Andrej Karpathy Gives a Technical Update on Tesla Self Driving AI

Andrej Karpathy, Tesla Senior Director of AI gave a technical talk on Tesla’s self-driving AI at the Matroid Scaled Machine Learning Conference 2020. If Tesla is the first to succeed in the development of full self-driving, then this will enable Tesla to become a multi-trillion company Tesla has a few dozen developers in the AI …

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Nanoparticle gel could make mass-market low-cost Holography, LIDAR

Why aren’t holograms or related optical devices part of our everyday lives yet? The technologies can be created by using magnetic fields to alter the path of light, but the materials that can do that are expensive, brittle and opaque. Some only work in temperatures as cold as the vacuum of space. Minjeong Cha, MSE …

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General Motors will self driving ride sharing service with electric cars in 2019

General Motors plans to introduce an autonomous ride-sharing service to several big cities in 2019. GM outlined its vision to reinvent itself. GM wants a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. GM sells 2.7 million cars a year and sodl 150,000 electric vehicles. GM has the Bolt electric car. GM bought self-driving …

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Spacex will have to fix turbopumps for next version of Falcon 9 to qualify it for NASA manned flights

The Wall Street Journal indicates a forthcoming report from the US Government Accountability Office focuses most closely on issues with turbopumps in SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The report has found a “pattern of problems” with the turbine blades within the turbopumps, which deliver rocket fuel into the combustion chamber of the Merlin rocket engine. Some …

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Korean researchers enhance image quality of 3D dynamic holographic displays by 2,600 times and no glasses are needed

A research team led by Professor YongKeun Park of the Physics Department at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has come up with a solution and developed a 3D holographic display that performs more than 2,600 times better than existing 3D holographic displays. This study is expected to improve the limited size …

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Where fixed wing aircraft cannot fly and helicopters cannot land new fancraft can robotically fly

In January of this year, the Air Mule took its first flight: a short, wobbly hop from the side of a parking lot to a space a modest distance away. On Tuesday, Air Mule makers Urban Aeronautics announced two major feats for the Air Mule program. The first is a new name: Cormorant, after the …

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Anti-Aging Startup Raises $116 Million With big VCs and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Backing

Unity Biotechnology said Thursday that it attracted support for the Series B funding round from traditional biotech investors including Fidelity Management and Research Co., Arch Venture Partners, Partner Funds Management and Venrock. The San Francisco-based startup is also backed by Bezos Expeditions, the investment arm of Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos. The companies …

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Floquet Time Crystals could exist and break time translation symmetry

Researchers have defined what it means for time translation symmetry to be spontaneously broken in a quantum system, and show with analytical arguments and numerical simulations that this occurs in a large class of many-body-localized driven systems with discrete time-translation symmetry. In 2012 Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek first proposed the idea of time crystals. He …

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China has a new long range bomber program

The head of the Chinese air force, Ma Xiaotian, stated that China is developing a new long-range bomber. “We are now developing a new generation of long-range bomber, and you’ll see it in the future,” Ma told the Global Times without elaborating. China has been ramping up research into advanced new military equipment, including submarines, …

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GE, Pratt and Whitney Each Win Nearly $1 billion Contracts for Next-Generation Fighter Jet Engines

The U.S. Air Force awarded contracts of nearly $1 billion each to GE Aviation and Pratt and Whitney to further develop a next-generation military jet engine under the Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP). The service envisions the new engine powering a sixth-generation fighter and potentially an upgraded F-35 Lightning II. In dual contract announcements on …

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DARPA XS-1 Spaceplane Program to Ease Access to Space

DARPA has announced Phase 2 of the XS-1 program, which seeks to design and fabricate an experimental unmanned spaceplane using state-of-the-art technologies and streamlined processes, and fly the vehicle ten times in ten days. The reusable XS-1 would demonstrate the potential for low-cost and “aircraft-like” high-ops-tempo space flight, enabling a host of critical national security …

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