We don’t run from the world’s biggest problems, we run towards them.
In addition to creating innovative AI solutions for Fortune 500 companies, Hypergiant is driven to make technology oriented towards improving global conditions in realms ranging from climate change and cybersecurity to smart cities and disaster relief.
“Hypergiant understands the importance of collaboration and selflessness that is needed to bring sustainability to life. Innovation will not slow down either. AI will continue to become smarter, and new previously unimaginable digital tools will become mainstream — but with more than just a bottom line or speed to market in-mind. Innovation will be driven by humanitarianism and a fundamental need for better quality of life, across the globe.”
BEN LAMM / Founder & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
HYPERGIANT TRENDS 2020
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We can't predict everything (our R&D team, though, is hard at work on a Magic 8 ball). However, our work across space, defense and critical infrastructure helps us understand what this decade may look like in extended reality, space exploration and algae.
According to a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change report, limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius rather than 2 degrees Celsius could help ensure a more sustainable and equitable society. Global net CO2 emissions would need to drop by 45% compared to 2010 levels by the year 2030, reaching “net zero” around 2050 in order to achieve such a goal. Humanity needs big, actionable ideas to curb climate change so Hypergiant set forth on creating an evolved bioreactor that can reduce planet-warming emissions by removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Algae is one of nature’s most efficient organisms for carbon capture and sequestration, but efforts to create efficient bioreactors have been challenged for the past decade. By leveraging artificial intelligence, Hypergiant has improved the efficiency of reactor design and created the Eos Bioreactor which also utilizes autonomous health monitoring to manage light amount and type, available CO2, temperature, and biodensity. This results in the creation of a more well-optimized environment that can maximize carbon sequestration.
The Eos Bioreactor, a 3’x3’x7’ cube, is intended for application in urban environments and is intended for integration into Hypergiant’s larger smart cities program. Biodiesel, an algae byproduct, can provide fuel for other products that promote and improve urban living. Blueprints for the bioreactor will be released in early 2020 to the online maker community, with the intention of empowering individuals to create similar, smaller, modular devices for use in residential dwellings.
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Hypergiant’s Research and Development team is designing a holistic energy concept that creates a stepping stone to reverse climate change. The key ingredient, algae, converts carbon dioxide into carbon-rich lipids to create biofuel. Every aspect of their algae bioreactor closed system will be automated and controlled by machine intelligence to make it easier to maintain, lowering any manual software burdens. Hypergiant cares about “tomorrowing today” and is building towards this bigger vision of collecting data from the interconnected network of algae reactors to globally communicate and continuously optimize devices.
Hypergiant is developing a bioreactor concept as a stepping stone to addressing climate change. The secret ingredient? Algae.
Research shows that algae production is a highly effective means of atmospheric carbon reduction, outperforming trees by a factor of 10. Our next generation of algae reactor is smaller and more modular than existing models, using machine intelligence to automate production, optimize output, and reduce maintenance.
Since our ability to affect change is driven by our ability to understand our impact, the future of climate change solutions must be highly connected and data driven. Hypergiant’s bioreactor comes paired with mobile application that provides status of the bioreactor, detects anomalies, and provides current and historical reporting of CO2 sequestration and biomass production. A cloud based infrastructure connects the bioreactors, allowing them to learn from each other, optimize for new environments, and provide global insights.
The Eos Bioreactor will help solve the CO2 problem by sequestering carbon more rapidly and more efficiently than trees - as each super-boosted algae bioreactor is 400 times more effective at capturing carbon than trees in the same unit area. And by using machine intelligence to constantly monitor and manage air flow, amount and type of light, available CO2, temperature, pH, biodensity, and harvest cycles, we maintain perfect conditions for maximum carbon sequestration.
"The research on algae is incredibly compelling, both on the amount of carbon it sequesters as well as its rate of growth. And then, in looking at that, we realized that the biggest problems in algae are things we can solve with artificial intelligence.”
- Kristina Libby / EVP OF FUTURE SCIENCE AND RESEARCH, HYPERGIANT INDUSTRIES
FACILITATING DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS THROUGH A.I.
Natural disasters are a growing threat. In 2018 there were 315 natural disaster events recorded with 11,804 deaths, over 68 million people affected, and US$131.7 billion in economic losses across the world. Trends indicate that this problem is only going to get worse. Current methodology for addressing property destruction is largely manual - surveillance by foot, boat and air - and this limitation impacts search and rescue efforts which are largely driven by untrained volunteers.
To this end, Hypergiant has created a new AI -and ML-driven model that utilizes satellite imagery to detect property destruction after a natural disaster (or any other broad scale attack). This model allows governments and companies to utilize fresh imaging data to help pinpoint structures affected by such disasters and allows disaster relief professionals to assess damage and prioritize relief-efforts. The model overlays pre- and post-event surveillance and color codes based on damage. In the future, we will drive towards reflecting information about wind direction, water temperature, heat signatures, and more. This streamlining of information delivery will help save time and save lives.
The AI model will be part of Modzy, a new marketplace being developed by Booz Allen Hamilton, that will provide access to scalable, trustworthy AI-driven models that help bridge the disconnect between governments and corporations. The marketplace aims to deliver innovative solutions with global impact.
“With this new model, we are giving first-responders the tools needed to think strategically and with purpose in the midst of chaos. Their resources are limited, and every minute counts. By giving them access to real-time building assessment data, they can prioritize their efforts and respond with confidence — ultimately saving countless lives as a result.”
Nautilus Magazine: A Hypergiant Industries Investment
Nautilus, a print and online science magazine that Hypergiant is excited to partner with, was founded in 2013. In its first year, Nautilus was the recipient of three prestigious FOLIO: awards: for Best Consumer Website, Best Site Design, and Best Full Issue. Since those first accolades, it has won two National Magazine Awards (aka “Ellies”) and is the only magazine in the history of the award to have won two in its first year of eligibility. Recognition has been consistent since its founding and, in addition to multiple Webby Award nominations and one win as Honoree in the Web: Best Writing (Editorial), writing and illustrations from the magazine have been featured in The Best Science and Nature Writing more than once.
So named by the founder because, “The nautilus is so steeped in math and myth and story, from Verne to the Golden Mean to the spectacular sea creature itself that it seemed a fitting namesake for the idea of connecting and illuminating science.” Nautilus offers a different take from more traditional science magazines and focuses on deep, narrative storytelling that ushers science into the most important conversations taking place in contemporary society. More than any science publication before, Nautilus helps readers understand the interconnectedness that exists between science, philosophy, culture, and art. Hypergiant Industries believes in science and is a proud investor in Nautilus Magazine.