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first_imgThe Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons office building in downtown Milwaukee.The Northwestern Mutual Foundation recently awarded $3.4 million in grants to Milwaukee area nonprofit organizations focused on community outreach and education improvement.The Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons office building in downtown Milwaukee.The grants will support initiatives in Milwaukee’s Amani, Metcalfe Park and Muskego Way neighborhoods, which the foundation has been investing in since 2013. “For our city to thrive, it’s so vital to provide the opportunities for our children and youth to be successful,” said Eric Christophersen, president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. “It’s essential that we help support our communities with the means to achieve their dreams, and it starts with access to valuable community resources and foundational education.” 2018 Education Grant Recipients include: Alverno College Arts @ Large Auer Avenue Community School (United Way) Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater MilwaukeeCarmen High School of Science & Technology Center for Urban Teaching City Year Milwaukee COA Youth & Family Centers College Possible Cristo Rey Jesuit School First Stage Golda Meir High School Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School Messmer High School Milwaukee Academy of Science Milwaukee College Prep Milwaukee Excellence Milwaukee Public Library Foundation Milwaukee Public Schools Milwaukee Succeeds Next Door Foundation Notre Dame Primary School Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Pathways High PAVE (Partners Advancing Values in Education) Rocketship Education Wisconsin Ronald Reagan High School Schools That Can MilwaukeeSHARP LiteracySt. Joan Antida High SchoolTeach for America Unity in Motion YMCA of Metro Milwaukee2018 Neighborhood Grant Recipients: ACTS Community Development Corporation Artists Working in Education COA Youth & Family Centers Data You Can Use Dominican Center for Women Feeding America Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community CenterInstitute for Community PeaceJourney House Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee Metcalfe Park Community Bridges Milwaukee Christian Center Milwaukee Repertory Theater Operation DREAM PathfindersPearls for Teen Girls Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation Safe & Sound Sojourner Family Peace Center The Parenting Network Urban Economic Development Association of MilwaukeeWe Grow GreensWisconsin Black Historical Society Wisconsin Voices Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Commute by Bike Check Out Googles 350 Smart Jacket

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. March 14, 2017 Tom Brant Next Article –shares Google Add to Queue A $350 pair of Levi’s that syncs with your smartphone? Is it Fashion Week again? No, it’s South by Southwest, the annual gathering of tech enthusiasts and culture lovers, where Google and Levi’s offered an update on a project they’ve been working on to make a stylish denim garment full of technology.The garment isn’t jeans, though, it’s a special version of Levi’s Trucker jacket woven out of electronic threads that Google is working on as part of its Project Jacquard. First announced in 2015, the jacket is inching closer to reality with a price tag and a release date of “this fall,” according to Engadget.For $350, you’ll get a jacket that takes the term “wearable” — traditionally used for smartwatches — to new heights. A small tag will be embedded in the denim, containing all the electronic components the jacket needs to connect to your smartphone. The rest of the garment looks like any other Trucker jacket, except you can swipe it to take calls and use other smartphone functions when your device isn’t easily accessible.The target audience is urban bike riders: a promotional video shows a biker swiping his sleeve to change song tracks, get navigation directions and answer calls. The electronic fibers woven into the denim capture touch interactions, and use machine-learning algorithms to determine various gestures. Data is then wirelessly transmitted via the electronic tag — removable for washing — to a mobile device.This being Google, of course, Project Jacquard isn’t stopping at a denim jacket for fashion-conscious techies who commute to work by bike. The company envisions the fabric being used by any fashion designer, and it is working on developing an ecosystem of apps and cloud services to convince people that the high-tech fabric is worth a higher price.Speaking of paying a premium, you can pick up a “dumb” Trucker jacket right now for $65. We’re betting some people will find it worth spending an extra $285 to answer phone calls from their coat sleeve, but many more won’t. Image credit: via PC Magcenter_img 2 min read News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag Commute by Bike? Check Out Google’s $350 Smart Jacket. The Google-Levi’s partnership takes the term ‘wearable’ to new heights (and price tags). Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

Amazon Spark Is a PinterestLike Shopping Social Network

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. July 21, 2017 The new feature inside Amazon’s iPhone app lets you follow specific categories and people, making it easy to buy things you find. Add to Queue Image credit: Amazon via PCMag Amazon Amazon Spark Is a Pinterest-Like Shopping Social Network Next Article Angela Moscaritolocenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals As if you don’t already buy enough stuff on Amazon, the ecommerce giant just added a new Pinterest-like feature to its iPhone app aimed at helping you “find more of what you like.”Dubbed Spark, the new shopping social network lets you follow specific categories and people. Of course, Amazon has made it super easy to buy things there, too.To access Spark, tap the hamburger icon (three parallel horizontal lines) in the Amazon iPhone app, select Programs and Features, then tap Spark. The first time you visit, you’ll select a few of your interests: things like books, style and fashion, food, technology, do it yourself (DIY), home décor, beauty, recipes, video games and women’s fashion, for instance.From there, Spark will create a “feed of personalized content from other Amazon customers with similar interests as you.” If you see something you like, just tap the product link or shopping bag icon to buy it.You can also create posts to share a specific product or story, and “interact with people by commenting or smiling on their posts.” We assume “smiling” on someone’s post is basically like adding a heart or thumbs up.Anyone in the U.S. with the Amazon iPhone app can look at posts on Spark, but you’ll need to be a paid Prime member to contribute your own.Just keep in mind that whatever you do on Spark is pretty much public. “Anyone can view your posts, comments, the interests you follow and see your Amazon Profile,” Amazon said in its Spark FAQs. Your profile displays customer reviews you’ve written but does not show your purchasing or browsing history. This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read –shares Reporter Register Now »last_img read more

Admetrics Launches Marketing AI Assistant Newton to Advise Marketers on Growth Opportunities

first_imgAdmetrics, a marketing intelligence company that supports advertisers with data science solutions to gain actionable insights into their marketing data, announced the release of Newton, a new capability that enables companies to run always-on experimentation for insight generation at scale.Newton represents a shift in marketing intelligence software, providing marketers a simple way to turn any marketing data into countless experiments running in parallel to learn, optimize and iterate at scale by continuously analyzing data and making recommendations for growth. In this capacity, Newton functions as a 24/7 expert and advisor, drawing from deep domain expertise to convert data into knowledge, proactively identifying insights and actions to drive positive business outcomes.The ability of Newton to evaluate options and alternatives, determine cause-and-effect relationships and predict highly probable and profitable outcomes positions marketers to bridge the growing disconnect between information and insights. Research firm Forrester puts the scope of the problem into perspective, observing that a massive 60 to 73% of data companies collect is not analyzed.The outcome is a vicious cycle in which marketers invest massive resources to gather tremendous amounts of data from an ever-increasing number of sources and channels—and yet lack the capabilities to turn that information into action, according to a 2019 survey of CMOs and brand marketers reported in Inc. magazine. This also dovetails with Admetrics internal data that shows the majority of brands (57%) have “access to sufficient data resources,” but, at the same time, critically lack capabilities to address and execute data-informed tasks including testing, reporting and bidding model optimization.Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First HireNewton was architected to address this issue, providing marketers the capabilities to automate and scale data analysis in order to maximize insight generation and increase cost efficiency. To achieve this, Newton leverages Quantify, the Admetrics experimentation engine released in March, to provide highly accurate statistical results at the highest possible pace. This enables quicker time to value and dramatically faster data-driven decision making than traditional testing methodologies by empowering marketers and campaign managers to continuously learn from ever-running experiments.Leading data-driven companies across categories have developed their own experimentation platforms in order to outpace their competition. It’s a competitive advantage that used to demand significant investment and data science expertise, but this is changing with the advance of next-generation solutions, according to Markus Repetschnig, CEO and co-founder at Admetrics.“The release of Newton, which was purpose-built to supercharge experimentation and data analytics by suggesting actions marketers can take to optimize growth, marks a turning point in what all companies can achieve—even if they lack big budgets and large data science teams,” Repetschnig explains.Marketing Technology News: Shoppers Take Center Stage in the 2019 Retail Systems Research Report on eCommerce Website Performance“Newton helps advertisers and agencies minimize missed opportunities for growth and stop losses as early as possible,” Repetschnig says. More importantly, Newton is also one of the first in a new breed of augmented analytics solutions, a cutting-edge category of data capabilities Gartner has identified as a top 10 strategic tech trend for 2019. In practice, Newton harnesses AI models that are tailored to specific advertising value and attribution chains to generate insight and provide actionable recommendations at scale, while minimizing the human component previously required to find issues and opportunities hidden deep in the data.Advertisers and agencies that want to leverage the new capability do not need to change their existing infrastructure as Newton works with any kind of marketing data and can be easily plugged into any tech stack. To date, Newton offers expert models for programmatic advertising and social platforms like Facebook, with additional models in the pipeline to address other marketing use cases.Marketing Technology News: Mongolia’s Mongolsat Networks Optimizes Multi-Screen Video Delivery with Verimatrix and moTV.eu AdmetricsMarketing AImarketing intelligenceMarketing TechnologyMarkus RepetschnigNews Previous ArticleCardinal Path’s 2019 State of Marketing Technology Report Highlights Consolidation & DisruptionNext ArticleTableau Welcomes More than 2,000 Customers and Partners to Berlin for Sold-Out European Conference Admetrics Launches Marketing AI Assistant Newton to Advise Marketers on Growth Opportunities MTS Staff WriterJune 19, 2019, 10:40 pmJune 19, 2019 last_img read more

Moderate alcohol consumption linked with lower risk of hospitalization

first_img Source:http://www.neuromed.it/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 12 2018While the heavy negative effects of high consumption are confirmed, those who drink in moderation resort less to the hospital than teetotalersA study of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention of I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed (Pozzilli, Italy), in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston), highlights that people who consume alcohol moderately (one glass of wine a day), in the general framework of Mediterranean diet principles, have a lower risk of being hospitalized compared to heavier drinkers, but also to the teetotallers.The research, published in the scientific journal Addiction, involved 21,000 participants in the Moli-sani epidemiological study, followed for over 6 years. During this period, their drinking habits were related to their number of hospital admissions.Related StoriesRecreational marijuana users tend to drink more alcohol, medicinal users drink lessExcess grey matter in the brain can predict escalating drinking behavior in teensPeople use executive control processes to ignore cues that signal something rewarding”We observed – says Simona Costanzo, first author of the paper, who spent a period of research in this field at Harvard University, thanks to a grant from the Veronesi Foundation – that a heavy consumption of alcohol is associated with a higher probability of hospitalization, especially for cancer and alcohol-related diseases. This confirms the harmful effect of excessive alcohol drinking on the health. On the other hand, those who drink in moderation present a lower risk of hospitalization for all causes and for cardiovascular diseases compared to lifetime abstainers and former drinkers “.”The data on hospitalizations – comments Licia Iacoviello, Head of the Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology of I.R.C.C.S. Neuromed and professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the University of Insubria in Varese – is very important in relation to the impact of alcohol on public health. Hospital admissions, in fact, represent not only a serious problem for people, but they have also a strong impact on National health systems. Our study confirms how much excess alcohol can weigh on healthcare facilities, underlining the urgent need of managing the problem, but it also confirms and extends our previous observations according to which moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a reduction in mortality risk, regardless of the type of disease”.”We are absolutely not saying – underlines Ken Mukamal Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School – that any teetotaler should start drinking to improve his/her health. However, this research reaffirms that the effects of alcohol consumption cannot be reduced to a single catchphrase or punchline. This very comprehensive study clearly shows that we need to consider its health effects based upon both dose and disease”.last_img read more

Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing

Citation: Three scenarios show we have to think carefully about ethics in designing smart cities (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-scenarios-carefully-ethics-smartcities.html Provided by The Conversation But there are major ethical challenges that centre on fears about the privacy of information that is provided. The perception that data will be paternally used in targeted community interventions is also an issue.At the Indonesian-Australian Digital Forum in Jakarta in January, participants analysed the sustainability of using citizen reports to collect data on malaria. This information sharing can potentially benefit communities by targeting public health services in areas of need. But it also creates stigma and privacy concerns when individuals are known within their community as disease carriers. Is there any opportunity to consider a person’s consent?Big Data certainly creates opportunities to reduce health disparities. But how many benevolent government interventions engage targeted citizens in the development process? Focusing on the citizenThe examples we use above are very near-term realities. The possibilities and problems of Big Data mean designers require a new type of intelligence that exists between technology and the humanities. As technologies become more sophisticated the designer holds a key role in customising such concepts for mass use. Additionally, as the pendulum swings from technological solutions towards the citizen’s experiences, the variations in different countries’ political and cultural systems will become more pronounced. The old adage that “all politics is local” will be reinforced.But in a Big Data environment, the tendency to average out all those local specificities is magnified by generic technology approaches to complex cultural and contextual problems. Governments should think about and resolve ethical questions in the design of smart cities. City planners should ensure that the technologies deployed do not take away citizens’ privacy and that personal data are not used against them. Smart cities need to be more human, so we’re creating Sims-style virtual worlds Jakarta’s traffic system is one of many facets of the city that could be improved by smart cities technologies, but at what cost? Credit: Vasenka Photography/Flickr, CC BY To improve cities, governments are increasingly promoting the use of technology and data-driven decision-making. They decide how technologies and Big Data are being used or deployed in creating smart cities, with the help of academics who collect and interpret data, design new city ideas and newer technologies for cities. Data harnessed from networked objects that citizens wear or use daily can ease our lives. But it’s possible that the uses of Big Data jeopardise citizens, such as in the scenarios we present below. 1. Longer commute for low-class workersImagine this: A traffic system manages a city’s rush hour, handling thousands of traffic lights, public transport commutes and pedestrian signals. Meanwhile, an AI system uses real-time data drawn from hundreds of thousands of sensors on vehicles and buses. With help from infrastructure like light poles, the optimal flow of traffic is calculated based on the number of vehicles and people in the system. Reducing commute times and improving productivity is the stated end goal of city governments. Who could argue with that?But linking traffic data, geographic data and economic performance creates another scenario. If the system increases economic performance, is it any wonder it prioritises higher-paying jobs linked to more expensive suburbs neighbouring the city? Low-paid commuters contribute less financially to a city’s economy, so a highly paid executive getting a quicker ride to work makes brutal sense. But the system introduces a bias: public transport suddenly takes a little longer for a clerical worker.2. Park bench meter?The humble park bench presents another ethical dilemma for city planners. We’ve been paying for car parking in cities for decades. Now that we can live-track people in fine detail, the possibility of micro-charging for public amenities creates an opportunity for new revenue streams.Think about paying a few cents for time spent resting on a park bench – a parking meter for people. This obviously discourages the positive attributes of city living for avid park users. Yet, as an example of “data-driven” governance, it plausibly shines a light on the already feasible potential for economic disparity.3. Health and the consent of citizensBig Data can also be used to inform city design and planning to reduce health disparities. Public surveillance systems can connect geo-data with health services data to attend to populations that need urgent help. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. read more

Artificial intelligence needs to be socially responsible says new policy report

This is according to Dr. Barbara Ribeiro of Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at The University of Manchester, in On AI and Robotics: Developing policy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a new policy report on the role of AI and Robotics in society, being published today.Dr. Ribeiro adds because investment into AI will essentially be paid for by tax-payers in the long-term, policymakers need to make sure that the benefits of such technologies are fairly distributed throughout society.She says: “Ensuring social justice in AI development is essential. AI technologies rely on big data and the use of algorithms, which influence decision-making in public life and on matters such as social welfare, public safety and urban planning.””In these ‘data-driven’ decision-making processes some social groups may be excluded, either because they lack access to devices necessary to participate or because the selected datasets do not consider the needs, preferences and interests of marginalised and disadvantaged people.”On AI and Robotics: Developing policy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is a comprehensive report written, developed and published by Policy@Manchester with leading experts and academics from across the University. Provided by University of Manchester Play Dr. Barbara Ribeiro, from Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, discusses how to carry out and implement such processes in ‘On AI and Robotics: Developing policy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by Policy@Manchester. Credit: Policy@Manchester The publication is designed to help employers, regulators and policymakers understand the potential effects of AI in areas such as industry, healthcare, research and international policy.However, the report doesn’t just focus on AI. It also looks at robotics, explaining the differences and similarities between the two separate areas of research and development (R&D) and the challenges policymakers face with each.Professor Anna Scaife, Co-Director of the University’s Policy@Manchester team, explains: “Although the challenges that companies and policymakers are facing with respect to AI and robotic systems are similar in many ways, these are two entirely separate technologies – something which is often misunderstood, not just by the general public, but policymakers and employers too. This is something that has to be addressed.” Professor Barry Lennox, Professor of Applied Control and Head of the UOM Robotics Group, adds: “The transfer of robotics technology into industry, and in particular the nuclear industry, requires cultural and societal changes as well as technological advances.”It is really important that regulators are aware of what robotic technology is and is not capable of doing today, as well as understanding what the technology might be capable of doing over the next 5 years.”The report also highlights the importance of big data and AI in healthcare, for example in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).Lord Jim O”Neill, Honorary Professor of Economics at The University of Manchester and Chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance explains: “An important example of this is the international effort to limit the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The AMR Review gave 27 specific recommendations covering 10 broad areas, which became known as the “10 Commandments.” Play Dr. Barbara Ribeiro, from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, discusses how organizations can develop more representative AI public policies in ‘On AI and Robotics: Developing policy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by Policy@Manchester. Credit: Policy@Manchester One particular area the report highlights where robotics can have a positive impact is in the world of hazardous working environments, such a nuclear decommissioning and clean-up. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Is the UK’s energy policy fit for purpose? PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen The development of new artificial intelligence (AI) technology is often subject to bias, and the resulting systems can be discriminatory, meaning more should be done by policymakers to ensure its development is democratic and socially responsible. Play Dr. Barbara Ribeiro, from the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester, discusses how local governments can ensure AI development incorporates greater social justice in ‘On AI and Robotics: Developing policy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ by Policy@Manchester. Credit: Policy@Manchester “All 10 are necessary, and none are sufficient on their own, but if there is one that I find myself increasingly believing is a permanent game-changer, it is state of the art diagnostics. We need a “Google for doctors’ to reduce the rate of over prescription.”The versatile nature of AI and robotics is leading many experts to predict that the technologies will have a significant impact on a wide variety of fields in the coming years. Policy@Manchester hopes that the On AI and Robotics report will contribute to helping policymakers, industry stakeholders and regulators better understand the range of issues they will face as the technologies play ever greater roles in our everyday lives. Citation: Artificial intelligence needs to be socially responsible says new policy report (2018, May 10) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-artificial-intelligence-socially-responsible-policy.html Explore further read more

Bitcoins high energy consumption is a concern – but it may be

first_img The energy costs of mining Bitcoin, it has been estimated, now exceed the costs of mining actual metals. Credit: shutterstock Provided by The Conversation Bitcoin recently turned 10 years old. In that time, it has proved revolutionary because it ignores the need for modern money’s institutions to verify payments. Instead, Bitcoin relies on cryptographic techniques to prove identity and authenticity. Journal information: Nature However, the price to pay for all of this innovation is a high carbon footprint, created by Bitcoin mining. Fundamental to that mining process is a peer-to-peer network of computers, referred to as validators, who perform Proof of Work. In essence, this involves computers solving computationally-intensive cryptographic puzzles that prove blocks of transactions, which are recorded in a public asset ledger, known as a blockchain. This ledger is publicly viewable by all computers, which helps the system achieve consensus in an unreliable network of participants.Validators are called miners because the computer, or node, that successfully validates one of those blocks is rewarded with “mined” Bitcoin. Thus mining is also the process by which Bitcoin adds new coins to the network.But these processes consume a vast amount of power.In my 2016 article, Socialism and the Blockchain, I estimated Bitcoin mining’s annual energy use at 3.38 TeraWatt hours (TWh), which I equated to the total 2014 annual consumption of Jamaica. Recent estimates show the currency’s annual consumption rising exponentially, currently reaching an incredible 55TWh. Indeed, a new paper in Nature Sustainability suggests that the energy costs of mining cryptocurrencies exceed the costs of mining physical metals. Furthermore, the paper estimates that Bitcoin emitted between 3m and 13m metric tonnes CO₂ in the first half of 2018. A team in Hawaii even suppose that, if Bitcoin’s adoption continues to rise, within a couple of decades, such emissions could help push global warming above 2°C.However, both the study in Nature and the team in Hawaii make assumptions about the means of energy generation. In the light of the recent disturbing UN 1.5°C Report, humanity would be wise to act on the recommendation for an “unprecedented shift in energy systems”. The hope is that such a shift towards large-scale renewable energy does occur, thus invalidating the assumptions made in those papers. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Bitcoin’s high energy consumption is a concern – but it may be a price worth paying (2018, November 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-bitcoin-high-energy-consumption-price.html Explore further Credit: Shutterstock Nevertheless, concerns over Bitcoin’s energy consumption remain, so Ethereum, another cryptocurrency, is investigating a more energy efficient consensus algorithm known as Proof of Stake. This method differs from Proof of Work because miners on this network use their economic stake to prove transactions and therefore, they are not performing energy intensive calculations. That introduces some complications – not least, how to ensure that people in this network act honestly, as they would have nothing to lose by behaving dishonestly? Ethereum’s proposed solution is to introduce penalties through measures such as penalising miners for simultaneously producing blocks on two versions of the blockchain. After all, only one of those blockchains is valid.Bitcoin’s Proof of Work overcomes such problems implicitly because it includes natural penalties since miners have to expend energy to prove transactions.In economic game theory, a Nash Equilibrium is said to be reached when a system stabilises because no one gains by changing strategy from that which produces the stable state. Since Bitcoin rewards are given to miners only if their blocks help form the valid Bitcoin blockchain, the most profitable outcome, or the Nash Equilibrium, is for each miner to act in consensus with the majority.As a result, Bitcoin’s Proof of Work algorithm has proven effective, despite the excessive energy consumption.A price worth paying?In essence, my work looks at whether blockchains are a rebuttal to the hierarchies of capitalism. If Bitcoin promotes a way of organising that does not rely on capitalist consumption, might that indirectly drive down society’s energy use and help lessen its environmental impact? After all, consider the recent alarming WWF report, which all but blamed capitalism for the dramatic decline in wildlife populations. We need alternatives.Perhaps, then, Bitcoin’s revolutionary offer, as an alternative to capitalism, means its energy use is a price worth paying? That argument holds some weight if it drives down consumption in other areas of society because Bitcoin mining is not the primary driver behind climate change. However, even then, given the urgency of environmental degradation, if we continue to produce energy in a manner that creates so much warming CO₂, that argument may provide scant consolation. Perhaps alternative consensus schemes, such as Ethereum’s Proof of Stake, provide part of the solution. However, Bitcoin or not, if humankind is to avoid climate catastrophe, we need to take urgent action and find solutions that produce clean, sustainable energy. If we do that, humanity will benefit, and as a by-product, so will Bitcoin. Q&A: What is bitcoin?last_img read more

Trumps Labour Secretary Acosta resigns amid Epstein case

first_img“Alex called me this morning and wanted to see me,” Trump told reporters. “I just want to let you know this is him, not me.”Acosta’s resignation is effective in seven days. Trump named Deputy Labour Secretary Patrick Pizzella as the acting secretary of Labour.Acosta has served in Trump’s cabinet since April 2017 and from 2005 through 2009 was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. It was there that he handled Epstein’s first case involving sex with girls, which resulted in a punishment that critics say was far too lenient.”Mr. Acosta now joins the sprawling parade of President Trump’s chosen advisors who have left the administration under clouds of scandal and corruption, leaving rudderless and discouraged agencies in their wake. Taxpayers deserve better,” Democratic U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said in a statement.Epstein, a billionaire hedge fund manager, pleaded not guilty to new federal charges in New York this week. Epstein had a social circle that over the years has included Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew.Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had called on Tuesday for Acosta to resign.DEFENDING HIS CASEAcosta responded to the criticism on Tuesday with tweets saying Epstein’s crimes were “horrific” and that he was glad prosecutors were moving forward based on new evidence and testimony that could “more fully bring him to justice.”On Wednesday Acosta held a news conference to defend his handling of the deal, which allowed Epstein to plead guilty to a state charge and not face federal prosecution. Acosta said Epstein would have had an even lighter sentence if not for the deal.Acosta would not say if he would make the same decision regarding Epstein now, considering the power of the #MeToo movement that led to the downfall of several powerful men publicly accused of sex crimes by women. U.S. prosecutors in New York on Monday accused Epstein, 66, of sex trafficking, luring dozens of girls, some as young as 14, to his luxury homes and coercing them into sex acts.Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee who has called on Acosta to testify on the Epstein matter, said in a statement: “Secretary Acosta’s role in approving the extremely favourable deal for Jeffrey Epstein raises significant concerns about his failure to respect the rights of the victims, many of whom were children when they were assaulted.”The federal prosecutors in New York said they were not bound by the deal arranged by Acosta, which allowed Epstein to plead to a lesser offence and serve 13 months in jail with leave during the day while registering as a sex offender. In February, a federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, ruled that the 2007 agreement violated the victims’ rights. Epstein’s case and Acosta’s role in the plea deal had come under scrutiny earlier this year after an investigation by the Miami Herald.The Epstein case came up during Acosta’s Senate confirmation hearing but the Republican-majority Senate approved him in a 60-38 vote. He is the latest top Trump administration official to depart under a cloud. The heads of the Interior, Justice, State and Health departments have also either been fired or resigned, among other top staff during Trump tenure so far.Acosta, the son of Cuban refugees and the first Hispanic member of Trump’s Cabinet, previously served on the National Labour Relations Board and in the U.S. Department of Justice under Republican President George W. Bush. (Reporting by Nandiat Bose; additional reporting by Susan Heavey; Writing by David Alexander and Jeff Mason; Editing by Bill Trott) Related News WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned on Friday amid fresh scrutiny of his handling of the sex abuse case against financier Jeffrey Epstein, becoming President Donald Trump’s latest adviser to leave the administration in controversy.Acosta, joining Trump at the White House before the president left for a trip to Wisconsin, said he did not want to be a distraction to the administration’s work because of his leadership of the Epstein case more than a decade ago.”As I look forward, I do not think it is right and fair for this administration’s Labour Department to have Epstein as a focus rather than the incredible economy we have today,” Acosta said.Trump, who has fired numerous cabinet and other administration officials during his 2 1/2 years in the White House, said it was Acosta’s idea to step down. World 10 Jul 2019 U.S. Labor Secretary Acosta says Epstein crimes ‘horrific’ World 10 Jul 2019 Trump backs U.S. Labor chief Acosta, says will look into matter amid Epstein casecenter_img Related News World 09 Jul 2019 Trump defends cabinet member Acosta embroiled in Epstein sex-abuse case {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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