Happy New Year!
Hopefully this jolly January edition of your favorite monthly tech newsletter finds you in good spirits. Last year was a bizarro year for sure. We're happy that we were able to share with you all of the wonderfully bizarre stories from 2022, as well as some of the slightly less bizarre, but still very interesting ones.
With that, we're excited to see what 2023 holds in store for us, and equally excited to release to you the first newsletter of this year. Below are the main stories that we're going to look at this month:
- 🖥️ A recap of breakthroughs in computer science in 2022
- 🤖 Top 10 AI predictions for 2023
- 💡 Future technology: 22 ideas about to change our world
Let's get into it!
📰 From the Newsroom
⛓️ Ten Must See Links of the Month
- Do you like McDonalds, but dislike human interaction? Do you happen to live in the Fort Worth, Texas area? If you answered yes to those questions, then you're going to love the new 100% robot powered McDonalds restaurant.
- The use of driver-less taxis is slowly growing. The General Motors backed company "Cruise" has expanded its driver-less taxi service from San Francisco to two additional U.S. cities - Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas.
- If you've been on the internet this past month, then your feeds have probably been filled with ChatGPT-3 content. Most people who've tried it agree that it's fun to use, but beyond the novelty, you can really leverage this technology in a variety of practical ways. One really cool use-case comes from Dan Shipper, who built his own custom chatbot using the underlying technology.
- One current limitation of ChatGPT is that it doesn't connect to the internet and provides answers based solely on the large input of data it received from the OpenAI team. The solution? Meet Strato AI. It gives you ChatGPT-ish responses, but with three references from the internet that show you where it pulled the answer from.
- Think of any kind of organic matter and there's probably some type of organism that has evolved to consume it. Meat, plants, algae, insects and bacteria are all eaten by different creatures, but now scientists have found something new on the menu – viruses. Meet the first known "virovore".
- ETH Zurich researchers have created a gold nanocoating that heats glass by up to 46F / 7.77C by absorbing a large amount of infrared radiation. The practical application? It can be used to keep your glasses free of fog under humid conditions. In addition to glasses, it could also do the same with car windshields, mirrors, windows and more.
- Speaking of Zurich, did you know that the relatively small European country of Switzerland, home to about 8.7 million people, has at least 374,142 bunkers? That's roughly 1 bunker for every 23 people. Join YouTuber Johnny Harris as he explores the story behind the bunkers and the cost and benefits of a nation obsessed with maintaining international neutrality.
- Is Mastodon going to replace Twitter in the near future? Perhaps not, but it's certainly reaching a tipping point where it will no longer be just another obscure social media platform that nobody actually uses.
- If you use WordPress, then you know that finding the right WordPress host is complicated enough on its own – never mind finding one that’s both good and cheap. With this in mind, check out the best cheap WordPress hosting providers that strike a balance between reasonable prices and good performance.
- Creating a secondary income source is an important way to protect yourself from layoffs, recessions, and other financial crises. This guide to monetizing WordPress will show you five ways to make money with a WordPress site so you can get started.
🎤 It’s How They Said It
"Please minimise barking. Be considerate of others living nearby."
- A municipal sign seen in Australia. Presumably intended for dogs to read and abide by.
🧮 The numbers game
- 717 gigapixles is equal to 717,000,000,000 pixels, which is the highest resolution photo of artwork ever taken. The degree to which you can zoom in on this Rembrandt painting is unreal.
- 5.6 terabytes is equal to 5,872,025.6 megabytes, which is the size of the aforementioned photo. It's led to a whole debate on Reddit about how they've managed to load it on the front-end with almost no lag when viewing.
- 1,600 gigapixels is the planned future size of a digital replica of another painting, the Panorama of the Battle of Murten, which will inevitably overtake the Rembrandt painting by more than double the size. The final image will consist of roughly 400,000 fused-together photographs taken by a 150-megapixel camera.
- 57.5 percent out of 17,502,391 votes is how many people responded "yes" to Elon Musk's personal poll of whether or not he should step down as Twitter CEO. Mr. Musk said he will abide by the results of the poll.
⚒️ Tools and Resources
- Mr. Free Tools is a search engine/curated directory that gives you the best free tools and resources from around the web to help you win — no matter what your field is.
- With many of the recent advances in AI, prompt engineering has become a particularly important skill. This course focuses on applied prompt engineering techniques. Minimal knowledge of machine learning is expected.
- A collection of 70 hand-picked, web-based tools which are actually useful. Each will generate pure CSS without the need for JS or any external libraries.
Okay, and that brings us to the end of another issue. Hopefully you enjoyed this month's stories, tools, and fun facts. If you have any interesting links to share, please send them my way. All you need to do is reply to this email, and they'll land in my inbox. Maybe they'll even wind up in the February issue!
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Have a great month,