In City Where China Welcomed the World, Xi Prepares for a Colder One

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When China first opened to overseas investors, the country was desperate for foreign technology to revive its growth. Now, as China faces rising global barriers, its leader, Xi Jinping, is urging greater domestic innovation.

Mr. Xi delivered this message on Wednesday while making an anniversary pilgrimage to the southern city of Shenzhen, which in 1980 was established as a “special economic zone” next to the global financial hub of Hong Kong. Shenzhen quickly became an incubator for “reform and opening up,” the strategy championed by the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping that paved the way for the country’s decades-long economic takeoff.

Forty years later, Mr. Xi said China still welcomed foreign investors, but he also said it must prepare for a less welcoming world. The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the rise of barriers to the free flow of goods and technology, Mr. Xi said, a theme that he has stressed recently.

“The world economy is at low ebb and international trade and investment have drastically shrunk,” Mr. Xi said to a conference hall packed with officials and guests wearing protective masks, in a speech that was promoted heavily by the Chinese news media.

Mr. Xi did not refer directly to the Trump administration’s efforts to restrict Chinese companies’ access to American technology amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Instead, Mr. Xi broadly warned that “the world has entered a period of turbulence and transformation.” Shenzhen’s experience, he said, showed that China must “gain the initiative in the global technological revolution.”

China is striving to revive its economy and repair its international standing amid the coronavirus pandemic, which began late last year in the central city of Wuhan. The pandemic has driven negative views of China to new heights in the United States and other wealthy democracies, according to a survey

Google, NASA, PayPal and the World Bank to Headline Neo4j’s NODES 2020 Developer Conference

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SAN MATEO, Calif., Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Neo4j, the leader in graph technology, announced today the key highlights for the second-annual Neo4j Online Developer Expo and Summit (NODES).

The one-day virtual conference is expected to attract more than 10,000 developers and data scientists on October 20th. The program includes diverse, interactive sessions delivered by graph experts on topics ranging from anti-money laundering and cybersecurity to contact tracing and automotive design. This year, NODES welcomes over 70 speakers from across the globe.

Michael Hunger, Director of Developer Relations at Neo4j, commented on hosting the world’s largest gathering of graph developers and data scientists.

“NODES 2020 brings together thousands of graph practitioners from all over the world to connect, share and learn about a broad range of topics from data science and visualization to application development and use case deep dives,” said Hunger. “It is gratifying to see the community share their passion for applying graphs to challenging data problems in areas such as healthcare, retail, recommendations and fraud investigations. NODES attendees will be the first to learn about Neo4j’s future technology plans.”

Neo4j is grateful to its 2020 NODES sponsors Google Cloud, Precisely, Internuntius, LARUS, Crosscode, Linkurious, Structr, GraphAware, Kineviz, Hackolade, and yWorks.

Key highlights of the event include:

  • Emil Eifrem, CEO and Co-Founder of Neo4j, speaking on the future of graph technology and the ICIJ’s latest FinCEN Files investigation
  • Google Cloud as the headlining Platinum Sponsor, speaking on developing applications with Neo4j Aura

2020 World Young Scientist Summit to Open in Wenzhou, China

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WENZHOU, China–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 14, 2020–

2020 World Young Scientist Summit( http://www.wyss.org.cn )will be held in Wenzhou City of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China with the aim of gathering talents from around the world to create a better future. Leading Chinese and international scientists will communicate opinions both offline and online on innovation-related topics.

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With the theme of “The future of technology depends on the youth,” this year’s Summit has a vision to fuel the development of the community of shared future for mankind. A series of “cross-border integration” special activities will be held that focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the Belt and Road Initiative, the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta, the fight against the pandemic, and youth and the future.

Moreover, the Summit will gather young talents from various industries, venture capital firms, and art circles to communicate ideas on science and technology topics. Top scientists setting the trends, young scientists getting thoroughly involved, private entrepreneurs seeking partners, and outstanding artists displaying their creativity to jointly cope with global challenges and build a more extensive platform for exchange and higher-level technology innovations.

As the Russian physiologist and Nobel laureate Ivan Petrovich Pavlov said, “The future of science has to depend on the diligent and humble young generation.” The Summit expects to encourage exchanges on science and technology, promote innovation cooperation among the youth, power the economic and social development with technological innovations, and create a better future for mankind.

The Summit provides a platform for science giants to put on “roadshows” for high-end projects, for business

Velodyne Lidar Announces World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology Agenda

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Free Virtual Event Promotes How AVs and ADAS Advance Safety and Safe Communities

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLDR) today announced the agenda for the third annual World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology (WSS) that will address vehicle autonomy and advanced driver assistance systems on roadways and in communities. The summit aims to foster greater understanding about how autonomous technologies and automated safety systems can improve vehicle navigation and build smarter transportation infrastructure. By networking and sharing various points of view, Velodyne seeks to accelerate safety solutions for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and truck and vehicle occupants.

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Velodyne Lidar announced the agenda for the World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology that will address vehicle autonomy and advanced driver assistance systems on roadways and in communities. (Photo: Velodyne Lidar, Inc.)

The free 2020 World Safety Summit brings together industry, government, journalism and academia leaders on the agenda and takes place on October 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PDT. The summit is being held as a virtual event and is open to the public. To see the agenda and register, please go to: 2020 World Safety Summit.

The summit keynote speakers are leaders and visionaries on the path to automated and fully autonomous safety. They are: Mark Rosekind, Ph.D., Chief Safety Innovation Officer, Zoox, Oliver Cameron, Co-Founder & CEO, Voyage and Nicole Nason, Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.

The summit agenda features five panel sessions with experts from organizations that include Audi of America, Aurora, AutonomouStuff, J.D. Power, MIT AgeLab, PAVE, Princeton University, U.S. Senate, Velodyne, Zoox and more. The sessions will explore critical topics such as examining advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) capabilities, sponsored by PAVE Coalition, and media perspectives on the mobility landscape, sponsored by SAE International. Additional sessions will

Everyone can play a part in conserving Australia’s World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef — ScienceDaily

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Many Australians do not know what they can individually do to make a difference to the health of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef (GBR), according to a survey led by QUT researchers.

The researchers found most Australians are not making a connection between climate change and reef health and say there is more individuals could do on this front, both in the home and to influence government policies.

Senior Research Fellow Dr Angela Dean conducted the online survey of 4,285 Australians with Professor Kerrie Wilson, Director of QUT’s Institute for Future Environments, and Dr Robyn Gulliver from the University of Queensland.

The resulting paper, “Taking action for the Reef?” — Australians do not connect Reef conservation with individual climate-related actions, has been published in Conservation Letters: a journal of the Society for Conservation Biology.

“While there are many threats to reef health, including poor water quality stemming from land-based runoff, cyclones and crown-of-thorns starfish, climate change represents the greatest threat to our Great Barrier Reef,” said Dr Dean.

“Record-breaking marine heatwaves over the past 10 years have seen an increasing frequency and severity of mass coral bleaching events.

“Yet while many Australians express appreciation and concern for the GBR, they don’t necessarily know how to take the next steps to help the Reef.”

The research team asked survey participants the question “what types of actions could people like you do that would be helpful for the GBR?”

“Just 4 per cent mentioned a climate action and 12.3 per cent wanted to help but couldn’t think of anything they could do on a personal level,” said Professor Wilson

“Only one in 25 respondents identified at least one specific action that related to climate change. Almost one third listed donating money and the most common group of responses related to