Construction was always the cutting-edge industry. It used the advance of science and technology to improve its products and make them more affordable to consumers. The same trends continue to this day and we will soon live in futuristic homes made from the latest materials.
There’s also an ecological aspect to this process. All the new materials and technologies are made with a special concern for the way their use in construction impacts the environment. This means that homes of the future will be better integrated into the ecosystem in which they are made, and they’ll be far less wasteful.
Concrete is the most used material in the world. Almost all modern structures from roads and bridges to homes and churches are made out of it. It lasts for a long time but it needs to be repaired every now and then because it’s very prone to cracking. This was usually done by patching over the cracks, but now there’s a better way.
Now, concrete that’s mixed with a substance called sodium silicate has the ability to fix itself by releasing a gel-like agent that connects the concrete separated by the crack.
There was a time when “clear metal” was something out of a science-fiction story. There was no material that was firm and durable as metal, but still clear and useable for decorative purposes like glass. This material would be best suited for making skyscrapers, that would need far less construction support and thus be taller and more spacious.
A new type of ceramic made from Aluminum, Oxygen, and Nitrogen possesses these qualities. It’s placed under great pressure and heated for days before it becomes transparent. After it’s polished it can be used as any other aluminum beam would be.
The biggest change for the construction process itself will be about the speed and ease with which the homes are going to be built. Most of the buildings could be prefabricated on brought on the construction site ready to be installed. This will make home building feel more like home assembling.
This approach will also cut the need for large equipment and complicated construction projects. Instead of large cranes, scissor lift for hire could be the only piece of equipment we’ll need to lift heavier objects and complete the tall structures.
One of the biggest concerns when making an eco-friendly home is how to make the construction energy efficient. This isn’t just important in terms of care for the environment it’s also a way for the homeowners to save on the utility bill, at least in the long run. It’s best to approach the issue early on, while the house is getting built.
So-called green walls are among the most popular ways to make the home more energy efficiency and add value to the property. Plants planted on the roof of the home or on its walls could significantly lower the energy needed to cool the place in summer and they create a unique aesthetic too.
Automation is changing all he businesses and construction is no exception. It cuts down costs in the long-term because machines cost less than human labor and the risk of accidents is greatly reduced. The process will start with the large construction companies but it will get to smaller ones as well in due time.
The first thing to be automated is transportation, self-driving trucks and drones that are due to hit the roads on a large scale any day now. But soon, the construction itself will be done by robots in some form.
New construction technologies will affect the industry in numerous ways. Some will lead to reduced cost, while other will have to result in new labor practices.
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Facebook Launches Nigeria Initiative in its Ambition to Drive Innovation, Skills Development and Economic Impact
Facebook to open its very first Community Hub space on the continent, in addition to a series of long-term impact training programmes for 50,000 Nigerians
LAGOS, Nigeria, November 22, 2017/ — Today, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) announced a new nationwide initiative in Nigeria (http://APO.af/2y13ue) to further cement its commitment and investment in the country, and across the continent. Incorporating a series of high profile partnerships, training programmes and a physical space that will serve as a center for learning and skills development, this set of initiatives is aimed at helping to develop and nurture communities, including small businesses, the tech and start-up ecosystem, youths and creatives.
“In Nigeria, more than 22 million people use Facebook every month and 87% of SMEs say that when they hire, digital skills are more important than where an applicant went to school. This demonstrates that the power of digital skills to aid economic growth and development has never been more important”, commented Ebele Okobi, Facebook Public Policy Director, Africa. “At Facebook, our mission is clear: To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Our investments and commitments announced in Lagos today further reflect our intent to partner with Nigeria’s policy makers and its vibrant tech and entrepreneurial eco-system to create economic opportunity and independence in Nigeria and across Africa.’’
NG_HUB from Facebook
In partnership with CC Hub, Facebook will be opening the doors to its first community Hub space in the heart of Lagos, scheduled to open early next year. ‘NG_HUB from Facebook’ will be a multi-faceted creative space, which will connect and bring together developers, start-ups and the wider community to collaborate, learn and exchange ideas. The NG_HUB will also host a start-up incubator programme, as well as bespoke trainings, guest speakers and a dedicated event space, all aimed at attracting the best talent and driving innovation in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.
Additionally, across Nigeria, Facebook will be supporting a number of existing tech Hubs to serve the communities outside Lagos. The hubs will function as learning centres for local communities, providing multiple opportunities for training and access.
Commenting on the announcement of NG_HUB in partnership with CC Hub, and Facebook’s further support of local hubs across Nigeria, Emeka Afigbo, Head of Platform Partnerships, Middle East & Africa said “Nigeria is producing a new generation of exciting start-ups that have incredible potential. We understand the important role Facebook plays here in Nigeria with developers and start-ups and are invested in helping these communities build for the next billion. One of our key passions at Facebook is nurturing and helping to develop the tech and start-up community, and I’m excited to announce our partnership with the Nigerian tech hub ecosystem especially the NG_HUB space, here in Lagos.”
Facebook Nigeria Skills Programmes
Facebook is committed to working with Nigerian small businesses, tech entrepreneurs and the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools for economic growth. Launching a series of learning-based programmes facilitated by local training partners, these have been designed to provide skills that lead to employment and to support the growth of small businesses. The goal is to train and support over 50,000 students, small businesses and creative entrepreneurs across the country through a series of scaled digital skills trainings, as well as long-term impact programmes. The training programmes will include:
- Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital (in partnership with the Fate Foundation) – a four-week intensive programme for entrepreneurs across Nigeria. This will be offered throughout the year in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Calabar, Ibadan, Kaduna and Enugu
- Jobs for Youth: Coding for Employment – a training programme to develop Nigeria’s next generation of coders – designed to upskill developers and prepare them for employment
- Boost your Business – designed for small, medium sized businesses owners, teaching the fundamentals of digital marketing for business growth, with the goal to help business owners better understand their brand, audience and how to best reach and service them online
- Creative Entrepreneurship Training – specialised training designed specifically for creatives, including photographers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, bloggers and other creative content creators
- Online Safety + Digital Literacy Training in Schools and Universities – featuring a series of online safety and digital literacy courses for secondary school and university students
Ahead of the programme launch, Facebook undertook a detailed ‘Economic Impact Study’ (http://APO.af/rzdya4) to further understand how communities like small businesses and consumers in Nigeria use the platform, and the effectiveness of social media as a growth tool. Nearly 1 in 2 small businesses on Facebook say they built their business on the platform, and 62% stated they have been able to use Facebook to help find employees for their business, whilst over half (58%) of small businesses on the platform say they have been able to hire more employees’ due to growth since joining Facebook.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Facebook.
Idea Engineers – PR agency for Facebook
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360 Blockchain Inc. Announces Execution of Letter of Intent for Proposed Acquisition of Pressland
Vancouver, BC — (SBWIRE) — 11/22/2017 — 360 Blockchain Inc. (“360” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has executed a letter of intent to acquire 70% of the media directory and website Pressland (http://press.land) from Chaotic Neutral LLC, which letter of intent is subject to closing conditions usual to transactions of this type, including exchange approval. Under the direction of 360’s strategic advisor, Jeff Koyen, Pressland will become a blockchain-powered platform dedicated to debunking fake news.
“Before ‘fake news’ was a household term, Pressland was already in the business of media transparency,” said George Tsafalas, 360’s President. “Today, thanks to the innovative power of blockchain technology and utilizing 360’s expertise and resources we have the unique opportunity to expand Pressland’s mission to debunking fake news and exposing unreliable players in the media.”
Launched in 2015 as “Yelp for Media,” Pressland offers a crowd-sourced directory of nearly 20,000 media outlets and professionals. Starting in 2018, Pressland will distribute blockchain-powered tools to the public that expose biased and unreliable media outlets and stories.
“Pressland is already a fundamentally good idea that’s been popular with media professionals,” said Jeff Koyen. “But now that blockchain technology is more accessible and market-proven, it’s a very exciting time to re-envision Pressland as a general-interest, public platform operating on trust and transparency.”
Pressland is fully held by Chaotic Neutral LLC, a Brooklyn-based incubator of media projects founded by Jeff Koyen. With capital from 360 Blockchain Inc., Pressland will relaunch as a blockchain-based media-transparency platform. Plans for an initial coin offering (“ICO”) (or, cryptocurrency token offering) are being discussed.
While no definitive documentation has yet been signed by the parties, and there is no certainty that such documentation will be signed, certain terms of the proposed acquisition include:
· 360 would acquire 70% of Pressland from Chaotic Neutral LLC, with the option to purchase the remaining 30% within one year’s time.
· Purchase price to be paid by 360 to Chaotic Neutral LLC equals two tranches of 1,000,000 shares of 360 (subject to receipt of stock exchange approval), with the first 1,000,000 shares paid on closing, and the second upon the exercise of the option to purchase the final 30%.
· Additionally, USD $250,000 in working capital to be provided by 360 to Chaotic Neutral LLC in two tranches, with USD $125,000 given upon closing, and the balance in 4 months from closing.
· Using this capital, Pressland will develop blockchain technologies for the Company, enabling the monetization of its R&D efforts.
· Mr. Jeff Koyen, 360’s strategic advisor and an integral part of the 360 leadership team, will lead Pressland’s advancement.
· Working with the appropriate regulatory bodies, 360 may decide to stage an ICO to further develop Pressland.
This proposed investment will be the third of several to empower blockchain technologies with capital and experience to create exponential value.
About 360 Blockchain Inc.
Our Mission: To empower blockchain technologies with capital and experience to create exponential value. 360 Blockchain Inc. has an all-round view to accelerate the development and application of revolutionary blockchain technologies by investing capital and expertise. We are founded on the belief that blockchain technology, essentially a distributed ledger which is transparent and incorruptible, has the potential to transform the way business is conducted, delivering security, cost savings and efficiency gains not seen before in our internet connected world. 360 Blockchain will be focused upon identifying and empowering blockchain technologies applying to crypto-currencies, smart contracts, eSports, data management, the internet of things, equity trading, privacy applications and beyond.
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Stay in Hearts and Pockets of Customers with Roller Ball Promotional Pens from My Promotional Pens
Watkinsville, GA — (ReleaseWire) — 11/22/2017 — One of the most trustworthy promotional product suppliers in the USA, My Promotional Pens offers an array of roller ball promotional pens that helps entrepreneurs keep their business in hearts and pockets of customers, further enabling them upscale their business growth and gain new customers. Available in a variety of materials, colors, sizes, and designs, these roller ball promotional pens are sure to make customers passionate about the brand, its products as well as services. Offered in varying quantities, the wide collection of roller ball promotional pens that the company have in stock includes Bic Grip Roller Pens, Uni-ball Onyx Fine Pens, Uni-ball Jetstream Sport Pens, Sullivan Roller Ball Pens in a Pouch, and many others.
All of these roller ball promotional pens are manufactured with top-notch materials employing advanced technological tools to ensure they speak volume of their client’s products and services, helping them dramatically increase their return on investment, like never before. My Promotional Pens has been actively operating in the promotional product industry for years, and today comprise of an outstanding team of experienced professionals, who leave no stone unturned to help clients select their desired roller ball promotional pens within their limited budget. Business owners looking to generate more business in long term can explore their official online portal, MyPromotionalPens.com, order their preferred set of pens, and get it delivered to their doorstep in minimal time.
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