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Infographic: A Timeline of Future Technology

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Making predictions about future technology is both fun and notoriously difficult. The confluence of robotics, artificial intelligence, and increasing levels of automation is a prevailing trend throughout the projected timeline of future technology. Later on, it's also expected that the next wave of AI will be a reality: by 2036, predictive AI will be able to predict the near-future with impressive precision. The future of battery technology will include carbon-breathing batteries that turn CO2 into generate electricity, as well as diamond-based "nuclear batteries" that run off of nuclear waste.


Grant Gochnauer: Awesome Humans -- Issue #100 – Awesome Humans – Medium

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Dementia: Mediterranean Diet Could Help Stop Alzheimer's -- fortune.com New research suggests a Mediterranean diet could cut the risk for dementia and Alzheimer's. Despite executing the best growth practices, picking the low hanging fruit, and having a great team, they struggle to grow. AI investment has turned into a race for patents and intellectual property (IP) among the world's leading tech companies. "If you wanted to power the entire United States with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah; you only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States," Musk said during his keynote conversation on Saturday at the event in Rhode Island.


ExxonMobil: Machine Learning Position

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The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of scientists performing breakthrough research for the Corporation, developing new scientific approaches and innovative solutions using state-of-the-art clusters and GPU machines. We are seeking a talented and creative individual to conduct fundamental research in machine learning, statistics, signal processing and pattern recognition. The candidate should have a theoretical and applied background in machine learning, signal processing or statistics. Knowledge and experience in high performance computing, such as GPU computing, is highly desirable.


Plastic-plucking robots are the future of recycling

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Working in collaboration with the Carton Council and Denver-based municipal waste facility Alpine Waste & Recycling, AMP has taken a two-decade old mechanical trash sorting system and given it something not even the Great and Powerful Oz could: robotic eyes and an AI brain. "The fundamental platform that we've created was a system to sort pretty much all the commodities that are in a recycling facility today," AMP Robotics founder, Mantanya Horowitz told Engadget, "whether it's cardboard, #1 plastics, #2 plastics, or cartons -- cartons just ended up being a great place for us to start." "We didn't really think that if we had everything in one pot it would just work," Jones told Engadget. So rather than continue on the industry's current course of mechanically recycling plastics -- literally shredding them down into tiny chunks and forming them into pellets which are then melted together into new plastic items -- "What we do can be called chemical recycling," Jones said.


Big data and machine learning for prediction of corrosion in pipelines - DNV GL - Software

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We wanted to learn more about the opportunities and maturity level with technologies like big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. For condition monitoring, these analytical tools can assist operators improve maintenance regimens and optimize inspection intervals by combining asset specific, industry, historical and real-time data into the data driven predictive and decision processes. "Big data" in the pipeline assessment business context includes the vast quantities of data coming from inspection devices full of sensors, such as pigs, and increasingly from embedded or remote sensors the most common which are catholic protection and corrosion coupons in addition we have a many types of asset property data, historical assessments, operational state, soils and environmental information which will exist in many formats, often unstructured such as in documents or photographs or other images. In the hackathon we taught our algorithms on previously pigged areas of pipelines where we had the inspection history to determine levels of corrosion as well as many forms of non-inspection information including those relating to pipe properties, corrosion protection history, coating type, local climate data, soil properties and previous field examination results.


These Non-Tech Firms Are Making Big Bets On Artificial Intelligence

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While much has been written about information technology companies investing in artificial intelligence, Loup Ventures managing partner Doug Clinton notes that many non-tech companies are capitalizing on AI technology as well. "In 10 years, every company will have to be an artificial intelligence company or they won't be competitive," Clinton said. Idexx makes products for the animal health-care sector. Microsoft and Google, along with internet giants, have the inside track in monetizing artificial intelligence technology, Mizuho Securities said in a report earlier this month.


Artificial Intelligence & Clean(er) Energy – Brian Beckcom's Blog – Medium

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Terrific article explaining how we can use Artificial Intelligence to increase energy efficiency in the home, in our power plants, and with the power grid. With all the alarming news coming out about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence, here is a great example of how AI can be a force for good.


What artificial intelligence means for sustainability

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These AI applications for sustainability are not widespread, and they are early stage, but the data suggests that AI can bring significant benefits for sustainability in the medium term. A report from the International Energy Agency estimated that artificial intelligence control systems such as Xcel Energy's neural networks could reduce nitrous oxide emissions by 20 percent. This type of forecasting can help utilities with large renewable installations better manage their energy load, maximize renewable energy production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Interserve's work, alongside that of Xcel Energy, Google, IBM and other companies, shows that AI has the potential to provide a major technological boost to help companies achieve sustainability goals.


Robots to the rescue!

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Robots and drones can be deployed quickly in areas deemed too unsafe for humans and are used to guide rescuers, collect data, deliver essential supplies or provide communication services. IEC TC 47: Semiconductor devices, and its SC 47F: Micro electromechanical systems, are responsible for compiling a wide range of International Standards for the semiconductor devices used in sensors and the MEMS essential to the safe operation of drone flights. IEC TC 2: Rotating machinery, prepares International Standards covering specifications for rotating electrical machines, while IEC TC 91: Electronics assembly technology, is responsible for standards on electronic assembly technologies including components. In addition to IEC TC 47: Semiconductor devices and IEC SC 47F: Microelectromechanical systems, mentioned above, other IEC TCs involved in standardization work for specific areas affecting rescue and disaster relief robots include IEC TC 44: Safety of machinery – Electrotechnical aspects; IEC TC 2: Rotating machinery; IEC TC 17: Switchgear and controlgear; and IEC TC 22: Power electronic systems and equipment.


Musk: Government needs to regulate artificial intelligence

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"By the time we're reactive in AI regulation, it's too late." "There will certainly be a lot of job disruption because what's going to happen is robots will be able to do everything better than us," he said. This is not the first time Musk has voiced concerns about the potential impact of AI. In a documentary from German filmmaker Werner Herzog, Musk warned of the significant threat AI could pose to humanity.