Miscellany

Miscellany

Google has made a mess of robotics

In 1982, Blade Runn­er introduced the wo­rld to replicants, director Ridley Sc­o­tt’s term for the alarmingly lifelike robots of author Philip K Dick’s imagination. In the past few years, there have be­en two buzzy follow-ups. One, a Scott-produced seq­u­el called Blade Runner 2049, grossed a disappointing $31.5 million during its October 6 opening weekend. The other, a secretive robotics division at Google named Replicant, has flopped much harder.

In first, scientists detect gravitational waves and light from star collision

Scientists in the United States and Europe have for the first time detected gravitational waves, the ripples in space and time predicted by Albert Einstein, at the same time as light from the same cosmic event, according to research published on Monday.

The waves, caused by the collision of two neutron stars some 130 million years ago, were first detected in August in the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatories, known as LIGO, in Washington state and Louisiana as well as at a third detector, named Virgo in Italy.

After yoga, meditation breaks into the mainstream

It is 5 pm, otherwise known as rush hour in Manhattan. Julia Lyons, 31, finishes work and heads straight for her daily dose of peace and quiet -- half an hour at meditation studio "Mndfl."

Since April 2016, when she discovered the then-brand new studio, the investment bank employee has abandoned yoga and embraced meditation.

"I have been meditating pretty regularly -- probably five times a week, 30-minute sessions," says Lyons, sipping a cup of tea on the studio's sofa.

$20 billion revenue from global tourists: WEF

India’s travel and tourism industry has a potential opportunity of receiving $20 billion additional revenue from international tourists and creation of one million additional jobs if it grows international arrivals to 20 million, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

A white paper released by WEF, found that India has to focus on its opportunities and understand its current limitations to realise its objective of welcoming over 15 million foreign tourists by 2025 and becoming the largest aviation market by 2030.

Country’s BPM sector to rake in revenues of $55b by 2015: Nasscom

Nasscom has set an ambitions revenue mandate for its member companies in the business process management (BPM) space.

The sector will rake in revenues in the range of $50 to $55 billion by 2025, against $30 billion revenues during fiscal 2017, the apex body said.

Going forward, new growth engines like business data analytics, robotic process automation, artificial intelligence, DevOps and cyber security, among others, are going to be the key drivers of this quantum growth in BPM, said Raman Roy, chairman, Nasscom. 

Bachchan’s flair for investment equals his skill on silver screen

Shahenshah of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan turned 75 on Wednesday. Reams have been written about his enviable success on the big screen as well as telly tube. But not much is known about the ace investor in him.

Bachchan is a bold investor. He has an uncanny knack to pick medium and small cap stocks that will give big returns. His well-known investments include those in Just Dial, Nitin Fire Protection Industries, Stampede Capital and Fineotex Chemicals.

High testosterone levels cause market fluctuations: Study

High testosterone levels can cause stock market traders to overestimate future stock values and change their trading behaviour, leading to dangerous price bubbles and subsequent crashes, according to a study.

In the US, the majority of professional stock market traders are young males and new evidence suggests biology strongly influences their trading behaviour, researchers said.

Driverless cars give engineers a fuel economy headache

Judging from General Motors Co.’s test cars and Elon Musk’s predictions, the world is headed toward a future that’s both driverless and all-electric. In reality, autonomy and battery power could end up being at odds.

Infosys treats, trains new recruits like fighter pilots

When Infosys set out to remake its internal training programme, instructors visited flight schools to see how professional pilots are taught to deal with fast-changing situations. That led India’s outsourcing giant to model classes on flight simulators that teach recruits to work faster, think for themselves and anticipate corporate customers’ needs. They’re put through multiple scenarios, and no two training days are alike.

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