Tesla Motors announced that its Gigafactory started its operations. It’s the huge factory of lithium-ion battery cells to be used for the batteries of electric cars produced by the company and its power storage products. This is just the beginning for the company founded by Elon Musk because the Gigafactory is active only in part but can already take advantage of the agreement signed with Panasonic.
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ESA has announced the completion of the first four test flights using Iris Precursor, the test version of the Iris satellite communication system that in a few years should allow airplane cockpit crews to exchange digital messages with air traffic controllers in any position they are.
Google announced its own platform for the Internet of Things, called Android Things. In fact, it’s Brillo project, introduced in May 2015, in which the company included several new features requested by the developers who had the opportunity to test it. The presence of the Weave communication protocol is confirmed.
An article published in “The Astrophysical Journal Letters” describes the development and the application of machine learning algorithms to verify the stability of planetary systems. A team of researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough led by Dan Tamayo experimented this new approach to this type of astronomical research by creating a method a thousand times faster than conventional ones.
A few weeks after announcing that the Google Translate service would be upgraded to use an machine learning system called Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT), the engineers who run it announced that the new system has made great progress. In particular, it showed that it can translate from one language to another without specific training through an interlingua created on its own.