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Autopilot Crash Data Paints a Dire Picture

June 16, 2022
TechCrunch, NPR.org, New York Times
The context
Advanced Driver Assistance-powered cars were involved in a shocking number of car crashes, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration project results.
Autopilot Crash Data Paints a Dire Picture

Tesla led the pack

  • Data from the first year of a study tracking the safety of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems is now available, and it doesn't look good.
  • The data showed that in the last year, Tesla's electric vehicles were involved in 70% of the reported crashes involving Level 2 tech.
  • The data also showed that Tesla cars with driving assistance were involved in 60% of crashes that caused severe injuries and a whopping 85% of the crashes resulting in death.
  • Tesla topped the list for the most crashes at 273 reported.
  • However, the sheer number of Tesla cars on the roads with drivers' assistance could be impacting the overall data conclusions.
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Tough for automated tech

  • The study began in June 2021 with the NHTSA asking more than 100 automakers to report serious crashes.
  • The data has a long way to go before an application, but the raw data will be analyzed and discussed with the automakers.
  • One limitation of the data is that automakers weren't required to disclose how many vehicles they have on the road with the different driver assistance systems.
  • For one, Tesla has sold about 830,000 cars with Autopilot.
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Not so helpful after all?

  • The study seeks to determine whether driver assistance technologies actually help to prevent accidents.
  • The study found nearly 400 crashes in the U.S. involved cars using advanced driver assistance technology.
  • The study also requested data from companies like Waymo that make driverless cars. Most accidents involving advanced systems, like self-driving vehicles, occurred in the San Francisco/Bay Area, where the technology is most popular.
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The context
Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Overwatch 2's Shaky Launch

The context
Overwatch 2 launched yesterday, and fans of the highly anticipated video game were frustrated when servers crashed, and they were stuck in queues of thousands of people. Then, Activision Blizzard confirmed that the servers had sustained ongoing DDoS attacks, which were impacting the game.
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Tuesday kick off

  • Overwatch 2 went live on Tuesday.
  • Many players were unable to make it onto the new game servers or experienced issues while they were on.
  • Blizzard's Overwatch Game Director Aaron Keller provided an update today, saying that DDoS attacks had slowed down servers but that the developers were working to improve the game functionality for players.
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DDoS impact

  • Activision Blizzard president Mike Ybarra tweeted that the game was experiencing server issues and that teams were working to fix the problems.
  • The server issues were caused by a massive DDoS attack which kept players from getting into the game and forced them into long queues.
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Technology

Crew 5 Launches

October 5, 2022
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The context
NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
Technology
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Crew 5 Launches

The context
NASA launched a crew of 4 astronauts aboard a SpaceX rocket destined for the International Space Station today. The mission, Crew-5, sent the astronauts to space to conduct scientific studies for the next six months.
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New crew

  • The crew members took flight aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
  • Nicole Mann is the mission commander, and the crew includes a Russian astronaut, Anna Kikina, and a Japanese astronaut, Koichi Wakata. Joe Cassada is the pilot for the mission.
  • The crew will spend about six months conducting scientific research about fluid behavior in microgravity, cardiovascular health in space, and bioprinting to help prepare future missions for space exploration.
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Russian addition

  • The inclusion of Russian astronaut Anna Kikina shows that the US and Russia are still collaborating on space exploration despite the war in Ukraine.
  • Kikina is the first Russian astronaut to fly aboard a SpaceX vessel and was training to be on a Russian space flight but was transferred to the SpaceX mission.
  • The mission commander, Nicole Mann, is the first Native American woman to fly in space.
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The context
Elon Musk has reportedly offered to buy Twitter for the original price of $54.20 per share, just weeks before the trial is scheduled to kick off in Delaware.
Technology
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Yet Another Twitter Case Twist

The context
Elon Musk has reportedly offered to buy Twitter for the original price of $54.20 per share, just weeks before the trial is scheduled to kick off in Delaware.
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Twist

  • Musk reportedly made the proposal via letter to Twitter.
  • After the news broke, the value of Twitter shares rapidly climbed.
  • Neither Musk nor Twitter has commented on the story.
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Original price

  • The trial between Twitter and Musk is set for October 17th and is highly anticipated after months of legal back and forth between the two parties.
  • Now, Musk has offered to proceed with the Twitter deal at the original deal price.
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June 8, 2022

This Week In Technology June 2nd

This week, the COO of Meta, Sheryl Sandberg, is stepping down, Elon Musk demanded employees return to the office, and Clearview AI got some bad news.
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COO No More

Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Meta (Facebook), announced she would be stepping down after 14 years.

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Tesla's Back In the Office

Elon Musk declared that Tesla workers should return to the office full time or get lost.

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Facial Technology Clampdown

Privacy watchdogs and AI innovators disagree on the way forward for facial recognition technology.

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Entertainment
May 19, 2022

This Week in Entertainment

The defamation trial of actress Amber Heard and actor Johnny Depp raged on and singer Eric Clapton’s European tour is on hold.

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Ongoing: Amber Heard V. Johnny Depp

May 20th, 2022 

Actor Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, for defamation over an op-ed penned by Heard about her experience with domestic abuse. The op-ed is allegedly about her marriage to Depp. 

Clapton on Hold

May 18th, 2022

Guitarist and singer Eric Clapton announced that he would cancel two shows on his European tour after testing positive for Covid-19. 

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The context
An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
Politics
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Court Rules Against DACA

The context
An appeals court issued a ruling against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, deciding that the program was an overreach of presidential authority and sending the case back to a lower court.
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DACA decision

  • The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reaffirmed a 2021 ruling by a federal district judge in Texas who ruled that DACA was an overreach of former President Barack Obama's authority.
  • The Texas ruling allowed for DACA to continue while the litigation continued.
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Reconsidering

  • The ruling sent the case back to a lower court to consider the new Biden administration guidelines, which were issued in August.
  • The decision also ruled that current enrollees could renew their status and still obtain work permits and a Social Security number.
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Entertainment

Rust Settlement

October 5, 2022
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The context
The family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of 'Rust' has settled a lawsuit with Alec Baldwin.
Entertainment
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Rust Settlement

The context
The family of the cinematographer who was shot and killed on the set of 'Rust' has settled a lawsuit with Alec Baldwin.
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Background

  • Halyna Hutchins was shot and killed when a gun misfired on the set of the film 'Rust.'
  • Her family filed a lawsuit which listed Alex Baldwin, who was holding the gun when it misfired, and other producers of the film.
  • Criminal charges may still be filed against Baldwin and the other producers.
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Settlement details

  • The lawsuit accused Baldwin and the other defendants of reckless conduct and of cost-cutting measures that put the crew in danger.
  • Hutchins was shot when Baldwin was practicing with a prop gun that was supposed to be unloaded.
  • The production of the movie will resume.
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The context
OPEC+ and Russia agreed to slash oil production, in the biggest production cut since the pandemic's start. The move will likely benefit Russia and leave the West with soaring gas prices.
Politics
Wednesday, October 5, 2022

OPEC+ Slashes Production

The context
OPEC+ and Russia agreed to slash oil production, in the biggest production cut since the pandemic's start. The move will likely benefit Russia and leave the West with soaring gas prices.
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F the West

  • OPEC+ countered efforts by the United States and Europe to curb Russia's oil profits during the ongoing war in Ukraine.
  • The move reinforces OPEC+ commitment to profit and to keep the price of oil high.
  • The war in Ukraine isn't going well for Russia. The Ukrainian army has retaken significant swaths of territory from Russian forces, and thousands of men fled Russia to avoid being drafted.
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Biden tried

  • The move undermines efforts by European and western nations to cap the price of Russian oil.
  • President Biden visited Saudi Arabia this summer to try and repair relations between the US and the oil giant. He reportedly asked the country to increase production to help stop rising gas prices.
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Technology
May 19, 2022

This Week in Tech

Meta caught the attention of researchers and investors. Sony released new earbuds that caught many a gearhead’s attention, and the DOJ declared it would no longer charge “good faith” hackers who partake in security research. 

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Fortune, Microsoft News, Euronews, TechCrunch, TNW, Gizmodo, CNET, Vice

Meta-Maniacs

May 18th, 2022

Zuckerberg’s brainchild, the Metaverse, struggles to find lift-off on the markets with mixed results. 

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Sources: Fortune, Microsoft News, Euronews

Sony’s New Earbuds Hit The Market 

May 18th, 2022

Sony’s the name on everybody’s lips today as they announced they are releasing a $200 wireless earbud, and social media is aflame with reviews for their noise-canceling earphones.

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Sources: TechCrunch, TNW, Gizmodo

Good Day To Be a Good Faith Hacker

May 19th, 2022

The DOJ announced on May 19th that they would no longer prosecute so-called “good faith hackers” under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. The decision protects hackers who expose security flaws in the interest of public good. 

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Sources: TechCrunch, CNET, Vice

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