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LA to Vegas in half an hour: the future of transport has arrived

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Hyperloop technology will redefine the future of transport forever – and it’s not as far away as you may think

Back in 2013, Elon Musk first thought coined the term ‘Hyperloop’. Musk’s dream for the elusive fifth mode of transport is now closer than ever to becoming a reality. A Hyperloop is a sealed tube with low air pressure, which a pod travels through.

The Hyperloop technology will bridge the gap between rail and aviation transport networks – striving for sustainability without sacrificing speed or safety.

The Hyperloop carrier will move at the speed of an aircraft, with the capacity to move as many people as a 30-lane highway.

How does the Hyperloop work?

The Hyperloop is basically a huge tube, almost completely devoid of air. The lack of air allows high speeds with minimal energy consumption. Also, each pod uses magnetic levitation technology, with electromagnetic propulsion.

“This decade could end with hundreds of millions of people riding hyperloop. For people who think this technology is many years away, I rode on one. It’s right now,” said co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop, Josh Giegel.

Virgin Hyperloop is already rolling out the technology in many places around the world. Giegel says we can expect the technology to become available in America, India, Europe and the Middle East somewhere between 2025-27.

Could Hyperloop be the climate-friendly transport of the future?

The development of Hyperloop technology comes amid renewed discussions about the sustainability of air travel. Europe recently proposed a fuel tax on the aviation industry to push green energy.

The aviation industry is currently exempt from fuel taxation charges in the EU. However, the European Commission has found this exemption “is not coherent with the present climate challenges and policies”.

The minimum tax rate would come into effect in 2023, increasing gradually over a 10-year period. Reuters reports that the draft document didn’t specify the final tax rate.

“This decade could end with hundreds of millions of people riding hyperloop. For people who think this technology is many years away, I rode on one. It’s right now” says Giegel.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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BuzzFeed to use ChatGPT-created content on website

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BuzzFeed is set to go by on A.I-generated content, with the company to use ChatGPT to create content for the site

The media giant plans to use the service to generate quizzes and further personalise its user experience.

“If the past 15 years of the internet have been defined by algorithmic feeds that curate and recommend content, the next 15 years will be defined by AI and data helping create, personalise and animate the content itself,” BuzzFeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti recently said.

BuzzFeed recently announced that it would be cutting 12 per cent of its workforce to rein in costs.

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Twitter updates font on mobile & web versions

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Have you noticed something different about Twitter?

 
Well, the social media giant has changed the font on its web and mobile app.

Apple users, sorry, you’re stuck with the old one.

It’s unclear why Twitter made the change, but it may have to do with spotting impersonators.

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Justice Department & states sue Google in anti-trust lawsuit

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The Department of Justice and a handful of states have sued Google over the company’s dominance in the digital ad space.

 
This is the second anti-trust lawsuit the D.O.J. has filed against Google.

The D.O.J. and states are seeking to unwind Google’s alleged anti-competitive acquisitions in the advertising space, as part of the joint case.

“We alleged that Google has used anti-competitive exclusionary and unlawful conduct to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its dominance over digital advertising technologies,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a press conference.

“Google has used anticompetitive, exclusionary, & unlawful conduct to eliminate or severely diminish any threat to its [digital ad] dominance.”

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