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September 2022

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The summer break is over and the tech world is also picking up speed again. Especially with groundbreaking innovations like transparent OLED displays as train windows or smartphone cameras with which you can almost take macro shots of the surface of Mars. Find out about these and all other IT news in my September headline overview.


by Tabea Ulla Thor

Faster, bigger, better – as we all know, inventions and innovations, especially in the IT world, are not usually about a visible or meaningful improvement. Rather, it's about the comparative aspect itself, and about having a reason for raising the prices for the faster, bigger and otherwise better gadgets once again.

Still, with the new IT gadgets coming out this September, I've been wondering what they might be good for. Spoiler alert: the answers I found only work in the world of satire ...

Our tech news overview for the month of September:

 

Tech giants aim to make hologram telephony suitable for mass use

For this purpose, Vodafone Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Matsuka aim at calculating a 3D hologram from the 2D image of a front camera.

This could finally add some depth to all the boring virtual business meetings.

 

LG presents transparent OLED displays

These are to be installed, for example, as train windows in the Deutsche Bahn.

The main use of the technology is to fade in pretty, life-affirming buildings when in reality you just stop at one of the gray DB concrete blocks known as train stations.

 

Researchers warn about reflections in video calls

Allegedly, attackers could try to make text readable e.g., from reflections of eyeglass lenses. The researchers have succeeded in doing this in an experiment with no more than a 720p webcam.

People who wear glasses and can't do without them are therefore advised to simply tape off the lenses.

 

Motorola presents smartphone with 200 megapixel camera

The Edge 30 Ultra will also have a 50 megapixel ultra-wide and a 60 megapixel front camera.

According to first test reports, photos of Mars and Venus work wonderfully, but the device has problems with Uranus and Neptune.

MORE IT INVENTIONS – BUT THIS TIME USEFUL ONES:

A bot that detects hate comments on the Internet.
For more info on how this works, click here.

An AI that helps prevent dementia.
Find out what role daily conversations and music play in that in this podcast.

An algorithm that promotes gender equality in news media.
Katja Murmann tells you how this is done and what has already been achieved in this interview.

Class action lawsuit against Meta for data spying

When links are clicked in the Facebook and Instagram apps, they are opened in an internal browser instead of the default browser that Meta is supposed to use to collect data.

With the following simple rule of thumb, you can determine – if in doubt – whether a data set that comes into contact with the group in any way will be analyzed by the group: Yes.

 

Metaverse will be very successful according to study

The authors claim that this environment will become the largest virtual marketplace in the next 5-10 years.

In addition, the researchers from Zurich claim to have found out that a group of researchers from Zurich with many meta-shares will soon become very rich.

USING THE METAVERSE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

The metaverse as a marketplace is all well and good – but what if this digital environment could help bring real social change?

Like in the project "Favela X, the game." Here, an organisation for social change from Brazil (Gerando Falcões), created an interactive game with the help of the Metaverse. In it, Brazilian youths can live in a so-called favela, a Brazilian slum. This way, Gerando Falcões wants to raise national awareness of the living conditions in the favelas.

Read more about the project in this article.

25 years of Google.com

In September 1997, Larry Page registered the domain google.com.

Due to inexperience, he first had to google for 2 minutes how to register websites in the first place.

 

Cern wants to shut down particle accelerators to save energy

With the resulting savings, the European power grid is supposed to be relieved and thus stabilized.

So, if you ever want to have your particles accelerated, it is recommended to do so in the course of this fall, as high waiting times are to be expected afterwards.

 

EU announces liability rules for artificial intelligence

Anyone who suffers damage as a result of artificial intelligence should be able to be compensated more easily in the future.

According to experts, if humans could be equally compensated for the consequences of natural stupidity, a financial collapse would be unavoidable.

The Format

*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! ;-)

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