Qumu Searches for IT Professional for Upcoming Video
Qumu, the leading business video platform provider, understands the importance of IT professionals in the workplace. In celebration of their hard work, Qumu is looking for a real life SysAdmin to star in an upcoming Hollywood short film.
This isn’t Qumu’s first venture into film. Previously featured on Business Review Canada, Qumu saluted system administrators everywhere with their science-fiction short film directed by Gears of War video art director and filmmaker Jerry O’Flaherty. See the previous video here.
Qumu isn’t anywhere near done. Their first video was just the beginning of a series of films they plan to produce. Offering professional IT SysAdmins a chance of a lifetime, Qumu is inviting IT professionals to apply to star in their next film (which includes a trip to Hollywood). In addition to starring in the short film, the winner will dine with the cast and crew, and see behind the scenes film making. Accomodations include hotel room and limousine ride to the set. The application to enter the contest is located here.
Qumu and Harris Interactive recently found that video on mobile devices in the workplace has made SysAdmin jobs more complex. With 61 per cent of surveyed North Americans saying they believe companies should allow employees to use whichever mobile device they choose on work related tasks, only 9 per cent of those surveyed said they were aware of how video effects the speed and bandwith of a company’s wireless Internet. This shows that SysAdmins are working harder, with little to no empathy when it comes to video implementation at the office.
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“Not enough people know the challenges that IT professionals face or appreciate the work that we do,” said Ted Kekatos. “SysAdmins not only worry about electronic threats, but also power outages, fires and floods. When the email server goes down at 2 AM on a Sunday, your sysadmin is paged, wakes up, and goes to work. Now we are faced with a new challenge – video on mobile devices. Qumu’s new video illustrates the challenge in a fun way while also giving us the respect we deserve and the recognition we crave.”
Qumu CEO RayHood realizes that today’s SysAdmin’s are the reason many businesses are still in operation. “We know today’s challenge for the SysAdmin is made exponentially more complex now that they are being asked to support video consumption on any device their coworkers chose to use at work. That’s why we created this special video dramatizing the challenges the SysAdmin faces so more people will be aware that the SysAdmin is crucial to keeping their companies running.”
Dr Peng Wei: Designing the Future of Autonomous Aircraft
Air traffic is expected to double by 2037. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the world will need 37,000+ new passenger and freight aircraft, and more than half a million new pilots—unless we come up with another solution. Right now, a George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science professor, Dr Peng Wei, is starting to research autonomous electric aircraft design.
NASA will fund the research, which will study how to minimise risks for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). As Airbus states: ‘Autonomous technologies also have the potential to improve air traffic management, enhance sustainability performance and further improve aircraft safety’.
Who is Dr Wei?
An assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr Wei has researched aircraft control, optimisation, and AI and ML applications in aviation. Over the next three years, he’ll lead the US$2.5mn NASA grant project in collaboration with researchers from Vanderbilt, the University of Texas at Austin, and MIT’s Lincoln Lab.
Why is His Research Important?
Even though the wide adoption of self-piloting cars, much less aircraft, is still far down the road, technologies that Dr Wei and his colleagues are researching will form the commercial transport of the future. But aviation manufacturers, in order to produce autonomous aircraft, will have to meet extremely high safety standards.
‘The key challenge for self-piloting capabilities is how the system reacts to unforeseen events’, said Arne Stoschek, Wayfinder Project Executive at Acubed. ‘That’s the big jump from automated to autonomous’. In the air, AI-piloted aircraft will have to manoeuvre around adverse weather conditions, such as wind and storms, and other high-altitude risks, such as GPS hacking, cyberattacks, and aircraft degradation. And the stakes are high.
‘If a machine learning algorithm makes a mistake in Facebook, TikTok, Netflix —that doesn't matter too much because I was just recommended a video or movie I don't like’, Dr Wei said. ‘But if a machine learning algorithm mistake happens in a safety-critical application, such as aviation or in autonomous driving, people may have accidents. There may be fatal results’.
What Are His Other Projects?
In addition to the new NASA research, Dr Wei has been awarded three other grants to pursue AI-piloted aircraft:
- A 2-year grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in conjunction with West Virginia University and Honeywell Aerospace to investigate “learning-based” aviation systems
- A six-month SBIR Phase I NASA award with Intelligent Automation to mitigate airspace congestion at vertiports—the electric craft version of airports.
- A 1-year collaborative grant with the University of Virginia and George Mason University from the Virginia Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) to develop anti-cyber attack technologies and aviation video systems
Research like NASA and Dr Wei’s three-year programme will help improve how AI reacts and adapts to challenging air conditions. In coming years, autonomous aircraft will likely take off slowly, starting with small package delivery, then upgraded drones, and finally commercialised aircraft. But congestion issues will worsen until autonomous aircraft are the best alternative.
According to BBC Future, by 2030, commuters will spend nearly 100 hours a year in Los Angeles and Moscow traffic jams, and 43 cities will be home to more than 10 million people. The final verdict? Bring on the AI-operated transit.