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Tesla is cutting the price of its top-selling Model 3

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Tesla Powerwalls and Solar Roof, two of Elon Musk's innovative strategies to get consumers onto the solar grid, require waits of six months or longer. The company says customers are hungry, but it doesn't have the product yet. Tesla is cutting the price of the Model 3, as it aims to make its best-selling product more affordable, and is discontinuing versions of other vehicles. Tesla said on Monday that it's reducing the price of the Model 3 by $1,000 to $38,990. The company will no longer sell the standard range versions of the Model S and Model X, raising the minimum costs consumers will have to pay for those cars.


Elon Musk wants to hook your brain up directly to computers -- starting next year

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Elon Musk, the futurist billionaire behind SpaceX and Tesla, outlined his plans to connect humans' brains directly to computers on Tuesday night, describing a campaign to create "symbiosis with artificial intelligence." He said the first prototype could be implanted in a person by the end of next year. Arriving at that goal "will take a long time," Musk said in a presentation at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, noting that securing federal approval for implanted neural devices is difficult. But testing on animals is already underway, and "a monkey has been able to control the computer with his brain," he said. Musk founded Neuralink Corp. in July 2016 to create "ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers."


Neuralink Livestream

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ANSYS and BMW collaborate on autonomous driving tools

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ANSYS and BMW have announced plans to create the first holistic simulation toolchain for developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies. The simulation tool chain will enable highly automated and autonomous driving (AD) with the first vehicle launch expected in just two years. BMW Group is leveraging ANSYS' engineering simulation solutions to speed up the development of a safety-focused solution for the validation of AD systems. The multi-year agreement drives the development of BMW Group's Level 3 offering and Level 4-5 technology, delivering high/full automation for the highly anticipated BMW iNEXT, expected to launch in 2021. The new automated simulation toolchain will make efficient use of BMW s large amount of sensor data through intelligent data analytics and the creation of scenarios according to statistical relevance and AD system sensitivity.


AI and the Case of the Disappearing Textbooks

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Artificial Intelligence is making the transition to electronic-only publishing a necessity for textbook publishers. In a recent story, the BBC reported on how Pearsons, one of the largest textbook publishing companies in the world, is getting out of the print business. This is very much along the lines of Ford Motor Company announcing recently that they will stop producing cars. While the jury is still out on whether the latter is a good idea, in many respects. It is a matter of economics.


Tesla employees say they took shortcuts to meet aggressive Model 3 production goals

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Tesla has reigned over the electric car market for over a decade, but these new autos are hoping to give Tesla a run for their money. Current and former Tesla employees working in the company's open-air "tent" factory say they were pressured to take shortcuts to hit aggressive Model 3 production goals, including making fast fixes to plastic housings with electrical tape, working through harsh conditions and skipping previously required vehicle tests. For instance, four people who worked on the assembly line say they were told by supervisors to use electrical tape to patch cracks on plastic brackets and housings, and provided photographs showing where tape was applied. They and four additional people familiar with conditions there describe working through high heat, cold temperatures at night and smoky air during last year's wildfires in Northern California. Tesla can't appeal to women: Electric cars, Elon Musk may be off-putting Why I bought a Tesla: One woman's experience buying Elon Musk's sleek EV Their disclosures highlight the difficult balance Tesla must strike as it ramps up production while trying to stem costs. Tesla recently told shareholders that in the three months ending June 30, 2019, it made 87,048 vehicles, including 72,531 Model 3s, the company's lowest-priced sedan.


Secretive AI startup Neuralink backed by Elon Musk will make its first announcement TOMORROW

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An Elon Musk-backed startup looking to connect human brains to computers will make a major announcement on Tuesday, according to a recent tweet from the CEO. The mysterious announcement, which Musk chose not to elaborate on in his tweet, follows years of radio silence from the company and was foreshadowed by Musk -- the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX -- earlier this year. The event will take place in San Francisco and will presumably have something to with what the company's website calls an'ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.' Elon Musk said his mysterious Neuralink startup will make an announcement tomorrow for the first time in two years. While many tech leaders push that AI will become invaluable to humanity, others argue it poses a threat to our species.


New, more agile robots speed takeover of jobs once done only by humans

The Japan Times

DALLAS - At a vast greenhouse in the central Danish city of Odense, a squad of robots move thin plastic pots of herbs for shipping without even putting a dent in them. For moviegoers used to seeing humanoid machines in action, that might not seem special -- but in truth, it is a remarkable feat. Robots until recently have been limited to precise, preprogrammed and repetitive heavy-duty jobs like automotive manufacturing. Yet at the Rosborg Food greenhouse, the OnRobot devices adjust on the fly. One pot might be slightly out of position.



Gaps Emerge In Automotive Test

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Demands by automakers for zero defects over 18 years are colliding with real-world limitations of testing complex circuitry and interactions, and they are exposing a fundamental disconnect between mechanical and electronic expectations that could be very expensive to fix. This is especially apparent at leading-edge nodes, where much of the logic is being developed for AI systems and image sensing. While existing equipment for wafer, die and package inspection works well enough for most applications all the way down to 7nm, automakers' demands that chips remain functional for 18 years under harsh road conditions is a time-consuming process. So while 99% sampling may be good enough for a smart phone, it is not good enough for safety-critical functions. To make matters worse, automotive testing often requires synchronization between different components, both within and outside of a vehicle, and much more insight into where potential problems can arise. This is no longer just about using an automated test equipment (ATE) machine in a flow to sample a certain percentage of dies and wafers.