Fun Friday Links: Weird Election-ish Photos, Reinventing Education and Bionic People
Thanks for this one, Buzzfeed. It’s nice to take a break from the tension that is election season and remind ourselves that anyone — even Mitt Romney — can get photobombed.
This article from Meghan Rosen is straight up fascinating.
Ten years from now, a little electronic gizmo designed by Michael McAlpine could potentially save your life. Designed to live on the backside of a tooth, the device detects dangerous bacteria — such as E. coli and H. pylori — and sends out warning signals.
“We went from a computer that fit in a room, to a computer that goes on your desk, to a computer that can go in your pocket,” says McAlpine. Joining computers to the body is “the next logical step.”
Wired‘s editor in chief, Chris Anderson, announced last week that he will be leaving the magazine and all its digital goodness for nothing other than the physical goodness of hardware (a DIY-drone company called 3D Robotics to be precise). “Wondrous as the Web is,” he writes, “it doesn’t compare to the real world. Not in economic size (online commerce is less than 10 percent of all sales) and not in its place in our lives.”
Yet another area of our lives technology is changing: education. In this article, Forbes discusses the future of learning with Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy.
“Over the past two years Khan Academy videos have been viewed more than 200 million times. The site is used by 6 million unique students each month (about 45 million total over the last 12 months), who have collectively solved more than 750 million problems (about 2 million a day), and the material, which is provided at no cost, is (formally or informally) part of the curriculum in 20,000 classrooms around the world. Volunteers have translated Khan’s videos into 24 different languages, including Urdu, Swahili and Chinese.”
Ever dream of being a rockstar? Of course you have. Google’s got your back.