Long known to be a bit of a cynic in regards to artificial intelligence, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk decided to do what he does best and put his wealth to good use.Along with Y Combinator president Sam Altman, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, and Musk’s PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, Musk hopes that this donation will to allow OpenAI to function freely without worrying about generating a financial return.In the company’s eyes, this fact alone is paramount to it prioritizing a “good outcome” over its own “self-interest.”“As a non-profit, our aim is to build value for everyone rather than shareholders,” OpenAI representatives said in a press release.“Researchers will be strongly encouraged to publish their work, whether as papers, blog posts, or code, and our patents (if any) will be shared with the world.We’ll freely collaborate with others across many institutions and expect to work with companies to research and deploy new technologies.”Despite the $1 billion pledge and celebrity affiliation, it isn’t completely obvious exactly how OpenAI intends to build value or collaborate outside of just plain research.“It’s hard to fathom how much human-level AI could benefit society, and it’s equally hard to imagine how much it could damage society if built or used incorrectly.”In addition to the founders, OpenAI plans on initially functioning with nine world-class research engineers and scientists, headlined by research director and Google Brain Team alum Ilya Sutskever.
Elon Musk s SpaceX made waves by announcing in late April that it planned to field a Mars mission by 2018.While it s fairly clear on exploratory issues, it s much less clear on exoplanetary settlements and exploitation of resources.The U.S. Government is working through the issues raised by SpaceX s planned mission, Motherboard reports.Such an agreement is vital, considering Article VI of the treaty states that signees shall bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, whether such activities are carried on by governmental agencies or by nongovernmental entities, and that the signee governments require authorization and continuing supervision by the appropriate State Party to the Treaty.This likely means whatever shape SpaceX s mission does take in the end, it will likely be in some form of a public-private partnership to ensure the company is within the limits of international law.This might be the most important part of the two entities work together, considering Musk s ultimate goal is a permanent settlement on Mars spearheaded by SpaceX itself.
Musk, co-founder of SpaceX, first published his sketches for the Hyperloop in August 2013.On 11 May, in the Nevada desert, an independent company named Hyperloop One held the first public demonstration of its technology.A metal sled shot along a 900-metre open-air track in 1.1 seconds – although without any of the complexities of low-pressure tubes that a real system would need.On Friday, a student team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology became the first to show off their pod, at an event in Cambridge, Massachusetts.The MIT designs, which rely on magnetic levitation, won an interim prize from the competition in January.The Hyperloop is once a concept, now very much in development , says MIT team captain Philippe Kirschen.
Google just introduced Google Daydream — a new design for virtual reality that it hopes will beat out Facebook's Oculus as the new standard for virtual reality.Like the Samsung Gear VR, which is powered by Facebook's Oculus technology, the Google Daydream design will let you slot in a smartphone as an easy, affordable path to virtual reality.But the Gear VR only works with Samsung phones.Google is thinking a little bigger."VR should be mobile, approachable, and for everyone," executive Clay Bavor said on stage at Google's I/O developers' conference on Wednesday.Google's Daydream reference design also includes a basic motion-sensing controller.Google has already signed on Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Alcatel, ZTE, Xiaomi and Asus to make phones that would work with Daydream.Since Google introduced its deceptively simple Cardboard headset back at its 2014 conference, virtual reality has turned into the next big battleground, with Facebook and Samsung all making big bets on the technology.But Facebook's Oculus headset is really expensive and Samsung's Gear only works with Samsung phones.NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
European regulators plan to force American video streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon to show more European TV shows and movies, The Financial Times reports.The paper has seen a draft of a European Commission proposal which is set to be announced next week.It will subject on-demand video platforms to the same rules at broadcasters — requiring them to ensure that 20% of the content they offer is European in origin, as national broadcast services already do.Netflix and Amazon did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment — though the former has expressed concerns.In a response to the proposals also seen by The Financial Times, it warned: "Rigid numerical quotas risk suffocating the market for on-demand audiovisual media services ... An obligation to carry content to meet a numerical quota may cause new players to struggle to achieve a sustainable business model."It added: "The focus of European audiovisual media policy should be on incentivising the production of European content and not imposing quotas on broadcasters or other … providers who would struggle to meet the supply."Disclosure: Jeff Bezos is an investor in Business Insider through his personal investment company Bezos Expeditions.SEE ALSO: Apple sent engineers to a customer's house after iTunes deleted a load of his musicNOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
More Charts   Tesla announced on Wednesday that it's selling another $2 billion worth of shares, including $600 million worth held by its founder and CEO, Elon Musk.The company said it would use the new money to ramp up production of its Model 3, which will be priced lower than previous Teslas and is meant for mainstream car buyers.Tesla expects to make 500,000 of the cars in 2018.As this chart from Statista shows, Tesla's capital expenditures have been on a tear in the last two years, and are expected to grow even more in 2016.Not only does Tesla need to build all these new Model 3s, but it also needs to finish its massive Nevada "gigafactory" where it will build the batteries for all these cars.NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
On Wednesday, LinkedIn said that a security breach resulted in over 100 million user passwords being compromised.Now the company's taking action.Anyone with a LinkedIn account who hasn't changed their password since 2012 — when the breach happened — is receiving an email asking them to change their password.Several Business Insider staffers received an email on Thursday.A LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed the emails are related to the breach and says the investigation is ongoing.So no, the password reset email you received today from LinkedIn isn't a phishing attempt by hackers.In fact, the email complies with modern security practices: instead of giving users a link to reset their passwords, instead it urges them to go to Linkedin.com and reset their passwords from there.In fact, users with older LinkedIn accounts will need to reset their password the next time they log in.Here's the email I received: NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
Astronauts Zhang Xiaoguang, Nie Haisheng and Wang Yaping, from left to right, join hands after leaving the re-entry capsule of China's Shenzhou 10 spacecraft in Inner Mongolia in June 2013.Photo: XinhuaSpace is a frontier that could soon fall to privately funded Chinese start-ups looking for commercial opportunities created by the sky-high costs of the state-run space programme, which one expert describes as probably the most expensive in the world .Visitors to the simple but sleek website of Beijing-based One Space Technology are greeted with the slogan We create space express .Most rocket launch pads in China are controlled by the military and access to such facilities is not easy.Adjusted for purchasing power parity at the time, the actual cost of Chang e was a third higher than the Japanese spacecraft.While that centralised structure worked for a poor country with limited resources, it came under increasing challenge from the private sector as the mainland economy grew to become the world s second largest.
NASA/Handout via Reuters Elon Musk's SpaceX made waves by announcing in late April that it planned to field a Mars mission by 2018.While it's fairly clear on exploratory issues, it's much less clear on exoplanetary settlements and exploitation of resources.The U.S. Government is working through the issues raised by SpaceX's planned mission, Motherboard reports.Digital Trends was able to confirm Motherboard's story, and NASA and SpaceX already have a "no-funds exchanged" agreement to work together at least on logistics and support for the mission.More from Digital Trends:Such an agreement is vital, considering Article VI of the treaty states that signees "shall bear international responsibility for national activities in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, whether such activities are carried on by governmental agencies or by nongovernmental entities," and that the signee governments "require authorization and continuing supervision by the appropriate State Party to the Treaty."This likely means whatever shape SpaceX's mission does take in the end, it will likely be in some form of a public-private partnership to ensure the company is within the limits of international law.
IMAX is getting into the virtual reality business.On Thursday, the company announced that it is teaming up with Google to build cinema-quality virtual reality video cameras.It is also planning to launch virtual reality "locations," The Wall Street Journal reports.The cinemas — if you can call them that — will be opened in shopping malls, much like traditional movie theatres.There are six reportedly planned for this year, including in Los Angeles and China.It's not clear what the appeal of going out to experience virtual reality is when its express purpose is cutting you off from the world around you.But IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond argues its about the social aspect."Virtual reality in the home is going to be a crowded space," he said, "but we thought the idea of doing VR in the multiplex of the future was a place where we can provide a superior experience and a social experience, which are the same reasons people go to movies."Meanwhile, IMAX's virtual reality cameras are aiming for a release in 18 months.NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
One example is the space western story The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker where it is now the British area Company based settlements on Mars. Anyone wishing to see Mars up close as you can without making a space trip need only look to the south around midnight, quite low in the sky. That's when SpaceX has set out to their first lander will be heading there, as the first test on the road to eventually be able to send a craft with people. Right now engaged Jan Bergman and his colleagues to prepare instruments for spacecraft juice, to be sent to Jupiter's moons. They start not from scratch this year. He wants to establish a human colony on the planet.
Last year, Thomas Thwaites decided to take a break from being a human and escape all his worries by transforming himself into a goat and spending his days grazing in the Alps.In his book, "GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human," Thwaites describes his days with the goats grazing in the Alps with a herd of goats.Goats, like other livestock, graze for about seven to 12 hours a day."It was just a nice experience walking around with a big clump of grass in your teeth and chewing it up."Before drinking the concoction, he used a chemical test that confirmed the greens had been broken down into sugar.As much as technological advancements aided Thwaites' adventure, the shortcomings — especially when it came to food — were fairly disappointing.Thwaites told Business Insider that he'd eventually like to work on building a "kind of artificial rumen," but that'll likely take some time.NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
Image: Zach GretherTime for your daily dose of space porn!Photographer Zack Grether posted photos on his blog of what he said was the landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.He said he set his camera, a Sony a7R II mirrorless camera, down at around 1:10 a.m. to take 30 frames over five minutes.As the camera slowly ticked down to its final few frames, I saw out of the corner of my eye what looked like a firework going off in the distance, he wrote.While astute Reddit user Rocket pointed out that it probably wasn t the rocket landing —most likely a re-entry burn—it s still fascinating to see photographers work to capture the night sky.Grether said he captures a series of images of a moment and then stacks them in Photoshop.
"I'll be the last person on earth who is still able to wear a usable pair of Glass — it's my mission!"  Firstenberg, Graham, and several other Glass owners we spoke to, still believe the headset is unrivaled in its utility for things like hands-free photography or getting directions while driving." While donning Glass in 2016 is a conversation starter for people, Google itself has refused to discuss its plans for the future.It stopped supporting the current hardware and software, and hasn't acknowledged reports that it's working on an enterprise version of the device, even when a pair leaked on eBay earlier this year.At IO, Google announced a slick new smart speaker and a jacket that controls your phone, but didn't make a peep about its Glass efforts, which now fall under a division called Project Aura.For now, the attitude of a loyal Glass lover is to just try to get as much use out of it as possible until the hardware wears out."NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
India is set to launch a scale model of a reusable spacecraft on Monday, a project that in time could pit the nation against billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the race to make access to space cheaper and easier.The winged vessel -- one-fifth of full size -- is due to blast off on a rocket from Sriharikota base on the southeastern coast, reach an altitude of 70 kilometers 43 miles and glide back at supersonic speeds to Earth for a splashdown in the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Space Research Organisation said.India put a probe into Mars orbit in 2014 for just $74 million, demonstrating a combination of technological capability and low costs that chimes with the goal of more frequent space travel being championed by Musk s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Bezos s Blue Origin LLC."India plans to spend about 75 billion rupees $1.1 billion on its entire space program in the year through March 2017, a fraction of the yearly $19-billion-dollar budget of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the U.S.The reusable space vehicle is supposed to provide a cost-effective and reliable option for operations such as launching satellites, according to the Indian space agency.An unmanned mission to the moon that ended in 2009 showed water formation there may be occurring.The Mars probe beat China to the red planet after an almost yearlong voyage.Prime Minister Narendra Modi controls the Department of Space, whose successes give the premier an opportunity to market India as a destination for high-technology investment.The nation remains about eight years away from a full-scale version of the reusable space vehicle, and still has to cross the hurdle of steering the vessel safely back to land rather than water, according to the Indian space agency.Musk s SpaceX in December pulled off a soft, vertical touchdown after the two-stage rocket propelled its payload.Less than month earlier, Bezos sent one of his test rockets to the edge of space and landed it safely back on Earth.
Image copyrightIndia has launched an unmanned model space shuttle, joining the race to develop reusable spacecraft.The 7m scale model took off from Andhra Pradesh and was expected to fly about 70km 43 miles into the atmosphere before coming down at sea.Since Nasa stopped its Space Shuttle programme in 2011, there has been strong international competition to design alternative reusable spacecraft.The model was developed over the past five years at a cost of 1bn rupees $14m; £9.6m .Since the US retired its space shuttle programme, private companies like billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX and Amazon owner Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin are trying to fill the gap.Japan, Europe and Russia are also in the testing stages for similar technology.
India is joining the reusable space race.Its space agency has today launched a seven-metre space shuttle, that will be used test the country s plans for creating a spacecraft that can be used multiple times.The 1.75-tonne unmanned spacecraft — known as Reusable Launch Vehicle — will travel to 43 miles above the Earth s atmosphere then descend back to the surface of the planet.This mission is the result of five years of work and £9.6 million of investment,according to the BBC.It s hoped that the country will be using a full-scale reusable spacecraft within the next 10 years.India joins a long line of people — not least the private companies like SpaceX andBlue Origin — trying to build a reusable space craft.
Last week, I was in the Nevada desert for the Hyperloop Propulsion Open Air Test with the rest of the board, the Hyperloop One team, and hundreds of members of the press.If you re not familiar with Hyperloop One, consider what it would be like to travel on the ground at 760 mph faster than a jet airplane .In 2013, Elon Musk and a group of engineers from Tesla and SpaceX published a speculative design document for a concept they called The Hyperloop.In other words, it s a vacuum tube transportation network that will be able to travel at around 760 mph 1200 kilometers per hour – on land and underwater.The just closed their latest round of funding of $80 million and achieved a MAJOR technology milestone last week.He expects the Hyperloop One team will have their real Kitty Hawk moment by the end of this year.
India is joining the reusable space race.Its space agency has today launched a seven-metre space shuttle, that will be used test the country s plans for creating a spacecraft that can be used multiple times.The 1.75-tonne unmanned spacecraft — known as Reusable Launch Vehicle — will travel to 43 miles above the Earth s atmosphere then descend back to the surface of the planet.This mission is the result of five years of work and £9.6 million of investment,according to the BBC.It s hoped that the country will be using a full-scale reusable spacecraft within the next 10 years.India joins a long line of people — not least the private companies like SpaceX andBlue Origin — trying to build a reusable space craft.
It's becoming even more clear that streaming is becoming the dominant way in which people consume music.Two weeks after streaming helped propel Drake's album "VIEWS" into the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart, streaming music has reached another milestone.8 on the Billboard top 200, despite being a streaming exclusive.In its first week, tracks from "Coloring Book" were streamed 57.3 million times, which  is equivalent to 38,000 traditional album sales.The album is currently an Apple Music exclusive, but will be available on other streaming services on May 28th.There are currently no plans to release the album for sale, as Chance The Rapper has been a vocal proponent of free music.If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you can stream the full album below.NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
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