Energy is the new new internet

If youre not paying attention to whats going on in energy, you should. Weve seen this movie before. Spoiler alert: Theres massive economic possibility ahead. How massive? Imagine standing in 1992, knowing that Google, Akamai, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, BuzzFeed and Uber lay ahead.

This time its the enernet , not the internet, that will transform our lives. The tale is the same, though the players have changed.

Heres the tee up. Across the country, incumbent network providers operate highly centralized networks in their respective cities. Then, scrappy local outfits start serving the market with innovative, distributed technology. These startups create competition, and a new network emerges atop the legacy network.

That was the backdrop 30 years ago when a little thing “ve called the” internet emerged. Startups like CompuServe, AOL, EarthLink, Netcom and a host of other local ISPs kicked off the conversion from analog to digital by offering internet access over existing cable and telco networks.

Today, the actors are SolarCity, Sunrun and a host of others moving us off fossil fuels and into clean energy supported by smart equipment, services and software, offered atop existing utility networks. This time, its the enernet.

Enernet . Noun. A dynamic, distributed, redundant and multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation, storage and delivery and serving as the foundation for smart cities .

Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison, seeded the enernet revolution more than ten years ago. He devised a breakthrough financing model that built solar affordable and scalable. Hes the Marc Andreessen of this storyline seminal, smart and strategic.

Today, watch Elon Musk. He presented new solar roof shingles to the world a few months ago. Solar thats affordable and attractive. Plus, hes incorporating it into a game-changing home system with storage and EV charging. Think the worlds first iPhone. Musks electric car company, Tesla, is poised to be an enernet giant, the Amazon of this go-around margin-challenged in its early years, but set to move.

Lets stop acting astounded, and instead start acting .

It goes well beyond Tesla. There is a long list of enernet innovators now emerging. They are constructing nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources and virtual power plant. They are creating new, intelligent build materials and smart illuminating. They are deploying new networks and intelligence that are driving down costs and improving services.

At heart, the enernet is the foundation for smart-city tech, including the Internet of Things, distributed systems, interconnected backbones and networking technologies, EV-charging services and autonomous vehicles, to name a few. These technologies will drive dramatic change and force-out us to rethink our cities, municipal services and sectors like transportation, insurance, real estate and financial services.

From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.

Hold on to your seats. Were at the early stages of something immense.

Still, I hear the seeds of fear and doubt. There is an oft-cited refrain that the transition will cost a lot and take a long time. Thats absolutely silly. We dont look back at the internet transformation from analog to digital and think, Wow, that was slow and cost a ton of fund. We should have stuck with the typewriter and landline. Fact is, it was blazingly fast and driven by the individuals who understood the expend as leveraged investment , not cost center.

Likewise, the move to clean energy will seem fast and prudent as solar and energy storage continue to scale, smart cities accelerate and prices continue their fall.

I also hear the utilities are in big trouble. Lets not be simplistic. Google didnt kill Comcast. Comcast is doing just fine. The utilities that own transmitting and distribution networks( the wires companies) have enormous value and possibility ahead. There is no way that the transition happens without the participation of these companies, and there is considerable economic upside ahead for them. Forward-thinking utilities Consolidated Edison, National Grid and others consider whats coming and are poised to thrive in the enernet world.

Sure, fossil-fuel generators and suppliers have challenges ahead, just like the content companies were challenged by newer, more flexible, cost-effective content producers. Itll be up to the management squads at these companies to de-risk the future with intelligent investment and acquisitions. Hats off to folks like David Crane, a visionary who worked to drive that transition at NRG Energy. We will see more of that type of leadership again over the next 10 years as market dynamics shift and outcomes become more obvious and urgent to the incumbents.

That said, enernet invention, like innovation in every other sector, is unlikely to originate from within the incumbents. If you dont believe me, read books like The Innovator Dilemmaby Clayton Christensen orthis articlefrom Accenture that asserts corporate innovation does not work. Unless a Lou Gerstner or Steve Jobs is at the helm of an incumbent, invention will be acquired , not grown.

This backdrop presents incredible opportunity for startups and early investors in the space. Im aroused to be part of that, and I hope that talented entrepreneurs turn their attention from the app economy to the enernet. Theres enormous upside.

As I told, weve seen this movie. Lets stop acting surprised, and instead start acting. An economic powerhouse awaits the United States. Well be thankful we chose to become a worldwide enernet leader, as this evolution generates a new kind of healthy, robust economy.

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OpenAI bot remains undefeated against worlds greatest Dota 2 players

Last night, OpenAIs Dota 2 bot beat the worlds most celebrated professional players in one-on-one battles, showing just how advanced these machine learning systems are getting.

The bot beat Danil Dendi Ishutin instead easily at The International, one of the biggest eSports events in the world, and remains undefeated against the worlds top Dota 2 players.

Elon Musks OpenAI developed the bot by simply copying the AI and letting the two play one another for weeks on end.

Weve coached it to learn only from playing against itself, said OpenAI researcher Jakub Pachoki. So we didnt hard-code in any strategy, we didnt have it learn from human experts, just from the very beginning, it only keeps playing against a copy of itself. It starts from complete randomness and then it attains very small improvements, and eventually its only pro level.

To be clear, a 1v1 battle in Dota 2 is far less complex than an actual professional combat, which includes two teams of five players completing a variety of chores simultaneously to attain victory. But OpenAI said thats working on another bot that could play against and alongside humen in a larger 5v5 battle.

Not shockingly, Elon Musk was watching along and had some thoughts of his own, calling unregulated AI vastly more dangerous than North Korea 😛 TAGEND

This isnt the first time Elon Musk has spoken up about the dangers of AI without regulation. He said that the process of setting up a government body to regulate AI should start in the immediate future, speaking at the International Space Station R& D seminar a few weeks ago.

Musk has also thrown shade at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Twitter, saying that Zucks understanding of AI is limited.

Speaking at TC Sessions: Robotics, Rodney Brooks, founder of iRobot and Rethink Robotics, disagreed with Musk went on to say that, currently, there isnt much to regulate.

If youre going to have a regulation now, either it applies to something and changes something in the world, or it doesnt is being implemented in anything. If it doesnt apply to anything, what the fuck is do you have the regulation for? Tell me, what behavior do you want to change, Elon? By the style, lets talk about regulation on self-driving Teslas, because thats a real issue.

At the same event, head of Amazon Robotics Tye Brady said the following 😛 TAGEND

Im not really a fan of regulation. Im a fan of doing whatever the customer seeks. We have a mission in intellect to do order fulfillment in the most effective ways possible. So, yeah, Im not a fan of regulation.

Obviously, some of the worlds greatest minds in the fields of robotics/ AI/ ML are at an impasse, but the maturation of AI waits for no human.

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Crunch Report | SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Planned for November

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Tesla is focused on Model 3 production challenges at launch

Tesla exposed more about its brand-new Model 3 than it ever has before just in time for the first deliveries to customers. We know the details of pricing and available options, as well as a little bit about how Tesla plans to scale to an annual operate rate of 500, 000 vehicles produced per year, hopefully by the end of 2018.

The major challenge we faced with the Model 3 is not really the product, Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted in a pre-event briefing to press, qualifying that they nonetheless spent a lot of time getting design right. Were going to go through six months of production hell. its going to be pretty great but its going to be quite a challenge to produce this car.

Musk stressed the production challenges repeatedly in his initial remarks regarding the car, in fact , noting that the manufacturing process for something as complex as this vehicle is bound to occur on an S-curve, and that there are 10,000 unique components in the car, with production velocity ultimately bound to move only as fast as the slowest one.

To help induce the production ramp easier, Tesla made some specific decisions about the vehicle, including the interior of the car, which is something the automaker hasnt discussed much prior to today.

Weve intentionally run for a very simple interior with a single screen, Musk explained, showing off a cabin that was intentionally designed to maximize available interior volume while still keeping the outside of the vehicle as small as possible.

There is no header behind the second-row seats, for instance, something lead designer Franz von Holzhausen explained is designed to open up the available space for passengers.

Theres nothing behind your head, so it merely feels like a nice, big, open rear seat, he said. Interior volume is important to us its a part of function.

This is partly because the Model 3 was designed with the long view of independence in intellect. Musk explained that its production includes the same sensor hardware as the Model S and Model X, despite other the characteristics and design elements being pared back considerably to help increase manufacturing efficiencies. Increased automation is one factor thats helping, but theres a lot more to improving the process going on.

Musk said that Tesla can make around 250,000 Model 3 vehicles in the same space as it takes to build 50,000 Model S autoes currently, with a fivefold increase in manufacturing ability achieved through process simplification. This includes sticking with a single-motor rear drive design initially, as well as utilizing much more steel. About 50 percentage of the vehicle is steel, while the other half is aluminum. The Model S, by comparison, is nearly all aluminum, which is harder to use in production.

Still, Musk continually returned to the challenges represented by manufacturing and ramping the production process.

The biggest challenge we face is S-curve manufacturing, he said. That S-curve portion is us going through hell basically.

That hell, he told, was the worst on the Tesla Roadster, despite utilizing a Lotus chassis for the vehicle. It was marginally better on the Model S, he told, but still hell, and on the Model X, it was approximately difficult and challenging as it was on the Model S, which it shouldnt have been given that it managed to re-use a lot of the components from the X.

Ultimately, that S-curve is something Tesla is confident it can achieve, Musk told, but its very difficult to predict what shape itll take, devoted factors, including force majeure hazards from a supplying chain that includes up to 30 percentage of components coming from outside North America.

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Still, Musk did seem comparatively confident in that end-of-2 018 date for reaching 500,000 vehicles per year, which would go a long way to addressing pent-up demand. And regarding demand, Musk used to say while the number of reservations is a false indicator when it comes to measuring true demand( since Tesla does everything we can to unsell the car ), its currently sitting at over half a million advance reservations in place.

If we did anything to even not set the brake on demand, it would go bananas, Musk said. But we dont have to do that yet.

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Elon Musk suggests L.A. Mayor open to Boring Co. tunnel network

Elon Musk says that hes had promising conversations with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, regarding the potential of a network of passageways underneath the city that would allow for a high-speed transit network unburdened by surface traffic. Thats the vision Musks recently founded Boring Company be available to make a reality, as illustrated by a notion video debuted by Musk at this years TED conference in Vancouver.

Garcetti name-checked Musk during an interview on ABC 7, the networks L.A. affiliate. The Mayor suggested that tunnel excavating tech improvements included those being developed by Musk might make it possible to create an express line to LAX airport from L.A.s Union Station central ground transit hub.

Musk noted in his tweet that the permits are necessary to cities and regulatory bodies are likely the most difficult part of making a network of interconnected underground tunnels a reality. The technology, he said, would likely be easier to achieve than permits, hence why the consultations with regulators even at this very early stage are so important.

In May, Musk posted a short clip to Instagram of the first section of the inaugural passageway being dug by The Boring Company, which is designed to span LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood and Sherman Oaks. Eventually, he hopes to create a network with tunnels that cover all of LA. These will be used by surface vehicles, including individual passenger cars, which will be transported below and moved around the tunnel network at high-speed using sleighs on rails, provided the final version resembles the concept video created by The Boring Co. to show its designs.

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SpaceX becomes first to re-fly used rocket

Partially recycled Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched and territory, a stair toward hugely less expensive spaceflight

SpaceX propelled its first pre-flown rocket on Thursday, labelling the first time anyone has relaunched a booster into space in what CEO Elon Musk called a milestone in the history of space.

This is going to be eventually a huge change in spaceflight, Musk said on a SpaceX broadcast of the launch.

He said that accomplishment to wing and re-fly an orbital-class booster was like finally achieving reliable aircraft rather than throwing away an airplane after every flight.

Its taken us a very long time, a lot of difficult gradations along the way, he articulated, but Im just unbelievably proud of the spaceflight team.

The success is a stair toward hugely less expensive spaceflight, which some hope can revolutionize excursion in the solar system and take humans to Mars. While Nasa for decades expended reusable spacecraft its famed space shuttle fleet the space agency has found that the intense upkeep the shuttles involve clears them more costly than rockets, at least with current technology.

No one has ever done anything like this before, SpaceX CEO Gwynne Shotwell said in a company broadcast before the launching. Were not one-way journey to Mars beings. We want to make sure that whoever we take can come back.

Under clear skies at the Kennedy Space Center, near Cape Canaveral, Florida, SpaceX propelled its partially recycled Falcon 9 rocket at 6.37 pm local age. A few minutes later the booster separated from its payload, to raucous heartens from designers at the space center.

Then the rocket sank downward back toward the earth, burning back through the shield of the environment, on its way toward the final destination: a droning carry in the Atlantic Ocean, “ve called the” Of Course I Still Love You.

The equivalent of a 14 -story building, the rocket hurled downward at almost a mile a second, thrusters burning to slow, until finally it territory, secure and upright on the vessel, to a final abound of applause.

The rocket had already fastened its target in SpaceXs history: in April 2016 “its become” the first rocket to successfully land on a droneship in the Atlantic, after a furnish mission to the International Space Station. The booster the nine-engine base of the rocket was then taken back to the mainland and refurbished.

The booster carried a communications satellite for the Luxembourg company SES, which reportedly received a discount on the launch, which normally cost around $60 m per opening. Dependable, reusable rockets could dramatically lower that overhead, stimulating it easier for space the institutions and private a corporation to get moons, telescopes, quantities and, eventually, beings into space.

SpaceX first territory one of its Falcon 9 rockets in 2015, a month after the other tech billionaire, Jeff Bezos, and his fellowship Blue Origin landed. A smaller rocket has reached the lower side of outer space still far below the orbital areas reached by SpaceX duties. SpaceX has propelled and territory eight of 13 attempted rocket launches, with several explosive defaults over the years. Blue Origin has propelled and territory four rockets, and this month Bezos unveiled a brand-new, large rocket booster as well as a planned tourist capsule.

Two would-be space sightseers have already signed up to travelwith SpaceX, Musk disclosed last month, without any details about who the private citizens were or what substantial lodge they paid to wing all over the moon. He said they are aiming for a 2018 duty, although there are SpaceX has yet to test the heavy rocket that would carry beings, or to take any humans into space.

Musks passions have expensive threats. One of SpaceXs rockets exploded on its launch programme last September, destroying the booster, the spacecraft and its cargo a multimillion-dollar spacecraft, in part owned by Facebook giving back the companys plans to relaunch a ill-used rocket. The detonation too underscored the threats for human passengers on private spacecraft, and both governments examination secreted this year questioned whether SpaceX could safely resolve rocket troubles or recognise some of its lofty goals.

Ever optimistic, Musk has said that he feels most rocket proportions can be used dozens of epoches, and that even heat shields could survive more than 10 burning moves through the atmosphere.

Nasa is working on its own brand-new rocket, called the Space Launch System, whose layouts would make it the most powerful rocket yet organized. The agency hopes to use the SLS to cast explorer spacecraft and robots into deep space, and humans to an asteroid and Mars.

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