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Cosmic convergence

Science

On 17 August, scientists around the world witnessed something never seen before: One hundred and thirty million light-years away, two neutron stars spiraled into each other in a spectacular explosion that was studied by observatories ranging from gamma ray detectors to radio telescopes. The blast confirmed several key astrophysical models, revealed a birthplace of many heavy elements, and tested general relativity as never before. That first observation of a neutron-star merger, and the scientific bounty it revealed, is Science's 2017 Breakthrough of the Year. Especially remarkable was the way the event was spotted: by detecting the infinitesimal ripples in space itself, called gravitational waves, that the spiraling neutron stars radiated before they merged. The discovery of gravitational waves themselves was Science's 2016 Breakthrough of the Year.


IT/OT convergence: Addressing the perception gaps

#artificialintelligence

IoT can be viewed as an ideal opportunity to bridge the worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). IoT projects over the last several years have focused on device onboarding and getting data aggregated into the cloud…usually an IT-managed cloud. Data access and analytical insight from that data has been parsed out from IT as a service. The "IT as a service" model is not well positioned to take advantage of the new opportunities presented by edge compute devices and the analytical capabilities in those devices transacted at origination of the data. Historically, IT and OT data did not intersect.


2017 Breakthrough: Brooklynn Prince of 'The Florida Project'

U.S. News

Brooklynn, the cheerful star of "The Florida Project," has indeed lifted off. Her performance as Moonee, a brash, troublemaking pipsqueak living with her mom (Bria Vinaite) in a low-rent Orlando motel, may be the most spirited thing of 2017. Brooklynn is the exuberant energy at the center of one the year's most acclaimed films, and some believe she should be the youngest Oscar nominee ever.


Decomposition of regional convergence in population aging across Europe

@machinelearnbot

In the face of rapidly aging population, decreasing regional inequalities in population composition is one of the regional cohesion goals of the European Union. To our knowledge, no explicit quantification of the changes in regional population aging differentiation exist. We investigate how regional differences in population aging developed over the last decade and how they are likely to evolve in the coming three decades, and we examine how demographic components of population growth contribute to the process. We use the beta-convergence approach to test whether regions are moving towards a common level of population aging. The change in population composition is decomposed into the separate effects of changes in the size of the non-working-age population and of the working-age population.


Blockchain and Machine Learning To Predict Consumer Behavior

#artificialintelligence

In today's world, having a business-oriented approach won't suffice unless you're keeping close tabs on your customers. Knowing their choices and preferences is just as important as selling your products to them. The primary objective of product marketing is reaching your customers instead of them reaching you. So if you're showing them something that they're not interested in buying time and again, chances are they're never going to visit your website, let alone buying something there. So now you see, it's very crucial to know the consumer behavior to enhance your chances of conversion.