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The Innovation Edition
Tuesday, June 20th, 2023
1. Indonesia and SpaceX Come Together in the Name of Connectivity
Indonesia and SpaceX, the company known for sending rockets to space and making Elon Musk richer, have teamed up to launch a super expensive satellite to boost internet connectivity. The goal is to reach those remote corners of the archipelago that nobody really cares about, you know, the underdeveloped islands where people are probably too busy surviving to post selfies on Instagram. The senior Indonesian minister, Mahfud MD, confidently stated that satellite technology will magically bring internet to places where fiber optics can't reach in the next decade. Wow, ten whole years to bring slow, unreliable internet to some villages! The 4.5-tonne satellite, SATRIA-1, built by Thales Alenia Space, was launched into space by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which then will provide internet access to 50,000 public service points. Kudos to this public-private partnership for giving Indonesian citizens access to all the Youtube cat videos they could ever want.
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2. Intel Throws Around Billions in Germany Like It's Pocket Change
Intel has decided to drop $33 billion in Germany. Chancellor Olaf Scholz couldn't contain his excitement, claiming it as Germany's biggest foreign investment ever. Of course, Berlin didn't want to miss out on the party and generously offered subsidies worth nearly 10 billion euros to sweeten the deal. Intel's CEO, Pat Gelsinger, expressed his gratitude for fulfilling the vision of a "vibrant, sustainable, leading-edge semiconductor industry" in Germany and the EU. Competing with rivals like AMD, Nvidia, and Samsung, Intel wants to dominate the chipmaking game once again, so they're splurging on factories all over the world.
3. The Reddit Saga Continues...
In a series of interviews, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman stands firm against recent protests, moderators, and third-party apps, showcasing his unwavering determination to not give a single inch. Huffman defends charging third-party apps for API usage, claiming it was never meant to support their parasitic ways. He even compares protesting moderators to an entitled aristocracy, hinting at future changes to allow users to vote them out—because what's more democratic than a digital popularity contest? Despite the uproar, Huffman assures us that Reddit's revenue remains unscathed. So, while some communities are seeking refuge on alternative sites like Lemmy, rest assured that Reddit will continue its quest for profitability via third-party API usage fees.
4. Palantir's Software Liberating Healthcare Professionals from Spreadsheet Shackles and Whiteboard Tyranny
Palantir, the company known for its work with defense and intelligence agencies, has unveiled its latest creation: a platform that eradicates the need for hospitals to rely on outdated spreadsheets and whiteboards. Now doctors and nurses can bid farewell to the exhausting task of manually inputting data or, heaven forbid, picking up a marker to write on a whiteboard. Thanks to Palantir's A.I.-powered software, hospitals can accurately predict patient discharges and allocate resources efficiently, allowing medical professionals to sit back and relax while algorithms take over. Forget human interaction and teamwork when you have Palantir. It's a brave new world where technology reigns supreme and allows nurses everywhere to automate the most life-draining, tedious parts of their jobs.
5. It's Not A Bird and It's Not A Plane...
In a move that will surely leave Europe both thrilled and slightly terrified, Eve and Blade Air Mobility have announced their expansion of the "flying car" partnership. Yes, you read that correctly—flying cars are coming to Europe! Blade will integrate Eve's electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles into their European route network, starting with France. Finally, the skies will be filled with these magnificent wonders of technology, giving us all a chance to witness airborne traffic jams and fender benders in the sky. Get ready to say goodbye to the monotony of roads and hello to the thrilling chaos of the aerial highway!