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Elon Musk gave a peek at his brain computing startup, Neuralink, on Friday by showing off a surgically implanted electrical device in the skull of a living pig that broadcast the animal’s brain activity. 

Neuralink is working on a kind of brain-computer interface that it hopes will one day help restore brain functions in humans with disorders like blindness, seizures, and insomnia.

Musk’s experimental technology is still in its early stages. And it has yet to be tried on humans. But Musk pitched it as glimpse into the near future, without acknowledging the immense technological or regulatory challenges.

During the livestreamed event, Neuralink staff showed off three pigs—one normal pig, one implanted with Neuralink’s device, and another that had the device removed from its skull.

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If you could predict with absolute certainty the exact moment each opportunity in your company’s sales pipeline would convert into an order, wouldn’t life be marvellous.

The Hollywood movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn is reputed to have said “never make forecasts, especially about the future’.  Whilst these may appear (especially in current times) wise words, if you’re running a large order complex business, Sam’s quote is unlikely to be an escape route from having to say, “What you expect to happen in the future”  when it applies to your sales (and cash flow) forecasts.

With that in mind, here are some tips that might help you get your sales forecast closer to right than wrong.

Measure your accuracy

If you work in an environment where your forecast accuracy is measured for you, be grateful that someone is helping you improve your forecasting ability.  If you don’t, start to measure it … Read the rest

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 17-year-old from Illinois in the fatal shooting of two protesters and the wounding of a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Kyle Rittenhouse faces five felony charges that include first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, and a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor. Rittenhouse, a white teen who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle as he walked the streets with other armed civilians amid protests this week, would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.

The shootings late Tuesday—largely caught on cellphone video and posted online—and the shooting by police Sunday of Blake, a 29-year-old Black father of six who was left paralyzed from the waist down, made Kenosha the latest focal point in the fight against racial injustice that has gripped the country … Read the rest

Women business owners could be making even greater sacrifices than their male counterparts this year as they contend with challenges from the pandemic, a new survey of small business owners has found.

The research found that in the coming year a large majority of female small business owners do not expect to take time off work, whereas under half of men don’t expect to.

Women-owned businesses are less likely to have reopened following lockdown

The sacrifices that women business owners are anticipating could be attributed to how quickly they have been able to return to normal business levels. Women were less likely than men to report having returned to pre-Covid activity, with 14% of women reporting business was at normal levels compared with 21% of men.

The research found that nearly a quarter of women-owned businesses are still closed following the lockdown, with 23% reporting they are not trading, compared … Read the rest

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday criticized the British bank HSBC for allegedly operating bank accounts for individuals sanctioned by the U.S. government while shutting the accounts of people linked to Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.

Pompeo blamed China’s government for HSBC’s alleged actions, saying in a Wednesday statement that “the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics against our friends in the United Kingdom continues.”

According to the statement, HSBC has prevented executives of Next Digital, the publisher of pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily, from accessing their personal bank accounts and HSBC credit cards.

The U.S. sanctioned 11 government officials in Hong Kong and mainland China in early August over their involvement in the controversial national security law that took effect in Hong Kong … Read the rest

Over a quarter of UK consumers have fallen out with a friend or partner who owed them money and has not paid back the debt in the last 5 months, since the start of Covid-19, according to new research.

What’s more, the poll of UK consumers also found that 53 per cent of Brits agree that they have probably paid out more money on their my friends and family for meals, than they have on themselves in the last 10 years. The data was equally weighted 50-50 between men and women in the UK, across all regions of the UK. This data has been revealed during Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which saw more than 10 million meals purchased last week.

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Good morning.

Has the pandemic killed the office? No, say Diane Hoskins and Andy Cohen, co-CEOs of Gensler, the world’s largest architecture firm. But while the office may not be dead, it is going to be very different in the post-COVID future.

The firm’s research shows only 14% of workers want to stay home full time. “A majority are saying they want back. They have roommates, they have parents, they have dogs,” says Cohen. But the offices they return to will be more of “a hybrid kind of work environment, with some people at home, but many at the office. And it will be all about collaboration and innovation.”

“What’s the big AHA?“ asks Hoskins. “It’s that the ultimate value of the workplace is people. Why do people want to be there? At the end of the day we are there because of the other people that are there…Think of … Read the rest

Zoom, the video-conferencing app that has proved popular with people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, suffered a partial failure that left thousands of people in the US, UK and across the world unable to connect to work meetings or classes.

The California-based company behind the app apologised to customers on Monday and said it was working hard to fix the problem that had left users “unable to start and join Zoom meetings and webinars”.

“We are in the process of deploying a fix across our cloud. Service has been restored already for some users. We are continuing to roll this out to complete the fix for any users still impacted,” Zoom Video Communications said on its website on Monday.

The company said later on Monday that the issue had been resolved: “We have resolved an issue that caused some users to be unable to start and join Zoom … Read the rest

After a woman with the coronavirus visited a Starbucks cafe north of Seoul this month, more than two dozen patrons tested positive days later. But the four face mask-wearing employees escaped infection.

The Aug. 8 outbreak in the South Korean city of Paju is another example of how rapidly the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread in confined, indoor spaces — as well as ways to minimize transmission. With health authorities around the world still debating the evidence around face masks, the 27-person cluster linked to the air-conditioned coffee outlet adds more support for their mandatory use to help limit the spread of the COVID-19-causing virus.

“This speaks volumes about the role masks can play,” said Ma Sang Hyuk, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Changwon Fatima Hospital in South Korea. “Masks may not provide 100% protection, but there’s nothing out there that’s as effective.”

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Business activity is rebounding strongly but employers are still shedding workers amid fears about the economic outlook, according to a closely watched survey.

IHS Markit’s flash Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) hit 60.3 in August, up from 57 in July and close to a seven-year high. Any reading above 50 indicates that the economy is growing so the figures suggest that business activity across the economy is recovering sharply after hitting its floor in April.

The services and manufacturing sectors both registered an increase in new orders and a rise in output. IHS Markit’s business activity index for the services sector climbed from 56.5 in July to a three-year high of 60.1. The output index for the manufacturing sector rose from 59.3 to 61.6

A natural bounce back in economic activity was to be expected in the months after businesses reopened but economists fear that this recovery will soon peter out … Read the rest