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Karl Morteo
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Attended Cranfield University
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The best interface is no interface: 
why we don't always need An App for That
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Author and designer Golden Krishna believes that we’re quickly becoming a society that’s obsessed with our screens, and that the companies making and marketing apps aren’t doing us any favors.
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Solar powered lights are changing the way people do business in Kenya. In the town of Embu, which is located in central Kenya northeast of Nairobi, Violet Karimi is a farmer who can now take advantage of the evening hours to sell her produce, thanks to the arrival of solar lights in her town. Now at night she leaves her three children studying at home by the light of a solar lantern and takes fruit and vegetables harvested on her farm to sell in Embu’s open air market.
I collect my stock and head to the market where I trade until late in the evening said the 36-year-old. This is possible because the solar lights in the market and the rest of Embu town are switched on the whole night. On a good day, she says she can bring home as much as $30. That’s three times as much as she could sell during a shorter day before the solar lights made longer trading hours possible. Customers want to shop in the evening because that is when they leave work she said. The solar lighting has encouraged them to stay and buy as long as they like.

Solar lights have other benefits as well. Before they came to her village, Karimi and her children depended on smoky kerosene lanterns and candles to light their home. Both give of toxic fumes and increase the risk of fire as well. She says the lights in the village also make her feel more secure at night. Even after working late into the evening at the market, she feels comfortable hiring a motorbike taxi to take her home. The streets are well lit with solar energy and so I am not afraid of traveling at night because there is security she says.
Others in Embu County have seen commercial benefits from the installation of the small solar grids. They collect solar energy, store some of it in batteries for use at night, and distribute the rest to customers. Joe Njiru pays $10 a month to the Embu County solar micro grid but makes five times as much from his bar business. The bar’s eight light bulbs and satellite TV help keep customers chatting, debating local politics, and buying his beer well past midnight.
Two years ago, few customers would stay past 8 pm, he says. The bar had a power connection to the national grid, but there were frequent power outages. Every day there were blackouts in the evening because that is when people with illegal connections would interfere with electricity as they tried to switch on said Njiru. Customers could not stay long because they feared to be mugged on their way home.
Energy company officials would sometimes come by and disconnect his power, saying he had not paid his monthly bill, Njiru says. But now, he uses a banking system, M-Pesa, that connects him to the local microgrid via his mobile phone and pays online. For us, investing in the solar project is a double win says Embu County Governor Martin Wambora. Solar energy is cheaper to maintain in the long term and puts us in solidarity with the world’s push for a global green economy.

For now, the microgrids in the area do not store enough power for anything other than LED lights and small televisions. There is a need for more extensive microgrids that would make it possible for businesses that need more power to get started.
This is where development partners should come in and support solar micro grids with finances so that they can be able to expand their generation and storage capacity said Lois Gicheru, the chief executive officer of Solafrique Ltd., an enterprise that works with African communities to help them access renewable energy.
In Kenya, solar power is not only helping people earn more money, it is also spreading the micro-finance culture so vital to small business development.
Those are huge dividends from small investments and will help Kenyans enjoy a higher standard of living, thanks to energy from the sun.
Solar powered lights are changing the way people do business in Kenya. In the town of Embu, which is located in central Kenya northeast of Nairobi, Violet Karimi is a farmer who can now take advantage of the evening hours to sell her produce, thanks to the arrival of solar lights in her town.
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If autonomous driving is going to succeed, those vehicles will need primo data to know how safely move from A to B. According to National Transportation Safety Board, there’s plenty of work to be done, and tech companies are reportedly slow-walking their response.
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I guess at least it wasn't "Florida Man" this time.
Authorities frantically battle infestations that could devastate livestock.
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I was wondering what all the commotion was about at Circo Massimo at lunch today...
After seven years of careful excavation and restoration, tourists can now explore the 2,800-year-old remains of the Circus Maximus, once the largest and most impressive monument of ancient Rome.
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Il Huawei Mate 9 è già in grado di vedere i satelliti del sistema di navigazione europeo e di sfruttare i loro dati per migliorare l'accuratezza ne...
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We jumped right into Firebase when Google announced it at Google I/O in May 2016. We were starting a React SPA (single page application…
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Higher yield better recovery from drought...
Scientists have created a synthetic molecule that when applied to crops, has been shown to increase size and starch content of wheat grains in the lab by 20%
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Likely incorrect or an exaggeration but still raises some interesting moral questions in the new world of AI
 
Troubling Study Says Artificial Intelligence Can Predict Who Will Be Criminals Based on Facial Features

The fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning are moving so quickly that any notion of ethics is lagging decades behind, or left to works of science fiction. This might explain a new study out of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which says computers can tell whether you will be a criminal based on nothing more than your facial features.

The bankrupt attempt to infer moral qualities from physiology was a popular pursuit for millennia, particularly among those who wanted to justify the supremacy of one racial group over another. But phrenology, which involved studying the cranium to determine someone’s character and intelligence, was debunked around the time of the Industrial Revolution, and few outside of the pseudo-scientific fringe would still claim that the shape of your mouth or size of your eyelids might predict whether you’ll become a rapist or thief.

Not so in the modern age of Artificial Intelligence, apparently: In a paper titled “Automated Inference on Criminality using Face Images,” two Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers say they fed “facial images of 1,856 real persons” into computers and found “some discriminating structural features for predicting criminality, such as lip curvature, eye inner corner distance, and the so-called nose-mouth angle.” They conclude that “all four classifiers perform consistently well and produce evidence for the validity of automated face-induced inference on criminality, despite the historical controversy surrounding the topic.”

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/18/troubling-study-says-artificial-intelligence-can-predict-who-will-be-criminals-based-on-facial-features/

[1611.04135] Automated Inference on Criminality using Face Images

'... We study, for the first time, automated inference on criminality based solely on still face images. Via supervised machine learning, we build four classifiers (logistic regression, KNN, SVM, CNN) using facial images of 1856 real persons controlled for race, gender, age and facial expressions, nearly half of whom were convicted criminals, for discriminating between criminals and non-criminals. All four classifiers perform consistently well and produce evidence for the validity of automated face-induced inference on criminality, despite the historical controversy surrounding the topic. Also, we find some discriminating structural features for predicting criminality, such as lip curvature, eye inner corner distance, and the so-called nose-mouth angle. Above all, the most important discovery of this research is that criminal and non-criminal face images populate two quite distinctive manifolds. The variation among criminal faces is significantly greater than that of the non-criminal faces. The two manifolds consisting of criminal and non-criminal faces appear to be concentric, with the non-criminal manifold lying in the kernel with a smaller span, exhibiting a law of normality for faces of non-criminals. In other words, the faces of general law-biding public have a greater degree of resemblance compared with the faces of criminals, or criminals have a higher degree of dissimilarity in facial appearance than normal people.  
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https://arxiv.org/abs/1611.04135
A new study says computers can tell whether you will be a criminal based on nothing more than your facial features.
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Leadership, Innovation, Governance, Program Management, Proposal Writing, Project Management, PRINCE2, Knowledge Management, Semantic Web, Data Analysis, Metadata, GIS, Statistics, Information Management, Team Management, IT Management, ITIL, Software Development, Databases, Programming
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  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Data and Information Integration, 1998 - present
    I am currently at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), a specialised agency of the United Nations, where we are working to improve nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to global economic growth. I am transitioning to the new Data and Information Integration Unit but right now I am still leading the Knowledge Information System Services unit, my activities are centred on the development and support of information systems that deliver the FAO’s technical programme. My duties and responsibilities include: • To perform systems requirements and analysis, formulate project proposals, estimate budgets and prepare work plans. • To manage and execute projects following the PRINCE2 methodology. • To coordinate information systems development, quality assurance and roll-out. • To manage the provision of information systems support, operations and maintenance services through Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) procedures. • To provide expert consultancy on all aspects of information systems. • To manage and supervise staff and consultants. I am currently managing a broad portfolio of information system covering a broad cross section of the FAO technical programme and representing a significant proportion of the total. The majority of these systems run at the FAO headquarters, a few are the result of collaborations with other international organizations and secretariats. Several strategic systems are deployed directly in the member countries and regional bodies. The majority of my recent effort is dedicated to managing the http://data.fao.org project. The objective of the project is to establish a reliable, robust, secure and scalable corporate data repository to store, organise, integrate, locate and retrieve interdisciplinary substantive technical data of the organisation. The technical corporate data repository includes application and end user data dissemination and analytical capabilities. data.fao.org is an umbrella project, providing a framework and enterprise technical architecture that enables, underpins and integrates many different initiatives, activities and projects.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Expert Consultant (freelance), 1994 - 1998
    I worked in the World Agricultural Information CENTer (WAICENT) enhancing FAOSTAT, a global cross sectoral statistical time-series database. I designed and implemented an interpreted expression language for processing, data analysis, aggregation and imputation of multi-dimensional statistics. I then extended the sub-system to generate on demand multilingual statistical tables in HTML for publishing on the internet. I further re-packaged the sub-system for reuse in various FAO web products including the FAO Country Profiles and Statistical Year books. Thereafter I designed and implemented an interactive data visualization system which included presentation of data in dynamic choropleth maps. This system was consequently employed in many FAO products. Development environment: C++ and Java, HTML, HP UNIX and MS-Windows 3.x/NT, Ingres RDBMS and RCS
  • Deutsche Bank (Morgan Grenfell & Co.)
    Expert Consultant (freelance), 1993 - 1994
    I was a member of a small multi-disciplined expert currency derivatives trading and risk analysis team. I designed, implemented and supported a front-office system that priced derivatives, recorded trades, monitored positions and performed risk analysis. The key features of the system were very high performance and the speed and ease of extensibility with new exotic and complex currency derivative products. Development environment: C and C++, X Windows, Sun Solaris UNIX, RCS and Make
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    Systems Development Specialist, 1991 - 1994
    I worked in the World Agricultural Information CENTer (WAICENT) where I was part of the team developing FAOSTAT, a major new system for the unified collection, validation, elaboration and dissemination of statistical data. I participated in the initial software architecture, design and the evaluation and selection of development tools. Thereafter my primary contributions to the project were focused on cross platform (Windows/VMS) Graphical User Interfaces. Analysed, designed and implemented an information system for statistical data input, import, review, transform and calculation, used by statistical officers and clerks to produce the national time-series During this period I provided team training on object oriented programming techniques and the C++ programming language. Development Environment: C and C++, Digital VAX/VMS and Microsoft
  • Tecnodata Italia Srl
    Project Leader, 1990 - 1991
    Initially I joined on a project for the European Space Agency (ESA) where I designed and developed satellite image pre-processing subsystems (atmospheric correction, automatic geometric registration and resampling). Thereafter I formulated the bid and led the resulting awarded project that delivered software components for managing the rendezvous and proximity functions required for spacecraft docking. The work was undertaken in cooperation with contractors in France and Germany. During this period I supported the installation, configuration and system administration of a network of Sun workstations. The software development was based on object oriented tools and techniques and complied with rigorous ESA acceptance criteria. Development Environment: C and C++, SunOS UNIX, SCCS and Make
  • BT plc (British Telecommunications)
    Analyst/Programmer, 1988 - 1989
    I was employed in the Generic Workforce Management group where my duties included the analysis,design, planning and implementation of components for a large real-time decision support system for monitoring faults on the trunk telephone network and in exchanges (jeopardy monitor). The software development was based on object oriented tools and techniques and followed in-house ISO 9000 compliant quality assurance procedures. Development Environment: C++, Oracle RDBMS, SunOS UNIX, SCCS and Make.
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    Intelligent Knowledge Based Systems, 1987 - 1988
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    Computational Science, 1984 - 1987
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