F50 team was thrilled to see more than 600 attendees in the Global Capital Summit®
in April. The event was successful with the help of our sponsors,
speakers, and volunteers. we’d like to take this opportunity to thank
all those participated. Now, F50 would like to announce our next event
in October: F50 Summit™ – Fall 2019.
F50 Summit™is one of Silicon Valley’s flagship events for the startup venture ecosystem. The summit will feature 20 highly innovative technology startups selected by F50 Elevate™ and 30 speaking sessions including thought-leader talks, investment trends, cutting-edge innovations, multiple network sessions, and will expect over 500 attendees including F50 Elevate™ mentors, angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate executives, long-term investors, and a group of high-potential local early founders.
Presentation: Building a Global Silicon Valley Nikhil Sinha, CEO, GSVLabs
The fourth annual F50 Global Capital Summit® (GCS). GCS is one of the Silicon Valley Bay Area’s flagship events for the startup venture ecosystem. The theme of this year’s summit is Seeding the future and it will be held on Wednesday, April 30th at Stanford University. I hope you can attend and look forward to meeting you. http://f50.io/gcs GCS 2019 is organized by F50, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs, and Community Media SVE.io. The summit will feature 30+ speaking sessions including thought leader talk, investment trends, and extraordinary products and innovations, around 500 attendees from world-leading corporations, and the global investment ecosystem. The attendees are corporate executives, angel investors, venture funds, influential long-term investors, and a small group of high-potential local early founders.
Presentation: Trends in Angel Capital Investors and Investing Ronald Weissman, Board Member, Angel Capital Association, Chairman, Band of Angels
The fourth annual F50 Global Capital Summit® (GCS). GCS is one of the Silicon Valley Bay Area’s flagship events for the startup venture ecosystem. The theme of this year’s summit is Seeding the future and it will be held on Wednesday, April 30th at Stanford University. I hope you can attend and look forward to meeting you.
GCS 2019 is organized by F50, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs, and Community Media SVE.io. The summit will feature 30+ speaking sessions including thought leader talk, investment trends, and extraordinary products and innovations, around 500 attendees from world-leading corporations, and the global investment ecosystem. The attendees are corporate executives, angel investors, venture funds, influential long-term investors, and a small group of high-potential local early founders.
Bay Area’s flagship investor event for the startup venture ecosystem: the fourth annual F50 Global Capital Summit®(GCS) help you to onnect with 600 guests who are earlier-stage VCs, angels, incubators, corporate executives, and select founders.
Highlight #1: GCS is Silicon Valley centered
The summit will be hosted by F50, together with Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and Startups, the largest startup community in the bay area. Join us to experience the very best startup venture atmosphere of Silicon Valley with 22 Event Partners:
Angel Launch Band of Angels BayAngels California Life Sciences Association DingDing TV Golden Seeds GSVlabs Keiretsu Forum N3xtCon NetEase Nex CubedNorth Bay Angels Oracle Sacramento Angels Startup Basecamp Startup.Network SVOD TEC Ventures TiE Angels Silicon Valley US Angels VC Taskforce Venture University
Highlight #2: Leaders from famous Angel Networks
Michal Cymbalisty, International Expansion Chair, Venture Capital Association Lilia Shirman, Managing Partner, Golden Seeds J. Skyler Fernandes, Founder & General Partner, Venture University June Riley, CEO, VC Taskforce Dave Sanders, Board, Sacramento Angels Che Voigt, Board Chair, North Bay Angels Jordan Wahbeh, Managing Partner, Bay Angels Ronald Weissman, Chairman, Band of Angels Randy Williams, CEO/Founder, Keiretsu Forum Gil Artzy, Founding Partner, UpWest Labs Nikhil Sinha, CEO, GSVLabs
Highlight #3: All-star Venture Capitalists
Dmitry Alimov, Managing Partner, Frontier Ventures Calvin Chin, Managing Partner, E14 Fund Duncan Davidson, General Partner, Bullpen Capital Sean Dempsey, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Merus Capital Anna Dvornikova, Managing Partner, TEC Ventures Shahin Farshchi, Partner, Lux Capital Ossama Hassanein, Chairman, Rising Tide Fund Paul Holland, General Partner, Foundation Capital Annie Kadavy, Partner and Managing Director, Redpoint Ventures Nikolai Oreshkin, Managing Partner, Elysium Venture Capital Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Venture Charles Sidman, Managing Partner, ECS Capital Partners James Sowers, Angel investor, PopUp Ventures Lu Zhang, Founder & Managing Partner, Fusion Capital
Highlight #4: Professionals from well-known enterprises
Oana Marcu, Scientist, NASA SETI InstituteJamie Rosenstein, People Analytics, GoogleJai Suri, VP, OracleFranklin Urteaga, CEO/Co-Founder, Oigetit Fake News FilterDavid Zilberman, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
Highlight# 5: GCS will take place at Stanford University
Andrea Carafa, Fellow, Stanford UniversityUli Chettipally, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical, UCSFAnurag Mairal, Professor, Stanford UniversityStephanie Marrus, Professor & Expert, UCSF
Highlight #6: Featured attendees
1955 Capital American Express Ventures Andreessen Horowitz Band of Angels Bay Angels Better Ventures Bullpen Capital Cagan Capital Comcast Ventures CRCM Ventures DHVC Frontier Ventures Fusion FundGarage VenturesHappiness Ventures Intel Capital IPV Capital Khosla Ventures North Bay Angels Pantera Capital Sacramento Angels Sand Hill Angels SK Telecom Ventures SoftBank Sony Innovation Fund TEC Ventures TiE Angels Venture Capital Association
F50 Connect Lounge @ GCS 2019 offers a platform to highlight the latest cutting-edge technology companies and demonstrate their products on the stage at the Connect Lounge. With 16 demo tables total in the lounge, exhibitors will have a unique spotlight to showcase their technologies to over 500 selective investors, experts, and leading corporate executives. The selected startups will also be listed in all the F50’s marketing channels.
GCS and the Speed Dating Program is designed to introduce GCS attendees with each other. Speed dating tables will be set up at the center of the Connect Lounge. During the sessions, each attendee will have the chance to shake hands with investors, angels, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and influencers. With the demo table, you could be your own speed dating host … ALL DAY!
Listen to actionable wisdom from 50+ Leading VC and Angel speakers. Get the most out of your conference experience and set yourself up for growth.Hear top tier VCs and Angel Investors on the key issues facing Investors and Startup CEOs alike. Industry experts will provide updated analyses and share their experience with the audience.Network over meals with partners, investors, and key industry players.Meet hundreds of investors under one roof and find your next business partners.Connect with successful corporate executives and CVCs.
Highlight #10: F50 Report Unveil
Most Active Angel Network in Silicon Valley / SF Bay AreaMost Active Incubators in Silicon Valley / SF Bay AreaMost Active New Venture Capital in North America
F50 team is excited to announce a sneak peek of the F50 Global Capital Summit 2019 agenda! The day will be packed with insightful panel discussions, fireside chats, and presentations from great firms in the AI, HealthTech, and FinTech spaces. Moreover, the Connect Lounge provides a perfect environment for all attendees, including 300+ professional investors. Networking startup demo Speed dating Investor ignites
GCS 2019 will feature the following sections of content
Seeding the next generation founders: Education and incubation
Thinking in investment
Impact 1 billion lives
Corporate Innovation with Startup Ecosystem: the force awakens
In angel we trust: The rising of angel investors in the winter
The Bets by the VCs
Main Stage Agenda Preview
Presentation: Innovation and Design Thinking Anurag Mairal, Professor, Stanford University Panel: Is now the winter for startup or investor? Bill Reichert, Managing Partner, Garage Technology Ventures James Sowers, Angel Investor, PopUp Ventures Annie Kadavy, Managing Director, Redpoint Ventures David Zilberman, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures
Panel: How Angels help startups impact the world？ Moderator: KJ Jia, Partner, F50 Labs John Ricci, Founder, US Angels Jordan Wahbeh, Managing Partner, Bay Angels Dave Sanders, Board Member, Sacramento Angels
Presentation: How AI in Mobility can Save 37,000 Young Lives Every Year Dinesh C, Chief Creative Officer, CarVi
Fireside Chat with Duncan Duncan Davidson, General Partner, Bullpen Capital
Fireside Chat with PaulHolland Paul Holland, General Partner, Foundation Capital
Catalyzes the Global Innovation Economy – GSVLabs Nikhil Sinha, CEO, GSVLabs
Presentation: Venture University Wayne Lim, Venture Capitalist, Venture University
Presentation: Band of Angels Ronald Weissman, Chairman, Band of Angels
Presentation: North Bay Angels Che Voigt, Board Chair, North Bay Angels
Presentation: VC Taskforce June Riley, CEO, VC Taskforce
Presentation: Keiretsu Forum Randy Williams, CEO, Keiretsu Forum
Panel: Empower Woman in Investment & Startups SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital Katie Lam, Founder, Kalon SF Gené Teare, Strategic Research, Crunchbase
Presentation: IoT leveraging cloud and predictive analytics solutions Jai Suri, Senior Director of Product Management, Oracle
Presentation: People Analytics Jamie Rothenburg, People Analytics, Google
It takes moxie to flip an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one — particularly for folks over 60.
Most baby boomers approach retirement age unwilling to follow basic healthy lifestyle goals established by the American Heart Association, said Dr. Dana King, professor and chairman of the department of family medicine at West Virginia University, referencing his university’s 2017 study comparing the healthy lifestyle rates of retired late-middle-aged adults with rates among those still working.
Kaiser Health News interviewed three other prominent experts on aging and health about how seniors can find the will to adopt healthier habits.
“People do financial planning for retirement, but what about retirement health planning?” King said.
Motivated seniors can begin by following KHN’s 10-step program:
1. Buy great sneakers. Purchase a pair of top-quality sneakers specifically designed for walking, said Carolyn Rosenblatt, founder of AgingParents.com, who started participating in triathlons at age 63 and continues to do them at age 70. Start by walking around the block. Expand that to 30-minute walks at least three times weekly — or set a goal to increase your walking distance 10 percent each week. And leave your sneakers by the front door.
2. Practice your balance. The best way to avoid falls is to retain a good sense of balance, said Rosenblatt. Practice standing on one leg with your eyes closed for at least 30 seconds.
3. Improve your breakfast. Stop eating the sweet roll with coffee. Consider substituting a home-blended smoothie with a banana, seasonal fruits, almond milk and protein powder or a protein patty without sugar. And cut out excess sugar in all your meals, said Rosenblatt. Replace soda with seltzer water.
4. De-stress wisely. Find ways to manage your stress that don’t involve food, alcohol or smoking. There are lots of meditation programs you can download on your phone and listen to for even 10 minutes, said Rosenblatt.
5. Practice resistance training. To keep your muscle mass from disappearing, do resistance training by lifting dumbbells or barbells or using weight machines, said Kay Van Norman, owner of Brilliant Aging, a consulting firm for healthier aging. “Your muscles are amazing, but if you don’t use them, you lose them,” she said.
6. Hit the floor. Aging adults need to regularly practice getting down on the floor and standing back up again. “If you don’t get down on the floor and back up, you won’t be able to do it after a while,” said Van Norman.
7. Challenge your speed. While it might not seem as if folks over 60 need to worry about exercise that involves speed and intensity, they do, said Van Norman. “Most people don’t even think about speed in order to stay healthy. But tennis players are doing that all the time. You need to do something to challenge your speed, not just your power.” That’s why sports like tennis can be terrific as you age, she said.
8. Believe in yourself. Faced with self-doubt and depression after several tragic, challenging events, Sharon Sultan Cutler, 71, turned to therapy to help her feel better about herself. “The first person you have to believe in is yourself,” said Sultan Cutler, an author. “People like to be around other people who believe in themselves.”
9. Tackle a project. Pick a project that has meaning to you. Sultan Cutler opted to co-author (with two other writers) her first book, “Bandstand Diaries: The Philadelphia Years, 1956-1963,” an inside look at her once favorite TV show, Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” Never mind that she’d never written a book before. Now she’s on her third book, “Your New You After 65: Valuable Advice to Inspire Your Awesome Aging.” “It’s like having a daydream that you can actually make happen,” she said.
10. Embrace self-improvement. Some call this lifelong learning. Living a healthier lifestyle requires constant learning and self-improvement, said Sultan Cutler. Seek out local learning resources like community colleges, where classes are often steeply discounted for seniors, she said. “Self-improvement isn’t just physical. It’s mental, too.”
Source: from Kaiser Health News is a nonprofit news service covering health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. More Read More
Computers were once considered high-end technology, only accessible to scientists and trained professionals. But there was a seismic shift in the history of computing during the second half of the 1970s. It wasn’t just that machines became much smaller and more powerful — though, of course, they did. It was the shift in who would use computers and where: They became available to everyone to use in their own home.
Today, quantum computing is in its infancy. Quantum computation incorporates some of the most mind-bending concepts from 20th-century physics. In the U.S., Google, IBM and NASA are experimenting and building the first quantum computers. China is also investing heavily in quantum technology.
As the author of “Quantum Computing for Everyone,” due out in March, I believe that there will be an analogous shift toward quantum computing, where enthusiasts will be able to play with quantum computers from their homes. This shift will occur much sooner than most people realize.
Rise of personal computers
The first modern computers were constructed in the 1950s. They were large, often unreliable, and by today’s standards, not particularly powerful. They were designed for solving large problems, such as developing the first hydrogen bomb. There was general consensus that this was the sort of thing that computers were good for and that the world would not need many of them.
Of course, this view turned out to be completely wrong.
In 1964, John Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz wrote the BASIC language. Their goal was to design a simple programming language that would be easy to learn and would enable anyone to program. As a result, programming was no longer solely for highly trained scientists. Anyone could now learn to program if they wanted to.
This shift in computing continued when the first home computers appeared in the late 1970s. Hobbyists could now buy their own computer and program it at home. Parents and children could learn together. These first computers were not very powerful and there were a limited number of things that you could do with them, but they had an extremely enthusiastic reception.
As people played with their machines, they realized that they wanted more features and more power. The founders of Microsoft and Apple understood that the home computer had a bright future.
None of these activities existed in the 1950s. Nobody at the time knew that they wanted or needed them. It was the availability of a new tool, the computer, that led to their development.
Classical computation, the kind of computation that powers the computer in your home, is based on how humans compute. It breaks down all computations into their most fundamental parts: the binary digits 0 and 1. Nowadays, our computers use bits – a portmanteau word from binary digits – because they are easy to implement with switches that are either in the on or off position.
Quantum computation is based on how the universe computes. It contains all of classical computing, but also incorporates a couple of new concepts that come from quantum physics.
Instead of the bits of classical computation, quantum computing has qubits. However, the outcome from a quantum computation is exactly the same as that from a classical computation: a number of bits.
The difference is that, during the computation, the computer can manipulate qubits in more ways that it can with bits. It can put qubits in a superposition of states and entangle them.
Both superposition and entanglement are concepts from quantum mechanics that most people are not familiar with. Superposition roughly means that a qubit can be in a mixture of both 0 and 1. Entanglement denotes correlation between qubits. When one of a pair of entangled qubits is measured, that immediately shows what value you will get when you measure its partner. This is what Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance.”
The mathematics needed for a full description of quantum mechanics is daunting, and this background is needed to design and build a quantum computer. But the mathematics needed to understand quantum computation and to start designing quantum circuits is much less: High school algebra is essentially the only requirement.
What will they be used for? Quantum computing has important applications in cryptography. In 1994, MIT mathematician Peter Shor showed that, if quantum computers could be built, they would be able to break current internet encryption methods. This spurred the construction of new ways of encrypting data that can withstand quantum attacks, launching the age of post-quantum cryptography.
It also looks as though quantum computing will probably have a large impact on chemistry. There are certain reactions that classical computers have difficulty simulating. Chemists hope that quantum computers will be efficient at modeling these quantum phenomena.
But I don’t think it makes much sense to speculate about what most people will be doing with quantum computers in 50 years. It may make more sense to ask when quantum computing will become something that anyone can use from their own home.
The answer is that this is already possible. In 2016, IBM added a small quantum computer to the cloud. Anyone with an internet connection can design and run their own quantum circuits on this computer. A quantum circuit is a sequence of basic steps that perform a quantum calculation.
Not only is IBM’s quantum computer free to use, but this quantum computer has a simple graphical interface. It is a small, not very powerful machine, much like the first home computers, but hobbyists can start playing. The shift has begun.
Humans are entering an age when it is straightforward to learn and experiment with quantum computation. As with the first home computers, it might not be clear that there are problems that need to be solved with quantum computers, but as people play, I think it’s likely they will find that they need more power and more features. This will open the way for new applications that we haven’t yet imagined.
Google’s 2002 April Fools’ Day joke purportedly disclosed that its popular search engine was not actually powered by artificial intelligence, but instead by biological intelligence. Google had deployed bunches of birds, dubbed pigeon clusters, to calculate the relative value of web pages because they proved to be faster and more reliable than either human editors or digital computers.
The joke hinged on the silliness of the premise – but the scenario does have more than a bit of the factual mixed in with the fanciful.
The prank had taken a page out of 20th-century behaviorist B. F. Skinner’s operant conditioning playbook by allegedly teaching pigeons to peck for a food reward whenever the birds detected a relevant search result.
It also adapted Victorian polymath Francis Galton’s vox populi – or the voice of the people – principle by purportedly putting the web search task to something of a vote. The more the flocks of pigeons pecked at a particular website, the higher it rose on the user’s results page. This so-called PigeonRank system thus rank-ordered a user’s search results in accord with the pecking order of Google’s suitably schooled birds.
Exploiting the well-established visual and cognitive prowess of pigeons, we taught our birds to peck either a blue or a yellow button on a computerized touchscreen in order to categorize pathology slides that depicted either benign or cancerous human breast tissue samples.
In each training session, we showed pigeons several slides of each type in random order on the touchscreen. Pigeons first had to peck the pathology slide multiple times – this step encouraged the birds to study them. Then the two report buttons popped up on each side of the tissue sample. If the tissue sample looked benign and the pigeons pecked the “benign” report button or if the presented tissue sample looked malignant and the pigeons pecked the “malignant” report button, then they received a food reward. However, if the pigeons chose the incorrect report button, then no food was given.
After two weeks of training, the pigeons attained accuracy levels ranging between 85 and 90 percent correct. Granted, this accomplishment falls short of their reading human text – although time will tell if that too is within the ken of pigeons – but the pigeons were quite able to make such highly accurate reports despite considerable variations in the magnification of the slide images.
We went on to test the pigeons with brand-new images to see if the birds could reliably transfer what they had learned; this is the key criterion for claiming that they’d learned a generalized concept of “benign/malignant tissue samples.” Accuracy to the familiar training samples averaged around 85 percent correct, and accuracy to the novel testing samples was nearly as high, averaging around 80 percent correct. This high level of transfer indicates that rote memorization alone cannot explain the pigeon’s categorization proficiency.
Finally, we put Google’s PigeonRank proposal to the test. With an expanded set of breast tissue samples, we assessed the accuracy of each of four pigeons against the “wisdom of the flock,” a technique we termed “flock-sourcing.” To calculate these “flock” scores, we assigned each trial a score of 100 percent if three or four pigeons correctly responded, and we assigned a score of 50 percent if two pigeons correctly responded. Three or four pigeons never incorrectly responded.
The accuracy scores of the four individual pigeons were 73, 79, 81 and 85 percent correct. However, the accuracy score of the “flock” was 93 percent, thereby exceeding that of every individual bird. Pigeons thus join people in evidencing better wisdom from crowds. Playing on Galton’s original term, you might call this vox columbae – or the voice-of-the-pigeons principle.
Although all of this may seem to be a bit of feathery fluff, over the past several years our report has resonated across several fields, going beyond pathology and radiology to include the burgeoning realm of artificial intelligence. It has been recognized in several articles including one quoting Geoff Hinton, a key figure behind modern AI: “The role of radiologists will evolve from doing perceptual things that could probably be done by a highly trained pigeon to doing far more cognitive things.” In other words, machines may eventually be programmed to match what pigeons can do, leaving the more interesting and challenging tasks to humans.
What began as an elaborate April Fools’ prank has thus proved to be more than a joke. Never underestimate the brains of birds. They’re really brainy beasts.
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As an experienced airline pilot, aircraft accident investigator and professor of aviation, I know that such major crash investigations are an enormous effort often involving many countries’ governments and input from dozens of industry partners. The inquiries can take months of painstaking work. They often yield important insights that improve flight safety for everyone long into the future. Here’s how an investigation generally goes.
The government of the country where the crash occurred takes the lead in the investigation. Also involved are investigators from the countries where the aircraft is registered, where the airline’s headquarters is, where the aircraft designer is based and where the aircraft was assembled. Countries where the engines or other major aircraft components were designed and assembled and those with citizens killed or seriously injured in the crash may also take part in the investigations.
Ethiopian investigators can seek technical advice not only from participating countries’ representatives, such as the NTSB, but also from the companies that made the plane and its engines – in this case, Boeing and CFM international, respectively.
From emergency to inquiry
At the beginning of the inquiry, the investigator-in-charge, usually an investigator from the lead country’s aviation safety board, coordinates with local first responders to determine what hazards may be present at the crash site, and ensures safe access for investigators to visit the wreckage. Dangerous debris could include hazardous cargo, flammable or toxic materials and gases, sharp or heavy objects and pressurized equipment. Human remains or blood from injured victims may also pose dangers of disease, meaning investigators must protect themselves against viruses, bacteria or parasites.
The investigators on the scene take photos and videos of the wreckage and collect as much physical evidence as they can. They also conduct interviews with eyewitnesses and draw charts showing the debris field and any indications of how the aircraft hit the ground, such as the angle of impact, the distribution of debris and other details.
If parts of aircraft can be salvaged, they can be moved to a secure facility such as a hangar for wreckage reassembling. This can assist in determining missing or damaged components, and gaining a fuller idea of what happened.
Investigators also collect all the documents related the plane, its crew and its recent flights for forensic analysis.
An early priority is locating the crucial evidence in what are often called the plane’s “black boxes.” There are two kinds. The flight data recorders keep track of flight parameters such altitude, heading, instrument readings, power settings and flight control inputs. The cockpit voice recorders store all communications with the aircraft, including from air traffic controllers, and record any conversations among cockpit occupants and other audible cockpit sounds for the two hours leading up to the crash. All that information lets analysts reconstruct, and even create video simulations of, the last moments of the plane’s flight.
If either of those devices is damaged, authorities may ask the aircraft’s manufacturer to verify the salvaged data. Ethiopian investigators have asked for foreign help to analyze the black-box data. They originally asked Germany’s Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation, but that agency said it didn’t have the technical know-how either. France’s Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, one of the most experienced crash investigation agencies in the world, is handling them instead.
In the early stages of an investigation, there are a lot of people working on different aspects of the inquiry all at once. As the preliminary lead accident investigator for the Ghanaian MI-17 helicopter crash in Adukrom, Ghana, in January 2007, I had to coordinate the securing of the crash site and do field interviews of witnesses while charting the debris and recovering the “black box” for further analysis.
Technical groups assemble
Other teams look at technical aspects that might have contributed in any way to the crash. They look at air traffic control activity and instructions, weather, human performance issues like crew experience and training, maintenance records, emergency response, safety equipment, aircraft performance and subsystems.
They may disassemble the crashed plane’s engines or other components and use flight simulators to attempt to experience what the pilots were dealing with. Analysts even study the metals used to make components to see how they should perform – to later compare that information with what actually happened during the crash.
A team also interviews any survivors, rescue personnel and subject-matter experts. Forensic teams and medical examiners will analyze victims’ remains to identify them for family members and to examine the injuries they suffered, and test for any drugs, alcohol or even carbon monoxide in their bodies that might have impaired their judgment or performance.
In some cases, especially high-profile crashes, investigators will hold public hearings, at which they gather more evidence and make public some of what they have found. This helps assure the public that the process is open and transparent, and is not covering up the responsibility of any guilty party.
Findings and conclusions
After they rigorously analyze all the data, devise, test and evaluate different hypotheses for what could have happened, the investigative team must determine causes and contributing factors. The goal is to identify anything – acts someone did (or didn’t) do, properties of a materials, gusts of wind, and so on – that had any role in the crash.
The report should include both immediate causes – such as active failures of pilots or maintenance crew – and underlying reasons, like insufficient training or pressure to rush through a task.
At any point during the investigation, investigators can recommend any preventative action that it has identified as necessary to improve flight safety. In the wake of the Lion Air crash, Boeing was reportedly working on a fix to a software system, but it didn’t get released before the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
The final report, including all the safety recommendations, is
released by the country that conducted the investigation to the public
and is aimed at improving aviation safety and not to apportion blame.
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The Grandmaster Liu for Qingcheng Taiji (Taichi) is coming to Silicon Valley bay area Sep 20th. This is a rare chance to learn the Six Forms from the master directly during the five days Taiji bootcamp.
Qingcheng Tai Chi originated from the birthplace of Taoism, Qingcheng Mountain, in Sichuan Province, China. Qingcheng
Mountain is one of the most important Taoist centers in China. It is
blanketed with dozens of ancient sacred temples. The mountain range has
thirty-six peaks, the tallest of which stands over 4,000 feet high.
Rising majestically from the plains of Chengdu in Sichuan province.
Qingcheng is intimately connected to the Dujiangyan (都江堰) irrigation
system, one of the world’s oldest, dating back to 256 BCE and still
functioning today. In the year 2000, Qingcheng and Dujiangyan were
inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Qingcheng Tai Chi, also known as Qingcheng Mountain Xuanmen (Profound
Gate) Tai Chi, is the core of the famous Qingcheng Mountain Martial
Arts School in China; one of the top lineage of Taoist kungfu. Qingcheng
Tai Chi is not just a martial art. It encompasses philosophy, art,
music, medicine, astrology, and started from the Han Dynasty; making it
one of the oldest traditions of martial arts flourishing today. Qingcheng Tai Chi was traditionally practiced and passed by succession line of lineage heads of the Qingcheng
Mountain Martial Arts School. Grandmaster Suibin Liu felt this Tai Chi
would benefit the world and should not be owned by Lineage Holders only.
He appealed his Master and got his approval to reveal the first 36
movements of Qingcheng Tai Chi. However, 36 movements was too difficult
for everyone to master hence Master Liu further refined and condensed
its essence down eventually to 6 forms.
Watch Six Forms Qingcheng Taichi on youtube:
Watch Qingcheng Pai and Grandmaster Suibin Liu:
Master Liu teaching six forms Tai Chi at Qingcheng Mountain Main Gate:
Master Liu teaching Dreamwork’s KungFu Panda production designer Raymond Zibach
Master Liu teaching Indian Actor Aamir Khan
Master Liu Teaching 30 International Supermodels
Master Liu Teaching Students in Paris
Master Liu with European Students visiting Qingcheng Mountain
Master Liu with Students in France
Master Liu with Students in Silicon Valley, California
The Six Forms of Qingcheng Tai Chi is a routine specifically tailored
for everyone (non-martial artist and martial artist alike) for the
purpose of fitness, health enhancements and recovery. It’s particularly
well suited for sedentary people. It is the essence extracted from 2,000 years of Qingcheng
Mountain Tai Chi and Taoist Health knowledge. This exercise is for
people who do not have much time for exercise and can only practice for a
limited time and in a very limited space. It can also serve as martial artist’s foundational exercise.
Before the six form practice, a short set of circular movements exercise and warm-up the major joints of the
neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles (about
10mins). After warm-up, 5 to 10 repetitions of the six forms is
practiced (10-20 minutes; each six forms routine takes 2-3
minutes). In total, 20-30 minutes of six forms Tai Chi exercise with
warm-up exercises are recommended daily; which can be completed in two
or three sessions.
With consistent daily practice, there will be good results
within 3 to 5 days. With longer term adherence, one will notice
improvements for health conditions such as shoulder inflammation,
cervical spondylosis and cold hands; and increased vitality, and
physical fitness. Dis-eases and sub-health could be diminished and kept
Qingcheng six forms is different from traditional Tai Chi;
movements such as raise the elbows, lift the shoulder, raise the head,
etc. are utilized and not shunned. Qingcheng Tai Chi has been developed
by Taoist priests over thousands of years for self-defense, fitness and
health enhancements and recovery using conventional and reversed
(yang/yin) modes of reasoning.
About Grandmaster Suibin Liu
Grandmaster Liu started studying Qingcheng Pai at age six under his
maternal grandfather. “I didn’t like it when I was young, but I was
bullied and weak.”
However, as Liu grew older, he became serious about his practice and
voracious about his research, exploring various styles from Shaolin,
Wudang, and Emei. He trained in Sun Bin Quan (孫臏拳) in Shandong Province.
“I bowed to more than ten masters and Daoist hermits. Most of my
martial arts masters were bodyguards and military coaches. I am a
disciple of Wang Shutian (王树田).” Professor Wang was a noted Sichuan
Grandmaster and one of the primary architects of China’s free-sparring
sport, Sanda (散打). Liu was a professional Sanda and boxing instructor
for ten years. “If young people don’t learn fighting, it’s just
Liu also graduated from Chongqing Medical School and practiced
medicine for twelve years, so his emphasis on health stems from more
than his Daoist style. In 1997, he grew away from fighting for sport and
went internal. “Taiji changed my life. After teaching Sanda for ten
years, I could fight, but my mind was not at peace. After learning
Taiji, I don’t try to win all the time. I don’t have as many injuries.
When you are middle-aged, if you don’t learn Taiji, you’ll die early and
that’s against the Dao.”
After a successful competitive career that got him up on the podium
six times in international competition, Liu returned to the study of
Qingcheng Pai under the 35th lineage holder, Grandmaster Yu Guoxiong
(余国雄). “Many young people win a few medals and can fight. They think
they are good, but they do not really have a smooth life. Maybe they
have a lot of anger issues because these people only learned the
surface. They did not learn Daoism. I was lucky. In the ‘90s, I started
following Grandmaster Yu.”
In 2001, Grandmaster Yu named Liu as his successor. “He passed down
the hallmarks of the lineage holders to me: the sword, the seal, the
robes and the quanpu (fist lyrics 拳譜).” The sword was a special
sword form that only the lineage holder receives. “I want to release it
but I cannot break the rules of tradition. There are three lu (literally
‘roads,’ but in this context it indicates separate forms 路). My teacher
gave me permission to share the first lu, but he passed away before
allowing me to share the rest.” The seal is a stone stamp, colloquially
called a “chop,” that is the official signature for Qingcheng Pai. Quanpu
are codified names of the techniques in a poetic form. These are
commonplace nowadays for most of the popular Chinese martial arts, but
for some more esoteric systems, these are still regarded as secret
Today, Grandmaster Liu has adopted the Daoist name Xinxuan (信玄) but
is far from becoming a hermit. In fact, he’s very active and even became
a Guinness Record holder in a televised event. However, this was not
the internationally recognized Guinness World Records established by the
Guinness Brewery in the 1950s. China had its own Guinness Records. Zhongguo Dianshi Jinisi Jilu (China Television “Guinness” Records – jinisi is
a phonetic translation of Guinness 中国电视吉尼斯纪录 ) was a Chinese production
that appropriated the concept for their own television show. It was
carried over a hundred TV stations in China and only stopped
broadcasting recently. In 2000, Liu set the record for extinguishing the
most candles by punching. He blew out thirteen candles set in a row 160
cm in length. “The first few are easy. The last few are very hard.”
Candle punching gained some popularity in the United States as a martial arts practice in the late ‘90s (see Candle Punching
by Jeff Bolt, February-March 1998). It’s a great party trick for Kung
Fu enthusiasts. “I don’t practice this technique anymore. It’s not good
for your health. You have to expend too much energy and must rest for a
long time afterwards. Candle punching trains speed and strength. My
speed was clocked at six punches per second by CCTV. It also teaches
penetrating power for your punches. When my teacher taught me, we only
trained for a distance of 30 cm, the thickness of a human body. But
later, the distance grew just from the students competing with each
other. The real Guinness World Records requested that I reprise the
stunt for them, but I declined. I’m too old already.”
Liu also holds another unusual record with the Chinese Jinisi.
In December 2012, he had thirty-eight Taiji practitioners recite
Qingcheng Taiji in Antarctica. That’s not really a category for the
Guinness Book of World Records, but it rates for Jinisi.
Liu created “Tai Chi Wisdom” system of courses and has coached many
universities and high-quality training institutions around the world.
His disciples and students are in more than 80 countries around the
world. He was selected as one of the top ten traditional martial artist
in promotion festivals of 2017. Many times, he was invited by disciples
to participate in large-scale activities at home and abroad, for
politicians, film and television stars, cultural celebrities,
entrepreneurs to do martial arts, Tai Chi shows, and health teaching;
publishing books and CDs (15 sets). A former speaker at China Tai Chi
Yoga; China-India International Yoga Festival, China Chronic Disease
Management Conference, Tai Chi Culture and Health Qigong International
Forum. Master Liu was also invited to be the martial arts instructor of
the movie Treasure Map, based on a famous novel written by Chinese Nobel
Laureate Mo Yan, that will be adapted into a 3D film.
Qingcheng Tai Chi Around the World
Grandmaster Liu has only 22 inner circle disciples but thousands of students. Of the 22 disciples, Daniel Crevier from Montreal, Canada, was Liu’s first foreign male apprentice and later Mariatu Kargbo from Sierra Leone become Liu’s 1st foreign female apprentice. The
decision to admit Mariatu Kargbo and Daniel Crevier as apprentices came
over the objections of older Qingcheng kung fu masters, Liu said. “They
said foreigners invaded our country in the past. But I said that the
Taoists promotes harmony and inclusiveness, let alone the fact that the
students have nothing to do with old invasions. I am strict in admitting
apprentices. But there were reasons to break the traditional rules for
them. The relation between a master and his apprentice is like kinship. I
should select the proper one. That’s why I have more than 20,000
students in the world, but only have admitted 22 apprentices.”, Liu said.
Liu said that Qingcheng Pai (school) is not exclusive to
Qingcheng Mountain county or China. It should benefit more people and
countries, letting them understand Chinese culture’s grandness and
humanity. “Learning kungfu is a good way for foreigners to know Chinese
culture,” Liu said.
Of the 650,000 residents of Dujiangyan region, Liu says over 200,000
study Qingcheng Pai, so many that, two years ago, China held a Tai Chi
Elite competition there and last year the World Championship. Liu also
says that Qingcheng Pai is in some fifty countries now, with some
100,000 outside of China, and 20,000 in France alone. Grandmaster Liu
had vowed to reach and benefit 100 million students.
Qingcheng Pai Tai Chi had a role in the 2011 international
blockbuster film Kung Fu Panda 2. Sichuan is home to many of the world’s
last surviving wild giant pandas. The Dreamworks team visited The
Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center for research, and Raymond Zibach, the
production designer for the film, modeled some of the Tai Chi postures
on Qingcheng Tai Chi as performed by Liu and his disciples.
Liu has also cultivated some very affluent patrons including some of
the most successful entrepreneurs in China today, top-ranking government
officials from thirteen Asian nations, and ambassadors and their
spouses from thirty-two countries. He has developed health programs for
Shell, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Already the author of several books, Liu
works to keep his time-honored tradition current by developing
smartphone training apps and special health programs.
His foremost health cultivation program is Six Form Qingcheng Tai
Chi. “I created this six forms out of thirty-six movements from the
first Tai Chi sequence. A lot of my CEO students suffer health issues,
including shoulders, pains, cold feet, and poor circulation. The goal
was to use the least movements over the shortest time, in the smallest
practice space to obtain qi energy in the fastest way. It only takes two
minutes of practice the six form.”
Grandmaster Liu sees that Tai Chi can help heal a broken world. “No
matter how much the world is changing, everyone still wants a healthy
Two years ago, I survived a heart attack. Western medicine failed to
improve my condition and condemned me to lifelong reliance on
medication; worst part was the side effects made my life miserable. I
was lucky, a Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor turned my condition
around. Once I got better, I started searching for an ideal exercise
regimen. I concluded Tai Chi as a suitable choice. However, the learning
curve for traditional Tai Chi was steep and most promise health
enhancements after many many years of practice. I continued
my search and found Qingcheng six form Tai Chi. After 9+ months of
practice on a consistent basis I am pleasantly surprised at the
benefits. Physically, I lost some unhealthy weight, my neck, shoulder
and back pain disappeared. On a mental, emotional and spritiual levels, I
am equanimous with a clear and calm mind and sense of inner power and
energy. This has been one of the best investments I have made!
Allan Chan, Semiconductor Marketing Professional in Silicon Valley, California
After I learnt Qingcheng circular and six forms Tai Chi with
Grandmaster Suibin Liu, and practiced for 30 minutes every day for more
than 1 month, my heart and lungs obstructions were relieved. My blood
circulation became better than before, and I’m rarely tired during the
day. The tightness of in my neck and knees are gone too
Linda Xu, Housewife in Silicon Valley, California
I have been suffering from frozen shoulders in the past five years. I
have tried various treatment options but none were very effective.
Since last fall, I had to stop yoga practice because of the pain in my
left shoulder. In March 2019, I accidentally saw a boot camp of
Qingcheng Tai Chi on Eventbrite, which promises to alleviate shoulder
problems, migraine problem, and cold hands and feet. I have all these
problems. I registered out of desperation but also with considerable
reservation because I had never practiced Tai Chi before and I did not
believe that it would help me. I have been practicing it for more than a
month now. My frozen shoulders have improved significantly. My hands
and feet are not as freezing cold as before. Indeed, after merely two
weeks of Tai Chi practice, I was amazed to find that I can do many yoga
poses again, including the shoulder stand. Thank you, Grand Master Liu,
for teaching me a simple routine that alleviates my problems. I am very
pleased that my new love (Qingcheng Tai Chi) helps me to bring back my
old love (Yoga).
王立华 (Li Hua Wang), Professor of International Business Management in Silicon Valley, California
Two years ago, Grandmaster Liu Suibin’s had his first class in the
San Francisco Bay Area, teaching Qingcheng Taiji six forms, and friends
recommended me to attend his class. I have never touched any Tai Chi
before, and did not believe in it’s efficacy, but I have to go because
of obligation. I thought I would attend only one day out of the
scheduled three days. However, who would have thought that after the
first day of class, the red dot on the palm of my right hand
disappeared. I had red spots on my palms for many years, and
I was amazed and immediately decided that this technique was so
powerful and I have to good fate to come across. I persisted in
practicing Master Liu’s recommended regimen that takes 30
minutes daily. It’s been twenty-two months now and the rejuvenation in
me is amazing. The renewed me naturally became an iron clad fan of
Qingcheng Taiji. The big surprises in life often happen serendipitously.
My deepest thanks and appreciation.
This course consists of beginner and intermediate level classes taught by Grandmaster Suibin Liu, visiting from Sichuan, China. Grandmaster Suibin Liu is the 36th Generation Head of the Qingcheng Mountain Taoist Martial Arts School that
holds many secret methods of Qigong and Tai Chi to develop and
strengthen one’s health and internal energy. This is a rare and precious
opportunity to learn directly from Grandmaster Suibin Liu.
The beginner class is suitable for students with no prior
knowledge of Tai Chi or exercising in general and will like to learn a
short but effective Tai Chi routine (QingCheng six forms) that can slowly but surely put one back onto the path of fitness and health. QingCheng six forms
is relatively easy to learn, and a single repetition can be performed
in 2 to 3 mins in very small space without special equipment. This six
forms Tai Chi is the condensed essence of Qingcheng Mountain Tai Chi.
The Intermediate class is suitable for students who had taken a
beginner class and will like to go deeper into Qingcheng Tai Chi and
learn other advanced Tai Chi health techniques as well.
Below are more information about Qingcheng Mountain Tai Chi and Grandmaster Suibin Liu.
Please note class details at end of this page
Course Schedule and Content Details
2 Days Six Forms Qingcheng Tai Chi Boot Camp – Beginner Sep 21-22
Qingcheng Circle Forms (Warm up)
Six Forms of Qingcheng Tai Chi
2 Days Six Forms Qingcheng Tai Chi Boot Camp – Intermedate Level Sep 28-29
Other Tai Chi’s techniques for health
Demonstration of advance Qingcheng Tai Chi
The Six Forms of Qingcheng Taiji are a set of exercises is specially tailored for the people of the office. It has been refined from Qingcheng Mountain Daoist Health Culture and Qingcheng Taiji in the past 2000 years.
The Six Forms of Qingcheng Taiji are a set of exercises specially tailored for the people of the office. It has been refined from Qingcheng Mountain Daoist Health Culture and Qingcheng Taiji for the past 2000 years.
The martial arts foundation is for people who do not have much time for exercise and can only practice for a limited time and in a very limited space. The neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, ankles, and knees are slowly moved through the positive and negative movements seven times as a warm-up for the joint exercise. One set up of the Six Forms can be completed in 2-3 minutes and is recommended to adhere to 5-10 times a day, that is, 10-20 minutes. Plus each joint exercise for 10 minutes, a total of 20-30 minutes of exercise in one day, can be completed in two or three times a day.
After continuing the practice, there will be good results within 3-5 days. Long-term adherence, shoulder inflammation, cervical spondylosis, cold hands, special effects, quickly cultivated vitality, physical fitness has been improved. Disease and sub-health will eventually move away from your body. Because this routine has an auxiliary effect on cervical spondylosis of the shoulder, it will appear to raise the e
The martial arts foundation is for people who do not have much exercise time can practice for a limited time and in a very limited space. During the joint exerise as warm up, the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, ankles, knees, and ankles are slowly moved through the positive and negative movements seven times. One set up of the Six Forms can be completed in 2-3 minutes.
it is recommended to adhere to 5-10 times a day, that is, 10-20 minutes. Plus each joint exercise for 10 minutes, a total of 20-30 minutes of exercise in one day, can be completed in two or three times a day.
After continuing the practice, there will be good results within 3-5 days. Long-term adherence, shoulder inflammation, cervical spondylosis, cold hands, may feet have special effects, quickly cultivated vitality, physical fitness has been improved.. Disease and sub-health will eventually move away from your body. Because this routine has an auxiliary effect on cervical spondylosis of the shoulder, it will appear to raise the elbow, lift the shoulder, raise the head, etc., which is different from the traditional Taiji.
Qingcheng Taiji also knows as Qingcheng Mountain Xuanmen Taiji is the core content of the famous martial arts Qingcheng Mountain martial arts in China, connected with Qingcheng Mountain esoteric “Xuanmen Taiji Longevity “, as the top Daoism kongfu.
Qingcheng Taiji, also known as Qingcheng Mountain Xuanmen Taiji, is the core content of the famous martial arts Qingcheng Mountain martial arts in China, connected with Qingcheng Mountain esoteric “Xuanmen Taiji Longevity “, as the top Daoism kungfu.
Qingcheng Taiji is not just a martial art. It encompasses philosophy, art, music, medicine, astrology, and started from the Han Dynasty, one of the oldest extant traditions connected to any martial art today.
Qingcheng Mountain is one of the most important Daoist centers in China. It is blanketed with dozens of ancient sacred temples. The mountain range has thirty-six peaks, the tallest of which stands over 4000 feet high. Rising majestically from the plains of Chengdu in Sichuan province, Qingcheng is intimately connected to the Dujiangyan irrigation system (都江堰), one of the world’s oldest, dating back to 256 BCE and still functioning today. In 2000, Qingcheng and Dujiangyan were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Qingcheng Goes Global
Grandmaster Liu has only twenty-two indoor disciples but
thousands of students. Of the 650,000 residents of Dujiangyan region,
Liu says over 200,000 study Qingcheng Pai, so many that, two years ago,
China held a Taiji Elite competition there and last year the World
Championship. Liu also says that Qingzhen Pai is in some fifty countries
now, with some 100,000 outside of China, and 20,000 in France alone.
Qingcheng Taiji had a role in the 2011 international blockbuster film Kung Fu Panda 2. Sichuan is home to many of the world’s last surviving wild giant pandas. The Dreamworks team visited The Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center for research, and Raymond Zibach, the production designer for the film, modeled some of the Taiji postures on Qingcheng Taiji as performed by Liu and his disciples.
Liu has also cultivated some very affluent patrons including
some of the most successful entrepreneurs in China today, top-ranking
government officials from thirteen Asian nations, and ambassadors and
their spouses from thirty-two countries and counting. He has developed
health programs for Shell, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Already the author of
several books, Liu works to keep his time-honored tradition current by
developing smartphone training apps and special health programs.
His foremost health cultivation program is Six Form Qingcheng
Taiji (Zhanzhuang Gong Liu Shi 青城太极站桩功六式). “I created this six forms out
of thirty-six movements from the first Taiji lu. A lot of my CEO
students suffer health issues, including shoulders, pains, cold feet,
and poor circulation. The goal is to use the least movements over the
shortest time requirements in the smallest practice space to obtain qi
energy in the fastest way. It only takes two minutes of practice a day.
Grandmaster Liu sees that Taiji can help heal a broken world.
“No matter how much the world is changing, everyone still wants a
About Grandmaster Suibin Liu
Grandmaster Liu is the 36th leader of Qingcheng Taiji. One of the thirty Chinese Taiji characters, ten leading martial arts figures, and six consecutive ambassadors for the China Health and Wellness International Forum
About Grandmaster Suibin Liu
Grandmaster Liu is the 36th leader of Qingcheng Taiji. One of the thirty Chinese Taiji characters, ten leading martial arts figures, and six consecutive ambassadors for the China Health and Wellness International Forum
Since childhood, he has been a master of the Chinese TV Guinness and the international and world martial arts competition. In 2001, Liu became Qingcheng martial arts 36th generation head, authorized by Grandmaster Justin Yue.
After graduating from Chongqing Medical University, he became a doctor for 12 years; Wu granted for 30 years; has created “Taiji Wisdom” system courses.
He has coached many universities and high-quality training institutions around the world. His disciples and students have been in more than 80 countries around the world. He was selected as one of the top ten traditional martial arts promotion festivals in 2017. Many times, he was invited to attend disciples to participate in large-scale activities at home and abroad, for politicians, film and television stars, cultural celebrities, entrepreneurs to do martial arts, Taiji show, and health teaching; publishing books and CDs 15 sets. A former lecturer of China Taiji·Yoga Yoga Taiji; China-India International Yoga Festival, China Chronic Disease Management Conference, Tai Chi Culture and Health Qigong International Forum.
Master Liu was also invited to be the martial arts instructor of the movie Treasure Map, a famous novella written by Chinese Nobel Laureate Mo Yan, will be adapted into a 3D film.
Since childhood, he has been a master of the Chinese TV
Guinness and the international and world martial arts competition. In
2001, Liu became Qingcheng martial arts 36th generation head, authorized
by Grandmaster Justin Yue.
Graduated from Chongqing Medical University, became a doctor 12
years; Wu granted for 30 years; has created “Taiji Wisdom” system
He has coached many universities and high-quality training
institutions around the world. His disciples and students have been in
more than 80 countries around the world. He was selected as one of the
top ten traditional martial arts promotion festivals in 2017. Many
times, he was invited to attend disciples to participate in large-scale
activities at home and abroad, for politicians, film and television
stars, cultural celebrities, entrepreneurs to do martial arts, Taiji
show, and health teaching; publishing books and CDs 15 sets. Former
lecturer of China Taiji·Yoga Yoga Taiji; China-India International Yoga
Festival, China Chronic Disease Management Conference, Tai Chi Culture
and Health Qigong International Forum.
Master Liu was also invited to be the martial arts instructor
of the movie Treasure Map, a famous novella written by Chinese Nobel
Laureate Mo Yan, will be adapted into a 3D film.
The fourth annual Silicon Valley DeepTech Summit™(DTS) on January 12, 2019, with the theme of Impacting one billion lives. DTS is organized by F50, Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs, and http://SVDN.me (Silicon Valley Developer Network), and Community Media http://SVE.io at Draper University. DTS has become one of the Bay Area’s flagship tech events for corporates and investors, featuring highly innovative technologies:
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This is a special event hosted by Silicon Valley Android Developers with Google Research team. They answered many developer questions!
Presenter #1: UX Research Lead, Bob Silverstein Topic: Are you interested in shaping the future of Google Products? We’re part of the Google user research community looking to build a variety of tools within Android Studio at Google. Feedback and expertise from users of these tools is essential to our mission. We’ll be discussing in detail these opportunities and how important they are towards the future of developer tools in our pipeline.
Presenter #2: UX Research Recruiting Coordinator, Emily Mazza Topic: How to sign up in our Google database, thank you gifts for participation and what the format of participation will look like in Google UX research studies.
On March 2, SpaceX plans to launch its first test of an unmanned Dragon vehicle which is designed to carry humans into low Earth orbit and to the International Space Station. If the test is successful, later this year, SpaceX plans to launch American astronauts from United States soil for the first time since 2011.
While a major milestone for a private company, SpaceX’s most significant achievement has been in lowering the launch costs that have limited many space activities. While making several modifications to the fuel and engines, SpaceX’s major breakthroughs have come through recovering and reusing as much of the rocket and launch vehicle as possible.
Between 1970 and 2000, the cost to launch a kilogram to space remained fairly steady, with an average of US$18,500 per kilogram. When the space shuttle was in operation, it could launch a payload of 27,500 kilograms for $1.5 billion, or $54,500 per kilogram. For a SpaceX Falcon 9, the rocket used to access the ISS, the cost is just $2,720 per kilogram.
Frustrated with NASA and influenced by science fiction writers, Elon Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. Though it suffered several setbacks, in 2008 it launched the first privately funded liquid-fueled rocket, the Falcon 1. Falcon 9 flew for the first time the next year, and in 2012, the Dragon capsule became the first privately funded spacecraft to dock with the ISS. SpaceX has since focused on recovering key parts of the Falcon 9 to enhance reusability and reduce costs. This includes the Falcon 9’s first stage which, once it expends its fuel, falls back through the atmosphere reaching speeds of 5,200 miles per hour before reigniting its engines to land on a drone recovery ship.
In 2018 alone, SpaceX made 21 successful launches. The new Falcon Heavy rocket – a more powerful version of the Falcon 9 – launched in February. This rocket can lift 63,800 kilograms, equivalent to more than 27 Asian elephants, to low Earth orbit and 16,800 kilograms to Mars for just $90 million. The test payload was Musk’s own red Tesla Roadster, with a mannequin named Starman in the driver’s seat.
In 2010, then-President Barack Obama toured Kennedy Space Center and even met with Elon Musk to get a firsthand look at SpaceX’s facilities. The administration chose to reorient the program to focus solely on deep space. For missions closer to home, NASA would purchase services from companies like SpaceX for access to low Earth orbit. Critics objected to budget cuts to NASA as well as concerns about whether the private sector would be able to follow through on providing launch services.
While NASA has struggled to develop its Space Launch System, an analysis from NASA’s Ames Research Center found that the dramatically lower launch costs SpaceX made possible offered “greatly expanded opportunities to exploit space” for many users including NASA. The report also suggested that NASA could increase its number of planned missions to low Earth orbit and the ISS precisely because of the lower price tag.
Among some in NASA, the concern is with Musk himself. In a video last year, Musk was seen smoking marijuana, which prompted NASA to initiate a safety review of SpaceX as well as Boeing, another company aiming to provide launch services. Musk has also found himself in hot water with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding his tweets about another one of his companies, Tesla. In recent days, the SEC has asked a judge to hold Musk in contempt for apparently violating a settlement deal reached last year. While he is undoubtedly the driving force behind both Tesla and SpaceX, erratic behavior could make potential customers wary of contracting with them.
Musk, regardless of his personal missteps, and SpaceX have aggressively pushed technological boundaries that have changed minds, my own included, about the potential of private companies to provide safe and reliable access to space.
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In my research I use sensors and computers to monitor how the brain itself processes decision-making. Together with another brain-computer interface scholar, Riccardo Poli, I looked at one example of possible human-machine collaboration – situations when police and security staff are asked to keep a lookout for a particular person, or people, in a crowded environment, such as an airport.
It seems like a straightforward request, but it is actually really hard to do. A security officer has to monitor several surveillance cameras for many hours every day, looking for suspects. Repetitive tasks like these are prone to human errors.
We have developed two AI systems that could help identify target faces in crowded scenes. The first is a facial recognition algorithm. It analyzes images from a security camera, identifies which parts of the images are faces and compares those faces with an image of the person that is sought. When it identifies a match, this algorithm also reports how sure it is of that decision.
The second system is a brain-computer interface that uses sensors on a person’s scalp, looking for neural activity related to confidence in decisions.
We conducted an experiment with 10 human participants, showing each of them 288 pictures of crowded indoor environments. Each picture was shown for only 300 milliseconds – about as long as it takes an eye to blink – after which the person was asked to decide whether or not they had seen a particular person’s face. On average, they were able to correctly discriminate between images with and without the target in 72 percent of the images.
When our entirely autonomous AI system performed the same tasks, it correctly classified 84 percent of the images.
To merge several decisions into one, we weighted individual responses by decision confidence – the algorithm’s self-estimated confidence, and the measurements from the humans’ brain readings, transformed with a machine-learning algorithm. We found that an average group of just humans, regardless of how large the group was, did better than the average human alone – but was less accurate than the algorithm alone.
However, groups that included at least five people and the algorithm were statistically significantly better than humans or machine alone.
Keeping people in the loop
Pairing people with computers is getting easier. Accurate computer vision and image processing software programs are common in airports and other situations. Costs are dropping for consumer systems that read brain activity, and they provide reliable data.
In our study, the humans were less accurate than the AI. However, the brain-computer interfaces observed that the people were more confident about their choices than the AI was. Combining those factors offered a useful mix of accuracy and confidence, in which humans usually influenced the group decision more than the automated system did. When there is no agreement between humans and AI, it is ethically simpler to let humans decide.
Our study has found a way in which machines and algorithms do not have to – and in fact should not – replace humans. Rather, they can work together with people to find the best of all possible outcomes.
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