Elon Musk's Hyperloop One proposes new London to Edinburgh route
One of three proposed new routes in the UK for Elon Musk's Hyperloop One could cut the journey from London to Edinburgh to 50 minutes. That would make it a 30-minute reduction from the current fastest transport method of flying, whilst driving currently takes seven and a half hours.
The 414-mile journey is just one route that is being targeted by Tesla co-founder Musk, with plans in the UK for Liverpool to Glasgow and Cardiff to Glasgow tracks also in the pipeline.
Six other proposed routes across Europe are also being taken into consideration in a semi-final, as well as eleven other routes across the US and projects in the UAE.
Musk first unveiled plans for the cutting-edge technology back in 2013 after a year of speculation, calling it a 'cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table.'
Claiming he was motivated by the California High-Speed Rail Project, Musk criticised their train and called it 'slower, more expensive to operate and less safe' than flying, and asking why would anyone want to use it.
The Hyperloop, however, would alleviate those problems according to the Tesla chief. His new transportation system could rival the $68bn investment by the State of California and deliver passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 38 minutes.
Hyperloop's first test track is currently just 500-metres long and situated in the Nevada desert, with trials expecting to run later this year. Musk also confirmed that the company will have 500 employees working on the system by the end of 2017.
Passenger and cargo pods levitate using magnetic force and are then loaded into a transporter. Hyperloop One then works on a basis of low-pressure air helping to propel the transporter and pods at nearly 700 miles per hour through tubs to their destination.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.