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    The Metaverse: From Fiction to Reality and the Perils of Utopian Vision

    For the common populace, how long has it been since they encountered the ethereal notion of the ‘Metaverse’? In November of 2023, PICO, a virtual reality enterprise under the ownership of ByteDance, made public substantial workforce reductions and restructured its organizational framework, affecting over 300 employees, constituting roughly 23% of its workforce—this development transpired merely a stone’s throw away from ByteDance’s grandiose foray into the Metaverse. Two years have since elapsed. Indeed, over the course of 2023, the fervor surrounding the concept of the Metaverse has noticeably abated. In January, Microsoft dissolved its recently established industrial Metaverse division, barely four months old; in February, Tencent disclosed the commencement of significant…

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    Mind Over Machine: Musk’s Neuralink Implants in Humans – Boon or Brain Drain?

    On January 30th, Musk’s “cerebral apparatus” once again captivated global attention. Musk proffered a declaration that day, asserting that his neuro-computational enterprise (Neuralink) had accomplished the inaugural human cerebral device implantation surgery, affirming the recipient’s “convalescence.” “Contemplate the notion of effortlessly commanding your phone or computer, even manipulating an array of devices through mere ruminations. The vanguard beneficiaries will likely be amputees. Envision if Stephen Hawking could communicate with celerity surpassing that of a typist or even a rapid-fire auctioneer. Such is our ambition.” What precisely does this “cerebral apparatus,” christened “Telepathy,” entail? The primary objective of the “cerebral apparatus” is to transmute cerebral impulses into actionable directives. Initially, it…

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    The Two Sides of Laziness: A Business Perspective

      He, a catering layman, spent 5 million yuan to buy the secret recipe from the “God of Food” in Hong Kong. He also used the popularity of various celebrities and influencers to gain the favor of capital and opened 8 restaurants in Beijing in one go. In his free time, he would publish his life experiences and secrets of success online when he has nothing to do.   She was born into a catering family. She has only made one bowl of beef noodles for decades. She selects ingredients, prepares ingredients, cooks, and attracts customers, almost all by herself. She doesn’t understand marketing or hype. She only cares about the freshness…

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    Rare Metals: The Hidden Ingredients of Our Modern World

    When Gustave Eiffel constructed the tower that bears his name, he required 7,000 tons of steel. Presently, by incorporating a small quantity of the scarce metal niobium into each ton of steel, one can reduce the steel requirement by 5,000 tons in order to replicate the Eiffel Tower. An electric toothbrush oscillates 31,000 times per minute, and the driving force behind these high-frequency vibrations lies in the utilization of diminutive magnets containing rare metals such as neodymium and dysprosium. Resembling a flying periodic table of elements, the F-35 fighter jet employs 920 pounds (approximately 417 kilograms) of beryllium, gallium, lithium, and tantalum. A quarter of the fuselage is composed of…

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    Room Temperature Superconductivity: The Holy Grail of Physics

      Cutting-edge technologies are entering our field of vision at an unprecedented speed, affecting and even changing our lives. In 2023, after ChatGPT, the most popular technological term is “room temperature superconductivity”.   Superconductivity is the phenomenon of zero electrical resistance. In 1911, Dutch physicist Onnes discovered that mercury has zero resistance at about -269°C, for which he won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Physics. Since then, people have discovered the huge application prospects of this strange phenomenon called superconductivity. If we can find materials with superconducting properties at room temperature and normal pressure, the world will usher in a disruptive technological revolution. For example, computer chips can run faster with lower…

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    From Money Burning to Profit Seeking: The Transformation of Autonomous Driving

    Farewell to the stage of hot money influx and capital pursuit, the autonomous driving industry is moving in a more rational and calm direction. Since last year, the cold air has passed from the other side of the ocean to the Chinese market. First, Tesla and GM’s self-driving subsidiary Cruise respectively abolished many self-driving positions; then Aurora, the “world’s first self-driving stock” and known as Waymo and Cruise’s three-point self-driving world, was exposed to operating difficulties and was forced to lay off employees , cut salaries for executives, and sold assets to save money; even Argo AI, which is backed by Ford and Volkswagen’s two major financial backers, was not…

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    Sam Altman: The “Invisible” Genius Behind ChatGPT

      ChatGPT, the “badly played” intelligent chat robot, has been a bit besieged recently.   Due to the crime of “killing academics”, it was banned by the New York City Department of Education and banned by the University of Hong Kong.   Even though it was blocked by all parties, it still can’t change its brilliant record of becoming popular all over the Internet and gaining 100 million users in 2 months. For the same result, Twitter took 5 years, Facebook took 4.5 years, and TikTok took 9 months…   And the man behind ChatGPT, the founder of the technology company OpenAI, and “the father of ChatGPT” Sam Altman also entered people’s hearts. vision.…

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