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Shedding an Outmoded Paper Trail in Serbia

The pursuit of e-Governance in Belgrade receives a pro bono assist from IBM
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Let’s time-travel to Serbia, circa 1999: it was a time before smartphones or Wi-Fi. The largest hard disk available had a 340MB capacity and cost USD$499. Meanwhile, the volume of printed paper generated for record-keeping and the demands of the modern age was reaching new heights with each passing day.

Meet the 2018 Cisco GPS Challenge First Runner-Up: Jara

by Mary de Wysocki
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When an earthquake strikes, the initial impact isn’t always the most devastating. Often, it’s the aftershocks that leave a destructive, lasting impact. The 7.8-magnitute earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015 affected nearly 8 million people, destroying thousands of homes and leaving an already remote country in critical need of support.

But hundreds of aftershocks — some with magnitudes greater than 6.0 — ensnared every aspect of Nepalese life for months. Roads became impossible to traverse, businesses crumbled, and nearly 9,000 schools were destroyed or damaged.

Energy Storage: Taking Care of Customers Throughout the Energy Project Lifespan

Q&A with ENGIE Storage Client Relationship Director
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A conversation with Michael Laine, Client Relationship Director 

At ENGIE Storage, we’re committed to our customers’ success, and have people and processes in place to ensure they are taken care of throughout the life of their energy project. One of the key features of an energy storage engagement is the 10-year contract term, which is quite a long time in our fast-changing industry. We sat down with Michael Laine, Client Relationship Director at ENGIE Storage, to explore the questions that commercial and industrial (C&I) facility energy managers might have.

"Old Dogs" And New Tablets: Verizon Changes How Teachers Approach Tech

By Victoria Glazar, Verizon Corporate Social Responsibility
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This summer, as every summer, middle school teachers everywhere are preparing for the next school year. They’re fine-tuning lesson plans, lining up field trips, and hunting for resources. But some teachers are preparing for a school year like none before. 

Saving Broken Home Electronics, One 3D-printed Part at a Time

For HP’s Dare to Repair contest, entrants from around the world 3D-printed parts for broken goods to keep them out of the waste stream.
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You’d rather not be part of our throwaway culture, but what choice do you have? When that perfect piece of rolling luggage you’ve used for years suddenly loses a wheel and you find there’s no replacement part, into the trash it goes.  

Whether it’s your favorite coffeemaker or your always-dependable vacuum cleaner, you’re likely to find that the manufacturer stopped making the part, never made the part or it costs more to replace the part than it would to buy a new device.

Amazon Asks Developers to Create Alexa Skills that Inspire Behavior Changes

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Smart speakers have become one of the hottest products in consumer technology with experts predicting that 56.3 million will be sold worldwide this year. Recently, Amazon, one of the largest smart speaker manufacturers, introduced Alexa Donations with Amazon Pay, which allows users to donate directly to charities through an Alexa skill, or voice activated capability.

Meet the 2018 Cisco GPS Challenge Grand Prize Winner: CareNX Innovations

by Mary de Wysocki
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When Shantanu Pathak’s pregnant sister-in-law couldn’t detect fetal movement in her third trimester, he realized expecting mothers needed a better way to listen for their baby’s heartbeats. In his home country of India — and in many developing countries around the world — access to personal and necessary care is limited to those who can afford it.

Digital Fluency: An Intelligent Approach to A.I.

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By Jim Swanson, Chief Information Officer, Monsanto

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is not the future. A.I. is the now, delivering real benefits for people and businesses today, in addition to holding extraordinary potential for accelerating innovation and creating even greater efficiencies down the road. At Monsanto, we recognize that the world of agriculture is being transformed by data science, and A.I. is a major part of that.

How Machines Are Learning for Modern Agriculture

Machine learning applications in farming today
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Arthur Samuel, an eccentric computer engineer at Stanford University, took part in what could be considered the most important game of checkers ever played. Arthur challenged the then reigning Connecticut state champion to match wits with a computer he programmed to play checkers.a

The machine emerged victorious.

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