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Sep 14, 2022

Pulling Energy Out Of Thin Air

Posted by in categories: energy, law

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During the middle ages, the concept of the perpetual motion machine would develop. The first law, known as the Law of Conservation of Energy, would prohibit the existence of a perpetual motion machine, by preventing the creation or destruction of energy within an isolated system.

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Sep 8, 2022

Elon Musk wanted to back out of Twitter deal because of World War III. Here’s what the lawyers said in court

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, law

Musk texted a Morgan Stanley banker, two weeks after he publicly announced his intent to buy Twitter.

The potential of World War III appears to be a reason why the world’s richest person, Elon Musk, wanted to call off his buyout offer for Twitter, Business Insider.


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Sep 8, 2022

Uber Taps Nuro’s Street-Legal Robots For Food Deliveries

Posted by in categories: food, law, robotics/AI, sustainability

Nuro, a Softbank-backed developer of street-legal autonomous, electric delivery vehicles, has struck a long-term partnership with Uber to use its toaster-shaped micro-vans to haul food orders, groceries and other goods to customers in Silicon Valley and Houston using the Uber Eats service starting this year.

People using the Uber Eats app in Houston and Mountain View, California (where Nuro is based) will be able to order deliveries using the new autonomous service this fall, with plans to expand the program to other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area in the months ahead, the companies said.


The SoftBank-backed developer of street-legal autonomous, electric vehicles, has a long-term partnership with Uber to use its toaster-shaped micro-vans to haul food orders, groceries and other goods in Silicon Valley and Houston.

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Sep 6, 2022

Is Civilization on the Brink of Collapse?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, law, mobile phones

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Sep 4, 2022

Research project to accelerate the market introduction of agri-PV

Posted by in categories: climatology, economics, law, sustainability

“This makes agri-PV systems increasingly attractive for agriculture, because it provides a way to keep domestic agriculture competitive with the international market and to enable farmers to earn additional income,” explains Max Trommsdorff, project manager at Fraunhofer ISE. “At the same time, we can drive the expansion of renewable energies, reduce pressure on scarce land and increase resilience to weather extremes and climate change in different farming systems.”

Nevertheless, only a few projects have been realised so far. Those involved in the project see one of the crucial hurdles in the existing legal framework. These include inadequate incentive systems and comparatively complex approval processes. In addition, there are growing concerns about the acceptance of the local population and the attractiveness of the landscape.

Such economic, legal and social hurdles are to be compiled within the framework of the project. Subsequently, the participants want to work out proposals for solutions on how to reduce and overcome these hurdles. The focus should be on the optimal use of the potentials and the avoidance of wrong decisions in the application of agriphotovoltaics.

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Sep 2, 2022

Physicists Broke The Speed of Light With Pulses Inside Hot Plasma

Posted by in categories: law, physics

Most of us grow up familiar with the prevailing law that limits how quickly information can travel through empty space: the speed of light, which tops out at 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles) per second.

While photons themselves are unlikely to ever break this speed limit, there are features of light which don’t play by the same rules.

Manipulating them won’t hasten our ability to travel to the stars, but they could help us clear the way to a whole new class of laser technology.

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Aug 29, 2022

Dr. Max More | This Past Weekend w/ Theo Von #404

Posted by in categories: cryonics, law, life extension, neuroscience

Dr. Max More is a philosopher, writer, speaker and expert in Cryonics — the process of cryopreserving a body at the time of legal death in the hopes of reviving them in the future.

Theo talks with Dr. More about what actually happens when we die, the future of mankind, and if Theo would preserve his brain for science.

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Aug 28, 2022

The mother of all ‘zero-days’ — immortal flaws in semiconductor chips

Posted by in categories: business, computing, drones, government, law, military, satellites

The CHIPS Act of 2022 was signed into law on Aug. 9. It provides tens of billions of dollars in public support for revitalization of domestic semiconductor manufacturing, workforce training, and “leap ahead” wireless technology. Because we outsource most of our device fabrication — including the chips that go into the Navy’s submarines and ships, the Army’s jeeps and tanks, military drones and satellites — our industrial base has become weak and shallow. The first order of business for the CHIPS Act is to address a serious deficit in our domestic production capacity.

Notoriously absent from the language of the bill is any mention of chip security. Consequently, the U.S. is about to make the same mistake with microelectronics that we made with digital networks and software applications: Unless and until the government demands in-device security, our competitors will have an easy time of manipulating how chips function and behave. Nowhere is this more dangerous than our national security infrastructure.

Aug 26, 2022

Elon Musk subpoenas Jack Dorsey amid Twitter legal fight

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, Elon Musk, law

Lawyers representing Elon Musk in his battle with Twitter have former CEO Jack Dorsey. The filing is the latest development as Musk and Twitter prepare for the October trial over Musk’s attempt to bail on his $44 billion deal to buy the company.

It’s not yet clear how Dorsey factors in to Musk’s legal strategy. As noted by the y Twitter account, the subpoena refers to “documents and communications reflecting, referring to, or relating to the impact or effect of false or spam accounts on Twitter’s business operations.” It also references documents related to how Twitter uses mDAU or monetizable daily active users as a “key metric.” Interestingly, it “documents relating to incorporating mDAU into executive or director compensation.”

Dorsey isn’t the only former Twitter executive subpoenaed by Musk. Twitter’s product chief and former head of revenue Bruce Falck have also received subpoenas.

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Aug 24, 2022

Cloning & Duplication: Me, Myself, and I

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law

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