Microsoft is extending its partnership with OpenAI through a new multi-year multi-billion-dollar investment. The partnership will allow developers and organizations to access the best AI infrastructure, models, and toolchains with Azure. Microsoft will increase its investments in the development and deployment of systems to assist OpenAI's research. It will power all OpenAI workloads across products, API services, and research. Microsoft plans to deploy OpenAI's models across its products, including Bing, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Apple's AR/VR headset could be unveiled this Spring at a cost of around $3,000. Its eye- and hand-tracking capabilities will be a major selling point. Users will be able to control the device by looking at on-screen items and then pinching their thumb and index fingers together. There will be a Digital Crown for switching between AR and VR. The headset will be able to serve as an external display for Macs. Many more details about the headset are available in the article.
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has certified a design for an advanced small modular reactor (SMR). SMRs are cheaper and easier to build and site than traditional nuclear power plants. The certified design can generate up to 50 MW of electricity. There are plans to build a demonstration plant in Idaho with six modules collectively generating 462 MW. The NRC has only ever certified six other kinds of nuclear reactors. A rendering of the design is available in the article.
SpaceX is set to conduct a wet dress rehearsal of the Starship launch system from its Starbase site in southeastern Texas. A wet dress rehearsal is a series of prelaunch tests that includes propellant loading of both the upper stage and booster and a run-through of the countdown to just before engine ignition. If it is successful, then the next steps would be a separation of the Starship second stage and Super Heavy booster followed by a full static fire test. These tests take just a few weeks, so it is possible an orbital flight test could be conducted in March.
Nix is a tool that builds packages in isolation from each other to ensure that they are reproducible and don't have undeclared dependencies. It makes it so packages work consistently across machines. Zero to Nix is an introduction to Nix that covers how to use Nix to create declarative and reproducible development environments and package builds.
JinjaX features components to replace Jinja template code. It makes code easy to understand and test. JinjaX can wrap content such as HTML in a natural way. Developers can choose to replace all templates with components or just select sections.
AR/VR technology has proved far harder than many companies expected. Predictions of what the technology can do keep getting pushed further back. While the technology has progressed, its usage continues to be low. This article discusses the history of AR/VR technology, how different companies have approached the technology, the various problems the industry faces, and the issues that are stopping the technology from becoming mainstream.
The simplified story of Netflix is that it was founded after Reed Hastings complained about a $40 late charge from Blockbuster, leading to Blockbuster's eventual demise. This article tells the full story of how Netflix was founded, how it took down Blockbuster, the company's entry into streaming, and the future of the company. Hastings grew the company to its current state, but its future is about creativity and humanity, which means it is a good time for a change in leadership.
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