Forbes Ranks Tesla Optimus Robot Behind a 1960s Disney Toy

Absolutely scathing analysis is coming from Forbes, alleging Tesla robotics are just a clumsy fraud.

…while it’s cool to see a company like Tesla tinkering with robotics, it seems like we still have a long ways to go before we’re sharing our homes with robot servants—a promise of the future we’ve been waiting on for over a century. Optimus doesn’t appear have capabilities beyond anything we could do in 1964…

That’s also the original mechanical Turk story, if you really want to go back in time.

Fun fact. Driverless cars run the same timeline. Heavily promoted in the 1960s as our inevitable future they almost entirely died out by the 1970s.

Tesla Fires in SF Destroyed Two Vehicles Last Night

Berlin, Germany reported nine vehicles were destroyed by two Tesla arson fires in one night.

Then SF said hold my beer.

San Francisco authorities are investigating two car fires that occurred early Saturday within blocks of each other South of Market — both Tesla Model Y’s and possibly the result of arson, according to the owner of one of the vehicles.

Firefighters have given some clues already.

In each incident, firefighters responded with a truck and engine and were able to extinguish the fires quickly, in part because only the vehicles’ contents caught fire not their lithium-ion batteries.

Thus it echoes the recent lunar new year celebration in SF that made a firey public sacrifice of a road robot.

It’s also interesting to note that Berlin and SF reports both described Tesla in terms of societal harm. Balconies were covered in ash, street trees were catching fire. Neighbors probably are thinking they should stop a Tesla from coming into their spaces if they want to avoid more toxic fires. Parking lots definitely should prevent Tesla from entering.

Insurance companies might need to weigh in here and help ban Tesla.

American Scientists “Discover” Nematodes Mailed to Them by Thai Scientists

There’s something fishy in this story of American discovery.

Hoping to gain a deeper understanding of a different Steinernema species, Dillman’s laboratory requested samples from colleagues in Thailand. “We did DNA analysis on the samples and realized they weren’t the ones we had requested. Genetically, they didn’t look like anything else that has ever been described,” Dillman said.

Dillman and his colleagues have now described the new species in the Journal of Parasitology.

What happened to the Thai colleagues who acquired and sent the samples? Was that not the actual discovery phase? There’s a huge hole in this story

They’ve named the new species Steinernema adamsi after the American biologist Byron Adams, Biology Department chair at Brigham Young University. […] Dillman said. “He was also my undergraduate advisor and the person who introduced me to nematodes. This seemed a fitting tribute to him.”

It reads to me like a pregnant woman who goes to the hospital for a checkup and is told by her doctor that he will name her baby Dillman to give credit to the lab he used for tests.

Does the person who requests data from a colleague and simply reads it suddenly get to claim ownership over that data?

UT Tesla Kills One: Attempted Left Turn in Front of Traffic

The infamous Tesla left turn in front of oncoming traffic has killed a woman.

Per a release from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the scene at approximately 9:08 p.m. after a green Chevrolet Blazer and a white Tesla collided at the intersection. The Blazer was traveling south on Midland Drive where the Tesla was waiting to make a left turn from the northbound lane onto westbound 4000 South. The Tesla reportedly attempted the left turn in front of the Blazer, which subsequently crashed into its front passenger-side door.

The deceased woman was in the Tesla passenger seat.