AiDash Taps UP42 Earth Observation Platform to Create Vegetation Management System

Noble Horvath

AiDash, a satellite analytics company based in Santa Clara, Calif., has launched a predictive vegetation management product for utilities that leverages the UP42 Earth observation marketplace.

AiDash’s satellite-powered intelligent vegetation management system (IVMS) has reduced outages and reduced vegetation management costs for a Fortune 500 electric utility.

“Easy access to satellite data using UP42 formed the backbone of our IVMS solution,” said AiDash CEO Abhishek Vinod Singh. “The archive of historical high-resolution satellite imagery, which is hard to find elsewhere, is readily available from UP42.”

Keeping vegetation trimmed near power distribution lines is an expensive and time-consuming – yet critical – task for electric utilities. Encroachment by bushes and trees can cause wide-spread outages and spark devastating wildfires. Energy utilities worldwide spend billions of dollars each year to continuously monitor vegetation in their powerline corridors from the ground and the sky, often using manned and unmanned aircraft.

The AiDash IVMS

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Reviewing OneConnect Financial Technology (OCFT) and Its Competitors

Noble Horvath

OneConnect Financial Technology (NYSE: OCFT) is one of 71 public companies in the “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare OneConnect Financial Technology to similar businesses based on the strength of its earnings, valuation, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability and risk.

Profitability

This table compares OneConnect Financial Technology and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
OneConnect Financial Technology N/A N/A N/A
OneConnect Financial Technology Competitors -12.63% -59.35% -6.74%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

9.2% of OneConnect Financial Technology shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 51.3% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of shares of all “Computer programming, data processing, & other computer related” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional

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A computer predicts your thoughts, creating images based on them

Noble Horvath

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed a technique in which a computer models visual perception by monitoring human brain signals. In a way, it is as if the computer tries to imagine what a human is thinking about. As a result of this imagining, the computer is able to produce entirely new information, such as fictional images that were never before seen.

The technique is based on a novel brain-computer interface. Previously, similar brain-computer interfaces have been able to perform one-way communication from brain to computer, such as spell individual letters or move a cursor.

As far as is known, the new study is the first where both the computer’s presentation of the information and brain signals were modelled simultaneously using artificial intelligence methods. Images that matched the visual characteristics that participants were focusing on were generated through interaction between human brain responses and a generative neural network.

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The internet reacts to debacle of a presidential debate

Noble Horvath

“The Academy Award goes to…” is what went through my mind as I watched what can technically be called a “presidential debate” between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“It is hard to find the words to describe what we saw on that debate stage last night,” said Robin Roberts in an ABC News Video

Good Morning America Anchor George Stephanopoulos summed it up in one word: “disgrace.”

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Folks on Twitter didn’t hold back in sharing their thoughts

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Gadgets for brewing the perfect cup of coffee

Noble Horvath

Supercharge your mornings

A high-end coffee machine – all chrome, brushed steel and Italian branding – is a proven way to “prompt coos of admiration” from anyone who enters your kitchen, says Brad Nash in GQ Australia. “Imagine the reactions you’ll draw if you install one of these bad boys.” The look of the RS Black Edition from South African firm Super Veloce is based on the flat-six engine that powered Porsche’s 911 GT1 car to victory at Le Mans. It has a hand-crafted carbon-fibre exterior and perfectly combines “elegance and muscle”. Is it the “coolest coffee machine ever? Yep, we reckon so”, says Top Gear. It had better be – it’ll set you back £9,000. See superveloce.co. 

A barista for your home

For a coffee “as close to a barista-brewed cup of the nice stuff as you’ll get”, look no further than De’Longhi’s Dinamica Plus, says Esquire magazine.

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