September 2, 2015Welcome to the August 27. 2015 workshop participants.from left: Michael Rosati II [seminar week]Laura Villa Baroncelli from France [seminar week]Ryan David Erica Qualizza from Italy [seminar week]Felipe Fierro from ColumbiaNick Skinner [scholarship][photo by Sue Kirsch]
Viaccess-Orca a subsidiary of the Orange Group, is partnering with b<>com to advance the development in piracy tracking watermarking, specifically in streaming.Piracy has had seen significant increases in the streaming age. According to a beIN Sports survey, 3.5 million people in France use illegal streaming sites to watch soccer matches, costing €400 million in revenue.In an effort to curb this, the teams at b<>com and Viaccess-Orca are working in tandem with the goal of developing a dynamic watermarking solution that addresses the various piracy threats that broadcasters face and make it possible to identify the source of the piracy. This collaboration is part of a long-term partnership. Bertrand Guilbaud, CEO of b<>com said: “b<>com is particularly proud and happy to count Viaccess-Orca among its members. Protecting content and people for a balanced, ethical use of digital technologies is of critical importance in our view.“Since our creation, we have been working in the field of cybersecurity, and are developing solutions to address the major 21st-century industrial challenge that it represents.“The arrival of Viaccess-Orca strengthens our strategy, and will enable us to define a broader ambition and provide cutting-edge technologies more quickly on a market that is changing at lightning speed.” Viaccess-Orca CEO Paul Molinier added: “Content protection is critical for Viaccess-Orca. The emergence of new forms of piracy such as live re-streaming of content on the Internet means that we need to provide suitable solutions to our clients. “This collaboration with b<>com is even more important for Viaccess-Orca in order to offer more innovative anti-piracy services that fit into our broader content security product offering and meet the expectations of content providers and rights-owners.” The first technology demos by Viaccess-Orca and b<>com will be available at ANGA COM in Cologne, from June 4 to 6, 2019 in Hall 8 – booth K31.
Source:https://www.ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2019/02/visualising-mental-valuation-processes.html Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 19 2019Shopping in a supermarket can sometimes be an agony of choice. So many foods to choose from! And yet, we don’t take hours to decide what we like to eat. Most of the time, we make decisions for or against certain products quickly and without much deliberation.That has less to do with our decisiveness and more to do with the incredibly efficient way the brain processes information. Researchers at ETH Zurich, the University of Zurich and Columbia University, New York, led by neuroscientist Rafael Polanía have now mapped this process in a new computer model. This lets them predict with high accuracy, for instance, which food a person will consume.”With this model, we can practically see inside the human mind and predict decision behavior,” Polanía explains. Their model was recently published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.The basis for the mapped process, and by extension the model, is a subjective valuation structure stored in the brain. In this structure, the brain stores preferences for every food based on previous experience and memories – similar to large online retailers where users and buyers can rate products by awarding stars.The brain’s internal valuation system depends on context. For instance, when going for grocery shopping, this means that our brain efficiently aligns to the supermarket in which the person is shopping. The system is also flexible, meaning that it stores new experiences as well.An efficient valuation system relieves the burden on the brain, which has limited processing capacity – in other words, the number of available neurons is finite. Such efficiency is important given that through its sense organs, such as the eyes, ears, nose or mouth, that are attuned to the external world, the brain is constantly taking in more information than it can process.Access to stored preferencesThat is why, for decisions like the ones modern humans make in the supermarket, the brain draws on its context-specific valuation structure. Simply put, if I am buying oranges in a certain shop (context), then I do so because I have already had a positive experience buying oranges in this shop. On my brain’s internal valuation platform, I award oranges 95 points out of 100. I like grapefruit less because it is too sour; it gets just 10 points.Related StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaSuch individual valuations add up to an overall preference distribution that can be mathematically explained and evaluated. This is precisely where the model comes in: based on such distribution of valuations and efficiency principles, it can make accurate predictions about which food a test subject will choose.First complete modelTo date, neuroscientists and economists have struggled to develop mathematical models that fully maps such decision-making processes that takes into account the capacity limitations of the brain. “The new model accurately predicts which food the test subject will choose in the vast majority of cases,” Polanía says, “and also how often you will change your mind”.The researchers tested and calibrated the model using valuations from a pool of test subjects. These men and women were asked to assess 60 everyday products from a Swiss supermarket. For each product, they were asked how much they wanted to eat it at the end of the experiment. After the first rating phase, the process was immediately repeated to account for the variability of the brain signals to produce such ratings.In the second experiment, the test subjects were presented with two products at the same time and were asked to choose one. The computer, which had already been fed the data from the first experiment, was indeed able to predict their decisions.Applying the model to health decisions”We can apply this model to all decisions that are based on subjective valuations,” Polanía says. For instance, marketing experts could use it to better predict which products will resonate with the public. Economists could use it for calculating prices more accurately.The model could also be used to understand certain aspects of people’s health. “These decisions too are based on subjective valuations, such as how healthy a person thinks a certain product is,” Polanía explains. He is currently working on integrating this criterion into the model. The objective is to discover how people make decisions about their diet, which in turn has implications for obesity or eating disorders like anorexia. Polanía is collaborating with colleagues who research the topic of self-control.
Private Member Bill to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism introduced in Lok SabhaSanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism.”advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:20 IST No discussion took place on the bill | File photo from PTIHIGHLIGHTSAltogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower HouseThe Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasibleBJP’s Sanjay Jaiswal introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”A private members bill which seeks to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) introduced the bill “to designate Pakistan as state sponsor of terrorism”.No discussion took place on the bill.Altogether 44 private member bills were introduced in the Lower House.Besides, a private member Bill to provide for compulsory voting by the electorate in the country was introduced by Janardan Singh Sigriwal (BJP).The Law Commission had earlier said that compulsory voting was not feasible.Introducing the bill, the Member said that in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, over 33 per cent of registered voters did not vote, which was not a good sign for democracy.He cited example of Algeria, Bolivia, Brazil, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy and Switzerland where there was compulsory votingAdmitting that the country might face some challenges in implementing compulsory voting, Sigriwal said it could provide ‘e-voting’ facilities.Ajay Mishra (BJP) said the country should move forward towards one country, one election.Stating that the voting process should be further simplified and there need not be any compulsory voting, Mishra said if any government collapses before the end of its 5 year term, then the power to govern the state should be vested with governor or President for the remaining tenure.Nishikant Dubey (BJP) said there are 28 countries in the world which had implemented compulsory voting and even after implementing it in Australia the voter turnout was 90 per cent.He demanded a discussion on the Supreme Court order to give NOTA button in EVMs and also the verdict on NJAC.C R Chaudhary (BJP) said the government is mulling sending e-ballot papers to NRI voters residing out of India which can send back via post.While, CM Ramesh (BJP) moved a Constitution Amendment Bill that did not give details, Pratap Singh Bajwa moved “The Safeguarding and Adjucating Farmers’ Economic Rights Commission Bill”.M V Rajeev Gowda introduced The Reserve Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, while Vandana Chavan introduced bills that included The Children with Specific Learning Disabilities Bill 2018, The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education and The Contract Labour Amendment Bill.KTS Tulsi introduced the Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 2019, Binoy Viswan The Minimum Wages Amendment Bill, Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe The Companies Amendment Bill, Vikas Mahatme The Promotion Social and Emotional Learning in Schools Bill and Rakesh Sinha introduced The Population Regulation Bill.Parvesh Sahib Singh (BJP) introduced a bill to provide for the compulsory use of bio-degradabale packaging materiaL in the supply and distribution of certain commodities.This was with the aim to curb the usage of plastic and other such non-degradable material in packaging.Shashi Tharoor (Congress) introduced a bill to provide for the establishement of a States and Union Territories Reorganisation Commission.This is to recommend the reorganisation of States and Union Territories to the Central Government through periodic review of demands for new States or Union Territories.Also Read | Pakistan will not open airspace until India withdraws fighter jets from IAF forward airbasesAlso Read | Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi heckled in London over press censorshipAlso Watch | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terror; Al Qaeda chief threatens India; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow Lok SabhaFollow PakistanFollow Terrorism Next
Press Trust of India AmaravatiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 00:23 IST Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (right) and leader of opposition N Chandrababu Naidu.A war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.Pandemonium prevailed in the House as there were heated exchanges between the two leaders during a debate on interest-free loans for farmers.As the debate on the issue was taken up for second day due to persistent demands by opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Naidu reeled out statistics from different documents to deny the allegations by Jagan Reddy that the previous government did not implement zero per cent interest scheme.As the chief minister had on Thursday dared Naidu to resign and leave the House for failing to give even a penny to the farmers, Naidu hit back at Jagan Reddy by providing the statistics. “Will you resign now or apologise to people?” the TDP chief asked the chief minister, evoking protest from treasury benches.Countering Naidu, Jagan Reddy said the TDP government provided only Rs 600 crore for the scheme while it should have given Rs 11,600 crore in five years. He said Naidu was claiming a great achievement by giving just 5 per cent money.There were repeated interruptions when the chief minister was speaking. Irked over this, he remarked “We are 151. If we decide you will not be seen around.”When TDP leader Atchan Naidu tried to intervene, Jagan Reddy asked him to sit and taunted him. “The man is of this size, but the brain is not of that level. You don’t know what to speak and what not to speak,” said the chief minister.Speaker T. Seetharam also reprimanded the TDP members for repeatedly creating disruptions.YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has 151 members in 175-member Assembly. The TDP’s strength is 23.ALSO READ | Andhra Pradesh: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy govt presents its first budgetALSO WATCH | Rahul Gandhi finally steps down as party president; Jaganmohan Reddy’s demolition spree; moreFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnupriya Thakur Tags :Follow Jagan Reddy War of words between Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra AssemblyA war of words between Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and leader of opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu rocked the state Assembly on Friday.advertisement Next