Bangkok: The successive losses to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi have been disappointing but Indian ace P V Sindhu will have to put it all behind when she renews her chase for a maiden title this year in the Thailand Open badminton tournament, starting here on Tuesday. The last two weeks have been an emotional roller-coaster ride for Sindhu as after finishing second-best at the Indonesia Open, she was shown the door in the quarterfinals of the Japan Open last week. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhOn both occasions, familiar foe Yamaguchi turned out to be Sindhu’s nemesis. The Indian would be desperate to break her seven-month long title jinx. Seeded fourth, Sindhu will open her women’s singles campaign against unseeded Chinese Han Yue, whom she easily overcame in the first round of Japan Open. If all goes well, Sindhu might face her first real test in the quarterfinals with a possible clash against sixth seed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe other Indian in fray, Saina Nehwal has been seeded seventh here, but she has been hampered by several injuries of late. Saina was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds as she is focussing on getting into shape for next month’s World Championships. She has been pitted against a qualifier in the opening round. In men’s singles, Shubhankar Dey has got a tough opening round against top seed Kento Momota of Japan, while B Sai Pranneeth, who lost in the semifinals last week, is up against Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen. If both the Indians manage to get past the first hurdle, they will face each other next. Fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth will take on a qualifier, while H S Prannoy will be up against Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in the opening round. Sameer Verma, seeded eighth, will face Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia while Parupalli Kashyap will take on France’s Brice Leverdez. Sourabh Verma and Ajay Jayaram will have to go through the qualifiers. While Sourabh will play top seed Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in the first qualifying round, Jayaram will face Chinese Zhou Ze Qi. In men’s doubles, two Indian pairs feature but only one among them will progress to the next round. The combinations of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will face each other in the opening round. The lone Indian pair in women’s doubles — Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy — will be up against the Chinese duo of Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu in the opening round. In mixed doubles, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy are drawn against the Japanese combination of Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara while the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ponnappa have a tough task at hand as they are pitted against fifth seed Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia.
Joanna Lumley and Chris Packham have joined Cruelty Free International in appealing to The Silver Spoon Company and other UK sugar companies to use their influential position in the global sugar market to help protect the monkeys of Mauritius.The animal protection organisation’s latest campaign, launched last week, is encouraging UK sugar retailers to raise concerns with the Mauritius Government about the suffering that is inflicted on the country’s monkey population.Mauritius is one of the world’s largest suppliers of monkeys for experiments, including to the UK. Tens of thousands of monkeys, many of whom were captured from the wild, are held in large-scale facilities across Mauritius. Denied the lush foliage of their jungle homes, these monkeys spend their lives behind bars on concrete while their offspring are exported overseas, in small wooden crates, as cargo on airlines.Sugar is a major export for Mauritius and an estimated 600,000 tonnes is produced each year, most of which is exported to the EU. The industry is worth approximately $218 million per year to the country.The Silver Spoon Company is a division of the Associated British Foods (ABF) group. One of its well-known high street brands, Billington’s, imports unrefined sugars from Mauritius which is widely sold in UK supermarkets.A new video released today by Cruelty Free International is aimed at caring consumers and bakers who are being urged to contact The Silver Spoon Company to help protect the monkeys of Mauritius.TV and film star Joanna Lumley said: “I am delighted to support Cruelty Free International and their campaign calling on UK sugar companies to help keep Mauritius monkeys in the wild where they belong.”TV presenter and wildlife expert Chris Packham said: “I’m joining Cruelty Free International in their campaign to end the trade in Mauritius monkeys for experiments. We’re asking UK sugar companies like The Silver Spoon Company to use their influence to send a message to the Mauritius government: the beautiful island of Mauritius should be sweet for monkeys too.”Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew stated: “We hope caring consumers and bakers will join us in calling on The Silver Spoon Company to use its influence and raise concerns with the Mauritius Government about the country’s cruel trade in monkeys. Together, we can make life on Mauritius sweeter for the monkeys.”
Norfolk OPP are lying in wait for thieves who specialize in stealing automated teller machines.When the culprits find out what the OPP have in store, it will likely be too late for them.“We have an ongoing operation involving ATMs and that’s all I’ll say about that because it is operational,” Insp. Joe Varga, chief of the Norfolk OPP, told Norfolk’s Police Services Board Wednesday. “What we’re telling people is – if you’re not making money off them – get rid of them.”Generic ATMs are an attractive target for thieves who think they contain thousands of dollars. In fact, most generic ATMs might contain a few hundred dollars. As well, many businesses empty them at night as a precaution.Yet attempts to steal ATMs have proven to be a frequent, expensive crime in the local area and beyond over the past year.In a typical heist, a gang will steal a pickup truck, use it to bust through the facade of a store in the middle of the night, attach a rope or chain, and forcibly remove the ATM from the property.The crime can be over in a few minutes.But as recent thefts at the Esso station in Port Rowan and the Food Market in Jarvis illustrate, structural damage can be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Adding to the cost are the days and weeks a business is closed while contractors repair the damage.Businesses set up ATMs as a convenience for customers who want to make an unexpected cash purchase. Not only do the machines facilitate commerce, business owners add to their bottom line by charging a transaction fee.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
Through a Presidential Statement agreed this evening, the Council also welcomed the recent visit of UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to CAR ahead of the international conference. Mr. Eliasson will participate in the Conference, co-organized by the European Union (EU), the CAR Government, the World Bank and the UN. It aims to raise funds for recovery and peacebuilding initiatives in CAR. As for the work of the conference itself, the Council strongly encouraged contributions that will support efforts to meet the most basic humanitarian needs of the country, as well as to stabilize the CAR and rebuild its institutions, including through disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation of armed groups (DDRR) and security sector reform (SSR) programmes. Such contributions, continued the Council, should also bolster the fight against impunity, and socio-economic development projects, in line with the country’s peacebuilding priorities as outlined in the CAR’s national strategy for recovery and peace consolidation. Welcoming the signing of the National Strategy on Disarmament, Demobilization, Reintegration and Repatriation, the National Security Policy, the Internal Security Forces Development Plan and the National Reconciliation Strategy by the CAR, the Council also acknowledged “the achievement of significant post-transition milestones,” such as the peaceful and transparent election of President Faustin Archange Touadera, the swift formation of a new Government and the establishment of the National Assembly.The Council emphasized that the only viable way forward is that of a political commitment from all parties to address the root causes of the conflict, including by addressing marginalization and local grievances of all the components of society.Recognizing that the continued presence of armed groups represented the country’s most immediate impediment to stability and recovery, the Council encouraged CAR authorities to urgently address that situation through accelerating the disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and rehabilitation of armed groups and the reform of the Security Sector, among other things. The Council reiterated its call on all Central Africans to refrain from engaging in or providing support for acts that would undermine the peace, stability or security of the country, recalling that such acts, including acts that would threaten or impede the stabilization and reconciliation process or fuel violence, constituted a designation criteria for sanctions. Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country into civil conflict in 2013. Despite significant progress and successful elections, the CAR has remained in the grip of instability and sporadic unrest. More than 13,000 UN staff are currently based there as part of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the country, known as MINUSCA.
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A new report launched ahead of Sunday’s World Autism Day says services for people with autism should be based on scientific methods that help understand and improve behaviours in different settings.Julie Koudys, assistant professor in Brock’s Centre for Applied Disabilities Studies and chair of the province-wide task force that released the report, says applied behaviour analysis (ABA) interventions are the gold standard in autism care because they’re based on the best available research and have been applied effectively in the past.“We strongly believe that evidence-based interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are the best use of parents’ limited resources, including time and money,” says Koudys. “These interventions deliver immediate benefits in terms of improving quality of life, but also represent significant long-term benefit and cost savings.”Koudys chairs the Ontario Scientific Expert Taskforce for the Treatment of ASD, which launched its report to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day Sunday, April 2.The report describes a wide variety of evidence-based interventions that use ABA to bring about specific results. Examples include:Language training: methods to help individuals with ASD produce sounds or spoken wordsCognitive behavioural intervention: learners are taught to examine their own thoughts and emotions, recognize when these are becoming too intense, and then use strategies to change their thinking and behaviourFunctional behaviour assessment: a systematic way of determining the underlying function or purpose of a behaviour so that an effective intervention plan can be developedParent training and parent-implemented interventions: includes programs in which parents are trained to carry out some or all of the intervention(s) with their own child. Parents may be trained to teach their child new skills, such as communication, play or self-help, and/or to decrease challenging behavior.The report examines the research and guidelines behind effective interventions for individuals with ASD and makes recommendations on what to keep and what to change.Its recommendations include:Interventions that are new, unproven or do not meet the standards of evidence-based practice should not be supported; there needs to be a mechanism for regularly updating those interventions that are identified as evidence-basedAn individual’s needs should determine the types, dosage and durations of ABA interventions and servicesABA interventions should be developed and supervised by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with extensive experience delivering, designing and supervising ABA interventions for individuals with ASDParents of individuals with ASD should be the central decision-makers and be heavily involved in goal setting and participation as a member of the ABA intervention teamIn Ontario, waiting lists for programs and services that help children living with ASD have been increasing despite efforts to address the situation.The Ontario government has announced that a new Ontario Autism Program will begin in June. The 2016 Ontario Budget committed $333 million over five years for the new autism program.In response to this announcement, and the intense public debate that followed, the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA) created the Ontario Scientific Expert Taskforce chaired by Koudys to synthesize research and practice guidelines in order to make recommendations to guide best practices.“ONTABA’s board felt it had a duty to clarify the science around applied behaviour analysis,” says Koudys of the taskforce’s report, “Evidence-Based Practices For Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Recommendations for Caregivers, Practitioners, and Policy Makers.”Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as being “a psychiatric diagnostic category of a disorder characterized by persistent deficits in social communication, and restricted, repetitive behaviours or activities,” says the report.The National Epidemiologic Database for the Study of Autism in Canada (NEDSAC) estimates that the prevalence of ASD in Canada is one per 94 children.Brock University is a major player in the field of applied behaviour analysis.Koudys says Ontario itself has “one of the highest concentrations of behaviour analysts per capita in the world,” and believes somewhere around half of these analysts are Brock graduates from the M.ADS and M.A. programs offered through the Centre for Applied Disability Studies.The Ontario Scientific Expert Taskforce also includes Kimberley Zonneveld, assistant professor in the Centre for Applied Disability Studies, and Tricia Vause, associate professor in Brock’s Child and Youth Studies Program.Professor and Centre for Applied Disabilities Studies director, Maurice Feldman, served as an external expert for the taskforce. He was also recently appointed as a member of the MCYS Clinical Expert Committee.The taskforce received additional support from Brock alumni Jeffrey Esteves, Jacqueline Pachis, Milena Kako and Melissa Legree as well as current M.A. student Krysten Thompson.
What kind of decision in “headbutt” case you expect? Knezevic to be punished for only one match Knezevic to be punished longer and to miss F4 in BudapestView Results ← Previous Story Motor VS THW Kiel in Gyor! Next Story → Joachim Boldsen to miss matches against Metalurg? Milena Knezevic Loading … The EHF has requested that the EHF Court of Handball initiate disciplinary proceedings against the player, Milena Knezevic, from the club Buducnost for unsportsmanlike conduct that endangered the physical integrity an opponent.The incident took place in the the last minute of the EHF Women’s Champions League match between Buducnost (MNE) and Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN) on Sunday, 9 March 2014, which took place in Podgorica.After examination of the claim and of the related documents sent by the EHF, the President of the EHF Court of Handball confirmed the admissibility of the EHF request according to the EHF Legal Regulations.Both the player and the club have been invited to provide the EHF Court of Handball with a statement in reply to the EHF claim and provide all information deemed significant for the case by Wednesday, 12 March 2014.
L.A. Noire is a violent detective thriller set in 1940’s Los Angeles. It’s being developed by Team Bondi in conjunction with Rockstar Games. What you see above is the first trailer for the game.Think L.A. Confidential if you want a reference point for what’s on offer here style wise. For gameplay you can’t help but think GTA with Tommy guns. Rockstar describe it as:AdChoices广告A blend of classic action, clue-finding and interrogation, allowing players to analyze every subtle nuance of an actor’s performance in order to get to the truth. What you’ll notice by watching the trailer is this is some of the best facial capture seen in a game that matches the dialogue and shows each character’s expression almost perfectly. Apparently this is down to “groundbreaking performance capture technology”.L.A. Noire isn’t out until Spring next year on PS3 and Xbox 360, so expect a few more of these trailers before release. It’s certainly looking promising, lets hope the gameplay lives up to the graphics, all of which are in-game in the trailer.
Marée noire : BP truque des photos sur son site de gestion de criseÉtats-Unis – BP comme “Bidouilleur de Photographies”. Telle est la dénomination dont le groupe pétrolier pourrait hériter, depuis que le Washington Post a dénoncé hier le traitement Photoshop qu’il avait fait subir à l’une des photos illustrant son site de gestion de crise. Des écrans de contrôle éteints rendus actifs par la magie de Photoshop. Tel est le montage que l’on peut observer sur la photographie incriminée, datée du 16 juillet sur le site de BP. Sur le cliché, représentant la cellule de crise du groupe à Houston (Texas), on découvre trois hommes observant des écrans de contrôle sur lesquels sont diffusées des images d’opérations sous-marines de colmatage de la fuite de pétrole. Là où le bât blesse, c’est qu’un simple zoom permet de se rendre compte que trois des images prétendument retransmises par ces écrans ont en réalité été rajoutées à l’image d’origine via un montage au demeurant assez maladroit. BP prétend ne pas avoir été mis au courant de cette modification, pour laquelle il s’est excusé : “Normalement, nous n’utilisons Photoshop que pour corriger les couleurs et les contrastes. Dans ce cas ils [les photographes] ont copié et collé trois images issues d’écrans de contrôle sous-marins sur la photo originale, par dessus les trois écrans qui n’émettaient pas de vidéo à ce moment là”, a expliqué le groupe au Washington Post dans un mail. L’erreur a été rapidement réparée et on ne peut plus, aujourd’hui, consulter l’image truquée. Cette nouvelle boulette devrait malgré tout salir un peu plus l’image de BP, de la même façon que le brut défigure chaque jour davantage les côtes américaines du golfe du Mexique. Le 21 juillet 2010 à 10:30 • Emmanuel Perrin
MARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – The Grinch, that notoriously mean Christmas character known to spoil the holidays, actually brought smiles to the faces of Florida Keys drivers, Thursday.A Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy dressed up as the infamous monster who stole Christmas, Thursday, and gave drivers who were caught speeding quite a unique gift.Drivers caught speeding in selected school zones in the Keys were given a choice: an onion or a ticket.“What we try to make the drivers aware of is that they are in fact in a school zone and that they’re going too fast,” said Colonel Lou Caputo of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, “and since it’s the holiday season, we try to bring a little humor to it and make it a little light.”However, not all drivers were lucky to get an onion.Those traveling at speeds exceeding five miles per hour over the speed limit were likely given a speeding ticket. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Anantapur: BC Welfare Minister Sankaranarayana along with Anantapur MP Talari Rangaiah and former MLA Visveshwara Reddy and others inspected the Jeedipalle Reservoir and the HNSS Canal enroute Diddekunta, Gangavaram, Raketla and Ankampalle along with media representatives on Saturday. Speaking to farmers on the occasion, he promised to bring HNSS water to the last village through laying of canals. The Minister said that rehabilitation issues need to be resolved with regard to Jeedipalli project. The government has lately released Rs 15 crore for rehabilitating nearly 450 families. He also visited schools enroute to the Jeedipalli village and interacted with schoolchildren. He reiterated to farmers that HNSS water would be supplied to every village.
This story is part of the NPR reporting project “School Money,” a nationwide collaboration between NPR’s Ed Team and 20 member station reporters exploring how states pay for their public schools and why many are failing to meet the needs of their most vulnerable students.Bahram Mark SobhaniPatty Rodriguez and her brother, Alex, hold a photo of their late father Demetrio Rodriguez on Sunday, March 1, 2015 in San Antonio.The Texas Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a massive school finance case that was brought by some 600 districts in the state.In 2014, District Court Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas’ school-funding system is unconstitutional and fails disadvantaged students, especially those learning English or living in poverty.“We are dooming a generation of these children by providing an insufficient education,” Dietz told a crowd of teachers in 2015.This fight is nothing new to Texas.It began more than 40 years ago, with a father named Demetrio Rodriguez. He was the first parent to sign a class action lawsuit demanding equal school funding for his children. The case, San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez, made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.Rodriguez lived on the west side of San Antonio, where students were largely poor and Mexican-American. His sons studied in a crumbling building. Their school lacked some basics, including books, and many teachers were uncertified.Across town, Rodriguez saw that the wealthy district of Alamo Heights didn’t just have nicer buildings and more qualified instructors. It also had a lower tax rate.His attorney, Arthur Gochman, argued that education was a fundamental right.“Are we going to have two classes of citizens? Minimum-opportunity citizens and first-class citizens?” Gochman asked during oral arguments.The attorney for Texas, Charles Alan Wright, countered that any mandate on the quality of education would put a “constitutional straight-jacket” on schools in every state. Wright admitted, the Texas system wasn’t perfect, but he insisted it was important to keep control of schools in the hands of local leaders.“It ensures a basic education to every school child in the state and then lets districts, if they have money and want to spend money, go beyond that,” Wright said.Ultimately, in a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that there was no federal right to equal school funding.“Nothing changed,” says Patty Rodriguez more than 40 years after her father lost that case. Today, she teaches in the same school district, Edgewood, where her late father filed suit. More than 90 percent of the 11,000 students there are poor and Hispanic.At Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary School, Rodriguez coaches small groups of dyslexic students on their letter sounds. They squeeze together in a windowless classroom the size of a large closet.Because so many of her students come from poverty and struggle with learning challenges, Rodriguez says she wishes her school could afford more social workers and teacher aides. But it can’t.Researchers at Education Week found that per-student spending in Edgewood (after being adjusted for regional cost differences) is roughly $9,400. That’s $2,400 below the national average.What’s more, when EdWeek looked at how expensive it is to educate students in Edgewood, taking into account how many receive special education services or live in poverty, the funding looks even smaller – roughly $8,000 per student.Rodriguez admits that the inequities in Edgewood aren’t as pronounced as when her father lost his case. The problem now, she says, is that funding is simply too low.She’s watching the current Texas lawsuit with a mix of hope and lifelong frustration.“Oh, here we go again, one more time,” she says. “Ten years from now, we’re going to be back in court. It’s frustrating, and, after a while it’s just kind of, you ask yourself, ‘Is it ever really going to change?’ ”Edgewood and its schools have been at the center of several funding lawsuits since 1973. If one thing has changed, it’s that more and more districts have joined them. Some 600 districts have signed onto the current suit. Rich and poor schools alike complain the system doesn’t work.State senator Paul Bettencourt, a Houston Republican, says the state believes districts have the money they need to teach their students.“In the last legislative session, they put billions of dollars of more money into the system above what’s needed to handle student growth over the next biennium — $2.5 billion to be precise,” Bettencourt says.On top of that, one of the attorneys defending Texas before the state Supreme Court, Rance Craft, argued that more money doesn’t guarantee better student results: “You know, money is not pixie dust.”But Patty Rodriguez insists, the quality of your education shouldn’t depend on the property wealth of your neighborhood. The result is unfair to the children of Edgewood. “You can’t deny education to a person. It’s discrimination. I would think that not one group of people would have a better education than another,” she says.She hopes that the current case against the state will settle the question of fair funding in Texas, once and for all. Share
Throughout the ages, the cities of Lucknow and Delhi are regarded as the epitome of Indian food. Embedded with rich culture and hospitality, The Imperial, New Delhi brings the drooling ‘Clash of the Titans’ festival for all who wants to be a part of India’s rich culinary journey at the Daniell’s Tavern from November 17– 24.The Delhi contingent is led by Chef Ved Prakash and his Lucknowi counterpart is Chef Mirza Munnawar Baig. Masterchefs Ved and Mirza fight a gourmet battle to present recipes from their archives with cuisines ranging from starters to desserts. The cuisines of Delhi are dominated by the taste of the main ingredients used in the recipe whereas the Lucknowi dishes are more aromatic and rich. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEven though every single recipe on the two distinct menus of the Chefs seemed mouth-watering, the must-try dishes include – kebabs like Dahi kebab, Kakori and Galouti, curries like Paya Shorba and Mutton Korma, Mahi Nazakat, Raamdana ki Tikki, and the aromatic Murgh Dum Biryani. For desserts, the face-off also offers you Bharwa gulab jamun, Khoya jalebi, and the famous Purani Dilli ka Shahi tukda amongst many others. An insight on the chefs surfaces Chef Mirza as the fourth generation of Khansama from Lucknow. His forefathers used to work with Nawabs of Awadh and their gharanas. He presents in this menu traditional kebabs like Kakori, Galouti along with the all-time famous Biryanis. Mirza has generously used his own blend of spices which are prominent in his recipes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThrowing light on Chef Ved’s legacy, his grandfather used to own an eatery in Old Dilli at the time of independence, famous for curries like Paya Shorba and Purani Dilli Ka Mutton Korma. He, therefore, brings in this menu the same flavors inspired by his grandfather’s collection as memoirs from his childhood, straight from the heart of Dilli. His spice levels are in between medium to high and his curries have a velvety texture, for an unforgettable dining experience. Vijay Wanchoo – Sr Executive Vice President and General Manager, The Imperial New Delhi stated, “The concept of ‘Clash of the Titans’ takes you on a delectable culinary journey of Hindustan and revives the traditional recipes, passed on to our Master-chefs Ved and Mirza by their forefathers. The menus by the chefs revisit the legendary food aesthetics of Lucknow and Purani Dilli, passed on from generation to generation”. Mark your calendars at the earliest to be a part of the rich culinary journey and relive the magic of the lost traditions.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Machine learning isn’t new to the enterprise, but technological advances and accelerating investments have made it available to the average entrepreneur.In fact, according to a recent Forrester survey, machine-learning investments are increasing 300 percent this year compared to last year. Already, machine learning has made its mark in areas like self-driving cars, personalized-content recommendations and even face-recognition filters.Related: How Self-Learning Software Is Already a Huge Part of Your Life Clearly, though, machine learning can do much more than suggest content and steer cars. In fact, a category of it called “deep learning” promises to completely change how we market, produce and sell products.Unlike traditional models, which require specific rules and feature sets to extract meaning from data, deep learning models autonomously draw conclusions and create their own classification rules from unstructured data.That last phrase — unstructured data — is more important than it appears. In contrast to structured data, such as organized charts and tables, unstructured data includes “everyday” data, such as pictures and sounds, which is much more difficult for computers to analyze. For artificial intelligence, tackling unstructured information is a big breakthrough.Digging into deep learningIf you’re struggling to see how innovative deep learning is, you’re not alone. To understand it, imagine simultaneously teaching a baby and a computer to recognize cats in photographs.With traditional machine learning, the computer has to be told which cat features — whiskers, paws and tails — to look for in the images. These hand-engineered models then make predictions based on those features. If an image doesn’t follow the rules, the machine can’t adapt. If a cat’s tail is out of the frame, for example, the computer might not even know it’s a cat.A baby, on the other hand, needs no such guidance. After viewing enough images, the baby will build a mental framework to distinguish what is or isn’t a cat. Deep learning, like the baby, takes unstructured input without guidance and determines for itself, while considering all pixel values, which among the images contains a cat. Given enough time and data, deep learning models can make sense of virtually any unstructured data set.So, how has such an incredible tool flown under entrepreneurs’ radar? Well, deep learning has only become commercially viable in the past decade. Conceived not long after the dawn of AI in the 1950s, early neural networks could simulate just a few neurons at once. Although deep learning was revived several times throughout the ’70s and ’80s, we simply didn’t have the data or processing power to make it work until the mid-2000s.Now, thanks to the 2.5 quintillion bytes produced per day — much of it publicly available via Google and YouTube — and massive improvements in cloud computing technology, deep learning isn’t just viable — it’s inevitable, and it’s profitable.Deep learning at workWe’re sure to see more deep learning applications crop up as the technology improves, but today’s entrepreneurs can leverage it in three ways, to:1. Find and reach new customers. No matter how much they might need it, people can’t buy a product that they don’t know about. A life insurance company, for example, probably won’t make many sales if it markets to students instead of seniors.Deep learning, however, can help entrepreneurs target the right markets. Facebook, Google and Twitter all use deep-learning-infused ad platforms, which businesses use to extrapolate valuable, relevant look-alike audiences from seed audiences. In fact, B2B spending on social media advertisements has grown by 130 percent in the past two years.Of course, finding a market is only step one; the next step is actually reaching it. Again, deep learning can help. Companies such as Octane AI use it to power their chatbots, which have come a long way from annoying assistants like Microsoft Word’s Clippy. Today, they can autonomously grow audiences and engage customers with personalized experiences.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. Organize data and fill gaps. Missing data is a major problem for most businesses. A recent Openprise study found that 41 percent of surveyed B2B marketers considered missing contacts their data’s greatest shortcoming. Another 39 percent cited missing field values as the biggest problem.Fortunately, as they’re fed data, deep-learning models get smarter about what’s captured and what’s conspicuously missing. Then, after identifying missing data, deep learners can track it down.Node, a startup founded by a former colleague of mine, is already doing this on a grand scale. It uses a four-pronged approach, including data crawling, natural language processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to help business leaders optimize prospect data and sell more efficiently.3. Perform quality analysis and control. A friend at Qualcomm recently described to me the tedium of checking every chip they produce for defects. That’s a perfect problem, I reminded her, for deep learning. Everything from manufacturing to construction to consumer electronics can benefit from automated product defect analysis.At Skycatch, for example, we’ve built a deep-learning model that guides drones to inspect structures such as cell towers. When it finds a flaw, it tips off human inspectors. The data is then reingested, continuously improving the deep neural network. Thanks to deep learning, we can automatically identify job-site changes, track heavy equipment and log productivity for each worker and machine on site.Training such a model does takes enormous amounts of data and processing power, but entrepreneurs can get started with Google’s Cloud TPU Alpha program. In short, tensor processing units are high-performance cloud computers designed specially for machine learning applications.What makes machine learning so exciting, if it’s not clear already, is that it’s a foundational technology. Much like the computer and the internal combustion engine, machine learning can be applied to an enormous variety of problem domains.Related: Machine Learning Needs Bias Training to Overcome StereotypesBut that’s a double-edged sword. As it matures, machine learning will be applied in more and more contexts — some valid, some not. Only by learning the basics today and seeing past the hype can entrepreneurs make machine learning their next revenue machine. 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 18, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »
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