Tommy Conlon: 'As John Delaney's perfect past draws to a close, his future remains tense'   

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Just because he is yesterday's man doesn't mean he hasn't a few tomorrows left in his locker. Out on "gardening leave" since the middle of April, as of last Saturday night John Delaney has gone fishing, whereabouts unknown.
          

Future Wilderness   

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Neopolis, year 2,080.

A huge corporation, Neocorp Inc. controls politics and all natural and human resources.

After decades of hard ecological rapine and three corporate wars, planet earth is a huge post-nuclear wasteland.

Several megalopolis shelter the few humans that last in the planet.

During this grey future, a few number of brave heroes face the oppressive hand of Neocorp, fully adapted to this post-apocalyptical jungle, to this Future Wilderness.

Future Wilderness is a complete, fully textured, clothing and accessory package for Genesis 3D models. It is fully compatible with lots of Genesis characters. 3D graphic design features include clothing, accessories and props.

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Tacko Fall ignites the crowd in Celtics preseason debut versus the Hornets    

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7'7" rookie Tacko Fall signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Celtics organization this summer and will find out what the future holds before the start of the season. Photo via Garrett Ellwood
Last night, the Celtics faced off against Terry Rozier and the Charlotte Hornets at the TD Garden in Boston for their preseason opener and it sure was a night to remember.

There were various headline-grabbing storylines that came as a result of the Celtics' 107-106 victory over Charlotte, but perhaps the biggest and most notable (on social media anyways) was the massive reception Boston fans gave to undrafted rookie Tacko Fall.

It is still unclear whether or not Tacko will end up signing an official deal with Boston for next season, but if last night was an indication Celtics fans will be heartbroken if the team doesn't look to sign the 7'7" center.

Started by a pair of fans dressed as literal tacos at the game, the Garden roared with chants of "We want Tacko" on numerous occasions. It took over three-quarters of the exhibition match, but Coach Brad Stevens finally gave the people what they wanted. Fall played 8 significant minutes of the close game and tallied up 5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks on 67% shooting along with the most shared highlight reel of the night.

 

After the game, Stevens had this to say about the 23-year-old rookie, his future in the NBA, and the reception he received from the fans:
It is clear to everyone how hard Fall is working on securing a roster spot for this season and how much that has meant to Celtics' fans everywhere. Having this kind of fan support along with the heaps of potential in his game, it would be pretty hard for the Celtics' front office to just let this man walk away from Boston entirely. He is still a very young and raw talent for sure, but paraphrasing what Tommy Heinsohn said in the game's commentary last night he's the type of player that will only get better the more he plays.

Hopefully, we will get to see that talent continue to grow in a green and white Celtic uniform. For now, we will just have to wait and see how things go and trust that general manager Danny Ainge, Brad Stevens, and the rest of the Celtics' front office make the right decision moving forward.

But what did you think of the hype for Tacko in last night's game??? Where do you stand on his future with the Celtics based on everything you have seen so far??? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Father's Obesity in Puberty Doubles Asthma Risk in His Future Offspring    

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Obese boys who are in their pre-puberty age, i.e., between 8 years and the age when their voice breaks, were found to be doubly at risk of having children with asthma later, reveals a new study.

          

10/7/2019: Sport: Black is taking long, hard look at his future after Salazar ban   

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NEIL BLACK is considering his position as performance director of British Athletics in the wake of the four-year doping ban handed out to Alberto Salazar. Black had close ties with Salazar as the coach of Mo Farah between 2011 and 2017, with the...
          

The Inhumans. They're Marvel's most evolved alien race, an ancient species of man blessed with strange and remarkable power!   

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From Marvel Comics

Crystal

A princess and sister to Queen Medusa of the Inhumans, Crystal is a noble and compassionate member of the royal family; while she controls elemental substances, she only does so to protect her family and others from harm. When she’s not fighting alongside Earth’s heroes, like the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, she takes her role as a royal seriously and works for the betterment of her people.

Crystal was born as Crystalia Amaquelin into the Royal Family of the Inhumans, a sub-species of humanity from the city Attilan who were diverged through Kree experiments. The Inhumans are a hidden race preoccupied with genetics; they developed the Terrigen Mists, a mutagenic compound routinely exposed to many Inhuman children to unlock their potential for superhuman abilities—Crystal among them. Her parents are Quelin and Ambur, and she is sister to Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans.

While others in the Royal Family eagerly embraced a warrior heritage, Crystal preferred more peaceful pursuits and never took to her battle training. Though when Crystal and her family were exiled to Earth and Medusa went missing, Crystal helped find her sister and later became a close ally of the Fantastic Four and the Avengers.

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The Inhumans

Twenty-five thousand years ago, an alien Kree patrol ship in the Solar System shot down a ship manned by Eternals, a human subspecies created on Earth by the Celestials. Kree scientists studied the remains of one Eternal, Arlok, and were fascinated by his superhuman powers. Realizing that Earth beings possessed unique genetic potential, the Kree sent a scientific party to Earth to perform experiments upon humans with the intention to create an army of superhumans for themselves. Their creations possessed enhanced strength and long lifespans. However, the Kree ultimately abandoned their work on Earth for unknown reasons, and the Inhumans developed into a distinct society.

The Inhumans, led by King Myran, settled in the city of Attilan, located in the North Atlantic Ocean just off the island continent of Atlantis, and became one of the most advanced cultures on Earth. When the Great Cataclysm destroyed Atlantis, Attilan endured and became legendary amongst humanity. They surrounded their city with a protective dome, subtly altering its internal environment, and began referring to Attilan as the Great Refuge. Not long after the Cataclysm, the geneticist Randac discovered the Terrigen mist, a gaseous mutagenic substance created by the exposure of rare Terrigen crystals to precise combinations of heat and vapor. These crystals appeared to only be found in a cavern beneath Attilan.

Randac exposed himself to the Terrigen mist, unlocking the superhuman potential the Kree had left in his people’s DNA. A Sentry robot left behind by the Kree examined the mutated Randac and judged that the Inhumans had achieved what the Kree had hoped for. However, the Sentry also warned them that they and the Kree might also become enemies.

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Inhumans Prime #1 Walmart Variant Edition May 2017 Marvel Comics

Walmart Exclusive Variant Edition Limited Printing

Written by Al Ewing. Art by Ryan Sook. Cover by Jonboy Meyers.

RESURRXION BEGINS HERE!

In the wake of the awesome events of IVX - what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized special issue - the trial of Maximus! The coming of Marvel Boy! And what is the dark secret of Black Bolt? A special bridging issue between the past of the Inhumans and their future - on Earth and in the stars! 36 pages, full color. Rated T+

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BLACK BOLT

Regal, stately, and dangerously loud, Black Bolt is the worthy king of the Inhumans royal family.

In spite of a voice that could level mountains, he uses his powers for good and always serves his people first, no matter what the cost to himself. Between trying to keep scheming brother Maximus from snagging the throne or preventing a prejudiced humanity from harming his subjects, Black Bolt is a busy Super Hero with a (mostly) great family behind him.

Born to the long-hidden Inhuman race in their secluded community Attilan, Blackagar Boltagon is the son of two prominent Inhuman geneticists, Agon, head of the ruling Council of Genetics, and Rynda, director of the Prenatal Care Center.

While many Inhumans were subjected to the mutagenic Terrigen Mists, Blackagar was actually exposed in utero, resulting in greater than normal abilities. As an infant, he couldn't control his energy manipulation abilities - he threw a temper tantrum while being studied in a lab and nearly destroyed Attilan with the destructive sonic energy of his vocal cords. Found in the rubble of the collapsed lab, Black Bolt survived by shielding himself with a high-density electron force field.

For the protection of all Inhumans, Black Bolt was placed inside a soundproof chamber and given an energy-harnessing suit, while being taught to control his abilities. When he was released at age 19, he was reunited with his cousins and his brother Maximus, who immediately attacked him, hoping to force Black Bolt to speak and prove he was unworthy of being king. With the aid of Black Bolt's cousins, Maximus was knocked unconscious and Black Bolt proved himself worthy of his future title.

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Inhumans Special #1 April 1990 Marvel Comics

Cover: Artists Richard Howell Writers: Lou Mougin Pencilers: Richard Howell Inkers: Vince Colletta Colourists: Richard Howell
Letterers: Diana Albers

Synopsis for "Remembrances of Revolutions Past":
The untold story of the uncanny Inhumans just before they met the Fantastic Four!

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MEDUSA

As the queen of the Inhuman royal family, Medusa spends much of her time fighting for the right of the genetically-altered Inhuman race to exist. She stands against anyone who opposes her people, from humanity to the Kree, to other members of the royal family, like Maximus, the brother of her husband and Inhuman king Black Bolt.

With her mane of deadly red locks, Medusa commands respect. And, as Black Bolt does not speak for fear of the destructive power his voice wields, one of Medusa's main roles as queen-consort is to interpret his wishes and communicate them to their subjects.

Medusa was born into the royal family of the Inhumans, and so raised as an elite, meant to be queen. However, Medusa rebelled against her strict upbringing. Though she was betrothed to Black Bolt at a young age, she flirted briefly with his younger brother, Maximus - a flirtation made easier by the fact that Black Bolt was kept in quarantined isolation for many years.

Medusa began to correspond electronically with Black Bolt in his isolation and the two bonded, developing a personal sign language for communication that only they understood. She learned to interpret Black Bolt's body language and fell in love with him. After his release and the tragic death of Black Bolt's parents, Medusa grew even closer to him.

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Inhumans #10 April 1977 Marvel Comics

Written by Doug Moench, with art by Keith Pollard. Cover by Ed Hannigan and Mike Esposito.

Trapped in the stronghold of their enemies, the Inhumans go wild! Featuring: 17 page Inhumans story "Isle of the Asteroid Web!" Characters: Inhumans [Black Bolt; Medusa; Karnak; Gorgon; Triton; Lockjaw]; Guest: Warkon, Falzon; Villain: Mon-Tog (Intro); Skornn; Kree.

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Yerry Mina fined £10,000 by the FA for appearing in Colombian betting advert    

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A statement released by the FA said: 'Yerry Mina has been warned as to his future conduct and fined £10,000 after admitting a misconduct charge in relation to the FA's betting rules.'
          

Cognitive! - Entering a New Era of Business Models Between Converging Technologies and Data   

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by Matthias Reinwarth

Digitalization or more precisely the "digital transformation" has led us to the "digital enterprise". It strives to deliver on its promise to leverage previously unused data and the information it contains for the benefit of the enterprise and its business. And although these two terms can certainly be described as buzzwords, they have found their way into our way of thinking and into all kinds of publications, so that they will probably continue to exist in the future. 

Thought leaders, analysts, software and service providers and finally practically everyone in between have been proclaiming the "cognitive enterprise" for several months now. This concept - and the mindset associated with it - promises to use the information of the already digital company to achieve productivity, profitability and high innovation for the company.  And they aim at creating and evolving next-generation business models between converging technologies and data.​  

So what is special about this cognitive enterprise“? Defining it usually starts with the idea of applying cognitive concepts and technologies to data in practically all relevant areas of a corporation. Data includes: Open data, public data, subscribed data, enterprise-proprietary data, pre-processed data, structured and unstructured data or simply Big Data). And the technologies involved include the likes of Artificial Intelligence (AI), more specifically Machine Learning (ML), Blockchain, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), the Internet of Things (IoT), ubiquitous communication with 5G, and individualized 3D printing​.  

As of now, mainly concepts from AI and machine learning are grouped together as "cognitive", although a uniform understanding of the underlying concepts is often still lacking. They have already proven to do the “heavy lifting” either on behalf of humans, or autonomously. They increasingly understand, they reason, and they interact, e.g. by engaging in meaningful conversations and thus delivering genuine value without human intervention. 

Automation, analytics and decision-making, customer support and communication are key target areas, because many tasks in today’s organizations are in fact repetitive, time-consuming, dull and inefficient. Focus (ideally) lies on relieving and empowering the workforce, when the task can be executed by e.g. bots or through Robotic Process Automation. Every organization is supposed to agree that their staff is better than bots and can perform tasks much more meaningful. So, these measures are intended to benefit both the employee and the company. 

But this is only the starting point. A cognitive enterprise will be interactive in many ways, not only by interacting with its customers, but also with other systems, processes, devices, cloud services and peer organizations. As one result it will be adaptive, as it is designed to be learning from data, even in an unattended manner. The key goal is to foster agility and continuous innovation through cognitive technologies by embracing and institutionalizing a culture that perpetually changes the way an organization works and creates value.  

Beyond the fact that journalists, marketing departments and even analysts tend to outdo each other in the creation and propagation of hype terms, where exactly is the difference between a cognitive and a digital enterprise?  Do we need yet another term, notably for the use of machine learning as an apparently digital technology?  

I don't think so. We are witnessing the evolution, advancement, and ultimately the application of exactly these very digital technologies that lay the foundation of a comprehensive digital transformation. However, the added value of the label "cognitive" is negligible.   

But regardless of how you, me or the buzzword industry really decide to call it in the end, much more relevant are the implications and challenges of this consistent implementation of digital transformation. In my opinion two aspects must not be underestimated: 

First, this transformation is either approached in its entirety, or it is better not to do it at all, there is nothing in between. If you start doing this, it's not enough to quickly look for a few candidates for a bit of Robot Process Automation. There will be no successful, "slightly cognitive” companies. This will be a waste of the actual potential of a comprehensive redesign of corporate processes and is worth little more than a placebo. Rather, it is necessary to model internal knowledge, to gain and to interconnect data.  Jobs and tasks will change, become obsolete and will be replaced by new and more demanding ones (otherwise they could be executed by a bot again). 

Second: The importance of managing constant organizational change and restructuring is often overlooked. After all, the transformation to a Digital/Cognitive Enterprise is by far not entirely about AI, Robotic Process Automation or technology. Rather, focus has to be put on the individual as well, i.e. each member of the entire workforce (both internal and external). Established processes have to be managed, adjusted or even reengineered and this also applies to processes affecting partners, suppliers and thus any kind of cooperation or interaction.  

One of the most important departments in this future will be the human resources department and specifically talent management. Getting people on board and retaining them sustainably will be a key challenge. In particular, this means providing them with ongoing training and enabling them to perform qualitatively demanding tasks in a highly volatile environment. And it is precisely such an extremely responsible task that will certainly not be automated even in the long term...


          

Sean Godsell: designing for happiness   

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In 2002 the influential English design magazine Wallpaper listed Melbourne architect, Sean Godsell, as one of ten people destined to ‘change the way we live’. In 2003 he received a Citation from the President of the American Institute of Architects for his work for the homeless. The following year his Future Shack prototype was exhibited for six months at the Smithsonian Institute’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York. Time Magazine named him in the ‘Who’s Who -The New Contemporaries’ section of their 2005 Style and Design supplement.

Sean is currently working on projects in China and Australia and his first major building, the RMIT University design Hub is currently under construction in Melbourne.

Speakers: Sean Godsell
When:Wed 12 Oct 2011, 6:30 pm - 07:45pm
Where:slq Auditorium 1, level 2, State Library of Queensland
Duration: 1:40:49


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