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Ampler now offers five e-bikes for all types of riders: 200 cm, 150 cm, etc.

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The Juna and Axel are two all-new pedal-assisted electric bikes from Ampler, joining updated versions of the Curt, Stout, and Stellar. The five-strong lineup of relatively lightweight e-bikes offers something for everyone in an effort to appeal to all types of riders, of varying sizes and tastes.

At a private event in the company’s new Amsterdam showroom and service center, I saw each of the new Amplers. From the sporty Curt and Axel to the relaxed Juna and Stellar step-throughs to the sturdy Stout, each e-bike demonstrates the maturity in form and function that you’d expect from a company that pioneered the electrification of desirable city and commuter bikes.

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In a press release, Ampler CEO and co-founder Ardo Kaurit says, “We call it the second generation because almost everything is new, including fully in-house developed frames and electronics systems built to deliver the full Ampler experience.” “Creating electric bikes that serve urban commuters—bikes that are exciting, long-lasting, safe, and built responsibly—is our passion.” With the new generation, I believe we have made a significant step toward our goal. “

Ampler, based in Estonia, was founded by three friends in 2014: a professional motocross racer, an engineer, and a bike designer. At a time when the category was dominated by hulking, bolt-on battery designs primarily ridden by the elderly, the company launched in 2016 with a trio of attractive e-bikes. Ampler now employs over 140 people and has delivered over 15,000 electric bicycles. It recently received new funding to expand its European operations and build a new factory in Tallinn, as well as to expand its showrooms beyond Tallinn, Berlin, and Cologne to new locations in Amsterdam and Zurich.

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The Juna (16.5kg, 36 pounds, 6 ounces) can accommodate riders as short as 150cm (4 feet 11 inches), while the Axel (16.3kg, 35 pounds, 15 ounces) can accommodate riders as tall as 200cm (6 feet 7 inches). Juna and Axel have single-speed Gates belt drives and 27.5-inch rims with wide 50mm puncture-resistant tires that should absorb bumps while carrying heavy loads.

Improved cable routing, torque sensors for natural power assist, bright front lights from Busch & Müller, integrated brake lights in the rear fenders (except Curt, which keeps the rear light in the seat post), new integrated displays on the top tubes, and a more conveniently located power button beneath the top tube are now standard on all five Ampler models.

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The e-bikes are powered by Ampler’s own 250W rear-hub motors and 48V 336Wh batteries, which charge in 2.5 hours from zero to full. According to Ampler, they produce a top speed of 25 km/h (per European law) and a range of 50 to 100 km, with 70 km being the stated average. The integrated battery is not user-removable, but it can be removed for maintenance, and the bikes lack the throttles that are common on faster e-bikes in the United States.

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The Ampler Curt is still one of my favorite e-bikes made by any company. The new Curt is still one of, if not the lightest, fully-equipped (lighting, fenders, kickstand) e-bikes available anywhere, weighing just 14.4 kg (almost 32 pounds). Its aggressive geometry, on the other hand, may be too uncomfortable for some.

As a city/commuter e-bike, I’m most interested in the all-new Axel. It has a sporty geometry and a low-maintenance belt drive system. It also includes fenders, integrated lighting, and a kickstand, making it ideal for use as an all-weather city bike for running errands with the family or as a commuter bike for getting riders to work without breaking a sweat. It’s also the model I’ll be testing in Amsterdam, which is known for its bicycle culture, in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

The Juna and Axel from Ampler are now available for €2,590 and £490, respectively. The updated Curt, along with the Stout and Stellar models, will be available next week. Ampler’s bikes aren’t cheap, but unlike some e-bike companies, they won’t nickel and dime you to death with subscription add-ons.

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Clubhouse removed personal information from Afghan users’ accounts as a security measure

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The platform aims to protect users’ privacy and security.

Clubhouse, a social audio app, has joined other social networks in protecting the privacy and security of Afghan users. The platform reset the bios and photos of tens to thousands of Afghan users earlier this week and made it more difficult for search engines to find their accounts. Clubhouse spokesperson said that the actions did not affect users’ followers and that all changes can be reversed if desired.

Clubhouse reminds its Afghan customers that pseudonyms are allowed for safety and human rights reasons. According to the spokesperson, Clubhouse consulted experts in violent extremism and free expression to develop its approach.

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As the Taliban have regained control of the country, many people in Afghanistan have tried to delete photos from their social media accounts and phones that could show a connection to the West or the former Afghan government.

Despite bans on several social platforms, the Taliban was able to push their messaging on social media. The Washington Post said that they have become sophisticated at social media tactics to change their image.

On Thursday, Facebook said it had added security measures for users in Afghanistan, including hiding “friends” lists and adding a tool to lock down accounts quickly.

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It’s not a good idea to overthink it. Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot jokes

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A distraction and an empty promise

After a lengthy presentation on the unquestionably remarkable work, Tesla is doing in AI, Elon Musk, the company’s Technoking, brought out a spandex-clad dancer to cap the evening. Behold, said Musk: my Tesla Bot.

He said that the dancer in the suit was the model for the new humanoid robot Tesla will be producing shortly. The applause and dubstep had subsided, and the briefing slides that promised that the Tesla Bot would stand at five feet eight inches (1.7m), be 125 pounds (56kg), and have “human-level hands” and be able to eliminate “dangerous and repetitive, boring tasks” were discarded.

A ROBOT IS A TESLA WITHOUT WHEELS. SAYS MUSK

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Musk stated that Musk’s goal to build a human-replacement robotics system — something that no other company is even close to being able, was a natural step in Tesla’s efforts to develop self-driving cars. Musk said that cars are semi-sentient robots with wheels. It makes sense to add that to a humanoid body. We are also very skilled at actuators, batteries, and sensors, so we expect to have a prototype next year that looks something like this.

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It was an extraordinary and brilliant piece of tomfoolery, even by Musk’s standards. A multipurpose sideshow that entertained Tesla skeptics and fed the fans while also creating headlines. The latter is particularly important in a week when most Tesla news has focused on a federal investigation into the company’s Autopilot software to crash into parked emergency vehicles. Musk says that all this is irrelevant. Just look at the man in the spandex suit. It’ll be an actual robot next year, I promise.

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Are you willing to believe him? Do you think he is a fool? Although I can’t answer your question, I will give you the facts. Last night, Elon Musk took to the stage to promise that Tesla, a company with driver assistance software that cannot avoid parked ambulances reliably, would soon create a fully functioning humanoid robotic machine. Musk stated that the device would follow human instructions and respond correctly to commands such as “please go to the store and get me these groceries.” This was just minutes after he had shown a spandex-clad dancer demonstrating the Tesla Bot. You have to admire Musk’s chutzpah.

To help Musk understand his claims, it is important to remember that Boston Dynamics, which made Atlas, the most advanced bipedal robotic robot globally, has never called its machines anything other than R&D. It’s far from commercial deployment. In recent machine videos, the company showed how difficult building a bipedal robot is and how often Atlas trips and falls. Boston Dynamics has been working with Atlas and its bipedal predecessors for more than a decade. __S.50__

“[CALLING IT] HORSESHIT SOUNDS GENEROUS AND FRANKLY.”

Carl Berry, a UK University of Central Lancashire lecturer in robotics engineering, told me that “Calling it horse shit sounds generously honest.” Berry said that robotics and AI should not be used in manufacturing research.

He said that while he didn’t deny Tesla’s research into this topic was a bad thing, “but they and Boston Dynamics leave the public with unrealistic expectations about what robotics can do or will do for many years.”

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I don’t doubt Musk can make something that looks like the Tesla Bot in 2022. It wouldn’t be hard to make a decent automaton — something on the level of Disney’s more advanced theme park models, for example. He can send it into space once he has it walking out on stage, just for the headlines. It will just be another distraction if he does. While robotics significantly impacts manufacturing, there is no reason to assume that robots don’t need to look like humans to do so.

Musk often uses this bait-and-switch method. Think about the changes Musk made to his Hyperloop plans over time. The technology was announced as a railgun-like train system that would move people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than half an hour. Over the years, these ambitions have shrunk until the project morphed into The Loop: a small tunnel that you can drive a car through if you want. Also known as A tunnel.

The Tesla Bot reminded me of Sophia, the automated chatbot who has appeared on magazine covers and chat shows. Sophia relies on misdirection to fool audiences and is a frequent target of AI experts’ scorn. It also has a job. As one of the robot’s creators, Ben Goertzel, told me in 2017, Sophia works by priming our imagination, encouraging us to fool ourselves into thinking the future is nearer than the evidence suggests. The robot generates news coverage and funding for its creators.

Goertzel stated, “If I tell people that I use probabilistic logic to reason on how to prune the backward-chaining inference trees in our logic engine,” They will feel more comfortable believing that AGI is possible if I show them a smiling robot face.

This is Musk’s goal, whether he is aiming to instill that feeling in investors or others. The Sophia strategy has a twist. Musk doesn’t need a simulacrum robot to sell his dream. He only needs a spandex-clad dancer. That’s innovation.

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OnlyFans has a new policy that bans sexually explicit Content

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Masturbation and sex, actual or simulated, are not allowed.

On Thursday, the video and image sharing site OnlyFans announced plans to bans sexually explicit content” starting October 1. While we’re still not sure exactly why it’s changing so drastically, it just sent out an updated Terms of Service policy to the creators who’ve built the site detailing precisely what won’t be allowed going forward.

The new OnlyFans, Acceptable Use Policy, is visible when compared to the previous one.

You must not upload, post, or display Content on OnlyFans.

  • Promotes, advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit behavior,” which can be:
  • Actual or simulated sexual intercourse between any two persons, including oral-genital and anal-genital intercourses and genital-genital and oral-genital intercourses.
  • Actual or simulated masturbation
  • Any display of the anus and genitals of another person that is extreme or offensive
  • Actual or simulated material showing bodily fluids often secreted during sexual activity;
  • All Content that promotes, advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit behavior” must be deleted before December 1, 2021, or any other date we communicate to users.

The policy’s other sections that prohibit deepfakes, drug use, and violence are unchanged. The site sent an email to OnlyFans creators stating that Content containing nudity would be permitted as long as it was consistent with the policy. Posts may show body parts but not anything explicit. Your account may be suspended or terminated for any breach, as well as access to your earnings.

OnlyFans’ billion-dollar brand and business have been built mainly because onlyFans sex workers provide precisely the type of Content being banned. These content creators now have until December 1 to delete all traces of suddenly unacceptable Content from their profiles.

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