Sidewalk Labs is one of those spin-offs from the Google mothership — like Waymo and Dandelion — that take the company on bold new journeys designed to improve the human condition. Waymo is focused on creating self-driving vehicles to reduce carbon pollution and congestion in urban areas. Dandelion aims to bring the efficiencies of geothermal […]
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Driving south on I-5 into Seattle, the Cascadia Subduction Zone came to mind, especially when the highway dipped into a gloomy tunnel beneath Seattle’s relatively new skyscraper district. This fault line runs along the Pacific coast from north of Vancouver down into California. The western “plates” move implacably east and downward under the North American […]
In the space of a week in early April, technology darlings Google and Apple made strikingly similar announcements. The two companies were proud to announce that they had fulfilled their 100% renewable energy targets in 2017 and were looking to the future to continue their involvement in the renewable energy sector. By Joshua S Hill […]
A new report from PA Consulting with the title How Long Is The Road To Driverless Vehicles? Assessing how close the Nordics are to autonomous vehicles explores what roadblocks lie ahead before the world embraces driverless and fully autonomous vehicles that provide Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to us humans. By Jesper Berggreen Asking The Experts The report is […]
While companies in Massachusetts and Michigan gear up for wind production, Google and their partners are looking to the future. The Cape Wind and Lake Muskegon projects are located right on transmission cables, so they can simply plug in and start generating power. But T Boone Pickens’ “Pickens Plan“, his dream of a Texas-sized windfarm […]
After years of railing against special interests, I find myself presented with a quandary. Special interests are lining up behind the Smart Grid technology I love and, in doing so, risk saddling this cool program with the baggage intrinsic to special interests.
President Obama’s stated desire to invest in smart-grid and broadband infrastructure syncs nicely with Google’s desire to improve the nation’s broadband infrastructure and build a smarter grid.
The planet’s 44 million servers actually use 0.5% percent of the world’s electricity. If you total up data centre emissions, one guesstimate is that they are close to the same level as carbon output of nations such as Argentina.
The lands that will be opened are in Alaska and 11 western states. It is believed that the geothermal energy in time could provide electricity to 5.5 million homes.
Google has announced its own plan to wean America off the use of coal and oil by 2030.