Hashtag Trending June 2 – Elon Rejects Remote Work; the transport industry far from carbon neutral; smartphone cameras will rival professional cameras by 2024
Elon Musk is ditching remote work, EV adoption looks good but needs more traction to achieve carbon neutrality, and Sony says smartphone cameras will rival DSLRs by 2024.
It’s all the tech news that’s trending right now, welcome to Hashtag Trending. Today is Thursday, June 2, and I’m your host, Samira Balsara.
Elon Musk doesn’t like a lot of things, like Twitter, which he’s now hesitant to acquire. Now we can also add remote work to the list. According to Bloomberg, Tesla’s CEO has told company executives that working remotely is no longer acceptable. He proposes that all employees spend at least 40 hours a week in the office or “leave Tesla”. Additionally, Musk clarified that they should be in Tesla’s main office, not a remote branch. But Musk isn’t completely unsympathetic to remote workers and expressed in the email that he’s willing to make exceptions in exceptional circumstances. The Verge speculated that his passion for working in person may have stemmed from his own work ethic. It has been widely reported that Musk practically lived in Tesla factories while building his business.
As for electric vehicles, its sales are expected to triple by 2025. Yet governments and manufacturers need to do more work to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. In a report titled Long-Term Electric Vehicle Outlook, BloombergNEF reported that adoption of electric vehicles is now expected to top 20 million by 2025, driven in large part by rapid adoption in China. This news is optimistic, but it is far from replacing the 1.2 billion internal combustion engine vehicles on the road today. Heavy-duty vehicles are particularly lagging behind in this development. The research paper expects only a third of the commercial fleet to decarbonize by 2025.
Sony, the company renowned for its Playstation game console and professional cameras, has made a bold prediction: Smartphone cameras will eclipse professional DSLR cameras by 2024. DSLR cameras, or SLR cameras single-lens digital cameras have long been used by professional photographers. But the president of Sony Semiconductor Solutions said the two will reach parity in image quality by 2024. Smartphone image quality has improved dramatically with each generation thanks to improved sensor technology. and artificial intelligence software. That said, Sony never cared about DSLRs. Instead, it focuses primarily on professional mirrorless digital cameras, which operate on a different mechanism than DSLRs.
Swedish automaker Volvo is turning to a video game engine to advertise its next-generation electric vehicles. According to The Verge, Volvo has partnered with Epic Games to create a human-computer interface platform using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. Human-machine interface is just a fancy term for software displayed to the driver, think for example of Tesla’s digital dashboard. Volvo says the game engine will allow its platforms to deliver safer and more realistic presentations through photorealistic visuals. It’s unclear when this new platform will hit the market, but Volvo has moved its software team in-house to speed up development.
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