By Zainab CalcuttawalaRabat – Abdi Mohamed, a 17-year-old Muslim boy from Kenya, was hospitalized Saturday night after two Utah police officers shot him in the chest and stomach near a homeless shelter.The shooting happened at 8:15 p.m. when police saw him arguing with a man while holding a broomstick, Fox 13, a local news source reported. After Abdi refused to drop the broomstick upon request, the officers proceeded to shoot him three times in the upper half of his body. Mohammed was one of two suspects in an alleged assault, according to a statement released by the Salt Lake City police department (SLCPD) on Sunday.“On Saturday, February 27, at approximately 8:00 p.m., officers witnessed two males with metal objects attacking a male victim,” the statement reads. “Officers confronted the two suspects and ordered them to drop the weapons. One of the males complied and dropped the weapon, the other continued to advance on the victim and was shot by officers.”In the aftermath of the shooting, 100 officers were dispatched in order to contain crowds who “shouted and threw objects at the police” as a response to the officers’ actions, Fox reported.Selam Mohammed, a friend of the victim who was accompanying him at the time, said the police gave him only one chance to surrender the broom before they began shooting.‘The police said ‘drop it’ once, then they shot him four times,’ Mohammed told Fox. “’We were trying to break it up before the police even came, but the police ran in on foot and pulled their guns out already… not even trying to tase him or anything.”“There is no doubt what happened is a tragedy for all involved and for our entire city,” the Mayor of Salt Lake City, Jackie Biskupski, said in a statement. Biskupski added that she recognizes that this is the third “significant use of force” incident for the city’s police department in the past month.The incident and footage from the two officers’ body cameras are being investigated by the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. The results of the investigation will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for “a final determination on the shooting,” according to the statement by the police.The two officers involved in the shooting are currently on administrative leave, a SLCPD officer told The Guardian.
brian s hall In The Lawnmower Man, an exceedingly not-bright man is befriended by the brilliant, handsome scientist (Lanier?). By integrating the dolt with virtual reality tools and linking him with a singularly giant computer, the subject gains incredible mental powers. But very quickly, he – and everything – goes terribly wrong.Lanier foresaw the rise of computing power, even if he whiffed on its actual execution, with a deep-seated fear that, well, ignorant rubes would use it to muck everything up. Perhaps what held Lanier back was his deep-seated fear of what would happen if and when the power of the technologies he worked on reached the masses.Lanier can be lauded for his concerns that giant computer companies may harm people, or that we may lose our humanity by merging man and machine. Too often, however, Lanier seems to be repelled by the thought of these grand technologies flowing to the very people he claims to care about.While technology, computing and the “mob” mind have moved forward so quickly, Lanier appears to be standing still, seemingly content to speak at TED, SXSW and other events. Lanier’s VR dreams were a shockingly intriguing experiment in the 1980s. Some 30 years later, however, while virtual reality remains mostly vapor, the world has changed in dramatic ways Lanier never saw coming.Note: ReadWrite reached out to Mr. Lanier via the email provided on his personal website. He did not respond. Top image of Jaron Lanier courtesy of Flicker/vanz. Tags:#Virtual worlds A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Jaron Lanier helped create virtual reality, all the way down to “VR” headsets and handgear. Smithsonian Magazine called him an 1980s “Silicon Valley digital-guru rock star.” Lanier was regularly featured in Wired Magazine, particularly during its early, glory days. Nearly 30 years before the introduction of Google Glass, Lanier saw deep into a future where individuals could access virtual worlds. Lanier’s sizable vision, however, appears to have resulted in few actual usable products – nor much in the way of human advancement.In 1985, Jaron Zepel Lanier and Thomas G. Zimmerman left their jobs at Atari and founded VPL Research. VPL was the first company to sell VR goggles and accessories. (The company filed for bankruptcy in 1990.) Lanier was later a “visiting scholar” at Silicon Graphics, served as an advisor to Linden Lab – makers of “shared creative spaces” and the much-hyped Second Life virtual world – and has also worked as “scholar-at-large” on Microsoft’s Kinect controller. With the possible exception of the Kinect device – which actually has been linked to virtual reality efforts – it’s difficult to view any of Lanier’s efforts as a success. Big ThinkerIn 2010, Lanier was named to the Time 100. He was listed under the “Thinkers” category, along with Steve Jobs. Time described Lanier this way:In the 1980s, Lanier’s pioneering work on virtual reality reshaped our concept of how sensory interfaces enable human-computer interaction. As a musician, he has fused Eastern and Western traditions with artistry and technology. His ability to synthesize these forces — so often held in opposition — is the hallmark of his mind and the guiding philosophy of his book, in which he celebrates the potential of the Internet but also laments the way its misuse can suppress the individual voice.Comparing anyone’s accomplishments with Steve Jobs may be unfair, but unlike the late Apple co-founder, Lanier’s pioneering work hasn’t amounted to that much. Moreover, Lanier’s strident warnings of giant mainframes run by a few to control the many missed so many critical trends that it now sounds like 1980s science-fiction. Giant computer brains aside, the 52-year-old Lanier has often come close to the truth – yet was never able to fully capitalize on his insights. His efforts in the 1990s promoting “telepresence” and “tele-immersion,” for example, no doubt spurred innovation in the field. But the real work of bringing such technologies from vision to product has been left to others. Many of whom, Lanier has found time to criticize. Writing for Wired in December 2000, Lanier lambasted Ray Kurzweil, so-called father of “the singularity,” and others for their “cybernetic totalism.” Lanier expressed grave doubts that humans should or could be replaced by computers within a few decades – though in large part because of his belief that software grows increasingly more bloated and complex over time. Lanier did not foresee the rise of small stripped down apps and the mobile operatings systems on which they run. Lanier’s oft-expressed view that our machines could make us less human seems to have utterly discounted the truly empowering aspects of the merger of man and computer – the ability today for children to learn on their own using an iPad, for example.The Bad CollectiveLanier appears to have repeatedly discounted the power of the collective Web to enhance individual power and connectivity. In his 2006 essay, “Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism” Lanier came close to foreseeing the global rise of Twitter and Facebook. Instead of being awed at how this new level of connectivity might improve humanity, however, Lanier railed against those who “start to believe that the Internet itself is an entity that has something to say… and making ourselves into idiots.” Lanier sounded an alarm that not only fell on deaf ears, but suggests that the “collective” – basically, masses of people – are what we should fear most. From his essay: What we are witnessing today is the alarming rise of the fallcy of the infallible collective.Lanier continued, revealing his perception of the so-called wisdom of the crowd:The hive mind is for the most part stupid and boring. Why pay attention to it?Perhaps Lanier believes we have always been stupid. In his 2006 essay, “Beware the Online Collective,” Lanier stated:I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs. We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob.The man who once sought to alter our very reality, create new worlds and prevent an anonymous cabal from controlling the masses, seems to possess a deep distrust of most people. Perhaps Virtual Reality was Lanier’s escape from this world?What’s to stop an online mass of anonymous but connected people from suddenly turning into a mean mob, just like masses of people have time and time again in the history of every human culture? It’s amazing that details in the design of online software can bring out such varied potentials in human behavior. It’s time to think about that power on a moral basis.It’s a valid concern, but Twitter-enhanced protests during the “Arab Spring,” for example, reveal that an “online mass” can be a force for liberation, not just a “mean mob.” Nonetheless, in his 2010 book, You Are Not a Gadget, Lanier returned to the theme of anonymous groups manipulating the masses.Much to CriticizeLanier has claimed that real-time, social sharing platforms, which he groups under the term “Web 2.0,” has glorified the collective. He has labeled Facebook and Google as “spy agencies.” Lanier has criticized aspects of open software. He suggests that collective-generated content, such as might be found today on Wikipedia or Quora, for example, “removes the scent of people,” whatever that means. Over and over again, Lanier has not only missed the rapid growth of the future just as it was about to strike, he also badly misunderstood the disruptive power, creative ability and even wisdom it confers to the very people he reputedly sought to protect from its rise.The Lawnmower Man As Prophecy?Here’s the perfect example. Lanier’s home page lists his books, musical works and upcoming speaking engagements and includes such “Celebrity Fluff” as:The 1992 movie Lawnmower Man was in part based on him and his early laboratory- he was played by Piers Brosnan (sic). 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: [email protected]’s P.O.S.H. pad proves itself worthyRice University engineering students create portable, solar-powered emergency shelter Rice University engineering students have constructed a portable disaster-relief shelter on campus, and their adviser was so confident in their work that he moved in. Weeks before his impending wedding, Brent Houchens, an assistant professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, lived in the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.), a boxy little building crowned by six solar cells. Houchens took up residence May 4 and stayed for a week to test the structure’s systems and basic functionality. “It’s been great to live in,” Houchens said on day five. “It’s been really comfortable at night. I actually had to turn the air conditioning down a little this morning because it got too cool.”Five Rice senior mechanical engineering students — Matthew Sorenson, Young Suk Jo, Jeroune Rhodes, Stephanie Vu and Tomas Lafferriere — and junior observer Michael Heisel built the prototype shelter just outside the lab where they cooked up the idea, Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. The students designed the building for disaster relief and use in developing countries as their capstone design project. With about 140 square feet of living space, the shelter is remarkable both for what it contains and for how well it should travel. The modular building has a “wet core” that contains a toilet, a shower and filtration for clean water. Up to 75 gallons of water, enough to sustain two people for three weeks, is stored both above the shower and in an external tank. The house is designed to support eight solar panels. The six 230-watt panels in the current house power an air conditioner, LED lights and small appliances; a bank of batteries stores energy for up to two days if the sun isn’t shining. Students designed the shelter to house two adults comfortably for six months to a year, if necessary, completely off-grid. A second module built around the same wet core could house a larger family, Houchens said.The shelter, with amenities, collapses into itself for travel. The two-wheeled, 3 1/2-by-3 1/2-by-6-foot boxes are small enough that six complete P.O.S.H. units would fit into a standard shipping container. Team members say two people should be able to assemble the shelter in a day with standard hand tools. Instructions are included.“I don’t think a lot of people expected us to finish the whole house by the end of the year, so our team is extremely proud that we were able to get it operational,” Sorenson said. The project began last fall.The team got design help from lead sponsor NASA, which has a strong interest in portable habitats. “The team visited the Habitat Demonstration Unit facility at Johnson Space Center a month ago,” Houchens said. “NASA engineer Mike Ewert helped us scope out what was and wasn’t possible and a good packing ratio to shoot for at the beginning of the project, and continued to advise us throughout.”Team members, who are available for interviews after commencement May 14, will deconstruct P.O.S.H. next week, with Houchens filming and timing the disassembly for future demonstration purposes. “After that, it will become a research platform that I’ll tie in to the thermodynamics class I teach in the spring,” he said. “We’ll do comparative studies on different types of insulation and energy efficiencies.”Houchens sees real-world potential for such a shelter with polymer walls and air-gap or foam insulation replacing the prototype’s half-inch plywood. “The long-term hope is that somebody will take this to the manufacturing level, clean up the rough edges and gain thermal efficiency and cost reduction at the same packing size. I think it’s possible.”In the meantime, while preparing for his wedding, Houchens enjoyed what turned out to be his last bachelor pad. “I’d need all the solar panels to run a plasma TV, but that wouldn’t be very energy-efficient,” he said. “Still, I’d like to keep it.”-30-A video tour of the Portable Off-grid Sustainable Habitat (P.O.S.H.) is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Me-9IkX0poDownload a high-resolution photo of the team at http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0511_POSH.jpg CAPTIONSeniors at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering designed and built a sustainable emergency shelter for two that collapses into two compact containers for shipping. Members of Team P.O.S.H. are, clockwise from left, Jeroune Rhodes, Matthew Sorenson, Stephanie Vu, Tomas Lafferriere and Rice Professor Brent Houchins (seated). Missing from the photo is Young Suk Jo.(Credit Jeff Fitlow/Rice University) FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis
Xining Municipal Population and Family Planning Commission attaches great importance to the military
After the meeting to mobilize the city’s "military enterprises build a model village" activities, the city population and Family Planning Commission leaders attach importance to the grass-roots level, focusing on research, effective measures, work at the same time a good grasp of the total population in China, to do a good job with the East gap contact point unit of Zhenkang Datong County village twinning work as an important task, give full play to Department of advantages, and actively expand the helping ideas, and carry out twinning activitiesAfter the city of
"military enterprises build a model village" mobilization meeting, the city population and Family Planning Commission leaders attach importance to the grass-roots level, focusing on research, effective measures, work at the same time a good grasp of the total population in China, to do a good job with the East gap in Datong County unit of Zhenkang village contact point pair were built to work as an important task. Give full play to the advantages of departments, actively expand helping ideas, and carry out twinning activities.
one is the leadership attention. promptly set up by the party secretary, director Liu Ping as the group leader, deputy director of the party members, Ding Wei, Huang Yunping as deputy leader, the relevant offices mainly responsible for members of the military and political enterprises build a model village "activities leading group consists of office, designate a person responsible for the formation of concerted efforts in the work.
two is the grassroots level. Liu Ping, director of Ding Wei, deputy director Huang Yunping has 3 times to lead the relevant offices responsible person, in-depth understanding of the basic situation of the leisure village, public opinion, the village, and on a thorough and meticulous investigation of population and family planning work, first-hand information, and combined with the practice, carefully study the programme of work, strengthen coordination with relevant departments. To twinning work doing fine.
three is focused on research. In the build activities, committee leaders and Kangle village Party branch of the village committee, a group of people to carry out the "military enterprises build a model village construction situation and the existing problems, and township and village cadres to discuss the planning and construction of demonstration village, actively organize and mobilize the masses to participate in the demonstration village construction, pay attention to the subjective initiative and creative, with Kang village adjacent to the Datong County kite ditch scenic area advantage, encourage village cadres and local people to develop the tourism industry, increase the income of peasants, and vigorously promote the construction of new countryside.
four is effective. the spirit of "do best" principle, in May 10th, the city population and Family Planning Commission and Kangle village signed a "military enterprises build a model village" to build agreement, in units of funds under the condition of public service facilities and population culture square construction for leisure village invested 10 thousand yuan of funds for the transformation of the village, and as for the relief of 2 tons of flour Kangle village. Play the advantages of departments to carry out publicity and education of the population of the village cultural and scientific knowledge of family planning, carry out a free reproductive health examination of the village women of childbearing age, and ensure the smooth development of the demonstration village construction.