The Dunning-Kruger effect can be observed in many different areas: Those who know the least often think of themselves as particularly competent, while those with a lot of knowledge tend to underestimate their own expertise. A research team recently investigated the extent to which this phenomenon can be observed in the area of media and nutrition. The results are clear: Even when it comes to evaluating a supposedly healthy low-carb bar, people who are not competent at all consider themselves to be particularly competent.
Power lines are frequently damaged during snowfall or snowstorms. Until now, engineers working for the energy providers have had to painstakingly inspect power pylons and insulators on site to check for damage. In the future, drones will be able to perform this task. Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt are developing new technologies to support autonomous inspections.
Autonomous drones typically use the GPS satellite navigation system to navigate autonomously. In the absence of sufficient GPS coverage, many drones rely on cameras. Both technologies have drawbacks. Researchers involved in the CARNIVAL project are currently working on new methods to improve radar navigation.
Online data traffic accounts for more than fifty percent of global greenhouse gas emissions attributed to digital technologies. Now, with the GAIA project, Bitmovin and the University of Klagenfurt are working to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions along the entire video “supply chain”. The 3.3 million euro project recently won the CSI Magazine Award for the best sustainability initiative. In parallel, the Bitmovin player’s ECO mode was recently launched, giving customers control over the level of CO2 emissions and costs they save.