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April 13th, 2015

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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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UC Merced’s Mobile App Challenge will run again this year, supported by Students for a Smarter Planet. Here is a video from last time.


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Packaging is perceived by many as a major cause of waste. While some might argue that that perception is misguided, the high visibility of packaging coupled with the tendency for its functionality to be short-lived means that any green credentials are often overlooked.

One emerging innovation gaining traction is the use of more natural, biological waste-derived nutrients such as straw, crops, fruit peelings and bark.

Take a look at what Dell is doing to reduce our footprint in this world:

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The European Union is also focusing a bright light on this subject with their recent initiative, the European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI). The aim is to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products and materials sourced locally and “Made in Europe”, tackling some of Europe’s biggest societal challenges.

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The aim of the BBI is to use Europe’s untapped biomass and wastes as feedstock to make fossil-free and greener everyday products. At the heart of it are advanced biorefineries and innovative technologies that will convert renewable resources into sustainable bio-based chemicals, materials and fuels.
Are you inspired by any of the new technologies that are being developed?
Do you have a really amazing proposal that is stalled due to lack of funding?  You can submit your great idea and apply for secure funding through this webpage.


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December 23rd, 2014

Cooperative Science – that’s what’s at the heart of a Green Tech collaboration in Latvia.  From ideas in their infancy, it is anticipated that the Incubator will grow projects with the potential to become globe changing technologies.

As posted by the EAI (European Alliance for Innovation): “The Latvian Technological Center (LTC) is an innovation and technology-oriented business support structure – business acceleration centre, which stimulates establishment and growth of knowledge-based SMEs by creating relationships between research and industry as well as encouraging SMEs for trans-national cooperation”.

Latvian Tech Ctr logoLearn more here:  Green Technology Incubator launched in Riga, Latvia


And check out the Call for Proposal whose deadline is Jan 2015… As a basic rule, your organisation must be registered in one of the beneficiary countries (a listing of which may be found here:

While the bulk of their website is in Latvian (not English) it’s worth visiting to see the relationships that they have established – check out their ‘Friends and partners’ page…companies for whom you might want to work?

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