Mark Zuckerberg in tears after watching Ramanujan Biopic, Pledges to create Ramanujan Foundation

Mark Zuckerberg and Sunder Pichai and various other people have joined hand to make a foundation of the name of Great Mathematician, 'Srinivasa Ramanujan'

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Ramanujan ( in the centre) at Cambridge. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • The film was named “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and is directed by Matthew Brown
  • The film will release in India on 29th April
  • Mark Zuckerberg and Sunder Pichai and various other people have joined hand to make a foundation of the name of Great Mathematician, ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’

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Yuri Milner a Russian billionaire and founder held a private screening of a biopic on the Great ‘Indian Mathematician’ Srinivasa Ramanujan’ at Silicon Valley in Los Atlos.  The film was named “The Man Who Knew Infinity” and is directed by Matthew Brown.

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Ramanujan is known for his achievements in mathematics like Hardy Ramanujan number, Ramanujan Theta function, Ramanujan constant, Ramanujan Conjecture and Ramanujan prime. The scientist was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, Padamshri and many others.

Indian Mathematician 'Srinivasa Ramanujan' (Source: Wikimedia commons)
Indian Mathematician ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’ Image Source: Wikimedia commons

The screening of the biopic was attended not only by Mark Zuckerberg (CEO and chairman Facebook), but also by Sergey Brin (founder of Google), Sundar Pichai (CEO of Google) and Brenden Iribe (Oculus VR CEO) and around fifty more people.

All those who were present at the screening were found in tears. All were watching the movie deeply at a dinner on Weekends in Silicon Valley. The film was on the life of Ramanujan who was born in Tamil Nadu, his struggles in village to all the mathematic discoveries and to the never fading fame in England.

CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (Reuters)
CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg (Reuters)

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The film was set in year 1913, and the role of Srinivasa Ramanujan was played by Dev Patel, a shipping clerk of 25 years of age and a genius who was thrown out of the college due to his unique way of solving things and understanding them and separate way to study the subject.

Although Ramanujan has no formal training of Math, he had contributed a lot to fractions, number system, infinite theories and number theories. Unfortunately Ramanujan died in 1920 when he was just 32 years old.

The film also includes other stars like Stephen Fry, Arundhati Nag, Jeremy Irons, Toby Jones and Devika Bhise. The film will release in India on 29th April.

Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg and Sunder Pichai and various other people have joined hands to make a foundation of the name of Great Mathematician, ‘Srinivasa Ramanujan’ to pay a tribute to the legendary mathematician.

-prepared by Aparna Gupta, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @writetoaparna99

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Google Adding 3 Million New Users on Meet App Daily, informs CEO Sundar Pichai

Emphasising that once the emergency is past, the world will not look the same, Pichai said that some social norms will change and many businesses are looking to reinvent their operations

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Emphasising that once the emergency is past, the world will not look the same, Pichai said that some social norms will change and many businesses are looking to reinvent their operations. Wikimedia Commons

As video conferencing becomes the new normal, Google is adding roughly 3 million new users on its Meets app daily and have seen a 30-fold increase in usage since January.

There are now over 100 million daily Meet meeting participants, according to Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. “Over 100 million students and educators are using Google Classroom, double the number from the beginning of March. We have seen a massive increase in demand for Chromebooks. Analysts have reported 400 per cent increase during the week of March 21 year-over-year. And schools and businesses in particular are using our secure video conferencing platform, Meet,” Pichai said during the earnings call late Tuesday.

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Emphasising that once the emergency is past, the world will not look the same, Pichai said that some social norms will change and many businesses are looking to reinvent their operations. “Ultimately, we’ll see a long-term acceleration of movement from businesses to digital services, including increased online work, education, medicine, shopping and entertainment. These changes will be significant and lasting,” said Pichai.

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As video conferencing becomes the new normal, Google is adding roughly 3 million new users on its Meets app daily and have seen a 30-fold increase in usage since January. Wikimedia Commons

People are spending significantly more time on their Android apps with downloads of apps from Google Play rising 30 per cent from February to March. “YouTube watch-time has also significantly increased. One area in particular is live streams. I hope you saw Andrea Bocelli on YouTube live on Easter, which just had over 39 million views and it was truly beautiful,” Pichai added.

Android previewed Android 11, which includes seamless 5G connectivity and a smarter keyboard with a faster messaging experience.

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“And as I mentioned, we have seen significant growth in play. There are now over 2.5 billion monthly active play devices worldwide. And in hardware, we saw a decline in device activations in the quarter due to falling customer demand globally. But I’m excited about the product roadmap ahead for the year, including yesterday’s launch of Pixel Buds 2,” informed Pichai. (IANS)

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“Google Takes Down Misleading Videos Related to Coronavirus Pandemic”, Says CEO Sundar Pichai

Meanwhile, Google said the coronavirus tracking and screening website that US President Donald Trump announced the company is building with 1,700 engineers is delayed to "later this week"

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Pichai said the company is partnering with the US government in developing a website dedicated to COVID-19 education, prevention, and local resources nationwide. Wikimedia Commons

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has taken down thousands of videos related to dangerous or misleading coronavirus information using its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology.

In a blog post, Pichai said that since January, Google has blocked hundreds of thousands of ads attempting to capitalize on the coronavirus pandemic. “Last week, we announced a temporary ban on all ads for medical masks and respirators,” he said on Monday.

“We continue to remove videos that promote medically unproven methods to prevent coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment. On Google Maps, our automated and manual review systems continue to take down false and harmful content such as fake reviews and misleading information about healthcare locations,” Pichai elaborated.

Meanwhile, Google said the coronavirus tracking and screening website that US President Donald Trump announced the company is building with 1,700 engineers is delayed to “later this week”. Google’s subsidiary Verily is building the website to direct people to testing facilities.

“With local and national guidance evolving rapidly, Google will continue working with relevant agencies and authorities to roll out a website later this week that will surface authoritative information for people in the US, including on screening and testing,” Google said in a statement.

Pichai said the company is partnering with the US government in developing a website dedicated to COVID-19 education, prevention, and local resources nationwide. “Right now on the Google homepage we’re promoting the “Do the Five” campaign to raise awareness of simple measures people can take to slow the spread of the disease, according to the WHO,” he informed.

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Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company has taken down thousands of videos related to dangerous or misleading coronavirus information using its Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based technology. Wikimedia Commons

“Do the Five” raises awareness of simple measures people can take to slow the spread of the disease, according to the World Health Organization. “On YouTube, we’re using the homepage to direct users to videos from the CDC or other locally relevant public health agencies. We’re highlighting content from authoritative sources when people search for COVID-19, and inserting information panels to provide additional context from high-quality sources,” Pichai said.

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Google is also witnessing more people using the premium features of Meet, its video conferencing app, which it made available to all G Suite customers at no cost until July 1.

“Through our philanthropic arm Google.org, we are committing $50 million to the global COVID-19 response, focusing on health and science, access to educational resources and small business support,” said Pichai. (IANS)

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Protesters Urge Facebook CEO to Not Share Misinformation Ads for US Politicians

Protesters urge Facebook not to run misinformation for US leaders

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Protestors rallied in front of a property owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in downtown San Francisco to urge him to stop profiting from misinformation ads for US politicians. Pixabay

Some advocacy groups in Bay Area rallied on Monday in front of a property owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in downtown San Francisco to urge him to stop profiting from misinformation ads for US politicians.

People from various cities in the Bay Area gathered outside Zuckerberg’s house on Presidents’ Day, which falls on Monday, to stage a “Wake the ZUCK Up” protest by chanting slogans and making noises with whistles to press him for making changes to his political ads policy, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Under current Facebook political ads policy, the Silicon Valley tech giant will not take any action against advertisements run by political leaders or groups even if they contain misinformation or lies, and those political ads, which target directly particular populations, creates “a completely distorted political dialogue,” Tracy Rosenberg, Executive Director of the San Francisco-based non-profit Media Alliance, said.

She criticized Facebook for using technology of artificial intelligence to manipulate ad content so that other people cannot see it at all.

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Under current Facebook political ads policy, the Silicon Valley tech giant will not take any action against advertisements run by political leaders or groups even if they contain misinformation or lies. Pixabay

The protesters called themselves as “fed-up Facebook users” who are not happy with what’s going on with Facebook. “We don’t want distorted information fed to us day after day for your personal profit,” Rosenberg stressed.

She said her organization will partner with other groups to contact some Facebook advertisers to press Zuckerberg’s company to take on greater “corporate social responsibility” and handle “political ads in a much better way.”

Monday’s event was organized by Media Alliance and another San Francisco non-profit Global Exchange, in partnership with other community and advocacy groups in the Bay Area.

On January 9, Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern said the company will continue to allow political ads on its platform including Instagram, despite possible false information in those ads run by politicians.

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He reasserted that “people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public. He argued that decisions about those topics should not be made by private companies like Facebook. (IANS)