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5 Things to Know Before Your Morning Coffee — Thursday, May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021
By Corey Noles

Every day we wake up, drink a cup of coffee, and get ready for work. Following are a handful of stories from around the tech world condensed to fit into one single cup of coffee. These are the things you need to know before you step foot out of your door (or in front of a webcam) and into the real world this morning.

So sit back, grab a cup, and start your morning off right with a few “Quick Bytes” from Innovation & Tech Today.

Tesla Steps Back on Bitcoin, Calls for Sustainability

After catching a tremendous amount of blowback over allowing customers to buy cars with Bitcoin, Tesla has backed out of the decision. Founder Elon Musk made the announcement and said the decision was due to concerns over fossil fuels attached to BTC mining. Opponents argued BTC’s energy usage flew in the face of Tesla’s environmental mission. Tesla is retaining the BTC it purchased in January.

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AI Learns to Type on Phones 

Researchers at Aalto University and the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence have created an AI model that can predict how people move their fingers and eyes when typing on a mobile device. The model can simulate how a human would type any sentence on any keyboard. It can both make and detect errors and correct them — very much like a human would.

Biden Signs Cybersecurity Executive Order

President Joe Biden signed an executive order yesterday that creates an Energy Star-type label for connected devices. The label will detail the security capabilities of Internet of Things devices, allowing consumers to make a more informed decision. The order also sets security standards for software sold to the federal government.

Intel is Using Machine Learning for GTA V — and It’s Insane

Intel Labs has put Grand Theft Auto V through a machine learning process that has made its graphics almost unsettlingly real. A drive through southern California is almost bizarrely accurate in the game. Intel reports some of the photorealism comes as a result of datasets they fed into their neural network.

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Author Bio: Corey Noles is the Managing Editor for Innovation & Tech Today. In more than two decades as a journalist, he has covered crime, MLB, business, healthcare, politics and anything else that could snag a headline.

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