawbacks, it makes exploring tabular data very accessible to many people, most of whom aren't even developers or data scientists. On this episode, we're talking about a tool called mido. This is an ad in for Jupyter notebooks that injects in excel like interface right into the notebook. You pass it data via a pandas data frame or some other source. And then you can explore it as if you're using excel. The cool thing is, though, just below that in another cell, it's writing the pandas code, you'd need to actually accomplish that outcome in code. I think this will make pandas and python data exploration way more accessible to many more people. If you've been intimidated by pandas or know someone who has, this could be what you're looking for. This is talk python to me, episode 343 recorded November 8th 2021. Welcome to talk python and a weekly podcast on python. This is your host,

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A highlight from Superconductivity: One Step Closer

WSJ The Future of Everything

04:47 min | Last week

A highlight from Superconductivity: One Step Closer

"Sustainability is a critical issue and on the new sustainably speaking podcast, we'll talk with trailblazing leaders who champion solutions to ensure a more sustainable and low carbon future. Subscribe today and don't miss this limited episode podcast. Hey, future of everything listeners, it's Janet Babin. The UN climate conference that just wrapped up in Glasgow Scotland, it elevated global conversations about new clean energy sources. And the podcast has spent the last couple of months now reporting out strategies for a zero carbon future that include a reboot of the world's energy sector. And earlier this year, we reported on a development that could one day reboot the energy sector in a completely different way. By eliminating electrical resistance. Thereby dramatically improving energy efficiency. This is the game changing potential of superconductivity. If the world could harness it, we could make trains that run routinely from New York to California in record time and power rockets that could fly to Jupiter. We're taking this holiday week as an opportunity to bring back this popular episode. Hope you enjoy. Several months ago, The Wall Street Journal featured an article about a man who was mining Bitcoin from a computer in his house. The computer was working so hard. It was heating up the entire room. Bitcoin, put your computer through a lot of calculations. And many of us are spending most of our time at home these days. So the man found a way to use all that energy coming off of his computer. He siphoned it to heat a greenhouse and grow basil and cherry tomatoes. That's how much energy his computer was wasting. And it's not just the Bitcoin guy, all of the devices we're using give off excess energy. How many times have you noticed your laptop scorching your thighs? Collectively, we lose billions of dollars every year because of this so called waste heat. It got me thinking about futuristic alternatives that could work to reduce that waste. So I reached out to an expert. I'm Marvin Cohen. I'm university Professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley. Doctor Cohen explained that this waste heat from all of our devices happens because of friction. Too much friction from electrons. The electrons go down the wire, and they bump into things sort of. In the wire is heated so they get knocked around. And that gives you resistance and the wire gets hot. Cohen says that friction is called electrical resistance. And it's just what happens when you conduct electricity. It's normal. It means that some of the energy gets lost. But there is a way to get around it to manipulate the electrons, so the wires don't get hot and energy doesn't get lost. So if you could bring them together and keep them together, you'll have a superconductor. Superconductivity. The ability to conduct electricity without any kind of interference or electrical resistance. Materials that are perfect conductors of energy. Doctor Cohn says it's really hard to bring the electrons together to get them to pair up like this. You have to find the right material and then put them under extreme conditions, super cold or high pressure. But when you do these materials become almost magical. They conduct energy without electrical resistance. They're perfect conductors of electricity. And if we could get that to happen, could figure out how to make that happen on the regular, superconductivity could change the world. Cohen says it would mean super high-speed trains that can go as fast as planes. And it could make our energy problems almost disappear. If you could hook up Niagara Falls to Berkeley, you can get all the electricity from Niagara Falls, Berkeley without any losses. It would be incredible. We could even make a space rocket that could get us to the outer reaches of our solar system. Forget about mass, maybe we can go to Jupiter. Basically, superconductivity is the Holy Grail of physics. But like the Holy Grail, superconductivity has

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