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21st Dec 2020

As we approach the end of a disruptive, quite an understatement, 2020 the team here at APTIM-Solutions wish you a happy holiday period and to those celebrating Christmas we wish you a Merry Christmas.

We look forward to further success with you in 2021 and hope you enjoy this last edition of the newsletter for this year.

BUILD SMALL, THINK BIG2020-12-16
Most people in the developed world are largely disengaged from the vast quantities of energy we consume. It has become a seamless part of everyday life. However, the source and means of energy production has become one of the most politically-charged questions of this century. As the climate crisis looms ever larger, how and where we produce our energy has mutated beyond being a question of energy policy and planning into one of the core debates society must address as we attempt to conceptualise a just transition from unchecked exploitation of the natural world.
TEST-TUBE-TREAT: THE FUTURE OF LAB-GROWN MEAT2020-12-11
With 2020 being the year of dystopia becoming reality, Singapore’s decision to approve chicken meat grown in a lab poses some interesting questions about the future of feeding our growing population.
ABB TO DEVELOP HIGH POWER EV CHARGING SOLUTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AFC ENERGY2020-12-18

ABB has announced the launch of a strategic partnership with AFC Energy to create the next generation of high power sustainable electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for grid constrained locations [AFC: AIM] - AFCEnergy.

Utilizing ABB’s energy storage solution and market leading DC electric vehicle fast chargers along with AFC Energy’s zero emission, high efficiency hydrogen fuel cell, the strategic collaboration will deliver a fully autonomous, high power EV charging system, to provide an end-to-end solution for high power charging sites with limited grid connection.


Our view:
With the deployment targeted for Q2 2021 this is an interesting development between ABB and AFC Energy and will further enable the move towards electric vehicles.
CIPS: FUTURE TECHNOLOGY IN SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS2020-12-16
Supply Chain Digital gains insight from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) on the future of technology in supply chain and logistics “The future of supply chains is being transformed globally by the development of a more digitalised environment,
BIOHACKING: IS THIS THE FUTURE OF SKINCARE?2020-12-15
From 3D skin printers to digital twins, skin health specialist and biohacking enthusiast, Jasmina Vico, makes her predictions over the future of skincare
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES ARE TAKING FORD INTO THE FUTURE TODAY2020-12-03
Ford Motor Co. has adopted the phrase “Factory of Tomorrow” to describe its vision of the future, which includes in part a plan for the automaker to transform into “a truly digital operation.” The phrase is a little deceiving,
SOME AMAZON RAINFOREST REGIONS MORE RESISTANT TO CLIMATE CHANGE THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT2020-12-14
The current Earth system models used for climate predictions show that the Amazon rainforest is very sensitive to water stress. Since the air in the future is predicted to get warmer and drier ...
WATER FUTURES BEGIN TRADING ON WALL STREET AMID CLIMATE-RELATED SHORTAGE FEARS2020-12-10
This week, water has begun trading on the Wall Street commodities futures market for the first time, joining the likes of gold, oil and wheat.
COMMUNITY-OWNED RENEWABLE ENERGY IS A CLIMATE JUSTICE CHARTER IMPERATIVE2020-12-18

The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, now and in the future,’ says Debra Roberts, co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II.

“We will advance socially owned and community-based renewable energy systems supported by participatory budgeting and incentives for workplaces, homes and communities. Such energy technologies must be industrialised in South Africa using renewable energy. Efficient use of energy and technology will be crucial in this transition.”


WEALTHIER, WHITER AREAS ARE MORE LIKELY TO GET HELP AFTER FIRES, DATA SHOW2020-12-16

New research offers further signs that racial and economic inequality leave some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change. WASHINGTON — Wealthier and whiter neighborhoods stricken by wildfires are more likely to get help to reduce the risk of future fires, new data suggest, the latest evidence that racial and economic inequality leaves some Americans more exposed to the worsening effects of climate change.


TIME FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS2020-12-04

Dr Abdur Rehman Cheema December 4, 2020 Localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is how local and regional governments and other local governance actors can critically contribute towards the overall achievement of the SDGs. Local governments are ultimately judged on their ability to provide their citizens with quality basic services such as water, sanitation, health, education, waste management, and transport. Failure to provide the basic quality services has serious repercussions for human wellbeing, environmental sustainability, and economic development. A local or municipal revolution will in fact lead to achievement of SDGs. Local governments are willing and able to rise to the challenge of providing basic services, but they need the human, technical and, above all, the financial resources to do so. Moreover, basic service provision is best where empowered local governments have the authority, resources, and capacity to fulfil their responsibilities in service delivery. Challenges to establishing effective local governments must be overcome to guarantee universal access to quality basic services and to build an inclusive and environmentally sustainable future in which human dignity, economic development and social justice are enjoyed by all. The Constitution of Pakistan requires meaningful devolution of political, administrative and financial powers to local governments under Article 37 and Article 140-A. However, in Pakistan, local governments have been struggling for meaningful political, administrative and financial devolution particularly in the aftermath of the 18 th Amendment to the Constitution o


PWC COMES UP WITH FRAMEWORK TO HELP DRIVE LOCALISATION ACROSS PUBLIC SECTOR2020-12-03
Tribune News Network Doha Supply chain resilience constitutes a key strategic objective and a national security concern for all countries. It is even more
FRANCE, CHINA DEVELOPING BIOLOGICALLY ENGINEERED SUPER SOLDIERS2020-12-20
France gave the go ahead for augmented soldiers, and some fear the super troopers could be the new norm in the recent future.
Our view:
Will these soldiers be the new norm? We're entering the realms of "robocop" with some of these innovations which for France include using drugs to keep troops awake for long period of time and combat stress. Ensuring that the technology is used in an ethical manner is going to be paramount - but who is going to police the police?
BRINGING COLOCATION CLOSER TO THE EDGE: A GUIDE TO THE NEW PARADIGM SHIFT2020-12-18

Seamlessly reliable and responsive applications are now expected by consumers and businesses: from video conferencing and content streaming to gaming and software distribution. Furthermore, ultra-low latency in the sub 10ms range, and so well below the current 50 – 150ms of Content Delivery Networks, is seen as essential in delivering future 5G and IoT enabled technologies and applications: from driverless vehicles to remote surgery and automated factories.

Moving data processing, storage and networking resources closer to users and end devices is key to all of the above as it reduces network cost, congestion and latency. Ensuring low latency in the ‘last mile’ allows cloud providers, network operators and enterprise businesses to maintain the experience and loyalty of their existing customers while also unlocking new market opportunities.


LYFT’S DRIVERLESS CARS WILL BE ROLLING OUT TO MORE US CITIES IN 20232020-12-17
Self-driving cars seem like something that we can look forward to in the future. There is a lot of potential behind the technology, such as the potential to reduce accidents as computers should have faster reaction times than us, which means that avoiding ...

7th Dec 2020

THE ANTHROPOCENE IS… HEAVY: SCIENTISTS FIND HUMAN-MADE OBJECTS NOW OUTWEIGH ALL LIFE ON EARTH2020-12-10
As human consumption and pollution have led to a reduction in the Earth’s biodiversity, those same activities have helped to create so many human-made objects that the weight of such materials is expected to exceed that of all people,
FORGET GOOGLE—COULD CHINA BE ABOUT TO DESTROY BITCOIN?2020-12-05
China researchers are claiming they've matched Google's "quantum supremacy," again raising questions over bitcoin's future in a post-quantum computer
MUCK AND SLURRY: MAKING BEST USE OF IT – AND HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT2020-12-05
Improving nutrient management will, without doubt, be one of the major planks in future funding for the industry.
VERTICAL FARMING, HYDROPONICS AND AI LIGHT THE WAY FOR URBAN FARMS OF THE FUTURE2020-12-01
Start-ups such as Deptford’s Vertical Future are applying hi-tech methods to grow crops indoors – with not a clod of soil in sight
BANGLADESH NEEDS TO BETTER SOIL HEALTH FOR FUTURE FOOD SECURITY2020-12-06

8 hours ago ... The minister also inaugurated a 'soil museum software' and unveiled the cover of a book titled 'Land Degradation in Bangladesh'. Fisheries and Livestock ... | Maintaining biodiversity of soil is a must to ensure future food security, experts observed at a seminar on Saturday. To raise food output for a growing population, maintaining good health of soil is an indispensible part of agricultural practice, they viewed. The experts came up with the opinions at the seminar organised by the agriculture ministry at a city hotel on the eve of World Soil Day- 2020. Soil Resource Development Institute (SRDI), Food and Agriculture Organization of UN, Practical Action Bangladesh (PAB) and Soil Science Society of Bangladesh (SSSB) were also co-organisers. The day was observed in Bangladesh with the theme 'Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity'. Agriculture Minister Dr Mohammad Abdur Razzaque while speaking as the chief guest through online, said population has been rising by 2.2 million heads every year. We have a great challenge ahead of raising food production to feed the rising population , he added. To maintain a sustainable growth in crop production, it is now i


G.M. SCALES BACK ALLIANCE WITH ELECTRIC TRUCK START-UP NIKOLA2020-11-30
A new agreement, supplying hydrogen fuel cell technology from General Motors, is less sweeping than the strategic partnership outlined in September.General Motors and Nikola, a high-profile start-up aiming to produce electric trucks, said on Monday that they had reached an agreement to work together only on hydrogen fuel cells, replacing a broader alliance they originally outlined in September.
GROWING DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING2020-12-06
Reporting of ESG analysis and impacts is becoming central to the work of private-equity firms COVID-19 has helped foster the recognition that impacts on the natural world can help indicate future ...
THIS NEW CYBERATTACK CAN DUPE DNA SCIENTISTS INTO CREATING DANGEROUS VIRUSES AND TOXINS2020-12-01
A new form of cyberattack has been developed which highlights the potential future ramifications of digital assaults against the biological research sector. On Monday, academics from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev described how "unwitting" biologists and scientists could become victims of cyberattacks designed to take biological warfare to another level.
SALIVA-BASED SMARTPHONE PLATFORM BUILT FOR RAPID COVID-19 TESTING2020-12-13

The new test works as effectively as the well-established quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction method , ... | We believe this smartphone platform, a similar future application, offers the potential to rapidly expand Covid-19 screening capacity, and potentially simplify the verification of contact tracing, to improve local containment and inform



23rd Nov 2020

THE ROLE OF BLOCKCHAIN IN AFRICA'S ENERGY TRANSITION2020-11-20

Nov 20, 2020 7:44 am GMT Nov 20, 2020 2:38 pm GMT 74 views Source: Bizcommunity Blockchain is expected to play an essential role as African countries transition towards a distributed, digitised, and decentralised power system... The increasing volumes of embedded renewable generation, such as wind and solar PV, have led to a reduced reliance on centralised power sources and energy grids. In doing so, this has the potential to increase grid reliability as well as make small-scale renewable power sources a viable alternative to the ageing power fleets that many African countries battle to maintain. Legacy systems are being overhauled, with energy companies implementing more reliable and advanced digital systems, particularly to improve operational efficiency and security, says Chanda Nxumalo, director at Harmattan Renewables. This is where advances in digital technology can be harnessed to help utilities better manage their energy needs through the optimisation and digitisation of systems, as well as through the deployment of blockchain technology. Nxumalo says that blockchain, for example, enables more secure management of energy data while meeting the energy needs of smart cities of the future. She points out that blockchain will play an instrumental role in the global transition to renewable energy which will lead to more efficient responses that will ultimately allow for optimal energy management. Blockchain has a number of strengths that really give it tremendous value within the renewable energy sector, including disintermediation, security, transparency and automation. She says that the increasing exchanges between different parts of


WHAT REGULATING BIG TECH HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE2020-11-22

October 26, 2020 Im not giving people who voted for Trump a free pass, but a look at what millions of people consume for hours a day on their socials provides some perspective. When combined with the robustness of right-leaning talk radio airwaves, we are seeing endless troughs of what Id charitably call low-information content. Its a deep sowing of untruths that cant be uprooted with a few newspaper articles that debunk the lies. And its why a lot of the media analysis in the wake of this election seems off to me. THIS is the story. It all comes from here. This is where people get their information, bake it into their worldview, and serve it up to their friends and families and Facebook feeds. Its horrible for the future prospects of a truth-based world. And its terrible for climate. Like Roose, Im a little obsessed with CrowdTangle. I use their climate tool to get a bead on what people are saying or not saying about the crisis on Facebook. Its a sobering lens. People are not saying much. And when they do talk, theres both deeply insubstantial and inaccurate content. Its a giant pile of yikes. One last point on this alreadytoolong thread: IMO, there's not much hope of a LW media to match RW media. The only real longterm hope for progressives, in media as in politics, is to restore a base level of social trust & solidarity in the US. Without it nothing else is possible. David Roberts (@drvox)


FOUR FUTURES, ONE CHOICE: THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IN 20402020-11-16
A new study examines four scenarios for how the construction sector and the built environment will look by 2040. Lead author Dr Didem Gürdür Broo discusses how the choices we make today can shape a better future.
THE ROLE OF DRIVES AND CONDITION MONITORING IN DIGITAL TWINS2020-11-30
What will the digital twin look like in the of the future and what role will drive technologies play? Dominik Follmann, head of the ‘Technical Infrastructure for Digital Twins’ (TeDZ) project at KEB ,

9th Nov 2020

QUANTUM MEMORY AND ASSOCIATED APPLICATIONS2020-11-12
By contrast, quantum computing relies on operations carried out on a sequence of physical entities named a sequence of qubits (short for quantum of bits). Although each qubit also has two states as a bit, quantum mechanics allows each qubit to be in a coherent superposition of both states.
CRITICAL UPDATE: WHAT A TREASURY OFFICE IS LEARNING FROM ITS BLOCKCHAIN PROJECTS2020-11-03

FIT , almost two dozen Treasury Department officials explore emerging and evolving technologies that are still buzzy and on-the-rise todaybut could be scaled across the federal government in the not-so-distant future. The inaugural episode of the seventh season of Nextgovs Critical Update podcast dives deep into that work, which lately places a sharp focus on artificial intelligence, end-to-end efficiencies and blockchain technology. Our blockchain work actually originated back in 2017, when we were considering different technologies that we wanted to look further into, and blockchain has become really a very notable emerging capability, explained Adam Goldberg, the acting assistant commissioner of FIT, who has been with the office since the very first day it originated, in 2010. We wanted to look at it because it had a lot of benefits, including greater efficiency, transparency, automation, and resiliencyand so we really wanted to look further into those benefits. Goldberg and the team have learned a great deal about the decentralized, digital recording tool since that time. He offered a look into previous blockchain-centered efforts leading up to the teams present work , which hones in on the technology's potential to track how federal grant payments are distributed out to the right recipients. Deloitte is also supporting the effort. Among other topics, Goldberg detailed how it could all one day advance the governments issuance of grant-based fundingand provided a peek into the tech that underpins the project. There was no blockchain that I went out and purchased at the local blockchain store. This was a capability that we developed along with our industry partner, and we put that together based on the needs of what the community was looking for, he said. The office is also puzzling out potential uses for artificial intelligence in the realm of treasury warrants, and over the next year, insiders plan to


THE PAST IS KEY TO PREDICTING FUTURE CLIMATE ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY2020-11-06
A new study co-authored by Dr Heather Ford from Queen Mary’s School of Geography suggests that predictions of future climate change should include simulations of past climates. Such models are used globally to assess the impacts of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions,
WORSE PANDEMICS TO COME WITHOUT ACTION TO CURB HARM TO...2020-10-29

Pandemics will emerge more often and be more lethal and damaging without action to reduce the harm to nature that leads to new diseases, scientists have warned. It is possible to escape the era of pandemics but it requires a shift from responding with public health measures and developing vaccines towards preventing diseases emerging, experts said. That means tackling the unsustainable exploitation of the environment, including clearing forests for farming, more intensive agriculture, and trade in and eating wild species, which increase contact between wildlife, livestock and people and has led to almost all pandemics, a new report warned. Taxes on eating meat and livestock production, curbing the wildlife trade in species that present a high risk of a new disease and conservation of protected areas are among the measures suggested in the report. Taking steps to reduce the risk of pandemics would cost around 40-58 billion US dollars a year (31-45 billion), the experts estimate. But that would be vastly less than the cost of having to deal with pandemics such as Covid-19, which had already cost eight to 16 trillion US dollars (6-12 trillion) by July 2020. Scientists have issued a stark warning on future pandemics (Yui Mok/PA) The report on pandemics and nature stems from a workshop of 22 experts from around the world, convened by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). It warns there are an estimated 540,000 to 850,000 currently undiscovered viruses in birds and mammals such as bats, rodents and primates that could have the ability to infect humans. Risks are rapidly rising, with more than five new diseases emerging in humans every year any of which has the p


BUILDING CITY-SCALE DIGITAL TWINS2020-10-28
Large scale digital twins have the potential to combine a multitude of data source and tools into one unified environment, facilitating strategic planning and modelling capabilities previously unthinkable — a service increasingly in demand for those that ...
GENOMIC PREDICTION TECHNOLOGY UNCOVERS NEW CRISPR SAFETY CONCERNS IN HUMAN EMBRYOS2020-11-02

GDPR Genomic Prediction Technology Uncovers New CRISPR Safety Concerns in Human Embryos Company's high-resolution preimplantation genetic testing platform enables discovery of unexpected - and unintended - CRISPR changes to human embryonic DNA. News provided by Nov 02, 2020, 10:00 ET Share this article , Nov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new cutting-edge study, Genomic Prediction's advanced genomic analysis techniques provide unprecedented detail into how genetic editing using CRISPR plays out in human embryos revealing unintended chromosomal deletions. The discovery, in the journal Cell, reveals that attempts to edit a single gene can result in the elimination of whole or large parts of chromosomes in the embryo. CRISPR Can Cut Out Whole Chromosomes in the Human Embryo The research has far-reaching implications for the safety of embryo genetic editing and the future of genetic disease therapy. It also highlights the importance of state-of-the-art comprehensive preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) in single cells that can identify these complex editing changes. "Genomic Prediction's PGT provides the most comprehensive analysis of the embryonic genome available today," said Nathan Treff , Genomic Prediction Chief Science Officer and co-author of the study. "Without the high-resolution map of the genome our platform provides, it would not have been possible to see the unexpected effects CRISPR was having at the chromosomal level." PGT makes it possible to investigate over 800,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms, genome-wide copy number, and the parental origins of genetic abnormalities from a single human embryonic cell. "Our discovery that the human embryo loses chromosomes as a result of a break in the DNA provides new insight into clinically relevant mechanisms of chromosome loss, as breaks can often occur spontaneously and contribute to developmental


PREPARING FOR A HUMAN MISSION TO MARS2020-11-13
Future human missions to Mars depend on field research in an environment similar to that of Mars. It will enable the evaluation of operational concepts and optimization of strategies.

26th Oct 2020

JP MORGAN VETERAN DANIEL MASTERS EXPLAINS HOW BLOCKCHAIN WILL END COMMERCIAL BANKS2020-10-24

JP Morgan's former global head of energy trading, Daniel Masters, was among the first traditional investors to get into bitcoin, helping craft the value proposition that many institutional investors now embrace. CoinShares As much as bitcoiners and crypto enthusiasts try to deny it, bringing in converts from traditional finance is the best way to legitimize and publicize the industry in the eyes of many investors. One of the earliest executives to take the leap was CoinShares executive chairman Daniel Masters. After a long and distinguished career as a commodities trader with JP Morgan and elsewhere, he serendipitously stumbled upon bitcoin after the commodities supercycle ended following the global financial crisis. Masters immediately saw the potential of bitcoin and blockchain, and he realized that his background as a technologist and commodities trader was tailor-made to make him an ambassador for this new industry to a net set of individual and institutional investors. At the same time, through building his crypto investment management company, he was able to look into the future of this industry and see what developments lie ahead, as well as upcoming clashes between crypto insurgents and entrenched financial incumbents. Forbes sat down with Masters to get his thoughts on the future of this industry. Excerpted from Forbes CryptoAsset & Blockchain Advisor . Forbes: Lets discuss your proverbial bitcoin conversion moment. How did you first hear about bitcoin? What was your reaction? Daniel Masters: Before I found bitcoin, I was finishing a very high profile and successful career in commodities. I started at Shell Oil, spent time at Salomon Brothers, transitioned to JPMorgan, and in 1999 went out on my own to manage two big hedge funds (one discretionary and the other thesis driven). Our basic thesis was that China was about to consume vast amount


GOLDSTEIN: FEDS SCRAPPED 100 YEARS OF DATA ON CLIMATE CHANGE2020-10-24

GOLDSTEIN: McKenna flip-flops on carbon taxes, totally Blacklocks Reporter also said that in an earlier report on forest fires, Environment Canada blamed climate change for record-shattering forest fires in British Columbia that destroyed 3.3 million acres in 2018, omitting the Chinchaga Firestorm that destroyed five million acres in B.C. and Alberta in 1950. Advertisement This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content continued To be fair, the fact that it omitted observed weather data from 1850 to 1949 in developing its computer models is not evidence in and of itself of an attempt by Environment Canada to mislead the public. Omitting observed historical weather data from computer models is common in climate science because of differences in the quality of the reporting of weather data today, compared to 1850 when historical records started being kept. Also, weather is not climate. Computer climate models dont claim to predict what the weather will be like on any given day, month or year. They predict long-term weather and climate patterns. Climate scientists test their validity by assessing whether their models predicting future climate patterns can explain climate change patterns in the past, which is based on more data than that provided solely by historical records. Finally, the fact that in some cases regional temperatures were warmer in the past than today, does not disprove the theory of human-induced climate change. Having said that, McKenna and other politicians give the public inaccurate information about climate change all the time. McKenna, during a recent visit to Toronto, blamed flooding at the south end of the Don Valley Parkway on man-made climate change. Except that area has been flooding since the glaciers retreated 12,000 years ago, long before industrial greenhouse gas emissions existed. We apologize


MICROSOFT AND BENTLEY SYSTEMS TO ACCELERATE DIGITAL TWIN INNOVATION2020-10-22
The alliance will explore opportunities for digital twins in urban planning and develop new smart city solutions Bentley Systems has announced its Strategic partnership with Microsoft Corp. focusing on advancing infrastructure for smart city urban planning ...
DESIGNER BABY TECHNOLOGY: THE FUTURE OF DESIGNER BABIES2020-10-19
The future of genetic engineering is full of many possibilities and improvements for our society. Currently, designer baby technology is only used to make sure the parents of a future child will not have a child with an incurable disease.

12th Oct 2020

FRUIT FROM HAITI TO BE DELIVERED USING BLOCKCHAIN2020-07-08

REDDIT The Haitian Ministry of Commerce plans to use blockchain technology to supply local fruits, such as avocados, mangoes, and pineapples. The initiative is part of the Business and Investment Development Project (PDAI), which is supported in the republic by the World Bank, Haiti Libre reports.

Haiti has already held a tender among fintech companies. It was won by the AgriLedger startup, which was entrusted with the task of transferring payments to distributed ledger and implementing the technology to track fruit deliveries and life cycle.

The blockchain system will enable farmers to directly sell their crops in the markets and set a fair price for fruits. It is noted that the cost of production will now depend on real supply and demand, and not on negotiations of third parties.

According to Michel Ange Pantal, the PDAI project manager, among other things, blockchain will guarantee buyers the expected quality of goods. Consumers will be able to check the identity of the farmer, the origin of the product on GPS, as well as trace the pricing at each stage of the supply chain of certain fruits.

The local Ministry of Commerce is proposing to sponsor training and technical assistance for future members of the decentralized system. The authorities intend to provide all these services via blockchain as well.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron called on the EU to use blockchain in the agrarian sector to compete with US, Chinese, and Russian farms. In particular, the politician proposed to apply the technology to manage the supply chains of agricultural products.

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MOBI ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE GRID INTEGRATION STANDARD ON BLOCKCHAIN IN COLLABORATION WITH HONDA, PG&E, AND GM AMONG OTHERS2020-10-06

MOBI Announces the First Electric Vehicle Grid Integration Standard on Blockchain in Collaboration with Honda, PG&E, and GM Among Others News provided by Oct 06, 2020, 16:01 ET Share this article First blockchain-based EVGI Standard tackles energy and climate challenges by enabling a decentralized, electrified mobility future LOS ANGELES , Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI)'s member-led Electric Vehicle Grid Integration (EVGI) Working Group created and launched the automotive industry's first global standard incorporating blockchain technology into a decentralized vehicle charging system. The EVGI Working Group released its first technical design specification, which covers the system designs and data schemas required for three core use case areas: Vehicle to Grid Integration (V2G), Tokenized Carbon Credits (TCC), and Peer to Peer (P2P) applications. While MOBI's EVGI Standard does not prescribe any particular application or underlying distributed ledger technology (DLT), it ensures that pertinent data attributes and functionalities of each use case are available for organizations to utilize in creating their own applications. "Implementing the EVGI Standard will provide a variety of benefits for players on all sides of the electric vehicle and charging ecosystem," said Tram Vo, MOBI's COO and Founder. "Electric vehicles, chargers, and electricity producers can have a secure identity, communicate with a standard messaging format, and automatically record transactions such as charging, generation, and exchange on a distributed ledger." Created by a group of global automotive leaders, startups, and large technology companies, the EVGI Standard is a foundational step toward solving some of the most pressing climate and mobility challenges. MOBI's EVGI Working Group is chaired by Honda and General Motors (GM), with su


POLAR BEARS KEEP THRIVING EVEN AS GLOBAL WARMING ALARMISTS KEEP PRETENDING THEYRE DYING2020-10-11

This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content continued The polar bear's resilience should have meant the end of its use as an icon of global warming doom One reason that the 2007 predictions of future polar bear survival were so far off base is that the model developed by American biologist Steven Amstrup (now at Polar Bears International, an NGO) assumed any polar bear population decline would be caused by less summer ice, despite the Beaufort Sea experience. Moreover, Amstrup and fellow modelers were overly confident in their claim that summer ice was critical for the polar bears survival and they had little data on which to base their assumption that less summer ice would devastate the polar bears prey. Consequently, many scientists were surprised when other researchers subsequently found that ringed and bearded seals (the primary prey of polar bears) north of the Bering Strait especially thrived with a longer open-water season, which is particularly conducive to fishing: These seals do most of their feeding in summer. More food for seals in summer means more fat seal pups for polar bears to eat the following spring, a result thats probably true throughout the Arctic. As long as polar bears have lots of baby seals to eat in spring, they get fat enough to survive even a longer-than-usual summer fast. And while its true that studies in some regions show polar bears are lighter in weight than they were in the 1980s, there is no evidence that more individuals are starving to death or becoming too thin to reproduce because of less summer ice. Not all bears get enough to eat in the spring, of course. Starvation has always been the leading natural cause of death for polar bears, due to a number of factors including competition, injury, tooth decay and illness. Some cancers induce a muscle-wasting syndrome that leads to faster-than-usual weight loss. This is


WHY HYDROGEN FUEL CELL STOCKS POPPED TODAY2020-10-09

up 10.9% as of 12:05 p.m. EDT. Meanwhile, FuelCell Energy ( ) is up an even 10%. That's probably not a coincidence -- it looks like FuelCell Energy is the one that sparked the rally. Image source: Getty Images. So what By now you know the story. Fuel cell systems are being touted as the newest new wave of the future in renewable energy By running hydrogen gas through a proton exchange membrane, fuel cells can generate electricity, and the only "waste product" from the reaction is water. Of course, none of this is particularly useful unless you've got some hydrogen fuel to begin with. Aiming to get to the head of the supply chain, earlier this year first Plug Power, and then Bloom Energy, made moves to deepen their exposure to hydrogen production. Plug Power acquired United Hydrogen and Giner ELX in a move to " capture the entire hydrogen value chain " in June. Soon after, Bloom Energy teamed upwith South Korea's SK Engineering & Construction to do the same thing. Now, FuelCell Energy seems to be preparing to follow the same path. This morning, FuelCell announced that it has secured $8 million in Department of Energy funding to build a "SureSource electrolysis platform" that can produce hydrogen. FuelCell says the project "represents a key step in FuelCell Energy's path to commercialize its high efficiency solid oxide electrolysis technology," and investors seem to agree. Now what More than that -- and more than just good news for FuelCell Energy -- investors today are taking the company's announcement of a really very modest-sized government contract as an indication that the hydrogen economyis just around the corner. Before you get too caught up in that hype, though, a couple of caveats need to be highlighted. Interest in hydrogen as a fuel source is a real thing. In Canada, for example, the province of Alberta is gearing up to use its sizable natural gas reserves as a source of hydrogen for export. In Europe, governments are said to be plannin


BUILDING DIGITAL TWINS OF EARTH COULD HELP EUROPE CUT CARBON EMISSIONS2020-10-12

A digital twin of Earth could help inform policy-makers EDUARD MUZHEVSKYI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty Images Work is set to begin within months on building digital twins of Earth to better predict the future of climate change, extreme weather and the environment. The Destination Earth projectaims to create a crucial tool for everyone from politicians and city planners to energy companies and reinsurance firms to simulate in unprecedented detail how human and physical systems will change in a warming world. Three digital twins are initially planned, which would be detailed simulacrums of reality built on satellite and field data Continue reading Subscribe for unlimited digital access Subscribe now for unlimited access App + Web


FENG ZHANG INTERVIEW: CRISPR CAN FIGHT COVID-19 AND CLIMATE CHANGE2020-10-07

Jessica Hamzelou Rocio Montoya [UPDATE: After this article went to press, it was announced that Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna had been awarded the 2020 Nobel prize in chemistryfor pioneering the CRISPR gene-editing technique.] IT IS no exaggeration to call Feng Zhang one of the most groundbreaking scientists working today. In his 20s and 30s, he helped develop two revolutionary technologies. The first, known as optogenetics, involves inserting genes into brain cells to allow them to be switched on and off by shining a light on to them. This technique has helped us understand how the brain works and is being explored as a potential treatment for some neurological conditions. The second, CRISPR is a gene-editing technology that promises to correct a near-limitless list of human diseases These days, Zhang has a dual appointment at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and the Broad Institute, both in Massachusetts, and is often spoken of as a future Nobel laureate. Powerful tools can be used in different ways, however, and when it comes to CRISPR, there have already been some worrying developments. Two years ago, biophysicist He Jiankuiwas widely criticised and eventually handed a prison sentence for using CRISPR to gene edit human embryos. Many researchers, including Zhang, feel his actions were an ethical overstep. Meanwhile, Zhang is party to an ongoing dispute over who should own the patent for CRISPR. Other scientists were first to publish details of the technology, but he was quickest to show it works in human cells. New Scientist caught up with Zhang to discuss those controversies and to get the low-down on the future Continue reading Subscribe for unlimited digital access Subscribe now for unlimited access App + Web



28th Sep 2020

PORSCHE INCREASES INVESTMENTS IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES WITH FOCUS ON BLOCKCHAIN AND AI STARTUPS2020-09-24

AI ) by around $176 million over the next five years, according to a company press release publishedSeptember 25. The increase in Porsches total investment in venture capital activities for next five years was prompted by the need to gain access to trends, new technologies and business models, the press release notes. The investments will be aimed at early and growth stage businesses that relate to customer experience, mobility and digital lifestyle, as well as future technologies including blockchain, AI, and virtual and augmented reality. Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman and member of the executive board for finance and IT at Porsche AG, noted that the company must fundamentally change [their] business model in order to see success in the future, adding: To date, innovation has been driven to a large degree by technology and with strong links to our current core competencies [...] It is essential that we build a strong ecosystem with competent partners. Earlier this year, Porsche had begun exploringthe use of blockchain applications in its vehicles in partnership with the the Berlin-based startup XAIN. In the Sept. 25 press release, Porsche notes that Porsche Ventures is already a minority shareholder in a firm that uses blockchain to manage vintage vehicles history. In March, Daimler AG, a car manufacturing giant famous for its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands, revealedit was testing its own blockchain-based digital currency, the MobiCoin, that would rewards drivers for environmentally-friendly driving habits. Also in March, another German car manufacturer, Audi, had announcedthat it had been testing blockchain technology for its physical and financial distribution processing. Related Articles:


COASTAL FLOODING, CLIMATE CHANGE WILL CREATE A NEW US HOUSING CRISIS2020-08-29

As water levels rise due to climate change, coastal flooding is becoming more and more threatening. This is likely to cause a new housing crisis, as home valuations on the coast haven't fully baked in the threat of climate change and flooding. But there are steps Congress and the federal government can do to head off this crisis before it gets too severe. As climate change continues to increase the frequency and intensity of storms, and as sea level rise and coastal erosion push storm damage further inland millions of additional American properties are at risk for cat


50 POWERFUL PHOTOS FROM THE GLOBAL CLIMATE PROTESTS TO INSPIRE YOU TO TAKE URGENT ACTION2020-09-27
Led by Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future movement, thousands of young people took part in a Global Day of Climate Action – both physically and digitally – on 25 September.
RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE SHAKEUP COULD RESHAPE SC ENERGY WAR2020-09-16

Nukegate disaster (the botched construction of a pair of next-generation nuclear reactors in Jenkinsville, S.C.). Not surprisingly, most of these cooperatives charge their customers residents of some of the Palmetto States poorest counties exceedingly high rates. Marlboro has been an exception to the rule, though, keeping its rates low and assisting its consumers throughout the coronavirus pandemic Now its customer-driven approach is set to spread across the region. According to a news release, Marlboro has entered into a management agreement with neighboring which serves an estimated 30,000 residential customers in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, and Marion counties. Under the terms of the agreement which would take effect on September 18, 2020 Marlboro chief executive officer William Fleming Jr . will serve as president and chief executive officer of both cooperatives. This strategic partnership will enable the neighboring energy providers to create economic benefits, long-term efficiencies and provide overall improved service for all members. Fleming has been president and CEO at Marlboro since 2014. Previously, he was vice president of marketing and development at Pee Dee. A Harvard business schoolgraduate, Fleming also holds degrees from the University of South Carolinaand has an applied mathematics certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT ). With his proven leadership record and past Pee Dee Electric experience, we are pleased to have William Fleming take the management reins, Pee Dee chairman James Goodson said in a statement. We look forward to the continued success of Pee Dee Electric and our members under this partnership agreement. Fleming said he was very excited and grateful to enter into the new partnership with Pee Dee. (We) see this relationship as providing opportunities to continue PDEC boards focus on rates and facilitating growth for all members and


NEW CONSUMER GOODS COALITION TO ACCELERATE SYSTEMIC EFFORT TO REMOVE DEFORESTATION AND FOREST DEGRADATION FROM KEY COMMODITY SUPPLY CHAINS2020-09-22

Walmart The Forest Positive Coalition of Action has committed to act in the following key areas: 1) Engage with suppliers and traders to ask they implement Forest Positive actions across their entire commodity operations; 2) Join forces to address forest conservation challenges in key production landscapes; 3) Encourage governments and stakeholders to create an enabling environment for forest conservation; 4) Ensure transparency and accountability by regularly reporting on progres. As part of their commitments, members of the Coalition will work constructively with governments both in producer nations and importing nations to encourage them to put in place practical measures to support a forest positive future. The Coalition will advocate and support practises to change behaviours and processes at a macro-level to support global forests and not one specific area. Grant Reid , President & CEO, Mars, Incorporated and CGF Board Co-Sponsor of the Forest Positive Coalition, said, "We believe forest protection is a driver of economic growth, not a sacrifice to growth. Forest protection provides healthy ecosystems and supports productive landscapes and resilient communities. In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, we must ensure that efforts to protect forests are part of the global response. This response requires all actors with an interest in ending deforestation and who are committed to being part of the solution to come together". Alexandre Bompard , Chairman and CEO, Carrefour and CGF Board Co-Sponsor of the Forest Positive Coalition, said, "We are actively changing our model in order to become forest positive businesses. We are fully committed to engaging supply chain actors, taking action on the ground and working collectively to catalyse change. Multi-stakeholder action is critical, particularly political engagement at the national and regional levels, as is strong suppo


CRISPR: STILL TOO SOON TO TRY ALTERING HUMAN EMBRYO DNA, EXPERTS SAY2020-09-04

Its still too soon to try to make genetically edited babies because the science isnt advanced enough to ensure safety, says an international panel of experts who also mapped a pathway for any countries that want to consider it. Thursdays report comes nearly two years after a Chinese scientist shocked the world by revealing hed helped make the first gene-edited babies using a tool called CRISPR, which enables DNA changes or edits that can pass to future generations. He Jianqui did this to three babies when they were embryos to try to make them resistant to infection with the AIDS virus and described it in exclusive interviews with The Associated Press. Mainstream scientists condemned his experiment as unethical, and he was sentenced to three years in prison for violating Chinese laws. The experts commission was formed in the aftermath by the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the United Kingdoms Royal Society. The group doesnt take a stance on whether editing embryos is ethical, just whether its ready scientifically -- and deems that its not. A separate panel formed by the World Health Organization is to report on ethics issues later this year. The commission does say that if a country allows this, it should be limited to cases where people have no or very poor options for having a child without the disease. Initial attempts should be for serious diseases caused by a single gene, such as muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, the blood disorder beta thalassemia and Tay-Sachs, a neurological disease, the report says. Altering genes to try to enhance traits such as muscle mass or height is not endorsed. It gives much better clarity about what it would take to go forward and that now is not the time, said Jeffrey Kahn, bioethics chief at Joh



14th Sep 2020

JPMORGAN CHASE SELLS BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM, TAKES STAKE IN BUYER2020-08-28

Aug 27, 2020 at 9:22PM Author Bio Eric has been writing about stocks and finance since the mid-1990s, when he lived in Prague, Czech Republic. Over the course of a varied career, he has also been a radio newscaster, an investment banker, and a bass player in a selection of rock and roll bands. A native New Yorker, he currently lives in Los Angeles. JPMorgan Chase NYSE:JPM ) has divested from Quorum, the blockchain platform it developed, but will still indirectly hold a piece of the business. A privately held fintech company, ConsenSys, has purchased Quorum; it is now known as ConsenSys Quorum. As part of the deal, JPMorgan Chase is also investing strategically in ConsenSys. The two companies revealed neither the terms nor the price of the deal. They also did not specify how large a stake JPMorgan Chase was obtaining in ConsenSys. However, in remarks quoted by Reuters, the latter company's CEO, Joseph Lubin, said that "there is a commercial arrangement [for ConsenSys] to continue to support JPMorgan in their projects." Image source: Getty Images. A blockchain is a type of distributed ledger. Blockchain is best known as the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, but it also has numerous other potential applications in fields as varied as real estate and logistics. JPMorgan Chase developed Quorum to assist with financial transactions. These days, it powers the sprawling bank's global payment hub, the Interbank Information Network. JPMorgan Chase built Quorum with the Ethereum network, the open-source technology that is the basis of ether, a popular and relatively longstanding cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrencies were a hot item among investors in the mid-to-late 2010s. Since then, however, enthusiasm for them has died down for a number of reasons, not least because they still have few direct, real-world use cases. JPMorgan Chase's stock did well on Thursday, rising 3.3% on the day against the 0.2% advance of the S&P 500 index. Motley


TUNISIA'S STARTUPS TARGET SAVING WATER & BEES TO COUNTER GLOBAL WARMING'S EFFECTS2020-09-11

Aa Global warming is having a sizeable impact on agriculture in some North African countries. In Tunisia, for example, a 2016 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization, forecast that drought could deplete national water resources by nearly 30% over the next ten years. The organization believes that these dwindled reserves could lead to a significant decline in vegetation, resulting in fewer pollinating insects like bees. Last year, the country had an estimated 12,000 beekeepers, according to the National Agency for the Promotion of Agricultural Investments. In a bid to safeguard their future, the Tunisian government is encouraging tech startups to develop solutions to counter climate changes effects on nature. Busy bees Thirty-three-year-old engineer, Khaled Bouchoucha, is the CEO of IRIS Technologies. He started developing an environmental innovation back in 2011. My father is a beekeeper, and we lost a lot of bees that winter, he told Inspire Middle East. It was due to the high level of humidity, so, I thought about building an air conditioning system for the beehive. With funds of $30,000, he launched an electronic device called the smart bee, which monitors bees on a daily basis and sends farmers smartphone updates. His business created a buzz amongst local farmers, resulting in Bouchoucha generating sales of $50,000 last year. The honey production was not the same before [using the device], it was not organized, says local beekeeper, Walid Alhamdi. I had no idea of how much honey bees [could] produce, but with this device its simpler for me. Water scarcity A cow drinks from a shallow pool of water In 2018, a World Bank report stated that more than half of North Africas water consumption exceed what was naturally available. Forty-year-old software engineer Yeser Bououd is the CEO of Ezzayra, and with capital of $150,000 he developed water-saving technology for farmers. Having launched the project four years ago,


COOPERATIVES IMPACTED BY COVID-19 TO GET STRATEGIC HELP MEDAC2020-09-08

Nation Wan Junaidi (second left) officiating at the general meeting of Koperasi Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) Bhd. Bernama photo PUTRAJAYA: Cooperatives that are adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will be given strategic recovery assistance through the Cooperative Commission of Malaysia (SKM), said Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. He said SKM was asked to look into the cooperatives that needed rehabilitation assistance across the nation, among others, relating to the direction of the said cooperative and strategies they have implemented to support the cooperative movement. Last night, I received five/six WhatsApp (messages) from Sarawak, Perlis, which asked when assistance will be given to their cooperativeswe will help them, nationwide, if there are requirements based on a study, he said after officiating the general meeting of Koperasi Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives (MEDAC) Bhd here yesterday. Koperasi Sawah Sempadan Tanjung Karang Bhd, Koperasi Jabatan Penjara Malaysia Bhd and Koperasi Permodalan FELDA Malaysia Bhd each received RM1 million from SKM recently as cooperative rehabilitation assistance due to the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Wan Junaidi, a total of 14,625 cooperatives were registered under SKM as at Dec 31, 2019, with a membership of some 6.09 million people. On Koperasi MEDAC Bhd, Wan Junaidi said its establishment is a move in the right direction in line with the ministrys role as an entity responsible for spearheading the development and affairs of the


KELLEY BLUE BOOK: TOYOTA DOUBLES DOWN ON HYDROGEN FUEL CELL TECH WITH A REDESIGN OF THE MIRAI2020-09-09

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INDUSTRY 4.0 DEMANDS A NEW APPROACH TO ASSET MANAGEMENT2020-09-09
It is critical for organisations to manage their asset base with future flexibility, scalability and control, says Kim Custeau, global asset performance management lead, AVEVA Businesses acquire other businesses,

31st Aug 2020

BRITISH GRADING DEBACLE SHOWS PITFALLS OF AUTOMATING GOVERNMENT2020-08-20
The uproar over an algorithm that lowered the grades of 40 percent of students is a sign of battles to come regarding the use of technology in public services.
17 TOWNS BEING SLOWLY SWALLOWED BY THE SEA2020-08-11
The world's most vulnerable shoreline communities face an uncertain future. Losing the fight against Mother Nature, we highlight 17 towns gradually being reclaimed by the ocean
TECHNOLOGY TO CHANGE THE WAY HORTICULTURE IS MANAGED ...2020-08-14

Aug 13, 2020 ... Farmer at the core of precision farming revolution. The Global Future Farming Summit at Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands saw experts ... | Australian company The Yield focuses on a problem all growers share: uncertainty created by weather.


ZUTARI LEVERAGES DIGITAL SKILLS AND TOOLSETS TO ENHANCE ITS PROJECTS | YIBA2020-08-27
Make no mistake, the digital revolution and associated disruptive technology has arrived at Africa's shores and is awaiting our collective ... | The global digital economy is estimated to be worth at least three trillion dollars today. It is clear, as with all other exponential technology, that the leading countries are the ones who had early awareness, made the strategic choices and increased participation levels. Historical, systemic inequality has resulted in a...

14th Aug 2020

NEC TO USE BLOCKCHAIN TO MATCH INDIAN IT TALENT WITH JAPANESE FIRMS2020-08-13

August 13, 2020 -- 05:22 GMT (06:22 BST) | Topic: Innovation Image: NEC NEC has partnered with Persol Career Co to kick off a proof of concept targeted at companies seeking to hire foreign IT engineers. Persol, which calls itself a "high-class human resources strategic platform" that also specialises in other recruitment services, such as job advertisements and support for recruitment of new graduates in Japan, will be using blockchain to match mostly Japanese companies with suitable candidates from India. Six companies in Japan, including GMO Internet Inc and Wired Beans Co, are participating in the recruitment trial. Must read: Blockchain: A cheat sheet (TechRepublic) Engineers who participate in the service will be required to take an IT skill test where experience, skills, achievements, and resumes are confirmed. "With this information, recruiters can expect to increase the success of their recruitment activities," NEC said. According to NEC, the service is based on the concept of self-sovereign identity, where individual identity holders can "fully create and control their credentials, including how their personal data is shared and used". Through the proof of concept, NEC and Persol hope to evaluate the needs of India-based IT engineers seeking to work in Japan, simplify the recruitment process for Japanese recruitment companies, and ensure the adequacy of the programming skill check. This proof of concept will be carried out with a smartphone application that leverages "All-or-Nothing Transformation" (AONT) technology, developed by NEC, in addition to blockchain technology. See also: Is FOMO making enterprises unnecessarily leap into blockchain? "Job seekers can securely and easily manage (add/edit/delete) their highly confidential information, such as personal data, set access control for data disclosure, prevent falsification of information, and ensure high authenticity," NEC said. This skill check test res


VIDEO: SLOWING DEFORESTATION IS THE KEY TO PREVENTING THE NEXT PANDEMIC BUT WHAT DOES THAT COST?2020-07-27

Video: Slowing deforestation is the key to preventing the next pandemic but what does that cost? by Les Kaufman, The Conversation Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a recent journal article a team of biologists, medical scientists, environmental scientists and conservationists proposed a number of measures to reduce the likelihood of future pandemics, many of which originate with wild animals such as bats. They argue that spending billions of dollars per yeara fraction of the cost of pandemicson programs that reduce deforestation would curtail wildlife trade and support the communities that live on the forests' edge. Les Kaufman, professor of biology at Boston University and a member of the team, spoke about what causes pandemics, and how we might prevent them. What was this study trying to find? I helped organize a group of researchers from a variety of related disciplines to ask the question: "Can we suppress the emergence of pandemic pathogens like what we're experiencing now with COVID-19?" The estimated cost of dealing with COVID-19 is that it will wind up in the tens of trillions of dollars globally We propose spending about $22 billion to $30 billion a year on programs that will reduce the likelihood of future pandemics emerging from the edges of tropical forests. Boston University professor biology Les Kaufman talks about what causes pandemics, and how much it would cost to reduce their likelihood. What people may not realize is that there are at least two potentially pandemic pathogens coming into the human population every year. And about every one or


MEDALLIA CEO ON HOW MACY'S AND SEPHORA MAKE 'DIGITAL TWINS' OF CLIENTS2020-08-05

It's hard out there for a retailer. The industry was one of the most impacted by the sudden impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic which forced many stores to close nearly overnight, even as they immediately pivoted to the online shopping models that became their only way to reach customers. Some of the most devastating effects of the pandemic on the industry happened behind the scenes, however.The outbreak significantly impacted the ability for retailers to gather data to predict future shopping habits an important tool that informs which and how many products they should keep in stock. With consumer shopping habits changing so quickly, retailers were left without the information they needed to see if the trends were long-term or just a blip. And with many stores still closed and , companies have to rely on historic data to power the artificial intelligence-backed analytics tools that help them make those important decisions around inventory, promotions, and other critical operat


WHAT IS THE ROLE OF STAKEHOLDERS IN PURPOSEFUL BUSINESS – CUITAN ...2020-08-10

Aug 9, 2020 ... 1 4 Stakeholders Bracken S Ib Business. The british academy's future of the corporation review into the role of business in society brought to ...



24th Jul 2020

WHY SHOULD WE HAVE A UNIFIED DIGITAL IDENTITY?2020-07-23
In a way, these digital identities have become part of the fabric of society, and it’s hard to imagine them going away. With the spread of COVID19, the need to provide a method to uniquely identify people on a large scale has become paramount in developing a long-term response to this and future pandemics.
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT SUED BY 23-YEAR-OLD MELBOURNE STUDENT OVER FINANCIAL RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE2020-07-22

A 23-year-old Melbourne law student is suing the Australian Government for failing to disclose the risk climate change poses to Australians' super and other safe investments. Key points: The world-first case alleges the Government failed in its duty to disclose climate change's impact on the value of government bonds The case is being led by a 23-year-old student and investor who says she did it to "protect her future" Experts say it could open the floodgates for other litigation by tying climate change to real-world financial risk The world-first case filed today in the Federal Court alleges the Government, as well as two government officials, failed in a duty to disclose how climate change would impact the value of government bonds. Katta O'Donnell, the head litigant for the class action suit, said she hoped the case would change the way Australia handled climate change. "I'm suing the Government because I'm 23 [and] I th


VERTICAL AEROPONIC FARMS COULD FEED OUR FUTURE, SAY NORWICH SCIENTISTS2020-07-14

@ChrisHill75 PUBLISHED: 00:01 14 July 2020 | UPDATED: 08:16 14 July 2020 Aeroponic 'vertical farms' could become an increasingly important way of producing food in the future, according to a new study by Norwich scientists at the John Innes Centre, technology firm LettUs Grow and the University of Bristol. Picture: Jack Wiseall JackWiseallPhotography Vertical farms with soil-free, computer-controlled environments may sound like science-fiction but researchers say they could become a vital source of food on our changing planet, or even beyond. Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Aeroponic 'vertical farms' could become an increasingly important way of producing food in the future, according to a new study by Norwich scientists at the John Innes Centre, technology firm LettUs Grow and the University of Bristol. Picture: Jack Wiseall Scientists at the Norwich-based John Innes Centre are among the authors of a new study which explores how biology and engineering can combine to accelerate the development of aeroponic growing systems which use nutrient-enriched aerosols instead of soil. This type of indoor agriculture where crops are cultivated in stacked platforms with their water, lighting and nutrient sources carefully controlled by machines is already used to grow high-value crops such as salads, pak choi, herbs, small brassicas, pea shoots and bean shoots. The research looks at where future research and funding should be targeted to improve the future productivity of aeroponic vertical farms, so they can make better use of limited space in cities, optimise natural resources by recapturing and recycling nutrients and water, and allow cultivation in inhospitable locations like deserts, the Arctic, or even space. Dr Antony Dodd, a group leader at the John Innes Centre and se


DORIS, SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC, AVEVA ALIGN TO DELIVER OIL AND GAS DIGITAL TWINS2020-07-20
Schneider Electric, and  have agreed to develop a strategic partnership to deliver Digital Twin technology for the upstream oil and gas markets. These new solutions will support the goals of oil & gas organizations to improve asset performance,

10th Jul 2020

NEW HARDWARE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE OFFLOADS TASKS FROM SOFTWARE TO REDUCE ENERGY USE2020-05-09
Form Energy contracts with Minnesota utility to develop 1 MW, 150 MWh pilot storage project Recent developments in photonic circuits and invisibility quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial i To just solve a puzzle or play a game,
Our view:

The rapid pace of change in artificial intelligence and its components such as machine learning require, at present, a large amount of energy to run; you just have to look at some of the energy requirements identified in mining bitcoin and the impact its having on the environment.

This study by Purdue University is looking at how this energy use can be optimised using quantum materials.

AFRL: AF INVESTIGATING USE OF QUANTUM MATERIALS IN NEW NAVIGATION TOOL2020-05-09
Robert Bedford, Luke Bissell, Chandriker Dass and Michael Slocum are finding practical applications for the curious phenomena that occur in quantum materials. Until the late 1990s, the properties or even the existence of such materials seemed little more than theoretical.
Our view:
A fascinating article looking into the use of quantum materials as a navigation tool over the earth's crustal field rather than core field in the eventuality that GPS is not available (e.g. in the case of a conflict where it is of vital and strategic importance).
NEW DATABASE HELPS SCIENTISTS TRACK CLIMATE CHANGE OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS2020-04-29

Natures Archives, and NOAA says its the most comprehensive temperature change database ever assembled. Paul Roebber, a UWM distinguished professor of atmospheric science, says NOAAs data gives context to changes climate scientists are observing. "We know that the increases that were seeing now in carbon dioxide levels and temperature levels are unprecedented for hundreds of thousands of years. So thats our way of being able to say, OK, were really doing something thats really significant in terms of the climate system compared to what weve ever seen in the past, Roebber says. He says this new information from NOAA will help researchers bring more information to light. He calls it a process of self-correction. "From the climate change perspective, what was known over the past 30 years of research is that self-correction has led unfortunately to an increasingly dire prognosis about the future of our climate because the initial projections, while certainly severe, were actually underesti


LABORATORY FACILITY PROPOSAL IN THE UK EXPLORES BIO-MATERIAL POTENTIAL IN URBAN DEVELOPMENT2020-07-07
UK. the project explores bio-regeneration as a tool for future urban development, using natural systems for the creation of renewable energy, food, and bio materials while mitigating the harsh effects of climate change.
CORONAVIRUS AND THE INDOOR FARMING REVOLUTION2020-05-19

life extension ; I assumed such meals would be delivered by drone. But now I see a future with no food deserts, in which every home is filled with rotating space-station-like hydroponics run by artificial intelligence a cornucopia of push-button farming providing the side salad to your plant-based meat.? Even if you dont grow your own, robot-run vertical farms and community agrihoods, now springing up everywhere, will make amazing-tasting produce abundant and cheap. The locavores of our era like to boast about their 100-mile diet Yours will look more like a 100-yard diet.? Green, not soylent? Its worth remembering that it wasnt supposed to be this way. The 2020s, in fact, is when we were slated for starvation, food riots, and big business quietly processing our corpses into food.? Thats the plot of the 1973 movie Soylent Green , set in the year 2022. Fruit and veg have all but vanished. In one scene, Charlton Heston's detective hero smuggles home a single tomato and a wilted stick of


CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEFORESTATION MEAN EARTH'S TREES ARE YOUNGER AND SHORTER2020-05-29

NPR The forests of today will not be the forests of tomorrow. Rising temperatures, deforestation, development and climate-induced disasters are transforming the very makeup of the Earth's forests, new research published in the journal Science finds. Older, bigger trees stalwarts in their respective ecosystems are being lost at an alarming rate, making the planet's collective forests shorter and younger. The shift is being driven at different rates by different causes in different places, the study's authors say, but the consequences will be global. Old growth forests absorb and store massive amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide. They provide habitat for rare and critically endangered species, and foster rich biodiversity. And they're disappearing fast. Researchers found that the world lost roughly one-third of its old growth forest between 1900 and 2015. In North America and Europe, where more data was available, they found that tree mortality has doubled in the last 40 years. Warming temperatures, wildfires, logging and insect outbreaks were among the many causes of the decline, says Nate McDowell, the study's lead author. "Perhaps more concerning is that the trajectory of all these disturbances are generally increasing over time and are expected to continue increasing into the future," he says. McDowell, who works with the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is a tree physiologist by training. His focus is on how trees are impacted by rising temperatures, arguably the biggest driver of forest change. To get a broader understanding of how forests are shifting globally though, he brought in more than 20 other researchers with varying expertise. Together, they sifted through more than 160 previous studies about tree mortality and its global causes, applying current satellite data and modeling to create perhaps the most comprehensive look at the Earth's shifting forests to date. "It's not a shock but it's very sad," sa



14th May 2020

It's been a while since our last newsletter as we've been busy working on our custom intelligence gathering solution, Bloodhound, which we look forward to launching in the near future. There's so much content and data out in the world and it can be hard to sift through the noise to get to the truly important and relevant information. Bloodhound helps us do that and the content in this newsletter is one of the outcomes from our platform.

Our aim is to bring you information and opinions that you may otherwise not have come across or thought about. In this edition we have collated some interesting content covering the topics of disruption, disruptive technology, climate change and the future in a post-pandemic world.

THE STATE OF INDUSTRY 4.0 IN 20202020-05-09
Those moving forward with Industry 4.0 initiatives are reaping the benefits of sophisticated new capabilities while the laggards are realizing the need to catch up quickly.
Our view:

Industry 4.0 was first introduced in 2011 in Hannover. A recent study by SAP shows that most firms are focused on automation, AI and IOT.

WHEN AI TAKES ON EUROVISION: CAN A COMPUTER WRITE A HIT SONG?2020-05-09
Bizarre lyrics, atonal melodies and a koala synth; Nic Fildes enters the world of algorithm-inspired Europop
Our view:

We'll let you judge this one on your own. Blue Jeans and Bloody Tears

EFFECTIVELY LEVERAGING AI TO BOOST CUSTOMER LOYALTY THROUGHOUT COVID-192020-05-09
By Jaime Scott, CEO and co-founder of quality assurance and agent improvement platform,EvaluAgent The potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to transform customer service is certainly nothing new.
Our view:

This is an area that is controversial. We've all been on those websites where the chatbots appear and we can't get rid of them and it ruins the customer experience. This is a case of making sure that you're delivering what your customers actually want. Ask them. There's no point implementing a new technology and thinking you're being disruptive just because it's the latest technology. Disruption is not just about being on the bleeding edge.

AGENDA: COVID-19: THE COMMUNICATION VIRUS2020-05-11
Add in self isolation and people with a hearing loss are at a huge communication disadvantage. We know that people affected by deafness are more likely to have poor mental health due to the barriers they face daily: the use of white goods in the kitchen,
Our view:
Add in self isolation and people with a hearing loss are at a huge communication disadvantage. We know that people affected by deafness are more likely to have poor mental health due to the barriers they face daily: the use of white goods in the kitchen,
SEA LEVELS COULD RISE 1.3 METERS BY 2100, SCIENTISTS WARN2020-05-09
Even if nations are able to limit warming, sea levels will still rise significantly, new research from Germany's Potsdam Institute shows. In a worst-case scenario, seas could rise 5.6 meters.
Our view:
In September 2019, the UN climate science panel found that unmitigated climate change would lead to a sea level rise of between 0.61 meters and 1.1 meters by 2100.
HYDROGENS TIME IS NOW IN POST-PANDEMIC WORLD2020-05-09

Follow @arabnews Hydrogen has long been touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Now, as major economies prepare green investments to kickstart growth, advocates spy a golden chance to drag the niche energy into the mainstream of a post-pandemic world. Green hydrogen was pushed to the fore last week when Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said the technology was ready for the big time and urged governments to channel investments into the fuel. Some countries, including the Netherlands, Australia and Portugal, have already begun investing in the technology. Now investors, politicians and businesses are pushing the EU and others to use its post-crisis recovery plan to support hydrogen in areas like trucking and heavy industry. The promise of hydrogen as a fuel to help power vehicles


Our view:
More pressure from the International Energy Agency for governments to channel green technology into their post-covid-19 recovery models. Investment in this technology, e.g. hydrogen, has already been undertaken by several countries around the world to ensure this becomes a key part of the recovery.
MERCEDES-BENZ TO MAKE MBUX ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECH EVEN MORE PROACTIVE2020-05-08

MBUX infotainment tech is its voice-activated virtual assistant. The company's artificial intelligence software allows a driver to search for destinations, control vehicle functions and more. And as MBUX evolves, Mercedes says improving this natural-language relationship between car and driver is particularly important. The goal is to "make the system even more natural," Nils Schanz, head of user interaction for Mercedes-Benz research and development, told members of the media during a Friday conference call. That means creating a system that's both more proactive and empathic, taking into account things like tone of voice or which person is talking in the car, serving "the right response and the right tone," Schanz said. This means MBUX might soon offer the option to remove its wake-up word -- the "Hey, Mercedes" command that activates the AI tech. But Schanz knows this isn't a solution everyone will want. "Some [drivers] prefer to have a proactiveness and some don't at all," Schanz s


Our view:

Keeping with the AI theme, we see that latest improvement by Mercedes in their in-car technology with further enhancements to the NLP (natural language processing) capabilities, in particular around voice.

A car that can identify the tone of our voice and respond accordingly certainly has its potentials. Whether this type of technology is suited to motor vehicles or not remains to be seen.

THIS IS HOW ALGORITHMS WILL EVOLVE THEMSELVES2020-04-24
Google is borrowing from Darwin to make a seismic leap in automatic machine learning. It could spell out the end of most human bias.
Our view:
Auto-ML is Google's new system is introducing a Darwinian approach to machine learning which will reduce the human intervention. As the article states - a step closer to the machines deciding whether to take the red or blue pill themselves. We'll discuss the ethical implications, and other risks, of this in a future series.
CORONAVIRUS: LEARNING FROM THE SECOND WORLD WAR'S INDUSTRIAL PIONEERS2020-04-24
These engineers don't copy, they create new superior solutions. They are innovators using disruptive technology, such as 3D printing, which enables new ideas to be quickly designed, tested and reproduced by individual printer owners. For example, Italian ventilator air valve supplies were increased by mechanical engineer Alessandro Romaioli ...
Our view:

This article clearly shows that it's not just in current times that we are seeing disruptive innovation and to that end we must make sure that we learn lessons from those who have trodden this path before us. True, the technology may be different, but the approach still applies.

The example of the De Havilland Mosquito in this article shows exactly that.

THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC HAS TRANSFORMED THE WORKPLACE MORE THAN ANY DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY2020-04-24
Change is inevitable of course; disruptors like automation and AI have already shown they can do things faster than our fleshy fingers and limited brains, and our history is littered with examples of technology displacing jobs and changing how we work. The recurring theme over the past decade or so has been that the pace of change caused by ...
Our view:

At APTIM-Solutions we are strong supports of efficiency and effectiveness and this is one area where technology really can assist. It's important, however, not to forget 2 key things:

  • keep it simple. There's no need for a complicated AI/ML/technology solution when a simpler solution will do.
  • the human touch is important. While Teams meetings and conference calls are going to be the new way of working (and the reduction in lost time, wasted energy through travel etc. is welcome) it's still important to realise that our best work is done in a team and sometimes just being together in the same room outweighs doing things virtually.
BILLIONS WILL EXPERIENCE SAHARA LIKE HEAT IN NEXT 50 YEARS, REPORT STATES2020-05-09
Roughly a third of the global population could experience an average annual temperature of 84.2 degrees Fahrenheit (29C) in the next 50 years, with
Our view:

This paper by a cohort of UK, US, Danish and Chinese scientists identifies the impact of the climate change challenge.

Our current annual averages are between 11 and 15 degrees while within the next 50 years, according to the paper, about one third of the population could be in a location where the average annual temperature is 29 degrees.

Also mentioned in the paper is a disagreement with the method of calculation by the European Commission on their ESG metrics; to which they are still waiting on a response.

COMPANIES URGED TO EMBRACE DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY2020-03-05
Companies and governments have been urged to embrace disruptive technology, as it can contribute to decarbonising energy and make it cleaner, greener and more accessible. Executives and experts attending the Africa Energy Indaba, in Cape Town, this week, outlined huge advances in electric vehicles, hydrogen production, processed heat and energy storage which could create new business models and opportunities.
Our view:

A quote from CSIR is that “In ten years' time, most of us will have at least one form of battery and rooftop solar photovoltaic [system], which we will at times be consuming and at other times selling [electricity from].

The rapid movement in this arena, and since this conference in March the more mainstream push towards embracing green energy in a post-covid-19 recovery further embeds the need for the embracing of a disruptive approach across all areas.

MUHAMMAD YUNUS: POST-PANDEMIC RECOVERY MUST BE BUILT ON SOCIAL, ENVIRO CONSCIOUSNESS2020-05-09
How should we rebuild in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic? Bangladeshi social entrepreneur Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, s
Our view:
Keeping in line with other articles in this edition this article covers the view of Muhammad Yunus who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize who is advocating that we will benefit from a clear instruction that "we don't want to go back to where we came from".
CARS COULD TALK TO EACH OTHER TO SEND OUT POTHOLE ALERTS2020-05-09
Cars could be able to talk to each other to warn about dangers on the roads using 5G technology in future, according to Scottish researchers.
Our view:
Similar to the currently used Waze app where drivers notify the app about traffic jams, police cameras etc. this technology would allow the notification of other obstructions in the road ahead. This could be a valuable piece of technology not only for other drivers approaching a new pothole but also notifying local authorities of potholes currently on the road and the true volume of traffic that is going over them therefore allowing better prioritisation.
ROADMAP TO DURABLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED2020-05-09
Three-quarters of the world's estimated 41.3 million internally displaced people (IDPs) reside in only ten countries, so making progress in only a few of them could result in transformative impact on the overall global IDP crisis.
Our view:

Increasing mass migration, including forced and non-forced displacement, is one of the primary forces that we monitor on a continual basis due to its importance in the disruptive future.

41.3 million internally displaced people is a staggering number, especially given that 75% are in only 10 countries. InterAction (alliance of international NGOs) have created a roadmap to start resolving this crisis.

NZ COOPERATIVES READY TO BOOST ECONOMY IN ALERT LEVEL 32020-04-28

NZ Cooperatives Ready To Boost Economy In Alert Level 3 Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 2:54 pm Press Release: Cooperative Business New Zealand. New Zealands retail cooperatives around the country are relieved they can resume operations under Alert Level 3, said Roz Henry, chief executive of Cooperative Business New Zealand. The retailers still cant open their doors for normal public face-to-face purchasing, but they can receive internet and phone orders, and provide click and collect and direct delivery services, with the appropriate health and safety measures. It is a step towards ensuring these hard-working Kiwi-owned businesses continue into the future, said Ms Henry. Cooperatives are made up of a number of individual entities ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to major companies that collaborate for the greater good in terms of purchasing power and quality services. Aside from the well known agricultural cooperatives in New Zealand, there are many in the trades, retail and services sectors that were unable to conduct worthwhile business during the Alert 4 lockdown and are facing significant financial hardship, she said. Some may not have survived if the lockdown continued as they need to operate at 70 per cent capacity over the coming weeks to cover staff salaries and basic costs, including rates, rent and utilities. Even in Alert Level 3, there are unknowns about the amount of throughput that will eventuate to cover these costs. Ms Henry said there has been misunderstanding that with many cooperatives classified as essential services, they would be immune to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Thats not the case. Our retail and services cooperatives are working hard to stay afloat. One association member, ProCare represents doctors and nurses and



5th May 2020

HOW FINANCE TEAMS CAN USE BLOCKCHAIN TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY2020-04-22
In our guide Future-proofing finance, we identified blockchain as one of the key trends that will dominate 2020 and define the future of finance teams. First conceptualised as a component of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, blockchain is now being harnessed ...
HOW GOODYEAR IS USING DATA, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND DIGITAL TWINS TO CREATE THE TYRES OF THE FUTURE2020-05-01
Goodyear, one of the world's leading tire manufactures, has been at the forefront of innovation for a long time. Here we look at how the company uses data, artificial intelligence, and digital twins to create the tires of the future.
THE ETERNAL HOPE OF FARMERS2020-04-28
When I left my corporate job and moved to rural Kansas, I was making decisions for the good of my future family. Sometimes those decision are at odds with my self-desires. We don’t have
HAPPY DNA DAY: 11 FACTS ABOUT GENETIC ENGINEERING AND WHY IT'S IMPORTANT2020-04-25

Genetic engineering is one of the most important developments in human history. Controversy and ethical concerns aside, the ability to manipulate the very genetic code of organisms is a very powerful tool. With modern techniques like CRISPR genetic engineering could, very well, allow us to cure any diseasesin the future, or produce crops with yields hitherto only ever dreamed of We may even be able to bring back long-extinct animals Let's just make sure we take note of the warnings of Michael Crichtonfrom his "Jurassic Park" novels. RELATED: GENETIC ENGINEERING TOOLS ALLOW FOR MORE EASILY MODIFIED PLANTS What are some interesting facts about genetic engineering, and why it is important? So, without further ado, here are some interesting facts about genetic engineeringand why it is important. This list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order. 1. The first genetically modified animal was created in 1973 GMO HISTORY: "An enormous breakthrough in GMO technology came in 1973, w



10th Apr 2020

AUSSIE DIGITAL TO DEVELOP FUTURE E-COMMERCE POWERED BY BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY2020-03-29

The existence of blockchain technology has changed the way people run their businesses, include e-commerce. Aussie Digital see it as a great opportunity to rewrite the future of e-commerce by using blockchain technology. So, what makes the Aussie Digital different from the rest of E-commerce providers out there? About Aussie Digital If you look closely around, you will find that the e-commerce industry is getting bigger. More and more retailers are also attracted to it. But, unlike the other providers, Aussie Digital is not designed to manipulate the E-commerce industry. Instead of monopolizing, the Aussie Digital is established to help the growth of online businesses. The ecosystem of the company is based on the Digital Token. It includes shop builders which are packed with easy-to-use marketing tools. There is also a B2B trading platform provided by the company that can integrate the existing social media by using unprecedented ways.


AUTOMATIC LAMENESS DETECTION IN COWS - DAIRYGLOBAL2020-03-30

Mar 29, 2020 ... Farmer at the core of precision farming revolution. The Global Future Farming Summit at Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands saw experts ... | John Gardenier used commercial off-the-shelf Microsoft Kinect 3D cameras to set up a good working system of automatic lameness detection. As lameness is a major issue in the dairy industry and one of the most costly diseases in a herd, here we take a look at how Gardenier's system works.


BMW COMMITS TO HYDROGEN FUEL CELL TECH, COULD BE USED IN X SERI2020-04-02

BMW is investing heavily in all-electric vehicle technology it isn't putting all its zero emission eggs in just the one basket. It has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology, even revealing that it could be employed in higher-end X series cars in future. A powertrain utilising hydrogen fuel cell technology has a distinct advantage over battery electric equivalents in that fuel cells can provide much greater range before needing to be topped up. And refuelling only takes three to four minutes. It is also completely zero emission because it generates power through a chemical reaction between the hydrogen and oxygen drawn from the ambient air. The end product is simply water vapour. Future electric cars: Upcoming battery-powered cars that will be on the roads within the next 5 years The company has trialled hydrogen as a power source since 1979, and is soon to undergo new testing with a second generation powertrain. It will bepiloted in a BMW i Hydrogen NEXT concept, s


BLUEPRINT FOR THE FUTURE OF SMART BUILDINGS | CITYSCAPE INTELLIGENCE2020-04-09

Apr 8, 2020 ... Saving Costs and Improving Productivity with Digital Twins. At the Microsoft offices in Frasers Tower, data is collected using a mix of 179 ... Bentley Systems, Microsoft and Schneider Electric re-imagine future workplaces with sensors, sustainability, IOT and AI


CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK LEADS TO VIRTUAL ACTIVISM2020-04-06

Christianna Silva 37m ago When many people think about activism, theyre likely envisioning its most visible component: People emerging from the comfort of their homes to physically gather together and make their voices heard. Those protests and rallies have established themselves as indelible moments in history on their own: the Million Man March, the Stonewall Riot, the Womens March on Washington. But with COVID-19 spreading across the world at dangerous rates, entire countries are being encouraged to stay inside . As a result, activists have shifted their techniques so that they can still bring productive change for LGBTQ+ rights, the climate crisis, and online privacy in a time when going outside in large groups of people is frowned upon at best and deadly at worst. The work that I do and that so many other people do in the movement is about bringing people together, Katie Eder, the executive director of the Future Coalition, a youth-led climate crisis organization, told MTV News. My personal theory of change is that by coming together, by uniting, by reaching across differences and collaborating, that's how we can create real change. But we can't physically convene people [right now]. It's very difficult and provides barriers that you truly never could have imagined. The staff of the Future Coalition has always worked remotely, but they as much as anyone else know the power of coming together. In 2019, they helped lead record-breaking protest movements to draw attention to the modern climate crisis. They were planning another strike on Earth Day this year, for which they expected to see millions of people out on the streets on April 22. Now, that entire strike is going to be virtual, and the group is being forced to reimagine what a social movement can look like in the digital age. To pull that off, the team is looking to the activists who laid the groundwork for their current movement which


POTENTIAL INEQUITIES IN NEW MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES2020-03-28

have less understanding of the purpose of these toolswhich is likely to manifest as mistrust and disinterest in these technologies as they move into the oncology clinic. The other author (Eric Kmiec) is working within a health care system that serves a population of patients in Delaware that mirrors the diversity of our country. This work is focused on wielding the cutting-edge tool called CRISPR to try to develop treatments that can edit the typos in DNA that cause disease. So how can we develop and use these tools to build a more equitable future and make them available to all, not just to the most privileged? The first step is to make active choices to work with those who have been abused, neglected and left behind by the health care system to build trust in new science like CRISPR and gene therapies and the treatments they ultimately may yield. This is both moral and essential to ensuring that new technologies will work for patients who arent just white and of European descent, the group that has historically participated in medical research. If we want to succeed in developing the promise of treatments tailored to any individual ( personalized medicine ), we need to ensure that biomedical research includes genomic data from people of all backgrounds and with the full range of genomic variation that influences when, how and if diseases occur. To make possible a future of personalized medicine, where each patient can receive truly genomically tailored treatment, we must first understand as many genomic variations between people as possible. If we dont do this now, new breakthroughs may not work as well for patients who arent white and of European descent. Such inequitable advances are not advances at all. There are efforts to counter this unfortunate past, including projects like All of Us at the National Institutes of Health, but change will also require meaningful and ongoing engagem



27th Mar 2020

GREENOCK COMMUNITY CENTRE GIVEN 100K TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE2020-03-27

A GREENOCK community centre has been handed more than 100,000 to tackle climate change over the next two years. Branchton Community Centre received 102,892, for its Our Footprints, Our Future project after lodging a successful bid for investment from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund. The project aims to help people across Greenock South West to reduce carbon emissions in the areas of food, travel and waste. Carol McEwan, a project development officer at the centre, has now been appointed as its climate challenge development officer and she will lead the team using the money to help people in the neighbourhood to go green and do their bit for the environment. One of their main project activities will be creating new community growing space at the centre. They will also be arranging and holding community cycle events and clothes swaps. Carol and colleagues will also run workshops teaching textile and furniture repair. A visual carbon footprint will be produced fo


CAN BITCOIN SURVIVE THE CLIMATE CHANGE REVOLUTION?2020-03-30

As economist and Frances Coppola puts it: If bitcoin can no longer be used as digital gold, what can it be used for? Wall Streets cold feet Some would argue the gradual encroachment of institutional money into bitcoin as a high-yielding alternative asset class comes with its own cost: a newfound correlation with the rest of the financial system. Indeed, there has been an assumption from some quarters of the crypto world that its only a matter of time until swathes of institutional investment will flow into bitcoin. This will follow as the network becomes more regulated, they say, and things like dedicated exchange-traded funds (ETFs) emerge. But with a firm focus on ESG among institutional investors of any real size, that may not happen after all, at least not at anything like the scale once predicted. I think bitcoiners are very much hoping in the future that institutional investors will put their money in bitcoin, said Alex de Vries, blockchain specialist at PwC.


INFARM TO PUT VERTICAL FARMS IN CANADIAN SUPERMARKETS2020-03-24

Agtech firms team up on digital tools for Brazil's farmers 3/5/2020 Agtech company Farmers Edge and crop protection provider Nufarm Brasil have signed a three-year collaboration deal to create digital tools that will help Brazil's farmers make better-informed decisions and boost profits. "Brazil is an agricultural powerhouse with a unique position as a top global producer that is also data-sparse compared to other areas of the world," said Wade Barnes, co-founder and CEO of Farmers Edge. Full Story: Future Farming (The Netherlands) (free registration) More Summaries: Kroger leads in in-store produce farming 2/24/2020 Kroger is taking the lead in adding in-store vegetable farms to grow local produce on the spot, Phil Lempert writes. In partnership with Germany-based InFarm, the grocery has installed vertical hydroponic farms to grow greens and herbs in two Quality Food Centers stores in Washington. Full Story:


MONDELZ MAKES DEFORESTATION PROGRESS IN COCOA SUPPLY CHAIN2020-03-27

Read the latest issue of Supply Chain Digital here In 2019, the first Coca Life tree registration app was launched for cocoa farmers in the companys supply chain in Ghana, where they can register their trees via a smartphone device. Mondelz said that the move could not only help keep better track of the trees within the supply chain, but could also open up opportunities for farmers to receive compensation should their trees become damaged or destroyed. The establishment of the Cocoa Life sustainability programme by the company forms part of its wider international sustainability efforts.The programme details Mondelzs targets to reduce its scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2025 from a 2018 baseline. These targets set by Mondelz have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, which has a well below 2 degrees celsius global warming target. When discussing the targets detailed within the Cocoa Life sustainability program, Cedric van Cutsem, Mondelz International's associate director in charge of operations for Cocoa Life, stresses the importance of tackling climate change and deforestation as a priority for the company. "Both the public and private sector have a shared responsibility to deliver on commitments they have made," he said. "Now we must work together to understand how to achieve our goals faster." Empowering people to snack right. Established in 2012, Mondelz International has been operating in 150 countries around the world, with ambitions to lead the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands


7 TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS SHAPING THE FACE OF MEDICINE AND MEDICAL ...2020-03-19

Mar 18, 2020 ... Digital twins have made healthcare more patient-centric. Though still in its infancy, digital twins technology is on the brink of revolutionizing ... From these innovative technologies in medicine, it’s clear that the future of medicine is already upon us.


HUMANITY'S NEXT VIRUS KILLER?2020-03-19

38 views CRISPR Humanitys Next Virus Killer? The gene-editing power of Crispr technology has been increasingly directed at fighting diseases, originally against genetic ones. But more recently, its been harnessed to fight infectious diseases, including, now, the new coronavirus. Multiple teams inside and outside of academia are working on using Crispr for more effective tests. Efforts using Crispr to actually prevent or fight coronavirus are also emerging from existing projects designed to fight influenza and other infectious viruses. The ultimate promise of a Crispr-based system is that once you identify the genetic targets of a new virus, altering a previous treatment is a simpler process, and can be quickly implemented. So, maybe down the line in the future, we would have the system that is completely agnostic to which virus that youre fighting. All you would have to do is change one simple part, and then, boom, youre actually protected against this new novel virus. Source:



13th Mar 2020

HEATHROW AIRPORT NEW RUNWAY DEEMED ILLEGAL OVER CLIMATE CHANGE2020-02-27

UK judge throws out Heathrow expansion plan Heathrow Airports $18bln plan for a new runway is in doubt after a UK judge said it didnt comply with the countrys commitments on climate change. Francesca Lynagh reports. Plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport have been ruled illegal by the British court of appeal, which said the UK Governments climate change commitments were not adequately taken into account. Picture: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images Source:Getty Images Heathrow Airports plans to increase capacity of Europes biggest travel hub by over 50 per cent were stalled on Thursday when a British court said the UK Government failed to consider its commitment to combat climate change when it approved the project. The ruling throws in doubt the future of the $27.4 billion plan to build a third runway at Heathrow, the west London hub which already handles more than 1300 flights a day. While Heathrow officials said t


TURN AROUND DEFORESTATION IN 2020, THE NATURE SUPER YEAR, SAYS GUTERRES2020-03-21

, which falls on Saturday, UN chief Antnio Guterres is calling for 2020, which has been referred to as a nature super year, to be the year that the world turns the tide on deforestation and forestry loss. This years International Day highlights the connections between forests and biodiversity, following a that sounded the alarm about accelerating species extinction rates, and the unprecedented speed at which ecosystems are declining. Forests and our unsustainable choices The UN chief pointed out that forests, and the global environment in general, are being severely degraded by the unsustainable way that we are consuming natural resources, which is accelerating biodiversity loss and exacerbating climate change. Given the huge role that forests play in preserving life on earth and regulating the climate (see the text box below), Mr. Guterres expressed his alarm at the damage being wrought by drought conditions in many parts of the world, citing devastating forest fires, from the Canadian Arctic and Siberia to California and Australia. On top of this, deforestation continues to occur, due to large-scale agriculture: even though the annual rate of deforestation has halved over the last 25 years, vast areas of forests continue to be lost. We must act quickly to reverse this. Safeguarding forests is part of the solution said Mr. Guterres, urging all governments and businesses and civil society to take urgent action to halt deforestation and restore degraded forests, so future, generations can enjoy a greener, healthier future. Why we need to preserve forests Forests are home to 80 per cent of life on land, They are essential to human life, purifying the air and water, providing food, and the raw materials for medicines. Forests influence the global climate and rainfall patterns, A


WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST HARDWARE CHALLENGE WHEN IT COMES TO ARTIFICIAL ...2020-03-09

Mar 8, 2020 ... ... in great detail best practices when selecting the right hardware to support the incorporation of artificial intelligence in future technologies. In a recent eBook, Rambus – a company that designs, develops, and licenses high bandwidth chip-connection technology and provides the comprehensive engineering support necessary for a complete system solution – outlines in great detail best practices when selecting the right hardware to support the incorporation of artificial intelligence in future technologies. SPONSORED: EnerCera – a […]


THE DESIGNER CHANGING HOW WE THINK ABOUT FASHION AND RACE IN AMERICA2020-03-05
Kerby Jean-Raymond’s political, narratively rich designs for Pyer Moss presaged today’s gestures at activism on the runway. He still has much more to say.THE DESIGNER KERBY Jean-Raymond’s studio is on the Manhattan campus of the Fashion Institute of Technology on West 27th Street, across from the school’s student center. He’s been there for about three years but is in the process of looking for a larger office in Brooklyn, where he grew up. Jean-Raymond has outgrown the current space, and not just in a physical sense; in the time he’s been working here, his renown, as the head of his seven-year-old label, Pyer Moss, but also as a representative of the fashion industry’s future, has grown immensely. What started as a fairly humble streetwear line has expanded into an ambitious conceptual project. Jean-Raymond is the child of Haitian immigrants, and his designs — especially the way he presents them publicly — collectively offer a strikingly personal and singular narrative about his own life as a black designer in America. He’s become successful as a result of this, receiving praise from critics and counting among his clients and collaborators people like Erykah Badu, Usher, Rihanna and Michelle Obama.
HUMAN NATURE REVIEW: WE CAN NOW ALTER OUR DNA. BUT SHOULD WE?2020-03-12

Find Tickets When you purchase a ticket for an independently reviewed film through our site, we earn an affiliate commission. Every Oh wow in Human Nature is matched by an Oh no somewhere down the line. Together, these two competing emotions excitement and unease make for one pretty fascinating documentary. The film, directed by Adam Bolt, explores Crispr technology, which, broadly speaking, can be used to snip out problematic parts of DNA say, a portion that causes an illness and replace them with different DNA, thus curing the ailment. Some versions of the process are already being deployed; this is, by and large, science fact rather than fiction. Employing Crispr for gene-editing has the potential to radically change human, animal and plant life. Besides removing unwanted DNA, Crispr might also be applied to add desired traits to an organism. As expected, theres discussion of designer babies, eugenics and improving our species. There are enough ideas here to inspire a thousand sci-fi novels, not the least of which is a clip of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia warning about the possibility of creating a soldier who cannot feel fear or pain. In place of a narrator, Bolt employs a first-rate crew of bioethicists, geneticists and researchers to guide the film, and provides interviews with patients who have diseases that could soon be cured. Chapter titles like Brave New World and Playing God set the tone, as does a shrewd score and some well-used animation that illustrates the basics of DNA. Thorny questions arise throughout Human Nature over what we are and what, if anything, we should change about ourselves on a cellular level. Though the film usually takes a hopeful, pro-Crispr outlook, uncertainties still linger, as do fears over the future. As one biologist says, this isnt just the start of a new era for the world its the end of our beginning. Human


THE PROMISE AND PERILS OF GENE EDITING2020-03-05

tiny robot frogs , both created from stem cells. Although cringeworthy, scientists justify these abominations as necessary steps toward building a better future. When it comes to animal experiments with gene editing, scientists try just about anything the technology might allow. But when it comes to gene editing human subjects, ethical concerns restrict most from tinkering too much. Scientists are already applying CRISPR gene editing techniques on people, but Musunura explains that they typically come with serious consideration of the risk-reward ratio of a particular patient. A major fault of JKs experiment is that his risk-reward ratio was pretty lousy from the beginning. While HIV was a veritable death sentence over 30 years ago, the treatment available today allows HIV positive people to lead a relatively symptom-free life of average length. Plus, HIV is an easily preventable infection. Altering an embryo for this trait, even if the treatment is successful and otherwise harmless, doesnt bring much to the table. The strongest argument made for CRISPR-based therapy is found in tackling debilitating genetic disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, muscular dystrophy, or cystic fibrosis. Compared to other ailments, gene-based diseases are clearly determined by a specific mutation. This means that theres a lot less guesswork about which target gene needs to be altered. And even if the procedure produces unintended consequences, the promise that it can alleviate suffering means patients and doctors are more willing to take a chance. Youre willing to take on the risk because, chronically, it cant get much worse, Musunuru said. If there are only upsides and benefits, then it might make sense to undertake therapy, even if we havent perfected the technology. But gene scientists are not content to merely focus on genetic diseases. These disorders are pretty rare compared to most of what doctors see, and CRISPR



28th Feb 2020

KLM TO USE BLOCKCHAIN TO STREAMLINE FINANCIAL PROCESSES THANKS TO AMSTERDAM-BASED UNCHAIN AND R32020-02-25

After months of intense cooperation and development, Dutch software services provider unchain.iohas successfully delivered a strategic finance application for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines utilising R3 Cordatechnology. Unchain worked with the KLM Digital Studio a 200-strong innovation lab meant to explore how new technologies like blockchain can enhance internal processes and potentially add new business models across KLM. As a result of this exploration, and the hard work of the team at Unchain KLM Finance has set out to use blockchain to handle the intercompany settlements process of KLM with its subsidiaries. The objective of Unchain was to help simplify the accounting process in a secure and efficient manner and they worked in close co-operation with the KLM team to provide the design and implementation of the settlement capability using R3s Corda technology.


AFRICA: IF THE EU IS COMMITTED TO TACKLING DEFORESTATION, IT SHOULD NOT LET FINANCE OFF THE HOOK2020-02-04

Africa: If the EU Is Committed to Tackling Deforestation, It Should Not Let Finance Off the Hook 4 February 2020 Global Witness (London) press release The beginning of 2020 hit us all with daunting images of fires destroying vast areas of Australian biodiversity. The loss of precious wildlife and broken ecosystems has shown humanity a terrifying future if no ambitious climate action is taken. In 2018, 3.6 million hectares of primary rainforest was razed, and the scientific community affirmed that 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction. With last summer's Amazon fires, deforestation is now at the fore of public concern and more than ever, industrialised countries, including the EU, must address their responsibility and act. So it is timely that at the start of what will be a crucial year for global action on deforestation, the European Commission is convening an international conference on forests for biodiversity and climate to discuss the measures and regulations needed to better protect our world's forests. There are encouraging signs that EU policy makers are waking up to role of deforestation in the climate emergency. A broad agreement has recently emerged across the EU institutions that action, including regulatory measures, are now required to ensure that the EU's supply chains do not contribute to deforestation. This received a welcome boost when it was featured in European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's Green Deal. Key corporate actors, NGOs, including Global Witness, and a growing number of MEPs believe that regulatory measures to tackle deforestation should include mandatory due diligence. This would require companies to undertake checks to identify, mitigate and prevent risks of deforestation and associat


CRISPR: CORONER TACKLES THE ETHICS OF GENE EDITING2020-02-11

Posted: Feb 11, 2020 5:16 PM ET | Last Updated: February 12 (A scene from Coroner: season 2 episode 3) It may sound like something from a fiction movie, and just over a decade ago it probably was, but in that time, scientists have discovered a ground-breaking genetic engineering tool called CRISPR-Cas9 (often referred to as only CRISPR). It has the potential to revolutionize the future of human experience from creating drought resistant crops, augmenting mosquitoes to eliminating the transmission of malaria to, most importantly, eradicating specific genetic diseases like cancer by manipulating the blueprint of life. But could it have contradictory effects? Coroner explores this topic in season two episode three, entitled ' CRISPR SISTR ', where Dr. Jenny Cooper and Det. Donovan McAvoy investigate the death of a lab assistant who was helping in the CRISPR research that was to eradicate Lewy body dementia. Or so the scientists involved in the research implied during interrogation. (A scene from Coroner) What really happened is a bit different and we'll get to it, but let's try to answer some complicated questions first. What in the world is CRISPR-Cas9? You know how you can edit anything that needs a bit of fixing, such as a video an episode of Coroner for example or an Instagram picture by using various apps or tools? CRISPR-Cas9 is similar, but a molecular tool, which is much more complex. We can only scratch the surface, but to put it in simple terms: CRISPR-Cas9 is a gene editing tool that can be used to more precisely edit targeted bits of DNA in order to modify (strengthen, weaken, switch on and off) or eliminate specific genes in organisms like bacteria, animals, plants and even human cells. Imagine being able to prevent cancer by editing out the culprit?! Life changing! "Think of it like editing text," says Dr. Janet Rossant, a researcher who uses CRISPR in her lab at Toronto's Hos



14th Feb 2020

GREECE VOWS TO BUILD HEALTHY COOPERATIVES EURACTIV.COM2020-02-05

WhatsApp The Greek government is set to present legislative proposals for the re-building of the farming sectors cooperatives, vice-minister for rural development Foteini Arampatzi has said. Greek farmers have been facing a number of challenges for a long time now, mainly related to low market prices and increasing overhead costs. A fundamental reason for this is the ailing cooperative sector. Cooperatives of the past were highly politicised and many of them went bankrupt due to mismanagement. The conservative New Democracy government is now trying to put things in order and help farmers regain their position in a rising competitive sector. Arampatzi said in an interview that the government would soon submit its proposals aiming to build up healthy cooperatives. Through these [groupings], our producers will be able to achieve economies of scale, higher product prices and reduced input prices. They will be able to obtain better consultancy services and seal advantageous contracts with suppliers, she said. She added that without cooperatives, there is no future for agricultural exports. In order to incentivise the creation of such groupings, the government has decided to decrease the tax from 13% to 11%. Greece used similar structures in Italy and Spain as an example. EURACTIV's editorial content is independent from the views of our sponsors.


INVESTMENT GIANT BLACKROCK FACES CRITICS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, AMAZON DEFORESTATION2020-03-02

Did U.S. companies and consumers help fuel the fires in the Amazon rainforest? Instead, BlackRock has said it is asking companies to better disclose to investors their environmental risks and the costs those may entail in the future. BlackRock has not said what it would do if it turns out those costs are high or if companies are unwilling to make those disclosures at all. The most recent salvo between BlackRock and its environmental critics started in January when co-founder Larry Fink published a letter to CEOs calling climate change a bigger "structural, long-term crisis" than any he has seen in his 40-year financial career. He said BlackRock would immediately begin pushing sustainability as a "core goal" at all of the companies it invests in. The letter because of Fink's prediction that climate change was already having an impact on the stock market and the long-term outlook for investors, and because Fink said his company was going to do something about it. What's behind the destruction of the Amazon rainforest Another reason for the scrutiny: Fink's sobering prognosis was a surprise for a firm that in the past seemed reluctant to put its weight behind climate issues. Mutual fund researcher Morningstar recently ranked BlackRock 46th out of 50 money management firms when it came to its record of supporting environment issues. "Larry Fink's letter was a sea change," said Moira Birss, a director at environmental group Amazon Watch. "The follow-through remains to be seen." A sustained clash BlackRock has been in the crosshairs of climate change activists in the past. Last year, as raging wildfires charred vast swaths of the Amazon, protestors blocked the entrance to BlackRock's New York headquarters. The protestors accused BlackRock of funding companies responsible for the destruction of the Amazon and other natural forests. For years, BlackRock basically said that, even as


FASTEMS UNVEILS DIGITAL MANUFACTURING FMS SOLUTION – AEROSPACE ...2020-01-31

Jan 30, 2020 ... In the future, Digital Twins will allow following the system, its parameters, and everything it interacts with for the entire lifecycle of the system, ... Fastems has launched three new products to enable educational institutions and manufacturing enterprises to benefit from its advanced Digital Manufacturing (DM) solutions for factory automation.


VERTEX EXPANDS COLLABORATION WITH CRISPR, ACQUIRES EXONICS2020-01-15

Free Report ) for an exclusive licensing agreement to discover and develop gene editing therapies targeting Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). Per the expanded collaboration terms, Vertex will pay CRISPR $1 billion, including $175 million in upfront payment and potential research, development, regulatory, and commercial milestone payments for the DMD and DM1 programs. Vertex will get exclusive worldwide rights to CRISPR Therapeutics existing and future intellectual property including foundational CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Moreover, Vertex will be responsible for all research, development, manufacturing, and commercialization activities and all related costs related to the programs. However, research costs for a specified guide RNA research related to DM1 program will be shared by both the companies. We remind investors that Vertex and CRISPR signed a four-year research collaboration back to October 2015. Per this agreement, Vertex and CRISPR are developing gene editing therapies for cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease. In December last year, the companies selected gene therapy, CTX001, to move into clinical development for sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia. Vertex also said it will acquire privately-held Exonics Therapeutics, which is focused on developing gene editing therapies for DMD and other severe genetic neuromuscular diseases. With the acquisition of Exonics, Vertex will gain intellectual property, technology, and scientific expertise in transformative gene editing therapies. Vertex will pay $245 million upfront to Exonics for acquiring all its outstanding shares and form a wholly-owned subsidiary. Shareholders of Exonics are eligible to receive approximately $1 billion including upfront and potential milestone payments related to the DMD and DM1 programs. Both the transactions are expected to close in the



31st Jan 2020

THE SECRETIVE COMPANY THAT MIGHT END PRIVACY AS WE KNOW IT2020-01-18
A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says.Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos.
I'M USING ALL MY STRENGTH TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE, SAYS MERKEL2019-12-30

I'm using all my strength to fight climate change, says Merkel German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives New Year's speech at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany December 30, 2019. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/Pool BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a her New Years message she is fighting climate change with all her strength to enable future generations to live in peace and prosperity. Global warming is real. It is threatening, Merkel said in the recorded speech which will be broadcasted on Tuesday evening. Rising world temperatures and the problems created by global warming are all man-made, Merkel added. So we have to do everything humanly possible to overcome this human challenge. It is still possible, Merkel said. At 65, I am at an age at which I personally will no longer experience all the consequences of climate change that will occur if politicians do not act, the chancellor said. It will be our childr


HOW TO FEED THE WORLD - WITHOUT KILLING EVERYTHING | NEWS | THE ...2019-01-28

Jan 27, 2019 ... In last century's farming revolution, only one future was offered: industrialisation. For this century, there will be a plurality of alternatives, and ... | From urban farming to drones, innovation can help fill the gap between production and consumption


FARMING CHAMPION WHO CULTIVATES SOIL CELEBRITIES – KENYAN DIGEST2020-01-16

Jan 15, 2020 ... This has, in turn, created a farming revolution while creating jobs in a country whose youth continue to grapple with unemployment despite ... | Loading... Agro-input company Elgon Kenya’s Director Bimal Kantaria has been feted with a Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree by the United Graduate College and Seminary International, a US-based theology college, for his efforts at promoting agriculture in East Africa. Mr Kantaria works with the youth in building capacity for the future. Elgon Kenya has brought […]


POLLY ROBBINS ON PROTOTYPING COOPERATIVE PROJECTS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE2020-01-23

Polly Robbins , from Outlandishcoop. Outlandish is a worker co-operative, owned by its members, and the profits they generate are invested in prototyping and developing new projects for social change. Polly manages Space4, Outlandish coworking and events space for digital co-ops and like-minded organisations. In this podcast, Polly talks about: How their worker cooperative build websites and data tools to make the world a better and fairer place. Digital commons and radical technology for social impact and Their Sociocracy inspired decision-making process and governance within the coop Their deep connection with their local area and community The coops social dynamics and celebration of togetherness Outlandishs future vision, which includes training and workshops on digital skills and ethical business powered by Sounder Commons Cooperatives Outlandish Platform Cooperativism Polly Higgins Social Impact Sociocracy Tech Leave a Comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked



16th Jan 2020

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2020 and the team here at APTIM-Solutions wish you a Happy New Year. This fortnight we've focused on trends and disruptors across various areas. The next decade is certainly looking to be a disruptive one.
FIVE WAYS BLOCKCHAIN AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE ARE CHANGING INSURANCE2019-12-30

Five Ways Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence are Changing Insurance Insurance, compared to other industries, has not experienced a significant wave of innovation. In fact, this multi-trillion-dollar industry operates largely as it did a century ago. As we look forward to 2020 and the next decade, will insurance continue as it has in the past or make a significant leap into the future? Were betting on the latter, with blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) leading the way. Following is a look at these technologies and five key ways they are transforming insurance. What is Blockchain and AI? Blockchain and AI are more than Bitcoin and the Terminator. You dont need to understand cryptocurrency or robotics to benefit from


DELOITTE-BALLARD JOINT WHITE PAPER ASSESSES HYDROGEN & FUEL CELL SOLUTIONS FOR TRANSPORTATION2020-01-08

Print icon Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles projected to be less expensive to run than battery electric and internal combustion engine vehicles within 10-years Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO said, "In less than 10 years, it will become cheaper to run a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) than it is to run a battery electric vehicle (BEV) or an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle for certain commercial applications." Although FCEVs are currently more expensive to run per 100 kilometers (km) than BEVs and ICE commercial vehicles, they are set to become much cheaper as manufacturing technology matures, economies of scale improve, hydrogen fuel costs decline and infrastructure develops. Indeed, the white paper conservatively estimates the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for commercial hydrogen vehicles will fall by more than 50% in the next 10 years. "We are excited to partner with Deloitte on this important initiative," added Mr. MacEwen. "We believe this white paper provides answers to the most pertinent questions from industry executives and laypeople alike, specifically regarding the economic viability of FCEVs and their environmental sustainability." Adrian Xu, Deloitte China Financial Advisory Director said, "To many commercial operators, hydrogen seems to be a complex and expensive technology for the future. However, we have proven through our deep research and proprietary model that FCEVs will become cheaper to run than traditional ICE vehicles or BEVs very soon. Sophisticated commercial operators around the world are already investing in this technology to stay one step ahead of the competition." Alan MacCharles, Deloitte China Financial Advisory Partner noted, "In China, where the TCO of BEVs is already close to that of ICE commercial vehicles, the total cost of owning an FCEV is expected to be lower than that for ICE commercial vehicles by 2027, an


ON PURPOSEFUL FIRMS, AIRCRAFT-CARRIERS, DOGS, ICE-SKATING, SINGAPORE, OXFORD, MACBETH2019-12-21

The British Academy on firms Your article on encouraging purposeful business failed to convey or address what the British Academy report on the Future of the Corporation is saying ( On purpose , November 30th). Our report suggests that a firm should establish a purpose, act according to it and have regard to its consequences for the interests of its shareholders and stakeholders. It says that a company should not profit from inflicting harm on others and should seek to provide profitable solutions to problems. What part of this does The Economist object to?



20th Dec 2019

We hope you find this last edition of the APTIM-Solutions newsletter for 2019 as interesting as we did. From strategy to sustainability and even a bit of classical music there is a wide range of topics in this fortnight's edition.
HSBC WILL SHIFT $20BN WORTH OF ASSETS TO BLOCKCHAIN2019-11-29

HSBC plans to move billions in assets to a new blockchain-based custody platform by March 2020. HSBC will transfer $20bn worth of assets to a blockchain-based platform named Digital Vault, according to Reuters reports on Wednesday (27 November). This transfer constitutes 40pc of the firms total assets. The company confirmed to Siliconrepublic.com that the Digital Vault is live in Asia and will be rolled out in the US and Europe in the first quarter of 2020. The platform will digitise paper records of private placements by using blockchain to reduce the time it takes investors to make queries on holdings such as securities purchased on private markets. The records are normally paper-based and, according to Reuters, not standardised and therefore tricky to access. We are preparing for the future, in which the full transaction life cycle could be stored on a ledger, including issuing digital tokens instead of paper certificates


ENERGY DATA PRIVACY: HOW CLIMATE CHANGES EVERYTHING2019-10-30
Energy data used to be boring. The utility read your meter 12 times a year, and no one cared much about seeing your utility bill history. Nowadays, things are very different. As the $10+ trillion energy transition to renewables ramps up to fight climate change, private energy data access is a critical requirement to deploy and manage distributed energy resources like solar, battery storage, electric vehicles, demand response, and energy efficiency. Also, to make things harder, smart meters are second only to smart phones in how much they know about your day-to-day life. They know when you're home, when you're at work, when you're sleeping, when you're watching TV, when you're taking a shower. So how do we make the switch to a carbon-free future without compromising energy data privacy? What will the future of energy data pr
IT DOESN’T MATTER IF ECUADOR CAN AFFORD THIS DAM. CHINA STILL GETS PAID.2018-12-24
A giant dam was supposed to help lift Ecuador out of poverty. Instead, it’s part of a national scandal, and a future tethered to China.REVENTADOR, Ecuador — The dam sits under the glare of an active volcano, with columns of ash spewing toward the sky.

26th Nov 2019

Welcome to our fortnightly newsletter. Using machine learning tools to generate interesting business content from around the world, APTIM-Solutions has then applied the human touch and selected the key articles for you. We hope you find these stories as interesting as we did.
ASX TO REPLACE ITS CHESS SYSTEM WITH BLOCKCHAIN AS CHI-X ASKS ACCC TO INVESTIGATE ITS COMPETITORS2019-10-30

Chi-X Australia has called the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate a case against the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). According to the company, its competitors use of blockchain technology could present an unfair advantage in the market. All of this stems from a recent decision made by the ASX to ditch its old clearinghouse system and use a new blockchain registry, which will be the standard technology for clearing and settlement now. The general counsel of Chi-X, Michael Somes, affirmed that the blockchain will make some current problems get even worse in the future. According to him, there is a substantial gap between the current system of the ASX and its competitors. With the blockchain, the problem will only get worse because the gap will get wider. He said, Theres a substantial moat around the ASX clearing and settlement business And the CHESS replacement project is perhaps making it bigger. [] It would be very difficult for the competi


UN: CLIMATE CHANGE COULD PUT DEVELOPMENT GOALS BEYOND REACH2019-10-30

Indonesia already planning to shift its flood-prone capital and other nations grappling with problems such as worsening water shortages, pushing to meet the SDGs could be a matter of "trying to solve the problems of the 20th century" even as grave new 21st-century challenges loom, she said. Leaders and societies seeking to protect the wellbeing of their people may need to refocus on tougher issues, Warner added. Those could include lifestyle changes people are willing to make to reduce climate risk and protect things they prize, such as securing their children's futures or being able to stay in their home nations rather than be forced to move. "We need to understand what people value and what's acceptable or not," said Warner, who leads work on climate change impacts and risks for the UN climate body. 'Profound change' As more protesters take to the streets around the world, demanding faster climate action, governments will need to make policy shifts that are acceptable to both activis