French Tax Authorities Use AI To Find Undeclared Swimming Pools In Satellite Imagery

Paying taxes is never fun, but it is an essential part of living in a society that helps to maintain infrastructure, fund national defence, and provides education to all. As such, it is important that tax evasion is minimised as much as possible to ensure the proper function of these services. In France, there is a growing habit for property owners to not report additional features such as swimming pools and annexes which is reducing the amount of tax revenue collected by authorities. Thus, French tax authorities have recently teamed up with Google to combine AI and satellite imagery to identify undeclared swimming pools and have managed to recover well over $10 million in additional tax payments. What challenges do tax authorities face, how does AI help to find swimming pools, and is this a violation of privacy?

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Samsung To Team With Nestle With Development Of New Digital Health Platform

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Trying to monitor nutrition in the food we eat can present numerous challenges whether it is poor data sources or the inability to test food uniquely. With the rise of IoT technologies and cloud services, it should be easier than ever to track health, monitor nutrition levels, and create smart algorithms that can help consumers make better dietary choices, but so far the industry is yet to develop such a solution. Recognising these challenges, Samsung has recently announced that it will be teaming up with Nestle to develop a digital health platform that will leverage IoT technologies to help consumers with nutrition levels. What challenges does food nutrition present, what will the new partnership provide, and how will the ARTIK IoT platform help?

DOE Announces $46 Million To Find Technologies Able To Turn Waste Into Energy

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As the average global temperature continues to rise, scientists are increasingly concerned with the effects of climate change including more erratic weather conditions, the migration of invasive species, and rising sea levels. To try and combat this, countries around the world are starting to enact laws and regulations to try and cut down on the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere which is by far one of the biggest contributors to climate change, and the DOE recently announced that it will be providing $46 Million across 22 projects to try and find methods of turning waste into clean energy. What challenges does climate change present, what projects will the DOE be looking into, and why is waste the target?

US Space Command Calls For Investment In Technologies For Deep Space Missions

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The recent launch attempt of the Artemis I launch marked a new era of space travel with NASA working on sending humans back to the moon. Travelling to the moon, however, presents numerous challenges as deep space provides no protection from cosmic rays or energetic particles from the sun all of which can cause cancers and other illnesses. In order to travel deeper into space, numerous technologies will need to be developed ranging from full automation to protection systems for humans. As such, the US Space Command has recently announced that it wants to see more investments in autonomous technologies for future missions. What challenges does deep space present, what did the US Space Command say, and how will investments help mankind reach further into space than ever before?

Bosch To Invest $200 Million In US Fuel Cell Production For EVs

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Electric vehicles are said to be the future of transportation thanks to their lack of emissions and ease of use, but while EVs can certainly be green, they are not the most affordable vehicles. An alternative solution to EVs that rely on batteries is hydrogen which combines hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel cell to generate electricity. Compared to lithium-ion batteries, hydrogen provides greater fuel density, lower weights, and lower prices, but transporting and storing hydrogen does present numerous challenges. Recognising the benefits of hydrogen in trucks, Bosch has recently announced that it will be investing $200 million to manufacture fuel cells needed for such vehicles in the US. What challenges do EVs present, how can hydrogen help with this, and how will the construction of the new facility help the US?

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ARM Sues Qualcomm Over Nuvia CPU Cores

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ARM and Qualcomm are well known for their use of IP and licensing business models to generate revenue, but while Qualcomm is often in the media for its arguably unfair practices of “No License, No Chips” policy, ARM rarely gets media attention. However, Qualcomm’s recent purchase of Nuvia saw Qualcomm gain access to blueprints of Nuvia CPUs, and as such could utilise these designs for their own server processors. But according to ARM, the IP used in Nuvia processors was licensed only to Nuvia, and as such could not be transferred to Qualcomm. As such, ARM is now suing Qualcomm for damages while also requesting that all designs surrounding the server processors are destroyed. What deal did ARM have with Nuvia, when did Qualcomm enter the picture, and is ARM right to sue Qualcomm?

Insight – Eight Tips For Building A Product Prototype

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Manufacturing prototypes is arguably one of the most expensive stages of any project, and trying to minimise the number of design iterations not only greatly reduces the overall cost, but also helps to reduce the time to market. However, it is very easy for designers to lose focus on important tasks, get hung up on unimportant details, and not fully appreciate what the end-user really needs, and all of these factors can massively increase the cost of a project. In this article published by Forbes, learn eight tips and tricks to help reduce the cost of your next prototype.

How Taiwan’s Silicon Industry Is Its Shield

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Taiwan is well known for its numerous semiconductor foundries that produce the vast majority of the world’s semiconductor devices, but the recent COVID pandemic of 2022 and the increasing tensions between China and Taiwan are seeing countries around the world rushing to establish their own semiconductor supply chains. While many believe that it is only a matter of time before China invades Taiwan, others believe that such an invasion would never take place simply because of the dependency that China, the US, the EU, and Russia have on Taiwan. In this article published by oicanadian, learn about the importance of semiconductors in Taiwan, how semiconductors protect Taiwan, and how those in Taiwan feel about increasing provocation from China.

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Researchers Demonstrate Wireless Energy Transmission With An IR Laser Beam

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Wireless power transmission has been something that humanity has so desperately chased ever since the first demonstrations made by Nikola Tesla. Removing the need for cables not only helps to make life more convenient, but can also improve safety, improve infrastructure, and eliminate the need for portable power sources. Recently, a team of researchers have demonstrated how an IR operating at 1550nm can provide wireless power over 100 feet thanks to the use of IR photovoltaic cells and the ability of lasers to confine their energy in a beam. What challenges does wireless power face, what did the researchers demonstrate, and how could it help with powering wireless devices of the future?

Researchers Develop Touch Sensor Able To Detect Traces Of Medication In Sweat

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Lithium has proven itself to be a valuable medicine when treating cases of bipolar disorder and depression, but it must be taken regularly in order to be effective, and getting the dose right can be extremely challenging. Worse, those who take lithium will often stop taking it after it starts to take effect, and this is typically due to the fact that they feel better in themselves or simply forget to take it (as they no longer feel bad). Recognising the challenges faced by those taking critical medicines, a team of researchers recently developed a touch sensor that is able to detect minute traces of medication in sweat with a response time of under 30 seconds. What challenges do medicines present to patients, what did the researchers demonstrate, and how will it help patient care in the future?

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How IoT Devices Need To Introduce A “Virtual USB” Model

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The IoT industry has helped to power all kinds of modern devices ranging from smart sensors in homes to industrial sites with predictive maintenance sensors and item trackers. However, the vast number of manufacturers has led to an industry that is highly fragmented which not only makes it difficult to use IoT devices from different manufacturers but also leaves customers in the dark when a IoT service shuts down. In this article published by Electropages, learn how a “virtual USB” model could help the industry long term by providing customers with the ability to use any IoT device with their preferred platform.

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