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Elon Musk News - “Sunday morning: to bake or not to bake cookies -- that is not even a question. Definitely bake.”

World's First AI Supercomputer Is Delivered to OpenAI 🖥💡🚚

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Here are the top 3 stories in this issue of Elon Musk News:
  1. NVIDIA CEO Delivers World's First AI Supercomputer to OpenAI
  2. SpaceX Successfully Lands the Falcon 9 Rocket on a Droneship
  3. Tesla Model S and X with 100 kWh battery pack and '~380 miles of range' approved by European authority
Early Sunday morning SpaceX successfully landed another rocket on their drone ship 'Of Course I Still Love You'. It was an impressive landing in tricky conditions, but perhaps the most striking aspect is how SpaceX's booster landings are now starting to feel commonplace.
This issue also also contains two articles about OpenAI. As there isn't often news on OpenAI, I highly recommend reading both articles. They give good insight into what's happening at the non-profit cofounded by Elon Musk.
Most of all, thanks for being part of this newsletter, and enjoy issue 35!
Zachary K.D.

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"Sunday morning: to bake or not to bake cookies -- that is not even a question. Definitely bake."

— Elon Musk
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Why Elon Musk says we're living in a simulation

A new video by Vox outlines Elon Musk's argument for humankind living in a simulation.
The general idea of our reality boils down to three possibilities — humans go extinct before we are able to run a simulation of this size, humans choose not to run ancestor simulations, or we are currently participating in such a simulation. According to Musk, "There's a one in billions chance we're in base reality." Simulation or not, the vast room for debate on the topic has led to the conversation being banned in a hot tub by Elon Musk and his brother.

One of Elon Musk's Many Hobbies Include Baking Cookies

Musk sent out a tweet Sunday morning asking his 4.77 million followers whether or not he should bake, cookies that is. Turns out it was a rhetorical question, as there was never any doubt Musk wouldn't be baking cookies on a Sunday morning.


SpaceX Successfully Lands the Falcon 9 Rocket on a Droneship

SpaceX has successfully completed its eighth mission of 2016. Its Falcon 9 rocket sent up the JCSAT-16 satellite and then the rocket's booster safely landed back on Of Course I Still Love You, the droneship in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, in the very early hours of Sunday morning.
Sunday morning's GTO mission — lift-off was at 1:26 a.m. — was considered very challenging due to the orbital height the Falcon 9 was expected to hit. The satellite reached a 36,000 kilometer (22,369.4 mile) apogee, or the highest point in orbit. As Materials Engineer Michael Hammersley explained on the webcast, "a low earth orbit mission — which can return to either land or the drone ship — is easier than a GTO mission which can only land on a drone ship. That's because a GTO mission requires a lot more speed than a low-earth mission, that means it requires more propellant."

SpaceX Is About to Start Testing the Rocket Engine that's Going to Mars

A series of reports indicate SpaceX is revving up the engine for its Mars-bound rocket for testing in the coming months. The Raptor, an engine three times more powerful than the one currently driving Falcon 9, looks like it's en route to McGregor, Texas for "developmental tests," according to Ars Technica.
The Raptor won't power the Falcon 9, or even the company's "next generation" rocket, the Falcon Heavy (which will be the largest rocket in existence when it finally debuts later this year). Instead, the Raptor will probably be incorporated within the rocketry architecture for the Mars Colonial Transporter. Elon Musk described the Raptor engine as having a thrust of about 230 metric tons, or around 500,000 lbs.


Tesla Model S and X with 100 kWh battery pack and '~380 miles of range' approved by European authority

The long-rumoured 100 kWh battery pack that will bring the Tesla Model S and X to a new level of performance is finally coming. After first being revealed by a 'Tesla hacker' through a cryptic message to Elon Musk 5 months ago, the new battery pack has now been approved by RDW, the Dutch regulator and European authority used by Tesla to approve its vehicles in for European roads.
The news hints at an imminent release of three new versions of Tesla's battery pack: 100D, P100D, and P100D with Ludicrous upgrade. A Dutch blogger found the reference to the new battery pack while looking through RDW's open database.

The electric vehicle shopping experience: new study gives reason to Tesla for its direct sales model

Sierra Club, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, conducted a study in 308 dealerships and stores from 13 different automakers across ten states with zero-emission vehicle mandates in order to evaluate the state of the electric vehicle shopping experience.
The study paints a negative (borderline disastrous) picture of the electric vehicle shopping experience, especially outside of California, for almost all automakers except for Tesla, which gives weight to the automaker's direct sales distribution model through company-owned stores.


Imagine A Hyperloop That Uses Underwater Tunnels To Replace Cargo Ships

Before you ever board a hyperloop for a half-hour trip from San Francisco to L.A., it's possible that the ultra-fast transit system might help deliver the things you buy. Hyperloop One, the Los Angeles-based startup that ran a demo near Las Vegas earlier this year, is working on cargo transportation on land—and it also wants to transform shipping ports.
The underwater system would let cargo ships drop freight into massive hyperloop tunnels submerged 10 miles offshore. "You can see it as almost analogous to what oil companies do now: They bring their tankers in, connect with risers offshore, collect or distribute their oil without ever coming into port, and then leave," says Blake Cole, a marine engineer at Hyperloop One.

You could soon be travelling from Chennai to Bangalore in just 30 mins with Hyperloop technology

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, which is based on the idea of mass collaboration and crowdsourcing, will open conversations with government authorities to begin assessing opportunities for bringing Hyperloop to India, Joel Michael, the chief global operations director of the Los Angeles based company told ET by email.
"Imagine Chennai to Bengaluru in less than 30 minutes for a fraction of the cost of air travel today," said Michael, who along with HTT Chief Operating Officer Bibop Gresta, will travel to Indore next week to attend the i5 Summit.

Dubai could be the first to hop on Hyperloop One's global shipping train

Hyperloop One tells TechCrunch it might be building its crazy fast transportation system at the Jebel Ali port in Dubai if all goes according to plan. And it could be the first place to build an actual Hyperloop for commercial use, says CEO Rob Lloyd. "It's got the infrastructure, regulatory movement and kind of capital in place needed to build it already,"


NVIDIA CEO Delivers World's First AI Supercomputer to OpenAI

The world's leading non-profit artificial intelligence research team needs the world's fastest AI system. That's why NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang last week hand-delivered the world's first AI supercomputer in a box — the NVIDIA DGX-1 — to OpenAI in San Francisco.
"I thought it was incredibly appropriate that the world's first supercomputer dedicated to artificial intelligence would go to the laboratory that was dedicated to open artificial intelligence," Huang said. OpenAI's researchers will put the first production DGX-1 — packing 170 teraflops of computing power, equal to 250 conventional servers — to work on artificial intelligence's toughest problems.

This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit

The OpenAI researchers are feeding message threads from the popular website Reddit to algorithms that build a probabilistic understanding of the conversation. If fed enough examples, the underlying language model will be good enough to hold a conversation itself, the researchers hope. And the hardware will make it possible to feed many more snippets of text into the model, and to apply more computing power to the problem.

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