Quantum computing will potentially mark one of the tech world’s biggest revolutions, harnessing the quirks of quantum mechanics to speed up machine computation exponentially. Researchers hope eventually to use it to crack online encryption or to model entirely new molecules.
If you’re one of the several billion people around the world who bought items of new clothing in the past decade, chances are at least one of your garments was made in Bangladesh.
In 2016, about 51 percent of new power capacity in the European Union came from the wind, according to energy association WindEurope. In the U.S., only around 5.5 percent of the nation’s energy came from wind power, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, up from 4.7% in 2015. And, until very recently, all of that wind had been harvested from land-based turbines.
Artificial Intelligence tends to grab the headlines when it promises dramatic leaps in consumer product capability. The driverless car has captured the popular imagination. Ever-smarter phones and online home appliances also get a lot of attention. The market in consumer AI is expected to be huge, with tech giants like Google and its Chinese equivalent Baidu, investing an estimated US$30 billion in it last year.
For the past century, power producers in the United States have been driven to provide affordable, safe, and reliable electricity to the American populace. As the country becomes more aware of the consequences that come with power production, society has continued to ask for cleaner energy options to provide for our growing population and economy, while ensuring the health of our future.