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Supreme court upholds seven-year jail sentence for Taysir Allouni

first_imgAllouni began his journalistic career by working as a translator for Spanish national news agency, EFE, before joining the Qatar-based al-Jazeera at the end of the 1990s. He was named bureau chief in the Afghan capital Kabul in 1999. The network’s offices were bombarded by the US forces in November of the same year.He was sent to Iraq at the start of 2003, where he covered the US offensive before returning to Spain, in July. Two months later he was arrested and held in custody. June 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme court upholds seven-year jail sentence for Taysir Allouni Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more SpainEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders reiterated its concern about state of health of Al-Jazeera presenter Tayssir Allouni today after Spain’s supreme court yesterday upheld his seven-year prison sentence for “collaborating” with Al-Qaeda. Allouni, who has heart problems, received the sentence on 26 September, when he was tried along with 23 other people on charges of being implicated in terrorist activities in Spain.“We call on the Spanish prison authorities to take care with the conditions in which he is held,” the press freedom organisation said. “We will also support his family if it decides to take this case before Spain’s constitutional court so that all doubts can be dispelled.”Alloun’s wife, Fatima Allouni, has said she plans to appeal to the constitutional court to overturn his conviction. The family has 20 days from yesterday to file an appeal.Allouni, who is famous for interviewing Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, was arrested for the first time in Spain in September 2003 and was released a month later on health grounds. He was re-arrested and placed in pre-trial detention in November 2004. He was freed again during his trial but remained under judicial control.——26 September 2006Tayssir Allouni sentenced to seven years in prisonReporters Without Borders expressed “surprise” after a court in Madrid on 26 September sentenced Tayssir Allouni, a journalist with Arabic TV network al-Jazeera, to seven years in prison for “collaboration” with al-Qaeda.The prosecutor’s frequent references to the journalist’s October 2001 interview with Osama Bid Laden, just after the 11 September attacks on the US, “makes it impossible to rule out a link with the defendant’s job as a journalist and therefore with freedom of expression”, it said.Syrian-born Allouni, who took Spanish nationality in 1988, was one of 24 people who were on trial accused of being involved in terrorist activities in Spain. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive SpainEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Spain Receive email alerts to go further News RSF_en “If it had only been a case of terrorism, the prosecutor should never have used this interview as part of the accusations”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. It added that Allouni would almost certainly appeal and it “impatiently” awaited a new verdict. “We also point out that Tayssir Allouni is suffering from heart disease and urge the Spanish justice system to do its utmost to see that imprisonment does not aggravate his state of health,” it added.Several times during the court hearing, the prosecutor referred to Allouni’s Bin Laden interview. He found, for example, that it was suspicious that al-Jazeera had chosen to send Allouni to Afghanistan. He also wondered why Bin Laden had chosen Allouni to interview him. He considered that the journalist’s extensive contacts with Islamist extremists also to be suspicious.The defence explained that Allouni had been quite simply the only representative of the foreign media present in Afghanistan at the time of the interview. Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso April 27, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters without Borders expressed “surprise” after al-Jazeera journalist Tayssir Allouni was sentenced to seven years in prison. “The prosecutor’s repeated references to his interview with Osama Bin Laden proves that this case is not unconnected with freedom of expression,” said the organisation, adding, “We urge the Spanish authorities to do their utmost to ensure that the imprisonment of this journalist does not aggravate his state of health.” last_img read more

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AP sources: Incognito sent racist texts

first_img___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine In this Sept. 30, 2013 file photo, Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito (68), second from left, and tackle Jonathan Martin (71), third from left, sit on the bench in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)by Steven WineAP Football WriterDAVIE, Fla. (AP) — In the stadium program sold at the Miami Dolphins’ game on Halloween, Richie Incognito was asked who’s the easiest teammate to scare. His answer: Jonathan Martin.The troubled, troubling relationship between the two offensive linemen took an ominous turn Monday with fresh revelations: Incognito sent text messages to his teammate that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins and NFL haven’t disclosed the nature of the misconduct that led to Sunday’s suspension of Incognito, a veteran with a reputation for dirty play.Martin, a tackle, remained absent from practice Monday one week after he suddenly left the team because of emotional issues. Also missing was Incognito, a guard suspended indefinitely late Sunday by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin.Agents for the two players didn’t respond to requests for comment. Martin is with his family in Los Angeles for counseling.The 319-pound Incognito, a ninth-year pro, is white. The 312-pound Martin, who is in his second NFL season, is black. For much of the season, they’ve played side by side.The team and NFL continued their investigation into allegations by Martin’s representatives that he was bullied, and Philbin said Dolphins owner Stephen Ross asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for assistance. The NFL Players Association also planned to look into the matter.“Every decision I’ve made, everything we’ve done in this facility has been done with one thing in mind,” Philbin said. “That’s to help our players and our organization reach their full potential. Any type of conduct (or) behavior that detracts from that objective is not acceptable and is not tolerated.”It’s unclear whether coaches or management had any inkling of harassment between the players before Martin left the team, and Philbin declined to answer a question about the locker-room culture. Recent rumblings of dissension have also included complaints by young players that they’re pressured to pay more than their share when team members socialize together.After beating Cincinnati in overtime Thursday, the Dolphins had three days off while the Martin story mushroomed. They returned to practice Monday and afterward found nearly 100 reporters and cameramen in their locker room.Teammates praised both Incognito and Martin and expressed regret regarding their absences, but said it was time to get on with business.“The only thing affecting us is we can’t even get dressed,” said receiver Mike Wallace as he surveyed the media throng.Wallace said he found Incognito to be intense but a good teammate. Newcomer Bryant McKinnie agreed.“When I got here, he was a guy who had everybody laughing and told jokes,” said McKinnie, a tackle who joined the team two weeks ago. “I didn’t really see the side being portrayed right now.”Hazing of young players has a long history in sports, but Incognito’s treatment of Martin raised questions about whether coaches or teammates should have intervened.“It’s not a thin line. It’s pretty obvious stuff that shouldn’t be crossed,” Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty said. “You would hope if stuff was getting out of hands, there were guys in the locker room who would step up and maybe nip it in the bud before it got out of control.”Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said he was glad the Dolphins took action against Incognito.“Especially when you try to bully a guy. That’s so classless,” Dockett said. “His whole makeup is to play dirty and hurt guys. Everybody knows that. I just don’t understand how he got away with it for so long. I think the NFL really needs to buckle down on it now, because it’s bigger than trying to hurt other guys. You’re trying to hurt guys on your team mentally, which sometimes can actually be worse than hurting someone physically.”Philbin said he was unaware of hazing incidents that involved Incognito — such as hacking into a teammate’s Facebook page — shown on the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” which chronicled the Dolphins’ training camp in 2012. Philbin said he never watched the program.“If the review shows that this is not a safe atmosphere, I will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure that it is,” Philbin said. “I have that obligation to the players that I coach on a daily basis, and I will do that.”Before being suspended, Incognito posted several tweets saying he wanted his name cleared.“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth,” Incognito tweeted, quoting Buddha.Incognito, who’s in the final year of a $13 million, three-year contract, has long had a reputation of being among the NFL’s dirtiest players. During his first four years, he led the league in penalties for unnecessary roughness, and the St. Louis Rams got fed up with his undisciplined play and released him during the 2009 season.“There’s certain people out there who are just punks, and he wants to be that kind of guy,” former Seahawks and Lions defensive end Lawrence Jackson said Monday. “But because he’s a lineman, he gets away with a lot of stuff that people don’t see. … Incognito is way worse than anybody I ever played against.”However, there have been fewer such complaints since Incognito joined the Dolphins in 2010.Last year he was voted by the league’s players into the Pro Bowl for the first time. He was the co-winner of the Dolphins’ Good Guy Award, given to the team’s most cooperative player by the local media. He also won frequent praise from Dolphins coaches for his leadership, and this year he was voted by teammates to serve as a member of the Dolphins’ player council.At Nebraska, Incognito’s career was cut short when he was suspended in 2004 before his junior season following a locker room altercation with a teammate. He also ran into problems with the law while with the Cornhuskers, and they said he repeatedly violated team rules.Martin protected Andrew Luck’s blind side at Stanford before joining Miami as a second-round draft pick in 2012. He has been a starter since the beginning of his rookie season, but has struggled while dividing his time between left and right tackle.Stanford coach David Shaw said people at the school had been in touch with Martin.“I’m a Jonathan Martin fan, so my interest is just in him getting back to the point where he gets a chance to play this game that he loves again,” Shaw said. “By all accounts he’s doing well. Not sure if he’s going to rejoin the team this year, or when he is, but I know he’s going to get himself back ready to play the game.”For the first six games this year, Incognito and Martin were the two players protecting Ryan Tannehill’s blind side. Their troubled relationship may help explain his NFL-high 35 sacks.___AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in New York, and Sports Writers Larry Lage in Detroit, Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tenn., Antonio Gonzalez in San Francisco, Bob Baum in Phoenix and Eric Olson in Lincoln, Neb., contributed to this report.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Winelast_img read more

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Riyad Mahrez’s wife spotted with her FEET on the dashboard, speeding down the road!

first_imgAdvertisement 4tatyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs8ezWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ezx( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cnWould you ever consider trying this?😱lsroCan your students do this? 🌚tfRoller skating! Powered by Firework Riyad Mahrez, the Manchester City winger has more often than not made the news for the right reasons and even a shock Premier League trophy win with Leicester was one of them. However, wife Rita Mahrez has found herself in hot water after being seen driving with her feet up on the dashboard.Advertisement RIta has even put a footage off her doing this on her Instagram page but the wannabe popstar’s fans didn’t take it well. Neither did the authorities.Advertisement She was criticised by both major road safety groups in the UK and Rodney Kumar, spokesman for IAM RoadSmart, said: “Driving in this way is downright dangerous and could have led to a tragedy for not only the occupants of this car but other people on this motorway.“Posting a video like this to social media only makes it worse, as it shows a callous disregard for the welfare of other innocent road users – this video is nothing to be proud of, and utterly shameful.”Advertisement A Brake spokesperson added: “Resting your feet on a dashboard can be incredibly dangerous in the event of a crash, due to airbag deployment and vehicles being designed to protect those seated in a normal position.“We strongly advise for passengers to keep their feet in a vehicle’s footwell at all times when moving, and to always wear a seat-belt.”AA president Edmund King says Rita could find herself in trouble with authorities. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Watch: Arsene Wenger has his say on Paul Pogba’s bad form for Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement cfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb3tl0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekk9s3z( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ft85Would you ever consider trying this?😱9vtlCan your students do this? 🌚1bjfRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, reckons that Paul Pogba is lacking both the fitness and mindset necessary to be successful at Manchester United. The French midfielder has had a difficult time since re-joining United from Juventus in 2016. He missed last Thursday’s 0-0 draw in the Europa League to AZ Alkmaar and Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle in the Premier League due to an ankle injury. And Wenger, suggests that until Pogba is fully fit he will never be able to recapture his best form.Advertisement “First of all, I think Paul Pogba since the start of the season has never been completely fit injury wise,” Wenger told beIN Sports.Advertisement “He doesn’t look completely confident physically and he’s the type of player who has a huge physical power. He needs to be perfectly fit physically.”At the end of last season, the 26-year-old Pogba admitted his interest in a “new challenge”, and Wenger emphasized on that, saying,Advertisement “When a player wants to leave and you stop him from leaving, you know you go through a process of rebuilding the relationship that the first thing that suffers is the performances.”“I personally think he behaves as well like he knows that Man United at the moment is not the team to compete for the championship. And, plus the fact that he was stopped from going away, it looks like the two together a bit tarnish his performances” he said.Watch Wenger’s interview here:Manchester United have won just two out of their eight Premier League games and currently sit in 12th place, just two points off the relegation zone. Meanwhile, United fans are hoping for Pogba’s early return from injury as they face fierce rivals Liverpool after the international break, in Old Trafford on 20 October.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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ONE WINNING SANTA ANITA PICK SIX TICKET PAYS $98,243.80; ‘ALL BURGER’ PURCHASED FOR JUST $72 AT GOLDEN GATE FIELDS

first_imgWith a pool of $183,912 up for grabs, there was just one winning ticket in Santa Anita’s popular two dollar Pick Six on Sunday, with the ticket worth $98,243.The winning ticket was purchased for just $72 at Golden Gate Fields, located in Berkeley, Calif.  There were just nine winning consolation tickets with five winners, each worth $4,678.20.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time through Memorial Day, Monday, set at 2 p.m.  With an eight-race card on tap Thursday, the Pick Six will begin with race three.last_img read more

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Why Larry Baer’s ugly altercation is a stress test for the Giants organization

first_imgThe altercation is difficult to watch, but it’s the screams that will stick with you.Ultimately, five seconds of video isn’t enough to understand what really happened Friday between Giants CEO Larry Baer and wife Pam Baer in a San Francisco public plaza.We don’t have the full story — yet.But we certainly received a jarring introduction to something that cannot easily be forgotten. You’ve probably seen the video by now — it showed Baer, standing, reaching for something in the right …last_img read more

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South Africa: a brand of active citizens

first_imgTwelve-year-old Bhekimuzi Magagula from Meetse-a-Bophelo Primary School in Mamelodi East is overcome by emotion as he sings happy birthday to Nelson Mandela during an International Mandela Day event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 18 July 2013. (Image: GCIS)Johannesburg, Friday 17 July 2015 – South Africa and the world commemorate International Mandela Day on Saturday 18 July 2015. On this day the legacy of service emulated by the former Statesman and South Africa’s founding President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is celebrated and honoured.• Download press releaseThis year, International Nelson Mandela Day is commemorated under the theme: Play Your Part and Make Every Day a Mandela Day. This call is made so that all citizens in our country can carry forward the legacy of active citizenship embodied by the former Statesman and contribute to South Africa’s growth and development.South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world. A spirit of active citizenship that will drive the implementation of the National Development Plan is critical to national efforts to reduce this inequality. The National Development Plan or Vision 2030 is South Africa’s blueprint for social and economic growth and development. This plan will be successfully implemented only when all stakeholders in the country’s nation building project come together in a common purpose.Ordinary South Africans gather to mourn and celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela after his passing in December 2013. (Image: GCIS)A report entitled “I believe I can make a difference” by the Charities Aid Foundation has found that giving and volunteering, which are important expressions of humanity and citizenship, are already widely evidenced across Africa. The report further finds that initiatives like International Mandela Day in South Africa “are illustrative of a concerted interest and effort in cultivating a caring society,” which promotes active citizenship and social cohesion.The findings of this report are echoed by the National Perceptions Audit conducted by Brand South Africa which finds that South Africa’s pride level stands at 80, active citizenship level at 68 and social cohesion level at 73. Fifty-three percent (53%) of citizens surveyed indicated that they would like to contribute to social programmes although they may not have the time and resources to do so which a further 29% indicated that are willing to contribute to programmes that help others.Children wave South African flags during an International Mandela Day event in Danville, Pretoria West. (Image: GCIS)It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa has partnered with the Going the Extra Mile programme (GEM) to develop an app which lists programmes and projects to which people can contribute. Using an app to communicate such projects is an innovate way in which to allow citizens to access information on a platform of their choice, in their own time, at their own leisure. The app is therefore intended to enable greater active citizenship cognisant of the fact that the South African brand is already strongly characterised by a spirit of active citizenship and service to others.Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to continue to play their part to enable growth and development in our country. Let International Mandela Day 2015 be the beginning of 365 Mandela Days.Participate in the conversation on #MandelaDay and #TimeToServelast_img read more

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New State Law Bumps Colorado Off Amazon’s Affiliate Map

first_imgTags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Online retailer Amazon has ended all Colorado-based affiliate accounts after a new law passed by the state’s legislature would have forced them to collect and pay state sales taxes. The law, HB 10-1193, states that any affiliate marketer making more than $10,000 for a retailer is declared a legal agent, and a state presence, of that company. Rather than be forced to pay the state taxes, Amazon has instead side-stepped the law by closing its doors to all affiliates based in Colorado. Residents of the state can still buy from Amazon and can even be referred by affiliates in other states, but the company’s affiliates in Colorado are out of luck. In a letter to its affiliates announcing the termination of their accounts on Monday, Amazon decried the new Colorado state law and encouraged affiliates to “express their views” to the General Assembly and to Governor Bill Ritter.“There is a right way for Colorado to pursue its revenue goals, but this new law is a wrong way,” Amazon wrote in a letter to it’s affiliates. “As we repeatedly communicated to Colorado legislators, including those who sponsored and supported the new law, we are not opposed to collecting sales tax within a constitutionally-permissible system applied even-handedly. The US Supreme Court has defined what would be constitutional, and if Colorado would repeal the current law or follow the constitutional approach to collection, we would welcome the opportunity to reinstate Colorado-based Associates.” A court decision in 1992 ruled that online retailers only have to pay state sales taxes to those in which they have a physical presence in, such as with offices or warehouses. Colorado’s new law says that affiliates represent a presence in the state, but in reality they are just marketing partners, not part of the company as the law suggests. Backlash yesterday was largely targeted at the Colorado legislature, and not at Amazon for ending the program. It makes more sense for Amazon to end their affiliate program in Colorado than to be forced to file state taxes, especially since they can still make money from customers in the state. By attempting to collect on taxes from online retailers, Colorado has effectively shot themselves in the foot; Amazon affiliates can no longer make any income which means less income tax for the state to collect. There are other companies through which to run an affiliate account, but why would they want to pay taxes either?“I should have come out very publicly about this when I first heard about it,” writes investor Brad Feld, himself one of Amazon’s discontinued Colorado affiliates. “I expect the Internet Affiliate business in Colorado will completely die within the next thirty days (every company that has an affiliate business will turn off all of their Colorado-based affiliates.)”The Colorado legislature should have foreseen this outcome – it’s not the first time Amazon has been forced to shut down affiliate programs. In July of 2009, Amazon closed off their programs in Rhode Island and North Carolina, and has previously sued over a law passed in New York in 2008. The suit, however, was eventually thrown out and Amazon has since been paying taxes for New York affiliates they feel are too valuable to give up.The decision in Colorado should make entrepreneurs and small business owners participating in similar affiliate programs in any state nervous, especially those in states with large deficits and small consumer markets. California’s budget woes and it’s large consumer economy could make a bad combination for Amazon who might be unwilling to give up their valuable affiliate program there if a similar law is enacted. The problem for affiliates in smaller states is that Amazon won’t think twice about shutting down their program there, as evidenced by Rhode Island and North Carolina. chris cameron Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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GBA’s Peter Yost Will Launch His Own Consulting Firm

first_imgPeter Yost, the technical director at Green Building Advisor and an educator and researcher in building science, will open his own consulting company in January.Yost is currently vice president of technical services and a principal at BuildingGreen, a specialty publisher founded by Alex Wilson in 1985. He’ll leave that company, which he joined in 2007, to open Building-Wright on January 1.“I love my job,” Yost said in announcing the move. “I get up each morning to an ever-changing blend of consulting, writing, teaching, and research. Moving from BuildingGreen to my own business, Building-Wright, is really about what time I get up in the morning, rather than what I will be doing.”Yost’s primary interest is in light-frame construction, although he’s happy to provide input on both residential and commercial buildings, old and new. His services will include design and material review for high-performance buildings, assessing old buildings for performance upgrades, technical writing on building performance, teaching, and research and product testing under real world conditions.Based in Brattleboro, Vermont, Yost said apps like GoToMeeting and FaceTime would allow him to work with clients just about anywhere. In fact, he said in an email, he is currently consulting on a project in Granada, Spain. “Who knew?” he said.Yost has a long history on the research side of the building industry, including stints at the National Association of Home Builders, as director of resource and environmental analysis at the NAHB Research Center, and as senior researcher at the Building Science Corporation. He’s also been a senior editor at Environmental Building News.The 63-year-old Yost serves on the adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and is a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He was the NAHB Educator of the Year in 2014 and holds a master of science degree in resource economics from the University of New Hampshire.He’ll continue in his role at GBA, which includes providing comments for the bi-monthly Q&A Spotlight.last_img read more

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Intel Dabbles In Science Fiction

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#science Navigating Mood MapsThat was the same theme evoked by Margie Morris, a clinical psychologist employed by Intel, whose “Mood Map” projected a collection of images collected by Instagram onto a similar photo wall – and attempted to sense their mood.Traditional sentiment analysis works fairly well for text; describing a person as “awesome,” for example, is almost always a positive statement. But photos can be a much more difficult nut to crack for a computer, which may be unaware of the photo’s context. Morris’ project used some easy clues – hashtags – to try and sense the mood, while the color of the filter provided others.“Instead of a thumbs up / thumbs down, you’re trying to establish an emotional connection,” Morris said.The Mood Map does two things, Morris explained: it provides an emotional “map” of the photos, outlining them in a particular color, according to the assessed mood. But it also allows users to track the emotional path of a particular image depending on the mood of the user, and assign their own “mood” tag to the image itself.Context Is KingA number of other demos also attempted to provide context, typically in a more generic way. A handful of Intel researchers are working on projects to sense context from a device’s sensors, most often the phone. For example, if the Intel research framework senses a user’s phone moving (because its owner is out jogging, for example), it won’t ring a user’s desk phone for a scheduled conference call. A related social framework would “sniff” the phone’s microphone and try to determine if the user was in a car, then send him a voice message instead of a text so as not distract the driver. All of this would require the user’s permission, of course.The overall goal, Intel said, was to eliminate what author Madeline Ashby called our “hermit crab” relationship with technology, where our digital history is defined by the devices that we have used, used up and discarded.This not only has implications for conservationists, but consumers and manufacturers alike: forging an emotional connection between consumer and technology means that users will likely value and hold on to an electronic device far longer than they would otherwise.Photos by Mark Hachman. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Dishing Out A Smart BowlTake, for example, the showcase exhibit: what Intel called “Display without Boundaries” – essentially an smart bowl. The display intelligently connected a video projector and Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows to create a projected image that interacted with the surface of the bowl. The bowl served as both a display and a controller. And the bowl not only sensed the user’s fingers, but photos could be “swiped” from the bowl to a more traditional wall-mounted display.“This could be my photo album, you know. I could touch those, bring them up on the wall, interact with them, enlarge them, this could be my photo wall,” said Carl Marshall, a graphics software architect and research scientist at Intel. The idea, he said, was not only to establish a display where ever it could be used, but to create an emotional connection between data and a physical object. Computers that simply do the sames things faster and faster are becoming boring. Been there, done that. But a device that can detect and interpret your emotions? Or intelligently organize a meeting, knowing that one of the participants is jogging at the time? That’s a more interesting proposition. Intel, perhaps surprisingly, is working on both.At the Intel Developer Forum this week, the chip giant has serious business on tap, presenting the latest iteration of its Core microprocessor line and laying out its software initiatives, including updates from its McAfee security division.On Monday, however, Intel debuted a book of science fiction stories. Dubbed Imaging the Future And Building It, the book includes a number of stories – from professional authors like Madeline Ashby and Karl Schroeder, plus more pedestrian efforts from analysts like Rob Enderle. But the most interesting bits come in the introduction – where Intel lays out its vision of the future.Over the last few years, Intel futurist Rob Johnson explains, Intel has been running a “futurecasting lab,” where the company whiteboards what the future will look like. The effects-based models help guide Intel’s product development; Intel is working on its 2019 model right now.Everything Changes In 2020In 2020, however, “something remarkable happens,” Johnson writes. “As we pass 2020, the size of meaningful computational power approaches zero.” In other words, with a microprocessor that small, you can put a computer in just about anything.“When you get intelligence that small, you can turn anything into a computer,” Johnson writes. “You could turn a table into a computer. All of a sudden, it’s possible to turn your shirt, your chair, even your own body into a computer.”And in some sense, that’s what Intel showed off in a series of demonstrations on Monday – intelligent interactions between various devices, some containing their own electronic eyes and ears. The goal was to use technology as a bridge between man and machine to facilitate context.If this sounds like the sort of blue-sky forecasting you might hear at an academic conference, you’re not far off. For years, Intel has employed a small team of anthropologists and other social scientists to translate what the company manufactures in its fabs into real-world technology. And this year it pushed into art. IT + Project Management: A Love Affair markhachmanlast_img read more