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Global Gilmour Space completes successful hybrid rocket engine test
"Doco space rocket competent gilmore's space of caridad a successful engine to spur of the new hybrid rocket. Motor the hot five. Verification tests are what is the world's largest single port hybrid rocket engine lasted ten seconds producing record ninety-one killer newton's nine tonnes force thrust the queensland based companies developing a three stage launch vehicle capable of carrying small satellites into low-earth orbit and the rocket murray. Yes for this test is the same design. That will be pairing. The first and second stages of the company's new aries vehicle engineers now going through the results with plans to undertake duration and higher thrust tests in the next few weeks. This space time.
Hearthstone Esports to be Run by ESL Until 2022
"Digital media podcasting and video programming. Please reach out to e-sports network CEO Mark dimmick using the email in the bio of this show. The sooner we get a sponsor the song. I don't have to lead every single episode with that read so into the show. I'm a huge her Stone fan, but man the games Esports scene never really took off the biggest moment to compared to the events were probably firebat off the first championship back in 2015 and paddling book were RNG absolutely smoked amnesiac in a key matchup, but through many formats and different attempts at creating an Esports structure the Carfax from blizzard never really came together in the right way and it was kind of in danger of dying but now ESL is taking over blizzard has allowed ESL door on her Stony Sports through 2022 according to a, New Jersey. Log post this is kind of what blizzard does wouldn t Sports scene starts to falter in one of their games. It happened to both Starcraft and Warcraft in the past as well. The blog post honestly doesn't give a ton of info about changing the structure which makes me think they'll be keeping the grand Master's and her Stone Masters to her formats largely intact the post basically says it will impact both sections of her Stony sports, but not in what we do know that the total prize pool for each calendar year will be three million dollars. That's pretty large for any card game. Especially Hearth with her Stone now bring the total blizzard titles under esl's control to
Why some tech companies are most represented in best to work for list
"Sutherland Roll Wong Christian a lot of tech companies on the list, as there are every year I find it so interesting. That the companies at the top are so diverse number one would bein, which is a consulting firm. Number two is in video. Obviously, a tech company number three is in and out Burger what all three of these companies have in common. Yeah, it is. It is cool to say such great representation across different diverse industries and really shows you any company in any industry could be the best place to work. You know what we seen, particularly this year. That's bean. A new phenomenon and some key theme across all of our best place to work winners is that you know, with the pandemic, with clover going on employers who put their employees first and particular health Well being and safety first did really well in this year's list, you know, among among many other things that you know about this place is work with us have traditionally done
Investment in climate tech is also economic stimulus
"Climate change is high on president biden agenda last week the president rejoined the paris climate accord on wednesday reuters reports. He's expected to announce a new climate order that will introduce new regulations and make climate change a national security priority and biden his tied economic recovery to climate investment new jobs new infrastructure and new funding. Jayco is managing director of the private equity firm light smith group which is focused on climate adaptation technology. You're gonna have to rebuild the economy for some kind of future. So let's say we did a big infrastructure package which i think potentially incoming secretary good a judge was talking about. Are we gonna build bridges for the sea levels and river levels that we have today. The ones that we think are likely to be around ten twenty or fifty years from now and i would suggest the latter is better idea than the former including many other components that we saw really stark contrast last year. Like how does this impact different types of communities. Where's the equity and justice implications for the kind of future that we're building both from an environmental implication standpoint. And then more broadly speaking in the kind of diversity inclusion universe as well as different distributions of how that impact has occurred economically. There's a big conference on climate adaptation starting this week which is virtual but i wonder what role is the. Us expected to play in that. I think it's expected to play a major role over the course of the entire year and beyond there is a lot of attention being focused on what it means for the us to be back in a leadership position not just re signing onto the perez agreement but taking a leadership position in terms of reductions reels gas emissions kind of where our net zero targeting really going to go in. And we're going to do to do that. But also i think real opportunity to seize a leadership position around adaptation and climate science. What is your sense of. How big a role. Resilience is slated to play. Are there any official announcements on that front. Well i'd say that there are probably three pieces of the puzzle to those pieces seem very
Microsoft Landed a Patent to Turn You Into a Chatbot
"Has been granted a new patent to create chatbots using the personal information of deceased people from images voice data, social media posts, electronic messages, you know, like email the patent States put the specific person who the chatbot represents May correspond to a past or present entity that or a version thereof such as a friend or relative and acquaintances a celebrity fictional character historical figure a random entity Etc. Microsoft also describes how a living you could train a digital replacement before the event of their own death. But before you get too excited or freaked out about this Tim O'Brien general manager of AI programs at Microsoft confirmed on Twitter Friday that there is no plan for this so they got a patent. They don't necessarily have a plan
What We Know About The Apple Car
"Another. Financial analysts has gone hard. Core apple car ahead of this week's earnings one may have nothing to do with the other. Certainly apple exacts are not going to announce an apple car on wednesdays call but apple. Send them an is running high and now bam a second note about apple car days before the earnings report mid week last week it was cowan company analyst send car then ever core analyst dairy on the ended the week last week getting behind the imaginary wheel apple three zero ran the note wherein ad rock set out six key observations boiling those down one. He is into apple soup to nuts. Approach doing hardware software silicon and so on to apple could make up for generally low margin than cars with money maiden services. Three don't under sell mobility. Iphone is a mobile computer. Apple car will be two four. The total addressable market is gargantuan. Three trillion dollars though. He stresses again. That services are where the money will be for apple. Five apple will work with contract manufacturers to bring this premium consumers and sex. The car could add thirty six billion dollars in sales or thirty cents earnings per share in the long run and yeah he probably means long run. He and his an increased probability. That apple will have a product here in the next five years. It seems unlikely that they would start making money on that right away. Though between now. And then darren anonymous. Says he's got a near term bullish bias driven by the trifecta of iphone super cycle monetization of installed base and gm expansion. He's gotten outperform rating on apple shares. He used friday's car note to his price. Target on the shares from one hundred forty five dollars to one hundred sixty. The here is a phrase that we haven't heard in a while apple set new intra day and closing highs on friday mac. Daily news says apple shares. Were up two dollars and twenty cents to end the week last week. Closing at one hundred thirty nine dollars seven cents a lot higher partway through the day. Though hitting one thirty nine eighty five. The company ended the day with the market valuation of two point three four one trillion dollars. We'll tell you the next numbers make my head hurt. Apple's valuation of two point three trillion is six hundred thirty three billion dollars higher than second place microsoft with the market valuation of one point seven trillion amazon's third with evaluation of one point six five trillion followed by alphabet one point two eight trillion tesla rounds out the five most valuable publicly traded companies in the us with a market valuation of eight hundred billion dollars. The good news for apple shares comes ahead of this week's earnings report that set for this wednesday after which there will be an earnings call jelly beans and double bags to be served. After you can catch the call. Live on apple's investor relations page two. Pm pacific five pm eastern the company will also make it available as a podcast people will be tweeting about it. Bloggers will be blogging about. It will have a first look at that on that day's mac. Os can live. And of course we'll go a bit deeper on the following days mac. Os cat
How the Virtual Office Could Replace the Physical One
"It's another monday in the world of remote work depending on. When you're listening to this you might be going up for another day of sitting in front of your computer in your zoom sweater. Trying to get stuff done by video conference. We're of course familiar with the challenges of remote work already. Big recalls can be awkward and inefficient in. Its part to replace the serendipity of running into someone in the break room but lately some new services have been trying to solve those issues with virtual office. Spaces are columnist. Christopher mims visited one himself and he joins me now to talk about what he saw. Hey christopher thanks for being here. Thank you for having me. So you've visited the virtual offices of id corporate. They were using space through a service called gather. Can you talk about what that experience like. I visited a number of corporate offices in my time so it was strange to visit of virtual office reminded me of real world ones. Which are you know. Kind of whimsical lake airbnb. They have all their conference rooms. Which are modeled after various apartments on airbnb so being in a virtual office where there were desks and conference rooms and you know stage for people to give talks and a cafeteria and a bar and the office is actually in a castle and there's a beach it was really funny. How even though. I'm walking around with my avatar. I felt in some sense. Like i was there. And maybe that's you know decades of playing video games. But i also think that there is a lot to be said for the way that video games. They're designed over. Decades has been refined to really tap into innate abilities that we have so for example in our brains we have place cells which are physical analogues. It's an individual neuron lights up when you go to a place and you can see this on the brain of a rat when it's traveling through maze for example or if you talk to people who win the annual world memory championship a lot of them. What called memory palaces. You imagine a house and you walk through and you place the object. You wanna memories in the house that works so well because we have this huge section of our brain which is devoted to place and geography and navigating in three dimensional space. We just don't use it with our existing interfaces communicating remotely. So when i went into a virtual tutti office and started walking around the thing that really struck me was like oh my god. I'm using more of brain and it feels more natural so when i'm in a virtual h. A hosted on for example gather. It's very easy. I just use my arrow keys. And i'm moving in two dimensions link in legend zelda and at the same time they have incorporated sort of the minimum requirements for communicating in that space as we would in a real one and one of the spatial audio of my avatar is next somebody else's avatar. We can talk freely in these little bubbles just like we went through video chat you know if we walk away from each other the sound fades and dies complete so you can create these clusters of conversation or you can walk up to somebody in the hallway and have chat with them. That's private or you go into a room. Only people in the room can hear each other. So this allows you know based on my interviews with the people who are working in this these types of spaces this kind of more spontaneous collaboration link. We're used to in an office at the same time because you can make yourself more or less available you can turn off your camera. You can say i'm away. You're not tethered to your desk. As he would be in a physical space going to this office it just it really struck me how quickly i was able to interview a lot of people just by walking up to them and that just doesn't work with the friction of you know. Zoom call words like. Oh where's the link. Okay here logging in. I'm waiting for you to log in. is everybody here. Oh you're muted just all of that. Extra friction really gets in the way of spontaneous communication. I think and gather is one of a number of companies offering similar services. Just how widespread are these types of platforms and how are companies using them. There are a lot of companies using them. I mean one of the biggest ones which is called remo remote dot co. they're used a lot for events. They told me that they have multiple hundreds of thousands of monthly active users. Spatial chat claims similar figures. You know they have people using them. From every big chunk of money you could imagine plus boeing and a bunch of other fortune five hundred companies. Not all of which are paying members because of course they all have a freemium tier so it is. Nasa sent hundreds of thousands of monthly active users. But if you're having a few big events that could only be a few dozens or hundreds of individual companies but has impressed me that the biggest ones by just traffic are bootstrapped. And they're like look. We already making revenue. We don't need investment because we are just were able to pay our server bills from people signing up that is of course a very powerful signal that something is sticky. And it's working if you can get to revenue if you can go from nothing to a product that is making money in nine months. That's a very compelling space generally sounds like a lot of users and how all these companies using these types of platforms. It sounds like it might just be more about special events than it is about you know putting in your full nine to five from the virtual office. I think rate now. The initial use case for most companies and organizations is events because partly that allows them to dip their toe. It's low commitment. I mean if you're going to have a holiday party. In one of these people have to adapt their work style to spend a couple of hours walking around some virtual space so companies using it to work in. I think are in the minority. I've also heard interesting. Use cases lake people holding scientific meetings. And the they build out this big hall. And then everybody's standing in front of their scientific poster and anybody who's ever been to a science meeting or a medical meeting knows that that is the central ritual for disseminating new data and information also just like meeting people in your field and it's the science fair for adults but it's really important in in academia so it's been interesting that so many universities and other institutions seem to be using it for those kind of events others are using it for parties summer using it just to replace what people the old the stuff that we all used to go to in convention centers. Where you'd go to a talk but the real substance of it is having coffee or drink with somebody over chris. I can put on my cynical hat for a second. During the pandemic i feel like workers are struggling with zoom fatigue and with the sort of always on mentality that comes with being full remote. These services seem to require more presents out of employees and and that seems like a potential challenge. I think as with zoom as with slack where we were promised. This is the future. Remember where it can then once you once you're kind of forced to use like really high doses of these things you really run into their limitations and you get zoom fatigue or slack on or whatever you wanna call it. I think that the same could be true for these on the other hand. I think that there is the potential for them to be the next evolution. That makes it a little bit more. Sustainable i remote work experts. I talked to cautioned against companies saying. Oh this tool is gonna solve our problem for us at base. I think the real challenge with remote work is companies need to establish a bunch of new norms in some ways. Very different from what we are used to in an in person office where norms can be established by as moses have to be more deliberate and you know whether or not you're using a virtual each q. Being forced to everyone share what they're working on in some kind of document that can be accessed a synchronous all those little nuances of what it takes to make a really functional. Remote workforce work. That doesn't go away. The tool doesn't solve for that automatically. But maybe it makes it a little bit easier so it sounds like you think this is something that might be here to stay as we move into at least a more heavily remote workforce in the future absolutely. I also think that ultimately we're building toward kind of a more complete fusion of the internet and real life through the mediums like augmented reality in some ways. I think we're laying the tracks now for that so the more we get used to collaborating remotely through all these tools the more natural it will seem to toggle between what we're doing in the real world what we're doing on the internet via other things like our glasses are vr. Headsets are ever more mobile. Devices are risk based whatever aren't. That's our tech columnist. Christopher mims thanks so much for joining me. Thank you for having me.
Gaurav Afore Discusses Pre Seed Investing
"Grab welcome to the show. Thank you for having me your the co founder of a four capital which is an early stage investment company. What was the thesis when you started a four. Yeah so both. My co-founder automates banerjee have been investing in venture now for almost nine years. And we were both. I was at a fund Fund and one of the things we've noticed in the kind of four years these funds. Is that the goal posts for early. Stage founders shifting. So if you were trying to raise your first million to a million dollars pre product market fit. When you have little dune attraction. It was getting harder and harder to raise capital not from angels and scouts through definitely been obvious explosion of that which is great for the ecosystem but none of those investors usually lead the route. So if you were to go to a seed fund Fund for them to lead around price terms so on and so forth they were very often telling founders. Like i like what you're doing. I like your background but you're too early for us. Go get some traction go. Bill the A little bit more than we can invest so we saw this firsthand and we said allow there is a problem. There's a gap there because a personally just from our passion. It's like we love getting involved very early. In love helping founders. But we think there's a problem here to be solved so typical founders. When you see a problem and nobody solving it the best way to solve it is to go. Go after yourself. So my partner adamantly denied we left our previous funds and middle twenty sixteen we raise our first fund in the fall and the rest is history if you go back before that you were an early product manager for android. What was it like being google in the early days of android is a lot of fun like looking back. Obviously come a long way when i joined android in two thousand nine. It was like a skunkworks kind of projects on the side. I mean look at google building massive business right in an online ads in the early two thousands but it was pretty clear by. Oh seven ole that mobile was going to be the future not desktop so from google. It mobile was a potential existential threat. Right if apple was the dominant you know or the way that most people accessed mobile if that was apple or the carriers right if reisen etc like the own the customer relationship. That will be very problematic for google right. Because the reason google's been able to really flourishes. There is no sort of toll booth if you may for the internet and anybody can spend up a website and you can start to make money directly with consumers but mobile was potentially to be a different dynamic so when i joined android it doesn't nine. We essentially had a blank cheque right from the management at a google. Say look this is potentially going to be existential for the business. We need a horse in the race. Right we need to have something where we can compete with apple and have a dominant position or or at least one of tour to three key players so that was intended to mandate orchid blackberry. Back in the days so at started a company in mobile as well as building software for smartphone platforms. So i'd seen the movie before and really put frankly one foot in front of the other was a leap year for the next product line. That was our way to really put enjoyed map. Because when i joined had already launched a couple of phones but always considered december the fourth operating system after blackberry in iowa s maybe windows mobile as geeky operating system. Open source right. It's like on the fridge and we would really trying to show demonstrated the world that android has come a long way and it is a very formidable competitor to less so the next one was something google we paid for. That product developed by. Hec in that case. We work closely with the carriers to bring that product market which tried to sell the phone online ourselves. That did not work because we realized people still like to buy the phone in person. After the two years that i was there android went from when i joined less than a million total users. To by the time he left we were getting about a million new users day in that kind of scale for small. You only see a few places and in hindsight it's twenty twenty Bunch of things. We did right in the moment it was. We were just running around with their heads. Cut off and trying to figure out how to compete in a very fast growing world
Can't pick a Netflix show? Let the app decide
"If you were like me. We'll hop on netflix. With zero clue about what to watch. It's the modern day. Equivalent of channel surfing scrolling through this wide selection of tv shows and movies hoping to stumble upon something. You like for myself at one point. I would just surf and surf and surf. And then eventually. I'd just end up at the office in watch that now. Of course the office is on peacock. So i don't have that luxury anymore. Which means i am stuck in this weird limbo of trying to find something to watch on netflix. Pretty soon though net flicks might take care of this. Whole struggle for you from a report in variety. Netflix's going to roll out a feature called shuffled play to its users worldwide. Starting this year. If you've already seen this on your profile it's because the streaming giant has been testing this service out for months now. I've just noticed this too on my account within the last couple of months or so it literally solves the problem of going through the interface and pretty much becoming paralyzed. because there's so much programming to watch on netflix. That you really don't know what to watch instead. You hit shuffled play and it picks what to watch for you. So what exactly is net flicks choosing when you hit. Shuffle play according to variety. Titles that you'll see on netflix. When you hit the shuffle play button or as it sometimes referred to as the place something button. It'll either be shows or movies similar to once you've already watched titles in genres that you viewed before or content you have saved in your mile section so very interesting idea. And a quite of a cool way to discover things on netflix. It's almost like a surprise me kind of thing where you really don't know what to watch. And maybe you've heard some buzz about shows but you're still not one hundred percent. Sure if you want to invest just let netflix. Surprise you fun feature. I'm definitely gonna use it. Because i can't decide for myself obviously
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket with record 143 satellites aboard
"Several times. The space X transporter one has launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Mm one. Yeah. Big nations like that. It's the first dedicated rideshare mission for Space X carrying 133, assorted small satellites and 10. Of the company's StarLink Internet satellites. The mission sets a record carrying the most satellites deployed from a single rocket. Price
The Story of How TSMC Came To Dominate the World
"So obviously tracy. We've been talking a lot about chips lately. But for all the episodes we've done we haven't hit like what is sort of a. I guess i would say the elephant in the room or the gorilla in the room that keeps coming up over and over again. We've been going at a. I would say from a us perspective. Very focused on the trouble at intel. But we haven't really talked about the success story. That is taiwan. Semiconductor manufacturing company better known as t s emcee. Yeah exactly right so every episode that we do it sort of comes back to them. What a juggernaut. They've become and of course you know. The sort of basic story is that manufacturing chips is extremely hard It's extremely expensive. And it's very difficult to scale until Is one of the rare companies that designs and manufactures. Its own chips. But that for a lot of these companies that are sort of exploding ri- gaining market share there Having taiwan semi manufacture them and taiwan semi is getting extremely good or is extremely good at a manufacturing and maybe Pulling away from intel some extent in terms of its manufacturing capabilities. Right and i think they actually invented the foundry model which you know this idea of just manufacturing chips which keeps coming up over and over and over again in all of our conversations as one reason the entire semiconductor industry has changed and one reason why intel is struggling but the thing i find kind of amazing like in twenty twenty one. We all take it for granted. That tsmc is this massive player in the semiconductor industry in the world. Really but i find it really really noteworthy and you know somewhat surprising. In retrospect that what is a single company on an island has emerged to really dominate chips. That are now vital to all sorts of things so computers smartphones cars. Everything i think. Tsmc manufacturers little over half of the world's chips so it's not quite a monopoly but again like they are the juggernaut in the room as he put it absolutely. And it's such a. I mean it's such a pivotal company for a lot of reasons. I mean you mentioned cars. It was just a story this week recording this january twelfth by the way there was just a story this week about how car manufacturers around the world are actually running into supply constraints because they can't get chips because of the chip manufacturers decided to reduce their production of automotive chips during the crisis in the spring on the expectation that demand wasn't going to be there and now they haven't ramped up taiwan semi They're to actually reporting earnings. This week expected to be very strong. Earnings are soaring. stock is soaring. And then of course. Because it's in the strategic position end because taiwan itself is in this Uh strategic position obviously between the us and china and the roll over its status. It's just an incredibly central player and sort of necessary to understand the story right a big player in tech big player across multiple supply chains in a bunch of different industries. Uncertainly player geopolitics as well. So we really talk more time on semi and we have the perfect guest to do that. Someone who knows all about the company who's been covering them for a long time since long before they were the dominant player They are today. We're going to be speaking to copen. He is a tech columnist at bloomberg. Opinion has been with us a bloomberg for fifteen years and he's actually been covering The tech industry from taipei specifically for the last twenty one years Everything about Taiwan semiconductor where it came from this important player so tim thank you very much for joining us. Hey thanks time guys to talk to you tim. How would you describe the importance of taiwan semiconductor in the world right now well as you assess just saying they are so huge. Tracy pointed out the creates. Such a large share of the world saw chips. There's probably not a single device in the world that doesn't have. Tsmc somewhere but whether it's a car die. Fine of course famously. But even some really unimportant boring things like temperature sense. A hiya or some led lights array there. They do serve much of the waltz products. They're they're basically everywhere and so if that would've stopped production. Tomorrow i think the global technology industry would grind to a halt very very
Glenn Jackson on Optical Communications
"Today. Sending a map of mars to earth might take nine years with current radio systems but as little as nine weeks with laser. Communications here's glen. Jackson payload manager for the laser communications relay demo had nasr's goddard space flight center to explain why optical communication systems are more efficient. The wavelength of light is much smaller than the wavelength of radio frequencies and the small the wavelengths the more information you can condense in a small period of time so we get greater bandwidth with optical communication as the wavelength get smaller. This technology would allow us to move. Large amounts of data and high definition video in shorter amounts of time we could communicate with rovers or astronauts on mars. Actually seeing and hearing more of their adventures on the red planet and laser communication systems on earth could provide high bandwidth in remote areas bridging the digital divide and bringing high speed communications to the world for innovation. Now i'm jennifer pulling
The Cut Throat War To Dominate China's Grocery Delivery Industry
"Speaking of china. You had a great story on. I didn't i mean who knew this. This is why. I love rest of world because we're learning about stuff that the cutthroat war dominate china's grocery delivery industry is there a grocery delivery industry in china. I'm kind of. I don't know why i'm surprised to hear that. Yes so follow me for a second. This is a really crazy model. That like a hundred million people plus china right now. So it's really big and it's really really and it's attracting sort of like grandma's almost like aunties You know people are really price conscious so imagine you have a group chat and all of your neighbors or that group chat and you have sort of like you know maybe a local state home mom or someone you know. Maybe the corner store owner Someone who owns a seven eleven and they are the moderator of that group chat every single day they give you some grazie deals for fresh food and all you do is in that group chat. Say what you and the next day the stay at home. Mom we'll get it all delivered to her place and then she'll bring it to you or you go pick it up at the corner store. So they're called group buying groups so she gets everything and then parcells it out to her neighbors the like uber or d. Which is the over of china is invested in this every ten cent. Jd dot com alibaba. All the biggest tech companies are investing in this all over the place. It's a huge frenzy. Just sort of like get all these people because cheer point. These are people who didn't usually virus online. They were just go to the corner store and get stuff previously but what this is doing is leading all those big tech companies. Cut a ton of costs. They get marketing from the stay at home mom. They get logistics. they don't have to go to each person's home right the stay at home. Mom will take care of that for them. So the money to right she gets she gets about five ten percent commission so she's incentivized to get as many people as possible most of these people. Have you know anywhere from a couple hundred to nine hundred. She's all that are managing. It's huge or that and it can be can be a big source of business for them and it's a crazy trend in china and it's become really really wild actually two employees at one of the companies that his invested in this actually died Recently which sort of set off this huge reckoning about like you know are they pushing employees too hard at these companies you know is this frenzy worth it. The government is mad about it. But i love it because it's like stay at home. Mom selling vegetables by everyone in tech is just all over themselves over it. Well as you out It's a in. The article is highly customized. Because this one person who is managing this group note gets to know everybody their interests their tastes what they want what they don't like so it works. It works really well. I have to say come on. If you're like cute little neighbor texas everyday and it was like sale on. Carrots are totally doing. Yeah fifty cents. Bundled carrots come grabbed them tomorrow with your eggs and your milk or whatever. Of course i would do it. This model could work in the rest of the world. I think that. Like when i think about someone like my mom who's like knocking to navigate. Instacart knows how to use. I message the thing is that it's integrated into chat right and we don't really have each year in the same ways. I think we're sort of far off. But i do think you know this super-charged by the pandemic there are way more people anger. She's online than there used to be. And i think that instacart is ripe for disruption. I think like you know whole foods. Delivery is not doing anything particularly Innovative and i think even amazon and these logistics giants are still really struggling with how to make a profit off of this and these chinese companies sort of figured out a way to do it although to be fair. They're offering really really low prices because he's really price conscious consumers and suppliers or getting mad. Because they're like selling a bottle of cooking oil for like less than the actual cost to make it so there are a lot of sort of reminds me of when it was like two dollars. Take an uber anywhere. Because they were just pouring money on it and get a fifty percent off lift ride. If you just open the super happen the lift up notice that you were doing that. We all remember. That's it feels like that. Yeah so i do worry it. Sort of gimmicky.
Ready to shop with a "smart cart?"
"You pandemic has brought about a ton of tech innovation when it comes to shopping between ordering everything online in curbside pickup. The next phase of this might be the smart cart according to my colleagues at the cincinnati enquirer supermarket chain. Kroger is testing smart cards where shoppers pick their items place them in the car and leave without ever having to go to a checkout or register i this is how they work. The carts themselves use artificial intelligence to recognize what you put in the cart. So you can take a box of cereal. Draw pasta sauce a gallon of milk. Whatever it is the cart will recognize what you place inside. It also has scales built so if you're buying produce it will wait for you in the cart and then once you're done shopping you back up your items and then you make a payment directly from the car itself. This idea of checkout free. Grocery store isn't new. We've seen amazon experiment with this already. Last year. they opened in grocery store in seattle where users can download an amazon go app. They scan a barcode to enter the store. Then they scan what they're buying and once they're done they just walk out and received by email and it's all done within the app. The fact that kroger is testing smart cards is a pretty big deal. The cincinnati-based grocer operates several regional supermarket chains in thirty five states stores. That you may have heard of like fred. meyer harris teeter ralph's marianas and host of others. The company has nearly twenty eight hundred stores so the fact that they are testing this out is pretty significant. Once they get to a final place it's going to be at a lot of different locations so it looks like your grocery experience is going to get a lot more technologically advanced in the months and years to come
Google says it will pull its search engine from Australia if it is forced to pay news publishers to host their content
"Google confirmed its conducting experiments to determine the value of service australian news outlets australia's government is implementing a law that would require google and facebook to pay publishers. In order to carry links to new content. Google is blocking newsom from showing up in search results for about one percent of australian users. The law would force facebook and google to negotiate the amount of payments or have an arbitrator decided for them. It's being debated in the senate as part of that debate in an opening statement to the australian senate economics committee inquiry google's. Vp of australia and new zealand mel silva said as drafted. The law would give us no real choice but to stop making google search available in australia.
Elon Musk is donating a $100 million prize for carbon capture technology
"Along. Musk says he will donate one. Hundred million dollars to whoever invents the best carbon capture technology. I think he put this on twitter in the form of a tweet. Actually yes. here's the tweet donating one hundred m towards a prize for best carbon capture technology. Now what this is will is obviously for the environment. The he's looking for any technology that can capture carbon dioxide trapping it directly from the air or just before it gets emitted from factories or power plants. I suppose there could be a variety of proposals for how to do this but in capturing it you can obviously avoid having it enter the atmosphere and you know damaging the ozone and all the rest of it in fact what they do will after they capture it. They pump it back down to earth where it can stay like get fucking. Yeah he's can stay hidden in there or they can use it for something
Apple reportedly working on a VR headset
"Either listeners. Molina and welcome back to talking tech co host. Mike snyder is off. Today is apple poised to make a big jump into virtual reality. according to a report from bloomberg's mark gurman who has been in authority on all things apple news for quite some time now. The company is working on a headset. That will mostly offer virtual reality competing with devices like the oculus quest and sony's
Google Closes Loon, Its Plan to Use Balloons for Web Access
"Remote areas in a very unique way, has been grounded. KGO attends Mark Nieto with more well it was fun while it lasted. Google's parent company Alphabet has given up on a plan to provide Internet access using high flying balloons. Project, called Loon would have used giant balloons to be me Internet to people in remote areas around the world. But alphabet couldn't figure out a way to get the costs low enough to make it a sustainable business. Loon was launched in 2011 and add years of tests, including an effort in 2017 help bring Internet to thousands of people in Peru following Hurricane Maria. But, alas, loons bubble has Mark Nieto. This report sponsored by Iberia