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Mar 2, 2024

Waymo can now charge for robotaxi rides in LA and on San Francisco freeways

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Waymo received approval Friday afternoon from the California Public Utilities Commission to operate a commercial robotaxi service in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Peninsula and on San Francisco freeways.

The approval removes the last barrier for the Alphabet company to charge for rides in these expanded areas. Importantly, it opens up new territory for Waymo in one of the country’s largest cities and unlocks a route to San Francisco International Airport, which is located south of the city.

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Mar 2, 2024

New Prompt Engineering Technique For Generative AI Surprisingly Invokes Star Trek Trekkie Lingo And Spurs Live Long And Prosper Results

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In today’s column, I am continuing my ongoing coverage of prompt engineering strategies and tactics that aid in getting the most out of using generative AI apps such as ChatGPT, GPT-4, Bard, Gemini, Claude, etc.


A new prompt engineering technique indicates that mentioning Star Trek when prompting in generative AI can be beneficial. Read about the Spock-like logic involved.

Mar 2, 2024

Singapore to have world’s largest ocean-based CO2 removal plant

Posted by in category: sustainability

Equatic-1 will be built in two phases over the next 18 months.

UCLA and Equatic, a startup formed by UCLA researchers, are gearing up for the construction of Equatic-1.


Equatic-1, a $20 million ocean-based carbon removal plant in Singapore, will remove carbon generated by 850 people annually.

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Mar 2, 2024

Neurosurgeon gets virtual avatar for brain surgery training

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, neuroscience, virtual reality

MIT and an AR/VR startup join forces to pioneer a new era in medical training. Dive into the future as a virtual avatar of a top neurosurgeon mentors learners globally.

Mar 2, 2024

NASA’s ‘Cloud Watcher’ mission ends after remarkable 16-year run

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AIM’s mission was extended multiple times because of its valuable scientific insights.

After an impressive 16 years in orbit, NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission has officially concluded.

Mar 2, 2024

Scientists use AI to stabilize nuclear fusion for the first time

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An AI controller promises to predict what can go wrong in a nuclear fusion reaction 300 milliseconds before it actually happens.

Mar 2, 2024

China’s Li Auto just unveiled the world’s biggest EV

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Li Auto, a Chinese EV automaker, has just unveiled the 7-seater Mega.


Li Auto, a Beijing-based automaker, has just unveiled what it has called the world’s biggest electric vehicle (EV). Called the Mega, this is tailored towards large family consumers in China (the world’s most crowded car market).

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Mar 2, 2024

LiDAR hack proves self-driving safety isn’t guaranteed

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI, transportation

Laser attacks can fool autonomous vehicle LiDAR sensors, according to a new study by researchers at UCI and Keio University.

You must have heard or read about LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging.

Mar 2, 2024

Astronomers Accidentally Find A Galaxy That Hasn’t Birthed Any Stars

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A typo sent an enormous radio telescope to the wrong patch of sky — where it discovered an invisible galaxy-sized cloud of hydrogen gas.

Mar 2, 2024

Brain stimulation poised to move from last resort to frontline treatment

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

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Even so, proponents say that TMS and other noninvasive brain-stimulation methods—which include updated forms of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and transcranial direct-current stimulation—have yet to achieve their full potential, both as research tools and as clinical treatments for a range of neurological conditions. To get there, researchers want to fully understand the biological mechanisms behind these techniques, along with finding more rigorous ways to test them in the lab, all with a view toward making treatments more tailored and reliably successful. With its demonstrated benefits and lack of serious side effects, Colleen Loo, a neurostimulation pioneer at the University of New South Wales, says, “there’s no reason TMS can’t be used as a frontline treatment” for major depression.

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