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South Africa turns attention to water

first_img6 November 2014The Giyani Water Treatment Works will bring clean running water to 55 villages in Mopani District Municipality, in Limpopo province.The works were opened on 31 October during the Presidential Siyahlola Monitoring Programme, two months after Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane visited Giyani and promised residents that when she returned, they would have access to clean water.The Giyani water treatment plant is one of 26 water treatment works that supply the district. The scope of the project, which is 98% complete, includes the construction of an additional capacity of 6.7 megalitres a day, as well as the refurbishment of the existing 30 megalitre plant. Earlier in the day, President Jacob Zuma visited the home of Emily Sambo in Bonwani village, where he opened a water tap that had been installed on her property. Until now, Sambo, 68, has had to walk a long distance to fetch water from a river.Speaking to residents at the Giyani Stadium later, Zuma admitted that there was a shortage of water in Mopani District. The scale of dependence on boreholes illustrated the gravity of this challenge; even hospitals had to use boreholes, half of which were not working. South Africa was becoming a water scarce country, he explained, in part in the result of broader changes caused by climate change and global warming.“It is not only this province which faces water shortage challenges, but many others in the country do. Where there is a shortage of water, sanitation is also poor and consequently health is affected. In other areas the biggest challenge is ageing infrastructure.”Interventions to water challengesMany interventions have been undertaken to stabilise the water supply over the past two decades. Among the 18 Strategic Integrated Projects (SIPs) – which fall under the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordination Commission, established by Zuma in 2012 to co-ordinate and fast-track infrastructure projects – is one specifically focused on water and sanitation infrastructure.SIP18 has a 10-year plan to address the estimated backlog of adequate water to supply 1.4 million households and 2.1 million households to basic sanitation. The project involves provision of sustainable supply of water to meet social needs and support economic growth. Projects will provide for new infrastructure, rehabilitation and upgrading of existing infrastructure, as well as improve management of water infrastructure.In addition, SIP 6, the integrated municipal infrastructure project, focuses on developing national capacity to help the 23 least resourced districts (19 million people) to address all the maintenance backlogs and upgrades required in water, electricity and sanitation bulk infrastructure.Among the interventions have been the expansion of water infrastructure, building of dams and refurbishing and improving old infrastructure. Zuma has also said the government is increasing the Municipal Infrastructure Grant so municipalities can expand service delivery.“In the past five months, we have attended to water and sanitation challenges in places such as Bloemhof, Ngobi and Ngaka Modiri Molema District in the North West Province, Makana District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, Hobhouse in the Free State and Umkhanyakude District Municipality in KZN among others,” he said in Giyani.Given the scarcity of water, people were urged to save water by fixing leaks and drips, and reporting any wastage is reported to the authorities “without delay”.In March, the R3-billion, 347-million cubic metre De Hoop Dam was opened in Sekhukhune, also in Limpopo. The De Hoop Dam is the 13th largest dam in South Africa and one of the largest to be built in the country in the last 20 years.At the time, Zuma said a new pipeline from Jane Furse to Lobethal, catering for the villages of Ga-Mashabela, Diphagane, Ga-Phahla, Ga-Marishane, Tisane and Mamone, was 70% complete, and a pipeline from Mooihoek to Tubatse was 100% complete. “The bulk distribution system connected to the dam will ensure that, over a period of time, all the people of this area will be served with an uninterrupted water supply, which is the ultimate goal of government.”It followed the opening of the Spring Grove Dam near Rosetta in KwaZulu-Natal in November 2013. In that province, dams are expected to open soon in Ntambanane and Mkhanyakude.Five million people are expected to benefit from the Spring Grove Dam which will pump water to the uMgungundlovu District, eThekwini, Ilembe, Sisonke and Ugu. “South Africa remains one of the 30 driest countries in the world. We have the National Development Plan, which states what our country should look like in 2030. It says all households should have clean water supply by 2030,” he said.The path to 2014Released in March, the 20 Year Review Report stated that significant progress had been made since 1994 to ensure equitable access to water. According to the report, the process of water allocation has been reformed to ensure equitable access and to ensure that old legislations have been addressed. In recent years, a number of new waste water treatment schemes have been completed and existing ones refurbished.Strategies have been developed to guide future water resource planning, management and investment requirements, based on an assessment of the country’s water balance against projected future needs. The key issues include a greater focus on water conservation and water demand management as the country cannot afford to waste any more water.To secure water supply, several bulk water projects were completed between 1994 and 2013, including the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and a network of water-transfer schemes to transport water from areas of relative abundance to those of relative scarcity. The report acknowledges that although South Africa is one of the few countries in the world in which tap water is safe to drink, challenges remain around ensuring equitable access to water and maintaining water quality.SAinfo reporter and SANewslast_img read more

Lithium Reinvents Itself as a Social CRM

first_imgRelated Posts steven walling IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Lithium has changed its game. Once limited to customer communities, the company has moved to become a complete social CRM for the enterprise. Lithium’s new approach creates a flow of information from the social web into your community. The result is the creation of valuable content, community-driven support, and the identification of engaged customers. The only stumbling block may be the ambiguity behind the company’s new messaging. Defining Social CRMReleased this week, Lithium’s new suite takes their previously forum-centric software and ushers it in to a Web dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately, they’ve decided to brand themselves with a buzzword that lacks a fixed meaning in the market currently. The social CRM (or CRM 2.0) label may be accurate when applied to Lithium, but it depends on which definition you pick. We’ve seen vendors tout CRMs with internally-focused collaborative features called as such, but what it commonly means is CRMs connected in some way to public social media or support systems. With such a wide ranging use of the term, Lithium is likely to have a hard time maintaining a clear and focused message on what the software actually does. Social Media MiddlemanAll marketing aside, there is substance to what is new about the software. Lithium acts as content repository and community site like before, and this is retained in what’s now quaintly called the “tribal knowledge base,” formed of something like a wiki, instead of just forums. Lithium is also is now acting like a channel between the consumer Web, your community, and your company CRM. They integrate with leading CRMs like Salesforce.com, and they draw in blog posts and Twitter search. For the Twitter tie in, the widget can be embedded in just about any page, and the keywords can be set on a page-by-page basis. If there’s a particularly relevant discussion going on, then a tweet can be used to seed a forum thread.Stiff CompetitionLithium is one of the top community solutions for the enterprise, but in this new space, they’re facing some determined competition. Many see the core of social CRM as being a way to monitor public conversations about the enterprise from within your usual CRM software. In that frame of mind, Lithium is going to have a hard looking more useful than tools such as Oracle social CRM and Salesforce.com’s Service Cloud, which already integrates with Twitter.Compared to other examples of social CRM, the core base for Lithium is still going to be those who want a customer community that identifies and rewards engaged people. Whether or not the customers that make these communities tick are going to get excited by integration with the social media spectrum is the question that remains to be answered. center_img Tags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Hammer & Hand Shares Its Construction Guide

first_imgHammer & Hand, a well-known construction company in the Pacific Northwest, has posted its Best Practices Manual online.Used by Hammer & Hand carpenters in the field, the guide includes 180 step-by-step illustrations on dealing with a range of details, including crawl spaces, rainscreens, window installation, and wall penetrations.“We’re launching this section of our site in the spirit of collaboration,” co-owner Sam Hagerman wrote. “The details contained within have been developed through extensive in-the-dirt experience and informed by our building science training and research. They’re details that we have found combine durability, performance, and constructability in our Pacific Northwest climate.”The company, founded in 1995 by Hagerman and Daniel Thomas, has offices in both Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, where it’s housed in the Bullitt Center. The company has tackled a variety of high-performance, high-end designs, including projects built to the Passivhaus standard, and also makes custom wood doors for Passivhaus buildings.Hammer & Hand has won a number of awards, including Custom Builder of the Year in 2014 from Earth Advantage.last_img read more

Virtual Learning Event September 2016-Strengthening the Family CORE – Session 3

first_imgVLE 3 | Rebuilding Attachments with Military Children Utilizing Play TherapySession 3Date: September 15thTime: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: VLE Session 3: Rebuilding Attachments with Military Children Utilizing Play TherapyThis session will be presented by James Corbin, MSW, LSW. James is the MSW Program Assistant Director at the Graduate School of Social Work at Temple University, as well as, the Clinical Director and Lead Developer of the Family Center at Temple University. During this session, James will be offering valuable information on the utilization of play therapy in the effort to rebuild attachment with children in military families. He will be describing the unique strengths of and risk factors for military children and families and he will explain the benefit of play therapy. The adaptation and application of techniques for working with trauma and grief to military children and families will also be presented. Join us on September 15th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. MFLN FD Early Intervention will also be providing Early Intervention Training Program (EITP) CE credits, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

IMD downgrades cyclone alert for Odisha coast

first_imgThe Odisha government has alerted 15 District Collectors to be prepared for heavy rain as the India Meteorological Department revised its prediction saying cyclonic storm was likely to miss the State’s coast.“We had a detailed discussion with IMD officials. The latest IMD forecast says the predicted cyclonic storm could miss the Odisha coast and move away towards West Bengal and Bangladesh,” said P.K. Jena, Special Relief Commissioner, on Tuesday.Mr. Jena said the Collectors were asked to stay alert for heavy rain to be caused by cyclonic storm. People should not resort to panic-buying, he said.“The depression over east-central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal and north Andaman Sea moved westwards with a speed of 11 kmph and lay-centred about 270 km west-northwest of Maya Bandar (Andaman Islands), about 890 km south-southeast of Paradip (Odisha), 980 km south-southeast of Sagar Islands (West Bengal) and 990 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh),” the IMD said.According to bulletin, it is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during next 12 hours and into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 24 hours.“It is very likely to move west-northwestwards initially and then north-northwestwards, towards West Bengal & adjoining north Odisha and Bangladesh coasts,” it says. Squally wind speed reaching 40–50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is likely to commence over northwest Bay of Bengal off Odisha–West Bengal coasts from November 8 evening and gradually increase thereafter.The State Agriculture Department has asked farmers to harvest ripe paddy and store the stock at a safer place.last_img read more

Global Greenlights High Stakes Drama Ransom for a Second Season

first_img Login/Register With: “We are thrilled to start Season 2 of this character driven crime drama with the team at Global,” said John Morayniss, Co-President of Film, Television and Digital, eOne. “This season promises bigger stakes for the elite negotiating squad as they continue to travel the globe taking on even more dangerous cases.”Season 2 of the series continues to follow crisis and hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont and his team as they save lives when no one else can. Eric understands criminals better than they do, and uses his insight into human behaviour to resolve the most difficult kidnap and ransom cases. Despite the stakes, Eric refuses to resort to violence, even when confronted by some of the most dangerous criminals in the world.Ransom is inspired by the professional experiences of distinguished crisis negotiator Laurent Combalbert, who, along with his partner, Marwan Mery, are among the top negotiators in the world. They travel the globe to help multinational corporations and governmental agencies with complex negotiations and conflict resolution.Ransom was created by David Vainola (Diamonds, Combat Hospital) and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, The Man in the High Castle). Ransom is a Canada–Hungary treaty co-production and will be produced by eOne with executive producers Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny via their Sienna Films banner and Spotnitz, via his Big Light Productions banner.  Wildcats Productions’ Valerie Pechels and Odile McDonald will executive produce with Daniel Kresmery and György Rajnai of Korda Studios will co-producing. Ransom is developed in association with Corus Entertainment Inc., with the participation from the Canada Media Fund, and will be produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.eOne controls worldwide rights to the series.About Entertainment OneEntertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.About Korda StudiosKorda Studios is a new state-of-the-art filmmaking facility opened in 2007, just outside of Budapest, Hungary. The facility features 3 permanent backlot sets and 7 sound stages, including the Superstage, the largest sound stage in Europe. Over the last 10 years Korda Studios has been home to blockbuster features such as Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, The Martian, and Blade Runner 2049, and television series such as The Borgias, Emerald City, and The Last Kingdom. In 2016 Korda Studios launched its production arm, Korda Productions, with the aim of developing content and fully servicing productions on and off the studio lot, and also founded Korda Finance, offering banking, financing, and executive producing services to producers.About Sienna FilmsHelmed by Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny, Sienna Films is one of Canada’s preeminent production companies. Cardinal, a serialized 6 X 1 hour detective series for Bell Media, starring Billy Campbell and Karine Vanasse, premiered as the #1 new Canadian series and ranked among the Top 10 new series overall in 2016/17. The series is currently in post-production on Season 2, with Season 3 in production. Previous television series include the 13-episode Combat Hospital for Shaw TV, ABC and Sony International, and Canada-South Africa mini-series Diamonds for CBC, ABC and Antennae with James Purefoy, Derek Jacobi and Judy Davis. The company also co-produced the Julian Fellowes-penned mini-series Titanic, a Canada-UK-Hungary co-production for ITV, Shaw Media and ABC. Sienna’s feature films have been released internationally and opened at film festivals including Sundance, Toronto International, Berlin and Rotterdam. They include How She Move (Paramount Vantage/MTV Films); Touch of Pink (Sony Pictures Classics); New Waterford Girl (Alliance Atlantis); I, Claudia; Marion Bridge and Saint Monica. Recently completed is the Canada-Irish co-production Unless starring Catherine Keener. Sweetness in the Belly, a Can/IRE co-production is set to shoot in Ethiopia and London in 2018.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.About Big Light ProductionsAward-winning American writer and producer Frank Spotnitz founded Big Light Productions Ltd. in 2013 to create and oversee a diverse slate of international television series including drama, comedy, and documentaries, and Big Light has since become one of the fastest-growing independent production companies in Europe. The London and Paris-based production company’s projects include Ransom; the upcoming Medici: Masters of Florence with Richard Madden and Dustin Hoffman; the upcoming comedy-drama series The Indian Detective with international comedian Russell Petersand CTV; the acclaimed Amazon drama series The Man in the High Castle; Crossing Lines Season 3, and Transporter: The Series Season 2 for U.S. and international markets. Spotnitz’s 20+-year career in television includes creating, writing and producing series with networks, cable, streaming services, and other production companies all over the world. His credits also include eight seasons of the hit series The X-Files and its two feature films, Hunted, Strike Back, Night Stalker, Robbery Homicide Division, The Lone Gunmen, Harsh Realm and Millennium. www.biglight.com Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO – Global announced today that original suspense drama Ransom has been green lit for Season 2. From global studio Entertainment One (eOne), Korda Studios, Big Light Productions and producers Sienna Films, Ransom will shoot in Hungary in the coming months and premiere next year on Global in Canada and CBS in the U.S. Additional details to be revealed at a later date.With a 13-episode order, Season 2 welcomes back Luke Roberts (Black Sails, Wolf Hall, Game of Thrones) as expert hostage negotiator Eric Beaumont in the new season. Beaumont’s team includes Maxine Carlson (Tony Award-nominated Sarah Greene, Penny Dreadful, Burnt) a young newcomer eager to prove herself; Oliver Yates (Brandon Jay McLaren, Graceland, The Killing), a psychological profiler; and ex-cop Zara Hallam (Nazneen Contractor, Heroes Reborn, Covert Affairs).“We are proud to team up again with our broadcast and production partners to deliver a second season of this powerful, original drama to audiences nationally and internationally,” said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. “The first season of Ransom brought intense, high-octane action coupled with compelling storytelling, and we can’t wait to see where the series takes us in Season 2.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Justin Blackmon Finally Signs With Jaguars

Justin Blackmon is in the record books and he has not even played a game yet for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He certainly did not plan for the dubious distinction he acquired, but then who would?Blackmon became this year’s final first-round draft pick to sign a contract. The No. 5 overall will show up for his first NFL practice Tuesday after he signs a four-year deal worth $19.5 million, according to the Florida Times-Union.As it is in today’s technologically advanced times, the Jaguars announced the contract agreement with Blackmon via the team’s Twitter account.In any case, the club is ready to have the receiver with so much potential begin working on his craft with his teammates. Blackmon isn’t likely to play in the Jaguars’ first preseason game Friday against the New York Giants. New rules call for a player to have three days of non-contact work before he’s allowed to put on full pads. Starting practice Tuesday only allows for two days of non-contact work before the preseason game.Whatever the case, Blackmon will arrive with a cloud of drama hanging over him and suspect eyes because of his troubled past.The former Oklahoma State star pleaded guilty last month to drunken driving in Oklahoma. He negotiated a deal that did not included jail time.Still, it was s disturbing scenario. Blackmon was arrested in Stillwater, Okla., on June 3 and charged with aggravated DUI when he registered a .24 alcohol level, three times the legal limit. He later apologized and indicated that he would stop drinking.This arrest followed an arrest for an alcohol-related offense while at Oklahoma State, leading to speculation that the Jaguars wanted some sort of contractual protection should he run afoul of the law again.It is not clear at this time if that kind of stipulation was a sticking point in the contract negotiations. read more

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged with Solicitation of Prostitution

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old Kraft hasn’t been arrested. A warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. Kraft has denied wrongdoing.FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)Jupiter police said details about the charges against Kraft will not be released until next week.The charge comes amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in the area surrounding Palm Beach County. About 200 arrest warrants have been issued in recent days and more are expected. Police said they secretly planted undercover cameras in targeted massage parlors and videotaped the interactions between men and the female employees.In a statement, a spokesperson for Kraft said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”The Patriots won the Super Bowl earlier this month in Atlanta, their sixth in the last 18 seasons.Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a strip-mall massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.“We are as equally stunned as everyone else,” Kerr said.The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, which would prosecute the case, had no comment.Kraft lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area. He is a frequent guest of President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago club. Though a Democrat, he is friendly with Trump.Kraft’s wife Myra Hiatt died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.The NFL did not immediately respond to a message Friday seeking comment.Most people charged for the first time for soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program, said attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor. Kraft would have to perform 100 hours of community service and pay to attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking.Kraft, who made his initial fortune through a packaging company, was a Patriots season ticket owner when he purchased the team’s previous stadium during in 1988, then used his leverage to buy the team in 1994 for $172 million to keep if from moving to St. Louis.He hired Bill Belichick to be his coach in 2000 and the team subsequently drafted quarterback Tom Brady, launching their nearly two decades of success.Under Kraft, the Patriots have been the most successful team in pro sports, having made it to 10 Super Bowls, winning six, including this year against the Los Angeles Rams.But there also have been issues involving team actions under Belichick.In 2007, the Patriots were caught filming signals from New York Jets coaches; New England was suspected of doing so against other teams, as well, and that was confirmed later on. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined the Patriots $250,000 and stripped them of their 2008 first-round draft pick. Belichick was fined $500,000, the most an NFL coach ever was fined.In the 2014 AFC championship game, the team — specifically, star quarterback Tom Brady — was accused by the Indianapolis Colts of doctoring footballs.The NFL concluded that Patriots employees were involved in deflating the footballs and Brady was “at least generally aware” it was being done. After lengthy legal battles, Brady served a four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2016 season and the Patriots were fined $1 million — the heftiest for a team in league history. New England was stripped of a first-round and a fourth-round draft choice.Neither Kraft nor Belichick were implicated after the investigation. read more

At CES 2019 LG on juggling AI smarts and protecting our personal

first_img Share your voice 3:01 Smart Home Security Preview • Mycroft wants to be your smart-home’s brain Now playing: Watch this: All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 CES 2019 Mycroft Smart Home AI Platform What the heck is LG’s ThinQ AI? LG executive David Vanderwaal shows off a homebrew machine and talks AI. Angela Lang/CNET For the past two years, LG has talked up the prospects of artificial intelligence. At CES 2019, the company pushed its ThinQ AI platform forward by allowing it to give you personalized recommendations based on your usage pattern. But that means collecting your data at a time when consumers are waking up to the fact that tech companies have been exploiting our personal information — sometimes with disastrous results. David Vanderwaal, senior vice president of marketing for LG Electronics’ US arm, as well as the main presenter at today’s CES 2019 press conference, helped break down how the company’s AI platform works, the issue of data privacy and why consumers should care. The following is an edited transcript of our interview. Tags 0 Q: What the heck LG ThinQ?Vanderwaal: LG ThinQ is our artificial intelligence platform that allows not just individual devices to react to commands, but also takes user data, lifestyle data, and pulls them together to make consumers’ lives easier and more enjoyable. So how does this work?LG’s vision for AI takes what we call lifestyle data, and that’s going to allow us to look at things like how our products are used in the home. For example, what television shows you watch, how often you do laundry, what type of clothes do you wash, how often do you clean your home. All those are combined with both internal and outside environmental factors to learn what users’ specific circumstances really are, and from there, offer proactive suggestions based on that user’s lifestyle.Does that mean you’re collecting our data?With LG, data privacy is extremely important to us, so the way that we’re protecting it is in a hybrid manner. So, their individual usage of that device is stored on the device only. But the aggregated data of how users use the device altogether is stored on a cloud. So always privacy is protected for the individual consumer. How else is LG protecting our information?Consumer data and the privacy to it is extremely important to LG. Everything is opt in. 85 Photos Post a comment Why should consumers care about AI?The challenge with all of us who are trying to explain artificial intelligence to consumers is what are the benefits? We’ll use a lot of use cases to actually show consumers what kind of lifestyle benefits they’ll see when they use artificial intelligence. Like what?A great example of ThinQ platform is understanding that a consumer washes clothes every Saturday. By knowing every Saturday, the AI platform, called LG ThinQ, is gradually accumulating what the behavior is and offering suggestions for how to get better washing.Is this all just a gimmick?With LG, we’re trying to make artificial intelligence relevant. Because right now, there’s a lot of artificial intelligence that consumers are using and not even knowing it. So we’re trying to make it simple to understand and show the benefits of why artificial intelligence will help products. And to communicate the idea of products communicating with one another. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Artificial intelligence (AI) LGlast_img read more