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🤖 Coinbase CEO calls for AI deregulation
😬 Meta and Salesforce want to re-hire workers they just laid off
🚛 California governor vetoes autonomous truck regulations
🐢 Tech millionaire wants to avoid the 'beautiful irony' of dying in a car accident

🤖 Coinbase CEO calls for AI deregulationLINK

  • Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong opposes regulation on artificial intelligence (AI), arguing it would slow innovation.
  • Armstrong supports a "decentralize" and "open source" approach in AI, similar to his stance on the crypto industry.
  • Fast progress on AI, he argues, is critical for various reasons including national security, and despite nefarious uses like promoting crypto scams.
  • 😬 Meta and Salesforce want to re-hire workers they just laid offLINK

  • Big Tech companies like Meta and Salesforce, after laying off workers earlier this year, are now looking to hire some back particularly in key sectors like artificial intelligence.
  • The way these companies handled the initial layoffs may significantly influence the decision of these workers to return.
  • Retaining trust and ensuring job security are pivotal for former employees, who may feel skeptical about rejoining.
  • 🚛 California governor vetoes autonomous truck regulationsLINK

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 316, which sought to mandate human attendants in heavy autonomous vehicles.
  • The governor believes that the existing regulatory framework is sufficient, with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) having the authority to oversee self-driving vehicle safety.
  • Despite significant opposition from labor organizations, Newsom contends that the impact of technology on jobs necessitates cooperation between stakeholders, rather than restrictive legislation.
  • 🐢 Tech millionaire wants to avoid the 'beautiful irony' of dying in a car accidentLINK

  • Tech millionaire Bryan Johnson is spending millions on an experimental program, Project Blueprint, to reverse the aging process.
  • Despite Johnson's aggressive approach, including taking over 100 supplements per day, doctors remain skeptical about his methods and results.
  • Johnson is notably cautious about avoiding accidents, going as slow as 16 mph on LA streets, due to the 'irony' of dying whilst attempting to achieve immortality.
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