#81. 📓Hong Kong's AI school curriculum | 😎 cool roof tech eliminates billions of tons of CO2 | 🤩Bentley's first EV is an AV (sort of)
PLUS: GPT-4's secret | open source licenses & AI | meteorologist quits due to death threat | El Niño & global heating |
🤖 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Hong Kong has launched the first AI curriculum for junior secondary students, covering topics such as ChatGPT, AI ethics, and social impacts.
Teachers are asked to incorporate 10 to 14 hours of AI education into the ICT subject for Form One to Three students.
The curriculum includes learning basic AI concepts, computer vision, computer speech and language, robotic reasoning, and evaluating AI tools like ChatGPT.
The curriculum is based on the "AI for the Future Project" by Chinese University, with a strong focus on ethics and social impacts.
The government aims to revamp existing AI curriculums in public secondary schools and provide AI teaching workshops for ICT teachers.
Additionally, an enriched coding curriculum will be introduced for Primary Four to Six pupils, covering computational thinking using Scratch programming language.
GPT-4 has been revealed to be a combination of eight smaller models rather than a single breakthrough model.
The secrecy surrounding GPT-4 allowed OpenAI to maintain its mystique and fuel speculation about its power, despite it being a less groundbreaking achievement than expected.
The use of a mixture of expert models is not a new concept and was successfully implemented by Google engineers in 2021.
OpenAI's secrecy achieved three goals: freeing people's imagination, preventing competitors from copying their techniques, and maintaining the perception of rapid progress in AI.
The revelation raises questions about the true state-of-the-art in AI and the pace of innovation in the field.
Free software and open source licenses, designed for code in the 1970s and '80s, are not suitable for AI models and datasets.
Open source licenses are facing challenges in dealing with the large language models and datasets used in AI.
Lawsuits, such as J. Doe 1 et al vs GitHub, highlight the need for new licensing approaches to address AI-generated code.
The open source community, along with organizations like Open Source Initiative, Creative Commons, and the Linux Foundation, are working on defining open source AI principles.
Applying traditional open source licenses to AI artifacts may not be the best fit, and new licensing approaches need to be explored.
There is a need for open data in AI to address the lack of transparency in commercial AI models and datasets.
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🌡️ CLIMATE CHANGE & CLEAN ENERGY
"Cool roof" techniques on roofs and pavement in cities could remove more than 44 billion tons of carbon dioxide, offsetting global carbon emissions.
Cool roofs reflect sunlight and reduce urban heat island effect, leading to lower air temperatures and reduced cooling energy demand.
Advanced materials and falling prices make cool roof technologies more accessible and cost-effective.
Many cities, including Los Angeles, Houston, and New York, have building codes or ordinances that require cool roof technologies.
Policy initiatives could accelerate the adoption of cool roof strategies and make a significant impact in limiting global heating.
Iowa meteorologist Chris Gloninger is leaving his career on television due to harassment over his coverage of climate change.
Gloninger received a death threat stemming from his climate coverage and experienced resulting PTSD.
He is starting a new career with the Woods Hole Group in Massachusetts to work on solving the climate crisis.
Gloninger shared insulting and threatening messages he received to highlight the issue.
He believes it is important to continue talking about climate change and hopes to help communicate scientific findings to the public in his new role.
His last day on the job is scheduled for July 7.
The planet is experiencing a double whammy of global heating and an emerging El Niño event in 2023, resulting in supercharged extreme weather.
El Niño is the biggest natural influence on year-to-year weather, adding additional warmth to an already overheating world.
El Niño increases global temperatures by releasing heat from the ocean to the atmosphere, adding up to 0.2°C to annual global surface temperatures.
The El Niño-La Niña cycle brings increased heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, and floods to different regions, with the strongest impacts occurring in areas close to the Pacific.
El Niño also affects regions farther from the Pacific, including impacts on the Indian monsoon, hurricanes, typhoons, and the jet stream.
Weak El Niño conditions arrived in May 2023 and are expected to strengthen, with an 84% chance of a moderate event and a 56% chance of a strong event.
The effects of El Niño are exacerbated by human-caused climate change, and reducing carbon emissions to net zero is crucial to mitigate the impacts of rising global temperatures.
🚗 AUTONOMOUS & ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Bentley's first electric vehicle (EV) will come with hands-off self-driving technology, initially offering partial hands-off driving on motorways.
The EV will feature Mobileye's SuperVision system, which includes 11 cameras.
While the exact body style is not confirmed, it could be a sportier two-door coupe with high-performance capabilities, including up to 1,400 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 1.5 seconds.
Bentley plans to launch a new electric vehicle every year from 2025 to 2030 and is investing over $3 billion to upgrade its Crewe facility for the electric era.
Rolls-Royce is also set to release its first EV, the Spectre, which is a luxury coupe with a dual-motor layout, a 120-kilowatt-hour battery pack, a range of 310 miles, and a 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds.
Chevy's Silverado EV stands out for its 200+kWh battery and impressive 450+ mile range.
The large battery adds significant weight, making the truck weigh 8500 lbs, which can pose safety risks in accidents.
The Silverado EV has a larger battery than its competitors, such as the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T.
Chevy achieved a longer range by optimizing the vehicle's efficiency, including using smaller, more efficient motors.
The Silverado EV offers Chevy Pro Power on Board, similar to Ford's power station, providing power options in various locations.
The starting price for the Silverado EV Work Truck is $77,905, with lower-range and higher-priced models coming later.
The Kilowatts, Whole Mars Blog, and Arash Malek conducted a race to see how Tesla's FSD Beta, Waymo, and Cruise perform in getting around San Francisco.
Tesla's FSD Beta finished the route in 20 minutes, followed by Waymo in 25 minutes, and Cruise in 29 minutes.
Each company's technology and performance were evaluated, with Tesla impressing with its real-time rendering capabilities, while Waymo and Cruise relied on lidar and pre-mapped routes.
The focus of the race was on safety and minimizing problems rather than speed.
Robotaxis, such as those tested in the race, have the potential to improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion, lower emissions, and increase accessibility for individuals who face driving challenges.
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