✨83. 🤖 Harvard's new CS50 prof is an AI chatbot | 🔋 solid state batteries closer | 🚗 Zoox launches full driverless robotaxi rides in Vegas
PLUS: AI voice generator scams ✨ CalypsoAI raises $23M to add safety to generative AI ✨ solar will be cheapest energy ✨ Factorial to recycle Li into new solid state batteries ✨ SAE officially standardizes Tesla's charger ✨ Dominos to put 1100 Chevy Bolt EVs on the road
🤖 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Impersonation scams, where scammers pretend to be someone trusted to steal money, are on the rise, with AI voice generators making them more sophisticated.
Scammers are now using AI to create artificial renditions of individuals' voices, convincing victims that their loved ones are in distress and in need of immediate financial help.
The use of AI voice scams is increasing, with one-quarter of respondents in a survey reporting experience with such scams, and 15% stating it happened to someone they knew.
AI voice cloning can be achieved with just three seconds of audio, making it easier for scammers to clone someone's voice and carry out the fraud.
Many people lack confidence in distinguishing between cloned and real voices, leaving room for scammers to take advantage, and victims have reported losing substantial amounts of money to AI scams.
Regulation and awareness are needed to address the risks associated with AI voice cloning and to protect individuals from falling victim to these scams.
CalypsoAI, a startup focused on developing software to test, validate, and monitor generative AI applications, has raised $23 million in a Series A-1 funding round.
The company's platform allows businesses to monitor and shape the usage of large language models like ChatGPT, providing insights on model toxicity, user engagement, and more.
CalypsoAI aims to prevent sensitive company data from being shared on models and identifies attacks coming from generative AI tools.
The funding will be used to drive product development, expand the team, and support the company's go-to-market initiatives.
Demand for generative AI guardrail solutions is increasing as companies seek to mitigate risks associated with using AI and prevent exposure of proprietary information.
CalypsoAI plans to double its workforce over the next two years and is focused on securing enterprise organizations using generative AI solutions.
Harvard University plans to use an AI chatbot similar to ChatGPT as an instructor in its Introduction to Computer Science (CS50) course.
The AI teacher, likely based on OpenAI's GPT 3.5 or GPT 4 models, will provide feedback to students, helping them find bugs in their code and offering feedback on their work.
The goal is to approximate a 1:1 teacher-to-student ratio and provide tailored support to students' specific questions.
The use of AI tools in education is increasing, with OpenAI's ChatGPT becoming the fastest-growing app ever and other tools like Google's Bard also entering the market.
While AI tools have their limitations and accuracy issues, Harvard will encourage students to think critically and provide feedback to improve the AI's performance over time.
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🌡️ CLIMATE CHANGE & CLEAN ENERGY
DNV, a global risk management company, predicts that solar PV power will become the cheapest source of new electricity globally by 2050.
DNV expects coal to have a 4% market share and fossil gas to have an 8% market share in electricity generation by 2050.
Solar PV capacity will need to grow 24 times compared to the 2020 total to reach dominance in the electricity market.
DNV anticipates that solar PV costs will decrease by at least 40% by 2050, making it the most cost-effective source of new electricity.
Battery energy storage costs are projected to drop 80% by 2050, with batteries playing a crucial role in future energy storage needs.
Solar PV is expected to account for 30% of on-grid global electricity production and 54% of power capacity by 2050.
Scientists at Osaka Metropolitan University claim to have made a breakthrough in stabilizing the solid electrolyte of solid-state batteries.
The stabilization of Li3PS4, a critical material for all-solid-state batteries, has resulted in exceptional ionic conductivity even at room temperature.
Solid-state batteries are crucial for next-generation energy storage devices due to their high safety levels and enhanced energy density.
The challenge has been to stabilize the high-temperature phase of Li3PS4 at room temperature, which the researchers achieved by focusing on the heating rate during crystallization.
The development of solid electrolytes with high ion conductivity is imperative to enable the rapid movement of lithium ions in all-solid-state lithium batteries.
While this breakthrough brings solid-state batteries closer to commercialization, the exact number of steps remaining is unknown.
Solid-state battery developer Factorial Energy has partnered with Young Poong, a South Korean metal refining company, to research and implement lithium-metal recycling in its production practices.
The partnership aims to create a more circular economy by reusing excess lithium-metal materials in the production of solid-state batteries.
Factorial Energy's flagship product is its Factorial Electrolyte System Technology (FEST), a solid-state battery technology compatible with existing lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment.
The collaboration with Young Poong will focus on developing a recycling process specific to the lithium-metal anodes used in Factorial's solid-state batteries.
Young Poong is known for its battery recycling expertise and aims to adapt its pyrometallurgy process to enable the recycling of lithium-metal in solid-state batteries.
The partnership aims to establish a resilient supply chain and drive the growth and sustainability of the electric vehicle industry.
🚗 AUTONOMOUS & ELECTRIC VEHICLES
SAE International is starting the process to standardize the North American Charging Standard (NACS), reducing its dependence on Tesla.
NACS gained momentum after GM, Ford, Rivian, and Volvo announced their adoption of the connector.
SAE International's standardization of NACS will allow any supplier or manufacturer to use, manufacture, or deploy the connector on electric vehicles and charging stations.
The standardization aims to provide certainty, expanded choice, reliability, and convenience to manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers.
The development of the standard will be expedited, and it is part of SAE's initiatives to strengthen the North American EV charging infrastructure.
This announcement is expected to encourage more automakers to adopt the NACS connector.
Domino's plans to add over 300 Chevy Bolt EVs to its electric delivery fleet in the US, bringing the total number of Bolts to over 1,100 by the end of 2023.
The company sees advantages in using EVs, including business benefits, environmental benefits, and an expanded pool of potential driver candidates.
The Chevy Bolt is currently the "official car" of Domino's electric delivery fleet, but GM's decision to end Bolt production may lead Domino's to switch to the upcoming Chevy Equinox EV as its new official vehicle.
Domino's aims to have the largest EV pizza delivery fleet in the US.
Electrifying its delivery fleet aligns with Domino's understanding of the benefits of EV adoption.
Domino's decision to expand its EV fleet showcases the growing trend of food delivery companies using electric vehicles.
Zoox, an autonomous vehicle developer, has expanded its operations to Nevada and is now offering true driverless rides in Las Vegas.
The company has a unique design for its purpose-built robotaxi, which does not have a steering wheel or pedals.
Zoox has been conducting extensive testing in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Seattle, accumulating over one million autonomous miles.
In February, Zoox became the first company to self-certify a purpose-built, fully-autonomous passenger EV with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
The driverless robotaxi in Las Vegas is operating on a one-mile loop near Zoox's headquarters, gathering data and fine-tuning the technology.
Zoox plans to expand its driverless rides to the public in Nevada in the coming months, leveraging the knowledge gained from its operations in California and Nevada.
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