Media accreditation open for WEF Africa 2015

first_imgMedia accreditation is now open for the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 5 June 2015, with the support of the government of South Africa.  • World Economic Forum• South Africa’s place in the centre of the world• South Africa pleased with WEF participation• Five reasons to be optimistic about Africa• Africa dismantling trade barriers Media accreditation is now open for the 25th World Economic Forum on Africa, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 3 to 5 June 2015, with the support of the government of South Africa.Convening under the theme “Then and Now: Reimagining Africa’s Future”, the meeting will mark 25 years of change in Africa. It will also provide an unrivalled occasion for senior decision-makers from industry, government, academia, civil society and the media to accelerate inclusive growth while bringing about sustainable development for the continent.To attend this event, please complete the online registration before Friday 15 May. As the number of accreditations issued is strictly limited, we will not be able to accommodate late registrations. No accreditation will be granted on site. To facilitate the visa application process, we encourage you to register early.This year there is an increase in global efforts to agree on a new set of universal goals aimed at sustainable development. The World Economic Forum on Africa will therefore focus on the continent’s efforts to enhance competitiveness, invest in human capital, strengthen risk resilience and harness opportunities arising from technology adoption in all sectors. Participants will help determine how to diminish vulnerability to commodity price fluctuations, capital market volatility, mounting public debt, youth unemployment, climate change and persistent development challenges.The co-chairs of the meeting are:Antony Jenkins, group chief executive, Barclays, United KingdomPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, undersecretary general and executive director, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN), New YorkPatrice Motsepe founder and executive chairman, African Rainbow Minerals, South AfricaPaul Polman, chief executive officer, Unilever, United KingdomSir Michael Rake, chairman, BT Group, United KingdomFor more information, contact:Maxwell HallSenior media managerWorld Economic ForumTel: +41 (0)79 329 3500Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Google Docs and Spreadsheets Interview

first_imgrichard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Interesting podcastinterview byGizbuzz, with Jen Mazzon and Sam Schillace of the Google Docs and Spreadsheets team (both ex-Writely).They start off by saying that D&S is aimed at “people who need to collaborate andshare their stuff online”. To the question of whether people are using it instead ofdesktop apps (such as Excel), Jen said that “it’s designed to enable people to worktogether online really seamlessly and easily – and if you’re just creating something in avacuum, then you might as well use a desktop and an offline application. But the minutethat you need to start getting contributions and input from other people, then it’s[D&S] a great solution.”I’ve written before about how collaboration and sharing are two compelling reasons forWeb-based office software, but it’s great to hear it from the horse’s mouth (Google Imean).Enterprise not their focus…yetAnother interesting tidbit from the interview was Jen’s statement that “enterprisereally hasn’t been our key focus” – what they’ve been focusing on is everyday people,consumers, small workgroups and so forth. She doesn’t rule out focusing onenterprise in the near future, but “it has not been top of mind”.Integration is comingThe question of integration came up. Sam said they will be integrating D&S withother Google apps – and that the Web makes this easy, with XML and similar open standards. Hesaid “you’re going to see more and more integration going forward. All of Google’s appswill work better and better together, going forward.”Browser compatibility issues – like the early graphic WebNext was a question about browser compatibility issues and how that affects D&S –and indeed the future of rich web applications. Sam responded that “it is definitely anissue […] these apps are all cutting edge – it kind of reminds me of the early days ofthe graphical web, when you couldn’t count on the browsers to render tables correctly[…]”.But he thinks it’s “just growing pains” and it’ll take about a year to sort thoseissues out.Also on the question of whether Ajax is better than Flash and Laszlo etc, Sam thinks that Ajax is currently more web native.It’s about being Web native, not cloning desktop appsLater in the interview, Jen stresses that they’re “not trying to clone desktop apps”.They want to be familiar to people, “but we’re trying to do something that’s actuallymore native to the Internet, more usable on the Internet.”Sam says they’ve had a lot of feedback that people like the fact they’re not trying tocopy desktop apps. He said “copying the existing stuff just feels irrelevant to us –we’re not trying to copy, we’re trying to re-invent.”Both Jen and Sam re-affirmed that collaboration and sharing is their main focus withD&S, as well as being web native – rather than trying to compete on features withdesktop apps.Note: there are sound problems with the podcast, which makes it an uncomfortablerecording to listen to at times. But the interview itself was great and very informative,so well done Gizbuzz. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#web#Web Office last_img read more

Big Data: Technology Looking for a Problem?

first_imgWikibon predicts that Big Data will be a $50 billion market by 2017, yet a survey by LogLogic found that more than a third of IT industry executives said that they don’t really fully understand was Big Data is.  The pressure of the hype around Big Data though is causing some organizations to plunge into trying to adopt it without a strategy for how it can best be used.Julie Lockner, Senior Analyst & VP, Enterprise Strategy Group, warns that “The biggest challenge is that many are still trying to figure out what big data means to their businesses and how they can take advantage of it. The ‘technology finding a problem syndrome’ is a big concern for IT executives, and with all the hype around the value that big data can bring, business executives don’t want to miss out on a promised competitive advantage. The issue with big data analytics projects is that they will fail miserably if there isn’t a solid business problem that can be solved with a big data analytics platform.”Mark Grindle, Business Consultant at HP, said that “I think, just like with the adoption of Cloud technologies, that Big Data is great for some companies and some applications – but it is not a silver bullet.  It’s definitely an interesting and powerful technology but I think, like with anything new, you have to decide when you want to jump on the bandwagon.”Many companies simply aren’t prepared to jump onto the bandwagon just yet.  Of those organizations interviewed by LogLogic, two-thirds said that they manage more than a terabyte of data, yet 49 percent of them expressed concern that they are not prepared to manage Big Data, and 59 percent said that they don’t have the tools to manage Big Data.  Further, a report by McKinsey last year found that there is a huge lack of sufficiently trained workers with the analytic skills to properly apply Big Data techniques.  These results make it very clear that we’re still very much in the early stages of Big Data technology.last_img read more

Medical Researchers Trawl the Internet for Test Subjects

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Digital Humanities#web Related Posts Psychology researchers have long relied on undergraduate college students as study subjects – so much so that the average American college student is 4,000 times more likely than an average person to be a subject of a study. This situation doesn’t make for the best science, which calls for choosing subjects randomly to avoid bias. Now researchers think they may have a Web-based solution to address the bias problem. Call it crowd-sourced psychology.Researchers are increasingly turning to sites such as’s Mechanical Turk to find low-cost study subjects, as outlined in an article in The Economist. The site’s 500,000 users help researchers overcome the bias that they get from studies that exclusively use college students, who are described in research jargon as WEIRD: western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.Traditionally, many psychologists have worked under the premise that bodies are different but brains are similar, according to Monika M. Wahi, an independent research consultant and epidemiologist based in Boston. But repeating earlier tests with a broader research base has challenged that notion, showing that some of the earlier studies may have indeed been skewed by using only college students.College students have been the go-to subjects in such studies because they were in plentiful supply where researchers did their work and they came cheap. In many cases, they could also be incentivized by offering course credit. Sites like Mechanical Turk also keep research costs low, and they may speed up the process in which research can be completed.Wahi cautioned that it’s too soon to tell whether using Web-based research subjects will bring unanticipated problems or whether crowdsourcing can be as effective in other research fields.“If you want a lot of people quick and don’t care about bias, it’s a pro. If you want accurate research, it still could be a pro, if it’s used wisely,” she said. “With Mechanical Turk, I see it being difficult to produce results we [epidemiologists] could use, because we can’t know what the composition of the background ‘community’ is – but that is not a con if you are of the ‘brains are all the same’ camp.”Some research fields require more care than others in selecting their study subjects. Epidemiologists, for example, work with a higher degree of ethical oversight, as they often ask subjects for blood samples and other medical testing; psychologists, by and large, get to rely on surveys. When epidemiologists began to have difficulty recruiting study subjects a decade ago, they turned to a computer-based solution, as well.“First researchers got mad, then patients got mad [that] they were blocked from research. Consequently, online registries were developed where patients could sign up to be contacted for studies,” Wahi said. “So, like psychologists, our way of recruiting is changing in the [Mechanical Turk] direction as well, and the jury is out on how that is going to affect our estimates.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Changing Face of the Digital Workstation

first_img“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert EinsteinToday’s workstation can provide you with a magnificent digital canvas to create tomorrow …… today!With workstations powered by two Intel® Xeon® 5500 series processors, engineers have the opportunity to create, shape, test and modify products before they become real. Engineers can now design, visualize and simulate products from the conceptual design phase through the entire manufacturing process. This is done virtually before any investments are made in a prototype.“Any color—so long as it’s black.” Henry FordLike the automobile, the workstation has morphed into something much more than what it once was. It now has more capabilities and features than its predecessor and, if you allow it to, it can help you accelerate the pace of your innovation.Today’s workstation gives engineers a new tool that can be likened to a digital workbench. This tool is powered by two Intel Xeon 5500 series processors with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology and Intel® Hyper Threading Technology to take advantage of the processor’s power and thermal headroom to enable increased performance of both multi-threaded and single-threaded workloads. Today’s workstation can host a suite of software applications from ISV’s like Autodesk, SolidWorks, PTC, Bentley and others to create and test their ideas. The pliers, hammer and nails found on a workbench in a garage or basement have now been replaced with digital tools that promise to accelerate innovations via a process known as digital prototyping. Its enablers include application tools like detailed CAD, CAE and PIM. Together they represent the new digital workbench—a powerful innovation tool you can use to bring your ideas forward faster than ever before.“I confess that in 1901 I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years.” Wilbur WrightYou think all you need is an entry-level workstation with a single Intel® Xeon® processor. After all, you only do CAD—right?  You may be thinking like Wilbur Wright.Innovation in the workplace is paced by how well you can use technology to test and improve your ideas. As you begin to adopt modern workflows you may realize the dramatic impact that simulation-based engineering or digital prototyping can have on your product development cost and schedules.  You will soon realize that the cost of the second processor and additional memory necessary to support digital prototyping was far less expensive than the cost of multiple physical prototypes and the associated time to produce them. Instead of investigating hundreds of digital prototypes, you only have time to look at a single physical prototype and ask: What if I …?Those “what ifs” could have been played out on a dual-processor Intel Xeon processor 5500 series-based digital workbench faster, and your time and cost of physical prototypes could have been significantly reduced.Are you ready to adopt modern workflows and accelerate your innovation?last_img read more

Top stories: Diamond-studded meteorites, ‘crazy bad’ air pollution, and a ‘gateway’ virus

first_img(Left to right): NASA/JPL-CALTECH; KEVIN FRAYER/STRINGER/GETTY IMAGES; JAMES CAVALLINI/SCIENCE SOURCE By Katie LanginApr. 20, 2018 , 2:00 PM Diamond-studded meteorites came from the collision of a lost planetWhen our solar system was in its infancy 4.5 billion years ago, a swarm of protoplanets swirled around the sun—some of which coalesced into larger and larger masses, while others were blasted to smithereens in a demolition derby of planetary proportions. Those collisions would have produced innumerable fragments of cosmic shrapnel, some of which orbited the sun as carbon-rich asteroids. Now, a new analysis of the remains of one such asteroid bolsters the idea that they are, in fact, the remnants of one of our solar system’s lost planets.Rooftop sensors on U.S. embassies are warning the world about ‘crazy bad’ air pollutionSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In October 2010, as heavy smog hung over Beijing, the U.S. embassy’s Twitter feed said its rooftop pollution sensor had detected “crazy bad” levels of hazardous microparticles. Rooftop sensors like the one in Beijing sprout from 26 diplomatic posts in 16 countries, and are meant to provide warnings of bad-air days to U.S. citizens. But they’re also supplying data to research efforts. The “little-air-monitor-that-could,” as physicist and former U.S. diplomat David Roberts calls it, has become a worldwide watchdog.How the virus behind ‘kissing disease’ may increase your risk for autoimmune diseases like lupusWhen John Harley lost a friend to lupus while in medical school, he vowed to get to the bottom of the disease, a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, and sometimes death. Now, some 40 years later, Harley says he’s found a “smoking gun.” The Epstein-Barr virus, which infects some 90% of Americans, may cause changes in gene expression that dramatically increase a person’s chance of getting lupus and six other autoimmune disorders, a new study by Harley, now a rheumatologist at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, and colleagues shows.In dramatic vote, with baby, Senate confirms Bridenstine to lead NASAPresident Donald Trump’s administration is pointing NASA back toward the moon, and now it has a leader to guide it there. This week, the U.S. Senate narrowly voted 50–49 on partisan lines to confirm Representative Jim Bridenstine (R–OK) to serve as NASA’s 13th administrator. The drama-filled vote prompted Vice President Mike Pence to attend as a potential tiebreaker and featured the first vote of Tammy Duckworth (D–IL) with her baby at her side.Watch artificial intelligence create a 3D model of a person—from just a few seconds of videoTransporting yourself into a video game, body and all, just got easier. Artificial intelligence has been used to create 3D models of people’s bodies for virtual reality avatars, surveillance, visualizing fashion, or movies. But it typically requires special camera equipment to detect depth or to view someone from multiple angles. Now, a new algorithm creates 3D models using standard video footage from one angle.center_img Top stories: Diamond-studded meteorites, ‘crazy bad’ air pollution, and a ‘gateway’ viruslast_img read more