How Innovative AI Solutions Can Help Combat Global Warming

Ashok, CEO of UnfoldLabs, is an innovation veteran who believes in making the world a better place with futuristic technology products.

Australian researchers have suggested a 2050 scenario of doomsday for humanity.

Climate change is the biggest and toughest global problem humanity faces today. Global warming requires innovation from the brightest and the best. Our scientists have turned to artificial intelligence (AI) for the best possible solutions because it is easy to proactively predict and build models immediately. Top leaders like Google, IBM, and Intel have launched many pilot projects that read, analyze and suggest the right solutions to save our planet from global warming.

Here are some prominent and innovative AI projects to combat global warming.

1. Warm Oceans

The arctic has lost 80% of its volume of ice since 1979 and is melting at the fastest rate ever. Due to the melting glaciers, the rising sea levels threaten the natural ecosystem and other low-lying countries.

AI solution: Solutions like ASIP read satellite imagery and provide detailed sea information like ice cover, thickness or snow depth that is fed into the deep learning models. They then analyze and predict the melting point of glaciers and movement of icebergs and take the right preventive measures, such as warning sea vessels in the polar seas. This improves efficiency and the safety of every marine operation.

Interesting (scary) fact: A new AI climate model predicts Arctic sea ice could disappear in just 15 years.

2. Natural Disasters

Global warming is increasing and accelerating the magnitude of natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and wildfires. For example, Australia’s forest fires this summer occurred due to extreme heat and burned almost 20% of the country’s forests. Australia is no longer alone: The western part of the United States is also suffering greatly from

Augury Raises $55 Million Series D Funding to Sustain Rapid Growth, Announces New Global Partnerships and Capabilities

New Funding Round Led by Israeli-based Qumra Capital Marks Significant Increase in Valuation for IIoT Leader

Augury, a leading AI-based Machine Health solution provider, today announced it has secured $55 million in funding. The additional capital will be used to sustain and accelerate Augury’s rapid growth and to capitalize on the opportunity to help leading industrial companies improve the reliability, resilience and efficiency of their manufacturing operations. This Series D round was led by Qumra Capital, a leading late-stage venture capital firm based out of Israel. It includes participation from existing key investors, including Insight Venture Partners, Eclipse Ventures, Munich Re Venture Capital, Qualcomm Ventures and Lerer Hippeau Ventures. With this round Augury has raised $106 million since its initial funding six years ago.

The company also announced new partnerships and capabilities to help its global customers gain the benefit of prescriptive diagnostics and machine insights, no matter where in the world they operate. These include:

  • Building a network of delivery partners to supplement Augury- and Customer-led installations, including ProPap in Germany, Caverion in Finland and Pluriservice in Italy, Fuse IoT to cover Latin and South America, and 42 North who provides additional coverage for North America;

  • Expanding language support for the Augury platform, both for the platform itself and the key alerts that customers receive;

  • Broadening the range of country-specific certifications to enable deployment of Machine Health in more geographies than ever before.

“We’ve seen significant and accelerating growth in our business, both before and during the global health crisis,” said Saar Yoskovitz, co-founder and CEO of Augury. “We also continue to build a powerful ecosystem for Machine Health to deliver new forms of value for customers. Our partner and alliance network includes OEMs and services providers such as Grundfos, Carrier and Trane, insurance partner Munich Re, and innovative

Global Autonomous Vehicle Sensor Market | Increased Need to Reduce Road Accidents to Boost the Market Growth

The global autonomous vehicle sensor market size is poised to grow by 45.3 million units during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 37% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Autonomous Vehicle Sensors Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The rise in the urgency in curbing road accidents is one of the primary drivers for this market. Road traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death. In an attempt to counter the rising number of road accident fatalities, several governments across the globe are promoting the adoption of LiDAR sensors in vehicles. LiDAR sensors form an essential component of autonomous cars. This continued enforcement by governments across the globe will curb accidents through the use of automated driving systems, which, in turn, will augment growth in the global autonomous vehicle sensors market during the forecast period.

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  • The major autonomous vehicle sensor market growth came from the radar sensors segment. Radar sensors hold the highest market share among all other types of autonomous vehicle sensors available in the market. Market growth in this segment will be slower than the growth of the market in the LiDAR sensors segment, but faster than the growth in image sensors and other sensors segments.

  • North America was the largest autonomous

Liberty Global clears way for Sunrise takeover after being offered 82% shares

ZURICH (Reuters) – Liberty Global has been successful in its 6.8 billion Swiss franc ($8.74 billion) attempt to buy Switzerland’s Sunrise Communications after the all-cash offer was accepted by nearly 82% of the target’s shareholders.

Liberty Global, set up by U.S. cable pioneer John Malone, offered 110 Swiss francs per share of Sunrise, Switzerland’s second-biggest telecoms company, in a surprise deal in August.

The approach was a reversal of Sunrise’s failed bid to buy Liberty’s Swiss business, which collapsed after running into shareholder opposition last year.

At the end of the offer period on Oct. 8, 37.1 million Sunrise shares – equivalent to 81.98% of the voting rights and share capital – had been offered, the companies said on Wednesday in the definitive notice of the interim result.

The outcome, which exceeds the minimum acceptance threshold of two-thirds of all Sunrise shares being tendered, confirms the earlier provisional result.

An additional acceptance period of ten trading days will now start on Oct. 15 and run until Oct. 28.

An extraordinary shareholders meeting to be called by Sunrise will be held on or around Nov. 9, while Liberty Global intends to start the de-listing process for Sunrise from the SIX Swiss Exchange. It will also start the squeeze-out process for the remaining shareholders.

The deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, is the latest sign of consolidation in the telecom industry as companies try to cut costs and ramp up investments in technology.

($1 = 0.9151 Swiss francs)

(Reporting by John Revill; Editing by Krishna Chandra Eluri)

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COVID is worsening global internet freedom, report finds

Governments around the world have seized on the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to expand digital surveillance and harvest more data on their citizens, according to a report out Wednesday from Freedom House, a democracy and human rights research group.

Why it matters: Privacy advocates have warned since early in the pandemic that the tech behind efforts to conduct contact tracing and enforce quarantines and other public safety protocols could be abused and made permanent, particularly in authoritarian countries like China.

What’s happening, according to the report:

Dozens of countries have rolled out government-backed contact-tracing apps without effective laws to protect people from overly expansive data collection.

  • China, Russia, India, Singapore, Ecuador and Bahrain were among the countries that Freedom House found implemented apps that either send reams of data unchecked to government servers or make invasive data and health documentation demands.

Governments in at least 28 countries censored websites and social media posts to suppress information like unfavorable health statistics and corruption allegations.

  • Many have also imprisoned those who speak out online against government mishandling of the pandemic, and some have at times imposed total internet blackouts on their citizens.

By the numbers: As documented in a release summing up the findings:

Authorities censored reporting on the virus in 28 countries and arrested online critics in 45 countries.

In at least 20 countries, the pandemic was cited as a justification to impose vague or overly broad restrictions on speech. Residents of at least 13 countries experienced internet shutdowns…

In at least 30 countries, governments are invoking the pandemic to engage in mass surveillance in direct partnership with telecommunications providers and other companies.

— Freedom House

Of note: China was found to have the world’s worst conditions for internet freedom for the sixth consecutive year, but the U.S. was