9月9日英语新闻:印尼总统宣布迁都计划 Indonesia's new capital city

9月9日英语新闻:印尼总统宣布迁都计划 Indonesia's new capital city



World's 1st 'digital human'

78-year-old Andrew Kaplan would like his loved ones to have access to his stories, even when he's no longer alive to share them: Globe-trotting war correspondent in his 20s, a member of the Israeli army who fought in the Six-Day War, successful entrepreneur and, later, author of numerous spy novels and Hollywood scripts.

Kaplan has agreed to become "AndyBot," a virtual person who will be immortalized in the cloud for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. If all goes according to plan, future generations will be able to "interact" with him using mobile devices or voice computing platforms, such as Amazon's Alexa, asking him questions, eliciting stories and drawing upon a lifetime's worth of advice long after his physical body is gone. 

Someday, Kaplan - who playfully refers to himself as a "guinea pig" - may be remembered as one of the world's first "digital humans." Today, a new generation of companies, like Eternime, Nectome and HereAfter, are hawking some approximation of virtual immortality - the opportunity to preserve one's legacy online forever.


Women recall specifics


Women have better recall when it comes to remembering specifics, according to new research by Swedish scientists. Females apparently have the edge when it comes to remembering features of a conversation or where missing objects might be because they fare better with episodic memory. Episodic memory is the ability to recall autobiographical events such as what happened last week or whether the cat was fed this morning.


The research also indicates women are better at remembering faces and recalling sensory memories such as smells. The research group based their findings on 617 studies that were conducted between 1973 and 2013. But researchers say that memories come in many forms and men do actually have the advantage sometimes. For instance, a male is more likely to be able to find his way back to the car because they are good at remembering information involving spatial processing.


1/3 youths cyberbullied


One in three young people in 30 countries said they have been a victim of online bullying, with one in five reporting having skipped school due to cyberbullying and violence, a new poll said Wednesday. Speaking out anonymously through the youth engagement tool U-Report, almost three-quarters of young people also said social networks, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, are the most common place for online bullying. 


More than 170,000 U-Reporters aged 13-24 years old participated in the poll released by UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the UN special representative of the secretary-general on violence against children, including young people from 30 countries in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. 


"Connected classrooms mean school no longer ends once a student leaves class, and, unfortunately, neither does schoolyard bullying," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. "Improving young people's education experience means accounting for the environment they encounter online as well as offline."


Indonesia's new capital city


A jungle-covered area on the east side of Borneo Island is set to be transformed into Indonesia's new capital city. Concerns over the sustainability of the congested and rapidly sinking political center of Jakarta prompted the need for a new capital. The relocation was announced by President Joko Widodo. Jakarta's rapid expansion in recent years has presented myriad environmental, economic and safety concerns, prompting the government to look elsewhere and ease the strain on the massive metropolis. 


The ambitious project to move the capital will likely cost around 486 trillion rupiah (about RMB244.2 billion), and officials have previously said the relocation could take about 10 years. No name has been given for the new site. The move requires parliamentary approval to be given the go-ahead.


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