Enter the Data Economy 

Data is rapidly becoming the lifeblood of the global economy. It represents a key new type of economic asset. Those that know how to use it have a decisive competitive advantage in this interconnected world, through raising performance, offering more user-centric products and services, fostering innovation – often leaving decades-old competitors behind.
As the world stands on the cusp of major new breakthrough technologies – Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, robotics – advanced economies can reap significant benefits from embracing the data revolution. 

Recent research shows that even limited use of big data analytics solutions by the top 100 EU manufacturers could boost EU economic growth by an additional 1.9% by 2020.

And it is not only the manufacturing industry that stands to gain. Data analytics will soon be indispensable to any economic activity and decision-making process, both public and private.
The transition towards a data-driven economy in Europe is trailing, with market players and public authorities reluctant or simply unable to grasp new realities. To build a thriving data economy, Europe needs to dispel perceived uncertainties and overcome fragmented national environments. A sensible balance should be struck between data protection and consumer rights, on the one hand, and economic benefits and innovation on the other.

Maylis l’été dernier à Deauville

Maylis et Wilki, l’été dernier à Deauville (sans moi car je travaillais)

Maylis s’occupait bénévolement des chevaux avec une de ses amies passionnée de chevaux.

Wilki, cavalier King Charles anglais. m’amuse beaucoup car il faut souvent le porter (rire);  je l’avais appelé Wilki en référence au joueur anglais de rugby à XV  number 10 mais Wilki est un peu têtu, il ne veut  pas souvent avancer et il faut donc le porter. 

USA and Russia may explore Venus-etoile du berger

NASA scientists are meeting with representatives from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI) this week, to continue discussion of a possible collaboration on the institute’s upcoming Venera-D mission to Venus, NASA officials announced last week. Russia launched 16 space probes toward Venus as part of the Venera series between 1961 and 1983, including the only probes to ever successfully land on the surface of hellish planet. The IKI Venera-D mission is scheduled to launch sometime in the 2020s. The mission would include an orbiter and a lander, and possibly a solar-powered airship that would fly through Venus’ upper atmosphere. 

« This potential collaboration makes for an enriching partnership to maximize the science results from Venera-D, and continue the exploration of this key planet in our solar system, » Adriana Ocampo, who leads the Joint Science Definition Team working on a report regarding the potential partnership, said in the statement. [Photos: Venus, the Mysterious Planet Next Door] 

Scientists from NASA will meet with representatives from IKI to « [identify] shared science objectives for Venus exploration, » according to a statement from the agency. 

Earth and Venus share many similarities — such as their size, composition and proximity to the sun — and yet Venus’ atmosphere has experienced a runaway greenhouse effect that generates surface temperatures hot enough to melt lead. Venus is hotter than Mercury, even though the latter is closer to the sun.

NASA has sent multiple probes to study Venus from orbit, beginning with the Mariner 2 orbiter in 29162. The U.S. space agency’s last dedicated Venus mission was Magellan, which launched in 1990 and mapped 98 percent of the planet’s surface over four years. 

« While Venus is known as our ‘sister planet,’ we have much to learn, including whether it may have once had oceans and harbored life, » Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said in the statement. « By understanding the processes at work at Venus and Mars, we will have a more complete picture about how terrestrial planets evolve over time and obtain insight into the Earth’s past, present and future. »

source: scientific American