From early astronomy to Star Trek, Baltimore museum explores the celestial fascination of Jewish scholars, artists

During the early years of the first “Star Trek” TV series, when a producer asked actor Leonard Nimoy to develop a sign of greeting for his character Spock to use, Nimoy flashed on a childhood memory.

What popped into his mind was a synagogue service in which several rabbis raised their hands, split their pinkie and ring fingers from their middle and index fingers to form a wide V, and started chanting in Hebrew.

And that’s how the Birkat Kohanim — a sign of Jewish blessing that dates to the time of Moses — inspired the “Vulcan salute,” the hand sign that became Spock’s signature and an icon of Western pop culture.

The story, first shared by Nimoy in his 1975 autobiography, “I Am Not Spock,” isn’t the only example of Judaism intersecting the universes of space study and science fiction. It’s a connection as old as the Torah, and

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Hyundai reels in top AI scholars for future mobility solutions push

At this year’s CES 2020 event, Hyundai Motor Corporation unveiled a magnanimous vision for future mobility where land and aerial modes of transportation are inextricably linked together. The three-tiered project, collectively known as Urban Air Mobility, Purpose Built Vehicle and Hub (UAM-PBV-Hub), is “a key future innovation business that can help overcome urban challenges like traffic congestion and transform the paradigm of mobility.”

 

Despite the project’s enormous size and scope, it’s not the only sizeable investment that Hyundai plans to make as far as smart mobility solutions go. And so to ensure these projects and more proceed according to plan and schedule, the South Korean carmaker has tapped into the expertise of the best AI minds in the business.

The company has announced the recruitment of top scholars in artificial intelligence (AI), Tomaso A. Poggio and Daniela L. Rus, as part of its AI Technology Advisory Group to

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