10 in 2 - Week of July 17th - Artificial intelligence is a monster that is happening

  • This is our 10 in 2 report for the week of July 17th

  • 10 news stories from the week that think are important, interesting, or infuriating

 

...so here we go:


 

  1. Life in plastic, it's fantastic. Humans have produced 18.2 trillion pounds of plastics since large-scale production began in the early 1950s and we've put most of it in the trash. That weight is equivalent to 1 billion elephants or 25,000 Empire State Buildings. (USA Today)  

  2. Crispr Kreme. Researchers are considering ways to use synthetic biology to eradicate invasive species or strengthen endangered coral. But... environmentalists are worried about the ethical questions and unwanted consequences of this new gene-altering technology. (Yale Environment 360)

  3. Don’t forget to bring a towel. You can now visit the International Space Station in Google Street view. There are little annotations that help explain daily life on the ISS. This is the first Street View of anything beyond earth, and is another cool project completed as a result of a Google’s famous 20% project, where employees are encouraged to spend 20% of their time on a passion project. (The Verge

  4. Live Tree or die. A new study offered a simple solution about how to preserve the world's dwindling forests: pay landowners in poor countries not to cut down the trees. Deforestation dropped by more than half in Ugandan villages where landowners were paid about $28 per hectare each year if they preserved their trees (The Atlantic)

  5. Moth-er bear. Bears in yellowstone eat 40,000 moths a day in August. The bears climb high above timberline in Yellowstone National Park to feed on moths that come from farmland many miles away. That translates to 20,000 calories of just moths, every day. (Yellowstone Park)

  6. Farms race. As California’s labor shortage grows, farmers are moving quickly to replace workers with robots. Much in same way industry has had to reinvent the factory, big ag is rethinking the field’s basic infrastructure. Driscoll’s is so secretive about its robotic strawberry picker it won’t let photographers within telephoto range of it, but that is probably just because it drove itself into a lake. (LA Times)

  7. Grave new world. All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws. A recent heatwave in Siberia’s frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions. Long dormant spores of the highly infectious anthrax bacteria frozen in the carcass of an infected reindeer rejuvenated themselves and infected herds of reindeer and eventually local people. As for the explosions, the heatwave thawed out dead vegetation and erupted in blowouts of highly flammable methane gas. (The Guardian)

  8. His desk was moved to the basement. Joel Clement was director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Interior Department until last week. He was involuntarily moved to the department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue. He believes he was retaliated against for speaking out publicly about the dangers that climate change poses to Alaska Native communities. (The Washington Post

  9. A. I am a good doctor. Artificial intelligence can help better diagnose schizophrenia, says University of Alberta and IBM researchers. The model was able to predict instances of schizophrenia with 74% accuracy. At this point we should probably just stick to compiling the list of things that AI can NOT do. (Edmonton Journal)

  10. Smorgasborg. Artificial intelligence is a monster that is happening, and will literally change everything in ways that we are only starting to wrap our heads around. We have come across a ton of articles about this revolution recently, and have finally found our favorite. James Manyika wrote an Executive Briefing called Technology, Jobs, and the Future of Work for the McKinsey Global Institute that will help you come to terms with the arrival of our new overlords.



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