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✨89. 👮‍♂️20 years in jail for AI bots posing as humans | 🚛 truck makers to comply with California rules phasing out ICE vehicles | 🚌VW to test ID Buzz AV in US

PLUS: ChatGPT lawsuits begin ✨ Wharton prof on ChatGPT ✨ fossil fuel plant workers retrained for wind ✨ 15 fastest-growing climate tech startups in EU ✨ Mercedes adopts Tesla charger ✨ Go-Ahead London adding 299 EV buses


  • Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against OpenAI, targeting its ChatGPT software and raising concerns about privacy rights, intellectual property violations, and potential harm to the public.

  • The first lawsuit, filed by Clarkson, accuses OpenAI of stealing private and personally identifying information from millions of internet users without their consent. It requests a temporary freeze on commercial access to OpenAI's products until safeguards are implemented.

  • The second lawsuit, filed by the Joseph Saveri Law Firm and attorney Matthew Butterick, focuses on copyright infringement claims by authors Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad. They allege that their books were used to train ChatGPT without permission.

  • Legal experts predict that these lawsuits could be the beginning of a wave of legal challenges against companies in the AI industry.

  • The lawsuits raise questions about the responsibility of AI companies, the potential misuse of personal data, and the need to establish legal precedents in this emerging area of law.

  • Yuval Noah Harari, author of Sapiens, warns about the threat of AI bots pretending to be real people on social media platforms.

  • Harari suggests that if tech companies allow the proliferation of fake people online, it would lead to a loss of control over public conversation and pose a threat to democracy.

  • He calls for strict rules and real-world punishments, such as 20 years in jail, for those involved in creating or allowing the presence of fake people on platforms.

  • Harari believes that imposing severe consequences would compel tech giants to take effective measures to prevent the spread of fake people.

  • He emphasizes the importance of distinguishing between AI entities and real humans, suggesting that AI can be beneficial as long as it is clearly identified as non-human.

  • OpenAI has released a new tool called Code Interpreter for ChatGPT, which allows users to run code, analyze data, create charts, edit files, and perform math.

  • Ethan Mollick, a professor at the Wharton School, considers Code Interpreter the most useful and interesting application of AI so far, as it can perform complex data analysis tasks quickly and accurately.

  • Code Interpreter integrates new capabilities into ChatGPT and demonstrates the potential of AI as a valuable companion for sophisticated knowledge work.

  • It has the ability to reason about data in ways that seem human-like and can generate insightful analyses and recommendations.

  • Mollick emphasizes that Code Interpreter democratizes access to complicated data analysis and can free users from tedious work, allowing them to focus on more meaningful tasks.

  • He suggests that this positive vision of AI disruption can be applied to other jobs impacted by AI to create better and more fulfilling work.


Imagine you're an AI learning strategist tasked with guiding someone who wants to learn a new language. This person has a demanding job and can only dedicate 30 minutes per day to language learning.

Detail a personalized learning plan that explains:

1. The optimal learning strategies considering the time constraint. Include methods like spaced repetition, active recall, immersion tactics, etc.

2. The recommended resources (apps, books, online courses) and their effective usage.

3. A weekly schedule showing how to break down the learning time effectively.

4. Techniques to stay motivated and overcome potential challenges.

5. How to measure progress and adapt the plan based on the learner's evolving proficiency and needs.

This learning plan should be concise, practical, and designed to maximize learning efficiency within the given time constraint.

Remember to consider that while this person is highly motivated, they are also working a demanding job and can't afford to feel overwhelmed or burnt out.

Want to submit your own? Tweet me @MarcHoag!



  • Several major truck makers have pledged to stop selling new gas-powered vehicles in California by the mid-2030s as part of an agreement with state regulators.

  • The agreement aims to prevent lawsuits that could have delayed or blocked the state's emission standards.

  • California has been working to phase out gas-powered vehicles and has passed rules to transition to electric and zero-emission vehicles in various industries.

  • The trucking industry has faced pushback, including lawsuits, against new emission rules, but this agreement reduces the likelihood of delays.

  • The companies will follow California's rules, including a ban on the sale of new gas-powered trucks by 2036, while the state will adopt federal emission standards for diesel trucks starting in 2027.

  • The agreement allows other states to adopt California's standards without legal concerns, potentially leading to more trucks nationwide following these rules.

  • Workers at New York's Ravenswood Generating Station, the city's largest fossil fuel power plant, will be retrained to operate offshore wind equipment.

  • The power plant, which currently powers 20% of New York City, will be replaced with 1,400 MW of offshore wind power.

  • Attentive Energy One (AE1), a joint venture between TotalEnergies and Rise Light & Power, has made an agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 (UWUA Local 1-2) to retain and retrain the power plant workers.

  • AE1 will launch a training program with UWUA Local 1-2 to ensure a smooth transition for the workers to operate renewable energy equipment and support offshore wind operations.

  • The Ravenswood Training Center will provide retraining with a renewable energy and maritime operations curriculum.

  • This transition aligns with New York's goal to have 70% of its electricity come from renewable sources by 2030 and develop 9 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2035.

This is a summary of the 15 fastest-growing climate tech-related startups in Europe spanning the following verticals; be sure to click through for links

  1. Renewable energy installation: 1KOMMA5°, which installs energy systems like solar panels and heat pumps.

  2. Energy storage: Customcells, which develops lithium-ion battery cells and plug-in battery systems.

  3. Carbon trading and agriculture: Agreena, a digital trading platform for agricultural commodities that allows farmers to earn carbon credits.

  4. Nuclear technology: Newcleo, which is developing small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs).

  5. Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure: Electra, which provides ultra-fast charging stations for EVs.

  6. Solar power: Enpal, a solar startup that rents out green hardware to consumers.

  7. EV charging solutions: Raw Charging and Powerdot, which supply businesses with charging points for EVs.

  8. Battery technology: Morrow Batteries, which develops lithium-ion battery cells for transport and energy storage.

  9. Lithium-ion battery production: Verkor, which is developing lithium-ion batteries for EVs and energy storage.

  10. Electric boats: Candela Speed Boat, which manufactures electric boats and vessels.

  11. Energy supply and technology: Octopus Energy, an energy supplier that installs heat pumps and solar panels.

  12. Battery-based energy storage: Field, which works on battery-based energy storage sites for renewable energy supply.

  13. Offshore wind energy services: Venterra, which provides engineering and operational support for offshore wind farms.

  14. Hydrogen production: Hy2gen, which builds and operates plants for the production of green hydrogen and hydrogen-based e-fuels.


  • Mercedes-Benz announces adoption of Tesla's NACS connector in its electric vehicles in North America starting in 2025.

  • Mercedes-Benz becomes the first German automaker to adopt the NACS connector.

  • Mercedes-Benz drivers will gain access to over 12,000 Tesla Superchargers across North America starting in 2024.

  • Mercedes-Benz plans to expand its own charging network with over 2,500 high-power chargers in North America by the end of the decade.

  • The automaker will offer an adapter for existing Mercedes EVs to charge seamlessly on the NACS network from 2024, and new EVs will have the connector starting in 2025.

  • Volkswagen will begin testing autonomous vehicles in the US, starting with driverless versions of its ID Buzz electric microbus.

  • The testing will take place on public roads in Austin, Texas, and will involve a fleet of 10 ID Buzz microbuses equipped with autonomous driving software.

  • VW is developing the hardware and software in-house, in partnership with Mobileye, after pulling funding from Argo AI.

  • The company plans to test the vehicles in Austin and four other US cities over the next three years, with the goal of launching a robotaxi service in 2026.

  • VW is creating a new subsidiary, Volkswagen ADMT, staffed by former Argo employees, and will also sell autonomous ID Buzz vehicles to other companies in the mobility and transportation space.

  • The automaker has previously tested its autonomous ID Buzz in Germany and plans to launch commercial robotaxi and delivery services there in 2025.

  • Go-Ahead London is adding 299 electric buses to its fleet this year, bringing the total number of electric buses delivered in 2023 to 577.

  • The buses will be provided by Alexander Dennis in collaboration with BYD UK and will contribute to Transport for London's goal of achieving an entirely zero-emission bus fleet by 2030.

  • The order includes 169 BYD-Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV double-deckers and 130 BYD-Alexander Dennis Enviro200EV single-deckers of various lengths.

  • The electric buses will feature BYD's lithium-iron-phosphate battery technology, electric motors integrated into the drive axle, and a range of up to 160 miles on a single charge.

  • Go-Ahead London is the largest operator of the BYD-Alexander Dennis electric buses, and the new fleet will feature an upgraded interior with high-backed seats and additional amenities.

  • Both BYD and Alexander Dennis expressed their support for Go-Ahead London's expansion of its zero-emission fleet and emphasized their commitment to developing innovative and reliable electric vehicle technology.


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