If the coming 2024 were a car, what would it look like and why?
Almost all the most important and interesting financial news in Russia and the world in a week: the tax office asks Russians for trips in 2022, foreign passports with typographical errors began to be confiscated at the border, Russia and Europe and the USA are measured by asset confiscations, and a neural network tries to encode a Nobel prize with python .
Financial news from Russia, unfortunately, mostly does not correspond to the spirit of Habra. So you can read the full text version of this news release here, or watch the video.
- 1 Russia is developing a Tesla killer
- 2 Are there legal currency transactions? And if we find it?
- 3 It’s time to run your passport through the spell checker
- 4 RIP Robert Solow (whose model I studied in economics)
- 5 Neuroset already codes in Python better than Perelman (and you don’t yet)
- 6 Why rich Kryptans dream of becoming best friends with the FBI in 2024
- 7 Good news of the week
Russia is developing a Tesla killer
Moscow Polytechnic has announced a new electric car called Amber (I warn you right away: all nine princes at this place are already starting to grab their hearts), which will be produced at Avtotor. The novelty looks like… well, judge for yourself, in short:
After reading the comments on the prototype, the authors of the concept from Polytech immediately stated that the photos do not show a finished car, but only a “universal unit carrier”. But, it seems, it didn’t get much better.
Are there legal currency transactions? And if we find it?
Previously, the Russian tax service was not particularly interested in such things, but now, they write, it has begun to demand from some Russians detailed information about foreign citizenship/residency, the schedule of trips abroad, as well as statements from foreign accounts with all transactions.
Tax officials explain this by the need to carry out currency regulation and currency control. Just in case, I remind you that the fines for violation of currency legislation are now up to 40% of the amount of the illegal transaction. So it will not be superfluous to meditate on the questions: What information are you obliged to provide, and what information are you not? What additional questions may arise from the tax office based on the results of studying the documents that you are going to send to her?
It’s time to run your passport through the spell checker
Since December, new rules for recognizing a foreign passport as invalid have entered into force: now, if vigilant state authorities discover any errors in it, they have the right to immediately withdraw it. There have already been reports in the press that some traveling Russians had to experience the thrill of documents being seized due to typographical errors.
On December 18, after the law came into effect, the Dakh TurDoma Telegram channel reported that border guards in the Kaliningrad Region took away a Russian passport due to a typographical error in the “Birthplace” column. In the name of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the letter “h” was omitted. The next day, the “Oberezhno, Moscow” channel wrote that at Domodedovo airport, a passenger named Georgy, who was flying with his wife on vacation, had his passport confiscated due to a mistake in his name: instead of the letter “y”, “i” was written.
RIP Robert Solow (whose model I studied in economics)
At the age of 99 (my respect), the American economist Robert Solow, who won the Nobel Prize for his theory of economic growth, died.
Before Solow, economists tried to explain the growth of the economy by increasing the supply of labor and investments in capital (read: factories-machines-steamers). And Solow said: all bullshit, in fact, the development of technology is responsible for growth! It is thanks to technologies (in the broadest sense) that labor productivity increases all the time, and if technological progress has no limit, then the economy, theoretically, can also grow without limit.
Neuroset already codes in Python better than Perelman (and you don’t yet)
Ihor Kotenkov published a large article entitled “The GPT-like model made a scientific discovery for the first time” – read it interestingly!
Briefly, the idea is as follows: thousands of the most important meat mathematicians tried for decades to solve any difficult problems, and it turned out so-so. And the neural network took and coded a “simple” script on Python, which was able to achieve much better results.
The trick here is that this works only with tasks where it is very easy to check the validity of the decision made. In fact, the neural network here used the method of “intellectual brute force”: it generated 100,500 versions of the code with a solution, then focused only on those versions where at least something decent came out at first glance and tried to improve them, and so on.
In short, on the one hand, it seems that neural networks have been read. But on the other hand, they really gave birth to new scientific knowledge, without fools! Perhaps the true future of science lies in this method with trillions of neurobibisians iteratively sifting through an insane amount of ideas…
Meanwhile, they write that OpenAI is going to attract another round of investment – this time at an estimate of $100 billion. This will make them the second most expensive startup in the world after SpaceX, which is quite funny: because the company is formally, like, non-commercial. 🤔
Why rich Kryptans dream of becoming best friends with the FBI in 2024
The court decided on the civil part of the proceedings between Binance and its (former) leader Changpeng Zhao and the American regulators: the exchange will pay a fine of $2.7 billion, and Zhao himself will pay $150 million from his personal pocket. The criminal part of the investigation is still ongoing, where Changpeng faces up to a year and a half in an American prison for assisting in money laundering.
That week, the letters that Tether tech director Paolo Ardoino writes to US senators were also published. There are phrases like “we want the article to be a first-class partner of the USA” and “will contribute to the expansion of the world hegemony of the dollar.” Well, now it is mentioned that Tether is making friends with the FBI and the American special services, even they have some special accounts on the USDT platform on board. It is clearly felt that these boys were impressed by the example of Changpeng!
Good news of the week
A law was passed stating that under new mortgage contracts, Russian banks will no longer be able to raise the interest rate if the borrower refuses insurance. And this is good! (Well, except for the logical assumption that the allowance for this should now be sewn up in advance in all contracts by default.)
This was the last edition of the news digest in 2023. I congratulate all regular readers in advance with the coming New Year and I wish that in 2024 there will be less trials and more good news! 🎅 The post about the results of the year will be published on the RationalAnswer channel on December 31.