We’re pretty damn lucky to be able to announce a new addition to the Respite team – Brandon Haru. He’s been behind the scenes for the past few weeks but he’s now taken charge of our tech and innovation channels. A self-proclaimed gear head, he’s all about the latest breakthroughs in everything from science to philosophy. He’ll be serving you up his weekly top articles that have caught his interest. Hopefully they’ll do the same for you.
THE WEEKLY WRAP
Hyper-Reality is a frighteningly vivid interpretation of what the world of tomorrow may one day look like. It’s a dystopian struggle in a world saturated in media and messaging. Things turn even more interesting when a case of identity fraud is thrown into the mix, and the subject is striped of all futuristic bit-coin-esque loyalty/life points.
Ever wondered what nanotechnology actually is? Well, Singularity University gives us a break down that’s insightful and concise while being completely understandable for anyone.
The more we understand about our world, the more we’re able to put human interactions, thoughts and beliefs, under the microscope. It just so happens that this time Buddhism and science actually turn out to be pretty good mates.
IBM have developed what they’re calling a macromolecule which has been designed to be the ultimate virus fighter. Having proven itself with Dengue and Ebola it’s on it’s way to proving itself as a healthcare breakthrough.
As artists incorporate more and more digital processes into their artforms, they start to encounter obstacles which physical artistry has often already overcome – attribution and compensation. Companies like Ascribe (digital attribution) and Artlery (valuation, appreciation and resale royalties) are paving the way in these complicated areas.
A biotech company conducting groundbreaking research into stem cells has been given the go ahead to attempt to restart the brains of 20 brain-dead patients from Anupam Hospital in Rudrapur, India.
‘There are plenty of people in Silicon Valley writing code for machines to understand, there are fewer writing words’. That’s exactly why the Silicon Valley stalwarts are now hiring poets to help make AI more eloquent and human.
An eye-opening look at how fragile the internet may be. Chaos ensues when a prolific coder threw a tanty and completely removed his previously free-to-use code, which had been downloaded 575,000 times, and used by many sizable online organizations, including Facebook, Netflix and Spotify.
Heavyweights like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have warned of the dangerous potential of AI if dealt with incorrectly. This short film shows how those possibilities may play out if Detroit’s car manufacturers were the subject of such an event.