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It is undeniable that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and blockchain are two of the major technologies that are driving the pace of innovation and introducing radical shifts in rapidly growing list of industries. As Artificial Intelligence advances, the need for enhanced security is becoming apparent and therefore Blockchain is becoming more common in the market. Leaders in tech are more and more infusing the two cutting edge technologies to create innovative products and increase efficiencies. One of the factors driving this trend is the nature of the two technologies as they work well together hand in hand. It’s projected that Blockchain and AI will eventually become inseparable as intelligent platforms evolve and become more mainstream. Active tech companies in the markets this week include Gopher Protocol Inc. (OTC:GOPH), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM), Twilio Inc. (NYSE:TWLO).
Gopher Protocol Inc. (OTCQB:GOPH) BREAKING NEWS: Gopher Protocol, a company specializing in the creation of Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence enabled mobile technologies, is pleased to announce that its partially owned subsidiary, Gopher Protocol Costa Rica, S.R.L. has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire TOKENIZE-IT S.A. pursuant to which Gopher will issue 20 million shares of common stock to TOKENIZE-IT.
TOKENIZE-IT is a software developer and technology company which owns a portfolio of blockchain technologies focused on providing technology and services to third parties for the purchase of converting income producing assets and cash flow streams into tokens that can be traded as well as the tokenization of financial sovereign instruments. These blockchain utility tokens are not dependent on a single blockchain technology, they can be created on multiple blockchains.
In parallel with the closing of the TOKENIZE-IT transaction as contemplated by the Letter of Intent, TOKENIZE-IT will enter into a joint venture agreement with GBT Technologies, S.A. (“GBT”) to access token and cryptocurrency trading through a fully licensed and Central Bank regulated “Currency Exchange” in Costa Rica. It is the goal of TOKENIZE-IT to further enhance its product offerings by providing multiple abilities to enhance liquidity and positive exposure to its tokens by listing them on GBT’s exchange platform. As a result of the joint venture, TOKENIZE-IT will issue equity securities to GBT representing a 50% interest in TOKENIZE-IT and assign 20 million shares of Gopher to GBT.
“With Mauricio Lara spear-heading Tokenize-IT and Pablo Gonzalez directing GBT Technologies, we are certain that only a powerful outcome will come from this joint venture as they both have vast experience in the blockchain space from an operability standpoint but also from a legal, baking and public markets point of view, having been speakers in multiple conferences and a reference point in many Latin American markets” stated Mansour Khatib, CEO of Gopher. “Just yesterday at MoneConf in Dublin, the CEO of Circle Internet Financial, Inc. stated that ‘We Are at the Beginning of Tokenization of Everything’ (https://cointelegraph.com/news/circle-ceo-at-moneyconf-dublin-we-are-at-the-beginning-of-tokenization-of-everything ). I believe Gopher is entering the industry at the right time equipped with the right technology and personnel” added Mr. Khatib. Read this and more news for GOPH athttp://www.marketnewsupdates.com/news/goph.html
Other recent and current developments in the tech industry include:
NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) recently announced the availability of NVIDIA® Isaac™, a new platform to power the next generation of autonomous machines, bringing artificial intelligence capabilities to robots for manufacturing, logistics, agriculture, construction and many other industries. Launched at Computex 2018 by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang, NVIDIA Isaac includes new hardware, software and a virtual-world robot simulator. “AI is the most powerful technology force of our time,” said Huang. “Its first phase will enable new levels of software automation that boost productivity in many industries. Next, AI, in combination with sensors and actuators, will be the brain of a new generation of autonomous machines. Someday, there will be billions of intelligent machines in manufacturing, home delivery, warehouse logistics and much more.”
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) recently announced a collaboration with Institut Curie to develop, use and implement innovative bioinformatics tools, pipelines and techniques to improve the use of molecular profiling across both research and clinical oncology settings. Precision medicine for cancer requires the delivery of individually adapted medical care based on the genetic characteristics of each patient. The last decade witnessed the development of high-throughput technologies such as next-generation sequencing, which paved their way in the field of oncology. While the cost of these technologies decreases, we are facing an exponential increase in the amount of data produced. In order to open access to precision medicine-based therapies to more patients, healthcare providers have to rationalize both their data production and utilization. This requires the implementation of cutting-edge technologies: high-performance computing and artificial intelligence (AI).
International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) and H2O.ai recently announced a strategic global partnership focused on combining IBM POWER Systems and H2O Driverless AI to address the AI demands of the enterprise. This joint solution is ideal for financial services, retail, manufacturing, IoT and healthcare industries. H2O.ai has selected IBM POWER Systems as a strategic partner for Driverless AI because of their leading-edge capabilities designed specifically for AI workloads. By partnering with H2O.ai, IBM further expands its ecosystem for enabling businesses to harness AI for competitive gain.
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Tänak wins easily in the Arctic as Rovanperä grabs early title lead
Finn becomes youngest ever WRC leader with Belgian Neuville back in third.
Ott Tänak sealed a dominant start-to-finish victory at Arctic Rally Finland Powered by CapitalBox on Sunday afternoon.
The Estonian was never seriously challenged during the three-day encounter in Lapland’s frozen forests. He built a comfortable lead during the first two legs and eased through the finale to win the FIA World Rally Championship’s second round by 17.5sec.
Home hero Kalle Rovanperä fended off a charging Thierry Neuville to claim the best result of his career in second. At just 20 years old, he became the youngest driver to lead the WRC in the championship’s 49-year history. Neuville finished 2.3sec adrift in third.
Tänak won five of the 10 snow and ice speed tests in his Hyundai i20. Apart from a brush with a snowbank on Saturday, he avoided trouble on superfast roads near Rovaniemi to kick-start his title bid after retiring from the season-opener in Monte-Carlo.
“The pressure was there and we knew it was going to be very complicated to take the fight,” he said. “In the end we did a very good weekend, with only one mistake. It’s an amazing place, definitely one of the best places to have a winter rally.”
Rovanperä, starting just his ninth top-level rally, began the final day with a 1.8sec buffer to Neuville. He extended it by a tenth in the first of two passes through the 22.47km Aittajärvi test, before winning the final Wolf Power Stage to retain his grip on second.
The Toyota Yaris driver moved four points clear of Neuville at the top of the standings, relegating world champion Sébastien Ogier who had a disappointing weekend. The Frenchman finished 20th after burying his Yaris into a snow drift.
Neuville’s third place provided a double podium for Hyundai Motorsport, which reduced Toyota Gazoo Racing’s manufacturers’ championship lead to 11 points.
Craig Breen finished fourth in another i20 after a four-rally absence. Tyre management was crucial and the Irishman fell back on Saturday as he struggled for grip on deteriorating roads after ending the opening day in second. He was 52.6sec adrift of Tänak.
Breen kept Elfyn Evans at bay in the final test after the Welshman closed to within 3.6sec in the penultimate stage. The final gap between them was 8.9sec. Japan’s Takamoto Katsuta rounded off the top six in another Yaris.
Tributes were made on the podium to Finnish rally great Hannu Mikkola. The 1983 world champion and three-time runner-up died on Friday and the Finnish Air Force led the accolades with an F18 Hornet flypast.
The WRC moves to the asphalt Croatia Rally for round three, which is based in Zagreb on April 22-25.
1. O Tänak / M Järveoja EST Hyundai i20 2hr 03min 49.6sec
2. K Rovanperä / J Halttunen FIN Toyota Yaris +17.5sec
3. T Neuville / M Wydaeghe BEL Hyundai i20 +19.8sec
4. C Breen / P Nagle IRL Hyundai i20 +52.6sec
5. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota Yaris +1min 01.5sec
6. T Katsuta / D Barritt JAP Toyota Yaris +1min 37.8sec
FIA World Rally Championship (after round 2 of 12)
1. K Rovanperä 39pts
2. T Neuville 35
3. S Ogier 31
4. E Evans 31
5. O Tänak 27
Euro zone factories buzzing in February as demand soars
By Jonathan Cable
LONDON (Reuters) – Euro zone factory activity raced along in February thanks to soaring demand, a survey showed on Monday, although the burst of business led to a shortage of raw materials and a spike in input costs.
Restrictions imposed across the continent to try to quell the spread of the coronavirus have shuttered vast swathes of the bloc’s dominant services industry, meaning it has fallen to manufacturers to support the economy.
IHS Markit’s final Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) jumped to a three-year high of 57.9 in February from January’s 54.8, ahead of the initial 57.7 “flash” estimate and one of the highest readings in the survey’s 20-year history.
An index measuring output, which feeds into a composite PMI due on Wednesday that is seen as a good guide to economic health, climbed to 57.6 from 54.6, well above the 50 mark separating growth from contraction.
“Manufacturing is appearing as an increasingly bright spot in the euro zone’s economy so far this year,” said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit.
“The solid manufacturing expansion is clearly helping to offset ongoing virus-related weakness in many consumer-facing sectors, alleviating the impact of recent lockdown measures in many countries and helping to limit the overall pace of economic contraction.”
A Reuters poll last month showed the bloc was in a double dip recession and that the economy would contract 0.8% this quarter after shrinking 6.9% in 2020 on an annual basis. [ECILT/EU]
Rocketing demand for manufactured goods pushed factories to increase staffing levels for the first time in nearly two years.
But lockdown measures disrupted supply chains and factories struggled to obtain raw materials, leading to a big increase in delivery times.
“The growth spurt has brought its own problems, however, with demand for inputs not yet being met by supply. Shipping delays and shortages of materials are being widely reported, and led to near-record supply chain delays,” Williamson said.
Those shortages allowed suppliers to hike their prices at the fastest rate in almost a decade. The input prices PMI bounced to 73.9 from 68.3.
(Reporting by Jonathan Cable; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Strong exports lift German factory activity to three-year high in February – PMI
BERLIN (Reuters) – Higher demand from China, the United States and Europe drove growth in German factory activity to its highest level in more than three years in February, brightening the outlook for Europe’s largest economy, a survey showed on Monday.
IHS Markit’s Final Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for manufacturing, which accounts for about a fifth of the economy, jumped to 60.7 from 57.1 in January.
It was the highest reading since January 2018 and came in slightly better than the initial “flash” figure of 60.6.
Factories have been humming along during the pandemic on higher foreign demand, helping the German economy avoid a contraction in the last quarter of 2020 and offsetting a drop in consumer spending amid a partial lockdown to contain COVID-19.
Many manufacturers reported higher demand from Asia, especially China, as well as the United States and European countries, with export sales posting their biggest increase since December 2017, the survey showed.
Phil Smith, Principal Economist at IHS Markit, said supply chain pressures intensified as more firms reported delays than ever before in nearly 25 years of data collection.
“There looks to be further upward pressure on inflation in the German economy from supply bottlenecks and a subsequent surge in manufacturing input costs,” Smith noted.
The survey suggested that supply disruption is making it more difficult to replenish stocks, which could complicate production in the coming months, he cautioned.
“Nevertheless, the overriding sentiment for the longer-term outlook is optimism, with a record number of manufacturers expecting to see output rise over the next 12 months.”
Still, economists expect the economy to shrink in the first quarter of this year due to a stricter lockdown, which has shut most shops and services since mid-December, and freezing temperatures that slowed construction activity in February.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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