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Circulate on Fridays: Glimpse the power of AI and more!

The weekend is almost upon us once again! In this edition of Circulate on Fridays, we’re catching up on the word from the circular economy after Thursday’s Financial Times event, ‘glimpsing’ the future of AI and much more!

A 3D-printer capable of creating objects from steel, titanium and copper has been unveiled. Designboom reports that, “desktop metal is set to change how metal is manufactured with the fastest metal 3D printing system in the world. For the first time, affordable, safe and precise metal 3D printing for both prototyping and mass production will be available across industries — at speeds 100 times faster.” What makes the innovation distinct is that unlike traditional metal 3D printing processes, this system requires no hazardous powders, no lasers and no cutting tools to operate, meaning that it doesn’t need to be housed in an expensive industrial facility.

Google is formally an ‘AI-first company’, according to a recent piece by Paul Sarconi in Wired. The company has produced a number of games to make artificial intelligence more accessible to people, but also to give a glimpse of its creative capacity. Tools produced include AI Duet, a piano that automatically harmonises with the notes played by the user, and the recently popular AutoDraw, which is a form of AI Pictionary – draw an object and the computer will guess what it is. At the core of Sarconi’s piece is the point that the more interaction that AI interfaces receive, the more accurate they become, it’s definitely worth a read!

As the circular economy concept continues to gain traction, experts and stakeholders are increasingly applying the concept to their own contexts. A new report, Creating Value: The Potential Benefits of the Circular Economy in South Australia, highlights one such regional opportunity. The research is a first attempt at understanding what the circular economy could mean for South Australia with a focus on energy use and local jobs, and the results are promising. The analysis finds that adoption of circular economy principles could create an extra 25,000 jobs in South Australia, whilst saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 27% vs. a business as usual scenario. Download the report and find out more about the background to its publication.

This week, the Financial Times hosted its circular economy summit, featuring the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CEO Andrew Morlet, EU Commissioner for the Environment Karmenu Vella and a number of leading businesses in the space. If you weren’t able to attend, Innovators Mag has produced a quick Twitter recap with some of the highlights.

What would it take to integrate the circular economy model with the world of fashion? That was the core question at Copenhagen Fashion Summit earlier this month, Robin Mellery-Pratt produced an interesting summation piece on the current state of play for Business of Fashion.

Oil won’t last forever, but what does that mean for the world’s economies? Popular Science recently published an interesting analysis on Dubai, as the city-state aims to make adapting to a post-oil economy the basis of its future economy, betting on technology, science and innovation.

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Seb writes daily content for Circulate across the full spectrum of the website's topics. Previously he has spent five years as a freelance writer for a number of websites and blogs. You can e-mail Seb at seb[at]circulatenews.org

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