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Manufacturers to President-Elect: We Are the Solution

NAM Brings Business Leaders Together to Help Heal the Nation

 

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2016 – Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a letter from more than 1,100 manufacturing and business leaders pledging to help bring the country together after a divisive election. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons also pledged manufacturers’ efforts to find ways to work with the president-elect and the 115th Congress on the pressing issues facing the country.

“Tonight marks the end of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history. While many are celebrating tonight, others are disappointed—some with the results, some with the process. It’s time for healing, and that work must begin now,” said Timmons.

“Manufacturing and business leaders from across the country have pledged to rebuild trust in our democratic and economic institutions so that we can ensure our exceptional country offers abundant opportunity to all.

“Regardless of political party affiliation, the president of the United States deserves the respect of all Americans, and for the sake of our country, manufacturers want our next president to stand tall on the world stage and stand up for America’s entrepreneurs. We will do our part, sharing our ideas and our expertise with President-elect Trump and the 115th Congress to lead by example and set a productive tone for this next chapter in our nation’s history. At the same time, we will celebrate and defend the values that make our nation great; chief among those are free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. Manufacturers expect our newly elected leaders to worry less about the powerful political extremes and concern themselves solely with solutions that will lift all Americans up and leave no one behind. These solutions, which the NAM will lay out in detail over the next several weeks, must be the focus of our policymakers if we truly want to see widespread growth and prosperity in this country.

“This election makes clear that Americans agree that manufacturing is the nation’s priority. They want our industry to lead the world and create more jobs. They know that when manufacturing is strong, America is strong. It will be up to us to channel that enthusiasm towards the right policies.”

Signatures for the letter, and these important commitments from business leaders, were gathered over a period of nearly two weeks, well before the results of the election were known. The effort was initiated by Timmons; Tenneco Inc. Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill; and Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair-elect David Farr.

- See more at: http://www.nam.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2016/11/Manufacturers-to-President-Elect--We-Are-the-Solution/#sthash.8g8UfZqY.dpuf

Manufacturers to President-Elect: We Are the Solution

NAM Brings Business Leaders Together to Help Heal the Nation

 

Washington, D.C., November 9, 2016 – Following the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a letter from more than 1,100 manufacturing and business leaders pledging to help bring the country together after a divisive election. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons also pledged manufacturers’ efforts to find ways to work with the president-elect and the 115th Congress on the pressing issues facing the country.

“Tonight marks the end of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history. While many are celebrating tonight, others are disappointed—some with the results, some with the process. It’s time for healing, and that work must begin now,” said Timmons.

“Manufacturing and business leaders from across the country have pledged to rebuild trust in our democratic and economic institutions so that we can ensure our exceptional country offers abundant opportunity to all.

“Regardless of political party affiliation, the president of the United States deserves the respect of all Americans, and for the sake of our country, manufacturers want our next president to stand tall on the world stage and stand up for America’s entrepreneurs. We will do our part, sharing our ideas and our expertise with President-elect Trump and the 115th Congress to lead by example and set a productive tone for this next chapter in our nation’s history. At the same time, we will celebrate and defend the values that make our nation great; chief among those are free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity. Manufacturers expect our newly elected leaders to worry less about the powerful political extremes and concern themselves solely with solutions that will lift all Americans up and leave no one behind. These solutions, which the NAM will lay out in detail over the next several weeks, must be the focus of our policymakers if we truly want to see widespread growth and prosperity in this country.

“This election makes clear that Americans agree that manufacturing is the nation’s priority. They want our industry to lead the world and create more jobs. They know that when manufacturing is strong, America is strong. It will be up to us to channel that enthusiasm towards the right policies.”

Signatures for the letter, and these important commitments from business leaders, were gathered over a period of nearly two weeks, well before the results of the election were known. The effort was initiated by Timmons; Tenneco Inc. Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill; and Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair-elect David Farr.

- See more at: http://www.nam.org/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2016/11/Manufacturers-to-President-Elect--We-Are-the-Solution/#sthash.8g8UfZqY.dpuf

Watson Discovery Service: understand your data at scale with less effort

By Elliot Turner, Director of Alchemy & Discovery, IBM Watson

December 19, 2016

On the Watson team, when we talk to customers and developers, the thing that always gets them excited about the power of AI and cognitive computing is the promise of making better decisions. Seldom is there a single right answer. A doctor evaluates numerous choices regarding treatment alternatives…. or a financial planner might weigh multiple investment options. Yet traditional programmed systems are designed to derive a single response, a deterministic response, to a question or query.

Cognitive systems are unique in their ability to take massive quantities of data, even the messy stuff never intended for machine consumption, and put it into context.

We’re obsessed with making it easy for developers to find that proverbial needle in a haystack, identifying useful patterns and insights in large datasets. While the algorithms to extract these insights are continuing to improve by leaps and bounds, the headache of so many steps associated with acquiring, normalizing, and enriching unstructured data remains. Many data scientists spend as much as 80 percent of their time on this so-called “data janitor” work – collecting, cleaning and organizing data sets.

We took this problem head on by developing the new Watson Discovery Service, which packages core Watson cognitive capabilities with simple tooling and APIs that enable you to quickly upload, enrich, and index large collections of your private data or public data. With Watson Discovery Service, even customers lacking systems engineering or machine learning skills can rapidly analyze and gain insights from enormous collections of unstructured data. We’ve embedded best-of-breed Watson algorithms which enrich your documents with the power of natural language understanding, and advanced ingestion capabilities allowing easy analysis of HTML, PDF, and MS Word documents. Through the power of Watson Discovery Service, you’ll have core Watson APIs such as AlchemyLanguage and Document Conversion right at your fingertips.

Across industries, we’ve seen the power of applying cognitive technologies to the intersection of structured and unstructured data. Watson Discovery accelerates this capability, enabling developers to easily align and connect different data sets, exposing critical correlations and causal factors. Through Watson’s ability to organize documents, utterances, or even specific facts across time, developers can identify time-based correlations in their data, or use our ability to identify locations and geo-spatial coordinates to uncover spatial correlations.

These capabilities in Watson Discovery Service combine to enable some really powerful forms of data analysis. For example, you could identify all the companies acquired by a competitor over a specific period of time, or the diseases impacted by a target chemical compound, or key events impacting supply chain or shipping routes. These and other insights are embedded in news reports, social media, and other public/private data as relationships in text. Waton’s ability to read and make sense of these, at massive scale, opens new doors for today’s developers. We’re making it easy to quickly ingest documents, sift through millions of relationships, accumulate evidence and rank results.

Using Watson Discovery Service is easy –no PhD required. If you can call a REST API, you can get started today. By massively simplifying the ETL (extract, transform, and load) process and directly integrating Watson’s document import capabilities, we’ve vastly simplified the process of importing large data collections. From there, the developer applies our simple, structured query capabilities to perform search, exploration, time-series analysis, correlation identification tasks, and more.

While exposing natural language understanding is the first capability we’ve exposed to the developer community through Watson Discovery Service, we’ve built this service with an eye towards open embrace of the full buffet of Watson’s cognitive capabilities. Soon, we’ll be bringing support for additional content types, more advanced data science capabilities, and support for even larger scale document collections.

We’re thrilled about the launch of Watson Discovery Service, but ultimately even more excited about what you, the world’s developer community, will do with this new capability to super-charge your apps and services.

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