Elon Musk’s Boring Company lands $48.7M contract for underground “people mover” in Las Vegas

The Boring Company, Elon Musk’s tunneling and transportation startup, has landed a $48.7 million project to shuttle people in an underground Loop system around the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is the company’s first commercial contract. The initial design for the project, dubbed Campus Wide People Mover or CWPM, will focus on the Las Vegas ...

Webber-owned Red Bull F1 car is a Vettel race winner

Webber was supposed to be given his Monaco GP winner at the end of the 2010 season, however that chassis was destroyed by his infamous backflip in Valencia.Instead he had to settle for chassis 03, which started life as Vettel’s ‘Luscious Liz’ car, and helped the German to victory at that year’s Malaysian Grand Prix.Vettel ...

Boom wants to build a supersonic jet for mainstream passengers; here’s its game plan

Boom wants to build a supersonic jet for mainstream passengers; here’s its game plan
While much of the world remains fixated on the competition to build autonomous cars, there’s another race that’s gaining momentum fast. It centers on supersonic jets that can fly faster than the speed of sound, or 767 miles per hour. Indeed, while most commercial airliners today fly at between 400 and 650 miles per hour ...

Perez hopes O’Ward gets F1 chance | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Perez hopes O’Ward gets F1 chance • Ferrari fly flags at half-mast for Lauda • Watson calls Hamilton “pathetic” for skipping media duties Source: F1 Fanatic

Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life
Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating. The model ...

Spotify resets some account passwords citing ‘suspicious activity’

Spotify resets some account passwords citing ‘suspicious activity’
Music streaming giant Spotify has notified an unspecified number of users that the company has reset their account password, but has left dozens of users asking why. In an email, some Spotify users were told their password was reset “due to detected suspicious activity,” but gave no further details. Anyone else getting emails from Spotify ...

Google’s Duplex calls still frequently require human intervention

When Google launched Duplex with a demo at I/O last year, the audience was left wondering how much of the call was staged. The AI-based reservation booking service seemed almost too impressive to be a machine. Now that it’s been used for real-world reservations, Google has revealed that it frequently isn’t. The company recently told ...

Panic’s Playdate is a pint-sized gaming machine with a ‘season’ of 12 intriguing titles

Panic’s Playdate is a pint-sized gaming machine with a ‘season’ of 12 intriguing titles
Tired of your smartphone games, and don’t want to take the Switch with you on the train today? Panic, renowned creator of useful Mac apps and more recently publisher of interesting games, has created a tiny handheld console that goes anywhere and receives a regular trickle of new games. It’s called Playdate. One has to ...

Documentary series Foundation is back with a season 2

Paris startup campus Station F and Le Studio Next have teamed up once again for a second season of Foundation, a documentary series about building a startup. If you liked the first season, you’ll feel right at home. A video team followed the entrepreneurs working for three startups through their work issues, their personal life ...

Three things to look out for in the Monaco Grand Prix

Mercedes’ run of one-two finishes in F1 has heaped the pressure on Ferrari and is one of the key talking points heading into this weekend’s race.Motorsport Network’s Julia Piquet discusses the factor that hints at the team pecking order going into the weekend, as well as the other stories developing ahead of the race. More ...