MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — These are the four stories you need to know about from Monday, Oct. 26. They include the death of a Minnesota sports legend, and a brave new world for computer recognition skills.
Flip Saunders Dies
Basketball fans and Minnesotans alike are mourning Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders, who died Sunday at the age of 60. He was diagnosed in June with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sid Hartman wrote that Saunders had been “in a coma for close to six weeks at the University of Minnesota Hospital, on life support and with little chance of surviving.” Kevin Garnett shared a poignant photo of him mourning at Saunders’ parking spot.
Carson Leading Trump In New Polls
Two new presidential polls show Ben Carson overtaking Donald Trump for first place in Iowa among Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential election. Carson is at 28 percent in both polls, while Trump is at 19 percent in one poll, and 20 percent in the other.
Computers Soon To Read Our Emotions?
We all tend to stare at our smartphones a lot, but soon they may be staring right back at us and reading our emotions. A company called Affectiva developed emotional recognition software, by recording the facial expressions of more than 3 million people. It maps facial movements and can read about eight emotional states — including happy, sad, angry, surprised. Right now, they make money with this through audience testing of commercials, programs and movie trailers, but the creators dream of a day when all of our devices can be aware of our emotional state.
‘Jobs,’ ‘Jem’ Flop Hard At The Box Office
Universal may have owned summer, but they just had a terrible weekend at the box office. The new movie “Steve Jobs” — named after the late Apple founder — made less than $7.5 million. It cost $30 million to make, and many think it looks to be a significant Oscar contender. Earning far less at the box office was the roundly panned “Jem and the Holograms.” With a weekend total of $1.3 million, “Jem” marks the single worst opening for any movie playing in more than 2,400 theaters. Taking a bit of the sting out of that is the fact that it reportedly cost only about $5 million to make. Overall, the weekend was soft enough that “The Martian” actually reclaimed the number one slot.