Small robots have great potential

This small guy can crawl under cars, climb steps, and hide in the bushes. Sounds scary ? It is no longer  science-fiction.  The video in the article is even more impressive.

The wheel is a revolutionary invention — as they say — but going back to basics sometimes opens new pathways. Robots that traverse terrain on legs are on the rise, most notably the Boston Dynamics Big Dog series of robots — and [Ghost Robotics]’ Minitaur quadruped aims to keep pace. One of [Ghost Robotics] founders, […]

via Quadruped Robot Can Crawl Under Cars and Jump-Kick-Open Doors — Hackaday

This small guy can get publishing industry to new levels

By Nadia Sotnikova As someone working at an indie publishing agency, reading about robots that write news articles is terrifying and exciting at the same time. I am not a writer; I am a marketer, so the prospect of another major shakedown of the publishing industry makes me hope if not for a better […]

via Robots Will Change The Way We Write — A Writer’s Path

Clean energy investment declining in Canada; and a profile of Calgary’s clean energy economy

Work and Climate Change Report

clean energy transition takes hold coverClean Energy Canada has released the 2017 edition in its Tracking the Energy Revolution series, on March 30.   The Transition Takes Hold  analyzes clean energy markets around the world, with an emphasis on investment trends.  The report states that global clean energy investment in 2016 totalled C$348 billion, with China, the U.S. and India collectively responsible for half of that amount.  This C$348 billion global clean energy investment represents a 26% decrease from 2015; in Canada, investment fell by 53%, from C$4 billion  to C$2 billion. The decrease, for the second year in a row, sees Canada fall from 9th to 11th place in the world for clean energy investment. To provide context, the report states that Canada already derives 80% of its power from emissions-free sources, and that fact, coupled with relatively stable demand for electricity, limits the need or opportunity for new investment. The opportunities for…

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Learn Ways To Make Your Itinerary Even Much Better

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Are you planning a trip and not sure what you should be thinking about? There are a lot of things to remember when planning a trip to make sure that nothing will go wrong! Read on for some ideas on what http://cathedralcity.gov/redirect.aspx?url=http://videoblog.asihvacr.com need to remember to have a safe trip.

If you are planning on traveling in the coming months, keep your eye out for promotional deals online through various discount travel sites. By signing up through a discount site and entering desired travel destinations and dates into their database, you will receive emails that will alert you when there are especially low prices or good promotions to your next intended destination.

You can help make your vacation less stressful by packing lightly for your trip.
Try to keep all the items you will need in one bag; while this may seem impossible, it can be done if you are…

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Your City Can Receive Funding From the Volkswagen Settlement

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Cities can use funds from the Volkswagen Clean Air Act settlement to invest in new vehicles, improve energy efficiency, provide public energy infrastructure and more.

Funds from the VW settlement can cover up to 100 percent of the cost to upgrade, repower or replace diesel-powered government vehicles with either newer, cleaner-burning models or vehicles that run on alternative energy. (Getty Images)

The settlement of the Volkswagen (VW) Clean Air Act violation case has created a unique opportunity for cities across the country to take advantage of more than $2 billion available for investment in new, cleaner vehicles and improve energy infrastructure in their communities.

In punishment for VW’s violation of the Clean Air Act by cheating on the emissions tests of more than 500,000 vehicles, VW will pay out $14.7 billion to alleviate the environmental damage created by their actions. $2.7 billion of this settlement will go into an Environmental…

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Driverless Cars & Commute Times

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One of many unknowns with driverless cars is what their impact on traffic will be. Boosters have predicted that driverless cars will reduce traffic by reducing the number of vehicles needed to serve travel demand and reducing following distances between cars. Detractors have predicted that these effects will be more than offset by latent demand for travel that will come out of the shadows when it gets easier to travel in a car, by being cheaper or less stressful, which will encourage people to travel more and longer distances.

We may be getting ahead of ourselves since we don’t know when true driverless cars will become available and achieve a large enough market share to have a big difference. However, it is worth considering what we can learn from differences in commuting time by travel mode.

The graph below presents the mean commute time for various travel modes for ten…

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Tips for Traveling in Cuba

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There are tons of great guide books out there, so these are just a few tips to add to the list:

Before we left, we ordered all the newly-updated guidebooks we could find.  Our two favorites were Rough Guides’ Cuba and Frommer’s Easy Guide to Cuba.  Also, if you’re spending any time in the capitol, be sure to buy the StreetSmart map of Havana from vanDam.  This plastic laminated map was wonderfully informative, accurate, fit nicely into seat pockets and purses (note it does not fold up small enough for a front pocket), and was an absolute life-saver!!

Packing: Of course you should check the weather before you go, and pack accordingly, but remember that Cuba is very dusty, so clothes that are easy to clean, replaceable, and hide dirt are advised.  Laundry facilities are very hard to find unless your hotel offers, so clothes you can rinse out yourself…

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TOP Jobs in IOT Value Chain

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Have ever wondered what are the top or most popular jobs in IOT now?

Answer: It depends on the adoption maturity levels of your country.

Just take look at the IoT value chain on the perspectives of maturity levels:

  1. Research – from fundamental to applied research and uncovering the mysteries of IoT.
  2. University IoT courses – educating the University students
  3. IoT training – creating awareness and educating the masses. From basic to intermediate and advanced courses.
  4. Consultation – Developing IoT Blueprint, framework and strategic plans.
  5. Product Development – Create new innovative IoT solutions
  6. System Integration – Integrating IoT solutions with legacy systems
  7. Selling IoT Solutions – creating new businesses from IoT

The above activities are translated to job opportunities:

  1. Researchers
  2. Lecturers
  3. Trainers
  4. Consultant
  5. IOT Product Developers (software and hardware)
  6. System Integrators
  7. Business Development

Personally, I found out that Trainers and Consultants are making money out of IoT since they are…

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Internet of Things (IoT) Database Infrastructure and DB Services

Mind Commerce

The scalability, effectiveness, efficiency, security, and privacy of IoT systems and networks will depend on robust IoT Database Infrastructure.  This will require substantial investment on the part of IoT systems and network owners as well as enterprise.  A good portion of the capital cost will be avoided as IoT DB services will be offered on an “as a Service” basis.

Mind Commerce sees an opportunity for datacenter operators and value-added managed communication service providers to offer many different IoT DB Services.  

There is an emerging need for a plethora of IoT DB Services including Identity Management, Device Management, Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA).  Many of these database services will require an IoT Data Registry as well as IoT DB Transaction Services, which will be used by IoT network providers, enterprise, and governmental organizations.

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Each of these entities will need to rely upon…

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