Generating Viewpoints From Reflections

Researchers at MIT have developed an Objects as Radiance-Field Cameras (ORCa) technique that uses reflections on shiny objects as image sensors to generate viewpoints outside the view of the original camera.If you remember the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Identity Crisis (s04e18) where Geordie recreates an incident on the holodeck and generates a previous unseen viewpoint, we can now do this with AI.

Geothermal Well Battery

Geothermal energy company Fervo Energy have discovered a way to utilise a geothermal well as a battery. By drilling cracks into geothermal hard rock, pumping lots of water in and sealing the well, the water can later be released at high pressure, allowing energy to be delivered at high output at times when renewables are generating low output.


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