This week we talk about (1) the unveiling of a humanoid robot prototype from Tesla, (2) China betting big on methanol cars, (3) Ethereum’s long-awaited energy-saving ‘Merge’ upgrade, (4) how today’s technologists are pitching a vision in which players don’t just control Sims-like characters, they become them.
Methanol, also known as wood alcohol, is a type of alcohol that can be used as a fuel for vehicles. Methanol cars are considered important for a number of reasons.
First, methanol is a clean-burning fuel that produces fewer emissions than gasoline or diesel, making it a potential alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Methanol can also be produced from a variety of renewable sources, such as wood waste or agricultural waste, which makes it a potentially sustainable fuel.
Second, methanol has a higher octane rating than gasoline, which means it can be used to power high-performance engines. This makes it a potential option for use in race cars and other high-performance vehicles.
Third, methanol is less volatile than gasoline, which makes it safer to handle and transport. Methanol is also less flammable, which makes it less likely to ignite in the event of a spill or accident.
Overall, while methanol cars are still in the early stages of development and are not yet widely used, they have the potential to offer a cleaner and safer alternative to traditional fossil fuels.