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Do you want to work for Tesla remotely and test its latest Autopilot and Full Self-Driving features? You may be in luck as we learn that the automaker is now looking to hire self-driving car test drivers around the world.

You don’t even need a college education.

When it comes to Autopilot and Full Self-Driving package features, people often say that Tesla’s own paying customers are the testers and that’s mostly true, but the automaker also does plenty of internal testing.

Most people in Tesla’s early access program who get new updates first are employees, and that doesn’t account for engineering testing and an internal test fleet as well.

We recently reported that Tesla has started to hire more ADAS test operators for internal testing of its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving (FSD) features around the US, including in California, and most recently in Phoenix and Austin.

Now Electrek has found a dozen more jobs for ADAS test operators, including some new international ones, listed by Tesla as the automaker looks to test its upcoming new FSD updates.

Tesla writes in the job description:

“We are looking for a highly motivated individual to accelerate our vehicle-level testing for all current and future Autopilot features on the path to full self-driving.”

Tesla wants to hire more testers around the US with new positions in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Miami.

But the automaker is also looking to hire Autopilot and Full Self-Driving feature testers around the world for the first time.

Electrek spotted new positions in Toronto, Paris, Milan, and Barcelona.

Tesla is looking to expand its test driver team to new markets, just as it is releasing its new vision-based Autopilot and is about to release v9 of its Full Self-Driving beta software.

The automaker needs to test the new features in a variety of different scenarios and in different environments where things like road markings and signs vary.

Elon Musk has been testing the most cutting-edge version of Tesla’s Full Self-Driving package in his personal car, and he claims that the performance is “mind-boggling,” and it leads him to believe that Tesla can deliver a level 5 fully autonomous driving system by the end of the year.

However, in order for Tesla to release such a system to consumers, it will have to prove through rigorous testing to regulators in each market that its system is safe and that can only be done with millions, if not billions, of test miles.


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Matt Hancock finishes third in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! as Jill Scott is crowned queen of the jungle

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Matt Hancock finishes third in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! as Jill Scott is crowned queen of the jungle

Matt Hancock has finished in third place in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! after controversially signing up to the show.

Ex-Lioness Jill Scott was crowned queen of the jungle, with Hollyoaks actor Owen Warner runner-up.

When Mr Hancock first went into camp as a surprise late arrival, the public had initially taken out their anger over his handling of the COVID pandemic on him and voted for him to complete six ‘Bushtucker Trials’ in a row.

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In one episode, the West Suffolk MP admitted he had “messed up” during his time as health secretary and said he had entered the competition seeking “forgiveness”.

In June 2021, he was forced to quit Boris Johnson‘s cabinet after breaking COVID social distancing rules by having an affair in his ministerial office with aide Gina Coladangelo.

His 18 days in the Australian jungle has seen him suspended from the Conservative parliamentary party and criticised by colleagues, including Rishi Sunak.

Mr Hancock conceded he wasn’t proud of his actions, but when questioned by campmates, insisted it was because he “fell in love”.

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While some of his fellow contestants were won over by the admission, his appearance on the reality show has angered others.

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Journalist Charlene White, whose aunt died from COVID during the pandemic, challenges Mr Hancock

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During the show’s second week, a COVID campaign group flew a nine-metre (30ft) protest banner over the camp demanding Mr Hancock leave.

The protest by group 38 Degrees, working with COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK, came after thousands of people signed their petition calling for ITV to reverse its decision to include Mr Hancock in the show, for a fee of reportedly as much as £400,000.

‘We are normal people’

Mr Hancock recognised his appearance on the show was “controversial” during his exit interview with presenters Ant and Dec.

“I know that it was controversial me coming here, I know some people said people in your position shouldn’t put themselves in embarrassing situations,” the MP said.

“But we’re all human, and we all put ourselves in it.”

He stressed: “We are normal people.”

Mr Hancock praised his campmates for behaving in a “really grown up way” during “grillings” over his time in office.

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Jill Scott. Pic: ITV

Before heading into the jungle, ex-England footballer and Euro 2022 winner Jill Scott had said she thought there was “no way” she would be in the final, but the public loved her for her no-nonsense attitude, humility, positivity and sense of fun.

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Medicine Man display: Wellcome Collection museum in London shuts ‘racist and sexist’ medical history exhibition

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Medicine Man display: Wellcome Collection museum in London shuts 'racist and sexist' medical history exhibition

A London museum says it is closing one of its key exhibitions for good after admitting the display “perpetuates a version of medical history based on racist, sexist and ableist theories and language”.

The Wellcome Collection’s Medicine Man gallery includes objects relating to sex, birth and death, and anatomical models in wood, ivory and wax dating back to the 17th century.

The museum said colonial power shaped how the exhibition was put together.

The free display is part of a huge array of more than a million books, paintings and objects amassed by the museum’s founder Sir Henry Wellcome who started collecting in the 19th century.

The Wellcome Collection said on Twitter: “The very fact that they’ve ended up in one place – the story we told was that of a man with enormous wealth, power and privilege.

“And the stories we neglected to tell were those that we have historically marginalised or excluded.”

The global story the display told was one of “health and medicine in which disabled people, black people, indigenous peoples and people of colour were exoticised, marginalised and exploited – or even missed out altogether”, the museum said.

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It went on: “We can’t change our past. But we can work towards a future where we give voice to the narratives and lived experiences of those who have been silenced, erased and ignored.

“We tried to do this with some of the pieces in Medicine Man using artist interventions. But the display still perpetuates a version of medical history that is based on racist, sexist and ableist theories and language.

“This is why this Sunday on 27 November, we will be closing Medicine Man for good.”

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‘Significant turning point’

It calls its decision a “significant turning point” and it prepares to transform how its collections are shown.

The Wellcome Collection has pledged to establish a new project in the coming years which will “amplify the voices of those who have been previously erased or marginalised from museums”.

And it will bring “their stories of health and humanity to the heart of our galleries”.

In 2019, Melanie Keen was appointed director of the Wellcome Collection and reportedly pledged to be courageous in dealing with the most contentious items on display there.

She highlighted a 1916 painting by Harold Copping of a black African kneeling in front of a white missionary.

The piece, called A Medical Missionary Attending to a Sick African, is now in storage.

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Could arts funding cuts and cost of living crisis affect your favourite TV shows and films?

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Could arts funding cuts and cost of living crisis affect your favourite TV shows and films?

Could your favourite Netflix series be impacted by funding cuts to the theatre industry? Could a reduction in investment into opera really affect franchises such as Star Wars?

It’s something most people don’t think about when they read about funding cuts to the arts, warns top British playwright James Graham – but they should.

Graham, whose plays include the Tony-nominated Ink, Privacy, and Quiz – about the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? coughing scandal, which he turned into a TV series in 2020 – says recent cuts in London by Arts Council England, combined with the cost of living crisis, will have a huge impact on the entertainment industry’s “pipeline”.

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He told Sky News: “Even if you don’t go to the opera, you don’t necessarily appreciate the training that happens to artists, writers, technicians, scenic designers – they all go on to Netflix, they all go on to work on the Star Wars movies.

“Very quickly, I think in the next 18 months, two years, the depletion and the diminishment of arts across television, theatre, music, is going to be really impactful. And it’s frustrating.”

Earlier in November, Arts Council England announced a £43.5m “levelling up” investment outside London to back “art, culture, and creativity for more people in more places, across the country”.

However, grants in the capital have been cut – including to organisations such as English National Opera.

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Supporters say the rebalancing is long overdue, but critics argue the move impacts some of the UK’s most important cultural institutions.

Graham, who grew up as “a working class kid” in Nottingham, said he understands “these are hard arguments to make in a difficult climate”, as people struggle to heat their homes and feed their families due to soaring prices.

“But the arts is one of the main drivers for the British economy,” he said. “I reject this argument that giving money to the arts is taking away from hospitals – investing in arts pays for hospital beds, having a really thriving culture sector pays for teachers wages.

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James Graham: ‘The arts basically prints money and gives it back to the government’ – Pic: Johan Persson

“They keep talking about growth… we’re a huge growth sector. As well as remembering of course that stories, television dramas, plays, musicals, have an emotional, social impact on our society. They make us better, empathetic human beings for a very, very small cost.”

The arts “eventually return more than they cost, in all the ways – financial, emotional, social cohesion,” he added. “It basically prints money and gives it back to the government.”

Graham’s latest play, political drama Best Of Enemies, stars Zachary Quinto as Gore Vidal opposite David Harewood’s William F Buckley Jr, exploring their bitter political rivalry and historic clashes which transformed political debates and revolutionised current affairs broadcasting.

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“The play centres on these debates, [the] very first live televised debates that were screened on ABC between two intellectuals, one on the left, one on the right,” Harewood, best known for Homeland, told Sky News. “And it ended up being the most watched programme of that entire election cycle. It’s about politics. It’s about ideas. It’s about personal animosity.

“It’s very, very funny. Hugely entertaining, and I think… says a lot about where we are in modern politics.”

Quinto, who starred in the American Horror Story series and also played Spock in the rebooted Star Trek films, said: “You can really chart the journey from where this began to where we are today in a way that is, I think, both exciting and also troubling in a sense.

“Troubling in the sense that we now live in a world that is almost entirely created by echo chambers. We listen to what we want to hear and not really anything else.”

Best Of Enemies opens at the Noel Coward Theatre on 28 November

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