How Image Recognition Is Shaping The Future

The human brain has gained huge expertise at image recognition over the course of thousands of years of evolution. This allows people to identify other humans, tell apart objects and even read. But what seems rather simple and first-nature for people is actually incredibly difficult to achieve for a machine.

However, in the last few years science has made great progress in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning, which should not be taken lightly, as it will effectively change the way humans interact with their environment, their technology and even each other.

Image recognition in particular will have a huge impact in the way people use devices such as smart-phones and computers, and also the way companies communicate with potential costumers.

Image recognition technology is the process of detecting and identifying an object within a digital image. This is actually a complex process that’s composed of algorithms designed to perform specific tasks such as optical character recognition, face recognition and scene change detection.

This allows companies to use product recognition technology for all kinds of things, from surveillance to the automation of factories. Perhaps more importantly though, it allows consumers to interact directly with companies through the potentially valuable objects and images that surround them, such as logos and labels.

Through image recognition one can access information, services and additional content relative to the specific product or brand of their choosing and it’s helpful in visual search. Think about it: In a world where 1.8 billion images are uploaded every day to the internet, and brands are constantly trying to set themselves apart from competitors by appealing directly to consumers, this kind of technology has the potential to make a huge difference. Not only that, but it’s already starting to broaden the possibilities of interaction with consumers, content management, protection against brand misuse, and even market research.

Researchers have been steadily developing image recognition technology to a point where there are constant revolutionary advancements in the field, and companies all over the world are capitalizing on that fact. One of the lead implementers of this amazing technology is Slyce, whose Universal Scanner incorporates the best features of image recognition technology into a single product that allows consumers to scan barcodes, coupons and any real world image in order to find a match online seamlessly.

George Soros Advises EU to Take the Refugee Crisis Head-on

As the old saying goes ‘prevention is better than cure’. This is perhaps what the European Commission should keep in mind as they approach the current refugee crisis. There is sufficient room for them to correct that which seems impossible which is bringing to order an impeding chaotic state soon. George Soros has offered his nuggets of wisdom on the issue. The European Commission can only ignore this at their peril.

In a comprehensive plan that was published via The New York Review of Books, George Soros details what may just turn a time bomb into orderly refugee policy. Soros sees what is currently being done as a false solution seeking mission. He dismisses it a ploy imposed on the European Union by Chancellor Angela Merkel in a negotiation with Turkey. To him, the asylum policy has fundamental on flaws that need to be quickly addressed.

Of particular concern about the asylum policy is erratic to the extent that it imposes quotas that had been previously opposed by many member states. The quotas on aspect requires refugees to take up residence in countries they do not want. This makes the policy lose the essence of humanitarianism. How can EU be claiming to be in genuine mission to help refugees when in the first place they force them to settle in countries at the periphery like Turkey that is not their preference?

The other central issue is that of funding for the refugee mission. George Soros sees the mission as severely underfunded. What is given out in funds only serves its immediate needs with no chance whatsoever of making it sustainable. Soros terms it ‘scraping together insufficient funds year after year’. These and other issues can be solved and leave a lot to be admired.

As a solution, George Soros can only see EU undergoing a paradigm shift by “surge” funding. The funds should go to the refugees and the countries that host them in the Middle East. The financial aid should be enough to support livelihoods right there and offer employment opportunities allowing the refugees to at least be able to provide for their basic needs. This will work to dilute the dire need to seek asylum in Europe as a way of escaping suffering in the Middle East. The refugees who will still insist on coming to Europe will not be as much. The few will be in numbers that Europe can accommodate.

Those choosing countries on high demand will wait longer on the que while those choosing countries not hotly requested will obtain express permission. Those found jumping the ques will be taken back to the tail end to start all over again. This is expected to discourage the refugees from going against the set order. This will be key to ensuring balanced settlement. Well thought plan!

George Soros is an American business magnate of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry considered to be one of the 30 richest people in the world. He is further an investor, popular author, and philanthropist. His early life characterized by Nazi displacements inspire hi interest on refugee affairs.

Laidlaw and Company – An Experience Investment Banking Firm

Laidlaw and Company, established in 1842, is a leading investment banking firm with a rich history of providing expert financial services to their clients. Since they’ve been in business for more than 170 years, Laidlaw and Company has gained the trust of their community as they continue to offer high-value financial services. They have helped hundreds of different corporate entrepreneurs, institutions, corporations and private clients with their financial needs. They currently employ more than 150 individuals and have authorization from both FCA and Broker Check FINRA, allowing them to help a wider range of clients.

Laidlaw and Company provides many different financial services to their clients. One of their services is Wealth Management. They provide clients with investment solutions and advice on how to manage their wealth. Their investment advisors help clients develop plans that minimize risk and provide high rates of returns. Laidlaw is an independent registered investment advisor and they specialize in diversification, helping their clients reduce their risk exposure. They also offer financial planning services designed to help individuals protect their wealth.

Another service that the SEC registered Laidlaw and Company Firm provides is investment baking services. They have helped organizations raise capital. They are particularly focused on emerging healthcare companies. Their expertise in the healthcare field give them a competitive edge on other investment banking companies. Laidlaw’s investment banking services can be applied to both new companies and already established companies. They are constantly researching trends in the healthcare market and understand the healthcare investing climate, making them a great investment banking choice for any healthcare organization.

The Value Of Gold Remains Intact In Unsure Times

The stability of the economic institutions and vehicles that society has always relied upon to build portfolios is now so fleeting, gold stands-out more than ever as a good investment. Undoubtedly, there is still a wide range of investment tools to use on an annual basis, but the value and strength of gold is peaking the interests of more and more people, even those who have never considered long-term strategies.

According to GoodSearch, Large, trusted distributors like US Money Reserve has helped hundreds of thousands of people get started in trading things like U.S. special mint coins, and precious metals like gold, silver, platinum, and rhodium. Their buyers are overwhelmingly looking for one thing. That is, an investment that they can be sure is wise in troubling economic times.

In a Facebook page dedicated them, it says that the best part about pursuing investments like gold through a company like US Money Reserve is adviser.

Some Examples Of Instability In Non-Gold Investments

The Stock Market

Anyone who watches the news, or has experienced the havoc caused by bubbles bursting on Wall Street, will get the picture that markets worldwide are unstable. Though the saying that the markets will always cycle upward over time is still true, economic shifts leave many stock investors without the ability to wait decades for significant returns.


Property has always been a good investment, but land ownership and valuation is subject to high volatility and unpredictable changes. The physical ownership of gold has never caused an investor to be Òunder water.


Traditional bank investments are at a near complete standstill. Interest rates for things like IRAs and CDs are flat, and many banks worldwide are instituting negative interest rates. This means that it’s now possible for an investment amount to mature at a lower value than an original amount. Investments that are based on paper and digital cash, in some places, are now guaranteed to lose.


Inflation, deflation, and debt causes a currency to lose value. Storing money in the mattress is a sure way to see its value dwindle.

There has never been a society on Earth that considered gold to be worth nothing. Especially now, those who hold physical gold have the ability to tap into what is perhaps, the most trusted investment in history. Gold generally increases in value as cash and other markets decrease, and it is virtually impossible for physically gold to ever be worth nothing.

Most financial analysts and investment advisers will also agree that gold has been artificially devalued by markets and economies that are propped-up by government reserve entities.

Because of this, one rift in an economy can ignite an explosion in the valuation of gold and other metals at any time. Even a portfolio that has between 10-20% of its diversification composed of metals could benefit from the likely skyrocketing of gold’s value.


CCMP Capital is a global private equity firm that specializes in buyout and growth equity investments in North America and Europe. CCMP stands for;
C-Chemical Ventures
C-Chase Capital
M-Manufacturers Hanover Capital/J.P Morgan

They partner with management teams and then leverage combined strengths for their proprietary operating resources and deep industry expertise to ensure company growth and operational efficiency.

CCMP started its operations as a single firm in August, 2006. The main goal of CCMP is to make buyout and growth equity investments in Europe and North America. The firm usually invests $100 to $500 million for each transaction for companies ranging from $250 to $2 billion in size. This is because of the following reasons;
• To facilitate development of growing businesses.
• To equitize over levered capital structures
• To make public companies private
• Ensure management buyouts and corporate carve-outs.
• Provide Estate diversification solutions to founder-owned businesses

Stephen P. Murray, The former President and Chief executive officer passed away on the 12th of March 2015 according to the Wall Street Journal. He was a founding partner of CCMP, which was part of JP Morgan Chase and Co. Murray grew up in a New York City suburb (Winchester County). He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Boston College. He also got a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University (New York). Murray’s career started in 1984 when he became part of the analyst training program at manufacturers Hanover Corporation. He joined MH Equity Corporation in 1989(It combined Manufactures Hanover’s private equity group with its leveraged finance unit).In 1991, Manufactureres Hanover was purchased by Chemical Bank and MH equity merged with Chemical Ventures Partners. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital became head of buyout business in 2005 and in 2007 he was named the CEO. He served in the board of various companies like Pinnacle foods, Warner Chilcott and Aramark. Other than all these, Murray was a known philanthropist and in that capacity he supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Boston College among others.

Stephen Murray CCMP Capital’s expertise is mainly due to their significant transaction experience in their four targeted areas. They have invested in these industries for many years and that includes multiple industry business cycles and widely varying market conditions.

Their operating professionals collaborate with the management of each portfolio company to design and support the execution of detailed value creation plans that are;
* Increasing asset and resource utilization to increase cash flow
* Implementing sector-specific revenue-generating or cost-reduction techniques
* Having the best practices within a given sector
CCMP Capital’s proprietary operating resources include;
* Greg Brenneman- Business transformation
* Doug Cahill –consumer/retail and industrial
* Richard Zannino- consumer retail
* Bob Toth –industrial and chemicals

Yeonmi Park Defected from North Korea To Pursue Her Destiny

“The idea that people could choose their own destinies fascinated me. This pirated Hollywood movie (Titanic) gave me my first small taste of freedom.”

Yeonmi Park, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park was born in North Korea, a country notorious for its insular laws and society. The government forbids its citizens from consuming international films and media to prevent change. Park and her mother fled the country after a life of starvation when she was thirteen years old. The North Korean border with China is heavily guarded and what is beyond is unknown to those on the inside.

Yeonmi Park tells her escape story in her autobiography released on, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom. As they journeyed across China’s Gobi desert, they were captured by Chinese brokers and separated as they were forced into human trafficking. As a sex slave, Yeonmi Park lived her early teen years as a forced bride and prostitute while being deprived of food, and most of all, freedom and dignity. Eventually she and her mother escaped and were able to continue their journey towards South Korea.

The Reason’s blog recently interviewed Park in light of North Korea’s claims that her story does not reflect reality. The denial of details from a defensive government is expected in light of Yeonmi Park’s human rights activism. Her book was released in Fall 2015 and she recently spoke in North Korea at the UN Human Rights session. Her bravery to tell her story is her true defiance. A defiance much greater than her escape.

Park’s said on The Reason TV her initial drive to write her story was in hope to find her sister who has never returned from China. What grew from her writing is an understanding that those still imprisoned by their own citizenry must be heard. Park is speaking as a North Korean citizen and her story is not dismissable with a misdirect.