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Mar 2, 2024

Space Accident Means Tardigrades May Have Contaminated The Moon

Posted by in categories: climatology, robotics/AI, space

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Just over five years ago, on 22 February 2019, an unmanned space probe was placed in orbit around the Moon.

Named Beresheet and built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries, it was intended to be the first private spacecraft to perform a soft landing. Among the probe’s payload were tardigrades, renowed for their ability to survive in even the harshest climates.

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Mar 2, 2024

Figure AI robot gets OpenAI’s ChatGPT-brain to train at lightning speed

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

Discover the future of robotics with Figure AI. Find out how their humanoid robot, Figure 1, is revolutionizing the industry.

Mar 2, 2024

Elon Musk Sues OpenAI and Sam Altman for ‘Flagrant Breaches’ of Contract

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, information science, law, robotics/AI

Elon Musk is suing OpenAI and Sam Altman for allegedly abandoning OpenAI’s original mission to develop artificial intelligence to benefit humanity.

“OpenAI, Inc. has been transformed into a closed-source de facto subsidiary of the largest technology company in the world: Microsoft,” Musk’s lawyers wrote in the lawsuit, which was filed late on Thursday in San Francisco.

“Under its new board, it is not just developing but is refining an AGI [Artificial General Intelligence] to maximize profits for Microsoft, rather than for the benefit of humanity,” claims the filing. “On information and belief, GPT-4 is an AGI algorithm.”

Mar 2, 2024

Meet Mark. He’s one of the few people in the world with a brain-computer interface

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, neuroscience

CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta watches a brain-computer interface in action and explores the technology that is allowing humans to control computers using only the neural activity in their brains.

Mar 2, 2024

Physicists Screwed Around and Unlocked a Bizarre Quantum Behavior

Posted by in category: quantum physics

It started as routine research—and ended with a revelation.

Mar 2, 2024

Fisker is talking to Nissan for a lifeline and electric pickup partnership

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Nissan has been revealed as the potential savior of Fisker. The Japanese automaker is reportedly talking with Fisker to invest in the company and partner on electric pickup trucks.

Earlier today, we reported on Fisker’s disastrous fourth-quarter results showing that the electric vehicle startup lost $400 million in 2023 and it now has less than $400 million of cash on hands.

The automaker had to admit that it wouldn’t be able to continue operations past next year without a big cash injection.

Mar 2, 2024

Apple Vision Pro may eventually get SteamVR functionality

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

Apple Vision Pro may gain the ability to play SteamVR games, thanks to developers who have begun porting the open-source ALVR software.

ALVR is software that enables streaming VR games to virtual reality headsets. The adaptation of ALVR allows users to enjoy SteamVR games on Apple Vision Pro’s Micro-OLED displays.

However, interacting with these games requires a specific type of controller that tracks itself instead of one tracked by a headset.

Mar 2, 2024

The 2025 Ram 1500 Ramcharger May Be The Best Electric Truck For Towing, Hauling

Posted by in category: climatology

Here’s why the Ramcharger may beat the Ford F-150 Lightning and Tesla Cybertruck if you’ve got to tow and haul right now.

Mar 2, 2024

OpenAI wants to make a walking, talking humanoid robot smarter

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Figure’s founder Brett Adcock says a new partnership with OpenAI could help its robots hold conversation and learn from its mistakes over time.

Mar 2, 2024

A strategy to further boost the efficiency of copper indium gallium selenide solar cells

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Until recently, chalcopyrite-based solar cells have achieved a maximum energy conversion efficiency of 23.35%, as reported in 2019 by Solar Frontier, a former Solar Energy company based in Japan. Further boosting this efficiency, however, has so far proved challenging.

Researchers at Uppsala University and at the First Solar European Technology Center AB (former Evolar AB) in Sweden recently attained a higher efficiency of 23.64% in chalcopyrite-based . This efficiency, reported in Nature Energy, was achieved using two primary techniques, namely high-concentration silver alloying and steep back-contact gallium grading.

“A primary objective of our study was to increase the efficiency of CIGS-based thin-film solar cells to ultimately lower the price per Watt-peak of corresponding large-scale modules,” Jan Keller, first author of the paper, told Phys.org. “Our work makes use of the findings from many research groups around the world, obtained during the last decades.”

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