As I walked up to the Intel visitor center in Santa Clara, California, a big group of South Korean teenagers ran from their bus and excitedly gathered round the big Intel sign for selfies and group shots. This is the kind of fandom you might expect to see at Apple or Google. But Intel? advertisement advertisement Then I remembered that Intel is the company that put the “silicon” in Silicon Valley. Its processors and other technologies provided much of the under-the-hood power for the personal computer revolution. At 51 years old, Intel still has some star power. But it’s also going through a period of profound change that’s reshaping the culture of the company and the way its products get made. As ever, Intel’s main products are the microprocessors that serve as the brains of desktop PCs, laptops and tablets, and servers. They’re wafers of silicon coated with millions or billions of transistors, each of which has an “on” … [Read more...] about Inside Intel’s billion-dollar transformation in the age of AI
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Fed by powerful winds and cloudless skies, fires continue to rage across California. The Kincade fire in the Sonoma County wine country has swelled to over 70,000 acres—twice the size of San Francisco—and has forced about 200,000 people from their homes. Los Angeles County was just getting a handle on the Tick and Saddle Ridge fires when the new Getty inferno flared up, threatening the famed art museum complex. And now the Easy fire threatens Simi Valley. Some people have already lost their homes, and many more may. Far more will be without homes or electricity for some time. They all need help, which you can best provide by donating money to relief organizations working in the communities. Several provide shelter, food, toiletries, cash, and counseling support to people, while others offer rescue and care for displaced pets. You can donate to umbrella organizations providing aid across the state or focus on specific needs in specific regions. Statewide General aid: The … [Read more...] about How to help California wildfire victims: 13 things you can do as Kincade, Tick, Getty, Easy fires burn
After a rigorous struggle and a long wait, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised gay sex in a landmark verdict on September 6. What followed was shared rejoicing by activists, the film fraternity and politicians.However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has maintained an eerie silence over the issue. At a time when the Indian as well as international media are celebrating the historic verdict, with congratulatory messages flooding social media platforms, the BJP is tightlipped.The only exception has been BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, who told news channels that “homosexuality is a genetic flaw” and that "this verdict would give rise to issues like increase in gay bars and the number of HIV cases”. Stating that homosexuality cannot be treated like an alternate sexual behaviour, Swamy said, “There is no finality in the Supreme Court’s judgement today, and this can be overturned by a seven-judge bench." Swamy had earlier told the … [Read more...] about Why is the BJP silent on Supreme Court’s landmark verdict decriminalising gay sex?
We’ve been promised a robot revolution for decades. But bots have yet to infiltrate our lives at home in any substantial way. That’s probably because no one has yet figured out their “killer app,” the use case that’s so compelling that people flock to purchase a robotic companion. advertisement advertisement But a new robot called the Misty II is taking the same approach that helped make the iPhone so powerful. Instead of trying to build a bot as well as figure out everything that people might want to use it for, Misty Robotics is designing the hardware and then enlisting independent developers and other companies to create “skills” for Misty. These skills could turn Misty into anything from a security robot that roams your house, to a podcast reader that talks to you as you go about your morning routine, to a fall detector that can send family members a picture if an elderly person happens to take a tumble. That’s why creating … [Read more...] about This adorable robot wants to be as useful as your iPhone