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Apple’s Electric Vehicle Only Four Years Away

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Originally dubbed ‘Project Titan,’ news released months, if not years ago, that the tech giant Apple was supposedly joining the wave of electric car manufacturing. Now, according to a newly released article, Apple seems to have completed “much of the core work” on the new processor that will power its new electric car. I believe the launch was going to take place in five or more years, and the project even started in 2014, but it looks like Apple has accelerated its timeline and now has a target launch of just four years away.

Using the same technology as the new Apple M1 Silicon chip, regarded as one of the most impressive in the current market, this car will likely boast impressive specifications. The M1 chip will also be capable of AI, with the amount of neural processors implemented. According to a Bloomberg rep, this is the most advanced component of the vehicle, so that is why we are still looking at another four years of development. However, Apple plans to put the chips to the test and implement them in a fleet of test vehicles to get some hard data for quicker future reference. Apple plans to beat its competitors by adding stronger safeguards than what is currently available with your favourite EV makers like Tesla and Waymo. Apple’s autonomous car will be extremely ambitious, with an iPad-style touchscreen display and no steering wheel whatsoever. What comes as the biggest surprise is that Apple looks to make the vehicle compatible with existing charging station standards. All jokes aside, this is not something you see with Apple nowadays as they always seem to release a new component only compatible with Apple brand products.

The business model is still a mystery. Apple could build and develop a self-driving fleet to compete with Uber and Lyft or it could become a regular car manufacturer and develop to sell to individuals similar to Ford. It is highly speculative, but once autonomous vehicles reach a certain point, there really will not be a need for Uber to exist in terms of human drivers. Maybe we could even see Apple partner with Uber for it’s application and have Apple self-driving cars doing all the work. Either way, this venture should be a success considering Apple’s research and development team is one of the best, and they have one of the largest cash holdings for any company in the world, ready to be deployed for said research towards developing its autonomous vehicles. We can also assume that the integration between existing Apple products and the new Apple car would be tremendous and the sole reason for many individuals to make this new purchase. Furthermore, they will need to create a partnership with an existing auto manufacturer to scale the building of these vehicles. Whichever lucky company that may be will see its stock price soar. From a management perspective, I would want to prove scalability and reliability in Apple’s eyes to potentially receive this contract as it will be a very big deal.

I think the product Apple will create should be incredible and I believe they could be a frontrunner in autonomous EV. However, they are late to the party, so to catch up, its technology must be proven to be effective or better than the competition. With Apple, I think that is quite possible considering the amount of cash and it has and it’s proven technological capabilities. I am curious to see how Apple will differentiate themselves from its competitors or if the Apple brand itself will be valuable enough for consumers to pour in. Apple is considered the most recognizable brand in the world. Below you can find a new 3D render of the Apple Car concept using a predictive model based on Apple’s new patents. This is not definitive and based on vision, speculation and prediction.

Source: https://www.telepolis.pl/images/2021/11/Apple-Car-1.jpg

Sources:

https://www.theverge.com/2021/11/18/22789615/apple-self-driving-car-project-titan-custom-processor-ev

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-11-18/apple-accelerates-work-on-car-aims-for-fully-autonomous-vehicle

Nvidia’s Earth 2

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By this point in time, it is hard to disagree that climate change is a very real phenomenon caused in some part by human intervention. Yes, climate change is cyclical, but that does not mean that the human race has forwarded this cycle. In fact, we have both accelerated and worsened the impact it will have on the planet. As an individual, you can pretend that you are making a difference, but real change comes through a collective, and what better way than the collective of a near trillion-dollar company.

Known to many as the world’s largest GPU producer, Nvidia has become something larger in recent years. Through its devotion to artificial intelligence and now the metaverse. What caught many people’s attention was the announcement made at its recent GTC conference less than two weeks ago. Nvidia is building a supercomputer tasked to create ‘Earth 2,’ a 3D metaverse replica simulation of the Earth with the aim to predict climate change more accurately. Nvidia agrees that existing prediction models are outdated and incomplete due to changing times and result in inaccurate predictions. Not only will Earth 2 predict changes, but it will also rank the causes and even devise solutions and the accompanied models to provide real solutions. These solutions will also be efficient by using their AI as the model will be designed to choose the most significant positive impacts at the cheapest cost. 

Source: https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/t4A9mmdreaRz9eu5u3a4WD-1024-80.png.webp

The author of this article proposes that Earth 2 will need to be populated for accuracy, and thus our digital twins would eventually be placed here if the project develops accordingly. Furthermore, due to AI prediction, they state that this computer has the potential to model our future. By this, they mean using a what-if analysis based on your current life with your connections and standing on Earth, to then determine the best path and future to fit your specific needs. Now, this technology would be far out, and some would argue ethical dilemmas may appear as humans should control their destiny through autonomy. But what if a computer could decide it for you? Earth 2 then begins to look quite like a sci-fi film, but at face value, the predictive capabilities of solving climate change are the initial goal for this project. Personally, I don’t see any harm using AI prediction, I think it is the next step for human technological advancement along with of course AI itself. From a management perspective, AI will hurt a lot of jobs involving decision making as it can be done perfectly by a machine, you can disagree but I believe that to be the case. From a business perspective, I am curious if Nvidia will somehow profit off of something like this. It could surely license this technology to governmental or change agencies for the predictive model applications. But as for the metaverse aspect, I am sure many consumers would pay huge sums of money if it was implemented correctly.

In short, technology is evolving at a rapid pace and is created to provide solutions otherwise impossible for humans alone. If this technology proves to work to some degree, the benefits are extraordinary, and quite frankly, unthinkable at the moment. Afterward, Nvidia can decide whether to become something humanitarian or make a profit off of this revolutionary technology. Either way, it is great to see tech giants working on real solutions, contrary to the popular donations or planting trees. Don’t get me wrong, those are great things to do and most certainly contribute positively, but Earth 2 has the capability for something greater. Financial institutions and large companies are the players that can enact real change, so this is another step in the right direction.

Sources: https://www.technewsworld.com/story/nvidia-launches-earth-2-and-goes-to-war-against-climate-change-87336.html

https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2021/11/12/earth-2-supercomputer/

Virtual Skyscrapers in the Metaverse

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The Singaporean based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin has created a meta verse office using virtual reality and augmented reality. On this virtual skyscraper, located on the 21st floor is a virtual meta verse office where people can go to communicate and interact with the objects around them. Additionally, visitors will be able to “earn revenue, play games with friends, build networks, and much more.” This virtual skyscraper seems like an amazing opportunity for companies, exchanges and brands to join this specific building or similar projects in the hopes of becoming more digital. The article likens this scenario to a shopping mall as there will eventually be many different selections to choose from.

According to Bloomberg, they expect the market cap for the meta verse to reach approximately $800 billion USD by 2024. There are much bigger opportunities and market caps for industries, however, this is no tiny sum and it is obvious that companies will leap one this opportunity to expand and make more money. Even Microsofts CEO has announced his interest and speaking about its potential to transform how we see the world. Once AR and VR become more capable, we will begin to see bigger and more impressive possibilities become a reality. Virtual towns would be a larger scale version of the skyscraper and also entirely possible.

The Virtual Office, Source: Gadgets360

I believe this is great for both businesses and consumers as it means more opportunities and advancements in technology resulting in more choices for purchasing, selling and playing games. Who knows, maybe these virtual offices will reach the point where it becomes so immersive, that companies can actually have their employees inside them as part of an industry of jobs or careers. It will be interesting to see how the meta verse progresses and I am very happy to see this growth tied in with cryptocurrency as I believe the impact and possibilities with legitimate crypto currency projects are endless.

Source:

https://gadgets.ndtv.com/cryptocurrency/news/kucoin-crypto-exchange-metaverse-launches-office-virtual-skyscraper-bloktopia-2599271

All Homes of The Future Should (Not) Come With Wheels

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This article, based on tech and the environment, written by Parag Khanna, proposes that all homes of the future should come with wheels, and I am here to critically assess her point of view. In my opinion, I disagree with this notion especially with some of the claims being made in the article.

They state that trailer homes and RV’s are a “cost-effective, and sustainable alternative to traditional homeownership.” And although there may be some merit to this statement, she further claims that millennials, “witnessed the financial crisis demolish their parents’ house value,” which is why they are switching to mobile homes. This, in my opinion, is a ridiculous claim since for example, from 2006 to 2011 we saw an average of 80-100% growth in residential property value, and then nearly 50% from 2011 to 2017. Therefore this statement is arbitrary and only if these millenials choose not to believe house property value rises.

As for their statement that an RV is a sustainable alternative to traditional homes, this would only be true assuming you do not use the RV as a mobile, and instead have it sit in one area, as the majority of these RV’s have diesel engines that would absolutely ruin the environment. According to another article, Mara Johnson-Groh lived in her RV and did the calculations herself to see how much gas emissions she was producing. After driving, laundry, cooking, and accounting for what she ate, she was actually 1.2 U.S. tons above the global average of carbon dioxide emissions at 6.6 U.S. tons. This is primarily because driving her RV actually contributed to the production of 10000 additional pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Clearly not a “sustainable alternative” like the original article suggests. Now, of course, you can drive less, change to an electric engine, or do a myriad of other improvements, but the exact same can be said for a traditional home. You can make the same improvements to the traditional home to reduce your footprint such as solar panels, reduced waste, cold washing, etc.

In conclusion, I believe her position that all homes should have wheels is only based on assumptions, without facts to back up these claims of sustainability and adverseness to purchasing a home from living through a financial crisis. As I have assessed both of these claims and proven them to be false, it can be stated that her article’s point of view is baseless. Now I do not disagree with the idea of RVs as an alternative to a traditional home if it is done the right way in terms of sustainability. This would mean installing solar panels, adding LED lights and most importantly swapping out the engine for electric. Or if you simply do not use the sustainability argument as the reason behind choosing RVs over tradiitonal homes and instead choose an RV solely on cutting costs, for the mobility, and for the convenience, then it is a good alternative for sure. But with that being said, no, all future homes should not come with wheels.

https://www.popsci.com/technology/parag-khanna-move-book-excerpt/

https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/130425/dq130425b-eng.htm

https://outsideonline.com/adventure-travel/essays/is-vanlife-ecofriendly