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Preparing for Fourth Industrial Revolution Requires Deeper Commitments to Education

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:33:48 -0500

Photos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, Davos, Switzerland. Images provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo / Valeriano Di Domenico. Photo: Interaction during the session: Davos Insights: Strengthening Systems for Global Collaboration, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle. Photo: The New Lead Characters. Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, India, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek. Photo: Ask About: The Psychology of Populism. Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary. Photo: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India, “Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico. Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - January 20, 2017 — The accelerating pace of change driven by emerging technologies threatens to create wider income and opportunity gaps, warned business and technology leaders in a session on preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “We are at a point where it is possible that technological development can accelerate and increase digital refugees,” warned Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce in the US. Added Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Infosys in the US: “We have to put in an extra effort so that we don’t create a bigger society of have-nots. That means a deep commitment to education and to addressing the displacements.” The key to preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution lies in the technologies themselves, argued Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries in India. “These technologies really are all-inclusive and will benefit all. In a sense they are great equalizers.” The rapid growth of e-commerce and digital cash in India is an example, he observed. “And the fastest way to transmit education in a big country like India is through technology.” Making these technologies inclusive will require designing them so that they benefit everybody and not just a few, Sikka said. “That requires empathy. I’ve always wondered why every company isn’t a technology company.” Focusing on education and promoting innovation are not new solutions to the challenges of inequality and marginalization. “Education and entrepreneurship are the answers,” Sikka stressed. “We just haven’t been doing enough of it.” And what is required are fresh approaches or new models shaped through debate and collaboration among all stakeholders, Benioff said. He proposed that CEOs each adopt a public school. For initiatives to be effective will require building trust and articulating a vision, explained Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Company in the US. “You need to be incredibly transparent for people to have trust.” To prepare for the disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, leaders will require radar to pick up on displacement and discontent and a compass to set the values and vision needed to succeed, Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the UK, told participants. To weather the challenges will require more collaboration among countries, said Shu Yinbiao, Chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China. “Globalization is inevitabl[...]



IWC SCHAFFHAUSEN LAUNCHES NEW DA VINCI WATCHES

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:21:25 -0500

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Photo: Supermodel Adriana Lima visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva,Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

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Photo: Model Monika Radulovic visits the IWC booth during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2017 on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

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Photo: Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor attends the IWC Schaffhausen “Decoding the Beauty of Time” Gala Dinner during the launch of the Da Vinci Novelties from the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on January 17, 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for IWC. © 2017 Getty Images).

Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen revisits the iconic design of the 1980s and presents the 2017 Da Vinci collection, once again with its classic round case. The Da Vinci Automatic 36 and the Da Vinci Automatic Moon Phase 36 are tailored to women, while the Da Vinci Automatic is a unisex model. Two Da Vinci timepieces feature newly developed IWC-manufactured calibres that innovatively combine and integrate complications.

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THE 65TH MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:46:34 -0500

Photo: Miss Universe Georgia, Nuka Karalashvili, at the photoshoot for the 65th Miss Universe Competition held at Chinatown, Philippines, on January 15, 2017. (Photo by Benjamin Askinas/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe Iceland, Hildur Maria Leifsdottir, poses with a teddy bear at the Conrad Hotel in Manila, Philippines, on January 14, 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe Nicaragua, Marina Jacoby, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe Spain, Noelia Freire, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe Netherlands, Zoey Ivory, walks the runway during a swimsuit fashion show at Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark in Cebu, Philippines, on Tuesday, January 17. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). Photo: Miss Universe India, Roshmitha Harimurthy, arrives for the Governor’s Ball in Manila, Philippines, on January 16, 2017. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/Miss Universe Organization via WME IMG Collection). MISS UNIVERSE CONTESTANTS COUNTRY Name Age ALBANIA Lindita Idrizi 20 ANGOLA Luísa Baptista 21 ARGENTINA Estefania Bernal 21 ARUBA Charlene Leslie 24 AUSTRALIA Caris Tiivel 23 AUSTRIA Dajana Dzinic 21 BAHAMAS Cherell Williamson 24 BARBADOS Shannon Harris 22 BELGIUM Stephanie Geldof 19 BELIZE Rebecca Kathleen Rath 23 BOLIVIA Fabiana Antonella Moscatelli Saucedo 21 BRAZIL Raissa Santana 21 BRITISH V.I. Erika Renae Creque 22 BULGARIA Violina Ancheva 21 CANADA Siera Bearchell 23 CAYMAN ILS Monyque Brooks 25 CHILE Catalina Paz Caceres 26 CHINA Li ZhenYing 23 COLOMBIA Andrea Tovar 23 COSTA RICA Carolina Rodriguez Duran 27 CROATIA Barbara Filipovic 19 CURACAO Chanelle de Lau 21 CZECH REP. Andrea Bezdekova 21 DENMARK Christina Mikkelsen 24 DOMINICAN REP. Rosalba Abreu Garcia 24 ECUADOR Connie Jimenez 21 FINLAND Shirly Karvinen 24 FRANCE Iris Mittenaere 24 GEORGIA Nuka Karalashvili 25 GERMANY Johanna Acs 24 GREAT BRITAIN Jaime-Lee Faulkner 27 GUAM Muñeka Joy Cruz Taisipic 19 GUATEMALA Virginia Argueta 22 GUYANA Soyini Asanti Fraser 26 HAITI Raquel Pelissier 25 HONDURAS Sirey Moran 26 HUNGARY Veronika Bodizs 24 ICELAND Hildur Maria Leifsdottir 24 INDIA Roshmitha Harimurthy 22 INDONESIA Kezia Warouw [...]



Nearly 50 Automobile Mobility Startups from Around the World Showcase Mobility Innovations at Detroit Auto Show

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:43:44 -0500

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Photos: Some latest car models being exhibited at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

DETROIT — Nearly 50 startups from around the world are participating and showcasing their innovative mobility platforms as part of “AutoMobili-D” at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

“Through our ground-breaking “AutoMobili-D” showcase, the North American International Auto Show is the first auto show to feature a dedicated startup expo featuring companies from around the world that are tackling every aspect of future automotive mobility,” said Sam Slaughter, 2017 NAIAS Chairman. “Of the startups featured in “AutoMobili-D”, close to 90 percent of them are currently working with global automakers and suppliers to bring their technologies and concepts to production, a truly remarkable achievement.”

Auto Mobility Startup Companies include:

Civil Maps - cognition for cars, enabling autonomous vehicles to crowdsource a comprehensive map for safe, smooth driving.

Donut Media - digital media central for the next generation of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts.

LISNR - ultrasonic inaudible technology; a communication protocol that sends data over audio.

Mapbox - platform used by developers to power maps and location for hundreds of millions of users. Mapbox Drive is a full solution for mobility, from open source libraries for Android and Qt to telemetry-based road topology data to enable self-driving cars.

PolySync - products and services that simplify and accelerate the development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars.

Spatial - artificial intelligence location platform and API that enables vehicles to answer location questions only a local would know using real time social data.

SPLT - focused on moving people efficiently and sustainably in urban and suburban areas.

Now in its 29th year as an international event, the NAIAS is among the most prestigious auto shows in the world, providing unparalleled access to the automotive products, technologies, people and ideas that matter most - up close and in one place.

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Times Higher Education Academic Reputation Survey 2017

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:59:54 -0500

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Leading academics from across the world are being invited to help Times Higher Education (THE) develop unique new insights into the global teaching and research landscape by highlighting the most prestigious institutions in their field.

THE has launched its 2017 Academic Reputation Survey, which asks published scholars to outline which universities they perceive to be the best for teaching and research in their specialist discipline.

Each respondent is asked to identify institutions worldwide and in their own country and will be representing many of their peers from their fields and their nation.

The survey results will make up two of the 13 performance indicators used to create the THE World University Rankings 2017-18, and related regional rankings, and will form the basis of the “THE World Reputation Rankings”.

The survey, run in partnership with Elsevier, is invitation-only to ensure a representative statistical sample. It is available in 15 languages, and to ensure a fair and balanced response, it is distributed using United Nations data on the geographical distribution of researchers globally. Universities cannot nominate respondents and individuals are not able to volunteer to take part.

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UN Security Council Debates Conflict Prevention, Sustaining Peace

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 23:42:25 -0500

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Photo: A view of the Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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Photo: A view of the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, addresses the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (right) addresses journalists with Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the Security Council for January, on the Council’s open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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“If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.

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“You do not get peace by shouting: Peace. Peace is a meaningless word; what we need is a glorious peace.”

—Napoleon Bonaparte.




New York Times Square 2017 New Year Eve Celebrations: One Billion People Expected to Watch the Countdown Extravaganza on TOSHIBA VISION

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 10:05:08 -0500

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Photo: New Delhi New Year’s Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by TOSHIBA CORPORATION/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION. © 2016 Getty Images.)

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Photo: New Delhi New Year’s Countdown at Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by TOSHIBA CORPORATION/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION. © 2016 Getty Images.)

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Photo: Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, along with presenting sponsor, Planet Fitness, throw handfuls of confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquee as part of the annual confetti test. The colorful event is held in preparation for the release of one ton of confetti at midnight on New Year Eve.

As the clock strikes one minute before midnight on December 31st, all eyes will be on TOSHIBA VISION as it screens the 60-second light and sound countdown extravaganza. One billion viewers are expected to watch the countdown from all around the globe via television and online broadcast.

The countdown party itself will include live music performances by superstar celebrities, such as Mariah Carey, Thomas Rhett, DNCE and Rachel Platten. Also, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” will take to the stage to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ExploraVision, an educational science and technology competition held in North America by Toshiba Corp. and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

During the day, TOSHIBA VISION will showcase international countdowns for major cities in different time zones as follows (all times in EST):

10.00am: Tokyo, Japan

11.00am: Beijing, China / Singapore / Manila, Philippines

12.00pm: Jakarta, Indonesia / Hanoi, Vietnam / Bangkok, Thailand

1.00pm: Dhaka, Bangladesh

1.30pm: New Delhi, India

3.00pm: Dubai, UAE

4.00pm: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia / Moscow, Russia

5.00pm: Cairo, Egypt / Athens, Greece / Istanbul, Turkey

The hourly countdown for New York will begin at 5.59pm.

Toshiba has been the sponsor for the New York Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations since the 2010 countdown.

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Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:46:13 -0500

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Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for the Coming Year!

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Airbus Shortlists 50 University Teams for Fifth Fly Your Ideas Global Student Competition

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:19:48 -0500

Photo: The first A350-900 for Lufthansa, which performed its maiden flight in November 2016, is part of a 25-aircraft order placed by the German flag carrier. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS. Photo: Team Retrolley from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Runners-up of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015. From left: Fausto Mascia, Academic mentor University of Sao Paulo, Denise Ikuno, Lucas Otsuka, Tadeu Omae, Maki Shintate, Lucas Neumann. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS. TOULOUSE, France, Dec. 20, 2016 — A record 5,499 students from around the world registered to participate in the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas, the global student challenge organised in partnership with UNESCO. A group of 60 Airbus experts and innovators assessed the ideas submitted by 356 teams from 89 countries. The rigorous evaluation process took place at four different Airbus locations in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with 50 student teams selected to reach Round Two of the competition, starting in January 2017. The competition is led by teams registered in the Asia-Pacific region. The 50 teams comprise 202 students representing 38 different nationalities. With 52% of teams mixing male and female students, two thirds of all teams are diverse in some way, for example with members coming from different countries or studying different subjects. Innovative ideas from the 50 chosen teams include robotic luggage trolleys, passenger seats which can be boarded outside the aircraft, new solutions for energy harvesting and virtual reality applications. “Fly Your Ideas is unique and we are proud of the company-wide engagement of Airbus employees who support the competition, either as assessors, mentors or experts”, says Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. “We are offering students the rare opportunity to interact directly with senior specialists from across the business. In turn, these experts will benefit from their direct interaction with talents from across the globe, all sharing the same passion for one of the world’s most exciting industries.” Each of the teams has 100 days to refine and develop their ideas. The top five teams to make it through to Round Three will spend a week at the “ProtoSpace” based at the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the art equipment with personalised guidance from Airbus. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize and the runner up team will receive €15,000 at a live prize giving event in May 2017. Key figures Fly Your Ideas 2017: • Number of ideas submitted: 356 Number of countries involved: 89 Number of universities involved: 348 Top 5 countries: India - 64 teams, China & HK - 44 teams, Spain - 29 teams, Indonesia - 24 teams, United Kingdom - 20 teams • Number of ideas chosen: 50 Number of countries involved: 41 Number of universities involved: 57 Top 5 countries: China & HK - 9 teams, Singapore - 5 teams, United Kingdon - 4 teams, Australia - 3 teams, Indonesia - 3 teams |GlobalGiants.Com| #Airbus and #UNESCO: The Fly Your Ideas Partnership. #HigherEd #Universities @Airbus @UNESCO https://t.co/jRaoi9awqu— GlobalGiants.Com (@GlobalGiants) December 23, 2016 [...]