Thomas Partey will listen to offers this summer

first_imgThe Ghanaian’s lack of signature on those papers that have been on his table since October is due, it is feared, to his intention to listen to offers. At least that, listening to them, something that makes the Cholo tremble for whom Thomas is irreplaceable. Last summer, even when the rumors about Rodrigo’s possible march to the Premier, City of Guardiola, increased, he remained firm: the undisputed of the two was Thomas. Atlético, for the moment, have always waited calmly, although the months go by and that long-awaited signature does not arrive. “My agent is talking to the club. Sometimes we don’t have what we want, but I hope that everything turns out well,” said the footballer a few weeks ago, to which he added a “it is a pride to attract the attention of more teams and that It motivates me. It makes me feel like I’m doing things right and keep improving. Leave? Sometimes it is not only the player’s decision, also the club’s. If Atlético loves me, I’ll be here until they don’t love me and then we’ll see what we do “that could have a disturbing reading. That” sometimes is not just the player’s decision “. Obsesses in the PremierBecause, what is written, Arsenal and United are going to launch for him this summer. They have him as Simeone in their plans, a priority. “There is a lot of interest in his signature”, he considered in Mail Online in his information, to which he added the fundamental role of the Ghanaian in the rojiblanco team since Gabi left. “He has managed to fill the void”, he affirmed, flattering capital, for what I get carries implicit. Thomas is, at this time, and before the coronavirus-forced break, the third most used soccer player by Simeone this season, the second on the field (behind Saúl and Oblak), with 2,859 minutes. The offer has been on the table for Thomas Partey for months. An offer from Atlético de Madrid with a rise in salary and a clause to make him one of the footballers in the squad at the salary level of what he is on the field: essential. Its termination now sounds cheap, 50 million, affordable for club in England living obsessed with Ghanaian. Manchester United and Arsenal, for example, especially. The English press woke up today, Mail Online, with the concern of both for the rojiblancas intentions that this contract be signed in the coming weeks. A contract that would shield him, € 100 million clause, and extend his contract beyond 2023, when it ends now, in addition to putting a millionaire salary.last_img read more

The Shrinking Role of Marketing in SaaS Whats Replacing It

first_imgThere’s no longer a lot of mystery when it comes to the traditional marketing funnel. Specifics may vary, but by this point we’re all familiar with the general structure:Marketing attracts potential customersThose prospects are offered an opportunity to sign up/convertOnce they’re in the funnel, they’re given nurturing collateralAlong the way, they’re scoredOnce they reach a particular score/are qualified, they’re handed off to salesRinse and repeatIn the packaged software world, this is still how many companies operate. In the software-as-a-service (SaaS) world, however, that model is being actively disrupted. And in some cases, the very necessity of marketing (at least as it exists now) is being reconsidered altogether.To learn more, we sat down with CloudBees VP of Product Management Harpreet Singh, to ask him to explain how some SaaS models are greatly reducing the marketing lifecycle, and what new roles are stepping in to take marketing’s place. Freemium and the Impact of Shorter Marketing Lifecycles“In the cloud era or in SaaS applications, the [primary focus of the marketing] function changes,” Singh explains. “Because marketing calls people over, and when people come in, they sign up, and they are actually logged into the product.”In other words, the funnel is shortened considerably. Marketing can still serve to generate awareness and initial conversion, but once someone is in the product, their role is dramatically reduced.“They can actually try the product for free,” Singh says,”and if they like something, they can just turn it on for $10 a month or $20 a month and try the higher paying tier.”“So in this world, no matter what [marketing] collateral you get, the collateral is not going to do the convincing. It is the actual product that does the convincing.”That represents a big shift, taking the pressure and onus off marketing, and placing it on people on the product side, specifically in UI and UX, instead. In addition, Singh points to the emergence of new roles like growth hackers and customer success managers, who know the product intimately and who are tasked with actually helping the customer in the context of the application.Does this mean the end of digital marketing as we know it? Of course not, but it does point to a near future where it plays a different, and potentially less integral, role.Photo by JD HancockAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Heads up for the gathering robot swarm

first_imgFish gotta school, birds gotta flock, and robots, it seems, gotta swarm. At least, that’s what they’re doing on the workbench of Harvard University computer scientists Michael Rubenstein and Radhika Nagpal and Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientist Alejandro Cornejo. Each of their 1024 robots, called Kilobots, is a three-legged disk the size of a U.S. quarter, sporting a single curl of metallic hair. En masse, they form a mechanical multitude an order of magnitude larger than any robot swarm ever built—a possible precursor to future robot work squads choreographed for chores such as cleaning up oil spills.“That is a beautiful accomplishment,” says Hod Lipson, a roboticist at Cornell University who was not involved with the work. “Really getting a thousand robots to perform in sort of perfect synchrony.”The idea for swarms of robots working together comes from nature. Army ants link themselves together to form rafts and bridges, and neurons in a brain fire off signals that collectively create intelligence. They do it all by following collective algorithms—shared sets of rules and instructions—and taking their cues from what’s going on around them. Each individual is “just doing its own thing, locally. But fantastic things emerge out of their collective behavior,” Lipson says. 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Countrycenter_img In the past, a group of scientists including Nagpal created small teams of termitelike robots that built simple structures by similarly obeying a shared algorithm. But the robot termites were only a trio. Roboticists have long dreamed of making robotic collectives that could rival natural ones in number and function. Researchers had played around with thousands of virtual robots in computer simulations, but making that vision a reality was no simple task. “Truth is, things rarely behave the way we simulate them,” Nagpal says. What’s more, she adds, “making a thousand robots is really hard.”The team solved the problem of getting all 1024 robots to communicate by putting an infrared light transmitter and receiver on each robot’s belly and programming them to pulse messages to one another. Their three little metal legs both vibrate, letting the bots scuttle along, and are a charging mechanism. Sitting atop one charging plate with another plate pressing down on the Kilobots’ single metallic hair, every bot can recharge its batteries at the same time. They kept the robots simple, Rubenstein says, because “every penny you spend on each robot becomes $10.00 for the whole swarm.”The results, described in a paper published online today in Science, are “very simple agents that can self-organize, can collaborate” to create any 2D shape, such as a star or a wrench. When they want to start making a shape, one Kilobot flashes out a signal that passes through the swarm like a game of telephone. The signal robot tells the whole swarm where the original robot is, how to find it, and what shape to make, with it as the starting point. The other robots then figure out where they are by talking to the robots around them and begin filing into place. As in a colony of ants, “there’s no centralized leader per se,” Rubenstein says. “Every robot is just talking to its neighbors and making its own decisions based on what it sees in its environment.”“This is the holy grail of what we want to do with robots,” says James McLurkin, a roboticist at Rice University in Houston, Texas, who was not involved in the project. He says the Kilobots give scientists a platform to test new ideas and programming on an actual, physical thousand-bot swarm instead of just unreliable simulations. Eventually, that might lead the way to developing real search-and-rescue robot teams or robotic construction crews. “This breakthrough points toward searching the whole ocean for downed aircraft. Dropping robots off in harm’s way, and they build you an airfield. You drop ’em all off in a cave, and they come back with a map,” McLurkin says.“One interesting future direction is to allow the robots to attach to one another,” Rubenstein says. A bucket of linking robots could be programmed to stitch themselves together into larger Transformers-like tools as well as to roam about in massive teams, he says. Nagpal acknowledges that Kilobots won’t be tackling real-world tasks any time soon. Still, she hopes such applications are coming. “I’d love to build robots like that,” she says. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more