In this edition of BizarroDevs, we're going to explore brain-tickling stories that range from crypto-crime through flying cars to several futuristic AI-related topics. There's plenty of food-for-thought baking below, so get ready to wet your appetite. Our three highlights include:
💬 Banks are shifting from traditional authentication tools to voice authentication
🥾 Google fired an engineer who claimed that an AI bot he was working with achieved sentience
🦹♂️ The dark web has its own economy and prices of goods are tracked like they are for "normal" items
📰 From the Newsroom
⛓️ Ten Must See Links of the Month
- She's probably worth about €9 billion, has undergone plastic surgery, is using an alias with fake passports, and is currently the only woman on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. This is the true story of Ruja Ignatova, better known as "the Crypto Queen."
- Cars in the sky are finally poised to leave the sci-fi realm. Developed by Slovak company Klein Vision, the AirCar is set to be put on the market for commercial distribution within the next year.
- Using specialized nanoparticles inserted into plant leaves, MIT engineers have created a light-emitting plant that can be powered by an LED after only ten seconds of charging.
- Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person's finger sweats or presses on it.
- Stanford engineers created a more efficient and flexible AI chip, which could bring the power of AI into tiny edge devices.
- Google will soon be rolling out a change to its algorithm that may be one of the most significant updates in more than a decade. It'll target low-quality content that was written for the sole purpose of ranking well.
- The new rules of online content explained...in a book! Writing for Humans and Robots by Maddy Osman is a must for anyone doing content for the web. Plus, it's free on Kindle.
- We are on the cusp of bio-engineered humans. An Israeli biotech firm wants to replicate a recent experiment that created an artificial mouse embryo from stem cells - but this time with human cells.
- The Earth Species Project is a non-profit, open-source organization that is working on using AI technology to decode the languages of non-human animals so that we can communicate with them. They even have a technical roadmap on GitHub.
- Chinese scientists claim to have broken the record for creating the strongest steady magnetic field, one that's 4,500 times stronger than a fridge stick-on magnet.
🧮 The numbers game
- 3 days per week in the office is the new mandate rolling out for Apple staff starting in September. According to CEO Tim Cook, being in the same room as a colleague is "essential" to Apple's culture.
- 3 trillion U.S. dollars made Apple the first company to ever reach that market cap in the early part of this year. Notably, this success was achieved over the course of the pandemic, when its employees were not in the same room as their colleagues, but working remotely.
- 7,500 Apple employees that belong to a dedicated Slack channel that advocates for remote work and that have been very vocal against coming back into the office: "They are trolling us, right?" one wrote.
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