It’s time for some #WednesdayWisdom in science & technology! Let’s get started with the latest digest for today.
Making Strides in Vehicle Safety through Artificial Intelligence
Honda, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automobiles and power products for cars & motorcycles, is partnering with SoftBank Corporation’s Robotics unit Cocoro SB to work on mobility products.
Honda has been focusing on launching the Honda R&D Innovation Lab Tokyo, a joint research project that focuses on enabling mobility products to talk with the driver through information obtained from various sensors & cameras which are installed on the device itself. A unique feature is the ‘emotion engine’ that lets the AI have conversations with the user based on the user’s emotional state.
Moore’s Law Might Not Be Applicable in 2021
As most programmers & hardware enthusiasts will recall, Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors that can be fit onto a microchip will “double every 18 months, resulting in periodic increases in computing power.” Now, however, according to the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, the law might not be viable by 2021.
According to the released report, titled ITRS 2.0, “after 2021, it will no longer be economically desirable for companies to continue to shrink the dimensions of transistors in microprocessors. Instead, chip manufacturers will turn to other means of boosting density, namely turning the transistor from a horizontal to a vertical geometry and building multiple layers of circuitry, one on top of another.”
LA to Be Powered by World’s Largest 100MW Storage Battery
How does solar-powered 100MW of power per hour for 4 hours a day sound? That’s exactly what Los Angeles hopes to achieve by 2021 with the world’s largest storage battery with a power output of 100MW/hour.
According to Scientific American, “AES, the Arlington, Va., company that is designing the 100 MW battery to store power for the western region of Los Angeles, was the first to take the next and probably the most ambitious and expensive leap by bringing lithium-ion car batteries to power one of the world’s biggest machines: the North American power grid. For reference, the output of 100 MW is roughly a tenth of the power delivered by a modern nuclear power plant.”
The demand for renewable electricity is on the rise, as compared to hydroelectric or fuel-based sources. According to Kobad Bhavnagri, Head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance based in Australia, “storage technologies as well as PV will be able to provide customers with electricity at a cheaper cost than the grid. And as storage gets cheaper even larger amounts of storage will be able to supply consumers at a cheaper cost to the grid.”
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