The best tech and science stories, videos, podcast and books from the week
For those looking to start their weekend with a blast, Elon Musk has a suggestion – why don’t we nuke Mars? Check out similar interesting stories here.
For those looking to start their weekend with a blast, Elon Musk has a suggestion – why don’t we nuke Mars?
We’re not kidding. The eccentric tech entrepreneur just tweeted “Nuke Mars!”, and the tweet went viral over night.
Apparently, Musk believes that bombing Mars with nuclear weapons will help make the planet habitable by releasing Carbon Dioxide trapped in its atmosphere. While it sounds pretty cool, we need to consider what scientists would say about it. Check out this short story by The Next Web, to understand it better.
Nuke Mars!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 16, 2019
Bias is a human trait that has always created problems in decision making. But have you ever thought about bias in machines or computers? It sounds a little far fetched, right?
How can a computer be biased when they don’t have emotions or a mind to think like human beings?
Here’s the thing – they can. Check out this podcast from Slate, which talks about bias in computer algorithms. You will get to know about the bias that has been spotted in various computing systems and the reason behind it, as well as possible ways to fix it.
Let’s hope you don't work at a call centre, because you might be replaced soon. Laura Morales, a programmer, is designing chatbots that are expected to automate call centres. Watch this video by Bloomberg, where she talks about the technology behind the chatbot.
Apart from the comfort and ease that technology provides us today, it also comes with concerns on the way it is going to be used. A more serious concern is bias, and the threat humanity might face from these technologies in the future.
A documentary on Artificial Intelligence and its ethics by DW Documentary on YouTube can be a good watch:
The internet is an integral part of our life. But, there are concerns related to our privacy. A recent report on Interesting Engineering suggests that the US and Russia might be stalking the undersea internet cables. Read more about it here.
Also, Samsung recently announced its 108 MP camera. Do you know how the company has managed to bring a DSLR like the camera on your smartphone? If not, check this article that talks about the technology behind Samsung's 108 MP camera.
Now, let’s get away from all these stories, since its weekend you might plan to pick a book to read. Why not start with "Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing". A book by Marie Hicks, it talks about the bias in machines and what can we do about it.
Another interesting read would be “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy" by Cathy O'Neil. The book highlights the inequality seen in computer algorithms and the dark side of an algorithm bias.
And in case you missed it, you can always head back to our previous stories of tech, science, and book recommendations for the week, you can follow the previous collection here: