Russell played 25 minutes and did most of his damage in the first half, scoring 15 points. He started to heat up in the second quarter, scoring eight points on three straight possessions. He beat Devonte Graham with a quick drive from the wing and drew a foul for a three-point play, knocked down a 3 from the top of the key and then scored on another drive down the middle of the lane to help the Warriors claw back to within four at halftime.Russell said he felt fine physically on the floor.“I felt solid from the jump,” Russell said.Eric Paschall finished with 16 points and has now scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games, the longest such streak by a Warriors rookie since Klay Thompson posted a 14-game streak with double-digit points from April 4-26, 2012. Paschall leads all rookies this season with 380 total points.Graham made 10 of 16 3-pointers and scored 33 points to lead the Hornets. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — D’Angelo Russell returned to the Warriors lineup on Wednesday and led the team in scoring.What he couldn’t prevent was the Warriors’ fourth loss on their current five-game trip.The Charlotte Hornets beat the Warriors 106-91 to sweep the season series. Russell, who missed the past nine games with a thumb sprain, led the Warriors (4-19) with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The Warriors also got Draymond Green (heel) back after he sat out Monday against Atlanta.“Well, he looked good,” coach Steve Kerr said of Russell. “Looked better in the first half than the second. I think he got a little tired maybe in the second half but he had it going and he is a naturally gifted scorer and playmaker. I think that he will be fine, and it won’t take him too long.” Graham also dished out nine assists and had seven rebounds for the Hornets (9-14), who stopped a two-game slide. Backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as the Hornets built a 19-point, second-half lead and hung on.Graham is averaging 20.8 points and 7.7 assists this season, helping to fill the scoring load that was created when three-time All-Star Kemba Walker signed with the Boston Celtics.Graham said his growth is about opportunity and confidence.“The coaches have a lot of confidence in me and we sit and watch film and we talk, and they just say all good things about me and tell me they want me to have the ball in my hands and making plays,” Graham said. “It gives me that confidence to go out and play that way.”Alec Burks added 15 points for the Warriors, his fifth consecutive game with at least 15 points.• The Warriors have lost six consecutive road games.• Charlotte hit 21 of 48 from 3-point range, tied for the fourth-most 3-point field goals ever in a regular-season game against the Warriors.• The Warriors are now 0-8 this season when scoring fewer than 100 points, which they’ve done in three consecutive games.
(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Origin-of-life researchers assume that intelligently-designed experiments in the lab can inform them about the emergence of life without design – in short, that design proves non-design.Life uses chemistry; that’s not controversial. What’s at issue is whether abiotic reactions on a primitive earth led to life without design. Observing chemistry in the lab cannot speak to that question logically. Astrobiologists assume that experiments they design for small portions of their story can be strung together into “scenarios” about life’s origin without design. It doesn’t follow. No one stage logically leads to another. If each step is improbable, the improbabilities grow with each added step, becoming vanishingly small quickly. Maintaining the story requires ample insertion of imagination —the very thing the scientific method was intended to overcome. (Anyone can imagine that a scenario “could” happen. Science seeks demonstrable proof.)Moreoever, astrobiologists never entertain serious criticisms from those outside their field; i.e., from experts who do not believe life could have emerged naturally. All their squabbles are internal. It creates a self-reinforcing belief in naturalism, with disagreement only in the details. Naturalism itself becomes immune to falsification. In addition, astrobiology literature is rife with oversimplification and extrapolation, seasoned with hedging words about what “could” happen or “might” happen. A few recent examples showcase these logical fallacies.Kick-starting life: The leading controversy in origin-of-life theories these days concerns whether metabolism came first or genetics came first (see the two falsify each other in our 1/26/08 entry). The metabolism-first view of Michael Russell at JPL is getting good press these days (see 12/03/04 and 2/15/08). He claims that chemical reactions at hydrothermal vents started chain reactions that life later co-opted for metabolism. Using a kick-starting metaphor, Astrobiology Magazine claims that “Three new papers strengthen the case the life on Earth first began at alkaline hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the oceans.” Russell co-authored all three of these papers, so it’s no wonder they strengthen the case for his belief. He claims his theory is testable, but the only thing he is testing is his intelligently-designed apparatus. The observable present-day chemistry of vents, or the formation of acetate, does not logically concern the origin of life. Imagination replaces demonstration with the use of the “could” word:Once this early chemical pathway was forged, acetate could become the basis of other biological molecules. They also describe how two kinds of “nano-engines” that create organic carbon and polymers — energy currency of the first cells — could have been assembled from inorganic minerals.The question is, who is the kicker? In evolutionary theory, there is no mind or goal. If acetate formed at a hydrothermal vent, nobody was guiding it toward bigger and better things.Giving vent to imagination: In a PNAS commentary, Rogier Braakman of the Santa Fe Institute attempted to support the metabolism-first scenarios at hydrothermal, again with ample use of the “could” word:In particular, much remains unknown about what forms of prebiotic organic chemistry could have been possible at vents, and whether they could have produced abundant biological precursors.Several authors have argued (5–8 [including Russell]) that on the early Earth, this would have created a global network of geochemical reactors that could have seeded life by generating and trapping organic substrates from simple inorganic inputs.While providing an attractive conceptual framework, the strength of such arguments will ultimately depend on experiments that confirm that prebiotic chemistry at hydrothermal vents could have indeed produced analogs of pathways seen in modern metabolism.Studies of this sort can thus help improve our understanding of the variability of prebiotic chemistry within and across hydrothermal vents while also making it possible to consider how the parallel activation of different (sub)networks at different vent locations could have allowed access to pathways not possible under single environmental conditions.Mass concentration within abiotic networks was likely important, because if matter was distributed over too many different pathways it could have significantly decreased the likelihood of more complex structures and functions emerging.Thus, even if total abundances of such organic inputs were high, scenarios depending on them require plausible mechanisms to explain how only small subsets of compounds could have been selected out of highly distributed sets to become part of living systems.If instead metabolism emerged directly from geochemical networks with inorganic inputs, and studies indicate that the number of significantly contributing pathways at hydrothermal vents was likely somewhat limited, then the sparseness of metabolism could in part be a reflection of the sparseness of hydrothermal geochemistry.Before he died in 2007, Leslie Orgel (veteran origin-of-life researcher with Stanley Miller of spark-discharge fame) gave at least 15 reasons why metabolism-first scenarios will not work (1/26/08). None of them were addressed in this new article. The prior year, James Shapiro gave equally potent reasons why genetics-first scenarios will not work (2/15/07).Flowery rhetoric is not enough: PhysOrg gave ample space to another believer in metabolism-first scenarios, Elbert Branscomb from the University of Illinois, an admirer of Russell’s vent hypothesis. “Cracking how life arose on Earth may help clarify where else it might exist,” the headline reads, using three hedging words in one sentence. The grinning face of Branscomb, and his colorful prose (“The answer should help us discover what is truly necessary to spark the fateful transition from the lifeless to the living, and thereby, under what conditions and with what likelihood it might happen elsewhere”) cannot compensate for his illogic. In a single bound, Branscome leaps from the thermodynamics of hydrothermal vents to the intricate machinery of life that produces ATP, as if that is how “life got launched,” given “a free gift of geochemistry on a wet, rocky, and tectonically-active planet.” From there, Branscomb launched himself into an egregious display of personification:“It’s only later when life set out to take its act on the road that it had to figure out how to make its own membranes, pump protons uphill across these new membranes, tap into other sources of energy to do the pumping, etc.,” Branscomb said. “But once hooked on the free stuff, the trans-membrane proton gradient in particular, life never broke the habit. And here we are, every living thing, still frantically pumping protons as if just staying alive depends on it—which it does.”This dreamer was rewarded with an $8 million five-year grant to the University from the NASA Astrobiology Institute, the article said. (He claims his hypothesis is testable, but again, he’s only testing observable chemistry, not the origin of life.) The comments at the end of the article degenerated into name-calling, with angry evolutionists flinging Bible-thumping accusations against one who simply pointed out the improbabilities.Lewis and Clark they’re not: Fresh with more government money from the Lewis and Clark Fund, some young researchers are traveling the world for evidence of life on other planets. That’s right; they are assuming, illogically, that they can “Use Earth to Understand Possible Life in the Universe,” according to Space.com. Out they journey, looking for evidence of early oxygen and other things, on the only planet in the universe where life is known to exist. As much fun as these free vacations might be, they cannot logically speak to the origin of life on other planets from a sample of one. “The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology is supported by the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the American Philosophical Society (APS),” Michael Shirber of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute wrote, noting that the APS also had a role in the original Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804. (That journey, though, was not trying to discover life on other planets.) One young researcher was so happy to take part, he said (with “could”), “The fact that other planets, which are seemingly inhospitable from a distance, could in fact have a prolific biosphere that is actively shaping their environment blows me away.” In science, no amount of emotion can justify an illogical conclusion.SETI self-refutation: Another Space.com article about SETI used the same non-sequitur fallacy, arguing that research into whale songs can inform them about life in outer space. Drake equation in hand, describing the history and current status of “SETI Evolution,” writer Laurence Doyle of the SETI Institute unwittingly stumbled onto an argument for intelligent design (without calling it that):But a new SETI idea is even farther out than that. The idea is that there is a SETI-type “calling card” in the human genome. In order for this to be isolated, one would have to show that this particular region in the human (or perhaps another species’) genome was not just non-random (any process with a rule structure of any kind is non-random), but that this certain region of the genome was incompatible with the processes that shaped or altered the present genome. The idea is that if a region of the human genome could be shown to not be like any other parts of the genome, and — much more difficult — to not be producible by natural selection, for example, then it would have to have been made by a pre-human and very advanced intelligence. I think information theory here would be very useful, as one could perhaps isolate regions of the genome that had unusual structure.From there, he pondered what alien intelligences might be thinking, apparently unaware that if alien intelligences could leave artifacts of their presence that we humans could discern, then design detection is a legitimate scientific approach for viewing the genome.The perhapsimaybecouldness index (PCMI) of these articles is off the charts. We invite you to re-read a commentary from 5/22/2002 about why individual parts of their scenario cannot logically support the scenario, using the analogy of a helicopter holding a girder over a canyon as a “possible” part of a bridge.Our online book and Meyer’s Signature in the Cell have destroyed, many times over, the imaginations of these origin-of-life Imagineers to the point that the rubble is bouncing. Suffice it to say that the Astrobiology fantasyland express continues at full steam (and full funding) despite literally decades of falsification, from the Wistar Institute study that Meyer discusses in Darwin’s Doubt, to numerous subsequent studies and books, even some by evolutionists. Remember when Astrobiology was rushed into a new government-funded science after an emotional press conference about the Mars meteorite? The meteorite was later debunked, but Astrobiology didn’t get ejected with it. Now they are still doling out millions of tax dollars in a down economy to keep the naturalistic myth going. Why do thinking people put up with something that is demonstrably untenable, illogical, and useless? For corroboration (and fun), re-read our 2/15/07 (“OOL on the Rocks”) and 1/26/08 (“Pigs Don’t Fly) entries.
Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes The popular startup question and answer service Quora only allows the largest search engines to index its site. As Gabe Rivera of Techmeme pointed out yesterday, its robots.txt file explicitly grants Google, Bing, Blekko and other big players access, but excludes everyone else. If large sites had these restrictions back when Google was starting, it might never have succeeded and we’d still be stuck with Altavista. As more publishers move to this whitelist approach, are they stifling innovation?Gabriel Weinberg has been struggling to persuade Facebook to add his DuckDuckGo search engine to their list of approved crawlers, with no luck. Concerned about mining of their public profiles, last year Facebook started requiring search engines to sign a legal agreement covering the usage of their data. Unfortunately it seems like the process has turned into a barrier for fledgling search companies like Gabriel’s. Despite being happy to enter into that contract, he hasn’t heard back after several months. While he’s still able to show Facebook pages thanks to API partners like Bing, this leaves him unable to run his own algorithms to optimally rank and display the results. He’s frustrated by the trend towards whitelisting, pointing out that malicious or underhand scrapers ignore the policy file and says “Bad bots don’t respect it anyway”. In his view it’s a big drag on innovation too – “really you’re just hurting startups that may use your data in cool ways”.Both Quora and Facebook offer APIs to access their data, so why do startups need to crawl their sites? After all, web page scraping is often associated with unsavory scammers and copyright infringers. The real loss is that APIs only allow you to ask the questions that the interface designers have anticipated. For example, Gabriel was hoping to build directories listing the Facebook pages for local businesses by location and type, together with snippets of information about them, just as he does for other categories of sites on the web. There’s no way to gather that information through the Facebook API, so without crawling access he’s unable to implement that feature.As traditional search companies struggle to pull relevant results from an increasing deluge of low-quality content, we need innovative startups to pioneer new approaches. Without the openness that made it possible for Google to grow, the next big thing in search may never happen.Photo by David Goehring Related Posts pete warden How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Analysis#hack
Bosch is creating the brain for the self-driving cars of the future.At the international Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 conference in Berlin this week, the supplier of technology and services presented an onboard computer for automated vehicles.Thanks to artificial intelligence, the computer can apply machine learning methods. The AI onboard computer is expected to guide self-driving cars through even complex traffic situations, or ones that are new to the car. “We are teaching the car how to maneuver through road traffic by itself,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management.Cars already use Bosch sensors to monitor their surroundings. Using artificial intelligence, it will also be able to interpret those readings to make predictions about the behavior of other road users. “Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen. We are making the car smart,” continued Denner.Nvidia will supply Bosch with a chip that stores algorithms, generated with machine learning methods. The AI onboard computer is expected to go into production by the beginning of the next decade at the latest. Driverless cars to be part of everyday life in the next decade Bosch’s AI onboard computer can recognize pedestrians or cyclists.See also: What if the Super Bowl had AI referees?Besides this ability, known as object recognition, artificial intelligence also makes it easier for automated vehicles to assess a situation. For instance, cars that have their turn signals on are more likely to change lanes than those that do not. As a result, a self-driving car with AI can recognize and assess complex traffic situations, such as when an oncoming vehicle executes a turn, and factor these into its own driving.The computer stores whatever it learns while driving in artificial neural networks. Experts review this knowledge in the lab for accuracy. Following further testing on the road, the artificially generated knowledge structures can be transmitted to any number of other AI onboard computers in an update.NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang detailed how deep learning is fueling an AI revolution in the auto industry: “I’m so proud to announce that the world’s leading tier-one automotive supplier — the only tier one that supports every car maker in the world — is building an AI car computer for the mass market. First adoption of Nvidia’s Xavier technologyThe collaboration with Bosch represents the first announced DRIVE PX platform incorporating NVIDIA’s forthcoming Xavier technology. Xavier can process up to 30 trillion deep learning operations a second while drawing just 30 watts of power. That power is needed to achieve what the automotive industry refers to as “Level 4 autonomy,” where a car can drive on its own, without human intervention. The number of cars with various levels of autonomy will grow to a total of 150 million vehicles by 2025, analysts project.Huang said his company will deliver technology enabling Level 3 autonomous capabilities (in which a car can drive on its own but still needs a driver to intervene under various conditions) by the end of this year, and Level 4 capabilities by the end of 2018.While cars on the road now are capable of detecting vehicles in front of them and braking when needed, the requirements for autonomous driving are more demanding. Instead, deep learning can enable us to train a car to drive, and ultimately perform far better — and more safely — than any human could do behind the wheel.“We’ve really supercharged our roadmap to autonomous vehicles,” Huang said. “We’ve dedicated ourselves to build an end-to-end deep learning solution. Nearly everyone using deep learning is using our platform. Of course, our goal someday is that every single car will be autonomous.” “But for the path to then, we’ll have AI that will be your co-pilot, will be your guardian, and look out for you.”Powered by deep learning, AI co-pilot can recognize faces to automatically set specific preferences in the car depending on the driver. The system can also see where the driver is looking, and detect expressions to understand the driver’s state of mind. Combining this information with what is happening around the car enables the AI co-pilot to warn the driver of unseen potential hazards.In addition, the system has the ability to read lips. So even if the radio is cranked up, the car can understand a driver’s instructions.Bosch sees AI in its future“We want automated driving to be possible in every situation. As early as the next decade, driverless cars will be also a part of everyday life. Bosch is advancing automated driving on all technological fronts. We aim to assume a leading role in the field of artificial intelligence, too,” said Denner.He went on to say that artificial intelligence would play a key role in all areas of business at Bosch, not just mobility: “Just ten years from now, it will be virtually impossible to conceive of a Bosch product that does not involve artificial intelligence in some way. The products will either have it or be created with its help.” At the beginning of this year, the company announced it was establishing a Center for Artificial Intelligence. Bosch is investing some 300 million euros in expanding its expertise in this area. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Cate Lawrence Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#AI#Bosch#connected cars#IoT#Level 4#Nvidia#self-driving cars#Xavier For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rakhimov’s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list — with alleged links to international heroin trafficking which he denies — is part of an International Olympic Committee inquiry examining boxing’s place on the Tokyo Games program, and the AIBA’s right to run the sport.“Mr. Rakhimov did a great job since he was interim president (in January 2018) and we thank him for that,” Moustahsane told The Associated Press on Friday. “But AIBA is now going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Moroccan doctor said he had not yet met Nenad Lalovic, the IOC executive board member chairing a three-member inquiry, nor the Olympic body’s president Thomas Bach.“We are confident they are working for the best interests of the sport,” Moustahsane said in an interview. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Asked if Rakhimov staying out of office could be a condition of keeping boxing in the Olympics, Moustahsane said: “The IOC have never said that there’s a red line. Mr. Rakhimov stepped aside so we don’t have to discuss this issue now.”The IOC is also concerned about the integrity of some bout results at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the AIBA’s finances.Moustahsane chaired a panel allocating referees and judges to bouts in Rio, though then-AIBA executive director Karim Bouzidi was publicly demoted during those Olympics and took the blame.“We turned the page and saw that there was something to do improve our sport,” Moustahsane said, insisting he saw no wrongdoing in Rio and preferred to look forward rather than “stay on the past.”An offer to clear the AIBA’s reported $16 million debt by its executive committee member Umar Kremlev of Russia was announced last month.“We asked Mr. Kremlev to put this proposal to the (executive committee),” Moustahsane said, adding the AIBA had not asked about the source of the money.The American federal sanctions on Rakhimov have left banks in Switzerland reluctant to do business with the Lausanne-based boxing body.“We are working according to Swiss law and nothing is out of order,” said Moustahsane, who described an AIBA account held in Serbia as “not something important.”Despite the IOC inquiry, the AIBA is still working with around 200 member nations and planning for world championships in Russia. The men’s tournament in September and women’s in October are meant to decide the first Olympic qualifying places.A legal fight would be possible if the IOC decisions go against the AIBA. 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The International Boxing Association has as few as six weeks left to save the sport’s place at the 2020 Olympics. Now its new interim president has arrived in the IOC’s home city Lausanne for the final rounds of lobbying. Mohamed Moustahsane is a long-time ringside doctor from Morocco, who praised his predecessor whose alleged links to organized crime helped provoke the crisis in Olympic boxing. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, FIle)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With as few as six weeks left to save boxing’s place at the 2020 Olympics, the governing body’s new interim president is now in the IOC’s home city for the final rounds of lobbying.A long-time ringside doctor, Mohamed Moustahsane stepped into the arena last month as the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) temporary leader after elected president Gafur Rakhimov stepped aside.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments MOST READ Two deadlines weigh heavily in the AIBA’s near future.A May 22 meeting of the IOC board to assess the inquiry panel’s report could see boxing removed from the Tokyo program, or choose to go ahead outside the AIBA’s control. Bach’s board already decided in November to freeze planning for men’s and women’s boxing tournament in Tokyo and block AIBA officials contacting organizers in Japan.The AIAB could also be formally derecognized by the full IOC membership at their June 24-26 annual meeting in Lausanne.Rakhimov helped negotiate a settlement with the AIBA’s main creditor, in Azerbaijan, before he was formally elected president in November by member federations. That vote triggered an inquiry panel being created by the IOC, which privately warned the AIBA against electing him.Moustahsane stepping into the presidential seat for up to nine months is seen by some skeptics as a tactic to placate the IOC before a Rakhimov return.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ahmed JahouhAnas Edathodikaatkfc goa First Published: October 18, 2019, 5:11 PM IST ATK will miss their two new signings, Anas Edathodika and Jobby Justin in their Indian Super League 2019-20 opener against Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on October 20. Both Anas and Justin will be unavailable as they are supposed to serve out their suspensions that they are carrying forward.Anas will not have the chance to go against his former team in their first game of the season as he has to serve out a red card suspension that he earned during Kerala Blasters’ Super Cup game againt Indian Arrows. Anas, therefore, will miss just the first game. Anas last played for the Indian national team in their disappointing 1-1 draw against Bangladesh in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifier at the Salt Lake Stadium. While ATK head coach Antonio Habas will not have Anas for the first game, he will miss the services of Justin for the first three games of the season. Justin was handed a six-game ban by the AIFF Disciplinary Committee for an ugly spat with Aizawl FC defender Kareem Nurain when he played for East Bengal in the I-League last season. Justin has already served out three matches.With three more matches remaining, Justin will miss the opener away game against the Blasters, the October 25 home game against newbies Hyderabad FC and another way game against Chennaiyin FC on October 30. Justin will be available for selection from the home game against Jamshedpur FC on November 9.Apart from ATK missing two of their players, last season’s runners-up FC Goa will also miss their midfield stalwart Ahmed Jahouh when they begin their campaign against two-time champions Chennaiyin FC on October 23. The Moroccan was sent off in the first half of Extra Time with a double booking in the 2018-19 final when Bengaluru FC won the game 1-0, to lift their maiden ISL title.