Hello i great bloom. I collect the exponential view to help us understand how our societies and political economy will change under the influence of accelerating technologies.
In today’s release:
how investors should think about balancing different timescales for climate change mitigation,
What Alibaba’s Singles Day performance could indicate on Chinese spending,
This lab-grown meat company gets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s seal of approval.
Investment in the carbon technology and emissions sectors is expected to exceed the 2021 record of $13.6 billion across 656 deals.
In an article in The Economist This week, veteran climate technology investor Vinod Khosla argues we must redouble our efforts Investment activity on technologies that achieve Net Zero by 2050. Focusing on today’s technologies (and the 2030 timeline) can get in the way of realistically achieving the long-term goal.
Vinod is right that there are a range of technologies (such as nuclear fusion, nanomaterials, and biofabrication) that offer really long-term solutions to sustainable prosperity. We should invest in those. But investing in today’s technologies (solar, batteries, HVDC) also makes sense unless we run into a shortage of capital, talent, and interest.
📊 In our latest Charts of the Week #99, we touch on other aspects of the climate reality through data. Read it here.
There has been an explosion of services in the field of generative AI. These systems, which typically use large language models at their core, are expensive to build and train but much cheaper to operate.
I want to date this trend. Again in July 2020, she wrote that large language paradigms — which I refer to as converters at the time, such as GPT-3 — are “able to aggregate information and present it in a semi-usable form.” They represented an improvement over prior knowledge techniques, because they were providing composite information rather than differentiated search queries.
And in my simplified framework, adapters were all about mounting. I’ve seriously avoided defining what I meant by tuning, but after 30 months it’s time for me to revise this model.
Every week we are Track key metrics Tell us a little bit about the future of the common climate.
our member, Marshall Kirkpatricktakes the time to curate a presentation of our current state of climate in this segment each week, and you can read Marshall’s presentation below.
One thing to know this week about our climate future: COP27 was a mixed bag. It was due to end on Friday, and it was supposed to be about execution. Putting money where the mouths are will be the key Distrust Breakthrough between the north and south of the world; To that end, the European Union made a historic U-turn when it agreed early Friday to Create a global fund to pay for the losses and damages caused by rich countries much more than the rest of the world. But the United States refuses to support anything that acknowledges the damage done, because patriarchy means not having to say you’re sorry. “The United States is always 10 years behind the current reality,” He said Harjit Singh of the International Climate Action Network. while, Commitments to reduce methane, which is a short-term climate killer, has been signed on by all but China and India, the largest methane emitters, and Russia. It’s hard to avoid cynicism about negotiations between nation-states, but the Indigenous Caucus reminds the world It has ready solutions and needs to be further embedded. directing mr rogers (“Look for helpers”for better or for worse) the global climate pioneer Dr. Catherine Hayhoe says what she will take from COP27 he is
“All people. Thousands of people, some of the smartest, most dedicated people in the world… Most of them are here because they really want to make a difference, and that really gives me hope.”
Alibaba is seeing steady sales performance during China’s premier annual shopping event, Singles’ Day. [link] Compare to just two years ago when the giant saw sales increase more than 90% year-over-year over the holiday. [link]
Masayoshi Son owes $4.7 billion to SoftBank. [link]
Permanent daylight saving time would save $1.2 billion in car accidents in the United States alone. [link]
By 2035, electric truck charging stations will require 19 megawatts, enough to power a small town. [link]
Indian aerospace company Skyroot has launched the country’s first private rocket into space. Indian space startups have raised $108.52 million in 2022 alone. [link]
🥩 The lab-grown meat company has been approved by the Food and Drug Administrationbut the company still needs to figure out how to make enough stuff.
Myopia has been found to be associated with five genetic variants…and be that as it may More common among those with a college education.
Intel unveiled FakeCatcher, a Real time deepfake detector With (allegedly) 96% effectiveness. (Deepfakes will be global, so a failure rate of 4% is problematic).
As we approach the 400th (!!) issue of the newsletter, we’re experimenting with some new formats. Tell us what you think!
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It was Claudia Schwales Co-creator of the world’s first permanent citizens’ association on climate in the Brussels-Capital Region. congratulations!
Vessela Ignatova wrote an article about How business strategy and operations can enhance the OKR process.
Written by Diana Wu, David A A fictional story that imagines the possibilities of the future of work.
Aisling Carlson and her team at Diversity VC have posted a dossier Report exploring the role of DEI mandates at the LP and GP leveland its impact on the capital allocation of the founders.
Published by Gianni Giacomelli Futures report 2030which features more than 45 hypothetical stories that show how you can design new systems using Augmented Collective Intelligence.
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