So much happened this week, it was hard to select a few highlights from all the interesting content shared in our community.
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Towards an elvish vision of technology.
In this thoughtful piece, George Strakhov presents two approaches to immortality and suggests that change our relationship to technology.
Shard by mz.
What new learning configurations are here to stay after Covid-19?
This open database lists organizations, schools, and tools pushing the frontier of learning and education.
Could we travel faster than the speed of light?
A recent new paper dives deeper into the science of warp drive - the use of distortions in spacetime itself for interstellar travel.
If you need an introduction to the subject, watch this video and this one.
Creating technology that disappears.
This wireless biodegradable pacemaker fully dissolves in the body when it's no longer needed.
NASA wants to take nuclear energy to space.
And is granting an award to enable the creation of conceptual nuclear reactor designs to support future space missions.
Shared by Pius.
Thomas is wondering about the consequences of generative content:
“...new generative models are being trained with training data [that] is scraped from the internet and increasingly already includes ai-generated data. So the ML models will learn from the other ML models and humans in some feedback loop. I’m losing serious sleep on these things. Not really that it’s scary, but I cannot imagine all the implications.”
To read it in full and join the conversation, head to #feed-ai-computing
The Pegasus Project
A huge leak revealed that tech company NSO was infecting iPhones and Android with a malicious malware called Pegasus. The infection enables access to private information such as photos and emails and recording calls, and secretly activating microphones. In addition, the leak contains a list of more than 50,000 phone numbers that, it is believed, have been identified as people of interest by clients of NSO since 2016.
In the face of The Pegasus Project leaks, Ariel asks, "What does 'privacy' mean in the 21st century?"
- July 21 – 23 - Dark Economies - Anxious Futures, Fearful Pasts
- July 22, 2pm UTC - [EV] techDetector launch
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