Seen in → No.121
- 🤔 🧫 🤖 Meet the Xenobots, Virtual Creatures Brought to Life. “All of which makes xenobots amazing and maybe slightly unsettling — golems dreamed in silicon and then written into flesh. The implications of their existence could spill from artificial-intelligence research to fundamental questions in biology and ethics.”
- 🇳🇱 🍩 Amsterdam to embrace ‘doughnut' model to mend post-coronavirus economy “The world is experiencing a series of shocks and surprise impacts which are enabling us to shift away from the idea of growth to ‘thriving’, Raworth says. “Thriving means our wellbeing lies in balance. We know it so well in the level of our body. This is the moment we are going to connect bodily health to planetary health.”
- 🦠 Apple, Google Bring Covid-19 Contact-Tracing to 3 Billion People. “Still, this technology is controversial because it involves sharing sensitive health information from billions of people via mobile devices that are constantly broadcasting their location. Some politicians and regulators have been warning that citizens’ privacy should be protected.”
- 🧵 by Pascal Blanché INSPIRATION: The effective character designs of Adam Brockbank. One to follow here: @MeZolith2 #StarWars…
- 🎥 Pretty incredible technique where one shot taken before the video and “applying” their AI turns any background into a green screen. Background Matting: The World is Your Green Screen.
- 🧫 (Not the same article as last week, more bugs!) Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours. “The enzyme, originally discovered in a compost heap of leaves, reduced the bottles to chemical building blocks that were then used to make high-quality new bottles. Existing recycling technologies usually produce plastic only good enough for clothing and carpets.”
- 📚 If, like many of us, you planned on reading loads of book during The Great Pause but you’re finding it hard to concentrate, here’s an excellent list by Austin Kleon: Short was good in a book.