SXSW 2015 Sessions Every Filmmaker Should Attend

first_imgWeb Influence on the Future of Music DocumentariesLearn from industry experts what the future holds for the music doc genre.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm – 4:30pmCultural Connections: TV, Digital and the New MainstreamWhat does the future hold for media?Austin Convention Center – Ballroom E5:00pm – 6:00pmFor more information regarding any of these sessions check out the film section on the SXSW website. We’ll see you there.Are you going to SXSW 2015? Let us know what you’ll be attending. Saturday, March 14Hyper-Reality TV and Online Video are a Perfect FitMorgan Spurlock and Dermot McCormack share insights into the future of reality TV online.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD9:30-10:30AMThe Future of Film Criticism: Diversify or DieHow does high-end film criticism fit in with an online audience?Austin Convention Center – 16AB12:30PM-1:30PMHacking Technology for Your Indie FilmNew technologies are ushering in new methods for distribution.InterConenential Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B12:30 – 1:30PMStudio Star Power: How Casting Really WorksLearn how Hollywood casting directors use talent to drive film production.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmCinema Culture: The Power of Communal ExperienceA curios look at how to film world should appeal to millennials.Austin Convention Center – Room 151:10pm-1:25pmWhy the Future of Film Depends on Social MediaIf your film isn’t on social media it’s dead. Find out how to effectively use social media to the filmmaking processAustin Convention Center – Room 152:00pm-2:15pmThe Link Between Social Media and Box OfficeHow do retweets translate to movie tickets?Austin Convention Center – Room 152:20pm-2:35pm A Conversation with Jeff Nichols and Michael ShannonJeff Nichols and Michael Shannon share how collaboration helped them create “Take Shelter” and “Mud”.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB3:30PM-4:30PMDIY Filmmaking Tips and TechniquesPractical solutions for low budget films.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm-3:45pmA Guide to Live Action 360 VR Filmmaking360 degree footage is helping to make VR filmmaking a reality, here’s a quick overview of how it’s done.InterContentnial Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmIs This Normal? A Look at Success in Indie FilmWhat does success look like in the indie-film community?Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmStory of a Working-Class ScreenwriterLearn what a day in the life of a screenwriter looks like.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:50-4:05pm Tuesday, March 163D Printing in the MoviesLearn how Hollywood is using 3D printers to create props and sets.Four Seasons – San Jacinto9:30am – 10:30amHollywood to Silicon Valley: Making a MegahitWhat makes movies successful in the 21st century?Four Seasons – Ballroom AB9:30am – 10:30amThe Future of Concerts on TVConcerts are dwindling in popularity on TV, find out how industry experts are trying to save this genre.Four Seasons – San Jacinto11:00am – 12:00pmWho’s Going to Fund Your Web SeriesYou’ve got a great idea now all you need is some money to see it through, so where is that money going to come from?Four Seasons – San Jacinto12:30pm – 1:30pmBoyhood Post-Production: 13th Year of a 12 Year MovieHow do you edit a film that has 12 years worth of footage?Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB2:00pm – 3:00pmMaking Art While Entertaining the InternetHow to get mass audiences to enjoy your artistic work online.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B2:00pm – 3:00pmOther People’s Money: Investors and CrowdfundingYou don’t have to choose between investors and crowdfunding.Austin Convention Center – Room 9ABC2:00pm – 3:00pmSomething from Nothing: The No-Budget WayLearn how to create a film without a big budget.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B2:00pm – 3:00pmIntellectual Property in Film and Interactive MediaWho REALLY owns your work?Austin Convention Center – Room 9ABC3:30pm – 4:30pmOnline Success Without Cat Videos or Crotch HitsThere’s a fine line between giving your audience what they want and losing integrity.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmShorts Filmmaker Meet UpMeet-up with other short filmmakers at the SFA Bar.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – SFA Bar3:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday, March 15The Cast of Community on Moving to DigitalLearn what digital distribution means for the cast of the hit show “community”.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD11:00am – 12:00pmFor Hollywood, The Future is Not Evenly DistributedLearn how Hollywood creates scarcity in an online world.Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:30pm – 12:45pmTo Window or Not to Window: Film Release StrategiesThere are a lot of different ways to release your film in the 21st century.Austin Convention Center – 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmGoody Guys vs. Bad GuysWhy do audiences love bad guys in movies?Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:50pm – 1:05pmCan A Film Be Banned in the US?Free speech doesn’t mean movies aren’t censored.Austin Convention Center – Room 151:10pm – 1:25pm 10 Lessons From a Decade Behind the Scenes at PixarLearn how experts at Pixar help to create magical stories.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmA Conversation with Sally FieldAcademy Award winner Sally Field shares insights about her 50 year career.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB3:30pm – 4:30pmHit A Home Run With Content Creation and StreamingHulk Hogan (I kid you not) shares how to create interesting and engaging content.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmcenter_img Heading to Austin for South by Southwest? Check out the 64 can’t-miss sessions for filmmakers or video pros attending SXSW 2015.It’s that time of year again! Since 1987, South by Southwest has showcased the best in music, film, and interactive design, and this year is proving to be no different. Whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter, or just an interested fan of film, SXSW 2015 will be an amazing opportunity to grow your skills and learn from leaders in the industry.This year, like years past, there will be hundreds of sessions, screenings, and events which is great – though it can certainly be overwhelming. To make the information a little more digestible, we’ve rounded up our favorite SXSW sessions for filmmakers. The list is ordered by date:Friday, March 13An Insiders Guide to SXSW FilmLearn how to maximize your time at SXSW with this helpful first day session.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB2:00-3:00pmA Conversation with Ryan Gosling and Guillermo Del ToroA casual conversation with Guillermo Del Toro and Ryan Gosling, featuring discourse regarding Gosling’s directorial debut “Lost River”.Austin Convention Center – Vimeo Theater3:30-4:30pmFilmmaking Cues from Top Sports CinematographersLearn how sports cinematographer bring storytelling to the MLB and NFL.Four Seasons – San Jacinto3:30-4:30PMSuspension of Disbelief in Virtual RealityLearn how VR developers are helping to blur the line between artificial and reality.Hyatt Regency Austin – Zilker Ballroom 45:00-6:00PM Monday, March 16Breaking the Fourth Wall: Audience Participation in the Digital AgeLearn how new technologies are helping to make audiences a part of the filmmaking process.Four Seasons – San Jacinto11:00am – 12:00pmCanon Spotlight: The Cinematography of ComedyComedy masters share how they use modern cameras to help add laughs to their films.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B11:00am – 12:00pmExploring Storytelling in the Digital AgeLearn a few new ways to tell stories in the digital age.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB11:00am – 12:00pmForget Screens: Immersive Content Lives EverywhereLearn how artists are using projection mapping to take video from screens to walls.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD11:00am – 12:00pmHow Potato Salad Killed/Saved CrowdfundingA professional discussion about the future of crowdfunding.Austin Convention Center – Next Stage11:00am – 12:00pmCreating the Shows That We LikeLearn how ‘The Last Man on Earth’ is using unique concepts to make audiences laugh.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB12:30pm – 1:30pmA Drama Nirvana: How to Create a Multiplatform HitYou don’t have to just get your film in theaters for it to be a success.Four Seasons – San Jacinto12:30pm – 1:30pmFinding A TV Partner in A Digital WorldJust because we’re in the digital age doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to distributing your docs to broadcasters.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB12:30pm – 1:30pmFor Those About to Lock: The Editing WorkshopLearn how to fix mistakes in the editing bay.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B12:30pm – 1:30pmHow New Technology is Changing War Zone FilmmakingLearn how filmmakers make powerful films in disaster zones using only a camera.Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:30pm – 1:30pmIndependent Directors on Working with ActorsA relationship between director and actor is vital.Austin Convention Center – 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmTool-Kit for Crafting an Interactive DocumentaryA quick guide to interactive web-based storytelling.Austin Convention Center – Austin Suite12:30pm – 1:30pm House of Cards from Page to ScreenScreenwriter Beau Willimon shares how took “House of Cards” from page to screen.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmHow to make a LAIKA Film In 300,000 Camera ClicksLearn how animators from Laika created The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm – 3:45pmInternational Filmmakers Meet UpFilmmakers from around the world meeting together to build relationships and network.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – SFA bar3:30pm – 4:30pmHand-drawn Animation: Magic Between the SheetsLearn how hand drawn animation brings classic animation techniques to the 21st century.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:50pm – 4:05pmPixar’s LAVA: Telling a Story Through SongLearn how Pixar uses music to tell the story in their latest “Lava” short.Austin Convention Center – Room 154:10pm – 4:25pm Art of Amazing: 4K Film from Conception to ViewingLearn how 4KAustin Convention Center – Room 152:00pm – 3:00pmHow Next-Gen Filmmakers are Changing HollywoodLearn how services like YouTube are changing the film landscape.Austin Convention Center – Next Stage2:00pm – 3:00pmSound Designing Authenticity in DocumentaryA discussion about creating believable soundscapes in documentaries.InterContinental Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B2:00pm – 3:00pmDIY Theatrical Distribution for Independent FilmsDistribution services are expensive. Learn what the distribution process looks like for indie-films.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmFilm Finance and Distribution in 2015Learn a few ways to distribute your film in 2015.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmShould You Develop Your Film Into a TV Series?TV has come a long way in the last few years with more and more TV series taking filmic approaches to storytelling.Four Seasons Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmGame of Thrones: Creating Immersive EntertainmentLearn how the filmmakers of Game of Thrones brought their world to life on and off screen.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB5:00pm – 6:00pmInfinity and Beyond: Pixar and 20 Years Since Toy StoryA few things Pixar has learned in their 20+ years of animation.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD5:00pm – 6:00pmlast_img read more

Additional Performers Added To Concert For America Stand Up Sing Out

first_imgConcert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! has announced the full cast of artists and creators who will perform at the first concert of the monthly series, taking place today, January 20th, at The Town Hall in New York City at 3:00pm EST.The sold-out show – created and produced by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley – will feature performances and appearances by Betty Buckley, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Brian d’Arcy James, Sharon Gless, Judy Gold, Richard Kind, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Caissie Levy, Beth Malone, Carrie Manolakos, Stephanie Mills, Jessie Mueller, Kate Mulgrew, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Piper Perabo, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Caroline Rhea, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Shayna Steele, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ben Vereen, Lillias White, Betsy Wolfe and more.For those who cannot attend, concerts of the monthly series will be live streamed on Concert4America2017.org. The broadcast will be directed by Emmy Award winner Debbie Miller.Proceeds benefit several national organizations working to protect human rights, including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, and Sierra Club Foundation. Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, will attend the concert and be a featured speaker as part of Friday’s program.Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids with the support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Additional concert locations for the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! series will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Province of Alberta puts residential school experience on education curriculum

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe province of Alberta announced today its education curriculum will now include lessons on residential schools. The announcement was made at the final Truth and Reconciliation national event in Edmonton.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.last_img

PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY

first_img Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Dec 2014 – PECULIAR WEATHER EVENT TODAY brings extremely high tides, fierce white caps along the reef all day and surges in Blue Hills (at least).It warrants more research but Blue Hills fishermen tell MM the surge was troublesome and brought waves way inshore.Seaweed is the only evidence now but even now an ominous cloud paints a gorgeous picture across the NW skies of Provo. Related Items:blue hills, seaweeds, Tci weather Fiery explosion kills Blue Hills man Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Administration announces plan to ease Blue Hills traffic congestionlast_img read more

How Infosys TCS Wipro Tech Mahindra are expected to perform in June

first_imgWith the earnings season for the current financial year all set to begin, analysts have started making their forecasts for companies across sectors.The spotlight, as always, will be more on information technology (IT) services companies. Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Wipro, HCL Technologies and Tech Mahindra will continue to be in focus in the run up to the announcements of their June quarter results.Profit margins of Infosys, TCS and Wipro are most likely to be hit due to the salary hikes announced during the last quarter, according to ICICI Securities. From a revenue growth perspective, Infosys and TCS are expected to lead, while Wipro and Tech Mahindra are projected to lag in revenue growth, it added. The Brexit factor is bound to impact some of the companies.Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies have the highest revenue contribution from Europe, including the U.K., at 29 and 28 percent, respectively, while it is 23 and 26 percent for Infosys and TCS, respectively, according to Edelweiss Securities Ltd.Here is a round-up of how analysts are expecting major IT companies to perform:InfosysThe Bengaluru-based company is expected to have grown 4.2 percent in revenues owing to deal wins in the recently-ended financial year, according to Edelweiss Securities Limited. “We anticipate no major disappointments in Q1,” said the brokerage.The company’s growth will be mainly on account of momentum in deal wins — TCV of $2.8 billion in FY16 vs $1.9 billion in FY15 — aggressive participation in the transformation deals market and investments in IMS and digital technologies.ICICI Securities Ltd. made a similar projection for the country’s second-largest software services exporter. “We expect Infosys to report revenue growth of 3.7 percent in constant currency terms with cross currency a tailwind of ~50bps. Revenue growth in dollar terms should be 4.2 percent,” the brokerage said.In its guidance for 2016-17, Infosys had said it expected revenues to rise 11.5 to 13.5 percent in constant currency terms during 2016-17. The company does not give quarterly guidance.On Monday, Infosys stock closed at Rs. 1,184.25, up almost 1.04 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Also read: Infosys shares fall 4% on COO Pravin Rao’s warning of ‘quarterly bumps up and down’Infosys ADRs rise 8% on Nasdaq, employees get 6-12% salary hikeTCSThe Mumbai-based Tata Group company is likely to see its profit margins shrink on account of wage hike and visa cost, though revenues are likely to post growth broadly in line with expectations. “We estimate TCS to post 3.1 percent QoQ revenue growth, implying almost 3.6 percent constant currency spurt,” Edelweiss said.The company’s topline is also likely to be impacted in the coming quarters, given that it derives about 14 percent of its revenues from Britain. “Changed economic conditions due to Brexit could impact TCS the most on account of 14% GBP exposure—major concern,” the brokerage said.TCS shares closed 0.28 percent lower at Rs. 2,494.80 apiece on the BSE on Monday.WiproThe third-largest software services exporter had given an IT revenue guidance of  $1,901 million to $1,939 million for the June quarter in constant currency terms. “We expect Wipro to deliver dollar revenue growth of 2.4 percent QoQ with ~40bps of growth contributed by cross currency. Wipro had guided for growth in constant currency terms of 1-3 percent in Q1FY17,” ICICI Securities said.Also read: Wipro Q4 net profit falls 1.6%; company raises Q1 FY2017 IT revenue guidance to $1,901-1,939 millionWipro stock closed at Rs. 560.10, a gain of 0.30 percent from its previous close.HCL TechnologiesThe revenue projections are bullish for the company but not profit margins. “We estimate HCLT to log 6.6% and 7.0% USD and CC revenue growth, respectively. We have factored in USD65mn revenue from Volvo and organic growth of 3.0% in constant currency. We expect EBITDA margin to contract 170bps QoQ impacted by lower margins in the inorganic business and visa cost,” said Edelweiss Securities.The stock closed at Rs. 746.30, up 2.04 percent from its previous close.Tech MahindraTech Mahindra is one of those companies that derive a significant portion of its revenues from the U.K. The company is projected to post marginal growth for the June quarter. “We expect overall revenues to grow by 0.2% QoQ to $1,025 million,” ICICI Securities said.”We expect overall new-deal intake to remain healthy in the US$250mn-300mn range with the intake equally dispersed across Enterprise and Communication segments,” it added.Shares of Tech Mahindra stock closed at Rs. 517.35, up 1.11 percent from their close on the BSE.last_img read more

Tea stalls at TSC shut down

first_imgA collected photo shows the TSC area of Dhaka University. Long run tea stalls of this area are forbidden to sit any more from Tuesday morning.The tea stalls in front of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University have been shut down.On Monday night, the owners of the tea stalls were asked to move elsewhere, according to the tea sellers.They said they were stopped when they tried to open their stalls on Tuesday morning.However, the university’s proctorial body did not say the reason for this, they added.TSC director AM Mohiuzzaman told Prothom Alo that he was unaware of any such directive.Proctor Golam Rabbani said there was no specific directive concerning the tea stalls at TSC. However, the tea and food served at these stalls are unhygienic, he observed.last_img read more

Church leaders pray for Ethiopian Airlines crash victims as they grieve for

first_imgFredrick Nzwili Share This! Share This! Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 March 14, 2019 at 8:18 am Zora says: Fredrick Nzwili,1 Comment Click here to post a comment Some Rohingya refugees prefer death in Bangladesh over repatriation to Myanmar Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – Amid shock and grief after the Ethiopian Airline crash, leaders from the world’s faith traditions gathered in Nairobi for a United Nations event, united in prayer on Monday (March 11) for the 157 victims of the air disaster, among them a Roman Catholic nun and a Catholic and a Lutheran priest.Some 5,000 delegates to the U.N. Environment Assembly, meeting at the U.N.’s Nairobi campus this week, held a moment of silence for 22 of their number who died on their way to the assembly.“I stand before you this morning with a very heavy heart, as we mourn the loss of our sisters and brothers, our colleagues, delegates and members of the United Nations family in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines plane crash,” Maimunah Mohd Sharif, acting director of the U.N. Office in Nairobi, told the gathering.“In the wake of this tragedy, it has been difficult to navigate how to proceed without showing respect to the many lives lost yesterday. I want to assure … that as the day and week unfolds … we will not forget this tragedy, nor those that perished with it.”In a tent set aside for clergy on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting, leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Baha’i and Judaism took turns to offer the prayers. The leaders are hosting a side event at the assembly dubbed “Faith for Earth.”“We have gathered here to pray for those who have lost their lives in an untimely manner. May God comfort and give strength to their families. We are sad, but there is nothing we can do now,” said Nigeria’s Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, president of the Strength in Diversity Development Center.Nigerian Imam Shefiu Abdulkareem Majemu, left, prays for victims of the Ethiopian air disaster with other religious leaders during a United Nations event in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 11, 2019. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili“We remember all the nations that have lost their citizens in the tragedy,” said Anglican Bishop Julius Wanyoike of Thika Diocese in Kenya. “At this time we pray for blessing. May grace be sufficient.”“Help us to understand why a ship could crash into the earth with people from different nationalities,” said Israeli Rabbi Yonatan Neril, executive director of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development in Jerusalem.The jetliner en route to Nairobi crashed near the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu soon after takeoff from the Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday. The international aid community was hit hard by the crash, as Nairobi and Addis Ababa are hubs for relief and development work.The Rev. Norman Tendis, an Austrian Lutheran priest and a consultant for the World Council of Churches, was killed in the downed Boeing jet, as were the Rev. George Mukua and Sister Florence Wangari Yongi, both Roman Catholics.Four relief workers from Catholic Relief Services who were traveling to attend a training in Nairobi were also killed.In all, 35 nations were affected by the crash, the second involving Boeing’s 737 Max 8, a relatively new model, in the past six months. Some countries have grounded the 737 Max 8s in their fleets.The tragedy hit Kenya hardest, with 32 citizens lost. Canada followed with 18, while Ethiopia lost nine. The U.S., Italy and China lost eight each and Britain seven.“It’s a difficult time. Our hearts go to the family, a friend and our dear brother Norman,” said Arnold Temple, a Sierra Leonean Methodist and president of the All Africa Conference of Churches, referring to Tendis.Mukua, a Kenyan in his second year as a Mariannhill missionary priest, was returning to Nairobi from Rome via Addis Ababa.“As his confreres we are shaken by this tragic death and ask for your continued prayers for him and especially his family. May the soul of Fr. George … and all passengers that have died rest in eternal peace,” wrote the Rev. Patrick Chongo, a fellow priest, on Facebook.Yongi was traveling to Kenya from Kisangani, in Congo, where she had worked as a missionary for three and a half years. She was returning to Kenya to renew her passport. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Internet work opportunities are becoming a trend all over the over world nowadays. 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2020 Census May Ask White People To Get Specific About Their Ethnicity

first_img Share blackwaterimages/Getty ImagesIf the White House approves a proposal to change how the government collects race and ethnicity data, white people in the U.S. may be asked to check off boxes about their ethnic background. But on this 2010 Census form, answering “white” was enough to respond to the race question.“White” has been a constant of the U.S. census.Other racial categories for the national headcount have come and gone over the centuries. But “white” has stuck ever since U.S. Marshals went door-to-door by horseback for the first census in 1790, tallying up the numbers of “free white males” and “free white females,” plus “all other free persons” and “slaves.”Census takers determined who counted as “white” or any other race. That changed in 1960, when U.S. residents were first allowed to self-report their race. Since then, just answering “white” has been enough to respond to the race question.But the upcoming census in 2020 may ask those who identify as white to explore their family tree to share their ethnic background as well. Anyone who checks off the “white” box could also mark boxes for groups such as “German,” “Irish” and “Polish” or write in another option.That change depends partly on whether the White House approves proposals to modify how the federal government collects race and ethnicity data. They originated when President Obama was still in office, and now it’s up to the Trump administration to approve or reject them. If approved, the Census Bureau may move forward with this new way of asking people of all races about their identities on the 2020 questionnaire.Friday is the deadline for the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, which sets standards for this kind of data for all federal agencies, to announce its decisions on the proposals. Any policy changes would come at a time of heightened awareness of white nationalist calls against multiculturalism and growing partisan divides over issues about race in the U.S.Research by the Census Bureau suggests the proposals could produce a more accurate count in 2020. In a report released in February, the bureau’s researchers write that the suggested changes are responding to a public “call for more detailed, disaggregated data for our diverse American experiences as German, Mexican, Korean, Jamaican, and myriad other identities.”‘It could change the discussion’ Asking white people about their ethnic background is not a new concept for the census. Recent census forms, including the questionnaire used in 2010, have asked all recipients about their ethnicity specifically in terms of “Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.” A question about a person’s ancestry or ethnic origin was first included in the 1980 Census and remained on some forms as recently as 2000. Past forms have asked for a person’s place of birth, the countries where the person’s mother and father were born and languages spoken other than English.Those questions about ancestry and ethnicity, though, were presented separately from the race question. Asking about race and ethnicity together in a combined question may seem like a minor, technical detail. But some scholars who study white identity say it could have major implications.“I think it could change the discussion,” says historian Nell Irvin Painter, who wrote The History of White People. “Masses of Americans think of their census racial identification as their real identification, as if it carried more than just policy implications.”The federal government has distilled whiteness into a bureaucratic definition to collect information for redrawing legislative districts, enforcing anti-discrimination laws and measuring health effects. Since 1977, “white” in government data describes anyone “having origins in any of the original peoples” of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa. (Another proposal the White House is considering could reclassify people of Middle Eastern or North African descent as a distinct racial group separate from “white.”)‘Whiter than others’For many white people, though, whiteness today has more to do with their experience living in the U.S. than their ties to “original peoples.”“The ethnicity component for whites is pretty much meaningless now for people that have been in the U.S. for so long their ethnicity is so diluted,” says Charles Gallagher, a sociologist at La Salle University in Philadelphia who studies whiteness.Gallagher adds that some white people from families with long histories in the U.S. may connect with a “dime-store ethnicity” — an identity they can pick and choose to emphasize from their family trees. It allows white people, he says, to connect with the American immigration story without much, if any, social cost.“At one time if you’re Italian or if you’re Irish in the U.S., it meant quite a bit in terms of having access to resources. That is just no longer the case,” he says.Still, Gallagher worries about the timing of this proposed change to how the Census Bureau asks about race and ethnicity in light of growing attention on white nationalist groups.“This was done basically through a lens of multiculturalism that allowed whites to embrace their own ancestry, as well as other groups doing the same thing. How it could get used in this climate, I think, is a little different,” says Gallagher.“[The alt-right] people are going to mark ‘German’ or they’re going to mark a category that allows them to connect to this idea of Europe,” he says. “But that’s a very small part of the population.”Terry Blastenbrei of Kansas City, Mo., who has identified as white on the census, shares those concerns.“We see some folks as whiter than others as it were. And so that’s, I think, a potential issue that we could see develop if we start breaking it down even further,” says Blastenbrei, who works as an operations manager for what he describes as progressive political campaigns.Still, if ethnicities are added under “white” on the 2020 Census, Blastenbrei says he would consider checking off multiple boxes.“A lot of people assume by looking at my last name that I’m probably German, but I come from so many different backgrounds,” he says, citing ancestors from other European countries including Luxembourg, France and Poland.A ‘bad idea’?For Painter, the historian, drawing ethnic distinctions among white people on the 2020 Census could be seen as harkening to earlier ideas about white identity that valued Anglo-Saxon heritage.“That is a throwback to the early 20th century when educated Americans and non-educated Americans thought there was more than one white race,” she says, referring to days when skull measurements were used to determine racial superiority among white people.Painter does not approve of the government asking white people about their ethnic backgrounds in 2020. The state of white identity today, she adds, is “utter confusion,” largely undefined between two poles of being white – either sharing the extremist views of white nationalists or not having a race in order to be an individual instead.“Given that white identity operates most easily in the shadows, that is to say it’s not queried, I think bringing it out and asking people to dwell on it is a bad idea,” Painter says.But Karen Brodkin, an anthropologist who wrote How Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America, would welcome the changes to the census.“I would rather be named and visible in all of my diversity,” says Brodkin, who says she would check off the “white” box and write in “Jewish” on her census form in 2020.Brodkin is concerned that the specified check boxes and suggestions for ethnicities under “white” as currently proposed by the Census Bureau are all from western Europe except for “Polish.” The bureau’s researchers chose the options based on the largest groups from Europe currently in the U.S. As their February report notes, “The categories included in the questionnaire generally reflect social definitions recognized in [the U.S.], and do not attempt to define groups biologically, anthropologically, or genetically.”Still, Brodkin says Jewish identity may be hard to fit into the boxes the Census Bureau is considering. The bureau is not allowed to require people to report their religious affiliation. But some Jewish people who identify as white on the census consider their ethnicity as Jewish, which census participants would have to write in themselves.“I think the debate would be, ‘Gee, we’re not really white,’ ” Brodkin says. “Another would be, ‘I’m Sephardic … and there’s no place for me here.’ “The Census Bureau must submit the final wording of the upcoming census questions to Congress by the end of March 2018.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Quantum computing Entanglement may not be necessary

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — It is a truth universally acknowledged that quantum computing must have entanglement. Measuring light and vacuum fluctuations from a time flow perspective “Entanglement,” Andrew White tells PhysOrg.com, “is normally considered a non-negotiable part of quantum information processing. In fact, if you told me a couple of years ago that you could do quantum computing without entanglement, I would have been pretty skeptical – to say the least!” White says that he first heard the idea of non-entanglement quantum computing from Carl Caves. “I was intrigued when Professor Caves, on sabbatical here in Australia from New Mexico, mentioned that there were sober predictions that entanglement wasn’t always necessary.”White leads a team of young experimental scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Ben Lanyon, Marco Barbieri, Marcelo Almeida and White have been studying deterministic quantum computing with only one pure qubit (DQC1). “Entanglement is not the final story on what makes quantum information processing powerful,” White insists. The Australian team’s results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.”“Normally, in order for quantum computing to work,” White explains, “we need to encode the information into quantum bits—qubits—which are in a noise-free pure state. It’s known that the entanglement between these is what makes standard quantum computing powerful.” He continues, “With a DQC1 scheme, you only have to have one pure qubit, and the rest can be noisy or mixed.” The idea behind quantum information processing using entanglement is that noiselessness has to be applied in order to provide a substantial advantage over classical computing. DQC1, though, could potentially offer a more efficient and less resource-intensive method of quantum computing, since entanglement would no longer be a necessity.“For this demonstration,” White says, “we used the smallest possible example: a circuit with just two qubits, one pure and one mixed. We ran a phase-estimation algorithm as a small example, and found in every setting there was zero entanglement, but that most of the states couldn’t be described efficiently in a classical manner.”White points out that this is suggestive that there are other possibilities, beyond entanglement, that contribute to the power provided by quantum information processing. “We’re still chewing through the implications,” he says. “This is not a universal panacea,” White admits. “For some problems and algorithms you just need pure qubits and entanglement, problems such as Shor’s algorithm. However, there are applications and problems where the DQC1 method will work quite well, and will be more efficient than trying to get qubits that are all pure.”With so many different architectures and schemes for quantum computing – all of them trying to create a system in which all the qubits are pure – it is rare to see a group looking to find applications for a quantum information system that makes allowances for impurity and the introduction of noise – insisting that entanglement is not necessary. “The fact is that certain classes of problems don’t need entanglement, and they don’t need all of the purity. In some cases, all that is needed is one pure qubit and the rest could be mixed. Really, with DQC1, you don’t have to work as hard as you think you do.”We are starting to build more complicated algorithms to get an idea of where this could go. Regardless, the idea that entanglement may not be necessary for some types of quantum computing is big news.”More information: B. P. Lanyon, M. Barbieri, M. P. Almeida, and A. G. White. “Experimental Quantum Computing without Entanglement.” Physical Review Letters (2008). Available online: link.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v101/e200501 . Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Quantum computing: Entanglement may not be necessary (2008, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-quantum-entanglement.htmlcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more