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Why to Start Dating on Social Networks, Matchmaking Sites, and Apps?

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Dating on social networks is quite a roulette. Some manage to have fun, others find the love of their lives, yet someone, being disappointed, deletes their account forever. Where to start, what to be afraid of, and how to increase your chances of success?

Why Is Online Dating So Popular?

Sociable and active extroverts are perplexed — why to spend time on mature women dating on https://ladadate.com/senior-dating when it is easier to meet your potential partner in the company of mutual friends, in the circle of colleagues, or the gym (library, chess club, in general, in the circle of like-minded people).

 

Besides, this method is safe because friends can make up a kind of protection — tell you what the person you like prefers to do, how to win his/her heart, etc. It all sounds reasonable, of course. But in the modern world, there are a lot of people who feel uncomfortable among strangers. For such people, the screen of a monitor or smartphone is a kind of shield. Moreover, they are reassured by the fact that during the correspondence, the person does not see their blushing face and does not hear the tremor in their voice.

But it is not only shy and inveterate introverts who are addicted to online dating. For many people, this is the only way to find time for their personal life. Some are entirely devoted to their studies. Others persistently build a career. Someone even has to combine everything at once. In such a mode, it is sometimes hard to free up time even for shopping or meeting with friends, let alone dating. Many are also hindered by the fact that they flatly do not contact with the opposite sex at all.


    A Few Stats

  1. Public opinion regarding dating sites and apps has changed significantly over the past ten years. Now online dating is perceived as something ordinary, normal, and promising. Besides (and this is good news), more and more people are deleting their accounts, going to the registry office (registering a marriage), not to the nearest bar, drowning their frustration in alcohol.
  2. More and more users (both genders) are turning to date apps and sites with serious intentions. Over the past couple of years, their number has reached over 84%.
  3. Online dating is rapidly gaining the preference of young people. A third of young Americans (18-29 years old) admit that they are active users of matchmaking sites and applications.
  4. In 2013, only 6% of people aged 55-65 were active users of social networks for dating. Now their number has tripled.
  5. The number of people who agreed to meet with their interlocutors in-person has increased — before, such daredevils were about 40%. Now more than 66% of users start taking action.

Most people continue to arrange their personal lives offline. But the number of successful online dating couples is growing every year. After all, why not try something new?

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ETH spin-off LatticeFlow raises $2.8M to help build trustworthy AI systems

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LatticeFlow, an AI startup that was spun out of ETH Zurich in 2020, today announced that it has raised a $2.8 million seed funding round led by Swiss deep-tech fund btov and Global Founders Capital, which previously backed the likes of Revolut, Slack and Zalando.

The general idea behind LatticeFlow is to build tools that help AI teams build and deploy AI models that are safe, reliable and trustworthy. The problem today, the team argues, is that models get very good at finding the right statistical patterns to hit a given benchmark. That makes them inflexible, though, since these models were optimized for accuracy in a lab setting, not for robustness in the real world.

“One of the most commonly used paradigms for evaluating machine learning models is just aggregate metrics, like accuracy. And, of course, this is a super coarse representation of how good a model really is,” Pavol Bielik, the company’s CTO explained. “What we want to do is, we provide systematic ways of monitoring models, assessing their reliability across different relevant data slices and then also provide tools for improving these models.”

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Building these kinds of models that are more flexible yet still provide robust results will take a new arsenal of tools, though, as well as the right team with deep expertise in these areas. Clearly, though, this is a founding team with the right background. In addition to CTO Bielik, the founding team includes Petar Tsankov, the company’s CEO and former senior researcher and lecturer at ETH Zurich, as well as ETH professors Martin Vechev, who leads the Secure, Reliable and Intelligence Systems lab at ETH, and Andreas Krause, who leads ETH’s Learning & Adaptive Systems lab.

It’s also worth noting that Vechev, who previously co-founded ETH spin-off ChainSecurity, and his group at ETH previously developed ERAN, a verifier for large deep learning models with millions of parameters, that last year won the first competition for certifying deep neural networks. While the team was already looking at creating a company before winning this competition, Vechev noted that gave the team the confirmation that it was on the right path.

Image Credits: LatticeFlow

“We want to solve the main AI problem, which is making AI usable. This is the overarching goal,” Vechev told me. “[…] I don’t think you can actually found the company just purely based on the certification work. I think the kinds of skills that people have in the company, my group, Andreas [Krause]’s group, they all complement each other and cover a huge space, which I think is very, very unique. I don’t know of other companies who have covered this range of skills in these pressing points and have done groundbreaking work before.”

LatticeWorks already has a set of pilot customers who are trialing its tools. These include Swiss railways (SBB), which is using it to build a tool for automatic rail inspections, Germany’s Federal Cyber Security Bureau and the U.S. Army. The team is also working with other large enterprises that are using its tools to improve their computer vision models.

“Machine Learning (ML) is one of the core topics at SBB, as we see a huge potential in its application for an improved, intelligent and automated monitoring of our railway infrastructure,” said Dr. Ilir Fetai and Andre Roger, the leads of SBB’s AI team. “The project on robust and reliable AI with LatticeFlow, ETH, and Siemens has a crucial role in enabling us to fully exploit the advantages of using ML.”

For now, LatticeFlow remains in early access. The team plans to use the funding to accelerate its product development and bring on new customers. The team also plans to build out a presence in the U.S. in the near future.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/19/eth-spin-off-latticeflow-raises-2-8m-to-help-build-trustworthy-ai-systems/

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Aurora Insight to launch cubesats for RF sensing

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SAN FRANCISCO – Aurora Insight, a Denver startup that gathers data on terrestrial and satellite communications, plans to launch the first of two cubesats on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rideshare mission scheduled for liftoff Jan. 21.

Satellite manufacturer NanoAvionics built the six-unit cubesats, Bravo and Charlie, and integrated them with Aurora Insight sensors.

“We deploy sensors at fixed sites like on buildings and in vehicles, on aircraft and on satellites,” Aurora Insight CEO Jennifer Alvarez told SpaceNews. “We continually take trillions of measurements that we process in the cloud. From this, we produce valuable information on RF spectrum and the networks that rely on it.”

Aurora Insight them sells the data and analytics to customers including wireless service providers, tower owners, telecommunications equipment manufacturers and government agencies. The company creates maps, for example, that show the availability of radio frequency spectrum and wireless infrastructure, measuring 5G, LTE, internet-of-things, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi and TV signals.

Founded in 2016, Aurora Insight launched its first satellite in 2018, a technology demonstration to determine how well the firms proprietary sensor could detect terrestrial communications.

“For cellular base stations like LTE, antennas are tilted toward the ground to maximize signal usage and coverage,” Alvarez said. “The key challenge is receiving sufficient signal in space to sense the RF signal and provide analytics.”

When that initial technology demonstration was successful, Aurora Insight hired NanoAvionics to build Bravo and Charlie. Bravo was expected to launch first but is now scheduled for launch in a couple of months.

“Our Bravo and Charlie satellites have significantly more capabilities” than the first satellite, Alvarez said. “They will unlock new information about the wireless spectrum and the networks that rely on it.”

Aurora Insight plans to establish a constellation of 12 satellites to provide global coverage.

“We’re targeting having that global reach and being able to reach hard-to-monitor places like developing nations,” Alvarez said.

In addition to building the satellites based on its standard M6P bus, NanoAvionics was hired to provide launch and satellite operations.

“We’re here to help Aurora Insight get their instruments to space cost effectively and close their business case,” said NanoAvionics US CEO Brent Abbott.

NanoAvoinics and Aurora Insight began working together in January 2020.

Aurora Insight executives made one trip to NanoAvionics headquarters in Lithuania, before the COVID-19 pandemic halted travel.

Still, the companies were able to work remotely to integrate the Aurora Insight payload with the NanoAvionics bus.

“It has been seamless,” Alvarez said.

Source: https://spacenews.com/aurora-insight-launches-cubesat/

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Skyqraft raises $2.2M seed for its powerline issue detection system

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Skyqraft, the Swedish startup using AI and drones for electricity powerline inspection, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding, capital it will use to further develop its technology and expand its operations in Europe and in the U.S.

Leading the seed round is Subvenio Invest, with participation from pre-seed backer Antler, Next Human Ventures and unnamed angel investors.

Founded in March 2019 and launched that September, Skyqraft provides what it calls “smart” infrastructure inspections for powerlines. It uses drones, combined with AI, to gather images and detect risk automatically.

This is in contrast to the status quo, where powerlines are typically inspected by teams of people and helicopters, which is time-consuming and potentially dangerous. The idea behind Skyqraft is to enable safer powerline inspections in a more cost-efficient and environmentally sustainable way.

“Powerline inspections most importantly are not environmentally friendly, very costly and unsafe with the use of helicopters and people,” Skyqraft co-founder and CMO Sakina Turabali told TechCrunch when Skyqraft announced its pre-seed funding. “We provide smart infrastructure inspections using unmanned airplanes by gathering images and 360 videos and feeding that data into a machine learning system that automatically detects any risk to the powerlines.”

Skyqraft says the system can process high volumes of image data and is able to detect equipment issues “rapidly and with high accuracy”. By using Skyqraft, the Swedish company claims utility companies can shorten a 25km powerline inspection from two days to “three minutes”.

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That proposition appears to already be resonating with customers, which include the three largest utility companies in Sweden jointly representing 85% of the Swedish market. Additionally, Skyqraft says it is also negotiating a series of larger-scale pilots in the U.S. in 2021 with the global utility company Iberdrola.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2021/01/19/skyqraft-seed/

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International footballer Chris Smalling invests ‘six figure sum’ in Virtue Drinks, a global clean energy drink startup

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Rahi Daneshmand , founder of Virtue Drinks

ROMA AS and England National football star, Chris Smalling, has injected a six-figure sum into Virtue Drinks, a London-based brand that’s on a mission to clean up the energy drinks market. It’s the sixth ethical investment Smalling has made in the last year, demonstrating his determination to publicly support sustainable products.

Established in 2016, the multi-award winning brand, Virtue Drinks, creates clean energy drinks which are all natural, with zero sugar or calories. They have two ranges available globally, Virtue Clean Energy and Virtue Yerba Mate, exporting to leading retailers in 30 countries.

Smalling says: “Virtue has shaken up the industry and made a brilliant product that changes the game. I’m excited to be part of the journey. Why would you drink unhealthy energy drinks when Virtue exists?”.

COVID-19 has accelerated a global trend toward healthy living, with consumers rethinking their eating and drinking habits. More people are scrutinising product ingredients, shifting from sugary or artificial energy drinks, with high amounts of synthetic caffeine, to clean alternatives.

London born entrepreneur, Rahi Daneshmand, launched Virtue Drinks in 2016, after looking for a clean energy drink himself. Having avoided energy drinks post-university, whilst constantly trying to find ways to improve his energy levels, he felt there’d be a lot of people also looking for a natural pick-me-up, with zero sugar or calories.

Daneshmand says: “We have very high aspirations, with plans to bring Virtue to every store where you might find traditional energy drink brands. Each can of Virtue gives customers the same amount of natural caffeine as the leading energy drink or coffee, without any sacrifice on taste and none of the artificial chemicals.”

Source: https://www.eu-startups.com/2021/01/international-footballer-chris-smalling-invests-six-figure-sum-in-virtue-drinks-a-global-clean-energy-drink-startup/

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