Monday, 15 January 2018 3:03 AM BY MATILDA DORA from BRAWIJAYA UNIVERSITY, INDONESIA SIG Continuous Stand On Papuan Human Rights A National Interest?Matilda Dora14th January 2014, Brawijaya University, IndonesiaAs observed, the Solomon Islands government continues to advocate for the Papuan human rights claims inflicted by the Indonesian law enforced forces, a claim that the Indonesian government denies, that lacks factual data in this present era. This political stand has impacted both countries relations as well as construing the minds of the people of Solomon Islands to have a negative perception of the people of Indonesia.In 2014, I was told from family members to be careful because I am a Christian and a Melanesian by race; but having stayed here for more than three years now; my perception has changed. Thus I feel the need to briefly share my experiences here in Indonesia and my personal view point of the SIG political position on Papua with you, my fellow Solomon … [Read more...] about SIG Continuous Stand On Papuan Human Rights A National Interest?
AFTER spending almost £50,000 on make-up, hair, and surgery to transform herself into a real-life barbie, Ophelia Vanity was worried that her appearance would scare men off. But now, after avoiding "judgemental" men on dating apps like Tinder, the 30-year-old has began dating musician Justin Sterling, 43. She met the Justin eight years ago through an ex-boyfriend, but he had shown no interest in her at the time: “When we first met, Justin barely spoke 10 words to me, so I didn’t think he liked me." “But one night we ended up speaking for hours and kept in touch from then onwards, hanging out and playing music." “We only got together around six months ago, but I’ve been with him virtually ever since.” Ophelia ditched her gothic look in 2009 and began trying to copy Barbie, which she had adored as a child. She began having Botox to make her face expressionless, and then started having lip fillers and bleaching her hair blonde. For a more … [Read more...] about Human Barbie who feared her £42k transformation would scare men off has finally found love
Colour Me Happy Until Sunday at the Horniman Museum, SE23 (horniman.ac.uk). £5 per child, £1 per adult; advance booking recommended. No children under three in the Live Animal Pavilion. There’s enough to keep every generation occupied at the Horniman Museum over the holidays, from a terrific exhibition on colour, through to the Horniman Easter Fair. We’d recommend the Ugly Duckling storytelling hour, complete with songs and puppets; the duck who was different is a perennial favourite of ours, but we’d also be tempted to visit Zebedee, the seven-foot Boa Constrictor or the wonderfully-named bearded water dragon in the live animal pavilion. For those wanting to stick strictly to the museum exhibition, why not consider exploring the giant human eyeball to discover how we see colour, or simply collapse in the Mood Room, and learn how colour influences the way we feel. Tweet, tweet Permanent exhibition at Southwark Park, … [Read more...] about spending Easter weekend in London? Get the kids interested in art at these top exhibitions
A robot has been built at Cambridge University that can mimic the facial expressions of human beings. Charles the robot is part of research being done at the Department of Computer Science and Technology to apply human body language to machines to see if people are able to engage with them more. He works via a complicated system of computer programmes and mechanical servos connected to a camera. Essentially, the camera records the face of the human subject. This footage is sent to the computer which analyses the positions of various facial aspects (eyebrows, jaw, mouth, etc) before sending this information to Charles. Charles is able to imitate this information through the use of various servos which replicate human facial muscles. This process takes only 2-3 seconds. Professor Peter Robinson said Charles was born out of research into emotionally intelligent interfaces. He said: "We've been interested in seeing if we can give computers the ability to understand social signals, to … [Read more...] about Meet the robot that can mimic human emotion
A Russian startup is using Robot Vera, artificial intelligence software designed for recruiting, to help its 300-odd clients—including PepsiCo, Ikea, and L’Oréal—fill vacant jobs. (Yes, with humans.)The BenefitVera speeds the vetting of high-turnover service and blue-collar positions (clerks, waiters, construction workers), cutting the time and cost of recruitment by as much as a third, according to its creators. The software can interview hundreds of applicants simultaneously via video or voice calls, narrowing the field to the most suitable 10 percent of candidates.InnovatorsVladimir Sveshnikov (28) and Alexander Uraksin (30), co-founders of Stafory, a 50-person startup in St. PetersburgOrigin The co-founders, with a background in human resources, two years ago found themselves making hundreds of calls to candidates who’d lost interest in the given job or couldn’t be located. “We felt like robots ourselves, so we figured it was better to … [Read more...] about The Russian Robot That’s Hiring Humans