Recap #04: Will we ever understand dark energy and dark matter?

a year ago   •   3 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
AI generative illustration by Caroline Barrueco made with pollinations.ai

Hi all,

I hope you are having a pleasant Tuesday!

This is our recap of what was shared by the Envisioning Slack Community this past week. Besides highlighting innovations in the tech industry, we wondered about expanding the limits of knowledge in conversations across different channels and topics.


News

#feed-space
Will we ever understand dark energy and dark matter?

The Dark Energy Survey (DES) released 30 interconnected papers, becoming the largest-ever report on dark energy and dark matter. The study charted 1/8 of the night sky in the course of three years and measured, among other signals, perceivable distortions caused by these invisible forces that comprise 95% of our universe. Here you can watch a short video explaining the report. And here you can see the full report.


#feed-realities
New technologies for video communication

Several enterprises are trying to make digital communication feel more natural. Virgin Media is experimenting with holograms to display tridimensional life-size imagery, whereas Google is demonstrating a project called Google Starline, which makes use of a new imagery compression technology layered onto big 2D screens.


Conversations

#-2-chat
mz shared “We know what you did during lockdown,” a nuanced fictional film that exemplifies some of the ways our data could be used, especially now during the Coronavirus pandemic.

After watching the film, Jt Mudge added: So I am a data advisor, and I have been talking about this for quite some time. This is technically plausible but relies on breaches of trust at many levels to get to here. Unfortunately, these breaches are also plausible, but there is a future where data is used for good - honest.

And sid pondered:  Best case scenario - you can’t get away with doing anything that is outside the general pattern of behavioral acceptance.
Worst case scenario - certain behavioral patterns become targets of extreme exploitation to balance the algorithmic efficiency books.

#-2-chat
What is the future of the browser?

Luiz shared the Mighty app, which is a browser per subscription allegedly faster and capable of handling many tabs at once. Are browsers outdated?

Luiz: Personally, I cannot decide if the idea is great or terrible. Apart from a thousand privacy concerns that this raises, I can’t shake the question of “What the hell are people doing that they need this?“

Fluid Nature: I often have about 30+ tabs open on a 7-year-old MacBook pro using safari only - I just got so used to this that I only use chrome when I need to use VPN - but would love to have something lighter to use.

sid: I know where this is coming from. If you have ever used a MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and tried to multitask with Chrome running, you will know exactly how frustrating this can be. If you think slow internet is painful, this particular kind of slowness is worse.

Dave: This I find ok as long as web developers are not going to adjust their work to these kinds of options. I’m already quite annoyed that most of the web is developed for the latest tech, leaving people behind in less fortunate environments.


Links

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Venturing beyond the limits of the possible.

Peter shared an article introducing three technology rules suggested by the sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke, with some intervention from Isaac Asimov. The "Clarke’s laws”, are the following:

Clarke's First Law: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, they are almost certainly right. When they state that something is impossible, they are very probably wrong.

Clarke's Second Law: The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Is Advanced Technology Indistinguishable from Magic? Join this conversation here.

#-2-chat
Leon asked for advice to find more diverse stock footage platforms. These are the links that were shared by the community:

Tonl, Impact Plus, Pexels

And _luish shared this article which talks about how the diversity stock realm is changing. If you know of any other stock imagery platform with a diverse set of models, please add it to the list here.


Events

June 1 – 3 - Global Foresight Summit 2021: Beyond Uncertainty

June 1 - 17 - WONDERCURRENT

June 2, 14h CET- Collective Intelligence for Sustainable Development: Getting Smarter Together.

June 2, 20h CET - Patterns of Technological Transformation Workgroup

June 8 - 10 - Summit 21 - Fix the Economy, Fix the Climate

Bye, see you around,
Caroline

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