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Technology Got a clean energy company? Amazon may now want to invest

18:25  23 june  2020
18:25  23 june  2020 Source:   cnet.com

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Amazon is kicking in $2 billion to support its broadening efforts to fight climate change.

Jeff Bezos, Christiana Figueres looking at a screen: Jeff Bezos at his Climate Pledge announcement last year. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET © Provided by CNET Jeff Bezos at his Climate Pledge announcement last year. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

The online retailer on Tuesday said it started the new Climate Pledge Fund, a venture capital fund that will invest in companies that develop ways to reduce carbon emissions.

"Companies from around the world of all sizes and stages will be considered, from pre-product startups to well-established enterprises," Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "Each prospective investment will be judged on its potential to accelerate the path to zero carbon and help protect the planet for future generations."

Jeff Bezos, Christiana Figueres looking at a screen: Jeff Bezos at his Climate Pledge announcement last year. © Ben Fox Rubin/CNET

Jeff Bezos at his Climate Pledge announcement last year.

Amazon hopes AI will help enforce social distancing at its warehouses .
Amazon has created a new AI called the Distance Assistant to help its fulfillment facility employees keep a safe distance from one another during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Using a time-of-flight sensor similar to the depth-sensing cameras you'll find on modern smartphones like the Galaxy S20, the assistant measures the distance between employees. The AI component is there to help it differentiate people from the background. What the AI sees is then displayed on a 50-inch screen for workers to glance at as they pass high-traffic areas.

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