Tech News Amuse
Sometimes news from the world of IT resembles a collection of curiosities: Internet Explorer dies, Alexa, on the other hand, brings the dead back to life. Expensive whisky and expensive watches meet new technologies – and of course this has a significant effect on our lives ... the headlines of the month at a glance.
by Tabea Ulla Thor
While a lot of news from world affairs doesn't exactly put people in a good mood, it's certainly different in the world of IT. Or is it? Our news scout, Tabea Ulla Thor, takes on the latest IT news – with a sharp pen and a sharp tongue. And even in the case of negative headlines or rather worrying developments, she maintains a cheerful mood.
Our tech news overview for the month of June:
The internet mail order company introduces Proteus, a mobile robot that transports goods independently through the warehouse without endangering its human colleagues. In tests, the robot reliably bypassed employees or stopped for them, except for a few strange incidents where Proteus accidentally hit people who uttered the words "union", "working hours" or "minimum wage".
An international team of researchers had test persons work alternately for several hours in a physical and in a virtual office for one week. The result: two people had to stop the experiment after the first day, the rest suffered from increased stress, lower productivity, headaches and nausea in the virtual office.
Some potential employers, however, emphasised above all the positive effects: no theft of office materials, grumbling employees outside the office can be muted, and during real toilet breaks, work could simply be continued digitally via VR glasses. In addition, the excuse "had to stay late at the office today" loses a lot of credibility with your partner if you don't get home until 10 pm.
An anonymous IT expert accidentally discovered the call centre recordings which contain a lot of personal data as well as partly personal content.
However, misuse of these recordings is not to be feared because, according to experts, no one will bother to torture themselves through hours of music on hold. Nevertheless, many telephone users want to use more secure communication media such as Whatsapp in the future.
After the attack, the city's digital infrastructure was left in shambles. The organisation "Vice Society" demanded a ransom, otherwise they would publish numerous personal data of the citizens. Since then, public offices can only be reached by fax. Just like in Germany.
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This was the result of a long-term study of 800,000 British women. Brain tumours occurred in this sample regardless of the duration and frequency of mobile phone use close to the head. Afterwards, the researchers had to explain to their children why people used to hold their mobile phones to their heads in the first place.
Researchers from Singapore have developed a fabric that can generate energy through the movement of the wearer and transfer it to electrical devices. Gamers will probably still have to charge their devices via the socket.
This means that the most widely used web browser in the 90s will no longer be supported either functionally or in terms of support. It is currently unclear when the browser itself will react to the shutdown.
More on this here from my colleague Strigalt von Entf.
Amazon has announced plans to do so. The assistance software is supposed to be able to imitate a person with less than one minute of speech material.
For the life of us, we can't imagine what could go wrong with such technology. And we have another idea: In addition to deceased relatives, voice imitation could also be used for married couples who have not spoken to each other in years.
Using depth cameras, for example, an office room with all the objects and people in it is recorded three-dimensionally. Using VR glasses, all events can be relived later. Who hasn't experienced this: the day at the office is over and there's nothing you want more than to be able to experience it all over again.
The "Bodyguard" system developed at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts only connects to the internet for data retrieval purposes and processes the call data locally instead of in the cloud. Experts doubt the success of the system: how is it supposed to catch on if no one can earn money with personal data?
Two Swiss watch dealers & manufacturers, Beyer and Tag Heuer, are now offering their customers non-fungible tokens. Who would have thought that pointlessly expensive watches could become even more pointlessly expensive?
With E-Nose, Australian researchers are developing a way to distinguish expensive whisky from cheap hooch and fakes. This can prevent cases of fraud, such as when a tourist was offered a whisky that was supposedly over 100 years old for 10,000 francs. The question that remains unanswered is why you would spend 10,000 francs on an old whisky, if you can't even taste the difference without a robot nose.
The electronic guard dog, about the size of a retriever, is supposed to keep order and prevent recreational archaeologists from secretly digging in the ruins. A previously deployed humanoid robot with a speech module, on the other hand, was withdrawn because all it did was shout "The ground is lava!"
*Our "Feuill-IT-on" format is created in collaboration with the two freelance writers Tobias Lauterbach und Daniel Al-Kabbani who occasionally contribute to the satire platform "Der Postillon". Under the pseudonyms Strigalt von Entf, and Tabea Ulla Thor they report on current events from the world of technology – always with a wink! ;-)