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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Population trends project the world population will grow by two billion in the next 40 years, requiring a 70% increase in food production to feed the world. To meet this demand, the future generation of farmers, scientists and other professionals will need to be Ag innovators. That’s where the 4‑H Ag Innovators Experience comes in.The 2017 4‑H Ag Innovators Experience is the Healthy Soils Carbon Soil Investigation Challenge which teaches 4-H youth about the importance of preserving and improving soil health through a variety of different methods to help create a sustainable ecosystem responsible for our food and fiber needs, environmental quality, and human health.This is the fourth year National 4-H Council has collaborated with Monsanto on the 4-H Ag Innovators program which engages youth in five states to build awareness of, and interest in, agriculture innovation and careers. This year’s Healthy Soils Carbon Soil Investigation Challenge events were held throughout the summer in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.Abigail Myers of Springfield participated in the challenge and shared her experience in the following essay.Like most kids my age, I look forward to summer for a break from school with long days spent outside — hiking, swimming, enjoying barbeque at picnics and getting to hang out with my friends. And also like most kids my age, I have never given much thought to agriculture or where the food, that is part of so many of my favorite summer activities, comes from.This summer, in addition to all of my regular activities, I also got the chance to experience agriculture firsthand and learn how important it is to make sure the soil, where our food grows is healthy, thanks to the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience (AIE).Before participating in the AIE, I didn’t give much thought to how food is grown and raised. When I thought about where my food comes from, I thought about our local grocery store. Now that I’ve had the chance to learn that “soil” just doesn’t mean “dirt,” I have a new appreciation for agriculture and what it takes to grow the food that fills the grocery store shelves. Keeping soil healthy for the future will require continuous innovation and young people, like me, to help lead the way to solve new challenges.I really enjoyed getting to participate in the hands-on 4-H AIE Healthy Soils InvestigationAbigail Myers, left, of Springfield participated in the Healthy Soils Carbon Soil Investigation Challenge in Columbus this summer.Challenge and walked away with not only a fun experience, but a much better understanding of how agriculture is connected to our everyday lives. It was fun getting to work in teams to perform the Slake Test and Chemical Test to determine the health of our soil sample. Using the micro-robot to build a mini no-till planter was a bit challenging at first, but after a few tries, my team was able to build a planter that disrupted only a small amount of soil when planting which is good for the soil ecosystem.I believe it is imperative that young people learn about agriculture and understand the relevance of agriculture in their everyday lives. With the world population expected to reach nine billion by the year 2050, we will be tasked with the challenge of growing enough food. Young people are the new generation and soon they will be the ones behind the design boards, wearing lab coats and conducting the science experiments that will lead to new discoveries in agriculture.To learn more about the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience program, visit www.4-h.org/about/partners/monsanto/.last_img read more


first_imgZhenya Mirkin is an Inventor of Entropy AI and partner at Caura & Co.. In the 2000s, he led the development of predictive text input software (called “iTAP”) that shipped on all Motorola phones worldwide. It is said that a successful product is a reflection of who we are. Usually, our unique perspective is what leads to the initial discovery. As the product acquires feedback, our keen desire to respond is what drives further innovation.We can have better UI and UX experiences using web chat and augmented conversations.Time and time again I see technology products starting on the right footing only to deteriorate as companies push them to scale.The internet now is quite mature, so this is becoming to stop using emojis finally experience. Few companies can repeat the process of innovation discovered initially has been with their successful flagship products — never mind the improvement on existing ones.Today, in the technology world I see two significant trends:1) As product companies scale, the distance between product developers and their clients’ increases.2) As consulting companies scale, the time between engagement and a kickoff conversation with a technical expert increases.Whatever the process — sales, engagement management, and business development — typically companies put very empathetic people at the frontline of client communication. As a byproduct, technical people, who are most likely to help, are moved further afar. The picture is further complicated since most mature business-facing products require consultants as well as vendors.Technology puts me in mind of the (true) physics formula contained in:time * velocity = distanceEqual increase in time and total distance => constant velocity => zero acceleration => decrease in the rate of innovation => eventual stagnation.This complex physics formula seems to be our technology conundrum.But what if there was a way to build a company that had put the whole process upside down? What if people who ultimately come up with solutions are at the front of the customer journey?On the question of “time.”As a seasoned individual contributor, I have come full circle. I used to handle many of the escalated support requests using written communication with my sense of situational awareness. It was stressful, and not something I would share as best practices. Over time, however, I’ve learned to rely on a set of products in the form of a machine helper.This  machine thinker and helper :Watches my communication.Detects problems that I, as a writer, may not be fully aware.Produces personalized insights on how to improve.In a way, I have learned to supplement my low Emotional IQ with an electronic version of a coach that in private counsels me on all matters relating to my communication. As a byproduct, I have avoided several failed pitches and significant misunderstandings with customers.What all this means is that rather than focusing on building a business that isolates technical people into a bubble, we can finally build an organization that gives them full ownership of the customer journey just by providing better insights into how they (we) communicate.On the question of “distance.”Fundamentally, I am advocating for a change to bring communication back to people, away from meaningless tools and bad user experiences. From the beginning of the internet, we’ve been developing user experiences made up of input forms and check boxes.As the functionality of the web increased, web designers learned to create “smart user flows,” such that check boxes and options are not seen on one page. Though nothing is displayed, the process works to some extent, but it is a weak solution to a communication problem.Somewhere there is a solution, and whether it is a functional webpage or an actual person, these “smart user flows” are adding distance.Wouldn’t a “Chat Box” better serve its public if the customer could explain their question, and ultimately receive a solution? Wanting to be able to define a problem and receive an answer or solution is not a novel idea. Live customer support is fully ingrained into our web.And yet, there is only a handful of firms that can program their chatbots well:* Bloomberg* American Express* maybe, a few othersAlmost everywhere else, customer support via chat is a massive-scale problem. It evokes in me the same feeling I have when I call AT&T.The reason why my experience with the above companies is different is not something easily transferable. For whatever reason, these companies can staff their customer support with very technical and empathetic people. This accomplishment from companies is remarkable given their scale.What are the solutions:Augmented Emotional IntelligenceWhen companies build Artificial Intelligence (Natural Language Understanding) into their online communication experiences, there is a potential to finally stop using emojis. Not using emojis is precisely what companies such as Upwork (eLance+oDesk) and Guy Gamzu’s Fiverr do today.There is no need to look for complexity about the future. Our language already has all the richness in it to express emotion and empathy within our written communication. So it all boils down to: how can software help people — especially technical people — convey that richness effectively.The 19th century saw the invention of Employee Stock Ownership Plan, and it allowed us to build vast empires and corporations. If only we can get this AI piece right, the 20th century will see greater individual ownership of a client relationship. It will be a century of smaller and more effective companies that truly own the outcomes of their work. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Zhenya Mirkin Tags:#allenai#fiverr#guygamzu#NLP#OpenAI#upwork last_img read more


first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES The Warriors improved to 3-0 since the All-Star break and beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time, one shy of their longest winning streak in the series. They won nine straight in 1963-64.A night shy of the five-year anniversary of Curry’s 54-point Madison Square Garden masterpiece, the Warriors showed how many weapons they have around him now, making 15 3-pointers and putting six players in double figures.The third quarter has been when the Warriors separate themselves from opponents, and this was the fifth time they outscored a team by 20 or more in the period.“I still don’t have an answer as to why the third quarter is what it is, like anything specific, beyond just the fact that we can wear teams down over the course of 48 minutes,” Curry said. And it might take 24, 26 minutes to really create that separation and gain that momentum, and we come out of the halftime with some juice, some energy and it’s winning time. So that’s my best explanation for it and hopefully it continues.”This onslaught started innocently enough, with Green banking in a 3-pointer. Curry and Thompson followed with much prettier ones, and when JaVale McGee followed with a basket it was an 11-0 start to the second half and a double-digit lead in about 2 ½ minutes.ADVERTISEMENT New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee, right, defends against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in New York. Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) watches the action. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Draymond Green threw his arms up in triumph, celebrating his go-ahead 3-pointer.Never mind that it banked in, a rather ugly look on a team that shoots it beautifully.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Davis explodes for 53 as Pelicans trump Suns for 6th straight win John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It sparked the run, didn’t it?” Green said. “It got everybody going by an amazing shooter.”And the Warriors didn’t slow down the rest of another awesome third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKlay Thompson scored 26 points and Stephen Curry had 14 of his 21 in the period, when Golden State ran another opponent off the floor on its way to a 125-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.Kevin Durant added 22 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which trailed by one at halftime before outscoring New York 39-18 in the third to end things early. The highlight show continued from there, with center Zaza Pachulia dribbling behind his back to lead a fast break and Curry converting a four-point play for a 20-point bulge later in the period.“It’s tough. Those guys were so big and athletic, anyone in their team could switch,” the Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. said. “So it was tough to get around them.”Emmanuel Mudiay scored 20 points and Trey Burke had 18 for the Knicks.Mudiay had 13 points in the first seven minutes and 14 in the first quarter to lead all scorers and give the Knicks a 39-37 edge.TIP-INSWarriors: Rookie Jordan Bell returned after missing 14 games with inflammation in his left ankle. He had three points. … Green’s technical assessed with 1:04 left in the first half of Saturday’s rout against Oklahoma City was rescinded by the NBA on Monday, putting him back at 14 for the season and two away from an automatic suspension.Knicks: F Michael Beasley received five stitches for a cut on his right eyebrow after he was hit in the second quarter but returned to play in the third. … New York is off until Friday, when it visits the Los Angeles Clippers to open a four-game road trip.MAGIC MSG MOMENTCurry’s 54-point game is still his career high, as he went 11 for 13 from 3-point range. The Knicks ended up winning it though, as Raymond Felton blocked his jumper to lead to J.R. Smith’s tiebreaking basket with 1:10 left in a 109-105 victory. That remains New York’s last home win over Golden State.CAN’T BE BADKnicks coach Jeff Hornacek, on the challenge of defending the Warriors:“Can’t have any ‘my bads,’” he said. “‘My bads’ turn into 3-point shots that they knock in.”UP NEXTcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Warriors: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Knicks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgWeather causes shelters to open for more than 150 additional homeless February 20, 2019 Posted: February 20, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown will accommodate more than 150 additional homeless residents needing shelter tonight and tomorrow night, according to the San Diego Housing Commission.The commission activates its Inclement Weather Shelter Program when temperatures drop below 50 degrees, the chance of rain is higher than 40 percent or sustained high winds are predicted.The program is funded through a partnership between the commission, the city of San Diego, Father Joe’s and Connections Housing.Father Joe’s can shelter an additional 134 residents throughout both nights while Connections Housing can add up to 30 residents.Check-in at Father Joe’s begins at 4 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 5 the next morning.Check-in at Connections Housing runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and residents are expected to check out by 7 the following morning.Those at both shelters will have meals provided to them.Residents can dial 211 or visit 211sandiego.org to find out more about the county’s Inclement Weather Shelter Program. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


first_imgA sharp increase over the next three years in the number of personnel and aircraft based at Naval Air Station Lemoore in central California has prompted Navy officials to begin discussions with local leaders about the possibility of expanding the 19,000-acre base.At a luncheon Monday at the Rotary Club of Fresno, Capt. Monty Ashliman Jr., the base’s commander, praised the station’s surrounding communities for their willingness to consider a possible expansion. Ashliman emphasized the need for the base and its neighbors to avoid conflicts that could interfere with Lemoore’s mission.“Without our military installations and surrounding communities working in coordination with one another, we run the risk of minimizing training opportunities available,” he told the audience, reported the Fresno Bee.A 25 percent jump in personnel at the base, home of the Pacific Strike Fighter Wing, is expected as DOD diverts 60 percent of its spending to the Pacific theater, the commander said.Lemoore, which already is the largest naval installation in the country for carrier-based aircraft, will gain more than 3,000 people, including family members, before 2019. The Navy will add two F-18 fighter jet squadrons by the end of 2018 to the 15 F-18 squadrons — plus one auxiliary squadron — now stationed there. In a year, F-35 crews will start arriving at the installation.An expanded mission can be expected to bolster the central San Joaquin Valley economy, according to the story.In addition to expanding its boundaries to accommodate its expanded mission, Lemoore also will need to obtain more water to farm vacant land on the installation. Growing crops on the land helps control the rodent population, which in turn limits the number of birds at the installation — a serious threat to aircraft operations. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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