Meltdown weekend

Meltdown weekend

In this section, we recommend the content that we liked most this week. It may not be new, and have a range of formats, the only thing that matters is that it managed to distinguish itself from everything else we heard, read or viewed in the past week.

If you've been following the news, both these names should be familiar to you by now. They refer to serious security risks affecting almost every modern processor to date, in every modern OS out there. Dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre" these vulnerabilities allow potential attackers to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel. The result is giving the attacker with the ability to virtually steal any data the comes through the system. We are working on our coverage as it develops since it's starting to show just how much complex it might actually be. For now, our recommendation is to get you macOS and iOS updated as soon as you can, regardless of how you feel about the reported performances drops at some OSes. As far as Apple macOS and iOS it seems the performance drop is at the time negligible.

Science is and always will be a work in progress. There's a lot that we still don't completely understand and an even greater number of things we have still to discover. Human health has been at the forefront of a lot of the last century great human advancements and yet there are procedures that are used every day all over the world, that we don't understand. That's the case for the field of anesthesia. Even though we understand its effects and dosages with great precision, we're still not sure how it actually works, because, in the end, we don't know what human consciousness is.

Everyone knows how GoPro started, it's one of those stories that reminds us of the "great american dream". From there the company skyrocketed to become one of the best selling camera manufacturers and they kickstarted a whole new market segment. Action cameras picked everyone interest and in a heartbeat, the world was sharing their adventures from a very personal perspective. We can even say that GoPro not only invented the action camera, but they reinvented the video industry altogether. Today filmmaking is at the hands of everyone, and the tools are easily available, accessible and easy to use. So what failed at GoPro? They were positioned to remain one of the great market players, but now after yet another product failure, they are at risk of closing up its business. Is the market too crammed today, did they sit on their laurels or are the Chinese impossible to beat in the drone game?

I admit that the headline was what caught my attention, but the results are interesting. Being able to monitor the health of gut bacteria just by taking a pill, and even know how your diet is affecting it. This field of investigation has received a lot of attention in the last few years, and maybe instruments like these will help improve our knowledge and ultimately our well being. 

With ingestible pill, you can track fart development in real time on your phone

Scientists often hope to break ground with their research. But a group of Australian researchers would likely be happy with breaking wind. The team developed an ingestible electronic capsule to monitor gas levels in the human gut.

How would you feel if, traffic lights, priority signs and roundabouts were eliminated from some intersections to increase the security of all commuters? Imagine bicycles, cars, and pedestrians all sharing the same space at the same time and still reducing accidents and improving traffic.  Sounds crazy right! Maybe not, watch this video to see how some cities introduced this concept and how it's working. 

Skype is late to the game, but we welcome it. After Apple, Facebook, Google, and others, Microsoft will increase security and privacy of Skype communications with end-to-end encryption.  

Experimental Edition: This is Us

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EP20: The Intersection of Technology  and Philosophy

EP20: The Intersection of Technology and Philosophy