Dhaka, Oct 30 (UNB)- Robi Axiata Ltd, a digital service provider and Bengal Group of Industries have recently signed a corporate agreement.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed and Bengal Group of Industries’ concern, Romania Food and Beverage Limited’s CEO, KM Ali signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations in a programme at the Bengal Group of Industries’ corporate head-quarter in city.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO and Bengal Group of Industries’ Director, Humayun Kabir (Bablu) exchanged the agreement documents while Bengal Group of Industries’ concern, Linnex Electronics BD Ltd’s CEO, SM Salauddin along with senior officials were present.
Robi’s Head of Enterprise Business, Md Adil Hossain along with the top management of Robi Enterprise Business team were also present in the signing ceremony.
Cape Canaveral, Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — NASA's Parker Solar Probe is now closer to the sun than any spacecraft has ever gotten.
Parker on Monday surpassed the record of 26.6 million miles (43 million kilometers) set by Helios-2 back in 1976. And it will keep getting closer to the sun until it flies through the corona, or outer atmosphere, for the first time next week, passing within 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the solar surface.
Parker will make 24 close approaches to the sun over the next seven years, ultimately coming within just 3.8 million miles (6 million kilometers).
Launched in August, Parker is on track to set another record late Monday night. It will surpass Helios-2's speed record of 153,454 miles per hour (247,000 kilometers per hour), relative to the sun.
Sunnyvale, Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society.
The grant program announced Monday is part of a broader Google initiative called "AI for Social Good" that aims to ease concerns that advances in artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and perhaps even be autonomously deployed by militaries to kill people.
Other technology companies have taken similar steps to address ethical issues in AI. For instance, Microsoft has committed $115 million to an "AI for Good" initiative that provides grants to organizations harnessing AI for humanitarian, accessibility and environmental projects.
During a presentation in Sunnyvale, California, Google demonstrated how its AI technology is already being used to diagnose diseases, help people with disabilities, predict areas likely to flood and protect endangered species.
Despite commitments like those being made by Google and Microsoft, the specter of AI going horribly awry lingers.
Even as it pledges to do good things with AI, Microsoft is pursuing a massive U.S. military contract that prompted an open letter earlier this month from a purported group of Microsoft employees worried the company might be betraying its own artificial-intelligence principles. Microsoft reaffirmed its resolve to win the military contract in its own blog post last week, promising to address any ethical concerns that may arise if it ends up working on the project.
Google decided not to bid for the same military contract that Microsoft wants after some its own employees protested. The company concluded the contract, potentially worth $10 billion, didn't comply with its AI principles , which preclude the technology from being used to "cause or directly facilitate injury to people."
The company's AI For Social Good program was already in the works before Google employees raised objections about the military contract, said Jeff Dean, a senior fellow overseeing AI.
Google's nonprofit arm will announce the winners of its AI grants next spring at an annual company conference.
Washington, Oct. 28 (Xinhua/UNB) -- The Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations with three fully functional gyroscopes late Friday and completed its first science observations on Saturday, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said.
The recovery came after engineers successfully fixed a backup gyroscope that had replaced a failed one three weeks earlier, NASA said in a statement.
However, the backup incorrectly returned rotation rates that were far in excess of the actual rates.
Last week, the space telescope's operations team commanded Hubble to perform numerous maneuvers and switched the gyroscope between different operational modes, which successfully cleared what was believed to be blockage between components inside the gyroscope that produced the excessively high rate values, NASA said.
The team then monitored and tested the gyroscope with additional maneuvers to ensure its stability.
By late Friday, Hubble successfully completed maneuvers to get on target for the first science observations and collected its first science data since Oct. 5, NASA said.
A gyroscope is a device that measures the speed at which the spacecraft is turning, which is necessary to help Hubble turn and lock on to new targets.
Originally required to last 15 years, Hubble has now been at the forefront of scientific discovery for more than 28 years. The team expects the telescope will continue to yield amazing discoveries well into the next decade.
Tokyo, Oct 29 (AP/UNB) — A Japanese rocket on Monday lifted the United Arab Emirates' first locally made satellite into orbit successfully from a space center in southern Japan.
The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The H-2A rocket also is carrying an Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas observation satellite for Japan.
Both the KhalifaSat and Ibuki-2 have since been released separately into targeted orbit, said MHI Launch Services.
The launch marks progress in the Gulf nation's fledging space program.
The country aims to send its first two astronauts to the International Space Station in 2019. The UAE also aims to send a probe on its way to Mars in 2020 and to build a science city there by 2117.
Japan also aims to expand its commercial satellite launch services by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and make them globally competitive.