Elon Musk’s Starlink constellation may well destabilize the world of telecom

By  Olivier Pinaud and  Alexandre Piquard

In Depth’Race to the Stars’ (2/4). Starlink’s promise of fast internet access everywhere on the planet poses a threat to telecom operators. Though they stay quiet, their radars have spotted the rockets, and some shots have already been fired.

Is Elon Musk threatening to bring the sky down on the heads of telecom operators? By promising Internet access everywhere on the planet thanks to his Starlink satellite constellation, the US entrepreneur is turning their world upside down. Going online by pointing a dish at a satellite is not a revolutionary idea: the first mass-market satellite internet connections date back to 2008. But their speed could not compete with wired (ADSL and fiber) or cellular (4G and 5G) connections.

In contrast, Starlink’s satellites, positioned in low Earth orbit (at an altitude of 550 kilometers) and no longer in geostationary position (36,000 kilometers), are reversing the balance of power: their theoretical data transmission rate compares favorably with a very good 4G network. Most importantly, the speed of data communication between Earth and space (latency) is 50 times faster than that of conventional satellites and supports applications such as video calls or network games.

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Are You A Robot? Elon Musk’s Twitter To Perform These Checks Before Unlocking All Features For Users

by Ananya Gairola

Twitter is planning first to verify if there’s a human behind an account before unlocking all features. 

What Happened: Twitter is working to ensure there’s a human behind an account before unlocking features like sending Direct Messages to people without getting filtered, said developer Alessandro Paluzzi sharing a screenshot on the platform.   

Paluzzi further stated that this new development will be “tested sooner or later.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to Benzinga’s request for comments. 

Why It’s Important: Last week, Twitter chief Elon Musk said that the platform is currently “purging a lot of spam/scam accounts.” According to Musk, the step could result in users losing some followers. 

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company begins testing full-scale Hyperloop system, with a twist

By Fred Lambert

Elon Musk’s The Boring Company announced that it is starting testing on its first full-scale high-speed Hyperloop transportation system.

The company might fulfill Musk’s vision for a new mode of transportation 10 years after unveiling it. But there have been some changes to the spec…

Back in 2013, Elon Musk released a white paper describing what he called the “Hyperloop,” a new mode of transportation consisting of building a near-hard vacuum environment in a tunnel or tube in order to move electric vehicles at high speeds more efficiently inside of them.

At the time, Musk put the idea out there and encouraged other businesses to run with it. Several companies were founded around the idea, but almost a decade later, there are still no commercial applications of the system – though there are a few prototypes out there.

Musk later founded The Boring Company (TBC) to improve tunnel boring technology in order to help reduce traffic.

The main applications of TBC’s tunnels have been “Loops,” which are similar to the Hyperloop without the low-pressure environment. The company is focusing on developing loops under cities, like its first commercial application in Las Vegas, but it has also been working on some proposals for Hyperloop systems to connect cities over longer distances.

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Elon Musk’s ‘X’ app will be a WeChat-like super app

By Athik Saleh

Elon Musk has a flair for the dramatic. The man spent months trying to get out of buying Twitter, only to do an about-turn and express his desire to acquire it. There are many theories behind why he changed his mind. One of them is ‘X, the everything app.’ Let’s have a look at what this all-encompassing app could be. 

Why does this story matter?

  • Musk wants to buy Twitter for the same price as he offered the first time. And he wants to do it this month itself.
  • While the world tries to understand his decision, the eccentric billionaire with a love for the letter X (X.com, SpaceX, Model X, X Holdings…) is probably thinking about an app that can change the way the free world functions.

What is the ‘X’ app?

A ‘super app’ capable of doing everything that a user can imagine. An app that can function as a one-stop shop for every digital need of a consumer. Does this vivid description ring a bell? Does it sound like we’re talking about ‘WeChat‘? This is what Musk meant by the ‘X’ app – an app that is more than just an app. 

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Elon Musk Doubles Down On Claim That Brain Chip Can Treat Morbid Obesity

Elon Musk keeps talking about Neuralink as a treatment for morbid obesity, but how likely is it and when will it be available for medical use?

Elon Musk really seems to believe that a brain chip can treat morbid obesity, something that scientists have weighed in on as well. The device is, of course, the Neuralink, a computer interface that’s implanted into the brain. It’s suggested that this might someday be a quick and simple procedure, enabling all sorts of futuristic possibilities. A real chance of bypassing spinal cord injuries to restore movement seems exciting, and has a basis in reality, but other ideas seem less likely to come anytime soon.- Advertisement –

It’s no surprise that Neuralink made headlines since it’s one of Elon Musk’s companies. However, despite its early surge of interest, the company has been relatively quiet since its launch in 2015. Musk occasionally throws out a tidbit of information about progress but only a few demonstrations have been seen so far. Animal tests with rats, pigs, and monkeys have shown that the device is capable of connecting to the brain and picking up signals that can be processed by a computer. Human testing is supposedly the next step.

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ELON MUSK’S BORING COMPANY RAISES $675M TO SCALE LOOP PROJECTS

By Rebecca Bellan

The Boring Company, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s project to build underground highways to alleviate traffic congestion, has raised a $675 million Series C round, bringing its valuation up to $5.7 billion.

The round was led by Vy Capital and Sequoia Capital, with participation from Valor Equity Partners, Founders Fund, 8VC, Craft Ventures, and DFJ Growth. The company says it will use the funds to significantly increase hiring across engineering, operations and production in order to build and scale Loop projects and accelerate the research and development of Prufrock, the company’s next generation tunnelling machine.

In October, The Boring Company (TBC) received initial approval to build a transportation system that would shuttle passengers in Tesla vehicles via a network of tunnels under Las Vegas beyond its current 1.7 mile footprint that currently connects the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) campus to a 29-mile route that would hit all the best tourist spots in the city of sin. Operation on the updated Vegas loop should commence this year, according to the company.

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Elon Musk’s Starlink Begins To “Reconnect Tonga To The World”

BY TYLER DURDEN

After a massive volcanic eruption that severed Tonga’s internet connection to the world, a Fiji official tweeted Monday that a team of SpaceX engineers are in the process of establishing Starlink internet for the devastated island. 

Last month, an undersea volcano about 40 miles north of Tonga’s main island unleashed a massive shockwave that severed undersea internet communication lines with nearby Fiji. The volcanic eruption is believed to be the largest in three decades.

Fiji’s Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum tweeted that a SpaceX team has arrived in Fiji and is working to “establish a Starlink Gateway station to reconnect Tonga to the world.” 

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Elon Musk says Neuralink could start implanting chips in humans in 2022: People with severe spinal injuries would get the tech that the billionaire says could help them walk again

By STACY LIBERATORE

  • Elon Musk’s Neuralink is looking to start human trials of its brain chip in 2022
  • The news was shared by Musk on Monday while speaking during The Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit
  • Musk said trials in monkeys have been successful, showing the chip is safe
  • Neuralink just needs FDA approval to start testing the chip in humans
  • People with severe spinal injuries would be the first to get the chip 

Elon Musk claims his Neuralink, a brain-interface technology company, is less than a year away from implanting chips into human brains.

The news comes from the billionaire himself during a live-streamed interview with The Wall Street Journal CEO Council Summit on Monday, when asked about plans for the company in 2022.

‘Neuralink’s working well in monkeys and we’re actually doing just a lot of testing and just confirming that it’s very safe and reliable and the Neuralink device can be removed safely,’ Musk said.

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Elon Musk doubles down on plan to build ‘permanent moon base’ and ‘city on Mars’

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, once again took to Twitter to reaffirm his pledge to make humanity a ‘multi-planet species’ with bases on both the Moon and Mars

By Ethan Blackshaw

Elon Musk has doubled down on his pledge to build permanent bases on the Moon and Mars and to make us a “multi- planet species”. 

As per usual, the world’s richest man took to Twitter to communicate his plans. 

One user tweeted the Tesla CEO with a quote of his from April which read: “It’s been now almost half a century since humans were last on the moon. 

“That’s too long, we need to get back there and have a permanent base on the moon — again, like a big permanently occupied base on the moon.

“And then build a city on Mars to become a space-faring civilisation, a multi-planet species.”

Musk replied to the tweet yesterday simply with: “Absolutely!”

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Elon Musk’s Starlink Reckons It Can Bring Fast Internet To The Whole World By September


By Lavender Baj

Elon Musk’s SpaceX Starlink says its satellites will be able to provide continuous global internet coverage as soon as September 2021, but will still need to seek regulatory approvals before being able to actually provide the service, Reuters reports.

“We’ve successfully deployed 1,800 or so satellites and once all those satellites reach their operational orbit, we will have continuous global coverage, so that should be like September timeframe,” Starlink president Gwynne Shotwel said.

“But then we have regulatory work to go into every country and get approved to provide telecoms services.”

If Musk’s own assertions about the service are to be believed, this could mean users could experience speeds of up to 300mb/s from as early as September.

“Speed will double to ~300Mb/s & latency will drop to ~20ms later this year,” Musk said earlier this year.

The news comes after Starlink received more than half a million preorders for its highly-anticipated internet service back in May.

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ELON MUSK’S STARLINK INTERNET WILL BE ‘FULLY MOBILE’ SERVICE LATER THIS YEAR

Service uptime, bandwidth & latency are improving rapidly. Probably out of beta this summer’, Mr Musk tweeted

Adam Smith

Elon Musk has revealed that Starlink, SpaceX’s internet service, is likely to move out of beta testing this summer.

“Service uptime, bandwidth & latency are improving rapidly. Probably out of beta this summer”, Mr Musk tweeted. The change could mean more people will be able to sign up to the service, which currently has over 10,000 users.

In a subsequent post, Mr Musk said that it will also be “fully mobile later this year, so you can move it anywhere or use it on an RV or truck in motion.”

He added: “We need a few more satellite launches to achieve compete coverage [and] some key software upgrades.”

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Watch a monkey equipped with Elon Musk’s Neuralink device play Pong with its brain

By Darrell Etherington

Elon Musk’s Neuralink, one of his many companies and the only one currently focused on mind control (that we’re aware of), has released a new blog post and video detailing some of its recent updates — including using its hardware to make it possible for a monkey to play Pong with only its brain.

In the video above, Neuralink demonstrates how it used its sensor hardware and brain implant to record a baseline of activity from this macaque (named “Pager”) as it played a game on-screen where it had to move a token to different squares using a joystick with its hand. Using that baseline data, Neuralink was able to use machine learning to anticipate where Pager was going to be moving the physical controller, and was eventually able to predict it accurately before the move was actually made. Researchers then removed the paddle entirely, and eventually did the same thing with Pong, ultimately ending up at a place where Pager no longer was even moving its hand on the air on the nonexistent paddle, and was instead controlling the in-game action entirely with its mind via the Link hardware and embedded neural threads.

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