The Sewbot Robot will Produce Millions of ‘Made in USA’ T-shirts

In 2018, the Chinese group Tianyuan Garments will open a brand new factory in Arkansas, home to an army of self-sufficient Sewbots robots capable of manufacturing nearly 1.2 million t-shirts a year – directly on American soil – under the supervision of a handful of technicians only.

Last year, President Trump based much of his election campaign on his ability to repatriate some of the companies producing manufactured goods at lower cost in foreign countries (read in CNN), notably in China.

Regularly the target of the ire of the American leader (read here), the Middle Empire is described by many as being a country using social dumping to produce cheap products subsequently reso

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In 2018, the Chinese group Tianyuan Garments will open a brand new factory in Arkansas, home to an army of self-sufficient Sewbots robots capable of manufacturing nearly 1.2 million t-shirts a year – directly on American soil – under the supervision of a handful of technicians only.

Last year, President Trump based much of his election campaign on his ability to repatriate some of the companies producing manufactured goods at lower cost in foreign countries (read in CNN), notably in China.

Regularly the target of the ire of the American leader (read here), the Middle Empire is described by many as being a country using social dumping to produce cheap products subsequently resold in the United States, such as clothing carrying her daughter’s claw (read in Newsweek).

The situation is changing. But not in the direction hoped for by The Donald.

A stand alone robot

Indeed, the Chinese Tianyuan Garments Company will open its new factory in 2018, in the middle of the US territory. In Arkansas, 21 production lines made up of weavers will be able to manufacture 100,000 t-shirts a month.

With this production rate, the Chinese factory will be able to compete with the costs of making t-shirts in China and then cargo transport to their place of sale.

The plant will be one of the first in the world to use SewBot machines, developed by SoftWear Automation, based in Atlanta. Eventually, this process could transform the landscape of the world textile industry.

The Sewbot robot was developed at the Research Center for Advanced Technologies of the University of Georgia Tech, in a program launched there nearly a decade. In 2012, researchers were finally awarded a grant by DARPA – the Department of Innovation integrated with the US Department of Defense – to develop the process for its commercialization.

By 2015, Softwear Automation was marketing a simpler version of its robot weaver, able to produce bath mats or towels at an incredible rate.

The evolution of this machine, the stand-alone robot deployed within the plant in Little Rock (Arkansas), will now be able to manufacture t-shirts and partially produce jeans pants.

The customer of Softwear Automation, the Chinese Tianyuan Garments Company, has already indicated that the goal was to produce the equivalent of 800,000 t-shirts a day with its fleet of machines. A figure is hardly believable since it is robots autonomous.

The death of textile jobs?

To maintain and supply and maintain this precision machinery, the plant should create about 400 jobs. But it is, of course, a figure not commensurate with the volume of employees needed for a more ‘traditional’ production.

Moreover, SoftWear Automation is trying to change the idea that its weaving robots are preparing to cause a real slaughter in the textile sector.

According to a study carried out in-house, the manufacturer explains that a robot such as the SewBot generates between 50 and 100 jobs in its value chain, in particular because it makes it possible to obtain the label ‘Made In USA’ and leaves the opportunity for the clothing brand to invest in the purchase of local raw materials, increasing the demand for labor in the surrounding area.

Apparently, this version seems a bit optimistic. But the Sewbot has other advantages: the Fashion for Good initiative, which tries to make the textile sector aware of environmental issues, estimates that the Sewbot could help reduce the sector’s emissions by about 10%.

A $99 Web Developer Certification at Google

If you are a mobile web developer looking to promote your coding talents, Google offers a $99 billing certification process. Once successful, this test then allows displaying on its CV, its website and other profiles on the social networks a specific label.

Potential employers will also be able to search a database of developers who have successfully obtained this certification. A guarantee of quality for a future employer looking for an employee or a self-employed person.

Based on a thorough analysis of the market, this certification highlights developers who have the required skills as mobile web developers.

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If you are a mobile web developer looking to promote your coding talents, Google offers a $99 billing certification process. Once successful, this test then allows displaying on its CV, its website and other profiles on the social networks a specific label.

Potential employers will also be able to search a database of developers who have successfully obtained this certification. A guarantee of quality for a future employer looking for an employee or a self-employed person.

Based on a thorough analysis of the market, this certification highlights developers who have the required skills as mobile web developers.

The Mobile Web Specialist certification program provides mobile developers with a study guide to prepare for the exam, after which they will have three attempts to get their label. The exam takes place online (for 4 hours), participants will expect to write code in a timed performance-based exam.

Participants should also complete their interview with a final interview in which they will explain their work by answering a series of questions to ensure that they are the person who took the test online.

This certification program comes shortly after Google announced the Associate Android Developer ($150) certification for anyone looking to promote their skills in native applications.

The Hyperloop is India’s Hope For a Better Transport Network

Between the Indian cities of Amaravati and Vijaywada, a Hyperloop could go in the not too distant future. At least, the government and the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies company signed a declaration of intent.

A Hyperloop route between two cities in the Indian state of Andha Pradesh is a first step towards establishing the region as a tech location. The project is to create around 2,500 jobs and start in October, as reported by TechCrunch. Then a test starts, which should check the feasibility of the project. A total of six months are estimated for this.

The second phase is the actual construction phase of the Hyperloop section. Private investors largely finance the work. Until the route is ready to go, it would probably take years.

The route is to create the core of a significantly better network of connections in India, which so far has a

Between the Indian cities of Amaravati and Vijaywada, a Hyperloop could go in the not too distant future. At least, the government and the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies company signed a declaration of intent.

A Hyperloop route between two cities in the Indian state of Andha Pradesh is a first step towards establishing the region as a tech location. The project is to create around 2,500 jobs and start in October, as reported by TechCrunch. Then a test starts, which should check the feasibility of the project. A total of six months are estimated for this.

The second phase is the actual construction phase of the Hyperloop section. Private investors largely finance the work. Until the route is ready to go, it would probably take years.

The route is to create the core of a significantly better network of connections in India, which so far has a poor transport system. For the drive of the straight 42.8 kilometers, you need with the car currently still over 70 minutes. With the Hyperloop, this will be achievable in six minutes.

However, a conventional train track would also be much faster than the previous roads – and the Hyperloop is currently only a short test track in Nevada and first attempts with floating capsules still a real future technology without any final proof of feasibility and economy on a grand scale.

Another project reveals the fact that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is serious about modernization: Next week, Modi and his Japanese colleague, Shinzo Abe, will lay the foundations for another project: a Japanese high-speed train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad will be put into operation. So far, the 500-kilometer-long route lasts seven hours, with the new express train only two.

The Federal Government of Germany is also interested in business with India and is financing a feasibility study of a high-speed train from the South Indian metropolis of Chennai to Mysore. In the case of the billions of billions, the question arises whether a general overhaul of the public transport system might not be more cost-effective.

Stop Curriculum Vitae: Unilever Takes on Artificial Intelligence and Gamification

The Unilever brand, starting in July 2016, has revolutionized its way of recruiting, using the digital world’s potential to overcome the traditional channels. This is not a beta process and open to a few, but to all new junior- level entrants.

In an interview with Business Insider Mike Clementi, VP of Human Resources for North America said that “With its 170,000 employees around the world and with a portfolio of more than 400 brands, Unilever could no longer continue to hire in a traditional way.”

Going to universities, collecting any curriculum, scrapping those unsuitable for open positions is definitely a very costly business resource, both human and temporal, with uncertain efficiency for the company and candidates.

How to improve then? Using the tool that new potential employees have as technology reference in their online life: the smartp

The Unilever brand, starting in July 2016, has revolutionized its way of recruiting, using the digital world’s potential to overcome the traditional channels. This is not a beta process and open to a few, but to all new junior- level entrants.

In an interview with Business Insider Mike Clementi, VP of Human Resources for North America said that “With its 170,000 employees around the world and with a portfolio of more than 400 brands, Unilever could no longer continue to hire in a traditional way.”

Going to universities, collecting any curriculum, scrapping those unsuitable for open positions is definitely a very costly business resource, both human and temporal, with uncertain efficiency for the company and candidates.

How to improve then? Using the tool that new potential employees have as technology reference in their online life: the smartphone!

By overcoming the very concept of Curriculum Vitae, Unilever has focused directly on Personal Branding. All through an initially traditional process, which opens by posting on Facebook and LinkedIn, and then submitting candidates to a dedicated site where to apply simply through their LinkedIn profile.

Once the application is executed, the data is processed by an algorithm that scans only requests in line with the location you are looking for. Unilever states that in 2016, there were only 275,000 in the United States alone.

If the candidates pass the Artificial Intelligence step, then the gambling step started, thanks to Gamification. The applicant’s smartphone is subjected to 12 games in 20 minutes, putting it to the test in neuroscience based activities that highlight skills such as concentration under pressure and short-term memory.

Unilever declares that thanks to Gamification, they are skimmed from 60% to 80% of the candidates. At that point, the last puzzle card: a video interview with pre-recorded messages.

An incredibly rich technology system: through the cam smartphone, various parameters are measured, such as tone of voice, the speed of response, the amount and variety of words and even the facial expressions.

At this point, how do you know … if the app gives ok, eventually the candidate will meet a recruiter of Unilever who will decide whether or not to take the candidate by the end of the day.

Apparently, the process is long and complicated, but it actually brings two sensible benefits:

  • The company gets extremely motivated candidates in line with the required location. Unilever declares that 4 out of 5 candidates, landed at the human selection, are hired by the company. All this with a high probability that they integrate well into the work teams, thanks to the previous profiling.
  • The candidate only uses a one-day interview, and no longer engages in multiple interviews. This means speed and high efficiency even for the candidate (an average of 4 weeks since the beginning of the selection, compared to the previous 4 months. A saving of 50,000 hours!)

After one year from the beginning of the experiment (July 2016 – July 2017), the Corporation declares more than 450 candidates worldwide recruited through the process.

In particular:

  • Applications have doubled in the first 90 days by comparing the same period from year to year: from 15,000 applications to 30,000 in the United States.
  • The growth of candidates from 2,600 different universities, compared to the previous 840.
  • Acceptance of the job offer by the candidate has risen to 82%, from the previous 64%.
  • The completion rate for the 12 games is 98%, with an average score of 4.1 out of 5.

All of this positive data will lead to the extension of the technology recruitment process not only to junior but also to mid-senior managers.

For businesses and multinationals, it is very important to look for all the new systems that technology allows to accommodate a wide and diverse number of candidates, saving time and maximizing their operational efficiency.

In addition, other giants such as Goldman Sachs and Walmart are using Gamification and AI to attract candidates, always with great results.

Hopscotch: Create Your Own Game Without Knowing Programming

Would you like your children to get started with coding as little as you can? Are you convinced that computer skills are fundamental skills for their future?

If the answer yes, then downloading free Hopscotch mobile application can capable of turning parents and kids into skilled programmers without any programming skills.

Through Hopscotch, you can easily and efficiently create games, animations, mini websites and 3D designs without the need for a single line of code.

Start your trip to the programming world

In the digital era in which we live is certainly not easy to find on the web tutorials, online courses, educational material useful for learning to program, but often annoying in the eyes of a boy.

With Hopscotch it is different, no theory goes directly to practice and is l

Would you like your children to get started with coding as little as you can? Are you convinced that computer skills are fundamental skills for their future?

If the answer yes, then downloading free Hopscotch mobile application can capable of turning parents and kids into skilled programmers without any programming skills.

Through Hopscotch, you can easily and efficiently create games, animations, mini websites and 3D designs without the need for a single line of code.

Start your trip to the programming world

In the digital era in which we live is certainly not easy to find on the web tutorials, online courses, educational material useful for learning to program, but often annoying in the eyes of a boy.

With Hopscotch it is different, no theory goes directly to practice and is learned through a drag & drop-based visual language.

Within the app’s workspace, you can drag and drop small colored bricks containing code portions to create your own animation or game. Utilizing shapes and colors, the children’s creativity is stimulated by teaching them the basic principles and logics that characterize programming.

The application currently available exclusively for iOS, and is designed for children up to nine years old, but given its extreme simplicity, it can also be used by younger children.

The app is accompanied by a Youtube channel featuring numerous tutorials, and a forum where you can exchange doubts, questions, and advice with the rest of the Hopscotch community.

You just have to download it and give life to your game.

Chatbot: The Intersection Between Tech and Communication That is Revolutionizing the Customer Experience

At the base of the digital media, there is of course technology. It is the same technology to ensure its proper adherence to the way people interact. This cross- link between people and brands, companies and organizations is the basis for a positive and profitable Customer Experience (CX) for both parties.

But digital media (i.e., machines) and people do not speak the same language to allow effective interaction between the two sides. A recent development is the emergence and spread of conversational interfaces (conversational UI), which are used in the chatbot.

Classified among the most exciting technological innovations for users and businesses, they are programs designed to stimulate intelligent and thoughtful conversations with one or more human beings, through auditory or visual methods.

In contrast to non-conversational UIs (e-mail, apps, websites, social networks,

At the base of the digital media, there is of course technology. It is the same technology to ensure its proper adherence to the way people interact. This cross- link between people and brands, companies and organizations is the basis for a positive and profitable Customer Experience (CX) for both parties.

But digital media (i.e., machines) and people do not speak the same language to allow effective interaction between the two sides. A recent development is the emergence and spread of conversational interfaces (conversational UI), which are used in the chatbot.

Classified among the most exciting technological innovations for users and businesses, they are programs designed to stimulate intelligent and thoughtful conversations with one or more human beings, through auditory or visual methods.

In contrast to non-conversational UIs (e-mail, apps, websites, social networks, etc.), chatbots frequently provide simpler, more stimulating, targeted targeting through two main modes:

Dynamics of understanding human language through a) Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms (think Allo or Cortana) or b) recognition patterns – via algorithms capable of assessing the proximity of words entered by the user to the general rule. Both sub-points allow the robot to understand human language and learn/improve over time.

Set of rules and predefined commands, to which the same bot adapts more statically and recursively.

Key areas of application of chatbots

The first area of application for chatbots is online support, enabling simple or more complex scenarios. When you write a private message to the fanfares of different brands, most likely, a bot will answer you.

Many CVs and first interaction with job candidates in important realities are also increasingly being managed by robots. But there are also weather bots, news bots, life advice bots, personal finance bots, whose names already suggest the main domains of utility.

Through a Facebook Messenger plugin, KLM provides its customers with the information they need for their travel and eventual upgrades directly to the social network (https://messenger.klm.com/).

Skyscanner has introduced its own Facebook Messenger bot through which millions of users looking for flights and destinations each month on the app and website can receive contextualized, relevant, precious information without further clutches during their own customer journey.

A second ground is an advice and support for customized and contextual shopping (conversational commerce). The Operator app (https://operator.com/), designed by the co-founder of Uber Garrett Camp, allows getting help getting the perfect products for your needs 24/7 through connecting with a community of operators able to meet every shopping-related requirement. But who are these operators? Operators themselves, shop and brand representatives as well as their own bot.

There is chatbot. Releasing a chatbot capable of making the difference in the CX of people depends on a long and complex set of design and implementation variables. The Intercom messaging platform developed and published on Medium on June 27, 2016, a list of 8 principles to be followed for the good design of bots capable of ensuring relevant CX.

  1. Do not pretend or pretend to interact with real humans: bots will probably never achieve the communicative effectiveness of people. An effort in this direction would therefore only risk generating negative and unimportant experiences, increasing expectations beyond the actual possibilities. On the contrary, robotic behavior immediately enables us to clearly define the scenario within which the interaction takes place, thus setting the expectations of the individual.
  2. Simplify: Often, technology is perceived as a complex solution. Conversely, bot activity needs to be limited to specific themes and linear interaction dynamics, avoiding designing too complex dialogic scenarios.
  3. Respect the specifics of the medium: chats and other automated messaging dynamics come up with unique features that make them unique – many of which are indirectly cited in this list of points. It is pointless to try to do different tasks with the task of trying to collapse many services offered by an app, a support website, an information blog, or other channels.
  4. Design with the focus on the end user: Using bots will certainly create cost savings for the company, but this efficiency should not be the main reason that drives them to prefer. Instead, the user has to stay in the center: if a person would provide a more significant experience of a robot, you should prefer it.
  5. Use Parsimony: Today, it is still difficult to think of bots as entities capable of supporting complex, enduring, and multichannel conversations with people. The design of their interactions and their training must be focused on facilitating rapid and accurate exchanges. The latest innovations are proving that such parsimony in the immediate future will become less and less a problem, to immersive solutions and capable of supporting users irrespective of syntactic and semantic complexities.
  6. Maintaining a Human Alternative: When a bot fails to meet the expectations and end user requests, a person in the company who can intervene should always be available.
  7. Structure inputs: Do not leave too much freedom of communication to users to the bot. Provide them pre-set tree and “conversational twin” (yes/no, alternative answer lists, already completed forms, etc.) to trace conversations minimizing the risks and ambiguities resulting from uncertainty.
  8. Share Data: The context within which the bot interacts, as well as the interactions themselves, must be saved in the backend and made available to system administrators and service providers.

Get chatbot to brand interaction dynamics

If well-designed and functional, chatbots are able to become the metaphor of the entire organization. A dynamic, intelligent, human or dynamic company or brand able to ensure Customer Experience dynamic and relevant to its customers by integrating at the same time their online behaviors with the flows within stores.