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  • 28 May – 15 July / International Contest “Space for Ideas” in Stuttgart, DE
    by Urska Skerl on 22/05/2024 at 13:08

    The City of Stuttgart launched The international ideas contest “Space for Ideas”. A total prize money of 30,000 euros is available. Anyone can participate – from individuals to enterprises, from students and schoolchildren to clubs and associations. All ideas are welcome. In particular, participation by international organisations are welcome, so all information will also be

  • 15 June / Landslide 2024: Demonstration Grounds, Call for Nominations, TCLF
    by Urska Skerl on 22/05/2024 at 09:49

    The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) has opened a call for nominations for Landslide, the foundation’s annual thematic report about threatened and at-risk landscapes. Landslide 2024: Demonstration Grounds will focus on sites associated with demonstrations and movements. “These multiple associations are waiting to be unlocked at almost every historic property or cultural landscape that has served

  • 3 April – July 2 / Democratic Landscape Transformation Seminar, OLA
    by Urska Skerl on 22/05/2024 at 08:29

    Open Landscape Academy invites you to join an online seminar from April 3 to June 2 on Democratic Landscape Transformation. The seminar focuses on building a prototype collaborative model that “engages academic and local knowledge, professionalism and creativity, giving privilege to the perspectives of the historically underserved communities who have not had access to landscape

  • Gather by the Colossal Beachfront Bench for a Memorable Meet-Up
    by Rok Grča on 21/05/2024 at 09:42

    The challenge of reinforcing the coastal landscape of Middelkerke, Belgium, in response to rising sea levels necessitates not only enhancing coastal defences but also envisioning an appealing and resilient coastal strip for residents and visitors alike, embodying the dynamic interface between architecture and climate adaptation. Coastal Reinforcement and Boost for City Centre The coastal strip

  • Office Profile: StudioPOD
    by Urska Skerl on 20/05/2024 at 09:24

    Introduction: StudioPOD is an international multi-disciplinary planning and urban design practice, with their headquarters in Mumbai, India, and offices in Goa, India and Dallas, USA. POD stands for People Oriented Design, which is the main philosophy of the firm. Since 2013, StudioPOD has worked extensively in multiple regions across India and in UAE. Our projects

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  • Webinar: How do conductive electrode coatings optimize the performance of dry-coated batteries?
    by Chloe Theobald on 24/05/2024 at 16:00

    Dry coating of lithium-ion batteries has the potential to revolutionize battery production through a reduced solvent, energy, and footprint demand. However, dry coated electrodes suffer from poor adhesion between the dry film and current collector that leads to the demand of a pre-coating. In this webinar, we will discuss how carbon coatings of current collectors... Read more »

  • EVR Motors opens electric motor coil plant in India
    by Nicole Willing on 24/05/2024 at 15:58

    Israel-based EVR Motors has started operations at a new plant in Manesar, India under its subsidiary, I.EVR Motors to produce of trapezoidal geometry coils to meet demand in India and global markets. The plant is designed to provide coils for approximately 20,000 motors per month, with plans for rapid expansion to around 100,000 motors. EVR... Read more »

  • InCharge Energy introduces three multi-EV charging products
    by Nicole Willing on 24/05/2024 at 15:56

    Commercial fleet charging services provider InCharge Energy has introduced three new chargers—the ICE-600, ICE-480 and ICE CUBE. The Micro Dispenser for the new ICE-600 split system offers dynamic power sharing of up to 500 kW to charge up to 10 EVs simultaneously, charging at either 10 Micro single-cable dispensers or at five Slim Line dual-cable... Read more »

  • ENNOVI introduces automotive-grade stackable connector platform
    by Nicole Willing on 24/05/2024 at 15:56

    Singapore-based EV components manufacturer ENNOVI has introduced a new ENNOVI-MB2B multi-row board-to-board (BTB) connector platform for EVs with a snap-in design that allows multiple connector units to be stacked together without solder. This approach enables different pin count requirements to be accommodated via the same basic interconnect platform, without any extra expense or engineering effort,... Read more »

  • Daimler Truck continues to choose Proterra battery technology for electric school buses and delivery vehicles
    by Charles Morris on 24/05/2024 at 15:41

    Proterra’s August bankruptcy filing sent a shock wave through the EV industry, partly because several EV builders depend on Proterra’s well-respected battery technology. Fortunately, the Volvo Group quickly snapped up the company’s battery business, and it appears that business as usual will continue. Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) has announced plans to use Proterra’s battery... Read more »


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  • 45-Minute Tesla Full Self Driving (Supervised) Test Drive — 3 Interventions (VIDEO)
    by Zachary Shahan on 21/05/2024 at 14:06

    David Havasi and I recorded the following Tesla Full Self Driving (Supervised) test drive a few days ago. It was perhaps the most fascinating one of these weekly test drives we’ve done since FSD version 12.3 rolled out (though, the first one where FSD nailed a bunch of roundabouts was ... [continued] The post 45-Minute Tesla Full Self Driving (Supervised) Test Drive — 3 Interventions (VIDEO) appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • My Cupra Born Experience
    by David Waterworth on 20/05/2024 at 23:55

    Curious about the Cupra Born? Ann Robinson’s experience with the Cupra Born adds to the stories of satisfied EV drivers. She was happy to share her story here. About Me I was forced to look at new car options when someone rearranged the back of my car. I’m not a ... [continued] The post My Cupra Born Experience appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • Cross Country with Tesla Full Self Driving (Supervised)
    by Arthur Frederick (Fritz) Hasler on 11/05/2024 at 14:39

    My wife, our small dog, and our two large e-bikes recently made the 1500-mile trip from Utah to Northern Wisconsin in our Tesla Model 3 Long Range. It was our first cross-country trip with the new Version 12 of Tesla FSD (Supervised), V12.3.4. Supercharging The e-bikes on a tray-type bike ... [continued] The post Cross Country with Tesla Full Self Driving (Supervised) appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • The Solar E-Clipse 2.0 Is A Ridiculously Fun Street Legal E-Moto — CleanTechnica Tested
    by Derek Markham on 07/05/2024 at 17:51

    The Solar Scooters Solar E-Clipse 2.0 packs a lot of power into a lightweight package, making for a quick and nimble ride both on- and off-road. With a top speed of up to 60 mph capable from its 10kW (peak) motor, and a potential range of up to 70 miles ... [continued] The post The Solar E-Clipse 2.0 Is A Ridiculously Fun Street Legal E-Moto — CleanTechnica Tested appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • I’m Using Just 20% of My Tesla Model 3 SR+ Battery
    by Zachary Shahan on 04/05/2024 at 18:17

    Many people feel a need for long-range batteries when they buy electric vehicles, and that actually goes for new buyers as well as repeat buyers. I have to admit that I have a hard time understanding it unless you’re an encyclopedia salesman (not sure if those still exist) or go ... [continued] The post I’m Using Just 20% of My Tesla Model 3 SR+ Battery appeared first on CleanTechnica.


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  • UAW files petition to hold a new election at Mercedes plant
    by Zachary Visconti on 26/05/2024 at 00:38

    The United Automotive Workers (UAW) has filed a petition to hold a new election at a Mercedes-Benz factory in Alabama, after the company’s workers voted against joining the union last week. In a union election held at the Mercedes factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, held last week, 56 percent of workers voted against UAW membership, though The post UAW files petition to hold a new election at Mercedes plant appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • NHTSA adds incidents to preliminary probe into Waymo
    by Zachary Visconti on 25/05/2024 at 23:18

    The top U.S. safety regulator has widened its preliminary investigation into the self-driving software from Waymo, after the agency initially reported opening a probe into the company earlier this month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sent a letter to Waymo on Thursday notifying the company of additional incidents relating to the probe opened The post NHTSA adds incidents to preliminary probe into Waymo appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • The Boring Company has given rides to 2 million passengers
    by Zachary Visconti on 25/05/2024 at 20:15

    Elon Musk’s The Boring Company has reached a milestone of giving rides to two million passengers in its first Las Vegas loop, just a little over a year after it surpassed one million. The Boring Company announced the news on X on Friday after it surpassed one million passengers in its underground loop in Las The post The Boring Company has given rides to 2 million passengers appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • Tesla owners put on heart-shaped light show with over 200 cars
    by Zachary Visconti on 25/05/2024 at 19:20

    The latest coordinated Tesla light show has taken place, this in Europe with more than 200 vehicles participating in a heart-shaped display. Tesla owners in Salzburg, Austria, have put on a light show with over 200 cars as part of the larger Tesla Takeover event happening over the weekend. The light show took place on The post Tesla owners put on heart-shaped light show with over 200 cars appeared first on TESLARATI.

  • Tesla highlights upcoming Megapack project expansion to over 1 GWh
    by Zachary Visconti on 25/05/2024 at 17:40

    Tesla has highlighted an in-progress Megapack buildout that will top 1 GWh upon completion, as is being added to an existing site in partnership with renewable energy developer Arevon. On Saturday, the Tesla Megapack account on X posted about the next phase of the Arevon project in Kern County, California, which will bring the combined The post Tesla highlights upcoming Megapack project expansion to over 1 GWh appeared first on TESLARATI.


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  • DHL Expanding Charging Infrastructure for Electric Trucks in Germany, New EV Center in Shanghai
    by Press Release on 26/05/2024 at 15:41

    DHL Group is expanding its charging infrastructure for electric trucks with stations provided by E.ON Based on the framework agreement, fast-charging infrastructure will be established at DHL Group locations in Germany. The contract entails the establishment of fast-charging infrastructure at DHL Group distribution centers DHL service partners will also have ... [continued] The post DHL Expanding Charging Infrastructure for Electric Trucks in Germany, New EV Center in Shanghai appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • Another Day Another Bad Bought & Paid For Hydrogen Pipeline Report, This One From Arup
    by Michael Barnard on 26/05/2024 at 15:16

    One part of the weird obsession with hydrogen for energy over the past several years, especially in Europe but also in the USA, are the number of reports analyzing how and where the pipelines will go and what will be required in ports. It’s all a house of cards as ... [continued] The post Another Day Another Bad Bought & Paid For Hydrogen Pipeline Report, This One From Arup appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • Redwood Partners with Ultium Cells
    by Press Release on 26/05/2024 at 03:53

    At Redwood, our process involves sourcing end-of-life batteries and production scrap as well as raw materials and then recycling, refining, and remanufacturing these feedstocks into critical battery materials for North American cell manufacturers at gigafactory-scale. Redwood is now working with Ultium Cells LLC—the joint battery cell manufacturing venture between General ... [continued] The post Redwood Partners with Ultium Cells appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • $25 Million to Lower Home Energy Bills for American Families
    by US Department of Energy on 26/05/2024 at 03:50

    President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda is Building Up a Clean Energy Workforce, Advancing Innovative Energy Saving Technologies, and Helping Low-Income Households Save Money on Home Energy Costs  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week announced 13 ... [continued] The post $25 Million to Lower Home Energy Bills for American Families appeared first on CleanTechnica.

  • Publishing On Cement Decarbonization Brings Challenges, Corrections And More Approaches
    by Michael Barnard on 26/05/2024 at 02:25

    A few days ago I went deep on cement again, using an assessment of the processes of American clean cement startups Sublime Systems and Brimstone to define the scope and magnitude of the problem, the chemistry and energy requirements of cement, why fixing it is critically important, and incidentally evaluate ... [continued] The post Publishing On Cement Decarbonization Brings Challenges, Corrections And More Approaches appeared first on CleanTechnica.


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  • The Truth About Money Saving Electric Heaters
    on 24/11/2010 at 20:29

    by David NelmesWe have all seen the ads to cut heating bills in half with a $400 to $600 space-age electric heater. Some even sport a 'free' fireplace hand-crafted by the Amish. Are these deals too good to be true? 

  • Searching for Your Green Career Aha Moment?
    on 27/07/2010 at 20:29

    by Green Career CentralAha moments have transformed the careers, education choices, and retirement decisions for many people. For a jolt of inspiration, read their stories to gain insight in your quest for a green career. 

  • Energy Saving Improvements For Older Homes
    on 11/01/2010 at 20:29

    by David NelmesMaking energy saving home improvements is vital to reducing the power and fuel consumption of older homes. We'll help you discover how to reduce the energy costs on older homes that have little insulation and multiple sources of drafts. 


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  • The Role of AI in Big Data Quality Management
    by Ali Ahmad on 24/05/2024 at 16:24

    In the realm of big data quality management, the convergence of AI technologies has opened up avenues for unparalleled levels of data accuracy and reliability. By harnessing the power of The post The Role of AI in Big Data Quality Management appeared first on Datafloq.

  • Want to build responsible AI? Build the right, job-ready skills first
    by Sarah Danzl on 24/05/2024 at 09:56

    It was Mark Zuckerberg who first said that technology teams needed to “Move fast and break things” in order to innovate. But like many practices created in the noughties, this The post Want to build responsible AI? Build the right, job-ready skills first appeared first on Datafloq.

  • The Role of Synthetic Data in Cybersecurity
    by Zac Amos on 22/05/2024 at 18:47

    Data's value is something of a double-edged sword. On one hand, digital data lays the groundwork for powerful AI applications, many of which could change the world for the better. The post The Role of Synthetic Data in Cybersecurity appeared first on Datafloq.

  • The Importance of Data Analytics in Servitization
    by Alvin Alen on 22/05/2024 at 10:10

    Introduction Data-driven services are finding their way into more and more business domains, demonstrating the intimate relationship between servitization and digital transformation. Digital servitization opens up new avenues for long-term The post The Importance of Data Analytics in Servitization appeared first on Datafloq.

  • How Science Fiction Shapes Tomorrow’s Tech
    by Dr Mark van Rijmenam on 21/05/2024 at 18:43

    The below is a summary of the first episode of my Synthetic Minds podcast. Think science fiction is just for entertainment? Think again. It's time for businesses to read today's The post How Science Fiction Shapes Tomorrow’s Tech appeared first on Datafloq.


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  • Building and Evaluating GenAI Knowledge Management Systems using Ollama, Trulens and Cloudera
    by Caitriona Snell on 23/05/2024 at 13:00

    In modern enterprises, the exponential growth of data means organizational knowledge is distributed across multiple formats, ranging from structured data stores such as data warehouses to multi-format data stores like data lakes. Information is often redundant and analyzing data requires combining across multiple formats, including written documents, streamed data feeds, audio and video. This makes The post Building and Evaluating GenAI Knowledge Management Systems using Ollama, Trulens and Cloudera appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • What Separates Hybrid Cloud and ‘True’ Hybrid Cloud?
    by Wim Stoop on 14/05/2024 at 13:00

    Hybrid cloud plays a central role in many of today’s emerging innovations—most notably artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies that create new business value and improve operational efficiencies. But getting there requires data, and a lot of it. More than that, though, harnessing the potential of these technologies requires quality data—without it, the output The post What Separates Hybrid Cloud and ‘True’ Hybrid Cloud? appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • Six Clouderans Earn CRN Women of the Channel Distinction
    by Molly Boyer on 13/05/2024 at 18:24

    Businesses today face unique challenges, whether it’s with hybrid cloud, AI, data analytics, or all of the above. Delivering solutions that can address those challenges effectively requires a robust ecosystem of partnerships. At the center of this critical ecosystem is the partner marketing team at Cloudera, who work tirelessly in pursuit of excellence for customers—and The post Six Clouderans Earn CRN Women of the Channel Distinction appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • Join us at the Iceberg Summit 2024
    by Navita Sood on 10/05/2024 at 17:29

    Apache Iceberg is vital to the work we do and the experience that the Cloudera platform delivers to our customers. Iceberg, a high-performance open-source format for huge analytic tables, delivers the reliability and simplicity of SQL tables to big data while allowing for multiple engines like Spark, Flink, Trino, Presto, Hive, and Impala to work The post Join us at the Iceberg Summit 2024 appeared first on Cloudera Blog.

  • We’ll See You at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit
    by Molly Boyer on 09/05/2024 at 10:00

    The Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in London is quickly approaching on May 13th to 15th, and the Cloudera team is ready to hit the show floor! The theme of this year’s summit, “Generating Value Together: Creating Synergies between Data, Analytics & AI,” could not have come at a better time as we push forward The post We’ll See You at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit appeared first on Cloudera Blog.


Making Data Simple Hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Account Technology Leaders at IBM. Making Data Simple provides the latest thinking on leadership, big data, A.I., and the implications for the enterprise from a range of experts.

  • Tech Talk with Ayal Steinberg, IBM GM Technical Community and Client Engineering: Part 1 - Navigating Sales, Leadership, and Calling the Shots. Unveiling Insights to Operationalize Your Success!
    by IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub on 22/05/2024 at 10:00

    Part 1: Ayal Steinberg, GM Technical Community and Client Engineering.  A life in Sales is discussed in terms of Tech, leadership insights, and calling your shots.  You're guaranteed to find at least one nugget to operationalize.  01:24 Tech Community and Client Engineering05:03 Client Sales versus Technical Sales07:27 5 to 10% More Productive via Reducing Friction10:32 Technical Sales Insights12:30 Defining the Technical Community 13:41 Advice to Sales? 15:36 Calling Your Shots17:30 The Biggest Sin 21:12 State of IBMJan 29th, 2020 - https://podcasts.apple.com/sk/podcast/ayal-steinberg-discusses-ibm-strategy moving-to-the/id605818735?i=1000486478375Jan 26th, 2022 - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/part-1-al-ayal-steinberg-discuss-dataand-ai-market/id605818735?i=1000549047047LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ayalsteinbergWant to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple?  Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next.  The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun. Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next. The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun.

  • About AI and IBM: chat with Rob Thomas, Senior Vice President, Software and Chief Commercial Officer at IBM
    by IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub on 15/05/2024 at 10:00

    This week we chat with Rob Thomas, Senior Vice President, Software and Chief Commercial Officer at IBM. Rob talks health and hobbies, the state of AI, and IBM's overall vision. 01:57 Maintaining Health 03:57 Where is IBM Today? 06:58 Modernizing the Data Center 08:08 Acknowledged Mistakes 10:41 The State of AI 13:48 IBM's Position on AI 17:14 The InstructLab Project 19:33 IBM's Vision and Outlook 20:43 What Must IBM Get Right? 21:40 Emerging Technologies 23:30 THINK Conference Announcements 24:25 Artificial General Intelligence 25:48 The Art of Influence 26:46 Hobbies LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/robertdthomas Website: robdthomas.com/ Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next. The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun. Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next. The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun.

  • Edge Delta Insights: Automating Observability with David Wynn. Unveiling Intelligent Solutions for Root-Cause Analysis and Beyond!
    by IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub on 08/05/2024 at 10:00

    David Wynn, Principal Solution Architect at Edge Delta, talks automatedobservability, ensuring systems are not only monitored but alsointelligently guided through root-cause analysis when issues arise02:07 Meeting David Wynn03:27 Sorry, David is from Duke04:41 Google Cloud08:02 Edge Delta11:51 Differentiation14:21 Reactive or Prevention?16:03 The Practice of Observability18:41 Data Exhaust22:30 Customer Personas24:28 Use Cases27:01 David's Take on AI31:58 Hype Cycle37:06 Jif versus Gif37:58 Naming and Monetization39:17 What Do You Read?41:00 Leadership Advice41:50 Designing Metrics is HARD43:12 For FunLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/davidbwynn/Website: edgedelta.comWant to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us [email protected] and tell us why you should be next. TheMaking Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP TechnicalSales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation,and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun.David Wynn NotesSaturday, May 4, 2024 4:43 PMMaking Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP TechnicalSales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation,and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun.Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next. The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun.

  • Next-Level AI Insights: Cody Schneider Part 2. Discover Cutting-Edge Content Creation Techniques with Swell AI & Drafthorse AI Co-founder.
    by IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub on 01/05/2024 at 10:00

    Cody Schneider Part 2, co-founder of Swell AI and Drafthorse AI : two AI content creation platforms helping businesses scale content production.  Consider this an early stage founder discussion.  A ton of fun topics in this one.00:12 Short Nvidia?  06:39 THE Platform of Choice13:51 Brain Rot14:43 AI Guidance17:10 Swell AI's Value22:56 It's Ok to Take Kudos!25:47 Business Predictions28:07 Distribution > Product29:27 Finding Cody30:08 Getting OfflineLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/codyxschneiderWebsite: https://www.swellai.com/, https://www.drafthorseai.com/Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple?  Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next.  The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun. Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next. The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun.

  • AI Innovations Unveiled: A Technical Deep Dive with Cody Schneider, Co-founder of Swell AI & Drafthorse AI. Decoding the Algorithms Behind AI Content Creation & Business Scalability. Episode 1: From Marketing Foundations to Advanced AI Applications.
    by IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub on 24/04/2024 at 10:00

    Part 1.  Getting to know Cody Schneider, co-founder of Swell AI and Drafthorse AI : two AI content creation platforms helping businesses scale content production.  Consider this an early stage founder discussion.   It starts with Marketing and builds to where AI is being used today.01:31 Meet Cody Schneider05:27 Differentiating a 2x406:52 Avid Skier10:41 Early Stage Startups?13:27 Swell AI15:00 Differentiation using AI18:35 Monetization Strategy21:42 The Billion $ Company of One24:22 Marking AI Tools26:30 Foundational Models27:26 AI Training AffordabilityLinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/codyxschneiderWebsite: https://www.swellai.com/, https://www.drafthorseai.com/Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple?  Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next.  The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun. Want to be featured as a guest on Making Data Simple? Reach out to us at [email protected] and tell us why you should be next. The Making Data Simple Podcast is hosted by Al Martin, WW VP Technical Sales, IBM, where we explore trending technologies, business innovation, and leadership ... while keeping it simple & fun.


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Cloud Computing News IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, Data Security, CIO, Analysis

  • ManageEngine unveils SaaS management solution to help deal with SaaS sprawl 
    by Duncan MacRae on 24/05/2024 at 09:31

    ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corporation and a leading provider of enterprise IT management solutions, has launched SaaS Manager Plus, a SaaS management solution for enterprises. SaaS Manager Plus integrates with Zoho apps and other widely utilised applications, empowering IT admins and finance managers to streamline their SaaS ecosystems and identify cost-saving opportunities for better... Read more » The post ManageEngine unveils SaaS management solution to help deal with SaaS sprawl  appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • Rick Mur, GNX: A new form of connectivity
    by Duncan MacRae on 20/05/2024 at 16:14

    TechForge recently caught up with GNX’s CTO and co-founder, Rick Mur, to discuss how organisations around the world are dealing with the latest connectivity challenges.  Can you tell us a little bit about GNX? GNX is a global connectivity provider, which means that we provide enterprises with any type of data connectivity solution anywhere in... Read more » The post Rick Mur, GNX: A new form of connectivity appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • Cloud continues to enable innovation in tough economic climate, says Cloud Industry Forum
    by Duncan MacRae on 20/05/2024 at 06:28

    100% of organisations are now accessing cloud-based services to meet their needs, with the most common motivation being its potential to offer greater flexibility of IT spend, and its ability to make them more agile as a business. This is according to research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), which as published its latest research... Read more » The post Cloud continues to enable innovation in tough economic climate, says Cloud Industry Forum appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • AWS to establish European ‘sovereign cloud’ in Germany by 2025 with €7.8bn investment
    by Muhammad Zulhusni on 16/05/2024 at 14:41

    AWS has revealed its first ‘sovereign cloud’ region, which will be based in Brandenburg, Germany, is due to be operational by the end of 2025. It is hoped the development will strengthen data residency across Europe, with the cloud provider investing more than €7.8bn (£6.7bn) through 2040. Timed perfectly with the AWS Summit Berlin, which is... Read more » The post AWS to establish European ‘sovereign cloud’ in Germany by 2025 with €7.8bn investment appeared first on Cloud Computing News.

  • Amazon steps into European 5G market through strategic cloud deal with O2 Telefónica
    by Muhammad Zulhusni on 15/05/2024 at 07:59

    O2 Telefónica in Germany, in partnership with Nokia, has made a groundbreaking move by deploying 5G standalone core software on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This marks a significant milestone as it is the first instance of an existing mobile operator shifting its core network to a public cloud.  Traditionally, telecom networks have migrated IT and other... Read more » The post Amazon steps into European 5G market through strategic cloud deal with O2 Telefónica appeared first on Cloud Computing News.


  • InvGate Insight’s Performance as IT Asset Management Software
    by Gary Bernstein on 23/05/2024 at 08:26

    InvGate Insight’s IT Asset Management Software With over 15 years of experience, InvGate develops essential tools that empower IT teams to support every department within a company. Currently present in more than 60 countries – and with renowned companies such as the U.S. Army, Collins Aerospace, NASA, PWC, and Toyota as clients – InvGate provides Source

  • Leading Healthcare LMS Platforms: Enhancing Learning and Compliance in Medicine
    by Randy Ferguson on 22/05/2024 at 12:10

    Leading Healthcare LMS Platforms As the healthcare industry evolves, robust Learning Management Systems (LMS) are increasingly critical. These platforms ensure medical professionals remain educated, compliant with regulations, and proficient in the latest practices and technologies. The future of healthcare LMS will likely integrate advanced technologies like AI, personalized learning paths, and data-driven insights to enhance Source

  • How FinOps Tools Can Transform Your Cloud
    by Gilad David Maayan on 21/05/2024 at 09:09

    Transformative FinOps Tools What Is FinOps? FinOps, or Financial Operations, is a business strategy for managing cloud spending and optimizing the costs associated with cloud services. It combines financial, business, and IT principles to create a balanced approach that ensures cloud expenses are controlled without hindering agility and growth. The goal of FinOps is to Source

  • Navigating the Evolving Email Threat Landscape: A Conversation with VIPRE Security’s Usman Choudhary
    by Randy Ferguson on 20/05/2024 at 10:01

    Navigating the Evolving Email Threat Landscape In the ever-evolving digital landscape, email remains a favored weapon for cybercriminals. Usman Choudhary, general manager of VIPRE Security Group provides perspectives and lessons learned from his organization’s latest Email Threat Trends Report. In the following interview, Usman sheds light on critical trends, tactics, and vulnerabilities that leaders must Source

  • CrowdStrike launches advanced SIEM to power the AI-native SOC at RSAC 2024
    by Cloud Syndicate on 17/05/2024 at 08:41

    CrowdStrike launches advanced SIEM With attackers setting speed records for breakouts and tool download times, every security operations center (SOC) team needs to consider how AI can help bend time in their favor. It takes just two minutes and seven seconds to move laterally within a system after gaining access, and just 31 seconds for Source



  • What You Need to Know About the CAPM Course: Meaning, Costs and Exam Tips in 2024
    by Brett Day on 25/05/2024 at 17:21

    If a career as a project manager is calling your name but you aren’t sure if the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) course and exam is for you, our guide will help. CAPM, which made our best project management certification roundup, will show everyone you have what it takes to lead teams and projects... The post What You Need to Know About the CAPM Course: Meaning, Costs and Exam Tips in 2024 appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • How & Where to Watch FA Cup Final in 2024: Manchester City vs Manchester United
    by Sandra Pattison on 24/05/2024 at 00:42

    The FA Cup, or the Football Association Challenge Cup, is the oldest national football competition. Whether you’ve followed all of the FA Cup matches or you’re just here for the later stages, we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of places where you can stream the final match between the two Manchester clubs, but this... The post How & Where to Watch FA Cup Final in 2024: Manchester City vs Manchester United appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • What Is the Halo Effect in Project Management? Definition, Psychology, Effects & Examples for 2024
    by Dan Ginn on 23/05/2024 at 20:19

    The halo effect in project management doesn’t mean you have a team full of angels, nor does it mean you’re guaranteed the best project management career. Instead, the halo effect is an overly favorable evaluation of a team’s or person’s abilities. This may sound great, but it can often lead to disappointing outcomes. According to... The post What Is the Halo Effect in Project Management? Definition, Psychology, Effects & Examples for 2024 appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • How to Unblock Social Media and Access News in Russia in 2024
    by Wisdom Sablah on 23/05/2024 at 16:40

    You’ll likely draw a blank if you attempt to access many popular social media and news sites in Russia, including BBC, DW-TV, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Others, like TikTok, are so heavily restricted that they’re unusable. Here at Cloudwards, we believe in internet freedom, and that’s why we’ll show you how to unblock social media... The post How to Unblock Social Media and Access News in Russia in 2024 appeared first on Cloudwards.

  • What Is AWS? Explaining Amazon’s Most Profitable Division in 2024
    by Aleksandar Kochovski on 23/05/2024 at 01:25

    Amazon is an absolute behemoth in the tech industry, thanks in no small part to AWS, its web hosting and cloud computing service. You may have seen the acronym around the web and wondered: “What is AWS?” Well, wonder no more and read on for the full answer. The post What Is AWS? Explaining Amazon’s Most Profitable Division in 2024 appeared first on Cloudwards.


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  • Cassidy founder Justin Fineberg champions AI accessibility
    by laurenharrison on 09/05/2024 at 20:00

    Justin Fineberg's career trajectory took a pivotal turn when he encountered the transformative potential of AI. The year was 2020 and Fineberg had received early access to the beta version of OpenAI’s GPT-3. The post Cassidy founder Justin Fineberg champions AI accessibility appeared first on Microsoft Azure Blog.

  • Start your AI journey with Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB—compete for $10K
    by agiamalis on 09/05/2024 at 16:00

    In this blog, we’ll not only reveal the wealth of learning resources we offer to get skilled on Azure Cosmos DB, but how by doing so you can take home part of a $10,000 prize in our Microsoft Developers AI Learning Hackathon. The post Start your AI journey with Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB—compete for $10K appeared first on Microsoft Azure Blog.

  • Microsoft Cost Management updates—April 2024
    by Kristin Gallagher on 08/05/2024 at 15:00

    We’re always looking for ways to learn more about your challenges and how Cost Management can help you better understand where you’re accruing costs in the cloud, identify and prevent bad spending patterns, and optimize costs to empower you to do more with less. The post Microsoft Cost Management updates—April 2024 appeared first on Microsoft Azure Blog.

  • Bringing generative AI to Azure network security with new Microsoft Copilot integrations
    by Kristin Gallagher on 07/05/2024 at 16:00

    We are excited to announce the Azure Web Application Firewall and Azure Firewall integrations in Microsoft Copilot for Security. This is the first step we are taking toward bringing interactive, generative AI-powered capabilities to Azure network security. The post Bringing generative AI to Azure network security with new Microsoft Copilot integrations appeared first on Microsoft Azure Blog.

  • 3 ways Microsoft Azure AI Studio helps accelerate the AI development journey  
    by agiamalis on 07/05/2024 at 15:00

    To reap the true value of generative AI, organizations need tools to simplify AI development, so they can focus on the big picture of solving business needs. Microsoft Azure AI Studio, Microsoft’s generative AI platform, is designed to democratize the AI development process for developers, bringing together the models, tools, services, and integrations you need to get started developing your own AI application quickly.   The post 3 ways Microsoft Azure AI Studio helps accelerate the AI development journey   appeared first on Microsoft Azure Blog.


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  • How to Optimize Server Performance for Database Workloads
    by Abhishek on 10/01/2024 at 12:08

    When it comes to database applications, server performance is critical. Slow response times can negatively impact productivity and user experience. This article provides an overview of key considerations when optimizing servers for database workloads. Whether you are configuring new infrastructure or optimizing an existing system, understanding the unique demands placed on servers by databases is … How to Optimize Server Performance for Database Workloads Read More »

  • How to do Website Redesign without Losing SEO Traffic?
    by Faizan Fahim on 02/12/2022 at 11:35

    Thinking of redesigning your website and afraid you might lose the traffic you worked so hard to earn. No worries. If you implement an efficient web redesign SEO strategy in place, you will not lose a single visitor. In fact, the website redesign will scale the traffic, rankings, and conversion rate — keeping your website … How to do Website Redesign without Losing SEO Traffic? Read More »

  • How to Completely Force Logout of All Users in WordPress?
    by Faizan Fahim on 26/10/2022 at 10:35

    Learn how to force logout of all users in WordPress to make your website secure. Remove all the login users so they can access updated content.

  • How to Create a WordPress Activity Log?
    by Faizan Fahim on 19/10/2022 at 04:22

    Want to track all the changes on your store? Learn to create a WordPress Activity Log using a WordPress plugin.

  • How to Remove Email Address Login in WordPress?
    by Faizan Fahim on 11/10/2022 at 11:28

    Are you looking to remove the email address login in WordPress? It is a small tweak but could do wonders if your website has recently become a target of brute force attack. And if you are on WordPress, you must take any opportunity to tighten the login security. In this quick tutorial, we will remove … How to Remove Email Address Login in WordPress? Read More »


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  • The Use Case for a Jump Server
    by Paul Painter on 20/12/2023 at 16:09

    A jump server, also known as a bastion host, or jump host, serves as an intermediary server that allows secure access to other servers within a hosted environment. INAP can provide an additional server to be used as a jump server as part of your environment. It’s usually a simple, low-cost server and can yield The post The Use Case for a Jump Server appeared first on INAP.

  • Tips for Designing and Operating a Secure Hosted Environment
    by Paul Painter on 06/10/2023 at 12:18

    Securing the communication between a web server and a database server is crucial for maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of your data. To achieve this, you can set up a firewall and implement other security measures. Here’s some guidance on how to firewall between a web server and a database server: 1. Choose a Firewall The post Tips for Designing and Operating a Secure Hosted Environment appeared first on INAP.

  • What Applications Run Best on Bare Metal Servers?
    by Paul Painter on 18/08/2023 at 05:26

    Bare Metal Servers have lots of benefits, here are a few applications and workloads they are particularly well-suited for. The post What Applications Run Best on Bare Metal Servers? appeared first on INAP.

  • Why AMD EPYC Processors Are Right for You
    by Paul Painter on 10/08/2023 at 04:57

    AMD EPYC processors are known for their high performance, advanced features, and scalability, making them ideal for a wide range of server applications. The post Why AMD EPYC Processors Are Right for You appeared first on INAP.

  • Security Challenges Have Tech Execs Second-Guessing the Cloud
    by Mike Jones on 22/03/2023 at 05:59

    Keep bad actors out. Teach good cyber hygiene. Monitor for anomalies. Detect attacks faster. Improve response times & techniques. And do it all with fewer resources and smaller budgets. Today’s tech execs certainly have their work cut out for them! It seems the cyber security “to-do” list gets longer every minute and for many, migrating The post Security Challenges Have Tech Execs Second-Guessing the Cloud appeared first on INAP.


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  • PowerShell – AWS S3 Buckets Report
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 07/05/2024 at 23:34

      As we have discussed in previous post below that extracting the S3 bucket report for large enterprise can take too much time if not utilizing CloudWatch. Solution – Slowness in getting AWS S3 Buckets Counts and Sizes | Tech Wizard In this post I am sharing the whole Script that we have written for…

  • Solution – Slowness in getting AWS S3 Buckets Counts and Sizes
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 16/04/2024 at 20:12

    Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is the bedrock of many cloud infrastructures, offering scalable storage solutions for data of all sizes. Whether it’s storing images, videos, backups, or application data, S3 is ubiquitous. Yet, when attempting to retrieve metrics like the number of objects or the total size of a bucket, users may encounter unexpected…

  • Microsoft Graph SDK Upgrade V2 running older Version in Parallel
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 05/04/2024 at 22:52

    In the world of software development, upgrading libraries and dependencies is often a necessity to keep up with evolving technologies, security patches, and enhanced functionalities. However, in some cases, it’s not always straightforward to immediately jump to the latest version, especially when dealing with critical components like Microsoft Graph SDK. Microsoft Graph SDK offers powerful…

  • AWS – Database Report
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 20/02/2024 at 22:40

    In the realm of cloud computing, Amazon Web Services (AWS) stands out as a powerhouse, offering a plethora of services tailored to various needs. Among these services, databases play a pivotal role in storing, managing, and analyzing data. Monitoring and reporting on these databases are crucial for maintaining performance, security, and cost-efficiency. In this blog…

  • PowerBI Admin API Access from Service Principal
    by Tech Wizard (Sukhija Vikas) on 08/02/2024 at 23:16

    In this blog, I will share the steps that you can utilize to access PowerBI Admin API from service principal. There are many articles on the internet about it but there is mixture of information, so I am just documenting step by step that worked for us.      1. Register the APP in Azure…

 
  • Facebook Automation: What You Can Automate + Tools [2024]
    by Hannah Macready on 23/05/2024 at 22:31

    Facebook automations handle the tedious maintenance of your brand’s Facebook page more efficiently, so you can focus on the big picture stuff. The post Facebook Automation: What You Can Automate + Tools [2024] appeared first on Social Media Marketing & Management Dashboard.

  • The Unbiased Guide to Meta Blueprint Certification in 2024
    by Michelle Martin on 23/05/2024 at 22:15

    Meta Blueprint (f.k.a. Facebook Blueprint) online courses help you quickly learn new skills, but it’s not your only marketing education option. The post The Unbiased Guide to Meta Blueprint Certification in 2024 appeared first on Social Media Marketing & Management Dashboard.

  • Experiment: Where Should Your Instagram Hashtags Go?
    by Sarah Israel on 23/05/2024 at 16:00

    Do Instagram hashtags belong in the caption or comments? Does hashtag location even matter? Time to put on our lab coats and start testing. The post Experiment: Where Should Your Instagram Hashtags Go? appeared first on Social Media Marketing & Management Dashboard.

  • Instagram Subscriptions: How To Monetize Your Account in 2024
    by Chloe West on 21/05/2024 at 16:07

    Instagram subscriptions can be a great way for creators to earn money from their Instagram accounts. We'll teach you how to use this feature. The post Instagram Subscriptions: How To Monetize Your Account in 2024 appeared first on Social Media Marketing & Management Dashboard.

  • How to Get Verified on Instagram in 2024
    by Sarah Israel on 14/05/2024 at 19:03

    Want to know how to get verified on Instagram? You can either follow the traditional application process or pay for Meta Verified. The post How to Get Verified on Instagram in 2024 appeared first on Social Media Marketing & Management Dashboard.



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  • LinkedIn Written Content Strategy: From Ideas to Stories and Beyond
    by Michael Stelzner on 23/05/2024 at 10:00

    Are your LinkedIn posts getting the reach and engagement you need? Looking for a written post formula you can repurpose? In this article, we’ll explore content strategy on LinkedIn using the written word. Why the Written Word Matters on LinkedIn In today’s digital landscape, content creators constantly seek ways to capture their audience’s attention and The post LinkedIn Written Content Strategy: From Ideas to Stories and Beyond appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • How to Create Clear Client Communication Systems
    by Lisa D. Jenkins on 22/05/2024 at 10:00

    Wondering how to handle situations where client expectations aren't aligned with project realities? Want to set up a repeatable process to avoid unexpected client reactions? In this article, you’ll discover critical skills and practical tips to define, meet, and exceed client expectations. Effective Client Communication: Insights From an Agency Owner Establishing clear communication and aligning The post How to Create Clear Client Communication Systems appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • How to Get AI to Create Better Content
    by Michael Stelzner on 21/05/2024 at 10:00

    Is the AI-generated content you’re producing too generic? Wondering how to improve the quality of your AI content? In this article, you’ll discover how to get AI to create better content. Create Better AI-Generated Content: Prompts vs Prompt Engineering If creating content is part of your work, you've likely used prompts to generate content from The post How to Get AI to Create Better Content appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • 2024 Social Media Marketing Industry Report
    by Michael Stelzner on 20/05/2024 at 10:04

    Wondering how other marketers are using social media? Want to be sure your strategy is headed in the right direction? Find out what professional marketers plan to do with their organic activities, video marketing, ads, and content mixes over the next year in the 16th annual Social Media Marketing Industry Report. How Are Marketers Using The post 2024 Social Media Marketing Industry Report appeared first on Social Media Examiner.

  • How to Optimize Your Videos to Reach More of the Right People
    by Michael Stelzner on 16/05/2024 at 10:00

    Want to ensure that your videos are relevant to your target audience? Looking for tactics to retain viewers at various stages of the customer journey?  In this article, we’ll explore how to optimize your videos to reach the right people. Why Videos Tend to Underperform In today's digital age, video has become an essential tool The post How to Optimize Your Videos to Reach More of the Right People appeared first on Social Media Examiner.


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  • How to Become a TikTok Influencer in 2024
    by Neal Schaffer on 23/05/2024 at 11:15

    It seems as though just about everyone is using TikTok, from your child’s 4th grade friends, to your grandmother with an eye for viral cleaning tips. Although there are plenty of people using the app, becoming a TikTok influencer is not quite as simple as being a user. The type of content you are producing How to Become a TikTok Influencer in 2024 appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • 11 Most Engaging Instagram Post Ideas to Boost Your Algorithm Game
    by Neal Schaffer on 22/05/2024 at 11:15

    Instagram success is not a simple matter of gaining followers and garnering a few likes and shares. Instagram is first and foremost a content-driven platform, which makes it essential to create content that compels engagement and involvement, and keeps you top of mind in an increasingly bogged-down digital landscape. While you may be posting every 11 Most Engaging Instagram Post Ideas to Boost Your Algorithm Game appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • Instagram Follower Exporter Tools: 6 Ways to Get a List of Your IG Followers
    by Neal Schaffer on 21/05/2024 at 11:15

    Instagram follower exporter tools are a category of simple apps that can help your social media marketing campaigns. While they aren’t as intuitive and comprehensive as full SMM platforms, they still serve a specific function. As the name implies, they allow you to create lists of account followers as well as people you follow on Instagram Follower Exporter Tools: 6 Ways to Get a List of Your IG Followers appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • AI Social Media Tools: The Definitive 13 Apps You Should Know
    by Neal Schaffer on 20/05/2024 at 11:15

    Artificial intelligence has become a somewhat common ingredient of SMM tools. Through AI, you can easily generate posts, track relevant data, and even predict future performance. In this article, I’ll go through some of the best AI social media software on the market and how they can help you with your social media marketing campaigns.  AI Social Media Tools: The Definitive 13 Apps You Should Know appeared first on NealSchaffer.com

  • How to Create Instagram Ads that Convert: 7 Cost-Effective Ways
    by Val Razo on 16/05/2024 at 11:15

    With over two billion active users, Instagram is an effective social media platform for companies focused on reaching their target demographic in the most efficient way. Anyone with access to the internet can create an Instagram account for free, and people spend a huge chunk of their time on social media, so Instagram is easily How to Create Instagram Ads that Convert: 7 Cost-Effective Ways appeared first on NealSchaffer.com


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  • Retailers Heat Up Memorial Day With Holiday Deals and Pop-Ups
    by PYMNTS on 25/05/2024 at 08:00

    This Memorial Day, in addition to the usual round of holiday weekend sales, many retailers are getting more targeted about how they can insert their products into shoppers’ summer celebrations. Walmart, for instance, as part of its push to lower prices in competitive categories, is offering up a pre-selected shopping cart of deals on products The post Retailers Heat Up Memorial Day With Holiday Deals and Pop-Ups appeared first on PYMNTS.com.

  • European Retailers Say Google Search Changes Favor Online Aggregators
    by PYMNTS on 25/05/2024 at 00:36

    The European Union (EU) is currently facing concerns from lobbying groups representing airlines, hotels and retailers regarding Google’s proposed search changes. These groups are urging EU tech regulators to consider their views and not just those of large intermediaries when implementing new tech rules, Reuters reported Friday (May 24). The changes are part of the EU’s Digital Markets Act The post European Retailers Say Google Search Changes Favor Online Aggregators appeared first on PYMNTS.com.

  • Business Spending Increases More Than Expected
    by PYMNTS on 25/05/2024 at 00:10

    New orders for manufactured durable goods increased by 0.7% in April. Orders increased by $1.9 billion to $284.1 billion during the month, the U.S. Census Bureau said in a Friday (May 24) press release. April’s increase in orders for durable goods followed a 0.8% increase in March and marked the third consecutive month of increases, according to the release. The post Business Spending Increases More Than Expected appeared first on PYMNTS.com.

  • Report: MoneyGram Fails to Secure Lower Borrowing Costs on Leveraged Loan
    by PYMNTS on 24/05/2024 at 23:39

    MoneyGram International reportedly failed to secure lower borrowing costs on a $398 million leveraged loan before a deadline on Thursday (May 23). The company had aimed to convince lenders to cut the borrowing costs on the loan that helped finance Madison Dearborn Partners’ leveraged buyout of MoneyGram International in 2023, Bloomberg reported Friday (May 24), citing The post Report: MoneyGram Fails to Secure Lower Borrowing Costs on Leveraged Loan appeared first on PYMNTS.com.

  • Live Nation Faces Consumer Antitrust Lawsuit, Day After DOJ Suit
    by PYMNTS on 24/05/2024 at 22:15

    Live Nation and its Ticketmaster business are reportedly facing a consumer antitrust lawsuit that comes on the heels of a suit filed by the Justice Department. The consumer suit is the first of what’s likely to be many such suits, because they often follow legal action taken by U.S. or state attorneys general, Reuters reported Friday (May 24). Like the Justice Department lawsuit, The post Live Nation Faces Consumer Antitrust Lawsuit, Day After DOJ Suit appeared first on PYMNTS.com.


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  • FinovateSpring 2024 Best of Show Winners Announced
    by David Penn on 23/05/2024 at 01:16

    The demos are done. The votes have been counted. And the people have spoken. After two days of live fintech demos here at FinovateSpring 2024, we are proud to introduce the winners of Best of Show. Bloom Credit for its technology that helps banks and credit unions offer a deposit retention and credit building tool Read more... The post FinovateSpring 2024 Best of Show Winners Announced appeared first on Finovate.

  • How Will You Create the Next Generation Customer Experience?
    by Lili Nguyen on 20/05/2024 at 13:05

    Today’s customers want personalized experiences, but how can companies drive meaningful one-on-one connections at scale? Data wins! Handled correctly, well-orchestrated data reaches customers the way they want to be reached: fast and seamless while facilitating loyalty and trust. The next generation customer experience is made easier with LeanData, the leading Revenue Orchestration platform. LeanData connects Read more... The post How Will You Create the Next Generation Customer Experience? appeared first on Finovate.

  • Finovate Global France: Lydia Launches New Digital Brand, RockFi Raises Millions, Meet Finovate’s French Alums
    by David Penn on 17/05/2024 at 20:56

    This week, Finovate Global looks at recent fintech developments in France. French start-up Lydia announced the launch of a new digital banking brand this week. Named Sumeria, Lydia plans to invest more than €100 million in the new initiative, as well as hire 400 people over the next three years. Sumeria, according to a post Read more... The post Finovate Global France: Lydia Launches New Digital Brand, RockFi Raises Millions, Meet Finovate’s French Alums appeared first on Finovate.

  • Aeropay Lands $20 Million to Fuel Pay-by-Bank
    by Julie Muhn (@julieschicktanz) on 17/05/2024 at 19:32

    Chicago-based payments company Aeropay announced today it has landed $20 million in new funding. The Series B round, which boosts the company’s total funds to $25 million, was led by venture capital firm Group 11 and saw participation from Chicago Ventures and Continental Investment Partners. Aeropay was founded in 2017 to help businesses move money Read more... The post Aeropay Lands $20 Million to Fuel Pay-by-Bank appeared first on Finovate.

  • VantageScore Taps Open Banking Data for New Launch
    by Julie Muhn (@julieschicktanz) on 16/05/2024 at 22:36

    Consumer credit score software company VantageScore unveiled VantageScore 4plus, its newest credit scoring model, today. VantageScore 4plus leverages alternative data sourced through open banking that can be accessed via all major aggregator APIs. When consumers offer lenders access to their bank data, the lender can combine the data with traditional credit scoring information from Experian, Read more... The post VantageScore Taps Open Banking Data for New Launch appeared first on Finovate.


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  • Assessment of Groundwater Recharge Using WetSpass-M and MODFLOW Coupling in Jedeb Watershed, Upper Blue Nile Basin, Ethiopia
    by Tadie Mulie Asrade on 16/05/2024 at 05:57

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 17, Issue , January-December 2024. <br/>Currently, the demand for water is rising, and as a result, the groundwater is declining. Water supplies are not sufficient for agricultural productivity, environmental preservation, or ecosystem services, resulting in an unbalanced water budget in the basin. The goal of this paper is to assess the groundwater recharge in the Jedeb sub-basin using WetSpass-MODFLOW coupling. A spatially distributed water balance model is developed to simulate long-term average recharge depending on land cover, soil texture, topography, and hydro meteorological parameters. The groundwater model is iteratively connected to the recharge model in order to simulate recharge. This means that the depth of the groundwater affects the recharge estimate and vice versa. The average yearly evapotranspiration, surface runoff, and groundwater recharge were determined using WetSpass-M to be 574, 898, and 99 mm, respectively. Groundwater recharge accounted for 6.3% of precipitation, while actual evapotranspiration and surface runoff accounted for 36.4% and 57% of precipitation, respectively. In such seasonal variations, the groundwater level in the Jedeb Sub-basin was studied under various stress conditions (dry season, wet season, and annually). The groundwater level distribution varied from 2,052.3 to 3,063.06 m in the summer stress period (recharge). While in the winter stress period (recharge), the groundwater level varied from 2,051.41 to 3,061.92 m, and the groundwater level due to the annual stress period (recharge) varied from 2,053.76 to 3,064.5 m. With a correlation coefficient of .89, which is an acceptable fit between the simulated and observed heads in steady state for all stress periods (summer, winter, and annual recharge). The contribution of this study could be used as baseline information for regional water resource experts, policymakers, and researchers for further investigation.

  • Indoor Air Pollution: A Review on the Challenges in Third World Countries
    by ME Emetere on 22/03/2024 at 07:01

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 17, Issue , January-December 2024. <br/>Background:The challenges of third-world countries toward curbing indoor air pollution seem insurmountable as its solution is closely linked to their economic incapacities, lifestyle, and existing outdoor air quality. The economic incapacities include types of the cookstove, fuel sources, types of insecticides and pesticides, building patterns, indoor fermentation activities (such as leaving dirty plates and biological waste in the house for a long time), and regulation on the use of deodorants. Aside from the common pollutants from these sources, the reactive chemistry of pollutants leads to other kinds of pollutants which have been reported to be short-lived but dangerous.Objectives:The objectives of the study are to: profile emerging indoor pollutants; examine the pollutant dynamics and their impact on unplanned regions of developing countries; offer solutions to curb indoor pollution in the identified region; elaborate on the cost analysis of existing solutions and how irrelevant they may be due to the rising poverty index; and project how government policies could help in reducing indoor pollution.Design:This paper is a review that wholistically examined indoor pollution. A total of fifty-six articles was reviewed in addition to the data obtained from MERRA-2.Results:The study observed that indoor air pollution dynamics are more complex—compared to outdoor air pollution. It was observed that the possibility to control indoor air pollution is based on the type of pollutants, the reactive chemistry of the pollutants, and ventilation in the building. This review shows that poverty is one of the many reasons why indoor air pollution would be a source of menace for a long time in third-world countries. Several solutions to curbing indoor air pollution were considered with a principal focus on cost and availability.Limitations:Most experimental results that were used to corroborate postulates were obtained from the literature. The accuracy of those experiments and the sensitivity of the equipment used cannot be verified.Conclusion:The plant-based technique was identified as a perfect solution to indoor air pollution control in third-world countries but the local architecture and lifestyle of most third-world countries constitute a threat to its adoption. It was observed that less than 8% of third-world countries have specific Air Quality Acts which have not been amended for decades. Most third-world countries have a general Environmental Act with air quality as a sub-section in the Act with very low fines for violators. The inclusion of indoor air quality as a vital public health issue in third-world countries is necessary for the preservation of lives and posterity.

  • Effect of Blue Agave (Agave tequilana Weber) Management on Soil Erosion
    by Ruben Dario Guevara-Gutierrez on 08/03/2024 at 11:19

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 17, Issue , January-December 2024. <br/>The expansion of blue agave (Agave tequilana Weber) plantations beyond the plant’s original distribution range in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, has caused a drastic change in land use and crop patterns, exerting pressure on natural resources. This study originated based on a request from landowners who leased their land to a tequila company to grow agave in the municipality of Autlán. Therefore, this study records the effect of crop management on the degradation of non-renewable soil and water resources in plots conventionally managed by the company compared to the one managed by a private owner The sampling unit was 2 m × 5 m runoff lots, with a repetition and a control lot (without vegetation cover) with a 6% slope. Sampling was carried out in the rainy season from July to October, 2020. The results showed different behavior between repetitions. Total sediment yield in the farmer’s plot was 9.260 t ha−1 and in its control 6.844 t ha−1 versus the company’s plot of 13.796 t ha−1 and its control 5.233 t ha−1. These values reflect an increase in soil loss by 26% and 62%, respectively, due to management effects. The difference between sites is due in part to the different rainfall intensities and distribution of recorded rainfall separates the two sites. Given these results, there is a lack of knowledge of the impact of crop management on soil degradation by companies and farmers who lease or plant blue agave, in addition to the absence of a sustainable project that considers the conservation of soil and water, based on agronomic and cultural measures before, during, and after the harvest season by the municipality and state authorities and the agave-tequila companies.

  • Prokaryotic Community Composition and Diversity in Sediments from Choctafaula, Uphapee, and Cubahatchee Creeks in the Lower Tallapoosa River Basin, Macon County, Alabama: An Observational Study
    by Tanzir Hossain on 17/02/2024 at 09:33

    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 17, Issue , January-December 2024. <br/>Sedimentary prokaryotes are primarily responsible for metabolic activity in rivers. They are subjected to a variety of natural and anthropogenic pressures, allowing us to use the composition and diversity of their communities as indicators of ecological health. For our investigation, we looked at sediments from three ecologically critical streams in the Lower Tallapoosa River Basin (Choctafaula, Uphapee, and Cubahatchee Creeks). The prokaryotic community was characterized using molecular approaches, and elemental concentrations were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry. This research demonstrated that Proteobacteria (45.02–80.73%), Bacteroidetes (1.98–26.52%), Firmicutes (1.36–50.67%), Actinobacteria (1.55–16.81%), and Acidobacteria (0.13–8.77%) were the most prevalent phyla. Key physicochemical parameters, core communities at multiple taxonomic levels, and several pathogenic genera shifted radically between streams. Weighted and unweighted unifrac distance metrics based PCoA plots indicated the structural and membership similarity of samples from specific creek ecosystems. Based on our research findings, it is evident that the composition and diversity of prokaryotic communities in sediment could serve as significant indicators in stream ecosystems. Further investigation and application of these indicators could prove valuable in assessing the health of streams, particularly in light of the accelerated changes resulting from climate change within a condensed timeframe.

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    Air, Soil and Water Research, Volume 17, Issue , January-December 2024. <br/>




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  • A Leap Towards Textile Circularity
    by Amanda Moore on 22/05/2024 at 13:39

      Unveiling the Sorting for Circularity USA Report Today marks a transformative moment for the US textile industry as Fashion for Good (FFG) proudly launches the groundbreaking “Sorting for Circularity USA” report. Fashion for Good is a global innovation platform advancing textile circularity across the globe and RRS was proud to work with them on The post A Leap Towards Textile Circularity appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • Explore Food Waste Collection With Nicole Chardoul
    by Amanda Moore on 25/04/2024 at 04:51

    Maximize Local Organics Recycling with Food Waste Collection Are you considering food waste collection in your community? With Materials Management Planning underway across Michigan counties, now is the perfect moment for local communities to explore this opportunity. Join RRS Vice President Nicole Chardoul for a half-day training on introducing food waste into compost collection programs The post Explore Food Waste Collection With Nicole Chardoul appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • The Benefits of Multi-County MMP Collaboration
    by Amanda Moore on 25/04/2024 at 04:50

    Considerations for Collaborative MMP When it comes to working with one county or multiple counties on Materials Management Planning (MMP), weighing the benefits and risks carefully can help lead to successful, mutually beneficial relationships. Collaboration can create great opportunities, benefits, and efficiencies as well as potential challenges. Think About the Planning Process Creating an MMP The post The Benefits of Multi-County MMP Collaboration appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • Susan Graff Feature from Georgia Tech School of Public Policy
    by Amanda Moore on 08/04/2024 at 00:59

      Distinguished Alumni: Susan Graff Susan Graff is a Principal and Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability for RRS. Susan Graff was the 2023 Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipient! For over 30 years, Susan has been a change-maker and consultant in sustainability and materials management for industry and government. She The post Susan Graff Feature from Georgia Tech School of Public Policy appeared first on Recycle.com.

  • Three Steps to Complete Notice of Intent for Michigan’s MMP
    by Amanda Moore on 03/04/2024 at 13:24

    Three Steps to Help you Launch Your MMP! Our clients have been feeling overwhelmed by the influx of information regarding the Materials Management Planning process in Michigan. To alleviate this, we’re simplifying the initial step, the Notice of Intent, to facilitate a step-by-step approach. In this blog, we’ll offer essential background information for both you The post Three Steps to Complete Notice of Intent for Michigan’s MMP appeared first on Recycle.com.


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Becoming Minimalist Own less. Live more.

  • Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
    by joshua becker on 25/05/2024 at 07:19

    My desire with each Weekend Reads is to provide you with articles and posts that encourage simplicity and minimalist living. Below, you will find links to blog posts and news stories that I hand-picked over the last couple weeks. I hope you find inspiration and practical help inside them. That is my goal on Becoming The post Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads. appeared first on Becoming Minimalist.

  • Introducing Becoming Minimalist Shorts
    by joshua becker on 23/05/2024 at 06:21

    If you’ve spent any time on the Internet over the last ten years, you know the growth of Short Video Content has been astronomical. Tik-Toks, Reels, Shorts, the list goes on and on—people love them. Well, if that’s where the world is hanging out, why not use the platform for good? Over the past couple The post Introducing Becoming Minimalist Shorts appeared first on Becoming Minimalist.

  • Why These 10 Decluttering Lies Are Sabotaging Your Efforts
    by joshua becker on 20/05/2024 at 04:42

    If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the clutter in your home, you are not alone. Many people start the journey to a simpler space only to find themselves discouraged by the task ahead. It can be very overwhelming at the start. Quickly, it starts to look like the road to decluttering will be filled with The post Why These 10 Decluttering Lies Are Sabotaging Your Efforts appeared first on Becoming Minimalist.

  • The Case Against Praising Excess
    by joshua becker on 16/05/2024 at 05:11

    “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” —Jim Carrey Our world is quick to applaud success—as well it should. It is entirely appropriate to champion those who develop their talents, work hard, and overcome obstacles. There are many The post The Case Against Praising Excess appeared first on Becoming Minimalist.

  • From Minimalist Lifestyle to Global Change: The Hope Effect Story
    by joshua becker on 13/05/2024 at 06:26

    In two weeks, I will celebrate 16 years of Becoming Minimalist (both the lifestyle and this blog). If you’ve been following my writing for any length of time, you know that I LOVE listing out the positive benefits of owning less. In almost every post, in way or another, I point out the life-giving benefits The post From Minimalist Lifestyle to Global Change: The Hope Effect Story appeared first on Becoming Minimalist.


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  • No Cook Meal Ideas for Hot Summer Days
    by Merissa on 22/05/2024 at 12:37

    Is it too hot to cook or bake at your house? Here are some no cook meal ideas that you can try this summer! The post No Cook Meal Ideas for Hot Summer Days appeared first on Little House Living.

  • Russian Salad Dressing Recipe
    by Merissa on 20/05/2024 at 15:29

    Need something delicious to spice up your summer greens? This Russian Salad Dressing will be a hit! The post Russian Salad Dressing Recipe appeared first on Little House Living.

  • Home Canned Dill Relish Recipe
    by Merissa on 20/05/2024 at 14:28

    Want to make your own home-canned Dill Relish and save yourself some trips to the grocery store this winter? This is our family’s favorite recipe! Home Canned Dill Relish Recipe Each year, our family must make more of this delicious Dill Relish Recipe! We use it on burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and anything else... The post Home Canned Dill Relish Recipe appeared first on Little House Living.

  • 5 Dandelion Recipes to Try This Summer
    by Merissa on 20/05/2024 at 13:51

    Have lots of dandelions growing in your yard this year? Make the most of them with these yummy dandelion recipes which are both delicious and healthy! Dandelion Blossom Fritters Recipe Dandelion Blossom Fritters recipe can be easily adapted for your favorite ingredients. Choose whatever flour, milk, and seasonings best fit your family’s taste and/or food restrictions. Get the recipe... The post 5 Dandelion Recipes to Try This Summer appeared first on Little House Living.

  • Fridge Magnetic Meal Planner I Use
    by Merissa on 18/05/2024 at 15:11

    Need a better way to see what meals you have planned for the week? I thought I’d take a brief moment today and share the magnetic meal planner I use in my home. No matter what method I use to do my meal planning, whether online or by the Binder Method, I still like having... The post Fridge Magnetic Meal Planner I Use appeared first on Little House Living.


Articles - No Sidebar Design a Simple Life

  • Why Clutter is the Enemy of the Life You Want to Live
    by No Sidebar on 25/05/2024 at 07:20

    Have you ever felt like your clutter is more than just a messy inconvenience? That maybe, it’s actually standing in the way of the life you’ve always imagined? You’re not alone. Clutter isn’t just stuff that’s lying around. It’s a thief. It steals your space, zaps your energy, and gobbles up your time and money. The post Why Clutter is the Enemy of the Life You Want to Live appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • How to Edit Everything
    by Karen Trefzger on 23/05/2024 at 15:00

    Here’s a simple truth: The more items we own, the less we value them. For example, digital photos are abundant, and it’s easy to take more. As a result, we rarely look at them. But I’ve framed the single black-and-white snapshot of my parents’ wedding, and display it proudly. How about overstuffed closets filled with The post How to Edit Everything appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • 10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life in 10 Minutes
    by No Sidebar on 22/05/2024 at 15:00

    In our increasingly digital world, digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical mess. However, tidying up your digital life doesn’t need to be a daunting task. Here are ten quick and effective ways to declutter your digital space, each in 10 minutes or less. 1. Archive Old Emails Take a few minutes to The post 10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life in 10 Minutes appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • The Power of a Quiet Life
    by Heather Spiva on 20/05/2024 at 15:00

    I love Friday nights at home with a movie or a book, and my family alongside me. I also happen to love Friday nights when both my sons and husband are at work and I’m home alone. Whether alone or with people, the constant thing I yearn for is quiet living. Choosing a quiet life The post The Power of a Quiet Life appeared first on No Sidebar.

  • 10 Simple Habits for a Cleaner, Calmer Home
    by No Sidebar on 18/05/2024 at 06:35

    A clean and calm home is a joy to live in. But it is more than that, it also provides the stable foundation upon which we build our lives—and the lives of our family members. As Peter Walsh says, “Your home should be the antidote to stress, not the cause.“ Maintaining such an environment doesn’t The post 10 Simple Habits for a Cleaner, Calmer Home appeared first on No Sidebar.


  • An ordinary week and some of what it contains
    by Unknown on 25/05/2024 at 23:13

    It looks like I live a traditional, old-fashioned life and yet I believe my lifestyle is revolutionary and rebellious. Yes, I bake bread and cakes, preserve food in jars and cook all my meals from scratch. I happily live a thrifty life, I never follow fashion - either in clothes or opinions, I don't draw electricity from the grid, my water usage is estimated by the water company as being that of half a person (!), I drive less than 1500 km a year and I haven't been on a plane since the 1990s. I live on less than $30,000 a year and am thankful to save about $100 a week of that. I don't have a credit card but I do buy books, fabrics, including lots of linen, hobby supplies, toys for Gracie and anything else I need or want, and I do that with cash. This is my square loaf but I didn't put enough dough in the tin for it to rise into a square.  Oops.I might be doing the work that was done by housewives in the past but I have different reasons for doing my work and a lot of it is focused on the environment, the cost of living, slowing down and wanting to live a peaceful, happy life.  But none of that just happens automatically, it takes a plan, hard work and determination, and it comes in stages.Doing housework makes you feel better and I know that because often when faced with a job I don't want to do - mopping the floors and cleaning the cupboard under the kitchen sink come to mind - I make sure I do the best job I can because when I finish, I feel fantastic. And when I clean under the kitchen sink, I keep going back to admire my work. 🙄During the week, I picked 25 chillies from the herb garden for Sunny and family.  Sunny chomps away on chillies like they're apples. I have two small chilli circle slices in my entire dish.Yesterday was the second anniversary of Hanno's death. I thought of him more than usual, some visitors came to my home and there were a few phone calls. Of course I think of him every day but it’s not in the context of grief but rather affectionate memories of our life together and how we built a better life for ourselves that involved working sustainably rather than focusing on money. Grandma Donna and I have been continuing with our talks and last week we discussed soaking flour. I'll talk about that when I understand it more and teach myself to use it in my baking. I love talking to Donna, she says I have an accent, which of course I don't but I love listening to her southern American accent. We have so much in common, it's like having a sister that I've never met on the other side of the world. Life is made richer with genuine friendships - I hope your life is enriched by them too.Here are Pip and Gracie getting to know each other. I also spent time with another dear friend, Nicole Lutze. She brought her puppy Pip with her so both Gracie and I were delighted.  For morning tea I baked a decadent French Apple Cake with no milk or buttermilk but with double the butter. It was delicious. I made sure I sent half of it home with Nicole so I wasn't tempted to eat the whole thing. When I make bread, I usually take off a small piece of dough and freeze it for pizza. This is the pizza I made this week. My work today will involve reorganising the freezer and cleaning the fridge, clipping Gracie, tidying the back verandah and moving a few more things from the front verandah to the back. Yesterday I made Gracie's food for the next couple of weeks, beef, barley and vegetable soup for my meals for the next few days;  I also pruned all the plants on the front verandah. It's a good time to do that - the plants don't grow much over winter and it gives them the chance to rest and then they're ready to burst into new life in spring.  If you wait until spring to prune, the plants will have to recover from the pruning before they put on new growth. So with all that under my belt, when I finish this post to you, I'll be sewing for the rest of the day. I haven't had a chance to sew for ages. It's mainly mending and creating a few bits and pieces for my home. I want to make a little curtain for the inside of the front door, I need to finish off some aprons I have cut out and I want to make a new cover for Gracie's bed. What are you doing today?Chinese style chicken with pak choy.I got my flu vaccination last week. The first time I went for it, I had to postpone because someone I had close contact with got Covid. I've never had Covid and I don't want to get the flu or RSV either so I'm careful about where I go and cleaning my hands as often as I can while I'm out. I doubt that will change in the future because new viruses seem to be present in the community every so often.I hope you're well and not caught up in the rough weather that seems to be happening all over the place. Have a great weekend and spend some time with the people you love. Thank you for your visits and to everyone who comments, thank you, I love knowing what you're doing and I love reading them.ADDITIONAL READING AND VIEWINGCheese, please! Eight everyday foods that are great for gut health – and aren’t kimchi, kombucha, ’kraut or kefirThe life of a former cafe owner who enjoys being close to natureSmall order of monks living hidden lives in South Canterbury hills (New Zealand)How relevance deprivation syndrome has liberated me in my retirementTop 10 Dogs of the Week‘We call it our farm’: meet the Australians swapping supermarket shopping for farm sharesThinking of getting a solar battery? Consider these things firstCanned tuna recipes

  • There will be wonderful afternoons in the garden
    by Unknown on 12/05/2024 at 01:09

    I received an email during the week from a reader who has been mourning her husband for seven years. She said she's given up on housework and only does what must be done. She said the rest of the time, like me, she sits and thinks about life with her husband. I had to correct her because that's not what I do, I gave up sitting and thinking about life with Hanno because that’s not how I want to live. I want to be self-reliant and productive. I work all through the day and while I work, I remember sometimes what Hanno and I did together. I realised I had to get on with my life, that Hanno would have expected that and I didn't want to give up. My purpose now is to create the life I want to live in the home I want to stay in. Having a purpose helps me get through many things and it also helps me to keep going. Being thoughtful in all areas of my life, not just housework, helps a lot too. It helps me understand what makes tasks easy or difficult, it helps me decide what I should do and what doesn't matter that much. All actions have consequences, and more importantly, inaction has consequences too. There are plenty of lemons growing and new flowers for follow-ups too. I juiced one of these lemons during the week and I got two cups of juice from one lemon. So with all that in mind I'm putting into action a feeling I'd been harbouring for a while - I started planting vegetables and herbs again! I'm growing a small group of vegetables and herbs that I eat almost every week and I'm doing that in the old sandbox garden. I won't be breaking soil again or dealing with weeds, everything will happen in the sandbox or pots. First to go into a pot was ginger, I have a chilli bush growing in the sandbox that's full of fruit and I'll keep that going when I harvest the chillies. I'll soon buy six rainbow chard seedlings and they'll be planted in the sandbox. I have five pots of parsley going and I just received heirloom seeds for perennial Welsh onions and the Australian heirloom Crystal Apple cucumber. I'll use the ginger throughout the year in tea, cordial and ginger beer, I'll make enough chilli jam for the year, eat some fresh and share the rest with Sunny and Kerry. All my other fruit and vegetables will come from the supermarket or roadside stall.The old sandbox is full of weeds at the moment. I've removed about half of them but I have to take it slow because bending over makes me dizzy. I think I'll finish the weeding during the week and I'll sow seeds for the Welsh onions and Crystal Apple cucumber in a tray to grow a bit before I plant them out. I'll probably have to bring in some bricks to create a stable place for the pots to sit on. When I get into it properly, I'll take more photos and write about the new garden and pots. It will do me good to get into the backyard again, especially in the afternoons. My housework will be finished, there'll be shade over the garden and the birds will be there. I’ll be able to see and hear small birds chirping, whip birds cracking their whips, kookaburras laughing and occasionally, cockatoos screeching. If I hear swooshing overhead, I’ll know the man up the road has released his homing pigeons for their afternoon flight. They will be wonderful afternoons.Here's my girl. Gracie recently found a snake skin on the lattice at the end of the verandah. When I wandered down there to see what she was carrying around, I saw she'd bitten the tail off the skin and was about to eat it!  She WILL eat anything but we're still the best of friends.I wonder if you've found soup bones at your local butcher or supermarket lately. I had no luck when I looked and the last time I bought bones, they were ridiculously expensive. So I'm changing what I've always done in the past and when I eat chops, T Bone steak or other meat with bones, I'll cook the meat and cut the bones out before I serve the meal. Those bones will go into a container in the freezer and I'll use them for soup and bone broth. I've made a few small changes lately. I grind my peppercorns in the little food processor and keep a small jar next to my little salt container instead of buying peppercorns in a grinder.The square bread is still filling my kitchen with a lovely aroma once a week. I'm very happy with the recipe and haven't made any changes, which is unusual for me. To save on plastic bags, I bought a small plastic container to keep it in after I slice the loaf. It can go in the freezer or fridge depending on the space I have available and what I'm eating that week.I hope all is going well for you. After talking to Grandma Donna on Skype, I know about the terrible tornadoes in the US. I hope you've not been close to that and that everyone is safe and sound. If you're in the rain areas in NSW and Victoria, I hope that didn't result in floods for you.  I send my best wishes to everyone who read this.  🥰🧵 🪡 🧵ADDITIONAL READING AND LISTENINGI've been going through old music from the 60s and 70s to catch up on some favourites and see what I missed. I listened to Led Zeppelin for a couple of months, then ELO, Radiohead, The Eagles, REM, Carly Simon and Janis Joplin. Now I'm obsessing over Dire Straits. I think their song Sultans of Swing, released in 1978, is a standout and the guitar playing is the best you'll hear on a pop song. The singer-songwriter is Mark Knophler, he is now 75 years old. I listen to it every morning and every evening and it makes me happy - not just for the music but also for the nostalgia. If you haven't heard it before, be my guest ... you're welcome.I had a little nap after lunch last week and when I woke, the TV was on and I was on TV! I wasn't sure what was going on straight away but it turned out, I had been watching YouTube and it continued on and auto played a video of Morag Gamble and me. I thought you might like to see it too.  Morag has some excellent resources on her blog so it will be worth it to check that out too.I like food and budget strategy of the woman on  Hometown homestead  See what she has to say.Batch cook, set fake deadlines – and delegate: how efficient people get stuff doneAnd here's one of my old posts that I think should see the light of day again. It's called Enough.The comedy pet photo awards‘Never go to battle hungry’: Australian chefs on their mother’s best advice in the kitchen – and beyond

  • Creating a beautiful, simple lifestyle
    by Unknown on 02/05/2024 at 22:22

    I didn't understand the significance of caring for a home until I gave up working for a living and started building a slower life which involved housework. In the beginning I thought I was focused on a series of tasks that had to be done on a daily, weekly or monthly basis but about two or three weeks later it clicked and it all made sense to me. I wasn't just doing a group of individual chores, housework was helping me create a home. I could see then that the cooking and baking were connected to the grocery shopping, gardening, chickens, the budget, recycling and family gatherings; cleaning was connected to the laundry, making soap, laundry liquid, green cleaners, home maintenance and the budget; the chickens were connected to the garden, recycling, cooking and the budget, and so forth. The budget was connected to everything. The separate tasks of housework made more sense when I realised it was like a patchwork and the elements worked together to create a simple lifestyle and a better life. Looking after a family and the family home is one of the hardest jobs around and unfortunately, many of us don't give it the respect it deserves.  It's often thought of as being domestic drudgery - hard work that never ends.  It's true that housework never ends but if you want to live a simpler life in a home that's a safe haven, doing housework will enable you to do it. If you don't do the work, everything stays the same.But you can take it in stages.I keep forgetting to drink enough water so I fill this litre jug every morning and make sure I drink it all before lunch. After lunch it's filled again and I drink that litre during the afternoon.  It's working so far.I don't want you to follow what I do because I have the time to do a lot more than I used to do when I was a working mum and my sons lived at home. I think stay-at-home mums and dads and retired folk could easily do their own version of what I do. If you're trying to simplify, identify the stage of life you're at, work out the time you have available and do what you can with the time you have. One thing's for sure, you'll be able to do something. It could be making your own laundry liquid (it takes 10 minutes), baking a cake each week for school lunches, menu planning, once a week cooking from scratch or any number of things. Pick one thing and start doing it. Once you get that under your belt, add something else . When you transition to a different stage - maybe your kids leave home or you work shorter hours - you can take on more.  It's all up to you.Always focus on being thrifty and do what you can to save money. Reducing your debt will give you more options, life will be less stressful and you can move towards paying for everything when you have the cash, not on credit. There are strategies you can use to help you pay off debt, if you search for "paying off debt" or "budgeting" in my search bar you'll find the ones I, and thousands of others, use. It's not easy but the feeling you get when you pay off your mortgage or credit cards is indescribably wonderful.Make your home what you want it to be. No one will come in and offer to do that for you, it's one of your power tasks and it can make or break you.  All the time you put into your home will make you a different person. It will open you up to the deeper understanding of what home is, it will slow you down to and help you to relax, it will give you a better understanding of debt and it will give you and your family a place where they feel safe. And in these uncertain times, everyone should have that. All the ordinary tasks it takes to make my home the place I want it to be, as well as the thinking, relaxing and silence I cultivate every day changed me for the better. At the beginning of this I had no clue that would happen and it was one of the many things that surprised and delighted me. My home has become a centre point for me, I am made content and self-reliant by the work I do. I reclaimed my independence here and discovered how to live to my potential. The slower pace helps you see what might be ahead - both the good and the bad. It may not be everyone's choice doing household chores but I have been enriched by it and I doubt I would be as happy as I am without meaningful work to do every day. I don't want to live a life where I don't have to do any work, and I don't want to be dragged down by it either. I know now that if I do the work here that makes my home comfortable and safe, in return I get this feeling of sublime contentment. And I am thankful that homemaking slowed me down enough to discover that.EXTRA READING:Meal prepping is boomingKnitting and Nalbinding - here's what we know ...Old, broken stool restoration92 year old grandmother at the edge of the worldAbout 13 years ago Hanno painted our roof with solar-reflective white paint, here’s whyHome Maintenance - the roofI hope you're doing well now that we're settling into our cold and hot seasons. We've had record amounts of rain this year and the bush and pine forests surrounding my home have never looked better. Kerry and Jamie are coming over tomorrow and I'm looking forward to a good weekend.  I hope you have a great weekend too. Stay safe. xx~~~ 🐝 🐝 🐝 ~~~

  • Food, Home Maintenance, eCookbook and Gracie
    by Unknown on 26/04/2024 at 01:03

    Thanks for all the birthday wishes. It's a lovely way to mark my special day. I haven't taken any new photos for this post, mainly because I didn't have any spare time and I thought it was a good way of featuring some old photos I'd forgotten about. I'm having some work done on the front verandah and had workmen here to check what could be done. Just before he got sick, Hanno noticed some problems in the concrete on the verandah and he never got back to it. He was always focused on home maintenance and said that if maintenance wasn't carried out when it was first noticed, the problems only got worse and it took more time, energy and money to fix. So now, after waiting two years to have someone look at this, it looks like major work. They're going to remove the top layers of cement, with some thick patches of paint attached, then level and tile it all. Before that's done, I have to take all the plants and furniture to the back verandah. Shane was here on Tuesday to remove the front tank for me. I'm really happy he'll use it in his own vegetable/flower gardens. I'm not sure yet when the main work will start but I'll start my work over the weekend.I've decided I'm not going to do the eCookbook. I had to resurrect Word which I was very happy to delete when I finished writing my books and when I looked at it again, I was lost. I spent the first six weeks relearning it. It's bad enough just dealing with the text but when I tried to insert photos, it was difficult keeping my place and working out where to insert page breaks. Over the past two weeks I've been trying different apps and I worked out it would take me another two months to finish the first book. I even tossed up the possibility of stopping the blog to keep writing the eBook. Then I started thinking about my promise to myself about only doing what I wanted to do, and I don't want to do the book. It was a purely financial decision to cover some expenses I had so apart from disappointing you - and I hope you aren't too disappointed, I'm pleased to leave it behind. And that will give me the time to write blog posts to my heart's content. I still get a lot out of my blog, I love helping people and sharing what I know and that is best done here, on this blog where I have no word or photo limits.Most of the recipes I was going to share are on the blog, I was going to update them, but they are there. There's a search bar on the right side of this page so all you need to do is to search for what you want to find. And I'll make sure I add the foods and meals I'm cooking to my blog posts as I go along.I made a big pot of beef, barley and root vegetable soup last week. I enjoyed that for a few days and also stored two litres of it in the freezer. In the middle of winter, when it's really cold, I'll defrost it, turn on my heater and enjoy it. I'm making pikelets this morning. I've made the batter and will cook them when I finish here.  I have some double cream I have to use up and will make the choice of strawberry or cherry jam while I make a pot of tea.Aldi seems to have lowered a few prices recently so I've been shopping there. I never shop at Coles but Woolworths, while saying they're dropping prices, it seems to be the same to me. If you're struggling with the cost of living now, I hope you can keep your head above water until things change again. It's difficult because there seems to be no way out but usually it's a matter of small things making a big difference. I've found some old posts that might help with with food costs but if you don't already cook from scratch, that is what will save you the most money, as well as be a huge improvement in the taste and nutrition of the food you serve.https://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2021/10/main-meals-cooked-from-your-rotating.htmlhttps://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2018/01/food-shopping-organising-recipes-and.htmlhttps://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2015/01/healthier-and-cheaper-cold-cuts.htmlhttps://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2011/09/my-german-beef-fest.htmlhttps://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2011/04/saving-money-on-meat-buying-in-bulk.htmlhttps://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2013/11/frugal-food-savoury-mince.htmlhttps://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/2010/08/home-cooking-what-decadence.htmlAnd finally, I have no doubt that those of you who follow Gracie closely won't be surprised to know she is still sitting at the bookcase looking for mice.  She has also expanded her search areas to a cupboard in my office (she's there now) and another bookcase in the lounge room. 😑I hope you're doing well in your home during these hard times.  It won't last forever, we just have to keep going and take one small step at a time. If you have any tips for the rest of us, please share them in the comments.  xx ❤️

  • Where happiness is lurking
    by Unknown on 15/04/2024 at 00:43

    It's my birthday today, I'm 76. 🙂  I love being my age. Every stage of life brings new joys and challenges and now is no different. I know some people fear ageing but I think life gets better the older you are. I have all the time I want to do as I please and when I was younger it was the opposite. I have no doubt there will come a time when it will get harder but until then I'll live every day to the full and enjoy each day.After 13 years on book shelves in Australia and around the world, Down to Earth looks to be on its last legs. My royalties are telling me that story and I think The Simple Life and The Simple Home will follow. The number of borrowers in libraries is still high but the libraries have cut back the number of copies they're keeping. It's been a wonderful ride to be on and I'm very grateful to everyone who bought my books, I hope you got the value, inspiration and encouragement you were expecting. If you want to buy my books, look around now because I'm not sure how long they'll be available. There is a paperback and hardback edition of Down to Earth.I've changed a fair bit in my home this year. Things I don't use have been given away and I'm aiming to create a home that is comfortable, welcoming, easy to look after and which will encourage creativity. In the past week I've created a new drawing space in the lounge room; it faces a window and has good light. At the moment I'm working on a daily journal with watercolor drawings but my long term goal is to paint watercolour portraits. I have no unrealistic ideas about my talent as an artist but like everything else I've ever done, I'll work through it regularly and hopefully improve. Whether I reach the stage I'd like to be at is anyone's guess but I'm looking forward to the time I spend at that desk.I bought a heater recently after years of using the reverse cycle air conditioning which I didn't like at all. I really wanted to put in a chimney and wood heater but it would have cost a lot of money so I looked around for something else. I had no idea these heaters existed but I found an electric heater with a pretty realistic fire glowing in the front. I love it. As you know I had a thousand dollars credit on my electricity bill so I withdrew some of that credit and used that to buy it. My bill tells me the lowest usage level they bill for is a one person household, I use half that. So officially, as far as the electric company is concerned, I'm half a person. 🫤 I'll be happy to use the heater when it's cold and enjoy looking at the flames while I warm up.Vegetable and meatball soup (above) and Shepherd's Pie, made with the leftovers from a half leg of roast lamb (below).  Both delicious.I've been living alone for two years now. It looks like the trick to solo living is to have a loose plan every day and to stay active. I’m getting by nicely using a combination of technology, creativity, old-fashioned housework and home cooking. I don't spend a lot of time online or watching TV but I want to keep a clean home, I want to eat the food I like, I want to develop my creativity and I want to be productive. I don't have specific meal times - I eat my main meal between 12 noon and 2pm and at other times I eat if or when I'm hungry.  I make my bed before 9am but all other housework happens when I feel like doing it. I do have a cleaner who comes in for two hours once a fortnight as part of my home care plan, so far it's all working very well.  The gardeners come once a fortnight - they're on my home care plan too.  They do a great job mowing, cleaning up and weeding. The garden beds are gone now, except for the last bed near the chook house but I'll leave that one because it provides a logical boundary. Most of the weeds that were climbing the fences have gone as have all the sapling trees that had come up all over the place. We've always had these jobs to do but it was one of the jobs Hanno did every so often and I never had to worry about anything like that. I was so lucky to have a him as my husband.Gracie made me do it. 😑But I was happy with the end result.  It's less for the kids to deal with when I'm gone. We had two mice here in the house last week and I was pleased to catch them in traps and get rid of them. Since then Gracie was convinced there were more behind the bookcase. I couldn't hear anything but I thought that maybe the two mice produced a litter and those babies were too small to call out. Gracie sat at each end of the bookcase for hours and eventually I gave in and decided to have a look.  That meant taking everything off the bookcase because I couldn't move it otherwise. When I had it all on the kitchen table I decided I had to continue on with my Swedish Death Cleaning and nothing would go back that should be thrown out or given away.  I was so pleased I did that. It feels like I should have done it a year ago but it's done now and I'm happy with the way it looks.  And no, there were no mice under or behind the bookcase but Gracie is still sitting there. Terriers never like giving up, she takes after me. 😎Have you made plans for yourself to help you achieve your dreams? Don't just drift along - if you have goals, go for them. No one is going to hand you your ideal life on a silver platter - we all have to work for what we get. I've worked hard all my life and continue to do it because I know that's where happiness is lurking. I hope you discover that simple truth too.  Take care, friends. xx


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  • The Power of Virtual Reality: Transforming the Digital World
    by Duncan MacRae on 23/05/2024 at 15:08

    By 2030, almost 23.5 million jobs internationally could be integrating AR and VR technologies, confirming the fast-growing trend of immersive tech in many sectors. Through virtual reality (VR), creating such absorbing and intelligent games, the industry is leading the field of digital transformation and paving the way for the new future of the global community.... Read more » The post The Power of Virtual Reality: Transforming the Digital World appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • qomodo secures $1.6 million in funding to fortify IoT cybersecurity
    by Muhammad Zulhusni on 22/05/2024 at 15:46

    qomodo, an IoT cybersecurity company, has successfully raised $1.6 million in pre-seed funding. This round was spearheaded by Expeditions Fund and saw contributions from Amadeus Capital Partners, Auriga Cyber Ventures, Nio Advisors, McNally Capital, Ventures Together, and returning investor, Techstars. The funding aims to bolster qomodo’s mission to fortify IoT security against escalating cyber threats. Founded by former... Read more » The post qomodo secures $1.6 million in funding to fortify IoT cybersecurity appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • Disused Northamptonshire railway tunnel to become world-leading test facility for self-driving vehicles
    by Duncan MacRae on 22/05/2024 at 10:29

    A disused railway tunnel in Northamptonshire is set to become a world-leading test facility for the self-driving vehicles of tomorrow. The 2.7km Catesby Tunnel has officially joined CAM Testbed UK, a global centre for the innovation and development of connected and self-driving vehicle technologies. Operated by Catesby Projects, official worldwide resellers of Catesby Tunnel, the... Read more » The post Disused Northamptonshire railway tunnel to become world-leading test facility for self-driving vehicles appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • Aramco enhances industrial IoT and AI with Qualcomm’s expertise
    by Muhammad Zulhusni on 20/05/2024 at 10:55

    Petroleum and natural gas firm, Aramco, has collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies in order to enhance connectivity, artificial intelligence and advanced computing technologies for industrial use cases in Saudi Arabia. This collaboration aims to speed the development of the industrial 4G/5G and non-terrestrial networks (NTN) ecosystem, which includes 450MHz cellular technologies. It will also focus on designing... Read more » The post Aramco enhances industrial IoT and AI with Qualcomm’s expertise appeared first on Internet of Things News.

  • Jason Mann, SAS: How IoT is shaping the world for the better
    by Duncan MacRae on 16/05/2024 at 15:14

    TechForge recently caught up with Jason Mann, VP of IoT at data and AI leader SAS, as he explained how companies can utlise the Internet of Things effectively, and how the technology is improving sustainability around the globe. What are the latest trends in IoT you’re seeing develop this year? A major trend is the... Read more » The post Jason Mann, SAS: How IoT is shaping the world for the better appeared first on Internet of Things News.


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  • Fact of the Day – 5/24/2024
    by Connected World on 24/05/2024 at 06:15

    Berg Insight says the installed base of smart parking sensors to reach 3.2 million units in 2028. The post Fact of the Day – 5/24/2024 first appeared on Connected World.

  • Fact of the Day – 5/23/2024
    by Connected World on 23/05/2024 at 06:15

    Connected World says 78% of respondents say U.S. consumers say a sustainable lifestyle is important. The post Fact of the Day – 5/23/2024 first appeared on Connected World.

  • Robotics Rise Up
    by Peggy Smedley on 22/05/2024 at 07:20

    Robotics have been around for decades, with a rich history in both business and consumer applications, which we will explore here on this blog. However, we are at an interesting precipice in time where we can now combine robotics with new intelligence that comes from gen AI (artificial intelligence). Let’s take some time to explore [...] The post Robotics Rise Up first appeared on Connected World.

  • Fact of the Day – 5/22/2024
    by Connected World on 22/05/2024 at 06:14

    Juniper Research says subscription economy to be worth almost $1 trillion globally by 2028. The post Fact of the Day – 5/22/2024 first appeared on Connected World.

  • Women: Hurdles in Construction
    by Laura Black on 21/05/2024 at 07:17

    If we want to solve the labor crisis, we must consider each person’s unique set of needs. Let’s consider the example of women in construction. Too often, this group of people still face a lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) and other hurdles. In fact, a new report suggests there are several critical challenges that [...] The post Women: Hurdles in Construction first appeared on Connected World.


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  • SECO Showcases Next-Generation Technologies at Embedded World China 2024
    by IoT.Business.News on 24/05/2024 at 12:01

    Experience the future of IoT and industrial innovation with SECO’s latest solutions and partnerships at Booth 230. SECO announced its participation at embedded world China 2024, the premier exhibition for embedded systems technologies, from 12 to 14 June at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. As a leading provider of end-to-end technological solutions, ... The post SECO Showcases Next-Generation Technologies at Embedded World China 2024 appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • Kinéis and Semtech revolutionize access to satellite connectivity with a terrestrial IoT chip
    by IoT.Business.News on 24/05/2024 at 07:05

    Kinéis and Semtech make satellite connectivity more accessible for the Internet of Things (IoT) by reusing standard terrestrial solutions. This complementarity will provide global coverage to millions of users in a simple and direct manner. Kinéis spatial connectivity easily integrated into Semtech chips Kinéis and Semtech are proud to announce this strategic collaboration that integrates ... The post Kinéis and Semtech revolutionize access to satellite connectivity with a terrestrial IoT chip appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • The installed base of cellular POS terminals to reach 189 million in 2027
    by IoT.Business.News on 23/05/2024 at 08:46

    Cellular connectivity has become a very popular option for POS terminals and was incorporated in 52 percent of the devices shipped in 2023. The wireless technology has an important role in facilitating the global adoption of electronic payments, as it enables the rollout of POS terminals to many new market segments and parts of the ... The post The installed base of cellular POS terminals to reach 189 million in 2027 appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • Wiliot Introduces New Ambient IoT Food Safety Initiative to Help the Food Industry Create Safer, More Traceable Supply Chains
    by IoT.Business.News on 22/05/2024 at 13:19

    New initiative is launching in partnership with iFoodDS and Trustwell to incorporate Wiliot’s ambient Internet of Things (IoT) data into their software solutions that will enable both companies to add real-time, fully automated, item-level traceability data to their platforms. Underscoring its commitment to set a new benchmark for food safety, Wiliot, the ambient Internet of ... The post Wiliot Introduces New Ambient IoT Food Safety Initiative to Help the Food Industry Create Safer, More Traceable Supply Chains appeared first on IoT Business News.

  • KPN IoT and Freeeway help car manufacturers add new revenue streams from connected cars
    by IoT.Business.News on 22/05/2024 at 07:51

    New integrated monetization platform enables car OEMs to quickly launch, scale and monetize their connected car services in Europe. KPN IoT and Austrian IoT connectivity provider Freeeway introduce an integrated IoT monetization platform for the automotive market. The solution enables automotive OEMs and part manufacturers to generate new and recurring revenue streams from their connected ... The post KPN IoT and Freeeway help car manufacturers add new revenue streams from connected cars appeared first on IoT Business News.


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  • Best Practices for Building the AI Development Platform in Government 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 23:20

    By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor  The AI stack defined by Carnegie Mellon University is fundamental to the approach being taken by the US Army for its AI development platform efforts, according to Isaac Faber, Chief Data Scientist at the US Army AI Integration Center, speaking at the AI World Government event held in-person and virtually

  • Advance Trustworthy AI and ML, and Identify Best Practices for Scaling AI 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 23:19

    By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor   Advancing trustworthy AI and machine learning to mitigate agency risk is a priority for the US Department of Energy (DOE), and identifying best practices for implementing AI at scale is a priority for the US General Services Administration (GSA).   That’s what attendees learned in two sessions at the AI

  • Promise and Perils of Using AI for Hiring: Guard Against Data Bias 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 23:18

    By AI Trends Staff   While AI in hiring is now widely used for writing job descriptions, screening candidates, and automating interviews, it poses a risk of wide discrimination if not implemented carefully.  That was the message from Keith Sonderling, Commissioner with the US Equal Opportunity Commision, speaking at the AI World Government event held live and virtually in

  • Predictive Maintenance Proving Out as Successful AI Use Case 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 22:10

    By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor   More companies are successfully exploiting predictive maintenance systems that combine AI and IoT sensors to collect data that anticipates breakdowns and recommends preventive action before break or machines fail, in a demonstration of an AI use case with proven value.   This growth is reflected in optimistic market forecasts.

  • Novelty In The Game Of Go Provides Bright Insights For AI And Autonomous Vehicles 
    by Allison Proffitt on 28/10/2021 at 21:49

    By Lance Eliot, the AI Trends Insider   We already expect that humans to exhibit flashes of brilliance. It might not happen all the time, but the act itself is welcomed and not altogether disturbing when it occurs.    What about when Artificial Intelligence (AI) seems to display an act of novelty? Any such instance is bound to get our attention;


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  • 5 Essential Classification Algorithms Explained for Beginners
    by Matthew Mayo on 22/05/2024 at 22:00

    Introduction Classification algorithms are at the heart of data science, helping us categorize and organize data into pre-defined classes. These algorithms are used in a wide array of applications, from spam detection and medical diagnosis to image recognition and customer profiling. It is for this reason that those new to data science must know about The post 5 Essential Classification Algorithms Explained for Beginners appeared first on MachineLearningMastery.com.

  • 5 Essential Free Tools for Getting Started with LLMs
    by Matthew Mayo on 20/05/2024 at 22:00

    Introduction Large language models (LLMs) have become extremely prominent and useful for all sorts of tasks, but new users may find the large number of LLM tools and utilities intimidating. This article focuses on 5 of the available and widely-useful such tools, all of which are no-cost and created to help maturing minds take advantage The post 5 Essential Free Tools for Getting Started with LLMs appeared first on MachineLearningMastery.com.

  • How to Use Stable Diffusion Effectively
    by Adrian Tam on 12/05/2024 at 03:58

    From the prompt to the picture, Stable Diffusion is a pipeline with many components and parameters. All these components working together creates the output. If a component behave differently, the output will change. Therefore, a bad setting can easily ruin your picture. In this post, you will see: How the different components of the Stable The post How to Use Stable Diffusion Effectively appeared first on MachineLearningMastery.com.

  • More Prompting Techniques for Stable Diffusion
    by MLM Team on 05/05/2024 at 15:16

    The image diffusion model, in its simplest form, generates an image from the prompt. The prompt can be a text prompt or an image as long as a suitable encoder is available to convert it into a tensor that the model can use as a condition to guide the generation process. Text prompts are probably The post More Prompting Techniques for Stable Diffusion appeared first on MachineLearningMastery.com.

  • Using OpenPose with Stable Diffusion
    by Abid Ali Awan on 04/05/2024 at 03:24

    We have just learned about ControlNet. Now, let’s explore the most effective way to control your character based on human pose. OpenPose is a great tool that can detect body keypoint locations in images and video. By integrating OpenPose with Stable Diffusion, we can guide the AI in generating images that match specific poses. In The post Using OpenPose with Stable Diffusion appeared first on MachineLearningMastery.com.


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  • Early Access: This A.I. bot will write your emails for free
    by Matt Schlicht on 27/06/2022 at 17:58

    Super simple. Works REALLY well.Hi everyone!I recently built an A.I. side project that writes your emails and more for free and in seconds (and it is REALLY good at it). I originally made this for myself, but once I started showing it to people it was clear that I should release it for everyone to use.So here we are!It’s called Octie, and you can sign up for free here: https://octie.aiOver 1,000 brands have already signed up for Octie, some that are small, and many that I bet you saw in a grocery store, or on TV, within the past 24 hours. They have used Octie to write thousands of emails, product descriptions, and more, and these have already been emailed and distributed to millions of people.All of this has happened within the past 7 days, it’s been very wild to watch.I hope you get as much value from Octie as I have been.Thanks,Matt Schlicht (MattPRD)Early Access: This A.I. bot will write your emails for free was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • Brand Strategies for Conversational Interfaces
    by Arte Merritt on 12/12/2019 at 22:27

    At Dashbot, we recently hosted a meetup in NYC to discuss brand strategies in conversational interfaces. As the space continues to mature, more brands are getting involved and moving from experimental to production deployments. We assembled a great group of industry experts to share their thoughts and tips for brands looking to build a chatbot or voice skill.Our panelists included:Alec Truitt, Global Product Partnerships, Google AssistantAnamita Guha, Global Lead of Product Management, IBM QAntonio Cucciniello, Senior Software Developer, Reprise DigitalBrian Plaskon, Senior Product Manager, Realogy HoldingsWhat use cases are brands developing for?Our panelists see a wide variety of use cases from customer service, productivity tools, and information sharing to entertainment and marketing initiatives.At IBM, they work with everyone from individual developers to Fortune 20 enterprises. The most common use case, though, is customer care. Large enterprises go to IBM given their ability to handle sensitive data across industry and geographic regulations.Google works with a similar range of users and enterprises. The use cases for Google Assistant Actions depend on the context — in the home (recipes, home automation), mobile (games, local search), or in the car on the go (communication, messaging).Reprise Digital, a global marketing agency, tends to work with brands looking to experiment on a new platform, market their products, or provide information and FAQs. Given voice is a new platform, there are some set of brands that want to be first on it. We also see this frequently with innovation teams experimenting in voice. On the text chatbot side, Reprise generally sees brands looking to promote their products or answer FAQs.Realogy, the real estate holding company for Century21, Coldwell Banker, Sotheby’s, and more, developed its own voice skill, AgentX. Agent X is a productivity skill that enables real estate agents to quickly get information, including their appointments, market research, and listing information — all without the need to open their laptop.Tips from the experts — what works well for conversational interfaces?Context is keyA common theme throughout the evening was the importance of context. Where is the user? What are they currently doing? What are they looking for or to do? What are the capabilities of the device?In addition to the three contexts Alec pointed out earlier (in the home, mobile, and in the car), he recommended also considering when will the user interacts with the chatbot and how the user expects to interact with it. If the user is in the car, they cannot use their hands. If they are at home getting a recipe, having something visual can help. If the user wants to play a game, but is on a device without a screen, perhaps a quiz is better.Whether the interface is voice enabled or text only is important. As Anamita points out, users talk differently than they type.Trust can also be an important factor. As IBM works with many global enterprises handling sensitive data, one of the areas Anamita sees is that a user may be more likely to trust interacting on a computer, where identity can be more easily verified, rather than via voice.Leverage the conversational nature of interfacesConversational interfaces are quite a bit different from websites and mobile apps — what works well in those may not work well in a chatbot or voice skill.At Reprise, Antonio sometimes sees brands who want to port what they currently have on their website or mobile app to a chatbot or voice interface. Whereas the website is all about navigating from one link to the other to vertically drill into what the user is looking for, with conversation, a user should be able to say, or write, what they want and directly get to the information.Similarly with Realogy, agents are looking for information that is stored in a variety of locations and want to be able to retrieve it quickly and easily. A powerful example of Agent X is when a listing agent is in a presentation with a seller and wants to know the average time on the market or average listing price for a property, they can quickly get the info, without the need to open a laptop and start searching.As Alec adds, there is a low tolerance amongst users of voice skills. If the skill is not useful, or they do not see the value right away, they will jump to something else. If they see a great use case, they will invest the extra time. It is important not to replicate what you already have on your website or app, but to consider what will add value to the user and what is faster to use.Keep it simple, provide guidanceAnother common theme amongst our panels was to start simple.As Alec pointed out, with voice, it is especially important to keep interactions simple rather than complex back and forths. For example, placing an order for food delivery from scratch can be rather complex. However, re-ordering a previous delivery is much easier, and better suited to voice. We see the same thing with the food delivery clients we work with. We also learned from our voice survey, that approximately 53% of purchases through voice interfaces is for food delivery.In general, the process Alec sees developers follow with Google Actions is to first build the foundation and make sure the Action works, next layer in visuals and make it more interactive, and finally delight the user so they come back and re-engage.Simplicity was also a key goal for Realogy. One of the most popular use cases is just looking up real estate listings. They plan to build new capabilities where it makes sense. They are not just doing voice for voice sake.To get started, Brian recommends going through the design exercise at https://alexa.design/cdw and to read “ Understand how users invoke custom skills “ to add variety into the interaction model.In addition to starting simple, it is important to let the user know what the chatbot or voice skill can do. While Alec suggested the initial interaction can intro what the chatbot can do, it should not do that every time. If the user comes back, allow the user to take the next steps. Anamita recommends including a “fallback” Intent to catch cases the chatbot does not handle. If the fallback is triggered, the chatbot could respond, “sorry I cannot do X, but I can do these six things.”Personality can be importantDepending on the use case of the chatbot or voice skill, personality can be an important factor.IBM has an “empathy suite” including a tone analyzer and personality insights. When implemented in a customer care chatbot, if a user says they are having a horrible day, the chatbot can understand that and provide a different experience.As users become more comfortable interacting with chatbots and voice, providing a personality can be quite useful. As Anamita explained, initially chatbots were built for efficiency or to automate a task, but now people are creating relationships with them. Children are growing up with bots that have been anthropomorphized, like the Pepper Robot.Whether to enable empathy or a personality in a chatbot comes back to context. Anamita sees teaching and therapy use cases as more suited for empathy versus something more transactional. As Brian added, real estate agents range from “Type A” to “Type A,” so they keep personality and cuteness to a minimum. Right now the goal is to be as helpful and productive as possible, but there is room for personality in the future.At Reprise, copywriters try to come up with a voice for the brand — a name and description of the persona and how they would talk. They use this in all the copy as it is important for the voice of the brand to be the same across the entire experience, whether that is on the Internet or voice device.In regards to using voice actors on Alexa or Google Home, the panel in general thought they could be beneficial depending on the use case. For example, Antonio pointed out that if a user were interacting with a Jimmy Fallon skill, they would probably be more engaged if it was his voice rather than the default device’s voice.User acquisition and discovery are challengesOur panelists generally agree that user acquisition and discovery are challenges.Education is one of the underlying issues. Some users do not even know third party voice apps exist. As we noted in our earlier voice survey, one of the issues is users tend not to know what voice apps are even called.Similarly, while Antonio finds users tend to not understand how to invoke the voice apps, improving the invocation can lead to increased acquisition. Associating the invocation name with the brand or something popular can help.Making use of the “can fulfill” Intents on Alexa or Google Home can lead to increase acquisition too. If a user asks for something that matches a “can fulfill” Intent, the skill may be presented as a possible option to the user.Discovery can depend on the use case. Anamita finds word-of-mouth tends to work when users are searching for chatbots for need or pleasure. If the use case is more transactional, the enterprise could suggest to the user to try the chatbot instead.Even internal promotion within a company can be a challenge. At Realogy, there are a lot of competing internal marketing initiatives. What worked for Brian was to incentivize folks with device giveaways. He recommends channeling your internal game show host — “there’s a little Steve Harvey in all of us.”Alec’s team at Google is working on solutions to improve user acquisition and discovery. They are not only looking to help with generating initial acquisition, but with retention as well to keep users coming back. One of the challenges is users sometimes do not remember how they found a particular voice app and then how to get back to it.Analytics are essentialOur panelists all agreed analytics are important. As Alec pointed out, you need great analytics to identify what is driving usage and how to improve it.Realogy uses Dashbot to gain insights into how agents are interacting with Agent X. They wanted to know if agents would know how to interact with the skill and which features were used more than others. Dashbot helped answer those questions. They also found there is a voracious appetite for new capabilities.Through Dashbot, Reprise has also been able to improve engagement. They learned for one of their client’s Google Actions, that most of the Intents were not being used. It turned out the issue was with all the overly complicated Intents. Based on the analytics, they launched a new version that was much more simplified.In addition to analytics, Anamita recommends adding a feedback loop directly in the experience. Most of IBM’s internal chatbots include a thumbs up/down prompt asking the user if the chatbot answered the question right or provided the info they needed. At Dashbot, we are able to show these customer satisfaction (CSAT) scores, and the paths leading to them, to help enable improvements in the response effectiveness.What’s nextWe asked our panel if they had any thoughts on the future of the space. There was a great sense of optimism and excitement for the future.Anamita predicts digital humans becoming more of a reality — having interfaces with human facial reactions.Brian is looking forward to a generational leap in the device capabilities — what he likens to going from one game console to the next.Antonio sees users becoming more comfortable with having voice devices in their homes as well as areas for improvement for the space to take off even more. The three main areas are education (knowing how to use the device), discovery (how to find what is needed), and user experience (providing value to users). User experience is the most important to get people to adopt the devices.Alec envisions a blending of voice apps and chatbots to provide the best experience depending on the context, rather than separate experiences. Voice can be the bridge to jump from the starting point to the finish.At Dashbot, we are very excited about the future of conversational interfaces. We look forward to seeing what enterprise brands continue to develop.Watch the full panelhttps://medium.com/media/64d93c231cc35a6fd465d9fa414dcca4/hrefAbout DashbotDashbot is a conversational analytics platform that enables enterprises and developers to increase user engagement, acquisition, and conversions through actionable insights and tools.In addition to traditional analytics like engagement and retention, we provide conversation specific metrics including NLP response effectiveness, sentiment analysis, conversational analytics, and the full chat session transcripts.We also have tools to take action on the data, like our live person take over of chat sessions and push notifications for re-engagement.We support Alexa, Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Twitter, Kik, SMS, web chat, and any other conversational interface.Brand Strategies for Conversational Interfaces was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • How To Get Your Team Ready for AI Integration
    by Oscar Ibars on 12/12/2019 at 22:11

    Is a robot going to take my job? We cover AI programs like chatbots can make our employees a little nervous and how you lead change change.Continue reading on Chatbots Magazine »

  • Overcoming the Patient Healthcare Challenges with AI Chatbots
    by Gautam Raturi on 12/12/2019 at 22:11

    AI Chatbots in Healthcare: Transform Patient’s Engagement with Healthcare ProvidersImage source: @totalshape.comChatbots are replacing phone call-based customer service in various sectors. In the healthcare industry is opting Chatbots to help patients in resolving their concerns faster than traditional methods. In the healthcare sector, the patient’s experience remains at the top priority. These days the patient-driven healthcare environment is helping the patient to make better decisions.To remain spontaneous, it is the time for the healthcare services to embrace consumer readiness for digital communication via AI chatbot. This can help to deepen patient engagement that leads to better health outcomes. With AI Chatbots healthcare systems can accelerate the leap to add values for patient healthcare. Healthcare Chatbots industry is booming at a CAGR of 20.5% to Estimated $542.3 million Growth By 2026.Chatbots in healthcare can offer the best health care service. Smart Chatbots can help a patient to schedule a follow-up instantaneously. It offers distinctive automated conversational interactions with quality experience of care. A chatbot is a way ahead to improve 24/7 customer service and assist patients with processing every service request faster than ever before.Challenges in healthcareHealthcare is all about offering the services to the patient without any delay or any compromise. Healthcare service providers can implement the Chatbot services from scheduling an appointment to paying bills.Chatbots make it simple for patients to connect anytime. It is the best way to ultimately deliver quality healthcare that surpasses patient expectations. These days app development services are addressing concerns in healthcare while overcoming the tedious challenges.Payment ProcessingIn healthcare collecting payment is more challenging. These days’ patients are becoming responsible for a larger portion of their medical bills. If you want to increase the speed and amount of your collections, you should integrate chatbot for dealing with your patients.Patient ExperienceIn recent years the landscape of healthcare services has experienced some significant changes. The patient experience is more demand for a better service provider. Healthcare service provider faces tougher competition in attracting and retaining patients. Chatbot services help to match the level of the patient experience.Effective payment modelIn healthcare payers and patients always demand a new payment model for better services. Chatbots can be helpful to reduce cost and increase service quality. AI chatbot can encourage healthcare providers to coordinate services and promote preventive care to patients.Functioning huge dataIn healthcare data is being generated in huge amount. It is very challenging to harness the power of data and generate accurate insights into the patient. In this case, Chatbots can use to optimize the patient experience.Some use Cases for Chatbots in Healthcare SectorChatbots continue to gain grip in the healthcare sector to redefine healthcare industry. Here is a look at those use cases in healthcare.1. Customer ServiceChatbot helps the users to navigate the site or troubleshoot a minor problem. Chatbots can be helpful for users to schedule appointments, issue reminders, or refilling prescription medications.2. Patient EngagementChatbots can keep constant contact between patients and healthcare service providers. Chatbots are designed to offer accurate suggestions related to the patients’ interest. The chatbot assists the healthcare service provider to answer the question for further patient’s engagement.3. Voice assistantsChatbots can also provide voice assistance to patients for better guidance and outcomes. Chatbots having spoken conversations with patients offer the best way to tackle any size of patient’s problems. The voice technology integrated with the chatbot is an innovative way to connect the patient or the concerned person.4. Keep patient updateA chatbot can help patients prepare for any size of surgery or operation beforehand. After a patient makes an appointment, a chatbot gets in touch via text message or email to the patient. With the concern expert details, it will deliver educational materials related to the surgery. This is a new way to address any patient. This will keep the patient and family to remain updated till the last moment.Final thoughtsWith best chatbot service provider your patient will not look elsewhere for a better option. A chatbot is the best option to eliminate human bias from interactions. With natural language processing, the Chatbots can increase the number of valid responses through the conversation.With time the healthcare industry continues to embrace Chatbots to improve the health-related services. AI Chatbots are the best way to drive the consumer-centric patient expectations to deliver quick customer services. Chatbot development services are on a hike these in the healthcare sector focusing the patient services. The Chatbot services offered can be asked for medical advice, carry out administrative tasks, or consulting experts directly.Overcoming the Patient Healthcare Challenges with AI Chatbots was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

  • How Chatbots can be a Game Changer for Educational Mobile Apps?
    by eSparkBiz on 12/12/2019 at 22:10

    The educational sector has undergone massive changes post the proliferation of internet services in learning.It will not be an exaggeration to say that they have completely changed the way students of all ages study, and the overall landscape of education has evolved for good.With Education App Development Companies coming in, there are a host of online educational mobile apps for readers of every age. Schools also recommend online educational mobile app these days to reinforce and supplement in-class sessions.Research suggests that the size of educational mobile apps is going to rise by CAGR of more than 27% by 2022, which marks it as one of the fastest-growing segments in mobile apps.Home-grown apps like StuDocu and Byju have also witnessed exemplary growth in the last five years and is turning out to be the primary source of learning outside classes for all kinds of courses.Some Factors That Govern the Impact of a Session, Online, as Well as In-Class, Are:1. 360-degree view of the overall subject — Teachers who leave open ends while teaching often leaves students confused.When a person learns, they develop a mind-map of the concept. When the mind map is incomplete, learning is fraught with confusion.2. Manner of Teaching — Some teachers have a habit of giving interesting examples to teach. Some others make learning extraordinarily interactive and fun.3. Engagement — When students engage themselves during the session, they tend to learn better.4. Feedback — A student remembers positive as well as negative feedback. Research suggests that feedbacks help reinforce a person’s mind-map. Examinations are the traditional feedback mechanism; in the case of app- based learning, they are online assessments.The solutions that are currently available in the market rely on coded content, embedded videos, and paid manual support to enhance the teaching experience.This is a gap that is still unaddressed and also a massive opportunity for improvement and innovation in the sector.Quality of content in training may be excellent, but it can never replace that component of personal approval that a learner seeks to reinforce their mind-map.Online mobile education is just a supplement and not a replacement to in-person education due to these very reasons in the present scenario.Chatbots are an artificial intelligence-based solution that relies on natural language processing and native language generation to address certain aspects that existing mobile apps are missing, for e.g., Instagram bot.Chatbots act as an online representative that may answer some of your questions.The best success story about chatbots in present times is their usage by financial organizations to address specific client requests without having to call or visit a branch.The chatbots are also widely used in scenarios that have intensive use cases developed traditionally. The reason is that they rely heavily on historical data and the flow of conversation.An advanced version of a chatbot is Amelia that has received a lot of acceptance across domains.Chatbot uses the Robotic Process Automation methodology in tandem with natural language processing to provide better customer experience while also gathering useful insights for the provider.Now, coming back to the education sector where a real-life human teacher imparts its learnings to pupils through innovative methods and further reinforces it by asking and answering questions, a chatbot might work like magic.To Base This Claim, Let Us Compare the Gaps in Educational Apps and Chatbot Offerings1. 360-Degree View: A trainer uploads a video of an exhaustive lecture to explain a concept. The difference comes when a student is faced with a doubt that they cannot ask anyone online.The chatbot window pops up and asks — what can I do for you today? The AI-based tool has already recorded the current context to answer the question.This tool has trained on this particular topic through training datasets having a size of several terabytes and has most likely developed a good understanding.If not able to answer, it says — “I am sorry, but you may have to reach out to an expert on this.” Voila! That is how we upsell.2. Teaching Method — During the course, the chatbot seeks student feedback. The student shares feedback, and the chatbot utilizes its intelligent system to suggest — Would you like to refer courses from another faculty? Would you like to change the language mode?The student can have a better learning experience than it would have had earlier. If the student is not satisfied with the resolution, chatbot connects him to a manual expert again.3. Engagement — The student is faced with doubt in the middle of the training. He types the same in the chatbot that is present to the right side of the training window.The chatbot utilizes its expansive knowledge in this context to answer and also suggests additional training to further brush up on the concepts.The student can clarify small doubt without having to google into more pages — a straight cut method to retain student attention and reinforce learning with zero confusions.4. Feedback — At the end of the course, the student is asked to give a small test to check his understanding. Unlike a traditional MCQ window, the questionnaire is administered by the chatbot.When a student provides the wrong answer, it explains the reason why this answer is wrong and the best way to approach such questions for future references.Once the training ends, it gives a final score and uses its intelligent model to suggest more courses to strengthen the student’s learning.Using chatbot enables the consumer to have a better experience and also allows the provider to receive better feedback on their courses.Chatbots can also be offered to students to connect with them on a personal level and counsel them on things that are bothering them or making individual decisions.Benefits That a Chatbot Can Offer in Educational Mobile AppsAnswering questions that a child may not be able to ask in a classroom setting due to peer pressure and fear of mocking by teachers and friends.Slow learners can attend the same training multiple times and keep brushing up on doubts and confusion to get at par with others.Fast learners can seek chatbot recommendations to understand what courses they may take next instead of waiting for it in classrooms. They can also ask questions such as the topics that can enable them to grow in a specific area of interest or training module to answer particular questions.Students at the tender age can rely on the chatbot to seek answers that may not have been addressed by their parents or teachers.Students who have a habit of asking too many questions can happily tinker with the chatbot to satisfy those inquisitive pangs now and then.Customization of chatbot will enhance the comfort level and engagement of the student at every age.A chatbot can turn to be a personal counselor to children at a crucial stage that may decide how they may develop their careers.A chatbot can be a personal assistant that helps the child plan their courses to complete all topics before the d-day.A chatbot can seek student feedback through the click of a button for improvements. It can also be used to design the student profile to guide them in the best way possible.Things You Need to Take Care for Ensuring That Chatbots Can Add Value to the Existing OfferingsTraining and language model should be robust and exhaustive. A poorly trained system is even worse for a student than no chat support. Reason being that it may confuse children or portray the entire app solution as flawed and inefficient.The chatbot should not slow down the overall system. Integrating a chatbot into the existing system should be seamless, so it does not lead to other performance issues in the system.Security is a concern that has to be taken care of at all times. Chatbots should be galvanized against misuse by hackers since they are directly deriving information from the core database to learn from every experience. The chatbot should be able to identify a malicious user and notify the security team.ConclusionEducational Mobile apps have only touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of value addition and contribution.Many remote villages across India rely on online education to learn. The introduction of chatbot needs to be such that it percolates to every level of users.With time and increased penetration, businesses are bound to uncover further innovative ways to enhance the educational experience and make a social difference that they are capable of.***********************************************Author Bio:-Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz Technologies, a Mobile App Development Company. His 8+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT & BlockchainHow Chatbots can be a Game Changer for Educational Mobile Apps? was originally published in Chatbots Magazine on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.


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    This post shows you how to predict domain-specific product attributes from product images by fine-tuning a VLM on a fashion dataset using Amazon SageMaker, and then using Amazon Bedrock to generate product descriptions using the predicted attributes as input. So you can follow along, we’re sharing the code in a GitHub repository.

  • Create a multimodal assistant with advanced RAG and Amazon Bedrock
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    In this post, we present a new approach named multimodal RAG (mmRAG) to tackle those existing limitations in greater detail. The solution intends to address these limitations for practical generative artificial intelligence (AI) assistant use cases. Additionally, we examine potential solutions to enhance the capabilities of large language models (LLMs) and visual language models (VLMs) with advanced LangChain capabilities, enabling them to generate more comprehensive, coherent, and accurate outputs while effectively handling multimodal data

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  • #430 – Charan Ranganath: Human Memory, Imagination, Deja Vu, and False Memories
    by Lex Fridman on 25/05/2024 at 20:52

    Charan Ranganath is a psychologist and neuroscientist at UC Davis, specializing in human memory. He is the author of a new book titled Why We Remember. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: - Riverside: https://creators.riverside.fm/LEX and use code LEX to get 30% off - ZipRecruiter: https://ziprecruiter.com/lex - Notion: https://notion.com/lex - MasterClass: https://masterclass.com/lexpod to get 15% off - Shopify: https://shopify.com/lex to get $1 per month trial - LMNT: https://drinkLMNT.com/lex to get free sample pack EPISODE LINKS: Charan's X: https://x.com/CharanRanganath Charan's Instagram: https://instagram.com/thememorydoc Charan's Website: https://charanranganath.com Why We Remember (book): https://amzn.to/3WzUF6x Charan's Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ptWkt1wAAAAJ Dynamic Memory Lab: https://dml.ucdavis.edu/ PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT & CONNECT: - Check out the sponsors above, it's the best way to support this podcast - Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lexfridman - Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexfridman - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexfridman - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexfridman - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexfridman - Medium: https://medium.com/@lexfridman OUTLINE: Here's the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time. (00:00) - Introduction (10:18) - Experiencing self vs remembering self (23:59) - Creating memories (33:31) - Why we forget (41:08) - Training memory (51:37) - Memory hacks (1:03:26) - Imagination vs memory (1:12:44) - Memory competitions (1:22:33) - Science of memory (1:37:48) - Discoveries (1:48:52) - Deja vu (1:54:09) - False memories (2:14:14) - False confessions (2:18:00) - Heartbreak (2:25:34) - Nature of time (2:33:15) - Brain–computer interface (BCI) (2:47:19) - AI and memory (2:57:33) - ADHD (3:04:30) - Music (3:14:15) - Human mind

  • #429 – Paul Rosolie: Jungle, Apex Predators, Aliens, Uncontacted Tribes, and God
    by Lex Fridman on 15/05/2024 at 23:30

    Paul Rosolie is a naturalist, explorer, author, and founder of Junglekeepers, dedicating his life to protecting the Amazon rainforest. Support his efforts at https://junglekeepers.org Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: - ShipStation: https://shipstation.com/lex and use code LEX to get 60-day free trial - Yahoo Finance: https://yahoofinance.com - BetterHelp: https://betterhelp.com/lex to get 10% off - NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/lex to get free product tour - Eight Sleep: https://eightsleep.com/lex to get $350 off - Shopify: https://shopify.com/lex to get $1 per month trial Transcript: https://lexfridman.com/paul-rosolie-2-transcript EPISODE LINKS: Paul's Instagram: https://instagram.com/paulrosolie Junglekeepers: https://junglekeepers.org Paul's Website: https://paulrosolie.com Mother of God (book): https://amzn.to/3ww2ob1 PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT & CONNECT: - Check out the sponsors above, it's the best way to support this podcast - Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lexfridman - Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexfridman - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexfridman - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexfridman - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexfridman - Medium: https://medium.com/@lexfridman OUTLINE: Here's the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time. (00:00) - Introduction (12:29) - Amazon jungle (14:47) - Bushmaster snakes (26:13) - Black caiman (44:33) - Rhinos (47:47) - Anacondas (1:18:04) - Mammals (1:30:10) - Piranhas (1:41:00) - Aliens (1:58:45) - Elephants (2:10:02) - Origin of life (2:23:21) - Explorers (2:36:38) - Ayahuasca (2:45:03) - Deep jungle expedition (2:59:09) - Jane Goodall (3:01:41) - Theodore Roosevelt (3:12:36) - Alone show (3:22:23) - Protecting the rainforest (3:38:36) - Snake makes appearance (3:46:47) - Uncontacted tribes (4:00:11) - Mortality (4:01:39) - Steve Irwin (4:09:18) - God

  • #428 – Sean Carroll: General Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Black Holes & Aliens
    by Lex Fridman on 22/04/2024 at 19:25

    Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist, author, and host of Mindscape podcast. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: - HiddenLayer: https://hiddenlayer.com/lex - Cloaked: https://cloaked.com/lex and use code LexPod to get 25% off - Notion: https://notion.com/lex - Shopify: https://shopify.com/lex to get $1 per month trial - NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/lex to get free product tour Transcript: https://lexfridman.com/sean-carroll-3-transcript EPISODE LINKS: Sean's Website: https://preposterousuniverse.com Mindscape Podcast: https://www.preposterousuniverse.com/podcast/ Sean's YouTube: https://youtube.com/@seancarroll Sean's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/seanmcarroll Sean's Twitter: https://twitter.com/seanmcarroll Sean's Instagram: https://instagram.com/seanmcarroll Sean's Papers: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Lfifrv8AAAAJ Sean's Books: https://amzn.to/3W7yT9N PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT & CONNECT: - Check out the sponsors above, it's the best way to support this podcast - Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lexfridman - Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexfridman - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexfridman - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexfridman - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexfridman - Medium: https://medium.com/@lexfridman OUTLINE: Here's the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time. (00:00) - Introduction (11:03) - General relativity (23:22) - Black holes (28:11) - Hawking radiation (32:19) - Aliens (41:15) - Holographic principle (1:05:38) - Dark energy (1:11:38) - Dark matter (1:20:34) - Quantum mechanics (1:41:56) - Simulation (1:44:18) - AGI (1:58:42) - Complexity (2:11:25) - Consciousness (2:20:32) - Naturalism (2:24:49) - Limits of science (2:29:34) - Mindscape podcast (2:39:29) - Einstein

  • #427 – Neil Adams: Judo, Olympics, Winning, Losing, and the Champion Mindset
    by Lex Fridman on 20/04/2024 at 21:59

    Neil Adams is a judo world champion, 2-time Olympic silver medalist, 5-time European champion, and often referred to as the Voice of Judo. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: - ZipRecruiter: https://ziprecruiter.com/lex - Eight Sleep: https://eightsleep.com/lex to get special savings - MasterClass: https://masterclass.com/lexpod to get 15% off - LMNT: https://drinkLMNT.com/lex to get free sample pack - NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/lex to get free product tour Transcript: https://lexfridman.com/neil-adams-transcript EPISODE LINKS: Neil's Instagram: https://instagram.com/naefighting Neil's YouTube: https://youtube.com/NAEffectiveFighting Neil's TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@neiladamsmbe Neil's Facebook: https://facebook.com/NeilAdamsJudo Neil's X: https://x.com/NeilAdamsJudo Neil's Website: https://naeffectivefighting.com Neil's Podcast: https://naeffectivefighting.com/podcasts/the-dojo-collective-podcast A Life in Judo (book): https://amzn.to/4d3DtfB A Game of Throws (audiobook): https://amzn.to/4aA2WeJ PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT & CONNECT: - Check out the sponsors above, it's the best way to support this podcast - Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lexfridman - Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexfridman - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexfridman - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexfridman - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexfridman - Medium: https://medium.com/@lexfridman OUTLINE: Here's the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time. (00:00) - Introduction (09:13) - 1980 Olympics (26:35) - Judo explained (34:40) - Winning (52:54) - 1984 Olympics (1:01:55) - Lessons from losing (1:17:37) - Teddy Riner (1:37:12) - Training in Japan (1:52:51) - Jiu jitsu (2:03:59) - Training (2:27:18) - Advice for beginners

  • #426 – Edward Gibson: Human Language, Psycholinguistics, Syntax, Grammar & LLMs
    by Lex Fridman on 17/04/2024 at 20:05

    Edward Gibson is a psycholinguistics professor at MIT and heads the MIT Language Lab. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: - Yahoo Finance: https://yahoofinance.com - Listening: https://listening.com/lex and use code LEX to get one month free - Policygenius: https://policygenius.com/lex - Shopify: https://shopify.com/lex to get $1 per month trial - Eight Sleep: https://eightsleep.com/lex to get special savings Transcript: https://lexfridman.com/edward-gibson-transcript EPISODE LINKS: Edward's X: https://x.com/LanguageMIT TedLab: https://tedlab.mit.edu/ Edward's Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=4FsWE64AAAAJ TedLab's YouTube: https://youtube.com/@Tedlab-MIT PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT & CONNECT: - Check out the sponsors above, it's the best way to support this podcast - Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lexfridman - Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexfridman - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexfridman - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexfridman - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexfridman - Medium: https://medium.com/@lexfridman OUTLINE: Here's the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time. (00:00) - Introduction (10:53) - Human language (14:59) - Generalizations in language (20:46) - Dependency grammar (30:45) - Morphology (39:20) - Evolution of languages (42:40) - Noam Chomsky (1:26:46) - Thinking and language (1:40:16) - LLMs (1:53:14) - Center embedding (2:19:42) - Learning a new language (2:23:34) - Nature vs nurture (2:30:10) - Culture and language (2:44:38) - Universal language (2:49:01) - Language translation (2:52:16) - Animal communication



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