Thursday, February 22

Author: Emma Davis

Inside the frenzy of funding for Anthropic, one of the most interesting start-ups in artificial intelligence
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Inside the frenzy of funding for Anthropic, one of the most interesting start-ups in artificial intelligence

Last May, Anthropic, one of the world's largest AI startups, raised $450 million from investors including Google and Salesforce. It was the beginning of an astonishing wave of funding.In August, Anthropic had secured $100 million from two Asian telecom companies. Amazon subsequently allocated $4 billion, followed by another $2 billion from Google.This month, venture capital firm Menlo Ventures closed a deal to invest $750 million in Anthropic.Overall, the AI-based startup grossed $7.3 billion in one year. Its five financing deals stood out not only for their speed and size, but also for their unusual structures.In one such deal, Anthropic agreed to use technologies such as chips and cloud computing services from companies that invested in it. This meant, in effect, that some of the mon...
Alabama rules frozen embryos as babies, raising questions about fertility treatment
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Alabama rules frozen embryos as babies, raising questions about fertility treatment

The Alabama Supreme Court's ruling that frozen test-tube embryos should be considered babies sent shockwaves through the world of reproductive medicine, raising questions about fertility care for intended parents in the state and raising complex legal questions with implications that extend far beyond Alabama. .On Tuesday, Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said the ruling would cause "exactly the kind of chaos we expected when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and paved the way for politicians to dictate some of the most personal decisions families can make."Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as President Biden traveled to California, Ms. Jean-Pierre reiterated the Biden administration's call for Congress to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade in fede...
Per l’economia del Michigan, i veicoli elettrici sono promettenti e spaventosi
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Per l’economia del Michigan, i veicoli elettrici sono promettenti e spaventosi

Lo scorso autunno, Tiffanie Simmons, un'operaia automobilistica di seconda generazione, ha subito uno sciopero di sei settimane presso la fabbrica Ford Motor, appena a ovest di Detroit, dove costruisce SUV Bronco. riduzioni che lei e altri lavoratori del sindacato hanno accettato più di dieci anni fa.Ma mentre la signora Simmons, 38 anni, contempla le prospettive dell’industria automobilistica americana nello stato che l’ha inventata, si preoccupa di una nuova forza: il passaggio ai veicoli elettrici. È costernata dal fatto che la transizione sia stata sostenuta dal presidente Biden, le cui credenziali pro-lavoro sono al centro della sua candidatura per la rielezione, e che ha recentemente ottenuto l’appoggio del suo sindacato, lo United Automobile Workers.L’amministrazione Biden ha adott...
Plans to expand chip manufacturing in the United States face obstacles
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Plans to expand chip manufacturing in the United States face obstacles

In December 2022, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the leading maker of the world's most cutting-edge chips, said it planned to spend $40 billion in Arizona for its first major U.S. semiconductor manufacturing hub.The much-publicized project outside Phoenix — with two new factories, including one with more advanced technology — has become a symbol of President Biden's attempt to spur more domestic production of chips, the wafers of silicon that help all kinds of devices perform calculations and store data.Then last summer, TSMC postponed initial production at its first Arizona plant to 2025, starting this year, saying local workers lacked experience installing some sophisticated equipment. Last month, the company said the second plant would not produce chips until 2027 or 2028,...
Kam Ghaffarian’s Moonshots – The New York Times
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Kam Ghaffarian’s Moonshots – The New York Times

Much of the American space program is run out of nondescript offices in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. That’s where Kam Ghaffarian, the billionaire space entrepreneur, could be found on an auspicious day. Exactly 47 years before, he had immigrated to the United States from Iran. Mr. Ghaffarian, 66, sat at a table made of gently glowing white onyx, also from Iran.Mr. Ghaffarian said he imported the stone because of its unique translucence when lit and because of the energy (spiritual, not physical) that the billion-year-old mineral emits. He is a big believer in the importance of meditating to connect with the energy in the universe, which he has done on a daily basis for decades.“When you touch it, you feel the energy of the stone,” he said. “How many years? Go ahead, touch it.”He was in t...
75 Hard has a cult following.  Is it worth all this effort?
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75 Hard has a cult following. Is it worth all this effort?

Two 45 minute workouts per day. One liter of water. 10 pages of a non-fiction book. A diet. No "light meals" or alcohol. For 75 days.And if you make a mistake, you have to start over from the beginning.Does it seem like a lot? It should be. The program, called 75 Hard, is aimed at increasing mental toughness. Some say the rigidity is what makes it great, while others say it makes it problematic.Since it was created in 2019, 75 Hard has developed something of a cult following, with practitioners posting daily progress pictures and videos that sometimes rack up millions of views on TikTok and Instagram. One of Reddit's largest subreddits, with over 44,000 members, is dedicated to the program.But is it beneficial and are the changes sustainable? Psychologists say that while the prog...
The Great Compression – The New York Times
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The Great Compression – The New York Times

Robert Lanter lives in a 600-square-foot house that can be traversed in five seconds and vacuumed from a single outlet. He doesn’t have a coffee table in the living room because it would obstruct the front door. When relatives come to visit, Mr. Lanter says jokingly, but only partly, they have to tour one at time.Each of these details amounts to something bigger, for Mr. Lanter’s life and the U.S. housing market: a house under $300,000, something increasingly hard to find. That price allowed Mr. Lanter, a 63-year-old retired nurse, to buy a new single-family home in a subdivision in Redmond, Ore., about 30 minutes outside Bend, where he is from and which is, along with its surrounding area, one of Oregon’s most expensive housing markets.Mr. Lanter’s house could easily fit on a flatbed truc...
SpaceX launches user-friendly Nova-C Moon Lander machines
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SpaceX launches user-friendly Nova-C Moon Lander machines

Another month, another attempt at the moon.A robotic lunar lander launched into space early Thursday morning. If all goes well, on February 22 it will become the first American spacecraft to land softly on the lunar surface since the Apollo 17 moon landing in 1972.It would also become the first private attempt to reach the surface of the Moon in one piece. Three previous attempts, by an American company, a Japanese company and an Israeli nonprofit, have failed.The company tasked with this mission, Houston-based Intuitive Machines, is optimistic.“I'm pretty confident that we'll be able to land softly on the moon,” Stephen Altemus, president and CEO of Intuitive Machines, said in an interview. “We did the tests. We tested, tested and tested. All the tests we could do.If private companie...
Amazon claims the National Labor Relations Board is unconstitutional
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Amazon claims the National Labor Relations Board is unconstitutional

In the latest sign of a growing backlash within corporate America against the 88-year-old federal agency that enforces workers' rights, Amazon argued in a legal filing Thursday that the National Labor Relations Board was unconstitutional.The move followed a similar argument made by SpaceX, the rocket company founded and run by Elon Musk, in a legal complaint in January, and by Trader Joe's during a labor board hearing a few weeks later.The labor board is an arm of the prosecutor's office, which issues complaints against employers or unions believed to have violated federally protected labor rights; administrative judges, who hear complaints; and a five-member board in Washington, to which decisions can be appealed.Amazon's complaint was part of a case before an administrative law judge i...
Elon Musk says SpaceX has moved its headquarters to Texas
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Elon Musk says SpaceX has moved its headquarters to Texas

Private rocket company SpaceX has moved its headquarters to Texas from Delaware, its founder, Elon Musk, said Wednesday, weeks after a Delaware judge struck down his pay package at Tesla, another company he owns.Texas Secretary of State Jane Nelson issued a certificate Wednesday confirming that the state has accepted the company's request to relocate its headquarters, according to a copy of the document posted on her office's website. A spokeswoman for Ms. Nelson's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Mr. Musk, a billionaire who lives in Texas and also runs the car company Tesla, has had trouble with Delaware. Last month, a judge struck down the salary package that had helped make him the richest person in the world.The case was brought by a group of Tesla sharehol...