Elon Musk finds time in his schedule to create human-computer hybrids

Elon Musk has confirmed via Twitter that he is launching or preparing to launch a new company called Neuralink. Reports say that the company will be established with the intention of connecting computers directly to human brains.

Source: The Guardian

Oculus co-founder and rift creator Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook

According to Oculus, Palmer Luckey’s is set to leave the company. “Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry,” said Facebook in a statement.

Source: Upload VR

Intel is fighting to keep Moore’s Law alive

Intel says it still believes in Moore's Law and that the principle will continue to shape the microchip industry. Moore's Law began to falter in the 2000s when it became increasingly difficult to shrink integrated circuits by switching to a smaller process node.

Source: Ars Technica

US environmental groups file suit to block coal mining on public lands

US environmental groups and a Native American tribe have filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration's plans to resume leasing of federal lands for coal mining. Earlier President Trump had declared an "end to the war on coal," reversing a series of "job killing" pro-environmental initiatives.

Source: Phys.org

BlackRock plans to replace humans with its stock trading AI

Investment management firm BlackRock has said it plans to overhaul its actively managed equities business, cutting jobs, dropping fees and relying on computers to pick stocks. The move comes as investors are questioning whether having their money managed by human beings is worth the vastly higher fees.

Source: CNBC

Net Neutrality Is Trump’s Next Target, Administration Says

The Trump administration served notice on Thursday that it intends to jettison the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which were intended to preserve equal access to content on the internet. Trump may reverse the move that saw telecomms and cable television companies classified as "common carriers”.

Russia wants to talk about hacking

Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said it is vital that an international convention is created on information security and the issue of hacking. "It is time to develop an international convention on cybersecurity, including the problem of hacking," Lavrov said.

Source: Sputnik News

Samsung apologises for the combustible Galaxy Note 7

Samsung's vice chairman, Kwon Oh-hyun, has apologised to shareholders for company's Galaxy Note 7 debacle. “I apologise once again for the mistake with the Note 7 last year. It was a failure that arose from trying new technology,” Kwon told investors at the company's AGM.

Source: Telegraph

Can injecting 'young blood' help fight the ageing process?

Blood from young people is being trialled as a treatment for conditions like Alzheimer’s because of its rejuvenating powers. In testing, aged mice that received injections of blood from human teenagers showed improved cognition, memory and physical activity levels.

Source: New Scientist

Apple disputes hackers' claim that millions of iPhones have been breached

Apple is reassuring customers that its systems have not been breached by a hacker, or hackers, that are threatening to remotely wipe hundreds of millions iPhones of all their data. However, the hackers say they’re still committed to unleashing the attack come April 7th, unless Apple pays up.

Source: Fortune

Elon Musk not all that impressed with Trump's Space Act

"This bill changes almost nothing about what NASA is doing. Existing programs stay in place and there is no added funding for Mars," Elon Musk said about Donald Trump signing the NASA Authorization Act. "Perhaps there will be some future bill that makes a difference for Mars, but this is not it."

Source: Ars Technica

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides

According to the Guardian, the world’s most widely used insecticides could be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations proposed by the European commission. A ban could be in place this year if the proposals are approved by a majority of EU member states.

Source: The Guardian