Technology

Japan Is Dropping A Gargantuan Turbine Into The Ocean To Harness ‘Limitless’ Energy

Beneath the waves is a powerful force: ocean currents that have “limitless” energy potential. Japan is a country that wants to stop using fossil fuels but has no space for wind turbines and solar panel farms and no willingness to go back to nuclear power. But what it does have is miles of ocean. So, they developed Kairyu (Japanese for “ocean current”), a turbine-flanked structure that will produce energy from currents that make its blades spin. If successful, this technology could solve Japan’s (and other nations’) fossil fuel dilemma. Read full article here

Could A Deep Fake Unlock An iPhone?

Can someone “steal” your face and unlock your iPhone with it? Deep Fakes are digital 2D recreations of a person’s face made using AI. Understandably, people are concerned that criminals and nosy people might use these to open phones locked behind facial recognition. Rest easy, because they can’t. Facial recognition technology works by projecting infrared light on your face to scan it in 3D. Since deep fakes are 2D, they can’t trigger facial recognition technology at all! Read full article here

Scientists Craft Living Human Skin For Robots

How do you feel about robots with living, self-healing, breathing skin? Scientists have drafted a technique that allows real human skin cells to mould around a robotic surface—a finger, in this case—giving them a seamless layer of skin that is strong enough to withstand constant stretching. The robot finger is first submerged into a mix of collagen and cells that make up the connective skin tissue (dermal fibroblasts), which then shrinks snug to the finger. It acts like paint primer, allowing the skin cells to mould around the finger easily. Read full article here

Ziggy: A Robot That Saves You A Spot And Charges Your EV

Despite the rising popularity of electric vehicles, many buildings (especially older ones) just can’t accommodate traditional EV charging stations. Are EV owners doomed if the apartment complex they live in can’t support charging stations? Well, ZiGGY’s here to help! ZiGGY’s a robot that acts as a mobile space-efficient charging station intended for spaces that can’t afford to add traditional charging stations. You can summon a ZiGGY robot through an app, and it will come from its home base where it recharges after charging an electric vehicle. Read full article here

An Edible QR Code Takes A Shot At Fake Whiskey

In the future, you might need to scan your whiskey or medicine bottles to make sure you’re getting the real deal. A research team is putting edible silk QR codes in whiskey to study how they will hold up after long periods of time. The QR codes serve as certification that a product is legit and (more importantly) safe. But why whiskey? Many medicines contain alcohol, but they’re testing it in whiskey because it has a higher alcohol content and because it’s commonly counterfeited. Read full article here

Quantum Computing Without The Hype

Quantum technology might be a bit over-hyped. Quantum computers are computers that use quantum physics—physics concerning the smallest components of matter—to perform computations. While many people think quantum computers are just super-fast computers, they’re not. They might compute a little faster, but there’s not much we can actually do with them right now. We can count all the tasks a current-gen quantum computer can do on our fingers and toes. This will likely change in the future, but that future is quite a ways away—about 10 to 20 years. Read full article here

The Giant Hangar Poised For An Aviation Revolution

The airship industry crashed and burned in America after Goodyear-Zeppelin’ airships were caught in deadly accidents. However, Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin, is breathing new life into the Ohio airdock that once held America’s airships. It houses Pathfinder 1 and 3, a new generation of airships currently in construction. They’re faster, sturdier, safer, more environmentally friendly, and more capable than the airships of old. Pathfinder 1 is expected to fly this year, while Pathfinder 3 is slated to fly next year. Read full article here

Computer Science Is A Liberal Arts Degree

Making successful software requires experience in the liberal arts. At least, that’s what Marianne Belloti says. Having had exposure to both programming and the liberal arts, she thinks that this is necessary because the liberal arts give insight into how people think, behave, and organize. Knowing how people work would make it easier for programmers to build software that people will find intuitive and useful. Liberal arts also complements programming because it teaches people critical thinking too. Read full article here

How Tech Can Help Prevent Shark Bites And Keep Beaches Open

Famous partly because of its sharks, it comes as no surprise that Australia is home to many shark-prevention technologies. One of these is the personal shark repellent (PSR), a little wearable speaker. Also known as the “SharkStopper”, the device emits a special frequency that sharks really find annoying, but is ultimately harmless. The PSR can repel ten different shark species, five to ten metres away from the wearer. Read full article here

The True Story Of The $46-Million Heist That Shocked The Crypto World

One simple trick cost Josh Jones $46 million worth of cryptocurrency. The Bitcoin billionaire lost the crypto after a 17-year-old Fortnite-obessesed teen fraudulently gained access to his accounts through SIM swapping. SIM swapping involves calling the target’s telco while posing as the target, claiming that they’ve lost their phone. The telco then swaps the target’s phone number onto the hackers’ blank SIM. The hackers go through the target’s accounts, using the stolen phone number to receive codes they can use to authorise password changes. Read full article here

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