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With the country's unique position within the Ring of Fire, such natural hazards have become part and parcel of everyday life in Japan. Accordingly, the nation is considered a model for disaster preparedness: each resident is advised to carry fireproof evacuation bags with first aid, sanitation products as well as food and water. Meanwhile, buildings constructed after 1981 are required to have earthquake-resistant structures, meaning thicker beams, pillars and walls as well as shock-absorbers to reduce shaking in taller buildings. And yet, the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake came as a huge shock--literally. On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku region along Japan's eastern coast was rocked by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake for six minutes; the strongest in the country's records so far.


PlatformE Acquires AI Start-up to Boost Fashion Supply Chain

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The fashion technology outfit co-founded by José Neves plans to use AI to improve made-to-order fashion supply chain. PlatformE, a fashion technology group co-founded by Farfetch's José Neves, is buying start-up Cambridge-based Catalyst AI for an undisclosed sum. According to the announcement, the deal will bring Catalyst AI's machine learning tools for optimizing fashion supply chains to PlatformE's services, which focus on on-demand and made-to-order fashion. "We're delighted to strengthen our capabilities with Catalyst AI's innovative intellectual property, and will benefit immensely from the team's expertise and their network of talent in one of the world's leading data science ecosystems," PlatformE co-founder and chief executive officer Gonçalo Cruz said in a statement. For Catalyst AI co-founder and CEO Raymond Siems, "Gonçalo has an unwavering vision for the future of fashion."


Venture Catalysts invests in AR/VR innovator CUSMAT - Express Computer

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Venture Catalysts, India's first, largest and pioneering integrated incubator and accelerator platform, has invested an undisclosed amount in CUSMAT – a startup that builds high immersion training systems for enterprises moving metrics across productivity, safety and customer satisfaction. The seed funding round was led by Venture Catalysts investor – Raveen Sastry of Multiply Ventures. Co-investors Vaibhav Domkundwar, Better Capital, Rakesh Verma Chairman, MapMyIndia, Pratap Atwal, Director, CIPL (coronation Mining & Infra) also participated in the fund raise. Founded by three NIT Warangal, 2016 graduates Abhinav Ayan (CEO), Anirban Jyoti Chakravorty (CTO) and Soumyaranjan Harichandan (Head of Product), CUSMAT leverages AR/VR/MR and AI-based technologies to skill, upskill, train and assess people in enterprises. The company currently offers 5 training products, catering to more than 15 industries including Logistics, Electronics, Manufacturing, Mining, Steel, Cement, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare, among others.


PredictMedix (PMED.CN) Catalysts and Covid Play to Create New All Time Highs?

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PredictMedix (PMED.CN) has been a stock garnering a lot of attention throughout this Covid pandemic. Our team and esteemed writers have covered the company extensively, and the fundamental information which I will summarize, can be read on our latest article here. In terms of a technical approach, the analysis is mine. Looking at the daily chart of PMED, we can clearly see the higher lows and higher highs in an uptrend. On its run from breaking resistance way back at 0.195, we formed two higher lows on the road to the all important 1.00 zone.


Lanxess taps Infosys for IT infrastructure digitization strategy

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Infosys announced its deal with Lanxess, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in Germany. Infosys will support Lanxess in its IT infrastructure digitization strategy and enable its workforce spread across 33 countries with a managed modern workplace. Infosys will setup an end-user centric modern workplace with standardized device/workplace landscape (for Office, Functional and Virtual users) based on a Device as a Service (DaaS) construct, backed with NextGen unified communication and collaboration platforms. The global workforce of Lanxess will be supported by a multi-lingual artificial intelligence powered service desk operating from Europe and India, Infosys said. Kai Finke, CIO of Lanxess, said: "Standardized and harmonized workplace services will enable us to increase our service quality and usability on a global basis as well as increase flexibility and scalability which nowadays are getting more and more important."


Lanxess ties-up with Infosys for transforming its IT infrastructure

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Infosys has announced a strategic partnership with Lanxess for digitizing the IT infrastructure and enable its global workforce spread across 33 countries with a secure and fully managed modern workplace. As part of this transformation, Infosys will setup an end-user centric modern workplace with globally standardized device/workplace landscape (for Office, Functional and Virtual users) based on a Device as a Service (DaaS) construct, backed with NextGen unified communication and collaboration platforms. The global workforce of Lanxess will be supported by a multi-lingual artificial intelligence-powered service desk operating from Europe and India. Infosys will also transform Lanxess to a future-ready end user IT landscape over the course of the partnership. This will ensure a seamless and harmonized workplace experience for Lanxess' global workforce.


Lanxess, CyberCoders and Carlow University are hiring. See more Pittsburgh jobs -- 7/6/20

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CyberCoders seeks a Data Scientist – Machine Learning, Building Information to develop algorithms for building information, facility operations and …


Picasso's Got Nothing on AI Artists - Issue 79: Catalysts

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I'm trying to explain to Arthur I. Miller why artworks generated by computers don't quite do it for me. The works aren't a portal into another person's mind, where you can wander in a warren of intention, emotion, and perception, feeling life being shaped into form. What's more, it often seems, people just ain't no good, so it's transcendent to be reminded they can be. Art is one of the few human creations that can do that. No matter how engaging the songs or poems that a computer generates may be, they ultimately feel empty.


How I Taught My Computer to Write Its Own Music - Issue 79: Catalysts

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On a warm day in April 2013, I was sitting in a friend's kitchen in Paris, trying to engineer serendipity. I was trying to get my computer to write music on its own. I wanted to be able to turn it on and have it spit out not just any goofy little algorithmic tune but beautiful, compelling, mysterious music; something I'd be proud to have written myself. The kitchen window was open, and as I listened to the sounds of children playing in the courtyard below, I thought about how the melodies of their voices made serendipitous counterpoint with the songs of nearby birds and the intermittent drone of traffic on the rue d'Alésia. In response to these daydreams, I was making a few tweaks to my software--a chaotic, seat-of-the-pants affair that betrayed my intuitive, self-taught approach to programming--when I saw that Bill Seaman had just uploaded a new batch of audio files to our shared Dropbox folder. I had been collaborating with Bill, a media artist, on various aspects of computational creativity over the past few years.


Best Screenplay Goes to the Algorithms - Issue 79: Catalysts

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Ross Goodwin has had an extraordinary career. After playing about with computers as a child, he studied economics, then became a speech writer for President Obama, writing presidential proclamations, then took a variety of freelance writing jobs. One of these involved churning out business letters--he calls it freelance ghostwriting. The letters were all pretty much the same, so he figured out an algorithm that would generate form letters, using a few samples as a database. The algorithm jumbled up paragraphs and lines following certain templates, then reassembled them to produce business letters, similar but each varying in style, saving him the job of starting anew each time.