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OpenAI Has A Toolkit For Home Use

Last month OpenAI, the non-profit organization focused on artificial intelligence research, released the public beta of its OpenAI Gym (H/T WIRED).  The Gym is a toolkit for reinforcement learning algorithms.  176 more words

Technology Policy

2016 Canadian Science Policy Conference Returns To Ottawa

The 2016 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC), the eighth such event, will return to the nation’s capital from November 8-10.  This is the third year the Conference will take place in Ottawa, and the first time it has been held in the same city in consecutive years.  153 more words

Science Policy: General

Economic Structural Change as an Option for Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change

World Bank / Alexander Alexandrovich Golub and Michael A. Toman
http://bit.ly/1SZc2WN

Improving the resilience of the economy in the face of uncertain climate change damages involves irreversible investments to scale up new technologies that are less vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 172 more words

Energy And Climate

the problem with "data sharing"

The consultation closed recently on the “Better use of data in government” proposals. It has been some two years in the making and yet seems to be a superficial retread of many of the ideas repeatedly surfaced by civil servants to previous administrations – Transformational Government (2005), the Identity Card Act (2006), and the Coroners and Justice Bill (2008) amongst them. 1,957 more words

Technology Policy

The Clean Energy Revolution Fighting Climate Change With Innovation

Foreign Affairs (May/June 2016) / by Varun Sivaram and Teryn Norris
http://fam.ag/23IxKVQ

…Fighting climate change successfully will certainly require sensible government policies to level the economic playing field between clean and dirty energy, such as putting a price on carbon dioxide emissions. 29 more words

Energy And Climate

Municipal Freshwater Scarcity: Improving Distribution System Efficiency and Tapping Nontraditional Water Sources

US Government Accountability Office
http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/676898.pdf

[Sen. Edward Markey Press Release] The view that drinkable water has been generally considered “reliable, cheap, and abundant” is no longer true due to a growing demand and reduction in supply, in part because of climate change impacts, including recurring drought according to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report…  The report finds that there is a need to consider new technologies to provide drinking water in an affordable manner. 123 more words

Energy And Climate

Regional Innovation Policies: Any recent changes?

In a recent comparative study of the innovation policies of four regions we have analyzed the extent to which they have changed trajectories. Surprisingly, only one out of the four has changed. 441 more words

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