In the furor over fake news and the dominance of the tech giants over the digital advertising industry, Google has seen far less scrutiny than Facebook.
The search giant on Tuesday announced steps that seem designed to make sure things stay that way.
Google is revamping its Google News service to make it easier for users to find stories from credible news sources and to subscribe to those publications. Using artificial intelligence, the updated service will automatically highlight stories it thinks users will be interested in, but it will also make it easier for them to get in-depth information on particular topics.
“We are using AI to bring forward the best of what journalism has to offer,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai while unveiling the revised service at the company’s annual developer conference in Mountain View, California. “We want to give users quality sources that they trust.”
The new service, which Google plans to start rolling out Tuesday in 127 countries, will offer a customized news feed for each user based on what the company knows about their interests and where they live. At the top of the feed will be the five most relevant articles for each user.
“It works right out of the box,” said Trystan Upstill, Google’s head of News product and engineering. The system is designed to become better attuned to your interests over time, he said, adding, “The more you use it, the better it gets.”
The negative repercussions from Canada’s ongoing defiance of its trade obligations are a stark reminder of the critical role exports play in the health and vitality of the U.S. dairy industry.
Over the long term, U.S. milk production is rising faster than domestic demand and will likely continue to do so. Since 2003, nearly half of “new” milk produced in this country has gone to markets beyond our borders.
Dairy exports annually contribute about $15 billion to the U.S. economy, supporting 42,000 U.S. dairy farmers, 100,000 good-paying jobs and countless businesses that provide inputs all along the dairy supply chain. To sustain the benefits that exports bring to this nation, exports need to grow.
What do I mean when I say grow?
The staff at the U.S. Dairy Export Council analyzed U.S. dairy capabilities, global demand expectations and the capacity of competitors to meet the expanding and evolving needs of overseas buyers. Over the last four years, U.S. dairy export volume has averaged the equivalent of about 15% of the U.S. milk supply. We believe we can grow that number to 20% — or as we say at USDEC, “The Next 5%.”
Demand will be there
Population gains and middle class expansion will continue to drive global dairy consumption in emerging markets at a faster pace than domestic dairy industries can match.
Over the next 15 years, Asia’s middle class alone will grow by 2.7 billion people, from about 525 million today to 3.2 billion, which is about 10 times the total current population of the United States.
There is incredible opportunity for U.S. dairy processors and producers with those middle class consumers. USDEC estimates rising consumer demand will increase globally traded milk powder and dry whey volumes by more than 1 million tons by 2021. Demand for other dairy ingredients — milk protein concentrate, lactose and specialized products like lactoferrin and alpha-lactalbumin — will rise by more than 100,000 tons.
On the cheese side, demand for natural cheese at foodservice and retail (as well as pizza and other cheese types) will raise global cheese trade by more than 500,000 tons by 2021.
An ample, rising milk supply and a competitive, evolving product portfolio put the U.S. dairy industry in position to capture significant shares of those additional ingredient and cheese volumes. Backed by rigorous quality and safety standards, U.S. suppliers have made investments in products, people and plants. They have strengthened customer-centric relationships, aiming to cultivate long-term global supply and innovation partnerships.
For USDEC’s part, we plan to focus on three areas to help deliver The Next 5%.There are many facets to each strategy, but briefly:
Increasing demand includes supporting research into dairy nutrition and communicating positive health links to consumers, governments and aid organizations to buttress consumption. The more we can facilitate the understanding of milk’s benefits and the enjoyment of dairy products here and abroad, the more consumers will gravitate toward dairy. It is particularly important to address younger people to improve the chances that they will continue to utilize milk and dairy products as they age.
Today, as we observe Memorial Day, we would like to pay tribute to all of our fallen warriors who served from every branch of our armed forces. For your commitment and sacrifice, and in remembrance of your service, we humbly thank you.
Identities Gives a Cutting-Edge Look at Fashion
By KAMILA CZACHOROWSKI, CRIMSON STAFF WRITER
Identities, Harvard’s annual student-run fashion show, looks to use fashion as a medium for championing diversity on campus. This year’s show, which took place on April 15 at Northwest Science Building, was titled Fashion + Tech. The program’s website promised “a glimpse into the future of fashion.” The garments were still recognizable to the present-day viewer, but the show did incorporate a healthy amount of innovation in the wide range of materials presented. Identities successfully executed its mission with the diversity of both its clothing and models’ backgrounds and poses.
At the beginning of the show, Google Project Jacquard’s Ivan Poupyrev, winner of the Annual Identities Fashion Innovator of the Year award, spoke about the project. Speaking about his idea to mix fashion and technology—the project worked with… CONTINUE READING
Is patience your best virtue when it comes down to crafting the life cycle of your business methodology or managing a new project? In which way can patience complement persistence within the infancy stage of your business model?
A successful operation, whether it’s a nonprofit organization, a new workforce, an innovative concept, or a club cannot allow haste to make waste, even in a fast-paced environment. It is reported that children who skip the crawling phase as a baby could develop such challenges as suffering from speech problems or have difficulty reading and writing due to underdevelopment in part of their brain. The same principle holds true with innovation. It is unwise to think you can valiantly win a competitive race or monopolize an industry with underdeveloped planning and preparation.
Remarkably, new business owners and innovators have something in common with toddlers.
Babies develop the ability to move and use eye and body coordination in order to crawl. They observe and discover a creative way to mobilize their bodies. Innovators sharpen their intuition and use their ability to conceive, imagine, position themselves and …READ MORE