The week that was

The week that was

Scientists have figured out how to unlock an extra dimension of time. Researchers at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics determined that firing lasers in a rhythmic pattern inspired by the Fibonacci sequence will jiggle a strand of ytterbium ions inside a quantum computer in just the right way to create a completely new, strange phase of matter that behaves as if it has two dimensions of time. This week’s newsletter comes at you from that second dimension.

In 2020, scammers used deepfake voice technology to trick bankers into making fraudulent transfers. In 2022, it’s AI holograms on Zoom.

A Tesla owner paid a professional piercer $400 to implant his car key into his right hand. His other hand has a chip with a key to his house, portfolio information, contact and medical information. “It’s kind of like a fun party trick. When you scan one of my chips with your phone, it glows green underneath your skin.”

A Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for a record $12.6 million. The auction netted a handsome profit for Anthony Giordano, a New Jersey “waste management entrepreneur” who bought the card for $50,000 in 1991.

Global warming has dried up rivers and lakes around the world, uncovering the past. In Germany, a sunken World War II warship emerged from the Danube. In China, 600 year-old buddhist statues were found in the shallows of the Yangtze. In Spain, they uncovered a pre-historic dwelling from 5,000 years ago. Outside of Las Vegas, at the bottom of Lake Mead, they just found their sixth body.

A Minecraft player completed the inconceivable. Twitch streamer Mystical Midget, watched by hundreds of his friends, spent 2,500 hours marching to the edge of the Minecraft self-generated world, and fell off.

Remember that story last month about Amazon showing off Alexa speaking in the voice of your grandmother? This past week another company is using AI so that you can not only be “present” at your own funeral but actively answer questions.

All is well with the world as the Air Guitar World Championships are back on, in-person, in Oulu, Finland after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.


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