Kolkata: An EMU local train overshot platform and hit a buffer at Ranaghat station on Sunday, leading to the suspension of the motorman.According to an Eastern Railway spokesperson, no injury had, however, taken place as the train was at a very low speed. According to the spokesperson, the suburban local train from Bongaon was to terminate at Ranaghat station. The train was running at 5 km per hour, when it hit the buffer. There was no substantial damage to the train. The incident took place at around 7.23 am on Sunday morning. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe first compartment of the train was damaged after hitting the buffer. The metal buffers at the end of platform number 4 have been damaged after the train hit them. The buffers are meant to stop trains in such circumstances, where the locomotive fails to stop at a designated point.The motorman, however, claimed that a mentally challenged man had entered the driver’s cabin, while the train was entering the platform on Sunday morning. Senior railway officials rushed to the spot after the accident. An inquiry has been initiated in this connection.Action will be taken against the motorman if any negligence found on his part, the spokesperson said.The motorman of the Bongaon-Ranaghat train has been put under suspension till the completion of inquiry into the accident, a senior official of the Eastern Railway said. The mentally challenged man was later detained by the GRP at Ranaghat and an investigation is being held to ascertain the facts.
How Success Happens 4 min read Listen Now Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Brains. Power. Millions of dollars in the bank. Nick D’Aloisio has them all. Already. And he’s only 18.You might have heard that D’Aloisio sold his viral Summly mobile news summarization app to Yahoo a year ago for a cool $30 million. He was just 17 at the time. The Australia-born British programmer wunderkind wrote the app in his parents’ bedroom at their London home when he was 15.D’Aloisio is one of the youngest self-made millionaires ever. He is also the world’s youngest venture capital-backed entrepreneur, first raising $300,000 in seed funding in 2011 from Hong Kong billionaire Sir Li Ka-shing’s Horizon Ventures for Summly. Then he raised $1.23 million in 2012 from various A-List celebrity investors, including Yoko Ono, Rupert Murdoch, Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher.Recently named “Innovator of the Year” by the Wall Street Journal, D’Aloisio is now a key full-time member of Yahoo’s mobile engineering team. He launched the tech giant’s sleek new Yahoo News Digest app, which Yahoo describes as an evolution of the work he did at Summly. Not bad for someone in his last year of high school.We caught up with D’Aloisio to talk about his success, Yahoo, his favorite gadgets, and what it takes to get your big break as a young entrepreneur. Related: 10 Interesting Investments to Make in Your 20sEntrepreneur: How did you celebrate when Yahoo acquired Summly?D’Aloisio: The experience was a bit surreal. I really just went to work and continued to focus on my work that I had begun at Summly. It was a proud moment releasing Yahoo News Digest, the direct evolution of Summly.Entrepreneur: What do you want people to know about Yahoo News Digest? D’Aloisio: Yahoo News Digest delivers the most important news twice a day, right to your mobile device. Our digests provide a definitive summary of all the need-to-know news so you can stay on top of what’s happening. Each story summarizes the most important stories of the day into bite-size content. Instead of just a textual summary we offer visual “atoms” — photos, videos, tweets, maps — there are around 14 atoms.People have information overload and with Yahoo News Digest we want to give users a sense of completion and conclusiveness when they come to an end of the top stories of the day. Our digests are finite but informative, with an option to dig deeper into stories that interest them.Entrepreneur: What do you do for fun, when you’re not at work?D’Aloisio: I live a fairly normal life for an 18 year old in London. I still go out on the weekends with my friends, go to parties, and I’m finishing school so there is a lot of studying.Related: Why ‘Gen Z’ May Be More Entrepreneurial Than ‘Gen Y’Entrepreneur: What are some tech gadgets you just can’t live without?D’Aloisio: I really like using Snapchat and Vine. They’re great examples of transiency being brought to information and the immediacy of knowledge that was now being demanded in an online age.Entrepreneur: What are some mistakes entrepreneurs should avoid when pitching venture capital investors?D’Aloisio: I think some entrepreneurs focus too much on the idea, but not enough on the planned implementation or quantifying the success of their solution. Metrics, plans, patents and implementations are just as important as the initial idea.Entrepreneur: What advice do you have for young entrepreneurs hustling for their first big break?D’Aloisio: There are so many resources available online that the primary goal of someone wanting to succeed should be to teach themselves all of the necessary skills e.g programming, business development, design, marketing etc.Be fearless and don’t be afraid of failure. There is no better way to learn than through trial-and-error.Related: 3 Ways to Overcome the Liability of Youth March 24, 2014
A lot of fake news has been spreading in recent times via social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and so on. A group of researchers from the University of Southern California came up with a paper titled “Combating Fake News: A Survey on Identification and Mitigation Techniques” that discusses existing methods and techniques applicable to identification and mitigation of fake news. Microsoft Edge mobile browser also flags untrustworthy news sites with the help of a plugin named NewsGuard. But how far are we in combating the ‘Fake News”? This weekend, Destin Sandlin, an engineer who conducts an educational video series Smarter Every Day on YouTube, tweeted how Fake News is getting popular on YouTube by being literally engineered within our daily feeds by using sophisticated AI, destructive bots and so on. He started off by tweeting about “weaponized bots, algorithm exploitation, countermeasures, and counter-countermeasures!” He mentioned seeing a YouTube video thumbnail with a picture of Donald Trump and Ruth Bader Ginsburg side by side. What caught his eye was, the video received 135,000 views making him feel it’s a legit video. He further explained that the video was simply a bot reading a script. He realized that these bots have come-up with ways to auto-make YouTube videos and upload them. “I recognize that this video is meant to manipulate me so I go to close the video.” Sandlin highlighted another fact that these videos had a 2,400 to 143 like to dislike ratio. He believes that this was some sort of weaponized algorithm exploitation. Source: Twitter He said that in order to get maximum views on YouTube, all a video has to do is get onto the sidebar or in the suggested videos list. He also mentioned an example of a channel that appeared in his suggestion list, named “The Small Workshop”, which managed to get 13 million views. The Trump – Ginsburg video Sandlin searched the YouTube for “After trump sends note to Ginsburg” following which he got tons of different videos but with the same content. He said, “They all use the exact same script, but the computerized voices are different to not trip YouTube’s audio detectors, the videos all use different footage to avoid any visual content ID match”. “This is an offensive AI at work, and it’s built to avoid every countermeasure”, he added. Sandlin tweeted, “I think the strategy is simple… if you bot-create enough videos on the same topic and generate traffic to those artificially…many will fail, but eventually, the algorithm will suggest one of them above the others, and it will be promoted as “THE ONE”.” He further said that tech company engineers are tasked with developing countermeasures to these kinds of attacks. He is dubious of the attacking party he suspects, “Is there a building in a foreign country where soldiers go to work/battle every day to “comment, like, and subscribe?” or are these clever software developers building bots to automatically create videos and accounts to promote those videos? “I would assume they’re using AI to see what types of videos and comments are amplified the most.” He wonders, “How often Do TTPs (Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures) change? When the small groups of engineers at YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter develop a countermeasure, how long until counter-countermeasures are developed and deployed?” According to a post at Resurgent, “Perhaps Sandlin’s suggestion, responding with an active unity, a countermeasure of forgiveness and grace, is the best answer. There’s no AI or algorithm that can defeat those weapons.” Read Destin Sandlin’s complete Tweet thread to know more. Read Next WhatsApp limits users to five text forwards to fight against fake news and misinformation Is Anti-trust regulation coming to Facebook following fake news inquiry made by a global panel in the House of Commons, UK? Fake news is a danger to democracy. These researchers are using deep learning to model fake news to understand its impact on elections
September 28, 2018This Past weekend Arcosanti had the unique pleasure of hosting, Stiltasana, organized by Carpetbag Brigade and taught by company members Helen Goodrum, Alicia Gerstein and Levana Prud’Homme. Stiltasana is an event during which participants get to evolve their skills and meet the wider stilting community. There were times during everyone trained and worked hard, and there was much needed relaxation as well.Those who were present were performers, stilters, dancers, yogis, and just plenty of people with a deep curiosity to explore the capacity of their body.Classes were provided for all levels of stilters – beginners, intermediate and advanced. And the participants learned a mix of acrobatics, butoh and contact improvisation through still point exercises, partner walks, inversions & oppositions and graceful ground movement all on stilts.Everyone learned an amazing variety of skills, which are sure to be incorporated into their own performances. If you’re interested in attending one of the Carpetbag Brigade’s workshops and/or demonstrations, feel free to check out their website. This is just one of many exciting things happening at Arcosanti. Make sure to check back in for another scoop, and stay tuned!(Photos by Sue Kirsch and text by Jesse Fernandez)