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Episode 91 - Life-Sized Legos!!!

Episode 91 - Life-Sized Legos!!!

Wes, Eneasz, and David keep the rationalist community informed about what’s going on outside of the rationalist community

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News discussed:

Intuitive Machines, the company behind the private moon lander, released a video of a test-fire of its landing engines

Fifth Circuit injunction preventing government from censoring social media

Fifth Circuit also reversed lower court and upheld Texas law forbidding viewpoint discrimination by social media companies

SpaceX is ready for another test launch of Starship, but the FAA is dragging their feet on approval.

Proud Boys leader sentenced to 22 years in prison

Putin and Erdogan met to try to revive grain deal

British company FruitCast uses AI to count, weigh, and evaluate ripeness of millions of berries per day

Florida State University professor Eric Stewart, a celebrated criminologist, is kicked out of FSU under allegations of fraud. Six major studies often cited as proof of systemic racism have been retracted. A collaborator blew a whistle a few years ago when a study with 500 participants was published as having over 1100 participants

Happy News!

NY and LA school districts considering teaching kids to use ChatGPT to enhance learning rather than banning it

University of Tokyo researching a muon-based GPS replacement, which would work deep underground and underwater.

Chinese air pollution down over 40% in a decade, life expectancy is up 2-6 years in cities.

Ozempic can maybe completely remove the need for insulin in type 1 diabetics!? Research ongoing

Human-sized Legos make real buildings!!! 

German company Polaris has successfully test flown a scaled-down unmanned model of Aurora, a hypersonic/suborbital jet capable of delivering payloads to orbit

The Mars Society announced the creation of the Mars Technology Institute, whose purpose is to develop the technologies required to settle Mars

A proof-of-concept device on Perseverance has generated enough oxygen to keep a small dog alive for 10 hours

UN Diplomat crowd-funds $144M to drain an abandoned oil tanker of over 1M barrels of crude and scupper the ship (Yemen couldn’t do it cuz they’re doing a civil war), prevented an eventual massive catastrophe

Troop Deployments

Scott Alexander 4 prez

RIP Van Aaron Hughes

Football now with AI-powered commentary

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The Mind Killer
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Your hosts Wesley Fenza, Eneasz Brodski, and David Spearman discuss the week's news.