A visit to Google’s first quantum computer, filmed by Steve Jurvetson
“ At no point in history have so many non-risk-takers, that is, those with no personal exposure, exerted so much control. ”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb (via bijan)
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Consumers worried about their dental health have already been able to take matters into their own hands with the Beam Toothbrush, which quantifies their teeth cleaning regime. But now researchers in Taiwan have developed a prototype for teeth-embedded sensors that could recognize oral activity such as eating, drinking, smoking and teeth cleaning and deliver the data to dentists. READ MORE…
The Nokia Molarphone is not far away!
Sometimes, humans just can’t stop themselves, which isn’t great for those on diets or trying to kick a bad habit. We’ve already seen negative conditioning used in the Virtual Fridge Lock, which broadcasts users’ late night fridge raids on social networks, but now the Kitchen Safe is a Tupperware kit fitted with a timed lock to enable owners to ensure they don’t snack too often. READ MORE…
The Nazi Origins of Meth — AKA “Tank Chocolate”
Fabienne Hurst writes:
When the then-Berlin-based drug maker Temmler Werke launched its methamphetamine compound onto the market in 1938, high-ranking army physiologist Otto Ranke saw in it a true miracle drug that could keep tired pilots alert and an entire army euphoric. It was the ideal war drug. In September 1939, Ranke tested the drug on university students, who were suddenly capable of impressive productivity despite being short on sleep.
From that point on, the Wehrmacht, Germany’s World War II army, distributed millions of the tablets to soldiers on the front, who soon dubbed the stimulant “Panzerschokolade” (“tank chocolate”). British newspapers reported that German soldiers were using a “miracle pill.” But for many soldiers, the miracle became a nightmare.
As enticing as the drug was, its long-term effects on the human body were just as devastating. Short rest periods weren’t enough to make up for long stretches of wakefulness, and the soldiers quickly became addicted to the stimulant. And with addiction came sweating, dizziness, depression and hallucinations. There were soldiers who died of heart failure and others who shot themselves during psychotic phases. Some doctors took a skeptical view of the drug in light of these side effects. Even Leonardo Conti, the Third Reich’s top health official, wanted to limit use of the drug, but was ultimately unsuccessful.
“ Google reports that 77 percent of searches from mobile devices take place at home or work, only 17 percent on the move. ”
Which is why ‘mobile’ is the wrong adjective. These are ‘proximal’ devices: the ones we always have near to hand.