Vol. 2.30 | 07.26.19

Read time: 2 minutes
In Defense of Libraries

There’s a way of looking at the world based upon an often unspoken assumption: that most people will screw you if given the chance. Through these goggles of pessimism, something as innocuous and wholesome as a public library becomes a potential threat. How, you ask? Ask book publishers like Macmillan, who has decided to expand an “embargo” scheme that limits public libraries from buying more than one copy of new release e-books, under the misguided belief that making books available to readers through libraries leads to fewer books purchases, thereby costing publishers and authors revenue. Yes, while this theory may appear to make sense on paper, it doesn’t prove true in reality. Libraries stimulate in the people publishers are selling to (READERS) interest in the very things publishers are selling (BOOKS).

Who Wants to Become a Cyborg?

Elon Musk and his company, Neuralink, say they’re may be ready for human trials for their brain implant/AI interface as soon as next year. Using a custom-designed implanting robot, they’ve successfully implanted super-thin wires (about 1/3 width of human hair) into the brains of rats, and downloaded their brain activity via “a USB-C port in its head.” Any volunteers? 

Tech Trying to Match Your Brain’s Horsepower

Speaking of the collision between brain science and tech development, read this to truly appreciate how remarkable and mystifying … magical, even … the human brain is. Yes, our brains can still grossly outperform even the most power computers when it comes to processing information, but when you factor in the difference in energy spent doing so, it’s not even a contest. 

It’s Like Uber, for Ear Piercing

In the future, every single one of life’s moments will itself be an event, and there will be an app that will deliver what you need for a celebration worthy of posting to Instagram. Note that the brain behind this startup idea has already convinced investors to part with $4 MILLION (!!!) in venture capital funding. 

External Airbags That Deploy BEFORE Impact

Think about this for a second: not in the milliseconds between detecting an impact but before *you* feel the impact, but before the impact actually happens. The German company developing this capability calls it “predictive crash sensing.”