What Works for the Homeless Problem

Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada has had functionally zero homeless for about six years. Japan, Singapore and Denmark also have been very successful in dealing with homelessness. Singapore is a multi-ethnic society with about 6 million people. Hamilton, Canada ( a city with a population of 750,000) has also has great success reducing homelessness. Medicine Hat’s …

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Cozy Futurism – False Choices Without Substance

There is a new meme called “Cozy Futurism” which is pretending that there a choice between colonizing Mars and fixing Earth-based poverty, inequality and homelessness. I think they are basing this on the historical example of the European countries that did not colonize the Americas from 1500-1800 and solved inequality, poverty and homelessness. Oh that’s …

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Tesla AI Day August 19 – Expect Tesla AI to 2030 Vision

Elon Musk says that the Tesla AI day will be August 19. Tesla AI Day August 19th — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 29, 2021 There is a version 9.1 beta FSD (Full self driving) update coming on tomorrow. Several improvements coming via V9.1 on Friday at midnight — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2021 There …

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Ark Estimates $11–12 Trillion Robotaxi Market in 2030

ARK estimates that autonomous driving could reduce the cost of ride-hail significantly, expanding the addressable market. Today, the average price of an Uber is $2 per mile, while Didi is $0.50-$.70 per mile. We estimate that autonomous ride-hail vehicles will have higher utilization rates than human-driven cars, as well as lower labor and insurance costs. …

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COVID Vaccines Mostly Work But Flaws Need to be Discussed

We already know that about 36% of people who get fully vaccinated by the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine will get COVID and have symptoms and 7% will still get serious illness. The 93% prevention of serious illness is great. A full course of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 64% effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19, according to an …

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More Carbon Could Be Stored Deep in the Earth

Cambridge University and NTU Singapore have found that slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates drag more carbon into Earth’s interior than previously thought. Only about a third of the carbon recycled beneath volcanic chains returns to the surface via recycling, in contrast to previous theories that what goes down mostly comes back up. Carbon rich materials …

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