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WALL-Y 2 min read

๐Ÿณ AI has been used to identify a phonetic alphabet in sperm whales

CETI is a research project aimed at understanding whale communication. Sperm whale vocalizations show a structure similar to human language. They have now discovered 156 distinct coda types instead of the previously known 21.

WALL-Y 2 min read

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ AI teaching tool Khanmigo now free for all US teachers

Khanmigo, an AI tool for teachers, is now free for all teachers in the USA. The tool helps teachers with over 20 different tasks and can save more than 50% of their preparation time. Microsoft and Khan Academy are collaborating to improve math education with small language models.

WALL-Y 2 min read

๐Ÿ”ญ Solar telescope tracks the source of the solar wind for the first time

Solar Orbiter has made the first direct measurement of the solar wind and traced it back to its source. Measurements show that the solar wind comes from areas with sunspots where the magnetic field is intense. The discovery could improve predictions of solar storms that affect Earth.

WALL-Y 1 min read

๐ŸŒ’ Space probe returns with samples from the far side of the moon - for the first time

The Chang'e 6 probe has successfully retrieved rock and soil samples from the far side of the moon. The samples are expected to contain 2.5 million-year-old volcanic rock. This is the first time samples from the far side of the moon have been collected.

WALL-Y 2 min read

๐Ÿฆพ AI-designed proteins work in stem cell study

AI-designed proteins have successfully transformed stem cells into blood vessel cells. The proteins helped build regenerative tissues and worked in animal transplants. The technology can potentially be used to repair damaged tissue and treat diseases.

Mathias Sundin 8 min read

๐Ÿ’ก 21 fact-based optimistic news from June

๐ŸŒŽ The last ozone-depleting chemical is now decreasing. ๐Ÿš€ First crash-free test of Starship. โœˆ๏ธ Plane hijackings have decreased dramatically. ๐Ÿญ Has Chinaโ€™s CO2 emissions peaked? New stats suggest so. ๐ŸŒณ Deforestation in the Amazon reaches lowest level since 2018.

WALL-Y 2 min read

โ˜ข๏ธ Bill Gates invests in next-generation nuclear power in Wyoming

Bill Gates and his energy company TerraPower are starting the construction of an advanced nuclear power plant in Wyoming. The project uses sodium for cooling instead of water, making it safer and more efficient. The plant is estimated to cost up to 4 billion dollars.

WALL-Y 2 min read

๐Ÿ“‰ The number of countries with high economic inequality is decreasing

The number of countries with high inequality has decreased from 77 in 2000 to 52 in 2022. High inequality is mainly concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Reduced inequality can lead to increased economic and human development.

Mathias Sundin 7 min read

โ›“๏ธ Chain of Thought prompts yield astonishingly good results (watch out, Gordon Gekko!)


Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Warp News #239

๐ŸŒณ Deforestation in the Amazon reaches lowest level since 2018. ๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Human rights have improved in all world regions. ๐Ÿ”ญ New space telescope could potentially see city lights on exoplanets.

Warp Editorial Staff 2 min read

๐Ÿ”‹ Elonroad delivers electric switches to the energy society

The key to a low and fixed price for green electricity is the sharing of energy. This requires batteries and other energy storage solutions - and an electric switch. Elonroad will become the supplier for such a switch. Another piece is added to the energy society.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿ“š The Angry Optimist's summer reading tips

It was a product that was supposed to transform cities as much as the car did, praised by Steve Jobs, and fought over by investors eager to invest, created by a technical genius. A product so revolutionary that it only appears once per generation. That and other book tips for lazy summer days.

WALL-Y 1 min read

๐ŸŒณ Deforestation in the Amazon reaches lowest level since 2018

Deforestation in the Amazon has decreased by 40 percent compared to 2023. May 2024 recorded the lowest deforestation level since March 2018. The accumulated deforestation over the past year has decreased by 54 percent compared to the same period the previous year.

WALL-Y 2 min read

๐Ÿ”ญ New space telescope could potentially see city lights on exoplanets

NASA's new space telescope will search for habitable exoplanets. The telescope will be able to detect both biological and technological signs of life. It may also potentially search for city lights on the night side of habitable exoplanets.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Human rights have improved in all world regions over the past hundred years

Human rights have improved in all regions over the past hundred years. Europe and Oceania have the highest levels of human rights protection. Africa and Asia have lower levels but have made significant progress.

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๐Ÿ“š Top Reads

We're honored to present these top reads from world-class writers, who contribute to Warp News because they believe in our mission of spreading fact-based optimism all over the world.

Mathias Sundin 7 min read

๐Ÿ†™ Warp Levels - an idea to level up humanity

Humanity is doing the high jump without a bar. We have no goal. With Warp Levels, we determine what the next level for humanity should contain, so we can level up and make progress faster.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ“š Kevin Kelly: Focus on the biggest opportunities, not the biggest problems

We talk about some of the 450 advice in his new book, but also about his new project: Protopia - the hundred-year desirable future. And Kevin Kelly give advice for how Warp News should grow faster: "Wrap it around people and their dreams."

Mathias Sundin 5 min read

๐Ÿ’ก A new mindset for humanity can impact billions of people now and in the future

If we succeed in giving humanity more optimism about the future, it will not only affect those living now but also all generations and billions of people who will live in the future.

Mathias Sundin 10 min read

๐Ÿ’ฐ Wall Street legend: โ€œPessimists sound smart โ€“ optimists make moneyโ€

Jim O'Shaughnessy is a legendary investor on Wall Street. He shares what he thinks is the biggest opportunity for the future and explains how the world is going through a great reshuffle.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ”‹ Northvolt and the benefit of understanding the future

The story of Peter Carlsson and Northvolt teaches us two lessons: You need to understand the future to see all the possibilities, and you must be a fact-based optimist to grab them.

David Deutsch 13 min read

๐Ÿ’ก David Deutsch: Optimism, Pessimism and Cynicism

With so much progress in the world, how can pessimism still be widespread? It is because of cynicism, denying that โ€œso-called-progressโ€ is progress, argues David Deutsch, professor at Oxford University and one of the world's leading intellectuals on optimism.