World’s richest man blasts off into new era for space tourism
What do a fireman, an 82-year old and a teenage tourist all have in common? They’ve just blasted off into space with the world’s richest man
Just minutes ago, Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos blasted into space. If successful, the historic spaceflight will be the first time ever that humans will go to space without anyone flying the ship.
The New Shepard spacecraft is entirely automated, in what Bezos will hope be a turning point for the future of space tourism.
“We’ve been training. This vehicle’s ready, this crew is ready, this team is amazing. We just feel really good about it,” said Bezos.
The future of space tourism
Not only will the flight be a momentous occasion for Amazon’s billionaire, but also for the future of space tourism.
Unlike traditional spacecraft, these rockets can be used more than just the one time.
Similar to rival billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s Space-X, sustainability is at the core of Blue Origin.
Bezos fulfils a childhood dream
Bezos has been dreaming of going to space for his whole life.
“To see the Earth from space, it changes you. It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity,” he said.
“I’m excited. People keep asking me if I’m nervous. I’m not really nervous, I’m curious. I want to know what we’re going to learn.”Jeff Bezos, founder of amazon
Where can you watch the Blue Origin launch?
The New Shepard launch will be live-streamed from 9:30 pm AEST on the Blue Origin website, with the launch (weather permitting) planned for 11 pm.
Who will be onboard The New Shepard?
This space flight won’t be manned by your usual astronauts.
In fact, the crew includes a female trailblazer pilot, who also happens to be the oldest person to ever go to space.
Wally Funk was one of the 13 female pilots who trained to go to space in the 60s’. She missed the chance back then because she’s a woman.
“It’s going to happen! I’ve waited a long time and I’ve dreamed a long time to get to go up.”Wally Funk
Oliver Daemen also happens to be the son of Joes Daemen. Joes in the founder & CEO of Netherlands-based private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners.
Also aboard will be the youngest person to ever go to space, a teenager from Denmark. He nabbed the spot largely by luck – an anonymous buyer originally had the spot.
The buyer, who paid $28M for the spot, opted out of the flight due to a “scheduling conflict”.
Of course, billionaire Jeff Bezos will also be joining them, and he’s bringing his little brother Mark along for the ride too. When he’s down in earth, Mark is usually a firefighter.
Tech layoffs reach their highest point in over 20 years
There have been over 130,000 layoffs across the technology sector in the last five months
The technology sector was billed as the most exciting industry to work in.
Big offices, big dreams, big money were all part of the parcel for many companies attracting staff.
As many organisations caught onto the momentum of the pandemic, the same energy has not been particularly met on the other side.
Thousands of workers have since been laid off as the good times stopped rolling.
In fact, the technology sector’s layoffs are the highest since the dotcom bubble burst 22 years ago.
The BT Group is one of the latest companies cutting staff.
Fifty-five thousand have lost their jobs as part of a corporate restructure.
CEO Philip Jansen will freeze his £1.1 million salary until he retires, according to reports from Sky News.
The ground is also shifting as artificial intelligence takes hold and the economy worsens.
BT Group said it is laying off 11,000 staff because of the increased capacity for artificial intelligence in the workplace.
At the same time, companies like Apple and Goldman Sachs are among those restricting or banning the use of tools like ChatGPT amid privacy or data concerns.
Big tech crackdown on employees using ChatGPT
Apple and Samsung are among companies restricting or banning the use of ChatGPT
Some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Apple and Amazon have banned or restricted OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
The tool relies on artificial intelligence to produce responses to prompts entered by users.
However, major brands remain concerned around the privacy risks because of the data ChatGPT uses to improve its accuracy.
Samsung has previously reported employees unintentionally leaking confidential internal source code and meeting recordings through ChatGPT.
Meanwhile, Apple has banned the web-platform over concerns surrounding data leaks.
Can Linda Yaccarino save Twitter’s falling ad sales?
Linda Yaccarino has officially taken over as Chief Executive Officer at Twitter
Linda Yaccarino was once the head of NBC Universal’s advertising and partnerships team.
Her appointment follows a Twitter poll where Musk asked users to vote on whether he should resign.
At the time, 57.5 per cent voted ‘yes’.
Twitter is undergoing a transformation, including addressing concerns around rising hate speech and disinformation on the platform.
Mr Musk said Yaccarino is the perfect person for the job.
“I think Linda’s going to do a great job running Twitter. I’ll provide guidance on technology development.
“Twitter has released more changes in the last six months than it has in the last six years.”
Twitter said it has taken down over 6 million pieces of content in the first half of 2022, before the platform was acquired over by billionaire Elon Musk.
Benjamin Powers is a technology reporter at The Messenger, who said the platform has some issues to address.
“It’s unclear how much he’ll [Musk] be stepping back.”
The New York Times reports advertising revenue attracted US$88 million from 1 April to the first week of May—a decrease of 59 per cent from a year earlier.
“I think the big problem is revenue. The pullback is that they’ve lost about 58 per cent of advertising revenue, which is huge for a company like Twitter.
“The subscription business, which involves getting a blue check, you pay $8 a month, really hasn’t kept up with that dynamic,” he said.
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