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About Jacqueline Smith

I love your feedback, let me know what you are interested in! I am a technology writer in the SF Bay Area. This blog is "local green" and my other is Employee Recognition -- www.inspiredemployee.com

Nvidia Discusses: More self-driving car investment, Using VR, Imaging

Nvidia CEO: Uber crash will spur more self-driving car investment

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said today that theUber crash in Tempe, Arizona last week would likely lead to more investment in self-driving cars, not less. “I believe as a result of what happened last week, the amount of investment into the seriousness of [autonomous vehicles] is going to go up,” he said during […]  Read the full story

Watch Nvidia drive a real car using Black Panther-style VR

One of the most exciting moments from the hit film Black Panther came to life today, as Nvidia’s Holodeck software enabled a driver using virtual reality to drive a car in the real world. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang offered the demonstration at the 2018 GPU Technology Conference (GTC) as an aside while discussing autonomous car […]    Read the full story

Nvidia’s deep learning enhanced imagery can show a baby in the womb or beating heart

Nvidia showed off deep learning visualization 3D imagery of a beating heart and a baby in the womb, based on enhanced inferences from crude black-and-white ultrasound scans. Nvidia showed a demo dubbed Clara, a medical imaging supercomputer. It showed a baby in the womb, an image extracted from artificial intelligence analysis of a black-and-white ultrasound […]    Read the full story

Great reading …. From VENTURE BEAT

The Global Gala: On the Green Carpet

Acknowledgement and awards, help great green ideas keep going!  The Global Green Award helps companies like Go Electric move forward.

IN2 is positioned to help companies think about their end customer, providing technical assistance that leverages the capabilities, facilities, equipment, and expertise that exist at National Renewable Energy Lab – NREL New ideas receive a helping hand from an Incubator: As one of 20 current IN2 portfolio companies, Go Electric received financial support and access to NREL’s facilities and staff.

“We wanted NREL to validate the capabilities of our energy resiliency system because it had a technology aspect we didn’t think anybody had demonstrated,” Laughner said. “They confirmed that we have unique microgrid technology. Working with the engineers at NREL was brilliant. That was great for us to better understand their world.”

Go Electric builds energy resiliency systems that keep a facility running if the electric grid goes out during an extreme weather event, for example, Laughner said. “We can link the energy assets at a facility — including renewables, like solar or wind — to keep it seamlessly operating in a microgrid. That in turn allows the facility to continue to support its local community during grid outages.”

Laughner and her two partners founded Go Electric in 2011. Today, the company has a staff of 27 and has expanded beyond its Anderson, Indiana, headquarters to open additional offices in Honolulu and Brooklyn, New York.

Go Electric has now entered the second phase of the IN2 program where it is planning to deploy one of its systems at a Wells Fargo branch. Making it “real” by getting out in the community is a big step. BEST WISHES to GO ELECTRIC!

Eight Insane Facts About Textile Recycling 

Waste not Want Not? I often get questions about how to re-purpose clothes that are too worn to be used again…. but there are MANY OTHER uses.   Here are a few basic ideas for the ripped / destroyed clothes

  1. QUILTS– cut out squares of the material, or the logo / school name and use again.
  2. Make a shopping bag. Put two tee shirts together- cut out the neckline with a deep U shape, and sleeves and sew the bottom end shut the Shoulders will be your handles and the bag will be great for groceries and soft for vegetables. And best of all, washable.
  3. Rags. You know how to do this.
  4. Stuff a pillow case with worn out clothes and use a s a dog / cat bed. Easy to re-stuff, and wash.
  5. RE-sew an item. For example: Cut a ripped man’s shirt down, and make a cute skirt for a little girl, keeping the buttons and pocket, adding an elastic waist. Make a stuffed toy, or a cloth piggy, like Ms. Oink.
  6. Contact a re-cycler. In the Bay Area we have a wonderful group: SCRAP. They gather materials to reuse, and give them away for free to TEACHERS, and sell them for a small about to consumers.

You will also be interested in these 8 Insane Facts About Textile Recycling posted by USAgain on their blog.  Great motivation to RE-USE.

No matter what side of the Atlantic you represent, the extent of personal textile waste is staggering. One battle that both Brits and Americans are losing is the battle against textile waste. Here’s why:

  1. The average lifetime of a piece of clothing is only about 3 years.
  2. The consumer is the biggest culprit. In the U.S., 75% of pre-consumer textile waste is recycled by manufacturers, but only 15% of post-consumer textile waste is recycled.
  3. The average American throws away about 70 pounds of clothing, shoes and other household textiles each year.
  4. Americans generate almost 13 million tons of textile waste per year.  Brits generate about 1.12 million tons of textile waste a year.
  5. Even though the UK appears to generate less textile waste, One in five Brits admit to throwing away a garment after a single wear. This means that more than $127 million of clothing winds up in landfills each year after being worn once. (One in five Brits also think that light sabers exist.)
  6. One in four American women own seven pairs of jeans, but only wear four of them regularly. (One in Four Americans also don’t know what nation the U.S. declared independence from.)
  7. The U.S. textile recycling industry creates around 17,000 jobs and removes 2.5 billion pounds of post consumer textile product from waste stream each year.
  8. Over 70% of the world’s population uses secondhand clothes.

By placing drop boxes for used clothes across the country, USAgain has saved over 480 million items of clothing from landfills, and they aren’t stopping there.

Make a change in your own life by depositing reusable clothes, shoes and household textile in a USAgain dropbox near you.

Tenth Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon in SF

Volunteers!

ArtSeed wants you!

Date: Saturday April 21

Time: 10am-8pm

What: Tenth Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon

Where: Tides Converge in the Presidio, parking lot entrance

1016 Torney Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Transit: Take the PresidioGo shuttle (free) & MUNI Lines 28, 30, 43, 45

 

MORE INFO:

www.artseed.org

Call Gino 612-978-3511 or Josefa 415-656-9849

Postcards with more information are in the lunchroom…..

This great group does Art Lesson, Workshops, and Apprenticeships for all ages

Computers learning to drive Big Rigs

Read more here: Waymo pilots self-driving cargo trucks for Google’s Atlanta datacenters

Waymo has been testing autonomous cars in the wild for some time and has also revealed plans for a self-driving ride-hailing service and unveiled a self-driving minivan. News emerged last year that Waymo was expanding its self-driving technology to trucks, but little was known about how far along that effort was.

Now Waymo has confirmed that it is about to kickstart a pilot in Atlanta for self-driving trucks that will be used to cart goods destined for Google’s datacenters.

The Future of Transportation: Cleaner, Quieter, Faster, Cheaper,

March 14, 2018

6:30 – 8:30 PM

BioMarin, Magnolia Conference Room 750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael

America’s “Car Culture” is pervasive, painfully inefficient, and terrible for the environment. Yet most people are unwilling to give up their cars because they provide relatively rapid, comfortable, and on-demand transportation. So how will we ever get to a clean transportation system?

This program will focus on three overlapping solutions for passenger vehicle transportation:

  • Electric Vehicles                               
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Shared Mobility/Ride Sharing

Come learn how rapid technological changes are impacting transportation efficiency, emissions, and modalities and how you can be part of the solution. Our expert and dynamic speakers will both educate and inspire you! This program is done in collaboration with DRAWDOWN: Marin.

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GREAT Free Food Series

Week 7 | Wednesday, February 28: Food and Farmers With Guest Speakers Judith Redmond and Craig McNamara

One of the most opaque relationships in the food system lies behind the relationship between eaters and the farmers who make it possible for us to eat. This class aims to bridge the connection by exploring life as a farmer.

Judith Redmond is a native Californian who has been farming in Northern California since 1989.  She is one of four owners of Full Belly Farm where a diverse assortment of fruits, nuts, and vegetables are grown, sheep and chickens are pastured, and training for interns and children’s educational programming is offered.

Craig McNamara is the president and owner of Sierra Orchards, a diversified farming operation producing primarily organic walnuts. Craig serves as the founder Center for Land-Based Learning, the President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, on the UC President’s Advisory Commission and the UC Davis Dean’s Advisory Council. He is an advisory board member of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and active in the American Farmland Trust, Roots of Change, and the Public Policy Institute of California.

Edible Education 101 meets at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the Anderson Auditorium on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-8PM Pacific Time. You can watch the conversation live online or join us in class on campus. Participation to the community is free of charge.

WATCH ONLINE or ATTEND IN PERSON

Edible Education 101 – Free classes

FOOD! and FOOD Politics, Processes, Philosophies, it is all here in this series of classes. They are free. You can attend in person or join a streaming conference from your own computer. Sign up!

Public conversations about food have flourished since the 1960s. In the wake of these conversations, it is important to ask, is the “food movement” a social movement? This class will explore what details a social movement and what it will take to shift the power balance.

Building on her vast experience as co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Saru Jayaraman will discuss ways to take fights for bold social change goals and transform them into sustained action.

Edible Education 101 meets at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the Anderson Auditorium on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:15-8PM Pacific Time. You can watch the conversation live online or join us in class on campus. Participation to the community is free of charge. WATCH ONLINE or ATTEND IN PERSON


NEXT UP! Yes there are more classes available –

Week 4 | Wednesday, February 7: Regenerative Cooking: Food, Soil, and Seeds Presented by Chef Dan Barber

Chef Dan Barber will discuss the role of chef and seed breeder collaboration in reshaping our food system and share examples of new vegetable varieties inspired by and celebrated in the Blue Hill kitchen. Dan Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of The Third Plate.  His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times and many other publications. Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Dan continues the work that he began as a member of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture board of directors, bringing the principles of good farming directly to the table. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards. In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Missed Week Two? Check out our livestream recordings! Thanks to special guests Clair Brown, author of Buddhist Economics, and Margiana Peterson-Rockney for a lively discussion. Watch now >

 

Don’t be afraid of AI

AI and VR bring the ability to imagine, learn, grow and most definitely Experience something outside our own world view.

I read to 5 year olds each week, they are the best, most inspired Imagineers! They love Unicorns, bat rays, Snowflakes, but Bees- not so much. Half of them have NEVER experienced Snow, but their peers describe it. They have an internal VR that is amazing! It gives me hope for our future.

This is essential in today’s world where the requirements of Diversity, Team building and hyper Productivity are demanded by companies and communities. How can you learn and retain? The goodness is— we have many options online- and they use VR, AI, Big Data, cloud computing, and virtual cash. Get involved, learning is available at seminars, courses, clubs, newsletters, the library, YouTube and (mostly) accessible and free to ALL!

The advances that AI is bringing to our world have been a half-century in the making. But AI’s time is now. Because of the vast amounts of data in our world, only the almost limitless computing power of the cloud can make sense of it. AI can truly help solve some of the world’s most vexing problems, from improving day-to-day communication to energy, climate, health care, transportation and more. The real magic of AI, in the end, won’t be magic at all. It will be technology that adapts to people. This will be profoundly transformational for humans and for humanity. — from the recent TIME article on AI author Lilli Chang of Microsoft

Using VR to train for Winter Olympics

Read the full article (from Venture Beat newsletter) :

U.S. skiers and snowboarders are using VR to train for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

For the past couple of years, virtual reality training startup Strivr has been working with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) team to train athletes for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The startup worked with the Park City, Utah-based governing board for US Ski & Snowboard to use VR to enhance athlete preparations for competitions.

VR is affordable and training with a visual component increases retention… I would enjoy trying it out and feeling like I was an Olympic racer. – the editor

“The ski team’s use of VR falls into the ‘no brainer’ category for use cases in virtual reality,” said Jeremy Bailenson, Strivr cofounder and director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University.