How Indian Government Is Bridging Finance And Transaction Gaps In MSME Industry

Anita Roddick, a British businesswoman and founder of The Body Shop, once quoted, “If I had learned more about business ahead of time, I would have been shaped into believing that it was only about finances and quality management.” She pins down two key factors that drive business growth for entrepreneurs and understanding of ‘finance’ being the first one. Other growth factors like quality management, strategy, people, operations, risk management, customer centricity etc., may also be relevant. However, in this article, we will focus on the significance of finance and transactions as a…

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Lack of diversity risks creating big gaps in AI

In a panel discussion at this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Joi Ito, director of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Labs, warned that many computer scientists and AI (artificial intelligence) engineers generally come from similar backgrounds. This meant that AI systems could often be programmed in a way that their trainers see the world, leading to gaps in knowledge. “I think that people who are very focused on computer science and AI do not like the messiness of the real world,” said Ito. “You do not get the…

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Spongy polymer grows to fill gaps in the spine after surgery

Use of the polymer graft could provide a non-invasive and inexpensive method for filling gaps in the spine left after the removal of tumors (Credit: American Chemical Society). Removing spinal tumors can be problematic, with the current options for bridging the gap left by the procedure being either very expensive, or extremely invasive. New research could provide a better solution, with the potential to use an expanding polymer implant to fill the gaps after surgery. When a metastatic spinal tumor is removed, significant amounts of bone and entire intervertebral discs…

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