Bill Gates calls for creation of National Institutes of Energy Innovation to better address climate change

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In the midst of one global disaster, Bill Gates is thinking about how to prevent the next. And while the world clearly wasn’t prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Microsoft co-founder thinks there is one solution that could help address climate change.

In a new GatesNotes blog post on Thursday, the Microsoft co-founder is calling for a better national way to evaluate and nurture great ideas around clean energy research. Specifically, Gates would like to see the federal government create the National Institutes of Energy Innovation.

“This the most important thing the U.S. can do to lead the world in innovations that will solve climate change,” Gates said.

Rather than having research and ideas spread across departments such as Energy, Transportation, Defense and even NASA, Gates said the idea would follow the successful model demonstrated by the National

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Pixellot Partners With China’s Earth Mountain Technology To Scale AI-Automated Sports Content Creation

Success of the Nike Basketball Tournament led to long-term partnership, Exclusive content will be used to introduce new 5G tech

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Pixellot, the world’s leading provider of AI-Automated™ sports production solutions, announced today they have partnered with Chinese tech company, Earth Mountain Technology to introduce AI-automated production and produce live sports content in China.

Earth Mountain Technology is a technological innovator focusing on broadcasting, graphics and digital video products. It has been producing content for the Chinese broadcasting and cable TV market as well as digital videos, for more than 20 years.

In July 2020 Pixellot and Earth Mountain provided AI production for the Nike High School Basketball Tournament which took place in two cities. More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 17-day tournament that was viewed by more than a million unique viewers on the Migu Sports App.

“The opportunity to work with

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ASPIRE to drive creation of future transformative technologies



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ASPIRE to drive creation of future transformative technologies

The newly established Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) has announced its plans to drive the creation of future transformative technologies with the launch of its dedicated technology programme management pillar, ASPIRE.

ASPIRE works in consultation with cross-sector industry stakeholders to frame problem statements that can be solved through research and development. By defining the problem, setting milestones, and monitoring the progress of the projects, Aspire facilitates a clear path from ‘lab to market.’ Aspire will make impactful decisions related to the selection of research partners and the allocation of funding. It will ensure that its R&D priorities align with Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s broader development goals.

ASPIRE will also launch grand challenges which will bring together local and global innovators to work on crucial research that aims to solve

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Virtual Power Plants And The Future Ubiquity Of Energy Creation

Globally, the use of renewable energy grew in 2020, representing about 90% of the total power capacity added for the year according to the International Energy Agency. In addition, renewables are positioned to overtake coal this decade as the most popular way to generate electricity.

The Sanders Institute shows that solar is now cheaper than natural gas and coal across most of the US. Those cheaper costs along with government efforts to slash climate-damaging emissions will increasingly push coal off the grid and give renewables 80% of the market for new power generation by 2030, the IEA says.

This accelerating trend is paving the way for the virtual power plant or VPP.  

Defining the Virtual Power Plant

“Virtual power plants are a network of grid-connected assets that you could control to provide support to the grid,” said Xin Jin, who serves as a senior research engineer at the National Renewable

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teamLab’s Instagrammable art show in Macau is a mesmerising digital creation that proves science and art go hand in hand, according to founder Toshiyuki Inoko



a group of people playing instruments and performing on a stage: Multi Jumping Universe, one of the interactive digital installations created by teamLab Photo: teamLab


Multi Jumping Universe, one of the interactive digital installations created by teamLab Photo: teamLab

Anyone even remotely tapped into social media will have some awareness of teamLab and its out-of-this-world art displays and installations. Beautiful, all-encompassing and unique, the group’s work is something to be experienced rather than merely seen.

Founded in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoko, teamLab calls itself an international art collective. It’s an interdisciplinary group of specialists – programmers, artists, engineers, mathematicians, CG animators and architects – whose works explore the convergence of art, technology, design and the natural world through the digital medium.

As a child, Inoko loved science and art. The two disciplines intrigued him and gave him different lenses through which to see the world and the contrast between those two perceptions stuck with him.

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a man with smoke coming out of it: teamLab founder and visionary Toshiyuki Inoko. Photo: teamLab


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Save $20 off this versatile controller for computerized creation

Tap into your creative side like you’ve never done before and navigate your computer experience with powerful versatility by using TourBox: The Ultimate Controller for Creators. This one-handed console is equipped with a dynamic knob, buttons, and scroller — primed to optimize your editing and production efficiency.

Inspiration should never be blocked by tedious operations and TourBox allows you to eliminate wasted movement and time, freeing you from the seemingly endless repetitive tasks that are too often required to deliver quality development, editing, and retouching, whether your working with drawings, photos, videos or audio.

Whether you make a living as a professional or want to work on perfecting a hobby, TourBox will help you take the next step in that process. Typically sold for $169, VentureBeat is currently serving up a discounted price of $149.99, further increasing the value of a tool designed to sharpen your approach.

TourBox is like

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No information about creation of Aarogya Setu app: MeitY; CIC issues show-cause notice

No information about creation of Aarogya Setu app: MeitY; CIC issues show-cause notice.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the National Informatics Centre have said they do not have any information about the “creation” of the Aarogya Setu application promoted by the government to contain the spread of COVID 19, responses termed as “preposterous” by the Central Information Commission. The transparency panel has issued a show cause notice to the NIC to explain why a penalty under the Right to Information (RTI) Act not be slapped on it for “prima facie obstruction of information and providing an evasive reply”.

Information Commissioner Vanaja N Sarna, in a terse order, pointed out that the website of the application mentions that the content on it is “owned, updated and maintained” by MyGov and MeitY and directed the CPIO of the ministry to explain why they didnt have the requisite information.

“The

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Intel Accelerates Content Creation And Gaming With Iris Xe MAX Mobile GPU And Deep Link Tech

Though a few strategic mentions of Intel’s forthcoming discrete mobile graphics solution, dubbed Iris Xe MAX, have surfaced earlier this month, today Intel is officially unveiling the product along with OEM partner laptop offerings from Acer, ASUS and Dell. You can think of Iris Xe MAX as the same base integrated GPU that resides on-board Intel’s Tiger Lake processor platform, but with a boosted 1.65GHz clock speed (up from 1.35GHz), and dedicated 4GB of LPDDR4x graphics memory with 68 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The discrete Intel graphics chip (code named DG1) is built on the same Intel SuperFin 10nm fab process but, in addition to its higher clock speed and VRAM, Intel has enabled its 11th Gen Tiger Lake platform to work in concert with the discrete chip, tapping both GPU engines for combined performance benefits in content creation

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Intel Iris Xe Max GPU arrives in 11th-gen mobile chips to boost gaming, creation

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The Acer Swift 3x will be one of the first laptops to use Intel’s Iris Xe Max GPU. 


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Intel’s latest flavor of its upgraded graphics architecture, Iris Xe Max, rolls out this week in three debut systems: the Acer Swift 3x, Asus VivoBook Flip TP470 and Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1. Though Iris Xe, the integrated version baked into Intel’s 11th-gen mobile processors, has already arrived in the Asus ZenBook 13 and others, Iris Xe Max is Intel’s first discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) in quite a while. It’s intended to obviate the need for partners to turn to Nvidia’s GeForce MX line of graphics for laptops capable of casual 1,080-pixel gaming and entry-level creation. Intel offers a little something extra as incentive: Deep Link, which allows a system to combine the integrated and discrete Xe GPU’s processing power for creative tasks like AI inferencing and rendering

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