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Jan 2, 2018

Circular Economy — Circularity in the City: Opportunities and Challenges | Smart City Expo World Congress

Posted by in categories: business, economics, governance, innovation

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Jan 2, 2018

A Year-End Update on Electricity Policy From the Field — By Sonia Aggarwal | GTM

Posted by in categories: energy, environmental

“A review of the most important developments in rate design, distributed energy deployments, and utility business models.”

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Jan 2, 2018

Climate-Proofing the Global Economy | UN Global Compact

Posted by in categories: business, environmental

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Jan 2, 2018

Why China’s ammunition factories are being turned over to robots

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

The robots, with man-made “hands and eyes”, could assemble different types of deadly explosives including artillery shells, bombs and rockets, he said. They could also make more sophisticated ammunition such as guided bombs, equipped with computer chips and sensors, that could carry out precision strikes.


Robots could treble China’s bomb and shell production capacity in less than a decade according to a senior scientist involved in a programme that is using artificial intelligence to boost the productivity of ammunition factories.

Xu Zhigang, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Shenyang Institute of Automation and a lead scientist with China’s “high-level weapon system intelligent manufacturing programme”, told the South China Morning Post last Wednesday that about a quarter of the country’s ammunition factories had replaced many workers with “smart machines” or begun to do so.

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Jan 1, 2018

How does the Blockchain ‘know’ you have printed a paper wallet?

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, internet

Let’s say that you no longer trust your currency exchange to host your Bitcoin wallet and you don’t trust a Trezor or Nano hardware wallet. You don’t trust your memory and you don’t trust your kids. And you certainly know better than to keep your wealth in your PC or phone. That would be downright crazy—right? What can you do?!

A growing number of people are printing paper wallets. It is the ultimate form of security. Some individuals even delete their cloud wallet, leaving everything to a string of hex characters or a QR code printed onto a slip of paper. (NB. You had better be certain that you and a few trusted individuals know how to find that piece of paper!)

But here’s an interesting mystery. If you print the paper wallet off-line and delete your other wallets, then how can the blockchain ‘know’ that you have changed wallets? The short answer: It doesn’t and you haven’t!

Let’s explore a bit deeper…

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Jan 1, 2018

Car-Pulling Microbots

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

These tiny robots are just 100 grams, but they are strong enough to pull an entire car.

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Jan 1, 2018

UK Gets Right To Decent Internet

Posted by in categories: government, internet

Imagine having your government declare fast internet a basic human right.

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Jan 1, 2018

China is building vertical forests that will produce 60 kg of oxygen a day

Posted by in categories: habitats, sustainability

Best of 2017: A breath of fresh air.

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Jan 1, 2018

LED braces use light to help teeth heal

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Dental hygiene options are looking a little brighter.

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Jan 1, 2018

Le Petit Chef is an AR dining experience

Posted by in category: augmented reality

This animated dining experince is nothing short of magical!

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