Tesla develops robots
The electric car manufacturer Tesla is working on a humanoid robot on two legs that should be able to carry out boring and dangerous work. Elon Musk showed the concept at “AI Day”. The “Tesla Bot” should be 1 meter 70 tall, carry 20 kilograms and be able to lift almost 70 kilograms. Built from lightweight materials, it is equipped with a camera, a full self-driving computer, sensors and a neural network. 40 electric motors ensure movement in the arms, legs, hands and torso. Tesla is now looking for engineers to help use the robot beyond Tesla know-how. For example, he should also be able to do shopping.
Expensive graphics cards
Graphics cards are expected to remain poorly available for the most part in the coming year, which results in inflated prices. Nvidia’s boss Jensen Huang came to this forecast at the analyst conference when the latest business figures were announced: “I think that we will see delivery bottlenecks for most of the next year, that’s my current assessment.” According to Huang, “the demand is simply too great”. The ray tracing cores would bring a “really unique generation change” and the GeForce RTX 3000 series, alias Ampere, would currently have the best sales start in the company’s history.
3D printing is changing house construction
Printing time instead of construction time, a team of two instead of a construction crew, layers of concrete from a giant pump instead of brick-on-brick. The first two houses built with a 3D concrete printer have recently been erected in Germany. One in North Rhine-Westphalia and one in Bavaria. As a nationwide premiere, the construction supplier Peri presented a two-story single-family house in Beckum, Westphalia. At the opening at the end of July, the North Rhine-Westphalian building minister Ina Scharrenbach highlighted a “far-reaching role model function”. The new construction process promises time savings and a “streamlining of the construction processes”.
Climate change: more volcanic eruptions
Man-made global warming could ensure that more volcanoes erupt and that these will both fuel and slow global warming. This is what researchers from Cambridge University and the British Meteorological Authority have determined using computer models. Which of the two effects will ultimately outweigh, however, has yet to be analyzed.