ICYMI in Tech and science: Books, stories, and videos for the weekend
A time when tattoos will control devices and give us a sense of security. Check out the other side of it in the video below.
First on the list is something fictional and futuristic that will remind you of the famous Netflix series Black Mirror. This short video "Circuits" by Futurism shows the future of body modification. A time when tattoos will control devices and give us a sense of security. Check out the other side of it in the video below.
With a growing population, feeding everyone is also going to be one of the problems. A startup is making superfood by growing microscopic plants. These nutrient-dense microalgae can offer a sustainable solution to the problem. Check out more about it in the video below (Bloomberg):
We delved into the future, now let's turn back and look at how technology has negatively affected us. Don't think too much, you must be using an app called Facebook installed on your phone. The company has been fined 5 billion dollars for unlawful activities like breaching the privacy of its users and also meddling in the US presidential election. You can read the story on our website here:
But, many think that the punishment is not enough for the company. Here is a comprehensive look at the event. This story by the Washington Post is one of the shortest ways to know all about the FTC's (Federal Trade Commission) take on Facebook.
Soon, we will be reaching the moon!. India sent Chandrayaan 2 to the moon earlier this week; you can check the live blog that includes all the updates related to the event here:
And then from the moon, we plan to hop onto Mars. To sustain yourself on the new planet we need you to prepare yourself with all the requirements. This TED Talk by Lynn Justine Rothschild, an evolutionary biologist and astrobiologist, answers questions as to what we really need on the planet. Check out the video here:
Now, it's time for suggesting a book. There is a lot of unemployment in our country. And then there are engineers. A lot of them are unemployed but the book we are talking about is not on unemployment.
'The Soul of a New Machine' is a book written in the 1970s by Tracy Kidder. Like the popular 1984 by George Orwell, it is also possible to identify with this book as it fits several present-day situations rather neatly.
The story is about a 35-year-old "veteran" engineer who hires recent college graduates and encourages them to work harder and faster on complex and difficult projects. It highlights the exploitation of youngsters and a new kind of work ethic that finds a footing as a result of the technological evolution.
The writer has also won the Pulitzer Prize for the book. It is possible to relate to this book as there is a similar situation in our own country as it pertains to the mass hiring and exploitation of engineering graduates.
And finally, don’t miss this eye-opening piece; (not really, as we can expect this from Trump): "I'm a scientist. Under Trump I lost my job for refusing to hide climate crisis facts" on The Guardian.