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These innovative solutions to climate change are making serious waves

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Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing our global community. Though the jury is still out on whether the planet's warming climate is to blame for recent events like Hurricane Irma or the devastating flooding in South Asia, the scientific community agrees: if we continue on the same path of energy consumption, natural disasters will only become more common. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide a blueprint for tackling some of the planet's most pressing problems. Goal number 13 specifically urges nations, organizations, and individuals to "take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts." But it's not just major corporations and global governments helping to make this goal a reality.


Artificial Intelligence and the future of energy – WePower – Medium

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Artificial Intelligence will change the future of energy. I am often asked how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used to help interpret the past, optimise the present and predict the future. Having helped build data science and machine learning solutions in both private and public sectors I'm always pleasantly surprised by the multitude of applications and opportunities that AI technology can offer. There are only three limitations to building successful AI systems -- computing power, availability of data and imagination. More than often the latter is the hardest to realise.


Astronomers make intriguing discovery thanks to a citizen scientist

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Citizen scientists all over the world work to aid in scientific discovery by combing through data and looking to the sky with backyard telescopes. And today, a discovery detailed in a newly-released study shows how that hard work can pay off. Thanks to amateur astronomer Thomas Jacobs of Bellevue, Washington, scientists have found evidence of comets circling a star called KIC 3542116 that's 800 light-years away from Earth. Jacobs was sifting through data collected by the Kepler Space Telescope in his spare time and came across an unusual signal in the noise. He got in touch with physics professor Saul Rappaport, and Rappaport got to work.


WTF campaign: Australians open to pay cuts as AI, robots threaten jobs

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In an effort to stay relevant, Galaxy's Australian Futures Survey reveals proactive workers have: The future of work is a hot-button topic being tackled by the #WTFAustralia campaign, which aims to start a conversation about the big issues and encourage problem solvers to share their ideas. Readers can join in tomorrow on the What's the Future, Australia? You can ask an expert for advice if you're concerned or there's a chance to win $500 just by sharing your ideas on the issue. Social analyst David Chalke said whether new technology should be a source of worry or excitement for workers depended on their situation. "If you are 50-plus, tired, low paid and low skilled, you should be terrified because the jobs for you in the future are not going to be there, they will be automated," he said.


Russia tests solar-powered drones that can fly for DAYS

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Russia is testing solar-powered drones that can fly for days at a time above the clouds. If the trial is successful the large glider-like drones could perform some of the same functions as today's space satellites. The model LA-252 Aist will be tested at a height of nine to 13 miles (15 - 21 kilometres) and can be used as a communication device, repeater and Wi-Fi transmitter. Russia is testing solar-powered drones that can fly for days at a time above the clouds. The large glider-like drones could perform some of the same functions as today's space satellites If the trial is successful the large glider-like drones could perform some of the same functions as today's space satellites.


ISS Astronauts Operating Remote Robots Show Future of Planetary Exploration

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In late August, an astronaut on board the International Space Station remotely operated a humanoid robot to inspect and repair a solar farm on Mars--or at least a simulated Mars environment, which in this case is a room with rust-colored floors, walls, and curtains at the German Aerospace Center, or DLR, in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich. European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli commanded the humanoid, called Rollin' Justin, as the robot performed a series of navigation, maintenance, and repair tasks. Instead of relying on direct teleoperation, Nespoli used a tablet computer to issue high-level commands to the robot. In one task, he used the tablet to position the robot and have it take pictures from different angles. Another command instructed Justin to grasp a cable and connect it to a data port.


How a Solar Drone Can Solve Hunger - Impakter

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While governments are trying to handle the situation, how could technology innovations help prevent starvation and improve agriculture management in the future? For example, the drone can't fly "Beyond-Line-of-Sight" (BLOS), meaning it must not move away from the drone pilot more than 100 meters, except if its weight is under 2 kg (4,4 lb) or if you have a special exemption. As we map thousands of hectares thanks to solar energy to address conservation issues, we are directly progressing towards SDGs 7, 9 and 15 (cf.: We are currently raising funds and starting the drone marketing abroad, in Africa and Brazil.


Panasonic plans self-driving system by 2022

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Panasonic expects to launch its autonomous driving system for commercial vehicles by 2022, as it continues to turn its focus to advanced auto parts. Panasonic -- which is currently the battery cell supplier for Tesla's Model 3 -- has been pushing its range of driving-related products in an effort to catch up other suppliers such as Bosch and Continental AG. Panasonic announced 83.93 billion yen in profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, up from 71.81 billion a year prior. For the full year ended March 31, 2017, operating profit for the company stood at 276.8 billion yen, up from 230.3 billion yen a year prior.


AI for Energy: A Huge Opportunity, but Still Early Days

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When Chris Shelton, chief technology officer for electricity giant AES, takes the stage at a tech conference in San Francisco this week, he'll be the rare name in energy. According to Shelton, AES is exploring how AI can improve awareness, efficiency and maintenance of the company's grid systems and assets like solar farms and gas plants. Tech giants like GE and IBM are building prediction and maintenance systems for electricity, while many startups have emerged to tackle more niche energy issues like lowering the cost of selling solar panels or making office buildings more comfortable and efficient. Expect both new entrants to emerge with brand-new, focused applications, and for AI players like Google, GE and IBM to use data tools from the web and consumer internet for energy services.


5 well-known companies working on crazy side projects

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We will explore some interesting side projects from Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS), Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG)(NASDAQ: GOOGL), IBM (NYSE: IBM), and Amazon.com These ideas may grow into their breeches over time, but they look kind of crazy right now. More:Alphabet's Project Loon gets OK to use balloons to revive Puerto Rico cell service Created as a division of Google, and later of Alphabet, Calico wants to stop or slow human aging. Anders Bylund owns shares of Alphabet (A shares), Amazon, IBM, Tesla, and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends Alphabet (A and C shares), Amazon, Tesla, and Walt Disney.