BOSTON – It has never been clear whether robotics company Boston Dynamics is making killing machines, household helpers -- or something else entirely. For nine years, the secretive firm, which got its start with U.S. military funding, has unnerved people around the world with YouTube videos of experimental robots resembling animal predators. In one, a life-size robotic wildcat sprints across a parking lot at almost 20 miles an hour. In another, a small wheeled rover nicknamed SandFlea abruptly flings itself onto rooftops -- and back down again. A more recent effort features a slender dog-like robot that climbs stairs, holds its own in a tug-of-war with a human and opens a door to let another robot pass. Boston Dynamics has demonstrated little interest in elaborating on these glimpses into a possible future of fast, strong and sometimes intimidating robots. For months, the company and its parent, SoftBank, rebuffed numerous requests seeking information about its work. When a … [Read more...] about What’s this maker of scary robot animals really up to?
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Former leftist Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva remains burrowed inside a union building after missing a deadline to hand himself over to the police so he can begin a 12-year prison sentence. Popularly known as "Lula", he said his prosecution is politically motivated and has been orchestrated to prevent him from running for president in October’s election, which he was favourite to win. The 72-year-old’s legal team lost a bid to stop him from going to prison, while he appeals his conviction, just minutes before the deadline for his arrest expired. Read more Brazil's former president Lula charged in Petrobras corruption scandal Judge Sergio Moro said Lula had to present himself on Friday evening. He was not to be handcuffed and would be given a special cell in the southern city of Curitiba, according to a court document. The union building in an industrial suburb of Sao Paulo where Lula began his career as a labour … [Read more...] about Ex-Brazilian president hides out with supporters and refuses to start prison sentence
More than 2,300 women are pushing forward with a lawsuit claiming one of Wall Street’s largest banks discriminated against them on grounds of gender, after a federal judge gave the green light to their action. US District Judge Analisa Torres said the women could bring their lawsuit alleging discrimination in terms of pay, promotions and performance reviews against Goldman Sachs, as a class action. The ruling covers female associates and vice presidents who have worked in Goldman’s investment banking, investment management and securities divisions since September 2004. Goldman was accused of systematically paying women less than men, and giving them weaker performance reviews that impeded their career growth, Reuters said. The class certification can help plaintiffs achieve greater awards at lower costs than if they sued individually. Kelly Dermody, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, estimated that more than 2,000 people are in the certified class. “We obviously … [Read more...] about Judge allows 2,300 women to proceed with gender bias lawsuit against Goldman Sachs
Even in a cryptocurrency industry teeming with overnight success stories, Zhao Changpeng stands out.In less than eight months, the founder of Binance has grown his company from an idea into the world’s largest digital-asset exchange by traded value. He has vaulted from obscurity to the cover of Forbes magazine, steered Binance to a $200 million profit in its second quarter of existence, and amassed a personal fortune that he claims is worth as much as $2 billion.But after a meteoric rise that defied financial orthodoxy (Binance doesn’t have a bank account or a public address), the 41-year-old coder-turned-exchange kingpin is now facing headwinds that threaten to send him -- and a big swathe of the cryptocurrency trading complex -- back down to Earth.Not only have the world’s virtual currencies lost more than half their value since crypto-mania peaked in January, but trading activity has slumped and hackers have stepped up attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges. Perhaps … [Read more...] about Crypto’s Billionaire Trading King Has Suddenly Run Into Problems
Six powerful ladies who are making Pakistan proud with their remarkable achievements 0SHARES Share Tweet Email It is ironic yet inspiring to see how women continue to strengthen our society even though they are perceived to be fragile and sensitive. They create masterpieces in the form of children, businesses and families because they know how to maintain a professional and personal equilibrium. Here are some examples of such women: Hajra Khan Hajra Khan, a renowned footballer hailing from Karachi is the captain of the Pakistan women’s national football team. Hajra made her debut at the age of 14 by playing for Diya Women Football Club and managed to bag the award for the top scorer in the tournament. Her pertinacious spirit and praiseworthy skills have won her numerous accolades. She was hailed as the champion in South Asian Beach Games that were held in Sri Lanka in 2011. Khan is the only … [Read more...] about 6 awe-inspiring Pakistani female role models you should look up to