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Amazon reportedly looking for an office space in Manhattan

Amazon can say goodbye to Queens, but he still has hearts at the Great Apple.

After departing from a contract to build a headquarters on the Queen's edge in Long Island City, Amazon is back shopping for office space on Manhattan's Westside, telling sources to the Post.

The high-tech giant is in talks with two new shiny owners, shiny lying just in any block back from Penn Station: The modern sources of One Manhattan West and his sister-project two Manhattan West, provide sources to the Mail.

The online retailer is looking for “100,000 square feet at least or much more” – just to start, said one well located source.

Amazon, who already has 5,000 workers in NYC, was “seriously” looking at Two Manhattan West before he chose Long Island City in November, a second source said. “That interest returned in the last few weeks,” said the source.

Brookfield, who owned both Manhattan West towers (and another at 5 Manhattan West where Amazon is already a tenant) denied, through a spokesman that he was leasing to a Seattle company. However, multiple sources indicated that the company's strict confidentiality agreements were a possible cause.

“We don't mention rumors or speculation,” said Amazon spokesman.

At two Manhattan West, Amazon is looking at space at the top of the tower, said sources. The only issue is the building, which will be located on 31st Street and 9th Ave., you will not be ready for tenants until 2022.

In contrast, West Manhattan West will be ready for tenants to move in this fall, including a 250,000 sq ft space in the 67-story tower center. The 250,000 square feet space will not be available in the long term, but it could satisfy Amazon space requirements until there are two ready Manhattan, sources said.

Amazon is also considering space in the US Post Office building across the street, known as the James A. Farley building – the development of Vornado with office space across five levels and ready for tenants in May. next, said sources.

Amazon's renewed focus on Manhattan as soon as it has plans for queens has dropped out of its apparent reimbursement to the politicians who have helped scourge Amazon plans to build its 4 million-foot square campus in LIC, including Congressmen. US Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Queen's residents strongly supported plans for 25,000 new jobs with an average wage of $ 150,000, despite protests from Ocasio-Cortez and other politicians over $ 3.2 billion in capital grants and tax incentives, polls have been shown.

One reason was that all jobs brought by Amazon to the area would have a multiplier effect on five or more local jobs, including at local coffee shops, dry cleaners and food franchises, said Alfredo Ortiz, President & CEO of Network Job Creators.

On the contrary, Manhattan hardly registers the growth, experts said.

“Actually, such activity is lost in Manhattan,” said Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the Nonprofit Partnership for New York City.

Amazon could also invest in a 600 seat public school; workforce development and training space; artist's workspace; and 149,650 square feet of public open space among other projects – are now lost.

“Investment in Long Island City was creating a whole cluster of activity around it,” explained Wylde. “No one in Manhattan will have the same impact unless you go to Upper Manhattan.”

Additional reporting by Carleton English

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The gaps in time control open the front of labor judicialization

The mandatory registration of the daily work meets fifteen days in which the doubts about the application of the rule have multiplied and with it the consultation of employers and inspectors themselves to law firms. What to do when employees have a freely available regime? What to do in a company in which all its members work from home? What if the employee travels to another country?

The application of the norm that was approved by decree in one of the "social fridays" of the Government is generating uncertainty and many questions in the companies and insecurity in the workers, which can open new fronts of labor judicialization, a problem that already exists in the labor market, as acknowledged by several labor offices consulted by ABC. They cite, for example, the case of a worker who has the aforementioned regime of free availability who is dismissed and who does not agree to sue his company to claim unpaid extra hours claiming that he has broken that regime.

Both the president of ATA, Lorenzo Amor, and Rosa Santos, director of the labor relations department of the CEOE agree that it is a complex rule, with a legal difficulty coupled, which can lead to a judicialization of the new obligation, whose breach is punished as a serious infraction, with fines that can reach up to 6,250 euros.

"It will be very difficult for the norm to be met in many activities, especially those that are not carried out in the workplace. And, in addition, and if the worker does not want, it does not record, because the decree does not make clear what their obligations are, "explains the president of the largest autonomous association, for which" the good climate of trust between businessmen and workers ».

Lorenzo Amor claims that self-employed workers are exempt from the rule because "the law can not be the same for a company with 50 workers than for a small employer with two workers." Remember that the European Justice already recommended that governments take into account the size of the company when it comes to legislating.

The president of ATA has called on the government to paralyze the law until a regulation develops the specificities of each activity and jobs that small entrepreneurs develop. Remember that 95% of Spanish companies have fewer than five workers and many "have implemented a work system that perfectly combines work mobility, conciliation, teleworking and are more aligned with the objectives than the schedule."

"They want to kill flies with cannon fire," explains Rosa Santos, for whom the compulsory registration is "an instrument of the past for companies, already committed to the present and future." However, it also emphasizes that companies will comply with the rule, despite its complexity and legal difficulty ».

Santos also refers to the inspection and ensures that sticking only to the calculation of daily workday is not enough and those responsible for Labor should also claim more extensive models of working hours, taking into account the models of irregular distribution of working hours or cases of flexibility and conciliation. .

Like the ATA, the Madrid employers' association CEIM has requested that the application of the registration be postponed until the Ministry of Labor "knows exactly how it can be applied, due to the enormous chaos and legal insecurity it is generating in companies," explains the vice president of CEIM, Francisco Aranda. He adds that since the decree was published, there has been "chaos and uncertainty in companies, especially in SMEs. Therefore, we believe that the measure should be technically worked to avoid legal uncertainty, because the standard has very low legal quality and is full of gaps, "he says. "It is an antiquity that conveys distrust towards companies, union representatives and the Inspection itself."

According to the representative of the Madrid businessmen, "there is no point in publishing a measure, whose complication in its application has even led to the issuance of a guide a day after its obligation, but indicating that it is merely informative, without prejudice of the interpretation made by the courts ».

From CEIM they consider the controlling philosophy towards the workers wrong. "The environment of the company has changed and is not control, but of confidence and flexibility. We are not willing to place a camera behind each worker to control what he does, "he says. .

The spooky algorithm that can bring Einstein and the Mona Lisa back to life

«Better an image than a thousand words». This saying is condemned to death in the era of "deep fakes". As false news has evolved at the expense of a new trend, the manipulated videos, the fear of not knowing if it is real what our eyes appreciate, has gained the pulse of intelligence. We do not believe anything, and what we do, we put in fallow. Given this scenario, a Samsung project has further twisted the capacity of the algorithms.

Samsung has developed an algorithm (PDF) capable of animating photographs and paintings with such realism that it can return "life" to personalities that have long been in the realm of the dead such as Salvador Dalí or Albert Einstein or, even, people who the time in which they lived there are no images except for pictorial works such as La Gioconda by Leonardo da Vinci.

From a single image, the computer system, which has models of Artificial Intelligence, takes all the details and performs a precise simulation of how the character would be in movements and intuiting, in addition, the possible gestures and voice of the subject. This breakthrough, which was published by an artificial intelligence laboratory of Samsung in Russia, demonstrates the ability to convincingly convert works of art and photographs of celebrities into moving images.

This technology has, however, many implications at the ethical level because it opens the possibility of creating "deep falsifications" very convincing. Videos that show politicians and even people who died saying things they never said created only from fixed images of their faces. The door to historical revisionism. In the case of paintings, the system managed to animate the images using facial expressions of a real person, while photographs of famous people like David Beckham became video using images of them.

Researchers have applied these advances to celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe (deceased in 1962) or Albert Einstein (deceased in 1955) solely using the mobile facial features of other people. With this information, a posteriori, a map of their faces was generated. Although this method is not new, Samsung's achievement is to achieve this effect convincingly and from a single step.

Another example has been the Mona Lisa. The group of researchers showed their results in a video where it is shown in this case that the painting is "animated" but it is appreciated differently according to the person that is used as an image source to create the movement. "We demonstrate that this approach is capable of learning models of new people and even portraits, highly realistic and personalized," the authors write in a statement. (tagsToTranslate) samsung (t) algorhythm (t) deep (t) fakes (t) intelligence

The largest used battery storage unit in Germany is launched

Audi is electrifying the German capital: the four-ring brand has launched the largest electric energy storage unit in Germany at the EUREF Campus. With a capacity of 1.9 MWh, it uses lithium-ion batteries from experimental vehicles to test various possibilities of interaction between electric cars and the electric grid. The goal is intelligent network operation, to promote the energy transition.

Audi is committed to emission-free mobility, setting clear objectives for this vision. Already in 2025, around 40% of all new Audi models marketed will equip an electrified propulsion system. By the middle of the next decade, this will amount to about one million electrified cars per year. As the number of electric models increases, so does what we can consider a large mobile energy storage unit. It has enormous potential, as long as the storage capacity is used intelligently. It is, therefore, particularly important to integrate electric vehicles in the energy industry.

If one in ten cars in Germany were electric, this would correspond to a flexible energy storage unit with a capacity of almost 200 GWh. Connecting electric cars with renewable energy in an intelligent way can have a positive effect on the energy transition. This would allow recharges with solar or wind energy, depending on its availability. It would also be potentially possible to react flexibly to the point fluctuations of energy in the network. Audi is collaborating with partners from the energy industry (The Mobility House, for example) to make that vision a reality.

The storage unit of the EUREF Campus, with which the specific use case is tested, comprises an area of ​​110 square meters and serves as a laboratory for real tests for other applications. It is connected to the medium voltage power grid in Berlin with one megawatt of power, which corresponds to the average recharge requirement of some 200 electric cars. With its capacity of 1.9 MWh, the storage unit supplies the entire campus of 5.5 hectares with electricity for almost two hours.

Nearby fast charging stations, where electric cars can recharge with a power of up to 175 kW, are another possible use. To ensure that the high electricity requirement is supplied as economically as possible, and that the local energy network is not subjected to excessive voltage, the battery unit also functions as a buffer. Its intelligent integration into the electricity network allows the energy warehouse to absorb an excess of electricity from wind or photovoltaic systems, or from the campus's own energy / heating plant. This compensates fluctuations in the network, acts against local demand points, and helps to avoid blackouts, by stabilizing the distribution network. Softening the load peaks and thereby compensating for frequent fluctuations reduces energy costs thanks to high levels of efficiency and fast response times. In addition, the power supply is optimized in terms of its CO2 neutrality.

Due to the large share of renewable energy from the different electricity generation systems in the nearby area, Berlin offers ideal conditions for the development of an intelligent recharge control, which can be extended to include in the future a growing number of electric cars . The project partners intend to conduct an energy model experiment with wind farms in Brandenburg-Western Pomerania, to show how an excess of green electricity can be stored in the EUREF Campus on a scheduled basis. Wind turbines would no longer have to disconnect from the grid in case of excessive temporary electricity production. It would be something similar to a small block of buildings in a sustainable energy world and a contribution to the industrial storage of large volumes of surplus electricity, something that Audi has been practicing since 2013 in Werlte with its gas-fired power plant.

In addition to research on interfaces for intelligent integration into the energy network of the future, the EUREF Campus battery storage unit provides experiences that will be incorporated into future projects. Audi engineers are testing the use of stationary energy storage units in the power grid, thus creating a way to reuse used batteries of electric cars. A sensible and conservative application of resources, given that batteries maintain most of their capacity after having been used in cars. In addition, Audi is developing concepts to recycle batteries from modules already used in an effective way. (tagsToTranslate) berlin (t) batteries (t) car (t) used (t) germany