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How can data science underpin and accelerate progress on sustainability? – Retail Times

By Graeme Hamlet – senior principal, REPL Group, part of Accenture

Hamlet: making best use of all the available data

It might sound like the preserve of tech and IT whizzes, but data science – simply put, the act of extracting meaning from data – underpins a lot of the progress on sustainability when it comes to retail technology.

As we’ve seen already, the concept of sustainability is far broader and more multi-faceted than simply the environment, spanning instead the ‘5 Capitals.’ This in turn requires both an organisation, and its leadership, to define…

5 Benefits of New Product Development Process for Businesses

As a business, your ability to retain the market’s competitive edge requires you to balance the necessity and difficulty for new product development. It is where the new product development process comes into play. It helps you test the new product’s sustainability for the market needs and its economic usefulness.  
Here are some of the ways using which you can help your business with the benefits of new product development:
1. Save Money
According to a report by Fundera, it is estimated that around 20% of the new businesses fail in the first year. This is due to factors such…

Are NFTs here to stay?

In her monthly Expert Take column, Selva Ozelli, an international tax attorney and CPA, covers the intersection between emerging technologies and sustainability, and provides the latest developments around taxes, AML/CFT regulations and legal issues affecting crypto and blockchain.On Nov. 14, Tezos-based nonfungible token (NFT) marketplace Hic Et Nunc — which in Latin means “here and now” — abruptly shut down. Artists became worried about their NFTs on exhibit at the Hermitage Museum’s first-ever NFT exhibition, “Ethereal Aether” (Nov. 10 to Dec. 10), as well as Art Basel…

Sustainability And Climate Actions Dominate 2022 Data Center Trends To Watch

Sustainability And Climate Actions Dominate 2022 Data Center Trends To Watch

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A Case For A More Data-driven Talent Management

Employees are the company’s number one asset, and we generally tend to undervalue them. An organization’s sustainability depends on retaining its best employees and keeping them motivated and satisfied. A data-driven approach to achieve this is through People Analytics. People analytics collects and applies data to improve critical talent and business outcomes. This enables HR leaders to develop data-driven insights to inform talent decisions, improve workforce processes, and promote positive employee experiences.
A McKinsey & Company survey revealed an 80 per cent increase in…

GainForest Review – A Blockchain for Tracking and Incentivizing Reforestation

The blockchain industry is an eclectic space. While crypto-financial platforms heavily dominate the market, there are a few projects here and there that stand out from the bunch. At Unblock, we love seeing projects that use blockchain tech to improve the world we are living in. GainForest is one of these blockchain platforms that aim for better sustainability and use the properties of the immutable ledger to provide us with a better tomorrow.
In this GainForest review, we will try to demystify some of the innovative concepts of this up-and-coming environmental initiative. To this end,…

2022 Trends in Data Governance: Operational Capabilities

For organizations everywhere—regardless of industry, size, or area of focus—data governance has reached a critical inflection point. It has long been established as a vital area of risk management predicated on achieving regulatory compliance, maintaining data privacy, and ensuring ongoing sustainability of data as an enterprise asset.

Today, however, it’s bounding beyond its risk management capabilities to boldly enter the arena of operations as one of the most viable constructs for either determining or influencing data-driven action. Moreover, recent developments have enabled…

aelf invites partners to extend ecological network by publicizing node election

According to the official announcement shared by the aelf blockchain team on Nov. 18th, 2021, its node election procedure has begun. Blockchain heavyweights like 8BTC, bountyblok, and RockX have already confirmed their participation in aelf’s election process by press time.
Starting from November 18th, two seats for new production nodes will be released weekly for six weeks. In other words, a total of 17 production nodes will be elected by the end of this year. The production nodes underly the function of aelf mainnet. Their potency comes together with responsibilities.
To become a…

Bitrise Price Skyrockets After Cardano Community Members Join

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New York, New York–(Newsfile Corp. – November 15, 2021) – Cardano, a blockchain network, is hailed by the crypto community for its consistency. Since 2017 when Cardano was launched, it has been doing well in developing the biggest blockchain. The team at Cardano is building a blockchain to address shortcomings with the present system. According to the Cardano team, the Cardano blockchain is providing unmatched security and sustainability to decentralized applications and systems built on it.BitriseTo…

Neil Gaikwad recognized by MIT and University of Chicago — MIT Media Lab

Neil Gaikwad is a doctoral scholar at the MIT Media Lab, specializing in Human-centered AI and Public Policy for Sustainable Systems. He develops computational and data science lenses to address public policy issues concerning sustainability and international development. This research focuses on the community-based design of data-intensive public interest computing systems to advance equitable public policy interventions for improving the livelihood of historically disadvantaged populations affected by climate change, structural inequalities, and human rights violations….

Newland: A one-stop decentralized ecological platform

As multiple government entities and agencies across the world begin to question the legitimacy of virtual assets and even suppress cryptocurrency trading in some regions, investors have become increasingly anxious about the use of centralized exchanges. At the same time, the rapid development of blockchain technology has accelerated the growth of the decentralized finance (DeFi) system. As a result, many experts and researchers believe that as institutions from various countries enter the…

Smart Home as a Service : How Smart Homes Can Deliver Sustainability as a Service

The global smart home as a service market is expected to nurture extensively in the years ahead, states Transparency Market Research (TMR) in a research report. The smart home market has seen significant advancement since 2010, when under 0.5% of homes in the Americas area had associated devices, for example, security, lighting, thermostats, and entertainment, according to the gadget catalogue of the IHS Markit smart home learning service. The vendors are winding under the risk of new…

A Novel Framework for Reputation-Based Systems

Reputation systems present an opportunity for platforms to recognize—and thus incentivize—participants’ high-quality contributions, including content creation, moderation, community building, and gameplay. This is crucial to the growth and sustainability of any web3 project. Yet designing reputation systems requires complex considerations around reputation supply, distribution, credibility, and more. So while many are exploring this space—from DAOs like FWB to play-to-earn games like…

Sea Art Festival 2021: Non-/Human Assemblages – Announcements – E-Flux

This year, the Sea Art Festival embraces the flux, precarity, and the unknown within which we all find ourselves, by tracing the liquid flows running across all human and non-human bodies that enmesh us in a complex assemblage of friction, resonance, and kinship.

Our Festival venue in Busan comprises Ilgwang Beach, Gijang county, and the East Sea, where artists render visible the latent interrelations among these ecologies, creating portals through their installations: portals to deep-sea temporal journeys, the geo-politics of interspecies extractivism, oceanic cyberpunk creatures, more-than-human ancestral spirits in Gijang village, the meandering lives of algae and eels, the soundscapes of queer corporealities, the luminescent poetry of sea-wind and anemones.


Personality matters, even for squirrels

Humans acknowledge that personality goes a long way, at least for our species. But scientists have been more hesitant to ascribe personality — defined as consistent behavior over time — to other animals.

A study from the University of California, Davis is the first to document personality in golden-mantled ground squirrels, which are common across the western U.S. and parts of Canada. The study, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, found the squirrels show personality for four main traits: boldness, aggressiveness, activity level and sociability.

While the golden-mantled ground squirrel is under no conservation threat, the findings suggest that understanding how an animal’s personality influences use of space is important for wildlife conservation.


Why Disruptive and Sustainable Are the Key Factors of Innovation?

While the world saw rapid technology disruption as an immediate solution to deal with the crisis, the sustainability quotient has come to the forefront with the need for more future-focused goals. Let us delve into the need for a more balanced approach towards innovation: 

Defense mechanism isn’t just a psychological response; it practically exists for everything! But the behavior is so ingrained in us that often we don’t realize how we act under its influence. 

Let us talk about a very practical example of it that our IT industry generated in recent times: 

‘Technology disruption,’ ‘Digital Disruption,’ or ‘Disruptive Innovation’ are terms we have gradually acclimatized to in the sphere of Digital Transformation, largely in the post COVID world.


The warming climate is causing animals to 'shapeshift'

Climate change is not only a human problem; animals have to adapt to it as well. Some “warm-blooded” animals are shapeshifting and getting larger beaks, legs, and ears to better regulate their body temperatures as the planet gets hotter. Bird researcher Sara Ryding of Deakin University in Australia describes these changes in a review published September 7th in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

“A lot of the time when climate change is discussed in mainstream media, people are asking ‘can humans overcome this?’, or ‘what technology can solve this?’. It’s high time we recognized that animals also have to adapt to these changes, but this is occurring over a far shorter timescale than would have occurred through most of evolutionary time,” says Ryding.


Florida Hacks with IBM

Join the Florida Hacks with IBM virtual hackathon and create a project to tackle sustainability challenges. IBM will provide mentorship and data sets to help bring your ideas to life.

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As the world evolves, there are significant observable effects of climate change on the environment. Glaciers are melting and shrinking, sea levels are rising, the oceans are warming, and droughts are becoming more frequent and severe.

The University of Florida, IBM, and the Florida Tech Council are looking for people who want to be part of the solution.

At this hackathon, we are asking you to combat climate change and create solutions that make a difference while utilizing IBM technologies, AI/ML, and/or responsible AI.


Genetic enigma solved: Inheritance of coat color patterns in dogs

An international team of researchers including scientists from the Institute of Genetics of the University of Bern has unraveled the enigma of inheritance of coat color patterns in dogs. The researchers discovered that a genetic variant responsible for a very light coat in dogs and wolves originated more than two million years ago in a now extinct relative of the modern wolf.

The inheritance of several coat color patterns in dogs has been controversially debated for decades. Researchers including Tosso Leeb from the Institute of Genetics of the University of Bern have now finally been able to solve the puzzle. Not only did they clarify how the coat color patterns are genetically controlled, but the researchers also discovered that the light coat color in white arctic wolves and many modern dogs is due to a genetic variant originating in a species that went extinct a long time ago.


Should You Be Able To Repair It? We Think So.

You own it, you should be able to fix it. So much equipment on sale today has either been designed to be impossible to maintain, unnecessarily too complex to maintain, maintainable only with specialist tooling only available to authorised service agents, or with no repair parts availability. It’s a hot-button issue in an age when sustainability is a global concern, so legislators and regulators worldwide now finally have it in their sights after years of inaction and it’s become a buzzword. But what exactly is the right to repair, and what do we want it to be?

Is It Designed For Repair?

A Nestle Dolce Gusto machine
For some reason, pod coffee makers are especially resistant to repair. Andy1982, CC BY 3.0

The first question to consider is this: does it matter whether or not you have the right to repair something, if it’s designed specifically with lack of repairability in mind?