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🚀 SpaceX targets an average launch every 2.5 days next year
🦾 Facebook is trialing robots that can autonomously move massive computer racks
🔍 Reddit reportedly threatens to block Google
📖 Google Search introduces AI-powered English tutor
👀 Study reveals humans' laziness with robot teammates
🚀 SpaceX targets an average launch every 2.5 days next yearLINK
SpaceX plans to increase its launch rate to 12 missions per month in 2024, most of which will be deploying upgraded Starlink satellites with direct to cell capabilities.
The company has significantly improved its recovery and reuse of Falcon 9 boosters, now certifying them for up to 20 missions, reducing supply needs and turnaround times.
On other fronts, SpaceX streamlines its supply chain by ordering bulk components and shifting quality inspection responsibilities to its subcontractors.
🦾 Facebook is trialing robots that can autonomously move massive computer racksLINK
Facebook's parent company, Meta, is testing autonomous robots that can move massive computer racks weighing up to 1,500kg within its data centers.
This innovation enables efficient rack movement, preventing staff injuries and allowing continuous work flows, enhancing scalability and speed in data center operations.
The use of these robots will free up data center staff for more strategic tasks and reduce risk associated with human handling of heavy server racks.
🔍 Reddit reportedly threatens to block GoogleLINK
Reddit is considering blocking search engine crawlers like Google and Bing, which could make Reddit content invisible in search results.
Reddit originally denied forcing users to log in to view content, but has not denied the potential blocking of crawlers.
This move may be an effort to make AI companies pay for using Reddit's data, following similar actions taken by over 535 news organizations against companies like OpenAI.
📖 Google Search introduces AI-powered English tutorLINK
Google has introduced an interactive feature within Google Search to aid people in learning English, currently accessible to Android users in select countries.
This new feature provides translation practice, prompts, and personalized feedback, utilizing deep learning models, large language models, and machine learning.
Although currently limited to English and select countries, Google plans to extend the feature to more languages and locations in the future.
👀 Study reveals humans' laziness with robot teammatesLINK
Research shows that humans tend to perform less effectively and attentively when working with robots, mirroring the 'social loafing' effect seen when humans work with diligent colleagues.
Participants in a study made more errors when they believed a robot had already inspected the circuit boards they were tasked to check, highlighting the risk of misplaced reliance on automation.
Experts suggest the 'social loafing' could be a symptom of bad management and anthropomorphising robots, and warn against unguarded reliance on technology for important tasks.
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