20 April 2018

NEW Book: Fascism: A Warning - By Madeleine Albright

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-- A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State --
A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, “is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.” 
The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given the horrors of that experience, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.
Fascism, as she shows, not only endured through the twentieth century but now presents a more virulent threat to peace and justice than at any time since the end of World War II.  The momentum toward democracy that swept the world when the Berlin Wall fell has gone into reverse.  The United States, which historically championed the free world, is led by a president who exacerbates division and heaps scorn on democratic institutions.  In many countries, economic, technological, and cultural factors are weakening the political center and empowering the extremes of right and left.  Contemporary leaders such as Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are employing many of the tactics used by Fascists in the 1920s and 30s.
Fascism: A Warning is a book for our times that is relevant to all times.  Written  by someone who has not only studied history but helped to shape it, this call to arms teaches us the lessons we must understand and the questions we must answer if we are to save ourselves from repeating the tragic errors of the past.
Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright served as America's sixty-fourth Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001. Her distinguished career also includes positions on Capitol Hill, the National Security Council, and as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. She is a resident of Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

14 March 2018

Applied Artificial Intelligence Coming Up April 2018

Industry leaders from organizations like Softbank, Rigetti Computing, CapitalOne, Google, Lyft, Samsung, GE, Bayer, World Economic Forum, Accenture and many more will be presenting at Applied Artificial Intelligence by Bootstrap Labs April 2018. Use the code AAIBSLcom18 to register for a 30% discount.

24 February 2018

New Book: Radical Matter Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future

A table made of dust. Hair turned into ink. Cow dung made into tiles. Rejecting old assumptions and revitalizing the principles of sustainable production, RADICAL MATTER (Thames & Hudson, April 17, 2018) reimagines material and process to provide the manifesto for a revolution in material innovation.

“Up to now, we have relied on a supply of natural raw materials that we transport to large factories and turn into products. We are running out of raw materials and creating enormous quantities of waste,” write authors and co-founders of FranklinTill Studio Kate Franklin and Caroline Till. “We are potentially on the brink of a materials revolution that could help rebalance our relationship with our planet … Thanks to a raft of exciting designers and makers who are fostering disruptive approaches, we are beginning to see that alternative systems of production are possible—and we are recognizing that material innovation will be crucial to achieving this.”

RADICAL MATTER celebrates the designer and maker as an agent for radical change, disrupting the way we design, make, and consume through material innovation. Framed by eight “Big Ideas”—from living materials to digital fabrication and domestic waste—with more than sixty fully illustrated case studies, and featuring testimonies from global industry experts, this is an essential introduction to the cutting edge of design for a sustainable future.

09 January 2018

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03 August 2017

New Energy Update: Multi-Turbine Yaw Control Platforms Set to Cut Wake Losses

In a joint research project, NREL, NextEra Energy and venture capital firm Ystrategies are currently testing new control strategies for the yaw systems which orientate turbine rotors towards the wind. Coordinated yaw adjustments on upstream turbines can steer low-energy wind away from downstream units while tactical output reductions can support grid reliability. I'm happy to be a Science and Technology Advisory Board Member of YStrategies. Read the Full Article Here.

08 July 2017

New Book: Climate of Hope - How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens CAN SAVE THE PLANET by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope

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Smart Tech News recommends you read this new book and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Climate of Hope - How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens CAN SAVE THE PLANET by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club Carl Pope show how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense. They explore climate change solutions that will make the world healthier and more prosperous, aiming to begin a new type of conversation on the issue that will spur bolder action by cities, businesses, and citizens―and even, someday, by Washington.
In Climate of Hope, Bloomberg and Pope offer an optimistic look at the challenge of climate change, the solutions they believe hold the greatest promise, and the practical steps that are necessary to achieve them. Writing from their own experiences, and sharing their own stories from government, business, and advocacy, Bloomberg and Pope provide a road map for tackling the most complicated challenge the world has ever faced. Along the way, they turn the usual way of thinking about climate change on its head: from top down to bottom up, from partisan to pragmatic, from costs to benefits, from tomorrow to today, and from fear to hope.

Recommendations include:
"Thanks in no small part to Michael Bloomberg, mayors around the world are proving day after day that cities can tackle climate change. There are three things we need to do: act, act, and act again. This is the first book that explains how." Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
"Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope show that cities demonstrate how a bottom-up approach to climate action is not only possible, but also necessary -- and how all of us have a role to play." Carol Browner, Former EPA Administrator and White House Climate Advisor

"Climate of Hope is an inspiring must read." ―Former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of The Climate Reality Project
“Meeting our world’s growing energy demands will require contributions from science, business and government. As Climate of Hope shows, Michael Bloomberg has a unique understanding of the importance of this collaborative approach. Michael’s leadership and optimism remind us that by working together, we can develop breakthrough innovations to reduce the cost and increase the reliability of clean energy technology.” ―Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & and Melinda Gates Foundation
“Climate change threatens to reshape the future of our world's population centers. Bloomberg and Pope have been leaders on fortifying our cities against this threat, and their book proves that victory is possible―and imperative.” ―Leonardo DiCaprio