A stressed-out mom made a viral social media post in which she supported banning childless millennials from Disney World. The rant was motivated by the challenging experience of caring for a cranky three-year-old. She was frustrated by a young adult who bought a Mickey Mouse pretzel before she could get it for her kid. In her post she said mothers with children should be allowed to skip in line at Disney World. She believes that Disney World should be family oriented rather than young adult oriented. That’s challenging for Disney, which has been courting millennials for years. Apparently they are the group more likely than other generations to plan visits to theme parks. Knowing that has guided a shifting Disney business model. They have been broadening their appeal to include adult activities like adults-only cruises. On mixed-family cruises, the company now offers adults-only areas including pools, lounges and nightclubs. The company has even given up on its alcohol-free policy. Our outraged mom might be happier leaving the kid at home and having a drink by some Disney, adults-only pool.
Baidu, a Chinese Tech Giant released a conversational AI machine that works in both Chinese and English. The new machine ERNIE 2.0 claims to outperform Google’s BERT and XLNet in several language understanding benchmarks and in nine different Chinese natural language tasks. ERNIE 2.0 relies on a transformer encoder and the BookCorpus data set for training. The new technology has been relatively successful at analyzing sentiment in movie reviews and inferring meaning from sentences. ERNIE 2.0 is based on an open-sourced language understanding model. This new machine relies on something which Baidu refers to as continual pre-training. It’s a two step process. The first is unsupervised pre-training tasks using a lot of data and the second is multi-task learning.
A new technological age is upon us. Artificial intelligence is being applied across many different industries very quickly. One of the uses in the healthcare field applies AI to diagnose illnesses. It is now being used to distinguish between benign and malignant cells in potential breast cancer tumors. These classifications can help patients avoid unnecessary treatments. AI uses machine learning, the science of getting machines to act without being explicitly programmed, in this case, to help make a diagnosis. It is becoming respected tool for breast cancer tumor classification by putting together and processing huge data sets to help doctors make more accurate, faster diagnoses and to suggest the most appropriate therapies for their patients.
Microsoft’s AI robot Xiaoice has now taken on the role of TV host. The robot is now hosting the live Chinese program “Morning News.” The robot is said to have the most human-like voice of any AI program so far. Developers equipped Xiaoice with Text-to-Speech recognition in order to make its voice as natural sounding as possible. Xiaoice uses deep-learning technology to analyze weather data while making a live broadcast.
Before making her debut on Dragon TV, Xiaoice has been active on social platforms like WeChat, Weibo and JD.com. She currently communicates with over a quarter of a million fans through a messaging service called Line; within Line, she appears as a young human like character called Rinna and answers questions. This breakthrough has caused fears in the media industry of job losses. However, the creators of Xiaoice say the technology will work alongside humans; time will tell how much work Xiaoice will end up automating.
Lil Nas X is being sued $25 million over Carry On, a song he released before Old Time Road. A company called The Music Force claims to own the copyright of a song titled “Carry On” by Bobby Caldwell. The company also says that Lil Nas X’s song Carry On hijacked parts of this Caldwell song from the 1980s.
Lil Nas is signed with Sony Music. The Music Force is suing Sony Music along with Lil Nas. The Music Force wants $10 million in damages to “remedy the confusion in the marketplace” and $15 million in punitive damages. Sony Music certainly has the financial power to put up a good fight in court.
AI is changing the social and professional worlds very quickly. Unfortunately, women tend to be underrepresented in AI and in the tech industry in general. However, several Indian women are making an impact on the AI industry. Here’s five women who are examples of this trend.
Ashwini Asokan left Silicon Valley to go to India to start a company of her own. Along with her husband, she created Mad Street Den in Chennai India to provide AI services for apps. Users can plug into the AI cloud platform MAD stack to use the product. The product allows online shoppers to take photos of clothing they like and find these clothes through an online shopping portal. Asokan said that the reason she went to India to start her company was because the Indian consumer market is growing very quickly.
Suriya Prabha taught herself how to code. Now she has created a tech education company called YouCode. Her company helps kids in rural areas of Tamil Nadu learn about AI, robotics and coding.
Geetha Manjunatha and Nidhi Mathur founded Niramai, a breast cancer screening tool which uses AI and machine learning.
In 2014, Gazal and Deepak Garg founded TruckFast, a company that provides high quality services in fields such as e-commerce, FMGG, auto, pharma and the cold chain space.
Niyati Agarwal is one of the founders of Morph.ai, a B2B SaaS platform in which businesses can create chatbots. Chatbots can reach out to customers and pursue high quality leads. The chatbots performs personalized interactions with customers.
Teen life is difficult and stressful. Many new responsibilities come as a part of this awkward transition from childhood to adulthood. Social relations are often competitive; girls and guys often face similar yet different cultural stresses and challenges. Experiencing one’s first romantic feelings while struggling with bullying or academic challenges is hard.; a lot of teens go through these kinds of struggles. Here’s a list of ten great movies about this painful and yet incredible process of moving from childhood to adulthood.
Heathers is a dark comedy film that describes high school drama and tragedy. Veronica is a popular high school girl who is friends with a group of three wealthy, beautiful and popular girls named “Heather.” Her friendship with the girls sweeps her away into a world of cruel popularity struggles and bullying. The film describes the crazy and violent power struggles of students at an Ohio high school.
2. A Cinderella Story
Hillary Duff falls in love with an anonymous guy over email, she later discovers he might be one of the most popular boys in her school.
3. Sierra Burgess is a Loser
Sierra is an intelligent yet awkward girl who makes an alliance with a cheerleader named Veronica. Veronica helps Sierra by giving her number to a sensitive jock named Jamey; Sierra helps Veronica by tutoring her to help impress a college guy she likes.
4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This film is about the great struggles of Lara Jean Covey, a Korean American high school student who faces great challenges when her private love letters are sent to the boys she likes
5. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Nick and Norah meet for the first time. This charming story shows love at first sight that leads to an all-night chase around New York City looking for the elusive band where’s Fluffy.
Boyhood is an incredible film which documents the coming of age process of Mason from childhood to college. This film was created through a complex 12-year process focusing on everyday happenings instead of dramatic life-changing moments.
7. Blue is the Warmest Color
A French film about a lesbian teenage girl who tries to love men but develops a powerful relationship with a blue haired girl. The film explores the challenges of finding one’s identity and of experiencing young love.
8. Wet Hot American Summer
A film about consolers on the last day of camp in 1981. The film explores several bizarre characters and examines their strange habits.
9. The Edge of Seventeen
A coming of age film about Hailee Steinfeld playing Nadine, a teenager with social difficulties and a conflict-ridden family life.
10. The Spectacular Now
A film which follows Sutter Keely, the most popular dude in his high school who is planning to party it up through senior year. He is dumped by his girlfriend and later falls in love with a new girl after getting wasted.
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