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Op-ed: The movie ‘I Care A Lot’ can teach us how to prevent elder financial abuse

Finance
Rosamund Pike accepts the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy, award for "I Care a Lot" via video from Ben Stiller at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Feb. 28, 2021 in New York.Peter Kramer/NBC | NBCUniversal | Getty ImagesThe Netflix movie "I Care A Lot" provides insight on how to protect the elderly from being targeted by financial scammers.The movie stars actress Rosamund Pike, who plays devious and conniving businesswoman Marla Grayson. She makes a living by convincing the legal system to grant her guardianship over seniors, and she pretends they cannot take care of themselves.With this new legal power over her clients' finances, Grayson drains their bank accounts and pockets any valuables for herself. Up against her quick-witted legal jargon, no one can come cl...
Instagram photos help Facebook AI ‘teach itself’

Instagram photos help Facebook AI ‘teach itself’

Technology
FacebookOne billion public-facing Instagram photos were used to train an algorithm created by Facebook to learn to recognise images by itself.Traditionally, algorithms have been trained on datasets which have already been categorised by humans - labelled cats, dogs or flowers, for example.But the Instagram photos were presented to the algorithm without the labelling.Afterwards it was able to correctly identify images with 84.5% accuracy, Facebook reported.Facebook has called its system Seer, an abbreviation of self-supervised. AI expert Calum Chase said the system "could be an important step towards the holy grail of computers with common sense" if it proved effective in the long term.There are other firms also working on similar processes.Facebook said that while this sort of technique ha...
Chimpanzees likely to share tools, teach skills when task is more complex

Chimpanzees likely to share tools, teach skills when task is more complex

Science
Dec. 27 (UPI) -- New research suggests that when chimpanzees are performing more complex tasks, they are more likely to share tools with their more novice peers and offspring, as well as engage in teaching behaviors. Scientists have previously noted that tool-sharing among chimpanzees represented a form of teaching, but that chimps learn primarily through watching and mimicking -- not via direct teaching. "Non-human primates are often thought to learn tool skills by watching others and practicing on their own, with little direct help from mothers or other expert tool users," Stephanie Musgrave, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Miami, said in a news release. "In contrast, the results from this research indicate that social learning may vary in relation to how chall...
North Korea develops software to teach ideology

North Korea develops software to teach ideology

Technology
North Korea has developed software designed to teach ideology to party members and workers, according to North Korean party daily Rodong Sinmun. Called Chongseo 1.0, it contains writings by the country's founder Kim Il-sung and his son - former leader Kim Jong-il. The paper explains that the encyclopaedia-like electronic book program aggregates classical works and anecdotes about the two Kims, as well as material related to current leader Kim Jong-un. The program works on different devices and operating systems - including Windows and North Korea's Linux-based Red Star - and the plan is to distribute it nationwide. And it won't stop there. Developers are already working on the next version - Chongseo 2.0, adding various functions...
'Hologram' lecturers to teach students at Imperial College London

'Hologram' lecturers to teach students at Imperial College London

Technology
University classes are set to be given a futuristic spin by letting lecturers appear as hologram-like apparitions beamed in from afar.Imperial College London will show off the technology at a special event later on Thursday before deploying it more widely.It believes it will be the first academic body to do so regularly.A similar effect has been used to animate images of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and other celebrities.Imperial will initially limit its use to its Business School's activities but expects the technology could eventually become common."The alternative is to use video-conferencing software but we believe these holograms have a much greater sense of presence," Dr David Lefevre, director of Imperial's Edtech Lab, told the BBC. ...