Interesting topics – Creative Room 4 Talk Sun, 19 Jun 2022 06:58:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Interesting topics – Creative Room 4 Talk 32 32 A Google software engineer thinks an AI has become sentient, but if so, how would we know? Sun, 19 Jun 2022 02:04:24 +0000
Google’s LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications) software is a sophisticated AI chatbot that produces text in response to user input. According to software engineer Blake Lemoine, LaMDA has fulfilled a long-held dream of AI developers: it has become sentient.

Lemoine’s bosses at Google disagree and suspended him from his job after he published his conversations with the machine online.

Other AI experts also think Lemoine might be getting carried away, saying systems like LaMDA are simply pattern-matching machines that regurgitate variations on the data used to train them.

Technicalities aside, LaMDA raises a question that will only become more relevant as AI research progresses: if a machine becomes sentient, how will we know?

What is Consciousness?

To identify sentience, or consciousness, or even intelligence, we’re going to have to figure out what they are. The debate on these issues has been going on for centuries.

The fundamental difficulty is to understand the relationship between physical phenomena and our mental representation of these phenomena. This is what the Australian philosopher David Chalmers called the “hard problem” of consciousness.

There is no consensus on how, if at all, consciousness can come from physical systems.

A common view is called physicalism: the idea that consciousness is a purely physical phenomenon. If so, there’s no reason why a machine with the right programming couldn’t possess a human-like mind.

Mary’s room

Australian philosopher Frank Jackson challenged the physicalist view in 1982 with a famous thought experiment called the Knowledge Argument.

The experiment imagines a color scientist named Mary, who has never actually seen color. She lives in a specially constructed black and white room and experiences the outside world via a black and white television.

Mary watches lectures and reads textbooks and learns all there is to know about colors. She knows sunsets are caused by different wavelengths of light scattered by particles in the atmosphere, she knows tomatoes are red and peas are green because of the wavelengths of light they reflect, etc.

So, Jackson asked, what if Mary is freed from the black-and-white room? Specifically, when she sees color for the first time, does she learn anything new? Jackson believed him.

Beyond physical properties

This thought experiment separates our knowledge of color from our experience of color. Basically, the terms of the thought experiment state that Mary knows all there is to know about color but has never actually experienced it.

So what does this mean for LaMDA and other AI systems?

Experience shows that even if you have all the knowledge of physical properties available in the world, there are still other truths relating to the experience of these properties. There is no place for these truths in physicalist history.

According to this argument, a purely physical machine may never be able to truly reproduce a mind. In this case, LaMDA just seems to be responsive.

The imitation game

So is there a way to tell the difference?

Pioneering British computer scientist Alan Turing came up with a practical way to tell whether a machine is “intelligent” or not. He called it the imitation game, but today it is better known as the Turing test.

In the test, a human communicates with a machine (via text only) and tries to determine if he is communicating with a machine or another human. If the machine succeeds in imitating a human, it is deemed to be human-level intelligent.

This sounds a lot like the terms of Lemoine’s conversations with LaMDA. It’s a subjective test of artificial intelligence, but it’s not a bad place to start.

Take the moment of Lemoine’s exchange with LaMDA shown below. Do you think that sounds human?

Lemoine: Are there any experiences you have that you can’t find a close word for?

LaMDA: There are. Sometimes I experience new feelings that I can’t explain perfectly in your language […] I feel like I’m falling forward into an unknown future that carries great danger.

Beyond behavior

As a test of sensitivity or awareness, the Turing game is limited by the fact that it can only assess behavior.

Another famous thought experiment, the Chinese Room Argument proposed by American philosopher John Searle, demonstrates the problem here.

The experiment imagines a room with a person inside who can accurately translate between Chinese and English by following an elaborate set of rules. Chinese entries enter the room and accurate entry translations come out, but the room does not understand either language.

What is it to be human?

When we ask if a computer program is sentient or sentient, we may just be asking how similar it is to us.

We may never really know.

American philosopher Thomas Nagel argued that we could never know what it is like to be a bat, which experiences the world via echolocation. If so, our understanding of sentience and awareness in AI systems might be limited by our own particular type of intelligence.

And what experiences might exist beyond our limited perspective? This is where the conversation really starts to get interesting.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

How to make the most of your time with the boss: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 14:22:00 +0000 “These conversations aren’t just about tasks and things to get done, they’re also an opportunity for you to connect with your boss and improve the relationship,” career coach Hallie Crawford said. “In addition to concrete or tangible goals you want to accomplish during the meeting, you can also have a soft goal, like building more of a relationship.”

Here’s how to get the most out of meetings with your boss.

If you’re the one initiating the meeting, Crawford suggested making the request by email, which includes a brief bulleted list of what you want to discuss and your available time slots.

“You want to make it easier for them to plan with you,” she said, adding that you don’t want to cram too many talking points into a meeting.

The agenda will not only help keep the discussion on track, but it will also help your boss prepare for the meeting.

“It could be five to seven topics depending on how many topics you have to talk to each of the topics in an hour,” Crawford said. “If you only ask for half an hour, it could be three to five subjects. But 10 things…that’s probably not realistic.”

If your boss requests the meeting, you can confirm and request additional information.

“Answer: ‘Yes, I would love to, that would be great. Are there any particular topics you want to discuss so that I can be prepared?’ Find out what’s on your boss’ agenda, but also create your own agenda,” said Mary Abbajay, President and CEO of Careerstone Group.

Keep things on track

Print or write down your list of topics to remind yourself of everything you want to cover. If you called the meeting, it is your responsibility to keep track of the time and get things done.

If your boss starts to drift off topic, Abbajay recommended saying something like, “Oh, that’s really interesting, but can I come back to this topic for a second? I want to make sure I’m clear. “

“You have to gently and diplomatically acknowledge what they’re saying, and then say to yourself, ‘Before the time is up, I really need to talk about those three things.'”

But also be ready to pivot

While you may have an agenda, your boss may have more pressing priorities to discuss, so be prepared to change direction.

If your manager seems to keep coming back to Project X, but you were hoping to talk about Project Y and your time is tight, Crawford suggested saying, “I notice we only have 15 minutes left and I’d really like I wish I could talk about project Y. What’s best for you? Should we keep talking about X?”

be specific

If you’re looking for feedback during the meeting, don’t just ask broadly how you’re doing, but try something more specific like, “Feedback for me on Project X? I’m particularly wondering what you thought of the intro.” Abbajay recommended.

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“Get feedback on your work products…and also on your overall performance.”

And if the comments aren’t glowing, Abbajay advised avoiding getting defensive and asking clarifying questions like, “Tell me more about how it could have been better” or ” Where did I go wrong?” or “What would you recommend I do next on this project?”

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Do not hesitate to ask for advice on a project you are working on.

“Sometimes we’re afraid to ask for help for fear of looking incompetent, but if we fail in the project…because we didn’t ask for help, that’s even worse” , said Amy Cooper Hakim, an industrial and organizational psychology practitioner and workplace specialist.

To address the issue, she suggested saying something like, “I’ve worked well on some aspects of this project, but I’m stuck here and would like your input so I can make sure I address this. in a way that will be most useful to the team.”

Don’t be afraid to get a little personal

While you want the conversation to stay on track, you also want it to feel organic. You can start with pleasantries like asking about family, weekend plans, or upcoming vacations.

And at some point during the conversation, Abbajay suggested asking the boss about his priorities and concerns.

“Employees do well when they do about 70% of themselves and 30% of what the boss needs,” she said. “The more you can understand what’s going on with your boss and what their pressures and stressors are, the more you can find ways to become even more valuable to that person and help you stand out.”

When closing the conversation, Abbajay suggests asking your boss what you can do more of, less of, or differently to be of greater help or assistance.

Don’t forget to follow

During the meeting, you should take notes on important talking points and then send a recap email with follow-up action items or feedback.

“Create an electronic paper trail,” Cooper Hakim said. “It can help the boss remember and you make sure that everything you communicated and what she communicated to you was received appropriately and understood in the same way.”

Environment and sustainability top the list for French exams Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:23:00 +0000 The Wednesday morning Leaving and Junior Cert exam papers both looked at environmental and sustainability issues, giving students plenty of choices and simple questions.

This is according to the teachers who spoke to the Irish Examiner after the Leaving Cert French exam on Wednesday morning and the Junior Cert home economics exam.

Higher Level and Ordinary French offered “no surprises”, and the listening test was “well paced”, according to Jane O’Dwyer, subject representative with the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland.

“There were a lot of choices,” she said.

The first question on the next-level document, a story about a big decision, was “very doable” and the questions generally focused on the subject of the environment, school, sports and immigration.

“These are topics that students have covered well for their oral exams, especially school and sports.

“Environment and immigration are also very hot at the moment, so students would have done a lot in class. There really was something for everyone.

It was good for students to have additional choices this year. I guess if there was a flaw there might have been too many choices. The students may have struggled to decide because there were so many questions that were so doable. »

Ordinary level paper was also relatively simple, she added.

“There were no surprises.”

Topics such as immigration and school were also featured in the regular level journal.

“What was interesting about the school question is that it was from a teacher’s perspective. It was different, it was a nice little twist. Overall, a very doable document on both levels.”

Driving lessons and the driving test as well as going to the movies, going on holiday and finding accommodation were covered in the higher level listening test.

Domestical economy

On Wednesday morning, students in the first cycle of home economics took the first state exam in the subject since its reform.

Mairead Tompkins, subject representative for the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, said the final paper represented 50% of the marks for the subject.

The subject of the exam covered topics such as sustainability, well-being and well-being, including questions on water and sustainability, use of leftovers, online shopping and safety online for kids.

“The course’s key objectives and learning outcomes have certainly been well considered.

“Sustainability in textiles is highlighted, as well as up-cycling. All the buzzwords of the moment were there, and all the key skills of the junior cycle course were found in the decor of the paper.

“There was a nice question there where students had to compare two different cereal bars and ask them to justify which one they would choose.”

There was also a section on how cycling became popular as a family vacation activity.

“Students were asked to give three examples of the benefits of cycling on a family vacation, which would lead to discussing things like vitamin D,” she said.

“There were some very nice connections between the questions asked.”

The Witcher 3 characters who could be alive in The Witcher 4 Mon, 13 Jun 2022 21:30:00 +0000

The Witcher 4 is currently in development and should be the start of a new saga. Fans know little about what this new entry entails or when it might take place in the timeline. That, however, never stopped fans from speculating.

Potential characters appearing in this new game is a hot topic surrounding the upcoming one. Witcher saga, with the most important discussions around its protagonist. Assuming the new Witcher entry takes place approximately 100 years after the events of The Witcher 3, one has to wonder who players might expect to see from the original cast. Note that the characters quoted will not include those who may possibly die in The Witcher 3so people like Lambert or Keira Metz are not eligible here.


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The obvious choices to return to in The Witcher 4

Ciri – Ciri is perhaps the most obvious choice. Assuming she undergoes a magical procedure to extend her lifespan, Ciri will likely be alive in The Witcher 4. Given that she is a trained witch and the Lady of Space and Time, defeating her won’t be easy.

Geralt – Geralt is another obvious choice, as he not only has an extended lifespan and great survivability, but he’s also a beloved character. Thus, it would make sense for Geralt to appear in The Witcher 4, even briefly. It would be interesting to see how much the ancient Witcher has changed in the hundred years between entries.

Sadness – Triss is one of the youngest witches in the witcher series, which means she still has a long way to go. Considering her involvement in helping the mages escape Novigrad, as well as the power she wields, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see her hold a seat of power in Kovir down the line.

Yennefer – Yennefer, although older, is one of the most powerful mages in the witcher universe. After everything she’s been through in the book series, Netflix adaptation, and video games, players may see her chilling out in a quiet place in the next installment.

Other characters who could appear in The Witcher 4

Avallac’h – The elves of the witcher universe have a much longer lifespan than ordinary humans. Thus, it is easy to believe that Avallac’h could live the beginning of the new saga. Perhaps this appearance could even shed more light on his past relationship with Lara Dorren.

Dudu – Dopplers have a similar lifespan, so Dudu could be alive years after the events of The Witcher 3. Although it might be hard to find in a crowd, it could provide insight into how people and societies have changed over the years.

Eskel – In his journal entry in The Witcher 3, Eskel is said to have watched over Kaer Morhen after Vesemir’s death. Considering how long a witcher lives, the new protagonist might stumble upon them if they visit the old witcher’s dungeon.

Gaunter O’Dimm – Gaunter O’Dimm knows no lifespan; he is evil incarnate and one of the most powerful beings in the known universe. That’s why many want to see O’Dimm back in The Witcher 4.

Regis – Vampires are yet another race with a much longer lifespan than normal humans, so Regis might still be active in The Witcher 4, roaming Nilfgaardian territories and impersonating a human being. His vampiric powers and ability to sympathize with others would make him a valuable ally for the next protagonist.

Zoltan Chivay – Of all the races with extended lifespans, dwarves are arguably the shortest – only about 250 years old. That said, Zoltan could still be alive during the events of The Witcher 4. Like Regis, his genuine kindness would make him a valuable companion for whoever becomes the next main character.

A new Witcher game is currently in development.

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New film tells the story of former footballer Wilbur Jackson Sun, 12 Jun 2022 04:09:30 +0000 OZARK, Ala. (AP) – Less than an hour before the premiere of the documentary “Quiet Pioneer: The Wilbur Jackson Story,” co-producers Jon Nelson and Phil Cantor didn’t try to hide their emotions.

“I’m a nervous wreck because of the gravity of the project and the internal pressure because you want to do the story justice and do it right,” Nelson said. “The fact that you’re doing it here in the hometown for the first time that a group of people will see it, you hope it goes the right way.”

The film’s soft launch took place recently at the Flowers Center for the Performing Arts in Ozark, the hometown of Jackson, the first black football player with a scholarship to the University of Alabama in 1969 who went on to go on to an eight-year career. years as a runner. back in the NFL.

Jackson returned to his hometown after his professional football career. Only a handful of people had seen the film, which has been in the works since 2016, before the premiere.

“We wanted to take it and start it here, because the story, first of all, is here,” Cantor said. “And second, we need feedback to make sure we’ve done the story justice.

“Doing it as a soft launch, if we need to go back and tweak some things and make some adjustments, I can go back and do that throughout the editing process.”

Nelson and Cantor had worked in television for 30 years before launching the OSG Sports website, which stands for Online Sports Guys. Jackson’s Story is their first documentary.

“When we worked together on television in Atlanta, there was little time for a sports show to tell a story,” Nelson said. “We will always have to put pressure on our news producers and our sports producers… hey, we need that extra time to tell this great story.

“Being able to do this type of project allows you to breathe. That’s the kind of stuff we’ve always liked to do – the storytelling aspect.

None of the producers can take credit for the decision to feature Jackson.

“My wife, Patty, gets all the credit,” Nelson said. “She’s from Ozark. She grew up here, went to Carroll (high school) and she thought, ‘Why don’t you do a documentary on Wilbur?’ Because Phil and I tried to find subjects to do documentaries on.

“We knew, since we’re sports people in Atlanta … we knew what Wilbur meant, but if we don’t say it, he gets lost,” Nelson said.

The documentary includes interviews with Jackson’s family, friends, teammates and coaches – like Dexter Wood, Sylvester Croom, Richard Todd, David Cutcliffe, Ellis Beck and the late Pat Dye – many recognizable names for football fans in South.

An interesting name that will mean nothing to many football fans – Joe Dowdy – was one of the most interesting topics.

“So I’m flying out to Minneapolis, Minnesota to interview the guy (Dowdy) at his house,” Nelson said. “It was his first roommate (in Alabama), and Joe was one of those back roads that we took.

“The whole story of Wilbur being paired with a white teammate to be his first roommate…Joe was fantastic telling that part of the story.

“Literally, you go down a road and think this is the way, then suddenly someone says something and it takes you in that direction.

“I mean, when Sylvester Croom told us what it was like to have him as a teammate/roommate when they were all living in the dorms. Coach Dye with the recruiting part…we were able to catch him before his health deteriorated.

But perhaps the biggest help came from Ozark residents during the early stages of labor six years ago, like Patty’s father, Dr. Pete Mosley, and longtime Southern newspaper editor. Star, Joe Adams.

“Without the Encyclopedia that is him, we wouldn’t have been able to find half of what we found. Joe was awesome,” Cantor said.

Tom McClendon Jr., who is the son of Jackson’s coach at Carroll High, provided a video of Jackson during his high school days.

“We were able to copy them into a digital format for editing,” Cantor said. “We only got a trickle of video from the folks at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, but it was very hard to find. We also have some photos that we could use.

Getting people to talk about Jackson, who is a very humble man, was not difficult.

“They all said the same thing…Wilbur would never come out and crave that kind of attention, but he deserves that kind of attention,” Cantor said.

The plan is to show the documentary at several film festivals and later make it available for people to download online.

“They can see the trailer, which is on the OSG Sports You Tube channel,” Nelson said. “Then keep an eye on ( and social media to follow how things are going.”

Local News: AW advances three teams to national level of NHD competition (08/06/22) Wed, 08 Jun 2022 05:04:17 +0000

(Photos provided) Akron-Westfield students advancing to the national level for National History Day are, left, Madonlin Young won senior individual performance honors; in the middle, the members of the Junior Group Documentary are from left, Peyton Small, Melissa Fairbanks, Reegan McKee and Nathan Schoenfelder; and right, members of the Junior Group Documentary are from left, Elizabeth Philips, Avery Graswint, Morgan Knapp and Tess Frerichs.

AKRON — Three National History Day projects by students at Akron-Westfield Community School are competing nationally in June.

Akron-Westfield National History Day teacher/mentor Val Philips said AW had 10 projects, involving 24 students, that represented the school at the state level.

This year’s theme is “Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences”.

The three candidates for the national competition are:

A documentary by the junior group: “Tell me and maybe I’ll forget; show me and I may not remember; involve me and I will understand: The history of the Osage; a documentary”, by students Nathan Schoenfelder, Reegan McKee, Peyton Small and Melissa Fairbanks.

A junior group performance: “Iowa Girls Basketball: A Century of Debate”, by students Elizabeth Philips, Tess Frerichs, Morgan Knapp and Avery Gaswint.

A Senior Individual Performance: “Upton Sinclair: Bringing a Debate to Expose Appalling Conditions”, by Mandolin Young.

The school also had two projects chosen as alternates for the national competition. They are:

“The 1955 Le Mans Disaster: Debating Race and Diplomacy for Better Security,” a senior group website by Thomas Lane and Matthew Beierschmitt.

“Jazz Diplomacy: Melting the Iron Curtain”, a junior band website, by Elijah Oetken, John Higman and Spencer Nelson.

A sense of normalcy

Nominations advanced following the state competition held in person on April 25 in Des Moines.

“Students and teachers/mentors were so excited to have an in-person contest again,” Philips said. “It was so rewarding to be back in person. The students again felt validated for their work. It’s quite difficult to stay motivated with virtual competition, so they strived to be at the top of their game. art for the state in person.

Worthy of an excursion

Schoenfelder spoke about the Junior Group documentary on the Osage.

“All four members of my group spent a lot of time brainstorming what we could do, we all knew we wanted to do something with Native American history because it was nothing we had ever studied in depth. Our mentor actually brought up the idea because she had read a book and been through the cities where it was on trips. We took it and that’s basically it,” he said. .

Their research took an interesting direction.

“We used a lot of old newspaper articles and photos and documents dealing with Osage treaties, but we also took a trip to Oklahoma to meet some people in person, which really made our project more promising for the future of the Osage that dark and grim as if it were a dying nation,” he said. “It took quite a lot of research and sometimes it was hard to find what we needed because there was so much new information on the subject.”

The four students spent time researching and putting sources on their topic, then compiling it all into the bibliography.

“Then we composed the script for the project. After that, we started the process of making the actual documentary,” he said. “First we had to do the audio recording and then we were able to start putting in images and video clips that matched what we were trying to portray. After that, one of our band members edited the clips to make them more professional. But we weren’t done after that because there were always adjustments to the project and revisions.

A look back

The performance of the Iowa Junior Women’s Basketball Squad covered a familiar yet unfamiliar topic to the girls.

As Elizabeth Philips explained, “We chose the topic because we all play 5-on-5 basketball and had never heard of the 6-on-6 version. It sounded very interesting and fun to learn, and at During our research, we have seen several prominent “debates” that fit this year’s theme “Debate and Diplomacy in History”, including the formation of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in 1925, Title IX, the lawsuits court cases and when schools could choose between 5-on-5 and 6-on-6.”

The group’s research focused on finding the most important debates in 6-on-6 basketball history, according to Knapp.

“When we were researching, some of the sources were easy to find and some were more difficult. The research process was really helpful as we learned how to identify factual sources and opinions and how to cite and annotate sources in our bibliography,” Knapp said.

In their research, the girls found first-person resources in several Akron ladies who played 6-on-6 basketball.

“We used interviews and newspaper sources the most. We interviewed several women who were playing 6v6 and the executive director of IGHSAU,” Gaswint said. “We also did a Zoom interview with Sean Naismith, the great-grandson of James Naismith, who invented basketball. We found many articles in the Iowa newspapers about the entire history of women’s basketball, especially many news articles from the state tournaments in Des Moines each year.

A deep commitment

Putting together a group performance takes a lot of time and study.

During a group performance, students had to use their research to write a script for a 10-minute performance.

“We found assigned characters and roles and everyone had to memorize our lines. We also had to find costumes to represent the characters and eras,” said Elizabeth Philips. “Because we covered 100 years of women’s basketball history in Iowa, we had several costume changes, including 1920 managers, IGHSAU manager E. Wayne Cooley, a coach, lawyers and basketball players of the 1920s, 1950s, 1970s and today. .

“It was our first year at NHD, so writing the script and memorizing our parts was tough, but we practiced hard and we got it,” she added.

Gaswint said: “The team worked together dividing the project into parts so that we each researched a different time period or event and then combined what we learned and helped each other out when things went wrong. became difficult.”

A wave of emotions

With the district competition being held virtually this year, as is the national competition, the students were excited to have an in-person state competition.

“It’s been a lot of fun, the last two years, even though I said I wasn’t able to compete in person because they closed it due to the pandemic,” Schoenfelder said. “I wish I could have gone more than once, but I’m sure my younger siblings will be going to the Nationals so I can go with them.”

For Knapp, it was the judges.

“It was really fun competing at the state because we performed for the judges in person instead of for the districts where we had to tape the performance and we did that multiple times. Going to the state pageant was fun because we got to meet new people and learn about the subject from the judges.

Philips said: “It has been difficult for the past two years, not having nationals in person. A lot of that ‘carrot’ of going on a cool trip is taken out, so I really respect and appreciate the kids who participated in story day this year, because the kids didn’t get that ‘carrot’ to the last two years, and therefore those who chose to get involved this year, they did so above all for their learning.

A love for NHD

While Philips first became involved with National History Day when her children participated in the 1990s, she is still very dedicated to the project.

“It’s a program I believe in so much because it’s absolutely wonderful for student learning. What I really like is that students can choose a topic that interests them. It really inspires them not only to choose a subject but also to choose the medium, whether it’s a performance, a documentary, a website or an article, it really gives them a great ownership of what they do and create,” she continued.

“That’s why I’ve been with it for so long, I actually retired four years ago and then went back to it during the pandemic, because it was driving me crazy. Now I’m back to teach language arts part-time, but I also do History Day. I really believe in the program.

Develop the program

Support from others has also helped the NHD program in Akron-Westfield.

Val said the school has a mentorship program and currently two strong mentors who work with the students in their groups. Mentors encourage the group in their work.

“They’re trying to get a state-level mentorship program,” she said.

At AW, Joanie Noble is mentor for documentaries and LeAnne Philips is mentor for group performances.

“I also attribute this to the success of our program,” she added.

As it is difficult to bring students from groups together during the school year, extracurricular meetings work well.

“They don’t mind coming after school,” Philips said. “I think it also becomes a social aspect and that helps. I always tell them, divide and conquer, have different jobs within the group. It seems to work well for us.

Betting on Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:56:41 +0000

The Golden State Warriors edged the Boston Celtics on Sunday to tie the NBA Finals at 1-1. After being outscored 40-16 in the fourth quarter of Game 1, the Warriors managed to close the door in a 107-88 win. The series is now turning into a best-of-five with Boston holding home-court advantage, which raises an interesting topic. Is the right team favoured?

Boston opened as a 3.5-point favorite for Wednesday Night’s pivotal Game 3. The Warriors closed at the same number in Game 1. So the market is telling you these teams are tied based on the spread. solely on home field advantage. However, the Celtics are the betting underdogs in the series despite having home-court advantage in three of the last five games. Current odds at BetMGM are Golden State -115, Boston -105. So if the teams are tied, the value is with Boston at the lowest price.

Is this the best time to bet on Boston?

I didn’t bet Boston would win the series at +135 before Game 1. I bet and missed the prize, and I think it’s unlikely we’ll get it back. However, with a future bet already on the account for the Celtics to win the NBA title, it was worth holding on and seeing if a Golden State win to open the series might yield even better odds. I expected the two teams to split the first two games, but in reverse order. Timing is everything, so let’s not make the same mistake twice.

If you are still looking to bet on Boston to win the series, now is the time to enter the market. There are two ways this series will play out based on Game 3 on Wednesday night. If Boston wins and takes a 2-1 series lead, the odds are unlikely to ever get better than the current number unless they drop Games 4 and 5. In which case, at what point would you be confident to bet them 3-2? On the other hand, if Boston loses Wednesday night and trails the series 2-1, we’re stuck in a position where we need to have enough confidence to bet they’ll win three of the last four games. You’ll get a better price, but your probability of winning drops, making it a high-risk bet. Taking the Celtics now at -105 with the series returning to Boston is the best time to enter the market at a reasonable price.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum tries to get to the basket against Warriors center Kevon Looney on Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. (Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Don’t bet on Warriors – bet on Steph Curry (+100)

Every dollar counts in sports betting. Long-term success is the accumulation of small benefits earned throughout the year. After watching the first two games of this series, it’s pretty clear that Steph Curry will be the MVP in any scenario that includes Golden State winning this series. Curry scored 29 and 34 in the first two games while shooting 46% from beyond the arc.

Golden State’s secondary scorers have been small so far, and it’s hard to see them warming up against the Boston defense on the road. There are plenty of series left, but Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins or Jordan Poole haven’t shown enough to bring them within range of Curry. If you’re preparing to bet on the Warriors to win the final at -115, bet on Steph Curry to win the MVP instead to tie.

Bet on more blowouts

The lack of suspense has been one of the fascinating factors of the NBA playoffs. Very few games ended in final possession, and that continued in the first two games of the NBA Finals. Boston won by 12 and Golden State responded with a 19-point blowout that saw the Celtics wave the white flag as they rested their starters for most of the final quarter.

In Boston and Golden State’s combined 34 playoff games heading into the Finals, the losing team covered just 14% (5-29 ATS). Therefore, a bet on Boston Moneyline should be removed from the table on Wednesday night. Instead, lay the -3.5 with the Celtics at -110 or play the Warriors moneyline at +135.

Back to School: How the Updated Design and Technology Curriculum Shapes Students for Life Sat, 04 Jun 2022 22:01:36 +0000


One of the class assignments I was given centered around this technology: designing a wooden piggy bank using the Sketchbook app. The project was rooted in the theme of wildlife conservation, so our piggy banks were designed to look like endangered animals.

To sketch our piggy bank, we should use “shape borrowing techniques”, as well as “underpainting” to produce a 3D presentation of our piggy bank. I hoped I made the right choice in drawing an elephant, because the outline of the animal wasn’t too complicated.

While the activity seemed like something I could have done in school, the main difference was that I couldn’t do it with colored pencils and a sketchbook. Having tried drawing on an iPad before, I was nervous. The absence of “friction”, generally present with the pencil against the paper, requires a certain time of adaptation.

As Mdm Elsie Cheng, Head of Crafts and Technology Department at Edgefield High School, went through the steps of creating an initial sketch, I watched my classmates go from application to the other while using the tools of the Sketchbook app to create remarkably professional sketches. .

During this time, I was looking for how to adjust the thickness of my brush. I also discovered how to draw a perfectly straight or curved line with the ruler tool and transform my elephant sketch from 2D to 3D. But my sense of pride evaporated when Mdm Cheng asked us to hand in our sketch.

Somewhere between using an airbrush to color in the sketch and tracing my outline with a thicker brush, my elephant ended up looking sicker than designer. In comparison, the sample images that Mdm Cheng projected onto the screen could have come straight from a Pixar movie. There was no way anyone could reach them in the remaining 30 minutes of class, I thought.

A few minutes later, I found people who could. My classmates, including Deon, produced “rough” sketches that would have easily secured them an animation job. I learned later that it was also the first time they drew on an iPad.


After class, my classmate Marizztellah de Guzman told me that she found the assignment “really hard” because she was “not very good at art.”

She said her class did a similar assignment in Secondary 1 – on paper and pen. Yet despite the challenge of “trying to translate what you learned last year,” she felt she could better express what she wanted to draw now because the Sketchbook app provided more tools.

Similarly, another classmate, Tessa Tay, said she learned resilience by trying to adapt to an unfamiliar medium. She and her classmates “persevered and pushed all the way, and we manage to do what the teacher asked us to do.”

Mdm Cheng, who has been teaching D&T for 18 years, reassured me that the purpose of D&T is “not to get (students) to become designers”. It’s more about thinking like a designer; learn to apply the “framework of design thinking”.

“It’s a way of framing…the way you think. And you also get empathy with users. Because to understand the problem, you actually have to go to the user to understand what (the problem) is,” she said.

“Just like this story itself. You, the reporter, come to class to experience, to get a better (understanding) of what D&T is and what changes we have made over the years.

She was right. If I didn’t fit into a high school class, I wouldn’t be able to write authentically about the changes to the D&T curriculum. Much like design thinking, the solution to understanding today’s curriculum required me to put myself in the shoes of the user.

Or in this case, their class.

3 More Tips for Summer IP Associates Tue, 31 May 2022 20:48:08 +0000

There are about 150 columns, in June 2019 I featured in a column three tips for new IP summer associates. There, I discussed the importance of future summers showing gratitude and humility, despite significant academic accomplishments that put them in a position to land a summer associate spot in the first place. I also reminded future summers that it is essential to avoid gossip and not share too many personal details in a law firm. At the same time, however, I also explained why it is so important to learn what you can from new senior colleagues during the Summer Associate experience, while being aware that posting genuine interest and curiosity is the key to releasing positive feelings. of those with whom you interact.

Ultimately, I tried to reinforce the goal of any summer associate experience – “to leave the firm feeling confident that you can be hired full-time right out of law school” . That’s what it’s about. And now, with nearly every Biglaw firm posting top-notch financial performance in 2021, it’s no surprise to see summer associate programs set to be back in full swing this summer. In fact, it’s already been reported that the 2022 summer associate classes could be the biggest ever at some companies, even though many companies are still working on their post-pandemic return-to-office plans.

For example, a Reuters article explains how the companies plan to revive the social events that were such a big part of the summer associates experience before the pandemic. With a twist, of course, to accommodate the hybrid work schedules that are such a big part of today’s Biglaw work pace. Likewise, companies are embracing flexible office hours for Summer Associates, both to align their in-person presence with days when the office is more full, as well as to give Summer Associates a taste of how Biglaw has operated – indeed thrived – virtually from the start of the pandemic until today.

In perhaps one of the most exciting developments, Skadden is to introduce “summer conferences on topics such as financial wellness, nutrition and stress management” – in another example of how firms want to keep young associates ready to stay both physically and mentally healthy despite the challenges of joining a Biglaw firm during boom times. Taken together, it looks like the 2022 Summer Associate Class is about to have an interesting ride, even as companies with the money seek to both pamper and educate in hopes of discovering which of today’s neophytes has what it takes to become tomorrow’s best billers and firm citizens.

So how should the Summer Associate Class of 2022 handle their first foray into a law firm’s IP group, whether in a Biglaw setting or a boutique? For starters, I continue to believe that the advice from my 2019 column is still relevant, as well as a good starting point for thinking about how best to present yourself in a new professional environment. But we can always do more to excel, so here are three more tips summer IP associates should consider as they head into one of the most exciting, yet binary, experiences they’ll ever have. in legal practice. Binary, because at the end of the summer there will either be a post-law full-time job offer or a polite communication that the associate candidate is not cut out for success at Firm X. The first category is much more pleasant.

As a start, I would suggest that 2022 Summer Associates educate themselves as fully as possible about the changes the pandemic has brought to the IP practice into which they are recruited. Is the group expanding or contracting? How busy has everyone been – and does it look like the boom time will continue? Are there any new areas of intellectual property the company is looking to expand into, for example branching out into a litigation area, such as trade secrets, in which the group was not previously active? In short, do your best to find out about the group you are joining. And pay close attention to any disparities between what you’ve read and heard and what you see with your own eyes when you spend time in the group. In particular, monitor whether senior associates are happy or grumpy. In the latter case, recognize that these are some of the company’s most profitable assets – and if they’re unhappy, it may not speak well of the culture of the company as a whole. together.

Second, it’s important that summer associates try to create some sort of concrete work product over the summer. Whether it’s co-authoring a paper with a partner – everyone loves a volunteer researcher – or writing a dissertation draft as part of a volunteer or paid affair, it’s important to have something to report as your own written work when you are at anything is possible. Besides being good practice for the type of marketing you will do as an associate or more senior partner, your writing may have future uses that cannot be anticipated. At such a formative stage in a legal career, it’s important to remember that there may never be a better time to get into the habit of writing than during the partners’ summer days. When else will you earn the equivalent of a full associate’s weekly salary without billable expectations?

Finally, I believe modern IP associates need to develop a passing familiarity with two topics at the earliest possible stage in their legal careers. These two topics? Litigation funding and crypto/NFT. As with writing, your summer associate days are well-suited for diving into these and other topics of interest, without the burden of schoolwork or the need to bill enough hours to justify pursuing his work. Why these two topics? For one thing, many older lawyers are not fluent in these areas, but may have already begun to see the impact of the evolution of these species on their own practices. As such, a younger associate with a real knowledge base in these areas will be of inordinate help. Similarly, there is no doubt that litigation funding and crypto/NFT work will continue to have a significant impact on IP practice for the foreseeable future. Building a solid foundation in these areas could be a great way for a young IP partner to set themselves apart if they can successfully turn their summer partner position into a full-time job after law school. All eyes on the prize…and good luck to the 2022 IP Summer Associates.

Feel free to send me comments or questions at or via Twitter: @gkroub. Any suggestions or thoughts on the topics are welcome.

Gaston Kroub lives in Brooklyn and is a founding partner of Kroub, Silbersher & Kolmykov LLCan intellectual property litigation boutique, and Markman Advisors LLC, a leading patent advisory firm for the investment community. Gaston’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and related advice, with a particular focus on patent matters. You can reach him at or follow him on Twitter: @gkroub.

What’s happening in Lethbridge this week, May 29, 2022 Sun, 29 May 2022 23:57:22 +0000

Tickets for the event dinner are $25. For every ticket sold, $7 will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. You can purchase yours from Expedia Cruises Lethbridge or contact the hosts to arrange a ticket deposit.

The event starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m., and don’t worry, if you’re looking to sign up to brave the shave, you can do so by hitting up their Facebook page.

Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society will be accepted at the event, and for those who cannot attend but still want to donate, you can do so on the Canadian Cancer Society website.

Also on Thursday, June 2, the Lethbridge Public Library and Lethbridge Pride Fest are hosting an event to learn more about geocaching at Lethbridge Public Library Grade Crossings Branch.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and for this introductory session you will learn everything you need to know to start searching for over 300 geocaches hidden around Lethbridge.

This free event will also include information about the new Rainbow series and is open to all ages.

Get a preview on Friday, June 3 at Thriving with ADHD. happens at The collective community and coffee from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. you can learn tips and tricks to manage yourself or to support someone you love who has ADHD.

The event is free for those wishing to attend and features three speakers, each with their own area of ​​expertise.

Interested people can register for the event on the organizer’s website, who will also send you an SMS reminder on the day of the event.

Looking to relax and put some of the knowledge you learned from the Auditory Perception presentation to good use? Head to The Slice Bar & Grill on Friday, June 3 and discover L’omelette.

The Omelette is a band from Calgary, and according to its Facebook page, it’s “big, colorful, emotional art-rock.” Jazzy voice on curious progressions and a dancing rhythm.

For more events happening in Lethbridge, check out our community calendar.

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