Amazon To Produce New Grateful Dead Biographical TV Series Written By “Straight Out Of Compton” Screenwriter

first_imgIt’s been well documented on this site and others that the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be released to the masses on Amazon on May 26th. But according to a report in Deadline, that’s not the only Dead content the streaming company has brewing–Also in the works, say sources: a biographical TV series that will be written by Jonathan Herman, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. After getting the Best Original Screenplay nomination for Compton, Herman adapted the Chris Pavone novel The Travelers, and wrote the script for Universal Studios‘ upcoming remake of gangster classic Scarface.According the Deadline report, “Herman will adapt the untitled series based on Home Before Daylight: My Life On The Road With The Grateful Dead, the memoir by longtime Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish. That will fuel a series whose ambition is to capture the long-running phenomenon that is The Grateful Dead, a band of musical misfits who came of age during the apex of the 1960s San Francisco counter-culture movement.”Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will serve as an executive producer on the project (alongside Parish and others), and will curate all of the music for the series.The name and release timeframe for the new project are both as of yet unannounced.[h/t – Deadline]last_img read more

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Iggy Pop And John Varvatos Are Producing A Docuseries About Punk For Epix

first_imgEpix has greenlit an upcoming docuseries chronicling the original punk scene that bombarded commercial music starting in the late 1970s, and the influence the rowdy genre had on pop culture at large. The show will be appropriately titled Punk and is being directed by Jesse James Miller, with Stooges singer Iggy Pop and rock fashion designer John Varvatos coming on as executive producers.  The series will provide punk fans and curious onlookers with rare and never-before-seen photos, grainy archival footage from the genre’s underground days, and a soundtrack featuring a mix of both well-known hits and misses. Pop and Varvatos have also rounded up an impressive list of musicians who will give insight and opinions on what they remember of the punk scene through new interviews. Artists who will appear on the show include Johnny Rotten of Sex Pistols; Marky Ramone of the Ramones; Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie; Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses; Wayne Kramer of MC5; Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys; Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers; And Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.Industry executives who will also be featured throughout the series include former Stooges and Ramones manager Danny Fields, Punk Magazine co-founder Legs McNeil, and Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris. “Exploring and reliving the history of punk has been an absolute labor of love for me,” Varvatos added in a statement. “Punk’s ability to transcend generations in its culture, music, and style is a story that needs to be told. So…Hey Ho Let’s Go!!”Varvatos’ main area of expertise is within the fashion industry, but he has worked alongside artists ranging from Gary Clark Jr. to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page to help bridge the two creative worlds. Iggy Pop has never produced a television series, but he has made notable appearances in front of the camera throughout his career, including a memorable 2015 episode of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown.” The 71-year-old rocker recently co-headlined Dave Grohl’s CalJam rock festival back in October. The series is currently in production and will include four total episodes, according to its show page on IMDB. Punk will arrive on Epix next spring when it debuts on March 11th at 10 p.m. EST.[H/T Deadline]last_img read more

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Plays Through The News Of Kofi Burbridge’s Passing With Live Debut Of New Record [Audio/Video]

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band played their first of two nights at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC on Friday night. About an hour before the show, the band learned that their forever keyboardist/flutist Kofi Burbridge passed away. Kofi had been on medical leave this year following recurring heart complications, and renowned keyboardist Gabe Dixon has been touring in 2019 in his place.Rest In Peace, Kofi BurbridgeIt’s been an insanely rough couple of years for Tedeschi Trucks Band, and yesterday marked their triumphant comeback with the release of SIGNS, marking their first record since 2016’s Let Me Get By. The extended period of time between albums was a result of the major losses experienced by the band over the last several years. During the recording process, the group lost several of their mentors: Leon Russell, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Derek Trucks’ uncle and original Allman Brothers Band drummer, Butch Trucks, followed by Gregg Allman later that year.As the band noted in a press release, “Signs confronts loss, heartbreak, and politically troubled times with a credence and conviction that puts the group’s undying world-class musicianship and collaborative spirit on full display. It’s a genre-defying collection that runs the gamut from uplifting soulful anthems to bittersweet ballads and driving rock and roll.”To celebrate the new record’s release, the band performed the entire album live for the first time ever, with the exception of the emotional closing track, “The Ending”, about Col. Bruce Hampton‘s mysterious death (listen immediately if you haven’t already). Following the 10-song surprise, the band continued with original favorites “Don’t Know What It Means”, “Bound For Glory”, “Midnight In Harlem”, “Part Of Me”, and “The Storm”. For the encore, they returned for the only covers of the night, Little Milton‘s “More and More” and Joe Cocker‘s “Space Captain”.In the video below, you can see the band members console one another with their instruments during the parts of “Space Captain” when Kofi would traditionally take his solos. An emotional evening, indeed.“Space Captain”[Video: Vinny Allen]You can also listen to the full show below, courtesy of vwmule.[Audio: vwmule]Tedeschi Trucks Band returns to the stage tonight before heading on to Hershey Theatre in Hershey, PA. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Warner Theatre | Washington, DC | 2/15/19Signs, High Times, I’m Gonna Be There, When Will I Begin, Walk Through This Life, Strengthen What Remains, Still Your Mind, Hard Case, Shame, All The World, They Don’t Shine, Don’t Know What It Means, Bound For Glory, Midnight In Harlem, Part Of Me, The StormE: More and More, Space Captainlast_img read more

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Some secrets of longevity

first_imgThe average life expectancy in the United States has fallen behind that of other industrialized nations as the American income gap has widened. In addition, better health habits, including those involving weight control, nutrition, and exercise, clearly influence the effects of aging among segments of the U.S. population.“Widening inequalities in the U.S. are growing over time, not decreasing,” said Lisa Berkman, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.Addressing an HSPH forum Tuesday called “Living Longer and Happier Lives: The Science Behind Healthy Aging,” she said mortality rates have increased among less-educated American women, and even wealthy Americans have a shorter life expectancy than their European counterparts.“Diet does seem to make a difference,” said Francine Grodstein, professor of epidemiology at HSPH and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The Nurses’ Health Study, a large longitudinal study that dates back to the 1970s, is a foundation for many of these conclusions.“The higher our body weight and body mass index, the less likely we are to live older, happier, healthier lives,” she said.William Mair, HSPH assistant professor of genetics and complex diseases, said a study that has gained a lot of attention found that reducing body weight by 20 percent in mice increased their longevity.“If you take almost any organism, a fruit fly or a mouse, and reduce food intake by 20 percent, you get pronounced longer life,” he said. The frontier lies in understanding this process on a molecular level to apply the findings to human nutrition, he said.Medical treatment of older people also needs to change because the elderly contract multiple diseases, so curing one at a time does not extend life, he said. “We need to work on the commonality of diseases,” and find what is fundamental “to squeeze the disease period to later in life.”A great deal of scientific attention and interest is focused on mental health and memory as people age.  The better educated are less likely to develop dementia, said Grodstein, though studies don’t explain why.  “Nobody thinks that sitting in a classroom prevents dementia,” she said. So scientists are trying to hone in on what mental processes make a difference.Berkman noted that continuing to work at creative jobs with autonomy and control over schedules and conditions are proven pluses for better health. Even remaining in blue-collar jobs is better than being inactive. In fact, societies with earlier retirement have steeper and stronger declines in health and enjoyment of life.“When people designed work, they did not design it for there to be 30 years afterwards, like a vacation,” she said. Many structures and policies have been in place since the 1950s, when many people died a year or two after they started collecting Social Security.A promising area in warding off dementia involves taking up a personal challenge such as learning to play an instrument or to speak another language, said Thomas Perls, a Boston University professor of medicine and director of the New England Centenarian Study.There is evidence that such mentally challenging pursuits build “functional reserves” that delay dementia, he said. Still, it hasn’t been proven that those who master multiple instruments necessarily live longer or how the process relates to memory loss.“Becoming really good at a difficult crossword puzzle,” he wondered, “does that help you find your keys?”Perls said there are more centenarians than ever to study. Some have terrible health habits, but their genes counterbalance them.“Twenty percent of the population has the genetic wherewithal to get to be 100,” he said. “The next question: Would you want to live to 100?”The session was moderated by Meredith Melnick, editorial director of healthy living for the Huffington Post, which collaborated on the session.last_img read more

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Dell Brainstorms with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs at SXSW

first_imgOne of my favorite things about South By Southwest (SXSW) has always been the annual opportunity it affords me to be face-to-face with many people that I only interact with online throughout the year.The favorite thing about the event for Austin-area businesses, however, is probably the injection of hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy – a $325.3 million impact in 2016 alone. CNBC likened it to a second Christmas for small businesses.And that makes it a great time to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing small businesses and entrepreneurs. With the chaotic SXSW backdrop, Dell brought together seven members of the small business and entrepreneur community for a Dell Inside Circle Mini-Meetup on March 12.Dell Inside Circle has fun! Left to right: Ben Hindman, Erik Day, Rakia Reynolds, Carolyn Rodz, Mikaila Ulmer, Ramon Ray, Elizabeth GoreThey were all appearing throughout the conferences and festivals at events and on panels in the Dell Experience. But this mini-meetup provided an intimate gathering of the minds for these influential and accomplished entrepreneurs to discuss upcoming initiatives, small business challenges, and of course— their love for all things Dell.For many, it was a reunion – including myself and Ramon Ray, founder and publisher of Smart Hustle. I’ve been fortunate to interact with him at least 7-8 years (I lose count) in my various roles at Dell and always appreciate his insight into the life of our small business customers.Erik Day, who leads North America Small Business for Dell, took the opportunity to brainstorm with Ray, on the topic of what is changing and what’s staying the same for small business technology.The small business world, an often tight-knit community, showed up in full force in Austin during this year’s SXSW. Small business and entrepreneurship were front and center with pitch competitions running daily in different venues all over Austin.At the Dell meetup, Mikaila Ulmer, the 12-year-old founder of Me and the Bees embraced Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell Elizbeth Gore, and Rakia Reynolds, founder of Skai Blue Media, like old friends. Ulmer also made a new friend in our Social Good Advocate Adrian Grenier, who was spotted by the media giving her a shout out on Facebook.“My favorite [moment] was in one day at the Dell Experience lounge we had: entrepreneurs, youth, Congressman, celebrities, CEOs and veterans. Everything we stand behind in one moment,” said Gore.Ben Hindman, co-founder and CEO of Splash and Reynolds, who have both appeared on the cover of Dell’s Small Business Magazine and in Dell Small Business TV spots, reunited for the first time since their video shoots.Rakia Reynolds, face of Dell for Small Business and Founder of Skai Blue Media, tries out a product display at SXSW on March 12, 2017Carolyn Rodz, founder of Circular Board and the newest member among the Dell Inside Circle group, had recently – along with long-time pal, Gore – invited the group to her company’s conference, Circular Summit, taking place March 30-31, 2017 at Hotel ZaZa in Houston, Texas.“My favorite moment of SXSW was all of the virtual reality experiences and activations,” said Rodz. “It is amazing how far that technology has evolved!”And keeping up with that sort of technological disruption is important for small businesses. It’s also the topic of the latest Dell Technologies podcast on “Developing Distruption.” It’s just one innovative new way that we’re helping our small businesses and entrepreneur customers keep up with the trends that will impact their business.I encourage you to take a listen!last_img read more

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The Shirt 2015 to be unveiled Sunday

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Notre Dame cheerleaders lead the crowd in chants for last year’s unveiling ceremony for the 25th anniversary of The Shirt Project.Junior Abbey Dankoff, this year’s President of The Shirt Project, said The Shirt started in 1990, “just as a student-run fundraiser for AnTostal to raise money.” While that first Shirt served only to promote Notre Dame’s 1990 game against Michigan, the second Shirt, produced that same year, served to commemorate the game against Miami and simultaneously raise money for the medical expenses of a graduate student who had recently been injured in a car accident.“That’s where The Shirt’s mission came from, to support students, help defer medical costs, make sure every student at Notre Dame feels included — to help unify the student section but also the students,” Dankoff said, “Over the past 26 years it’s grown into the single largest piece of college apparel sold annually across the nation; last year we were around 170,000, so that’s our record and we hope to break it this year again.”According to Dankoff, all proceeds from sales go back to students by funding the Rector Fund, the Shirt Charity and SAO student activities.This year, The Shirt Project has partnered with Alta Gracia Apparel, “a living wage factory in the Dominican Republic who pays their workers over 300 percent of the legal minimum wage so they can actually support their families, go to school [and] put food on the table. We think that their mission and our mission really connect,” Dankoff saidDankoff says planning for The Shirt 2015 began in October, when an email was sent out to the entire campus inviting applications to join The Shirt Committee. From these applications, 11 committee members were selected. These members focused on designing, marketing, planning the unveiling of The Shirt and recruiting volunteers for the event. Creating a design for The Shirt began immediately that fall, and in February, the official design was finalized and sent off to manufacturers. Since then, Dankoff said, The Shirt Committee has been working to promote the new Shirt.“[We’ve been] constantly working on our social media and our marketing, so for the past two months we’ve been preparing for the unveiling and everything that goes into that, getting vendors and entertainment and somebody to unveil the shirt,” Dankoff said. “This year we’re really excited to have Sgt. Tim McCarthy come unveil the shirt.”This year’s ceremony will be open to all and broadcast live at notredameday.nd.edu, according to Notre Dame’s website.Entertainment and food will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m. and will prominently feature student groups funded through The Shirt proceeds, including the Glee Club, a capella group Harmonia and Notre Dame swing dancers, the website said. The actual unveiling will be done by retired Indiana state police officer Sgt. Tim McCarthy, recognizable to most as the voice of home football game safety announcements, at 6:57 p.m. Immediately after the unveiling, The Shirt 2015 will be available for purchase.After the unveiling, The Shirt Committee will pick up work again starting on summer marketing and sales, Dankoff said.“What we like to emphasize most is our mission, that everything we do is directly impacting the students at this University,” Dankoff said, “The point of The Shirt is to unify everybody, both in apparel but also in Notre Dame. I like to think of that as our own mission, that then benefits the greater mission of the school.”Tags: Sergeant Tim McCarthy, The Shirt, the shirt 2015, The Shirt Project The design for The Shirt 2015 will be released at 6:57 p.m. Sunday during an unveiling ceremony at the Hammes Bookstore. This will be the 27th Shirt overall and the 26th year of The Shirt Project, which raises proceeds to fund various Notre Dame causes and groups.last_img read more

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More maneuvering to keep Navajo Generating Station alive

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:A Chicago-based company in negotiations to take over a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona said it would run the generating station at less than half its existing capacity to ensure it’s economical, a company official said Tuesday.Fewer employees and a new lease and coal supply agreement also are in the mix as Middle River Power pursues a takeover of the Navajo Generating Station. The current owners of the 2,250-megwatt plant near the Arizona-Utah border are planning to shut it down next year unless someone else buys it, saying power produced by natural gas is cheaper.Joseph Greco, a senior vice president for Middle River Power, told Arizona utility regulators the company would operate the plant at 44 percent of its capacity, and differently during peak and off-peak demand, making it more economical while ensuring a steady power base. The company offered few other details, citing nondisclosure agreements.“We believe there is a solution to be made,” Greco said.The power plant sits on the Navajo Nation and is fed by coal jointly owned by the Navajo and Hopi tribes. Navajo President Russell Begaye has said a lease agreement with Middle River Power and its parent company, New York-based Avenue Capital, could come before tribal lawmakers at their October session. Still, a sale is considered a long shot.Tuesday’s meeting before the Arizona Corporation Commission was meant as an update on the plant’s future. The Arizona Corporation Commission doesn’t regulate the power plant or its majority owner, the Salt River Project. But it oversees two Arizona utilities that own shares of the power plant, Tucson Electric Power and Arizona Public Service Co.The utility is working to place employees at the Navajo Generating Station in other jobsThe Salt River Project said it’s been in talks with Middle River Power but couldn’t discuss specifics because of a nondisclosure agreement. In the meantime, the utility is working to place employees at the Navajo Generating Station in other jobs at SRP. Deb Scott, senior director of regulatory policy at SRP, said 140 of the 443 employees have left for other jobs, and their previous positions are being filled by contractors.One of the bigger hurdles for Middle River Power is finding utilities that will buy power from the coal plant.Prospective operator of Navajo Generating Station near Page plans major cutbacks More maneuvering to keep Navajo Generating Station alivelast_img read more

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Chilled Out Runs

first_imgA runner sloshes through the course of the seashore nature trail 50K. Cooler temps and smaller crowds make late fall the best time of the year to run a race. Find your distance at one of these under-the-radar regional favorites.Marshall University MarathonHuntington, W.Va. • November 11Approaching a decade in existence this fall, the Marshall University Marathon has become a PR chaser favorite for a fast and flat course in the floodplain along the Ohio River. With no crowds (fewer than 500 runners) to maneuver and crisp fall temperatures to enjoy, the race provides the perfect combination of elements for a fast finish. Plus, you’re given the glory opportunity to carry a football during the last 100 yards for a big finish at the goal line of the university stadium. healthyhuntington.orgBackyard Burn Trail RunClifton, Va. • November 18The fall portion of the Backyard Burn is a series of four trail running races in the Metro D.C. area. Using the best wooded sanctuaries surrounding the nation’s capital, each race in the series features both five- and 10-mile courses that wind through twisty singletrack, traverse grassy fields, and climb forested fire roads. Two races remain in the series this year: November 18 at Hemlock Overlook in Clifton, Va., and December 2 at Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax Station, Va. ex2adventures.comTryptophan Half MarathonCumming, Ga. • November 22While thousands are strolling side by side at the Atlanta Half Marathon, you can earn your Thanksgiving Day dinner at this brand new alternative in the northern suburb of Cumming. This reasonably priced half will have runners hauling on an out-and-back course on the Peachtree Parkway from Ronald Reagan Boulevard to Johns Creek Parkway. A mellow elevation grade means you can post a fast time and make extra room for pumpkin pie. fivestarntp.comMason-Dixon Line 6-Mile Hill ChallengeWestminster, Md. • November 25Burn off some of that turkey and stuffing and finish this fun race that rehashes the old Yankee-Dixie rivalry. Runners get to choose to represent the North or the South before running six miles along the country roads near a portion of the historic divide between Maryland and Pennsylvania. As the name suggests, the course has plenty of ups and downs, specifically three long challenging hills that are rewarded with three lengthy downhill stretches, as well as two half-mile flat stretches for kicking it into high gear. google.com/site/wrrclubRun at the RockBurlington, N.C. • December 1With average highs around 55 degrees, it will be tough to find better running weather at this race in the Carolina Piedmont. Racers tackle one or two laps on this tough seven-mile loop course on the diverse terrain of the trails at Cedarock Park. Slog through wooded singletrack with a few hundred faithful for a hearty haul through rock gardens, mud patches, and plenty of short and stout rolling hills. runattherock.comRoad Warrior Half MarathonGreenville, S.C. • December 1Known for over four decades as the Paris Mountain Road Race, the longstanding 20K has been expanded by .67 miles and officially become the Road Warrior Half Marathon. While the name has changed, one thing has definitely stayed the same—the toughness of this serious slog in the South Carolina Upstate. The course starts at Furman University’s McAllister Auditorium before winding its way toward a grueling ascent of Paris Mountain via Altamont Road. Then it’s back down through a circuit of secluded wooded roads before returning to campus. There’s a reason this race has long been dubbed the “oldest and toughest 20K” in the South. A little extra distance should only make it tougher. pmroadrace.comPine Mountain Trail RunPine Mountain, Ga. • December 2If you’re up for a long distance challenge, tighten your laces and head to FDR State Park for a 40-mile epic on the Pine Mountain Trail System. You’ll run a tough course on rocky, ankle-twisting singletrack that traverses both pine and hardwood forests. Along the way you’ll pass plenty of scenic rock outcroppings and waterfalls, and you may be required to get your feet wet during a few stream crossings, depending on water levels. This scenic terrain, 80 miles southeast of Atlanta, was a favorite spot for President Roosevelt to visit and think about world affairs. You’ll understand why when you get into a running rhythm and let your mind wander through the peaceful Georgia woods. getguts.comSeashore Nature Trail 50KVirginia Beach, Va. • December 15One of the fastest ultra courses in the country runs through the flat seaside woods of First Landing State Park. If you’re looking for an ultra PR, you’ll have relatively mild temps and few hills as you stroll on hard-packed dirt trails through marshy swampland and maritime forest on the coast of Virginia. Last year the race yielded the 15th fastest female 50K time in the country. The field is intentionally kept on the small side, so register in advance as the past two years have sold out. tidewaterstriders.comlast_img read more

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Latin American, Caribbean economies rebound

first_imgBy Dialogo September 15, 2010 The deep recession that mires the United States only rippled through Latin America and the Caribbean in 2009, according to economist Manuel Lasaga in a Miami Herald report. “The region weathered the worldwide economic crisis largely without the inflationary spirals, debt defaults, bank collapses, capital flight and currency devaluations of the past,” said Lasaga, and added that for the most part, the wave wasn’t strong enough to knock anyone down. In the same report, Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Bank, said that institutional and policy reforms have helped create an “economic immune system” for the region. After consolidating economic gains that were started in mid-2009, Latin America and the Caribbean are, in fact, experiencing a year of growth as their economies are expected to grow some 5.2 percent, according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL). When the organization released its 2009-2010 Economic Study, Executive Director of CEPAL Alicia Bárcena announced that regional growth had been higher than expected. The report by Lasaga explained that Latin America thwarted the effect by adopting economic policies that make sense, including cutting deficits, reforming central banks, building up international reserves needed for international purchases and managing to keep inflation relatively low. The gains though, are not the general rule and has obvious winners (Brazil, Peru, Uruguay and Panama, for example), as well as losers (Haiti and Venezuela). Still, said the Miami Herald report, the recession is expected to throw some 12 million more people from the entire region into poverty and cost about 1 million more their jobs. De la Torre added that even if there’s another downturn, the region will still fare better than on days in which any economic imbalance in the U.S. meant a derailment of economies in Latin America and the Caribbean. “It’s almost like the United States and Latin America switched places,” said Lasaga. “This time Latin America is the region with the good economic indicators.”last_img read more

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Inside Marketing: Machine learning is the secret to personalization

first_img continue reading » “Machine learning” and “financial services” are not two concepts that obviously go together—after all, financial institutions, particularly credit unions, rely and pride themselves on established trust with their members that traditionally stems from rapport built over time with one-on-one communications. However, the fast-evolving digital landscape has heavily influenced customer expectations across all industries, including how they choose and interact with credit unions.Meeting widespread, real-time customer expectations for personalized communications (without getting drowned in data) is infinitely more difficult in today’s complex digital age, especially considering that 81% of consumer financial institution research now begins online, according to a report by Digital Growth Institute. Luckily, machine learning is an efficient solution to help marketers meet these expectations and subsequently nurture the member journey while saving valuable resources and reaching members in new meaningful ways at scale.Machine learning has transformed how marketers process and apply data to optimally engage their audiences with the right message at the right time, via the right channel. It is an application of technology under the overarching umbrella of artificial intelligence, made up of algorithms that improve as they are exposed to more data over time. In other words, the algorithms learn and gain better accuracy with more available information. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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