Tech leaders urge Trump to keep US in the Paris Climate Agreement

Business leaders, including Tesla's Elon Musk, have urged President Trump to keep the US in the Paris Climate Agreement. "We are committed to working with you to create jobs and boost US competitiveness, and we believe this can be best achieved by remaining in the Paris Agreement," said the leaders.

Source: Inc.

NASA reveals its ambitious two-pronged plan to reach Mars

NASA has revealed details about its two-phased plan to send humans to the Mars. The first phase includes four manned flights to cislunar space to deliver a crew habitat, a science research module, a power source and an airlock. In the second stage NASA would send a crew to live in the habitat for a year.

Source: Engadget

New human rights laws needed to punish "malicious brain-hacking"

Ethicists have warned that “malicious brain-hacking” and “hazardous uses of medical neurotechnology” could require the development of four new human rights laws: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity and the right to psychological continuity.

Source: Independent

Tesla’s solar roof sets drive towards off-grid electricity in motion

Tesla has begun taking orders for its new solar roof. The pricing has been called "competitive", but the real feature is how Tesla's roof marks the final piece in the jigsaw for the company's plan to unify solar power, home batteries and electric cars.

Source: Bloomberg

Researchers want everyone to be involved in AI production

A team of computer scientists are working on an open source AI package to allow people to learn about and interact with AI. "If you feel like AI is something you can't understand, or don't have access to, it's something you may not try to use."

Source: Motherboard

Paris Climate Agreement's 1.5°C target could be passed in less than a decade

According to analysis made for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change if countries fail to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, as set out in the Paris Agreement, then the goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C could be breached within a decade.

Source: New Scientist

Driverless cars will remove 200 million vehicles from US roads

A new report has suggested that within a decade of the government approving driverless cars 95% of passenger miles traveled in the US will be conducted in autonomous electric cars. The study also predicts the number of cars on the road will also fall from about 247 million vehicles in 2017 to just 44 million by 2030.

Source: The Drive

Canada produces 66% of its electricity from renewables

According to a new report, about 60% of Canada’s electricity in 2015 was produced by hydro power with the remaining amount coming from wind, solar and biomass. The country is also one of the biggest producers of hydro electricity in the world, and is responsible for 10% of the entire world’s output.

Source: Independent

Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code

Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation in the US. The firm is accused of using software called "greyball" to identify officials seeking to stop the service running, and then blocking them from booking rides with the company's drivers. Uber has said it used the greyball software "exceedingly sparingly".

Source: BBC

UN predicts the US will lose jobs if it quits Paris climate deal

The UN's Environment chief Erik Solheim has said the US would be shooting itself in the foot if it quits the Paris climate accord because China, India and Europe will snap up the best power sector jobs. A decision on whether US President Donald Trump will take the US out of the climate pact is expected imminently.

Source: Reuters

Gravitational waves could show hints of extra dimensions

Physicists Lucena Gómez and David Andriot have claimed that we can detect any dimensions beyond the ones we know by looking at gravitational waves or ripples in space-time caused by the motion of massive objects. The discovery could help solve some of the biggest mysteries of the universe.

Source: New Scientist

Elon Musk believes his gigafactories will make Tesla as profitable as Apple

Elon Musk thinks his robot software can cause Tesla to be worth as much as Apple. Musk's confidence comes from the fact that his company's, currently under construction, gigafactory will produce more lithium-ion batteries in a year than were produced in the entire world in 2013.

Source: Market Watch