Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger

Russia starts blocking Telegram messenger

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s state telecommunications regulator said on Monday it had begun blocking access to Telegram messenger after the company refused to comply with an order to give Russian state security access to its users’ secret messages.

The psychological impact of an $11 Facebook subscription

The psychological impact of an $11 Facebook subscription

Would being asked to pay Facebook to remove ads make you appreciate their value or resent them even more? As Facebook considers offering an ad-free subscription option, there are deeper questions than how much money it could earn. Facebook has the opportunity to let us decide how we compensate it for social networking. But choice […]

Tesla batteries retain more than 90% capacity past 160,000 miles, informal study shows

Tesla batteries retain more than 90% capacity past 160,000 miles, informal study shows


While traditional gasoline powered cars can more or less travel the same distance on a tank of gas over their whole lifetime, electric cars don’t quite work that way. Electric batteries degrade over time and this is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when producing an effective electric vehicle….

Elon Musk says Autopilot will never be perfect but can ‘reduce accidents by a factor of 10’

Elon Musk says Autopilot will never be perfect but can ‘reduce accidents by a factor of 10’

Earlier today, CBS This Morning aired a new clip from its sit-down interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The clip below centers on Tesla’s Autopilot feature, a topic that has been in the news quite a bit over the past few weeks following a tragic crash that saw a Model X in Autopilot mode careen into a highway divider before the vehicle’s battery pack burst into flames.
In the wake of the accident, Tesla said that the car’s Autopilot system warned the driver to place his hands on the wheel in the seconds leading up to the crash, warnings that Tesla claims were not heeded.

“The crash happened on a clear day with several hundred feet of visibility ahead,” Tesla said earlier this week, “which means that the only way for this accident to have occurred is if Mr. Huang was not paying attention to the road, despite the car providing multiple warnings to do so.”
As part of the interview, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King went on a drive with Musk in a Model 3 where the two talked briefly about all things Autopilot. When asked about the benefits of Autopilot if the feature requires users to keep their hands on the wheel, Musk responded:

Oh, it’s because the probability of an accident with autopilot is just less.

Addressing the future of Autopilot, Musk added that Autopilot will never be perfect.
“But it’s important to emphasize that Autopilot will never be perfect,” Musk said. “Nothing in the real world is perfect. But I do think that, long term, it can reduce accidents by a factor of 10. So there are 10 fewer fatalities, and tragedies, and serious injuries. And that’s a huge difference.”
The full video can be seen below.