Microsoft Sets 75% 2030 Emission Reduction Target

November 15, 2017 – Microsoft in 2009 made a pledge to reduce its carbon emissions by 30% from 2007 levels by 2012. This commitment focused on improving energy use in operations ... Continue Reading →

“All of Us” Project to Use Fitness Trackers to Study One Million People From Their Genome to Lifestyles

November 14, 2017 – The Scripps Research Institute will be handing out fitness trackers to help in the U.S. National Institute of Health‘s (NIH) “All of Us” ... Continue Reading →

Blockchain Finds New Purpose with Pot, Energy, and Syrian Refugees

November 12, 2017 – The universal ledger that accompanies bitcoin and other digital currencies, the blockchain, is now being proposed to help in the distribution management and ... Continue Reading →

A Small Ontario City to be Testing Grounds for Autonomous Vehicle Systems

November 9, 2017 – Every year Stratford, Ontario, hosts a Shakespearean festival that features the playwright’s many works plus other contributing plays and musicals. A ... Continue Reading →

The Unintended Consequences of the Social Media Revolution – Democracy Under Threat

November 8, 2017 – In a recent statement, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, stated, “one of the things I did not understand was ... Continue Reading →

The Crystal Ball Musings of Ray Kurzweil – More Often Than Not He Is Dead On

November 7, 2017 – In the past two weeks, I’ve watched two interviews given by Ray Kurzweil, Co-founder and Chancellor of Singularity University, and Director of Engineering ... Continue Reading →

Saudi Arabia Grants Citizenship to a Robot Given Female Characteristics

November 1, 2017 – In a two month period that began with the Saudi government granting its women the right to drive, it also gave all the rights of citizenship to a Hanson Robotics ... Continue Reading →

“Owner-Mediated Data Exchange Using Blockchain” – What are the CDC and IBM Talking About?

October 27, 2017 – A number of years ago I worked on the design of a database for managing patient cases at a hospital here in Toronto. The focus was on interventional radiology, ... Continue Reading →

New XPrizes to Focus on Alzheimer’s, Clean Air, Cybersecurity, Democracy and Zero Waste Mining

October 16, 2017 – The XPrize, a competition that tackles global issues and provides substantial cash prizes to individuals and companies to address them, is moving from getting ... Continue Reading →

Is Blockchain Ready for Banking Prime-time?

October 13, 2017 – Blockchain, the cloud-based open ledger associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin is increasingly being tested to see if it can handle the business volumes ... Continue Reading →