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Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year – TechCrunch

Boston Dynamics delivers plan for logistics robots as early as next year – TechCrunch

is just months away from announcing their approach to logistics, the first real vertical it aims to enter, after proving their ability to build robots at scale with the quadrupedal Spot. The company’s new CEO, Robert Playter, sees the company coming into its own after decades of experimentation.Playter, interviewed on the virtual main stage of Disrupt 2020, only recently ascended from COO to that role after many years of working there, aside to focus on R&D. This is Playter’s first public speaking engagement since taking on the new responsibility, and it’s clear he has big plans for Boston...

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PlayVS is halfway to recruiting every state into its global esports community – TechCrunch

PlayVS is halfway to recruiting every state into its global esports community – TechCrunch

Millions of high school kids play online multiplayer games, but they seldom have crosstown rivals in Fortnite or Valorant. wants to make that happen with its platform for school-sponsored esports, and it’s growing like crazy, doubling its staff in the last year and putting thousands of schools on its platform.PlayVS connects online games with official school administration and branding, elevating esports from hobby to school-sponsored activity.“I think we’re building the biggest company in gaming,” founder and CEO said in an interview at Disrupt 2020 this week. With around 20,000 high...

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Sep 16
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$3M Breakthrough Prize goes to scientist designing molecules to fight COVID-19 – TechCrunch

$3M Breakthrough Prize goes to scientist designing molecules to fight COVID-19 – TechCrunch

The Foundation for a variety of scientific achievements. One in particular is a tech/science crossover: A $3 million award to David Baker, whose work over the last 20 years has helped validate the idea that computers can help us understand and create complex molecules like proteins — and the latest such molecule may lead to new treatments for COVID-19.Baker is the head of the at the University of Washington, and for two decades has helped explore and define the field of computer-aided molecular biology. His lab developed the Rosetta software for modeling the immensely complicated folding...

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Elon Musk has a very bad idea for a website rating journalists

Elon Musk has a very bad idea for a website rating journalists

Elon Musk has, as I imagine he often does during meetings or long car rides, come up with an idea for a new thing. Unlike the Hyperloop, which was cool, and various space-related ideas, which we know he’s at least partly expert about, this one is just plain bad. It’s basically Yelp But For Journalism. Going to create a site where the public can rate the core truth of any article & track the credibility score over time of each journalist, editor & publication. Thinking of calling it Pravda … He may as well have said, I found this great can marked “worms” and I’m going to open it, or, I’ve...

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The four corners of the new space economy

The four corners of the new space economy

It’s gotten to the point now where a handful of angel investors can put a space company on the map. But the same changes that have made the industry accessible have made it increasingly complex to track its trends. By default, all space startups are exciting, but companies vary widely in risk, capital intensity and maturity. Here’s what you need to know about the four main areas of the new space economy. Launch: playground of billionaires and forward thinkers Perhaps simply the most exciting industry to be a part of today, orbital launch service has gone from a government-funded niche...

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Tesla explodes after crash on Russian highway

Tesla explodes after crash on Russian highway

A Tesla vehicle involved in a collision burst into flames and exploded on a highway near Moscow last night, local media reported. The occupants were slightly injured, but the car is toast. The model of the car is not clear from reporting, but seems to be either a Model S or Model 3. It was being driven by a 41-year-old Russian man, who had his children with him. He had reportedly engaged a drive assist feature (though not necessarily Autopilot) and had his hands on the wheel when he crashed into a tow truck in the left lane. The driver broke his legs and the kids got away with just...

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Navy Ditches Touchscreens For Knobs And Dials After Fatal Crash

Navy Ditches Touchscreens For Knobs And Dials After Fatal Crash

A collision at sea that claimed the lives of 10 sailors has led to the Navy deciding to replace an unpopular touchscreen interface in some ships with more traditional mechanical controls. “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should,” a Navy official said of the outgoing technology. The crash in question involved the U.S.S. John S. McCain and an oil tanker in August of 2017. The sailors at the helm lost control of the ship and put it in the path of the tanker, resulting in the collision that killed 10 and injured 58 more. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation was issued...

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Aug 12
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