Simon Kofe, the foreign minister of Tuvalu, stated yesterday at the COP27 climate meeting that his country would seek to the metaverse to preserve its heritage and culture. The Pacific island nation is especially susceptible to rising sea levels since the average world temperature is predicted to increase by up to 2.8 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. To emphasize the threat posed by climate change, Kofe gave a speech to the conference at the COP26 meeting the previous year while knee-deep in the ocean. By the end of the twenty-first century, according to climate scientists, the entire nation will be under water.
Speaking at the climate summit, Kofe declared: “As our land goes, we must become the first digital nation in the entire globe. The most valuable possessions of our people are our land, our ocean, and our culture. We’ll transfer them to the cloud to protect them from harm regardless of what transpires in the real world.
The world needs eight years to cut yearly global emissions by an additional 45 percent compared to forecasts based on existing policies to meet the 1.5C target proposed by the Paris Agreement.
– Mat Smith
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The Pure and Touring bring Air prices closer to Earth.
The Lucid Air is an excellent debut vehicle from a new automaker, but it’s also a very pricey EV that’s out of reach for the majority of consumers. The Lucid Air Pure and Touring EVs were unveiled by Lucid at the LA Auto Show. The Pure, which starts at a still-expensive $87,400 and has a range of about 410 miles, is the first and only Air model to be priced below $100,000. The Air is still considered a luxury vehicle. The Touring costs a little more, at $107,400, and has a 425-mile estimated EPA driving range. We drove the Touring for a brief tour of Lucid’s headquarters even though the Pure wasn’t quite ready for testing.
It could help with weather forecasting and autonomous vehicle driving.
MIT created an AI algorithm last year that can pick up new knowledge and adjust to it while working, rather than simply during training. For time-sensitive applications like pacemaker monitoring, weather forecasting, investment forecasting, or autonomous vehicle navigation, these “liquid” neural networks are the best option. However, the sheer amount of data might lead to computational bottlenecks, which makes scaling these systems unaffordable. Utilizing a differential equation that has baffled mathematicians since 1907, MIT researchers said on Tuesday that they have found a solution. The team believes that by deciphering this equation at the neuronal level, it will be feasible to build models of the human brain with millions of neural connections, which is currently not achievable.
A (slightly) more practical 4K gaming titan.
Thanks to DLSS 3, NVIDIA’s RTX 4080 is a major improvement over the 3080 Ti, offering quicker overall performance and significantly improved ray tracing. It is significantly less expensive and power-hungry than the 4090. It is nevertheless $1,199. Keep an eye out for NVIDIA’s upcoming cards if paying more than $1,000 for a video card seems absurd to you—and let’s be clear, it should.
It also intends to source chips from Europe in the future.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple hopes to be using US-made chips in a few years. Company CEO Tim Cook reportedly made the revelation during a meeting with local engineering and retail employees in Germany, telling them Apple “already decided to be buying out of a plant in Arizona.” As Gurman notes, it would lessen Apple’s reliance on factories in Asia, particularly Taiwan, where 60 percent of the world’s processors are produced. Cook also told staff: “I’m sure we will also source from Europe as those plans become more apparent.”
It’s also bringing the service to France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK.
One of the most noteworthy updates Apple brought to the iPhone 14 series this year is Emergency SOS via satellite. It lets you send text messages to emergency services over satellite if you need help and are outside cellular coverage. If you’re unfamiliar with the feature – most of us probably are – Apple is rolling out a demo mode of Emergency SOS via Satellite, so members of the public can see how it works.
Ghost’s designs are supposedly too much like Spot.
Ghost Robotics is being sued by Boston Dynamics for allegedly violating seven patents related to their Spot quadriplegic. The Spirit 40 and Vision 60 allegedly take some Spot technologies, such as stair climbing and self-righting systems. Boston Dynamics claims that five months after Spirit 40’s introduction, in July 2020, it requested that Ghost Robotics analyze patents that were relevant to Spot. Boston claims to have followed up with two cease-and-desist letters requesting Ghost to stop selling its robotic dogs. Boston Dynamics declared in a statement that it “welcome[s] competition” but that anyone infringing on its intellectual property rights will face harsh punishment. The lawsuit filed by the Hyundai-owned business includes an undetermined list of damages. Our inquiries for comment from Ghost Robotics haven’t gotten a response yet.
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