8 min read

(Sun)Bathed in Solar Energy Abundance

By Peter H. Diamandis on Aug 4, 2019

Every five days, the Sun provides the Earth with as much energy as all proven supplies of oil, coal and natural gas.

Topics: Energy Abundance Exponentials Tesla solar solar energy solar cells solar power energy storage energy abundance SolSunTech photovoltaics perovskite SunPower SolarCity solar roof panel efficiency Sun future of energy Perovskite PV Panasonic
6 min read

Forging a >50% renewable electric economy by 2030

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 30, 2019

By 2030, more than 50 percent of the U.S. economy will run on electricity derived from renewables. What are the implications as we shift the U.S. and global energy economies away from fossil fuels?

Topics: Energy Abundance Transportation Exponentials environment Tesla Batteries driverless autonomous vehicles self-driving cars exponential technology electric vehicles internal combustion engine cars ridesharing electric fleets GM Cruise future of transportation personal vehicles oil consumption EVs EV footprint electric vehicle technology energy storage oil ecological transit end of ICE future of driving Nissan toyota Waymo Elon Musk UPS fossil fuels
6 min read

In ten years, you will not own a car....

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jun 23, 2019

The era of the internal combustion engine (ICE) car is ending. We may have reached “peak ICE” production this past year.

Topics: Energy Abundance Transportation Exponentials environment Tesla Batteries driverless autonomous vehicles self-driving cars exponential technology electric vehicles internal combustion engine cars ridesharing electric fleets GM Cruise future of transportation personal vehicles oil consumption EVs EV footprint electric vehicle technology energy storage oil ecological transit end of ICE future of driving Nissan toyota Waymo Elon Musk UPS fossil fuels
14 min read

Abundance Insider: March 8th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Mar 8, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Backflipping zoomorphic robots, SpaceX’s autonomous ISS mission, and a new breakthrough in HIV+ treatment.

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Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Derek, Jason, Claire and Max

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This AI Lets You Customize How You Sound And Effectively Create A DIY Voice Deepfake

What it is: Modulate, a startup from Cambridge, Massachusetts, is bringing the human voice into the digital age. Using a generative adversarial network, Modulate allows you to add a voice “skin” to your digital avatar. Beyond the cool factor, the team’s goal is to allow you to speak up in games, social networks, or streaming chats with a level of anonymity that removes any fear of discrimination or harassment. All processing runs on your device to eliminate latency concerns, meaning you might be able to hear your digital voice in real time. Importantly, the technology also incorporates a digital audio watermark, acknowledging the potential for misuse.

Why it's important: While Modulate’s immediate focus markets right now lie in gaming — think World of Warcraft and social chat apps — additional near-term use cases include giving brands a unique voice, providing multiple speakers a consistent voice, or customizing voice in apps like Waze or Alexa. Zooming out, this illustrates how AI and GANs “as a Service” are becoming easier to create, use, and share with the world.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Tesla To Close Retail Stores, Only Sell Cars Online

What it is: To bring its Model 3 to market at a $35,000 price point, Tesla recently announced that it would be closing all retail sales and moving to an online-only sales model. The company is estimating an approximate cost reduction of 6 percent from the move, which will be passed to customers on the Model 3, Model S and Model X. Tesla also reduced its upfront deposit to $1,000, and is now allowing customers to return their vehicles for any reason up to 1,000 miles. In related news, Volvo unveiled the Polestar 2 all-electric sedan at the Geneva Motor Show. With a base model starting at $63,000 before $7,500 in federal incentives, the Polestar 2 will also be sold exclusively online, but goes a step further by offering an all-inclusive monthly price tag that includes insurance and maintenance.

Why it's important: These data points — combined with GM’s Cadillac subscription model, which we’ve previously featured in Abundance Insider — signal a dematerialization of auto sales and demonetization of adjacent products and services that were once an annoying hassle (e.g. maintenance at the dealer/body shop, insurance through your bank/broker). As this trend continues and converges with autonomy, look for business model experimentation to accelerate. If your business is related to auto sales, how will you adapt to take advantage of this opportunity?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Peter H. Diamandis & Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

HIV Is Reported Cured In A Second Patient, A Milestone In The Global AIDS Epidemic

What it is: For the second time after 12 years, an HIV-positive patient has entered long-term remission. The reported cure, however, was not purposefully engineered but rather discovered by chance: a true eureka moment for modern medicine. Intending to treat cancer in both HIV+ patients, doctors administered bone marrow transplants from donors with mutations in cell surface protein CCR5, and — astonishingly — cured both. While HIV uses CCR5 to enter immune cells, the virus cannot latch onto a mutated version of the protein, halting its spread. After introducing this genetic variation to his immune system, the “London patient” has now become the first since Timothy Ray Brown (cured in the late 2000s) to remain virus-free for over a year after antiretroviral therapy.

Why it's important: While scientists are debating whether bone-marrow transplants are a realistic option for general HIV treatment in the future, the implications are staggering. Many have already proposed much less invasive uses of the genetic mutation in CCR5, such as gene-therapy approaches that knock out the protein on immune cells or even predecessor stem cells. Yet others are investigating viral delivery systems that could hunt and delete CCR5 receptors. And new stem cell research might even allow HIV-resistant donors to offer resistant stem cells to any patient. We are truly living in an era that defies the impossible.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Max Goldberg / Written by Claire Adair 

The SpaceX Crew Dragon Team Nails Their First Major Milestones - Next Stop: A Crewed U.S. Space Mission

What it is: In the early hours of Saturday morning on March 2, SpaceX launched the historic Crew Demo-1 mission. With Crew Dragon, SpaceX became the first company to design, build, test, launch, and dock a spacecraft made to fly people to the International Space Station -- or anywhere in Earth’s orbit. Next, SpaceX is scheduled to launch Crew Demo-2, which will be the first manned orbital spaceflight to launch from American soil since the space shuttle last launched in 2011. It’s official: we’ve entered the next era of manned spaceflight.

Why it's important: Compounding on this historic achievement, Crew Demo-1 exemplifies the extraordinary progress and impact of the private space industry over the past two decades. And private companies like SpaceX are just getting started. It’s poignant that this extraordinary year for spaceflight falls on the 50th anniversary of humankind first landing on the Moon. What new discoveries and breakthroughs will we make in this next era of space travel?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Goodyear’s New Aero Tire Is Built With Flying Cars In Mind

What it is: At this week’s Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear unveiled its new concept Aero tire, designed to run on roads and double as a propulsion system for flying vehicles. With a non-pneumatic structure (not supported by air pressure), the tire would incorporate flexible new materials capable of both absorbing road shock and weathering stress during the car’s transition from horizontal to airborne. Another 2-in-1 would involve Aero’s propellor blades, built for the dual purpose of providing lift for an ascending car and supporting the weight of a moving, manned vehicle.

Why it's important: With an eye to the future of transportation, Goodyear’s Aero concept reflects a major paradigm shift towards multimodal tools and versatile structures that seamlessly transition between tasks, intelligently self-correct and meet any number of different demands. Beyond new tire technology, Goodyear has already begun to envision an Urban Aerial Mobility Ecosystem of 5G-enabled vehicle-to-vehicle communication, sensor-geared tire materials and condition-monitoring AIs. Combine these visions with the future of infrastructure, roadways and smart traffic flow, and Goodyear will need good company.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

MIT’s Speedy Mini Cheetah Robot Learns To Backflip

What it is: MIT’s latest Cheetah robot weighs only 20 pounds, but it can thrust itself into a 360-degree backflip, run at 5 miles per hour, and perform agile footwork. This lightweight, high-powered design marks the first time that a four-legged robot has performed a backflip. Further, the MIT engineers behind the robot built it to be incredibly robust and rugged. In the rare case that a part of the robot does break during its impressive acrobatics, it’s easy and inexpensive to fix. MIT’s goal with this robust robotics platform is “to form a mini cheetah research consortium of engineers who can invent, swap, and even compete with new ideas.”

Why it's important: Robots are becoming less expensive and more capable everyday. Beyond Cheetah’s applications in disaster relief, this robust robotics platform enables researchers to innovate in ways that will transform how we interact with technology in the future. How might you use anthropomorphic and zoomorphic robots in your everyday life?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

 

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12 min read

Abundance Insider: January 18th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 18, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: One-minute healthcare clinics, bioprinted spinal cord repairs and how AI systems “think.”

Cheers,
Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Derek, Jason, Claire and Max

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A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts -- Just Like We Do

What it is: Researchers at the MIT-IBM Watson Lab are using General Adversarial Networks, or GANs, to help explain how artificial intelligence systems “think.” GANs are a form of AI that pits two neural networks against each other to achieve a larger goal, such as creating new pictures of dogs, human faces or swapping heads in photos. In a process akin to knockout genes in biology, the researchers trained their GANs on pictures, and then turned neurons on and off to discover what they represented. Strikingly, the GANs representation of features closely mirrors how humans represent concepts like trees or doors — and even the nuances between types of trees or doors and how they fit into particular images (e.g. clouds go in the sky, versus the grass). As an illustration, the team has created an app called GANpaint, which you can use to experiment.

Why it's important: As we grow increasingly reliant on AI systems to make decisions for us and automate our lives, it’s critical that we begin to understand how these algorithms work.  Look for this example to spur new lines of research, as well as feedback loops to make AI’s smarter and more effective.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Claire Adair / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Bio-Printers Are Churning Out Living Fixes To Broken Spines

What it is: In a groundbreaking study, researchers from the University of California at San Diego successfully bioprinted spinal implants to regenerate spinal cords in injured mice. Essentially, the team printed a 3D biomimetic hydrogel scaffolding, customized to a given rodent with spinal cord damage. They filled this scaffolding with neural progenitor cells (basically spinal cord stem cells), which facilitate axon (spinal cord cell) regeneration. After implanting the scaffold-neural cell matrix into the mice, the researchers observed axon regrowth around the implant. Eventually, the mice regained partial movement of their hind legs.

Why it's important: Bioengineers are using 3D printers and regenerative medicine to completely transform how we rehabilitate, cure and repair the human body. Current applications include replacing bones, augmenting dentistry, custom-fitting prosthetics, replacing organs and repairing nerves. While most bioprinting research is carried out in vitro (in Petri dishes), this experiment was performed in living mice, explicitly showcasing this technology’s ability to transform quality of life. As Peter is discussing in his Longevity and Vitality blog series, various regenerative medicine technologies are converging to dramatically extend the healthy human lifespan.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg

Researchers Discover A Method To Make 3D Printing 100 Times Faster Using Light

What it is: Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new 3D printing method that can produce complex shapes at up to 100 times the speed of traditional 3D printers. In conventional stereolithography, 2D images are projected onto liquid resin that hardens when exposed to light, but the stacking of these solid layers is far too slow a process for commercial-scale print runs. By using two different wavelengths of light, however, this printing method can now selectively harden specific parts of the printed resin while keeping resin near the projection window liquid. This allows for continuous printing (no incremental layering involved!) and massive speed improvements.

Why it's important: 3D printing has seen impressive adoption rates across manufacturing, but with slow printing speeds, it has yet to hit the big ranks. By selectively hardening photoreactive resin and thereby enabling a continuous print job, however, this method offers both a speed upgrade and major advances in structural integrity over filament 3D printing. Also capable of printing with a number of new resins, the technology has tremendous potential to commercialize high-speed and high-resolution additive manufacturing. Move aside, injection molds.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair

Face-Scanning A.I. Can Help Doctors Spot Unusual Genetic Disorders

What it is: DeepGestalt, an AI built by the Boston-based tech company FDNA, is extending the applications of facial expression to identify children with rare genetic disorders. In a recent study involving 17,000+ kids with over 200 disorders -- many of which have recognizable facial features -- the AI correctly distinguished between subtypes of disorders 64 percent of the time. In contrast, human clinicians have a roughly 20 percent success rate. To achieve this feat, FDNA first trained DeepGestalt to identify faces in general, and then applied transfer learning to identify deviations from normal to spot possible disorders.

Why it's important:  Already in use with FDNA’s Face2Gene platform, this AI will help clinicians accurately identify and treat disorders faster and less invasively. This AI also leverages transfer learning, one of the key breakthroughs from DeepMind that enabled it to learn to play new Atari games from scratch. Where else can this process be applied? Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin

Ping An Good Doctor Launches Commercial Operation of One-Minute-Clinics-In-China

What it is: Ping An Good Doctor, China’s largest online healthcare services provider, has now expanded its AI-geared “one-minute clinics” across eight major Chinese provinces and cities. With signed service contracts for almost 1,000 units and a growing user reach of over 3 million patients, the company has stocked its 24/7 compact booths with more than 100 categories of cryogenically refrigerated common drugs, purchasable through smart vending machines. Each clinic houses an ‘AI Doctor,’ trained to collect data on patient symptoms and medical history through voice and text input, after which one of Ping An’s human doctors provides remote diagnoses, medical advising, and immediate online prescriptions.

Why it's important: As the Chinese government drives forward a comprehensive “Healthy China” strategy, the nation’s online healthcare market continues to boom. Predicted to surpass US$14.4 billion in value by 2025, the domestic market has seen countless new players, with Ping An Good Doctor at the helm. Offering everything from online consultations for over 2,000 common diseases to one-hour drug delivery services, Ping An’s platform serves as a groundbreaking example of digitized and democratized healthcare: a glimpse of the future in which any patient can access transparent health information, expert advising and medical care anytime, anywhere. Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair

Tesla Proposes Microgrids With Solar And Batteries To Power Greek Islands

What it is: Tesla leadership recently met with the government of Greece as a preliminary step in deploying energy storage microgrids on the Greek islands. Similar to the systems that Tesla deployed in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Samoa, these systems would include photovoltaic solar arrays to capture energy, and energy storage battery banks. Tesla has had a presence in Greece for several years, and previously built an electric motor research and development center there.

Why it's important: This year, solar energy broke records all over Europe. Across the region -- and the world -- we’re seeing lower prices and larger solar farms than ever before. Tesla’s efforts to drive down the cost of photovoltaics and battery storage put the company at the forefront of the solar energy evolution.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

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Topics: Abundance Insider 3D Printing Data healthcare Tesla Batteries bio-printing solar solar energy biotech
13 min read

Abundance Insider: January 11th, 2019

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jan 11, 2019

In this week's Abundance Insider: Roll-up TVs, next-gen smart supermarkets, and a new Gigafactory breaks ground.

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Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Derek, Jason, Claire and Max

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TomTom Debuts End-To-End Autonomous Driving System At CES 2019

What it is: TomTom, the company that brought portable GPS to your car before the smartphone era, is entering the autonomous vehicle space through a partnership with the Japanese automotive systems manufacturer Denso. The duo will combine TomTom’s mapping technology with Denso’s in-car sensors, cameras and radar to effectively crowdsource and update road conditions via TomTom’s Autostream, which shares updates across vehicles. Ultimately, they hope to get to Level 2 autonomy for use on highways and major urban roads.

Why it's important: As autonomous vehicles continue their advancement, we’re seeing an ecosystem develop as companies seek to tie into the massive opportunity ahead. How can you apply or tweak what you are doing today to add value in an autonomous future?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Scientists Engineer Shortcut For Photosynthetic Glitch, Boost Crop Growth By 40 Percent

What it is: In a plant engineering feat, researchers have found a way to boost photosynthesis efficiency in crops. Quick refresh: photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy. However, the enzyme responsible for turning CO2 into sugars that fuel plant growth, RuBisCo, fails to distinguish between oxygen and CO2 about 20 percent of the time. This results in a plant-toxic compound that must be discarded through photorespiration, costing plants precious energy resources. However, scientists have now engineered alternate pathways to reroute and shorten the photorespiration process, saving resources for photosynthesis and boosting crop growth by 40 percent in real-world agronomic conditions.

Why it's important: As we quickly approximate a world population of 8.5 billion by 2030, eliminating the inefficiencies of photorespiration could play a pivotal role in feeding the globe. As explained by principal investigator Donald Ort, “We could feed up to 200 million additional people with the calories lost to photorespiration in [just!] the Midwestern U.S. each year.” Perhaps most exciting, more efficient plants would provide greatest aid to tropical regions that need it most, eliminating the world’s highest rates of photorespiration and offering an abundant harvest more immune to rising temperatures.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

LG’s Groundbreaking Roll-Up TV Is Going On Sale This Year

What it is: A year ago at CES, we saw the first concept rollable organic-LED (oLED) TV from LG. Now, LG is bringing the foldable TV to market as its flagship 4K OLED TV for 2019. Boasting incredible audio and video quality, these innovative TV’s will be available for purchase in the spring.

Why it's important: We’re in a materials science renaissance, and consumer electronics are driving the newest developments. From state-of-the-art transistor fabrication in the integrated circuits in our devices to conductive and transparent touchscreens in our phones, to these rollable flat screens, cutting-edge materials science permeates every facet of our experience with technology. Imagine holograms made possible by optical metamaterials, or high-resolution augmented reality glasses made of cutting-edge ceramics and polymers.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Tesla CEO Musk Breaks Ground At Shanghai Gigafactory To Launch China Push

What it is: Amidst China’s rapid transition from combustion engine vehicles to what the Chinese government terms ‘new energy vehicles’ (NEVs), Tesla has now formally begun construction of its Gigafactory 3 project on the outskirts of Shanghai. Expected to cost about US$2 billion, Tesla’s Shanghai Gigafactory will be China’s first wholly foreign-owned car manufacturing plant, and is set to produce Model 3 electric vehicles by the end of 2019. Aiming for a vehicle capacity of 500,000, the plant marks Tesla’s first major step into the largest auto market on the planet, joining an array of impressive domestic competitors.

Why it's important:  In the wake of a tense trade war between China and the U.S., Tesla’s inroads in the Chinese market and localization of production may serve a fruitful role in strengthening U.S.-China collaboration. In a meeting with Elon Musk this week, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed that Tesla could be a “participant in China’s opening up and a promoter of stable China-U.S. relations,” further welcoming greater collaboration with companies worldwide as well as foreign investment. As global challenges and breakneck technological growth continue to transcend national borders, we may soon witness a wave of similar collaborations, strengthening both business and political ties, and unifying us through shared solutions.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Claire Adair 

The Insta360 Titan Records 11K 360 -- That Still Plays On Smartphones

What it is: Insta360, maker of the Insta 360 One X, which is bringing 360-degree VR cameras to the masses, is moving into high-end cinematic experiences. Retailing at $15,000, the company is releasing the Insta 360 Titan, which can record at 11K resolution with 10 bits of color and at 30 frames per second. While that might seem like overkill if you don’t have an 11K screen, Insta360’s ClearView enables playback based on users’ field of view, so the video is fully capable of running on a smartphone.

Why it's important: An 11K resolution is well beyond the 8K that many, including Palmer Luckey, believe is the cutoff point to deliver a fully immersive experience. At a price point of $15,000, will this high-end rig cause a sizable uptick in VR content as barriers to production disappear?  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Microsoft And Kroger To Create Data-Driven Connected Grocery Stores

What it is: Microsoft and Kroger, the largest supermarket in the U.S. by revenue, are partnering to create the hyperconnected supermarket of the future. They’ve recently transformed two retail stores (in Monroe, Ohio and Redmond, Washington) using connected sensors powered by Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. Personalized ads will guide the shopping experience, leveraging a previously built digital shelving system already present in dozens of supermarkets across the country.

Why it's important: With the next evolution of supermarkets and retail stores, shoppers will no longer waste time searching for the products they desire. We‘re already witnessing organizations rethink the foundation on which they build their physical spaces (e.g. retail stores, cities). Rather than architecting store layouts first and overlaying technology on top of them, companies are now building stores (and cities, like Google’s Sidewalk Labs), from the internet up.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

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13 min read

Abundance Insider: July 6th, 2018 Edition

By Peter H. Diamandis on Jul 6, 2018


In this week's Abundance Insider: 3D printed cardiac patches, Tesla and PG&E's California Powerpack plans, and shape-shifting dragon drones.

Cheers,
Peter, Marissa, Kelley, Greg, AJ, Bri, Jarom, Joseph, Jason, Claire and Max

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Alibaba Launches Automated Robot Restaurant in Shanghai

What it is: At one of Alibaba’s high-tech Hema grocery stores, China’s e-commerce giant has launched its first automated dining experience. Enter Robot.He, a fresh seafood restaurant navigable with QR codes and served by robots. As you enter with Hema app in hand, a quick QR code scan shows you your table and automatically notes your seat in the system for Hema's robotic waiters. Head next to a fresh array of seafood and handpick your own ingredients, paid for in-app and carried to the kitchen via Hema’s in-store conveyor belt system.

Why it's important: Alibaba’s Robot.He is only the beginning of a wave of companies transforming the restaurant experience with robotic servers and digitally streamlined dining. Just last month, Alibaba’s main rival JD.com announced that it will be launching 1,000 entirely robot-run restaurants by 2020, and U.S. restaurants like Creator and Spyce Kitchen are now riding the wave with their own meal-customizing robotic chefs. But while restaurant automation may seem threatening to traditional service jobs, it could also unlock myriad new roles in retail and service industries, allowing humans to do what we do best -- assisting and interacting with consumers, educating diners on cuisine -- and building out a broader experience economy.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Phillip Stutts / Written by Claire Adair 

Study: No Known Upper Limit to Human Longevity

What it is: An international team of scientists have come to the conclusion that there is no known limit to human lifespan. Published in the journal Science last week, the findings are based on a new set of high-quality data collected on Italians over the age of 105. While risk of death increases exponentially from age 65 to 80, the range of risk increases after 80 -- meaning that risks are more varied person to person -- and after age 105, overall risks seems to plateau at an average 50 percent of living another year.

Why it's important: Even without the many advances we have made in recent years to save lives and extend healthy lifespans, this analysis suggests that mortality is not a foregone conclusion, as many might believe. Look for this to begin to turn public opinion, and for an increased acceptance of longevity research overall.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Tesla and PG&E Announce Massive Powerpack Battery System for California

What it is: Tesla is well known for its bold entrance and disruption in the auto industry. Bleeding-edge battery technology, however, is at the core of Tesla's electric vehicle development and innovation. That battery technology has implications far beyond longer-range electric vehicles. Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric are developing a massive 1.1 Gigawatt-hour battery storage bank in California -- enough to power hundreds of thousands of homes. If successful, this collaborative project would more than double the 1 Gigawatt-hour of battery storage already deployed by Tesla around the country.

Why it's important: Disrupting an industry and driving exponential growth requires rethinking all aspects of an industry -- supply chain and strategic partnerships alike. One of the greatest barriers to transitioning to a fully renewable energy (namely solar and wind power) economy is our ability to store the energy that we harvest from these renewable sources. To date, battery costs have been enormous -- but they are plummeting, thanks to heavy investment and research and development from companies like Tesla.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Scientists 3D Print Human Cardiac Patch

What it is: Chicago startup Biolife4D just announced the successful 3D printing of a human cardiac patch, a major milestone in the quest to 3D bioprint fully functioning organs. According to CEO Steven Morris, the achievement is notable for two critical advancements: "First, it demonstrated Biolife4D’s ability to take a patient’s own blood cells, reprogram them back into stem cells, reprogram them again to make the different type of cells which we need to 3D bioengineer our human heart viable for transplant, and then successfully 3D bioprint with those cells to make living human heart tissue. Second, this is the first time that a cardiac patch was 3D bioprinted [with the] multiple cell types of which the human heart is made, includ[ing] preliminary vascularization."

Why it's important: While this is just a piece of the goal of printing a human-scale heart replete with valves and blood vessels, printing with multiple cell types and vasculature simultaneously is a major breakthrough. Look for this methodology to lead to innovations in other organs such as the liver, and increased life expectancies in the very near future.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Skye Lininger / Written by Jason Goodwin 

Flying 'Dragon' Drone Can Change Shape in Midair

What it is: Researchers at the University of Tokyo have built a drone that can change shapes, and slither through the air like a snake. The drone is comprised of several small drones that can move with respect to each other, changing the shape of the overall drone. The system uses AI to autonomously manipulate itself through narrow spaces. Each of the small drones propels itself with a fan that it can thrust-vector to change its direction on the fly. The entire drone runs on one battery, which can power the drone for three minutes of flight.

Why it's important: Achieving autonomous flight of a complex system of several sources of thrust is extraordinary. Controlling vehicles is difficult enough, and programming vehicles to control themselves is a completely different challenge. Beyond the impressive control system, this drone architecture will have some practical applications once it’s further developed. Imagine a flying AI-powered robot to help you around the house. We will also see interesting applications of these flexible drones in industries like insurance and infrastructure maintenance.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Marissa Brassfield / Written by Max Goldberg 

Why China is Spending Billions to Turbocharge its Economy With Robots

What it is: The world's largest manufacturing economy, China produces about one-fourth of all global goods. But as rising wages and an aging population cut into company profits, President Xi has called for a robot revolution in manufacturing. Driven by the state’s Made in China 2025 campaign -- an ambitious plan to lead in areas like automation, microchips and self-driving vehicles -- China deployed 87,000 industrial robots in 2016, and this growth is predicted to surpass 20 percent year-on-year through 2020. As companies like Foxconn aim for 30 percent automation by 2020 with full-time “Foxbots,” others like Geekplus Robotics have joined the 3,000+ robot manufacturers launched with generous government funding and local policy support.

Why it's important: China’s tremendous government push in robotics is only one of the many tech initiatives on Beijing’s agenda. And as Chinese companies find it increasingly difficult to compete on cheap labor, local government officials and private sector players are more than matching Beijing’s efforts, slashing hundreds of thousands of jobs and pouring in tens of millions (USD) in funding for everything from robot-operated warehouses to automated cake companies. But while some fear mass unemployment and growing wage gaps, almost two-thirds of Chinese survey respondents seem optimistic about AI’s impact on their lives. Already planning ahead for the automated age, China’s Ministry of Education has unveiled plans to enroll 23.5 million students in 3-year vocational programs by 2020, targeting 21st century skills and new economic opportunities.  Share on Facebook

Spotted by Morgan McDermott / Written by Claire Adair 

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