Hey there Bizzaro readers.

Welcome to the March edition of your favorite quirky tech newsletter. As predicted previously, AI is continuing to dominate the headlines and there is no shortage of interesting, bizzaro stories to share with you. In addition to AI, there's also been some fascinating technological advances in the fields of medicine and manufacturing. We'll get into all of it with you, beginning with our top three stories for this month:

  • 💋 A silicone lip mobile phone attachment that lets you physically kiss long distance
  • 📹 New AI can analyze massive amounts of video to learn who you associate with
  • 💬 ChatGPT's new Slack integration will talk to your coworkers and summarize threads

Let's get into it!

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📰 From the Newsroom

⛓️ Ten Must See Links of the Month

  • The domain nfts-dot-com was purchased last year for $15 million USD. That's a lot of money for a domain name that seems to be just idly sitting there with next-to-no traffic. It's one of the seven fascinating "million dollar URLs" featured on the list of the most expensive domain name purchases ever.
  • As of mid-February, there were over 200 ebooks on sale in Amazon’s Kindle store that had ChatGPT as an author or co-author, including "How to Write and Create Content Using ChatGPT". The number has been rising by the day. There is even a new sub-genre on Amazon Books about using ChatGPT, written entirely by...ChatGPT.
  • Futuri is revolutionizing the audio industry with the launch of RadioGPT™. It will combine the power of GPT-3 technology with Futuri’s AI-driven targeted story discovery and social content system, as well as AI voice tech to provide a localized radio experience for any market and any format. In other words, it's a customizable, AI-powered radio DJ.
  • Judge Juan Manuel Padilla Garcia, who presides over the First Circuit Court in the city of Cartagena, Colombia, used ChatGPT to make a court ruling. He said he used the AI tool to pose legal questions about the case and included its responses in his decision.
  • One creative individual told ChatGPT to "Write a script for the worst Simpsons episode ever made", then used Uberduck to generate the audio of that script, and Stable Diffusion to create some accompanying images. Although it's nowhere near passable for an actual Simpsons episode, it's fascinating to watch nonetheless, because it feels like a crude iteration of what's to come.
  • A team of researchers have developed a nanowire that is 10,000 times thinner than a human hair. It can be cheaply grown using common bacteria and programmed to “smell” a vast array of chemical tracers. It can even detect smells given off by people afflicted with a wide range of medical conditions, such as asthma and kidney disease.
  • Researchers in Europe recently published a paper in the journal Science Advances, where they shared their findings about a mushroom that might be able to replace plastic in a variety of different use cases.
  • A study led by Harvard Medical School investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital, in collaboration with researchers at MIT, developed and tested an artificial intelligence tool known as Sybil. Sybil was able to accurately predict the risk of lung cancer for individuals with or without a significant smoking history.
  • The WordPress community has been busy finding creative ways to integrate OpenAI's GPT-3 technology with the web's most popular CMS. Here are five really interesting ChatGPT plugins for WordPress you should check out.
  • Planning to do a UX audit of your website soon? Then you'll definitely want to review this UX audit checklist to make sure you don't miss anything in the process.
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🎤 It’s How They Said It

🧮 The numbers game

  • 4,500 dollars per month is how much you'll pay in rent if you want to move into the house that Matt Damon's character played in the classic film "Good Will Hunting", which is widely considered to be a breakout role for both him and fellow actor Ben Affleck.
  • 24 percent more protein is found in human tears that are produced as a result of an emotional response versus tears that are produced as a result of an outside irritant (e.g. cutting onions). These emotionally triggered, protein rich tears supposedly roll off of your face more slowly. Therefore, they are more likely to be seen by others, who, in turn, can console you.
  • 325,000 dollars is how much someone recently paid at an auction in Houston, Texas for a bottle of wine produced by a winery that is owned by rapper 50 Cent. That's a bottle, as in one. $325,000 for one bottle of wine. I wonder how much that comes out to per sip?
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⚒️ Tools and Resources


Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you enjoyed reading this March issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together. If you learned something along the way and perhaps cracked a smile a few times, then that's even better.

As you continue to browse the web this month, keep an eye out for any interesting links and if you find any, 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 next month's issue!

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Have a great month,
– Martin

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