How artificial intelligence is shaking up the oil and gas industry

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The Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG), a sprawling complex of offshore oil fields 60 miles off Azerbaijan's capital Baku, is causing somewhat of a headache for BP's head of technology. "We have huge production in Azerbaijan of wells that are quite prone to producing sand, and sand if it's produced in high quantities from our oil wells can do damage to the metalwork and also choke back the production," says David Eyton. The ACG, which pumps out an average of 584,000 barrels of oil per day, is a prized asset for BP, and any hold ups could cost the company dearly. But the man leading BP's technology revolution think he has a solution: artificial intelligence (AI).


What the Presidency is Worth to Donald Trump

The New Yorker

Even if Donald Trump hadn't been running for President, 2016 would have been an important year for him in his role as the head of the Trump Organization. His hotel operation, in particular, is on course for a rapid worldwide expansion, from fourteen hotels to more than a hundred, according to a June interview with Eric Danziger, the C.E.O. of Trump Hotels. The firm added three new hotels, in Washington, D.C., Canada, and Panama, during the year and is looking at opportunities in the Dominican Republic, London, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv. In Asia, a hotel and residential complex in Bali, Indonesia, is under way, as are projects in Mumbai and Pune, India. Buildings with his name in Baku, Azerbaijan, and Istanbul have faced some problems, but the company is undaunted.


Welcome To The World's Next Tech Hub: Armenia

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Supporters of Armenia's popular opposition leader attend a rally in downtown Yerevan on April 26, ... [ ] 2018. As Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey join together and engage in major infrastructure projects, such as the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, to revive their historic role as a land bridge between east and west, Armenia has been conspicuously left by the wayside. However, Armenia has taken a different path. Armenia is a landlocked country in the bowels of the Caucasus with scant natural resources. It doesn't have any ports.


Trailblazing architect Zaha Hadid dies from heart attack at 65

The Japan Times

LONDON – Internationally renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, whose designs included the London Aquatics Centre used in the 2012 summer Olympics, has died aged 65, her company said on Thursday. "It is with great sadness that Zaha Hadid Architects have confirmed that Dame Zaha Hadid died suddenly in Miami in the early hours of this morning," the company said in a statement. "She had contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital." Her projects also include the MAXXI museum in Rome, the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku, and a condominium along Manhattan's High Line park. Born and raised in Baghdad, Hadid studied in Beirut and London, where she based the architectural firm that bore her name.


Nagorno-Karabakh clashes rumble despite ceasefire

Al Jazeera

Clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces rumbled for a second day, despite Baku announcing a ceasefire after the worst outbreak of violence in decades over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region sparked international pressure to stop fighting. Azerbaijan said on Sunday it had decided to "unilaterally cease hostilities" and pledged to "reinforce" several strategic positions it claimed to have captured inside the Armenian-controlled territory. The Armenia-backed authorities in Karabakh - which claims independence but is heavily backed by Yerevan - said they were willing to discuss a ceasefire but only if it saw them regain their territory. Both sides accused each other of continuing to fire across the volatile frontline that has divided them since a war that saw Armenian separatists seize the region from Azerbaijan ended with an inconclusive truce in 1994. "Armenia has violated all the norms of international law.