Unless you live in a bomb shelter and have canceled your cable TV and internet services, you’ve heard that the newspaper business has run aground. Advertising revenue is down 67 percent since 2005, and as panicked publishers shutter newspapers, reduce the number of days they publish, lay off journalists and cut local coverage to balance their books, the likelihood that great swaths of the country will become “news deserts,” devoid of accountability reports on government and corporations, has grown. The state of New Jersey thinks it’s found the secret to making the desert bloom: A $5 million subsidy for a university-led consortium that will dispense grants for local news coverage. “Never before has a state taken the lead to address the growing crisis in local news,” said Mike Rispoli of the Free Press Action Fund, the advocacy group that advanced the consortium idea. “Trustworthy local journalism is the lifeblood of democracy; it allows people … [Read more...] about The State of New Jersey Wants to Subsidize News. Uh-oh.
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How big is the sun? Well, that depends on when you’re measuring. The sun slightly shrinks and expands as it goes through a solar cycle, a roughly 11-year period of high and low magnetic activity, a new study finds. When the sun is the most active, its radius decreases by 1 or 2 kilometers, two researchers report in a paper accepted in the Astrophysical Journal. Given that the sun’s full radius is about 700,000 kilometers, that’s a tiny change. Unlike a planet, the sun has no solid surface, so defining the absolute size isn’t simple. “It’s a slippery concept: What does it mean, the radius of the sun?” says astronomer Jeff Kuhn of the University of Hawaii in Maui. One way of defining the sun’s width is based on how the brightness of the sun decreases from its center. In 2010, Kuhn and colleagues found no signs that the sun’s radius varied during the solar cycle, when based on brightness. But the new study considered a different … [Read more...] about The sun shrinks a teensy bit when it’s feeling active
NEWARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2018--VOICE Summit, the nation’s largest multi-day voice-first conference, today announced a slate of more than 150 industry speakers. The event will feature voice-first experts David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo at Amazon, Howard Lerman, Founder and CEO of Yext and Chiori Hori, Principal Research Scientist, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories.David Isbitski has supported the launch of numerous technology platforms, frameworks and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Howard Lerman is Founder and CEO of Yext, the leader in Digital Knowledge Management. Yext’s mission is to give companies control over their brand experiences across the digital universe of maps, apps, search engines, voice assistants, and other intelligent services. Chiori Hori has been working on neural network based technologies for Human-Robot communication at MERL since 2015, introducing deep learning … [Read more...] about VOICE Summit Announces Dynamic Slate of Speakers and Keynotes from Amazon, LEGO and Yext
For being a single cell organism without a brain, slime mold can act pretty smart. As it grows, slime mold can keep track of where it’s been, it can solve mazes in search of food, and it can even be trained to take risks in the name of a big payoff. How exactly? We visited the Swarm Lab at the New Jersey Institute of Technology to find out. Here, assistant professor Simon Garnier studies decentralized systems like colonies of ants — or petri dishes filled with slime mold — to figure out how these organisms make decisions and solve problems together. That’s what’s called “swarm intelligence,” and in the future, this kind of information could help us design an algorithm to create a more efficient network of self-driving cars. If you want to learn more about slime mold, watch the video above. We joined Garnier in the lab to recreate a famous slime mold experiment, and we even tasted some right out of the petri dish. (Spoiler: it tasted like … [Read more...] about How slime mold could shape the future of self-driving cars
Movers & Shakers is where you can keep up with new CIO appointments and gain valuable insight into the job market and CIO hiring trends. As every company becomes a technology company, CEOs and corporate boards are seeking multi-dimensional CIOs with superior skills in technology, communications, business strategy and digital innovation. The role is more challenging than ever before — but even more exciting and rewarding! If you have CIO job news to share, please email me!---------------------------------------------------------------New CIO appointments added Jan. 30Henry Ford Health System welcomes Paul Browne as senior vice president and CIOPaul Browne joins Henry Ford Health System as senior vice president and CIO. Browne has a deep background in healthcare IT leadership roles, most recently having been CIO and senior vice president of applied informatics for Tenet Healthcare. Prior to that, he was CIO and senior vice president for strategic program development at Trinity … [Read more...] about New CIO, CTO appointments