[Anglican Journal] General Synod, the governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada, ended 2011 with a deficit of CAN$65,000 (US$63,414), due to a decline in expected revenue of CAN$808,000 (US$788,288), according to Treasurer Michele George.Reviewing General Synod’s financial results for 2011 at the spring meeting here of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), George explained that the budget of CAN$12 million (US$11.71 million) had planned for a surplus of CAN$18,000 (US$17,557). Instead, a loss on investments, a decline in proportional giving from dioceses and lower than anticipated results from annual appeals led to a shortfall.General Synod was able to use 20% of CAN$2 million (US$1.95 million) in undesignated legacies to help cover the shortfall, George told delegates.The 2011 results show that budgeting revenue remains a challenge for General Synod, said George, adding that, “We’re clearly struggling at the moment.” Although General Synod has always budgeted conservatively when it comes to investment income, this year, it is being “more diligent” in monitoring revenue. If necessary, other sources of funding may need to be identified or work deferred, she said.“Resources for Mission, particularly the annual appeals, were disappointing and resulted in a shortfall of CAN$752,000 (US$733,443),” according to the financial management committee report to CoGS. The shortfall was partially cushioned by a reserve of $200,000 and partly from undesignated legacies.Proportional giving fell short of budget by CAN$273,000 (US$266,262), but part of the loss was cushioned by another reserve of CAN$200,000 (US$195,064), according to the financial management committee report to CoGS.The continued volatility of global investment markets resulted in a loss of more than CAN$300,000 (US$292,622) in market value of the investments, the report added. The 2011 budget had anticipated more than CAN$150,000 (US$146,318) in investment revenue but instead lost CAN$164,000 (US$159,974). “We were off budget by CAN$83,000 (US$80,974),” George said in an interview.Vianney (Sam) Carriere, director of resources for mission, said that one of several possible reasons for the under-performance of the Anglican Appeal was that “the original estimate of the revenues may have been too high.” He pointed out that the other fundraising campaigns in the national church, including the Anglican Journal Appeal and the Gifts for Mission catalog, met their targets in 2011.The good news, said Carriere, who is also director of communications and information resources, is that the Anglican Appeal campaign already appears to be ahead of its target for this year. “So we’re hoping that last year was a blip and that we’ll recover.” In addition, efforts are underway to strengthen all three fundraising campaigns through the integration of campaign staff and resources. “Hopefully it will pay off,” said Carriere.The council, in three separate resolutions, approved the 2011 financial statements of General Synod, the Consolidated Trust Fund, and the Resolution Corporation.— Marites N. Sison is staff writer for the Anglican Journal. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI By Marites N. 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today (September 1, 2016) morning, at the 2016 Baidu World Congress, Baidu founder, chairman and CEO Robin Li spent more than 1 hours to talk about Baidu’s achievements in artificial intelligence, Baidu brain". Covering four areas of speech, image, Natural Language Processing and user portrait.
Wu Enda, chief scientist of
Baidu is more straightforward to say in a speech: "Baidu is an artificial Intelligent Company."
Robin Li said that Baidu has built a large scale of the brain neural network, with trillions of parameters, hundreds of billions of samples, hundreds of billions of features training, can simulate the working mechanism of the human brain. Its IQ has advanced, in some capacity even beyond the human.
in terms of speech recognition, Baidu demonstrated a Baidu phone sales staff to communicate with the customer phone, Baidu voice recognition technology can be converted into cloud tone text. But with iFLYTEK real-time translated into different words, Baidu is the man until after his speech, a one-off text, do not know whether there is a correction process in this process.
in terms of speech synthesis, Baidu synthesis of Leslie Cheung’s voice, but unfortunately, after the synthesis of speech, although there is a broad accent, but it is not Cantonese, and some rough voice.
Robin Li, Baidu artificial intelligence to listen to you about 50 words after you can imitate the voice, in a speech last link, Robin Li invited the famous actor Hu Ge came in, Hu Ge read a song "Lantern Festival" Qing Yu An (Baidu name) on the land after reading Baidu artificial intelligence. Hu Ge’s voice characteristics of the upper and lower. But can still hear, sound or very rough, still has the obvious difference with Hu Ge’s voice, that it can imitate your voice features, but there is still much room for improvement of voice imitation.
imitation of the voice, shortly before the release of the fourth generation Microsoft wheatgrass is a girl, but she can also imitate and a man’s voice. I visit iFLYTEK last month, artificial intelligence voice iFLYTEK can make sound synthesis Lin Chiling my voice, but also with Baidu is similar in sound line sounds are not alike.
in terms of image capabilities, Baidu brain face recognition accuracy rate of 99.7%; Baidu driverless car refresh the KITTI test of multiple world records, ranked first in the KITTI vehicle detection and evaluation.
in the image recognition segment, the lens alignment of the first row of the guests, when the camera to collect the face of Zhang Yaqin and others, it will be marked on his name.
Natural Language Processing