Elon Musk Changes Plans For The Boring Company

Elon Musk has recently announced a shift in plans for one of his new startup companies known as the Boring Company. This change in plans includes a new focus on hyperloop and tunnels designed for pedestrian and cyclist use.
The initial concept behind the Boring Company was the design and construction of a tunnel network for vehicular use that would allow cars to be propelled by electric sleds to destinations inside the tunnels. The idea was updated with the concept of the Hyperloop a transportation system that reduced the pressure inside the tunnels by utilizing a pump system to allow the sleds to travel and even more rapid paces. Elon Musk has now specified that the Boring Company will be focusing on transporting pedestrians and cyclists.
https://electrek.co/2018/03/09/elon-musk-boring-company-hyperloop-tunnels-pedestrian-cyclist/
Elon Musk still plans to provide transportation options for those that wish to move their vehicles but not until the needs of pedestrian transportation have been sufficiently met. The Boring Company currently has several ongoing total construction projects underneath the city of Los Angeles. Just last year they revealed a concept map of the tunnel network currently being developed underneath the city. They have already completed a 100 m long tunnel with an entrance in the parking lot of SpaceX in Hawthorne. They have already received confirmation to begin the process of extending this tunnel by an additional 2 miles in order to connect Hawthorne to the Los Angeles International Airport. Elon Musk believes that this tunnel project will be completed in about 3 to 4 months.
In addition, the Boring Company has recently filed for activation permits to begin developing plans for a new route. This new route will be a 6.5-mile tunnel that will serve as a proof of concept for the company. The shift in design from transporting cars on the trick sleds to a focus on pedestrians has drawn some critics to state that this is very similar to the traditional subway systems that are already in place in numerous cities around the world. However, it has been stated that in comparison to traditional subway systems the tunnel network would allow for a much greater number of entry and exit points along the routes that the sleds are traveling along. The Hyperloop project will continue as planned.

Facebook to Give Lower Privacy Standards to Americans

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has said himself that North America will be excluded from some of the privacy enhancements being rolled out in the coming months. This is following the scandal that Facebook has been collecting phone records, Internet history, and various other private things from people around the world.

In the phone interview with Reuters conducted yesterday, Zuckerburg declined to talk about implementing privacy standards worldwide to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, passed by the European Union. He said, however, his company was working to rework the law to guarantee certain European privacy rights worldwide. When asked about these rights, however, he declined to comment on which factors of the GDPR they were working to come online.

In a blog post from late last month, Facebook promised its users that their privacy options would be easier to find in the future, and the blog post also mentions that they will be changing their terms of service in the future to help users across the world.

It’s no surprise that social media profits off of our data. They have to make their money somehow to be able to maintain their servers and services. But in these recent months, people have cried out that Facebook has simply crossed the lines and has become something reminiscent of the thought police from 1984. Facebook has been at the front lines of the privacy argument against the general public, trying to keep their actions secret from the world. The European Union’s GDPR is a great first step to protect the privacy of millions of people who use Facebook. But North America simply does not have these laws in place, so what is stopping Facebook from preying on North America only?

In the continuing fight of net neutrality, the NSA and privacy of the American people, companies will have to change soon. If Facebook keeps harvesting data from innocent civilians, they may be on the wrong end of a class action lawsuit.

Microsoft Announces Breakthrough In Quantum Computing

It was not that many years ago that computers were a matter of science fiction. However, today it seems more and more common to see headlines of new advances and breakthroughs in computer technology. It comes as no surprise from the recent announcement by Copenhagen scientists from the team at Microsoft at the Niels Bohr Institute that they are confident that they are on the verge of a breakthrough in quantum computing.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43580972
If the team is correct about the recent announcement that they are on the verge of creating a true quantum computer, it will propel Microsoft to the front of the pack as they raced towards the creation of the world’s first quantum computer. Quantum computers will be capable of solving problems that are not possible by conventional computers.
The building blocks of quantum computers are qubits. These are placed in the lab is a series of white cylinders that are cooled to nearly absolute zero. This is actually colder than the temperatures experienced in deep space and may be one of the coldest places the entire known universe. There have already been teams at companies such as Google, IBM, and Rigetti that have publicly demonstrated systems up to 50 qubits. However the team at Microsoft tempting to create the qubits three different process that utilizes a subatomic particle. They believe that by using the subatomic particle will allow the creation of an incredibly more stable qubit than the ones currently utilized by rival companies. If they are correct, this will allow the scaling up to fully operational quantum computers in a manner that is much easier to implement.
Researchers of the project claimed that one of the most astounding parts of this project is that in order to do it they must particle that has never this part of the this poses an incredibly exotic challenge in comparison to other approaches that have been taken to the challenges of quantum computing. Currently, it is all very exciting to look at on paper; however, no one really knows how actually to play out in real life. It is believed that this year will be a big year in the field of quantum computing as it is suspected that Google or IBM will be able to demonstrate quantum supremacy. This is where a problem that is not capable of being solved by conventional computers will be solved by a quantum computer.

France Announces Plans To Support Research And Development Of Artificial Intelligence

The rapid pace of advancing technology continues to grow unabated. It comes as no surprise by the recent announcement from French Pres. Emmanuel Macron that the nation was planning to invest €1.5 billion into the research and development of artificial intelligence between the years 2019 and 2022. This is part of the nation’s new AI development strategy based out of the College de France research Institute.
The French president placed significant emphasis on the desire of France not to be left behind by other nations such as the United States and China who are the current leaders in artificial intelligence. He also hopes to help regulate the industry with additional security measures.
https://www.tehvibes.com/technology/france-planning-to-invest-e1-5-billion-in-artificial-intelligence-by-2022/
These new proposals were announced with the goal of attracting AI researchers to the country from technology giants such as Samsung, Fujitsu, Google, and Microsoft. Several of these companies are already developing new AI research centers in France.
American company Microsoft opened an AI training center in Paris France earlier this month as a result of a $30 million investment in artificial intelligence research and development. The training center currently has 24 students who will have access to a free seventh-month long course. Training centers such as these are hoped to help bring a balance to the expected loss of jobs due to artificial intelligence in the coming years.
There have already been many predictions of the complete extinction of several professions by as early as 2030 due to artificial intelligence.
The three-year strategy has four areas of focus. These areas are defense, health, transport, and environment. As part of the leading promoters for the research and development strategy Cedric Villani has held many interviews with experts on artificial intelligence and has contributed much to the design of the new strategy. As part of the result of his research, he has initiated the doubling of young researchers pay and increasing the number of students who are studying artificial intelligence research and development by a factor of three over the course of the next three years.
French president gathered together over a dozen experts from the artificial intelligence industry in order to discuss the best way to accommodate the changes that will be made possible by advanced artificial intelligence and ensure that these changes are beneficial to humans.

Barbara Stokes

Barbara Stokes: CEO of Green Structure Homes

It can’t be easy veering off a career path and leaving behind the security of a well-established employer. Few would have the guts, the confidence or the motivation to go for it.

What it comes down to for Barbara Stokes is not throwing caution to the wind as much as following her heart and entrepreneurial spirit. Whether it’s tucking in her three kids at night or assuring families dealing with a disaster have a safe place to sleep, her priorities have aligned with the stars to benefit all. In deciding to be her own boss, she has found a way to nurture on many levels, from her own brilliant mind to the lives of complete strangers.

It is paying off by allowing her and Scott, her husband, to run a profitable, growing business that supports them, creates jobs in their Alabama company, and beyond. It makes lasting impacts and sets an example for others to follow.

From its Huntsville headquarters and manufacturing facilities, GSH of Alabama (GSH) reaches out to those in the most desperate need with temporary housing that can be erected within just a few days of delivery, often right in a displaced resident’s driveway. It can also provide temporary commercial structures to help businesses quickly reestablish themselves, preserving the economy, jobs and vital goods and services.

When disaster strikes, FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is boots on the ground with expertise and resources. The Agency gets involved when the disaster overwhelms the local and state resources to effectively respond. Every situation is different, from the type of destruction to immediate and ongoing needs. Procedures need to be flexible and resources reliable. Count GSH among the latter. Stokes established GSH on the FEMA Register as a Disaster Relief Construction Contractor prepared to assist, upon request, during an emergency situation caused by natural disaster.

About a month after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas late last August, causing massive flooding, was on contract and engaged in support operations using its proven capabilities and rapid response to not just slap roofs over heads, but do it in a safe, sustainable way that keeps victims moving forward in their recovery.

We’re talking weeks, months, even years for homeowners to wade through the process of insurance claims, funding requests for the uninsured and reconstruction. Substandard housing and emergency shelters are not viable long-term options. Neither are expensive motels or rentals.

Much of the temporary housing GSH delivered on its $28.5 Million contract in March 2018 was directed by FEMA for Houston. The city was particularly hard hit, blamed in part on uncontrolled development in recent years. While the initial focus was on restoring commerce in the inner city, a massive number of outlying residential areas would initially see only the very basic of relief measures.

GSH takes on every step of the design to manufacturing process to exact specifications and takes it a big step further with its own ingenuity. One of the manufacturing aspects Stokes is most proud of are the fully automated fire suppression systems included in each MHU, or manufactured housing unit, as they say in the business.

The homes are wood- or steel-framed, energy-efficient, low-maintenance, code-compliant, made with high-quality materials and a bargain to insure, making them very affordable. The homes are mold, mildew and pest resistant and can be easily modified for accessibility, making them very livable. The interiors are configurable and include state-of-the-art kitchens and baths, making them very functional.

Consistent, standardized manufacturing by GSH means affordability and this is a huge win for the US taxpayer as they receive more value for the FEMA budget allocated.

Since these homes can often be erected on the homeowner’s property, impacts of relocation, such as jobs and schooling, can be reduced, neighborhood support systems can remain intact, and families can easily be a part of cleanup and rebuilding.

For communities rebuilding themselves, GSH hires from the local workforce , injecting a significant portion of the federal contract funding back into the local economy.

Extending its arc, to meet the demand of the FEMA contract, GSH built relationships with existing manufacturing facilities in seven additional states, significantly increasing its workforce and positively impacting those communities.

Stokes majored in biomedical engineering and physics at Mercer University in Georgia, where she added manufacturing, management, and structures of properties and materials to her studies, providing her the tools she would eventually need to be a successful entrepreneur. While working for Pisces Corporation and later, The Boeing Company, Stokes developed the expertise in government contracting procedures that gave GSH the a competitive edge that proved itself time and again, from contracts for bollards at Eglin Air Force Base to navigating the complexities of planning, engineering and permitting for large-scale construction.


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Both she and Scott, an engineer and former corporate pilot who is now GSH’s chief operations officer, began their venture, or adventure, about a decade ago, forming a general contracting company with a handful of employees. They set their sights primarily on-site development and construction for the government, landing projects for the Department of Defense, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Missile Defense Agency, from lamp holders and storage tanks to passive and active energy capture, green communities and homes for military families.

While GSH is providing affordable, safe, and functional housing on contract, Stokes also works with disaster victims to make sure their paperwork is done correctly when applying for federal relief and following through with receipts and other documentation.

In short, working hand-in-hand with local, state and federal authorities to prevent disaster relief from becoming mired in paperwork and funding shortfalls, Stokes and GSH have raised the bar of integrity and efficiency. It is not “giving back,” but making giving fundamental.

Her workdays may be longer, and for most, that would undercut the quality of life. Not Stokes. It may take burning the midnight oil, but she manages to juggle a schedule that includes family time and volunteering in her own community.

 

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Barbara Stokes brings great leadership to Green Structure Homes (GSH) of Alabama, where she is CEO of the company that has been doing something pretty unique for nearly ten years .

Stokes graduated from Mercer University, where she majored in biomedical engineering and physics, as well as studying the subjects that are put into practice at GSH, including manufacturing and management, structures and properties of materials. She worked for Pisces Corporation and Boeing, where she acquired the expertise in government contracting that has allowed for such successful teamwork with FEMA.

In an around Huntsville, Alabama, and where GSH has worked on disaster relief efforts, permanent and long-term jobs have been created in skilled trades. Mrs. Stokes as also been keen on purchasing from local businesses whenever possible, which stimulates a region’s economy and job market. Benefitting from Stokes’ leadership and innovation include communities in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Virginia and Minnesota.

 

Los Angeles Announces Plans For Citywide Broadband Network

As the influence of the Internet continues to grow in modern society individuals across the world are growing concerned about the domination of or access to this network of data by Internet service providers. In an effort to help provide its citizens with reliable access to high-speed Internet the city of Los Angeles has proposed one of most extensive municipal broadband networks in the entire world. As part of an aggressive plan, the city has developed in an effort to help protect net neutrality. Although there have been municipalities that have created their own broadband utility networks Los Angeles would be the biggest by a wide margin.
https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/03/29/los-angeles-broadband-net-neutrality/
The motion was initially put in motion by a council member of the city. The counselor called for a citywide utility that would allow access to broadband to every residential and business address within the city limits. It would have widespread ramifications including the elimination of the digital divide and a significant lowering of the cost of data connectivity. Most importantly the plan included a 100% guarantee of net neutrality. There was a particularly heavy emphasis placed on the providing of at cost access to high-speed Internet, and the plan cited several factors such as the lack of competition between Internet service providers and the recent repeal by the federal communications commission on protections of net neutrality.
If the plan is able to be put into motion, Los Angeles will be the largest city in the entire world to create its own broadband utility network. There are other cities that have already created their own broadband utility network in the council member who put this plan action believes that it is necessary for them to look at existing models in order to see the most cost-effective manner in which to implement this plan.
For example, in Tennessee, the city of Chattanooga already has a sufficiently robust system of broadband utility network provided by the city. Colorado also offers broadband utility from its municipality in Fort Collins. Los Angeles actually already has considerable fiber-optic cable network. This limits the possibility of using the network that is already in place in order to ensure that every member of the city has easy affordable and reliable access to the network of data known as the Internet.

SpaceX Plans To Launch New Satellites TO Provide High Speed Internet To Earth

Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has officially received permission from the government of the United States of America to launch a satellite fleet that especially produced to deliver high-speed Internet signals down to earth. This is an announcement that comes just after the successful launch of the falcon heavy rocket system that had Elon Musk’s personal Tesla car launched into orbit.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-switch/wp/2018/03/29/spacex-gains-official-approval-to-launch-high-speed-satellite-internet-service/?
Elon Musk currently has plans to put 12,000 satellites into low Earth orbit in order to help connect developing parts of the world to the network of information known as the Internet. In areas that already have easy access to the Internet this technology could help to add some competitiveness to the markets as a lot of areas are dominated by one or two Internet service providers. This has potential implications of reductions in price as well as improvements in service speeds.
Last Thursday regulators in the Federal Communications Commission issued approval of the plan to launch the satellite network by SpaceX. This is the first time the agency has approved a US licensed satellite operation to use broadband technology. SpaceX has already launched several demo satellites in order to test the concept and plans have already been made to have satellites come online sometime next year.
In comparison to current satellite Internet technology, the new satellite network would be much less expensive and much faster. The satellite fleet launched into orbit by SpaceX would orbit much closer than traditional communication satellites. Traditional communication satellites stay in a geostationary orbit high above the earth. By reducing the distance, the data has to travel between the satellite and earth the connection will improve in both speed and reliability.
There were still off work that needs to be done in order to successfully watch this program, but it marks an important first step for the company’s plans to help inundate the world with access to cheap and affordable high-speed Internet. While it represents a unique development in the space industry, it has not been without criticism. There have been some individuals who believe that the satellites could increase the risk of space debris due to their low orbiting nature. Elon Musk promises to deliver a high-speed satellite network that is normally effective but is also safe in its use case.

Microsoft’s Social Chatbot In China Is A Natural

Interacting with a social chatbot or a digital assistant is something that happens daily to people that are searching for information over the Internet or communicating with their smartphone. However, the ability to talk in a natural way is limited. Communication with the social chatbot or digital assistance consist of talking and waiting for a reply from the source. This exchange is very unnatural and limited. However, the lead engineer for XiaoIce is making changes to those digital assistants. XiaoIce is Microsoft’s very popular artificial intelligence chatbot program in China.

Real Natural Conversations
Talking and chatting with a social chatbot in a natural way is something that seems like part of a science fiction movie instead of fact. Li Zhou, who is the engineer lead at KiaoIce, states that most people listen and talk, during a conversation. Generally, they are anticipating the answer to a question or providing answers. Therefore, it is important to make this feature present in the digital assistant programs. Certainly, this is the way to produce natural conversations with a digital assistant or chatbot program. The conversations should be like an exchange between one person to another.

Social Chatbots
The changes in the way that the chatbot interacts with the user were applied to the very popular XiaoIce, a social chatbot, which is in China. Now, it is anticipated that the same feature is coming to Microsoft’s Zo chatbots in the United States. This will give the program the ability to talk in a conversation with the user like a regular person or friend. Today, people interact more with their digital devices than with people. Certainly, this new conversation development might lead to people becoming more and more dependent on their digital devices and interacting less frequently with people.

The Art Of Conversation
Many books have been written on the art of conversation between people. Now, this knowledge is part of XiaoIce’s programming. Thus, giving the digital assistant or chatbot program human abilities to interact in a natural conversation with their human friends.

UPS Announces London Vehicle Fleet To Go All-Eletric

Transportation Corporation UPS has recently announced plans to update its fleet of vehicles to electric engines. UPS currently owns one of the world’s largest fleet of vehicles and the announcement of going all electric after deploying a new smart grid technology in the city of London signals the beginning of the end for traditional internal combustion engines.
https://electrek.co/2018/03/30/end-internal-combustion-engine-says-ups-fleet-to-electric/
UPS currently operates 170 trucks out of it central London site, and electric motors already power 65 of the 170 vehicles in operation. The corporation had desires to electrify the entire fleet already but the cost of charging a large number of vehicles at the same time was prohibitive. In an effort to make the charging of vehicles more affordable the corporation developed a smart electric urban logistics project with the UK power networks and Cross River partnership. This project was undertaken with help from funding secured by the United Kingdom’s office for low emission vehicles.
This project includes a smart grid connected to a central server that is able to reach each electric vehicle charge post in addition to the grid power supply and on-site energy storage. By connecting all these devices, it is able to stabilize the demand of power placed upon the charging stations and is able to charge every vehicle overnight without excessively peaking energy demands. This eliminates the need for upgrades to the external power grid.
Peter Harris, one of the directors of sustainability at UPS Europe, commented publicly on this announcement. He said that UPS thinks that by using new technology in order to overcome some of the large challenges to electric vehicles that will help to bring a new generation of sustainable urban development not only in London but in cities across the globe. Electric vehicles are already an important part of the UPS’s alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet. By collaborating with the government of the United Kingdom that has enabled a key development in the deployment of cost-effective electric vehicles that will increase the rate of adoption around the world.
With the new smart grid system and the energy, capacity upgrade to the central London site it is possible for their entire fleet of 170 delivery vehicles will be switched to electric engines. The company already has plans to bring electric vehicles to many of its cities around the world.

A Deeper Look into the Mind of Jorge Moll, Neurologist

The human mind is so intricate and multifaceted, and a Neurologist’s mind like Dr. Jorge Moll is no different. Many aspects of Jorge Moll’s life follow suite with his favorite quote by Da Vinci, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Within his thoughts and day-to-day actions, Dr. Jorge Moll’s focus shifts between family, interests and work in magnitudes.

First and foremost, Jorge Moll is a family man. With no regrets to money spent on items such as building blocks or figurines for his children, Jorge Moll is continually creating lasting memories for his family. Simplicity is at the base of all his ideas, as Dr. Moll’s goal has always been to help those whose quality of life is diminished by their health conditions. With family in mind, Dr. Moll’s vision was to make topnotch education, research and healthcare available to his home country of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With his master’s degree in neuroscience and his doctorate in experimental pathophysiology, Dr. Jorge Moll’s vision became reality with the creation of the D’Or Institute of Research and Education (IDOR). He currently serves as president and board member for IDOR and as the Director of the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit. As a successful business man and entrepreneur, Dr. Jorge Moll has tips and fundamental values from his experience to share with all those who will listen. Dr. Jorge Moll believes in keeping free exchange of ideas within the work place and allowing collaborations whenever the opportunities rise. With ideas, he suggests to not hold on to them for too long as ideas are plentiful. He advises to choose ideas that can form a plan of action, drop ones that cannot, and always question your plan models. The doctor contributes his productivity to his transparency, open workplace, and his skillfulness in his field. Dr. Jorge Moll’s own words can offer strong advice and simplify his inner workings, “My passionate belief that we can change our realities and positively impact lives and industries, by simply doing interesting things.”