YouTuber transforms her Model 3 into the 'world's first' Tesla pickup truck

Daily Mail - Science & tech

YouTuber and robotics enthusiast Simone Giertz has managed to beat billionaire mogul Elon Musk to the punch in releasing Tesla's first pickup truck. However, unlike Tesla's yet-to-be-released pickup truck, Giertz made hers by transforming a Model 3 sedan. Designing and planning the car took more than a year before Giertz and a team of mechanics and modifiers took on the task of building the'Truckla' - a term she coined by merging the words Tesla and truck. YouTuber and robotics enthusiast Simone Giertz has managed to beat billionaire mogul Elon Musk to the punch in releasing Tesla's first pickup truck. She created the'Truckla' (pictured) Working alongside Giertz on the project were YouTubers Richard Benoit and Laura Kampf, as well as mechanic Marcos Ramirez.

Elon Musk says Teslas will be able to drive themselves to work by the end of 2019

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained the reason for the Model 3's mysterious cockpit camera. Teslas will be able to drive themselves from their home garage to the parking lot at their owner's job by the end of the year, Elon Musk said on Tuesday. Speaking at the company's shareholder meeting, Musk said Tesla's Full Self-Driving system will be "feature complete" this year, but will still require supervision by a human driver prepared to take over. Musk said that the rapid development of the tech is made possible by the system's new in-house designed computer that is 21 times faster than the Nvidia unit it replaces, along with billions of miles of data collected from Teslas on the road today. All Teslas built since October 16 are compatible with the optional feature, and Musk predicted that unsupervised self-driving will be possible next year.

Tesla electric car demand is 'absolutely not' struggling, Elon Musk says amid investor concerns

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

That's because Tesla has created "the best chip in the world." Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday dismissed suggestions that demand for the company's electric vehicles is flagging. Musk told investors at the automaker's annual meeting that "sales have far exceeded production, and production has been pretty good." "I want to be clear – there is not a demand problem. His comments came amid swelling concern that the number of consumers willing to pay for its electric cars is drying up. Encouraged investors drove Tesla shares up 5% in after-hours trading to $228. The stock had dipped below $180 briefly last week as worries mounted. The company lost more than $700 million in the first quarter and then raised money through a stock offering to shore up its financial position. Musk reiterated previous projections that the company would achieve fully self-driving capability with recently made vehicles in 2020. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. "I think it's basically financially insane to buy anything other than an electric car that's upgradeable to autonomy," he said. He also said the company's forthcoming Model Y electric crossover would reach "volume production" by fall 2020. "Internally we're aiming for sooner than that but we want to have some margin on that timing," he said. Tesla Model Y electric SUV: Tesla CEO Elon Musk says'it will ride like a sports car' He also said he hopes to reveal the company's long-teased electric pickup truck sometime this summer. It will "look like it came out of a sci-fi movie," he said. "I think it's the coolest car I've seen.

SpaceX satellites pose new headache for astronomers

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - It looked like a scene from a sci-fi blockbuster: An astronomer in the Netherlands captured footage of a train of brightly lit SpaceX satellites ascending through the night sky last week, stunning space enthusiasts across the globe. But the sight has also provoked an outcry among astronomers who say the constellation, which so far consists of 60 broadband-beaming satellites but could one day grow to as many as 12,000, may threaten our view of the cosmos and deal a blow to scientific discovery. The launch was tracked around the world and it soon became clear that the satellites were visible to the naked eye: a new headache for researchers who already have to find workarounds to deal with objects cluttering their images of deep space. "People were making extrapolations that if many of the satellites in these new mega-constellations had that kind of steady brightness, then in 20 years or less, for a good part the night anywhere in the world, the human eye would see more satellites than stars," said Bill Keel, an astronomer at the University of Alabama. The satellites' brightness has since diminished as their orientation has stabilized and they have continued their ascent to their final orbit at an altitude of 550 kilometers (340 miles).

Here's What You Can Expect From Artificial Intelligence At Work


Will AI replace your job? Artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons. That's according to Elon Musk, who warned against the dangers of this technology at South by Southwest in 2018. Zeb Evans is the founder and CEO of ClickUp, a company that offers project management solutions for businesses. Evans is based in San Francisco and founded ClickUp in 2017.

Ethical Concerns the Advance of AI Raises


Nearly every day, we hear about new advances in AI that enable new ways to monitor activities and people, transforming many processes in our day to day life. What we may then hear every other day is how AI can exacerbate racial and gender bias and pose a threat to privacy, job security, and economic well being. It could possibly even spark a war in the view of Elon Musk. As explained in Facial Recognition Concerns: Microsoft's Six Ethical Principles, "The widespread use of Artificial Intelligence-powered facial recognition technology can lead to some new intrusions into people's privacy." Given the ability to capture people's image and identify them on public streets in the name of security, people are rightfully concerned that they will lose their ability to maintain any privacy.

Ready or Not the Age of Artificial Intelligence is Here


In the blink of an eye, we've seen robots begin to take over the workplace: robots for packing and shipping boxes at Amazon, robots for hospital care, robots for dentists, first responders, truck drivers, battle fields, and office buildings. New American writer Dennis Behreandt highlights in the AI print issue that: "Government too, is beginning to benefit from AI, naturally enough at the expense of citizen privacy." Through fingerprint identification and facial recognition, the U.S. federal government has been unaccountably collecting massive databases of your private information, turning AI into a very dangerous powerful aspect in today's world. Elon Musk, technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer, expressed his concerns with AI at a tech conference in Texas: "I am really quite close, I am very close, to the cutting edge in AI and it scares ... me. It's capable of vastly more than almost anyone knows and the rate of improvement is exponential …and mark my words, AI is far more dangerous than nukes. With Stephen Hawking, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Oxford's Nick Bostrom agreeing with Mr. Musk and expressing similar concerns, one might question humankind's invention. Mr. Behreandt does the same in the cover story: If we are already having difficulty understanding the limited AI of the present, how can we hope to understand, much less control, the increasingly intelligent AI of the near future? And should we create machine intelligence that exceeds our own, as ours exceeds that of the cockroach? One also should start to wonder, by replicating how the brain works through technology are we attempting to replace God? Christianity Today comments on this in their article: "Does'The Image of God' Extend to Robots, Too?" saying that mere morality isn't enough. Such complicated, uneasy relationships with AI are and will continue to be built on our flawed nature as creators. There is a real danger that humans-as-creators will be selfish and amoral creators, fashioning intelligent designs that exist simply to serve our own interests and desires –or our own sense of right and wrong. The immorality we have wrought on our world will be magnified by AI. Since the fall of mankind, the world has always been influenced by sin. As God's children we naturally want to create, but instead of creating in our own image, we should create in the image of God. By striving for the virtues of morality instead of our own desires, only then will we live in a free and prosperous society. So as technology seems to fly into a new dimension, let's remember the wise words of John Adams: "Our Constitution was made for a moral and religious people.

Autopilot was in use before Tesla hit semitrailer in March fatal Florida crash: NTSB

The Japan Times

DETROIT - A Tesla Model S involved in a fatal crash with a semitrailer in Florida March 1 was operating on the company's semi-autonomous Autopilot system, federal investigators have determined. The car drove beneath the trailer, killing the driver, in a crash that is strikingly similar to one that happened on the other side of Florida in 2016 that also involved use of Autopilot. In both cases, neither the driver nor the Autopilot system stopped for the trailers, and the roofs of the cars were sheared off. The crash, which remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, raises questions about the effectiveness of Autopilot, which uses cameras, long-range radar and computers to detect objects in front of the cars to avoid collisions. The system also can keep a car in its lane, change lanes and navigate freeway interchanges.

Elon Musk's Neuralink startup raises $39 MILLION as it seeks to develop brain to computer tech

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An Elon Musk-backed startup looking to connect human brains to computers has raised most of its $51 million funding target. According to a report by Bloomberg, Neuralink has raised $39 million of its planned $51 million funding round as per a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Prior funding rounds date back two years when the company raised $27 million after aiming for as much as $100 million. While it's unclear what progress Neuralink has made in its technology, if any, the filings come less than a month after the SpaceX and Tesla CEO foreshadowed the startup's endeavors in an ambiguous tweet. In a response on Twitter, Musk said Neuralink technology is'coming soon.' Elon Musk believes humans must link up with machines in order to fight the inevitable onslaught of artificial intelligence.

Elon Musk's Proposed Merger Remains a Mystery


Peter Isackson is an author, media producer and chief visionary officer of Fair Observer Training Academy. Elon Musk's effective style of branding relies on making audacious promises most people can't understand and engaging in perennial teasing campaigns. The Daily Devil's Dictionary can always count on Elon Musk to provide it with new material. As a hyperreal celebrity with amazingly deep pockets, Musk has the rare privilege of being in a position to play games with ideas, language and even the law, in an exceptionally creative way. At least to the extent that creativity implies a loose sense of accountability.