Elon Musk is planning to put more than 4,000 satellites into orbit to provide planet wide internet access of up to 1Gbps, using his space company SpaceX.
SpaceX, has requested permission from the US government to operative a network of 4,425 satellites to provide high speed internet. SpaceX filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday. The first launches will send 800 satellites blanketing the US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. “The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, government and professional users worldwide,” said SpaceX in the filing.
The satellites are about the size of a compact car and their orbit would range between 714 miles to 823 miles above the earth. The satellites are designed to last between five to seven years. It would take five years to launch all 4,425 satellites.
First proposed in 2015, Elon Musk said it would cost atleast $10bn. Google has already invested $1bn to the project.
OneWeb and Boeing are also developing a similar network, including Facebook’s Internet.org project that went up in flames during a SpaceX test launch.
OpenAI, an artificial intelligence non profit, is working on a physical robot for household chores.
OpenAI has a funding of $1bn with with backing by Elon Musk, Sam Altman, Greg Brockman, Jessica Livingston, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel. You might be thinking, why is Elon Musk funding an AI company when he’s hellbent on making sure AI don’t take over the world? Well according to OpenAI’s site they have a different mission in mind, “Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.” The non profit was launched in 2015 as a way to balance the advancements made by other corporations such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
In a blog post by Altman, Brockton, Musk, and Sutskever, they explain that they don’t want to manufacture the robot, but want to “enable a physical robot…to perform basic housework.”
OpenAI wants to build an AI that can understand natural language, learn by itself, and solve complex problems. They are aiming to build new algorithms to advance the field because as of now AIs are not yet advanced enough. “Today, there are promising algorithms for supervised language tasks such as question answering, syntactic parsing, and machine translation but there aren’t any for more advanced linguistic goals, such as the ability to carry a conversation, the ability to fully understand a document, and the ability to follow complex instructions in natural language,” OpenAI noted.
The company opened Gym Beta, which targets advances in reinforcement learning, and is their step to advancement of the field.
Elon Musk recently tweeted about the Model S, though it wasn’t your regular tweet about Tesla’s electric vehicle. Musk tweeted that the Model S floats in water after a Model S user drove the car through a flooded tunnel.
The video taken in Kazakhstan shows the driver pushing through the flooding. At first it seems as if the car is unable to move after the first jolt, though slowly we can see water being pushed out in the back via the display and the car begins to move.
Musk later stated that the drive unit and battery on the Model S are all “sealed” in order to keep water or other liquids out. Musk is notorious for complicated and lets call them creative projects. One such project would be the bond car, which he was planning to create. The Bond car, for those of you who don’t know, is a hybrid sports sub car that can drive on land and in water. In 2013 Musk bought James Bond’s submarine car, a Lotus Esprit.
Hyperloop One successfully tested its electromagnetic transport system and it looks promising.
The company, Hyperloop One, is one of a few companies developing the Hyperloop technology, conceived by Elon Musk. This new transportation technology would use pods that are propelled through a tube system using magnetic and air levitation propulsion systems. Originally worked on by engineers from Tesla and SpaceX it was released as an open source technology. Hyperloop, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, and Transpod, a Toronto-based company, are all working on a full-scale Hyperloop transportation system.
Hyperloop One tested their system on a 200 feet test track on May 11th, 2016 in Nevada and reached 187kph, their goal is 1,080kph. Though its not completely functional nor completely safe. The company hopes to have a fully functional system by 2020. This fifth mode of transportation, as its being called, would be revolutionary. It would allow for faster travel between cities without having to take the plane and its proposed as being green, cheap, and fast. Though it’ll have to pass all sorts of safety tests and the company(s) will face massive amounts of financial costs to build a network of tubes.