SpaceX experienced a test-failure of its own on Friday, when the fourth prototype of the company’s new Starship rocket exploded following a test in Texas. Musk was well aware of the risk involved in the Crew Dragon launch. “If it goes wrong, it's my fault," he told CBS This Morning on Wednesday. … [Read more...] about SpaceX’s Successful Blast-Off Signals New Era of Human Space Exploration
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Perhaps one solution is to put more robots in day-to-day hospital settings and make sure they can be reconfigured for a range of possible disasters scenarios. That way they can earn their keep and get experience under the belts, until the next emergency hits. … [Read more...] about Meet humanity’s new ally in the coronavirus fight: Robots
GOOGLE Google provides the Google Assistant as part of its flagship Google app for iOS, as a software complement to its smart speaker, Google Home, and baked into the Android experience. Like the other voice assistants listed here, human reviewers grade the AI’s response to user commands, which Alphabet, Google’s parent company, said was “necessary to creating products like the Google Assistant.” The company defended itself by asserting it sent just .2 percent of Google Home commands to human reviewers but that it would pause that procedure indefinitely. As an extra precaution, Google Assistant users can disable Google’s setting for retaining voice and audio activity in Activity Controls settings. Google cautions this “may limit or disable more personalized experiences across Google services.” … [Read more...] about Here’s Every Major Service That Uses Humans to Eavesdrop on Your Voice Commands
A week later, everything had changed. France was under lockdown, the Carbone dining room was shuttered, and Amazon was facing its biggest challenge since the dot-com crash 20 years ago. Hit by a wave of panic buying, the company was struggling to fill orders, often delaying shipments for days or weeks. Its global supply chains were seizing up. Its workers were staging protests and sickouts over health and safety concerns. In a March 21 memo, a chastened Bezos assured employees that he would devote all his time to the crisis. The globe-trotting was over. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.) … [Read more...] about Book World: Keys to Amazon’s success: Price wars and big data
This isn't the first time a space agency has considered 3D printing a lunar base . Last year, NASA officials challenged researchers at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash. to 3D print the ceramic-like simulated lunar regolith into smooth, cylindrical shapes to test the strength of the material. … [Read more...] about Could 3D printers build a future moon base?