Innovation

Knit a scarf in 5 minutes by bike (Cyclo Knitter)

George Barratt-Jones, who studied at the Design Academy · Eindhoven (DAE) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, invented Cyclo Knitter which can knit a scarf in 5 minutes by a bicycle pedal. This cyclone / knitter is a fun machine that scarves (mufflers) knit with scarf (muffler) knitting while wearing a train while waiting for the train while enduring the cold (^ ^) Generally speaking, when design major, fashion design, Interior design, product design etc, you can understand vaguely what you learn just by listening to your name. However, in DAE, major names such as Man and Well-being (Man and Health), Man and Mobility (People and Mobility), Man and Leisure (People and Leisure), and other major names are conceptual. It is not a design with things, but firstly there are people (users and designers), we observe the relationship between that person and something (well-being, mobility etc) and design some product from there. Cyclonic · Nitta is interesting because the scarf (muffler) knitting automatically concept while warming in cold waiting time. It is fun to have knitting while training it while putting it in a fitness club etc (^ ^) The IMD2018 worldwide competitiveness of the Netherlands was ranked 15th in 2015, but ranked up to 4th in 2018 . (^^) George Barratt-Jones (Vimeo) Cyclo Knitter: A Bicycle-Based Machine That Knits a Scarf in Five Minutes (Colossal) Tags: Nobuyuki Kokai Dutch creative design academy · Eindhoven (DAE: Design Academy Eindhoven)

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Innovation

Refugee / immigrant / foreign workers and Japan's declining birthrate

On June 15, the Japanese government decided on the basic policy 2018 (policy of politics) of economic fiscal management and reform by the Cabinet. The subtitle of this policy is "to realize a sustainable growth path by overcoming the declining birthrate and aging population". Among them, in order to overcome the serious shortage of manpower, we have included the creation of a new status of residence to expand the acceptance of foreign talented personnel. I think that we are in a stage where we can not discuss the response to refugees, immigrants, foreign workers, and "low birthrate and aging society" or "Japan's growth strategy" separately. From 2001, every June 20 th is "World Refugee Day (UNHCR)". Should I only contribute money to international organizations? A social blogger, Chikirin, has serialized the theme of refugee problem (6 times). Among them, we recommend you to read the difference between foreign workers, immigrants and refugees in a very easy to understand manner. About immigrants and refugees, journalist Akira Ikegami says, "Personally, I think that Japan should also make an immigration bureau, now Immigration Bureau is reviewing refugees, It is the basic stance that their work "Do not enter anyone trying to get into illegality." In other words, it is not a prerequisite to put in, it is a prerequisite not to enter. Naturally, the immigration examination will become tough. If you look at the reality and future of Japan, you should create a government office on the premise of accepting foreign immigrants. I am in agreement, too. In Japan, it is a self-convening policy that accepts foreign workers without being forced by rapid progress of "population decrease" and "declining birthrate and aging population", but such policy is "refugee / immigrant / foreign labor "People" and "Japanese people" will not be "happy". The top 10 countries of happiness are in the ranking of happiness of immigrants within 11th (world happiness ranking 2018, Japan 54th). Economic and fiscal advisory council (Cabinet Office) Difference between foreign workers, immigrants and refugees (Chikirin's diary) Japan needs "immigration bureau" (June 26, 2017 Nikkei Business) Regional ideals and immigration issues Japan Learn the future of Switzerland (December 2014 iRONNA)

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Innovation

U.S. Chicago underground transportation system Loop (The Boring Company)

The concept of the Underground Transportation System of the Boring Company (TBC) led by Eelon Mask "Loop" under the rebuilding of the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, to the new high-speed transportation organization plan candidate from the airport to the center of the city Was chosen. If you realize it will run at a maximum speed of approximately 240 km / h, and you will connect approximately 24 km from the airport to the center of Chicago in 12 minutes. The Chicago Express Loop (The Boring Company) Chicago taps Elon Musk's Boring Company to build high-speed transit tunnels that would tie Loop with O'Hare (Chicago Tribune) O'Hare International Airport has four pairs of parallel runway meters in Chicago suburbs A huge airport with 8 runways (the number of takeoffs and landings was the best in 2005 until 2005), high-speed transportation system with urban areas was a big issue. This Loop is three to four times faster than the existing transportation system between the airport and downtown Chicago. The fare (20 to 25 dollars) is not fixed but it is less than half the typical price of a taxi, but it is higher than the blue line (subway). Electric skates has air conditioning and heating facilities, luggage storage and Wi-Fi. As the capacity is 8 to 16 people frequently leave each station every 30 seconds, and it is operated every day for 20 hours every day. Mr. Mask said that the tunnel in Chicago is 14 feet (4.27 meters) in diameter, that is, about half the size of a typical tunnel, its company's boring machine has 3 times the power, We can build tunnels at least 14 times faster. And TBC is supposed to cover all the development and construction costs, which is said to be 1 billion dollars (about 110.6 billion yen), to handle all operations, maintenance and maintenance. According to Forbes, Mr. Mask (Elon Musk) has about $ 20 billion (about 2.2 trillion yen) and is 21st. However, TBC has been digging up the first test tunnel in California, Electric Read more

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Innovation

Project Maven contract termination, AI military use guidelines (Google)

The New York Times reports that opposition from inside and outside the company has occurred since Google acquired the contract on the Department of Defense project maven (DoD). This Department of Defense project is to use AI for analysis of animation. Google's internal conflict begins with the possibility that Project Maven's work can be used for target setting to kill drones. Also, as Google's AI is expected to play an increasingly central role in the war from the Department of Defense etc., debate was being debated more urgently. How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google (5/30 The New York Times) Google employees, resigned against protest rescuffle "drone military use" rebound (5/15 Forbs Japan) Approximately 4,000 employees, Google's He signs a letter asking CEO Thunder Pichai to cancel the contract with the Department of Defense. According to Gizmodo, more than 10 employees resigned protest. Project Maven to Deploy Computer Algorithms to War Zone by Year's Read more

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Innovation

World's first unattended taxi service started in 2018 (Waymo)

Weimo (Waymo) plans to deploy an unattended taxi service "Robo Taxi" in the United States in 2018. Fiat · Chrysler Automobile (FCA), a leading European automobile manufacturer, will offer up to 62,000 minivans "Chrysler · Pacifica · Hybrid" minivan (up to 600 units) to Waimo under the alphabet on May 31 We announced that. In March, we also announced plans to introduce up to 20,000 EV (I-PACE) from Jaguar Land Rover for unattended taxis. Both companies will jointly develop the world's first premium automatic driving EV for Weimo's driverless dispatch service. Within a few months it will be deployed in Phoenix, Arizona, USA and then we plan to expand the service. In artificial intelligence (AI) development in automatic driving, safe driving in adverse conditions such as "heavy rain and snowy day". There is also a tendency for a child walking together with parents and children walking alone, there is a tendency that there is a difference in the danger of actions to take next, and let AI learn the characteristics of movement of each individual, We aim to reduce the accident rate by strengthening the ability to predict the behavior of. It seems that the total mileage has exceeded 5 million miles (about 8.05 million Km) from the automatic driving car of the Google era (2009) to Weimo (Waymo). The test mileage is about 20 turns of the earth. Uber's automated driving vehicle, looking back on the first death accident. It is not only necessary to improve accuracy in the future (4/13 GIZMODO) Automobile manufacturers, IT companies, start-up companies all over the world are working on automatic driving vehicles. However, there are also indications that the intensification of the competition for development is postponing "safety" "improvement of danger avoidance ability" and "precision". Since we have certified Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a driver, it is necessary to test not only the length of the test mileage but also "driving ability skills" like the driver's license system, standardization of "risk prediction ability test" And I think that system design is necessary. Waymo, Google I / O introduces automatic driving at snowfall. Remove snow from sensor information by machine learning (TechCrunch Japan) I-PACE / Performance by Jaguar's first electric car SUV (JAGUAR)

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Innovation

Invention of a teens scientist to help wound healing (TED: Anushka Naiknaware)

Anushka Naiknaware, who lives in Portland, Oregon, United States, invented a "smart bandage / gauze" that can detect the degree of wetness of the wound and help healthcare workers at age 13. Her invention was approved by Google Science Fair 2016, became the youngest winner (Lego Education Builder Award) and earned a scholarship of $ 15,000. It is a talk at her TEDwomen 2017. It is said that my parents took me to a local science museum when I was 3-4 years old. She likes the exhibits in it, she seems to have been particularly interested in inventions of chemistry. As knowledge of chemistry, biology etc increases, I am fascinated by science field and I like it. Her invention uses a fractal pattern using graphene nanoparticles to detect the "degree of wetness of a wound" and produces a biocompatible thin print sensor informing medical staff if gauze replacement is necessary Did. It can also be applied to people with chronic wounds (pdf) that are relatively long and can help wound healing. Anushka Naiknaware - GSF 2016 Global Finalist (YouTube) Explanation of Wound Care Sensor As she is 14 years old she cut out "Since I was young ..." at the lecture, surprise and laughter is occurring (^ ^) , I would like more children to know the attractiveness of science and work with the power of science to open up the future. Portland, Oregon Teen Wins Lego Education Builder Award at Google Science Fair (indiawest.com) Read more

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Innovation

Google AI evolves with humanity

Google held an annual developer conference "Google I / O 2018" on May 8, CEO Sundar Pichai introduced at the beginning was a controversial case that modified hamburger's emoticons (Laugh) I think that only the person in charge of Google actually designed it, but it means that artificial intelligence (AI) is hard to understand (time consuming), but it is said that AI First's It was an interesting topic like Google (^ ^) It was announced at Google I / O that there was a medical field beyond human capabilities and an automatic driving field, while people such as language that can not be distinguished from people There were also many fields pursuing a friendly interface, and the Google I / O 2018 was supposed to imagine the direction and future of artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning (ML) library An outline of Cloud TPU 3.0, which is the third generation of TPU (Tensor Processing Unit) for TensorFlow, has been announced. The TPU 3.0 pod seems to have processing performance of up to 100 peta FLOPS. Since last year's TPU 2.0 was 11.5 peta FLOPS (1.15 Kyoto operation per second), it is about nine times the computing capacity improvement. We are also considering the practical application of quantum computers, but it is the backbone of Google's AI First strategy, supporting the new functions and evolution such as Google Assistant, Google Photos, Google Lens and Gmail now. Artificial intelligence (AI) that has grown into an infrastructure indispensable for modern society, I am looking forward to how "Google AI will evolve with humanity" (^^) Watch the full Google I / O Keynote ( YouTube) 10 tips announced at Google I / O 2018: AI is already too great # io18 (GIZMODO)

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Innovation

The California economic scale is fifth in the world

According to the data released by the US Department of Commerce on May 4 (local time), California's state de facto GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2017 amounted to about 2,046.9 billion dollars (about 299.3 trillion yen) It is growing by 3.4%. In comparison with the latest GDP statistics (IMF), the economic scale is the fifth largest in the world through the UK. Because the population of California is 39.54 million (2017) and the population of the United Kingdom is 6564 million (2016), the size of its economic scale stands out. The above is the ratio of the industrial composition of California's GDP released by the US Department of Commerce Economic Analysis. Compared to the whole of the United States, the information industry (Information) has nearly doubled in composition ratio. There are Silicon Valley and Hollywood in California, and it is driving growth as a high-tech industry. Agriculture fields such as California rice, oranges, and wine are also growing. (See below) California / GDP last published on May 4, 2018. (134 KB: pdf / BEA) California has a larger area than Japan and has diverse climates and topography, many ethnicities and immigrants live and diversity It is oriented towards innovation. Advancements such as enhancement of educational institutions such as Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, University of California University Berkeley, UCLA, and deregulation of state government agencies are also promoting growth. California permits fully unattended test of automatic driving car, Waymo is applying immediately (4/14 TechCrunch Japan) California state "three division" plan, referendum proposal in November (4/15 CNN)

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India

Expansion of 490 trillion yen in promotion of gender equality in the Asia-Pacific region (McKinsey)

The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) will estimate that the regional total production (GDP) will expand by 4,500 billion dollars (about 490 trillion yen) by 2025 if gender equality advances in the Asia- Announced in the report. (Downloadable on pdf) The power of parity: Advancing women's equality in Asia Pacific (MGI) Although it is said that MGI "There is no doubt that it is the most dynamic region in the world" about the Asia Pacific region, many countries Of women are widely inequitably treated in workplaces and societies compared to men. In Japan with a declining birthrate and an aging population, GDP (compared to 2014) will increase 6%, and the amount will increase by 325 billion dollars (about 35.5 trillion yen). It is said that China will expand to 2.6 trillion dollars (about 284 trillion yen), India to 770 billion dollars (about 84 trillion yen), Australia to 225 billion dollars (about 24.6 trillion yen), South Korea to 160 billion dollars (about 17.5 trillion yen) It is. In the gender inequality index of each country in the Asia-Pacific region, it is pointed out that Japan, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka are extremely inequality (red) in "work inequality". In "inequality in political field", except for New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines, China, South Korea, and Japan are extremely inequality (red), including in Japan. Gender disparities and inequalities are largely in rela- tions and social systems in developing countries (in developed countries) globally. At least Japan (114th place / WEF) and Korea (118th place / WEF), which are called developed countries, are preparing for gender equality, but they are dragging "bad traditions and social norms, customs, customs as a series of works" I will. (CNN) Gender disparity index 2017 Japan 114th (Global Gender Gap Report 2017) (Nobuyuki Kokai) Economic scale of Asia-Pacific, promotion of gender equality, expansion by 490 trillion yen

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Innovation

TensorFlow supports JavaScript and Raspai (Google)

On 30th March, Google held a developer conference "TensorFlow Dev Summit 2018" at Silicon Valley, and the machine learning library TensorFlow announced that deep learning has become available even on smartphones and cheap IoT devices . Especially TensorFlow JavaScript version "TensorFlow.js" and a lightweight version for smartphones "TensorFlow Lite" are noticed in addition to the conventional Android and iOS, Raspberry Pi (Razpai) etc. Also attracting attention. TensorFlow Lite uses a hardware accelerator for deep learning carried by a mobile device and executes it after "quantizing" the value of the parameter of the neural network as an 8-bit integer or the like. The inference of deep learning combined with this quantization is said to be 3 times faster than usual TensorFlow. In addition, we also adapted Linux for embedded Linux adopted by Raspai and others. "Deep learning will be available even for small devices sold for 20 to 30 dollars, and the use of deep learning will be advanced in drone etc." By using TensorFlow.js, users can deploy Machine Learning Models learned (trained) with the regular version of TensorFlow on Web browsers and execute "inference" of machine learning. This demo video is fun to find emoji instructed using smartphone cameras in the real world. Google first announced TensorFlow in November 2015. Since then, more than two years have elapsed, not only the execution environment but also the function as a development tool has been greatly enhanced, steadily evolving as a "platform" of machine learning. Tensorflow.js: http://js.tensorflow.org/ You can try out 4 different demos (^ ^) Check out the demo: https: //emojiscavengerhunt.withgoogle .... Get the code: https://github.com/ google / emoji-scave ... Check out more AI Experiments: https://experiments.withgoogle.com/ai Learn Read more

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Innovation

"Super Straps" to relieve tension in the shoulder and back by the backpack

Since both hands are free, rucksacks (backpacks) are indispensable for hiking and outdoor sports. Many people use it for commuting, going to school. However, if you put heavy items on the backpack, your head will fall forward and you will be in a forward-looking posture in order to get a balance. This attitude places a burden on the neck, shoulders, back and so on. Just put Super Straps (Super Strap) on your backpack, you will be able to balance with your luggage and keep you in the right posture. Super Straps transforms backpack into ergonomically correct weight distribution backpack. It is said that it will become able to walk with a perfectly correct posture by releasing the weight from the shoulder, back, neck relief and weight. Catherine (Katherine Krug) of BetterBack took over a year and developed the test repeatedly and again. The project at KickStarter will be up to April 28, but now it is $ 302,072 (approximately 32.16 million yen), and the achievement rate is 1,678%, against the target of 18,000 dollars (about 1.92 million yen). BetterBack is developing an orthodontic tool BetterBack (Better Back) that easily makes it perfect in 2015. Super Straps: Relieve Backpack Strain & Improve Posture (Kickstarter) BetterBack - Perfect Posture Effortlessly (getbetterback.com) (Kickstarter) Katherine Krug (Website)

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Innovation

Test introduction of Google-promoted AMP to blog

The sites that introduce AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) and the display speed are topics, and the sites and blogs which are described are increasing. In addition, Google has been promoting Mobile-first Indexing for a long time, and search algorithms seem to consider mobile correspondence and AMP as well. It has also become an environment where AMP can be easily introduced. https://kokai.jp/? am (AG Ver.) Although it is a trial and error, I am introducing AMP to blog (kokai.jp). I'd like to pursue layout and design advantages that make use of display speed (^ ^) Thumbnail of thumbnails of categories and tags (thumbnail), but because it is easy to see and display speed is fast, as a PC browser version AMP Project (Twitter) AMP Project (Official Site) Documents and tools have been enriched as well (^ AMP Project Success Story (AMP Project) that has published AMP pages.

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