Weekly handpicked tech news from 29-Aug to 4-Sep 2020
Note: I do not write/own any of the tech news bits (and cover picture) given here. The links on each of the news bits will redirect to the news source. Content given under each headline is a basic gist and not the full story.
Humans Take a Step Closer to ‘Flying Cars’
Source: The New York Times Company
In the 1880s, the first automobile was developed and about two decades later, the Wright brothers in North Carolina invented the first successful airplane. Today, the world is closer to combining those two concepts as a Japanese tech company said it completed a manned test flight of a “flying car.”
Original written by: Derrick Bryson Taylor
Facebook’s News Subscription Challenges Apple News+, Threatens Flipboard And Google’s Coming News Product
Facebook is testing a feature to link your Facebook account to paid subscriptions at news organizations. The idea is that you can click on a link in your Facebook feed to a behind-the-paywall New York Times article and be able to read it without losing context in the Facebook app.
Original written by: John Koetsier
Elon Musk Unveils ‘Fitbit in your skull’ Brain Chip, Demonstrates on Pig
Source: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
“It actually fits quite nicely under your skull. It could be under your hair and you wouldn’t know,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk during a Friday webcast. It was at this webcast that Musk unveiled the latest version of his company NeuraLink’s latest prototype, the Link VO.9 — a chip that would allow humans to control devices with their brains.
Original written by: Russell Falcon
Quantum Operating System Trialled Successfully
Source: Financial Times
A Cambridge University spinout has completed a successful trial of a quantum “universal operating system” months after receiving a grant to install it across the UK’s quantum computers. Riverlane’s ‘universal’ Deltaflow. OS could establish UK’s standing in the technology.
Original written by: Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan
New Electronic Skin Can React to Pain Like Human Skin
Source: RMIT University
Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts. The prototype device developed by a team at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, can electronically replicate the way human skin senses pain.
Original written by: Gosia Kaszubska
Is Elon Musk Over-Hyping His Brain-Hacking Neuralink Tech?
Neuralink is a hugely ambitious plan to link the human brain to a computer. It might eventually allow people with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease to control their physical movements or manipulate machines via the power of thought.
Original written by: Rory Cellan-Jones
Revolutionary Quantum Breakthrough Paves Way for Safer Online Communication
Source: University of Bristol
The world is one step closer to having a totally secure internet and an answer to the growing threat of cyber-attacks, thanks to a team of international scientists who have created a unique prototype which could transform how we communicate online.