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Hebrew University’s NEXUS:ISRAEL Summit To Showcase Israel’s Tech and Science Innovations

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Thought leaders in science, technology, business and academia will converge in Manhattan on Monday, May 6, for NEXUS:ISRAEL, a forum on the prominent role of Israeli innovation in confronting such global challenges as sustainability, disease and cybercrime. The conference is organized by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel’s top-ranked academic institution and a leading generator of technology and science startups that partner with international companies.

A follow-up to the successful inaugural event in 2017, NEXUS:ISRAEL offers insider access to critical innovation and pioneering technologies. It is a chance to connect with entrepreneurial visionaries, high-impact startups and investors and learn from interdisciplinary discussions.

Presenters include:

  • Intel Mobileye CEO Amnon Shashua, on how self-driving cars will change the future of cities
  • Media pioneer Ariana Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global, on maximizing the productivity of technology in our lives
  • Professor Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate on the impact of decision-making on economics
  • Professor Roger Kornberg, Nobel laureate in chemistry on innovation and investment in immunotherapy
  • Jack Hidary of XPrize Foundation, on new applications for artificial intelligence, and where savvy investors can find them
  • Catherine Wood of ARKInvest, and Dario Gil, director of research at IBM, on unlocking the value of quantum computing for business leaders
  • Abby Joseph Coheneconomist and financial analyst at Goldman Sachs on the future of Israel’s economy and the startup ecosystem
  • Rachel Wilson, managing director of Morgan Stanley, on urgent cybersecurity threats and how to confront them
  • Jessica Billingsley, founder of MJFreeway, on how cannabis is changing the medical and wellness industries
  • Dr. Geoffrey Vince of the Center for Transformative Nanomedicine at the Cleveland Clinic on the potential of new, molecular-level drug treatments

Dan Senor, who with Saul Singer coined the phrase “Startup Nation” in their 2009 book on Israel’s innovation leadership, will be on hand to lend perspective to the day’s events in a keynote address.

In an interactive afternoon session, some of Hebrew University’s most prolific innovators in 3D printing, food production, bioengineering and more will present emerging technologies. The session will be led by Yaron Daniely, CEO of Yissum, Hebrew University’s technology transfer arm. Since its founding in 1964, Yissum has registered 10,000+ patents covering 3,000+ inventions; licensed 950+ technologies and produced 150+ spin-off companies.

To cap off the event with some fun, all attendees have the chance to participate in a “Shark Tank” -style online game simulation, allowing them to invest a simulated fictitious million dollars in any of the startups presenting, to test out how they would fare as an angel investor and observe how others allocate funding.

“NEXUS:ISRAEL presents a valuable opportunity for anyone trying to unlock the secrets of Israel’s success in bringing transformative processes from concept to market,” said Re’em Sari, vice president for research and development at the Hebrew University.  “It’s at the intersection of academia and industry where opportunities are found.”

 

SOURCE American Friends of The Hebrew University

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As organizations look to respond to COVID-19, Avanade launches tool to help businesses accelerate their adoption of artificial intelligence

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Companies looking to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic should focus on accelerating their adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve resilience and prepare for the future, according to Avanade, the leading digital innovator on the Microsoft ecosystem.

Newly published research carried out for Avanade by independent research firm Vanson Bourne, shows that only one percent of companies are fully “AI Mature”. But those who are successful in fully integrating AI into their businesses can experience up to five times return on investment through a combination of increased productivity, improved process efficiency and lower operating costs.

To help companies assess where they are on their AI journey and rethink how to accelerate it, Avanade has developed a specialized tool that measures an organization’s AI maturity across five key areas of AI adoption, including:

  • AI Strategy
  • AI Talent & Culture
  • Digital Ethics
  • Data Supply Chain and Analytics
  • Technology and Process

The tool then uses the assessment information, together with data collected from the Avanade AI Maturity Survey of 1700 senior business and IT decision-makers across 15 countries, to plot the company’s position and highlight key areas to develop and insert AI for business optimization.

“While uncertainties around the human impact of AI have diminished significantly in recent years, most companies are still grappling with how to implement it to achieve meaningful, sustainable business outcomes,” said Simon Thomas, Avanade Data and AI lead. “With business resilience currently being tested to its fullest, organizations need to rethink and accelerate their integration of AI to take full advantage of it benefits, whatever the future holds. Our AI assessment tool can help them start and take that journey.”

Avanade’s research showed that while most companies recognize the potential of AI to have a positive impact on their businesses, many executives are struggling to successfully implement it:

  • AI Strategy:  95% of respondents find AI is critical but a third (32%) cite building AI strategy as one of the top three barriers, and a similar amount (35%) are looking externally to get help creating their strategy.
  • Talent and Culture:  80% of respondents agree that business culture and change are THE make or break for AI’s long-term success, and over half (54%) are struggling with recruiting AI talent and/or shifting their culture.
  • Digital Ethics: 96% find that ensuring “digital ethics by design” is necessary to implement AI and 66% are implementing a digital ethics framework.
  • Technology and Process:  61% of respondents have experimented with automation and advanced analytics, with half of those using computer vision (35%) or virtual agents (34%).
  • Data Supply Chain: 65% of organizations say that their data quality needs improvement.

Summaries highlighting each of the five areas explored by Avanade’s research are available on Avanade.com.

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Midsummer Madness as Rubik’s Cube Fans Set to Break a Guinness World Record

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The world’s most popular single toy, celebrating 40 years since it became a global phenomenon, is inviting fans to participate in the world’s ‘most viewers for a Rubik’s Cube solving lesson live stream on YouTube’ on Thursday June 25 2020. The free to enter digital event will be hosted by the renowned speedcuber, Maryland USA-based Keaton Ellis, aged 22, who will host the event on Rubik’s YouTube channel.

Rubik’s brand CEO, Christoph Bettin, speaking from the London headquarters said, “While the Rubik’s Cube is phenomenally popular, played by more than one billion people, we know that many struggle to solve the puzzle, so we want to change this conundrum. What better than to have a top speedcuber give a live lesson online where anyone can participate. The fact that we are likely to break a Guinness World Records title too is an added bonus.”

Those wishing to join in the fun are encouraged to join the live stream on Rubik’s Youtube channel where they will see details of the live digital event taking place at 8:00 PM UK-time on Thursday June 25. Participants can register here for an event reminder.

The event is aimed at complete beginners but participants are encouraged to look at the solution guides that can also be downloaded from the Rubik’s website.

Christoph Bettin added, “There were 9,024 new ‘how to do the Rubik’s Cube’ tutorials posted on YouTube between June 1 2019 and May 31 2020. In addition, there has been exceptional interest in solving the cube during the lockdown period as the popularity in puzzles generally has soared.”

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First Steps into a Parallel Virtual Reality Universe powered by Blockchain with Artur Sychov (Somnium Space) at TCE2019 Prague

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Founder and CEO of Somnium Space will have a keynote presentation about a bold and visionary concept at PICANTE TECH Conference Europe 2019.

 

Earlier this year, Somnium Space announced that they are super excited and busy building a bold vision of turning virtual into reality as we create an open, social Virtual Reality world.

The team is excited because ever since the beginning, their true vision is to create a world which will fulfill even the wildest dreams of everyone who decides to join (as well as their childhood dreams) and fully immerse its citizens into parallel reality.

In order to achieve their mission, there are several important parts of puzzle which have to be gradually implemented in order to create a true alternative reality world which come under the forms of:

  1. Stunningly looking, constantly changing persistent Virtual Reality environment (world) which can be explored by thousands of people at the same time.
  2. Ability to create, build and express yourself and, share and explore creations of others.
  3. Fully own and monetize your creations. Be a true and the only owner of your creations. Make money by selling your items in the open and independent marketplaces. Be a part of fully working economy.

All those steps mentioned above are crucial for a world which will exist for hundreds of years from now. The team at Somnium Space has already implemented Step 1 where people are currently enjoying themselves inside their persistent and beautiful VR World. The amazing team has already developed a fully functioning world full of events, gatherings and fun places to explore. People are enjoying live concerts, educational talks and sports competitions or simply sitting in the park and watching birds flying by…

This may sound like one of the recent movies that has shaken up the VR industry, but you need to experience it yourself to believe it.

The project doesn’t stop here as the two other steps need to be implemented and there are also some incredible ideas that involve the use of blockchain and a decentralized economy.

But, in order to hear more about this bold vision is being converted into reality, you need to attend Artur Sychov’s keynote presentation which will take place during PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019).

REGISTER HERE to secure your seat!

PICANTE TECH Conference Europe (TCE2019) will take place in Prague on the 3rd of September at Vienna House Andel’s Prague.

About Artur Sychov

Artur is a Founder and CEO of Somnium Space. He has worked as an investment trader for many years before becoming a serial entrepreneur. Previously he has founded several startups and holds patents for hardware inventions which he has implemented into the market. Artur strongly believes in the ultimate future of Virtual Worlds which will bring society to the next evolutionary level.

PICANTE Tech Conference Europe is designed to bring both people and knowledge together and provides the excellent ecosystem of networking and learning opportunities without interruptions with emphasis on comfort and communication. After learning from genuine world-class experts and wayseers, meeting achievers shaping the B2B ecosystem, all attendees will get the chance to grab a drink and relax while networking at the evening social gathering.

REGISTER HERE or BROWSE THE AGENDA/PROGRAM!

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