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Ford Files Patent for SUV Conveyor Belt System | Car News

Ford Files Patent for SUV Conveyor Belt System | Car News

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If you own an SUV, particularly a three-row version, you may have had the experience of having to crawl into the back cargo space to retrieve objects placed deep in the cargo area. Ford has thought of this problem, apparently; the company has patented a conveyor belt system for use in its big SUVs.The patent drawing is clear on the functioning of the system. It shows a conveyor belt that enable moving objects back and forth within the cargo spaces of larger SUVs, especially of the three-row variety. While at first glance this may seem like an invention in search of a use, keep in mind that for some people it’s not so simple, maybe even impossible, to climb into the back of their vehicle to get that last, deepest row of bags or boxes.This is where Ford’s planned new system would prove it
A Preview of Your Chinese Future – Foreign Policy

A Preview of Your Chinese Future – Foreign Policy

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The year is 2049, one hundred years after the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The Belt and Road Initiative is complete. That does not mean it will stop or disappear. It is concluded in the same way a bridge or a road is built. Its development is finished, and it is ready to start working or operating at full power. Some of the infrastructure projects are truly stunning and now stand as the highest example of what human ingenuity can achieve in its drive to master natural forces. A bridge crossing the Caspian Sea—125 miles, from Azerbaijan to Turkmenistan—has made road transport between Europe and China fast and easy, changing old mental maps that separated continents. The Kra Isthmus Canal in Thailand has done the same for the Indian and Pacific oceans. No longer d
Baidu Leads AI Patent Applications In China With 2,368 Fili…

Baidu Leads AI Patent Applications In China With 2,368 Fili…

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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Robin Li, co-founder and chief executive officer of Baidu Inc., speaks during the main forum at Baidu World conference in Beijing, China, on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. Photographer: Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg© 2018 Bloomberg Finance LP Baidu, sometimes referred to as the Chinese equivalent of Google, has filed more artificial intelligence (AI) patent applications than any other company in China, according to a report by Patent Protection Association of China.  The search engine company, which is valued at $191 billion, has filed 2,368 AI patent applications, according to the "Analysis on Artificial Intelligence Patents" report. Baidu is followed by the Chinese Ac
The 8 consumer trends facing marketers in 2019 | PMX Agency

The 8 consumer trends facing marketers in 2019 | PMX Agency

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Credit: PMX Agency People's lives aren't commodities for brands to own or share. After 50 years of being trained by the most sophisticated marketers in the world to see, feel and consume every emotion and technique in the book, people today are often incoercible when the "fill in the blank now" button appears before them. After generations of being sold to, their sophistication levels are off the charts. People's interests have been retained, sold and reminded (whoops, remarketed), to the point of distraction, and yet many marketers are still surprised that brand loyalty is in free fall. But people still crave meaning and connection more than ever. After speaking with more than 20 artists and musicians over the past year, we've found none have seen nor felt such raw emotio...
Tech giants sought early inroads with Trump’s FTC

Tech giants sought early inroads with Trump’s FTC

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Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images Google, Amazon and Snap Inc. wasted little time this year in trying to cultivate the new crop of enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission, an agency that will play a key role in any Washington crackdown on the tech industry, according to emails obtained by POLITICO. The companies reached out to schmooze the four FTC commissioners appointed by President Donald Trump soon after they they were sworn into office i...
Versace harks back to greatest hits with savvy New York sho…

Versace harks back to greatest hits with savvy New York sho…

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When Versace promised to take New York by storm this weekend, it probably didn’t mean it quite so literally. As rain and wind swept through Manhattan on Sunday evening, the brand staged its first ever show in the city at the Stock Exchange to celebrate its new status as an US-owned fashion house. Three months after Versace announced it had sold the company to Capri Holdings (formerly Michael Kors Holdings) for £1.64bn, Donatella Versace – who retained shares and creative control – was Stateside to “pay homage to this incredible city”. Speaking just before the show, she said she wanted to “take the sartorial heritage of Milan and [fuse] it with the energy of New York”. She delivered on her promise. As models circled a giant gold statue of the Statue of Liberty’s torch – a “symbol of New