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The Roar of the Wild...Tech, Brain dump, Space Force, RIP Hawing


March 14 · Issue #11 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

The Roar of the Wild…Tech, Brain dump, Space Force, RIP Hawing

Miss me? I’m back from SXSW and after a one-day newsletter break. My last day in Austin exemplified the sometimes serendipitous nature of SXSW. After arriving early at the cavernous Hall D for Eddy Cue’s talk, I stumbled into a relatively sparsely attended interview with baseball legend Alex Rodriquez. I have to admit, I never thought much about the former Yankee, but came away impressed by his candor and business savvy. He is one smart and successful guy. Apple’s Cue was equally impressive and dropped a little news about acquisitions, why they won’t buy Netflix or Disney, and Apple’s stance on fake news.
Tech heroes. The animals in Nairobi roam the plains under constant threat of attack from poachers pouring in from the nearby Tanzanian border. They like to come under cover of darkness. But now Park Rangers have a new high-tech tool for spotting and stopping them in their hunting tracks. Score one for conservancy. 
Poachers can run, but they can’t hide from technology
A new wrinkle in space-time. Physicist Stephen hawking passed away Wednesday night. His theories on black holes made him legend, as did his remarkable longevity and humor in the face of a crippling disease.  
Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos - The New York Times
Light up the truth. YouTube has taken some knocks in recent months for the proliferation of objectionable and misleading videos. Those that were peddling outright lies did get their creators into trouble. Now, though, the Google company is finally taking some consistent action. Conspiracy videos will now have new, fact-filled, companion links from Wikipedia. It’s a small step that might not do much to dissuade people from believing this nonsense, but YouTube promises that this is just the start.
YouTube Will Link To Wikipedia Below Conspiracy Theory Videos
Your brain on ice. What if someone told you they could freeze your brain and, someday, thaw it and download all the data – your consciousness – to a computer. Only hitch? You have to to die, first. Startup Nectome has a plan for preserving your brain in preparation for future scientists who can access the brain structure to recreate you. Do not sign me up.
A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” - MIT Technology Review
Kidding, not kidding. President Donald Trump just proposed the creation of a “Space Force,” one modeled after the Air Force, Naval Force, etc. I still can’t tell if he was kidding, but for the record, weaponizing space is a terrible idea.
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