A ‘disruptive’ technology: Sandile Ngcobo’s world-first digital laser

first_imgSandile Ngcobo at work testing the digital laser at the CSIR laboratory in Pretoria. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies for medicine, communications, manufacturing, product development and more.Ngcobo was a key part of the team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre that demonstrated that, instead of resorting to expensive optics or other special mediating devices to control the shape of the light coming out of a laser, laser beams can be digitally controlled from inside the laser device itself.Watch an eNCA documentary on Ngcobo’s research: Watch Ngcobo explaining his technology at TEDxSoweto 2013: First published on Media Club South Africa – Brand South Africa’s library of quality images and articles, available for freelast_img read more

U.S. DoD needs “immediate action” to win the AI war

first_imgThe Department of Defense (DOD) Science Board has released a broad study on autonomy, recommending “immediate action” to counter enemy artificial intelligence.In the study, the science board found that commercial and academic AI is moving at a faster speed than military operations. It warned that if this continued, the U.S. military may face the same threats from adversaries that used cyber warfare to extract information from the Pentagon and other high value military targets, but on a much grander scale.See Also: BAE Systems debuts wearable charging tactical vest“For years, it has been clear that certain countries could, and most likely would, develop the technology to use cyber and electronic warfare against U.S. forces,” said the study’s authors. “Yet most of the U.S. effort focused on developing offensive cyber capabilities without commensurate attention to hardening U.S. systems against attacks from others.”“Unfortunately, in both domains, that neglect has resulted in DoD spending large sums of money today to ‘patch’ systems against potential attacks.”It advised the DOD to gather intelligence on other nation’s AI developments, especially China and Russia. Once it has found sufficient data, teams at the DOD should develop “counter-autonomy” solutions and ways to overwhelm the system, says the science board.DoD late out of the blocks with adversariesThe DOD should also invest resources into developing learning AI systems that can be deployed onto the battlefield. These systems could recognize weaknesses in the enemy’s defense or strategy, though self-thinking systems are far away from becoming reality.China and Russia are both supposedly developing AI systems to deploy on the battlefield. China has even boasted about AI robots and autonomous tanks, which could be deployed in the next few years.According to the report, China has an advantage in the AI battle, since it does not have the same worries that a truly self-thinking system could cause catastrophic damage if it goes rogue. That could be a massive disadvantage, if the U.S. or any other nation is able to create programs to attack the AI and manipulate it.DARPA, the research and development wing of the DOD, has ran a few autonomous tests in the past decade. It could be influential in finding engineers and startups to shore up the U.S. AI deficiencies. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#DoD#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#military#Pentagon#robots#top Follow the Puck David Currylast_img read more

Easily Create Captions in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_imgStep 1: Create a New Caption FileClick the New Item button at the bottom of the Project Panel and select Captions. The new caption file will be a video file, and the settings will match with the current sequence you have open. You can manually adjust width and height, frame rate, and pixel aspect ratio before creating your new caption file.You have four choices of captions, including three options for closed captions. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll create a CEA-708 closed caption file. Be sure to Enable the Closed Captions Display in the Program Monitor and select the correct caption type. Drag the Caption video file onto the timeline.Step 2: Adding, Timing, and Formatting Your CaptionsSelect the Caption file and use the Caption Panel to add text, time, or to format your text. If you can’t see the Caption Panel, simply go to the window menu, and select Captions. Click the Plus button to add a new text box. Make sure your In and Out points match up with the spoken word.You can view the captions in the timeline by expanding the video track. You have a few formatting options, including the type of caption (pop-on, paint-on, 2-4 roll-up lines) and some simple positioning options. With open captions, you have a few extra options, such as additional fonts and size adjustments.Step 3: ExportIn the Export Settings dialog box, use the Caption tab to export the captions as Burn-in or as a Sidecar file. A Burn-in will naturally “burn” the captions into the video file, and viewers will not have the option to turn them off. When you export as a Sidecar file, you will be provided with an additional .scc file which you can upload or deliver with your video files.For more helpful walk-throughs and video tutorials, head on over to PremiumBeats YouTube channel! Creating captions can be a tedious process — but with Adobe Premiere Pro, you can easily create both open and closed captions, all from within the program.Top image via ShutterstockCaptions are simply text over video. You can create closed or open captions, the main difference being that viewers can turn off closed captions, while open captions are always on screen. Whichever option you go with, captions are always a good idea.Adobe’s latest update adds the ability to easily create open captions from within Premiere. Let’s take a look at how to add captions in Adobe Premiere Pro with a few simple steps. Watch the video tutorial directly below and then follow the step-by-step directions to add the technique to your skill set.last_img read more

Professionally Pursue Your Dream Client

first_imgOne of my clients discovered that one of his dream clients was considering a change. They are unhappy with the results they are getting from the 800-pound gorilla in the industry, and they are now open to looking for a company that will get them the results they need. When my client’s company’s name came up, the very senior executive said, “I haven’t heard from anyone there since January.”The statement that no one had called on him for almost nine months wasn’t an offhand remark. It was an indictment. What he was saying is that if my client’s company wanted his business, they would have continued to call on him during the intervening months. Most of the time, the prospective clients of my client calls on an RFP, so most salespeople don’t call on their prospects during the intervening years when they are locked into a contract. It’s interesting that the very C-Level executive doesn’t care about what’s customary. He thinks the people who want his business should be pursuing him.Never Give UpThis story is a lesson for salespeople, especially as it pertains to the pursuit of their dream clients.It isn’t enough to express a passing interest in your dream client or to occasionally check to see if their dormant dissatisfaction has developed enough that they are primed to move. It isn’t enough to call quarterly to check in, or to meet up with your dream client contacts at industry events. These small, infrequent touches, betray a self-interest, teaching your dream client that you only care about them when there is an opportunity for you to compete for their business.Never Go AwayThe truth of the matter is that the competition is occurring right now. The mindshare is being developed between the intervening periods where no salespeople are calling on the dream client because they know that they have a contract and relationships. The relationships that create opportunities develop over time, and relationships are something that can’t be easily developed when you are transactional.If you are going to pursue your dream client, pursue them. Continually call, nurture, and meet with the contacts within your dream client’s company. If you are sporadic in your effort, you will be indicted for your lack of professional pursuit. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more