NaFAA Sets Record Straight on Senegalese Fisheries Deal

first_imgNaFAA Director General Mrs. Emma Glassco-Says agreement is not yet finalizedContrary to reports that Liberia has entered an unscrupulous fisheries agreement that licensed 300 Senegalese vessels to operate in the country’s territorial waters, the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA, Emma Glassco, has said that the fisheries deal is not yet complete but will require some diplomatic protocol.   She stated that the deal, when finalized, stands to immensely benefit the country in the areas of jobs creation for local fishermen and in ensuring food security for Liberians as well as reduce illegal fishing.Madam Glassco made the clarification yesterday in Monrovia at the Ministry of information Cultural and Tourism regular press briefing.“Liberia stands to greatly benefit from the fisheries agreement even though it has to go through final stages of diplomatic protocol,” she said.According to her the 300 fishing vessels earmarked under the agreement have not been licensed for business.“We haven’t provided any of the fishing vessels license to operate in the country as was wrongly reported. This is a cooperation framework that the fishermen can decide. The government of Senegal has not paid us money to influence the decision. It is a protocol that protect the fishermen to do fishing as they are required the same treatment given to our local fishermen.She mentioned that the coming of the fishermen is based on the limited available resources in the fishery sector.“Fishery is managed by scientific evidence that require stock assessment. For example if we have 500 stacks that we intend to distribute to the different 400 fishing boats, we may think whether it is convenient to give out the remaining amount to additional vessels,” she said.     She said that the agreement is meant to increase the availability of fish on the local market and to create more processing fishing facilities, adding that Liberia is the only country in the sub region whose fishery sector is underperforming.“Liberia’s fishery sector is yet to contribute significantly to the gross domestic product as it account for only 3 percent. There is a need that Liberia compete with other West African countries on the catch of fish and its processing.She further said that the agreement will also help to develop the aquaculture sector.“We are seeking for opportunity that will attract investors to develop our aquaculture sector to enable rural people engage into fish farming. Meanwhile, Madam Glassco has clarified that the agreement is not an initiative of the current administration but something that was proposed by the past government.“This agreement is an access agreement that is in line with the Pro-Poor Agenda, particularly pillar 2 which relates to the enhancement of jobs creation. But it has been in progress since 2010 and was taken serious by our administration,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FA Cup first round draw: Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville’s Salford City host Notts County

first_img FA Cup The draw for the FA Cup first round has taken place, with several non league sides paired with more established outfits.The lowest ranked team are Salford City, backed by Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, and they have a home tie with League Two Notts County.Meanwhile, League One leaders Gillingham – and by virtue the highest ranked side – face a trip to Stevenage.Full FA Cup first round draw:Burton Albion v PeterboroughPort Vale v MaidenheadBarnet v BlackpoolBristol Rovers v Chesham UnitedCambridge Utd v BasingstokeMansfield v OldhamAltrincham v BarnsleyCrewe Alexandra v EastleighNorthwich Victoria or Chorley v Boreham WoodCoventry v NorthamptonBrackley v Newport CountyGrimsby v St Albans CityHartlepool United v Havant & Waterlooville or Cheltenham TownSalford City v Notts CountyDover v StourbridgeStevenage v GillinghamMillwall v AFC FyldeAldershot v BradfordWalsall v FleetwoodBury v WiganPortsmouth v MacclesfieldSheff Utd v Worcester CityBarwell or AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Grays or WellingHalifax or Guiseley v WycombeCrawley v LutonDoncaster v Stalybridge Celtic or North Ferriby UnitedDidcot v ExeterDagenham & Redbridge v MorecambeLeyton Orient v Staines TownGainsborough Trinity v ShrewsburyMaidstone v YeovilBraintree v Oxford UnitedWhitehawk v Tranmere or LincolnAccrington v YorkScunthorpe v SouthendAFC Wimbledon v Forest Green RoversPlymouth v CarlisleFC United of Manchester v ChesterfieldRochdale v SwindonWealdstone v ColchesterFirst Round ties will take place on 6th, 7th & 8th November 1last_img read more

Graham Barrow leaves Wigan after 15 years of service

first_img1 Interim manager Graham Barrow has departed Wigan Interim manager Graham Barrow has left Wigan, the club have confirmed. The 62-year-old had been in charge since March but was unable to stop the Latics being relegated from the Sky Bet Championship. Backroom staff Mick Rathbone, John Doolan and Jimmy Barrow also left the DW Stadium on Monday.Portsmouth boss Paul Cook has been heavily linked with the Wigan hotseat. Chairman David Sharpe told the club’s official site: “Graham has spent a large part of his professional career with Wigan Athletic over three spells, and has been with us during the highs and lows of the past eight years.“On behalf of everyone at the club and all our supporters, I want to thank him for all his hard work during his time with Wigan Athletic.“Graham has been a great servant to the club as a player, a manager and a coach and on behalf of everyone at Wigan Athletic, we wish him all the very best for the future.”Barrow had spent 15 years at the Latics in three different spells, having previously been a coach under Roberto Martinez in 2009 before being promoted to assistant manager and also serving as caretaker boss in 2013 and 2016. Previously, he was manager between 1994 and 1995, helping the club rise away from the foot of the Football League and also made 212 appearances for the club between 1981 and 1986, scoring 44 goals. Barrow won two and lost five of his nine games in charge this season after Warren Joyce left in March as Wigan finished second bottom, four years after dropping out of the Premier League.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal fight fans are reeling this morning – following the decision by UFC medics to withdraw Joseph Duffy from his UFC headline fight against Dustin Poirier in Dublin. Tickets for the fight at the 3Arena sold out in minutes when they went on sale in early September.Hundreds of Duffy supporters from Donegal snapped up tickets and booked accommodation in the capital ahead of the eagerly anticipated clash.Supporters have been left gutted after Duffy was forced to withdraw late last night after suffering concussion in sparring. Duffy has a large fan-base and had supporters from London, Wales, Glasgow and the UAE all travelling over for the fight on Saturday.However, UFC’s medical staff determined that Duffy was unfit to face Poirier due to the concussion he suffered.Some fans are looking to flog their tickets – as it seems many don’t have much interest in the other fighters on the undercard.Duffy’s return to Ireland was the main attraction and some have already received a refund due to the cancellation. Duffy’s stock has risen considerably since making his UFC bow in March.Two devastating first-round wins propelled his reputation and UFC president Dana White decided that Duffy would headline the UFC card in Dublin.Duffy is also the last man to beat Conor McGregor – and he was hotly tipped to put Dustin Poirier to the sword on Saturday night.When Duffy will fight next is unclear, but he will be hopeful of fighting before the end of 2015.Duffy posted the following message on his Facebook timeline, “So sad to announce that I won’t be fighting on Saturday. “After a strike to the head in training I had precautionary medical tests which resulted in me being deemed not fit to fight.“Obviously I’m absolutely gutted, I really wanted that fight and felt sharp in training.“Firstly, a huge apology to Dustin. We have both put in an incredible amount of work to get ready for the fight, he’s a great fighter and I hope I get another chance to face him.“Sorry to all my fans, friends and family who were planning to come and see me fight and who have supported me all the way. “Although it’s hard to think about anything other than the disappointment right now, I can’t wait to get another fight booked in and hope to be in the octagon as soon as possible.“Good luck to my teammate Tom Breeze, thanks to my camp Tristar and to the UFC.“Saturday will still be an amazing night for MMA in Ireland.DONEGAL FIGHT FANS LEFT DEVASTATED BY DUFFY OMISSION FROM UFC DUBLIN was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsSportlast_img read more

Storm Hannah set to hit Donegal with heavy wind and rain

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a yellow weather alert for Donegal as Storm Hannah moves in. The weather warning will be in place from 11pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday.It reads: “Becoming very windy on Friday night and for a time on Saturday morning,” said Met Éireann “Southerly winds will veer northwesterly and reach mean speeds of 50-65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h.”The Road Safety Authority has asked road users to exercise caution during the weather.It has urged road users to be aware of objects being blown out onto the road, and to expect the unexpected.Drivers are advised to allow extra space between themselves and other road users such as cyclists. Storm Hannah set to hit Donegal with heavy wind and rain was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:weather warninglast_img read more

Johnny Cueto to make 2019 season debut at Oracle Park against Pirates

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Save the date.The Giants announced Saturday that veteran starter Johnny Cueto will make his 2019 season debut on Tuesday, September 10 against the Pirates at Oracle Park.“I just want to say that I feel really good and I just hope that when Tuesday comes, I’m ready to do my job and do the job that I always do,” Cueto said through Spanish-language translator Erwin Higueros.Cueto, who underwent Tommy John surgery in August, 2018, was lined up to make his first start of the season …last_img

Gordhan issues warning to tax dodgers

first_img3 April 2012 While South Africa’s overall tax compliance has improved, certain sectors of the economy are taking advantage of loopholes to default on their payments – but will soon find their loopholes closing, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. The government will soon implement stringent measures to clamp down on tax defaulters, Gordhan said during the launch of the South African Revenue Service’s compliance programme in Pretoria on Sunday.Gordhan said that although overall tax compliance had improved, the trends required constant monitoring.“Sars will continue to widen the base of people who are within the tax bracket through constant innovations to ensure that all who should be part of the tax system are part of it,” he said.“Research has identified particular areas in our economy and in our tax system posing higher risks of non-compliance,” he said.“This year Sars will increase its efforts to create a climate that is increasingly conducive to full compliance by all taxpayers,” he said.Construction industry in the spotlightAttention will be directed towards the construction industry, “a sector which has significantly low levels of compliance than other sectors of the economy,” said Gordhan.Construction companies which receive government tenders would be at the center of the purge.“I think we need to take a much harder line. This is not just formal business, these are people who benefit by over-charging government through the inflation of invoice prices – let’s call them beneficiaries and culprits – they must now be brought to book.”“I am sure there are many candidates of these activities who do not appear on the tax radar. Sars has been instructed to ensure that they must start holding these characters to account,” said Gordhan.Trusts system ‘being abused by wealthy individuals’He said a formidable team of experts would be set up to review the trusts system, which Gordhan said was being abused by “wealthy South Africans” without declaring appropriate tax remittances.He said over the past 18 years Sars has made “tremendous progress” in raising the levels of tax compliance in the country by broadening the tax base.“The number of registered individual taxpayers increased from 1.7-million in 1994 to more than 6-million in 2009/10. This number doubled following policy changes which required the registration of all formally employed individuals in 2011,” said Gordhan.The February budget set Sars a revenue target of R738.7-billion. Against this target, Sars collected R742.7-billion, which is R4-billion more than the revised revenue estimate in the 2012 budget.Gordhan said millions of South Africans who are not formally employed or registered for income tax contributed to the fiscus by paying Value Added Tax, excise duties and the fuel levy.‘Talk to us before we talk to you’Both small and major players in the construction industry were among the major tax defaulters, said Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula.“Those people who are not compliant, we know who these people are [and are] going to do something about it,” he said.“The message today is: talk to us before we talk to you. If we call you, be assured that you will pay the penalties,” said Magashula.He said through close co-operation with international partners, Sars will be tightening the rope on those individuals who had not been paying tax or declaring their benefits from the trusts system.“For these wealthy individuals, we are going to start now. We will be collaborating with many tax jurisdictions around the world to get information of all the offshore trusts that wealthy individuals have,” he said.“We know of certain tax havens that are popular amongst wealthy South Africans. We have already signed lots of double taxation agreements and tax information exchanges that will give us a full view of these individuals,” said Magashula.The compliance project would also seek to arrest the widespread proliferation of unlawful cigarettes in the country through tightening the cigarettes manufacturing licences.Sapalast_img read more

Housing Lab Moves ‘From Project to Product’

first_imgFounded in 1993, Rural Studio is a program at Auburn University’s school of architecture to give undergraduates hands-on experience in designing and building houses while simultaneously helping people in west Alabama who needed better housing.Students built a number of “charity houses,” and then in 2005 Rural Studio turned a corner. It began producing small houses that could become alternatives to mobile homes and trailer parks — at prices people in the region could afford. The buildings were called 20K Houses, named for their $20,000 price tags.Rural Studio celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with a new book, Rural Studio at Twenty: Designing and Building in Hale County Alabama, and a new effort to take what it’s learned to a national market.“We were eager to make our work more relevant to the needs of west Alabama, the Southeast and possibly the entire country,” the authors write in an excerpt published at the online magazine Slate. “We looked at the omnipresent American trailer park, where homes, counterintuitively, depreciate each year they are occupied. We wanted to create an attractive small house that would appreciate in value while accommodating residents who are unable to qualify for credit.”They chose a goal of $20,000 ($12,000 for materials and $8,000 in labor and profit for a contractor) because that was the biggest mortgage someone living on a median Social Security check of $758 a month could realistically afford. The authors estimated the potential market for the 20K House in Hale County was 800 people.In addition to providing comfortable, well-built housing, the 20K House building program would have a positive ripple effect on the Hale County economy. Houses were designed so they could be built in three weeks by a contractor and three workers. With a rural development grant paying the way, a contractor could built 16 houses a year and earn $61,000. Workers would make $22,200 (just under $12 an hour vs. the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour).“Our expectation is that commercial success will create a new cottage industry, bringing new economic growth to the region.”The authors are Andrew Freear and Elena Barthel with Andrea Oppenheimer Dean. Freear is the director of Rural Studio. Barthel is an assistant professor and Dean is a former Architecture magazine editor who wrote two earlier books about the program. Taking 20K to the next levelThe next step is to fine-tune existing student designs to make sure they comply with industry standards, such as the 2012 International Residential Code, and take them to market. McElroy, who is coordinating that effort, calls this “going from project to product.”“These houses are beautifully designed,” she said by telephone. “They’re perfect for all sorts of client bases.”Potential buyers or builders might include rural housing advocacy groups, church groups interested in housing, artist-in-residence programs, or even hunters who want a backwoods camp, she said.To that end, McElroy is lining up groups that will field-test construction with contractors to see whether the program’s estimates on labor and materials are accurate. “These have all been built by students and we have an assumption of how they can be built and a time frame,” McElroy said. “But we don’t have any actual evidence yet.”Rural Studio is also building four model homes on a donated lot so owners of 20K houses won’t have to be disturbed by a parade of visitors. Model homes also will give the program a chance to test houses to see how well they perform; a blower-door test, for example, would show whether their building techniques are producing houses that are sufficiently air-sealed.Eventually, Rural Studio hopes to sell construction plans for 20K Houses. McElroy said she would like to work with a yet-to-be-identified company that has an established national distribution network. Prices for plans, she said, have not been set. As the program grew, house styles evolvedOn average, students have built one 20K house per year, although in some years the total has been higher. By the end of the summer, there should be 16 in all, says Marion McElroy, a 2002 Rural Studio grad who was hired three years ago as the 20K House Product Manager.Styles have changed steadily over the years. The first, constructed in 2005 in Newbern, Alabama, was considered a “breakthrough” in some respects, but it looked very much like the mobile homes that Rural Studio was trying to replace. It was a narrow building with four small windows, two on each side of the front door. A porch runs about half the length of the house.The following year, the program built Frank’s House in Greensboro, Alabama. Clad in corrugated metal, the house had a gable end and wide steps, making it look more like a house and less like a trailer. The Truss House, a duplex with a dogtrot space between the two units, followed in 2007. It, too, was clad in corrugated metal, but it had mostly shed its mobile home air.By the following year, Rural Studio came out with Roundwood House, built with loblolly pine “thinnings.” Its boxy, rectangular shape sprang up in the front to a sort of parapet creating a covered entry. Like a number of other houses in the series, it was built on piers, with the sloped lot falling away toward the rear of the building.In its early years, the authors said, the program appeared to be mostly about architectural experimentation, which forced students to reinvent the wheel each year. Now, the program is attempting to build on past work in a more organized way.The houses aren’t big, which raises several issues for their occupants, but all of them have front porches for socializing and ceilings that are 9 to 10 feet tall, to make rooms feel more spacious and airy. This year, the program is building four two-bedroom houses.Rural Studio considers the houses “academic experiments” and gives them away to people in need. “Our clients are always down on their luck and often elderly,” they write, “and our homes add immensely to their quality of life.”last_img read more

Hacker Crackdown: Blame AT&T’s Crappy Security, Not Weev

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adam popescu A day later in a blog post on the Goatse Security site, Auernheimer and company wrote:I want to summarize this explicitly:All data was gathered from a public webserver with no password, accessible by anyone on the Internet. There was no breach, intrusion, or penetration.The dataset was not disclosed until we verified the problem was fixed by the vendor.The only person to receive the dataset was Gawker journalist Ryan Tate who responsibly redacted it.[…]We did this to help you.By its own account, AT&T responded with “swift action” to prevent additional intrusions: Within hours, AT&T disabled the mechanism that automatically populated the email address. Now, the authentication page log-in screen requires the user to enter both their email address and their password.Problem solved, right? Wrong. A week later Auernheimer was arrested after the FBI raided his house. He was then charged with major computer crimes under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), the same legal club prosecutors have used to go after Aaron Swartz and, last week, Reuters social editor Matthew Keys.(See also: Reuters Social Editor Indicted Over Anonymous Hack; Internet’s Jaw Drops)During the trial, AT&T admitted the server was publicly accessible, yet claimed Auernheimer’s access was unauthorized. Under the CFAA, unauthorized access is a crime. But the statute’s ambiguity on that score has opened the door for egregious prosecutorial overreach in this and other cases.On Nov. 20, 2012, a jury found Auernheimer guilty of one count each of identity theft and conspiracy to violate the CFAA. Today, Auernheimer was sentenced.Fair Or Fanning The Flames?Supporters of Auernheimer say what he did was not a crime. Maybe it wasn’t smart to expose a major vulnerability at AT&T and then rub the company’s nose, but stupidity shouldn’t be a federal offense. Friends and colleagues point out that the point of hacking is to gain something from it — and in this case, there was no money involved and nothing else to gain but besides a measure of celebrity.Australian journalist and hacktivist Asher Wolf wrote a poignant piece today arguing that’s it’s insane to publicly tar and feather someone who spurred a company to fix a problem, even if he didn’t choose the most orthodox means of doing it:Putting Weev behind bars is pointless and tragic. Jailing the most outspoken men and women amongst our generation won’t stop the leaks, the hacks, the news revelations, the whistleblowers — and most of all it won’t stop the rage of the malcontent, dispossessed youth from eventually tumbling down upon the heads of the bureaucrats who sold us out and then tried to lock us up when we complained.Bees To HoneyAT&T’s vulnerability was basically low hanging fruit — just too easy a target for hackers to ignore. But the question of whether AT&T was asking for it is more complicated.Sure, poor security is asking for trouble. But playing with fire will get you burned no matter how righteous and ethical you claim to be. “Our conduct doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” hacker Adrian Lamo — the guy who allegedly dropped a dime on Bradley Manning — wrote on Twitter today. “I don’t think 3+ years is warranted for Weev, but in totality of circumstances, it’s understandable.”Still, this is significant time for essentially not hurting anyone, as the British journalist Laurie Penny pointed out. By comparison, the Steubenville rapists were sentenced to just one year in juvenile jail.This isn’t over. Auernheimer is appealing his conviction. And either another example will be made to hackers everywhere, or the sentence will be reduced.At the end of the day, Weev and co. were nicer to AT&T than, say, hacker HD Moore — who published unpatched iPhone flaws and exposed another big bug in Apple’s WiFi — was to Apple. But that doesn’t seem to matter much in the boardrooms and courtrooms of America. In their view, all hackers are criminals.Even many mainstream journalists think all hacking is a crime. Last night on 60 Minutes, for instance, Lara Logan basically accused Jack Dorsey’s early work of bordering on just that. And even with the best of intentions, hackers’ attempts to route around the system will likely never gain the benefit of the doubt with the public.Instead, they’ll just keep earning jail sentences, at least unless and until the courts — or Congress, though don’t hold your breath — push back against prosecutorial overreach. And that, at least, will give them plenty of time to repent at leisure.Lead image via Flickr user shane_curcuru, CC 2.0; image of Andrew Auernheimer via Wikimedia Commons Related Posts Tags:#data#hacking#privacy#security Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Another hacker bites the dust. This morning, Andrew Auernheimer — aka “Weev” — got handed a sentence of 41 months in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a $36,500 fine. All for basically exposing a major security hole at AT&T and publicly shaming the company that hadn’t ever bothered to fix it.Back in 2010, Auernheimer and his partner Daniel Spitler, part of a team calling itself Goatse Security, hacked into a public server owned by AT&T. That server housed hundreds of thousands of email addresses of customers who owned 3G iPads. Through trial and error and some ingenuity, group members discovered they could randomly guess iPad identification numbers and then use them to extract matching email addresses from that server.AT&T’s Security Loophole, ExposedThis security loophole on AT&T’s site returned email addresses associated with ICC IDs, the unique serial numbers used to track and link SIM cards on mobile devices with specific subscribers. A PHP script that automated the process ended up harvesting a whopping 114,000 email addresses. Auernheimer then sent news of the group’s work as an exclusive to Gawker.(See also: U.S. Announces 120,000 iPad Users Had Their Data Stolen) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

How the smart machine era will change the world

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#automation#driverless cars#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#robotics#smart energy#smart home#top Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…center_img Dr. Stan Schneider Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… The other day, my 13-year old brought home a not-so-great report card. I wanted to motivate him to do better, so I asked, “What do you want to do with your life?”He looked up at me. Then, he looked down at our dog, sleeping contentedly on the floor. He looked back at me, and said, “Dad, I want to be a pet of the robot overlords.”I was floored. Say what? This is my legacy? This is his ambition?See also: How the lack of interoperability standards could be killing IoTThen I realized…throughout history, those who do best leverage the technology of the day. He plans to specifically leverage smart machines? That’s not a bad career ambition at all. Being a pet is smart. Being a good pet is brilliant.Your children will not drive. Your children will not write. Your children will not compose music. Your children will not make buying decisions. Or, at least they will not have to. There are already intelligent computing systems challenging human capabilities in all these areas.And, assuming Moore’s law continues as it has, computers in 40 years will not be 10x better than today. Or 100x. Or 1000x. Computers will be a mind-boggling 4 million times better than today. Any statement that “humans will always do X better than machines” is blatant, ignorant bio-supremacy.So, we will all be pets of the robot overlords. That’s good, because they will make the world much better.Paging smart hospitals & healthcareConsider medical care in hospitals. Shockingly, hospital error is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. Today’s devices don’t talk to each other. They don’t even know they are connected to the same patient.This system is not good enough. Without the ability to check readings between devices, it’s hard to differentiate a nuisance alarm from a life-threatening condition. Simple mistakes happen in hundreds of ways. For instance, every heart-bypass surgical team that Harvard Medical School surveyed made the same disastrous mistake at least once: forgetting to resume ventilation after disconnecting the heart-lung machine. Patient-controlled analgesia, the system that allows thousands of patients to self-administer morphine after a surgery, is widely used and considered safe. But, it still kills 2-3 patients a day.There are just far too many failure modes for harried hospital staff to do this on their own.The smart machine disruption will change all that. By connecting devices together and adding “doctor in a box” smart software, most all these errors will be history. And, it’s already happening! GE Healthcare, for instance, is building a system capable of handling 200,000 connected devices in a 1200 bed hospital. It will be deployed soon.Connecting smart energyThe environment will also benefit. Our current power grid handles only one-way power flow. Big generators produce power that flows to distributed loads in neighborhoods and companies. There hasn’t been a major disruption since the advent of 3-phase transmission in the 1930’s. But it’s clear: the future power grid must incorporate distributed renewables like solar and wind.How? It’s not that simple. Big spinning-metal generators cannot change their output faster than about 15 minutes. So, centralized controllers tell them to generate enough power to cover the expected load over the next 15-minute period. They have to add a small margin of “spinning reserves”, because if the generation ever drops below the load, the grid can fail completely.Solar adds generation capacity, but clouds can cover entire neighborhoods in minutes or even seconds. The big spinning generators can’t react that fast, so the central controller must increase spinning reserves. Unfortunately, spinning those reserves burns nearly as much oil or coal as the no-solar original system. So, most solar energy is simply wasted.The solution? Just like the medical case, connect the devices and add intelligent software. In this case, the software wraps local control loops around the solar cells and a little local battery storage. Even 15 minutes of storage smooths the fast bumps and allows the generators to reduce reserves.This also is already happening. Duke Energy, the largest US utility, leads an effort called “OpenFMB” design to transform the grid. Dozens of companies are cooperating to build an implementation. Intelligent, distributed control will soon sweep the industry, bringing much greener energy and much better efficiency.Driving toward smart transportationThese are great, but medicine and power are not even the greatest disruptions. That distinction goes to “driverless cars”. Autonomous cars are more like robots on wheels than an evolution of cars. For these reasons, I will refer to them as “carbots.” There is a drastically new player in our lives and a new player deserves a new name.The benefits are many and profound. By eliminating the cause of 94% of accidents, Carbots will purge the road carnage from our society. Time wasted today can be used to sleep or work. Carbots can drive in close, efficient formation, saving energy and time, and making good use of today’s carpool lanes. Because we don’t need to store carbots near you, we can turn urban parking lots into parks. They will make extensive travel practical for millions. They will clear DUIs from our courts. They will bestow freedom of motion on those who can’t drive. They will disrupt nearly every aspect of daily life, all of it for the better.Of course, carbots will also disrupt the 30% of US jobs directly related to driving. These include the obvious: truckers, delivery people, and Uber drivers. The greater effects will eliminate roadside hotels, revolutionize elder and child care, obsolete auto insurance, and do away with auto-body shops. Driverless cars will impact our economy and society more than anything since the horseless carriage.In the end, smart machines will make our world better…much better. Your children may not drive, write, compose music, or make buying decisions. But, they will live in a cleaner, healthier, safer, world. The smart machine era will be liberating in ways we can never imagine today.So, what will people do? That’s a great question, which is of course unanswerable. Even if you knew the answer, nobody would understand it. This is not new; if you went back in time to 1975, you could never explain what a backend SaaS engineer did at LinkedIn. The future will bring unknowable companies and jobs.We do know one thing: the world will be much more efficient. The analysts differ on the positive impact on the economy, but they all agree on the magnitude: trillions. The smart machine era will be a multi-trillion-dollar feast.So, how can you best survive and thrive? Don’t be a bio supremacist. Like my son, embrace the robot overlords. Seek a way to leverage the technology. Find your link to things that think.Dr. Stan Schneider is CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity platform company with an extensive footprint in all areas of the IIoT including Energy, Medical, Automotive, Transportation, Defense, and Industrial Control. Schneider is also the small company representative on the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Steering Committee and serves on the advisory boards for Smart Industry and IoT Solutions World Congress. Embedded Computing Design Magazine presented Stan the Top Embedded Innovator Award for 2015. Stan holds a BS and MS from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.last_img read more