Hey! Welcome to the sizzling September edition of Bizarro Devs. In this issue we've scoured the web to bring you the latest and greatest from the sometimes wacky, sometimes wild, but always interesting world of technology. This month's highlight reel features:
- 🧠 Researchers from Facebook's parent company Meta have trained AI to "read people's minds"
- 🔌 Scientists have shown that they can use infrared laser light to wirelessly transmit 400mW of electricity across a significant distance
- 🖥️ Chinese company Baidu released their first superconducting quantum computer called "Qian Shi"
📰 From the Newsroom
⛓️ Ten Must See Links of the Month
- Thanks to a partnership between Uber Eats and Nuro, some parts of the U.S. will soon be saying goodbye to humans delivering them food, as robots will be taking over the responsibility.
- Germany has officially become the first country in the world to have a rail line that's entirely run by hydrogen-powered trains. The 93 million euro project launched last month, and features 14 hydrogen trains servicing routes along the Bremervörde, Lower Saxony area of Germany.
- Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. So goes the saying. But there's a species of jellyfish called Turritopsis dohrnii that neither pays taxes, nor dies. The taxes part is still a mystery, but researchers from the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain have now isolated the genes that make them biologically immortal.
- Speaking of jellyfish, anyone who loves underwater diving will appreciate what researchers at the University of Washington recently invented - the world's first underwater messaging app.
- USB cables are about to get the Usain Bolt treatment, as USB 4 Version 2.0 promises speeds of up to 80 Gbps - double that of Version 1.0 and even faster than Thunderbolt 4.
- Physicists in the U.S. have recently out-sprinted the speed of light. Okay, not literally. But, through the use of technology, they were able to produce speeds more than 30% faster. That doesn't mean we'll be able to fly from Tokyo to London in three seconds. The actual practical application of this discovery will be used for future laser development that relies on the underlying technology.
- If you feel empathy for the plight of dairy cows, but can't quite get into plant-based milk, then you might be excited to try the next generation of milk alternatives, which uses science to produce the same proteins found in cow's milk.
- Although there are no official applications to become a resident yet, those looking to make a move around the year 2030, may consider billionaire Marc Lore's utopian city "Telosa" as their future home. Mr. Lore has stated that it will be a new model for society, governed by “equitism.”
- Found yourself in another life or death situation again with no cell tower nearby and no connection? No problem. Well, no problem if you buy either Apple's new iPhone 14 or Huawei's new Mate 50 cell phone, both featuring breakthrough emergency texting via satellite link.
- Chinese ecommerce giant Pinduoduo is coming to take a piece of Amazon dot com's market share in the U.S. - but their labor practices are cause for concern.
🧮 The numbers game
- 10,000 years is how long it would take even the best regular computer to solve a specific problem that a Google quantum computer was able to solve in only minutes.
- 40 percent is the percentage of large companies planning to create initiatives around quantum computing by 2025 - according to technology research firm, Gartner Inc.
- Over $7.1 billion USD will be the expected global market value of quantum-computing hardware by 2026 - according to Research and Markets, another research firm.
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