Australia names Bird of the Year


Canberra, Oct 8 | After almost two weeks of daily voting and eliminations from a shortlist of 50 of Australia’s most iconic and beloved birds, the superb fairywren was named as the country’s Bird of the Year on Friday.

The small bird accrued a whopping 13,998 votes in its final tally, reports Xinhua news agency.

The male fairywren has a rich blue and black plumage above its throat while females are largely brown with a red-orange area around their eyes and are a familiar sight in Australia’s urban parks and gardens.

The tawny frogmouth won the second place with 13,332 votes while the Gang-gang cockatoo in third place had 12,836 votes.

Birdlife Australia said this year a total of 450,000 votes were counted over the course of the competition.

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of New South Wales Will Cornwell said the competition was a great way for everyday Australians to engage with native birdlife and also highlights their cultural significance.

“I think conservation wise, activating people’s kind of cultural affinity for birds is really powerful. It is all positive,” he told Xinhua.

He said that Australia’s unique and diverse gamut of birdlife has long been baked into the nation’s culture.

“European settlers started to develop a sense that the birds, the native birds, are actually quite special… The traditional owners (Aboriginal Australians) who’ve been here for a much longer period of time already were well aware of this.”

He said that the competition has also drawn to light the fact that while some birds are considered a pest, like the magpie, which came in ninth and is known for swooping passers-by, people still form a relationship with them.

“Obviously, the magpie has mixed effects. But it’s a bird that lots of people see on a day-to-day basis and have… almost kind of relationships with (them), and that is kind of important.”

Source: IANS

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San Francisco, Dec 6 | Musk hiring engineers to solve problems that affects people’s lives. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk on Monday tweeted that he is hiring Artificial Intelligence (AI) engineers who are passionate about solving day-to-day problems through AI.

“As always, Tesla is looking for hardcore AI engineers who care about solving problems that directly affect people’s lives in a major way,” Musk tweeted along with a link to apply for the job.

Interested candidates can apply by filling in fields like name, email, exceptional work done in software, hardware or AI, dropping their resume in the PDF format and hitting the Apply option.

As per the website, Tesla’s AI and Autopilot unit develops and deploys autonomy at scale in vehicles, robots and more.

“We believe that an approach based on advanced for vision and planning, supported by efficient use of inference hardware, is the only way to achieve a general solution for full self-driving and beyond,” the website read.

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“There is no need even to have a college degree at all, or even high school,” Musk said during an interview with the German automotive publication Auto Bild about his hiring preferences more broadly.

“If somebody graduated from a great university, that may be an indication that they will be capable of great things, but it’s not necessarily the case. If you look at, say, people like Bill Gates or Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, these guys didna¿t graduate from college, but if you had a chance to hire them, of course that would be a good idea.”

Source: IANS


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