Big Tech &
Elon Musk announces Tesla layoffs, warns about weak Q4 profits (2 minute read)
Tesla is laying off about 7% of its workforce in order to make their "cars, batteries, and solar products cost-competitive with fossil fuels." Currently the cheapest Tesa is the Model 3, which costs $44,000, Elon Musk wants to get it down to $35,000. Earlier this month, Tesla cut the price of its cars by $2000 to offset a $3750 reduction in federal electric car tax credits. "The road ahead is very difficult" says Musk.
Elephants are evolving to be tuskless after decades of poaching pressure (3 minute read)
Poachers have been hunting elephants for tusks for decades. Originally less than 4% of female elephants were born without tusks, but due to evolutionary pressure from poachers, 98% of female elephants in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa are born without tusks. Males need tusks because they use them to fight over females. Tusks are still useful for females to strip bark from trees, so these new tuskless females may have to compensate by expanding their range to make up for their lack of foraging ability.
Programming, Design & Data Science
Google AI Social Impact Challenge (Announcement)
Google is looking for people who want to use AI to change the world. They have a total of $25 million dollars they'll give out to applicants, as well as cloud computing credits, coaching from Google's AI experts, and consulting from Google Cloud. The applications will be judged on impact, feasibility, use of AI, scalability, and responsible use of AI.
Open Source CS (GitHub Repo)
This is a collection of classes from universities like Stanford, Princeton, and MIT that are available online through Coursera, EDX, and Udacity that can replicate the requirements for an undergraduate computer science degree.
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