This week’s awesome tech stories from around the web (until July 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

OpenAI is ready to sell DALL-E to its first million customers
Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review
“’We saw a lot more interest than we anticipated, much more than for the GPT-3,’ says Peter Welinder, vice president of products and partnerships at OpenAI. Paying customers will now be able to use the images they create with DALL-E in commercial projects, such as illustrations in children’s books, concept art for movies and games, and marketing brochures. But the product launch will also be the biggest test yet of the company’s preferred approach to launching its powerful AI, which is to launch it to customers in stages and solve problems as they arise.”

COMPUTING

Senate advances more than $50 billion to boost US semiconductor production
Thomas Franck | CNBC
“The broader objective of the legislation is to encourage semiconductor production in the US to decrease dependence on Asian manufacturers. Biden administration officials say a larger domestic chip industry would help alleviate supply chain disruptions that have hampered the economic recovery from Covid-19 and isolate the US from supply routes dominated by political rival China. The global chip shortage over the past two years has spread across multiple industries, including automakers, mobile phone and consumer technology companies, and defense systems manufacturers.”

DRONES

UK to have world’s largest automated drone superhighway

Tom Gerken | BBC News
“The drones will be used on the 164-mile Skyway project that connects towns and cities, including Cambridge and Rugby. It forms part of a £273m funding package for the aerospace sector that will be unveiled by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng on Monday. Other projects include drones that deliver mail to the Isles of Scilly and medicines across Scotland. Kwarteng will announce the news at the Farnborough International Airshow, the first to be held since 2019. He will say the funding “will help the industry take advantage of the tremendous growth opportunities that exist as the world transitions to cleaner ways of flying.” ‘”

CRYPTOCURRENCY

Crypto is overloading the power grid. Congress wants to control
Ashley Belanger | Wired
“Senator Elizabeth Warren joined five other congressmen in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, recommending that the agencies join forces to write new regulations requiring reporting of emissions and energy usage from all energy operations. cryptocurrency mining across the country. Only then, suggest Warren and others, will we know exactly how many companies are operating in the US, how much energy is being used, how much damage to the environment is being done, and how many communities are being affected.”

ENERGY

Google and Chevron Invest in Nuclear Fusion Startup That Raised $1.2 Billion
Catherine Clifford | CNBC
“On Tuesday, TAE announced a technical milestone: it reached temperatures in excess of 75 million degrees Celsius with its current fusion reactor machine, nicknamed the Norman, located in Foothill Ranch, California, where the company is headquartered. The funding announced by TAE will go towards building its next-generation fusion machine, called Copernicus, which it says will be completed by 2025 and will be located near Irvine, California. ”

TRANSPORT

Baidu races ahead of Tesla with launch of Robotaxi with detachable steering wheel
Rafael Huang | Wall Street Journal
“Baidu, the long-dominant search engine giant in China, priced the new model at about $37,000, nearly half the $71,000 of the previous version of the car launched in June 2021 with a common steering wheel, the company said. in a statement. Thursday. “We’re moving towards a future where taking a robotaxi will cost half the cost of taking a taxi today,” said Robin Li, Baidu’s co-founder and chief executive, at the company’s annual technology conference. He said the cost cuts would allow Baidu to deploy tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles in China.”

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BRAIN-COMPUTER INTERFACE

Brain-computer interface startup implants first device in US patient
Ashlee Vance | Bloomberg
“On July 6, a doctor at Mount Sinai West Medical Center in New York placed a 1.5-inch-long implant made of wires and electrodes into a blood vessel in the brain of a patient with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. . The hope is that the patient, who has lost the ability to move and speak, will be able to browse the web and communicate via email and text simply by thinking – the device will translate their thoughts into commands sent to a computer.”

Image credit: OpenAI

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