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Monica Cowan is the host of the WDB Podcast and writes about news in the above categories. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she studied journalism at Ohio State University. In her spare time, Monica enjoys cooking and baking (especially cupcakes), reading fiction novels, playing tennis, and yoga classes with friends,

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New endangered listing for rare lizard could slow oil and gas drilling in New Mexico and West Texas

Federal wildlife officials declared a rare lizard in southeastern New Mexico and West Texas an endangered species Friday, citing future energy development, sand mining and climate change as the biggest threats to its survival in one of the world’s most lucrative oil and natural gas basins. “We have determined that the dunes sagebrush lizard is […]

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A former OpenAI leader says safety has 'taken a backseat to shiny products' at the AI company

A former OpenAI leader who resigned from the company earlier this week said on Friday that safety has “taken a backseat to shiny products” at the influential artificial intelligence company. Jan Leike, who ran OpenAI’s “Super Alignment” team alongside a company co-founder who also resigned this week, wrote in a series of posts on the

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Fluor-led JV breaks ground on $700M Interstate 35 expansion in Texas

While private-led projects struggle with lingering headwinds, shovels on public projects are still able to turn dirt. That rings especially true on the I-35 corridor, one of the most traveled interstates in Texas. Lone Star Constructors, a joint venture between Fluor and Austin Bridge & Road, a Coppell, Texas-based road construction company, broke ground Thursday

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Lab space supply-demand balance likely in coming years: JLL

Dive Brief: Demand for lab space is set to ramp up, with market activity expected to increase in the coming months, according to JLL’s U.S. Life Sciences Property report released Wednesday.  Lab demand rose 6.3% across the U.S. in the first quarter, with most of that increase concentrated in Boston, San Diego and the Bay

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UK watchdog decides not to investigate Microsoft's AI partnership with France's Mistral

File – Arthur Mensch, cofounder and CEO of Mistral AI, attends the UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) Safety Summit in Bletchley, England on Nov. 2, 2023. The Competition and Markets Authority said it’s looking into Microsoft’s partnership with France’s Mistral AI and the company’s hiring of key staff from another startup, Inflection AI. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo

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OpenAI, Reddit teaming in deal that will bring Reddit's content to ChatGPT

OpenAI and Reddit are teaming up in a deal that will bring the social media platform’s content to ChatGPT. Share of Reddit surged more than 10% before the market open on Friday. Reddit said in a blog post that the agreement will give OpenAI access to its data application programming interface, which provides real-time, structured,

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What is the true value of partial automation systems?

The bad press experienced by fully autonomous (SAE Level 4) robotaxis has made developers aware that the industry needs a cultural reassessment to continue drawing in investors and customers. Meanwhile, the global market for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) is expected to follow a steady upward trajectory. By 2029, Statista forecasts that it will reach

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EVs dominate Ford shareholder and management agendas

Ford is facing growing pressure from disgruntled shareholders to be more transparent with its electric vehicle (EV) business. The topic of electrification dominated the discussion at the 69th annual meeting of shareholders, held on 9 May 2024, as investors called management to account across various fronts. As one disgruntled shareholder put it, “Ford’s EV plans

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In-vehicle consumer services are reshaping the industry

In 2023, BMW adjusted its ‘heated seats on subscription service’ after receiving feedback from numerous drivers who expressed dissatisfaction with having to subscribe to features that were originally built into the hardware. Instead, they expressed a preference for subscription options that further enhanced their driving experience. A 2023 S&P survey found that, though fewer than

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Taiwan is selling more to the US than China in major shift away from Beijing

WASHINGTON — Whether it’s tapioca balls or computer chips, Taiwan is stretching toward the United States and away from China — the world’s No. 2 economy that threatens to take the democratically ruled island by force if necessary. That has translated to the world’s biggest maker of computer chips — which power everything from medical

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