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Urban Meyer apologizes to ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

Urban Meyer apologizes to ex-wife of former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith

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Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer did Friday evening what he was criticized for failing to do at a Wednesday news conference announcing his three-game suspension: apologize to Courtney Smith. The national media chastised Meyer over the past two days for what seemed to be a lack of empathy for the ex-wife of fired Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith, and he issued a two-paragraph statement on Twitter with the aid of Ohio State's athletics communications office to try to make amends. Meyer was suspended by the university after a two-week investigation for his mishandling of domestic abuse allegations against Zach Smith. In his Friday apology posted on Twitter, he said he was sorry to all women, men and families impacted by abuse. "Let me say here and now what I should have sai...
Google Assistant to make phone calls for owners

Google Assistant to make phone calls for owners

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceGoogle has unveiled artificial intelligence software that books appointments over the phone on behalf of users by conducting voice-based conversations on their behalf.Chief executive Sundar Pichai said that Google Duplex would launch as an "experiment" over the coming weeks.The facility was unveiled at the firm's annual IO developers conference.Experts have said that if it works it could give the firm a major advantage over rival virtual assistants.Pre-recorded demonstrations played back to the audience featured the software first booking a haircut and then making a restaurant reservation by speaking to two human employees.One of the cases involved Google Assistant coping with a worker who seemed confused by straightforward questions. The compute...
Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

Video Assistant Referees to be used at World Cup

Technology
The World Cup is set to use video replays this summer - with FIFA confirming a sponsor is being sought for the technology.Football's governing body met to assess recent trials ahead of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) being officially approved for use in the tournament in Russia in June and July.FIFA chief commercial officer Philippe Le Floc'h said: "Definitely VAR will happen. It's great to have technology in football because this is also a fairness thing."The system was used for the first time at the 2014 World Cup when goal-line technology was deployed.But now replays can be used when there is a "clear and obvious error" involving goals, penalty awards, red cards, and mistaken identity.Image:Referee Jonathan Moss awaits a decision from VAR at a Leicester City/Fleetwood Town gameVAR could ...
Could AI assistant be Russia's next president?

Could AI assistant be Russia's next president?

Technology
A piece of artificially intelligent software has won the backing of tens of thousands of Russians to run for President.Alisa, an AI assistant similar to Apple's voice-activated Siri, has been backed as a potential competitor to Vladimir Putin, who is set to run for a fourth term as President in Russia's March election.Alisa's campaign slate offers a sci-fi vision billed as the political system of the future - one based exclusively on rational decisions guided by algorithms, operating 24/7 and unhindered by emotions and greed for personal gain.The nomination is an ambitious bid for power, just months after Alisa was launched by Russian technology giant Yandex.A slick campaign website, inviting voters to pose questions to Alisa via telegram, boasts that the robot will not get old and tired, ...
England to play with video assistant referee for the first time in Tuesday's match v France

England to play with video assistant referee for the first time in Tuesday's match v France

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England will play with a video assistant referee for the first time in their friendly against France on Tuesday.The VAR experiment is being trialled by FIFA at selected matches and events, with wider implementation and a role in the 2018 World Cup to follow, but is not currently mandatory.Both associations have to agree to its use under current rules and the Football Association was happy to give its assent.Italian referee Davide Massa will be officiating the match, with two conventional assistant referees supplemented by compatriots Marco Guida and Massimiliano Irrati providing television support. They will be based in a video operation room which can be, but does not have to be, inside the stadium. They VARs will be on hand to review and advise on four distinct issues: goals where there ...