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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

OpenAI is ready to sell DALL-E to its first million customers
Will Douglas Sky | MIT Technology Review
“We’ve seen much more interest than we anticipated, much more than there was for GPT-3,” said 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 for the company’s preferred approach to deploying its powerful AI, which is to release it to customers in stages and fix issues as they go. they arise.

COMPUTING

Senate advances over $50 billion bill to boost U.S. semiconductor production
ThomasFrank | CNBC
“The broader goal of the legislation is to incentivize U.S. semiconductor production to reduce reliance on Asian-based manufacturers. Biden administration officials say a A larger domestic chip industry would help ease supply chain disruptions that have hampered the economic recovery from Covid-19 and insulate the United States from supply routes dominated by political rival China. chips over the past two years has impacted multiple industries, including automakers, mobile and consumer technology companies, and defense system makers.

DRONES

UK set to have world’s largest automated drone highway

Tom Gerken | BBC News
“The drones will be used on the 164-mile Skyway project linking towns and cities including Cambridge and Rugby. It is part of a £273m funding package for the aerospace sector which will be revealed by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng on Monday. Other projects include drones delivering mail to the Isles of Scilly and medicine across Scotland. Mr Kwarteng is due to announce the news at the Farnborough International Airshow, the first to be held since 2019. He will say the funding ‘will help the sector capture the huge growth opportunities that exist as the world moves to cleaner forms of flight “. .’”

CRYPTOCURRENCY

Crypto is straining the power grid. Congress wants to contain it
Ashley Belanger | Wired
“Senator Elizabeth Warren joined five other members of Congress in submitting a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, recommending that the agencies combine forces to draft new regulations requiring reports on emissions and energy consumption of all crypto mining operations nationwide. Only then, Warren and others suggest, will we know exactly how many companies are operating in the United States, how much energy is being used, how much environmental damage is being done, and how many communities are being destroyed. 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, dubbed Norman, which is located at Foothill Ranch, California, where the company is headquartered. The funding announced by TAE will go towards the construction of its next-generation fusion machine, called Copernicus, which it says will be completed by 2025, and which will be located in nearby Irvine, California.

TRANSPORTATION

Baidu beats Tesla with the launch of Robotaxi with removable steering wheel
Raffaele Huang | The Wall Street Journal
“Baidu, the long-dominant Chinese search engine giant, priced the new model at around $37,000, almost half the $71,000 of the previous version of the car released in June 2021 with a steering wheel. ordinary,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We are heading towards a future where taking a robotaxi will cost half the cost of taking a taxi today,” said Robin Li, co-founder and chief executive of Baidu. , at the company’s annual technology conference, said the cost reductions would allow Baidu to deploy tens of thousands of self-driving 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 threaded 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 surf the web and communicate via email and text just by thinking – the device will translate their thoughts into commands sent to a computer.

Image credit: OpenAI