Google fires AI engineer Blake Lemoine, who claimed its LaMDA 2 AI is sentient

Blake Lemoine, the Google engineer who publicly claimed that the company’s LaMDA conversational artificial intelligence is sentient, has been fired, according to the Big Technology newsletter, which spoke to Lemoine. In June, Google placed Lemoine on paid administrative leave for breaching its confidentiality agreement after he contacted members of the government about his concerns and … Read more

Citing ‘overreaching activism,’ SpaceX reportedly fires workers who decried Musk’s behavior – TechCrunch

To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. There we go, today it’s Friday! We’re planning to spend some quality time with a headset and a collection of amazing TechCrunch podcasts — here’s our roundup of this week’s episodes, enthusiastically … Read more

SpaceX Fires Workers After Letter Calls Elon Musk an ‘Embarrassment,’ Report Says

SpaceX has fired the employees involved in writing and sending a letter to company executives that expressed concern about the behavior of CEO Elon Musk and called for improvements to workplace culture, The New York Times reported Friday. The open letter was reportedly posted Wednesday to an internal Microsoft Teams channel and said Musk’s “behavior in the public … Read more

SpaceX fires employees who wrote open letter complaining about Musk

SpaceX has fired a number of employees who wrote and shared a letter criticizing the behavior of CEO Elon Musk, reports The New York Times. The open letter, first reported by The Vergedescribed Musk’s behavior as “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us, particularly in recent weeks.” It cites SpaceX’s “No Asshole” policy … Read more

Forest Service’s Own Planned Fires Led to Huge New Mexico Wildfire

What’s happening Two fires in New Mexico merged to become the largest in state history. We now know both began with controlled burns. Why it matters Over 300,000 acres have burned and continue to burn, impacting tens of thousands of residents. On Jan. 29, US Forest Service crews completed a pile burn in the Santa … Read more

What the World’s Largest Organism Reveals About Fires and Forests

Despite concerns raised by Weaver and others in the field, fire suppression became a cornerstone of forest management. And at first, coinciding with a relatively cool, wet period, it seemed to work. Fires across the American West were limited and generally controllable. For about 50 years, this fire regime was presumed to be normal. The … Read more

E-Scooter Fires in India Trigger Safety Concerns, in Setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Push

A spate of electrical scooters catching hearth in India, together with one made by SoftBank-backed Ola Electrical, is sparking security issues amongst some patrons, in an early setback for a nascent sector Prime Minister Narendra Modi is bullish about. India desires electrical scooters and motorbikes to make up 80 % of complete two-wheeler gross sales … Read more