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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.


Nasa admits it can't afford to land humans on Mars

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The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Machine-Learning Solar Tracking Technology Nudges PV Field Production Nearer Optimum Levels

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Development and use of an expanding range of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and "Internet of Things" devices – wireless network sensors and "smart," network-connected inverters, meters and other devices – along with high-reliability wireless/mobile networking and cloud software- and infrastructure-as-a-service (SaaS and IaaS) platforms are enabling vendors and their customers to collect, analyze and act upon continuous streams of digital data and approach ideal maximum electrical power and energy production while coincidentally minimizing installation, operations and maintenance costs. On July 11, the company introduced its latest innovation to the market, a "first-of-its-kind intelligent, self-adjusting tracker control system for solar power plants." In addition to significantly reducing the time and cost of constructing and commissioning solar PV plants, NEXTracker's TrueCapture system can deliver gains in solar energy output ranging from two to six percent per year, thereby boosting returns for project owners and investors, management touts. Machine-learning algorithms embedded in the TrueCapture platform lie at the core of what amounts to a "hybrid, closed-loop" system capable of monitoring and analyzing continuous streams of data collected via wireless network sensors and smart metering devices for self-learning.


Facebook a step closer to providing worldwide internet access with giant solar-powered drones

The Independent

Facebook has taken a major step towards creating a drone designed to beam internet access to remote areas of the world. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall ...


'Smart blinds' can store solar energy in a battery

Daily Mail

Scientists have invented window blinds that store energy which they claim can slash an incredible 70 per cent off homeowners' energy bills The blinds have thin solar panels mounted on slats. The blind has thin solar panels mounted on slats which generate up to 15 watt hours per square foot - enough power for the average sized window to charge a laptop. They have an app that allows them to be voice controlled and can also save energy bills by connecting to thermostats via WiFi or Bluetooth and using weather forecasts to cool or heat homes more efficiently. The blinds an app that allows them to be voice controlled and can also save energy bills by connecting to thermostats via WiFi or Bluetooth and using weather forecasts to cool or heat homes more efficiently.


GE's research scientists are learning to meld AI with machines

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So far, nearly 400 employees from across the company have completed GE's certification program for data analytics, and about 50 scientists have moved into digital analytics jobs of the kind Nichols has taken on. They enable GE to track wear and tear on its aircraft engines, locomotives, gas turbines, and wind turbines using sensor data instead of assumptions or estimates, making it easier to predict when they will need maintenance. What's more, if data is corrupted or missing, the company fills in the gaps with the aid of machine learning, a type of AI that lets computers learn without being explicitly programmed, says Colin Parris, GE Global Research's vice president for software research. Parris says GE pairs computer vision with deep learning, a type of AI particularly adept at recognizing patterns, and reinforcement learning, another recent advance in AI that enables machines to optimize operations, to enable cameras to find minute cracks on metal turbine blades even when they are dirty and dusty.


Kit Cummins awarded the American Chemical Society Pauling Medal

MIT News

Department of Chemistry Professor Christopher (Kit) Cummins has been honored with the 2017 Linus Pauling Medal, in recognition of his unparalleled synthetic and mechanistic studies of early-transition metal complexes, including reaction discovery and exploratory methods of development to improve nitrogen and phosphorous utilization. It is presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement in chemistry in the spirit of, and in honor of, Linus Pauling, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Prize for peace in 1962. Cummins joins several current members of the Department of Chemistry in being named a Linus Pauling Medal awardee, including Tim Swager (2016), Stephen Buchwald (2014), and Stephen Lippard (2009), as well as former department members Alexander Rich (1995) and John Waugh (1984). In addition, Cummins Group researchers work to develop new starting materials in phosphate chemistry, including acid forms that provide a starting point for synthesizing new phosphate-based materials with applications in next-generation battery technologies and catalysis.


General Electric Builds An Ai Workforce MIT Technology Review Stage Fright Media

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So far, nearly 400 employees from across the company have completed GE's certification program for data analytics, and about 50 scientists have moved into digital analytics jobs of the kind Nichols has taken on. They enable GE to track wear and tear on its aircraft engines, locomotives, gas turbines, and wind turbines using sensor data instead of assumptions or estimates, making it easier to predict when they will need maintenance. What's more, if data is corrupted or missing, the company fills in the gaps with the aid of machine learning, a type of AI that lets computers learn without being explicitly programmed, says Colin Parris, GE Global Research's vice president for software research. Parris says GE pairs computer vision with deep learning, a type of AI particularly adept at recognizing patterns, and reinforcement learning, another recent advance in AI that enables machines to optimize operations, to enable cameras to find minute cracks on metal turbine blades even when they are dirty and dusty.


Verdigris Uses AI to Wring Energy Savings from Buildings NVIDIA Blog

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While most buildings get occasional walk-through energy usage audits, Verdigris' digital system uploads electricity consumption data to the cloud 24/7. It can even integrate the data with building management systems to automate electricity usage controls. Chung estimates this helps Verdigris train models 20 times as fast as on CPUs. Eventually, Chung said he'd like Verdigris to expand beyond smart building optimization and into enabling smart cities.