Elon Musk does another Podcast

So again everyone’s favourite Iron Man Elon Musk opens up about smoking marijuana live on Joe Rogan, he talks about Space X and his Giga Factory in Texas. Aliens, Star Link (now owning more satellites than anyone els on Earth!) and helping Ukraine and why he wont be visiting Russia anytime soon! LOL!

Very easy to listen to so down to earth. His comment about other Corporate players being like NPCs with a limited dialogue Tree made me laugh… He is kinda a person who is into the whole simulation theory, but a fun podcast to listen to. I have set it to start at when her arrives but feel free to listen to the preamble if you want.

Have Fun and Happy Days!

Surfwidow

 

Google Doodle Petanque A great fun little game

Google Doodle games come and go but having lived in the South of France in Sète and Bouzigues… I watched many a pipe smoker throw their boules playing Pétanque!

Here we have a little game and its a lot of fun check it out! Easier to play with a mouse of course! 😉

https://g.co/doodle/8ctu9qh

https://www.google.com/doodles/celebrating-petanque

Amusez-vous et jours heureux.

P.S I won my first game playing a random person! ;)x <3

Bonne Chance!

Surfwidow

 

Amazon demonstrates Alexa feature that mimics the voices of your dead relatives

Terrifying or Comforting?

This has to be the tech story of the week and is everywhere but in case you didn’t know. Amazon has an AI feature that can sample a small sample of a relatives voice (unlike reading every word in the dictionary). So could be say from a Skype call or a Zoom session and then they pass away. They take that sample run it through their AI software and can adapt that sample to simulate your relatives voice.

The first reactions of The Verge was WEIRD! The reaction of others inc Twit was creepy. But some have said that it depends on how you approach this.

OK I will give you 2 scenarios both have equal value with the same person and decide for yourself.

  1. A father of a little girl dies on active duty as a soldier. They sample his voice from a recorded conversation maybe even voicemails? And as a result he can still read his little girls a story every night for years to come.
  2. The same soldier has a mother who is devastated and cannot bare to hear his voice as she needs to grieve. When she hears him at this stage (although later maybe able to watch his phone recordings laughing and joking she cannot at the moment) she bursts into tears!

Both equally valid and this is what seems to be the main issue. For some it is spooky and for others comforting.

Whatever the case it is not going away anytime soon.

To quote The Verge

Amazon’s Prasad said the feature could enable customers to have “lasting personal relationships” with the deceased, and it’s certainly true that many people around the world are already using AI for this purpose. People have already created chatbots that imitate dead loved ones, for example, training AI based on stored conversations. Adding accurate voices to these systems — or even video avatars — is entirely possible using today’s AI technology, and is likely to become more widespread.

However, whether or not customers will want their dead loved ones to become digital AI puppets is another matter entirely.

Have fun and spooky days!

Surfwidow

 

What is the Law in the UK for E-scooters? (SOLVED)

Are E-scooters legal in the UK? (SOLVED)

This is really interesting.

Everyday I see kids and adults riding around my town on e-scooters. Yet they are illegal in the UK. The local council even has them for hire everywhere (see the South Park Episode S22E05 ‘The Scoots’ for a comedy take on that) that seem to multiply and can be hired with an App yet are illegal??? But the council is profiting from this illegal machine? I am so confused!!!

Model 30 Cargo

Take the above https://www.electricbikescootercar.co.uk/electric-moped/model-30-cargo/ which at present requires the same licensing as a regular petrol motorbike. This should also be addressed in the upcoming Parliamentary bill.

The same applies to E-cargo bikes. Take Aways use these to deliver hot food (Pizzas etc) and couriers need them to whizz around London (for example) yet they too are illegal! The amount of them in use pollute the environment and the UK plans to be Net Zero!

This is anomaly and the contradiction clearly has made it to the UK Government Department for Transport who rather than fight riders with Police have bent to the will of the people and will ‘legalise’ them LOL! In 2023… yeah it is funny as they are being used now! This is akin to the 80s when CB radio (then illegal had to be legalised as AM was too powerful and made people use FM but that’s another story for the boomers amongst us! ;))

But seriously at last now owners of these environmentally friendly modes of transport will soon no longer be at risk of seizure from the police… if they wanted to they could after all seize your vehicle. I just think that cops just have too much important work to deal with this and be thankful this burden of responsibility will be lifted!

So I read an interesting article here and it tells you exactly what is planned.

https://swiftyscooters.com/blogs/journal/are-e-scooters-legal-in-the-uk-latest-news-on-micromobility-policy-2022

Have fun and happy days

Surfwidow Beaumont