Alas, poor Twitter; we knew it well. Or, at least, we thought we did. Despite never occupying more than 10% of social media’s online presence, western audiences are very aware of the platform. That’s not least because of the way that the mass media echoes and amplifies the controversies and outrage born on Twitter.
June 13, 2023 /Technology/ — Elon Musk is not Zambian. He was born in Pretoria, South Africa, to a Canadian mother and a South African father. He moved to the United States when he was 17 years old to attend college.
The confusion may have arisen because Elon Musk’s father, Errol Musk, once owned an emerald mine in Zambia. However, Elon Musk has never lived in Zambia and has never claimed Zambian citizenship. Continue reading
April 21, 2023 /Technology/ –The SpaceX explosion on April 20, 2023 was a major setback for the company, but it could also be considered a “successful failure.” The explosion occurred during a test flight of the Starship prototype, which is a vehicle that SpaceX is developing to eventually take humans to Mars. The explosion was caused by a failure of one of the Raptor engines, which are the powerful engines that will power the Starship.
In March 2023, Italy became the first western country to block the advanced chatbot known as ChatGPT.
The Italian data protection authority, Garante, cited concerns over the protection of personal data when making this decision. It has given OpenAI, the California-based company that created ChatGPT, until the end of April to comply with its demands.
By Adam Smith | Tech correspondent
OpenAI rolled out GPT-4 last week, the new artificial intelligence service that powers ChatGPT.
At the end of every year, I gather statistics on the most viewed Wikipedia articles of the year. This helps me, a computational social scientist, understand what topics captured the most attention and gives me a chance to reflect on the major public events of the year. I try to use data to determine how the public (and more specifically here, English-language Wikipedia readers) will collectively remember the past year.
Physicists have long struggled to explain why the universe started out with conditions suitable for life to evolve. Why do the physical laws and constants take the very specific values that allow stars, planets and ultimately life to develop? The expansive force of the universe, dark energy, for example, is much weaker than theory suggests it should be – allowing matter to clump together rather than being ripped apart.