Oakland Becomes Third U.S. City to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition – This Week in Tech – 07/21/2019

Oakland Becomes Third U.S. City to Ban Police Use of Facial Recognition

Oakland, California has become the third U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition technology on its citizens…


Jeff Bezos Says We’re Destroying Earth, but Amazon Is the Slowest Tech Giant to Go Green

There’s a new space race among billionaires that are eyeing the stars, from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, among others. One common theme that the business magnates have expressed is concern about climate change and long-term sustainability of human life on Earth. For example, Musk has long argued that humans must become multiplanetary to survive as a species. Bezos echoed that sentiment this week in an interview with CBS Evening News…


Elon Musk Says We Can Land on the Moon in Less Than 2 Years

On July 12, TIME editor-at-large and space reporter Jeffrey Kluger had a far-ranging conversation with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at the company’s headquarters in California. They discussed Musk’s reasons for starting SpaceX, his thoughts on his various challengers in the new race to the moon, and his predictions for the near-future of human space travel. The interview below has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity. (For more of the interview, tune into CBS Sunday Morning, July 21, at 9:00 AM, ET.)…


California Replacing 200 Polluting Diesel School Buses With All-Electric Buses

The California Energy Commission has awarded nearly $70 million to state schools to replace more than 200 diesel school buses with new, all-electric school buses…


Elon Musk Unveils Neuralink’s Plans for Brain-Reading ‘Threads’ and a Robot to Insert Them

Elon Musk’s Neuralink, the secretive company developing brain-machine interfaces, showed off some of the technology it has been developing to the public for the first time. The goal is to eventually begin implanting devices in paralyzed humans, allowing them to control phones or computers…


NASA Is Planning to Visit an Asteroid Made of Gold and Other Precious Metals Worth $700 Quintillion – Enough to Give Everyone on the Planet $93 Billion

Rejoice, people of Earth! News outlets are reporting that NASA is planning to visit an asteroid made of gold and other precious metals! At current prices, the minerals contained in asteroid 16 Psyche are said to be worth $700 quintillion — enough to give everyone on the planet $93 billion. We’re all going to be richer than Jeff Bezos!…


Increasing Smartphone Usage Temporarily Diminishes the Ability to Interpret the Deeper Meaning of Information

A recently published study — which included two controlled experiments — has found that smartphone use can lead to a diminished ability to analyze and reason about the meaning of information. But this effect appears to be transient, according to the new research, which appears in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology…

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