Believe it or not, we don’t cover every piece of tech news here at SnapMunk. In an effort to keep you apprised of all things relevant in the world of technology and startups, here are some noteworthy tech news items that didn’t get a full column this week but certainly deserve a glance.
2016 Rio Olympics To Be Filmed in 8k
If you happen to live in Japan and happen to own an 8k television (I fit into neither category), you’ll be able to watch around 130 hours of the 2016 Rio Olympics in glorious 8k. Of course, an 8k television costs around $130,000, so the viewing audience will less than huge (and by, “huge”, I mean, “six people”). Those of us who aren’t absurdly wealthy will have to settle for 1080p.
F-35 Jet Has Big Radar Problems And A Really Simple Fix
The F-35 jet, which has already cost over $1 trillion dollars to develop, has had repeated problems with its radar system. The solution is one well-known to IT help desk professionals: reboot the system. The radar issues are just one of many problems that have plagued the development of the F-35, as The Pentagon outlined in a report last month. Maybe we should just outsource all jet development to Google.
Bill Gates Recreates Picture Of His Teenage Self
Bill Gates recently held a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA). These sessions almost always begin with the author verifying themselves via photo, but rather than simply snapping a photo of himself with his smartphone, Gates chose to recreate a photo of his very chill teenage self. I can’t help but wonder if those are the exact same shoes.
Google’s DeepMind Defeats Legendary Go Player
I don’t understand or care about the game Go, but apparently it’s considered a benchmark for artificial intelligence. The level of intuition required to play the game has made it notoriously difficult for AI to defeat humans at the game. No longer. AlphaGo, which was developed by Google’s DeepMind unit, defeated legendary Go player Lee Se-dol. For the 3 of you who care about Go, you can watch the matches live on YouTube.
China Creating Minority Report-Style Pre-Crime System
Leading the way in the “Creepy As Hell” category, Chinese authorities are developing a “unified information environment” that will allow them to profile citizens based on online behavior, financial transactions, local and international travel habits, and personal acquaintances. In theory, the profiles created will allow them to identify and investigate suspicious behavior and people who are perhaps more likely than average to commit a crime in the future. Hopefully it works out better for the Chinese than it did for Tom Cruise.
900 Minutes Of Comic Book Movies To Watch This Year
Apparently people really, really like comic book movies. In 2016, there will be around 900 minutes (15 hours) of comic book movies in theaters. That’s over 150 minutes more than the previous high (734 minutes) in 2005. Seriously people – do we really need this many comic book movies? I need a time management system just to watch them all.
Hackers Make $850 Million Dollar Spelling Mistake
Hackers managed to get into the servers of Bangladesh Bank, which then gave them credentials to make online transfers. They then sent 13 money transfer requests from organizations in the Philippines and Sri Lanka to the Federal Reserve in New York. The Fed allowed 4 to go through for a total of $81 million, but the 5th was flagged by a bank in Germany after “foundation” was misspelled. Once alerted, officials stopped the remaining transactions, which totaled around $850 million. That has to be the most expensive spelling mistake in history.
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Michael Moise says
Outsource development to Google! That is a great idea. I am guessing the total cost of the project would be MUCH less.
Roberta Davis says
8K!? That is completely crazy. Who is going to be able to view it in that high resolution?
Todd Killion says
It is amazing to me that hackers can get into something where they could get that much money in a couple of transactions. Good thing they cannot always get it 100% right.
Mary Hensley says
It was hard enough to watch Minority Report assuming it was something that could happen some day, but now China is all over that huh? It does not surprise me. I hope to read how well, or not, it works for them.