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2019 technology pioneers +++ Drag-and-drop data analytics +++ Adapting power grids to surging e-mobility +++ Predicting Bitcoin using AI +++ Aerogel stores heat
The World Economic Forum has named 56 companies around the world as spearheads of technological innovation in 2019. The list includes, among others, Via Verde, a Mexican community project that greened urban streets with vertical gardens for better air quality and thermal insulation. And Alesca Life in China – a company that develops cloud-connected “cabinet farms” for more efficient food production.
Researchers at MIT and Brown University have expanded their interactive, cloud-based data-science platform, Northstar, to include a user interface that supports any touchscreen device, including smartphones. The new component can now generate machine-learning models to make predictions based on specific datasets. To predict sales, for example, users with no programming knowledge can operate the system using drag-and-drop gestures.
Source: MIT News
Electric // Fuel Cell
A study by the Ludwig Bölkow Foundation analyzes whether power grids will cope with the additional load caused by the predicted wave of EVs. Their calculations assume that there will be 40 million zero-emission vehicles by 2050. Conclusion: Hydrogen fuel cells would be the ideal adjunct to batteries for avoiding energy shortages. Developing a network of hydrogen refueling stations could ease the need to extend electricity distribution networks.
Source: emobilitaet.online (German)
Cryptocurrencies // AI
Volatile Bitcoin prices could be forecast by an artificial neural network (ANN), according to researchers at Canada’s University of Guelph. Their ANN model was able to reduce the prediction error by 5 to 10 percent over the full observation period. Conclusion: The historical evolution of daily Bitcoin prices followed predictable trends and bubbles.
The completely transparent, foam-like material made of silica grains passively absorbs solar radiation for re-use as heat. It generates more heat (200 degrees Celsius or 392 degrees Fahrenheit) than conventional solar collectors and could be used for home heating or industrial processes.
Source: MIT News
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