Japan steal World Cup hearts with dignified response to cruel exit – Telegraph

Despite suffering the heartbreak of such a cruel defeat, Japan players took the time to clean their dressing-room, leaving the Rostov changing area in immaculate condition.

They even left a small note reading “Thank you” in Russian on a table in the middle of the room.

There were similarly touching scenes in the stands where despondent Japan supporters stayed behind in Rostov to clean the stadium, just minutes after watching their side’s devastating defeat.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/world-cup/2018/07/03/japan-steal-world-cup-hearts-dignified-response-cruel-exit/

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The Hottest Social Scene in Town Isn’t the Singles’ Bar. It’s the Supermarket. – WSJ

Grocery stores are fulfilling the new role as traditional gathering spots, from shopping malls to social clubs like Lions Clubs and Rotary International, continue to shrink from decades-earlier peaks. Malls, in particular, are in danger of extinction.Credit Suisse has projected that up to 25% of malls will close over the next five years, as the internet continues to reshape the way Americans shop.

As more shoppers consider alternatives including online shopping apps and meal kits, grocers are finding ways to avoid a similar fate. Many are reinventing themselves as destination spots.

“Getting people into the store is the number one objective,” says Laurie Rains, Nielsen’s group vice president of retail strategy. Retailers are also drawn to the higher margins that in-house prepared foods, coffee and cocktails can offer.

By offering space for people to hang out and play, grocery stores are making a calculation that customers will stay, shop longer and come back more often.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-hottest-social-scene-in-town-isnt-the-singles-bar-its-the-supermarket-1520683200

Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes | The New Yorker

What happens if you are Cinderella and the prince turns out to be your father? Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s firstborn daughter, has written a memoir of her family, a family that her overwhelming dad—loving, inspired, and sometimes insufferable—dominated for decades. The author grew up wriggling inside a paradox, struggling to become a self when so much of her was defined by her brilliant parent. “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein” (HarperCollins) is unique among classical-music memoirs for its physical intimacy, its humor and tenderness, its ambivalence toward an irrepressible family genius. In the year of Leonard Bernstein’s centenary, with its worldwide celebrations, this book is a startling inside view—not a corrective, exactly (Jamie rarely thought her dad less than great), but a story of encompassing family love, Jewish-American style, with all its glories and corrosions. No one lives easily on the slopes of a volcano; Jamie Bernstein has been faithful to her unease. Truth-telling, rather than dignity, is her goal.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/06/25/leonard-bernstein-through-his-daughters-eyes

The media industry is changing fast, but universities aren’t keeping up | Lisette Johnston | Higher Education Network | The Guardian

.. At the time I was working at the BBC and felt my role as an editor helped inform my teaching. Now some of my former students and mentees have successful media careers of their own. One is an editor on BBC Breakfast, another the chair of a global non-profit and another a successful social media manager for a luxury brand. Yet speaking to them, much of what got them there wasn’t the content of their lessons.

Their testimonies have made me understand that media courses need to be updated to meet the skillsets required of those aiming for careers in the creative industries: from film production to journalism, gaming to digital marketing. We need to have cutting-edge courses to keep up with the fast pace of change.

https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2018/jun/27/media-industry-universities-creative-courses

Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So – The New York Times

“Deep learning has given us a glimpse of the promised land, but we need to invest in other approaches,” said Dileep George, an A.I. expert and co-founder of Vicarious, which is based in Union City, Calif.

The Pentagon’s research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has proposed a program to seed university research and provide a noncommercial network for sharing ideas on technology to emulate human common-sense reasoning, where deep learning falls short. If approved, the program, Machine Common Sense, would start this fall and most likely run for five years, with total funding of about $60 million.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/20/technology/deep-learning-artificial-intelligence.html

Google Translate Can’t Provide Consent for a Police Search, Judge Rules – gizmodo

Google Translate is a useful tool for some quick and easy translations, but a federal judge in Kansas ruled this week that the machine translation service isn’t good enough to allow a person to consent to a police search.

Omar Cruz-Zamora, a Mexican native in the US on a legal visa, had his vehicle searched by police after engaging in a conversation with them through Google Translate. They found 14 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamines in his car, but he will now be able to suppress charges related to the search because it doesn’t hold up to the constitutional burden for consent.

https://gizmodo.com/google-translate-cant-provide-consent-for-a-police-sear-1826904396

Why Hackers Aren’t Afraid of Us – The New York Times

Ask finance ministers and central bankers around the world about their worst nightmare and the answer is almost always the same: Sometime soon the North Koreans or the Russians will improve on the two huge cyberattacks they pulled off last year. One temporarily crippled the British health care system and the other devastated Ukraine before rippling across the world, disrupting shipping and shutting factories — a billion-dollar cyberattack the White House called “the most destructive and costly in history.”

The fact that no intelligence agency saw either attack coming — and that countries were so fumbling in their responses — led a group of finance ministers to simulate a similar attack that shut down financial markets and froze global transactions. By several accounts, it quickly spun into farce: No one wanted to admit how much damage could be done or how helpless they would be to deter it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/16/sunday-review/why-hackers-arent-afraid-of-us.html

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