INVNT/IP Welcomes U.S. Government Examination of China Trade Policy

SEATTLE,WA–(Marketwired – August 15, 2017) – Yesterday, President Donald Trump tasked U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer with the determination of the level of need for an open investigation into the intellectual property practices of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In an event hosted at the White House yesterday afternoon, President Trump asserted the importance of defending innovation and maintaining an equitable trade relationship with the PRC.

INVNT/IP, a membership-based consortium of companies and governments worldwide, welcomes the decision to re-examine the US-China trade relationship.

“For years, the PRC has practiced a comprehensive policy of intellectual property theft and associated protectionism,” noted Evan Anderson, CEO of INVNT/IP. “Over the past decade, INVNT/IP has tracked government programs funded by, supported by, or otherwise affiliated with PRC leadership that steal crown-jewel intellectual property from innovators worldwide, restrict domestic Chinese market share to global firms, violate WTO regulations, and use the placement of propaganda and financial leverage in the innovating world to subdue the potential response. This move to re-examine the US trade relationship with the PRC is both critical and long overdue; inventing firms and nations should look forward to the decision to open an investigation as a clear next step in enhancing US economic security.”

The United States maintains the capability to address issues of predatory trade relationships through structures such as Special 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which “provides the United States Trade Representative with the authority to identify foreign countries that deny adequate and effective protection of IPR or fair and equitable market access to US persons that rely on IP protection.”

The USTR may, after investigation, declare a foreign country to be a “Priority Foreign Country,” enabling the United States to take action regarding damaging trade practices perpetrated by the selected nation-state.

INVNT/IP is a global consortium of executives, innovators, and policymakers working in concert to reduce the occurrence of nation-sponsored theft of “crown jewel” IP: the intellectual property that makes your company, government and economy function. For four years we have been working together, often behind the scenes, to protect the secrets that drive every part of the roughly $75T in global GDP today.

The INVNT/IP Global Consortium™, an SNS initiative, is a network of private firms and individuals that seeks to reduce nation-sponsored intellectual property theft worldwide.

Website: www.invntip.com, www.stratnews.com, www.futureinreview.com

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SNS FiRe Conference Names Aptage a 2017 FiReStarter Company

SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwired – June 14, 2017) – Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected Aptage as a 2017 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 15th annual Future in Review (FiRe) Conference. FiRe 2017 will take place October 10-13 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global speakers and participants in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference in panels throughout the event and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

Today’s business climate requires innovation and making good decisions in the face of uncertainty. Aptage provides state of-the-art, AI-enhanced decision support tools that help companies better understand the odds of succeeding at endeavors with uncertainty (www.aptage.com).

“It is exciting to see how our next-generation decision support tools are helping our customers succeed,” said John Heintz, Aptage CEO. “Aptage tools provide clear visibility and enable conversations to focus on well-reasoned analysis of the available data, reducing drama and regret. The right decisions lead to better outcomes. This is especially true when traditional data analysis tools fail to address the uncertainty involved in high-value, innovative efforts.”

“It is impossible to overstate how many decision processes are influenced by error-causing bias,” said Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service and Chair of FiRe 2017. “Aptage’s new solution set provides an objective and enlightened alternative to this common problem. We are delighted to have Aptage with us as a FiReStarter company for 2017.”

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2017, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Selects TruTag Technologies as a 2017 FiReStarter Company

FiRe convenes global thought leaders to address the world’s greatest challenges

SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwired – June 13, 2017) – Strategic News Service™ (SNS) has selected TruTag Technologies as a 2017 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 15th annual Future in Review (FiRe) Conference. FiRe 2017 will take place October 10-13 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global speakers and participants in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference in panels throughout the event and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

TruTag Technologies Inc. is a leader in ingestible optical memory and hyperspectral imaging with a vision to improve the safety of food, medicine, and society at large. TruTag has commercialized the world’s most advanced ingestible optical memory (iOM) device combined with advanced mobile hyperspectral imaging platform to provide a plethora of business solutions critical to the digitization of things analog. Applications include product identity for food and medicine; secure labels and documents for businesses and governments; precision drug delivery systems for biotherapeutics; and advanced precision imaging for point-of-care medical diagnostics and machine vision.

“It is an honor to be selected as a FiReStarter company by Strategic News Service (SNS),” said Dr. Hank C.K. Wuh, Chairman of TruTag Technologies. “I look forward to discussing with other global thought leaders the role of innovation for the future of our society, and sharing how TruTag’s game-changing platform will help digitize the analog world and impact the safety of food, medicine, and society at large.”

“In a world that is increasingly beset by IP theft and global counterfeiting in virtually every market, the value of knowing the true provenance of things is becoming paramount. We are delighted to have TruTag as a 2017 FiReStarter company and look forward to helping them promote and grow the company. All of us will benefit,” said Mark Anderson, CEO of Strategic News Service and Chairman of FiRe 2017.

TruTag Technologies has been recognized by the SPIE Prism Awards, the Edison Awards, Fast Company, and R&D 100, and was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum as one of the most influential technology companies in the world. Learn more at www.TruTags.com.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2017, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names Haydale Technologies Inc. a 2017 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Servicetm (SNS) has selected Haydale Technologies Inc. (HTI) as a 2017 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 15th annual Future in Review (FiRe) Conference. FiRe 2017 will take place October 10-13 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global speakers and participants in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at the FiRe conference in panels throughout the event and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

Haydale Technologies Inc. (HTI) is a high-tech materials company specializing in silicon carbide fibers and microfibers, functionalized graphene, and their applications. HTI is the US division of Haydale Graphene Industries (HGI), itself a former FiReStarter. HGI acquired Advanced Composites Materials’ silicon carbide business in 2016 and is using its hi-tech facility and skilled and technically advanced team as a springboard for the expansion of HGI’s business into the US market.

Trevor Rudderham, CEO of HTI, commented: “We are honored to have been invited to be a FiReStarter. As regular participants at FiRe, we are keenly aware of the exceptionally high standard set by previous FiReStarters for innovation and transformation — a standard we will seek enthusiastically to maintain. Our portfolio of advanced applications has increasing relevance as enhanced material properties are sought to enable other innovations, especially those being pursued by our fellow FiReStarters.”

“Haydale Technologies is the perfect representation of the innovation and business acumen that has made Haydale Graphene a world-changer,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service. “As industry turns increasingly to advanced materials for everything from chips to lightweighting, we think HTI will play a pivotal role. We are delighted to have HTI as our second Haydale FiReStarter and look forward to working with them to help make the world stronger, lighter, faster, and smarter than it is today.”

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2017, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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SNS FiRe Conference Names LINK3D a 2017 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) has selected LINK3D as a 2017 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 15th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. FiRe 2017 will take place October 10-13 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley in Park City, Utah.

Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global speakers and participants in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Elena Polyakova, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, Cory Doctorow, Kamran Elahian, Ken Goldman, Dharmendra Modha, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their potential to bring positive change to the world and are showcased at the FiRe conference in panels throughout the event and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

LINK3D is the secure global platform that connects engineers to Industrial Additive Manufacturing services. Our technology is a cloud-based platform that leverages data and AI to enable fast, efficient, data-driven additive manufacturing. LINK3D’s industry-specific RFQ system provides engineers with an automated tool that identifies and connects the user with qualified and vetted Additive Manufacturing Service Bureaus. At LINK3D we believe that additive manufacturing should be accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time. We serve a diverse group of industries including: Aerospace, Automotive, Defense, Electronics, Medical & Industrial Applications. LINK3D provides a secure and seamless approach to make the ‘Industrial Revolution 4.0’ accessible to engineers and additive manufacturing service providers around the globe.

LINK3D is based in New York City with partners in The America’s, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

“It is an honor to be selected as a 2017 FiReStarter company. We’re humbled to be in such a prestigious alumni class,” says LINK3D Co-Founder, Shane Fox. “At LINK3D, we truly believe that additive manufacturing should be accessible to anybody anywhere, at any time. Our goal is to help global organizations become more sustainable, reduce waste, and efficiently manage inventory by facilitating fast, efficient, data-driven manufacturing solutions,” explains Vishal Singh, Co-Founder.

“LINK3D is enabling the revolution in global manufacturing first promised by 3D printing and now under way. We are delighted to have LINK3D as a FiReStarter company, and are proud to be partnering with a firm so well-placed to change the world for the better,” said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

fire-logoFuture in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe’s collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community.

To register for FiRe 2017, go to www.futureinreview.com.

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Global IP Protection Group Names New CEO

INVNT/IP names Evan Anderson to top post taking on the protection of crown jewel IP

SEATTLE, WA–(Marketwired – January 25, 2017) – Inventing Nations vs. Nation-Sponsored Theft of Intellectual Property (INVNT/IP) has appointed Evan Anderson, formerly INVNT/IP’s Director of Research, as CEO. As past Director of Research, Anderson is the author of the group’s cabinet-level briefing book Theft Nation: How IP Theft Drives the Chinese National Business Model, and its Effect Upon the Global Economy, which has been used to brief the White House, NSA, CIA, State Department, Department of Justice, MI5, MI6, GCHQ, among other top level executives in corporations of many sizes.
INVNT/IP and Theft Nation were featured in CBS’ 60 Minutes ‘The Great Brain Robbery,’ which became the most watched investigative segment in the program’s history.

Anderson will continue his work in research, while expanding membership and collaboration with government agencies to create policies aiding in the protection of corporate crown jewel intellectual property.

“INVNT/IP is focused on the most important economic issue of our era. I am proud to head this effort, and eager to continue our critical work with bodies in the public and private sectors. Our ongoing success is synonymous with the protection of inventing companies and nation-states worldwide, both a heavy burden and a great honor,” said Evan Anderson, CEO of INVNT/IP.

“Evan’s work on China’s national business model has already been described by the U.S. Department of Justice as the best research on the subject. Since then, his work with our members, and with cabinet-level government policymakers, convince me that he will be a terrific CEO for this globally important enterprise,” said Mark Anderson, Chairman of INVNT/IP; CEO and Chairman of parent firm Strategic News Service; and Founder and Chairman of Future in Review Conference.

INVNT/IP is a global consortium of executives, innovators, and policymakers working in concert to reduce the occurrence of nation-sponsored theft of “crown jewel” IP: the intellectual property that makes your company, government and economy function. For four years we have been working together, often behind the scenes, to protect the secrets that drive every part of the roughly $75T in global GDP today.

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Self-driven disruption

By Arunabh Satpathy

Everybody is talking about autonomous cars these days, but no one knows the exact contours of its effects. To answer that question, the FiRe 2016 conference brought together host Robert Anderson, Chairman and CEO, Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies and HEVT LLC and Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman, US Automotive Leader, and Deloitte LLP to discuss this world changing technology.

Right off the bat, Giffi identified five “areas” that would be critical to the success of the autonomous vehicle. These five areas were entertainingly titled “my mother the car,” “what only goes up,” “Bill Clinton 1992,” “A Game of Thrones,” and “consumers are fickle.

Anderson started by asking Giffi what he thought the biggest problems would be that were solved by autonomous vehicles. Giffi responded that safety would be the biggest part. He mentioned that over 35,000 annual highway fatalities exist, with over 94 percent attributable to human error.

“The vision is these things never crash,” he said. “For society, the most obvious benefit is reducing the risk of a traffic fatality.”

The session then returned to the five major areas to figure out. “My mother the car” refers to vehicle control and ownership, which ridesharing models and autonomous vehicles are increasingly challenging.

Giffi was especially vehement in mentioning the second area, “what only goes up” i.e. regulation. He pointed to existing areas where Uber and Lyft cannot go, and predicted that certain factors inevitably cause uneven implementation.

The third area, Bill Clinton 1992 played on the phrase “it’s the economy, stupid” by emphasizing “it’s the economics, stupid.” He said that in companies (especially entrenched companies) investing in autonomous vehicles, return on investment isn’t considered enough. He cited $8 — $12 billion invested in powertrains running on electricity, gas, diesel, and hybrids and new materials for fuel efficiency like graphene.

He also said that the auto industry has led the way in diminishing returns. A 1x return is considered big in the auto industry, while Ford and GM getting 0.3x.

“With all of the investment that is being put into new technologies, how in fact do the automakers or the industry get any ROI?”

He put the smart money on disruptors and outsiders. He was also wary of the disruptive capabilities of the fourth area, titled “A Game of Thrones.” Continuing on the ROI point, he said insurance premiums will go down because of safer cars, and dealers will likely go out of business if the automakers or ridesharing companies control the business. He also mentioned massive worker disruption.

“If this happens rapidly, it will be fairly catastrophic,” he said. “The disruption will be significant.”

His final area was titled “consumers are fickle.” In this area, Giffi mentioned skepticism among American consumers in adoption of autonomous vehicles following the safety argument, while acknowledging that later generations like millennials and post-millennials would be far more receptive.

“Consumers are slowly warming up to the notion of safety tech,” he said. He further elaborated that on average, the American consumer is willing to save less than $1000 on safety tech, whereas the investment is much higher, causing a major disjunct between investment and ROI.

He ended the panel by saying that entrenched automakers would have to do the hard job of disrupting themselves, while newcomers would have to look at novel business models to monetize data from the experience.

To discover more or read other articles from the conference, visit StratNews.com or our Medium blog.

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The CTO Challenge Team Reports Back

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By Melissa Dymock

Team members of the 2016 CTO challenge reported back on their progress to the judges at the closing Friday session of FiRe Conference. The team had been tasked with building a flow computer system that can also measure the energy flow of the Earth.

Nathanael Miller, an aerospace engineer at NASA and spokesperson for the team walked the judges through the work done so far. He said it was a “a treat for all of us to work through the night to get the presentation together.”

Miller said that when analyzing the assignment placed before them, they changed the challenge from only being a flow system to also be an interactive system.

Ben Brown, department head at Molecular Ecosystems Biology, explained the system at its most basic. The steps will include sensing the data, routing, aggregating, identifying a flow/pattern, and then using, interacting, and/or archiving the data.

Franklin Williams, a principal at Live Earth Imaging Inc said that to make the system buildable in a timely manner, they suggested using sensors already in place. They would place their own aggregators on the sensors.

“[There are] Millions of sensors out there,” he said. “We just need to pull them into the system.”

Once they have data and flows, they can determine what holes exist in the knowledge. Then they can build their own sensors. Williams said that after the first iteration, they can drive the problem backward.

Miller said they hope the system they design will allow variability in what it can do. It can be used by a kid in his garage or a Fortune 500 company.

The judges were asked if they would vote up or down for this project. They all voted up except Ty Carlson, CTO at Coventry Computer, who voted up with an asterisk.

“The impact that we have here is pretty significant,” Carlson said. “This is a human surveillance system that you have basically provided.”

He listed many aspects affected by it, including: political systems that will resist, private systems that will be directly threatened, and there’s also the effect of people’s livelihoods.

“Does everyone understand the significance of the design?” he asked.

Miller said those were all things they were including in their discussions.

“We want to make this data as useful as possible to better life on earth,” said David Zuniga, a commercial innovation manager at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space.

To discover more or read other articles from the conference, visit StratNews.com.

 

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Looking Further

By Nick Fritz

Eliot Peper is a former venture capitalist, strategist and currently a science fiction author of books like “Cumulous” and “Neon Fever Dreams.” In this session, Berit Anderson, CEO of Scout, discussed the real world inspirations for Peper’s books and his motivation to become an author.

The discussion began with an explanation of Peper’s uncommon background and transition to being an author. Peper realized from his time in venture capital that there is a locus of human drama in that world that nobody was writing about. He felt Big type A personalities, high stakes deals, fortunes won and lost, and potentially world changing technologies make for juicy writing.

“This is the book that I wanted to read, but nobody had written it,” he said. “So I did.”

The discussion turned to the book “Cumulous,” set is a dystopian future world where a giant tech company governs the world. This tech company, although well meaning, has inadvertently created ubiquitous surveillance and crippling economic disparity. The theme of the book was inspired by the incredibly powerful social networking and software applications that are now being created more quickly than ever before. Further, it includes the suggestion that there may be very serious but unintended negative social externalities in this software age.

Digging into that idea of externalities, Anderson asked Peper about the negative externalities that he sees playing out over the next 15 years. His answer was primarily geopolitical. He said that information has reduced the usefulness of national borders and has increased the porosity of these borders with respect to information flow, economics, and crime. Traditional governments are not well equipped to deal with this border porosity, and as a consequence private companies are stepping in to fill these skill gaps in areas where governments typically operate. He gave the example of Google’s Jigsaw, which is working in online crime prevention, radicalization, disruption, and protection of human rights, all functions typically filled by government entities.

The interview ended with a discussion about Mars as another example of a private firm working in the traditional government sector. Peper spoke about the motivation for Mars colonization not only a as hedge against Earth, but also an intentional wake up call to think seriously about taking care of the Earth and to think disruptively about solutions.

Following this discussion, it becomes clear that Peper’s transition from tech venture capitalist to science fiction is actually not much of a leap. In a world where the nature of international borders is changing through technology and a private company is planning to colonize Mars in the next ten years, Peper’s science fiction may not read much differently from the perspective of his former investment opportunities.

To discover more or read other articles from the conference, visit StratNews.com or our Medium blog.

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A vision for the Congo

By Arunabh Satpathy

The second breakout session on day three of the Future in Review 2016 conference was focused exclusively on Presidential candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC) Emmanuel Weyi and the massive problems – political, social, and technological – that he faces in getting his country to “leapfrog” others into the 21st century.

The panel was moderated by Weyi and Bruce Dines, VP, Liberty Global, and was attended by a combination of curious learners, educators, computer scientists, and entrepreneurs various cautious and optimistic about the DRC’s future.

Dines spoke of access to education, and the opportunities for disruption in the DRC, particularlyt in telecommunications, which would become the two major themes of the session.

“There’s an opportunity to leapfrog not only in terms of technology but also in terms of systems and processes,” said Dines.

Attendee Nelson Heller mentioned the success of some technology in Africa, and how it faces resistance. One educator mentioned her experience in trying to introduce computer education in the United States, and the analogous resistance she faced among parents.

The responses to the issues in education dovetailed around experiments in self learning for children, and identifying pain points of parents and specifically attacking them.

The other large theme of the session was telecommunications. Weyi spoke as telecommunications as one of his priorities, with special emphasis on 3G connectivity.

Narrating a person experience, he spoke of his days in a mining company where he had to wait for upto 2 days to speak with his employees, as he was in rural areas.

Leapfrogging was brought up again, particularly by computer scientist Dallas Beddingfield. The discussion shifted to tech companies and their attempts to connect the world cheaply. Google’s and Facebook’s internet initiatives were mentioned as solutions.

The political realities of Weyi’s path were also acknowledged, including the Belgian system based election process in the DRC, where a primary system similar to the USA is followed by a runoff in case a candidate doesn’t get 50 percent votes.

This led to a discussion about Weyi’s motivations for visiting the US. He said his vision of the DRC involves tech, and the US is the center of it.  

“In the politics, there are two layers,” Weyi said. “The layer that everyone sees, and the one that no one sees.”

He said his visits to US politicians and tech centers was his attempt to capitalize on the second layer, build connections, and create demand for his vision of the Congo.

The final theme in the session was the environmental costs of rapid development. Weyi acknowledged that that the DRC has the second largest forest in the world after the Amazon, and the second greatest amount of biodiversity in the world. He lamented that some of this was threatened by Chinese logging activities.  

On the question of co-opting locals into the task of protecting the environment, Dines mentioned his work in the nature conservation and working to include local tribal populations into eco-tourism models. He cited the example of the Masai, who earlier fought over land, but now work together to benefit both tourists and the tribes. Weyi agreed and spoke of the need to bring people into the fold.

“To bring change, you need involvement,” he said. “If you need change, you need to involve people.”

Weyi spoke of his enthusiasm and faith in the youth of Congo, and how the educational infrastructure could be built by companies in exchange for advertising exposure.

The session ended on a cautionary note, by acknowledging the massive difficulties in executing Weyi’s vision.

 

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