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developed a framework that endows agents with the ability to ask for help in certain situations

“The team reported that the robot adjusted dynamically to unclear and erroneous human responses” writes Kyle Wiggers for venturebeat.com. They evaluated the robot on both its success rate and the number of steps taken, where “success” constituted a navigation error of less than 3 meters.That’s problematic for autonomous agents tasked with, say, navigating an apartment, because they run the risk of becoming stuck when presented with several paths.To solve this, researchers at Amazon’s Alexa AI division developed a framework that endows agents with the ability to ask for help in…

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Gang member who shot ATF agent in the head gets more than 16 years in prison

“A federal judge in Chicago sentenced a gang member to more than 16 years in prison for shooting an ATF agent in the head last year” writes Dec Cst for suntimes.com. Federal agents had been trying to replace a tracking device on a car in the 4400 block of South Hermitage.Godinez’s defense attorney, Gal Pissetzky, argued that Godinez should not be punished more because he shot a federal agent.A jury convicted Ernesto Godinez, 29, in June for the high-profile May 2018 shooting of ATF agent Kevin Crump. Source: suntimes.com

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New law allows Russia to register journalists as foreign agents

“The new law can apply to anyone who distributes content produced by media outlets registered as foreign agents and receives payments from abroad” writes Associated Press for nypost.com. MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill into law that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents.Individuals registered as foreign agents will be subject to additional government scrutiny.The bill extends an existing law involving foreign-funded media outlets. Source: nypost.com

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How the real estate commission gets divided among agents

“So each brokerage company (listing agent and buyers agent) gets 2.5 to 3 percent of the sales price” writes Ilyce Glink for washingtonpost.com. Being a real estate agent is expensive, too.Samuel J. Tamkin is a Chicago-based real estate attorney.There is a reason people continue to pay 5 percent to 6 percent to real estate companies — and not directly to the agents.You raise a good point about the expenses that go into running a real estate brokerage. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Iran says army and Guards helped quell unrest, blames ‘U.S. agents’

“DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian troops and members of the elite Revolutionary Guards helped police quell violent unrest in Kermanshah province this week, Iranian officials said on Saturday, accusing “U.S. agents” of being among the armed protesters” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Bahman Reyhani, the Revolutionary Guards commander in Kermanshah, said “the rioters belonged to anti-revolutionary (exiled opposition) groups and America’s intelligence services,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Source: 95kqds.com

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A look at what top Hollywood talent agencies are doing for YouTube creators and influencers

“Since the rise of YouTube influencers, Hollywood’s top talent agencies, from WME to UTA, have developed digital-focused departments, and now work with popular YouTube stars” writes Amanda Perelli for businessinsider.com. Some YouTube creators have both a talent manager and an agent to help build their digital brand.The best talent agents are there to help clients (with their managers) construct a lasting brand. And for more on the business of being an influencer, and a breakdown of how YouTube creators make their money, check out these Business Insider Prime stories below:. In…

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La Cosa Nostra mobster who staged robbery of N.J. pawn shop, dealt meth is going to prison

“A Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra mobster was sentenced Thursday for staging a robbery of a New Jersey pawnshop and check cashing business so the owner could collect insurance money, federal prosecutors said” writes Chris Sheldon for nj.com. The owner claimed the safe contained $60,000 in cash and eventually was paid the $174,025 claim by the insurance company.They bound the owner and then stole cash, jewelry and a gun from a safe in the business, according to the statement.Piccolo also sold meth to undercover FBI agents three times in 2017; once…

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Think your job is tough? Try being the human punching bag for airline passengers

“Over the loudspeaker, an agent announced that passengers needed to check in at the departure desk to receive new seat assignments” writes Elliott Hester for latimes.com. Under pressure to get flights out on time, an agent working the departure desk faces a barrage of questions to which they’re often forced to say no.I’ve seen passengers burst into tears, pound their fists on the departure desk, berate, scold and threaten to sue agents for issues beyond their control. As the agents processed hotel vouchers for 300 unhappy passengers, we flight attendants…

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