Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
January 29th, 2015

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of computing.  Cognitive Computing is a blossoming field for today’s students and graduates seeking jobs.  We’ve moved from smart robots to smart robots that can learn and adapt.

Here’s a fun look from The Guardian at AI and gaming

MarioIt’s-a-me, Mario! And soon I’ll be

playing my games without your help …


A team of cognitive modelling researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany’s latest project: “An Adaptive Learning AI Approach for Generating a Living and Conversing Mario Agent.”

Are you bringing your intelligence to the future of intelligent tech?

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January 27th, 2015

There’s a saying that the only things that are certain in life are death and TAXES.  For the vast majority of humans, the process of filing your personal or business taxes is something that is feared, dreaded, hated, avoided – you get the picture…

While e-filing has been in place in many countries for some time, here’s a story from BizTech Africa that highlights a less developed part of the ICT globe.  While it may not be news where you reside, this change is monumental for Gabon.  Technology makes its way across the planet at different paces, and can bring about events with impacts that ripple across continents.

Gabon businesses to pay tax online


Gabon map

The initiative, named et@x ( is aimed at helping Gabon catch up with other African countries and establishing Gabon’s reputation as providing high quality services for their business sector.

Are YOU part of an electronic revolution that hasn’t reached beyond your university?  How will you bring it to market and where?  You may be the life-changer that the world is waiting for!

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Those of a certain age will fondly remember the recorded messages left for Jim Phelps and his Impossible Missions team which self-destructed after being listened to.  And who hasn’t seen a TV episode or movie where a character is forced to eat a hastily scribbled message to keep others from reading it?  In the new digital age, pressing the delete key can wipe your thoughts from a screen so they are never actually communicated.  Maybe there are certain things that shouldn’t be kept forever…

Whether you think it’s a good thing or not, the printed page will fade over time, but here’s a twist on making the printed page cease to exist in a much shorter period of time!  From FOXNews Tech:

Scientists invent erasable printer paper

The “paper” (actually a film made of glass or plastic, Engadget reports, though a paper version is in the works) comes in red, blue, and green, and the printing process bleaches it where text doesn’t appear, instead of adding ink where it does. Exposure to oxygen eventually “erases” the text by returning the bleached sections to their original color.

American businesses are so entrenched in keeping hardcopy as ‘backup’; this game-changer could eliminate the rows of filing cabinets that people feel are key to their work function.  Reducing waste is a key component in becoming a Smarter Planet!

Any other potentially stagnant office materials that spring to mind? Can you bring your scientific knowledge to the party to find a reusable spin for their usage?

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January 17th, 2015

Although heating oil prices have dropped to new lows in the U.S., consider this alternative that’s being tried for home heating – what a great way to reduce, reuse, recycle instead of waste, waste, waste…

Paul Benoit calls what he’s created a “digital heater”. Essentially it’s a bank of computers designed so that the heat they generate is channelled around a room or building that needs heating.  He came up with a simple but devilishly clever idea for a new company, Qarnot Computing.

Read more here:

Heating buildings using computers

Paul Benoit - computer heat

Paul Benoit says that the demand for computer centres will only continue to grow

Do you have an idea for a distribution program that takes otherwise ‘unused’ material and makes it a productive resource?  You might just be onto something!


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Although I heard about this on the news only just before the start of 2015, the printed story from Wired goes back a ways (Oct. 2014).  Check out this invention by Dutchman Govert Flint…the Dynamic Chair—an exoskeleton-like chair that turns a sitter’s entire body into a computer mouse.

A Full-Body Mouse: Click With Your Leg, Scroll With Your Hips


And another article from The Guardian:  The mouse chair getting office workers on the move

However, there are some newer video links that I thought I’d share with you, too.  I’ve included several sites as your system and/or video access might block some of the feeds…


Science Daily

The Globe and Mail

FastCoExist        OR         FastCoDesign

Pretty cool right?   This really takes your grandmother’s rocking chair to a new dimension!!

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