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May 25, 2022

Starlink launches satellite internet for RVs that costs $25 more

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, habitats, internet, satellites

Starlink has launched a new product meant specifically for RV dwellers and those who can’t wait to get connected to the satellite internet service. While applying for a regular Starlink dish and service will put customers in a waitlist until 2023, Starlink for RVs is immediately available and will ship out to buyers right now. The downside? Network resources are always de-prioritized for it, and the service costs $135, which is $25 more than a regular Starlink connection.

In other words, the RV option costs just as much as a regular Starlink connection with the Portability feature introduced back in March that allows customers to use the service while they’re away from home. A regular connection requires one to have a home service first, though, and that may not be possible for some people. Another difference is that the product for RVs gives customers the ability to pause and un-pause service, so they can control when their billing starts and ends.

Since the network is de-prioritized for the RV service, though, users’ connection might be slow and intermittent in congested areas and during peak hours. “Stated speeds and uninterrupted use of the service are not guaranteed,” the company wrote in its Help page, clearly making sure interested customers understand that it’s prioritizing at-home users. One important thing to note for those looking into the RV option is that they can’t use Starlink while in motion at this time. SpaceX chief Elon Musk also added on Twitter that the dish is too big for cars, though that didn’t stop at least one user from bolting it onto their vehicle’s hood.

May 25, 2022

The metaverse could be worth $13 trillion, host 5 billion users by 2030, says Citi

Posted by in category: economics

Citi says metaverse economy could be worth $13 trillion by 2030.

May 24, 2022

“The ”Forever“ Diamond Battery: It’s Radioactive and Runs for 28,000 Years

Posted by in category: futurism

Circa 2020

Imagine never having to charge your devices again.

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May 24, 2022

Researchers demonstrate significant energy savings using neuromorphic hardware

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience, robotics/AI

For the first time TU Graz’s Institute of Theoretical Computer Science and Intel Labs demonstrated experimentally that a large neural network can process sequences such as sentences while consuming four to sixteen times less energy while running on neuromorphic hardware than non-neuromorphic hardware. The new research based on Intel Labs’ Loihi neuromorphic research chip that draws on insights from neuroscience to create chips that function similar to those in the biological brain.

The research was funded by The Human Brain Project (HBP), one of the largest research projects in the world with more than 500 scientists and engineers across Europe studying the human brain. The results of the research are published in Nature Machine Intelligence (“Memory for AI Applications in Spike-based Neuromorphic Hardware”).

The close-up shows an Intel Nahuku board, each of which contains eight to 32 Intel Loihi neuromorphic research chips. (Image: Tim Herman, Intel Corporation)

May 24, 2022

World’s most powerful rocket SLS to return to launchpad for wet dress rehearsal, says NASA

Posted by in category: space

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May 24, 2022

Here’s the Last Selfie From the Fading InSight Mars Lander

Posted by in category: space

The dust-covered probe will focus on collecting data during its final months on Mars.

May 24, 2022

Elon Musk says he’s testing out SpaceX’s Starlink internet on his private jet

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, satellites

Elon Musk said on Monday that he’s testing out SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet on his private jet.

“I am testing Starlink on the plane. Some polishing needed, but it’s working quite well,” Musk tweeted. He also wrote in the Twitter post that he works while traveling on the jet.

His tweet was part of a Twitter thread about SpaceX president and COO Gwynne Shotwell defending Musk, following sexual misconduct claims involving a flight attendant working on the billionaire’s plane, which Insider first reported on Thursday.

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May 24, 2022

Cathie Wood Sees This Technology Accelerating GDP Growth To 50% Per Year

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, robotics/AI

Noted fund manager and Ark Invest founder Cathie Wood on Saturday suggested that Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will likely give a strong lift to economic growth.

The fund manager is of the view that a breakthrough in AGI will lead to the acceleration of GDP within the next six to 12 years. The analyst estimates that GDP growth will increase from the 3–5% year-over-year rate currently to 30–50% per year. New DNA will win,’ she added.

May 24, 2022

SpaceX’s Starlink launches $135-a-month internet service for RVs

Posted by in categories: internet, satellites

SpaceX announced this week that it is launching a Starlink internet service option designed with RV owners in mind.

The company is rolling out an optional $25 monthly fee for customers who want to relocate their satellite dishes, CNBC’s Michael Sheetz first reported. The extra cost will be added on to the Starlink base service price of $110 per month and will be billed in one-month increments. The users will be able to pause and restart their service at any time.

However, the company says that the internet service will not be active while the RV is in motion and will be limited to an “as-needed basis at any destination where Starlink provides active coverage,” according to a press release.

May 24, 2022

New kind of camera can image mini-whirlpools in quantum liquids

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Researchers have built a camera-like device for understanding how vortices form in quantum liquids, where atoms pair up and start to behave like overlapping waves.

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