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

The Independent

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.


Why "How many jobs will be killed by AI?" is the wrong question

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Job growth has continued because there has been a rapid rise in service sector physical jobs like home health aide or short order cook. A UBI is thus both less targeted and more expensive that the EITC, but the real problem is that a UBI doesn't give people any clear reason to get off the sidelines of the economy. Tech progress has changed our economy a lot over the past generation, and will change it even more quickly in the years to come. Instead of trying to prepare for a jobless future, we should instead be preparing for one that's a turbocharged version of what we already have: a job creation engine that has shifted into a lower gear, and a large number of people tempted to sit on the sidelines rather than contributing their skills to the economy.


Hyper Chariot: 4,000mph pods could go from London to Edinburgh in 8 minutes, company claims

The Independent

People could soon travel from London to Edinburgh in eight minutes, claims Hyper Chariot, a company that has announced its intention to build an extremely ambitious new transport system. 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.


Using machine learning to help people make smart decisions about solar energy

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A few years ago, when my family was first deciding whether or not to go solar, I remember driving around the neighborhood, looking at all the solar arrays on nearby rooftops. It made me realize: Wow, solar isn't some futuristic concept, it's already part of the fabric of my town! Seeing that others around me were already benefiting from solar helped me decide to do the same.


Google wants to guilt you into installing solar panels on your roof

Mashable

Project Sunroof, the search giant's solar panel mapping tool and calculator, is adding a nosy new feature, Data Explorer. SEE ALSO: China just built the world's biggest floating solar project Seeing your neighbors with solar panels could make you much more likely to adopt them yourself. A study published by Yale economics professor Kenneth Gillingham found that people are much more likely to install solar panels if their neighbors had taken the plunge -- which means that we're all just trying to keep up with those green Joneses next door. Google's engineers built the tool by training machine learning algorithms to recognize solar panels, then applying them to the nearly 60 million buildings worth of data the tool has tracked since its expansion earlier this year.


Google's New Product Puts Peer Pressure to a Sunny Use

The Atlantic

It now provides data for 60 million homes across the United States that it has already assessed with its algorithms. For the past two years, Project Sunroof has walked people through all the information-gathering steps of installing solar panels: After you tell it where you live, its algorithms estimate how much solar energy falls on your roof, calculate how much solar panels would reduce your electricity bill, and deliver estimates from local installation firms like Solar City. Google created the data for this feature in-house, training a machine-learning algorithm on the common appearance of rooftop solar panels and then letting it loose on the cities and towns that Project Sunroof already covers. Right now, the company has analyzed installations on about 60 million buildings in the United States; it hopes to get to the remaining 40 million buildings in the next few years.


KPIT SPARKLE, beyond the ordinary. Come & witness platform for innovative ideas

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Safety: Safety for the Vehicle and for the Passenger is an important aspect of the Transportation solutions which would reduce accidents, make communications secure between vehicles and infrastructure. Machines could take over critical areas where human error may affect safety adversely. With Software and Connected Vehicles (V2V, V2I) influencing next generation transportation solutions, secure behavior of the vehicles and safety of passengers for vulnerability against cyber-attacks is demanding a lot of attention from technologists and thus is a huge opportunity for innovation. Lastly, Nano technologies are driving the advent of new and advanced materials, especially for energy storage devices like batteries, solar panels, etc., which is an important area of research, to develop next generation energy efficient transportation solutions.