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UNIQLO Founder Takes Step Towards Women Empowerment Amid Gender Gap Issue In Japan

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Tadashi Yanai, the founder and CEO of Fast Retailing Co., and its subsidiary UNIQLO, recently expressed his desire to have a woman as his successor and the CEO of his Company.

Tadashi Yanai, who owns 44 % stake in the popular retailing company Fast Retailing, was ranked the 31st richest person in the world by Forbes in June 2019.  Yanai is also the richest person in Japan, with a net worth of $ 24.9 billion. He founded Fast Retailing in 1984, which grew to become the third largest clothing retailer in the world with an annual revenue of $ 18.9 billion in 2018.

During an interview, Tadashi Yanai told Bloomberg Japan he believes women are more suitable for the job of CEO as they are “ persevering, detail oriented and have an aesthetic sense.”  Yanai’s statement was welcomed by everyone because it was seen as a shift from the male focused corporate world.  Yanai also discussed about the future CEO of the Company and named Maki Akaida, who is currently the CEO of UNIQLO Japan, as a possible candidate.

Yanai also shared he plans to increase the ratio of female executives to more than half in his Company.  The Company, in 2018, fulfilled its goal of filling 30 % of the Company’s managerial positions with women employees.  It has 6 women in executive positions. Yanai also added women are reluctant to join managerial positions due to a fear of lifestyle change.

Tadashi Yanai and his Company’s efforts to ensure gender diversity have been praised heavily as latest reports show Japan is still behind when it comes to employing women in managerial positions.  According to a report published by the World Economic Forum, Japan ranked 110th in its Global Gender Gap Index 2018 report. The Country has a wage gap of 24.5 % between women and men in similar positions.

This issue led Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressing Japan’s shrinking workforce, a part of which is to provide better quality of work and senior positions to working women.

Although it is unclear when Yanai plans to step down from his position, the effort put in by him and Fast Retailing is a positive step for women working in the corporate sector in Japan as well as globally. 

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How This Bangalore Based Augmented Reality Startup Helped Contain Wuhan Covid-19 Outbreak

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How This Bangalore Based Augmented Reality Startup Helped Contain Wuhan Covid-19 Outbreak

When news about a new type of virus broke out, the world was not ready for what was to come.  The Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 virus originated in Wuhan province of China. This is now established as the  epicenter/epicentrum that quickly paralysed the entire Country, before the virus spread to other countries.  Currently, the virus spread to almost every nation on the planet with Italy, Spain, America and Germany being some of the worst affected countries.

The virus seems to have finally subsided in Wuhan and life is slowly returning back to normal.  However, when the virus was at its peak, ventilators were the need of the hour. The virus affects the respiratory system and symptoms include difficulty in breathing.  Beside the lockdown which played a part in controlling the spread of the virus, ventilators supplied by Huber & Ranner, a German company played a vital role in combating the illness.  

However, the technical team could not travel from Germany to Wuhan in order to install the ventilators and demonstrate how to use them.  This is where a Bangalore based startup BlinkIn, stepped in to the rescue. According to reports, BlinkIn developed an augmented reality (AR) product named Scotty to provide visual guidance to the technicians in Wuhan.  They did this based out of their office in Pocking,Germany. All that the technicians in Wuhan had to do was to click on a link to see a visual demonstration.

Scotty was unlike the other AR products available currently and what makes it special is its simplicity of use and the ease of deployment.  Scotty uses WebGL, a JavaScript API(Applications Programming Interface,) to render graphics on to a compatible browser. Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of BlinkIn, Harshavardhan Kumar says “WebGL lets you access a mobile phone’s GPU (graphics processing unit) to run computer vision algorithms. That’s how we bring AR experiences through the Web rather than a mobile app (sic.)”   All the technicians at Wuhan had to do was point their phone screen at a ventilator and an installation point, and the AR markers helped indicate how to set the ventilators up as a technician walks through with instructions over voice communication.

The idea behind Scotty was to use lightweight technology in order to provide just enough AR support to get the job done ‘then and there.’  Scotty requires minimal computational power unlike traditional AR, which relies heavily on heavy downloads, graphics processing units and figuring out how to use it.

It is truly wonderful to see how different technologies are adapting to these uncertain times and it will certainly be interesting to see how AR can be merged into other technologies as well in the future.

 

ALSO READ: Coronavirus Pandemic Testing Startups By Disrupting Supply-Demand

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Fake Amazon App Takes A Dig At Toxic Dating Culture

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Dating took to the digital platform, where people could just log on to an app and look at people nearby, displayed as per the user’s preferences.  The dating culture took a turn for the worse with people becoming increasingly vain and letting it affect them to the extent of them having mental breakdowns.

Content creators Suzy Shinn, Ani Acopian and Morgan Gruer came up with an idea to collaborate with an animation company, Thinko, to create a dating site which looks strangely similar to the Amazon e commerce platform.

The work is meant to be a satirical take on the increasingly toxic dating culture prevalent in society today.  The site ‘sells,’ or rather auctions off people with a price tag. The people are priced differently and have love languages added into the descriptions so people can choose or buy a digital date according to their preference.

For example, a woman named Amy, aged 29, has a description which says she is “trained as barista,” “famous on TikTok,” “has a child” and “WARNING: won’t text back.”

The entire web page looks like a carbon copy of Amazon, including the checkout process and the buying options.

Clickbait ads which say “Find singles near you” are a testament to how easy it is to influence people under the guise of a date.  Therefore, it came as no surprise once the site went online that it attracted criticism, horror and ridicule. Social media had multiple reactions, with people saying black people are priced less than white people in view of the Black History Month.  Others took it with a pinch of salt and saw the humor behind the satire.

Regardless of the reactions it attracted, the creators managed to achieve their goal, which was to open the eyes of people to the toxic culture of online dating.  Amazon Dating also makes for an interesting case study about the power of what good digital marketing can do.

 

 

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Indian Origin Arvind Krishna To Take Over As IBM Chief Executive Officer

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International Business Machines Corporation, more popularly known as IBM, is an American multinational company which majorly deals in information technology.  One of the biggest companies in the world, IBM currently ranks 38 on the Fortune 500 list of companies.

IBM offers a portfolio of interests in cloud computing, artificial intelligence, analytics, commerce, data and the Internet of Things.  The company was helmed by Virginia Rometty, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO.) Now, Arvind Krishna will take over the reins as the new CEO of IBM.

Arvind Krishna is a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) and has a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  Arvind Krishna previously worked as IBM’s Senior Vice President for Cloud and Cognitive Software.

Virginia Rometty will retire after 40 years at IBM.  She was the first woman head of IBM. Virginia Rometty remarked about the appointment of Arvind Krishna and said he is the right person to lead the Company into the cloud computing era.  Multiple companies like Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle and Adobe are heavily investing in cloud computing as well.

Arvind Krishna’s appointment as the CEO of IBM was welcomed by Indians as Arvind Krishna joins a unique club of Indian origin CEOs.  This club includes Satya Nadella (Microsoft,) Sundar Pichai (Google and Alphabet,) Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo,) Ajay Banga (MasterCard) and Shantanu Narayen (Adobe.)

Arvind Krishna will take over as IBM’s CEO on April 6th, 2020.

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