Celebrity Edge Sails In Innovative Technology

Celebrity Edge, the newest vessel in the Celebrity Cruises’ fleet, set sail in late November 2018. Photo courtesy of Celebrity CruisesPhoto courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

For Celebrity Cruises, 2018 has ended on a high note, with the arrival of the Celebrity Edge at Port Everglades’ Terminal 25 (T25) in Hollywood, FL in late November. Along with being the latest addition to Celebrity Cruises’ fleet in six years, the Celebrity Edge is bringing innovative technology on the high seas and taking guest experiences to an immersive level.

The Celebrity Edge‘s ship-climbing Magic Carpet platform is an engineering marvel.Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

One eye-catching engineering feat is the Magic Carpet, a cantilevered venue being tangerine in color and size of a tennis court. When positioned along various deck levels, the Magic Carpet can become an exclusive restaurant or an open-air expansion of the ship’s main pool area or a component to the ship’s Destination Gateway, a luxury embarkation station for boarding the adjacent Edge Launches departure vessels.

Dining gets illuminated as well. Inside Le Grand Bistro, one of the ship’s 29 food and beverage offerings that reflects a French bistro, passengers will be entertained by “Le Petit Chef and Friends,” an animated tabletop 4D presentation. Then there’s Eden, an outward facing space is described as being part culinary experience, part performance venue.

“Le Petit Chef and Friends” is an animated 4D delight to watch onboard Celebrity Edge.Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises


Technology augments our experience of the world, allows us to work more efficiently: Isobar report

The ‘Augmented Humanity: Isobar Trends Report 2019’ explores the changing nature of the human relationship with technology: from how we work and play, to how we travel, shop, spend our leisure time and engage with brands. Also find five key trends that businesses and brands need to know

Isobar, the global digital agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, has released the ‘Augmented Humanity: Isobar Trends Report 2019’, an exploration of five digital trends for 2019. The report explores the extent to which humanity will work in harmony with technology to expand and enrich life in 2019.

Written by the innovation and strategy experts across Isobar’s 85 offices in 45 markets, the report, which is available for download at isobar.com, is built on the concept of Augmented Humanity, developed by Isobar, in 2018. The 2019 trends report explores the changing nature of human relationship with technology: from how we work and play, to how we travel, shop, spend our leisure time and engage with brands.

The report is centred round a belief that technology augments our experience of the world, allowing us to work more efficiently, to live healthier lifestyles, to make better human decisions and to expand our creativity. It explains why Isobar believes that this is an important moment in human history, outlines some of the myriad opportunities that these technological developments open up and shines a light on some of the challenges posed by digital disruption.

Jean Lin

Jean Lin, Isobar’s Global CEO, said, “Technology today plays a key role in driving relevance, scale, and elevating human experiences. It is our job to harness its wonderful power and the potential for businesses and brands, in serving people better in the age of Augmented Humanity.”

Shamsuddin Jasani

Commenting on the launch, Shamsuddin Jasani, Group Managing Director, Isobar South Asia, said, “We need to embrace the power of technology. Today, we are on the edge of an augmented age where technology is redefining the possibilities of what a human can truly be capable of. This next phase of transformational technological advances, wearable and embedded devices will unlock human potential by tapping into almost all our day to day activities. In 2019, we shall see how digital is going to be omnipresent and VOICE will be the biggest game changer in the field of marketing.”

Isobar’s five key trends for 2019 are:

  1. The evolving interface: How the intersection between humans and technology is changing
  2. The human algorithm: How data can help us to better understand ourselves and enable better decisions
  3. The fluid vs the collective self: How the digital world enhances personal and collective experiences
  4. The trust paradox: How technology can help or hinder our understanding of the increasingly complex world around us
  5. The transformed experience: How Augmented Humanity enables us to feel and experience the world differently and in deeper ways

The annual report provides guidance on navigating this new landscape to keep businesses and brands ahead of the curve for 2019 and beyond. Each chapter outlines why these developments are important, key examples of the trends in action, why businesses need to be aware of them and how they can take advantage of their positive potential.


Is AI Technology Taking Over the World?

It’s no surprise that AI technology is slowly taking over all aspects of daily life, all around the world. According to The Guardian, almost 80 million jobs in the United States could be automated within the next decade. Although a step forward in technology, companies might start to cut down on their workforce to introduce more automated labor.

From everyday tasks to automating manual labor, AI technology is no force to be reckoned with. According to Forbes, almost 80% of enterprises all over the world use AI technology in production. Leading the AI domination is Asia-Pacific (48%), North America (39%) and Europe (31%).

Almost 95% of business leaders predict that AI will have some sort of impact on human jobs, maybe even the overall productivity of a company by 2030. There are many companies out there that have invested AI technology or are looking to expand on that idea. Let’s take a closer look how some of these companies implement this technology.


Amazon (AMZN – Free Report) is always innovating and creating, and it’s no stranger to AI. The company uses a flywheel approach, which helps to keep innovation flowing and allows it to spread to other areas of the company. This approach allows different areas of the company to use the technology. According to Forbes, what is used in one part of the company impacts innovation throughout all of Amazon, hence acting as a catalyst for AI and other machine related technology.

Amazon was one of the first companies to implement AI technology and they have seen success with it. Amazon currently has three products that are powered by AI technology: Alexa, the Amazon Go store, and the Amazon recommendation engine. Through these three different aspects, Amazon has created a well put-together customer experience, mainly using AI technology. Even though each one of the products is part of a different division in the company, they are all able to work together to implement the technology sufficiently.


Having acquired 14 AI startups over the past four years, Google parent company Alphabet (GOOGL – Free Report) is a clear leader with AI technology. The company’s largest acquisition of $600 million was U.K. based company Deep Mind. Alphabet has its own research and development branch dedicated to its AI applications called Google AI. The AI branch focuses on conducting research to find the best ways to implement AI to different apps and making it accessible to everyone.

At Google’s recent I/O conference, the company announced several new AI services including Google Duplex (part of Google Assistant) and many new updates to Gmail, Photos and Maps. What intrigued people the most was the company’s announcement on AI technology used with Google Duplex. Recently, Google has rolled out the software to Pixel users. According to Business Insider, with Duplex, users will be one step closer to never having to make a phone call themselves to book an appointment.


When we think about AI technology, it doesn’t necessarily always have to be associated with Alexa or products and services like that. In a press release from the beginning of this year, Volkswagen (VLKAY – Free Report) announced that it would be working with Aurora, a leading self-driving system company to introduce machine learning and AI technology in Volkswagen Group’s vehicles. Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer, stated in the company’s press release that working with Aurora will give Volkswagen a giant leap forward to become the world’s leading provider of sustainable mobility, including self-driving vehicles.

Earlier this year, Volkswagen introduced its first concept car, a prototype of an autonomous vehicle called SEDRIC. The concept car requires no driver and can take you anywhere with the push of a button. The company has taken the first step towards the future of self-driving cars, using AI technology.

Bottom Line

Whether it’s a car company or tech giant, AI is being used all over many industries. It is already being implemented into our daily lives, so it is only a matter of time until it becomes a large part of our society. Companies are implementing and innovating new strategies one AI technology at a time.


Farmer Q/A: Spotlight on ag technology ROI

Guy standing outside by grain bin

Jim Kline, who owns and operates Kline Family Farms in Hartford City, Ind., has been ahead of the curve and outside the box for decades. How has the rapidly changing ag technology field impacted his large row crop operation?

Kline: We’re focusing much more on finances because of the economic crunch agriculture is experiencing. At the beginning of the year we lay out our budget and make decisions based on where we expect our returns to be the greatest.

Since 2010, a key factor indicative of farmer success is how well we as an industry interpret data and make outcomes work for us. There are ever-increasing software options available that allow farmers to organize this data, ask questions, and get answers.

Farm Futures: How do you allocate resources?

Kline: Currently 50% of our labor is spent in the office, which is probably a surprise. We have a CFO, an on-site agronomist and an assistant agronomist. They’re always evaluating information to help improve our business’ position.

We are still investing in equipment when a need arises. But the primary motivation driving when and where we spend money on equipment is measured by what type of returns that equipment will provide. Our software helps us do that.

Farm Futures: What kind of payback period do you expect with new technology?

Kline: You’re not going to see a significant return in year one or two. For example, we’ve been with Granular five years—since it first launched commercially—and now we are routinely able to collect enough information to make sound economic decisions.

Farm Futures: How has technology helped your business?

Kline: We raise corn, soybeans and seed wheat; we’re transitioning some acres to organic. In an era where the consumer is increasingly curious about farm activities, traceability is key. We now can tell the story of our crop in any given year. We can trace back to each field and know what tractor operated when and where, who the operator was, what was applied and at what rate, and in what area of the field they are applying it.

Merging the technology above, with advances in our personnel and equipment, has also made us better environmental stewards. For example, we now regularly apply variable rate nitrogen; that’s allowed us to use two-thirds of the amount of N that we did a few years ago and get just as good a crop.

Farm Futures: Where will ag technology help farmers in the short-term?

Kline: One issue we originally discounted was the amount of training required with today’s machinery. Often our more seasoned drivers are also our most proficient at operating the machinery. But they run into issues understanding the devices in the cab. The opposite is true with our younger generation of operators, who haven’t mastered operating the equipment but can pick up the technology quickly.

In either scenario, we typically need a season to adequately train operators for today’s equipment. Even then, we still concentrate a large amount of time adjusting machinery for maximum performance.

Moving forward, the greatest opportunity for ag tech is real-time machine optimization. A manager of employees would not have to worry as much about operators who may not have the experience or aptitude to calibrate the machinery. In that scenario, neither efficiencies nor performance would be sacrificed.


Stocks This Week: Short Micron Technology, Facebook And Lam Research

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The market is likely to decline this week as the correction resumes after the brief rally of the last twoweeks. The drop will likely complete by the 19th.

The seasonal cycle for Micron Technology falls from November 8th to the 20th, Micron’s weakest period in the month of November. In addition, the weekly cycle of Micron Technology turned down on October 4th. Six of the last seven sell signals have been successful. The stock could decline to $93.4 to $92.0 in the coming week. The cycle does not bottom until the 22nd, but traders may wish to take profits by the 19th.

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The Micron cycle peaks this week.Cycles Research Investments LLC

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The stock is overbought and relative strength is weak.Cycles Research Investments LLC

Facebook is likely to decline this week. There is a cycle peak on the 13th. Ten of twelve sell signals have been profitable in the last year. The stock is overbought daily and relative strength has hit a new low. The $139 level, the October 29th low, is a downside target.

LAM Research was featured in a posting on September 23rd as a short. The stock has declined from $154.70 to $147.85. All six sell signals in the last year have been profitable. The $141-$143 level is a reasonable downside minimum target.

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