This Week in Tech – 12/10/2017

Boeing – “We Are Going to Beat SpaceX to Mars”; Elon Musk – “Do It”

It was about a year ago that Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg first began saying his company would beat SpaceX to Mars. “I’m convinced that the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding on a Boeing rocket,” he said during a Boeing-sponsored tech summit in Chicago in October 2016


Anheuser-Busch Orders 40 Tesla Trucks

“At Anheuser-Busch, we are constantly seeking new ways to make our supply chain more sustainable, efficient, and innovative,” said James Sembrot, Anhesuer-Busch’s head of logistics strategy. “This investment in Tesla semi-trucks helps us achieve these goals while improving road safety and lowering our environmental impact.”


Tesla Deploys 6 Battery Projects in Order to Power Two Islands in Puerto Rico, More to Come

As part of Tesla’s continuous effort to deploy energy storage systems in Puerto Rico following their power issues after being ravaged by hurricanes, the local government has now announced that the company will deploy 6 new battery projects on two Puerto Rican islands


One Estimate Suggests the Bitcoin Network Consumes as Much Energy as Denmark

The skyrocketing value of Bitcoin is leading to soaring energy consumption. According to one widely cited website that tracks the subject, the Bitcoin network is consuming power at an annual rate of 32TWh—about as much as Denmark. By the site’s calculations, each Bitcoin transaction consumes 250kWh, enough to power homes for nine days


NVIDIA Announces “NVIDIA Titan V” Video Card: GV100 for $3000, On Sale Now

Out of nowhere, NVIDIA has revealed the NVIDIA Titan V today at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems conference, with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang flashing out the card on stage. A mere 7 months after Volta was announced with the Tesla V100 accelerator and the GV100 GPU inside it, NVIDIA continues its breakneck pace by releasing the GV100-powered Titan V, available for sale today. Aimed at a decidedly more compute-oriented market than ever before, the 815 mm2 behemoth die that is GV100 is now available to the broader public


AlphaZero AI Beats Champion Chess Program After Teaching Itself in Four Hours

AlphaZero, the game-playing AI created by Google sibling DeepMind, has beaten the world’s best chess-playing computer program, having taught itself how to play in under four hours. The repurposed AI, which has repeatedly beaten the world’s best Go players as AlphaGo, has been generalised so that it can now learn other games. It took just four hours to learn the rules to chess before beating the world champion chess program, Stockfish 8, in a 100-game match up


US Says It Doesn’t Need Secret Court’s Approval to Ask for Encryption Backdoors

The US government does not need the approval of its secret surveillance court to ask a tech company to build an encryption backdoor. The government made its remarks in July in response to questions posed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), but they were only made public this weekend

One thought on “This Week in Tech – 12/10/2017

  • December 11, 2017 at 4:52 am
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    Wow! I really loved the facts..I’m confused whether bitcoin mining or transaction takes that much of energy consumption? I visited the link also but there is just states about the mining.

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