Can Wisdom, Technology And Collective Knowledge Build A Better Future?

We are a society of seven billion human beings all with the ability to almost instantly connect. In seconds, we can send a text message or start a video chat with a friend on the other side of the planet. We often take for granted how easy it is to hop on a plane and sip coffee with that same friend a day later.

We are forever interconnected, now more than ever before. Not long ago, it’d be hard to imagine a board meeting without every executive physically sitting in the room. Now, it’s common to hash out quarterly planning strategies or discuss budgets while leaders sit in comfortably in their offices (or homes) thousands of miles apart.

But the perks of an interconnected world is more than just about pleasure, convenience, or savings on travel expenses. According to Rajesh Kasturirangan—the cofounder and CEO of Socratus—bringing together collective knowledge from around the globe could be the key to solving our biggest problems. 

As barriers that once separated the world’s best minds dissolve, Rajesh envisions a collaborative future brilliantly designed for the greater good.

The Midwife of Wisdom

As an MIT grad with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, it’s little surprise that Rajesh looks towards mathematics, science, and technology to lead his team’s initiatives when it comes to changing the world.

He also uses wisdom directly from the top thinkers and changemakers of the past. “If you think about citizenship and today’s politics, elections, and democracies, it’s something that really we take for granted,” he says. “You go to the election booth…cast your vote, and don’t think about how it’s all orchestrated. 

“But actually, it was mathematicians, scientists, and others in the late 18th Century during the French Revolution that set these institutions into place,” Rajesh says. With a

SpaceX, L3Harris win Space Development Agency contracts to build missile-warning satellites

SDA Director Derek Tournear said SpaceX “came in with an extremely credible proposal” that leverages the Starlink assembly line

WASHINGTON — The Space Development Agency awarded SpaceX a $149 million contract and L3Harris a $193.5 million contract to each build four satellites to detect and track ballistic and hypersonic missiles.

The contracts announced Oct. 5 are for the first eight satellites of a potentially much larger Space Development Agency constellation of sensor satellites known as Tracking Layer Tranche 0. This is SpaceX’s first military contract to produce satellites. 

Both companies have to each deliver four satellites by September 2022, Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear told SpaceNews.

Each satellite will have a “wide field of view” overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) sensor capable of detecting and tracking advanced missile threats from low Earth orbit. Each satellite also will have an optical crosslink so it can pass data to relay satellites. 

Tournear said the winners were selected based on technical merit and ability to deliver satellites quickly.

SpaceX proposed a new satellite design that is based on the Starlink bus that SpaceX designed for its internet megaconstellation. Tournear said SpaceX is acquiring the OPIR sensor from another supplier but could not disclose the name. SpaceX has not yet revealed its subcontractors for this program.

L3Harris bid a complete satellite with the bus and payload produced in-house. 

The optical crosslinks in the Tracking Layer must be compatible with the optical links used in the Transport Layer satellites that Lockheed Martin and York Space Systems are building for the Space Development Agency.

The Transport Layer is the backbone that moves data collected by the sensors to anywhere in the world where the U.S. military needs it. 

Tournear said SpaceX “came in with an extremely credible proposal” that leverages its Starlink assembly line. 

“The selection

Microsoft to Spend $1 Billion to Build 3 Data Centers in Greece

Microsoft  (MSFT) – Get Report said it would invest $1 billion to build three data centers in greater Athens and by 2025 would train 100,000 people in Greece in digital technologies.

The announcement comes after nine months of negotiations with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Redmond, Wash., software giant said.

“By a substantial margin, this is the largest investment Microsoft has made in Greece in the 28 years we have been operating here,” President Brad Smith said, speaking at the New Acropolis Museum in Greece.

“In part, this reflects confidence that our world-leading data-center technology can help enable innovation and growth across Greece’s economy.” 

Greece’s data centers will join the company’s current 63-region global cloud infrastructure network. The network makes Microsoft Azure cloud services available in more than 140 countries. 

Microsoft’s plan to add 100,000 private-sector jobs to the Greek economy comes as the country is expected to see its economy contract by an estimated 8.2% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a government budget submitted to parliament Monday. 

Nearly two years ago, Greece emerged from eight years of international bailout programs and austerity measures meant to reduce its debt load.

The spending cuts and tax increases sent unemployment rising and caused its GDP to slump nearly 25%. 

This year, Greece’s debt is projected to reach 337 billion euros, or nearlry triple its gross domestic product. 

“It is a long-term investment and a vote of confidence in our country’s potential,” Mitsotakis said.

“The cloud is transforming every industry and sector. The investment in skilling 100,000 citizens will empower today and tomorrow’s Greek workforce.” 

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You Can Build A High-Resolution Streaming Service, But Will Enough People Care?

Amazon
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recently completed deals with Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group to remaster a large batch of songs and albums into Ultra HD streaming audio quality for use exclusively on its Amazon Music HD service. The platform already has 5 million tracks in the high-resolution 24 bit and up to 192kHz format, as well as immersive audio tracks in both Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio formats, as the company becomes particularly agressive in the hi-res audio space.

What’s surprising here is not that Amazon has such a large presence in this arena, but that Apple
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has chosen not to compete – at least not yet. That fast is that Apple has been collecting high-resolution digital mastered since its Mastered for iTunes program (now called Apple Digital Masters) launched in 2012. While the service still streams at a maximum bit rate of 320kbsp, it does use what many claim is a superior-sounding codec in AAC. That said, it’s still a lossy format, so the benefit of all those hi-res files has never been fully realized.

It’s been within Apple’s power to flip the switch at any time during the 5 years since Apple Music launched and turn it into a high-resolution audio service, yet that never happened. And that illustrates a big point about the high-resolution audio – just because you offer it, it doesn’t mean that many people will care.

It’s About Convenience

The recorded music industry has a history of following technical innovation that harkens back almost to its beginning. From the move from shellac records to vinyl, then later to tape, CDs, downloads and finally streaming, the industry has never been afraid of trying something new. But if you look at the tech that resonated with the

Indian Startups Band Up Against Google Dominance, Want To Build National Alternative To Play Store

KEY POINTS

  • Google Play will collect a 30% commission on in-app purchases from 2021
  • Indian startup founders called these charges “unfeasible”
  • Google’s Android holds a 95.8% market share in India

More than 150 top Indian startups and businesses, some of them big names, have banded together to challenge Google’s monopoly over the Android app ecosystem in India  and build an app store that the country can call its own, TechCrunch reported.

The move by Indian businesses to to build a national altenative to Google Play was prompted by Google’s recent annoucement to force app developers on its store to use its payments system, which takes a 30% cut on transactions including in-app purchases. Reports said founders of leading startups like Paytm, a payments app simiar to Google Pay and is India’s most valuable startup; MakeMyTrip and PolicyBazaar discussed Google’s policy and the concerns on dependence on Google on a call.

It is not yet clear how far the effort has progressed.

TechCrunch said without naming any sources that dozens of executives “from nearly every top startup and firm” in India attended the call Tuesday and agreed that a Google’s 30% cut was “simply unfeasible” and will hurt Indian businesses. It said the meeting discussed Google’s “monopolistic” hold on India, which has one of the world’s largest startup ecosystems, and what the executives alleged were unfair and inconsistent enforcement of Play Store guidelines in the country by Google.

Google Play Store Google’s new Play Pass subscription service gives users access to hundreds of apps and games from the Play Store. Photo: REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Last month Google reiterated Play Store’s gambling policy and even pulled Paytm’s app from the store for some time, citing repeated violations of the policy. Google leads the mobile payments market in India, and is a direct competitor to Paytm in