Recap #15: The lows of high tech

9 months ago   •   2 min read

By Caroline Barrueco
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Hi all, this week's recap brings news on chameleon robots, prosthetic arms, skills for the future, radical conversations, and more. Enjoy.

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Code red for humanity
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report addressing the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change. If you don’t feel like reading the 4000-page report, have a look at this summarised version of it.
And as mz shared, ambitious technologies can be part of the answer to our collective challenges, but alone, tech can’t fix this.

OpenAI Codex translates English language into code.
The tool understands more than a dozen programming languages, translating commands in plain English into code.
Check out this video that shows how the model can be used to build websites, games, and more.

A soft robot that changes color like a chameleon could pave the way for new artificial camouflage technology. Beyond the military, the technology could be used to let clothes or buildings change color in response to their surroundings! Shared by mz.


What are the skills that will be needed in the future of work?
McKinsey mapped 56 distinct elements of talent (DELTAs) that will be essential for the future workforce. Shared by sid.

Radical Exchanges
In this inspiring video conversation, historian Yuval Noah Harari and digital minister of Taiwan, and hacker Audrey Tang talk about identity, data dignity, AI mentors, and more. Shared by Serj.

The lows of high tech
mz shared this pretty interesting story about someone who hates her prosthetic arm. The same person, Britt Young, was interviewed by the 99% invisible podcast, raising the question whether high-tech prosthetic limbs really improve their users’ quality of life, or are they just fetish items? Further into the subject, this Flash Forward episode analyses the real importance of exoskeletons from the perspective of people with disabilities.


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