Steve Wozniak shares perspectives on technology, AI and innovation

first_img continue reading » While optimistic about the future, Steve Wozniak is not ready to turn over his identity (nor his Tesla) to artificial intelligence anytime soon. At a conference in Budapest I attended, he referenced deleting his Facebook account because of privacy concerns, and that he no longer believes that a totally autonomous car will happen in his lifetime. But Wozniak retains the passion and enthusiasm for technology and innovation that made him a household name as Apple’s co-founder.When he and Steve Jobs started Apple, they were trying to develop a new kind of computer that would improve the user experience beyond what was available at the time. The rest is history. Today, “The Woz” is a brilliant engineer, who keeps his eye on what is happening in technology, digital transformation and entrepreneurship.Wozniak is involved in numerous business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging student creativity. He’s revealed that he has given the vast majority of his wealth to charity.Staying on top of current technology trends, Wozniak has even become involved in the controversy around the algorithms used to determine credit limits on the newly introduced Apple Card. Concerned about gender discrimination, he used Twitter to join the debate, saying that he received a credit limit ten times higher than his wife, despite the couple sharing all their assets. Steve Wozniakcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Pass-first Schwarz shows scoring ability in playoffs

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 4, 2014 at 12:45 am Contact Connor: | @connorgrossman Heather Schwarz took more shots on Saturday than in any other game in her collegiate career, and she was rewarded with a second playoff goal in as many days.A freshman forward, Schwarz was an asset to a Syracuse (20-13-3, 9-8-3 College Hockey America) offense that helped the Orange beat Lindenwood on Friday and Saturday to advance to the CHA Semifinals in Erie, Pa., this coming weekend.Schwarz admitted she’s not a prolific goal scorer, as she has only put the puck in the net once during the regular season. She has gotten time on the ice in almost every game this year, but defines herself as a player who delegates the puck and assists her teammates rather than try to take it in herself.Head coach Paul Flanagan also recognizes that Schwarz is more inclined to help on a goal than score it herself. “She made four or five individual nice plays coming down the wing and helping get pucks on net,” Flanagan said. “So I’m more encouraged about that honestly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s good to see her start breaking out of her freshman shell.”On Saturday, she stood in surprise as the horn blared 12:04 into the second period. She tipped the puck fed to her by junior defender Kaillie Goodnough in the net past the Lions’ backup goalie Alexis Molotky.“(Goodnough) shot it and I just ended up tipping it,” Schwarz said, “but I honestly thought the goalie had it. We all weren’t too excited at first because we all kind of looked at each other and said, ‘What? That went in?’”While her forte on the ice may not be to score, the elation for her was clear as teammates slapped the top of her helmet in celebration. The recipient for many of Schwarz’s passes, Melissa Piacentini, was thrilled for her teammate.Piacentini believes that any team needs players of Schwarz’s caliber in order to achieve a high level of success.“She’s a great player who sees the ice well,” Piacentini said. “Her work ethic is very strong and she likes to get in those corners and make the right passes.”Schwarz agreed with Piacentini when reflecting on her two goals in her first two playoff games.While most players wouldn’t use the word “surprised” when asked about an athletic achievement because they expect the best out of themselves, Schwarz recognized the novelty of the statistics she put up in the weekend series.“I’m actually more of a passer than someone who likes to take the puck to the net themselves,” Schwarz said. “I usually try to make more opportunities for other people but it’s nice to have those opportunities made for me too.”Schwarz’s teammates think highly of the freshman forward for her intensity and work ethic. In addition, the elders of the team have been able to place a calm over the inevitable nervousness in a player entering her first collegiate postseason.“I was really nervous coming into these playoffs,” Schwarz said. “I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself, but the seniors have been so calm and patient and have stressed a work-hard method.” Commentslast_img read more

Professor Elyn Saks balances academia, schizophrenia

first_imgThe human brain is full of complexities — it can be both a great asset and an aggravating impediment.Surviving · Professor Saks says her tenure at USC has given her the support to deal with juggling her work, relationships and her health. – Courtesy of Elyn SaksElyn Saks, a professor at the Gould School of Law who also served as its associate dean for research and is the Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, knows this all too well: She received a diagnosis of schizophrenia and acute psychosis when she was 21 years old.“I sometimes say my mind has been my best friend and worst enemy,” Saks said. “Worst enemy for obvious reasons, best friend because when I’m working it keeps me productive and keeps me occupied.”Saks thrives while successfully juggling therapy, medication and relationships and still enduring the social stigma that surrounds mental illness.“I sometimes say my mind has been my best friend and worst enemy,” Saks said. “Worst enemy for obvious reasons, best friend because when I’m working it keeps me productive and keeps me occupied.”Saks initially did not intend to enter education. While at Yale Law school, she represented psychiatric patients and children and continued her pro bono work after graduation at the Yale Legal Services Mental Health Law Project. She wanted to be a public-interest lawyer, but her experience teaching in Connecticut led her to apply for teaching positions across the country.“USC was my best offer,” said Saks, who joined the USC law faculty in 1989.Though Saks believes she made the best decision for her, she initially had regrets about entering the teaching field.“I kind of felt I sold out a little when I became an academic because I wasn’t in the trenches,” Saks said. “People have different aptitudes and ways of contributing and, for me, just writing stuff that people who are good advocates could take and use was where my best contribution could come.”However, Saks said her experience in the academic field has proved rewarding. Her gratification comes from working one on one with students.“I enjoy helping people navigate and get resources and referrals [as well as] being a model for someone, and an ‘I-can-you-can’ type,” Saks said.Saks is supported by good therapy, medication, family, friends and her work at USC.“USC is an incredibly generous, kind, supportive, nurturing and intellectually stimulating place,” Saks said. “Putting all these supports in place for professors and students to thrive … it’s an incredible place.”After winning a MacArthur Foundation genius grant in 2009, Saks founded the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, which looks at mental health through an interdisciplinary lens.Students get a unique perspective from Saks. Susie Morris, a third-year resident in the psychiatry program at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and an intern at the Saks Institute, said Saks’ teaching comes with a uniquely helpful perspective because Saks has first-hand experience with a mental disorder.“[I find her] more credible because she is working from the inside looking out,” Morris said. “She offers a different perspective because she was actually hospitalized herself, which isn’t something you can truly learn about just by reading a book.”Saks was hospitalized for one month in 1978 and four months in 1979. In 1982 and 1983, she was hospitalized for five months and has not been hospitalized since.Paul Garcia, one of Sak’s former students and a current second-year law student, views Saks’ honesty as a vital addition to his learning experience.“It was really interesting and compelling, given her life narrative, to not only be in a class and hear her talk openly about some of the struggles she’s faced, but also to see the quality of her work and how well known she is in the field,” Garcia said.Saks is nationally renowned for her work in the mental health industry. In 2007, Saks published her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, after her friends encouraged her to tell her story.“I had twin goals in writing it,” Saks said. “To give hope to people who suffer with schizophrenia and understanding to those who don’t.”Saks explains how “people who are struggling, hurting or in pain could get treatment and could get relief but they don’t because they don’t want the stigma so they suffer” instead of coming forward and admitting to their condition.“To me, the biggest problem with stigma is that it deters people from getting care, but there are also other problems,” she said. “It makes you feel lesser and stay in hiding.”Even Saks struggled with accepting the need for medication. But she said once she did use it continuously, her life got better.“I used to say I don’t want to use a crutch,” Saks said. “Now I say that if my foot were broken of course I’d use a crutch. Shouldn’t I treat my neurotransmitters as gently?”Through her efforts in the field of law, Saks exemplifies her own belief that people carry overtly low expectations for those with mental illness: A doctor once told her that she should settle for being a cashier.Saks acknowledges that not every person with her condition will attain an academic position like her but said support will go a long way. Saks’ main hope is to continue illuminating issues of mental health through her love and work.“People with psychiatric illness want what everyone wants,” Saks said. “In the words of Sigmund Freud: ‘to love and to work.’ So, when you see someone who looks like they’re having a hard time, or they tell you they’re having a hard time be sympathetic, be empathic, try and be a good friend, try and be supportive and realize that mental illness is really no different from diabetes or other conditions.”last_img read more

Strengthened NYX Group seeks to establish its position as leading industry player in 2017

first_img Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports June 18, 2020 Submit Publishing NYX Gaming Group’s full-year 2016 fiscal results, CEO Matt Davey has stated that his firm is prepared to lead industry omni-channel solutions and technology having significantly grown its operations through strategic M&A during a transformative year for the Toronto TSX-listed business.Presenting FY 2016 results, an enlarged NYX group would report corporate revenues of CAD $164 million (£93 million), boosted by its acquisition of leading industry sports betting platform supplier OpenBet.Closing its 2016 performance, the Toronto TSX-listed firm would declare gross-profits of CAD $144 million combined with an adjusted EBITDA of CAD $43 million (£24 million).However, a costly 2016, which saw the company commit £170 million towards the joint acquisition of OpenBet (deal completed May 2016), and further acquire UK-based industry systems provider Betdigital for £24 million (deal completed July 2016) would see NYX governance report corporate 2016 losses of CAD 57 million (£32.5 million).Updating investors Davey stated that 2016 had been a ‘transformational year for NYX’ in which the company has executed and integrated new corporate assets, boosting the firm’s services portfolio.Moving forward Davey points to OpenBet Platform systems being supported by Chartwell and Cryptologic online casino and games content, as well as gaining new dynamics from Betdigital provisions.Davey tells NYX investors, that through an effective M&A strategy the company possess the right properties and dynamics to dominate regulated market provisions.“This was a transformational year for NYX. With the integration of OpenBet now substantially complete, we are ideally positioned as a leading provider of sportsbook, gaming technology, and NextGen content to the regulated gaming market,”For 2017, Davey and the firm’s executive management team will now push to execute a new operating model for an enlarged NYX group focusing on cost structure and operating leverage over industry competitors. Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more