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Dubai Airshow to showcase latest solutions towards a sustainable future

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Aviation companies at this year’s Dubai Airshow will showcase the latest solutions towards a sustainable future.

Industries have taken bold steps towards decarbonisation, with innovation accelerating at an exponential rate. As Dubai Airshow leads up to the United Nation’s annual global climate change conference, COP28, which is also taking place in Dubai towards the end of the year, industry stakeholders will take the opportunity to showcase their latest solutions towards net zero emissions, discuss collaborations and gain new insights.

The aviation industry contributes approximately 2% to 3% of all global CO2 emissions but with a constant increase in passenger demand, this could rise to 25% to 30% by 2050 if no actions are taken, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan titled ‘Sustainable Technologies in Aviation’, which raises the urgency on manufacturers, airlines and airport operators to undertake sustainability initiatives.

Additionally, global production capacity for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) needs to exceed 30 billion litres by 2030 and 450 billion litres by 2050[1] for airlines to be able to achieve net zero targets. In 2020, SAF production was just 450 million litres, according to IATA, which is less than 0.05% of the global demand of jet fuel.

However, several initiatives are already underway in the Middle East region. Recently, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) signed an agreement with Airbus, to support the development and growth of the global SAF market. The agreement will also see the entities collaborate on Green Hydrogen, and Direct Air Capture technologies. Meanwhile, Qatar Airways signed a deal with Shell to source 3,000 metric tonnes of neat SAF at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, making it the first carrier in the Middle East and Africa to procure a large SAF amount in Europe, beyond government SAF mandates.

Globally, Shell Aviation has signed several other agreements to provide airlines including JetBlue and Japan Airlines (JAL) with SAF, and Air bp, the specialised aviation division of multinational oil and gas company BP, has announced the first sale of SAF from its Castellon refinery in Spain, marking another important milestone at it works towards making SAF more available.

Earlier this year, Emirates successfully completed a demonstration flight powered by 100% SAF on a Boeing 777-300ER, as part of its plans to help the global aviation industry meet carbon emission targets. The airline has also earmarked $200 million to fund R&D on advanced fuel technologies that can reduce commercial aviation’s environmental impact.

Mikail Houari, President, Africa and Middle East at Airbus, commented: “At Airbus, we continue to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to leading the decarbonisation journey in the aerospace industry through our pioneering role in developing disruptive technologies. Whether this is through hydrogen-powered commercial aircraft or other sustainable solutions when it comes to engines and fuels, our goals are a testament to the potential for revolutionising the way we fly. We are relentlessly pursuing ambitions of building a more sustainable future for aviation as we seek to make our commercial fleet capable of flying with 100% SAF by 2030.”

Separately, Honeywell has launched a new technology called UOP eFining that produces lower-carbon aviation fuel from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide captured from industry.

Mohammed Mohaisen, president and CEO, Honeywell Middle East and North Africa, commented; “Sustainable Aviation Fuel represents a ready now opportunity to drive the sustainable growth of the aviation industry, yet it is still barely tapped into. Technologies that can harness readily abundant CO2 to produce SAF are transformational in terms of how we fuel aircraft, and will play an important role in the long-term decarbonization of the sector. That is why we recently added UOP eFining™ to our existing Ecofining and ethanol-to-jet fuel portfolio, offering customers multiple pathways to SAF production through proven technology, and helping them meet the rapidly growing demand for renewable fuels today.”

Dubai Airshow has confirmed that sustainability is an increasingly important topic of discussion and area of focus for its stakeholders at the upcoming edition, taking place from 13-17 November 2023 at Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai Airshow Site under the theme of ‘The Future of the Aerospace Industry’.

Dubai Airshow’s 18th Edition

The 18th edition of Dubai Airshow will build on the momentum across the industry with special sustainability-themed conference tracks. Boeing will be the host sponsor for the Aerospace 2050 stage, which will include a two-day Sustainability conference that is set to return bigger than ever given the topic’s ever-growing importance. Industry experts will discuss steps on creating a more sustainable aerospace ecosystem, covering some of the most pressing sustainable challenges and opportunities.

Kuljit Ghata-Aura, President, Boeing Middle East, Türkiye and Africa, commented: “Boeing is very proud to be participating in the Dubai Airshow again, and we are especially pleased to be the sponsor of the Aerospace 2050 conference. The aviation industry is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and Boeing is actively developing airplanes and technologies which will enable our airline customers to meet these goals. We look forward to sharing our experience and engaging with our industry peers and partners at Dubai Airshow 2023.”

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Emad Mostaque Steps Down as CEO of Stability AI

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Emad Mostaque Steps Down as CEO of Stability AI

Emad Mostaque, the CEO of Stability AI, has decided to step down from his role at the startup that brought Stable Diffusion to life. Mostaque’s departure comes as Stability AI shifts its focus towards decentralized AI, a move that signals a new chapter in the ever-evolving artificial intelligence industry.

In a press release issued late on Friday night, Stability AI announced Mostaque’s decision to leave the company in order to pursue decentralized AI initiatives. Mostaque will also be stepping down from his position on the board of directors at Stability AI. This move paves the way for a fresh direction at the company, as they search for a new CEO to lead them into the next phase of growth and innovation.

The board of directors has appointed two interim co-CEOs, Shan Shan Wong and Christian Laforte, to oversee the operations of Stability AI while a search for a permanent CEO is conducted. Jim O’Shaughnessy, chairman of the board, expressed confidence in the abilities of Wong and Laforte to navigate the company through its development and commercialization of generative AI products.

Mostaque’s departure from Stability AI follows recent reports of turmoil within the AI startup landscape. Forbes had reported on Stability AI’s challenges after key developers resigned, including three of the five researchers behind the technology of Stable Diffusion. Additionally, rival startup Inflection AI experienced significant changes with former Google DeepMind co-founder Mustafa Suleyman joining Microsoft, leading to a talent acquisition by the tech giant.

Stability AI’s flagship product, Stable Diffusion, has garnered widespread use for text-to-image generation AI tools. The company recently introduced a new model, Stable Cascade, and began offering a paid membership for commercial use of its AI models. However, legal challenges around the data training of Stable Diffusion, highlighted by a pending lawsuit from Getty Images in the UK, have added complexity to the company’s operations.

As the AI industry continues to evolve and face challenges, Emad Mostaque’s decision to step down as CEO of Stability AI represents a significant shift towards decentralized AI models. This move sets the stage for a new era of innovation and exploration in the field of artificial intelligence, as companies strive to find the balance between commercialization and openness in developing advanced AI technologies.

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New NVIDIA H200 GPU Sets the Standard for AI Technology

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New NVIDIA H200 GPU Sets the Standard for AI Technology

Just unveiled, NVIDIA is taking AI technology to the next level with its latest H200 GPU. This new class-leading chip builds upon the success of its predecessor, the highly sought-after H100, offering increased memory capacity and bandwidth for enhanced performance in generative AI and large language models (LLMs).

The H200 GPU boasts 1.4 times more memory bandwidth and 1.8 times more memory capacity compared to the H100, thanks to its utilization of the new HBM3e memory specification. This upgrade results in a significant bump in memory bandwidth to 4.8 terabytes per second and a total memory capacity of 141GB, surpassing the capabilities of the H100 with 3.35 terabytes per second bandwidth and 80GB memory capacity.

In a video presentation, Ian Buck, Nvidia’s VP of high-performance computing products, highlighted that the integration of faster and more extensive HBM memory in the H200 accelerates performance across demanding tasks, such as generative AI models and high-performance computing applications, while optimizing GPU efficiency.

The H200 is designed to be easily integrated into systems already compatible with H100 GPUs, ensuring a seamless transition for users. Cloud service providers like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle are among the first to adopt the new GPUs, with availability expected in the second quarter of 2024.

While Nvidia has not disclosed the pricing for the H200, previous generation H100 GPUs were estimated to range from $25,000 to $40,000 each, making them a significant investment for companies utilizing AI technology. Despite the introduction of the H200, Nvidia reassures customers that production of the H100 will continue uninterrupted to meet ongoing demand.

As the demand for AI technology continues to soar, Nvidia’s announcement of the H200 GPU comes at a crucial time for companies in need of cutting-edge computational power. With plans to triple H100 production in 2024 and the introduction of the H200, Nvidia is poised to meet the growing demand for GPUs tailored for generative AI and large language models in the coming year.

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PUDU Robotics Unveils Healthcare Robots at Aus Health Week 2024

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Pudu Robotics (“PUDU”), the global leader in commercial service robots, is excited to announce its participation in the forthcoming Australian Healthcare Week (AHW), the biggest and most influential healthcare gathering in the southern hemisphere, scheduled for 20-21 March 2024. PUDU will be showcasing its comprehensive solutions at Booth No. 217. These solutions are meticulously designed to streamline processes and enhance efficiency, catering specifically to the needs of aged care and healthcare institutions.

Pudu Robotics will be participating in Australian Healthcare Week on March 20-21.

Australia’s aged care industry is grappling with a significant shortage of skilled care workers. As of 2023, the sector was short of 35,000 workers, with about 18,000 staff members having left the industry since August. This shortage is exacerbated by the country’s rapidly aging population. As of June 2020, there were an estimated 4.2 million Australians aged 65 and over, comprising 16% of the total population. The demand for aged care services is steadily rising, driven by an aging population and increased life expectancy. As this demand grows, it will place significant pressure on the existing workforce.

Conceived with a focus on human-robot collaboration, PUDU’s solutions aim to address all these concerns in Australia’s aged care sector. By freeing professional caregivers from repetitive, physically demanding tasks, these solutions enable them to devote more time to providing personalized care and attention to the elderly.

For instance, PUDU’s delivery robots, namely BellaBotSwiftBot, and FlashBot, are adept at facilitating meal delivery services from the restaurant to individual rooms. They are also capable of managing the delivery of general indoor items or daily medications, thereby conserving the time and energy of caregivers. This empowers caregivers to concentrate on more specialized nursing tasks, such as medical care or psychological support. It’s worth noting that FlashBot and SwiftBot come equipped with autonomous elevator-riding capabilities, rendering cross-floor deliveries a breeze.

Moreover, PUDU’s cleaning robot, CC1, caters to the stringent cleanliness standards of the medical care industry by offering real-time automated cleaning. CC1 boasts a four-in-one versatile cleaning system that includes sweeping, scrubbing, vacuuming, and mopping. This ensures that the floors are consistently clean, dry, and slip-resistant. It also provides real-time notifications and performance reports, detailing aspects such as cleaning time and area covered. Additionally, CC1 is capable of automatically charging, draining, and refilling water, thereby significantly enhancing cleaning efficiency. Its autonomous elevator-riding feature minimizes human intervention, rendering the cleaning process truly automated.

At the AHW, an array of PUDU’s innovations, including CC1, BellaBot, SwiftBot, FlashBot, and the large-screen version of PuduBot2 with advertising capabilities, will be on display. The booth will host a simulated elevator space, enabling visitors to gain an intuitive understanding of the robots’ autonomous elevator-riding abilities and experience the product performance firsthand. Key representatives from PUDU’s sales, technical, marketing, and PR departments will be present at the exhibition to share global case studies with attendees. Institutions interested in collaboration or media entities seeking more information are cordially invited to visit the booth for further details.

About Pudu Robotics

Pudu Robotics is a global leader in design, R&D, production, and sales of commercial service robots with over 70,000 units shipped in over 60 countries and regions worldwide. The company’s robots are currently in use across a wide variety of industries including restaurants, retail, hospitality, healthcare, entertainment, and manufacturing. Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Shenzhen, China, its mission is to use robots to improve the efficiency of human production and living. For more information on business developments and updates, follow PUDU on FacebookYouTubeLinkedInTwitter and Instagram.

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