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GCR - Innovation - Machine learning can "halve payback time" for LED streetlights

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"Like the dawn of the Internet, we're just scratching the surface of what's possible when cities intelligently connect scores of new urban data sources," said Seeta Hariharan, the general manager TCS' Digital Software & Solutions Group. The software is hosted on a cloud-based server running TCS' "Intelligent Urban Exchange (IUX)" platform. The installation of LED cuts that in half, and TCS says its intelligent control system cuts it in half again. In Las Vegas, a company called EnGoPlanet has installed solar panels and sensors in Las Vegas streetlights.


Empowering the Next-Generation Power Grid with Big Data – NEMA Currents

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In 2014, VELCO began work with IBM, Vermont's distribution utilities, and other partners to develop VWAC, which integrates IBM's precise weather forecasting with Vermont's customer load data and output data from the state's renewable generators to turn this mass of data into actionable information using leading-edge analytics. Finally, VWAC provides greater visibility to potential demand response events based on demand forecasts, from the substation to the distribution service territory to the statewide level. Linking VWAC output to VELCO's energy management system will improve core grid reliability and more accurately integrate weather-dependent generation in it. Reduced uncertainty of production from behind-the-meter (BTM) solar will result in better commitment and dispatch decisions by ISO New England, reducing production costs and avoiding unnecessary supplemental commitments and fuel consumption.


Elon Musk has a trick to make the world fall behind his vision of the future

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"By selling us fancy, beautiful Teslas--luxury cars that none of us can say no to, it seems to have changed to distributed energy," Lee, the CEO of Sinovation Ventures, told Quartz in an interview today. As Tesla CEO, Musk has acquired the solar energy startup SolarCity that he previously helped lead as chairman, then he began sharing a vision where a battery in the home stores energy from the sun (preferably using SolarCity's new solar panels). That same strategy is now being applied to neural implants, Musk's dream of creating a seamless interface between humans and computers. After that, Musk has been clear about his desire for elective neural implants, especially to curb his fear of superintelligent artificial intelligence.


Mining the moon could give us rocket fuel to get to Mars

Daily Mail

A second rover, the Constructor, would follow along behind, building a launch pad and packing down roadways to ease movements for the third rover type, the Miners, which actually collect the ice and deliver it to nearby storage tanks and an electrolysis processing plant that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. The Constructor would also build a landing pad where the small near-moon transport spacecraft we call Lunar Resupply Shuttles would arrive to collect fuel for delivery as newly launched spacecraft pass by the moon. The fuele depot (artist impression) would have large solar arrays powering an electrolysis module for melting the ice and then turning the water into fuel, and large fuel tanks to store what's made Our plans also require a few small robotic shuttles to meet up with nearby deep-space mission vehicles in lunar orbit.


Black Holes And Dark Matter Pictures And Dozens Of Facts About Space And The Solar System [PHOTOS]

International Business Times

The general rule is that dark matter holds galaxies together and dark energy drives the expansion of the universe. In 100 billion years, as dark energy continues to push galaxies farther and farther away from us, observers living in our soon-to-be galaxy Milkomeda (a result of the merger between Andromeda and the Milky Way) will see nothing in the night sky except for our own galaxy. In addition to the traditional stellar mass blackholes that form from collapsed stars, there are also rogue blackholes, which travel throughout the universe invisible and undetectable to us. To really drive the point home, a single teaspoon of neutron star weighs eight billion tons.


Machine can 3D print an entire house in 14 hours

Daily Mail

The team has designed an autonomous robot capable of 3D printing the basic structure of an entire building. Equipped with a precision-motion robotic arm and powered by solar panels, the machine sprays an insulation foam mold on the ground and then fills it with concrete – it completed the walls of a 50-foot-diameter, 12-foot-high dome in 14 hours. MIT has designed an autonomous robot capable of 3D printing the basic structure of an entire building. To demonstrate the technology, the team constructed the walls of a 50-foot-diameter, 12-foot-high dome in 14 hours of'printing' time The system is capable of creating other complex shapes and overhangs - the team added a built-in bench to the proof of concept to show off the robot's skills.


Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing Keys To Climate Change Challenges

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One company that makes access to some of those incredible things possible is Autodesk, a company that offers cloud-based software packages for multiple industries ranging from architecture, engineering, and construction, to product design, to media and entertainment. The best part is that Holst and McCoy have programmed their software package to find suppliers who will fabricate the needed pieces -- often using 3-D additive printers -- and drop ship them directly to the customer's home. Listed as a medical technology company in its home state of California, its purpose is to study how to create interfaces between computers and the human brain that will boost the output speed of the human thought process. Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech daily newsletter or weekly newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.


Elon Musk's Neuralink wants to plug into your brain

USATODAY

Elon Musk wants to link human brains with computers. Late Monday, he confirmed the idea was in motion, tweeting that a "long Neuralink piece" was set to come out on the Wait But Why blog of Tim Urban in about a week. At a conference in June, Musk cautioned that "if you assume any rate of advancement in (artificial intelligence), we will be left behind by a lot." But, he added, "If AI power is broadly distributed to the degree that we can link AI power to each individual's will -- you would have your AI agent, everybody would have their AI agent -- then if somebody did try to something really terrible, then the collective will of others could overcome that bad actor."


Tesla's Musk may now want to plug into your brain

USATODAY

Musk is said to be investing in a new company called Neuralink, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal website Monday, citing sources familiar with the matter. Musk has also come up with the idea for Hyperloop, a high speed transportation system being pursued by other companies, and has posited that the solution for traffic in Los Angeles, where he lives, could be provided by his new drilling venture playfully called The Boring Company. At a conference in June, Musk cautioned that "if you assume any rate of advancement in (artificial intelligence), we will be left behind by a lot." In late 2015, Musk joined a group that launched OpenAI, a non-profit aimed an promoting open-source research into artificial intelligence.


How origami machines might unlock secrets of Mars and the universe

Christian Science Monitor

March 23, 2017 --If some NASA researchers have their way, Mars exploration technology of the future may rely on an art form from the past. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has developed a Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) prototype that could change how we explore Mars. More than just origami-inspired, the solar panel's design relied directly on a classic technique called the flasher pattern. The National Science Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in grants to origami-inspired design, and the PUFFER program received support from JPL's Game Changing Development Program, a NASA funding source that purposely tries to foster what Karras calls "out-there ideas."