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Mentor CEO: Automakers Can’t Fully Test Autonomous Cars Without Simulation

April 2, 2018

The task of validation and verification of autonomous cars is expected to be unlike anything in the 130-year history of the automobile. Experts estimate it could require as many as nine billion miles of test driving to “teach” the vehicles how to react to all imaginable on-road scenarios. Increasingly, however, automotive engineers and suppliers say that it’s not realistic to log billions of miles of road testing. They argue that much of the process will need to done in model-based simulations.

GENOA 3DP Additive Manufacturing Simulation Tool Updated to Add Metal AM

April 2, 2018

Additive manufacturing (AM) is finding its way into nearly all industries. Its dominance in thermoplastics is growing, and it will soon become the primary method of fabrication for metal components as well. The speed of the transition for most industries embracing AM is largely driven by financial considerations, however, so technologies that can bring down costs are helping the acceleration of AM.

Building a World Where Algorithms Know Your Face

March 30, 2018

What if you could withdraw money from an ATM just by walking up to it and having it recognize your face? If it works well and securely it would offer huge conveniences for customers. But are we ready to let artificial intelligence algorithms track our movements and recognize our faces?

Chinese artificial intelligence startup Yitu Technology is betting we are. The company has recently rolled out a series of AI algorithms aimed at leveraging facial and image recognition for improved security, enhanced consumer experiences, healthcare, and even smart cities.

Nickel Is the New Key to Recycling C02 Emissions

March 30, 2018

Researchers at Harvard, Stanford, and Brookhaven National Lab have discovered a new nickel-based catalyst that marks a major step in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide into useful industrial chemicals, plastics, and fuels. The resulting catalyst is not only far more economical than anything made previously, it is also highly efficient. Their paper, recently published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, reports a 97 percent conversion efficiency.

Nissan Shines New Light on Battery Reuse

March 30, 2018

Working with 4R Energy, Nissan has joined with the town of Namie in Japan to install new street lights that are powered by reconfigured Leaf electric vehicle battery cells. The Leaf cells are charged during the day by solar panels to provide completely off-the-grid outdoor lighting. The coastal town is near Fukushima, an area that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The Nvidia DGX-2 Is the World's Largest GPU, and It's Made for AI

March 29, 2018

No entity has been more invested in applying in GPUs for artificial intelligence than Nvidia. Now the chipmaker, known traditionally as a graphics processor company, has made a definitive statement into pivoting itself into an AI and enterprise hardware manufacturer with the announcement of the DGX-2, the “largest GPU ever created.”