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Neuralink’s Monkey Experiment Raises Questions From Scientists and Tech Ethicist

Neuralink’s Monkey Experiment Raises Questions From Scientists and Tech Ethicist

Similar experiments on monkeys have existed for 20 years.Two years ago, the cognitive psychologist and philosopher Susan Schneider that the dystopian future dream up by Elon Musk in which human brains and computers are merged into one would be “suicide for the human mind.” Like it or not, since then scientists and engineers working for the billionaire entrepreneur have made a lot of progress toward that vision.Last August, Musk’s neurotech startup Neuralink proved that its brain-machine interface worked in pigs. During a live demo, an audience was shown real-time neural signals from a pig...

Apr 13
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A Cancer Vaccine Is In Development By COVID-19 Vaccine Maker, Using The Same Tech

A Cancer Vaccine Is In Development By COVID-19 Vaccine Maker, Using The Same Tech

COVID-19 vaccines can be made in record time thanks to a novel biotech known as messenger RNA.Uğur Şahin and Özlem Türeci, the who founded German pharma firm BioNTech, were studying a potential vaccine for tumors using a novel technology known as messenger RNA (mRNA) when they learned about a new type of coronavirus spreading in China in January 2020.The couple decided to investigate the possibility of making a vaccine for that mysterious and highly contagious virus using mRNA. Within weeks, BioNTech scientists developed an experimental vaccine in partnership with American pharma giant...

Mar 19
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Elon Musk’s Tunnel Under Las Vegas for Self-Driving Cars Is Almost Complete

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Under Las Vegas for Self-Driving Cars Is Almost Complete

A modified Tesla Model X electric vehicle enters a tunnel before an unveiling event for The Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel December 18, 2018 in Hawthorne, California.For most of 2020, Elon Musk has dominated news headlines for and Tesla’s , so much so that it’s easy to forget that another Musk-owned transportation venture, has also been making rapid progress.On Tuesday, Musk announced on Twitter that, after a full year in the making, The Boring Company’s“Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive,” the entrepreneur described the future in .Tunnels...

September 16, 2020
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Israeli Military Vets Declare War on Deepfake Technology and Disinformation

Israeli Military Vets Declare War on Deepfake Technology and Disinformation

A comparison of an original and deepfake video of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Welcome to The Observer Innovation section’s new interview series, Changing the World. Every week, we’ll talk to an innovator, entrepreneur, and/or company that is making the world better through science, business, and technology.The technology of fabricating information online has come a long way. Nowadays, not only do we have fake Twitter accounts and , but we also have fake videos—and which are ultra-realistic videos synthesized using machine learning algorithms.Most deepfake videos are created using a subset...

August 20, 2020
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Bill Gates Warns First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines ‘Won’t Be Ideal’

Bill Gates Warns First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccines ‘Won’t Be Ideal’

American business magnate, Bill Gates clicked at an event in New Delhi.Since the coronavirus outbreak in January, has been more involved in than any other philanthropist—so much so that at one point he even found himself caught up in the conspiracy theories alleging that he’d planted the virus for his own evil purposes.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has to backing vaccine development at several pharma companies, including Novavax, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. While there’s a general consensus among the medical community that we’ll have the first working vaccine by the end of this...

August 13, 2020
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Here’s How Much COVID-19 Vaccines Will Cost From The 5 Frontrunners

Here’s How Much COVID-19 Vaccines Will Cost From The 5 Frontrunners

At least five COVID-19 vaccines are expected to hit the market by early 2021.As the nears its final lap with multiple phase 3 trials underway, the primary question has shifted from whether we will have a working vaccine at all to how much one (or more of them) will cost.The good news is that it probably won’t be as outrageous as most medical innovations wind up costing in the U.S. when first released. Given the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government is expected to the development of the first available COVID-19 vaccine, and most vaccine developers have...

August 5, 2020
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Japan Joins the Space Race With a New Moon Lander, Set For 2022 Mission

Japan Joins the Space Race With a New Moon Lander, Set For 2022 Mission

Takeshi Hakamada, CEO of Japanese firm ispace, holds a press conference to explain about the ispace lunar lander and rover of its lunar program HAKUTO-R in Tokyo on September 26, 2018.NASA and ‘ grand dream of taking humans back to the moon now has a dashing new participant from Japan.Late last month, Tokyo-based startup revealed the final design of its lunar lander, Hakuto-Reboot (Hakuto-R), paving the way for the company to make its first touchdown on the moon as soon as 2022, using a Falcon 9 rocket.The new expected launch date is almost a year behind ispace’s original timeline. “The new...

August 14, 2020
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Can Trump Legally Shut Down TikTok and Chinese Apps? Experts Weigh In

Can Trump Legally Shut Down TikTok and Chinese Apps? Experts Weigh In

President Donald Trump is threatening and planning to ban the popular video sharing app TikTok from the US because of the security risk.The meteoric rise of TikTok, Gen Z’s favorite short-video app, is nothing short of a miracle. Never in digital history have we seen a consumer product made by a foreign company But the timing of its rise may also be its downfall, as it comes in the midst of between the U.S. and China. TikTok’s overnight success has now become the worst nightmare for its Chinese parent company, ByteDance.Last Friday, Trump said he’s ready to sign an executive order to ban...

August 7, 2020
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Does Jeff Bezos Know What Happens At Amazon? Bad Congressional Hearing Suggests Not

Does Jeff Bezos Know What Happens At Amazon? Bad Congressional Hearing Suggests Not

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testifies via video conference during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law hearing on July 29, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.On Wednesday, the world’s richest man, Amazon CEO, went to Capitol Hill (virtually) to for the first time, and along with the CEOs from , and , answered questions about their companies’ anti-competitive behavior.During the five-hour-long Q&A session, Bezos was , about topics ranging from Amazon’s controversial use of third-party seller data to turning a blind eye to counterfeit products to...

July 30, 2020
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Elon Musk, Who Made $2 Billion This Week, Opposes More Stimulus For the Unemployed

Elon Musk, Who Made $2 Billion This Week, Opposes More Stimulus For the Unemployed

Elon Musk has gained more than $44 billion in net worth during the pandemic.If you remember about coronavirus in the pandemic’s early days (including his dead-wrong prediction that the U.S. would be free of COVID-19 cases by the end of April), you should probably think twice before taking him seriously on other pandemic-related issues. But when the Tesla CEO talks, the internet listens.In a spontaneous tweet storm seen by his 37 million followers Friday morning, Musk spoke up his mind on the heated debate in Washington over “Another government stimulus package is not in the best interests...

July 24, 2020
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