FinCEN Files: Investigation into Dirty Money Transfers from Major Global Banks

At least $ 2 trillion in suspicious transactions were carried out between 2000 and 2017 by several major global banks. This is what an investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, made up of 400 journalists from the media in 88 countries, including the investigation units of Radio France and the newspaper Le Monde, reveals.
For their investigation, ICIJ journalists were able to obtain "suspicious activity reports". These are top-secret documents that US bank internal compliance officials send to US financial intelligence agencies when they detect questionable money transfers.

According to these documents, 2,000 billion dollars in suspicious transactions may have been carried out. It is dirty money linked to drugs, corruption, organized crime and terrorism.

Large banks are singled out like JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of New York Mellon or HSBC. They ensure, however, that they make significant efforts to combat financial crime an…

Astronauts adopt Mozilla voice technology to control lunar robots

Technology: The text-to-speech engine will allow astronauts to find their hands free to perform complex tasks.

Mozilla’s Deep Speech learning engine leaves planet Earth to help astronauts. This week Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox web browser, revealed a new project with the German Aerospace Center, also known as Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), to integrate Mozilla's voice technology into the lunar robotics.

 
Astronauts adopt Mozilla voice technology to control lunar robots


Robots are often used in space applications to increase the capabilities of astronauts who work on tasks including maintenance, repair, carrying out experiments, and collecting samples. While robots are also being considered for mining on the surface of the Moon, for now, they are useful in helping astronauts.

But the challenge that astronauts face in space is to effectively control the robots while performing tasks that require the use of their hands. According to Mozilla, the Deep Speech automatic speech recognition (ASR) engine and the speech-to-text device make it possible “to control the voice of robots when astronauts have their hands busy”.

“Deep Speech is composed of two main subsystems: an acoustic model and a decoder. The acoustic model is a deep neural network that receives audio input characteristics, and produces character probabilities. The decoder uses a beam finder algorithm to transform the probabilities of characters into text transcripts which are then returned by the system. "




The German space agency is working hard to integrate Deep Speech, and the organization also plans to contribute to the Mozilla project - potentially through tests, speech examples and recordings that could improve the accuracy of the program. It is not yet known which robots will receive the voice recognition upgrade. But DLR was responsible for the design of a robotic mobile unit, Rollin ’Justin, created to test collaboration between astronauts and robots on difficult terrain.

The DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics also conducts research on the performance of robotics using the European Multipurpose End to End Robotic Network (METERON) on the International Space Station. In 2015, DLR launched the SpaceBot Cup, a robotics competition bringing together 10 German universities and research centers, to create robots capable of mapping difficult terrain, collecting samples and going to a base without using the GPS positioning.