Boring Company looks to fill engineering jobs in Las Vegas as construction begins on people mover

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — One of Elon Musk’s companies, The Boring Company (TBC), is looking to fill over a dozen positions in the Las Vegas valley.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — One of Elon Musk’s companies, The Boring Company (TBC), is looking to fill over a dozen positions in the Las Vegas valley.

Open positions posted on its website include: civil engineer, electrical engineer, lead architect, tunnel engineer, land surveyor, and other engineering, operations and production jobs.

Earlier this year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority approved a $49 million contract with TBC to design, construct and operate an underground people mover at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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FIRST LOOK: Massive Convention Center expansion half done, Musk people mover starts digging

The people mover will use Tesla vehicles — another company Musk founded — to transport passengers between three stations at the convention center campus.

The three stations will be:

  • Station One: East of South Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center Red Lot
  • Station Two: Immediately adjacent to Central Hall
  • Station Three: West of the currently under construction West Hall

It will take about one and a half minutes to carry passengers across the campus, currently a 15-minute walk, the company says.

The Tesla vehicles will have with the capacity to go 150 mph, but because of the short distance of the tunnel they will only travel between 35-40 mph.

However, the company says the underground people mover has the potential for future expansion and connectivity to resorts on the Strip, downtown Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport and more.

Tunneling for the project begins tomorrow and is expected to be complete in 2021.

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Although Satoshi Nakamoto’s white paper suggests that privacy was a design goal of the Bitcoin protocol, blockchain analysis can often break users’ …

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Tesla regains Consumer Reports endorsements as GM brands stumble

The pickup, which Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has said is inspired by the sci-fi film “Blade Runner,” will try to crack Detroit’s profit center along …

Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 and S sedans reclaimed recommendations from Consumer Reports, though the electric-car maker still ranks toward the bottom of the group’s annual reliability survey along with other U.S. automakers’ brands.

The two Tesla models earned an average rating in Consumer Reports’ reliability survey, leading the organization to restore endorsements it revoked from the Model 3 in February and the Model S a year ago. Five of General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s brands placed among the 10 worst in the survey, which was again dominated by Japanese and Korean carmakers.

Consumer Reports’ fluctuating views of Tesla’s sedans reflect the company’s frequent design changes and rush to ramp up production, according to Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing. The Model X still scores among the least reliable in the survey, leaving the electric-car maker’s brand ranking 23rd out of 30.

“We recommend the Model 3 with a caveat,” Fisher said in an interview. “I don’t know what will happen in the next six or 12 months because the car keeps changing, so results may vary.”

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Reliability issues for established automakers including GM and Volkswagen AG frequently relate to their new vehicles offering technologically advanced features for the first time, such as touchscreen infotainment and driver-assistance systems.

“GM really has consistently had problems with new model launches as they add new technology, and it was across the board for their vehicles,” Fisher said. Three of its four brands finished in the bottom 10, with Cadillac finishing dead last, thanks in part to a troublesome infotainment system. VW’s namesake fell nine spots to 27th, and its luxury brand Audi slipped seven places to 14th.

Buick, the only GM brand to finish around the middle of the pack, fell five spots to 18th. Chevrolet ranked 25th, with some of its highest-volume models — the Chevy Colorado mid-size pickup and Silverado full-size truck — scoring poorly.

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Chevy’s Silverado rated 20 on a 100-point scale, matching Ford’s F-150 and narrowly beating the Ram pickup’s 18. The overall Ford brand ranking was unchanged from a year ago, at 16th.

GM is having trouble with the drive system and in-vehicle electronics on the new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. That’s problematic especially since the new trucks underwent modest changes and have disappointed Consumer Reports’ test drivers. GM probably took a conservative approach to engineering the new trucks because the previous-generation Silverado and Sierra had reliability issues, Fisher said.

For GM, improvement is a must. The Silverado and Sierra are among its most profitable vehicles, and the automaker has been fending off a challenge from Fiat Chrysler’s Ram, which has gained market share at Chevy’s expense. There’s also more competition on the way: Tesla plans to show off an electric truck on Nov. 21. The pickup, which Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has said is inspired by the sci-fi film “Blade Runner,” will try to crack Detroit’s profit center along with another electric upstart, Amazon.com Inc.-backed Rivian Automotive Inc.

Asian brands fared best in the study. Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus luxury line again took top honors, its namesake brand finished third, and Japanese partner Mazda was sandwiched in between. The best vehicle in the study was the Lexus IS sedan, with a score of 99.

The Genesis luxury brand from South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. placed fifth, and the company’s namesake line finished in sixth. Among European brands, only Porsche and Mini were in the top 10.

Tesla’s Model 3 was initially recommended by Consumer Reports in 2018 because the early models fared well in terms of customer satisfaction and reliability was initially good enough. Tesla made a lot of changes to the car that year, including adding more comfortable seating and improving the suspension to soften the ride. But some tweaks brought about glitches that cost the car the group’s blessing.

In the past year, Tesla has fixed many of those problems, and its two sedans have risen in the rankings. Fisher spoke with Musk after the Model 3 lost its recommendation last year and said the CEO was eager to hear what owners were complaining about.

“He wanted the feedback,” Fisher said. “He wants to build the best cars in the world.”

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Andrew Yang wants you to make money off your data by making it your personal property

Yang explained more about his views at a fundraiser in San Francisco this week, noting that tech executives like Elon Musk agree that the tech …
  • 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang has released his plan to regulate the tech industry.
  • His top priority is to give people a right to own their personal data, enabling them to make money by sharing it with companies.
  • That would be a huge shift from the current status quo where companies fully own users’ data, giving them little control over how it’s used.
  • Yang also wants to tackle issues like tech ethics, misinformation, algorithmic bias, and modernizing government regulators.
  • Regulating the tech industry more tightly has become a key talking point among Democratic primary candidates.
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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang released his comprehensive plan to regulate the tech industry in a blog post Thursday.

His top priority: establishing “data as a property right,” which would give people more control over their data and potentially enable them to make money when companies use it to power their products and services.

That would be a major shift from how things work currently, where companies typically own any data generated by users, limiting their ability to restrict access to that data or earn any money off it.

Yang made his case for data as a property right, a proposal he initially rolled out in October, by pointing to the massive amount of data people create everyday and how companies have been able to monetize it, saying “our data is now worth more than oil.”

“By implementing measures to increase transparency in the data collection and monetization process, individuals can begin to reclaim ownership of what’s theirs,” Yang said in the plan.

According to a report Yang cited, gathering and using Americans’ personal data has become a $198 billion industry, and he argued that users haven’t gotten enough in return.

During a Democratic debate in October, Yang made a similar point, asking the audience: “How many of you remember getting your data check in the mail? It got lost. It went to Facebook, Amazon, Google.”

Yang also proposed:

  • Creating a government agency tasked with minimizing the “health impacts of modern tech” on people —  particularly children.
  • Taxing digital ads, regulating bot activity, and regulating algorithms to make spreading misinformation more costly and difficult. 
  • “Addressing the grey area between publishers and platforms” — that is, companies like Facebook and YouTube.
  • Modernizing the government’s approach to regulation so it can better respond to emerging technologies.

Yang explained more about his views at a fundraiser in San Francisco this week, noting that tech executives like Elon Musk agree that the tech industry needs more regulation. 

Regulating the tech industry has become a popular talking point among Democrats in the 2020 primary race, with candidates like Elizabeth Warren proposing breaking up tech giants.

You can read Yang’s full policy here.

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This implant can monitor your recovery after surgery and then disappear

The device just has to be coded to do the job you want it to do. See also: Brain Implants Like Elon Musk’s Neuralink Could Change Humanity Forever.

Scientists have been struggling to create a semiconductor that is stretchy, conductive and fully degradable—all at the same time. Researchers have now created a semiconductor that meets all of these requirements, and they say it could be used to monitor how one’s body is healing after surgery.

Semiconductors are essential to run electronic devices, everything from computers to smartphones. Using them to operate sensors in the body requires them to be pliable and don’t want to require another surgery just to remove one. Semiconductors are typically made of silicon, which won’t work for this purpose, so these researchers had to develop a semiconductor with entirely different materials.

These researchers were able to create a semiconductor using two degradable polymers that can stretch to twice its length and remain conductive. Furthermore, it degraded within 10 days when placed in a weak acid, and it’s completely non-toxic.

Zhenan Bao, a chemistry professor at Stanford and one of the researchers who worked on this project, tells Inverse you could use this semiconductor to monitor your recovery after muscle surgery, an organ transplant or basically any other type of surgery. The device just has to be coded to do the job you want it to do.

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This kind of device allows a patient to check how they’re recovering regularly throughout the recovery process, Bao says, rather than having to go to the doctor every time they want to see how things are coming along.

Bao says the semiconductor can be powered by radio waves, which would mean through your cell phone. The device would only be operating when activated remotely, which might mean activating it when using an app or something along those lines.

“For the implantable device, it would be desirable to have them be wirelessly powered and read through a cell phone or some kind of simple handheld device,” Bao says. “The information can then be sent to the cloud for processing or to the doctor’s office.”

Bao says eventually they’ll be able to power these devices by having them “harvest energy from the body,” but they haven’t gotten there yet.

About 50 million people experience complications after surgery every year, so being able to consistently monitor a patient’s recovery without them having to come to the doctor’s office all the time could help a lot of people and likely save lives.

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