Tesla is credited with popularizing solar panels and batteries through its SolarCity division and rebranding electric vehicles as a sleek, sexy status symbol with a fleet of high-priced and speedy sedans and roadsters. That praise belies the reality that China’s electric car market, primarily serviced by Chinese manufacturers and spurred by Chinese regulations, is growing twice as fast as in the U.S. China is already the world’s biggest auto market, meaning that carmakers’ rush to build more electric cars ― far from being a bid to rival Tesla, as the narrative often goes ― is aimed at competing for Chinese buyers. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk Has Donated Nearly 7 Times As Much To Republicans This Cycle
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Musk tweeted just before Tesla’s July 28, 2017 “Handover Party” for the first 30 Model 3 vehicles that he was confident the company would ship 80,000 vehicles by the end of 2017, and 500,000 in 2018. Musk laid out an exponential monthly production growth rate, ramping up from 100 units in August to 1,500 in September, adding: “Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in Dec.” … [Read more...] about Musk: Tesla Selling $35K Model 3 Would ‘Lose Money and Die’
While machines have beaten humans at games - from IBM computer Deep Blue's chess victory in 1997 to Google's bot toppling Go champion Lee Sedol in 2016 - each game has offered a new challenge for artificial intelligence to solve. With Dota 2, the game that OpenAI will play at this year's tournament, two teams of five players can battle each other for control of a map. There are complex issues to solve. For example, the bot can't see the whole board at the same time and it must come up with a strategy as it encounters enemies. In other words, the bot has to show great intuition. Researchers hope its ability to solve these issues proves its aptitude in taking on more-difficult, nongaming challenges. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s OpenAI bot beat a human at video games last year. Now it will take on five at once.
A Thai rescuer has died during an operation to save 12 boys and their football coach who are stuck inside a flooded cave complex in the north of the country. Saman Kunan was a former member of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit. As part of the rescue team in Chiang Rai, he died on Thursday night after entering the cave network. He's believed to have been 38 years old. Thai military authorities said he had gone in to lay oxygen tanks along a potential exit route, and died as he tried to leave, during the five-hour journey back through underground tunnels. Conditions in the cave are described as tough. “Once he placed the oxygen tanks he became unconscious on his way back. His buddy tried to administer first aid, when there was no response he tried to move him on,” said Admiral Apakorn Yuukongkaew, commander of the SEAL unit. It’s the latest setback for a mission fraught with danger as rescue teams seek to save the boys. They are bracing themselves for more rain that … [Read more...] about Thai cave rescuer considers suing Elon Musk over deleted ‘pedo’ tweets
Musk is expected to open the short tunnel made by his Boring Company from a site at the headquarters of SpaceX, another Musk enterprise. The event, starting at 8 p.m. Pacific Time and live-streamed from the Boring website, is expected to be part amusement park ride and part product launch pep rally. … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s Boring Company is about to open its first tunnel