A new report is claiming that, with an aggressive infrastructure investment, eight emerging technologies could meet 60 % of new energy demand by 2020. It is also claiming that we could abate more CO2 than is necessary for climate stabilization in just 10 years.
The report, titled “The Gigaton Throwdown”, estimates that if annual global private investment in cleantech tripled between now and 2020, clean energy investments would be in line with fossil-fuel investments.
The report highlights the eight emerging clean technology solution areas that are ready for investment and could yield the stated goals.
Augmented Reality in 2010: Ori Inbar’s Predictions (Part 10)
Well, if you read this blog you probably don’t need me to introduce Ori Inbar. But if you don’t already know him, he’s the founder of Games Alfresco and a whole lot of other things. Here are his predictions:
Bruce Sterling will secure his position in the history books as THE evangelist
of the augmented reality movement
Blair MacIntyre will start a successful AR game company but will still miss the good ‘ol days at Georgia Tech (just announced! new company is Aura)
Georg Klein will launch an amazing mobile AR proof of concept that will inject Microsoft into the AR limelight (the product will only get commercial years later)
10x AR users over 2009 (i.e. ten times more AR users than in 2009)
10x AR apps over 2009
10x total AR industry revenue over 2009
10x total investments in AR start ups over 2009
The center of the AR world (according to Google trends) will shift from East Asia (South Korea) to the West (US and EU)
At least one major chip manufacturer will announce the inclusion of AR capabilities on its chip
In 2008 we predicted that “2009 will be the year where AR breaks from the lab and gets in the hands of consumers”. Totally happened! (but very few are really using it…)
2010 will be the year where consumers fall in love with AR - start using it in their daily lives and enjoy it!
Obama’s Challenge: Construct green buildings that produce all the energy they consume.
Who’s Got a Shot: Look for companies such as United Technologies and Honeywell to develop industrial-specification, energy-efficient systems for heating, ventilation, and water. Some of the $2.8 billion in Obama’s stimulus plan earmarked for residential green investments could help revive the battered housing and manufacturing markets, too.
EWeek: IBM financing deal for electronic health records
IBM Global Financing has entered into deals with four healthcare organizations to help them pay for their EHR projects while they await federal stimulus funds. The deals also will enable IBM to collect interest on the financing and raise its profile in the growing healthcare IT market.
Green technology patents will see a year shaved off the average forty month wait time to approve new patents in the US. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is implementing a one-year pilot program to push green technology patent applications through the process more quickly, so that the technologies can reach the market faster. The USPTO will accept the first 3,000 petitions that meet the requirements outlined by the government office to participate in this unique pilot program. The technology must fall under the US classification for “green”, meaning that it enhances environmental quality, conserves energy, develops renewable energy resources, or lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
“Every day an important green tech innovation is hindered from coming to market is another day we harm our planet and another day lost in creating green businesses and green jobs,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos.