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Oct 16, 2021

Large fleet of Chinese fishing vessels encroaches on South American waters at Galapagos Islands

Posted by in category: futurism

Last year Chinese fishing vessels sailed to the edge of the Galapagos Islands’ territorial waters. This summer, the Associated Press and Spanish language broadcaster Univision documented the scale of Chinese fishing off the coast of South America.

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Oct 16, 2021

Solar panels on half the world’s roofs could meet its entire electricity demand — new research

Posted by in categories: business, government, solar power, sustainability

I think we should approach from two angles: 1. encourage and fund through government to have everyone who can to put solar on their home/building/whatever. 2. Also have the massive sites dedicated to solar and wind harvesting. Seems we could be totally solar by mid 2030s.


Rooftop solar panels are up to 79% cheaper than they were in 2010. These plummeting costs have made rooftop solar photovoltaics even more attractive to households and businesses who want to reduce their reliance on electricity grids while reducing their carbon footprints.

But are there enough rooftop surfaces for this technology to generate affordable, low-carbon energy for everyone who needs it? After all, it’s not just people who own their own houses and want to cut their bills who are in need of solutions like this. Around 800 million people globally go without proper access to electricity.

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Oct 16, 2021

High Voltage Spot Inspections at National Grid

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Energy giant National Grid is using Spot to keep employees safe and ensure uptime at a critical facility.

National Grid introduced Spot into the thyristor hall at Sandy Pond Converter Station just a few days before the facility’s shutdown period. The inspection robot was equipped with both a high-resolution 30X optical zoom pan/tilt/zoom camera and an infrared (IR) thermal camera to detect signs of potential problems.

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Oct 16, 2021

Tesla’s Spending on R&D and Marketing vs. Other Automakers

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Why Tesla has grabbed the lead, like Apple. Both will soon be “silicon on wheels.”


How much does Tesla spend on a per car basis on innovation and marketing, compared to more traditional automakers?

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Oct 16, 2021

Researchers show Facebook’s ad tools can target a single user

Posted by in category: computing

A new research paper written by a team of academics and computer scientists from Spain and Austria has demonstrated that it’s possible to use Facebook’s targeting tools to deliver an ad exclusively to a single individual if you know enough about the interests Facebook’s platform assigns them.

The paper — entitled “Unique on Facebook: Formulation and Evidence of (Nano)targeting Individual Users with non-PII Data” — describes a “data-driven model” that defines a metric showing the probability a Facebook user can be uniquely identified based on interests attached to them by the ad platform.

The researchers demonstrate that they were able to use Facebook’s Ads manager tool to target a number of ads in such a way that each ad only reached a single, intended Facebook user.

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Oct 16, 2021

Retired U.S. Army General: ‘We absolutely will’ give control over lethal strike to A.I.

Posted by in categories: information science, military, robotics/AI

According to this guy, the argument will be that the AI is needed to make split second decisions, and will gradually increase from there.


Retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal joins ‘Influencers with Andy Serwer’ to share his biggest fears regarding artificial intelligence.

ANDY SERWER: I want to ask you about AI, artificial intelligence, because you wrote, “ceding the ability to manage relationships to an algorithm, we rolled a dangerous die.” What are the specific uses of AI that concern you and then we can talk about AI weapons and that’s really scary stuff. But let’s talk about it generally and then specifically with regard to the military.

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Oct 16, 2021

Impossible cosmic rays are shooting out of Antarctica

Posted by in category: particle physics

No particle we know of can explain what’s going on.

Oct 16, 2021

NASA launches robotic archaeologist Lucy on ambitious mission to Trojan asteroids

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

Lucy will visit 8 asteroids over the next 12 years.


NASA’s newest asteroid probe, named Lucy, successfully launched on 12-year mission to visit 8 asteroids early Saturday (Oct. 16).

Oct 16, 2021

Robots and artificial intelligence enter farming

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI

Robotics continues to play an increasingly important role in the workplace, particularly in the manufacturing sector.

But one company is getting a big investment to transform agriculture, by growing crops in a more eco-friendly way.

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Oct 16, 2021

Can Artificial Intelligence Help To Close The Financial Equality Gap For Women?

Posted by in categories: business, finance, food, information science, robotics/AI, transportation

Using AI to analyze your income and expenses regularly is a great way to help you better understand where your money goes each month. Most modern financial institutions have apps that will automatically categorize your spending into expense types, making it easy for you to see how much of your paycheck ends up going toward rent/mortgage, food, transportation, entertainment, etc.

Technology is empowering women to build wealth through AI-assisted financial management. Women are now able to invest and manage their finances by using technology that automatically invests and manages money for them. This software provides a unique algorithm for each woman with personalized goals, risk tolerance, income, and age.

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