Brief look at national AI strategies

From Venture Beat: Canada’s Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy is a five-year, $94 million (CAD $125 million) plan to invest in AI research and talent. The EU Commission has committed to increasing its investment in AI from $565 million (€500 million) in 2017 to $1.69 billion (€1.5 billion) by the end of 2020. In two policy documents, “A Next Generation Artificial[…]

263 blockchain-related projects in China reportedly account for 25 % of current global total

The financial sector is said to be the biggest user of blockchain technology, particularly in asset securitization for banks and brokers. In 2018, the World Intellectual Property Organization reported that most blockchain-related patent filings came from China. Over half of the 406 patents in 2017 were from China: the country filed 225 Blockchain patents, followed[…]

Joint development and transfer of knowledge that government agencies are able to foster with startups, makes a difference

An international team of researchers at the University of Cambridge, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Maryland reports that startups which collaborate with government agencies file 73% more patent applications than those who do not pursue such collaboration. The study also found that every time a cleantech startup licensed a technology developed[…]

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10 US states count universities as their largest private employer

While Walmart is America’s biggest private employer in 22 states, employing some 1.5 million people in all 50 states (versus Amazon’s 500,000+ workers), 10 states count universities as their largest private employer. These are: University of Hawaii University of California University of New Mexico University of Nebraska University of Iowa University of Wisconsin University of Michigan University of[…]

2019 Climate change mitigation, energy mix and organic agriculture trends

The world needs to commit to a virtual target of 1.4C warming above pre-industrial levels to achieve a 2C goal. Concentrations of CO2 are now 46% greater than the levels in the atmosphere before the industrial revolution. According to UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world needs to spend US$2.4 trillion every year until 2035 to[…]

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New Jersey’s PSEG to develop a network of 50,000 EV charging stations

The Public Service Enterprise Group estimates that the 16,000 electric vehicles currently on New Jersey roads will climb to 275,000 or more by 2025. New Jersey currently has only about 200 charging stations, according to U.S. Department of Energy data. For comparison, Japan installed around 7,250 CHAdeMO DC fast chargers (40% of all in the world)[…]

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Electric vehicle adoption spurred by focusing on user experience. Plus EV infrastructure investments

A study cited by Partners in Project Green, an initiative of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, concluded there was a higher impact on EV adoption from EV infrastructure investments than vehicle purchase incentives and mathematical modelling has also predicted that installing charging stations is the more cost-effective incentive. Reducing friction[…]