Robotics roundup

I’m excited for any opportunity to talk about soft robotics. There’s something other-worldly about the world of inflatable robotic bladders. Human beings are wont to develop robotics in their own image. The world of soft robots are something akin to what the technology would be like if it was developed by a sea creature. Certainly…Continue Reading

Square buys majority of Tidal, adds Jay Z to its board in bid to shake up the artist economy

This morning Square, a fintech company that serves both individuals and companies, announced that it has purchased a majority stake in Tidal, a music streaming service. The deal, worth some $297 million, will Tidal allow artist-partners to keep their ownership in the music company. Square CEO Jack Dorsey used his other company, Twitter, this morning…Continue Reading

SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, while Starship moves closer to being able to launch up to 400 at a time

SpaceX has launched another batch of its Starlink satellites – the usual complement of 60 of the low Earth orbit spacecraft, which will join the more than 1,000 already making up the existing constellation. This is the fifth launch of Starlink satellites for SpaceX this year, and the 20th overall. Earlier this year, SpaceX opened up…Continue Reading

House passes sweeping voting rights, ethics bill

The House on Wednesday passed the For the People Act, a sweeping bill that seeks to change campaign finance, voting and ethics laws.The bill would expand access to the ballot box by creating automatic voter registration across the country, restoring the voting rights of the formerly incarcerated, expanding early voting and modernizing America’s voting systems.The…Continue Reading

House passes police reform act named for George Floyd

The House on Wednesday passed a police reform bill that would ban chokeholds and overhaul qualified immunity protections for officers.The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, H.R. 1280, passed 220-212 — although a Republican representative said he’d voted yes by mistake and changed the official record to reflect his opposition.Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, tweeted that…Continue Reading

Watchdog faulted Elaine Chao for misuse of office as transportation secretary

The Transportation Department’s watchdog asked the Justice Department to criminally investigate Elaine Chao late last year over concerns that she misused her office when she was transportation secretary under President Donald Trump but was rebuffed, according to a report released Wednesday.The report said the Justice Department’s criminal and public integrity divisions declined in December to…Continue Reading