Senior writer Martin LaMonica of CNET writes about Vinod Khosla, Founder of Khosla Ventures, keynote speech at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference:
Khosla: Crazy clean-tech ideas yield breakthroughs
Famed investor Vinod Khosla is one of the clean-tech industry’s most vocal cheerleaders. But most of today’s clean technologies fall short of his 1-billion-car test.
“If it doesn’t scale, it doesn’t matter,” says Khosla. “Most of what we talk about today–hybrid, biodiesel, ethanol, solar photovoltaics, geothermal–I believe are irrelevant to the scale of the problem” of climate change…read more
LaMonica also analyzes a panel discussion on green transportation and one of its panelist, JB Straubel, the chief technology officer of Tesla Motors:
The auto and fuels industries are in the midst of dramatic technological change, but it’s still not clear how quickly which new technologies will be adopted…read more
Tesla’s ‘Bluestar’ to be all-electric family car
Tesla Motors has received many accolades for producing an all-electric luxury sports car. But its long-term plans may hold its most challenging task: making a mass-market electric car…read more
The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.
Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a year discovering treatments to slow aging
The oil kingdom fears that its population is aging at an accelerated rate and hopes to test drugs to reverse the problem. First up might be the diabetes drug metformin.
Yann LeCun has a bold new vision for the future of AI
One of the godfathers of deep learning pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI, but raises as many questions as he answers.
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
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