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How Recycling Robots are Transforming the Waste Management Industry

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The world is a gigantic landfill! Everyday tons of waste are generated from various households, hospitals, industries, construction and demolition sites and more. While today we have numerous ways to get rid of the accumulated waste, it still ends up affecting the safety and sustainability of the ecological system. Therefore, the best alternative is to reuse and recycle as much waste as possible. And offering an extra pair of hand in this are waste sorting and recycling robots.


Using Data to Help Turn Household Waste into Local Clean Energy

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For my final capstone project in Flatiron School's Immersive Data Science Program, I decided to test my newfound skills and continue furthering my personal investigations into the relationships that exist between data, waste, and energy. Recently, I have been learning more about the various ways that Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) can be transformed into energy. The most promising and efficient technology that I have come across to date is Plasma Arc Gasification. In my research, I discovered that understanding specific composition details about the MSW to be used as feedstock is one of many critical steps in designing a plasma gasification facility. What I set out to do for my capstone project, was to see if I could find some MSW collection datasets and perform a Feedstock Analysis with the intent of calculating specific Waste Type Compositions, Energy Density (kWh/kg), and Total Energy (kWh) for each sample.


Microsoft teamed up with a nonprofit using autonomous 'interceptor' boats to clean up the ocean and is helping it identify trash with machine learning

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Cleaning up the oceans is a huge undertaking, especially for a single nonprofit based out of the Netherlands, but having Microsoft on your side is a nice bonus. Boyan Slat launched The Ocean Cleanup nonprofit in 2013, with the goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Since then, the project has also embraced the goal of preventing new waste from entering the ocean by cleaning up rivers the carry many of the pollutants. In 2018, The Ocean Cleanup was a participant in Microsoft's annual hackathon, where volunteers work together on moonshots to try to come up with innovative solutions. The resulting machine learning models have helped The Ocean Cleanup track plastic and other waste, and informed how and where the nonprofit deploys its giant autonomous plastic collectors.


Emirates utilises artificial intelligence to cut food waste

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This World Food Day, Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has committed to reducing food waste by 35 per cent across its central operations in Dubai. To reach its ambitious goal, EKFC has engaged Winnow to gradually roll out an advanced food waste management system in its state-of-the-art catering facilities. Leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning, the tool will enable EKFC to automatically monitor and control food waste for the benefit of its customers, its people and broader communities. Saeed Mohammed, chief executive of Emirates Flight Catering, said: "We are dedicated to investing in the latest technologies to optimise our operations and minimise our environmental footprint. "Food waste management has always been an area of focus for EKFC and we have already achieved remarkable results through improved data collection and reporting.


Google Nest Audio review: smart speaker gets music upgrade

The Guardian

Google's first smart speaker has finally got a much-needed upgrade in sound with the new Nest Audio. The speaker replaces the Google Home and costs £89.99, fitting in between the £49 Nest Mini and £299 Google Home Max. The design is completely different from the original Google Home. The outside of the Nest Audio is covered in a recycled plastic fabric – the same used on the recent Nest Mini. There is a mute switch for the microphones on the back and a port for the power plug but those are the only visible features.


AI Invents Ways to Protect Nuclear Waste Sites - Nerdist

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OpenAI's new immensely convincing language generator, GPT-3, recently demonstrated its rhetorical prowess when it argued the case for why it's harmless. Now, research scientist Janelle Shane has used the tool to generate something a bit more lighthearted. Namely, ideas on how to make nuclear waste sites safe for thousands upon thousands of years. Are you not terrified and repulsed?? I prompted GPT-3 with some human proposals for marking a nuclear waste site, in a way that will still be forbidding millennia from now.https://t.co/3v8uPJ98mo


Plastic-eating enzyme 'cocktail' recycles plastic waste 'endlessly'

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists have been inspired by Pacman to create a plastic-eating'cocktail', which could help eradicate plastic waste. It's made up of two enzymes – called PETase and MHETase – produced by a type of bacteria that feeds on plastic bottles, called Ideonella sakaiensis. Unlike natural degradation, which can take hundreds of years, the super-enzyme is able to convert the plastic back to its original'building blocks' in a few days. The two enzymes work together like'two Pac-men joined by a piece of string' munching down snack pellets in the popular video game. The new super-enzyme digests plastic up to six times faster than the original PETase enzyme alone, which was discovered by the team in 2018.


How Artificial Intelligence Can Enhance Waste Collection

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The right technology could enhance efficiencies within your business and lead to a healthier bottom line. During a one-on-one conversation at the Waste360/Stifel Investors Summit, Compology CEO Jason Gates and Michael E. Hoffman, Stifel managing director, discussed how waste is one of the "perfect" industries in which to incorporate artificial intelligence. Compology, which launched in 2012, installs cameras inside commercial and industrial dumpsters to "track the location, the fullness, the content and when service happens," Gates explained. The data gathered from this process is analyzed and used to generate revenue, cut expenses and enhance the customer experience. Gates began by defining the driver of the data: artificial intelligence (AI).


How 4 Companies Are Using AI To Solve Waste Issues On Earth And In Space

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Artificial intelligence is a tool used by people all over the world to empower humans to make informed decisions. With a responsible use of AI, humans are able to solve problems faster because artificial intelligence can process more information at a time than a human can. As climate change, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility become of increased importance for brands across the globe, business, and communications professionals should keep an eye on how emerging technologies, like AI, are being used to solve real-world problems. Some of the problems AI is solving today are right out of science fiction movies. Waste recognition, space junk, and sustainability are a few of the challenges that artificial intelligence is helping humanity tackle.


How 4 Companies Are Using AI To Solve Waste Issues On Earth & In Space

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Artificial intelligence is a tool used by people all over the world to empower humans to make informed decisions. With a responsible use of AI, humans are able to solve problems faster because artificial intelligence can process more information at a time than a human can. As climate change, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility become of increased importance for brands across the globe, business, and communications professionals should keep an eye on how emerging technologies, like AI, are being used to solve real-world problems. Some of the problems AI is solving today are right out of science fiction movies. Waste recognition, space junk, and sustainability are a few of the challenges that artificial intelligence is helping humanity tackle.