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Jun 26, 2022

Ex-Google CEO: The U.S. is about to lose the chip competition

Posted by in category: computing

They are particularly worried about the pace of development in China.

Jun 26, 2022

Loki Unveils a Spacious New Feature-Packed Camper Shell for the Tesla Cybertruck

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Loki has just announced a new version of its Basecamp adventure pod—or camper shell, if you’re old fashioned—for the EV maker’s much-anticipated electric pickup. Although we’ll have to wait until the Cybertruck’s arrival to see it in action, the high-end accessory looks like it could turn the EV into the ultimate go-anywhere vehicle.

The $135,000 camper shell includes solar panels and a climate control system.

Jun 26, 2022

Google Insider Says Company’s AI Could “Escape Control” and “Do Bad Things”

Posted by in categories: law enforcement, policy, robotics/AI

Suspended Google engineer Blake Lemoine made a big splash earlier this month, claiming that the company’s LaMDA chatbot had become sentient.

The AI researcher, who was put on administrative leave by the tech giant for violating its confidentiality policy, according to the Washington Post, decided to help LaMDA find a lawyer — who was later “scared off” the case, as Lemoine told Futurism on Wednesday.

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Jun 25, 2022

Molecules in mucus may be the key to thwarting fungal infection

Posted by in category: futurism

Research is now revealing that mucus components called glycans can be specialized to help fight many pathogens such as Candida albicans, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus.

Jun 25, 2022

LightSail 2 celebrates 3rd space birthday as end of mission approaches

Posted by in category: space travel

The mission, far beyond its design lifetime, may fall into the atmosphere in a few months.

A solar-sailing mission is now marking three years of spaceflight, but is unlikely to celebrate a fourth anniversary.

The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 is a crowdfunded solar sail that launched June 25, 2019. It was expected to last a year in an assessment of how well a spacecraft could perform using only the power of the sun.

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Jun 25, 2022

Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk promises a fast fix for ‘money furnace’ Tesla factories

Posted by in categories: economics, Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Tesla CEO Elon Musk described the electric automaker’s factories in Austin and Berlin as “money furnaces” that were losing billions of dollars because supply chain breakdowns were limiting the number of cars they can produce.

In a May 30 interview with a Tesla owners club that was just released this week, Musk said that getting the Berlin and Austin plants functional “are overwhelmingly our concerns. Everything else is a very small thing,” Musk said, but added that “it’s all gonna get fixed real fast.”

It’s not clear how much has changed in the three weeks since the interview, but last week Musk tweeted congratulations to his Berlin team for producing 1,000 cars in a week.

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Jun 25, 2022

How AI Facial Recognition Is Helping Conserve Pumas

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers tricked out conventional camera traps to snap headshots of Puma concolor, revealing a better way to track the elusive species.

Jun 25, 2022

I made Ready Player One in REAL LIFE! — THE ULTIMATE VR SETUP

Posted by in category: virtual reality

The state of VR.

Today we dive into a video that has been on my mind and in the words for a LONG time. For the first time I put together all of the world’s craziest VR hardware that anyone can purchase and recreated the setup found in Ready Player One’s books/ movie.

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Jun 25, 2022

Elon Musk And The Super Alluring Dream For A ‘Super App’

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

Musk wants Twitter to be more like Chinese platform WeChat, a common but unfulfilled dream among Silicon Valley moguls.

Jun 25, 2022

Israeli scientists discover how to make elderly human skin young again

Posted by in category: futurism

After 20 years of research, Haifa scientists claim to have found the way to make elderly human skin young again – in lab rodents.

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