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While electric vehicles (EVs) were once thought of as slower and with less power than gas-powered internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, modern EVs can often match or even surpass the performance of gas cars. This is due to the way electric motors deliver torque. With an electric motor, maximum torque is available from a stop, whereas with an ICE vehicle torque ramps up as the engine spins up. As a result, EVs tend to have stronger acceleration from a standing start. Some high-performance EVs like the Tesla Model S Plaid can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 2 seconds, faster than almost all gas sports cars.

EVs also tend to have a lower center of gravity than gas cars thanks to the heavy battery packs being located low down in the floor of the vehicle. This provides better handling, balance, and stability when cornering. Some studies have even found EVs able to out-corner gas cars on winding roads due to this low center of gravity and instant torque response from electric motors. While you may sacrifice some cargo or rear seat space to the battery, most EVs still provide comparable interior room to similar gas vehicle models. Driving range for EVs has also increased dramatically in recent years. Top EV models now offer over 300 miles of range on a single charge.

There are some key differences in the driving experience compared to gas cars. One downside is that EVs have more weight from their batteries which can impact things like braking ability and tires may wear out more quickly with the extra pounds. Regenerative braking – which converts some of the energy lost during braking into charging the battery – helps offset this, but hard stops still take more distance in an EV. Without engine sounds, EVs are much quieter, which some drivers may perceive as less engaging or exhilarating, though others see it as a more serene driving experience.

Charging times can also be longer than refilling a gas tank. While most EVs can fast charge up to 80% in 30-45 minutes on newer high-powered networks, it still takes much less time to stop for gas during long road trips. Charging an EV overnight at home is very convenient. And total ownership costs tend to be lower for EVs due to fewer scheduled maintenance needs and very low fuel/electricity costs of around $1 to fully “refill” the battery. Gas prices fluctuate far more wildly. Some governments even offer tax credits and incentives to make EVs more affordable compared to comparable gas models.

In terms of driving dynamics behind the wheel, EV motors provide strong but smooth and linear acceleration. With quick and precise acceleration control at your fingertips, driving an EV can feel lively yet composed. There is no engine noise, so internal cabin silence reigns. Some higher-end EVs even allow for some cool customization of artificial engine sounds if desired via speakers. Sportier models like the Tesla Model 3 Performance or Porsche Taycan Turbo S bring racecar levels of instant throttle response. In contrast, driving a gas performance vehicle requires working with the engine rpm and gear shifts for the most engaging drives. While EVs may need some getting used to for drivers attached to certain aspects of internal combustion, modern electric drivetrains are highly capable and provide their own unique advantages and pleasures behind the wheel. As charging infrastructure expands and battery technology continues advancing, EVs will only continue closing the gap with gasoline counterparts.

Electric vehicles have made tremendous strides in both performance and driving experience to match and even exceed gas-powered cars in many key areas. With instant torque, precise acceleration control, lower centers of gravity for better handling, and high power outputs from leading models, EVs can absolutely satisfy driving enthusiasts. Their operation is simply differen but not necessarily inferior to traditional ICE vehicles. Over time, more convenient charging networks and longer driving ranges will make EVs viable options for most drivers, especially as their total cost of ownership makes increasingly good financial sense as well. As both technologies continue developing, drivers will continue gaining even more choices in finding satisfying vehicles suited to their unique needs and preferences.


When it comes to delivering truly immersive augmented reality (AR) experiences, AR glasses and headsets have distinct advantages over smartphones. While smartphones were the first major platform to bring AR to the consumer market and enable basic overlay of digital content on the real world, they have inherent limitations that prevent them from achieving the same levels of immersion as head-mounted displays (HMDs).

One of the most significant differences is the field of view (FOV) which refers to the extent of the real world that can be seen through the device. Smartphone FOVs are constrained by their small screen sizes, typically ranging from 5-6 inches diagonal. Even holding a phone at arms length only provides a FOV of 30-40 degrees. In contrast, HMDs are designed to fill more of the user’s natural FOV in order to fuse digital and physical scenes seamlessly. Current AR glasses like the Vuzix Blade have FOVs over 40 degrees, while advanced research prototypes are approaching human FOV levels of 180-220 degrees horizontal and 120-135 degrees vertical. A wider FOV is critical for convincing depth cues and peripheral awareness of blended environments.

Related to FOV is the optical resolution and pixel density needed to overlay graphics convincingly on the real world. Again smartphones are limited by their screens which top out around 450-500 pixels per inch (PPI), compared to next generation AR displays targeting 1000+ PPI. Higher resolutions are required to avoid the “screen-door effect” where individual pixels are visible, breaking the illusion. They also enable finer details and text in AR overlays. While smartphones can handle basic overlays, more complex 3D graphics and holograms will appear blurry or pixelated on phone displays.

Eye tracking is another differentiating feature that enhances immersion. Integrated eye tracking allows HMDs to track a user’s focus and line of sight, enabling new interactions like gaze-based controls and foveated rendering. Foveated rendering optimizes graphical fidelity based on where the user is looking for performance gains. For phones, crude eye tracking is possible through front cameras but precision is limited.

Input is also more natural and intuitive with HMDs. Most support 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) head tracking which precisely tracks and renders virtual content anchored in 3D space. Users can intuitively look around objects from different angles. Phones are limited to 3DoF and gyros – they can’t perceive true 6DoF head movements. Touchscreens also don’t support gestures like pointing that are natural in AR. Motion controllers further expand interactivity for some HMDs.

Perhaps the biggest difference lies in the form factor itself. Being untethered to a phone frees hands for other tasks while seeing AR. They also provide a more private experience that can be used discreetly in public. In contrast, holding phones up is awkward, tiring on arms, and draws more attention from others. This limits long-term use cases for AR on phones to passive, short-form experiences. The hands-free and discreet nature of HMDs unlocks many productivity, educational, and social/collaborative AR applications.

On the technical side, HMDs provide far better thermal management due to their design. Phones can overheat quickly rendering graphics-intensive AR for extended periods due to thermal constraints of thin, tightly packed devices. For a truly immersive experience, consistent performance is required. Phones are great for short demos but aren’t suitable for applications requiring persistent compute resources from the device.

Connectivity is also more reliable with HMDs which will support high throughput WiFi 6 and 5G connections. Phones still depend on mobile data plans that vary by region and provider. Offline and low-latency AR is challenging on phones but better supported by HMD hardware. Battery life is much longer too, enabling all-day AR use cases versus a few hours maximum on phones.

While smartphones created mainstream awareness of AR, their inherent form factor limitations prevent truly immersive experiences on par with HMDs. Only head-mounted displays can provide the large field of view, high resolution optics, integrated input like gaze and gesture, 6DoF tracking, thermal performance, offline capability and all-day battery required for advanced AR applications. As optical and computational technologies progress, AR glasses and headsets will continue leaving smartphones behind in the pursuit of seamlessly blending digital imagery with the real world.


Offshore wind farms have higher upfront capital costs for development and construction compared to many other renewable technologies due to the associated marine infrastructure requirements such as specialist installation vessels, foundations, underwater cables, and high voltage transmission connections to shore. The specialized heavy-duty turbines also have higher price tags than solar panels or simpler onshore wind turbines. Offshore locations allow the use of larger and more efficient wind turbines that can fully take advantage of the stronger and more consistent winds available out at sea.

A recent report from the International Renewable Energy Agency estimated the levelized cost of energy from offshore wind farms constructed in 2020 to range between $53-84 per MWh compared to just $32-42 per MWh for onshore wind, $36-46 per MWh for solar photovoltaic, $15-30 per MWh for hydropower, and $12-15 per MWh for geothermal energy. The costs of offshore wind have been steadily declining as the technology scales up and larger more efficient turbines are deployed in deeper waters further from shore where wind resources are better. Some recent auctions and power purchase agreements have come in well below $50 per MWh even for projects to be installed in the early 2020s.

As the technology matures and supply chains develop the costs are expected to continue falling significantly. Blooomberg New Energy Finance predicts that by 2030 the costs of electricity from offshore wind could drop below $40 per MWh on average globally and potentially below $30 per MWh in the most competitive markets like parts of Northern Europe and Asia. This would make offshore wind cost competitive even without subsidies in many locations compared to new gas-fired generation. Offshore wind is also projected to decline faster in price than any other major renewable energy source over the next decade according to most analysts.

In addition to lower operating costs over time, offshore wind farms have a major advantage over many other renewables in their more consistent year-round generation profiles with output peaking during winter months when electricity demand is highest. Output is also more predictable than solar due to capacity factors averaging over 40-50% compared to just 15-25% for photovoltaics. The steady offshore winds mean generation matches energy demand profiles better than intermittent solar or seasonal hydropower resources without costly grid-scale battery storage.

Reliable round-the-clock energy from offshore wind coupled with growing abilities to forecast weather patterns days in advance allows power grid operators to effectively integrate significantly larger shares of this clean generation into electricity systems than highly variable solar and maintain higher standards of grid stability and reliability. Offshore sites have fewer space constraints than land-based projects and can potentially be located near heavily populated coastal load centers in markets like Europe and East Asia to minimize transmission expenses.

Offshore wind projects require an extensive multi-year development and construction process unlike the quicker installation timelines for solar farms. This means higher upfront financing costs and risks that get priced into the initial levelized costs per kilowatt-hour calculations compared to less capital-intensive onshore renewables with simpler development procedures. Challenging offshore conditions and geotechnical uncertainties also introduce construction difficulties and greater risks of delays and cost overruns versus land-based facilities. Accessing deepwater locations further from shore for the best wind resources also increases complexities and costs.

Overall while upfront investment costs are higher, offshore wind power is projected to become significantly more cost competitive by the end of this decade as technology improves, supply chains scale, and multi-gigawatt projects are deployed. Key advantages in capacity factors, grid integration, and location attributes position it favorably versus alternatives like utility-scale solar photovoltaic and seasonal hydropower resources especially in coastal markets with strong energy demand like in Europe and parts of East Asia. With power purchase costs likely falling below $50 per MWh at many auctioned projects by 2025, offshore wind will establish itself as one of the lowest-cost renewable energy sources for leveraging oceans to help transition electricity grids to carbon-free systems in the decades ahead.


Telegram has taken a unique approach to monetization compared to other popular messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, and LINE. While many messaging apps have adopted paid subscription models or in-app advertising and promotions, Telegram has so far avoided these monetization tactics in favor of other innovative strategies.

Telegram is considered a “freemium” service as users can enjoy the basic features for free, but paid subscriptions are available to unlock additional premium features. Unlike other messaging platforms, Telegram does not place ads or in-app promotions and has stated they never will due to concerns over how ads could impact user privacy and experience. Instead, Telegram relies mainly on optional donations from its large existing user base to fund ongoing development and server costs. Telegram is able to offer these services without ads currently because founder Pavel Durov has pledged around $200 million from his personal fortune to support the app.

Telegram launched “Telegram Premium” in June 2022, introducing a paid subscription for the first time. Premium subscribers can receive a larger maximum number of contacts, folders, pins, and more. Premium also increases file upload limits and introduces exclusive animated emoji and reactions. Telegram Premium costs $4.99 per month but the company claims this optional subscription will be enough for Telegram to fully support itself without any future need for alternative monetization methods like ads.

In contrast, WhatsApp employs no monetization at all presently since it is owned by Facebook parent company Meta. WhatsApp did have plans to introduce optional business-focused paid services and in-app purchases, but that was delayed indefinitely after a user backlash over privacy concerns. WhatsApp has over 2 billion users but generates no direct revenue, relying solely on Meta’s other business revenues to fund development.

Meta’s other messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct have prominent in-app advertising including product and service recommendations. Businesses can promote their Messenger profiles, chats, stories, and online stores through ads. Messenger also offers subscription plans for businesses’ customer service capabilities through tools like Messenger API bots.

WeChat in China has become a powerful super app with a wide array of services completely integrated within the messaging experience. WeChat monetizes through digital payments services, gaming integrations, and a thriving mini program ecosystem similar to mobile apps where businesses can promote and sell digital goods/services. WeChat takes a cut of revenues from these integrations that has made it immensely profitable for parent company Tencent without any ads within the core chat functions.

Japanese messaging platform LINE also emphasizes services beyond communication including games, commerce, and digital content integrated directly into the app experience. LINE generates major revenues through its games including Puzzle & Dragons, sales of LINE-based stickers and digital goods, advertising, and a payments platform called LINE Pay similar to WeChat Pay. LINE has also explored optional premium LINE TV and phone plan subscriptions.

Korean messaging giant Kakao follows a South Korean model emphasizing built-in mini games accessible via chat profiles which generate abundant in-game purchases. KakaoTalk also earns income from a music streaming service, loyalty points program, commerce platform, and its digital wallet service Kakao Pay.

In summary – while most messaging platforms depend heavily on in-app ads, e-commerce integrations or paid subscriptions – Telegram has resisted this approach so far through Pavel Durov’s initial funding and the recent premium subscription option. WeChat, LINE, Kakao and Messenger align more with the super app model fully integrating overlays services alongside communication. But Telegram seeks to keep a tighter separation of chat functionality from additional monetized overlays and services. Only time will tell if Telegram Premium generates enough ongoing revenue or if alternative strategies may eventually be explored.


The cost of renewable energy technologies has decreased significantly in recent years and is becoming increasingly competitive with conventional fossil fuel sources in many applications and markets. There are still some aspects where fossil fuels have a cost advantage today or in the near future depending on location and use. A detailed comparison is complex as costs can vary widely depending on specific project details, regional factors and assumptions about technology advancement.

Renewable energy costs have declined dramatically due to technological improvements, manufacturing scale-ups, and research/development investments over the past decade or more. For example, the cost of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) modules alone has decreased over 80% since 2008. This massive cost reduction has been driven by market expansion as well as innovations that improved conversion efficiencies, manufacturing processes, and supply chain efficiencies. As a result, the total costs of renewable electricity for many applications are becoming competitive with new natural gas generation and new onshore wind energy is already comparable or lower than new coal or gas plants in many locations.

Despite the renewable cost declines, their costs are still higher than more mature fossil fuel technologies in some applications. Existing coal and natural gas plants have already been built and depreciated a large portion of their upfront capital costs, so their operating costs are often lower than building new renewable capacity in those markets. The fuel costs associated with fossil generation are significant long-term operating expenses and can fluctuate based on commodity prices. In contrast, renewable energy generates electricity at near-zero marginal fuel costs once facilities are constructed since they use fuels like sunlight and wind that are free. So over the lifetime of projects, renewable energy may achieve lower long-run total costs even if upfront capital costs are higher.

When integrating energy storage like lithium-ion batteries, renewable energy total costs are still typically higher than natural gas ‘peaker’ plants for applications requiring extremely flexible power sources that can rapidly ramp up and down. Energy storage technology costs are also declining quickly and lithium-ion battery pack prices have declined over 80% in the last decade. With these improving economics and continued scaling of manufacturing and deployment, renewable plus storage solutions are becoming competitive for more applications each year. Total lifetime costs including battery replacement over the system lifetime will require careful analysis versus alternatives.

In addition to direct energy costs, the external costs of pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and long-term environmental damages should be considered in a full cost comparison but are difficult to monetize and are not always included in standard electricity market pricing today. Burning fossil fuels emits air pollutants like particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and sulfur dioxide that are linked to public health damages from respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses costing hundreds of billions annually according to some studies. Environmental compliance and emission reduction costs for fossil plants may also increase significantly in the future with further regulation. Renewable energy systems produce little to no emissions during operations so have lower long-term external costs that are harder to quantify upfront but are real economic factors over the lifetimes of power projects.

Considering all these factors and taking a long-term, full societal cost perspective, renewable energy is expected to achieve total cost parity with most fossil fuel technologies in a growing number of geographic markets and applications over the next 5-10 years. Most current energy market studies and analysts project that utility-scale solar PV and onshore wind will be cost competitive with new natural gas generation in all or almost all markets under average conditions by the mid-to-late 2020s if not before. Offshore wind and solar thermal (concentrating solar power) are expected to achieve cost parity with natural gas in more limited applications later this decade or beyond, and new advanced nuclear faces significant remaining cost uncertainties. Renewable energy costs are rapidly declining worldwide and will continue to penetrate new markets as they achieve direct economic competitiveness with traditional thermal generation options over the coming years across much of the world.